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AFM Recods / Brainstorm new video clip 'The World To See'
Posted by: Denis / 30.11.2015
BRAINSTORM's The World To See taken from the upcoming album Scary Creatures (release date: January 15th).

German Power metallers BRAINSTORM turn into scary creatures in their brand new video clip The World To See, which is the first teaser for the band's upcoming album which will be released in January.

AFM Records / Manimal supporting ORDEN OGAN in 2016
Posted by: Denis / 30.11.2015
Trapped In The Shadows, the new studio album by Swedish Heavy/Power metallers MANIMAL, has been released on November 20th in Europe (North America to follow on January 22nd). A new lyric video for the track Screaming Out, taken from the new album, is available now.

MANIMAL are confirmed as supporting act for the upcoming tour of German Power Metal rising force ORDEN OGAN.

Posted by: Denis / 30.11.2015
Hell In The Club have revealed the tracklist for their new album Shadow Of The Monster, which will be available starting from January 22nd, 2016 on Scarlet Records.
  1. DANCE!
  2. Enjoy the Ride
  3. Hell Sweet Hell
  4. Shadow of the Monster
  5. The Life & Death of Mr. Nobody
  6. Appetite
  7. Naked
  8. Le Cirque des Horreurs
  9. Try Me, Hate Me
  10. Money Changes Everything
Cover artwork was made by American writer, film-maker and prolific illustrator Nathan Thomas Milliner, a very well respected horror artist, who is consistently producing outstanding graphics for various comics, films, and horror conventions.

Hell In The Club have also released the song Enjoy The Ride, which is available for streaming here.
Y.O.C. new track exclusively on our pages
Posted by: Denis / 29.11.2015
New Y.O.C. track - a tribute to Jeff Hanneman - Slayer's cover song Skeletons of Society's done and the first version of this song appeared on our pages only!

Nuclear Blast / LOST SOCIETY to release new album 'Braindead' on February 12th, 2016
Posted by: Denis / 27.11.2015
Finland-based 'braindead Thrash metallers' LOST SOCIETY are pleased to announce the publication of their third record called Braindead. The album is set to be released on February 12th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist/vocalist Samy Elbanna states:
"A lot has happened since the release of our second album; we've played loads of sick shows and we've definitely matured as songwriters and as musicians. We're beyond stoked to announce our new album Braindead! I'd have to say that this album truly shows what LOST SOCIETY is all about, and it's filled with the tightest, heaviest and most aggressive stuff we've EVER done. This album has the slowest songs and the fastest songs we've ever done and one thing is for sure: this will make you wanna go crazy! The album title itself is a portrayal of us in many ways, Braindead has come to be another way of saying LOST SOCIETY, and it came to us as a natural decision to make it the title for what we feel is the best material we have ever made. Ladies and gentlemen, the times of a Braindead revolution are upon us!"

Stormspell Records / HELLHOUND
Posted by: Denis / 27.11.2015
The debut and final album by veteran Bay Area thrashers HELLHOUND is now finished. They've hired Dusan Markovic to draw the artwork and will be releasing it sometime in early 2016. The band may be no more, but this album is every bit alive and deadly - handle with care OR it will bite off your head from the waist!
BOYZ TYME RECORDS / Sergeant Steel release 'Hot Widow' music video
Posted by: Denis / 26.11.2015
Austrian hard rockers Sergeant Steel put their second video release online. Hot Widow is taken from the upcoming album Riders Of The Worm.

The new clip Hot Widow shows Sergeant Steel's very own sense of humour, but even their professionalism. The song is a teaser for their album Riders Of The Worm, which is released on November, 27.

The new longplayer was mixed and mastered by Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row and many others) in Nashville/Tennessee/USA.

Riders Of The Worm is released worldwide via the band's own label Boyz Tyme Records.
ASSASSIN’S BLADE signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 26.11.2015
The Swedish/Canadian Heavy Metal band ASSASSIN'S BLADE has signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS.

The band was formed in 2014 by singer Jacques Bélanger (ex-Exciter), guitarist David Stranderud (Instigator, ex-Portrait, ex-Trap, ex-Devil Lee Rot, ex-Autopsy Torment) and bass player Peter Svensson (Void Moon, ex-Cult of the Fox, ex-Trap). In 2015, drummer Marcus Rosenkvist (Void Moon, ex-Indemnity) joined the band. The debut album is entitled Agents of Mystification and will be released in 2016.

Band statement: "Assassin's Blade is proud to sign with Pure Steel Records and we are looking forward to work with one of the most renowned underground labels in the world."
PURE STEEL RECORDS / STARBLIND video 'The Lighthouse' released
Posted by: Denis / 26.11.2015
The new video by STARBLIND - The Lighthouse. The song will be on the upcoming album Dying Son, which will be released on 04th December 2015 via PURE STEEL RECORDS.

Following the brand new signing of STARBLIND with Pure Steel Records in March 2015, STARBLIND's sophomore album Dying Son is soon to be unleashed upon the world, following up their album debut Darkest Horrors from 2014. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, STARBLIND are here to deliver traditional Heavy Metal as if time had stood still since 1984.

Their music can be described as catchy Heavy Metal with majestic twin guitar leads, pumping bass guitar, dynamic drums and melodic, powerful vocals. No attempts has been done to hide the influences when writing the material to Dying Son. And it stands clear that the metal giants from Great Britain are the main ones.

Dying Son contains everything from fast songs like The Lighthouse and A Dying Son, to mid-tempo Firestone and Sacrifice, to the 11 ½ -minute opus The Land of Seven Rivers Beyond the Sea.

STARBLIND's sophomore album Dying Son have been recorded live in the studio and is produced by Rocka Rollas/Blazon Stone mastermind Cedrick Forsberg. Because of the philosophy of no guitar dubbing, no triggers and no metronome when recording, the album has a very authentic and organic feel. What you get on the album, is what you get live!

To the fans of 80's Metal and of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal, this is a record you cannot miss!
Frontiers Music / OD - The new singer is...
Posted by: Denis / 26.11.2015
Due to scheduling conflicts, OD had to part ways with their singer Dan Vasc. It was nice ride while it lasted and we wish all the best for Dan in his future projects.

Now here is the big news: the new singer of OD is none other than mr. André Linman!

André Linman is a 23-year old singer, guitarist and songwriter who is best known for having been the frontman of Finnish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band STURM UND DRANG!

STURM UND DRANG rose to fame in Finland when the members were only 15-16 years old. Between 2007 and 2013 the band released three albums receiving two Finnish gold records and one platinum record. They have also toured Europe and Japan and sold over 100.000 records worldwide. Everyone is very excited about this collaboration and eagerly working to get the album done with him.

Soon you will be hearing the first songs recorded with Andre, there will be killer tunes for you all to listen, so keep on rockin'!
Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2015
Firewind statement:
"We're happy to announce our new singer! And it's none other than Henning Basse! Some of you might know him from his work in Metalium, others might have also seen him on stage with us. Henning is no stranger to Firewind fans as he toured the world with us back in 2007!

Since last year he started playing some shows w/ Gus G's solo band and he delivered amazing performances, stunning the crowds all over Europe! Henning is an amazing frontman & a personality that totally fits with what Firewind is all about.

Please welcome Henning to the family, we promise you the upcoming shows will Rock harder than ever!!!"

Nuclear Blast / AVANTASIA new single 'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose'
Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2015
Christmas is drawing near, and Tobias Sammet got his 'Nutcracker suit' on already! If you listen to the Tobias Sammet Rockshow on Radio Bob ( on Dec 9th, 21.00 German Time you will get a world-exclusive pre-listening of the new AVANTASIA tune.

On December 11th it'll be digitally available from iTunes and other platforms officially.

The nutcracker aka Tobi comments:
"Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose is a song I originally wrote with MEAT LOAF in the back of my mind - but for some reason the collaboration didn't happen, so I did the song myself. The choirs alone took more than 40 hours to arrange and record - for a four minute song! That pretty much says it all. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing and 'More is more'! Have a great day!"

Nuclear Blast / SYMPHONY X announce support bands for European tour 2016
Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2015
World Management and SYMPHONY X are pleased to announce the complete line-up for the 'Underworld Europe Tour 2016'. Support will be coming from Tunisia's fantastic Prog rockers MYRATH and from France the incredible MELTED SPACE.

SYMPHONY X states:
"Together we are excited to offer what we feel will be a great night of live music for the fans and hope to see all of you at these shows."
    Tour dates
  • 2016-02-12 Wolverhampton (Robin 2) GB
  • 2016-02-13 Manchester (Club Academy) GB
  • 2016-02-15 Sheffield (Corporation) GB
  • 2016-02-16 Glasgow (Garage) GB
  • 2016-02-18 Bristol (Bierkeller) GB
  • 2016-02-19 London (Islington Assembly Hall) GB
  • 2016-02-20 Vosselaar (Biebob) BE
  • 2016-02-21 Zoetermeer (Boerderij) NL
  • 2016-02-23 Paris (Bataclan) FR
  • 2016-02-25 Barcelona (Apolo) ES
  • 2016-02-26 Bilbao (Stage Live) ES
  • 2016-02-27 Madrid (Arena) ES
  • 2016-02-28 Lisbon (Paradise Garage) PT
  • 2016-03-01 Bordeaux (Barbey) FR
  • 2016-03-03 Milan (Alcatraz) IT
  • 2016-03-04 Lyon (CCO Villeurbanne) FR
  • 2016-03-05 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-03-06 Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik) DE
  • 2016-03-08 Aschaffenburg (Colos Saal) DE
  • 2016-03-10 München (Feierwerk) DE
  • 2016-03-11 Zlin (Masters Of Rock Cafe) CZ
  • 2016-03-12 Erfurt (HSD) DE
  • 2016-03-13 Berlin (Bi Nuu) DE
  • 2016-03-15 Warsaw (Progresja) PL
  • 2016-03-17 Hamburg (Knust) DE
  • 2016-03-18 Copenhagen (Pumpehuset) DK
  • 2016-03-19 Bochum (Matrix) DE
  • 2016-03-20 Tilburg (013) NL

Posted by: Denis / 25.11.2015
The US Heavy Metal band MILLENNIAL REIGN just released a music video for the track Way Up High. Their new album Carry The Fire was released on October 30th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.
Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD keyboardist Richard West discusses his first live shows, both as a fan and a performer!
Posted by: Denis / 24.11.2015
British Progressive Metal protagonists THRESHOLD's new live album European Journey was recorded during the November 2014 For The Journey tour and consists of 15 live tracks. In celebration of the release, we caught up with keyboardist Richard West to ask him if any live shows he attended as a fan made him want to get up on stage and play, as well as discussing some of the first live shows that he performed: "The first one might have been a school event and we did some covers. I remember we were doing Another Brick In The Wall by PINK FLOYD and the guitarist couldn't play the solo so I put my keyboard through a distortion pedal and I did the Dave Gilmour solo - I think that was my first gig."

Watch the interview here.

Guitarist Karl Groomcommented on the band's new release: "The For The Journey tour, where we made the live recordings, was much like most recent THRESHOLD dates, in so much as the band thoroughly enjoy gigging and appreciate the support we get from our fans. This is the atmosphere we wanted to capture in our playing and I believe that translates well on this release. The aim in mixing was to keep the integrity of the original performance and that was why we recorded plenty of shows. It is good to be able to present this THRESHOLD line up to people who have not been able to attend gig and it is also a great memory of the tour."

Pride & Joy Music signs the Vivaldi Metal Project
Posted by: Denis / 23.11.2015
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of the VIVALDI METAL PROJECT!

The VIVALDI METAL PROJECT is an all-star Metal project conceived and created by keyboardist, arranger, composer and producer maestro Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, Roy Z, etc.) together with bassist, composer and co-producer Alberto Rigoni.

The aim of the project is to arrange and perform a Metal version of Antonio Vivaldi's legendary Baroque masterwork THE FOUR SEASONS.
Nuclear Blast / ENFORCER 'Live By Fire' out now
Posted by: Denis / 23.11.2015
Swedish quartet ENFORCER released their very first live DVD/CD package, called Live By Fire.

Live By Fire will be available in the following formats:
  • DVD+CD digipak
  • LP
  • limited box (Nuclear Blast mailorder only): DVD+CD digipak, 10" EP, blue 12" vinyl, poster, photobook, certificate

Posted by: Denis / 23.11.2015
Thrashers Game Over will enter the studio in January to record the follow-up to their acclaimed second album Burst Into The Quiet. Inspired by the classic Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, Game Over mix those influences with modern sounds and a very distinctive personality. Crimes Against Reality is the confirmed title for the band's upcoming new album, which will be recorded by Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studio in San Marino, Italy.

Posted by: Denis / 23.11.2015
One Machine will support Overkill and Vader during their upcoming tour of UK and Ireland. Here is how One Machine's guitarist Steve Smyth commented the event: "We're very proud to announce we will be opening Killfest 2016, in support of the legendary Overkill and the mighty Vader! I had the great opportunity to tour with Overkill when I was with Forbidden a few years back, and all I remember is good times, laughter, and awesome shows together! One Machine are very much looking forward to this tour, and the nights of Heavy Metal mayhem sure to ensue!"
    UK/IRE Tour dates:
  • Mon April 4 2016 TBC*
  • Tue April 5 2016 Birmingham Rainbow Warehouse
  • Wed April 6 2016 Manchester Sound Control
  • Thu April 7 2016 Leeds Stylus
  • Fri April 8 2016 Glasgow Classic Grand
  • Sat April 9 2016 Belfast Limelight
  • Sun April 10 2016 Dublin Academy
  • Mon April 11 2016 TBC*
  • Tue April 12 2016 Bristol Fleece
  • Wed April 13 2016 London 02 Academy Islington
*One Machine only

Europe dates will follow soon, stay tuned!
Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM & SYLOSIS will continue European tour; all German shows are canceled
Posted by: Denis / 20.11.2015
Finnish Metal superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM and their label mates SYLOSIS will continue their European tour, after LAMB OF GOD have canceled all of their remaining dates.

COB commented:
"Lamb of God have chosen to leave the tour due to security concerns in Europe. Our team has been working very hard to make all of the remaining shows happen. We want to continue on the road and play the rest of the tour. Unfortunately the promoter has decided to move forward and cancel tonight's show in Oberhausen, Germany, and the additional shows in Germany."

Both bands will be playing the following dates of the tour and are working on adding more:
  • 22 Nov - Pratteln- Z7 Konzertfabrik
  • 23 Nov - Lausanne- Les Docks
  • 24 Nov - Milan- Alcatraz
  • 26 Nov- TBD
  • 29 Nov - Brussels- Ancienne Belgique
  • 01 Dec - Copenhagen- Amager Bio
  • 03 Dec - Helsinki- Old Ice Hall
  • 05 Dec - Stockholm – Klubben
  • 06 Dec - Oslo – Rockefeller Music Hall
  • 09 Dec - Tampere- Tähtiareena
  • 10 Dec - Seinajoki- Rytmikorjaamo
  • 11 Dec - Jyvaskyla- PAVILJONKI
  • 12 Dec - Oulu- SuperPark Areena

Frontiers Music / LAST IN LINE - HEAVY CROWN
Posted by: Denis / 20.11.2015
On Friday February 19th, Frontiers Music SRL will release one of the most highly anticipated Hard Rock releases of 2016: the debut album from LAST IN LINE Heavy Crown. Formed by three original members of DIO including Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell (guitar), Vinny Appice (drums) and Jimmy Bain (bass) and named after DIO's 1984 studio album The Last In Line, the new band are on a mission to bring classic Hard Rock to fans who can't get enough of the real thing. The album will be released on CD, CD/DVD (including a bonus track) and Digital formats.

First single, Devil In Me was premiered on Planet Rock (UK) and SiriusXM (U.S.) on Monday, November 16th and November 17th, the official music video for the track is now available for viewing here.

Says guitarist Vivian Campbell, "When we started this project a few years ago, the initial idea was to reunite the original Dio band to play the songs we wrote and recorded with Ronnie in the early 1980's. Joined by Andrew Freeman on vocals, we played a handful of shows in southern California, the UK, and Japan. It was a limited ambition, but it brought us great joy in reconnecting to this great music, to each other, and to our collective history."

The new songs featured on the debut Last In Line album are all co-written by the four band members.

"When we first got together as the Last In Line line-up, our ambition at that time didn't extend to writing and recording any new music", says Campbell, "but when we were offered the opportunity to do so by Frontiers, we decided to enter the studio to write this new album in the very same spirit as we did the Holy Diver album. Back in 1982 Ronnie, Vinny, Jimmy and I went into Sound City studios to kick around ideas and riffs, and about six weeks later we started laying down the tracks for what was to become the Holy Diver album."

The new material was written after the band toured the classic Dio songs. During the tour, when the band started really connecting with each other musically, that's when they decided the time was right to start writing new material for what was to become the Last In Line debut album.

Vivian Campbell will also be putting time aside to go on tour with Last In Line when not touring with Def Leppard. Expect 2016 tour dates and festival appearances to be announced in the coming weeks.
  13. DEVIL IN ME (Videoclip)
  14. STARMAKER (Videoclip)
  15. Making of Heavy Crown
Posted by: Denis / 20.11.2015
In 2006, VAN CANTO surprised the world of Metal with a revolutionary idea: to perform Metal music with vocals and drums only. Nine years later, after five top 20 releases in Germany, sold out headlining tours throughout Europe and festival performances taking the band from Wacken to Australia, Van Canto now mark a new chapter in the story of 'Metal a cappella': Vocal Metal Musical.

"Vocal Metal Music further develops what we stand for as Van Canto. Not only can our voices sing and imitate guitars but they are also able to tell stories. It has been six years that we've been working on this concept – and now we're finally able to share it with the world", says founding band member Stef.

March 11th, 2016 sees the release of the brand new album Voices Of Fire on earMUSIC by Van Canto. For this release, the band has teamed up with German bestseller author Christoph Hardebusch ('Die Trolle' – engl. 'The Trolls') who is going to release his new fantasy novel 'Feuerstimmen' on March 17th, 2016 on Piper Verlag.

"We are barely able to tell what came first: the music as part of the novel or the novel as part of our album. Christoph Hardebusch and we worked hand in hand on this. Our compositions did influence the novel and vice versa. Simply put, we created our own world – a world full of competing kingdoms, epic battles, dragons, fire and bards. Not always deadly serious but full of adventures to set your imagination running wild... like Van Canto does," explains lead singer Sly who developed the plot of the novel together with Christoph Hardebusch.

"On the one hand working closely with Van Canto was a lot of fun but on the other hand it was also very demanding," adds author Christoph Hardebusch. "The great picture can only be achieved when creative minds interact with each other; the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Right from the start, story and music has been a unit which has influenced and fueled each other."

For the first time, Van Canto is working with the London Metro Voices – a choir which also sang on the soundtracks of the popular blockbuster saga 'Lord of the Rings'.

"Nowadays, especially in Metal, everyone is creating this pseudo symphonic Metal, trying to squeeze as many drum machine tracks and fake orchestra sounds in one song as possible. We wanted to do it differently. We wanted to create an album full of human sounds – either by using one's hands for drumming or using your voice," drummer Bastian, who is responsible for directing the various international choirs on the album, explains.

The cover artwork for Voices Of Fire as well as its various illustrations were created by fantasy artist Osmar Arroyo from South America. "For this album, we wanted people to actually see the most important scenes. Omar is a great artist who understands our vision," Ross, responsible for the guitar vocals, adds.

Coinciding with the album release, the band is going to tour Europe in 2016.

"We will surely find a way to present the songs from the new album in a special way live. But not only, we are of course going to play the most loved Van Canto songs and will also pick songs who weren't part of our setlist for a long time", announces lead singer Inga.

Van Canto is supported by Grailknights as well as changing local supports and special guests on their upcoming tour.
  • March 18 Leipzig – Hellraiser (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
  • March 19 Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe (+ Grailknights + Winterstorm)
  • March 20 Prag – Meet Factory (+ Grailknights + Winterstorm)
  • March 24 London – O2 Islington (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
  • March 25 Tilburg – O13 (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
  • March 26 Vosselaar Biebob (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
  • March 27 Paris – Le Petit Bain (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
  • March 31 Wien – Szene (+ Grailknights + Dragony)
  • April 1 Pratteln – Z7 (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
  • April 2 München – Backstage (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
  • April 3 Stuttgart – Im Wizemann (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
  • April 9 Hannover – Musikzentrum (+ Grailknights + Sinbreed)
  • April 10 Berlin – Lido (+ Grailknights + Sinbreed)
  • April 15 Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)
  • April 16 Hamburg – Markthalle (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)
  • April 17 Frankfurt – Batschkapp (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)

AFM Records / Shakra title track of upcoming album 'High Noon' available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 19.11.2015
Swiss hard rockers SHAKRA will release their new album High Noon on January 29th.

High Noon also marks the return of the band's former vocalist Mark Fox, who parted ways with SHAKRA in 2009 but recently announced his return.

The song High Noon is available for streaming now.

Pure Steel Records / FIREWIND 'Burning Earth' Limited Vinyl Edition, release date: 29th January 2016
Posted by: Denis / 19.11.2015
The release date of the FIREWIND album Burning Earth on Vinyl is January 29th, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on January 15th, 2016 in label's webshop.

With the vinyl version of the second FIREWIND album Burning Earth the label keeps the old Pure Steel tradition to release albums for the first time on LP. Originally published in 2003 through the underground label Leviathan Records, the Greeks featuring the actual Ozzy guitarist Gus G. delivered nine bombastic Power Metal hymns. The melodic, rough voice of the American Stephen Fredrick, who just can be heard on this tune and the debut Between Heaven And Hell (2002), refined them. The decent keyboard parts were played by Gus himself back then. Blessed with a rich, powerful production at Studio Fredman, the quartet managed the balancing act between US-American and European Power Metal as good as barely no one else. Because of the fact, the license press is limited to 300 copies, every fan has to grab his copy fast!

Som do Darma / Brazil's Pop Javali celebrate results of first European tour
Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2015
Brazil's Pop Javali celebrate results of first European tour - The Hard&Heavy power trio played shows in England, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and Germany.

As much as the recognition in their own homeland is a source of great pride, there is no denying that the great dream of a musician is to brave foreign territories and be well received. Marcelo Frizzo (bass/vocal), Jaeder Menossi (guitar) and Loks Rasmussen (drums), collectively known as Pop Javali, are among the very few Brazilian musicians who can afford to have realized that dream.

In October, Pop Javali help its first European tour. They played nine shows in four countries: Milan in Italy, Worblaufen in Switzerland, London in England, Hamburg (two shows) and Oer-Erkenschwick in Germany, besides Sneek, Drachten and Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Back to Brazil, the Pop Javali musicians brought on the luggage not only experience, culture, new friendship and the feeling of a dream that came true, but, above all, an unique emotion for having their songs well received on the other side of the ocean. "The reception of the audience in all cities we played was awesome", says with excitement Marcelo Frizzo. "There in Europe the people attended to the shows to honor the band from beginning to the end, they were interested to know new music, not just to drink and listen the same songs ever."

Still according to Frizzo, in Europe this same good reception of the audience was extended to the backstage, once they were very respected by the organizers of the shows, clubs and local musicians. "The treatment we had from the organizers and clubs where we played must be highlighted by the attention, education and care. We were treated with much respect and admiration in all the shows, whether in terms of equipment or catering. As for the other musicians that shared the stage with us, they were all helpful and became new friends. There the bands buy merchandise from each other in a truly demonstration of collaboration."

As much as the result has been highly positive in each one of the nine shows that Pop Javali played in Europe, Frizzo insists to highlight thee shows specially. "I can't let to highlight our show in London at Cart And Horses, same pub when Iron Maiden began its career in the 70ths, and our shows at the Razorblade Festival in Germany and Sneker Metal Meeting in The Netherlands."

Some shows of Pop Javali's European Tour were recorded and the band plans to release a live album in 2016 to consolidate the success of this first experience in Europe.
Rhapsody Of Fire new album
Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2015
Rhapsody Of Fire unveil Into The Legend cover artwork & tracklisting!

Italian symphonic Metal kings are set to release their new album on January 15th.

Limb Music / VEXILLUM Tourdates 2015
Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2015
Folk Power Metallics VEXILLUM announce new tourdates for 2015.
    On tour with ELUVEITIE:
  • 20.11.2015 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
  • 23.11.2015 – Kiel, Germany – Orange Club
  • 24.11.2015 – Aarhus, Danmark – Voxhall
  • 25.11.2015 – Copenhagen, Danmark – Pumpehuset
  • 27.11.2015 – Haugesund, Norway – Skala
  • 28.11.2015 – Bergen, Norway – Garage
  • 29.11.2015 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
    Supporting SKALMOLD:
  • 21.11.2015 – Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
  • 22.11.2015 – Hannover, Germany – Lux
    Supporting FREEDOM CALL:
  • 04.12.2015 – Rheine, Germany – Hypothalamus
  • 05.12.2015 – Markneukirchen, Germany – Warwick/Framus Halle
  • 06.12.2015 – Berlin, Germany – K17

Posted by: Denis / 18.11.2015
Reforged, the sophomore outing from Indiana's ZEPHANIAH, builds upon the Power Thrash foundation laid by their debut, 2008's Stories From The Book Of Metal, to unleash a catchier and more dynamic intensity—made possible through the refined musicianship of the group's new, markedly more diverse lineup.

Songs like Reforged, Destiny, Judgement provide the infectious blasts of Thrash for which ZEPHANIAH is known, alongside increasingly intense rhythms and shredding neoclassical influences.

Highlights include a Battle Hymn Of The Victorious; and progressive epic Quest For The Royal Crown, which adds variety and enthralls the listener from start to finish.

Unlike Stories From The Book Of Metal, which was tracked in a mere week, the band spent more than a full year arduously self-producing every last detail of Reforged. Finally mixed by Tom Buechel and mastered by Death Dealer guitarist Stu Marshall in May of 2015, ZEPHANIAH is now prepared to deliver a raging, filler-free collection—in which no two songs are alike!

METALMESSAGE Global PR / EISENHAUER (Heavy Metal) EP 'Horse Of Hell', released Nov. 14.
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2015
The 2013 published debut album was entitled Never Surrender, which is in the 2007 founded Quartet completely to understand as a motto. Accordingly, the Bavarian ironskulls are decided back now with the crisp four-track EP Horse Of Hell. EISENHAUER pay homage to the classic HEAVY METAL with a strong Teutonic component, which is a guarantor for multiple uplifting moods.

Attractive earthy structures, invigorating powerful guitar work, commanding bass lines, powerfully drumming and a comprehensive impressive singer provide a variety of rocking high feelings.

Many of newer bands do not make it, but for EISENHAUER seems it an ease: by effectively conclusive simplicity and exquisite originality these four enthusiastic disciples of steel cultivate an very own identity.

An exceptionally fine disc which should enable not only fans of GRAND MAGUS in rapture.
AFM Records / Voodoo Circle 'Trapped In Paradise' video clip and digital single released
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2015
Classic hard rockers VOODOO CIRCLE have unleashed the video clip for their new single Trapped In Paradise! The track is taken from the band's upcoming album Whisky Fingers, which will be released on November 27th (EU) / December 4th (North America).

AFM Records / Elvenking to release 'The Night Of Nights - Live!' on December 4th
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2015
After 8 studio albums, Italian Folk/Power metallers ELVENKING finally fulfill the wish of their dedicated, worldwide fanbase and release a Live DVD now.

Recordings for The Night Of Nights - Live took place in Pordenone, Italy. The magic of this very special night was captured perfectly. The Night Of Night - Live comes as DVD/2CD Digipak, incl. the full show (more than two hours playing time) on both DVD and CD. The DVD additionally comes up with the band's six official video clips.
    CD 1
  1. The Manifesto
  2. Trows Kind
  3. The Wanderer
  4. Runereader
  5. Pagan Revolution
  6. She Lives At Dawn
  7. Jigsaw Puzzle
  8. Elvenlegions
  9. The Cabal
  10. A Prayer To Cernunnos
  11. Moonbeam Stone Circle
  12. Symohn's Bash
  13. From Blood To Stone
  14. Skywards
  15. Disillusion's Reel
    CD 2
  16. Elven Aftermath
  17. Seasonspeech
  18. Through Wolf's Eyes
  19. The Divided Heart
  20. Neverending Nights
  21. The Winter Wake
  22. Era Theme
  23. The Loser
  24. The Oak Woods Bestowed
  25. Pagan Purity
DVD (25 tracks): see CD1 + CD2

Nuclear Blast / THERION announce European headline tour in January 2016
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2015
Swedish symphonic Metal troop THERION is set to kick-off a European headline tour in January 2016. On this run the band will be playing a very special, best of set list. These rare shows are not to be missed!

Support will come from occult rockers LUCIFERIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA, Mongolian nomadic metallers EGO FALL and last but not least from Russian symphonic Metal force IMPERIAL AGE.

Band leader Christofer Johnsson commented about the upcoming tour:
"We asked the fans on FB about what they wanted to hear. Hundreds of people voted and in the end we got a result - people wanted to hear classic, particularity from Secret Of The Runes, Vovin, Theli, so we are putting an extra focus on those. They also wanted to hear odd and rare songs that we have never played live before, so there will be a bunch of those as well as some songs we haven't performed more than just once or twice, or not in a long, long time."
    The dates are as follows:
  • 2016-01-08 Rotterdam (Maassilo) NL
  • 2016-01-09 Enschede (Atak) NL
  • 2016-01-10 Hasselt (Muziekodroom) BE
  • 2016-01-12 Metz (BAM) FR
  • 2016-01-13 London (O2 Islington Academy) GD
  • 2016-01-14 Glasgow (Classic Grand) GB
  • 2016-01-15 Dublin (Academy) IE
  • 2016-01-16 Manchester (Academy) GB
  • 2016-01-18 Paris (Trabendo) FR
  • 2016-01-19 Brescia (Circulo ircus) IT
  • 2016-01-20 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-01-21 Innsbruck (Weekender Club) AT
  • 2016-01-22 Budapest (Barba Negra Music Club) HU
  • 2016-01-23 Vienna (Szene) AT
  • 2016-01-24 Ostrava (Klub Alpha) CZ
  • 2016-01-26 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2016-01-27 Praha (Futurum) CZ
  • 2016-01-28 Warsaw (Progresja) PL
  • 2016-01-29 Krakow (Fabryka) PL
  • 2016-01-30 Gdansk (B90) PL

Steel Razor inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 16.11.2015
Belarusian Heavy Metal band Steel Razor has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band will release this autumn their highly anticipated single This is your rock.

The band guitarist Alexander Virshich says: "From relationships with GlobMetal Promotions our team expects effective, open, mutually beneficial cooperation. We hope that the label will help us establish a more solid relationship with listeners and increase the dissemination of musical material."

The band Steel Razor established in 2009 in the city of Minsk. The band released the single New dawn in 2013, the full-length album Forbidden fruit in 2014 and the two-song single This is your rock in 2015.
Nuclear Blast / AVANTASIA more details on 'Ghostlights' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 16.11.2015
AVANTASIA's outstanding 7th album, Ghostlights, will be released worldwide on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Now, Tobias Sammet proudly presents the cover and announces the tracklists as well as the various formats, in which the upcoming record will be available.

The opus features guest appearances of Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Marco Hietala, Sharon Den Adel, Michael Kiske, Ronnie Atkins, Bob Catley, Jorn Lande, Bruce Kulick, Robert Mason, Herbie Langhans, Oliver Hartmann, Sascha Paeth.

The record contains twelve songs and was produced by Tobias and Sascha Paeth in Gatestudio Wolfsburg, Germany. Paeth is responsible for engineering and mixing Ghostlights, too. Mastering was done by Michael Rodenberg.

Nuclear Blast / ENFORCER reveal 'Stellar Plains' track video
Posted by: Denis / 16.11.2015
Swedish quartet ENFORCER will release the band's very first live DVD/CD package, called Live By Fire, next week (out: November 20th via Nuclear Blast).

Now, the band reveals another appetizer clip: watch the track video for the new studio track, Stellar Plains, which will be on the 10" EP of the mailorder box and on the CD.

Frontiers Music / Phantom 5 - The German super band
Posted by: Denis / 13.11.2015
Frontiers Music Srl announces that the German band formerly known as Supremacy has decided to change its name to PHANTOM 5 in order to avoid any confusion with other bands using the former moniker.

Producer and guitarist Michael Voss says: "There is so much traffic around when it comes to the names for another band. We first had the Supremacy name and really rigged it, but fans worldwide contacted us that there were other bands who already used the brand. So we developed a new one and finally got lucky to find: Phantom 5!"

PHANTOM 5 is the new band formed by some German Hard Rock luminaries, including former Bonfire singer Claus Lessmann, former Frontline guitarist Robby Boebel, former Scorpions bassist Francis Buchholz and former Jaded Heart drummer Axel Kruse - along with Michael Voss (Casanova).

Voss is currently putting the finishing touches to the mixes and says: "For me it sounds like we did a follow up to the famous Bonfire 'Fireworks' album with a touch of Frontline meets Jaded Heart groove... it is a driving monster with huge walls of guitars, powerful soaking drums and fine catchy melodies... we took a trip back into the world of the eighties!!!"

The label plans to release the record in the first half of 2016.
Posted by: Denis / 13.11.2015
There are plenty of great news from camp MYSTIC PROPHECY!

The guys recently entered the studio to record their forthcoming, yet untitled album, which is set to be released in mid-March 2016 via Massacre Records!

The band also announced that they're going to support ORDEN OGAN on almost all dates of their 'The Book Of Ogan Tour 2016'! The only date they're not playing is the Full Metal Mountain Festival in Austria.
    All confirmed dates are available here:
    Orden Ogan - The Book Of Ogan Tour 2016 w/ MYSTIC PROPHECY + Support
  • 18.03.2016 DE Bochum - Matrix
  • 19.03.2016 DE Bremen - Tivoli
  • 20.03.2016 DE Berlin - K17
  • 21.03.2016 DE Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
  • 22.03.2016 DE Nürnberg - Hirsch
  • 23.03.2016 DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
  • 24.03.2016 DE München - Backstage
  • 25.03.2016 HU Budapest - Club 202
  • 26.03.2016 AT Wien - Viper Room
  • 27.03.2016 AT Salzburg - Rockhouse
  • 28.03.2016 DE Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
  • 30.03.2016 CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 31.03.2016 IT Brescia - Circolo Colony
  • 01.04.2016 DE Memmingen - Kaminwerk
  • 02.04.2016 DE Andernach - JuZ
  • 03.04.2016 NL Arnhem - Willemeen

Napalm Records / W.A.S.P. release lyric video for title track of new album Golgotha
Posted by: Denis / 13.11.2015
W.A.S.P. have just returned from an intensive European tour following the release of their highly anticipated new studio album Golgotha! The new masterpiece impacted album charts worldwide including highest entries in their career: #6 Sweden, #13 Finland, #17 Norway and #18 Germany – to name just a few!

Now the band has released a brand new lyric video for the title track!

METALMESSAGE 'VI' / Release of new promo sampler
Posted by: Denis / 12.11.2015
Once started in 2004, the popular series of METALMESSAGE PROMOTION SAMPLERS goes on with 'VI' since November 5.

Bands worth listening to and cover artists worth seeing will be actively and internationally supported again at the same time.

The detailed and colorful front cover art in the timeless classic Heavy Metal style was created by the Mexican graphic talent Joel Sánchez Rosales.

One can experience METALMESSAGE 'VI' here.
  1. ALTECK (Germany) -- . - .- .-.. -- . ... ... .- --. .
  2. WARFIELD (Germany) Barrage Fire
  3. SYLVATICA (Denmark) Evil Seeds
  4. EISENHAUER (Germany) Horse Of Hell
  5. INCURSED (Basque Country) Suaren Lurraldea (The Land Of Fire)
  6. RUNNING DEATH (Germany) Hell On Earth
  7. MORTHUS (Germany) Blinded By The Holy Light
  8. SKYCONQUEROR (Germany) Horsemen Of The Grail
  9. CYRENCE (Germany) The Hospital
  10. HALO CREATION (Austria)Through The Looking Glass
  11. MORTAL PERIL (Germany) Senor Wampo
  12. TOXIC WALTZ (Germany) Priest Of Lie
  13. NORTHLAND (Spain) When Nature Awakes
  14. VENGEFUL GHOUL (Turkey) The Sovereign Place
  15. MYRKGRAV (Norway) Vonde Auer
Posted by: Denis / 12.11.2015
Shadow Of The Monster is the new album from Hell In The Club. The band features members of acclaimed acts such as Elvenking, Death SS, Secret Sphere but their music stands out as something totally different: they mix classic Hard Rock and modern sounds, Heavy Metal and party songs, fifties Rock'n'Roll and anything in between. Shadow Of The Monster includes the band's strongest material to date, mixing and taking to the next level the freshness of Let The Games Begin with the maturity of Devil On My Shoulder, their critically-acclaimed first 2 albums. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studios in San Marino, Italy and will include a very special cover version of Money Changes Everything by The Brains (brought to international acclaim by Cindy Lauper in 1984). Cover artwork was handled by American artist Nathan Thomas Milliner. Shadow Of The Monster will be available starting from January 22nd, 2016.
Posted by: Denis / 12.11.2015
Chronos Zero released their debut album A Prelude Into Emptiness in 2013, with very positive reaction from the press. The band is now back with a renovated line-up and a new album made of beautifully written melodies, top notch musicianship and classy arrangements, in the vein of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Adagio, Meshuggah, Nevermore, with ethnic influences and a cinematographic feeling surrounding the whole work. Hollowlands (The Tears Path Chapter One), this is the confirmed title, was recorded, mixed and mastered by celebrated producer Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studios in San Marino, Italy, and features three notable guests: Simone Mularoni, Matt Marinelli (Borealis) and Jan Manenti (Love.Might.Kill.). The artwork was handled by Enrico Zavatta Design & Multimedia. Hollowlands will be available starting from January 22nd, 2016.
Posted by: Denis / 12.11.2015
Symphonic Metal veterans Dark Moor have released a video for the song Imperial Earth, taken from the band's new album Project X.

With Project X the band have taken one step further in their permanent search for musical perfection, with Progressive Metal, Hard Rock, Classic Heavy Metal and many other styles displayed throughout the songs, as well as Dark Moor's signature orchestral arrangements. The album is available in a standard and double digipack edition, this last one including 5 bonus tracks consisting of some outstanding remakes of songs taken from the band's first albums. Project X was produced by Luigi Stefanini (Rhapsody Of Fire, Labyrinth, Vision Divine) and Enrik Garcia. The beautiful cover artwork was handled by Gyula Havancsák (Stratovarius, Grave Digger, Destruction, Annihilator).

Pure Steel / SKINFLINT video 'Okove' released
Posted by: Denis / 12.11.2015
Okove is taken from Skinflint's fourth full length album Nyemba - releasedate: January, 2015 @ PURE STEEL RECORDS - available as CD and digital download @ PURE STEEL SHOP.

With the reissued albums Iklwa (2010) and Dipoko (2012) SKINFLINT from Botswana already got a lot of attention within the last few years. Their very original mix between obscure Epic and Heavy Metal, featuring elements of African Folklore, immediately got big attention.

The old tradition can still be heard very well on the new output Nyemba. With pure passion and enthusiasm guitarist/singer Giuseppe Sbrana and his two sidekicks prove, that also on the poorest planet on earth Heavy Metal has conquered the souls of many people. The folkloristic elements of the eight tracks also give that exotic flair to Nyemba, which meanwhile has got an original trademark of the band. Also the basic, solid production has been put down on the actual output.
Punishment 18 Records / Critical Solution 'Sleepwalker' artwork unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 12.11.2015
Recently, Norwegian horror thrashers Critical Solution have signed for Punishment 18 Records that will release their forthcoming studio album titled Sleepwalker.

The band released its debut full-length Evil Never Dies in 2011. Important guests will be announced shortly.
AFM Records / Orden Ogan announce first headlining tour for 2016
Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2015
The melodic metallers ORDEN OGAN are unstoppable. After the international breakthrough album To The End in 2012 (#41 German albumcharts) the band even excelled their previous success with Ravenhead in 2015 (#16 German record charts for four weeks, #56 in Switzerland). As special guests of Hammerfall the band toured Europe in early 2015 and again in autumn with Powerwolf.

Now one of the best and most original bands of the scene will go on their first headline tour in 2016.

At the same time the Book Of Ogan, a very special DVD box with still top-secret content, will be released.

AFM Records / Brainstorm 'Scary Creatures' release set for January 15th / details unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2015
Following up on the success of 2014's Firesoul album, German power metallers BRAINSTORM didn't waste any time to enter the studio and record a brand new masterpiece which is titled Scary Creatures and will hit the stores on January 15th 2016. The band continues where they left off one and a half years ago with the previous release and also mix and mastering was once again handled by Achim Koehler. But right away you feel that Scary Creatures is just that notch better than Firesoul, more anthemic, heavy and all musicians plus vocalist Andy B. Franck delivering to the max. Starting with the infectious opening track The World To See (which will also be the album's first single and video clip), BRAINSTORM once again prove why they are one of the most popular and respected metal acts in the European scene. The band will embark on European tour in February 2016, followed by many festivals around the world in the Summer.

Vocalist Andy B. Franck states: "Scary Creatures is a very emotional, an almost personal, album. All songs reflect the events and feelings of the past months, which made the music incredibly intense. To me, Scary Creatures is the logical successor to 2014's Firesoul and perfectly bridges to BRAINSTORM 2016. Also for the first time we achieved that many of the band members' children were integrated into several songs. It's another reason why the new album is very valuable and unique to us. Add to this the rough lyrical concept dealing with severals atrocities all over the world in the past centuries, Scary Creatures turned out to become an impressive Metal album we all are proud of".

Scary Creatures will also be available as ltd. Box Set (incl. statue and Digipak) & ltd. colored Vinyl (500 units in golden vinyl).

Limb Music / ROXXCALIBUR - Gems Of The NWOBHM
Posted by: Denis / 11.11.2015
The 'gold diggers' are back. Their third album, Gems Of The NWOBHM is definitely no obscurity for people in the know. Even though the majority of worldwide Metal fans may not be familiar with all of the selected songs in their original form, it remains an incredibly good Metal CD, which, although it has the spirit of the early Eighties within it, is still made for the here and now. Liner notes by author and NWOBHM expert John Tucker ('Neat & Tidy – The Story of Neat Records', 'Suzie Smiled' etc.). Cover artwork by Rodney Matthews (Diamond Head, Praying Mantis, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Bitches Sin, Magnum, Nazareth etc.). Mastered by Eroc, known not only for his role as drummer of the Krautrock legends Grobschnitt but also as studio man for his remastering of classics of the Sixties and Seventies.

The album includes the CD only track Rip Off and comes in a slipcase including a sticker and a poster.
  1. Why Don't You Kill Me? / 4:29 Original by LEGEND 1982
  2. Soldiers Of War / 7:05 Original by SATAN'S EMPIRE 1981
  3. Paper Chaser / 6:09 Original by TAURUS 1980
  4. Running Blind / 4:27 Original by BASHFUL ALLEY 1980
  5. Fool's Gold / 5:28 Original by VIRTUE 1987
  6. Stormchild / 5:12 Original by TRESPASS 1980
  7. (The Age Of) Machine / 5:28 Original by MYTHRA 1981
  8. Hounds Of Hell / 4:04 Original by SPLIT BEAVER 1981
  9. Somewhere Up In The Mountains / 5:24 Original by MARQUIS DE SADE 1981
  10. Midnight Chaser / 6:04 Original by WHITE SPIRIT 1980
  11. Black Ice / 3:48 Original by ARAGORN 1981
  12. Panzer Division Destroyed / 6:18 Original by BUDGIE 1980
  13. Rip Off (CD only Bonus Track) / 3:42 Original by SMOKIN' ROADIE 1983
  14. Name, Rank & Serial Number / 3:27 Original by FIST 1980
Punishment 18 Records / In Malice's Wake 'In Darkness' promo clip posted on-line
Posted by: Denis / 10.11.2015
Australian thrashers In Malice's Wake will release their new full-length album, Light Upon the Wicked, on November 30th by Italian label Punishment 18 Records: 40 minutes of pure and furious Australian Thrash Metal! The cover was created by artist Nick Keller well known for his work for Dawn of Azazel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bulletbelt. You can listen the new promo video here.
InsideOut Music / Headspace to release second album 'All That You Fear Is Gone'
Posted by: Denis / 10.11.2015
Headspace, the band featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold) & Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer), have announced they will release their second album All That You Fear Is Gone on 26th February 2016. The band, completed by guitarist Pete Rinaldi (Hot Leg) & bassist Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Steve Hackett), have also announced a new drummer in the shape of Adam Falkner (Babyshambes, Dido, One Eskimo).

Adam Wakeman had this to say:
"This album is the first to debut new drummer Adam Falkner whom Pete Rinaldi and I have toured with a lot in the past. He's a superb player and he really fits with the band's sound and style. He also gets a round in, which is a plus."

Damian Wilson comments on the new album:

"The conforming individual represented in the first album that breaks away, is reflected in All That You Fear Is Gone. Free thinking, fighting against natural grouping, what appears as destructive rebellion is in fact evolution. Written to make the listener think, whilst capturing the ear with complexity and simplicity combined.
Embarking on the second Headspace album I personally had a clear vision, but by the time each band member had thrown in their piece, I thought we had produced an album that was unlistenable to. As it progressed, the rough edges and corners seemed to settle like a good lasagne. Everyone has their own tastes, but I know this is a bloody good lasagne."

BOYZ TYME RECORDS / Sergeant Steel lyric video features Mark Slaughter
Posted by: Denis / 09.11.2015
Austrian band Sergeant Steel release their new album Riders Of The Worm on November, 27. One of the famous guest musicians on that record is Mark Slaughter. The new lyric video Young And Hungry contains his vocals.

Linz/Austria, Nashville/Tennessee/USA – The new lyric video Young And Hungry shows Sergeant Steel's team play with multi-platinum rocker Mark Slaughter. The song is taken from the upcoming full length studio album Riders Of The Worm (release date: November, 27).

In this year's February, Sergeant Steel met the legendary singer at the studio of top producer Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, etc.). They took the chance to record music with their longtime idol. Slaughter and Sergeant Steel's singer Phil Vanderkill share lead vocal-duties on Young And Hungry.

Mark made his career breakthrough in the early nineties. His band Slaughter sold more than 5 million records to date. In 2015 he released his solo record Reflections In A Rear View Mirror.
Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC announce debut album 'Tsar'; first studio trailer revealed
Posted by: Denis / 09.11.2015
After 15 years and 10 CDs as guitarist, producer and composer for the German Heavy Metal institution RAGE, and with hits penned by him like Down, Soundchaser, War Of Worlds, Straight To Hell (well-known from the German blockbuster movie 'Manitou's Shoe'), Carved In Stone, Forever Dead, Empty Hollow, Cleansed By Fire, Victor Smolski now continues his musical career with his new group ALMANAC. The guitar virtuoso's composition Suite Lingua Mortis was first released on the successful 2006 RAGE record Speak Of The Dead, and it helped build the classical foundation for the new, more versatile yet even playful LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA sound. Their LMO release in 2013 scored them a big success by outselling RAGE's most releases and charted in Germany at #24 on the official album charts. In comparison to RAGE, LMO offered fresh song material entirely composed by Smolski, a new musical concept combining Heavy Metal with classical music, songs written especially for a band and orchestra plus several male and female singers sharing the lead vocal job.

This success story now continues with ALMANAC who add a powerful touch of heaviness to LMO's unique sound. The Belarus-born guitarist Smolski with this new group is joined in this new group by former LMO band members Jeanette Marchewka (vocals) and the Symphony Orchestra 'Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia' and White Russian Symphony Orchestra. New in the line up are bass player Armin Alic, drummer Michael Kolar and keyboardist Enric Garcia. Two high-class singers David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) and Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) complete the extremely prominent line up. Most recently ALMANAC have signed a record deal with the world's leading heavy metal label Nuclear Blast. Their debut album, called Tsar, will be released in March 2016.

The band gives some insight into their studio work in the form of their first studio trailer, which can be viewed here.

For all the members of ALMANAC, Tsar is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter. Traditional Metal in conjunction with classical music, world music and elements of Russian folklore with a modern sound all make ALMANAC a compelling and absolute listening experience.

Singer David Readman states: "When I was first asked by Victor to join the band I felt very honored to be a part of a new great band, I have to admit I was very uncertain where we would go musically with the band, and this was my feeling even as I entered the studio a few weeks ago.
As soon as we started to record it was very clear to me that this would be a great collaboration of musicians creating a masterpiece...
The whole experience from the first pre-production recording in my home studio and writing lyrics, to finally getting the real emotion on tape with Seeb and Victor was an evolution. Some records are difficult to make, but this was just easy!"

Fans with an interest in deeper subjects including history and culture will also be able to dive into a new world with Tsar, which combines historic and modern parallels that will surprise many. From the warlike nomadic horsemen in the steppes of Russia, to the tsardom, Ivan the Terrible, warlike Cossacks who dominate the Tatar, the siege of Constantinople and the Mongol invasion are stories about battles, wars, intrigue, conquest, terror, power and love that can be heard vocally using the different styles of the singer's voices.

The first phase is already complete, and now the band is currently engaged in working on the arrangements of the songs. Victor Smolski says: "We're thrilled about this first release and of the many albums to come, commencing from March 2016. Also we are very eager to let loose the mighty power of ALMANAC to the people, on as many different platforms as possible as well as on stage."

Vocalist Andy B. Franck adds: "Vocal recordings for the very first ALMANAC album are done... and I can't believe how amazing all of the songs are. Incredibly intense, melodic, extremely powerful, aggressive and symphonic... all in one. Victor has created a monster of an album... it's great being a part of it!"

In addition to this news, ALMANAC have just been confirmed for Winter Masters Of Rock in Zlin (CZ) on November 15th.
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC to release RAVENSIRE 'The Cycle Never Ends'
Posted by: Denis / 09.11.2015
Cruz De Sur Music welcomes on its roster Portuguese Epic Metal Heroes RAVENSIRE!
Formed around 2010, RAVENSIRE have built a strong reputation in the European Underground Metal movement with their two previous albums Iron Will (2012) and We March Forward (2013).

Being RAVENSIRE's sound genuinely devoted to the likes of OMEN, old MANOWAR, BROCAS HELM both albums have been highly acclaimed by Epic Metal fans, giving the band the boost to improve evenfurther the songwriting process on their third opus The Cycle Never Ends.

A first song, Temple At The End of the World (final part of The White Pillars trilogy) has already been released on Youtube.
Anna Sentina special guest on Alberto Rigoni's upcoming album BASSORAMA
Posted by: Denis / 06.11.2015
Italian composer and bass player Alberto Rigoni is glad to announce that worldwide known bassist Anna Sentina will appear as special guest on one of the songs of his upcoming album BASSORAMA. Anna has already recorded some amazing bass riff and a video teaser can be viewed at this link.

Anna Sentina says: "It was a pleasure working with my friend Alberto. He really is a hard worker and I had a ton of fun writing a couple solos for BASSorama. The songs are very well written and super catchy. Alberto is a great bass player, good friend, and humble person. I can't wait to hear the final result."

Alberto Rigoni's BASSORAMA album will be released in the course of 2016 (TBA) and more special guests will be announced in the next months.
Napalm Records / POWERWOLF announce European tour dates for 'Blessed & Possessed Tour 2016'
Posted by: Denis / 06.11.2015
The Wolfsnächte tour is almost over with sold out shows all over Germany, France, Czech Republic and Switzerland! Now POWERWOLF is proud to announce upcoming tour dates for the 'Blessed & Possessed Tour 2016' - covering many countries where they haven´t been with their latest tour yet!

Find all upcoming tour dates below & make sure to catch this killer tour live, when the wolves are back in town! This is where the metal masses will be celebrated:
  • 05.02.2016 DE - Ingolstadt, Westpark
  • 06.02.2016 CZ - Zlin, Masters Of Rock Cafe
  • 08.02.2016 SK - Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
  • 10.02.2016 HR - Zagreb, Tvornica
  • 11.02.2016 PL - Krakow, Kwadrat
  • 12.02.2016 PL - Gdansk, B90
  • 13.02.2016 PL - Warsaw, Progresja
  • 26.03.2016 DE - Karlsruhe, Substage
  • 27.03.2016 AT - Dornbirn, Conrad Sohm
  • 28.03.2016 AT - Graz, Explosiv
  • 29.03.2016 AT - Nassfeld, Full Metal Mountain
  • 31.03.2016 DE - Erfurt, HsB
  • 01.04.2016 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
  • 02.04.2016 FR - Clermont-Ferrand, La Coopérative de mai
  • 03.04.2016 ES - Barcelona, Salamandra 1
  • 04.04.2016 ES - Madrid, La Riviera
  • 06.04.2016 FR - Toulouse, Bikini
  • 07.04.2016 FR - Cognac, West Rock
  • 08.04.2016 CH - Solothurn, Kofmehl
  • 09.04.2016 BE - Durbuy, Durbuy Rock Festival
Supports will be announced soon.

Nuclear Blast / AVANTASIA Bruce Kulick on new album + new tour dates!
Posted by: Denis / 06.11.2015
He's become part of rock history as the lead guitarist of KISS, MICHAEL BOLTON, MEAT LOAF, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. And like a bat out of hell he was back in the studio to record some lead guitars for the new AVANTASIA album. Guitar legend, solo artist and Tobi's dear friend Bruce Kulick!

Tobi comments: "I remember I was eleven years old when I had a KISS 'Crazy Nights' poster on the wall, 20 years later Bruce asked me to co-write and lay down vocals for a song on his solo album BKIII (highly recommended to check out), which was a great honor for me. Bruce is a great guy, a pro and an outstanding guitar player, he comes from a different background than me, which makes it even more exciting to have him on the Ghostlights album (out January 2016 via Nuclear Blast)."
    Tour dates
  • 2016-03-04 Berlin (Huxley's) DE
  • 2016-03-05 Hamburg (Große Freiheit) DE
  • 2016-03-06 Bremen (Aladin) DE
  • 2016-03-08 London (The Forum) GB
  • 2016-03-09 Paris (Le Trianon) FR
  • 2016-03-11 Barcelona (Razzmatazz 1) ES
  • 2016-03-12 Madrid (La Riviera) ES
  • 2016-03-15 Frankfurt-Langen (Stadthalle) DE
  • 2016-03-16 Prague (Forum Karlin) CZ
  • 2016-03-18 Kaufbeuren (All-Karthalle) DE
  • 2016-03-19 Bamberg (Brose-Arena) DE
  • 2016-03-20 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) DE
  • 2016-03-22 Milan (Alcatraz) IT
  • 2016-03-24 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-03-25 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2016-03-27 Banska Bystrica (Ice Stadium) SK
  • 2016-03-28 Bratislava (Sportshall) SK
  • 2016-03-29 Tröpolach (Full Metal Mountain Festival) AT
  • 2016-03-31 Saarbrücken (Saarlandhalle) DE
  • 2016-04-01 Ludwigsburg (Arena) DE
  • 2016-04-02 Fulda (Esperantohalle) DE
  • 2016-04-06 Moscow (Arena Moscow) RU
  • 2016-06-08 Sölvesborg (Sweden Rock Festival) SE

Posted by: Denis / 06.11.2015
German metallers Solar Fragment are going to release their new acoustic EP From Our Hands on November 20th, 2015 on Scarlet Records. This new release, which will be available in digital format only, gives the fans a chance to listen to some new music from the band whilst they work on a full length album to be announced some time next year. This is how the band describes the release: "Imagine yourself being naked, locked-up in a bleak and cheerless chamber, having only one chance to accomplish your mission. Solar Fragment experienced a similar situation when they came to the Alphasound Studios with no electric guitars, no amps, no drum set. Luckily, they could leave their clothes on. The weapons of choice on that day: acoustic guitars and a wicked wooden crate for drumming. The challenge: to record three of the band's favorite tracks in unplugged or rather naked versions – each in only one full take. The result: From Our Hands, as handmade as it could possibly be. Yet another unique contribution by the fiver from Dortmund, Germany, to the Power Metal spectrum. The natural sound of this slim unplugged production adds all new elements to songs you have already had spinning in your head years before, especially making room for Robert Leger's extraordinary voice and the quality of the musical compositions. All three tracks in this release stem from Solar Fragment's second album In Our Hands. Starting with the title track it becomes obvious that Metal and decent behavior might be incompatible at some point. Then comes the music. Whereas the album version is furiously heavy from beginning to end, the reduction of instrumentation leads to an increased focus on the core of the song, that is rhythm and ear-catching, melodic vocal lines. For the second piece, Come Hell or High Water, the presence of acoustic guitars is nothing new. But taking out all distortion and high-velocity drumming, this song becomes the folky pirate shanty it was always meant to be. Race the Seas, being a semi-ballad on the album, unfolds its full atmospheric depth in this new recording. So while waiting for Solar Fragment's next full length album, make yourself comfortable and let this authentic recording take you to a crackling fireplace in the deep of the night."

Posted by: Denis / 05.11.2015
DE PROFUNDIS have been added to a devastating bill that will usher in the winter darkness at London's Dome venue on December 5th. The UK's masters of Progressive Death Metal will be lining up alongside Sweden's kings of blackened death NECROPHOBIC and Liverpudlian devotees of the dark arts, NINKHARSAG, to complete a bill of blood-chilling ferocity.
Metal Media / Darkship music video for 'Frozen Feelings' is available
Posted by: Denis / 05.11.2015
The Brazilian Electro Modern Metal DARKSHIP, has just released their first official music video.

Under the title of Frozen Feelings, the chosen song will be part of the forthcoming debut album, We Are Lost. The work was directed by Douglas Castilhos Coutinho.

The album We Are Lost, first of a trilogy that tells a conceptual and fictional story, is slated for release in early 2016.

In active since November 2010, DARKSHIP is a band of Electro Modern Metal, whose musical proposal is to work their music in a way that cover rhythms and melodies from various styles without limits.
Nuclear Blast / TANKARD new tour dates announced
Posted by: Denis / 05.11.2015
German Thrash Metal legends TANKARD have just announced new tour dates for 2016.
    Tour dates
  • 2016-02-19 Valparaiso (El Huevo) CL
  • 2016-02-20 Santiago (Kmasu Premiere) CL
  • 2016-02-21 Sao Paulo (Hangar 110) BR
  • 2016-02-23 Buenos Aires (The Roxy Live) AR
  • 2016-02-24 Asincion (Club Atletico Ciudad Nueva) PY
  • 2016-02-26 Lima (Centro De Convenciones Festival) PE
  • 2016-02-27 San Jose (Subterranean 20th Anniversary Party) CR
  • 2016-02-28 Bogota (Royal Center) CO
  • 2016-03-12 Palma De Mallorca (Es Gremi) ES
  • 2016-04-02 Moita (Molta Metal Fest) PL
  • 2016-04-22 Karlsruhe (Substage) DE
  • 2016-04-23 Zürich (Dynamo) CH
  • 2016-05-06 Stockholm (Göta Kallare) SE
  • 2016-05-07 Örebro (Ritz) SE
  • 2016-06-11 Reichenbach (Chronical Moshers-Festival) DE
  • 2016-08-13 Rasnov (Rockstadt Extreme Fest) RO
  • 2016-08-20 Kaltenbach (Kaltenbach Open Air) AT

InsideOut music / Spock's Beard release lyric video for 'Tides of Time'
Posted by: Denis / 05.11.2015
Legendary Prog group Spock's Beard are pleased the reveal the new lyric video for the 3rd single from their critically acclaimed 12th studio album, The Oblivion Particle. The video is for the album's opening track Tides of Time, and is a classic Spock's Beard song with all the elements the band is known for.

The Oblivion Particle, released in August 2015, has been a successful follow up to the band's 2013 release Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, charting all over the world.

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated self-titled debut album from RESURRECTION KINGS on January 29, 2016
Posted by: Denis / 05.11.2015
RESURRECTION KINGS is a new band centered around the talents of former DIO and GIUFFRIA guitar player, Craig Goldy. Everything starts from a set of demos he recorded with singer Chas West, a guy with an unbelievable set of pipes, who has worked with such bands as the JASON BONHAM BAND, FOREIGNER, LYNCH MOB, TRIBE OF GYPSIES, 3 LEGGED DOGG.

"It all started five years ago when Craig Goldy asked me to get together to write," says Chas. Out of those demo sessions, the song Livin' Out Loud in particular strongly impressed Frontiers' President, Serafino Perugino who asked Craig to build up a project/band around that musical concept. He also suggested Sean McNabb for bass (LYNCH MOB, DOKKEN, QUIET RIOT), while Craig later brought in former DIO bandmate Vinny Appice on drums.

"Serafino wanted to make an album with famous musicians from the 80's and I was flabbergasted when he asked me to participate" says Craig Goldy. "We've all know each other for a long time and it was a pleasure to work with everyone – my God with Chas, Sean and Vinny that's a killer line-up!"

Frontiers in-house writer and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline, Rated X) offered his services to the band and wrote (or co-wrote with Goldy) a few tracks to round up the material that was available. "He is a great songwriter, producer, musician and singer" says Goldy, "some of the demo versions already had vocals and everything else. So all we did was learn the songs and did them our way. When Sean and Vinny got hold of these songs they really came alive and gave me automatic inspiration to write and perform on top of what was already written."

The resulting album is an impressive example of Classic Hard Rock with a contemporary production and edge. Think Whitesnake 1987 mixed with DIO Dream Evil, with a touch of classic Zeppelin and Rainbow and you will not be far from the end result. An extremely strong record where the musicians are able to stretch their wings and please their numerous fans!
MuSick Attack Productions / NAHUM new album and official video
Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2015
Thrash/Death band NAHUM releases their new album and official video right now.

And The Chaos Has Begun!

"We have just entered the last era. Chaos grows from mankind and destroys it; its roots are getting strength from a pile of dead. That raging chaos does not win, it only destroys everything. It disintegrates and at the same time grows and attacks everything as mould, as fire. The last days have begun!"
Frontiers Music / PRIMAL FEAR to return with a storming new studio album 'Rulebreaker' - out on Frontiers in January
Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2015
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the worldwide release of the new PRIMAL FEAR studio album Rulebreaker on January 29, 2016! Available in CD, deluxe CD/DVD and – in collaboration with Soulfood Music in Germany – also on vinyl and a special super-limited vinyl edition version featuring an eagle head on the vinyl, Rulebreaker combines the strongest PRIMAL FEAR moments ever, with a well-balanced typical PRIMAL FEAR trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys.

Singer Ralf Scheepers says: "We have so much energy, fantastic melodies and a hell of a drum groove on each and every song, there is no doubt that the fans will love it as much as I do! And again we have achieved to combine bombastic and atmospheric orchestral sounds with soaring Heavy Metal riffs and licks, together with ear splitting screams and also emotional sequences. We have kept the promise of being a Heavy Metal band with all the trademarks for which people love Primal Fear."

After the massive 'Delivering The Black' world tour, PRIMAL FEAR started the songwriting in spring 2015 and recorded at Hansen Studios in Denmark, with producer Mat Sinner and engineer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe). Mat Sinner adds: "We learnt a lot during the Delivering The Black sessions and the following world tour. We tried to put this know-how and all the positive energy into the songs and production of Rulebreaker. Working the second time with Jacob Hansen and even record in his studio, gave another dimension to our sound, plus the recording comeback of founding member Tom Naumann was the right move."

Classic and ultra-fresh Primal Fear riff-rockers like the album opener Angels Of Mercy, or the groove monsters The End Is Near and Bullets And Tears hit the bulls-eye from the beginning - just like the untamed speed killer In Metal We Trust and the Metal anthem and title track Rulebreaker. The melodic and unique ballad The Sky Is Burning shows a different side of PRIMAL FEAR with a new vibe and a monster chorus. And of course, PRIMAL FEAR added again a 11-minute plus Prog Metal tour de force entitled 'We Walk Without Fear', spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs.

PRIMAL FEAR are about to release what is definitely their strongest album ever: RULEBREAKER. Don't miss the German Metal Commando on their worldwide tour in 2016!

Nuclear Blast / Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY opera tenor Riccardo Cecchi on tour as special guest
Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2015
Riccardo Cecchi, tenor of the Lyrical Choir Giuseppe Verdi Di Roma (also featured in the Woody Allen movie 'To Rome With Love'), will join RHAPSODY on the European dates of the upcoming 'Prometheus Cinematic Tour' 2016 (January 15 - February 19).

Riccardo Cecchi is the new special guest to be announced after the lead soprano Emilie Ragni, who sang on many tracks of the new album Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus.

"His voice is magnificent," states the lead singer Alessandro Conti, and adds: "No compromise. We want to offer some memorable shows and Riccardo will greatly contribute to the cinematic impact of our tour with all his talent!"

"In the cinematic music of RHAPSODY the choral aspect and its emotional impact is really fundamental," affirms the drummer Alex Landenburg, and adds: "We'll be finally able to offer in our shows a unique live experience, having two great artists sharing the stage with Alessandro and singing the main voices of our greatest choral parts".

Composer Luca Turilli says: "My ultimate artistic dream is turning into a great reality. Imagine how an old RHAPSODY classic such as Unholy Warcry or the newest songs such as Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer's Fall, Prometheus and King Solomon And The 72 Names Of God could sound when sung by real opera singers on stage. I have goosebumps just thinking about it!"

Imperative PR / De Profundis join forces with Marduk, Dark Funeral, Immolation & more for Incineration Fest
Posted by: Denis / 02.11.2015
DE PROFUNDIS have been confirmed for a main stage appearance at INCINERATION FEST 2016. They join an illustrious list of names, including MARDUK, DARK FUNERAL, KRISIUN, TSJUDER, IMMOLATION that will unite to decimate London in May of next year. This really will be an unmissable event, with the cream of the extreme Metal crop playing side by side. The festival will take place at The Dome and the Boston Music Room over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of May 2016.
Jag Panzer new album
Posted by: Denis / 02.11.2015
Jag Panzer hit the studio in May 2016 for the new studio album entitled The Deviant Chord. On SPV Records. More details coming soon.

Gamma Ray new singer
Posted by: Denis / 02.11.2015
The band has decided to further on work with two singers for several good reasons.

So from now on the vocals there will be Mr. Kai Hansen as usual plus and welcome please Mr. Frank Beck with whom the band has done already a good amount of shows in the past. We found out that Frank is not only a great singer that very much fits into the band from his voice and from his temper of the voice and his kind of singing but as well as a very very good human being that is fit to live up to the extreme expectations that we as a band have for people joining.

Mainly this guy cannot only sing, he can party, too and that's very important. So that was reason one.

Another good reason was that Kai just felt that it's time for him to cut a bit shorter on singing because he found out that his long touring especially headline shows after a while always tends to fuck up the voice and end up with something that is not a hundred percent. So sharing the vocals makes things much easier and much more pleasurable.

It will not only give the band a new dimension soundwise or vocalwise but it will as well – and here is reason number three – give Kai the freedom to move around on stage a lot and plus create a bit more action on the live performances and be more free to play the guitar which actually he does like a lot.

So ladies and gentleman please welcome the new GammaRay and please welcome Mr. Frank Beck.

Nuclear Blast / HELLOWEEN publish HELLBOOK for their 30th anniversary
Posted by: Denis / 02.11.2015
As pioneers of German Melodic Speed Metal, HELLOWEEN are not only one of Germany's most respected Metal exports, but also one of the globally most influential Metal bands today. Since 1984 HELLOWEEN have performed at all important festivals such as Rock in Rio or Woodstock in Poland, which they headlined in front of over 500,000 fans. The band played countless world tours, delivered spectacular shows with colleagues such as Iron Maiden, Slayer, or Ozzy Osbourne, released 15 studio- and 3 live albums, and sold more than 8 million records. With 14 gold and 6 platinum awards under their belt, they scored their career's highest German album entry in 2013 and scored at the US Billboard's Top 100. Obviously, HELLOWEEN are far from running out of steam: Their 30th anniversary sees the publication of their first book, the HELLBOOK. By this, the pumpkin heads from Hamburg present a long awaited fan item that documents 30 years of Metal passion and is the only official reference work of its kind so far.

"For us, this book is highly emotional and evokes a thousand memories. Good moments as well as not so good ones are captured here. 30 years of HELLOWEEN on almost 500 pages – and no end in sight ..." MARKUS GROSSKOPF.

The HELLBOOK is a singular tribute to the European Metal gods. On 498 pages in the format 22x28 cm, this tour de force of speed, power and rhythm initially takes us back to the roots. We witness their most important and renowned moments, as well as their darkest and most tragic hours: The true story of Kai Hansen, Michael Kiske, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Ingo Schwichtenberg, Markus Grosskopf, Roland Grapow, Uli Kusch, Dani Löble, Sascha Gerstner and other masters is told for the first time officially, and accompanied by high-quality and partially unreleased live and backstage images. Actually, 30 years of HELLOWEEN are the best excuse to spill their best kept secrets and most legendary anecdotes ...

"We had great years and a fantastic time, that, looking back, makes the downsides that come with everything big, seem insignificant." KAI HANSEN.

With its premium artwork, designed by illustrators and designers like the mysterious Frederick Moulaert or Marcos Moura, a 350gr soft cover, and 150gr paper, the HELLBOOK is a 2kg must-have for hardcore fans and a true treasure for collectors: The comprehensive and complete legacy of a legend, alive and necessary – and a collage of their dreams, dedicated to one of the biggest German Heavy and Hard Rock bands of recent years. The 'HELLOWEEN-Bible' was initiated by Carlos Vincente Leon and David López Gómez from Spain, who penned this masterpiece with blood, sweat and tears by fans for fans.

"A reference book, even for myself. I'll probably flick through the pages in 20 years going: 'Really? That's how it was? Cool!' ;-)" ANDI DERIS.

The DELUXE-EDITION is strictly limited 3kg heavy weight, manually numbered, and personally signed by the band members including Kiske and Hansen. The golden hardcover and high-quality protective cover wrapper printed with UV coating contains 556 pages – 58 pages more that the HELLBOOK's standard edition. These 58 pages are the 'Hidden Treasures' with copies of originals from the band's early days: private stories like the first record deal, the development of the logo, pictures from times before HELLOWEEN and much more. The 'Hidden Treasures' are printed on 150gr. maxisatin /glossy paper.

"I haven't been dealing with these years for almost two decades now. Looking at all the forgotten pictures now brings back lots of memories; good memories! It's great to have a book like this!" MICHAEL KISKE.

Those, who love the genre know that HELLOWEEN deserve their spot on the pedestal of international Metal – and not only those, who don't know everything about the 'Godfathers' of the genre yet, will love this book. The HELLBOOK will be exclusively available via from October 31, 2015 in the standard and deluxe version, which is strictly limited to 777 copies.

"I wonder if this story will ever end. Flipping through the pages, there are many details I didn't know, didn't realize, or forgot. Here's hoping it will entice and thrill the interested reader – and do some good in unforeseeable ways." MICHAEL WEIKATH.

Nuclear Blast / AVANTASIA Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH) on new album
Posted by: Denis / 02.11.2015
From Tobias:
"What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann and me have in common with Marco Hietala of NIGHTWISH? Yes, we're all good looking, funny and amazingly talented... AND: we'll be on the new AVANTASIA album Ghostlights - out on January, 29th 2016.

About Marco: It was August 1997 and we were in Helsinki to mix the Vain Glory Opera album of EDGUY when someone played the band TAROT to me. That great band seemed to be some sort of a legend in Finland (in Germany TAROT were not really known at the time). A few years later a band called NIGHTWISH had appeared on the map and were about to take the European Metal world upside down. EDGUY played a festival in England with SAXON and amongst others: NIGHTWISH! I remember even though they had a great female vocalist how much I loved the rendition of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' that they did - if I remember correctly - which was sung by their bass player. You know, a lot of bass players are bass players because they wanna be in a band too; and there's only so much damage you can do to the sound of a band with just a bass. Sometimes they're only in the band because they talk enough to organize things or they have a day job to finance the first demo recordings, nice stage clothes, or sun glasses, but at the end of the day, most of them aren't taken seriously because... well, because they're bass players. :) And they're always suspicious... ;) Anyway - I don't need a bass player because I play bass myself (not as good as Marco, but I am the cheaper solution for my own project, ha!). AND Marco is more than a bass player, he is a proper musician! I have no clue why it took so long until I eventually asked Marco Hietala (that bass playing vocalist with the two beards and the voice!!) if he could imagine singing a role on an AVANTASIA album. Now it is happening! And the results kick ass! You will love it! We're putting together an epic metal record I believe...

Furthermore Robert Mason (WARRANT) can been confirmed to sing on the new album as well. Robert first made a name for himself back in the early nineties as the lead singer in LYNCH MOB. Robert is an amazing singer coming from what some would call a different musical world, and he contributed something very unique to the AVANTASIA world. He really gave the songs what they needed! You will hear it!"

Massacre Records / ASYLUM PYRE EU Tour
Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2015
ASYLUM PYRE just released their new album Spirited Away, which was well received so far!

Besides supporting Stream Of Passion on all French dates of their tour, ASYLUM PYRE will also go on European tour in mid-January 2016!

The band is joining Luca Turilli's Rhapsody on 'Prometheus Cinematic Tour' as support until the end of January, along with Iron Mask.
    All confirmed dates:
    Stream Of Passion's 'A War Of Our Own Over France 2015' Tour w/ ASYLUM PYRE + Guests
  • 04.12.2015 FR Décines-Charpieu (Lyon) - Warmaudio
  • 05.12.2015 FR Puget-sur-Argens (Toulon) - Le Rat's
  • 06.12.2015 FR Paris - O'Sullivans Backstage By The Mill
    Luca Turilli's Rhapsody: Prometheus Cinematic Tour w/ ASYLUM PYRE + Iron Mask
  • 15.01.2016 FR Annecy - Le Brise Glace
  • 16.01.2016 DE Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
  • 17.01.2016 NL Tilburg - 013
  • 18.01.2016 DE Bochum - Matrix
  • 20.01.2016 DE Hamburg - Logo
  • 21.01.2016 DE Berlin - Columbia Theater
  • 22.01.2016 CZ Praha - Nova Chmelnice
  • 23.01.2016 PL Wroclaw - Alibi
  • 24.01.2016 PL Warszawa - Proxima
  • 26.01.2016 SK Košice - Colosseum
  • 27.01.2016 HU Budapest - Club 202
  • 29.01.2016 SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
  • 30.01.2016 AT Wien - Szene

Massacre Records / New signing: THORNBRIDGE
Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2015
THORNBRIDGE aim to bring back old-school Power Metal with epic songs full of hymn-like choirs, and polyphonic guitar melodies!

The band is around since 2008 and is around with its latest line-up since 2012.

They're no strangers on stage, and their extensive live history includes gigs with bands like Orden Ogan, Sinbreed, MessengeR.

The quartet recently inked a deal with Massacre Records, and THORNBRIDGE are now ready to unleash their debut album soon!

THORNBRIDGE's debut What Will Prevail, produced by Seeb Levermann (vocalist of Orden Ogan), is set to be released in February 2016 via Massacre Records.
Napalm Records / CANDLEMASS announce special anniversary EP & announce new singer
Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2015
CANDLEMASS are back to celebrate 30 years of Doom with a brand new EP!

Four studio tracks featuring Mats Levén on vocals are being recorded during for a special anniversary release early next year on Napalm Records.

CANDLEMASS are also happy to announce that Mats Levén, who's a longtime friend of the band, is now the permanent singer for the Swedish Doom Metal squad.

Mats commented: "20 years ago, Leif invited me to the project Abstrakt Algebra. 10 years ago, I started helping CANDLEMASS with their demos. Today, I'm happy to say that I'm the new singer of CANDLEMASS. I truly believe that 2016 will be one of the best years in a long time for CANDLEMASS! Big thanks to my brothers of doom: Janne, Lasse, Leif & Mappe."

Per Wiberg is today also an essential part of the CANDLEMASS live shows with his keyboards + filling in for Leif on bass until he's back in shape again.

The band is currently recording the anniversary EP in GHOST WARD studios in Stockholm together with David Castillo who's been working with Avatarium, Katatonia, Opeth and Bloodbath. The four new CANDLEMASS songs are reported to be very Heavy and very Metal!

"The new songs are more like the material on the Nightfall album than what we did on Psalms For the Dead", says Leif Edling. "Lot's of guitars, and cool riffs but also really good songs that I hope and think our fans will dig!"

Critical Solution: Norwegian horror thrashers sign for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2015
Norwegian horror thrashers Critical Solution has just signed for Punishment 18 Records that will release their forthcoming studio album titled Sleepwalker. The band released its debut full-length Evil Never Dies in 2011. Important guests will be announced shortly.
Jolly Roger Records / WITCHWOOD 'LITANIES FROM THE WOODS' LP format now available
Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2015
Witchwood debut Litanies from the Woods is available since 26th October on double Lp format on Jolly Roger Records (Code7 Distribution). The album which received enthusiastic reviews and unanimous appreciation worldwide is a long journey (79 minutes) from classic Rock to Progressive Rock, with blues and southern Rock elements, with an obscure and 70's vintage attitude, enriched by insertions of hammond, piano, synth & moog, flute, harmonica, mandolin. Strongly suggested for fans of Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, early Black Sabbath.

A Place for the Sun videoclip, available here.

At this link 3 audio tracks available for streaming.
  1. Prelude
  2. Liar
  3. A Place For The Sun
  4. Rinbow Highway
  5. The Golden King
  6. Shade Of Grey
  7. The World Behind Your Eyes
  8. Farewell To The Ocean Boulevard
  9. Song Of Freedom
  10. Hanful Of Stars
    LINE UP :
  • Ricky Dal Pane – Vocals, Rhythm and Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Percussions
  • Davide Mosca – Lead Guitar
  • Luca Celotti – Bass
  • Stefano Olivi – Hammond, Keyboards, Synth, Moog
  • Samuele Tesori – Flute, Harmonica
  • Andrea Palli – Drums
Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2015
The all-star Progressive Metal band WAKEN EYES just released a music video for the track Palisades. Their debut album Exodus will be released on October 30th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.
    WAKEN EYES is:
  • Henrik Båth (Darkwater) - Vocals
  • Mike Lepond )Symphony X) - Bass
  • Tom Frelek - Guitars/Keyboards/Orchestration
  • Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) - Drums
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars opt for Bill Metoyer for mixing and mastering
Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2015
Mindwars and legendary Metal producer Bill Metoyer are teaming up to mix and master their second release Sworn to Secrecy, slated to hit the streets spring 2016 through Punishment 18 Records. Bill Metoyer who has worked with such greats as Agent Steel, Armored Saint, COC, DRI, Dark Angel, Fates Warning, Flotsam And Jetsam, Sacred Reich, Slayer, WASP and many more... will be handling mixing and mastering duties at his Skull Seven Studio in North Hollywood, Los Angeles this October and November.
Punishment 18 Records / Envenomed 'Burn the Sun' video posted on YouTube
Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2015
A new videoclip from the new Envenomed album Evil Unseen is available on YouTube. The full-length album was released on October 26th by Italian label Punishment 18 Records. The artwork was realised by finnish artist Jan Yrlund (Korpiklaani, Manowar, Hammered, Amberian Dawn, Cruachan, Artas and many more).
Punishment 18 Records / Woslom starts recording sessions
Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2015
After announcing that they are returning to Acustica Studios, it's time for Woslom's musicians put their hands dirty! The recording takes place from October 26th until the second half of November, where the quartet will record the successor of Evolustruction. This will be the third group of the disc and the first of the charismatic bassist André Melhado:
"I can not wait to register my first job with the band, the bass lines that we created for this album are awesome!"
Nuclear Blast / EPICA launch 'Unchain Utopia' official live video and kick off European tour
Posted by: Denis / 29.10.2015
Dutch metallers EPICA have launched the official live video for Unchain Utopia, which was recorded live earlier this year during the 'European Enigma Tour' at their sold-out show at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium.

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

EPICA recently kicked off their European (co-) headline tour with ELUVEITIE at the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany with SCAR SYMMETRY supporting on all dates.
    Tour dates
  • 2015-10-30 Zlin (Hala Euronic) CZ
  • 2015-10-31 Krakow (Laznia Nowa Theater) PL
  • 2015-11-01 Berlin (Huxleys) DE
  • 2015-11-03 Nürnberg (Löwensaal) DE
  • 2015-11-04 Milan (Live Club) IT
  • 2015-11-05 Bologna (Estragon) IT
  • 2015-11-07 Grenoble (Belle Electrique) FR
  • 2015-11-08 Rennes (L'Etage) FR
  • 2015-11-09 Lille (Aeronef) FR
  • 2015-11-11 Bristol (Academy) GB
  • 2015-11-12 Manchester (Ritz) GB
  • 2015-11-14 Glasgow (Garage) GB
  • 2015-11-15 London (Forum) GB

Century Media / QUEENSRŸCHE announce headlining Jan/Feb 2016 North American tour
Posted by: Denis / 28.10.2015
QUEENSRŸCHE will kick-off the New Year with a massive bang embarking on a lengthy North American headlining run. The much-anticipated trek kicks off on Jan 7th and goes through Feb 5th. QUEENSRŸCHE just wrapped up a massive direct support tour to the legendary Scorpions across North America.

QUEENSRYCHE's highly acclaimed new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, via Century Media Records debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 13,798 units sold. The disc sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed) in the band's native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.

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

The band's name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, Def Leppard. In recent years, they've consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 Hard Rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won't relent. In fact, they're in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
    QUEENSRŸCHE Headlining
  • Jan. 7 @ Rockbar - San Jose, CA
  • Jan. 8 @ House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
  • Jan. 9 @ Hard Rock Live - Las Vegas, NV
  • Jan. 10 @ Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
  • Jan. 12 @ Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
  • Jan. 14 @ Alamo City Music Hall - San Antonio, TX
  • Jan. 15 @ Trees - Dallas, TX
  • Jan. 16 @ Scout Bar - Houston, TX
  • Jan. 17 @ Brewster Street Ice House - Corpus Christi, TX
  • Jan. 21 @ Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
  • Jan. 22 @ Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
  • Jan. 23 @ The Palladium - Boston, MA
  • Jan. 24 @ Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
  • Jan. 25 @ 9:30 Club - Washington D.C.
  • Jan. 27 @ Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
  • Jan. 28 @ Limelight - Peoria, IL
  • Jan. 29 @ St. Croix Casino - Turtle Lake, WI
  • Jan. 30 @ The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
  • Jan. 31 @ Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
  • Feb. 2 @ Knuckleheads - Kansas City, MO
  • Feb. 3 @ Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
  • Feb. 4 @ In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Feb. 5 @ Knitting Factory - Reno, NV

AFM Records / Iron Mask to tour with Luca Turilli's Rhapsody
Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2015
Neo-classic Hard Rock/Metal act IRON MASK has just announced that the band will be joining Luca Turilli's Rhapsody on the first leg of their upcoming European tour in January 2016.

This tour also marks the first opportunity to see IRON MASK perform with their new vocalist Arturo Almeida, who just recently joined the group's ranks.
  • 15.01. F Annecy - Le Brise Glace (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 16.01. D Mannheim - Alte Seilerei (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 17.01. NL Tilburg – 013 (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 18.01. D Bochum – Matrix (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 20.01. D Hamburg – Logo (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 21.01. D Berlin - Columbia Theater (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 22.01. CZ Prague - Nova Chmelnice (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 23.01. PL Wroclaw – Alibi (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 24.01. PL Warsaw – Proxima (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 26.01. SK Kosice – Collosseum (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 27.01. H Budapest - Club 202 (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 29.01. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
  • 30.01. A Vienna – Szene (Rhapsody, Iron Mask, Asylum Pyre)
Right in time for the tour, AFM Records will also re-issue the Shadow Of The Red Baron, including bonus tracks. A brand new IRON MASK studio album is excepted to arrive by September 2016 too.

NOT BAD sign management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 26.10.2015
Russian Alternative Metal band NOT BAD has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band will release this autumn their highly anticipated maxi-single Walls which GlobMetal are going all out to promote.

The band vocalsit Vladislav Yastribzov says: "Cooperation with GlobMetal Promotions is a great opportunity to spread our stuff and thus support our band running. We are confident that the results will not take much time."
Massacre Records / MESSENGER new album
Posted by: Denis / 26.10.2015
The space pirates of MESSENGER are continuing their space saga with the release of a new album!

On Starwolf Pt. II: Novastorm MESSENGER have set sail to embark on a new mission: to capture the MS Silverstar, the galaxy's biggest and most luxurious cruise ship!

MESSENGER stay true to themselves and deliver straight and Melodic Metal. Novastorm turned out to be even more epic; you'll hear choirs and orchestral sounds that underline the album's lyrical concept.

The album was produced by Charles Greywolf (Powerwolf) and the band, and will be mixed by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Svartsot).

Wiebke Scholz once again realized the artwork of the upcoming album!

MESSENGER's new album Starwolf Pt. II: Novastorm is set to be released on December 4th via Massacre Records, and will also be available as limited edition digipak with exclusive bonus tracks!

Intromental Worldwide / CHAOS DIVINE
Posted by: Denis / 26.10.2015
With CHAOS DIVINE, yet another exciting band have joined the ranks of Intromental Worldwide. This amazing band, hailing from Perth, Australia, has quickly become one of the hottest names in the modern-Progressive Metal scene, with their amalgam of smooth melodies, pure aggression and technical craftmanship.
Watchtower nre songs
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2015
Watchtower digitally releases 3 new Mathematics songs. You can find them out on

Frontiers Music / Inglorious - the self titled album released by Frontiers Music srl Friday 19th February 2016
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2015
Frontiers Music srl are pleased to announce the debut album from Britain's highly anticipated and freshest new Hard Rock band Inglorious. The self-titled, 11-track album will be released on Friday 19th February 2016.

Pre-orders for Inglorious' self-titled debut album can be placed now on both amazon and itunes. all digital pre-orders include an instant download of 'breakaway', with more tracks being made available for download with pre-orders in the coming weeks and months leading up to release.

Inglorious are five young men with a mutual love and respect of the classics of Hard Rock music, big guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. Their influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born.

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.
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. 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.'

"Not only in rock but in motown and even classical music they tracked everyone in the room at the same time," adds Nathan. "The air movement from a bass drum, that same excitement you get when you perform, and that's exactly how i wanted the album to feel."

Nathan wanted all his fellow musicians in the room at the same time, no click tracks, no auto tune and no overdubs. He wasn't willing to compromise. Says Nathan - "for so long people have been hiding mistakes, singers using auto tune to make them sound perfect, double tracking to make it sound bigger and using click to play in time. There is none of that on this album. This record is about vibe, feeling, excitement, energy and performance of songs we all wrote together. That's how it came out that day and it will never be exactly the same again. We captured a series of moments that make up our debut album."

Inglorious is composed of 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). Colin and Phil both hail from Somerset, and have played together in bands for 17 years (at one point, both were signed to Mick Fleetwood's label while Phil was still at school). Phil's Bonham-like groove, great snare work and exciting fills, combined with Wil's solid bluesy rhythm playing and Colin's fat, gritty bass sound, make for a formidable rhythm section. Andreas was the final piece of the puzzle - a lead guitar player that shared all the same influences, could command a stage and was able to track the whole album the way Nathan wanted. Guitarist Andreas Eriksson played in bands from his home country of Sweden for many years, and has taken influences from all the greats, making him one of the most musically well rounded guitar players in the contemporary rock scene. His bluesy, melodic, soulful playing compliments Nathan's soaring vocals. The pair is 2016's version of the Toxic Twins.

The musicians instantly jelled, both musically and as friends. They recorded the album over the period of one month in Buckinghamshire. "In the day we were writing and recording in the live room. At night we would inflate our air beds and sleep in the same room we had been making music and sweating in all day, I even used my Marshall stack as a headboard," Wil recalls.

Andreas flew back and forth from Sweden during the recording process. Says Andreas - "For me it was such a special experience because I was in a foreign country with guys I hardly knew, recording songs I had only learnt two weeks prior. It was so challenging doing it the way we did but it was the most awesome time."

The whole band wrote the album with a few guest writers including Al Pitrelli (Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger, Whitesnake) and Neil Fairclough (Queen).

After meeting with a few producers, Inglorious decided to produce the album themselves. Chris Kimsey, who has worked with The Who and The Rolling Stones, said "there is nothing for me to do, you guys are doing what I would tell you to do already." high praise, indeed.
Nuclear Blast / Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY announce the special guests of the 'PROMETHEUS CINEMATIC TOUR'
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2015
Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY are proud to announce the great bands which will share the stage with them in Europe on the upcoming PROMETHEUS CINEMATIC TOUR. The special guests:
  • IRON MASK (from Jan 15 to Jan 30)
  • TEMPERANCE (from Jan 31 to Feb 19)
  • ASYLUM PYRE (from Jan 15 to Jan 30)
  • QANTICE (from Jan 31 to Feb 16)
  • ANCIENT BARDS (in Italy from Feb 17 to Feb 19)
Dominique Leurquin, the guitar player of RHAPSODY, affirms: "It is really amazing to be on tour with such great bands and musicians. Different styles of music for all tastes, different attitudes, but the same glorious approach to art based on heart and soul!"

Patrice Guers, the bass player, adds: "Such a tour will represent a real emotional adventure: an amazing setlist, video projection, special guests, surprises... We are all waiting for you. Stay Cinematic!"
    Tour dates
  • 2016-01-15 Annecy (Le Brise Glace) FR
  • 2016-01-16 Mannheim (Alte Seilerei) DE
  • 2016-01-17 Tilburg (013) NL
  • 2016-01-18 Bochum (Matrix) DE
  • 2016-01-20 Hamburg (Logo) DE
  • 2016-01-21 Berlin (Columbia Theater) DE
  • 2016-01-22 Prague (Nova Chmelnice) CZ
  • 2016-01-23 Wroclaw (Alibi) PL
  • 2016-01-24 Warsaw (Proxima) PL
  • 2016-01-26 Kosice (Collosseum) SK
  • 2016-01-27 Budapest (Club 202) HU
  • 2016-01-29 Bratislava (Majestic Music Club) SK
  • 2016-01-30 Wien (Szene) AT
  • 2016-01-31 Augsburg (Spectrum) DE
  • 2016-02-01 Aschaffenburg (Colossaal) DE
  • 2016-02-03 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2016-02-04 Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik) DE
  • 2016-02-05 Lyss (Kufa) CH
  • 2016-02-06 Paris (Divan Du Monde) FR
  • 2016-02-08 Glasgow (Divan Du Monde) GB
  • 2016-02-09 London (02 Academy Islington) GB
  • 2016-02-10 Vosselaar (Biebob) BE
  • 2016-02-12 Madrid (Caracol) ES
  • 2016-02-13 Barcelona (Salamandra 1) ES
  • 2016-02-16 Lyon (Ninkasi Kao) FR
  • 2016-02-17 Bologna (Estragon) IT
  • 2016-02-18 Rome (Orion) IT
  • 2016-02-19 Milan (Live Club) IT

Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD premiere official live video for 'Lost In Your Memory'
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2015
British Progressive Metal protagonists THRESHOLD announced the release of their new live album European Journey back in August and today the band is premiering the second track from their new offering. Shot by fans across various venues in Europe and the United States, the video for Lost In Your Memory is now premiering online.

Keyboardist Richard West commented on the track: "We've always loved doing power ballads, ever since our early days, with tracks like Innocent and Forever. This is a ballad from our last album For The Journey and I love how it comes across live."

Pure Steel Records / CHASTAIN 'All Hail The King' official single from the upcoming album 'We Bleed Metal'
Posted by: Denis / 22.10.2015
CHASTAIN All Hail The King is the first official single from the upcoming new album We Bleed Metal - official release date: 06th of November 2015.

Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2015
The Greek Heavy Metal band DIVINER just released a lyric video for the track Come Into My Glory online. Their debut album Fallen Empires will be released on November 20th in Europe and North America on CD, LP and digital. The vinyl edition of Fallen Empires is strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide.
    Diviner is:
  • Yiannis Papanikolaou (Rock 'n' Roll Children, ex. Innerwish) - Vocals
  • Thimios Krikos (Innerwish) - Guitar
  • George Maroulees (4bitten) - Guitar
  • Herc Booze (SiXforNinE) - Bass
  • Fragiskos Samoilis (Innerwish) - Drums
Punishment 18 Records / In Malice's Wake: 'Light Upon the Wicked' release date announced
Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2015
Australian melodic thrashers In Malice's Wake will release their new full-length album, Light Upon the Wicked, on November 30th by Punishment 18 Records. You can see the cover created by artist Nick Keller well known for his work for Dawn of Azazel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bulletbelt and many more.
WAX MANIAX / Deluxe vinyl reissues from VIO-LENCE and SODOM!
Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2015
Operated by die-hard vinyl collectors of many decades as well as some familiar names in the Metal industry, the WAX MANIAX are here to have some fun and reissue essential Rock and Metal releases in deluxe vinyl format.

No muss, no fuss, just pure impact. So without further ado...

VIO-LENCE Eternal Nightmare Double LP, Street Date: November 13th
Available on vinyl for the first time since it's original 1988 release and appearing in its entirety for the first time ever, in any format, the legendary debut album from East Bay Thrash Metal legends VIO-LENCE has been remastered with five bonus tracks added. Includes the previously unreleased album version of Torture Tactics - intended to be the eighth track on the album but omitted from the original release by MCA because of the extreme lyrical theme! Additionally, the band's legendary four track Mechanic Demo is presented in its entirety and for the first time ever on vinyl.
  • Eternal Nightmare is held in reverance by Thrash Metal fans young and old and stands among legendary debuts from fellow first-wave Bay Area thrashers such as EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, etc.
  • Deluxe package includes a full color gatefold jacket featuring several rare and previously unpublished photos of the band from the Eternal Nightmare era, lyric insert, plus extensive liner notes from guitarist Phil Demmel.
SODOM Obsessed by Cruelty *30th Anniversary Edition* Double LP, Street Date: February 12th
SODOM Persectution Mania / Expurse of Sodomy Double LP, Street Date: March 18th
Pure Steel Records / STARBLIND 'A Dying Son' official single from the upcoming album 'Dying Son'
Posted by: Denis / 21.10.2015
STARBLIND A Dying Song is the first official single from the upcoming new album Dying Son - official release date: 04th of December 2015

STARBLIND's sophomore album Dying Son have been recorded live in the studio and is produced by Rocka Rollas/Blazon Stone mastermind Cedrick Forsberg. Because of the philosophy of no guitar dubbing, no triggers and no metronome when recording, the album has a very authentic and organic feel. What you get on the album, is what you get live! Mastered at QuSound studio by Michael Kusch. He has the same philosophy and takes the last finish on the master work!

To the fans of 80's Metal and of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal, this is a record you cannot miss!
AFM Records / Shakra reunited with Mark Fox
Posted by: Denis / 19.10.2015
Finally there's official news from the SHAKRA camp: The fox is on the run again - Mark Fox is back together with SHAKRA! Chris von Rohr said the following after former singer John Prakesh left the band in early 2014: "Let's bring back together what belongs together."

That being said, it took a while till the early disputes had been put aside but in late summer of 2014 it was clear to everyone that it's time to do it again! Since that point of time, the whole band shed blood, sweat and tears to finish their new album High Noon which will be out on January 29th 2016.

SHAKRA have signed with Universal Music for Switzerland while AFM will continue to release their albums in the rest of the world.

With the first new single and video Hello, a typical SHAKRA-style rock song, Mark Fox and SHAKRA say HELLO to old and new fans. Welcome to the party!

AFM Records / Manimal: first track from upcoming album streaming
Posted by: Denis / 19.10.2015
Swedish Heavy/Power metallers MANIMAL have just released a first song from their upcoming album Trapped In The Shadows (which will be released on November 20th): March Of Madness.
    Trapped In The Shadows tracklist:
  1. Irresistible
  2. March Of Madness
  3. The Dark
  4. Trapped In The Shadows
  5. Invincible
  6. Man-Made Devil
  7. Silent Messiah
  8. The Journey
  9. Screaming Out
  10. Psychopomp

Cruz del Sur Music / KING HEAVY’s European tour starts
Posted by: Denis / 19.10.2015
After six successful shows in their homeland, Chile, the band featuring Luce Vee of Hooded Priest's fame on vocals and former Procession bass-player Daniel Perez Saa will start tonight the second leg of their tour in Leipzig touching later two of the most important doom-related festival in Europe, Malta Doom Fest and Dutch Doom Days.
    Tour schedule includes:
  • 16 OCT – Leipzig, DE
  • 17 OCT – Vienna, AT w/ Boozehounds Of Hell – Avem
  • 23 OCT – Malta Doom Fest, MT
  • 24 OCT – Barcelona, ES
  • 25 OCT – Madrid, ES w/ Predicador
  • 28 OCT – Birmingham, UK w/ Iron Void
  • 29 OCT – London, UK w/ Iron Void – Brule
  • 30 OCT – Lille, FR w/ The Losts – Bloody Hours
  • 31 OCT – Vosselaar, BE
  • 01 NOV – Rotterdam, Dutch Doom Days, NL
Be at the shows if you have a chance and support these guys who made such a long trip to present here! You won't be disappointed!

KING HEAVY's self-titled album has just been released on Cruz Del Sur Music in Compact Disc, Limited & Ultra-Limited Vinyl and Digital.
Massacre Records / HEADLESS CROWN
Posted by: Denis / 19.10.2015
The Swiss classic Heavy Metal outfit HEADLESS CROWN has released the cover artwork of the band's upcoming debut Time For Revolution! It was created by Manu Froelicher (MCD Photo).

Time For Revolution was recorded, mixed and mastered by Serge Morattel at REC Studio.

HEADLESS CROWN's debut album Time For Revolution will be released on December 4, 2015 via Massacre Records.
Pure Steel Records / STARBLIND 'Dying Son' cover, tracklist, release date: 04th December 2015
Posted by: Denis / 19.10.2015
The release date of the STARBLIND album Dying Son on CD is December 04th, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on November 20th, 2015 in label's webshop.

Following the brand new signing of STARBLIND with Pure Steel Records in March 2015, STARBLIND's sophomore album Dying Son is soon to be unleashed upon the world, following up their album debut Darkest Horrors from 2014. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden; STARBLIND are here to deliver traditional Heavy Metal as if time had stood still since 1984.

Their music can be described as catchy Heavy Metal with majestic twin guitar leads, pumping bass guitar, dynamic drums and melodic, powerful vocals. No attempts has been done to hide the influences when writing the material to Dying Son. And it stands clear that the metal giants from Great Britain are the main ones.

STARBLIND's sophomore album Dying Son have been recorded live in the studio and is produced by Rocka Rollas / Blazon Stone mastermind Cedrick Forsberg. Because of the philosophy of no guitar dubbing, no triggers and no metronome when recording, the album has a very authentic and organic feel. What you get on the album, is what you get live!

To the fans of 80's Metal and of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal, this is a record you cannot miss!
  1. A Dying Son
  2. Blood Red Skies
  3. Firestone
  4. The Man Of The Crowd
  5. The Lighthouse
  6. Sacrifice
  7. Room 101
  8. The Land Of Seven Rivers Beyond The Sea
    Total Playing Time: 47:53 min
Posted by: Denis / 19.10.2015
The Melodic Metal band Signum Regis just released a lyric video for the track Lost And Found online. Their new album Chapter IV: The Reckoning will be released on November 20th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

Napalm Records / AMBERIAN DAWN release music video for track 'Fame & Gloria'
Posted by: Denis / 16.10.2015
After their last highly acclaimed album Magic Forest, female fronted Finnish Symphonic sextet Amberian Dawn return with Innuendo their second studio album with gorgeous singer Päivi 'Capri' Virkkunen on October 23rd. Presented in a catchier and more melodic way than previous efforts, Innuendo sounds like a deliberately fresh new start with some of strongest vocal performances in the band's history.

Find their brand new music video for the track Fame & Gloria here!

The band will also hit the road together with their label mates in DELAIN as well as Anneke van Giersbergen of THE GENTLE STORM:
  • 27.10.15 CH - Solothurn / Kopfmehl
  • 28.10.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
  • 29.10.15 FR – Paris / Divan Du Monde
  • 30.10.15 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
  • 31.10.15 DE – Andernach / Juz Live Club
  • 02.11.15 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle
  • 03.11.15 IT – Milan / Live Club
  • 04.11.15 AT – Graz / Explosiv
  • 05.11.15 HU – Budapest / Club 202
  • 06.11.15 SK – Bratislava / Randal Club
  • 07.11.15 PL – Warsaw / Club Progresia
  • 08.11.15 DE - Berlin / K17

Metal Blade Records / Exumer to record new album; fourth full-length since the band’s 1986 inception!
Posted by: Denis / 16.10.2015
German Thrash masters Exumer will enter the studio in Dortmund, Germany on October 19th to record the follow up for Fire & Damnation, which was released worldwide via Metal Blade Records in 2012. The band will once again team up with producer Waldemar Sorychta (Sodom, Moonspell, Grip Inc., Tiamat, etc.), who had produced the band's comeback album in 2011.

Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments:
"We take our time to record/release our records in order to deliver the most exciting and quality products for our fans. We are fortunate enough that Metal Blade gives us the space, time and freedom we need to write the album we believe will advance the band the most. Having Waldemar back with us in the studio to produce the new record is such a huge plus, since he did a fantastic job on the last production. Anyone who liked our two records from the 1980s or our last album will not be disappointed with this new one as it delivers our signature brand of fast and aggressive Thrash Metal."

Exumer's new album is set to be released via Metal Blade Records in early 2016, and marks the 4th output in the band's 30 year history. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
    Exumer 'Road Rage 2016' tour dates w/ support acts TBA:
  • 01/28 – Boveda – Barcelona, Spain
  • 01/29 – Centro Civicio Universidad – Zaragoza, Spain
  • 01/30 – El Tren – Granada, Spain
  • 01/31 – Lemon – Madrid, Spain
  • 02/04 – TBA – Netherlands
  • 02/05 – Club Bogaloo – Pfarrkirchen, Germany
  • 02/06 – Schlachthaus – Dornbirn, Austria
  • 02/07 – Blue Rose Saloon – Mailand, Italy
  • 02/08 – Traffic Live Club – Rome, Italy
  • 02/10 – Comet – Berlin, Germany
  • 02/11 – Progresja – Warschau, Poland
  • 02/12 – LDK – Lodz, Poland
  • 06/13 – Sumpfblume – Hamelin, Germany
  • 06/14 – Lukaz – Lunen, Germany

InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation announce next live-shows; working on new album and other releases
Posted by: Denis / 16.10.2015
Swedish Progressive Rock innovators Pain of Salvation have kept busy working on various new recording projects ever since their latest release, the semi-acoustic album Falling Home from November 2014. Having just returned from some successful shows in Russia, Pain of Salvation have now also announced a next string of shows in The Netherlands and Italy. Here are the exact dates:
    Pain of Salvation - Live 2015:
  • 29.10.2015 NL - Enschede @ Atak
  • 30.10.2015 NL - Apeldoorn @ Gigant
  • 31.10.2015 NL - Amstelveen @ P60
  • 12.12.2015 IT - Rome @ Crossroads Live Club
  • 13.12.2015 IT - Milano @ Circolo Magnolia
More dates will follow...
Additionally, following-up on their latest Road Salt releases, Pain of Salvation have now started to work on material for a next studio album effort, which will be a concept album that goes back to the band's harder and heavier roots of the early 2000's. Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw has checked in with a brief status report on the band's current activities as follows:
"We have a few gigs on the horizon, but in all honesty, our true focus is on the next studio album right now. Ragnar and I truly enjoy writing music together, and have that sort of completing-each-other's-sentences dynamics to our writing that I have only found in very few people over the years. We have very creative writing sessions, and we can't wait for the fans to hear the new material! You'll see a hungry and strong Pain of Salvation, confidently returning to a harder and heavier form, musically. Still, as always, without losing the intimacy and originality that has been the trademark of the band ever since the first album. Anyone who has witnessed on stage what today's Pain of Salvation are capable of, will understand how much I am looking forward to show them what we can do in a studio."

At the same time as new material is being elaborated, Pain of Salvation are also wrapping up work on some special live and DVD recordings, which will see the light of day in 2016. Look forward to a busy year for Pain of Salvation and more info about the upcoming release/s will be communicated soon...

Imperative PR / De Profundis release sampler video for Kingdom Of The Blind
Posted by: Denis / 15.10.2015
De Profundis are releasing a new video clip that gives a taste of the tracks on their formidable new album, Kingdom Of The Blind. The music is accompanied by images from their latest promotional photo session, interspersed with pictures from their recent London show with Enslaved and Grand Magus.

The fourth De Profundis album, Kingdom Of The Blind, was released through Wicker Man Recordings on September 28th and can be ordered directly from the label.
AFM / Nightmare announce new line-up
Posted by: Denis / 15.10.2015
French Heavy Metal pioneers NIGHTMARE had to face vocalist Jo and drummer David Amore leaving the band this August. But who thought that this could mean the end for the long-running group (which was founded in 1979), was wrong.

Last Saturday, NIGHTMARE held a presentation of their new line-up in their hometown Grenoble; announcing the addition of new vocalist Magali Luyten (Beautiful Sin, Beyond The Bridge, ex-Ayreon) and drummer Olivier Casula (Sangdragon, ex-Thalidomide, The Seven Gates).

Have a look at the band's video message.

The next NIGHTMARE studio album is planned for Fall 2016.

Pure Steel Records / CHASTAIN 'We Bleed Metal' cover, tracklist, release Date: 06th November 2015
Posted by: Denis / 15.10.2015
The release date of the CHASTAIN album We Bleed Metal on CD is November 06th, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on October 23rd, 2015 in label's webshop.

By mentioning the name CHASTAIN, Metal maniacs and lovers of female-fronted Metal bands fall into endless rapture. Active since 1985, the band featuring legendary vocalist Leather Leone and guitarist David T. Chastain has earned an almost godlike status with albums such as Ruler Of The Wasteland (1986) and The Voice Of The Cult (1988).

Now, Pure Steel Records has the honour to welcome this band. With the release of the new, now tenth album, We Bleed Metal, the cult act still delivers the old spirit and celebrates traditional Heavy/Power Metal at its best. The unique heavy vocals of Leather Leone and the dark, shredding riffs of the eponym are still full of contemporary impact. Not pandering to any trends, this is pure steel from the U.S.A.!

To sum it up: With We Bleed Metal CHASTAIN releases their best effort in at least 25 years!
  1. We Bleed Metal
  2. All Hail The King
  3. Against All The Gods
  4. Search Time For You
  5. Don't Trust Tomorrow
  6. I Am A Warrior
  7. Evolution of Terror
  8. The Last Ones Alive
  9. Secrets
    Total Playing Time: 44:51 min

Imperative PR / UK thrashers Solitary confirmed for Beermageddon Fest 2016
Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2015
SOLITARY have announced that they will be appearing at next year's Beermageddon festival. The three day Metal extravaganza will be taking place on the 26th, 27th and 28th of August 2016, at the festival's usual Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove site. Beermageddon is one of the UK's fastest growing Metal festivals and early bird tickets are on sale now at the special price of £35.

This will be a great opportunity to hear SOLITARY unleashing some brand new material from what will be their first all new studio album since 2008s acclaimed Requiem. The Preston thrashers are currently hard at work in the studio and renowned producer Simon Efemy - noted for his work with NAPALM DEATH, PARADISE LOST, AMORPHIS, CROWBAR and many, many more – will be helping to make sure that this next release is the finest of SOLITARY's twenty plus year career.

Already announced as joining SOLITARY at Beermageddon 2016 are GEHTIKA, SHADOW FLAG and ERADIKATOR.
Imperative PR / Russian expansive Black Metal artist Frozen Ocean announce deal and new album with Apocalyptic Witchcraft
Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2015
Imperative PR are delighted to announce that Frozen Ocean have signed a 3 album worldwide deal with exciting new label Apocalyptic Witchcraft. The label specialises in supporting the unique, the creative, artists with something truly special to offer the music world - and as such is perfect for Frozen Ocean. Each Frozen Ocean release is a unique listening experience, but all drawn together by incredible, impressive atmosphere – be that in the form of the raw Black Metal of the savage Norse trilogy of albums (Likegyldig Raseri, Vanviddsanger, Natt Over Meg), the beautiful ambience of A Perfect Solitude, the enthralling musical story telling of Trollvinter or the all-enveloping dream of Prills Of Remembrance. There is nothing that can quite compare to Frozen Ocean.

Vaarwel, the man behind the music of Frozen Ocean, had this to say about the deal with Apocalyptic Witchcraft... "From the very beginning and through all its history, Frozen Ocean was bounced from label to label, never aware of every next release's fate. Therefore it's a real relief to know that at least part of its further heritage will be in the hands of conversant and enthusiastic people. Apocalyptic Witchcraft seems to be one of the most suitable places for the versatile music Frozen Ocean makes, so this collaboration will surely be for mutual benefit and pleasure. For sure, this wouldn't happen without the mediation of Imperative PR who literally made it possible and conducted Frozen Ocean through all this process, so it's an obligation to honour them for that. And of course, I look forward to seeing The Prowess Of Dormition released - and hope you do too!"

The first results of the collaboration between Frozen Ocean and Apocalyptic Witchcraft will be the stunning four track mini-album The Prowess Of Dormition, which will be unveiled on January 11th. These four tracks of epic, melodic, atmospheric Black Metal will offer the perfect way for new fans to discover the wonderful, eclectic world of Frozen Ocean and even established followers of this Russian cult will be stunned by what they hear. Coming complete with some superb, evocative cover and booklet art, courtesy of Divine Chaos Art, The Prowess Of Dormition is a complete package that fans of truly creative music will want to own.
Alberto Rigoni releases BASS GUY official video clip
Posted by: Denis / 14.10.2015
Girl: "Hey! Nice GUITAR baby!!!"
Guy: "Mmh??? That's a BASS!!! And... I'm a..."

BASS GUY, the new single song by Italian composer and bassist Alberto Rigoni (Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham, The Italians). After the release of 4 solo albums, the artist has just released a new original song with funky, electro, rock and experimental influences. The track, co-produced by Federico Solazzo, will feature on Rigoni's upcoming album BASSORAMA, which will be released in the middle of 2016 and will also feature special guests such as Doug Wimbish (Living Colour) and Divinity ROXX (Beyoncé).

Joel McIver, worldwide known music critic and author says: "Cool video, great guy, killer bass player!"

BASS GUY official video, directed by Parisian Pierre Bourrigault, together with Elisa Fabris, is available here.
Som do Darma / Pop Javali to embark for its first European Tour
Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2015
Pop Javali, the Brazilian Hard/Heavy Power trio is going to play 10 shows in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland and England.

Proof of this good acceptance in foreign lands is the tour that Pop Javali held this October for five European countries. Marcelo Frizzo (bass/vocal), Jaeder Menossi (guitar) and Loks Rasmussen (drums) will embark to the old world on the next Monday, 05th, for a trip of 15 days and 10 shows in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland and England.
    These are the tour dates:
  • 08/10 @ Blue Rose Saloon - Milan/Italy
  • 09/10 @ Downi - Worblaufen/Switzerland
  • 10/10 @ Cart And Horses - London/England
  • 11/10 @ Bar Vinyl - London/England
  • 14/10 @ Marias Ballroom - Hamburg/Germany (Acoustic Show)
  • 15/10 @ Club am Donnerstag | Happy Billard - Hamburg/Germany
  • 16/10 @ Sneker Metal Meeting - Sneek/The Netherlands
  • 17/10 @ Razorblade Festival - Oer-Erkenschwick/Germany
  • 18/10 @ Rockcafé Crossroads - Drachten/The Netherlands
  • 19/10 @ Waterhole - Amsterdam/The Netherlands
According to Bart Schaaphok and Lennart Wardekker, organizers of Sneker Metal Meeting, Pop Javali's show at the festival is quite awaited. "Pop Javali, a Brazilian band who will venture to Europe for the first time. So when Pop Javali was offered to us to play on the first edition of Sneker Metal Meeting, we didn't doubt. Their music is similar to magic, it touches you and holds you close. Heavy and yet melodic and besides that it's a sound that is appreciated by many people. The perfect band for Sneker Metal Meeting on the 16th of October."

Jaeder Menossi, Pop Javali's guitar player, also highlights the participation at Razorblade Festival in Germany and at Cart And Horses, pub and hostel located in Stratford in London's East End, where the legendary Iron Maiden secured a residency in the spring of 1976.

"For us it means a very important conquer, an achievement of a goal we outlined since the beginning of our history. I can hardly believe that we are going to play at Cart And Horses in London, same pub where Iron Maiden was formed back in 1976, and at the Razorblade Festival in Germany, same festival where already have played big names in metal and our Brazilian mates of Uganga and Hellish War. It will certainly be a terrific experience that will add a lot to our career."
Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2015
In only 4 months 70000TONS OF METAL 2016, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail from Florida to Jamaica on board the Independence of the Seas, leaving from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale near Miami, FL on Thursday, February 4th 2016 and returning on Monday, February 8th.

10 more artists have just been confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL 2016: BLOODBATH, JAG PANZER, KATATONIA, KRISIUN, PARADISE LOST, SQUEALER, STRATOVARIUS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, VADER, VALLENFYRE. Each band will perform two concerts on board, once on the way to Jamaica, and once on the way back.

METALMESSAGE Global PR / SOBER TRUTH (Thrash Groove Metal) Third album in the works
Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2015
Founded in 2007 in Bonn as a chapel of hungry genre-rebels, these crossheads and mate-types from Germany have always walked deliberately and anytime erect their own way. Musical rules were unrestrained broken in the further course by SOBER TRUTH in order to give the best possible expression to one's own individuality.

Singer and guitarist Torsten Schramm, bass player Sebastian Hofmann, lead guitarist Marvin Creek and drummer Samir Al Baw boarding out hefty THRASH GROOVE METAL. The damn pithy songs of the quartet are outrageous peppered with a whole bar of modern elements.

With the basic ingredients of their varied music the four Metallians build always a very solid foundation: Massive crashing guitar riffs and razor sharp bass lines within decidedly dynamic song structures, which tackle often ruthlessly.

The very special shaken Heavy Metal cocktail of the formation tastes more and more fans just fine. Thus, the four-pack has expanded its own little niche continuing in the highly competitive underground.

SOBER TRUTH last set their impulsive and turned irascible EP New Slavery World off the chain, which appeared in 2014.

Since the beginning of the band these unflinching convictions already played more than 180 (!) concerts. A weighty fact which also speaks a very clear language when it comes to energy. SOBER TRUTH looking targeted to be close to their fans and potential new friends anyway.

The idealistic waterproof tumblers shared stages with acts as Crematory, The Sorrow, Copia, Brainstorm, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Sister Sin, Contradiction, Orden Ogan, Eisbrecher. SOBER TRUTH want to continue to stir up the Metal scene in strong wise and inject the people a decent dose of adrenaline.

More songs for the planned third studio album are already in the box. And all sorts of other plans are forged already hot. Album release is scheduled for April 2016.
Metal Media / Revolted: new music video 'Heartbreaking' released
Posted by: Denis / 13.10.2015
Brazilian Modern Thrash Metallers Revolted just released a video clip. Titled Heartbreaking the clip was directed by photographer/filmmaker Paulo Zanella and video editing was on account of Bruno Paraguay, lead singer of the band Eminence.

The song was taken from the album Revolutionary Order, produced by Junior Xavas, Xavier Collard and the band itself. For mixing and mastering the disc traveled to France where Xavier Collard at SteelMind Studios completed the job.
METALMESSAGE Global PR / MOLLLUST preliminary video & start of pre-sale
Posted by: Denis / 12.10.2015
The SYMPHONIC OPERA METAL aesthetes from Leipzig started the Pre-Sale for the new and second album In Deep Waters, which will be released on Sept. 25. In Deep Waters has been produced once more by DISILLUSION mastermind Andy Schmidt and will be released in a precious Digipak edition. MOLLLUST already did a little signing session in case one wish autographs. All In Deep Water CDs from the Pre-Sale will be shipped on September 23rd. Therefore they should reach purchasers at the official release!

2 pre-announcements of the German formation on Youtube
MOLLLUST Voices Of The Dead - Radio Edit - Official Video
MOLLLUST In Deep Waters - Vocals Teaser.
METALMESSAGE Global PR / WARFIELD (Thrash Metal) new video 'Barrage Fire'
Posted by: Denis / 12.10.2015
Since August 28 the Rhineland-Palatinate youngsters WARFIELD shooting their new video for the violent ear-bender Barrage Fire into the action.

With Barrage Fire you may actually experience one of the most promising new THRASH METAL offspring-troops of the entire spectrum. WARFIELD are not only easily able to make far-reaching talked about with means of bubbly exuberant joy for playing and enthusiasm.

Immediately one is struck with this is that the super-tight dynamics in the sharp peppery spanking-sound of the five delicious wild lightning-jockeys often reminiscent of incisive lashing songs by SUICIDAL ANGELS.

As other influences one can detect also melodic feats of early Californian Bay Area heroes as well as classics from various precursor prominences from the Ruhr Area. And exactly this musical attitude gets the explosive thrashed ignition-mix of the crass boiling combo a hellishly hot cocktail.

But the all around fit trained quintet within all the unruly power sprays also a high originality. On offer is namely autonomy which is often painful missed at so many of similar bands from the profession out of sheer extreme brutality.

After all, the stylistically precisely and jagged targeting gunners of the Rhineland-Palatinate barrage command let their gun barrel glow with fucking tight riff attacks. The lively blokes show up already just an astonishingly deep pronounced playing culture. The murderous hungry five-piece around shouter Johannes Clemens must therefore not excel as an 'Important Innovation'.

But WARFIELD do the ammunition of their rhythmically large caliber magazine much rather with fervent passion! In this way the Teutonic influenced Thrash gunfires can most unerringly shot in the ear tunnels. In autumn 2014, the speedy shredding rascals snotted out their snappy-brute EP with the programmatic title Call To War.
Metal Media / Liar Symphony new lyric video available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 12.10.2015
One of the most traditional names in Brazilian Heavy Metal, LIAR SYMPHONY, continue to promote their newest album Before The End and launch a new lyric video.

The song chosen for the video is the track Sleeping Dead. Video editing was made by the very singer Nuno Monteiro.

Before The End is LIAR SYMPHONY's fifth studio album. The disc was recorded at Masterpiece Studio and produced by guitarist Pedro Esteves. Already the cover was in the hands of the talented vocalist Nuno Monteiro.

Vivaldi Metal Project - Sinfonietta Consonus Orchestra announced!
Posted by: Denis / 12.10.2015
Ladies and gentlemen, friends and fans, with great honor and pleasure Vivaldi Metal Project introduces to you the Orchestra of the project!

The Sinfonietta Consonus - Symphonic Orchestra is one of the most talented, dynamic and creative new ensembles nowadays with a strong and distinct Prog/Metal beating heart!

Michal Mierzejewski (orchestrator)
If the Vivaldi Metal Project can be proud to have the orchestra, the project must thank Michał Mierzejewski Polish composer, arranger and founder of Sinfonietta Consonus - Symphonic Orchestra, Michal is a brilliant ingenious musician and fantastic person which made their collaboration real!!!

Szymon Morus (conductor)
There is no a great orchestra without a warlord! The project is very proud to introduce you Szymon Morus, conductor which with his magic wand will make the Sinfonietta Consonus - Symphonic Orchestra playing impressively epic!!!
ASYLUM PYRE 'Only your Soul' 1st extract and music video from 'Spirited Away'
Posted by: Denis / 12.10.2015
Asylum_Pyre are very pleased to present you Only your Soul, first music video and extract from the upcoming 3rd album of ASYLUM PYRE, Spirited Away.

The album will be released on October, 23rd through Massacre Records.

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