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March 24th, 2017

BROTHER FIRETRIBE are proud to announce their 15th anniversary European tour. Embarking upon a voyage across 11 different countries, this 19-date headline run not only celebrates the band's 15 year career, it also features their first bill-topping appearances in certain countries, including the UK.

Brother Firetribe's fourth full-length album, 'Sunbound', is released today, March 24th via Spinefarm Records. Featuring 12 new pieces of music, including lead track 'Taste Of A Champion' plus follow-up single/video 'Indelible Heroes' (see below), 'Sunbound' has been mixed by Finnish studio-meister Mikko Karmila (Nightwish, Children Of Bodom, Stratovarius), and is the follow-up to 2014's 'Diamond In The Firepit'.

European dates:
11.10. DE - Berlin, Quasimodo

12.10. PL - Wroclaw, Firlej

13.10. CZ - Prague, Nova Chmelnice

14.10. DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser

16.10. DE - Hamburg, Knust

17.10, DE - Bochum, Zeche

18.10. DE - Frankfurt, Nachtleben 

19.10. FR - Paris, Maroquinerie

21.10. UK - London, Borderline

22.10. UK - Nottingham, Rockingham Festival 

24.10. BE - Vosselaar, Biebob

25.10. DE - Cologne, Underground

26.10. DE - Nuremberg, Hirsch

28.10. HU - Budapest, Durer-Kert

29.10. AT- Vienna, Chelsea 

30.10. DE - Munich, Backstage Halle

01.11. CH - Zurich, Dynamo Werk
02.11. IT- Milan, Legend

04.11. ES - Madrid, Caracol

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Following the expanded and re-mastered re-issues of Uriah Heep's first 2 albums (and a new 2 disc anthology called, 'Your Turn To Remember') follows these double CD sets of 3 classic Heep albums. The band's 3rd album 'Look At Yourself' was originally released in October of 1971 and represented the first for manager Gerry Bron's new label 'Bronze Records' and was also their first to hit the Top 100 of the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #93. The title track is a charging statement of intent as the band don't let up, with no time to reflect on their success. Such was their hectic schedule at this time they managed to cram touring, session time and 3 albums in the space of 12 months. 'Demons And Wizards' was released in June 1972 and is widely hailed to be their masterpiece. In the US, the album reached #23 on The Billboard Top 200 and was their first album to be RIAA Certified GOLD. It also features their 2 best known tracks in the states, the Classic Rock Radio staple "The Wizard" and their highest charting single, "Easy Livin'" (#39 Billboard Hot 100). Signs of personal problems and pushy management started to have an effect on the band and the next album, 'The Magician's Birthday' released November 1972, though a quick follow-up the band somehow managed to pull it off with the album hitting #31 on the Billboard Top 200 and was their 2nd consecutive album to be RIAA Certified GOLD.

These re-packaged and re-mastered albums have been endorsed by the band all with a bonus disc of un-released material. 'Look At Yourself' was released with a unique foil front cover and this has been faithfully re-created in a lavish digipack format using foil board material which presents the entire package in a new and shimmering light. Roger Dean's artwork for 'Demons And Wizards' and 'The Magician's Birthday' captures the music (and the times) perfectly and extensive sleeve notes featuring interviews with the band are written by Joel McIver.

To Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day on April 22nd, 2107, Heep will reissue their landmark 1973 album, 'Live 73'. Recorded at the height of their powers with the classic line up of Byron, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, and Thain, 'Live 73' hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Top 200 and achieved RIAA GOLD certification. It has not been officially available on LP in the US for 25+ years. This exclusive Record Store Day version will be released as 2LP 180G Splatter Vinyl in a gatefold jacket and includes a period replica UK Tour Brochure. As a special bonus for fans, 50 tour brochures have been autographed by Mick Box and have been randomly inserted in the production run.

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Dunkelheit Produktionen sets June 1st as the international release date for Horrid's fifth album, Beyond the Dark Border.

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One month after the release of their debut "Dawn Of Ages", ARDUINI/BALICH present a new lyric video today. "The Wraith" is available below. "Dawn of Ages" has been released on February 24th, 2017 via Cruz Del Sur Music and is available on CD, double (splatter) vinyl and digitally.

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Swedish Black Metal Horde Grá celebrate today's Carnal Records release of new single Ramsvarta Tankar with the official video for the title track.

Grá moves on from their previously Charon-themed releases and gives birth to a new era. New single Ramsvarta Tankar is out today on Carnal Records. It is a new beginning and shows the band's ability to develop and increase in force as the world is heading towards the end. The single also includes a cover of Lord Belial's "Osculum Obscenum." Together with the new single comes a new and improved line-up. Heljarmadr, Dimman and Maugrim are now joined by Natt (ex-Horde of Hel, ex-Dark Funeral, ex-Withershin) on guitars and Vediger (ex-Diabolic Lust, ex-Symphony of Malice) on bass.

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SPOIL ENGINE have released their music video for the title track 'Stormsleeper' via Arising Empire. They also started the pre-order for their upcoming album, »Stormsleeper«, which will be released on May 5th.

The band recently announced to support PRONG on their tour in July.

13.07. DE Hamburg - Hafenklang
14.07. DE Münster - Sputnikhalle
15.07. DE Neukirchen-Vluyn - Dong Open Air
18.07. GB Glasgow - Audio
19.07. GB Belfast - Voodoo
20.07. IRE Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
21.07. GB Manchester - Rebellion
22.07. GB London - Underworld
26.07. DE München - Free & Easy Festival
27.07. DE Stuttgart - Keller Klub
28.07. DE Weinheim - Café Central

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WEDNESDAY 13 has revealed a brand new video for 'What The Night Brings', the first track taken from his forthcoming album, »Condolences« and first for new record label home, Nuclear Blast. WEDNESDAY tells us "I'm really excited to unveil the new video for 'What The Night Brings', the first track from our upcoming album, »Condolences«. It kicks off our new album and really sets the tone for the rest of it. We worked on the video with director Matt Zane (SOCIETY ONE) and he really helped bring a spooky vibe. The song reminds me of a heavy metal version of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' theme! It was also a lot of fun filming the extra scenes too, where I get to dress up like a demon at a ritual! I never knew that singing with fangs would be so difficult, but I made it work!"

»Condolences« will be released June 2, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, ROB ZOMBIE). Artwork was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE).

Catch the band live in Europe at one of the following dates:
04.06. D Leipzig - Wave Gotik Treffen
05.06. D Cologne - Luxor
06.06. NL Eindhoven – Dynamo EZ
08.06. IRL Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
09.06. NIR Belfast – Limelight 2
10.06. UK Castle Donington – Download Festival, 'Dogtooth Stage'

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In two weeks, AVULSED will be heading into their 5th European tour accompanied by true Death Metal legends from France like MERCYLESS and also french brutal force SAVAGE ANNIHILATION!!

AVULSED will be presenting not only their 25th anniversary double album "Deathgeneration", but also the brand new triple live album "Night of the Living Deathgenerations", to be sold in absolute premier during this tour plus... a very special Split 7"EP release with MERCYLESS to commemorate this legendary tour!! Give it a like to the official event to be informed about the tour!!

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Here are all tour dates and their respective events:

07.04 - VOLMERANGE LES MINES (FR) - NO MAN'S LAND
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08.04 - FRANKFURT (GER) - FRANKFURT DEATHFEST
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09.04 - TILBURG (NL) - LITTLE DEVIL
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10.04 - UTRECHT (NL) - dB's
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11.04 - KOLN (GER) - SONIC BALLROOM
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12.04 - PRAGUE (CZ) - MODRA VOPICE
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13.04 - ERFURT (GER) - FROM HELL
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14.04 - COLMAR (FR) - LE GRILLEN
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15.04 - BRESSO (IT) - BLUE ROSE SALOON
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The Portuguese heavy rock band Scar For Life are busy writing new material and will be heading back into the studio in the Spring. To accompany the new material, Scar For Life are lining up live shows and appearances that will be announced later this year. In the meantime they released on YouTube a lyric video of ‘The Patriot’, taken from Scar For Life’s 2014 album, Worlds Entwined. Produced by Alexandre Santos and mixed and mastered at JM Recording Studio, Sweden by Martin Kronlund, the album was released by Escape Records and is available across all good digital platforms.

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During an interview with That Drummer Guy (a.k.a. Josh Rundquist), DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li spoke about the band's decision to cover the DEATH classic "Evil Dead" as the bonus track on DRAGONFORCE's new album, "Reaching Into Infinity". Herman said: "Well, I guess we just wanted to do something different and unexpected. No one expected us to do a cover like that. Just like when we did the Johnny Cash cover ['Ring Of Fire'] on 'Maximum Overload', people were going, 'What the hell is that?' And, of course, we love DEATH — it's such an awesome, legendary band — so we thought we'd try and see if we can do it justice and give our own style to it. And at the same time, this opens… When you do something different that you haven't done before, you put new challenges and you kind of get better when you finish it. No one ever heard Marc [Hudson, vocals] sing that way before on previous albums, and it helps us grow and finetune our other techniques." Li added that he expected to get plenty of negative feedback for the "Evil Dead" cover, but insisted that he won't let it bother him. "There'll be plenty of people that's gonna say how much it sucks," he said. "I mean, so far I haven't heard anyone complain about it, but once people start talking about it, they can complain all day long. Because whatever you do, there's always gonna be some haters complaining. So it'll be interesting to see what they have to say. I mean, I always find it kind of entertaining how people slag bands; it's always kind of fun, actually. But I have a twisted sense of humor."
"Reaching Into Infinity" will be released on May 19 via earMUSIC on CD, LP and a special-edition CD and DVD. Ahead of the promotional tour, Herman Li will be a special guest at the 2017 edition of Frankfurt Musikmesse.

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At the end of spring, atmospheric black metallers GHOST BATH will return to Europe for an extensive headline tour in support of their upcoming full-length release »Starmourner« (out on April 21st). After several dates in Great Britain, supporting the doomsters of KATATONIA, front man Nameless and his following will play a big set of headline shows in mainland Europe. On the first leg of the tour, they will bring the German shoegaze/post black combo HERETOIR with them, while on the second leg they will team up with Ex-Thränenkind incarnation KING APATHY. Tickets will go on sale on Monday. Make sure to catch this unique set of a new black metal generation on the following dates:

GHOST BATH w/ KATATONIA, THE GREAT DISCORD
07.05. UK Leeds - The Brudenell
08.05. UK Bristol - The Marble Factory
09.05. UK Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
10.05. UK Southampton - Engine Rooms
11.05. UK Manchester - Sound Control
12.05. UK Glasgow - Garage
13.05. UK Belfast - Limelight 2
14.05. IRL Dublin - Academy
16.05. UK London - Sebright Arms

GHOST BATH w/ HERETOIR (May 19 – June 16+23+24) and KING APATHY (June 6 - 15+24)
16.05. UK London - Sebright Arms
19.05 B Roeselare - De Verlichte Geest
20.05 NL Nijmegen - Doornroosje
22.05 GER Hamburg - Hafenklang
23.05 GER Osnabrück - Bastard Club
24.05 GER Rostock - Alte Zuckerfabrik
26.05. S Gothenburg - Fängelset
29.05. FI Helsinki - Elmun Baari
30.05. EST Tallinn - Rockstars
31.05. LIT Riga - Nabaklab
01.06. LIT Kaunas - Lemmy
02.06. PO Warsaw - Hydrozagadka
04.06. SK Kosice - Collosseum Club
06.06. HU Budapest - Dürer Kert
07.06. AT Vienna - Viper Room
10.06. GER Freiburg - Crash
11.06. GER Saarbrücken - Garage
12.06. GER Frankfurt - Zoom

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BELPHEGOR have finished the drum tracking and bass recordings for their new album. This eleventh full length album is to be entitled »TOTENRITUAL« and it will present nine new tracks on September 15th, worldwide. Right after its unleashing, Serpenth [Bass, grunts], Bloodhammer [drums] and the singer, guitarist and founder Helmuth Lehner will embark on an intensive worldwide touring cycle.In the trailer below from the studio you can watch Bloodhammer. Order the album at this location.

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MILKING THE GOATMACHINEwill return with a new album next week. Inspired by diabolical black metal music, the album is entitled "Milking In Blasphemy" and will be released March 31st, 2017 via NoiseArt Records. Today, the band presents the first track-by-track trailer of the new record. Check it out below.

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»Der Rote Reiter« (engl.: »The Red Rider«) leads his musical heirs into the battle. With this "red rider", DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER celebrate a rapid return to home. It's been a while since the band sounded this riotous and powerful. Within an apocalyptic soundscape, they reach a delicate balancing act between hope and destruction. The infernal weight and intensity of the songs mixed up with pleasure and joy are the basics of the tenth rider studio album. The album is passionate and intense in every respect. The album will be released in summer 2017, the tour will start in fall.

The band stated: "We're set to hit the road. A rider's descending from heaven, covered in blood. We'll enter the stages again, earth will be shaking and we will try our best. We're looking forward to heavy riffs, wild moshpits and to seeing YOU. We won't play any open airs in 2017, there's only this tour. Tickets are available now from www.reitermania.de. See you this autumn, REITER maniacs."

»Der Rote Reiter« was produced by the band and co-producers Alexander Dietz (HEAVEN SHALL BURN) and Eike Freese (DEEP PURPLE, KAI HANSEN) at Chameleon Recording (Chemical Burn Studios).

Ein Reiter steigt vom Himmel Tour 2017

DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER + special guests
20.10. D Hanover - Musikzentrum
21.10. D Dresden - Alter Schlachthof
26.10. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
27.10. D Dortmund - FZW
28.10. D Hamburg - Markthalle
02.11. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
03.11. D Kaiserslautern - Kammgarn
04.11. CH Pratteln - Z7
09.11. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
10.11. D Munich - Backstage
11.11. A Vienna - Simm City
16.11. D Berlin - SO36
17.11. D Erfurt - HSD
18.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik

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WRATH OF BELIAL are ready with their debut album 'Bloodstained Rebellion' - Their debut album blends Thrash and Death metal, creating compositions that move from frantic riffs to grandiose melodic passages and neckbreaking grooves. To give you a taste of their sound, they are releasing their first single - 'Traitors', from the upcoming album. The single is accompanied by a lyric video, which you can watch here.

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Australian Death Metal quintet IN DEATH have brokered a deal with Plastic Head for the official release of full-length debut album The Devil Speaks. The album will be released on April 21. In related news, the band has released an official video for album track "Bow to Your Master."

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Next month, Italian death metal unit HIDEOUS DIVINITY, which features within its ranks current and former members of Hour Of Penance and Aborted, will unleash the long-awaited Adveniens full-length via Unique Leader.

In advance of its release, the band recently unveiled "Angel Of Revolution" for communal
dissection. Elaborates guitarist Enrico Schettino of the track: "Where did all this come from? Anger and frustration. Time was running out, recording sessions were approaching, and still, something was missing. The Riff was not there. Yet. Hours were spent listening, relistening, writing, and rewriting, and nothing. Almost giving up, it came. The Riff. Straight, simple, impulsive. The rest was easy: Stefano [Franceschini] came along with his punishing bassline and [vocalist] Enrico H. with the lyrics, one of his most memorable entrances ever. Listen to it: You will notice something different. Peculiar. What you hear is A Note. Ladies and gentlemen, here's 'Angel Of Revolution," the straight-to-the-face smasher of the album."

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Finnish metal group Noumena will release their fifth studio album "Myrrys" on the 28th of April. The album is a strong follower to Noumena's previous album "Death Walks With Me" released four years ago. As an appetizer, Noumena serves a single track "Metsän viha" in digital services and as a lyric video.

The album is an eloquent combination of 90's style melodic death metal and melancholic Finnish mollie tunes. The album is mixed and mastered by the metal visionary Dan Swanö, who has ensured wide and dynamic sounds. "Myrrys" offers a musical journey all the way from catchy upbeat moments to sturdy and desolate emotions.

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Today, Hells Headbangers announces the signing of Finland's Cadaveric Incubator. The first fruit of this union shall be the band's debut album, Sermons of the Devouring Dead.

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Antigone Project will release their new album "Stellar Machine" on May 3rd 2017. Today, their new track "Schizopolis" is available below.

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Existence is a debut album by a French Progressive Death Metal quintet Hyaena, which is set to be released on April 5th. The band which hails from Orleans has been active since 2010, and for almost seven years they released two EP's: Seasons (2013) and YAMA (2015). Hyaena performs a kind of progressive metal that also includes influences from death metal and ambient. "Existence is more personal, more progressive and darker than our previous releases," commented the band.

About what inspired Existence, the band said: "We've always been inspired by Japan so I think 'Existence' is a mix of all of these ambiances with progressive and modern metal. It was 3 years in the making. We wrote the music the first year, and then started recording the songs to bring them to life in our home studio. We started to play them together at the final process to bring the 'human feel.' And when the tracking was done, we teamed up once again with Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit...) to produce the album and get the best out of it, which he did."

Hyaena has previously launched a music video for the single "Shape of the Gods" taken from the new album.

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March 23th, 2017

Hells Headbangers sets June 23rd as the international release date for Skelethal's debut album, 'Of the Depths....' Hailing from the French death metal scene, Skelethal comprise two diehard death metal addicts, Gui Haunting and Jon Whiplash, who decided in early 2012 to form a band mainly influenced by the genre's classics: Entombed, Carnage, Morbid Angel, Pestilence, Autopsy, and Death among others. A video for the new track "Chaotic Deviance" can be seen below.

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Multinational "all stars" ALL BUT ONE have revealed the second single 'Coloured in Vivid' off their forthcoming debut album "Square One". See the lyric video for 'Coloured In Vivid' below.

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"Interitus", the current album of Brazilian Death Metal band ESCARNIUM, will finally get its vinyl treatment. The LP version, coming on 4th April 2017 via Testimony Records, will be limited to 300 copies worldwide and includes a printed inner-sleeve. You can order it at this location. Alongside with this announcement Testimony Records presents a brand new lyric video. You can see that below.

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GRAND MAGUS released their current studio Album »Sword Songs« on May 13th 2016 through Nuclear Blast. Once more, the band entered the European charts with high positions. In support of their upcoming UK and Ireland tour, the band has launched a new music video for the song 'Freja's Choice' today. Watch the clip on YouTube below.

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March 22th, 2017

Northwest extreme death metal horde DEAD CONSPIRACY have released a music video for "In the Wake of the Butcher," a track from the band's 2016 self-titled album.

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Einheit Produktionen are proud to announce the signing of Black Metal hopefuls Thakandar. The band hailing from Osnabrück / Germany was founded in 2008 and has taken its name from an evil-infested region in Robert Jordan's fantasy epic „Wheel of Time“. In contrast to their previous demos the new album „Sterbende Erde“ (Dying Earth), produced by Markus Stock at the sound forge of Studio E, clearly leans towards Melodic Black Metal. It tells the story of an extinct civilization in a post-apocalyptic of a possible future. The concept was inspired by Stephen King´s „Dark Tower“ and Dan Simmon's „Hyperion Cantons / Endymion“ among others. „Sterbende Erde“ will released October 20th 2017 by Einheit Produktionen.

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KADAVAR announce a new European headline tour for October / November 2017. This journey will guide the band across 15 countries within 5 weeks. On this tour, the band will be presenting their forthcoming new studio album which will be released via Nuclear Blast later this year. Support will come from Dutchmen DEATH ALLEY, the tour opener will be announced soon. Find all dates below!

The band commented: "Hello everybody. We've got some good news we wanted to share with you. As you may know we are currently working on our next album which will be released in September. And what else can you do when you are done with work in the studio? You take your good dutch friends DEATH ALLEY and come to your town to celebrate with you. There will be another band announced soon. We realized that we have missed many of your faces on our last year's autumn tour and we were shocked about the ticket prices too. We have decided that this is not the way we want to go again. So we've talked to the promoters and people involved to reduce the ticket price to give everybody the chance to come and party with us again. Because this is the reason we're all doing this. Yours, KADAVAR"

KADAVAR w/ DEATH ALLEY + special guest
12.10. D Essen - Zeche Carl
13.10. D Hamburg - Markthalle
14.10. D Leipzig - Conne island
15.10. B Antwerp - Desert Fest
17.10. F Strasbourg - La Laiterie Club
18.10. F Paris - Le Trabendo
19.10. F Rennes - L'Ubu
20.10. F Bordeaux - La Krakatoa
21.10. E Madrid - But
22.10. E Barcelona - Bikini
24.10. F Lyon - Feyzin
25.10. CH Monthey - Pont Rouge
26.10. CH Aarau - Kiff
27.10. D Munich - Backstage
28.10. A Vienna - Flex
29.10. A Graz - PPC
30.10. HR Zagreb - Mocvara
01.11. H Budapest - A38
02.11. PL Warsaw - Progresja
03.11. PL Krakow - Kwadrat
04.11. CZ Prague - Nová Chmelnice
05.11. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
07.11. NL Amsterdam - Paradiso Noord
08.11. D Hanover - Capitol
09.11. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
10.11. S Stockholm - Debaser
11.11. N Oslo - Bla
12.11. S Gothenburg - Pustervik
13.11. NL Deventer - Burgerweeshuis
15.11. D Cologne - Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
16.11. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
17.11. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
18.11. D Berlin - Columbiahalle

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27.05. E Madrid - GetMAD! Festival
02.06. S Alvesta - Muskelrock
23.06. D Saarwellingen - Saarmageddon
14.07. PL Pleszew - Red Smoke
25.07. SLO Tolmin - Metaldays
29.07. E Gijón - Tsunami Xixon
30.07. F Albi - Xtreme Fest
02.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
05.08. GR Almiros Volos - Los Almiros Festival
11.08. P Moledo - Sonic Blast

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'WELCOME TO WACKEN' is an interactive virtual reality documentary that takes you deep inside Germany's Wacken Open Air - the biggest heavy metal festival on Earth. Produced by Canada's BANGER FILMS (Metal Evolution, Iron Maiden: Flight 666) and SECRET LOCATION, it's the first fully 360° virtual reality music festival documentary. A story in five parts as told by different fans from around the world and climaxing with a live performance from ARCH ENEMY that puts viewers on stage with the band.

It was announced yesterday that the World Premiere of 'WELCOME TO WACKEN' will debut at Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival as part of the DocX programme (April 28 to May 1) in Toronto. It will be available on most major VR platforms following the festival. "Ever since our first film Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, we've wanted to create something unique about Wacken," said Sam Dunn, Director and Co-founder, Banger Films. "Metalheads around the world know that going to Wacken is a truly transformative experience. And we felt that the best way to capture this feeling was by filming in Virtual Reality. It's the next best thing to actually having your feet in the mud at Wacken!" Watch the trailer for 'WELCOME TO WACKEN' 360° experience below!

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Today, Iron Bonehead Productions sets May 26th as the international release date for Khashm's fourth album, Asmodeus Rising, on vinyl LP format with bonus 7" EP. One of black metal's best-kept secrets, Khashm belong to the inner circle of Russia's True Ingrian Black Metal Death. As such, the sound they've patiently crafted for nearly a decade bears a tangibly gnarly physicality contrasted by an almost-levitational aspect: truly, an alchemical melding of aggression and atmosphere. Begin to rise with the new track "The Hidden One" at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud here.

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Norway's Karisma Records have today revealed details of the sophomore full-length album from AIRBAG guitarist BJØRN RIIS. Titled "Forever Comes to an End", the new album is follow up to 2014's highly acclaimed, and award-winning, "Lullabies in a Car Crash", and is set for release on the 19th of May.

Written and produced by Riis himself, and engineered and mastered by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, "Forever Comes to an End" features guest appearances from AIRBAG’s Henrik Fossum on drums and Asle Tostrup on programming, Simen Valldal Johannessen from OAK on piano, and vocals from the Norwegian singer, SICHELLE MCMEO AKSUM.

A haunting image, shot in Beisfjord, near Narvik in Northern Norway, by the photographer Kjetil Karlsen, forms the highly evocative artwork for "Forever Comes to an End", and track listing is as follows:

1. Forever Comes to an End
2. Absence
3. The Waves
4. Getaway
5. Calm
6. Winter
7. Where are You Now

"Forever Comes to an End" pays tribute to all these diverse influences. From the dark and dirty riffs of Toni Iommi and Zakk Wylde, to the emotional playing of David Gilmour and Steven Rothery. The melodic and sombre voice of Steven Wilson and Tim Bownes,s and the cinematic landscapes of composers like Thomas Newman and John Barry. And the whole is brought together by Riis very skilled and very individual touch.

"Forever Comes to an End" will be available in CD, 12" Vinyl and Digital Download formats and a short video teaser for the album can be seen below.

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Evenline released their new album called: "In Tenebris" on January 20th 2017. Today, their new music video for their "Silene Capensis" track is available below.



Drummer Jeff Plate has announced his departure from METAL CHURCH. He explained in a statement: "I came to this conclusion two weeks ago, and agreed to hold off on the announcement until METAL CHURCH had made some decisions on what they were going to do.

"This is obviously not an easy decision. After many conversations with myself, my wife, my family, my management and Kurdt Vanderoof and Mike Howe, I know I am doing the right thing for my future. I know there will be questions and speculation. The bottom line is time, my time, and how best I manage it. I had to come to terms with the fact that time is just blowing by at the speed of light and there is no time for me to second-guess or regret anything I'm doing. At this point in my life, I need to be in more control of my time and career. I have a number of things I'd like to do and try, and to do these I have to give up something I truly love and am very proud of. Read the whole story here.

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Evenline released their new album called: "In Tenebris" on January 20th 2017. Today, their new music video for their "Silene Capensis" track is available on YouTube that you can see below.
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March 21th, 2017

World premiere:

VENOM INC. the band consisting of former VENOM member Mantas, Abaddon and Demolition Man, have just finished the recording of their Debut album. It will be released by Nuclear Blast. Lords of Metal can now exclusively inform you that the band will be shooting a video in the coming weeks, for a yet-undisclosed song. Stay tuned for that. And we got enother exclusive coming up for you in the coming week, concerning Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan.

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Roadburn Live is ENSLAVED's first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during one of band's headlining shows at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by ENSLAVED's guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn's Artistic Director comments on the release: "It's no secret that there's a strong friendship between Roadburn and ENSLAVED. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, ENSLAVED has played a significant part in the festival's history - both musically and antically. Not only has ENSLAVED been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the ENSLAVED/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá's first ever performance outside of Norway. ENSLAVED's 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it's the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of ENSLAVED."

Roadburn Live will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as Roadburn/ENSLAVED-Webshop Gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers!

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On 1st April, Scotland will be the land of death and destruction as the annual Lords Of The Land Festival celebrates another fantastic line-up of the most brutal acts to ever grace any stage. Lords Of The Land is the longest running celebration of heavy and extreme music in Scotland, organised by fans for fans, the festival is proud to be self-sustaining and having no reliance on outside funding or sponsorship to take place. By laying down only the finest of shows, year on year people return to support the event. Who's Playing?

Topping the line-up on this festival of brutality are legendary Autopsy, for whom this will be their first show in Scotland for 27 years. From their formation in 1987, four albums cementing them as kingpins of brutal death metal, Autopsy's last release in 2015 saw zero mellowing, with the gore level reaching new heights of depravity. Even if there were no other bands on this line-up, the presence of Autopsy makes 'Lords Of The Land' the place to be this April.

Joining Autopsy are a collection of bands comprised both of extreme metal royalty and newer blood, but all will be eager to make their mark on Lords Of The Land. Just before the headliners take to the stage, Norway's black metal pioneers Mayhem will be performing their iconic De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album in full, a true black metal moment to remember for 2017. Irish extreme metal legends Primordial will also bring their crushing sound to Lords Of The Land 2017, three years on from the release of their last album Where Greater Men Have Fallen and will delight many by making the short journey across the Irish sea.

Sweden's black metal community will also be well represented with Marduk jetting in to perform a UK exclusive 20th anniversary performance of their heralded Heaven Shall Burn album, while Venom Inc will be flying the homegrown flag for extreme metal. Dragged Into Sunlight are another of the homegrown extreme metal contingent on show, while Lords Of The Land will also have a dose of classic British thrash metal in the shape of Acid Reign. Memoriam may be a new name to many, but with Bolt Thrower legend Karl Willetts among their members, they are sure to prove a revelation to those who are unfamiliar with them, while the honour of opening Lords Of The Land 2017 is given to Finnish grindcore outfit Rotten Sound.

Festival organiser, Mark Miller explains the fan-centric nature of the festival: "It's great to know that people have thrown their support behind Lords Of The Land. To be able to put on a show entirely funded by the fans is a real testament to the great community we have grown over the years. It's because of this community that we have been able to bring such legendary acts as Autopsy and Mayhem to Glasgow. We know the festival is going to be amazing before it's even started and the level of anticipation is growing in each day leading up to the big day!"

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UFOMAMMUT will release their eighth album this fall, aptly titled 8, once again via Neurot Recordings. 8 is due for release on September 22nd on LP and CD formats via Neurot Recordings and on a limited and regular edition vinyl via Supernatural Cat. Preorder information, album tracks, and more will be revealed over the next several months.

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Spanish Power Heavy Metal band VHÄLDEMAR have just inked a contract with Fighter Records for a multi-album deal which includes not only the re-issue of their two first albums, but their brand new 5th opus "Against All Kings" that has just been recorded and whose release is expected for next Autumn.

The recordings for their new album "Against All Kings" has just been finished and the band is going to see a limited digipack EP released in May, containing 3 new songs from the album. VHÄLDEMAR is also scheduled to play at Leyendas del Rock Festival next August alongside with bands like Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy...

Release date for "Fight to the End + I Made my Own Hell" will be April 21st through Fighter Records on 2-CD.

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FALL OF CARTHAGE have released a new video for the track "Suffer The Pain". Taken off the band's latest album "The Longed-For Reckoning", "Suffer The Pain" is not your typical performance video, but a complex and cinematic staged clip, directed and produced by Michael Ciesla (SuidAkrA). The shooting took place in the middle of February in Kleinrinderfeld, near Würzburg.

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NEXI Introduces Wah Pedal Celebrating Electric Guitar Effect’s 50th Anniversary. It’s the classic “wah” that every modern-day electric guitarist needs in their collection, and now there’s a brand with a plug-‘n-play design that makes pedal board compatibility easier than ever. Dutch manufacturer NEXI Industries introduces its analog Wah (WWA-01) as the next great chapter of this pedal’s history, which spans 50 years. It is available for € 99,95.

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German Metalcore quintet CRY MY NAME have released the official video for "Recover," a track from forthcoming album Reflections. Check it out below. CRY MY NAME will release new album Reflections April 21 on Bastardized Recordings.
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BlackSeed Productions sets June 2nd as the international release date for Marthyrium's debut album, Beyond the Thresholds. You can check out the song "Abominations" At the BlackSeed bandcamp.
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THE UNKNOWN collaborated with EVANESCENCE singer AMY LEE for the song "Lithium". You can order the single at this location. THE UNKNOWN hails from Iran.

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STONE SOUR bassist Johny Chow has described the band's upcoming disc, "Hydrograd", as "a straight rock and roll album," explaining that it's "a little bit of a departure from previous STONE SOUR" releases. "Hydrograd" is tentatively due in June via Roadrunner Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER

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Norwegian post rockers KRAKOW will release a live album, titled "Alive".
Set for release on the 24th March, "Alive" is now available to pre-order from bandcamp. The set that this line-up performed consisted of only 4 songs selected from the band's three full-length albums "Monolith", "diin" and "Amaran". One of the tracks, “vitriol”, had never been performed live before, whilst the remaining three took on a whole different aspect that they didn't know before the show. The Official Video for the track "Luminauts" from KRAKOW's "Amaran" album can be seen below.

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THRESHOLD have announced their 11th masterpiece called »Legends Of The Shires«, scheduled to be released in autumn 2017, which is being produced by Karl Groom and Richard West. Furthermore, they have also announced the dates for the »Legends Of The Shires«-Tour 2017 where you'll be able to fully experience songs from the new album on stage! Today, the band reveals the support acts for this tour: Get ready for DAMNATION ANGELS and DAY SIX!

Legends Of The Shires«-Tour 2017
28.11. NL Weert - Bosuil
29.11. GER Hamburg - Markthalle
30.11. GER Berlin - Lido
01.12. GER Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
02.12. GER München - Feierwerk
03.12. CH Pratteln - Z7
05.12. GER Stuttgart - Club Cann
06.12. GER Hannover - Musikzentrum
07.12. BEL Kortrijk - De Kreun
08.12. GER Essen - Turock
09.12. NL Zoetermeer - Boerderij
10.12. UK London - O2 Islington Academy

The last record of THRESHOLD was their live album »European Journey«, which was recorded during the November 2014 »For The Journey« tour and consists of 15 live tracks.

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River of Souls has posted a teaser on YouTube of their debut album "The Well of Urd". It gives a 5 minute sneak peek of all six tracks on the album. River of Souls also had an addition to their line up recently; they welcome Mike Klaassen as their new drummer. Mike will make his debut on a new EP of which the recording is scheduled at the end of April. The EP will contain 4 tracks with a total playing time of 25 to 30 minutes.

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NWoBHM legends RAVEN announce the first live dates for 2017. The band is excited to go back on the road again: "Hi there...after a longer than expected break RAVEN are ready & raring to get out on the road again...a quick warm up in the USA will be following by a Euro tour with old friends Hirax opening & we shall also be hitting the European festival circuit hard in 2017 - and squeeze in a USA tour - and working on South America & some more exotic locales!!! LETS ALL KICK SOME ASS!!!" (John, Mark & Joe)

The current album "ExtermiNation" was released in April 2015 as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version, download and stream through SPV/Steamhammer.

RAVEN live 2017:

18.05.US-Chicago,IL - Reggies
19.05.US-Clifton,NJ - Dingbatz
20.05.US-Halethorpe,MD - Fish Head Cantina

03.06.SE-Tyrolen - Muskelrock
07.06.B-Roeselare - De Verlichte Geest
08.06.D-Hamburg - Bambi Galore
09.06.D-Essen - Turock
10.06.NL-Rotterdam - Baroeg
11.06.NL-Tilburg - Little Devil
12.06.D-Osnabrück - Bastard Club
13.06.D-Dresden - Chemie Fabrik
14.06.A-Dornbirn - Schlachthaus
15.06.I-Firenze - Circus Club
16.06.I-Milan - Blue Rose Club
17.06.F-Montbeliard - Aterlier des Moles

15.07.D-Balingen - Bang Your Head Festival
27.07.SLO-Tolmin - Metal Days Festival
29.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen - Headbangers Open Air

10.08.E-Villena - Leyendas del Rock Festival
13.08.B-Kortijk - Alcatraz Festival

06.10.US-Ventura,CA - Frost & Fire Festival

01.-02.12.GB-Sheffield - O2 Academy (The X Mas Rocka NWoBHM)

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Greek epic & gloomy death metallers Soulskinner are back with their fourth album, Descent to Abaddon, set for international release on May 22nd via Xtreem Music.

Soulskinner was born in the year 2000 as a side band of two members of the mythic Thou Art Lord, Bill Zobolas "EL" (guitar) and Gothmog (vocals), and released two albums in '03 and '07. But after a seven-year hiatus, the band returned with a very well-received third album, Crypts of Ancient Wisdom, released on Xtreem Music, where they changed their style into a less brutal but heavier, darker, and more melodic death metal. At that time, Soulskinner were a duo and quickly became a quintet, playing their very first shows ever and spent the whole year of 2016 recording their new album with a new lineup, digging on their own style that will for sure appeal to fans of bands like Bolt Thrower, very early Septic Flesh, early Gorefest, and early Asphyx. Hear "The Dead Have Ravished," the first track to be revealed from the album, below.

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»Starmourner« is the forthcoming full-length from atmospheric black metallers GHOST BATH. Set for release on April 21st, the twelve-track offering and second was recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by Josh Schroeder (BATTLECROSS, STILL REMAINS), and features cover artwork Luciana Nedelea (ENBILULUGUGAL, FOEHAMMER). In advance of its release, today GHOST BATH unveil 'Ambrosial' for public consumption. Offers vocalist Nameless of the track: "'Ambrosial' is one of the most surreal songs on the record. The end is near trance-inducing in its structure. If you make it out to one of our shows you can hear this beast of a track live."

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DIABLO BLVD announced the international release of their fourth album »Zero Hour«, which will be out September 22th 2017! To give you a foretaste, watch this short video below announcing the release show in Antwerpen, Belgium on September 23rd, including also a snippet of the new song 'Animal'.

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This Friday, on March 24th, CUT UP will release their 2nd album 'Wherever They May Rot' worldwide via Metal Blade Records! 'Wherever They May Rot' is just as brutal as its predecessor 'Forensic Nightmares' from 2015, but offers a rougher edge and is overall slightly catchier. CUT UP have now launched the third and final single of the new album. Listen to the title track 'Wherever They May Rot' below.

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After releasing their sixth full-length, Great Is Our Sin, last year, REVOCATION will now also be featured in the upcoming Power Rangers movie with the album track "Communion." US fans can hear the song when the film is released in theaters on March 24th; to listen online, please check out the Metal Blade SoundCloud page. For more information on the Power Rangers film, visit this location.

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Doomster Reich - Heavy Psychedelic Doom outcasts from Poland have just released a new digital single "Seven Seals" on bandcamp. This 2 track release is a prelude to their second full album called "Drug Magick", scheduled for release later in 2017. Check it out at this location.

Prog metal band ODD PALACE are releasing a new single and music video. 'Tools' is the title of the explosive single that will get anyone out of bed and out on the floor. In February 2016, ODD PALACE was signed to Prime Collective, where a collaboration regarding the release of their debut album has been made. The project has been initiated with a lot of drive and potential, which soon will result in a debut album with a lot of character.

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Jonne Järvelä, the driving force of the internationally successful folk metal band Korpiklaani, will release his second folk music album entitled "Kallohonka" on 28th April via Playground Music Scandinavia. The band that carries his name, Jonne, consists of ten well known musicians from the world of rock, metal and folk music. The first single from the album is called "Vieras" and can now be heard in all music services world wide. Check it out here.

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Metal Church is to tour Europe in June, Meshiaak tagged a support.

Tour dates are:
Sat 10 Jun – Tivoli, Bremen, GERMANY
Sun 11 Jun – Dynamo, Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS
Mon 12 Jun – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, GERMANY
Tues 13 Jun – Backstage, Munich, GERMANY
Weds 14 Jun – Das Cann, Stuttgart, GERMANY
Fri 16 Jun – Graspop, Dessel, BELGIUM
Sat 17 Jun – Stummsche Reithalle, Neunkirchen, GERMANY
Tues 20 Jun – Underworld, London, UK
Weds 21 Jun – Audio, Glasgow, UK
Thurs 22 Jun – Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
Fri 23 Jun – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, IRELAND
Sat 24 Jun – Thekla, Bristol, UK

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HIRAX To Tour Europe With RAVEN And KILL RITUAL in June 2017!

Legendary U.S. Bay Area Thrash Gods, HIRAX will share the stage with the British Thrash Heroes RAVEN on their headline summer tour in Europe! SF Bay Area/Phoenix/Vegas based heavy metallers KILL RITUAL joins the tour, as special guests.

Tour dates are:
07-Jun Roeselare (BEL) "De Verlichte Geest"
08-Jun Essen (GER) "Turock"
09-Jun Hamburg (GER) "Bambi Galore"
10-Jun Rotterdam (NLD) "Baroeg"
11-Jun Tilburg (NLD) "Little Devil"
12-Jun Osnabruck (GER) "Bastard Club"
13-Jun Dresden (GER) "Chemiefabrik"
14-Jun Dornbirn (AUT) "Schlactaus"
15-Jun Florence (ITA) "Circus Club"
16-Jun Milan (ITA) "Blue Rose Club"
17-Jun Montbeliard (FRA) "Atelier des Môles"
18-Jun Cisson (FRA) "Hellfest" (HIRAX only)

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TO THE RATS AND WOLVES from Essen, Germany have released their new lyric video for 'Love At First Bite'. Watch it now below. The band recently announced their European headline tour for April 2017 together with DESASTERKIDS, VENUES & 8KIDS.

SPRING BANGERS European Tour 2017:
06.04.17 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
07.04.17 Germany Dresden Konk Club
08.04.17 Germany Köln Underground
09.04.17 Germany Hamburg Logo
11.04.17 Germany Hannover Faust
12.04.17 Germany Dessau Beatclub
13.04.17 Czech Republic Prague Rock Cafe
15.04.17 Germany Saarbrücken Kleiner Club Garage
16.04.17 Switzerland Aarau Kiff
17.04.17 Germany Lindau Club Vaudeville
18.04.17 Austria Wien Das Bach
19.04.17 Germany Nürnberg Z-Bau
20.04.17 Germany München Backstage
21.04.17 Germany Karlsruhe Die Stadtmitte



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On May 19th, 2017 Soul Demise return with their new album „Thin Red Line". To get a first glimpse on the new material, the band unveils the first off that record entitled "Deceive The Masses". Starting with a mellow acoustic guitar, the song turns into a melodic death metal inferno. The perfect proof that this band is hungrier than ever. "Thin Red Line" will be released on May 19th, 2017 via Apostasy Records.

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01. Plagued By Fear
02. Desperate Cry
03. Deceive The Masses
04. Empty
05. Live On The Edge
06. Frustration
07. T.R.L.O.S.
08. The Glow Of The Rich Man's Friend
09. Purity Of Soul
10. Braindead
11. Hopeless Case

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DOOL will be touring Europe live with Me And That Man, see tourdates below:
March 26 - The Jazz Cafe - London, UK
March 27 - Zoom Club - Frankfurt, DE
March 28 - TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht, NL
March 29 - Les Etoiles - Paris, FR
March 30 - Concertzaal De Casino - St. Niklaas, BE
March 31 - Luxor Köln - Köln, DE
April 02 - Komplex 457 - Zürich, CH
April 04 - B72 - Wien, AT
April 05 - Backstage - München, DE
April 06 - Frannz Club - Berlin, DE

New DOOL album "Here Now, There Then" is out now!



VALBORG will be touring in Europe with Pillorian, see tourdates below:
05.04.17 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
06.04.17 DE – Erfurt / From Hell
07.04.17 DE – Dresden / Club Puschkin
08.04.17 DE – Berlin / Nuke Club
09.04.17 PL – Posen / Klub u Bazyla
10.04.17 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
11.04.17 DK – Copenhagen / Musik Loppen
12.04.17 SE – Stockholm / PSB
14.04.17 SE – Gothenburg/ Fängelset
15.04.17 DE – Münster / Sputnikhalle
16.04.17 DE – Munich - Dark Eeaster Metal Meeting - Backstage
17.04.17 AT – Graz / Jugendkulturzentrum Explosiv
18.04.17 IT – Brescia / Circolo Colony
19.04.17 SVN – Nova Gorica / Mostovna
20.04.17 CH – Winterthur / Gaswerk
21.04.17 DE – Karlsruhe / Dudefest - Jubez
23.04.17 NL – Tilburg / Roadburn Festival
24.04.17 FR – Paris / Glazart
27.04.17 ES – Saragossa / Sala King Kong
28.04.17 PT – Barroselas / SWR Metalfest XX
29.04.17 ES – Sevilla / Fanatic
30.04.17 ES – Murcia / Garaje Beat Club

The new Valborg album "Endstrand" will come out out April 7!



OVERKILL released the music video for 'Shine On' yesterday. Tis track appears on their brand new album 'The Grinding Wheel' that was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS) and the artwork was created again by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH).

OVERKILL live:
22.06. RUS St. Petersburg - Opera Concert Club
23.06. RUS Moscow - Stereo Hall
24.06. DK Copenhagen - Copenhell
09. - 12.08. E Villena - Leyendas Del Rock
10. - 12.08. D Schlotheim - Party.San Open Air
12.08. NL Leeuwarden - Into The Grave
01./02.12 D Geiselwind - Christmas Bash
08./09.12. D Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting

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On February 24th, the true Norwegian Balkan metallers TROLLFEST released their latest album "Helluva" via NoiseArt Records. In celebration of the new album, the band release the video clip of the hit "Trollachen" today. The band states: "Our newest member, Fjernkontrollet, wanted dearly to make this appeal in order to achieve the same legendary status as the rest of us, but also to remind all of us not to take ourselves (or this video) too seriously. Please enjoy this video as much as Fjernkontrollet did! :) "

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Progressive Death/Thrash Outfit HEMOTOXIN have released the official video for "Bleak Prognosis," a song from Unspeakable Axe Records album Biological Enslavement. The video was filmed by Red Fox Production. Special thanks to Ronin Studios and Ritchie Orozco. HEMOTOXIN released sophomore album Biological Enslavement April 15, 2016 on Unspeakable Axe Records. Stream it in its entirety and/or purchase it here.



Today marks the official release of OBITUARY's self-titled new album via Relapse Records. The album can be streamed in its entirety via Obituary's official Bandcamp page and all streaming services. In celebration of the release, the band has also shared an animated music video for "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" directed by Balázs Gróf, who previously animated their video for "Violence".



YOUR CHANCE TO DIE, who re-emerged into the death metal world with their 2013 Red Cord Records sophomore effort, The American Dream, are to release their third album, Ex Nihilo on April 21st via EMP LABEL GROUP's extreme Metal imprint EMP UNDERGROUND. Recorded by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me), mixed by Zack Ohren (Machine Head), and with album art by French digital artist / illustrator & graphic designer Pierre-Alain D., Ex Nihilo shows the band completely reinvented with deep symphonic atmospheres, inhuman precision and brutality, and a dual-female vocal onslaught.

EMP has released the track "Omega" for streaming on SOUNDCLOUD at this location.

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March 17th, 2017

NIGHTWISH singer and SABATON Drummer Welcome Baby Daughter

Nightwish​ singer Floor Jansen​ and Sabaton​ drummer Hannes Van Dahl​ welcomed their first child, a daughter named Freja, on March 15. They say in a statement: "We are very happy parents! Thank you for your kind support coming in from all over the world during this time!" Van Dahl is sitting out shows on SABATON's European tour so that he could spend time with his family during this period. Fillling in for him is Daniel Sjögren (TWILIGHT FORCE, BLOODBOUND).

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Robin Zielhorst, Dutch bass player known for his work with progressive bands like Cynic, Exivious, Textures, Our Oceans and OneGodLess just released the first of his playthrough videos. Robin Zielhorst recorded 4 instrumental pieces for solo bass. Robin is known for his work with Cynic (US progmetal legends), Exivious (Dutch fusionmetal), Our Oceans (Dutch ambient pop), OneGodLess (Dutch stonergroovemetal) and various side projects and studio recordings. Besides his usual characteristic fretless bass playing, with these 4 pieces for solo bass he focused on fretted bass, using various techniques to create hauntingly beautiful ambient music. This video is the first of four playthrough videos that will be released this month. The 4 solo pieces can be found on this location. Next to these recordings, Robin is working on the release of OneGodLess' debut album, which will be released in May 2017. The first single was released on February 6th. You can find it through this link.



The Austrian symphonic metal act Edenbridge release a new digital single today: "The Moment Is Now" is taken from the new album "The Great Momentum". Mastermind Lanvall says about the song: "Our second single and video song "The Moment Is Now" deals with the main message of the album title "The Great Momentum". Live in the "timeless, absolute NOW"! Neither in the past, nor in the future!"

"The Great Momentum" was released February 17th, 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as 2CD digi (bonus CD with instrumental versions), 2LP gatefold (golden vinyl), Boxset (only Europe - incl. 2CD digi, 2LP, poster, sticker, button, patch, mousepad, handsigned photocard), download and stream and charted in Germany, Switzerland, UK and the USA.

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As a lead-up to Sabbath Assembly's highly anticipated sixth album, Rites of Passage - set for international release on May 12th via Svart Records - today, the band reveals a "making of" video at their official YouTube channel. Featuring interviews and live and studio footage, see/hear Sabbath Assembly's "making of" video for their forthcoming Rites of Passage below.

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Old school death metallers MEMORIAM are set to unleash their debut album, »For The Fallen«, on March 24th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band have revealed the lyric video of the song 'Resistance'.

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Karl Willetts - ex-BOLT THROWER | vocals
Frank Healy - BENEDICTION, SACRILEGE | bass
Andy Whale - ex-BOLT THROWER | drums
Scott Fairfax - ex-LIFE DENIED, BENEDICTION (live) | guitars

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"I Got What You Want", the new video from STEEL PANTHER, can be seen below. The clip was filmed during the group's sold-out 2016 U.K. arena tour. "I Got What You Want" is taken from STEEL PANTHER's upcoming album, "Lower The Bar", which will be released on March 24 via Kobalt Music Recordings. The disc was co-produced with regular collaborator Jay Ruston, and includes eleven songs recorded at studios in north Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, with an additional two tracks on a Best Buy deluxe edition.

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PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of German Symphonic Metal band ONCE! Based in Münster, Germany the female-fronted four-piece is currently working on their full length-debut album “After Earth” which is scheduled for a release in January 2018! Formed in the year 2012, ONCE first started to work on creating a fully orchestrated Metal project. This process resulted in the release of a first demo EP and two video clips in the year 2015 which were recorded and filmed at the conservatory in Enschede, The Netherlands. Singer Alina Lesnik is now already known for her popular Youtube cover channel and her participation in our best selling release the VIVALDI METAL PROJECT. The line-up next to Alina consists of Frank Wypchol (keys), Alexander Hey (drums) and Marco Paulzen (male vocals, guitars). In late 2016, ONCE caught the attention of PRIDE & JOY MUSIC with their demo and met up with the label to work on ideas on how to realize the concept together. In January 2017, the four-piece group finally signed a record deal with the label. Earlier this week, ONCE have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to complete the album production. Please read the complete story about the group, watch & share their videos and support ONCE at this location.

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CARACH ANGREN will release their new album, "Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten", on June 16 via Season Of Mist. The song "Song For The Dead" can be streamed below.

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Serbian extreme Crossover Thrash maniacs NADIMAC, started studio sessions and are actually recording their new album at Citadela Sound Productions Studio in Belgrade. NADIMAC, which was established in Belgrade in 2003, already have numerous split, single, EP and DVD releases worldwide, and is about to record new, 5th album to be released this summer through Xtreem Music. In case you've living in another planet until now and never heard of NADIMAC before, this is for fans of: TANKARD, CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER, RAZOR, ASSASSIN, THE EXPLOITED, SOD, CRUMBSUCKERS, DRI, SODOM.

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IMMINENCE have released their third single 'Broken Love'.

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BITTERFELDT are going to release their debut album "Götzen.Dämmerung" next Friday, March 24th. BITTERFELDT also announced that they are going to present their album live on May 13th at the Apocalypse Now II in Losheim am See/Britten, Germany. The official video for "Eines Tages" premiered a few weeks ago, watch it below.

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Liverpool based experimental collective of 5, LOATHE, are very pleased to announce the release of their latest video and single 'It's Yours'. "We wanted a song to bridge the gap between what we thought would be expected and what we intended to do with the record. With 'It's Yours', we went about the creative process a bit differently to how we usually do and it fell into place as the track that connects the dots", states LOATHE's Erik Bickerstaffe. "Visually, we brought ourselves into the spotlight for the video, providing a face for the name. Zak worked very closely with us when it came to perfecting every detail within the aesthetic and we're extremely pleased with what we achieved." You can view the video, directed by Zak Pinchin of Zak Pinchin Media, below.



Voivod - Build Your Weapons - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1986-1988 will be released March 31st.

Voivod are a Canadian heavy metal band from Quebec that formed in 1982. They started out as a speed metal band, while adding a mix of progressive and thrash metal to create their own unique style. They were one of the first thrash bands from Canada to receive international acclaim. The band have released eleven studio albums and a number of EPs, live albums, demos and DVDs. The band is still touring and are set to release a new album in 2017.

Their three albums for the Noise Records label from '86 to '88 ran the gauntlet from the initial speed metal overkill of 'RRRÖÖÖAAARRR', followed by the more experimental studio processes forged on 'Killing Technology', then onto the more realised progressive tendencies of 'Dimension Hatröss', which used studio sampling for the first time and, in doing so, laid the basis upon which many progressive metal bands have followed ever since.

Still recording and touring to this day, Voivod's founding drummer, Michel Langevin, whose artwork also adorns every one of the band's releases, says this of their time with Noise: “Noise certainly helped us to grow as a band, and I am thankful to them for giving us the opportunity to get that sort of recognition. Back then, we were part of an exciting thrash metal scene, one that was exploding. When we began the journey with Noise, all of us were in our early 20s. But thanks to the doors they helped to open, we are still playing music today. That alone is something we are grateful for.”

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Torchia are preparing to record their debut album! The album will be produced by Finnish producer legend Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Amorphis), who will create a soundscape to match the infernal essence of Torchia! The lead guitarist and artistic leader of Torchia, Ville Riitamaa states: "All the bands sound the same nowadays! I wouldn't care even if we had a crappy sound, as long as it's something different!" Recording starts in March at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Audience can expect the same frantic death assault heard on promotional releases, but with more filth and danger! Comment on making the debut album from vocalist Eetu Hentunen: "We agreed with Hiili that we'll make this the hardest hitting metal album to come out of Finland this year! Master Riitamaa has laid down solid riffs to guide the listener through the gutters of existential agony and the hordes of war. Totally fucking classic material!" The record will be released later this year.

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New Jersey Death Metal Derelicts KALOPSIA will release their third album Angelplague on May 19 through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.

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IMMINENCE have released the third video trailer for »This Is Goodbye«. In this trailer they were asked to personally recommend a book, a movie and an album.

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KREHATED have released a powerful new music video for the song "Awaken Ignorance" taken from their latest full-length album, 'The Venomous Mind'. The video was directed and produced by David Andersson, Dennis Andersson & Johan Hallman. The lead actor portrayed in the video is Andreas Vrenning.

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March 16th, 2017

On April 28th, DIMMU BORGIR will unleash their DVD/BluRay »Forces Of The Northern Night« upon mankind. On this brand new soundtrack of the apocalypse, you can witness two different live shows: The legendary concert in Oslo, showing DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action. These monumental live rituals mark the beginning of the band's epic return planned for 2017. Watch the second trailer for »Forces Of The Northern Night« here and witness the last moments before the band entered the stage in Oslo:



FLOGGING MOLLY announced new live dates for 2017 and will bring the band's adrenaline-fueled live performances back to mainland Europe again. The live dates are in support of Flogging Molly's long awaited new album LIFE IS GOOD out on June 2 via Spinefarm/Vanguard Records.

Produced by Grammy Award winning Joe Chiccarelli (U2, White Stripes, Beck) and recorded in Dublin, Ireland, LIFE IS GOOD marks FLOGGING MOLLY'S first studio album in six years since 2011's highly acclaimed Speed of Darkness which reached #9 on Billboard's Top 200. Founded by Dublin-born frontman Dave King and fiddle-player Bridget Regan, FLOGGING MOLLY have long been hailed for their compelling lyrics of exile, rebellion, history and struggle told through exuberant anthems with a fierce blend of raucous punk/rock and traditional Irish music.

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June 16th Stockholm (SE) - Grona Lund
June 17th Copenhagen (DK) - Komos Festival
June 23rd Scheessel (DE) - Hurricane Festival
June 24th Neuhausen Ob Eck (DE) - Southside Festival
June 25th Strasbourg (FR) - Artefact Festival
July 1st Wurzburg (DE) - Mission Ready Festival
July 2nd Athens (GR) - Rockwave Festival
July 11th Sesto San Giovanni (IT) - Carroponte Spazio Mil
July 14th Dresden (DE) - Dresden Open Air w/The Broilers
July 15th Berlin (DE) - Dresden Open Air w/The Broilers
August 26th Indre Osterbro (DK) - Parken w/ Volbeat
August 28th Monchengladbach (DE) - Sparkassepark w/ Volbeat
August 30th Thun (CH) - Stockhorn Arena w/ Volbeat
September 1st Graz (AT) - Messe Graz w/ Volbeat
September 5th Eindhoven (NL) - Strijp-S w/ Volbeat

MORE UK/EU DATES TO FOLLOW SHORTLY!

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American Progressive / Black Metallers Amiensus have revealed a first song of their upcoming EP online, to be released on May 19th via Apathia Records. "All Paths Lead To Death" is the follow up of "Ascension" (2015). The artwork is based on the painting "Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council" by famous english painter John Martin, while the layout has been made by Manum Diaboli Art.

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Metallica and Kvelertak will be touring Europa coming fall. Here are the tourdates:

Sept. 4, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 6, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 8, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 10, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 12, 2017 – Lyon, France – Halle Tony Garnier
Sept. 14, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Sept. 16, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Oct. 22, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 24, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 26, 2017 – Glasgow, Scotland, UK – The SSE Hydro
Oct. 28, 2017 – Manchester, England, UK – Manchester Arena
Oct. 30, 2017 – Birmingham, England, UK – Genting Arena
Nov. 1, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Nov. 3, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Feb. 1, 2018 – Lisbon, Portugal – MEO Arena
Feb. 3, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 7, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
Feb. 10, 2018 – Turin, Italy – Pala Alpitour
Feb. 12, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 14, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 16, 2018 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
Mar. 27, 2018 – Herning, Denmark – Jyske Bank Boxen
Mar. 29, 2018 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Mar. 31, 2018 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
April 2, 2018 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
April 5, 2018 – Budapest, Hungary – Sports Arena
April 7, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
April 9, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
April 11, 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland – Palexpo
April 26, 208 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
April 28, 2018 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
April 30, 2018 – Leipzig, Germany – Leipzig Arena
May 2, 2018 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
May 5, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 7, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 9, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
May 11, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena



FATES WARNING celebrated the 30th anniversary of their third album, 'Awaken the Guardian', in 2016. To celebrate this milestone, Jim Matheos (guitar) reassembled the 'Awaken the Guardian'-era lineup for two special festival appearances last year: Keep it True XIX and Prog Power USA XVII. Fortunately for fans that were not able to attend, each show was filmed and recorded in its entirety for the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray, 'Awaken the Guardian Live', out April, 28th via Metal Blade Records!

For a preview of this release, a video for 'Fata Morgana' from Keep it True XIX can be viewed at this location.

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SKYCLAD are releasing their brand new lyric video for the track ‘Change is Coming’ taken from their forthcoming album ‘Forward into the Past’ out on April 28th in Europe on Listenable records.

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In 2015 the ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ released their debut album „The League of Shadows“ which not only made it to the top positions in magazines worldwide but was also nominated in two categories for the Metal Hammer Awards. After successful tours in 2015 the band had to part ways with their former singer (Paul diAnno, formerly of Iron Maiden) in 2016. They continued writing songs and looked for a new singer whose voice was not only versatile enough to carry the spirit and energy of the debut album. They were looking for someone who could take it to the next level. They found this singer in Titta Tani, known for example from Italian prog heroes DGM.

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The female fronted progressive power metal band VANDROYA just released a lyric video for "I'm Alive", the first single from their highly anticipated new album "Beyond The Human Mind". The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

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Norwegian Black Metallers ENDEZZMA have today released a second Teaser video for their upcoming album "The Arcane Abyss", this time featuring founder and frontman Morten Shax. Recorded at Gravlund Studio, and mastered by Tore Stjerna at the Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, REPUGNANT, TRIBULATION, etc), and with artwork by Remember The Fallen Artworks, tracklisting on "The Arcane Abyss" is as follows:

1.Malferno
2.The Arcane Abyss
3.Gates Of Mephisto
4.Morbus Divina
5.Sick Kulta Lucifer
6.Serpent Earth
7.Esoterisk Mystagon
8.A Grave So Deep

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Swedish band Ended have just released their new official video from their forthcoming album Five Eyes which will be released on Sliptrick Records in April. The track Proteus, features new vocalist Micky Bergqvist and it's a tremendous slice of classic, driving rock with a colossal chorus ready made to be belted out by a festival audience. Much of the video was filmed at the Brobacka train tunnel, in the bands hometown of Alingsås. One of the oldest of it's types.

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In april 2017 Hammerheart Records will release the debut album of Chilean doom/deathsters Mourners Lament, proudly named "We All Be Given". When we first heard this album we were blown away by its powerful appearance, the desperation and heaviness were flowing out of our stereo. A perfect mix of doom metal with touches of death.

Six songs of the purest form of doom/death, not too often heard these days anymore, reminding us of the legendary early 90's scene from the U.K., but definitely with a 2017 approach. So if you like old My Dying Bride and Anathema, but with a clear and heavy production of nowadays then Mourners Lament will doom you all over! The cover artwork is used with kind permission from Bruce Pennington (Temple Of Void, Solstice and a lot of books).

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MORBID ANGEL are continuing work on their new album at Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer — and former MORBID ANGEL guitarist — Erik Rutan for a fall release via UDR Music. The new disc will mark the band's first release with drummer Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED) who joined MORBID ANGEL last year following the departure of Tim Yeung. It will also be MORBID ANGEL's first album to feature bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker since 2003's "Heretic".

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The new DANZIG album will be released in mid-May. This will be the first collection of all-new DANZIG material in seven years, following 2010's critically acclaimed "Deth Red Sabaoth". The title for the new disc will be announced shortly. In other news, DANZIG and MINISTRY will play 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 twenty bands and over twenty "evil attractions." Look for the full details to be announced on March 27.

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On April 7th, the selftitled debut album of THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM will descend upon mankind and unveil eight haunting doom metal tracks with a pinch of NWOBHM. Today, the band's mastermind Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS, AVATARIUM) shows the fourth video blog, in which he speaks about the the very first live performance of the band happening next month at Roadburn - and how it feels to hold a bass in his hands again after a break of almost three years! Watch the clip below.

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Occult rock power trio ALUK TODOLO has revealed their upcoming first archival release in full! You can listen to it on this location. Archives vol.1 is a collection of unreleased / rare material documenting the rst decade of the band's existence: raw, unpolished rehearsal captures, bizarre recording experiments, early or alternate versions of existing pieces, these 8 tracks, selected from the band's private tapes, are compiled in an unchronological order, forming a whole and unveiling new apects of Aluk Todolo's musical quest. Archive Vol. 1. will be available on vinyl & digital for the Spring equinox of March 20 via Temple of Torturous in Europe and The Ajna Offensive for US.

ALUK TODOLO European Tour April 2017 (with Oranssi Pazuzu on selected dates):
18 April - Belgium Kortrijk - The Pit´s - with Witch Trail
19 April - Germany Berlin - Urban Spree - with Oranssi Pazuzu
20 April - Poland Poznan - Las -
21 April - Germany Hamburg - Markthalle - with Oranssi Pazuzu
22 April - Tilburg, The Netherlands - Roadburn Festival, 013
23 April - Belgium Bruxelles - Magasin 4 - with Oranssi Pazuzu
24 April - France Colmar- Grillen - with Oranssi Pazuzu
25 April - Switzerland Zurich - Ebrietas - with Antiversum
26 April - France Paris - Petit Bain - with Oranssi Pazuzu
27 April - France Nantes - Le Ferrailleur - with Oranssi Pazuzu
28 April - France Toulouse - Le Rex - with Oranssi Pazuzu -
29 April - France Montpellier - The Black Sheep

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When cult thrashers TANKARD are torn out their winter's sleep, it has to be for a valid reason: It is their jubilee year! 35 years of TANKARD! And, of course, a suitable soundtrack can not be missed. That's why Gerre and Co. went on a long journey to Troisdorf, together with producer Martin Buchwalter (DESTRUCTION, SUIDAKRA), to record their 17th studio album entitled »One Foot In The Grave« at Gernhard Studio. The album is scheduled to be released on June 2nd, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band has published a studio trailer in which you can have a look behind the scenes of the record's production. In addition, you may also listen to the very first song snippets. Watch it below.

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24.03. D Trier - Ex-Rakete
25.03. B Aalst - Oilsjt Omploft Fest
05.05. D Köln - Underground
06.05. D Rheine - Hypothalamus
24.06. D Dischingen - Rock am Härtsfeldsee
01.07. D Gardelegen - Metal Frenzy Open Air
05.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
26.08. D Cham - L.A. Moshclub-Festival
02.09. D Katzenbach - Metallergrillen
22.09. P Porto - Hard Club
23.09. P Lisbon - Cine-Teatro De Corroios
06.10. D Erfurt - From Hell
07.10. D Rostock - M.A.U. Club
08.10. D Braunschweig - B58
28.10. GE Tiflis - tba
25.11. MAL Johore - Rockin
01.12. D Nürnberg - K4-Festsaal
02.12. D Berlin - BiNuu
29.12. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp (TANKARD & Friends Festival)
30.12. D Ingolstadt - Eventhalle Westpark

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Swiss hard rock band Sideburn will release their new album #EIGHT on Fastball Music / SOULFOOD on May 5th. Prior to the album release the first single "Turn Away" will come out on March 17th. Check out the official video clip of the song below.



French Symphonic Black / Death Metal duo Helioss has unveiled a third track from their upcoming fourth album "Antumbra" which will be released on March 24th.

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On April 7th, Swedish Heavy Metallers TRIAL (Swe) will release their new album 'Motherless' worldwide via Metal Blade Records! 'Motherless' is one of the most original Heavy Metal albums in a long time. TRIAL (swe) have refined their sound and are one of the most non-conform acts you can find in today's Heavy Metal. Check out the brand new lyric video made by cover artist Costin Chioreanu for the title track 'Motherless' below.

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Spanish '70s hard & heavy rock band The Wizards have inked a deal with Fighter Records for the release of their second album, Full Moon in Scorpio, which will see the light on May 16th internationally.

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Today, Inter Arma Productions sets May 16th as the international release date for Nargaroth's highly anticipated seventh album, Era of Threnody. Full "Crusade of Threnody" tour dates with ABSU and HATE, as well as poster art for the tour, are as follows:

19.05 - Zilinia (SVK) @ Klub Koleko
20.05 - Cluj Napoca (ROM) @ Flying Circus
21.05 - Bucharest (ROM) @ Fabrica
22.05 - Budapest (HUN) @ Durer Kert
23.05 - Vienna (AUT) @ Viper Room
24.05 - Cottbus (GER) @ Gladhouse
25.05 - Oberhausen (GER) @ Helvete
26.05 - Schweinsburg (GER) @ Dark Troll Fest
27.05 - Annaberg (GER) @ Alte Brauerei
28.05 - Flensburg (GER) @ Roxy
29.05 - Tilburg (NLD) @ Little Devil
30.05 - Cardiff (UK) @ The Globe
31.05 - Glasgow (UK) @ G2
01.06 - London (UK) @ Boston Music Rooms
02.06 - Amstelveen (NLD) @ P60
03.06 - Kuurne (BEL) @ Throne Fest

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March 15th, 2017

The second trailer for "Forces Of The Northern Night", the highly anticipated double DVD from Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR, is available below. Due on April 14 via Nuclear Blast, the set will contain two of the band's live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape plus the band's unique visuals.

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BABYMETAL will release "Live At Tokyo Dome", on April 1. The 2 Blu-ray + 4 CD set captures the band's two September 2016 concerts at Tokyo Dome which saw BABYMETAL perform in front of 110,000 people.
"Live At Tokyo Dome" track listing:
Red Night (September 19, 2016) [Blu-ray Disc 1 / CD Disc 1 & 2]
01. Road of Resistance
02. Yava!
03. Iine!
04. Syncopation
05. Amore
06. GJ!
07. Akumu No Rondo
08. Song 4
09. Catch Me If You Can
10. Gimme Chocolate
11. Karate
12. Tales of The Destinies
13. The One (English version)
Black Night (September 20, 2016) [Blu-ray Disc 2 / CD Disc 3 & 4]
01. Babymetal Death
02. Awadama Fever
03. Uki Uki Midnight
04. Meta! Taro
05. Sis. Anger
06. Akatsuki
07. Onedari Daisakusen
08. No Rain, No Rainbow
09. Doki Doki Morning
10. Meigitsune
11. Head Bangya
12. Ijime, Dame, Zettai

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Brazilian thrashers DISTRAUGHT have released a new music video 'Dehumanized' featuring HIBRIA drummer Eduardo Bald in support of their latest album ‘Locked Forever’. ‘Locked Forever’ was inspired by the book 'Holocausto Brasileiro' and was recorded at Monostereo studio with production done by Renato Osorio (Hibria), mixing by Benhur Lima (former Hibria) and mastering by Adair Daufembach. The cover was made by the artist Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Machine Head, NervoChaos, Astafix).

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German heavy rockers SpiteFuel have published a new video for the track "Purified". Taken off the band's upcoming album "Second To None", which will be released on April 7th via MDD Records, the footage from "Purified" video is from the recording sessions in the Troisdorf-based Gernhart Studio (Tankard, Destruction, SuidAkra), where the band recorded their new full-length with producer Martin Buchwalter. Cover artwork is from Travis Smith (Nevermore, Iced Earth, Opeth). Watch the video below.

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Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a worldwide live takeover performing the monumental record in its entirety. The band recently wrapped up their critically-lauded Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour with support from Black Anvil and Inquisition and will return to the road for a near-month-long European jaunt.

Set to commence on March 24th in Karlstad, Sweden and run through April 16th in Munich, Germany, the Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII tour includes stops at the Vienna Metal Meeting and Dark Easter Metal Meeting. Support will be provided by Dragged Into Sunlight on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.

"MAYHEM brings De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas to Europe once again," comments the band. "After hugely successful tours in South and North America, several festival shows, as well as a short tour in France, Netherlands, and Poland last year, the band now embark on a longer European run. In addition to main support Dragged Into Sunlight, who will be present for most of the shows, other local supports have been specially selected to ensure the right atmosphere."

MAYHEM Purgatorium Europæ Septentrionalis MMXVII:
3/24/2017 Nojesfabrieken - Karlstad, SE * [tickets]
3/25/2017 En Arena - Stockholm, SE * [tickets]
3/26/2017 Amager Bio - Copenhagen, DK * [tickets]
3/27/2017 Train - Aarhus, DK * [tickets]
3/28/2017 Patronaat - Haarlem, NL * [tickets]
3/29/2017 Electric Ballroom - London, UK * [tickets]
3/30/2017 Club Academy - Manchester, UK * [tickets]
3/31/2017 Academy - Dublin, IE * [tickets]
4/01/2017 Barrowland (Lords Of The Land) - Glasgow, UK* [tickets]
4/03/2017 L'Empreint - Savigny-le-Temple, FR * [tickets]
4/04/2017 CCO - Lyon, FR [tickets]
4/05/2017 Les Docks - Lausanne, CH * [tickets]
4/06/2017 Live Club - Milan, IT * [tickets]
4/07/2017 Mostovna - Nova Gorica, SI * [tickets]
4/08/2017 Arena (Vienna Metal Meeting) - Vienna, AT * [tickets]
4/09/2017 Vintage Club - Zagreb, HR [tickets]
4/10/2017 Dom Omladine - Belgrade, RS [tickets]
4/11/2017 Mixtape 5 - Sofia, BG [tickets]
4/12/2017 Club Rockstadt - Brasov, RO [tickets]
4/13/2017 Fuzz Club - Athens, GR
4/15/2017 Durer Kert - Budapest, HU [tickets]
4/16/2017 Backstage (Dark Easter Metal Meeting) - Munich, DE [tickets]
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Here is the 3rd LAST LEAF DOWN single 'Purple Skies' off the band's forthcoming second album "Bright Wide Colder", which is set to be released on March 31st! For fans of: Petter Carlsen, Anathema, Katatonia, Alcest, Olafur Arnalds, Mogwai.

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French death metallers Altered Shade are proud to announce the release of the official video for the song "The Dark Gift of Life" taken from their album "The Path of Souls" (out on March the 17th via Wormholedeath / Aural Music).

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Toronto's SLUDGEHAMMER have unleashed their new video for 'Demons From The Woodwork', one of 11 tracks on their debut album 'The Fallen Sun' released during June of last year. The video is a band playthrough demonstrating their mind bending guitar solos, devastating heavy riffs, blistering drum fury and dynamic vocal performances from lead vocalist Chris Szarota plus bassist Dan Ayers.

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March 14th, 2017

Hail Of Bullets have decided to quit. here's the band's statement: "THE WAR IS OVER… IT IS DONE! With sadness in our hearts, we hereby inform you that we have decided to pull the plug on Hail of Bullets. The patient had been suffering from illness for a few years already. We thought we had cut out the disease a few years ago, but apparently the tumor was more widespread than we had expected. There are no immediate plans to resurrect the corpse… Personal messages/questions about this situation will not be answered. This is it, and both you and us will have to deal with that...

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The melodic metal band PYRAMAZE just released a lyric video for the track "20 Second Century" from their highly anticipated new album "Contingent". The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

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Shadow Records & Regain Records just announced the new album from THE THIRD EYE RAPISTS. The promo trailer from this upcoming 5 track EP entitled "Hets Mot Allt" van be seen below.

Tracklist:
1. Black Sphere Messiah
2. Worshiper of the Ultimate Funeral
3. Void Penetration
4. Ecstatic Molestation
5. Worshiper of the Ultimate Funeral (MMXII)

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DØDSENGEL are about to release the successor of "Imperator" (2012). This brand new album, entitled "Interequinox", will be released by the French label Debemur Morti Productions on May 19th on Digipack CD, Gatefold 2x12" LP and Digital formats. This new offering contains 11 glorious pieces of truly Esoteric Black Metal :

01 Pangenetor
02 Prince Of Ashes
03 Værens Korsvei
04 Emerald Earth
05 Opaque
06 Illusions
07 Palindrome
08 Ved Alltings Ende
09 Rubedo
10 Gloria In Excelsis Deo
11 Panphage

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German Progressive Black Metallers KLABAUTAMANN will release their new album in June. Now the band has revelead the cover of their fifth full-length record "Smaragd": COSTIN CHIORENAU drew the artwork, known for his works for Opeth, Triptykon, Enslaved, At The Gates and many more.

Please note: Everyone who buys a pre-order package will get a A3 poster of this unique artwork. Pre-sale starts in the beginning of May.

For the recording sessions of "Smaragd", KLABAUTAMANN were supported by various big names of the international Metal scene. For instance, they could get Anna Murphy (NUCLEUS TORN, former ELUVEITIE) to record the clean vocals on the album as well as playing the hurdy gurdy. Fredy Schnyder, NUCLEUS TORN as well, plays the hammond organ on the album. Furthermore, "Smaragd" has been mixed and mastered by ARMIN RAVE (who worked with, among others, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Grabnebelfürsten, and Pavor), who also recorded previous KLABAUTAMANN albums "Our Journey Through The Woods" and "The Old Chamber".

"Smaragd" will be released via Zeitgeister Music in June 2017, being KLABAUTAMANN's fifth album following "Our Journey Through The Woods" (2003), "Der Ort" (2005), "Merkur" (2009), and "The Old Chamber" (2011). The album will contain 10 tracks and have a duration of about 54 minutes. Here's the tracklist of "Smaragd":

01. Into Depression
02. My Terrifying Mirror
03. In My Shadow
04. Under Feral Skies
05. As the Snow Melted
06. The Murderers
07. Enemies' Blood
08. Saturn
09. Smaragd
10. Frozen in Time

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Linnéa Vikström, best known as one of the vocalists in Therion and a touring singer for KAMELOT, has signed a worldwide deal with Despotz Records.
Linnéa says: "I'm really excited to be working together with Despotz, and with their help, I'll be sure to present some fantastic music to the world! Just the fact that Despotz is willing to release an album recorded completely live shows how willing they are to break new grounds and think outside of the box. Be ready to venture out deep into the universe as we launch this spacecraft of music!"
Linnéa's solo project currently goes by the name QFT. The debut album will be released in November, with the first, as-yet-untitled single preceding the full-length effort in May.

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THE 69 EYES crawl out of their crypts and are once again ready to haunt Europe with their mix of gothic metal and rock 'n' roll. After multiple dates in their home country Finland, the band invades Spain, Italy and Germany, to not only present their latest opus »Universal Monsters« to the fans, but also deliver some unforgotten evergreens.
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with THE CREEPSHOW(*), EMBELLISH (+) or THE STRIGAS and VLAD IN TEARS (#)
11.03. FIN Eura – Fin-SoundLab
15.03. FIN Tampere – Tampere Talo
16.03. FIN Pieksamaki – Poleeni
18.03. FIN Salo - Monaco Night Club
25.03. FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
01.04. FIN Turku - M/S Viking Grace
05.05. E Madrid, Sala Arena +
06.05. E Barcelona, Salamandra 1 +
11.05. IT Bologna – Kindergarten #
12.05. IT Milan – Elyon Club #
13.05. IT San Dona Di Piave (Venice) – Revolver Club #
19.05. D Berlin - Astra Kulturhaus *
20.05. D Rostock - Mau Club *
21.05. D Hamburg – Knust *
And the first festival shows were also announced today – stay tuned for more summer open air performances:
04.06. D Wave Gotik Treffen, Leipzig
17.06. S Subkultfestivalen, Tröllhattan
19.08. F Goth Dark Wave Festival, Tilloloy Castle

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Throughout his forty year music career Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: From Meat Loaf to Motorhead. From KISS to Michael Bolton. WASP to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley's first solo album and tour. After serving as a sideman and producer for much of his professional career, Kulick has decided that it was time to release a solo album - and he brought along a few of his good friends to support him in the endeavour. Joining Bob on the album are

Lead vocalists - Dee Snider, Robin McAuley, Andrew Freeman, Vick Wright, Todd Kerns, David Glen Eisley, Dennis St James

Bassists - Rudy Sarzo, Chuck Wright, Bobby Ferrari, Bruce Kulick, Dennis St James, Kjell Benner

Keyboardists - Doug Katsaros, Jimmy Waldo

Drummers - Vinny Appice, Frankie Banali, Eric Singer, Brent Fitz, Scot Coogan, Chuck Burgi, Bobby Rock, Jay Schellen

With Bob himself providing all of the guitar tracks and co-producing the album along with Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording in Las Vegas, NV. Skeletons in the Closet will be released in late Spring through Vanity Music Group (distributed via RED / Sony Music).

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CYHRA, a new project featuring former Amaranthe singer Jake E. and ex-In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, have signed to Spinefarm Records. The band, which formed a year ago, will enter the studio this spring, with the debut album expected to drop in the fall.

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March 13th, 2017

DEW-SCENTED have announced a new drummer to their ranks. Comments singer Leif Jensen: "We are excited to announce Marc Dzierzon as new drummer for Dew-Scented. As you might have noticed, we have been going back and forth with session drummer options (Thanks a lot again, Michiel and Uwe…you both rule!) since Koen left the fold at the end of 2015. We were checking for the right match not only for shows, but also to work on new material with us, handle recording duties and then also perform those tracks live in the future. The search is now over. Marc Dzierzon (Centaurus-A, ArschlochKind) is a talented and dedicated musician, who blew us away from the very first moment on at rehearsals. Next to having a smooth understanding of what Dew-Scented is all about, he not only plays super hard and precise, but also brings along the attitude and we were looking for. We feel extremely confident about beginning this next new chapter of the band and you will see Marc debuting with Dew-Scented already on the upcoming Flotsam & Jetsam tour!" Marc comments as follows: "I'm happy and proud to announce that I've become part of the Dew-Scented family. It's a great honor for me to have the privilege of making music with these guys and I am very excited and motivated about everything that future will bring along! See you out on the road in March/April with Izegrim and Flotsam & Jetsam for a first greeting!"

DEW-SCENTED live 2017:
TH 23.03.2017 Strasskirchen (Germany) - Plutonium + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
FR 24.03.2017 Bohinj (Slovenia) - Winter Days Of Metal + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim & more
SA 25.03.2017 Parma (Italy) - Titty Twister + Izegrim & more
SU 26.03.2017 Zürich (Switzerland) - Dynamo + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
MO 27.03.2017 Paris (France) - Petit Bain + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
TU 28.03.2017 Nantes (France) - Ferrailleur + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
WE 29.03.2017 Deinze (Belgium) - Elpee + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim (Sold out!)
TH 30.03.2017 Osnabrück (Germany) - Bastard Club + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
FR 31.03.2017 Arnhem (The Netherlands) - Willemeen + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim & more
SA 01.04.2017 Nijverdal (The Netherlands) - Cult Art + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
SU 02.04.2017 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Baroeg + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
MO 03.04.2017 Berlin (Germany) - Cassiopeia + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
TU 04.04.2017 Ostrava (Czech Republic) - Barrak Music Club + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
TH 06.04.2017 Krakow (Poland) - Zascianek + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
FR 07.04.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - Showbarlang + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
SA 08.04.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Vienna Metal Meeting + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim & more
SU 09.04.2017 Mannheim (Germany) - 7er Club + Flotsam And Jetsam & Izegrim
07.-08.07.2017 Nordheim/Heilbronn (Germany) - Sunstorm Open Air
05.-08.07.2017 Ballenstedt (Germany) - Rock Harz Festival
14.-15.07.2017 Gävle (Sweden) - Gefle Metal Festival
10.-12.08.2017 Schlotheim (Germany) - Party San Open Air

Check out a play-through video by Marc for the song 'Affect Gravity' off 'Intermination' below.

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Phoenix, AZ Metal Merchants MURKOCET are offering a free download of "Dead World," a track from debut album Digging Mercy's Grave. Grab the track here. Digging Mercy's Grave was released January 14. Stream the album in its entirety at this location. The album's 11 tracks are razor sharp examples of Modern American Metal! The band previously released the official video for album track "The Beginning."

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In February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band called EDGUY that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe! Today, 25 years later, founding members Tobias Sammet (AVANTASIA) and the two guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer, as well as Tobias "Eggi" Exxel (bass) and Felix Bohnke (drums), who joined the band 20 years ago, can look back at their hugely successful career to shows in more than 40 countries, countless tours in Asia, Australia and America, ten studio albums and top 10 chart entries from all over the world.

To celebrate such an exceptional career with their fans, EDGUY will get back on the road. And while the live program will only contain the best material of their entire career, the new release will not be just a 'Greatest Hits' album one would expect to accompany such a tour: The 2-CD/DVD-package »Monuments« (release: July 14th) will include brand new material, their best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before! In addition, the DVD includes an entire show from their »Hellfire Club« tour in 2004 as well as the complete collection of their video clips. The limited edition will include an extensive coffee-table book containing material from throughout the entire history of EDGUY!

Frontman Tobias Sammet states: „Whilst collecting all of this picture material together we were once again made aware of how proud we are of what we have created. There are probably not many musicians who are lucky enough to be able to look back on a 25-year-old band history at the end of their thirties. And especially without any line-up changes in the last 20 years! This is even more incredible considering that we're not from Birmingham, New York or a German metropolis but from a small town called Fulda, a place where you normally only know about the insights of the music business by hearsay. I mean, as kids we started to play Edguy shows even before we had visited concerts as fans ourselves! Then we started to play shows outside our home town, then outside Germany and all of a sudden we found ourselves touring in Asia, America and Australia on a regular basis, because apparently there were people who liked our music. And they became more and more. For us, this always felt quite normal, the next step was all that mattered. We didn't think about what happened while things were happening...

But if you look back now, you will realise how lucky we were! It's now time to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. We'll celebrate our quarter century with the release of »Monuments« and LIVE in some selected cities! We'll perform a best-of set list, a journey throughout our past, with a lot of fuss and at full throttle! The first quarter century is over and we want to honour these years with our fans! To the next 25 years!"

Catch EDGUY live:

25 Years - The Best Of The Best »Monuments« Tour 2017

16.07. CZ Vizovice - Masters Of Rock
15.09. D Bremen - Aladin
16.09. D Hamburg - Markthalle
17.09. D Bochum - Zeche
19.09. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
20.09. D Saarbrücken - Garage
22.09. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
23.09. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
24.09. D Munich - Backstage
26.09. D Erlangen - E-Werk
27.09. D Berlin - C-Club
29.09. CH Pratteln - Z7
30.09. D Memmingen - Kaminwerk
03.10. D Fulda - Wartenberg-Oval

More shows in other countries to be announced soon...!

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NIGHTBRINGER are now streaming the third track taken from their forthcoming album 'Terra Damnata', which has been scheduled for release on April 14th. The song "Of the Key and Crossed Bones" is now streaming. Ar-Ra'd al-Iblis states on behalf of NIGHTBRINGER: "The lyrics work as a hymn to the goddess Hecate as she is depicted in the Chaldean oracles, a series of mystical revelations most probably dating from the 2nd century AD. Here, She is understood as the psychopomp and gatekeeper that leads the soul through the perilous passages of the otherworld, unto the light of the Father, identified as the divine Sun."

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On April 7th, Australian Thrashers HARLOTT will release their new album 'Extinction' worldwide via Metal Blade Records! HARLOTT have now released the 2nd single off their upcoming album, if you wanna get blown away by 'The Penitent' simply head below.

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As announced one year ago during the AVULSED crowdfunding campaign for their 25th anniversary double album "Deathgeneration", the band recorded the entire special show in Madrid last 19th of November with 6 cameras for its release on a triple-disc release consisting on audio 2-CD and DVD under the title of "Night of the Living Deathgenerations".

This release contains the 2-hour show with all songs from "Deathgeneration" plus one more that wasn't played for at least 20 years. This live recording perfectly captures the unparalleled intensity of AVULSED on stage in front of a packed club with totally crazy crowd, making of this show, the most perfect celebration of the band's 25th years of pure devotion to Death Metal.

"Night of the Living Deathgenerations" will be released on a wonderful 8-pannel digipack containing the 3 discs plus a 16 pages booklet with over 150 professional photos taken by Unai Endemaño & Raquel García. Cover artwork was made by Juanjo Castellano, displaying all main characters of every AVULSED album covers in just one, with the genius style of Juanjo.

Although release date for this is set for 17th of April, it'll be already available on all AVULSED show during the band's upcoming European tour between 7-15th of April along with MERCYLESS & SAVAGE ANNIHILATION through the following dates:

07.04 FRA / Volmerange (No Man's Land)
08.04 GER / Frankfurt Deathfest
09.04 HOL / Tilburg (Little Devil)
10.04 HOL / Utrecht (dB's)
11.04 GER / Koln (Sonic Ballroom)
12.04 CZE / Prague (Modra Vopice)
13.04 GER / Erfurt (From Hell)
14.04 FRA / Colmar (Le Grillen)
15.04 ITA / Milano (Blue Rose)

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UNTIL RAIN has signed with Sensory Records for the release of their impending third full-length, Inure. The band has issued some insight into the album, releasing a dramatic trailer, as well as the album art, track listing, and more. Additionally, the band has scheduled both European mainland and Balkan tours in conjunction with the album's release.

UNTIL RAIN has booked two European tours tied directly into the release of Inure. First up is a split co-headlining tour with Sensory labelmates Wolverine and Oddland, with shows in the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden from April 26th through May 6th. Directly behind the trek, UNTIL RAIN will co-headline with Poem through the Balkan countries May 11th through 14th, with shows in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and the final gig in their native Greece. Additional tour dates will be announced in the weeks ahead.

UNTIL RAIN Tour Dates:
4/26/2017 The Bodega - Nottingham, UK w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/27/2017 Garage Highbury - London, UK w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/28/2017 La Boule Noure - Paris, FR w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/29/2017 Boerderij - Zoetermeer, NL w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/30/2017 W2 - Hertogenbosch, NL w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/02/2017 TBA w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/03/2017 Musik & Frieden - Berlin, DE w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/04/2017 Beta2300 - Copenhagen, DK w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/05/2017 Frölunda Kulturhus - Gothenburg, SE w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/06/2017 Bowlan - Östhammar, SE w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/11/2017 Live & Loud - Sofia, BU w/ Poem
5/12/2017 Silverchurch - Bucharest, RO w/ Poem
5/13/2017 TBA - Beograd, SB w/ Poem
5/14/2017 8Ball - Thessaloniki, GR w/ Poem

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IMMINENCE have released the second video trailer for »This Is Goodbye«. In this trailer they were asked to personally recommend a book, a movie and an album.

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March 12th, 2017

DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are back after a long break and announce a new studio album for summer 2017. The band is currently recording this forthcoming, yet-untitled album which will be produced by the band and co-producers Alexander Dietz (HEAVEN SHALL BURN) and Eike Freese (DEEP PURPLE, KAI HANSEN).

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Moonloop will release the new album ''Devocean'' on march 24th via Listenable records. The first video single ''Medusa'' is an introduction to the album.

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THE CHARM THE FURY have released the fourth video trailer for »The Sick, Dumb & Happy«. Watch trailer #4 where vocalist Caroline Westendorp and drummer Mathijs Tieken discuss writing new material and defining who »The Sick, Dumb & Happy« are. Watch the video below.
THE CHARM THE FURY recently announced to support UK-based metalcore powerhouse BURY TOMORROW on their headline tour.
Tour dates:
04.04.2017 NE, Harlem - Patronaat
05.04.2017 BE, Antwerp - Kavka
06.04.2017 DE, Hamburg - Logo
07.04.2017 DE, Berlin - Bi Nuu
08.04.2017 DE, Cologne - Gebäude 9
10.04.2017 DE, Munich - Hansa 39
11.04.2017 CH, Zurich - Dynamo
12.04.2017 DE, Frankfurt - Das Bett

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ALESTORM are back, and they've brought with them their 5th full length album titled 'No Grave But The Sea'. 'No Grave But The Sea' will be released on May 26th 2017 on Napalm Records.

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March 11th, 2017

EISREGEN are going to release their new album "Fleischfilm" on May 5th via Massacre Records. It's the band's first concept album, and a homage to the wild Italian cinema of the 1970's and early 1980's. Song titles like "Nahe der Friedhofsmauer", "Menschenfresser" and "Auf den Spuren der Säge" already offer a glimpse of what to expect from the album. "Fleischfilm" is going to be available as jewel case CD, limited edition digipak with a bonus track and limited edition vinyl LP with gatefold cover as well as digital download.

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After All announce Mike Slembrouck as new lead singer. Check out Mike's amazing voice on the brand new lyric video for 'Restore To Sanity'. And that's not all... Both 'Restore To Sanity' and 'Target Extinction' – originally from the 'Waves Of Annihilation' album – were given the Mike Slembrouck treatment and are scheduled for release through NoiseArt Records as digital single (April 10) and as limited edition 7 inch vinyl single (April 28). The songs were remixed by Dan Swanö and the single features artwork by Ed Repka. Team After All is complete again and we look forward to thrash as many stages as possible. The first show with Mike in our ranks is scheduled for May 27 at dB's in Utrecht (Holland).

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