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Imperative PR / Formicarius to support Hate & Speek Kills 7 launches
Posted by: Denis / 05.12.2016
Black Metal beasts Formicarius have added a final date for 2016 to their live agenda. The band will be appearing at The Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park on December 12th as part of a bill guaranteed to bring an extra chill to the dark winter nights. Our corpse-painted fiends – invited on to the bill due to fan demand - will be kicking off a show that also features Polish heavyweights Hate, Spanish savages Noctem and UK Folk metallers Isarnos.

Formicarius are currently in celebratory mood after their inclusion on Sony/Music For Nations compilation album Speed Kills 7 and the fantastic response to their stunning Lake Of The Dead video, so come along and raise a glass with them as they round off a very successful year.

Of course, this has all just been the beginning...
SPV / EDENBRIDGE announce 'The Great Momentum'
Posted by: Denis / 05.12.2016
The Austrian symphonic Metal act Edenbridge surrounding vocalist Sabine Edelsbacher spent more than a year working on their latest album. Now guitarist/composer Lanvall has announced the release date at last: The Great Momentum will be available from 17 February 2017.

As its predecessor The Bonding (2013), The Great Momentum was also produced by Lanvall and again mixed by Karl Groom (Threshold) at his Thin Ice Studio in Surrey, England. The mastering was taken care of by Mika Jussila (Stratovarius, among others) at the renowned Finnvox Studios. Among the guests featuring on the album are vocalist Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T, Nordic Union) and the Junge Philharmonie Freistadt orchestra. In addition, Edenbridge will introduce on their upcoming release their new drummer Johannes Jungreithmeier, whose powerful drumming has contributed to the recording's great dynamism and who is set to tour
  • Austria and Vietnam with Edenbridge next February and March.

    Lanvall: "We're really happy to present our toughest and at the same time most bombastic album in The Great Momentum. I am confident that my enthusiasm for this record will be confirmed by our fans' reactions."

    The Great Momentum will be released February 17th, 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as 2CD digi (bonus CD with instrumental versions), 2LP gatefold (golden vinyl), Boxset (incl. 2CD digi, 2LP, poster, sticker, button, patch, mousepad, handsigned photocard), download and stream.
      Tracklisting
    1. SHIANTARA (5:51)
    2. THE DIE IS NOT CAST (5:15)
    3. THE MOMENT IS NOW (4:21)
    4. UNTIL THE END OF TIME (4:36)
    5. THE VISITOR (5:54)
    6. RETURN TO GRACE (5:13)
    7. ONLY A WHIFF OF LIFE (3:44)
    8. A TURNAROUND IN ART (7:32)
    9. THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL (12:18)
      LIVE 2017
    • 24.2. A-Traun – Spinnerei
    • 26.2. A-Wien – Szene

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    Pure Steel Records / ASSASSIN'S BLADE 'Agents of Mystification' limited vinyl edition cover, tracklist, releasedate: 27th January 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 05.12.2016
    The release date of the ASSASSIN'S BLADE album Agents of Mystification on limited vinyl is January 27th, 2017. The pre-order phase will start on January 13th, 2017 in label's webshop.

    Ever since they heard the rumour that Jacques Bélanger was working on a new project, the first since his EXCITER days (The Dark Command, Blood of Tyrants, New Testament), the Metal legions have been expecting a new classic. Bélanger had joined forces with a trio of Swedish musicians, bassist/song writer/lyricist Peter Svensson (Void Moon, TRAP), guitarist/song writer David Stranderud (ex-PORTRAIT, INSTIGATOR, TRAP) and drummer Marcus Rosenkvist (Void Moon) to write some exciting new material. During the recording, Janne Stark (known from Overdrive and author of the Encyclopedia of Swedish Heavy Metal books) contributed with guitar solos on most of the songs. The result is simply amazing. Make no mistake: Bélanger's voice is as powerful as it ever was, with its typical US-Metal-like high pitched screams! Now first, let it be known that Assassin's Blade material totally stands up to its Exciter influence, a trait that is most obvious in songs like The Demented Force, Transgression, Agents of Mystification. In Autumn Serenade or Crucible of War, Bélanger voice might even remind you of Bruce Dickinson, while the song Prophet's Urn will certainly appeal to younger fans of bands like TRIAL or PORTRAIT. Then, it is back to the thunderous mid-tempo Dreadnought and to the metallic Nowhere Riders, in which we hear a perfect mix of EXCITER and AGENT STEEL that will obviously appeal to masses of Metal fans.

    As if it were not enough, those who want epic material will be pleased with Herostratos, where guitarist David Stranderud shows the World how much of a guitar wizard he really is. This album culminates in the heroic League of the Divine Wind, a saga in which the whole band shows its genius.

    After the CD release in April 2016 follows the album Agents Of Mystification in a limited edition of 150 black copies with insert on vinyl. All things considered, Agents of Mystification is a killer album, and finally, it is made available to you, the Metal fans.
    InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation announce 'In the Passing Light of Day' European tour
    Posted by: Denis / 05.12.2016
    Swedish Progressive Rock/Metal innovators Pain of Salvation are pleased to announce their first European tour in support of their upcoming studio album In the Passing Light of Day, which will be released on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via their longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.
      Pain of Salvation - 'In the Passing Light of Day' European tour 2017:
    • 29.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
    • 30.03. Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
    • 31.03. Berlin (Germany) - Columbia-Theater
    • 01.04. Prague (Czech Republic) - Rock Cafe
    • 02.04. Reichenbach (Germany) - Art Rock festival V
    • 04.04. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
    • 05.04. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z-7
    • 06.04. Milan (Italy) - Circolo Magnolia
    • 07.04. Lyon (France) - Ninkasi Kao
    • 08.04. Barcelona (Spain) - Bikini
    • 09.04. Madrid (Spain) - Teatro Barceló
    • 11.04. Paris (France) - Divan Du Monde
    • 12.04. London (UK) - Islington Assembly Hall
    • 14.04. Venlo (The Netherlands) - Grenswerk
    • 15.04. Leiden (The Netherlands) - Gebr. De Nobel
    • 16.04. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
      Pain of Salvation - Live 2017:
    • 07.-11.02. Tampa (US) / Cozumel (Mexico) - Cruise To The Edge
    • 16.-18.06. Clisson (France) - Hellfest
    More dates to follow soon...

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    Frontiers Music / Unruly Child - Can’t Go Home
    Posted by: Denis / 05.12.2016
    Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated new studio album from UNRULY CHILD, Can't Go Home on February 24th, 2017.

    Marcie Free (vocalist - King Kobra, Signal), Bruce Gowdy (guitarist – Stone Fury, World Trade), and Guy Allison (keyboardist – Lodgic, World Trade, Doobie Brothers) together with the original rhythm section from the first record, drummer - Jay Schellen (Hurricane, World Trade, current touring member of Yes) and bassist - Larry Antonino (Pablo Cruise), are back again with an awesome Rock album, which will please old and new fans alike!

    "Early in 2016, we decided to make time and give it a go once again with all five Unruly Child members", tells Guy Allison. "The new album, Can't Go Home has now become my favorite set of Unruly Child band songs and performances ever. True story!"

    The group has generated an exciting new album reflecting its musical roots in contemporary and classic Rock sensibilities. With the return to the original line-up from the debut album, they have discovered that while time may pass, some things never change...

    "We are so excited with this new album coming out in February", adds Marcie Free. "And if you find that you still got the heebie-jeebies after that and are in need of another transfusion of Unruly - try a shot of our new box set coming out too! It's got practically everything we've ever done in it and that should hold over even the most shakiest Unruly Child junkies for at least as long as it takes before we hit your area for some live shows! So come on get on board baby! The Unruly Child Train is about to blast off!!!"

    The band is, in fact. also working on a box set release of their independent albums, which will see the light of day in spring on Frontiers. "We put together all the earlier material that's out of print (the first album non-withstanding - you know, lawyers!) together in one package - one box set - to make available to our fans", concludes Guy. News about the box set release will be coming soon.

    With so much excitement centered around their new record, it has sparked talk of touring... Will they hit the road? News will also be coming on that front very shortly.

    The future looks very promising with the return of Unruly Child, stay tuned and get ready to enjoy another superior slice of melodic rock from these masters!
      Can't Go Home tracklisting:
    1. The Only One
    2. Four Eleven
    3. Driving Into The Future
    4. Get On Top
    5. See If She Floats
    6. She Can't Go Home
    7. Point Of View
    8. Ice Cold Sunshine
    9. When Love Is Here
    10. Sunlit Sky
    11. Someday Somehow

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    earMUSIC / CHROME MOLLY - THE NEW ALBUM 'HOODOO VOODOO'
    Posted by: Denis / 05.12.2016
    Chrome Molly made a bid for stardom in the mid to late 1980's, opening for Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne amongst many others, playing the legendary Marquee Club over 20 times and headlining the CBGB in New York.

    How do you take a band that has been performing and recording since 1983 forward? By going back to what you love – riff laden melodic metal with tons of delicious guitar solos that make you want to grab your air guitar and join in. That is what Chrome Molly have achieved with this, their 6th studio album Hoodoo Voodoo.

    Hoodoo Voodoo draws on the bands core influences. Formed during the latter half of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene, the Mollies were always inspired by the great Metal bands and this album is something of a tribute to those acts – you might hear Priest, UFO, early Leppard, Saxon, Rainbow and myriad others echoing through the album.

    While not strictly a concept album, the original idea was to create an album that conjured up the magic of listening to the great bands of the '80's, with the riffs and tunes that shaped the band. Inspired by a friend who asked why bands don't go in and make albums like they did in the old days, backing tracks were played live and much sweat was poured.

    Says Steve Hawkins (vocals) "we wanted to make an album that made us feel like we did in the '80's, one that you can turn up in the car and sing along and play air drums and guitar to."
      Tracklisting:
    1. In The Beginning
    2. Can't Be Afraid Of The Dark
    3. Some Kind Of Voodoo
    4. Pillars Of Creation (Albion)
    5. Now That Those Days Have Gone
    6. Indestructible
    7. Save Me
    8. Rock For You
    9. Feeling Pressurised
    10. Dial 'F' For Freakshow

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    Y.O.C. new songs
    Posted by: Denis / 04.12.2016
    Y.O.C. is in the course of new songs recording. One of them is Znöwhite cover Something Wicked (This Way Comes)!

    Everything will be available on our band's page!

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    Frontiers Music / Place Vendome - Close to the Sun
    Posted by: Denis / 02.12.2016
    Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the brand new PLACE VENDOME album, Close to the Sun on February 24th, 2017.

    One of the most popular projects put together over the years by Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, Place Vendome was an idea sparked during a phone conversation between Serafino and former Helloween singer Michael Kiske, where they discussed their common passion for several Melodic Rock giants of the 80's. The Hamburg singer agreed to be part of a studio project where he would sign songs written especially for him by various writers with an AOR/Melodic Rock flavor.

    The amazing reception of the first PLACE VENDOME album released in 2005 planted the seeds for a second recording, Streets of Fire, which was recorded during 2008 and for a third album, Thunder in the Distance, which was released in 2013. Being a project so close to Kiske's heart, it was agreed during 2016 that work on a new album would start with his Unisonic bandmate Dennis Ward at the production helm, as usual.

    Of the album, Ward said, "Upon receiving the demos for the new songs intended for the new Place Vendome record I was a bit concerned because a few vocal styles seemed to go against what Michael Kiske is known for vocally. After talking together we agreed to just let the melodies come out naturally, without trying to imitate or 'reproduce' the demos. Michael really stood up to this on the new album. He did 'his' thing, with no compromises. He managed to make the songs his own and brought all the songs to another level. I have a lot of respect for him because of this and now the album is much more than just another AOR album. That being said I have to pay high respects to the other musicians on the album: Dirk Bruineberg proved again that he is a multi-talented drummer that can literally pull of any groove, any style of any era with the highest of expectations. Günter Werno is also a gem amongst a pile of stones. He really shines on this album and holds all the songs together, true to the Place Vendome sound. Uwe Reitenauer is also a master of his instrument taking over duties that were critical and complicated to say the least. He has the perfect AOR tone and can implement it no matter what type of song you throw at him. The rest of the 'guests' that helped out made this album into a truly interesting compilation and also making this a milestone for Place Vendome. That being said, it's the first Place Vendome album where I feel that we have achieved our trademark sound. This is how we want to be heard and this is how we imagine ourselves to sound."

    Speaking of other album guests, once again, Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) was one of the first to answer the call to participate and offered the awesome song, Falling Star to the project. Jani Liimatainen (Cain's Offering, ex Sonata Arctica) was the next contributor with the epic Welcome to the Edge, the album's tour de force. Following Labyrinth's reunion, guitarist Olaf Thorsen sat with Eternal Idol, Angra, Rhapsody singer Fabio Lione and offered Helen and Riding the Ghost. Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino then proposed that his favourite DGM song, Hereafter be included. This brought DGM's main composer, Simone Mularoni into the picture and he wrote the album's title track and Across the Times. Alessandro Del Vecchio also offered two new songs, Strong and Yesterday Is Gone, while Secret Sphere's guitarist Aldo LoNobile wrote Distant Skies and Breathing. The full picture was finally completed with a new song written by Swedish Melodic Rock artist Michael Palace (Palace, Skylander), Light Before the Dark.

    Kiske and Ward wanted to make the album a little bit special, so besides the 'usual suspects' (including drummer Dirk Bruinenberg, Vanden Plas' ivory tinkler Gunter Werno and Pink Cream 69's Uwe Reineauer on guitars), some guitar heavyweights appear on the recordings. The list includes Alfred Koffler and (of course) Uwe Reineauer of Pink Cream 69, Magnus Karlsson, Michael Klein, Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Simone Mularoni, and Unisonic guitarists Kai Hansen, Mandy Meyer among the others.

    Kiske comments: "The production with my buddy Dennis was great, as always, but what I especially like about this album - beside the new microphone I used that Dennis has built me - is the various styles of the songs. It is all a still very AOR-produced album, but we also have progressive or 'wilder' elements here and there. It was (again) interesting to see how much the songs change until you finally reach the mixing stage."

    In a year that will see Michael Kiske rejoin with his old HELLOWEEN bandmates for a unique world tour, PLACE VENDOME's new album is the icing on the cake of a special and very rewarding period for the German singer.

    All in all, Close to the Sun is probably the most hard rocking release ever from Place Vendome and an absolute monster of an album!
      Close to the Sun tracklisting:
    1. Close To The Sun
    2. Welcome To The Edge
    3. Hereafter
    4. Strong
    5. Across The Times
    6. Riding The Ghost
    7. Light Before The Dark
    8. Falling Star
    9. Breathing
    10. Yesterday Is Gone
    11. Helen
    12. Distant Skies

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    Frontiers Music / Lionville - A World Of Fools
    Posted by: Denis / 02.12.2016
    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of LIONVILLE's third album, A World Of Fools on February 24, 2017.

    Born as a project dedicated to pure AOR with a touch of Westcoast and Melodic Rock, LIONVILLE draw musical inspiration from acts like Toto, Richard Marx, Giant, Bad English, Survivor Band, Boulevard. The band was started by Stefano Lionetti, a songwriter, singer, and guitarist based in Genova, Italy and his brother Alessandro. After years of playing the local club circuit of Genova, Stefano formed LIONVILLE official with the encouragement and help of Pierpaolo 'Zorro' Monti (Shining Line) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Revolution Saints, Ted Poley, etc.). With the involvement of singer Lars Säfsund (Work of Art), LIONVILLE quickly took shape and became something very near and dear to everyone involved.

    With two critically acclaimed releases - which came out in 2011 and 2012 – Lionville managed to find their place in the European Melodic Rock scene while also appearing at Firefest in Nottingham in 2012. With their combination of rockin' AOR tunes and classic Westcoast AOR sounds, Lionville piqued the interest of Frontiers, who signed the band in early 2016.

    "It's a very important record for LIONVILLE, since we are coming back after four years of silence", says Stefano Lionetti. "I really wanted to make happy all the fans who waited so long for it. As a producer and songwriter I have done my best to create a high class record, but with the right variety. You will find classic Melodic Rock songs, a couple of ballads, songs in the style of the previous record and of course a lot of attention on the arrangements. I also wanted to have more of a band feel with this record and I am very proud of the final result."

    "These songs have been fun to sing and they're really good", adds Lars Safsund.

    Recorded by a gifted cast of experienced studio cats and upcoming talents and produced by Stefano Lionetti, the new album, A World Of Fools finds a winning combination of very strong songwriting (courtesy also of Robert Sall, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Bruce Gaitsch, Soren Kronkvist, Gianluca Firmo, Thomas Vikstrom, Ida West) and stellar musical performances, crowned by impressive lead vocals and an album mix that gives space to all the significant little details.

    The LIONVILLE team has high hopes that people will embrace their vision of a reinvigorated musical genre and everyone is looking forward to continuing the LIONVILLE story with another awesome contribution to Melodic Rock music.
      Tracklisting:
    1. I Will Wait
    2. Show Me The Love
    3. Bring Me Back Our Love
    4. Heaven Is Right Here
    5. A World Of Fools
    6. One More Night
    7. All I Want
    8. Living On The Edge
    9. Our Good Goodbye
    10. Paradise
    11. Image Of Your Soul
    InsideOut Music / Anneke Van Giersbergen: announces new band VUUR
    Posted by: Denis / 02.12.2016
    Renowned Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen has announced the formation of a brand new band under the name of VUUR, created as a vehicle for the Heavy Progressive Metal side of her career. Watch an introduction to VUUR here.

    In early 2016, Anneke decided for the sake of clarity to narrow her musical focus, choosing to go in a folk acoustic direction as a solo artist and in a Heavy Progressive mMtal direction as a band vocalist. The name VUUR - translated from Dutch as 'fire', which can also be interpreted to mean 'passion' or 'drive' - was chosen as a moniker to represent Anneke's Metal side, with the idea that when fans buy a ticket with the VUUR name on it they will be getting her Heavy Progressive music, while an Anneke van Giersbergen show will be entirely different. Thus, in order to give VUUR's kick-off the proper fanfare, Anneke has opted to take a break from performing in the first half of 2017.

    "It's like I'm searching for contradictions", Anneke says of splitting her focus in two. "I want the heavy to be really heavy, and the soft acoustic stuff that I can do can be almost silent and inward. I'm trying to find those outer limits. I'm still writing and collaborating with different people, so VUUR's style is still kind of different from The Gathering and The Gentle Storm. You could say VUUR's music has the melancholy of The Gathering and lots of elements from The Gentle Storm, but it's a bit darker with fewer folk elements. It's still melodic and warm, but heavy."

    Anneke comments: "The band has a different name, because the music will be slightly different from The Gentle Storm, but most band members are still involved and the music will be heavy too, so in that perspective not a lot will change, especially in the live situation. I think people will really embrace VUUR as a live band because there are nothing but stars in this band (laughs). They're some of the best Heavy Metal players in Holland so I didn't want to let them go."

    Look out for the first live announcements coming soon, with a debut full length due in the fall of 2017.
    Massacre Records / WARPATH artwork + track list
    Posted by: Denis / 02.12.2016
    WARPATH's new album Bullets For A Desert Session will be released on January 13, 2017 via Massacre Records!

    Vocalist Dirk 'Dicker' Weiss about the artwork's concept, realized by Thomas Battermann: "It's about the impermanence of all machinery of war. Time eats away at it, or they're left in the middle of nowhere because they've served their purpose. No matter if they're destroyed, out of fuel or ammunition or abandoned by the crew... in the end, the vehicle is left and abandoned in the desert. It's the same with war - there's nothing left but destruction and ruins. Relicts of the past, a past that shouldn't repeat itself."

    The skull on the plane, as depicted on the cover, was created by Jan Meininghaus and contains the four musical styles WARPATH unites.
      The following tracks are featured on the album:
    1. Reborn
    2. I Don't Care
    3. Believe
    4. When War Begins
    5. Unseen Enemy
    6. No One Can Kill Us
    7. Crossing
    8. Offensive Behaviour (Born To Be Real)
    9. God Is Dead
    10. No More Time To Bleed (Thrashunion)
    11. The Liar Knows The Truth
    12. Bullets For A Desert Session
    13. I Don't Care (Live) (Digipak Bonus)
    14. Believe (Live) (Digipak Bonus)
    WARPATH's upcoming album Bullets For A Desert Session was recorded and produced by Thomas 'Schrödey' Schröder at Absurd Studio. Eike Freese co-produced, mixed and mastered the album at Chameleon Studios.
    Spinefarm Records / Ranger stream new album 'Speed & Violence' in full
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2016
    Helsinki-based Speed Metal demons RANGER have teamed up with Noisey to stream their new and aptly-named album Speed & Violence ahead of the album's December 2 release date.

    Listen to the Marshall stacks-melting, skull splitting, dangerously fast, and maniacally metallic album in this location.
    Punishment 18 Records / Chronosphere new album in 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2016
    In 2017, Greek thrashers Chronosphere will release a brand new album by Punishment 18 Records that previously released their second successful full-length in 2014, Embracing Oblivion. This new effort was recorded and mixed by Kostas Spades and Spyros Lafias and co-mixed and mastered by Ivy DMC.
    Punishment 18 Records / Extrema: 30 Years of Headbanding Tour
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2016
    Italian ThrashMetal legends EXTREMA have announced the first dates of their Italian '30 Years of Headbanging' tour, kicking off on February 3rd in Borgo Priolo.
    • 03.02.17 – Borgo Priolo (PV) – Dagda Live Club
    • 04.02.17 – San Donà Di Piave (VE) – Revolver Club
    • 10.02.17 – Prato – Exenzia Rock-Club
    • 11.02.17 – Cremona – Midian Live
    • 17.02.17 – Roma – Jailbreak Live Club
    • 19.02.17 – Perugia – Afterlife live club
    More dates to be announced soon.

    Just recently EXTREMA joined MAX & IGGOR CAVALERA on their one-off Italian show in Milan (November 10th), as a part of the 'Max & Iggor Cavalera … Return to Roots' tour. Check out below Fan filmed video footage from the show:
    Punishment 18 Records / Exiled On Earth new lyric video for 'Forces Of Denial'
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2016
    Italian Progressive Speed metallers Exiled on Earth have posted on-line their new official lyric videoclip for Forces of Denial, title track of their new effort in studio that was released last August 27th by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
    Peaceville Records / Katatonia 'Fallen Hearts of North America' headline tour
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2016
    Peaceville Records and Katatonia are excited to announce the 'Fallen Hearts of North America' headline tour in March & April 2017.
    • Thu/Mar-16 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
    • Fri/Mar-17 Cleveland, OH Agora
    • Sat/Mar-18 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls…
    • Sun/Mar-19 Charlotte, NC The Underground
    • Tue/Mar-21 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
    • Thu/Mar-23 New Orleans, LA Republic
    • Fri/Mar-24 Houston, TX Scout Bar
    • Sat/Mar-25 Austin, TX Grizzly Hall
    • Sun/Mar-26 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
    • Tue/Mar-28 Mesa, AZ Club Red
    • Wed/Mar-29 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
    • Fri/Mar-31 Pomona, CA The Glass House
    • Sat/Apr-01 San Francisco CA Slim's
    • Mon/Apr-03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
    • Tue/Apr-04 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
    • Wed/Apr-05 Vancouver, BC Venue
    • Fri/Apr-07 Calgary, AB The Gateway
    • Sat/Apr-08 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
    • Mon/Apr-10 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
    • Tue/Apr-11 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
    • Wed/Apr-12 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
    • Fri/Apr-14 Minneapolis Fine Line
    • Sat/Apr-15 Chicago, IL Metro
    • Sun/Apr-16 Detroit, MI Majestic Theater
    • Mon/Apr-17 Toronto, ON The Opera House
    • Wed/Apr-19 Montreal, QC Club Soda
    • Thu/Apr-20 Philadelphia, PA The TLA
    • Fri/Apr-21 New York, NY Irving Plaza
    Guitarist Anders Nyström comments: "We did three North American tours in support for Dead End Kings and it's been three and a half years since the last one when we toured with Cult Of Luna, so having already embraced the new cycle of The Fall Of Hearts over here, we are eager to once again cross the Atlantic to continue from where we left off and to reap what we planted over there."

    Vocalist Jonas Renkse introduces the bands they have chosen to join them on the tour: "We are very excited to finally announce our headline tour in North America for The Fall of Hearts. Also invited for this run are post-rock titans Caspian and young, promising act Uncured. Come out and celebrate the downfall of hearts (and everything else) with us!"

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    Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL release first trailer for 'The Grinding Wheel'
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2016
    Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have recently announced their upcoming eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, which will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Now the band have revealed the first video trailer in which they are talking about the album title and the cover artwork.

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    Napalm Records / ROTTING CHRIST confirmed for METAL ON THE HILL 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 01.12.2016
    Metal On The Hill proudly presents ROTTING CHRIST where they will perform a special old school set on the festival bill!

    Dark and harsh sounds that prominently feature both melody and the classic Heavy Metal vibe is at the blackened heart of Rotting Christ's music. The band has been making brutal music for 25 years now, gaining worldwide attention from fans and critics alike, and is certainly one of the most respected and prolific bands in the extreme Metal genre. ROTTING CHRIST defined what has been labeled the 'Greek' sound of Black Metal with their efforts. This blackened sonic cult remains as volatile and viable as ever.

    The dates for Metal On The Hill 2017 are set, as well as the first confirmed bands! Save the dates: On August 11th and 12th 2017 international top acts will again make Schlossberg Graz erupt! Headliners BLIND GUARDIAN and PARADISE LOST will both find their way to Graz for a very special and exclusive Austrian show in 2017! Scottish Pirate Metal outfit ALESTORM, and Pagan giants ARKONA will be on the bill performing exclusive Austrian shows. Brazil`s meanest power trio NERVOSA will drag its fans down into a malicious maelstrom full of old school darkness! Popular symphonic Metal acts SERENITY and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will round out the bill with more amazing acts to be added!

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    Som do Darma / USA's Sunrunner album 'Heliodromus'
    Posted by: Denis / 30.11.2016
    Sunrunner is a Heavy-Prog trio formed in 2008 in Portland, Meine, USA. The band is currently composed by David Joy (vocal/bass), Joe Martignetti (guitar) and Ted MacInnes (drums).

    Sunrunner debuted with the album Eyes Of The Master (2011), a Prog Rock record with Heavy Metal leanings. Since then, their second album Time In Stone (2013), Sunrunner had solidified more into a Metal band with Prog Rock influence, using elements of Jazz and acoustic instruments such as violin, flute, bouzouki and percussion. Heliodromus, the third full length released in September 2015 by Minotauro Records (Italy), is the most epic one to date, defining the term Heavy-Prog as the bands genre.

    Heliodromus is getting excellent response from European and UK press, especially because of its own music identity. Heliodromus also received great reactions from the Brazilian press.

    In August Sunrunner completed a four shows tour in Brazil. The band was beyond welcomed by the Brazilian audience.

    The band couldn't be happier and motivated with this great repercussion in Europe, UK and Brazil, so they are working on the pre-production of its next studio album to be released next year.
    Cruz del Sur Music / ARDUINI / BALICH 'Dawn Of Ages'
    Posted by: Denis / 30.11.2016
    Sounds like the perfect definition of ARDUINI / BALICH's debut album Dawn of Ages which will be released on Cruz Del Sur Music on Feb 24, 2017.

    ARDUINI/BALICH is the result of two very powerful figures in their own right of the Metal scene. VICTOR ARDUINI needs no introduction being one of the founding members of FATES WARNING, same can be said for BRIAN 'BUTCH' BALICH, the mighty voice of ARGUS.

    The story goes back in time to the end of 2013 when Arduini put a final word to his experience with FREEDOMS REIGN. Victor needed more freedom to express his creativity, feeling his ideas weren't much fitting into the style of FREEDOMS REIGN anymore. "At that time I was at a creative peak. It seemed like I wrote new riffs every day which seemed heavier and darker than anything I've done before. They were becoming more intricate and challenging which fueled my passion to see how far I could take them. I was really close to the whole process and soon realized it had to be a project where I could have complete artistic control and produce an album that represented who I am as an artist, guitarist and musician." (Victor Arduini)

    In search of musicians who could get along with this challenge, Victor recruited Freedoms Reign's drummer Chris Judge and was on the lookout for a singer when his path crossed with Butch who had recently shared stages with him. "I truly feel Brian's vocals are some of the best he's ever done. It's like when Dio went from Rainbow to Sabbath. Same voice but new music around it inspired new melodies and gave a different presentation. While it took longer than both of us expected for many reasons we reached the finish line and are both very proud of the music and our collaboration together. It is truly a joint collaboration and we hope our fans will enjoy what they hear." (Victor Arduini)

    Dawn Of Ages is one of the most ambitious records ever released on Cruz Del Sur Music. A monumental piece of music on the level of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT or ATLANTEAN KODEX's releases (to name two Cruz Del Sur recording artists). A rollercoaster of emotions, an album that captures the collisions of two worlds, Progressive and Doom. The final result is a really amazing journey inside human soul. Through six original compositions that last for more than an hour, the audience will be captured and hypnotized by the eclectically familiar Victor's guitar melodies empowered by Butch's passionate interpretation. Indeed Dawn of Ages is an album that could have been easily recorded in the mid/late 70s for the total dedication that transpires through each and every note of it. It is not an album that wants to please any old or new trend in Metal, rather an intimate expression of two musicians who have always put their passion for heavy music before anything else.

    Dawn Of Ages will be released in a deluxe 6-panel digipack embellished by a wonderful, original Michael Cowell's (Alunah) artwork. The vinyl version will be released in a gatefold colored vinyl double LP with three incredible cover songs as a bonus. URIAH HEEP's Sunrise, BEAU BRUMMELS' Wolf Of Velvet Fortune and BLACK SABBATH's After All (The Dead).
    Frontiers Music / City of Thieves - the signing of British Hard rockers
    Posted by: Denis / 30.11.2016
    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of British Hard rockers CITY OF THIEVES to the label for the release of the band's new full length album in 2017!

    Since making their live debut at Camden Rocks Festival in May, the buzz has been spreading about City of Thieves – no frills, no messin' around, no gimmicks – it is Heavy Rock in it's purest form and will send you running straight to the front of the stage with no-nonsense sledgehammer riffs, hooks and melodies.

    Working with acclaimed artist and producer Toby Jepson (Little Angels, The Answer, Wayward Sons), City Of Thieves frontman/bassist Jamie Lailey knew at an early stage the band wanted to take rock by the scruff of it's neck and give it a good shake. "We knew what we wanted to do, we'd been devouring the songwriting and if we were inclined, we could have released a ton of material out of the gate. Toby took what we had and refined it. I'm glad we sat back and digested things with him, it was a major turning point for the band."

    With producer Toby Jepson at the helm, Mike Fraser on mixing duties and mastering by Simon Francis (Kodaline, Kaiser Chiefs, Primal Scream) the presentation of this new material was in the best of hands.

    When asked what he thought about City Of Thieves, Mike Fraser simply replied "Killer band... Killer songs". This is not a throwaway comment, this is from a true craftsman who has worked on albums for Metallica, AC/DC, Slipknot, Aerosmith, and more.

    So what about the songs? "The new material has bags of groove, different speeds and attitude. We mix it up but keep it genuine and made sure everything flows. Why play something that's monotonous, I'm not saying we're reinventing the wheel but if you think your own music is boring, why inflict that on your audience?" says Will Richards (drums). "We can't wait to unleash the other tunes and get on the road to play live", chips in Lailey.

    With Planet Rock Radio playlisting Incinerator and a string of festivals and shows under their belts, including Camden Rocks Festival, Planet Rockstock, Hard Rock Hell, Bloodstock Festival, Legends Of Rock and Ramblin' Man Fair, City Of Thieves is geared up to bring the Rock in 2017!

    These guys aren't just here to steal your soul for the love of Rock n' Roll... they're here to DEVOUR it. Tune in, turn it up... we'll see you down the front.

    To get an early taste of music, take a look at the Incinerator lyric video.
      CITY OF THIEVES are:
    • Vocals/Bass - Jamie Lailey
    • Guitar/Backing Vox - Ben Austwick
    • Guitar/Backing Vox - Adam Wardle
    • Drums/Backing Vox - Will Richards
    Nuclear Blast / AVANTASIA + DORO to appear in the 'Ultimative Chartshow' (RTL)
    Posted by: Denis / 29.11.2016
    AVANTASIA mastermind Tobias Sammet and his long-time music colleague the Queen of Metal DORO PESCH will soon rock the 'Ultimative Chartshow' on German channel RTL! They will be appearing on three episodes of the show ('Best of 2016 - the most successful hits of the year', 'The most successful one hit wonder ever' and 'The most successful radio hits from all time') putting to use their superior music knowledge.

    The concept of the cult TV show: music industry insiders give their opinion and ranking on the most successful songs based around a certain topic, and tell us some personal anecdotes around those tracks! Tobi Sammet and Doro Pesch have both had big chart achievements of their own: Sammet and his rock project AVANTASIA achieved second place in the official German charts for the third time since 2010 (with his album Ghostlights) and DORO's anniversary-CD/DVD Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal also climbed straight to #2 in Germany! Both of these artists are more than qualified to be part of the chart show and you shouldn't miss this event!
      The dates for the shows, which are moderated by Oliver Geissen:
    • 16.12.2016, 08.15 pm, RTL
    • 31.12.2016, 08.15 pm, RTL
    • 06.01.2017, 08:15 pm, RTL
    The New Year's Eve and festive viewing schedule is already set for Metal fans!
    METALMESSAGE / SNAKEWINE (Heavy Rock, Germany) new official video for 'Mean Machine'
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2016
    Muscle-packed action, liters of hot sweat, crispy cheerleader girls and wonderfully Hard Rock sound - all this can be seen in the new music video Mean Machine by SNAKEWINE. The impressing casual HEAVY ROCK bunch around shouter Ronny had just as much fun as all the others involved in working with the Saalfeld, Germany based American Football Club, Titans.

    Their gasoline drenched mixture of booming heavy Rock, classic Hard Rock tunes and dirty Metal just breaks through with its overdose of honesty. Formed in 2014, Thuringian leatherheads SNAKEWINE released its Rock'n'Roll infused debut album Serpent Kings in late 2015.

    Classic Boogie strokes and touching bluesy facets in the middle of a stormy guitar work enrich the whole thing with an pretty original interpretation. Cross-references to established Rock acts such as The Carburetors, Peter Pan Speedrock, Chrome Division, Danko Jones, fitted with a thick pinch of old Motörhead, let the massive kicking street-sound of the East German gang go as lubricated.
    GlobMetal Promotions / Askara released new album
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2016
    Swiss Progressive Gothic Metal band Askara released their debut album Horizon of Hope. The album was recorded and mixed by Markus Hospenthal at KHE Recording Studio and mastered by Dan Suter at Echochamber.

    Askara was formed at Basel, Switzerland in 2012 by Myriam Schmidt (Vocals/Piano), Benjamin Wiesli (Guitar/Vocals), Elia Schmidt (Bass/Vocals) and Raphael Gruenig (Drums).
    VIVALDI METAL PROJECT live premiere in Rome
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2016
    The first Vivaldi Metal Project's The Four Seasons song ever performed live will happen during the MARK BOALS sings Trilogy 30th anniversary Italian Tour 2016 at the preview of Metal For Kids, United - All Star Charity Jam in Rome (Jailbreak live club) on December 7, 2016!

    The song The Age of Dreams (1st mov. of Autumn, track 8) arranged by Frank Caruso will be performed on stage by song's original singer Mark Boals with Mistheria (keyboards), Titta Tani (drums), Dino Fiorenza (bass), Leonardo Porcheddu (guitar), Angel Wolf-Black (backing vocals).

    Opening bands: STAGE OF REALITY, Timestorm, Aeternum
      Shows
    • Thursday, December 8 @ 8:00pm; B-Side, Rende (Cs), IT
    • Friday, December 9 @ 8:00pm; Bike&Rock, Manduria, TA, IT
    • Saturday, December 10 @ 8:00pm; Indian Bikers Mc, Foggia, IT
    Spinefarm Records / GHOST ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPE TOUR DATES
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2016
    Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost have announced the UK/ European leg of their Popestar headline tour – a 29 city run that will start with six rituals in Great Britain.

    These dates mark the bands return to UK shores following their extremely special seated show last March at London's legendary Palladium – the world famous theatre situated in the heart of the West End.
      MARCH
    • Fri 24 ENG, Norwich UEA
    • Sat 25 WAL, Cardiff Great Hall
    • Sun 26 ENG, London Forum
    • Tue 28 ENG, Leeds O2 Academy
    • Wed 29 SCO, Glasgow 02 ABC
    • Fri 31 ENG, Manchester Apollo
      APRIL
    • Sat 1 ENG, Birmingham 02 Academy
    • Sun 2 ENG, Brighton Dome
    • Tue 4 LUX, Luxembourg Rockhal Club
    • Wed 5 GER, Cologne E-Werk
    • Thu 6 HOL, Amsterdam HMH
    • Sat 8 GER, Hamburg Docks
    • Sun 9 GER, Wiesbaden Schlachtof
    • Mon 10 BEL, Brussels AB
    • Tue 11 FRA, Paris Olympia
    • Thu 13 SPA, Barcelona St. Jordi Club
    • Fri 14 SPA, Madrid Barclaycard Center
    • Sat 15 POR, Lisbon Sala Tejo @ MEO Arena
    • Sun 16 SPA, Bilbao BEC
    • Tue 18 SWI, Zurich Volkshaus
    • Wed 19 ITA, Milan Alcatraz
    • Thu 20 AUT, Vienna Gasometer
    • Fri 21 POL, Warsaw Stodola
    • Sun 23 GER, Munich Kesselhaus
    • Tue 25 GER, Berlin Huxleys
    • Wed 26 DEN, Copenhagen Valby Hallen
    • Thu 27 NOR, Oslo Spektrum
    • Fri 28 SWE, Stockholm Hovet
    • Sun 30 FIN, Helsinki ICE Hall

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    Pure Steel Records / HABITUAL SINS 'Personal Demons' cover, tracklist, release date: 20th January 2016
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2016
    The release date of the HABITUAL SINS album Personal Demons on CD is January 20th, 2016. The pre-order phase will start on January 06th, 2016 in label's webshop.

    HABITUAL SINS is the latest US signing of Pure Steel Records. The newcomer band is committed, on its debut album Personal Demons, to true 80s Heavy Metal. These ten songs will take you back. They are uncompromisingly powerful.

    Matthew Bizilia, Steve Pollick, Jim Dofka are no newcomers to the world of Metal, of course. They are veterans of the US Thrash and Power Metal scene. These three guys created a phenomenal album comparable to METAL CHURCH's album The Dark!

    Skillful riffs and Matthew Bizilia's brilliant vocals let the listener travel into the depths of his own sinful soul. Personal Demons may your darkness burn within.
      TRACKLISTING
    1. Ravens
    2. The Djinn
    3. Far Beyond Hades
    4. Watch The Fire Rise
    5. The Prince Of Wallachia
    6. Kiss Of Shame
    7. I Pray For You
    8. Forever Be Tormented
    9. Down Here In Sodom
    10. When the Inquisition Calls
      Total Playing Time: 40:04 min
      LINE-UP
    • Matthew Bizilia - vocals, percussion, bass, keyboards
    • Steve Pollick - guitars, keyboards
    • Jim Dofka – guitars
    Nuclear Blast / DESTRUCTION announce 'Europe Under Attack 2017'
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2016
    After the first successful touring leg in September/October 2016, legendary German thrashers, DESTRUCTION, return with their 'Europe Under Attack 2017' tour in January/February. Support on this trek will come from Brazilian Thrash Metal institution NERVOSA and special guests.

    Front man Schmier comments: "It's time for 'EUROPE UNDER ATTACK PART 2' in good old Europe! After the successful first run, a lot of fans were writing us and were afraid that we forgot them: NO WAY! The second leg will include most of the countries we did not play on the first half of the tour! We will bring NERVOSA from Brazil with us again, as they had an amazing response from the crowd EVERY night and of course they are friends and a perfect fit for every THRASH billing! We will finally play some countries and cities again that we did not Thrash for a while - so we are all pumped up and excited about that! So see you soon in a wild moshpit to CURSE THE GODS together again ... FUCK YEAH!"
      Europe Under Attack 2017 w/ NERVOSA + guests
    • 11.01. D Freiburg - Crash
    • 12.01. D Osnabrueck - Bastard Club
    • 13.01. D Berlin - Slaughterhouse (Rotten And Poor Stage Kill)
    • 14.01. S Stockholm – En Arena
    • 15.01. S Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
    • 17.01. FIN Turku - Klubi
    • 18.01. FIN Helsinki - Tavastia
    • 19.01. EST Talinn - Rockclub Tapper
    • 20.01. LV Riga - Melna Piektdiena
    • 21.01. PL Gdansk - B90
    • 22.01. PL Warsaw - Progresja
    • 23.01. PL Poznan U Bazyla
    • 24.01. PL Katowice Mega Club
    • 25.01. A Vienna - Viper Room
    • 26.01. SK Kosice - Colosseum
    • 27.01. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
    • 28.01. D Wolfsburg - Kulturzentrum Hallenbad (Break Your Neck)
    • 29.01. SK Nitra - Frankie Rock Club
    • 30.01. H Budapest - Dürer Kert
    • 31.01. RO Bucharest - Club Fabrica
    • 01.02. BG Sofia - Mixtape 5
    • 02.02. TBA
    • 03.02. I Bari – Karisma Hall
    • 04.02. I Rome – Orion Club
    • 05.02. I Florence – Cycle Club
    • 06.02. CH Solothurn - Kofmehl

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    Nuclear Blast / Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY reveal second trailer
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2016
    The forthcoming release from Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY, Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live, will be out on December 9th through Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of this package, the band have launched the second trailer.

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    Nuclear Blast / LANCER fourth album trailer launched
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2016
    On January 13th, 2017, Swedish Heavy metallers, LANCER, will unleash their Nuclear Blast debut in the form of their third studio album, Mastery. After releasing the title track's music video last week, it's time for the fourth trailer.

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    Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT release first trailer for 'Restless And Live'
    Posted by: Denis / 28.11.2016
    Metal icons, ACCEPT, recently made the release of their new live package called Restless And Live, public. This package will include the entire show ACCEPT played at Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2015 on Blu-ray/DVD plus two Live CDs with different recordings during the European tour. The release will be available in stores from January 13th, 2017 (Nuclear Blast). To provide you with a taster of this new masterpiece, the band led by axe man Wolf Hoffmann presents their first trailer for their upcoming Blu-ray/DVD. In this clip, Wolf and ACCEPT producer Andy Sneap talk about the setlist and about new as well as old classics from ACCEP. If you don't want to miss this stimulating discussion, watch the video here.

    "When you do a live show you obviously have an opener and an ending, and in between you only have a certain amount of songs that you can choose from, because especially at festivals you only get a limited amount of time to play. When we do headline shows we have a little more room to play with and we can pick a few more songs", comments Wolf Hoffmann. "What is interesting to me is, that when you listen to the stuff back to back there doesn't seem to be any discrepancy between the stuff that we recorded or wrote 30 years ago and our more recent material! And the fans tell me the same thing, it really blends together rather well."

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    Massacre Records / GLORYFUL EU tour
    Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2016
    Buckle up, European GLORYFUL fans - the band's going on tour in February 2017!

    They were announced as very special guest for Almanac's upcoming European tour with Lichtgestalt.
      Here are all confirmed dates:
    • 04.02.2017 SK Banská Bystrica - Urban Spot
    • 05.02.2017 SK Bratislava - Randal Club
    • 06.02.2017 DE Munich - Backstage
    • 07.02.2016 HU Budapest - Barba Negra
    • 08.02.2017 SI Ljubljana - Gala Hala
    • 09.02.2017 CZ Prague - Nová Chmelnice
    • 10.02.2017 DE Cottbus - Glad-House
    • 11.02.2017 DE Berlin - Badehaus
    • 12.02.2017 DE Flensburg - Roxy
    • 13.02.2017 DE Nuremberg - Hirsch
    • 14.02.2017 DE Frankfurt - Nachtleben
    • 15.02.2017 DE Essen - Turock
    • 16.02.2017 DE Siegburg - Kubana
    • 17.02.2017 DE Rheine - Hypothalamus
    • 18.02.2017 NL Arnhem - Willemeen
    GLORYFUL's latest album End Of The Night is out now.
    Napalm Records / AMBERIAN DAWN announce European co-headlining tour with DIABULUS IN MUSICA
    Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2016
    Time to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of symphonic bombast & catchy melodies of two fantastic Metal bands!

    Finnish symphonic Metal masters AMBERIAN DAWN have teamed up with their Napalm Records label mates, DIABULUS IN MUSICA to hit the road for a huge co-headlining tour in February 2017! Support and opening act will be Finnish based Crimson Sun.

    AMBERIAN DAWN are already looking forward to this tour: "Amberian Dawn is now 10 years old and we're going to celebrate it properly by doing our first Headliner tour in Europe with our label mates Diabulus in Musica, who are also having their 10th active year happening as well. Our co-headlining tour will be named 'Amberian Dawn 10th Anniversary Tour'. Opening act will be Finnish based Crimson Sun!"

    DIABULUS IN MUSICA states: "We are so excited to finally announce that we will be touring Europe again in February! This time it will be our first tour as co-headliners with the guys from Amberian Dawn, a very special one in fact, as we are both respectively celebrating our 10th anniversary as bands! This is going to rock so much! You cannot miss these shows: new album, new set-list, new merchandise... and above all, some awesome nights full of the magic and epic-ness of the finest symphonic Metal! Hope to meet you all there, can't wait!"
      AMBERIAN DAWN & DIABULUS IN MUSICA 10th Anniversary Co-Headlining Tour, presented by Sonic Seducer, Lords Of Metal, Metal & High Heels:
    • 13.02.17 Mörlenbach-Weiher (DE) - Live Music Hall
    • 14.02.17 Pratteln (CH) – Z7
    • 15.02.17 Munich (DE) – Backstage
    • 16.02.17 Stuttgart (DE) - Club Caan
    • 17.02.17 Hannover (DE) - Bei Chez Heinz
    • 18.02.17 Burgenlengfeld (DE) - VAZ Pfarrheim
    • 19.02.17 Haarlem (NL) – Patronaat
    More dates to be announced soon!

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    Punishment 18 Records / Adversor new video for 'Envenomed'
    Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2016
    Italian thrashers Adversor have posted on-line the videoclip for Envenomed. The song was included in their new album titled Rise To Survive. This new effort in studio was released worldwide on October 7th, by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
    Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC announce first headline tour
    Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2016
    ALMANAC, the symphonic Metal cavaliers led by ex-RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski, unleashed their highly acclaimed debut album Tsar - but this emperor has only just started to rise - and in early 2017, ALMANAC will climb onto their horses for their first headline tour ever.

    "Hello, dear Metal friends!", states bandleader Victor Smolski. "I am happy to be able to invite you to our first headline tour of ALMANAC in February 2017! But first of all we want to shoot a big 'thank you' over to you after such a great feedback to our debut Tsar! Being nominated for the best debut album of the year at the Metal Hammer Awards was a huge honour for us. And after a great tour with ORDEN OGAN and shows at many festivals in Europe, ALMANAC have grown together as a band. On the upcoming headline dates we will not only perform the songs from our Tsar album, but also tracks from my time with RAGE and LMO. We'll be supported by the Power Metal diamonds GLORYFUL and the opener will be LICHTGESTALT, a great Metal band with a soft Gothic touch. And of course you can also prepare your eyes and ears for some special guests! This will be a big and diverse party in your town. Check the dates below and we hope to see you on tour!"
      Tour dates
    • 2017-01-07 Wasen (Icerock Festival) CH
    • 2017-02-04 Banska Bystrika (Urban Spot) SK
    • 2017-02-05 Bratislava (Randal Club) SK
    • 2017-02-06 München (Backstage) DE
    • 2017-02-07 Budapest (Barba Negra) HU
    • 2017-02-08 Ljubljana (Gala Hala) SI
    • 2017-02-09 Prague (Nova Chmelnice) CZ
    • 2017-02-10 Cottbus (Gladhouse) DE
    • 2017-02-11 Berlin (Badehaus) DE
    • 2017-02-12 Flensburg (Roxy) DE
    • 2017-02-13 Nürnberg (Hirsch) DE
    • 2017-02-14 Frankfurt (Nachtleben) DE
    • 2017-02-15 Essen (Turock) DE
    • 2017-02-16 Siegburg (Kubana) DE
    • 2017-02-17 Rheine (tba) DE
    • 2017-02-18 Arnhem (Willemen) NL

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    Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH see the exclusive advance showing of 'Vehicle Of Spirit'
    Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2016
    Jump into NIGHTWISH's capturing 'Vehicle Of Spirit' and see the band's brand new concert DVD in an exclusive advance showing on the big screen! In cooperation with CineStar, fans will have the opportunity to witness the legendary Wembley show tomorrow, on November 24th, three weeks before its official release date on December 16th! In one of the following 18 German CineStar-theatres you will be able to revive the thrilling Suomi Symphonics live experience.

    The showings start at 8:00 PM and you can pre-order tickets for 12,- Euro (only 10,- for CineStarCARD-customers!) in each cinema or on their homepages.

    'Vehicle Of Spirit' not only immortalises the Wembley live manifesto, but also contains a second full-length arena gig from Tampere, Finland. And with both shows, the band around keyboard wizard Tuomas Holopainen leads the spectator through NIGHTWISH's entire history: From the soprano evergreen Stargazers to the classical Nemo and the bombastic lifework The Greatest Show On Earth, leaving no eyes dry as the famous evolutionist Richard Dawkins joined the band on stage for the performance of his capturing spoken parts. After one and a half years of touring, the time has come for NIGHTWISH to create a benchmark for their Endless Forms Most Beautiful shows that left the entire world breathless. So join in and witness this special 'Vehicle Of Spirit' in action.

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    NoiseArt Records / MAJESTY reveal cover artwork of upcoming album 'Rebels'
    Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2016
    More intense, more powerful and more epic – MAJESTY have reached the next stage of evolution and sound the horn of their new album Rebels to conquer the Heavy Metal throne. Recorded in the band's own studio and refined by the mixing and mastering of Frederik Nordsträm in the Studio Fredman, Rebels is the fundament for Majesty 2.0.

    Now the band revealed the cover artwork of this upcoming album, which will be released on March 03, 2017 via NoiseArt Records.

    Singer Tarek comments: "We are happy to present you the artwork of our new album Rebels. It exactly expresses what MAJESTY 2.0 means. Fight for your freedom and let nobody ever tell you how you should live your life!"

    Rebels needs to be heard by full volume and thanks to it's hymns, it will live up to its status as Majesty 2.0 on stage as well – get blown away!

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    InsideOut Music / Haken announce 10th Anniversary 2017 European tour
    Posted by: Denis / 23.11.2016
    London-based Progressive Metal band Haken celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2017, hot on the heels of the release of their critically acclaimed fourth album Affinity. Coinciding with this, the band will go out on a headline tour of Europe in March & April, with tickets on sale this Wednesday at 10am UK time. InsideOutMusic will also be reissuing the band's first two albums, Aquarius, Visions, on February 3rd, 2017 in new remastered 2CD editions, as well as vinyl for the very first time.

    The band had the following to say: "We are delighted to announce our 'Haken X' European tour in celebration of our 10th anniversary. We'll be returning to some of our favourite cities and also paying a visit to several new countries including Austria, Hungary, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic. In honour of the ten years Haken has existed, we'll be revisiting material from our entire back catalogue with a special focus on our first two albums Aquarius and Visions, which are to be re-released in advance of the tour. We sincerely hope you join us for this special run of shows and we'd be overjoyed to see each of y'all there!"

    On the reissues they comment: "We can't wait for people to hear these albums in their brilliant new and remastered form. Both Aquarius and Visions hold a special place in our hearts as well as the fans' and we wanted to make sure we brought them back in a fresh and exciting way. Listeners will be able to enjoy the nuances in our instrumental arrangements and also embrace the complete audio experience of vinyl. We're looking forward to revisiting much of this music on stage for our fans around Europe in our upcoming 10th anniversary tour."
      The full list of European tour dates, tickets on sale Wednesday 23rd November:
    • 22nd March - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
    • 23rd March - O2 ABC2, Glasgow, UK
    • 24th March - Academy 3, Manchester, UK
    • 25th March - O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
    • 26th March - Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
    • 28th March - Le Splendid, Lille, France
    • 29th March - La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
    • 30th March - La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
    • 31st March - KIFF, Aarau, Switzerland
    • 1st April - Keller Klub, Stuttgart, Germany
    • 3rd April - Zona Roveri, Bologna, Italy
    • 4th April - Szene, Vienna, Austria
    • 5th April - Dürer-Kert, Budapest, Hungary
    • 6th April - Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
    • 7th April - Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
    • 9th April - Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany
    • 10th April - Kesselhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany
    • 11th April - Turock, Essen, Germany
    • 12th April - Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
    • 13th April - Melkweg OZ, Amsterdam, Holland
    • 15th April - Bascula Club, Tel Aviv, Israel
    The band's first and second albums Aquarius', Visions have been newly remastered by the renowned Jens Bogren (Devin Townsend Project, Between the Buried & Me) who worked with the band on their last two albums, bringing these records up to the sonic quality of their most recent output. They will both be available as 2CD Digipaks including the entire albums as instrumentals, and it will also mark the first time that either album has been available on vinyl, arriving as Gatefold heavyweight 2LP editions with the full album on CD included.

    The band will also be heading out on Cruise To The Edge from the 7th February 2017, and will be performing Visions in its entirety at Prog Power USA on the 6th September 2017.

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    Mascot / Ayreon live on stage for two exclusive shows
    Posted by: Denis / 23.11.2016
    Ayreonauts take notice and mark September 15 and 16 of 2017 in your calendars! These are the days that you can experience AYREON LIVE for the first time ever! Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen has chosen the best songs from the Ayreon albums and Star One to create an exclusive live Ayreon show: AYREON UNIVERSE. The show will be performed at the 013 venue in Tilburg by the very best original Ayreon stars. You can expect Floor Jansen and Marco Hietala from Nightwish, Russell Allen (Symphony X), Damian Wilson (Treshold), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gentle Storm), and many other original Ayreon singers on stage, as well as an appearance by Arjen Lucassen himself. Regular ticket sales start on Thursday, November 24th at 10.00 am CET via www.ayreon.com/universe.

    There will be no less than 16 original Ayreon singers: Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Damian Wilson (Threshold), Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Mike Mills (Toehider), Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gentle Storm), Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), Irene Jansen, Robert Soeterboek (Star One), Edward Reekers (Kayak), Jan van Feggelen, Magali Luyten (Nightmare), Lisette Marije (Scarlet Stories). The hand-picked band of 8 of Arjen's favorite Ayreon instrumentalists includes Ed Warby (drums), Johan van Stratum (bass), Marcel Coenen (lead guitar), Ferry Duijsens (guitar), Joost van den Broek (keyboards), Ben Mathot (violin), Jeroen Goossens (flutes, woodwinds), Maaike Peterse (cello).

    Ayreonauts, brace yourselves for the ultimate Ayreon concert experience starring the very best of the Ayreon Universe!

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    NoiseArt Records / SUICIDAL ANGELS to conquer South America
    Posted by: Denis / 23.11.2016

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    Nuclear Blast / RHAPSODY The 20th Anniversary Reunion Farewell Tour
    Posted by: Denis / 23.11.2016
    Fabio Lione, Luca Turilli, Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers, Alex Holzwarth proudly announce the reunion of the original members of RHAPSODY and the relevant farewell tour of the band!

    The Italian band RHAPSODY, one of the greatest icons of symphonic Power Metal, will gather together to commemorate the 20th Anniversary from their first official release, playing their album Symphony Of Enchanted Lands in full, as well as other classics of the band. It will be an exciting and emotional event no one should ever miss, as this will be the only and last chance to see the band performing on stage together. The RHAPSODY's 20th Anniversary Farewell Tour will be hosted by Top Link Music.

    Since its consecration in 1997 with the album Legendary Tales, RHAPSODY has become a worldwide awarded band thanks to its unique, epic and orchestral sound. Initially baptized in the 'Hollywood Metal' style, because of its movies-related fascination and its characteristic epic soundtrack elements, the Italian band established itself as one of the biggest names in symphonic Power Metal thanks to their second release Symphony of Enchanted Lands, which soon became a classic of that music genre. RHAPSODY's main influences also include classical composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Paganini and many others (the song The Wizard's Last Rhymes from Rain Of A Thousand Flames, for example, is based on Antonín Dvořák's 'New World Symphony'). These elements made the band clearly unique in the whole Heavy Metal scene and, thanks to its magic, gathered lots of fans all over the world and inspired many bands, giving birth to a brand new musical wave and genre that established a real and effective RHAPSODY imagery. The 20th Anniversary Farewell Tour will represent a last chance for everyone to feel part of that wonderful magic once again. Luca, Fabio, Patrice, Dominique, Alex will celebrate such important and historical event with and for their amazing fans!

    Luca Turilli states: "I am really super excited to be part of this unique and special event together with Fabio and my other friends. The fact of playing legendary songs like Wings Of Destiny, Beyond The Gates Of Infinity and The Dark Tower Of Abyss, never played on stage before, will be the best way to celebrate the 20th Anniversary and a great reason to meet together for a very last time. This farewell tour represents for me the closing of one important chapter of my music career, as in the future I will dedicate myself to the cinematic music style of my new Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY band and to other important projects exclusively. Don't miss such an amazing event. It will be the last time you will be able to see me, Fabio and Alex Holzwarth together on stage playing some Rhapsody songs. We wait for all of you to share some wonderful emotions and live together some memorable nights!"

    Fabio Lione continues: "Magic... this is what I always wanted to find in music… and when I think about this great and unique opportunity to be again on stage with Luca, Holzy, Dominique, Patrice and celebrate with them the 20th Anniversary of the band... well... I can say this is truly 'magic'! What an emotional moment remembering our great friend Christopher Lee, our stories, our feelings! After many years and things happened, I feel the time is right now... the time to close this important chapter of my artistic life in the best way, with my old friends, and share such 'magic' once again. We will celebrate 20 years of band history with all of you, beloved fans, in an unforgettable and glorious 'last time party'. Be part of it!"

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    Nuclear Blast / ANTHRAX announce 2017 European headline tour
    Posted by: Denis / 23.11.2016
    February/March 2017 will see legendary New York thrashers ANTHRAX back on European soil for the band's first full European headline tour in more than a decade. Dubbed the 'Among The Kings' tour, dates will kick off on 9th February in Birmingham, UK and wrap on up in Paris, France on 16th March. On all of these dates and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release, ANTHRAX - Joey Belladonna (vocals) Charlie Benante (drums), Scott Ian (rhythm guitars), Frank Bello (bass) and lead guitarist Jon Donais - will perform live, start-to-finish, their classic and Silver-certified 1987 album Among The Living alongside fan favourites from throughout the band's rich 35-year career. ANTHRAX's 'Among the Kings' European dates are in support of the band's critically-acclaimed album For All Kings (26 February 16/Nuclear Blast).

    Said the band's Scott Ian about the tour, "Finally! We've been looking forward to headlining in Europe for so long. We have a killer set planned, new stuff, old faves, deep tracks and Among front to back. You'd better start getting in shape now for the epic wardance. See you soon my friends - cheers!"

    British metallers THE RAVEN AGE will support on all dates.

    Over the band's 35-year career, ANTHRAX have sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with PUBLIC ENEMY on 'Bring The Noise'. And, of course, along with METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX helped pioneer the Thrash Metal genre as a member of The Big Four.
      An Evening with ANTHRAX - 'Among The Kings' w/ THE RAVEN AGE
    • 09.02. UK Birmingham - o2 Institute
    • 10.02. UK London - o2 Forum Kentish Town
    • 11.02. UK Bristol - o2 Academy
    • 13.02. UK Nottingham - Rock City
    • 14.02. UK Manchester - Academy
    • 15.02. UK Glasgow - Barrowland
    • 16.02. UK Newcastle - Northumbria University
    • 17.02. UK Norwich - UEA
    • 19.02. NL Utrecht - Ronda
    • 20.02. B Antwerp - Trix
    • 21.02. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
    • 22.02. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
    • 24.02. D Nuremberg - Löwensaal
    • 25.02. D Munich - Backstage Werk
    • 27.02. S Gothenburg - Pustervik
    • 01.03. FIN Helsinki - Ice Hall Black Box
    • 03.03. S Umeå - House Of Metal Festival @ Idunteatern
    • 04.03. S Stockholm - Berns
    • 06.03. DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
    • 07.03. D Hamburg - Docks
    • 08.03. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
    • 09.03. D Berlin - Huxley's
    • 10.03. PL Warsaw - Stodola
    • 12.03. H Budapest - Barba Negra
    • 13.03. A Vienna - Arena
    • 14.03. I Milan - Live Club
    • 15.03. CH Zurich - Komplex
    • 16.03. F Paris - Elysee Montmartre

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    Divebomb / PICTURE - Traitor
    Posted by: Denis / 22.11.2016
    Widely recognized as one of (if not the) first Dutch Heavy Metal bands, PICTURE's storied career dates all the way back to 1979. Their classic first four albums have previously been subject to Divebomb's two-on-one CD treatment in 2013, and it's now time to see the group's fifth opus, Traitor, join the ranks.

    Originally issued on LP and cassette in 1985, Traitor was PICTURE's second—and, at the time, final—album with English frontman Pete Lovell. This period signaled a shift towards a slightly more commercial Hard Rock direction, under pressure from a record label hoping to mirror the massive success of American acts such as MÖTLEY CRÜE. But make no mistake: Traitor's nine tracks remain packed with hard-hitting traditional Metal riffs and absolutely anthemic choruses—a logical next step on the heels of 1983's Eternal Dark.

    And now, over three decades after the fact, Divebomb Records is ecstatically pleased to announce its official reissue of PICTURE's Traitor for the first time ever on CD! Freshly remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, with three bonus tracks and includes archival photographs as well as a retrospective interview with Pete Lovell conducted by NoEcho.net co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!

    FOR FANS OF: JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON, ACCEPT & NWOBHM
      TRACK LIST:
    1. Traitor
    2. Right Now
    3. Fantasies
    4. Dyin' To Live
    5. Lost In The Night
    6. State Of Shock
    7. Loud ‘N Proud
    8. Out Of Control
    9. We Don't Need To Hide
      BONUS TRACKS Fantasies 12" EP
    10. Fantasies (Long Version)
    11. Bombers (1985 Version)
    12. Rock On Tonight
    Divebomb / EMERGENCY - Martial Law
    Posted by: Denis / 22.11.2016
    The history of Dutch rockers EMERGENCY dates back to 1985, when Jos Antonissen (bass) and Frans Limonard (guitar) approached Coen Van Hoof (keyboards) about forming a new band. By April of 1986, EMERGENCY was born, and with the help of former PICTURE manager Henk van Antwerpen, landed ex-PICTURE frontman Pete Lovell on vocals. The group firmed up its songwriting and quickly secured a recording contract to begin work on their debut album, Martial Law, with producer Erwin Musper (ZINATRA, DEF LEPPARD, etc.) at ML Studio and Wisseloord Studios in 1987.

    Upon its release in 1989, Martial Law received press comparisons to acts like BON JOVI and EUROPE, but one could even cite similarities to what a band like SURVIVOR was doing around that time: good, solid Hard Rock with 'pop' sensibilities; noticeable influences traced back to the '70s; an '80s-centric prominence of keyboards; as well as tinges of Heavy Metal. But despite its huge potential and some positive attention from Dutch radio, Martial Law's two singles failed to make waves, writing for the follow-up stalled, and the members of EMERGENCY went their separate ways...

    But now, nearly 30 years after its original street date, Divebomb Records is proud to unearth this overlooked hard rock treasure with a proper CD reissue of Martial Law. Newly remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the disc will come housed alongside lyrics, archival photographs, and a retrospective interview with EMERGENCY conducted by NoEcho.net co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!

    FOR FANS OF: EUROPE, SURVIVOR, BON JOVI & DEF LEPPARD
      TRACK LIST:
    1. Hiding In The Shadow
    2. All Runnin' Wild
    3. Reaching Out
    4. Please, Say Please Me
    5. Maybe It's Love
    6. Across The Desert Sands
    7. Running Out of Miracles
    8. Upside Down
    9. Just One Precious Moment
    10. Dangerous
    Anderwelt signed with GlobMetal Promotions
    Posted by: Denis / 22.11.2016
    Austrian post Metal band Anderwelt has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band was formed in 2013 at Linz, Austria by Markus Steinberger and Alexander Dornstauder. Their debut album Schattenlichter was released in 2015 and now the guys really busy touring Europe and working on their second album.
    METALMESSAGE / ROXIN' PALACE (Sleaze Hard Rock, Italy) new album 'Freaks Of Society'
    Posted by: Denis / 22.11.2016
    High time for a direct confrontation course with real life!

    Born under the monicker Modern Middle Ages these casual bunch of SLEAZE HARD ROCK enthusiasts eventually became ROXIN' PALACE and was founded in 2011 by Crown, guitar player in the bands Revoltons and Hell, ex drummer of Elvenking.

    For rhythm guitar duties Crown recruited his friend Slaver. Later they completed their blowing rhythm section with bass maniac Garret, who had many years of experience mainly in Hard Rock cover bands, and the young talented singer Axel, completing the line up in March 2012.

    ROXIN' PALACE began recording the debut right away at the Artesonika Studios, putting together 10 tracks. Later the group started its live activity sharing stages with acts such as Phantom X (USA), Salamandra (Czech Rep) and Jettblack (UK). The album was mixed by Swedish producer Staffan Karlsson, and has been released on June 7th, 2013 by the Germany company SAOL Music.

    To promote the debut release, ROXIN' PALACE has been busy again, on an intense live activity, culminate with new shows in Czech Republic and the presence at prestigious festival Metal Days (Slovenia) together with acts such Obituary, Satyricon, Manilla Road.

    During the fall of 2014, ROXIN' PALACE faced an important change replacing singer Axel, guitarist Slaver and bass player Garret with new members: Al (vocals) and Gian (bass). The new line-up wrote songs for a second album and the new release Freaks Of Society has been released in October 2016 via established record company Sleaszy Rider Records.

    Freaks Of Society is full of pure life and brings back easily lots of the great positive feeling out of the 80s, when popular acts like Mötley Crüe, Guns 'N Roses, Skid Row, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Bullet Boys, Roxx Gang, Ratt, Faster Pussycat, Vain, Bang Tango, Shotgun Messiah were a real big thing! Let's get back to the thrilling rockin' spirit of these colorful times with ROXIN' PALACE!
    AVENFORD will release new album 'New Beginning' on January 27th, 2017 via PRIDE & JOY MUSIC
    Posted by: Denis / 22.11.2016
    UK/Hungarian Heavy Metal band AVENFORD will release their sophomore record New Beginning on January 27th, 2017 on German label Pride & Joy Music.

    Avenford was formed by guitarist Peter Szehoffner and guitarist/vocalist Arpie Gamson in Hungary in the summer of 2012. Initially they started to create music on their own as they got on well from the beginning, both having similar backgrounds, musical ideas and influences which include Masterplan, Jorn Lande, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden, etc. A few months later they had enough material written for a full album and with the help of lyricist Zoltan Bako the songs reached their final form. Soon after Szehoffner and Gamson moved to the UK, they got together in Gamson's flat and recorded the basic tracks for the first album. It was named after their most epic song Mortal Price. The tracks were sent to Devenver studios in Hungary for final mixing – it also helped that the studio owners were also huge Maiden fans. The line-up was completed by Pete Jean (drums) and Zoltan Meszaros (bass). Since then, the band has gone through a few changes but apparently is stronger than ever.

    Jivodar Dimitrov joined AVENFORD on drums and Tom Longbottom took over the bass. New Beginning was recorded with Roland Grapow (Masterplan) – and it's stronger, harder and faster than the first one.

    Guest musicians: Apollo Papathanasio (Majestic, ex-Firewind) - vocals on Dead or alive, Zoltan Marothy (Kiss Forever band) – guitar solo on Back in time, Roland Grapow (Masterplan) – guitar solo on Fury road, Zoltan Kiss (Iron Maidnem) - vocals on Dark angel, Bodor Mate (Alestorm) – guitar solo on Mask, Piotr Sikora (Exlibris)- keyboard solo on Return to the land of emeralds.
    Napalm Records / POWERWOLF to release "Blesed & Possessed" Tour Edition
    Posted by: Denis / 22.11.2016
    POWERWOLF is surely one of the most successful German bands in Heavy Metal. No other band has laid down such a path to success in recent years: Founded in 2003 POWERWOLF has released six albums thus far, the last of which made it to the very top of the charts. Blessed & Posessed also hit the official German album charts at #3 and their latest effort, in form of the stunning live-DVD The Metal Mass - Live, hit number #1 again!

    Uncountable captivating live gigs, sold-out headliner shows, frenetically celebrated festival gigs all over Europe (Wacken, Summer Breeze, Graspop, Masters of Rock - to name just a few!) prove that POWERWOLF is one one of the most exciting live bands on earth! Their latest DVD / BluRay The Metal Mass - Live without a doubt convinced fans and press alike of this simple fact. It is presented in beautiful packaging with highly valuable content that makes every collectors' heart beat faster. A strong visual concept sets the stage for a sophisticated, opulent show by a perfectly matched band. This culminates in a most spectacular Metal party that can't be finished without the obligatory blessing of priest Attila himself.

    Now the band unveiled the re-release of their 2015 - chart success album 'Blessed & Possessed', which will be coming out as an opulent tour-edition on January 6th 2017! Blessed & Possessed will be available as a 2-CD Digi Pack with a brand new cover artwork and including a special bonus live CD of their overwhelming headlining performance in front of 40.000 celebrating fans at Summer Breeze festival 2015! A true must-have for every collector and member of the POWERWOLF army!

    POWERWOLF is a religion in itself and so we celebrate with a real Metal mass: the band will be again extensively touring in 2017, catch the band and their unique shows live on the following dates, when they will hit the road together with EPICA & BEYOND THE BLACK here:
    • 12.01.2017 DE - Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
    • 13.01.2017 DE - Cologne / Palladium
    • 14.01.2017 DE - Ludwigsburg / MHP Arena
    • 16.01.2017 CH - Geneve / Salle des Fetes de Thonex
    • 17.01.2017 CH - Zurich / Volkshaus
    • 18.01.2017 IT – Milan / Live Club
    • 20.01.2017 DE - Munich / Tonhalle
    • 21.01.2017 AT - Vienna / Gasometer
    • 22.01.2017 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra Music Club
    • 24.01.2017 PL - Warsaw / Progresja
    • 25.01.2017 DE - Berlin / Huxleys
    • 27.01.2017 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
    • 28.01.2017 CZ - Prague / Forum Karlin
    • 29.01.2017 DE – Hannover / Capitol
    • 31.01.2017 DE – Hamburg / Mehr! Theater
    • 01.02.2017 BE – Brussels / Ancienne Belgique
    • 03.02.2017 UK - London / Shepherds Bush Empire
    • 04.02.2017 FR - Paris / Zenith

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    Y.O.C. new page on Twitter
    Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2016
    For the attention of rockers/metalheads: please check new Y.O.C.'s page on Twitter and follow it.

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    Century Media / Witchery premiere new song 'Oath Breaker' off upcoming album, 'In His Infernal Majesty's Service'
    Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2016
    WITCHERY just unleashed another new track, Oath Breaker (with background footage by Gryt Film) from the upcoming sixth studio album, In His Infernal Majesty's Service out next week on November 25, 2016 via Century Media Records.

    WITCHERY's guitarist and band-leader Jensen commented as follows on Oath Breaker, the closing track on the new record: "This might be my favorite song of the whole album. Totally relentless in its Thrashy-ness, yet beautiful and epic during the choruses. I can't wait to get to play this song live! Lyrical topic: A fictional story about a secret society that protects is vows of secrecy."

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    InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation debut first single & video clip for the track 'Meaningless'
    Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2016
    Swedish Progressive Rock/Metal innovators Pain of Salvation are commencing the promotional campaign for their much anticipated new studio album In the Passing Light of Day, which will be released on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via their longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.

    Therefore, the band is launching the album's first single Meaningless. Check it out in a stunning video produced by Joakim S. Hammond and Love Fagerstedt for Lynx Pictures.

    Pain of Salvation have checked in with the following comment on Meaningless: "We feel very proud to release the first video for the upcoming album IN THE PASSING LIGHT OF DAY. Love and Joakim and the entire film team have made a tremendous work. In it, you will also see some wonderful Pain of Salvation fans, whom we want to send extra warm thanks to! Let the journey begin, into the passing light of day. Enter MEANINGLESS."

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    Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT reveal 'Restless And Wild' live clip
    Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2016
    Metal icons, ACCEPT, recently made the release of their new live package called Restless And Live, public. This package will include the entire show ACCEPT played at Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2015 on Blu-ray/DVD plus two CDs - the release will be available in stores from January 13th, 2017 (Nuclear Blast). But before fans can put their hands on this all-round impressive package, the band led by axe man Wolf Hoffmann presents another video taken from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD. Watch Restless And Wild (Live) on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

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    Nuclear Blast / Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY reveal second track from 'Cinematic And Live'
    Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2016
    The latest album of Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY, Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus, was chosen to be the first studio album in music history to be remixed in Dolby Atmos. Renowned producer/mixing engineer Chris Heil (DAVID BOWIE, BRYAN ADAMS, SCORPIONS) mixed the entire masterpiece in Dolby Atmos - and the mindblowing result will be submitted for the 2017 Grammy nominations! This unique package will be completed by two brand-new live CDs, which were produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Landenburg, mixed by Christian 'Moschus' Moos at Spacelab Studio (Grefrath, Germany) and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio (San Marino). Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live will be released on December 9th via Nuclear Blast.

    Now the second live track has been revealed. Check out the video for the hymn Warrior's Pride and dive into the epic sound of Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY.

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    Nuclear Blast / LANCER release 'Mastery' music video
    Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2016
    In two months, Swedish Heavy metallers, LANCER, will release their brand-new record, Mastery, via Nuclear Blast. To shorten the wait for their fans, the band have released another new song in the form of a music video. Watch the clip for the title track Mastery, directed and edit by Hannes Knutsson.

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    Nuclear Blast / KREATOR release official 'Gods Of Violence' music video
    Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2016
    German Thrash titans KREATOR have released the music video for the title track of their upcoming album, Gods Of Violence.

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    Pure Steel Records proudly present – WRETCH / SPLIT HEAVEN Europa Tour 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2016
    It will be heavy and wild! Finally the time has come! Pure Steel Records proudly present the first Pure Steel Records tour ever! 2 Pure Cult bands! Under the sign of 'Puro Pinch Party Tour' WRETCH and SPLIT HEAVEN will conquer Europe in March 2017!
    • 2017-03-03 Come Inn – Renchen (Germany)
    • 2017-04-03 Full Metal Osthessen – Niederaula (Germany)
    • 2017-07-03 Schaubude – Kiel (Germany)
    • 2017-08-03 Slaughterhouse – Berlin (Germany)
    • 2017-09-03 Jan Hertog – Maasmechelen (Belgium)
    • 2017-10-03 P3 – Purmerend (Netherlands)
    • 2017-11-03 German Swordbrothers – Lünen (Germany)
    • 2017-12-03 tba – Marburg (Germany)
    • 2017-14-03 Baltic Wheels – Rostock (Germany)
    • 2017-15-03 Bambi Galore – Hamburg (Germany)
    • 2017-16-03 MTS LP´s und CD´s – Oldenburg (Germany)
    • 2017-17-03 De Meester – Almere (Netherlands)
    • 2017-18-03 N201 – Aalsmer (Netherlands)
    • 2017-19-03 Little Devil – Tilburg (Netherlands)
    The Mexicans SPLIT HEAVEN should be well-known latest with the actual superb 4th album Death Rider and Jason Conde (SKELATOR) on microphone.
    WRETCH are a cult band in US Metal circles. The US boys starting a new war attack with a new awesome album and the new front siren Juan Ricardo (SUNLESS SKY, DARK ARENA, ATTAXE).

    Both bands are well-known for her crazy and wild live performance. Rejoice with us - it will be a fabulous Metal hammer on every evening!
    Scarlet Records / LIGHT & SHADE 'YOU ARE' VIDEO RELEASED
    Posted by: Denis / 21.11.2016
    Symphonic Metal band Light & Shade have released a video for the song You Are, taken from their debut album The Essence Of Everything, set for release on November 18th (USA) and November 25th (EU) on Scarlet Records.

    Light & Shade is a new, young supergroup whose members have already acquired extensive live and studio experience having being part or shared the stage with renowned acts such as Nightwish, Dream Theater, Amaranthe, Sonata Arctica, Rhapsody, Within Temptation, Arch Enemy, Slipknot, Fleshgod Apocalypse and many more, and having received recognition and awards from the Lollapalooza Festival and the International Portuguese Music Awards among others for their expertise in Rock/Metal. Featuring vocalist Adrienne Cowan (USA/Seven Spires), guitarist Marco Pastorino (IT/Temperance, Secret Sphere), bassist Luca Negro (IT/Temperance) and guest drummer Alex Landenburg (DE/Luca Turilli's Rhapsody), their debut full-length The Essence of Everything has been produced by Simone Mularoni (DGM).
    New FIREWIND studio album IMMORTALS set for January 2017 release
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    Greek Melodic Power Metal masters FIREWIND are proud to announce the release of their upcoming 8th studio album, Immortals, which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via the band's longtime label partner Century Media Records in Europe & AFM Records in North America.

    Gus G comments about Immortals and its artwork: "Today we're very happy to reveal the cover artwork for our 8th studio album. It's titled Immortals and it's the first concept album FIREWIND has ever made. Since we're from Greece, we thought it would be a cool idea to make a concept of Greek history and heritage. So, on this album we focused on the legendary battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The artwork was once again created by our longtime collaborator, Gustavo Sazes and we feel it reflects the vibe we tried to capture on this album - Epic, Powerful, Glorious, Everlasting."

    Immortals marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, but also co-wrote it together with Gus G.

    Next to the standard jewel case CD and Digital Download formats, Immortals will also be released as LP on 180gr vinyl with a poster as well as the entire album on CD as bonus. Additionally, there will also be a limited edition Mediabook CD with expanded booklet, a bonus track and 3 stickers.

    A first album's online single is set to debut on November 25th, but in the meantime you can already check out a few sample riffs in a play-through clip that Gus G. recorded in co-operation with Toontrack's EZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 4 EZmix Pack expansion.

    In support of the new album, FIREWIND are set to hit the road across Europe and the UK.

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    SPV a sign with THE SIGN
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    If this isn't a statement! The Sign, the new band surrounding vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ossy Pfeiffer, guitarist/vocalist Anca Graterol (Rosy Vista) and former MSG/The Sweet guitarist Steve Mann, have signed withSteamhammer/SPV. The group also includes Lars Lehmann, renowned as a studio bassist with British rock legend UFO and member of ex-Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth's band, as well as percussionist Momme Boe and drummer Kristof Hinz, who has just finished the drum takes for the new Eloy album. The arrival of The Sign's debut album has been announced for April 2017 and the first download single A Line To Cross will already be out at the beginning of December. Another track is scheduled for release in next February. Fans can look forward to an album featuring that timeless kind of classic rock that's currently so successful worldwide.

    "For us as musicians who have close ties with this city, the Hanover label Steamhammer/SPV was of course our number one choice", admits Ossy Pfeiffer. "We've known Olly Hahn and the label for more than twenty years and value their expertise and reliability. In addition, this collaboration guarantees direct communication and quick decisions, the way that Steve has been used to with MSG/The Sweet and Lars with UFO and Uli Jon Roth. Our cooperation feels really good."

    Olly Hahn, in charge of A&R at Steamhammer, is delighted about his latest signing: "Ossy Pfeiffer and The Sign musicians have made all the right decisions from the very start. There's an very trustful relationship between the band and Steamhammer on which we can build a successful cooperation."
    Nuclear Blast / DORO kicks off 'Love's Gone To Hell' European tour next week
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    The Metal queen, DORO, recently played a bunch of US shows. But before the tour comes to an end, she will return to European stages for another 15-show trek. Support will come from Norway's SPITFIRE (Nov 24th - Dec 4th) and Switzerland-based metallers MAXXWELL (Dec 7th - 14th). Don't miss these powerful Heavy Metal evenings!
      Love's Gone To Hell Tour 2016
      w/ SPITFIRE
    • 24.11. NL Leiden - Gebroeders De Nobel
    • 25.11. D Wilhelmshaven - Pumpwerk *SOLD OUT*
    • 26.11. D Magdeburg - Factory
    • 27.11. D Erfurt - Gewerkschaftshaus
    • 29.11. D Dresden - Alter Schlachthof
    • 01.12. PL Katovice - Mega Club
    • 02.12. CZ Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe
    • 03.12. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
    • 04.12. H Budapest - Barba Negra Music Club
      w/ MAXXWELL
    • 07.12. D Memmingen - Kaminwerk
    • 09.12. D Karlsruhe - Substage
    • 10.12. D Bad Rappenau - Mühltalhalle
    • 11.12. D Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal *SOLD OUT*
    • 13.12. D Ingolstadt - Eventhalle Westpark
    • 14.12. D Cologne - Live Music Hall

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    Nuclear Blast / SEPULTURA sixth studio trailer launched
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    Brazilian Heavy Metal icons, SEPULTURA, will unleash their upcoming studio album, Machine Messiah, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. Now the sixth studio episode which gives an insight in the lead guitar recording process has been launched.

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    Metal Blade / Armored Saint launches video for 'Aftermath' online
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    Armored Saint is releasing a new live album on February 24th (digitally on December 16th): Carpe Noctum. Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989's live album, Saints Will Conquer – until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band's 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

    For a preview of Carpe Noctum, a live video of Aftermath from the Aschaffenburg show, filmed by Oliver 'Bomber' Barth can be viewed here.

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    Massacre Records / New Signing - BORN AGAIN
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    Welcome to the Massacre Records family, BORN AGAIN!

    The band from France was formed this year and consists of vocalist Thierry, guitarist Chris, bassist Christopher and drummer Pich.

    You can look forward to Heavy, Melodic and powerful Metal with raw and aggressive vocals - influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy.

    BORN AGAIN's debut album Strike With Power is expected to be released in mid-February 2017 on Massacre Records.
    Massacre Records / VICTORIUS Lyric Video
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    Having already released the artwork and tracklisting of the upcoming album Heart Of The Phoenix, VICTORUS now presents the lyric video for the brand new song Empire Of The Dragonking!

    The band's 4th studio album was produced & mixed by Lars Rettkowitz at KR Music and mastered by R.D. Liapakis at Music Factory/Prophecy Studios. Stan W Decker is responsible for the cover artwork.

    VICTORIUS' new album Heart Of The Phoenix will be released on January 13, 2017 via Massacre Records.

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    Massacre Records / CRYSTAL BALL Video
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    CRYSTAL BALL just released a new video for a song off their latest chart-busting album Déjà-Voodoo - enjoy Never A Guarantee.

    The video was directed by Stefan Kaufmann.

    CRYSTAL BALL is currently supporting Shakra on selected dates of their 'High Noon Tour 2016'.

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    IntroMental / Poem
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    The sensational Greek Prog-act POEM has shot a 2nd video from their critically acclaimed album Skein Syndrome, which was released through ViciSolum Records on March 18th, 2016.

    The video for the track Weakness is a beautiful and atmospherically sad movie-like shoot, featuring the eminent Greek actor, Thanasis Nakos, and it captures so much emotion, that you're bound to want to see it a second time! The directing and filming is once again done by (as with the band's first video of the album), Haris Kontouris of HK Visual Creation, as well as Panos Tzortzakis of FubART P&V.

    The song, and the music of POEM, is mandatory for all lovers of Opeth, Tool, Karnivool, Pain Of Salvation.
    InsideOut Music / Leprous next song from upcoming live-release launched
    Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2016
    Norwegian Prog metallers LEPROUS are debuting a next video sample their upcoming first live DVD/CD/LP release, Live At Rockefeller Music Hall, which will come out worldwide on November 25th, 2016 via InsideOut Music. Check out the track Third Law.

    LEPROUS checked in with the following comment about Third Law: "We're really excited to share Third Law with you all! It's a high energy song that is really in its right element when performed live! Enjoy!"

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    Frontiers Music / The Nights - The promising Melodic Rock band
    Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2016
    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of an extremely promising Melodic Rock band from Finland, THE NIGHTS.

    The Nights was formed in the summer of 2015 by Sami Hyde (vocals) and Ilkka Wirtanen (guitar). Both Sami and Ilkka have successful careers in music, in Finland and abroad. Sami has been a singer for many acts and projects, including the Tony Mills Band (SHY, TNT) in 2008 which also included Geoff Nichols (Black Sabbath) on keyboards and Neil Hibbs (SHY) on guitar. He has also written songs for many artists, including The Magnificent (If It Takes All Night, Lost, Drive). Ilkka Wirtanen is best known for his work as a producer with international acts like Glam Metal band Reckless Love, for whom he has produced four albums and co-written many of their popular songs, including Hot, Night On Fire. He has also produced several other Rock bands (Baton Rogue Morgue, Hellcity Punks) and worked as a mixer for international acts (S.E.X. Department).

    THE NIGHTS was formed because Sami and Ilkka felt a common need to write songs that 'make you feel good and also give tribute to our everlasting heroes in music, for example TNT and Yngwie Malmsteen'. Frontiers interest was piqued by their songs featuring a superb mixture of classic pop melodies and modern Melodic Rock/Metal production and the band was signed!
    Inner Wound Recordings / Dark Sarah 'Dance With The Dragon' music video
    Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2016
    The cinematic Metal band DARK SARAH just released a music video for the track Dance With The Dragon feat. JP Leppaluoto (Charon, Northern Kings) online. The new DARK SARAH album The Puzzle will be released on November 18th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

    Dark Sarah is a music project by Finnish Metal band Amberian Dawn's former vocalist Heidi Parviainen. The new album The Puzzle is a concept album and it continues the story from the debut album Behind The Black Veil. The Puzzle tells a story of Dark Sarah who has been send to an island where the banished souls live. To get off the island she needs to solve the puzzle and find three keys.

    Dark Sarah's music combines Metal, film music and theatrical elements. On The Puzzle album Dark Sarah's thoughts are best depicted in the dialogues (duets) with the guests: FATE: Manuela Kraller (ex. Xandria), EVIL SIREN MERMAID: Charlotte Wessels (Delain) and DRAGON: JP Leppaluoto (Charon, Northern Kings).
    Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL announce their 18th studio album, 'The Grinding Wheel'
    Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2016
    Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have announced their upcoming eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel. The album will be released on February 10, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

    Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth comments: "Grinding on! Here we come again kids, strapped to the Grinding Wheel! Bang your head."

    The Grinding Wheel was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (TESTAMENT, EXODUS, ACCEPT). The artwork was created again by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH...).
      Track listing for The Grinding Wheel:
    1. Mean Green Killing Machine
    2. Goddamn Trouble
    3. Our Finest Hour
    4. Shine On
    5. The Long Road
    6. Let's All Go To Hades
    7. Come Heavy
    8. Red White And Blue
    9. The Wheel
    10. The Grinding Wheel

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    Nuclear Blast / EPICA release lyric video for 'Ascension - Dream State Armageddon'
    Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2016
    Dutch symphonic Metal band EPICA recently released their new record The Holographic Principle, which entered #22 on world sales charts! Now the band is pleased to present their brand new lyric video for the track Ascension - Dream State Armageddon. The footage for this video was shot at Epic Metal Fest Holland by Panda Productions.

    Mark Jansen explains why they have chosen this song: "One of our heaviest songs on the new album: Ascension! A song that works very well live on stage. Therefore we have picked this song to be our next project. I hope you'll enjoy this one! We have just kicked off our North American tour and we will play quite some songs of our new well received album The Holographic Principle on this tour as well!"

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    Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM release fan-featured lyric video for 'My Bodom...'
    Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2016
    Finnish Metal superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM have released a special lyric video for the song My Bodom (I Am The Only One) taken from the band's latest studio album, I Worship Chaos. On October 20th, fans were encouraged via social media to submit photos of themselves with the band for a chance to be in an upcoming video. Over 300 photos were selected to be featured in the My Bodom (I Am The Only One) lyric video.

    Alexi Laiho comments, "This is the coolest and my favorite lyric video by far because we actually had a chance to include CHILDREN OF BODOM fans from all over the globe in it. It's the least we can do to show our gratitude, love and appreciation of the madness they bless us with night after night. I can't wait to play the song live on the upcoming tours!"

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    SPV signs worldwide deal with new Metal band UNITY (feat. members of GAMMA RAY)
    Posted by: Denis / 16.11.2016
    With their latest sensational signing, Hanover record imprint Steamhammer/SPV has set the course for more highlights in the coming year: UNITY, the new band founded by drummer Michael Ehré and guitarist Henjo Richter (both Gamma Ray), has signed a long-term contract and is currently busy working on their debut album. The eponymously titled recording has been scheduled for release in early 2017 and aficionados of powerful Hard Rock and technically accomplished Melodic Metal can expect to get more than their money's worth.

    Along with their two figureheads, Richter and Ehré, UNITY consists of Gianba Manenti (vocals), Stef E (guitar), Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards), all of them musicians that many fans have been familiar with since Ehré's band Love.Might.Kill arrived on the scene.

    "During many gigs and countless hours in the rehearsal room, Michael and I discovered that we are on the same wavelength, on a personal as well as on a musical level. So we came up with the idea of focusing that part of our creativity that goes beyond Gamma Ray in another band," Richter explains. "UNITY features the perfect line-up for that."

    Michael Ehré is equally enthusiastic: "We're proud and more than happy to have found a strong partner in SPV/Steamhammer who enjoy an excellent reputation on a global level. The amazing experience and great passion with which Olly Hahn has helmed the label for many years are awesome. We're really looking forward to our fruitful collaboration and will ensure together that UNITY gets off to a successful start."

    Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer, places great hopes on his new signing: "The outstanding songwriting and great technical skill of everybody involved are unmistakable. For this reason, UNITY suits the Steamhammer team perfectly and we will continue to work flat out for our artists in 2017."
    PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of Italian Melodic/Progressive Metal band STAMINA
    Posted by: Denis / 16.11.2016
    Italian Melodic/Progressive Metal band STAMINA is the brainchild of guitarist, songwriter and producer Luca Sellitto. Since the beginning, the band's aim has been to create a personal style of music, combining a wide range of influences ranging from Melodic Power Metal to Progressive Rock, to Hard-Rock and fusion.

    During the years the band has released three full-length albums feat. many guest musicians including Henrik Brockmann (ex Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade), Kenny Lubcke (ex Narita, André Andersen, backing vocalist of Royal Hunt), Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Brazen Abbot, etc.) and Nils Molin (Dynatzy).

    In April/May 2012, STAMINA embarked on their first European Tour, including shows in Germany, Austria, Holland, Spain and north of Italy. During the second leg of the tour the band had the opportunity to open for Danish rock quintet Royal Hunt in honor of their 20th anniversary world tour.

    Today, STAMINA consists of Alessandro Granato - vocals, Luca Sellitto - guitars, Andrea Barone - Keyboards and Mario 'Uryo' Urciuoli - bass plus the additional musicians, Andrea Stipa - drums; Jacopo DiDomenico - backing vocals; Donata Greco - flute; Giulia Silveri - cello. Band leader Luca Sellitto says: "Our new studio effort, System of Power is the most mature release from us up until now, displaying a slightly more aggressive approach, an even increased level of technical proficiency and a wider sonic spectrum than ever before."

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    AFM Records / Rhapsody Of Fire new vocalist
    Posted by: Denis / 15.11.2016
    Giacomo Voli is the RHAPSODY OF FIRE's new voice! Check out his introduction video.

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    NoiseArt Records / MAJESTY reveal title of upcoming album
    Posted by: Denis / 15.11.2016
    The German Metal heroes MAJESTY just revealed the title of their upcoming studio album, which will be released at the beginning of 2017 via NoiseArt Records.

    Singer Tarek reveals the title in the new YouTube trailer.

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    Nuclear Blast / HELLOWEEN - STOP! DROP EVERYTHING. DRUM ROLL.
    Posted by: Denis / 15.11.2016
    "It wasn't until the production of the Hellbook for our 30th anniversary, that we fully realized what we've achieved – and that our story is far from being told." Michael Weikath.

    Here comes the sensation for all HELLOWEEN fans: You believed in it for years and continued to ask for it – now is the time: In fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a HELLOWEEN stage together and resurrect the band’s legendary original line-up. Yes, it's official: Weikath, Kiske, Hansen, Grosskopf are going to play HELLOWEEN classics live and on a joint tour. Massive news. Awesome. But you might want to sit down again, because that's not all of it! Under the flag PUMPKINS UNITED all pumpkin heads will step up – meaning Andi & Michi on vocals, Kai & Weiki & Sascha on guitars, and Markus & Dani in the rhythm section.
    PUMPKINS UNITED WORLD TOUR 2017/2018: GOOD. AS. IT. GETS.

    THE IDEA.
    Undisputedly, HELLOWEEN are one of Germany's most respected Metal exports and considered the founders of German Melodic Speed Metal. As godfathers of the genre, they have grown to become one of the most influential Metal bands of the planet. In an unbelievable career reaching back as far as 1984, HELLOWEEN have performed at innumerable Metal festivals around the globe such as Rock in Rio, Loudpark in Tokyo, Wacken, or the Woodstock in Poland, which they headlined in front of over 500,000 fans.

    The band has delivered countless headliner world tours, spectacular shows with the likes of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne to name just a few, and played at exotic locations in Borneo, Indonesia, Manaus, Brazil, or, at over 10,600 ft in the world's highest capital, La Paz, Bolivia. The band's spectacular show at the 'Monsters Of Rock' festival in Castle Donington in front of over 100,000 metal heads in 1988 was just as memorable as the massive MTV 'Headbanger's Ball' US tour with Anthrax and Exodus. Including genre masterpieces Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I & II, they've released 15 studio- and three live albums to date, selling over eight million records and earning fourteen gold and six platinum awards. For 30 years, HELLOWEEN have been delighting their fans with fantastic riffs, great songs, and haunting melodies – three decades of a global career they officially celebrated with the 'Hellbook' in 2015. This is when the idea for PUMPKINS UNITED was born: The 'Anniversary Bible' as well as touring with Kai made them realize that this band's story is demanding its next chapter. Or, as Michael Kiske describes it: "Playing an original HELLOWEEN track with Unisonic was quite a flashback already, but rocking with the original line-up and Andi will be something really special. The time has come!" The chemistry between Kiske, Hansen, Weikath, and Grosskopf is singular – and sees its revival not least because of you: You've never stopped asking for it – now the mega event is coming up live, with the complete cast, and heavily wired!

    IN DETAIL.
    The super tour's first confirmed date is October 28, 2017 in Sao Paulo and takes the full PUMPKINS entourage across selected cities and venues in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the US. An extremely big deal, which, including a few secret surprises, will present almost three hours of the biggest hits from three decades of HELLOWEEN as the band will obviously insist on performing a full-speed trip through the HELLOWEEN repertoire. "We already had an awesome time on the Hellish Rock part 1 & 2, but this time we'll definitely double down on it" says Kai Hansen, and Markus Grosskopf adds: "There'll for sure be songs that we haven't played in a very long time or even ever before." Whoever doesn't secure tickets for this tour, probably doesn't have all their pumpkins in a row: The original line-up wants to celebrate a global party with you, which is also going to be highly emotional because this SPECIAL WORLD TOUR is actually not a reunion and most probably won't happen again. Andi channels our Metal hearts when he says: "I'm so much looking forward to playing Michi's and my tunes together with him live on stage. It's going to be absolutely exceptional."

    – And now: breathe.

    Check out the YouTube trailer.

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    Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH release first trailer for 'Vehicle Of Spirit'
    Posted by: Denis / 15.11.2016
    Prepare for your special ride inside the Vehicle Of Spirit! After touring for a year and a half throughout every corner of the world, NIGHTWISH's time has come to immortalize the 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour 2015 - 2016' on DVD. Right on time with their latest album reaching gold status in Germany with 100.000 sold copies!

    The new release date for this monumental trip through the discography of the symphonic Metal visionaries is December 16th - so right before Christmas, you will be able to witness two full shows from London and Tampere and plenty of bonus material. Watch the first trailer here.

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    Imperative PR / UK thrashers Solitary sign to UKEM and release new video & single
    Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2016
    The UK Thrash masters Solitary have signed a new deal with UKEM Records, to release the first brand new studio album in more than eight years. UKEM are a label fast establishing themselves as major players in the underground scene, with a hunger to succeed that matches Solitary's own. With this fiercely driven partnership in place and an album to promote that takes British Thrash Metal to new heights, 2017 should be an exciting year for both band and label.

    Asked about the signing with UKEM, Solitary's front man Rich Sherrington had this to say: "We are all very proud of the songs on this album and how it sounds. Working with producer Simon Efemey gave us a renewed belief in what we could achieve, so it was essential that we signed to a label with the same level of enthusiasm and with UKEM we have found the perfect match. Having been on UK labels previously we were keen for that to continue. 2017 is shaping up to be mega for us! Having the album come out in time for us playing at Hammerfest and then returning to London with Acid Reign is perfect. Hopefully there will be more to come after that as well, but having UKEM join our existing team of Metal brothers can only mean that more people will get to hear and experience our metal."

    Details of the new Solitary album will be emerging soon, but today you can feast your eyes on the new video for ferocious single Unidentified. The video has been created by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art, who has also recently worked with Flotsam And Jetsam, and like the song itself it pulls no punches. The Unidentified single is available to download now from Solitary Bandcamp page as well as all usual digital download platforms.

    The album will be released in the Spring, in time for Solitary's appearance at Hammerfest and their London show with Acid Reign, with many more shows to follow.
    Som do Darma / Imagery - Brazil's Progressive Power trio launches new single, End Of The Line
    Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2016
    Imagery launch new single, End Of The Line, the song will take part of the band's new studio album, successor of the highly acclaimed The Inner Journey distributed worldwide by Cleopatra Records.

    Joceir Bertoni (vocal/guitar), Ricardo Fanucchi (bass) and Bruno Pamplona (drums/vocal) are collectively known as Imagery, the most dangerous power trio of the Brazilian Progressive Rock scene! When Imagery came to light they surprised even the most optimistic forecast. Definitely! After all, who would expect that a power trio from the countryside of Brazil that plays Progressive Rock mixed with Heavy Metal and Jazz would reap many fruits with so little time of career and just one album released?

    It all started with the release show of The Inner Journey, their debut album, which came during the opening for Focus, the legendary Progressive Rock group, in 2012.

    Right on the next year, Imagery gave one of the most important steps in its career that was the signing of a distribution agreement with the U.S. label Cleopatra Records (Tangerine Dream, Nektar, Hawkwind, Motörhead, Yes, Asia) that already released the album The Inner Journey in North America, Europe and Asia.

    In 2014, the paths of Imagery and Focus crossed again. Imagery performed two more shows with Focus in Curitiba and Florianopolis. Imagery also visited many other cities in Brazil during the tour in promotion for The Inner Journey.

    Since then, the band have been working on the compositions for its next album at Play Rec Pause Studios in Londrina/Brazil. Still untitled, two singles from the upcoming album were already released, Blinded Nation and People Say, and the power-trio now launched a new one, End Of The Line.
    SPV / MAGNUM release 'The Valley Of Tears - The Ballads' in January 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2016
    Renowned not only for their powerful Rock songs but also for countless moving ballads, British Rock icons Magnum are set to surprise their fans with a very special release at the very beginning of the coming year: THE VALLEY OF TEARS – THE BALLADS has been scheduled for release on 6 January 2017 (US/Canada: 20 January 2017), an album featuring ten of their most accomplished ballads, all of them remastered and in parts even newly re-recorded and remixed.

    Guitarist, composer and producer Tony Clarkin: "The release of this album was originally inspired by my daughter. A few months ago she asked me: 'Magnum have so many beautiful quiet numbers, why don't you put together a compilation highlighting some of the most powerful tracks?' Olly Hahn of Steamhammer/SPV was immediately taken by the concept, so I set down to work on it."

    THE VALLEY OF TEARS – THE BALLADS contains material from the band's different creative phases. Along with remastered versions of more recent ballads from albums such as Into The Valley Of The Moonkings, The Visitationand the current studio recording Sacred Blood – Divine Lies, there will also be a newly re-recorded acoustic version of their classic Lonely Night and a new haunting live version of their hit When The World Comes Down from their 1986 cult recording Vigilante.

    The release will be supported by selected shows in the UK and Ireland during the run-up to Christmas and a German/Swiss tour where Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley join the 'Rock Meets Classic' tour from 30 March 2017. Some more festivals for summer 2017 will be announced shortly.

    THE VALLEY OF TEARS – THE BALLADS will be released as a digipak version, download and stream on January 06th, 2017 (USA/Canada January 20th, 2017) through SPV/Steamhammer.
      TRACKLISTING
    1. Dream About You (remastered)
    2. Back in Your Arms Again (newly re-recorded)
    3. The Valley of Tears (remixed, remastered)
    4. Broken Wheel (newly re-recorded)
    5. A Face in the Crowd (remixed, remastered)
    6. Your Dreams Won’t Die (remastered)
    7. Lonely Night (acoustic version, newly re-recorded)
    8. The Last Frontier (remixed, remastered)
    9. Putting Things In Place (remixed, remastered)
    10. When The World Comes Down (new live version)
      TOUR DATES 2016
    • 06.12.GB-Brighton – Concorde 2
    • 07.12.GB-Cambridge – Junction
    • 09.12.IE-Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
    • 10.12.GB-Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
    • 11.12.GB-Edinburgh – Liquid Rooms
      2017, Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley join 'Rock Meets Classic'
    • 30.03. D-Trier – Arena
    • 31.03. D-Würzburg – S. Oliver Arena
    • 01.04. D-Regensburg – Donau-Arena
    • 02.04. D-Munich – Olympiahalle
    • 04.04. D-Neu-Ulm – Ratiopharm Arena
    • 05.04. D-Passau – Dreiländerhalle
    • 06.04. D-Ingolstadt – Saturn Arena
    • 07.04. D-Halle/Westfalen – Gerry Weber Stadion
    • 08.04. D-Berlin – Tempodrom
    • 10.04. D-Koblenz – Conlog Arena
    • 11.04. D-Kempten – BigBox
    • 12.04. D-Nuremberg – Frankenhalle
    • 13.04. D-Wetzlar – Rittal Arena
    • 15.04. D-Frankfurt am Main – Jahrhunderthalle
    • 17.04. D-Bamberg – Brose Arena
    • 18.04. CH-Zurich – Hallenstadion
      Festival 2017
    • 09.-12.08.E-Villena – Leyendas del Rock Festival

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    Nuclear Blast / LANCER third album trailer (incl. new song snippet) launched
    Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2016
    Swedish heavy metallers, LANCER, will unleash their third record, Mastery - their first release through Nuclear Blast - on January 13th. After revealing the first single, Iscariot, and two trailers, talking about the band in general and the forthcoming album's production and sound, the third part of the trailer series has been released now. Listen what vocalist Isak Stenvall and bassist Emil Öberg have to say about the album title and its title track (incl. a short snippet).

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    Frontiers Music / Jack Russell's Great White - He Saw it Comin'
    Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2016
    Jack Russell's Great White represents the next phase of his legacy. On January 27, 2017 Frontiers Music Srl will lay the framework for this new phase with the release of He Saw it Comin'.

    "For me this is so much more than a collection of songs, it is the culmination of a lifetime of living. It is about addictions, love, pain and many facets of the human condition. I tend to write autobiographically and on this album I dealt with topics I've never explored," explains Russell of the new record.

    Rather than look backwards and merely attempt to relive the multi-platinum Hard Rock entity's storied origins, Jack Russell set his sights on the future. In December 2011, Jack Russell's Great White first bared its teeth. Robby Lochner has been with Jack since it's inception, they soon welcomed back longtime bassist and friend Tony Montana — this time as a guitar player and keyboardist — they then added drummer Dicki Fliszar, then bassist Dan McNay. This group has a sharp, soaring, eclectic, hook laden new album ready, boasting the bluesy hard rock stomp that made Russell and Montana icons in the first place.

    "It's a powerful band", Russell proclaims. "The music is dynamic and I've gone where I've never gone before. Lochner was a catalyst for moving forward. I wasn't sure how the writing would go at first but soon realized the chemistry is beyond words. He's my copilot and one of my best friends."

    This past year the musicians hit the studio to cut their official full-length debut. It taps into the bluesy bombast and heavy energy of Russell's celebrated material, but it's a distinctly modern metallic monster.

    "We want the new material to blow people's ears back", Russell goes on. "It has the elements of the best of Great White, but there's diversity, vibe and an edge to it. It draws from our 60's and 70's roots in a more modern way." Montana agrees, "It's got the classic sound. The first element is Jack's voice. No other band sounds like this one, ever did or does now. When I was 17-years-old, I remember walking around the UCLA campus listening to the band's first EP. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We're going to maintain that integrity moving forward."

    That integrity became forged over nearly thirty years. In 1984, the band broke out of the Los Angeles scene with its self-titled debut followed by seismic platinum-selling outings such as 1987's Once Bitten... and 1989's ...Twice Shy. Moving over 10 million copies worldwide, they stood out as tried-and-true Rock stalwarts into the 21st century until 2011, when Russell went on to form Jack Russell's Great White.

    Ultimately, the new music is for the millions of fans who stuck by Russell all these years. It's everything they've been waiting for and more.
      He Saw it Comin' Track Listing:
    1. Sign Of The Times
    2. She Moves Me
    3. Crazy
    4. Love Don’t Live Here
    5. My Addiction
    6. Anything For You
    7. He Saw It Comin'
    8. Don’t Let Me Go
    9. Spy Vs Spy
    10. Blame It On The Night
    11. Godspeed
    Cruz del Sur Music / QUICKSAND DREAM releases 'Daughters Of Eve'
    Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2016
    One week from the release date, Cruz del Sur Music are pleased to present Daughters Of Eve, the opening track of QUICKSAND DREAM's awaited second album Beheading Tyrants.

    Featuring an evocative Van Gogh's painting on the cover, Beheading Tyrants will be released on compact disc, vinyl (black and limited brown) and digital on November 18, 2016.
    AFM Records / HERMAN FRANK lyric video 'Running Back'
    Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2016
    Another new song from Teutonic riff master HERMAN FRANK and his band! Check out the lyric video Running Back!

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    Century Media / Arch Enemy announce 2017 DVD and live shows
    Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2016
    As The Stages Burn! ARCH ENEMY presents their new live DVD taken from their largest stage production to date and unforgettable performance last summer at the WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival in Germany.

    This performance marks the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of War Eternal. It all began in March of 2014 when the band announced new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz as well as the video for the album title track. This debut track went on to become the bands most successful video, surpassing 20 million views on YouTube. The release of War Eternal also saw ARCH ENEMY reaching their highest U.S. and German chart positions to date and playing over 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2014, Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) joined ARCH ENEMY during the world tour with Kreator and in 2015 they played arenas as direct support for Nightwish.

    The DVD highlights an impressive live production fans have never seen before! As The Stages Burn is scheduled for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on March 31st, 2017. More details will be revealed shortly, stay tuned.

    Exclusive As The Stages Burn release shows with special support from LACUNA COIL and THE HAUNTED have also been announced.
      ARCH ENEMY exclusive release shows:
    • 03.30.2017 - Zeche, Bochum, Germany *
    • 03.31.2017 - Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany *
    • 04.01.2017 - Rock in Hell, Colmar, France *
    • 04.02.2017 - Heavy Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
    • 04.04.2017 - Neue Stadthalle, Langen (Hessen), Germany **
    • 04.05.2017 - Backstage Werk, München, Germany **
    • 04.06.2017 -Saarbrücken - Garage, Germany **
    • 04.07.2017 - Durbuy Rock Festival, Durbuy, Belgium **
    • 04.08.2017 - Betiz Fest, Cambrai, France *
    • 04.09.2017 -Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik, Germany **
    * with The Haunted
    ** with The Haunted, Lacuna Coil
    German shows presented by Metal Hammer and EMP
      ARCH ENEMY Festivals 2017:
    • 02.02.2017 - 70000 Tons Of Metal - Miami, FL
    • 07.06.2017 - Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
    • 07.14.2017 - Gefle Metal Festival , Gävle, Sweden
    • 08.05.2017 - Ostrava v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
    • 08.10.2017 - Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
    • 08.11.2017 - Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
    • 08.12.2017 - Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

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    InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation announce new studio album 'In the Passing Light of Day'
    Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2016
    Swedish Progressive Rock/Metal innovators Pain of Salvation have announced the worldwide release of their long-awaited new studio album In the Passing Light of Day for Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via their longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.

    Working together with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, etc.) at Dugout Studio in Sweden, the band have crafted an album that sees them returning to their much praised heavier sound, featuring the syncopated rhythms, glorious melodies, and intensely personal themes that Pain of Salvation fans have long loved about the band.

    Inextricably linked to the near fatal illness that band-leader Daniel Gildenlöw spent much of the first half of 2014 recovering from, the album is an altogether darker and more impassioned journey. Taking the hospital bed as a narrative hub, the lyrical and musical themes touch on all the conflicting feelings that run through a person's mind when presented with the prospect of death and the passing of life.

    Gildenlöw comments: "What started off as an annoying infection has, in just hours, suddenly pivoted into the very real possibility of my actual dying". That's not to say, however, that all this record presents is blackness. "This album also shows the beauty of the transition, of the inevitable. And of the hope of a tomorrow, the hope of change, no matter how frail and naive that hope may be."

    In the past 6 years since the release of Road Salt Two, fans hope for new Pain of Salvation output has truly been tested. But their perseverance, as well as that of Daniel Gildenlöw and his band, has been rewarded with perhaps the most stunning album of their career.

    The album will be available as a special edition 2CD Mediabook (including expanded 48-pages booklet, several in-depth texts by conceptual author Daniel Gildenlöw, demo material & band commentary tracks), standard jewelcase CD, gatefold 180g 2LP vinyl plus album on CD as bonus & digital download.
      Pain of Salvation In the Passing Light of Day:
    1. On a Tuesday (10:22)
    2. Tongue of God (04:53)
    3. Meaningless (04:47)
    4. Silent Gold (03:23)
    5. Full Throttle Tribe (09:05)
    6. Reasons (04:45)
    7. Angels of Broken Things (06:24)
    8. The Taming of a Beast (06:33)
    9. If This Is the End (06:03)
    10. The Passing Light of Day (15:31)

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    Massacre Records / New signing: STORMAGE
    Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2016
    STORMAGE are now part of the Massacre Records family, and will release a new album called Dead Of Night in March 2017!

    STORMAGE rose from the ashes of the Metal outfit Anthem in 2003, and released its debut album Balance Of Power two years later, which received fantastic reviews, just like the follow-up Sudden Awakening (2007).

    The band has already played numerous live shows, for example with bands like Sabaton, Powerwolf, Sacred Steel, Cripper, Eisregen, and also appeared at various music festivals! It got a bit quiet around the band starting in 2010, since all band members focussed on other projects without forgetting about STORMAGE, though.

    Now, 6 years later, the band entered the Hardland Studios once again to record their upcoming album Dead Of Night, due in March 2017 on Massacre Records!

    STORMAGE combines traditional melodic heavy metal with modern influences, thus creating the band's own, fresh sound!

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    Metal Blade / Armored Saint launches 'Aftermath (Live)' single
    Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2016
    Reveals artwork and track-listing for new live album, Carpe Noctum; kicks off USA tour with Queensryche next week.

    Armored Saint has teamed up with PledgeMusic to give fans a new live album: Carpe Noctum. Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989′s live album, Saints Will Conquer – until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band's 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

    For a first preview of Carpe Noctum, the live version of Aftermath is now available exclusively for pledgers at PledgeMusic where the album can also be pre-ordered in various formats and bundles, with every 'pledge'/purchase receiving a digital download of the tracks, plus behind-the-scenes content (including footage from Wacken 2015, plus 2016′s Ozzfest and Queensryche appearances, and more!).
      Carpe Noctum track-listing
    1. Win Hands Down (Live)
    2. March of the Saint (Live)
    3. Stricken by Fate (Live)
    4. Last Train Home (Live)
    5. Mess (Live)
    6. Aftermath (Live)
    7. Left Hook from Right Field (Live)
    8. Reign of Fire (Live)

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    Nuclear Blast / RAGE European tour kicks off
    Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2016
    German Heavy Metal trio, RAGE, are set to kick off their 'The Devil Tours Again' European tour at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. On this tour, the band will present their current studio album called The Devil Strikes Again (June 10th via Nuclear Blast). Support on this tour leg will come from SOBER (November 10th - 12th), MONUMENT (November 15th - 20th), DARKER HALF (November 15th - December 18th) and MESSIAH'S KISS (December 4th - 18th). The tour will come to an end at Dynamite Night in Crailsheim, Germany (w/ BATTLE BEAST among others).
      'The Devil Tours Again' - Part I w/ SOBER + local opener
    • 10.11. FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
    • 12.11. RUS St. Peterburg - Aurora-Hall
    • 13.11. RUS Moscow - Volta Club
      w/ MONUMENT, DARKER HALF
    • 15.11. A Vienna - Szene
    • 16.11. A Graz - Explosiv
    • 17.11. D Munich - Backstage
    • 18.11. SK Martin - KD Zaturcie
    • 19.11. CZ Zlin - Winter Masters Of Rock (no DARKER HALF)
    • 20.11. PL Warsaw - Progresja
    • 03.12. D Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting (RAGE meets REFUGE)*
      w/ DARKER HALF, MESSIAH'S KISS
    • 04.12. D Moerlenbach-Weiher - Live Music Hall
    • 06.12. D Kaiserslautern - Kammgarn
    • 07.12. CH Pratteln - Z7
    • 08.12. I Cremona - Midian Live
    • 09.12. A Kufstein - Kulturfabrik
    • 10.12. D Geiselwind - Christmas Bash*
    • 11.12. D Markneukirchen - Warwick Music Hall
    • 13.12. D Berlin - Nuke Club
    • 14.12. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
    • 15.12. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
    • 16.12. D Siegburg - Kubana
    • 17.12. D Goslar - Klub Kartell
    • 18.12. D Luebeck - Werkhof
    • 27.12. D Crailsheim - Dynamite Night*
      *RAGE only

      'The Devil Tours Again' - Part II w/ MAXXWELL + DAYS OF ANGER
    • 13.01. S Gothenburg - Musikens Hus
    • 14.01. N Oslo - Hard Rock Cafe
    • 15.01. S Stockholm - Göta Källare
    • 30.03. IL Tel Aviv - The Zone Club
    • 10.06. D Starnberg - Food Rock Festival
    • 03. - 05.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
    • 09. - 12.08. E Villena - Leyendas Del Rock
    • 02.09. D Zons - Zons Rockt (RAGE meets REFUGE)

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    METALMESSAGE / 'Repentance' - Italian Melodic Heavy Metallers OVERTURES released opening track of their latest album 'ARTIFACTS'
    Posted by: Denis / 10.11.2016
    After more than 20 summer shows, from the GODS OF METAL Festival (with Rammstein, Megadeth, Korn, Halestorm & more) to the SPAZIOROCK Festival (with Powerwolf, Stratovarius, Rhapsody of Fire & more), OVERTURES are setting up some additional Italian shows and an European tour that will be announced soon.

    In the meanwhile the Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records just released through its YouTube channel the audio/video of the opening track Repentance, from the new album Artifacts, released on May 31st and highly acclaimed by the press.

    OVERTURES' album Artifacts has been mastered once again at GateStudios Hamburg (Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, Rhapsody Of Fire) by Olaf Reitmeier in Wolfsburg, Germany. The artwork was made by the German artist Franziskus Pfleghart.

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    Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH release live clip 'Alpenglow' from 'Vehicle Of Spirit'
    Posted by: Denis / 10.11.2016
    'We were here!' - once again, NIGHTWISH carve their name into the walls of music history and after touring for a year and a half throughout every corner of the world, their time has come to immortalize the Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour 2015 - 2016 on DVD. On December 9th, the symphonic Metal visionaries are set to release their new live milestone Vehicle Of Spirit, featuring not only two full concerts, but also plenty of bonus material. Now they unveil a second appetizer with their live hymn Alpenglow. Watch the capturing clip from their show at Wembley Arena.

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    Nuclear Blast / SEPULTURA fifth studio trailer launched
    Posted by: Denis / 10.11.2016
    Brazilian Heavy Metal icons, SEPULTURA, will unleash their upcoming studio album, Machine Messiah, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. Now the fifth studio episode which gives an insight in the bass recording process has been launched.

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    AFM Records / Burning Point new song
    Posted by: Denis / 09.11.2016
    Another new track taken from the upcoming BURNING POINT album The Blaze (out November 25th) is available now.

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    Inner Wound Recordings / Enbound 'Give Me Light' music video posted online
    Posted by: Denis / 09.11.2016
    The Swedish melodic Metal band ENBOUND just released a music video for the track Give Me Light. The new ENBOUND album The Blackened Heart will be released on November 18th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

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    GlobMetal Promotions / ESPEROZA released new album
    Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2016
    Moldavian Symphonic Extreme/Dark Metal band Esperoza released their new album Aum Corrupted. The album was recorded on Temporal Displacement Records, mixed/mastered by Christian Donaldson (Cryptorpsy) and released on WormHoleDeath Records.

    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.
    Napalm Records / CIVIL WAR music video premiere for track 'Tombstone'
    Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2016
    Tombstone is the brand new music video by Sweden's generals in good old Heavy Metal!

    CIVIL WAR states: "With Tombstone we prove that we're not afraid to try new things. It's a really crazy song but we have loved it since day one and it was very easy to pick it out to be the official video of our new album!"

    The album was released this Friday. Civil War are back and shoot martial anthems into the darkened sky. In four years the proud Heavy Metal-hitmakers are releasing their third epos The Last Full Measure. The quintet with former Sabaton-members presents twin guitars, keyboard-fanfares and doublebass-marches. Full of honor they are flying the flag as high as possible. Astral Doors-singer Nils Patrik Johansson proves that his powerful voice was marked by destiny!

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    Nuclear Blast / IN FLAMES release track video for 'Save Me'
    Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2016
    The highly anticipated IN FLAMES album Battles is only one week away from invading your ears and now the Swedish Metal institution from Gothenburg releases another appetizer. Watch the new track video for Save Me!

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    HABITUAL SINS signed a worldwide Deal with Pure Steel Records
    Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2016
    As a further enhancement of the US division of Pure Steel Records, the label is proud to announce that HABITUAL SINS has signed a worldwide deal with them. The band features the original voice of ICARUS WITCH's Matthew Bizillia, Steve Pollick (ex-ICARUS WITCH) and Jim Dofka.

    The debut album is titled Personal Demons and will likely be released in the 1st quarter of 2017.
    Season of Mist / SEPTICFLESH
    Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2016
    SEPTICFLESH have announced that they will to record once again with the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague on the 18th and 19th of December as part of their next album.

    Guitarist and award winning classical composer Christos Antoniou has already successfully collaborated with the Czech orchestra for the three previous SEPTICFLESH masterpieces Communion (2008), The Great Mass (2011), and Titan (2014).

    The Greek demons stated: "We are proud to announce that SEPTICFLESH are in the middle of the writing process for the follow up to our latest album Titan. We will work with Swedish producer Jens Bogren at Fascination Street studios. Our new drummer Krimh will be appearing for the first time on a full recording. We can promise you a dark opus that will add new dimensions to the sound of SEPTICFLESH."

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    METALMESSAGE / MYRKGRAV (Folk Metal) new album 'Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen'
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2016
    The MYRKGRAV album Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen (translation: Thank you and farewell; times have changed) is difficult to give an unbiased description of. In essence, it is a follow-up to the 2006 debut album Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning, but needless to say a lot can happen in ten years.

    Still, Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen represents a natural progression from what the debut album showcased: proper FOLK METAL with roots in the blacker side of the extreme Metal genres. Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen has been launched on all streaming services October 26th.

    The goal of MYRKGRAV has always been to create a natural fusion between Scandinavian Folk music and extreme Metal. Whilst perhaps being an overly ambitious goal, Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen further strengthens the Folk music elements of MYRKGRAV, without negating its extreme Metal roots.

    One of the most important elements towards achieving a proper Folk and Metal blend was to incorporate traditional instruments into the songwriting process and giving them key roles in the compositions – rather than just to use them as a gimmick, which many so-called Folk Metal bands unfortunately suffer from.

    Professional Hardanger fiddle artist Olav Luksengård Mjelvawas hired to not only record Hardanger fiddle parts for Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen, but also to aid in the production and arrangement stage of incorporating the instrument. The Hardanger fiddle is Norway’s national instrument, and adds another layer of the beautifully haunting Nordic Melancholy to MYRKGRAV's latest compositions.

    As the title of the album reveals, Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen is also MYRKGRAV's farewell record and disbanding statement all in one. Times change and the man changes with them. With a decade separating the first and second full-length with only crumbs having been shared in-between, naturally aspects have changed both for fans and band alike during the excruciatingly long radio silence. Because of this, the new album encompasses everything that MYRKGRAV's has ever had to offer – or at least an attempt has been made, if we are making bold statements. As such, it was a natural choice to include re-arranged and re-recorded versions of a couple of old classic songs from the Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning album, as homage to what most would probably call OG MYRKGRAV.

    Like always, Lars Jensen presents to the world with MYRKGRAV, through the voice of music, local history and Folklore from Ringerike, Krokskogen, Nordmarka, Lommedalen and the other nearby areas surrounding where he grew up.

    Back in 2006 Lars was but a 19 year-old folklore enthusiast – but is now at 29 a student of folklore and ethnology at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. Having access to a wide array of Folklore and folkloristic learnings has also strengthened MYRKGRAV's core value of exploring a culture unknown to most.

    While not exactly time travel, MYRKGRAV aims to function as a looking glass into times past, its cultural oddities, values and stories. And while we are talking about stories, every single lyric for every song on the album will be illustrated with hand drawn illustrations in the style of famous Norwegian author, illustrator, painter and comic creator Kjell Aukrust.
    ALLTHENIKO news
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2016
    On Monday 5th December 2016, exactly after 2 years from the release of Fast And Glorious, Alltheniko publish a new single entitled Waste Of Time in all band's official channels, the song will be included in 6th work studio which is now in progress.

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    AFM Records / Nightmare second single and video
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2016
    NIGHTMARE release the second single and video Serpentine, taken from their new album Dead Sun, out on November 25th!

    The song features Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Ex-Beyond Twilight, Ex-Firewind, Adagio) as special guest on vocals.

    The video was directed by Mehdi Khadouj from Evolution Prod.

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    Century Media / Dark Tranquillity new album 'Atoma' out; US tour starts
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2016
    DARK TRANQUILLITY's eleventh studio album, Atoma, is finally out.

    The album is available as Ltd. 2CD Mediabook in Slipcase (Europe only) or Ltd. 2CD Digipak (North America only), as CD Jewelcase and Gatefold LP+CD. The gatefold LP is available in different vinyl colors and also includes the full album on CD.
    • Black vinyl - available worldwide
    • Clear vinyl - limited to 400 copies, only available in North America
    • Transparent Blue vinyl - limited to 300 copies exclusive through CMDistro.com in North America
    • Transparent Red vinyl - limited to 200 copies, exclusively available through CMDistro.com in Europe.
      Catch DARK TRANQUILLITY live on their North American tour:
    • 11.04.2016 The Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
    • 11.05.2016 Palladium Upstairs, Worcester, MA
    • 11.06.2016 Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA
    • 11.07.2016 The Filmore, Silver Spring, MD
    • 11.08.2016 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
    • 11.09.2016 Foufonues Electriques, Montreal, Canada
    • 11.10.2016 Le Cercle, Quebec, Canada
    • 11.11.2016 Mavericks, Ottawa, Canada
    • 11.12.2016 The Opera House, Toronto, Canada
    • 11.13.2016 Token Lounge, Westland, MI
    • 11.14.2016 The Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
    • 11.15.2016 The Agora Theatre & Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
    • 11.16.2016 Park Street Saloon, Columbus, OH
    • 11.19.2016 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
    • 11.20.2016 Fubar, Saint Louis, MO
    • 11.22.2016 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
    • 11.25.2016 Rickshaw Theatre, North Vancouver, Canada
    • 11.26.2016 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
    • 11.27.2016 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
    • 11.28.2016 PBJ's, Reno, NV
    • 11.29.2016 Slim's, San Francisco, CA
    • 11.30.2016 City National Grove, Anaheim, CA
    • 12.01.2016 Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
    • 12.02.2016 LVCS, Las Vegas, NV
    • 12.03.2016 Club Red, Mesa, AZ
    • 12.05.2016 Trees, Dallas, TX
    • 12.06.2016 Cine El Rey, Mcallen, TX
    • 12.07.2016 Scout Bar, Houston, TX

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    Divebomb Records / FAITH COLLAPSING REUNION SHOW ANNOUNCED
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2016
    FAITH COLLAPSING have announced their first show in 22 years with the original Lost-era line-up. March 25th will see the group take the stage at Cuzfest 2017 at the Rusty Nail in their hometown.

    In 1990, FAITH COLLAPSING formed in Wilmington, NC out of a love for aggressive, challenging music that maintained musical integrity while possessing a thematic message. The early-'90s were a time of much disparity in the rock world, with Mötley Crüe, Poison, Cinderella dominating MTV's daytime slots; but it was the success of Headbangers Ball playing videos by Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax that caught FAITH COLLAPSING's attention.

    Building upon those influences — as well as similarities to acts such as Forbidden or fellow North Carolina natives Confessor — FAITH COLLAPSING spent the next several years honing their sound through diligent rehearsals and a relentless live schedule (including opening slots for Crowbar, Savatage, Nile, White Zombie, and more) that often saw the band performing as many as three sets per night!

    Demos were recorded in 1991 and 1993, before FAITH COLLAPSING set to work on their full-length debut in 1995 with Dick Hodgin whom the band had admired for his work on Corrosion of Conformity's Technocracy and some of Confessor's early demos.

    The result was Lost: an impassioned 10-song journey that has withstood trends for two decades―continuing to capture a new, global audience of Power/Thrash Metal fans.

    Divebomb Records is thrilled to unleash this expanded reissue of Lost—complete with 1993's The Whisper demo, as well as a previously unreleased pre-production track called Prodigal Son fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording. The 20 page booklet also includes lyrics; archival photographs; and an in-depth, band-penned FAITH COLLAPSING biography. As an added bonus, the Divebomb website will host 4 bonus live tracks recorded at the legendary Mad Monk in Wilmington, NC.
    Frontiers Music / Inglorious new studio album for 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2016
    Inglorious announce new studio album for 2017, produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi). UK dates scheduled for Nov & Dec 2016.

    2016 has been a stunning year for UK five-piece Inglorious. Their eponymous debut album was released through Frontiers Music Srl in February. The album received widespread critical acclaim at press, multiple A lists at radio and a lauded performance on Vintage TV. The band are managed by QEDG (Yes, Asia) and booked by Steve Strange at X-Ray (live agent for Coldplay, Eminem, and Queens of the Stone Age).

    The band have toured across the world, with numerous high profile shows across the UK and Europe – including a show stopping performances at Download Festival and Ramblin' Man Fair, support to The Winery Dogs and The Dead Daisies, and culminating in support to Steel Panther's European Arena tour in October 2016.

    September 2016 saw the band base themselves in Liverpool and work on the follow up studio album with legendary producer Kevin Shirley. Set for release in 2017 on Frontiers Music Srl, the album is set to further push the rise of this remarkable band.
      Inglorious have a run of UK dates in November and December 2016.
      November 2016
    • Fri 25th – UK, London, Islington Academy / co-headline tour with labelmates Last In Line
    • Sat 26th – UK, Troon, Winterstorm Festival
    • Sun 27th – UK, Bristol, Bierkeller / co-headline tour with Last In Line
    • Mon 28th – UK, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms / co-headline tour with Last In Line
    • Wed 30th – UK, Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall / co-headline tour with Last In Line
      December 2016
    • Thurs 1st – UK, Newcastle, Academy 2 / co-headline tour with Last In Line
    • Fri 2nd – UK, Sheffield, Corporation / co-headline tour with Last In Line
    • Sun 4th – UK, Porthcawl, Trecco Bay Holiday Park / Planet Rockstock 2016 (Official)

      The band are set to tour heavily in 2017 and have the following dates already confirmed:
    • 2nd to 7th Feb 2017 - USA, Tampa Bay, Monsters of Rock Cruise
    • 17th June 2017 – SPAIN, Vitoria, Azkena Rock Festival 2017
    Formed in February 2014, the band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth. Nathan was looking for like-minded musicians that desired to make incredible rock music in a very honest fashion. For the debut album, Nathan thought to himself, 'Why are those classic albums so awesome?' He realised it was because 'the musicians were recording in an organic way; they could track it live and capture amazing energy'.

    The band is lineup completed by rhythm guitarist Wil Taylor, lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson, bassist Colin Parkinson, and drummer Phil Beaver. Wil, from the Northeast of England, is the youngest member of the band whose heroes include Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Joe Satriani and Steve Lukather (Toto).

    The same albums that have inspired generations of musicians and performers are noticeably evident when you listen to the Inglorious debut album. This is the music they were born to play together - inspired by bands in the classic Rock genre as diverse as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, to name a few.
    High Roller Records / ROBERT PEHRSSON'S HUMBUCKER - Long Way to the Light
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2016
    Robert Pehrsson (born 13th of December 1975) is currently one of the most talented Swedish rock guitarists. Furthermore, he is an outstanding songwriter as well. It's only a matter of time until a broader (rock) audience will recognize him as what he is: a star in the making. Robert Pehrsson has worked for such diverse bands such as Runemagick, Thunder Express, Death Breath, Dundertåget, Imperial State Electric, Slingblade and also Dagger. He picked up his guitar in 1987 and started a (professional) career in 1994 (at the time concentrating mainly on playing extreme music like Thrash and early Death Metal).

    In 2013, his debut longplayer under the name of Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker was released (via High Roller Records). It was a perfect example for a contemporary 'classic rock' album, landing the Swedish guitarist extraordinaire the 'album of the month' award in Germany's leading independent Metal magazine Rock Hard. No wonder then that expectations for the follow-up album Long Way To The Light are sky high. The record contains eight brand new compositions (plus a re-worked version of the single The Hollow In A Rising Tone). With songs such as Send Her My Love or Traveling Through The Dark Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker carry on where they have left off with the captivating debut album – albeit with even slicker guitar playing and sharper song arrangements.

    "I put so much pressure on myself so I got enough to deal with already", comments Robert Pehrsson on the expectations surrounding the release of Long Way To The Light. "The main thing is to not disappoint myself and to know in the end that I did the best I could. I was sincerely happy both for High Roller and of course for myself with the great reviews on the previous album. I think the new album is stronger, but in the end, it's up to the listener and that I have no control over."

    Listening to Long Way To The Light for the first time, one might get the impression that overall it's a slightly poppier record compared to the debut. "It might be", reflects Robert Pehrsson. "But it's not really intentional. I like the songs short and to the point with a strong hook. That's what I strive for always. I think people sometimes put us in the same category as more hard rocking bands and we're not really that type of band in the end. I want the freedom to do other styles as well. If I look at the old bands, I like that they were all very diverse, not playing on 10 all the time."

    D'accord, diversity in songwriting has always been the forté of Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker. But in the past, for some, this has been a dangerous road, if you look at Phil Lynott's solo album Solo In Soho, which for some is, well, a total mess. "I actually like a lot of that album", confesses the Swedish guitarist. "But maybe it was wise to do it as a solo album. I'm not scared to try different approaches to both writing and recording and I think it's possible to paint with a wide brush and still be true to the overall sound of the band. I'm not talking about rocket science here and we record in a very old school fashion. But there are so many different ways to approach things and I am intrigued with these things. I'm interested in the craft of songwriting and recording."

    This approach shows on each of the nine tracks of the record. So nine songs once more (just like on the debut platter), that must be the lucky number for Robert Pehrsson indeed. "I guess so", he laughs. "There was more material written and recorded, but I was not 100% happy with how some of the songs came together so I've put them on hold for another day. I don't want any filler material and I don't like albums that go on forever personally. Sometimes we are limited as performers. I wrote some material for this album that I was really excited about, but I just could not make it sound right this time around. I listen to lots of different music and I would like the band to be able to do diverse material."

    "The biggest difference is that we have played live since the first album", comments Robert Pehrsson on the main differences between the first album and Long Way To The Light. "My approach for the writing was not that different, but I kept in mind that I want do be able to perform the songs live in their true form. I also co-worked with Joseph Tholl, Nicke Andersson and Andreas Axelsson on some tracks. So I think there is more of a band feeling to this one compared to the first album. And that was something I wanted from the beginning when I started working on this album."

    Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker have played around 40 live shows since the debut album, so the line-up is starting to gel. Robert Pehrsson: "Long Way To The Light has been recorded mostly by me and Nicke Anderssons (drums and bass). Joseph Tholl has also been involved a lot. I really like recording with these guys. But a lot of the players on the previous also appear on this. The live line-up has been Joseph Tholl, Jakob Ljungberg and Jens Lagergren, and they all appear on the album. It's a mixture of really talented friends from other bands: Enforcer, Imperial State Electric, The Hellacopters, Tribulation, etc... We tend to do a lot of stuff together. Here's some names: Robert Eriksson, Jonas Wikstrand, Johan Bäckman, Johannes Borgström. The list goes on!"

    Maybe Robert Pehrsson is indeed one the last great guitarist in the tradition of Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Jimmy Page, Scott Gorham. But then again Long Way To The Light is not a 'guitar-driven' record per se. So what comes first for the Swedish guitarist extraordinaire, the song or the guitar performance? Robert Pehrsson: "Thanks! The song is always first. I see it the same way playing live. I want us, as a band, to play together and be a strong unit. It's not about individual performances at all. I do, however, think there is quite a lot of guitar playing, but there is no room for unnecessary flash in the songs. I want the listener to feel that the solo is an integral part of the song and not just there for me to show off. My main goal is to create a solo that you can and would want to hum along to."

    There are lots of great songs on the album, for example Zero Emotion. It's some kind of a love song, correct? "It's more of a breakup song", laughs Robert Pehrsson. "And how you sometimes end up dealing with things like that. A lot of the lyrics are about losing loved ones in one way or another. I guess it's because I'm at that age now when things like that happen, whereas in the past I did not really have to deal with that in the same way."

    The closing number No I don't is quite funky partially... so maybe the right choice for the title of 'most unusual song on the album'? Robert Pehrsson begs to differ: "I would probably say it's rather 'Traveling Through The Dark'. It's got an 1980s vibe to it and I don't really see any other of the songs having that. But overall I think this album is more diverse. 'Pretender' also comes to mind as a bit unusual and something we have not really done before. These are the songs I tend to like the most."
    1. Send Her My Love
    2. Distant Bound
    3. Traveling Through the Dark
    4. Break Away from This Broken Heart
    5. Pretender
    6. Zero Emotion
    7. The Hollow in a Rising Tone
    8. The Somber Sleeps
    9. 09 No I Don't

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    Metal Mind Productions / Tank unleash superb new video for 'Valley of Tears'
    Posted by: Denis / 07.11.2016
    British Heavy Metal legend TANK released new video for the title track of their most recent and one of their best selling albums, Valley Of Tears. The video was filmed in the desert hills just outside the town of Mojacar in Southern Spain and the production was handled by MGV Productions.

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    Imperative PR / Formicarius join Music For Nations Speed Kills VII compilation album & stunning new video
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    Formicarius have been selected by Sony/Music For Nations to feature on their impending release Speed Kills VII. The Speed Kills compilation albums were infamous throughout the '80s and '90s for bringing some of the world's greatest extreme Metal bands to the attention of fans around the world. Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Venom, Bathory, Megadeth, Celtic Frost, Sodom... they were all featured on the legendary collections. Now, the recently resurrected Music For Nations label have decided to herald their return with a new chapter in the Speed Kills saga...

    Speed Kills VII will feature exclusively British bands, highlighting the finest acts that the underground has to offer. Featured alongside the furious demons of Formicarius will be the likes of Voices, Akercocke, The King Is Blind, Nine Covens, Divine Chaos and – forming a link to the past – Acid Reign, who first appeared on Speed Kills IV

    Discussing their inclusion on the bill, Formicarius' front man, Lord Saunders commented "We're overwhelmed to be a part of the Speed Kills legacy! Looking at the calibre of bands featured in the series... and now to be a part of such a collection... it's a tremendous honour for us!"

    This historic release can be pre-ordered on Music For Nations and Amazon, release date: 02.12.16 - available on vinyl or as a digital download

    To mark this momentous news Formicarius are unveiling their stunning new video for Lake Of The Dead which can be viewed here.
    HULDRE (Nordic Folk Metal) new album 'Tusmørke'
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    HULDRE's long awaited sophomore album Tusmørke is finally here! HULDRE is an upcoming NORDIC FOLK METAL - name on the Folk Metal scene and they have, since 2010, excited people all over the world with their spectacular compositions inspired by Nordic Folk music, Metal and Rock.

    Musically they offer catchy melodies of female vocals, violin, hurdy gurdy and flute on a heavy foundation of guitar, bass and drums. HULDRE weaves a lyrical universe revolving around the forces of nature, and imagery of the folklore of years past.

    The band is by now known for their unique and integrated liveshows, where the audience, in a forest of leaves, skull and bones, are blown back by the sheer joy of playing. HULDRE's debut album from 2012 Intet Menneskebarn was very well received by reviewers throughout the world and the band has through the years played at such venues as Copenhell and Wacken, won a few musical awards and built up a dedicated and loyal fanbase.

    Tusmørke was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Lasse Lammert in LSD Studios in cooperation with HULDRE and is released on the 3rd of November. This will be celebrated with a release party at Loppen in Copenhagen.

    Releasedate: Nov. 03, 2016; Genre: Nordic Folk Metal; Label: Gateway Music
    Boyz Tyme Records / Sergeant Steel's Winter Wonderland charity single
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    Sergeant Steel's new single Winter Wonderland is out now. The cover-version of the world-renowned winter/Christmas-classic was produced by Michael Wagener (Ozzy, Metallica, Skid Row, Alice Cooper, etc.). He travelled from Nashville/Tennessee/USA to Vienna/Austria to produce the song.

    Sergeant Steel are going to donate the income that is generated through the sales of this release. All the money is going to support an accommodation for refugees in Linz, Austria.

    Winter Wonderland is available via download and streaming platforms. A limited signed CD version is sold via the band's online store.
    AFM Records / Iron Mask
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    No brakes can stop this train... Iron Mask's new video clip I Don't Forget, I Don't Forgive!

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    Cruz del Sur Music / HAMMER KING presents new track “Battle Gorse”!
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    Cruz del Sur Music are pleased to present a second track off upcoming HAMMER KING album King Is Rising: Battle Gorse.

    "The King has always been a fan of Jack Finney's 1955 novel 'The Body Snatchers' and of the 1978 movie version featuring Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum", singer Titan Fox explains, "in the song Battle Gorse we have similar plants, but being tremendously bigger here. One of the faster paced songs on the albums and certainly quite old-school!"
    Frontiers Music / Steelheart Brand new album in the spring!
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    Frontiers Music Srl is particularly excited to welcome STEELHEART to the label for the release of a brand new album in the spring of 2017!

    "We have been asked by so many of you, 'When will STEELHEART record a new album?' The time has now come," announces singer Miljenko Matijevic. "This is going to be an amazing journey and a lot of fun! We are bringing all of you along with us as we embark on this journey with video updates from the studio."

    There are plans to have a few surprise guest appearances on the recording, with full band's line-up to be revealed shortly. Be sure to keep up with the band via updates on their Facebook and official website for sneak peeks and hints of whom the special guests might be.

    "We have been drinking wine and having fun sorting through songs," continues Miljenko. "We are bit overwhelmed, as we have 41 songs in the YES pile already with more folders to go through. We are dedicated to choosing the perfect songs with the track flow invoking every emotion along the way."

    The vision and direction of the new album is to capture the energy we all enjoyed from the band's first two albums and implement it with the energy and power of today's rock music. It will be very melodic, but still heavy and hard hitting as well as featuring life lived, tear jerking ballads with orchestral colors.

    "Thank you all for the love, support and your appreciation for our music", concludes Miljenko. "We look forward to sharing this journey with you. Lets bring the magic back into the music and energy to the stage. We Love You All! Remember to live and enjoy your life!!!"

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    Frontiers Music / Pride of Lions - Fearless
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated new studio album from PRIDE OF LIONS, Fearless on January 27, 2017.

    When Frontiers released Pride Of Lions' groundbreaking first album in 2003, many people asked, 'Is this one of those project bands that do one or two albums and then disappear - or a real band with staying power?'

    Now, in the year 2017 the answer to that question will be very clear as the band release their FIFTH studio album, Fearless! Additionally, their best selling Live In Belgium album and video proves to the world that Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock and the powerful Pride Of Lions band is not just a studio concoction, but a live force to be reckoned with, headlining shows in America and Europe.

    "We are always trying to top ourselves", states singer / songwriter / guitarist Jim Peterik. "This time I went back and listened closely to all the previous albums to hear the strongest assets of each record: what was working and what could be improved. I went into writing the Fearless material keeping that in mind. I feel it sticks closer to the template we set with our first release, yet goes to new places musically as well like using a Kansas style fiddle played by Andrew Ohlrich on the video/single All I See is You."

    The songs and performances on Fearless are... well... truly fearless. The title track blazes from the speakers gaining steam with every chorus. 'Take the highest ground - stand and fight - you gotta be harder- you gotta be tougher - you gotta be - fearless!' This could be the new battle cry for Rocky Balboa or any common man needing to make a difference in the world.

    "When I got together with Jim in Chicago to record, things just caught fire", enthuses Toby. "I sang 12 vocals in two days! That's how inspired I was with the new material."

    "Toby hit new heights on this one", raves Jim. "I was sitting behind the recording console with Larry Millas just one big goose bump as Toby glided from hard rockers like Rising Up, classic Melodic Rock like All I See Is You to a heartfelt ode to timeless love Everlasting Love."

    Future classics include The Tell, where the main character is giving off signals she may not even realize to the mesmerizing magic of Silent Music ('I can't help it if I talk funny - I can't express the way I feel in spoken words - hold on') to the mysterious Freedom of the Night. That last one was written with former Jimi Jamison keyboardist Hal Butler and the lyric, chord changes and melody seem to channel what Jimi might now be singing if his life had not been tragically cut short.

    "The last track is one of my faves", states Toby Hitchcock. "I think we all can relate to the often painful process of figuring out just who we are and how we fit on this planet. Unmasking the Mystery is not something that happens all at once - it happens over time and on our last day we still won't have all the answers."

    The album will be supported by live dates - in the States and abroad with the first show on January 28th as a part of Jim Peterik's World Stage at Wentz Hall in Naperville, Illinois.

    In early 2017, expect the premiere of the music video for All I See Is You directed by Greg Bizzarro. Greg has directed every POL video thus far, as well as the popular Cold Blooded video by Peterik / Scherer which starred Leann Marie of 'I Can't Hold Back' video fame.

    So crank it up! The louder the better, after all 'You gotta be fearless'!!!
      Fearless tracklisting:
    1. All I See Is You!
    2. The Tell
    3. In Caricature
    4. Silent Music
    5. Fearless
    6. Everlasting Love
    7. Freedom Of The Night
    8. The Light In Your Eyes
    9. Rising Up
    10. The Silence Says It All
    11. Faster Than A Prayer
    12. Unmasking The Mystery

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    Massacre Records / MACBETH: Lyric Video
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    MACBETH released the lyric video for the song Soweit Die Füsse Tragen, which is featured on the band's latest album Imperium.

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    SPV / FREEDOM CALL release new video, more tour dates announced
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    German Melodic Metal band Freedom Call release a new video for the song Metal Is For Everyone from the forthcoming studio album Master Of Light.

    Chris Bay about the video: "Hey Callers, finally here it is! We can't wait to introduce our brand new video clip Metal is for Everyone for the upcoming new masterpiece Master of Light. This time we were initiating an amazingly successful campaign on Facebook, we've never seen before. And made it possible, that the craziest metal heads from all around the world are assuming the part of the main actors of the video clip! Whether from Thailand, USA, Australia, Chile, Brazil or from almost entire Europe... so incredible, we wanna thank you so much for your creativity, you were really kicking ass! So we could prove, that two things are absolutely facts: Freedom Call has definitely the best and happiest fans in the world and... METAL IS FOR EVERYONE!"
      FREEDOM CALL Master of Light – South American Tour 2016
    • 25.11.MEX-Mexico City – Circo Volador
    • 27.11.COL-Bogota – Powermetal Fest
    • 30.11. ARG-Buenos Aires – Uniclub
    • 02.12. BRA-Sao Paulo – Manifesto Bar

      FREEDOM CALL Master of Light – European Tour 2017
    • 07.02.D-Cologne – Underground
    • 08.02.D-Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal
    • 09.02.D-Hamburg – Knust
    • 10.02.D-Erfurt – From Hell
    • 11.02.CH-Pratteln – Z7
    • 12.02.D-Stuttgart – Club Cann
    • 14.02.D-Munich – Backstage
    • 15.02.D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
    • 16.02.D-Bremen – Tivoli
    • 17.02.D-Bochum – Matrix
    • 18.02.D-Berlin – Badehaus
    • 24.02.F-Colmar – Le Grillen
    • 25.02.F-Paney Derriere Barine – Chez Paulette
    • 01.03.SE-Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
    • 02.03.SE-Stockholm – Klubben
    • 03.03.SE-Sala – Rockland
    • 04.03.SE-Finspang – Hugo
    • 17.03.CZ-Prague – Nova Chmelnice
    • 18.03.CZ-Zlin – Masters Of Rock Cafe
    • 19.03.SK-Kosice – Colloseum Club

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    SPV / AC ANGRY to release new video; new album out in November
    Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2016
    Appetite For Erection, AC Angry's sophomore album, is set for release on November 25th on Steamhammer / SPV, is a strident, pure rock'n'roll delight, packed with ten catchy, humour-laden, ass-kicking, hard rocking compositions. To prove that you can check out the new video for the title track now.

    Appetite For Erection will be released as a digipack CD, LTD. Edition Vinyl version (500 only worldwide, colored 180gr. Vinyl incl. the entire album on CD) and as a download.
    Arkos signs with GlobMetal Promotions
    Posted by: Denis / 02.11.2016
    Canadian Black/Death Metal band Arkos has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band was formed in 2014 at Sherbrooke, Québec. After releasing their first demo in 2015, the guys entered the studio and the result was their first album Black Moon Ritual, that was released in March 2016.
    Stormspell Records / Artwork for the upcoming SATAN'S FALL release
    Posted by: Denis / 02.11.2016
    SATAN'S FALL amazing artwork by Anu Bring (Art by Bring) for the upcoming METAL OF SATAN EP! 12" vinyl will be delivered by Underground Power Records (De) and CD version by Stormspell Records (US).
      Tracklist:
    1. Metal of Satan
    2. Riders of the Night
    3. The Beast Rises
    4. False Idols
    Limb Music / MINOTAURUS - Insolubilis
    Posted by: Denis / 02.11.2016
    MINOTAURUS have been active since 1994, delivering a unique mixture of Folk, Metal and an unmistakable dash of originality. Until now, they could look back on eight releases, each of them displaying clear development factors from one to the next, something that has always been recognised by their growing fan base. The development goes a step further with Insolubilis, their new album in a new, extended line-up. MINOTAURUS work under the motto 'create new and keep the tried and tested', which, considering the band's long history, shows wisdom and farsightedness. It is exactly in the realm of Folk Metal, one in which fans orientate themselves explicitly to bands, credibility in an important asset. In the band's own discography the album, Insolubilis is an absolute reference point and is certain to carry the band yet further forwards with giant steps. Like the half man, half bull, mythological creature which gave the band its name, MINOTAURUS is pawing the ground, about to charge.

    Their fifth long-player, Insolubilis took the band once again to the Empire Studios in Bensheim, with Rolf Munkes. Eleven new songs packed into a varied package, offer an impressive mixture of melodies and subjects. With lots of fantasy and humour the tracks transport the listener along an exciting journey to historical and mythological places, visiting sailors and mermaids, witches and ghosts, heroes, kings, princesses and priests, yes, even the legendary minotaur itself, through graveyards, pirate ships, forests, campfires, army camps, ruins and valleys.

    Overall the album is harder and the song-writing is clearly more mature. Besides guitar duels so typical of the band, one hears Celtic harps, tin whistle, tinwhistle, wooden flutes and even a curtal, the forerunner of the bassoon. The Folk influence has been honed and rounds off the overall impression beautifully. Multivocal song lines as well as several very catchy tracks also belong to the order of the day. With their fifth long player, MINOTAURUS has proved that there is still a lot of potential within them. Insolubilis confirms this with no doubt whatsoever.
      Tracklisting:
    1. Preacher Show Me The Way / (04:31)
    2. Davy Jones' Locker / (04:33)
    3. Only A Dream / (04:16)
    4. Cemetery / (05:04)
    5. Poison Rose / (03:50)
    6. Shelter Of The Witch / (04:21)
    7. Bonfire Brothers / (05:14)
    8. Legend / (04:15)
    9. The Haunted Palace / (05:20)
    10. Insolubilis / (08:40)
    Furia Music Press / Shadowside signs management deal with American company The Artery Foundation
    Posted by: Denis / 02.11.2016
    Brazilian Metal band Shadowside has been working hard on the preparations preceding the release of their new studio album, recorded in June/July in Sweden under the production of Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Hammerfall, Evergrey) and Henrik Udd (Architects, Arch Enemy).

    To strengthen the release, Shadowside has signed a management deal with American company The Artery Foundation, which manages names such as Destruction, Anvil, Appice Brothers, and will take care of the further development of the band's international career after several tours in the United States and many European countries, some of them alongside legendary bands W.A.S.P., Helloween, Gamma Ray.

    Shadowside recently has been in Orlando, USA, gathered with renowned director of photography Daniel Stilling, known for his works on 'The Martian' film and 'Criminal Minds' TV Series, producing with top of the line filming equipment their new music video, which is currently being edited.

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    Avantegarde MNGT / WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS COVERS KING DIAMOND’S THE EYE OF THE WITCH
    Posted by: Denis / 01.11.2016
    To celebrate the Halloween season, WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS, the new Brazilian Goth-Metal sensations led by Dewindson Wolfheart together with Rafael Agostino, who previously worked with RAVENLAND, have just released a cover version of the KING DIAMOND classic The Eye Of The Witch taken from the album The Eye (1990).

    Dewindson Wolfheart says: "Since the first time that I listened to MERCYFUL FATE's Don't Break The Oath album and KING DIAMOND's Fatal Portrait, around 1987, and since then I became a huge fan of his work. A couple of years ago I met another big fan of KING DIAMOND, Rafael Agostino, he was one of my guitarists in RAVENLAND, then we started to talk about to record a cover tribute to KING DIAMOND, now, in my new project, WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS, we had this opportunity and we did it!"

    The Eye Of The Witch was recorded in the winter of 2016 and released now on this special date of October 31st, Halloween! Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Rafael Agostino, all vocals by Dewindson Wolfheart, rhythm guitars, bass guitar, drums and keys by Rafael Agostino, lead guitars by Vinicius Rodrigues.
    AFM Records / MANIMAL 'Trapped In The Shadows' video clip released
    Posted by: Denis / 01.11.2016
    Here's your treat for Halloween: our Swedish heavy metallers MANIMAL have released a new video clip, filmed for the title track of their recent album, Trapped In The Shadows.

    MANIMAL will be supporting FIREWIND on their upcoming European tour in February/March 2017.

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    25 albums entered into our database lately are:
    1. Senat
    "Hranitel' Tsepey (Keeper of the Chains)"

    2. Strike, Alexey
    "Vne Vremeni (Outside the Hours)"

    3. Mavrin, Sergey
    "Echoes"

    4. Titan (Russia)
    "Epoha Vozrozhdeniya (Renaissance)"

    5. White Wolf
    "Standing Alone"

    6. Crystal Viper
    "Queen of the Witches"

    7. HMR
    "Ad Uzhe Zdes' (Hell Is Already Here)"

    8. Kamelot
    "new album"

    9. Powerwolf
    "The Metal Mass - Live"

    10. Malmsteen, Yngwie
    "World on Fire"

    11. Jelly Jam, The
    "Profit"

    12. Massacre
    "The Second Coming"

    13. Stormage
    "Dead of Night"

    14. Power Quest
    "Face the Raven"

    15. Orion's Reign
    "Deck the Halls"

    16. Orion's Reign
    "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

    17. Alltheniko
    "new album"

    18. Judas Priest
    "new album"

    19. UMP
    "The Jaguar Priest"

    20. King Diamond
    "new album"

    21. Diamond Head
    "Diamond Head"

    22. Protector
    "Cursed And Coronated"

    23. Killin' Kind
    "Dying Earth"

    24. Death Angel
    "The Evil Divide"

    25. Lancer
    "Mastery"


    15 bands entered into our database lately are:
    1. Senat
    2. Titan (Russia)
    3. White Wolf
    4. UMP
    5. Psy Voyny
    6. Mad Smile
    7. Last in Line
    8. Aftermath (US)
    9. Obliveon
    10. Almanac
    11. One Machine
    12. Abrin
    13. Denner - Shermann
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