Friday, January 30, 2015

Blackwelder releasing debut album

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International power prog metal band BLACKWELDER have announced “Survival Of The Fittest” as the title of their upcoming debut album, due to be released on April 24, 2015 via German label GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music.

Hailing from the four corners of the world, BLACKWELDER is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. 

Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR, ex-GAMMA RAY) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (SEVEN SERAPHIM). Bjorn Englen (DIO DISCIPLES, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Aquiles Priester (PRIMAL FEAR, ex-ANGRA) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.

The pre-mix of the song 'The Night Of New Moon' can be streamed here:

The new album was mixed by Matt Smith (THEOCRACY), mastered by Anfinn Skulevold (ABHOTH, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD) and Artwork by Mario Bouffier (IGGY POP, SACRED REICH).

Ralf Scheepers – Vocals (PRIMAL FEAR, ex-GAMMA RAY)
Andrew Szucs – Guitars (SEVEN SERAPHIM)
Aquiles Priester – Drums (PRIMAL FEAR, ex-ANGRA)

BLACKWELDER is a winning formula of raw musical virtuosity that holds the listener’s ears right from the start. This act is surely not one to be missed and cannot be denied.

Eden's Curse releasing live album

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After nine years of EDEN’S CURSE band history the multinational hard rock/melodic metal band now presents their first ever Live album.

Initially formed as a studio project, EDEN’S CURSE has blossomed into a fully fledged first class live act with high ambitions. A UK tour with Stratovarius was the catalyst, while dates with Dream Theater gave them a taste of the big time. However the past two years has seen EDEN’S CURSE truly making their mark on the live scene from appearing at several festivals and even taking the brave steps of going out on their own seven date UK headlining tour.

With four fantastic and widely celebrated studio albums already under their belts, the thought of releasing a Live album was never far from the mind, but the main source of inspiration came from their ardent fan base. The culmination was no more evident than after the last night of the ‘Symphony Of Sin UK Tour’’ in London. They band came off stage on such a high and the feedback and comments coupled with fan pressure to re-record the older material with Nikola singing made them certain that the time was right!

Acclaimed UK journalist and Classic Rock Magazine scribe Dave Ling remarked "... When everything clicked into gear, the full force of the magnificence of Eden’s Curse became evident. Serbian front man Nikola Mijic has a warm, rich voice that complements the material". He went onto add "... a regal encore of ‘Judgement Day’, ‘Evil & Divine’ and ‘Angels & Demons’ set the seal on a truly excellent performance".

So planning began for the recording of the first ever EDEN’S CURSE Live album and anyone who knows the band will be aware of their high standards that they set for everything that they do - ‘Live With The Curse’ is no exception! 

Recording took place on November 28th 2014 at an EDEN’S CURSE headlining show at The Classic Grand in Glasgow. Fans from all over Europe, and as far away as Japan, traveled to Scotland to witness and be part of this truly special event. What more does a Live Album need than a enthusiastic crowd, a great club and a highly motivated band?

The setlist of course contains fan favorites and classics from all four EDEN’S CURSE albums: ‘Eden’s Curse’ (2007), ‘The Second Coming’ (2008), ‘Trinity’ (2011) and 2013’s ‘Symphony Of Sin’.

Mix and Mastering of the Live recordings were handled by the band’s long-time engineer Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69 / Unisonic), who managed to capture the concert’s energy and vibe perfectly. The cover artwork was once again created by artist Thomas Ewerhard (Edguy / Avantasia), who has also worked with EDEN’S CURSE since the times of their 2007 debut album.

‘Live With The Curse’, packed with 100 minutes on 2 CDs, will be released on March 13th (April 14th in the US). Right in time for the next EDEN’S CURSE concerts with Freedom Call in Germany and The Netherlands. Check for further info.


CD One:
01. Symphony Of Sin
02. Break The Silence
03. Masquerade Ball
04. Black Widow
05. Trinity
06. Fly Away
07. Just Like Judas
08. Fallen From Grace
09. Jerusalem Sleeps
10. Guitar Solo
11. Time To Breathe

CD Two:
01. Rock Bottom
02. Devil In Disguise
03. Wings To Fly
04. No Holy Man
05. Unbreakable
06. Judgement Day
07. Band Introductions
08. Evil & Divine
09. Angels & Demons

New Magic Kingdom album in March

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Belgian guitarist Dushan Petrossi is not only the driving force behind AFM Records-signed IRON MASK; he is also the mastermind of power symphonic speed metal band MAGIC KINGDOM. Actually it was MAGIC KINGDOM who first received international success, in Europe, Asia and South America alike. Even though the band only looks back on three album releases (with the fourth, ‘Savage Requiem’ to arrive on March 20th in the EU / April 14th in the US), these albums - especially the latter ones ‘Metallic Tragedy’ and “Symphony Of War’ established them as one of the most successful bands of their genre.

And while Petrossi’s band IRON MASK, which came to blossom in recent years, follows a more hard rock-oriented style to combine with some neo-classical elements, MAGIC KINGDOM is more heavy and fast-paced, but not a single bit less enchanting and catchy.

‘Savage Requiem’ again delivers 100% what fans expect from MAGIC KINGDOM. Petrossi’s splendid guitar work shines throughout the whole record and new vocalist Christian Palin’s (ex-Adagio) performance is passionate and powerful. "I love Christian’s style of singing”, Petrossi says. “He always gives 100% and doesn’t hold back. I feel that the new songs needed someone like Christian to come alive. We are very glad that he is a part of Magic Kingdom now”.

“I’m sure that we can release new MAGIC KINGDOM albums more regularly from now on”, Petrossi speaks out in the run-up to ‘Savage Requiem’. “I’m very proud of what we created and I wish that our fans will have an equal kind of joy when they listen to the album”.

'Savage Requiem' tracklisting:
01. In Umbra Mea
02. Guardian Angels
03. Rivals Forever
04. Full Moon Sacrifice
05. Ship Of Ghosts
06. Savage Requiem
07. Four Demon Kings Of Shadowlands
08. With Fire And Sword
09. Dragon Princess
10. Battlefield Magic

Bonus track:
Dragon Princess (acoustic)

Unleashed finish recordings

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Legendary Swedish Viking Death Metal outfit UNLEASHED have just finished the recording of the follow up to their critically acclaimed »Odalheim« album.

The title of the album is still a secret but be prepared for another classic record!

The forthcoming release was recorded by producer and guitar player Fredrik Folkare in his own Chrome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

Frontman Johnny Hedlund states:
“Warriors!!! Unleashed are now done mastering and we now have the finished recording in our hands. Fredrik has once again done a tremendous job

in the studio and I would say this is our best produced album to date. We are very much looking forward to the release date and to play some of the songs live.”

With their blend of melody and brutality, UNLEASHED are credited as the founders of the Viking Death Metal movement from their inception back in 1989.

Twenty six years later and their riffs are still pure shrapnel and their choruses just as epic - melting uncompromising brutality with anthemic odes to Odin.

UNLEASHED’s latest record »Odalheim« was released in April 2012 via Nuclear Blast and can be ordered here:

Check out the latest lyric videos:
“Rise Of The Maya Warriors”

The new album will be released in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Melechesh posts lyric video

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Pioneers of Sumerian thrashing black metal, MELECHESH, have released the official lyric video for the song 'Lost Tribes' feat. Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, KILLER BE KILLED) - surf to:

The song comes off the band's upcoming album, »Enki«.

Recently the band released the first album trailer for »Enki«. Check it out here:

The follow-up to 2010's masterpiece »The Epigenesis« marks the band's sixth full-length album and will feature iconic guests Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED), Sakis Tolis (ROTTING CHRIST) and Rob Caggiano (VOLBEAT, ex-ANTHRAX).

Commented singer, songwriter and mainman Ashmedi: "I am flattered and honored to have esteemed guests appear on this multifaceted album. »Enki« solicited different approaches and new experiences. Max is a lion - I love his voice and the tribal and historic parallels of our lives are uncanny, he did an amazing job on 'Lost Tribes'. Sakis is an old friend and we toured together in the past. His voice added another dimension of mysticism on our 'Enki - Divine Nature Awoken'. Rob and I always wanted to collaborate and he is an agile and excellent guitar player so the lead he did on 'The Palm, the Eye and Lapis Lazuli' was perfect , it rocks and serves the track well. They all did an outstanding job and went above and beyond to make it happen despite their busy schedules. MELECHESH is more than a band - it is a society!"

Added Caggiano: "I've been a fan of MELECHESH for a while now and it was an honour for me to play a solo on their new album!! These guys sound like nothing else out there!"

Extreme metal connaisseur Max Cavalera explains: "I was very honored that MELECHESH asked me to sing on their new album! I'm a big fan and I think »The Epigenesis« is on of the greatest extreme metal records ever done! I love the fact that they come from a different part of the world like me. So our worlds finally collide! Long live MELECHESH!"

Tells ROTTING CHRIST mainman Sakis Tolis: "When I was told that our brother band MELECHESH would record their upcoming album in my hometown, I immediately picked up the phone and called Ashmedi to participate somehow. Ashmedi responded positively so I was ready to raise some serious hell... It is very interesting since we are sharing the same Mediteranean mentality as individuals. I believe this new album is one of the most unique and atmospheric metal albums I have heared the last years. Ashmedi took me to their majestic oriental path and showed me the way to tne new Babylon. I am definitely proud working with the Kings of Fire and I really recommend to check the new MELECHESH album - it is really good!"

The album was recorded in Greece by Giorgos Bokos (ROTTING CHRIST) while Jonas Kjellgren (IMMORTAL, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, OVERKILL, HYPOCRISY) took care of the mix and mastering in his renowned Black Lounge Studios in Sweden. Drums were recorded at Devasoundz Studio with Fotis Benardo (ex-SEPTICFLESH, ex-NIGHTRAGE)

The release of »Enki« is scheduled for February 27 (EU), March 2 (UK) and March 10 (US).

Korpiklaani re-signs with Nuclear Blast

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Finnish Folk-Metal-superstars KORPIKLAANI are pleased to announce that they have inked a new deal with Nuclear Blast for the release of their upcoming new album entitled »Noita«, which is set for a release in May 2015.

»Noita«, has been recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu handling production, recording and mixing again. It will also be the first album to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula, who has been playing a very active role in the folk arrangements along with Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari.

Commented bassplayer Jarkko Aaltonen: ““Noita” in the traditional Finnish meaning is different than what people associate it with nowadays. “Noita” is a person with wider knowledge and understanding of the nature and who also was believed to possess paranormal or unnatural abilities. These people were often also referred to as “Tietäjä”, that exactly means someone with wider knowledge and understanding of pretty much everything. Native American medicine man is pretty much the same thing or actually all the different types of Shamans of the primitive peoples are the same thing. “Noita” is someone that you turn to when you need help of some kind. Finnish “Noita” had the ability to heal, just like their North American counterparts. They were very respected members of the society. Only later Christianity changed the word to mean something negative since those people were considered rivals by the church. Even in Finland this turned into a Witchhunt (=noitavaino) every now and then. Anyway, most people using Google Translate or similar will find the word “Witch” and will probably get a bit wrong idea of the meaning, since most will probably connect it with the black sabbaths, devil marks and such, when a way more correct translation would probably be medicine man or Shaman.”

»Notia« will also be the first KORPIKLAANI-album featuring new accordionist Sami Pertulla, he comments: “Previously the KORPIKLAANI albums were played with a piano-accordion and now I play with a traditional button-accordion which was more widely used in Finland anyways. In the arrangements you can hear more tonal harmonies and folky accompaniments combined to the power-chords than before. It actually boosts up the uplifting feel of our music.”

Violinist Toumas Rounakari also comments: “This album has more violin solos than ever before. Violin is more in the role of a lead-guitar now just as Jonne had originally intended it to be.”
And vocalist Jonne Järvelä concludes: “We have finally managed to create the balance between folk and metal in the way I’ve always dreamt it to be. Thanks to Sami’s arrangements and Tuomas’s crazy shredding of the violin.”

In March, KORPIKLAANI will be headlining the Paganfest Extended Shows and will additionally play a run of European festival later this year.

Don’t miss the chance to see KORPIKLAANI live at the following dates:
20.03. DE Leipzig - Hellraiser
21.03. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
22.03. NL Tilburg - 013
27.03. D München - Backstage
28.03. AT Wien - Arena
29.03. D Berlin - Postbahnhof
03.04. RU St. Petersburg - Zal Ozhidaniya
04.04. RU Moscow - Volta
24.04. D Dettelbach - Franconia Festival
19.06. FIN Nummijärvi - Nummirock Festival
20.06. BE Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
15.07. HU Pécs - Rockmaraton Festival
16.07. D Balingen - Bang Your Head Festival
09.08. UK Derbyshire - Bloodstock Festival
28.08. D Crispendorf - Wolfszeit Festival
01.-3.10. NOR Trondheim - Trondheim Metalfest

KORPIKLAANI’s latest record »Manala« was released August 3rd, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. You can purchase your copy at the following destination:


Nightwish posts new trailer

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Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH recently revealed the title of their upcoming new studio album called »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«. The record will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US).

Today NIGHTWISH release the tenth album trailer. In this episode the band shares their memories on the recordings of »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«. Check it out here:

Commented NIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: “The writing process was extremely smooth and relatively easy. I had more fun than ever during the recordings. The Röskö summer camp was a lot of fun. The days were filled with friendship, hope and music. Obviously the sad thing was that Jukka had to step aside – but everything else has been really good.”

Added bassist Marco Hietala: “The songs did grow during the process. We started out with Tuomas’ computer demos and my own demos. We put them together – and started building the songs around those basic blocks. They really grew in depth and character along the way.”

Check out all published “making of album 2015” trailers:
Trailer #1 - The Cabin:
Trailer #2 - By The Lake:
Trailer #3 - Inside His Head:
Trailer #4 - Summer Camp:
Trailer #5 - More Campers:
Trailer #6 - New Hometown:
Trailer #7 - Almost There:
Trailer #8 - London:
Trailer #9 – Mixing and Mastering

Maiden UniteD announces new album

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MAIDEN UNITED, the acoustic IRON MAIDEN tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, HEADSPACE) and Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION), has revealed the track listing for the upcoming album, "Remembrance".

“Remembrance” will be released on May 22nd on CD, red 12” vinyl and as digital download.

Track listing:
01. Strange World
02. Charlotte The Harlot
03. Killers
04. Remember Tomorrow
05. Burning Ambition (ft. Bob Verschoyle) 

06. Futureal (ft. Blaze Bayley) 
07. Aces High 
08. Prowler (ft. Paul Di’Anno) 
09. Still Life '15

Contributing musicians:
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) - Vocals Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) - Guitar Joey Bruers (Up The Irons) - Bass Stef Broks (Textures) - Drums Huub van Loon (Dearworld, Barry Hay) - Piano Thijs Schrijnemakers (Orgel Vreten) – Hammond

Perttu Kivilaakso (Apocalyptica) – Cello on Still Life Mike Coolen (Within Temptation) – Drums on Prowler Marco Kuypers (Cloudmachine) – Piano on Prowler Bob Verschoyle (Gypsy’s Kiss) – Vocals on Burning Ambition Paul Di’Anno – Vocals on Prowler Blaze Bayley – Vocals on Futureal

Strange World will be released as a 2-track single on CD and iTunes on January 30th

Single track listing:
1 Strange World (album version)
2 The Evil That Men Do (alternate version featuring Wudstik on vocals)

Strange World can be streamed in the YouTube video here:
MAIDEN UNITED is an IRON MAIDEN tribute project which performs classic MAIDEN songs in new acoustic arrangements. “Remembrance” is the third full-length album released by this project. MAIDEN UNITED's debut album, "Mind The Acoustic Pieces" (2010), was an acoustic re-imagining of the entire classic IRON MAIDEN album "Piece Of Mind" with new arrangements.
The second album “Across The Seventh Sea” (2012) contained tracks from different MAIDEN albums.

The album can be pre-ordered at

Soilwork posts Blu-Ray/DVD trailer

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Swedish visionary metallers SOILWORK have released a first video trailer for their highly anticipated first ever live DVD/BluRay, »Live In The Heart Of Helsinki«.

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»Live In The Heart Of Helsinki« is set to be released on March 13, 2015.

It was recorded during the band's special Helsinki show on March 21, 2014 at Circus Club in the Finnish capital and will feature guest appearances by Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP) and Nathan J. Biggs (SONIC SYNDICATE).

Commented frontman Björn "Speed" Strid: "There could've not been a better time than now, with 10 albums out and a very varied back catalogue to choose from. Our line up now is 50 % original members and 50 % fresh blood, which makes it all more interesting. Especially since the newest members have brought so much to our sound and have continued to inspire us to write new and exciting music and also brought a new found energy on stage. Now is definitely the time to see us. Trust me."

The DVD was produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen who also worked on the most recent NIGHTWISH DVD »Showtime, Storytime«.

»Live In The Heart Of Helsinki« will be available as DVD/2CD and BluRay/2CD and will contain the following tracks:

01. This Momentary Bliss
02. Like The Average Stalker
03. Overload
04. Weapon Of Vanity
05. Spectrum Of Eternity
06. Follow The Hollow
07. Parasite Blues
08. Distortion Sleep
09. Bastard Chain
10. Let This River Flow feat. Floor Jansen
11. Long Live The Misanthrope
12. Tongue
CD 2
13. Nerve
14. The Chainheart Machine
15. The Living Infinite I
16. Rise Above The Sentiment
17. Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter
18. Rejection Role
19. Black Star Deceiver feat. Nathan J. Biggs
20. As The Sleeper Awakes
21. Sadistic Lullabye
22. As We Speak
23. Stabbing The Drama

DVD/BluRay Bonus Material:
- Documentaries:
01. Spectrum Of Eternity: A Brief History Of Soilwork
02. Behind The Scenes Of The Living Infinite
- Drumcam Videos:
01. Long Live The Misanthrope
02. Rise Above The Sentiment
03. Spectrum Of Eternity
04. Tongue

New Blind Guardian album out now!

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Today is the day – metal fans can finally get their long expected copy of the new BLIND GUARDIAN album »Beyond The Red Mirror«, which was also praised by medias all over the world.

“This album is a true testament and celebration of Blind Guardian’s sound over their 30 year career and a masterpiece for their fans, and fans of the Symphonic Power Metal genre”, stated METAL TEMPLE Magazine.

ROCK HARD France wrote: "Blind Guardian's new album is a very well-crafted follow-up to "At The Edge Of Time". The music is even darker, more complex and more intense than before! A very ambitious and interesting record."
Their German ROCK HARD fellows added: “Another extremely unique, versatile and musically sophisticated monument“, while METAL HAMMER Germany called it “the maybe best album the band has ever created”.

Order the album at the following link:

Or digital:

Enjoy a brand-new album trailer, with Hansi Kürsch and André Olbrich guiding you through the whole album:

BLIND GUARDIAN will also do a run of release parties and signing sessions at several locations in Germany. The release parties give the fans a chance to listen to »Beyond The Red Mirror« in its entirety on the release day and win some merchandise.

For those who want to meet & greet the band in person, there will be three dates to check: Vocalist Hansi Kürsch. Guitarist Marcus Siepen and Drummer Frederik Ehmke will be around for the signing session at the Saturn store in Düsseldorf.

In Cologne there will be Hansi Kürsch and Marcus Siepen. In Hamburg it will be the complete band.

Saturn Düsseldorf – January 30 at 18 CET
Address: Königsallee 56, 40212 Düsseldorf

Saturn Köln Hansaring – February 03 at 18 CET
Address: Maybachstraße 115, 50670 Köln

Saturn Hamburg – February 04 at 18 CET
Address: Mönckebergstraße 1, 20095 Hamburg

Join the release parties:
30.01. – ROCK CAFÉ, St. Pauli
30.01. – ROCKFABRIK, Ludwigsburg
31.01. – ROCKFABRIK, Nürnberg
31.01. – HELVETE, Oberhausen
31.01. – CLUB BIERGARTEN, Dieburg
07.02. – ROCKPALAST, Bochum

Nordvis welcomes Forndom

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It is with great pleasure and inspiration that we present the collaboration between Nordvis and multi-artist L. Swärd of FORNDOM; a cooperation that extends into future horizons, and will offer two future creations as well as a re-release of the EP “Flykt”.

As both parties delve into the realm of musical tones with an affinity towards nature and Nordic folklore, it stands clear that this will be an interesting journey; an adventure that reflects a deep fascination with that which lurks beyond the borders of society.

FORNDOM, inspired by Scandinavian folklore, mythology and nature, presents us with music at its most enchanting; where the ritualistic goes hand-in-hand with the otherwordly. A reflection from ancient days, when people lived in harmony with nature; all rendered in a wonderful aural. If one were to draw a parallel to similar artists, Wardruna and early Arcana spring to mind.


Armored Saint announces European dates

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ARMORED SAINT have announced a whole bunch of European live dates, some festivals, other club shows with Queensryche and Death Angel among others.

Joey Vera can't wait to get back here: "We are super excited to be playing these upcoming shows in Europe. We always enjoy performing at these world class festivals and this time we also get to join our friends Queensryche for a few support dates. We've been working hard on this new record and are very anxious to play a few of these new songs for you live. See you in summer 2015!"

19/06/15 FR - Clisson - Hellfest
30/07/15 DE - Wacken - Wacken Open Air
03/08/15 NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg w/Queensryche
04/08/15 NL - Eindhoven - Effenaar w/Queensryche
06/08/15 UK - London - Electric Ballroom w/Queensryche+Death Angel
07/08/15 UK - Catton Hall - Bloodstock Festival
08-09/08/15 BE - Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival

More confirmations to follow soon!

ARMORED SAINT are right now busy recording their new studio album. The yet untitled album will be released at one point in 2015.

John Bush: Vocals
Joey Vera: Bass
Jeff Duncan: Guitar
Phil Sandoval: Guitar
Gonzo Sandoval: Drums

Wovenwar premiere new video clip

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WOVENWAR are extremely excited to partner with Loudwire to exclusively debut their amazing, new music video for the track "Death to Rights". The clip was directed by Josh Klein and Nick Hipa. Check it out now directly at HERE.

Phil Sgrosso (guitars) states: "Here is our new music video for our song, 'Death To Rights'. The clip is mainly performance based and incorporates manipulated imagery relating to our album art. We are stoked to share it with you all. See you soon."

If you haven't had a chance to check out the stunning debut offering from WOVENWAR, you are truly missing out on one of the most impactful metal albums in years. The band kicked off 2015 on a massive North American tour alongside Periphery and Nothing More to nothing but rave reviews.

WOVENWAR continues their North American touring onslaught alongside In Flames and All That Remains on the "Charming America" tour, which kicks off on Feb 20th.

Please visit for all additional information and live dates.

WOVENWAR's self-titled debut was released in August of 2014 and landed at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. On iTunes, the album peaked at #2 on the rock charts, and #1 on the metal charts during its week of release. In Germany the album landed on position 41 in the official Media Control Charts.

Revolver Magazine heralded the album as "more multifaceted than anything by As I Lay Dying," and Decibel Magazine added that "WOVENWAR sounds confident, vital, and even liberated on this splendid debut."

Blues Pills announces tour dates

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Multinational blues rock superstars BLUES PILLS' upcoming special and very limited live album, entitled »Blues Pills Live« is now available for pre-ordering. Surft to:

»Blues Pills Live« will be available in various vinyl colors (black, blue, yellow, splatter) as well as on CD in a lavish upright digibook. No digital version will be made available. The release will be strictly limited and won't be reprinted once it is sold out.

The album was recorded during the band's headlining show at last year's Freak Valley Festival which marked a special event for the group. With releasing »BLUES PILLS Live«, the says thank you to the person and festival that paved the way for what is today known as the hottest band in classic/blues rock - BLUES PILLS.

"To the lovely freaks, Freak Valley creators, our dear friend Jens Heide.

For us this moment and this day was really special.

It felt like all the puzzle pieces came together up until one moment, this experience at Freak Valley festival. This was our first ever apperience at Freak Valley and our first ever headline show on an outdoor festival. We've known about Jens and his freaks for a long time. He gave the name to our band and been supporting us since day one, before our demos where public or even recorded, before when there was only a young and naive dream of playing for any crowds or getting record deals, before we even played a single show - before devil man even was written and before the band was fully formed, before when it was just the beginning of an idea. This show is a magical moment for us - this is where the circle connects with its other half. This record will only be released on vinyl and cd - the cover is made by our favorite artist Marijke Koger-Dunhamn. Recorded LIVE at one of Europes coolest and loveable festivals of our time - FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL . Thank you freaks, Freak Valley pioneers and Jens for this experience and for your support. We won't forget, ever.


»BLUES PILLS Live« will be released March 20, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

In other news, BLUES PILLS have been confirmed to headline Freak Valley Festival once again this coming June.

'No Hope Left For Me' video:
'Jupiter' lyric video:
Official 'High Class Woman' music video:
Self-produced 'Gypsy' video:
Acoustic street performance of 'No Hope Left For Me':

07.02. S Goteborg - Sticky Fingers
08.02. S Söndermalm - Kägelbanan
12.02. S Norrkoping - Where’s The Music
06.03. S Malmö - Babel
07.03. S Örebro - Ritz
20.03. DE Erfurt - Stadtgarten
21.03. DE Berlin - Astra
22.03. DE Dresden - Tante Ju
23.03. DE München - Backstage
25.03. CH Geneve - Usine
26.03. DE Lindau - Club Vaudeville
27.03. DE Cologne - Kantine
28.03. DE Olsberg - Konzerthalle
30.03. DE Saarbrücken - Garage
31.03. DE Karlsruhe - Substage
01.04. DE Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
03.04. NL Schijndel - Paaspop
04.04. DE Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
05.04. CH Zürich - Komplex
22.04. UK London - Islington Academy
23.04. UK Cardiff - The Globe
24.04. UK Manchester - Club Academy
25.04. UK Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
27.04. UK Belfast - Limelight 2
28.04. UK Glasgow - Cathouse
29.04. UK Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
30.04. UK Bristol - Bierkeller
04.06. D Netphen-Deuz - Freak Valley Festival
05.06. D Nürnberg - Rock im Park
06.06. D Geiselwind - Out And Loud Festival
07.06. D Mendig - Rock am Ring
12.06. AT Nickelsdorf - Nova Rock
19.06. BE Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
09.07. D Ballenstedt - Rock Harz Festival
10.07. CZ Vizovice - Masters Of Rock
06.08. ESP Vilenna - Leyandas Del Rock

Aura premiere new video clip

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A new videoclip for Behind My Eyes has been published on Spider Rock official YouTube channel. The song is taken from Aura's last studio album, Noise, that will be released worldwide by Spider Rock Promotion starting on Feb 6, 2015 on digital platforms.

This is the videoclip link:

Let's also say that Giuseppe Bruno and Giovanni Trotta will be attending to Italian TV 105TV in a program called “Ritratto indiscreto” on Feb 4, 2015 at 14:30 CET, and fans will be able to watch it at or

Last but not least, Aura's official website is finally online and renewed with official merchandise:!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Relapse Records signs Lycus

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Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Oakland, CA funeral death/doom quartet LYCUS. Originally formed in 2008, the group released their debut demo in 2011 which was later reissued by The Flenser the following year. 2013 saw the group release their critically acclaimed debut full-length, entitled Tempest, on 20 Buck Spin Records (Listen here). The band will now enter Atomic Garden Studios in Palo Alto, CA this April to record their sophomore full-length and Relapse debut.

The group commented on the signing and their upcoming plans:
"We are extremely excited to announce that our second full-length LP will be released on Relapse Records later this year. These guys have shown us interest since our Demo surfaced, and finally, three years later we have the chance to work together. We will be entering the studio in April with hopes to release the album by this coming fall. The new material is darker, stranger, and bleaker than Tempest, and the artwork will feature another masterful painting courtesy of Italian madman, Paolo Girardi. Lycus has been confirmed for California Deathfest 2015 along with a summer tour, which will be announced shortly."

Stay tuned for more news and info on LYCUS.

Lycus is:
Trevor Deschryver - Drums/Vocals
Jackson Heath - Guitar/Vocals
Bret Tardiff - Bass
Dylan Burton - Guitar

About Lycus:
Lycus is a doom metal band originally formed in the fall of 2008 near Sacramento, CA. The next year saw very few live performances, the self-release of a two song demo, and a multitude of line-up changes. They disbanded in late 2009 after encountering difficulty maintaining a solid line-up. After relocating to the San Francisco bay area, the founding members resurrected the band along with a new bassist and guitarist to record and release Demo MMXI in May 2011. This demo was released through Graceless Recordings on a limited run of 200 cassettes. In January 2012, the demo was remastered and released on vinyl through Flenser Records. Lycus entered Earhammer Studios in November 2012 to record their full length debut, Tempest which was released July 19th 2013 on 20 Buck Spin.

Chimonas Tour 2015

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Songs as black as the night, texts from bitter cold reality, steely guitars, sublime fanfare and whipping drum grooves, which maltreat as metal anvil-blows the Skull: NACHBLUT celebrates its Dark Metal with full force and perfect production.

After the successful album release of Chimonas (2014, Napalm Records) the German Quintet will hit the road for an extensive headlining tour through Germany! Find all upcoming tour dates below!

Chimonas Tour 2015:
presented by: EMP, Orkus Magazin, Extra Tours & Napalm Records
30.04.15 - Logo, Hamburg
01.05.15 - K17, Berlin
02.05.15 - Hellraiser, Leipzig
07.05.15 - Matrix, Bochum
08.05.15 - Checkpoint, Alfeld
09.05.15 - KUZ, Osterholz
14.05.15 - Rockfabrik, Nürnberg
15.05.15 - Backstage, München
16.05.15 - Central, Stuttgart
21.05.15 - Nachtleben, Frankfurt
22.05.15 - Kubana, Siegburg
23.05.15 - Club Schulz, Ottweiler

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Evil Invaders touring with Majesty

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The Belgian Heavy Speed Thrash Band EVIL INVADERS prefer it fast, loud & rude, especially when it comes to their new record Pulses Of Pleasure! This exceptional debut album will entice fans of both the Speed and Thrash Metal Genres and is ready to set for release on March 2nd in the UK & March 10th US/CAN (Napalm Records).

On top of it, wait until you seen these guys live on tour! Here are all upcoming EVIL INVADERS European tour dates together with MAJESTY:
20.03.15 DE - Siegen / Vortex
21.03.15 DE - Aalen / Rock it
22.03.15 IT - Brescia / Circolo Cologny
23.03.15 SI - Ljubliana / Gala Hala
24.03.15 AT - Wien / Aera
25.03.15 CH - Pratteln / Mini Z7
26.03.15 DE - Nürnberg / Rockfabrik
27.03.15 DE - Berlin / K17
28.03.15 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
29.03.15 DE - Köln / MTC
30.03.15 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
31.03.15 DE - Weinheim / Cafe Zentral
01.04.15 UK - London / Underworld
02.04.15 NL - Denn Haag / Paard
03.04.15 DE - Bremen / Tivoli
04.04.15 DE - Essen / Turock
05.04.15 BE - Vosselaar /Biebob

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Hate posts lyric video

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Poland’s death/ black metallers HATE are known for their highly dramatic soundscapes, which see menacing blastbeats melt into pure elegance! Their upcoming album Crusade:Zero definitely proves what they are made of!

Check out their brand new lyric video for the track "Leviathan“ and get ready for the album release on February 2nd in the UK & February 10th US/CAN on Napalm Records!

/w Vader
13.03.15 NL - Rotterdam / Baroeg
14.03.15 NL - Sneek / Bolwerk
15.03.15 NL - Eindhoven / Dynamo
16.03.15 FR - Lille / Aeronet
17.03.15 UK - Plymotuh / The Hub
18.03.15 UK - Nuneaton / Queens Hall
19.03.15 UK - Glasgow / Audio
20.03.15 IE - Dublin / Voodoo Lounge
21.03.15 UK - London / Underworld
22.03.15 BE - Hasselt / Muziekodroom
23.03.15 FR - Paris / Glazart
24.03.15 FR - Saint Nazaire / VIP
25.03.15 ES - Bilbao / Santana 27
26.03.15 PT - Lissabon / Paradise Garage
27.03.15 ES - Madrid / Arena
28.03.15 ES - Barcelona / Razzmatazz 2
29.03.15 CH - Martigny / Les Caves Du Manoir
30.03.15 IT - Brescia / Circolo Cologny
31.03.15 IT - Rome / Traffic Club

Hatefest 2015
+extended guests: Eisregen, Debauchery:
02.04.15 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
03.04.15 AT – Wien / Gasometer *extended
04.04.15 CH – Pratteln / Z7 *extended
05.04.15 DE – Essen / Weststadthalle *extended
06.04.15 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
07.04.15 DE – Lindau / Club Vaudeville
08.04.15 DE – Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
09.04.15 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
10.04.15 DE – Geiselwind / Musicall *extended
11.04.15 DE – München / Backstage *extended

12.04.15 DE – Berlin / Postbahnhof *extended

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Monster Magnet touring Europe

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MONSTER MAGNET is Rock 'n' Roll at its best, Rock 'n' Roll in its strongest propagation, loud & flashy Psychedelic Rock! Right at the raging psychedelic maze: Front man Dave Wyndorf, is a dazzling figure of light and leading figure in personal union.

MONSTER MAGNET are now on tour all over Europe! Germany, Belgium, UK, Sweden, Norway, Denkmark – to name just a few stops! Catch them live on the road & check all upcoming tour dates here:

30.01.2015 GR - Athens / Stage Volume 1
31.01.2015 GR - Thessaloniki / Principal Club Theater
02.02.2015 CH - Lausanne / Les Docks
03.02.2015 DE - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
04.02.2015 DE - München / Backstage
06.02.2015 AT - Vienna / Szene
07.02.2015 CH - Lyss / Kufa
08.02.2015 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
10.02.2015 NL - Deventer / Burgerweeshuis
12.02.2015 BE - Antwerp / Trix
13.02.2015 UK - Nottingham / Rock City
14.02.2015 UK - Glasgow / Garage
15.02.2015 UK - London / Electric Ballroom
17.02.2015 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
18.02.2015 NL - Eindhoven / De Effenaar
20.02.2015 DK - Arhus / Voxhall

21.02.2015 SE - Gothenborg / Sticky Fingers
22.02.2015 NO - Oslo / Parktheatret Scene
23.02.2015 NO - Stavanger / Folken
25.02.2015 DE - Bremen / Schlachthof
26.02.2015 DE - Hannover / Capitol
27.02.2015 DE - Dresden / Reithalle
28.02.2015 NL - Rotterdam / VanNelle Fabriek

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Drakkar reveals album details

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The new DRAKKAR album "Run With The Wolf" will be released via My Kingdom Music on March 16th!

With special guest appereances by Terence Holler (ELDRITCH’s vocalist), Olaf Thorsen (VISION DIVINE, LABYRINTH) and Mat Stancioiu (ex-LABYRINTH) and with a limited digipack deluxe edition including a bonus CD titled "Coming From The Past", with 5 classic songs from the first three albums of DRAKKAR re-recorded by the current lineup, "Run With The Wolf" could already be announced as one of the most awaited Italian releases of the year!
Expect something modern, epic and personal as a few others are!

Here is the tracklist and the album cover created by Alessandro Bragalini who created "When Lightning Strikes" cover too.

CD I: “Run With The Wolf”
01. Rise Of The Dark Lords (Intro)
02. Under The Banners Of War
03. Run With The Wolf
04. Watcher On The Wall
05. Ride The Storm
06. Burning
07. Southern Cross
08. Gods Of Thunder
09. Invincible
10. Call Of The Dragonblood

CD II: “Coming From The Past” - bonus cd
01. Coming From The Past
02. Dragonheart
03. Eridan Falls
04. Pure Of Heart
05. Galadriel' Song

The dragonship sails on!

Official sites:

Metal Blade signs Sorcerer

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New album "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross" out March, 20th! Landing page and first song and video online!

Metal Blade is proud to announce the signing of Swedish epic doom metal legends SORCERER! SORCERER will release their Metal Blade debut "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross" March, 20th on CD and vinyl.

Metal Blade has just launched the landing page where you can pre-order the album and watch the video for the first single "The Dark Tower Of The Sorcerer". Click to check it out!

Comments the band: "Sorcerer are proud to have signed with the legendary metal label Metal Blade, home of many bands that has inspired us to start making music. With the new album "In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross" we hope to continue where we ended many years ago. It is all the fans that have supported us through the years that has inspired us to do this album and we really looking forward to meet you all on gigs and festivals soon!"

SORCERER was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988 but disbanded after two demos in 1992. Both demos are considered true Doom Metal classics and have been released on CD in 1995.

In 2010 the band came back together to play the Hammer of Doom festival in Germany and a year later the Up The Hammers festival in Athens, Greece. Both shows were received extremely well and the thoughts of putting together a new album started to take form. In the end it took over two years to write, arrange and record it but the result is nothing but pure, heavy epic doom metal. The process of putting all bits and pieces together and making it ready for mix and mastering was the work of drummer Robert Iversen, also a very fine recording engineer, who was acting as the spider in the recording web. The album was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend).

With years of professional experience and top-class instrumental abilities among its band members the SORCERER of the 21st century is determined to deliver epic doom metal for many years to come; on record and on stages all around the world!

"In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross" is set to be released March, 20th via Metal Blade Records Europe!

Track listing:
1. The Dark Tower of the Sorcerer
2. Sumerian Script
3. Lake of the Lost Souls
4. Excorcise the Demon
5. In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
6. Prayers for a King
7. The Gates of Hell
8. Pagans Dance

Anders Engberg - vocals
Kristian Niemann - guitars
Peter Hallgren - guitars
Johnny Hagel - bass
Robert Iversen - drums

Rise of the Northstar posts new video

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Sa sa sa sa sa... Manga mosh metallers RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR have released the official music video for the song 'Samurai Spirit', taken from the band's ferocious debut album, »Welcame«! Surf to

Purchase »Welcame« in various formats here!

'Dressed All In Black' stream:
'Simon Says' stream:
'Welcame' video:
'Phoenix' video:

+ guests
17.02.15 D Berlin - SO36
18.02.15 D Hamburg - Grünspan19.02.15 D Cologne - Gebäude 9
20.02.15 D Stuttgart - Universum
21.02.15 D Lindau - Club Vaudeville
22.02.15 F Montpellier - Secret Place
23.02.15 E Murcia - Sala Garage Club
24.02.15 E Madrid - Sala Caracol
25.02.15.E Malaga - Sala Eventual
26.02.15 PT Lisbon - Rep. Da Musica
27.02.15 E Coruña - Sala O'Tunnel
28.02.15 E Vitoria - Sala Jimmy Jazz
01.03.15 E Barcelona - Sala Razzmatazz 2

28.03.15 F La Roche Sur Yon - Le Fuzzyon
29.03.15 F Bordeaux - Bootleg
01.04.15 F Toulouse - Le Saint Des Seins
02.04.15 F Istres - L'Usine
04.04.15 F Colmar - Parc des Expositions
10.04.15 F Cambrai - Betiz Fest
29.-31.05. D Nürburgring - Der Ring Grüne Hölle Rock
19.06.15 F Clisson - Hellfest
04.07.15 D Roitzschjora - With Full Force
25.07.15 F Saint Felix - Panic! Fest Open Air

21.04.15 Germany Hamburg @ Markthalle
22.04.15 Germany Berlin @ C-Club
23.04.15 Germany München @ Backstage
27.04.15 Germany Nürnberg @ Hirsch
28.04.15 France Frankfurt @ Batschkapp
29.04.15 Germany Stuttgart @ LKA-Longhorn 

Tanzwut premiere new video clip

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TANZWUT are back, more evil than ever!

Their new rock album „Freitag der 13.“ will be out on February 13th 2015.

You can watch the video for the title track here.

Charts success for Serious Black

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From foundation of the band, over recordings for their debut album to the sensational chart entry on #61 now: melodic metallers SERIOUS BLACK have achieved quite a lot within barely more than a year.

This success now somehow recompenses for the band’s recent strain of bad luck, which saw guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Thomen Stauch forced to cancel their participating on the first SERIOUS BLACK tour (supporting HammerFall). Replacements were found in Bob Katsionis (Firewind) and Ramy Ali (Freedom Call, Iron Mask).

Thomen Stauch comments on the chart entry:
“Thanks a million, German metal heads! Serious Black have entered the German media control charts on #61!!! That's a great start... a big hug for all who supported us on this journey so far! You rule!”.

Check out SERIOUS BLACK’s latest videos:
„High And Low“ video clip
“I Seek No Other Life” lyric video

Orden Ogan enters the charts

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“Ravenhead”, the new studio album by German power metal masters ORDEN OGAN, has just entered the official album charts in Germany on a sensational #16! “Ravenhead” follows 2012’s “To The End”, which achieved #41 back then.

The band is checking in from their ongoing European tour with HammerFall:
„Un-fucking-believable!”, vocalist/guitarist Seeb says. “Orden Ogan in the Top 20 of the album charts?! We are totally stunned and want to thanks all our fans for their amazing support. Also we just received info that “Ravenhead” has additionally entered the album charts in Switzerland on #56. Wow!”

Check out ORDEN OGAN’s latest video clip “F.E.V.E.R” and the lyric video “Ravenhead”.

Viper Solfa reveals album details

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VIPER SOLFAs debut "Carving An Icon" will be released soon! The band has now revealed the album's tracklisting, which looks like this:

01. Deranged (Stream:
02. Funeral Of Kings
03. Carving An Icon (Lyric Video:
04. The Toxic Thousands
05. Vulture Kingdom
06. Call For Silence
07. War Of Zion
08. The Viper Legion
09. Whispers And Storms
10. Shahanshah

The album's produced by Terje Refsnes and mixed and mastered by Marius Strand and VIPER SOLFA. Marcelo Vasco is responsible for the cover artwork.

VIPER SOLFA's debut album "Carving An Icon" will be released on February 20, 2015 via Massacre Records.

» Live Dates
• 30.04.-02.05.2015 NO Kopervik (Karmøy) - 1866 (Karmøygeddon Festival)
• 29.08.2015 NO Sandefjord - Elements Of Metal Festival

» Links

New Stormhammer album in the Summer

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STORMHAMMER are going to release their new and fifth album "Echoes Of A Lost Paradise" in summer 2015 via Massacre Records!

The band, hailing from Munich (Germany), has been around since 1993 and recently introduced the new band members Jürgen Dachl (vocals), Bernd Intveen (guitar) as well as Chris Widmann (drums).

Influenced by their previous work in other metal genres, the sound of STORMHAMMER will change a little bit!

The band's currently in the final stages of the album recordings.

Believe us, the Hammer is coming!

» Line-up
Jürgen Dachl - Vocals
Bernd Intveen - Lead Guitar
Manny Ewender - Rhythm Guitar
Horst Tessmann - Bass
Chris Widmann - Drums

• 09.05.2015 DE Straßkirchen - Plutonium-Klub (Bavarian Hard Festival)
• 05.06.2015 DE Geiselwind - EventZentrum Strohofer Geiselwind (Out & Loud Festival)
• 28.11.2015 DE München - Backstage

» Links

Issa premiere new video clip

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Aversions Crown welcomes new vocalist

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Colin Jeffs has decided to step down from AVERSIONS CROWN.

Mark Poida who has been filling in for Jeffs on the current European tour with WITHIN THE RUINS has stepped up to join the band as the permanent vocalist.

The band announced on their Facebook page this morning: “Please welcome Mark Poida to the mic who will be stepping up to fill Colin's very big shoes. If you've seen us this year in Australia or Europe, you'll know that Mark has a huge voice and will be crushing it for us moving forward. Cheers Colin for all the good times!”

Colin announced the departure is not due to his recent vocal scare and thanked fans for support: “Friends, unfortunately the time has come for me to part ways with AVERSIONS CROWN. This is a difficult call for me to make but a necessary one. The band has been my sole focus for the past 5 years and whilst it has been an amazing experience it has also been a very draining one. I've reached a point in my life where this band is just not what I want to focus on anymore and feel as though if I can't put 100% of my heart into this I shouldn't be doing it at all, this decision is not linked to me being absent from the current tour or my recent vocal scare, it’s something I had comes to terms with before these events. Thanks to everyone who has ever supported what I do in any way, it’s been real. Peace.“

AVERSIONS CROWN recently unleashed the official video for ‘Avalanche’ which features live footage from the bands recent spell of touring epic new album »Tyrant«:

The band is currently on tour supporting WITHIN THE RUINS and I DECLARE WAR. Check below for the remaining dates:
28.01. D Dessau - Beat Club
29.01. PL Warsaw - Hydrozagadka
30.01. D Berlin - Comet
31.01. D Dresden - Club Pushkin
02.02. AT Wien - Viper Room
03.02. HU Budapest - Kvlt
04.02. AT Gleisdorf - Kulturkeller
05.02. IT Milan - Legend Club
06.02. CH Aarau - Kiff
07.02. D Weinheim - Café Central

»Tyrant«; the follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut »Servitude« was created in the oppressive heat of Brisbane’s summer with THY ART IS MURDER’s Andy Marsh producing and Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, CARNIFEX) of Audio Hammer mixing. With a thematic fixation on dystopian nightmares and hostile extraterrestrial encounters, the relentless barrage AVERSIONS CROWN churn out across these ten songs will soundtrack either a solid Halo session or the coming invasion. It was released via Nuclear Blast in November 2014.

»Tyrant« was released on November 21, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Order your copy of here:

More on »Tyrant«:
‘Hollow Planet’ music video
‘Vectors’ music video
‘The Glass Sentient’ lyric video

Wild Kingdom signs Leather Nun

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The R’n’R God sent us Leather Nun and I fucking love them, says internationally acclaimed swedish video director Jonas Åkerlund (Prodigy, Madonna, Metallica, U2 m fl).

Brand new album ’Whatever’ marks the triumphant return of the swedish cultband The Leather Nun, the band that took the ferry from Gothenburg to London and changed the world.

Formed in Gothenburg in 1979 Leather Nun became cult heroes on the international rockscene. Their musical style can be defined as a mix of garage rock, gothic rock and industrial.

John Peel played their first single ”Slow Death” each night for two weeks on his BBC radio programme.

In 1983 the band was riding high on the international rockscene, with the two UK-releases: The 12” rerelease of ’Slow Death EP’ and the release of 12” single ’Primemover’ – a single that will spearhead the british and US postpunk scene.
When Leather Nun returns to London for the first UK-tour in early 1986, there is a massive rock-celeb turn-out. Ramones rubs elbows with The Clash, Birthday Party, The Cult, Fields of Nephilism and many others.

In 1991, Leather Nun is on the verge to break commersially. David Bowie-stoogling Mick Ronson, produces the album ’Nun Permanent’. An album that will outsell all previous Leather Nun-records put together, then their record company went bankrupt which slowly led to their dissolution in 1995.
See a new photo of Jonas (credit: Cato Lein)

In Jan 2014, Leather Nun enters the recording studio for the first time in 23 years.

In Nov 2014, Leather Nun signs an exclusive licensing deal with Swedish label Wild Kingdom / Sound Pollution for the international release of the new album ’Whatever’.

Unlike fellow punk/postpunk bands of the 1970’s/80’s era, they’ve not reunited to flog a dead horse and cash-in on whatever reputation they once had. Leather Nun is not back to entertain the international audience, with songs and sounds of the past. Leather Nun is not back to join the nostalgia-ridden circus of reunited punk and postpunk bands.

Leather Nun is back, to map out the future of r’n’r!

Leather Nun - ”Whatever” – out: 17.04.2015 (Wild Kingdom/ Sound Pollution)

The new track, ”Just Like A Dream” , is the first single released from WHATEVER
and is available now on:

Agnostic Front comments on new album

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New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have released a full track by track commentary for every song on the band's upcoming album, »The American Dream Died«.

The band also announced the collaboration of legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson on the song 'A Wise Man'. 

Commented Miret: "Matt Henderson tracked all guitars for 'A Wise Man' being that song has a total »One Voice« era feel! Our good friend Ricky Singh (BACKTRACK NYHC) is to credit for the songs existence! The band executed it with such a great feel and bringing in our brother and ex-AF veteran Matt Henderson to solely do the guitar tracks was just magical!"

The American Dream Died: It’s a harsh look at what’s going on today in our society. The intro that precedes this song says it all! It’s a reaction to everything happening around us right now. The higher ups are out of control!

Police Violence: This is our reaction to what’s going on in our country regarding the unprovoked brutality of our citizens by those who we pay to "protect and serve" us. If they are going to act like criminals, then they should be prosecuted as one! They have some kind of elite fraternity-like understanding that they protect each other with. Don't abuse your badge!

Only In America: It's sad to learn that the people who serve in our military and risk their lives fighting in wars come home to the government not giving a shit about them, especially if those veterans were wounded mentally or physically. They gotta go through a lot of bullshit just to try and get a little help and support. You've gotta be blind if you don't see that, only in America. This is why I strongly believe the US Government should stop policing the world, and start caring for the issues right here in the USA!

Test Of Time: Learning from the past is important, to help you move forward and not make the mistakes we did in our youth. Longevity is the key to success. We won't get left behind.

We Walk The Line: It’s a statement of who we are and how we live in relation to the hardcore community.

Never Walk Alone: We always spoke about unity and how sticking together will help us grow as scene. Hardcore is worldwide now. This is our scene, our passion and it was great to present this song with honorable NYHC veteran's Freddy Cricien (MADBALL), Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) joining on the anthemy chorus!!! Punk rock/Hardcore is a movement it's not an image!

Enough Is Enough: Protest song! I once read an inspiring quote that went like this "I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical" - Thomas Jefferson.

I Can't Relate: Dealing with different people you don’t like in different situations. Could be applied to a boss, ex girlfriend, someone who lives a completely opposite lifestyle, etc.

Old New York: New York City has lost its edge. It's been stripped of its culture and over run by money. Making it hard for musicians and artist to live there. Now we're surrounded by transplants and rich hipsters. Let's face it, it's not the NYC I once adored. That one is so well documented in one of my favorite movies Taxi Driver! Hence the intro, I Miss The Old New York.

Social Justice: Nothing is more disgusting than hearing about a grown man rapping a child. This song talks about a man who got caught in the act and was served street justice stabbed with knives from his head to his toes. Justice served!

Reasonable Doubt: Our whole lives we’ve been criminalized for one reason or another. But it’s actually the media, the corporations and the government who are the scumbags. Power to the people standing up against them. Wake the fuck up people!

No War Fuck You: Self explanatory, stop creating wars so you can justify your unlimited defense budget and make all your friends rich. Innocent people are dying for your stupid games.

Attack!: On some occasions people tend to disrespect and take our kindness for weakness. We have always been known for never taken shit from anyone. Cross the line and we will attack!

A Wise Man: Growing up in NYC living in and out of Vinnie’s apartment. Our old friend John always looked out for us like a father figure. He tried to guide us in the right direction and give us good advice. He was a wise man, a friend forever.

Just Like Yesterday: This song takes us on the journey through our history as a band, from touring all over the world and making friends that still remain loyal today. One of my favorite lines is "From NYC to the Berlin beat." It shows our love for those two great cities and our great world accomplishments as a hardcore comunity.

Commented singer Roger Miret: "We chose this title cause we want to open up people's eyes to what's going on in this country. We have a lot to say. Not everyone realizes that our government and the people who run this country are so corrupt, greedy and ruthless. We need to educate the ones we reach. We're loosing our values.We address real issues from full blown corruption and scandals to unjust police abuse and brutality. Everything's we stood for as a country is going down the drain. But we still somewhat have our freedom of speech. We're expressing it all through this record while we can."

»The American Dream Died« was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR) and will be released April 4, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The record will feature guest appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL).

The album will be available as digital download, on vinyl as well as on CD. An limited bundle with an exclusive T-Shirt will be available, too - surf to to secure your copy!

»The American Dream Died« will contain the following tracks:
01. Intro
02. The American Died
03. Police Violence
04. Only In America
05. Test Of Time
06. We Walk The Line
07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse & Lou Koller
08. Enough Is Enough
09. I Can't Relate
10. Old New York
11. Social Justice
12. Reasonable Doubt
13. No War Fuck You
14. Attack!
15. A Wise Man feat. Matt Henderson on guitar
16. Just Like Yesterday

01.05. Weinheim – Cafe Central (Germany)
02.05. Meerhout - Groezrock Festival (Belgium)
03.05. Bremen – Tower (Germany)
05.05. Gdynia - Alibi (Poland)
06.05. Krakow - Kwadrat (Poland)
07.05.Wroclaw - Ucho (Poland)
09.05. Hildesheim – Halle 39 (Germany)
10.05. Freiburg – Atlantik (Germany)
11.05. Milano - Lo Fi Club (Italy)
12.05. Ciampino (RM) – Orion Live Club (Italy)
13.05. Bologna - Locomotiv Club (Italy)
14.05. Aarau - Kiff (Switzerland)
17.05. Paris - TBA (France)
18.05. Saarbrücken - Garage (Germany)
19.05. Berlin - SO36 (Germany)
21.05. Arnhem - Willemeen (Netherlands)
22.05. Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Rodeo (Germany)
27.06. Montabaur - Mair 1 Festival (Germany)
07.04. Roitzschjora - With Full Force Festival (Germany)
18.07. Dour - Dour Festival (Belgium)