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BLAZE BAYLEY And THOMAS ZWIJSEN Perform Acoustic Rendition Of IRON MAIDEN Song "Lightning Strikes Twice"; Video

Classical guitar virtuoso Thomas Zwijsen will release his seventh solo album, Nylon Metal, on September 3rd. The double CD contains 26 acoustic arrangements of metal and rock songs by Iron Maiden, KISS, Metallica, Deep Purple, Helloween, Led Zeppelin, Dream Theater, and many more. A new preview video featuring Thomas and Blaze Bayley performing an acoustic rendition of the Iron Maiden song "Lightning Strikes Twice" can be found below.

Zwijsen states: “My mission is to bring heavy metal to the classical guitar world and vice versa, combining the greatness of heavy metal compositions with the beautiful tone of the classical guitar. I can’t wait to present this album to guitar fans around the world.”

Guest musicians on the album are (ex)members of KISS and Iron Maiden, respectively Bruce Kulick and Blaze Bayley.

Tracklisting:

CD 1:
"The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" (Ennio Moricone)
"Future World" (Helloween)
"2 Minutes To Midnight" (Iron Maiden)
"Forever" (KISS) ft. Bruce Kulick
"Eye Of The Tiger" (Survivor)
"Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" (Iron Maiden)
"Hollow Years" (Dream Theater)
"Renegade" (Hammerfall)
"The Unforgiven II" (Metallica)
"Four Lanes Of Chaos" (Original)
"Twisted Mind" (Avantasia)
"Soldier Of Fortune" (Deep Purple)
"The Final Countdown" (Europe)

CD 2:
"Where Eagles Dare" (Iron Maiden)
"Temple Of The King" (Rainbow)
"Lightning Strikes Twice" (Iron Maiden) ft.Blaze Bayley
"Enter Sandman" (Metallica)
"The Wickerman" (Iron Maiden)
"All My Love" (Led Zeppelin)
"Want You Bad" (The Offspring)
"Space Oddity" (David Bowie)
"Living After Midnight" (Judas Priest)
"Definitely Doable" (Original)
"Smoke On The Water" (Deep Purple)
"Eagle Fly Free" (Helloween)
"Detroit Rock City" (KISS)

"Lightning Strikes Twice" video:

Preview:

Trailer:

All songs are arranged by Thomas Zwijsen in his characteristic style, playing all essential melodies simultaneously on his Ortega signature guitar.

With his arrangements Zwijsen obtained over 20 million YouTube views and is now close to reaching 100,000 subscribers. He has played over 500 concerts in Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East.

The release of the Nylon Metal album will be followed by a European tour in September with Anne Bakker, a European tour in November with Blaze Bayley, and three shows in Israel in 2019 followed by an extensive South American solo tour.

The Book Of Tabs - Together with the album, Zwijsen will release his second tab book, The Book Of Tabs. The book includes tabs & standard notation of 11 Iron Maiden songs and includes online video lessons for each song.

Table of contents:

"If Eternity Should Fail"
"The Wickerman"
"Afraid To Shoot Strangers"
"2 Minutes To Midnight"
"Iron Maiden"
"Lightning Strikes Twice"
"Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son"
"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
"Children Of The Damned"
"Where Eagles Dare"
"Alexander The Great"

More info and pre-ordering at here.
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MANIMAL Launch Official Lyric Video For "MANIMALized"

A lyric video for "Manimalized", a track from Manimal's upcoming Purgatorio album, is available for streaming below.

A band needs plenty of exceptional compositional talent to record an album that sounds monolithic despite the fact that the individual songs ooze a wide range of different details and special features. Since its foundation in 2001, Manimal from Gothenburg have successfully mastered this feat for the third time.

Despite their loyalty to traditional influences their previous albums, The Darkest Room (2009) and Trapped In The Shadows (2015), were prime examples of modern and trend-setting power metal characterized by musical enthusiasm and new ideas. Their latest recording Purgatorio sees the four-piece take their outstanding qualities to the brink of perfection: Throughout their nine new songs the musicians pull out all the stops, presenting a number of different tempos and atmospheres and impressing with chorus parts that have true anthem potential.

“Our goal has always been to write songs that we love and believe in. The challenge is to make a song with strong hooks without being too predictable. It's just a bonus when we realize that people around the world seem to have the same good taste in music that we have,” jokes frontman Samuel Nyman.

As usual, Nyman is at the epicentre of this amazing album that features one highlight after the other. Inspired by Rob Halford, Geoff Tate and Michael Kiske, among others, his voice oozes aplomb and pure passion, blending perfectly with the intelligent songwriting, courtesy of guitarist Henrik Stenroos, a true riff icon whose hooks and licks provide the foundation for Manimal’s songs. Equally important for the group’s typical flair are drummer André Holmqvist and bassist Kenny Boufadene. Holmqvist has a tight, powerful drum style that comes surprisingly close to paragons such as Tommy Lee and Mike Portnoy and he also co-wrote the lyrics on Purgatorio with Nyman, while Boufadene was in charge of mixing the new album and also produces his band’s videos.

Blessed with such diverse talents, it’s hardly surprising that Manimal took the most important studio parameters into their own hands again during the production of Purgatorio. “Just like our previous two albums, we produced this one ourselves. Mainly because we like to have full control of the production. We’re control freaks to the bone and the thought of putting our creations into the hands of an external producer simply scares us,” Nyman confesses.

However, they took renowned support on board for some aspects: The drums were recorded by Jakob Herrmann (Anthrax, Europe, Machine Head, Evergrey) at the Top Floor Studios, the album was mastered by Tony Lindgren at Jens Bogren's famous Fascination Street Studios, and the cover artwork was designed by Claudio Bergamin (Judas Priest).

So Purgatorio impresses in every respect, from the first note of the opener "Black Plague" to the final sound of the last track, "The Fear Within". The title song and "Edge Of Darkness" see the band present their typical mélange of haunting melodies, classy grooves and that latent melancholia that is one of their typical trademarks. On the other hand there are a number of tracks which are unusual for Manimal, such as "Denial" featuring a riff that brings Rammstein to mind and "Spreading The Dread" with its remarkable rhythm.

Remains only one question to be answered: Why did Manimal decide on an Italian title? Nyman: “First, it’s the title of one of the strongest songs of the album. Second, it’s a powerful word that fits perfectly as the title of a metal album in general and this recording in particular. For me, it reflects the state of mankind and the world today - the general, ongoing decay which we seem to lack the ability to stop. Many of the lyrics on the album circle around that kind of theme. Purgatorio is also the original title of the second part of great Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece The Divine Comedy. It’s not the first time that we’ve found inspiration in that specific work of literature.”

Purgatorio will be released on September 7th via AFM Records.

Tracklisting:

"Black Plague"
"Purgatorio"
"Manimalized"
"Spreading The Dread"
"Traitor"
"Behind Enemy Lines"
"Denial"
"Edge Of Darkness"
"The Fear Within"

"Manimalized" lyric video:

"Black Plague":
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DEICIDE Streaming New Song "Seal The Tomb Below"

Death metal icons Deicide return with Overtures Of Blasphemy, which sees the band return to their roots to create a stellar and uncompromising extreme metal masterpiece. The effort was produced by the world-renowned Jason Suecof (The Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium) at Audio Hammer Studios and will be released through Century Media worldwide on September 14th. The song "Seal The Tome Below" is available for streaming below.

You can pre-order the album at this location in the following formats:

- Standard CD Jewelcase
- Ltd. box with CD, metal pendant, sticker set and woven patch
- LP with 180 gram vinyl
- Digital album

The LP version is available in these vinyl colours:

- Black vinyl - unlimited
- Silver vinyl - limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at CM Distro Europe
- Clear vinyl - limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores
- White vinyl - limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast
- Transparent-red vinyl - limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP

Cover art was created by Zbigniew M. Bielak (Ghost, Paradise Lost, Mayhem). Bielak comments: “If you experienced the death metal boom of the early 90s first hand, you know why Deicide's flaming logo was the ultimate threat in the sanity department. Working with Glen Benton was a great honour and a throwback to the time, when death metal aesthetics were at their vilest. Satan Spawn the Caco Deamon is alive and well.”

Benton states: "This album came together over time, meaning we didn't want to rush it. A few people might remember an interview where Steve Asheim (original member, drummer/songwriter) said 'the material is done, but it's just not there yet.' Well, that was the jumping off point of when this album truly started taking shape and the songs became what they are now... complete, compact and effective. As the band pushed forward, so did the writing process and a few other processes which made the record and the band stronger. The result is Overtures Of Blasphemy, perhaps the group’s strongest release to date. Jason Suecoff lended his considerable talents and attention to detail in making the tracking of the songs as great as they can be and the final mix as sonically brutal, yet as listenable as possible. An arduous process, but one well worth the time and effort."

Tracklisting:

"One With Satan"
"Crawled From The Shadows"
"Seal The Tomb Below"
"Compliments Of Christ"
"All That Is Evil"
"Excommunicated"
"Anointed In Blood"
"Crucified Soul Of Salvation"
"Defying The Sacred"
"Consumed By Hatred"
"Flesh, Power, Dominion"
"Destined To Blasphemy"

"Seal The Tomb Below":

"Excommunicated" lyric video:

Lineup:

Glen Benton (vocals, bass)
Steve Asheim (drums)
Kevin Quirion (guitars)
Mark English (guitars)

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LA CHINGA Premieres "Wings Of Fire" Video

As Beyond The Sky - the forthcoming full-length from La Chinga - draws ever closer to its September 7th release via Small Stone, the band has unveiled a visual companion to "Wings Of Fire".

Notes director R. D. Cane, "La Chinga.... When they asked me to shoot a video, I had to really think about how to pay all due respect to their guitar heavy forefathers and still visually knock the socks off of a whole new generation of young rockers. We knew we wanted to make it colorful and exciting but simple enough to not get in the way. 'Wings Of Fire' just rocks. La Chinga knows their thing and they do it so well. This was a blast to shoot and hanging out was very cool, I really can't wait to do more..."

A hard rock power trio with psychedelic powers based in Vancouver, British Columbia, La Chinga draws from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, MC5, and their own bad habits to conjure the 45 minutes of sublimely confident freedom rock that comprises Beyond The Sky. Sometimes meaty and beaty ("Mama Boogie", "Death Rider"), sometimes glam-handed ("Killer Wizard"), and occasionally even dirtbag pretty ("Keep On Rollin'"), when it all melts into a puddle of phased goo in the final bars of "Warlords," the listener has been rolled, boogied, and otherwise supernaturally conveyed well beyond the sky.

The follow-up to La Chinga's 2016 Freewheelin' full-length was captured at Vancouver's fabled Warehouse Studio with no-less-fabled producer Jamey Koch (DOA, Copyright, The Tragically Hip).

Tracklisting:

“Nothin’ That I Can’t Do”
“Wings Of Fire”
“Mama Boogie”
“Black River”
“Beyond The Sky”
“Keep On Rollin’”
“Killer Wizard”
“Death Rider”
“Feel It In My Bones”
“H.O.W.”
“Warlords”

“Killer Wizard” video:

“Nothin’ That I Can’t Do”:

Beyond The Sky by La Chinga

 
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|||| 10 авг 2018

German Doom Band OWL Releases “Anamnesis” Video

With only a month remaining before their album release, German doom band Owl has issued a video for their latest single “Anamnesis”. The video was directed by Costin Chioreanu and the track is featured on the forthcoming record, Nights In Distortion, that’s due out on September 7th from Temple of Torturous Records.

Owl’s founder and primary songwriter Christian Kolf, who’s also a member of the metal band Valborg (Prophecy Productions) and founder of the label Zeitgeister, created the band in the mid-2000’s as a necessity to further explore and challenge his musical creativity. What began as a death metal project has evolved over the years, incorporating Kolf’s eclectic tastes and influences that’s resulted in an amalgam of death and doom that conjures memories of Type O Negative, Jesu, Neurosis, Anathema and Meshuggah among others. 

Nights In Distortion tracklisting:

"We Are Made For Twilight"
"Transparent Monument"
"Anamnesis"
"Inanna In Isolation"
"Abortion Of Empathy"
"Madness Is The Glory Of This Life"

"Madness Is The Glory Of This Life":

Nights In Distortion by Owl (Ger)

 
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|||| 10 авг 2018

STEEL PANTHER Guitarist SATCHEL Demos New Pussy Melter Pedal; Video

"We respect and love the freedom of speech afforded all citizens in The US," says Steel Panther. "We support the right for all people to express themselves no matter where they are in the world. We welcome all races, genders and sexual orientations at our shows - shows that celebrate everyone’s individuality through partying, and of course a love of heavy metal."

As stated by Steel Panther guitarist Satchel when it was originally developed, the sound being created by the Pussy Melter tone pack was intended to bring pleasure to females who heard it. Steel Panther is happy to announce that they are now offering pleasurable eargasms to everyone. This limited edition distortion pedal is made in the USA and will come with a hand numbered certificate of authenticity.

This '80s Sunset Strip overdriven full stack in a box, limited edition pedal will only be available until October 1, 2018, at which point orders will begin shipping. Get yours now at this location.

In live news, Steel Panther return to the stage on August 15th at Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. To view their complete tour schedule, click here.

 

 
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GROUNDBREAKER Featuring FM, WORK OF ART / W.E.T. Members Release "Something Worth Fighting For" Music Video

Groundbreaker, featuring singer Steve Overland of FM and Robert Säll of Work Of Art and W.E.T., will release their self-titled debut album on September 14th. A video for the album track "Something Worth Fighting For" can be found below. Pre-order Groundbreaker here.

The album is simply everything that a melodic rock fan could hope for: soaring hooklines, magnificent melodies, amazing musical performances, and in Overland, a stunning vocalist. Mixing the British and Swedish melodic rock/AOR styles, Groundbreaker is truly the best of both worlds and surely destined to be one of the highlights of the year in an already stellar year for melodic rock.

Groundbreaker came about when a conversation between Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino and Overland revealed that the latter was eager to collaborate with new and exciting musicians from the European melodic rock scene. The idea was immediately brought up to involve Robert Sall of Work of Art and use Alessandro Del Vecchio’s production abilities. Overland loved the initial material that was submitted and consequently, they all started to work on songs. The process was very smooth and the final result was so good that everyone thought that the name “Groundbreaker” was the right way to describe the power and the vibe of the music.

"I’m the main composer for about half of the songs, but Ale and Steve wrote a lot as well,” tells Robert Sall. “I had to write songs with Steve's voice in mind and that was new, but very inspiring to me. But for any fan of FM or Work of Art, I think they will be very familiar with the sound of this record!"

“The idea for the album was to make a classic AOR album and I think between Robert, Alessandro, Pete Alpenborg and myself, we came up with a great collection of songs,” adds Overland. "I think this is some of the best material I've worked on in a while and all of the musicians on the record are fantastic, not only as players, but to work with. I knew of Robert's writing talents on the Work of Art records, but it really turned out to be a great collaboration and I'm so proud of the results! My personal favourite song on the record is "Will It Make You Love Me”. We’ve shot a video for it and I think it's truly a future classic!"

Tracklisting:

"Over My Shoulder"
"Will It Make You Love Me"
"Eighteen Til I Die"
"Only Time Will Tell"
"Tonight"
"Standing Up For Love"
"Something Worth Fighting For"
"The Sound Of A Broken Heart"
"The First Time"
"The Days Of Our Life"
"The Way It Goes"

"Something Worth Fighting For" video:

"Over My Shoulder" video:

"Making of" video:

Lineup:

Steve Overland - Vocals
Robert Sall - Guitars
Nalley Pahlsson - Bass
Herman Furin - Drums
With Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards
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MANTAR - The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze Album Snippets Streaming

German black/doom/punk chimera Mantar will release their third studio album The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze on August 24th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the album here, and check out a video featuring snippets of all tracks on the album below.

Mantar have achieved more in five years than most bands twice their age and size. The product of a twenty year friendship between guitarist/vocalist Hanno Klaenhardt and drummer Erinc Sakarya, theirs is a success story born entirely of one thing: hard work, with three albums, an EP and a live release already to their name. Releasing their 2014 Svart Records debut Death By Burning, an uncompromising clash of stripped-back punk attitude and metal intensity to instant critical acclaim, the band toured relentlessly, gracing stages the world over, including the hallowed likes of Roadburn, Wacken Open Air and Maryland Deathfest. They used 2016’s Ode To The Flame, their Nuclear Blast Records debut, to further build upon their incendiary live reputation, conquering not only Europe and the US, but Russia, Japan and South Africa.

Now, following a brief period of repose which saw Hanno move to Florida, Mantar return with The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze, a short, sharp shock that hones the hungry riffs and breath-taking pace of their previous records. “We skipped the bullshit,” explains Hanno. “I wanted 3 or 4 minute songs; bam, bam, bam. Every song different, catchy - that’s what rock and roll is about.”

Tracklisting:

"The Knowing"
"Age Of The Absurd"
"Seek + Forget"
"Taurus"
"Midgard Serpent (Seasons Of Failure)"
"Dynasty Of Nails"
"Eternal Return"
"Obey The Obscene"
"Anti Eternia"
"The Formation Of Night"
"Teeth Of The Sea"
"The Funeral"

Album snippets:

"Seek + Forget" video:

"Age Of The Absurd" video:

Mantar's metallic genesis is unique in that neither member classes themself as a metalhead. Hanno’s a punk kid that developed a love for black metal later in life. Erinc’s tastes are even further removed, preferring the svelte sadness of the likes of The Sisters OF Mercy. “But we have a metal audience and we are a metal band, I guess!” states Hanno proudly, “I take that as a gift.” He’s never listened to more classic metal records than when writing »The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze«, and it shows in the album’s ceaseless, hook-laden riffs and caustically blackened, nihilistic atmosphere. “Riffs, riffs, riffs are the only hard currency for Mantar - simple as fuck - that’s what I like,” says Hanno. “The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze is way more metal than the previous two records; on the other hand I think the songs speak for themselves, without the need for genre classification.”

The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze is a title in-keeping with Hanno’s symbolic obsession with fire on albums previous; this time disavowing mankind’s tendency to blindly follow those that would lead us into oblivion. This isn’t necessarily a political statement; more a morbid fascination with current smouldering tensions that threaten to set the minds of the masses on fire. The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze is the spark that will ignite the flame - especially onstage. “I’m addicted to those moments up there,” impresses Hanno, “being loud, raw and aggressive - setting the stage ablaze, causing violence; that’s what I live for.”

The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze is a title in-keeping with Mantar's symbolic obsession with fire on albums previous; this time disavowing mankind's tendency to blindly follow those that would lead us into oblivion. This isn't necessarily a political statement; but rather a morbid fascination with current smouldering tensions that threaten to set the minds of the masses on fire.

Mantar live dates:

August
10 - Sonic Blast Moledo - Moledo, Portugal
12 - Bloodstock - Derbyshire, England
24 - Kulturkombinat Bunker - Rostock, Germany
25 - Reload Festival - Sulingen, Germany

Skeletonwitch and Mantar recently announced that they will be hitting the UK and Europe this winter for a co-headline run. Support will come from Belgium thrash outfit Evil Invaders and German deathers Deathrite. Tickets on sale now.

Dates:

November
14 - Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, Denmark
15 - Krosset - Oslo, Norway
16 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
17 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
19 - Musikzentrum - Hannover, Germany
20 - Hirsch - Nürnberg, Germany
21 - Turock - Essen, Germany
22 - Dynamo - Zürich, Switzerland
23 - KJH Hallschlag - Stuttgart, Germany
24 - Rockhouse - Salzburg, Austria
26 - Backstage - München, Germany
27 - Arena - Wien, Austria
28 - Explosiv - Graz, Austria
29 - Nova Chmelnice - Prague, Czech Republic
30 - UT Connewitz - Leipzig, Germany

December
1 - SO 36 - Berlin, Germany
2 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
4 - Rebellion - Manchester, UK
5 - Mama Roux´s - Birmingham, UK
6 - Underworld - London, UK
7 - Petit Bain - Paris, France
8 - Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
9 - Baroeg - Rotterdam, Netherlands
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|||| 10 авг 2018

DORO Launches Video Trailer #3 For Upcoming Forever Warriors, Forever United Release

Forever Warriors, Forever United, Doro's upcoming 25-track double album will be released on August 17th via Nuclear Blast. A third official video trailer can be seen below:

"There are some big anthems on the album, countless heavy songs, as well as heart-warming melodies! The album is supposed to give you power and thus contains a lot of energy!", says the metal queen.

The album cover artwork was once again created by Doro's favourite artist, Geoffrey Gillespie. It portrays Doro in the middle of a swarm of wild metal heads exuding attitude, power and positive vibes. "The cover and the title form a perfect unit," Doro explains, "Just as it should be. It all fits perfectly in line with the songs, which also deal with some political themes."

Doro continues: "On Forever Warriors, Forever United, there will be a lot of big rock heroes. Fans might be curious about the many awesome guest musicians involved. There are some big anthems on both albums, countless heavy songs, as well as heart-warming melodies! The records are supposed to give you power and thus contain a lot of energy."

Pre-order Forever Warriors, Forever United here.

An official video for the song "If I Can't Have You, No One Will" featuring Johan Egg of Amon Amarth can be seen below:

Track-by-track videos:

"Tra Como E Coriovallum":

"Black Ballad":

"Be Strong":

"Caruso":

"Backstage To Heaven":

"Lost In The Ozone":

"Fight Through The Fire":

"Love's Gone To Hell":

"Don't Break My Heart Again":

"Living Life To The Fullest":

"Love Is A Sin":

"Turn It Up":

"It Cuts So Deep":

"Soldier Of Metal":

"Heartbroken":

"If I Can't Have You - No One Will":

"Lift Me Up":

"Bastardos":

"All For Metal":

"Résistance":
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KING DIAMOND - Picture Disc LP Reissues Of Deadly Lullabyes, Give Me Your Soul, And The Puppet Master Albums Due In September

On September 14th, King Diamond will release LP reissues of the classic albums Deadly Lullabyes, Give Me Your Soul, and The Puppet Master via Metal Blade Records. Available as 180g picture discs, these exclusive editions can be ordered here.

"You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic King Diamond albums, or you can exhibit them on your wall like I will. Either way, enjoy." - King

Deadly Lullabyes Live tracklisting:

Side A
"Funeral"
"A Mansion In Darkness"
"The Family Ghost"
"Black Horseman"

Side B
"Spare This Life"
"Mansion In Sorrow"
"Spirits"
"Sorry Dear"
"Eye Of The Witch"
"Sleepless Nights"

Side C
"The Puppet Master"
"Blood To Walk"
"So Sad"
"Living Dead" (Outro)
"Welcome Home"

Side D
"The Invisible Guests"
"Burn"
Introductions
"Halloween"
"No Presents For Christmas"

Give Me Your Soul...Please tracklisting:

Side A
"The Dead"
"Never Ending Hill"
"Is Anybody Here?"
"Black Of Night"

Side B
"Mirror Mirror"
"The Cellar"
"Pictures In Red"

Side C
"Give Me Your Soul"
"The Floating Head"
"Cold As Ice"

Side D
"Shapes Of Black"
"The Girl In Tthe Bloody Dress"
"Moving On"

The Puppet Master tracklisting:

Side A
"Midnight"
"The Puppet Master"
"Magic"
"Emerencia"

Side B
"Blue Eyes"
"The Ritual"
"No More Me"

Side C
"Blood To Walk"
"Darkness"
"So Sad"

Side D
"Christmas"
"Living Dead"

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ULTRAPHONIX Featuring COREY GLOVER, GEORGE LYNCH Streaming New Song "Baptism"

Original Human Music, the debut album by Ultraphonix, the new creation of Corey Glover (Living Colour) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), alongside the great rhythm section formed by drummer Chris Moore and Pancho Tomaselli on bass, is out now via earMUSIC. The album opener "Baptism" is available for streaming below.

Original Human Music was co-produced by Bob Daspit (Sammy Hagar) and it displays the magic match between Corey Glover's iconic voice and George Lynch's unique style on the guitar.

The core and value of Ultraphonix lies in the songwriting and the quality of the songs. Original Human Music is an album where Glover's profound and thoughtful lyrics sound loud - together with the warm and heavy wall of sound created by George Lynch. It's all sustained by a rhythm section that can go anywhere musically.

To quote Lynch, "The album sounds like a fusion of early Chili Peppers meets King Crimson meets Judas Priest! It's a super fun band."

Drawing on (very heavy) rock, funk, and jazz influences, the band paints a picture of a band still believing that social consciousness could be celebrated through great rock songs.

Order here.

Tracklisting:

"Baptism"
"Another Day"
"Walk Run Crawl"
"Counter Culture"
"Heart Full Of Rain"
"Free"
"Wasteland"
"Take A Stand"
"Ain't Too Late"
"Soul Control"
"What You Say"
"Power Trip"

"Baptism":

"Another Day" video:

"Free" lyric video:

"Walk Run Crawl" video:
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BAEST Premier "Ego Te Absolvo" Music Video

Danish death metallers Baest, whose moniker translates to ‘beast’ or ‘brute’ in the band’s native language, have released "Ego Te Absolvo", the third single from their forthcoming debut album Danse Macabre.

Set for release on August 17th via Century Media Records, Danse Macabre offers an intense Messe Macabre uniting influences from the likes of Bloodbath, Dismember, Bolt Thrower, Entombed and 90’s Morbid Angel with uttermost savagery.

Baest comments: "'Ego Te Absolvo' - I absolve you. (Mortui Vivos Docent. Learn from the dead.) The last track of Danse Macabre frees the human shell from its shackles, and condemns its pathetic remains to eternal solstice. Prophecies and promises crushed by thundering truth. Heresy is forever.”

Filmed by Jens Karlsson and Lasse Rønne at several shows and also edited by Lasse Rønne, the "Ego Te Absolvo" video throws you right into the explosive live shows of Baest, bringing their ferocious Messe Macabre straight to your home. Watch the video below.

Danse Macabre will be released as 180 gram vinyl plus CD, as jewelcase CD, and on all digital platforms. Apart from regular black vinyl, the following limited colours are available:

- 200x transparent green - BAEST exclusive-
- 100x gold - CMDistro.de exclusive-
- 200x silver - also available through CMDistro.de-
- 100x transparent red - Headbangr Edition, available alongside an exclusive t-shirt bundle via Headbangr.dk  

All pre-sales can be viewed here.

Danse Macabre, recorded with Andreas Linnemann at Output Lydstudio and mastered by Lawrence Mackrory at Obey Mastering (Firespawn, Decapitated, LIK), offers extremely focused (de)compositions perfectly blending Boss HM-2 pedal abusing buzz saw guitars, vicious blasts, deep growls and infectious hooks.

Danse Macabre tracklisting:

"Crosswhore"
"Hecatomb"
"Danse Macabre"
"Atra Mors"
"Messe Macabre"
"Ritual"
"Vortex"
"Ego Te Absolvo"

"Ego Te Absolvo" video:

"Vortex" video

"Crosswhore" video:

Formed in 2015, Baest played over 40 shows within the quintet’s first year of existence, quickly turning heads due to their windmill headbanging skills and ferocious frontman Simon Olsen. Previously, Baest performed at Copenhell, Roskilde, Royal Metal Fest, Eurosonic and supported bands like Hatebreed, Dying Fetus, Entombed A.D. and Illdisposed, in 2018 they will play at Summer Breeze, do a Denmark headlining tour and selected shows supporting Abbath in Germany.

Tour dates:

August
10 - Dirty Days Of Summer - Copenhagen, Denmark
11 - Smukfest - Skanderborg, Denmark
16 - Summer Breeze - Dinkelsbühl, Germany

September (with Abbath)
5 - Leiden, Netherlands - Gebr. De Nobel
6 - Essen, Germany - Turock
7 - Mannheim, Germany - MS Connexion Complex

September (with I’ll Be Damned)
27 - Sønderborg, Denmark - Sonderborg Hus
28 - Randers , Denmark - Turbinen
29 - Aalborg, Denmark - Studenterhuset

October (with I’ll Be Damned)
5 - Vejle, Denmark - Bygningen
18 - Fredericia, Denmark - Tojhuset
19 - Kolding, Denmark - Godset
20 - Odense, Denmark - Kansas City
25 - Roskilde, Denmark - Gimle
26 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Lille Vega
27 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall

Baest is:

Mattias Melchiorsen - bass
Svend Karlsson - guitar
Sebastian Abildsten - drums
Simon Olsen - vocals
Lasse Revsbech - guitar

(Photo - Nikolaj Bransholm / Bransholm Photography)
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NOTHING Streaming New Track "The Carpenter's Son"

Nothing have released their most solemn and personal track today from new album, Dance On The Blacktop. "The Carpenters Son" is a dream-like, 7-minute lullaby written by frontman Domenic Palermo that rolls at tranquilizer speed, telling the story of a very personal family tragedy. Listen below.

"My dad was a carpenter for his whole life - he built things and he built me," explains Palermo. "He struggled with addiction and anger and for a long time, and his idea of a fix was to use religion in a very similar, violent way. He left me peppered with too much reality for a young boy and subsequently also left me with an early disdain for Christianity. I often wondered how could I ever forgive a man whose sole purpose was to break everyone down around him.

"I lost him two or three years ago now. He was riding his bicycle in a storm and must have fell off, hit his head, went unconscious and slid into a ditch on the side of the road, face down, where he drowned just 200 feet from his house.

"I've lost many people at this point in my life and this only felt like another- nothing more. I think the song really just speaks of the expectations of existence and how there aren't really many."

"The Carpenters Son" is the most calm and composed song on the new album that sees Nothing rise to new heights following the release of their 2016 album Tired Of Tomorrow. Stories of self-loathing, self-destruction, and a general disdain for humanity and its, "insignificant" role in Domenic Palermo's vision of the universe are met with codeine heavy guitars, expressive feedback and heart pounding rhythms creating the next wave of progressive post rock and shoegaze. Produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Breeders, Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to help accentuate the band's love for all sounds 90s, Dance On The Blacktop is from start to finish, a masterpiece formed from an apocalyptic, reverberating wall of shimmering sound.

Dance On The Blacktop will be released on Relapse Records August 24th. There will be a limited run of a 2xLP, deluxe version. The core album will be on LP1, pressed on tri-colored vinyl with an exclusive second 12" picture disc featuring 4 bonus tracks. The album includes artwork directed by Mark Mccoy (Youth Attack Records, Charles Bronson), Domenic Palermo and shot by Ryan Lowry. Order your copies here.

Tracklisting:

“Zero Day”
“Blue Line Baby”
“Plastic Migraine”
“Us/We/Are”
“Hail On Palace Pier”
“I Hate The Flowers”
“The Carpenter's Son”
“(HOPE) Is Just Another Word With A Hole In It”

“The Carpenter's Son”:

(Photo - Ryan Lowry|)
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ACE FREHLEY: 'Spaceman' Album Details Revealed; 'Rockin' With The Boys' Single Available

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has released a new song today called "Rockin' With The Boys". This is the second song Frehley has made available from his forthcoming all-new "Spaceman" album, due October 19 via Entertainment One (eOne). Frehley previously released the track "Bronx Boy" in April.

"Spaceman", Frehley's eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks, including a cover of Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back", a ripping power pop makeover of the original.

"No need to worry, I'll be home soon, 'cause I'm rockin' with the boys," Frehley sings on "Rockin' With the Boys", which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS's heyday in the '70s. Both "Rockin With The Boys" and "Bronx Boys" are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant-grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.

In addition to Ace's distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on "Spaceman" except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, "Without You I'm Nothing", which Gene also co-wrote, and "Your Wish Is My Command". Both songs were recorded at Frehley's home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Ace's reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water" for 2016's covers LP "Origins, Vol. 1") might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace's clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 "Anomaly" album in 2009.

"Spaceman" (a title suggested by Simmons himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014's "Space Invader", which debuted at No. 9 on the Top 200 chart. The LP scored the highest=charting position of any former or current KISS bandmember ever and marked Frehley's first return to the Top 10 since KISS's 1998 "Psycho Circus" reunion album.

Widely known as the original "Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over two tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is arguably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley's self-titled "Ace Frehley", released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, "New York Groove", from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).

"Spaceman" track listing:

01. Without You I'm Nothing

02. Rockin' With the Boys

03. Your Wish Is My Command

04. Bronx Boy

05. Pursuit Of Rock and Roll

06. I Wanna Go Back

07. Mission To Mars

08. Off My Back

09. Quantum Flux

Photo credit: Jay Gilbert
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THE ORDER OF APOLLYON To Release 'Moriah' Album In October

French black/death metal band THE ORDER OF APOLLYON will release its third studio album, "Moriah", on October 26 via Agonia Records. The follow-up to 2015's "The Sword And The Dagger" was recorded at BST Studio, except for drums which were laid down at Studio de Saint-Loup.

A video from the "Moriah" recording sessions, featuring unmixed and unmastered snippets of new music, can be seen below.

THE ORDER OF APOLLYON was formed in 2008 by then-ABORTED members BST (guitars and vocals; also ex-AOSOTH, VI) and Dan Wilding. They were joined by guitarist James McIlroy and bassist/vocalist Peter Benjamin, and started working on their debut album, "The Flesh", which was released in 2010 via Listenable Records.

Conflicting schedules caused the lineup to be modified, with drummer Dan Wilding being recruited by death metal legends CARCASS, at the time the band was producing its second full-length, "The Sword And The Dagger". After concluding the recordings, THE ORDER OF APOLLYON started off new, with the additions of members of the French underground black metal scene: SR (HELL MILITIA, TEMPLE OF BAAL) on guitar and vocals, AK (MERRIMACK, VORKREIST, DECLINE OF THE I) on bass and vocals, and JZ on drums.

For the first time in THE ORDER OF APOLLYON's history, "Moriah" has been rehearsed and prepared by a stable lineup, with each member being able to add his own touch.
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IMPERIUM DEKADENZ Signs With NAPALM RECORDS; New Album Due In 2019

German black metal duo IMPERIUM DEKADENZ has inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band's new album will arrive in 2019.

With a sound that has been described "between old-school black metal and atmospheric post black metal," IMPERIUM DEKADENZ has established its own style over the course of five albums, with the group's latest release, "Dis Manibvs", raising them to the top of the German black metal scene.

Founded in 2004, IMPERIUM DEKADENZ has proved that the Black Forest, where the band hails from, is the perfect source of inspiration for black metal. If you close your eyes while listening to their music, you can almost see yourself on a journey through these dark woody mountains in the South of Germany.

Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench commented: "Categorizing IMPERIUM DEKADENZ simply as 'black metal' would, in my mind, be almost an insult. The 2016 released 'Dis Manibvs' is a masterpiece, and, yes, even though it is technically a black metal album, it holds the depth, talent and beauty in the tradition that only EMPYRIUM or the late AGALLOCH can match. I could not be more proud to work with the guys on the upcoming releases!”

IMPERIUM DEKADENZ added: "A new chapter is about to begin! We are excited to announce that we are now a part of the great Napalm Records roster and we feel really inspired to work with such a renowned label. They offer us the perfect surrounding for our next strikes. At the moment, we are working hard on the songs for the new album to be released in 2019. Stay tuned!"
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Japanese Metalcore Band CRYSTAL LAKE Releases Music Video For 'The Circle'

Japanese metalcore titans CRYSTAL LAKE have released their new single, "The Circle". The track, which features a guest appearance by COLDRAIN's Masato, continues the East Asian band's impressive rise following a mammoth European tour.

The quintet is having a stellar 2018. In February they toured their home country with ATTILA before attending Pulp Summer Slam festival in the Philippines. This was then followed by CRYSTAL LAKE's European headline run.

In October 2017, CRYSTAL LAKE launched its own festival — True North Festival — which included the likes of FIT FOR A KING and COLDRAIN. In 2016, they released their most recent album, "True North", through Cube Records, Artery Recordings (U.S.), and JPU Records (Europe). "True North" debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon weekly indie chart, No. 6 on the iTunes Metal chart (USA), and No. 35 on the Billboard Top New Artist chart.

Guitarist Yudai Miyamoto told Ian Hates about the making of "True North": "We made clear what we really want to express and what kind of music we can be really proud of before we actually start writing songs. As a result, we realized what we wanted to play was what we've been listening and various kinds of music related to the culture around us. This realization made us free to write what we really like."

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SOULFLY: 'Ritual' Album Details Revealed; First Single, 'Evil Empowered', Now Available

SOULFLY will release its eleventh album, "Ritual", on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The follow-up to 2015's "Archangel" was produced, recorded and mixed by Josh Wilbur (KILLER BE KILLED, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). Cover artwork was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM). Additional booklet art was handled by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, HATEBREED, KREATOR), who also handled the package design. The album features multiple guests, including Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD) and Ross Dolan (IMMOLATION).

The first single from the disc, "Evil Empowered", can be streamed below.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera: "I am really stoked to be working again with two of my favorite artists, Eliran Kantor and Marcelo Vasco!

"The 'Ritual' artwork is very mystic and captures the vibe of the album perfectly. For this one, we really tried to retain the groove of early SOULFLY as well as my love for the heavy, fast stuff I'm into, like death and black metal and some hardcore.

"Working with Josh Wilbur for SOULFLY this time around has been amazing. He's a huge fan and added a lot to the record. I would fight for the fast songs and he would always push me to add more groove. I think in the end we created a really cool mix of songs that covers a lot of ground in my career. Let the Ritual begin!"

Wilbur adds: "Before I had ever recorded a record, in my formidable years, Max released the holy trinity that was (at least to me) 'Chaos A.D.', 'Roots' and 'Soulfly'. I wanted to make a record that captured what I loved about those when I was growing up! Those records inspired me and introduced me to heavy metal. Fast forward to now and I was given the opportunity to make the record I wanted as a fan! So I set up some mics, recorded some riffs, we banged on some galvanized metal, roto toms, djembes, and anything else we could get, then I told Max to 'BRING DA SHIT'!"

"Ritual" track listing:

01. Ritual

02. Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)

03. The Summoning

04. Evil Empowered

05. Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)

06. Demonized

07. Blood On The Street

08. Bite The Bullet

09. Feedback!

10. Soulfly XI

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SEPULTURA Has Already Demoed A 'Few Songs' For Follow-Up To 'Machine Messiah' Album

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has confirmed to TotalRock Radio that the band has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2017's "Machine Messiah" album. "Already, me, Eloy [Casagrande, drums], Derrick [Green, vocals] and Paulo [Xisto Pinto Jr., bass], we have a few ideas, so we have where to start from — a few songs in demo version," he said at this past weekend's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany (see video below). "And we still have to develop [them] and stuff. We don't still have a kind of a direction or a theme or something, but it's getting there. We still like to enjoy a lot the road, and we don't write that much on the road as a band. Yeah, it's going, but it's still early."

Kisser also talked about SEPULTURA's relationship with Nuclear Blast Records, with whom the band has been for nearly a decade. "It's amazing, man," he said. "They are a metal label, and there are people that are on the scene since the beginning, the early days. It's a label that never sold out. Many other labels sold out to bigger companies and bigger labels, you change personnel, you think more on the business side. I think Nuclear Blast has a perfect balance between believing in music — in metal and hardcore and punk — and having the business able to sustain everything… And you see how many artists now are with the label, which is great. It's a great place to be. We have total freedom and support to do our stuff and to work with the producers we want and the artists for the cover — everything. They're very supportive, and they believe in the band, which is everything we need. It's great."

"Machine Messiah" was released in January 2017. The disc was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Swedish producer Jens Bogren. The CD's cover artwork was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa.

SEPULTURA's official documentary, "Sepultura Endurance", will tentatively be released on DVD and Blu-ray this fall.

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BILLY CORGAN Says D'ARCY WRETZKY Will Never Return To SMASHING PUMPKINS

According to The Pulse Of Radio, frontman Billy Corgan says that bassist D'arcy Wretzky will never return to SMASHING PUMPKINS.

In an interview with Baltimore's 98 Rock, Corgan commented on all the recent reunion drama and said: "We spent two years trying to rebuild the bridge with her, and, at the end of the day, she chose not to be involved. We made every effort to involve her, including offering her the ability that she does not even have to be on the tour. She could show up at any time, she could play as much as she wanted to play."

Corgan went on to say: "She insisted that even though she hasn't been on stage in 19 years, that she should play every song... And we were, like, 'This is just an unrealistic thing for somebody who hasn't been on stage for 19 years — to expect you to play a three-hour show.'"

In the end, Corgan said: "What it came down to is that she didn’t really wanna be involved. It was like a game of chicken and, eventually, we called her bluff and we made a decision to move on."

Earlier this year, Wretzky spoke to The New York Times about her failed return to SMASHING PUMPKINS, claiming that Corgan misled her about the reunion. She revealed: "He was stringing me along and using me to be able to say that it was, in fact, a reunion of all the members. Billy can be incredibly charming and funny and fun, but when it comes to money and giving credit where credit is due and any kind of work situation, it's not pretty."

Wretzky said there were disagreements about how the members would be paid, with Corgan making twice as much as the others. She added: "I really wanted to do this tour for the right reasons. If everybody was doing it for free, I would have done it for free."

The "Shiny And Oh So Bright" North American arena tour is SMASHING PUMPKINS' first in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Longtime SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates, and keyboardist Katie Cole are also taking part, as the band moves to a three-guitar lineup to better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.

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BLEEDING GODS Announce New Bassist YESSICA OTTEN

Epic death/black metal formation Bleeding Gods have announced that they have found their new 'Metal Queen'. As of today Yessica Otten will handle all the brutal and heavy bass parts.

Yessica states: "I have known Bleeding Gods for quite some time now, and they are a fascinating mixture of different people and unbelievably excellent musicians. I feel honoured to be asked to join Bleeding Gods, and I couldn't be more excited about it. I look forward to being involved in the future of the band and to meeting you all on the road!"

The band has already started rehearsals for the first live shows with Yessica and is highly motivated. At the moment, they are writing the successor of Dodekathlon, so stay tuned for further info.

(Photo and editing by Cristel Brouwer and Dimitris Tzortzis of Immensa Artis)
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CHUGGERNAUT To Release Kodiak EP This Month; "Stranglehold" Music Video Streaming

Hailing from Boston Massachusetts, regressive metal quartet Chuggernaut puts a modern twist on classic riff-driven metal songwriting, blending elements of doom, thrash, groove and post-hardcore into a massive, organic sound all their own. The band are now ready to unleash their Kodiak EP on August 24th. A video for the track "Stranglehold" can be found below.

Kodiak is available for pre-order in multiple formats:

- Physical Packages
- Digital Pre-Order

Formed in 2013 by guitarist Dave Cohen and vocalist Jeff Gard, Chuggernaut was born out of a mutual need for raw, irreverent and fundamentally heavy music. With the addition of Blaize Collard on drums and Eric Alper (Replacire) on bass, Chuggernaut began playing basements and stages across Massachusetts, and quickly became entrenched in the underground New England metal scene.

In late 2014, Chuggernaut entered the now defunct Mortal Music studio in Charlestown, MA to begin pre-production for their debut EP, First Batch, which would be recorded in installments over the course of the following year. Prior to the record's release, however, Alper left the band to focus on other projects and in winter of 2015 was replaced with Berklee College of Music professor and former Ice Nine Kills bassist David Marvuglio. First Batch was released in May of 2016, followed by an east coast tour.

Once the summer touring had ended, Chuggernaut traveled down to Providence, RI and tracked a reinterpretation of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" in the old Columbus Theater and adjacent studio, Eyeland - produced, mixed and mastered by Andrew Nault (Arms & Sleepers / Lesser Glow / Long Time.) The band loved the vibe of the studio and working with Nault such that they returned to Eyeland in April 2017 to record their sophomore EP. However, due to mounting tensions between Gard and the rest of the band leading up to the studio session, Jeff and Chuggernaut parted ways shortly afterward. In the months that followed; Cohen, Collard and Marvuglio held vocal auditions and by July, they welcomed pyrotechnic vocalist and performer David Benites into the fold. In November 2017, Cohen, Collard and Marvuglio re-entered Eyeland studio with Benites to record vocals and finish what they started back in April.

Now with their new EP Kodiak available everywhere on August 24th, and an electrifying stage show Chuggernaut is primed and excited to share the next chapter with fans everywhere.

Kodiak EP tracklisting:

"Stranglehold"
"Control Burn"
"Disposable Moments"
"Black Lung"
"Aftermath"

"Stranglehold" video:

In support of the release, Chuggernaut will be hitting the road starting in August on a short record release tour.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

August
23 - Cambridge, MA - Hardcore Stadium
25 - Philadelphia, PA - The Nail
29 - Chicago, IL - Underground Lounge
31 - Lafayette, IN - North End Pub**

September
1 - Nashville, TN - Spring Water Lounge
2 - Greensboro, NC - New York Pizza
5 - Baltimore, MD - The Depot
8 - Connecticut - TBA
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DEAD BY WEDNESDAY Announces US Tour Dates, New Guitarist, Upcoming Album Details

Connecticut heavy metal frontrunners Dead By Wednesday have announced their upcoming US Road To Revival Tour, kicking off on September 5th in Clifton, NJ. The tour will visit several states in the east and Midwest, coming to an end on September 16th in Long Island, NY. See below for a full listing of tour dates.

On this upcoming run, Dead By Wednesday will be joined by their new full-time guitarist, Dave Sharpe, formerly of Blood Has Been Shed featuring Howard Jones, and End Time Illusion.

Dead By Wednesday recently wrapped up the recording process on their upcoming self-titled full-length album, coming this year via Combat Records. The album is being produced by Nicky Bellmore (Dee Snider, Jasta) and mastered by the one and only Zuess (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Suffocation). Watch an album promo video, including a snippet of new music, below.

Drummer Opus says, "I am super pumped to be hitting the road again in September with our new kick ass guitarist Dave Sharpe. We can't wait to see our fans and people out there, and hopefully see some new faces too! Make sure you come out to a city or town near you and give Dave a warm welcome. It feels great to finally have a very tight and solid team working again. Also, we're getting stoked on the release of our new upcoming self-titled full-length album. Next step is the making of our killer music video for our single, "You & Die"!"

Tour dates:

September
5 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
6 - Chesapeake, VA - RiffHouse Pub
7 - Covington, KY - Madison Live!
8 - Maple Park, IL - The REVIVAL 2018
9 - Mishawka, IN - Smith's Downtown
11 - Westland, MI - Token Lounge
12 - Mentor-on-the-Lake, OH - Music Lynxx
13 - Scranton, PA - The Irish Wolf Pub
14 - Rochester (Gates), NY - Pineapple Jack's
15 - Oneida, NY - American Legion Hall
16 - Long Island, NY - Revolution Bar

Dead By Wednesday is:

Mike Modeste - Bass & Vox
Dave Sharpe - Guitar
Rob Roy - Vox
Opus - Drums & Vox

(Photo - Anthony Frisketti)
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EXOCRINE Release "Backdraft" Music Video

Bordeaux, France based technical death metal group Exocrine have released a music video for their song "Backdraft". The track is from their new album Molten Giant, which will see an August 17th release via Unique Leader.

The band commented on the video, "Backdraft is a brand new track from our upcoming third album Molten Giant. The song ranges from melodic cinematic riffs to some of the most brutal material we have ever written and definitely shows our full sonic spectrum. We really love this track!"

Watch the video below. Physical pre-order bundles for Molten Giant are available here. Digital pre-order bundles are available here.

Molten Giant was tracked by Mathieu Pascal at Bud Studio, Sylvain Octor Perez at Tricerapod Studio, and sees Exocrine pushing their jaw dropping technical abilities and song writing maturity to their absolute limit.

Tracklisting:

“Scorched Human Society”
“Hayato”
“Backdraft”
“Molten Giant”
“Flamewalkers”
“Lavaburst”
“Behind The Wall”
“The Shape Of New World”

"Backdraft" video:
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GUS G. Says Social Media Is 'Everything' When It Comes To Promoting Music In 2018

Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio recently conducted an interview with Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND. You can now listen to the chat below.

Asked about the title of his latest solo album, "Fearless", Gus said: "It was just one of those titles that I had that I liked, probably because that instrumental piece was so demanding that I was writing, so I was, like, 'Well, I shouldn't hold back and just do it.' Overall, it's a good thing to live by, because this is what keeps us people behind from having some success in whatever we choose to do in life. People are, basically, scared of failing, I guess, they're scared of failure, so a lot of people don't even actually get to try to do what they wanna do in their life. So that's kind of the general meaning behind it."

Gus also talked about the importance of social media when it comes to promoting your music. "Social media is everything; that's all there is," he said. "Of course, you have to do press and reach through other avenues as well, but on a daily basis, that's how you reach your audience, that's where your audience is. If you wanna say something and reach your fanbase, that's the way to do it in 2018. That's the way it has been for the last at least six or seven years. And that's really cool. Hopefully you have enough of an audience where you can go out there and promote your music and let 'em know where you're playing. Especially for younger artists, I would say it's the most important thing, because that's how you build an audience these days as well. [There's] a big metal community on all social media platforms — Instagram… It's pretty crazy on Instagram, actually; that's where it's at. Facebook too, but Facebook is considered for old people; that's what the younger generation is saying. And by older people, they mean people [over] 30, like me. [Laughs] But that's how fast it's moving."

"Fearless" was released on April 20 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015's "Brand New Revolution" marks Gus's first release since exiting Osbourne's band in 2017.

On "Fearless", Gus joined forces with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC) and drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE).
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CASTLE Debuts New Song "Wait For Dark" With New Lyric Video; More Deal Thy Fate Album Details Revealed

Heavy metal doomsters Castle have announced the release of their new album, Deal Thy Fate, via Ripple Music on October 19th. Recorded at Hallowed Halls Studio in Portland, OR by longtime producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis), Deal Thy Fate is Castle's fifth album and follows 2016's critically-lauded Welcome To The Graveyard. A lyric video for the new song "Wait For Dark" can be found below.

Building on the stripped-down sound of its predecessor, Deal Thy Fate sees Castle continue to push the envelope of classic heavy metal, crafting epic and memorable songs that hearken back to fuzzier times while keeping the pedal down on their own hard-edged, modern sound. Guitarist Mat Davis' penchant for riffs that worm their way into your brain and singer/bassist Liz Blackwell's haunted melodies soar out of the depths across the album's 36 fist-banging minutes.

Written over the last year in the band's current Mojave Desert location of Joshua Tree, CA, Deal Thy Fate's nine tracks are woven with tales of folklore, dark Americana, serial killers and cult leaders, while the album's striking cover art, inked by Patrick Zoller, reflects the title track's no compromise, choose-your-own destiny rally cry. The striking album art and full tracklisting can both be found below.

Commenting on the writing and recording of Deal Thy Fate, which was rounded out on drums by previous touring member Chase Manhattan, Blackwell adds, “We were able to spend a couple months in a jam room honing these songs and for the first time, record the entire album live in the studio – it definitely shows in its energy and intensity and sounds more like live Castle than anything else we've ever done.”

Pre-order Deal Thy Fate direct from the band here and via Ripple Music here. Each pre-order platform offers different limited editions of the vinyl LP.

Tracklisting:

"Can't Escape The Evil"
"Skull In The Woods"
"Prelude"
"Hexenring"
"Wait For Dark"
"Deal Thy Fate"
"Haunted"
"Red Phantom"
"Firewind"

"Wait For Dark" lyric video:

Teaser:

Castle has also announced a run of Canadian tour dates and a full European tour including European festival appearances to coincide with the new album's release. These special shows include Desertfest Belgium (October 14), Malta Doom Metal Fest (October 19), Doom Over Vienna (November 10) and Dutch Doom Days (November 24).

Tour dates:

September
27 - Toronto, ON - Coalition
28 - Ottawa, ON - House Of Targ
29 - Moncton, NB - The Caveau
30 - Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub

October
1 - Fredericton, NB - Capital Complex
2 - Quebec City, QC - Le Bateau de Nuit
3 - MontreaL, QC - L'Escogriffe
4 - London, ON - Call The Office
14 - Antwerp, Belgium - Desertfest Belgium (w/ Enslaved, YOB, Crowbar)
15 - Frankfurt, Germany - dasBett (w/ The Skull)
16 - Munich, Germany - Backstage (w/ The Skull)
17 - Freiburg, Germany - Slow Club (w/ The Skull)
18 - Cologne, Germany - Sonic Ballroom (w/ The Skull)
19 - Siggiewi, Malta - Malta Doom Fest
20 - Cottbus, Germany - Blue Moon Fest
22 - Gottingen, Germany - Freihafen
24 - Dresden, Germany - Chemiefabrik
25 - Osnabruck, Germany - Bastard Club
27 - Vallet, France - Westhill Music Fest

November
2 - Karlsruhe, Germany - KoHi
3 - Siegen, Germany - Vortex
4 - Hamburg, Germany - Bambi Galore
7 - Furstenwalde, Germany - Parkclub
8 - Berlin, Germany - Tief
9 - Leipzig, Germany - Black Label
10 - Vienna, Austria - Doom Over Vienna Fest
24 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Dutch Doom Days
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PAPA ROACH Has '13 Or 14 Songs Written And Recorded' For 'Bold' Follow-Up To 'Crooked Teeth'

PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix spoke to Andy Hall of the Lazer 103.3 radio station about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band's follow-up to 2017's "Crooked Teeth" album. He said (hear audio below): "Right when we got done with 'Crooked Teeth', writing and recording that record, we were supposed to go out on tour with OF MICE & MEN, but Austin [Carlile], the singer [of OF MICE & MEN], was really sick at the time. And so instead of going out on tour, we were, like, 'Let's just go back in the studio and start writing.' So we started our first sessions for this album we're working on early last year, and then we went and toured on 'Crooked Teeth', and then we came back and jumped in the studio June and July of this year with all fresh ideas. We have, like, 13 or 14 songs written and recorded, and we feel we have a lot of really great material."

As for the musical direction of the new PAPA ROACH songs, Jacoby said: "I think 'Crooked Teeth' was kind of, like, 'Here's the reintroduction of who P. ROACH is,' and with this new album that we're working on and writing, it really feels like we're making a pretty bold evolution of the band again. And it's a little frightening in a sense at times — like, 'Oh, man. Are people gonna get it?' But then we still have the core sound of the band on the record as well. There's a few songs that we're challenging our fans, like, 'Hey, are you gonna come down this road with us?' And the material we're writing we just feel is just great — it's so inspiring and just unique and different and rocking and anthemic and passionate. It's, like, undeniable.

"I feel like when we wrote the album 'Getting Away With Murder' [2004], it was a pretty bold evolution for the band, especially with a song like 'Scars' at the time for our band," he continued. "Now when you think of 'Scars' and PAPA ROACH, that's like the norm; that's who we are. So I'd say the evolution is comparable to that."

PAPA ROACH is continuing to tour in support of "Crooked Teeth", which was released in May 2017 via Eleven Seven Music. The disc was written and recorded in a cramped North Hollywood studio with producers Nicholas "RAS" Furlong and Colin Brittain, with the exception of "Born For Greatness", which saw the band collaborate with writer/producer Jason Evigan (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Zedd, MAROON 5).
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AUTHOR & PUNISHER To Release Beastland Album In October; "Nihil Strength" Music Video Posted

Author & Punisher delivers his sixth full-length recording and Relapse debut Beastland on October 5th. Watch the official performance video for “Nihil Strength” below.

Author & Punisher's mastermind Tristan Shone comments: “I built new machines for this album to make more aggressive and dynamic music. These devices are compact and powerful, made from robotic components, intended for high energy repetition. I, as do many others, feel rage against the Beasts of our era: those who horde, who poison, or who discriminate. We need aggressive music to make an aggressive statement. Beastland is an introspection of who we are as a human race.  At a time when we have the tools, the intellect, and the history to remind us how to treat each other and the earth, we go far out of our way to feast on the less fortunate and vulnerable, disregarding the atrocities and lessons of the past.”

Additionally, Author & Punisher returns to Europe in October after the release of Beastland, including select concerts with Godflesh, Conan and more. Also, he recently announced the first leg of fall US tour dates with the Uniform & The Body collaboration. Finally, Author & Punisher will perform at Cold Waves Festival throughout September in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. All confirmed tour dates are available below and more announcements to come in the near future.

Author & Punisher’s sixth studio album Beastland is due out on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available for pre-order here and Digital Downloads / Streaming here.

Beastland was recorded at K Street in San Diego, CA and engineered by Tristan Shone & John Cota (Death Eyes). Additional recording was done in Las Cruces, NM with Jason Begin (vytear). The album was co-produced with Braden Diotte (Faust, EXO//ENDO, Neurosis, Pinback, Tarantula Hawk), mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

Drawing inspiration from his career as a mechanical engineer, Tristan Shone (the creator and sole artist behind Author & Punisher) forged a relationship with design, sound, and fabrication that ultimately yielded his hand-built “Drone Machines” which mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made "precision machinery." A robotic experimentation in industrial metal, noise, doom and drone, Author & Punisher recalls Nine Inch Nails channeling Godflesh, traversing through dark, uncompromising, and often disturbing soundscapes with occasional detours into rich melodies and splinters of light. Armed with newly built “Drone Machines” and a new label, Beastland is Author & Punisher’s career-defining statement and a powerful listening experience that further blurs the line between man and machine.

Beastland tracklisting:

"Pharmacide"
"Nihil Strength"
"Ode To Bedlam"
"The Speaker Is Systematically Blown"
"Nazarene"
"Apparition"
"Night Terror"
"Beastland"

"Nihil Strength" video:

Tour dates:

September
14 - New York, NY - Cold Waves NY @ Irving Plaza
22 - Chicago, IL - Cold Waves VII @ Metro
27 - Los Angeles, CA - Cold Waves LA @ 1720

October
12 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - RVLT Festival
13 - Helsinki, Finland - Blowup Vol. 4
14 - Tallinn, Estonia - Sveta Baar
15 - St. Petersburg, Russia - LES
16 - Moscow, Russia - Model T
17 - Malmo, Sweden - Plan B (w/ Conan)
18 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset (w/ Godflesh)
19 - Oslo, Norway - Bla
20 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers (w/ Godflesh)
24 - Lisbon, Portugal - MusicBox
25 - Porto, Portugal - Maus Habitos

November (with The Body, Uniform)
8 - Cambridge, MA - Sonia
9 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
10 - Toronto, ON - Baby G
11 - Detroit, MI - El Club
12 - Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Disco
13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Hall
16 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
17 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel

(Photo - Auge Arredondo)
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SKÁLMÖLD To Release Sorgir Album In October

The Icelandic Viking metal heroes Skálmöld strike back with their fifth full length album Sorgir. The album title (eng.: sorrows) gives the headline for this concept album that is divided in two parts: The first four songs tell four short stories about tragedies and death. It is called Sagnir (tales). The second chapter called Svipir (ghosts) thickens the plot by telling the same four stories from a different perspective.

Sorgir is a dark, cold and tragic album dealing with Icelandic myths of superstition, shadows, spectre and despair. Look elsewhere for something light, warm and comforting. Soaring melodies, folk elements and harsh outbursts remind of the chilly beauty of Skálmöld's home country - Iceland, the eternal and awe-inspiring source of inspiration for neck breakers such as "Gangari" and the gripping epic "Mara".

Due for release on October 12th via Napalm Records, the album is available for pre-order in the following formats:

- 1 CD Digipak + Bonus Track
- 2 LP Gatefold in different colors

Tracklisting:

"Ljósið"
"Sverðið"
"Brúnin"
"Barnið"
"Skotta"
"Gangári"
"Móri"
"Mara"

From August 22nd til August 25th, Skálmöld will play four special shows together with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in their hometown Reykjavik. Three shows are already completely sold out.

Skálmöld are:

Baldur Ragnarsson - Guitar/Vocals
Björgvin Sigurðsson - Vocals/Guitar
Gunnar Ben - Keyboards/Vocals/Oboe
Jón Geir Jóhannsson - Drums/Vocals
Snæbjörn Ragnarsson - Bass/Vocals
Þráinn Árni Baldvinsson - Guitar/Vocal

(Photo - Gupbi Hannesson)
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LIGHT THE TORCH Release Official Live Video For "The Safety Of Disbelief"

In the official video below, Light The Torch (formerly known as Devil You Know) perform "The Safety Of Disbelief" at their very first live show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY on July 9th:

Previously posted footage of the band performing "Calm Before The Storm" and "The Bitter End" at the same show can be seen below:

 
Light The Torch will be touring with Trivium and Avatar in October and November.

October
3 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
4 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater
5 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
6 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
8 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
9 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
12 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
13 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
14 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
16 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
17 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
19 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
20 - Sauget, IL - Pop's Nightclub
21 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
22 - St. Paul, MN - Myth Live
23 - Fargo, ND - Sanctuary
25 - Edmonton, AB - The Ranch Roadhouse
26 - Calgary, AB - The Palace Theater
28 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
29 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
30 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
31 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory

November
2 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
3 - Berkeley, CA - UC Theatre
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