Orange Amplification present the Orange Micro Dark. This new pint-sized valve/solid-state hybrid head, according to the press release joins “a well-established dark brotherhood that includes the Dark Terror and Dual Dark amps. Cowled in smoky black, the Micro Dark shares the same intuitive Shape control as its older siblings, sporting a deceptively simple layout, which disguises the amp’s cunning versatility”.
Danny Worsnop (WE ARE HARLOT and former ASKING ALEXANDRIA frontman) recently landed a role in the horror musical ‘Allelujah! The Devil's Carnival’, the second film in the ‘Devil's Carnival’ series.
‘Under The Red Cloud’, the new album from AMORPHIS ( released on September 4 via Nuclear Blast), registered the following first-week chart positions: Finland: #2, Germany: #10, Switzerland: #11, Austria: #20, Belgium: #40 (Flanders), #53 (Wallonia), Netherlands: #50, France: #61, Australia: #157, England: #162. The official video for the song ‘Death Of A King’ can be viewed below.
MEGADETH will release a new single called ‘Fatal Illusion’ in Japan on October 16 via Universal. The song is set to appear on the band's forthcoming fifteenth studio album.
MORTIIS will release its new studio album, ‘The Great Deceiver’, on January 29, 2016 via Omnipresence.
ABBATH – the band led by ex-IMMORTAL frontman Olve Eikemo (a.k.a. Abbath) – will release a seven-inch single, ‘Count The Dead’, on December 11 via Season Of Mist. The A-side features the title track while the B-side consists of a cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic ‘Riding On The Wind’. The single will be released in two versions, which are both limited to 500 copies worldwide and exclusively available for pre-order at this location.
Vocalist Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Satyr revealed the news via his Instagram account, where he wrote: "I got extremely sick eight days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger. Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death. We all get our set of cards and this happened to be one of mine. There are so many people who have to deal with much worse things than I do, so I do not feel sorry for myself. I have a great family, lots of friends, SATYRICON, Wongraven Wines and many people who support my endeavours all over the world. I will spend the next two weeks trying to get my strength back, then try to starting writing on the new Satyricon again and pick up where I left on all my wine projects." Check out the message on Instagram.
GRAHAM BONNET BAND has signed a deal with Frontiers Records. The band will release its new studio album tentatively in early 2016. More info will follow soon.
The KURT COBAIN documentary, ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck’ (which was premiered on HBO on May 4), will be released by Universal Music Enterprises in multiple formats, including the Super Deluxe Edition as well as in Blu-ray, DVD and digital video formats. The soundtrack album, ‘Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings’, will also be released on CD and digitally on November 13. A 2LP vinyl edition of the album will follow on December 4. In addition, a seven-inch single featuring ‘And I Love Her’ and ‘Sappy (Early Demo)’ is also scheduled for release on November 20.
HELLYEAH has begun the writing sessions for the band's fifth album, tentatively due in early 2016.
LOUDNESS will release a special 30th-anniversary edition of their classic ‘Thunder In The East’ album in Japan on November 25 in several different versions featuring bonus DVDs with live footage from their 1985 U.S. tour and other things.
NIGHTWISH will release a strictly limited, special tour edition of their current album, ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’, on October 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. The set comes with a bonus DVD containing all 21 making-of episode for the CD as well as two new, unreleased performance clips, along with five special clips, including documentary. There will also be a huge photo gallery with more than 400 pictures, taken on the road and during the promotional period of the album. A trailer for the special tour edition of is available below, and pre-orders can be placed at this location.
FIRESPAWN (formerly FIREBORN) — the new Swedish death metal project featuring Lars Göran Petrov (vocals; ENTOMBED) and Victor Brandt (guitar; ENTOMBED), Alex Friberg (bass; NECROPHOBIC), Fredrik Folkare (guitar; UNLEASHED, NECROPHOBIC) and Matte Modin (drums; DARK FUNERAL, DEFLESHED) — will release its debut album, ‘Shadow Realms’, on November 13 via Century Media Records.
LITA FORD’s long-awaited autobiography, ‘Lita Ford - Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir’, is now set to arrive in the spring of 2016 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
BLACK SABBATH will headline the 2016 edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival on Friday, June 17 in Dessel, Belgium. Tickets go on sale on October 15.
DEVIN TOWNSEND will release the ‘Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ DVD/Blu-Ray on November 13. The effort was recorded during a sold-out “larger-than-life” show at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall venue, bringing the story of Townsend’s latest studio album, ‘Ziltoid’, to life on stage as well as playing tracks from across his back catalogue.
RUSH will release the ‘R40 Live’ concert film on November 20. The performance of the song ‘Roll The Bones’ is available below. More details to be revealed soon.
Former PANTERA and current DOWN and SUPERJOINT frontman Philip Anselmo has launched a new project called SCOUR, also featuring contributions from John Jarvis (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, FULGORA), Derek Engemann (CATTLE DECAPITATION), Chase Fraser (ex-ANIMOSITY, DECREPIT BIRTH), and Jesse Schobel (STRONG INTENTION, CAST THE STONE). More information can be found at the band’s official Facebook page.
SCORPION CHILD will release a new single, ‘She Sings, I Kill’, on seven-inch vinyl and digital download on November 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. The single will contain the title track, as well as another new song, ‘(Enter The) Twilight Coven’, which will be a B-side that is exclusive to this single. The band's upcoming second album is tentatively scheduled for an early 2016 release.
MONSTER MAGNET will release a “completely rearranged and boosted” version of their 201 album, ‘Mastermind’, entitled ‘Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)’, album on October 9 via Napalm Records. The song ‘She Digs That Hole’ can be streamed at this location.
SATAN will release their new album, ‘Atom By Atom’, on October 16 via Listenable Records. The album is available for streaming in its entirety at this location.
DEF LEPPARD's new self-titled album will be released on October 30 via earMUSIC. The song ‘Let’s Go’ can be streamed at this location.
FOR I AM KING have just released a new video for 'This is A Warning' via Redfield Digital, a division of German Redfield Records. The video is streaming on Metal Hammer.
Female fronted metal band ANGELSEED announce a new album and a brand new record deal with Sliptrick Records. Guest features by Christopher Ammot (Armageddon & Arch Enemy), Mikkel Sandager Pedersen (One Machine, Mercenary), Zoran Misic (Finalist of Pop Idol Croatia) and
Stefan Isebring (world class Flute and NyckelHarpa player).
Swedish duo DEAD SOUL has launched a video for the new track, "The Fool", taken from their upcoming album, The Sheltering Sky. The Sheltering Sky will be released on October 23rd via Century Media Records.
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is going to appear on the forthcoming AVANTASIA album, Ghostlights, due for release on January 29th. Besides mastermind Tobias Sammet, vocalists who have been confirmed for the new chapter of the metal opera are Geoff Tate (Operation: Mindcrime, ex-Queensryche), Jorn Lande, Bob Catley (Magnum) and Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween). More singers will be announced soon. Tobias comments: "I've always been a fan of Twisted Sister and Dee Snider in particular. He is entertaining, flamboyant, energetic, loud, tongue in cheek, colorful and mean! When I was young, I remember that he was the kind of character that I wanted to be. A crossing between peacock, jackal and Bugs Bunny. I loved it! On Ghostlights Dee is gonna be a ghost, and what a ghost he is. Great performance. Dee, welcome to the Avantasia family!"
An authorized biography on MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) will be released in late-2016 via Backbeat Books. T
Author James Campion will release SHOUT IT OUT LOUD: THE STORY OF KISS'S DESTROYER AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN ICON on paperback, on October 13th via Backbeat Books.
MEGADETH are streaming their new digital single due out October 16th, "Fatal Illusion", below. The track is from the band's hardly-awaited upcoming fifteenth studio album, Dystopia, due out on January 16th via Universal Music Enterprises.
FATES WARNING have started work on their upcoming, 12th studio album, to be released worldwide next year via InsideOutMusic.
Original Black Sabbath drummer BILL WARD utilized a sophisticated formula to create the collection's visuals, using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. An extensive process from start to finish, Absence Of Corners took nearly a year to complete. Then, working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, the movements featured within the captured rhythms are then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcases a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward. Visit legacyoften.com to view.
On November 20th, PARADISE LOST will release Symphony Of The Lost in two different formats: 2CD & DVD, as well as limited edition 2LP + DVD (orange vinyl) with 16 page booklet and signed postcard. Featuring the Orchestra of State Opera Plovdiv and Rodna Pesen Choir, Symphony Of The Lost was recorded live at The Ancient Roman Theatre of Philippopolis in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Some of the world's finest guitarists offer a master class in the arduous art and subtle science of playing Jeff Beck songs on JEFFOLOGY: A GUITAR CHRONICLE, a collection of extraordinary cover versions of Beck's best-known songs, played with all the fevered intensity and dynamic skill these virtuosos could muster. The album will be reissued with all new artwork by Deadline Music this October 2nd. Guitarists include Jake E. Lee, Steve Lukather, George Lynch, Walter Trout, Mick Mars, Phil Collin, and more.
SAMMY HAGAR (ex-Van Halen) recently spoke with Ultimate Classic Rock and revealed there is new music from Chickenfoot in the works. Following is an excerpt from the story. Hagar: "What we decided to do with CHICKENFOOT is casually write a record the way we're doing now. Like, Joe (Satriani) and I get together and get the song and then Chad (Smith) put drums on one song already and Mikey (Anthony) put bass on it and we did the vocals. We've got one f**king finished song ('Before I Die') that to me, is the coolest song that we've maybe ever had. It's really bluesy and edgy and modern and it's f**king cool."
MICHAEL SCHENKER discusses his band Temple Of Rock, and their future plans. "We start our European tour the 22nd of October and we're filming in Madrid on the 19th a new DVD and that will be released in early 2016. By around March it'll be the end of our Spirit On A Mission World Tour, then we'll be getting down to business and recording our third Temple Of Rock album and the release is planned for early 2017”.
Halloween 2015 will bring KHDK's GHOUL SCREAMER GUITAR PEDAL. Conceived by guitar legend Kirk Hammett and designed by KHDK laboratories, the Ghoul Screamer is the perfect multipurpose guitar pedal, designed for the true guitar gearhead. The pedal will be available for purchase October 31st. Iconic guitarist and KHDK co-founder Kirk Hammett commented, "I'm excited as HELL!" KHDK co-founder and industry vet David Karon added "Kirk had a very specific vision for the Ghoul, to perfect a circuit loved by generations and create massive tones that redefine overdrive." The Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal possesses dramatic versatility with controls spanning from a clean boost all the way to a massive overdrive. In addition to the three standard controls (drive, tone and volume), five more switches have been added to the Ghoul Screamer to greatly expand the sound palette - bass switch, high switch, body switch, compression switches and foot switch. "With Kirk's diverse tones in mind, we knew he needed a Swiss Army knife of overdrives. Under his direction, we achieved and surpassed his vision with the Ghoul Screamer," noted Antonin Salva, KHDK's Chief Engineer.
The title song for the new DENNER / SHERMANN EP, Satan's Tomb, has been released and the album was released on October 2nd via Metal Blade Records. Guitar legends Michael Denner and Hank Shermann of Mercyful Fate have given an offering of supremely, classic heavy metal infused with an overload of their signature, dark magic shredding. According to the legendary guitar duo, getting Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Therion, Sabaton) on drums, Marc Grabowski (Demonica) on bass, and Sean Peck (Cage,Death Dealer) on vocals, onboard to form the band was a critical component to bringing these four tracks to life. Michael Denner added: "Creating these songs with this line up really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever! I'm sure the fans are going to love this thing." "This mix ended up really having an old school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume", says Shermann.
MOTORHEAD WHISKY is now released in collaboration with beverage partner Brands For Fans and award-winning Swedish distillery Mackmyra. 'The un-compromising attitude that characterizes the band's music is also obvious in Motorhead Whisky: bourbon-influences up front, it's an alert and vital - almost cocky - perfectly balanced whisky with nice caramel and typical vanilla notes from American oak. October 1 sees the release of Motorhead Whisky at Systembolaget in Sweden to start with, and the band have played an active role in both choosing casks and blends to put their name on the label.' Lemmy says: "Life is less painful with Motorhead Whisky. I may consider having a sip now and then."
Thirty-two years into its recording career, SLAYER is revelling in its best week on the charts across the globe with the 9/11 release of Repentless (Nuclear Blast). The album is this week's #2-best-selling album in the world according to the United World Chart, Media Traffic's amalgamation of official album sales charts from dozens of principal countries around the world. The album scored a Top 10 debut in 25 countries, Top 5 in 14 countries, and made career-highest debuts in the United States, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand.
BARONESS, who recently announced the release of their fourth album, Purple, on December 18th via Abraxan Hymns, launch their first US tour in support of the ten-song album with a round of intimate performances beginning November 27th at the Ace Of Cups in Columbus, Ohio. "We've been off tour for too long," said John Baizley. "It's time for Baroness to start playing shows in the US again. We're doing a short run through the eastern half of the States, in small clubs, getting our new songs stage ready for 2016. Who knows, maybe we'll even throw in a few songs from the very early EPs and albums. See you soon." In conjunction with the tour announcement, the band have unveiled the official music video for "Chlorine & Wine":
STORMBRINGER are gearing up for the release of their second album, Blood And Rust, on October 26th, and have just released their video for the first single, "Bad Blood". 'This album kicks out a monster slice of rock and metal, chunky riffs galore with a head shaking, foot stomping groove at its heart and a twinkle in the eye. If you've never heard Stormbringer before, you're in for a rock n roll treat, stick it on, turn it up and play LOUD!!' "Bad Blood" video:
10 more artists have just been confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL 2016: BLOODBATH, JAG PANZER, KATATONIA, KRISIUN, PARADISE LOST, SQUEALER, STRATOVARIUS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, VADER and VALLENFYRE. Each band will perform two concerts on board, once on the way to Jamaica, and once on the way back. The complete line-up can be seen atthe artist section of the website and will be completed with some big names soon.
BLACK SABBATH will perform at Norway's biggest metal festival Tons of Rock on June 23rd, 2016.
‘Kill The Flaw’, the eleventh studio album from SEVENDUST, is due on October 2 via 7Bros. Records with ADA/Warner Brothers distribution, the CD was produced by SEVENDUST and recorded at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey with engineer/mixer Mike Ferretti.
Joel Hoekstra will release ‘Dying To Live’, the new melodic hard rock studio album from his new side project JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13, on October 16 via Frontiers Srl. The current guitarist for Whitesnake, Hoekstra is best known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the show "Rock Of Ages". The video for the song ‘Scream’, taken from ‘Dying To Live’, can be seen here.
CLUTCH’s new album ‘Psychic Warfare’ is released on October 2 via CLUTCH's own label Weathermaker Music. The CD consists of 12 new tracks.
BORKNAGAR will release their tenth album, ‘Winter Thrice’, on January 22, 2016 via Century Media. The CD was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studio in Sweden by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Paradise Lost), who previously took care of mixing duties for BORKNAGAR's 2012 album, ‘Urd’.
Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY announce European »Prometheus Cinematic Tour” 2016!
15.01. F Annecy - Le Brise Glace
16.01. D Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
17.01. NL Tilburg - 013
18.01. D Bochum - Matrix
20.01. D Hamburg - Logo
21.01. D Berlin - Columbia Theater
22.01. CZ Prague - Nova Chmelnice
23.01. PL Wroclaw - Alibi
24.01. PL Warsaw - Proxima
26.01. SK Kosice - Collosseum
27.01. H Budapest - Club 202
29.01. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
30.01. A Vienna - Szene
31.01. D Augsburg - Spectrum
01.02. D Aschaffenburg - Colossaal
03.02. D Munich, Backstage
04.02. D Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
05.02. CH Lyss, Kufa
06.02. F Paris, Divan Du Monde
08.02. UK Glasgow, Audio Glasgow
09.02. UK London, 02 Academy Islington
10.02. B Vosselaar, Biebob
12.02. E Madrid, Caracol
13.02. E Barcelona, Salamandra 1
16.02. F Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
17.02. I Bologna, Estragon
18.02. I Rome, Orion
19.02. I Milan, Live Club
ELIZIUM will release their third album 'elysium' at the end of the year 2015 via STF Records. The recordings took place in a large stage area to make mixes sound lively and breathing. This video contains some footage of these recordings and a preview of a few tracks on the forthcoming album.
2. Dark Defined
5. Beneath Me
6. Tour Heaven My Hell
7. False Prophet
11. To Live
MASTER OF CRUELTY have entered 340 Studios to begin recording their second album, Archaic Visions of the Underworld, which Blood Harvest Records will release on vinyl next year (Deathrash Armageddon will handle the CD version while Warfukk Records will handle the tape version).
WOLFPACK44, spawned by Ricktor Ravensbruck (THE ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB, ACHERON) & Julian Xes (KULT OV AZAZEL) has recently published a new song from debut album "The Scourge" to be released on January 20th via Deadlight Entertainment. This song is entitled "Chamber of Nightmares" and features guest appearances by DARK FUNERAL guitarists Lord Ahriman & Chaq Mol. Listen to it on SOundcloud here.
ANTIMATTER will release their sixth studio album, "The Judas Table", on October 9th. On the same day, Mick Moss and his band will embark on their two-weeks "The Judas Tour":
09.10.2015 Belgium - Roeselare / De Verlichte Geest
10.10.2015 Germany - Essen / Panic Room
13.10.2015 Switzerland - Zürich / Ebrietas
14.10.2015 Germany - Frankfurt am Main / Das Bett
16.10.2015 Germany - Leipzig / Unter Rock/Geyserhaus
17.10.2015 Poland - Krakow / Rotunda. Centrum Kultury
18.10.2015 Poland - Warsaw / Progresja
19.10.2015 Poland - Gdansk / Protokultura
20.10.2015 Poland - Poznan / U Bazyla
21.10.2015 Germany - Berlin / Club K17
22.10.2015 Germany - Hamburg / Rock Café St. Pauli
23.10.2015 Netherlands - Den Bosch / W2
24.10.2015 Netherlands - Zoetermeer / Boerderij
07.11.2015 Ukraine - Kiev / Monteray Live Stage - Doom Over Kiev
MARTYR have finished recording a new album which will be released somewhere early 2016. In November a new video clip will be shot to promote the recording. Also the band will be featured on a Raven tribute album with the track “Don’t Need You Money”, also to be released early 2016.
If you want to catch the band in the act:
07-11 –15 Metal Eve Fest – t Hof – Herenthals – Belgie
21-11 -15 Metal For Angels Fest – De Rood- Ninove – Belgie
23-01 –16 Metal vs Rock Fest - Stadhalle – Lichtenfels – Germany
30-01 –16 De Pauw – Warnsveld – Nederland
21-05 –16 Rebelrock fest XXL – Rondpunt 26 – Genk
CARCASS have just announced the release of a special edition version of their latest album “Surgical Steel”. The "Complete Edition" includes the whole album »Surgical Steel”, which comes packaged with the entire »Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel” EP. The "Complete Edition" will be available on CD and digitally on October 30th, on vinyl November20th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-ordered the album the Nuclear Blast webshop.
02. Thrasher’s Abbatoir
03. Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
04. A Congealed Clot Of Blood
05. The Master Butcher's Apron
06. Noncompliance to ASTM F899-12 Standard
07. The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
08. Unfit For Human Consumption
09. 316L Grade Surgical Steel
10. Captive Bolt Pistol
11. Mount Of Execution
12. A Wraith In The Apparatus
13. Intensive Battery Brooding
15. Livestock Marketplace
16. 1985 (Reprise)