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Y.O.C. new song
Posted by: Denis / 25.02.2017
New original song BORN TO A NEW DAY will appear on our Y.O.C.'s page very soon!

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Mistheria - GEMINI album song-list
Posted by: Denis / 22.02.2017
Mistheria is excited to share with you the SONG-LIST of his upcoming instrumental Metal album GEMINI.

All songs composed and/or arranged by Mistheria.

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

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

Founded in 2008 by guitarist Pier Gonella (Necrodeath) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, Mastercastle soon became one of the leading forces in the European Power/neoclassical Metal scene, thanks to an addictive mix of strong riffs, virtuoso guitar solos and captivating female vocals, developed through each of their four, critically acclaimed albums.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AFM Records / VOODOO CIRCLE - first song with new vocalist Herbie Langhans
Posted by: Denis / 31.01.2017
You wanted to know how Voodoo Circle sound with their new vocalist Herbie Langhans (Avantasia, Sinbreed) - here's a new version of Heart Of Stone - featuring Herbie on vocals.

New Voodoo Circle studio album this Summer.

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AFM Records / NIGHTMARE
Posted by: Denis / 31.01.2017
NIGHTMARE are ready for boarding the world's biggest Heavy Metal cruise, 70,000 TONS OF METAL this week!

The new album Dead Sun was released through AFM Records on November 25th 2016 in Europe and January 20th 2017 in North America.
    The first leg of their European tour is now fully completed:
  • 02.02-06.02 FORT LAUDERDALE (USA)/LABADEE (Haiti) 700000 TONS OF METAL Cruise
  • 15.04 PARIS (France) La Boule Noire
  • 22.04 PUGET-SUR-ARGENS (France) Le Rat’s
  • 27.04 TROYES (France) Chapelle Argence
  • 28.04 LEIDEN (The Netherlands) Gebr. de Nobel
  • 29.04 EINDHOVEN (The Netherlands) Effenaar
  • 30.04 KORTRIJK (Belgium) De Kreun
  • 01.05 METZ . NILVANGE (France) Gueulard Plus
  • 02.05 PRATTELN (Switzerland) Z7
  • 03.05 BRESCIA (Italy) Circolo Colony
  • 04.05 MUNICH (Germany) Backstage
  • 05.05 NÜRNBERG (Germany) Der Cult
  • 06.05 WEINHEIM (Germany) Cafe Zentral
  • 07.05 HAMBURG (Germany) Bahnhof Pauli
  • 02/03.12 SHEFFIELD (United Kingdom) O2 Academy THE XMAS ROCKA Festival 2017
More dates will follow.

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AFM Records / Sinner new album
Posted by: Denis / 31.01.2017
Sinner will release new album Tequila Suicide on March 31st, brace for impact!
    Tracklist:
  1. Go Down Fighting
  2. Tequila Suicide
  3. Road To Hell
  4. Dragons
  5. Battle Hill
  6. Sinner Blues
  7. Why
  8. Gypsy Rebels
  9. Loud & Clear
  10. Dying On A Broken Heart
    Digipak bonuses:
  11. House Of Rock
  12. Monday Morning
  13. I Am
    SINNER Tequila Suicide Tour (with Special Guest THE UNITY):
  • 04.03. Esslingen - ROW Komma
  • 12.05. Wetzikon (CH) - Hall Of Fame
  • 13.05. Memmingen - Kaminwerk
  • 14.05. Essen - Turock
  • 16.05. Nürnberg - Hirsch
  • 17.05. Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
  • 18.05. Mannheim - 7er Live Club
  • 19.05. Markneukirchen - Framus & Warwick Music Hall
  • 20.05. Hamburg - Knust

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Century Media / Sanctuary launch 'Dream Of The Incubus' lyric video off 'Inception' release
Posted by: Denis / 31.01.2017
Century Media Records and legendary US Metal act SANCTUARY have teamed up to release Inception, a collection of presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, on February 24, 2017.

Magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed), SANCTUARY now presents another track taken from this release, the previously unreleased Dream Of The Incubus!

Guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments: "Dream Of The Incubus was one of those forgotten SANCTUARY songs. It's awesome to see it finally get released. I believe we only played Incubus live one time. This video footage was from our first Seattle show in the late 80s at a venue called The OZ. The introduction at the beginning is Jeff Gilbert from the radio show 'Brain Pain'. Jeff was a huge help to SANCTUARY and many other Seattle bands from that time frame."

Inception will be available as Gatefold LP on 180 gram vinyl and comes with a 12-page LP-sized booklet, poster, and the album on CD as additional extra. Apart from that it will be released as Special Edition CD Digipak with a 28-page booklet, and digital album. Apart from rare photos, flyers, artwork sketches, the booklet also offers detailed liner notes by Lenny Rutledge covering SANCTUARY's early history.

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Cruz del Sur Music / LUNAR SHADOW 'Far From Light' to be released on CD/LP/DIGITAL, March 10
Posted by: Denis / 31.01.2017
LUNAR SHADOW's Far From Light release has been officially postponed to March 10, 2017 in order to secure the same release-date for both the vinyl and the compact disc versions. This is a very good news as we came to an agreement with the band to release the album on vinyl as well.

The Far From Light LP will be released in a regular BLACK vinyl and in a limited GOLD run of 150 copies, called 'The Gold Of Asura'-Edition. Both will include an insert with lyrics and the usual download code for digital files as in all other Cruz Del Sur Music vinyl releases.

Far From Light was recorded and produced by S. (SULPHUR AEON) and contains 8 songs for a total running time of about 60 minutes.

Recommended for all fans of Solstice, Atlantean Kodex, Dark Forest, old Manowar, Bathory, Dissection, Slough Feg.
Frontiers Music / Inglorious - II
Posted by: Denis / 31.01.2017
Frontiers Music Srl are pleased to announce the release of the second Inglorious album, Inglorious II, on May 12, 2017! The band have also announced their new guitar player!

September 2016 saw Inglorious base themselves in Liverpool to work on the follow up to their 2016 eponymous debut album. Produced by the band and mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith), this new album is set to further enhance the standing of this remarkable band. From the body blow riffs of Read All About It, to the beautiful melodies of upcoming first single I Don't Need Your Loving, from the groove of High Class Woman to the classic feeling ballad Making Me Pay, this is an album that shows the bands influences stem from iconic Rock and Roll shrine of Rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born – merged with a truly contemporary feel. Driving riffs and instant melodies all overlaid with the unique and powerful vocals of Nathan James.

Nathan James on Inglorious II: "It came together very organically after spending time touring together and felt great. We knew we were making an album this time too! We focused on getting our sounds just right so we could get into the studio and out in the least time possible. Between Adde's flat in Malmö, Sweden and Colin's family home in Somerset, England, this album came together quickly. We spent three weekends in Somerset, writing in a kind of 9-5 fashion, whereby we knew we were at work. Then after a lovely home cooked dinner we would relax, have a few beers and balance out our hard work, the environment is so important to be creative and we had it good!"
    Tracklisting:
  1. I Don't Need Your Loving
  2. Taking The Blame
  3. Tell Me Why
  4. Read All About It
  5. Change Is Coming
  6. Making Me Pay
  7. Hell Or High Water
  8. No Good For You
  9. I Got A Feeling
  10. Black Magic
  11. Faraway
  12. High Class Woman
The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a Deluxe 2CD/DVD edition. The DVD will feature a previously unavailable live performance from Download Festival 2016 plus extra bonus content, including videos for forthcoming singles I Don't Need Your Loving and Taking The Blame.

DVD content: Live At Donington: Until I Die, Breakaway, High Flying Gypsy, No Good For You, Holy Water, Warning, Unaware.
Special Features: Inglorious EPK, Taking The Blame – Music Video, I Don't Need Your Loving – Music Video, Behind The Scenes.

A vinyl release will also be made available through Frontiers Music Srl partners Soulfood.

Consummate live performers the band already have a number of high profile shows confirmed, with more to follow through 2017. Dates announced so far are:
  • 2nd Feb 2017 - USA, Tampa Bay, Monster Of Rock Cruise
  • 25th Feb 2017 - UK, Poole, Planet Rock’s Winters End Festival HEADLINE
  • 16th June 2017 – FRANCE, Clisson, Hellfest Festival
  • 18th June 2017 – BELGIUM, Dessel, Graspop Festival
  • 22nd June 2017 – DENMARK, Copenhagen Festival
  • 24th June 2017 – SPAIN, Vitoria, Azkena Rock Festival 2017
  • 19th August 2017 – UK, Tilford, Weyfest Festival
2016 was a stunning year for UK five-piece Inglorious. Their eponymous debut album was released through Frontiers Music Srl in February. The album received widespread critical acclaim at press, multiple A lists at radio and a lauded performance on Vintage TV. The band toured across the world, with numerous high profile shows in the UK and Europe – including show stopping performances at Download Festival 2016 and Ramblin' Man Fair 2016, support slots for The Winery Dogs and The Dead Daisies, and culminating with a support slot for Steel Panther's European Arena tour in October and a co-headline UK tour with label-mates Last In Line in November 2016.

Formed in February 2014, the band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth. Nathan was looking for like-minded musicians that desired to make incredible Rock music in a very honest fashion. The band's lineup on Inglorious II was completed by rhythm guitarist Wil Taylor, lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson, bassist Colin Parkinson and drummer Phil Beaver.

The band have also announced the departure of album guitarist Wil Taylor right after the end of the new album's recording. They are delighted to announce that for 2017 and moving forward they are reuniting with original member Drew Lowe on guitar, who is joining the band as a permanent member.

Inglorious II will be released through Frontiers Music Srl on May 12, 2017.
InsideOut Music / Riverside announce 'Towards The Blue Horizon' Tour 2017
Posted by: Denis / 31.01.2017
After recently announcing two special and by now completely sold out comeback tribute shows in the band's hometown of Warsaw, Poland for February, Progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE are delighted to announce a next European tour for April/May 2017.

The band checked in with the following comment:
"2017 must be a better year. And we have to come back to life. But we won't, unless we come back to the stage... so it is our great pleasure to inform you that Riverside will go back to playing live this year.
After two very special evenings in February, which, for obvious reasons, are going to be unique and one of a kind, we have planned two legs of a special 'Towards the Blue Horizon Tour'. The first one will begin in April and May. The second one will start in the autumn and we'll visit more European countries.
During 'Towards the Blue Horizon Tour' we will play in a new live line-up with a guest guitarist who will make our music sound the way it should, not only because he's a great musician but, most of all, because he's got the kind of modesty and humility about him which has always been very important to us on stage. Additionally, we're going to present a lot of compositions which we have not played live before. Our concerts will also be filled with emotions we haven't felt before. Together with you, we want to dive into this and make each composition sound more mighty than ever.
We're becoming a different band, more mature, more serious, more experienced. Piotr is gone, but he will always be with us and we are still a live band. Which we're going to prove soon during our 'Towards the Blue Horizon Tour'. Remember, 'This is not the end, this is not the time'."
    Here is a list of all upcoming tourdates for RIVERSIDE announced so far:
    RIVERSIDE - Live 2017:
  • 25.02. Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja (Sold out!)
  • 26.02. Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja (Sold out!)
    RIVERSIDE - 'Towards The Blue Horizon' Tour 2017:
  • 20.04. Olsztyn (Poland) - Nowy Andegrant
  • 21.04. Gdansk (Poland) - Stary Manez
  • 22.04. Poznan (Poland) - B17
  • 23.04. Wroclaw (Poland) - A2
  • 26.04. Walbrzych (Poland) - Stara Kopalnia
  • 27.04. Katowice (Poland) - Mega Club
  • 28.04. Bielsko Biala (Poland) - Rude Boy
  • 29.04. Bydgoszcz (Poland) - MCK
  • 05.05. Berlin (Germany) - Columbia Theater
  • 06.05. Worpswede (Germany) - Music Hall
  • 07.05. Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
  • 09.05. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
  • 10.05. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
  • 12.05. Lyon (France) - MJC Ô Totem
  • 13.05. Barcelona (Spain) - Salamandra 1
  • 14.05. Madrid (Spain) - Teatro Barcelo
  • 16.05. Bordeaux (France) - Krakatoa
  • 17.05. Paris (France) - Divan du Monde
  • 19.05. Edinburgh (UK) - Liquid Room
  • 22.05. London (UK) - Islington Assembly Hall
  • 24.05. Maastricht, (The Netherlands) - Muziekgieterij
  • 25.05. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) - De Boerderij
  • 26.05. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
  • 27.05. Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
  • 28.05. Cologne (Germany) - Die Kantine
  • 30.05. Kraków (Poland) - Laznia
More info and further dates coming soon!

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Nuclear Blast / KREATOR pay tribute to fallen music icons in brand new 'Fallen Brother' video
Posted by: Denis / 31.01.2017
German Thrash titans KREATOR have released the official music video for the song Fallen Brother from their just released long awaited album Gods Of Violence. The song features Swiss singer/songwriter Dagobert and pays respect to fallen music icons such as Lemmy, Peter Steele, Prince, David Bowie, Michael Trengert, Bon Scott among others.

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METALMESSAGE / OVERTURES: SECOND LIVE VIDEO RELEASED, NEW OFFICIAL VIDEO INCOMING AND TOUR UPDATE
Posted by: Denis / 30.01.2017
After the announcement of the upcoming co-headlining European tour with Temperance, Italian Power metallers Overtures are releasing some live-videos recorded during the Italian summer tour, where the band played in more than 20 shows, including Gods of Metal (supporting Rammstein, Korn, Megadeth & more), SpazioRock Festival (supporting Stratovarius, Powerwolf & more) and the support to Saxon in their Italian concerts.

Unshared Worlds was the very first single from the latest album Artifacts (May 2016, Sleaszy Rider Records, and it is now available in its live version with the audio taken from the show at Zona Roveri, Bologna (IT) supporting Saxon's Battering Ram World Tour.

Overtures are also announcing the release of a second official videoclip in the first weeks of February, for the song GO(LD) and a change of location for the French show of the upcoming european-tour: 09.03.2017: Overtures + Temperance + Ancienth Myth live @ Covent Garden Studios, Eragny - FRANCE
    The updated complete routing will be the following: TOUR DATES
  • 23.02.2017 - Centro Giovani - Gorizia - ITALY *
  • 24.02.2017 - Vegallomas Klub - Szombathely - HUNGARY *
  • 25.02.2017 - Pod Skalkou - Ceska Trebova - CZECH REPUBLIC *
  • 26.02.2017 - Melodka Club - Brno - CZECH REPUBLIC **
  • 27.02.2017 - Exit Us - Prague - CZECH REPUBLIC **
  • 28.02.2017 - Rudeboy Klub - Bielsko Biala - POLAND **
  • 02.03.2017 - Titans Club - Lens - BELGIUM ***
  • 03.03.2017 - De Verlichte Geest - Roselare - BELGIUM ***
  • 04.03.2017 - Rockheaven - Eygelshoven - NETHERLANDS ***
  • 05.03.2017 - Moonlight Music Hall - Diest - BELGIUM ***
  • 07.03.2017 - Garage Deluxe - Munchen - GERMANY ***
  • 08.03.2017 - Soundcheck One - Waldbrown - GERMANY ***
  • 09.03.2017 - Covent Garden Studios - Eragny - FRANCE ***
  • 10.03.2017 - Petit Leman - Vevey - SWITZERLAND ***
  • 11.03.2017 - Met Bar - Lenzburg - SWITZERLAND ***
  • 12.03.2017 - Rock Town - Cordenons - ITALY ***
    * Special guest Afterlife Symphony
    ** Special guest Batalion d'Amour
    *** Special guest ANCIENT MYTH

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Arthorium Records / Grey Wolf: back to studio project status
Posted by: Denis / 30.01.2017
Six months ago Brazilian true Heavy Metal band GREY WOLF presented its third full-length, Glorious Death. The album released on CD via Arthorium Records was very well received by the press and the fans of the genre, leading the group to definitely project its name in the international scene.

Each one of the three released titles presented distinct guests and lineups. Glorious Death counted with guitars recorded by Chris Maia and brought member Weslley Victor as stage drummer (album drums were sequenced before Weslley joined the group). The trio performed live sometimes, being the most significant ones the presence in the great Festival Ruidos no Sertao 2016 held in Pocoes/BA, aside big national and international names, and the support for the Belgian Speed-metallers Evil Invaders, in Belo Horizonte/MG.

Now the leader and founder of the band, Fabio Paulinelli, who accumulates the roles of bassist, singer and composer, announces that GREY WOLF is declining its status of multi-member band and returning to the status of a one-man studio project, at least for a while.

Fabio, who is known for composing and playing demanding bass lines which stand out from the trivial, suffers from a severe tendinitis, in his right wrist. According to the musician, these bass lines require too many hours of weekly rehearsal to be executed with accuracy, what has turned to a painful task and, for him, there is no sense in performing live if the songs can't be executed with perfection for the present crowd. This way, his energy will be saved for the opportunities of the most significant concerts.

In addition to this health issue, the leader of GREY WOLF intends in some months to begin the compositions for a new full-length and reveals the desire to count with new studio guests for recording the songs, thus enriching the band's history.

Currently the album Glorious Death is being officially distributed in Brazil by Arthorium Records and in UK by Code 7, and can be also found in other countries through independent specialized labels and stores.
GlobMetal Promotions / HMS Keelhaul released debut album
Posted by: Denis / 30.01.2017
Finish Heavy Metal band HMS Keelhaul released their debut album Anchord. The album was mixed and mastered by Jeffro Lacksheide and released via Inverse Records.

HMS Keelhaul was formed in 2013 at Finland by Markus (Maake) Lukkarila, Tomi Kurtti, Janne (Faabio) Korpi, Tuomas (Poncco) Puhakka, Kimmo Korva. The band released EP Catch You When You Fall (in love) in 2015.
Imperative PR / UK Thrashers Solitary to release The Diseased Heart Of Society through UKEM Records
Posted by: Denis / 25.01.2017
Solitary's The Diseased Heart Of Society is a powerhouse Thrash Metal record that combines experience, maturity, musical skill, re-ignited passion and sheer bloody rage at a world gone wrong. The ten tracks that make up this incredible album represent a new pinnacle for Solitary's career, challenging the very best that the genre has to offer in the process and provide the perfect soundtrack to the dark times they live in.

Single Unidentified has already screamed out a warning of what to expect from this furious sonic assault, but there is so much more to discover within The Diseased Heart Of Society. From the unforgettable, epic power of Anthem Of Regret, the machine gun slaughter of Trigger Point Atrocity, the seething anger of The Edge Of Violence to the breathtaking climax of Humanity's Decline this album is an adrenaline infused, white knuckle ride through the darkness – a bullet train into the black, with no return ticket.

The magic touch of renowned producer Simon Efemey (Amorphis, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death etc) has given the album a ferocious bite and artist Andy Pilkington (Flotsam And Jetsam etc) has created the perfect harrowing sleeve to house the anger infused beast. Thrash Metal simply doesn't get much better than this.

To celebrate the release of The Diseased Heart Of Society Solitary will be playing at the already sold out Hammerfest, 23rd – 26th of March and joining forces with Acid Reign and Shrapnel for a Thrash spectacular in London, at the Camden Underworld on April 8th. Prior to that they will; be venturing to Glasgow for a headline show at the 13th Note and European dates and further festival appearances will be announced soon.

In other band news Solitary have sadly had to part company with bassist Dave Cunningham due to health issues. You'll all join the band in wishing Dave well and welcoming his replacement Pete Hewitt (Winterfire).
Ulterium Records / DIVINER 'RIDERS FROM THE EAST' VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 25.01.2017
The Greek Heavy Metal band DIVINER just released a video for the track Riders From The East from their debut album Fallen Empires. The album is available now on CD, LP and digital through Ulterium Records.
SPV / THE UNITY release new single and lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 25.01.2017
THE UNITY, the new band founded by drummer Michael Ehré and guitarist Henjo Richter (both Gamma Ray), will release their first digital single and lyric video for the song Rise And Fall. A real taster for all aficionados of powerful Hard Rock and technically accomplished Melodic Metal.

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 will be released on May 05th, 2017 followed by a tour with German Hard Rock legends SINNER and a release show in their German hometown.
    THE UNITY – on tour with SINNER
  • 12.05.CH-Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
  • 13.05.D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
  • 14.05.D-Essen – Turock
  • 16.05.D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
  • 17.05.D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
  • 18.05.D-Mannheim – 7er Live Club
  • 19.05.D-Markneukirchen – Framus&Warwick Music Hall
  • 20.05.D-Hamburg – Knust
    THE UNITY – CD release show
  • 27.05.D-Nordenham – Jahnhalle (plus special guests)
PURE STEEL RECORDS / Vescera 'Beyond The Fight' promotrailer for the upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 25.01.2017
PURE STEEL RECORDS released a promotion trailer for Vescera upcoming album Beyond The Fight.

The US/Italian connection between the well-known Metal shouter Michael Vescera and the ex-Nitehawk's members Mike Petrone and Frank Leone added by drummer Fabio Alessandrini will release their debut album Beyond The Fight in April via PURE STEEL RECORDS.

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Pure Steel Records / SACRILEGE video release for the upcoming album
Posted by: Denis / 25.01.2017
The NWoBHM band SACRILEGE have released a video for Lies. The song will be on the upcoming new album The Court Of The Insane of the band. This version is for the video, a different version of the song will be on the new album.

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Punishment 18 Records / Chronosphere 'Red N’ Roll' definitive tracklist
Posted by: Denis / 25.01.2017
On March 31st, Greek thrashers Chronosphere will release Red N' Roll, their new third album by Punishment 18 Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Kostas Spades and Spyros Lafias and co-mixed and mastered by Ivy DMC.
  1. Alu Card
  2. Demonized
  3. Before it's gone
  4. Picking up my pieces
  5. Be the best
  6. The force to put an end
  7. Honest to kill
  8. Wolves out of cage
  9. Warriors
  10. Portal to the underworld
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC signs Frode Hovd’s ALDARIA; release date for 'Land Of Light' revealed
Posted by: Denis / 25.01.2017
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of Frode Hovd's ALDARIA for the release of their Metal Opera concept album Land Of Light! The release of this record is scheduled for March 24th, 2017.

Land Of Light is the highly anticipated debut release by the new all-star Metal opera ALDARIA! The album contains 11 epic tracks in the vein of old Helloween & Avantasia, with fast-paced hymns to beautiful ballads.

The band is masterminded by guitarist Frode Hovd from the Norwegian Metal group MEMORIZED DREAMS who was joined by a host of world known guests from the Metal community including Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, voc), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, voc), Rick Altzi (Masterplan, voc), Mathias Blad (Falconer, voc), Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland, voc), Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer, guit.), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, guit.), Mike LePond, (Symphony X, bass), Uli Kusch (ex Helloween, dr.), Peter Danielsen (Darkest Sins, synths) and Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project, keys). The album has been in production for over two years.

Produced and fully written by Hovd himself, this conceptional album was mixed by Roland Grapow (Masterplan) at Grapow Studios and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Primal Fear, Volbeat, Doro etc) at Hansen Studios. Artwork by Stan W. Decker (Jorn, Serious Black).
Imperative PR / De Profundis set to take on Plymouth Deathfest
Posted by: Denis / 24.01.2017
The band are currently hard at work in the studio, crafting the follow up to 2015s acclaimed Kingdom Of The Blind album. However, when the offer came in for a prime slot at Plymouth Deathfest 2017 it was too good to turn down. So, the five piece will be making their escape from the studio and heading to the south coast, to join Desecration, Unfathomable Ruination, Verdelet, Warpath, Warcrab and a host of other Death Metal divisions for an all day assault on The Junction and The Underground in Plymouth.

The show is being presented by Zero Tolerance Magazine, the UK's premiere extreme music publication and tickets are selling fast for this day of brutality. Doors open at 3pm and the assault begins at 4pm.
RHAPSODY OF FIRE return with new line-up and a very special release!
Posted by: Denis / 24.01.2017
After announcing their new line-up recently (the addition of new vocalist Giacomo Voli and drummer Manu Lotter), Italian symphonic Power Metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE are now working on their upcoming release, which will be a 75 minutes long album revisiting a selection of songs written and produced during the 5 first years of the Rhapsody era (1997-2002). Yes, indeed: 14 epic tracks completely re-recorded! All drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals, epic choirs, opera choirs, and numerous classical instruments have been recorded already. The album will be mixed by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan).

"To re-record old historic tracks is not that common among bands because there is probably a lack of self-confidence or because, for some musicians and fans, what is part of the past should not be touched. We do not agree", Alex Staropoli says.

RHAPSODY OF FIRE are different and absolutely confident to achieve a stunning result. The precision of playing, the new vocal approach of Giacomo, the modern technologies, a careful mix and great mastering will give the songs a new incredibly great sound. Of course everything is done with immense dedication, passion, emotion and respect for these beautiful tracks co-written by Alex Staropoli and the band's former guitarist Luca Turilli.

"We already had the chance to listen to some rough mixes and we can clearly say that the result goes far beyond any bright expectations. The result is just fantastic. We can't wait to start the mix!"

The album will be released during spring. Exact release date and album title will be announced soon.

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Helion Prime signs with AFM
Posted by: Denis / 24.01.2017
Sacramento (California) based 'science based Power Metal' band HELION PRIME is the newest addition to the AFM roster.

The group, founded by guitarist Jason Ashcraft, is active since 2014 and issued a self-released debut CD in 2016. AFM Records will officially release the album, titled Helion Prime, on February 24th worldwide.

From Science Fact to Science Fiction... that's the lyrical range of topics for HELION PRIME. The band is a refreshing, high class addition to the scene - highly recommended to check out for fans of Iron Savior, Star One, Dream Evil, Iced Earth and even Amaranthe. It's melodic, at times rough, classic but modern at the same time, throughout cleverly arranged and adds a unique touch to it. HELION PRIME is a band that combines epic (female) vocals with strong guitar work and a natural instinct for killer melodies. Watch out for things to come from this amazing new and promising group.

Here's the band's first official video clip Life Finds A Way.

Jason Ashcraft: "I am not even sure where to begin when it comes to expressing how I feel. There are many times in your life where you reach a moment and realize things will never be the same. This is exactly one of those moments. Myself and Helion Prime are extremely thrilled to be joining the AFM family and calling them home. The amount of support, enthusiasm and confidence they have shown the band means everything to me. When we were first approached the band was in a state of uncertainty having just lost our singer but they still believed in us and worked with us through it. Now having a complete line up again and half way through writing the sophomore album I am ready to take these next steps with AFM. I look forward to the future and everything that it brings."

Just recently, HELION PRIME have announced Kayla Dixon as new vocalist and the band has already started working on new songs for a sophomore album.
    Line-up:
  • Kayla Dixon - Vocals
  • Jason Ashcraft - Rhythm Guitars
  • Chad Anderson - Lead Guitars
  • Jeremy Steinhouse - Bass
  • Alexander Bosson - Drums
Mascot / new AYREON album
Posted by: Denis / 24.01.2017
Finally... Mascot Label Group present the front cover and the title of the new AYREON album! It's called The Source.

Arjen says: "The cover of The Source was made by the amazing Yann Souetre, he created all the artwork for the new album. Yann's art inspired me enormously in the creative process of writing this album. The cool motion effects in the image were done by David Letelier. Hope you like it as much as I do!"

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NoiseArt Records / LOST IN GREY second interview trailer for 'The Grey Realms' released
Posted by: Denis / 24.01.2017
The Finnish theatrical Metal newcomers LOST IN GREY shied the public so far. Founded back in 2013, the Finnish sextet around front man Harri Koskela entrenched themselves over the course of the last years to give their debut album The Grey Realms (out March 03rd, 2017) the final polishing.

Now the band presents the second interview trailer about the upcoming record.
Nuclear Blast / OPETH unveil music video for 'Era'
Posted by: Denis / 24.01.2017
Sweden's musical alchemists, OPETH, have debuted a new video for their song Era. The video's track is featured on the band's critically praised, 12th studio album, Sorceress.

The video for Era comes just ahead of the band's return to the U.S. for a headline spring tour with support from GOJIRA and DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, and in summer, the band will return to Europe for several festivals.

The beautifully shot, cinematic video was directed by Markus Hofko and features stunning visuals that perfectly sync with the band's dynamic music.

"I have to say our involvement in the making of the Era video was so minimal we can't take credit either for or against its brilliance. We did 3D scans of our bodies (clothed) in Munich during the last European tour. I remember everyone's extremely tired and probably slightly hungover. The director just placed us in a ice-cold room and then scanned us with something that looked like a flashing hairdryer. Done! We've done our part for the video. Next! During the process of finishing the piece it got clear to me that it really works with the song. That's something I was involved in actually, picking the song. It's extremely difficult. Which song to choose? How do I know what works best for this format? Well, I don't. I picked a song from the record that has a strong chorus. Slightly old school way of thinking I guess, but ultimately it didn't matter all that much to me. The video is nice. I dig it. It's slightly on the pretentious side, but hey, works for me! And like I said, it really works with the overall vibe of the song. Lyrically and musically and definitely emotionally", states OPETH front man Mikael Åkerfeldt.

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Nuclear Blast / DORO announces 'Strong & Proud' tour dates for 2017
Posted by: Denis / 24.01.2017
It's a long lasting tradition that at the end of the year, DORO always tours around Germany. In 2017, the Metal queen will kick off some live shows in her homeland once again. After her winter tour in 2016 was a great success with lots of sold out shows, DORO is announcing the dates for the 'Strong & Proud' tour in 2017.
    'TRONG & PROUD TOUR 2017'
  • 11.11.2017 NED Drachten - Iduna
  • 12.11.2017 NED Bergen op Zoom - Gebouw-T
  • 14.11.2017 BEL Kortijk - De Kreun
  • 01.12.2017 GER Leipzig - Haus Auensee
  • 03.12.2017 AUT Innsbruck - Hafen
  • 05.12.2017 ITA Trezzo sull'Adda - Live Club
  • 06.12.2017 GER München - Backstage Werk
  • 08.12.2017 GER Neuruppin - Kulturhaus
  • 09.12.2017 GER Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
  • 10.12.2017 GER Wolfsburg - Hallenbad
  • 12.12.2017 GER Regensburg - Eventhall Airport
  • 14.12.2017 SWI Pratteln - Z7
  • 15.12.2017 GER Ravensburg - Oberschwabenhalle
    More DORO dates in 2017:
  • 23. - 29.07. SLO Tolmin - Metaldays
  • 12.08. D Hanau - Hanau Rocks
  • 11. - 13.08. B Kortrijk - Alcatraz
  • 24. - 26.08. D Schleswig - Baltic Open Air

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In My Embrace ink management deal with GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 23.01.2017
Swedish Melodic Death/Black Metal band In My Embrace has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. The band released their highly anticipated new album Black Waters Deep at Sliptrick Records which GlobMetal are going all out to promote.

The band was formed in 2004 at Sandviken/Gävle, Sweden by Johan Sjöblom (guitar) and Bosse Öhman (guitar) who later recruited members Tommy Holmer (drums), Jon Brundin (bass) and Kenneth Larsson (vocals). The bands debut album Black Waters Deep was recorded during 2015 and mixed and mastered by Jonas Lindström, Studio Apocalypse. A guest appearance is done by Teddy Möller (Loch Vostok, ex-FKÜ).
Imperative PR / SOLITARY REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR IMPENDING NEW ALBUM
Posted by: Denis / 23.01.2017
UKEM Records have announced that the new Solitary album will be unleashed on Friday, March 3rd. The album is entitled The Diseased Heart Of Society and features stunning sleeve art from Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art (Flotsam And Jetsam and many more), who also created the hard hitting lyric video for the single Unidentified.

Unidentified appears on the album, along with nine other monster tracks that together set new standards for UK Thrash. The full album track listing is as follows:
  1. Blackened Skies
  2. Wait
  3. Trigger Point Atrocity
  4. Anthem Of Regret
  5. Architects Of Shame
  6. The Diseased Heart Of Society
  7. Unidentified
  8. The Words Define
  9. The Edge Of Violence
  10. Humanity's Decline
Renowned producer Simon Efemey (Amorphis, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death etc) worked with the band on The Diseased Heart Of Society to ensure that it delivers nothing less than total Thrash destruction.
Mistheria's GEMINI album
Posted by: Denis / 23.01.2017
Mistheria'd like to share with you the lineup of new instrumental Metal album GEMINI which joined the project for this record. GEMINI collects 13 songs written and/or arranged by Mistheria in the Metal, neoclassical, Prog-Metal genres.
    LINEUP
  • MISTHERIA - (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, Vivaldi Metal Project) - keyboards
  • ROGER STAFFELBACH (Artension, Artlantica) - guitar
  • LEONARDO PORCHEDDU (Vitalij Kuprij) - guitar
  • IVAN MIHALJEVIC (Side Effects) - guitar
  • STEVE DI GIORGIO (Testament, Death) - bass
  • DINO FIORENZA (Metatrone) - bass
  • JOHN MACALUSO (ARK, Symphony X, Malmsteen) - drums
    SPECIAL GUESTS:
  • CHRIS CAFFERY (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage) - guitar
  • ROY Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Tribe of Gypsies) - guitar
The album is mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at ARTESONIKA Recording Studio (Italy). Tracklist, artwork, label and release date will be announced soon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Metal Blade Records / Armored Saint launches 'March of the Saint (Live)' video online
Posted by: Denis / 13.01.2017
On February 24th, Armored Saint is releasing their new live album, Carpe Noctum. Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989′s live album, Saints Will Conquer – until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band's 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

For a preview of Carpe Noctum, a live video of March of the Saint from the Aschaffenburg show, filmed by Oliver 'Bomber' Barth, can be viewed here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astraeus was formed in 2012 in Denver, Colorado by Nick Gilbertson, Evan Knight and Tyler Gilbertson. Along with the release of the debut album, Astraeus also released a music video from a song off of Virtuous called Ashta.
Scarlet Records / SINHERESY - NEW SIGNING AND NEW ALBUM 'DOMINO'
Posted by: Denis / 12.01.2017
Sinheresy have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album Domino. Following the critically acclaimed debut Paint The World, with this new effort Sinheresy have added new strengths to their unique blend of Metal, ranging from the symphonic sound of Nightwish and Within Temptation to the Progressive approach of Symphony X and Children Of Bodom. Superbly mixed to bring out warmth and depth, their new work is a treat for the ears on multiple levels. Not only is the overall sound excellent, but the solid engineering also serves to highlight the strength of Cecilia and Stefano's vocal performances and displays the raw talents of the band to their fullest. This is how mastering engineer Mika Jussila of legendary Finnvox Studios commented: "I keep this album as a good example of a modern metal record but don't want to categorize any more. All tracks are produced and arranged in a very cool way and the sound is modern, punchy and powerful. Listening this you feel happy and energetic at the same time."

Complex at times and elegantly simple at others, Domino is a strong evolutionary step that blends new elements with old, enhancing rather than changing the band's traditional sound. Domino will see the light of the day on April 7th, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recorded and mixed by Dean Wells at Wells Productions and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Kamelot, Wolverine), A World Awakens maintains the raw energy, power, and integrity of Invisible The Dead, while showcasing the bands growth in maturity, honesty and depth of both their musicianship and songwriting. Showcasing top-tier performances by vocalist/guitarist Mark Kennedy, brother and drummer Dean Kennedy, and lead guitarist Jon King, with additional strings and bass by Dean Wells, while not leaning to just one genre or direction, A World Awakens is an album that will have your undivided attention on first listen, only to pull you in further and further more on repeat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Fair Warning
"Pimp Your Past"

2. Evergrey
"The Storm Within"

3. Blazon Stone
"Down in the Dark"

4. Kissin' Dynamite
"Generation Goodbye"

5. Hammers of Misfortune
"Dead Revolution"

6. White Wolf
"Victim of the Spotlight"

7. White Wolf
"Endangered Species"

8. Fates Warning
"Theories of Flight"

9. In Extremo
"Quid Pro Quo"

10. Stormhammer
"Welcome to the End"

11. ZAR
"Don't Wait for Heroes"

12. Derdian
"Revolution Era"

13. Tarja
"The Shadow Self"

14. Tarja
"The Brightest Void"

15. Q5
"New World Order"

16. Dust Bolt
"Mass Confusion"

17. Various Artists
"Inside My Crosshairs / Warmongers"

18. Cryonic Temple
"Into the Glorious Battle"

19. Sunstorm
"Edge of Tomorrow"

20. Evil Masquerade
"The Outcast Hall of Fame"

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

22. Jorn
"Heavy Rock Radio"

23. Denner - Shermann
"Masters of Evil"

24. Karmakanic
"Dot"

25. Faith No More
"Introduce Yourself"


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