Friday, January 31, 2014

Conquest of Steel premiere new video clip

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Primal Fear premiere new video clip

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Storms over Europe Tour 2014

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Swedish heavy metallers KATANA will hit the ground running as they start the year 2014 with a major tour of Europe together with CIVIL WAR.

Since 2005 KATANA from Gothenburg, Sweden has helped popularize the NWOTHM genre of young bands playing classic heavy metal in the vein of bands like IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST and MANOWAR. With a stage show complete with katana swords, spandex tights, double lead guitar solos and everything one would want from an early 80’s metal show KATANA has made a name for themselves in classic metal circuits all over the world.

KATANA released their second album ”Storms of War” last year and earlier this year the music video for the brand new song ”Yakuza” became available exclusively on YouTube.

KATANA has played major open-air festivals like Wacken and Sweden Rock Festival as well as toured in central Europe and Spain. Now they are taking their wild and sweaty metal show to the stages of Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.

" This is something we've been working towards for a long time and we´ve finally found the perfect set-up to take this show on the road for real, says KATANA.

We have a lot of fans in northern Europe who've been waiting to see us live for a long time and it feels great to finally be able to bring our show to them in a way that will meet their expectations. We are playing great venues every night and of course we are opening for a band that really knows what metal is all about. It´s going to be one hell of a tour!"

CIVIL WAR is a new heavy metal band formed from 4 ex-SABATON members together with former members of ASTRAL DOORS and LION’S SHARE. They had the following to say regarding the tour in February: "Civil War is extremely happy to hit the roads in February together with Katana. This is our first tour and we can't wait to get out and get the chance to perform the songs from our album "The killer angels" for the metal crowds of Europe.

We look forward to see you all out there and together with Katana we will form a combo that will hit you like a sledgehammer in your chest!"

Tour dates
2014-02-11Warszaw Poland Proxima
2014-02-12 Katowicze Poland Mega Club
2014-02-13 Prague Czech Republic Nova Chmelnice
2014-02-14Mannheim Germany Alte Seilerei
2014-02-15 Vosselaar Belgium Biebob
2014-02-16 Bochum Germany Matrix
2014-02-18 Nürnberg Germany Rockfabrik
2014-02-19 Pratteln Switzerland Z7
2014-02-20 Ludwigsburg Germany Rockfabrik
2014-02-21 RegensburgGermany Airport
2014-02-22Memmingen Germany Kaminwerk

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Therion posts new trailer

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Swedish symphonic metal masters THERION have just put up a trailer on their upcoming new DVD »Adulruna Redivia And Beyond«.

The trailer is available to watch here:

»Adulruna Redivia And Beyond«, a double live DVD + bonus DVD, limited edition Digipak will be released on February 28, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

This package will include two shows were recorded live in Atlanta in 2011 and in Budapest 2007 and additional bonus material.

The tracklist will read as follows:
DVD 1:
01. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah
02. Son Of The Sun
03. Midgård
04. Asgård
05. The Wine Of Aluqah
06. Wisdom And The Cage
07. Kali Yuga I
08. Kali Yuga II
09. Kali Yuga III
10. Lemuria
11. Via Nocturna
12. An Arrow From The Sun
13. Typhon
14. Ginnungagap
15. Preludium
16. To Mega Therion
17. Cults Of The Shadows
18. In The Desert Of Set
19. Interludium
20. Nightside Of Eden
21. Opus Eclipse
22. Invocation Of Naamah
23. The Siren Of The Woods
24. Grand Finale / Postludium
25. Adulruna Rediviva
26. Black Funeral

DVD 2:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. The Wine Of Aluqah
03. Typhon
04. Perennial Sophia
05. Hellequin
06. Nifelheim
07. Clavicula Nox
08. Voyage Of Gurdjieff
09. Ljusalfheim
10. Dies Irae
11. Ginnungagap
12. Kali Yuga III
13. Call Of Dagon
14. Siren Of the Woods
15. The Wild Hunt
16. Blood Of Kingu
17. Lemuria
18. Abraxas
19. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah
20. To Mega Therion
21. Quetzalcoatl

Bonus DVD 3:
01. 011- An Adventure with Therion
02. 011 - Documentary And Behind The Scenes
03. Amazing Voice 

New MaYan album out now!

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The highly anticipated second output of Dutch Symphonic Death Metallers MAYAN, »Antagonise« is finally out now!

The successor to their 2011 release »Quaterpast« can be ordered at this address:
Or via iTunes here:

With its profound and socially critic theme, »Antagonise« has the international media praising the new MAYAN creation:
“On "Antagonise" mysterious conspiracy theories meet up with progressive, symphonic Death Metal, facing on 'end of all times' mood.

A complex thriller between reality and fiction, created by Mark Jansen (Epica) and his Dutch allstar team – including guest appearances by Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Marcela Bovio (Stream Of Passion).“

„In this context ANTAGONISE is a fierce blade, forged with bombastic Death Metal, virtuosu Progressive Metal and outstanding Power Metal." METAL HAMMER (D) – 6/7 Points

„Antagonise offers an ideal blend of versitale riffing, well arranged orchestral parts anbd imperssive vocals displaying the meaningful lyrics."
LEGACY (D) – 13/15 Points

„Antagonise“ is a well rounded affair, which is totally out of the question. Most detailed, played with great expertise and stat-of-the-art production.!

More on »Antagonise«:
Track-by-Track part 1:
Track-by-Track part 2:
‘Faceless Spies’ lyric video:
Album Trailer #1:
Album Trailer #2:


New Grand Magus album out now!

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The new masterpiece of Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS »Triumph And Power« is out now!

With their seventh studio album, the metal purists manage to better their highly celebrated 2012 masterpiece “The Hunt” easily.

The guitars roar, the rhythm front around the drummer Ludwig grooves as hell and JB outgrows himself as far as the vocals are concerned.

Thus, the trio has created a phenomenal and impressive heavy metal opus!

But see for yourself:
In cooperation with the Classic Rock Magazine, GRAND MAGUS have made their brand new album available for streaming. Check it out here:

The Press agrees:

“Album of the Month”
„TRIUMPH & POWER is the definite True Metal album which Manowar will never write!“
METAL HAMMER (D), Anzo Sadoni

“Album of the Month”
Rock Hard (D)

“Album of the Month”
Rock Hard (F)

“Album of the Month”
Metal Hammer (GR)

“Pure heroic Rock n Roll and uncompromising Heavy Doom Metal”

“For any fans who were hoping for a masterpiece album full of memorable songs”

"Grand Magus take another step forward on their quest for glory. Set sail for an epic journey of pure heavy metal"

"Grand metallic triumph for Grand Magus! Their seventh album has the power and the glory of the old school masters in rock, while it will be a timeless stunner for the future!"
Rock Tribune (B), Vera

»Triumph and Power« was recorded at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad, Sweden this past September with producer Nico Elgstrand and engineer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS).

Artwork was done this time around by Anthony Roberts.

Nuclear Blast:
iTunes: (incl. digital booklet)

Check the Triumph And Power trailer:
Trailer 1
Tack-by-track Part 1
Tack-by-track Part 2
Tack-by-track Part 3


Voodoo Six announces tour dates

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Voodoo Six are very pleased to announce they will be supporting UFO in Europe this Spring. Voodoo Six are Special Guests for 10 shows in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. This European tour comes after their own headline tour of the UK in March and the band are really looking forward to returning to Europe with UFO. More European shows will be confirmed shortly.

2014 tour dates:

12 March - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
13 March - Sound Control, Manchester
14 March - Audio, Glasgow
15 March - Buskers, Dundee
17 March - The Cluny, Newcastle
19 March - Warehouse 23, Wakefield
20 March - Rock City Basement, Nottingham
21 March - The Underworld, London
22 March - The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
23 March - The Joiners, Southampton

27 March - KB, Malmö, Sweden - w/UFO
28 March - Liljan, Borlänge, Sweden - w/UFO
29 March - Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden - w/UFO
30 March -  Denim & Leather at APT, Jönköping, Sweden - w/UFO
1 April - Godset, Kolding, Denmark - w/UFO
2 April - Empore, Buchholz, Germany - w/UFO
4 April - Räucherei, Kiel, Germany - w/UFO
5 April - Tante Ju, Dresden, Germany 
6 April - Gewerkschaftshaus, Erfurt, Germany w/UFO
7 April - K17, Berlin, Germany w/UFO

4-6 July - Sonisphere, Knebworth UK

13 September - Rock & Metal Circus Festival, UK

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Hardcore Superstar premiere new video clip

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Swedish Hardrock bad boys HARDCORE SUPERSTAR proudly present the brand-new kick-ass live clip for the track ‘Last Call For Alcohol’.

Check it out here:

The two teasers can be seen here:
Teaser I:
Teaser II:

The current HARDCORE SUPERSTAR record »C’mon Take On Me« was released on March 1st, 2013 via Nuclear Blast and can be ordered here:

More on »C’mon Take On Me«:
‘One More Minute’ Video:
‘Above The Law’ Video:
‘C’mon Take On Me’ Video:
‘Because Of You‘ Video:

3 Mighty Fighers fundet

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Mighty Music er klar med tre af de fire navne der skal dyste i den 4. udgave af den populære metalkonkurrence MIGHTY FIGHT NIGHT, der afholdes i Pumpehuset d. 7 marts. Vinderen får en pladekontrakt og en plads på COPENHELL til sommer.   

Siden 2011 har Danmarks største metalselskab, Mighty Music, årligt afholdt den succesrige musikkonkurrence, med propfyldte shows på The Rock, Pumpehuset og Vega. D. 7 marts vender konkurrencen tilbage til Pumpehusets fede rammer hvor præmien for det vindende band er en plads på Danmarks største metalfestival COPENHELL, samt en professionel udgivelse af en EP eller et album igennem Mighty Music.

Der var i år over 50 danske metal bands, der sendte materiale til Mighty Music. CEO for Mighty Music/Target udtaler:

Det er blevet nemmere at indspille og få go’ lyd, nemmere at promovere sig med sociale medier og nemmere at gøre sin musik tilgængelig. Derfor er konkurrencen også hårdere end nogensinde før, især i metalgenren, der har hele verden som sit marked. Derfor konkurrerer de danske metal bands med ligesindede fra resten af Europa, Asien, USA eller Rusland om pladeselskaberne og spillestedernes gunst. Udvælgelsen af bands har været enorm svær i Mighty Fight Night regi i år, da danske metal bands generelt er utrolig professionelle. Men jeg føler vi har fundet de rette. Godt jeg ikke selv er ung metalmusiker i 2014”

Indtil videre skal disse tre udvalgte bands, kæmpe om æren og præmien der medfølger som vinder af Mighty Fight Night 2014:


Udover de tre udvalgte bands, har endnu tre bands muligheden for at få et wildcard, og den sidste plads til metalbraget i Pumpehuset. Her er det publikums stemmerne der afgør det sidste og fjerde band til Mighty Fight Night 2014. Alle har mulighed for at stemme på følgende bands: Sons Of Death Valley, Cold Black og Panacea. Der kan stemmes her: indtil d. 7 februar.

Mød op d. 7 marts i Pumpehuset og få selv syn for sagen, når Defecto og Heidra, begge fra København, Abscession fra Roskilde og wildcardet skal dyste om den ubetinget største præmie i dansk metal.

Headlinere er sidste års Mighty Fight Night-vindere FALL OF PANTHEON og århusianske BLOOD LABEL der markerer udgivelsen af deres debut album ”Skeletons” til Migthy Fight Night. Det vil helt eksklusivt være muligt at erhverve sig BLOOD LABEL albummet der først udkommer d. 17 marts.

Furyon enters the studio

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British rockers FURYON will return next week to Black Dog Sound Studios in Atlanta, US to record their sompohore yet-untitled studio album. Once again, the album will be engineered and produced by US producer RICK BEATO (SHINEDOWN, FOZZY) and his team.

Singer Matt Mitchell says: “We’ve worked real hard behind the scenes to make this possible. There were moments I wasn’t sure it would happen but it is, and there are some killer tunes!”

After the success of thrilling debut ‘GRAVITAS‘ that UK’s METAL HAMMER magazine promoted and covered so well, the band have a new batch of finely tuned writings. What’s to be expected is more of the same explosive guitar riffs and solos in well crafted song form. Expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to. A possibly darker album still with progressive elements and a grungy edge. The album aims to be a 10 song album with additions (acoustic tracks and videos). FURYON are extremely excited and looking forward to sharing the outcome of this venture with the World.

FURYON are: Matt Mitchell – Vocals, Chris Green – Guitars, Alex “Nickel” Bowen – Bass, Lee Farmery – Drums

FURYON recently confirmed to play Hungary’s MetalWar Festival 2014, which takes place September 5th – 7th in Budapest and Belgium’s Power, Prog & Metal Festival 2014, which takes place April 18th – 20th in Mons. Other bands confirmed include: Pain, In Extremo, Therion, Finntroll, My Dying Bride, Amorphis, Fates Warning, Masterplam, Exorcism, Fatal Smile, Pagan’s Mind to name only a few.

FURYON is a band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock. FURYON mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock-radio-friendly songs, with technically-challenging-yet-infectiously-catchy musicianship, they are dedicated to one sole purpose: making hard-hitting songs that will stand the test of time.

Raving Season posts lyric video

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The Dreaming Gothic Doom surprise of the Italian scene, RAVING SEASON, release the lyric video for the song "My Last Murderer" taken from the great "Amnio", one of the 2013 best releases in the genre via My Kingdom Music.

Check it out at:

Listen to the complete album "Amnio" and download it at:

Sergio (guitarist of the band) says: "Our aim is to carry the listener through a journey that alternates between melancholy and anger thanks to the marvellous duets of the enchanted but firm Judith’s voice and the strong and intense Federica’s growl. It's will be great for all fans of Draconian, early Anathema, My Dying Bride, Isis to listen to similar sonorities, as we have done it in the editing of the lyric video too".

Raving Season:
My Kingdom Music: *

Amon Amarth announces tour dates

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AMON AMARTH just premiered their stunning production video for the track "Father Of The Wolf"! You are now able to view this epic music video, which is more like a mini movie, at

At the moment AMON AMARTH are headlining the US in support of their newly released album "Deceiver of The Gods". Very special guest on the dates are Enslaved with additional support from Skeletonwitch. Tickets are available at

After touring Australia in March AMON AMARTH will return to European shores in April for a whole bunch of shows!

25/04/14 PL – Gdansk – B90
26/04/14 PL – Poznan – Eskulap
27/04/14 BY – Minsk – Republic
29/04/14 RO – Bucharest – Arnele Romane
30/04/14 BG – Sofia – Universiada Hall
02/05/14 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
03/05/14 SK – Kosice – Collosseum Club
04/05/14 SI – Ljubljana – Kino Siska
05/05/14 HR – Zagreb – Tvornica Kulture
07/05/14 CH – Geneve – Thonex Live
09/05/14 GR – Athens – Fuzz Club
10/05/14 GR – Thessaloniki – Principal Club Theater
Get your tickets at

AMON AMARTH have also confirmed a few European summer festivals.

31/05/14 DE – Geiselwind – Out & Loud Festival
02/08/14 DE – Wacken – Open Air
10/08/14 UK – Derbyshire – Bloodstock
16/08/14 DE – Hamburg – Elb Riot
17/08/14 DE – Herford – X-Rockfest

Deceiver of the Gods shattered the band's previous sales records around the world. The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band's last album, Surtur Rising, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making Deceiver of the Gods the band's highest charting record to date. In Germany, Deceiver of the Gods entered the Top 100 Chart at #3, the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3 and the German Media Control Weekend Trend Chart at #2. Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on Canada's Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the iTunes Top 200. In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4 and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet. Elsewhere, Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic and #51 in Hungary.

Ektomorf premiere new video clip

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Hungarian neo thrashers EKTOMORF were joined by Ill Niño’s Cristian Machado for guest vocals on their new track „Numb And Sick“. Cristian also took part in the filming of the „Numb And Sick“ video clip.

EKTOMORF’s new album “Retribution” will be released on January 31st (EU), March 4th (US).

Kissin' Dynamite announces tour plans

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Young German rockers KISSIN‘ DYNAMITE have revealed the title of their upcoming new album, which will be released this Summer: „Megalomania“.
Also the first bunch of tour dates have been announced.

Mount Salem EP re-released

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Chicago, IL based psychedelic rock/doom act MOUNT SALEM will release their out-of-print "Endless" EP on February, 28th 2014 via Metal Blade Records in Europe. This version of "Endless" will include two brand new tracks, and will be made available on vinyl! Fans can stream the third track on the record, "Lucid," as well as pre-order the album on CD, vinyl, or digitally now at

MOUNT SALEM started writing music together in the summer of 2012 and released their first EP, Endless, in the spring of 2013. The band puts a strong emphasis on tone and feeling in both their songs and live performances alike. Most of the band switched from their normal instruments and picked up new ones for this band and the result was much more natural than they had hoped for.

Taking influence from the classics like Black Sabbath and Pentagram, they play loud, heavy rock and roll using all vintage gear. Throwing their own twist of dark and mysterious doom into the music, they invite the listener to step into their sinister realm. The imagery in the lyrics will take you on a ride in which you won't know whether to be scared or grab a sword and join the battle. "Endless feels like it's trapped in the nightmarish head-space of a psychic medium on a bad trip" - Mister Growl of

MOUNT SALEM has toured the Midwest, South, and East coasts. Sharing the stage with bands such as Windhand, Weedeater, Bongripper, LO-Pan, Mothership, and Howl, MOUNT SALEM has fit on a wide variety of heavy shows and brings a live act to counter their music. "This is music that creates images, demands attention, and engages all senses." - Mister Growl of

Emily Kopplin - vocals & organ
Cody Davidson - drums
Mark Hewett - bass
Kyle Morrison - guitars

New Thor album February 1st

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Fans of Metal and Hard Rock music know well, that Thor wasn't only the legendary Nordic God Of Thunder and Marvel's super hero, but also the Canadian vocalist, performer and bodybuilder. Jon Mikl Thor - as he also appeared under this name - has an impressive discography, that includes bunch of albums (incl. the legendary "Only The Strong" LP from 1985, or his classic Rock debut "Keep The Dogs Away" from 1977), singles, and various compilations and special releases.

Now the king of Muscle Rock returns with "Thunderstryke II", which will be released on February 1st, 2014 by Rock Saviour Records (part I was released by Rock Saviour Records in 2012) - a new album that includes both new and old but unreleased re-arranged tracks from the '70s and early '80s. Songs like "Megaton Man Returns", "We Live To Rock Again", "Back For Blood" or "When The Hammer Falls" surely will be well received by all fans of the classic and unique Thor style. Rock Saviour Records recently also released limited 7" single titled "Energy" - the title track (taken from the "Thunderstryke II" album) is coupled with two non-album tracks: "Kings Of Muscle Rock" and "Storm Warning". The EP is limited to 555 copies.

Tour De Force

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Fantastic news from CRYSTAL BALL!

The guys are going to support Sweden's The Poodles on tour this March:

Tour De Force
w/ The Poodles, CRYSTAL BALL & Kirk
14.03.2014 IT Bresso - Blue Rose Saloon -
15.03.2014 IT Moncalieri (Turin) - AudioDrome Club -
16.03.2014 DE Nürnberg - Rockfabrik -
18.03.2014 DE Augsburg - Spectrum -
20.03.2014 DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik -
21.03.2014 DE Obermarchtal - Kreuz -
22.03.2014 DE Oberhausen - Helvete -
23.03.2014 DE München - Garage -

Two other confirmed CRYSTAL BALL live dates are:
01.03.2014 CH Pratteln - Z7 Konzertfabrik (Rock Power Festival) -
02.05.2014 CH Sargans - Markthalle (Rock- und Country Festival) -

CRYSTAL BALL's new album "Dawnbreaker" was released in November 2013 via Massacre Records.

CRYSTAL BALL @ Massacre Records MP3 Download Store:

Hardcore Superstar posts teaser

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Swedish Hardrock bad boys HARDCORE SUPERSTAR recently put up a first teaser for their upcoming new live video on the track ‘Last Call For Alcohol’. To give you yet another hint on what to expect from those visual live shenanigans, the band now put up the second teaser on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel, which is available to watch here:

Also check out the first teaser at this address:

The current HARDCORE SUPERSTAR record »C’mon Take On Me« was released on March 1st, 2013 via Nuclear Blast and can be ordered here:

More on »C’mon Take On Me«:
‘One More Minute’ Video:
‘Above The Law’ Video:
‘C’mon Take On Me’ Video:
‘Because Of You‘ Video:


Relapse Records signs Atriarch

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Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of Portland, OR blackened death / doom quartet Atriarch. Formed in 2009, Atriarch (Lenny Smith - Vocals, Brooks Blackhawk - Guitars, Maxamillion - Drums, Joe Wickström - Bass) have released two full lengths including Forever the End in 2011 via Seventh Rule (stream) and Ritual of Passing 2012 via Profound Lore (stream) plus a split with Alaric on 20 Buck Spin.

The band will enter the studio this June with famed producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Agalloch) to record their third full-length and Relapse debut which is sure to be their most ambitious and darkest album to date.

The group commented on the upcoming material: "We are constantly evolving as artists and we want to do something new with each release. Having said that it will always be dark and heavy and honestly reflect how we feel. Atriarch is a manifestation of our catharsis." and the signing: "It is an honor to be joining the ranks of Relapse Records. We are truly privileged to be able to stand along side so many great acts as peers."

More details on the new album will be announced shortly!

New Kirk album in March

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Swiss melodic metallers KIRK will release their sophomore studio album, “Masquerade“, procduced by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic, Eden’s Curse), on March 7 via Mausoleum Records. The cover artwork for the effort can be seen below.

Track Listing
01. Devil’s Claw
02. Supersonic Speed
03. Masquerade
04. Eternity
05. Fight Or Die Music
06. Nothing Else But Lies
07. Time
08. Tragedy
09. Face In The Crowd
10. The End Of The Universe
11. Fallen Angel

In 2010 KIRK got together again, with drummer Philipp Eichenberger from Legenda Aurea, to replace Vito Cecere. Drawing from a decade of honed skills and experience garnered as members of various internationally successful recording and touring outfits, KIRK rapidly morphed into a powerful melodic hard rocking monster. The writing came easy also, melodies flowed, riffs crunched and about a year later KIRK were ready, willing and able to enter the studio to record a brand-new album. They solicited the expert guidance of Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic, Khymera), also the producer of Angra, Eden’s Curse, Godiva, Krokus, and countless more, including KIRK‘s debut album “The Final Dance“, over a decade ago. The resulting album, entitled “Masquerade” will be released worldwide on the legendary heavy metal label Mausoleum Records.

KIRK are:
Thomi Rauch – Vocals (Decent Disaster)
Sammy Lasagni – Guitars (Godiva, Granit)
Daniel Pfister – Bass
Bruno Berger – Keyboards (In Your Face)
Philipp Eichenberger – Drums (Legenda Aurea)

KIRK to tour this March with The Poodles

14.03. Milano – Blue Rose Bresso
15.03. Torino – Audiodrome
16.03. Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
17.03. Pratteln – Z7
18.03. Augsburg – Spektrum
20.03. Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
21.03. Obermarchtal – Kreuz
22.03. Oberhausen – Helvete
23.03. München – Garage

Sonic Syndicate enters the studio

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Swedish modern metal superstars SONIC SYNDICATE have entered the studio to record their new album.

The band's fourth full-length effort is set to be released in summer 2014 via Nuclear Blast and is being recorded and produced together with renowned producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, MUSTASCH) in Bohus, Sweden.

Commented guitarist and main songwriter Robin Sjunnesson: „We’ve been writing songs for over a year now and it just feels sick to start laying these bad boys down. This album is feeling kind of dark, heavy and melodic which fits perfect with the January weather here in Scandinavia.

We have Roberto Laghi sitting here in the drivers seat. Everything just feels perfect this time around. We’ve worked with Roberto in the past and have become good friends over the years so this time around he’ll be producing the album as well as mixing which he’s done with the last two albums.

We have a few guests popping into the studio over the next two months and for those who are interested we’ll be posting updates via all our social networks starting today so join in the madness and hash tag our asses.“

SONIC SYNDICATE will also appear on chosen open air events over the summer and have announced to be touring in fall 2014 which will mark the band's first tour in over 3 years.

Finnish radio station Rock Radio recently conducted an exclusive interview with SONIC SYNDICATE's own Nathan J. Biggs to talk about the band's hiatus and the forthcoming glorious return.

Check out the 10 minute chat at:


Týr premiere new video clip

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TÝR has unveiled their latest music video, "The Lay of Our Love," from their most recent album, "Valkyrja." The song features a vocal duet with Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. So, naturally, fans will be excited to see that Kristine joins Heri Joensen and the rest of TÝR in this new video! The video was produced by Stanimir Lukic, directed by Ivan Colic, and can be seen now exclusively at HERE!

TÝR comments on "The Lay of Our Love": "We've wanted to make a CGI video for a long time, and this is our first one, so we're obviously excited for the release and reception of the video. On top of that, the presence of Liv in the video makes it even more special. All in all we're very pleased with the result."

TÝR will be joining Children of Bodom on their "Halo of Blood over North America" tour in early 2014. The tour will embark on February 14th in Quebec City and wraps up on March 28 and 29 with back-to-back shows at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Additional supporting acts are TBA with announcements coming soon. Tickets and premium packages are available now exclusively at

TÝR performed live on August 10th as part of the Faroe Island's Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvik. Over 8,000 Faroese were in attendance as the band put on a huge set featuring old favorites, as well as new tracks, including "Blood of Heroes." The event was filmed and a video for "Blood of Heroes" can be seen now at

"Valkyrja" debuted on charts worldwide upon release in September of 2013. In the US, the album reached #15 on the Billboard Heatseeker's Chart, #22 on Current Hard Music, #39 on Overall Hard Music, and #70 on the Independent albums chart! On iTunes on day of release, "Valkyrja" reached #4 on the metal chart. In Europe, the album entered at #45 on German Top 100 Album Charts, and #76 on Switzerland's charts. And in Canada, the record reached #26 on the Metal chart. On iTunes Canada, the record peaked at #2 on the metal chart, #9 on the rock chart, and #73 on the top 200 albums chart!

The concept behind "Valkyrja" involves a story based around a nameless, Viking-era warrior, who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja—the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. One can say the album is also indirectly about women and how they affect men and what men will do to impress and obtain women. Front man and founder Heri Joensen goes on to explain; "the woman that the warrior leaves may represent the earthly women. Freyja, The Lady Of The Slain, may represent the perfection of Women, and the Valkyrie is the link between the two, taking men from earthly to godly women."

Order your copy of "Valkyrja" at

TYR live:
12/04/14 RU - Moscow - Moscow Hall
13/03/14 RU - St. Petersburg - Backstage
16/04/14 RU - Omsk - Angar
17/04/14 RU - Barnaul - Che Guevara
18/04/14 RU - Novosibirsk - Rock City
20/04/14 RU - Irkutsk - Megapolis
10/05/14 DK - Copenhagen - Frigg Festival
12/06/14 DK - Copenhagen - Copenhell

17-19/07/14 FO - Sydrugota - G! Festival
16/08/14 SE - Falun - Sabaton Open Air

Satan's Host premiere new video clip

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Cult metal legends SATAN'S HOST premiere the new video for "Dichotomy." The track hails from SATAN'S HOST's newest album, Virgin Sails, released late last year by MORIBUND RECORDS to widespread international acclaim. Cited by many journalists as 2013's "Album of the Year," Virgin Sails showcases SATAN’S HOST in blazing Satanic fury, delivering a hellish opus of new standards and metal classics, taking the band and scene to new heights. With Harry "Leviathan Thisiren" Conklin surpassing all prior vocal performances, buttressed by riveting black-axe master Patrick Evil and the rock-solid rhythm backbone of drummer Anthony "Evil Hobbit" Lopez and bassist Margar, SATAN’S HOST unleash another metal classic. Witness for yourself the band's unique, eternal "Dichotomy" HERE
In other SATAN'S HOST news, drummer Anthony "Evil Hobbit" Lopez reveals the following: "We are in the process of finishing writing the follow-up to Virgin Sails and plan to release at some point this year, and we are just working on getting some live dates for later this year. We will be performing at the Doom in June fest in Las Vegas on June 6-7, and will be headlining the Up the Hammers Festival in Athens, Greece in November." More SATAN'S HOST news to be revealed imminently.

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Youtube series

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In November, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER started their own YouTube-series. The monthly episodes that will air at the beginning of the month, will present an exclusive inside look on the creation of their upcoming new double album, which is scheduled for a release on May 30, 2014 on Nuclear Blast Records.

Now part four is out in which DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER give an exclusive insight on the pre-production of their upcoming double-album.

Furthermore the band takes a look back at the 2013 festival season.

You can watch the new episode here:

Also available at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel are the previous episodes.
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

GOLEM - Eternity-The Weeping Horizons/The 2nd Moon (Re-Releases)

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GOLEM. This legendary and absolutely underrated band started back in 1989. In the 1990s they have released two of the best Death Metal albums ever, which have never been released on vinyl. Until now!

FDA Rekotz is re-releasing both "Eternity - The Weeping Horizons" (1996) and "The 2nd Moon" (1998).

Both albums were remastered by Andreas Hilbert (head of the band) and to top it of Mark Cooper has created new killer artwork. GOLEM are influenced by bands like CARCASS, DEATH or MORBID ANGEL and are surely on the same musical level. They never got the luck to be pushed by one of the big record labels at the time (early/mid 90s). They are still more or less active and the time has come to rise above and beyond, to show their great compositions to a wider audience.

Now it's time to re-release both hard to find albums for the first time ever on vinyl (2LP), as well as Double CD and for Download!

The vinyl will be limited to 100 transparent green and 400 rotten black copies, printed lyrics, old pictures and more than 80 minutes pure fucking Death Metal at it's best.
Double-CD, Double-LP and Download will be unleashed from the grave on April 4th, 2014!
The pre-sale starts on February 5th at the FDA Rekotz online Deathstore:

Additional info about "Eternity-The Weeping Horizons":
Recorded and mixed between August 27th and September 4th 1995
at Unisound Studio, Örebro.
Produced by Golem
Engineered by Dan Swanö
Remastered by Andreas Hilbert 2013
Andreas Hilbert - guitars and vocals
Rico Spiller – bass
Michael Marschalk - drums
Track listing:
1. Throne of Confinements
2. Mental Force
3. In my favourite Darkness
4. Dedication
5. Emotionally astray
6. Incarnated Beast
7. Message from the Past
8. The Fall
9. Reflections of Eternity
Additional info about "The 2nd Moon":
Recorded at Blue Art Studio, May 1998
Mixed at Sound Forge Studio, August 1998
Produced by Golem
Engineered by Andreas Hilbert
Mastered at Power Play Mastering by Ebehard Köhler
Remastered by Andreas Hilbert 2013
Andreas Hilbert - lead guitar and vocals
Carsten Mai - lead guitar
Rainer Humeniuk - bass
Michael Marschalk - drums
Track listing:
01. The Wanderers
02. Departure
03. The Shortening of the Way
04. Heretics
05. Old Father Eternity
06. God Emperor
07. Honoured and hated
08. Renewal
09. The 2nd Moon

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Red Dragon Cartel posts EPK

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Sound Of Contact adds live keyboard player

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Sound Of Contact are delighted to announce that Bill Jenkins will join Simon Collins, Matt Dorsey, Randy McStine and Ronen Gordon for their forthcoming Moody Blues Cruise / Cruise To The Edge and RoSFest appearances this Spring.

The renowned keyboard player is a member of the band Enchant, performing on their 2003 'Tug of War' and 2004's 'Live at Last' albums, both released by Inside Out. Bill also recently appeared on the 2013 Thought Chamber debut entitled 'Psykerion' and stepped in to perform with Spocks Beard at their shows in San Diego and Los Angeles last August.

"We are thrilled to have Bill with us for our up-coming live dates" Simon Collins was quoted as saying, adding "He came very highly recommended to Sound Of Contact and his talent was obvious to all when we first ran through the material." "The band is sounding fantastic in rehearsals and we are all excited to be out performing live for our fans once again in the coming months."

Bill Jenkins added "I'm very excited for this opportunity to play these upcoming shows with Sound of Contact - a great group of guys and awesome music!"

You can catch Sound Of Contact performing live April 2nd - 7th on the Moody Blues Cruise, April 7th - 12th on Cruise To The Edge and May 3rd at RoSFest.

The band recently premiered the video for new single ‘Pale Blue Dot’ on, but now it is available to view in all its glory here:

Sound of Contact online:

Kari Rueslåtten releasing solo album

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Kari Rueslåtten, founding member of the progressive doom metal band The 3rd and the Mortal, has announced a March 7, 2014 release date for Time to Tell, her fifth solo album, and first in eight years, via Despotz Records. Time to Tell can be pre-ordered now online at:

"The composing has been done by me sitting at the piano singing," commented Rueslåtten. "No drum-beats or co-composers this time! I wanted to go back to the core of songwriting. If the verse and chorus works just accompanied by the piano - it will work with other arrangements in studio too.

"What really triggered me to start making music again were all the kind messages I got from fans around the world asking me when new music would surface. I am most humble and grateful to find that there are people out there who have followed my music since my early beginning, back in The 3rd and the Mortal-days, and through all my solo albums."

Time to Tell was recorded and produced at Øra Studio in Trondheim, Norway with Norwegian Grammy Award-winning producer Jostein Ansnes. The 11-track, all-acoustic album features guest musicians Jostein Ansnes (guitars), Rune Arnesen (drums), Trygve Brøske (piano and pump organ) and Eirik Øien (upright ba:ss).

To whet the appetite of fans around the globe, Rueslåtten launched a music video for the album's first single "Why so Lonely" on YouTube at: "Why so Lonely" originally appeared on the 1994 The 3rd and the Mortal album Tears Laid in Earth, and has been rearranged by Rueslåtten with the help of Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) on piano and keys, Jostein Ansnes on guitar and Rune Arnesen on drums.

"I decided to look back in time and make a cover version of one of my favorite songs from the early years with The 3rd and the Mortal," added Rueslåtten. "In a way, it can be seen as a tribute to those who have showed interest in my music through so many years."

album cover

01. Time to tell
02. Hide underneath bridges
03. Hold on
04. Paint the rainbow grey
05. Rainy days ahead
06. Why so lonely
07. Shoreline
08. Waltz across the sky
09. Wintersong
10. Stay right here
11. Only you know

Rueslåtten's natural talent, combined with classical training and roots in the Norwegian folk music tradition, has resulted in a voice that is difficult to describe. Her music has been compared with artists like Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Bjørk, maybe not necessarily because the music sounds very similar, but because of each artists' distinctive vocal delivery.

Stay tuned to and for more information on Kari Rueslåtten.

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