Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Living Fields E-card

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New Listenable Records releases

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SERPENT CULT - "Raised by wolves"
Release date: 18/07/2011
SerpentCult was created in the summer of 2006 by Frédéric Caure, Steven Van Cauwenbergh and Frederik 'Cozy' Cosemans in a classic power-trio setup.
Few months later, Michelle Nocon joined the ranks on vocals, and soon the first EP 'Trident Nor Fire' was recorded and released. The first European live appearances started in 2007,soon followed by concerts all over Europe.
This eventually lead to signing a record deal with London based Rise Above Records in 2008, and just months later, the debut fullength 'Weight Of Light' was released.
Following the success of the first album, SerpentCult soon started touring Europe again, and in the summer of 2009 the band also did a two week trek throughout North America (USA and Canada).

Early 2010 was marked by the departure from vocalist Michelle Nocon. The band decided to continue as a three-piece, and to explore their boundaries even further, bringing them to musical fields scarcely explored in the modern "metal scene".
The year 2011 will see the release of SerpentCult's new album 'Raised By Wolves' on the French label Listenable Records containing 4 brandnew epic tracks.

- Raised By Wolves
- Crippled And Frozen
- Longing For Hyperborea
- Growth Of The Soil

TORMENTED- Rotten death
Release date : 18/07/2011
1. Rotten Death
2. Vengeance from Beyond the Grave
3. Blood of the Undead
4. Burning Torment
5. Death Owns the Night
6. Come Back from the Dead
7. Drowning in Decaying Flesh
8. Tomb of Corpses
9. Reversed Funeral

"Tormented started playing in 2008 with no other intention than creating Death Metal that we ourselves wanted to hear. Although Tormented may sound oldschool it is not deliberately so, this is Death Metal to us! One of the reasons for us sounding this way is that some of us have been there since the very beginning playing in bands such as: Darkified, Edge of Sanity, Marduk, Pan-Thy-Monium to name a few, but the main reason is that we enjoy what we do... Rotten Death Metal!!!"

New Massacre Records pre-listening

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SOLITUDE AETURNUS - It came upon one night 
FUROR GALLICO - Ancient rites 
HUNTED - Chosen 

Watch a new Stonelake video

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Gojira signing-session at Fortarock

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Gojira will do an exclusive signing session at Fortarock fest from 16h15 to 16h45 at the Listenable stand in the metal market tent, check exclusive GOJIRA goodies and contest there during the day
GOJIRA // TENTSTAGE  14H45 – 15H30

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Dream Theater song online

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"On The Backs Of Angels" off the band's new album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", which is scheduled for release on September 13 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was mixed by Andy Wallace, who has previously worked with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, WHITE ZOMBIE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SEPULTURA, SLAYER and NIRVANA, among many others.

"I'm incredibly psyched with the way this album came out and can't wait to share it with everybody," guitarist John Petrucci, who also serves as the producer for "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", said.

"We have poured our hearts and minds into the creation of this album,"
keyboardist Jordan Rudess offered. "All the life-changing events that surrounded us before, as well as during the whole process, fueled our desire to dig deep within ourselves and create the best music we possibly could."

Vocalist James LaBrie said, "In the grand scheme of DREAM THEATER's career, the last several months have been such an incredibly positive, fulfilling and
rewarding experience. The new songs and sound has never been so spirited or
rejuvenating. I cannot wait for every one of our fans to sink their audio senses
into this batch of tunes."

"A Dramatic Turn Of Events" track listing:

01. On The Backs Of Angels
02. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
03. Lost Not Forgotten
04. This Is The Life
05. The Shaman's Trance
06. Outcry
07. Far From Heaven
08. Breaking All Illusions
09. Beneath The Surface

In a recent interview with Music Radar, Petrucci and Rudess were asked if the
band's new drummer, Mike Mangini, contributed to the songwriting on the
forthcoming CD. "Mike didn't write with us," Rudess replied. "Basically, we got
in the studio and did our thing. We wrote songs and sent them to him. He came in and just nailed his parts. He's incredible. I'm finishing my keyboard parts right now, and I'll go to the computer to see how things are lining up, and I'm just speechless. The guy doesn't mess up!" [laughs]

"We had the demos, had them fully written out, and he learned them and added his own stuff," Petrucci stated. "But every time he would do something, if I said, 'Hey, can you do that again?' he'd do it, and it would be perfect. The guy is… he's out of his mind! [laughs] People are not going to believe how great he is."

"But what's really special about him is, he's not just a technician," Rudess
added. "Yes, he plays his parts perfectly, but he comes at everything as a total
musician. Everything he does has real soul and a depth of feeling."

When asked how not having DREAM THEATER's former drummer, Mike Portnoy, in the recording and writing process changed the band dynamic, Petrucci replied, "It was a lot quieter. [laughs] Mike Mangini's playing style is different. He plays very hard, but he's got a very deep groove. He almost plays behind the beat just a little bit — even through he's right on the money. He's extremely locked in, but if he does do something technical, he's still right there."

Decapitated premiers new song

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“Homo Sum,” a track off of the new album by Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED, is available for worldwide listening in its entirety on

The follow-up to 2006’s Organic Hallucinosis, Carnival Is Forever is DECAPITATED’s fifth studio album, scheduled for release in North America on July 12th and on July 15th in Europe.  The album was produced by Wacek "Vogg" Kiełtyka and sound engineered by Malta Arkadiusz Malczewski.  Drums & mixing duties were handled by Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, Meshuggah, Dimmu Borgir). 

The track listing for Carnival Is Forever is as follows:

01 – The Knife
02 – United
03 – Carnival Is Forever
04 – Homo Sum
05 – 404
06 – A View From A Hole
07 – Pest
08 – Silence

Nightrage reveals album details

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NIGHTRAGE have revealed the following statement about their upcoming 5th album entitled "Insidious" which will be released on September 26th in Europe and a day later in North America.

The new NIGHTRAGE album is ready! We are extremely happy with the results and we look forward to sharing this music with all of you. Here is the journey thus far:

We recorded the music at Zero Gravity studios on Athens, Greece with our great friend Terry Nikas at the helm. He did a fantastic job and provided us with an amazing environment and atmosphere to make the best record possible.

Antony had the pleasure as well to work on the vocals in a very different setting with Ryan Butler at his Arcane Digital Recording studio in Arizona. Ryan has been assisting us with demo sessions since the last album and it felt very natural for us to try the final product with him. We then went to Studio Fredman located in Gothenburg Sweden for the mix and master. Our longtime producer Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd worked long and hard to make the best out of what we gave them.

We have recorded sixteen songs overall, and as we promised before our guest players actually need no introduction.

Here is the track list for the new album. The title is simply put "Insidious":1. So far Away (Intro)
2. Delirium Of The Fallen (w/ Apollo Papathanasio of Firewind)
3. Insidious (w/ Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates/ Lock Up)
4. Wrapped In Deceitful Dreams (w/ Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne/ Firewind & Tom S. Englund of Evergrey)
5. Hate Turns Black
6. Sham Piety (w/ Tomas Lindberg)
7. Cloaked In Wolf Skin
8. This World Is Coming To An End (w/ Tomas Lindberg & Apollo Papathanasio)
9. Utmost Ends Of Pain
10. Poignant Memories
11. Hush Of Night
12. Poisoned Pawn
13. Solar Eclipse (Prelude) (w/ John K of Biomechanical)
14. Solar Corona (w/ Gus G & Tom S Englund)
15. Emblem Of light (Outro) (w/ John K)

Japanese Bonus Track and Digital only bonus:
16. Photograph (Def Leppard cover w/Apollo Papathanasio)

NIGHTRAGE is heading out for the "Frets Of Fury" full North America tour with their partners in crime FIREWIND, ARSIS and WHITE WIZZARD in the of the release of "Insidious":

October 9th, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL The State Theater United States
October 10th, 2011 Atlanta, GA Masquerade United States
October 11th, 2011 West Springfield, VA Jaxx United States
October 12th, 2011 New York, NY Gramercy Theater United States  

October 13th, 2011 Manchester, NH Rocko's United States
October 14th, 2011 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques Canada
October 15th, 2011 Ottawa, ON Maverick's Canada
October 16th, 2011 Cleveland, OH Peabody's United States
October 18th, 2011 Joliet, IL Mojoe's United States
October 19th, 2011 St. Paul, MN Station 4 United States
October 20th, 2011 Winnipeg, MB The Osbourne Village Inn Canada
October 21st, 2011 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop Canada
October 22nd, 2011 Kelowna, BC Sapphire Nightclub Canada
October 23rd, 2011 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater Canada
October 24th, 2011 Seattle, WA Studio Seven United States
October 25th, 2011 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater United States
October 26th, 2011 San Francisco, CA Slim?s United States
October 27th, 2011 Los Angeles, CA The Whiskey A Go Go United States

For more info check:

Leprous unveils cover artwork

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LEPROUS, the Norwegian progressive/avantgarde metal band that recently signed a worldwide deal with InsideOutMusic can proudly reveal that it has chosen surrealistic American artist Jeff Jordan to create the artwork for their upcoming album, “Bilateral”.

See the stunning artwork below:
Commented vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg: “We are proud to announce that we're collaborating with the surrealistic American painter Jeff Jordan and the Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz for the artwork on our upcoming album. Jeff Jordan ( is probably best known from his work with The Mars Volta, and his paintings are highly rated all over the world. Ritxi Ostariz (www.ritxiostariz.xom) did the artwork for our previous album "Tall Poppy Syndrome" (released 2009 through Sensory Records) and of course we want him to be part of this new album - Ritxi too is a critically acclaimed designer, and in our opinion one of the very best in his field."
The band’s new album “Bilateral”, which was skillfully mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street (Opeth, Pain Of Salvation, Devin Townsend, Symphony X, etc.), will be released on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America via InsideOutMusic. “Bilateral” is set to musically re-define what it means to be progressive rock and / or metal, both for the devotees of the genre and the metal fans looking on from a safe distance.

LEPROUS “Bilateral”Release in Europe: August 22nd, 2011
Release in North America: August 23rd, 2011
via InsideOutMusic.

LEPROUS Line-Up:Einar Solberg - synth/vocals
Tor Oddmund Suhrke – guitar
Øystein Landsverk - guitar
Rein Blomquist – bass
Tobias Ørnes Andersen – drums

Upcoming LEPROUS tour dates:
September 9th, 2011 Kristiansand / Norway – Southern Discomfort Festival /
September 14th, 2011 Oslo / Norway – Blå / “Bilateral” album release show
October 8th, 2011 Copenhagen / Denmark – Denmark Rock Festival /

Additionally, LEPROUS will once more act as the backing live band for IHSAHN at the upcoming festival events:
August 6th, 2011 Calvao (Aveiro) / Portugal – Vagos Open Air /
August 13th, 2011 Catton Hall / UK – Bloodstock Festival /
September 16th, 2011 Atlanta, GA / USA – ProgPower USA Festival /

Stay tuned for more LEPROUS tour dates and further album information to be announced soon…

LEPROUS online:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Dramatic Turn of Events

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Progressive titans Dream Theater have announced the title and release date of their new album.

(New York, NY): The recent announcement that Mike Mangini would be joining DREAM THEATER, replacing departed drummer Mike Portnoy, caused such fanfare that Mangini was a trending topic on Twitter, second only to Will & Kate's recent nuptuals! Now, the band have finally revealed more about their imending new opus- A Dramatic Turn of Events. The much-anticipated platter,
which marks Mangini's recorded debut, will be released via Roadrunner Records on September 12th and will be supported by a massive world tour.

"I'm incredibly psyched with the way this album came out and can't wait to share it with everybody," guitarist John Petrucci, who also serves as the album's producer, said. "We are currently in the mix stage with the great Andy Wallace and it's all sounding amazing!"

"We have poured our hearts and minds into the creation of this album," keyboardist Jordan Rudess continues. "All the life changing events that surrounded us before, as well as during the whole process, fueled our desire to dig deep within ourselves and create the best music we possibly could."

Vocalist James LaBrie adds, "In the grand scheme of Dream Theater's career, the last several months have been such an incredibly positive, fulfilling and rewarding experience. The new songs and sound has never been so spirited or
rejuvenating. I cannot wait for every one of our fans to sink their audio senses into this batch of tunes."

The track listing for A Dramatic Turn of Events is as follows:
1. On the Backs of Angels
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
3. Lost Not Forgotten
4. This is the Life
5. The Shaman's Trance
6. Outcry
7. Far From Heaven
8. Breaking All Illusions
9. Beneath the Surface

Nightbringer's new album out August 19th

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NIGHTBRINGER's new album "Hierophany of the Open Grave" will hit the stores on August 19th in Europe (September 13th in North America) and is the next release on Season of Mist Underground Activists. 

Here are the cover artwork and the tracklisting of the US Black Metallers' third opus:
  1. Rite of the Slaying Tongue
  2. Eater of the Black Lead
  3. Psychagogoi
  4. Lucifer Trismegistus
  5. The Gnosis of Inhumation
  6. The Angel of Smokeless Fire
  7. Dreaming Above the Sepulcher
  8. Via Tortuosa
  9. Old Night

"Hierophany of the Open Grave" is available for pre-order on Season of Mist's e-shop.

Presenting: Old Silver Key

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OLD SILVER KEY is the new band born from the hyperactive mind of DRUDKH mainman Roman Sayenko and consisting of four DRUDKH members plus French artist Neige (ALCEST, AMESOEURS) on vocals. OSK's debut album is entitled "Tales of Wanderings" and has been scheduled for a September 16th release (September 27th in North America) on Season of Mist's Underground Activists division.
On other news, the recording sessions of DRUDKH's ninth full-length will start in July and the album should be ready by the end of the summer.

New Arckanum album in September

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As announced recently, ARCKANUM is the latest addition to the Underground Activists roster. The Swedish Black Metal act's forthcoming album is entitled "Helvítismyrkr" and will be released on September 16th in Europe (September 27th in North America).

Free Anthrax download

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Legendary thrash metallers ANTHRAX have just uploaded the brand-new track „Fight'em 'til You Can't“.

ANTHRAX have posted the following statement:

“To all of our friends around the world -
Anthrax fans are the most loyal fans ever. You've been waiting a long, long time for us to release new music.  With Joey back in the band, we know that the anticipation is really high, and we love you for that.
So, as a way for us to say THANK YOU, we decided to make our brand-new track, "Fight'em 'til You Can't," available as a free download, giving all of you a taste of what's to come on our first new studio album in eight years - "Worship Music" that will be out September 13.
Thank you for sticking with us my friends and now join us on this zombie killing thrill ride we call "Fight'em 'til You Can't."
BANG YOUR HEADS!!!”  Scott, Charlie, Frankie, Joey & Rob

Arven joins the Massacre roster

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ARVEN join our roster

ARVEN are special and they're professionally educated musicians share one important attitude: a strong passion for melodic metal.

A metal band with five females up front, the only male influence is restricted to the drums.

Carina Hanselmann's nightingale-like vocals are the priority for this band, giving ARVEN its unique sound.

All in all the sound appears powerful and dynamic, filled with all kinds of dreamy and catchy melodies. Heavy guitar riffs, accompanied by a double-bass thunderstorm and groovy parts are combined with both orchestral and medieval instruments.

ARVEN's debut album "Music Of Light" is going to be released on September 23, 2011!

"Music Of Light" features 10 tracks and comes with an artwork by Jan Yrlund (Korpiklaani, Statovarius, Sirenia).

Welcome to the Massacre Records family, ARVEN!

Carina Hanselmann - Vocals
Anastasia Schmidt - Guitar
Lisa Marie Geiß - Bass
Lena Yatsula - Keyboard
Ines Thomé - Guitar
Till Felden - Drums (under construction)   

Behemoth rehearses for the first time in 2011

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Polish black/death metal kings BEHEMOTH haven't rehearsed as a band since Nergal was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010. Since then, Nergal has undergone chemo therapy and a bone marrow transplant. Now, for the first time in over a year, BEHEMOTH is back in the rehearsal space working on old and new songs.

Vocalist/guitarist Nergal has issued the following update: "Sooo, first rehearsals after the transplant are under our belts! I didn't want to get overexcited at first, just wanted to see how things would go, but I have to tell you…the second rehearsal we fuckin' nailed "Ov Fire And The Void", "Lucifer", "Conquer All" or "Antichristian Phenomenon" flawlessly! One of us even asked: 'Did we really take a year off from each other?' Ha ha… it was good times in great company! But the biggest surprise were the songs we NEVER played live ever and planning to do on the upcoming "Phoenix Rising Tour". I won't reveal any names yet, let it be a mystery til we hit the stage, all right?"

"In other news, I started jamming out some NEW shit too…too early to give any further comments but it sounds VERY disturbing and eerie. Can't fuckin wait to unleash those ideas to my friends…"

Many plans are in the works in the BEHEMOTH camp, so stay up to date at all BEHEMOTH related sites!

Lock Up - Album preview online

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LOCK UP, the death-grind super group featuring Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT), Nicolas Barker (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, ex-DIMMU BORGIR), Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES, DISFEAR) and Anton Reisenegger (CRIMINAL, PENTAGRAM) have uploaded an album preview for their upcoming album „Necropolis Transparent“!

Check it out at

Producer Andy Sneap commented the new stuff:
“Having known Nick and Shane (a.k.a. the sumo tag team of grindcore) since the late 80's its always great to get together with old friends and make some noise in the studio. "Necropolis Transparent" by far, surpasses what we achieved together back in 1999 with "Pleasures Pave Sewers"  in terms of brutality, speed and song writing along with the help of new guitarist Anton Reisenegger (Criminal, Pentagram). For me personally ,it was quite refreshing and great fun to do something this extreme, especially with my mates Nick, Shane and Carcass mainman/Mersey scally Jeff Walker swinging by the studio to handle guest vocal duties and help us drink way too much.
I have to say that "Necropolis Transparent"  is way more than just another grindcore album, it has elements of everything that represents brutal and extreme-An absolute MUST for everyone out there that like their metal full of aggression, violence and pure savagery. BUY OR DIE!!!”

Also available:
Free song streaming:

Prepare yourself for a milestone in grind and another classic album from one of the leaders of the genre:
The new LOCK UP album “Necropolis Transparent” will be released on July, 1, 2011.

Wacken Open Air: Playing times are online/plans have been updated

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From today on the playing times are online. You can find the online running order here.

Our Running Order Tool is also available. With the tool you can select your favourite bands and create your individual running order.

Important! Subject to change

The plans are updated, too.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Amon Amarth posts new video

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New music video shot live in Philadelphia on May 6th by director David Brodsky of MyGoodEye!

Starting today, fans can check out the new AMON AMARTH music video for the track Destroyer of the Universe off the band’s latest release Surtur Rising. The live video, which is premiering exclusively on BlankTV, was shot on the band’s May 6th stop in Philadelphia, PA at the Theatre Of Living Arts by director David Brodsky of MyGoodEye (The Black Dahlia Murder, The Devin Townsend Project, Suicide Silence, Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, etc).

“This time around we wanted to catch the energy and atmosphere of a live show, so we simply went for a live video. We look forward to get back to North America in August to continue and fulfill the ‘Evening’ tour, meanwhile enjoy the video”, comments guitarist Olavi Mikkonen.

Check out the video HERE and be sure to leave a comment.

Swedish Metal Kings AMON AMARTH have just finished their extremely successful first European tour (with support from THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) and are about to return to North America in August for their second headline tour in support off Surtur Rising, the biggest album in the rich history of the Norsemen!

No rest for the wicked, AMON AMARTH just confirmed a six-week headlining tour through Europe for the fall! The tour kicks off October, 12th in Stuttgart, Germany and ends 45 days later on November, 26th in Prague, Czech Republic. Dates in Slovakia and Poland have been added to the trek.

Direct support will be label mates AS I LAY DYING who released their highly successful album The Powerless Rise in 2010!

+ support (t.b.a.)
12/10/11 – DE – Stuttgart – LKA
13/10/11 – FR – Strasbourg – La Laiterie
14/10/11 – DE – Passau – Metal Invasion Festival
15/10/11 – DE – Berlin – Huxleys
16/10/11 – DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
18/10/11 – DE – Bremen – Aladin
19/10/11 – LU – Luxembourg – Sportzentrum Differdange
20/10/11 – DE – Neu-Isenburg – Hugenottenhalle
21/10/11 – DE – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
22/10/11 – NL – Hengelo – Metropol
23/10/11 – UK – London – HVM Forum
25/10/11 – FR – Rennes – L´Etage
26/10/11 – NL – Eindhoven – Effenaar
27/10/11 – FR – Lille – Aeronet
28/10/11 – FR – St. Etienne – Le Fil
30/10/11 – ES – Bilbao – Rock Star *
01/11/11 – PT – Lisboa – Incrivel Almadense *
02/11/11 – PT – Porto – Hard Club *
03/11/11 – ES – Santiago de Compostela – Capitol *
04/11/11 – ES – Madrid – Heineken *
05/11/11 – ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2 *
07/11/11 – CH – Zürich – Komplex 457
08/11/11 – IT – Treviso – New Age
09/11/11 – IT – Bologna – Estragon
11/11/11 – CH – Lausanne – Les Docks
12/11/11 – DE – Kaufbeuren – All-Kart Halle
13/11/11 – AT – Graz – Orpheum
15/11/11 – SI – Ljubljana – Cvetlicarna Media Park Club
16/11/11 – HR – Zagreb – Bogaloo
18/11/11 – BG – Sofia – Yubilena Hall
19/11/11 – RO – Bucharest – Arenele Romane
21/11/11 – HU – Budapest – Club 202
22/11/11 – SK – Bratislava – Majestic Music Club new
23/11/11 – AT – Linz – Posthof
24/11/11 – AT – Wien – Gasometer
25/11/11 – PL – Cracow – Studio new
26/11/11 – CZ – Prague – Masters Of Rock
* shows without AS I LAY DYING

Released on March 25/28 via Metal Blade Records, Surtur Rising is AMON AMARTH's eighth studio offering in a winding discography that’s helped shape the very face of epic, Viking-inspired death metal. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim ("flame land") and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and bears the striking cover art by Tom Thiel.

Powerwolf premiers video trailer

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Multinational Heavy Metal warlords POWERWOLF recently finished shooting a video clip for the song We Drink Your Blood from their upcoming album Blood Of The Saints!

According to their sacral image and the concept of Blood Of The Saints, POWERWOLF shot the video in an ancient monastery church. “Shooting the video in such a special and atmospheric place was incredible”, comments organist Falk Maria Schlegel. “The combination of the sacral interior of the church, including altar, confessional box and a church organ with a lot of fire, fog and metal insanity was the perfect set for a POWERWOLF video!”

POWERWOLF have now released a video trailer – check it out at THIS location!

Blood Of The Saints will be released July, 29 (G/A/S) / August, 1 via Metal Blade Records in Europe. The album will be released as a regular CD, a limited edition Digibook 2-CD and on vinyl.

The front art has been created by POWERWOLF guitarist Matthew Greywolf.

POWERWOLF guitarist Matthew Greywolf comments on the release of Blood Of The Saints: "We´re really excited about this album. It´s been a hard piece of work, but it was so goddamn worth it. I think on Blood Of The Saints we delivered a striking balance of mighty melodic stuff and some serious wolfish metal madness, all dressed up in some highly catchy tunes. We can hardly wait until the album is finally out and we can celebrate these tunes together with all of you - Be prepared!"

Track listing Blood Of The Saints
01. Agnus dei (Intro)
02. Sanctified with dynamite
03. We drink your blood
04. Murder at Midnight
05. All we need is blood
06. Dead boys don't cry
07. Son of a wolf
08. Night of the werewolves
09. Phantom of the funeral
10. Die, die, crucified
11. Ira Sancti (When the saints are going wild)

POWERWOLF will be taking part on the next edition of the POWER OF METAL Tour 2011, alongside Sabaton, Grave Digger and Skullfist.

07/09/11 - AT - Vienna, Arena
08/09/11- DE - Munich, Backstage
09/09/11 - DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
10/09/11 - DE - Würzburg, Posthalle
11/09/11 - NL - Eindhoven, Effenaar
13/09/11 - CH - Zürich, Volkshaus
14/09/11 - DE - Saabrücken, Garage
15/09/11 - DE - Hamburg, Markthalle

Malefice confirms festival dates

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Festival date in Germany confirmed!

English metal stalwarts MALEFICE have released the second single off their upcoming new album Awaken The Tides exclusively via the website of Metal Hammer Germany. Click HERE to check out Delirium!

Make also sure to surf over to to check out the title track off Awaken The Tides and the pre-order options!

Set for release in G/A/S on July 15, the rest of Europe on July 18 and North America on August 2 via Metal Blade Records, the 10-track long player was recorded at The Face, Reading with drums laid down at Fortress Studios, London. All tracks were mixed and mastered by Justin Hill.

Awaken The Tides Track Listing:
01. Awaken The Tides
02. Delirium
03. Dead In The Water
04. Minutes
05. Baying For Blood
06. Blessed/Cursed
07. The Day The Sky Fell
08. Out Numbered Out Gunned
09. Flood Of Red
10. The Haunting

Dale Butler – Vocals
Alex Vuskans – Guitar
Ben Symons – Guitar
Tom Hynes – Bass
Chris Allan-Whyte – Drums

In other news MALEFICE have confirmed a festival date in Germany! Do not miss out on July 29/30 the when the Reading unit will destroy the stage at Traffic Jam festival in Dieburg, Germany!

29/30-06/11 – DE – Dieburg – Traffic Jam Festival

Rowan Robertson signs with ESP Guitars

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Veteran guitarist, Rowan Robertson has joined the ESP Guitars family of artists, including, Metallica's James Hetfield, Children Of Bodom's Alex Laiho, Pepper Keenan from Down and his own bandmate Jeff Duncan. Rowan was introduced to ESP by Jeff Duncan while recording DC4's new CD Electric Ministry.

“One of his guitars was in the studio and I picked it up - I was instantly hooked”, Robertson says. “Aside from the great quality of the instrument and the playability, the ESP staff are great people. What's not to love? I'm thrilled to be accepted into the family!”

Rowan can be seen demonstrating an ESP at THIS link.

L.A. Hard Rockers DC4 are all pumped up for the release of their latest ass-kicking record Electric Ministry! Electric Ministry will be released on CD via Metal Blade Records in Europe on July, 29 (G/A/S), August, 1 (rest of Europe)!

In collaboration with Metal Blade Records DC4 have launched a landing page where you can check out pre-order options and listen to XXX, the first single taken off the new album Electric Ministry! Please surf over to to check it out!

“Welcome to the alter of conviction” snarls DC4 frontman and guitarist Jeff Duncan as the band launches into the title track from their fourth release, Electric Ministry. Tackling subjects such as being on the wrong side of Johnny Law ("25 To Life"), the ultimate male specimen ("Rock God") and the pleasures of the flesh ("XXX") the quartet blast through eleven tracks on the opus produded by Bill Metoyer and co-produced by Jeff Duncan.

Metoyer, who has worked with the likes of Armored Saint, Fates Warning, WASP and Slayer amongst countless other bands, is basically a member of the DC4 family. “I first met Bill when he engineered Armored Saint's 'Revelation' album,” says Jeff. “Before long he started showing up at DC4 shows, checking us out. And he kept showing up more and more, it kind of became more than just showing up to see your friend play, ya know? So, we started talking and when the opportunity came up for us to work together he just jumped on board."

“We made a point of making Electric Ministry a real guitar album. Back to our roots as guitarists.” says Rowan Robertson. “I think on our last album 'Explode' we still had a bit of that 90's feel in us so we've gotten rid of that now.”

”This was the first time we had any special guests appear on a DC4 album,” relates, Jeff. “We had Dizzy Reed from Guns N Roses provide keys on the songs "Dirty Hands" and "The Ballad Of Rock and Roll", Gonzo from Armored Saint played percussion on several tracks, also. Then we had our cousin, Erin Duncan, do backing vocals on ‘The Ballad Of Rock´n´Roll’ and Juliette Primrose (Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance) played violin on "The Ballad Of Rock and Roll" as well.”

Track listing Electric Ministry:
01. Wrecktory
02. Electric Ministry
03. XXX
04. Rock God
05. 25 to Life
06. Broken Soul
07. People
08. The Ballad of Rock and Roll
09. Glitter Girl
10. Sociopath
11. Dirty Hands

DC4 is:
Jeff Duncan - Lead vocals, guitars
Rowan Robertson - Guitars
Matt Duncan - Bass
Shawn Duncan - Drums, percussion


Hexfire suploads song samples

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The Polish power metal band Hexfire uploaded song samples from the upcoming debut album.

The audio files are available on Hexfire official Facebook:
And on Hexfire official Myspace:

According to Jacob Liszko, the band has already found an appropriate record label and the exact release date of the album will be announced in August.

As previously reported, session & guest musicians on the  Hexfire album are Jonno Lodge (Biomechanical, ex- Paul Di’Anno), Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia), Diego ‘Grom’ Meraviglia (formerly Ancient, Doomsword), Niclas Etelavuori (Amorphis), Novy (ex-Behemoth & Vader), Kasper Gram (Manticora), Martin Arendal (Manticora, Wuthering Heights), Kristian Larsen (Manticora) and Kel’Thuz (Spiritual Demise, Kelthuzzar, Sorcerer).

Sepultura's new album out today!

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Legendary Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA have released their brand new album „Kairos“ today!

„Kairos“, SEPULTURAS 12th studio album and Nuclear Blast Records debut was recorded once again at Trama Studios in São Paulo, Brazil and produced and mixed by Roy Z. (JUDAS PRIEST, HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN). Mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering. Cover artwork was handled this time around by artist Erich Sayers.

„KAIROS“ track listing:

3. RELENTLESS (2011)
6. MASK (1433)
„KAIROS“ Deluxe Edition Bonus tracks:

Plus bonus making of DVD

Get your copy here:

"Sepultura have ditched the high concepts and are back to what they do best: thrashing the fuck out."

LEGACY (Ger)| 12/15
METAL HAMMER (Ger) | 6/7
ROCK HARD (Ger) | 8/10

Relapse Records signs Hooded Menace

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Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Finnish death / doom bringers HOODED MENACE.

HOODED MENACE, who takes influence from 80’s era CANDLEMASS, CATHEDRAL, PARADISE LOST, ASPHYX, and BLACK SABBATH, has previously release two full length albums as well as split releases with COFFINS, ASPHYX, ILSA, and more. The band recently made their US live debut this spring with performances as part of Maryland Deathfest (Baltimore), Chaos in Tejas (Austin), and Doom in June (Las Vegas).

HOODED MENACE guitarist Lasse Pyykko commented on the signing; "We’re very excited about signing with Relapse Records! This seems like a logical next step for the band. Of course we are still going to release 7”s and such with smaller labels too because we love doing that. As for the full length album, now we’re going have all the support, promotion, and distribution we could possibly hope at this stage. It’s pretty amazing to be part of the label with such a long and remarkable history. Relapse has released many albums that we are big fans of. We are stoked about leaving our heavily and deeply stamped mark to that long, significant list of great music."

HOODED MENACE has confirmed a handful of Finnish tour dates, including performances as part of the Ilosaarirock Festival (w/ BUZZCOCKS, MELT BANANA, MADNESS) and Tuska Festival (w/ KILLING JOKE, AT THE GATES, AMORPHIS) in July. The band will also open for doom legends SAINT VITUS in Helsinki on August 27th. A listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.

July 16  Joensuu, Finland            Ilosaarirock Festival (festival website)
July 23  Helsinki, Finland            Tuska Festival (festival website)
Aug 27  Helsinki, Finland            Nosturi (w/ SAINT VITUS, HORSE LATITUDES, SWALLOWED)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Surfact udgiver nyt album 10. oktober

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Efter en pause fra offentlighedens søgelys er et af Danmarks fremmeligste unge rockbands SURFACT i fuld gang med at lægge sidste hånd på tredje album.

”Lige nu er vi i studiet for få de sidste 3-4 sange færdige,” udtaler guitarist Martin Kristoffersen. ”Vi har ligget stille hvad angår liveaktivitet i et år, hvilket har været mærkeligt, men også nødvendigt for at fokusere på pladens tilblivelse. Det er i højere grad hele bandet, der har skrevet numrene denne gang. Det har tydeligvis ændret SURFACT's generelle udtryk på en livgivende og befriende måde. Vi har været nødt til at genopfinde os selv for at føle en kunstnerisk glæde.”

SURFACT løfter endvidere sløret for det kommende albums titel, ”Feeding The Beast”.

””Feeding The Beast” er den følelse, vi har for at komme tilbage. Det indre bæst vokser sig større og vil ud og interagere med verden og publikum. Det her bæst har vokset sig større i det seneste halvandet år, hvor vi har knoklet med pladen. Der har været skriveblokeringer, tvivl om retning men også store øjeblikke hvor man rammer SANGEN og alt går op i en højere enhed.”

Ovenpå to succesfulde albums har SURFACT skrevet kontrakt med Target Records, der udsender ”Feeding The Beast” mandag d. 10. oktober. Første singlen af samme navn og dertilhørende video bliver udsendt i starten af august.

Som tilfældet var med forgængeren ”Euphoria” er det bassist Niels Lykke og Søren Balsner, der har produceret, samt Jacob Hansen der har mixet og masteret det kommende album.

Det er et sultent band, der i forbindelse med albumudgivelsen lægger vejen forbi flg. tre byer, inden den store tour kommer i foråret og henover næste sommer.

06-10-11 @ The Rock, København
07-10-11 @ Kulisselageret, Horsens
08-10-11 @ Musikcafeen, Aarhus

Ozzy forced to cancel Graspop

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We regret to announce that OZZY OSBOURNE has been forced to cancel Saturday evening’s performance at Graspop Metal Meeting. Regretfully, Ozzy has severe laryngitis and his doctor has ordered an immediate 72 hours vocal rest before further evaluation.

Says Ozzy: “ I was so looking forward to performing at the legendary Graspop Metal Meeting. It really pains me to let people down and it is with great disappointment that I am unable to perform for the great fans of Belgium.”
We wish him all the best of course!

Obviously we need to reschedule the programme. Judas Priest will now headline on Saturday in a two-hour performance featuring a special laser show.

Fortunately Channel Zero, Belgium’s number one metal outfit, were more than willing to fill the vacant slot. This is the first time they’ll be playing the new album Feed ’Em With a Brick live.

With career album sales in excess of 100,000 copies, Channel Zero is easily Belgium’s biggest metal band. Last year, they made a triumphant comeback and with their new album finished they are ready for more. Feed ‘Em With a Brick is brutal, vicious and full of power. The album is rooted in metal history but the overall sound, the lyrics and the sheer energy oozing from every track are very much 2011. Channel Zero 2011 AD is Channel Zero at its absolute best. 

This is the new main stage schedule for Saturday 25 June:

JUDAS PRIEST: 22.50 / 01.00 - 130' set
WHITESNAKE: 20.20 / 21.35 -  75' set
CHANNEL ZERO: 18.15 / 19.15 - 60' set
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: 16.20 / 17.10 - 50'set
FIREWIND: 14.35 / 15.20 - 45'set
LACUNA COIL: 12.50 / 13.40 - 50'set
DIABLO BLVD: 11.30 / 12.10 - 40'set