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VIVALDI METAL PROJECT: Press Release + first single
Posted by: Denis / 31.05.2016
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!

Back in 2013, MISTHERIA started thinking about making a Metal version of 'The Four Seasons', a masterpiece that he loved and kept listening to since his childhood. MISTHERIA started to play and record all the movements on the piano but then felt that a parallel symphonic-Metal version would have been the perfect continuation. Therefore, he recorded and uploaded a short trailer on the web to start engaging musicians. A few days later, Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, TwinSpirits, Kim Bingham, The Italians, BADASS), who had already collaborated with Mistheria by recording bass on his previous solo album Dragon Fire, learned about the project and contacted MISTHERIA offering his support to work on the project as co-producer. Also, MISTHERIA made the 'innovative' choice - never done so far - to add lyrics and singers to 'The Four Seasons' which, as composed by Vivaldi, is an instrumental work. For this important task, he invited Douglas R. Docker who perfectly translated the producer's concept into brilliant lyrics. Additional lyrics were written by Mistheria, Rob Rock and Lance King.

A cast of 10 awesome arrangers joined MISTHERIA creating epic and memorable music, combining a standard Metal band lineup with strings, orchestra and choir: Douglas R. Docker, Francesco Dall'O', Frank Caruso, Gabriels, Keiko Kumagai, Nicolas Waldo, Pawel Penksa, Tomas Varnagiris, Yannis Androulakakis and Zhivko Koev.

The cast furthermore includes performances by Mark Boals (Malmsteen, Royal Hunt), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Angra), Edu Falaschi (Almah), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Mike Lepond (SymhonyX), Dani Löble (Helloween), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Mark Cross (Firewind, Scorpions), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius), Victor Smolski (Rage, Almanac), Ruben Israel (Delain), John Macaluso (ARK), Marco Sfogli (James Labrie), Chris Caffery (Savatage), Mark Wood (Trans Siberian Orchestra), Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork), Atma Anur (Tony MacAlpine), Vitalij Kuprij, Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen), Sean Tibbetts (Kamelot), Martijn Peters (Stream of Passion) and many more.

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 74 minutes of intense, passionate, fascinating, powerful and majestic experience!

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

Release date: July 22nd, 2016, label: Pride & Joy Music, in formats: CD digi-pack, download & double vinyl. A double vinyl release of 'The Four Seasons' will be scheduled for a release in September 2016.
Magnus Rosén signs with Furia Music Records for the release of his solo album
Posted by: Denis / 31.05.2016
Swedish bass player Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall, currently on Brazilian Metal band Shadowside) signed with Brazilian label Furia Music Records for the worldwide release of his new solo album The World Changes, to be released on the second half of 2016.

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). The CD also brings special appearances from other renowned musicians that will be announced soon.
    Track list:
  1. Centuries of Memories
  2. The bridge from the past to the future
  3. Soul Essence
  4. The World Changes
  5. Celestial Port
  6. Bach Badinerie
  7. Ack Värmeland du sköna
  8. The World Wide Blues
  9. E Lucevan Le Stelle
  10. The Castle of Imagination
The musician, who recently has been on a promotional tour of his solo album in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is currently recording the new Shadowside album. The album will feature the collaboration of Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) in the songwriting of 2 songs and in charge of the production is Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Bring me the Horizon, Hammerfall), the same producer of their latest album Inner Monster Out.
Metal Mind Productions / Exlibris new single and new line-up
Posted by: Denis / 31.05.2016
Polish Heavy metallers Exlibris revealed a lyric video for their brand new single Harmony Of The Spheres. It is the first taste of band's upcoming album and the first track to feature Finnish singer Riku Turunen on lead vocals. Lyric video is available in this location.

Band's drummer Misiek Ślusarski comments: "Some people were quick to name Krzysiek's departure as the end of the band but we always knew it was just another obstacle in our way. Since the formation of Exlibris the vast majority of music was written by original members Daniel Lechmański and Piotr Sikora so we never worried about the quality of new material. We did however expect finding a new singer to be some kind of a problem. It turned out in the end, that the best one lives over a thousand kilometers away."

Piotr Sikora, keyboardist adds: "In addition to Riku being an experienced and very professional singer, we simply hit it off on a personal level. That and not being driven away by our sense of humor is what makes him the person we were looking for for almost a year. The physical distance surely is a challenge but it also opens new exciting possibilities. At the moment we're preparing to hit the stage for the very first time but right after that we will begin the pre-production of our new album. The new single is just a small taste of what we have in store so it's definitely something to be excited about!"

On June 25th, Exlibris will headline the second stage at Rock Hard, Ride Free Festival in Goleniów Poland. More dates will be announced soon. Band's touring schedule for this year includes shows in Poland, Germany and Finland.

Riku Turunen comments joining the band: "I have been super excited to get on stage with Exlibris guys since I first heard their music. The original plan for me was to do only couple of gigs to patch up missing lead singer position for those shows... but then one thing led to another... I have been working on new a single with Exlibris for the past few weeks and when I was asked to join the group, I didn't have to think twice! I hope... no, I am sure the fans of Exlibris will like how the new group sounds. It is definitely different with my Mickey Mouse vocals on top of killer music material, but just give a listen to the new single and make up your own mind!"

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GlobMetal Promotions / Omnifariam released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
Death Metal band Omnifariam released their debut EP Vitiate.

Omnifariam was formed in the summer of 2010 in Puerto Rico by Gabriel and Norberto Muñoz, Juan Barroso, and Jorge Hernández. Soon afterwards, the band released their first demo and later recorded their single, Scarred and Blinded. The current lineup consists of Gabriel Muñoz (vocals), Eric Martínez (guitars), Miguel Medina (guitars), Félix Vega (drums), and Jorge Hernández (bass).
Stormspell Records / Blazon Stone
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
3rd BLAZON STONE album is in the works expected to materialize sometime later in the year. And as it has become a tradition, it will have a new singer - welcome Erik Forsberg!

The difference this time is that Erik is local and the band is finally becoming a unit able to rehearse, record in person, and hopefully, even play live shows in the near future.

Here is a little something to showcase Erik's prowess at the helm of the pirate Galleon. All hands on deck, ready for boarding!

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Punishment 18 Records / Exiled on Earth: recordings done
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
Recently, Punishment 18 Records has announced the signing of Italian metallers Exiled on Earth. The Progressive Speed metallers, 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.
Nuclear Blast / DORO 'Bad Blood' (feat. LORDI) live clip revealed
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
The Metal Queen, DORO, will release her brand-new 2Blu-ray/3DVD+CD package entitled Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal, on June 24th, 2016 through Nuclear Blast. To give her fans another taster of what is to expect from this release, the live clip for Bad Blood (feat. LORDI - Rock Night) has been revealed now.
    Don't miss the exclusive cinema premieres!
  • 06.06. D Düsseldorf - UCI KINOWELT @ Medienhafen (Cinema Preview)
  • 20.06. D Berlin - UCI KINOWELT Colosseum (Premiere)

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Masot Label Group / The Jelly Jam's epic new album Profit is out now via Music Theories Recordings
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
The Jelly Jam, featuring DREAM THEATER's John Myung, WINGER / DIXIE DREGS' (live) Rod Morgenstein and KING'S X's Ty Tabor, have returned with a new album and their first ever live shows.

Profit is a glorious and affecting cinematic experience; full of suspense, the record follows the heroic yet daunting journey of The Prophet who, inspired by a deep sense of responsibility embarks on a mission to try and save the world, to open the eyes of Those Who Will Not See.

The Jelly Jam will support their latest album with a full tour. As guitarist Ty Tabor explains, "This album is without a doubt the most special moment the band has ever had together and we must make touring real this year to support this album".

Profit is now available from the MLG store. The 180 grams vinyl is limited to 2000 copies, and comes with a downloadcard.

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InsideOut Music / Ayreon launch 'Day Two: Isolation' clip from 'The Theater Equation'
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
Ayreon's The Theater Equation DVD/Blu-Ray package was recently announced for release on the 17th June 2016, and you can now view the first full clip from the production. Watch Day Two: Isolation here.

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InsideOut Music / Fates Warning launch 'Theories Of Flight' album teaser video
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
In light of the upcoming release of their much anticipated 12th studio album, Theories Of Flight via InsideOutMusic on July 1st, 2016, U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING are now launching an album sampler video, containing excerpts from all songs on the album.

Check the clip, which features footage entitled Feeding The Gulls by Dennis Hlynsky.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in to comment about Theories Of Flight as follows:
"We began writing the music for Theories while we were still touring for Darkness... I believe that the anticipation to write another record was due to the fact that we were once again touring and playing new material after nine years of playing the same songs. It was exciting to be on stage again and we looked forward to getting back in the studio. I also believe that our fans were happy to finally having something new to listen to...
I/we are very happy with the way that Theories turned out. Jim and I collaborated practically every day on the new album for over a year until we actually went into the studio... There were many different versions of the songs until they were finally complete, and I believe it shows in the final product. I think that Jim did an excellent job producing the new album. The material is, I believe heavier than what people are used to from us, as well as my vocal style. We wanted something different than Darkness but something that still carried a lot of melody."

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Frontiers Music / DGM - The Passage
Posted by: Denis / 30.05.2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the brand new album from Italian Prog Metal masters DGM, entitled The Passage, on August 26th.

The Passage is DGM's eighth studio album and is the culmination of almost 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 with the release of their self-produced mini-album, Random Access Zone. The band went through several incarnations and lineup changes during the years, but since singer Mark Basile joined the group in 2007, DGM evolved and developed their sound into what they have now become.

It was probably the release of Frame (2007) that pushed the band into the top of the league of international Prog Metal. It was also on the strength of this material that DGM managed to tour for almost four years around the world, taking part in some of the biggest Metal festivals, supporting Symphony X on their European tour, and sharing the stage with Pagan's Mind too. In 2013, DGM came back with Momentum, an album which showed the full stylistic maturity of a band which felt fully confident with their abilities, both on the songwriting and the musicianship side. The last album was promoted with more shows and after several gigs in Europe, they performed for the second time at ProgPower USA and started their first Asian tour in November 2014 playing Beijing, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka as headliners.

The new album, The Passage is another substantial step forward for DGM. Sounding like a hungry, urbanized version of Symphony X, with substantial hard rock influences, the new record is remarkable in several aspects. The compositions are phenomenal, with sweeping choruses, technical passages, lightning fast fretwork, big vocals and bombastic transitions. The playing is simply faultless and the melodies are perfectly woven into the killer guitars, epic keyboards, and pounding drums!

"This album can easily be seen as our most ambitious work to date", says guitarist and producer Simone Mularoni. "This time we tried to evolve to an even more personal sound. We took all the elements we developed through all these years and we tried to take them to the limit. Throughout the whole record you will hear a recurrent musical theme. Instead of doing a usual concept album with the lyrics, we decided to do a sort of musical concept with this melody that repeats in every song but every time with different time signatures and keys", tells drummer Fabio Costantino. "This album will offer to the listener a key for a positive dimension. A path made of sound vibrations: The Passage to our dreams and hopes", concludes bassist Andrea Arcangeli.

Evergrey singer Tom Englund and Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo also appear as special guests tributing the value of this outstanding album. And let's not forget the great job that producer Simone Mularoni did in the studio! The future looks bright for these guys! Check them out live when they come to a town near you!
    TOUR DATES
  • June 18 - Roverè Veronese, Festival (Italy)
  • July 21 - Napoli, New Sea Legend (Italy)
  • September 16 - Titans Club, Lens (Belgium)
  • September 17 - Moonlight Club, Diest (Belgium)
  • September 18 - De Meister, Geleen (Holland)
  • September 24 - Kofmehlweg Soletta, ElevenRock Fest (Switzerland)
  • November 3 - Osaka, LiveHouse (Japan)
  • November 4 - Nagoya, Sakae (Japan)
  • November 5 - Tokyo, Shinijuku (Japan)
  • November 6 - Tokyo, Shinijuku (Japan)
  • More shows TBA

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Y.O.C. news
Posted by: Denis / 29.05.2016
Y.O.C.'s Lost track has been found, recommended for all Progressive Metal fans, check out the song on youtube.

Also you can check out EP SANITY WITHIN on youtube.

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Imperative PR / UK cult Black metallers THUS DEFILED stream upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Imperative PR are delighted to be able to announce that, in a world exclusive, Zero Tolerance Magazine are now streaming the upcoming devilish collection from Thus Defiled, An Unhallowed Legacy. The magazine also spoke at length with founder member Paul C about the release, the past and the future.

The six black-crowned invocations of evil that make up the beautifully presented An Unhallowed Legacy will be officially unleashed on the world on 6.6.16, but this will be a chance for fans, new and old, to revel in the bestial malevolence of the first Thus Defiled release in five years before the appointed time.

Simply by heading over to www.ztmag.com they'll be able to dive into the flames of classic material like Eden Stands Aflame, Of Shadow And Storm, remastered for a new devastating assault on the Metal world. It's time to walk beyond the seventh circle of fire once again, in the company of one of the greatest Black Metal bands this island has ever produced. Thus Defiled have returned and the pretenders' days are numbered.

An Unhallowed Legacy brings together the legendary and long out of print EPs, A Darker Beauty and Fire Serpent Dawn. The physical release will be available in limited, lavish ancient grimoire packaging as breathtaking as the savage hymns held within. Recalling the grandeur of Venom's At War With Satan, this is no ordinary CD release – but then Thus Defiled are no ordinary band...
AFM Records / Paradox new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
PARADOX release the lyric video for their first single Ballot Or Bullet taken from the upcoming album Pangea (out on June 3rd in Europe and June 24th in the US). Available as CD or Vinyl.

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AFM Records / Thunderstone 'Fire And Ice' video clip released
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Finnish Power Metal masters THUNDERSTONE follow up on the success of their latest album Apocalypse Again (which became their first ever Top 5 in Finland). A new video clip for the song Fire And Ice is available now.

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High Roller Records / DEATHSTORM - Blood Beneath the Crypts
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Austria-based Thrash Metal hopefuls Deathstorm have been added to the High Roller Roster and are now unleashing their second full-length album Blood Beneath the Crypts. The Styrian crew formed in 2007, first starting out as Damage before changing their name to Deathstorm in 2010. From the very beginning Damage/Deathstorm have been celebrated as a true kult band that manages to keep the balance between continuously building up a fanbase and staying true to the (Austrian) underground. Vocalist and bassist Mac gives a short account of the history of Deathstorm: "Celebrated? That must have passed us by, ha ha! Back when we started there was no 'underground' or anything. We were surrounded by very arrogant people who played in very ridiculous bands which is what motivated us the most to start our own thing. We have always been influenced by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead and all the other classics, but somehow nobody in our area who claimed to be a 'Metalhead' was into those kinda bands. It was rather that everybody hated and despised them. That was basically the reason why we started DAMAGE; to show everyone what heavy music is supposed to sound like. We started out as a five-piece but after a year of little progress, we stripped the line-up down to a three-piece which resulted in the release of our first demo soon after. After that we played our first gigs, recorded another demo, signed with I Hate Records, released an MLP and our debut full-length, added a fourth member to the group, released another EP and here we are now, awaiting the release of our second full length which we are very proud of, to say the least."

Mac also tells us about the goals Deathstorm had set themselves for their sophomore studio album: "Our goal was to progress in every kinda way, which we have achieved in our book. Of course, as soon as you have finished a recording session, there are always some little bits and pieces you would rather have done differently, but as long as they stay at a minimum everything is fine. With this recording we have become a lot more mature we'd say. The songwriting is a lot better and more thought-through, it is still chaotic and fast but as a whole, the album is a lot more consistent than the last one. We definitely made the album we intended to make." Though developing as musicians and songwriters, Deathstorm stay true to what they love: Old School Teutonic Thrash Metal; therefore Blood Beneath the Crypts shows progress in quality, not in style: "We got better at playing our instruments, got some tricks up our sleeves with regard to writing songs and gained a lot more experience with the recording process. Basically the new material does not differ a lot from the older stuff, it is just, and as I have mentioned above, more mature and 'thought-through'. So generally speaking, approaches were actually not changed at all rather than improved."

After first reducing the band to a three-piece, Deathstorm have re-grown into a quartet by adding Steindl on second guitar. Mac on his newest band mate: "He actually already joined in late 2012, shortly before As Death Awakes was released. On Blood Beneath The Crypts he contributed some of his ideas as well as a shitload of hellraising and mind-bending guitar leads from beyond." New band members often bring some changes; so how much Damage is still left in Deathstorm? "DEATHSTORM basically is 100% DAMAGE plus another 25% Steindl. It is still the same vision, the same hunger and the same attitude. We started off with a more speed metal oriented sound, you know, those typical Kill 'em All riffs etc. After a while it naturally progressed into heavier and more evil sounding compositions. On the one hand we got faster and faster but on the other we also included mid-tempo parts, which got as far as even having hints of Doom in our music. The doomier parts are fairly 'new' but mid-tempo stuff could already be heard on our second demo Less Silence, More Violence with songs like Desperate Acts or Satan’s Spell."

One particularly cool song on Blood Beneath the Crypts is the last track I saw the Devil, especially because it has this unusual opening riff with a deep black touch. "Thank you very much! But to be honest we do not really understand how quite a lot of people tend to hear Black Metal influences in our material. Of course there are some hints in tracks like Consummate Horror off of last year's The Gallows EP or Nihilistic Delusion from the debut full-length, but to us our sound is way more on the death metal side of things." Mac himself finds it hard to pick a favourite song: "We actually love all songs equally since they are our blood. But if we had to pick one, we'd probably choose Verdunkeln and Murder of a Faceless Victim. We debuted Murder... during a gig at Helvete in Oberhausen last September and Verdunkeln last week at the 'Alpine Steel Festival' and they are one hell of a lot of fun to play live. The crowd reactions are great as well. Those songs give and take a lot of energy which is what we are aiming for."

So far reviewers are haven been very pleased with Deathstorm's true-to-the-bone mid 80's old school attitude & music and for sure this can be said about Blood Beneath the Crypts, too. It's another offering of uncompromising Old School Thrash in the veins of the legendary Kreator and other Teutonic Thrash heroes. Is that right or is there anything missing, any other influential band you would name? "No, this is 100% correct. German heroes like (old) Kreator and especially Sodom are some of our main influences. Other than that it is the classics like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Priest, KISS... (the list goes on forever)"

With a title like Blood Beneath the Crypts it's no surprise that the album's lyrics deal with death and dying, but Mac is more an expert on the topic than most other thrash vocalists are: "Besides studying I work as a mortician, so death is pretty much the omnipresent topic throughout all of our songs."

Blood Beneath The Crypts was recorded within five days in December 2015 in a small studio in Graz called SiSi Top Studios, as Mac reports: "It's a very small studio and we have become good friends with the studio owner. We also recorded The Gallows EP there. Basically it is very hard to find a suitable place for a band like us in our region. People here do not understand our music at all."

Blood Beneath the Crypts was mixed in Magnus 'Devo' Andersson's Endarker Studio.

What was working with him like? He is widely known as the bassist in Swedish Black Metal commando Marduk, but does he also have a real connection to Old School Thrash? "Working with him was great! He's a very relaxed and fast working person who completely immersed himself into what we wanted. He is a big collector of Slayer as far as I know, so there you have the connection."

The cover artwork was again drawn by Linda Nygren, a Swedish artist working under the nom de guerre 'Henbane Art & Illusions', who already contributed cover artworks for the previous records. Linda has also worked for The Wounded Kings and other bands; how did Deathstorm get in touch with her? "She is the girlfriend of Peter Liden, the owner of I Hate Records, our former label, and he got us in touch with her. She's a very talented artist and she has always delivered great work!"

As mentioned above, earlier this month Deathstorm played the Alpine Steel Festival, a very small, very underground fest with a strict Austrian-bands-only policy: "Playing there was great and indeed a total success. We debuted a lot of new material, which was very well received by the crowd. The fest is organized by Bruder Cle (Deaf Forever, ex-Rock Hard writer) and some other people, total die-hards who know the ropes. Definitely the best festival on Austrian soil!" Talking about Austrian soil, Mac almost goes into a rage when asked about his opinion on the recent Austrian (Thrash) Metal scene: "To make it short, there are three bands worth mentioning, namely Kringa, Ewig Frost, Triumphant. Those are the only bands that somehow developed an 'international' status. Other than that it is very weak. Especially Styria (where we are from) is beyond horrible. Bands tend to be 'fun projects' that are nothing more than a parody of what they actually want to be. It is disgusting." Having signed with High Roller, Deathstorm can be sure that Blood Beneath the Crypts will get all the attention it deserves. Mac remembers how he first got in touch with us: "After As Death Awakes had been released Steffen contacted us. He was interested in working with the band and we met at KIT 2013 where we had a little chat. After that we were not 100% sure if the band got what it takes to work with a big label like High Roller so we did not accept his offer immediately. Two years and another EP later we knew that now it was time to get in touch again. Steffen was still interested and we sealed the deal. We are very happy to be a part of the High Roller family and are excited about what's to come."

It's maybe unlikely, but does the song title Verdunkeln have anything to do with the Black Metal band from Aachen of the same name? Mac denies: "I'm sorry but I have never heard of them before, so no. Since we like German song titles a lot we thought that the term Verdunkeln would be a perfect piece to fit into the Blood Beneath The Crypts-jigsaw-puzzle." Now with all the details discussed, Mac has one last thing to say: "People who are into honest and trend-free music definitely should give it a listen and people who are into chaos and mayhem definitely should come to see our live shows! Other than that, all has been said. Thank you very much!"
High Roller Records / BLIZZEN - Genesis Reversed
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Blizzen, along with Alpha Tiger and underground sensation Stallion, are at the forefront of the new 'new wave of traditional German Heavy Metal'. Formed in February 2014 by Andi Heindl (guitars), Marvin Kiefer (guitars), Gereon Nicolay (drums) and Daniel Steckenmesser (vocals and bass), the band's first mini-album Time Machine received rave reviews in the German metal press (winning them a lot of fans in the process). "Yeah, that's quite unbelievable," gleams bassist/vocalist Daniel Steckenmesser, spokesperson of Blizzen. "We simply recorded the music we liked. It's a real surprise that there's so many fans out there liking the same stuff as us. Because of all the splendid reviews the EP got, a lot of new doors opened up for the band. I am very grateful for that, to be honest."

At the beginning of their career, Blizzen were compared to label mates Stallion maybe once too often. It's totally likely that the new album Genesis Reversed will put to sleep those comparisons once and for all. The record features strong traditional Metal tunes such as Trumpets Of The Gods (one of the best songs on the album) along with slightly speedier numbers such as Masters Of Lightning, Skid Into Death. "Musically, we all share the same values," says Daniel about how Blizzen approached the songwriting of the new record. "That definitely helps. Somebody has got an idea or a riff and we collectively work out the song. I am of the opinion that with Genesis Reversed we have matured a bit. We still stick to our musical roots but we have progressed in a certain way. We are 100% satisfied with how the album turned out. Actually, we can't wait to hold the finished product in our hands. And we are very much looking forward to perform the songs off Genesis Reversed outside of our own rehearsal room."

Strictly speaking, this has already been the case. When Blizzen performed live on the little festival tour alongside thrash metal sensation Space Chaser from Berlin, Tracer (kind of a sidekick of Space Chaser), Pripjat and Dust Bolt, they already played three new songs off the new album at each gig. The mentioned tour was organized by the bands themselves and carried the slogan 'No bookers, no rivals, no bullshit'. "That's right", agrees Daniel. "But to be honest, the organization of the whole thing was mainly handled by Space Chaser and by Pripjat. And they both did a fantastic job. Those festivals were great for all the bands who participated. Our first record Time Machine had been recorded in September 2014 and came out in April 2015. So by the time we played those fests, it was more than a year old. We were continuously writing new material, so it was only logical for us to play some brand new songs live as well."

"Genesis Reversed has more complex song structures and deeper lyrics", continues Daniel on the topic of how Blizzen have progressed in comparison to Time Machine. "The new album has been recorded and mastered in the same studio as Time Machine. Our guitarist Marvin has got a new amp – so maybe that's why the record is sounding a tiny bit different."

The main influences for Blizzen have stayed the same though: "We do love the old Teutonic Metal stuff, Accept and Running Wild. And old German thrash as well. That's maybe why we have this kind of 'Teutonic' edge to our style. But we are certainly not going out saying: 'Right, let's write a song which sounds like Tyrant'. It would be quite ridiculous to think that, actually."
Massacre Records / HIGHLORD: Line-up Update + Album Teaser
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
The release of HIGHLORD's new album Hic Sunt Leones is merely a month away!

The Italian Power Metal outfit has now introduced its newest band member - keyboardist Davide Cristofoli!

The band comments: "Davide is a young and extremely gifted musician, already known in the Heavy Metal scene, having played the ivory keys for such bands as Black Corsair, Sound Storm, Amethista, Resintear, and many more."

HIGHLORD furthermore teased the upcoming release of the official video clip for the new song One World At A Time off the new album.

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

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Massacre Records / ELM STREET Live Dates
Posted by: Denis / 27.05.2016
Australia's finest ELM STREET are going to release a new album next month!

Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions. The living legend Ken Kelly is responsible for the killer cover artwork.

ELM STREET recently announced a few gigs that are going to take place in Australia, including the record release show in Melbourne on July 23rd:
  • 02.07.2016 AU Brisbane - The Back Room
  • 09.07.2016 AU Newcastle - The Vault
  • 23.07.2016 AU Melbourne - Cherry Bar
  • 04.11.2016 AU Sydney - The Bald Faced Stag Hotel (Steel Assassins True Metal Festival)
ELM STREET's second album Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist will be released on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records.

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Imperative PR / Russia's FROZEN OCEAN release huge back catalogue for less than the price of a CD
Posted by: Denis / 26.05.2016
Frozen Ocean have enjoyed unprecedented success over the last few months with the release of their latest EP, The Prowess Of Dormition. Released on February 26th by Apocalyptic Witchcraft, Prowess... has been inundated with praise from around the world.

However, the Frozen Ocean story began long before the release of The Prowess Of Dormition. Over the last decade Vaarwel, the artist behind the Frozen Ocean name, has released an array of startling, diverse and thrilling albums and EPs, which range in style from ambient reflection to furious blackened rage! Now, Vaarwel is opening up the kingdom of Frozen Ocean and for a limited time, a huge selection of past releases will be available in a variety of vastly discounted bundles from groupees.com.

The different bundles will include Frozen Ocean releases ranging from 2008s Depths Of Subconscious up to 2015s Prills Of Remembrance and a selection of merchandise, limited edition items and unreleased material.

This is a magnificent opportunity for everyone to discover the glorious past of Frozen Ocean, the creative steps which have lead to the release of The Prowess Of Dormition.
Stormspell Records / DETEST
Posted by: Denis / 26.05.2016
The upcoming DETEST album will be called The End of All Ends.

Here's what Micke Därth had to say about it:
"The upcoming DETEST album will be called "The End of All Ends happened - we had split at the time - somewhere '91 - '92. Some of the tracks lacked lyrics, a solo-part or a chorus, that have been polished up to be able to make a full album. Two of the tracks were written for the band Twilight (Beyond Twilight) in the early days of that band, but never got past the rehearsal room, we're talking mid 90's. One of the tracks were actually recorded with Detest (me and Jörgen), but that track was not finished, until now. Here is the track-list:
  1. The Solemn Avenger
    A re-write for Twilight of the Detest-track 'The Avenger'. Detest fans can see it as a continuing saga of 'The Avenger'.
  2. Final Hour
    A couple of the riffs were written during the Detest-period, but never used. Was arranged and fully written with the aid of Andreas Lagerin in Twilight mid 90's. Andreas was good enough to put his solo down again for this recording.
  3. Divide and Conquer
    Track written in '91 and demo-recorded by myself between bands (Detest - Twilight).
  4. Rebellion
    Same story as 03.
  5. Away
    Detest-track first recorded '89 by myself and Jörgen Svahn. Polished up for this occasion.
  6. The Savior
    Same story as 03.
  7. Aim Higher
    Written for Twilight mid 90's. Been polished to match Detest-sound better. Never got past rehearsal-room.
  8. Thoughts of Love
    Written for Hellrats - my band that preceded Coma and Detest. Has much of what Detest became, written '87.
  9. Renegade
    Same story as 03.
  10. Light In the Sky
    Same story as 03
  11. The Creatures
    Same story as 03
  12. The End of All Ends
    Same story as 03. A good way to seal the Detest legacy.
An hour of never heard Detest-material is about to come your way soon."


Once again Yannick Bouchard draws the cover art and all interior illustrations in the vein of the original Thundersteel style, featuring the old warrior in his red-white-black glory of course!

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Napalm Records / DUST BOLT release first lyric video for track 'Allergy'
Posted by: Denis / 26.05.2016
It's only been five years since Southern Germans DUST BOLT won the W:O:A Metal Battle 2011 – five years the band used to transform themselves from hot newcomers into national Thrash heroes with their debut Violent Demolition! These Bay Area aficionados are ready to drop their third full length Mass Confusion now. The band's relentless touring plus constant fine-tuning of the their sound have finally paid off: the old school songwriting is focused and free of ballast weight, yet despite all the rage and aggression there is still plenty of breathing space for melodic guitar work, gang shouts and ten ton grooves.

Here's the first lyric video for the track Allergy.

Get ready for Mass Confusion – out on July 8th via Napalm Records.
    Wanna see them live on tour? Here's your chance:
  1. 02.04 Iron Force Festival - Stans (SWI)
  2. 14.05 Metalheadz Open Air - Oberndorf
  3. 26.05 M:O:A Open Air - Büßfeld (GER)
  4. 27.05. Rockavaria Open Air - München (GER)
  5. 28.05 Rage against Racism Open Air – Duisburg (GER)
  6. 10.06 Kuckucksnest - Berchtesgaden w/ Power Trip (GER)
  7. 17.06 Hellfest Open Air - Clisson (FRA)
  8. 02.07 Tepih Na Paleti Open Air - Petišovci (SLO)
  9. 08.07 Rockharz Open Air - Ballenstedt (GER)
  10. 16.07 Dong Open Air - Halde (GER)
  11. 22.07 Agressive Music Fest - Pohori (CZ)
  12. 23.07 R:U:D:E Open Air – Bertingen (GER)
  13. 26.07 Free and easy Festival – München (GER)
  14. 12.08. Brutal Assault Festival (CZ)
  15. 13.08 Trafostation 61 Festival - Frechen (GER)
  16. 26.08 Coast Rock Open Air - Emden (GER)
  17. 02.09 Metallergrillen Open Air - Rockenhausen (GER)
  18. 03.09 Bonebreaker Festival - Kleinwenkheim (GER)
  19. 24.09 Angerfest - Luxemburg (LUX)
  20. 15.10 Metal Scar Festival - Luzern (SWI)

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GlobMetal Promotions / Esperoza finishes new album
Posted by: Denis / 25.05.2016
Moldovanian symphonic Extreme/Dark Metal band Esperoza finished the work on their new album Aum Corrupted. The album will be released on WormHoleDeath Records and Aural Music this summer.

The band was formed by Zoya Belous and Dmitrii Prihodko in 2010. In 2012 they released their debut EP Tempest, and in 2014 the band released a full length album Esperoza. This was followed by concerts, festivals and a tour in Moldova, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine.
Som do Darma / Brazilian Rock and Metal bands shout to the world: f*** politics, listen heavy music!
Posted by: Denis / 25.05.2016
In recent months the world has been following the developments of the political, moral and economic crisis plaguing Brazil. The most recent episode - and most important to date - was the removal of President Dilma Roussef through impeachment. All Brazilian citizens expect that the problems begin to be solved in this new political stage of the country, although many others believe not.

Between the right and left politics are Rock and Metal musicians from Brazil that has accompanied all that is happening and hope to live in a better country - regardless of partisan issues - but living for many years in the midst of many difficulties, learned to care for their careers on their own, without any help from public or private spheres.

It is because of this that at a time like this, these bands can say: f*** politics, listen heavy music! Below there are some samples proving that, regardless the crisis, heavy music is in excellent health in Brazil:

UGANGA - One of the most important thrashcore bands from Brazil leaded by Manu Joker, ex-Sarcófago. They are for 20 years on the road, toured all over Europe (twice) and have five albums released, one recorded live in Germany. Guerra (Official Video Clip).

MAESTRICK - Brazilian Progressive Rock/Metal band Maestrick got with its debut album, Unpuzzle. H.U.C. (Official Video Clip).

HIGHER - This band is formed by experienced and renowned musicians from the Brazilian Jazz scene, but, with a differential: they play Metal! Heavy and loud Metal! Break The Wall (Official Video Clip).

PRIMATOR - Traditional Heavy Metal band from Sao Paulo. Their debut album was praised by the Brazilian press and their second effort will be produced by Mario Linhares (Dark Avenger). To Mars (Official Video Clip).

PSYCHOTIC EYES - Experienced Death Metal band from Brazil with two praised albums released. Psychotic Eyes is now in studio recording what will be the first acoustic Death Metal album of the history! Throwing Into Chaos (Live).

SIOD - "This hate I feel... Against the Brazilian Culture... The country only moves.. After the end of Carnival!" . This words, sang in Portuguese, are the first verses of the song esSIODio ('This Hate', in English), of the new Brazilian Metal band, Siod. The message is simple and direct and could not come in a most appropriate moment. esSIODio (Lyric Video).
Spinefarm Records / AMARANTHE ENTER STUDIO TO WORK ON FOLLOW UP TO 'MASSIVE ADDICTIVE'
Posted by: Denis / 25.05.2016
Swedish Melodic Metal forerunners Amaranthe have officially entered the studio to work on the follow up to 2014's breakthrough album MASSIVE ADDICTIVE, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release and which enjoyed healthy U.S. rock radio airplay in support of the singles Drop Dead Cynical and Digital World.

The new album is due out in October. Watch the teaser here.

Amaranthe will spend their summer laying waste to stages at all of the relevant European rock festivals before embarking on a near-constant global touring schedule after the album's release.

"As some of you no doubt have heard by now, we have entered Top Floor studios with Jakob Herrman in Gothenburg to record our fourth album," said guitarist Olof Morck. "It is extremely exciting to be back in the creative zone after spending two years traveling the whole world in support of MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. We will spend one month here recording drums, bass and guitars before once again moving onto Jacob Hansen's studio in Denmark for vocal recordings and mixing."
He continued, "We are beyond thrilled about the new material, which is certainly Amaranthe's most diverse so far; our trademark bleeding edge modern Metal is ever-present, but fused with an even wider range of genres than before, featuring everything from stadium rock, the latest in pop music innovation, and danceable super-hits. Expect these tunes to enter your mind permanently —never to leave— later this year!"

In other Amaranthe news, they've racked up some new certifications. The band's single Nexus went gold and Amaranthine and Hunger have gone platinum — all in their home country Sweden.
'Live at Teatro delle Voci': the new EP by The Italians
Posted by: Denis / 24.05.2016
The Italians, Rock band made in Treviso, are the perfect 'Britalian' mix, merger of British rock and Italian passion, elements that stand out in all their vitality in the new EP Live at Teatro delle Voci recently recorded by the group and outgoing on June 15, 2016.

Four songs written by London singer-songwriter William Knight and arranged with Italian bassist Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham) and young drummer Alessandro Miazzi. The result is a rough, rock sound, exquisitely natural, made of vibrations which express at best the atmosphere of the lyrics, often critical towards social stereotypes. The music becomes a series of messages, pure expression of feelings, emotions, criticism of the human component that creates the social context.

"The EP was recorded in a single breath, a day of registration full of meaning and adrenaline, also possible thanks to the professionalism of the Teatro delle Voci team (Treviso, Italy). No editing, overdubbing ... old style! We are very proud of this". This is the band's comment, which is now getting ready to introduce the songs to the audience on several live gigs. "In the summer we will have several occasions in northern Italy to play and present our work, hoping to soon return to the studio to record an entire album."

Together with the official release of the EP, the band has also launched its first video Live in the studio, live witnessing of the making of the EP.

The EP Live at Teatro delle Voci will be released on June 15 in CD digipack and on digital stores and it is already available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
Imperative PR / ThrOes - This Viper Womb (Tasmanian Dissident Metal)
Posted by: Denis / 24.05.2016
Some bands, some artists, some albums stand alone. They don't slip neatly into a genre pigeonhole; they don't readily display a host of obvious influences and inspirations, they don't toe the party line or say all the right things to woo fans to their banner. Trent Griggs is such an artist, ThrOes are such a band and This Viper Womb is most definitely such an album.

This Viper Womb grew at its own pace, coming into being over a number of years. It is the worldview, the philosophy, the truth of Trent Griggs. Every element of this music, every word of these lyrics has been crafted meticulously to convey this truth. With the assistance of notorious Australian Metal scene vocalist, James Ludbrook and current Suffocation drummer, Kevin Talley (also ex-Misery Index, ex-Six Feet Under, ex-Dying Fetus and a host more) Trent Griggs has brought an incredible extreme Metal album to life; wild and unrestrained yet perfectly planned – chaos within structure, structure within chaos.

With the established 'rules' of Metal having little relevance to ThrOes, Griggs, like other great pioneers, has created his own genre – Dissident Metal... population one.

"I stand by the fact that I feel ThrOes does not sound like anything else in Metal" the band mastermind explains. "I feel it is in opposition to 90% of Metal on a stylistic and thematic level and I do not care one bit about belonging to a group or limiting my style to a few enforced adjectives by authorities I do not follow."

Welcome to This Viper Womb. There is knowledge to be found here, there are lessons to be learned. There is thrilling, original music and a sound like no other. This is Dissident Metal. This is ThrOes.
SPV / VARDIS release new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 24.05.2016
NWoBHM veterans VARDIS release a new lyric video for the song Paranoia Strikes taken from their comeback album Red Eye.

Steve Zodiac says about the song: "Paranoia Strikes is about the animal instinct for self preservation amplified to the point of mania. It's potential is within us all, but Emperors, Dictators and the like seem to be especially susceptible. In that sense paranoia is the flip side of egomania: an excess of power, wealth or drugs can bring both to the surface. My starting point was that animal trigger in humanity, so this track was written to be feral and frenzied, with savage riffs."

The new album Red Eye will be released on May 20th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl. 2 bonus tracks + poster), LP version in red vinyl and download (iTunes exclusive contains 2 bonus tracks).
    Tracklisting:
  1. Red Eye 4:08
  2. Paranoia Strikes 3:36
  3. I Need You Now 3:26
  4. The Knowledge 4:24
  5. Lightning Man 3:33
  6. Back To School 3:36
  7. Jolly Roger 5:15
  8. Head of the Nail 4:22
  9. Hold Me 4:59
  10. 200 M.P.H. 7:47
    DIGI PAK BONUS TRACKS
  11. Living Out Of Touch 3:31
  12. 200 M.P.H. (Reprise) 3:38
    VARDIS live 2016
  • 12.05.E-Ibiza – Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
  • 03.06.SE-Alvesta – Muskelrock
  • 26.06.GB-Biggar – Wildfire Festival
  • 30.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
  • 17.09.I-Villa Rosa - Heavy Metal Night 9
  • 03.12. GB-Sheffield – Hard Rock Hell NWoBHM
Vivaldi Metal Project - release date announced
Posted by: Denis / 23.05.2016
Vivaldi Metal Project are very thrilled to announce that the long-awaited album The Four Seasons will be released on July 22nd 2016 by Pride&Joy Music.
NoiseArt Records / SUICIDAL ANGELS release new live video taken from 'Division Of Blood' bonus DVD
Posted by: Denis / 23.05.2016
The new album of Greek Thrash Metal tank SUICIDAL ANGELS will be entitled Division Of Blood. The follow up to their highly acclaimed 2014 album, Divide and Conquer will be released on May 27th, 2016 via NoiseArt Records.

The limited digipak edition of Division Of Blood includes the bonus DVD Conquering Europe with a entire live show from 2015 and a tour documentary with interviews and backstage footage.

Now, the band have released a live video from the song Divide & Conquer, taken from the bonus DVD of the upcoming album.

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Nuclear Blast / RAGE - third album trailer launched
Posted by: Denis / 23.05.2016
Iconic German Metal trio RAGE are set to release their upcoming studio album called The Devil Strikes Again, on June 10th via Nuclear Blast. Now, the band have launched the third album trailer in support of this upcoming release.

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Punishment 18 Records / Extrema premiere new song and music video 'Carcasses'
Posted by: Denis / 23.05.2016
Italian Thrash act Extrema will release The Old School EP on May 27 via Punishment 18 Records. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere its new song and music video, Carcasses. The track was originally written in 1987 and features brand new production and guest guitarist Ralph Salati of Destrage.
BOYZ TYME RECORDS / Sergeant Steel show off ballad video
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
Austria's Hard Rock band #1, Sergeant Steel showcase a further music video to promote their actual album Riders Of The Worm. Now Where My Heart Is is online.

Full-length record Riders Of The Worm was released globally last November. There's no better time than spring, for a ballad video such as Where My Heart Is.

Lead singer Phil Vanderkill talks about the concept behind the clip: "Where My Heart Is probably contains everything you may love or even hate about power ballads: A mysterious beauty, a sentimental musical performance and tons of rose leafs."

The album was done by famous producer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, etc.) in Nashville/Tennessee.
Arthorium Records / DARK WITCH releases 'To Valhalla We Ride' lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
Brazilian true Heavy/Power Metal band DARK WITCH is promoting the lyric video for song To Valhalla We Ride. The track is part of The Circle of Blood CD released in late 2015 via Arthorium Records.

The song promoted in the new lyric video, To Valhalla We Ride, presents the fastest facet of the band, with an instrumental which references the aggressiveness of groups like MANOWAR, and counting with a technical chorus of multiple voices full of energy and pleasantness, flirting with the Power Metal of bands like ICED EARTH and BLIND GUARDIAN of the 90s.

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GlobMetal Promotions / Intoxicated Rage released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
American Heavy/Thrash Metal band Intoxicated Rage released their debut EP Patient Zero Boston. The band is currently playing shows in the Boston and Worcester, MA area and will be opening for Apocalyptica May 21st at the Palladium in Worcester, MA.

Intoxicated Rage is a Metal band based out Boston, MA. The band was founded in 2015 by Giuseppe Mellone and Sean Brady.
Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC release new lyric video for 'No More Shadows', Victor Smolski to take part in 24h race
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
ALMANAC, the symphonic metallers led by ex-RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski, unleashed their debut album, Tsar, in March via Nuclear Blast. This was followed by their first successful European tour with ORDEN OGAN and MANIMAL and, now, the band present another song off that record in the form of a lyric video - No More Shadows.

Other things are also rapidly moving to the next stage for guitarist Smolski: invited by motorsport legend Armin Schwarz and the Subaru Team, Victor will take part in ADAC Zurich 24h Race 2016 at Nurburgring, the legendary 'Green Hell', next week. About 160 teams, more than 600 pilots and about 200,000 spectators are expected.

Victor: "After many weeks of hard training, I really look forward to take part in the 24h Race at Nurburgring for the tenth time! After special coaching by rally legend Armin Schwarz, taking part in rally and Nascar events, a lot of sports in the mountains, on the water and on stage with ALMANAC, I'm ready for the next challenge."
Massacre Records / HEAVENWOOD album re-release
Posted by: Denis / 20.05.2016
HEAVENWOOD's third album Redemption, originally released in 2008, will be re-released!

The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The artwork's been created by Jobert Mello (Sabaton, Primal Fear, Leaves' Eyes).

Special guests on Redemption are Gus G. (Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne), Jeff Waters (Annihilator) and Tijs Vanneste (Oceans of Sadness).

The re-release of HEAVENWOOD's Redemption will see the light of day on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records, whetting every fan's appetite for the new album The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part 1, which will also be released via Massacre Records in late July 2016.

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NoiseArt Records / AFTER ALL first single and video of 'Rejection Overruled' released
Posted by: Denis / 19.05.2016
The flagship of the Belgian Metal scene, AFTER ALL, are going to release their new Thrash Metal hammer Waves Of Annihilation on June 10th via NoiseArt Records.

Now, the band just released the first digital single Rejection Overruled. Make sure to check the video for Rejection Overruled.

The band will officially launch Waves Of Annihilation with a live performance at Skullfest in Wervik, Belgium, on June 11th.

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Cruz del Sur Music / DARK FOREST 'Beyond The Veil' cover artwork revelead
Posted by: Denis / 19.05.2016
Cruz del Sur Music are extremely proud to introduce you to one of the greatest original cover artwork ever featured on label's release... Upcoming Dark Forest Beyond the Veil (release date Aug 26) features the amazing artwork provided by Duncan Storr, the English Artist that has made the history of Metal providing amazing paintings for Skyclad and Rage.

Dark Forest has recently finished the recordings of Beyond The Veil at HellFire Studio, and own studio's mastermind Ajeet Gill is actually in the process of mixing and mastering. The album is almost 70 minutes long, featuring 13 tracks of astonishing Heavy Metal with folk and medieval elements in. Tracklist will be revealed soon together with the first audio samplers.
Divebomb Records / BANSHEE TO REISSUE 'RACE AGAINST TIME + CRY IN THE NIGHT' IN JULY
Posted by: Denis / 18.05.2016
Rising from the Midwestern Hard Rock scene of the mid-'80s, BANSHEE was a band that balanced traditional Heavy Metal with melodic Hard Rock with winning results. Featuring former members of such underground Kansas City groups as Granmax and Frodo, BANSHEE was fronted by Tommy Lee Flood, a vocalist that many have compared to Ronnie James Dio in his range and power. A few years after forming, BANSHEE self-released their Cry in the Night EP, selling so many copies independently that both Metal Blade and Atlantic Records courted the young act.

BANSHEE ended up signing on with A&R legend Jason Flom at Atlantic Records, but not before licensing the EP to Metal Blade, in turn bringing international attention to the group. 1989 found the quartet releasing their debut album, Race Against Time, an 11-song collection that focused on their more melodic tendencies. Despite MTV's Headbangers Ball giving the band's Shoot Down The Night video healthy airplay, behind-the-scenes drama lead to Banshee being dropped by Atlantic Records. The group would break up in 1993 after releasing their Take 'Em By Storm that year on their own Snowblind label.

Now, over 30 years since BANSHEE formed, Divebomb Records is excited to bring you the Race Against Time + Cry In The Night 2 CD set with each release pressed on its own CD. The remastered collection will feature archival BANSHEE photos from throughout their career as well as reversible covers. In addition, there's a new interview with guitarist Terry Dunn done by NoEcho.net's Carlos Ramirez especially for this reissue. With both titles long out of print, this is your chance to own two pieces of melodic hard rock gold all over again.

FOR FANS OF: LEATHERWOLF, SHOK PARIS, OMEN, LIZZY BORDEN

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InsideOut Music / Headspace: announce European live dates
Posted by: Denis / 18.05.2016
Headspace's new album All That You Fear Is Gone was released back in February, and following the previously announced UK festival dates, the band has confirmed some select European shows in December. The band, featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold), Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath, Snakecharmer), Pete Rinaldi (Hot Leg, Dido, One Eskimo), Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Steve Hackett, Jeff Lynne's ELO), and (Babyshambes, Dido, One Eskimo), will play the following dates:
  • 20th December - Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • 21st December - Zoetermeer, Boerderij, Netherlands
  • 22nd December - De Bosuil,Weert, Netherlands
    This is in addition to the already announced UK festival appearances:
  • 24th July - Ramblin Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone
  • 12th August - Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Cropredy, Banbury
The band had this to say about the dates: "It's been really tricky this year to plan any live dates due to Lee's commitments with ELO and mine with Black Sabbath but all the stars have aligned and we've managed to fit in some live shows which we're excited to be doing!" - Adam Wakeman.

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Nuclear Blast / DEATH ANGEL Rob Cavestany talks about the guitars on 'The Evil Divide'
Posted by: Denis / 18.05.2016
San Francisco Bay Area Thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will release their eighth studio album, The Evil Divide, worldwide on May 27, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. Now, the band have released their fifth in-studio video. In it, guitarist Rob Cavestany talks about the guitars on The Evil Divide.

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Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars 'Sworn To Secrecy' title-track videoclip posted on-line
Posted by: Denis / 17.05.2016
Thrashers Mindwars has posted on-line the videoclip of the title track of their new studio full-length titled Sworn to Secrecy. The album's released by Punishment 18 Records.
Divebomb Records / HARD KNOX REISSUE COMING IN JULY
Posted by: Denis / 17.05.2016
Divebomb Records are excited to finally announce the reissue of HARD KNOX mega rare Psyco's R Us album this July. The label started this in 2011 and this time has finally arrived for this once super rare album to be enjoyed by everyone!

Drawing from a wide range of influences that spanned from Led Zeppelin and Bad Company, to early AC/DC and the Scorpions, and even further to Fates Warning and Savatage; Salt Lake City, Utah's HARD KNOX got its start when vocalist Therron Arrington and guitarist Chris Gigliotti began recording early tracks in—of all places—a closet in Chris' mother's house.

The quintet grew to achieve local notoriety—helped along by opening slots for acts like David Lee Roth, Great White, Mr. Big, Slaughter, and even Pantera (among many others)—but after interest from Atlantic Records failed to result in a suitable recording contract, HARD KNOX decided to strike out on their own to self-release a full-length album, Psyco's R Us, in 1993.

The 10-song release carried a sound representative of the changing landscape of hard rock at the time—Skid Row meets Mother Love Bone; or, as the band describes, equal parts Dirty Looks, Kix, Alice in Chains. HARD KNOX promoted the album by plastering the town with full-size posters to support a continued onslaught of live gigs. However, the hard rockin', hard partyin' lifestyle eventually caught up with them, and the band self-destructed before they were able to capitalize on the momentum they had built.

Out of print for decades and now an increasingly rare collector's item (once cited in VH1's list of the '100 Rarest Hard Rock CDs'), original copies of the album have sold on eBay for astronomical prices of more than $300. After years of trying, Divebomb Records is now thrilled to finally present this deluxe reissue of Psyco's R Us including HARD KNOX's original four-song demo (one track from which also appeared on KBER 101's The Best of Rock From the Wasatch Front compilation CD) fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording; and including a brand new interview with vocalist, Therron Arrington, alongside archival photographs. For the fans, by the fans!

FOR FANS OF: DANGEROUS TOYS, SPREAD EAGLE, CATS IN BOOTS, DIRTY LOOKS, KIX
    TRACK LIST:
  1. Freight Train From Hell
  2. R.R. Tracks
  3. Feels So Good
  4. OGA
  5. Psyco's R Us
  6. Not So Bad
  7. Hairy Kari
  8. You're A Mess
  9. Keepin' Up
  10. Pushin'
    BONUS TRACKS
  11. Don't Point Your Finger
  12. Pushin' (Demo)
  13. Will We Make It (Demo)
  14. She Do It For Money (Demo)
Som do Darma / Brazil's Maestrick announces title and concept for new studio album
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
Espresso Della Vita was the title chosen by Fabio Caldeira (vocal and piano), Renato 'Montanha' Somera (bass) and Heitor Matos (drums) for this new Maestrick studio effort. The album will be conceptual and released in two separated discs. The first one, Espresso Della Vita: Solare is already being recorded at Rush Studios and also at Blue Note Studios, both in Sao Paulo state. The production brings the signature of the renowned Adair Daufembach that already worked with bands such as Project46, Jhon Wayne, Hangar, Trayce, Hevilan, among others.

Expected to reach the stores in the second half of 2016, Espresso Della Vita: Solare is an observation of human life like "if it was a train ride", explains Fabio Caldeira.

"When departed, we started a new learning cycle when we meet people, things, feelings and landscapes. We witness the boarding of new passengers, as well as the landing of other, sometimes beloved ones, until one day it is time for our own landing - and the continuity of learning, out of there. Everything will spend a period of one day, with the first album, Solare, that will have 12 songs representing the 12 hours of the day. The second will be called Lunare and will also have 12 songs representing 12 hours of the night."

Still according to Fabio, Espresso Della Vita: Lunare will be recorded and released separately, but must be considered a complementary work to the first one. "Not only in terms of concept and lyrics, but musically Lunare will also be complementary to Solare."

In order to not let fans without new stuff until the release of Espresso Della Vita: Solare, Maestrick decided to solve the problem paying a tribute to those bands that most influenced them. This is the EP The Trick Side Of Some Songs that includes new versions that Maestrick done for classics of Beatles, Yes, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rainbow, Jethro Tull. The Trick Side Of Some Songs is already available for free download at the band's official site and will also count with a limited physical edition to be out still in May.
GlobMetal Promotions / Daedric Tales released new single
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
Austrian symphonic Power Metal band Daedric Tales released their new single Sleepers Awake. The female fronted band made their brand new song available for free download and released lyric video on their YouTube-channel.

At the same time Daedric Tales started a crowdfunding campaign to fund the mixing and mastering of their new upcoming EP Cult Of Ashes and their first full length album The Divine Menace.
Vivaldi Metal Project track-list announced
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
Vivaldi Metal Project are happy to show you the official track-list of the album. Full credits for each song on project's web page.
  1. ESCAPE FROM HELL
  2. THE ILLUSION OF ETERNITY
  3. VITA part 1: Darkness; part 2: Light
  4. EUPHORIA part 1: Metamorphosis; part 2: Into the Game
  5. SUN OF GOD
  6. IMMORTAL SOUL
  7. THUNDERSTORM
  8. THE AGE OF DREAMS
  9. ALCHEMY part 1: The Abyss; part 2: Canto; part 3: Golden Number
  10. STIGE
  11. THE MEANING OF LIFE
  12. THE FINAL HOUR
  13. GRANDE MADRE
  14. DOOMSDAY part 1: Skyfall; part 2: Doomsday; part 3: Resurrection
Century Media / Voivod North American tour starting next week; European summer dates announced
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
Canadian Progressive sci-fi Metal innovators VOIVOD will kick off their North American 'Post Society' tour next week in continued support of their latest release, the Mini-CD entitled Post Society - EP, out now via Century Media Records. Joined by King Parrot and Child Bite; the 'Post Society' tour will be followed by European Summer festival dates beginning in August. All upcoming shows below (Updates marked *):
    VOIVOD, King Parrot, Child Bite - 'Post Society' North American Tour 2016:
  • 05.19.2016 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
  • 05.20.2016 San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box
  • 05.21.2016 Austin, TX - Barracuda
  • 05.23.2016 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
  • 05.22.2016 McAllen, TX - Yerberia Cultura*
  • 05.23.2016 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
  • 05.25.2016 Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
  • 05.26.2016 Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
  • 05.27.2016 Salt Lake City, UT - Liquid Joes
  • 05.28.2016 Las Vegas, NV - Vinyl / Hard Rock Café
  • 05.30.2016 Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
  • 05.31.2016 Flagstaff, AZ - Green Room
  • 06.01.2016 San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
  • 06.02.2016 Los Angeles, CA - The Whisky A Go Go
  • 06.03.2016 Santa Ana, CA - The Underground
  • 06.04.2016 Fresno, CA - Strummers
  • 06.07.2916 San Jose, CA - The Ritz*
  • 06.08.2016 San Francisco, CA - Slims
  • 06.09.2016 Eugene, OR - WoW Hall
  • 06.10.2016 Portland, OR - Dante's
  • 06.11.2016 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
  • 06.12.2016 Victoria, BC - Distrikt
  • 06.13.2016 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
  • 06.15.2016 Calgary, AB - Dickens
  • 06.16.2016 Edmonton, AB - Starlight Room
  • 06.17.2016 Regina, SK - The Exchange
  • 06.18.2016 Winnipeg, MB - Good Will Social Club
  • 06.19.2016 Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
  • 06.21.2016 London, ON - Call The Office
    VOIVOD at festivals 2016:
  • 06.25.2016 Montebello, QC - Amnesia Rockfest *
  • 07.23.2016 Mexico City (Mexico) - Hell & Heaven Fest
    VOIVOD - Live in Europe 2016:
  • 08.09.2016 Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival After Party *
  • 08.10.2016 Copenhagen, Denmark - Beta *
  • 08.11.2016 Berlin, Germany - Hellfire Fest 3 @ Bi Nuu + Unearth *
  • 08.12.2016 Jaromer, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault
  • 08.13.2016 Leeuwarden, The Netherlands - Into The Grave Festival
  • 08.15.2016 Warsaw, Poland - Hydrozagadka *
  • 08.17.2016 Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club *
  • 08.19.2016 Cagliari, Italy - Cueva Rock *
  • 08.20.2016 Pianella Di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet *
  • 08.21.2016 La Spezia, Italy - Spazio Boss *
  • 08.23.2016 Zürich, Switzerland - Werk 21 *
  • 08.24.2016 Essen, Germany - Turock *

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Limb Music / New MASTERS OF DISGUISE EP
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
After their successful second album The Savage And The Grace and their exciting tour with OMEN in Spring 2015 MASTERS OF DISGUISE felt the need to return to their musical roots and to make tribute to their dedication to the US Metal of the 1980s.

Before beginning work on their third, regular long player, MASTERS OF DISGUISE releases the EP The Fine Art Of Aging Gracefully off their own bat, recorded & mixed by Coldsmith, mastered by Eroc. It introduces an unforgettable renaissance of the 80s US Metal scene, and MASTERS OF DISGUSE feel it their duty to uphold the spirit and feeling in modern times, they bring new life into US-(Speed) Metal classics.

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Pure Steel Records / WIDOW 'Carved In Stone' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 24th June 2016
Posted by: Denis / 16.05.2016
The release date of the WIDOW album Carved In Stone is June 24th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on June 10th, 2016 in label's webshop.

Five years after Life's Blood, North Carolina's beauties WIDOW present a brand-new album that will leave no one indifferent. Carved In Stone is a fifth album released over the last thirteen years. This album marks the arrival of a new drummer, who joined the already established singers/guitarists John E. Wooten IV and Cristof Bennett. The band still plays a wonderful mix of traditional American-rooted Hard Rock and fine old-school Metal. When listening to the songs, one cannot help but notice the qualities one would traditionally find in classics like OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER, VAN HALEN or even hints of LION, in a Metal style that the band fully masters and even brings to new grounds. WIDOW will dazzle the listener with strong titles like Another Time and Place or And We Are One. Headbanging and fist pumping tracks like Wisdom and Of the Blood We bind could even awake a dead body from its torpor. Then, like a rollercoaster, WIDOW slows the pace down with Time On Your Side, but soon sets all engines on again with songs like Borrowed Time and Live by the Flame. This album is definitely a must.
    TRACKLISTING
  1. Burning Star
  2. Carved In Stone
  3. Another Time and Place
  4. Wisdom
  5. Time on Your Side
  6. Borrowed Time
  7. And We Are One
  8. Anomaly
  9. Live By The Flame
  10. Of The Blood, We Bind
  11. Nighttime Turn
  12. Let It Burn

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Exiled on Earth signs for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
Punishment 18 Records has announced the signing of Italian metallers Exiled on Earth. The Progressive Speed metallers, that comprised members of Rosae Crucis, Maelstrom, T.I.R., are ready to release their new, second full-length album later this year.
Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL to tour Europe in November!
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL recently completed a European tour, during which they also filmed the concert in Oberhausen, Germany. At that show they played the classic albums Horrorscope and Feel The Fire in their entirety, for an upcoming DVD release. Now the band are working on the next studio album whose release is scheduled for October. But now, OVERKILL are already announcing the corresponding tour. Support on this trek will come from US sludge Metal kings CROWBAR, Israel-based metallers SHREDHEAD and Aussie thrashers DESECRATOR.

Vocalist Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth commented: "Let the killing begin, yes, yes, yes, here we go again. With a lead foot and speed, and a hammering stampede, as our ears they will bleed... we are preparing to start recording our next project... indeed. The riffs and ideas have been flying and exploding, all systems are go and the 'wheels' are rolling. This October, the next OVERKILL, we will be there... will you?"
    Killfest 2016 w/ CROWBAR, SHREDHEAD, DESECRATOR
  • 02.11. CH Zürich - Dynamo
  • 03.11. I Brescia - Circolo Colony
  • 04.11. I Pinarella - Rockplanet Club
  • 05.11. A Graz - Explosiv
  • 06.11. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
  • 07.11. D München - Backstage
  • 08.11. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
  • 09.11. D Köln - Essigfabrik
  • 10.11. D Erfurt - HSD Erfurt
  • 11.11. D Osnabrück - Hyde Park
  • 12.11. D Weissenhäuser Strand/Ostsee - Metal Hammer Paradise
  • 13.11. D Berlin - SO36
  • 15.11. PL Warsaw - Progresja
  • 16.11. PL Krakow - Kwadrat
  • 17.11. H Budapest - Barba Negra Club
  • 18.11. A Vienna - Szene
  • 19.11. CZ Zlin - Winter Masters Of Rock
    More OVERKILL dates:
  • 14.06. RUS St. Petersburg - A2 (w/ ONSLAUGHT)
  • 15.06. RUS Moscow - Yotaspace (w/ ONSLAUGHT)
  • 17.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
  • 18.06. D Gardelegen - Metal Frenzy
  • 19.06. B Dessel - Graspop
  • 13.07. D Balingen - Bang Your Head!!! Festival
  • 15.07. S Gävle - Gefle Metal Festival
  • 16.07. E Barcelona - Rock Fest

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Nuclear Blast / KREATOR announce European headlining tour w/ SEPULTURA & SOILWORK
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
In early 2017, German Thrash giants, KREATOR, will tour Europe in support of their upcoming, yet untitled new record. Legendary guitarist/singer Mille Petrozza and his crew will be accompanied by a varied as well as iconic billing. Brazilian-American extreme Metal pioneers SEPULTURA are announced to be direct support to the headliners, followed by visionary Swedish Melodic Death metallers SOILWORK and Belgium's finest Death/Grind outfit, ABORTED.

Commented Mille Petrozza: "Finally we are gonna be back on a headlining tour through Europe again. It will be more than two years by then since our last run and we have some amazing ideas for a new stage show, supporting our new album. It will be nothing less than spectacular, I promise! Looking forward to see all of you Metal maniacs in 2017. And this will just be the beginning..."
    KREATOR | SEPULTURA | SOILWORK | ABORTED
  • 02.02.2017 NL – Tilburg, 013
  • 03.02.2017 DE – Munich, Tonhalle
  • 04.02.2017 DE – Hamburg, Mehr! Theater
  • 06.02.2017 DK – Copenhagen, Amager Bio
  • 07.02.2017 NO – Oslo, Rockefeller
  • 12.02.2017 EE – Tallinn, Rock Cafe
  • 13.02.2017 LT – Vilnius, Siemens Arena
  • 15.02.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
  • 17.02.2017 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
  • 18.02.2017 DE – Berlin, Columbiahalle
  • 19.02.2017 CH – Pratteln, Z 7
  • 21.02.2017 IT – Trezzo, Live Club
  • 22.02.2017 FR – Grenoble, Summum
  • 23.02.2017 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
  • 24.02.2017 ES – Madrid, Riviera
  • 25.02.2017 FR – Toulouse, Bikini
  • 26.02.2017 FR – Paris, Bataclan
  • 28.02.2017 UK – Manchester, Academy
  • 01.03.2017 IR – Dublin, Vicar Street
  • 02.03.2017 UK – London, O2 Forum
  • 03.03.2017 BE – Torhout, De Mast
  • 04.03.2017 DE – Essen, Grugahalle

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Napalm Records / GRAVE DIGGER entering the studio & support Blind Guardian on tour this fall
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
GRAVE DIGGER's last collection of all-new material, Return Of The Reaper, was released in July 2014 via Napalm Records. The latest album was Exhumation - The Early Years, a special 35th-anniversary album containing re-recorded versions of the band's absolute classics with a dynamic and powerful sound of 2015.

Now it's time to release some new all-time hits! The band featuring frontman Chris Boltendahl has announced that they are entering the studio in June to begin recording their new album for an early 2017 release.

In the meantime meet these Heavy Metal legends live on tour together in North America with their German mates in BLIND GUARDIAN:
  • 09.09.16 US - Tampa / Orpheum
  • 10.09.16 US - Fort Lauderdale / Revolution
  • 12.09.16 US - Wilmington / Ziggy´s By The Sea
  • 13.09.16 US - Chapel Hill / Cats Cradle
  • 15.09.16 US - New York / Webster Hall
  • 16.09.16 US - Worcester / Palladium
  • 19.09.16 CA - London / London Music Hall
  • 20.09.16 US - Pontiac / Crofoot
  • 22.09.16 US - Omaha / Sokol Auditorium
  • 23.09.16 US - Milwaukee / The Rave
  • 24.09.16 US - Fort Wayne / Piere´s Entertainment Center
  • 26.09.16 US - Houston / Warehouse Live
  • 27.09.16 US - Dallas / Gas Monkey Live
  • 29.09.16 US - Denver / Summit Music Hall
  • 30.09.16 US - Salt Lake City / Complex
  • 01.10.16 US - Las Vegas / House of Blues
  • 02.10.16 US - San Diego / Observatory
  • 04.10.16 US - Los Angeles / The Fonda Theatre
  • 05.10.16 US - San Francisco / Fillmore

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Napalm Records / MORTILLERY music video premiere for track “Torture”
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
Canadian Thrash act MORTILLERY will release their new album Shapeshifter on May 27 via Napalm Records. In anticipation, the band is pleased to premiere their new song and music video for the track Torture.

MORTILLERY are on a clear mission to deliver true Thrash Metal, standing out with their smashing riffage, raw energy and dynamic female vocals. Drawing influence from a wide range of artists such as Judas Priest, Death Angel, Detente, Warfare, Holy Moses the unstoppable force of Mortillery is reminiscent of the glory days of Bay Area Thrash, as well as the primal aggression of hardcore/punk.

Wanna see them live on tour? Here's your chance together with Suicidal Angels, Evil Invaders, Skull Fist:
  • 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

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Massacre Records / HIGHLORD track list for a new album
Posted by: Denis / 13.05.2016
HIGHLORD's 8th album Hic Sunt Leones is set to be released on June 24, 2016 via Massacre Records. The Italians have now officially revealed the tracklisting of the new album.

Hic Sunt Leones was recorded, produced and mastered by the band's bassist Massimiliano Flak, and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studio. Massimiliano Flak is also responsible for the album's cover artwork.

Apollo Papathanasio (ex-Firewind, Spiritual Beggars) and Linnéa Vikström (Therion) have contributed guest vocals on the new album.

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Som do Darma / Primator - watch the new video clip 'To Mars'
Posted by: Denis / 12.05.2016
To Mars - never released before, the song was written by Dark Avenger's vocalist, Mario Linhares.

"A great discovery of the Brazilian Metal". This phrase was said by experienced and respected singer Mario Linhares, from the band Dark Avenger, about Sao Paulo's traditional Heavy Metal act Primator.

Primator is, indeed, a legitimate representative of the new generation of Brazilian Metal, although already count on experience and respect earned through its super praised debut album, Involution, voted one of the 'Best Brazilian Metal Albums from 2015' by the Brazilian webzines Heavynroll, Mundo Metal and Roadie Metal.

The friendship between Primator and Mario Linhares became even closer when, in April last year, Dark Avenger and Primator shared the stage in Sao Paulo. The approach also ended up yielding Linhares announcement as producer of next Primator's studio album. Mario Linhares also presented the group with a song of his own entitled To Mars which ended up turning a music video.

Produced by Daniel de Sá, the shootings for To Mars occurred at Pedreira do Icatu, in Votorantim/Brazil, same disabled mine that was used in 2012 for a memorable show of Focus, the legendary Dutch Progressive Rock band. All the scenes were filmed at night and shows the band on a literally incendiary performance.
InsideOut Music / Ayreon 'The Theater Equation' full trailer launched
Posted by: Denis / 12.05.2016
Ayreon's The Theater Equation DVD/Blu-Ray package was recently announced for release on the 17th June 2016, and you can now watch the full trailer for it here.

In September 2015, over the course of four sold-out shows, Ayreon's legendary progressive rock concept album The Human Equation was brought to life as a full-blown musical production at the Nieuwe Luxor theater in Rotterdam.

This limited run of performances was witnessed by die-hard fans from across the world, but now Arjen Lucassen's story can be witnessed by all, as a recording of the final night of those special evenings is being released as both a DVD & Blu-Ray package on the 17th June 2016. The Theater Equation is subtitled in nine different languages and includes nearly one-and-a-half hours of bonus content.

Arjen comments: "Even today as I write this, I am amazed and touched by how hard everyone worked and how much love and care they generously gave to make it all happen. Sometimes the dream becomes reality!"

The stage show stars Dream Theater frontman James Labrie in his original roll as 'Me' and features nearly the entire cast of vocalists from the original 2004 album. The main cast is supported by a specially put-together 19-strong Epic Rock Choir. This is a unique document of an undertaking that was surely once in a lifetime.
    CAST:
  • James LaBrie as 'Me'
  • Devon Graves as 'Agony'
  • Heather Findlay as 'Love'
  • Eric Clayton as 'Reason'
  • Magnus Ekwall as 'Pride'
  • Marcela Bovio as 'Wife'
  • Irene Jansen as 'Passion'
  • Anneke van Giersbergen as 'Fear'
  • Jermain van der Bogt (Wudstik) as 'Best Friend'
  • Mike Mills as 'Rage/Father'
  • Nienke Verboom as 'Nurse'
  • Peter Moltmaker as 'Doctor'
  • Anita van der Hoeven as 'Mom'
    BAND:
  • Ed Warby: Drums
  • Jeroen Goossens: Flutes and woodwinds
  • Johan van Stratum: Bass
  • Maaike Peterse: Cello
  • Ben Mathot: Violin
  • Marcel Coenen: Guitars
  • Freek Gielen: Guitars
  • Erik van Ittersum: Keyboards/synths
  • Ruben Wijga: Keyboards/synths
  • Epic Rock Choir
The Theater Equation will be available as a deluxe artbook version including blu-ray, 2DVD's & 2CD's, as well as a special edition 2CD & DVD digipak, standalone blu-ray & digital audio download. Signed pre-orders for the world will be available exclusively through the InsideOut Europe shop from the 20th May.

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My Kingdom Music / EVERSIN present the lyric video of SEPULTURA's classic 'Refuse/Resist'
Posted by: Denis / 12.05.2016
Italian Thrash Metal masters EVERSIN present the lyric video of the cover of SEPULTURA's classic Refuse / Resist featuring as very special guest on vocals Mick Montaguti from ELECTROCUTION with a devastating performance!

The song is part of FLAGELLUM DEI out soon on Club Inferno Ent., My Kingdom Music sublabel, and it is the second single from the last full-length Trinity: The Annihilation. The single will include three other songs, Flagellum Dei, For The Glory Of Men MMXVI in a new version and a remix of the song We Will Prevail realised by Mario De Castro from JACK JUMPER.
Imperative PR / Thus Defiled (old school UK Black Metal) An Unhallowed Legacy
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
While Thus Defiled have already announced the digital re-release of their two sought after EPs – A Darker Beauty and Fire Serpent Dawn – that was never going to be enough to satisfy the die-hard fans. For them these treasured parts of the Thus Defiled legacy were always going to deserve something more... and here is everything they have been hoping for...

Both A Darker Beauty and Fire Serpent Dawn are set to be released together in a lavish, ancient grimoire style packaging, wrapped in images of the arcane, the demonic, and the infernal denizens of the multitudinous planes of hell. All six of these skin-flaying tracks of wild magic and furious metal appear in their newly remastered forms and together represent a breathtaking firestorm of an assault on the senses. Of all the many, many albums of British black metal that have followed in the wake of the pioneering gods of Venom, there have been precious few that can stand their ground when confronted with An Unhallowed Legacy. All but the elite must drop their gaze and shuffle back into the shadows with all their pretence and weakness exposed in the blaze of Thus Defiled's unholy fire.

An Unhallowed Legacy is a documenting of two incredibly powerful releases from British Black Metal's history, but also a monumental release in its own right. Beautifully presented, this is an essential release, destined to make an indelible mark upon the scene – and one that will command respect and reverence for years to come. A fitting testament to a band that has commanded incredible reviews since their birth in 1992, found the ear - and radio airplay - of legendary DJ John Peel (of the eponymous Peel sessions) and joined artists such as Black Sabbath on an album covering the UK's rich occult musical heritage.

LABEL: SHAOWFLAME PRODUCTIONS
RELEASE DATE: 06/06/16
GlobMetal Promotions / Bootlegs is back in studio
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Thrash Metal band Bootlegs is back in studio. The band decide to record their old songs from the backlog that was never released before, with some new stuffs. Most of these songs have been played live sometime in the past. The new material should be ready later this year and be followed by tour over Europe.

Bootlegs was one of the bigger names in Iceland Metal history at the end of last century, between 1986 - 1991, playing pure old - school unadulterated Thrash Metal. The band released 4 full length albums, and the band last album Ekki fyrir viðkvæma that was released last year received many positive reviews from all over the world.
Metal Media / Astafix streaming new music video, 'Karma Kill'
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
The Brazilian modern Thrash Metal band, Astafix, released the second music video from their new album, Internal Saboteur.

The song is Karma Kill, track that opens the album. The clip was directed by Maicon Damasceno.

The album Internal Saboteur was recorded at Norcal Studio and produced by Brendan Duffey with cover created by artist Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Machine Head, Soulfly, Distraught, etc).
Jolly Roger Records / ACCIAIO ITALIANO FESTIVAL 6
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Acciaio Italiano Festival 6 - 14th May, Borderline (Modena, Italy)

Acciaio Italiano ('Italian Steel') is a live festival born from an idea of Jolly Roger Records to promote best Hard & Heavy Italian bands, arrived to 6th edition in a row. This year will take place in Modena (North Italy, near Bologna) at Borderline Club. Doors opened at 17:00 PM, ticket 6,00 €. We wait you, join us!
    The Bands:
  • CRIMSON DAWN (Doom) 17:35 - 18:10
  • GODWATT (Doom, Stoner) 18:25 - 19:00
  • DEATHLESS LEGACY (Horror Metal) 19:15 -19:50
  • RAIN (Hard Rock) 20:05 - 20:45
  • BLACK OATH (Cursed Rock) 21:00 - 21:40
  • WITCHWOOD (Hard Rock 70's) 21:55 - 22:45
  • HYAENA (Heavy Metal) 23:00 - 23:50
  • ANCILLOTTI (Heavy Metal) 0:05 - 0:55
Stormspell Records / Drifter
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Ten years ago, when the label was making it's first baby steps, one of the first releases which put it on the map was a demo collection by DRIFTER. A decade later, it is still one of label owner's personal favorites, and it is only fitting to go the full circle and re-release their two albums: Reality Turns to Dust and Nowhere to Hide.

Instead of re-releasing the demo collection, which has been sold out for quite a while, the label is going to add the demos as bonuses to the albums. There also will be a very special bonus on Nowhere to Hide - a song from the album recording sessions which was not used previously.

The band is no longer active, but their legacy lives on!

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Scarlet Records / NATIONAL SUICIDE – NEW SIGNING AND NEW ALBUM 'ANOTHEROUND'
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
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 will be 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.

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Scarlet Records / FAITHSEDGE 'RESTORATION' DETAILS REVEALED
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Faithsedge have revealed the details of their new album Restoration. The tracklist is as follows:
  1. Never A Day
  2. Jennifer
  3. You Cannot Give Up
  4. Faith And Chris
  5. Her Way Back
  6. Regret At All
  7. This War
  8. Taking Our Lives
  9. Let You Breathe
  10. This Is Everything
Restoration is Faithsedge's 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 will be released on Scarlet Records in Europe and North America on June 24th and on Spiritual Beast in Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan on June 15th.
Pitch Black Records / Crimson Fire join Pitch Black Records
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
Pitch Black Records welcomes Greek Heavy/Power metallers CRIMSON FIRE into its artist roster and announces the band's sophomore release Fireborn out on June 3rd!

Originally formed in 2004, Greek Heavy metallers CRIMSON FIRE are a band that remains faithful to the passion and glory of 80's Heavy Metal. The sound is there, the licks and kicks and riffs are there, along with the high-pitched vocals and powerful and melodic music, all blended nicely together to make you want to raise your fist way up high into the air and headbang like there's no tomorrow!

With a number of notable performances listed on their CV, including the support slot during a mini tour of Canadian band Anvil, CRIMSON FIRE have quickly gained a large number of loyal followers and in 2010 released their debut album (Metal is Back) which is now sold out.

Their new album, Fireborn is about re-inventing one's self. The idea of the circular process of life is represented by the mythical creature 'Phoenix' and through its prism we look at different aspects of this interminable process, be it youth, love, revenge, personal struggle, politics, new beginnings as well as endings, etc. It symbolizes man's power to face and overcome any kind of difficulty in order to emerge even stronger.

With 12 tracks clocking in at 42 minutes and an average song length of around 3.5 minutes this is an album filled with catchy and 'no BS' songs that will simply make you reach for that leather jacket and pick up your air guitar while the album's blasting through the speakers!

Fireborn will be out on June 3rd on CD and digital with pre-order links coming soon. The song Bad Girl is now available for streaming and free download while a video clip for the same song has also just been released!
Cruz del Sur Music / MAUSOLEUM GATE to release 'Metal And The Might' 7-inch
Posted by: Denis / 11.05.2016
MAUSOLEUM GATE announces the release of a new 7" entitled Metal and the Might, to be released on Cruz Del Sur Music on June 17, 2016.

Those who have enjoyed MAUSOLEUM GATE's self titled debut album will definitely appreciate this release as well. Moving in between the late 70s proto-Metal and the aggressive approach of the NWOBHM spirit, the two new songs (the title track and Demon Soul) follow the same line drawn by the band on the debut album. Title track can be heard here!

With their unique sound and authentic approach, the band emotionally touches the emotional cords of every Metal fan looking for genuine Metal not trying to appeal to the mainstream consumer but rather following its own path and profile.
Imperative PR / The Drowning (UK Doom/Death) Senescent Signs
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Throughout their career The Drowning have demonstrated an incredible ability to carve out the very heaviest of riffs and sear into them heartrending sorrow, bitter anguish and overwhelming melancholy; emotion so unquestionably true that it has a profound effect on those who connect with their staggering sound. They have refined their artistry with the passage of time, channelling ever deeper emotions into the languid waters of their songs, painting in ever more beautiful, sombre shades. From the strength and maturity displayed on 2008s This Bleak Descent, onward to the magical split album with fellow Doom/Death stalwarts My Silent Wake, Black Lights And Silent Roads. From the towering majesty of their 2011 album Fall Jerusalem Fall to... silence; five long years of silence, during which time vocalist James Moore said his goodbyes to the band he had fronted for so many years.

But now the silence is broken. New vocalist Matt Small has stepped up to the mic and from the silent darkness The Drowning have been reborn, bringing with them the most spectacular album of their storied career. Senescent Signs is an incredibly evocative album that possesses all the qualities of The Drowning's past, bleak triumphs – but it also opens out its arms, reaching with cold hands into previously unexplored chambers of your heart. Matt Small's deep vocals, raw with emotion are entwined in guitar melodies that sing beautiful, heartfelt laments. White mists of atmosphere rise from the songs, enfolding riffs like ancient stone and painfully beautiful solos and guitar lines. The sheer depth and quality of the song writing is breathtaking, surpassing all The Drowning's former glories and tracks like Never Rest, The Lament Of Faustus are simply unforgettable.

Senescent Signs is an album that demands The Drowning be recognised as the masters of their art that they so truly are. Its implacable tide is irresistible and all who hear it will be swept up in its dark embrace, swallowed by its chilling waters. Release your failing grip on the shore and surrender to The Drowning...
    Line-up:
  • Matt Small – Vocals
  • Mike Hitchen – Guitar
  • Jason Hodges- Guitar
  • Steve Hart – Drums
  • Richard Moore – Bass
Genre: Doom/Death Metal; for fans of Paradise Lost, Shape Of Despair, The Vision Bleak, Candlemass
LABEL: CASKET MUSIC
RELEASE DATE: 03.06.16
    Track List:
  1. Dolor Saeculi
  2. Broken Before The Throne
  3. Betrayed By God
  4. Never Rest
  5. At One With The Dead
  6. House Of The Tragic Poet
  7. Dawn Of Sorrow
  8. When Shadow Falls
  9. The Lament Of Faustus
GlobMetal Promotions / Anthroplague released new album
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Canadian Blackened Death Metal band Anthroplague released their debut album Inoculation.

Anthroplague was formed in 2013 by Daniel Weselak. He then brought in Tony Masiuk on drums, and later James Frederick on bass. The band released their first demo in 2015.
Furia Music Press / Shadowside bassist Magnus Rosén in Swedish TV channel playing the Game of Thrones theme song
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Swedish bassist Magnus Rosén, currently a member of Brazilian Metal band Shadowside, made an appearance SVT2, one of the most traditional TV channels in Sweden. The musician was invited by the program 'Edit: Parisa Amiri' to perform an interpretation of the theme from the famous and enigmatic 'Game of Thrones' TV series.

Magnus's performance was energetic, just like what it used to be like for him on stage during the time when he was a member of Hammerfall. Check out the video performance here.

The bassist, who recently came back from a solo tour in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, is about to announce more information about the worldwide release of his solo album The World Changes.

With Shadowside, Magnus is getting ready to begin recordings of the band's new album in June 2016, which will feature the collaboration of Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) on the songwriting of two songs in the album and the production of Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Evergrey, Bring me the Horizon, Hammerfall), same producer of the previous Shadowside album Inner Monster Out.

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SKYCLAD work on brand new album; early years Best-of announced for May
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
BMG is currently re-launching legendary German Metal label Noise Records; starting with the release of a series of 2CD Best Ofs by Kreator, Helloween, Kamelot, Sinner, Running Wild, Tankard, Grave Digger, SKYCLAD.

SKYCLAD's A Bellyful Of Emptiness – The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1991 – 1995 is due to be released on May 27th 2016.

Noise also announced an eight track Album Sampler featuring the following songs:
  • Helloween – Dr Stein
  • Kreator – Betrayer
  • Tankard – Space Beer
  • Running Wild – Conquistadors
  • Skyclad – Thinking Allowed
  • Grave Digger – Heavy Metal Breakdown
  • Kamelot – We Are Not Separate
  • Sinner – Born To Rock
Meanwhile SKYCLAD are 'hard at work' on their yet unnamed 13th studio album.

Following the return of guitarist Dave Pugh to the band's line-up as a permanent member in 2014, SKYCLAD played several major festival shows including France's Hellfest Open Air Festival and England's Bloodstock Festival before being forced to take a year long break in 2015.

This February, SKYCLAD got back together to work on the successor to the band's 12th studio album In the... All together.

The band comments: "We're really excited about having Dave back in the band. He's a fantastic guy, a great musician and songwriter! The whole band is really inspired, and we're making good progress on the album. Most of the bits and pieces are there already.
Even though we played a couple of 'old school shows' recently, the new LP definitely won't be a Thrash album; but it will be no typical folk Metal album either. We'll use all the options we now have – with 3 Guitarists, additional vocals, fiddle, keyboards, bass and drums – to create an album that will be the same but different. 100% Skyclad!"


SKYCLAD hope to release the new album within the next 12 months. The band's next live appearance will be at Germany's Dong Open Air in July 2016.

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Sabaton new album
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Right now Sabaton are in the studio, along with the producer Peter Tägtgren, recording an album that will mark a brand new chapter in Sabaton history.

Now the band can reveal the first details of the album that will be released world wide on August 19:th. Sabaton decided to name it THE LAST STAND.

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Divebomb Records / DEATHROW’S LIFE BEYOND SEES OFFICIAL REISSUE
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Formed in western Germany in 1984 under the name Samhain and releasing three demos prior to rechristening themselves DEATHROW in 1986 for their debut full-length outing, Riders of Doom (a.k.a. Satan's Gift) — DEATHROW's early years laid a foundation of relentless Teutonic Thrash. In 1988, however, guitarist Thomas Priebe was replaced with Uwe Osterlehner, which ushered in a much more technical and dynamic approach for the group's third album, Deception Ignored.

Four years later, having severed ties with Noise Records, 1992's Life Beyond became DEATHROW's lone outing as a part of the growing roster of West Virginia Records (run by Andy and Sabina Classen from Holy Moses). Having decided that Deception Ignored may have been overly complex in hindsight, the quartet opted to streamline their approach for album number four: injecting Deception Ignored's intricacy and melody with a dose of focused, aggressive Thrash from their early roots—a fitting end to the 'second phase' of DEATHROW's career.

Now, nearly 25 years later, Divebomb Records is proud to present this expanded reissue of DEATHROW's Life Beyond fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, and including a slew of archival photographs direct from the band plus full lyrics as well as a brand new essay by Andrew Aversionline (of NoEcho.net) with participation from guitarist, Uwe Osterlehner. For the fans, by the fans!

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HELION PRIME JOIN DIVEBOMB RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
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 and 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, résumés 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!
InsideOut Music / Karmakanic announce forthcoming new album 'DOT'
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Sweden-based Progressive rockers Karmakanic have announced the release of their fifth album DOT for the 22nd July 2016. 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).

Jonas Reingold had this to say about the album and its themes: "I got my inspiration to start writing DOT when I stumbled upon a text by the famous American author and astronomer Carl Sagan a while ago. He was talking about how small and insignificant we are in this vast universe.
It's fascinating to think that this little dot is all we are and all we'll ever be. It gives us perspective. And I think perspective is a great tool for making good choices."


DOT also features a track co-written with Jonas' old buddy and colleague from The Tangent, Andy Tillison, and he also contributes Hammond organ on the epic track God, The Universe and everything else no one really cares about which clocks in at nearly 30 minutes. You can find the full track-listing below:
  1. Dot
  2. God The Universe And Everything Else No One Really Cares About Part. 1
  3. Higher Ground
  4. Steer By The Stars
  5. Travelling Minds
  6. God The Universe And Everything Else No One Really Cares About Part. 2
The artwork for DOT was created by Hugh Syme, who has previously made covers for Rush, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden. The album will be available as a CD/DVD digipak (featuring 'The Making Of DOT', Karmakanic Live In The US and Interviews), LP with CD & digital download.

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InsideOut Music / Haken launch video for 'Earthrise'; new album 'Affinity' out now
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
London-based Progressive Metal band Haken have released their much anticipated new album Affinity, and to celebrate they have launched a video for the track Earthrise.

The band had this to say about the new video and album release: "Earthrise is definitely one of the more joyful, upbeat and colourful songs on Affinity so we wanted to have some fun with this video. Miles at Crystal Spotlight pulled it out of the bag again and the visuals he's created hopefully add a new dimension to a song that's already proving to be quite popular with our fans!"

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Denner - Shermann to release full-length album, 'Masters of Evil', on June 24th via Metal Blade Records
Posted by: Denis / 10.05.2016
Twin guitar legends of Mercyful Fate Michael Denner & Hank Shermann have completed the mixing and mastering of their new Denner / Shermann full-length album, Masters Of Evil – to be released by Metal Blade Records on June 24th.

The album cover was painted by Swedish artist Thomas Holm, who also created the Satan's Tomb artwork – and who is very well known amongst fans for his standout pieces over the past three decades! The mixing was once again handled by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden – who engineered their critically acclaimed EP, Satan's Tomb. Mastering was done once again by Maor Appelbaum in Los Angeles, California. The vintage sound on the new record harkens one back to the days of 2 inch tape machines, long nights in dark studios, and huge consoles glowing under dim incandescent light.

Masters Of Evil contains 8 new Denner / Shermann tracks that continue right where the EP left off. Building upon the musical foundation of the Satan's Tomb EP, these songs cover the entire gamut of Heavy Metal nuances and take the listener down a mysterious path where tales of dark, supernatural fantasies are told, transporting you to places that can only be found in the most vivid, blood curdling nightmares.

Masters Of Evil is fully loaded to satisfy the old fans with just what they would expect – and also injected with menacing, sinister, new surprises that could only come from the sonic DNA of Michael Denner and Hank Shermann.

"After Satan's Tomb, we continued aggressively writing and recording ideas, except for the short break we took to do all the press for the release of the debut. We are very excited with the outcome, and the full-length album is ready to be unleashed this summer," says guitarist Hank Shermann.

Vocalist Sean Peck comments, "This record really has it all I think. Working with Hank and Michael and the guys creating this record, was the ultimate Metal thrill ride for me! I can't wait to hear the fan reaction to this sinister sonic salvo of savagery!"

Michael Denner also adds, "This new record really shows how the five of us have grown as a band and bonded as songwriters. It contains the kind of compositions I believe our fans would expect from us. I think this release will serve as kind of a tribute to our incredible fans worldwide, as we recognize and acknowledge their die hard loyalty over the years."

The first single, Angel's Blood, comes right at you with a sonic sledge hammer! Once the guitars hit your ears, the unmistakable trademark guitar sound of Michael Denner and Hank Shermann is instantly recognized. Prepare yourself for a Heavy Metal thrill ride!

With the upcoming Denner / Shermann release on June 24th, also comes live touring. Ever since the first announcement that this guitar duo was reforming, many show requests have been received from all over the world. Now with a full complement of original songs to draw from, look for the group to bring those to a city near you very soon.
    Masters of Evil track-listing:
  1. Angel's Blood
  2. Son of Satan
  3. The Wolf Feeds at Night
  4. Pentagram and the Cross
  5. Masters of Evil
  6. Servants of Dagon
  7. Escape from Hell
  8. The Baroness
Y.O.C. new track exclusively on our pages
Posted by: Denis / 09.05.2016
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!

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25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Odyssea
"Storm"

2. Legend of Valley Doom
"Marius Danielsen's Legend of Valley Doom part 1"

3. Exlibris
"new album"

4. Estate
"Voshozhdenie (Ascension)"

5. Odium
"The Science of Dying"

6. Blazon Stone
"new album"

7. Pokerface
"Divide And Rule"

8. Nova Epica
"new album"

9. Masters of Metal
"From Worlds Beyond"

10. Neutral
"new album"

11. Motorhead
"Bad Magic"

12. Radiance
"Undying Diabolyca"

13. Narnia
"new album"

14. Mystik
"Perpetual Being (demo)"

15. Faith No More
"The Real Thing"

16. Steelwolf
"No One Gets Away"

17. Mystical Warning
"demo"

18. Rankelson
"The Bastards of Rock 'n' Roll"

19. Rankelson
"Hungry for Blood"

20. Muro
"demo"

21. Muro
"demo"

22. Iron Maiden
"The Book of Souls"

23. Morbid Jester
"new album"

24. Morbid Jester
"promo"

25. Montany
"new album"


15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. Death Dealer (US)
2. Legend of Valley Doom
3. Masters of Metal
4. Pokerface
5. Radiance
6. Steelwolf
7. Rankelson
8. Ghost
9. Harlott
10. Act of Defiance
11. Battlecross
12. Detonator
13. December XII
14. Wildestarr
15. Atland

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