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Metal Media / BLACK OIL: Track with musicians from Soulfly and Ministry is available
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2014
Following the final preparations for the launch of the new album Resist to Exist, BLACK OIL released a song for listening.

The track Callate includes the participation of Tony Campos (Soulfly, Static-x) and Aaron Rossi (Ministry).

The band has added that this third studio album titled Exist To Resist, is being co-produced by the group along with Cristian Machado (Ill Nino), Logan Mader (Soulfly, Machine Head, Gojira) and Erik Reichers (SNOOP DOGG).

Among the distinguished guests who have already registered their participation in addition to Tony Campos and Aaron Rossi, are Raymond Herrera (FEAR FACTORY), Hector Guerra (PACHAMAMA CREW), among others.
SOM DO DARMA / Uganga track by track of the new album 'Opressor' available
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2014
It's all set for the release of Opressor, the long-awaited new studio album of the Brazilian Thrashcore masters Uganga.

Opressor was produced by the experienced Gustavo Vazquez (Black Drawning Chalks, Macaco Bong, Krow, Hellbenders) and will bring the following tracks Guerra, O Campo, Veredas, Opressor, Moleque de Pedra, Casa, L.F.T., Modus Vivendi, Nas Entranhas do Sol, Aos Pés da Grande Árvore, Noite, Who Are the True (Vulcano cover) and Guerreiro.

Manu Joker (vocal), Raphael 'Ras' Franco (bass) and Marco Henriques (drums) filmed a track By track presenting all the songs of the album. The video is already available on the band's official Youtube channel.

Opressor will hit the stores in Brazil in September. The national release is by the record label Sapolio Radio, with distribution by Hellion Records and Voice Music. The band still studies proposals for European, U.S. and Asian releases.

ABOUT UGANGA:
Currently formed by Manu 'Joker' (vocal, ex-Sarcofago), Christian Franco (guitar), Thiago Soraggi (guitar), Raphael 'Ras' Franco (bass) and Marco Henriques (drums), Uganga is very popular in Brazil among those who are really into Heavy Metal and Hardcore. If you are in Europe you also have a chance to have heard about the band. After all, these five Brazilian musicians are for 20 years on the road, have released five albums - including a live one recorded in Germany and Portugal, and completed two tours in Europe, besides countless shows and big festivals appearances in Brazil.
Nuclear Blast / HAMMERFALL to premiere new video of 'Hector's Hymn'
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2014
About one week left, until the release of the new HAMMERFALL record (r)Evolution, out on August 29 (Sweden: 27.08., UK: 01.09., USA: 02.09.) on Nuclear Blast.

Now Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Metal Hammer (UK) and Rock Hard (Ger) premiere the brand new video clip of the album opener Hector's Hymn.

Hector's Hymn was directed by 11Frames Productions.

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Nuclear Blast / RAGE 30 Years Of RAGE Anniversary Tour 2014 starts soon
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2014
Two more weeks until the 30th anniversary tour of RAGE kicks off on September 3rd in Osnabrück/Germany. RAGE will be performing a special best-of-set with tons of surprises including a special acoustic session and a brand anniversary new stage set.

Watch their message about that here.

    30 Years Of RAGE Anniversary Tour 2014
    Presented by Rock Hard, Rock It, Guitar, Metal.de, EMP & Blast
  • 03.09.2014 D Osnabrück - Lagerhalle*
  • 04.09.2014 D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik*
  • 05.09.2014 D Andernach - JUZ*
  • 06.09.2014 D Burglengenfeld - VAZ*
  • 08.09.2014 CH Pratteln - Z7**
  • 09.09.2014 I Milano - Live Club**
  • 12.09.2014 ES Madrid - Copernico***
  • 13.09.2014 ES Bilbao - Santana 27***
  • 16.09.2014 D Nürnberg - Hirsch**
  • 23.09.2014 BE Vosselaar - Biebob *
  • 24.09.2014 D Bochum - Zeche *
  • 01.10.2014 HU Budapest - A 38*
  • 02.10.2014 AT Wörgl - Komma*
  • 03.10.2014 D Steinheim - Stadthalle*
  • 04.10.2014 D Burgrieden - Riffelhof*
  • 05.10.2014 D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal*
  • 06.10.2014 D Hamburg - Markthalle*
  • 07.10.2014 D Bremen - Aladin*
  • 08.10.2014 D Köln - Essigfabrik*
  • 10.10.2014 D Speyer - Halle 101****
  • 11.10.2014 CZ Zlín - Masters Of Rock Café *****
  • 12.10.2014 SK Bratislava - Randal Club*
  • 13.10.2014 D Augsburg - Spectrum*
  • * Support: Tri State Corner + Lion Twin
  • ** Support: Soundchaser + Lion Twin
  • *** Support: Lion Twin
  • **** Support: Tri State Corner + Lion Twin + Sapiency
  • ***** Support: Tri State Corner + Törr + Lion Twin

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Century Media / Sanctuary premieres new track, 'Arise and Purify'
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2014
Seattle's Metal legends, SANCTUARY, have premiered the first single from their upcoming album, The Year The Sun Died, via Brave Words.com! Hear Arise and Purify here - the first new material from the band in 25 years.

Due out October 6 in Europe and October 14 in North America via Century Media Records, The Year The Sun Died is the long-awaited follow-up to SANCTUARY's first two studio albums that were released on Epic Records: Refuge Denied (1987) and Into the Mirror Black (1989). Singer Warrel Dane's sky-high vocals combined with guitarist Lenny Rutledge's more mature take on classic thrash riffs separated the band from the throes of Metal acts struggling to get noticed at the time. With The Year The Sun Died, SANCTUARY continues that legacy that they started decades ago, delivering yet another fresh take on 'classic-sounding' Metal. Featuring artwork by Travis Smith (OPETH, NEVERMORE) and mixed/produced by Zeuss (ROB ZOMBIE, SUICIDE SILENCE, CROWBAR, etc.), this upcoming album promises to be worth the wait.

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Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH third 'making-of' album trailer ('Inside his head') online
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2014
NIGHTWISH are currently working on their new album. The yet-untitled creation will be the first NIGHTWISH studio-record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. It's set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Now the band put up the third album trailer, check it out here.

In this third 'making-of' episode, NIGHTWISH give an insight on the song writing process.

Commented keyboardist and main composer Tuomas Holopainen: "When I come up with a subject for the song, I always see it as a short movie. Each song is like a soundtrack for that movie in my head… it takes at least 12-18 month to write an album."

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Nuclear Blast / HAMMERFALL New '(r)Evolution' online trailer revealed
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2014
After taking a creative break last year, Swedish Heavy Metal pioneers HAMMERFALL are fully recharged and back with a vengeance. Entering a new chapter of the HAMMERFALL success story, (r)Evolution will be out on August 29 (Sweden: 27.08., UK: 01.09., USA: 02.09.) via Nuclear Blast.
For more info, enjoy the new album trailer.

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Pure Steel Records / SALEM official video to 'Forgotten Dreams' and Livedate published
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2014
The NWoBHM band SALEM from England has released a new video for the song Forgotten Dreams. The song is from the album Forgotten Dreams, which was released on CD, vinyl and on digital download by Pure Rock Records.

  • Produced by: Xperimental Production
  • Directed by Dave Bradfield & Lou Embalsado
  • Vision Editors: David Bradfield & Adrian Jenkinson
  • Cameras Operators: Dave Bradfield & Lou Embalsado
  • Makeup Artist: Dan Bryan
  • Girl of the Forgotten Dreams: Sophie Steele
    Documentary Crew:
  • Camera Operators: Martin Credland
  • Sound Man: Chris Capriani
  • Location: Fort Paull
    LINE-UP:
  • Simon Saxby - vocals
  • Paul Macnamara - guitars
  • Mark Allison - guitars
  • Adrian Jenkinson - bass
  • Paul Mendham – drums
The band will be playing some live concerts. Here are the dates:
  • 6th September 2014 Stereo, Glasgow (Scotland) - with SPARTAN WARRIOR, AMULET, DISASTER AREA
  • 11th October 2014 Lets Rock Diabetes, Trowbridge (England) - with JAGUAR, DIAMOND HEAD and many more
  • 18th October 2014 Le Black Pearl, Laigneville (France) - with IRMINSAL
  • 19th October 2014 Le Klub, Paris (France) - with THE TRAPS, DREAMCATCHER, GLIMMERS
  • 8th November 2014 Rock You To Hell Festival, Athens (Greece) - with GRIM REAPER, Q5, PRAYING MANTIS, PERSIAN RISK, MARTYR and many more
  • 28th November 2014 Music Rooms, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Pure Steel Records / TRAUMA present new bass player
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2014
TRAUMA are very pleased to announce Steve Robello as new bass player. He was in a band called Dublin Death Patrol who had Chuck Billy and Steve Souza in it.

Bandstatment: "They put a couple of records out and played a bunch of festival dates a little while back. He was the bassist who played with us at the HOA festival. We are glad to have him."

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Y.O.C. new records
Posted by: Denis / 20.08.2014
Y.O.C.'s new songs recording is already underway. The brand new song is Jeff Hanneman tribute, SLAYER cover SKELETONS OF SOCIETY that will be released very soon and will be appeared on our web-site only.

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / NOTHGARD new ALBUM TEASER for 2nd full-length 'Age Of Pandora'
Posted by: Denis / 20.08.2014
German epic Melodic Death Metal band NOTHGARD released an ALBUM TEASER or their upcoming 2nd full-length Age Of Pandora, which can be seen here.

Their 2nd full-length Age Of Pandora will be released at Sept., 12.! Vocalist & lead-guitarist Dom R. Crey recently joined German top-notch epic Metal act EQUILIBRIUM!

With their new and second album Age Of Pandora NOTHGARD is heading straight towards to originality, technical finesse and maturity. The outstanding formation stands out for 3 technical guitars and epic orchestral parts combined with influences of Folk, Classic, Melo-Death and Hard Rock.

"With Age Of Pandora we've made, what we haven't reached with it's album predecessor. Aggression combined with harmony, technical parts combined with silent nuanced, more emotional, orchestral passages. Even on lyrical level I'm very satisfied this time. There are no clichés at all on these new album, but true real-life topics and very own feelings, which have a deep meaning for me and the band. Simply perfect for our fans to get eventually 'lyrical mirrored' so to say." - Dom R. Crey.

In April 2011 NOTHGARD has released their debut album called Warhorns Of Midgard, which received rave reviews. In the same month they performed their first European tour together with Skyforger, Heljareyga, Gernotshagen, Kromlek and Northland.

In 2012 Skaahl of the mighty WOLFCHANT joined NOTHGARD as their 3rd guitarist. Since then the line-up is constant and stronger than ever.

The new material of NOTHGARD will be bombastic, epic and very technical simply because all three guitars establish a new way of a harmonic interplay between rhythm and double-leads. Beside this 'Guitar-Orchestra' the orchestra parts of the keys ensure pure epicness and heroic power all along the line.

Please note the special guest appearance on the new album: EQUILIBRIUM singer Robse participated with his martial voice at the new NOTHGARD song Obey The King!
Metal Media / Red Front - presenting new lineup and video clip
Posted by: Denis / 20.08.2014
The Brazilian Thrash Metal band RED FRONT, presents its new lineup and a new video clip. The video was edited by Michel Marcos, from M&H Studio.

Since the release of the album Memories Of War (2011), there were more than 250 shows, including tours in Europe and South America and more than 3,000 records sold. Of course we cannot forget the notorious 'porn' video for the song We Like The Bad Girls first of the segment in Brazilian underground.

The clip released in early 2013 also marked the end of this cycle in RED FRONT, with the separation of the musicians by 'differences of vision'. Now the band returns with a new formation and is preparing a new record.
Pure Steel Records / WOLFEN 'Evilution' cover, tracklist, release date: 12th September 2014
Posted by: Denis / 20.08.2014
The release date of the new WOLFEN album Evilution on CD is September 12th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 29th, 2014 in label's webshop.

It was two years ago now that WOLFEN from Cologne (the band saw the light of day in 1996) released their album Chapter IV via Pure Legend Records. Evolution will be the following strike and available in September. Fans will be happy that the four guys continue the way they started with the predecessors!

This means their Power Metal with Melodic Thrash influences is perfectly up to date and on highest level. Sometimes rough, sometimes clean vocals combine with relaxed but powerful played twin lead guitars. The fat tight doublebass supports the guitars in any part of the album including groovy sounds without loosing the feeling.

WOLFEN is the best missing link between traditional old school and modern sounds!

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MindMaze signs with Inner Wound Recordings
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2014
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the US Progressive Power Metal band MindMaze to the label. Their new album Back From The Edge will be released on October 24th in Europe and October 28th in North America.

Despite nearly unanimous praise for the songwriting on their debut album Mask of Lies, the band has strived harder than ever to craft amazing songs filled with first-class musicianship, memorable hooks, and powerful melodies and riffs. The new album sees the band moving further towards forging a strong identity rather than borrowing little bits and pieces from all over their map of influences.

Mike LePond Symphony X performs bass on all tracks on Back From The Edge. The artwork was created by Carl-Andre Beckston (Seventh Wonder, Harem Scarem, Brazen Abbot). Legendary Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson lends an expectedly awesome solo and harmony to the progressively-tinged track Moment of Flight.
Punishment 18 Records / Ancient Dome cover of the new album
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2014
Recently, Italian Thrash metallers Ancient Dome has signed a new record deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release of the new, third full-length album of their career, Cosmic Gateway to Infinity.

Artwork was realized by Mario Esturado Lopez Morales, best known for his work with Endovein, Game Over, Repulsor, Critical Solution, Evil Invaders, Sabbat.

The group had already released two albums with Punihsment 18 Records, Human Key (2009) and Perception of this World (2010).

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Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars 'Crash' promo video posted on-line
Posted by: Denis / 19.08.2014
A promo videoclip of Crash, a brand new song from the full-length Mindwars album The Enemy Within can be seen on-line.

The Enemy Within is the debut album of the Thrash Metal band Mindwars featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members.

The CD will be released this fall by Punishment 18 Records.
Broad Horizon Records / Mighty Swine to join Doro on N. Am. Tour
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2014
Broad Horizon Records is pleased to announce that The Mighty Swine will be joining the legendary Doro for her North American tour in support of their latest release, Last Man Standing. This is their first N. American tour since 2012 and will highlight songs from their newest release including; Last Man Standing, Two Graves, and All That is Evil.

Doro will be bringing her 30 Years Strong & Proud Anniversary Tour to North America in October 2014. Doro says, "The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to. I'm always super excited to play in the USA and Canada. Looking forward to seeing all our great fans, friends, and metalheads again. See you soon... Raise Your Fist!"

Tickets are currently available for the following dates/venues:
  • 10.10.2014 USA - Racine, WI RT20
  • 11.10.2014 USA - Spring Lake, MN POVs 65
  • 12.10.2014 USA - Joliet, IL Mojoes
  • 14.10.2014 USA - Cleveland, OH The Agora Ballroom
  • 15.10.2014 USA - Pittsburg, PA The Altar Bar
  • 16.10.2014 CAN - Toronto CAN Hard Luck Bar
  • 18.10.2014 CAN - Quebec CAN Salle Multi
  • 19.10.2014 CAN - Montreal CAN Petit Campus
  • 20.10.2014 USA - New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Nuclear Blast / HELLOWEEN Festival summer 2014 completed, studio session begins!
Posted by: Denis / 18.08.2014
After successfully concluding Helloween's world-tour in support of the 2013 output Straight Out Of Hell, the party has been concluded upon the festival summer.

Clearly no time to sit back & relax, as the pumpkin heads will heading right for their very own MiSueno Studios, located on the isle of Tenerife to start working on the successor of Straight Out Of Hell in October. Joining the band to handle production duties will be long-term companion Charlie Bauerfeind. The new album which is set for a release in May 2015 will be the first since HELLOWEEN have inked a new deal with old label home Nuclear Blast, where they released two albums The Dark Ride (2000) and Rabbit Don't Come Easy (2003), both of which have been re-issued with extended bonus material in 2013.

Last but not least, HELLOWEEN would like to send out a big 'Thank You' to all the Helloween Maniacs worldwide with some live impressions of the title track of the charting success Straight Out Of Hell turned out to be, landing on a sensational #4, their highest German chart entry to date, holding this position for five long weeks. Additionally they made another five Top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the US Billboard Charts.

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ALLTHENIKO: POWER AND THE GLORY (SAXON) IN UNION WE STAND
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2014
Alltheniko made it available to listen to the Saxon's cover Power And The Glory released with the participation of various singers from the European Heavy underground. The subtitle IN UNION WE STAND! gives to the song the symbolic meaning of cohesion and sense of identity (as contained in the message preceding the listening).

The track will be also included as bonus track in the Alltheniko's album Fast And Glorious, 5th studio work soon to be released by the German label Pure Steel Records.

In the song there are the voices of (in order of appearance):
  • Dave Nightfight - Alltheniko (Italy)
  • Samuel San José - Agresiva (Spain)
  • Tiziano 'Hammerhead' Sbaragli - Etrusgrave/Angel Martyr (Italy)
  • Alfonso 'Steelscreamer' Giordano - Steel Raiser (Italy)
  • Bobby Bald - Secutor (Germany)
  • Elisa Over De Palma - Spidkilz/ElisaOver (Italy)
Listening is available here.

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Century Media / Sanctuary reveals artwork and details for new album 'The Year The Sun Died'
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2014
Sanctuary's new album will be released in North America on October 14 (October 6 in Europe) and will feature 11 tracks. There will be a deluxe media book, available exclusively at CM Distro in the United States, which features expanded packaging and the bonus track, Waiting for the Sun, originally recorded by THE DOORS. The vinyl version will come with a CD featuring this bonus track as well.
    SANCTUARY live:
  • Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA - S7
  • Nov. 15 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
  • Nov. 16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
  • Nov. 19 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
  • Nov. 20 - Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
  • Nov. 21 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
  • Nov. 22 - San Diego, CA - Ramona Mainstage

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Nuclear Blast / BULLET second 'Storm Of Blades' album trailer released
Posted by: Denis / 15.08.2014
Swedish Heavy Metal institution, BULLET is sharpening its swords for the release of their new record Storm Of Blades. To give you another hint on what to expect of the album, BULLET put up a second trailer revealing some info on the musical direction of the album.
Check out the clip here.

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Metal Media / Coldblood 'Metastasis (Christ)' music video is available on YouTube
Posted by: Denis / 14.08.2014
Metastasis (Christ), new video clip of the Brazilian Death Metal band Coldblood, is available.

The video was produced by the company CS Music Videos.

Coldblood was founded way back in 1992 and promotes the latest work Chronology of Satanic Events from where the song of the music video was taken.
Cruz del Sur Music / CONVENT GUILT announces debut cover artwork and tracklist
Posted by: Denis / 13.08.2014
CONVENT GUILT announces today the artwork of their much anticipated debut full-length Guns for Hire which will be released on LP by Cruz del Sur Music and on CD by Shadow Kingdom Records. As you can see, the painting of these four Heavy Metal horsemen riding onto a barren horizon hints at the best graphic tradition of classics such as MANILLA ROAD, CIRITH UNGOL and other obscure and timeless classic Hard Rock and Metal.

This is what CONVENT GUILT from Sydney, Australia amply delivers: it sounds like a mix of the glorious and gritty '70s Hard Rock, the darker side of the NWOBHM and early '80s Heavy Metal from both sides of the Atlantic. Formed in 2010, the Guilt released their initial 4 track demo in mid-2012 and recently recorded their debut LP Guns for hire. Featuring veterans of the Aussie Metal scene, CONVENT GUILT is a relatively new name – but it's destined to conquer the heart and soul of any fan devoted to the early 80s Metal sound.

In the classic tradition of every NWOBHM band, CONVENT GUILT's debut contains 8 killer tracks:
  1. Angels in Black Leather
  2. Don't Close Your Eyes
  3. Perverse Altar
  4. They Took Her Away
  5. Helldriver
  6. Desert Brat
  7. Convicts At Arms
  8. Stockade
Raw, dirty and yet terribly catchy guitar riffs (some even hinting at early AC/DC!) will carry you back to the golden age of Metal: song titles such as Angels in Black Leather, Desert Brat or Perverse Altar tell more of what you will get in this album than any words could... CONVENT GUILT's filthy vocals and its massive rhythmic section finally produce an overdose of muddy rock and roll that will find its best expression during savage live shows. This is an album that smells of dust, sweat and energy – basically what Metal is made of!
Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH release 'Planet Hell' (special clip)!
Posted by: Denis / 13.08.2014
While NIGHTWISH are currently working on their upcoming new studio album, fans can enjoy a series of five special clips, with impressions of the Imaginaerum world-tour.

Now marks the start with an impressive clip for the NIGHTWISH classic Planet Hell.

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Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT live video 'Teutonic Terror' released (taken from the 'Blind Rage', Bonus-DVD)
Posted by: Denis / 13.08.2014
Only few more days left, until the release of the forthcoming new ACCEPT album called Blind Rage, which will be out on August 15th via Nuclear Blast.

Now ACCEPT release an official live video-clip for their hit Teutonic Terror, taken from the bonus DVD, which is part of the limited edition of Blind Rage.

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Punishment 18 Records / Burning Nitrum: to release 'Molotov' in September
Posted by: Denis / 13.08.2014
Italian Thrash metallers Burning Nitrum will release their new studio album, Molotov, on September 22 via Punishment 18 Records.

The artwork was created by artist Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Massacre, Vio-Lence, Toxik, Uncle Slam and many more).
Primal Fear parts ways with Randy Black
Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2014
Due to irreconcilable differences between singer Ralf Scheepers and drummer Randy Black, Primal Fear announce that Randy Black will leave the band effective August 16th, 2014 - one day after the band's performance at the Summer Breeze Festival, Randy's final show with the band.

Primal Fear will announce their new drummer in September.

The band wishes Randy all the best in his future career!

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25 years later... Swedish Melodic Rockers DALTON return with 'Pit Stop', out on Frontiers in October
Posted by: Denis / 12.08.2014
Swedish Melodic Rockers DALTON return after a 25 years break with their brand new album Pit Stop coming out on Frontiers Music Srl on October 17th in Europe and October 21st in North America.

Together with Europe and Treat, for a few years in the late 80's, DALTON was a force to be reckoned with in Sweden. They enjoyed successful touring, teen media coverage, TV appearances and a string of radio hits. Even world stars such as Bon Jovi and Michael Bolton provided original songs to their two albums.

The band, formed by ex-Treat drummer Mats Dahlberg and named after his nickname, went all in with the current trends in melodic hair Metal. Their image was cutting edge with designer outfits and enough hair spray every night to challenge the average user's yearly consumption. The band was killed by grunge in the early 90's, a destiny shared by many bands of the 80's.

"I left the band because I wanted a harder edge while the rest of the guys wanted to go softer", Mats explains. He formed the short lived band Speedy Gonzales with guitarist Tommy Denander and Therion-singer Thomas Vikström, but the project folded before it took off. The rest of the Dalton members continued with a replacement drummer, but shortly called it a day. Dalton was left behind in the pit stop, dried out of gas.

25 years after their debut album The Race Is On, the original members came back with a vengeance and a reunion filmed for TV. "That's how it started", Mats explains. "A producer called me and asked if we would reunite and if they could film it for a documentary. I thought it was a joke". "So did I", Bosse laughs, "but it was true - and from the first rehearsal it was like time had stood still. It was so much fun!"

Old hits were polished to shine and the success at premiere gig when opening for THE SCORPIONS in Sweden in December 2012 was a fact. "That night back in December ignited the fuse, we all felt the same", says Bosse"let's get the Dalton wheels in motion again. We want to celebrate the legacy of the 80's rock scene by putting out a new album and take it on tour. Just like we did back in the days".

Loaded with inspiration and dedication the band went through demos made for the never recorded third album along with some newly written songs. They ended up with 11 pure excellent tracks crafted for a 80's flavored Melodic Rock album in a contemporary suit, recorded in good company with magic minded producer Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T.).

A first shimmering taste of the songs from album was revealed at the Frontiers Rock Festival where the band premiered the track Hey You in front of an ecstatic crowd. DALTON is fueled up and back on the race track, ready to go – the race is on!

DALTON will also appear live on the Rockklassiker and Sweden Rock Festival boat cruise on October 10/12.
Metal Media / SECRET SERVICE RECORDS / Orquídea Negra's new album officially released
Posted by: Denis / 11.08.2014
London based label SECRET SERVICE RECORDS announces the official release of the Brazilian Heavy Metal band Orquídea Negra throughout Europe.

The work bears the title of Blood Of The Gods and marks the return of the band twenty years after the release of self-titled album.

Blood Of The Gods has nine songs plus four bonus tracks, including a cover for Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath), and was produced by keyboardist Daniel Dante Finardi along with the band.

Check a song here.
METAL GODS #1 Magazine
Posted by: Denis / 11.08.2014
Webzines, webzines, webzines..? Here is something you can hold in your hands! A real printed magazine to read, archive, collect! This is number 1, the year is 2014! Yeah, this is old fashioned but magazine crew are proud of it! METAL GODS Magazine! It just has Heavy Metal in it – old fashioned, classical, traditional! HARD ROCK, HEAVY METAL, DOOM METAL, EPIC METAL, SPEED METAL, THRASH METAL! Nothing more and nothing less! No modern sounds, Crossover, Hardcore, Death, Black etc.! 64 pages full coloured glossy paper! Written in English and small part in German!

New writers, distributors, mailorders, bands, labels – get in touch! with:
  • ABADDON
  • ANIHILATED
  • ANVIL
  • HAZY HAMLET
  • LADY BEAST
  • NOT FRAGILE
  • ONSLAUGHT
  • PILEDRIVER
  • RAVEN
  • REZINWOLF
  • SANCTUARY
  • STRESS
  • THE ORDER OF CHAOS
  • VERITATE
  • VIRUS
  • WOLFCRY
  • and DEFENDER, PROUD EXISTENCE, ROSIE, SAINT'S ANGER
  • and many more...
InsideOut Music / Neal Morse launches video for 'Heaven Smiled'
Posted by: Denis / 11.08.2014
Neal Morse is set to release a brand solo album on the 18th August 2014 titled Songs From November, and the first track to be revealed from the record is finally here. Heaven Smiled is the album opener, and you can watch the video for the song here.

Neal had this to say about Heaven Smiled: "Heaven Smiled began when I was sitting in my backyard playing guitar and hanging out with my family on a really nice day. Maybe not that exciting, but after all the years that I've spent miserable, the simple things are miraculous to me. I've had a lot of times like that lately... just amazed at the wonder of it all. So I'm writing about that feeling.
In the video is Gabe Klein on drums, Asa Wiggins on bass, my son Wil Morse on piano, and the Mccrary sisters on background vocals."
    The full track-listing can be found below
  1. Heaven Smiled
  2. Whatever Days
  3. Flowers In A Vase
  4. Love Shot An Arrow
  5. Song For The Free
  6. Tell Me Annabelle
  7. My Time Of Dying
  8. When Things Slow Down
  9. Daddy's Daughter
  10. Wear The Chains
  11. The Way Of Love
Songs From November sees Neal Morse in singer/songwriter mode much like his album It's Not Too Late, and has enlisted the help of Chris Carmichael and Jim Hoke as well as the McCrary sisters on the record. Whittled down from 21 songs, this album is made up mostly of songs written in November 2013 as well as some older songs from his vast back catalogue.

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SOM DO DARMA / Noturnall new Brazilian supergroup featuring ex-members of Angra and Shaman launches DVD with participation of Russell Allen
Posted by: Denis / 08.08.2014
Noturnall! This is the name of the new Brazilian Metal supergroup formed by Shaman members, Thiago Bianchi (vocal), Fernando Quesada (bass), Leo Mancini (guitar), Junior Carelli (keyboards) besides the worldwide famous drummer Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra).

How it was supposed be, the band was already born being considered the new sensation of the Brazilian Rock/Metal scene, but not only because is formed by this true 'dream team', but mainly for bringing an innovative musical approach: modern, heavy and aggressive music, but still melodic and progressive as never heard before!

Recorded at Fusao VM&T Studios in Sao Paulo and at The Shanty Shack Studios in New Jersey (USA), Noturnall's debut album has as one of the producers the Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob vocalist, Russell Allen, and has beaten some records since its release in February. For five consecutive weeks the album held the first position among the 'Best Sellers' of Die Hard Records - one of the major Brazilian CDs stores - besides have beaten the record for pre-orders. The album also appeared on the second position on the charts of Roadie Crew Magazine, the most important rock magazine from Brazil, achieving better position than bands like Within Temptation and Epica.

Noturnall debuted on March 29th with a historical show at Carioca Club in Sao Paulo. On the occasion, none other than Russell Allen made a special guest appearance on a set list that counted with all the songs from the CD besides some surprises that thrilled the fans.

Completely sold-out, the event was filmed for Noturnall's first DVD: First Night Live. Several tons of equipment were used, including 15 cameras, three cranes and a 10 feet long led screen.

Produced by three different Brazilian companies, FX Render, Foggy Films and Fusao Studios, Noturnall's DVD First Night Live will be released during Expomusic Fair that this year takes place from September 17th to 21th at Expo Center Norte in Sao Paulo.

Noturnall launched a video of the song Hate extracted from First Night Live.
Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT third 'Blind Rage' album trailer revealed, live on German TV
Posted by: Denis / 08.08.2014
Heavy Metal pioneers ACCEPT just played in incredibly successful show at Wacken Open Air 2014 last week. In case you missed ACCEPT at the annual festival madness, their full show will be airing on the German TV stations 3Sat and ZDF Kultur at the following dates:
  • Saturday, August 09 at 20:15 CET on ZDF Kultur
  • Monday, August 11 at 03.00 CET on 3sat
All info on the show is available at the following link.

Additionally the ACCEPT show is available as an on-demand video at ARTE.

Now ACCEPT release the third online trailer, featuring guitar player Wolf Hoffmann, talking about different topics of their forthcoming new album Blind Rage, which will be out on August 15th via Nuclear Blast.

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Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars: band reveals new album tracklist
Posted by: Denis / 08.08.2014
Mindwars, the new band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members, has revealed the tracklist of their forthcoming debut full-length album titled The Enemy Within.
  1. Upside Down
  2. Crash
  3. Speed Kills
  4. Retrobution
  5. Time in the Machine
  6. Lost
  7. Chaos
  8. Final Battle
  9. Masters of War
  10. Death Comes Twice
  11. Walking Alone
The release will be expected in October 2014 by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
Massacre Records / VANISH album artwork and tour dates
Posted by: Denis / 07.08.2014
VANISH recently revealed several details of their upcoming album!

Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove) created the artwork of Come To Wither. It was mixed by Axel Heckert mixed and mastered the album at Studio22 and the band's guitarist Philipp Schönle also took part in the mixing process.

VANISH also revealed the guest musician on Come To Wither. None other than Primal Fear's Ralf Scheepers himself is featured on the album's final track!

The video clip for the song Silence, which is the 7th song on the album, is already available.

    You can see the band live here:
  • 26.10.2014 DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
  • 08.11.2014 DE Königsbrunn - YouZ
  • 29.11.2014 DE Tübingen-Bühl - Schützenhaus
  • 12.12.2014 DE Pforzheim - Kupferdächle
  • 13.12.2014 DE Stuttgart - Gabys Gruft
  • 01.02.2015 DE Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
The band's website has also been redesigned.

VANISH's new album Come To Wither will be released on October 24, 2014 via Massacre Records and will be available for an attractive 'Newcomer Price'.
Century Media / Adrenaline Mob: ANNOUNCE SEPTEMBER TOUR DATES
Posted by: Denis / 07.08.2014
Continuing with the support of their 2nd album, Men of Honor, ADRENALINE MOB announce 9 shows in September. Appearing with Adrenaline Mob will be Roadrunner Record's artist Bad Seed Rising, supporting their debut EP Charm City.
    Dates for the tour are:
  • Sat 06 - Sep - Pottsville, PA - Goodfellas
  • Sun 07 - Sep - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
  • Mon 08 - Sep - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
  • Tue 09 - Sep - Newport, KY - Thompson House
  • Wed 10 - Sep - Nashville, TN - Exit In
  • Fri 12 - Sep - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
  • Sat 13 - Sep - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
  • Sun 14 - Sep - Baltimore, MD - Fishhead Cantina
  • Mon 15 - Sep - Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka's

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / STRAIGHTLINE (Melodic Skatepunk Thrash) New official VIDEO CLIP for Retrogressive
Posted by: Denis / 06.08.2014
Frenetic MELODIC SKATEPUNK THRASH topnotchers STRAIGHTLINE released the official video clip for their highly explosive track Retrogressive, which can be seen here.

    Three relevant questions in advance:
  • Giant demand about highest musical culture?
  • Urgently desires for rhythmic precision?
  • Big appetite for flipping out completely?
For many rebel souls & musical scale strikers there's only one answer these days: STRAIGHTLINE!

The new 7" EP Alteration Of The Rules of the 1998 founded formation offers their roundabout proven style at it's very best!
Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD first 'For The Journey' album trailer released
Posted by: Denis / 06.08.2014
British Metal act THRESHOLD recently revealed the first track from their forthcoming album For The Journey and you can see the release of the first in a series of album trailers. Watch as guitarist and producer Karl Groom walks you through Thin Ice Studios and chats about the guitars used on the new album.

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Pure Steel Records / WOLFEN THE WOLFPACK IS BACK!
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2014
WOLFEN go to their 15th year of band history. The Metal institution from Cologne has a new line up (bassist changed) and the new longplay album Evilution is ready for the market. Release: September 2014 / Pure Legend Records!

The typical trademarks of course were kept, so from Hard Rock to very heavy Metal there's all the fan expects from this band. The choirs and chorus lines are impressionable and catchy while the guitars will kill your ears. So after the outstanding Chapter IV the label now has the masterpiece of this glorious band.

See by yourself that WOLFEN are better than ever before and join in October of this year the 'German Metal Attack Tour 2014' with Grave Digger, Heavatar and Nitrogods. Be part of it when they will conquer Germany.

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Pure Steel Records / MAD ALIEN 'Mad Alien' new promo trailer
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2014
The MAD ALIEN album Mad Alien will be released on August 29th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 15th, 2014 in label' webshop. Now the band has releasing a new promo trailer.
Nightmare Records / PROJECT ARCADIA 'A TIME OF CHANGES'
Posted by: Denis / 05.08.2014
Nightmare Records is proud to bring you an exciting new debut... PROJECT ARCADIA!

Top Class Modern Melodic Metal with a touch of ProgPower A Time of Changes is the second album in the discography of this intriguing band hailing mostly from Bulgaria with the exception of their latest addition Swedish singer now living in the United States Urban Breed most known for his work in Tad Morose and Bloodbound.

Living up to the high expectations of Nightmare, they bring you a fantastic Power Prog album that any fan of the genres will appreciate, it has powerful guitars, vocals and serious powerhouse of a rhythm section!

Mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden (Sabaton, Scar Symmetry, Sonic Syndicate) Video's coming shortly directed by Firewind's Bob Katsionis.
Raging Rob news
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2014
In the beginning of 2014 after almost 30 years being the frontman, Robert Gonnella left Assassin and formed his own band Raging Rob with ex-Assassin drummer Frank Nellen on drums, Warrant's Dirk Preylowski on lead guitar and two ex-Human Bastard Maik Jansen (rythm guitar) & Rudi Görg (bass). Currently the band is preparing a live set including old Assassin songs & Raging Mob songs (Robert's former Chinese band which he won the Wacken Chinese Metal Battle 2010) and are composing new songs for a debut album to be released in 2015 and the band is also ready for booking in 2015.
Nuclear Blast / EXODUS reveals album art for 'Blood In, Blood Out'
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2014
Legendary Thrash Metal band EXODUS have revealed the never-before-seen album art for their upcoming album, Blood In, Blood Out, hitting retail and digital outlets this fall via Nuclear Blast. The album art was illustrated by Swedish artist Par Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless Heavy Metal albums, including EXODUS' Let There Be Blood (2008).

The concept for the art was impressively envisaged by Olofsson based on the album title alone, as Gary Holt explains: "I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it's perfect! One of my favorite covers we've ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!"

Blood In, Blood Out is EXODUS' tenth studio album and marks the band's first release with returning vocalist Steve 'Zetro' Souza since 2004's Tempo Of The Damned.

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recently announced his special guest solo for one of the tracks on the album via Rolling Stone.

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AFM Records / Kissin' Dynamite: DNA video clip
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2014
German heavy rockers KISSIN' DYNAMITE deliver a taste of their upcoming album Megalomania (out on September 5th) with the single DNA - and its just released new video clip.

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Intromental / CREATION'S END new video
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2014
Intromental are excited to announce that CREATION'S END has signed a worldwide deal for the release of their upcoming sophomore album, Metaphysical, with Pure Prog Records (a subsidiary of Pure Steel Records). The release of Metaphysical will be August 29, 2014.

The band has released the first lyric video from the album for the song Push, you can view the video right here.

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EDGUY / TOBIAS GOES RADIO - THE 'TOBIAS SAMMET ROCK SHOW'
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2014
On August 13th Tobias is going to join the club of vocalists who host their own radio show. Every Wednesday from 9:00PM to midnight Tobias is going to play his favourite Rock and Metal music and talk about whatever comes to his mind. Just like Alice Cooper's show the TOBIAS SAMMET ROCK SHOW is going to be broadcast on RADIO BOB. You can also stream it at www.radiobob.de.

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Scarlet Records / Planethard - new signing and new album ‘Now’
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2014
Known for their powerful Melodic Rock sound and fierce stage presence, Planethard have signed a deal with Scarlet Records and are now ready to unleash a new, exciting chapter in their career. Having acquired a unique vocal talent and frontman in the person of new singer Davide Merletto, Planethard have pushed their musical limits in multiple directions, still keeping faith to their roots. Now, this is the title of the band's new album, displays a renovated sound made of heavy guitars, a solid rhythm section and addictive vocal lines, tightened together by the most powerful and modern production they have ever benefited from. These 12 new songs (13 in the Digipack version of the album) sound fresh and regenerating, having been inspired by their authors' souls and spirituality and handled with deep attention to every little detail. Now was produced by Matteo Magni and co-produced by the band's own guitarist Marco D'Andrea and will hit the stores this fall.
Ancient Dome signs new deal with Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2014
Italian Thrash metallers Ancient Dome has signed a new record deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release of the new, third full-length album of their career.

The group had already released two albums with Punishment 18 Records, Human Key (2009) and Perception of this World (2010).

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Limb Music / FIREFORCE announce line-up change
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2014
Fireforce, have two new band members. First of all drummer Sepp Coeck who replaces Christophe De Combe, who resigned due to personal reasons. Second newcomer is Thierry van der Zanden, who replaces Yves Vermeersch whose statement you can read below. Come and see them at the Fireforce European tour with Mystic Prophecy and Crystal Tears.

"It is with regret that I have to announce my departure from Fireforce. I've had great moments, gigs and experiences and have met some awesome people on the road, but due to personal circumstances I can no longer guarantee my 100% dedication to the band. After almost one and a half years of touring with these guys + releasing a new album, it's clear to me that Fireforce is ready for the big leagues and thus needs full devotion from all its musicians to keep pushing forward. While it's been a very hard decision for me, it was the right one to make in the band's best interest and so I've passed the torch to a great and talented guitarist: Thierry van der Zanden.

I want to thank my brothers from FireForce for all the great times we shared and for their understanding (From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best in the future!), the crew, the wives, R.D. Liapakis and Christian Schmid for their great work on producing the Deathbringer album and last but definitely not least, all you guys and girls I have met during my time with the band! You all Rock!!!

As for me, I'm crawling back in my studio to see what the future will bring..."

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GOD DETHRONED will reunite on board 70000TONS OF METAL!
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2014
After their farewell performance on board 70000TONS OF METAL in January 2012 we are proud to announce the band's return!

Exactly 3 years later, they are scheduled to return to the stage more aggressive then ever! It will all begin with 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, sailing to Jamaica in January 2015.

GOD DETHRONED front man, Henri Sattler, explains: "In early 2011, I was facing two options: one was to announce a break, and the other option was to quit the band. I definitely needed time away from it all, and having a break wasn't reassuring enough to know if I would be able to recharge the batteries for another go."

"Oddly enough it was at the funeral of the man who discovered us in the first place that I came to realize the story wasn't finished yet. So here we go again. Don't think you will be able to see us playing every club for weekends on end. We will only play a small selection of shows and this won't happen before 2015. Besides that, the core of the band will consist of only Michiel and myself. We'll have some cool guest musicians lined up, though, to make sure we'll give you the best performance possible.

Last but not least, our first shows will be where we played our last ones three years ago. Our rebirth will happen on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2015. See you on board!"


70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise has already confirmed:
  • Alestorm
  • Annihilator
  • Apocalyptica
  • Arch Enemy
  • Behemoth
  • Blind Guardian
  • Cannibal Corpse
  • Chimaira
  • D.A.D.
  • Ensiferum
  • Equilibrium
  • God Dethroned
  • Grave Digger
  • Heathen
  • In Extremo
  • Kataklysm
  • Korpiklaani
  • Lake Of Tears
  • Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock
  • Napalm Death
  • Origin
  • Primal Fear
  • Tank
  • Therion
  • Threshold
  • Triosphere
  • Xentrix
    with 33 more to come!
70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Thursday, January 22, 2015 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Liberty Of The Seas' from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale near Miami, FL and will not return to the real world until Monday, January 26, 2015.

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$333 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!
Century Media / Wolf premieres video for 'Shark Attack' via Metal Hammer; #1 Soundcheck Sweden Rock Magazine
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2014
Sweden's pack of Heavy Metal stalwarts, WOLF, returns with their seventh studio album entitled simply Devil Seed. The album will be released on August 25th in Europe and on September 2nd in North America via Century Media Records and today the band is premiering their first music video Shark Attack from the album via metalhammer.com!

WOLF comments: "Here it is... the Shark Attack video in all its glory. No story, no acting, no bullshit - just full throttle velocity of in-your-face Heavy Metal. Once again we have teamed up with Owe Lingvall at Dreamday Media, who directed our previous videos Absinthe, Voodoo and I Will Kill Again. We filled an old barn with lights, smoke, sweat and pure metal and almost burned it down. So until you hear the full Devil Seed album, please enjoy the SHARK ATTACK!"

Devil Seed is available in the following formats:
  • Ltd Edition, CD Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks, different artwork color)
  • CD Jewelcase
  • 180g black Vinyl + CD
  • Digital Download

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InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation announce North American tour and LP re-releases
Posted by: Denis / 31.07.2014
After some months of absence from stages, Swedish Pain of Salvation returned into the spotlight with a much acclaimed appearance at Sweden Rock Festival last month, where mastermind Daniel Gildenlöw and his team demonstrated to be back in great shape and more determined than ever before. Therefor the group has recently also announced a full continental North American tour for September kicking off at Atlanta's ProgPower USA festival and with dates all over the USA, Canada as well as a final show in Mexico.

Here is a complete list of shows for this run and Pain of Salvation's next European appearances:
    PAIN OF SALVATION + VANGOUGH / North American tour 2014:
  • 10.09.2014 Atlanta, GA - The Loft (Midweek Mayhem - ProgPower USA)
  • 13.09.2014 Atlanta, GA - Center Stage ** (ProgPower USA - Remedy Lane show)
  • 14.09.2014 Springfield, VA - Empire
  • 16.09.2014 Dunellen, NJ - Roxy and Dukes
  • 17.09.2014 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
  • 18.09.2014 New York, NY - The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
  • 19.09.2014 Montreal, QC - Theatre Plaza
  • 20.09.2014 Toronto ON - Coda
  • 21.09.2014 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
  • 24.09.2014 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
  • 26.09.2014 Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
  • 27.09.2014 Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
  • 28.09.2014 Whittier, CA - The Center Theatre
  • 30.09.2014 Mexico City, MX - Jose Cuervo Salon ** ** P.o.S. only!
    PAIN OF SALVATION - European dates 2014:
  • 05.10.2014 Baarlo (The Netherlands) - ProgPower Europe
  • 10.11.2014 Wroclaw (Poland) - International Drumfest
  • 11.10.2014 Opole (Poland) - International Drumfest
    More dates to be announced soon...
Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw comments on the tour and current band activity as follows: "A few months back I asked myself if I'd ever be able to be on stage again. I had a close call in January, way too close, and when I got out of the hospital I could hardly walk a flight of stairs without sitting down for a few minutes. The stage seemed so far away.

Did I ever mention that I'm stubborn? :)

Now, against all odds, and after having kicked ass at Sweden Rock, Steel Day and Be Prog Fest, we are thrilled to come back to the US for a coast-to-coast tour, including Las Vegas and Mexico! Yes, you wonderfully crazy Mexicans, you finally got what you've asked for all these years, and we look forward to meeting you all.

Old-school fans will be thrilled to note that for the 'first and only time ever' we are performing the album Remedy Lane in its entirety at ProgPower USA! We are also hosting the Mid-Week Mayhem night at the ProgPower and will serve up some good old POS and unexpected happenings - this intimate night will be something very special.

Me? I am extra happy about the Las Vegas date. For every trip to the US we've done, I have asked for a Vegas show. 'It doesn't matter if only two people show up for the gig, I still want to play Vegas! In Elvis suits!' God damn it, the time has come! Suit up!"


In related Pain of Salvation news, InsideOutMusic is happy to announce the first ever LP release of the band's classic albums The Perfect Element Part I from 2000 and Remedy Lane from 2002. As for September 1st, 2014 both albums will be available as gatefold double LP on 180gr. black vinyl.

The Perfect Element Part I has a total playing time of 75:56 minutes and includes the 12 original tracks with 1 bonus track as well as the full album on CD as bonus. There will also be a webshop-only strictly limited edition version (100x copies!) on golden coloured vinyl.

Remedy Lane has a total playing time of 73:58 minutes and includes the 13 original tracks with 1 bonus track as well as the full album on CD as bonus. There will also be a webshop-only strictly limited edition version (100x copies) on orange coloured vinyl.

Pain of Salvation's latest album release, Road Salt Two, managed to enter the official national charts upon release in Autumn of 2011 in the following European countries: Sweden at # 24, The Netherlands at # 82, Finland at # 31, and Norway at # 51 in its second week (first week was at # 94).

Pain of Salvation are currently working on their upcoming release through InsideOutMusic, entitled Falling Home.

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InsideOut Music / Spock's Beard announce European tour dates for September
Posted by: Denis / 30.07.2014
Last year, legendary Progressive-rockers Spock's Beard released their latest album Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep to much critical acclaim. The band are now pleased to announce further European tour dates supporting the album, following last year's jaunt with Sound of Contact and Beardfish. The full list of dates can be found below, and support at all shows comes from The Sixxis:
    2014 European Tour
  • 02/09/14 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer - Netherlands
  • 03/09/14 Spirit of 66, Verviers - Belgium
  • 04/09/14 De Bosuil, Weert - Netherlands
  • 05/09/14 Backstage, Munchen - Germany
  • 06/09/14 2 Days Prog Festival, Veruno - Italy
  • 07/09/14 Hirsch, Nurnberg - Germany
  • 09/09/14 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava - Slovakia
  • 10/09/14 A38, Budapest - Hungary
  • 11/09/14 Roxy, Prague - Czech Republic
  • 12/09/14 Drumfest, Opole - Poland
  • 13/09/14 C-Club, Berlin - Germany
  • 15/09/14 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg - Germany
  • 16/09/14 Divan Du Monde, Paris - France
  • 17/09/14 The Musician, Leicester - UK
  • 18/09/14 The Dome, London - UK
  • 19/09/14 Essigfabrik, Cologne - Germany
  • 20/09/14 Matrix, Bochum - Germany
  • 21/09/14 Z7, Pratteln - Switzerland
This year has already seen Spock's Beard play the Progressive Nation at Sea cruise, where they were joined by former member Neal Morse for a couple of songs as part of their second set of the trip.

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Punishment 18 Records / Burning Nitrum 'Molotov' artwork by Ed Repka
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2014
Italian Thrash metallers Burning Nitrum has revealed the cover for their upcoming debut full-length album titled Molotov.

The artwork was created by artist Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Massacre, Vio-Lence, Toxik, Uncle Slam and many more).

The full-length will be released before end of 2014 via Punishment 18 Records.
    Tracklist:
  1. Subversive Nausea (intro) (01.01)
  2. Remote of Death (05.46)
  3. Apocalypse of Pain (04.04)
  4. High Speed Bangers (05.32)
  5. Lying Until The End (04.26)
  6. Falling into Slavery (intro) (01.58)
  7. Slave of Lust (06.38)
  8. Sparkling Splatter (04.28)
  9. Nemesis, The Death Star (instrumental) (07.52)
  10. Turned to Ashes (Nothing Stands Still) (06.34)
Punishment 18 Records / Mindwars new full-length title revealed
Posted by: Denis / 29.07.2014
Mindwars, the new band featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members, has settled on a name for their forthcoming debut full-length album slated for release in October 2014.

The album will be titled The Enemy Within. New information will follow soon.
Pure Steel Records / CREATION'S END 'Metaphysical' - Cover, Tracklist, release date: 29th August 2014
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2014
The release date of the new CREATION'S END album Metaphysical on CD is August 29th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 15th, 2014 in label's webshop.

CREATION'S END is our newest band on Pure Prog Records whom released the studio album A New Beginning in 2010. CREATION'S END consists of some famous musicians; On vocals is the former Riot/Masterplan vocalist Mike DiMeo, the guitarists are Rudy Albert and Marco Sfogli which were or are active through acts like Zandelle and the solo band James LaBrie.

Pure Steel Records presents the second and brand new album Metaphysical, the quintet from New York City are playing eleven clear, imaginative and filigree Progressive Metal songs. The strenuous song structures are in a perfect balance with the melodic-rough, slightly bluesy vocals. Spherical keyboard meets ingenious guitar, the precise drumming with the strong, powerful double bass could be compared with Mike Portnoy's technique.

With the new album Metaphysical CREATION'S END is offering the absolute full service for every disappointed Dream Theater fan!

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Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD release 'Watchtower On The Moon' single & lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 28.07.2014
British Progressive Metal heroes THRESHOLD will release their upcoming new album For The Journey on September 19, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

The successor for their 2012 output March Of Progress was produced by Karl Groom and THRESHOLD keyboardist Richard West at Thin Ice Studios in England and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland.

Now THRESHOLD release Watchtower On The Moon, the first single out of For The Journey.

Also enjoy the lyric video for Watchtower On The Moon, which has its premiere at PROG MAGAZINE.

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / SKYCONQUEROR (Teutonic Heavy Metal from Germany) - New album 'Under The Pentagram'
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2014
Typically Teutonic HEAVY METAL of the classic school - SKYCONQUEROR is a straight Heavy Metal band with an occult fable & fine touches of NWOBHM.

Founded in the surroundings of Münster (North Western Germany) in early 1997, the fourpiece never stopped to live an own musical vision. Over the years a massive (and not less melodic) influence of NWOBHM came in their stable & luckily fully trendless soundframe. Beside the hearts of the members beat strongly for well known & cult acts as Accept, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, DIO, Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer, Metallica, Exciter, Rainbow, Kiss, Deep Purple, Lizzy Borden, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Helloween, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Metal Church, Tank, Omen, Thin Lizzy, Warlord, Savage Grace & ZZ Top. It took them a decade to get out their debut full length: Hellstory, a lethal dose of Metal, emerged from the pits of hell in June of 2008. The following years the band gave several infernal gigs, took part in the movie 'Fate and Destruction', found new inspiration and collected a lot of material.

The eleven songs of the new CD UNDER THE PENTAGRAM were recorded from December 2012 until March 2014 in 'The Crypt'-Studio out there in the dark and mysterious landscape of the wild Westfalian countryside.

Finally more than 'only' music - it's their very own way of life. Now UNDER THE PENTAGRAM is ready to Metal your heart out!

Release date: July 9. 2014, self-financed. Distribution: oomoxx media, CD & DVD production.
Metal Heaven / 220 Volt
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2014
Swedish Hard Rock act 220 Volt returns to the scene with a new album called Walking In Starlight. Anders Engberg (ex-Therion ex-Lions Share), who joined this group on late 2012, is the new voice of the band. This is his first full album with 220 Volt. Founding members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson handle the guitars, and drummer Peter Hermansson completes the line-up.

220 Volt (founded 1979) was among the top Hard Rock acts in Scandinavia during the 80's and released their first, self titled album on CBS in June 1983. The band then went on to release five albums between 1983-1988. The last one recorded in the 80's was the album Eye to Eye which is their best selling album internationally, and it was also on heavy rotation on MTV and many radio stations around the world. It was produced by legendary producer Max Norman (Ozzy / Megadeth / Y&T etc..) and who also has mixed 5 tracks for Walking In Starlight.

The band's reputation was built on frequent album releases and energetic live shows. Besides performing their own headline shows, the Swedes have also toured as support for AC/DC and Nazareth among others. In 1985, 220 Volt performed in front of 80.000 people in Warsaw, Poland. The show was broadcasted live on Polish TV, among the first ever TV-shows in the eastern block to feature a Hard Rock band.

220 Volt split up in 1992, but released the studio album Lethal Illusion in 1997.

The quartet was active for a while between 2002-2008 with members from an earlier line-up and produced two albums, Volume 1 and the live album Made in Jamtland.

Songs like Firefall, Love Is All You Need, Beat Of A Heart, The Harder They Come, Heavy X-mas and Power Games to name a few, still get airplay around the world... Songs you'll be likely to hear live again soon!

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Metal Heaven / Grand Design
Posted by: Denis / 25.07.2014
Grand Design was formed in 2006 by singer/producer Pelle Saether, and the band's first 1st album Time Elevation was released by AOR Heaven in October 2009. The album featured guest spots from guitarists Janne Stark and Tommy Denander. The release gained massive success and was awarded 'best album' and 'best song' by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for 'best album 2009'. Several concerts, including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, UK proved that Grand Design also deliver live. Pelle Saether comments: "Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice things up."

Two years later, it was time for Grand Design's second album – Idolizer.

Pelle says: "We knew we had found a formula to make an 80's rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?" With new anthems like Get On With Action, OughtoGraph and Your Love's A Runaway, Idolizer followed up the fans expectations. Grand Design again proved that the songs and sound of 80's rock belong in your players and on the big stages.

In 2012 the line-up saw singer Pelle Saether and guitarist Dennis Vestman, now flanked by guitarist Janne Stark (Constancia, Overdrive etc), bassist Mats Vassfjord (Chris Laney Band, Scaar) and drummer Peter Hermansson (Talisman, John Norum, 220 Volt). The band continued playing shows and festivals, building a solid following.

Early 2013 the band recorded two new songs, featuring guest singer Susie Päivärinta (of Lili & Susie), of which the song Baby It's You (Promises cover) was released as a digital only single and video in June 2013. The band also welcomed new drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Jimi Jamison, Talisman, Lion's Share etc), who made his debut in the video. The band also performed at festivals such as Skogsröjet and Rock Out Wild.

Early 2014 Grand Design started working on the third album, and we are now proud to present the band's third outing: Thrill Of The Night. This album has definitely taken the band to a whole new level, musically, song wise and regarding production. The band is packed with potential hits and choruses that you will wake up in the middle of the night singing! Sorry about that, but that's how it is. From the opening chords of U Got Me Good, followed by the anthem rocker Rawk ‘N’ Roll Heart Attack, to up-tempo rocker 10 Outta 10 and the big epic balladry of When The Greatest Love Of All Kicks In. This time the band has also had some outside help in the song writing, where Melodic Rock icon Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T) has co-written the hit style Who's Gonna Rawk U Right and You're The Only One. The production, again by singer Pelle Saether, is big, ballsy yet ambient enough to probably make even John 'Mutt' Lange proud.
Guitarist Simone Mularoni (DGM) announced as special guest on Alberto Rigoni's upcoming prog album 'Overloaded'
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2014
Italian prog bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni is proud to announce that, together with guitarists Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie) and Fabrizio 'Bicio' Leo, Simone Mularoni is one of the special guests of the upcoming album Overloaded out on October 1st (Any and All Records).

Simone is a top class Italian guitar player, also known as member of the progressive Italian bands DGM and Empyrios. Simone also mixed the drums of Alberto's new album. Here you can see Simone recording some stunning guitars.

Overloaded" line-up is completed with drummer Denis Novello and keyboards wizard Federico Solazzo who also mixed and made the mastering of the album.

More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, fully instrumental, Alberto's new prog album will be released by Any and All Records on October 1st 2014 and it will be distributed worldwide by PowerProg (Europe), Nightmare Records (USA & Canada), Disk Union (Japan), Mylodon Records (Chile), BTF (Italy), La Mazakuata Records (Mexico), Record Heaven (Sweden).
Pure Steel Records / MAD ALIEN 'Mad Alien' cover, tracklist, release date: 29th August 2014
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2014
The release date of the MAD ALIEN album Mad Alien on CD is August 29th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 15th, 2014 in label's webshop.

Coming into the Rock scene in 1989 with the EP We are alive MAD ALIEN showed a lot of potential with their Melodic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock. Combining a fine vocalist, good guitars, outstanding songwriting and the typical 80s feel, this high quality was 'standard' for all songs also on the forthcoming full length in 1992.

The problems for MAD ALIEN in the early 90s were not produced by themselves, but from a short living Zeitgeist. The NIRVANA poisoned youth was filled up with low quality Grunge and other short living 'alternative' trends. So there was no time and space for a fine band far away from the bad smelling teen spirit of the age.

Founder and head of the band Raico Ebel still is active with a lot of projects so he supported to bring his very rare masterpieces again on the market via the Karthago Heavy Metal classics series. Of course finally for another public concerning the title of the 1992 final album Qui Habet Aures Audiendi, Audiat (The ones who have ears to hear, listen!). The gourmet public and all 'No-trends' will enjoy the treasures of MAD ALIEN!
    TRACKLIST:
  1. We are alive
  2. Creature of the storm
  3. One of these days
  4. Lady Desireous (Opus 9,7)
  5. Time War
  6. Shout it out
  7. Kwisatz Haderach (Part I - III)
  8. Only for you
  9. Goodbye
  10. Nightmare on Elmstreet
  11. Fire on Ice
  12. Opus 8,5
  13. Together
  14. Lovesong
    Total Playing Time 76:12 min
Pure Steel Records / PROJECT TERROR 'Conquistador' - cover, tracklist, release date: 22nd August 2014
Posted by: Denis / 24.07.2014
The release date of the new PROJECT TERROR album Conquistador on CD is August 22nd, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 8th, 2014 in label's webshop.

Like Ichabod Krane the Pure Steel Family got with PROJECT TERROR another brand new band in the program where the band members are no unknown. This Texan quintet was founded five years ago by Ex-Vicious Rumors and Shadowkeep singer Ronnie Stixx.

After several festival gigs and opening shows for Sabaton now the first studio album Conquistador is coming out with eight fresh and strong tracks. The music moves in the classic Heavy / Power Metal sector with references to Vicious Rumors (of course), Judas Priest, Saxon, Helloween and Co. A powerful double bass hits melodic, emotional and poignant vocals with high-pitched interludes and a strong songwriting with filigree lead guitar work. The 40-minute album offers exquisite first-class entertainment for lovers of 'American Steel'!

From this newcomer you will be hearing a lot more...
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Breaking the Spell
  2. Conquistador
  3. Day of the Jackal
  4. Killing Machine
  5. Take to the Sky
  6. Destiny's Eyes
  7. Blood Red Skies
  8. United
    Total Playing Time: 38:55 min
Jolly Roger Records / GUNFIRE 'Age of Supremacy'
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2014
Jolly Roger Records proudly announces the come-back of Italian GUNFIRE with their new concept-album Age of Supremacy, out on 8th September on CD format. The idea behind the album is the history of mankind that left the earth 1000 years ago and is now divided into two factions that evolved in different ways. The story is not based on the fight between good and evil but rather the inability of communication between two peoples in the distant and hypothetical future, as often happens today. This is the reason of war and destruction.

Gunfire were born in Ancona in 1983 and in 1984 they recorded their first, self-titled mini LP (4 tracks), nowadays a pretty rare and expensive collectible item. They broke in 1986 and came back in 2000 with original line-up, except the drummer, adding a second guitar. Thunder of War was released in 2005 by German label Battle Cry. Drummer Marco Bianchella plays also in symphonic-gothic band The Dogma.

Following this link you can listen to new track Man and Machine.

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SOM DO DARMA / Noturnall's debut album to be released on vinyl
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2014
Only seven months has passed since the band begun, but Noturnall already released an album that hit several sales records, played a 'sold-out' show at Carioca Club in Sao Paulo, shot its first DVD, launched three video clips, the most recent for a new recording of Woman In Chains of Tears For Fears, and was featured on all the major specialized media from Brazil.

In fact, we could not wait another repercussion than this considering that Noturnall is a supergroup formed by some of the most experienced and respected musicians of the Brazilian Heavy Metal scene, as the Shaman members Thiago Bianchi (vocal), Fernando Quesada (bass), Leo Mancini (guitar), Junior Carelli (keyboards) and the worldwide famous drummer Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra).

Recorded at Fusao VM&T Studios in Sao Paulo and at The Shanty Shack Studios in New Jersey (USA), Noturnall's debut album has as one of the producers the Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob vocalist, Russell Allen. The big news is that the album will now be released on vinyl in September by Mafer Records from Brazil. The pressing will be limited on 300 copies with gatefold sleeve and a deluxe booklet. As bonus track, the band's recording for Woman In Chains of Tears For Fears.
Metal Media / NervoChaos: New music video is available
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2014
The Brazilian Death Metal band NervoChaos just released a music video for the song The Devil's Work. The video was directed by Cherry Taketani.

The album The Art Of Vengeance, released by Cogumelo Records in Brazil and by Greyhaze Records worldwide, is the sixth studio album from NervoChaos, the material was produced by Italian Alex Azzali and the cover art was done by Marco Donida.
Metal Blade Records / Slough Feg parts ways with Harry Cantwell; new drum auditions to begin ASAP
Posted by: Denis / 23.07.2014
Heavy Metal stalwarts Slough Feg have announced that longtime drummer Harry Cantwell will be leaving the band after their July 28 show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Cantwell has performed with the band for the past seven years, and on their last three studio albums: Ape Uprising!, The Animal Spirits, and Digital Resistence. The band plans to begin auditioning new drummers as soon as possible.

Vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi offered the following comment: "After almost seven years as drummer of Slough Feg, Harry Cantwell will be leaving the band after our July 28th show at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. We're sad to see him go, for he's been a great drummer and also truly great person, and of course we wish him luck in all of his future pursuits. Luckily Harry gave us plenty of notice, and also played fantastically at the last two shows in Minneapolis and Chicago - so not a drop of bad blood here. I'm sure we'll all remain friends, and of course we'll continue to use Harry's talents as fashion consultant to the band after his departure. So come celebrate Harry's last show on July 28th at Bottom of the Hill!! Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"

Digital Resistance was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010′s The Animal Spirits.

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SOM DO DARMA / Primator: listen to the track that takes the name of the band
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2014
The city of Sao Paulo is perhaps the main home in terms of Heavy Metal in Brazil. If not enough big names that originate in the city as Angra, Korzus, Viper, Dr. Sin, Shaman, Noturnall, etc, we can also say that bands like Sepultura and Krisiun became known worldwide after moving to Sao Paulo.

Primator is the new name of Heavy Metal from Sao Paulo. With five years down the road, the band is already well known on the nights of Sao Paulo for several shows already made at major rock bars in the city as Manifesto, Blackmore, Dynamite Pub, Gillan's Inn, Cerveja Azul, among others.

After a great season of rehearsals, concerts and pre-production, the band reached a technical and creative level they deemed ideal for locking in the studio and begin recording the first album of its career. Produced by Daniel de Sa (Andragonia, Crossrock, Strip No Altar), Primator's debut album still hasn't a title defined but is already being recorded at GR Studios in Sao Paulo and its expected to reach the stores in the second half of 2014.

The song that takes the name of the band, Primator, is available on the band's official Soundcloud channel.

Primator is formed by Rodrigo Sinopoli (vocal), Marcio Dassie (guitar), Diego Lima (guitar), Andre dos Anjos (bass) and Alexandre Birao (drums).
Pure Steel Records / ZARPA 'Bestias Del Poder' officially released
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2014
The new album from ZARPA Bestias Del Poder was officially released. The album is now available as CD and digital download.
Pure Steel Records / FORENSICK 'The Prophecy' officially released
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2014
The new album from FORENSICK The Prophecy was officially released. The album is now available as CD and digital download.
Axenstar signs with Inner Wound Recording
Posted by: Denis / 22.07.2014
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Swedish Power Metal band Axenstar to the label. Their up-coming album Where Dreams Are Forgotten will be released later this year. Release dates, track listing and album samples will be announced later this summer.

Axenstar was formed in 1998, and have since then released five albums: Perpetual Twilight [2002], Far From Heaven [2003], The Inquisition [2005], The Final Requiem [2006] and Aftermath [2011].

Axenstar about the new album: "This is an album we're extremely proud of! The whole band have contributed to the songwriting and we have really taken the time to make sure every song has gotten the attention it deserves. We have gone back to the roots of the Axenstar sound and mixed it with all the new influences we got over the years and it has turned into this great and exciting new album. As always we have recorded the album at Studio Underground with Pelle Saether in charge of the mixing and producing. And of course we're really excited to have been signed to Inner Wound Recordings and to work with them on this release! Make sure to check out our new album Where Dreams Are Forgotten later this year!"

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King Diamond / Hal Patino
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2014
Hal Patino has been relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990.

This will have NO negative impact on band's upcoming shows whatsoever.

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Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL 'White Devil Armory' out now
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2014
The waiting is finally over as Jersey Thrash legends OVERKILL release their brand new creation White Devil Armory 18.07.2014!

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Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT first single 'Stampede' out now
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2014
18.07.2014 Heavy Metal pioneers ACCEPT released the first single called Stampede from their forthcoming new album Blind Rage, which will be out on August 15th via Nuclear Blast.
    The tracklist:
  1. Stampede
  2. Teutonic Terror
    (live)

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Massacre Records / HALCYON WAY artwork and release shows
Posted by: Denis / 21.07.2014
HALCYON WAY recently revealed the album artwork of their upcoming album Conquer.

Singer Steve Braun commented on the new album: "We are super stoked about how this entire album has come out, from music down to the artwork. Once again our good friend Travis Smith has taken our basic artwork concept and made it into a masterpiece. The artwork visually shows the struggles we as a band have faced and how it could have destroyed us, yet at the same time shows how we've emerged from the rubble as a solid unit ready to conquer ANY obstacle in our way. For us we raised the bar with Building The Towers back in 2010, and with the new album Conquer we've surpassed our wildest dreams."

HALCYON WAY also announced two release shows, which will take place in Nashville and Atlanta:
  • 16.08.2014 US Nashville, TN - The Rutledge
  • 23.08.2014 US Atlanta, GA - The 120 Tavern & Music Hall
HALCYON WAY's new album Conquer will be released in late September 2014 via Massacre Records!
Y.O.C. news
Posted by: Denis / 20.07.2014
Check new Y.O.C. covers on the new myspace page, TORANAGA, MALMSTEEN, ICED EARTH, etc.

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SOM DO DARMA / Higher: watch studio report of the Brazilian metal band formed by jazz musicians
Posted by: Denis / 18.07.2014
With a musicality full of identity, as never heard before, Higher's debut album is awaited with the same expectation of a big Brazilian Heavy Metal name, although it is a newly formed band.

The band has launched a Studio Report of the recordings on its official Youtube channel.

Higher's debut album will be released independently in August. The pre-sales in Brazil are already available through Die Hard Records.
SOM DO DARMA / Imagery starts recording new album
Posted by: Denis / 18.07.2014
Imagery starts recording new album. The album will be successor of the highly acclaimed debut The Inner Journey distributed in Europe, USA and Asia by Cleopatra Records.

The most dangerous power trio of the Brazilian Progressive Rock is back in the studios. Joceir Bertoni (vocal/guitar), Ricardo Fanucchi (bass) and Bruno Pamplona (vocal/drums) are already locked in Play Rec Pause Studios in Londrina/Brazil to record the new Imagery album.

Still untitled, the new effort will be the second of the band's career, successor of the highly acclaimed debut The Inner Journey, that was nominated for Dynamite Prize as one of the Best Brazilian Heavy Metal Albums of 2012.

According to Joceir Bertoni, the moment for the recording of the second album could not be better. "The release party of The Inner Journey happened with a support show for Focus in 2012. We finished the tour for this album with two more wonderful shows with Focus in Curitiba and Florianopolis. This, added to the great feedback in terms of sales and also critical, in Brazil and abroad, have given us the motivation to start recording the new album with the best possible energy."

Joceir is really right on highlighting the feedback that The Inner Journey got on the media. After all, in numerous reviews the record received maximum rates, including Rock On Stage that also published that Imagery 'owes nothing to bands such as Dream Theater'. On international press the reception was not different. The U.S. site Critical Jazz stated that Imagery 'is one of the few bands working in the field of Progressive Rock with the ability to keep the music fresh and revigorating.'

Like in the debut, the production of the new album will be signed by the experienced Brazilian producer Julio Anizelli (Cluster Sisters, Mamaquilla, Terra Celta). One of the tracks from the new album, titled Blinded Nation, will be released as virtual single in a few months.
Frontiers Records / State of Salazar - All the Way video
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2014
Swedish melodic rockers State of Salazar's video All the Way from forthcoming debut album has exclusive worldwide premiere on melodicrock.com.

Eat Your Heart Out also available as instant grate track; All the Way due out in August on FRONTIERS RECORDS!

Melodic Rock Fans can surf to Melodicrock.com to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for All the Way.

The new video is taken from the forthcoming debut album All the Way coming out on Frontiers Records on August 22nd in Europe and August 26th in North America. State of Salazar sound is influenced by such greats as Toto, Queen, Journey and Survivor but with these guys, everything is musically possible! The song All the Way is also available now – together with the other awesome album track Eat Your Heart Out - as instant gratification track for all those who preorder the album now via iTunes. The two songs can also be streamed via Spotify.

STATE OF SALAZAR came to the attention of Frontiers A&R dept after the release of their debut EP Lost my Way in the summer of 2012. Reviews spread fast in magazines and blogs and created a flood of praise from all over the world during a very short period: 'This is something that can grow really big.' '...State Of Salazar will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the genre.' '...this EP is an extremely polished piece of art...' 'The performances and the production are superb...'

STATE OF SALAZAR had their live debut at the Frontiers Rock Festival last May in Milan where they took the audience by surprise with their 'feel good' Melodic Rock music!
Lion Music / Nicolas Waldo
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2014
Lion Music are proud to announce the signing of Colombian guitar virtuoso Nicolas Waldo who is releasing his debut album Master of the Universe on August 15 digitally.

Nicolas Waldo is sponored by Dean Guitars, Rotosound Strings, Shark Tooth Picks and Joyo Tech for which he makes workshops and clinics regularly. He also has his own touring live band featuring Daniel Pinzon (Bass), Andres Parada (Rythm Guitar) and Miguel Rodriguez (Drums).

Nicolas was graduated at the El Bosque University as professional musician and Sound engineer in 2005.

His compositions incorporate a diverse amount of musical elements, which include; improvised solos, odd meters, polyrhythms, classical harmony, classical counterpoint, jazz harmony, modern harmony, dense orchestration and outlandish song forms.

Nicolas has participated in several Guitar World Competitions like Dean Guitars Search Shredders, Guitar Idol 2009 and Aurora Contest from Spain (3RD PLACE).

Cover art painting by Sindy Restrepo.

He has also worked with the Power Metal band Vorpal Nomad as lead guitarist and composer. Vorpal Nomad was produced by the German producer Piet Sielck (Blind Guardian, Iron Savior, Gamma Ray).
Pure Steel Records / OVERDRIVE 'The Final Nightmare' - Cover, Tracklist, release date: 22nd August 2014
Posted by: Denis / 17.07.2014
The release date of the new OVERDRIVE album The Final Nightmare on CD is August 22nd, 2014. The preorder phase will start on August 8th, 2014 in label's webshop.

The British NWOBHM cult band OVERDRIVE from Grantham (not to be confused with the Swedish Obscure-Metal band) are a misunderstood gem for lovers of the genre. In 1981 the band released the three track single On The Run – which is now extremely rare, followed by four studio albums since 1990. Now they have signed a deal with our sub-label Pure Rock Records and the first album of this collaboration is called The Final Nightmare.
The five gracefully aged men are playing nine catchy, driving and moving Hard Rock songs, very near to the border of classic Heavy Metal, spiced up with several Deep Purple/Rainbow-like Hammond/Keyboard solos. The vocals are reminding sometimes a little bit of Saxon front man Biff Byford, while original guitarist Tracey W. Abbott is celebrating simple, catchy riffs that are going straight into the ear. Between faster tracks like Glass Game and Wasted or good mid-tempo songs like Twisting My Mind and Lost On A Mountain, you can also find powerful ballads like Taken Young (Ben's song) or epic tracks like the final title track. Chris Tsangarides, who already cooperated with titans such as Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, has mastered the album. He gave an oppressive, earthy sound to the album, which perfectly fits to the strong tracks.

One of the biggest underdogs of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal is back; stronger than before!
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Invited to Hell
  2. Twice Shy
  3. Glass Game
  4. Twisting My Mind
  5. Wasted
  6. Lost on a Mountain
  7. Nightwalker
  8. Taken Young (Ben's Song)
  9. Final Nightmare
    Total Playing: 45:23 min
    LINE-UP:
  • Ian Hamilton – bass, vocals
  • Tracey Abbott – guitars
  • David Poulter – vocals
  • Ian 'Scratch' Padgett – drums
  • Tim Hall – keyboards, vocals
Ulterium Records / THEOCRACY: NEW DRUMMER ANNOUNCED
Posted by: Juliette / 17.07.2014
Georgia-based Melodic Metal band Theocracy is excited to announce the addition of drummer Patrick Nickell to the lineup. Patrick is originally from Nashville, TN, and brings 13 years of drumming experience to the band. His Power and Progressive Metal background is a perfect fit for Theocracy, and the band is thrilled to see where this new musical union leads them.

Theocracy first met Patrick several years ago when he was a member of Nashville's Oblivion Myth, and when the time came to begin searching for a new drummer, he was one of the first candidates they auditioned. It was immediately apparent to everyone that he was the perfect fit, both musically and personally. He has the skills to faithfully execute all of the older material, while bringing his own brand of power, finesse and flair.

To offer the fans a small glimpse of what he can do, the band recorded a live in-studio performance of the As the World Bleeds track Nailed. Theocracy's first live performance with Patrick will be a private show for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in late August, followed by Midweek Mayhem at the prestigious ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, GA, September 10.

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BLACK FATE SIGNS WITH ULTERIUM RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2014
Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the Greek Melodic Metal band Black Fate to the label. Their as-yet-untitled new album will be released during fall 2014 and more details will be announced soon.

Check out a short teaser for the up-coming album at YouTube here.

Led by the incredible vocals from Vasilis Georgiou and the technical playing from guitarist Gus Drax, Black Fate will surely gain attention in the scene with their new album that could be described like a mix between Kamelot, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Conception.

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Scarlet Records / Faithsedge
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2014
After the critically acclaimed debut album, Faithsedge return this fall with The Answer Of Insanity on Scarlet Records. Featuring singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, drummer Tony Morra (Van Zant) and two of the best keyboard players in melodic rock, Eric Ragno (Trixter / Fergie Frederiksen) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), The Answer Of Insanity is simply a perfect mix of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Progressive, with plenty of melodic old school hooks, concept songwriting and stripped-down edgy in your face production to rebel back at current trends and fads in the music business. Produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai / Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth / Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles, the album will be available starting from September 1st in Europe and September 2nd in the rest of the world.
Scarlet Records / Mastercastle
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2014
Founded in 2008 by guitarist Pier Gonella (Necrodeath) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, Mastercastle soon became one of the leading forces in the European Power/neoclassical Metal scene, thanks to an addictive mix of strong riffs, virtuoso guitar solos and captivating female vocals, developed through each of their four, critically acclaimed albums. After having signed a new deal with Scarlet Records, Mastercastle are currently in the studio to complete the recordings of their fifth, upcoming album Enfer De La Bibliothèque Nationale, out this fall. This new work, inspired by the different meanings and aspects of 'censorship', has been described by the band as their heaviest effort to date, while still maintaining their trademark sound and with a special mention for the strongest production the band have ever benefited from. A very special guest appearance by Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) is also confirmed.
Metal Blade Records / Artillery announces North American Thrash Invasion tour this fall
Posted by: Denis / 16.07.2014
Denmark Thrash Metal veterans will return to North America this fall for their first ever North American tour. Artillery will join Onslaught and Striker beginning on October 23 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY. The tour will weave its way throughout North America before coming to a close at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA on November 26.

Guitarist Michael Stützer comments: "One of Artillery's biggest goals way back since the early demo days in 1982 has been to tour USA/Canada. After a few shows in the USA, playing at Maryland Deathfest, Barge to Hell and Saint Vitus Club (in New York) we are finally doing our first full North American tour! We can't wait to play songs from our new album Legions together with old classic songs like Terror Squad and Khomaniac! JOIN THE LEGIONS!"

Artillery are one of Europe's earliest and most important exponents of Thrash Metal, and the band's contribution to the bourgeoning genre is difficult to ignore. The Danish quartet successfully managed to fuse an abrasive brutality with technicality and strong melodies, with the noteworthy guitar leads of the Stützer-brothers serving as highlights.
    NORTH AMERICAN THRASH INVASION TOUR 2014
    Presented by Distilled Entertainment
    Featuring ONSLAUGHT, ARTILLERY, STRIKER
  • 10/23 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
  • 10/24 Cambridge, MA Middle East Club
  • 10/25 Long Branch, NJ The Brighton Bar
  • 10/26 Peterborough, NH The Wreck Room
  • 10/28 Chicago, IL Reggie's
  • 10/29 Indianapolis, IN The Headquarters
  • 10/30 Lakewood, OH The Foundry
  • 10/31 Columbus, OH The Alrosa Villa
  • 11/01 Rochester, NY The Bug Jar
  • 11/02 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar
  • 11/03 Springfield, VA Empire
  • 11/04 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
  • 11/05 Albany, NY Bogie's
  • 11/06 Quebec City, QC La Salle Multi
  • 11/07 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
  • 11/08 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
  • 11/09 Montreal, QC Le Petit Campus
  • 11/11 Kingston, ON Mansion
  • 11/12 Detroit, MI The Token Lounge
  • 11/13 Milwaukee, WI The Metal Grill
  • 11/15 Winnipeg, MB Zoo Caberet
  • 11/16 Calgary, AB, Palomino's
  • 11/17 Edmonton, AB, The Pawn Shop
  • 11/18 Vancouver, BC Red Room
  • 11/19 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
  • 11/20 Spokane, WA The Hop
  • 11/21 Victoria, BC Canada The V-Lounge
  • 11/22 Portland, OR Tonic Lounge
  • 11/23 San Francisco, CA The DNA Lounge
  • 11/25 Mesa, AZ Club Red
  • 11/26 Hollywood, CA The Whisky a Go Go

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Jolly Roger Records / RAFF
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2014
Italian Heavy Metal legend Raff signed a deal with Jolly Roger Records for CD edition of their long awaited first album, to be out 8th September, LP edition is already available from Cruz del Sur Music. Most of the songs were originally recorded in 1983, supposed to be released by King Steve Records on debut Gates of Fortune LP, which never came out. All tracks have been re-recorded in 2013 and finally officially released 30 years later! Raff prove true music is ageless.

You can listen to Raff Force Commandos on this link.
    Tracklist:
  1. RAFF FORCE COMMANDOS
  2. RUNNING LIKE HELL
  3. I TRUST
  4. ROCKER
  5. LIVE IT LOUD
  6. WATCH IT
  7. DREAMER
  8. SIGNAL FROM HELL
  9. ALL FOR ONE (I WANT YOU NOW)
  10. DRIVEN MAD
  11. GATES OF FORTUNE
    Bonus(es):
  12. ROCK THE WORLD
    Line-up on Raff:
  • CHRIS BIANCO - VOCALS & BASS
  • TONY ARCURI - GUITARS
  • FABIANO "MASTER" BIANCO - DRUMS
Frontiers Records / Work of Art
Posted by: Denis / 15.07.2014
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the long awaited third album from Swedish melodic rockers WORK OF ART entitled Framework on September 19th in Europe and September 22nd in North America.

Framework comes 3 years after the release of In Progress, an album that solidified WORK OF ART's reputation as one of the most talented newcomers in the Melodic Rock genre. Drawing comparisons from such bands as Toto, Giant and Journey, WORK OF ART literally came from nowhere when in 2008 their debut album Artwork hit the streets and catapulted them into the stardom of the genre!

"After our last record was released, we started to play live for the first time" says main composer and guitar player Robert Säll. "It really brought us together in a whole new way and kind of revitalized the band. From there, the decision to make a new album was more or less a no brainer. So really, the inspiration for this new album came from playing live and from meeting all the wonderful fans!"

The new album was written and recorded in a time frame of about one year and a half and is the logical next step after In Progress. Framework musically encompasses all that WORK OF ART managed to create until now, offering another bunch of unforgettable songs with soaring melodies (courtesy of the golden throat of singer Lars Säfsund) and amazing instrumental prowess (offered by Robert Säll and drummer Herman Furin). Overall this is certainly WORK OF ART's most up-tempo and straight ahead album so far, but – as it should be – some unbelievable softer moments are there as well!

"I think it safe to say that, style wise, this album continues in the footsteps of our previous two albums. We tried to stretch our sound a little though, some heavier songs and some softer songs" continues Robert.

By popular demand WORK OF ART debuted live in Madrid, Spain in January 2012. When asked if WORK OF ART will be following up the new release with a proper tour, Robert Säll answers: "We will certainly try to gig as much as possible. We're already in discussion with several different promoters and then of course, we'll be playing at Melodicrock Fest in Chicago in October!"
ALLTHENIKO new album FAST AND GLORIOUS
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2014
Alltheniko has just completed its 5th full-length studio album entitled Fast And Glorious and you can listen to some extracts on www.alltheniko.it.

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Nightmare Records / HALCYON WAY 'Conquer'
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2014
HALCYON WAY releases it's fourth full length album simply called Conquer. HALCYON WAY delivers modern metal, punishing riffs, big grooves, huge hooks and hyper-intense live shows. Seamlessly mixing multiple genres of rock and Metal. Conquer is for fans of early NEVERMORE, METALLICA, SKID ROW, ALL THAT REMAINS, SEVENDUST, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MEGADETH, PANTERA and even QUEENSRYCHE.

Since the successful releases of their last three albums HALCYON WAY has toured extensively in Europe and the US as opener for SAXON, FOZZY, FATES WARNING, U.D.O and DELAIN, performing to thousands of metal fans across dozens of countries. Additionally the band licensed the last two releases to RockBand and has sold nearly 20,000 downloads into their XBox/PS3 franchise. Tracks from these have also appeared in various movie and documentary projects.

CONQUER features the soon to be smash hit single Web of Lies which has been heard on terrestrial as well as satellite radio, backed with a killer video with tens of thousands of plays already on youtube.

Returning a fourth time to produce is Lasse Lammert and the stunning artistic graphics of Travis Smith.
Massacre Records / ARVEN + STORMWARRIOR guitarists wanted
Posted by: Denis / 14.07.2014
Two of Massacre Records bands, ARVEN and STORMWARRIOR, are currently looking for a new guitarist!

Here's what they are looking for:

ARVEN is looking for a female guitarist, who plays the guitar very well and wants to have a lot of fun with four girls and the band's drummer Till.
The new guitarist should:
  • be professional and very dedicated to what she's doing
  • be relatively flexible with scheduling her time
  • willing to sometimes spend her free time w/ the band on the weekend
The band offers:
  • a rehearsal room in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  • songs (two released album, currently writing new material)
  • gigs (both in Germany and abroad)
  • a loyal fan base

STORMWARRIOR
Since Alex decided to leave STORMWARRIOR, the band's looking for a new, permanent guitarist as well!

STORMWARRIOR didn't name any special requirements they are looking for, except that the new guitarist should be located in Northern Germany.

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Y.O.C. youtube page
Posted by: Denis / 13.07.2014
Check out Y.O.C. YouTube page! The new songs were added there!

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Furia Music Press / SupreMa announces new lineup and talks about their 10th anniversary
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2014
Brazilian band SupreMa, who has been establishing themselves each day more worldwide with their recently released, announces changes in their lineup.

Lead vocalist Pedro Nascimento and drummer Fernando Castanha are no longer part of the band and the change happens due to musical differences.

To continue the 'Traumatic Scenes' tour, the band announces the return of the experienced drummer Helmut Quacken, who had been in the band from 2008 to 2011 and did 3 tours with the band in the North/Northeast of Brazil, and also recorded the Traumatic Scenes album. Helmut Quacken is known for his great ability and creativity that he has demonstrated also in other bands such as Glory Opera and Dominus Praelli.

To take over as the new voice of SupreMa Diogo Noleto was recruited, a new guy in the scene who has, however, brought to the band a powerful voice with the feeling that Progressive Metal requires.

"I can only thank the former members for the good moments and wish them good luck in their career. Many times our lives point at different paths and basically that's what happened. For the past few months SupreMa has been working day and night for this second leg of the tour in support of the album and I'm extremely happy and motivated with this new lineup. We took new breath, new energies, people with 'blood in the eyes', willing to lift SupreMa's name and also Brazilian Metal even higher all over the world, and that's what I can say SupreMa is today, a team that's totally focused on work and with a lot of fuel for the next steps.

I'm thrilled to have Helmut back in the band, last year he played a show with us in Manaus without one rehearsal whatsoever and it was amazing, the chemistry that we have when we're playing is scary! I'm also happy with Diogo Noleto joining us, a simple and charismatic guy who will surely enchant every fan of the band right away. He's an amazing singer that got me and the whole band and crew amazed even before his first audition with us. His voice is HUGE and I have no doubts it will surprise all fans of the band. Be it in the heavy parts, be it with his clean voice or even the feeling Progressive Metal needs, he surprises during each second of the song. He has an unique voice and I wish for every fan enjoying with us this new Brazilian talent. With these guys full of fire we will climb the next steps we are aiming for"
, said guitarist and band founder Douglas Jen.

The band has its lineup debut performance scheduled and will announce the date and location in the next few days.

"We are super excited about this new stage and new cycle, this year when SupreMa has its 10th anniversary is a very special year and we are preparing a few releases with this new lineup, we can't wait to be able to announce the news and show the fans the new sound that's coming ahead", says bass player Fabio Carito.

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / NOTHGARD (Epic Melodic Death Metal (Germany) 2nd full-length album 'Age Of Pandora' out on 12. Sept.
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2014
With their new and second album Age Of Pandora NOTHGARD is heading straight towards to originality, technical finesse and maturity. The outstanding formation stands out for 3 technical guitars and epic orchestral parts combined with influences of Folk, Classic, Melo-Death and Hard Rock.

"With Age Of Pandora we've made, what we haven't reached with it's album predecessor. Aggression combined with harmony, technical parts combined with silent nuanced, more emotional, orchestral passages. Even on lyrical level I'm very satisfied this time. There are no clichés at all on these new album, but true real-life topics and very own feelings, which have a deep meaning for me and the band. Simply perfect for our fans to get eventually 'lyrical mirrored' so to say." - Dom R. Crey.

In April 2011 NOTHGARD has released their debut album called Warhorns Of Midgard, which received rave reviews. In the same month they performed their first European tour together with Skyforger, Heljareyga, Gernotshagen, Kromlek and Northland. 2012 Skaahl of the mighty WOLFCHANT joined NOTHGARD as their 3rd guitarist. Since then the line-up is constant and stronger than ever.

The new material of NOTHGARD will be bombastic, epic and very technical simply because all three guitars establish a new way of a harmonic interplay between rhythm and double-leads. Beside this 'Guitar-Orchestra' the orchestra parts of the keys ensure pure epicness and heroic power all along the line.

Please note the special guest appearance on the new album: EQUILIBRIUM singer Robse participated with his martial voice at the new NOTHGARD song Obey The King.
AFM Records / Kissin' Dynamite 'Megalomania'
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2014
KISSIN' DYNAMITE unveil the cover artwork of their upcoming album Megalomania due on September 5th.

Preceding the release there will be the single DNA.

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Limb Music / New signing: ASTRALION
Posted by: Denis / 11.07.2014
Limb Music are proud to announce the signing of ASTRALION. The Finnish band with vocalist Ian E. Highhill (Olympos Mons), featuring members of bands such as The Addication and formerly of HumanGod, plays straight Melodic Power Metal and will be a perfect addition to our artist roster. The release is scheduled for fall of 2014. To say it in the bands words: Forget the dragon, forget the sword here's true power from the chord!
New AXEMASTER band member and other news
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2014
After a successful show and great weekend overall at the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocolypse festival in Chicago last April, the band decided that a change was needed in order for Axemaster to best move forward. The band is now proud to announce that Denny Archer (who played with the band at the festival) is now the permanent drummer of AXEMASTER. As mentioned earlier, Denny and Joe Sims played together for a number of years in the late 90's with a very successful band called Reign, so they already have chemistry in both playing and writing together which has already proven to be very beneficial. Denny is highly experienced, an absolute professional, and a greatly respected world-class drummer who has played and/or recorded with a number of higher level projects. It's an honor to include him in the Axemaster family, his addition has already done and will continue to do a lot for the project in every way.

Joe Sims said: "I can't totally express how happy and excited I am that Denny decided to come on board for the long run. I have known him since we were little kids, we're like family! Actually, all the way around, this band has an AMAZING lineup. It's beyond great to be able to work with a group of guys who are not only outstanding musicians, but also professionals in every sense of the word and the best of friends. No egos, no drama, no problems; unless you have been in or worked closely with bands you have no idea how rare that is!!!"

Although a lot of work still needs to be done to finish the new Axemaster album Overture to Madness, enough has been completed to allow the band to submit material and begin talking to labels about its release. Quite a few have expressed interest, and the band is currently in negotiations with one in particular. Axemaster will go into more detail once there is more definite information. Although mixing and mastering each song takes quite a length of time to compete (due to several different factors), all the work is proving to be VERY worthwhile as the band believes the most recently completed masters definitely have the sound quality necessary to be considered entirely professional.

Lastly, as fate would have it, the album that Joe and Denny recorded with Reign (originally released independently in 1997) titled Now and Forever was recently re-released on CD by Divebomb/Tribunal Records. It's been re-mastered (much improved sound) and includes new killer artwork, vintage photos, song lyrics, and an interview with Joe. You can find more information about the disc here.

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Vivaldi Metal Project fundraising campaign (helping deaf-blind children)
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2014
Vivaldi Metal Project is a new project of Mistheria in collaboration with the bass player and composer Alberto Rigoni. They are going to rearrange Vivaldi's masterpiece The Four Seasons in a Metal version with an amazing ALL-METAL-STAR lineup! The project will feature amazing musicians from all the world: Mark Boals, Mike LePond, John Macaluso, Joe Stump, Neil Zaza, Tommy Denander, to name a few already announced.

The project launched a fundraising campaign and part of the income raised will be donated to 'Lega del Filo d'Oro' which helps deaf-blind children since 45 years.

Your support would be much appreciated and will help children in need! Please, check the official web page to know more details and to discover how you can donate and what you'll get in exchange (MP3 download, CD, USB stick, etc.).
Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH new album in the making, first trailer online
Posted by: Denis / 10.07.2014
Sit back and fasten your fairytale seatbelts, as of yesterday NIGHTWISH revealed a first glimpse into their new album. The yet-untitled creation will be the first NIGHTWISH studio-record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. It's set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
Check out the first 'Making of' trailer here.

Enjoy the ride, as NIGHTWISH take you on a trip to where the magic happens: Settled right in the middle of the beautiful wintery landscape of Eno, Finland, band members and sound staff gather round the long table of 'the Cabin' to discuss every aspect, relevant for the making of NIGHTWISH album #8. So far the bands' mastermind, keyboardist and visionary composer Tuomas Holopainen and sound engineer Tero 'TeeCee' Kinnunen recorded demo version of 12 songs.

Commented Tuomas Holopainen: "From the moment I start writing the song, I have the story in my head. I have a really clear vision how the songs should sound like at this point. Of course they will chance after band rehearsals and arranging. And they should change!"

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Pure Steel Records / SUNLESS SKY 'Firebreather'
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2014
The release date of the new SUNLESS SKY album Firebreather on CD is August 8th, 2014. The preorder phase will start on July 25th, 2014 in label's webshop.

SUNLESS SKY from Cleveland / Ohio are still unknown in the music world, but not some of the members. Frontman Juan Ricardo was active in the 80s/90s with cult bands like Attaxe and Ritual, guitarist Harry Hillock played over 15 years ago at Erecto Hector. With Firebreather the band is releasing their debut album worldwide through Pure Steel Records on 8th August 2014.

The band plays traditional melodic US Heavy / Power Metal with driving, strong melodies, powerful vocals and catchy songs. The extravagant, impressive vocal style of Juan remembers of Helstar singer James Rivera. This is mixed up with filigree, clean guitar harmonies and a strong professional sound.

With Firebreather SUNLESS SKY created a successful debut and deserves the attention of many friends of true Heavy Metal!
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Subzero
  2. Deathmachine
  3. Firebreather
  4. Immortality
  5. Pandemonium
  6. The Whaler
  7. Fear
  8. Grind You Down
  9. Human Time Bomb
  10. Air Raid
  11. Planet - X
  12. Solitude
  13. Warlords
  14. Candys Gone Bad
Frontiers Records / MOONLAND the return of Vanilla Ninja’s Lenna Kuurmaa
Posted by: Denis / 09.07.2014
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of MOONLAND self titled debut album on September 19th in Europe and September 23rd in North America.

This anticipated album finally brings back to the spotlight on the international Rock music markets Estonian singer, actress and TV personality Lenna Kuurmaa. Lenna has been the front-woman of the Pop-Rock sensation VANILLA NINJA, an all-female outfit, which debuted in 2002 with their self-titled album and went on to release internationally another 3 very successful studio albums (which won Gold and Platinum Records awards in Germany and Gold in Austria and Switzerland). In 2005 VANILLA NINJA also won the selection to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Festival with the song 'Cool Vibes', ending at the 8th place.

The group's latest album, Love is War, was released in May 2006 and brought VANILLA NINJA to appear successfully at the Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. The latest release from the band was a single Crashing Through the Doors, a great rock song penned specifically for VANILLA NINJA by Roxette's Per Gessle.

VANILLA NINJA however went into hiatus since then and the members started to get involved in different projects. Lenna Kuurmaa appeared as an actress and TV presenter in Estonia and started a musical solo project under her own name, until she was approached by Frontiers Records with a concept to be return with a new international release with songs tailored for her singing style, with musical influences ranging from classic Heart and Europe with a touch of Roxette.

With Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, LRS, Issa) taking care of the production and a concert appearance in front of the Frontiers Rock Festival crowd in Milano in May, MOONLAND (a name coming from the translation of finnish words Kuu / Moon and Maa / Land which also make up Lenna's name) is a new exciting musical venture from Lenna Kuurmaa, which is ready again to show the World her brilliant voice and talents.

"I am excited to see how this new international project will turn out and where will it lead me to" says Lenna. "Musically Moonland is more adult oriented compared to Vanilla Ninja but both have strong melodic rock melodies! It will be interesting to see which songs will reach the audience more than the others."
A.R. Press Office / ERRATA CORRIGE: July 24th: Kim Bingham opening the 'Suoni di Marca Festival' with Urock feat. Alan Parsons
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2014
Canadian Rock singer and songwriter Kim Bingham is proud to announce that, backed by her Italian band (Alberto Rigoni on bass, Steve Silenzi on guitars, Denis Novello on drums), she will be opening the Suoni di Marca festival in Treviso (Italy) with Urock feat. the legendary Alan Parsons on July 24th 2014. The show will start at 9 pm and the entrance will be free.

Kim Bingham is a Canadian singer-songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and composer. She began her career as a member of the Montreal ska band Me Mom and Morgentaler and has released a number of solo albums, penning hits for other artists and winning awards for her composing work ('les Invincibles'). Kim has toured Europe and the U.S. with pop singer Nelly Furtado as a guitarist and backing vocalist in Furtado's band. Kim's video for Up won a 2013 Independent Music Award for Best Video (USA). Kim Bingham's latest album Up can be listened here.
Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD artwork, tracklist and more details about 'For The Journey' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 08.07.2014
British Progressive Metal heroes THRESHOLD reveal further info on their upcoming new album For The Journey. The successor for their 2012 output March Of Progress was produced by Karl Groom and THRESHOLD keyboardist Richard West at Thin Ice Studios in England and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland and will be released on September 19, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork was created by Polish artist Leszek Bujnowski, who THRESHOLD found on the internet. "He's designed some beautiful pieces and we thought this was a perfect THRESHOLD cover," stated West.

Commented Richard West: "For The Journey is one of our strongest albums and one of the most enjoyable to make. I've probably heard it a thousand times during the recording process, but now that's it's over I still can't stop listening to it!"

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Massacre Records new signing: LONEWOLF
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2014
The history of LONEWOLF, hailing from Grenoble (France), began back in 1992. They played true Heavy Metal since the very beginning and soon released several demo tapes as well as a 7" and recorded even an album, which unfortunately never got released and is referred to as 'the lost album'. Following a bad experience with a French label, LONEWOLF split up in 1996.

They came back in 2000, along with the demo March Into The Arena, which was re-released as the band's debut album via Goi Music in 2001. The second album Unholy Paradise followed two years later. Made In Hell was released in 2008 via Eat Metal, followed by The Dark Crusade in 2009 (via Kathargo Records/Killer Metal Records). The band's latest albums are Army Of The Damned (2012, Napalm Records) and The Fourth And Final Horseman (2013, Napalm Records).

LONEWOLF were the first French band ever to play in Greece and were opening act for Grave Digger at their first gig in France. During the past decade, LONEWOLF went on headliner EU tour with Dragonsfire and Iron Fate in 2011 and were part of the 'Wolfsnächte Tour' 2012, along with Powerwolf, Stormwarrior and Mystic Prophecy. They also played at festivals such as the Up The Hammers (GR), Headbangers Open Air (GER), Hard Rock Session (FR), Beastival (DE) or the Metalfest Open Airs (DE and AT).

LONEWOLF's new album Cult Of Steel will be released in autumn 2014 via Massacre Records!

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Massacre Records / HEVILAN New Drummer
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2014
Good news from Brazil's Heavy Metal outfit HEVILAN!

The guys have a new, permanent drummer named Rafael Dyszy. He started playing the drums at age 14 and was, among others, also taught by the well-known Brazilian drummer Edu Ribeiro. Dyszy already joined HEVILAN on tour back in 2006 during the band's 'Blinded' tour, but couldn't permanently join the band at that time.

HEVILAN recently announced a new gig, which is going to take place in Jandira, Brazil:
26.07.2014 BR Jandira (São Paulo) - Caveira Velha Rock Bar

HEVILAN's debut album The End Of Time is scheduled to be released later this year via Massacre Records.
Cruz del Sur Music / STEEL PROPHET releases third video off their new album 'Omniscient'
Posted by: Denis / 07.07.2014
STEEL PROPHET has released the third video off their new album Omniscient which is released in Europe as of now, and will be available next week in the USA.

QUEEN's Bohemian Rhapsody was performed last year at Keep It True with an awesome crowd's participation and a strong performance of the band. The video reflects the visual magic of that night, and can be streamed from YouTube here.

Omniscient features 14 songs for over 60 minutes of Progressive Power Metal glory and it's actually available in limited edition digibook (available in 10 days) with a 36-page booklet containing the art of Timo Würz and the entire album story/synopsis, and also in a regular, 24-page compact disc and digital editions. The double gatefold LP edition will be released Sept 1st.

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Y.O.C. songs
Posted by: Denis / 06.07.2014
You can listen directly to Y.O.C.'s Metal songs from here.

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METALMESSAGE Promotion / SYLVATICA debut full-length 'Evil Seeds' out NOW
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2014
Deep from the swamps of Denmark, to draw any unwelcome guest inside the murky depths... Finest Melodic Death Metal with a folkish touch!

SYLVATICA's debut full-length Evil Seeds has been released at July, 1. Check their surprisingly high class & be a dark part of their realm.
Punishment 18 Records / Highlord parts ways with Stefano 'Sted' Droetto
Posted by: Denis / 03.07.2014
Italian Power metallers Highlord decided to part ways with historical guitarist Stefano 'Sted' Droetto.

The band want to say that this problem will not slow down the group activities. Auditions for new guitarist will be held in a few time. At the same time, the band is writing the new album, following the previous The Warning After, released in 2013.

The band members will wish good luck to Sted future projects and express deepest gratitude for the basic contribution Sted put in the band work.

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Pure Steel Records / SLEEPY HOLLOW announce Benefit Show
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2014
On August 10th 2014, SLEEPY HOLLOW will be playing a benefit concert in St. Nick's Grove, Erie, Pennsylvania (USA). This event is an all important one for it will be a fund raiser for vocalist Bob Mitchell's cousin Doug Peck, who is suffering from a a serious medical condition.

Bandstatment: "We are excited to share the stage equally with the great bands did comprise the strong music scene in Erie, we look forward to finally meeting our fans in Erie and rock with you for a great cause. We thank you for the privilege and honor of doing this."

The show starts at 12pm and ends 7pm. Tickets are on pre-sale for $ 10.00 and at the box office for $ 15.00.
With: GRIND IRON, A BED OF RAZORS, DECEMBER BLUE, HAMMERSMITH, NUMBSKULL, LEADER OF MEN and GEEK ARMY.

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Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL release official 'Armorist' music video
Posted by: Denis / 02.07.2014
Jersey Thrash legends OVERKILL release the official music video for the track Armorist from their upcoming new album White Devil Armory. The video is co-premiering July 1st at 21:00 CET on Metal Hammer (UK) and Rock Hard (Germany) and Noisy (USA). Check it out here.

The band just recently released the official lyric video for Armorist, which is available to watch here.

Commented vocalist Bobby Blitz: "We had a head banging riot working with Kevin Custer, he has an eye for the performance and the fast editing hand. Just what the doctor ordered for a face-melting, thrash-a-thon! I was quite blown away with his use of natural light in Armorist, as if he let the sun in through the windows, then controlled how it was used. Horns up Kids, here comes the OVERKILL/Custer, Armorist!"

White Devil Armory will be out on July 18, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012's The Electric Age.

Check out OVERKILL live at the following dates:
  • 30.10. ESP Barcelona - Razz2
  • 31.10. ESP Madrid - Shoko
  • 01.11. PT Porto - Hard Club
  • 02.11. ESP Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia
  • 04.11. I Milano - Live Club
  • 05.11. CH Pratteln - Z 7
  • 06.11. D Karlsruhe - Substage
  • 07.11. D Osnabrück - Rosenhof
  • 08.11. D Bremen - Tivoli
  • 09.11. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
  • 11.11. D Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
  • 12.11. D Hamburg - Markthalle
  • 13.11. D Berlin - Postbahnhof
  • 14.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
  • 15.11. NL Uden - De Pul
Presented by EMP, Rock Hard, Guitar, EMP Rock Invasion.

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Alberto Rigoni unveils the title, the artwork and one of the special guests of his new album
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2014
After the success of Three Wise Monkeys which featured amazing contributions from legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater) and Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Italian bassist and prog rock composer Alberto Rigoni (Solo, TwinSpirits, Vivaldi Metal Project, Kim Bingham) is proud to announce the release of his new album OVERLOADED.

More heavy and progressive than its predecessors, Alberto's new album will be released by Any and All Records on October 1st 2014 and it will be distributed worldwide by PowerProg (Europe), Nightmare Records (USA & Canada), Disk Union (Japan), Mylodon Records (Chile), BTF (Italy), La Mazakuata Records (Mexico).

The artwork of Overloaded has been designed by Chris van der Linden.

Alberto also announces that one of the special guests of the album is the talented Italian guitarist Marc Sfogli (James LaBrie). At the following link you can see Marco recording guitars on the album title track Overloaded. More guests will be announced soon.
Nuclear Blast / HAMMERFALL first '(r)Evolution' online trailer revealed
Posted by: Denis / 01.07.2014
After taking a creative break last year, Swedish Heavy Metal pioneers HAMMERFALL are fully recharged and back with a vengeance. Entering a new chapter of the HAMMERFALL success story, (r)Evolution will be out on August 29 (Sweden: 27.08., UK: 01.09., USA: 02.09.) via Nuclear Blast.

Enjoy the first album trailer, recorded during the band's album presentation in Gothenburg on May 24th, edited by David Havlena at the 'Pax studio'.

On July 18, 2014 the hymn-like Bushido will be released as the first single track – digitally as well as on vinyl. The song sums up the band and its history perfectly, as in Japanese bushido means 'the way of the warrior'.

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25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Gamma Ray
"I Will Return"

2. Gamma Ray
"Pale Rider"

3. Gamma Ray
"Time for Deliverance"

4. Gamma Ray
"Avalon"

5. Astral Domine
"Arcanum Gloriae"

6. Skyliner
"Outsiders"

7. Hammercult
"Steelcrusher"

8. Kirk
"Masquerade"

9. Liverani, Daniele
"Fantasia"

10. Liverani, Daniele
"Eleven Mysteries"

11. Violent Omen
"L.U.N.A.C.Y."

12. Condition Critical
"Operational Hazard"

13. Divul
"I Az Vozdam (I Will Repay)"

14. Paradox
"The Demo Collection 1986-1987"

15. Crusader (US)
"Onward into Battle"

16. Angra
"new album"

17. Twilight Messenger
"The World Below"

18. Gus G.
"I Am the Fire"

19. Gus G.
"Diginet Music Guitar Masters"

20. Pretty Maids
"Louder Than Ever"

21. Wolfen
"Evilution"

22. Poison
"Hollyweird"

23. Poison
"Power to the People"

24. Poison
"Crack a Smile... And More!"

25. Exodus
"Blood In Blood Out"


15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. Astral Domine
2. Skyliner
3. Hammercult
4. Condition Critical
5. Violent Omen
6. Divul
7. Twilight Messenger
8. Gus G.
9. R.I.P. Soldier
10. Flash of Aggression
11. Hame-leon
12. Altair
13. Black Hawk
14. Sage's Recital
15. Javelin

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