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Vivaldi Metal Project unplugged Italian tour October 2017
Posted by: Denis / 09.10.2017
The Vivaldi Metal Project acoustic duo formed by pianist Mistheria (creator and producer) and Bulgarian singer Tsena Stefanova performs an exclusive medley from the Vivaldi Metal Project's album The Four Seasons, in addition original pieces by Mistheria and Tsena.

Also featured songs by special guest Swedish Rock singer Marina Ammouri and acoustic arrangements based on Nightwish, Within Temptation, Dream Theater.
    DATES/LOCATIONS
  • October 18 - Luco Dei Marsi (Aq) - Chiesa S. Maria
  • October 19 - Roma (Rm) - Defrag
  • October 20 - Brescia (Bs) - Colony
  • October 21 - Carpi (Mo) - MK Live Club
  • October 22 - Paganica (Aq) - Pocoloco
    OPENING ACTS
  • Stage of Reality
  • Hamnesia
  • Aetherna
  • Winterbreed

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Imperative PR / De Profundis step 'Beyond The Threshold', new video premieres
Posted by: Denis / 09.10.2017
Imperative PR have the pleasure of announcing a brilliant new video from De Profundis, for their classic track Beyond The Threshold, which shows the band at their twisted and technical best. Beyond The Threshold originally appeared on the album Kingdom Of The Blind, but has been especially remastered for this video presentation by Tom Sullivan, the man responsible for the powerful remastering work on De Profundis' recent career retrospective album, Decayed: 2007 – 2017.

The sonically enhanced Beyond The Threshold is accompanied by professionally filmed footage of the band performing the track at London's Tufnell Park Dome and the combined sounds and images make for a magnificent representation of one of the heaviest and most inventive Death Metal bands on the scene.

Don't forget you'll soon be able to catch De Profundis in the flesh as they return to their birth place, the Camden Unicorn, for a special 10th Anniversary show on October 21st, where they'll be supported by Meat Train and Atvm.

Enjoy this powerful new visual feast of UK Death Metal and please share it far and wide – and if you're able, join them at the Unicorn for an unforgettable night of celebration.
Alberto Rigoni releases 'Kyoto's Gardens'
Posted by: Denis / 05.10.2017
Alberto Rigoni releases Kyoto's Gardens video feat. Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard, Phil Collins), one of the songs from his brand new album Duality released on September 20th.

On this track Alberto uses the Ibanez Ashula II, hybrid Fretless/Fretted bass which give an unique sound to the song.

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METALMESSAGE / MYRKGRAV (Folk Metal) album 'Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen' official digital download release
Posted by: Denis / 05.10.2017
Since September 28th 2017, Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen is also available as a digital download edition at MYRKGRAV's Bandcamp page.

This version is based on the 24 bit FDR master data of the album and can be downloaded in various formats. The whole thing comes with the album artwork, which enjoys the eyes with a resolution of 300 dpi. Online FDR download with full resolution cover art at Bandcamp has been started as Digital Release on October 26th, 2016.

Physical format CD and limited edition CD in collaboration with Pest Productions and METALMESSAGE Global PR was officially released on September 21st, 2017.

The goal of MYRKGRAV has always been to create a natural fusion between Scandinavian Folk music and extreme Metal. Whilst perhaps being an overly ambitious goal, Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen further strengthens the Folk music elements of MYRKGRAV, without negating its extreme Metal roots.

One of the most important elements towards achieving a proper Folk and Metal blend was to incorporate traditional instruments into the songwriting process and giving them key roles in the compositions – rather than just to use them as a gimmick, which many so-called Folk Metal bands unfortunately suffer from.
Nightmare Records / ANUBIS GATE RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR THEIR ALBUM TRACK 'BLACK'
Posted by: Denis / 05.10.2017
From ANUBIS GATE: "Hi everybody! While we are working on our next full scale video our label had this lyric video made, it's called Black and it is from our new album Covered In Black, we hope you enjoy it... we love you all in these dark days!"

Watch the Black lyric video! Video creation by Wayne Joyner.

"With six highly acclaimed albums, what can be said about a seventh album? It would be easy to say the following: It is our most mature album. Or how about this: We built on everything that came before it and added new twists and turns. Or this is our most accessible album perhaps.

But that wouldn't be quite true. In fact it might even be quite untrue. Except for the part about building on past experiences, since everybody does that.

What would have been mature was to make an album resembling our previous album Horizons, going with the beautiful feel-good vibe of that album (though its topics were not all that feel-good).

Instead, the writing of this album simply did not go in that direction. While Covered In Black is a highly melodic affair, it is also challenging in a way none of our previous albums are. Dealing with, and dedicated to, people in dark places, this albums has a darker and more complex edge to it. Allowing ourselves to dig deeper into our collective pool of musical experiences and knowledge, the inspirations come from far across the spectrum. Ranging from classical chamber music, seventies Prog and extending to Thrash, with very eastern influences popping up,this is an album that is best heard as one piece, even if the individual tracks can stand on their own. Since we've come this far we also allowed ourselves that freedom.

Is it a concept album? No. But it is a theme album. About people in dark places. From psychopaths, assassins to the more modern topics of being at the receiving end of what is bad about social media. Topics of lifelong failure and revenge are touched upon. The ten-song-long album has two suites, both consisting of three songs. One has the songs spread here and there on the album, while the other is connected as one long piece if you wish to listen to it that way. Wonderfully old-fashioned and just the way we like it. And it is, we feel, simply the best album we've ever done.

The album is produced by Kim Olesen and Jacob Hansen as per good tradition."
Imperative PR / Forged In Black (UK Heavy Metal) rage against the war machine with new video, 'Pay The Price'
Posted by: Denis / 05.10.2017
The new video accompanies the song Pay The Price, taken from the band's latest and greatest release, the superb, Chris Tsangarides produced Sinner Sanctorum. It's a powerful track; full of the band's customary muscular riffing, intricate leads and soaring vocals and lyrically it carries a forceful anti-war message.

The video was created by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art, known for his work with US Thrash legends Flotsam And Jetsam and UK Death Metal titans De Profundis and it's a remarkable, engaging visual feast. The images combine the terrifying destructive power of modern warfare with a poignant reminder of the loss and personal cost that war always entails. The leaders of our nations are called to account, because while they spout their inflammatory rhetoric it is we who are left to Pay The Price!

Forged In Black are the epitome of great Heavy Metal. With a heart of steel always at the core of everything they do, they reach out and draw in everything that's great from across the Metal map. Their unique take on the glorious Metal art has never been more apparent than on the Sinner Sanctorum EP and Pay The Price is one of the standout tracks from that headbanging masterpiece.
METALMESSAGE / INCURSED • EP "The Slavic Covenant“ + Album "Amalur"
Posted by: Denis / 05.10.2017
In 2014 they delighted the fans of melodic emphasized EPIC VIKING METAL with their acclaimed album Elderslied.

Now the Basque masters INCURSED return with a remarkably fine EP and a nutritious album, whereby the typical style of the playful band can be optimally represented. Officially, The Slavic Covenant was released on July 31, 2017.

This EP serves as a harbinger for the new studio album Amalur, which was funded by the band with a crowdfunding campaign. The official release of Amalur was on September 25th.

The five mercurial compositions on The Slavic Covenant, including the equally surprising and original done A-ha cover of the chartbreaker Take On Me, show a completely unused and persistently hungry formation. INCURSED also free up massive energy spills in 2017!

For the song Fear A' Bhata, INCURSED adapted the musical basic theme of a Gaelic folkloric song from the late 18th century. The refrain is presented in original language. The modified band logo - in Cyrillic spelling - on The Slavic Covenant is a courageous tribute of the crafty Basque bunch to a Ukraine tour, which has been remembered as a wonderful experience.
Stormspell Records / Ancient Empire
Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2017
The mysterious Ancient Empire, who unbeknown to all but a select few has been waging wars of domination in both the distant past and distant future is ready to strike once again. A forthcoming 3rd chronicle, entitled The Tower, takes yet another in depth look at their influence on mankind through the ages. Or, it could just be a blistering Heavy Metal album brought to you by HellHound alumni Joe Liszt, Steve Pelletier and Rich Pelletier. Whatever it may be, look for it soon on Stormspell Records.

Classic US Power Metal for fans of ICED EARTH, JAG PANZER, OMEN, ARMORED SAINT just to name a few.
    Tracklist:
  1. The Tower
  2. Endless Curse
  3. View From Up Here
  4. In the Land of the Damned
  5. The Battle of Stirling Bridge
  6. Darker Side of Midnight
  7. Yesterday's Hero
  8. Dawn of Forever
  9. The Last Sunset
Coming out Autumn 2017.
Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC release first single + video
Posted by: Denis / 02.10.2017
ALMANAC - the new band of Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE) - recently announced the release date of their sophomore record titled Kingslayer, which is scheduled for a November 24th, 2017 release via Nuclear Blast. To bridge the gap between now and the release, ALMANAC have launched the first single off their new album entitled Losing My Mind!

ALMANAC mastermind Victor Smolski comments: "This song is a new chapter for ALMANAC. It's a mixture of different vocal styles, heavy and groovy drop tuning guitar riffs and orchestra power with catchy melodies! It was a lot of fun to try new things when producing the new songs and it was worth it!"

Victor spoke about the video: "When we discussed filming our new music video Losing My Mind on some Moravian castle, I had no idea that we would have the entire currently renovated area of a huge baroque mansion, including its unique French-style park at our disposal. For each group, the stage size is important, and here I was standing really stunned. We could choose any of the dozens of rooms and adjust it according to our needs. We started filming early in the morning and ended long after midnight. But the result is more a short film than a music video. All thanks to the truly amazing film location – Holesov chateau."

Screenwriter and director Marek Dobes says: "It is always good to know the members of the band as well as possible before shooting. I have been working with Victor since he collaborated with RAGE. We shot together the clip for 21 which installed them back to the first music video league. Later I was in charge of presenting ALMANAC in a short promotional documentary made during one of their first international concerts. at which time I had the opportunity to get acquainted with the other members of the group. Even then, I realised they were personalities I can show in a music video not only as a musicians but also as actors, which is not as common as you would think. A dramatic role cannot be played by everyone. And whenever you build a story around the members of a group, you take a risk. But I'm glad I decided to do it, all four members of ALMANAC were born for the camera and film lights."

Pavel Plch who plays the lead role of deceived husband, who also choreographed the fight scenes, said: "In the past, I've had the opportunity to collaborate on video clips such as NIGHTWISH - Sleeping Sun, and I've fully exploited my previous experiences for the ALMANAC music video. I was surprised by the fact that the cameraman decided to record the duel scene with a distortion lens, which we had to adapt to the whole concept of a duel. The result, however, is worth the work. For me this ALMANAC music video belongs within the top ten projects that I could ever help on as a choreographer. Maybe even in the top five due to the fact that only one single sword broke in my hand, despite all the increased fighting efforts in the battle scene."

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Imperative PR / Thrash kings Solitary back on the road! Dates with Incinery and Psython
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2017
After successful shows in the UK and The Netherlands earlier this year - including a stunning London show with Acid Reign and performances at Hammerfest and Thrashersaurus - Solitary are hitting the road again. The band have announced five new UK dates which will include two co-headline shows with Incinery and one with main support from Psython. In association with FAT Angel Booking and Imperative PR, the band will appear at the following venues:
  • October 7th - Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham (w/Incinery) Event Page
  • November 11th - Mcleans, Pentre
  • November 17th - The Snooty Fox, Wakefield (w/Psython)
  • November 26th - Trillians, Newcastle
  • December 3rd - EBGBs, Liverpool (w/Incinery)
On these dates expect to hear an onslaught of tracks from the critically acclaimed The Diseased Heart Of Society album and an array of classics from the Solitary back catalogue. The band have prepared a special promotional video to support this second leg of 'The Diseased Dates For Society' tour.
New AXEMASTER album 'Crawling Chaos' release date
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2017
Pure Steel Records has issued an official release date for the new Axemaster album Crawling Chaos. The CD will officially be available through the label on NOVEMBER 24th. Those of you in the US will be able to easily remember the date because this year, the 24th is Black Friday!

Crawling Chaos combines major label quality sound, killer artwork & graphics, and material that early reviews describe as some of the best Axemaster ever. While retaining a portion of the Thrash feel of Overture to Madness, the new songs show the band's evolution with a feel that goes back to their roots from the late 80's & early 90's. In that spirit, Crawling Chaos includes a new version of the classic Axemaster song from 1988: Death Before Dishonor. Pre-orders for the disc will begin on November 10th through the Pure Steel website.

The new CD features the return of vocalist Geoff McGraw, lead guitarist Joe Sims, and bassist Jim Curtis; and is the Axemaster recording debut of lead guitarist Damin Bennett (making this the first time the band has had a dual axe attack), and drummer Denny Archer. Each musician has extensive experience in music and is a true professional, which is very evident and on full display on the new album!

While Crawling Chaos shows the band's present and future, the 'autumn of Axemaster' begins with a celebration of the band's past on October 6th with the re-release of 19 of the band's songs from 1986-1991 on a vinyl 2 record set, titled Blessing the the Skies (and other cuts from the chamber). It's a limited edition collectable (only 200 pressed); pre-ordering begins on Sept. 22nd through the Pure Steel website.
    Crawling Chaos tracklist:
  1. 10,000 Pound Hammer
  2. Crawling Chaos
  3. Axes of Evil
  4. Flowers for the Dead
  5. Mystify the Dream Hypnotic
  6. Aldar Rof
  7. Shallow Grave
  8. Death Before Dishonor
  9. Bravado
  10. Knight of Pain

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PHARAOH hard at work on fifth full-length album
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2017
Melodic Metal veterans PHARAOH – featuring vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Matt Johnsen, bassist Chris Kerns and drummer Chris Black – are currently hard at work on their fifth full-length album, which is tentatively due in mid-2018 via Italy's Cruz Del Sur Music. The album will be the band's first 2012's Bury The Light.

Comments Johnsen: "We're doing this one a bit differently, in that before we always completed the full complement of songs and then hit the studio, but this time, we're recording tunes a couple at a time as we finish writing. Because we're not a rehearsing band and because we all live in different cities, recording as we write makes it possible to get more done in less time; while Chris Black is tracking drums for one song, I can be tracking guitars for any songs he's already recorded, and then when I'm ready to move onto the next set of rhythm guitars, Tim can start tracking vocals. We're still early in the process, though; Chris only just started tracking the first tune.
We have four songs completed as far as instrumentation goes, and three more at about seventy-five percent. Then there are three to five more which are no more than fifty percent finished. In the past, the riffs to most songs were more or less written by one guy, and then fleshed out collaboratively with vocals and lyrics at the end, but this time, the majority of songs have been put together from the beginning with riff contributions from two or more members, and we expect to do more tinkering with the riffs than we usually do once the vocal lines are introduced. Then again, maybe we won't!"


Johnsen promises PHARAOH's forthcoming new LP will continue in the same vein of their previous efforts; however, some new wrinkles are being thrown into the mix, namely from the technical Thrash world with bands such as CORONER, HOLY TERROR, REALM, FORBIDDEN serving as inspiration.

"My arrangements involve much less repetition of riffs than is customary from a power metal band", he says. "Lots of 'one-and-done' riffs, and a lot of left-field bridges and codas. At the same time, I've also started a couple tunes which are almost Doom Metal, assuming a definition of Doom Metal that encompasses MEMENTO MORI and early TYR. We'll see how those pan out, but I expect at least one of them to make the album."

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Frontiers Music / Warlord new studio album in 2018
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2017
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to welcome legendary U.S. metallers Warlord to the family for the release of a new studio album in 2018!

Long admirers of the band and having gotten to know drummer Mark Zonder through his work with Graham Bonnet Band and the upcoming group, Spirits Of Fire, (which also features Tim Ripper Owens 'Official Page' (Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex Iced Earth, Judas Priest), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and Steve Di Giorgio (Death (Official), Testament, Sadus)), Frontiers approached Zonder about the prospect of doing a new Warlord album for release in 2018. Luckily for the label, Zonder and co-founder/guitarist William J. Tsamis were very much open to the idea. Says Zonder, "(A)fter all of these years, Warlord is with a 'real label'. It will be great to have Warlord music shared with a worldwide audience, which is something that has been missing for many years. With my prior working experiences with Frontiers, I know Warlord is in the right place and I am very appreciative of this great opportunity. We thank everyone at the label for their belief in Warlord!"

In September 2013, Tsamis and Zonder announced that they had tapped vocalist Nicholas Leptos of Arrayan Path and Astronomikon to be the new Warlord singer. This line-up, along with bassist Bynoe will be the line-up for the upcoming new album. Adds Zonder, "This Warlord release will be like all of the previous ones, 100% Warlord. No changing of direction to keep up with the current fad, just good ol' school Warlord music. Maybe leaning back a touch to the early days and we promise a high energy album that features the classic Bill Tsamis compositions and his classic guitar melody lines. As I always try to do, I'll give it my all in tandem with my favorite bass player Philip Bynoe, working together to create a solid foundation. This will be the first studio recording with Nicholas Leptos on vocals. We have performed live with him several times and are eagerly awaiting to capture his dynamic performances on tape. A classic Warlord album in the making..."

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Intromental / Loch Vostok
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2017
Friday, September 29th, Sweden's avantgarde/melo-death act Loch Vostok release the first single Summer from their forthcoming, seventh album Strife. You can already now check out the lyrical video for the song.

Strife will be released worldwide via ViciSolum Productions on November 24th!

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Limb Music / MASTERS OF DISGUISE - Alpha / Omega
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2017
They are one of the hottest assets the German Speed Metal scene has to offer: MASTERS OF DISGUISE. Alpha / Omega is bound to conquer the Metal world. Eleven songs including a mighty cover version of Exciter's Blackwitch have been recorded to drive any Speed Metal maniac crazy. The speed smashers seem to have come from a time machine, still, the overall impression is enjoyably fresh and crisp and enthusiastic. MASTERS OF DISGUISE have come up with the third long player in a row that can be called a genuine classic.

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Metal Blade Records / Act of Defiance premieres new track 'The Talisman'
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2017
Act of Defiance – the Heavy Metal group featuring the veteran talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass – will unleash their dynamic new album, Old Scars, New Wounds, on September 29th via Metal Blade Records. Now the band has revealed a third new track from the album, the powerful epic The Talisman.

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Nuclear Blast / ENSLAVED about the album artwork
Posted by: Denis / 29.09.2017
On October 13th, Black avantgarde Norwegians ENSLAVED will unleash their 14th album E taking the band to fresh and more progressive shores. After discussing the recording process, new keyboard player and album title in the previous trailers, singer and bassist Grutle Kjellson now explains the concept behind the cover artwork. Designed again by long-time collaborator, Truls Espedal, the album artwork was hand painted on canvas – watch as Grutle explains how he discovered the artist that ENSLAVED have been working with since Monumension.

Grutle remembers: "17 or 18 years ago I lived in Stavanger and was introduced to Truls at a pub on a late Saturday evening. We started to discuss album covers from bands like YES or GENESIS and I remember we were both drunk and seemed to disagree a lot on the definition of a cool album cover. So I said to him 'If you're so clever, why don't you paint the next ENSLAVED cover' and he said 'Yeah, count me in' - so I did!"

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Imperative PR / Flames Of Genesis release new video and reveal release date of Minotauro Records debut
Posted by: Denis / 27.09.2017
The debut album from Flames Of Genesis, Interstellar Transmigration Part I: A Bridge To Further Realms, will be released by Minotauro Records on November 10th. In celebration of this news Imperative PR bring you a first visual gift from The Voyager...

Flames Of Genesis is the creative chalice in which the mysterious entity, known only as The Voyager, distils his blend of music and knowledge and threads through the elixir the quicksilver of secrets brought from beyond the farthest stars. Nameless and faceless he has arrived with his entrancing, all consuming music, offering insights to mystery and a listening experience like no other. He brings a sound, a vision, a key...

Interstellar Transmigration Part I: A Bridge To Further Realms is formed of seven soundtracks to enlightenment, seven revelations woven within sonic tapestries, seven wonders to be discovered. The grand, layered, cinematic sounds enthral the listener, wrapping them in the cold embrace of space, opening the mind's eye to sights from the very edge of the universe... and for those whose inner eyes are open, those whose souls listen deeply there are pathways to knowledge, to worlds beyond the distant edge, kingdoms that lie in the void beyond dreams... a bridge to further realms.

The Voyager has many secrets to share and now he has revealed the first hints of all he has to offer. The veil has grown thinner with the release of a new trailer video that will tantalise the senses of those who wait anxiously for the fulfillment of revelation. Seek the first clues within the images and be ready, with open minds and eager ears on November 10th.
Ulterium Records / WITHIN SILENCE: "HEROES MUST RETURN" MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED
Posted by: Denis / 27.09.2017
The Melodic Metal band WITHIN SILENCE just released a music video for Heroes Must Return, the first single from their new album Return From The Shadows.

Return From The Shadows will be released on October 27th in Europe and North America through Ulterium Records.
    Within Silence tour dates
  • Nov 03: Brainstorm Festival - Apeldoorn, NL
  • Mar 24: Lindenkeller [with Brainstorm & Signum Regis] - Freising, DE

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Scarlet Records / EAGLEHEART 'HEALING THE SCARS' LYRIC VIDEO AVAILABLE
Posted by: Denis / 27.09.2017
Eagleheart have released a lyric video for the song Healing The Scars, taken from the new album Reverse, out now on scarlet Records.

Six years after the critically acclaimed album Dreamtherapy, Czech leading Power Metal act Eagleheart is back with a new album and they are stronger than ever! After some minor line-up changes, the Brno-based band have come up with their most ambitious, dynamic, emotional and epic album to date, this time with three singers and, again, with the helping hand of Power Metal legend Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween). The new, long-waited album Reverse is most definitely not to be missed by every fan of bands such as Symphony X, Kamelot, Blind Guardian!

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Som do Darma / Heavier and mature, Broken Jazz Society presents new album, 'Rubber Talk'
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2017
Broken Jazz Society was formed in 2013 in Uberaba, Minas Gerais state, and is currently formed by Mateus Graffunder (guitar/vocal), João Fernandes (bass) and Felipe Araújo (drums).

The band's debut album, Tales From Purple Land, was released in 2014. The three tracks EP Gas Station was the successor and got great reviews on Brazilian specialized press.

Very satisfied with the reception for Gas Station, early this year Broken Jazz Society travelled to Goiânia city where started the recordings for its new album at Rock Lab studio together with the producer Gustavo Vazquez (Hellbenders, Black Drawing Chalks, Uganga, Canábicos). Band and producer had already worked together on Gas Station.

Seven months later, the trio delivers Rubber Talk, it's new work, the second studio effort.

With a heavier and mature sonority, Rubber Talk keeps the stoner rock climbing to a subjective context, as if the group had found and liked it's own identity (whatever it may be). The opening track, Mongrel Cat, that had already been released as single, underlines the identity bias of the album: 'Accept Yourself', the chorus says.

Rubber Talk brings nine tracks. Besides Mongrel Cat, are also in the album Night's Breeze, Sax Girl, Pretty High On The 70's Sky, A Brilliant Fine, Melted, I Feel Like A Viking, Grisly Gaze and the intro Granny Smith's Apple.

Despite the discretion on intentions, it's a fact that Broken Jazz Society presents such great evolution that there isn't space for false modesty. Rubber Talk brings elasticity to the power trio's rock that now adds since acoustic guitar and percussion sounds to the electronic timbres of the synthesizers.

"Rubber Talk is a visceral work because its more conceptually committed, more ambitious in terms of production, so it is more sensible of what the band long for", declares the drummer Felipe Araújo. "In musical terms, the album shows a bigger maturation as a band in relation to the previous, in all aspects. The stoner rock approach is still there, the timbres are more cohesives and everybody evoluted technically during all this process."

The bassist João Fernandes highlights the musical unity of the trio as the determinant factor for this technical and creative evolution of Rubber Talk. "When Felipe joined the band Gas Station was already recorded. This time we had time to seek the entanglement of this line-up that got together Felipe's experience brought from outside - he was already an experienced drummer - to the experience that me and Matheus had already go until that point."
Imperative PR / Meat Train unveil powerful new video Block 11 - an unflinching reminder of mankind's darkest hour
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2017
Imperative PR are proud to unveil the new video from Death Metal juggernaut Meat Train - Block 11. Meat Train have never been afraid to tackle difficult subjects in their music, to say what needs to be said in no uncertain terms. Some things are too important to be kept hidden in the shadows for fear of offending, or of being misunderstood. The horrors committed in the name of the German Third Reich during World War II cannot and must not ever be forgotten. As we wander carelessly into a time where Nazi salutes are insidiously seeping their way into public protests and the term 'Nazi' itself is bandied about with worrying flippancy, Meat Train are here with a stark, brutal reminder of just what the Nazis really stood for.

The song Block 11 was written by Meat Train front man Mike Pearson after visiting Auschwitz concentration camp - an experience that left a permanent scar on his soul.

"I wrote Block 11 after visiting one of the most awful places on earth. Why did I go there? My father lost his father as a consequence of that war, fighting against a regime that was so disgusting and evil. I felt I owed something to all those who were murdered. I took my father there too. I have never been to a place so dark and chilling in my life and I whilst I have visited the killing fields of Cambodia I never want to go to another place where millions of innocent people were murdered. These places are, however, an important part of history and will serve as reminders of the evil in the world and the importance that we must never let them happen again. It touched me so deeply I walked around it and tears fell freely. I can't say I felt the pain and torture that so many innocent people were subjected to; that would be a great disrespect to them. What I can say is I felt so much anger that it had happened. I never want that to ever happen again, whether it be to one person or a million. The only way I thought I could share my anger was to write about it. To put it out into the world again, from someone of my generation, in the hope that people would never forget that truly awful and murderous regime that was founded on hate... but most importantly, that people would never allow that to happen again. It's not meant to glorify but to be a reminder that we as a race, the human race can never allow anything like that to happen ever again."

The video for Block 11 was created by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art (Flotsam And Jetsam, De Profundis, etc) and it makes for uncomfortable, yet compelling viewing. It pulls no punches as it seeks to drive the message home - never, ever forget.

Block 11 is taken from the new Meat Train album, Random Acts Of Carnage, which will be released through Contagion Records on September 29th.
Imperative PR / De Profundis and Meat Train hit London for a free entry show of celebration and bloody rebirth
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2017
Throughout 2017 De Profundis have been celebrating ten years as a recording band, a decade since the release of their first album, Beyond Redemption. The celebrations began with a UK tour with Taake and Fen, followed by a full European jaunt alongside David Vincent's I Am Morbid, gore Metal legends Necrophagia, Helsott and openers The Heretic Order. Next was the release of Decayed: 2007 – 2017, a career retrospective collection featuring a brand new track, An Orgy Of Grotesqueries, that was given away free with 10,000 copies of Zero Tolerance Magazine. Now, they bring down the curtain on their anniversary celebrations with a special gig, back at the venue where the whole De Profundis story began...

On October 21st De Profundis return to The Unicorn in Camden, London where they played their first ever gig. Playing the Unicorn not only gives the perfect historical balance to this conclusion of De Profundis' 10th anniversary year, it also allows them to make the night a free entry show, so as many fans as possible will be able to share in the celebrations. The band will be drawing heavily on the Decayed album for their set list and for some of the older songs this may be the last time they are ever performed, as De Profundis prepare for the next chapter in their career with the 2018 release of their fifth album.

Joining De Profundis will be fellow Imperative PR band, Meat Train who will be officially launching their monstrous new album, Random Acts Of Carnage, which will be unleashed by Contagion Records on September 29th. Meat Train are seasoned live performers who have left a trail of blood and destruction across territories as far flung as Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam, even headlining the prestigious Nepal Deathfest in Kathmandu and decimating the audience with a performance no attendee will ever forget.

Making the night complete will be an opening performance from exciting Death Metal prospect ATVM.
Sonic Night Music / Featuring former DIO guitarist, The TRACY G GROUP’s new album 'Tramp' is set to be released worldwide October 13th
Posted by: Denis / 25.09.2017
LA's TRACY G GROUP is back with its heavy release Tramp. The album showcases outstanding former DIO and WWIII guitarist Tracy G's blend of modern day Heavy Metal. Joining Tracy on the album are drummers Ray Luzier (KORN) and Patrick Johansson (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, W.A.S.P.) as well as powerful vocalist Michael Beatty and Labyrinthian bassist Randy Oviedo.

Legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio said of Tracy G "he's got so much more passion and he's really one of the best guitarists that I've ever played with". Tramp features bone crushing riffs and a barrage of both instrumental and lyrical intensity along with all the guitar hero level licks. The TRACY G GROUP is creating true-to-form Heavy Metal music for the next era of Metal music.
    Track Listing:
  1. The Revolution
  2. The Erector
  3. Leech
  4. Brokenness
  5. Arrogant Prick
  6. The California Country Jamboree
  7. Bleed
  8. Evil Is Good
  9. Fireball
  10. P.C.H.
  11. Sea Of Pain
  12. Liar
  13. Me Myself And The Rain
Must-have for fans of DIO, BLACK SABBATH, STEVE VAI, JOE SATRIANI, GODSMACK.
Imperative PR / Frozen Ocean - Transience
Posted by: Denis / 21.09.2017
Dark ambient, Black Metal and post Rock combine under the watchful gaze of Vaarwel of Russia's Frozen Ocean.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Berserker continues in the style of Anton's previously composed works which include the first three BATTLE BEAST albums. One of the essential themes on this debut album is the Japanese manga and anime 'Berserk'.
    BEAST IN BLACK is:
  • Yannis Papadopoulos - vocals
  • Mate Molnar - bass
  • Sami Hänninen - drums
  • Kasperi Heikkinen - guitars
  • Anton Kabanen - guitars, vocals
25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Messina
"Terrortory"

2. Mr. Big
"Defying Gravity"

3. Night Demon
"Darkness Remains"

4. Masters of Disguise
"Alpha / Omega"

5. Pharaoh
"new album"

6. Astral Doors
"Black Eyed Children"

7. Eagleheart
"Reverse"

8. Atkins, Al
"Reloaded"

9. Fogalord
"Masters of War"

10. Anthriel
"Transcendence"

11. Ayreon
"The Source"

12. Sebastien
"Act of Creation"

13. Darkness
"The Gasoline Solution"

14. Eternal Flight
"Retrofuture"

15. Majesty (Germany)
"Rebels"

16. Trance
"The Loser Strikes Back"

17. Primal Fear
"Best of Fear"

18. Deep Purple
"Infinite"

19. Havok
"Conformicide"

20. Hobbs Angel of Death
"Heaven Bled"

21. Hobbs Angel of Death
"Inheritance"

22. Hobbs Angel of Death
"Hobbs' Angel of Death"

23. Mostly Autumn
"Sight of Day"

24. Carptree
"Emerger"

25. Striker
"Striker"


15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. Messina
2. Atkins, Al
3. Havok
4. Seven Sisters
5. Sainted Sinners
6. Dethrone
7. Cancer
8. Eternal Champion
9. Eternal Idol
10. Hammer King
11. Lightning Strikes
12. Them
13. Asphyxia
14. Zheleznyy Potok
15. Lithium

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