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METALMESSAGE / KALEDON 'Carnagus - Emperor Of The Darkness'
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2017
Since the 2014 album Antillius: The King Of The Light the worldwide admirers of the Italian Metal historians KALEDON are hoping for a successor. Now the extraordinary formation is back with a virtuosic, melodic and epic POWER METAL spectacle! After 3 years from the previous release, KALEDON return with the bombastic, epic and majestic album Carnagus - Emperor Of The Darkness.

With a renewed line-up, enhanced by Michele Guaitoli's (Overtures, ex-Future Is Tomorrow) powerful vocals and Manuele di Ascenzo's (ex-Secret Rule) amazing drums skills, mastermind Alex Mele (guitars) has finally forged a new chapter of the Legend Of The Forgotten Reign saga reaching the perfect mix of modern riffs, classic Power Metal speeds, epic choirs and symphonic arrangements.

Together with Paolo Campitelli (keyboards) and the founding members Tommy Nemesio (guitars) and Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar) KALEDON are back, stronger than ever. Official release date for Carnagus - Emperor Of The Darkness is May 15th, 2017.

World-renowned French graphic artist Jean-Pascal Fournier, who has once again been working for KALEDON after the 2010 work Legend Of The Forgotten Reign, Chapter VI: The Last Night On The Battlefield, is responsible for the optically worthy presentation of the new album. KALEDON had been working on the entire chapter of this saga on six albums. Once the saga was written down in 1997. Now all the parts of this long-term tracked overall concept fit together convincingly and extremely exciting on a single album.

Thematically dramatically, 2017 is all about this elaborately narrated, medieval fantasy story. It is about the classic good/evil plot ... and so much more. There are two rulers in this conflict, which is deeply marked by malicious, cruel and intriguing jealousy: while the good regent Antillius knows everything around him, which makes a decent kingdom happy, the evil opponent monarch Carnagus envies him all the luck. Everything begins with the fatal birth of Carnagus in November of the gloomy year of 1295...

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LADY BEAST signs to Cruz Del Sur Music
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2017
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC is pleased to welcome US Heavy Metal band LADY BEAST in its roster!

Formed in 2010, LADY BEAST has so far released two full lengths (simply entitled 'I' and 'II') and an EP (Metal Immortal) for French label INFERNO RECORDS.

Authors of an aggressive and fast-paced heavy metal with traditional influences from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Acid, and combining killer twin guitars with the energetic presence of vocalist Deborah Levine, the band will soon enter the studio to record Vicious Breed to be released in late 2017 in compact disc, vinyl and digital.
    LINE UP:
  • Deborah Levine – vocals
  • Andy Ramage – lead guitar
  • Chris Tritschler – rhythm guitar
  • Greg Colaizzi – bass
  • Adam Ramage – drums
Inner Wound Recordings / MindMaze 'Sign of Life' music video released
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2017
The US Progressive Power Metal band MINDMAZE just released a music video for Sign of Life, the first single from their new album Resolve. The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Massacre Records / STORMHAMMER - album teaser
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2017
In case you still don't know if STORMHAMMER's new album - in stores on March 24th - is something for you, check out the Welcome To The End album teaser.

If you want to see the band live, your next chance is in early August at the Metal United Festival Regensburg in Obertraubling, Germany.

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Nuclear Blast / GRAND MAGUS new music video revealed
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2017
Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS released their current studio album Sword Songs on May 13th 2016 through Nuclear Blast. Once more, the band entered the European charts with high positions.

In support of their upcoming UK and Ireland tour, the band has launched a new music video for the song Freja's Choice.

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Nuclear Blast / METAL CHURCH announce MESHIAAK as support act & more European tour dates
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2017
Heavy Metal titans METAL CHURCH recently announced a string of European tour dates for this summer. They will be touring in celebration of their latest studio album XI, which was released last year via Nuclear Blast. Now Australian metallers MESHIAAK, who just released their debut, Alliance Of Thieves, in 2016, have been announced as support act on this trek. Additionally METAL CHURCH can also reveal a few more tour dates in Greece and Russia.

Masterful METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement: "The METAL CHURCH fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for Heavy Metal music is second to none!"

MESHIAAK added: "We are extremely excited to be making our debut tour through Europe with the mighty METAL CHURCH. We couldn't be happier about starting our journey in Europe and we can't wait to finally play these songs live."
    METAL CHURCH w/ MESHIAAK
  • 09.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival*
  • 10.06. D Bremen - Tivoli
  • 11.06. NL Eindhoven - Dynamo Club
  • 12.06. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
  • 13.06. D Munich - Backstage
  • 14.06. D Stuttgart - dasCann
  • 16.06. B Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
  • 17.06. D Neunkirchen - Stummsche Reithalle
  • 18.06. F Clisson - Hellfest*
  • 20.06. UK London - Underworld
  • 21.06. UK Glasgow - Audio
  • 22.06. UK Belfast - Limelight 2
  • 23.06. IRL Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
  • 24.06. UK Bristol - Thekla
  • 26.06. GR Thessaloniki - Eightball Club* NEW!
  • 27.06. GR Athens - Kyttaro Live* NEW!
  • 30.06. E Barcelona - Rock Fest*
  • 02.07. RUS Moscow - Volta* NEW!
    *METAL CHURCH only
    More METAL CHURCH dates w/ ALTER BRIDGE, IN FLAMES
  • 02.05. USA Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom *CANCELLED*
  • 03.05. USA Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel *CANCELLED*
  • 09.05. USA Baltimore, MD - The Hippodrome *CANCELLED*
  • 11.05. USA Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater *CANCELLED*
  • 17.05. USA Milwaukee, WI - The Rave *CANCELLED*
  • 15.07. USA Chicago, IL - Chicago Open Air
  • 05.08. F St.-Maurice-De-Gourdans - Sylak Open Air
  • 09./10.08. CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault
  • 10.08. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
  • 11.08. NL Leeuwarden - Into The Grave
  • 12.08. P Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
  • 07.09. USA Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA XVIII

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Punishment 18 Records / IN.SI.DIA listen to 'Cosa Resta' from the new album
Posted by: Denis / 24.03.2017
New song Cosa Resta is available, this is the second single off the new IN.SI.DIA. album Denso Inganno which will be released on March 25th via Punishment 18 Records.

The band will present the new songs on April 15th at the release party where you will be able to buy a copy of Denso Inganno and celebrate with the whole band at Colony Club in Brescia.
SPV / RAVEN announce tour dates for 2017
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2017
NWoBHM legends RAVEN announce the first live dates for 2017. The band is excited to go back on the road again:
"Hi there, after a longer than expected break RAVEN are ready & raring to get out on the road again, a quick warm up in the USA will be following by a Euro tour with old friends Hirax opening & we shall also be hitting the European festival circuit hard in 2017 – and squeeze in a USA tour – and working on South America & some more exotic locales!!! LETS ALL KICK SOME ASS!!!" (John, Mark, Joe)

RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true Heavy Metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

The current album ExtermiNation was released in April 2015 as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version, download and stream through SPV/Steamhammer.
    RAVEN live 2017:
  • 18.05.US-Chicago,IL – Reggies
  • 19.05.US-Clifton,NJ – Dingbatz
  • 20.05.US-Halethorpe,MD – Fish Head Cantina
  • 03.06.SE-Tyrolen – Muskelrock
  • 07.06.B-Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
  • 08.06.D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore
  • 09.06.D-Essen – Turock
  • 10.06.NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
  • 11.06.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
  • 12.06.D-Osnabrück - Bastard Club
  • 13.06.D-Dresden – Chemie Fabrik
  • 14.06.A-Dornbirn - Schlachthaus
  • 15.06.I-Firenze – Circus Club
  • 16.06.I-Milan – Blue Rose Club
  • 17.06.F-Montbeliard – Aterlier des Moles
  • 15.07.D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
  • 27.07.SLO-Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
  • 29.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
  • 10.08.E-Villena – Leyendas del Rock Festival
  • 13.08.B-Kortijk – Alcatraz Festival
  • 06.10.US-Ventura,CA – Frost & Fire Festival
  • 01.-02.12.GB-Sheffield - O2 Academy (The X Mas Rocka NWoBHM)

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Punishment 18 Records / Ancient Dome 'The Void Unending' artwork unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2017
Italian Thrash metallers Ancient Dome has revealed the cover artwork of their next full-length album titled The Void Unending. Artwork was designed by Mario Estuardo López Morales (Hyades, Sabbat, Repulsor, Iron Kobra, Endovein, Game Over). The new effort in studio will be released before next summer by Punishment 18 Records.

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Punishment 18 Records / Black Phantom works completed on their new full-length
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2017
Italian Heavy metallers Black Phantom has officially completed the works on the new full-length album titled Better Beware!. Black Phantom, a band of professional musicians with over 25 years of experience in the Italian Metal scene, leaded by Mesmerize bass player Andrea Tito, will release Better Beware! later this spring by Punishment 18 Records.
Napalm Records / SEVEN KINGDOMS unveil release date, artwork and track listing of 'Decennium'
Posted by: Denis / 23.03.2017
Florida Power Metal act SEVEN KINGDOMS have recently signed to Napalm Records and are now ready to unveil the track listing, release date and cover artwork for their forthcoming full length album and Napalm Records debut, Decennium. A band started for fun, found that hard work and dedication to their craft has major pay offs... SEVEN KINGDOMS is carving its own path in metal history creating something genuinely unique, yet undeniably Power Metal!

Decennium will be released worldwide via Napalm Records on May 5th 2017!

Decennium was recorded with Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Savatage, Death) and Phil Pluskota (Abiotic, King Conquer) at North Avenue Studios and Morrisound Recording. SEVEN KINGDOMS mixed the album at Morrisound Recording and was mastered by Jacob Hansen (Avantasia, Evergrey, Volbeat).

Commented SEVEN KINGDOMS guitarist Camden Cruz: "We are very excited to start the Pre-Orders for the Official Worldwide Release of Decennium via Napalm Records. We are very, very happy with this album and it is undeniably the best product the band has put fourth yet. Napalm ensures that a significant amount of people overseas will get a chance to get the record now without the incredible shipping prices, and also we are excited to finally bring Digital and Streaming platforms to the fold thanks to Napalm. We are very excited for what all of this new stuff brings! Please Pre-Order the record and tell your friends to do the same! See you on tour with Evergrey in about 6 weeks! Get your tickets for the North American dates!"

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Y.O.C. new song
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2017
New original song BORN TO A NEW DAY will appear on our Y.O.C.'s page very soon!

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Imperative PR / The Drowning to tour with Vader and Immolation
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2017
The Drowning will be joining Death Metal legends Vader and their touring partners Immolation and Monument Of Misanthropy, for three key dates on the upcoming Rise Of The Empire European Tour. The Welsh Doom/Death overlords will be bringing their own unique dark majesty to the shows in Manchester, London and Brighton, with the Brighton date seeing The Drowning headline the second stage of a huge all day event from the organisers of Mammothfest.
  • April 11th Rebellion, Manchester
  • April 14th The Underworld, London
  • April 16th The Arch, Brighton (as as second stage headliners of the Easter Sunday Metal All-Dayer)
These prestigious dates will bring to a close the touring cycle in support of The Drowning's magnificent Senescent Signs album, which was heralded by Zero Tolerance Magazine as 'far and away the finest album the band have ever released'. Work will soon commence on the follow up to Senescent Signs so these dates represent a last opportunity to experience the stunning set the band have based around it.
AFM Records / Danzig 'BLACK LADEN CROWN' FIRST ALBUM OF ALL NEW MATERIAL IN 7 YEARS - OUT MAY 12th
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2017
Following on his historic reunion with the classic Misfits lineup attended by record numbers at last year's Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago as well as the recent confirmation of a headlining set at this year's Blackest Of The Black festival. Glenn Danzig has now confirmed the title and release date of first Danzig album of all new material since 2010's widely acclaimed DETH RED SABAOTH: BLACK LADEN CROWN, 50 minutes of long awaited brand new Danzig music, will be released on May 12th.

The details of BLACK LADEN CROWN follow on the announcement of Danzig's Blackest of the Black Festival: Two days of non-stop music and mayhem taking place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA on May 26th and 27th. Danzig will close the festivities May 27th, headlining a bill featuring more than 20 artists playing amidst a full scale takeover and transformation of the park grounds featuring literally dozens of attractions, vendors, performers, and other surprises musical and otherwise.

Blackest Of The Black promises to create a site-wide atmosphere like no festival before or since. A full rundown of performers and attractions will be announced shortly.

Additionally, this summer marks the 25th Anniversary of the classic DANZIG III: HOW THE GODS KILL. Produced by Danzig himself and featuring the unforgettable cover adorned by H.R. Giger's Meister und Margeritha (The Master and Margarita), HOW THE GODS KILL was the first DANZIG album to crack Billboard's Top 30 and inspired Rolling Stone to rave in its review at the time, 'Rock is alarmingly short of visionaries these days; Danzig is the genuine article'.

Danzig will be performing a limited number of shows this summer, commemorating the occasion with live performances of numerous songs from HOW THE GODS KILL.

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Intromental / UNTIL RAIN
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2017
Thessaloniki, Greece-based alternative/Progressive Metal act, UNTIL RAIN, has released the first single for their Sensory Records-bound Inure LP, issuing the track Because Something Might Happen through all major digital platforms, as well as through an official video for the song.

Running over nine minutes in length, the wide spectrum of textures and stylistic approaches captured on UNTIL RAIN's exploratory new album are explosively displayed on the extensive new track. Boasting a storyline and visual conveyance as intense as the song itself, the video for Because Something Might Happen was directed and filmed by Charlene Mercedes, with post-production by Tolis Karoulas, and features special guest Venetia Psomiadou.

The members of UNTIL RAIN issue with the single, "Excited to release our first video taken from our upcoming release, Inure. This video represents everything this album deals with and shows the bright and the dark side of the human mind."

Sensory Records will release Inure in Europe on April 28th and in the US on May 12th.

With Inure, UNTIL RAIN's first album since 2013's well-received Anthem To Creation finds them exploring the dark world of psychological/emotional abuse, loss, and doubt and it presents the darkest side of the band thus far. Inure was recorded by UNTIL RAIN in various European cities, including Thessaloniki, London, Gothenburg, and Lausanne, and mixed/mastered by Daniel Cardoso of Anathema in Lisbon, Portugal (Anneke Van Giersbergen, Anathema, Head Control System). The album features beautiful artwork by the new Greek artist/designer Nassia Kefala, and a hand-drawn cover that completely represents the concept of the album and the duality of many inured people; appearing lush on the outside, yet they are rotted inside. With nine massive tracks, Inure presents an hour-long journey that you will want to take again and again, the digital release bearing an additional bonus track as well.
Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD announce support acts for their upcoming tour
Posted by: Denis / 22.03.2017
Recently, the British Progressive protagonists THRESHOLD have announced their 11th masterpiece called Legends Of The Shires, scheduled to be released in autumn 2017, which is being produced by Karl Groom and Richard West. Furthermore, they have also announced the dates for the 'Legends Of The Shires'-Tour 2017 where you'll be able to fully experience songs from the new album on stage!

Now the band reveals the support acts for this tour: Get ready for DAMNATION ANGELS and DAY SIX!

Richard West comments: "We've got two excellent bands joining us for the tour. We met DAY SIX when they supported us for a few shows back in 2011 and we're very happy to have them back for a whole tour. DAMNATION ANGELS were a crowd favourite when they opened for us last year, so it's great to have them back as main support for 2017."

British symphonic Metal act DAMNATION ANGELS was formed in 2006 and their most recent record The Valiant Fire (2015) marked their second studio album.

They comment: "We're excited and ready for round two with our good friends THRESHOLD! The last tour was incredible, the fans were amazing and we can't wait to return. This time playing a longer, more diverse set of our brand of symphonic Metal. Let's be 'avin it!"

Dutch Progressive Rock band DAY SIX recently released their 2010 album The Grand Design and is ready to properly present a new album on this upcoming tour!

The band states: "This is one of those rare moments in live where things just fit seamlessly: while we are scheduling studio recordings for our new album, THRESHOLD was looking for an openingact for their European tour. When? Exactly when we planned to have the new DAY SIX record finished! We are more than happy to go on tour with THRESHOLD and to be opening the shows for these wonderful guys and amazing musicians!"
    'Legends Of The Shires'-Tour 2017 (presented by 'Rock Hard', 'Eclipsed', 'Rock It!', 'Blast!' and 'Wacken Radio') + Special Guests
  • 28.11. NL Weert - Bosuil
  • 29.11. GER Hamburg - Markthalle
  • 30.11. GER Berlin - Lido
  • 01.12. GER Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
  • 02.12. GER München - Feierwerk
  • 03.12. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 05.12. GER Stuttgart - Club Cann
  • 06.12. GER Hannover - Musikzentrum
  • 07.12. BEL Kortrijk - De Kreun
  • 08.12. GER Essen - Turock
  • 09.12. NL Zoetermeer - Boerderij
  • 10.12. UK London - O2 Islington Academy

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Stormspell Records / CLOVEN ALTAR
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2017
CLOVEN ALTAR's sophomore album entitled Enter the Night has been finished! Full album has 8 tunes. The cover art - the original paining (acrylics on canvas) is called 'Epitaph' by Robert Steven Connett. Licensed and used with kind permission from the author.
SPV / EDENBRIDGE release new digital single
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2017
The Austrian symphonic Metal act Edenbridge release a new digital single. The Moment Is Now is taken from the new album The Great Momentum.

Mastermind Lanvall says about the song: "Our second single and video song The Moment Is Now deals with the main message of the album title The Great Momentum. Live in the 'timeless, absolute NOW'! Neither in the past, nor in the future!"

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PRIDE & JOY MUSIC signs German symphonic Metal ONCE; Crowdfunding campaign started
Posted by: Denis / 21.03.2017
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of German symphonic Metal band ONCE! Based in Münster, Germany the female-fronted four-piece is currently working on their full length-debut album After Earth which is scheduled for a release in January 2018!

Formed in the year 2012, ONCE first started to work on creating a fully orchestrated Metal project. This process resulted in the release of a first demo EP and two video clips in the year 2015 which were recorded and filmed at the conservatory in Enschede, The Netherlands. Singer Alina Lesnik is now already known for her popular Youtube cover channel and her participation in our best selling release the VIVALDI METAL PROJECT. The line-up next to Alina consists of Frank Wypchol (keys), Alexander Hey (drums) and Marco Paulzen (male vocals, guitars).

In late 2016, ONCE caught the attention of PRIDE & JOY MUSIC with their demo and met up with the label to work on ideas on how to realize the concept together. In January 2017, the four-piece group finally signed a record deal with the label.

Earlier this week, ONCE have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to complete the album production.
Imperative PR / Maxdmyz to release Alchemical Metal on Renegade Records plus new dystopian video single
Posted by: Denis / 20.03.2017
Maxdmyz have redefined themselves with this release and have never sounded more potent and powerful. Armed with their palette of endless colours these sonic rebels have produced music as eclectic as it is explosive. They have poured emotion into a heart of steel, crafting a music machine driven by love, hate, rage and joy, sadness, regret and hope. This band can deliver a hammer blow with an iron fist, bewitch your soul with their immersive soundscapes or simply obliterate you in a wall of cyber noise. All of this and more can be found on the beguiling, untameable, impossible to cage Alchemical Metal. You'll be enchanted and broken, raised up to dizzying heights of euphoria and crushed into the dirt of bitter, black despair. From a reason to live to down in the dirt, via hell... The band's vision of a dystopian future, expressed in the single All To Hell, has been stunningly captured by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art (Flotsam And Jetsam, Formicarius, Solitary etc) in a new lyric video. This powerful piece of visual art really captures the spirit of the visionary song.

The band will be playing a special release show for the new EP when they appear at the 7th Edition of Renaissance Alternative Music Festival held on Sunday April 23rd at the Lounge 666. This twelve hour extravaganza will include cabaret, a photography exhibition, life drawing, a display of comics and a host of top bands and DJs.
AFM Records / Rhapsody Of Fire announce the release of 'Legendary Years'
Posted by: Denis / 20.03.2017
A legend continues in impressive fashion: Italian symphonic Power Metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE have re-recorded their biggest classic songs of the Rhapsody years (1997 - 2002) with enormous effort and a huge result. Mixed and mastered by GREENMAN STUDIOS - Sebastian 'Seeb' Levermann (Orden Ogan). Legendary Years – out May 26, available as Digipak CD & ltd. colored 2-Vinyl.

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Napalm Records / KOBRA AND THE LOTUS unleash new song 'You Don't Know'
Posted by: Denis / 20.03.2017
It's been three years since Kobra And The Lotus' last studio album High Priestess was released back in 2014. The time since has not been wasted; with their third album under their belt, and completing multiple tours worldwide (with the likes of Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Black Label Society, Fear Factory to name just a few), their path of self-discovery has led them to this most important moment in their career. Prevail I, the band's latest offering, will be released on May 12th 2017 on Napalm Records, and promises to be a rock juggernaut full of blistering guitars, pounding rhythms and haunting vocal melodies that will take the listener on a sonic journey leading them out from the darkness and into the light! Produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica etc) and mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen, Prevail I will undoubtedly usher the band to much deserved elevated hard rock status. Evolution is inevitable and Kobra And The Lotus have delivered their most powerful album to date.

Let the music speak for itself. To get a taste of Prevail I, Kobra And The Lotus have now unleashed their first single for the stunning track You Don't Know!

Says vocalist Kobra Paige:
"To be alive brings many great things but among those things includes great suffering. It's painful to feel backed into a corner, judged, misunderstood for who we really are. We can never really know a person until we have seen their point of view, crawled into their skin, and walked a mile in their shoes, but that will never happen. This is the anthem for the man, the woman, the human, navigating their life the best way they can. After all 'You don’t know what it’s like to be me!'"

In support of their new album, Kobra And The Lotus have announced a North American tour supporting label-mates Xandria this May. In addition the North American dates, the band has a handful of European dates on the books with more to come. Don't miss out on seeing Kobra And The Lotus live!

Kobra Paige and the band are excited to hit the road: "It is with great pleasure to announce not only our first tour of the year but also our first unveiling of Prevail I! We are thrilled to be hitting the road through North America this May in support of Xandria. With Once Human kicking off the night, this is sure to be a fiercely versatile bill that will keep people on their toes from start to finish. See you soon!"
    XANDRIA, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS w/ Once Human:
  • 5/9: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
  • 5/11: Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martiniere
  • 5/12: Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
  • 5/13: Toronto, ON @ Garrison
  • 5/14: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
  • 5/16: Joliet, IL @ The Forge Club
  • 5/18: Denver, CO @ Moon Room
  • 5/19: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
  • 5/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
  • 5/22: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
  • 5/23: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
  • 5/24: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
  • 5/26: Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline Sports Lounge
  • 5/27: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
  • 5/29: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
  • 5/30: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red-Mesa
    KOBRA AND THE LOTUS European Tour Dates:
  • 10.06.17 BE - Wervik / Skullfest
  • 14.07.17 SE - Gavle / Gavle
  • 27.07.17 SL - Tolmin / Metaldays!
  • 19.08.17 SK - Zvolenská / Futbalové ihirská

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Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL release music video for 'Shine On'
Posted by: Denis / 20.03.2017
With only 3 months into 2017, legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have released their highly anticipated album, The Grinding Wheel, followed by a US trek that ended one week ago.

Now the band release the music video for Shine On.

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Divebomb Records / LOVELL'S BLADE music video
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2017
LOVELL'S BLADE have released a new music video for the song Dynamite.

The track is taken from their debut album, Stone Cold Steel, which was released on February 10th in North America via Divebomb Records.
Frontiers Music / Vanden Plas - The Seraphic Live Works
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of VANDEN PLAS' forthcoming live CD/DVD entitled The Seraphic Live Works on May 12, 2017!

In their long career, Vanden Plas official has only released one live album, Spirit of Live, recorded in Paris at the legendary Elysée Montmartre, in 2000. With the upcoming release of The Seraphic Live Works, the wait for another documentation of the band's immense talents as a live act is finally over!

Through many tours and countless concerts, Vanden Plas has proven again and again that it is among the world's leading Progressive Metal bands. The quintet's glowing reputation carries across the pond to the U.S. where Vanden Plas was invited to appear at the renowned ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2011. Regardless of a band's fame, an invitation to this prestigious event is an honor and their performance is certainly a high note in Vanden Plas' history. And it is for exactly that reason that Vanden Plas decided to capture that unique moment.

The Seraphic Live Works shows unmistakably how extraordinary this gig at Center Stage Theater was for everyone involved. A performance exploding with energy, euphoric audience, and the venue's own special flair. The recordings will captivate every viewer and there is no question that Vanden Plas made the right decision to preserve this performance for eternity.

The Seraphic Live Works captivates and enthralls for nine songs, beginning with straightforward opener Postcard to God through the atmospheric Far Off Grace to the brilliant closer, Silently. In this extended live version of the song, Vanden Plas ignites a Prog Metal fireworks display that is unparalleled, leading the listener through more than 11 magnificent minutes to a spectacular conclusion.

Vanden Plas has fans all over the world, but for those who have not yet been able to experience the band, they wanted to give them the next best thing with The Seraphic Live Works. The audio and video capture an authentic band that stands out in the Prog Metal genre.
    The Seraphic Live Works tracklisting (CD & DVD):
  1. Postcard To God
  2. Rush Of Silence
  3. Holes In The Sky
  4. Far Off Grace
  5. Scar Of An Angel
  6. Quicksilver
  7. Cold Wind
  8. Frequency
  9. Silently

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Inner Wound Recordings / Vandroya 'I'm Alive' lyric video released
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2017
The Progressive Power Metal band VANDROYA just released a lyric video for I'm Alive, the first single from their highly anticipated new album Beyond The Human Mind. The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Intromental / DAMNATIONS DAY
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2017
A World Awakens, the intense second album from Australian Progressive Metal outfit, DAMNATIONS DAY, will see release through the band's new label home of Sensory Records next Friday. An official video for the album's The Witness has been issued through an exclusive premiere at New Noise Magazine.

Offers DAMNATIONS DAY on their new single, "Opening the album A World Awakens with a massive punch, The Witness is the bridge between Invisible, the Dead and A World Awakens. It's tough and heavy but melodic and with its own kind of emotive atmosphere."

A World Awakens will see release through Sensory Records on March 24th. Recorded and mixed by Dean Wells at Wells Productions and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Kamelot, Wolverine), A World Awakens maintains the raw energy, power, and integrity of their debut while showcasing the bands growth in maturity, honesty and depth of both their musicianship and songwriting. With top-tier performances by vocalist/guitarist Mark Kennedy, brother and drummer Dean Kennedy, and lead guitarist Jon King, with additional strings and bass by Dean Wells, A World Awakens is an album that will have your undivided attention on first listen, and pull you in further on repeat.
Listenable records / Skyclad
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2017
SKYCLAD are releasing their brand new lyric video for the track Change is Coming taken from their forthcoming album Forward into the Past out on April 28th in Europe on Listenable records.

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Massacre Records / MIDNIGHT RIDER
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2017
The German classic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock outfit MIDNIGHT RIDER is going to release its debut album Manifestation on April 21, 2017 via Massacre Records!

You can already stream the album opener When I Spew My Hate.

The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Mersus at Underworld Studio in Solingen, Germany. The photography featured on the album's cover artwork was originally taken in 1915 by Alexander R. Hogg.
Metal Blade / Fates Warning reveals details for new DVD/Blu-ray 'Awaken the Guardian Live'
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2017
Legendary Progressive Metal act Fates Warning celebrated the 30th anniversary of their third album, Awaken the Guardian, in 2016. To celebrate this milestone, Jim Matheos (guitar) reassembled the Awaken the Guardian-era lineup for two special festival appearances last year: Keep it True XIX and Prog Power USA XVII. Fortunately for fans that were not able to attend, each show was filmed and recorded in its entirety for the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray out April 28th via Metal Blade Records, Awaken the Guardian Live!

For a preview of this release, you can view a video for Fata Morgana from Keep it True XIX.

Directed and edited by Oliver 'Bomber' Barth, the Keep It True XIX footage was recorded on April 30th, 2016 in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany; the Prog Power USA footage was recorded on September 9th, 2016 in Atlanta, GA with sound recording and video editing by Kent Smith, plus audio and video recording services provided by Lucid Lounge Studios – Atlanta. Mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer at SkullSeven Studio in North Hollywood, CA, Awaken the Guardian Live also features art direction, design, and artwork by Ioannis, making this a must-have piece for any fan's collection. Awaken the Guardian vocalist John Arch comments about the experience: "It was truly a surreal experience being able to share the spirit of Awaken The Guardian at these shows. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans that have given back so much over the 30 year span since the album's release. To all our family and friends, much gratitude."

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Nuclear Blast / DIMMU BORGIR unveil second trailer for 'Forces Of The Northern Night'
Posted by: Denis / 17.03.2017
On April 28th, Norwegian symphonic Black Metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR, will unleash their highly-anticipated double-DVD/BluRay Forces Of The Northern Night upon mankind. On this brand new soundtrack of the apocalypse, you can witness two different live shows: the legendary concert in Oslo, showing DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action. These monumental live rituals mark the beginning of the band's epic return planned for 2017.

You can watch the second trailer for Forces Of The Northern Night and witness the last moments before the band entered the stage in Oslo.

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Monster League ink management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 16.03.2017
South Korean Heavy Metal band Monster League has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. Last year the band released their highly anticipated new EP I Saw the Devil that was recored in Tomato studio, Seoul, Korea, and mixed/mastered by Jong-Sam Kim.

Monster League was formed in 2012 by Sung-a Cho (vocals) and Seho Kwon (drums). After a while Taein Kim (guitar), Uihwan Oh (bass) and Chankyu Park (guitar) joined the band.
Scarlet Records / SINHERESY 'MY ONLY FAITH' VIDEO AVAILABLE
Posted by: Denis / 16.03.2017
Sinheresy have released a video for the song My Only Faith, the first single taken from the new album Domino, out on April 7th on Scarlet Records.

Following the critically acclaimed debut Paint The World, with this new effort Sinheresy have added new strengths to their unique blend of Metal, ranging from the symphonic sound of Nightwish and Within Temptation to the Progressive approach of Symphony X and Children Of Bodom. Superbly mixed to bring out warmth and depth, their new work is a treat for the ears on multiple levels. Not only is the overall sound excellent, but the solid engineering also serves to highlight the strength of Cecilia and Stefano's vocal performances and displays the raw talents of the band to their fullest. This is how mastering engineer Mika Jussila of legendary Finnvox Studios commented: "I keep this album as a good example of a modern Metal record but don't want to categorize any more. All tracks are produced and arranged in a very cool way and the sound is modern, punchy and powerful. Listening this you feel happy and energetic at the same time."

Complex at times and elegantly simple at others, Domino is a strong evolutionary step that blends new elements with old, enhancing rather than changing the band's traditional sound.

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Punishment 18 Records / Running Death new details unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 16.03.2017
The new full-length album from German thrashers Running Death has been titled Dressage and will be released later this spring by Punishment 18 Records. Album was recorded at Grotesque Studios (Hell Patröl, Cynicism, Bloodline) by Bastian Moser.
Nuclear Blast / TANKARD release studio trailer for 'One Foot In The Grave'
Posted by: Denis / 16.03.2017
When cult thrashers TANKARD are torn out their winter's sleep, it has to be for a valid reason: It is their jubilee year! 35 years of TANKARD!

And, of course, a suitable soundtrack can not be missed. That's why Gerre and Co. went on a long journey to Troisdorf, together with producer Martin Buchwalter (DESTRUCTION, SUIDAKRA), to record their 17th studio album entitled One Foot In The Grave at Gernhard Studio. The album is scheduled to be released on June 2nd, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Now the band has published a studio trailer in which you can have a look behind the scenes of the record's production. In addition, you may also listen to the very first song snippets.

Vocalist Gerre comments: "Yes, we are old, but even as the album title suggests - this is not the end! It was really exciting to finally work together with Martin Buchwalter, whom we've already known for like 100 years! He demanded everything from us and we are very confident that this album is going to be amazing! As usual with TANKARD, we had the huge pressure of time for songwriting and our nerves were on edge. But the effort was all worth it! We really hope you will like the album just as much as we do! Cheers to the next 35 years!"

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Frontiers Music / Quiet Riot to re-record new album 'Road Rage'
Posted by: Denis / 15.03.2017
Following the departure of singer Seann Nicols from Quiet Riot, both Frontiers Music Srl and band leader Frankie Banali have made the joint decision to delay the release of the new Quiet Riot album, Road Rage until later this summer.

Both the band and label feel that in order to truly represent Quiet Riot's lineup, new lead singer James Durbin should be the vocalist on Road Rage. In order to execute that plan and promote the album accordingly, and with the full support of the label, the band will go back into the studio and record the album with Durbin on vocals to ensure that they deliver the album that Quiet Riot fans have been patiently waiting for and truly deserve.

Regarding the critically important decision to re-record with new Quiet Riot vocalist James Durbin, Banali said, "After careful consideration, with the support of Frontiers and understanding the appeals from Quiet Riot fans to have our vocalist James Durbin represented on the new Quiet Riot release, we have made the decision to move forward and have James replace all the vocals on Road Rage with new lyrics and melodies for a summer 2017 release. Stay tuned!"

While the new Quiet Riot album will be slightly delayed as a result of the re-recording process, the Quiet Riot faithful can rest assured that the resulting album will be well worth the brief wait.

Famously known as the first Heavy Metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to their monstrous smash hit 1983 album, Metal Health. The band now continues their historic journey in 2017 with founding member of the 1983 Metal Health era of QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali, veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of QUIET RIOT since 1982) and guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been handling his duties since 2004).

Frankie Banali's history with QUIET RIOT spans over 34 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983's METAL HEALTH through 2017's Road Rage. After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and co-founding member and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow's family, Frankie has moved forward with the band.
    QUIET RIOT Live:
  • March 18, 2017 -w- The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
  • March 24, 2017 -w- The Music Vault, Hardeeville, SC
  • March 25, 2017 -w- John F. Savage Arena, Toledo, OH
  • March 30, 2017 -w- The Machine Shop, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  • April 7, 2017 -w- Bowery Live, West Palm Beach, FL
  • April 23, 2017 -w- The Rainbow Bar & Grill, West Hollywood, CA
  • April 28, 2017 -w-AVI Main Ballroom, Laughlin, NV
  • June 2, 2017 -w- City of Lincolnton, Lincolton, NC
  • June 11, 2017 -w- Motorcity Harley Davidson Festival, Farmington Hills, MI
  • June 23, 2017 -w- Phase 2, Lynchburg, VA
  • June 24, 2017 -w- 15th Annual Funstatic Festival, Big Spring, TX
  • July 1, 2017 -w- Sundown Salute, Junction City, KS
  • July 15, 2017 -w- The Horny Toad, Lake Ozark, MO
  • August 11, 2017 -w- The Texan Theater, Greenville, TX
  • August 12, 2017 -w- Maude Cobb Event Center, Longview, TX
  • August 18, 2017 -w- Chase Co. Fairgrounds, Imperial, NE
  • August 26, 2017 -w- Cruisers Stateline, Port Falls, ID
  • October 28, 2017 -w- Rock The Park Festival @ Dean Porter Park, Brownsville, TX
  • October 29, 2017 -w- The Avanti's Dome, Pekin, IL

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Inner Wound Recordings / Pyramaze '20 Second Century' lyric video released
Posted by: Denis / 15.03.2017
The Melodic Metal band PYRAMAZE just released a lyric video for the track 20 Second Century from their highly anticipated new album Contingent. The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

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Iced Earth - new album track list
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2017
Check out the track-list for the upcoming Iced Earth studio album titled Incorruptible. Due out in mid June.

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SPV signs worldwide deal with legendary Metal band THE RODS
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2017
The new year is off to an awesome start, Steamhammer/SPV having signed legendary Metal band THE RODS for the world. The group consisting of the original members David 'Rock' Feinstein (guitar, vocals), Carl Canedy (drums) and Garry Bordonaro (bass) always delivered a classic brand of Metal and Hard Rock with strong influences that date back to 1970s.

Drummer Carl Canedy says: "The 3rd time's a charm! After two unsuccessful attempts, to work with Olly Hahn and Steamhammer/SPV , it's finally happening. The Rods have signed a worldwide deal for their brand new album Louder Than Loud. This album, in my opinion, has some of the strongest Rods material in years. The title says it all!"

Olly Hahn, A&R and International Product Manager at Steamhammer/SPV, is thrilled: "I remember when I saw an ad for the album Wild Dogs in a German magazine back in 1982. I immediately had to have the album although I had no idea what I can expect musicwise. The cover was so awesome and when I put the album on my turntable I was blown away. Now 35 years later it's fantastic to say the following sentence: We're proud and happy to welcome THE RODS to our big Steamhammer family!"

THE RODS are a classic Heavy Metal trio that rocked their way through the 80’s with classic albums like The Rods, Wild Dogs, In The Raw with a powerful, raw energy that led them on tours with some of today's greatest Metal bands Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, to name just a few.

The new album Louder Than Loud will be released later in 2017 followed by many live shows and festivals.
    THE RODS live 2017
  • 21.07.US-Cortland,NY – Main Street
  • 19.08. US-Las Vegas,NV – Psycho Las Vegas Festival@Hard Rock Hotel

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Spinefarm Records / Please welcome - Cyhra, featuring ex-members of Amaranthe + In Flames
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2017
Cyhra, a new project featuring former Amaranthe singer Jake E. and ex-In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, have signed to Spinefarm Records. The band, which formed a year ago, will enter the studio this spring, with the debut album expected to drop in the fall.

The core members, who cut their teeth in two incredibly influential Metal bands, recruited other well-respected musicians to complete the lineup and the rhythm section: Drummer Alex Landenburg, known from his work with Rhapsody and Annihilator, as well as bass player Peter Iwers of In Flames and Stoney Mountain. The addition of Landenburg and Iwers helped to fuel the Cyhra songwriting process and to solidify their overall sound.

"The excitement I feel about Cyhra is over the top", Jake E. said. "I have to pinch myself every day to make sure it's not just another dream. I am so proud of the music we have created and I can't wait to show it to the world!"

Strömblad stated, "For the first time for as long as I can remember, I feel I am a part of something special. This band has helped me regain my true passion for music. I can't wait to share this to the world!"

Cyhra plan to tour the world in support of their Spinefarm debut.

Given their respective pedigrees and their collective passion, Cyhra are ready to unleash this musical beast on the Metal world. You've been warned.
Nuclear Blast / EDGUY to celebrate their 25th anniversary with 'Monuments' and a best-of tour
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2017
In February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe!

Today, 25 years later, founding members Tobias Sammet (AVANTASIA) and the two guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer, as well as Tobias 'Eggi' Exxel (bass) and Felix Bohnke (drums), who joined the band 20 years ago, can look back at their hugely successful career to shows in more than 40 countries, countless tours in Asia, Australia and America, ten studio albums and top 10 chart entries from all over the world.

To celebrate such an exceptional career with their fans, EDGUY will get back on the road. And while the live program will only contain the best material of their entire career, the new release will not be just a 'Greatest Hits' album one would expect to accompany such a tour: The 2-CD/DVD-package Monuments (release: July 14th) will include brand new material, their best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before! In addition, the DVD includes an entire show from their Hellfire Club tour in 2004 as well as the complete collection of their video clips. The limited edition will include an extensive coffee-table book containing material from throughout the entire history of EDGUY!

Frontman Tobias Sammet states: "Whilst collecting all of this picture material together we were once again made aware of how proud we are of what we have created. There are probably not many musicians who are lucky enough to be able to look back on a 25-year-old band history at the end of their thirties. And especially without any line-up changes in the last 20 years! This is even more incredible considering that we're not from Birmingham, New York or a German metropolis but from a small town called Fulda, a place where you normally only know about the insights of the music business by hearsay. I mean, as kids we started to play Edguy shows even before we had visited concerts as fans ourselves! Then we started to play shows outside our home town, then outside Germany and all of a sudden we found ourselves touring in Asia, America and Australia on a regular basis, because apparently there were people who liked our music. And they became more and more. For us, this always felt quite normal, the next step was all that mattered. We didn't think about what happened while things were happening...
But if you look back now, you will realise how lucky we were! It's now time to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. We'll celebrate our quarter century with the release of Monuments and LIVE in some selected cities! We'll perform a best-of set list, a journey throughout our past, with a lot of fuss and at full throttle! The first quarter century is over and we want to honour these years with our fans! To the next 25 years!"
    25 Years - The Best Of The Best 'Monuments' Tour 2017, Presented by: Metal Hammer, Piranha, Start, Rock It, Hardline, Powermetal.de
  • 16.07. CZ Vizovice - Masters Of Rock
  • 15.09. D Bremen - Aladin
  • 16.09. D Hamburg - Markthalle
  • 17.09. D Bochum - Zeche
  • 19.09. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
  • 20.09. D Saarbrücken - Garage
  • 22.09. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
  • 23.09. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
  • 24.09. D Munich - Backstage
  • 26.09. D Erlangen - E-Werk
  • 27.09. D Berlin - C-Club
  • 29.09. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 30.09. D Memmingen - Kaminwerk
  • 03.10. D Fulda - Wartenberg-Oval

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SEVEN KINGDOMS sign Worldwide Deal With Napalm Records
Posted by: Denis / 14.03.2017
Hailing from Florida this female fronted Power Metal five-piece has already made its way up since their forming in 2007. After numerous tours around USA and Canada, three full length studio albums, it's now ready to take the next step and join forces with Napalm Records.

A band started for fun, found that hard work and dedication to their craft has major pay offs... SEVEN KINGDOMS is carving its own path in Metal history creating something genuinely unique, yet undeniably Power Metal!

SEVEN KINGDOMS on the signing & their new home at Napalm Records: "We are really happy to announce that we signed a deal with Napalm Records! We were able to pinpoint a deal that will help the band reach many more fans at home and overseas. Along with the newest album Decennium and the In The Walls EP, Napalm will also be repressing our earlier albums, Brothers Of The Night, the self titled and The Fire Is Mine. Bands such as Hammerfall, Kamelot, Delain, Powerwolf and Devildriver have made this label home and we are again, just very happy to join those ranks. Napalm has been an undeniable tool in many bigger artist's careers. Thomas and the gang have been really receptive to the material and we are looking forward to getting the band on the next level with the help of Napalm Records."

SEVEN KINGDOMS' brand new and upcoming album Decennium will be released worldwide via Napalm Records and is already scheduled for a 2017 release!

The band will be out supporting Evergrey in May and June this year on a massive USA and Canadian tour.
  • 5.6.17 The Haven - Orlando, FL
  • 5.7.17 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
  • 5.9.17 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
  • 5.10.17 Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX
  • 5.11.17 The Rock Box - San Antonio, TX
  • 5.13.17 Joe's Grotto - Phoenix, AZ
  • 5.14.17 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
  • 5.15.17 Adrenaline bar - Las Vegas, NV
  • 5.17.17 The Viper Room - Los Angeles, CA
  • 5.18.17 TBA - San Francisco, CA
  • 5.19.17 TBA - Portland, OR
  • 5.20.17 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
  • 5.21.17 The Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
  • 5.22.17 Dickens Pub - Calgary, AB
  • 5.23.17 Exchange - Regina
  • 5.25.17 The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
  • 5.26.17 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
  • 5.27.17 The Token Lounge - Detroit, MI
  • 5.28.17 Mod Club - Toronto, ON
  • 5.30.17 L'Anti - Quebec City, QC
  • 5.31.17 TBA - Montreal, QC
  • TBA - New York, NY
  • TBA - Philadelphia, PA

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Imperative PR / Lunatic Hooker - Embracing The Filth
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2017
The music business can be spirit crushing and soul destroying. Bands that start as groups of friends with a passion for music can end up disillusioned, with the flames of their passion near extinguished. This happened to George, Ross, Tim, Duncan Rafael in their respective bands – but rather than let those last flickering embers burn out for good, they got together to forge a new entity and reignite the fire. The five friends got back to basics – a rehearsal room, some beer and blasting out the music they loved at insane volume and velocity. Every last ounce of fury and frustration was poured out in a barrage of blast beats. The dam holding back the anger burst and Lunatic Hooker came roaring, screaming, howling into the world.

Through that powerful, cathartic cleansing process, every band member began to reconnect with everything they had loved about extreme music in the first place and the fire quickly became an inferno of creativity and adrenaline. Before they knew it the band were ripping up stages with Magrudergrind, Fit For An Autopsy, Attan, Corrupt Moral Altar, Conjurer, Hang The Bastard, recording a monstrous, twisted cover of the Motörhead classic (We Are) The Road Crew for a tribute album - and working on their full length debut.

Now that album is complete and straining at the leash, with the date of release set for April 17th on Black Bow Records. Mastered by Anaal Nathrakh's Mick Kenney, Embracing The Filth features twelve tracks of punishing, pulverising death/grind, crackling with that irresistible rediscovered electricity. There's so much more to this album than just that exhilarating rush though. The songs have been immaculately crafted and are overflowing with fantastic, memorable riffs, wicked hooks and searing lead work. From the explosive opener, My God Is Bigger Than Yours to the crushing sludge landslide of Sarlac, Embracing The Filth is a stunning demonstration of just how captivating and accomplished truly extreme music can be. With artwork created by Dan Capp of Winterfylleth, Embracing The Filth is the complete package, the real deal and those flames are burning higher than ever.
  • LUNATIC HOOKER – EMBRACING THE FILTH
  • LABEL: BLACK BOW RECORDS
  • RELEASE DATE: 17.04.17
  • Genre: Death Metal / Grindcore / Sludge
  • For fans of: Rotten Sound, Napalm Death, Nasum
Imperative PR / Formicarius sign to Schwarzdorn Production for the release of Black Mass Ritual
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2017
Formicarius have signed a deal with the German label Schwarzdorn Production! Schwarzdorn have been established since 1994 and are known for releasing individual Black Metal of real quality – making them the perfect fit for Formicarius.

The first release from this new, unholy alliance will be Formicarius' debut full length album – Black Mass Ritual. The single from the album, Lake Of The Dead is now into its second pressing and the accompanying video, created by Andy Pilkington (Flotsam And Jetsam, etc) has been hugely popular. Such has been the impact of Lake Of The Dead that Sony Music/Music For Nations selected it to be included on their compilation album Speed Kills VII – a relaunch of the famous Speed Kills series that helped introduce the world to the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax. All of which has served to heighten and intensify the anticipation for Black Mass Ritual...

Some of the songs have been performed live when Formicarius played storming shows with the likes of Negura Bunget, Old Corpse Road, Hate and Noctem. Now the wait for Black Mass Ritual will soon be over - and with the power of Schwarzdorn Production behind them, Formicarius are ready to set the world ablaze!
Divebomb Records / SYNAPTIK LYRIC VIDEO
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2017
Synaptik release The Incredible Machine lyric video with the release of ASYNAPTIK's second album Justify & Reason.
Massacre Records / STORMAGE - track list
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2017
STORMAGE are going to release their upcoming album Dead Of Night on March 24th via Massacre Records!

The album - which will be available for a cheap 'Discover Price' - was produced, mixed and mastered by STORMAGE, with the kind assistance of Sebastian 'Seeb' Levermann. The artwork has been created by Mystik Arts.

The record release party will take place on April 8th at the Ohler Saal in Plettenberg, Germany.

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Mighty Music / Tygers Of Pan Tang video
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2017
Tygers Of Pan Tang release new music video Glad Rags.

TYGERS OF PAN TANG founder and guitar player Robb Weir: "If you want hard rock, we do it. If you want melodic rock, we do it, but now is the time for Tygers Anthem rock... we give you, Glad Rags. It's bigger than both of us!"

Glad Rags is presented by Classic Rock Magazine / TeamRock along with an interview and Glad Rags will be on the covermount CD of the Classic Rock April 2017 issue.

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Napalm Records / KOBRA AND THE LOTUS release Special Studio Diary!
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2017
Led by frontwoman and classically trained vocal powerhouse Kobra Paige, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have been making a name for themselves worldwide since 2009 with extensive touring and well-received albums. This band is loaded with precision, heavy emotion, and grand-scale dynamics and Prevail I will undoubtedly usher KOBRA AND THE LOTUS to much deserved elevated Hard Rock status.

Prevail I was produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica etc) and mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen & will be released worldwide on May 12th 2017 via Napalm Records.

Want to grab a look behind the scenes of the studio and the recording process? Check it out with KOBRA AND THE LOTUS' special studio footage.

Vocalist Kobra Paige states:
"In 2015, I decided we needed to go to Denmark to record with Jacob Hansen, it was going to be a double album, and we were going to write both albums there in an organic way like they did in the 70's. I think everyone thought I was slightly crazy but they all bravely hopped onboard and, sure enough, we wrote the best music of our lives to date. I have never felt so proud of our music until now, and I was super proud of how everyone involved, stretched and pushed themselves to their creative limits. We needed to evolve. We needed to work harder at nailing down what made us Kobra and the Lotus. We needed to be more relatable to people so the messages could travel further. The studio experience was brutally challenging, stressful, and unbelievably humbling. We learned a ton and bled a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into it. This album represents exactly what it's titled. Prevail is a testament of our strength and determination to never give up. Prevail is the strength of all people prevailing through life."

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Nuclear Blast / DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - new studio album in progress
Posted by: Denis / 13.03.2017
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are back after a long break and announce a new studio album for summer 2017. The band is currently recording this forthcoming, yet-untitled album which will be produced by the band and co-producers Alexander Dietz (HEAVEN SHALL BURN) and Eike Freese (DEEP PURPLE, KAI HANSEN).

The band stated: "An album is approaching. The essence of live will burn into your flesh. We are back! This summer already, our 10th studio album is scheduled to be released! Currently, we are working hard on the recordings. Bring the horses out of the shed, we'll also be back on tour this autumn; more info to follow soon! Cheers from Hamburg, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER"

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GlobMetal Promotions / Lions Den released debut EP
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2017
American Heavy Metal band Lions Den released their debut self-titled EP. The released was recorded in 2016 at The Deep End Studio, mixed and mastered by Tony Correlli who also did the recording.

The band was founded in November 2015 in Baltimore by Sean Rhodes (Lead Guitar). After a while Photi Mavroulis (vocals), Tony Diaz (Rhythm Guitar), Tim Slack (Bass) and Andy Ham (Drums) joined the band and lineup was completed.
Scarlet Records / NOVERIA 'DENIAL' LYRIC VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2017
Progressive metallers Noveria have released a lyric video for the song Denial, taken from the band's new album Forsaken, out now on Scarlet Records. The song features a very special guest appearance by Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight, Darkology, Firewind, Outworld, Zierler).

Forsaken is a concept based on the theory of the five stages of death by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and written in memory of a brilliant young woman who was taken away from her family by an aggressive cancer. Each track describes the different states of mind of a person facing a fatal illness, taking the listener on an emotional rollercoaster through denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance at the end of the journey.

Noveria feature Andrea Arcangeli of DGM fame on bass and some very special guest apperances by Kelly Sundown Carpenter, Claudio Pietronik (Ancient Bards) and Kate Nord.
Pure Steel Records / SAVIOR FROM ANGER US Summer Tour 2017
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2017
Pure Steel Band SAVIOR FROM ANGER has announced the tourdates for the US Summer Tour 2017.

The Shows will be present by: Pure Steel Records and MRM PRODUCTIONS in cooperation with: Kronic Productions, Necromancer Productions, Cosmic Productions and Keep It Metal Promotions
    Tourdates USA 2017:
  • 26th May 2017 @ Irish Cousins in Erie, PA with Sunless Sky
  • 27th May 2017@ 4280 Club in Brunswick, OH with Sunless Sky
  • 23rd June 2017 @ The Rusty Nail in Ardmore, PA with Corners of Sanctuary, Seeds of Perdition and On Top
  • 24th June 2017 @ The Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton, PA with Corners of Sanctuary and Beyond Fallen
  • 30th June 2017 @ Concert Pub North in Houston, TX with Kill Storm
  • 1st July 2017 @ The Rock Box in San Antonio, TX with Kill Storm
  • 15th July 2017 @ Gussy's in Astoria, Queens, NY
  • 22nd July 2017@ Bobby's Place in Erie, PA with Vatican

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Pure Steel Records / EMERALD Tourdates 2017
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2017
The Swiss Power Metal band EMERALD has announced the tourdates for 2017. Do not miss one of the shows.

The new album Reckoning Day will release as limited edition, with a bonustrack and a patch and as a normal version on 24th March 2017.
    Tourdates 2017:
  • 11th March 2017, Hall Of Fame, Wetzikon (Switzerland) Headliner show, support: Driving Force
  • 6th April 2017, Met Bar, Lenzburg (Switzerland) supporting Cage
  • 26th May 2017, Fri-son, Fribourg (Switzerland) Headliner & Album Release Show Special guests: Poltergeist, Undead Vision
  • 16th June 2017, Kantonales Turnfest, Düdingen (Switzerland) with: Mellowtone, Vollmond & Uristier
  • 1st July 2017, Ride & Party, Laupen (Switzerland) with: Sin City & Special Guests
  • 11th August 2017, Mannrieder Open Air, Zweisimmen (Switzerland) with: Versus, Motorized Tarantula, Kilmister & Pertness
  • 30th September 2017, Schüxenhaus, Ins (Switzerland) Headliner Show, support: Angry Alliance
  • 2nd December 2017, Oelfleck, Frauenfeld (Switzerland) Headliner Show, Support: Craigh

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Punishment 18 Records / IN.SI.DIA details and release date of the new album, new song online
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2017
Denso Inganno will be released on March 25th, this album mark the great return of IN.SI.DIA. It is published and distributed by Punishment 18 Records and it will be available in CD format and on the biggest digital platforms of the music industry.

Recordings, mixing and mastering took place at the Music Ink studio in Arona (NO) under the wise guidance of Giulio Capone and Nicholas Dagradi.

The band said this album will be a natural evolution of what they left, 20 years ago now, with the masterpiece Guarda Dentro Te. The new album will be fast and heavy with a bright, powerful sound, a pure Thrash Metal wall – 'Italian Style' – that will literally overwhelm the listener. As per tradition, all the lyrics are written in Italian.
    There are 11 tracks on the new release:
  1. Il Mondo Possibile
  2. Mai Perdere Il Controllo
  3. A Causa Tua
  4. Cosa Resta
  5. Denso Inganno
  6. La Casa Dei Segreti
  7. Sogno Reale
  8. Il Vero Potere
  9. Sintesi
  10. Non Sei Vinto
  11. A Conti Fatti
The artist Paolo Arisi took care of the whole artwork along with Fabio Lorini, bass player and singer of the band.

The band will present the new songs on April 15th at the release party where you will be able to buy a copy of Denso Inganno and celebrate with the whole band at Colony Club in Brescia.
  • Saturday April 15th, 2017 - IN.SI.DIA. 'Denso Inganno' Release Party w/ Game Over + Guest Circolo Colony
You can find new song Il Mondo Possibile here.
Napalm Records / WARBRINGER World premiere song and video for 'Remain Violent'
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2017
The highly anticipated WARBRINGER album Woe to the Vanquished will be released on March 31st 2017 via Napalm Records.

Now Music Choice is set to air the exclusive world premiere of Remain Violent, the latest single and video from WARBRINGER. Remain Violent will appear exclusively on Music Choice On Demand in the Brand New This Week category and on the Music Choice App on the Metal Video Channel. The song will also be in heavy rotation on the Music Choice Metal Music Channel.

Frontman John Kevill comments on the video: "Remain Violent is a headbanging stomper of a track anchored around a really killer riff. Probably the most immediate and instantly memorable song off Woe to the Vanquished and sure to become a live favorite.
The song deals with the increasingly militaristic behavior of the police in recent times, and the chorus line is a play on 'You have the right to remain silent'.
Crank it up and bang your fucking head! Remain Violent!"

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Frontiers Music / Royal Hunt - Live
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2017
Frontiers Music Srl celebrates Royal Hunt's 25th Anniversary with the release of a brand new live 2CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3 set entitled 2016 on May 12, 2017!

Following a tradition established after two successful anniversary long form video releases – 1996 and 2006 – it is time for a third one: 2016. Recorded with 9 HD cameras and top-notch audio equipment in Moscow's Izvestiya Hall during last year's world tour, the video shows 'all-fab-things-Royal': a high energy show in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd, an excellent set list, the band in top form, and a stunning stage production. Add a stellar audio recording and this package, celebrating Royal Hunt's 25th Anniversary, is any Hard Rock fan's delight.

In keyboardist André Andersen's own words: "25 years later Royal Hunt's still going strong…who could have imagined that? Not me, that's for sure... a quarter of a century?! Absolutely unreal. 13 studio albums, lots of special EPs and compilations, 5 live albums, literally countless shows/tours, and now the 4th DVD release. Lots of ups and downs along the way, yet we're still around, still able to do what we love doing the most – making music. I always felt that if you do it from your heart, if you stay true to yourself and work hard you'll be granted this sort of staying power... and yes, we're all extremely grateful to our fans for giving us an opportunity to create, to improve and to continue our musical journey. So, once again, push that 'play' button, enjoy this video and rest assured, the best is yet to come!"

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Frontiers Music / Warrant - Louder Harder Faster
Posted by: Denis / 10.03.2017
Frontiers Music srl is pleased to announce the release of WARRANT's new studio album, LOUDER HARDER FASTER on May 12, 2017!

Under their belt, Warrant has eight million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hits, five #1 MTV videos...the list goes on and on. Now, six years after the release of Rockaholic, the album that relaunched the band as a force to be reckoned with in the 21st Century, Warrant returns with another slab of muscular Hard Rock, aptly titled Louder Harder Faster.

With a line-up featuring original members, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love), Warrant are now stronger than ever. Mason's vocals remain a breath of fresh air and his swagger on the songs gives new life and a bright future to the band. With production handled by Foreigner and ex-Dokken bass player Jeff Pilson (Last In Line, Starship, Adler's Appetite, etc.), Warrant is sounding tighter and playing better than ever before. Louder Harder Faster, true to the band's roots, is full of rockers with some classic ballads thrown in and will surely send their faithful fans into a frenzy.

Erik Turner says, "You can hear and feel the emotions of the last 25 + years of being in this band poured into Louder Harder Faster. The fun and the frustrations, the pleasure and the pain... a whole lot of blood, sweat, tears and beers went into the making of this album. Love it or hate it, its the real f'ckn' deal, 100% pure Melodic Hard Rock. Hand crafted by five musicians who dedicated their lives to music when they were just little kids with big dreams."

Jerry Dixon adds, "Louder Harder Faster is truly one of our best records to date. It has all the classic Warrant ingredients that people have come to know, plus a lot of extras that keep it in the modern realm of todays music. It's a perfect mix between Balls and Ballads. When we started this project over two years ago, we wanted to bring the listener back to the days of sitting in the living room and cranking up a record from start to finish. Making full records seems to be a lost art, we hope in some small way that this album helps people find that art again."

Warrant was one of the most popular and successful Rock bands to emerge out of Hollywood, CA in the late 80's and early 90's. The band was formed in the early 80's by Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon. In 1989, Warrant released their classic debut Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, which immediately entered the charts and launched the hit singles Down Boys, Sometimes She Cries, Heaven, which climbed up to number two on the US charts. With extensive touring for DRFSR, sales exceeded 2 million records in the U.S.

In the summer of 1990, their second album Cherry Pie was released. The album turned out to be an even bigger success, featuring the Top Ten hits I Saw Red, Uncle Toms Cabin and the Rock anthem Cherry Pie, which received massive airplay on MTV and continues to get millions of plays on streaming services and YouTube to this very day.

WARRANT's signature style of rock is catchy, very melodic, and remains the band's calling card. The band is fired up and more inspired than ever musically! The band will be out touring in support of Louder Harder Faster, so be sure to catch them when they hit your town!
    Louder Harder Faster tracklisting:
  1. Louder Harder Faster
  2. Devil Dancer
  3. Perfect
  4. Only Broken Heart
  5. U In My Life
  6. Music Man
  7. Faded
  8. New Rebellion
  9. Big Sandy
  10. Choose Your Fate
  11. Let It Go
  12. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink (Bonus Track available on CD ONLY)

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Divebomb Records / EXCRUCIATOR release 'The Power Lords' official music video
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2017
Portland's EXCRUCIATOR release the first music video from their new album Fighting For Evil released via Divebomb Records on February 10th. The self-produced video features EXCRUCIATOR in action both in the studio and on the stage plus all their antics in between.
AFM / Wolfpakk - the Melodic Metal allstar project releases new album on April 28th
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2017
It's time for the fourth installment of WOLFPAKK, the Melodic Metal allstar project led by Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball) and Michael Voss (Mad Max, Michael Schenker). Once again the two experienced musicians have gathered a pack of 'guest wolves' to refine the 11 new songs which will be featured on Wolves Reign (release: April 28).

Among the 26 guests are: Biff Byford (Saxon), George Lynch (Dokken), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Harnell (TNT), Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia), Timo Somers (Delain), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Michael Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen), just to name a few.

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earMUSIC / DEEP PURPLE TO PREMIERE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR THEIR UPCOMING SINGLE 'ALL I GOT IS YOU'
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2017
Exactly one month prior to the release of Deep Purple's new studio album inFinite on April 7th, the rock legends premiere the official music video for their upcoming single All I Got Is You.

The video includes images from the 97 minute movie documentary 'From Here To inFinite' and gives an in-depth insight into the band's songwriting and recording process, for the first time allowing cameras in the studio. The movie is part of the limited CD+DVD edition of the album.

All I Got Is You captures the purest Purple classic sound in 4 ½ minutes while staying well away from the temptation to be nostalgic or to /play themselves/. It is going to be released this Friday, March 10th, 2017 as limited edition CD digipak, limited 12" Maxi Vinyl and Digital.

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Frontiers Music / Ammunition - welcome!
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2017
FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL is thrilled to welcome AMMUNITION to the label. Ammunition was founded in 2014 by the songwriting duo Age Sten Nilsen (former WIG WAM) and the multi-talented Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse (Sweden), W.E.T music, Nordic Union).

AMMUNITION released their stellar debut album Shanghaied in 2015 on their own label. Teaming up with former TNT and Jack In The Box bassist Victor Cito Borge, keysman Lasse Finbråten (Circus Maximus, ex-Wig Wam), skinsman Maguns Ulfstedt (Eclipse), and the exceptional guitar player Jon Pettersen, AMMUNITION has made a name for themselves as an incredible live act. AMMUNITION is currently mixing their second album titled AMMUNITION due for release late summer 2017 through Frontiers Music Srl. The first taste of what's to come, Wrecking Crew (written by Nilsen and Mårtensson), has already landed on the Norwegian charts, taking AMMUNITION to the Norwegian Eurovision grand finale. The full length, original version of the song will be included on the forthcoming album, produced and mixed by the band's guitar player and co-writer, Erik Mårtensson.

Frontiers Music Srl is proud to be a major part of the continuation of AMMUNITION's musical journey.
Frontiers Music / Harem Scarem - United
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of HAREM SCAREM's highly anticipated 14th studio album, United on May 12th.

The new recording offers up 11 tracks of trademark Harem Scarem music from Harry Hess (lead vocals, keyboards), Pete Lesperance (guitars, bass, keyboards), long-time drummer Creighton Doane, and backing vocals from original sticksman Darren Smith (who will be playing live drums for the band on tour dates). The band is back and stronger than ever!

Frontman Harry Hess says: 7quot;This year will mark the 30th year of Harem Scarem and I can tell you that we are just as excited about writing and recording today as we were then. The brand new United album is one of the best collection of songs we have ever put on one release and I can't wait for everyone to hear it!"

Harem Scarem make it clear they still have something to say right from the start with the title track, United, a chunky slice of guitar-driven Melodic Rock nirvana that kicks off their strongest studio outing since the early 00's. From there, the album lifts off with well-crafted songs featuring big choruses with simple and addictive hook-laden earworms. Each track carries a power-rock-packed punch, swaggering riffs, and hooks to die for. Hess and Lesperance without a doubt show the world that their partnership still works, that they indeed are still United.

With sales well over a million records in 43 countries and 12 top 40 hits around the globe, 2017 will see Harem Scarem return and ready to dominate while touring the world in support of their 14th studio album, United!
    United tracklisting includes:
  1. United
  2. Here Today Gone Tomorrow
  3. Gravity
  4. Sinking Ship
  5. One Of Life's Mysteries
  6. No Regrets
  7. Bite The Bullet
  8. Things I Know
  9. The Sky Is Falling
  10. Heaven And Earth
  11. Indestructible
    TOUR DATES (More to be announced soon)
  • 30 September – The Music Hall, Oshawa, Canada
  • 6 October – Norma Jeans, London, Canada
  • 14 October – The Brass Moneky, Ottawa, Canada
  • 20-22 October – Trent University, Nottingham (Rockingham Festival), UK

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InsideOut Music / Riverside - successful comeback shows; European tour starting next month
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2017
After a longer break from any live performances due to the tragic passing of founding member and guitarist Piotr Grudzinski on February 21st, 2016, Progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE have just successfully completed their return to stages with two very special sold-out tribute shows in their hometown of Warsaw, Poland in front of more than 4,000 people.

The band has checked in with the following comment: "Two amazing, cathartic, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind evenings with a one-of-a-kind audience. Now we know. We are definitely moving on. And our tour in April and May will also be cathartic and unforgettable - The opening of the new chapter."

Next month RIVERSIDE will embark on a European tour dubbed Towards The Blue Horizon, consisting of the following dates:
    RIVERSIDE - Towards The Blue Horizon Tour 2017:
  • 20.04. Olsztyn (Poland) - Nowy Andegrant
  • 21.04. Gdansk (Poland) - Stary Manez
  • 22.04. Poznan (Poland) - B17
  • 23.04. Wroclaw (Poland) - A2
  • 26.04. Walbrzych (Poland) - Stara Kopalnia
  • 27.04. Katowice (Poland) - Mega Club
  • 28.04. Bielsko Biala (Poland) - Rude Boy
  • 29.04. Bydgoszcz (Poland) - MCK
  • 05.05. Berlin (Germany) - Columbia Theater
  • 06.05. Worpswede (Germany) - Music Hall
  • 07.05. Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
  • 09.05. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
  • 10.05. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
  • 12.05. Lyon (France) - MJC Ô Totem
  • 13.05. Barcelona (Spain) - Salamandra 1
  • 14.05. Madrid (Spain) - Teatro Barcelo
  • 16.05. Bordeaux (France) - Krakatoa
  • 17.05. Paris (France) - Divan du Monde
  • 19.05. Edinburgh (UK) - Liquid Room
  • 22.05. London (UK) - Islington Assembly Hall
  • 24.05. Maastricht, (The Netherlands) - Muziekgieterij
  • 25.05. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) - De Boerderij
  • 26.05. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
  • 27.05. Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
  • 28.05. Cologne (Germany) - Die Kantine
  • 30.05. Kraków (Poland) - Laznia

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Intromental / PERSEFONE
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2017
The Andorran Progressive Metal monster a.k.a. PERSEFONE is releasing Living Waves, the second video from their highly-acclaimed 5th album Aathma which was released worldwide on February 24th. The song features a very special guest appearance from the legendary Paul Masvidal (Cynic, ex Death).

Guitarist Carlos Lozano's own words about Living Waves: "Picking one song from an album that works as a whole, is always a complicated task. Living Waves marks the middle point, musically as well as lyrically on the album before its conclusion, and with the addition of Paul Masvidal's vocals, lyrics and guitar playing, it creates a unique atmosphere by itself. That's why we chose this piece of music and this message, to go along with the images in this clip."

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Limb Music / DRAGONY - Lords Of The Hunt
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2017
In 2017, after two successful albums, the band is celebrating its 10th anniversary as well as the fifth birthday of their debut work Legends. These two events are the motor for Dragony to present their fans with a new MCD – a work which is well worth listening to. On the MCD, entitled Lords Of The Hunt there are the great, the rare and some lost and found titles. Apart from two brand new songs, Lords Of The Hunt and Call Of The Wild you can find newly recorded versions of the debut work's most popular songs, songs which were previously available only as bonus tracks, as well as demo rarities and it also includes the band's two video clips of Burning Skies and the David Hasselhoff cover version of True Survivor.

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Napalm Records / MOONSPELL to release new album this year
Posted by: Denis / 09.03.2017
The rumours are true! MOONSPELL is ready to release their next album this year.

The band is currently on pre-production with John Phipps at their home studios (Inferno) in Portugal and has recently posted online some pictures of videos of their daily work at the studio.

The album title will be 1755 and it's a quite surprising twist of events and direction for the band. Versing the Great Lisbon Earthquake (1755), the band has developed a lyrical concept that looks into the death and rebirth of Lisbon and how the disaster changed Religion, Politics and Philosophy in the whole of Europe. The surprise is that the album will be fully sung in PORTUGUESE!

What was supposed to be just a 4-song bonus for the LISBOA UNDER THE SPELL DVD-BLURAY (recorded last February in Lisbon with 4000 wild fans attending, to be released in 2018) evolved into a full length album that will be produced by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studios, DK) who worked with the band in a few previous releases (UNDER SATANAE, NIGHT ETERNAL, ALPHA NOIR/OMEGA WHITE).

In the band's own words, Fernando (lead singer) explains: "We fell in love with the concept and made perfect sense to sing it in our national language, Portuguese. I guess we were just waiting for the right opportunity to work on such an album. Musically it will be heavier than Extinct. It will be earthshaking but also very detailed with orchestrations and percussion as we want people to relive the Lisbon of the 18th century. Singing it in Portuguese, allowed me to find a different expression as a vocalist and my job is to be the survivor of the Earthquake, roaming the ruins and telling you all about it."
    The band will tour Latin America soon and will play several festivals in the Summer. Find all dates listed below & make sure to catch MOONSPELL live on the road:
  • 29.04.17 SE - Stockholm / Fryshuset
  • 12.05.17 IT - Cagliari / Fabrik
  • 13.05.17 IT - Borgo Priolo / Dagda Live
  • 25.05.17 MX - Guadalajara / C3
  • 26.05.17 MX - Monterrey / Cafe Iguana
  • 31.05.17 SV - San Salvador / Cifco
  • 02.06.17 CR - San Jose / Peppers Club
  • 03.06.17 CO - Bogota / Revolution Bar
  • 04.06.17 CO - Medellin / Teatro Matacandelas
  • 10.06.17 AR - Buenos Aires / Teatro Flores
  • 13.06.17 UY - Mentevideo / Music Box
  • 14.06.17 BR - Sao Paulo / Clash Club
  • 15.06.17 BR - Belo Horizonte / Granfinos
  • 16.06.17 BR - Curitiba / Music Hall
  • 17.06.17 BR - Recife / Catamaran
  • 18.06.17 BR - Fortasleza / Armazem
  • 20.16.17 BR - Belem / Botequim
  • 25.06.17 BR - Rio De Janeiro / Imperator
    Festival Shows
  • 04.05.17 NO - Karmoy / Karmoygeddon Metal Festival
  • 01.07.17 DE - Muehlheim an der Ruhr / Castle Rock
  • 05.-08.07.17 DE - Ballenstedt / Rockharz Open Air
  • 11.-16.07.17 HU - Rockmaraton Fesztvál
  • 16.07.17 CZ - Vizovice / Masters of Rock
  • 16.-19.08.17 DE - Dinkelsbuehl / Summer Breeze
  • 02.09.17 DE - Markneuenkirchen / ReeveLand Festival

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SPV / NIGHT DEMON release first single and video
Posted by: Denis / 07.03.2017
California Metal outfit NIGHT DEMON are pleased to unveil the first offering from the band's upcoming sophomore record Darkness Remains, which comes in the form of a brand new music video for the track Welcome To The Night.

Speaking about Welcome To The Night, Jarvis Leatherby (vocals/bass) from the band comments: "As 2017 settles into existence, we realize it’s been quite awhile since NIGHT DEMON has filled your ears with some new, balls-to-the-wall Heavy Metal jams! We feel the hunger inside you has grown and we hear the call, we hear you, the creatures of the night cry out to us… Well, never fear! NIGHT DEMON is here to appease that hunger for Metal. We are proud to unleash our first offering off our new album. Prepare yourselves as we welcome you to the night!"

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Punishment 18 Records / Ancient Dome - title and tracklist of the new album unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 07.03.2017
Recently, Italian Thrash metallers Ancient Dome has renewed the record deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release of their brand new fourth full-length album titled The Void Unending. You can see the definitive tracklist:
  1. Target: Unknown (Instrumental)
  2. Black Passage
  3. The Void Unending
  4. IV – Logic of Nonsense
  5. Panic Generator
  6. The Rules of Hate
  7. Fifth Dimension (Instrumental)
  8. D.I.E. (Droids In Exile)
  9. Chain Reaction

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Black Phantom signs for Punishment 18 Records
Posted by: Denis / 07.03.2017
Black Phantom, the brand new Heavy Metal Mesmerize bass-player and main composer Andrea Tito band, has just signed a deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release and distribution of their debut album which will see the light at the beginning of May 2017. The CD will include ten original tracks of traditional & melodic Heavy Metal, plus one obscure Iron Maiden cover, professionally recorded during the second half of 2016 at the Octopus Studios of Andrea Garavaglia (already drummer and sound-engineer of Mesmerize).
Imperative PR / BASEMENT TORTURE KILLINGS – THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT BERYL
Posted by: Denis / 06.03.2017
Some music was meant to stay underground, or so the saying goes – and some music was meant to stay in a filthy basement, knee-deep in gore, knitting a new pair of socks with someone's entrails. Welcome to the deranged world of Basement Torture Killings...

The original line-up of Basement Torture Killings first escaped from their asylums, secure units and maximum security prisons back in 2007. They were drawn together by fate and stayed together due to their mutual interest in Death Metal, Grindcore and killing. They evaded capture long enough to record a demo, an EP and two albums, The Second Cumming, which was released through Arcane Productions in 2011 and the hellish A Night Of Brutal Torture, unleashed by Grindscene Records in 2014.

Sadly, while touring in support of that monstrous album, only guitarist Tarquin was sufficiently careful when disposing of the leftovers from his 'extracurricular activities', the rest of the band falling prey to the ever zealous police. Tarquin was left to stalk the sewers and cesspits of the world, searching through the ranks of the sick and psychotic for those gifted enough to continue his crusade of Metal and barbarity. Eventually he found them... Dr. Krauss, an unlicensed 'surgeon' with a bloodlust to match his bass playing. Faceless Killer, a barely controllable beast, only content when battering and bruising drum skins or human skin. And Beryl... wide eyed but far from innocent and perhaps the only creature capable of making her bestial band mates uneasy and uncomfortable. Yes, there's definitely something about Beryl...

So what better title for the latest album from Basement Torture Killings? There's Something About Beryl takes not only the madness to new levels, but the sheer musicality as well. Conscienceless monsters they most certainly are, but Basement Torture Killings can play! You won't hear a more intense, more terrifyingly convincing slab of death or grind anywhere. Tarquin's solos tear through these songs like power tools through flesh, the onslaught of the bass and drums is utterly overwhelming and then there's Beryl – a chilling presence of unfathomable inhumanity and sadistic cruelty, repulsive and yet compellingly enticing. This album is a sickness, as infectious as the plague. This band are unnerving, dangerous and addictive.
    Line-up:
  • Tarquin – Guitars & Vocals
  • Dr. Krauss – Bass
  • Faceless Killer – Drums
  • Beryl - Vocals
  • Genre: Death Metal / Goregrind
  • For fans of: Cannibal Corpse, Avulsed, Prostitute, Disfigurement, General Surgery
  • LABEL: GRINDSCENE RECORDS
  • RELEASE DATE: 07.04.17
70000TONS OF METAL Dean Guitar Auction for Haiti
Posted by: Denis / 06.03.2017

JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS: JAMMING FOR A CAUSE

Round 7 of The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise set sail February 2-6, 2017, marking the seventh consecutive sellout for 70000TONS OF METAL. Priding themselves as being an International Heavy Metal Family at Sea, 70000TONS OF METAL 2017 sailed with Metalheads from an astounding 74 different countries who enjoyed a luxury Caribbean cruise leaving from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Labadee, Haiti and back.

With 61 acts representing practically every genre of Metal, playing 123 shows across 4 stages, 70000TONS OF METAL has been noted as the biggest and best Heavy Metal Cruise, with one of the highlights being Jamming With Waters In International Waters. Hosted by Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, the official 70000TONS OF METAL All Star Jam once again wrote a new chapter in Heavy Metal History when a spectacular lineup of the musicians on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2017 teamed up to perform classic Metal Anthems!

Prior to sailing there was a lot of online discussion amongst Sailors about what they could do to provide aid to those in need in Haiti, which inspired the crew at 70000TONS OF METAL to make their own contribution - they will be auctioning off a very unique Michael Schenker 2004 model Dean Guitar, which was signed by the world class artists who participated in the jam: Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), Jeff Waters / Fabio Alessandrini / Rich Hinks / Aaron Homma (ANNIHILATOR), Charlie Benante / Frank Bello / Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Ben Ash (CARCASS), Mark Osegueda / Will Carroll (DEATH ANGEL), Lisa Cuthbert (DRACONIAN), Jon Gallagher (DYING FETUS), Van Williams (GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS), Axel Ritt (GRAVE DIGGER), Bobby Blitz (OVERKILL), Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY), Fabio D'Amore (SERENITY), Rich Ward (STUCK MOJO), Alex Skolnick / Steve DiGiorgio / Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT), Thomas Vikström / Linnéa Vikström (THERION), Russ Bergquist (TOUCH THE SUN), and Steven Wussow / Philip Restemeier (XANDRIA).

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the people of Haiti via Direct Relief. Direct Relief is a nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for- profit humanitarian aid organization with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies by delivering medicines and medical supplies to people in all 50 U.S. states and in 80 countries. Since 2010, Direct Relief has provided over $204 million in critically needed medical aid to over 200 healthcare facilities and organizations caring for Haiti's most vulnerable communities.

The 70000TONS OF METAL Dean Guitar Auction for Haiti will begin March 5, 2017 at 2PM Eastern time, running until March 12 at 3PM Eastern time - From Europe this is 20:00 CET, or 19:00 GMT

70000TONS OF METAL 2018 DESTINATION ANNOUNCED

70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail its eighth voyage to Cockburn Town, on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sailing from February 1st to February 5th, 2018 on board the 154,000ton luxury cruise ship, The Independence of the Seas.

This Caribbean dream destination is situated on Grand Turk, the largest island in the Turks and Caicos' Islands archipelago and has a plethora of things to explore. Take a ride on a Dune Buggy Safari, ride 'n swim on horseback, go kayaking, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, get up and close with stingrays in their natural environment, or journey to the historic Grand Turk Lighthouse! 70000TONS OF METAL even offers the chance to explore this pristine island with your favorite Artists with their Artist Escorted Shore Excursions!

For Metalheads from around the World, this life-changing event truly has no comparison... it's like everyone has an All-Access backstage pass! Fans onboard 70000TONS OF METAL get unrestricted festival access to all 120 live performances, signing sessions, intimate Artist Clinics, exclusive album premiere listening sessions... and that's just the start. Sailors enjoy two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with World Class Artists on a floating luxury resort in the middle of the Caribbean!

Artist lineup and on-sale dates for 70000TONS OF METAL 2018 have not yet been announced.
GlobMetal Promotions / Hyperomm released debut album
Posted by: Denis / 06.03.2017
Russian Melodic Death Metal band Hyperomm released debut album From Nothing to Eternity. The album was recorded at 'Black & White Studios' and mixed and mastered by Anton Trubin.

Hyperomm is a solo project created by Anton Trubin in 2016. He made his presence known with the release of his debut EP ...Death, where 3 Melodic Death Metal tracks were presented. After the release Anton start to work on his first album From Nothing to Eternity that is a concept album. Lyrics are presented by such classic authors as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, William Ernest Henley and others.
OMEN / BATTLEROAR split 7” to be released on Cruz Del Sur Music
Posted by: Denis / 06.03.2017
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC is pleased and proud to present its upcoming April release, a split 7" featuring two legends in EPIC METAL, OMEN and BATTLEROAR!

The 7" will feature two unreleased tracks, OMEN - Up From The Deep and BATTLEROAR - Stronghold. It will be released in a deluxe edition on the occasion of OMEN's European tour in April/May 2017.

BATTLEROAR's Stronghold is in the same style as the fastest and heaviest songs on their last album Blood Of Legends (Cruz Del Sur, 2014). It shows a massive rhythmic session, great leads and Gerrit's classic, epic and melodic vocals.

OMEN's Up From The Deep sounds as if it was taken directly from Battle Cry. War cries introduce the legendary OMEN sound, with Kenny Powell painting a majestic tapestry of guitar notes above which Kevin Goocher delivers a brazen complimentary vocal performance.

Besides, both bands have faced line-up additions in these latest months and the 7" is the occasion to test how the new line ups work.

BATTLEROAR just announced the addition of Greg Vlachos (ex-Marauder) on drums, and Michael Kontogiorgis (ex-Spitfire, Exoristoi and more) on guitars as permanent members.

While OMEN just announced on their facebook page the addition of two new members to the line-up. Both of them are Kenny Powell and Kevin Goocher's long-time partners in crime: Roger Sisson wrote many of the Battle Cry's riffs but was never part of the Omen line-up... Now after 30 years he's the official new bass-player! And the new drummer, Reece Stanley, was in the Phantom X line-up together with Kevin.

The 7" will be officially presented at Keep It True 2017, where OMEN will play alongside with Cirith Ungol, Manilla Road, Atlantean Kodex among others.
Massacre Records / BORN AGAIN Motörhead cover
Posted by: Denis / 06.03.2017
BORN AGAIN have released their debut album Strike With Power on Massacre Records about a week ago!

Following the official video clip for the song New Generation, the French Metal outfit now released a video clip for their cover version of Motörhead's song No Class!

BORN AGAIN's album Strike With Power will also be released on CD in the US on May 5th.
Nuclear Blast / DIMMU BORGIR unveil first trailer for 'Forces Of The Northern Night'
Posted by: Denis / 06.03.2017
On April 28th, Norwegian symphonic Black Metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR, will unleash their highly anticipated double-DVD/BluRay Forces Of The Northern Night upon mankind. On this brand new release you can witness two different live shows: the legendary concert in Oslo, showing DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action. These monumental live rituals mark the beginning of the band's epic return planned for 2017. Watch the first trailer for Forces Of The Northern Night and take a look behind the scenes of this ambitious orchestra production.

This unique combination of elegance and extravagance has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mindblowing sets per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band's discography - from the majestic finisher Mourning Palace to the stomping manifesto Puritania and the haunting Gateways... Norway's DIMMU BORGIR know how to leave nothing behind but pure ashes!

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CONJURING FATE signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2017
The Irish Heavy/Power Metal band CONJURING FATE has signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. The Band will release their debut album Valley Of Shadows on 9th June 2017 via PURE STEEL RECORDS. Guest appearances include Scott Holderby of MORDRED, Neil Fraser of RAGE OF ANGELS & Steve Moore of STORMZONE.

Band statement: "Conjuring Fate have been gigging for quite a few years now. We have built up a steady fan base and reputation among our homeland here in Ireland and the UK. As an independent act we have played some amazing shows with acts such as Diamond Head, Dragonforce, Mordred, Blaze Bayley among others. And although we are grateful and have sold merchandise all over the world, we felt that we needed that bit of extra backing and help. So we have to say that we are exceptionally happy to be working with German label, Pure Steel Records! They are a label who really care about all things Heavy Metal. We hope that with their help we can push our new album Valley Of Shadows even further than we have previously! We will be playing some shows through Ireland and the UK. We will then hit up parts of Europe. We Hope you are ready for THE FATE!"
    LINE-UP:
  • Tommy Daly (ex-Fireland) – vocals
  • Phil Horner – guitars
  • Karl Gibson – guitars
  • Steve Legear – bass
  • Bogdan Walczak – drums
    UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
  • 04/03/2017 - The Ivy Bar - Newtownards - UK
  • 21/04/2017 - Gypsy Rose - Dublin - IE
  • 22/04/2017 - Limelight 2 - Belfast - UK
Mighty Music / Black Income
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2017
BLACK INCOME who released the praised album Noise Pollution last year is in the Medley Studios with Soren Andersen recording new material.
Metal Blade / Harlott reveals details for new album 'Extinction'
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2017
On April 7th, Australian thrashers Harlott will release their new album, Extinction, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! Harlott returns with a harrowing offering of Thrash Metal, and a bleak interpretation of mankind's future. A blistering assault of speed and aggression awaits those who endure Extinction, as well as a reverent journey into the power and force that is Metal.

Featuring artwork by Andrei Bouzikov, Extinction is Harlott's third album and the successor to 2015′s critically acclaimed Proliferation. Recorded at Monolith Studios (Orpheus Omega, In Malice's Wake, Bane of Winterstorm) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Opeth, Soilwork), the album seeks to rain pure savagery upon any listener with furious riffs, spitting verses and face melting shred that are blended effortlessly with triumphant melodies and thundering groove to make a diverse and adaptable record which pays tribute to the kings of Thrash Metal, while making waves in the new dawn of evil. Taking what they had already mastered and pushing the limits of dissonance, evil, and atmosphere, they bring together an offering that will satisfy the bloodlust of their manic legion, and draw in the revelers of a dying breed.

Containing 12 songs of pure bedlam, Extinction pauses only for the deafening silence between each blistering track.
    Extinction track-listing:
  1. Extinction
  2. First World Solutions
  3. The Penitent
  4. Whore
  5. No Past
  6. Conflict Revelation
  7. Better Off Dead
  8. Violent Conspirator
  9. And Darkness Brings The Light
  10. Final Weapon
  11. Parasite
  12. Epitaph

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Wind Rose signs with Inner Wound Recordings
Posted by: Denis / 03.03.2017
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Folk/Power Metal band WIND ROSE to the label. Their new album Stonehymn is scheduled to be released later this spring and more details will be revealed later this month.

Having toured with bands like Wintersun, Eluveitie, Ensiferum, and with two successful albums under their belt, WIND ROSE are ready to take things to the next level with the release of their third album Stonehymn, an album filled by the epic, powerful and folk inspired brand of Power Metal the band is known for.

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AFM Records / Rhapsody of Fire new album
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2017
Rhapsody of Fire's mixing engineer GREENMAN STUDIOS - Sebastian 'Seeb' Levermann is working on last guitar parts and final touches on the mix. Be prepared! It will sound awesome. The band really want to release one or two songs really soon! The next album, containing re-recordings of Rhapsody's early compositions (97-02), raises a lot of expectations and the band can't wait to publish a sneak peek. New musicians, Giacomo (vocals) and Manu (drums) did an incredible work in studio.

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GlobMetal Promotions / The Suicider released new album
Posted by: Denis / 02.03.2017
Russian Heavy/Gothic Metal band The Suicider released their new album Never Alive. The album was recorded at 'Day Records Studio' in Moscow by Evgeniy Vinogradov, who also did the Master/Mixing of the album.

The Suicider band was formed by Mikhail Tatarinov at the beginning of 2005 in the Korolyov city that is located in the Moscow region. In 2010 the band released their debut album Death Surrounds and in 2011 came out the EP Four reasons to die.
SPV / NIGHT DEMON release new album in April
Posted by: Denis / 01.03.2017
Ventura, California based Metal outfit NIGHT DEMON have proclaimed their epic return in 2017, which comes in the form of the band's upcoming full length studio effort, Darkness Remains. The new album is the follow up to their debut record, Curse of the Damned, and is primed for an April 21st 2017 release on SPV/Steamhammer. In addition to the impending release of Darkness Remains, Night Demon is also pleased to announce that they will be embarking on a full European tour. The tour begins directly on the release date in Germany and will run 'til early June before the band will come back to Europe by the end of July.

Speaking about their journey on the path leading to the release of Darkness Remains, the members of NIGHT DEMON came together to state the following:
"Well it's about time for Night Demon to release a new album! It's been quite the whirlwind for us touring the world over the last two years on Curse of the Damned. We really wanted to give the existing fans a chance to digest the album and have a chance to see it live a few times. We have been prepping for the new record for over a year, and now the moment is upon us to unleash this beast for one and all! Very excited to continue our road journeys with some new material for the faithful, and the newcomers. Night Demon is coming for you in 2017!"

Darkness Remains delivers all the expected 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal' inspired thrills and chills, but also sees members, Jarvis Leatherby (vocals/bass), Armand John Anthony (guitar), and Dusty Squires (drums), honing their songwriting chops. Not only has the band's overall sound matured, but the individual members have carved out their own niches, sharpened their attack, and even taken some chances along the way. Boasting a full, powerful, and clear production that retains a raw edginess, Darkness Remains sets the gold standard for how a traditional Metal record should sound in 2017.

In addition to the upcoming album and touring, NIGHT DEMON remain active in their charitable efforts and have just launched the campaign for their annual 'Metal Cares' program. Speaking about this project and their endeavors aimed at giving back to the community, the band comments:

"At least once a year we do a campaign for the Night Demon Metal Cares shirt. Each year has a new design and they have ended up being some of the best merch we've done. This year, our big brothers in Cirith Ungol have gotten in on the action to combine forces with us for an amazing T-shirt for the 2017 edition of Metal Cares. Recently our efforts have been focused on scholarships for the underprivileged in our community – working with the YMCA and Merch Relief in aiding victims of natural disasters, and that is the focus of this new design.
The current campaign runs from February 22nd through March 3rd. ALL PROFITS will be donated! Shirts are produced in response to pre-order and will print/ship once the campaign ends – at which time this exclusive design will be gone!"


Darkness Remains will be released through SPV/Steamhammer europeanwide on April 21st, 2017 as CD digipack, LP Version in dark green vinyl, download (with bonus tracks) and stream.
    Tracklisting:
  1. WELCOME TO THE NIGHT (03:51)
  2. HALLOWED GROUND (03:53)
  3. MAIDEN HELL (02:43)
  4. STRANGER IN THE ROOM (04:09)
  5. LIFE ON THE RUN (03:34)
  6. DAWN RIDER (03:22)
  7. BLACK WIDOW (03:26)
  8. ON YOUR OWN (03:27)
  9. FLIGHT OF THE MANTICORE (Instrumental) (04:06)
  10. DARKNESS REMAINS (05:31)
  11. WE WILL ROCK YOU (Queen cover version) (02:58) – digital bonus track
  12. TURN UP THE NIGHT (Black Sabbath cover version) (03:24) – digital bonus track
    Live 2017:
  • 21.04.D-Oberhausen – Helvete (with Angel Witch)
  • 22.04.NL-Stadskanaal – Very ‘Eavy Festival
  • 23.04.B-Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest (with Angel Witch)
  • 26.04.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
  • 27.04.B-Diest – Moonlight Music Hall
  • 28.-29.04.D-Lauda/Königshofen – Keep It True Festival
  • 30.04.D-Leipzig – Hellraiser
  • 03.05.CH-Aarau – Kiff
  • 05.05.E-Madrid – Pounding Metal Fest
  • 11.05.D-Karlsruhe – Alte Hackerei
  • 13.05.D-Oberndorf am Lech – Metalheadz Open Air
  • 14.05.CH-Chur - Pallazo Beat Club
  • 16.05.D-Munich – Backstage
  • 17.05.A-Vienna – Escape Metal Corner
  • 19.05.D-Etzenrot – Soundcheck One
  • 20.05.A-Dornbirn – Schlachthaus
  • 24.05.PL-Warsaw – Poglos
  • 26.05.-27.05.GR-Athens – Up The Hammers Festival
  • 01.-03.06.SE-Tyrolen – Muskelrock
  • 03.06.D-Berlin - Cortina
  • 04.06.D-Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Festival
  • 27.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbanger’s Open Air
  • 10.-12.08.D-Schlotheim – PartySan Open Air

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Spinefarm Records / AIRBOURNE REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'IT’S ALL FOR ROCK N’ ROLL'
Posted by: Denis / 01.03.2017
AIRBOURNE have revealed a rip-roaring video for It's All For Rock N' Roll, the climactic track on their current studio album, Breakin' Outta Hell – their first for Spinefarm Records.

It's All For Rock N' Roll was written about Lemmy, a man the band looked up to, befriended and loved, having shared stages with Motörhead on numerous occasions over their decade-plus career, both in Europe and Australia; when they needed someone to drive a large truck (recklessly, of course) in their Runnin’ Wild video (2007), Lemmy was the first name on the list, and he duly obliged with a memorable, authority-baitin' cameo.

Motörhead's famous 'bomber' lighting rig, a noted part of 'Head history since the late '70s, was enthusiastically lent to Airbourne by the Motörhead camp, adding real emotional weight to both the It's All For Rock N' Roll clip and the song itself – an anthemic number recorded to honour one of rock's most revered and influential figures, and also to celebrate the hard rock genre as a whole, the loyalty and the legacy...

Says Airbourne frontman Joel O' Keeffe: "When Motörhead played, Lemmy was there for the fans and the fans were there for him. It didn't matter what was happening in the world at that point, because Motörhead was onstage; the crew had everything dialled in, and the crowd were there and lovin’ it – all for rock 'n' roll...
Whenever we were on tour, we looked forward to seeing the festival posters with the big Motörhead logo on there, and now there’s just a big black hole. 'We are Motörhead, and we play rock 'n' roll', we were so used to hearing that, and when it's not there anymore, it hits you hard...
Lemmy meant so much to us, and so much to rock 'n' roll itself..."


Airbourne will play at the Download Festival this June, taking to the main stage for the first time, with a headline appearance at the Hard Rock Hell Festival in Wales to follow in November.
Imperative PR / My Silent Wake - Invitation To Imperfection
Posted by: Denis / 28.02.2017
Over the years My Silent Wake have become one of the most admired bands in the Doom Metal scene, with incredible albums like 2015s stunning Damnatio Memoriae. However, what has made them a truly unique entity is the breadth and depth of their creativity. Not content simply to craft albums of formidable, melancholy Metal they have also stripped their music down to its acoustic essentials, both live and on album and with releases like the acclaimed Eye Of The Needle, explored the world of dark ambience as well. Now, with their first album for new label Opa Loka Records, My Silent Wake offer something different again, with the most experimental, atmospheric and imaginative release of their storied career.

Invitation To Imperfection combines My Silent Wake's mastery of the ambient and acoustic and then adds more... Friends and associates from the extended My Silent Wake family offered their own personal touches to the recordings and an array of instruments were used to bring these songs to life; from zithers to mandolins, pump organs to karimbas, they all contribute their own colours and textures to the magic. Multiple recording locations were also used, as the band wandered far and wide harvesting the sounds that resonated with the vision in their hearts. The result is an enthralling album that is, in its own quiet way, as powerful as any of My Silent Wake's magnificent doom albums.

Ever present in all that My Silent Wake do, is Ian Arkley and he offered a few thoughts on their latest creation: "It is not about virtuosity, high class production or striving to be noticed or to impress... it is about trying to create a balance which allows for things not being perfect whilst trying to create an interesting track. This isn't just My Silent Wake ambient or just My Silent Wake acoustic; this is a mixture of the two which we sincerely hope you enjoy."

Invitation To Imperfection is a deeply affecting album. It's thought provoking and dream invoking, prompting reflection and revelation, a very special album from a band who are a true musical treasure of untold worth, with a rich history and an exciting future.
Drakkar Entertainment / Dezperadoz - Call Of The Wild
Posted by: Denis / 28.02.2017
It's the return of the magnificent three. Five years after their last raid Dead Man's Hand, Dezperadoz got their horses saddled once again to conquer even the last corner of the Wild West. As was the case in their glorious past, they can rely upon an explosive arsenal of meaty, straight-on Heavy Metal and the best of every single Western soundtrack ever written, thus forming an unholy and striking alliance. Forged under the desert moon, it's as inseparable as beans and bacon, as Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone.

Already famous for their thorough and authentic conceptual albums in the past, Kraft and his two relentless comrades up the ante once again. Call of the Wild is inspired by one of Wild West's biggest heroes ever – Billy the Kid. Infamous gunslinger, notorious womaniser and hotshot for some, cold-blooded murderer for others. "He was a young, tough, bragging swashbuckle, but at the same time well educated, polite, diligent and intelligent", Kraft muses. "A rebel and a thorn in every cattle dealer's flesh". A legend like that couldn't go better with a bold troupe like Dezperadoz. For years, Kraft worked on this elaborate concept and tried to unmask the figure behind the myth. With Call of the Wild, he built him a loud, wild, unforgettable monument with which Billy himself, it is safe to assume, would be more than happy.

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Inner Wound Recordings / Pyramaze 'Contingent' details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 28.02.2017
The Melodic Metal band PYRAMAZE will release their new album Contingent on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

With their milestone fifth album Contingent, Pyramaze have grown and matured into a band that is capable of satisfying their fans while simultaneously continuing to break new ground. The incorporation of modern cinematic film score elements mixed with Progressive Metal riffs and melodies will leave the listener breathless! Huge, sweeping, hard-hitting, and poignant, Contingent is an epic post-apocalyptic conceptual piece inspired by current events, the human spirit to overcome struggle and diversity, and the brotherhood that lies there in. Produced, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica, Evergrey).

"Divided by oceans, bound together by brotherhood, we must become that which divides us... we are PYRAMAZE, and we are the Ocean!"

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Massacre Records / STORMHAMMER track list
Posted by: Denis / 28.02.2017
German Power Metal outfit STORMHAMMER's new album Welcome To The End is set to be released on March 24th via Massacre Records. Graced with an artwork created by Jan Yrlund, mixed by Mario Lochert and mastered by Jan Vacik, Welcome To The End features 14 tracks.

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Napalm Records / W.A.S.P. 25th anniversary of 'The Crimson Idol' tour
Posted by: Denis / 28.02.2017
2017 marks 25th years from the original release of the acclaimed album The Crimson Idol by W.A.S.P.

Recognized worldwide as the band's landmark recording, W.A.S.P. will commemorate the release of that historic album by performing it in its entirety: 'Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary of The Crimson Idol' World Tour.

The tour will feature the complete album, as well as the 3 missing songs originally intended to be part of those recordings. The show will be done in two parts, with the first being The Crimson Idol, and part two being a collection of greatest hits.
    TOURDATES
  • 08.11.2017 IT - Bologna, Estragon
  • 09.11.2017 IT - Milan, Live Club
  • 10.11.2017 CH - Lausanne, Docks
  • 11.11.2017 CH - Pratteln, Z7
  • 14.11.2017 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
  • 15.11.2017 DE - Hannover, Capitol
  • 16.11.2017 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
  • 17.11.2017 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
  • 18.11.2017 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
  • 20.11.2017 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
  • 21.11.2017 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
  • 22.11.2017 DE - Munich, Backstage
  • 24.11.2017 CZ - Hluk, Sportshall
  • 25.11.2017 PL - Warsaw, Progresja
  • 26.11.2017 AT - Vienna, Arena

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NoiseArt Records / MAJESTY 'Rebels Of Our Time' short film and official music video
Posted by: Denis / 28.02.2017
For their brand-new song Rebels Of Our Time MAJESTY present you the first short film ind Heavy Metal history. The movie tells an exciting story which is set in a postapocalyptic future and which leads into a cool music video.

Singer Tarek comments on the extraordinary project: "We all are big cinema fans and we had in mind for quite a long time to shoot a short film which exactly shows what the band stands for. Our new album Rebels is a big step forward for us in any way and therefor we simply didn't want to simply make a boringly normal music video. We are extremely proud of the result but that is not only due to us but because of the whole film team and the actors. All of them supported the project with enormous dedication and with much blood, sweat and tears. We made lots of new friends during the shooting!"

For the short film MAJESTY collaborated with the ambitious young film makers Dennis Keller, Oliver Allweyer, Daniel Roschy who passionately and professionally implemented the script written by Tarek.

Dennis Keller states: "44 hours of shooting in 3 days, average temperature of -5oC and a brilliant team. From the make-up across the catering to our actors everything was right - and I think you also see that in the result!"

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Nuclear Blast / METAL CHURCH announce German tour dates for summer 2017
Posted by: Denis / 28.02.2017
Heavy Metal titans METAL CHURCH are very pleased to announce that they will be returning to our German shores for six dates this summer. They will be touring in celebration of their latest studio album XI, which was released last year via Nuclear Blast.

Masterful METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement: "The METAL CHURCH fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for Heavy Metal music is second to none!"
    METAL CHURCH w/ special guest
  • 10.06. D Bremen - Tivoli
  • 12.06. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
  • 13.06. D Munich - Backstage
  • 14.06. D Stuttgart - dasCann
  • 17.06. D Neunkirchen - Stummsche Reithalle
  • 10.08. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
    More METAL CHURCH dates:
  • 25.03. UK Pwllheli - Hammerfest
    w/ ALTER BRIDGE, IN FLAMES
  • 02.05. USA Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
  • 03.05. USA Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
  • 09.05. USA Baltimore, MD - The Hippodrome
  • 11.05. USA Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
  • 17.05. USA Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
  • 09.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
  • 11.06. NL Eindhoven - Dynamo
  • 16.06. B Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
  • 18.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
  • 20.06. UK London - Underworld
  • 21.06. UK Glasgow - Audio
  • 22.06. UK Belfast - Limelight 2
  • 23.06. IRL Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
  • 24.06. UK Bristol - Thekla
  • 30.06. E Barcelona - Rock Fest
  • 15.07. USA Bridgeview, IL - Chicago Open Air
  • 05.08. F St.-Maurice-De-Gourdans - Sylak Open Air
  • 09./10.08. CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault
  • 11.08. NL Leeuwarden - Into The Grave
  • 12.08. P Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
  • 07.09. USA Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA XVIII

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VARG MEDIA GROUP / WhiteNoise released new video
Posted by: Denis / 27.02.2017
Israeli Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal band Whitenoise released their new video clip Enemy Lines. The video was filmed in Tel Aviv by Eyal Zion and Kolnoa La'am.

Whitenoise was formed in 2005 by Yura Burmatnov. The band released 2 EP's - New Breed (2011) and The herd (2014) and toured Russia and Europe. This days the band is working on their first debut album that will be released this year.
Divebomb Records / SYNAPTIK
Posted by: Denis / 27.02.2017
Since forming in 2012 from the ashes of such bands as Fifth Season, Inner Sanctum, Twisted Autumn Darkness, the primary concern of Norwich, England's SYNAPTIK has been musical intensity. Compartmentalizing SYNAPTIK's approach is as futile as attempting to cage a wild animal, but―nevertheless―traits of progressive metal seem ubiquitous, and a dark aura tends to cloak the band's output.

When SYNAPTIK's debut, The Mechanisms of Consequence, was released in 2014, the press reacted with bewilderment. Near-perfect reviews became the norm, and one factor that seemed to be particularly appreciated was the group's knack for fusing technical sophistication with traditional metal sonorities such as blast beats; powerful riffs; and screaming, Priest-styled melodic vocals.

In March of 2016, SYNAPTIK recorded their sophomore album―the epically diverse Justify & Reason with Meyrick de la Fuente at Floodgate Studios in London. Justify & Reason finds SYNAPTIK placing a greater emphasis on their progressive tendencies, but also contains some of the group's heaviest material to date. Lyrically, Justify & Reason ventures into the dark, labyrinthine corridors of the human psyche to examine the relationship between inner emotions and society at large―universal themes that transcend cultural and national boundaries. The end result is mandatory listening for fans of QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, WATCHTOWER, EVERGREY alike.

Available from Divebomb Records―who released a retrospective discography from Inner Sanctum (a band whose lineup featured SYNAPTIK's Kev Jackson, Ian and John Knight) in 2013―the CD version of Justify & Reason will also include a freshly mixed take on the group's debut album, The Mechanisms of Consequence, as a second disc. Comprised of such cuts as A Man Dies, As I Am, As I Was, Your Cold Dead Trace (which features a guest appearance from Alan Tecchio of WATCHTOWER/HADES fame), the material now sounds more vibrant than ever before.

With Justify & Reason, SYNAPTIK has raised the bar of Progressive Metal. Can you handle the intensity?
    CD 1
  1. The Incredible Machine
  2. Human/Inhuman
  3. Conscience
  4. White Circles
  5. Esc Ctrl

    CD 2
    The Mechanisms Of Consequence, Brain Spark Edition
  6. Truths That Wake
  7. A Man Dies
  8. I Am The Ghost
  9. Your Cold Dead Trace
  10. Irresistible Shade
  11. Vacancy Of Mind
  12. As I Am, As I Was
  13. Utopia In Our Eyes
  14. All Lies
  15. Allies
  16. Your Cold Dead Trace (Tecchio Mix)
GlobMetal Promotions / Santtu Niemelä released new album
Posted by: Denis / 27.02.2017
Finnish Power/Progressive Metal musician Santtu Niemelä released his second album Forgotten Souls. The album was recorded in Skulldozer Studio and all the songs were written, mixed and mastered by him.

Santtu Niemelä is a Heavy Metal artist from Marttila, Finland. In December of 2016 he released his first cover album Boat on the River of Blood, where he made Metal covers of some old pop/rock songs and songs from popular games and movies.
BADASS releases 'Royal Chains' official video
Posted by: Denis / 27.02.2017
The official video of Royal Chains from BADASS upcoming album More Pain, More Gain (out on April 15th via Lion Music / Cargo Records UK) has just been released.
Mistheria - GEMINI album song-list
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
Mistheria is excited to share with you the SONG-LIST of his upcoming instrumental Metal album GEMINI.

All songs composed and/or arranged by Mistheria.

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Scarlet Records / GAME OVER 'BLESSED ARE THE HERETICS' EP DETAILS REVEALED
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
Thrash Metal powerforce Game Over have revealed the details of their upcoming new EP Blessed Are The Heretics, set to be released on April 21st on Scarlet Records. The tracklist is as follows:
  1. Blessed Are The Heretics
  2. Mai piú ('No More' Italian version)
  3. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Dead Or Alive cover)
  4. Mountains Of Madness (live)
  5. Fix Your Brain (live)
  6. C.h.u.c.k. (live)
Following the success of the critically acclaimed album Crimes Against Reality, the 6 track EP includes the title track Blessed Are The Heretics, a cover of Dead Or Alive's You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), a new version of the song No More (from the Burst Into The Quiet record) re-recorded in Italian (Mai Più is Game Over's very first attempt at using their mother tongue in a song) and 3 live tracks from the band's recent US and Chinese tours. Blessed Are The Heretics can be considered an anticipation of the band's next full length album, mixing Thrash Metal, Hardcore, Progressive and classical influences, with very obscure lyrics.

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Scarlet Records / MASTERCASTLE NEW ALBUM OUT IN MAY
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
Power/neoclassical Metal band Mastercastle have announced that their new, sixth album Wine Of Heaven will be released on May 19th on Scarlet Records.

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.

Wine Of Heaven has been described by singer Giorgia Gueglio as "a journey through the aroma of the 'Nectar of the Gods', wandering among the meanderings of the mind, discovering the flavor of life, loneliness and passion". Recorded at MusicArt studio, this new album is characterized by a very dark mood, very low tunings and the constant and innovative use of keyboards, produced by Gonella himself, giving to the songs an avantgarde edge and compelling sound.

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Punishment 18 Records / Chronosphere: new video posted on-line
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
On next March 31st, Greek thrashers Chronosphere will release their new album, Red N' Roll, by Punishment 18 Records. This new full-length album was recorded and mixed by Kostas Spades and Spyros Lafias at Chrono Studios and co-mixed and mastered by Ivy DMC. You can see videoclip for song Picking Up My Pieces.
Punishment 18 Records / Ancient Dome new album in the works
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
Italian Thrash metallers Ancient Dome has renewed the record deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release of their brand new fourth full-length album.

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Metal Blade / Armored Saint launches 'Last Train Home (Live)' video online
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
This Friday (February 24th), Armored Saint will release their new live album, Carpe Noctum. Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989's live album, Saints Will Conquer – until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band's 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

For a preview of Carpe Noctum, you can check out a live video of Last Train Home from Wacken Open Air.

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Inner Wound Recordings / MindMaze 'Resolve' details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
The US Progressive Power Metal band MINDMAZE will release their new album Resolve on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

Over the span of 68 minutes of melodic and powerful music ripe with recurring themes, the band takes the listener on a whirlwind journey through the scope of human emotion in hopes they will be able to project their own experiences into these intensely personal lyrics inspired by an amalgam of real-life events.

Resolve reprises the band's ever-present influences from bands like Queensryche, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Savatage, and a mixture of contemporary Power Metal and Melodic Rock hooks and songwriting while moving the band further into progressive and theatrical territory with more atypical song structures used to best serve the concept of the album.

The band continues to forge their footprint as one of the most promising and unique female-fronted bands to come along in recent times.
    Resolve track listing
  1. Reverie (Instrumental)
  2. Fight the Future
  3. In This Void (Instrumental)
  4. Drown Me
  5. Sign of Life
  6. Abandon
  7. Sanity's Collapse (Instrumental)
  8. One More Moment
  9. Twisted Dream
  10. True Reflection
  11. Shattered Self
  12. Release
  13. The Path to Perseverance
    Upcoming MindMaze tour dates
  • 4-25-17 @ Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD (Supporting Y&T)
  • 4-27-17 @ Ralph's - Worcester, MA
  • 4-28-17 @ Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
  • 4-29-17 @ Funhouse - Bethlehem, PA
    Supporting Arkona & Sirenia
  • 5-13-17 @ Webster Hall - New York, NY
  • 5-14-17 @ Firehouse 13 - Providence, RI
  • 5-15-17 @ L'Anti - Quebec City, QB
  • 5-16-17 @ L'Astral - Montreal, QB
  • 5-17-17 @ Mod Club - Toronto, ON
  • 5-18-17 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL
  • 5-19-17 @ Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
  • 5-20-17 @ Riot Room - Kansas City, KN
  • 5-21-17 @ Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
  • 5-23-17 @ Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
  • 5-24-17 @ Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
  • 5-25-17 @ Metro Opera House - Oakland, CA
  • 5-26-17 @ Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
  • 5-27-17 @ Pranksters - Scottsdale, AZ
  • 5-28-17 @ Rockhouse - El Paso, TX
  • 5-29-17 @ Curtain Club - Dallas, TX
  • 5-30-17 @ Grizzly Hall - Austin, TX
  • 6-01-17 @ TBA - Atlanta, GA
  • 6-02-17 @ The Milestone - Charlotte, NC
Frontiers Music / Dracula - new album scheduled for early 2018
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce that the production of a follow up album to the successful DRACULA Swing of Death release has started under the direction of the main songwriter and guitar player, Trond Holter.

While the original plan was to leave Swing of Death as a unique, one-off musical extravaganza, the success that the rock opera had after being staged in front of audiences in Norwegian theaters convinced Trond that a follow up was possible. Not to mention, he was also sitting on plenty of material that did not find a home on the debut album.
    The new album will feature the full live line-up, including:
  • Trond Holter: guitars
  • Nils K. Rue: on lead vocals
  • Jeanette Heidenstrøm: vocals
  • Bernt Jansen: bass
  • Per Morten Bergseth: drums
  • Erling Henanger: keyboards
Trond says: "I am really looking forward to recording a new Dracula album! We have already started playing live shows and the new lineup is working really well. Nils K. Rue from Pagan's Mind brings solid quality as do the rest of the guys. I will continue writing in the same spirit as when I wrote the first Dracula album. A lot of new exciting songs are taking shape these days and I can't wait to dig into it."

Trond plans to write and record this spring until the end of summer for a release tentatively scheduled for early 2018.
AFM Records / Bloodbound new single 'Stand And Fight' available for streaming
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
The question is: Will YOU stand and fight with Bloodbound when their new album War Of Dragons drops on February 24th? Check out the song now & play at maximum volume!

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GlobMetal Promotions / Viletale released new EP
Posted by: Denis / 21.02.2017
Brazilian Black/Death Metal band Viletale released their new EP From the Depths ov Mind. The EP was recorded at Takeout Studio and mix and mastered by Roberto de Lucena.

Viletale was formed in January's 2016 at Blumenau, Brazil by Bruno Jankauskas (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Alan Ricardo (Rhytim Guitars/vocals), Filipe Oliveira (Bass) and Matheus Lunge (Drums).
Divebomb Records / AUTUMN SILENCE BOOTCAMP REISSUE COMING IN MARCH
Posted by: Denis / 21.02.2017
AUTUMN SILENCE originally formed in 1987, when a group of high school friends banded together under the name Prophecy. As a stable lineup settled into place, the quartet eventually changed names to Midnight Divine, and with the addition of vocalist John Leese recorded two previously unreleased tracks of searing Progressive Metal influenced by their growing interest in bands such as Crimson Glory, Fates Warning, Vicious Rumors; as well as classical, jazz fusion, and Prog Rock.

This hard-hitting style carried over into the early-'90s, as the group had rebranded itself AUTUMN SILENCE and released the three song Winter's Calling EP in 1991—their first outing with former Without Warning vocalist Mike Gorham in tow. Encouraged by interest from Shrapnel Records honcho Mike Varney, AUTUMN SILENCE branched out even further on their final EP—1994's Echoes In The Garden pushing themselves towards a loftier, more keyboard-centric direction that explored their love of Progressive Rock outfits like Yes, King Crimson, and most importantly Genesis.

The band continued working on new material into the mid-'90s, but ultimately unable to secure a record deal gradually succumbed to the pressures of time and dissipated before the end of 1996. The music lives on, however, so now more than 20 years later Divebomb Records is excited to present Echoes In The Garden: the complete, 11-song discography collection of AUTUMN SILENCE; fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording; and including an in-depth, retrospective interview with the band.

COMRADES IN ARMS: Heir Apparent, Yes, Fates Warning, Crimson Glory, Genesis.
    ARSENAL:
  • Members went on to KING DIAMOND, HEIR APPARENT
  • Limited edition CD – only 500 units pressed worldwide
  • Cover art by Steven Cobb
  • digitally remastered
  • band supplied photos
  • full color 20 page booklet with new band interview and full lyrics
    Winter's Calling Demo – 1991
  1. Winter's Calling
  2. Pain Fills My Eyes
  3. Dreaming
    T.M.P. Sessions
  4. Ludicrous Speed
    Echoes In The Garden Demo – 1994
  5. So This Is Home
  6. Le Penseur
  7. Echoes In The Garden
    Midnight Divine Sessions – 1989-1990
  8. Mirror Of Prodigy
  9. Doubtful Expectations
    Live Rehearsal Demos – 1991
  10. Autumn Silence
  11. A Prayer For The Dying
    Bonus(es):
  12. Echoes In The Garden (Modifica)
Frontiers Music / Labyrinth - Architecture of a God
Posted by: Denis / 21.02.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is particularly pleased to announce that after a seven year hiatus, Labyrinth, the legendary Italian Metal band, will return with a brand new studio album, Architecture of a God on April 21, 2017.

In the spring of 2016, the band's founding members, Andrea Cantarelli and Olaf Thorsen received a call from Frontiers asking them to discuss with vocalist Roberto Tiranti the possibilities of a reunion with a return to their classic sound to mount a comeback for the band. After much discussion, the guys agreed to make an album and also to make a very special appearance at the the first annual Frontiers Metal Festival, where they performed their signature album, Return to Heaven Denied in it's entirety (said performance is being prepared for a future home video release).

Olaf says: "This has been easily the most difficult and challenging album I ever worked on. To be honest, when Frontiers contacted me, insisting to make this reunion happen, I was skeptical and worried. We couldn't simply make a new album, it wouldn't have been honest to the fans, to ourselves. Of course, this is as easy to say as also unbelievably tough to make real: we have so many good albums out there, looking at us from their past and which people still keep in their minds and hearts. That's why we decided to strengthen our line-up, joining with nobody else but the best musicians we believed they would have fitted perfectly into our perspective of the music we were about to write."

Andrea adds: "The making of this album has been a fantastic journey. We brought back a lot of classic elements of our music, mixing it with something new and I'm so enthusiastic about the final result."

Roberto Tiranti makes it short: "Just when you thought you already gave everything you could, expressing every possible musical aspect of your way of intending music for a band like Labyrinth, then comes Architecture of a God, to remind you that nothing is impossible!"

With a new line-up rounded out by drummer extraordinaire John Macaluso (TNT, Riot, Ark etc.), Oleg Smirnoff (Vision Divine, Edritch) on keyboards, and Nik Mazzucconi on bass, Labÿrinth are truly coming back stronger than ever and have offered up a superb self-produced album. Architecture of a God (mixed by DGM's Simone Mularoni) is a record that encompasses all the elements the band is known for: fast Power Metal songs with unforgettable hooks, epic Prog infused Metal songs, and some great melodic numbers that compose a record which is easily going to be another milestone for the Italian Metal masters!

"What we have in our hands, now, it's Architecture of a God: by far, the most mature and complete album we ever wrote", concludes Thorsen. "There's no will to challenge our glorious past, but I'm really confident that, once released, this album will set a new standard for our music!"

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InsideOut Music / Fates Warning - more European shows announced
Posted by: Denis / 21.02.2017
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have just wrapped up an extremely successful first European headlining tour for their much praised latest release Theories Of Flight and are now announcing a next run of dates for June, including the first UK and French shows in support of the album.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment: "I want to thank all our fans for making this last European tour one of our most successful tours we have ever had. We are so very proud of Theories and the reaction from all of you, the fans, was more than we could have ever hoped for. To have everyone singing along to a new song is something special. Thank you all. We can't wait to go back on the road again. We look forward to playing some places we have never been as well as some places we have not been to in a long time... Thank you all again, you made this tour very special."
    Here is a list of upcoming dates for FATES WARNING announced so far (New additions marked *), FATES WARNING - Live 2017:
  • Fri 02.06.2017 London (UK) - Underworld *
  • Sat 03.06.2017 Vaureal (France) - Le Forum *
  • Sun 04.06.2017 Gelsenkirchen (Germany) - Rock Hard Festival
  • Mon 05.06.2017 Berlin (Germany) - BiNuu *
  • Tue 06.06.2017 Bremen (Germany) - Tivoli *
  • Thu 08.06.2017 Solvesborg (Sweden) - Sweden Rock Festival *
  • 03.-05.08.2017 Wacken (Germany) - Wacken Open Air
    More to come soon!

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Metal Blade / Native Construct releases instrumental version of 'Quiet World' with bonus track
Posted by: Denis / 21.02.2017
Boston, MA based Progressive act Native Construct has just launched the instrumental version of their critically acclaimed debut release, Quiet World. The instrumental tracks, as was the case with the original release, were mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording in North Carolina.

Guitarist Myles Yang comments: "One of the hallmarks of Quiet World is the extreme density of the arrangements. The album is saturated with important, but oftentimes subtle layers and Easter eggs. Every time I've happened to hear this music with the vocals muted, I've been struck by just how much is going on under there that I had stopped paying attention to. Without the vocals as the main focal point, you really start to notice all those countless details. It's a totally fresh and very interesting perspective on this music. We just had to put it out there for all our hardcore fans.
On top of that, we're pleased to be able to include the 8th track, Silence, on this release. This was originally a bonus track available only on the Japanese version of Quiet World, but it really is an essential component of the concept. glhf."


Native Construct is currently in the midst of writing their sophomore album for Metal Blade Records with an expected release date for the second half of 2017.

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Napalm Records / KOBRA AND THE LOTUS reveal new album details, 'Prevail I'
Posted by: Denis / 21.02.2017
Explosive Canadian Hard Rockers, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have completed work on their new album and Napalm Records debut Prevail I. The album is set for release on May 12th! Now the band reveals the artwork, track listing and has unleashed their brand new single Gotham.

Frontwoman KOBRA PAIGE on the story of Prevail I the band's most ambitious effort to date: "When we are born, we are innocent, pure, and unshaped. This mandala signifies a human at the beginning of it's journey. Unscathed and beautiful, the mandala is each and every one of us. As this album unfolds, you will notice it's more than just music. Prevail I is a story of visceral truth and I believe, if we're really being honest with ourselves, everyone will find their story within it. After all, the battles may differ, but we all started as the same mandala and we are more relatable than we'd like to admit. Our only wish is that you may enjoy the freaking crap out of this album and find comfort in realizing you're not alone."

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Nuclear Blast / BATTLE BEAST release 'Bringer Of Pain' music video
Posted by: Denis / 21.02.2017
Finnish heavy metallers, BATTLE BEAST, released their fourth studio record titled Bringer Of Pain, last Friday through Nuclear Blast. For all of you, who haven't got their pain yet, the band has released another musical taster in the form of a music video for the album's title track.

Bassist Eero Sipilä commented on the video: "Short story: We wanted to do a video which was simply about thrashing around. Bringer Of Pain is the fastest and probably the least 'commercial'-sounding song on the album, displaying a completely different side as opposed to the previous singles so it seemed like a perfect choice. Empty industrial hall, tons of smoke, tight jeans and lot's of headbanging – the classic Metal video!"

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METALMESSAGE / FreaKings (Old School Thrash Metal) new album 'Toxic End'
Posted by: Denis / 20.02.2017
Pure passion! Three very playful blokes who sacrifice everything for their cause of boiling heart blood, which the pump only gives.

Axeman, speedfreak and shouter Jonathan Brutschin, bass player Toby Straumann and drummer Simon Straumann are FREAKINGS and whip the eardrums with ecstatic, wild, damn precise THRASH METAL!

'Old School to the bone!' is the motto of master Brutschin and the capable Straumann brothers. The fact that the Swiss 2017 compete again in the original line-up, speaks absolutely for the authenticity of the resistant Swiss trio.

Delicately degenerated and animal-mangy screaming awards the new album Toxic End, while jagged gangshouts according to the best proven UK-style are simply not to be missed.

Official release date for Toxic End is March 6, 2017.

A cultivated pleasure for connoisseurs is surely also the flashy, toxic, sharp and technically delicate scrubbing guitar work, which neither lacks pressure nor bite. The fact that memories on the Californian grandmasters Slayer are rising at their fastest and most furious times is probably due to the upright subconsciousness of the three Helvetian ragers.

An equally upright as well as sympathetic career without blemish lies behind the hard-tried aggressors, which are located in Basel. Founded in 2008 with beer-impregnated determination, FREAKINGS, after rehearsed hard, tried out and found their own style three years later, the first full-length No Way Out has been blown out. It quickly became clear, with this command, one must also reckon in the future.

In 2014, the follow-up Gladiator was even more vigorous. The album represented a troop that had devoted effortlessly to its abilities and skills, which was rewarded with increased attention and recognition in the scene.

Now, FREAKINGS are finally offering with Toxic End the perfect accompanying music to the end of the world, which the stupid humanity does not seem to be able to wait any longer.
SPV / THE UNITY (feat. members of GAMMA RAY) release debut album in May
Posted by: Denis / 20.02.2017
When haunting songs at the interface between Hard Rock and Melodic Metal meet with the excellent musical skills and extensive experience of all musicians involved, the result is bound to be brilliant. THE UNITY are a prime example of this, all musical parameters pointing to an outstanding act with a promising future. After all, THE UNITY is the new group founded by Gamma Ray members Michael Ehré (drums) and Henjo Richter (guitar). Richter has been part of the Hamburg Power Metal outfit for some twenty years, while Ehré's CV includes – prior to his joining the Gamma Ray fold in 2012 – renowned names such as Firewind, Uli Jon Roth, Unisonic, to name but a few. THE UNITY have spent almost 18 months working flat out on their first album, scheduled for release on Steamhammer/SPV on May 05th 2017. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict a bright future for this band.

After all, in THE UNITY the two instrumentalists and composers Richter and Ehré have surrounded themselves with excellent colleagues who not only share their artistic vision but have already played live on stage with them in other constellations: many fans have been familiar with exceptional Italian vocalist Gianba Manenti, guitarist Stef E, bassist Jogi Sweers and keyboardist Sascha Onnen since the launch of Ehré's group Love.Might.Kill, which has released two albums to date and played shows in a large number of European countries.

THE UNITY debut was produced by the musicians themselves, mostly at Ehré's own B Castle Studio and mixed and mastered by Spain's Miquel A. Riutort at the Psychosomatic Recording Studio. The impressive cover artwork, penned by Alexander Mertsch who has worked for the likes of Deep Purple, Gamma Ray, Status Quo, Europe, also deserves a mention.

The debut album The Unity of THE UNITY will be released on May 05th, 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digi (incl. poster), double gatefold LP, download and stream.
    Tracklisting:
  1. Rise And Fall (05:26)
  2. No More Lies (05:07)
  3. God Of Temptation (05:27)
  4. Firesign (05:18)
  5. Always Just You (06:02)
  6. Close To Crazy (03:30)
  7. The Wishing Well (05:47)
  8. Edens Fall (04:30)
  9. Redeemer (04:54)
  10. Super Distortion (01:03)
  11. Killer Instinct (05:52)
  12. Never Forget (05:40)
Scarlet Records / CHRONOS ZERO 'OBLIVION PT. 02: THE TRIAL OF MAAT' VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 20.02.2017
Progressive metallers Chronos Zero have released a video for the song Oblivion Pt. 02: The Trial Of Maat, taken from their new album Hollowlands (The Tears Path Chapter One).

Chronos Zero released their debut album A Prelude Into Emptiness in 2013, with very positive reaction from the press. The band is now back with a renovated line-up and a new album which is the follow-up of the epic saga introduced on their debut, diving into a sea of mystery, darkness, deception, hope mythology, physics and philosophy. Hollowlands displays plenty of beautifully written melodies, top notch musicianship and classy arrangements, in the vein of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Adagio, Meshuggah, Nevermore, with ethnic influences and a cinematographic feeling surrounding the whole work. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by celebrated producer Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studios in San Marino and features three notable guests: Simone Mularoni himself, Matt Marinelli (Borealis) and Jan Manenti (Love.Might.Kill.). The artwork was handled by Enrico Zavatta Design & Multimedia.
Scarlet Records / LIGHT & SHADE 'WANDER SO FAR' AUDIO VIDEO AVAILABLE
Posted by: Denis / 20.02.2017
Symphonic Metal band Light & Shade have released an audio video for the song Wander So Far, taken from their debut album The Essence Of Everything, out now on Scarlet Records.

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

Featuring vocalist Adrienne Cowan (USA/Seven Spires), guitarist Marco Pastorino (IT/Temperance, Secret Sphere), bassist Luca Negro (IT/Temperance) and guest drummer Alex Landenburg (DE/Luca Turilli's Rhapsody), their debut full-length The Essence of Everything has been produced by Simone Mularoni (DGM).
Pure Steel Records / SUNLESS SKY 'Doppelgänger' cover, tracklist, release date: 07th April 2017
Posted by: Denis / 20.02.2017
The release date of the SUNLESS SKY album Doppelgänger on CD is April 07th, 2017. The pre-order phase will start on March 24th, 2017 in label's webshop.

Another Metal God has returned in 2017! SUNLESS SKY featuring Juan Ricardo (Vocals), Curran Murphy (Lead Guitars) Kevin Czarnecki (Bass/Rhythm Guitars), and Coltin Rady (Drums) release their second album Doppelgänger. This incredible Metal band offers us a masterpiece American Power Metal! Juan Ricardo's vocal power is also showcased on the upcoming spring 2017 release from WRETCH entitled The Hunt.

This legendary US Metal singer, Juan Ricardo (Attaxe, Ritual) sings vocal melodies and lyrics to listen to for an eternity as you bang your head to the masterful music that Curran Murphy (Nevermore, Annihilator), Kevin Czarnecki and Coltin Rady have crafted! One great power track after another to make your ears bleed, Doppelgänger comes at you full throttle and at high speed! 2017 begins with a dream for US Metal fans; Pure Steel Records will make that dream become a reality!
    TRACKLISTING
  1. Starfall
  2. Doppelgänger
  3. Kingdom Of Sky
  4. Stone Gods
  5. Lake Of Lost Souls
  6. Netherworld
  7. Adrenaline Junkie
  8. Inside The Monster
  9. Heroin
  10. Black Symphony
COMMUNIC sign with AFM
Posted by: Denis / 17.02.2017
AFM Records is pleased to announce its latest roster addition: Norwegian Prog Metal giants Communic officially have signed a worldwide deal with the Hamburg-based label.

The band is currently working on the follow-up to 2011's The Bottom Deep album. A release can be expected for late 2017. Check out the band's video message.

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Frontiers Music / Treat - The Road More or Less Traveled - Live in Milano
Posted by: Denis / 17.02.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is very happy to announce the release of the first in a series of live albums and videos captured at the popular annual Frontiers Rock Festival.

The first artist in the series is the legendary Swedish melodic rockers TREAT, who will release their first ever live CD and first live DVD/BLU-RAY in over 10 years entitled The Road More or Less Traveled – Live in Milano on April 21, 2017.

On April 23, 2016, Treat played a hotly anticipated set at Frontiers Rock Festival III. Held close to Milano, Italy, this was the third annual edition of the festival and saw Treat playing hot on the heels of the release of their latest studio album, Ghost Of Graceland. The release date of this live album happens to be about one year after the initial performance took place and almost coincides with the 2017 edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival as well.

The band took the stage by storm, opening the show with the title track from their last studio album and showcasing a very special lineup, which features H.E.A.T. keyboardist Jona Tee taking the place of Patrik Appelgren for this exclusive performance. Treat offered a show with a great mixture of new and recent songs taken from their latest album, the highly regarded 2010 release Coup De Grace, and classic songs from the good ol' days including World Of Promises, Get You On The Run, Ready For The Taking.

Says guitarist Anders Wikström, "As we haven't released a live home video in 10 years, let alone a live album ever, and then Serafino asked us, we were more than delighted, and frankly, long overdue, to show our fans what we been up to for the last couple of years. With so many albums to choose from and our audience constantly asking for different songs in the setlist, this was a great opportunity to close one chapter, only to start writing the next. The Road more or Less Traveled is a great reminder for anyone to see that Treat is very much a living and breathing live entity!"

Treat's performance was truly a unique and special one and this live video documents a great moment in the band's history as well as serving as a celebration of one of Sweden's finest hard rock bands ever!

"This year will take us right back we belong, on stage! We have some really cool surprises and will of course play the best of the new, but also older songs we haven't performed in ages! See you all on tour through 2017", concludes Anders.
    The Road More or Less Traveled will be released on CD/DVD, Blu Ray standalone, and digital editions and will include the following tracks:
  1. Ghost Of Graceland
  2. Better The Devil You Know
  3. Non Stop Madness
  4. Ready For The Taking
  5. Papertiger
  6. Do Your Own Stunts
  7. Endangered
  8. Gimme One More Night
  9. We Own The Night
  10. Roar
  11. Get You On The Run
  12. Conspiracy
  13. Skies Of Mongolia
  14. World Of Promises
    SEE TREAT ON TOUR:
  • March 25 - Torp, Avesta , SWE
  • March 31 – High Voltage, Copenhagen, DK
  • April 1 – Oefenbunker, Landgraaf, NL
  • April 2 – Roxy, Flensburg, DE
  • April 4 – Garage DeLuxe, Munich, DE
  • April 5 – Kreuz, Obermachtal, DE
  • April 6 – Der Cult, Nurnberg, DE
  • May 17 – Shibuya Club Quattro, Tokyo, JP
  • May 18 – Umeda Quattro, Osaka, JP
  • May 27 – Kalos Festival, Madrid, ES
  • August 25 – Hair Metal Heaven Festival, Hull UK

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InsideOut Music / Next To None to tour Europe for the first time alongside Haken
Posted by: Denis / 17.02.2017
Next To None have announced that they will tour Europe for the first time, supporting Progressive metallers Haken on their 10th Anniversary tour alongside The Algorithm. The band make their long-awaited debut following the release of their debut album A Light In The Dark in 2015.
  • 22nd March - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
  • 23rd March - O2 ABC2, Glasgow, UK
  • 24th March - Academy 3, Manchester, UK
  • 25th March - O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
  • 26th March - Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
  • 28th March - Le Splendid, Lille, France
  • 29th March - La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
  • 30th March - La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
  • 31st March - KIFF, Aarau, Switzerland
  • 1st April - Keller Klub, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 3rd April - Zona Roveri, Bologna, Italy
  • 4th April - Szene, Vienna, Austria
  • 5th April - Dürer-Kert, Budapest, Hungary
  • 6th April - Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 7th April - Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
  • 9th April - Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany
  • 10th April - Kesselhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 11th April - Turock, Essen, Germany
  • 12th April - Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
  • 13th April - Melkweg OZ, Amsterdam, Holland
Next To None are a youth Progressive band based out of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, featuring Max Portnoy on drums, Derrick Schneider on guitar, Kris Rank on bass and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. The band formed in 2013 and spent several years performing live and writing music. In 2015, Next To None released their debut album A Light In The Dark on InsideOutMusic. The record was produced by Mike Portnoy and received rave reviews worldwide for their song writing, technical playing and explosive live performances which marked them out as one of the youngest bands to break onto the Progressive Metal scene, as well as landing Max Portnoy, Rhythm Magazines 'Best New Drummer of 2015' award.

Next To None are currently back in studio, writing and recording their forthcoming second album. They combine the technicality of odd time signatures with brutal guitars, pounding driving drums, catchy melodies, hardcore vocals and much more.
Massacre Records / STORMAGE artwork + video
Posted by: Denis / 17.02.2017
STORMAGE are going to release their upcoming album Dead Of Night on March 24th via Massacre Records!

The album was produced, mixed and mastered by STORMAGE, with the kind assistance of Sebastian 'Seeb' Levermann. The artwork has been created by Mystik Arts.

STORMAGE also recently posted the official video for the new single The Deadly Blow.

A short teaser for the album, which will be available for a cheap 'Discover Price', is available also.

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Massacre Records / VICTORIUS video
Posted by: Denis / 17.02.2017
VICTORIUS, who released their new album Heart Of The Phoenix last month, now present the official video for the song Hero.

The German Power Metal outfit is still on tour with Grave Digger and their label mates Mystic Prophecy.

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Nuclear Blast / ANTHRAX 'Among The Kings' UK concert captured for upcoming DVD
Posted by: Denis / 17.02.2017
Thrash pioneers ANTHRAX, armed with an initial six dynamic SRO dates on Among The Kings, their first UK/European headline tour in more than a decade, over-the-top rave press reviews, and hundreds of effusive social posts from fans who attended the shows, will chronicle the frenzy with a live DVD expected to be released later this year (Megaforce)!

With the energy level through the roof, ANTHRAX's show was filmed last night at Glasgow's historic venue Barrowland. Seventeen cameras, including five Go-Pros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of ANTHRAX favorites that were voted onto the evening's set list by fans and included Madhouse, Be All, End All, Breathing Lightning, A.I.R., followed by ANTHRAX's classic 1987 album Among The Living performed start to finish (Caught In A Mosh, I Am the Law, Indians, N.F.L.). In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include 'fly-on-the-wall' interviews and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere.

The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, UK-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for OPETH, THE DAMNED, Gary Numan, THE LEVELLERS, and many others.

Last year's celebration of ANTHRAX's 35th anniversary saw the band getting some of the best live reviews of its career, but the reception from British fans on this tour has been far more than anyone anticipated.

"I don't know why it took us so long to come back to the UK and headline our own tour", said ANTHRAX's Joey Belladonna, "but I'm sure glad we did. These shows have been some of the best we've ever done, and that's really due to the interaction with the fans, they've just been crazy. And that's what we wanted to capture for this DVD."

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Stormspell Records / NEW BLAZON STONE SONG
Posted by: Denis / 16.02.2017
The new song Eagle Warriors is taken from Blazon Stone's upcoming album Down In The Dark. The mix is not 100% finished and maybe some parts will be touched up until the final release, but this gives a pretty good look into what the next release will bring... Short and fast songs with in-your-face riffs!

Official artwork is not finished yet. Also can't say any release date this early on.

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Scarlet Records / MY REGIME - IN THE STUDIO
Posted by: Denis / 16.02.2017
Swedish Thrash Metal heroes My Regime are currently in the studio working on the follow up to their 2016 album Dogmas.

My Regime features legendary Swedish singer/songwriter Spice (Spiritual Beggars, Kayser) and members/ex-members of Spiritual Beggars, Kayser, Band of Spice, The Mushroom River Band. Dogmas' is Spice's most aggressive album to date, a furious thrash metal attack that brings to the table some of the fastest and sharpest riffs ever conceived, with an old school feel and plenty of attitude. Here is how Spice himself commented: "This band is my ventilation to get rid of some unhealthy anger. Both in a musically way, but also in a mental way. I feel I need it to keep me sane in a politically correct and insane society. Especially living in a country that is selling out all the progress what past generation has achieved. I feel the need to ventilate the madness of certain ideologies that are taking us in the wrong direction. I can't think of a better way than to express it through some good old Thrash songs. I'm talking about Thrash the way it was in the beginning. Fast, angry and raw."
Pure Steel Records / VESCERA 'Beyond The Fight' cover, tracklist, releasedate: 7th April 2017
Posted by: Denis / 16.02.2017
The release date of the new VESCERA album Beyond The Fight on CD is April 7th, 2017. The pre-order phase will start on March 24th, 2017 in label's webshop.

The outstanding singer MICHAEL VESCERA signs a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records, after his solo project, Michael Vescera finally has formed a real band. His new album Beyond The Fight with the EX-NITEHAWKS musicians Mike Petrone (guitar), Frank Leone (bass) and Fabio Alessandrini (drums) will be released by Pure Steel Records!

So you will get now finest Melodic Metal with US-american influences. Of course the production is superb and supports the heavy melodic songs at its best! If you are into Melodic Metal with a really heavy edge it is a must to listen to Beyond the fight!
    TRACKLIST:
  1. Blackout In Paradise
  2. In The Night
  3. Stand And Fight
  4. Dynamite
  5. Looking For Trouble
  6. Vendetta
  7. Troubled Man
  8. Never Letting Go
  9. Suite 95

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Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC to record 'Masters Of Rock' show for bonus DVD
Posted by: Denis / 16.02.2017
In March 2016, ALMANAC, the symphonic Metal cavaliers led by ex-RAGE-guitarist Victor Smolski, unleashed their highly acclaimed debut album Tsar but this emperor has only just started to rise - and now, ALMANAC climbed onto their horses for their first headline tour ever! This trek started on February, 4th in Roselare, Belgium and there are still some shows in Germany and the Nethlerlands left!

Just right after this tour, the band will start the recordings of their second album, which is scheduled to be released in summer 2017. In addition, ALMANAC is confirmed to play at the 'Masters of Rock' festival. This show will be recorded and published as bonus DVD on the limited first edition of the upcoming album.

Victor comments: "We are very happy and delighted to announce that we will be playing at this year's edition of 'Masters of Rock' festival in Czech Republic!!! This show will be a very special one which will include a premiere of new song material from the second ALMANAC album and which will be recorded for a live DVD. We are also working on some special surprises exclusively for this 'Masters of Rock' festival show!!! Looking forward to seeing y'all there..."

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Divebomb Records / PARADISE LOST (US) RETURN AS PARADISE REGAINED
Posted by: Denis / 15.02.2017
On April 22, 2017 at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, PARADISE LOST will be reuniting with members Mark Seely, David Privett, David Howard, Allan Phellps. To avoid any confusion with the long running British Metal act, Paradise Lost, the band have decided to update their moniker to PARADISE REGAINED.

The country music mecca of Nashville, TN may seem an unlikely home for a progressive-edged Hard Rock quartet, but that didn't stop PARADISE LOST. Formed in late-1985 under the name Audience, the group's core shared a mixed bag of influences including Yes, Journey, The Police, Rush, and U2 — not to mention gospel, Jazz, and '70s and '80s pop.

The troupe rebranded itself PARADISE LOST within a few short years—a banner that vocalist Dave Privett cites as 'a name with some mystery that still encapsulated some of the paradoxes in our music', and eventually secured a deal with major label imprint Gold Dust Records. The undeniably unique existential passion of PARADISE LOST's musical journey — heavy riffs with soaring melodies, hooks with complexity, and a Heavy Metal look with a philosophical twist—garnered favorable press locally and abroad; even scoring a 4K review from Kerrang!'s Dave Reynolds.

In addition to the band's unsung classic self-titled full-length from 1989, this reissue additionally compiles previously unreleased demos and live recordings spanning 1986-1990: PARADISE LOST's ear-complete history in more than 30 tracks. This deluxe edition also contains a 28 page booklet with in-depth interview, album lyrics as well as archival photos and press clipping from the band's vault.
Divebomb Records / VARIX RELEASE 'FEAR OF GOD' VIDEO
Posted by: Denis / 15.02.2017
A few months ago Divebomb Records released a demo collection from German Progressive Thrash act, VARIX. To celebrate the release the band decided to get together and record an unreleased song entitled Fear Of God. They have now released a music video for the track.
Imperative PR / De Profundis join forces with Taake and Fen for UK dates
Posted by: Denis / 15.02.2017
De Profundis have been confirmed as part of a touring package that will be bringing an icy chill to spring in the UK. Along with atmospheric black metallers Fen and tour headliners, the Norwegian lords of the dark, Taake, De Profundis will be descending like black angels upon Bristol, London, Manchester and Glasgow during April. The dates are as follows:
  • April 6th - Exchange, Bristol
  • April 7th – The Dome, London
  • April 8th - Ruby Lounge, Manchester
  • April 9th - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
On this tour De Profundis will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the release of their debut album, Beyond Redemption. There will also be a very special release to commemorate the first decade of De Profundis being unveiled at this time, featuring artwork from renowned artist Gary Ronaldson (Kreator, Napalm Death, Benighted etc). Meanwhile the band are nearing completion on recording work for their fifth album which will be released later in 2017.
GlobMetal Promotions / Legion Massacre released debut EP
Posted by: Denis / 15.02.2017
Legion Massacre released their debut EP Caged and Tortured. The EP was mixed and mastered by George Bokos (Ex-Rotting Christ ex-Nightfall, Stone Cold Dead) at Grindhouse Studios studios.

The band was formed in 2011 by Stavros Mpont (guitar). Soon Carlos Reyes (vocals/Bass) and Riccardo Grechi (drums) joined the band and the lineup was completed.
Frontiers Music / Quiet Riot - Road Rage
Posted by: Denis / 15.02.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Quiet Riot's highly anticipated new studio album, Road Rage on April 21, 2017.

Famously known as the first Heavy Metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to their monstrous smash hit 1983 album, Metal Health. The band now continues their historic journey in 2017 with founding member and drummer Frankie Banali who, on this new release is joined by veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of QUIET RIOT since 1982) and guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been handling his duties since 2004) together with new vocalist Seann Nicols.

"I'm very excited about the release of Road Rage on Frontiers Music Srl, which is the first official QUIET RIOT release in eleven years. It contains all newly written and recorded original songs. We stayed true to the great tradition and sound of QUIET RIOT while at the same time always moving musically forward", says founding member Frankie Banali.

Frankie Banali's history with QUIET RIOT spans over 34 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983's METAL HEALTH through 2017's Road Rage. After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and co-founding member and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow's family, Frankie has moved forward with the band to bring the fans Road Rag.

Musically, Road Rage offers exactly what you would expect from QUIET RIOT. Arena ready Hard Rock with strong hooks and infectious riffs, along with maturity in the songwriting that only a band with such a history and pedigree can offer.

QUIET RIOT are back stronger than ever, in perfect METAL HEALTH with the new album, Road Rage! Catch them on the road this summer!
    Road Rage Track Listing:
  1. Nothing But Trouble
  2. Let It Go
  3. Snake Charmer
  4. Hey Lil' Sister
  5. I Don't Need You Anymore
  6. Sledge Hammer
  7. Never You Mind
  8. Empty Rooms
  9. Dirty Money
  10. The Seeker
  11. Road Rage

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Lion Music / Badass - More Pain, More Gain
Posted by: Denis / 14.02.2017
Well-known Rock vocalist Titta Tani (Takayoshi Ohmura, ex DGM, CS's Goblin), Metal bassist Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, Vivaldi Metal Project, TwinSpirits), guitarist Alessio 'Lex' Tricarico (HorsePowerOverload, Four Roxx Down) and amazingly talented drummer Denis 'Denzy' Novello teamed up to create the outstanding new Metal band BADASS!

More Pain, More Gain is the name of their debut album which offers powerful vocals, killer heavy bass, massive rhythm guitar riffs, drums from hell... isn't that perfect to kick your butt???

Titta Tani is an Italian singer and drummer, worldwide known also for his collaborations with Takayoshi Ohmura (Baby Metal, Marty Friedman), DGM, Emir Hot, Roger Staffelbach (Artension), Arthur Falcone, Ashent, Phoenix Rising and many others. As drummer he is currently playing for Claudio Simonetti's Globin and has collaborated with bands such as Necrophagia, Edu Falaschi (Almah & Angra), Mark Boals (Y.J.Malmsteen, Ring of Fire), Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project). In October 2016 joined BADASS as official singer.

Alberto Rigoni is an Italian bass player and composer, internationally known for his career as a solo artist and as a member of the Progressive Rock band TwinSpirits, Lady & THE BASS and co-producer of the Vivaldi Metal Project. His five solo albums Something Different, Rebirth, Three Wise Monkeys, Overloaded, Bassorama were released world-wide between 2008-2016 are located between Progressive Rock Metal and fusion, also featured legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Goran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen), Michael Manring and many others. Alberto was featured on the cover of magazines such as Bass Magazine (Japan), Bass Musician Magazine (USA), Bajos Y Bajistas (Spain), Basistas (Poland), TOP BASS (Poland). Moreover, in March 2015 the prestigious Bass Guitar Magazine (UK) released Alberto's CD anthology called 'Into THE BASS'.

Alessio 'Lex' Tricarico is an Italian Metal Rock and acoustic guitarist, composer and guitar teacher; ex member of the Progressive Metal band Synapsis. Currently, he's playing with the Hard Rock band HorsePowerOverload. As a founding member of FourRoxxDown Acoustic Party Quartet, Lex has a remarkable live activity.

Denis 'Denzy' Novello is an Italian natural born Rock Metal drummer, graduated at AMM (Milan) in 2015. Denis has been playing for several Italian bands such as NeverNight and Rockdogs, and currently is working with Kim Bingham (ex Nelly Furtado). In 2014, he played drums on Alberto Rigoni's Overloaded album. Denis is also a live and studio session player.

More Pain, More Gain is BADASS' first album and will be released on April 15th, 2017 by Cargo (physically) and Lion Music (digitally). The record was mixed & mastered by Federico Solazzo at Pannekoek Rehab Studio (NL), artwork by Laslzo 'absurdcus' Demeter.
    Tracklist:
  1. Intro
  2. More Pain, More Gain
  3. Nightmares of My Youth
  4. Royal Chains
  5. Strong and United
  6. What We Need
  7. One More Night
  8. Join Me
  9. Redemption
  10. Don't Bother Me
  11. Outro
Underground Symphony / Choirs Of Veritas - new deal
Posted by: Denis / 14.02.2017
Underground Symphony is proud to announce a deal with Choirs Of Veritas for debut album release. The Italian band, founded by keyboard player and composer Davide Scuteri plays a symphonic Metal with Power influences and Christian lyrics.

I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life was mixed and mastered by Larsen Premoli at Rec Lab Studios and it's a masterpiece for fans of Stratovarius, Nightwish, Theocracy. The line-up is completed by Davide Schiavi (vocals), Eliana Sanna (mezzosoprano), Alessandro Baglioni (flute), Cesare Ferrari (bass), Roberto Curtoni (guitar).

The full length will be available on the 27th March under Underground Symphony Records in deluxe digipak edition.
    Here's the full tracklist and artwork, realized by Mattias Norén (Kamelot, Epica, Sabaton):
  1. God First
  2. Ask Him
  3. The Searching
  4. Thank you
  5. Vanitas Vanitatum
  6. Miracles
  7. Religiosity
  8. I am the Way, the Truth And the Life
  9. A New Commandment
  10. The Passion And the Cross
  11. He has Come to Forgive
  12. Grace
    (by Mehida)
SPV IGNORE THE SIGN release first single and video
Posted by: Denis / 14.02.2017
IGNORE THE SIGN, the new Hannover, Germany based band surrounding vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ossy Pfeiffer, guitarist/vocalist Anca Graterol (Rosy Vista) and former MSG/The Sweet guitarist Steve Mann, release with A Line To Cross the new single and the video. The group also includes Lars Lehmann, renowned as a studio bassist with British Rock legend UFO and member of ex-Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth's band, as well as percussionist Momme Boe and drummer Kristof Hinz, who has just finished the drum takes for the new Eloy album.

The debut album A Line To Cross will be available on May 19th, 2017 as CD digi, LP, download and stream.
Pure Steel Records / EMERALD 'Reckoning Day' promotrailer - for the upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 14.02.2017
Here is an official trailer for the new album Reckoning Day from the Swiss Heavy Metal band Emerald.

This trailer contains excerpts from every song on the album and presents all band members, album guests and the album artwork.

Reckoning Day was recorded, mixed and mastered at Little Creek studio by V.O. Pulver.

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Nuclear Blast / BATTLE BEAST unveil first track-by-track clip
Posted by: Denis / 14.02.2017
The finish line is in sight - BATTLE BEAST's brand-new studio album Bringer Of Pain will be released this Friday through Nuclear Blast. Now the Finns have launched the first part of a track-by-track series.
    Watch the video to learn more about the following tracks:
  1. Straight To The Heart
  2. Bringer Of Pain
  3. King For A Day
  4. Beyond The Burning Skies

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Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS live track video 'Her Alone' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 14.02.2017
Finnish masters of melancholic Progressive Metal, AMORPHIS, recently played special shows ('An Evening With Friends' @ Juhlaviikot - Huvila) in Helsinki, where they have performed a very special setlist with guest musicians and friends. These shows will be part of the new tour edition which is scheduled to be released on Februar 24th via Nuclear Blast. The package includes the entire album Under The Red Cloud with two bonus songs as well as the live tracks in Helsinki.

Now the band unveils the first video to one of these live tracks. The video shows the song Her Alone feat. Anneke van Giersbergen, which is the last song of the bonus CD.

Anneke Van Giersbergen states: "I was honored and stoked that AMORPHIS asked me to perform with them at this special event. I have been listening to their latest album Under The Red Cloud non stop since it came out so you can imagine I said yes to the occasion wholeheartedly! Tomi is such an awesome singer and performer and I felt right at home singing with him. He and the band gave me full creative freedom to make their songs my own and do them justice with my vocal contribution."

"'Evening with friends' was a very unique show that left warm feelings to all us who experienced it from and off the stage", continues Esa. "We really wanted to have artists performing who's music and talent touches us. So when Anneke was in Finland playing her previous acoustic show couple months earlier we asked from her if she's interested to perform with us. At the end of the day it was a bit versus vice, I played couple songs with her at acoustic show in Helsinki that took place same weekend with AMORPHIS event. When you hear her voice you recognize immediately that it's Anneke. There are not many such talented singers around so we were really privileged to have her on board. Her Alone is a track from the Silent Waters album that is very dramatic and big song. When Tomi and Anneke shares the vocals it really made the song to another level."

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Frontiers Music / Crazy Lixx - Ruff Justice
Posted by: Denis / 13.02.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Crazy Lixx's new studio album, Ruff Justice on April 21, 2017.

The new record celebrates Crazy Lixx's fifteenth anniversary as a band and offers ten hair / sleaze / 80's Metal gems that harken back to the height of the Hard Rock era. The new songs draw inspiration from not only music, but also from 1980's horror and action flicks and stand as a glowing reminder that pretty much everything was better in the 80's. With its big choruses, memorable hooks and riffs, impressive guitar solos, and a massive production by Danny Rexon and Chris Laney, this album is sure to resonate with old fans and new listeners alike.

"We've tried the same 'all killers-no fillers' approach that we've gone for on our previous albums, but this time, more than ever, I think we've come close to that vision", says lead singer and producer Danny Rexon.

Ruff Justice will be the first Crazy Lixx album to feature the new lineup with Chrisse Olsson and Jens Lundgren handling axe duties.

"It does bring a certain feel to the album that I think we've been missing since the days of New Religion (2010). Once again the whole band pulls in the same direction and the end result, I believe, will be very well received among those who hold New Religion in high regards. If I would compare Ruff Justice to any of our previous albums, that would have to be the one", Danny Rexon concludes.

The album also includes three songs which appear on the 'Friday The 13th' videogame soundtrack: XIII, Killer, Live Before I Die. Friday the 13th: The Game is an upcoming survival horror video game developed by Gun Media and IllFonic, and published by Gun Media. It is scheduled for release in early 2017 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox, and Playstation 4.

With Ruff Justice, Crazy Lixx have raised their game tremendously! As always, their live shows in support of this album are going to take no prisoners! Don't miss them while they're on the road!
    Ruff Justice tracklisting includes:
  1. Wild Child
  2. XIII
  3. Walk The Wire
  4. Shot With A Needle Of Love
  5. Killer
  6. Hunter Of The Heart
  7. Snakes In Paradise
  8. If It's Love
  9. Kiss Of Judas
  10. Live Before I Die
    CRAZY LIXX
  • Danny Rexon – vocals
  • Joél Cirera - drums
  • Jens Sjöholm – bass guitar
  • Chrisse Olsson - guitar
  • Jens Lundgren - guitar
    TOUR DATES (more shows TBA)
  • April 29 - Frontiers Rock Festival, Live Club, Trezzo Sull'Adda, Italy
  • May 19 - Hard Rock Cafe , Oslo, Norway
  • May 27 - Sala La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 3 - 02 Academy, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Intromental / DAMNATIONS DAY
Posted by: Denis / 13.02.2017
Australian Melodic Progressive Metal act DAMNATIONS DAY will release their glorious second album, A World Awakens, through Sensory Records in March, and Decibel Magazine has helped unveil the record's first single, Colours Of Darkness.

Proclaims DAMNATIONS DAY on the track, "Colours Of Darkness is one of favorite tracks on A World Awakens! We feel this track is a great example of where our music has progressed to, over the last couple of years. It's got everything we love, a big chorus and a cool build. Enjoy! Can't wait to play this one live!"

Offers Decibel with their premiere, the song, "showcases the band's ability to utilize epic build-ups, face melting solos and triumphant, powerful vocals."
Intromental / PERSEFONE
Posted by: Denis / 13.02.2017
Progressive Metal act PERSEFONE releases an animated video for the song Prison Skin. It's the first single out from the already critical acclaimed album Aathma that will be in stores, worldwide on February 24.

PERSEFONE's own words about the song: "It's been some time since we finished and mixed the album. Although we couldn't wait to share this music with everyone, some steps have to be followed before the release. The wait is almost over. During this time we have had the chance to witness a highly appreciated feedback from media and now we are ready to finally show you the first single from AATHMA. The single Prison skin is the first full track of the album and makes a musical statement about how the album will develop musically and sets the mood for the lyrical concept. It was supposed to be a lyric video in the beginning, but the people behind this creation did such a great job that we decided to go with just the animation part. But please, make sure you read the lyrics as you listen to the music, because one part meets the other to bring this concept to live. Thanks for the patience, love and support."

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GlobMetal Promotions / Anderwelt released new video
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2017
Austrian Post/Doom Metal band Anderwelt has released their new video clip for the song Trinity of Decay. The video was directed by James Quinn, starring Heike Christiane Kotsios & Ralph Saml.

The band was formed in 2013 in Linz, Austria by Markus Steinberger and Alexander Dornstauder. Their debut album Schattenlichter was released in 2015 and now the guys really busy touring Europe and working on their second album.
SPV / VIRGIN STEELE release new lyric video for 'Visions Of Eden' re-release
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2017
US Metal legends VIRGIN STEELE release a lyric video for the song The Ineffable Name taken from the forthcoming re-release of Visions Of Eden.

SPV / Steamhammer is proud to re-release on February 17th, 2017 Virgin Steele's Visions Of Eden as a 2CD digipak, download and stream.The first disc will contain a remixed version of the entire album and the second disc will contain a remastered presentation of the original version. The package will also include a huge booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos by David DeFeis.

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Spinefarm Records / Amaranthe reveal new video for 'Boomerang'
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2017
Amaranthe will kick off their first North American headline tour in support of their latest album Maximalism on February 10 in Houston, with support from Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16, Smash Into Pieces.

The trek snakes through the U.S. and Canada, wrapping on March 11 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

To herald the fact that they will be crashing the U.S. shores once again, the band has released the new video for Boomerang.

Guitarist Olof Morck says "It is finally time to release our brand new video for Boomerang, an Amaranthe take on the classic heist movie! Directed by the legendary Patric Ulleaus, it is everything you have come to expect of an Amaranthe video and much more! Perhaps the most ambitious video from the band so far, it is packed to the brim with action, glitter and glamour – you can try to bring us down, but we'll come around, like a Boomerang!"

In other Amaranthe news, singer Jake E. has confirmed his exit from the band: "“After eight years and four albums, I have decided to leave Amaranthe. I am extremely proud of the band and what we've accomplished together.
Amaranthe have the most AMAZING fans and they have given me so much during the years, which I am extremely grateful for. I want to thank them all for always supporting me during the highs and the lows – without YOU we would be NOTHING.
Thank you for these years and I hope to meet you again soon!"
    AMARANTHE ON TOUR with Failure Anthem, Cypher 16, Smash Into Pieces:
  • 2/10: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
  • 2/11: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
  • 2/12: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
  • 2/14: Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
  • 2/15: Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
  • 2/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
  • 2/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl
  • 2/19: San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall SF
  • 2/20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
  • 2/22: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
  • 2/23: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
  • 2/24: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
  • 2/26: Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer Market & Stage
  • 2/27: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
  • 3/1: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
  • 3/2: Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
  • 3/3: Ft. Wayne, IN @ The Hub
  • 3/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
  • 3/5: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
  • 3/7: Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
  • 3/8: New York, NY @ Webster Hall – Marlin Room
  • 3/9: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
  • 3/10: Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
  • 3/11: Reading, PA @ Reverb
Pure Steel Records / SUNLESS SKY on Eastern Europe Tour
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2017
Pure Steel recording artist SUNLESS SKY will start a big tour in Eastern Europe on 28th of March 2017.

On the Adrenaline Junkie Tour the band enter the stages in Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. SUNLESS SKY proudly present the new masterpiece Doppelgänger - the album will be released on April 7th, 2017 via Pure Steel Records.
    Tourdates:
  • 28.3. Ararat, Bilgoraj, PL
  • 29.3 Rude Boy, Bielsko-Biala, PL
  • 30.3 Tartaros, Banská Bystrica, SK
  • 31.3 Barrocko, Trinec, CZ
  • 1.4 Farárova Sluj, Mladá Boleslav, CZ
  • 2.4 Exit-Us, Praha, CZ
  • 3.4 Elektrownia, Zagan, PL
  • 4.4 M13, Brno, CZ
  • 5.4 TBA, HU
  • 6.4. Kaptár Klub, Debrecen, HU
  • 7.4 Csehó, Békéscsaba, HU
  • 8.4 S8 Underground, Budapest, HU
  • 9.4 Rock Fabric, Poprad, SK
  • 10.4 Randal, Bratislava, SK
  • 11.4 TBA – probably Sopron, HU
  • 12.4 Vintage Industrial, Zagreb, HR
  • 13.4 Wakuum, Graz, AT
  • 14.4 Uljanik, Pula, HR
  • 15.4 Insomnia, Slavonski Brod, HR
  • 16.4 Palma, Tuzla, BA
  • 17.4 Daos, Timisoara, RO
  • 18.4 Fabrica, Buchurest, RO
  • 19.4 Live And Loud, Sofia, BG
  • 20.4 Smile, Varna, BG
  • 21.4 Extreme Club, Pleven, BG
  • 22.4 Black Stage, Niš, RS
KINGS OF BROADWAY sign to PRIDE & JOY MUSIC; self-titled debut album out on April 28th, 2017
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2017
KINGS OF BROADWAY were originally formed in 2011 when guitarist Aldo Lonobile (one of the most recognized guitar players/composers from the Italian Metal scene, founder member of bands like Secret Sphere, Civilization One, Shadowspell) started gathering musicians and friends to fulfill his desire to create a Hard Rock band.

After a year of writing songs, making demos with his longtime friends Luca Cartasegna (ex-Secret Sphere) on drums, Ricky Messeri on guitar and J.J. Andreone (Odd Dimension, A Perfect Day) on bass, the showed the ability to create amazing Rock songs for the masses, once sung by the right singer!

After trying out some different options, J.J. suggested his long time friend Tiziano Spigno (that later became the singer of Lucky Bastardz); Tiziano has a unique vocal tone and an amazing ability in writing Rock melodies that gives its best melted with KINGS OF BROADWAY!

This was 2012 - and the band then really started! From 2012 to 2015 they worked in the shadows, composing the whole debut album and recording it in the best way possible, with the aim to deliver an outstanding sound, able to play the game with the Rock giants out in the market!

Among the great words received by the representatives of the musical industry, the band signed a record deal with the German label Pride & Joy Music in early 2017. The group's debut album Kings Of Broadway is set for a release on April 28th, 2017!

Kings Of Broadway has been recorded by Tancredi Barbuscia at GreenRiver Studio, vocal production handled Michele Luppi at MiLu's RockLab II and Roberto Priori at PriStudio.
Greek Epic/Doom Metallers REFLECTION join Pitch Black Records roster
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2017
Pitch Black Records is thrilled to announce its 50th album release with the signing of legendary Greek Epic/Doom Metal act REFLECTION!

REFLECTION, the driving force of Hellenic Epic/Doom Metal, will be celebrating their 25th anniversary next year and they are now back, with their fourth album, Bleed Babylon Bleed! It's been eight years since the band's last offering, making this an eagerly awaited release; and with a new vocalist in their ranks this becomes an even more anticipated release!

As this is quite a special release, label founder, Phivos Papadopoulos, felt the need to briefly comment: "Our 50th release just had to be special. And this is as special as it could get, for a number of reasons! I remember discovering REFLECTION in the early '90s and receiving their demo tape after writing to them and how I was blown away by their music. Even more importantly though, since the day we first made contact, a truly unique bond has been formed between myself and the band's founder and guitarist, Stathis Pavlantis.
A bond that has certainly stood the test of time and has grown more and more throughout the years; we are not just friends, we are family now and the emotions associated with releasing this on my own record label, twenty-something years after we first 'met', cannot easily be put into words. I agreed to sign REFLECTION without even listening to their new album (which I haven't regretted one tiny bit of course)! Here's another fine example of that something that makes Metal so magical and special I guess!"


With nine track of pure solid epic Doom Heavy Metal, Bleed Babylon Bleed has all the elements that have defined REFLECTION's superb musicianship throughout the years. The band has matured since a long time ago, yet their sound is even more refined now and full-bodied, still incorporating their signature fast to mid and low tempo song ranges. Bleed Babylon Bleed is just oozing with atmosphere, epic melodies and powerful emotions as it deals mainly with the Pontic Genocide (as well as genocides in general). The final track marks the album's culmination as it features a Pontian lyra (masterfully played by Pavlantis) that takes a lead role, beautifully mixed with the rest of the instruments, for an utterly bone-chilling effect.

Special mention should be made to the guest appearance of Mats Leven of CANDLEMASS. Besides his majestic input on this album, this is also of particular importance since CANDLEMASS have always been a primary influence for REFLECTION. Other notable guest appearances include Albert Bell (FORSAKEN) and Kostas Tokas (RELOAD).
    Album track listing:
  1. Marching to Glory
  2. Glorious Victory
  3. The Iron Tower
  4. Fallen Shadow
  5. Takla Makan
  6. Time Traveller
  7. Stormbringer
  8. Ruler of My Own Land
  9. Bleed Babylon Bleed

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Massacre Records / STORMHAMMER Lyric Video
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2017
STORMHAMMER revealed first details about their upcoming album Welcome To The End last week. Now they present the lyric video for the new song Northman.

Welcome To The End was mixed by Mario Lochert and mastered by Jan Vacik at Dreamsound Studios. Jan Yrlund is responsible for the album's artwork. Natalie Pereira Dos Santos (ex-Envinya, The Boris Karloff Syndrome) is featured as a guest vocalist on the upcoming album.

STORMHAMMER's Welcome To The End will be released on March 24th via Massacre Records.

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Power Quest signs with Inner Wound Recording
Posted by: Denis / 10.02.2017
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of POWER QUEST, one of the premiere Melodic Power Metal bands in the world, to the label. The band will hit the studio in April and the new album is scheduled to be released in October.

Known for their catchy, uplifting sound and superb live shows, POWER QUEST are back to deliver their 6th album in conjunction with Inner Wound. Having toured with the likes of Helloween, Angra, Freedom Call, Symphony X to name but a few, the band are ready to take things to the next level.

Steve Williams of Power Quest comments: "I'm really pleased to have sealed the deal with Emil and Inner Wound for the release of the next POWER QUEST opus. We were in discussions for a couple of months, during which time the salient points of the deal were already agreed before I recently flew to Gothenburg to sign the agreement in person. In this age of faceless business it was refreshing to do things the old fashioned way. I'm really excited about this collaboration and we have a lot of cool things planned for the next 12 months."

Emil Westerdahl of Inner Wound Recordings comments: "It's a true pleasure to announce the signing of POWER QUEST to the label. During the past few months that Steve and I have been in contact it's become clear that we share the same vision for the band and that POWER QUEST and Inner Wound is a perfect fit. I am really excited about the cooperation and also confident that together we'll be able to take POWER QUEST to the next level."
    Upcoming Power Quest shows
  • Mar 23: Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Mar 25: Hammerfest - Pwllheli, United Kingdom
  • Jul 02: Sin City - Swansea, United Kingdom
  • Jul 16: SOS Festival - Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Aug 18: Sabaton Open Air - Falun, Sweden
  • Sep 06: ProgPower USA - Atlanta, USA

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Imperative PR / UK thrashers Solitary announce UK & European dates to support new album
Posted by: Denis / 09.02.2017
With Solitary's new album, The Diseased Heart Of Society, being released on March 3rd through UKEM Records, the band are gearing up to hit the road in support of their latest and greatest.

First in their sights is the 13th Note in Glasgow, which will face the full force of their edge of violence on March 18th, with support coming from Circle Of Tyrants and Corrupt The System.

With the Scots subdued the Solitary Thrash machine will then turn its attention to Wales... on the 24th March the band will be appearing at Hammerfest, alongside some of the world's finest - Destruction, Metal Church, Napalm Death, Hammerfall, Armored Saint and many, many more.

After a short break Solitary will then head to the capital on April 8th, to unleash an onslaught of Thrash Metal at the Camden Underworld, alongside Acid Reign and Shrapnel.

With London destroyed it's back to festival action for Solitary as they head to Norwich on April 30th to take part in Thrashersaurus; putting pedal to the Metal as part of a line up that also features label mates Wretched Soul, Divine Chaos, Rezin Wolf and more.

In June the band then head across the sea to the Netherlands for three dates in three days, including:
  • June 8th - Muziek Cafe de Meister, Geleen
  • June 9th – Backstage, Nijmegen
  • June 10th – Musicon, Den Haag
All these shows will be a great opportunity to hear Solitary delivering their finest, fastest and fiercest material to date, taken from the new album The Diseased Heart Of Society.
METALMESSAGE / OVERTURES deliver the uncut truth - NEW REVEALING VIDEOCLIP 'GO(L)D'
Posted by: Denis / 09.02.2017
Overtures, Sleaszy Rider Records, Truck Me Hard and MetalMessage are proud to announce the release of Overtures' new official videoclip for the song GO(L)D, third track of the latest album Artifacts released in May 2016 by Sleaszy Rider Records.

The video, filmed by Marco Falanga directly connects its images with the lyrics of the song with three mini-stories showing how the modern society is affected by the lost of real values. A girl addicted to the modern drug: socials; a kid victim of the standardization of averageness; mankind devoted to the new God: go(l)d.

The videoclip is the second official videoclip released from the successful album Artifacts who brought Overtures on stage with Stratovarius, Saxon, Rammstein, Korn, Halestorm, Gamma Ray, Megadeth.

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AFM Records / Crystal Viper new video clip 'When The Sun Goes Down'
Posted by: Denis / 09.02.2017
Polish female fronted Heavy Metallers CRYSTAL VIPER released a brand new video clip entitled When The Sun Goes Down.

CRYSTAL VIPER are returning after a 4 year absence, with a brand new concept album entitled Queen Of The Witches, which will be released on February 17, 2017, on AFM RECORDS. The album has been produced by Bart Gabriel (CIRITH UNGOL, HEXX, MYTHRA). The album's cover artwork has been created by the legendary German artist, Andreas Marschall (RUNNING WILD, BLIND GUARDIAN, OBITUARY). Queen Of The Witches also features three special guests: the MANOWAR co-founder and guitar hero Ross The Boss, and no less legendary Jeff Dunn aka Mantas of VENOM / VENOM INC., will appear with guitar solos in two of the songs. Except that, in one of the songs fans will hear a duet of Marta Gabriel and Steve Bettney, vocalist of the NWoBHM cult heroes SARACEN.

On February 18, 2017, CRYSTAL VIPER will play an exclusive headlining comeback show at the Heavy Metal's Calling Festival in Munich, Germany, and one month later the band will go on the co-headlining European Tour with BLOODBOUND, during which they will visit Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Czech Republic and Hungary.

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earMUSIC / DRAGONFORCE REVEAL DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM
Posted by: Denis / 09.02.2017
International Metal superstars DRAGONFORCE have revealed details of their forthcoming, brand new studio album. Reaching Into Infinity will be released on earMUSIC on May 19th, 2017 on CD, LP, Digital and a special edition CD+DVD.

Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their 'Killer Elite' best of album, utilising Lamerluser Studios, London UK, Dark Lane Studios, Witney, UK, as well as the bands own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mézières, France and Shredforce One Studios, CA, USA.

"We were flying out, playing a festival, then back into the studio, then back out again", explains bass player Frédéric Leclercq, who also handled the majority of song writing on this album. "It was very intense and very tiring. I obviously played bass but also a lot of rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic, and lost my temper a few times - I think we all did at some point, because we wanted to deliver nothing but the best."

For their seventh studio album, DRAGONFORCE have opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody.

"I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music", Fred continues. "It's great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc's vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!"

The first album to feature Gee Anzalone, the Italian drummer, has laid down an insanely impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DRAGONFORCE sound, which of course still boasts the bands trademark crazy-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman.

The band will give fans their first taste of the new songs in a live setting at a very exclusive one-off show at Camden Town, London's Black Heart venue, on April 12th.

Says guitarist Sam Totman: "This is going to be insane! We always like to kick things off with some intimate shows and this will be the smallest London show we've done since doing 3 consecutive weeks at The Barfly back in 2005. It's going to be a wild sweaty party!"

"The title of the album explains pretty much what we are trying to do with our music", Fred concludes. "Today's world is really crazy - there is fear of the future, uncertainty. But the power of music is infinite, and it can give strength and hope to people."

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Scarlet Records / CELLADOR 'SHADOWFOLD' VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 07.02.2017
US Power Metal heroes Cellador released a lyric video for the song Shadowfold, taken from their massively anticipated album Off The Grid, out on February 17th on Scarlet Records.

Meticulously crafted at the helm of founding member, songwriter, and producer Chris Petersen, the long awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed Enter Deception is finally here, setting the bar even higher and faster on its trademark brand of steroid injected, high intensity Power Metal music.

Spiked with a unique ferocity and infectious melody, this is an album not for the feint hearted. Within its audible depths the band continues the high energy Power and Speed Metal of its previous album, while adding more clarity, more focused vision, and a cohesiveness never before achieved in its songwriting until now.

Off the Grid was mixed and mastered by Peter Rutcho at Damage Studios (Havok, Revocation, Vomitron, Armory) in Southbridge, MA with artwork created by Colin Marks at Rain Song Design.

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GlobMetal Promotions / Daerachas released debut EP
Posted by: Denis / 06.02.2017
Swiss Black Metal band Daerachas released their debut EP The Executioner. The EP was recorded in the band home studio, mixed and mastered by Antoine Charpié.

The band was formed at Lausanne, Switzerland in 2015 by Quentin Zucconi and Samuel Jaton that was inspired mainly by bands of the second wave of the Norwegian scene in the nineties (Darkthrone, Mayhem and Burzum).
AFM Records / Sinner 'Battle Hill' lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 06.02.2017
German Hard'n'Heavy legends SINNER will release their highly anticipated new studio album Tequila Suicide on March 31st. Meanwhile, have a listen to the brand new song Battle Hill!

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AFM Records / Bloodbound 'Battle In The Sky' video clip released
Posted by: Denis / 06.02.2017
Here it is, the brand new video by Swedish Power Metal force Bloodbound! Battle In The Sky is taken from the upcoming album War Of Dragons, which will be released on February 24th (CD, 2CD Digipak, ltd. colored Vinyl, ltd. Box Set).

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Mighty Music / Syron Vanes
Posted by: Denis / 06.02.2017
One week after the Swedish Metal band Syron Vanes released the newest album Chaos From A Distance, the guys are back with a brand new music video to the song Shape Of God!
Blitzkrieg signs international multiple album record deal with Mighty Music
Posted by: Denis / 06.02.2017
BLITZKRIEG formed in 1980 and besides the legendary album A Time Of Change from 1985, the band is known for the close connection to Metallica. METALLICA recorded the song Blitzkrieg on the 1984 Creeping Death single plus the 1998 Garage Days Inc album and has performed the song on a regular basis live.

BLITZKRIEG's latest album is Back From Hell from 2013, which was released both in Europe and in Japan. BLITZKRIEG has been touring actively the last years with a new strong line-up, playing festivals like Sweden Rock Festival, MetalDays and Hammer Fest. On top of that the band has toured both South America and Japan.

BLITZKRIEG are currently writing material for the new album and will be entering the studio in the late summer of 2017. The first single is expected to be released in late 2017 and the album in early 2018.

Founding member and singer Brian Ross comments "We can't wait to get started on our new album, which we should be doing towards the end of the year. This is a new, fresh start for the band in many ways".

Michael H. Andersen, CEO Mighty Music/Target Group "It's means a lot to me and Mighty Music to be able to sign bands I loved since I was a kid and one of them is BLITZKRIEG. We will be working hard on getting this band up in the major leagues of Heavy Metal again where they deserve to be".

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NoiseArt Records / LOST IN GREY fourth interview trailer for 'The Grey Realms' released
Posted by: Denis / 06.02.2017
The Finnish theatrical Metal newcomers LOST IN GREY shied the public so far. Founded back in 2013, the Finnish sextet around front man Harri Koskela entrenched themselves over the course of the last years to give their debut album The Grey Realms (out March 03rd, 2017) the final polishing.

Now the band presents the fourth interview trailer about the upcoming record on YouTube.

The band states: "We have shared some short stories of how the album was born, and now it is time for the last clip. Let us introduce our very own Miika Haavisto, the graphical magician behind the logos and cover artwork of the album. And Anne Lill, our visual wizard, will be sharing her thoughts on the photography on The Grey Realms."
Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL reveal new music video for 'Goddamn Trouble'
Posted by: Denis / 06.02.2017
Legendary New Jersey Thrash metallers, OVERKILL, have unveiled a new video for the track Goddamn Trouble.

Bobby Blitz states: "We hooked up again with Kevin Custer, the director behind the videos, Armorist, Bitter Pill, Rattlesnake, and Bring Me The Night. It was an 'all-day' event in the great state of New Jersey and Kevin shot two vids for us on that cold January day, Goddamn Trouble & Shine On. A long day but well worth it as he captured the Metal-chaos and energy. So hit 'Play' and get some 'Trouble'."

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Nuclear Blast / BATTLE BEAST third album trailer launched, pre-listening parties announced
Posted by: Denis / 06.02.2017
The release of BATTLE BEAST's new studio album is only two weeks away. That's why it's time for their fans to get another Bringer Of Pain lesson now! Check out the third album trailer here.

The band also announced two pre-listening parties in Finland recently:
  • 10.02. FIN Helsinki - The Riff
  • 11.02. FIN Tampere - Jack The Rooster (front bar)
What can you expect from these evenings?
  • special lottery
  • chatting with BATTLE BEAST
  • special entertainment number
  • music videos
  • 'Bringer Of Pain' drink
  • ...

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Underground Symphony / SAILING TO NOWHERE new deal
Posted by: Denis / 03.02.2017
Underground Symphony is proud to announce a deal with Italian band Sailing to Nowhere for the second full-length album release, after the success of the debut To the Unknown. The band plays Melodic Power Metal with elegant HardRock influences.

LOST IN TIME is a masterpiece for fans of Avantasia, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius, Alestorm, Blind Guardian, Sonata Arctica and it will be available at 14th April under Underground Symphony Records in deluxe digipack edition!

The band will promote the new album with tours in Italy and abroad and with the participation in big festivals.

The album was mixed and mastered at Kick Recording Studio (Fleshgod Apocalypse) and features six SPECIAL GUESTS:
  • Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Reunion, Angra)
  • Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, New Trolls)
  • Hideaki Yamakado ( One of the best Shredder in Japan)
  • Maestro Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project)
  • Dino Fiorenza (PAUL GILBERT, Steve Vai)
  • David Folchitto (Stormlord, Prophilax)
The artwork was created by Adhiira Art.
  1. Scream of the World
  2. Ghost City
  3. Apocalypse
  4. Suffering in Silence
  5. Our last Night on the Earth
  6. Fight for your Dreams
  7. New Life
  8. Start Again
Massacre Records / JADED HEART lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 03.02.2017
JADED HEART just released the lyric video for the song Godforsaken. The song is featured on the band's latest album Guilty By Design.

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Massacre Records / STORMHAMMER new album
Posted by: Denis / 03.02.2017
The German Power Metal outfit STORMHAMMER is going to release its new album Welcome To The End on March 24th via Massacre Records!

Jan Yrlund once again created the stunning cover artwork, while Mario Lochert took care of the mix and Jan Vacik of the mastering at the Dreamsound Studio in Munich, Germany.

Natalie Pereira Dos Santos (ex-Envinya, The Boris Karloff Syndrome) will also lend her voice to one of the songs on the new album.

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Imperative PR / UK filthy Death Metallers MEAT TRAIN unite with FLESHCRAWL for European dates
Posted by: Denis / 02.02.2017
Meat Train will be heading over to Europe to play two dates with infamous German purveyors of putridity, Fleshcrawl. Renowned for blood curdling albums like Soulskinner and Structures Of Death, Fleshcrawl are the perfect partners in depravity for the monsters of the Meat Train.

The first stop for the Meat Train will be on February 10th, at the PMK in Innsbruck, Austria... before they roll on to the main event...

MEAT THE FLESH FEST will take place in Aalen, Germany at the Rock It Aalen club on Saturday, February 11th. Fleshcrawl and Meat Train will top a bill that also features Arkham Circle and Haters Paradise.
Nuclear Blast / KREATOR - kick off European headlining tour
Posted by: Denis / 02.02.2017
German Thrash titans KREATOR kick off their European headlining tour in support of their brand new album, Gods Of Violence, in Metz, France. The band will be supported by label mates SEPULTURA and SOILWORK.

The cover art was created by renowned artist Jan Meininghaus, who also did the limited edition artwork for KREATOR's last album, Phantom Antichrist (2012) and lent his talents to band like BOLT THROWER, ACCEPT, OVERKILL in the past.

Gods Of Violence was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA) who also mixed the record at renowned Fascination Street Studios. Mastering was done by Tony Lindgren, also at Fascination Street Studios.
    Tour dates
  • 2017-02-02 Tilburg (013) NL
  • 2017-02-03 München (Tonhalle) DE
  • 2017-02-04 Hamburg (Mehr! Theater) DE
  • 2017-02-06 Copenhagen (Amager Bio) DK
  • 2017-02-07 Oslo (Rockefeller) NO
  • 2017-02-08 Stockholm (Arenan Fryshuset) SE
  • 2017-02-10 Helsinki (The Circus) FI
  • 2017-02-11 Tampere (Pakkahuone) FI
  • 2017-02-12 Tallinn (Rock Cafe) EE
  • 2017-02-13 Vilnius (Siemens Arena) LT
  • 2017-02-15 Warsaw (Progresja) PL
  • 2017-02-16 Wien (Gasometer) AT
  • 2017-02-17 Wiesbaden (Schlachthof) DE
  • 2017-02-18 Berlin (Columbiahalle) DE
  • 2017-02-19 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2017-02-21 Trezzo (Live Club) IT
  • 2017-02-22 Grenoble (Summum) FR
  • 2017-02-23 Barcelona (Razzmatazz) ES
  • 2017-02-24 Madrid (Riviera) ES
  • 2017-02-25 Toulouse (Bikini) FR
  • 2017-02-26 Paris (Bataclan) FR
  • 2017-02-28 Manchester (Academy) GB
  • 2017-03-01 Dublin (Vicar Street) IE
  • 2017-03-02 London (O2 Forum) GB
  • 2017-03-03 Torhout (De Mast) BE
  • 2017-03-04 Essen (Grugahalle) DE
  • 2017-03-07 Moscow (Stadium) RU

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GlobMetal Promotions / William Blackswan released 'HORRORS' single
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2017
Finnish theatrical horror Metal band William Blackswan released a 2 song self published single called HORRORS. The single was recorded at D-Studio in Finland, and Mixed/Mastered by Jarno Hänninen. Music video recordings has also began, the video should be released in spring 2017.

The band was formed in 2013 by Ville Ylimartimo (vocals) and Henri Soisalo (guitars & bass). Right now the band is working on new material which will be released during 2017.
SPV / EDENBRIDGE release video trailer for the new album 'The Great Momentum'
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2017
The Austrian symphonic Metal act Edenbridge release a new video trailer for the forthcoming album The Great Momentum.

The Great Momentum will be released February 17th, 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as 2CD digi (bonus CD with instrumental versions), 2LP gatefold (golden vinyl), Boxset (only Europe – incl. 2CD digi, 2LP, poster, sticker, button, patch, mousepad, handsigned photocard), download and stream.

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SPV / UNEVEN STRUCTURE SIGN WITH LONG BRANCH RECORDS
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2017
Long Branch Records is proud to announce the signing of the French Progressive Metal sextet Uneven Structure. Their new album La Partition, which they've worked on for almost four years now, will be released internationally in Spring 2017.

La Partition is a full concept album and the follow-up to the bands first EP 8 (2009) and their debut full-length Februus (2011) which both received great feedback and critical acclaim.
    UNEVEN STRUCTURE live:
  • 25.02. NL, Haarlem – Complexity Fest
  • 01.04. F, Sucy-en-Brie – Heart Sound Metal Fest
  • 29.09.-01.10. DE, Cologne – Euroblast Festival
Hailing from France, one of the biggest markets and breeding stock for bands within the tech Metal and Progressive Rock scene, Uneven Structure was formed in may 2008 from the intention of Benoit Friedrich (bass) and Igor Omodei (guitar) to finally bring the technically enhanced and Progressive music they had been working on for themselves alive. The sound they were aiming to create was a one of a kind merger of groovy polyrythmic guitar riffs with huge slick of ambient guitar leads, which they undoubtedly accomplished. Since the release of the debut album Februus in 2011 the band did multiple European tours with tech Metal and Prog Rock genre - leaders such as Protest The Hero, Textures, Tesseract and performed at festivals such as Brutal Assault or Euroblast. While listening to the new album La Partition you will hear and feel the progress and growing the band made since Februus, due to the fact that their sound is now even more complex and perfectly arranged, catchy, experimental and technically enhanced, but also groovy. A perfect combination of the hardness of Metal with the elaborate techniques of Prog and the atmospheric sounds of ambient. Not only has the sound of Uneven Structure been growing and changing with this new album, but also the band internally. With Arnaud Verrier on drums (ex Zuul FX, Kadinja) and Steeves Hostin (Beyond The Dust) as guitarist the band is more than perfectly prepared to continue their legacy, but also to open a new chapter in their musical career by performing mindblowing live shows all over the world.
    Line Up:
  • Arnaud Verrier – Drums
  • Benoit Friedrich – Bass
  • Igor Omodei – Guitar, Production, Videos
  • Jérôme Colombelli – Guitar
  • Matthieu Romarin – Vocals, Production
  • Steeves Hostin – Guitar
Scarlet Records / DEATHLESS LEGACY – WITCHES' BREW VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2017
Italian horror metallers Deathless Legacy are proud to present the video for Witches' Brew. Directed by the band's own drummer Andrea Falaschi (The Necromancer), the video was recorded at Villa Webb and set in Bagni di Lucca, Italy, residence of Lord Byron. Witches' Brew is the second official release from Deathless Legacy's third album Dance With Devils.
Scarlet Records / GAME OVER 'BLESSED ARE THE HERETICS' EP TO BE RELEASED IN APRIL
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2017
Following the success of the critically acclaimed album Crimes Against Reality, thrashers Game Over are back with a 6 track EP including the title track Blessed Are The Heretics, a cover of Dead Or Alive's You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), a new version of the song No More (from the Burst Into The Quiet record) re-recorded in Italian (Mai più is Game Over's very first attempt at using their mother tongue in a song) and 3 live tracks from the band's recent US and Chinese tours. Blessed Are The Heretics can be considered an anticipation of the band's next full length album, mixing Thrash Metal, Hardcore, Progressive and classical influences, with very obscure lyrics. Blessed Are The Heretics will be available starting from April 21st, 2017.

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Pure Steel Records / TRAUMA at the 70000 Tons Of Metal Festival and with new LINE-UP
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2017
The US band TRAUMA will be live on stage at 70000 Tons Of Metal Festival 2017. The Festival is from 2nd February to 6th February 2017. 60 bands on 1 cruise ship.

TRAUMA drummer Kris Gustofson stated: "Trauma is delighted and honored to be playing on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise with some of the best bands in Metal. This is going to be a blast and we look forward to putting the pedal to the Metal."

Also, a new hammer line-up was announced by the band.

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Punishment 18 Records / Beyond Description new details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2017
Japanese Thrash Metal/Crossover band Beyond Description is ready to release its new full-length album titled The Robotized World. Beyond Description finished recording sessions in Studio Life, in Japan, last summer 2016. The Robotized World will be released by Punishment 18 Records.
  1. Return
  2. Triumph
  3. Target
  4. Chase
  5. Journey
  6. Surmount
  7. Awareness
  8. Steerage
  9. Escapist
  10. Impatience
  11. Castle
  12. Saucer
Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC kick off their first headline tour on Saturday
Posted by: Denis / 01.02.2017
In March 2016, ALMANAC, the symphonic Metal cavaliers led by ex-RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski, unleashed their highly acclaimed debut album Tsar - but this emperor has only just started to rise - and now, ALMANAC will climb onto their horses for their first headline tour ever! This trek will start on February, 4th in Roselare, Belgium and includes Slovenia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Hungary and Germany as well.
    ALMANAC w/ GLORYFUL, LICHTGESTALT
  • 04.02. BE Roeselare - De Verlichte Geest
  • 06.02. GER Munich - Backstage
  • 07.02. HU Budapest - Barba Negra
  • 08.02. SLO Ljubljana - Gala Hala
  • 09.02. CZ Prag - Nova Chmelnice
  • 10.02. GER Cottbus - Gladhouse
  • 11.02. GER Berlin - Badehaus
  • 12.02. GER Flensburg - Roxy
  • 13.02. GER Nuremberg - Hirsch
  • 14.02. GER Frankfurt - Nachtleben
  • 15.02. GER Essen - Turock
  • 16.02. GER Siegburg - Kubana
  • 17.02. NL Hoofddorp - Duycker
  • 18.02. NL Arnhem - Willemen

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25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. National Suicide
"Anotheround"

2. Kaledon
"Carnagus - Emperor of the Darkness"

3. Charred Walls of the Damned
"Creatures Watching over the Dead"

4. Eden's Curse
"Cardinal"

5. Rhapsody of Fire
"Legendary Years"

6. Sodom
"Decision Day"

7. Crystal Ball
"Déjà-Voodoo"

8. Winterstorm
"Cube of Infinity"

9. Seven Kingdoms
"Decennium"

10. Hammerschmitt (Germany)
"Still on Fire"

11. Royal Hunt
"2016"

12. Operation: Mindcrime
"Resurrection"

13. Dragony
"Lords of the Hunt"

14. Epica
"The Holographic Principle"

15. Suicidal Tendencies
"World Gone Mad"

16. Wind Rose
"Stonehymn"

17. Opeth
"Sorceress"

18. Grim Reaper
"Walking in the Shadows"

19. Pyramaze
"Contingent"

20. Fair Warning
"Pimp Your Past"

21. Evergrey
"The Storm Within"

22. Blazon Stone
"Down in the Dark"

23. Kissin' Dynamite
"Generation Goodbye"

24. Hammers of Misfortune
"Dead Revolution"

25. White Wolf
"Victim of the Spotlight"


15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. Winterstorm
2. Hammerschmitt (Germany)
3. Hammers of Misfortune
4. Desperado
5. Vivaldi Metal Project
6. Senat
7. Titan (Russia)
8. White Wolf
9. UMP
10. Psy Voyny
11. Mad Smile
12. Last in Line
13. Aftermath (US)
14. Obliveon
15. Almanac

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