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DAVE MUSTAINE: MEGADETH's 'Risk' Should Have Been Released As A Solo Album

Dave Mustaine says that he made a "mistake" releasing "Risk" under the MEGADETH name, explaining that it would have been received far better if it had been made available as his solo album.

Issued in 1999, "Risk" received a mixed response from critics and alienated hardcore MEGADETH fans due to its departure from the band's heavy thrash metal roots to a more commercial, pop rock sound. The album debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard chart and was later certified gold for selling half a million copies in the United States.

In a recent interview with uDiscover about the birth of thrash metal, Mustaine admitted that MEGADETH had a few directional missteps over the course of its three-decade-plus career and pointed to the mid-to-late 1990s as a particularly turbulent period in the band's history.

"We did write some songs with [a] much larger scope in mind, obviously," he said (hear audio below). "I think if you look at the record 'Youthanasia' [1994], for example, there was an accompanying DVD that we put out with that record called 'Evolver', and during 'Evolver', there was a scene in there if you have seen that, you may recall [producer] Max Norman is holding a metronome and he's counting out beats per minute."

He continued: "This is what happens when you have a production team and somebody has control over the time and different stuff like that that goes along with creating the songs. Because the BPM [beats per minute] for that record He had said the key to hit songs is everything being in the 120 BPM range. So it wouldn't surprise me if you got a metronome and went and listened to 'Youthanasia' how many songs you would find are in that 120 BPM range. And that's one of the reasons why, when I went back and remixed those and remastered those records, we reset some of those songs back to their original temps, which a lot of them were a little faster. 'Cause the songs felt better, but when you slowed them down, sure, they got a certain heaviness to them, which was awesome, but there was also that speed complex that you have to add into the equation if it's MEGADETH music. Thus the backlash with 'Risk', because people expected that speed and thrashy kind of stuff. If that record would have been called the 'Dave Mustaine Project', people would have loved it. But because it said MEGADETH, they expected MEGADETH. And that was my mistake; I should have called it a solo record. But I had the band guys on there, which would have been totally disrespectful to do that."

Mustaine's latest comments echo those he made to Full Metal Jackie last month when he said that writing MEGADETH's latest album, "Dystopia", was "really invigorating" since he didn't "care anymore about trying to write stuff for radio because it just backfires." He added: "Whenever you try and do something for somebody, it usually doesn't work, it ends up being something that's hit-or-miss. At this stage in my life, I don't wanna be taking any chances. I wanna have fun, I wanna write music that I love listening to, and I think that's what we did with 'Dystopia'."

MEGADETH will open for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS on a month-long North American tour this fall.

On February 12, MEGADETH was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category for "Dystopia".




MYLES KENNEDY Says 'There Has Been Talk' Of New SLASH Solo Album

Singer Myles Kennedy, who has fronted Slash's solo band since 2010, was asked in an interview with Metal Wani if there are still plans for the group, dubbed SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, to work on a new studio album now that Slash is off touring with the reunited GUNS N' ROSES. Kennedy responded: "Yeah, there's been talk of that. I think it's just a matter of when everybody's schedules can make it so that can happen. 'Cause the GUNS N' ROSES thing is going great. So it's just a matter of when that window comes."

Kennedy was also asked if he agrees with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons's controversial "rock is dead" comment. He responded: "No, absolutely not. I think that [the GUNS N' ROSES 'Not In This Lifetime'] tour is a testament the fact that there are still millions of people that wanna hear rock and roll, which is a good thing. I think that people have been saying that rock and roll is soon to be dead, really, since it started, which is fascinating to me. But I don't think it's gonna die anytime soon."

GUNS N' ROSES, with Slash and bassist Duff McKagan rejoining frontman Axl Rose in the band, began touring last year and has already book dates for much of 2017.

There's no word yet on how long GUNS intends to stay on the road or whether they plan to record new music.

Slash's second album with Kennedy and the CONSPIRATORS, titled "World On Fire", came out in September 2014. Their previous effort was 2012's "Apocalyptic Love".

Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording.

Kennedy and ALTER BRIDGE issued their fifth studio album, "The Last Hero", in October.

CHILDREN OF BODOM To Record New Album This Year; 20 Years Down & Dirty European Tour Interview With Keyboardist JANNE WIRMAN Available

Distorted Sound recently caught up with Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman on the band's 20 Years Down & Dirty European Tour. An excerpt is available below.

Q: What made you choose this special setlist? Ive seen on Facebook that you hinted youd use material from your first four albums. What made you choose them?

Janne: "Well, this year is the 20th anniversary of the first album, so we decided to build a setlist mainly on the first two albums, so we have five songs from the first album and five songs from the second album. And then we came up with the idea of filling the rest of the setlist with songs only from the first four so we dont play anything newer than that on this tour."

Q: Awesome. What would you say your highlights are of your career with Children Of Bodom?

Janne: "Well, some of the highlights, like these days, the first three or four albums we never got to tour the US, but after the fourth album we started touring the US. That was, obviously, a big thing for us because its a big market, its a whole other continent out there. But theres so many, weve played in so many countries, over 60 countries, and stuff like that. I mean, a lot of great stuff has happened, but yeah, weve got to play in so many places, and I think thats probably the best thing ever! (laughs)"

Q: So, what have you guys got planned for after the tour?

Janne: "This year, were going to start writing our new album, we will record a new album this year."

Read the complete interview here.

On March 10th, Children of Bodom played the third show of their current 20 Years Down & Dirty European Tour at Den Atelier in Luxembourg. The tour sees the band dusting off material from their first two albums, Something Wild (1998) and Hatebreeder (1999). "In The Shadows" had never been performed live prior to this tour, "Black Widow" hadn't been played since 2000, "Red Light in My Eyes: Part 2" was last heard on the COB stage in 1999, and "The Nail" has been put back into the set after almost 20 years.

Fan-filmed video is available below. The setlist on the night was as follows:

"Deadnight Warrior"
"In The Shadows"
"Needled 24/7"
"Black Widow"
"Bodom After Midnight"
"Angels Don't Kill"
"Red Light in My Eyes: Part 2"
"Hate Me!"
"Everytime I Die"
"Lake Bodom"
"Bed of Razors"
"Children of Decadence"

"The Nail"
"Towards Dead End"

Remaining tour dates:

30 - Pustervik - Gothenburg, Sweden

1 - Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, Denmark
2 - KB - Malmö, Sweden
3 - Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
4 - Debaser Strand - Stockholm, Sweden

14 - Bingo Club - Kiev, Ukraine
15 - Re:public - Minsk, Belarus
16 - Yotaspace - Moscow, Russia
17 - Cosmonaut - St. Petersburg, Russia
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RATT singer Stephen Pearcy, who, along with some of his bandmates, is involved in a legal battle with drummer Bobby Blotzer over the rights to the group's name, spoke in a brand new interview with "Sound Matters" about the fact that a legendary act like FOREIGNER is continuing to tour with Mick Jones as the sole remaining original member of the band. Asked if FOREIGNER's situation is different from RATT's in the sense that Jones has been the former outfit's main songwriter throughout its four-decade-plus existence, Pearcy replied: "Oh, I think so. And he's been around longer and has more of these redeeming qualities. He's not doing anything I mean, that's the guy he wrote the words and music. I mean, what are you gonna say? You can't do that? Anybody can play anybody's music, but, I mean, c'mon! Give respect. That was the analogy [comparing FOREIGNER to RATT] this other person [Editor's note: referring to Blotzer] was trying to use in this situation, but it doesn't work, because we wrote all the music, including myself, and to see it destroyed I don't even wanna dwell on this shit; it's just psychopathic."

Pearcy went on to suggest that Blotzer should be placed under an involuntary 5150 psychiatric hold and is need of a trip to rehab. "It's just a scary situation to think of," the singer said. "It's, like, 'Woah!' Help is needed, please."

Last November, a California judge ruled against Blotzer with respect to whether bassist Juan Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER back in the fall 2015. The judge furthermore decided that the corporation WBS, Inc. of which Blotzer and guitarist Warren DeMartini were thought to be the sole shareholders did not have ownership interest in the RATT marks and that the name and brand was still owned by the members who were part of the original RATT partnership agreement.

In addition to claiming to have expelled Blotzer from the partnership following the latest court ruling, DeMartini, Croucier and Pearcy said that Blotzer could now only refer to himself as a "former member of RATT," as per the partnership agreement.

Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini played their first official show as the reunited RATT on February 11 at Treasure Island in Welch, Minnesota. They were joined on stage by Cavazo and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others.

A completely different version of RATT led by Blotzer and featuring a revolving door of members has been hitting stages across the country since the fall of 2015.

Listen to "INTERVIEW: Stephen Pearcy from Ratt on Sound Matters" on Spreaker.

METALLICA TV Footage Of "Halo On Fire" From Lollapalooza Brasil Posted

On March 25th, Metallica performed at Lollapalooza Brasil at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo. Metallica TV has posted "Halo On Fire" from the show; check the clip out below.

Pro-shot video of the band's entire São Paulo set is available below. The setlist was as follows:

Setlist is pretty much awesome and it goes like this:

"Ecstasy Of Gold"
"Hardwired To Self-Destruct"
"Atlas, Rise!"
"For Whom The Bell Tolls"
"The Memory Remains"
- Kirk Hammett solo 1 -
"The Unforgiven"
"Now That Were Dead"
"Moth Into Flame"
"Harvester Of Sorrow"
"Halo On Fire"
- Robert Trujillo's solo -
"Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)"
"Sad But True"
"Master Of Puppets"
- Kirk Hammett solo 2 -
"Fade To Black"
"Seek And Destroy"
"Nothing Else Matters"
"Enter Sandman"


AKANI Feat. MERAUDER, Ex-SOILWORK Members: Video Of Stuttgart Concert

Video footage of AKANI, the metallic hardcore supergroup featuring current and former members of MERAUDER, SOILWORK and DARK TRANQUILLITY, performing on March 25 in Stuttgart, Germany can be seen below.

AKANI released its debut full-length, "Through My Darkest Infernal", in July 2016 via Demons Run Amok.

AKANI was formed in 2012 by singer Jorge Rosado from MERAUDER and DEAD REPRISE drummer Anders Löwgren with the aim of merging the rage of New York hardcore with heaviness of Swedish death metal. Joined shortly thereafter by guitarists Anders Björler and Daniel Antonsson, from AT THE GATES and SOILWORK, respectively, and ENTOMBED bassist Victor Brandt, the group soon recorded four songs for an EP titled "Santa Muerte", which was released in 2014 by Demons Run Amok and is now completely sold out.

With Daniel Cederborg, formerly of PATH OF NO RETURN, replacing the departed Anders Björler and Daniel Antonsson taking over the bass as well as guitars, AKANI is back with its first full-length and sounds more potent and heavy than ever before.

Captured between Gothenburg and New York, "Through My Darkest Infernal" sees AKANI confidently blending the straight-up, intense rage of hardcore with the crushing heaviness of metal, yet this time they've included some new twists and ideas to make this 14-track album a thoroughly rewarding and interesting listen.
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GWAR To Release 'Orgasmageddon' Comic In June

Following up on an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign late last year, GWAR will bring the blasphemous, blood-soaked series that fans demanded to print in June, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment.

GWAR has released an official video announcing the Dynamite partnership, which can be viewed below.

From the depths of outer space to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, punk rock and heavy metal's most shocking band of intergalactic blood-spewing alien monsters has returned to kill everything and respect nothing in the pages of GWAR: Orgasmageddon! Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill & Ted on bath salts. Antics ensue as they stomp and smash and shape human history to what we accept as our current reality. Co-written by GWAR themselves and Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), and featuring art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), GWAR: Orgasmageddon is a love letter to comics, grindhouse movies, and heavy metal, sure to appeal both to the most die-hard fan and the comics fanboy/fangirl intrigued by the prospect of social awareness drowned in geysers of blood and alien jizz.

"It's awesome to have a comic coming out!" says Matt Maguire, better known in the band lineup as Sawborg Destructo. "When Matt Miner and I first talked, everything clicked and I knew we were going to do a cool project. We can't wait to show all of the amazing work that is being generated for this comic! With Dynamite in our corner, it's gonna be a big book!"

Regarding what GWAR fans will love most about the series, Maguire adds, "The blood... maybe the story... but mostly the blood. Oh, did we mention that Slymenstra Hymen is gonna be in it? And oh yeah — blood!"

"I always wanted to be the guy to help bring GWAR to modern-day comics," says Miner. "Most people when they get into comics want to do Batman or Spider-Man or write the next great Punisher story, but I really, really wanted to write my favorite scumdogs of the universe... the all-mighty GWAR! Although working on that other stuff would be cool, too."

Regarding the concept and audience for the new series, Miner says, "People who love fun comics are gonna dig this crazy story that dives into the past and shows how GWAR not only created humans, but shaped our history to what we now know as our actual modern-day reality. GWAR fans are going to love that all the creators on the book are fans — every single one, from me and artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, all the way to every single variant cover artist — and GWAR themselves are contributing art and co-writing the book, to boot. This isn't a case of us getting the license and then running with it; we collaborate very closely with the band and are in almost constant contact during the creation. Fans of comics with a deeper meaning may have to dig through the blood, the guts, and the sometimes off-color jokes, but they're gonna find what they're looking for; GWAR has always been a mirror held up to the worst aspects of humanity, so that social satire and consciousness is there, although it may be splattered with politician brains and alien bile. You do not need to be a GWAR fan to have a ton of fun with this comic!"

"Anyone who is familiar with GWAR's theatrical performances, and over their thirty-year history will agree that it is hard to think of a band better suited to the comic book page," says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. "It seems only fitting that these masters of gore find their published home alongside the comic book adventures of the original shock rockers, KISS!"

GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' April 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of GWAR with their local comic book retailers. GWAR: Orgasmageddon will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse and Dark Horse Digital.

Miner has written a post explaining the comic book pre-order system and why it's so important if we want more GWAR comics in the future. The comic's creators have also provided a pre-order slip to make reserving copies with your local comic shop easy, and the band asks their fans to please call their local comic stores and both pre-order copies of the comic and request the store stocks GWAR comics for their shelves.

TESTAMENT: New Promo Video For 'The Official Illustrated History' Book

San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have teamed up with Rocket 88, an imprint of the established British book production company Essential Works, for the release of a book called "The Official Illustrated History".

A new promotional video for "The Official Illustrated History", featuring TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, can be seen below.

According to a press release, "The Official Illustrated History" will offer "the full story of the Bay Area thrash kings as told by the band in their own words. Heavily illustrated with rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and using recently unearthed band archives from the halcyon days of heavy music in the early 1980s, this is the ultimate TESTAMENT book.

"From 'The Legacy' in 1987 through to 2016's 'Brotherhood Of The Snake', longtime members Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick tell TESTAMENT's incredible history in full detail and glorious color."

Said TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy: "Wow! It's hard to believe, but it's been thirty years since we released 'The Legacy'. And we've been talking about what a great trip it's been and wanted to put it on record. So we're creating a book with the Rocket 88 guys. We've dug up tons of photos and memories, and they'll all be in there. We're telling our own side of the story. Each and every one of us has a different version. I'm sure that's gonna be very interesting."

Those interested in the book can register at to receive updates on its progress, get your name printed in the book and receive a discount on the final price.

Asked in a 2012 interview with Powerline magazine what he would attribute TESTAMENT's longevity to, Billy said: "In the '90s, metal was kind of a bad word. Over the last ten, twelve years or so, there's been a lot more new generations of thrash-style music and it's getting more popular. It's just a new generation of that fan base. There's always gonna be a young rebellious teenager looking for something against the grain. And heavy metal's always been the answer, it seems like, or punk rock or something. I think bands like us kind of survived those '90s and are still creating music that doesn't sound like it's dated, or like a thirty-year-old band writing the same stuff. You always try to keep it new and different with every record we do. I think that's what kept us alive. And it just happens that there's a true spirit at heart still driving us."

LABYRINTH: 'Someone Says' Video Released

"Someone Says", the new video from Italian metallers LABYRINTH, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's new studio album, "Architecture Of A God", which will be released on April 21 via Frontiers Music Srl.

In the spring of 2016, the band's founding members, Andrea Cantarelli and Olaf Thorsen received a call from Frontiers asking them to discuss with vocalist Roberto Tiranti the possibilities of a reunion with a return to their classic sound to mount a comeback for the band. After much discussion, the guys agreed to make an album and also to make a very special appearance at the the first annual Frontiers Metal Festival, where they performed their signature album, "Return To Heaven Denied", in its entirety. [Said performance is being prepared for a future home video release.] Olaf says: "This has been easily the most difficult and challenging album I ever worked on.

"To be honest, when Frontiers contacted me, insisting to make this reunion happen, I was skeptical and worried. We couldn't simply make a new album; it wouldn't have been honest to the fans, to ourselves.

"Of course, this is as easy to say as also unbelievably tough to make real: we have so many good albums out there, looking at us from their past and which people still keep in their minds and hearts. That's why we decided to strengthen our lineup, joining with nobody else but the best musicians we believed they would have fitted perfectly into our perspective of the music we were about to write." Andrea adds: "The making of this album has been a fantastic journey. We brought back a lot of classic elements of our music, mixing it with something new and I'm so enthusiastic about the final result." Roberto Tiranti makes it short: "Just when you thought you already gave everything you could, expressing every possible musical aspect of your way of intending music for a band like LABYRINTH, then comes 'Architecture Of A God' to remind you that nothing is impossible!" With a new lineup rounded out by drummer extraordinaire John Macaluso (TNT, RIOT, ARK), Oleg Smirnoff (VISION DIVINE, EDRITCH) on keyboards, and Nik Mazzucconi on bass, LABYRINTH are truly coming back stronger than ever and have offered up a superb self-produced album. "Architecture Of A God" (mixed by DGM's Simone Mularoni) is a record that encompasses all the elements the band is known for: fast power metal songs with unforgettable hooks, epic prog-infused metal songs, and some great melodic numbers that compose a record which is easily going to be another milestone for the Italian metal masters! "What we have in our hands, now, it's 'Architecture Of A God': by far, the most mature and complete album we ever wrote," concludes Thorsen.

"There's no will to challenge our glorious past, but I'm really confident that, once released, this album will set a new standard for our music!"

"Architecture Of A God" track listing:

01. Bullets02. Still Alive03. Take On My Legacy04. A New Dream05. Someone Says06. Random Logic07. Architecture Of A God08. Children09. Those Days10. We Belong To Yesterday11. Stardust And Ashes12. Diamond LABYRINTH 2017 is:

Roberto Tiranti - lead vocalsOlaf Thorsen - lead guitarsAndrea Cantarelli - lead guitarsNik Mazzucconi - bass guitarOleg Smirnoff - keyboardsJohn Macaluso - drums
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GLENN DANZIG Suggests Some Of California's Wildfires May Have Been Acts Of Terrorism

Glenn Danzig has suggested that at least some of the major California wildfires in the last several years may have been acts of terrorism.

A recent study found that 84 percent of U.S. wildfires and 97 percent of wildfires in coastal California and the Central Valley were started by people.

In California's Mediterranean climate region, 89 percent of the total 5,921,861 acres burned was caused by human-started wildfires.

During an appearance on yesterday's (Monday, March 27) edition of SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones's radio show, "Jonesy's Jukebox", on the 95.5 KLOS station in Los Angeles, Danzig stated about California's destructive blazes: "I have a theory about fires in California: terrorism. It's maximum amount of carnage for the littlest amount of money: a match and a can of gas. And you go out and [find] a brush and boom! It doesn't cost a lot of money [and] it's done. That's really what it's about, right?

"If you're gonna outlaw guns, some guy just decides he's gonna plow a giant truck into a ton of people in France and kills way more people," he continued.

"If somebody wants to do something terrible like that, they're gonna do it."

Asked if he thinks that's always been the way of humans to have a percentage of people who are just not happy campers and want to cause havoc, Danzig said: "They just wanna F shit up, right? Yeah, of course, there's always gonna be people that aren't happy with something. It's just a matter of whether they're gonna go to an extreme to do it."

According to the University Of Colorado At Boulder, the U.S. has experienced some of its largest wildfires on record over the past decade, especially in the western half of the country. The duration and intensity of future wildfire seasons is a point of national concern given the potentially severe impact on agriculture, ecosystems, recreation and other economic sectors, as well as the high cost of extinguishing blazes.

The annual cost of fighting wildfires in the U.S. has exceeded $2 billion in recent years.

The first DANZIG album of all-new material since 2010's widely acclaimed "Deth Red Sabaoth", "Black Laden Crown", will be released mid-May on Evilive Records/Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

As previously reported, DANZIG and MINISTRY will perform at this year's edition of the "Blackest Of The Black" festival, set to take place May 26-27 at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California. The two-day event will feature over 20 artists, with DANZIG serving as headliner on May 27.

Serbian All-Girl Metal Band JENNER Performs In Skopje, Macedonia (Video)

Video footage of the Serbian all-girl metal band JENNER performing on March 25 at Rock Club Shadows in Skopje, Macedonia can be seen below.

JENNER released its debut album, "To Live Is To Suffer", on February 20 via Infernö Records.

Formed in December 2013, JENNER is said to be the only all-girl metal band from the Belgrade area.

"To Live Is To Suffer" was made available as a CD and cassette tape, with both formats limited to 1,000 copies each.

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Factory Of Death02. Hear The Thunder Roar03. Demon's Call04. The Heath Is Coming Again05. On The Judgement Day06. How Deep Is Your Greed07. Silent Killer08. Opened (On The Table)

The track "How Deep Is Your Greed" can be streamed below. Also available is an album teaser.

JENNER released a two-song demo in 2015.


Anđelina Mitić (vocals)Aleksandra Stamenković (guitar)Mina Petrović (bass)Marija Dragićević (drums)

PARADISE LOST Begins Recording New Album

British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST have entered Orgone Studios in Woburn, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom to begin recording their new album for a tentative late 2017 release via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015's "The Plague Within" is once again being helmed by Jaime Gomez Arellano, who has previously worked with GHOST, CATHEDRAL and TURISAS, among others.

Formed in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1988 and still boasting four of its five original members, the band is widely credited with co-founding the gothic metal genre with its sophomore album, "Gothic" (1991). Through the years, PARADISE LOST has changed its style effectively and reinvented itself again and again. They elbowed their way from their original melodic death metal sound on their debut, "Lost Paradise" (1990) to the classic "Icon" (1993) and more experimental "One Second" (1997). Finally they went back to the roots with their most recent release, "The Plague Within", achieving some of the best reviews of their career. In a 2015 interview with Isolation Grind, Holmes stated about "The Plague Within"'s heavier sound compared to that on some of PARADISE LOST's earlier albums: "We just tried to capture the spirit of the old days without forgetting everything else that has happened over the last 20 years. I don't think the album is back to our roots as such, as we couldn't have written an album like this 25 years ago."

Nick also talked about the progression of PARADISE LOST's sound, calling it "just evolution. Certain albums have taken us in significant directions, I guess 'Icon' was probably the first album to do that, and we continued that style until 'One Second'. It's too early to see if ['The Plague Within'] will be a new progression." PARADISE LOST 2017 is:

Nick Holmes - VocalsGreg Mackintosh - Lead GuitarsAaron Aedy - Rhythm GuitarsSteve Edmondson - BassWaltteri Väyrynen - Drums

The recording of our new album begins and once again we are working with Jaime Gomez Arellano at the freshly revamped ...

Posted by Paradise Lost onTuesday, March 28, 2017


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QUEENSRŸCHE Drummer Taking Paternity Leave; KAMELOT's CASEY GRILLO To Fill In

QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield will be taking time off from the band's touring activities to spend time with his newborn son, appropriately named Rockson. Filling in for him for the group's upcoming shows will be Casey Grillo (pictured) of KAMELOT.

Said QUEENSRŸCHE in a statement: "We couldn't be more excited to welcome Scott's son to the QUEENSRŸCHE family."

Added Casey: "I am very excited and humbled to be doing some shows with my favorite band of all time QUEENSRŸCHE! Congratulations to Scott Rockenfield and his family for the birth of his new son Rockson!"

Grillo will make his live debut with QUEENSRŸCHE on April 1 at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California.

QUEENSRŸCHE is preparing to enter the studio to begin work on the follow-up to 2015's "Condition Hüman" album, to be released later in the year via Century Media.

"Condition Hüman" debuted at No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 14,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015.

QUEENSRŸCHE last fall completed a month-long headlining tour of the United States. Support on the trek came from ARMORED SAINT and MIDNIGHT ETERNAL.

Photo credit: Tim Tronckoe

DARKEST HOUR To Release Cover Of JUDAS PRIEST's 'Painkiller' For 'Record Store Day'

Washington, D.C. metallers DARKEST HOUR, who released their ninth album, "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora", earlier this month, have announced a limited-edition seven-inch singer, "Painkiller/I Don't Want to Hear It" (via Southern Lord Recordings) for Record Store Day (April 22).

The release, which is limited to 1000 copies, features new song "Enter Oblivion" from "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora", as well as covers of MINOR THREAT's "I Don't Want To Hear It" and JUDAS PRIEST's "Painkiller". All proceeds from the seven-inch will be donated to the National Immigration Law Center.

DARKEST HOUR founder and guitar player Mike Schleibaum had this to say about the release: "It is with great pride we present to you our first Record Store Day release, which also happens to be our first seven-inch record in almost two decades! This seven-inch features two covers that we recorded before the launch of our Indiegogo campaign last year. Although the songs were released for free as part of a thank you to our loyal fans, we felt they wouldn't get their justice served without some sort of physical release. In addition to the covers, this seven-inch also includes the song 'Enter Oblivion' from our new album, 'Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora'. This song and seven-inch have a very special meaning for us.

"Having toured the world countless times at this point, we have seen the destructiveness and divisiveness that arises from nation states, borders, and immigration policies. These invisible, arbitrary lines that divide families, cultures, and humanity are archaic and obsolete. We believe that no human being is ever illegal just for existing. We believe that everyone regardless of race, religion, age, ethic heritage, sexual identification and sexual orientation should be treated with the respect and dignity that everyone deserves. A DARKEST HOUR show is a place where everyone is welcome, where individual thought is celebrated. We do not want a hive mind of loyal followers; we want a community of free-thinking individuals. It is in this spirit that we, in conjunction with Southern Lord Recordings, will donate all proceeds from this seven-inch record to the National Immigration Law Center. They are a non-profit who have been on the forefront of the fight to deliver services to those who find themselves caught in the middle of this outdated, feverishly demonic system.

"The song 'Enter Oblivion' centers on a traveler with no home and is, therefore the perfect choice for this seven-inch. Vinyl is our preferred way of enjoying music and the depth of these songs on wax is unparalleled in any other medium. If you can find this seven-inch before it sells out, get it! It will never be repressed and will always be a special part of our history. Cheers to Southern Lord Recordings for helping us make this unique record and also for echoing our thoughts. It is only together that we can turn the present tide of humanity towards the idea that we all share one world, together."

TANKARD: 'One Foot In The Grave' Cover Artwork Unveiled

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 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..."

The clip below offers a look behind the scenes of the "One Foot In The Grave" album production, as well the very first song snippets.
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BLACK STONE CHERRY: 'Cheaper To Drink Alone' Video Released

"Cheaper To Drink Alone", the new Blake Judd-directed video from Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY, can be seen below. The clip was filmed on February 21 at Spillway Bar And Grill in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

"This video is the first time we have stepped outside of our comfort zone, only to end up further into our comfort zone," commented BLACK STONE CHERRY. "It's funny, it's light hearted, it's rock 'n' roll. It shows a side of the band that exists on a daily basis, and that is our love for ridiculous humor and not taking ourselves too seriously. We hope y'all enjoy it as much as we did creating it! We are also honored to have appearances of our friends from Number JUAN Tequila, Against The Grain Brewery, and Lzzy and Joe from our longtime buddies HALESTORM."

"Cheaper To Drink Alone" is taken from BLACK STONE CHERRY's fifth studio album, "Kentucky", which was released in April 2016 via Mascot Label Group. The CD was recorded at Barrick Recording in Glasgow, Kentucky. Taking a "back-to-the-roots" approach, the effort was produced in the same way and same place as BLACK STONE CHERRY's eponymous debut album, which broke the band out of the small southern backwater and onto the world stage.

BLACK STONE CHERRY guitarist Ben Wells told Metal Hammer magazine about "Kentucky": "This is the first time we [got] to self-produce. And most of the songs, with the exception of maybe two or three out of fifteen, are all written by us, the four of us. Which all of our songs always are — we might co-write with somebody — but this time, the majority of the songs are all written by us. So it feels really good to kind of have that creative freedom. It's raw, it's heavy. [We went] back to our hometown to record it, where we did our debut album. So we're kind of revisiting some of that old mojo that we had, and I think our fans have been wanting that from us for a long time now. These are probably some of the coolest songs we've written as far as the music and the melodies."

Video: New GHOST Lineup Performs In London

Fan-filmed video footage of GHOST's March 26 performance at O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, England can be seen below.

The new lineup of GHOST gave its first live performance on Friday night (March 24) as the Swedish-based band kicked off its 2017 "Popestar" European tour in Norwich, England. As previously reported, rumors have circulated for several months that lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — fired the entire previous lineup at the end of GHOST's fall 2016 North American tour.

Meanwhile, the identity of one of the band's new members — who wear masks and are only known as Nameless Ghouls — may have already been revealed. Former KORN touring keyboardist Zac Baird hinted in a series of tweets that he was in England for his first show with an unnamed act, adding, "I've spent 90% of my life in costume."

Since the musicians wear masks and are only identified as Nameless Ghouls, personnel changes in the group over its eight-year existence have gone unannounced.

Earlier this month, however, Swedish guitarist Martin Persner released a video message in which he claimed to have played in GHOST for seven years under the name Omega. He also revealed that he exited the band last July, although he did not disclose the reasons for his departure.

Forge writes almost all of the group's music and does most of the act's interviews disguised as a Nameless Ghoul.

GHOST will begin recording its fourth full-length album in August, after the band returns home from a North American tour with IRON MAIDEN.

Video: BATTLE BEAST Performs In Paris

Fan-filmed video footage of BATTLE BEAST's March 25 performance at Petit Bain in Paris, France can be seen below.

BATTLE BEAST's fourth album, "Bringer Of Pain", was released on February 17 via Nuclear Blast Records. The ten-track disc was recorded and produced at JKB Studios by keyboardist Janne Björkroth, was mixed by Björkroth alongside Viktor Gullichsen and Mikko Karmila, and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The cover artwork was crafted by Jan Yrlund.

"Bringer Of Pain" is BATTLE BEAST's first album to feature guitarist Joona Björkroth, who joined the band in 2015.

BATTLE BEAST in February 2015 parted ways with lead guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen due to "insurmountable disagreements" with the other members of the band.

Speaking to Metalholic, BATTLE BEAST vocalist Noora Louhimo stated about the writing process for "Bringer Of Pain": "You always have the pressure on to write good music and do a good album, but now we had extra pressure because people had their suspicions. People were already judging us that, 'They're not going to make it. They're not going to make as good music.' But as you can hear, yes we can! [Laughs] So, yes, it was a nerve-breaking, but still a very rewarding process to do this new album. For me personally, this was such a great experience. I learned so much about the other guys; the other band members. We got Joona to be part of this BATTLE BEAST family and now I'm just full of excitement. I can't wait to get on the road and bring the pain!"

Asked how she thinks having six songwriters instead of one impacts the sound and dynamic of the band, Noora said: "We all learned a lot from each other, how we want to work together. There are so many different ways to write songs. For example, Janne likes to write songs by himself and bring them to the table when they are almost final. I like to do solo also, but I like co-writing also. With Joona, we have a similar wave we are on, and we have a really good work ethic, and a good friendship also. So it's very easy to work with him. I did write some demos with Eero, our bass player, and our other guitar player Jusso, and it was fun also. I think through these next years, we are going to find new ways, and the best ways, for BATTLE BEAST to produce music."
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ECLIPSE Debut “Hurt” Music Video

Eclipse have released a video for Hurt, a track from the bands fifth studio album, Monumentum, out now. The new clip is available for streaming below.

Monumentum tracklisting:

Never Look Back
Killing Me
The Downfall Of Eden
Born To Lead
For Better Or For Worse
No Way Back
Night Comes Crawling
Black Rain

Hurt video:


Never Look Back video:


Eclipse lineup:

Erik Mårtensson - lead vocals, guitars
Magnus Henriksson - guitars
Philip Crusner - drums
Magnus Ulfstedt - bass
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THE CONVALESCENCE Sign With Unique Leader Record; US Tour Support Dates With TESTAMENT, SEPULTURA And PRONG Confirmed

Ohio death metal/deathcore unit The Convalescence is the latest addition to the Unique Leader Record roster for the release of their as-yet-untitled full-length later this year. 
Delivering brutal riffs and dark imagery, the Toledo-born six-piece was forged in 2011 and have since made their mark on the underground metal scene having performed over 400 shows across the United States and Europe including appearances on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Rock Fest, West Coast Death Fest, SXSW, and many more. The band is currently wrapping up a tour with Otep and will unleash their fifth studio album via Unique Leader in the coming months. 
The band has issued the following statement: "We are very proud to be a part of the Unique Leader Records roster for the release of our upcoming album. This is by far our heaviest and, in our opinion, hands down the best album we've done so far. We couldn't ask for a better label to work with for this release. Keep an eye out for big things happening in the near future."
In related news, The Convalescence will serve as support to Testament, Sepultura, and Prong on a portion of their upcoming US tour from April 6th and through April 24th. The band's fifteen-date trek includes a stop at this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts. 
The Convalescence's support tour dates are as follows:

6 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
7 - Gas Monkey Live - Dallas, TX
8 - Aztec Theater - San Antonio, TX
9 - House Of Blues - Houston, TX
10 - House OF Blues - New Orleans, LA
12 - House Of Blues - Tampa, FL
13 - Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL
14 - House Of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
15 - Center Stage - Atlanta, GA
16 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
19 - The National - Richmond, VA
21 - The Palladium @ New England Metal & Hardcore Festival - Worcester, MA
22 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
23 - The Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
24 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD

For information and updates on the band go to this location.
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POWERGLOVE To Release One New Song A Month For 13 Months; First Track From Forthcoming Album Streaming

World Entertainment Inc. and Powerglove are pleased to announce a new partnership with Knife Fight Media, who will manage the next album cycle, which will mark the bands return to video game themes. Instead of releasing an album all at once, the band will be releasing one track a month for the next 13 months, culminating with a box set released on the final month of the album cycle.

Following is a message from the band:

Pay attention my supple lads, for the time has come for the long anticipated next chapter from the purveyors of video game metal. Behold the first track of PowerGloves new release, Continue?. Each month, I, Zebediah, master magician, will release Powerglove from their musty basements, so they may bestow upon you a new piece of pompous, penis-pummelling powermetal, infused with videogame nostalgia, and a hint of lime. Be wary, hold a keen eye, and clench firmly, because if you do not hear these songs, you shall forever miss the chance to join Powerglove in the halls of videogame Valhalla.

Hailing from the outer reaches of flavor country, the Powerglove woodwind quartet is the perfect choice for any bat mitzvah or funeral procession. Top scientists from Powerglove University in Prague have ascertained specific evidence from the children of Sanchez the Wise that Powergloves music is answer to domestic abuse, and gout. However, clinical trials, have yet to prove that Powerglove is in any way effective against dysentery. These four young men, full of bold and fresh flavor, as well as all requisite herbs and spices will dance for you until the siren call of the Great Mancuso beacons us home to the undying realms with the audacity of succulent ham.

In March of 2013, Powerglove posted a message to their fans saying that they have started working on Continue? the Video Game Themed follow up to 2010s Saturday Morning Apocalypse, and are releasing that effort in 13 parts over the course of 2017 (a song a month). Powerglove are no strangers to taking a ridiculous and silly concept and translating it into metal excellence, and they can't wait to tour across the universe again and make their audiences headbang and laugh till they soil themselves at the same time once again.


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MEGADETH - À Tout le Monde Ale Wins Gold Medal

Megadeth's Belgian Style Saison Ale, À Tout le Monde, has won its first Gold Medal, scoring the highest points in its category. 93 points, qualifying it as "Exceptional", by Beverage Testing Institute based out of Chicago. Congrats to Brewmaster Jerry Vietz and the ultimate collaborator Dave Mustaine. Find À Tout le Monde near you by clicking here.

Megadeth are now offering exclusive bundles for their A Tout Le Monde beer glasses via the band’s official store. Head to this location to view your options.

In live news, Megadeth will be hitting the road with The Scorpions on the North American Crazy World Tour this fall; confirmed show dates are as listed:

14 - Reading, PA - Santander Arena
16 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
22 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage Amphitheater
26 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
29 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
30 - Seattle, WA - Tacoma Dome

3 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort
4 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
7 - Los Angeles - The Forum On Sale 3/24
8 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Arena
11 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum
12 - Dallas, TX - Pavilion at The Music Factory
14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
15 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena


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THE ACACIA STRAIN To Release Gravebloom Album In June; “Bitter Pill” Track Streaming

The Acacia Strain will release their new album, Gravebloom, on June 30th via Rise Records. The new single, “Bitter Pill”, is available for streaming below. Fans can pre-order Gravebloom in various packages at this location.


“Plague Doctor”
“Bitter Pill”
“Big Sleep”
“Abyssal Depths”
“Model Citizen”
“Calloused Mouth”
“Dark Harvest”
“Walled City”
“Cold Gloom”

“Bitter Pill”:
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THE ROYAL Streaming Title Track Of Upcoming Seven Album; “Counterculture” Video Posted

The Royal - a band that takes the best of a wide variety of subgenres in metal and presents a fresh and unique cross-over into today’s scene, will unleash their very first label released record, Seven, via Long Branch Records on March 31st. The album’s title track is available for streaming below. You can also watch a music video for the track “Counterculture”

Pre-order the new album at this location.


“Feeding Wolves” (feat. Carlo Knöpfel)
“Creeds And The Vultures”
“Life Breaker”
“Draining Veins”

“Counterculture” video:


“Wildmind” video:
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LADY BEAST Sign With Cruz Del Sur Music

Pittsburgh, PA's Lady Beast have inked a deal with Italian heavy metal label Cruz Del Sur Music.Formed in 2010, Lady Beast previously released two full-lengths albums (simply titled Iand II) and an EP (Metal Immortal) for French label Inferno Records.

Authors of aggressive and fast-paced heavy metal with traditional influences from the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Acid, Lady Beast combines killer twin guitars with the energetic presence of vocalist Deborah Levine. The band will soon enter the studio to record its Cruz Del Sur Music debut,Vicious Breed, which is targeted for a late 2017 release on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

Lady Beast lineup:

Deborah Levine - vocals
Andy Ramage - lead guitar
Chris Tritschler - rhythm guitar
Greg Colaizzi - bass
Adam Ramage - drums

For further details, visit Lady Beast on Facebook.

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IMMOLATION Live At Wacken Open Air 2016; Video Of Full Performance Streaming

New York death metal giants, Immolation, devastated Bullhead City Circus when they hit Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival in the summer of 2016. Video footage of the band’s full performance is now available for streaming below.

Immolation’s setlist:

“Spectacle Of Lies”
“Majesty Of Decay”
“Despondent Souls”
“Kingdom Of Conspiracyv
“Dawn Of Possession”
“Father You're Not A Father”
“Glorious Epoch”
“All That Awaits Us”

Immolation’s new album, Atonement, is out now via Nuclear Blast Records.
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FATE UNBURIED Release Logos Album; “It’s Late!” Track Streaming

The Fate Unburied project came together from the groups need to find their own musical language. A language that goes beyond the patterns of modern metal. The band offer a style with its heart in death metal but surrounded by many other influences, combining riffs that are driven and dynamic but also melodic and inspiring. It’s a highly effective combination of power and atmosphere which creates a distinctive and varied sound.

Fate Unburied’s first album, Logos, is the perfect example of this concept containing all the elements that propel the band. Starting with a death metal core, it goes through many tangents, creating a specific, strong and personal sound with a marked progressive influence. With their determination to explore and try new ideas, the band even inserted some passages with a Marimba to give a more exotic and mystical atmosphere. The lyrics follow the main theme from the Greek philosophical concept of the Logos. A universal law which rules everything through reason and need. On the albums songs, this is related to today’s life, in order to analyze the human condition and the events that afflict it. An intellectual concept yes, but delivered by the band with panache.

The 10 track album (containing three instrumentals) was recorded and mixed at Death Lab Studios in Verona, Italy under the guidance of Mattia Nidini and Mattia “Phil” Filippi, who provided the soaring soundscope with great passion and professionalism. The final mix was sent to Luca Gomedi of High Distortion Level Studio for the mastering, giving the project its definitive and final form.

The cover was created by the talented Greek artist Gina Liberiou, who forms amazing abstract drawings by shaping colors on a glass surface. She made the artwork exclusively for Logos, something that reflects in an image the complexity of Fate Unburied’s music.


“It’s Late”
“Dormancy Within”
“Life Abuse”
“Inner Wisdom”

“It’s Late!”:

Fate Unburied are:

Riccardo Babbolin - Vocals, Guitar
Francesco Garatti - Guitar
Giorgio Piva - Drums
Davide Polato - Bass
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AVULSED Reveal Details For Limited Split 7” With MERCYLESS

Two of the most legendary and respected death metal bands in their own countries, Spain’s Avulsed and France’s Mercyless, will kick off their European tour with Savage Annihilation on April 7th.

Avulsed and Mercyless will issue a limited vinyl 7" EP containing one exclusive recording from each band. To be released as a collaboration between Xtreem Music and Xenokorp (ex-Kaotoxin), this 7" EP will contain a re-recording of the song "Hidden Perversions" to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Avulsed, and a re-recording of "Without Christ" celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mercyless.

Official release date for this split 7" EP is May 5th, but it will be available during the European Deathgeneration Tour 2017 and the remaining copies will be sold at each label's respective mailorders.

Tour dates listed on the flyer below:
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MALICE Issue New Album Update; First Track Titles Revealed

Bassist Rayman James of Minneapolis, Minnesota-based true metal band, Malice, has checked from the recording studio with a new album recording update:

"Malice is currently working on our new second album, tentatively titled Death And Destruction. The recording process has taken longer than expected because we want it to be amazing, in order for it to be able to meet the high expectations of our fans, as well as our own standards. We don't want to rush out anything less than our very best.

We are staying true to our roots and our hearts in playing the music we love and are so passionate about. Three song titles that we can reveal at this time are "Slaying The Dragon", "SwordMetal" and "Wheels Of Steel". While working on the album we have been and will continue to play shows. When it is finally released, it will be well worth it all.

Malice released their hard hitting debut album, Triumph And Glory in 2014.

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IMPLORE Sign Worldwide Deal With Century Media Records; New Album Due This Fall

Century Media Records has announced the signing of Implore.

Hailing from Berlin, but with their roots in Spain and Italy, the three-piece have gained a strong following within the extreme metal scene since the band formed in 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. Hard working and dedicated since day one Implore have released several EPs and demos as well as the critically acclaimed debut full length album Depopulation (Pelagic Records, 2015).

With over 200 live shows all over Europe, North and South America as well as major festivals shows (Summer Breeze, Party.San and many more) Implore’s name has widely spread among fans of brutal death metal, grindcore, hardcore and crust punk. Although Implore’s sound is often labeled as death metal, the band’s talent to entwine elements from different genres into their sound has opened doors to different scenes, attracting open-minded fans of all kinds of extreme music.

Subjugate, the second album from the band - and the first one for their new label home at Century Media Records - now reaches for new horizons. With a more focused approach, more elaborated songs, a stronger sound and a lot of experience, Implore are well prepared to take the world by storm.

Subjugate will be released on September 22nd in cooperation with the band’s former label, Pelagic Records.

More news about the album will follow in the upcoming days and weeks.

Implore lineup:

Gabriel Dubko - Bass & Vocals
Eduard Petrolillo - Guitars
Guido Montanarini - Drum
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