Saturday, February 28, 2015

Motor Sister streams new album

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MOTOR SISTER New Album Ride Streaming In Full on Deezer
Available March 6th via Metal Blade Records

"All you really need to know about Ride is that it kicks a massive amount of ass"

"This is kick ass classic sounding hard rock! Blazing guitars, great vocals and songs! Everything I love most about hard rock music in one killer album."
-Eddie Trunk-

"MOTOR SISTER put on a show that I can only sum up as "neck breaking fun."
-Skulls n Bones-

MOTOR SISTER is a group of musicians whose collective musical pedigrees speak for themselves. Mother Superior founder, guitarist, and vocalist Jim Wilson fronts the band, with Anthrax's Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums.

Until today, only select songs have been made available for public consumption. However this changes today as MOTOR SISTER has teamed up with the music streaming service Deezer to give an exclusive full album premiere Ride. Listen to the album in its entirety HERE.

The video for "Fork in the Road" which provides a rare glimpse into the recording of this Mother Superior favorite by MOTOR SISTER can be viewed HERE.

The group was originally assembled to jam for Scott Ian's fiftieth birthday party. Thanks to Scott's wife Pearl Aday, who has been working on her solo career with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and the stage was literally set for Scott's dream gig. "I wanted to cherry-pick a set list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the concert at my house," Ian says of the event that eventually led to an album.

"[Mother Superior] frontman Jim [Wilson] was totally into the idea. Pearl was a huge Mother Superior fan from way back and was in. I asked my good friends Joey Vera (Fates Warning, Armored Saint) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, Testament) to be a part of it because I knew they were both big fans as well and with no hesitation they said, 'We're in.'"

Wilson, too, was stoked by the opportunity to dust off some songs he hadn't played since his LA rock trio broke up in the early 2000's after releasing eight albums and playing as Henry Rollins' backing band. "I definitely didn't need any arm-twisting," he says. "I was totally flattered and thought it was a great idea. I figured it would be fun and it was a great opportunity for a new chapter to be established in order to move forward."

The recordings from those two days are what became to be known as MOTOR SISTER's Ride. The first single from those sessions, "This Song Reminds Me of You," is available for to stream, along with a featurette video on the formation of the band and the process behind the record, at

Ride will be released March 6th in Europe on Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders for the album are available now at

In support of the project MOTOR SISTER played a show a in Brooklyn, NY earlier this month and have scheduled two special shows March 11th at The Whisky in Los Angeles and March 12th at DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Gentle Storm premiere new song

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Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) are set to release the debut album ‘The Diary’ from their new band The Gentle Storm on the 23rd March 2015, and following on from the release of the track ‘Endless Sea’, they are pleased to launch the video for the track ‘Heart of Amsterdam’ which you can view here:

Anneke had this to say:
“Heart Of Amsterdam is a tribute to the city of Amsterdam, the home town of the story’s leading character Susanne. Seventeenth-century Amsterdam was a centre of shipping, shipbuilding, and trade. Amsterdam flourished, and a wonderful city was the result. We shot the video in the centre of Amsterdam. It was freezing cold and I couldn’t move my fingers anymore during the last shots, but it was all worth it. I love how the video turned out!” 

‘The Diary’ is also now available to pre-order in several different formats including a limited 4CD artbook featuring instrumental versions of the entire album, a limited gatefold 3LP vinyl with 2CD’s, and special edition 2CD digipak.

Order from the following places:

Digital pre-orders through iTunes & Amazon can receive both the Gentle and Storm versions of ‘Heart of Amsterdam’ immediately here:

Arjen & Anneke recently launched a series of video updates on the album, and you can check them all out here:

Watch the lyric video for both versions of Endless Sea below:
Endless Sea (Storm version):
Endless Sea (Gentle version):

The album concept is a tale of love, loss, and separation told through the story of two fictional seventeenth-century lovers. A Dutch sailor embarks on a two-year voyage, leaving his wife at home in Holland. The only way for the couple to communicate and keep their love alive during the long separation is through letters. These letters form the basis for the songs on the album.

Arjen and Anneke are currently in the midst of a short run of European acoustic dates, and the remaining shows can be found below:
February 27 2015 - Hybrydy, Warsaw, PL
February 28 2015 - Blue Note, Poznan PL

A full all-star band will go out - without Arjen - in March and April, and the confirmed dates and band line-up can be found below.

March 26 2015 - Melkweg, Amsterdam NL
March 28 2015 - ROCK ITtervoort Festival, Ittervoort NL
April 03 2015 - Hedon, Zwolle NL
April 05 2015 - Paaspop, Schijndel NL
April 11 2015 - Paard van Troje, Den Haag NL
April 15 2015 - Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg DE
April 16 2015 - Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen DE
April 22 2015 - Divan Du Monde, Paris FR
April 23 2015 - The Garage, London UK
April 24 2015 - The Musician, Leicester UK
April 25 2015 - The Roadhouse, Manchester UK
April 26 2015 - Prog-résiste Convention, Soignies BE
June 19 2015 - Dokk’em Open Air, Dokkum NL
July 09 2015 - Masters of Rock, Vizovice CZ
July 17 2015 - Night of the Prog Festival, Loreley DE
July 30-Aug 01 - Wacken Open Air, Wacken DE
October 17 2015 - FemME Festival, Eindhoven NL

The Gentle Storm live:
Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) - vocals
Merel Bechtold (Purest of Pain, MaYaN) - guitars
Ferry Duijsens (Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-Dreadlock Pussy) - guitars
Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Ayreon, ex-Gorefest) - drums
Johan van Stratum (Stream of Passion) - bass
Joost van den Broek (producer, ex-After Forever) – keyboards
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - background vocals


Metal Blade signs Act of Defiance

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Upon exiting the ranks of Megadeth, the world eagerly awaited news as to what was next for Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums). The duo are now excited to announce their worldwide signing to Metal Blade Records for their new group ACT OF DEFIANCE, which is rounded out by Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass. They are currently recording their debut offering with world renowned producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Look for this album to be released sometime this summer. However, in the meantime, click of the link below for a sneak peek into a rough demo snippet of the track "Throwback" at

Broderick states: "I am so excited to finally be able to announce ACT OF DEFIANCE to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Chris Harris.

"I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to METAL! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it."

Drover adds: "Having our new band, ACT OF DEFIANCE, sign with Metal Blade Records is a real thrill for me. I started my musical career with Brian Slagel and the Metal Blade family many years ago, so to come full circle at this point is a real musical home-coming, of sorts. I couldn't be happier about that.

"What thrills me the most is the fact that myself, Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and Matt Bachand all have in common is that from the get-go, we wanted this band to be 100% PURE Heavy Metal! No compromises, no ulterior motives other than making the best HEAVY METAL music we can. Metal Blade shares this vision, which really puts us all on the same page, musically."

Bachand states: "I couldn't be more excited to begin this new adventure with ACT OF DEFIANCE. The positive energy that has collected between the four of us in such a little amount of time has been nothing short of incredible. Writing bass lines is something new for me as well, and I am looking forward to the challenge. All the songs are coming together great and I can't wait for the world to hear this."

Derek comments: "I'm extremely honored and excited to be a part of AOD. Everyone has been super cool and supportive, which is always a huge plus. I know this is going to be an awesome musical experience and the fact that I'm embarking on this journey with good people means everything. Cheers."

Brian Slagel further comments: "I am super excited to welcome ACT OF DEFIANCE to the Metal Blade family. I have known Chris and Shawn over the years and really admired their work. I am honored to be able to work with these two legendary musicians. Really excited to work with all the guys on this exciting new band!"

For all additional information visit and for all booking inquiries contact

Inner Wound Recordings presents Dark Sarah

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Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the cinematic metal project DARK SARAH to the label.

DARK SARAH is the new project from Heidi Parviainen [ex. Amberian Dawn]. The debut album called "Behind the Black Veil" leads you through the psychological adventure of Sarah, who is hovering between her two personalities. Dark Sarah's music combines metal, film music and theatrical elements. Sarah's thoughts are at best depicted in the dialogues (duets) with the guests - "The Fate": Manuela Kraller (ex Xandria), "The Queen of No Good": Inga Scharf (Van Canto) and "The Moon": Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).

Production, orchestrations and mixing was handled by Mikko P. Mustonen, Pathos Music [Delain, Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum] and the album was mastered by Henkka Niemisto, Chartmakers [Volbeat, Sonata Arctica, Korpiklaani]. The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund, Darkgrove Design [Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Sirenia].

"Behind The Black Veil" will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America.

Links to music videos from DARK SARAH
Memories Fall [feat. Manuela Kraller]:
Save Me:
Hunting The Dreamer:

"Behind The Black Veil" track listing
01. Save Me
02. Poison Apple
03. Hide And Seek
04. Memories Fall [feat. Manuela Kraller]
05. Evil Roots [feat. Inga Scharf]
06. Violent Roses
07. Hunting The Dreamer
08. Fortress
09. Silver Tree
10. Sun, Moon And Stars
11. Light In You [feat. Tony Kakko]
12. Sarah's Theme
13. Memories Fall [orchestral version]
14. A Grim Christmas Story

Pre-order "Behind The Black Veil" at the official DARK SARAH store here:

"Behind The Black Veil" artwork:
DARK SARAH photo 1:
DARK SARAH photo 2:


Inner Wound Recordings online

Maiden United reveals album artwork

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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 cover artwork for the upcoming album, "Remembrance".

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

Track listing:
1. Strange World
2. Charlotte The Harlot
3. Killers
4. Remember Tomorrow
5. Burning Ambition (ft. Bob Verschoyle)
6. Futureal (ft. Blaze Bayley)
7. Aces High
8. Prowler (ft. Paul Di’Anno)
9. 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

The cover artwork for the album was once again created by BLACKLAKE, who also worked with MAIDEN UNITED on their previous studio albums.

Strange World was 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 below

Maiden uniteD is currently streaming the single version of ‘The Evil That Men Do’ on Soundcloud:

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.

The album can be pre-ordered at

Enslaved streams new song

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“In Times” is the title of the thirteenth studio album by Norwegian extreme metallers ENSLAVED and today the band are pleased to present another new track from the album online.

Listen to 'One Thousand Years Of Rain' over on YouTube:​

Vocalist and bass player Grutle Kjellson wrote the lyrics for the track and commented:
"One Thousand Years Of Rain" is by far the most "mythological" song on the album. As the title are hinting towards, we are not dealing with the most positive aspects of life here. We are rather dealing with the darker sides of human interaction here, and our tragic ability to destroy everything we are trying to build. On the other hand, things have to be torn down in order to create something new, so the song is in that aspect, about hope too. Enjoy folks!" 

Check also the album trailers of “In Times”:
Track-by-Track #1:
Album Trailer #1:
Album Trailer #2:

The track listing for In Times is:
01 – Thurisaz Dreaming
02 – Building With Fire
03 – One Thousand Years Of Rain
04 – Nauthir Bleeding
05 – In Times
06 - Daylight

The new album’s total running time is fifty-three minutes.

“In Times” was produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy.

Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

“In Times” will be released on March 06, 2015 via Nuclear Blast! Pre-order the album here: 

Metal Blade to re-issue 'Fist Held High'

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In celebration of THRUST's 35th anniversary Metal Blade Records is releasing the ultimate edition of the band's classical 1984 album "Fist Held High". Including the entire album, live and demo tracks from the beginning until the late 80s plus the yet unreleased studio album "Reincarnation", recorded in 1988/1989 and produced by Bob Kulick!

Surf now over to to check okut the title track "Fist Feld High" and the pre-order options!

States THRUST guitarist Ron Cooke: "A big Thank You to the fans who never stopped playing the music. After all these years it's always been about the music, standing the test of time, connecting with the fans soul, pouring out the creative spirit thru the music into the hearts of many and return fi lling our hearts. For that is the true connection between the heart soul and each other. That is why the music will always live on."

01. Fist Held High
02. Overdrive
03. Freedom Fighters
04. Metallic Attack
05. Heavier Than Hell
06. Thrasher
07. Torture Chamber
08. Posers Will Die
09. Iron Gates (Live)
10. The Wolf (Live)
11. Feast of Flesh (Live)
12. Hard Rider (Live)
13. Destructer (from Metal Massacre IV)

Bonus-CD "Reincarnation"
01. War
02. Scream Girl Scream
03. God Only Knows
04. Hypocrite
05. Never Too Young
06. Wasted
07. The Fool
08. Get Crazy
09. Cheater
10. Fit Of Rage
11. Intensity (Instrumental) - Demo
12. No Mercy - Demo
13. Rockin The Night - Demo
14. Back On The Street - Demo
15. Evil Redeemer - Demo
16. Psycho Killer - Demo
17. Fist Held High - Demo
18. Stand Up And Fight - Demo

"Fist Held High" will be released as a double-CD boxset as well as on vinyl on the 20th of March, 2015!

New album from Elegacy

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Valery Records and V-Promotion are proud to announce the release of the new album by Elegacy "The Binding Sequence".

Elegacy is a prog power metal band founded in Turin a decade ago. The efforts and the talent of the musicians involved in the project allowed the band, in the mid 2000s, to be considered one of the most outstanding and promising realities on the Italian prog power scene, as confirmed by reviews. In 2005 they released their first album, "Impressions", distributed worldwide by Northwind/Self.

Subsequently, the large amount of material written over the years by Constantin Terzago (keyboards) and Massimo La Russa (guitars) keeps the band alive and ready for a new beginning. In 2011 Elegacy comes into contact with Mark Zonder, legendary drummer of "Fates Warning" and Mike Lepond, bassist of "Symphony X" who, after listening to the demo of the new disc, decided to join the project recording the entire rhythm session of the upcoming album. To complete the production by contributing also to melodies and choir arrangements, joins the singer Ivan Giannini (Derdian).

In the summer 2014 the mastering of the second album of Elegacy, "The binding sequence", is finally ready.

Even if their music continues to be inspired by progressive sounds, the band innovates stylistically and publishes ten tracks of pure Heavy Melodic Classic Rock, full of great technique, atmosphere and fine production.

The new album "The Binding Sequence" will be published in spring 2015 by Valery Records, distributed by Audioglobe and available on I tunes.

New webisode from Agnostic Front

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New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have released the second of a series of webisodes documenting the production process and the backgrounds of their forthcoming album, »The American Dream Died«. Watch the episode called "Stigma being Stigma" over at

Episode 1 "Hardcore Roots":

»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 vocal appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O), Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) and legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson solely laying his guitar magic on the song 'A Wise Man'.

»The American Dream Died« will be available as digital download, on vinyl as well as on CD. A limited bundle with an exclusive T-Shirt will be available, too - surf to to secure your copy! 

01.05. Weinheim – Cafe Central (Germany)
02.05. Meerhout - Groezrock Festival (Belgium)
03.05. Bremen – Tower (Germany)
04.05. Rostock – Mau Club (Germany)
05.05. Gdynia - Alibi (Poland)
06.05. Krakow - Kwadrat (Poland)
07.05. Wroclaw - Ucho (Poland)
08.05. Vechta – Gulfhaus (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 – La Flèche d‘Or (France)
18.05. Saarbrücken - Garage (Germany)
19.05. Berlin - SO36 (Germany)
20.05. Osnabrück – Bastard Club (Germany)
21.05. Arnhem - Willemeen (Netherlands)
22.05. Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Rodeo (Germany)
27.06. Montabaur – Mair 1 Festival (Germany)
28.06. Spalenem Porici – Basinfire Fest (Czech Republic)
29.06. Brno – Melodka (Czech Republic)
30.06. Banska Bystrica - RC Tirish (Czech Republic)
04.07. Roitzschjora – With Full Force (Germany)
11.07 Prölsdorf – Krach am Bach Festival (Germany)
18.07. Dour – Dour Festival (Belgium)

Equilibrium announces Asian Tour

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German epic metal band EQUILIBRIUM have been touring in Europe last year in support of their latest studio effort and charting success »Erdentempel«, which saw the band entering the official German Media control charts on a most respectable 16! Now the five-piece announces its first ever Asian tour for April 2015!

The band will be on route in China and Japan at the following confirmed dates:
16.04. CN Beijing - Yo Gong Live House
17.04. CN Shanghai - QSW Live House
19.04. CN Taiwan - Jack Studio Concert Venue
22.04. JP Osaka - The Live House Soma
23.04. JP Nagoya - Imaike Club 3 Star
25.04. JP Tokyo - Live Bar The Doors
26.04. JP Tokyo - Live Bar The Doors

Additionally, EQUILIBRIUM will be playing a full run of European Festival in spring and summer of 2015. Don’t miss the chance to catch up with the band at the following dates:
10.04. DE Lichtenfels - Ragnarök Festival
02.05. NO Haugesund - Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
08.05. DE Trier - Exhaus
09.05. FR Macon - Festival de Chair et d'Acier
05.06. DE Geiselwind - Out & Loud
07.06. CZ Plzeň - Metalfest CZ
20.06. DE Gardelegen - Metal Frenzy Open Air
21.06. BE Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
25.07. DE Burglengenfeld - Lanzenangerfestival

Guitarist, composer and lyricist René Berthiaume spent almost four years working on the new creation. The outcome is a very emotional and above all else, a very personal album. It harks back to the roots of the band, without neglecting the bombastic nature of the previous two records. Melodic Metal, powerful yet playful, heavy but emotional, inspired but independent - »Erdentempel« cleverly crosses genre borders and allowed the band to try out some bold experimentation, which cemented this album as the best in their discography to date.

You can order your copy of »Erdentempel« at the following destination:

More »Erdentempel«:
Videoclip ‘Wirtshaus-Gaudi’:
Making Of Videoclip:
Track-Video ‘Karawane’:

Nightwish - Trailer #12

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Finland-based symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH recently released the first single 'Élan' from their forthcoming studio album »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«, which will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US). Today sees the release of the 12th episode from the “making of” series in which the band explain the themes and inspirations for »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«. Check it out here:

NIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen comments: “There’s a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like ‘Shudder Before The Beautiful’, ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’, ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’ or ‘Alpenglow’ all somehow reflect the bliss of existence. It’s temporary character. Evolution…Maybe you could even talk about the poetic nature of science. Natural science and its paradigm – seem to represent something cold and boring to a lot of people. Hopefully we can illustrate with this album – that science can even be something profoundly spiritual.”

Stand-in drummer Kai Hahto adds: “It’s a perfect theme to an album. Like, how did we come to be? And when our time here is done, what kind of mark do we leave? It’s a pretty amazing theme.”

The track list for »Endless Forms Most Beautiful« reads as follows:
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Weak Fantasy
03. Élan
04. Yours Is An Empty Hope
05. Our Decades In the Sun
06. My Walden
07. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
08. Edema Ruh
09. Alpenglow
10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
11. The Greatest Show On Earth

The album is available in a variety of different formats. Pre-order your copy here:

'Élan', the first single from »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«, was released on February 13. The 4-track single features the album version, radio edit and an alternate version of 'Élan', as well as the non-album bonus track 'Sagan’. Order your copy of 'Élan' exclusively here:

»Endless Forms Most Beautiful« will be the first NIGHTWISH studio album to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. Longtime drummer Jukka Nevalainen wasn’t able to take part in the recording sessions due to health issues but Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN) kindly stepped in and looked after the drumming duties for him.

NIGHTWISH also revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and writer Professor Richard Dawkins as a guest on this eighth studio album. The detailed cover-artwork was created by longtime collaborator Toxic Angel.

More on »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«:
'Élan' – official music video:
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
Trailer #10 - Ready!:
Trailer #11 - Release Of The First Single: 

New Enforcer album out now!

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The wait is finally over! Swedish Heavy Metal foursome ENFORCER release their brand new masterpiece »From Beyond« today and it’s clear the International Media are impressed with the band’s latest effort:

“With »From Beyond« the Swedes cement their very own style through this true jewel of an album!”
LEGACY (D), Christian Wachter

“Everything on »From Beyond« sounds more energetic, convincing and even more melodic compared to the previous records, making it a timeless Heavy Metal classic that is close to perfection.”
DEAF FOREVER (D), Andreas Himmelstein

“ENFORCER are authentic and classic Old School Heavy Metal at its best!”
SLAM (AT), Franziska Pieler

“A sizzling 45 minutes of the finest in Old School-Metal that is highly addictive”
METAL HAMMER (D), Katrin Riedl

“On »From Beyond« ENFORCER are as authentic as ever and despite all their youthful ferocity they clearly matured in songwriting skills.”
METAL.DE (D), Marcus Endres

“On their fourth album the Swedes once again in top form and eagerly hailing their idols aka Savage Grace, Exciter und Agent Steel meisterlich nach.
Metal to the fucking bone!”
EMP (D), Jürgen Tschamler

“Those guys truly deserve a breakthrough!”

“»From Beyond« is some state-of-the-art Heavy Metal and a guaranteed crowed-pleaser – no pre-listening needed.”

“»From Beyond“« offers nine new smashers… the fourth killer record in a row. Really well done, guys! ”
TOTENTANZ (D), Schnuller

“»From Beyond« is a very good release, and with no doubt will be one of the best Heavy Metal / NWOTHM albums of 2015.”
IRON FIST (UK), Bart Gabriel

»From Beyond« comprises of ten new tracks, all produced, mixed and mastered by the band. The album is available as a limited edition digipak, as well as on vinyl in a variety of colours.
Order your copy of »From Beyond« here:

Or digital here:
Amazon MP3:
Nuclear Blast Mp3:
Nuclear Blast Flac:

ENFORCER just recently premiered the official video clip for the album opening track ‘Destroyer’. The video was shot in Arvika/Sweden and edited by Gustav Öhman Spjuth.
Check out the clip here:

More on »From Beyond«:
‘Undying Evil’ official lyric video:
Album trailer:


Melechesh - »Enki« out now!

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Sumerian thrashing black metal, MELECHESH, released their new album, »Enki« today - get your copy here:

Or digital:
Amazon MP3

The visionary band's sixth album took critics by storm, being described as "the eighth wonder of the world in your personal record collection" by French METAL OBS magazine.

»Enki« also led the soundcheck boards of several European outlets:


More opinions on »Enki«:
"The perfect balance between heavy catchy riffing and black metal genre powered by traditional Middle Eastern influences"
METALLIAN (FR) | Yves Campion

„When watching the TV news, people might think Syria only brought forth misery. Fortunately there’s MELECHESH, who remind us of the glorious Mesopotamian culture and how important this was to each and every one of us! Black metal fertilized with exotic oriental tones and bedazzling rhythms as only MELECHESH can make, that’s ‘Enki’ in a nutshell.“

„On „Enki“ MELECHESH sound even blacker as well as more exotic than before and deliver a killer album!“
DEAF FOREVER (GER) | Götz Kühnemund

„Already THE album of 2015! The kings of oriental metal cement their status!“
LEGACY (GER) | Manuel Stein

„Mesopotamian magick: ‚Enki‘ cements a vision into a statement!“
ROCK HARD (GER) | Wolfgang Kuhn

„Hysterical snitty blackened thrash, which once again bites brutally precise. Unique as ever.“

„""Enki" is a mesopotamian metal storm by experimental band MELECEHSH. Spiritual, magical, atmospheric and destructive - like a myth from the Arabian nights!"
METAL.DE (GER) | 9/10 | Markus Endres

„"Enki" is so full of magic and myth!"
EMP (GER) | Adam Weishaupt

Check out Ashmedi talking the production process, the lyrical concept and the cover & artwork:

Also see Ashmedi talking the latest single, 'Lost Tribes' and working with metal legend Max Cavalera here:

The band recently released the official lyric video for '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).

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).

Soilwork releaes new trailer

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

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Also check out the stunning live performance of 'This Momentary Bliss' at this location:

»Live In The Heart Of Helsinki« is set to be released on March 13, 2015.
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The band recently released the first DVD trailer which can be viewed at this location:
Trailer #2:

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«. It was recorded and mixed by Kimmo Ahola at AMS Oy Ltd.

Väsby Rock Festival, Stockholm, Sweden 17-18/7-2015

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If you like classic hard rock, 80's hard rock, Melodic rock, Melodic metal is Väsby Rock Festival the place to be this summer. New bands and old veterans will deliver rock n roll music for two days in the heart of Stockholm in July. 

The band list consists W.A.S.P, Danger Danger, Magnum, Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, Rated X (Joe Lynn Turner, Carmine Appice), Tygers of Pan Tang, H.E.A.T, Eclipse, Work of Art, Heaven and Earth and much more bands.

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New album from NEFASTIS

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Long awaited NEFASTIS' new album has just been released! The opera in four acts is seeing the light after four months from it official release date, because of vicissitudes due to My Graveyard Production's desertion.

The band from Milan took a very important decision, up with times and in the spirit that bonds the group to the passion for their music. “De Diebus Fastis Nefastis Infaustis”, this the new album's title, is available for free download from the official band's website, where it will also be possible to buy the Digipack CD.

Here are Simone Colombo's own words (guitar/vocals):
When our label abandoned us, for never specified reasons, it has been tough. But we rolled up our sleeves and we accomplished all of the obligations and shows lined up. During our shows we received many praises and lots of recognition from new and old fans, so we said to ourselves "Fuck it, if they appreciate the new material, let's make the whole album available to anyone!" and we decided to let it be downloadable for free from our website.
We never aimed to make money with music, we simply want our art to be spread around and hopefully to be appreciated, if not loved. This way, without any pressure from labels, we can reach as many people as possible around the whole world!"

The band recorded at their own studios, mixing and mastering were instead completed at 16th Cellar Studio in Rome, under the expert and attentive eye of Stefano Morabito (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Agony face).

12 are the tracks of the new record:
1.            Black and Demons
2.            Under my Scars
3.            Napalm Asphalt and Violence
4.            Last Days of Autumn
5.            Cold Wind
6.            Grave of Ice
7.            Stream of Consciousness
8.            First Fear
9.            Morning Shadows
10.          Synthetic Plague
11.          Fucked by Alcohol
12.          Facing New Demons

Free streaming of Synthetic Plague, second single from the latest effort of the band, is besides available at this address.

For further info about the new release, to order the digi-cd or official merchandise, to check out mp3s, live dates, news and everything else about NEFASTIS check out the band's official web-spaces:

NEFASTIS Official Web Site:
NEFASTIS Official Fb Page:

MIST – New EP coming in May / Details revealed

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Slovenian Doom Metal band MIST will release a new EP on May 8th though Soulseller Records. The 4-tracker entitled "Inan'" will include 3 new songs and one from the ˝Demo 2013˝, recorded anew with the influence of the band's current lead guitarist, Blaž Tanšek.
MIST formed in July 2012, originally as an all-female band, and build their music on the legacy of legendary bands like Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Candlemass, Coven, Saint Vitus and others.

Inan'" was recorded in the fall of 2014, produced, mixed and mastered by Benjamin Kic from BK Mastering. The cover art was created by drummer Mihaela Žitko.

Inan' - Cover:
Inan' - Tracklist:

1. Inan’
2. Frozen Velvet
3. Phobia
4. Under The Night Sky


Lead vocals : Nina Spruk
Rhythm guitar & backing vocals: Ema Babošek
Lead guitar : Blaž Tanšek
Bass : Neža Pečan
Drums : Mihaela Žitko

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Helloween reveals album artwork

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HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 14th studio album due on May 29th, the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band's first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album »My God-Given Right« the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career. The forthcoming album is now available for pre-order exclusively via Nuclear Blast:

»My God-Given Right« was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties.

The enchanting artwork was once again created by graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) and will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.

Martin Häusler comments his recent creation:
“We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the ”classical HELLOWEEN“ elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. A first inspiration came from the album title »My God-Given Right« and some of the song titles like ‘Swing Of A Fallen World’, ‘Lost In America’, ‘Battle´s Won’ etc. During my research I stumbled upon the Blockbuster "Day After Tomorrow" and the idea of just leaving the world to the “pumpkins” was born. The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both, the Limited Edition and the 11" Earbook provided with a 3D-Lenticular-cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That’s the reason the entire artwork was done 'in one piece', using a 3D program… we did not want one of those 'cheap Lenticular-covers, done by converting a 2d-version', but the best possible real 3D result: So don’t get any other versions – this will be a true collector’s item!” 

Frontman Andi Deris states:
”I never know how, but somehow we did it once again…the albums really rocks and kicks some major asses!!! We had the best folks with us to make this possible. Producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Martin Häusler, who made a massive 3D artwork this time, WITHOUT stressing the whole color range ;-)”

Adds guitarist Michael Weikath:
”... this proves what a bit of snow not only is able to, but really causes! I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. Just like Andi Deris, I’m very happy about the new album.” 

Their most recent studio effort, »Straight Out Of Hell« saw HELLOWEEN entering the official German album charts on a sensational #4. Keeping this high position for five long weeks and charting several other European Top 10 ranking as well as the US Billboard Top 100, »Straight Out Of Hell« is the most successful HELLOWEEN so far.

Whitechapel premiere new video clip

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Tennessee's WHITECHAPEL have unveiled their latest music video, today. But be warned: "Let Me Burn" isn't like other WHITECHAPEL videos. The band collaborated with director Mitch Massie, the director behind the latest and most visually striking videos from Cattle Decapitation, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and more. Mitch Massie brought the lyrics to "Let Me Burn" to life in gloriously gory fashion; this video is not for those with a weak constitution.

WHITECHAPEL vocalist Phil Bozeman explains: "The basis of the video is about a man, his wife and daughter. The story depicts the degradation of the man and him going insane. He kills his wife and eventually douses himself in gasoline and begs his daughter to strike the match. But the whole point of the story is that the man has everything he wants and needs, but has no control over his mind and suffers with clinical insanity/schizophrenia and regrets everything he has done." Guitarist Alex Wade adds: "It's our first time trying a story based video versus a performance video with us playing and we're really happy with how it came out. Phil's idea for the concept of the video mixed with Mitch Massie's directing developed a very dark and sinister feel that represents the song well."

The heavy video, both sonically and visually, can be seen now, and appropriately, at HERE.

WHITECHAPEL will finally be back on the road in Europe beginning April, 21st!

Suicide Silence
+ Carnifex
+ Adept
+ Rise Of The Northstar
+ Walking Dead On Broadway
21/04/15 DE - Hamburg - Markthalle
22/04/15 DE - Berlin - C-Club
23/04/15 DE - München - Backstage
27/04/15 DE - Nürnberg - Hirsch
28/04/15 DE - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
29/04/15 DE - Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn

24/04/15 CH - Zürich - Komplex (The Ghost Inside, Whitechapel, Deez Nuts, Adept, Walking Dead On Broadway)
25/04/15 DE - Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle (The Ghost Inside, Madball, Whitechapel, Deez Nuts, Adept, Walking Dead On Broadway)
26/04/15 AT - Wien - Arena (The Ghost Inside, Whitechapel, Adept, Malevolance, Walking Dead On Broadway)
30/04/15 FR - Paris - Bataclan (The Ghost Inside, Whitechapel, Adept, Malevolance, Walking Dead On Broadway)
02/05/15 DE - Leipzig - Agra (The Ghost Inside, Madball, Emmure, Deez Nuts, Whitechapel, Adept, Walking Dead On Broadway)
03/05/15 NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg (The Ghost Inside, Emmure, Whitechapel, Deez Nuts, Adept)
04/05/15 UK - Manchester - Academy (The Ghost Inside, Whitechapel, Deez Nuts, Adept)

01/05/15 BE - Meerhout - Groezrock

"Our Endless War" was released in May of 2014 via Metal Blade Records. This album is WHITECHAPEL's most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release. The album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart, #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current) and #2 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart. Watch the videos for "Worship the Digital Age" and "Our Endless War" on the band's official playlist at

Napalm Records signs The New Roses

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THE NEW ROSES are the new Rock sensation coming from Germany - or to be more precise from the tranquil Rheingau, better known for its impressive castles, monasteries and vineyards.

THE NEW ROSES are a true rock'n'roll monster, combining influences of AC/DC, Kid Rock, The Black Roses and Aerosmith skillfully with an enriched and unique sound. A crowning achievement saw the band’s track "Without A Trace" was featured in the TV trailer for the US hit series "Sons Of Anarchy.” With more than 150 shows and festivals played all over Europe in the last three years, numerous avid fans, THE NEW ROSES are ready to rock!

This success of THE NEW ROSES has now gotten them a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records / Universal. The band is hitting the studio this April to record their new album, which will be released in late summer/autumn this year.

Max Riedler (Napalm Records CEO):
"We are delighted to have discovered THE NEW ROSES as a bright shining star in the world of Rock music! A great band with a great future! They are totally on the right way!”

THE NEW ROSES on the signing with Napalm Records:

Urban Benz (drums):
“We are very pleased to sign with a great and established label like Napalm Records. This confirms our belief in Rock and Roll and what we do for years now. It also shows us how important it is to consistently and persistently pursue the own path. We feel the deal with Napalm Records as a reward for our efforts in the recent years and we are now confident and highly motivated working on the recordings for the new album!”

Timmy Rough (voc, guit):
"It is good to know that we are on the right way! Napalm Records is a very good and experienced label and we're really looking forward to working together. We will play as much as possible this year and of course put our focus on the production of the new album on which we are already working very hard. We know that many of our fans have been waiting quite impatiently and we are looking forward even more to have a valuable partner with Napalm Records who will support us with full force in the production and marketing of the 2nd album! "

Deville Schober (Management):
"With THE NEW ROSES we have a new band in our roster who does everything right. We are very proud to work with these guys.THE NEW ROSES is a live guarantor of highly emotional and energetic shows. With their debut album the band has already proven to write pure Rock anthems of highest international quality. The label deal is a logical consequence of the previous work of the band. With Napalm Records we now have a prestigious label that knows how to develop artists internationally. We look forward to working with Max Riedler and the entire team at Napalm Records!”For More Info Visit:

THE NEW ROSES - “Whiskey Nightmare"
THE NEW ROSES – “For A While

Unleashed posts lyric video

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The legendary Swedish trailblazers UNLEASHED just announced the first single “Where Is Your God Now?” from their upcoming studio album “Dawn Of The Nine”. The single will be available digital on February 27th.

The band just released the lyric video of the song on Youtube today.
Check it out here:

Mastermind Johnny states:
“This song is the 4th song on our new album continuing the story about the World of Odalheim. In the aftermath of the great battle at Uppsala fields, and after some time has passed, the Battalions of the World hunt down White Christ to challenge him personally. Needless to say he needs to be faced with the atrocities he is responsible for. But just like most cowards it seems that he fled to higher ground. The Hammer Battalions are ready, waiting eagerly...... Where is your god now?” 

Tracklist of “Dawn Of The Nine”
01. A New Day Will Rise
02. They Came To Die
03. Defenders Of Midgard
04. Where Is Your God Now?
05. The Bolt Thrower
06. Let The Hammer Fly
07. Where Churches Once Burned
08. Land Of The Thousand Lakes
09. Dawn Of The Nine
10. Welcome The Son Of Thor!

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

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.

“Dawn Of The Nine” will be released on April 24, 2015 via Nuclear Blast and can be pre-ordered here: 

Prophecy Productions signs Arcturus

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Arcturus are legend. Unparalleled in creativity, musicianship and artistic approach since their foundation days, mastermind Steinar "Sverd" Johnsen and his cosmic crew consisting of past and present members of bands like Ulver, Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir, Borknagar and Ved Buens Ende have been dancing their very own tightrope between genius and madness ever since. With each of their releases being an interstellar journey of its own, and always ahead of their time, Arcturus can justifiably be labelled as the epitome of avant-garde metal.

Prophecy Productions feel honoured and are excited to welcome Arcturus to its artist roster and to accompany this milestone act on its upcoming enterprises. The first mutual work will be Arcturus' fifth full-length studio album, "Arcturian", which is scheduled for release on May 8th, 2015. Pre-order for all physical products (ltd. Artbook 2CD, ltd. Gatefold LP, ltd. box sets, Digipak CD) is available now at

ICS Vortex on behalf of Arcturus says: "A new chapter, and a new prophetic partner...We are star tripping psyched to be releasing 'Arcturian' soon!"

Arcturus line-up 2015:
Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs - vocals
Steinar "Sverd" Johnsen - keyboards
Knut Magne Valle - guitar
Hugh "Skoll" Mingay - bass
Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg – drums

Arcturus plan to make a short tour of European venues between 2nd - 10th May 2015. All dates will be announced next week via Further European club shows and festivals will be announced later in the year and the band will also perform at Maryland Deathfest, Maryland, USA on 23rd of May 2015 , with extra South American dates to be announced shortly."