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Sonic Night Music / ALIAS debuts new lyric video 'Dreamer'
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2017
80s Progressive/Power Metal band ALIAS' self-titled debut album and follow-up Metal To Infinity have been remastered to celebrate the bands 30th anniversary and have released a new lyric video for Dreamer. The self-titled debut was released on November 3rd with Metal To Infinity due November 17th, 2017 via Sonic Night Music Club.

The band's rise coincided with the beginnings of the worldwide Progressive/Power Metal movement that was being led by such bands as Queensryche, Fates Warning. Within that new movement, the band was praised by publications such as Hit Parader, Kerrang, Aarschok America and Metal Forces and received airplay from a new breed of stations like KNAC in Los Angeles, WKNH, WFBG and WRTN in New York looking for the next big thing. The bands songs ran the gamut of Metal styles with Melodic Metal fair such as Prisoner of Dreams and Metal To Infinity with Progressive arrangements such as Alpha Omega and Dreamer and thrashy tunes such as Knight of the Realm, The System and Ultraviolence
AXEMASTER new album and additional information
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2017
Pure Steel Records is now taking advance orders for the upcoming new AXEMASTER album Crawling Chaos, which is officially scheduled for release on November 24th (Black Friday).

Once released on Nov. 24th, Crawling Chaos will be available through many sources online, including the webstore on the Axemaster website. Also, the collectable vinyl 2 record re-release of 19 Axemaster tracks from the 80's-90's titled Blessing in the Skies (and other cuts from the chamber) IS now available through the Axemaster webstore!

Also in the world of Axemaster: the band has hired Creative Masters Unlimited to shoot and produce a video for the 1st single from Crawling Chaos. Once completed, it will be included on the Axemaster website, YouTube channel, and various other pages/sites.

Mistheria - presale of GEMINI launched
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2017
GEMINI official PRE-ORDER campaign has been launched by Rockshots Records in collaboration with Artistco! GEMINI is an instrumental Metal album which collects 13 songs composed and/or arranged by MISTHERIA in the Metal, neo-classical, Prog-Metal genres.

The record features a stellar line-up made of well-known international musicians as well!

SPV / Freedom Call Mastermind CHRIS BAY goes solo!
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2017
It's a well-known predicament that the Freedom Call founder and frontman shares with many other composers: occasionally, his wealth of inspiration goes beyond the stylistic and thematic scope of his own band. "I permanently write songs and am constantly working on ideas in the studio", he explains. "That's why I've collected a whole lot of tracks over the years that on the one hand don't really suit Freedom Call and on the other are just too good to gather dust in my archive." The solution to his 'luxury' problem: 23 February 2018 will see the release of Chris Bay's first solo album Chasing The Sun on Steamhammer/SPV, committing himself in his very own, unmistakable way to the music that has inspired him since the very early days of his career. And although the songs on the album were created over a long period of time, Bay produced the whole material in spring 2017 at his own studio.

Which must be one of the reasons why Chasing The Sun – despite the diversity of the individual tracks – sounds all of a piece. Alongside a number of rock songs in characteristic Chris Bay style, he has skilfully blended in modern sound elements on the opening track Flying Hearts, added Wurlitzer piano touches, which bring to mind the currently trendy 1970s, on Hollywood Dancer and risked a song with a slow shuffle groove, a consciously dark atmosphere and an avant-garde flair in Where Waters Flow In Heaven.

In stark contrast to this is the first single release Radio Starlight with its obvious airplay potential, which will be released digitally on 01 December 2017 and to which there will be also a video clip, which triggers with tantalizing images wanderlust and will definitely makes you hungry for more.

This title once again underscores the boundless ease with which Chris Bay moves in his world of music. As the album title Chasing the Sun already suggests, Chris Bay casually processed the desires and wishes that probably each of us holds in this dark season... sun, freedom, warmth and harmony... a 'summer hit' in winter, a matter of interpretation.

SPV / A new CREMATORY album will be released in April 2018
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2017
Germany's leading Gothic Metal band CREMATORY are currently working on the new studio album titled Oblivion, which will be released on April 13th, 2018 via SPV / Steamhammer worldwide.

According to the motto 'Never change a winning team' CREMATORY have chosen again Kristian Bonifer as producer and the Kohlekellerstudio for the new album.

Through collaboration with new idea donors and arrangers such as Stefan Glass,Dirk Riegner and Walter Stobbe, as well as the intensive cooperation of the two new guitarists Rolf and Tosse and the new bassist Jason, not only massive guitars were given to the new CREMATORY songs but also interesting influences and elements that makes the band doing a step forward even after 25 years of band history.

The hit factory CREMATORY is in full swing working in three shifts, which makes the new studio album Oblivion an absolute masterpiece.

Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2017
Eagleheart have released the official video for the song Until Fear Is Gone, 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!

PRIDE & JOY MUSIC / SECRET RULE new tour dates & video clip available
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2017
Italian symphonic Metal band SECRET RULE release their 3rd studio album now on PRIDE & JOY MUSIC! The Key To The World so far has been received well by the press & radio alike.

During the next couple of months, the band around singer Angela Di Vicenzo will heavily support this release live at dates with KOBRA & THE LOTUS, XANDRIA, SERENITY and as headliner plus on festivals.

In addition to this, SECRET RULE also has released three video clips – the latest one, for the track Imaginary World, feat. Aylin Giménez (ex SIRENIA) as guest.
    SECRET RULE (as support to: THE KOBRA & THE LOTUS)
  • 16.11. I-Roma, Traffic Live Club
  • 17.11. I-Rozzano, Circolo Svolta
  • 18.11. CH-Witzikon, Hall Of Fame
    SECRET RULE (headline shows & festivals)
  • 01.12. F-Nancy, Chez Paulette (feat. Aylin Giménez (ex Sirenia)
  • 02.12. F-Paris, Pacific Rock (feat. Aylin Giménez (ex Sirenia)
  • 16.02. BE-Maasmechelen, Jan Hertog
  • 17.02. D-t.b.a.
  • 31.03. UK-Hartford (Hertfordshire), The Rock Den
  • 01.04. UK-Birmingham, Quinphonic Fest
  • 14.07. UK-Manchester, SOS Festival
    SECRET RULE (as support for: XANDRIA)
  • 08.12. I-Milano, Legend Club
  • 09.12. I-Mantova, Arci Tom
  • 10.12. D-Munich, Backstage
  • 09.02.A-Wörgl / Komma
  • 10.02.D-Kaiserslautern / Kammgarn
  • 11.02.CH-Wetzikon, Hall Of Fame
  • 12.02.D-Frankfurt / Nachtleben
  • 14.02.UK-London / Underworld
  • 15.02.BE-Vosselaar / Biebob
Intromental / Subterranean Masquerade lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 17.11.2017
After having received an immense amount of stunning reviews from all around the world for the new release Vagabond and to celebrate the news of the upcoming European tour as support for Orphaned Land, Israeli/Norwegian prog-rockers Subterranean Masquerade have decided to treat the fans with a second lyric-video from the album - this time for their dark and beautiful cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

The lyric-video was (as was the first lyric video of the album) created with the great talent of , who has outdone himself, to incorporate the Bowiean-spirit into the video.
David Penna's new EP SubLevels
Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2017
New Penna's EP SubLevels was released at last! You can stream or download it for FREE from David Penna's Bandcamp page!

Abel Sequera's EP release
Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2017
Abel Sequera has just released his first instrumental Prog Rock EP.

BIOGRAPHY Abel Sequera (Barcelona, 14 agosto de 1990) is a drummer and composer, son of drummer, started studying classical piano and accordion at the age of 6 and drums at 9. He studied at Taller de Musics (Barcelona) and currently is studying Advanced Music Degree at Jam Session (Barcelona), receiving lessons from teachers such as Toni Pag?s (Antonio Orozco, Paul Carrack, Judit Neddermann, David Pastor...) and Pablo Posa (Santiago Auser?n & Original Jazz Orquestra, Buddy Whittington, Cris Juanico...). He has published different albums in different styles, composing, making arrangements, playing drums and singing from Progressive Metal to flamencio-fusion.
  • Embellish - A thousand lightyears from you (scheduled for 2018)
  • Abel Sequera - Reflections from a quarter century (2017)
  • Inner Side - The Corners of time (2017)
  • Syncopaos - Ordenando pensamientos (2016)
  • Atrako a mano armada - Siempre fuimos cuatro gatos (2015)
ABOUT REFLECTIONS FROM A QUARTER CENTURY It's the first instrumental Progressive Rock EP that releases under his name. In it, reviews his first 25 years of life thru a musical and personal journey divided in 4 tracks, on per each relevant phase and influenced by the classics from the genre like Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Haken, Pagan's Mind, Camel, Transatlantic, Emerson, Lake and Palmer or Hiromi Uehara among others.

Written just in a week, it wasn't until after a gig, when he met Carles Salse and he that told him about the possibility of recording it in his studio, Sureau Studio. For it, he surrounded by friends who helped him to give shape to this project contributing with their own style and instrument, being 15 musicians in total.
  1. Memories of a past life
  2. Childhood
  3. Breaking the rules
  4. he end of the beginning
  • Written by Abel Sequera.
  • Produced and arranged by Abel Sequera, Carles Salse and Kyke Serrano.
  • All instruments recorded by Carles Salse at Sureau Studio (Matadepera, Barcelona) except pianos and keyboards recorded by Kyke Serrano at Lead Rain Studios (Dosrius, Barcelona).
  • Mixed and mastered by Ferran Donatelli at Vertigo Estudio (Llinars del Vall?s, Barcelona).
  • Guitars: Amadeo Jensana, Artur Cabanas (ElDorado, solo), Cristian Trivi?o (Syncopaos), Jordi Foraster (Dragonslayer, Hapax, Lupe Villar) y Carles Salse (Exceso, Westline, Nielva, Quantum Supernova)
  • Bass: Edu Palomares (Inner Side, David Txes), Guillem Vila (Exceso), Joan Vigo (A Contra Blues, El?ctric Gozarela, Marina BBface & The Beatroots) y Ren? Creus (Toni Xucl?, L?dia Guevara, Apollo Flytrap).
  • Piano and keyboards: Kyke Serrano (Jarabe de Palo, Llu?s Llach, Bunbury, Revolver, Lax'n'Busto)
  • Strings: Nacho L?pez
  • Trumpet: Jonathan Hauser
  • Saxo: Eduardo Urbano (Syncopaos)
  • Harp: Josep-Maria Ribelles
Vivaldi Metal Project will return on January 19th, 2018; release date for 'THE EXTENDED SESSIONS' EP revealed
Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2017
The Extended Sessions EP is the follow-up release to the extremely successful The Four Seasons album release by Vivaldi Metal Project which hit the shelves in Summer 2016 on CD & double vinyl on Pride & Joy Music. The album up to today is one of the label's best sellers and now being continued with this valuable EP which will shorten the waiting time for the fans until the next full album!

The DIGITAL VERSION of the EP will be available at the usual outlets; the PHYSICAL EDITON DIGIPAK is LIMITED to 300 copies and will only be available at the band's shows, at the label's online shop and at selected mailorders. Created and produced by Mistheria, Vivaldi Metal Project are currently working on bringing the project onto stage with full band, orchestra and choir. During Summer/Autumn 2017, the band played a series of unplugged shows in Finland, in Bulgaria and in Italy in advance which resulted in the idea to put some of the extraordinary material onto this EP! The Extended Sessions includes four tracks which are centered around the group's performance at Kitee International Music and Art Festival which took place in Kitee (Finland) on July 13th, 2017. Arranged by Mistheria, the performance at the 'Sleeping Sun' event featured Mistheria himself on piano and Tsena Stefanova on vocals. An epic video for this track will also be available soon online.

The Extended Sessions EP opens with a newly recorded unplugged studio version of The Four Seasons medley which again was arranged by Mistheria who performed on this track on piano and was joined by vocalists Tsena Stefanova, Angel Wolf-Black and Dimitar Belchev plus Abigail Stahlschmidt on violin. Additionally to this track, the song Vita - one of the album's single - is featured twice on the EP: once as exclusive 'original vocal session' as recorded by Dimitar Belchev on the first demo version of this song which impressed Mistheria at the first listening, and once as instrumental 'karaoke'. Both versions are delivered with a brand new mix by Ivan Moni Bidin at Artesonika studios. Vita was originally released with different singers on last year's album. The track was arranged by Zhivko Koev and the line-up here includes Dimitar Belchev on vocals, Srdjan Brankovic on guitars, Chris Caffery (TSO, Savatage) with a guitar solo, Jeffrey Revet on keyboards, Royal Hunt's Andreas Passmark official on bass and Martijn Peters on drums.

Like the Vivaldi Metal Project's full length album The Four Seasons, The Extended Sessions EP was mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at Artesonika Recording Studio in Italy and produced by Mistheria.

Vivaldi Metal Project is currently booking more unplugged shows over Europe and USA.

Som do Darma / After Russian tour, Sunrunner returns to studio
Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2017
Sunrunner is a Heavy-Prog trio formed in 2008 in Portland, Maine, USA. The band is currently composed by David Joy (vocal/bass), Joe Martignetti (guitar) and Ted MacInnes (drums).

Sunrunner debuted with the album Eyes Of The Master (2011), a Prog Rock record with Heavy Metal leanings. Since then, their second album Time In Stone (2013), Sunrunner had solidified more into a metal band with Prog Rock influence, using elements of jazz and acoustic instruments such as violin, flute, bouzouki and percussion. Heliodromus, the third full length released in September 2015 by Minotauro Records (Italy), is the most epic one to date, defining the term Heavy-Prog as the bands genre.

The tour in promotion of Heliodromus included dates in US and also in South America, with four shows in Brazil. The band was beyond welcomed by the Brazilian audience.

When Sunrunner was back to the studios to record their new album, the band was invited to play at Belomor-Boogie Festival in the city or Akhangelsk, Russia. The trip was financed by 'Forum For Cultural Engagement' and besides the show at the festival - that also counted with Cellar Darling, Breaking Samsara, among others, Sunrunner played a second show at The Wheel Club, also in Akhangelsk.

This was the first time of the band in Russia and the whole experience was beyond the obvious, as suggests the words of the drummer Ted MacInnes. "Russia was an amazing experience. Most Americans' view of Russia is colored by tired stereotypes of the olden days, and it seems like our media encourages us think in these cartoonish terms - but visiting Russia first hand showed us just how ignorant such assumptions are, and it opened our eyes and expanded our worldview - and we hope that we brought some of that feeling to the people we met in Arkhangelsk, too. As far as what we might have offered to the Russian people - given that we came to play Rock and Roll music, coming from the US, the expectation was that they would be getting the 'real deal' rock - and I don't think we disappointed! People were excited to meet us and to talk to us. They were enthusiastic about our music, which I think might not have been exactly what they were expecting. Being Heavy Prog, we're a far cry from the American Pop music that you might hear coming from the US today - but I would venture to say that perhaps we inspired some of the Russian bands we played with to dig deeper into more experimental music - that this is the essence of where Rock came from, as evidenced by the sort of strange music they were witnessing coming from our instruments. There were innumerable 'selfies' taken (certain trends cross cultural boundaries more readily than others!) and we partook in many toasts heartfelt handshakes. I think meeting us showed the Russian people we met that Americans aren't very much different than they are, and I hope we helped to represent our country in a favorable light. I was surprised to hear that relations between our countries aren't the best right now, and I hope that we can help change that - by whatever tiny degree our presence in Arkhangelsk might have had."

Back to the US, Sunrunner returned at Acadia Recording Company in Porland, Maine – the same studio where the band recorded Heliodromus – to keep working on the recordings of the upcoming new album. The production team is also be the same, Todd Hutchisen as sound engineer and Jimmy Martignetti as producer. The band is also tracking and mixing again in both analog and digital recording systems respectively.

According to Joe Martignetti, nine new tracks will appear on the new album, including a new 20 minutes piece. "We began writing the new songs early 2016 and spent the majority of the year composing them. The songs are mostly all new ideas with a few old parts sprinkled throughout. The direction is slightly more straightforward than the previous three records. I think after writing Heliodromus we realized we enjoyed writing music that was a little less eccentric and experimental... more reminiscent of our roots. So we continued down this path. The new stuff has a really good balance. There is more Metal than Prog Rock. Less guest musicians and embellishments. But there is still plenty of odd time signatures. Lots of 5's and 9's."
Imperative PR / Formicarius join Dani Filth's Devilment for a fiendishly festive December show at the Camden Underworld
Posted by: Denis / 14.11.2017
The fiends of Formicarius have been invited to join Dani Filth's Devilment for an evening of quintessentially English Black Metal at the Camden Underworld, on Sunday December 10th.

Formicarius will offer up a selection of dark delights from their Black Mass Ritual debut, before Nuclear Blast recording artists Devilment invite the assembled hordes to revel in the wickedness of The Mephisto Waltzes.

Formicarius launched their Black Mass Ritual album at the Underworld with a triumphant show alongside Tengger Cavalry and cannot wait to return to what is fast becoming a favourite venue for the performance of their black incantations.

There can surely be no finer diabolical pairing than the Cradle Of Filth frontman's gothic horror show of Devilment and the wild, symphonic darkness of Formicarius. A savagely splendid way to kick off the festive season we're sure you'll agree...
Y.O.C. new song
Posted by: Denis / 09.11.2017
New original song BORN TO A NEW DAY will appear on our Y.O.C.'s page very soon!

Imperative PR / Minotauro Records unveil Flames Of Genesis ambient epic, A Bridge To Further Realms
Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
The coming of Flames Of Genesis's The Voyager was foretold, his arrival from the worlds that lie beyond the outer edges of our experience announced. His approach through the dark corridors that run between the stars was heard by those who have long thirsted for his secrets... 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...

On the 10th of November Minotauro Records will send The Voyager's creations out into the world in the form of Interstellar Transmigration Part I: A Bridge To Further Realms – 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, held within the chalice of Flames Of Genesis and here is where it all begins, where the willing set their foot upon the path. This album, this star map, is the first part of the odyssey. This is where the journey through wonders begins... open this tome of knowledge, listen to Interstellar Transmigration Part I: A Bridge To Further Realms and discover... a sound, a vision, a key.
Jolly Roger Records / HumanasH 'Reborn from the Ashes'
Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
Jolly Roger Record's proud to announce HumanasH's debut Reborn from the Ashes will be available end of November on LP, CD, digital. The band's born under the will of John Goldfinch (vocalist of cult-band L'impero delle ombre) from a deep and sincere love towards classic Heavy Metal and from the need to play an heavier music from his main band, more oriented to speed-metal and horror themes, heavily influenced by early Death SS and 80's Metal bands. For this 'mission' he recruits Peruvian, same drummer of L'Impero delle Ombre, Francis Probus and Gabriel Goya on guitars and Nicholas Lestat on bass, giving life to horror-story Reborn from the Ashes, mini album (22 minutes) featuring as very special guest Steve Sylvester (Death SS vocalist), John's real point of reference, on first track.

Vinyl edition (first 100 copies on red wax) includes 4 pages insert with comics and CD.

Now you can watch videoclip Night Adventure in a Desecrated Church.
  1. Evil Metal Obsession
  2. Night Adventure in a Desecrated Church
  3. The Nightmare Begins
  4. Reborn from the Ashes
  5. The Liberation of the Cursed Spirit
  6. Eternal Darkness of Being
  • John Goldfinch - Vocals
  • Gabriel Goya - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
  • Francis Probus - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
  • Nicholas Lestat - Bass
  • Peruvian - Drums
Furia Music Press / THE ELEMENT releases music video for track Dusk
Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
American Metal band The Element released a video for the song Dusk, which is the first single from their upcoming album From Sand – Part II. The album is being produced and mixed by one of the greatest Heavy Metal producers nowadays, the Swedish Jens Bogren, who was in charge of the production of albums from Arch Enemy, Symphony X, Angra, Pain of Salvation, Katatonia, Dragonforce, Paradise Lost, James Labrie, Devin Townshend. In charge of mastering will be Tony Lindgren, both from Fascination Street Studios.

The band's new video was produced by renowned director Tommy Merry, a specialist in horror movies who brought a tense and dark atmosphere to the video that follow the track's intense and heavy beat, which will please fans of Prog Metal and of bands such as Symphony X, Evergrey, Mastodon, as well as those who enjoy the thrashier side of bands like Megadeth and Metallica.

Dusk was filmed at the legendary Soundwave Studios in Oakland (California, USA), known for being active since the early days of the Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, where several prominent bands have been, such as The Cure, Metallica, Testament, Forbidden, Primus, Faith No More, Green Day, Machine Head, Exodus, Death Angel, and others.
AFM Records / Elvenking
Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
Elvenking present new music video Invoking The Woodland Spirit!

An epic songs deserves to be presented with an equally epic music video. The song is taken from the upcoming album Secrets Of The Magick Grimoire which will be released on November 10th (CD, Digipak, colored Vinyl).

Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
Widely recognized as one of (if not the) first Dutch heavy Metal bands, PICTURE's storied career dates all the way back to 1979. Their classic first four albums were previously subject to Divebomb's two-on-one CD treatment in 2013, with fifth opus Traitor joining the ranks in 2016 for the first time ever on disc. But the picture—pun intended—remains incomplete...

If Traitor had signaled PICTURE's shift toward a slightly more commercial Hard Rock direction in 1985, the transformation was complete with Every Story Needs Another Picture (1986) and Marathon (1987). The previous lineup having crumbled under record label pressures and musical differences, rhythm section Rinus Vreugdenhill (bass) and Jacques van Oevelen (drums, R.I.P.) soldiered on with new members Rob van Enkhuizen (guitar) and former VANDENBERG vocalist Bert Heerink adding keyboardist Ronald de Grauw for Marathon. This mainstream-leaning and increasingly keyboard-centric sound may have alienated some fans, but the group's knack for hook-laden songwriting and memorable choruses certainly took center stage.

Now, 30 years later, Divebomb Records is proud to present yet another two-on-one CD reissue including both Every Story Needs Another Picture and Marathon newly remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, and bolstered by band-supplied archival materials. This finally completes the label's monumental undertaking to re-release all seven of PICTURE's pre-reunion albums over the course of the past four years.
Hammerheart Records / Dead Head share video for 'Palfium'
Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
The Thrash is on! Dutch extreme Thrash Metal outfit Dead Head have shared the official video for Palfium from their latest album Swine Plague! Aggressive, mean, explosive and intense!

Nuclear Blast / ALMANAC talk about new band members
Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
ALMANAC - the new band of Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE) - are set to release their sophomore record titled Kingslayer, on November 24th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. After recently revealing the first single Losing My Mind, now it's time for the third album trailer, in which the band talks about their new members Tim Rashid (bass) and Athanasios 'Zacky' Tsoukas (drums).

SQUEALER sign to PRIDE & JOY MUSIC; new album 'Behind Closed Doors' due on February 23rd, 2018
Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of German Metal veterans SQUEALER! The band based in Hessia, Germany has released seven successful studio albums between 1992 and 2008.

After the group's hiatus which started after the 2008 release The Circle Shuts, SQUEALER united in the year 2016 with new singer Sebastian Werner and already have completed the works on a new album and played several gigs including the prestigious 70000 Tons Of Metal festival.

With the new label PRIDE & JOY MUSIC in the boat, the work on the PR of the new long-player Behind Closed Doors (out: February 23rd. 2018) will begin shortly. The band comments: "We're happy to have found a new home on Pride & Joy Music. After a couple of meetings and conversations, we're convinced that we'll, together with our new team, reach our goals. We're looking forward to a close and successful co-operation."

Punishment 18 Records / Adversor new album title and cover unveiled
Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
Italian thrashers Adversor have unveiled the first details of their second full-length album! It will be titled The End of Mankind and will be out before end of March 2018. Release will be handled by Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
Stormspell Records / RUNELORD
Posted by: Denis / 08.11.2017
RUNELORD will release new album A Message From the Past.

Heathen Heavy Metal, taking you on an epic sword & sorcery adventure to Valhalla and beyond. Written by Fredrik Holm and delivered to you courtesy of Cederick (Blazon Stone, Rocka Rollas, Mortyr, Lector, etc.) and George (The Outer Limits, Moshpit Justice, Blazon Stone).

For fans of Manowar, Cirth Ungol, Lords of the Crimson Alliance, Exorcist, Virgin Steele, epic Metal in general.
  1. Bloodline of the Berserk
  2. Purified Hatred
  3. The Wisdom of Steel
  4. Heathen Religion
  5. War All Against All
  6. Valkyries; Eternal Winter
  7. Valhalla Within
  8. Terror In The Dungeons
  9. A Message From the Past
  10. Beyond the Epos
Sonic Night Music Club / Nashville Metal band KILLING GRACE announce new music video 'Fight Back Kid'
Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2017
Nashville's award-winning Metal band KILLING GRACE have released a new music video for their new album Speak With A Fist due November 3rd via Sonic Night Music Club.

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

After spending the better part of a year touring in support of their self-titled debut, hitting venues all across the Southeast and parts of the Mid-West, Killing Grace returned to the studio to record their second album, Speak With A Fist. This new release has all the bite and grit that fans of the band have come to expect from them along with some new found edge and progressive sounds. A fall U.S. tour will be announced soon.
  • 2013 Music City Mayhem Award winners for Best Hard Rock Band and People’s Choice
  • 2014 NIMA Award winners for Best Hard Rock Band
  • 2015 Nomination in the NIMA Awards for Best Hard Rock Band.
  • 2016 NIMA Award winners for Best Hard Rock/Metal Band
  • 2016 NIMA Award winners for Rock Album of the Year
  • 2016 Deli Online Poll - Best Emerging Hard Rock/Metal Artist
  • 2017 NIMA Award winners for Best Hard Rock/Metal Band
  • 2017 NIMA Award winners for Rock Album of the Year
GlobMetal Promotions / Guillotine released debut album
Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2017
American Death Metal band Guillotine just released their debut self-titled album. The album was recorded at Ledbelly Sound Studio by Matthew Washburn, who also did the mixing/mastering.

Guillotine was formed in 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia by two brothers Lance and Adam Miller, who wanted to create a band that combined traces of Scandinavian Black Metal with old school Florida Death Metal. Evan Posey later joined the lineup as the drummer, rounding out the lineup with his brutal Metal assault.
METALMESSAGE / EUFOBIA (Melodic Thrash Death Metal, Bulgaria) 'Graveyard' (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2017
The memorable name of these Bulgarian MELODIC THRASH DEATH METAL command is of ancient Greek origin and literally means 'fear of good'.

EUFOBIA was founded 2003 and no band member has ever been replaced since, which is pretty rare to find nowadays.

These musicians are in any case a very own formation. The emphasized independent, intense sound of EUFOBIA is just as individual as interesting structured and full of variety, even in the abysmal, manic emotional passages. Every song by the guys therefore can stand completely for itself.

So far EUFOBIA have performed live more than 180 (!) times and shared the stage with well known acts such as Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Rotting Christ, Kreator, Vader, Immolation, Onslaught, Malevolent Creation, Pyogenesis, Gorgoroth, Sinister, Broken Hope, Dragonforce, Eluveitie, Keep Of Kalessin, E-force, Negura Bunget, Suicidal Angels, as well as with many fellow underground ones.

Recently the musically and lyrically hard biting genre-hopefuls from the city of Sofia published their newest music video for the song Graveyard.

Graveyard is taken out of their third, self-titled album Eufobia, which has been published in November 2016.

Currently, EUFOBIA are writing new songs for the fourth album, which is expected to be released early 2018.
Stormspell Records / Scander
Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2017
Sophomore album by the re-united post-NWOBHM acolytes Scander. Coming 26 years after their acclaimed debut, but hey, as the saying goes; better later than never.
  1. Lazarus
  2. Backs Against the Wall
  3. Machine Keeps on Rolling…
  4. When We Die
  5. Res Def
  6. Take You Down
  7. Juggernaut
  8. In a Dark Place
Artwork is being drawn now. Coming out in late 2017 on Stormspell Records
SPV / MAGNUM to release new album in January 2018
Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2017
The release of their latest album Lost On The Road To Eternity sees British Hard Rock band Magnum celebrate a very special anniversary on 19 January 2018. It will be the 20th studio recording by the group surrounding founder members Bob Catley (vocals) and Tony Clarkin (guitar) since their 1978 debut Kingdom Of Madness. At the same time, Clarkin, Catley and bassist Al Barrow are set to introduce their current line-up featuring new additions Rick Benton (keyboards) and Lee Morris (drums). Benton joined the Magnum camp in December 2016 to replace long-standing member Mark Stanway, while Morris took over from Harry James only a few months ago.

Lost On The Road To Eternity contains eleven new songs, among them the first single release Without Love and a duet by Catley and Tobias Sammet on the title track, a kind of artistic thank you by the Edguy /Avantasia frontman in appreciation of Catley’s guest stint on a number of Sammet’s releases.

The release will once again be complemented by Rodney Matthews’s atmospheric cover artwork as well as a total of four live bonus tracks on the CD digipak version (Sacred Blood – Divine Lies, Crazy Old Mothers, Your Dreams Won`t Die, Twelve Men Wise And Just) recorded at Magnum’s 2017 performance at the Leyendas Del Rock festival in Alicante, Spain.

Lost On The Road To Eternity has been scheduled for release by Steamhammer/SPV on 19 January 2018 as digipak version incl. bonus live disc, 2LP coloured version, download and stream.
    CD 1
  1. Peaches and Cream 4:54
  2. Show Me Your Hands 5:45
  3. Storm Baby 6:13
  4. Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret 8:08
  5. Lost on the Road to Eternity 5:54
  6. Without Love 5:55
  7. Tell Me What You’ve Got to Say 6:27
  8. Ya Wanna Be Someone 5:56
  9. Forbidden Masquerade 5:02
  10. Glory to Ashes 5:35
  11. King of the World 7:04
    CD 2 (Bonus Live Disk)
  12. Sacred Blood – Divine Lies 6:48
  13. Crazy Old Mothers 5:35
  14. Your Dreams Won’t Die 5:56
  15. Twelve Men Wise And Just 6:21
Magnum are scheduled to embark on a major European tour from January to April 2018:
  • 26.01.18 GB-Minehead – Giants Of Rock
  • 20.02.18 GB-Bristol – Trinity
  • 21.02.18 GB-Cardiff – Tramshed
  • 23.02.18 GB-Holmfirth – Picturedome
  • 24.02.18 GB-Manchester – Academy 2
  • 25.02.18 GB-Hull – Welly
  • 26.02.18 GB-Aberdeen – Garage
  • 27.02.18 GB-Glasgow – Garage
  • 01.03.18 GB-Belfast – Limelight
  • 02.03.18 GB-Birmingham – Town Hall
  • 04.03.18 GB-Preston – Guildhall
  • 05.03.18 GB-Nottingham – Rock City
  • 07.03.18 GB-Leamington – Assembly
  • 08.03.18 GB-Cambridge – Junction
  • 09.03.18 GB-London – Islington Assembly Hall
  • 11.03.18 GB-Southampton – Engine Room
  • 12.03.18 GB-Brighton – Old Market
  • 14.03.18 NL-Leiden – Gebr de Nobel
  • 16.03.18 SE-Stockholm – Fryshuset Klubben
  • 17.03.18 NO-Oslo – John Dee
  • 18.03.18 SE-Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
  • 19.03.18 SE-Malmoe – KB
  • 21.03.18 D-Munich – Ampere
  • 23.03.18 D-Nuremberg – Der Hirsch
  • 24.03.18 D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
  • 25.03.18 D-Berlin – Columbia Theater
  • 27.03.18 D-Bonn – Harmonie
  • 28.03.18 D-Stuttgart – Im Wizemann
  • 29.03.18 D-Freiburg – Jazzhaus
  • 31.03.18 D-Wuppertal – Live Club Barmen
  • 01.04.18 NL-Uden – De Pul
  • 03.04.18 D-Leipzig – Werk 2
  • 04.04.18 D-Hamburg – Fabrik
  • 05.04.18 D-Bremen – Aladin
  • 07.04.18 D-Neuruppin – Kulturhaus
  • 08.04.18 PL-Bydgoszcz – Klub Kuzinia
  • 10.04.18 CZ-Prague – Nova Chemelnice
  • 11.04.18 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
  • 12.04.18 CH-Pratteln – Z7
  • 13.04.18 I-Milano – Legend
  • 15.04.18 E-Barcelona – Bikini
  • 16.04.18 E-Madrid – But

Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2017
Black Label Society have announced a European tour in support of their new album Grimmest Hits.

A month into their criss-crossing Europe through eleven countries and 24 full-throttle live shows, Black Label Society will play the iconic Royal Albert Hall, London, on April 5th, 2018.

Now ten studio albums deep, the setlist is sure to be career defining and Black Label Society bandleader, Zakk Wylde, can be relied upon to wield his guitar like a Viking weapon, bashing out thick riffage and squeezing out expressive squeals as if the glory of his Berserker brotherhood depends upon every single note, which of course, it does.
  • Mar-8 France, Paris – Bataclan
  • Mar-9 France, Toulouse – Le Bikini
  • Mar-10 Spain, Vitoria – JimmyJazz
  • Mar-11 Spain, Santiago De Compestela – Capitol
  • Mar-13 Spain, Madrid – Riviera
  • Mar-14 Spain, Barcelona – Razzmatazz
  • Mar-16 Italy, Milan – Alcatraz
  • Mar-17 Austria, Telfs – Rathaussaal
  • Mar-18 Czech Republic, Prague – Mala Sportovni Hala
  • Mar-20 Poland, Krakow – Studio
  • Mar-21 Poland, Warsaw – Stodola
  • Mar-23 Germany, Munich – Backstage Werk
  • Mar-24 Germany, Frankfurt – Batschkapp
  • Mar-25 Swiss, Pratteln – Konzertfabrik Z7
  • Mar-27 Germany, Cologne – Live Music Hall
  • Mar-28 Germany, Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
  • Mar-29 Germany, Hamburg – Markthalle
  • Mar-30 Netherlands, Amsterdam – Melkweg
  • Mar-31 Belgium, Antwerp – TRIX
  • Apr-3 Luxembourg, Luxembourg City – Den Atelier
  • Apr-5 UK, London – Royal Albert Hall
  • Apr-7 Ireland, Dublin – Tivoli
  • Apr-8 UK, Belfast – Limelight
Black Label Society will release their tenth full length titled Grimmest Hits on January 19, 2018 via Spinefarm Records.

Posted by: Denis / 03.11.2017
US Metal powerhouse WildeStarr are going to release their new album Beyond The Rain on December 8th on Scarlet Records.

WildeStarr is the combined talents of 3 of the most dynamic musicians in Heavy Metal today: Dave Starr (Vicious Rumors, Chastain), on all guitars & bass, London Wilde on vocals (who many regard as highly as Rob Halford, Dio, Geoff Tate), and powerhouse drummer Josh Foster. Over the course of three studio albums – Arrival (2010), A Tell Tale Heart (2012), and now Beyond The RainWildeStarr have established themselves as the masters of their craft with melodic and aggressive Metal full of dark drama, and conveyed via a huge wall of sound.

WildeStarr's new album Beyond The Rain takes the listener on a harrowing ride and emotional roller coaster. Some might think its a concept album, but its actually much more than that. The songs are London Wilde's lyrical expression of pain, torment, hope, and love based on the real life tragic suicide of her brother Gary in 2012. Gary was a gifted musician who suffered the sad pitfalls of many others who pick up the guitar and dream of success in the music business. After his death, Gary essentially became a not so silent fourth member of the band, and his presence and spirit was deeply felt throughout the songwriting and recording process. Beyond The Rain contains ten tracks of classic Heavy Metal in the vein of Judas Priest, Queensrÿche, DIO, complete with Dave Starr's soaring guitar harmonies and killer riffs, pounding bass and drums, and out of this world vocal melodies and lyrics by London. Husband and wife team Dave Starr and London Wilde have been friends for thirty years and married for over fifteen now. This makes their songwriting and chemistry very special and unique in the world of Heavy Metal.

The album artwork was created by world renowned digital artist Jonas De Ro. Jonas has worked on many blockbuster movies as a concept artist, including 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice', 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation', 'Terminator Genisys', 'Jupiter Ascending', 'Edge Of Tomorrow', and many others!

High Roller Records / BUNKER 66 - Chained Down in Dirt
Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2017
If I ever would pick up a definition for our sound that would be Black Speed Metal.

Hailing from Messina, Sicily, Bunker 66 was founded ten years ago and is still alive today mainly due to the fact that they are having a good time together. With the third full-length record at hand, this hard-to-define outlet is facing a massive anniversary. But as much or rather little as Bunker 66 does not have any goals, they don't believe in anniversaries. And the fact that Chained Down in Dirt is being released this very year was nothing anyone has planned. "It's a mere coincidence, but it's a good feeling to be still here and playing the music we love", says drummer Dee Dee Altar. Having fun, recording their noise and playing it live is what kept the trio, that was born out of a necessity, alive all these years.

But of course some things do change over the course of time. Since guitarist Bone Incinerator called it's quits, the songwriting progress has significantly changed: Before everything was mainly done while jamming, now almost all the riffs take shape in the minds of the band members before rehearsing together. When it comes to the overall sound and the new lineup, featuring J.J. Priestkiller on guitars, things have become more aggressive and thrashier and also D.Thorne's vocals are more evil and manic. A first hint of what to expect from this new sound is most well displayed on the split record with Morbo that was released in 2016. Still the three-piece can hardly be put into any certain part of the Metal genre and they're not into categorisations anyways, as Dee Dee Altar points out: "We aren't easy to define, that's a good thing!"

Chained Down in Dirt is not only a landmark regarding the first decade of band history, but also a step into another direction when it comes to atmosphere. There is no plot behind the album, each song has its mood and lyrics. This time Bunker 66 is dealing with evil topics and metal metaphors with the exception of one song. Wastelands of Grey deals with something different, as it's a song about work alienation. Chained Down in Dirt is the first album after B. Incinerator has left the band and was replaced by J.J. Priestkiller in late 2015. Compared to the previous one Screaming Rock Believers, it has a completely different approach. After a first pre-production phase in May 2016, the entire recording process took place at the Bunker 66 rehearsal room in Sicily in late 2016. And since the new guy also happens to be a soundfreak, they used all of his equipment. "Just the mastering was done by Patrick Engel, who already worked with us on our first full-lenght Infernö Interceptörs, cheers to him!"

And while the Venom attitude will always be there, delusions on Chained Down in Dirt were avoided in advance, as there are no comparisons, like it was the case with its predecessor. "We tried to find the Don't Break the Oath guitar sound on our previous album but yeah, we failed... On this newborn child the only thing that mattered to us was to have an organic, warm and natural sound, as usual." 'Women, leather and hell' is what Bunker 66 has listed as the band interests on facebook and this is exactly what the new record sounds like.

The artwork for Chained Down in Dirt was done by Swedish artist JDW Death my only Friend Artworks. Drummer Dee Dee Altar remembers: "We wanted a darker artwork because this new album is way more evil and aggressive if compared to our previous one."

As the for new album Bunker 66 strongly advises you to just put the needle on the record, play it loud and die wasted!
InsideOut Music / Nightingale to release 'Rock Hard Live'
Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2017
Sweden's Progressive Hardrockers NIGHTINGALE have announced the release of their first-ever live album, Rock Hard Live on December 8th, 2017.

Following up NIGHTINGALES's latest studio album Retribution, which was released in 2014 via InsideOutMusic, Rock Hard Live was recorded at Germany's Rock Hard festival in 2016 and contains the following tracklisting:
  1. Nightfall Overture
  2. A Raincheck On My Demise
  3. Hideaway
  4. Forevermore
  5. Into The Light
  6. Chasing The Storm Away
  7. Revival
  8. Steal The Moon
  9. Black Tears
NIGHTINGALE's Dan Swanö checked in with the following comment about Rock Hard Live: "After eight NIGHTINGALE studio releases the time had come for a proper live album!

When we were invited to perform at the prestigious Rock Hard Festival in May 2016 we felt that this could be the right time and place to capture the energy of a NIGHTINGALE live performance. Once we listened back to the recordings of the gig it became obvious that there was a special vibe both on stage and in the audience that day. And in order to capture that we decided to mix the album with a very high percentage of the sound coming from the two audience microphones.

This approach gives the listener the sensation of actually being there at the gig when you listen to it. But this also means that you have the occasional out-of-time and tune-notes here and there, since there is no way to fix anything in the studio once you mix an album this way.

So, Rock Hard Live indeed is a genuine sonic snapshot of what NIGHTINGALE sounds like on stage, warts and all!"

A first single (and iTunes instant grat track) off Rock Hard Live is also being launched, as the pre-orders for the album commences. Check out Chasing The Storm Away here.

Nuclear Blast / DESTRUCTION digital single 'United By Hatred' released, 'Thrash Anthems II' medley video premieres
Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2017
German Thrash titans DESTRUCTION will release their new 'best of old school' album Thrash Anthems II, on November 10th via Nuclear Blast Records. Now the band has released the first single from the album titled United By Hatred. The original track appears on the second DESTRUCTION album, Eternal Devastation, which was released in 1986.

As well as teasing fans with the first single, the band has also released a medley video incl. classic photo material for Thrash Anthems II. Listen to song snippets of the new reworked classics United By Hatred, Black Death, Black Mass, Confound Games.

Nuclear Blast / BEAST IN BLACK - 'Beast In Black' playthrough by stand-in drummer online, kick off European tour supporting W.A.S.P.
Posted by: Denis / 30.10.2017
International Heavy metallers BEAST IN BLACK will unleash their debut album Berserker. The real wildness of the band's new tracks is something that can only be experienced live, which is why you shouldn't miss the group supporting legendary heavy metallers W.A.S.P. on their Re-Idolized: The Crimson Idol 25th Anniversary World Tour.

BEAST IN BLACK must announce that their regular drummer Sami Hänninen can't attend this forthcoming trek last week, and that Atte Palokangas will replace him. Now Atte has revealed another playthrough of the album's opening track Beast In Black, to prove that he's the perfect stand-in drummer for this tour.
    Tour dates
  • 2017-10-30 Strasbourg (La Laiterie) FR
  • 2017-11-01 Pamplona (Auditorio de Burlada) ES
  • 2017-11-02 Murcia (Sala Gamma) ES
  • 2017-11-03 Madrid (La Riviera) ES
  • 2017-11-04 Barcelona (Razzmatazz 1) ES
  • 2017-11-05 Limoges (CC John Lennon) FR
  • 2017-11-07 Lyon (Le Transbordeur) FR
  • 2017-11-08 Bologna (Estragon) IT
  • 2017-11-09 Milan (Live Club) IT
  • 2017-11-10 Lausanne (Les Docks) CH
  • 2017-11-11 Pratteln (Z7) CH
  • 2017-11-12 Tilburg (O13) NL
  • 2017-11-14 Hamburg (Markthalle) DE
  • 2017-11-15 Hannover (Capitol) DE
  • 2017-11-16 Saarbrücken (Garage) DE
  • 2017-11-17 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) DE
  • 2017-11-18 Geiselwind (MusicHall) DE
  • 2017-11-20 Frankfurt (Batschkapp) DE
  • 2017-11-21 Stuttgart (LKA Longhorn) DE
  • 2017-11-22 München (Backstage) DE
  • 2017-11-24 Hluk (Sports Hall) CZ
  • 2017-11-25 Warsaw (Progresja) PL
  • 2017-11-26 Wien (Arena) AT
Furia Music Press / The Element announces release date for music video Dusk
Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2017
American Metal band The Element, formed by Rafael Macedo (Guitar/Vocals), Mitch Stewart (Bass - Circle II Circle), Jeremy Villucci (Keyboard) and Marco Bicca (Drums) filmed a music video for the song Dusk, which will be the first single of their upcoming album From Sand - Part II. The album is being produced and mixed by one of the greatest Heavy Metal producers nowadays, the Swedish Jens Bogren, who was in charge of the production of albums from Arch Enemy, Symphony X, Angra, Pain of Salvation, Katatonia, Dragonforce, Paradise Lost, James Labrie, Devin Townshend. In charge of mastering will be Tony Lindgren, both from Fascination Street Studios.

The band's new video was produced by renowned director Tommy Merry, a specialist in horror movies who brought a tense and dark atmosphere to the video that follow the track's intense and heavy beat.

Dusk was filmed at the legendary Soundwave Studios in Oakland (California, USA), known for being active since the early days of the Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, where several prominent bands have been, such as The Cure, Metallica, Testament, Forbidden, Primus, Faith No More, Green Day, Machine Head, Exodus, Death Angel, and others.

The CD From Sand - Part II brings the sequel of the plot about characters Jared and Anne, a fiction work where Jared is a regular citizen and goes about life being tormented by a mystical being, not knowing if said being is real or only imaginary. On Dusk, Jared begins his intense journey to find Anne and uncover the mysteries that surround his mind.

The video will be released on November 7 on the band's official YouTube channel simultaneously with the digital release on platforms such as iTunes, Google Play, Beats, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, and others.
Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2017
Melodic Metal band Temperance have announced the decision to move ahead without singer Chiara Tricarico, who is now officially no longer in the band. Chiara has sung on Temperance's 2014 self-titled debut release up until the latest DVD Maschere: A Night At The Theater and together they toured the world extensively. Temperance wish her the best of luck for her future endeavours.
Pure Steel Records / STARBLIND 'The Shadow Out Of Time' official single
Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2017
The first single of the Swedish Heavy Metal band STARBLIND - The Shadow Out Of Time was released. The release date of the STARBLIND album Never Seen Again on CD is November 24th, 2017.

With their third album Never Seen Again STARBLIND convince totally. The musical direction is close to IRON MAIDEN, but of course with their own unique style influences.

Since Dying son in 2015 some points changed. The most important one is the new vocalist Marcus Sannefjord Olkerud (Ex-Rocka Rollas) who is able to sing with power, epical and speedy.

The band makes the next step with this album and if you still have problems with the current material from IRON MAIDEN you should try STARBLIND!
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC sign the new Swedish Heavy Metal sensation THE SOUL EXCHANGE
Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2017
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce of Swedish Melodic Heavy Metal sensation THE SOUL EXCHANGE! The first release will be the 5-track EP Vow Of Seth which will be released on December 8th, 2017 as download through the usual platforms and as limited edition jewel case CD which only will be available through the label's online shop and the band's upcoming live shows. A new studio album will follow in mid 2018!

The single & video for the title track Vow Of Seth will be out in advance on Nov. 17th, 2017!

The Soul Exchange is a band that mixes Classic Hard Rock with a contemporary Metal sound. They have taken influences from the 70's Hard Rock scene and created their own unique style of Metal infused, guitar driven hard rock, with great attention to the melodies and grand vocal arrangements. The lyrics deals mostly with subjects from the darker side of life such as insanity and evil in various forms.

The seed that eventually became The Soul Exchange was sown when guitarist and songwriter Hans von Bell began writing songs for a solo album back in 2013. After the albums' release in January 2015, Hans immediately started to work on new material for a follow up and realized he wanted to put together a proper band as the new material required a different sound and thus, The Soul Exchange was born. The band name came from a song off the 2015 solo album.

In 2016 the band found their formula and sound with the current line up consisting of Daniel John vocals & keyboards, Hans & Thomas von Bell guitars, Patrik 'Patte' Ekelöf on bass, and Benny White drums. Although mostly unknown to the wide public, all band members have long careers in music behind them. The band released the critically and likewise publicly acclaimed album Bloodbound in March 2017 on the Mervilton Records label.

In the fall of 2017 The Soul Exchange have been working on an, in between albums, five track EP titled Vow Of Seth that is set for release on the Pride & Joy Music label on December 8th. The EP will be preceded by a digital single and video release of the EP's title track on November 17th. The Soul Exchange once again working with the renowned Swedish producer Magnus 'Tank' Ljungqvist who also produced the Bloodbound album. The new EP has taken the band to an even darker place lyrically and with a tad harder sound. Stating that 'this EP will show the way for the next full length album penned for release in 2018. Hard Rock with a great portion of modern Metal influences, and importantly, the vocal arrangements and melodies will always have a major focus in The Soul Exchange otherwise riff oriented music'.
My Kingdom Music / DRAGONHAMMER new song from 'Obscurity'
Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2017
Italian Power Prog Metal masters DRAGONHAMMER are releasing their 4th full-length album Obscurity now, October 27th on My Kingdom Music, and they present a new song taken from it with a Heavy Metal hit in the classic style of the Dragons - it is Brother vs Brother!

AFM Records / Nocturnal Rites video
Posted by: Denis / 27.10.2017
Nocturnal Rites official site premieres What's Killing Me music video!

The new NOCTURNAL RITES studio album Phoenix, their first since 10 years, is available now worldwide, so don't hesitate to grab your copy!

Imperative PR / Curse The Fall - Symbiosis (US metal magnificence on Final Legion Records)
Posted by: Denis / 25.10.2017
Some bands can channel their anger and aggression into a devastating onslaught of metallic power. Some bands can entwine the scars that life has given them in melancholy melody and speak to the shared experiences of listeners. Some bands can impress with a sweetly crafted solo or finely structured songs. And some, rare bands, can bind all those things together into one sonic structure of power, emotion, melody and skill. On November 21st Oklahoma City's Curse The Fall will release their new EP, Symbiosis and show the world that they are one of those bands that have it all...

Curse The Fall formed in 2013, a gathering together of musicians who had cut their teeth in numerous local bands and shared the drive and ambition to take things to the next level; the desire to create music that would speak to Metal fans around the globe with its passion and honesty. The debut album, Aphelion, was released on Final Legion Records in the summer of 2016 and the word began to spread. Major magazines like Powerplay in the UK took notice and Curse The Fall were soon playing live with international acts like Soil, Dope, Drowning Pool and many more. Yet in truth Aphelion merely hinted at what the band could achieve.

Now the hard work in the rehearsal room and on the stage has borne fruit; with the release of Symbiosis the world can really hear all that Curse The Fall have to offer. Mixed and mastered by Eric Greedy, who has previously worked with everyone from Fates Warning, Kingdom Come, Smashing Pumpkins to Body Count, Fu Manchu, Vince Neil, Symbiosis is the real deal in every respect. Race is an explosion of rage and adrenalin, Dirt Road is open wounds and candour, Over Time a monumental, emotional journey... there is an incredible amount to explore and experience throughout this EP, into which the band have poured so much. Symbiosis is a gigantic step forward for Curse The Fall, but more than that it is a record that captures the blood, sweat, tears and soul of a genuine, talented band - and that is what Metal music is all about.
  • Dewayne Clifton - vocals
  • Nick Cebalo - bass
  • Brian Carrigan - guitar
  • Bill Stephens - drums
  • Genre: Metal
  • RELEASE DATE: 21.11.17
  • For fans of: Alice In Chains, Drowning Pool, Nevermore, Machine Head
  1. Symbiosis
  2. Race
  3. Seasons
  4. Over Time
  5. Dirt Road
  6. Symbiont
AFM / Iron Savior 'Reforged - Riding On Fire' out in December
Posted by: Denis / 25.10.2017
Hamburg based Power Metal band IRON SAVIOR was facing a problem: what to do when your early albums are not available regularly anymore but a re-issue is not possible due to legal reasons? Well, the decision was made to use this situation to give the material a sonic upgrade.

"We can't re-release our albums from the Noise Records years in their initial form", band boss Piet Sielck says, "but we are free to re-record songs from these albums. We've approached this challenge with a lot of enthusiasm."

What Sielck refers to, became a 19 tracks strong double album now, titled Reforged - Riding On Fire, which consists of the best and most popular songs IRON SAVIOR have released so far. These 2017 re-recordings come with a much more powerful sound of course, but the band managed the task to keep the songs' character and feel.

Demand is steadily rising: especially after the band's latest album Titancraft (2016), which became the biggest chart success in their history, new fans wanted to discover IRON SAVIOR's catalogue. They'll now get the best 19 tracks with an upgraded sound – of course mixed by Piet Sielck. Reforged - Riding On Fire highly enjoyable treat for old and new fans alike.

Frontiers Music / DOWN ‘N OUTZ new LIVE album 'The Further Live Adventures Of...'
Posted by: Denis / 25.10.2017
Down 'n' Outz are pleased to announce the release of a brand new live album The Further Live Adventures Of... on December 1st, via Frontiers Music Srl. The live album, recorded in Sheffield Corporation in December 2014, will be available 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl and digital. In addition, on the same day, the band will reissue their previous records My Re-Generation, The Further Adventures Of ... on CD, LP and digital.

The Down 'N' Outz is the project founded and fronted by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and backed by members of The Quireboys, Wayward Sons, Vixen. The band pays tribute to rock legends Mott The Hoople and was established from the most unusual of circumstances... in the words of Joe Elliott: "When Mott The Hoople announced they were reforming for a week's worth of shows at the Hammersmith Odeon I was asked that I participate in some capacity. They've always been my favourite band and it's nice to see the rest of the rock world finally catch up and give them their due."

"But, what was I to do? It was suggested to me that the Quireboys would be up for offering their services. This was perfect! A fan since their first album, I loved the idea of working with a band as enthusiastic to do this as I was. I decided that the thing to do was play some songs that like-minded people thought they would never hear live again, if ever, songs by spin offs of Mott the Hoople - songs by Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions. Songs that are close to my heart, songs that I've played every week for the best part of 35 years on record, cassette, CD, iPod and now live."
Napalm Records / KOBRA AND THE LOTUS release new lyric video
Posted by: Denis / 25.10.2017
Prevail I, the latest offering by Canada's hottest Metal export KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, has been successfully released in May 2017 on Napalm Records. A true rock juggernaut full of blistering guitars, pounding rhythms and haunting vocal melodies that is taking the listener on a sonic journey leading them out from the darkness and into the light. Produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica etc) and mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen, Prevail I has undoubtedly ushered the band to a much deserved elevated hard rock status.

Now the band fronted by charismatic vocalist Kobra Paige has unveiled a brand new lyric video for the track Prevail.

The band informs us: "This one's for all the non-believers... the people on the outside and the voice inside your head that said you'd never make it out. The voice that told you to stop dreaming. The devil on your shoulder whispering 'Go ahead and quit, you're not good enough anyways'. Out with the hate and in with the love. There's a new mantra in town and it's slamming that shadowed voice into the ground. We will Prevail and we are never backing down!"

Evolution is inevitable and KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have delivered their most powerful album to date, Prevail I, with Prevail II to complete the story in the not too distant future...

After multiple tours worldwide (with the likes of Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Demon Hunter to name just a few), KOBRA AND THE LOTUS are heavily touring this year, make sure to catch them live on the following dates!
  • 03.11.17 FIN - Tampere / Olympia
  • 04.11.17 FIN - Helsinki / Nosturi
  • 05.11.17 FIN - Turku / Gong
    with KAMELOT:
  • 08.11.17 RU – St. Petersburg / Aurora Concert Hall
  • 09.11.17. RU – Moscow / Club Red
  • 16.11.17 IT - Rome / Traffic Club
  • 17.11.17 IT - Rozzano / Circolo Svolta
  • 18.11.17 CH - Wetzikon / Hall of Fame
  • 20.11.17 NL – Nijmegen / Merleyn
  • 22.11.17 UK - Southampton / Talking Heads
  • 23.11.17 UK - Milton Keynes / Crauford Arms
  • 24.11.17 UK - Manchester / Rebellion
  • 25.11.17 IRE - Dublin / The Rox
  • 26.11.17 UK - Belfast / Voodoo
  • 28.11.17 UK - Glasgow / The Audio
  • 29.11.17 UK - Newcastle / Think Tank
  • 30.11.17 UK - Wolverhampton / Slade Rooms
  • 01.12.17 UK - Bridgwater / The Cobblestones
  • 02.12.17 UK - Sheffield / Corporation
  • 03.12.17 UK - London / Underworld
    Supporting BEYOND THE BLACK:
  • 07.12.17 DE - Cologne / Essigfabrik
  • 08.12.17 DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
  • 09.12.17 DE - Karlsruhe / Substage
  • 11.12.17 DE - Munich / Backstage
  • 12.12.17 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
  • 14.12.17 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
  • 15.12.17 DE - Berlin / SO36
  • 16.12.17 DE - Bochum / Matrix
  • 17.12.17 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage

Imperative PR / In-Defilade, featuring Jon Vesano (ex-Nile) release crushing second album, Elude. Death Metal with guest solos from Dallas Toler-Wade (ex-Nile)
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2017
Imperative PR are immensely proud to announce that we will be working with In-Defilade, to promote their breathtaking maelstrom of a second album, Elude. This album delivers sheer, heart-shaking power from the first note to the last. As the music moves through an array of moods and tempos, from the insidious slithering dread of The Collapse to the tumultuous torrent of riffs and indefatigable blast beat assaults of Fearing The Worst, you can only listen in awe. A sense of supreme confidence radiates from these songs, an unshakeable self knowledge that In-Defilade stand tall, subservient to none.

In-Defilade was first created by Jon Vesano, the man whose mighty bass and vocal roar can be heard on Nile’s revered Annihilation Of The Wicked and In Their Darkened Shrines albums and who fronted the dark, underground treasure of Dark Moon. For the first In-Defilade album, Rulers Of Famine, Vesano was joined by Vesperian Sorrow’s Subverseraph and guitarist Shawn Lee Bozarth – known for his work with legendary thrash outfits Defiance and Ulysses Siren. Before work commenced on Elude Bozarth stood down from the ranks, but Vesano and Subverseraph ensnared drum master Erik Schultek (ex-Narcotic Wasteland) and the resulting chemistry is terrifying in its potency.

Vesano’s vocals have never sounded as venomous as they do on Elude, blending brutality with a biting clarity as he enunciates his disdain for the weakness of humanity. The thunderous barrage of the rhythm section is soul-shaking, overwhelming, intimidating in its sheer unfathomable power and the riffs are a firestorm that fuses complexity with immediacy, a nuclear explosion of bewildering velocity, yet rife with barbed, inescapable hooks. Adding still further to the fearsome weaponry at In-Defilade’s disposal on this titanic album are two very special guests... Dallas Toler-Wade, an essential element of the Nile sound for twenty years, brings the howling chaos of his guitar solos, while Neska of After Life and Unbreath adds her voice of unbridled fury.

In-Defilade are coming and you have a choice to make – ride the storm with them, or be torn asunder as it passes over you. Elude is Death Metal of inhuman power and it will not be denied.
Mistheria GEMINI album - record label announced
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2017
Super-excited to announce that Mistheria long-waited new instrumental Metal album GEMINI will be released by Rockshots Records. GEMINI is set to be released on December 15th, 2017 in digipak version, digital streaming and download. New pre-order campaign will be run in a couple weeks on Rockshots Records through their website/channels.

Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2017
Australian Melodic Heavy/Power Metal band ILIUM reissues their debut album as a double CD featuring both their bombastic completely re-written and re-recorded version with additional bonus track with new cover art and the original version in one package.

Now available through Nightmare Records, this very special reissue hosts the return of (Lord / Dungeon) vocalist Lord Tim, who previously sang on the bands Permian Dusk and Vespertilion albums.

From the band on why... "The inspiration to re-record our debut was simple - we were very proud of our first album and it was no longer in print but we wanted to do something special and reintroduce it. When we wrote many of these songs originally, they were from our old band Oracle... and as such, in many ways, our first album was as much an Oracle album as ILIUM. The experience of growing into this new band made us look upon the debut with a fresh outlook, so we thought 'why not record this album as though it had never been released'. And that is what we did!"

With Ilium's 2017 release Sirens Of The Styx: Re-Styxed, the band has come full circle. In 2003 Ilium released their debut album Sirens Of The Styx with vocalist Mark Snedden and producer Lord Tim (Lord, ex-Dungeon, and who went on to sing lead on the next two Ilium releases) - an epic debut with music by twin guitarists Adam Smith and Jason Hodges. Now, six albums later, the band has revisited this classic with a fresh approach. To celebrate the re-release of the debut, the group's driving forces Smith and Hodges have invited Lord Tim back to the microphone for a completely re-written and re-recorded version, featuring the brand new track Ode Of The Trans-Dimensional Puppeteer as well as re-worked classics such as Antigone, The Celestial Sphere, Incipience: Beowulf Defeats Grendel, Half-Life and the epic title track. Sirens Of The Styx: Re-Styxed is the result of a band that has embraced the most dramatic elements of power metal legends such as Helloween, Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, combined with the classic Metal bombast of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, and with a few technical Thrash and Progressive elements thrown in to their epic mix to produce a unique yet familiar sound.

GlobMetal Promotions / TE?RATOMORF released debut album
Posted by: Denis / 23.10.2017
Russian Heavy Metal band TE?RATOMORF released their debut album Tvorez Zhelani. The album was recorded by Alexander Rybkin and mixed/mastered by Yakov Hansen at Gigant Records.

Today TE?RATOMORF is one of the most recognizable bands in Moscow Heavy Metal underground scene. The fame came to the musicians after publication of the first EP I am legend that was released in January, 2014. The song Sudba recorded in a duet with Arthur Berkut (ex-Aria) became the hallmark of the group.
METALMESSAGE / INFINITAS (Female fronted Folk Heavy Metal) album 'CIVITAS INTERITUS'
Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2017
These five Swiss Metal individualists hail from the picturesque Muotathal. In 2009 the initiators founded their extraordinary band INFINITAS. The first concerts were followed by new songs. In 2015 the participants debuted with the 3-track EP Self-Destruction. In the following, the intentionally willful and stylistically open yet very organic style developed relatively quickly: melodically catchy loaded FOLK HEAVY METAL with functionally guided Thrash Metal attacks.

The conceptual work CIVITAS INTERITUS dances courageously out of line. The formation shows its abilities with these lively debut album on an audibly more mature and stable level. And the completely unpredictable mixture of the quintet is not only full of agile surprises, but INFINITAS also make the whole thing appear as from a single cast! The fact that various memories of the British Folk Metal pioneers Skyclad gets awakened, serves descriptive above all as a useful genre guide. Officially CIVITAS INTERITUS was published on May 5th, 2017.

The striking, concise and extremely powerful voice of frontwoman Andrea sings the compositions with all dedication. And, with her solid vocal repertoire, she also shows itself extremely changeable and multifaceted. The complex arranged, elaborate staged interplay of guitar, violin, bass and drums cooperates in an ingenious way. By means of equally present strings, the Swiss give their songs a charming and finely decorating folklore color. Laura brings with her e-recorder additional, playful-dreaming nuances.
Furia Music Press / Shadowside releases digital version of new album 'Shades of Humanity'
Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2017
Brazilian female fronted Metal band Shadowside has released worldwide their new album Shades of Humanity on all digital outlets.

The album is now available on platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and was already released in CD in Europe, by EMP Label Group (owned by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson), in Japan by Spiritual Beast, followed by a BURRN! magazine interview with lead singer Dani Nolden, and in Brazil by Furia Music Records/Die Hard Records.

Shades of Humanity explores deep subjects such as depression, abortion, the Mariana dam disaster in Brazil and mankind's moral values, branching out in musical ways nobody expected while still keeping their heavy guitar riffs and catchy melodies. The album was produced and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Hammerfall, Evergrey, In Flames, Dream Evil) and Henrik Udd (Architects, Dimmu Borgir, Dream Evil, Arch Enemy, Bring me the Horizon) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Furia Music Press / American band The Element prepares their second album with production of Jens Bogren
Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2017
THE ELEMENT is a Prog Metal band based in California (USA) which started activities in Brazil with their guitarist and frontman Rafael Macedo in 1998.

The band had a very promising career start, when they were pointed as one of the greatest highlights of the south of Brazil and got to support BLIND GUARDIAN and GRAVE DIGGER at the renowned Bar Opinião in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

With the great acceptance of the band by the American audience, the band decided to relocate in 2007 to move forward in their career. RAFAEL MACEDO (Guitar/Vocals) joined bassist MITCH STEWART (CIRCLE II CIRCLE) and THE ELEMENT found its definitive lineup with drummer MARCO BICCA and keyboardist JEREMY VILLUCCI.

With the band's lineup established, they recorded their debut album FROM SAND – PART I, produced by Rafael Macedo and mixed/mastered by legendary producer BEAU HILL (Ratt, Warrant, Alice Cooper, Europe, Gary Moore, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Winger).

FROM SAND – PART I was released worldwide in 2012 and distributed by Hellion Records, Laser's Edge, and Voice Music.

The band released in 2013 a music video for the powerful and intense song called SHE’S MADE FROM SAND with the production of talented director TOMMY MERRY.

Promotion of the debut album was compelling, with the band touring California presenting their intricate Prog Metal. One of the most special moments of the tour was the performance alongside legendary former Megadeth guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN at WHISKY A GO GO.

In 2015, THE ELEMENT started working on their second album, FROM SAND – PART II and this time the band will count with the production and mixing of one of the greatest Heavy Metal producers nowadays: Swedish producer JENS BOGREN, who worked with bands such as Arch Enemy, Symphony X, Angra, Pain of Salvation, Katatonia, Dragonforce, Paradise Lost, James Labrie, Devin Townshend. In charge of mastering was TONY LINDGREN, both from FASCINATION STREET STUDIOS.

FROM SAND – PART II shows the band's natural evolution with heavier, more straightforward, and more aggressive songs, while keeping their main features, such as sophisticated instrumental segments and orchestrations.

The first single will be the song DUSK, which will also be a video, once again directed by Tommy Merry.

Soon the release dates for the single and album will be announced. Now, THE ELEMENT is getting ready for the release concert and new album tour.
Imperative PR / Smothered Bowels - Dead C*nt Dance (Russian Goregrind on Bizarre Leprous Productions)
Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2017
Welcome, my friends, to the show that never ends! A cabaret of the bizarre and demented! A carnival of sickness, a circus of freaks! Welcome to the Dead Cunt Dance... take a seat amongst the filth and let Smothered Bowels take you on a journey through blood, faeces and intestines to the far, dark side of madness. You'll laugh 'til something ruptures and you bleed out on the floor...

Smothered Bowels came crawling out of the Moscow suburbs in 2010, with the Traho Defunctus EP gripped in their grimy hands and since then have vomited their wildly unhinged, technicolor goregrind in every direction. Their only full length album release was 2014s Thorax Driller – until now. Now we present to you the twenty six tracks of utter lunacy that make up the gratuitously offensive Dead Cunt Dance. The band have delved into the absolute depths of their sewer-like minds, pushed their musical dexterity and inventiveness to the maximum, to create some of the most exhilarating, repugnant, exciting and horrifying sounds you will ever hear. This is truly extreme music, taking everything beyond the accepted limits. Madness knows no boundaries...

The release of Dead Cunt Dance will be preceded by the stunning music video for one of the album's finest tracks – U.S. Butcher. This video has been literally years in the making and you will never have seen anything like it before – a mini-feature film in its own right, this is the kind of visual horror show that every Death Metal or Goregrind band dreams of making. Not even the biggest and most successful names in the genre have come close to anything of this quality. When these Russian lunatics decided to bring their psychotic visions to cinematic life only perfection would do and U.S. Butcher is a blood-drenched nightmare you will never forget.

Smothered Bowels are most definitely not for everyone, but if beneath that smiling facade you wear every day lurks the soul of a cackling, caged lunatic... then they might just be for you.
  • Pope Kickapoo - Vocals
  • Barbie Tourette - Guitars
  • Midget Jones – Bass
  • Defoe Trahunctus - Drums
  • Genre: Brutal Goregrind
  • For fans of: Basement Torture Killings, Squash Bowels, Regurgitate, Cliteater
  • RELEASE DATE: 10/11/17
Michael Mackert Ink Management Deal With GlobMetal Promotions
Posted by: Denis / 17.10.2017
American Heavy Metal musician has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions. Last year Michael Mackert released his debut solo EP Psychedelic Messiah. The EP was recorded and mixed at Seraphic Records by Michael Mackert, and mastered by Headroom Mastering.

Michael Mackert is a Washington, D.C. based Heavy Metal/Hard Rock guitarist and composer. Beside his instrumental solo project, Michael also play guitars on American Heavy Metal band Blood Corps.
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.
  • 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
  • Stage of Reality
  • Hamnesia
  • Aetherna
  • Winterbreed

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.

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.
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.
  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."

25 albums entered into our database lately are:
1. Air Raid
"Across the Line"

2. Panzer (Germany)
"Fatal Command"

3. Section A
"Wall of Silence"

4. Accept
"The Rise of Chaos"

5. Steelheart
"Through Worlds of Stardust"

6. Vivaldi Metal Project
"The Extended Sessions"

7. Penna, David

8. Unity, The
"The Unity"

9. Elvenking
"Secrets of the Magick Grimoire"

10. Desperados
"Call of the Wild"

11. Heavy Load
"Metal Conquest"

12. Liv Sin
"Follow Me"

13. Hallows Eve

14. Hallows Eve
"Tales of Terror"

15. White Skull
"Will of the Strong"

16. Tankard
"One Foot in the Grave"

17. Nitrogods
"Roadkill BBQ"

18. Iron Savior
"Reforged - Riding on Fire"

19. Baphomet

20. Baphomet
"Latest Jesus"

21. Baphomet
"No Answers"

22. Baphomet (US)
"The Dead Shall Inherit"

23. Messina

24. Mr. Big
"Defying Gravity"

25. Night Demon
"Darkness Remains"

15 bands entered into our database lately are:
1. FB1964
2. Air Raid
3. Unity, The
4. Liv Sin
5. Baphomet (US)
6. Baphomet
7. Messina
8. Atkins, Al
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13. Cancer
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15. Eternal Idol

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