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Frontiers Music / House of Lords - Saint Of The Lost Souls
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Saint Of The Lost Souls, the tenth studio album from House of Lords. The album, which is the follow up to their highly successful Indestructible, will be released March 24th.

Now the first audio offering from Saint Of The Lost Souls entitled Oceans Divide can be heard here.

Recorded and produced by the band's singer and mastermind James Christian, this collection of songs has an incredible flow of up-tempo and mid-tempo rockers mixed with power ballads, which lean a bit more toward keyboards this time around, but without compromising the band's trademark sound which is based around Jimi Bell's guitar.

Saint Of The Lost Souls is already one of the years most anticipated Melodic Rock releases and will not disappoint fans of the band or genre. James Christian's well crafted and smooth vocals bring the band's craft to new heights. Guitarist Jimi Bell is on fire and the melodic riffs throughout the album will leave you breathless. A new addition on bass is Chris Tristram, who is no stranger to the Rock community. His solid performance adds another dimension to the sound and BJ Zampa brings a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to House of Lords.

House of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of their self-titled album, a record which is still regarded as one of the best arena rock releases of the 80's. The colossal sound, the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-Angel and Giuffria keyboardist, Gregg Giuffria, along with luminaries Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright, Ken Mary), were reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake/David Coverdale, Deep Purple, Van Halen and immediately brought the band to the attention of the music media and fans.

With their sophomore release, Sahara, House of Lords had considerable radio and video chart success with their cover of Blind Faith's Can't Find My Way Home. After a tour with Nelson in 1991, the group disbanded, eventually coming back together with a new lineup (featuring original members Giuffria and Christian) in 1992 with Demon's Down. With the change in musical climate at the time, House of Lords went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing the controversial Power and the Myth, an album which featured a sound leaning more towards Progressive Hard Rock with 70's rock influences. After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark arena Rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new line-up with the blessing of founding member Gregg Giuffria, who opted out right before the release of Power and the Myth. New members Jimi Bell on guitars and B.J. Zampa on drums supplied a true powerhouse sound to the fifth studio album, World Upside Down, a record which caused a real stir in the Hard Rock and Melodic Rock scenes. That album was followed up by the equally impressive Come to My Kingdom in 2008, Cartesian Dreams in 2009, Big Money in 2011, and Precious Metal in 2014.

The band has toured relentlessly in Europe and the States in support of their releases and have now become a true staple of the Hard Rock scene on both continents. House Of Lords stands for superb hooks and majestic atmospheres that bring back the memories of their stellar debut album, monumental guitar riffs and a production to die for. All these ingredients you will find on Saint Of The Lost Souls which shines from the first second to the last!
    Saint Of The Lost Souls Track Listing:
  1. Harlequin
  2. Oceans Divide
  3. Hit the Wall
  4. Saint of the Lost Souls
  5. The Sun Will Never Set Again
  6. New Day Breakin'
  7. Reign of Fire
  8. Concussion
  9. Art of Letting Go
  10. Grains of Sand
  11. The Other Option

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Massacre Records / VENDETTA track list
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
VENDETTA's new album The 5th will be released on February 24, 2017 via Massacre Records. The German Thrash Metal outfit now released the album's tracklisting.

All songs on the album were written and composed by the band's bassist Klaus 'Heiner' Ullrich. V.O. Pulver took care of the album's mix and mastering. Pablo Klose is responsible for the cover artwork.

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Massacre Records / ELM STREET - AU + UK tour
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
ELM STREET's tour plans for 2017 begin to take shape! The band recently announced the first batch of live dates for the Australian 'Face The Reaper Tour' in February, March and May, as well as a few support gigs for Ross The Boss' 'The Discipline Of Steel' UK tour in March and April!
    Face The Reaper Tour 2017 - Australia
  • 02/23/23.02.2017 AU Brisbane - Crowbar
  • 03/11/2017 AU Darwin - Happy Yess
  • 03/25/2017 AU Perth - Badlands Bar (Stormrider Heavy Metal Festival)
  • 05/06/2017 AU Newcastle - The Vault
  • 05/07/2017 AU Sydney - Frankie's Pizza By The Slice

    supporting Ross The Boss on 'The Discipline Of Steel 2017 World Tour'
  • 03/302017 UK London - The Underworld Camden
  • 03/31/2017 UK Evesham - The Iron Road
  • 04/01/2017 UK Swansea - The Scene
  • 04/02/2017 UK Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
  • 04/04/2017 UK Glasgow - Audio
  • 04/05/2017 UK Edinburgh - Bannermans Bar
  • 04/06/2017 UK Milton Keynes - The Craufurd Arms

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Metal Blade Records / Armored Saint launches 'March of the Saint (Live)' video online
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
On February 24th, Armored Saint is releasing 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, a live video of March of the Saint from the Aschaffenburg show, filmed by Oliver 'Bomber' Barth, can be viewed here.

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NoiseArt Records / MAJESTY take part at the video shoot
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
MAJESTY are filming their shortfilm at the moment which also includes a music video for the brand-new track Rebels Of Our Time. For that fans are needed to cheer while the band is playing the song. Everything will take place on January 21st at the Hellraiser in Leipzig (GER). Just be there at 07:30PM, enjoy a night to remember and forever be immortalized in the video.

Singer Tarek commented: "This will be so cool. We want to show on film how great our fans are and therefore come in large numbers and bring along all your friends."

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Punishment 18 Records / Beyond Description - Ed Repka for the 'The Robotized World' album cover
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
Japanese Thrash Metal/crossover band Beyond Description is ready to release its new full-length album titled The Robotized World by Punishment 18 Records. You can see the cover by Ed Repka hand. Repka is well know for its work for band such as Atheist, Death, Megadeth, Nuclear Assault, Vio-lence, NOFX, Municipal Waste, Evildead and many more.
Punishment 18 Records / Chronosphere 'Red N’ Roll' release date confirmed
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
Greek thrashers Chronosphere will release Red N' Roll, their new third album by Punishment 18 Records, on next March 31st. You can see the cover artwork realized by Jesse Schaller (known for Skeletonwitch artworks).
Pure Steel Records / OHIO POWER METAL ACT WRETCH SIGN WITH EXTREME MANAGEMENT GROUP
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
Hailing from north east Ohio, Power Metal Thrash act WRETCH are very pleased to announce that the band have signed a management deal with New York based international management agency EMG (Extreme Management Group)!

WRETCH will join some of the leaders of the Heavy Music genre, such as SUFFOCATION, ATHEIST, ORIGIN, CATTLE DECAPITATION and many more on the EMG roster. Commenting on the new partnership, guitarist Nick Giannakos offers "We can't wait to get started with our partnership with EMG! We know they are going to be able to move Wretch forward in every way possible and we are looking to bigger and better things in the future!"

The band have had a remarkable and long spanning career, and following a long hiatus reformed in 2004 to take the bands Power Metal excellence to the world stage. Following the release of Reborn (2004) the highly acclaimed album led to WRETCH performing the Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany in 2007. The band would later return to Europe to perform the Up The Hammers Festival in Greece in 2013 and released the Rise To Power EP to further promote the band in Europe. Following the performance and EP release WRETCH secured an international record deal with German label Pure Steel Records. The band released its second full length Warriors through Pure Steel Records in 2014.

WRETCH have a European tour set for March 2017 alongside Split Heaven and will be releasing the bands new album titled The Hunt in February through Pure Steel Records. Expect big things this coming year from this enduring and shredding Power Metal five piece now backed by one of the leaders in international Metal music management.
Scarlet Records / ARTHEMIS - NEW SIGNING AND NEW ALBUM 'BLOOD-FURY DOMINATION'
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
Acclaimed Metal band Arthemis have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album Blood-Fury-Domination.

Widely recognized as a ground-breaking live band, Arthemis' career is marked by several amazing shows full of energy and true passion. The band performed at some of the biggest Metal festivals in the world (Download Festival, Hellfest Open Air, Wacken Open Air, Bloodstock Open Air, Gods Of Metal, Hard Rock Hell, Hammerfest and many more) and toured relentlessly since day one, eventually becoming the ultimate road-warriors. But they have also delivered 7 full-length killer studio albums (plus the astonishing Live From Hell – Live In The UK), proving that when it's about time to forge a new studio release they always deliver power and glory and give all they got to give: blood, sweat, tears and fury.

Their brand new album Blood-Fury-Domination is absolutely over the top! Massive production, uplifting songs, sing-along choruses and a true wall-of-sound that mixes the deepest roots of Metal with modern influences and hooks. Songs like Undead, Black Sun, Into The Arena, Warcry, Blood Red Sky prove them right and will resonate in your heads forever. This true piece of art absolutely means 'no compromise'! Love it or leave it! It clearly screams 'We are Arthemis and we're gonna get you all'! Definitely one more album you must add to your collection if your life is driven by passion and true Metal! Blood-Fury Domination has been mixed by Simone Mularoni (DGM) and will see the light of the day on April 7th, 2017.

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GlobMetal Promotions / Astraeus released debut album
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2017
American Progressive Death Metal band Astraeus released their debut album Virtuous. The album was self produced by Astraeus, with a collaborative effort on vocals and mixing done with Nick Nodurft of Rusty Sun Audio in Parker, Colorado.

Astraeus was formed in 2012 in Denver, Colorado by Nick Gilbertson, Evan Knight and Tyler Gilbertson. Along with the release of the debut album, Astraeus also released a music video from a song off of Virtuous called Ashta.
Scarlet Records / SINHERESY - NEW SIGNING AND NEW ALBUM 'DOMINO'
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2017
Sinheresy have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album Domino. 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. Domino will see the light of the day on April 7th, 2017.

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Scarlet Records / TEMPERANCE - SPECIAL SHOW AND DVD RECORDING
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2017
Melodic metallers Temperance are going to perform a very special show next spring, which will be recorded for a future DVD release. The band will take the stage in the picturesque setting of Teatro Sociale in Alba, Italy, on April 29th, a theatre show which marks an important milestone in Temperance's fast rising career, following the release of the critically acclaimed third album The Earth Embraces Us All, a European tour with Luca Turilli's Rhapsody and shows with the likes of Nightwish, Epica and many others.
Pure Steel Records / ANCILLOTTI ANNOUNCE THE EUROPEAN TOUR 2017 with Ross The Boss
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2017
After announcing a series Italian Tour dates promoting the new album Strike Back the label is very excited to announce that the band will embark on tour with the mighty Ross The Boss band in March across Europe as opening act of their 'The Discipline of Steel' World Tour 2017!
    Tourdates:
  • 05.03.2017 Vienna, Austria*
  • 06.03.2017 Mannheim, Germany*
  • 08.03.2017 Hamburg, Germany*
  • 09.03.2017 Stadskanaal, Netherlands*
  • 10.03.2017 Essen, Germany*
  • 11.03.2017 Andernach, Germany*
  • 12.03.2017 Helmond, Netherlands*
  • 13.03.2017 Utrecht, Netherlands*
  • 24.03.2017 Brescia, Italy*
  • 25.03.2017 Torino, Italy*
  • 26.03.2017 Prato, Italy
    * Support = ANCILLOTTI
Pitch Black Records / Ghost Avenue return with third album
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2017
Pitch Black Records are pleased to announce the return of Norway's GHOST AVENUE whose new (third) album is scheduled to be released on February 3rd.

Formed in 2002 (originally as GHOST), GHOST AVENUE quickly managed to fine-tune their sound and gain a massive fan base after many live shows and some great reviews on their 2010 debut.

Offering a unique blend of classic Hard Rock and 80's Heavy Metal and despite the obvious preference for the classics, the band manages to achieve a contemporary sound with music that's full of melody and catchy tunes.

The release of their second (self-titled) album in 2013 through Pitch Black Records marked the beginning of a new era for the band who had by that time settled with their refined sound and overall style. The album received rave reviews from around the world, even making it to some best-of-the-year lists!

Their upcoming album, titled Impact, is a concept album about an alien invasion of earth and the battle for humanity's freedom. The superb musicianship and performance are still there and so is the band's distinctive hard rocking and melodic metal sound, which, along with the album's amazing artwork are laying the groundwork for yet another astonishing release!
    Impact track listing:
  1. Impact
  2. Escape
  3. The Prison
  4. Time Traveller
  5. Affection
  6. Dancing With the Devil
  7. Construction
  8. The Edge of Darkness
  9. Collateral Damage
  10. The Ace
    GHOST AVENUE:
  • Kim Ihsak Sandvik – Vocals
  • André Berger – Guitar and Backing Vocals
  • Petter Christopher Lein – Drums
  • Magnus Liseter – Bass
  • Øystein Wiik – Guitars
Nuclear Blast / DIMMU BORGIR announce new double-DVD 'Forces Of The Northern Night'
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2017
Norwegian symphonic Black Metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR, finally emerge from the depths of darkness, to mark 2017 as the year of their monumental return. On April 14th, they will finally release their highly-anticipated DVD Forces Of The Northern Night, containing two of the band's live rituals: Their legendary show 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 2012 with almost 100 musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging Black Metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape and the band's unique visuals.

This authentic combination of the beauty and the beast 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.

"For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far. As a band, we've always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven't been able to use a real orchestra. We've had to use samples, synthesizers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us!" states front man Shagrath.

On April 14th, both concert plus a bonus documentary feature will be available in many different formats that will soon be revealed.

And beware... this is not the only gem that the year 2017 holds for DIMMU BORGIR.

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Nuclear Blast / LANCER post first track-by-track trailer for 'Mastery', kick off European tour
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2017
The wait is almost over, LANCER's label debut, Mastery, will be released on Friday through Nuclear Blast Records. To give their fans another taster of what to expect from this upcoming studio album, the band has launched the first track-by-track trailer. This first out of two track-by-track clips features snippets of the following tracks:
  1. Dead Raising Towers
  2. Future Millennia
  3. Mastery
  4. Victims Of The Nile
  5. Iscariot
LANCER kick off their European tour with also Sweden-based metallers HAMMERFALL and space metallers GLORYHAMMER to present Mastery live on stage. The band will be opening these evenings, so make sure to be there in time!

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Nuclear Blast / EPICA launch 'Beyond The Matrix' music video
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2017
Dutch symphonic Metal band EPICA have launched the new music video for Beyond The Matrix taken from the band's latest album The Holographic Principle.

Frontwoman Simone Simons comments: "The energy that lives within Beyond the Matrix is extremely contagious. It will sweep you off your feet when the melodies enter your mind. The video embodies the spirit and liveliness of EPICA. Transcend together with us and shine past the sky."

EPICA's guitar player Mark Jansen continues "Beyond the Matrix is one of my favorite tracks to play live from our new album, as it makes the crowd go wild, so I'm happy we are releasing a video of it. We have managed to catch the energy of the song and translate it into images (& words). The song is dealing about us humans, being caught in a matrix (an illusion) because of our excessive thinking. We have lost control over our lives and accept the illusion as 'the one reality'. But if we manage to free ourselves from those shackles and become masters of our thoughts again, we can make a huge step forward in collective consciousness and will be able to look beyond the borders of our matrix. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!!!"

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GlobMetal Promotions / Hellionight released debut EP
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2017
Bahraini Thrash/Speed Metal band Hellionight released their debut self-titled EP. The release was recorded, mixed and mastered at Distorted Studios in Bahrain.

The band was formed in 2016 by Omar Zainal as a solo side project, but later Mohd Ishaq joined the band to play drums and Naji on bass guitar to complete the line up.
Intromental Worldwide / DAMNATIONS DAY
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2017
Australian Melodic Progressive Power Metal outfit DAMNATIONS DAY has signed a Worldwide deal with Sensory Records for the early spring release of their incoming sophomore record, A World Awakens.

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 Invisible The Dead, while showcasing the bands growth in maturity, honesty and depth of both their musicianship and songwriting. Showcasing 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, while not leaning to just one genre or direction, A World Awakens is an album that will have your undivided attention on first listen, only to pull you in further and further more on repeat.

Offers Mark Kennedy on the band's new alliance with the Sensory Records branch of American Progressive powerhouse, Laser's Edge, "We are very privileged to team up with Sensory Records, for the release of, A World Awakens. This being our second release promises a more refined and mature sound, this beginning a new exciting chapter for DAMNATIONS DAY."

A World Awakens will be the first 2017 title for Sensory Records, the album now set for release on March 24th 2017. The cover artwork, track listing, and more have been issued, with audio samples, preorders, and more to be made available in the weeks ahead, with touring plans coming together for later in the year.
Massacre Records / WARPATH album release date + video
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2017
The label has got good news, and not so good news. Let's start with the latter one.

The release of WARPATH's upcoming album has been pushed back a week. The new release date is now February 3, 2017!

Now, onward to the good news: WARPATH recently presented the official video for the song Reborn off the upcoming album Bullets For A Desert Session! It was directed by Dani Moreno, and produced by Flint Productions.

WARPATH's new album Bullets For A Desert Session will be released on February 3, 2017 via Massacre Records, and will also be available as limited edition digipak with bonus tracks.
Massacre Records / EXCITER South America tour
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2017
South American EXCITER fans are in for a treat! The Canadian Metal outfit has revealed a couple of live dates in February, some of them even with Sacred Reich!
  • 02/16/2017 PE Lima - Discoteca Mangos*
  • 02/18/2017 CL Santiago - Blondie*
  • 02/19/2017 BR São Paulo - Clash Club*
  • 02/21/2017 BR Limeira - Bar da Montanha*
  • 02/22/2017 BR Rio De Janeiro - Teatro Odisseia*
  • 02/24/2017 AR Rosario - Pugliese
  • 02/25/2017 AR Santa María de Punilla - Aeroclub Santa María de Punilla (Cosquín Rock)
  • 02/26/2017 AR Buenos Aires - Uniclub
    * w/ Sacred Reich
EXCITER are also confirmed for Rock Fest Barcelona in late June/early July, and Germany's Storm Crusher Festival in September.

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Psycho Las Vegas 2017: King Diamond to Headline
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2017
Psycho Las Vegas unveils King Diamond as the festival’s grand headliner. In coming to Psycho, King Diamond mark 30 years since the release of Abigail, and this will be King's only USA performance of 2017!

Don't miss your chance to see one of Metal's ultimate legends take the stage at the biggest underground fest the US has ever known when King Diamond plays Psycho Las Vegas 2017 in August at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino!

Additional headliners, full lineup & official festival artwork revealed Jan 2017.

confirmed lineup:KING DIAMOND (Headliner / USA 2017 exclusive), MURDER CITY DEVILS, NEUROSIS, MULATU ASTATKE, SWANS, CARCASS, WOLVES IN THE THRONEROOM, CRYSTAL FAIRY, MAGMA, CHELSEA WOLFE, SLO BURN, CULT OF LUNA WITH JULIE CHRISTMAS, ABBATH, SUMAC, MYRKUR, PELICAN, WEEDEATER, ZEAL & ARDOR, SLOMATICS, OATHBREAKER, VHOL, COUGH, BLOOD CEREMONY, INTER ARMA, THE SKULL, WINDHAND, BUZZOVEN, MINSK, CODE ORANGE, KHEMMIS, GATECREEPER, NORTH, CULT LEADER, SNAIL, WIZARD RIFLE, MERLIN, FLOORIAN, DOMKRAFT, ELEPHANT TREE, MORNE, HOLLOW LEG, SUMMONER.

Psycho Las Vegas 2017 is set for Aug. 18-20 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

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Napalm Records / ALESTORM temporarily docks to hit the studio
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2017
Alestorm statement:
"Ahoy humans! We are very thrilled to announce that we have entered the studio to record our fifth full-length album, entitled NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA!
We will be spending the next month at Alpaca Ranch Recording Studio in Orlando, USA, with producer Lasse Lammert once again at the helm. This will also be the first full release featuring our grandiose guitarist Máté Bodor!
This is the point where we would usually tell you this album is going to be darker and heavier than our previous works, but that's probably not true. It is, however, full of epic songs about pirates, drinking, and pseudoscientific cryptogeography.
We'll have a bunch more updates for you over the coming weeks and months, including the album cover, track list, release dates, and more!"

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Nuclear Blast / DESTRUCTION kick off the 2nd part of their 'Europe Under Attack' tour
Posted by: Denis / 11.01.2017
The waiting is over - legendary German thrashers, DESTRUCTION, kick off the second part of their 'Europe Under Attack' tour at Crash, Freiburg, Germany. As support acts for this 25-show trek, they will not only bring the Brazilian Thrash institution NERVOSA with them, but also GONOREAS from Switzerland as well as the German shredhopes REZET.

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Mortanius - new Progressive Power Metal band
Posted by: Denis / 10.01.2017
"If Dracula formed a progressive metal band..."

Mortanius is an unsigned Progressive Power Metal band from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania (USA), and they have recently released their third EP, titled A Voice From Beyond. This new release features 2 original songs and a cover of Barbie Girl by Aqua, and a cover of the opening theme to the anime, Slam Dunk.
GlobMetal Promotions / LICUATION released debut EP
Posted by: Denis / 10.01.2017
Finnish Death/Thrash Metal band LICUATION released their debut EP Torment of the Morgue. The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by SN-AUDIO PRODUCTION by Sami Niittykoski and Teemu Liekkala.

LICUATION was formed at Kuopio, Finland in 2014 by Esa Laukkanen (bass), Samu Reijonen (drums), Teemu Tick (guitars), Jani Nevasalmi (guitars) and Veeti Heiskanen (vocals).
Wax Maniax kicks off 2017 With Releases from SODOM and ACID
Posted by: Denis / 10.01.2017
SODOM - GET WHAT YOU DESERVE DOUBLE LP [WM-55034]; Release Date: January 20th 2017
For the first time in over 20 years, the sixth studio album from German Thrash legends SODOM appears on vinyl again! This time around, the album has been fully remastered, with four bonus studio tracks added. Also, for the first time ever, the album includes the original cover photo that was deemed too explicit to use on the original 1994 vinyl release!

ACID - ENGINE BEAST LP [WM-55033]; Release Date: January 20th 2017
For the first time since it's initial release in 1985, the third and final full-length album from female-fronted Speed Metal pioneers ACID appears again on vinyl! Deluxe package includes a full color jacket and a full-color 12" x 24" foldout insert featuring photos hand-picked by the band, an interview, plus the conclusion of the liner notes from Classic Rock/Metal Hammer writer Malcolm Dome.
METALMESSAGE / OVERTURES: EUROPEAN TOUR ANNOUNCED AND LIVE VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 10.01.2017
Overtures, Temperance and Truck Me Hard - The Agency are more than excited to announce the upcoming co-headlining European Tour in early 2017: 'THE EARTH & THE ARTIFACTS EUROPEAN TOUR' comes in support of the latest albums Artifacts from Overtures (released 31.05.2016 by Sleaszy Rider Records) and The earth embraces us all from Temperance (released 16.09.2016 by Scarlet Records), after tons of amazing shows by two of the most relevant newcomers in Italy.

After two European Tours supporting Almah and Secret Sphere in 2013 and Threshold in 2016; after having shared the stage with Rammstein, Saxon, Powerwolf, Stratovarius and many others, Overtures are joining forces with Temperance for their first headlining tour in Europe!

Check out Overtures' title-track Artifacts live during the SpazioRock Festival in Italy (Trezzo sull'Adda, 24.09-2016).
    TOUR DATES
  • 23.02.2017 - Centro Giovani - Gorizia - ITALY *
  • 24.02.2017 - Vegallomas Klub - Szombathely - HUNGARY *
  • 25.02.2017 - Pod Skalkou - Ceska Trebova - CZECH REPUBLIC *
  • 26.02.2017 - Melodka Club - Brno - CZECH REPUBLIC **
  • 27.02.2017 - Exit Us - Prague - CZECH REPUBLIC **
  • 28.02.2017 - Rudeboy Klub - Bielsko Biala - POLAND **
  • 02.03.2017 - Titans Club - Lens - BELGIUM ***
  • 03.03.2017 - De Verlichte Geest - Roselare - BELGIUM ***
  • 04.03.2017 - Rockheaven - Eygelshoven - NETHERLANDS ***
  • 05.03.2017 - Moonlight Music Hall - Diest - BELGIUM ***
  • 07.03.2017 - Garage Deluxe - Munchen - GERMANY ***
  • 08.03.2017 - Soundcheck One - Waldbrown - GERMANY ***
  • 09.03.2017 - L'Excalibur - Reims - FRANCE ***
  • 10.03.2017 - Petit Leman - Vevey - SWITZERLAND ***
  • 11.03.2017 - Met Bar - Lenzburg - SWITZERLAND ***
  • 12.03.2017 - Rock Town - Cordenons - ITALY ***
    * Special guest Afterlife Symphony
    ** Special guest Batalion d'Amour
    *** Special guest ANCIENT MYTH

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Y.O.C. new songs
Posted by: Denis / 31.12.2016
Y.O.C. is in the course of new songs recording. One of them is Znöwhite cover Something Wicked (This Way Comes)!

Everything will be available on our band's page!

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AFM Records / Firewind and MANIMAL to tour Europe in February/March
Posted by: Denis / 30.12.2016
Nuclear Blast / DORO pays tribute to Lemmy with new video 'It Still Hurts'
Posted by: Denis / 29.12.2016
A year ago to the day, MOTÖRHEAD fronter and Rock legend Lemmy Kilmister passed away and his death marked the end of an era of sex, drugs and Rock'n'Roll. While fans all over the world raise their Jacky Coke-glasses today to honour him, Metalqueen DORO came up with a special idea to celebrate the life and legacy of her colleague, but also very close friend Lemmy. In this new video to the song It Still Hurts that she recorded with him in 2012, you can find the clip footage and many pictures of several decades from both Metal legends working together and sharing the spirit of heavy music.

DORO's official statement about this new clip: "It's been exactly one year since the world of Rock lost on of its greatest characters - and one of my best friends. Lemmy Kilmister. One year and we miss him so much. Therefore it was our great wish to release this video with a compilation of our greatest moments that we had together. Here it is. In memory of Lemmy, one of the greatest Rock'n'Roll heroes!
It still hurts!
R.I.P., my dear friend - we love you."

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Massacre Records / ELM STREET video
Posted by: Denis / 29.12.2016
Teaming up with Australian director Gareth McGilvray, ELM STREET have released their new single Face The Reaper taken from Knock 'Em Out... With A Metal Fist!

With a minute long ambient intro, the band tears into a Heavy Metal frenzy proving their energetic brand of traditional Metal and showcasing the newest addition to the band, Nick Ivkovic on bass guitar.

Face The Reaper will paint the path for the band's 2017 world tour, kicking off in Australia during February 2017.

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Nuclear Blast / AMORPHIS announce new tour edition
Posted by: Denis / 27.12.2016
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 the band is announcing today! This package includes the entire album Under The Red Cloud with two bonus songs as well as the live tracks in Helsinki.

"We were honoured to take part in the Helsinki Festival in Huvila, so therefore we wanted to do something special for that particular night", states guitarist Tomi Koivusaari. "The gig itself happened in a large tent in the very center of Helsinki on a late summer evening. The Huvila-tent has quite long history, so there was already some excitement in the air beforehand. We wanted to invite some guests to feature on that show - musicians we already had worked with during these years and musicians we have a huge respect for, so Sakari Kukko, Pekko Käppi and Anneke van Giersbergen joined us on that evening with friends. Originally Aleah Starbridge was supposed to join as well, as she sings on the Under The Red Cloud album, but sadly she passed away before that. It was surely a night to remember!"

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Nuclear Blast / ANTHRAX announce 'For All Kings' tour edition; release 'Suzerain' lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 27.12.2016
Legendary New York thrashers ANTHRAX will tour Europe for the band's first full European headline tour in more than a decade. On all of these dates and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release, ANTHRAX will perform live, start-to-finish, their classic 1987 album Among The Living alongside fan favourites from throughout the band's rich 35-year career. Check out the tour trailer.

In support of this upcoming trek, ANTHRAX will release a limited tour edition of their latest studio album For All Kings on February 17th. As well as the regular album it will include Vice Of the People (previously only available in Japan) as well as a bonus disc of demo versions.

A few days ago, the band launched a new lyric video for the track Suzerain which can also be found on For All Kings.

Drummer Charlie Benante commented on the bonus material: "We've included some of the demos from For All Kings in this package. We wanted to show the evolution of the songs. The idea of a song can start from a guitar riff or a thought in your head. It then takes shape and goes from my music to Scott's lyrics to Frank and Joey's ideas and melodies to Jon's lead guitar. This is our way of making ANTHRAX music - ENJOY!"

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Nuclear Blast / KREATOR release second 'Gods Of Violence' video trailer
Posted by: Denis / 27.12.2016
German Thrash titans KREATOR have released the second video trailer for their upcoming album, Gods Of Violence. Watch KREATOR mainman Mille Petrozza talk about the working with producer Jens Bogren, the featured guests and the album's production process.

The band recently announced an exclusive release show on January 26 at Musik & Frieden in Berlin, Germany.

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HEAVEN'S GUARDIAN NEWS
Posted by: Denis / 26.12.2016
It took months in the studio for the band Heaven's Guardian from Goiânia/Brazil to produce a work that could gather everything they glimpsed when they passed through radical changes in 2013. With the addition of new players and boasting two singers, new possibilities were open. Now, Olívia Bayer and Flávio Mendez (vocals), Ericsson Marin and Luiz Maurício (guitars), Murilo Ramos (bass), Arthur Albuquerque (drums) and Everton Marin (keyboards) present the album Signs.

Recorded at Mr.Som studio (São Paulo, Brazil) the album was produced by Marcello Pompeu and mixed and mastered by Heros Trench, both professionals who conquered a Latin-American Grammy in 2010. Heavier, without losing its melodic essence, Signs pictures this new phase with different guise and identity than what the now septet Heaven's Guardian was doing previously in its career.

Besides playing in the country's greatest venues like Via Funchal (SP) and Claro Hall (RJ) and playing alongside legends like Saxon, Megadeth, Blind Guardian, Sepultura, Helmet, Tim 'Ripper' Owens, Heaven's Guardian was the first Heavy Metal group from the Brazilian state of Goiás to get approval from 'Projeto de Incentivo a Cultura da Prefeitura de Goiânia' (City of Goiania Cultural Incentive Project). Such fact made possible to finish the DVD X Years On The Road – Live At Gyn Arena, which celebrated ten years on the road and had the largest audience for a Rock group at Goiânia Arena Stadium with 4 thousand people present in the event held in May 7, 2005.

Their first record was Roll of Thunder (1999) which drew attention from various labels. Thus, Heaven's Guardian established a partnership with Brazilian record company Megahard Records, that released their first album, Strava (2001). Critics liked some melodic and heavy tracks like Fighters, Freedom, Hope.

In 2004 was released D.O.L.L. till then their most labored and audacious work, produced by Paulo Anhaia – four times Latin Grammy winner who worked with bands like Wizards, Monster, Tuatha de Dannan. D.O.L.L. was released in many countries including Japan, where Burrn! Magazine called it 'essential for Rock fans' and gave it 9 out of 10.

In 2008, with the departure of singer Carlos Zema, Mario Linhares (Dark Avenger, Harllequin) took over and remained in the band until 2011. Even with changes, work and dedication are characteristics that never lacked in Heaven's Guardian and new album, Signs is proof of that. The group now intends to start a series of shows and register their performances.

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Avantegarde MNGT / HEAVENWOOD announces DIVA's XX Years commemorative shows
Posted by: Denis / 26.12.2016
Portuguese Gothic/Dark-Metal masters HEAVENWOOD will perform its 1996 highly acclaimed debut album DIVA (released by Massacre Records) in its entirety in two very special commemorative shows on Thursday, December 29 at RCA Club in Lisbon and Friday, December 30 at Hard Club, Oporto, to celebrate the record's twentieth anniversary.

Also to celebrate the anniversary and to be offered to whom will attend the shows will be released by Avantegarde MNGT/ Raising Legends a very special limited edition of the album containing the original CD tracklist plus HEAVENWOOD's 1995 second demo Emotional Wound as bonus, when the band was known as DISGORGED. DIVA was recorded in June 1996 at Commusication Studio, Germany, and produced and mixed by Gerhard Magin and conducted HEAVENWOOD in successful European Tours with bands such as Atrocity and In Flames. DIVA tracklist:
  • Frozen Images
  • Emotional Wound
  • Flames of Vanity
  • Since The First Smile
  • Tears Of Grief
  • Moonlight Girl
  • Judith Heavenwood
  • Weeping Heart
  • Frithiof's Saga
  • Lament
  • Judith Heavenwod (bonus – demo 95)
  • Emotional Wound (bonus – demo 95)
  • Frithiof's Saga (bonus – demo 95)

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    Century Media / Voivod launch music video for 'Post Society'
    Posted by: Denis / 26.12.2016
    After completing a comprehensive European tour together with Century Media Records labelmates Entombed A.D., Canadian Progressive sci-fi Metal innovators VOIVOD are wrapping up a busy year of promoting their latest release entitled Post Society. VOIVOD has just posted a music video for the title track, which was shot by Dirk Behlau / Beastwood Film Production (Spiritual Beggars, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, etc.) during VOIVOD's appearance at Leafmeal Festival in Germany.

    And while continuing work on their upcoming studio album, VOIVOD drummer Michel Away Langevin checked in with a comment about the video as well as a wrap-up of the year 2016 as follows: "This video is the best ending of a very productive and crazy year! It started in February-March with a North American East Coast tour with Vektor, Eight Bells and Black Fast. Then the West Coast and across Canada in May-June with Child Bite and King Parrot. We were joined by Jason Newsted in San Francisco for a two basses rendition of the song Voivod.
    Shortly after getting back home we drove down to Montebello, QC, to perform at the ever-growing Amnesia Rockfest, where I watched a very tight and energetic show by our friends D.R.I.
    In July we flew to the Hell and Heaven Fest in Mexico City, where we shared the stage with Sepultura and witnessed an intense performance by Suicidal Tendencies with Dave Lombardo on drums! My highlight was watching Twisted Sister in the middle of tens of thousands of people singing We're Not Gonna Take It. We also visited the pyramids of Teotihuacan.
    In August it was time to go to Europe for a few festivals and club shows. We got a great crowd reaction at Into The Grave Festival in The Netherlands, where we ran into our old pals Carcass.
    In October we flew to St. John's in the Canadian Maritimes to play our first show ever in Newfoundland. The next day we played the Halifax Pop Explosion in Nova Scotia, came back home right on time to repack and flew to Europe again for a fun tour with Entombed A.D.! We made a stop at the Leafmeal Festival in Dortmund, Germany, where we shot the Post Society video with Dirk Behlau / Beastwood Film Production.
    We wrote some songs on the road, demoed them between tours, and now we will spend the winter writing some more, just to make sure there will be a brand new Voïvod album in 2017. Thanks for coming to the shows, enjoy the video, which is very representative of the good time we have on stage, and see you next year!"

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    InsideOut Music / Pain of Salvation launch second video/single 'Reasons' off upcoming album 'In the Passing Light of Day'; North American tour announced
    Posted by: Denis / 26.12.2016
    Swedish Progressive Rock/Metal innovators Pain of Salvation are soon to release their upcoming studio album In the Passing Light of Day on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via their longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.

    Therefore, the album's second single, Reasons, as well as a dynamic video for it are being debuted now. The clip was produced by Joakim S. Hammond and Love Fagerstedt for Lynx Pictures.

    Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw checked in to comment about the song/video as follows: "We are proud to present the second video from our upcoming album IN THE PASSING LIGHT OF DAY. It's a hard and complex track, but is somehow catchy enough to make people go around humming it hours after they've heard it. I left one of the early demos in my car over the weekend, and the next week I heard my kids hum it while they were playing app games on their phones. Or, as Daniel Bergstrand put it, 'It's awesome - it's so catchy that you can't resist singing it, but it drives you crazy because at the same time you can't grasp the weird rhythms enough to do it right!' hahaha. The video is a bit different too, because I'm in it, but with all my clothes on and not having sex with anyone or even holding severed body parts of any kind. How weird is that? For those who think that's just too meek, I can offer some comfort to that, by revealing that four of us were bleeding after only two or three takes of the video. Who was the one who didn't bleed? That's a mystery for you to solve and discuss. 'Because I hate every motherfucking word you say!' Lyrically the song is about the love."

    On the live-front, Pain of Salvation have just announced a North American tour and also added a show in Cologne/Germany to their European run, for which fellow Swedes Port Noir have been added as support act. Here are all dates announced so far:
      Pain of Salvation In the Passing Light of Day North American tour 2017:
    • 07.-11.02. Tampa (US) / Cozumel (Mexico) - Cruise To The Edge
    • 12.02. Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
    • 14.02. Houston, TX - The Scout bar
    • 15.02. Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
    • 16.02. Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
    • 18.02. Chicago, IL - Reggies
    • 19.02. Detroit, MI - The Token Lounge
    • 21.02. Toronto, ON - Mod Club
    • 22.02. Quebec, QC - Le Cercle
    • 23.02. Montreal, QC - Le Tulipe
    • 24.02. Buffalo, NY - Iron Works
    • 26.02. New York, NY - The Marlin Room
      Pain of Salvation + Port Noir In the Passing Light of Day European tour 2017
    • 29.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
    • 30.03. Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
    • 31.03. Berlin (Germany) - Columbia-Theater
    • 01.04. Prague (Czech Republic) - Rock Cafe
    • 02.04. Reichenbach (Germany) - Art Rock Festival V
    • 04.04. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
    • 05.04. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z-7
    • 06.04. Milan (Italy) - Circolo Magnolia
    • 07.04. Lyon (France) - Ninkasi Kao
    • 08.04. Barcelona (Spain) - Bikini
    • 09.04. Madrid (Spain) - Teatro Barceló
    • 11.04. Paris (France) - Divan Du Monde
    • 12.04. London (UK) - Islington Assembly
    • 13.04. Köln (Germany) - Die Kantine *
    • 14.04. Venlo (The Netherlands) - Grenswerk
    • 15.04. Leiden (The Netherlands) - Gebr. De Nobel
    • 16.04. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
      Pain of Salvation - Live 2017:
    • 16.-18.06. Clisson (France) - Hellfest

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    Massacre Records / VICTORIUS + MYSTIC PROPHECY tour
    Posted by: Denis / 26.12.2016
    In case you forgot, MYSTIC PROPHECY and VICTORIUS are going to join Grave Digger on German Metal Attack 4 // Healed By Metal Tour 2017 in January and February 2017!
      Here are the dates:
    • 13.01.2017 DE Ilsede/Gadenstedt - Black Hand Inn
    • 14.01.2017 DE Coesfeld - Fabrik
    • 19.01.2017 DE Berlin - Columbia Theater
    • 20.01.2017 DE Geiselwind - MusicHall
    • 21.01.2017 DE Glauchau - Alte Spinnerei
    • 22.01.2017 DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
    • 27.01.2017 CH Pratteln - Z7
    • 28.01.2017 AT Graz - Explosiv
    • 10.02.2017 DE Hamburg - Markthalle
    • 11.02.2017 DE Bochum - Zeche
    • 16.02.2017 DE München - Backstage
    • 17.02.2017 DE Memmingen - Kaminwerk
    • 18.02.2017 DE Andernach - JuZ Live-Club

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    AFM Records / Rhapsody Of Fire announce their new drummer
    Posted by: Denis / 23.12.2016
    Rhapsody Of Fire are super thrilled to announce their immediate collaboration with Manu Lotter!

    Manu is coming from Munich. He is an incredible musician who impressed us by his technique and personality. This is for sure a guy with whom the band'll spend a lot of great time on tour. Manu is a dedicated and committed professional, passionate about Metal and always ready to have a nice laugh!

    He's now 28 and started playing drums at the age of 2! He played for bands like Emil Bulls, GWLT, The Bellerophon Project, Farewell To Arms, toured all around Europe and played in almost every German Metal festivals.

    Manu will enter the studio in January to record drums for band's next production. No need to say that it will sound awesome!

    Rhapsody Of Fire have now 5 band's members, Giacomo, Roby, Alex S., Alessandro, Manu, ready to make some noise in 2017! The band feels more determined than ever to deliver the best music to their fans and celebrate their new chapter together.

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    AFM Records / NIGHTMARE to tour with Civil War 'Road To Victory Tour 2017'
    Posted by: Denis / 23.12.2016
    In co-operation with Napalm Events, that NIGHTMARE and Civil War (the band) join forces on the ROAD TO VICTORY TOUR 2017.

    Both bands have released a brand new album in November and are now ready to hit the road, the road to victory.
    • 28-4 NL Leiden Gebr. De Nobel
    • 29-4 NL Eindhoven Effenaar
    • 30-4 BE Kortrijk De Kreun…
    • 1-5 FR Metz Guelard Plus
    • 2-5 CH Zurich Z7
    • 3-5 IT Brescia Circolo Colony
    • 4-5 AT Munich Backstage
    • 5-5 DE Nürnberg Der Cult
    • 6-5 DE Weinheim Cafe Zentral
    • 7-5 DE Hamburg Bahnhof Pauli

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    Nuclear Blast / BATTLE BEAST first 'Bringer Of Pain' trailer launched
    Posted by: Denis / 23.12.2016
    Finnish Heavy metallers, BATTLE BEAST, will unleash their 4th studio album, Bringer Of Pain on February 17th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records. As a pre-Christmas present, the band has launched the first album trailer, which shows vocalist Noora and guitarist Joona talking about the album's title and artwork.

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    Nuclear Blast / LANCER trailer for upcoming European tour with HAMMERFALL and GLORYHAMMER unveiled
    Posted by: Denis / 23.12.2016
    Swedish Heavy metallers, LANCER, are set to unleash their label debut, Mastery, on January 13th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. To present this forthcoming record on European stages, LANCER will join forces with well-known, also Sweden-based metallers HAMMERFALL and space metallers GLORYHAMMER.

    In support of this trek, a tour trailer has been launched now.

      'Built To Tour' w/ HAMMERFALL, GLORYHAMMER
    • 12.01. D Bremen - Aladin
    • 13.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 1
    • 14.01. D Bamberg - Brose Arena
    • 16.01. NL Utrecht - Tivoli Vredenburg
    • 17.01. B Antwerp - Trix
    • 18.01. D Fulda - Wartenberg Oval
    • 20.01. D Langen - Stadthalle
    • 21.01. CH Pratteln - Z7
    • 22.01. CH Pratteln - Z7
    • 23.01. F Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
    • 25.01. D Saarbrucken - Garage
    • 26.01. D Filderstadt - Filharmonie
    • 27.01. D Munich - Backstage
    • 28.01. D Kaufbeuren - AllKart Halle
    • 29.01. I Milan - Live Club
    • 31.01. H Budapest - Barba Negra
    • 01.02. A Vienna - Arena
    • 02.02. A Graz - Orpheum
    • 03.02. CZ Zlin - Hala Euronics
    • 04.02. PL Warsaw - Progresja
    • 06.02. D Berlin - Huxley's Neue Welt
    • 07.02. D Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36
    • 08.02. DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio

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    Nuclear Blast / SEPULTURA - unveil new music video for 'Phantom Self'
    Posted by: Denis / 23.12.2016
    Brazilian Heavy Metal icons, SEPULTURA, will unleash their upcoming studio album, Machine Messiah, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. With their new music video Phantom Self they provide another thrilling look into their 14th studio release and deliver haunting images and sociocultural criticism in this clip directed by Mauricio Eça.

    "Phantom Self starts with a short intro based on the Brazilian rhythm 'Maracatú', original from the Northeast region of Brazil", explains mastermind Andreas Kisser. "We mixed this very Brazilian sound with violins performed by a Tunisian violin ensemble, the Myriad Orchestra. This was a suggestion from Jens Bogren, the producer of the album, who worked with this orchestra before and he thought it could be a nice combination. We used the violins on different parts of the song and that opened a lot of new possibilities, specially for my guitar parts, it was great to have that conversation between guitar and violins making the part even more special. It's a very heavy song, with a lot of groove, one of the most complete songs we ever worked with and it's taking SEPULTURA to a new level!"

    Singer Derrick Green adds: "The lyrical idea came from an article that Andreas sent me. It was about a young man who had everything going for him and unfortunately was in a horrific car accident in the 70's. After the accident he lost his entire idea of who he was. No one could figure out what was going on inside his mind. He would have glimpses of his former self but doctors realized that chemical elements of his mind had shifted. He had become an entirely different person within himself. There is this element of change that exists within all of us. This ability is important for our evolution as human beings to move forward even after traumatic events."

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    Scarlet Records / TEMPERANCE 'A THOUSAND PLACES' VIDEO RELEASED
    Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2016
    Melodic metallers Temperance have released a video for the song A Thousand Places, taken from their new album The Earth Embraces Us All.

    The Earth Embraces Us All was produced by Marco Pastorino and Giulio Capone, mixed by Simone Mularoni (DGM). The album artwork has once again been made by Gustavo Sazes (Kamelot, Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel).
    Pure Steel Records / SAVIOR FROM ANGER release of special christmas single 'Starlight'; new bass player
    Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2016
    SAVIOR FROM ANGER announce the release of the special Christmas single Starlight from the superb actual album Temple Of Judgment. Well known singer Bob Mitchell states: "The song is appropriate for this special time of year. It is a personal favorite to many here in the band and at the label, so we want to present it to all of our supporters and fans around the world to enjoy."

    Also the band have officially announced Brian (BRIAN McNASTY) callin' as their new bass player. Brian is best known as a member of the Ohio Power Metal band VATICAN (also on Pure Steel Records) to which he is still a member of. The band have personally thanked the members and those associated with VATICAN for being 100% supportive in this decision!

    Brian is a permanent member of the band as fans will see him live on stage in 2017 and he will be part of the bands follow-up album for Temple of Judgment.

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    Punishment 18 Records / Chronosphere 'Honest to Kill' lyric video
    Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2016
    Next year, Greek thrashers Chronosphere will release their new album 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 Honest to Kill song lyric video here.
    Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD - announce new tour dates and album title
    Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2016
    After ten successful years with the label Nuclear Blast, British Progressive protagonists THRESHOLD have signed a new contract and extended their partnership with the label in July 2016. Furthermore, they have also announced plans for their next release: THRESHOLD are currently recording their 11th masterpiece at Thin Ice Studios in England, a new concept album that will be called Legends Of The Shires. It is being produced by Karl Groom and Richard West and it's scheduled to be released in 2017.

    But that's not enough: now the band is also announcing 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!

    Richard West comments: "It's great to be announcing these tour dates so soon, we can't wait to get on the road and perform for you. Our new album is coming together perfectly, we've got a lot of strong material so it might be our longest one yet."
      Tour dates
    • 2017-01-07 Wasen (Ice Rock Festival) CH
    • 2017-11-28 Bosuil (Weert) NL
    • 2017-11-29 Hamburg (Markthalle) DE
    • 2017-11-30 Berlin (Lido) DE
    • 2017-12-01 Aschaffenburg (Colos Saal) DE
    • 2017-12-02 München (Feierwerk) DE
    • 2017-12-03 Pratteln (Z7) CH
    • 2017-12-05 Stuttgart (Club Cann) DE
    • 2017-12-06 Hannover (Musikzentrum) DE
    • 2017-12-07 Kortrijk (De Kreun) BE
    • 2017-12-08 Essen (Turock) DE
    • 2017-12-09 Zoetermeer (Boerderij) NL
    • 2017-12-10 London (O2 Islington Academy) GB

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    Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL release lyric video and new single 'Mean, Green, Killing Machine'
    Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2016
    Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have recently announced their upcoming eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, which will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. And to deliver another crushing Thrash inferno right before Christmas, the band now unleashes its new lyric video for the wild hymn Mean, Green, Killing Machine.

    And listen to the wise words of lead vocalist Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth: "Lets keep this rolling, Mean, Green, Killing Machine, the opening track - brand new, from us to you! Bang thy head."

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    NoiseArt Records / LOST IN GREY music video for 'Dark Skies' released
    Posted by: Denis / 22.12.2016
    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.

    The wait is finally over and now sees the long awaited release of the first song. Just few days before Christmas, the band presents the music video of the first digital single Dark Skies. The video was filmed under the direction of singer Anne Lill Rajala in Finland, 2016.
    AFM Records / Paradox
    Posted by: Denis / 21.12.2016
    German Speed Metal pioneers Paradox are re-forming after 28 years with their original line up! Charly Steinhauer (vocals/guitar), Markus Spyth (guitar), Roland Stahl (bass) and Axel Blaha (drums) - this was the original line up for their debut album Product Of Imagination, released in 1987. Soon after, they were called the #1 German newcomer and were record of the month in several print magazines. The second album Heresy is also known as an old school Speed Metal classic.

    PARADOX will play their official reunion show at German Bang Your Head Festival festival in Balingen (July 12th – 15th 2017) and after that at Harder Than Steel Festival in Dittigheim on September 30th 2017. They will play an old school setlist with songs from the first two albums.

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    AFM Records / Solution .45 line-up change
    Posted by: Denis / 21.12.2016
    Some news in the Solution .45 camp: As of today our brother and partner-in-crime Patrik Gardberg is no longer a part of Solution .45, for reasons which Patrik is elaborating further on in his official statement here below. For the record, there is no bad blood or drama or anything like that involved in this split whatsoever. This is very much a mutual decision, if anything. We are all still the best of friends and we will keep on writing music and play together in our other bands and projects.

    "Hello. This will be short yet concise.
    The time has come for me to step down as a member of the brotherhood of Solution .45. There are things in my life that need to be taken care of - things that need my absolute focus. My family is the focal point in this decision and is always my main priority. No matter what. It pains me to leave my brothers in the band, but this needs to be done, with no bad blood between us whatsoever.
    I want to thank you, our fans, for all of your support throughout the years. It means the world to me and the band. Solution .45 has just started its journey and will go on creating incredible music. That's for sure.
    So, once again, thank you all - the band, the fans, the label - you're all awesome! This has been a blast!
    Sincerely, Patrik"


    The band would like to thank Patrik for his years in the band, his awesome contributions and work and wish him nothing but the best in the future! Then again, like stated above, Solution .45 will still write music and play together, regardless of the band, so this split only marks the end of one shared journey among many. With that said, they'd like to welcome Patrik's replacement - long-time friend and talented guitarist/songwriter/sound engineer Ronnie Björnström - to the ranks! Here's a few words from the man himself:

    "It's an honor to be a part of Solution .45. When Christian asked me if i wanted to join forces with them i didn't hesitate. I look forward to making music in the studio and playing the songs live. I've always been into extreme music, playing with AeoN before, so this will be a nice and inspiring challenge for me. Ronnie"

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    Century Media / Havok announce 4th studio album 'Conformicide'; North American headlining tour in February
    Posted by: Denis / 21.12.2016
    Thrash-Metal stalwarts HAVOK are thrilled to announce the details of their upcoming new studio album, titled Conformicide.

    The Denver based group will unleash their fourth full-length record on March 10th, 2017 via Century Media, along with touring in both North America and Europe next year to support the release.

    Conformicide is the follow up to the band's 2013 effort, Unnatural Selection. Discussing what fans can expect from the new record, David Sanchez (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) comments: "Conformicide is our most dynamic, heavy, thoughtful, musical, and sonically-crushing album so far. All four members feel that this is the best Havok album to date. There are a lot of "truth bombs" being dropped on this record and the music absolutely rips!"

    Building on Sanchez's comments, Reece Scruggs (lead guitar) adds: "This album swings for the fences in every way. Sonically stunning, technically proficient and lyrically pissed, we've never been represented at our best until this moment in time. We cannot wait for the world to react to Conformicide."

    In the shop for almost three years, Havok's Conformicide is undoubtedly their Master of Puppets or Rust in Peace moment. True, the Denver-based rippers have bled out guts, brains, and cash on previous albums Unnatural Selection (2013), Time is Up (2011), and Burn (2009), but none of them compare to the ear-destroying, mind-flaying Conformicide.

    "Conformicide is faster and way angrier than Unnatural Selection", says vocalist/guitarist/founding member David Sanchez. "On this album, the music is very layered and dynamic and the lyrics say a lot about the current state of the world."

    HAVOK will return to the road in 2017 with extensive touring planned in both North American and Europe. Expressing the band's level of enthusiasm to bring their fans an even heavier and more energized live show than ever before, Sanchez states, "We can't wait to perform some new music live and present a show that people won't forget! Expect to see Havok like you've never seen before. We're ready to destroy!"
      North American Headlining Tour w/Exmortus, Extinction A.D.
    • February 8th, 2017 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
    • February 9th, 2017 - Detroit, MI @ Small's
    • February 10th, 2017 - Toronto, ON @ Rockpile West
    • February 11th, 2017 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Anti
    • February 12th, 2017 - Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
    • February 13th, 2017 - Somerville, MA @ Once Ballroom
    • February 14th, 2017 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
    • February 15th, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
    • February 16th, 2017 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
    • February 17th, 2017 - Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena
    • February 19th, 2017 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
      European Headlining Tour w/Warbringer, Gorod, Exmortus
    • April 1st, 2017 - Edingburgh, UK @ Heavy Scotland Festival*
    • April 2nd, 2017 - Manchester, UK @ Rebellion
    • April 3rd, 2017 - Birmingham, UK @ Mama Roux's
    • April 4th, 2017 - London, UK @ Underworld
    • April 5th, 2017 - Hasselt, BEL @ Muziekodroom
    • April 6th, 2017 - Tilburg, NL @ 013
    • April 7th, 2017 - Hamburg, DE @ Logo
    • April 8th, 2017 - Aarhus, DNK @ Royal Metal Festival
    • April 9th, 2017 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Sticky Fingers
    • April 11th, 2017 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia
    • April 13th, 2017 - Stockholm, SWE @ Fryshuset Klubben
    • April 14th, 2017 - Copenhagen, DNK @ Pumpehuset
    • April 15th, 2017 - Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia
    • April 16th, 2017 - Markneukirchen, DE @ Framus & Warwick Concert Hall
    • April 17th, 2017 - München, DE @ Feierwerk
    • April 19th, 2017 - Vienna, AUT @ Arena
    • April 20th, 2017 - Ljubljana, SVN @ Orto Bar
    • April 21st, 2017 - Brescia, ITA @ Circolo Colony
    • April 22nd, 2017 - Pratteln, CHE @ Z7
    • April 23rd, 2017 - Saarbrücken, DE @ Garage
    • April 24th, 2017 - Nantes, FRA @ Ferrailleur
    • April 26th, 2017 - Madrid, ESP @ Caracol
    • April 27th, 2017 - Barcelona, ESP @ Salamandra 1
    • April 28th, 2017 - Puget, FRA @ Le Rats
    • April 29th, 2017 - Paris, FRA @ Petit Bain
    • April 30th, 2017 - Essen, DE @ Turock
      *(HAVOK Only)
    Nuclear Blast / RHAPSODY reveal live track for 'Dark Fate Of Atlantis'
    Posted by: Denis / 21.12.2016
    On Friday December 9th, Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY finally published their long expected new studio album Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live. Now there's a new treat for the fans: the new live-track of the song Dark Fate Of Atlantis!

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    SPV / EDENBRIDGE release new digital single and lyric video
    Posted by: Denis / 20.12.2016
    The Austrian symphonic Metal act Edenbridge release a new digital single and lyric video. The song Shiantara is taken from 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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    Scarlet Records / DEATHLESS LEGACY 'HEADLESS HORSEMAN' AUDIO VIDEO RELEASED
    Posted by: Denis / 20.12.2016
    Horror Metal band Deathless Legacy are going to release their new album Dance With Devils on January 27, 2017. The tracklist is as follows:
    1. Dance With Devils
    2. Join The Sabbath
    3. Heresy
    4. Witches' Brew
    5. Headless Horseman
    6. The Black Oak
    7. Lucifer
    8. Voivode
    9. Curse of the Waltz
    10. Devilborn
    11. Creatures Of The Night
    You can stream the song Headless Horseman here.

    Dance With Devils gives voice to the witches who over the centuries have been mistreated, humiliated, even burned. With its eleven tracks, the album collects the most horrific stories of black magic rituals, stories that are lost in the mists of time, a Sabbath of pure horror and black emotions, dealing with ignorance, superstition, religion.
    Pure Steel Records / KROSSFIRE video 'One More Time' released
    Posted by: Denis / 20.12.2016
    KROSSFIRE's One More Time official video taken from the album Shades Of Darkness was released.
      Video information:
    • Video Director: Georgi Avramov
    • Chief Cameraman: Ivan Uzunov
    • Cameraman: Lubo Lubenov
    • Dron Cameraman: Georgi Vasev
    • Magician: Vasko Vasilev
    • Lady in white: Pepi Dragoeva
      LINE-UP
    • Dimo Petkov – vocals
    • Georgi Kushev – guitars
    • Peter Boshnakov – keyboards
    • Georgi Driev – bass
    • Spas Markov – drums
    Peaceville Records / Katatonia
    Posted by: Denis / 20.12.2016
    2016 marks not only the Katatonia's 25th anniversary, but also 10 years since the release of their highly regarded Peaceville album The Great Cold Distance.

    Founding guitarist Anders Nystrom comments: "Looking back at our set lists from a historic perspective, it dawned on us that there's been no other album from which we've played more songs than The Great Cold Distance, so in the light of its 10th anniversary, it's with much pride and joy that we announce the ultimate edition featuring all the scattered bits and pieces related to this album."

    Limited double 180g red vinyl edition in gatefold including b-sides and bonus material. Double 180g black vinyl edition in gatefold including b-sides and bonus material. The Deluxe four disc 10th Anniversary version of Katatonia's 2006 classic The Great Cold Distance presented in a 40 page hardback book.

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    Hammerfall line-up change
    Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2016
    It's almost Christmas, but Hammerfall have got a bit of not-so-festive news: due to family commitments, David Wallin will not be able to do any gigs with the band next year and has decided to vacate his drum stool. It is very unfortunate, and Hammerfall wish him all the best with his future career and life. But the band has found a perfect replacement, and they're sure you will embrace him as quickly and warmly as you did David. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, here is the new drummer of HammerFall: Johan Koleberg, formerly of Therion and Randy Piper's Animal. Please welcome him with open arms, as he is a fantastic drummer and an all-around great guy. The band can't wait to get out on the road and show you what this line-up of HammerFall is capable of, they're very excited! So see you at the concerts, it will be a blast!

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    AFM Records / Firewind release official video clip 'Ode To Leonidas'
    Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2016
    Greek Melodic Power Metal masters FIREWIND, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are releasing their 8th studio album, Immortals, on January 20th, 2017 via AFM Records (North America) and Century Media Records (Europe).

    In order to give you a next preview teaser for the upcoming album, a bombastic video clip, which was produced by the iCODE Team (Kamelot, Devin Townsend Project, Moonsorrow, etc.), as well as a digital single for the album track Ode To Leonidas are being launched now.

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    Century Media / Queensrÿche release new music video for 'Bulletproof'
    Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2016
    Having just completed their year-long Condition Human world tour, Heavy Metal icons QUEENSRYCHE are proud to release a new music video for their song Bulletproof.

    Speaking about the story behind the track as well as the new video, vocalist Todd La Torre comments: "Bulletproof is a journey through a relationship gone bad, however painful the relationship is you still find a way to persevere. We elected to present the song in a live setting as a sharp contrast to the videos we've done for the Condition Human album to help bring this chapter to a close and start the next journey."

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    Massacre Records / BORN AGAIN album artwork
    Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2016
    French Metal quartet BORN AGAIN will release its debut album Strike With Power on February 24, 2017 via Massacre Records!

    The band now released the cover artwork, created by Stan W Decker, who already worked with bands like Tyketto, Serious Black or BORN AGAIN's label mates Victorius!

    Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson took care of the album's mix and mastering at Studio PE.

    You can watch the lyric video for Betrayal. Please note that the release date mentioned in the video is incorrect.
    Massacre Records / MYSTIC PROPHECY song stream
    Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2016
    The digipak re-release of MYSTIC PROPHECY's debut album Vengeance will hit the stores on January 13, 2017!

    You can now listen to the song River Of Hate in its entirety.

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    Metal Blade / King Diamond Confirms Return to Brazil in June 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2016
    The legendary Heavy Metal titan KING DIAMOND has been confirmed to headline Brazil’s Liberation Festival, to be held in Sao Paulo on June 25th, at the prestigious Espaco das Americas.

    This will be KING DIAMOND's first South American appearance in over twenty years, a highly anticipated event for entire generations of Heavy Metal enthusiasts, many of whom have never had the chance to experience his acclaimed monumental live performances.

    KING DIAMOND is set to perform his 1987 iconic classic album Abigail in its entirety.

    King Diamond: "I've been waiting for this opportunity for way too long. Finally we get back to Brazil and with our biggest production ever. We will feature the entire Abigail album plus a lot more! You might even hear some Mercyful Fate songs too.
    I CAN'T WAIT!"

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    Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT unveil third trailer for 'Restless & Live'
    Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2016
    On January 13th, Heavy Metal titans ACCEPT will deliver their new live package called Restless And Live. This set will not only include the entire show that ACCEPT played at Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2015 on Blu-ray/DVD, but also two live CDs with different recordings from their most recent European tour. Now ACCEPT release a new trailer and in this video, guitarmaster Wolf Hoffmann and producer Andy Sneap talk about choosing and editing content for the live recording and why this DVD/CD-package is both suited for die-hard fans and ACCEPT novices.

    "When you are playing a live show like at Bang Your Head!!!, you are concentrating solely on that show so you have a certain song selection - you know you have a festival crowd that you want to please, so you pick the tracks that work best for that event", Wolf explains. "But there are still all these other songs that we have and we thought that if we only do the festival package, they'd be left out. That's why we decided to go through all the recordings and do a separate package of audio tracks and this includes songs that we don't always play at festivals. That's why we have 27 other songs on the two CDs that are totally different to the DVD material."

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    Nuclear Blast / LANCER release third single, 'Future Millenia'
    Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2016
    On January 12th, Swedish metallers LANCER will hit the road with Heavy Metal legends HAMMERFALL and GLORYHAMMER, only one day before the release of their latest piece of Swedish steel in the form of their label debut, Mastery. Now the band unveils their brand new single and track video for Future Millenia.

    Guitar player Fredrik Kelemen commented on the song: "Future Millennia is a dystopic story about a futuristic post-apocalyptic world, where mankind has destroyed the planet completely, and no hope is left. The hopelessness really reflects in the mood of the music, and the melody in the soaring vocals."

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    Nuclear Blast / KREATOR release brand new single, 'Satan Is Real', music video available
    Posted by: Denis / 19.12.2016
    German Thrash titans KREATOR have released the second single off of their upcoming album, Gods Of Violence. Check out the brutal video for Satan Is Real.

    Commented band leader Mille Petrozza: "Hordes! Here is the second video of the demon trilogy we have come up with with the great people from Grupa13. Enjoy our new single Satan Is Real!"

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    METALMESSAGE / SLECHTVALK (epic extreme Metal) 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide'
    Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2016
    Dutch EPIC EXTREME METAL band SLECHTVALK started out as a one-man project in 1999 by founder Shamgar. The debut album Falconry was released in 2000 by FEAR DARK and received excellent reviews for its raw and symphonic Black Metal.

    A full band was formed (including Jesse Vuerbaert [ex-HEIDEVOLK] as Ohtar) and as such SLECHTVALK recorded and released its 2nd album The War That Plagues The Lands and a Split-CD with the Indonesian Avantgarde Metal act KEKAL in the year 2002. In 2003 SLECHTVALK began performing live, wearing medieval costumes and armour. Due to its unique live-appearance, the band recorded a live-show in 2004, which was released together with the 3rd album At The Dawn Of War in 2005. Between 2006 and 2008 the band underwent some line-up changes, although the group still did some small tours with bands such as MÅNEGARM, SKYFORGER, SUIDAKRA. In 2009 SLECHTVALK signed with WHIRLWIND RECORDS celebrating their 10th anniversary with the compilation album An Era Of Bloodshed. The band released their 4th album A Forlorn Throne in 2010, which was produced by Johan Örnborg (Studio Mega) and mixed & mastered by Jens Bogren (Fascination Street). This album featured guest-vocals by Erik Grawsjö (MÅNEGARM) on several tracks and artwork by Raymond Swanland (known for his work on Magic: The Gathering).

    Following the slow demise of WHIRLWIND RECORDS shortly after the release of A Forlorn Throne, the formation sent out submissions to various labels. Although they received some offers, the band decided it was better to record a new album first, because new work sparks the interests more than older work. After having launching a succesfull crowdfunding campaign in 2015, SLECHTVALK recorded their new album Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide with producer Lasse Lammert (known for his work on GLORYHAMMER, ALESTORM, SVARTSOT). The noble frontcover artwork was again done by Raymond Swanland.

    During the years, SLECHTVALK has shared the stage with many renowned bands in the scene such as: CARACH ANGREN, ELUVEITIE, ENDSTILLE, GLORYHAMMER, HEIDEVOLK, KAMPFAR, MÅNEGARM, SKYFORGER, SUIDAKRA, SWALLOW THE SUN, TYR, VARG, VREID and many more...
    • Release Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide, out: Dec. 20th 2016
    • Genre: Epic Extreme Metal
    • Label: Self-financed
    Danko Jones signs with AFM Records; announces new album Wild Cat and Spring 2017 Tour dates
    Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2016
    AFM Records is proud to announce the signing of Canadian Rock act DANKO JONES to a worldwide deal (except Canada). After having reached their highest chart positions to date in a handful of territories with their previous album Fire Music and having been awarded Gold & Platinum singles in Sweden, Danko return with their new masterpiece, Wild Cat, once again produced by Juno Award winning producer Eric Ratz. Wild Cat is due for release on March 3rd worldwide through eOne in Canada and AFM Records/Bad Taste Records in the rest of the world.

    With Fire Music (2015), the predecessor to Wild Cat, Danko reached their highest chart positions to date in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland and also charted in another handful of key territories. The first single Do You Wanna Rock peaked at #5 on the Active Rock radio charts in Canada, making it their highest charting single in Canada in their career. The song also received massive airplay around the globe. Danko Jones have never felt more vibrant or hungry than they are on Wild Cat. The 11-track album is a raw representation of the band's collective musical history and influences, and without a doubt their most solid album yet.

    Celebrating 20 years in the rock n'roll game in 2016, Danko Jones have an impressive resume to show for the past two decades. In addition to sold out headline tours across Canada and the European continent they have also toured the US, Brazil, Japan, Australia and South Africa and done extensive collaborations with a vast number of great artists. The Canadian trio has spent months on the road with Guns N Roses, Motörhead, Volbeat and opened up for The Rolling Stones, Ozzy. Danko was recently featured as a guest vocalist on the Volbeat track Black Rose, one of the most streamed songs on their latest album and he also joined Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) for a session with The Levee Walkers where he sang on two tracks.

    'The Wild Cat World Tour' starts off with two shows in Finland in February and a series of shows in Europe in March and April. A Canadian tour and more European dates will be announced shortly, with other territories to follow.

    Wild Cat album clip with new music.
      Tour Dates:
    • 10/2 Kuopio - Arena (FI)
    • 11/2 Joensuu - Arena (FI)
    • 15/3 London - Garage (UK)
    • 16/3 Luxemburg - Rockhal club (LUX)
    • 17/3 Frankfurt - Batschkapp (GER)
    • 18/3 Tilburg - 013 (NL)
    • 19/3 Amsterdam - Melkweg (NL)
    • 21/3 Köln - Live Music Hall (GER)
    • 22/3 Berlin - Huxleys (GER)
    • 23/3 Warsaw - Proxima (PL)
    • 24/3 Krakow - Kwadrat (PL)
    • 25/3 Dresden - Beatpol (GER)
    • 26/3 Munich - Backstage (GER)
    • 28/3 Winterthur - Salzhaus (CH)
    • 29/3 Solothurn - Kofmehl (CH)
    • 30/3 Paris - La Maroquinerie (FR)
    • 22/4 Sälen - Ski & Rock (SE)

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    Century Media / Sanctuary announce 'Inception' album details
    Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2016
    Century Media Records and legendary US Metal act SANCTUARY have set February 24th, 2017 as the release date of Inception, the official prequel to 1988's classic debut Refuge Denied. Inception contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and which were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed).

    Guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments: "I found the masters in my barn. The second floor of the barn is on top of our current recording studio and is very rough and open to the elements. The ground level is where we recorded the bulk of The Year The Sun Died. We found the masters in an unknown box in the barn, full of water and just wasting away."

    Zeuss explains further how the Inception album was realized: "I got a call one day and Lenny said that he had discovered these tapes and had them transferred to digital. I was in the area and stopped over to check it out. The recordings were still in decent shape. We agreed that we wanted it to sound as good as possible without taking away from the original vibe and vision of what the band had back then. After a year of mixing on and off we were able to resurrect these original demos. I hope everyone enjoys these recordings as much as I did working on them especially being a huge fan myself."

    Recorded in March of 1986 (Soldiers Of Steel, Battle Angels) at Triad Studios in Redmond, Washington and Studio One in White Center between April and July 1986, Inception offers such previously unreleased highlights as Dream of The Incubus and I Am Insane as well as several classic Refuge Denied songs that are burning with fervour and intensity.

    Apart from being expanded by art courtesy of Ed Repka, Inception is filled to the brim with tons of rare photos, flyers, early art designs, sketches plus detailed liner notes allowing you to delve deep into SANCTUARY's history.

    Inception will be released as Gatefold LP on 180 gram black and limited colored vinyl, includes an extensive LP-size booklet, poster, and the album on CD as additional extra. Apart from that it will be available as Special Edition CD Digipak and digital album.

    Lenny concludes: "For me personally, I just wanted fans to be able to hear proper versions of the demos. They had a certain energy that was captured during the early days, maybe even more so than Refuge Denied. It's no secret that you can find these on the internet but the quality is horrible. I think most people are under the impression that these are remastered or re-recorded versions of Refuge..., but this is all a prequel!"

    With several European festivals already booked for next year, a new album in the works, Inception being released, 2017 shall be the year when past and future of SANCTUARY unite. Look forward to the next assault of the soldiers of steel!

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    earMUSIC / DEEP PURPLE TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'inFinite'; LYRIC VIDEO FOR FIRST SONG 'TIME FOR BEDLAM' LAUNCHED
    Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2016
    Deep Purple reveal title, release date and first song from their new album inFinite, the highly anticipated follow up to their most recent worldwide chart topping album NOW What?!.

    inFinite will be released on April 7th by earMUSIC. Time For Bedlam, an up-tempo classic Deep Purple song, has just been made available via a lyric video.

    A limited edition EP for Time For Bedlam, with non-album songs and unreleased recordings will hit the shops on February 3rd.

    A documentary movie, witnessing the songwriting process and the recording of the album with producer Bob Ezrin, has been produced, allowing for the first time for the fans to be part of the private band member interactions in the studio. The movie will be included in some editions of the album and it will be presented before release in various fan events worldwide.

    Deep Purple have recently announced their 'Long Goodbye Tour', which will bring the legendary live show once again all over the world.

    Deep Purple have not yet answered, in fact, the many questions received by fans from all over the world who are speculating about the meaning of the title inFinite and Long Goodbye.

    Singer Ian Gillan has in fact declared: "If you take it literally you may, quite reasonably, think the 'Finite' part of the word describes the life of Deep Purple, with a clear beginning and a nebulous end; but what of the 'in' bit? The word infinite is a three-dimensional double edged sword. It describes something that goes on forever in all directions; not unlike its temporal equivalent 'Eternal', what's that all about?
    Stephen Hawking declared (in 'A brief History of Time') that, before the Big Bang there was nothing. That would put the kybosh on the idea of our universe being Infinite, as he provides a starting point, which is not acceptable to the concept. So, Hawking's universe in 'Finite'; by definition; whether he agrees or not.
    Ironically, he is quite wrong (scientists always are eventually), therefore the Universe is infinite, which means it will never end, and also means that it never started, and the corollary to that of course is that we don't exist.
    There is a metaphysical solution to all this, but it will have to wait until the tour is over because (thanks heavens) there are only 24 hours in a day (for the time being) or 10 hours in a metric day.
    More on that later..."

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    InsideOut Music / Fates Warning new video clip for 'SOS' launched; more tourdates
    Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2016
    While touring activities in support of the latest and much praised album Theories Of flight by U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING is drawing nearer, a new official video clip is launched in order to continue the release's promotional campaign. Check out the clip for SOS, which was directed by David Brodsky for MyGoodEye.

    FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder commented as follows: "We are very happy to announce the latest video for the song SOS from our new album Theories Of Flight! The video was recorded at Carriage House Studios in Stamford Connecticut, where we have recorded a number of albums over the years. It was great to be back there again! So many memories... We hope you enjoy the video, and we look forward to seeing you on tour soon!"

    FATES WARNING will embark on a first European tour for Theories Of Flight in January/February 2017, but have also been confirmed to appear at two of Germany's most prestigious open air festival events next year: Wacken Open Air and Rock Hard Festival.
      FATES WARNING - 'Theories Of Flight' Tour 2017 + Armored Dawn:
    • 24.01.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo
    • 25.01.2017 Cologne (Germany) - Underground
    • 27.01.2017 Essen (Germany) - Turock
    • 28.01.2017 Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
    • 29.01.2017 Haarlem (The Netherlands) - Patronaat
    • 30.01.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colossaal
    • 01.02.2017 Brno (Czech Republic) - Metro Music Bar
    • 02.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
    • 03.02.2017 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Majestic Music Club
    • 04.02.2017 Munich (Germany) - Strom
    • 05.02.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) - Universum
    • 07.02.2017 Nuernberg (Germany) - Hirsch
    • 08.02.2017 Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
    • 09.02.2017 Brescia (Italy) - Circolo Colony
    • 10.02.2017 Bologna (Italy) - Zona Roveri
    • 12.02.2017 Athens (Greece) - Gagarin205
      FATES WARNING - Live at festivals 2017:
    • 02.-04.06.2017 Gelsenkirchen (Germany) - Rock Hard Festival
    • 03.-05.08.2017 Wacken (Germany) - Wacken Open Air

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    Nuclear Blast / BATTLE BEAST reveal 'King For A Day' music video
    Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2016
    Finnish Heavy metallers, BATTLE BEAST, announced the release of their 4th studio album, Bringer Of Pain (February 17th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records), a few weeks ago. After revealing their European tour with MAJESTY as well as a US tour supporting SABATON with LEAVES' EYES, it's about time for the band to unleash the first track off the album. Watch the music video for King For A Day, directed by Markus Nieminen (Oy Routafilmi AB).

    Vocalist Noora Louhimo commented on the song: "I think King For A Day represents the new BATTLE BEAST in the best way - more dramatic orchestration, catchy melodies and riffs, more party Metal and, most of all, entertaining. You can check it out for yourself on the 'Bringer Of Pain' tour. Welcome to the biggest Metal party of BATTLE BEAST!"

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    Scarlet Records / ATLAS PAIN NEW ALBUM 'WHAT THE OAK LEFT' DETAILS REVEALED
    Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2016
    Epic/Folk Metal band Atlas Pain have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their debut album What The Oak Left. Combining elements of extreme, Pagan/Folk and symphonic Metal with a cinematic approach, the band is able to handle a multitude of musical genres yet maintaining a very personal touch that makes them stand out in today's crowded Music scene. What The Oak Left has been recorded at Media Factory studio with Fabrizio Romani (Skylark) and mastered by Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Children Of Bodom) at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The beautiful artwork was made by Jan Örkki Yrlund of Darkgrove (Korpiklaani, Manowar).
      The tracklist is as follows:
    1. The Time And The Muse
    2. To The Moon
    3. Bloodstained Sun
    4. Till The Dawn Comes
    5. The Storm
    6. Ironforged
    7. The Counter Dance
    8. Annwn's Gate
    9. From The Lighthouse
    10. White Overcast Line
      • I. Above The Stars...
      • II. From The Origin
      • III. A Lifetime Ride
      • IV. The Primal Dream
      • V. Our Golden Days
      • VI. ...Below The Clouds
      What The Oak Left will be released on March 10, 2017.
    Scarlet Records / FAITHSEDGE 'JENNIFER' VIDEO AVAILABLE
    Posted by: Denis / 16.12.2016
    Faithsedge have released the video for the song Jennifer, taken from the band's new album Restoration.

    Fronted by mastermind singer / songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, the band returns with a stellar line-up featuring Stryper bass player Tim Gaines, Ace Frehley / Mr. Big drummer Matt Starr and former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso. Both keys and production have been handled by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Revolution Saints).

    This is how Giancarlo Floridia commented: "I'm happy with Restoration being our most well received album and I'm glad it still keeps pushing forward months after it's release. Jennifer is an important song to me and I'm glad that it's getting to see the light of day as another single/video for the album. I hope you all enjoy it too!"

    Faithsedge will also be joining the Blastzone Entertainment roster for a special vinyl record pressing of Restoration to be released next year.
    METALMESSAGE / SANDNESS (Hard Rock) new album 'Higher & Higher'
    Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2016
    SANDNESS is the striking result of a project which started out in 2008, when two teenage friends, Mark Denkley and Metyou ToMeatyou (bass and drums respectively) decided to form a HARD ROCK band, in order to bring the '80s back to life with original tracks.

    The band's line-up went through some changes across the years, and the only one who seemed to have the same ambitions of the founding members was Robby Luckets, who joined the band in 2009 and is now SANDNESS' lead and rhythmic guitar player.

    During the last few years the band has achieved a good success both in Italy and abroad, and they had the chance to play as support band for renowned musicians such as Adam Bomb (2010), L.A. Guns (2011) and Tygers Of Pan Tang in 2015.

    SANDNESS released their first demo Return To Decadence in 2010, but it's with the second one, Life Without Control (2011), that they started their rise to success all over the world thanks to the digital media. In 2011 SANDNESS went on a short tour in the Latvian capital Riga and in 2012 the rockin' boys played the renowned 'Glam Fest' in Marseilles, France.

    In the past few years they also went on several European tours (2013, 2014 and 2015) and gained fans from all over the Continent. Their first official album Like An Addiction, was released worldwide on 5th April 2013 by Sleaszy Rider Records, with which their record contract has been renewed in 2016.

    SANDNESS' second album is entitled Higher & Higher (date of release: 16th December 2016).
    Nuclear Blast / RHAPSODY the 20th Anniversary Reunion - first Latin American dates announced
    Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2016
    Re-united symphonic Power Metal band RHAPSODY will tour Latin America this spring as part of its '20th Anniversary Farewell Tour'. Fabio Lione, Luca Turilli, Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers, Alex Holzwarth will perform their album Symphony Of Enchanted Lands in full, as well as other classics of the band and some songs rarely played on stage.

    Luca Turilli can not hide his enthusiasm for the upcoming reunion tour: "The one of next year will be surely the most important Latin American tour of my life. I have the shivers while thinking that for a last time Fabio, I and my other friends, will play some old glorious classics like Emerald Sword on stage together. Be all part of such new epic ride to the valleys of the enchanted lands and prepare yourselves to live an emotional event like no others!"

    Fabio Lione adds: "The future shows in Latin America will remain carved in our hearts and soul forever. RHAPSODY's magic will fill the air in a special way when the first notes of Epicus Furor will start echoeing between the walls of every hall and the words of Christopher Lee will announce our last stage entrance together. Be ready to share such magic with all of us. We wait for you!"
      RHAPSODY's 20th Anniversary Latin American Tour
    • 30/04/ MX Mexico City, Circo Volador
    • 05/05/ CL Santiago, Teatro Caupolican
    • 07/05/ BR Sao Paulo, Tom Brasil
    • 10/05/ BR Porto Alegre, Opinião Bar
    • 13/05/ BR Belo Horizonte, Music Hall
    • 14/05/ AR Buenos Aires, El Teatro Flores

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    Nuclear Blast / SEPULTURA eighth studio trailer launched
    Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2016
    Brazilian Heavy Metal icons, SEPULTURA, will unleash their upcoming studio album, Machine Messiah, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. Now, the eighth studio episode which gives an insight in the recording process has been launched.

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    Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL release third trailer for 'The Grinding Wheel'
    Posted by: Denis / 15.12.2016
    Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have recently announced their upcoming eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, which will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Last week, band revealed their second video trailer in which they talked about the lyrics of the brand new songs. Now they publish the follow-up! In this third trailer, the band discuss the musical direction of the new album.

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    AFM Records / Bloodbound to release 'War Of Dragons' album in February; tour announced
    Posted by: Denis / 14.12.2016
    Swedish Power Metal masters BLOODBOUND have announced the arrival of their new studio album, titled War Of Dragons for February 24th. War Of Dragons follows the Live DVD/CD One Night Of Blood which was released in February (2016).

    During the past few years, BLOODBOUND have established themselves as one of the finest Metal acts from their traditionally strong home country - having toured Europe with the likes of Sabaton and U.D.O.. All this experience now shows in War Of Dragons, likely the band's most anthemic, bombastic and fast-paced album ever. War Of Dragons will be available as CD, 2-CD Digipak, ltd. Vinyl & ltd. Box Set.

    And BLOODBOUND fulfill another big wish of their fans: the band's first headlining tour is announced! Traditional Heavy Metal band (and AFM label mates) Crystal Viper as well as Thobbe Englund (ex-Sabaton) will complete the package.

    "In the past we have toured a lot as a support act to bands like Sabaton, Hammerfall and U.D.O.. We felt that the time was right to do our own tour now so we can give the fans a full concert, not just a short support set", BLOODBOUND's Fredrik Bergh says. "We wanted to have a great package of bands, so we invited our awesome label mates Crystal Viper to join us as co-headliners and as a very special guest we will bring our friend Thobbe Englund (ex-Sabaton) and his brand new killer band! Thobbe will also join us as 2nd guitarist on this tour since Henrik Olsson is unable to perform."
      BLOODBOUND & CRYSTAL VIPER + Thobbe Englund 'Dragons And Witches' Tour
    • 30.03.17 AT Wien - Das Bach
    • 31.03.17 CZ Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe
    • 01.04.17 DE Leipzig - Hellraiser
    • 02.04.17 HU Budapest - Barba Negra
    • 03.04.17 DE München - Backstage
    • 04.04.17 FR Paris - Glazart
    • 05.04.17 DE Weinheim - Cafe Central
    • 06.04.17 FR Essen - Turock
    • 07.04.17 CH Pratteln - Z7
    • 08.04.17 BE Vosselaar - Biebob
    • 09.04.17 DE Hamburg - Markthalle

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    Century Media / Horisont release new single 'The Hive' from new album 'About Time'
    Posted by: Denis / 14.12.2016
    Swedish hard-rockers HORISONT have just released another single off their upcoming album About Time.

    About Time will be released on February 3rd, 2017 via Century Media Records and will be available as a Special Edition Digipak (EU only), Jewel Case CD (US only), Gatefold LP, and as a digital album.
    Frontiers Music / Asia: Symfonia - Live In Bulgaria 2013
    Posted by: Denis / 14.12.2016
    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of ASIA's new live album Symfonia – Live In Bulgaria 2013 on February 24th, 2017.

    Available on 2CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3 (audio only), the album was recorded during a special show on September 21st, 2013 during the Sounds of the Ages Festival at the magnificent Second Century Roman Theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. On some of the songs during the band's set, Original Asia was joined by The Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Levon Manukian.

    The show was then aired on Bulgarian National TV the following December 30th, 2013 and it is now presented in its entirety to the fans as a powerful witness of the line-up featuring original members John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes along with Sam Coulson on guitar.

    Says John Wetton: "The show in the glorious Roman Theater of Plovdiv, with orchestra, along with the massive Sweden Rock Festival and the shows in the UK and the show European tour thereafter, were the first dates of the new chapter of ASIA and in my opinion, the band has never sounded better."

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    Napalm Records / WARBRINGER unveil first album details
    Posted by: Denis / 14.12.2016
    WARBRINGER has continued to evolve throughout its four albums into the one of the most aurally devastating bands in the scene. On March 31st they deliver their monumental 5th record entitled Woe to the Vanquished and make a triumphant step forward on this record. It's an absolute must for ANYONE who's into Metal today.

    WARBRINGER singer John Kevill describes the new album musically: "For the music on this record we re-focused ourselves after a lot of the experiments on Empires Collapse, and decided we wanted to make a record that is start-to-finish more merciless, ruthless, and cruel, but also maintains some of the more melodic and progressive sense. What we ended up with is a record that has a lot of traits of classic Thrash but also a lot of extreme Metal, and a rather unique version of that blend. It's overall faster and meaner than anything else we've put out, but also has our biggest and most ambitious song, the 11-minute When the Guns Fell Silent to close the record."

    Woe to the Vanquished has been carefully crafted over period of time, and the album was produced and mixed by Mike Plottnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera) with cover art by the esteemed Andreas Marschall (Sodom, Blind Guardian, Obituary).

    Kevill explains the stunning album artwork, "It is directly based on a photograph from the end of the First World War a grim monument, a pyramid of 12,000 German spiked helmets, right in the middle of New York City. What struck me about the image is firstly how morbid it seems to be celebrating 12,000 dead men and calling it victory."

    Kevill, who is studying to be a history professor, comments on the title, Woe to the Vanquished and the story behind it: "The title Woe to the Vanquished comes from early Roman history, before they were the huge empire they became. In 390 BC, a host of Gauls led by a warlord called Brennus attacked Rome, and captured all the city except the Capitoline Hill. From this hill the defeated Romans made a bargain, they would pay 1,000 pounds of gold for the Gallic army to leave the city with no further bloodshed. The Romans bring the gold before Brennus, who uses his own scales to measure it. On the Gaul's scales, the Roman's thousand pounds of gold measured to be less, which led the Romans to complain that the scale was rigged (it probably was). Responding to this, Brennus speaks 'Vae Victis' (Woe to the Vanquished) and throws his sword on the counterweight. Because the Romans lost, they have to pay the rigged sum of gold as well as the weight of the sword, to add insult to injury. The irony here is that vowing this type of humiliation would never happen again, Rome went on to become an ancient war machine conquering and subjugating most of the old world. On the record Woe to the Vanquished is spoken in an ironic, mocking tone - the defeated are trampled and time marches on, uncaring, and forgets they ever existed."

    "One of the great things about Heavy Metal as a genre is you can express tougher subject material than 'I met a (boy/girl) and it was (happy/sad)'. I looked for the most monolithic evil I could find to write about with this destructive, intense music... and I did not have to look any further than reality. Forget Satan, that's a children's story. Real evil is in the hearts of men."

    The band has released a special extended making-of the album video.

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    MAJESTY lyric video of 'Die Like Kings' released; European tour with BATTLE BEAST announced
    Posted by: Denis / 14.12.2016
    More intense, more powerful and more epic – MAJESTY have reached the next stage of evolution and sound the horn of their new album Rebels to conquer the Heavy Metal throne. Recorded in the band's own studio and refined by the mixing and mastering of Frederik Nordström in the Studio Fredman, Rebels is the fundament for Majesty 2.0.

    Now the band just released the lyric video of first digital single Die Like Kings.

    To present these new songs on stage, the band will embark on a 5+ week European tour with the Finnish heavy Metallers BATTLE BEAST.

    MAJESTY vocalist Tarek states: "We're proud to be able to join our friends in BATTLE BEAST as special guest on their 'Bringer Of Pain' European tour. We will play a 60-minute set to fittingly celebrate our new album Rebels. This tour also gives us a chance to play in countries we never visited before. We're Heavy Metal rebels and born to be on the road. I hope to see you all in March and April 2017 to revel in ultimate Heavy Metal parties across the entire tour!"
    br /> BATTLE BEAST bass player Eero Sipilä commented: "MAJESTY are old touring mates of ours, so it's great having them on board to bring in some well needed German sex appeal. Bring Metal to the stadiums!"

    Starting from 7er Club in Mannheim, Germany on March 2nd, the tour will come to an end at Sputnikhalle in Münster, Germany on April 9th. This powerful package is not to be missed.
      BATTLE BEAST w/ MAJESTY + special guests
    • 02.03. D Mannheim - 7er Club
    • 03.03. D Essen - Turock
    • 04.03. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
    • 06.03. A Vienna - Chelsea
    • 08.03. I Brescia - Circolo Colony
    • 09.03. F Puget-Sur-Argent - Le Rat's
    • 10.03. E Barcelona - Bikini
    • 11.03. E Madrid - Penelope
    • 12.03. P Lisbon - RCA Club
    • 13.03. P Porto - Hard Club
    • 14.03. E Pamplona - Totem
    • 16.03. F Nantes - Ferrailleur
    • 17.03. F Strasbourg - La Laiterie
    • 18.03. D Marsberg - Metal Diver Festival (Schützenhalle)
    • 19.03. B Vosselaar - Biebob
    • 20.03. NL Tilburg - Little Devil
    • 22.03. UK Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
    • 23.03. UK Manchester - Ruby Lounge
    • 24.03. UK London - Underworld
    • 25.03. F Paris - Petit Bain
    • 26.03. D Saarbrücken - Garage
    • 27.03. D Berlin - Bi Nuu
    • 28.03. D Hamburg - Logo
    • 29.03. D Würzburg - Posthalle
    • 30.03. D Siegburg - Kubana
    • 31.03. D Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
    • 01.04. CH Wetzikon - Hall Of Fame
    • 02.04. D Regensburg (Obertraubling) - Eventhall Airport
    • 05.04. H Budapest - Barba Negra
    • 06.04. SK Bratislava - Randal Club
    • 07.04. D Lindau - Vaudeville
    • 08.04. D Munich - Backstage
    • 09.04. D Münster - Sputnikhalle

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    SPV / THE CONTORTIONIST ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH PERIPHERY
    Posted by: Denis / 13.12.2016
    The US-proggers THE CONTORTIONIST come back to Europe for the EUROPEAN UNREST TOUR with Destrage and the grammy-award-nominees Periphery!
      TOURDATES:
    • 02.05.17 DE – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
    • 03.05.17 CH – Lausanne, Les Docks
    • 05.05.17 IT – Milan, Santeria Club
    • 06.05.17 IT – Bologna, Zona Roveri
    • 07.05.17 AT – Vienna, Szene
    • 08.05.17 DE – Berlin, Lido
    • 09.05.17 DK – Kopenhagen, Pumpehuset
    • 11.05.17 FI – Helsinki, Tavastia
    • 13.05.17 SE – Stockholm, Klubben
    • 14.05.17 NO – Oslo, Vulcan Arena
    • 16.05.17 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
    • 17.05.17 DE – Cologne, Essigfabrik
    • 18.05.17 BE – Antwerp, Trix Club
    • 19.05.17 UK – Manchester, O2 Ritz
    • 20.05.17 UK – London, O2 Forum
    • 21.05.17 FR – Paris, Le Trabendo
    • 23.05.17 FR – Nantes, Le Ferrailleur
    • 24.05.17 FR – Toulouse, Connexion
    • 25.05.17 FR – Lyon, CCO
    • 26.05.17 LU – Esch-sur-Alzette, Rockhal
    • 27.05.17 NL – Nijmegen, Doornroosje
    Besides, a new album of THE CONTORTIONIST will be released in 2017 via Long Branch Records (Europe) and eOne Heavy!
    Scarlet Records / CELLADOR NEW SIGNING AND NEW ALBUM ‘OFF THE GRID!'
    Posted by: Denis / 13.12.2016
    Rip out the cables, tear out the cords, destroy your laptops, and smash your smartphones. Cellador returns with a vengeance, exploding onto the world circuits with its massively anticipated album Off The Grid!.
    br /> 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. An allegory to the band's free spirited nature, Off The Grid musically conceptualizes a self-empowered approach to living, including tearing yourself free from the hive-mindedness of an increasingly collective thinking technological society, and paying tribute to the often neglected original personality and identity we retain within ourselves.

    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.

    Tracing its roots back to the early 2000's, Cellador has continuously persisted as a near antithesis to the ever fickle American Metal scene. With their brand of high speed power metal, soaring vocals, catchy songwriting and intense live show, the band continues to buckle the changing trends and stick out like a sore thumb. Upon the release of its critically acclaimed debut album Enter Deception, critics quickly hailed the band as the new 'Kings of American Power Metal' with universally positive reviews across hundreds of news outlets, and seeing the band tour all over North America and Japan. Quickly the band transcended beyond normal barriers of the Power Metal genre and enjoys a near cult-like status to this day. The band's unique ability to draw fans of all types far has led to many touring opportunities, including sharing the stage with the likes of Trivium, Helloween, Sonata Arctica, Queensryche, Gamma Ray, Bullet For My Valentine, Behemoth, Hatchet, Havok, Vale of Pnath, Protest The Hero, Moonspell, Amaranthe, and many others.

    Return to present day where after several years of hype and enthusiasm, the next opus is ready to be unleashed worldwide. Signing with Scarlet Records in 2016, Cellador again takes the Metal spotlight with its latest release.

    Buckle up and hold tight, this bullet train of an album has no brakes!

    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. The album will see the light of the day on March 10, 2017.

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    Punishment 18 Records / Chronosphere 'Red N’ Roll' cover artwork unveiled
    Posted by: Denis / 13.12.2016
    Next year, Greek thrashers Chronosphere will release Red N' Roll, their new third album by Punishment 18 Records. The cover artwork was realized by Jesse Schaller (known for Skeletonwitch artworks). The album was recorded and mixed by Kostas Spades and Spyros Lafias and co-mixed and mastered by Ivy DMC.
    Nuclear Blast / CHILDREN OF BODOM announce '20 Years Down And Dirty' anniversary tour
    Posted by: Denis / 13.12.2016
    CHILDREN OF BODOM's prodigious debut album Something Wild was released 20 years ago and thus the mighty Hatecrew were born. Finland's Melodic Death superstars will take to the road in 2017 to celebrate 20 years of life in the form of a mind blowing classic set-list. For an entire month, CHILDREN OF BODOM will bring their reaper sound over to the UK and Central Europe, so make sure to catch the guys on one of these dates:
    • 08.03. D Hanover - Capitol
    • 09.03. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
    • 10.03. LUX Luxembourg - Den Atelier
    • 11.03. UK Manchester - Academy 2
    • 12.03. UK London - o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
    • 14.03. F Caen - Le Cargo
    • 15.03. F Vannes - L'Echonova
    • 16.03. F Angouleme - La Nef
    • 17.03. F Magny Le Hongre - Disney Le File 7
    • 18.03. F Oignie - Le Metaphone
    • 20.03. CH Zurich - Komplex
    • 21.03. D Munich - Theaterfabrik
    • 22.03. I Milan - Live Club
    • 23.03. HR Zagreb - Tvornica
    • 25.03. A Vienna - Arena
    • 26.03. D Dresden - Strasse E
    • 27.03. D Berlin - Astra
    • 30.03. S Gothenburg - Pustervik
    • 01.04. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
    • 02.04. S Malmo - KB
    • 03.04. N Oslo - Rockefeller
    • 04.04. S Stockholm - Debaser Strand

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    Napalm Records / GRAVE DIGGER release brand new lyric video 'Call For War'
    Posted by: Denis / 13.12.2016
    36 years of still being one of the most influential bands in Heavy Metal, Germany's Metal pioneers GRAVE DIGGER are back with a brand new album! Healed By Metal, coming January 13rd 2017 on Napalm Records, will heal our metal souls with stomping anthems and epic riffs: GRAVE DIGGER stay true to their no-frills traditional brand of Metal on album number eighteen, letting the heavy thunder rain!

    Now the band around the reaper unleashed a brand new lyric video for the track Call For War, get healed by Metal and watch the new video!

    The band on the brand new track: "CALL FOR WAR... a banger in best Grave Digger tradition, simple and energetic – if it catches you once, it won't let go of you anymore. Don't try to run and hide... the refrain will haunt you everywhere... there's no escaping. CALL FOR WAR... a statement against war and oppression!!!"

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    GlobMetal Promotions / Radtskaffen just entered the studio for a new album
    Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2016
    Danish Groove/Thrash Metal band Radtskaffen entered the studio to start the work on their debut full length album. The album will contain all their old material with new songs. It will be produced, mixed and mastered by Ben Radtleff at Radtskaffen Studios.

    The band was formed at Jaegerspris in 2014. Radtskaffen current line up is Ben Radtleff (Guitars, Vocals), Bjørn Hjortgaard (Bass) and Christian Maj Albrektsen (Drums).
    AFM Records / Crystal Viper new video clip 'Queen Of The Witches' released
    Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2016
    Polish Heavy Metallers CRYSTAL VIPER released a brand new video clip to the first single off the new album, entitled The Witch Is Back.

    The video clip has been produced by the Grupa13 production house, which most recently also did the KREATOR, BEHEMOTH, AMON AMARTH videos. The Witch Is Back single is available as an online stream on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services, and except that the digital download is available on iTunes and Amazon. Fans that will decide to preorder the digital version of the forthcoming new album, will be able to immediately download The Witch Is Back single for free.

    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, MYTHRA, SACRED STEEL), and engineered and mixed by Mariusz Pietka (JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, LONEWOLF, MORTICIAN). The album's cover artwork has been created by the legendary German artist, Andreas Marschall (RUNNING WILD, BLIND GUARDIAN, OBITUARY).

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    AFM Records / Sinner news
    Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2016
    Sinner return with new album in 2017 and first tour dates confirmed!
      TEQUILA SUICIDE Tour 2017 + special guest
    • 12.05.2017 (CH) WETZIKON / Hall Of Fame
    • 13.05.2017 (DE) MEMMINGEN / Kaminwerk
    • 14.05.2017 (DE) ESSEN / Turock
    • 16.05.2017 (DE) NÜRNBERG / Hirsch
    • 17.05.2017 (DE) ASCHAFFENBURG / Colos-Saal
    • 18.05.2017 (DE) MANNHEIM / 7er Live Club
    • 19.05.2017 (DE) MARKNEUKIRCHEN / Framus & Warwick Music Hall
    • 20.05.2017 (DE) HAMBURG / Knust

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    Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT release live video of 'Pandemic' from their new DVD
    Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2016
    On January 13th, Heavy Metal titans ACCEPT will deliver their new live package called Restless And Live. This set will not only include the entire show that ACCEPT played at Bang Your Head!!! Festival 2015 on Blu-ray/DVD, but also two live CDs with different recordings from their most recent European tour.

    As new appetizer for this metalstorm, the band now presents the video of their track Pandemic in its entire length.

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    Nuclear Blast / NIGHTWISH release third trailer for 'Vehicle Of Spirit'
    Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2016
    Only one week to go until the Vehicle Of Spirit is ready to be set free. After touring for a year and a half throughout every corner of the world, NIGHTWISH's time has come to immortalize the Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour 2015 - 2016 on DVD. Enjoy this monumental trip through the discography of the symphonic Metal visionaries on December 16th and witness two full shows from London and Tampere and plenty of bonus material in many different formats.

    Now NIGHTWISH reveals the third trailer for Vehicle Of Spirit.

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    Nuclear Blast / KREATOR release first 'Gods Of Violence' video trailer
    Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2016
    German Thrash titans KREATOR have released the first video trailer for their upcoming album, Gods Of Violence. Watch KREATOR mainman Mille Petrozza talks about the album's title, it's creation and the band's musical evolution since the 2012's Phantom Antichrist.

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    Nuclear Blast / SEPULTURA release lyric video of 'I Am The Enemy'
    Posted by: Denis / 12.12.2016
    Brazilian Heavy Metal icons, SEPULTURA, will unleash their upcoming studio album, Machine Messiah, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. Now the band have released the lyric video of first digital single, I Am The Enemy.

    Andreas Kisser states:
    "The song I Am The Enemy was one of the last songs we worked on before going to Sweden to record the album, it's really simple and straight forward with a strong influence of the hardcore scene of the 90's.
    The lyrics talk about ourselves as human beings, with concepts and pre-concepts implanted in our heads through education, religion, the environment and all of our own experiences. We are the problem and the solution, do not blame anything or anyone else but yourself, you are your own enemy. Face yourself, rethink your life and then you'll have a chance to make a better world for yourself.
    We are playing the song live already and the reaction is being amazing, now you all have the chance to listen to the album version, play it loud!"

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    METALMESSAGE / NORTHERN LINES (Instrumental Progressive Fusion Rock) 2nd album 'The Fearmonger'
    Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2016
    NORTHERN LINES come together as a band at the end of 2012, starting their activity in 2013. The multiple outstanding Italian formation performs a special as interesting, refreshing and listenable kind of INSTRUMENTAL PROGRESSIVE FUSION ROCK.

    The band consists of Cristiano Schirò on drums, Alberto Lo Bascio on guitar and Stefano Silvestri on bass. The three sophisticated musicians decide to give life to the project because of their necessity to have a free musical space. Free from trending patterns, son of modern times but with roots solidly anchored in the 70s, real cultural heaven from which the three of them feel at home.

    Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, but also The Aristocrats and Rush, this is their field of study and listening. To this initial piece of the puzzle, they add a sense of humor and self-irony, playing around inside of their music, alternating revisited classic patterns (maybe in odd time signatures), with changes of tempo and style.

    All of this is delivered through a sincere Hard Rock approach, without the need of too much sonic-artifacts. It's not the kind of Prog music to be connected with the concept of Suite, but rather that of synthesis.

    Guitarist Alberto Lo Bascio and drummer Cristiano Schirò came to know each other, and shortly after started collaborating, in 2008, recording three singles together. The musical collaboration between bassist Stefano Silvestri and drummer Cristiano began in 2010, when they started playing together in a classic Rock project, recording an EP.

    In May/June of 2016, NORTHERN LINES began recording their second studio album at Music-Up Recording Studio, in Rome. It's a different approach from their first work Farts from SETI Code, rich of comical randomness and imbued with a 'playfully' mood.

    Their second longplay-release finds its identity in the form of a concept album. Death is the leading theme, a death seen through the eyes of fear, a paralyzing emotion, but of surprising effect nonetheless.

    The Fearmonger (date of release: January 2017) sees the addition of piano, synth and hammond sections, which make up the pivotal points of the creative variation from NORTHERN LINES.
    Spinefarm Records / AMARANTHE TO TOUR THE U.S. in 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2016
    Amaranthe are finally bringing Maximalism to North America. The band has just announced a U.S. headline tour for 2017, with support from Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16, Smash Into Pieces. The tour is the band's first in support of its latest glorious opus, Maximalism, which came out in October via Spinefarm Records and featured the unforgettable, fist-pumping anthem That Song.

    Of the upcoming U.S. trek, guitarist Olof Mörck said, "It is with great excitement that we can now confirm the next leg of our MAXIMALISM World Tour: North America! A year has passed since our last visit and we have been looking forward greatly to return!"

    He continued, "Joining us on this trek will be very special guests Failure Anthem, along with special guests Citizen Zero, Cypher 16 and Smash Into Pieces for a full evening's worth of cutting edge metal from both sides of the Atlantic! Prepare yourself as the juggernaut known as the MAXIMALISM World Tour prepares to lay siege to YOUR city in early 2017. All shall march to the sound of MAXIMALISM!"
      AMARANTHE WINTER 2017 TOUR:
    • 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
    • 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
    • 3/8: New York, NY @ Webster Hall – Marlin Room
    • 3/9: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
    Scarlet Records / DEATHLESS LEGACY – NEW ALBUM ‘DANCE WITH DEVILS’ OUT IN JANUARY
    Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2016
    Deathless Legacy are going to release their third album Dance With Devils on January 27th, 2016 on Scarlet Records. The album gives voice to the witches who over the centuries have been mistreated, humiliated, even burned. With its eleven tracks, it collects the most horrific stories of black magic rituals, stories that are lost in the mists of time, a Sabbath of pure horror and black emotions, dealing with ignorance, superstition, religion.

    Deathless Legacy released their debut album Rise From The Grave in 2014. A summary of the horror and the macabre haunting their creepy minds, this talented group of young musicians was able to create a hazy, powerful and captivating sound, which they like to call Horror Metal. In June 2014 Deathless Legacy were chosen as the opening band for Rob Zombie in Milan, while in September 2014 Alessio Lucatti (aka Alex Van Eden) from Vision Divine joined the macabre circus. In May 2015 the band won the Italian Wacken Metal Battle and in August of the same year they hit the most important stage a metal band could dream of: Wacken Open Air in Northern Germany. After signing a new deal with Scarlet Records, Deathless legacy released the second chapter in their fast-rising career, The Gathering, in 2016, which allowed them to tour incessantly for the most part of the year. Dance With Devils was conceived during that summer.
    Nuclear Blast / ANTHRAX Charlie Benante invites fans to their EU 2017 tour
    Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2016
    February/March 2017 will see legendary New York thrashers ANTHRAX back on European soil for the band's first full European headline tour in more than a decade. Dubbed the 'Among The Kings' tour, dates will kick off on 9th February in Birmingham, UK and wrap on up in Paris, France on 16th March. On all of these dates and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release, ANTHRAX will perform live, start-to-finish, their classic and Silver-certified 1987 album Among The Living alongside fan favourites from throughout the band's rich 35-year career. ANTHRAX's 'Among the Kings' European dates are in support of the band's critically-acclaimed album For All Kings (26 February 16/Nuclear Blast).

    A trailer, in which drummer Charlie Benante invites the fans to this upcoming tour, has been launched now.

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

    British metallers THE RAVEN AGE will support on all dates.
      An Evening with ANTHRAX - 'Among The Kings' w/ THE RAVEN AGE
    • 09.02. UK Birmingham - o2 Institute
    • 10.02. UK London - o2 Forum Kentish Town
    • 11.02. UK Bristol - o2 Academy
    • 13.02. UK Nottingham - Rock City
    • 14.02. UK Manchester - Academy
    • 15.02. UK Glasgow - Barrowland
    • 16.02. UK Newcastle - Northumbria University
    • 17.02. UK Norwich - UEA
    • 19.02. NL Utrecht - Ronda
    • 20.02. B Antwerp - Trix
    • 21.02. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
    • 22.02. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
    • 24.02. D Nuremberg - Löwensaal
    • 25.02. D Munich - Backstage Werk
    • 27.02. S Gothenburg - Pustervik
    • 01.03. FIN Helsinki - Ice Hall Black Box
    • 03.03. S Umeå - House Of Metal Festival @ Idunteatern
    • 04.03. S Stockholm - Berns
    • 06.03. DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
    • 07.03. D Hamburg - Docks
    • 08.03. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
    • 09.03. D Berlin - Huxley's
    • 10.03. PL Warsaw - Stodola
    • 12.03. H Budapest - Barba Negra
    • 13.03. A Vienna - Arena
    • 14.03. I Milan - Live Club
    • 15.03. CH Zurich - Komplex
    • 16.03. F Paris - Elysee Montmartre
      More ANTHRAX dates:
    • 02. - 06.02. USA Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 70000 Tons Of Metal

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    Massacre Records / VENDETTA new album
    Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2016
    German thrashers VENDETTA are going to release a new studio album on February 24, 2017 via Massacre Records!

    The new album's aptly named The 5th, since it is - in fact - VENDETTA's 5th album!

    It was recorded and produced by the band and Dominik Bertelt at Mud Creek Studios. V.O. Pulver took care of the mix and mastering at Little Creek Studio. The artwork's been created by Pablo Klose / Extacy Design.

    On The 5th, VENDETTA return to their musical roots - the new songs are more aggressive, but you'll also hear progressive guitar riffs and kick-ass guitar solos!

    It's worth the wait, metalheads!

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    Massacre Records / MESSENGER: Video
    Posted by: Denis / 09.12.2016
    Feast your eyes and ears on MESSENGER's brand new and epic video clip for the song Fortress Of Freedom!

    The song's taken from the band's album Starwolf - Pt. II: Novastorm, which was released a year ago on Massacre Records.

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    AFM Records / Firewind launch EPK for upcoming 'Immortals' album; shoot new promotional video
    Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2016
    Greek Melodic Power Metal masters FIREWIND, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are releasing their 8th studio album, Immortals, on January 20th, 2017 via AFM (North America) and Century Media (Europe).

    A comprehensive EPK for Immortals is now available to fill you in about the album's concept, the band's current line-up as well as their upcoming plans.

    In other news, FIREWIND are currently wrapping up work on a promotional video clip for the album song Ode To Leonidas, which was recently shot with the iCODE Team in Serbia. Look out for a premiere of the video as well as a single release on December 16th, 2016.

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    LUNAR SHADOW to release 'Far From Light' on Cruz Del Sur Music
    Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2016
    LUNAR SHADOW is a young German band that we think perfectly incarnates the spirit of Cruz Del Sur Music.

    Led by guitarist Max 'Savage' Birbaum, they have worked their way to the debut LP with patience and extreme dedication. After the release of their first EP Triumphator in 2015 (nominated 'Demo Of The Month' on German Rock Hard magazine) LUNAR SHADOW played a number of selected live shows including Harder Than Steel and other appearances together with Atlantean Kodex, Dark Forest, Argus.

    One year after there are tales of strange sounds in the hills. Chariots are being prepared for war. Women and children are fearful. LUNAR SHADOW have returned!

    Far From Light delivers eight brand new songs for a playing time of over 60 minutes. Epic, melodic, thoughtful and proudly regressive. The way we like it!

    Far From Light will be released in Europe on February 24, 2017, an American release date has been set for March 10, 2017.
    Divebomb Records / CYCLONE TEMPLE DELUXE REISSUE TO KICK OFF 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2016
    It is no secret that CYCLONE TEMPLE are one of our favorite classic thrash acts here at Divebomb Records. The label is excited to present a deluxe edition of their debut album, I Hate Therefore I Am, which features a companion CD of unreleased demos/live tracks entitled Land Of The Greed, Home Of The Depraved. The set is limited to 500 units worldwide.

    To tell the story of CYCLONE TEMPLE, one must begin with Znöwhite. Formed in 1982 by siblings Greg Fulton (guitar) and Tony Heath (drums) along with their cousin, Curtis Fulton (bass), Znöwhite eventually welcomed singer Nicole Lee and became one of the more promising Speed Metal acts in the U.S. Throughout the mid-'80s, the Chicago-based outfit issued two EPs and a live album before signing with Roadracer Records for the release of their critically acclaimed album, Act of God, in 1988.

    Following lineup changes that found Fulton surrounded by an all-new cast consisting of Scott Schafer (bass), John Slattery (drums), and powerhouse ex-Hammeron vocalist Brian Troch, a name change was imminent. Rechristened as CYCLONE TEMPLE, the group signed on with Combat Records and entered Normandy Sound in Warren, RI to track their debut album, I Hate Therefore I Am, with engineer Tom Soares.

    A soulful masterpiece of Thrash, I Hate Therefore I Am arrived in stores in 1991, and CYCLONE TEMPLE toured with a variety of acts before being unceremoniously dismissed from their label during a Sony takeover. As such, the groundbreaking creativity, intelligence, emotion, and power of I Hate Therefore I Am unjustly failed to make its mark. A frustrated Troch walked away, and CYCLONE TEMPLE soldiered on to release an EP (Building Errors in the Machine, 1993) with singer Marco Salinas, and follow-up album My Friend Lonely with yet another vocalist, Sonny DeLuca before throwing in the towel in 1994.

    But, it's never too late to have one's mind completely blown to bits by a criminally underrated Thrash classic such as I Hate Therefore I Am, so now, over 25 years later and for the first time since 1999 Divebomb Records is proud to make I Hate Therefore I Am once again available on CD. Remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, the disc will be packaged with a retrospective essay featuring brand new commentary from ALL FOUR members; plus nearly 20 reverential quotes contributed by members of Aftermath, Broken Hope, and Sindrome (among others), as well as authors from Decibel, Rock Hard, MetalSucks.net, and many more. You'll also find a reprinted interview feature from Detonator fanzine #2, conducted by Starkweather vocalist Rennie Resmini in 1991. For the fans, by the fans!

    With Brian Troch on vocals in 1989, and still operating as Znöwhite the old name remained until the group signed their deal with Combat Records an eight-song outing was recorded on a four-track in the band's practice spot at the Space Place in Chicago. The sessions were in preparation for what was to become Znöwhite's Land of the Greed, Home of the Depraved full-length—songs that would largely see the light of day two years later on CYCLONE TEMPLE's debut album, I Hate Therefore I Am, in 1991.

    Also in 1991—and still with Troch CYCLONE TEMPLE entered Medical Records with Brian Mitchell to lay down rough demos for the Building Errors in the Machine EP. These recordings finally lend insight into the 'what ifs' long-pondered by fans yearning to have heard Brian's soulful rasp on CYCLONE TEMPLE's later efforts. Of note is his handling of the harmonies during the chorus of Down the Drain, or the arrangements in Me, Myself & I — one of the catchiest tunes from the group's post-Troch discography.

    Few outside of the band themselves have ever heard these rare recordings, so 25-plus years later, it's incredibly exciting and hard to believe that Divebomb Records has been able to excavate these lost treasures from the personal collection of bassist Scott Schafer himself!

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    BLACK SITES to release debut album on February 17 on Mascot Records
    Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2016
    An aura of mystique surrounds Black Sites. The band is a super group of sorts, featuring some of Chicago's finest players from the underground Metal scene. The band features former cult Thrash band Trials-members Mark Sugar (vocals/guitar) and Ryan Bruchert (guitar), plus John Picillo from Without Waves and Immortal Birds on bass, and Chris Avgerin, formerly of Autonomy and Lost Dog, on drums.

    The four-piece band draws inspiration from a panoramic pedigree of classic and modern Metal and Hard Rock influences including Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, 1970s Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Fates Warning, Motörhead, Queensrÿche, Voivod, Hammers Of Misfortune, Dawnbringer.

    Check out the lyric video for the first track Dead Languages.
    NoiseArt Records / LOST IN GREY digital single & music video announced; new teaser released
    Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2016
    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.

    The band just announced their first digital single. The song Dark Skies will be available as IG track on December 23th. Two days earlier, the band will release the video clip of that song. Now the band offer a foretaste of the upcoming video clip in the form of a short video teaser.

    LOST IN GREY states: "Greetings all thee!

    As midwinter creeps over forest and field,
    on December 21st our music is revealed.
    Winter solstice comes with the promise of a sunrise:
    it is our song, accompanied by a video, called Dark Skies.

    Yours sincerely, LOST IN GREY"
    Nuclear Blast / OVERKILL release second trailer for 'The Grinding Wheel'
    Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2016
    Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have recently announced their upcoming eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, which will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Last week, the band have revealed the first video trailer in which they were talking about the album title and the cover artwork. Now they publish the follow-up! In this second trailer, the band discuss about the lyrics of the new album.

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    Nuclear Blast / METAL CHURCH release new 'Needle And Suture' music video
    Posted by: Denis / 08.12.2016
    Heavy Metal titans, METAL CHURCH, released their latest album entitled XI, in March this year through Nuclear Blast Records. After a lot of successful shows with bands like MEGADETH, AMON AMARTH among others as well as several European festival shows, the band with singer Mike Howe returns today with a brand-new music video for another track taken from XI, Needle And Suture. It was crafted with video director Jamie Brown (Smokin' Gun Video Productions), director of photography Jeff Cools, and aerial photography Anthony Cools.

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    Underground Symphony / Dark Horizon
    Posted by: Denis / 07.12.2016
    Underground Symphony is proud to announce the latest details about the 5th Dark Horizon album, called Aenigma. After the success of the EP Metalhead, released in March, the Italian metal band has composed 10 new tracks of Melodic Power with symphonic arrangements and Prog influences.

    This full length also features special guest appearances, Nocturnal Rites singer Jonny Lindqvist on the track Future World and Mob Rules singer Klaus Dirks on the track Ace Of Hearts. The album is produced by Daniele Mandelli (Forgotten Tomb, Tragodia, Adramelch) and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Kamelot, Epica, Amaranthe) and it will be available next march 2017 under Underground Symphony Records in digipak edition and 100 copies of a limited edition pack with a Dark Horizon symbol pendant.

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    SPV / VIRGIN STEELE re-release 'Visions Of Eden' in February 2017
    Posted by: Denis / 07.12.2016
    SPV / Steamhammer is proud to re-release on February 17th, 2017 Virgin Steele's Visions Of Eden as a 2CD digipak. 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.

    David DeFeis comments on the re-release:
    "The Barbaric-Romantic Power Metal band VIRGIN STEELE will re-issue their eleventh studio album VISIONS OF EDEN. The music from this album first appeared on the Theatrical Stage in what was already the third 'Metal-Opera' delivered by David DeFeis to the Landestheatre Scwaben of Memmingen Germany, the first being Klytaimnestra Oder Der Fluch Der Atriden (based on the two VIRGIN STEELE albums THE HOUSE OF ATREUS – ACT I, & THE HOUSE OF ATREUS ACT II). Due to the success of the first 'Opera', that work was quickly followed by Die Rebellen, an epic based on THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN & HELL & INVICTUS albums. Both of the first 2 'Operas', Klytaimnestra Oder Der Fluch Der Atriden, & Die Rebellen premiered to huge success in Germany, and were extravagantly staged and taken on tour. In 2003 the VISIONS OF EDEN work premiered on the theatrical stage as 'LILITH' again to great success, with over 50 performances to its credit. While many groups have presented 'Metal-Operas' on record, VIRGIN STEELE is the only group that I know of that has managed to present not just one, but three 'Metal-Operas' on the Theatrical Stage! The band even managed to get noticed by the 'straight press', such as Der Speigel and Opera News! In the truest sense VIRGIN STEELE combine classical music and subject matter with true Power Metal in their own inimitable fashion.
    In the work Visions Of Eden – The Lilith Project – A Barbaric Romantic Movie Of The Mind... contrary to what the title implies, this album promises no fullfillment of the utopian dream even though the orchestration again shows lavish full-metallic creativity and the band re-demonstrates its compositional strength throughout. Its composer David DeFeis, explains... VISIONS OF EDEN is most definitely not about happiness, peace, contentment or Eternal tranquility... it is in fact the complete opposite. It is about disorder, strife, struggle, dominance, the annihilation of a culture, the annihilation of a way of Life, and the violation & annihilation of a human being. I have based this Work around the history of the destruction of Paganism, Gnosticism and the desecration & eradication of the Goddess Principle that once dwelt so freely within Divinity. A massive blow was struck against these early beliefs, by first, the rise of the 'Father-God' principle, and second by the development of 'organized' religions. The VISIONS OF EDEN album concerns LILITH, first wife of Adam, (he of Biblical fame, as in Adam & Eve and the apple, the snake and all that fig leaf and rib propaganda), plus Ancient Sumerian Myths concerning Lilith's relationship with Adam, Eve and God. However, that being said, in actuality, it is really about today... modern times and how we might have arrived here at this strange place we now currently inhabit..."

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    Nuclear Blast / PäNZER reveal new line-up and work on second album
    Posted by: Denis / 07.12.2016
    After their debut attack Send Them All To Hell in 2014, it became a little quiet around the Heavy Metal supergroup PÄNZER. But the soldiers around DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier never sleep and now they announced that they are working on new songs again - with their new line-up! After the departure of Herman Frank (ACCEPT), PÄNZER recruited Pontus Norgren of HAMMERFALL to help out their warfare, as well as V.O. Pulver (G.U.R.D., POLTERGEIST) on guitar, who already helped out on the latest live shows and now became a fulltime member of PÄNZER.

    "After producing the debut with PANZER, the guys asked me to help them out live to provide the double axe-attack on stage", remembers V.O. Pulver. "Of course I took the chance to rock out with my buddies. And when the opportunity came up to join them permanently, I didn't hesitate to accept and now I can't wait to play the sound of my youth!"

    Pontus was just as excited to join the Heavy Metal warmachine: "It was not a hard decision when I got asked to join the PÄNZER project, it was a straight YES! To be able to create music with good friends is the most important thing in my world and in this band, having fun when making music, is number one. I'm looking forward to all the craziness that the future is going to bring with these guys. So let's kick some serious..!"

    Soldiers and fans of the band can expect a loud comeback in 2017, since Schmier already reveals some great news about the band's future plans: "(THE GERMAN) PANZER was always about some friends jamming their fave music, without any pressure of the business and exaggerated expectations. We have decided to release this brand new song Satan's Hollow for the fans as a statement, because people ask me all the time: 'Will PANZER go on? This track simply shows: We are creative and working on a new record for 2017! The next album will continue our tribute to our roots with pure fuckin' METAL! Oh and one more little change: as we have a Swedish and Swiss member now, just simply call us PÄNZER!"

    To get a first impression of PÄNZER's brandnew sound, check out a snippet of the material for the next album here.

    To give the fans an impression of the new PÄNZER line-up with the brand new track Satan's Hollow, Schmier comments: "It stands for all our trademarks: Straight-in-your-face melting Metal with an old school melodic vibe - pure energy and shredding lead guitars! We pay tribute to the music we grew up with. I hope our fans enjoy this new song as much as we do - expect the new album before summer 2017!!!"

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    Imperative PR / My Silent Wake - European dates with A Sickness Unto Death
    Posted by: Denis / 06.12.2016
    My Silent Wake will begin 2017 with a short jaunt over to the European mainland for a series of dates in Germany and The Netherlands, presented by the Desert Rose Agency. They will be accompanied on this mini-tour by German epic Doom merchants A SICKNESS UNTO DEATH.

    The doom-laden duo kick off in Oldenburg, stopping off at Osnabrück and Tilburg, before MY SILENT WAKE stride on alone for a final show in Gouda.
    • 13.01.17 – MTS Vinyl Store – Oldenburg (D)
    • 14.01.17 – Dirty’n’Dancing – Osnabrück (D)
    • 15.01.17 – Little Devil – Tilburg (NL)*
    • 15.01.17 – Studiogonz – Gouda (NL) **
      *Afternoon show
      **Evening show - My Silent Wake only at this date
    MY SILENT WAKE will also be releasing a new album in early 2017 so it's going to be another busy year for the band.
    ALLTHENIKO - new song WASTE OF TIME is out
    Posted by: Denis / 06.12.2016
    Monday 5th December 2016, exactly after 2 years from the release of Fast And Glorious, ALLTHENIKO - Metal without compromises from Italy - have published a new single entitled Waste Of Time in all our official channels, the song will be included in band's 6th work studio which is now in progress.

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    Century Media / Queensrÿche premiere 'Hellfire' video
    Posted by: Denis / 06.12.2016
    Heavy Metal legends QUEENSRYCHE have partnered with VEVO to premiere a striking and thought-provoking new video for Hellfire.

    Hellfire is another powerful cut from the band's acclaimed 2015 album, Condition Human.

    QUEENSRYCHE are presently touring across the U.S. with Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal.

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    Napalm Records / GRAVE DIGGER music video premiere for title track
    Posted by: Denis / 06.12.2016
    The Heavy Metal legends are back with album number 19 and will snap your neck while healing you with epic melodies and anthems! GRAVE DIGGER surely is one of Germany's pioneering Metal acts since the early 80s – fast forward and 36 years after the band's formation their attitude hasn't changed!

    The title track Healed By Metal of their upcoming album is a stomping anthem, stoic and proud yet still catchy and beastly. That epic song has been turned into a music video now!

    Healed By Metal out on January 13th via Napalm Records.
      GRAVE DIGGER Live 2017
    • 13.01.17 DE - Peine /Black Hand Inn
    • 14.01.17 DE - Coesfeld / Fabrik
    • 19.01.17 DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
    • 20.01.17 DE - Geiselwind / Eventzentrum Music Hall
    • 21.01.17 DE - Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
    • 22.01.17 DE - Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
    • 27.01.17 CH - Pratteln / Z7
    • 28.01.17 AT - Graz / Explosiv
    • 10.02.17 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
    • 11.02.17 DE - Bochum / Zeche
    • 16.02.17 DE - München / Backstage
    • 17.02.17 DE - Memmingen / Kaminwerk
    • 18.02.17 DE - Andernach / Juz-Live-Club

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    Nuclear Blast / Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY live clip of 'Il Cigno Nero (Reloaded)' released
    Posted by: Denis / 06.12.2016
    The forthcoming release from Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY, Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live, will be available from December 9th through Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of this package, the band have launched another track from Cinematic And Live last Friday, the live version of Il Cigno Nero (Reloaded). Now Luca Turilli's RHAPSODY publishes the related live clip of the song.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    25 albums entered into our database lately are:
    1. Evil Masquerade
    "The Outcast Hall of Fame"

    2. Volch'ya Sotnya
    "Pechal' Angela (Angel's Grief)"

    3. Jorn
    "Heavy Rock Radio"

    4. Denner - Shermann
    "Masters of Evil"

    5. Karmakanic
    "Dot"

    6. Faith No More
    "Introduce Yourself"

    7. Faith No More
    "We Care a Lot"

    8. Heaven's Guardian
    "Signs"

    9. Vivaldi Metal Project
    "The Four Seasons"

    10. Hoffmann, Wolf
    "Headbangers Symphony"

    11. Destruction
    "Under Attack"

    12. Grand Magus
    "Sword Songs"

    13. Flotsam & Jetsam
    "Flotsam and Jetsam"

    14. Various Artists
    "The Devil Strikes Again / Second to None"

    15. Rage
    "The Refuge Years"

    16. Bloodbound
    "War of Dragons"

    17. Burning Point
    "The Blaze"

    18. Arida Vortex
    "Wild Beast Show"

    19. Assassin
    "Combat Cathedral"

    20. Game Over
    "Crimes Against Reality"

    21. Dark Horizon
    "Aenigma"

    22. Dark Horizon
    "MetalheaD"

    23. Dark Horizon
    "Christmas Hallelujah"

    24. Dark Horizon
    "Dark Live Shades"

    25. 5 Stihiy
    "Kolybel' Vremyon (Cradle of Times)"


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