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THE CULT Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL With Emotional Live Debut Of 'Sound And Fury'

THE CULT performed an emotional version of its song "Sound And Fury" live for the first time Thursday night (May 18) as a tribute to Chris Cornell, who was found dead earlier that day.

THE CULT singer Ian Astbury introduced the track, which appears on the band's 2016 album "Hidden City", by telling the crowd (see video below): "Today is a very hard day for us. Chris Cornell… If you've got tears, now is the time to let it go. Everything — fucking everything. All of it. All the shame, all the fucking regret, the things you didn't do, the people you didn't tell that you loved that left, the girl that left, the guy that left. Young brother, life, it's profound, it's fragile. You know, we all make choices.

"This is a song that we don't even know, really, but we're gonna do it tonight for Chris, for his family, for you guys, who are fans, friends. We're gonna try and see if this comes off. I'm gonna have to use the paper. This is for the Cornell family, for Susan Silver, for the children. This is 'Sound And Fury'."

Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old.

Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise."

Chris and his wife Vicky had two children, 12-year-old Toni and 11-year-old Christopher, while Chris also had a 16-year-old daughter, Lillian Jean, from his first marriage to former SOUNDGARDEN manager Susan Silver.
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HEART's ANN WILSON Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL With 'Black Hole Sun' Performance On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

HEART singer Ann Wilson paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing a cover version of the SOUNDGARDEN classic "Black Hole Sun" during an appearance on last night's (Thursday, May 19) episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old.

Ann Wilson and her sister and HEART bandmate Nancy Wilson both issued statements on Thursday honoring their late friend.

"It's important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive," Ann wrote. "He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul." Nancy added: "No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating."

Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise."
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RED MOON ARCHITECT Release "Return Of The Black Butterflies" Video

Finnish doom metal band Red Moon Architect has released their third album. It carries the name Return Of The Black Butterflies and is available worldwide via Inverse Records.

Its six tracks, clocking in at 49 minutes, perfectly represent the band's brutally heavy, atmospheric and beautiful soundscape. 

Red Moon Architect has also released a new music video for the title track, "Return Of The Black Butterflies". It tells a haunting story with over six minutes of crushing doom. 

Tracklisting:

"The Haunt"
"Tormented"
"Return Of The Black Butterflies"
"Journey"
"End Of Days"
"NDE"

For further information, visit Red Moon Architect on Facebook.

"Tormented" lyric video:

 

 

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DEATH OF KINGS Stream New Song "Sojourn"

Atlanta's Death Of Kings have revealed "Sojourn", a blistering new song from their forthcoming album Kneel Before None, scheduled for release on June 2nd via Boris Records.

Catch Death Of Kings live at the following shows:

June
1 - Atlanta, GA - The Basement
9 - Knoxville, TN - Open Chord
10 - Louisville, KY - Haymarket Whiskey Bar
11 - Indianapolis, IN - State Street Pub
12 - Detroit, MI - New Dodge Lounge
13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Black Forge Coffee House
14 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
15 - Boston, MA - O'Brien's Pub
16 - New York, NY - Blackthorn 51
17 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
18 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone Club

Visit Death Of Kings on Facebook for further details.

 

 
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OHRENFEINDT present new lyric video

OHRENFEINDT release their first song and lyric video "König und Rebell" from the new album "Zwei Fäuste für Rock'n'Roll", out on June 23rd.
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THE DEAD DAISIES - Live & Louder Limited Edition Boxset - Unboxing Video

After three studio albums, The Dead Daisies will release their first live album, Live & Louder, on May 19th via Spitfire Music / SPV. In the video below, sneak a peek at the strictly limited edition boxset.

"It isn't sold out yet, but it will be very soon, so make sure to grab your copy in time," says the band. "We're more than proud of this beautiful box and you can really see that it was made with much blood, sweat and tears."

"With You And I" is the first official single off Live & Louder, the high-octane live album from The Dead Daisies, recorded last year in Europe, scheduled for a May 19th release via Spitfire / SPV. You can pre-order it now at this location.

"We’re quite happy how this staple of our setlist turned out," says The Dead Daisies. "Sounds like a band firing on all cylinders, don’t you think? That happens when we’re all having fun at a show, so thanks to all that come to rock with us. We hope all you new and old fans alike will get a kick out of this - now crank it!"

The Dead Daisies’ awesome live juggernaut is set to storm into North America in August for a dozen prime live dates as part of their Live & Louder World Tour, in support of the release of their landmark Live & Louder album on Spitfire Music / SPV / eOne on May 19th. Heralded as The Dirty Dozen Tour, the trek is set to kick off in Chicago, IL on August 10th and will wrap in Las Vegas, NV on August 27th.

The Dirty Dozen Tour is inspired by the classic 1960s movie of the same name. “Rehearse them, Excite them, Arm them - then turn them loose on the Fans!”

It will be the band’s first North American Headline Tour where demand has been steadily building after 2016’s smash success of their third album Make Some Noise.

Lead singer John Corabi - “We're all very excited for our very first North American headline run. We're kicking it all off on August 10th in Chicago and ending it in 'Sin City' Las Vegas! You guys have been amazing with all of your support and requests for shows here, so we're giving it to you 'Live And Louder', and 'down and dirty' on The Dirty Dozen Tour 2017! See ya on the road kids!”

Before being turned loose on North American audiences, the troops will be fresh from playing some of the most prestigious and high profile UK and European rock festivals coupled with a series of headline club shows, dates in Japan to then make their long-awaited debut in South America. From South America it’s back to one of Europe’s largest festivals Woodstock Poland, to be part of a “Concert Inspired by Freedom” which will see the band perform with a 60-piece Orchestra.

Special guests on this North American run will be The Dives, which the band made instant friends with on the previous years’ KISS Kruise and who will add their own blend of signature rock and roll to the fiery package.

Confirmed dates for The Dirty Dozen Tour are as listed:

August
10 - Arcada Theatre - Chicago, IL
11 - Shelter at Saint Andrews - Detroit, MI
12 - Lee’s Palace - Toronto, ON
16 - House Of Independence - Asbury Park, NJ
17 - Highline Ballroom - New York NY
18 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
19 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
20 - The Basement East - Nashville, TN
23 - Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX
25 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
26 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
27 - Counts Vamp’d - Las Vegas NV

Live & Louder, will be available in multiple deluxe formats and perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016. The result, once again mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company), is an absolute stunner!

Lead guitarist Doug Aldrich has some choice words about the upcoming live album - "Live & Louder really helps define The Dead Daisies’ sound. Like bands I've been involved with co-producing (Whitesnake and Dio), we have a great team that makes sure our sound is consistent and we are always looking to pump it up. Onstage I just play guitar but our crew and production team are very instrumental in capturing what happens on stage. Now get out there and go Live & Louder with us this summer!”

Tracklisting:

"Long Way To Go"
"Mexico"
"Make Some Noise"
"Song And A Prayer"
"Fortunate Son"
"We All Fall Down"
"Lock’N'Load"
"Something I Said"
"Last Time I Saw The Sun"
"Join Together"
"With You And I"
"Band Intros"
"Mainline"
"Helter Skelter"
"American Band"
"Midnight Moses"

Exclusive Bonus 7″ in Limited Edition Box Set:

"My Generation"
"American Band"
"Maggie May"
"Ramble On"

Lead singer John Corabi: “We’re extremely excited and proud of Live & Louder! A lot of the fans have been writing to us and saying how much they LOVED our records but were even more blown away by the band live. The album shows the world how truly loud and supportive The Dead Daisies fans are! Turn It Up!!!!”

Live & Louder formats:

• Digipak (Contains CD & DVD & massive photo booklet. The DVD features an exclusive Live & Louder Documentary, a massive “Make Some Noise World Tour” Documentary, all music videos of the Make Some Noise album cycle and a picture gallery)

• Vinyl (Double 180g Multicolor Vinyl, Gatefold, Printed Inner Sleeves, 4-Page Booklet, CD in Paper-Sleeve)

• Limited Edition Box Set (contains Digipak with CD & DVD, Double 180g 12” Vinyl, Exclusive Colored-Vinyl 7” Single, Poster, Sticker, Button, Patch, PhotoCard)

• Digital Download & Stream

The Live & Louder World Tour 2017 will visit the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, Holland, France, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Poland, Canada and the US.

Tour dates:

June
2 - Rock Hard Festival - Gelsenkirchen, Germany
3 - Rock In Vienna - Vienna, Austria
4 - Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
5 - Druso - Bergamo, Italy
6 - Dynamo - Zürich, Switzerland
8 - Amager Bio - Copenhagen, Denmark
9 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden
11 - Download Festival - Donnington, United Kingdom
12 - Liquid Room - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
14 - Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Netherlands
16 - Le Forum - Vaureal, France
17 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
18 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
20 - Hirsch - Nürnberg, Germany
21 - Hellraiser - Leipzig, Germany
23 - Harley Days Festival - Hamburg, Germany
25 - Bluesiana - Velden, Austria
26 - Bluesiana - Velden, Austria
27 - Rockhouse - Salzburg, Austria
28 - A38 - Budapest, Hungary
29 - Lucerna Music Bar - Prague, Czech Republic

July
1 - Freigericht Rockt Festival - Freigericht, Germany
5 - Shibuya Club Quattro - Tokyo, Japan
6 - Umeda Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
12 - Opera de Arame - Curitiba, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
13 - Carioca Club - Sao Paulo, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
15 - Vorterix - Buenos Aires, Argentina
16 - Teatro Vorterix - Rosario, Argentina
18 - TBA - Santiago, Chile

August
3 - Woodstock Poland - Kostrzyn, Poland
10 - Arcada Theatre - Chicago, IL
11 - Shelter at Saint Andrews - Detroit, MI
12 - Lee’s Palace - Toronto, ON
16 - House Of Independence - Asbury Park, NJ
17 - Highline Ballroom - New York NY
18 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
19 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
20 - The Basement East - Nashville, TN
23 - Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX
25 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
26 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
27 - Counts Vamp’d - Las Vegas NV

For additional information visit thedeaddaisies.com. To read BraveWords scribe Aaron Small's review of Live & Louder, click here.

The Dirty Dozen Tour Trailer:

“Make Some Noise” live video:

Live & Louder Trailer:
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HORRIFIED Sign With Shadow Kingdom Records

Shadow Kingdom Records hasannounced the signing of the UK's Horrified. The first fruit of this union shall be the band'sforthcoming third album, Allure Of The Fallen, which will be released this Fall.

A work of towering, melodic death metal majesty, Allure Of The Fallen is the record by which Horrified continue their ascent and truly stake their claim as the genre's elite - and render a new modern classic to the canon. Hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne, Horrified was born in 2012 with humble beginnings. An acolyte worshiping the altar of old-school death metal, founder and creator Dan Alderson would later transform the project into a full band.

Like so many of their predecessors, Horrified took a sidestep and evolved into melodic and grandiose territory, adding twin-guitar harmonies and increasing its scope into epic territory without sacrificing their original vision of savage OSDM. After releasing two full-length albums on various labels, assaulting UK underground audiences with tight, energetic live performances and taking their aural onslaught to European audiences, Horrified took steps up from the underground with wide, positive acclaim for the second full-length album Of Despair.

But now, with the impending release of third album Allure Of The Fallen, Horrified has been reborn into something far more vast than ever originally imagined. Comprising six expansive tracks in an epic 46 minutes, Allure Of The Fallen finds the band in an enviable state of maturity, exuding class and power in equal measure, their ever-winding but never-extraneous compositions truly taking the listener on a journey into what real - and really melodic - death metal can encompass. Thus, Horrified's signing to Shadow Kingdom for the album's release is a logical alliance to bolster the band's ever-growing evolution and constant broadening of vision, scope, and horizons. Patient but never slumbering, Horrified arises from the ashes of a barren landscape, shrouded in majesty, resurrected in ancient art. This is the Allure Of The Fallen: pay witness to the dawn of majesty.

Album release date, cover art, tracklisting, and first track premiere to be announced shortly. Until then, visit Horrified on Facebook.

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DEAD ASYLUM Stream New Song "Defiance"

Dead Asylum will release sophomore album Death Always Wins on June 2nd. On the follow-up to 2013 debut General Carnage, the Vancouver, Canada band has sharpened the songwriting to a fine point and bolstered its established muscular attack with a harder rhythmic punch and an even deadlier arsenal of riffs.

Enjoy a stream of album opener "Defiance" via the Soundcloud audio player below:   

With an unexpected combination of thrash and melodeath elements reminiscent of the Gothenburg Sound (At The Gates, Arch Enemy), Dead Asylum's Death Always Wins is one killer listen. The songs on Death Always Wins range from thrashy headbangers, to technical compositions, and chantable, heavy metal anthems. While it might seem like their sound covers the spectrum of metal, everything is tied together by brutal dual vocals and melodic leads. Lyrical themes include revolution and political uprising, the apocalypse, and-as the band name alludes-twisted facets of the human psyche. The band's famously intense live shows are about to get fiercer when the new material is left beaten and bloodied on the stage.

Death Always Wins was tracked at Jam Factory Studios in Port Coquitlam, BC; recorded and edited by Roger Mowat; and mix/mastered by Chris Holmes. Pierre-Alain (3mmi Design) was responsible for the album art.

Tracklisting:

“Defiance”
“Death Always Wins”
“Between Me And The Grave”
“Bury The Living”
“Forgotten Sacrifice”
“Bred To Die”
“Welcome”
“Inmate 666”

Drummer Samantha Landa in many ways defines Dead Asylum's unbridled energy and inability to ever just stand still. Landa performed with Brazilian thrashers and Napalm Records artist Nervosa for three months throughout North America and Europe in 2016, including on a tour package that also featured Destruction, Flotsam & Jetsam, and Enforcer. And all the while ran her online business from the road.

Previously, Landa even served as a Pool Girl on the annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise.

Dead Asylum will hit the road for the American SaniTOURium Tour, beginning in August. Confirmed dates thus far can be found below.

“Death Always Wins” lyric video:

“Forgotten Sacrifice” video:
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ORDEN OGAN: "Gunman video clip released

German Power metal band ORDEN OGAN premieres the first video clip taken from the upcoming album Gunmen. The groups new music video, filmed for the song Gunman, was once again directed by Rainer Zipp Fränzen, who works with the band since 2012s To The End album and its video releases The Things We Believe In and Land Of The Dead.

The creation of the Gunman clip was once again real team work, band leader Seeb Levermann states. "The new ORDEN OGAN album "Gunmen" is set in a dark fantasy Wild West environment, so obviously we had to go to Monument Valley (Utah) to shoot there. There is no other place in the world that is more "Wild West. We shot at the classic Monument Valley scenery as well as at the famous John Fords Point and also did horseback rides.

The second extensive part of filming took place in Germany, but also here the band tried something new. A Western city in an adventure park proved to be the perfect location, Seeb smiles. Things came full circle here, because weve also recorded the drums for Gunman there - to be more specific - in the Western Saloon of the Fort Fun adventure park. We wanted to have this huge 80ies snare ambience that you can only get from big rooms. When the Wild West concept took form, we learned about the Saloon (in Fort Fun), did some test recordings there and were totally blown away. The hall sounds amazing and "Gunmen" may be my best sounding mix so far."

The Gunmen album consists of 10 songs, incl. a guest appearance by former Leaves Eyes/Theatre Of Tragedy vocalist Liv Kristine on the track Come With Me To The Other Side.
Gunmen was once again produced by the bands guitarist/vocalist Seeb Levermann, who just recently has also completed mix & mastering of the upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire release Legendary Years.

Gunmen will be released on July 7th, available as CD, ltd. Digipak (incl. Live At Wacken 2016 bonus DVD), ltd. colored Vinyl (red and silver), ltd. Picture Vinyl and ltd. coffin box set (incl. ltd. Digipak, a figure of the band mascot "Alister Vale" (ca. 15 cm tall) and more).
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RHAPSODY OF FIRE Streaming Re-Recorded Version of "Knightrider Of Doom"

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BLOODCLOT Feat. CRO-MAGS, Ex-DANZIG Members: Listen To New Song 'Kali'

BLOODCLOT, the project featuring John Joseph of the CRO-MAGS, plus former members of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (Joey Castillo, drums; Nick Oliveri, bass), and DANZIG (Todd Youth, guitar), will release its new album, "Up In Arms", on July 14 via Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for the disc can be seen below.

The song "Kali", taken from "Up In Arms", can be streamed below.

BLOODCLOT has confirmed a near-three-week U.S. tour with NEGATIVE APPROACH. ] In addition to being the leader of one of the most influential hardcore bands of all time — the CRO-MAGS — Joseph is an author, an outspoken advocate of plant-based nutrition, and a competitive Ironman tri-athlete. Youth — who played in AGNOSTIC FRONT at the age of 12 — has played guitar with a myriad of artists, including DANZIG, Glen Campbell, MOTÖRHEAD, Ace Frehley, and many more. Additionally, Nick Oliveri has played bass in QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, alongside one of the most sought-after drummers in the scene, Joey Castillo — who has also sat behind the kit for DANZIG and EAGLES OF DEATH METAL.

These four renowned musicians came together when CRO-MAGS guitarist AJ Novello was unable to play a show, and John Joseph called Todd Youth to fill in for him. The two rekindled their friendship and enjoyed playing together so much that a decision was made to reform BLOODCLOT (whose origins date back to a 1981 BAD BRAINS tour). Todd began the songwriting process, and soon after, Joey Castillo and Nick Oliveri were recruited to join the band. With the new lineup in place, and songs to record, Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel offered BLOODCLOT a worldwide deal.

BLOODCLOT is:

John Joseph (CRO-MAGS) - Vocals Todd Youth (ex-DANZIG) - GuitarsNick Oliveri (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) - BassJoey Castillo (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ex-DANZIG) - Drums

Photo credit: Wass Photography, Dustin Jack Photography, Lloyd Nickell, Tony Virgadamo
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ICED EARTH: Watch Lyric Video For New Song 'Great Heathen Army'

The official lyric video for "Great Heathen Army", a brand new song from ICED EARTH, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Incorruptible", which will be released on June 16 via Century Media. The cover artwork for the disc (as well as additional illustrations to every song) was created by David Newman-Stump from Skeleton Crew Tattoo (pencil illustrations) and Roy Young (colors).

"Incorruptible" track listing:

01. Great Heathen Army (5:21)02. Black Flag (4:56)03. Raven Wing (6:25)04. The Veil (4:47)05. Seven Headed Whore (3:00)06. The Relic (Part 1) (4:59)07. Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors) (6:35)08. Brothers (4:45)09. Defiance (4:08)10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862) (9:30)

"Incorruptible" will be available in the following formats:

* Deluxe CD digipak with extensive booklet, fold-out poster and slipcase (only available in Europe)* CD digipak (only available in the USA)* Strictly limited artbook with 36-page booklet with introduction, additional artworks, sketches and comments by Jon Schaffer to each individual song, CD and double 10" vinyl, worldwide limited to only 3000 copies* Deluxe 2LP version in various vinyl colors (see below for exact color split) with gatefold sleeve, 4-page lyric sheet, 180-gram vinyl, black anti-static inner sleeves, etching and 12-page LP-booklet with artworks to each of the 10 songs* Standard CD jewel case* Digital download / stream

The 2LP version of "Incorruptible" is offered in the following vinyl colors:

* Black vinyl: unlimited and offered through all retail channels* Dark-green vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in the U.K.* Yellow vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in France* Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media's European online store* Lilac vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast* Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP* Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 500 copies, distributed through RED in the USA* White vinyl: limited to 300 copies, exclusively offered in the USA through F.Y.E.* Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour

The artbook version of "Incorruptible" will be offered in the following vinyl colors:

* Transparent-red vinyl: main version, available through all retail channels* Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media's European online store* Golden vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores* Black vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores* Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast* Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour

Regarding how "Incorruptible" compares to previous ICED EARTH albums, guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer told Metal Wani: "They're all kind of their own thing, but I have a very strong gut feeling about this, and so does everybody in the band, that this is one of the really special ones. So I put it up there with 'The Dark Saga' [1996], 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' [1998], 'Dystopia' [2011] — it's in that league of records — so it's really gonna be something special, man. I know musicians always say that, but there is something going on here, so it's cool. We're all very excited about it."

On the topic of the concept for the lyrics on "Incorruptible", Schaffer said: "There is no concept on this record; it's just ten individual tracks not related to each other. Actually, on 'Plagues Of Babylon' [2014], it was only the first six that were related to the 'Something Wicked' story; it was like a zombie apocalypse within the 'Something Wicked' framework. But this album, it's just ten individual songs. We have one called 'Clear The Way', which is about the Irish Brigade at the Battle Of Fredericksburg — very tragic, actually — but that's a big epic, like ten minutes; and then we have one called 'Black Flag', which is a pirate song. It's quite a… I think I pulled it off pretty well with the lyrics, to be able to tell such a big story in a very short amount of time. I think it's gonna be a highlight of the record. And then on [the last European] tour, [we opened] the show with a new song that will be the opener on the album — it's called 'Great Heathen Army' — that's got a Viking kind of a vibe to it. So there's a lot of different things, and none of it's really related. There's one called 'Raven Wing'… I can't really think of all of them righ now… 'Seven Headed Whore' — that's one that's actually pretty brutal; it's like a total kick in the balls. But, you know, there's a lot of varied emotions on this, and it's cool stuff, man."

Asked about singer Stu Block's contribution to "Incorruptible", Schaffer said: "Well, he came at the end of… for about the last month or so of pre-production… maybe a little bit more… five weeks… and we worked on his vocal parts. We do it like Stu and I normally do it. Some of the stuff we write together. I mean, I write the musical arrangements and do all that — he doesn't play any instruments — but he comes in… At the end of the writing process is when we focus on his parts. And the lyrics that we worked on together, on a song called 'Brother', which is about our brotherhood, [between] Stu and I and within the band… We've gone through a lot of shit together and we've had a lot of great times together, but the bond is very strong, and that's clear. So it's just a song, really, for us. And then he wrote the lyrics for 'The Great Heathen Army'. I'm trying to think… I can't think of 'em, man; I have to look at the list [of songs]. But usually, he goes to an area and works, and I go in my area and work. And, like I said, on some songs we collaborate sometimes. On this one, the only we did was 'Brother'… We work in the way we always work. And it's a very cool chemistry."

ICED EARTH took a break from touring in 2015, primarily due to Schaffer's second cervical fusion surgery.

Longtime ICED EARTH drummer Brent Smedley returned to the band for the current recording and touring cycle. Smedley had to step down due to personal family reasons in 2013 shortly before the recording of "Plagues Of Babylon".

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TANKARD Releases Video For 'One Foot In The Grave' Title Track

German alcohol-soaked thrash metal act TANKARD will release its seventeenth studio album, "One Foot In The Grave", on June 2 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)" was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with producer Martin Buchwalter (DESTRUCTION, ACCUSER, PERZONAL WAR, SUIDAKRA).

The official video for the "One Foot In The Grave" title track can be seen below.

"One Foot In The Grave" track listing:

01. Pay To Pray02. Arena Of The True Lies03. Don`t Bullshit Us!04. One Foot In The Grave05. Syrian Nightmare06. Northern Crown (Lament Of The Undead King)07. Lock`Em Up!08. The Evil That Men Display09. Secret Order 151610. Sole Grinder

This time, the album is going to have a serious streak, not only filled with humor but criticizing today's society. Even the traditional beer song "Secret Order 1516" displays some critical elements. But don't worry: fans of the typical TANKARD humor won't be disappointed! With songs like "Sole Grinder", the band hasn't forgotten their raison d'être. This song pays tribute to the band's manager Buffo (Gerre: "The funniest choleric person in Germany") in an ironic way.

The cover artwork for "One Foot In The Grave" was created by Patrick Strogulski, who is a student of Sebastian Krüger, the recent artwork designer of TANKARD. He also created the cover artwork for the "A Girl Called Cerveza" and "R.I.B." albums. With this, the iconic band mascot, the TANKARD Alien, celebrates his return after about 13 years of absence. The alien was born in 1989 with the "Alien" EP and has already graced five album covers. The TANKARD fan club "Maniac Aliens" is also named after it.

States TANKARD vocalist Andreas "Gerre" Geremia: "Mister Strogulski has once again created a real masterpiece and surpassed himself. Our first plan was that I would be on the cover instead of the alien... but, lucky me, it ended up being the alien..."

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SANCTUARY Recruits NEVERMORE Guitarist ATTILA VÖRÖS

U.S. metallers SANCTUARY have recruited Attila Vörös (NEVERMORE) as their new second guitar player. Vörös will join the band on the 2017 European summer tour.

Says SANCTUARY in a statement: "We are all very stoked to share the stage with such a great musician. Attila has always been at the top of our guitar player wish list."

Attila added: "This is an absolute honor and pleasure for me that I'll be playing with the legendary and such influential band SANCTUARY over this upcoming summer festival season. Over the years, we stayed in contact with my friend Warrel Dane, and now I can't wait to share the stage with them again. It's gonna be hell of a summer for sure!"

Tour dates:

Jun. 16 - Loreley, Germany - RockFels FestivalJun. 17 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal MeetingJun. 18 - Clisson, France - HellfestJul. 12 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head!!!Jul. 14 - Gävle, Sweden - Gefle Metal FestivalJul. 16 - Tel Aviv, Israel - GagarinJul. 21 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205Jul. 25 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metal DaysJul. 26 - Munich, Germany - Free and EasyJul. 27 - Berlin, Germany - Musik und FriedenJul. 28 - Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany - Headbangers Open AirJul. 29 - Erfurt, Germany - From HellJul. 30 - Aarburg, Switzerland - MusigbergJul. 31 - Nurnberg, Germany - HirshAug. 02 - Hanover, Germany - MusikzentrumAug. 03 - Arnhem, Netherlands - WillemeenAug. 04 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air

After returning from the European festival/club tour, SANCTUARY will resume work on the follow-up to 2014's "The Year The Sun Died" album.

SANCTUARY's last release was "Inception", the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied". "Inception" contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and which were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED).

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Pay Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL In Indianapolis (Video)

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Josh Klinghoffer paid tribute to Chris Cornell at their Indianapolis concert Thursday night (May 18) by singing the acoustic "Singles" track "Seasons". Klinghoffer previously performed a Cornell-penned song in November 2016 in Vienna, Austria when he played a solo version of TEMPLE OF THE DOG's "All Night Thing" in honor of that band's reunion tour.

Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit.

Some of the artists who paid tribute to Cornell on social media included PEARL JAM, Paul Stanley of KISS, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Perry Farrell of JANE'S ADDICTION, William DuVall from ALICE IN CHAINS, Brian Wilson, Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH.

The surviving members of SOUNDGARDEN — drummer Matt Cameron, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd — have yet to make a public statement.
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THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Feat. SOILWORK, ARCH ENEMY Members: 'Something Mysterious' Video

The official video for the song "Something Mysterious" from the Swedish classic/progressive rock supergroup THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA — featuring members of metal frontrunners SOILWORK and ARCH ENEMY — can be seen below. The track is taken from THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's third studio album, "Amber Galactic", which is being released today (Friday, May 19) via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden. The album follows THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's two previous releases, 2012's "Internal Affairs" and 2015's "Skyline Whispers".

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA guitarist David Andersson says: "Almost everyone, no matter who they are, has experienced one, or perhaps even a few, epic nights in their lives. That night when you met the love of your life, and you couldn't go to sleep because your heart was beating too fast out of pure excitement and joy. That night when you lost the love of your life. The night when you thought that no matter what happens next, I'll remember this night for the rest of my life. 'Something Mysterious' is a song about standing at that crossroads, gathering the courage to take that plunge into the unknown, knowing your life will never be the same again."

"Amber Galactic" is being made available as a limited edition digipak CD featuring an alternate cover art (see below), 2LP vinyl (black and violet sparkle) and as digital download and stream via all known platforms.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA singer Björn Strid states: "'Amber Galactic' is a relationship drama set in space, the first classic rock space opera on double vinyl.

"As seasoned musicians, we're taking this project seriously, although we might come across as slightly retrofuturistic at times, there's no irony involved. It's just us trying to shape our future into a place where our race is led by female space commanders with pearl necklaces and a quasar sense of gravity.

"'Amber Galactic' is about setting free from genre boundaries and expectations that are put on people like us. We just want to create music that we would like to hear ourselves, but that isn't only for us.

"THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is here to set you free, to invite you to enjoy music in whatever form it is presented.

"For this particular journey, we'd like you to follow us into space, but who knows where we'll go next! After entering the NFO universe, you won't ever be the same!"

"Amber Galactic" track listing:

01. Midnight Flyer02. Star Of Rio03. Gemini04. Sad State Of Affairs05. Jennie06. Domino07. Josephine08. Space Whisperer09. Something Mysterious10. Saturn In Velvet11. Just Another Night (bonus track, limited-edition digipak, vinyl)12. Fly Tonight (Never Rewind) (bonus track, Japan only)

Strid previousy stated about the album: "'Amber Galactic' was made during late nights and way too early mornings, when sometimes, in the corner of your eye, you can catch a glimpse of another dimension, where all the women are heartbroken space commanders in evening gowns, the champagne is always free and the drugs won't hurt you.

"We wanted to create more than just a listening experience; instead we want it to be an alternative reality.

"We hope that after listening to 'Amber Galactic', you'll be wide-eyed, horny and slightly drunk."

Guitarist David Andersson added: "Musicianship in itself is not interesting, neither are the technical aspects of creating music. The ideas and visions behind the music are the only things really worthy of in-depth discussions.

"We've all reached a point where we can all pretty much play and sing whatever we want.

"We didn't talk much about chord changes or amplifiers during the recording sessions. But we spent a lot of time discussing Kierkegaard's concept of anxiety, different vintages of sparkling wine, the psychoacoustic aspects of modulation, the innate superiority of women and why a pearl necklace always look better when whoever wears it has a bored expression on her face."

When asked about the direction of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA within the realm of classic rock, Strid explained with a chuckle: "Most other classic rock bands sound like weed or LSD — we sound like cocaine."

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is:

Björn Strid - VocalsSharlee D'Angelo - BassDavid Andersson - GuitarRichard Larsson - KeyboardsJonas Källsbäck - DrumsSebastian Forslund - Guitar, Percussion






Alternate cover art for limited-edition digipak CD:
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KAI HANSEN - Founding HELLOWEEN Member To Issue HANSEN & FRIENDS - Thank You Waken Live Multi-Format Release In June; “Fire & Ice” Video Streaming

Fire & Ice has been released as the first song and video from Halloween founding member Kai Hansens show at last years Wacken Open Air festival. The performance of Hansen and his band - including Clémentine Delauney on the vocals - is now available as an instant grat track as part of the iTunes pre order for Hansen & Friends - Thank You Waken Live, due for release on June 23rd.

The following formats will be released: Digital, CD+DVD, LP, and Blu-Ray+CD.

Filmed and recorded on a muddy vibrant summer evening at last years Wacken Open Air Festival, Thank You Wacken is a unique snapshot in time as this was the first and only performance of Kai Hansens band, with whom he recorded and co-wrote his 2016 solo debut XXX Three Decades In Metal.

He was joined on stage by Alex Dietz on bass (Heaven Shall Burn), Eike Freese on guitar (Dark Age), Michael Ehré (Gamma Ray) on drums, Corvin Bahn on keys (Crystal Breed), Clémentine Delauney (Visions Of Atlantis) and Frank Beck (Gamma Ray) on backing vocals.

A special treat was the performance of Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic) who joined Kai on stage to perform Helloween classics that for a few minutes set Wacken on fire.

More details on the upcoming release will be available soon.




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DGM Release Official Live Video For “Trust”

An official live video for “Trust”, from DGM’s upcoming Passing Stages release is available for streaming below. Passing Stages will be released on June 2nd.

DGM’s last album (their eighth), The Passage, was released in August 2016 and marked the culmination of almost 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 and has pushed the Italian band into the elite rankings of the international progressive metal scene. Over the years, DGM has managed to tour the world, taking part in some of the biggest and most celebrated metal festivals around the globe and sharing the stage with the likes of Heaven and Hell, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Avantasia, Scorpions, and many others.

With a bulletproof line-up comprised of producer/guitarist Simone Mularoni, singer Marco Basile, bassist Andrea Arcangeli, drummer Fabio Costantino, and keyboardist Emanuele Casali, DGM can now share their awesome musicianship and songwriting skills with all audiences via the release of this truly beautiful live release.

“Passing Stages is the best possible illustration of what DGM are capable of on a stage these days,” says Simone Mularoni. “We put our hearts and souls into the making this one and managed to capture magical nights that we'll remember forever. In our career, Passing Stages will be a milestone in our discography and a great conclusion of the first decade of this line-up. Here’s to the future.”

Herein are captured two separate performances for fans to enjoy via audio on CD and MP3 and visually via DVD or Blu-Ray. The first show is the entire performance held in front of the inaugural Frontiers Metal Festival, in Trezzo Sull’Adda (Milano) on October 30th, 2016 and has a set-list centered around the latest album, The Passage.

“We wanted to show to the whole world how great the Italian fans are and how much we love to play in our home country, and we had the best occasion with the first edition of Frontiers Metal Festival,” continues Simone. “With our last album, The Passage, I think we managed to reach an even bigger crowd and that particular day was really one of a kind... the best Italian live club, packed with fans, together with a lot of friends and a gig focused on the last album.”

The second show captured sees the band in action at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, GA on September 11th, 2014. The setlist shows an emphasis on the albums Frame and Momentum.

“Our second time at ProgPower USA was an important step of the Momentum tour and filming that evening was mandatory,” explains Simone. “We felt the warmth of the crowd, we worked with fabulous technicians and with one of the best crews ever. The atmosphere pervading the Center Stage in Atlanta is unique and we did our best to honor this awesome festival with a performance at the top of our abilities. I'm pretty sure that whoever watches the concert will feel like being right in front of the stage singing with us.

Tracklistings:

CD1:

“The Secret Part 1”
“The Secret Part 2”
“Animal”
“The Passage”
“Reason”
“Daydreamer”
“Disguise”
“Fallen”
“Ghosts Of Insanity”
“Hereafter”

CD2:

“Void”
“Reason”
“No Looking Back”
“Universe”
“Numb”
“In A Movie”
“Repay”
“Heartache”
“Enhancement”
“Chaos”
“Trust”
“Brand New Blood”

DVD/Blu-Ray:

“The Secret Part 1”
“The Secret Part 2”
“Animal”
“The Passage”
“Reason”
“Daydreamer”
“Disguise”
“Fallen”
“Ghosts Of Insanity”
“Hereafter ”
“Void”
“Reason”
“No Looking Back”
“Universe”
“Numb”
“In A Movie”
“Repay”
“Heartache”
“Enhancement”
“Chaos”
“Trust”
“Brand New Blood”

“Trust” video:

“Ghosts Of Insanity” video:

DGM lineup:

Marco Basile: vocals
Simone Mularoni: guitars, background vocals
Andrea Arcangeli: bass guitar
Emanuele Casali: keyboards
Fabio Costantino: drums
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INGLORIOUS Release “Taking The Blame” Music Video

British hard rockers, Inglorious, have released a video for Taking The Blame a track from their new album, Inglorious II, out now. The video is available for streaming below.

Produced by the band and mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith), Inglorious II further enhances the standing of this remarkable band. From the body blow riffs of Read All About It, to the beautiful melodies of upcoming first single I Dont Need Your Loving, from the groove of High Class Woman to the classic feeling ballad Making Me Pay, this is an album that shows the bands influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of rock albums from the 1970s - many years before the band members were born - merged with a truly contemporary feel. Driving riffs and instant melodies all overlaid with the unique and powerful vocals of Nathan James.

Tracklisting:

I Don't Need Your Loving
Taking The Blame
Tell Me Why
Read All About It
Change Is Coming
Making Me Pay
Hell Or High Water
No Good For You
I Got A Feeling
Black Magic
Faraway
High Class Woman

Taking The Blame video:

Black Magic:

Hell Or High Water lyric video:

Making Me Pay:

I Dont Need Your Loving video:

Read All About It lyric video:

EPK (Electronic Press Kit):

The album is available as a standard CD and also as a Deluxe 2CD/DVD edition. The DVD features a previously unavailable live performance from Download Festival 2016 plus extra bonus content, including videos for "I Don't Need Your Loving" and "Taking The Blame".

DVD Content:

Live At Donington:
Until I Die
Breakaway
High Flying Gypsy
No Good For You
Holy Water
Warning
Unaware

Special Features:
Inglorious EPK
Taking The Blame Music Video
I Don't Need Your Loving Music Video
Behind The Scenes

Consummate live performers the band already have a number of high profile shows confirmed, with more to follow through 2017. Dates listed below.

June
16 - Clisson, France - Hellfest Festival
18 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Festival
22 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Festival
24 - Vitoria, Spain - Azkena Rock Festival 2017

August
19 - Tilford, UK - Weyfest Festival
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STEVEN WILSON Launches Official Music Video For “Pariah”

Steven Wilson has released a video for the track Pariah, featured on his upcoming fifth album, To The Bone. The clip, featuring Ninet Tayeb, is available for streaming below.

To The Bone is a gloriously dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by the UK's biggest underground artist. The album releases on August 18th. Pre-orders are live at this location.

Fusing driving futurist rock and spectral electronics to elegiac hyper-space ambience and dizzying, squalling guitars, To The Bone is Steven Wilson's hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth (think Peter Gabriel's So, Talk Talk's Colour Of Spring, Tears For Fears' Seeds Of Love).

Lyrically, the album's 11 tracks veer from the paranoid chaos of the post-truth era and the creeping self-loathing of the technology age to steely fly-on-the-wall observations of the everyday lives of religious fundamentalists with a welcome shot or two of wide-eyed escapism. Sonically and melodically stunning, To The Bone is a high definition snapshot of the disconcerting times we live in.

The follow up to 2015s Hand. Cannot. Erase., To The Bone is Steven Wilsons first album since signing with Caroline International (Iggy Pop, Underworld, Thurston Moore, Glass Animals).

Formerly the founder and mainstay of outsider rock band Porcupine Tree, Steven released his first record under his own name, Insurgentes, in 2008. He has been resolutely independent throughout a three-decade career thats made him the most successful British artist you've never heard of.

Tracklisting:

To The Bone
Nowhere Now
Pariah
The Same Asylum As Before
Refuge
Permanating
Blank Tapes
People Who Eat Darkness
Song Of I
Detonation
Song Of Unborn

Pariah video:
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WEDNESDAY 13 Unveils "Cruel To You" Video

The Duke of Spook, Wednesday 13 has premiered a new video clip for "Cruel To You", another new track taken from his forthcoming album, Condolences which is set for release on June 2nd via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. 

Wednesday tells us "I'm really excited for everyone to see our new video for 'Cruel To You'.  Making this one turned out to be so much fun and director Tommy Jones made my comic book dream come to life.  Running around sunny Los Angeles chasing a girl and her dog with an axe was certainly a first for me, haha!  This song and video is definitely a throw back to the more fun, campy side of Wednesday 13."

Preorder Condolences in the format of your choice at this location or digitally at iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

Condolences was produced, mixed and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Hatebreed, Rob Zombie). Artwork was created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Nevermore).

Tracklisting:

"Last Rites"
"What The Night Brings"
"Cadaverous"
"Blood Sick"
"Good Riddance"
"You Breathe, I Kill"
"Omen Amen"
"Cruel To You"
"Eulogy XIII"
"Prey For Me"
"Lonesome Road To Hell"
"Condolences"
"Death Infinity"

“Blood Sick” video:

"What The Night Brings" video:

Wednesday 13 will return to the road this summer in support of Condolences. All dates are listed below. Wednesday 13 will be joined by Once Human and Gabriel And The Apocalypse on this run.

Dates:

June
16 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall
17 - Colorado Springs, CO - Sunshine Studios
18 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
20 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
21 - Gallup, NM - Juggernaut Music
22 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
23 - Las Vegas, NV - Vamp’d
24 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55
25 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
27 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
28 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red
30 - Abilene, TX - My Place

July
1 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
2 - Austin, TX - Grizzly Hall
4 - New Orleans, LA - Southport Music Hall
6 - Dallas, TX - Trees
7 - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
8 - Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma City Limits
9 - St. Louis, MO - Fuba
11 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theater
12 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
13 - Berwyn, IL - The Wire
14 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
15 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar
16 - Sioux Falls, SD - Bigs Sports Bar
18 - Minot, ND - The “O” Bar
20 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
21 - Calgary, AB - Dickens
23 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven

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EPI-DEMIC Release “Ruthless Ambition” Music Video

Calgary thrashers, Epi-Demic, have released a video for Ruthless Ambition, a track from their new album, Malformed Conscience, released back in April via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Order the album at Horror Pain Gore Death, and watch the new video below.

Malformed Conscience is an 11-track pulverizing journey through a tortured and agonized consciousness, guaranteed to snap your rotting neck and leave your mind broken.

Tracklisting:

Rotting In Plain Sight
Dark Thoughts
Stewing In Misery
Ruthless Ambition
Losing Time
Famine
Hatred
Son Of Dogs
Breaking Your Mind
Punishment
Mortal Kind

Ruthless Ambition video:

Losing Time:
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DESULTORY To Release New And Final Album In June; Track Streaming

Stockholm, Sweden-based death metal mammoths, Desultory, have returned once again for their fifth and swansong full-length album, Through Aching Aeons, to be released on June 23rd via Pulverised Records. The album track “In This Embrace” is available for streaming below.

Desultory spent the last year writing and recording Through Aching Aeons together with Necromorbus Studio's Tore Stjerna (Watain, Repugnant, Portrait, Tribulation, etc) and the result is a far more vicious and aggressive effort than any of their previous albums.

The cover artwork for Through Aching Aeons was designed by French graphic artist Pierre-Alain D at 3mmi Design (Kamelot, Necrodeath, etc).

Tracklist:

“Silent Rapture”
“Spineless Kingdom”
“Through Aching Aeons”
“In This Embrace”
“Beneath The Bleeding Sky”
“Slither”
“Divine Blindness”
“Breathing The Ashes”
“Our Departure”

“In This Embrace”:

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VÖLUR Streaming “Breaker Of Oaths” From Upcoming Ancestors Album

Toronto-based experimental doom trio Völur will release its sophomore album, Ancestors, on June 2nd via Prophecy Productions. Produced by the band and mixed by Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene), Ancestors is the follow-up to Völurs debut, Disir. The new song, "Breaker Of Oaths, is available for streaming below.

Moving between high-tension heaviness and beautiful pastoral moods, Völur aims to reflect the world of primordial nature inspired by ancient myths and chilling poems of death and heroism. Ancestors shares the stories and sagas of great men from the past that have been shrouded by the obscurity of time while simultaneously spotlighting one of North Americas most ambitious and striving young acts.

Just as the band's 2016 debut, Disir, dealt with themes surrounding female figures from mythology, Ancestors focuses on the heroines male counterparts and is the second part of a planned four album series spotlighting various elements of the old Germanic spiritual world. Völurs songs are long, quasi-narrative pieces that feature Laura C. Bates' violin assuming the role traditionally executed by a guitar, allowing the bass playing of Lucas Gadke (also of Blood Ceremony) to take on unique responsibilities in both lead and melodic roles while drummer Jimmy Payment (Do Make Say Think) feeds the bands bombastic, crushing oomph. Doom music (not necessarily metal) is about slow contemplation and the transfixing power of heaviness and Völurs weighty riffs, layers of feedback, dynamic, angular melodies and moments of beauty give heed to the bands promise to always seek newer modes of musical expression and discovery.

Tracklisting:

Breaker Of Silence
Breaker Of Skulls
Breaker Of Oaths
Breaker Of Famine

Breaker Of Oaths:

Breaker Of Skulls:

(Photo - Entre Saisons)
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PRISTINE Release Trailer Video #2 For Upcoming PRISTINE Album

Norwegian rock band, Pristine, featuring lead singer Heidi Solheim, have released a second video trailer for their upcoming, fourth studio album, Ninja, out on June 23rd via Nuclear Blast. Watch two trailers below.

Commented Heidi Solheim: "We are extremely excited to share the new music with old and new fans! The music on Ninja was written as a result of a very fun and adventurous 2016 where we got to meet a lot of great people. Inspiration is our creative fuel. Hope you will enjoy the record and see you on the road!"

Tracklisting:

“You Are The One”
“Sophia”
“The Perfect Crime”
“The Rebel Song”
“The Parade”
“Ghost Chase”
“Ninja”
“Jekyll & Hyde”
“Forget”
“Ocean”
“California” (Live)
“No Regret” (Live)

Trailer #1:

Trailer #2:

“You Are The One” video:
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DRAGONFORCE - New Video Trailer For Reaching Into Infinity Album Streaming

This Friday, May 19th, international metal superstars DragonForce will release their new studio album, Reaching Into Infinity, via Metal Blade Records in the US and Cadence Music Group / Universal Music in Canada. A new trailer video can be seen below:

DragonForce talk about the new album and the influence of touring on the album, the album's concept and how fast their songs really are in the first part of this three-part interview.

The new album will be available in the following formats:

- special CD/DVD edition
- 2LP (limited to 1000 copies; sides A and B: translucent purple vinyl, sides C and D: fluorescent green vinyl)

* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available.

The special edition of the album comes with a multi-angle bonus DVD, the first taster of which can be seen below in the form of “Operation Ground And Pound” live at Woodstock Poland. Reaching Into Infinity details follow.

Standard Edition:

“Reaching Into Infinity”
“Ashes Of The Dawn”
“Judgement Day”
“Astral Empire”
“Curse Of Darkness”
“Silence”
“Midnight Madness”
“WAR!”
“Land Of Shattered Dreams”
“The Edge Of The World”
“Our Final Stand”

Special Edition with multi-angle Bonus DVD:

Disc 1 - CD
“Reaching Into Infinity”
“Ashes Of The Dawn”
“Judgement Day”
“Astral Empire”
“Curse Of Darkness”
“Silence”
“Midnight Madness”
“WAR!”
“Land Of Shattered Dreams”
“The Edge Of The World”
“Our Final Stand”

Bonus Tracks
“Hatred And Revenge”
“Evil Dead

Disc 2 - Bonus DVD - DragonForce Live at Woodstock Festival Poland 2016
“Holding On”
“Heroes Of Our Time”
“Operation Ground and Pound”
“Holding On” (Multi-angles)
“Heroes Of Our Time” (Multi-angeles)
“Operation Ground And Pound” (Multi-Angles)

“Ashes Of The Dawn” video:

"Curse Of Darkness”:

“Operation Ground And Pound” (Live at Woodstock):

Rapid Fire Interviews:

Pt. 1:

Pt. 2:

DragonForce will give North American fans their first taste of new songs starting July 7th, when the band hits the road for a summer tour. Dates are listed below:

July
7 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
8 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
9 - Mesa, AZ - Club Red
11 - San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box
12 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
14 - St Louis, MO - Fubar
15 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Open Air
17 - Detroit, MI - El Club
18 - Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
20 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
21 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
22 - Bangor, ME - Rise Above Festival
23 - Montreal, QC - Corona
24 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
26 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade ("Heaven")
27 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham
28 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
 29 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room

DragonForce have revealed the dates for the UK leg of their Reaching Into Infinity World Tour. The 10-date tour kicks off in Glasgow on October 4th, ending in Tunbridge Wells on October 15th.

“The UK is still one of DragonForce's favourite place to tour, and we can’t wait to bring the epic-ness back home!” says guitarist Herman Li.

UK tour dates:

October
4 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Garage
5 - Newcastle, England - Riverside
6 - York, England - Fibbers
7 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
8 - Manchester, England - Sound Control
11 - Birmingham, England - O2 Academy 2
12 - Cardiff, Wales - Globe
13 - London, England - Electric Ballroom
14 - Portsmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms
15 - Tunbridge Wells, England - Forum

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FORTIS AMOR - Full Album Audio Teaser Streaming

Fortis Amor - the melodic progressive metal project entirely conceived and executed by guitarist/vocalist/composer/producer Ryan Duke - will release a self-titled full-length album tomorrow, May 19th. While Fortis Amor's 10 tracks nearly convince the listener that they're hearing a full band, the project is entirely Ryan Duke's making, aside from select guest solos by Jack Daniels (War Of Ages, Hope For The Dying) and Zack Uidl (ex-7 Horns 7 Eyes).

The album is now available for pre-order via Bandcamp. A full album audio preview is available for streaming below.

Fortis Amor is comprised of Ryan Duke's earlier musical musings, stretching back nearly two decades. More recently, Duke has released two EP's (also available via Bandcamp) of more modern takes on the genre (2009's Passage and 2012's Seismic). With one listen, it's clear that the different styles and influences on Fortis Amor quite literally transcend any recent metal trend defined by a period of time. After spending so much time honing a signature sound, incorporating years of inspiration becomes inevitable.

Fortis Amor delivers a progressive blend that will appeal to any listener. The album opens gracefully with an orchestral arrangement accompanied by intricate acoustic guitar, but wastes no time revealing its true nature - a blend of hooky, rhythmic metal accented by passionate vocals and mixed atmospheric undertones. The overall tone of Fortis Amor is positive emotion, which is reflected by the project name, meaning "strong love" in Latin.

Stay tuned for more exclusive material coming from Fortis Amor leading up to the May 19th release of the self-titled album.

Fortis Amor tracklisting:

Particles
Holding On To Nothing
Renewal (feat. Jack Daniels - War of Ages, Hope For The Dying)
Subjected To Frustration
Upon Yourself
Bring This Petition To The Castle
The Maiden's Vineyard
Outpouring
Deathless
Take Heart (feat. Zack Uidl - ex-7 Horns 7 Eyes)

Album preview:

Particles lyric video:

Holding On To Nothing:

Fortis Amor by Fortis Amor
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NUCLEAR OATH Streaming New Song “Faith Let Go”; Toxic Playground Album Details Revealed

Nuclear Oath, the five-member groovy, heavy, sludgy, intense, and interactive metal wrecking crew from Medicine Hat, Alberta, are streaming the new song Faith Let Go, featured on the bands new album Toxic Playground, out on June 9th. The song is available for streaming below.

The forthcoming album will take the listeners on a journey inspired by the band's personal experience and struggles combined with intense energy. They hope each individual who listens takes something different from the band.

"We feel it is an aggressive album from start-to-finish, which generates different emotions as the album progresses. says the band.

Pre-order the album at this location.

Tracklisting:

Into The Depths Of Hatred
Confessions
Forsaken Wasteland
Ambushed
Faith Let Go
Razor Blade Regrets
Sacrifice The Fallen
Toxic Playground
Blind

Bonus Track:

There Goes The Neighbourhood (Remixed and remastered from 2016 EP Ashes Of The Unborn)

Faith Let Go:

Razor Blade Regrets:

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