Wednesday, October 31, 2012

InsideOut Music signs Maschine

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InsideOut Music are extremely pleased to announce the signing of rising young prog-upstarts Maschine to the roster. This continues a relationship with band-leader Luke Machin and bass-player Dan Mashal that started with their time in The Tangent.

Having developed Maschine from its time under the name Concrete Lake, and on the way secured the top spot in Prog Magazine’s Best Unsigned Band Poll, as well as play numerous gigs and festivals, InsideOut is proud to be releasing the bands debut full length next year. Label head Thomas Waber had this to say about the signing: “Luke and his band are a really young and talented bunch. We are looking forward to working with them on their debut album!”

Lead guitarist and vocalist Luke Machin made this comment on joining the label: "Since I can remember I've always played the guitar and composed music. To have the amazing credibility that comes with IO to assist our music is extremely exciting. The inspiration that I've taken from many artists over the years, a lot of whom are with IO, I'm certain this album will have something for everyone."

Drummer Doug Hamer added: 'The thing that really excites me about signing to IO is that the label is interested in our music and our band. The vote of confidence is invaluable. We will work tirelessly to bring the vision of Maschine that we and IO share into reality.'

Look out for Maschine’s debut album next year on InsideOut Music!

Band Line-Up: 

Luke Machin – guitar/vocals
Elliot Fuller – guitar
Dan Mashal – bass
Doug Hamer – drums
Georgia Lewis – keyboards/vocals

Stuka Squadron changes their name

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IRON KNIGHTS is the new name for the band previously known as STUKA SQUADRON.
The official band statement explaining the reasons for this change can be found here: (website due to change)
The new website is and will be live imminently.
The release of the album ‘New Sound Of War’ will be postponed from the original release date of 19 November 2012 to 26 November 2012 and it will be an Iron Knights album.
On behalf of Iron Knights, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for the confusion this change will cause – it has not been an easy decision.  I would also like to thank everyone that has supported the band and continues to support them going forward.

Presenting: Malnàtt

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Malnàtt is an Italian black metal band formed in Bologna, Italy in 1999. They are the first and only extreme metal band who have introduced an accordion in the line up and, and before many others, female screaming vocals, trumpets and lyrics in Bolognese dialect. People were astonished by the extreme contrast between their humorous approach and obscure lyrics, focused on decadent poetry, death and nihilism. The band was also chosen to play themselves on a very successful episode of the popular Italian TV show ‘L’ispettore Coliandro’, a crime fiction broadcasted on the national TV networks.
‘Principia Discordia’ was recorded and mixed at Domination Studios in San Marino, with the artistic supervision of renowned musician Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios). ‘Principia Discordia’ moves away from the folk approach of the early albums to focus on much more extreme and experimental sounds. The lyrics take their inspiration both from the great Italian poets and the band’s mastermind Porz himself, who enjoys writing hermetic songs struck between suicide and irony. ‘Principia Discordia’ will be released December 3rd, 2012 on Bakerteam Records
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Tom Tom Club is back

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Yes, you read correctly. The Talking Head's Chris Frantz and Tina Weymout, who entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, are back with their characteristic upbeat fusion of electro and funk.

Their hit 'Genius Of Love' (1981) has been covered and remixed by a dozen of musicians like Grandmaster Flash, Mariah Carey, Tupac Shakur to most recently, T.I. feat. Fergie and Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas.

The year is 2012, and Tom Tom Club is ready to release a 5 brand new songs spanning EP flavoured with 4 remixes.

The charismatic fusion of electro and funk is back. Tom Tom Club is releasing a 5 brand new song spanning EP called “Downtown Rockers”.

1. Downtown Rockers
2. Won't Give You Up
3. You Make Me Rock and Roll
4. Kissin' Antonio
5. Sweets to the Sweet
6. Downtown Rockers (Ed Stasium E-Dub Mix) 
7. Downtown Rockers (Arthur Baker Superstar DJ Mix) 
8. Kissin' Antonio (Entro & Ginseng Short Mix) 
9. Kissin' Antonio (DJ Latin Bitman Mix)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Riverside album is done!

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Dear fans, we're very pleased to inform that we've just finished recording our new album "Shrine of New Generation Slaves"! The fifth album, with a five-word title, and over 50 minutes of absolutely fresh music. 8 songs, of which the shortest, "Coda", will only be about 2 minutes long, and the longest, "Escalator Shrine", over 12 minutes long. The first single is going to be "Celebrity Touch" and you'll be able to hear it in one month's time already.

The planned released date for the new Riverside is January 2013. The tour promoting the album will begin in March 2013. We're going to post more detailed information about that soon.

Thank you all for your support and patience. We hope that you'll like the new album. And the music? Right now we can only say that it's different but you can tell it's us! :)

The cover and tracklist are coming up next week. Stay tuned!


Ex-Iron Maiden singers get together for Australian tour

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Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley will be doing a tour of Australia together in November 2012. Both vocalists were involved in various bands before and after their tenure with Iron Maiden but they have agreed to play only Iron Maiden numbers just for this tour. Also involved in this unique project is Paul Mario Day, founding member and first vocalist of Iron Maiden, before leaving the Londoners to join More, another NWOBHM band. Paul Mario Day currently resides in Australia.

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The Amenta releasing "Vo1d/Choke Hold!"

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The Amenta are proud to announce the release of “V01D/CHOKE HOLD” through Listenable Records.

Combining the full 16 track digital release, “V01D” (originally released for download from with the title track and cover of Godflesh’s ‘Christbait Rising’ from the “Chokehold” E.P. (released in 2012 on Itunes by Listenable Records) this release is the first physical release of all these recordings.

Both were released as placeholders before the 2013 release of the new album by The Amenta, “Flesh is Heir” and show two completely new sides of The Amenta.

“V01D’ is an epic, melodic hymn which is worlds away from the angular dissonance of previous The Amenta releases. It leaves your so-called “black metal” for dead.“Choke Hold” is a dirty, violent re-imagining of Godflesh’s sound circa “Streetcleaner”. The lyrics are a blues because repetition is the only way through your skull.

“V01D/CHOKE HOLD” will be available exclusively from The Amenta on the upcoming European tour with Obituary, Macabre and Psycroptic as well as from the Listenable Records store (

This is an extremely limited pressing.
THE AMENTA will release their new album on March 25th
Official video clip for the track V01D

Support original bands. Support real extreme music. Fuck plagiarism and carbon copied, weak, bullshit “metal”. Commit to true extreme art or commit suicide!


22.11 Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
23.11 Germany, Trier @ Exhaus
24.11 Netherlands, Leeuwarden @ Romein
25.11 Netherlands, Deventer @ Burgerweeshuis
27.11 Germany, Berlin @ K17
28.11 Czech Republic, Ostrava @ Barrak Music Club
29.11 Austria, Wien @ Szene
30.11 Germany, Cham @ LA Club
1.12 Belgium, Louvain Le Neuve @ Mass Deathtruction Fest
2.12 France, Paris @ Divan Du Monde
4.12 Ireland, Dublin @ Button Factory
5.12 UK, London @ Garage
6.12 Germany, Essen @ Turock
7.12 Germany, Geiselwind @ Musichall (plus Cradle of Filth & God Seed)
8.12 Italy, Seregno/Milano @ Honky Tonky
9.12 France, Colmar @ Le Grillen
1.12 France, Lyon @ C.C.O. Villeurbanne
12.12 Switzerland, Luzern @ Konzerthaus Schuur
13.12 Germany, Munich @ Backstage Halle
14.12 Netherlands, Eindhoven @ Eindhoven Metal Meeting
15.12 Germany, Leipzig @ Hellraiser
20 Years Anniversary Hellraiser-Leipzig (plus Endstille & Enthroned)

Steve Hackett in Früstücksfernsehen

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STEVE HACKETT - Member of the "Rock `N` Roll Hall of Fame" and well known as the lead guitarist of GENESIS - his work influenced guitarists such as Alex Lifeson (Rush), Brian May and Eddie Van Halen. With his latest record "Genesis Revisited II" which he reinterpreted the classic of the golden era of Genesis with numerous guest musicians, STEVE HACKETT entered the charts in GERMANY (# 32), England (# 24) and the Netherlands (# 52).

A week after his release, STEVE HACKETT presented "Genesis Revisited II" in German SAT.1 breakfast television. His live performance can be seen here:

Further information about the former guitarist of Genesis can be read here:

STEVE HACKETT will also be touring Genesis Revisited extensively across the world with dates already announced in Germany. STEVE HACKETT has compiled on his tour a very special production and will bring them to Germany for six concerts! With this tour, the former member of Genesis will be perform the band's repertoire exclusively from the 1971 list to the 1977 period for the first time and summarizes as well as songs that were co-written by Steve Hackett, including classics like ‘Supper's Ready’, ‘Dancing with the Moonlit Knight’ and ‘The Musical Box’ . On tour Nad Sylvan will present on tour some songs as lead singer. These concerts will be an highlight event for every Genesis fan.

Tourdates(German dates presented by: EVENT, KULTURNEWS, ECLIPSED)
29.04.13   DE- Leipzig - Haus Auensee
30.04.13   DE- Stuttgart - Theaterhaus
02.05.13   DE- München - Herkulessaal
03.05.13   DE- Mainz - Phönixhalle
05.05.13   DE- Oberhausen - Luise-Albertz-Halle
06.05.13   DE- Hamburg - Kampnagel  Deutschland  
10.05.13   DE- London - Hammersmith Apollo
11.05.13   DE- Cardiff - St. David's Hall
12.05.13   UK- Liverpool - Philharmonic
14.05.13   UK- Glasgow - Royal Concert Hall
15.05.13   UK- Gateshead - The Sage
16.05.13   UK- Birmingham - Symphony Hall

Blaqk Audio premiere new music video

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Electronic duo BLAQK AUDIO released their sophomore album BRIGHT BLACK HEAVEN last month, where it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Electronic Album Chart and held its place within the top iTunes Electronic charts for days. Comprised of Davey Havok and Jade Puget of multi-platinum selling rock act AFI, BLAQK AUDIO creates addictive, beat-oriented dance music that highlights the pair's shared love for classic electronica, pop and modern EDM. With their single "Faith Healer" spinning worldwide, the group has teamed up with MTVU to premiere the steamy music video for the track, directed by Daniel Raschko.  Starting at 6:00 AM EST, the video for "Faith Healer" will be airing every hour at the top of the hour on MTVU, and can be seen on the MTVU website here:
Alternative Press Magazine gives BRIGHT BLACK HEAVEN a 4 out of 5 rating, and notes that the album showcases the duo's, "stylistic diversity" and the "lack of trendhopping (read: no dubstep) makes the continued evolution of Blaqk Audio worth following." News says, "the pair make a completely different brand of electro-infused synth rock" and hails the album as, "an exciting experience unparalleled by any electronic act currently active."  BLAQK AUDIO also recently put out an exclusive 3-song EP through premier electronic outlet, BEATPORT. The FAITH HEALER REMIX EP includes the single, "Faith Healer," the Jacob Plant remix of "Faith Healer," "Down Here" (a b-side that is not featured on BRIGHT BLACK HEAVEN) and the stems for both tracks.

 The EP can be found here:

Mighty Label Night

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Det har været et eksplosivt år for Danmark ældste (og eneste?) metalpladeselskab Mighty Music, med mange spændende udgivelser af både indenlandske og udenlandske bands. Dette skal fejres med et brag af et metalshow, hvor fem af Mighty Musics seneste signinger kan opleves på Loppen, Christiania d. 24 November.

Michael H. Andersen, CEO fra Mighty Music og Target Distribution ApS udtaler: ”Helt fra den spæde start i 1998 har Mighty Music satset internationalt med artister fra så forskellige steder som Brasilien, Tyskland, USA, Sverige, Finland, Slovakiet mv. Samtidigt har vi haft distributions- og licensaftaler i hele verden og hele tiden udvidet og opbygget et gedigent internationalt promo setup. Dette har affødet at Mighty Mighty i dag står bedre end nogensinde. Dette skal fejres med Mighty Music’s første internationale label night på dansk jord, hvor vi har inviteret nogen af de mest spændende Mighty Music bands lige nu fra Spanien, Schweiz, Finland og selvfølgelig Danmark.

VANIR er det næste store danske folkemetal band. D. 10. september i år udgav de deres andet album ”Onwards Into Battle”, som har fået stor ros i pressen. Herhjemme kvitterede Metalized med 8 ud af 10 stjerner, mens de store internationale medier såsom Metal Hammer DE gav den 5 ud af 7 og Legacy hele 14 ud af 15! På livescenen er det også gået stærkt for metalkrigerne i VANIR. Med en lang række af koncerter i Danmark, heriblandt Copenhell, Aalborg Metal Festival og Grand Folk-Metal Night har VANIR slået sig fast som en stærkt livenavn på den danske metalscene.

ELECTRIC HELLRIDE er et band med dybe rødder i det københavnske undergrundsmiljø og har i deres korte levetid bl.a. spillet på verdens største metal festival Wacken Open Air. ELECTRIC HELLRIDE leverer ukompliceret og direkte, thrashet metal med elementer hentet fra både død, sludge, groove og traditionel heavy metal. De står nu klar med deres debut album ”Hate.Control.Manipulate” som udkommer d. 26. november.

Det udenlandske islæt på denne aften finder man bl.a. i form af det spanske tech metal band DOPPLER, der udgav debut albummet “Apophenia: Type I Error” d. 27 August. Bandet spiller kompleks synkoperet metal, der kan relateres til genrer såsom Djent og Math. Deres album har fået en flot modtagelse i presse med 5 ud af 7 stjerner i Metal Hammer DE og 4 ud af 5 i Engelske Terrorizer med ordene: Whether mesmerising with mad polyrhythms or carving out a relentless barrage of clinical blasts, Doppler have set an unparalleled new standard in uneasy listening.”

Herudover får publikum mulighed for at møde det melodisk thrash metalband RUINSIDE fra Finland. Deres debutalbum ”The Hunt” udkommer først d. 29 oktober, men allerede nu har det danske webzine rost bandet til skyerne i en 5 ud af 5 stjernet anmeldelse med ordene: ”Jeg kan simpelthen ikke sætte noget negativt på Ruinside. Deres sangskrivning sidder i skabet og jeg kommer aldrig til at kede mig når jeg hører albummet, da de hele tiden formår at bringe mig et nyt sted hen...”.

Sidst men ikke mindst kan man stifte bekendskab med schweiziske SOULLINE der spiller melodisk dødsmetal med skandinaviske aner. På det norske webzine var interessen så stor, at måtte der hele to skribenter til at anmelde det fremragende tredje album ” We Curse, We Trust” fra bandet. Resultatet: 4½ - og 5 ud af 6 stjerner.


Entré: 70,-
Døre: 21.00
Showtime: 22.00
Venue: Loppen

Find eventet på facebook her.
Alle de spillende bands er til at finde på Mighty Music 2012 sampleren, der kan downloades kvit og frit her.

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New God Seed album out now

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Today God Seed release the most anticipated Black Metal album of the year, “I Begin”! This is the first studio album King and Gaahl release together since Gorgoroth`s “Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam”.

"I Begin" is available in regular CD format as well as a Limited Embossed DeLuxe Digipack with bonus tracks! The limited edition will only be released in Europe. A vinyl version will soon be available through Back On Black.

Get your copy of “I Begin” here: Limited Embossed Deluxe Digipack CD

Check out the great reviews of "I Begin" so far:
5/6 Bergensavisen
5/6 Metal Hammer GER
90/100 Aardschok
4/5 Revolver

God Seed heads out on the “Creatures From The Black Abyss” European Tour with Cradle Of Filth in November and December. Check out the dates HERE!

“I Begin” showcases some of the most interesting sounding metal in today’s scene. The recording is organic, warm and focused around true musicianship and a desire to capture the atmosphere, energy and brutality expected from King and Gaahl. The album also introduces new elements in the shape of organs and electronic sounds. All in all, this is a unique album that has the ability to redefine a genre and usher in the next era of metal expression. It is an impressive achievement; a combination of the 70`s warmth and recording ideas combined with the pure audio holocaust that only these titans of Norwegian metal can deliver.

God Seed online:

Vreid re-signs with Indie Recordings

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Indie Recordings are proud to announce the re-signing of Vreid and looks forward to release yet another masterpiece from this unique “Black’n’Roll” band! The new album is in progress and the band is currently in the studio working their magic. The new album is scheduled for release February 2013. Click HERE to check out Vreid’s Studio Report from the recording of the new album!

Vreid had this to say about the re-signing and the new album:
“We have released 3 albums on Indie Recordings, and it has worked out tremendously. The band and label have grown together over these years, and we are very satisfied that we have now re-signed a new deal with Indie Recordings.
2 years after we started writing new riffs, our new beast is now complete. It’s been a lot of work, but we are utterly pleased with the result. Dark, heavy and Vreid are the 3 keywords to describe it.  The artwork takes us in a new direction this time, and is done by the wizard Kim Holm. His work is spectacular and he has captured the music and lyrics beyond words.  In February the new album will see the light of day, and we can’t wait to unleash it, and come out and play for you again. - ”Hváll”

Vreid will play a special show in London at The Underworld, Sunday November 4th. The London audience has always been fantastic, so what better place to celebrate it. This will draw the line to Vreids "V" touring cycle, and the band will take a few months break before they unleash their new beast in February 2013. Read more HERE!

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Ruins unveils new song

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Tasmania Hell hammers RUINS disclose the new song “A Lesson In Ruthlessness” from their upcoming album 'A place of no pity' on Listenable youtube channel.

The track is now available on youtube :

RUINS - Place of no pity CD PRE ORDER:
Release date : 26/11/2012
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Vanexa announces new guitarist

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The Prime mover heavy metal band VANEXA is proud to announce the entrance of Pier Gonella as a guitarist. 

Pier is a very skilled metal guitarist who can already boast a long career, and who still has major projects with Necrodeath and Mastercastle. He joins Roberto Tiranti (vocals) who had the opportunity to share the stage with when Pier entered Labyrinth replacing Olaf Thorsen.

The new Vanexa's line-up is as follows:
Roberto Tiranti - Vocals
Pier Gonella - Guitars
Artan Selishta - Guitars
Sergio Pagnacco - Bass Guitar
Silvano Bottari - Drums

Voyager premiere new video clip

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“THE MEANING OF I” Official Video Clip Online Now!

VOYAGER’s “The Meaning Of I” has been gathering an incredible amount of exceptional reviews worldwide.

Following up from the, “SEIZE THE DAY” video released in September 2012, is the video clip to the jewel in the crown and title track of the album “THE MEANING OF I”!

This new piece of VOYAGER brilliance has officially been released and is online now at this location for your viewing please:

Founding member and lead vocalist, Danny Estrin comments "Here comes a dark moment in Voyager's history - but in an amazing way! The band is so excited that this clip is finally seeing the light of day. It's undoubtedly our most intense and dark music video. All kudos to director Ben Berkhout and the crew for setting a new benchmark for indie clips...we hope you enjoy what we think is our best music video to date".

"It's coming... a dark disturbing journey into the mind" by acclaimed director Ben Berkhout.

It is unlike anything seen before in the Australian music scene as Voyager's dark side is unveiled in four minutes of turmoil...
Here is another spectacular screenshot! View “THE MEANING OF I” now and leave your comments!

The incredible upward spiral of Perth Prog Metal masters VOYAGER continues as the band announces their “MEANING OF I” east coast tour of Australia in November, venturing into familiar popular territories, some new ones & two festival appearances! In support of their latest outstanding release 'The Meaning Of I', VOYAGER are riding high on the crest of the wave that ceases to lose momentum. With outstanding crowd reactions and rave review after rave review, you could not possibly see VOYAGER at a better time than right now! 'The Meaning Of I' is a culmination of the VOYAGER sound: polished yet organic, heavy yet melodic, dark yet playful.
If you are yet to hear it, you should!

The 'MEANING OF I' Tour:
Nov 1st - Newcastle @ Hamilton Station Hotel
Nov 2nd - Sydney @ Steel Assasins Festival, Sandringham Hotel
Nov 3rd  - Wollongong @ Perpetual Tides Festival, The Patch
Nov 4th - Sydney (West) @ Westfest, Lucky Australian Tavern (Lic/AA)
Nov 9th - Melbourne @ The Workers Club
Nov 10th - Canberra @ BastardFest, The Basement

Be part of the VOYAGE!

Visit the VOYAGER sites for all information on the tour, the band and the music.

Soldierfield’s debut EP out now

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Soldierfield’s debut EP ‘Bury The Ones We Love’ is officially released on Monday 29 October 2012 via Metalbox Recordings.   The EP continues to draw a great number of fantastic reviews and airplay across the UK and Europe and is now available to buy from the following outlets: Amazon,, HMV, iTunes, Spotify, Hellion Records, Germany and others
Soldierfield comprises Leigh Oates, Andy Trott, Steve Wray, Simon Priestland and Jeff Singer.  The full band bio is attached here with a selection of recent press quotes. 
For all the latest press, please visit and
Buy the EP and then get ready for the album release in 2013!

Týr @ 70000TONS OF METAL 2013

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TÝR Announced For 70000TONS OF METAL 2013 

After crossing the North Atlantic 70000TONS OF METAL stopped at the Faroe Islands to pick up some of their good old friends. Please welcome TÝR on board The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! Now they continue their journey into the Norwegian Sea, course East South-East. And what are their Scouts on the European mainland doing... how far East will they go? 

Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship "Majesty of the Seas" for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans! 

And they also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70000TONS OF METAL Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! 

The following 21 out of 40 bands have already been announced:
METAL CHURCH (Reunion Show)

70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Monday, January 28, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, February 1, 2013.

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out for more information.

Caravellus working on new album

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CARAVELLUS is working on new studio album. The third album titled: “UNLEASHED”. This vibrant, powerful and concept album will contain 10 songs involving huge orchestration bringing symphonic interludes, majestic choirs, highly technical instrumental playing and Brazilian rhythms. Once again the production will be handled by Glauber Oliveira. – Founder and guitarist of CARAVELLUS. 

This masterpiece will be released in 2013 .
Keep tuned!!!!

Update from Instanzia

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Alexis from Instanzia:
"Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I didn’t post anything really relevant about the making of our second album which is titled Spinning Maze so I thought I’d do it at the moment.

First I can say that things are progressing slowly but surely! Since the beginning of May we got drums recorded, rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars and bass. I had to spend quite a while editi
ng those tracks in between but don’t get me wrong; I’m not editing those tracks to reach an overly modern and edited sound. I just do that to ensure that everything fits correctly in the context of the songs and that nothing unwanted or crappy makes its way on the final print :D. I also put the final touch on all the synths and orchestrations with Marc-Éric Martel who helped a lot and programmed the virtual analog synth sounds and that took a while since those are taking more place in the songs now than they did on Ghosts and also because Ghosts was done over a period much longer than what we expect to spend making this one.

At the moment I’m doing basic track comping, sorting out stuff and placing the piano tracks Mathieu Fiset recorded in the songs in order to have every instrument in place when I’ll get to the vocals. I plan on spending a few weeks practicing vocals, rewriting some lines and everything before moving on to recording all of the vocals and finally lead guitars and solos! That’ll also serve as a break from the non-stop Pro Tools work I’ve been doing, heheh. It’s still quite a long way since all those elements’ importance is paramount!

I’ve also been figuring out who will participate in the big yummy choirs we intend to have on this album and I can say it’ll give pretty nice results!! We’ve also ensured Felipe Machado as our cover artist for the album. You guys all know the works he’s done for the likes of Rhapsody of Fire, Luca Turilli, Blind Guardian and way, way more! I think we can expect a totally kickass piece of art as our cover for this one!

So that’s about it for now! I can tell ou guys that this album won’t disappoint you! Feel free to ask any question regarding the album to the band except if you plan on asking us about a release date! I aim to have the album finished by April but nothing is guaranteed! We’ll keep you up to date at every step!

Thanks a lot for your interest, stay up to date and spread the word!!! Rock on!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Pentagram auditioning new guitar players

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Band tour the UK for the first time in over 40-year career.

Legendary heavy metal pioneers and doom metal innovators PENTAGRAM are auditioning new guitar players. As previously announced, the revered guitarist Victor Griffin is performing his farewell shows during the Oct/Nov European Relentless Tour. He'll be focusing on his solo career from this point on and the band and fans wish him all the best. Victor will forever be an important part of the "Ram Family."

PENTAGRAM is now searching for the perfect player who can easily play the blazing, early blues-based, hard rock, proto-metal of the late Vincent McAllister as well as the doom metal mastery of the one and only Victor Griffin. Tone, chops, appearance, tour experience & availability (US and abroad so a passport is required), song writing skills, and sobriety are all important factors. The band will be writing/recording their follow up to the acclaimed Metal Blade release, Last Rites this coming December and January.

Someone who is close to the Washington, DC area is preferred but exceptions will be made for the perfect player.

For songs and video of the band, visit:

Please submit a short bio, a photo, and audio or video of you playing. PENTAGRAM song covers are preferred and the following songs are suggested:
"Wolf's Blood"
"All Your Sins"
"Treat Me Right"
"When the Screams Come"
"Forever My Queen"
"20 Buck Spin"

Please send submissions to:

In other news, PENTAGRAM is gearing up to tour Europe and the dates will commence with the band's first ever UK tour. In a celebration of Victor Griffin's time with the band, PENTAGRAM will be playing the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame album, Relentless, in it's entirety. After the doom pioneers first-ever UK show in London in 2011, Bobby Liebling and the boys return for four shows with Gentlemans Pistols as support, kicking off in Bristol at The Fleece.

Tour w/ Gentlemans Pistols
31/10/2012 – UK – Bristol - The Fleece
01/11/2012 – UK – London - Garage
02/11/2012 – UK – Manchester - Academy 3
04/11/2012 – UK – Glasgow - Ivory Black
End Tour
06/11/2012 – DK – Kopenhagen - Loppen
07/11/2012 – SE – Gothenburg - Truckstop Alaska
08/11/2012 – NO – Oslo - John Dee
09/11/2012 – SE – Stockholm - Slakthuset
10/11/2012 – DE – Würzburg - Hammer Of Doom Festival

Nightfall finish recordings

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Greek symphonic metallers NIGHTFALL have completed the recordings of their new album Cassiopeia which is set for release in January 2013 through Metal Blade Records.

The recordings took place in four different places, something NIGHTFALL is quite familiar with. Vocals and keys were recorded in Greece (Soundflakes studios & Cyberia) while the drums got hammered down in Germany in the Soundlodge studios. Guitars and bass were recorded in the U.S. in Nashville, Tennessee in the Boomcave studios.

More than on the previous album Astron Black & The Thirty Tyrants, in Cassiopeia the spirit of old school Heavy Metal larks in almost every riff, with Mercyful Fate's and King Diamond's guitar style having its top notch, always the NIGHTFALL way.

Unlike Astron Black, there are more fast tempos as well as grindy ones bringing memories back from the mid 90's times of now cult release Athenian Echoes! The vocals remain very, very heavy and thanks to Soundflakes amazing gear and Jörg Uken's super mixing skills fit great with the melodic leads, moreover creating a solid sound wall where vocalist Efthimis comfortably sits on and spreading his inner daemons out to the world!

Singer Efthimis Karadimas regarding the concept of Cassiopeia: "Cassiopeia has a specific thesis and though its name is linked to both the constellation and the mythical character of Andromeda's mother, it refers to arrogance as leading characteristic of the human race; the outcome of this and the overweening state of affairs are so popular these harsh days everywhere. The entire world seems to be shifting from its previous position to a new one and all and each one of us that used to feel like masters of our destiny are now starting to wonder about when, where and how this transition will end. It may be a punishment like Cassiopeia and Andromeda who claimed themselves more beautiful even to nereids suffered, or it may be just another change. Time will certainly tell."

Overall this is classified as a Prog Death Metal release with lotsa Heavy Metal and atmospheric elements that create strong emotional moments to the listener, not typical straight forward stuff, many progressive lines and patterns and a deep production to support all that mysterious and spooky motion. One thing sure, each audition reveals new things!

A first single, the cover and more details on Cassiopeia will be revealed in just a few weeks time!

Efthimis Karadimas – vocals
Evan Hensley – guitars
Constantine – guitars
Stathis Ridis – bass
Stathis Kassios – keys
Jörg Uken – drums

Aeon posts new in-studio video clip

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Today Guitar World is hosting the second installment of a series of in-studio video clips from Swedish death metal strategists, AEON. Filmed during the band's Aeons Black recording session in Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, watch as guitarists Zeb Nilsson and Daniel Dlimi sever frets and talk gear at THIS LOCATION.

Set to drop in Europe on November 16, 2012 via Metal Blade Records, the 15-track Aeons Black is the follow up to 2010's Path of Fire, which called "a juicy slab of prime-cut blasphemous death metal," that, according to, "doesn't let up in terms of insanely fast tempos, chugging guitars, and demonic vocals," landing the album an 8 out of 10 score. AEON is already confirmed for a UK tour which will take place in January 2013 with more live takeovers of Europe and North America being plotted.

In related news, last week Metal Hammer Germany premiered Aeons Black opening track Still They Pray. If you missed it, feel the wrath HERE. Additionally, check out the title track, more in-studio footage and pre-order info at the band's OFFICIAL LANDING PAGE.

Aeons Black Track Listing:
01. Still They Pray
02. The Glowing Hate
03. The Voice of the Accuser
04. I Wish You Death
05. Garden of Sin
06. Neptune the Mystic
07. Nothing Left to Destroy
08. Passage to Hell
09. Aeons Black
10. Dead Means Dead
11. Sacrificed
12. Aftermath
13. Blessed By the Priest
14. Maze of the Damned
15. Die By My Hands

Tommy Dahlstöm - Vocals
Zeb Nilsson - Guitar
Daniel Dlimi - Guitar
Arttu Mallki - Drums
Marcus Edvardsson - Bass

Metal Blade re-issues on vinyl

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Watch out the 30th of November when Metal Blade will re-issue Abigail II by KING DIAMOND and Ignorance by SACRED REICH on vinyl!

Abigail II vinyl re-release marks the 10th anniversary of this true classic from 2002, strictly limited to 1.000 copies worldwide! It features a new DMM vinyl mastering with a different side-split for maximum sound quality!

Comes in a lavish gatefold cover sleeve, three different colored vinyl versions are waiting for you and all of them will include two full colored printed inner sleeves and two exclusive posters! The perfect collector's item for all vinyl lovers and true King Diamond fans.

Side A:
1. Spare This Life
2. The Storm
3. Mansion In Sorrow
4. Miriam
Side B:
5. Little One
6. Slippery Stairs
7. The Crypt
Side C:
8. Broken Glass
9. More Than Pain
10. The Wheelchair
Side D:
11. Spirits
12. Mommy
13. Sorry Dear

Make also sure to stop by the European KING DIAMOND merchstore at!

SACRED REICH's Ignorance vinyl re-release marks the 25th anniversary of this Thrash Metal classic from 1987, strictly limited to 1.000 copies worldwide!

Remastered in 2007, this vinyl edition also includes 3 bonus tracks from the '07 DCD/DVD box set, a Juads Priest cover with Rob Halford on vocals and also an MDC and a Black Sabbath cover.

Comes in a lavish gatefold cover sleeve in three different colored vinyl versions and all of them will also include a full colored printed inner sleeve and an exclusive poster!

Side A:
1. Death Squad
2. Victim Of Demise
3. Layed To Rest (instr.)
4. Ignorance
5. No Believers
6. Rapid Fire (feat. Rob Halford of Judas Priest)
Side B:
7. Violent Solutions
8. Rest In Peace
9. Sacred Reich
10. Administrative Decisions
11. The Big Picture *
12. Sweet Leaf *
*bonus tracks!

Meliah Rage post new video-clip

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MELIAH RAGE "Where Nothing Ever Grows" video-clip

New from the Vic Records camp

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GRAI  - O Zemle Rodnoy ( About Our Native Land) 
(VIC053CD) OUT 26 Nov!

PAGAN FOLK METAL FROM RUSSIA. Exclusive digipack plus bonus track
New sensational folk metal band. Excellent Russian folk / pagan metal from the  eastern Russian Republic of Tatarstan. GRAI was formed in 2005 and was influenced by Skyforger, Korpiklaani, Cruachan, Svarga and Alkonost. GRAI performs epic folk metal with beautifull femal vocals and nice vocal harmonies. Authentic Russian instruments used such as Gaita Gallega, kalyuka and Jews Harp. Great production and coverart / booklet.  Must-have for fans of Arkona and Alkonost!
TRACK LIST:  1. Pesn’ o Zemle Rodnoy (A Song about our Native Land) 2. Pshenychnaya ( The Wheat Song) 3. Zimnaya Skazka (A Winter Tale) 4. Vesna (Spring)   5. Sred’ lesov (In the Middle of the Forests) 6. Leshak (Leshak) 7 Uchody dalyoko, gore (Leave us, Sorrow) 8. Plach o dolyushke ( Lament about The Lot) 9. Voin hrabryi, Yasnyi Sokol (Brave Warrior) 10.  Vstavay s kolen! (Get up From Your Knees!) 11. V obyatiyakh Mara (In the arms of Mara) exclusive bonus track.

(VIC046CD) OUT 26 Nov!
Brand new, 1st full length by this Dutch old school death/Thrash metal act WEAPONS TO HUNT. Released three Brutal Death Metal releases under the name INFINITED HATE Hate and last year transformed into WEAPONS TO HUNT. This extreme Dutch metal band, featuring main man Adrie Kloosterwaard (SINISTER) on vocals packed up again with Ron van de Polder (original and founding member of SINISTER) and Paul Beltman (ex SINISTER, ex Supreme Pain) on guitar and drums. They invited Bas Brussaard (SINISTER, Fondlecorpse) to work along with them on lead guitars to complete this terrifying line up. They bring an intense death / thrash metal style on this new album that brings you back to the good old days of Solstice, Demolition Hammer…And of course SINISTERS mighty debut album ’Cross The Styx’ (needless to say, both debut albums are written by riff master Ron van de Polder!). Guest bass Erwin Harreman (ex Sinister, Supreme Pain).
Tracks list: 1. The Hell Room  2. Blessed In Sin 3. Corpse Field  4.The Smell of Victory  5. Bullets For The Assassin 6. Merciless Impact 7. False Positive System 8. Strike Face


PAGANIZER - Carve: Stillborn Revelations and Revel in Filth  
(VIC044CD) OUT 26 Nov!
CARVE was nothing more then a temporarily shape of PAGANIZER. When PAGANIZER was on hold for a brief period (2002), Rogga Johansson (vocals / guitars – also Ribspreader, The Grotesquery, Demiurg), Matte Fiebig (ex Paganizer, ex Ribspreader) and Andreas Karlsson (Paganizer / Another Life / Ribspreader), recorded 2 demos and 2 albums under the monicker Carve. And quickly returned to the name PAGANIZER. The album ‘Stillborn Revelations’ was recorded in 2002 at Necromorbus Studios with Tore Stjerna (Watain, Scar Symmetry, Desultory). Second album ‘Revel in Human Filth’ was released in 2004 and mastered by Dan Swano (Opeth, Bloodbath, Katatonia). Both album were released by an obscure Brasillian label and out of print for a decade. Now both albums are available on 1 disk, plus 3 exclusive bonus tracks, liner notes from Rogga and new artwork and booklet by Peter Sallai (Memory Garden, Bornholm).

Rick Springfield posts album teaser

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After Oblivion: debut album details

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"Stamina", the debut album from Bosnia and Herzegovina based old school tech death/thrash metal band AFTER OBLIVION, will be released on November 9th through Metal on Metal Records. The label states: "AFTER OBLIVION's music can be simply described as a homage to '90s period DEATH, as the band deliberately embraces Chuck Schuldiner’s legacy, however it also bears a personal stamp thanks to the passion and talent of these young musicians. "Stamina" is not just a display of technical virtuosity, but it's full of emotion, atmospheric and intense."

A short album promo clip can be watched on YouTube here:

Three complete songs off "Stamina" have been made available for streaming. You can listen to "Hatred Profound" exclusively from Metalunderground website and to"Breeding Perdition" and "The Carnal Form" from Metal on Metal Records website.

Here is the complete track list for "Stamina":
2.For the Rebels
4.Breeding Perdition
5.The Carnal Form
6.Septic Mind
7.Ascent of Misery
9.Hatred Profound

The album's cover art was created by the band's guitarist/vocalist Adnan Hatic.

                                           AFTER OBLIVION "Stamina" CD can be pre-ordered with a discount from Metal on Metal Records shop ( ) until November 6th, while the digital download can be ordered from the Bandcamp page ( ). 

Psilocybe Larvae: New album is coming

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Having got a worldwide recognition with the 3d album “Non-Existence” Russian manic-depressive band Psilocybe Larvae is now extremely proud to present its new masterpiece. 
The 4th album entitled “The Labyrinth Of Penumbra” will be released on Buil2Kill Records/Nadir Music on November, 5th worldwide.
The album was recorded and mixed by Yury Smirnov at Studio Kontakt (St. Petersburg, University of Humanities) in 2011; mastering duties were handled by Mats Lindfors at Cutting Room (Dimmu Borgir, Rammstein). 

Here's the official tracklist:
1. Soul Trekking
2. Haunting
3. Shining Shambhala
4. Trial by Fire
5. Into the Labyrinth
6. Contemplation
7. Fortress of Time
8. River of Remembrance
9. No Escape
The album is also available on I-Tunes and more than 400 other digital stores from November, 1th.

Rotting Slow in Europe 2012 Tour

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Alcest touring with Katatonia

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02.11.'12 SE - Malmö / KB
03.11.'12 SE - Stockholm / Klubben
04.11.'12 NO - Oslo / John Dee
06.11.'12 EE - Tallinn / Rock Café
08.11.'12 FI - Joensuu / Kerubi
09.11.'12 FI - Jyväslylä / Lutakko
10.11.'12 FI - Tampere / Pakkahuone
11.11.'12 FI - Helsinki / The Cirkus
13.11.'12 SE - Goteborg / Sticky Fingers
14.11.'12 DK - Copenhagen / Amager Bio
15.11.'12 DK - Aarhus / Voxhall

16.11.'12 DE - Berlin / Huxley's Neue Welt
17.11.'12 PL - Warsaw / Progresja
18.11.'12 PL - Krakow / Kwadrad
19.11.'12 AT - Vienna / Szene
21.11.'12 IT - Rome / Orion
22.11.'12 IT - Milan / Magazzini Generali
23.11.'12 FR - Lyon / CCO
24.11.'12 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra
25.11.'12 ES - Madrid / Arena
27.11.'12 FR - Paris / Divan du Monde
28.11.'12 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
29.11.'12 DE - Munich / Theaterfabrik
30.11.'12 CH - Lucerne / Schüür
01.12.'12 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob
02.12.'12 DE - Cologne / Live Music Hall
03.12.'12 DE - Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn
05.12.'12 DE - Hamburg / Grünspan
06.12.'12 DE - Leipzig / Werk 2
07.12.'12 DE - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
08.12.'12 LU - Luxenbourg / Kulturfabrik
09.12.'12 NL - Dordrecht / Bibelot
10.12.'12 UK - London / Islington Academy
11.12.'12 UK - Manchester / O2 Academy2
12.12.'12 UK - Glasgow / Cathouse
13.12.'12 UK - Belfast / The Limelight
14.12.'12 IE - Dublin / Button Factory
15.12.'12 IE - Limerick / Dolan’s Warehouse
17.12.'12 UK - Newcastle / O2 Academy2
18.12.'12 UK - Nottingham / Rescue Rooms
19.12.'12 UK - Southhampton / Talking Heads
20.12.'12 UK - Bristol / Fleece

Graveyard releases new video clip

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„Lights Out“, the brand new album by Swedish blues rock superstars, GRAVEYARD, is OUT NOW! Surf to to order your format of choice (jewel case/digipack CD, black/coloured/picture vinyl, digital download)!

The band recently shot a brillant music video for the second single off the album, „Endless Night“. The video was directed by Artur Wolgers & Dea Saracevic and features vocalist and guitarist Joakim Nilsson cruising in a killer Pontiac GTO. Check it out at:

Furthermore, popular German newspaper, BILD, hosts a full album stream in their „Album Of The Month“ section. Head over to

Also make sure to check out the following bits & pieces:
Goliath“ music video:„Goliath“ lyric video: Out“ wallpaper, screensaver & Firefox persona: