Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Power Of Metal.dk News blog has moved

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To all readers of this news blog:

Since The Power Of Metal.dk Webzine is now on a new platform, we are also moving our news section.

All news can from now on be found on http://powerofmetal.dk/feed/ or directly on the front page of our site.

Stay metal!

Thomas
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Friday, June 19, 2015

CRADLE OF FILTH discuss »Hammer Of The Witches« artwork

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Barbarous hellhounds CRADLE OF FILTH are set to release their forthcoming album »Hammer Of The Witches« on July 10th via Nuclear Blast Records In anticipation of the release, we asked the band's verbose mouthpiece of Hell to tell us a bit more about the album artwork - watch as Dani Filth explains all here: http://youtu.be/fL6jInrLTBA

The artwork was created by Arthur Berzinsh (http://www.berzinsh.lv) who is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. He has been proclaimed as a “sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism”. And rightly so, his visually expressive and mannerly works tend to trigger emotions which can make thoughts fidget and wriggle, unable to find a comfortable position among the impressions gathered. His creative work is characterized by a varied range of voluptuous erotica, intensified imagery, dream-like scenes and decorativeness weighed down by visual metaphors and contrasts teetering on the edge of symbolism. 

The band's highly anticipated and caliginous creation was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, in darkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. The album’s title is named after the 'Malleus Maleficarum', a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches - but CRADLE OF FILTH‘s title version is more retributory: It’s the »Hammer Of The Witches«; the hammer is in the witches' hands and it's payback time.

»Hammer Of The Witches« track list:
01. Walpurgis Eve
02. Yours Immortally…
03. Enshrined In Crematoria
04. Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess
05. Blackest Magick In Practice
06. The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning The Coven)
07. Hammer Of The Witches
08. Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych
09. The Vampyre At My Side
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
11. Blooding The Hounds Of Hell
Bonus Tracks:
12. King Of The Woods
13. Misericord
 
 
More on »Hammer Of The Witches«:
'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2Y4uZ0rnRk
'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' making of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_Rv9AUUCY
»Hammer Of The Witches« album trailer 1 (album): http://youtu.be/u3lNhek-hjs
 
 

IRON MAIDEN to release new album, 'Book of Souls' 4th of September

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IRON MAIDEN’s eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.
The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson, who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11-track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN’s first ever double studio album. There’s a broader split on the songwriting compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; 6 of them with Maiden’s guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984’s Powerslave that an IRON MAIDEN studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! And also two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.

Steve comments,

We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them, I think. I’m very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!

Bruce continues,

We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!

The full track listing is:

Disc 1
1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2
7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01


Formats:
2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition
2CD standard edition
Triple heavyweight black vinyl
High res audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)
Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)


The Book Of Souls is the band’s 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in 1980 charted at #4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million albums worldwide. Their previous album, 2010’s The Final Frontier was Maiden’s most successful chart-wise to date, reaching Number One in 28 countries and was their highest chart debut in the U.S reaching #4 in the Billboard 200.

Due to Bruce’s illness the band had to delay touring plans but promise to be out on the road again early next year, giving time for Bruce to make a full physical recovery to be ready for the rigours of Maiden live performances.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

RAGE announce new line up

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An outcry went through the metal scene, when Peter „Peavy“ Wagner and Victor Smolski of RAGE declared the end of their musical collaboration in the beginning of February 2015.  Since André Hilgers also had to leave his place behind the drums, rumors were running high quickly and there was even talk about RAGE would call it quits. Though Peavy made it clear over and over again in interviews that the new line-up of the band was already positioned, the names of his new band mates remained untold.

Now the wait has come to an end - the new line-up of RAGE reads as follows: 

Peter „Peavy“ Wagner - vocals, bass
Marcos Rodriguez - guitars, vocals
Vassilios „Lucky“ Maniatopoulos - drums, vocals

Watch a video statement about that, here: http://youtu.be/v8olJw_sZh4

With his current line-up, Peavy puts his trust in relative newcomers this time. „There were quite a couple of proposals from established musicians, but this wasn’t what I was looking for“, comments Wagner. „I wanted to have a real band again with all members pulling in the same direction“.

Marcos Rodriguez was born in Venezuela and is living currently in Antwerpen, Belgium. The 36-year old exceptional guitarist is a die-hard fan of RAGE and met Peavy on RAGE’s 30th anniversary tour, when he was supporting parts of the tour with his own band SOUNDCHASER.

Vassilios „Lucky“ Maniatopoulos has so far primarily made an appearance as the vocalist of the band Tri State Corner. It’s only surprising to those who haven’t seen Lucky live yet with his „Bouzouki-Rockband“ that the former drum student and drum technician of ex-RAGE and now TRI STATE CORNER/REFUGE drummer Christos Efthimiadis and also long-time friend of Peavy and Chris is an excellent drummer himself.

„These two guys have literally inhaled RAGE their whole lives and can vividly feel it - I’m very much looking forward to herald a new era of RAGE together with them“, says Peavy.

The new line-up will be presented live to the public for the first time at Metal Hammer Paradise, Ferienpark Weissenhäuser Strand on November 14th, and thereafter on the RAGE »Black In Mind« tour this December, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the cult album »Black In Mind«.

The new studio album is about to be finalized and will be released in spring 2016.

»»Black In Mind« 20th Anniversary Tour« 2015:
w/ MAXXWELL (*), EMERALD SUN (**)
14.11.  D         Weissenhäuser Strand                                   - Metal Hammer Paradise
27.11.  GR       Athens                                                            - Kittaro**
28.11.  GR       Thessaloniki                                                   - Eightball**
29.11.  BG       Sofia                                                               - Mixtape 5**
05.12.  CH       Pratteln                                                          - Z-7*
06.12.  NL        Landgraaf                                                      - Oefenbunker*
11.12.  A          Vienna                                                           - Viper Room*
12.12.  CZ        Zlín                                                                 - Masters Of Rock Café*
13.12.  D         Markneukirchen                                            - Warwick Music Hall*
18.12.  E          Valencia                                                         - X-Mas Metal Fest
19.12.  D         tba                                                                 - tba
20.12.  D         Bochum                                                         - Zeche*



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Crocell release new music video

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The Danish blackened death metal unit Crocell has released a new music video for the track "Tyrant of Iron".

The video was shot during Crocell's spring tour with the fellow Danish metallers Impalers, and it combines three of the most essential Crocell elements: raw death metal, live concerts, and schnapps!

"Tyrant of Iron" is the opening track from Crocell's fourth album, "Prophet's Breath", which is Crocell's most brutal, most blackened and most intense album to date, according to the band.
It is also the first Crocell album to feature guest vocals, namely by S from Horned Almighty who participates on the track "Contagious Purity".

"Prophet's Breath" was produced at JBO Sound by Jacob Olsen (who has previously worked with artists such as Gorefest, Moonspell, Born From Pain, Corpus Mortale, Panzerchrist, Hatesphere, etc.) and it was released through Deepsend Records in May.


SOILWORK - welcome new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of HEARTS ALIVE

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Sweden-based Melodic Death Metal experts SOILWORK will release their forthcoming 10th studio album, »The Ride Majestic«, worldwide on August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. »The Ride Majestic« will be available in various formats (CD, Vinyl, TS/CD bundle).
Pre-order your copy here: http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB

As of this new album cycle, SOILWORK is joined by new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore group HEARTS ALIVE. Wibom replaces longtime band member Ola Flink, who has amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom has been a personal friend of the band for many years and has previously toured with SOILWORK as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut with SOILWORK in Stockholm on April 30.

SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid states:
“We all sooner or later come to a crossroad in our lives, when our focus of being fueled by the past, is just as strong as our visions of the future and we have to make that incredibly hard decision. Where do I go now? Flink will forever be a symbol for SOILWORK and of all we were and still are about. That being said, we all could sense that he eventually would come to the above mentioned crossroad. He understandably and respectfully chose to step down.

So, where do we go now? Let me introduce you to one of the finest and most stand up people I know: Markus Wibom. He's been a long-time friend and is an overall multi-instrumental amazing musician. He's been with us before on past world tours. He's also an amazing character and I couldn't think of a better person to fill Flink's shoes, which indeed are very big… literally (Markus’ shoe size is actually even bigger, if anybody wants to know). Anyway, as much as I will miss Flink, I'm just as excited to tour the world with one of my absolute best friends. Thank you Flink, you will forever rule. Thank you, Markus, for taking this on. I know you will blow people's minds, once the world tour of »The Ride Majestic« commences. Please give Markus a very warm welcome everyone!”

Wibom adds:
“It's a great honor and a true pleasure to play with such skilled musicians and amazing people! It's going to be awesome to share the stage with those guys after all these years on the road together, and with the new record coming up - it absolutely kills!”

Catch Wibom out on tour with SOILWORK on their upcoming European headline tour, dubbed the “The Tour Majestic“, with support from HATESPHERE. The European dates will follow SOILWORK’s upcoming US tour with SOULFLY, DECAPITATED and SHATTERED SUN, in addition to several European summer festival dates coming up soon.

SOILWORK is also pleased to announce that they have already been confirmed for next year’s Bangalore Open Air Festival in Bangalore, India. The band will perform on July 9, 2016. Visit http://bangaloreopenair.com/ for more info.

SOILWORK tour dates 2015:
25.07.    D             Essen                                                                   - NORD Open Air
30.07.    H             Budapest                                                           - Fezen Fest
01.08.    S             Bollnas                                                                - Karlslundsfestivalen
07.08.    FIN         Mikkeli                                                                - Jurassic Rock Fest
21.08.    CH          Meyrin                                                                - Octopode Festival
18.09.    D             Berlin                                                                   - Metal Hammer Awards @ Kesselhaus

w/ HATESPHERE
27.11.  S               Malmö                                                                - KB
28.11.  D              Herford                                                               - X-Herford
29.11.  CH            Lyss                                                                      - Kufa
30.11.  CH            Sion                                                                      - Port Franc
01.12.    I              Brescia                                                               - Colony Club
02.12.  D              Munich                                                               - Backstage Halle
03.12.  D              Wiesbaden                                                       - Schlachthof
04.12   D               Leipzig                                                                 - Hellraiser
05.12.  CZ            Pilsen                                                                   - Winter Basinfire Fest
06.12.  D              Berlin                                                                   - Bi Nuu
07.12.  D              Hamburg                                                            - Logo
08.12.  D              Köln                                                                      - Luxor
10.12.  NL            Tilburg                                                                 - 013
11.12.  B               Vosselaar                                                           - Biebob
12.12.  F               Metz                                                                   - Trinitaires
13.12.  F               Dunkerque                                                       - 4 Ecluses
14.12.  F               Paris                                                                     - Trabendo
15.12.  F               Rennes                                                               - Antipode
16.12.  F               Bordeaux                                                           - Rocher De Palmer
17.12.  F               Blois                                                                     - Chato‘do
18.12.  F               Limoges                                                             - CC John Lennon
19.12.  F               Lyon                                                                     - CCO



In Malice's Wake: title of the new album revealed

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Recently, Punishment 18 Records have signed Australian thrashers In Malice’s Wake for the release of "Light Upon the Wicked", the new full-length album expected out in 2015. In Malice’s Wake is Australia's premier thrash band combining relentless speed, iconic riffs and haunting melodies. New information will follow soon.

- In Malice’s Wake -
www.facebook.com/inmaliceswake
- Punishment 18 Records -
www.punishment18records.com
www.facebook.com/punishment18records

EISWERK & EXIT sign with Art Gates Records

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(Eiswerk, Pagan Metal from Bavaria, Germany)

Art Gates Records is proud to announce the signing of Eiswerk from Bavaria, Germany.

This Experimental Pagan Metal act was founded in 2007 in Bavaria and define their sound as Experimental Metal with Pagan influences. The vision of the band is to create an unique sound, which is hard, epic and sometimes crazy.

Eiswerk are not scared of taking unusual instruments in their music, just like the tin, whistle, marimba, xylophone or bouzoukie.  The lyrics of the band touch Mythology, Death, Trolls and critical on society.

In words of the band:

“We´re very proud to be part of the Art Gates family now. We decided to sign at Art Gates, because this is a label by musicians for musicians.  It ables us to work completely  free  and guarantees us artistic freedom, which is very important for us. So we´re really looking forward to go a new way with a strong ally  in our back”.

The line up performed in several gigs in underground concerts through Europe, even being included in the Heavy Winter Storm Festival 2012.

After the release of their first EP “Fässerschlächter” in 2012, Eiswerk renewed its line up and became a studio project.

The band is now ready to release their debut album through Art Gates Records worldwide.

More news coming soon to www.artgatesrecords.com and the official sites of Eiswerk:


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(Exit, Death/Thrash Metal from Switzerland)

Art Gates Records is proud to present Swiss Thrash/Death Metal combo Exit as the new artist in its increasing rooster.

“If you enjoy bands like Kataklysm or Krisiun, you are going to rape the reply button”
(Metal-Temple).

Exit was founded in 1995. This widely experienced Metal line up have been together for 20 years, releasing 4 albums of studio over the years: “Bis ans Ende aller Tage” (2001), “Her Dark Passion”(2006), “III” (2009) and “Face The Enemy”(2014).

In words of the band:

“We are convinced that in Art Gates Records, we found the right partner for the next EXIT Album. In fact, we are very proud and happy. The way AGR showed their interest in our music was not only very gratifying, but also convinced us that our future partnership will be based on respect and appreciation.”

18 years of live experience, more than 100 shows, performing in several festivals as Canyon Rock Open Air, Suhrennacht Open Air, Deserted Valley Metalday, etc.

Exit are ready to release their fifth opus through Art Gates Records worldwide.

More info on www.artgatesrecords.com and the official sites of the band:

ROCKHARZ 2015: Running order online

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Only a few weeks left until bands like DREAM THEATER, HAMMERFALL, W.A.S.P., BEHEMOTH, EISBRECHER and many more will enter the stage at the airfield Ballenstedt. The ROCKHARZ 2015 has now announced the official running order. Here you can have a look at the schedule: http://www.rockharz-festival.com/en/bands-2/running-order-2

Due to the high amount of requests about day tickets the ROCKHARZ will offer them now as well in the pre-sale. Please note, the tickets are only availabel at cts-EVENTIM respectively in there connected pre-sale stations.The pre-sale contingent is limited in each case.
Please note: It's not possible to use camping with a day ticket.


http://www.rockharz-festival.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Rockharz-Open-Air-2015-Flyer.jpg

All further information can be found here:

ROCKHARZ Homepage
ROCKHARZ on Facebook

GRAYEYARD - reveal new album's details, pre-order online

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Swedish grandmasters of classic rock, GRAVEYARD, have announced to be releasing their fourth full-length album, »Innocence & Decadence« on September 25, 2015 worldwide via Nuclear Blast.

»Innocence & Decadence« was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden at Atlantis Studios with Janne Hansson (ABBATHE HIVESOPETH) and Johan Lindström (TONBRUKET).

Commented the band: "Got a new album coming your way in September called »Innocence & Decadence«. It's gonna be an album filled to the rim with a little bit of this - and for all of those who might wonder or worry - there will be quite a lot of that on it as well. We've had a great time recording the album at the "gemytliga" Atlantis Studios in Stockholm together with Janne Hansson and Johan Lindström. And after kinda being away from our daily routine as a touring band and the thrill of a new album on its way ..... we wanna leave you with.  

Good to be gone, great to be back and let there be September!“ - Axel, Joakim, Jonathan & Truls aka Graveyard

Find the stunning cover artwork for »Innocence & Decadence« attached/below.

»Innocence & Decadence« will be released in various formats (vinyl look digipak, digital download, black/clear/splatter/orange/green/bi-coloured vinyl as well as a T-Shirt/CD bundle) - pre-order your copy here: http://nblast.de/GRAVEYARDdecadence - NOTE: vinyl pre-orders will be up by next week


A European headlining tour will be announced shortly.