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June 23rd, 2017

BELPHEGOR will headline the European territory once again, this time in support of the new album entitled »Totenritual«. It'll be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast on September 15th. Supporting bands on this run will be DESTRÖYER 666, ENTHRONED, NERVOCHAOS and NORDJEVEL. The tour will kick off September 28th in Copenhagen, Denmark at Pumpehuset and conclude October 22nd.
07.07. D Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air
23.07. I Brescia - Colony Open Air
02.08. A Vienna - Jolly Roger Festival
18.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
24.08. D Crispendorf - Wolfszeit Festival
26.08. CZ Brezova u Sokolova - Brezovska Metalova Noc X
15./16.12. S Norrköping - Black Christmas

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HATEBREED and fellow label mates MADBALL have announce to be part of the line up of 2018's installment of the renowned EMP PERSISTENCE TOUR. HATEBREED will be touring in support of their most current output, »The Concrete Confessional«, which was released in May 2016 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. MADBALL are currently working on the follow-up to 2014's »Hardcore Lives« which is likely to be released in the first half of 2018.
EMP PERSISTENCE TOUR 2018
HATEBREED
MADBALL
TERROR
POWER TRIP
BROKEN TEETH
INSANITY ALERT
18.01. DE Berlin, Astra Kulturhaus
19.01. NL Utrecht, Tivoli Ronda
20.01. DE Dresden, Eventwerk
21.01. DE Munich, Backstage
22.01. CH Zurich, Komplex
23.01. DE Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
24.01. CZ Brno, Sono
25.01. DE Lichtenfels, Stadthalle
26.01. B Torhout, De Mast
27.01. DE Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
28.01. UK London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
Coinciding with the announcement of the tour, HATEBREED have also released the official music video for the song 'Seven Enemies' - check it out below.

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ALTER BRIDGE release a live performance video from their legendary London O2 show. Just recently they announced the release of a new live album and rarities collection called "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" which captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played their monumental show at London's famous O2 Arena on November 24th, 2016. The band put together a clip with some of the finest moments of this landmark performance with the background music of their "The Last Hero" track "Cradle To The Grave"! Check out the video below.

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Late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister stars as a surly, blood-guzzling vampire in Finnish gothic-rock singer Jyrki 69's "Bloodlust" video. The eerie footage – also featuring porn star Ron Jeremy, Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns – previews Phoebe Dollar's upcoming horror film Sunset Society, which follows vampire rockers on the Sunset Strip.



THEN COMES SILENCE have revealed their upcoming, fourth full-length studio album, will be entitled »Blood«, and it will be released on October 20, 2017 worldwide via Nuclear Blast. See mastermind Alex Svenson talking about the album title and the cover art in this first video trailer below

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Porter & Davies announce the launch of the new KT Platform. The new technology helps musicians and performers feel the power of the music being created without deafening volume. The transfer of the full signal through bone conduction is felt and heard internally through the tactile monitor and helps them lock into the groove, putting them right in the mix.

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Austrian blackened death metal outfit Theotoxin premieres its brand new music video for "My Harlot", taken off the band's debut album "Atramentvm". The clip features April Kapsreiter acting the part of Maria Magdalena. Check out now "My Harlot" below:. And it is a bit naughty, compared to the image the Church wants to give of Maria Magdalena.

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PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, led by the legendary long time MOTÖRHEAD guitarist, have inked a worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast. Commented Phil Campbell: "I am really pleased to announce that my band PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS have signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast. The label is home to some great bands, some of which are also very good friends of mine. Once we get back from the summer festivals we look forward to recording our first full length album!"
In celebration of the announcement, the band has put together the exclusive digital only live EP »Live At Solothurn« which is available via all download and streaming platforms as of today!
»Live At Solothurn« tracklist:
01. Big Mouth
02. Nothing Up My Sleeve (MOTÖRHEAD Cover)​
03. Spiders
04. Take Aim
05. R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (MOTÖRHEAD Cover)
06. Sweet Leaf (BLACK SABBATH cover)
Order the EP at the Nuclear Blast webshop.
The band is unique as it features Phil's 3 sons on drums, bass and guitar. The band is completed by Vocalist Neil Starr. Phil Campbell was the lead guitarist in MOTÖRHEAD for 32 years.

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The second album by Marc Vanderberg will be called "Highway Demon". The worldwide release of the album is scheduled for September 7, 2017 via the German label darkSIGN-RECORDS.

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On August 25th Swedish heavy metallers PORTRAIT will release their new album 'Burn The World' worldwide via Metal Blade Records. To check out the first single, head over to .

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The Rise of Starlit Fires, the third album by Force Majeure, will be released on 8th of September worldwide by Mighty Music

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EXCALIBUR have just launched a brand new video-clip of the song "Rock And Roll" taken from their third album "Humo Negro", which contains making of footage of the album recording. You can watch the video below. The new EXCALIBUR álbum "Humo Negro" is actually available at the Extreem Music webshop



On August 25th, 2017, the French DAGOBA will release its seventh studio album, "Black Nova", as a cooperation of Jive/Epic for France and Century Media for the rest of the world. The first single "Inner Sun" premieres on Rock Hard France's sampler CD out this week.

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Norwegian rock band PRISTINE, featuring lead singer and primus motor Heidi Solheim, have released their eagerly awaited new album, »Ninja«, today. In celebration of the release the band also come out with the official music video for 'Rebel Song'. Watch the beautifully shot video below. »Ninja« is out now via Nuclear Blast and can be ordered in various formats.

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MOB RULES release a new digital single for the song "Somerled" today - taken from their current studio album Tales From Beyond. You can watch the lyric video for the song below.

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June 21st, 2017

HEADCAT featuring ex-MORBID ANGEL Frontman DAVID VINCENT: Tribute Single To LEMMY, 'Born To Lose, Live To Win', Due This Week. In 1999, Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD), Slim Jim Phantom (THE STRAY CATS) and rockabilly guitar-slinger Danny B. Harvey (ROCKATS) teamed up to create a high-energy, take-no-prisoners combo to remind the world how rock 'n' roll was supposed to sound. For over sixteen years, HEADCAT (formerly THE HEAD CAT) continued doing just that to the accolades of fans worldwide. Since Lemmy's untimely passing in 2015, Slim Jim and Danny B. have put HEADCAT on hold out of respect for their fallen bandmate and have waited until the appropriate time to start performing, and recording again.
Track listing:
A Side: "Born To Lose, Live To Win"
B Side: "(This Train Is Going) Straight To Hell"
* Digital-only additional track: "T For Texas"



NEXI Industries introduces their new pedal, a Phaser Effect Pedal. According to the press release, "simple in delivery, NEXI Industries’ Phaser (PSR-01) represents the next stage for this effect pedal, with a plug-‘n-play design that makes compatibility a breeze—just like the effect’s signature sweeping and swooshing". Check it out at this location. Watch a demo below.

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On July 14th, Norwegian Death Metallers EXECRATION will release their new album 'Return To The Void' via Metal Blade Records. Today the band premieres a new song taken off 'Return To The Void'. Check out the album opener 'Eternal Recurrence' below.

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DECAPITATED are closer to the release of their seventh album »Anticult«, which arrives via Nuclear Blast on July 7. The band is issuing the video for the new track 'Earth Scar'. Watch it below.

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Mr. Big have announced details and a delayed release date for their new album, 'Defying Gravity', pushing it back from the previously announced street date of 7th July. The album will be available on CD, LP, deluxe CD/DVD, digitally and a deluxe Collector's Edition box set that includes : deluxe CD/DVD, LP, poster, numbered lithograph, T-Shirt, sticker. The box set is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide.
The DVD contents are :
-Defying Gravity [music video] / Everybody Needs A Little Trouble [music video] / Making of
-Defying Gravity [video] / Making of Everybody Needs A Little Trouble [video] / Track by track interview. Total length is approximately 65 minutes.

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Iconic Bay area Metal Band, Vicious Rumors new 18 year old lead guitarist and Dean guitars artist, Gunnar DüGrey, has released a new video with his band, Chronological Injustice. After founding the band at 12 years of age he has racked up many big endorsements and played shows with almost every big Metal name in the business. Now 6 years later he's released "Pendulum", a crushing Death Metal follow up to last years release "A Collection of Atrocities".
Catch Gunnar DüGrey on tour this July in Europe with Vicious Rumors !
07.07.D- Munich - Backstage
08.07.NL- Eindhoven - Dynamo Club (with Death Angel)
09.07.D - Marburg - Knubbel
11.07. S- Valencia- Toneladas
12.07 S- Barcelona- Razz3
14.07 D- Balingen (BYH Festival signing session)
15.07.D- Balingen - Bang Your Head Festival
16.07.D- Frankfurt - Zoom (with Death Angel)
November 11 - December 11 *headline EU tour, dates TBA soon!

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GRAND MAGUS released their current studio album titled »Sword Songs«, on May 13th, 2016 through Nuclear Blast. After several support shows for AMON AMARTH with their label mates TESTAMENT all over Europe last year plus a UK/Ireland headline tour earlier this year, the time has come for the band to embark on another European headline run. A support act for this trek will be announced soon! Dates as follows:
GRAND MAGUS
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27.10. D Munich - Backstage
28.10. CH Aarau - Kiff
29.10. CH Geneva - L'Usine
30.10. A Vienna - Viper Room
31.10. A Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
01.11. A Salzburg - Rockhouse
02.11. PL Krakow - Kwadrat
03.11. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
04.11. D Berlin - Columbia Theater
05.11. D Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
06.11. D Hanover - Musikzentrum
07.11. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
08.11. D Nuremberg - Z-Bau
09.11. NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
10.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
11.11. D Weissenhäuser Strand / Ostsee - Metal Hammer Paradise

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SOLFERNUS from Czech Republic have recorded the second album after 12 years and are starting with the promotion before release date (Autmn 2017). SOLFERNUS presents the song called „Ignis~Dominion". This is one of ten songs from the new not yet titled album which will be released in Fall. The new, 2nd album of SOLFERNUS (featuring two ROOT members in a line-up) was recorded at Moravian Ch-Records Studio.

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The newly revealed doom metal band DWOOM, from Skellefteå, Sweden (featuring members of Swedish death metal band FERAL) has announced that their debut demo titled "Pale Mare – Demo MMXVII" will be released through BLOODSOAKED RECORDS, hailing from Sundsvall, Sweden. The demo contains three tracks and is available for streaming/download at at this location. A promotional video for the track "Empty Temples" is available below.

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June 20th, 2017

OVERKILL, will be touring Europe as a part of the »MTV Headbangers Ball« Tour 2017 later this year. On this trek the band will be joining forces with metal legends MAX & IGGOR CAVALERA, Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM and up and coming German death squad DESERTED FEAR. Today, new dates have been added to the tour itinerary, further details and the tour trailer can be found below.
»MTV Headbangers Ball« Tour 2017
MAX & IGGOR CAVALERA, OVERKILL, INSOMNIUM, DESERTED FEAR
26.11.  D Leipzig - Hellraiser
27.11. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
28.11.  NL Utrecht - TivoliVredenburg Ronda NEW!
29.11.  D Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36
30.11.  D Berlin - Huxleys Neue Welt
01.12.  D Geiselwind - Christmas Bash
02.12.  CZ Zlí­n - Winter Masters of Rock NEW!
03.12.  A Vienna - Gasometer
04.12.  D Munich - Backstage
05.12.  I Milan - Live Music Club NEW!
06.12.  F Istres - L'Usine NEW!
07.12.  CH Pratteln - Z7
08.12.  D Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
09.12.  D Gießen - Hessenhallen
10.12.  B Antwerp - Trix NEW!
11.12.  D Saarbrücken - Garage
12.12.  UK London - o2 Forum Kentish Town NEW!

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Season of Mist announce the signing of DEATHWHITE. The band will release their debut album, 'For a Black Tomorrow' via Season of Mist. The band insist on not providing any line-up information at this time.

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SAVAGE MASTER announced the release of a brand new mini LP, entitled "Creature Of The Flames". Its CD version version will be released by Skol Records, while the 12" vinyl version will be available on High Roller Records. The mini album, which will hit the streets on Friday 13, October 2017, will include four brand new SAVAGE MASTER songs, and a cover song. SAVAGE MASTER's current studio album, "With Whips And Chains", was released in April 2016, and was promoted on both European and US tours.
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Longtime Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain discussed retirement plans, telling Classic Rock Magazine:
"I've thought about life after Maiden, I'll admit that. But I can't see us hanging it up any time soon. Let's get one thing straight: we would never become a parody of ourselves. But it's my job to drive Maiden, and one day I'm not going to be able to do it any more. Ideally, I've got... ten more years? Nah, don't see that. Imagine me trying to play 'Run to the Hills' at fucking 73 years old! So I don't know, mate. But I'm planning on bowing out gracefully."

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June 19th, 2017

Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger has slammed STONE SOUR as "NICKELBACK Lite" and has challenged Corey Taylor to "write a hit song." The NICKELBACK frontman made his comments while being interviewed by Sweden's Metal Covenant on May 27 in Stockholm. As he was discussing NICKELBACK's musical versatility, Kroeger told the site (see video below): "I can't think of another band that's as diverse as we are. I can't. And I don't think that's me talking from pride or ego. I mean, you're sitting across the table. You know what you're talking about." He then asked the journalist to name another band that covers such a wide musical palette as NICKELBACK. After the writer mentioned STONE SOUR as an example of a band that is also "very diverse," Chad shot back: "Yeah, 'cause they're trying to be NICKELBACK." He then took a swig from his beer and directed his comments at the STONE SOUR singer: "Corey Taylor has said some really nasty things about me before in the press. He talks about how easy it is to write a hit song. Well, show me. Show me. Write one. I have yet to hear one. They're okay. But they're not as good as NICKELBACK. They sound like 'NICKELBACK Lite.'" Kroeger went on to point out that NICKELBACK and Taylor's other band, SLIPKNOT, launched their respective careers while signed to the same label (Roadrunner). He added: "They had to put on masks and jump around. How good can your music be if you've gotta beat each other up on stage, throw up in your own masks every night…? I mean, music shouldn't come with a gimmick; music should just be music. None of my favorite music comes with a gimmick. And he got tired of sitting behind a mask — he wanted people to know what he looks like — so he started STONE SOUR."
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