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Imperative PR / Frozen Ocean - Transience
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
Dark ambient, Black Metal and post Rock combine under the watchful gaze of Vaarwel of Russia's Frozen Ocean.

Vaarwel, the creative enigma behind Frozen Ocean, has decided to fling wide the gates of his kingdom and invite everyone to explore, to discover, to immerse themselves in his world...

The Frozen Ocean back catalogue can seem a vast and complex place, difficult to navigate for the uninitiated, but now Vaarwel has produced a guide to these seemingly forbidding territories, a traveller's almanac that reveals the breathtaking order within the daunting chaos. Transience gives form and shape to the maelstrom and shines a light on the pathways through the dark. The three kingdoms within the Frozen Ocean world are revealed – the Aether, the Tether and the Nether; each one formed from the substance of a different musical style; from dark ambient, from a post-rock wasteland that lies between ambient and metal and from atmospheric, blackened Metal. Vaarwel has chosen songs from each kingdom and bound them together, fresh and remastered.and is here to guide you through his creations. Hear his words...

"Projects with an enormous and varied discography are very difficult to perceive, even at a subliminal level. I could imagine that from the listener's point of view, thus I prepared this for all of you who would like to attune with Frozen Ocean but didn't know where to start. Transience itself is an inherent part of the Frozen Ocean artistic method, so it is completely representative within the choice of songs, including the previously unpublished ones. Transience is a piece of different, good music combined into one block, but moreover it is a safe and convenient passage through Frozen Ocean's meandering discography. Welcome, and follow me..."

Vaarwel is offering this beautiful, expansive guide to the world of Frozen Ocean as a gift to those with the desire to discover, asking nothing in return. This is his way of opening the gates to all who would explore the ice shrouded sounds of his imagination. Along with fifteen remastered tracks, three previously unreleased, representing the best of Frozen Ocean's incredible canon of work, the download pack includes breathtaking new cover art, created by Vaarwel himself, a selection of Frozen Ocean flyers, an original poem by Vaarwel that explores the thoughts behind Transience and a set of wallpapers for the stunning A Perfect Solitude album.

There has never been a better opportunity to discover the wonderful breadth, depth and diversity of Frozen Ocean. Step through the gateway and let Vaarwel be your guide...
  • Genre: Atmospheric blackened Metal, Dark Ambient, post-Rock
  • For fans of: Solstafir, Atrium Carceri, Enslaved, Ulver
  • Line-up: Vaarwel - all music and vocals
  • FROZEN OCEAN - TRANSIENCE, LABEL: INDEPENDENT, RELEASE DATE: 19.09.17
Ben Blutzukker - Riptide (Heavy Metal)
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
BEN BLUTZUKKER will release his second EP RIPTIDE on October the 6 2017.
    Tracks:
  1. Riptide
  2. Stab by Stab
  3. Six Sec Sex (Illwill Cover)
  4. Bloodlust
  5. Loose Ends
    Duration: ~ 21 minutes
  • Lineup: Ben Blutzukker (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drum-programming)
  • Year of foundation: 2015
  • RIYL: Abbath, Snowy Shaw, Satyricon
    Discography:
  • 2017 - Riptide (EP)
  • 2015 - Analog Blood (EP)
Public Sales for 70000TONS OF METAL™ 2018
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
PUBLIC SALES for ‪Round 8 of 70000TONS OF METAL™, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy ‪‎Metal Cruise‬ will start on Thursday September 21, 2017 at 12PM EDT / 6PM CEST. Mark down the date and time in your calendar to join sailors from over 70 different countries!

Please Welcome The First 24 Artists On Board 70000TONS OF METAL™ 2018:
AETERNAM, ALESTORM, BENEDICTION, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DARK TRANQUILLITY, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, ENSLAVED, GOATWHORE, GYZE, IN EXTREMO, INSOMNIUM, KORPIKLAANI, KREATOR, MESHUGGAH, NECROPHOBIC, OBSCURA, OCTOBER TIDE, PRIMAL FEAR, RHAPSODY, SEPTICFLESH, SEPULTURA, SONATA ARCTICA, SWALLOW THE SUN, WOLFHEART.

Each band will play not one, but two performances on board. Once on the way to Grand Turk, and once on the way back to Florida!
GlobMetal Promotions / Hanger Theory released debut EP
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
Italian Heavy Metal band Hanger Theory released their debut EP Painting My Breath. The album was recorded at HT Studios and mixed/mastered by Marco Falanga.

Hanger Theory was formed in 2013 at Udine, Italy by Stefano Andriola. The band published its first single Painting my Breath in March 2016, and started working on their debut EP which was ready on June 2017.
Imperative PR / All the latest from Fire And Forge! Prizes! Blaze Bayley speaks! Warm-up show and more
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
At the festival, to be held on the 6th and 7th of October at the Trowbridge Civic Centre, there will be a special prize draw which attendees can buy tickets to enter, with all the money raised being donated to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. Details of some of the prizes have just been revealed and there is some great stuff up for grabs, including a signed CD and drum skin from Motörhead man Phil Campbell and a signed CD from Frank Turner. However two of the biggest prizes on offer are an amplifier, donated by Davis Amplification and a custom Jack Daniels Peavy guitar, donated by Jack Daniels. Jack Daniels and Davis Amplification are both official sponsors of the Fire And Forge Festival. Alasdair Davis of Davis Amplification spoke to Imperative PR about his firm's involvement with the festival...

"When Doug (-Harvey, festival organiser) approached me for help I of course said yes. I've worked closely with Doug when playing in Fury and it's his belief in this project that makes us want to help him. There is a great selection of bands playing and we look forward to seeing as many of them play as possible. We hope the amplifier we've included as a prize makes a difference."

Alasdair isn't the only person to have been voicing his support for Fire And Forge, with co-headliner Blaze Bayley also getting in touch to share a few words about the upcoming event...

"The final show of my Endure and Survive world tour is the Fire &Forge festival. It's very exciting to end my tour at such a great event so close to my home. Also the charity side of this event is important to me, because my late father suffered from diabetes. Very proud to be a part of this event. Me and my band will be on fire for this."

The Fire And Forge organisation have also announced a special pre-festival warm-up show, which will be held at the Readipop in Reading on September 30th. This show is like a mini festival in its own right with the following bands appearing: End Of Salvation, Black Emerald, Cairo Sun, Gutlocker, Bitter Divide, DeadBlow, Black Forge, The Freudian Session, Stone Angels.

Meanwhile, at the main event, alongside ex-Iron Maiden man Blaze Bayley, you'll be able to catch The Dirty Youth, Fury, Sinner God, Syren City, Gehtika, Liberty Slaves, The Loved And Lost, Eradikator and many, many more.

Fire And Forge began life in 2012 under the banner of Rock Diabetes, before being rebranded in 2015 and continues to give its support to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. The JDRF gives a voice to people with type 1 Diabetes and campaigns for increased focus on and funding for, research to find the cure.

So this October, support the British Rock and Metal scene, support underground music, support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and enjoy one of the best small festivals in the country.
Divebomb Records / MILLENIUM’S 'HOURGLASS: COMPLETE SESSIONS' COMING IN OCTOBER
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
From the late-'90s to the mid-2000s, highly respected workhorse guitarist Ralph Santolla (Iced Earth, Deicide, Obituary, etc.) was the driving force behind four tremendous Hard Rock albums from his own band, MILLENIUM. Originally released in 2000 by Now & Then/Frontiers Records, the group's third and arguably most ambitious effort — the Progressive, Metal-tinged, epic Rock of Hourglass — was its only to include the wildly impressive talents of Norwegian frontman Jørn Lande (Jorn, Vagabond, Masterplan, etc.); not to mention keyboard contributions from Dag Stokke (TNT, Vagabond, etc.) and the legendary Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, etc.).

Largely due to the spark of musical chemistry between Santolla and Lande who instantly bonded over a shared love of similar music Hourglass was the result of more collaborative writing sessions for the group. Recorded over the course of three months at studios as spread out as Manchester, England; Bøverbru, Norway (Studio Studio Nyhagen); Tampa, FL (Morrisound Recording); as well as the band members' own homes; MILLENIUM additionally laid down several cover tunes by the likes of MSG, Rainbow, Sweet, Jefferson Starship only released as Japanese bonus tracks or years later amidst The Best of... and More collection.

Predominantly well-received in Europe and Asia, limited shows supporting the release of Hourglass followed locally in MILLENIUM's home base of Florida; at the Gods of AOR festival in Wigan, England; and throughout a three-show tour of Spain with Ten and Elyte. At a certain point, however, Jørn increasingly busy with other projects—amicably parted ways with the group, leading to the eventual return of their former vocalist, Todd Plant, and drawing this portion of the MILLENIUM timeline to a close.

17 years later, Divebomb Records is honored to bring this stunning segment of the MILLENIUM discography back to the fore with Hourglass: The Complete Sessions. This 16-track collection finds the 10-song album and six bonus cuts from the era compiled onto a single 76-minute CD for the first time. All of which is housed alongside an extensive 20+ page booklet featuring updated cover art, photographs, lyrics, and a memory-fueled interview with Ralph Santolla, conducted by Shawn Pelata.

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Metal Blade Records / Artillery releases new video for 'When The Magic Is Gone'
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
Danish Power Thrash metallers Artillery have just released a new video for the song When The Magic Is Gone, taken off the band's latest album, Penalty By Perception.

Artillery comments: "Our new video When The Magic Is Gone is a song about death and grief, it is a very personal song which shows the more mellow side of Artillery. The video was recorded in Norrebro, Copenhagen by Terkel Christensen (Aggressive Art) who is an old friend of Artillery."

On Sept. 23rd, Artillery will start their co-headline tour with Onslaught. Artillery will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their Terror Squad album on this run, playing 5-6 songs from that album, plus new songs from their latest album Penalty By Perception, as well as some more classics.
    Thrash Till Death Tour w/ Artillery, Onslaught, Exarsis, Chronosphere
  • Sept. 23 – Helvete Club – Oberhausen, Germany
  • Sept. 24 – Hedon Club – Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Sept. 25 – De Verlichte Geest – Roeselare, Belgium
  • Sept. 26 – Roxy Concerts – Flensburg, Germany
  • Sept. 27 – Garage Deluxe – Munchen, Germany
  • Sept. 28 – Moonlight Music Hall – Diest, Belgium
  • Sept. 29 – Fuizenfest – Riel, Netherlands
  • Sept. 30 – Kiehool Burgum – Burgum, Netherlands
  • Oct. 2 – Schwarzer Adler – Tannheim-Egelsee, Germany
  • Oct. 3 – Escape Metalcorner – Vienna, Austria
  • Oct. 4 – 7er-Club – Mannheim, Germany
  • Oct. 5 – Musigburg – Aarburg, Switzerland
  • Oct. 6 – Dada Live Club – Pavia, Italy
  • Oct. 7 – Revolver Music Hall – Venice, Italy
  • Oct. 8 – Borderline – Pisa, Italy
  • Oct. 9 – Sala Utopia – Zaragoza, Spain
  • Oct. 11 – SMAC de La Gespe – Tarbes, France
  • Oct. 12 – Sala Upload – Barcelona, Spain
Artillery will also tour Denmark in November together with Impalers and with a different setlist!
  • Oct. 13 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen
  • Nov. 3 – Konfus – Esbjerg, Denmark
  • Nov. 4 – Pitstop – Kolding, Denmark
  • Nov. 10 – Ungdomshuset – Fredericia, Denmark
  • Nov. 11 – TBA
  • Nov. 18 – Von Hatten – Randers, Denmark
  • Nov. 24 – Kontrast – Herning, Denmark
  • Nov. 25 – Sonderborghus – Sonderborg, Denmark
  • Dec. 1 – Templet – Lyngby, Denmark
  • Dec. 2 – TBA

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My Kingdom Music / DRAGONHAMMER reveal 'Obscurity' cover and tracklist
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
Just 40 days and the new DRAGONHAMMER album Obscurity will be in your hands.

October 27th will be the day and now the band reveal the cover artwork realised by Rob Marconi and the 10 tracks titles composing the album, without any doubt one of the most awaited Italian releases of this year!

Within a few days they'll present the first song with a lyric video realised by Goffredo Passi at EstremArte Videoproduzioni, while Obscurity will see the light as CD and digital format on October 27th on My Kingdom Music.

On the same day the band will present it in a release party supporting FIREWIND in Rome at Jailbreak Live Club... and so you'll ride the DRAGON flying on their music!

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Nuclear Blast / ENSLAVED - speak about the recording process
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
On October 13th, Black avantgarde Norwegians ENSLAVED will unleash their 14th album E taking the band to fresh and more progressive shores. Now they unveil the third album trailer, in which guitarist and songwriter Ivar Bjørnson guides you through the recording studio where E was created, while singer and bassist Grutle Kjellson explains the band's working relationship with co-producer Iver Sandøy.

Grutle comments: "The whole recording process took about 3 or 4 weeks. The album is produced like usual by Iver Sandøy, Ivar and myself. The album was mixed by Jens Bogren at the Fascination Street studio in Sweden and this was the 4th time that he did the mix for us and we're really satisfied about the result - top notch work this time too, buddy!"

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darkSIGN-RECORDS / German Gothic Rock act Cradle of Haze releases 11th studio album 'Sirenen'
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2017
After the four-year creative break, German Gothic Rock act Cradle of Haze returns to the scene with the album Sirenen. The 14 songs comprehensive album features striking rhythms, sharp guitar riffs, catchy melodies and lyrics that reflect life. "With Sirenen, the successful Cradle of Haze story continues. The album is partly personal experiences, sometimes social criticism, which we are exposed to every day", says Eligehausen, the creative head of Cradle of Haze.
    Tracklist:
  1. Kinder der Nacht
  2. Alphatier
  3. Kein Ideal
  4. Sternenlicht
  5. Ohne dich
  6. Sirenen
  7. Lied 07
  8. Vagabunden
  9. Seine Sicht
  10. Seid ihr bereit
  11. Kellerspiele
  12. Lobotomie
  13. Du schmeckst so gut
  14. Hannahs Song
Within the release of the album, there will also be a remix release, that contains seven of the 14 Songs as remix versions.
    Tracklist:
  1. Kinder der Nacht (Narcotic Elements Remix)
  2. Alphatier (Narcotic Elements Remix)
  3. Kein Ideal (Narcotic Elements Remix)
  4. Sternenlicht (Narcotic Elements Remix)
  5. Sirenen (Narcotic Elements Remix)
  6. Kellerspiele (Narcotic Elements Remix)
  7. Du schmeckst so gut (Narcotic Elements Remix)
The albums appears on September 15, 2017 via darkSIGN Records and are available on all popular music platforms. The main album is also available as an audio CD.
Shadow Kingdom Records / LUCIFER'S HAMMER
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2017
Check out the single Justice Denied from new LUCIFER'S HAMMER's album - Victory Is Mine. The last song on this new release has a cover from the amazing 70's LEGEND (US). You can expect to hear a massive amount of galloping riffs and very cool melodic breakdowns. And look at that artwork!
    Formats
  • SKR134 DIGITAL - (Digital Release Date: 11/24/2017)
  • SKR134MCD - LUCIFER'S HAMMER - Victory Is Mine (CD Release Date: 11/24/17)
  • SKR134CT - LUCIFER'S HAMMER - Victory Is Mine (CASSETTE Release Date: 11/24/17)
  • SKR134MLP - LUCIFER'S HAMMER - Victory Is Mine (VINYL Release Date: 12/29/17)
Pure Steel Records / EMERALD - Tourdates 2017/2018
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2017
The Swiss Power Metal band EMERALD have announced the new tourdates for 2017/2018. The gigs are on September - December 2017 and on January - April 2018.
  • 30.09.2017 Schützenhaus, Switzerland, Headliner Show, support: Angry Alliance
  • 06.10.2017 Hall Of Fame, Switzerland, mit: Freedom Call, Gods Of Silence
  • 02.12.2017 Oelfleck, Switzerland, Headliner Show, support: Sinside
  • 09.12.2017 Bad Bonn, Switzerland, Double Headliner Show with Kilmister
  • 06.01.2018 Ice Rock Festival, Switzerland, mit: Dream Evil, Hermann Frank, 20 Dark Seven, Chainer
  • 10.03.2017 Headbangers Night XV, Germany, mit: Valiant Viper, Deo
  • 21.04.2018 Improvisorium, Switzerland, Headliner Show, support: Green Labyrinth

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PRIDE & JOY MUSIC / Czech Melodic Metal band SEBASTIEN reveals album details for 'Act Of Creation/
Posted by: Denis / 19.09.2017
After last years' big festival performances at MASTERS OF ROCK's main stage, ROCK ATTACK festival, ROCK TOWER festival in Poland, and even the legendary WACKEN OPEN AIR in Germany - the band started to work on a new material for the follow-up of 2015's successful Dark Chambers Of Déjà Vu album. Right now, SEBASTIEN are back with a brand new song collection, based on Metal groove and power, as well as on strong melodies! As usual, SEBASTIEN is also cooperating with guest artists who's names will be announced soon.

The cover artwork will be again created by DIS-ART DESIGN graphic studio from Slovakia.

The worldwide release of the new album Act Of Creation is set via German record label PRIDE & JOY MUSIC for 23rd February 2018!

Watch the first album-trailer (with a piece of a brand new song called Evermore).

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Vivaldi Metal Project / Unplugged Italian Tour 2017
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2017
The Vivaldi Metal Project acoustic duo - formed by pianist Mistheria (creator and producer) and Bulgarian singer Tsena Stefanova - performs an exclusive medley from the Vivaldi Metal Project's album The Four Seasons, in addition original pieces by Mistheria and Tsena. Also featured songs by special guest Swedish Rock singer Marina Ammouri and acoustic arrangements based on Nightwish, Within Temptation, Dream Theater.
    Each show will feature additional guests:
  • Ida Elena (vocals)
  • Lisy Stefanoni (flute, vocals)
  • Leonardo Porcheddu (guitar)
  • Titta Tani (vocals)
  • Tsena Stefanova (vocals)
  • Mistheria (piano)
  • special guest: Marina Ammouri (vocals)

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AFM Records / COMMUNIC first single from upcoming album available
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2017
Many of you were anticipating the new Communic official single, their first recording since The Bottom Deep (2011). Enjoy Where Echoes Gather, Pt. 1 - Beneath The Giant now!

"This is the first single we release from the album, Where Echoes Gather. This is the title track and on the album and it is split up into two parts, but I like to think of the song as a whole, but for now we only will show you part 1. Part 2 will be added soon. When you listen to the album there will be no gap or pause between as it will flow as one long song.
Part 1: Beneath The Giant
The topic of the song was inspired by a visit to an Eastern Europe City some years ago. In this city, a giant of a city, the stressful hectic life, people off to work, blindly following as sheep, while in the underground sewers and pipes there was a communion of orphan children, and youngsters, living in the absence of 'street' awareness, sniffing glue to escape from reality. At night they come out, treading the shadows of the streets, looking for the next fix. We fail to lift the head away from our own 'problems' neglecting what's going on around us. With a government and media system that also fails to fix the problem, more interested in social likes or in telling the truth!. So this is where I got the inspiration to this song. Some of these children where in the same age as my own children, who I as a parent want to grow up in a safe home environment with friends and family who cares, made me even closer to the brutality, and made me see the harsh reality of life with different eyes."
(Oddleif Stensland)

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Inner Wound Recordings / Angel Nation 'Burn The Witch' music video released
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2017
The female fronted Melodic Metal band ANGEL NATION just released a music video for Burn The Witch, the first single from their new album Aeon.

Aeon will be released October 27th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
    Angel Nation tour dates
  • Dec 14: Boston Music Room - London, UK
  • Dec 15: De Verlichte Geest - Roeselare, BE
  • Dec 16: Le Batofar - Paris, FR
  • Dec 17: Popcentrale - Dordrecht, NL
  • Dec 20: De Bosuil - Mannheim, DE
  • Dec 21: T.B.A.
  • Dec 22: De Bosuil - Weert, NL
InsideOut Music / Caligula’s Horse 'Songs for No One' video launched
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2017
Caligula's Horse, a band at the forefront of Australia's Progressive Rock scene, release their much-anticipated new album In Contact. To celebrate the album's release, the band have launched a stunning new video for recent single Songs for No One.

Guitarist and director of photography/editor Adrian Goleby comments: "Songs for No One is by far the most complex and ambitious music video I've attempted for Caligula's Horse - and also for myself. I've worked alongside all of the guys for years now and the creative trust involved is what pushes all of us to find and conquer the next bastion of artistic development. We're also at a stage where we can come in and make these sorts of videos with confidence in making something distinct and memorable, as well as exciting for any audience.
Working with (director) Daniel Grey was also a treat for me. His ability to turn a metaphor into a story is remarkable in its own right. He definitely brought his best to the table, (and then flipped it).
I hope everyone that watches this is able to connect with the joy that we bring into Caligula's Horse, as well as the heart thumping excitement that I can't help but feel when I play it."


The video was directed by Daniel Grey and he comments: "Songs For No One is about embracing quiet passions; overcoming fear, depression and self destructive thoughts through the mindful cultivation of small things. The video speaks to those themes, and shows that any creative endeavour - even one only for yourself - is enough to keep the world turning."
Intromental / MIDNIGHT ETERNAL tour 2018
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2017
US Power-princess Metal act MIDNIGHT ETERNAL has been announced to open for mighty THERION, on their upcoming European tour, which kicks off at the legendary Turock venue in Essen, on February 1st - 2018.

MIDNIGHT ETERNAL will be the opening band on the first 3 weeks of the tour until the show in Razzmatazz2 in Barcelona. It's the first time, the band visits Europe, and they are more than ready to show their talents!
  • 01.02.2018 Turock, Essen, Germany as support for Therion
  • 02.02.2018 Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands as support for Therion
  • 03.02.2018 Islington assembly, London, UK as support for Therion
  • 04.02.2018 Rebellion Manchester, UK as support for Therion
  • 06.02.2018 TBA as support for Therion
  • 07.02.2018 The Assembly, Aberdeen, UK as support for Therion
  • 08.02.2018 Audio, Glasgow, UK as support for Therion
  • 09.02.2018 Corporation, Sheffield, UK as support for Therion
  • 10.02.2018 Limelight, Belfast, UK as support for Therion
  • 11.02.2018 Tivoli, Dublin, Ireland as support for Therion
  • 13.02.2018 Bierkeller, Bristol, UK as support for Therion
  • 14.02.2018 TBA as support for Therion
  • 15.02.2018 TBA as support for Therion
  • 16.02.2018 TBA as support for Therion
  • 17.02.2018 Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland as support for Therion
  • 18.02.2018 TBA as support for Therion
  • 20.02.2018 Samanta 27, Bilbao, Spain as support for Therion
  • 21.02.2018 Hard club Oporto, Portugal as support for Therion
  • 22.02.2018 Oa Vivo Lisboa, Portugal as support for Therion
  • 23.02.2018 Custom Sevilla, Spain as support for Therion
  • 24.02.2018 Sala But 2 Madrid, Spain as support for Therion
  • 25.02.2018 107 Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain as support for Therion
Napalm Records / EVIL INVADERS music video premiere for 'As Life Slowly Fades'
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2017
Belgium's technical Thrash/Speed Metal young bloods EVIL INVADERS are proud to release a brand new video clip for As Life Slowly Fades, off their upcoming album Feed Me Violence. This new extreme Metal opus will be released on September 29th via Napalm Records worldwide!

The band commented on the song: "As Life Slowly Fades is a fast, crushing tune that takes you on an emotional trip through the dark side of the mind. It is a story about the inner battle against the ongoing decay of emotions and the test of mental strength!
This track goes from fast-paced Thrash to a very cool mid-tempo pace, which reminds of Painkiller and there's even some Death influences here and there. The song goes up and down and has some very cool tempo changes.
There's a constant evil vibe, like a line going on throughout the song, which seems to disappear during the middle as the solo kicks in, but at the end it comes back like a sledgehammer smashing your face!"

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Nuclear Blast / DESTRUCTION to release 'Thrash Anthems II' on November 10th
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2017
German Thrash legends DESTRUCTION will release their new 'Best of Old School' album Thrash Anthems II on November 10th via Nuclear Blast Records.

In 2007, DESTRUCTION proved how successful re-recording some of their timeless classics and reimagining history could be. The follow-up to 2007's Thrash Anthems is ready to rock the Metal world and shows how fans can be part of both a band's history and future. For Thrash Anthems II, DESTRUCTION called upon on their loyal fans through PledgeMusic to help them create the record and contribute to the band's epic history.

Mastermind Schmier states: "As it is a part of our past to relaunch classic songs from our history with a fresh face and we had many demands on a Thrash Anthems continuation, we decided to do a second part of this re-animation of classic 80s DESTRUCTION material. For us it was important to chose the tracks with the fans and first when NB did not wanna do the album we decided to do a pledge campaign to raise the fonds for the production together with the die hards.
To make a long story short, we know not everybody will like these new versions of those thrash evergreens (just listen to the originals then) but it was an important task for us to keep them alive for a whole new generation of metalheads that love those fresh and brutal new recordings. We are very happy now, that our label is finally releasing this collection of thrash classics. The vibe on this record is so vicious, uncommercial and has this 80s feeling with a even more aggressive edge and THAT is was made our THRASH so special, in the good old days and now!"
    Thrash Anthems II - Track Listing:
  1. Confused Mind
  2. Black Mass
  3. Frontbeast
  4. Dissatisfied Existence
  5. United By Hatred
  6. The Ritual
  7. Black Death
  8. The Antichrist
  9. Confound Games
  10. Ripping You Off Blind
  11. Satan's Vengeance
    Bonus Track:
  12. Holiday in Cambodia (DEAD KENNEDYS Cover)
This stunning artwork was created by acclaimed artist Gyula from Hungary, who has also created artwork for ANNIHILATOR, GRAVE DIGGER, STRATOVARIUS, TANKARD and many more.

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Nuclear Blast / ENSLAVED announce support acts for upcoming EU tour
Posted by: Denis / 18.09.2017
After two unique release shows in Norway, ENSLAVED will embark on a big headline tour through mainland Europe. Their new album E, out on October 13th, will see them strive for a more Progressive sound, while still honouring their roots, and this obviously screams for a unique new stage set up, a special light show and other surprises that the true avant-garde Norwegians will bring to the scenes of Europe in November and December!

To stay loyal to the underground and support fresh insider tips, the members from ENSLAVED handpicked all their local opening acts. This will allow the fans to see a large variety of promising up-and-coming bands such as Germany's finest IMPERIUM DEKADENZ, post Black metallers HERETOIR, atmospheric magicians DARKHER, post-rockers LOST IN KIEV and many more.

And to witness another fantastic package, make sure to secure your tickets for ENSLAVED's special shows in the UK, where the Norwegians support their label mates OPETH. See all the dates and different line-ups here:
    ROCK HARD & LEGACY & METAL.DE present:
  • 10.11. D Hamburg - Logo (w/ IMPERIUM DEKADENZ & HERETOIR)
  • 11.11. D Berlin - Nuke (w/ IMPERIUM DEKADENZ & HERETOIR)
  • 12.11. D Cologne - Underground (w/ IMPERIUM DEKADENZ & HERETOIR)
  • 13.11. NL Utrecht - Tivoli de Helling
  • 15.11 UK Manchester - o2 Ritz (supporting OPETH)
  • 16.11 UK Glasgow - Barrowlands (supporting OPETH)
  • 17.11. UK Belfast - The Limelight 1 (supporting OPETH)
  • 18.11. IRL Dublin - The Academy (supporting OPETH) *sold out*
  • 19.11. UK Nottingham - Rock City (supporting OPETH)
  • 21.11 UK Bristol - o2 Academy (supporting OPETH)
  • 22.11 UK Birmingham - o2 Institute (supporting OPETH)
  • 24.11. UK London - Islington Assembly Hall (w/ DARKHER & SVALBARD)
  • 25.11. F Paris - Trabendo (w/ LOST IN KIEV, WOLVE)
  • 26.11. B Vosselaar - Biebob
  • 28.11. F Rezé - Barakason (w/ LOST IN KIEV, WOLVE)
  • 29.11. F Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne (w/ LOST IN KIEV, WOLVE)
  • 30.11. I Brescia - Circolo Colony
  • 01.12. CH Pratteln - Z7
  • 02.12. D Frankfurt - Das Bett (w/ ZATOKREV)
  • 03.12. CZ Prague - Chelmnice (w/ ZATOKREV)
  • 16.12. RU Moscow - Volta
  • 17.12. RU St. Petersburg - Club Zal
But before touring Europe, ENSLAVED play two special release shows in their homecountry Norway, where you can hear the new songs live for the very first time, meet the band at the merch stand and get two unique gig posters for free:
    AISA & Time Out Agency presents: w/ SIBIIR
  • 12.10 N Oslo - Blå
  • 13.10 N Bergen – Garage
    Or see them at the following festival shows:
  • 28.09. CN Quebec – Nordicq Festival
  • 26.10. S Stockholm - Close-Up Baten 21
  • 1.-5.02. USA Miami - 70.000 Tons Of Metal

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Imperative PR / Nihil Eyes unleash the relentless death metal assault of Black Path
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2017
Death Metal war machine Nihil Eyes are joining Imperative PR for the promotion of their stunning debut album, Black Path. The Nihil Eyes line-up was only completed earlier this year, but the band have delivered an opening salvo of breathtaking power and potency, marrying dark atmosphere with unstoppable drive and force.

Following in the battle-hardened footsteps of their forbears, war torn legends like Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Nihil Eyes are here to show the world that British Death Metal can still go toe-to-toe with the world's elite; that the birth place of Metal still possesses the firepower to compete on every level. Formed in 2016 by lead vocalist/guitarist Casey Jones and drummer Szymon Ogiełło, the duo were joined in early 2017 by bassist Max Morgan. With the crew complete the heavy artillery of Nihil Eyes was ready to roll and progress has been ferociously rapid. Such is the accomplished poise and presence that radiates from these monstrous steel-clad tracks that you'd swear they were the work of veteran campaigners.
Mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swanö (Asphyx, Bloodbath, Incantation and too many others to mention) the sound on The Black Path is soul-shaking in its dark power, the drive and force behind the immaculately crafted, armour plated tracks simply fearsome. Lyrically speaking, Casey Jones describes the album as "a series of psychological thought experiments exploring the human condition" and these dark explorations add to a challenging edge to the shadowy atmosphere that hangs over the album like gun smoke.

Grab your weapons and head for the trenches because the Nihil Eyes armoured battalion is heading your way!
    Line-up:
  • Casey Jones – Vocals/Guitar
  • Max Morgan - Bass
  • Szymon Ogiello – Drums
Genre: Death Metal
For fans of: Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Entombed, Paradise Lost
RELEASE DATE: 13.10.2017
Scarlet Records / BAND OF SPICE – 'SHADOWS REMAIN' TRACKLIST REVEALED
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2017
Legendary Swedish singer/songwriter Spice (Spiritual Beggars, Kayser) returns with Shadows Remain, a new album by his very own Band Of Spice, a theme record about a certain period in the singer's life that was dominated by madness. The music is like a bag of different pills. Color, taste and purposes. It's Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal. And it's Blues, Jazz, Funk and even a bit of bossanova. It's feathers and stones colliding in Spice's universe. The sound of the album is very honest and pure. In Spice's own words: "I believe you will get that if you dare to be naked and true to what you are doing. Not being able to put your trust in what a computer can do for you. I love to work with the space in the room. I love the craftsmanship of trusting your own ears, fingers and mind."
    Tracklisting:
  1. Only One Drink
  2. The Pet
  3. Coherent Train Of Thoughts
  4. Don’t Bring Me Flowers
  5. Caught In A War
  6. They Are Around
  7. Apartment 8
  8. The Saviour And The Clown
  9. Give Me A Hint
  10. Sheaf
  11. The Gap
  12. Take Me Home
  13. Apartment 8 (Part II)
The beautiful, evocative artwork was made by Luca Martinotto, who has already worked with internationally renowned artists such as Ennio Morricone, Nick Oliveri, Mos Generator and many others.
Punishment 18 Records / Black Phantom: autumn tour and new drummer
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2017
After having joined various summer festivals, Black Phantom are back to play gigs around local venues! Here are the first confirmed dates of the 'Better Beware! Tour 2017', which will see the band (led by Mesmerize bass player Andrea Tito) play live all the tracks from their acclaimed debut album, released last May by Punishment 18 Records.
  • Sat, September 30th – PORKOBERFEST @ IL PORCO, CORBETTA (MILANO) (+ Malenko)
  • Sat, October 14th – 3 DAYS IN ROCK @ CAOS CLUB, BOLOGNA (+ Tarchon Fist, The Claymore)
  • Fri, October 20th – THE OLD JESSE, SARONNO (VARESE) (+ Slabber)
  • Sat, November 4th – N.I.B. RELEASE PARTY @ PADIGLIONE 14, COLLEGNO (TORINO) (+ N.I.B.)
  • Sat, December 2nd – TOTAL ECLIPSE METAL FEST @ CIRCOLO SVOLTA, ROZZANO (MILANO) (+ Tarchon Fist, Radar, Heavenfall)
The concerts of this tour will also see a change behind the drumkit: the seat of drummer Andrea Garavaglia will be taken for this tour by Ivan Carsenzuola, a musician with over 20 years experience in various Rock and Metal cover bands, as well as a great friend of all the members.
Nuclear Blast / PÄNZER - Schmier talks about the new band name, the members and their impact
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2017
Heavy Metal saviours PÄNZER will unleash their sophomore record entitled Fatal Command on October 6th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records and now the band unveils another new interview trailer. Watch and listen what frontman Schmier has to tell about the new band line-up and name as well as the members' impact.

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AMORPHIS re-sign to Nuclear Blast & announce special 360o concert experience
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2017
Melancholic Progressive metallers AMORPHIS recently finished their successful 18-concert Under The Red Cloud summer tour where they played arena shows with Danish rockers VOLBEAT amongst others. But before the Finns close the touring cycle in support of their latest album, there's great news from the band's camp: AMORPHIS have signed another record deal with Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist Esa Holopainen commented: "I'm really happy to announce that AMORPHIS got re-signed to Nuclear Blast! It's nice to be working with such professional and familiar people. AMORPHIS has done a lot of touring for the past two years around the globe and now it's time to head back to the studio. This means that the new album will be released next year! It has also been a really nice experience for all of us to play with Olli-Pekka again and for that reason we're glad to have him participating in the making of the new record."

Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger added: "I'm really proud that we can continue working with AMORPHIS, one of the early NB bands, which went through the roof with Tales From The Thousand Lakes back in 1994. Additionally they became really good friends of ours, which makes this working relationship even cooler. I'm already looking forward to their next album because it's simply impossible for AMORPHIS to deliver a bad record."

To make the last Under The Red Cloud show even more special, the band has come up with a great idea: fans can 'jump on stage' with AMORPHIS at The Circus, Helsinki on September 23rd - as part of a 360? experience! The gig will be streamed live, free of charge, but fans can still donate directly to the band on the streaming page. You can also win a limited edition of an AMORPHIS VR headset and enjoy the show to the max.
    AMORPHIS live 2017:
  • 20.09. FIN Jyväskylä - Lutakko
  • 21.09. FIN Tampere - Pakkahuone
  • 22.09. FIN Lahti - Finlandia-Klubi
  • 23.09. FIN Helsinki - The Circus
    AMORPHIS live 2018:
  • 10. - 12.05. N Kopervik - Karmoygeddon Metal Festival
  • 04. - 07.07. D Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air
  • 02. - 04.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
  • 08. - 11.08. E Villena - Leyendas del Rock

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Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD Richard West discusses musical influences
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2017
UK Progressive Metal quintet THRESHOLD released their colossal double concept album Legends Of The Shires last week via Nuclear Blast. The 11th studio album by the band features old / new vocalist Glynn Morgan, who lent his vocals to the band's 1994 release, Psychedelicatessen. In contrast to the more straight-ahead heaviness and traditional structures of 2014's For The Journey, the new album is an admirable exercise in flexing creative muscles and revelling in exploratory flair. In the final trailer covering the new album, Richard West discusses his and the band's musical influences.

Speaking about the band's influences, Richard comments: "I think when we come together as THRESHOLD, we all know what THRESHOLD is. We know it's going to be a combination of Progressive and Metal, with catchy pop elements as well. It's kinda what we've always done."

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Metal Blade / RAM announces new album 'Rod'
Posted by: Denis / 15.09.2017
Swedish Heavy metallers RAM will release their striking new album, Rod, on November 3rd via Metal Blade Records! You can watch the lyric video for the first single, Gulag.

RAM comments about Rod: "We are very proud to release our fifth studio album entitled Rod. On this album for the first time ever we wrote a conceptual story over 6 songs, something that we always wanted to do but never got right. This album contains probably our most epic moments to date but it is still definitely Heavy Metal Tyranny!"

Regarding the first single, Gulag, RAM adds: "Gulag has a definite old-school European Heavy Metal vibe to it. The song shines a light on the hypocrisy of collectivism, and takes a stand for the one who lives and thinks for one self, not for ideology or dogmas of the masses. As one can see in the lyric video for the song most members of RAM were raised during the golden age of home computers!"
    Rod track-listing
  1. Declaration of Independence
  2. On Wings of No Return
  3. Gulag
  4. A Throne at Midnight
  5. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 1: Anno Infinitus
  6. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 2: Ignitor
  7. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 3: The Cease to Be
  8. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 4: Voices of Death
  9. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 5: Incinerating Storms
  10. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 6: Ashes

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VARG MEDIA GROUP / Bagira released new album
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2017
Russian female fronted Heavy/Groove Metal band Bagira released their third full-lenght album Shrami. The album was recorded at HELLCRAFT STUDIO and released by Fono LTD.

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Inner Wound Recordings / Metalite 'Afterlife' music video released
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2017
The Swedish Melodic Metal band METALITE just released a music video for Afterlife, the first single from their debut album Heroes In Time. The music video was directed by 11Frames Productions (Hammerfall, The Unguided).

Heroes In Time will be released on October 27th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
InsideOut Music / Fates Warning announce next European tour dates and live release recordings
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2017
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have announced a next run of touring across Europe for January 2018 in support of their much acclaimed latest album Theories Of Flight. All of the shows will be recorded for an upcoming live release, which makes the dates very special, as the band also comments: "It's been 20 years since we released our only live album, Still Life. It's time for an update! In January we'll be recording a series of shows in some of our favorite European cities. The best of these will be included in a live album to be released in 2018. While we haven't decided on the final set list yet we're planning on about a 2 hour set with as little overlap as possible with the Still Life album. Hope to see you all there!" - Jim Matheos / FATES WARNING.

"We're excited to be returning to Europe in 2018 for these special shows! Thanks to you, our incredible fans, for making Theories... such a success. We could not have done it without you! See you in 2018!" - Ray Alder / FATES WARNING
    FATES WARNING Theories Of Flight - Live over Europe 2018:
  • Thu January 18 - Essen (Germany) - Turock
  • Fri January 19 - Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
  • Sat January 20 - Milan (Italy) - Legend
  • Sun January 21 - Rome (Italy) - Orion
  • Tue January 23 - Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar
  • Wed January 24 - Budapest (Hungary) - A38
  • Thu January 25 - Belgrade (Serbia) - Dom Omladine
  • Fri January 26 - Thessaloniki (Greece) - Principal Club Theater
  • Sat January 27 - Athens (Greece) - Fuzz Club

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My Kingdom Music / DRAGONHAMMER return on the scene with 'Obscurity'
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2017
"The same instant I received and listened to the final master of our new album Obscurity, sent by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio, I had clear the idea that we did a great job indeed, without any doubt the best, the most complete and the heaviest album of our almost twenty-year career."

With these words Gaetano Amodio, bass player and DRAGONHAMMER's co-founder with the singer and guitarist Max Aguzzi, presents the new album, the fourth full-length and the first one after the acclaimed The X Experiment released in 2013 and that signed the return of the Roman act and the subsequent incredible European tour with FREEDOM CALL. It is also the occasion to present the new line-up with Flavio Cicconi on guitars and Andrea Gianangeli on drums already part of the quintet for the last live shows of the band.

Obscurity with its ten songs will be released on October 27th once again on My Kingdom Music which has re-newed their co-operation with a new record deal.

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STÄLKER signs worldwide deal with Napalm Records
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2017
Welcome back to the glory of the 80s! And a very warm welcome to Napalm Records' latest worldwide signing: STÄLKER.

This band is a wild trip to the old days of raw Thrash Metal with heavy driven songs at full speed! The fearless three-piece from their beautiful home of New Zealand are set to release a most sinister monster of an album. Shadow Of The Sword is set to be released on November 17th 2017!

The band on the signing with Napalm Records: "Stalker are thrilled to have formed an alliance with Napalm Records, and with the label's rock solid support we can't wait to break out from New Zealand's far flung shores and unleash our Speed Metal mayhem the world over. All of us in the band pay tribute to label Underground Power for releasing our initial Satanic Panic demo. Now, with the formidable forces of Napalm Records backing us, we're set to deliver an even more powerful and demolishing release with our upcoming debut full-length, Shadow of the Sword. Dowse the fires, hide the booze, Stalker and Napalm are coming for you. STRIKE FIRST, STRIKE HARD, NO MERCY!"
Napalm Records / DUST BOLT RELEASE BRAND NEW VIDEO 'MIND THE GAP'
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2017
German power four-piece DUST BOLT released their third album Mass Confusion in July 2016 via Napalm Records.

In support of the album, DUST BOLT will travel to North America for the first time ever. To warm up for the tour, the band has now unleashed a brand new video for the song Mind The Gap, taken from DUST BOLT's latest release.

Says the band: "We are stoked to present the new video for the song Mind The Gap, shot during a live session at the Rain Age rehearsal rooms in Germany. Raw, DIY and old school as fuck - as you know it. A room, 4 people, 3 amplifier and drums - that´s all you need. After a great summer season in Europe we can´t wait to bring the songs from Mass Confusion and the first two albums finally to the United States together with Obituary, Exodus and Power Trip on the Battle Of The Bays Tour 2017. Come out and catch us live! And if anyone tries to tell you what to do, what to dream of or which way you to go, or even not to go to a Dust Bolt show - don't forget: just Mind The Gap!"

The band will be taking part in the 'Battle of the Bays' Tour, featuring Obituary, Exodus, Power Trip. The tour kicks off September 14th in Durham, NC and runs through October 15th in Baton Rouge, LA.

It's only been six years since Southern Germans DUST BOLT won the W:O:A Metal Battle 2011 - six years the band has used to transform themselves from hot newcomers into national Thrash heroes with their debut Violent Demolition! These Bay Area aficionados dropped their third full length Mass Confusion in July 2016. Relentless touring plus constant fine-tuning of the typical DUST BOLT sound have finally paid off: the old school songwriting is focused and free of ballast weight, yet despite all the rage and aggression there is still plenty of breathing space for melodic guitar work, gang shouts and ten ton grooves.
    Dust Bolt w/Obituary, Exodus, Powertrip
  • 9/14: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
  • 9/15: Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas Live
  • 9/16: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
  • 9/17: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
  • 9/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
  • 9/20: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Downstairs)
  • 9/21: Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
  • 9/22: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Ball
  • 9/23: Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
  • 9/24: London, ON @ London Music Hall
  • 9/26: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
  • 9/27: Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
  • 9/28: Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Center
  • 9/29: Joliet, IL @ The Forge
  • 9/30: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
  • 10/1: St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
  • 10/3: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
  • 10/4: Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
  • 10/6: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
  • 10/7: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*
  • 10/8: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
  • 10/10: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
  • 10/11: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
  • 10/12: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
  • 10/14: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
  • 10/15: Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theater +
    * No Exodus
    + Obituary, Dust Bolt ONLY

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Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD release video for 'Stars And Satellites'
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2017
UK Progressive Metal quintet THRESHOLD just released their colossal double concept album Legends Of The Shires via Nuclear Blast. The 11th studio album by the band features old / new vocalist Glynn Morgan, who lent his vocals to the band's 1994 release, Psychedelicatessen. In contrast to the more straight-ahead heaviness and traditional structures of 2014's For The Journey, the new album is an admirable exercise in flexing creative muscles and revelling in exploratory flair.

To celebrate the release, THRESHOLD have unleashed a lyric video for new track, Stars And Satellites.

. "Welcome to the third single from our new album. It's a catchy little progressive number about finding your place in the world and I hope you enjoy it", says keyboardist Richard West. Karl Groom continues, "I am excited about the release of Legends Of The Shires. It represents a huge achievement for the band and one of the most creative periods we have ever experienced. I hope it connects with those listening and has a lasting impression."

Vocalist Glynn Morgan is thankful for fans accepting him back into the fold and is excited to get out on the road with the guys: "I've always been a fan of the band. I was just a fan, keeping up to date, and I think Karl and Richard's songwriting, they're a great team and it's all good stuff. So when I got the call, how could I say no? A big thank you to all the fans who have welcomed me back. I hope you're loving the new tunes as much as I loved singing them! See you all in the fall on the 'Legends' tour."

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Nuclear Blast / BEAST IN BLACK 'Blind And Frozen' video and more album details
Posted by: Denis / 13.09.2017
"You have to be mentally insane to not love this album." Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH)

International Heavy metallers BEAST IN BLACK recently announced that they have signed a worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Now the band with former BATTLE BEAST guitarist Anton Kabanen presents the first music video from their 10-track debut album titled Berserker, which will be released on November 3rd, 2017! This video is for Blind And Frozen, directed by Ville Lipiäinen (NIGHTWISH etc.).

Anton commented on the track: "Blind And Frozen is a super catchy and massive song. Yannis' interpretation and performance here is nothing short of pure perfection!"

Additionally, BEAST IN BLACK have also unveiled the album's track listing.
  1. Beast In Black
  2. Blind And Frozen
  3. Blood Of A Lion
  4. Born Again
  5. Zodd The Immortal
  6. The Fifth Angel
  7. Crazy, Mad, Insane
  8. Hell For All Eternity (Bonus Track- DIGI only)
  9. Eternal Fire
  10. Go To Hell (Bonus Track- DIGI only)
  11. End Of The World
  12. Ghost In The Rain
Berserker was produced by Anton in his Sound Quest Studio. Its cover artwork marks the return of the collaboration between Anton and Roman Ismailov who was the original illustrator and graphic artist for BATTLE BEAST.

Berserker maintains the style of Anton's previously composed works which include the first three BATTLE BEAST albums. Influenced by 80's Metal bands such as JUDAS PRIEST, MANOWAR, W.A.S.P., BLACK SABBATH, ACCEPT, the record is nothing but a great Heavy Metal album. "It's very straightforward, catchy and powerful and occasionally mixed with some symphonic influences", Anton adds. Lyrically, Kabanen also continues his previous style: "Many songs such as the title track, Beast In Black, and Zodd The Immortal, are strongly influenced by the Japanese manga and anime Berserk."
Söthis ink management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 11.09.2017
American brutal Death Metal band Söthis has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. Last year the band released their debut EP Trails of Blood. The EP was recorded and mixed at Impulse Recording by Nick Kauffman.

Söthis was formed in 2015 at Oakland, California by Ivan Peric, Mitchell Tom, Paul Olsen, Joey Bartlett after meeting them at a local 'Death to All' tribute tour. This days the band is working on their debut album that will be released next year.
Frontiers Music / Primal Fear - Best of Fear
Posted by: Denis / 11.09.2017
Frontiers Music Srl are pleased to announce the release of Primal Fear's Best Of Fear on November 10th, 2017! Check out the new song, If Looks Could Kill (a Heart cover).

Best of Fear, as the name implies, is a new best of compilation from German Heavy Metal masters, Primal Fear. This double album culls together the best material from Primal Fear's last 10 years of work (including the albums New Religion, 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead), Unbreakable, Delivering the Black, Rulebreaker), plus four brand new songs recorded specifically for this release.

Mat Sinner says: "We wanted to come up with something special instead of a regular Best-Of album. We've recorded 4 new songs including a cover of the Heart song If Looks Could Kill and in my view one of the best vocal performances of Ralf Scheepers' career - crushing! We've divided the album into 2 CDs - on CD 1 the new tracks and our most favorite rockers, on CD 2 the epic stuff and the long songs including an exciting artwork by Stan Decker. This is a compilation we're proud of and much more than a collector's item!"

This comprehensive overview of Primal Fear's body of work over the past ten years is aptly split into two records which showcase the magnificence (and constantly maturing) songwriting abilities of these Heavy Metal lifers. The first album encompasses the heavier and more straight ahead material, while the second shows the more involved and epic side of the band's songwriting.

So, whether you're just discovering Primal Fear or you're a long-time fan, this is a really good overview of their music over the past ten years and is not to be missed!

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Pure Steel Records / ALLTHENIKO official video 'Waste Of Time' released
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2017
ALLTHENIKO has released a video for the song Waste Of Time. That song is on the new album Italian History VI, which will be released September 15th, 2017 via PURE STEEL RECORDS.

The Italian band ALLTHENIKO is active since 15 years and a guarantee for true Heavy Metal! On their 6th album the three guys know exactly that only Speed and Power count! True Steel has to be formed when it's hot!

Of course you will find Teutonic influences from the true decade of Thrash, but a very clever stylistic input is the use of two songs sung in Italian! Awesome! The other songs are again for all fans of RAGE and PRIMAL SCREAM! Scream for Metal! Two, three, four, die!

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Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC announce new release date & unveil first trailer plus track listing
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2017
ALMANAC - the new band of Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE) - recently announced the release date of their sophomore record titled Kingslayer. Now the group must inform their fans that the release date has been pushed back to November 24th, 2017. To bridge this long gap, ALMANAC have launched the very first album trailer over on YouTube, which gives the viewer some insight into the recording process of Kingslayer.

In addition, ALMANAC have unveiled the track listing of their upcoming album.

Kingslayer was recorded with producer Andreas Herr at HeyDay Studios in Wuppertal, Germany. The cover artwork was once again created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (ACCEPT, DESTRUCTION a.o.).

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Nuclear Blast / PÄNZER Schmier talks about his inspiration
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2017
Heavy Metal saviours PÄNZER will unleash their sophomore record entitled Fatal Command on October 6th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records and now the band unveils another new interview trailer. Watch front man Schmier open up about what inspired him during the songwriting process. In this clip he explains why he enjoys paying tribute to his heroes, and why he never wanted to sound like his main band DESTRUCTION with this old school Heavy Metal project PÄNZER.

Schmier comments: "When we wrote this album, we looked back on the history of heavy metal and wanted to pay tribute to the past of that genre. Many people are asking 'What is PÄNZER doing? They do nothing new'. But we never wanted to do anything new, we want to pay tribute to the stuff we grew up with and to the traditional Heavy Metal, which fell more and more into the background these days."

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Nuclear Blast / EPICA - behind the music of 'The Solace System' part #3
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2017
On September 1st, symphonic Metal masters EPICA proudly unleashed their long-awaited EP The Solace System! This EP includes six brand-new tracks, which were written and recorded during the process of their latest album The Holographic Principle, which charted worldwide!

To give you all a better understanding of the content and the concept of this EP, EPICA have released multiple episodes of their story behind the music of The Solace System! Now they unveil their third and last part of the trailer series, which you can see here at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

The band comments: "Here's our view on the new upcoming EP The Solace System. We talk about the music and the lyrics of all the songs you can find on this record. Enjoy watching!"

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Nuclear Blast / TANKARD 'Schwarz-weiß wie Schnee' video clip released
Posted by: Denis / 07.09.2017
Three months ago, the German Thrash Metal legends TANKARD played the Eintracht Frankfurt club anthem Schwarz-weiß wie Schnee in front of over 30.000 enthusiastic Frankfurt supporters, a short time before the kick-off of the German cup final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

Now the band release the video clip of that performance. The clip was captured by the band, but also from many fans in the stadium.

Mastermind Gerre states: "What an unforgettable event! We wanted those three and a half minutes to last forever! Simply amazing and incredible! This was once again one for the books... We tried with both, clip and CD, to truly capture a part of these epic moments and we hope that not only football fans from Frankfurt enjoy them!"

The new version of the EP Schwarz-Weiß wie Schnee (which has been completely sold out for over ten years) will be released on CD and 7" Vinyl on 15 September 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

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AFM Records / COMMUNIC to release new album 'Where Echoes Gather' on October 27th
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2017
One of Europe's leading and most popular Prog Metal acts is finally back: Norway's Communic official have made a lasting impression on the scene with their previous four studio albums Conspiracy In Mind (2005), Waves Of Visual Decay (2006), Payment Of Existance (2008) and The Bottom Deep (2011), which all have been released by Nuclear Blast. Critical acclaim follows COMMUNIC since day one and a devoted worldwide fan base is hotly anticipating the release of the first COMMUNIC album since six years. With Where Echoes Gather, the band impressively confirms and underlines its exceptional status. COMMUNIC's first album for AFM is nothing short of another dark and atmospheric masterpiece, created by the very same three guys who founded the band back then. COMMUNIC's characteristic mixture of Prog, Power and Thrash sounds as fresh and relevant as ever and will amaze the band's countless fans to the fullest.

Where Echoes Gather will be available as Digipak and ltd colored Vinyl (250 units gold, 250 red/marbled).

Cover artwork painted by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Iced Earth).
    Tracklisting:
  1. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 1 - The Magnetic Center)
  2. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 2 - Impact Of The Wave)
  3. Where Echoes Gather (Part 1 - Beneath The Giant)
  4. Where Echoes Gather (Part 2 - The Underground Swine)
  5. Moondance
  6. Where History Lives
  7. Black Flag of Hate
  8. The Claws Of The Sea (Part 1 - Journey Into The Source)
  9. The Claws Of The Sea (Part 2 - The First Moment)
    Bonus Tracks:
  10. Watching It All Disappear (Live In Studio 2017)
  11. At Dewy Prime (Live In Studio 2017)
  12. Waves Of Visual Decay (Acoustic Live Version - 10th Anniversary Concert)

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AFM Records / Flotsam and Jetsam to support HammerFall on their North American tour in May/June 2018
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2017
It's finally official: HammerFall is coming back to North America next year! A full headline tour with legends Flotsam and Jetsam as special guests, see all the dates below.

"This is on you, North American fans", exclaims guitarist Oscar Dronjak, "the last tour we did was so amazing on all levels that we couldn't wait to return!"
    MAY
  • 17 Ft Lauderdale, FL Kelsey Theater
  • 18 Orlando, FL The Haven
  • 19 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
  • 20 Raleigh, NC Motorco
  • 22 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
  • 23 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theater
  • 24 New York City, NY Gramercy Theater
  • 25 Worcester, MA Palladium
  • 26 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
  • 27 Quebec City, QC, Canada Le Cercle
  • 28 Montreal, QC, Canada FouFounes Eléctric
  • 29 Toronto, ON, Canada Opera House
  • 31 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
    JUNE
  • 1 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
  • 2 Louisville, KY Diamonds
  • 3 Detroit, MI Harpos
  • 4 Joliet, IL The Forge
  • 5 Minneapolis, MN The Cabooze
  • 7 Calgary, AB, Canada Dickens
  • 8 Edmonton, AB, Canada Starlite Room
  • 9 Vancouver, BC, Canada Rickshaw
  • 10 Seattle, WA El Corazon
  • 11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
  • 13 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
  • 14 Los Angeles Whiskey A Gogo
  • 15 Anaheim, CA The Grove
  • 16 AZ Marquee Theater
  • 18 Dallas, TX Trees
  • 19 San Antonio, TX Rock Box
  • 20 Houston, TX Scout Bar

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Escape Music / GYPSY SOUL - WINNERS AND LOSERS
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2017
In 1987 four musicians were brought together by the legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose and their shared manager. Those four were guitarist J K Northrup, lead vocalist Johnny Edwards, bassist Larry Hart and J K's long-time friend and drummer Glenn Hicks. Within two weeks they were rehearsing writing and in the studio recording with Ronnie Montrose, who was producing their first demo. It was immediately evident that there was a lot of electricity with the band! Drawing on such influences as Bad Company, Whitesnake, Humble Pie the band's energy was powerful.

Almost immediately several major labels such as Geffen, Atlantic and MCA were coming to the shows and rehearsals showing great interest in signing the band. John Kalodner himself put the band into the studio to record a further six songs.

Although an agreement was not reached with any of the record labels the band recorded and demoed many songs over two years. They added a fifth member; rhythm guitarist Justin McDaid and continued playing, writing and showcasing until 1989 when they disbanded resulting in Edwards joining Foreigner and J K Northrup joining up with Paul Shortino for two albums.

This collection of 14 songs (Release Date: 20th October 2017) are a small portion of songs they wrote but they capture the spirit of what a great they actually were. Many of the songs were later performed and recorded by Foreigner, Ready for the Rain, King Kobra, Burning in her fire, Wild Horses, Fire and Water, The Kid is Back in Town and Rough Life were recorded on the classic album Back on Track by Shortino and Northrup.

During 1988 JK Northrup, Johnny Edwards, Larry Hart were recruited by legendary drummer Carmine Appice to write, record and perform the King Kobra III album.

This is a classic case of a band that should have been a multi-platinum success and these songs we have here are a reminder of what a great group of musicians and prolific songwriters they are.
    Track List:
  1. Fat City 03:38
  2. Fire And Water 03:35
  3. Winners And Losers 04:02
  4. Ready For The Rain 04:36
  5. Sheila 03:44
  6. Candy Apple Red 03:16
  7. She’s Waiting 04:07
  8. Survival In The Streets 04:35
  9. Dancin’ Feet 03:09
  10. Burning In Her Fire 03:36
  11. Rough Life 04:34
  12. The Kid Is Back In Town 03:59
  13. Outside Looking In 03:39
  14. The West 04:19
Frontiers Music / Pink Cream 69 - new single We Bow To None
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2017
Pink Cream 69 return with their new release, Headstrong on November 10th, 2017! Hear new single, We Bow To None.

HEADSTRONG marks the 30th Anniversary of the German Hard rockers Pink Cream 69. And what better way to celebrate than by adding yet another gem to their already spectacular discography! Produced by bassist (and renowned producer) Dennis Ward, HEADSTRONG sees the same line-up from 2013's well received Ceremonial album return to deliver fans another Hard rocking set of quality songs on their 12th studio album overall. As a special treat, the new release includes a bonus live album featuring songs from across the band's catalogue.

Dennis Ward says: "When we released our first album in 1989, we were proud to be a 'guitar band' that yielded powerful guitar riffs and soaring vocal melodies. Since the release of Ceremonial it became evident to us that we had to take a step back to be able to make 2 steps forward so we made a 'master plan': resurrect our earliest form of songwriting incorporating these riffs and melodies, reducing the amount of keyboards and keeping the production to a minimum of sonic layers in order to be as true as possible to our sound - the sound of fat and crunchy guitars. I feel that the new album is a high-energy recording that redeems us as the powerful Rock n' Roll band we used to be. After weeks of cross checking the production, listening to the CD in my car, I take great pride in saying 'mission accomplished'. We look so very forward to presenting our new 'baby'."
    TRACKLISTING:

    Studio Album:
  1. We Bow To None
  2. Walls Come Down
  3. Unite And Divide
  4. No More Fear
  5. Man Of Sorrow
  6. Path Of Destiny
  7. Vagrant Of The Night
  8. Bloodsucker
  9. Whistleblower
  10. The Other Man
    Bonus Live Album (Recorded In Ludwigsburg (2013):
  11. Special
  12. Talk To The Moon
  13. Break The Silence
  14. Do You Like It Like That
  15. The Spirit
  16. Livin’ My Life For You
  17. Wasted Years
  18. Welcome The Night
  19. Shame

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Frontiers Music / ReVertigo - Mats Levén and Anders Wikström
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2017
Frontiers Music Srl are proud to announce the signing of ReVertigo, the Stockholm, Sweden based duo of Mats Levén (vocals) and Anders Wikström (guitar). Their debut album will be released in early 2018.

As close personal and musical friends for nearly 30 years, ReVertigo is the next chapter in an ongoing collaboration between the two culminating with their self-produced new album.

Anders says, "Mats and I always had an idea of creating something that would celebrate the fact that we really enjoy working together, but with busy separate music careers, it wasn't until 2016, we sat down and concentrated on new songs with a firm plan."

Adds Mats, "The fact that we, besides writing for other international artists, hadn't done a proper album together in 25 years also gave the writing and recording process of ReVertigo a purpose."

In September 2016, a three song demo found it´s way to Frontiers Music Srl, who decided to sign the band on the spot. In between touring activities with Candlemass, Treat, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the pair finalized the 11 songs featured on the debut album. All the instruments on the album are played by Mats and Anders, except for the drums, which were performed by their dear friend Thomas Broman (Great King Rat, Michael Schenker Group, Electric Boys). "Both of us have a strong mutual vision, that's why we choose to play and sing most of the instruments and parts on the album ourselves", says Mats. Peter Mansson is responsible for the mixing duties, which took place at Mir Studios in Stockholm and Svante Forsbäck mastered at Chartmakers in Helsinki.

ReVertigo's music itself is a blend of heavy, yet melodic songs paying tribute to their favorite albums and artists from the 70's, 80's, and up to present day filtered through the chemistry that comes to life when Mats and Anders join forces.

"I love when you get that teenage excitement together over a song idea, and how you hear a finished gem in your head, hence the bands name ReVertigo", says Mats.

"We might not be reinventing the wheel, but we're certainly putting on fresh tires", tells Anders.

ReVertigo's debut album will be released worldwide in early 2018 through Frontiers Music Srl, with multiple singles and videos preceding the release of the album.
Jolly Roger Records / Unreal Terror
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2017
Unreal Terror's Time Bomb lyrics video is now online! Taken from forthcoming The New Chapter album, available on CD, LP, Digital 15th September.
Nuclear Blast / ENSLAVED discuss finding a new keyboarder and clean vocalist
Posted by: Denis / 06.09.2017
On October 13th, true avant-garde Norwegians ENSLAVED will herald a new era of their career and melds mesmerising prog with jarring extreme Metal on their highly anticipated new album E. After discussing the seemingly simplistic album title in a previous trailer, the band now unveils a second album trailer. In this clip, singer and lyricist Grutle Kjellson discusses finding their new keyboarder and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje, after the departure of their long-time friend Herbrand Larsen.

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SPV / THE UNITY release new single and video, on tour with EDGUY
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2017
THE UNITY, the new band founded by drummer Michael Ehré and guitarist Henjo Richter (both Gamma Ray), will release their third digital single and video for the song Never Forget.

Drummer Michael Ehre about the single: "We are extremely happy to present our third single Never Forget shortly before our tour with Edguy starts. It will be released as Download and 7" Vinyl-Single with an exclusive, unpublished bonustrack. We also produced a brandnew videoclip for this song. See you on tour in September, October!"

Never Forget will also be released as a 7" vinyl single, limited to 500 units worldwide, on September 15th,2017. The b-side is an unreleased track called Nowhereland.

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

The debut album of THE UNITY was released on May 05th, 2017 followed by a tour with German Hard Rock legends SINNER and festival appearances in Germany and the Czech Republic. In September/October the band will go on tour with EDGUY.
    THE UNITY – on tour with EDGUY
  • 15.09.D-Bremen – Aladin
  • 16.09.D-Hamburg – Markthalle (sold out)
  • 17.09.D-Bochum – Zeche
  • 19.09.D-Frankfurt – Batschkapp
  • 20.09.D-Saarbrücken – Garage
  • 22.09.D-Cologne – Essigfabrik
  • 23.09.D-Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn (sold out)
  • 24.09.D-Munich – Backstage
  • 26.09.D-Erlangen – E-Werk
  • 27.09.D-Berlin – C-Club
  • 29.09.CH-Pratteln – Z7
  • 30.09.D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk (sold out)
  • 02.10.CZ-Prague – Meetfactory
  • 03.10.D-Fulda – Wartenberg-Oval (sold out)
SPV / JAG PANZER release new lyric videos
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2017
US Metal legends JAG PANZER release two new lyric videos for the songs Far Beyond All Fear and Foggy Dew, both taken from their forthcoming album The Deviant Chord.

The Deviant Chord will be available on September 29th, 2017 as a CD Digipak (including poster) and double LP coloured version as well as for download and streaming.

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SPV / CREMATORY release new live video
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2017
Germany's leading Gothic Metal band CREMATORY release a new live video for the song Everything, taken from their new live CD+DVD Live Insurrection out September 08th, 2017.

For over 25 years now, Germany's leading Gothic Metal act CREMATORY have enthralled their countless fans at home and abroad. Since the band was founded in 1991, they have released twelve studio albums, in addition to a number of live recordings, singles, EPs and compilations.

The music is based on brute guitar riffs and hard-as-nails drum grooves, replete with sinister keyboard hooks and that mix of growls and clear vocals – some in English, some in German – that is so typical of this band.

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Scarlet Records / GAME OVER NEW ALBUM 'CLAIMING SUPREMACY' TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2017
Thrash Metal heroes Game Over are going to release their new album Claiming Supremacy on November 17th on Scarlet Records. The tracklist is as follows:
  1. Onward To Blackness
  2. Two Steps Into The Shadows
  3. Last Before The End
  4. My Private Nightmare
  5. Blessed Are The Heretics
  6. Eleven
  7. Broken Trails
  8. Shattered Souls
  9. Lysander
  10. Show Me What You Got
  11. +11. Metal Thrashing Mad (Anthrax cover – Japanese bonus track)
Cover artwork was handled by acclaimed artist Mario E. Lopez (Evil Invaders, Impalers, Hyades).

Following the widely successful Crimes Against Reality and the Blessed Are The Heretics EP, which confirmed the band as one of the most promising Metal acts in Europe and among the NWOTM best, Claiming Supremacy is without any doubt the band's most mature album so far. Inspired by the classic Bay Area Thrash Metal scene of the Eighties, Game Over mix those influences with modern sounds and a very distinctive personality. Claiming Supremacy is the perfect combination of the band's furious riffing, Hardcore attitude and classic Metal influences, with very obscure lyrics and, of course, those anthemic choruses that fans recognize as a band trademark. Overall the album is heavier, faster and ruthless than ever. Lyrics vary from B-movie scenarios to social-political themes, science fiction, mythology and history. The album has been mixed and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), who has previously worked with Midnight, SunnO))), Poison Idea, Integrity and many more. Claiming Supremacy, which will be released in Japan by Marquee, will also be available in a vinyl version limited to 500 copies.

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Punishment 18 Records / The Crucifier 'Voices in my Head' cover art unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2017
Greek Thrash Metal band The Crucifier will release their new third album titled Voices in my Head later this year via Punishment 18 Records. The recording sessions was held at Clepsydra Studio (Nightbreed, Chainsaw, Noise Disorder). You can see the artwork, realized by Jonathan Brandt.
Punishment 18 Records / Headcrasher first line-up revives; 'Nothing will Remain' reissued
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2017
Nearly 30 years to come back together...

Italian label Punishment 18 will release later this year the remastering of the debut album from southern Italian Speed metallers Headcrasher. The new 2CD features the digital remastering of their debut album Nothing will Remain (which never came out on CD), originally released in 1989. The cover artwork was completely remade by Mario Lopez. The CD will exhibit the reunion of the first line-up that will return on the scenes with a new track titled In our times. On the bonus CD provided the band will present everybody their 1991 promo mini-album consist of 6 songs (never released before) and released before their second full-length Introspection, released in 1991 as well.
Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD Richard West discusses the new album artwork
Posted by: Denis / 05.09.2017
UK Progressive Metal quintet THRESHOLD are set to release their colossal double album Legends Of The Shires on September 8th via Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of the new release, the band have started rolling out trailers discussing various aspects of the album. In this trailer, keyboard player Richard West discusses the artwork for the new album, Legends Of The Shires.

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Sonic Night Music Club / KINLIN announce new music video for 'The Last Stand' album
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
KINLIN featuring former Yngwie Malmsteen drummer Patrick Johansson have released a new music video for the title track of their new album The Last Stand due September 8th, 2017 via Sonic Night Music Club.

KINLIN is back with a vengeance and bringing it down heavy with their third powerful release, The Last Stand, which some are describing as 'in your face and the return of old school hard rock music'!
GlobMetal Promotions / ETHNOR released debut EP
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
Russian Death Metal band ETHNOR released their debut EP Exile. The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Taras Garadga at Portal Studios.

ETHNOR was formed in 2010 by ex-members of the band Decadent with Industrial Death Metal influence, and released their debut single Virus.
    Exile tracklist:
  1. The Awakening 03:01
  2. Of Ashes and Blood 09:30
  3. Desert Winds 06:10
  4. River of Time 02:21
  5. Godless War 07:38
AFM Records / Nocturnal Rites 'Repent My Sins' video clip
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
Sweden's Melodic Metal masters NOCTURNAL RITES tease you with another single/video taken from their upcoming album Phoenix (out September 29th): enjoy Repent My Sins.

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InsideOut Music / Kaipa launch lyric video for 'What's Behind the Fields'
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
Legendary Swedish Progressive rockers Kaipa, led by mastermind Hans Lundin, are set to release their new studio album Children of the Sounds on 22nd September 2017. Now they are pleased to reveal a lyric video for the album's closing track What's Behind the Fields.

Hans comments: "I think we all want to explore what's behind the fields. Sometimes we take that trip and sometimes it's just a journey to a place somewhere in our rare and open minds."
Napalm Records / EXIT EDEN release music video for Bonnie Tyler cover 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart'
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
EXIT EDEN is a fantastic new symphonic Metal All-star band 2017 featuring charismatic singers in Amanda Somerville, Clémentine Delauney, Marina La Torraca, Anna Brunner!

After the highly successful release of their debut Rhapsodies in Black and their German official album chart entry at #15 it's time to release a brand new music video!

Now the four ladies of EXIT EDEN premiere the track Total Eclipse Of The Heart, originally performed by the mighty Bonnie Tyler!
Napalm Records / EVIL INVADERS announce upcoming tour with GRAND MAGUS
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
What a nice surprise! Belgium's EVIL INVADERS have just announced a full European tour run with mighty GRAND MAGUS!

The band states: "We're stoked to announce that we'll hit the road with Grand Magus and Elm Street in October + November! We'll be touring some countries in Europe in support of our upcoming album FEED ME VIOLENCE! Expect tons of new songs, crazy-ass merch and a wicked live show! Get your tickets via www.evilinvaders.be!"
  • 27.10.17 DE - Munich / Backstage
  • 28.10.17 CH - Aarau / Kiff
  • 29.10.17 CH - Geneva / L'Usine
  • 30.10.17 AT - Vienna / Viper Room
  • 31.10.17 AT - Dornbirn / Conrad Sohm
  • 01.11.17 AT - Graz - Explosiv
  • 02.11.17 PL - Cracow / Kwadrat
  • 03.11.17 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
  • 04.11.17 DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
  • 05.11.17 DE - Stuttgart / Wizemann
  • 06.11.17 DE - Hannover / Musikzentrum
  • 07.11.17 DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
  • 08.11.17 DE - Nürnberg / Hirsch
  • 09.11.17 NL - Eindhoven / Effenaar
  • 10.11.17 DE - Cologne / Essigfabrik
  • 11.11.17 DE - Weissenhauser Strand / Metal Hammer Paradise
Nuclrear Blast / PARADISE LOST unveil lyric video 'Until The Grave'
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
Winter has arrived - this day marks the release of PARADISE LOST's eagerly awaited new album Medusa! This 15th studio release unveils the darkest and heaviest side of PARADISE LOST and now the band launches the lyric video for one of the most doom-ridden tracks on their new album, Until The Grave, characterized by Nick Holmes' unique growls.

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Nuclear Blast / KREATOR announce Gods Of Violence European tour 2018
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
German Thrash titans KREATOR announce their upcoming second European tour for early 2018.

The band is still touring in support of their chart-topping album Gods Of Violence which was released in early 2017 and received raving reviews from all over the planet.

January of next year will see the band tour cities that have not been covered on the recent runs and bring along label mates DECAPITATED as well as DAGOBA.

Commented Mille Petrozza: "Hordes! Do not miss this night of absolute aggression on our second European tour for Gods Of Violence! See you in the pit!"
    Tour dates
  • 2018-01-11 Lille (Splendid) FR
  • 2018-01-12 Reims (Cartonnerie) FR
  • 2018-01-13 Rouen (Le 106) FR
  • 2018-01-14 Bordeaux (Le Rocher Palmer) FR
  • 2018-01-15 Lyon (Transbordeur) FR
  • 2018-01-16 Lausanne (Docks) CH
  • 2018-01-17 Bologna (Zona Roveri) IT
  • 2018-01-18 Ljubljana (Kino Siska) SI
  • 2018-01-19 Belgrade (Hala Sportova) RS
  • 2018-01-20 Thessaloniki (Principal Club Theater) GR
  • 2018-01-21 Athens (Piraeus 117 Academy) GR
  • 2018-01-23 Skopje (MKC) MK
  • 2018-01-24 Sofia (Mixtape 5) BG
  • 2018-01-25 Bucharest (Arenele Romane) RO
  • 2018-01-26 Budapest (Barba Negra Music Club) HU
  • 2018-01-27 Zlin (Masters Of Rock Cafe) CZ
  • 2018-01-28 Prague (Meetfactory) CZ

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Nuclear Blast / CRADLE OF FILTH Dani Filth talks covering ANNIHILATOR in new video trailer
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
UK's legendary extreme Metal icons CRADLE OF FILTH have released a brand new video in which singer Dani Filth talks covering ANNIHILATOR's classic Alison Hell for the vinyl and limited digipak versions of the band's upcoming album Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay and covering in general.

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Nuclear Blast / BEAST IN BLACK sign with Nuclear Blast, debut album 'Berserker' due in November
Posted by: Denis / 04.09.2017
International Heavy metallers BEAST IN BLACK are ready to strike with might and main! The band with former BATTLE BEAST guitarist Anton Kabanen will release their debut album titled Berserker, in November. Its cover artwork marks the return of the collaboration between Anton and Roman Ismailov who was the original illustrator and graphic artist for BATTLE BEAST. Additionally the band can proudly announce that they have signed a worldwide record deal with the famous Heavy Metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast.

Anton Kabanen stated: "Our wildest dreams came true when we made a deal with Nuclear Blast, the biggest and the best heavy metal label in the world! We are thrilled about our debut album release in November and besides the massive anthem-like Heavy Metal songs we'll promise unforgettable live shows all around the world as we unleash the Berserker album!"

The five-piece, Helsinki based Heavy Metal band BEAST IN BLACK was founded by Anton Kabanen soon after he had parted ways with BATTLE BEAST in 2015. By the end of 2015 the band played their first gig as opening act for NIGHTWISH. The making of Berserker was already in progress back then and it was completed in summer 2017. A deal was signed with Nuclear Blast almost immediately after the completion of the album.

Berserker continues in the style of Anton's previously composed works which include the first three BATTLE BEAST albums. One of the essential themes on this debut album is the Japanese manga and anime 'Berserk'.
    BEAST IN BLACK is:
  • Yannis Papadopoulos - vocals
  • Mate Molnar - bass
  • Sami Hänninen - drums
  • Kasperi Heikkinen - guitars
  • Anton Kabanen - guitars, vocals
Spinefarm Records / AMARANTHE RELEASE 'MAXIMIZE' VIDEO
Posted by: Denis / 31.08.2017
AMARANTHE have released the video for the incredibly catchy song Maximize from their latest album MAXIMALISM. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart upon release. It marks the third video released from the album, following That Song and Boomerang.

"'Understated' is not what you usually associate Amaranthe with", said guitarist Olof Mörck "But seeing the raw emotion and personalities combined with Maximize, I was convinced that we captured part of the essence of the Amaranthe live machine. Ladies and gentlemen; this is Amaranthe at its rawest and most distilled form! See you all on the road this fall, as the MAXIMALISM world tour invades a city near you!"

The visuals for Maximize are a stylistically different choice from previous Amaranthe videos. This video shows a more intimate and more raw side of the band, letting the performance speak for itself, sans any distracting effects or extras.

Shot in Helsinki by director Ville Juurikkala (Bullet for my Valentine, HIM, Sonata Acrtica), Maximize demonstrates a band oozing with confidence, after having clocked nearly a thousand shows in just a few years. It also manages to add a tasteful touch of minimalism to MAXIMALISM.

The video was shot before the band recruited their latest member, Nils Molin; however, Molin will be featured in all of the band's upcoming releases.

In other Amaranthe news, the single for 1.000.000 Lightyears has gone gold in Sweden, while the singles Amaranthine and Hunger have gone gold in Finland.

The band is also preparing to embark on European tour with Eluveitie this fall.
Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD Richard West discusses the new album title
Posted by: Denis / 31.08.2017
UK Progressive Metal quintet THRESHOLD are set to release their colossal double album Legends Of The Shires on September 8th via Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of the new release, the band have started rolling out trailers discussing various aspects of the album. In this trailer, keyboard player Richard West discusses the new album title and whether or not the band were influenced by Tolkien.

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Nuclear Blast / PÄNZER Schmier discusses the lyrics
Posted by: Denis / 31.08.2017
Heavy Metal saviours PÄNZER will unleash their sophomore record entitled Fatal Command on October 6th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records. After revealing why they picked such politically charged artwork in the first album trailer, the band has now launched a second trailer covering the lyrical content. Watch as front man Schmier opens up about what he was influenced by when writing the album.

Schmier comments: "The lyrics of the album are a personal view of mine on the world and of my life also - I have some personal lyrics in there about a friend of mine who turned schizophrenic, which is of course very intimate and for me it's been a great relief to write about it. But I'm also an old punk and like to create lyrics about stuff that's going on in the world."

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Escape Music / TARGET - IN RANGE
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2017
TARGET's IN RANGE featuring Jimi Jamison (R.I.P) will be re-released 20th October 2017 on Escape Music with extensive liner notes by Dave Reynolds!

Target was an exciting US quintet from Memphis that featured the legendary Jimi Jamison (Cobra / Survivor) on vocals. They released two albums on A&M in 1976 (Target) and 1977 (Captured). However, it has come to light that a third album was recorded in 1979, entitled In Range before the band split in 1982.

While vocalist Jimi Jamison did go on to greater heights - thanks to his stints fronting Cobra and, of course, Survivor not to mention releasing an impressive catalogue of solo records – Target were the band with whom he first made the progression from playing the bars and clubs to touring as a major label act opening for the likes of Black Sabbath and Styx. However, the debut Target LP wasn't the singer's first album recording credit. Nor bassist Tommy Cathey's either. Having started to work together in a band called Omaha in the early 70's an opportunity to hook up with another project was just too good to miss, as the latter explains: "After a stint in Omaha with Jimi, we both wanted to explore the chances of original music," recalls Cathey. "David Beaver had been doing original music for a couple of years so we gravitated to that. We did two records with D. Beaver, of which only one was released (Combinations' on the TMI label in 1973). Right after the second record, Jimi and I were ready to take the splash into forming our own band to do original music, so we teamed up with guitarist/organist Buddy Davis and formed Target. We still played cover music to pay the bills, but all along writing our own music and trying to be a good rock and roll band!" The band toured substantially back then and it was a shame that the band split before that third release saw the light of day.

In Range was recorded in the autumn of 1979: it took the band about two to three weeks to do this third album. What an album it is though, this is Target's best recording, chock full of quality songs and musicianship. Its criminal it has laid dormant for so long, but here it is for you on Escape Music.

Here is what bassist Tommy Cathey says about the recording: "I think what I'm most proud of with the third album is the maturity of our songs and the developing sound we were getting in the studio. This album doesn't sound like the first two and I consider it to be the best of the three! We produced it ourselves and I think you can tell the distinction from the first two albums. The third album is all Target with no outside help or direction! I am very proud of our efforts and I hope all our fans and a new generation of fans will appreciate the music!"
Frontiers Music / The Dark Element
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2017
The Dark Element is a new musical project fronted by former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon together with Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen. The combination of these two talents promises to deliver a debut album that will be a huge statement in the European Metal scene.

Since word of this project got out, fans have been frothing at the mouth with anticipation for its arrival. And no wonder considering the talent involved! Anette is widely known for being the immaculate voice on the hit albums from Nightwish, Dark Passion Play and Imaginareum. Jani has recently been busy in Cain's Offering alongside Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all Power Metal fans thanks to his time in Sonata Arctica.

Anette Olzon and Jani Liimatainen on their collaboration:
Jani Liimatainen: "I have always been a big fan of Anette's voice and when the opportunity to work with her arose, writing and producing an album, it was something I just couldn't say no! It has been a blast working on the songs and I can't wait for everyone to hear the final result. This will be epic! The songs are extremely melodic and to the point. My goal has been to write catchy songs with hooks that will haunt your dreams, and I think it's pretty much 'mission accomplished'. Stay tuned for something special!"
Anette Olzon: "I am so looking forward to this album and I believe our collaboration worked like a perfect match and I am really happy that Jani and Frontiers asked me to do this with them!"
    Track Listing:
  1. The Dark Element
  2. My Sweet Mystery
  3. Last Good Day
  4. Here’s To You
  5. Someone You Used to Know
  6. Dead to Me
  7. Halo
  8. I Cannot Raise The Dead
  9. The Ghost and the Reaper
  10. Heaven of Your Heart
  11. Only One Who Knows Me
    Musicians:
  • Anette Olzon – Lead Vocals
  • Jani Liimatainen - Guitars, keyboards, programming
  • Jonas Kuhlberg - Bass
  • Jani 'Hurtsi' Hurula - Drums
  • Piano on 'Someone You Used to Know' and 'Heaven of Your Heart' by Jarkko Lahti
  • Backing vocals by Anette Olzon, Petri Aho, Anssi Stenberg and Jani Liimatainen
  • Growls on 'Dead to Me' by Niilo Sevänen
Frontiers Music Srl to release The Dark Element on November 10th!
Frontiers Music / Babylon A.D.
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2017
Babylon A.D. are proud to be one of the few Hard Rock bands from the late '80s/early '90s that are still operating with all of their original members: Derek Davis, vocalist/songwriter, guitarists and songwriters, John Matthews and Ron Freschi, drummer Jamey Pacheco and bassist Robb Reid. The band formed in 1987 and to celebrate their 30th Anniversary, the band will release their new album, Revelation Highway on November 10, 2017.Now Babylon A.D. presents the first video for the first song from the album Crash and Burn.

Vocalist Derek Davis on the new album: "This record kicks ass, from the opening track Crash and Burn to the last track Saturday Night. The band had a blast making the album and a lot had to do with original founding member lead-guitarist John Matthews rejoining the band. He really lit the fire that got the bands blood pumping to make a new record. For me it was awesome to produce and mix such a cool record. It's very hard hitting yet melodic, with some great lyrical storytelling and great stand out tracks like, One Million Miles, Tears, Rags to Riches and She Likes To Give It. The songs are so catchy and memorable on the first listen I know our fans are gonna love it! And of course there are some burning guitar leads to keep the Metal heads happy. The band is very grateful that Frontiers Music Srl listened to the tracks and felt the same way about them as we do and offered us the opportunity to get this record out. We can't wait to hit the road and play the material live."

Featuring 10 tracks of the energetic classic Hard Rock the band is known for, Revelation Highway is sure to please fans of the band's classic early material. The band will play shows in the UK and Germany this August/September to kick off promotion for the album with more touring planned both in the U.S. and UK/Europe!
  • August 28, 2017 – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, UK (w/ Spread Eagle)
  • August 30, 2017 – Matrix Bouchum, Bochum, Germany (w/Vain & Spread Eagle)
  • September 1, 2017 – Paunchy-Cats, Lichtenfels, Germany (w/ Spread Eagle)
    Track Listing:
  1. Crash And Burn
  2. Fool On Fire
  3. One Million Miles
  4. Tears
  5. She Likes To Give It
  6. Rags To Riches
  7. Last Time For Love
  8. I’m No Good For You
  9. Saturday Night
  10. Don’t Tell Me Tonight
Inner Wound Recordings / Power Quest 'Kings And Glory' lyric video released
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2017
Power Quest, the renowned Melodic Power Metal band based in the UK just released a lyric video for Kings And Glory, the first single from their long awaited 6th album Sixth Dimension. The album will be released on October 13th via Inner Wound Recordings in Europe/USA and on October 11th in Japan via Marquee/Avalon.

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Inner Wound Recordings / Metalite 'Heroes In Time' details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2017
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Swedish female fronted Melodic Metal band METALITE to the label. The band's debut album Heroes In Time will be released on October 27th in Europe and North America.

Metalite was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 2015 when Edwin Premberg (guitar) met Emma Bensing (vocals). The goal was to write and record melodic and memorable Metal songs with a modern and fresh sound.

Edwin and Emma started to co-operate with the Danish producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Evergrey, Amaranthe) and songs started to take shape. During 2016 Metalite found three experienced musicians that agreed to join the band: Lea Larsson (drums), Robert Ornesved (guitar) and Robert Majd (bass).

Heroes In Time is an impressive debut album filled with melodic and memorable songs, crowned with the strong and emotional vocals by vocalist Emma Bensing as well as a powerful production by Jacob Hansen. The album should be perfect for fans of bands like Beyond The Black, Dynazty, Amaranthe!

The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Apocalyptica, Leah, Korpiklaani) and guest appearances on the album includes Fraser Edwards (Ascension) and Jakob Svensson (Wigelius).
    Heroes In Time track listing
  1. Afterlife
  2. Purpose of Life
  3. Nightmare
  4. The Hunter
  5. Heroes in Time
  6. Power of Metal
  7. Over and Done
  8. The Light of Orion
  9. In The Middle of the Night
  10. Black Horse Rider
  11. The Great Force Within Us
Intromental / Altair
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2017
Intromental is very happy to welcome the Italian Progressive Power Metal act ALTAIR onto the roster. The band rounds up a musically missing spot on the spectrum of what we can offer, namely the symphonic part of the Prog/Power genre. Aggressive as hell, but also mellow and with great melodies. A nice blend of Symphony X, old Elegy and modern Prog-Metal.

Check out their video from the brand-new album Descending - A Devilish Comedy.

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NoiseArt Records / EVERTALE - cover and tracklist of 'The Great Brotherwar' released
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2017
Since the release of the EVERTALE debut album (2015 via NoiseArt Records) some time has gone by. The concept work Of Dragons And Elves made fans of both Power Metal and role playing games cheer. Now the time has finally come: The Germans will release their new masterpiece The Great Brotherwar on October 27th via NoiseArt Records.

Now the band presents the cover artwork of the upcoming new album. The artwork was brought to life by no one less than Andreas Marschall (BLIND GUARDIAN, RUNNING WILD, GRAVE DIGGER, KREATOR).

EVERTALE states: "Hi everyone,
today we can finally present the cover and tracklist of our new album The Great Brotherwar to you. The cover was done by no one less than Andreas Marschall. Andreas is a living legend for us, since he designed many, many covers and artworks of our musical heroes. We feel very honoured and are very proud, that we were able to work with him as well.
To shorten the time and your waiting for the release, we are also able to announce today, that there will be two digital singles available.
The first one will be the opening track Empire Rising and will be released on September, 15th. The second song and appetizer for The Great Brotherwar will be released on October, 13th and is called Chapter 666 (We are the hammer)."


For the recordings, EVERTALE retired to their own home studio again to work on the songs until the end. The drums were recorded by Christoph Brandes in the Iguana Studios in Freiburg again. He also did the mix & mastering for the entire record.

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Nuclear Blast / EPICA unveil music video for 'Immortal Melancholy'
Posted by: Denis / 30.08.2017
This Friday, September 1st, EPICA will release their long-awaited EP, The Solace System, which includes six brand-new songs, written and recorded during the process of their latest album The Holographic Principle. Now the band is honored to premiere their new music video for Immortal Melancholy exclusively on Billboard.

Keyboarder Coen Janssen comments: "Enjoy the second part of our animated video-series! In Immortal Melancholy the story continues where we left off with The Solace System. We hope you like it as much as we do! Let's find out if the Universal Death Squad takes over our universe...!!!"

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Season of Mist / SEPTICFLESH
Posted by: Denis / 29.08.2017
SEPTICFLESH have released a lyric video for the third new song taken from their forthcoming tenth full-length, Codex Omega, which has been scheduled for release on September 1st. The Greek masters of symphonic Death Metal are now streaming Enemy of Truth.

SEPTICFLESH comment on Enemy of Truth: "In the past it was much easier for someone in a position of power to silence an 'irritating' mouth. In our age, with the evolution of communication and the high speed that information can be spread to the 4 corners of the world, new elaborate methods are being employed. And many claim to fight in the name of truth, but essentially they fight against it... Many voices making noise vs few voices speaking clearly. Can this turn the other way around?"

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Roadrunner Records / Trivium
Posted by: Denis / 29.08.2017
Trivium's new album The Sin And The Sentence will be available worldwide October 20. Watch the video premiere of The Heart From Your Hate.

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AFM Records / MANIMAL 'Invincible' clip released; new album in the works
Posted by: Denis / 29.08.2017
Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band MANIMAL is back with good news: after touring Europe with first ORDEN OGAN and then Firewind, MANIMAL now present an official clip for the track Invincible, which is taken from the band's latest album Trapped In The Shadows (2015). It's MANIMAL's way to revisit and share some memories from the road and at the same time complete the Trapped In The Shadows cycle - with finally new material looming on the horizon!

MANIMAL are currently working on the follow-up to Trapped In The Shadows. The yet untitled album will be recorded until the end of the year. Release can be expected for Spring 2018.

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Imperative PR / UK Heavy Metal band Forged In Black premiere new video
Posted by: Denis / 28.08.2017
UK's rising stars of Heavy Metal FORGED IN BLACK release the promo video from their forthcoming EP, Sinner Sanctorum.

Produced once again by the legendary Chris Tsangarides (Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest etc) who also worked on their previous EP Fear Reflecting Fear, Sinner Sanctorum simply towers over all that Forged In Black have released before. The four new tracks that comprise the EP are finely crafted sonic monuments of pure steel; each an epic adventure in their own right. Soaring, spiralling lead guitar work and the incredible vocals of front man Chris 'Stoz' Storozynski engage in aerial dogfights above a rugged, mountainous terrain of gritty riffs and a thunderous rhythm section. All the power and fury of thrash, the atmosphere, grandeur and emotion of doom and the boundless energy of Power Metal are gathered in and poured into the burning elixir of Forged In Black's unique take on the glorious Metal art.

The EP will be released 02 September, and the band have a launch show at The Camden Underworld on Saturday 02 September as special guests to Canadian Hard rockers Diemonds.
darkSIGN-RECORDS / Marc Vanderberg releases 2nd album 'Highway Demon'
Posted by: Denis / 28.08.2017
The second album of the German Hard Rock guitarist Marc Vanderberg will be available from September 07, 2017 on the leading streaming platforms as well as on the internet as a download. The album includes nine Rock songs and one instrumental piece.

The songs will be published via darkSIGN Records. Thorsten Eligehausen, CEO of darkSIGN Records, is responsible for the mix and mastering.
    Tracklist:
  1. Highway Demon
  2. Blue Eyes
  3. Bad Paradise
  4. The Last Battle
  5. How Do You Feel
  6. Indispensible
  7. You're Like Poison
  8. When I Turn the Key
  9. Final Chapter
  10. Total Eclipse (Instrumental)
Imperative PR / Meat Train release the grisly Death Metal of Random Acts Of Carnage through Contagion Records
Posted by: Denis / 28.08.2017
Imperative PR present the four disturbing individuals collectively known as MEAT TRAIN and their forthcoming slab of bludgeoning filthy Death Metal - RANDOM ACTS OF CARNAGE.

On the 29th of September a new level of horror, fear and ferocity will be pulling into a station near you. The whispered warnings have spread through the Metal underground like wildfire and now the dreaded event is upon us... Meat Train have returned. Led by their own deranged anti-priest, these sinister, soulless beasts of brutality are on a crusade of carnage. They not only want to watch the world burn, they want to kill as many people as possible as the flames engulf us all.

Contagion Records have taken it upon themselves to release Meat Train's unholy book, their bestial bible, their manual to the end of all things... Random Acts Of Carnage. The eleven hymns of horror that nestle like vipers beneath the bloody insanity of the cover art explore the darkest depths of human behaviour. From unflinching examinations of the chapters of history that shame our entire species to flesh eating fantasies and tales of the undead, Random Acts Of Carnage leaves no ghastly stone unturned, no shadowed corner unexplored.

This is real Death Metal – filthy, grinding, decimating Death Metal that will drown you in blood and have you choking and gasping for more. Featuring a gruesome, guttural, guest backing vocal performance from Svenson Groß of Fleshcrawl, a guitar sound heavy enough to reduce bodies to pulp, a vocal presence to freeze the blood and a merciless bottom end that propels the listener into the meat grinder of the relentless drum assault – this album is unstoppable.

Look beyond the doors of the Meat Train – if you dare.
Award-winning and fan-favorite Nashville Metal band KILLING GRACE joins Sonic Night Music Label
Posted by: Denis / 28.08.2017
Sonic Night Music Club, an artist-centric Hard Rock and Metal label, is pleased to welcome Nashville's finest Metal band KILLING GRACE. The Metal band with a soul straight out of Nashville hits stores worldwide with their second release, Speak With A Fist, on November 3rd, 2017 with download pre-orders starting September 29th, 2017.

Killing Grace is not afraid to genre bend with straight-up southern Rock like One Finger Salute or something more hard-core as Screaming In Silence. From the slamming and revved-up track Say My Name and groove anthem Living Like A Suicide, to the melodic and progressive Take Me With You, this new release has something for everyone.

After spending the better part of a year touring in support of their self-titled debut, hitting venues all across the Southeast and parts of the Mid-West, Killing Grace returned to the studio to record their second album, Speak With A Fist. This new release has all the bite and grit that fans of the band have come to expect from them along with some new found edge and progressive sounds. A fall U.S. tour will be announced soon.
    Awards:
  • 2013 Music City Mayhem Award winners for Best Hard Rock Band and People’s Choice
  • 2014 NIMA Award winners for Best Hard Rock Band
  • 2015 Nomination in the NIMA Awards for Best Hard Rock Band.
  • 2016 NIMA Award winners for Best Hard Rock/Metal Band
  • 2016 NIMA Award winners for Rock Album of the Year
  • 2016 Deli Online Poll - Best Emerging Hard Rock/Metal Artist
  • 2017 NIMA Award winners for Best Hard Rock/Metal Band
  • 2017 NIMA Award winners for Rock Album of the Year
High Roller Records / VULTURE - The Guillotine
Posted by: Denis / 28.08.2017
Vulture from North-Rhine Westphalia have stirred up some decent attention among Speed- and Thrash fans with their debut EP Victim To The Blade, and they are now presenting us with their first full-length album. Putting out a first full-length album of course means a lot to any band, as bassist A. Axetinctör can confirm: "It's a very exciting time right now. We put a lot of time, sweat and blood into the album over the course of the last year so it's always a very fulfilling moment to see the hard work pay off. The success of the EP put a lot of pressure on us to meet our own very high expectations with the debut album, resulting in countless long and detailed discussions about nearly everything from riffs and arrangements over the mixing and production process to the artwork and layout. But we can confirm that we are more than pleased how everything turned out and that it was worth the pain."

S. Genözider, who handles both drums and some of the guitars, adds his view on Vulture's debut: "Creating The Guillotine as been one hell of a ride, with many ups and at least as many downs along the way. The songwriting phase was very intense and accompanied by a lot of self-criticism and reflection. The time in the studio was even worse, ha-ha. It feels very good to finally hold the finished product in our hands and have our minds cleared from all doubts or troubles."

The members of Vulture also active in a bunch of other, closely related bands, such as Quintessence, Bulldozing Bastard, Luzifer, Hellhunt, Wifebeater, but right now, Vulture has become the main priority, for a couple of good reasons, as the band explains. "Vulture took nearly all of our time and attention in the last two years so the other bands were put on hold rather unintentionally than out of a clear decision. But I guess we'll re-start them again sooner or later with fresh ideas and renewed motivation," says A. Axetinctör and is seconded by M. Outlaw: "All of us also needed time to reach personal goals in their lives besides music, including the degree to our studies or the start into work life, which made it necessary to focus on the one thing or the other. With the overwhelming response we've had with Vulture, it was a pretty easy choice to fully concentrate on this band." So, the intention behind forming Vulture was a lot more than just the need for another outlet for the ideas and riffs that just didn't fit with the existing bands, as S. Genözider explains with some vehemence: "No, Vulture is definitely not a riff-dumbster. With my departure from Obsessör in 2015 I wanted to continue writing and celebrating the Thrash/Speed Metal genre. The musical idea was and still is to grab this genre by its very roots. For us this means to dig deep and draw inspiration from proto Metal and Heavy Metal's early stages. Another important aspect for us is to go beyond boundaries. May it be our own limits as musicians or for example the common structures of songs. We're trying to be surprising, wild and unpredictable, while also creating the comforting feeling that makes classical Heavy Metal so endearing."

Vulture have named Agent Steel and Slayer as big influences, plus Exodus (Paul Baloff), Dark Angel (Don Doty), Razor (Sheepdog), but S. Genözider and A. Axetinctor explain how Vulture actually deal with musical influences: "Apart from our favourite music, which we're of course influenced by, our debut EP had quite an impact on our ideas during the songwriting phase as well. We were very satisfied with the material we created beforehand and wanted to continue that streak. Each of us has been active as a musician and songwriter for many years now, we're glad to bring our own styles, visions and ideas into our songs. One set goal for VULTURE has always been to not start another copycat act. So NOT sounding like other bands is more important than 'having a riff like the own you can hear on record XY'" says S. Genözider, and the Vulture bassist can only agree to that: "Definitely. Apart from that, I'd say Thrash and Speed Metal bands only make up about 50% of our influences. The other half consists of various NWOBHM bands, a huge chunk of Judas Priest and other proto-Metal bands like Deep Purple. We developed a lot of very unique tropes, especially when it comes to arrangements, which you won't find everywhere. This includes sudden changes in speed, style or mood. There is a surprise in every song really. Generally I'd describe our music as a sped up Judas Priest record sprinkled with Bay-Area Thrash and Canadian Speed, steeped in the atmosphere of early Mercyful Fate / King Diamond."

The reactions to Vulture's debut EP were "overwhelming to put it mildly. The tape sold out in no time so we were more than happy that we got the chance to have the demo re-released on CD and vinyl. The reactions were great before and after the re-release only the amount of feedback changed because more people had access to a copy". And this great underground success did of course bring some changes about. S. Genözider on this: "What was definitely new to us was the amount of feedback we got. It was amazing to see that the EP spread that well in such a short period of time. Our hopes now with The Guillotine are to go further, to spread our music as far as possible. We're very confident with our final result and are more than nervous to publish it and show it to the people who keep constantly asking us for Victims... successor."

Even though the debut EP was a huge success, some people still found something to complain about: One reviewer that claimed that Vulture sounded a bit 'rumbling', more 'project-like' than like a 'real band'. A. Axetinctör and S. Genözider have something to say to this young anonymous man: "I don't really know how you can hear the difference between a project and a band, ha-ha, but I guess playing live shows and working on the album only helped to form more of a union and therefore a 'real band'. The album is definitely a step up from the demo, in every aspect. The songwriting is even more varied and exaggerated this time, tracks like To The Dead and Adrian's Cradle are dripping with atmosphere and our producer Marco exceeded himself with a flawless sound and mix. All in all it's a lot more professional and mature in the best sense possible." And here is S. Genözider's opinion on this matter: "Personally, I don't think we ever sounded 'rumbling' or 'project-like' on our EP. I'm quite sure that, for a first release, Victim To The Blade was a very elaborate piece of music. Now, The Guillotine is making a lot more steps into the 'elaborate' direction. I'm pretty sure we'll also please this rather skeptic reviewer." No doubt about that, especially as Vulture had set themselves some ambitious goals for the The Guillotine. A. Axetinctör explains: "The goal was pretty simple: pick up where we left off and take it to the next level. But as it turned out this was quite ambitious. Our aim was to fill the longer runtime with even more variations and interesting ideas without losing focus of what's important or become redundant, which is a thin line to walk on when making a full album. But in the end I think we managed to craft a record that catches the attention with familiar tropes, drags the listener deep into its thick atmosphere and leaves on a satisfying high note."

Vulture's approach to writing and recording music definitely mirror their high ambitions: "At first we collect riffs, loose ideas and song fragments which we try to piece together or reject afterwards. These first arrangements are then refined during a long period of discussions over the course of the following months. Solos, titles and lyrics are added and changed throughout the whole process. Some lyrics on The Guillotine were already close to a year old when we started recording, others were finished in the studio. Overall it's a very dynamic process where it is never quite sure whether something will end up on the record 'til it's actually recorded." S. Genözider on this: "When building song structures and sticking lose ends together, it's very important for us to create an atmosphere and a foundation which suits the riffs best. On the one hand, complex structures, technical riffs and progressive approaches work best when they are contrasted with simple elements and rather catchy tunes. On the other hand, simple riffs and plausible chord progressions only work out when they are the outcome of a long phase of thinking things through."

S. Genözider also tells us where and when the album was recorded, and how the production turned out so amazingly. It wasn't an easy ride: "We started recording after New Years Eve 2016. Just as for the EP, we went to work in Hellforge Studio with our good old friend and comrade in arms Marco Brinkmann. The high standards we had while writing the album also found their way inside the studio. On the one side, these standards, which also heavily infected Marco right away, provided a very determined focus in the tracking phase. Marco always tried to push us to our limits and he got the chance to do so very often. There were shitloads of parts in our songs that we were struggling with. Marco managed to push us beyond our limits. The effort we all took while tracking, both band and producer, were really worth every drop of sweat we poured on the studio's carpets. Once Marco started mixing the songs, we suddenly started to realise how nervous we were about the release. The high standards and the will to go at least one step further created a sort of disorientation on both sides. I can't count the number of mixes that have been declined. In late February, some six weeks after the tracking, we finally had been satisfied with a given mix by Marco, only to find out a week later that he himself was heavily disappointed with the mix. He decided to take a month-long break from producing The Guillotine and suddenly came back with that monster of a mix that managed to emphasize every single aspect that we love about our music and our sound. The mix is absolutely marvellous and, from our point of view, unrivalled in our genre. Every riff is like a razor cut, every shriek pierces our eardrums, and every hit of the snare makes your heart beat faster. The master, that was created in split seconds by Patrick W. Engel of Temple Of Disharmony, suits this mix in the best imaginable way. Unlike most albums of our genre, The Guillotine got a professional and, by the meaning of its name, real production. We're really proud of that. In the end Marco turned out as a fifth band member, I guess." Wow, what a story. An album that was created with so much passion definitely deserves a proper sleeve image, and Vulture sure took care of that. Vocalist L. Steeler tells us more: "The artwork for the album was once again done by the fabulous Velio Josto, an Italian artist, whose work perfectly fits our visual tastes and preferences regarding album covers. His razor-sharp realistic kind of style literally cuts the album sleeve in half with the flashing guillotine blade. The title on the backside was created by Christoph Breit, known for his work for Infected Arts." S. Genözider also emphasises the importance of putting the right man to the job: "Every aspect of a record is important, everything is part of our concept. It's very important for us to deliver the feeling of the album through our artworks and layouts. Velio Josto is the only man for that."

As The Guillotine is such a carefully crafted piece of music, is it even possible to name anything that Vulture would like fans and press to take special notice of when listening to it? We get three answers to this question. First comes S. Genözider. "I guess what makes this album stand out the most is its very well thought-through and mapped out songwriting. You can clearly hear that our tracks are not the outcome of a 20 minute rehearsal room jam. We're living up to our own high standards regarding Heavy Metal music. Every aspect of the album is calculated, nothing's left to chance. Yet, the album is vibrating, it's vivid, wild and far from sounding modern, artificial or mediocre. The Guillotine is celebrating Heavy Metal without trying to sound old school. The album and its songs are deeply rooted in the 70s and 80s, yet they are products of our time. The Guillotine is authentic, not retro. Every song stands for its own. I guess also each of us has it's own highlight." That's already a lot, but not all! A. Axetinctör: "My personal highlight is Adrian's Cradle, because it is the perfect roundup of The Guillotine. Riffs like knives, typical Heavy Metal melody parts and a thick atmosphere. The great guest vocals from Olof of Enforcer, which we got to know in London last year, are capping it all off. Besides all that Genozider managed to create the most magic moment of the album in the melodic middle parts." And vocalist Leo can still add to that: "That's the way I feel about Cry For Death. The last song for me is absolutely spot on. This one's summarizing Speed Metal in a perfect way and is a great closure to our album. The catchy, glimmering intro theme, followed by power riffs and ultra violence takes no prisoners at all."

That is a perfect description, and it is also a good bridge to the last question: Lyric-wise, Vulture so far have been concentrating on classic horror stories and suspense movies. Has that changed with The Guillotine? And, for all history geeks among the readers: is the album title maybe a hint to the French Revolution, the not-so-glorious heyday of the guillotine? M. Outlaw negates that assumption and explains: "No, actually the album has nothing to do with the French Revolution. Triumph Of The Guillotine was the first song that was finished right after the release of our EP and it should mark the direction we were about to go nto. On the new album you'll hear stories about sharpened knives, serial killers and horror. You can regard our lyrics more like a metaphor for our sound, which I'd describe as 'faster than the falling blade of a guillotine!'" That's a good one! And S. Genözider has the last word: "We're huge fan of old horror classics. Themes and also complete stories that have the most impact on us also find their way into our songs. So, This Night Belongs To The Dead is about John Carpenter's masterpiece 'The Fog', while Adrian's Cradle is telling the story of my favourite movie 'Rosemary's Baby'."
  • L. Steeler - Vocals
  • M. Outlaw - Guitars
  • S. Genozider - Guitars & Drums
  • A. Axetinctor - Bass
  1. Vendetta
  2. Clashing Iron
  3. Triumph of the Guillotine
  4. Electric Ecstasy
  5. Adrian's Cradle
  6. (This Night Belongs) to the Dead
  7. Paraphiliac
  8. Cry for Death
Ulterium Records / WITHIN SILENCE NEW ALBUM 'RETURN FROM THE SHADOWS' ANNOUNCED
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2017
The melodic Metal band WITHIN SILENCE will release their new album Return From The Shadows on October 27th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.

Return From The Shadows is a perfect follow-up to the debut album Gallery of Life and feels like a more mature and focused album. The impressive song-writing and melodies are still there, and together with heavy riffs, symphonic arrangements and epic parts the result is a really strong album! The album was mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani). Return From The Shadows is a perfect album for fans of bands like Theocracy, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius!
    Return From The Shadows track listing
  1. We Are The Ones
  2. Heroes Must Return
  3. Children Of Light
  4. Calling From The Other Side
  5. In the Darkness
  6. The Final Victory
  7. You & I
  8. Master
  9. Return From The Shadows
    Within Silence tour dates
  • Nov 03: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, NL
  • Mar 24: Lindenkeller [with Brainstorm & Signum Regis] - Freising, DE

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Nuclear Blast / CRADLE OF FILTH Dani Filth talks the artwork of 'Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay' in new video
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2017
UK's legendary extreme Metal icons CRADLE OF FILTH have released a brand new video in which singer Dani Filth talks working with Artūrs Bērziņš on expressive artwork of their eagerly awaited 12th album, Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay.

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Nuclear Blast / ENSLAVED unveil first album trailer and announce collaboration with BMG
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2017
On October 13th, true avant-garde Norwegians ENSLAVED will unleash their highly anticipated studio album E and herald a new era of their career. The band's 14th opus melds mesmerising Prog with jarring extreme Metal and epic musical landscapes; and now the band unveils the first album trailer. Watch as vocalist, bassist and lyricist Grutle Kjellson explains the choice of the seemingly simplistic album title.

ENSLAVED are also pleased to announce a collaboration with BMG Publishing for their upcoming release.

"We are very happy to be joining BMG Publishing!", states the band. "To be part of such an eclectic roster including GHOST, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and many others will help us spread our wings further on many levels. We are very much looking forward to this corporation."

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Limb Music / FIREFORCE - Annihilate The Evil
Posted by: Denis / 25.08.2017
"The FIREFORCE stage is a real battlefield", the Belgians state with pride, presenting the world with their new album Annihilate The Evil, which, like its predecessor, was also recorded under the guidance of Christian Schmid and R.D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy). FIREFORCE is without doubt Belgium's biggest and internationally most active Power Metal band and also fans fans on the Heavy Metal underground scene. The album is a superb Metal statement featuring an artwork by Uwe Jarling, which rounds off a strong third album.

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Y.O.C. new song
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
New original song BORN TO A NEW DAY will appear on our Y.O.C.'s page very soon!

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Jolly Roger Records / UNREAL TERROR 'The New Chapter'
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
Italian metallers Unreal Terror come back after 31(!) years with the new album entitled The New Chapter to be released by Jolly Roger Records on CD, LP (first 100 copies 'bone' wax) and Digital, 6th October. The line-up features 3/4 of the previous albums: Luciano Palermi on vocals, Enio Nicolini on bass, Silvio Canzano on drums.

"It's the bridge connecting Unreal Terror's past and future, a statement of who we are as band today", claims Palermi, underlining "time is the pervasive theme that dominates the entire new album, even if it's not a concept-album." And adding "We expect this new album to please our historic fanbase as well as attract new followers, we are very excited to release this new work and write a new chapter in our career."

The New Chapter contains 10 brand new songs whose style echoes classic Heavy Metal tradition, but with a modern perspective.
    Tracklist:
  1. Ordinary King
  2. Time Bomb
  3. All This Time
  4. Fall
  5. The Thread
  6. One More Chance
  7. Trickles of Time
  8. It's the Shadow
  9. Lost Cause
  10. Western Skies
    Line-up:
  • Luciano Palermi - Vocals
  • Enio Nicolini - Bass
  • Iader D. Nicolini - Guitar
  • Arcanacodaxe - Guitar
  • Silvio Canzano - Drums
Unreal Terror were born in 1984 under the will of Mario Di Donato, Enio Nicolini, Silvio Canzano (guitar, bass and drums, respectively) from the ashes of cult band Unreal Terror with Italian lyrics only. Luciano Palermi replaced Benedetto Spinazzola on vocals and with this line-up they first recorded mini Heavy & Dangerous (1985) and then, first full lenght-album Hard Incursion (1986) with Giuseppe Continenza replacing Mario Di Donato who started his own projects with cult doomsters Requiem first and later with The Black. In 1989 Unreal Terror broke down definitely, when both Palermi and Continenza left for USA.

Unreal Terror have been protagonists of Italian Heavy Metal scene in 80's, among bands as Strana Officina, Death SS, Sabotage, Vanexa, Vanadium, Fil di Ferro, etc.

Unexpected reunion is reality in 2012 (with Enio's son, Iader, on guitar instead of Continenza), thanks to a never ending interest towards the band, when they played live at Heavy Metal Night Festival and then, after the CD reissue of Hard Incursion (with 4 bonus tracks), at fourth edition of 'Acciaio Italiano' festival, in 2014, together with Strana Officina, The Black, White Skull, both well-known and appreciated HM festivals in Italy.
AFM Records / Eden's Curse
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
No, it's not Steel Dragon... Listen to the brand new Eden's Curse 2017 version of We All Die Young now! The track is taken from the Eden's Curse - Revisited (CD/DVD) release, out August 25th.

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AFM Records / Serious Black
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
Serious Black's official Serious Black Magic video clip 'making of' available! Take a look behind the scenes of SERIOUS BLACK'S video shoot for this track!

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Cruz del Sur Music / LADY BEAST enters studio to record 'Vicious Breed' album
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
Pittsburgh, PA NWOBHM-inspired upstarts LADY BEAST will be entering +/- Studios in early September to record their third full-length album, Vicious Breed, which will also serve as the band's first release for Italy's Cruz Del Sur Music. Jason Jouver will be handling production duties; Karl Dahmer has been enlisted to create the album's cover.

Comments guitarist Twiz: "Musically, I'd say it's a continuation of the Metal Immortal EP. Some of the songs were written at the same time as the songs on the EP. I think it's our most dynamic and diverse album to date. We have fast songs (Vicious Breed), heavy songs (Lone Hunter), melodic songs, a ballad (Always With Me), rockers (Get Out Of My Way), and an instrumental. I'm probably most proud of the songs on this than I am of other stuff I've written."

"I am very proud of the melodies and lyrical content on this album", adds vocalist Deborah Levine. "I have a bit of a formula when I start writing lyrics. The music and feel of the song obviously help the direction I turn, but also I like to have a skeleton of the same idea for each album. The song of an epic story, the hopeful song, the metal ripper, etc. Each is important as it builds the album as a whole. On Vicious Breed, we have our first ballad, on which it will be fun to slow it down and have people hear a different side of us."

Vicious Breed is set for release on Oct 13, 2017, after which, LADY BEAST hopes to embark on their most expansive run of shows to date.

"We are excited to release our third full-length, but first release with Cruz Del Sur", concludes the band. "This is by far our greatest album yet and we are excited to get out there and play it for the world. We have goals of more international touring in the next year. Europe is our biggest goal right now and we are networking as we speak trying to plan a LADY BEAST European tour, as well as touring in the States and writing new music!"
Inner Wound Recordings / Angel Nation 'Aeon' details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the female fronted Melodic Metal band ANGEL NATION to the label. The band's new album Aeon will be released on October 27th in Europe and North America.

Angel Nation is a Melodic Metal band founded by the classically trained Finnish singer Elina Siirala who moved to London in 2008 and fell in love with the power of Rock and Metal.

Their debut album (released under the name EnkeliNation) Tears of Lust was received with glowing reviews all over the world. The release in 2014 was followed by shows at Bloodstock Open Air, shows in Finland amongst others. In 2016 Elina also joined Leaves' Eyes as their new vocalist.

Angel Nation's second album Aeon continues the musical diversity that Elina likes to express in her songwriting. The unique blend of retro and modern sounds is developed even further with this album. The power of Metal and Rock combined with Elina's ethereal yet strong and emotional vocals create the perfect platform for stories of both earthly and otherworldly she likes to create with her lyrics.

The album features a guest appearance by Jukka Pelkonen (Omnium Gatherum) on vocals and the artwork was created by Darkgrove Design (Apocalyptica, Delain, Leah).

Get ready for it all: Heavy, rocking and epic tunes from this highly anticipated album with tons of character!
    Aeon track listing
  1. Burn The Witch
  2. Blood Is On Your Hands
  3. Breathe Again
  4. Wonder Who You Are
  5. Farewell
  6. Free
  7. Enough Is Enough
  8. Music Plays
  9. Fireflies
  10. Destination
    Angel Nation tour dates
  • Dec 14: Boston Music Room - London, UK
  • Dec 15: De Verlichte Geest - Roeselare, BE
  • Dec 16: Le Batofar - Paris, FR
  • Dec 17: Popcentrale - Dordrecht, NL
  • Dec 20: De Bosuil - Mannheim, DE
  • Dec 21: T.B.A.
  • Dec 22: De Bosuil - Weert, NL
Metal Blade Records / GWAR announces full details of new album 'The Blood of Gods'
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
The time has come, your Lords and Masters GWAR have unveiled the details of their latest masterpiece The Blood of Gods. Now the first single Fuck This Place is available for audio and video streaming. Your Intergalactic Overlords demand it!

The Blood of Gods, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ronan Chris 'Lord God' Murphy, will be released October 20th via Metal Blade Records. The album will be available in Standard CD, 2LP Colored Vinyl and Digital formats.
    The Blood of Gods track listing:
  1. War on GWAR
  2. Viking Death Machine
  3. El Presidente
  4. I’ll Be Your Monster
  5. Auroch
  6. Swarm
  7. The Sordid Soliloquy Of Sawborg Destructo
  8. Death to Dickie Duncan
  9. Crushed By The Cross
  10. Fuck This Place
  11. Phantom Limb
  12. If You Want Blood (You Got It) – AC/DC cover
The Berserker Blothar says: "Fuck This Place, the name says it all. Look around you. Your life sucks. Your planet is dying. You want to kill yourself and everyone you meet. So do it. You've drenched yourselves in gasoline, and now GWAR offers you a light. The finish line of the human race is at last within reach. Scream it now at the top of your lungs... Fuck This Place!"

The Blood of Gods is nothing less than a sacred text chronicling the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that is uptight and wrong with the world. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of their great mistake, from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry.

Sleazy P. Martini comments on The Blood of Gods: "Sorry scoffers, you thought GWAR was finished? You're the one who's finished when GWAR starts their fall tour after dropping their heaviest album yet. The Blood of the Gods will be the soundtrack that covers up your pathetic cries for mercy. So go ahead and scream all you want. Just make sure your in key or your death will be excruciating beyond comprehension."

In support of The Blood of Gods release GWAR will be on the road throughout the rest of 2017 including three shows in September with a stop at Chicago's Riot Fest. GWAR will then return to the road On October 20th, the release date of The Blood of Gods. The first show on 'The Blood of Gods Tour' is in their adopted home base of Richmond, Virginia and will run through December 10th in Detroit, MI. Support on the tour will come be provided by Ghoul, Doyle (10/20-11/5), He Is Legend (11/7-12/10) and U.S. Bastards.
    GWAR On Tour:
  • 9/15: Knoxville, TN @ The International
  • 9/16: Middletown, OH @ Land of Illusion
  • 9/17: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
    GWAR w/ Ghoul, Doyle, U.S. Bastards:
  • 10/20: Richmond, VA @ The National
  • 10/21: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
  • 10/22: Toronto, ON @ Opera House* (No Doyle)
  • 10/23: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
  • 10/25: Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Petes
  • 10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
  • 10/27: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
  • 10/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
  • 10/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
  • 10/31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 11/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
  • 11/2: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
  • 11/3: St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
  • 11/4: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
  • 11/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
    GWAR w/ Ghoul, He Is Legend, U.S. Bastards:
  • 11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
  • 11/8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
  • 11/9: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
  • 11/10: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
  • 11/11: Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
  • 11/13: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
  • 11/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland
  • 11/15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
  • 11/17: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
  • 11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
  • 11/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
  • 11/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
  • 11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
  • 11/23: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
  • 11/24: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
  • 11/25: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
  • 11/26: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
  • 11/28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
  • 11/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
  • 11/30: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
  • 12/1: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
  • 12/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
  • 12/3: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
  • 12/5: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
  • 12/6: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
  • 12/8: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
  • 12/9: Peoria, IL @ Limelight
  • 12/10: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

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Metal Blade Records / Portrait releases new track 'Mine to Reap'
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
This Friday (August 25th), Swedish Heavy metallers Portrait will release their new album, Burn The World, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! For a preview of Burn The World, the new single Mine To Reap is available.

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Nuclear Blast / THRESHOLD - Richard West discusses having Glynn Morgan back on vocals + the cameo of founder member Jon Jeary
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
UK Progressive Metal quintet THRESHOLD are set to release their colossal double album Legends Of The Shires on September 8th via Nuclear Blast. In anticipation of the new release, the band have started rolling out trailers discussing various aspects of the album. In current trailer, keyboard player Richard West discusses Glynn Morgan returning to take on vocal duties for the first time since 1994's Psychedelicatessen album, as well as the cameo appearance by founder member Jon Jeary.

Speaking about the track and video, Karl Groom commented: "The people at Sitcom Soldiers have created just the right atmosphere in our new video clip and it was an enjoyable experience to film for the band. We managed to find some excellent extras and tortured them with freezing showers in the clip, with some travelling as far as Sweden for the pleasure! It is great to have Glynn back in the band with 'Small Dark Lines' showcasing all his power and versatility. This single should give people another glimpse into the double album Legends Of The Shires and an idea of what is to come on release day 8 September 2017."

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Nuclear Blast / EPICA behind the music of 'The Solace System' part #2
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
Recently, EPICA proudly announced their upcoming long-awaited EP, The Solace System! This record will include six brand-new numbers, which were written and recorded during the process of their latest album The Holographic Principle, which came out in late 2016 and charted worldwide. The EP release is due for September 1st, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

To give you all an understanding of the content and the concept of this EP, EPICA will release some 'behind the music' videos! Now they unveil part 1 of the trailer series, which you can see here at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

The band comments: "Here's our view on the new upcoming EP The Solace System. We talk about the music and the lyrics of all the songs you can find on this record. Enjoy watching!"

And there are some more good news! Nuclear Blast has recently re-released two ancient albums of EPICA, Design Your Universe, The Divine Conspiracy, on vinyl. Each album is available in two different colours.

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Nuclear Blast / RHAPSODY announce second leg of their Latin America 'Farewell Tour'
Posted by: Denis / 24.08.2017
After a successful tour in Latin America, RHAPSODY will return to countries they were unable to play on the first leg and to cities with sold out shows where the people were unable to see the band for the very last time. The first show will take place on January 7th in São Paulo, Brazil at Tom Brasil. Following the band will perform in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

Fabio Lione said: "After so many requests from our fans, who met us at all shows, our managers found a gap to plan this second tour throughout Latin America. We will present some epic shows that you can not miss for any reason and, once more, a few songs never played before. On top we will play all our greatest hits!"
    RHAPSODY '20th Anniversary Farewell Tour' - Latin America Leg 2
  • 07.01. BR São Paulo - Tom Brasil
  • 10.01. RA Salta - Teatro del Huerto
  • 11.01. RA Buenos Aires - Groove
  • 13.01. BOL La Paz - Teatro Al Aire Libre
  • 14.01. PE Lima - Teatro de la Uni
  • 16.01. RCH Santiago - Teatro Caupolican
  • 20.01. CR San Jose - Pepper Club
  • 21.01. CO Bogotá - Metal Millenium
  • 23.01. CO Medellín - Teatro Universidad de Medellin
  • 24.01. CO Cali - Teatro Jorge Isaacs
  • 26.01. MEX Chihuahua - Expo Chihuahua
  • 27.01. MEX Guadalajara - C3 Stage
  • 28.01. MEX Merida - TBA
  • 30.01. MEX Mexico City - Circo Volador
    More RHAPSODY dates:
  • 02.11. RUS Moscow - Red Club
  • 06.11. J Tokyo - O-East
  • 08.11. J Nagoya - Club Quattro
  • 09.11. J Osaka - Club Quattro
  • 01. - 05.02. USA Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 70000 Tons of Metal

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Stormspell Records / PALANTIR
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2017
Debut album by the Swedish inter-dimensional sympho-Power Metal combo PALANTIR is coming soon. This music is for fans of Falconer, Lost Horizon, Morifade, Nocturnal Rites, Dragonland just to name a few.
Stormspell Records / RAGING FATE
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2017
Fans of Grave Digger, early Running Wild, Stormwarrior, Rage rejoice! A new kid is on the block carrying the classic Teutonic Metal torch held high. From the cold Swedish shores, behold the mighty RAGING FATE with their debut album Gods of Terror is coming out soon!
PURE STEEL RECORDS / IRON CURTAIN official video 'Take It Back' released
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2017
IRON CURTAIN has released a new video for the song Take It Back. That song is on the album Guilty As Charged, which was released October 14th, 2016 via PURE STEEL RECORDS.

With the Spanish Heavy/Speed Metal warriors, IRON CURTAIN, the label has another upcoming, young band in the catalogue.

Already with the two predecessors Road To Hell (2012) and Jaguar Spirit (2013) the quartet from Iberia took care of getting a good reputation. Also with their third album Guilty As Charged they offer 8 new songs and one exclusive bonus track for the CD release, where you can feel the spirit of old Motörhead, Tank, Exciter with some touches of Accept, Riot, Def Leppard every single second.

Simple, beer dipped doublebass tracks about all the good things in life, rough yet melodic vocals and flawless twin guitar leads go hand in hand with an authenticity, which is out of competition.
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC signs SECRET RULE
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2017
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of Italian symphonic Metal band SECRET RULE! The first collaboration will be the release of the band's third full-length album The Key To The World on November 10th, 2017. The band will go on tour soon after the release and support the record live at the following dates amongst others:
  • 16.11.17, I-Rome, Traffic Live Club*;
  • 17.11.17 I-Rozzano, Circolo Svolta*
  • 18.11.17 CH-Wetzikon, Hall Of Fame*
  • 31.03.18 UK-Hartford (Hertfordshire), The Rock Den
    *= as support for Kobra And The Lotus
SECRET RULE was formed in the beginning of 2014 with the intention to create a special sound with powerful rhythms and catchy melodies. The band is fronted by the powerful voice of Angela Di Vincenzo (Kyla Moyl), masterminded by lead guitarist Andy Menario (Martiria) who has worked with big names such as Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner), and Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot). The line-up is completed by bassist Michele Raspanti (Graal) and drummer Nicola Corrente (Enemynside, Stick it out, Starkiller Sound).

In February 2015, the group released their debut Transposed Emotions (Rocksector Records) - a concept, a mixture of facts and tales which analyse our society with a look at a post apocalyptic era. The album was recorded in 2014; produced, mixed and mastered at Antfam Studios in Denmark by Tue Madsen (Halford, The Haunted, Mnemic, Hatesphere, Ektomorf), while the artwork was created by Simona Speedy Saccoccia. After some gigs in Italy, the band went on tour in Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and the UK, taking part in some festivals such as the SOS Fest in the UK and the WIZZ FEST in Belgium.

In October 2015, SECRET RULE started recording their second album Machination. The line-up for the new long player also included Sander Zoer (ex Delain, Leah) on drums, Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards and other special guests such as Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), Timo Somers (Delain), Fabio D'Amore (Serenity) and Janneke De Rooy (Paper Doll Decay). This release again was produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studio) and the artwork created by Simona Speedy Saccoccia.

The CD got a release on June 24th, 2016 on Scarlet Records with two tours to follow in July and August covering Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. On 7 October in Wetzicon at the Hall of Fame venue, the Italians supported Serenity and on 29 January, they opened for Delain.

Early in 2017 SECRET RULE supported Blaze Bayley for some gigs and then started to work on new material. The new album The Key to the World will be released by Pride & Joy Music on November 10th, 2017. Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) and two new guests on this new CD, Henning Basse (Firewind, MaYan) and Ailyn Giménez (ex Sirenia), also appear on this third release of the band. It again was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studio, Denmark); Fabio D'amore (Serenity) handled the pre-production and Simona Speedy Saccoccia took care of the artwork again. In addition, music videos for the tracks Twin Flames, The Song Of The Universe, Imaginary World feat. all three guests will be released in advance to the album release. The band has already scheduled some gigs for next months. In November, they will be direct support for Kobra and the Lotus.
British symphonic Metal band DEAD OF NIGHT signs to PRIDE & JOY MUSIC
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2017
DEAD OF NIGHT are a five piece symphonic Rock/Metal band with members from various parts of the UK. Formed in 2013 by composer Carl Eden as a vehicle for an album that he had in mind at the time, and with the release of The Dead Shall Rise in 2014 they began receiving much critical acclaim.

Following on from the success of this self-released debut album the band went on to re-record their first album under the title The Dead Shall Rise Again. This was accompanied by their first live performance at The Railway - Bolton, UK, which spurred them on to continue gigging across the UK.

Their latest release titled In Search of Ancient Magic sees progression and them reaching new heights in terms of what DEAD OF NIGHT are capable of.

The band have gigged throughout the UK enjoying festival slots at 'A Splendid Day Out' (Morecambe's Victorian and Steampunk Festival 2016/2017), 'The Quinphonic Festival 4' (Birmingham's Female Fronted Metal Festival 2017), as well as gigs in Lancaster, Morecambe and Burnley for the '2017 Metal 2 The Masses - Battle of the bands' competition. The band won the online 'Life You Choose Battle of the Bands' competition in 2016, proving that their dedicated fans are behind them all the way!

DEAD OF NIGHT is currently finishing off the song-writing for their new yet untitled release which should be ready for release on Pride & Joy in Spring 2018.
    The band is:
  • Briony Featon – vocals
  • Carl Eden – keyboards & programming
  • Dan Roberts – guitar
  • Jason Peacock – bass
  • Rob Leech - drums
Spain’s symphonic Power Metal act DÖXA join Pitch Black Records
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2017
DÖXA came to existence in the Spring of 2007, in Madrid, Spain as the brainchild of Víctor Fernández (ex-Darksun) and released their first album in 2010 (Once... and for All). 2013 saw the release of the band's second album and now, four years since their last offering, Lust for Wonder, the band's third album, is ready to be released.

DÖXA'S music draws heavily from symphonic and classic Metal, but also from other musical styles as well such as folk, new age and classical. With influences ranging from Dio, Blind Guardian, Epica, Skyclad, a fantastic(al) musical journey awaits fans of Melodic and symphonic Metal!

The album features guest vocal appearances by David Readman (Pink Cream 69) and Ani M. Fojaco (Last Days of Eden).

Lust for Wonder is out on September 29th on CD and Digital.
    Tracklisting:
  1. A Game of You
  2. Annabel Lee
  3. The Spring in You
  4. Creole
  5. The Stormseller
  6. Queen of Spades
  7. Erin Go Bragh
  8. Windlike
  9. Two Roses
  10. Hymn to the Ravenlord
  11. When a Dream Says Farewell
  12. A Fool’s Tarantella
    DÖXA is:
  • Rita Jiménez - Vocals
  • Víctor Fernández - Keyboards
  • Dani G - Guitars and Vocals
  • Dani Cabal - Drums
Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT announce NIGHT DEMON as support act for forthcoming European tour
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2017
After presenting the worldwide chart entries of The Rise Of Chaos last week, Heavy Metal pioneers ACCEPT can announce Ventura, CA-based Heavy metallers NIGHT DEMON as support act for their upcoming European tour in early 2018.

The band commented: "ACCEPT are excited to announce NIGHT DEMON as special guest for their upcoming European tour!"

Jarvis Leatherby of NIGHT DEMON added: "We are honored to be a part of the 'The Rise Of Chaos' tour in 2018. By far the biggest and most special thing we have been asked to be a part of."
    'The Rise Of Chaos' - World Tour 2018 w/ NIGHT DEMON
  • 12.01. D Hamburg - Mehr! Theater
  • 13.01. D Filderstadt - Filharmonie
  • 14.01. D Munich - TonHalle
  • 16.01. D Leipzig - Haus Auensee
  • 17.01. D Berlin - Huxleys
  • 19.01. D Geiselwind - Eventzentrum
  • 20.01. CZ Zlín - Hala Euronics
  • 21.01. H Budapest - Barba Negra
  • 23.01. I Milan - Live Music Club
  • 24.01. CH Zurich - Komplex 457
  • 26.01. E Barcelona - Sala Razzmatazz
  • 27.01. E Madrid - La Riviera
  • 28.01. E Bilbao - Santana 27
  • 30.01. F Saint-Étienne - Le FIL
  • 01.02. F Lille - L'Aéronef
  • 02.02. D Saarbrücken - Garage
  • 03.02. CH Lausanne - Les Docks
  • 04.02. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
  • 06.02. NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
  • 07.02. B Antwerp - Trix
  • 08.02. UK London - Koko
  • 09.02. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
  • 11.02. DK Copenhagen - Vega
  • 12.02. N Oslo - Rockefeller
  • 14.02. S Gothenburg - Trädgår'n
  • 15.02. S Stockholm - Cruise
  • 17.02. FIN Turku - Logomo
  • 18.02. FIN Helsinki - The Circus
    More ACCEPT dates:
  • 07.09. USA Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
  • 10.09. J Fukuoka - Drum Logos
  • 12.09. J Osaka - Umeda Club Quattro
  • 13.09. J Nagoya - Bottom Line
  • 14.09. J Tokyo - Nakano Sun Plaza Hall
  • 17.09. AUS Melbourne - 170 Russell
  • 26.09. USA New York, NY - Irving Plaza
  • 28.09. USA Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
  • 29.09. USA Saint Charles, IL - The Arcada
  • 30.09. USA Pasadena, CA - The Rose
  • 05.11. BOL La Paz - Coliseu Don Bosco
  • 09.11. BR Sao Paulo - Metal Festival II (w/ ANTHRAX, KING OF BONES)
  • 10.11. BR Fortaleza - Biruta
  • 12.11. BR Rio de Janeiro - Teatro Rival Petrobras
  • 12.11. BR Belo Horizonte - Music Hall
  • 14.11. BR Curitiba - Opera de Arame
  • 15.11. BR Florianópolis - Teatro Ademir Rosa
  • 17.11. RA Buenos Aires - El Teatro Flores
  • 19.11. ROU Montevideo - Sala del Museo
  • 21.11. RCH Santiago - Teatro Cariola
  • 23.11. PY Asuncion - Sala Garcia Lorca de la Manzana de la Rivera
  • 25.11. CO Bogota - Festival del Diablo III
  • 27.11. CR San Jose - Peppers

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Nuclear Blast / DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER unveil the music video of 'Auf Und Nieder'
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2017
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER release a new song from their upcoming album Der Rote Reiter (out: August 25th, 2017)! For youth protection reasons, the provocative and juicy video clip of Auf Und Nieder can be only seen in a censored version on common video platforms. Also you can try to watch the original uncutted version.

The band comments: "As there's a lot of violence everywhere on social media we don't really understand why a nude woman in a video clip causes so much hysteria! As you can see we had a lot of fun shooting this clip and we hope that the positive drive of the song will also infect our fans. There's a reason why the lyrics of the song mean something like: 'up and down, again and again, life is music and it needs more songs' (translated from German into English). We hope your eyes and ears will enjoy this song!"

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NoiseArt Records / THE PRIVATEER 'The Goldsteen Lay' second track-by-track released
Posted by: Denis / 23.08.2017
The wait is finally over and today sees the long awaited release of The Goldsteen Lay, the new studio album of the German pirate Metal horde THE PRIVATEER via NoiseArt Records.

In celebration of the new album, the band released the second track-by-track video.

THE PRIVATEER states: "After 2 years of creation and countless beers, today the time has finally come to release our new longplayer The Goldsteen Lay! 53 minutes of running time, split into 11 chapters full of madness and the mythical sea. A wicked coverartwork and 24 pages of booklet in a book like pattern round this beast up."
Imperative PR / Solitary head to the trenches and join the fight to save The Venue, Selby
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2017
Solitary haven't emerged from their rehearsal room since their successful mini-tour of the Netherlands in June, but when they heard that an old friend and supporter of the band was in trouble, they immediately stepped up to the plate.

Ian Wright was the owner of the Riverside club in Selby, where Solitary recorded their incendiary 2014 live album, I Promise To Thrash Forever, but since then Ian has expanded his operations, moving to The Venue, a much larger premises, but still based in Selby. The Venue has hosted successful events such as Metal 2 The Masses and Darkfest and is the adopted home of the Warhorns Festival. However legal wrangles with the local council have left The Venue's future looking precarious, with crippling financial issues making closure a very real possibility.

To fight the threat of closure Ian has decided to put on a two day festival to try and raise desperately needed funds and Solitary have answered the call.

The FIGHTBACK! Festival will take place on the bank holiday weekend of 27th and 28th August 2017 at The Venue, with Solitary playing on the 27th which is the heavier of the two days, musically speaking.

Speaking about the event Solitary's Rich Sherrington said: "We've kept in touch with Ian, despite the fact that we've not played in Selby for a couple of years and it's gutting to hear of the problems he's had since moving to The Venue. All over the country music venues are closing and when someone tries to improve the situation they face massive problems, despite being initially granted the licences and planning permission. That's just not right and we can't sit by and let it happen."

With drummer Royston adding: "We were more than happy to offer our services, as Ian's been good to us over the years. We haven't played live since we came back from the Netherlands in June so it's a good way of getting us in shape for the rest of our UK shows in the run up to Christmas."

Completing the super-heavy Sunday 27th line up, along with Solitary, will be Eleventh Hour, Morpheus Rising, Dychosis, Korvus.
GlobMetal Promotions / The Hunters/th released debut album
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2017
Colombian Thrash Metal band The Hunters/th released their debut album Thrash Attack. The album was mixed and mastered by Julian Sandoval at his home studio.

The Hunters/th was formed in 2011 at Bogota, Colombia by Andrés Garcia and Julian Sandoval with strong influences in old school Thrash Metal.
darkSIGN-RECORDS / German Gothic Rock act Cradle of Haze releases single 'Alphatier'
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2017
After a four-year creative break, German Gothic Rock act Cradle of Haze releases the single Alphatier.

As a taste for the eleventh studio album called Sirenen, that will be released on 15 September 2017, the single will already show what the listener can expect. Straight drums, hard guitar riffs, powerful synths, and a gloomy singing.

Alphatier is already available on all popular music platforms.

The release was done via darkSIGN RECORDS.
Nightmare Records / ANUBIS GATE FIRST VIDEO SINGLE
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2017
Anubis Gate release first video single The Combat from their new album Covered in Black.

Description of video: as technology expands the boundairies of real life get blurred. The Combat is a post apocalyptic gameplay, but is the character real... or is she merely an avatar of a gamer that controls her?
Inner Wound Recordings / Power Quest - more 'Sixth Dimension' album details revealed
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2017
Power Quest, the renowned Melodic Power Metal band based in the UK, will release their long awaited 6th album Sixth Dimension on October 13th via Inner Wound Recordings in Europe/USA and on October 11th in Japan via Marquee/Avalon.

Sixth Dimension was mastered by Jens Bogren (Dragonforce, Symphony X, Arch Enemy) and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth). The album includes guest appearances by Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish), Andrea Martongelli (Arthemis, ex-Power Quest) and Lars Rettkowitz (Freedom Call).

Steve Williams commented: "We are all so excited about this record, probably more so than ever before. I think it has the classic PQ stamp and then some!"
    The album will be available in the following formats:
  • standard jewel case CD
  • limited edition digibook CD - 500 copies )also includes bonus track)
  • limited edition vinyl - 500 copies (200 copies with gold disc and 300 copies with black disc)
    Power Quest Tour Dates 2017
  • Sep 1 Evoken Festival, Tokyo JAP
  • Sep 2 Evoken Festival, Tokyo JAP
  • Sep 3 Evoken Festival, Osaka JAP
  • Sep 6 PPUSA Festival, Atlanta USA
    As Special Guests of Dragonforce
  • Oct 4 The Garage, Glasgow UK
  • Oct 5 Riverside, Newcastle UK
  • Oct 6 Fibbers, York UK
  • Oct 7 Corporation, Sheffield UK
  • Oct 8 Sound Control, Manchester UK
  • Oct 11 O2 Academy, Birmingham UK
  • Oct 12 Globe, Cardiff UK - SOLD OUT!
  • Oct 13 Electric Ballroom, London UK
  • Oct 14 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth UK
  • Oct 15 Forum, Tunbridge Wells UK - SOLD OUT!
  • Oct 16 Booking Hall, Dover UK
    Headline Shows
  • Oct 26 Trillians, Newcastle UK
  • Oct 27 Yardbirds, Grimsby UK
  • Oct 28 Fuel, Cardiff UK
  • Oct 29 Underworld, London UK

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Mighty Music / Forsaken
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2017
Forsaken (Malta) can finally unleash the first single and lyric video Primal Wound from the long awaited comeback album Pentateuch along with album cover and tracklist. Pentateuch is the first album in six years from one of the true survivors of the epic Doom Metal genre. Forsaken was formed back in 1990.

Pentateuch will be released on the 13th of October on LP, CD and digital on Mighty Music. A release concert is held in Malta on the 14th of October at The Garage in Zebbug and afterwards the band will be heading on European tour.

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Napalm Records / SERENITY unveil initial album details including title, tracklist & album artwork
Posted by: Denis / 22.08.2017
A new era will begin on the 27th of October 2017, as symphonic Metal masters SERENITY are ready to release a brand new full-length album! Before the announcement of the album the band encouraged fans to guess the title of their upcoming effort via their socials. So were you able to guess it right? Here it is: Lionheart!

The band states: "Hear us roar!!! After we spread Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus all over the world, which you made one of our most successful records ever, we will now feed your yearnings with another historical masterpiece: LIONHEART!!! Strong, powerful symphonic PowerMetal hymns mixed with emotions from the depth of our souls - follow us into this new era and show us your Lionheart!!!"

Lionheart was mixed and mastered by Jan Vacik at Dreamsound Studios. Gyula Havancsák at Hjules Design and Illustrations created the fantastic album artwork!

With a full grasp of stunning emotions and superior dramatic compositions these Austrian musicians are world class, already winners of the prestigious Amadeus Austrian Music Award 2017. Their energy and joy of playing those fantastic Power symphonic Metal-hymns can't be tamed. Heroic and heartfelt - it's almost impossible to not be carried away. Glorious melodies and the angelic voice of Georg Neuhauser join heavenly guitars and tremendous hooks! This is pure symphonic joy!
    Lionheart will be available in the following formats:
  • 1 CD 4 pages Digipack
  • 2 LP Gatefold BLACK Vinyl
  • 2 LP Gatefold GOLD Vinyl (NPR Mailorder exclusive) Deluxe Box (KDS incl. Digipack CD, Bonus CD, Flag, signed autograph card)
  • Digital Album Download
    Meet SERENITY on tour with their label mates in DELAIN this autumn:
  • 26.10.17 FR - Paris / Alhambra
  • 27.10.17 CH - Pratteln / Z7
  • 28.10.17 DE - Bochum / Zeche
  • 29.10.17 DE - Munich / Backstage
  • 31.10.17 NL - Utrecht / Tivoli
  • 01.11.17 UK - London / KOKO

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KRONIN is back
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2017
New York Metal outfit KRONIN are getting a reboot, as their sole full-length album How Do You Start This Thing? is now available for the first time in 24 years. Just re-pressed by No Dust Records, the 2017 edition of this highly sought-after CD has been digitally remastered by Peter Van't Riet (Ayreon, Epica, Symphony X) and includes two bonus tracks originally recorded for a follow-up single, but never issued. The package also features a redesigned cover and 10-page booklet with rare photos, lyrics and band bio.

Formed in 1986, KRONIN spliced angular grooves with breakneck Thrash blasts, set against fierce but melodic vocals that called for social awareness. Delivering over-the-top stage shows, they were regarded as local heroes and gained international attention via print zines and demo traders. Without label assistance, KRONIN self-financed their debut CD How Do You Start This Thing? in 1993. Although they disbanded a year later, KRONIN's music remained popular with their fans and within the industry, and was featured in the 2006 'Get Thrashed' documentary, which has just been re-released by Lightyear Entertainment / Sony Pictures. Now, KRONIN's swan song is finally being resurrected, with the help of underground-Metal-championing No Dust Records.

KRONIN consists of brothers Pete Kronin (vocals) and Mike Kronin (bass), Steve Koslowski (guitar) and David Penna (drums). How Do You Start This Thing? is available from No Dust's web store nodustrecords.com and their worldwide distributors.

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darkSIGN-RECORDS / Marc Vanderberg releases second single 'Blue Eyes' from the album 'Highway Demon' / Presales of the album has begun
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2017
After the release of the title track Highway Demon, Vanderberg releases with the song Blue Eyes, the second single from the upcoming album Highway Demon, released on September 7, 2017. "Both songs show what the listener can expect: classic, guitar-oriented Hard Rock", says Vanderberg.

Highway Demon is now available in all popular online stores and on all music platforms. Also the presales of the album has begun.

The song will is published via darkSIGN Records. Thorsten Eligehausen, CEO of darkSIGN Records, is responsible for the mix and mastering.
Alltheniko: all the details about the new "Italian History VI"
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2017
The 6th studio work of the Italian Metal band Alltheniko is called Italian History VI and it will be released by the German label Pure Steel Records on 15th September 2017. The pre-order will be available on the official website of the label starting from 1st September. The album includes 2 songs in Italian.

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Jolly Roger Records / WITCHWOOD
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2017
Italian 70's Hard rockers WITCHWOOD just released A Grave is the River official video. The song is taken from their latest release Handful of Stars published by Jolly Roger Records in November 2016. Witchwood will perform live at next Hammer of Doom Festival (Germany) in November with Cirith Ungol, Lucifer's Friend, Count Raven & more and at Malta Doom Festival (Malta) in October, with Hell, Atlantean Kodex & more.
AXEMASTER vinyl double-album release
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2017
While awaiting the official release date for the new Axemaster CD Crawling Chaos, we are excited to be able to share that Pure Steel Records has issued an official release date for the re-release of old Axemaster material on vinyl which will be titled Blessing in the Skies (and other cuts from the chamber). The album is scheduled to be out on October 6th as a collectable; a very limited number are being pressed. It will be a 2 record set including the entire Blessing in the Skies album, the entire 5 Demons EP, and several other assorted songs. The material has been mastered by Robert Romagna and all the songs now sound MUCH better than they ever have. Overall, the record is a definite must for all Metal vinyl collectors and Axemaster fans!
    TRACK LIST FOR BLESSING IN THE SKIES" (AND OTHER CUTS FROM THE CHAMBER)
  • From Blessing in the Skies
    The Prophecy/Golgotha - Blood of the Temple - Rock Forever - Without a Trace - Crusades - Demon Machine - The Reaper - Slave to the Blade - The Predator
  • From 5 Demons
    Phantom Armies - Black Dungeons - Secrets Untold - False Consciousness - Full Moon at Dawn
  • From Slave to the Blade
    The Power - Snake Charmer - Axemaster
  • Originally unreleased
    Heretical Valor - Naked Eye

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Imperative PR / Meat Train release new teaser video and reveal the full track listing of Random Acts Of Carnage
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2017
With the September 29th release date of new album Random Acts Of Carnage drawing inexorably closer, the band have decided to whet their disciples' appetite for fresh flesh with a new teaser video clip – another hint of the horrors to be unveiled – and reveal the full track listing of the album!

When Contagion Records set Random Acts Of Carnage free from its cage, to ravage the world, these are the eleven merciless monsters that will be heading your way...
  1. Random Acts Of Carnage
  2. Handle With Caer
  3. Eat Or Be Eaten
  4. Redneck Zombies
  5. Orchards Of Death
  6. Fear The Machine
  7. Stop Killing All The Whores
  8. Wolf
  9. Saviour
  10. Insubordinate
  11. Block 11
GlobMetal Promotions / Alice in Hell released new album
Posted by: Denis / 21.08.2017
Japanese Thrash Metal band Alice in Hell released their second album The Fall on Black-listed Records. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Natsuki Iwamoto at Akseli Studio.

Alice in Hell was formed in 2011 at Tokyo, Japan by Daisuke Hamate. In 2014 the band released their first album Creation of the World and make their first tour all over Japan.
Scarlet Records / MASTERCASTLE – ‘SPACE OF VARIATIONS’ VIDEO AVAILABLE
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2017
Power/neoclassical Metal band Mastercastle have released a video for the song Space Of Variations, the new single from the band's new album Wine Of Heaven, available on Scarlet Records.

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Pure Steel Records / CHASTAIN official video 'I Live For Today'
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2017
CHASTAIN has released a new video for the song I Live For Today. That song is on the album We Bleed Metal 17, which will be release August 25th, 2017 via PURE STEEL RECORDS.

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Nuclear Blast / CRADLE OF FILTH release first official 'Cryptoriana' video trailer, announce second single release date
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2017
UK's legendary extreme Metal icons CRADLE OF FILTH have released the first official video trailer for their eagerly awaited 12th album, Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay. Watch Dani Filth talk about the inspiration that is Victorian horror.

Furthermore the band announces the release date for the second single off the album. You Will Know The Lion By His Claw will be released on Tuesday, August 8.

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Cruz del Sur Music / MAUSOLEUM GATE releases ‘Solomon’s Key’ lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2017
Up-and-coming Finnish Metal revivalists MAUSOLEUM GATE have released the lyric video for Solomon's Key. The song is culled from their forthcoming sophomore Into A Dark Divinity album, which is set for a September 8 release by Cruz Del Sur Music.

Stocked with the band's now-trademark guitar harmonies along with the theatrical, stratospheric voice of V-P Varpula, Solomon's Key is a total throwback to when classy songwriting and imagery ruled above all else. Adorned with images from Into A Dark Divinity's album cover, the lyric video for Solomon's Key is just a small glimpse of the majesty that awaits.

Into A Dark Divinity is the follow-up to MAUSOLEUM GATE's critically-acclaimed 2014 self-titled debut. Like its predecessor, Into A Dark Divinity capitalizes upon MAUSOLEUM GATE's inventive blend of DEEP PURPLE-like dynamics and IRON MAIDEN guitar interplay, all topped off with the high-wire vocals of Varpula. Singular, alluring and able to captivate audiences of all varieties, MAUSOLEUM GATE represent a new front in authentic vintage Metal.
Century Media / Arch Enemy & TRIVIUM announce co-headlining North American fall tour
Posted by: Denis / 04.08.2017
ARCH ENEMY and TRIVIUM are excited to announce plans for a co-headlining tour across North America later this Fall. Featuring support from English metalcore outfit While She Sleeps and New Jersey deathcore act Fit For An Autopsy, the tour will kick off on October 27 in Orlando, FL and make its way across the U.S. and Canada before finishing on December 6 in Houston, TX.

Founding ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott exclaimed, "Very much looking forward to returning to North America with this tour! We are aware that it has been long overdue and we appreciate everyone's patience while we've been creating our new Will To Power album. This run will be like a family reunion with our old friends in Trivium; together we'll be crushing city after city with the power of Heavy Metal! Good times ahead, don't miss the fun!"

TRIVIUM further stated, "We've been joining forces with Arch Enemy for over a decade now. From Ozzfest 2005, through arenas across the U.K., Europe, and Australia on The Black Crusade. This next chapter is going to be one for the ages: Trivium, Arch Enemy, While She Sleeps, and Fit for an Autopsy!!! DO NOT MISS THIS!!!"
    ARCH ENEMY & TRIVIUM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2017 (featuring support from While She Sleeps & Fit For An Autopsy)
  • 10/27 Orlando, FL - House of Blues
  • 10/28 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
  • 10/29 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
  • 10/31 Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
  • 11/1 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero Theater
  • 11/3 New York, NY - Playstation Theater
  • 11/4 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
  • 11/5 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
  • 11/7 Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
  • 11/8 Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • 11/10 Sioux City, IA - Anthem At Hard Rock
  • 11/11 Kansas City, MO - The Truman
  • 11/12 Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
  • 11/14 Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
  • 11/15 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
  • 11/17 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
  • 11/18 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
  • 11/20 Calgary, AB - The Palace Theatre
  • 11/21 Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
  • 11/23 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theater
  • 11/24 Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
  • 11/25 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
  • 11/27 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
  • 11/28 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
  • 11/29 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
  • 12/1 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater
  • 12/2 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
  • 12/4 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live
  • 12/5 San Antonio, TX - Alamo City Music Hall
  • 12/6 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live

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Divebomb Records / BEWITCHER ANNOUNCE 'SPEED TIL NORTH AMERICA BLEEDS' 2017 TOUR
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2017
Prepare yourselves. Divebomb Records are very proud to announce the BEWITCHER 'Speed Til North America Bleeds' Tour 2017! This fall, black leather, black magic and white hot steel strike across the continent without mercy.
  • 9/29- Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
  • 9/30- Victoria, BC @ Logan's Pub
  • 10/1- Vancouver, BC @The Astoria
  • 10/2- Seattle, WA @ The Highline
  • 10/3- Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
  • 10/4- San Francisco, CA @ El Rio
  • 10/6- Ventura, CA @ FROST & FIRE 3
  • 10/9- Los Angeles, CA @ 5 Star Bar
  • 10/10- Phoenix, AZ @ tba
  • 10/11- El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
  • 10/12- San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
  • 10/13- Austin, TX @ Lost Well
  • 10/14- Dallas, TX @ tba
  • 10/15- Houston, TX @ Rudyard's
  • 10/16- New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys
  • 10/18- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
  • 10/19- Philadelphia, PA @ Century Bar
  • 10/20- Brooklyn, NY @ Bar Matchless
  • 10/21- Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
  • 10/22- Portland, ME @ Geno's
  • 10/23- Montreal, QC @ Pirhana Bar
  • 10/24- Toronto, ON @ tba
  • 10/25- Detroit, MI @ Corktown Pub
  • 10/26- Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
  • 10/27- Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
  • 10/28- Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
  • 10/29- Omaha, NE @ Dr. Jack's
  • 10/30- Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
  • 10/31- Colorado Springs, CO @ Triple Nickel
  • 11/1- Salt Lake City UT @ The Beehive
  • 11/2- Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Cruz del Sur Music / ARGUS premieres ‘You Are The Curse’ lyric video; prepares for European tour with HIGH SPIRITS
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2017
Pittsburgh, PA traditional Metal force ARGUS have released the lyric video for You Are The Curse, which is taken from their forthcoming From Fields Of Fire album. The LP is set for a September 8 release via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Comments vocalist Brian 'Butch' Balich: "You Are The Curse was the first song we wrote for From Fields Of Fire. Dave Watson brought it in and it immediately fit. I knew we had exciting things coming for the album when it came together. It's classic ARGUS and a good song to introduce From Fields of Fire to our friends worldwide. It's an up-tempo, rhythmically aggressive but melodic song shot through with dark undertones. Lyrically, this song deals with the idea that sometimes we need look no further than ourselves for why things go wrong in our lives…as you sow so shall you reap. It's been a live mainstay for about a year-and-a-half and one we expect to play often."

To coincide with the release of From Fields Of Fire, ARGUS is embarking on a nine-date European tour with Chicago high-energy rock heroes HIGH SPIRITS. The tour kicks off September 8 in Dornbirn, Austria, culminating with their September 16 appearance at the Storm Crusher festival in Püchersreuth, Germany.

"HIGH SPIRITS have been friends of ours for several years and a band we all really dig a lot", says Balich. "We are very excited that this came together — it's going to be a great show for the fans of both bands — the energy HIGH SPIRITS and ARGUS put out on stage is very high, and I think we complement and balance each other as well. It truly is a can't miss show. We'll be playing material from the new album, of course, but expect to hear something from every album including a couple songs we haven't played in a long time. All of us in ARGUS cannot wait to return to Europe. It's something we look forward to doing every year and this trip is going to be a blast getting to hang out with and watch HIGH SPIRITS every night, too!"
    HIGH SPIRITS + ARGUS 'Motivatour' European tour schedule:
  • SEPT 8 Dornbirn, AT,- Schlachthaus
  • SEP 9 Olte, CH – Coq D’Or
  • SEP 10 Münster, DE – Sputnikhalle
  • SEP 11 Marburg, DE – Trauma G-Werk
  • SEP 12 Oldenburg, DE – MTS Record Store
  • SEP 13 Hamburg, DE – Bambi Galore
  • SEP 14 Berlin, DE – Urban Spree
  • SEP 15 Weimar, DE – Kasseturm
  • SEP 16 Pückersreuth, DE – Storm Crusher Festival
Frontiers Music / Tyketto - Live From Milan 2017
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the first live release by Tyketto, LIVE FROM MILAN 2017! The CD/ DVD, Blu-Ray, Vinyl, and MP3 (audio only) will be out on October 13, 2017!

Danny Vaughn says: "It's been 25 years in the making. From the beginning our goal was to always put on the best live show we could possibly do. This, more than anything else, is what has kept the band alive in the hearts and minds of the fans. And the quotes that our fans have kindly provided for us in the CD booklet bear this out. We are a no frills, no gimmicks, warts and all, balls out rock and roll band. No more, no less. And our audience are family to us. They are just as responsible for how good this concert is as we are. Everybody brought their best game. All that's left to do is to sit back and enjoy!"

The line-up comprised of founding members vocalist Danny Vaughn and drummer Michael Clayton Arbeeny along with guitar wizard Chris Green, bassist Chris Childs (THUNDER) and ex-TEN keyboardist Ged Rylands, TYKETTO co-headlined 'Day 1' of FRF IV and blew the roof off with their performance of the classic Don’t Come Easy album from back to front (yes, back to front, not front to back)! Cameras were there to capture every riveting moment and now, with great pleasure, Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to release this special performance on CD/DVD and Blu-Ray! Michael Arbeeny says: "If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a thousand pictures. Tyketto - Live in Milan 2017 not only brings the songs of DON'T COME EASY to life, but also shows the passion and excitement the band takes onstage at every performance. LIVE IN MILAN is simply five brothers enjoying the hell out of what they do... with a few thousand friends stopping by to join the party."

Tyketto's debut album, Don't Come Easy is considered a landmark release amongst Melodic Hard Rock albums of the late '80s/early '90s. While the band has continuously put out quality recordings over the years, fans and critics alike hold the debut album in especially high regard. So, it was with great pleasure that after releasing the band's most recent studio album, Reach, Frontiers invited the band to play Frontiers Rock Festival IV in Milan, IT to not only play tracks from more recent releases, but to play Don't Come Easy in it's entirety to an adoring audience!
    TRACKLISTING:
    CD
  1. Introduction
  2. Sail Away
  3. Strip Me Down
  4. Nothing But Love
  5. Walk On Fire
  6. Lay Your Body Down
  7. Standing Alone
  8. Seasons
  9. Burning Down Inside
  10. Wings
  11. Forever Young
  12. Rescue Me
  13. Reach
    DVD/BLU RAY:
  14. Introduction
  15. Sail Away
  16. Strip Me Down
  17. Nothing But Love
  18. Walk On Fire
  19. Lay Your Body Down
  20. Standing Alone
  21. Seasons
  22. Burning Down Inside
  23. Wings
  24. Forever Young
  25. Rescue Me
  26. Dig In Deep
  27. Reach

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High Roller Records / ARMOROS - Apparitions - An Ode to Thrash
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2017
Armoros from Victoria, British Columbia, formed in 1985, and they recorded their stunning debut in 1988. Add some bad luck to the story and you know why it took this Thrash masterpiece almost thirty years to finally be released the way it was meant to in the first place. Pieces came out via High Roller Records in 2015 and it definitely has made some waves in the wider thrash scene. Now Armoros are presenting their fans with another release, a double LP compilation bearing the enticing title AApparitions - an Ode to Thrash.

Rick Lee, who handles both vocals and bass in Armoros, tells us what we can expect from this new release. It has all the demo songs, that's for sure, but are there not also some previously unreleased tracks on it, like e.g. Headsman? Rick: "Well, the compilation has all the songs from all our demos and yes, a rehearsal version of Dementia which was originally called The Headsman. After our former vocalist Kevin Wright left we didn't have the lyrics for it so I rewrote it as Dementia, but for some reason I didn't want to sing it, so Jed took that one."

Where and when were the songs recorded that are now brought together on this release? Of course, Rick still remembers this, and all the details, too: "Debut Assault was recorded at a college in Victoria as a project for a friend's communications course. Ressurecdead was recorded at Roan Sound Recording studio (I think we paid $200 for it). Remember Michelle was actually recorded twice... the first time was at some guy's home recording studio and we all hated it!!! So we redid it at Downtown Sound if I remember correctly... The '92 Demo was recorded at Degrasee Studio but was never finished for various reasons. Hence it has no guitar solos and isn't mixed or mastered... really raw material."

For sure each single demo must have meant an important step for the band. The second and third demo brought Armoros some decent attention around the world, including reviews in Kerrang! and Metal Forces, right? "Well, Debut was an important recording for a few reasons... I joined the band during that session and Jed had left to work in the Alberta oil fields but came back near the end so it helped form what would become the later version of the band. Also, it gave us a start to building a following in our home town by selling a few copies in our local music store. Ressurecdead was kinda the first recording of what would become ARMOROS. We went through a really uncertain time after Kevin left, and that demo was the result of us coming through the other side. We were resurrected. It is also the one we got a great review in Metal Forces for and it put us out there internationally. Remember Michelle I think really solidified us as a band. We were all living together at the time and had the same vision. And it also got good reviews in Metal Forces and Kerrang! The '92 demo was a double-edged sword. We had split up for a couple years and we attempted to get back together, and you can really hear the musical growth we had all gone through. And although I’m proud of it some would argue it's not a PURE Armoros recording... but I guess fans can decide for themselves."

In our last conversation, Rick mentioned that some of his friends were knee-deep into tape trading back then. How did this help to get Armoros' music out into the world? And does he think there are still some original copies around? "Having friends who were into tape trading showed us that 'Hey, if these bands can do it... so can we!' I sent 10 copies out to random people from the back of Metal Forces for free just to see what the response would be, and it developed from there. We had a pretty extensive mailing list at one point... and yes, I'm pretty sure at least a few of our friends still have original copies around."

Last time Rick also mentioned that the local scene in Victoria was very small, and that people were at best listening to bands like The Scorpions. So, how did the band's local and personal environment actually react to the demos? Were Armoros heard at all, did they get a chance to play live, or were they rather treated like a group of Thrash Metal outcasts? Rick on that: "The first demo kinda kicked it off. We sold a few copies locally and people seemed to like it despite the questionable quality. This in turn attracted some people to our first shows. I don't think a lot of the other bands liked us too much early on, but the scene grew after a while and there were more bands like us popping up. Eventually there was a great scene happening. There was a local magazine that did an extensive article on us back then, and they called us 'The grandfathers of Victoria Metal'... never dawned on me before... but I guess they were kinda right."

Now let's get back into the present, back to the new release. Does the title Apparitions – an Ode to Thrash allude to the song title Apparition of Force which first appeared on the Remember Michelle demo? "Yes, it does. When High Roller was asking what we might want to call it, it occurred to me that these songs are like GHOSTS from the past. That triggered the word apparitions, which had been part of one of our songs. It didn't fly right away... and after Ode to Thrash was submitted, I resubmitted my idea, and everyone liked the idea of adding them together."

In how far does Apparitions – an Ode to Thrash differ from the compilation that came out in 2008 on the Brazilian label Marquee Records (Piece by Piece – the Anthology)? Rick explains: "Well, it's been completely re-mastered and it is a 2 LP vinyl gate fold with great cover art. It's really an attempt to give fans a comprehensive package – just get the music out there in a fun old school way. This will be a collector for any fan of the band." Sure he's right there.

As Rick just mentioned before, all the songs were remastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony. What was working with him like? How much has actually been changed about the old recordings? "Patrick did another amazing job. It's cleaner, it's brighter... he really pulled everything out of those old recordings he could... he's a Metal God." He surely loves to hear that.

The compilation also comes with an amazing, grim and dark cover artwork – who contributed it? "Our guitarist Mike Sudar used to do all our artwork. He sent some stuff to the High Rollers graphic department and Alexander von Wielding did an amazing cover for it. He also redesigned our symbol (it's on the back). He also did a great job on the layout."

If we now take a look at the more recent past: What has changed for Armoros since the debut Pieces was finally released properly in 2015? Did they finally get a bit of the recognition they deserve? "You know, I'm still amazed at the longevity the music has. We are the band that just won't die! We get likes constantly on our Facebook page, people are still discovering us, and that's pretty amazing." That truly is amazing. Do Armoros also receive any offers to play live? Have they maybe actually thought about reforming the band? Rick gives a somewhat hopeful answer to this one: "Someone mentioned that on Facebook the other day. It's not in the realm of impossibility but it would take a lot of things to align... Mike and I still play a couple of those songs from time to time... Jed is across the country and busy... but I think if we were to get an offer that is worthwhile... maybe some European festivals or something... could see an avenue to make that happen... but it's a long shot." So, let's just hope that all the right people get to read this answer.

Now what is left to say about Apparitions – an Ode to Thrash? Rick: "Just a BIG thank you to all who have supported the band all these years... and a BIG thank you to HIGH ROLLER for believing in our music enough to invest in us... If you haven't already, order PIECES, order APPARITIONS – an Ode to Thrash, and Keep Thrashing!"
    tracklist:
  1. Sacrifice
  2. The Winds of Bacata
  3. Forbidden Zone
  4. Armor Us
  5. Headsmen
  6. Terminal Death
  7. Euphoria
  8. Autopsy Dementia
  9. Cry of the Unborn
  10. Remember Michelle
  11. Apparition of Force
  12. Critical Mass
  13. The Dead
  14. Shadows
  15. From Thin Air
  16. Judgment Day
  17. Insight
  18. Glockenspiel
  19. Threshold of Pain
  20. Ode to the Past
  • Tracks 01-04: Debut Assault (Demo 1986)
  • Track 05: Headsmen Rehearsal August 1986
  • Tracks 06-09: Resurrecdead (Demo 1986)
  • racks 10-13: Remember Michelle (Demo 1988)
  • Track 14: Outtake from original session
  • Tracks 15-20: Demo 1993
InsideOut Music / Next To None launch 'Mr Mime' stream from new album 'Phases'
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2017
Rising young metallers Next To None released their sophomore album Phases at the end of June, in Europe via InsideOutMusic & in North America via EMP. Now they have launched a stream of the track Mr Mime.

"Mr. Mime has different vibe then most of our other songs on the album, the chorus is melodic yet creepy and something you wouldn't expect to hear", comments the bands bassist Kris Rank. Vocalist Thomas Cuce adds "Some people know of Mr. Mime as a Pokémon but it's actually about Stockholm Syndrome and the person being abused is like a mime in the relationship."
InsideOut Music Introducing SONS OF APOLLO
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2017
SONS OF APOLLO: the new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns 'N Roses, Journey.

For the past few months, rumours have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.

Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian have joined forces with Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (ex-Guns N' Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force). Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, will be released 20th October on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music.

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as 'The Del Fuvio Brothers', which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: "Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the '90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band."

"Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio", continues Sherinian. "The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n' roll swagger along with the virtuosity - a lethal combination!"

But what to call the next great supergroup? "Derek was mainly the one behind the name", says Portnoy. "I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the 'Rocky' movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name."

Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin.

"I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away", says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. "However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn't be happier about it!"

SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.

"This is a real band", Portnoy declares. "This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I'm not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven't, we're just on a break. SONS OF APOLLO is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us."

Sherinian agrees, "We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring SONS OF APOLLO to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!"
Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT worldwide live stream of the big WACKEN show, second track-by-track trailer revealed
Posted by: Denis / 03.08.2017
On Thursday, ACCEPT celebrate the album's live premiere exclusively with a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts and can be seen worldwide on a live stream from 20.00 - 22.00 CEST.

Part one will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits. Part two will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album Headbangers Symphony for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Mozart, in a Metal guise. And in Part three, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year's 'Night To Remember' which makes it even more special. The 'Night To Remember' is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

Wolf Hoffmann stated: "It's always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organising team put into their work to get a varied result. It's a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that ACCEPT has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans."

"ACCEPT have been and are still a very important part of Germany's Heavy Metal scene. We're really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure," stated Thomas Jensen, organiser of Wacken Open Air.

Now ACCEPT also reveal their second track-by-track trailer, in which Wolf Hoffmann talks about the songs Koolaid, No Regrets, Analog Man.

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SPV / ALPHA TIGER release new single and video
Posted by: Denis / 02.08.2017
German Metal band ALPHA TIGER release a new single and video for the song Comatose. The track is taken from their forthcoming studio album Alpha Tiger.

Guitar player Peter Langforth: "'is it just me or is the world completely out of mind?' In a time when smart-phones dominate everyday life, I'm afraid that this question is becoming more and more common. We approached this issue with a wink and asked ourselves, how people would have responded to it more than a hundred years ago. The song COMATOSE forms the musical bridge between our third record iDentity and the new album, and thus reflects the traditional side of the album. We wish you a lot of fun with the clip!"
    Tourdates 2017:
  • 30.09.D-Nürnberg – Der Cult
  • 06.10.D-Bad Friedrichshall – Lemmy’s
  • 15.10.D-Erfurt – From Hell
  • 26.10.D-Mannheim – 7er Club
  • 17.11.D-Marsberg – DiemelKult Festival
  • 25.11.D-Bautzen – Steinhaus
  • 02.12.D-Oldenburg – MTS Oldenburg
  • 29.12.D-Annaberg-Buchholz – Alte Brauerei
  • 30.12.D-Dormagen – Tank-Stelle
Nuclear Blast / PÄNZER to release new album 'Fatal Command' on October 6th
Posted by: Denis / 02.08.2017
Get your denim and run for cover: they are rolling again! Two and a half years after their infamous wake-up call Send Them All To Hell, Heavy Metal saviours PÄNZER have returned to the scene. Fatal Command will be released on October 6th via Nuclear Blast, and the record stands for what all four members have in common - the love for pure fuckin' Heavy Metal.

"We pay tribute to our early days and the era of NWOBHM", comments Schmier. "The new songs are faster, heavier, catchy and even more melodic, without being commercial at all. We wanna keep the old and original Metal spirit alive."

Fatal Command lives and breathes Heavy Metal like a few other albums of recent years do. It is a monolith of a record on which the tempestuous music, the provocative artwork and Schmier's social-criticism come together under a metallic and indestructible hide, courtesy of Little Creek Studio in Basel, Switzerland. One thing, however, is setting Fatal Command apart from the perfect Heavy Metal record: "There's no ballad! But as the singer, I wanted to spare mankind", he laughs. Consequently, PÄNZER prefer to hit the throttle and concentrate on kicking as much ass as possible. Fatal Command proudly wears the insignia that so many current bands are lacking, a bold statement against wimps and posers. PÄNZER swear a solemn oath on Fatal Command: They will be true to Heavy Metal in good as well as in bad times, in sickness and in health. They will love it and honour it all the days of their lives until death does them part. Amen!

After the departure of Herman Frank (ACCEPT), PÄNZER recruited Pontus Norgren of HAMMERFALL to aid their warfare, as well as V.O. Pulver (G.U.R.D., POLTERGEIST) on guitar, who already helped out for their 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!" Also Pontus was just as excited to join the Heavy Metal war machine: "It was not a hard decision when I got asked to join PÄNZER, 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."

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Napalm Records / SATYRICON unveil track list for new album 'Deep Calleth Upon Deep'
Posted by: Denis / 02.08.2017
Nearly three years in the making, Black Metal legends SATYRICON have revealed their highly anticipated ninth studio album, Deep calleth upon Deep is set for release on 22nd September via Napalm Records. The opus will be available in digital format, CD digipak and gatefold vinyl options.

The band recently unveiled initial album details and the album's artwork, an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch.
    Deep calleth upon Deep's tracklisting reads as follows:
  1. Midnight Serpent
  2. Blood cracks open the ground
  3. To your brethren in the dark
  4. Deep calleth upon Deep
  5. The Ghost Of Rome
  6. Dissonant
  7. Black wings and withering gloom
  8. Burial Rite

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IRONFLAME JOINS DIVEBOMB AND SEES 'LIGHTNING STRIKES THE CROWN' RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2017
IRONFLAME is a traditional Heavy/Power Metal entity born of multi-instrumentalist Andrew D'Cagna. Although the music of IRONFLAME finally came to life in late-2016, its growth into fruition had been decades in the making. Andrew grew up in the late-'80s/early-'90s listening to classic Metal acts like Iron Maiden, Savatage, Helloween, Judas Priest. He was also lucky enough to have been blessed with a singing voice that lent itself well to the genre. Despite Andrew's given ability, however, he rarely used it instead becoming influenced by more extreme realms of Metal and pursuing such musical interests for 15 years, playing various instruments in death and black Metal bands.

Andrew was then recruited by renowned guitarist Jim Dofka as vocalist for the band Dofka, where he honed his raw vocal talent and learned how to sing properly through 2010, performing on the Humanity Bleak album. Years later, upon the untimely death of a mutual friend, Dofka reunited for a one-night performance in October of 2016. These events stirred up many old feelings, and Andrew felt it was time to write an album of purely traditional Metal. Thus, IRONFLAME was born.

The end result is Lightning Strikes the Crown: a 40-minute tribute to the glory days of Heavy Metal. Free of pretension and arrogance, the music of IRONFLAME is catchy, familiar, and hook-laden—just good old fist-banging Metal that is as honest as it is memorable. All of the instruments and vocals were performed/recorded by Andrew himself, with the exception of a handful of local guitar buddies recruited for solos Jim Dofka among them.
Frontiers Music / Sweet & Lynch new album
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is incredibly pleased to present with the first song from the upcoming Sweet & Lynch album, UNIFIED, out on November 10th! Check out Promised Land.

Once again, Michael Sweet (Stryper), George Lynch (Lynch Mob, KXM, Dokken), James LoMenzo (ex Megadeth, Black Label Society, White Lion), Brian Tichy (The Dead Daisies, ex Whitesnake/David Coverdale, Foreigner) have banded together to create a hard rock and Heavy Metal masterpiece!

"George and I couldn't be more excited about this album! We've worked very hard to bring you the best of both worlds - a throw back of the chart topping Stryper/Dokken days yet with a modern production that fits right in with anything out there now in the Rock world today. We couldn't be more proud than to be working with Brian Tichy and James LoMenzo again as they are the best rhythm section you'll ever hear. If you liked SWEET & LYNCH I, you're going to love Unified!" - Michael Sweet.
    Track Listing:
  1. Promised Land
  2. Walk
  3. Afterlife
  4. Make Your Mark
  5. Tried & True
  6. Unified
  7. Find Your Way
  8. Heart Of Fire
  9. Bridge Of Broken Lies
  10. Better Man
  11. Live To Die
Produced by Michael Sweet.
InsideOut Music / LEPROUS launch 'Stuck (Radio Edit)', the second single & video off new album 'Malina'
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2017
Norway's LEPROUS are soon to release their much-anticipated new fifth studio album Malina on August 25th, 2017 via InsideOutMusic.

Therefore, the album's second single Stuck (Radio Edit) is being launched now. The video is directed by Troll Toftenes.

LEPROUS checked in to comment about the track, which can be found on the album in its entire version, as follows: "Stuck is LEPROUS in a new package! It's straight to the point, groovy and has probably the guitar and bass sound on the album that we're most happy with! Doing a performance video to enhance the special edit version of this song felt like an obvious choice and the footage captured by Troll Toftenes supports the dynamics of the music in a great way!"
    The track-listing for Malina reads as follows:
  1. Bonneville
  2. Stuck
  3. From The Flame
  4. Captive
  5. Illuminate
  6. Leashes
  7. Mirage
  8. Malina
  9. Coma
  10. The Weight Of Disaster
  11. The Last Milestone
Malina will be released as Jewelcase CD and Digital Download, but also as limited edition Mediabook CD (with extended booklet and the bonus-track Root) and as Gatefold 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (with a poster, the bonus-track Root and the entire album on CD).
The Gatefold 2LP format will be available in the following variations:
  • Black Vinyl - Unlimited
  • Transparent Red Vinyl - Limited to 100x copies (IOM Onlineshop Europe)
  • Transparent Petrol Green Vinyl - Limited to 200x copies (CM Distro)
  • Clear Vinyl - Limited to 200x copies (Band Version)
Following a hugely successful European tour as support to label-mates Devin Townsend Project earlier this year, LEPROUS wrapped up the work on Malina with producer David Castillo at Ghost Ward Studio in Sweden, while mixing duties were once again taken care of by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. The album's artwork was designed by Corey Meyers.

After their upcoming summer festival appearances, LEPROUS will be heading out on an extensive headlining tour of Europe for Malina, together with special guests Agent Fresco from Iceland, plus Australia's AlithiA and fellow Norwegians Astrosaur.
    Here is a list next of shows for LEPROUS (Recent updates marked *):
    LEPROUS - Festivals 2017:
  • 11.08.2017 Rasnov (Romania) - Rockstadt Extreme Fest
  • 19.08.2017 Mo i Rana (Norway) - Verket Festival
    LEPROUS, Agent Fresco, AlithiA & Astrosaur - European Tour:
    Presented in Germany by Eclipsed, Laut.de, Guitar & Metal.de
  • 24.10.2017 Helsinki (Finland) - Tavastia *
  • 25.10.2017 Jyväskyla (Finland) - Lutakko *
  • 26.10.2017 Tampere (Finland) - Olympia *
  • 28.10.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Pumpehuset
  • 29.10.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo
  • 30.10.2017 Cologne (Germany) - Luxor
  • 31.10.2017 Esch (Luxembourg) - Rockhal
  • 01.11.2017 Haarlem (The Netherlands) - Patronaat
  • 02.11.2017 London (UK) - The Dome
  • 03.11.2017 Dublin (Ireland) - Voodoo Lounge
  • 04.11.2017 Leeds (UK) - Damnation Festival
  • 05.11.2017 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebob
  • 06.11.2017 Paris (France) - Trabendo
  • 07.11.2017 Nantes (France) - Barakason
  • 08.11.2017 Bordeaux (France) - Rocher Palmer
  • 11.11.2017 Toulouse (France) - Le Metronum
  • 12.11.2017 Marseille (France) - Le Moulin
  • 13.11.2017 Milan (Italy) - Magnolia
  • 14.11.2017 Lyon (France) - CCO Villeurbanne
  • 15.11.2017 Winterthur (Switzerland) - Salzhaus
  • 16.11.2017 Colmar (France) - Grillen
  • 17.11.2017 Munich (Germany) - Backstage Halle
  • 18.11.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
  • 19.11.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
  • 20.11.2017 Prague (Czech Republic) - Rock Café
  • 21.11.2017 Warsaw (Poland) - Proxima
  • 22.11.2017 Berlin (Germany) - Musik & Frieden
  • 23.11.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) - Atlas
  • 25.11.2017 Oslo (Norway) - Vulkan Arena

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Nuclear Blast / ACCEPT - first track-by-track trailer revealed
Posted by: Denis / 01.08.2017
Heavy Metal pioneers ACCEPT are back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled The Rise Of Chaos, will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017! This will be the band's 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast and continues the tradition of its three predecessors - Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad, Blind Rage - with grandeur and precision.

Now ACCEPT reveal their first track-by-track trailer, in which Wolf Hoffmann talks about the songs Die By The Sword, Hole In The Head, The Rise Of Chaos.

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25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Anthriel
"Transcendence"

2. Ayreon
"The Source"

3. Sebastien
"Act of Creation"

4. Darkness
"The Gasoline Solution"

5. Eternal Flight
"Retrofuture"

6. Majesty (Germany)
"Rebels"

7. Trance
"The Loser Strikes Back"

8. Primal Fear
"Best of Fear"

9. Deep Purple
"Infinite"

10. Havok
"Conformicide"

11. Hobbs Angel of Death
"Heaven Bled"

12. Hobbs Angel of Death
"Inheritance"

13. Hobbs Angel of Death
"Hobbs' Angel of Death"

14. Mostly Autumn
"Sight of Day"

15. Carptree
"Emerger"

16. Striker
"Striker"

17. Evertale
"The Great Brotherwar"

18. Altair
"Descending: A Devilish Comedy"

19. Bonfire
"Byte the Bullet"

20. Warbringer
"Woe to the Vanquished"

21. Vescera, Michael
"Beyond the Fight"

22. Persefone
"Aathma"

23. Lonewolf
"Raised on Metal"

24. Voice
"The Storm"

25. Axxis
"Retrolution"


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10. Them
11. Asphyxia
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13. Lithium
14. Winterstorm
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