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October 17th, 2018

Season of Mist announce the signing of VLTIMAS. The three-piece extreme metal formation, consisting of David Vincent (ex-MORBID ANGEL), Rune 'Blasphemer' Eriksen (ex-MAYHEM, AURA NOIR) and Flo Monier (CRYPTOPSY), have completed the work on their debut album. This death metal masterpiece is slated for release early 2019 via Season of Mist.
Rune Blasphemer Eriksen comments: "Feels like aeons ago since I last ventured into these musical shores, but alas, here we are. Its been an intense year and a half with lots of planning, hard work, personal sacrifice and yeah, traveling. I believe I speak for all 3 of us on this matter. Nevertheless, the beast has been summoned and recorded and I am overly confident about the outcome. Having had the opportunity to work with some of the finest of craftsmen in the genre, the level of experience speaks volumes. The mutual understanding, vision and drive, everything as if for a greater purpose. That's how the end result sounds like to me. A special thank you goes out to longtime partner in crime Michael Berberian and Season Of Mist for the immense belief in this entity, as well as my companion Jaime Gomez Arellano over at Orgone Studio (UK) for a job superbly done!" A first (sound) glimpse of this death metal energy can be found on the official Season of Mist YouTube channel at the link below.


GHOST reaches into the past for the new music video, "Dance Macabre". The press release goes: "Described by one writer as "the perfect love song for that special demon in your life," the new music video for Ghost's track "Dance Macabre," released today, is just that. Two party crashers talk their way into a surreal bash that one will never remember and one will never forget. The video was directed by Zev Deans (Ghost's "Square Hammer" video) and is erotic and romantic as only Ghost can do it". Check it out below. "Dance Macabre," already with 15-million Spotify streams, is the second music video and radio single from the Grammy-winning rock/pop band's most recent album Prequelle (6/1/18 (Loma Vista Recordings / Spinefarm).
Confirmed 2019 European dates:

3 - Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
5 - AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
6 - Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium
7 - Zenith, Paris, France
14 - Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
15 - Ruhrkongress, Bochum, Germany
17 - Swiss Life Hall, Hannover, Germany
18 - Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
20 - Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
21 - Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
23 - Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden

1 - Estadio do Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal, w/ Metallica
3 - Valdebebas, Madrid, Spain, w/ Metallica
5 - Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Barcelona, Spain, w/ Metallica
8 - Ippordromo SNAI San Siro, Milan, Italy, w/ Metallica
10 - Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland, w/ Metallica
12 - Stade de France, Paris, France, w/ Metallica

8 - Slane Castle, Dublin, Ireland, w/ Metallica
11 - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands, w/ Metallica
13 - Rhein Energiestadion, Cologne, Germany, w/ Metallica
16 - Konig Boudewijnstadion, Brussels, Belgium, w/ Metallica
18 - Ethiad Stadium, Manchester, UK, w/ Metallica
20 - Twickendam Stadium, London, UK, w/ Metallica

6 - Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany, w/ Metallica
18 - Raadi Airfield, Tartu, Estonia, w/ Metallica
21 - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, w/ Metallica

14 - Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Romania, w/ Metallica
16 - Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria, w/ Metallica
18 - Airport Letnany, Prague, Czech Republic, w/ Metallica
21 - PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland, w/ Metallica
23 - Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany, w/ Metallica
25 - Maimarktgelande, Mannheim, Germany, w/ Metallica


NOTHGARD have just posted two track-by-track videos where mainman Dom R. Crey explains the music and lyrics of each song, on top you can check out samples of all the tracks. Watch them below.
'Malady X' will be released October 26th and is available in the following formats:
- ltd. ed. metallic boxset (incl. ltd. Digi-CD, excl. bonus-DVD, hand-signed photo cards, miniature guitar, patch, numbered certificate, possible golden ticket to win studio gear of Dom R. Crey / ESP LTD EC 1000)
- ltd. ed. Digi-CD with 2 excl. bonus tracks
- 180 g black vinyl
- dead-gold marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)
- light-grey marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)
- red/black marbled vinyl (limited to 120 copies - EMP exclusive)
- clear/black marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies - US exclusive

NOTHGARD + Parasite Inc.
26/10/18 DE - Jena - F-Haus
27/10/18 DE - Markneukirchen - Warwick Music Hall
28/10/18 DE - Ingolstadt - Eventhalle Westpark *with Equilibrium
31/10/18 DE - Lindau - Vaudeville
01/11/18 AT - Vöcklabruck - Okh

Omnium Gatherum + Wolfheart + NOTHGARD
07.11.2018 Munich (Germany) - Backstage
08.11.2018 Hamburg (Germany) - Kaiserkeller
09.11.2018 Berlin (Germany) - Bi Nuu
10.11.2018 Stuttgart (Germany) - ClubCANN
11.11.2018 Prague (Czech Republic) - Nova Chmelnice
12.11.2018 Budapest (Hungary) - Dürer Kert 041
13.11.2018 Vienna (Austria) - Szene
15.11.2018 Essen (Germany) - Turock
16.11.2018 London (United Kingdom) - The Dome
17.11.2018 Rotterdam (Netherlands) - Baroeg
18.11.2018 Vosselaar (Belgium) - Biebop
19.11.2018 Paris (France) - Le Petit Bain
21.11.2018 Madrid (Spain) - Copérnico
22.11.2018 Barcelona (Spain) - Bóveda
23.11.2018 Lyon (France) - MJC O Totem
24.11.2018 Lucerne (Switzerland) - Schüür
25.11.2018 Trier (Germany) - Mergener Hof


Part I

Part II

GODSMACK have been forced to postpone their upcoming European tour following the unexpected death of the son of guitarist Tony Rombola. Please see the statement below from vocalist/guitarist Sully Erna on behalf of the band:
"With my deepest regrets, and on behalf of our guitarist Tony and his wife Sue, I am personally writing this message to all of our fans worldwide to inform you that Tony and his family have suffered a loss that no parent should ever have to endure.
Tony and Sue's son Joe Fay passed away last week, unexpectedly, at the young age of 34. He was one of the kindest and most humble guys I had ever met. And most importantly, he was a FAN. Just like all of you. He literally lived the success of Godsmack through his Dad. He was always so excited and proud just to be around all of us, and we will all miss him deeply.
As we await more information on how this happened, we humbly ask that you respect Tony and his family's privacy as they take time to process this and heal.
We appreciate all of your patience, prayers and support in this very trying time. And I promise you, we ARE coming back bigger and stronger in the beginning of 2019, and we WILL honor all of these tour dates in Europe and across this globe. So be ready!
The month of European dates were set to kick off October 29 in Stockholmand follow the group's cross-country summer U.S. tour. The band's final show was Saturday, October 13 at the Aftershock Festival in California. These dates will now take place in early 2019, details of which will be announced soon.
The band's European dates were as follows:

Mon 29: SWEDEN, Stockholm, Fryshuset
Tues 30: NORWAY, Oslo, Rockefeller

Thurs 1: DENMARK, Copenhagen, The Grey Hall
Fri 2: GERMANY, Hamburg, Docks
Sun 4: UK, Birmingham, Institute
Mon 5: UK, Manchester, Ritz
Wed 7:UK, London, Forum
Thurs 8: BELGIUM, Antwerp, Trix
Sat 10: NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Melkweg
Sun 11: GERMANY, Berlin, Huxleys
Mon 12: GERMANY, Cologne, Live Music Hall
Wed 14: SWITZERLAND, Zurich, Komplex
Fri 16: SPAIN, Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
Sun 18: ITALY, Milan, Magazzini Generalli
Mon 19: GERMANY, Munich, Tonhalle
Tues 20: AUSTRIA, Vienna, Arena
Thurs 22: POLAND, Warsaw, Progresja
Sat 24: HUNGARY, Budapest, Barba Negra Music Club
Mon 26: ROMANIA, Bucharest, Arenele Romane
Tue 27: BULGARIA, Sofia, Arena Armeec Sofia


ETERNAL VOYAGER have issued an update on the recording of their upcoming 2nd album titled "Darkened Times". The band anoounces a new line-up, consisting of a new drummer, bass palyer and singer. For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official website and Facebook page.


‘Blood ’s thicker than Love’, a new song by BLOOD OF THE SUN, is streaming in full at the official Listenable Bandcamp.
You can see the band here:
10.10. GER - Bonn, Harmonie, WDR Rockpalast Crossroads TV Show *
11.10. GER - Dortmund, Junkyard *
12.10. B - Antwerp, Trix, Desertfest
13.10. UK - London,The Dome *
14.10. GER - Münster, Rare Guitar, solo show
15.10. GER - tbc
16.10. GER - Berlin, SO36 **
17.10. GER - Osnabrück, Bastard Club, solo show
18.10. GER - Munich, Backstage*
19.10. NL - Leeuwarden, Neushoorn, Into the Void fest


WAR OF THRONES, featuring former members of Crimson Glory and Rob Rock, have released a new music video, "Savior", from their debut album. The album, Conflict In Creation, hit stores worldwide on March 9th, 2018 via Sonic Night Music Club. Watch it below.

Texas Metal Outlaws have released the official video for "Echoes of Memory," a track from the all-star project's self-titled debut album.The song features vocalist James Rivera (Helstar, Distant Thunder, Destiny's End, Seven Witches, Malice, Flotsam and Jetsam, Agent Steel, Shadowkeep); guitarist Robert Williams (Ignitor, Witches Mark); guitarist Stuart Laurence (Agony Column, Ignitor); guitarist (solo on the track) Larry Barragan (Helstar, Eternity Black, Santa Oscuridad), bassist Stony Grantham (Shadowkeep, Byfist); and drummer Cody Gilliland (Immortal Guardian). "Echoes of Memory" can be seen below.

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October 16th, 2018

"SHATTERED STAR" is the new music film by spanish Groove/Thrash Metal act Juggernaut. The single is extracted from the band's debut "Out of the Ashes", released through Art Gates Records worldwide. The music film has been directed by Alvaro Bros and starrs Javi Perera and Marlene Vanille as main actors.

Preorder "Out of the Ashes" on:

AGR Online

October 15th, 2018

Def-Con-One, featuring ex Venom drummer Antton Lant, released a new single called “Martyr to the new Blood”. Watch it below. It is the first single from the new, as of yet untitled album. It iss also the first single to feature the new lineup. In other news, Def-Con-One have also been added to next years HRH Metal festival in Birmingham.


RISING will release the band’s fourth album ‘Sword And Scythe’ on October 26th via Indisciplinarian. Now, RISING release a brand new single and video with ‘Hunger And Exile’, which can be seen below.
RISING Live 2018
27.10.18 - Copenhagen, Refshaleøen - release show (DK)
02.11.18 - Aalborg, Aalborg Metal Festival (DK)
13.11.18 - Hamburg, Fundbureau w/Earth Ship (DE)
14.11.18 - Osnabrück, Bastard Club w/Earth Ship (DE)
15.11.18 - Cologne, Sonic Ballroom w/Earth Ship (DE)
16.11.18 - Dresden, Loco w/Earth Ship (DE)
17.11.18 - Berlin, Cassiopeia w/Earth Ship a.o. (DE)
24.11.18 - Næstved, Kongebryg w/ Alkymist (DK)


Sadist have released a lyric video for the song 'Bloody Bates', the first single taken from the band's upcoming album 'Spellbound'. Watch it below. 'Spellbound' will be released on November 9th, 2018 on Scarlet Records. The first edition of the album will be available in a 6-panel digipack, vinyl limited to 500 copies and all digital formats.

METAL CHURCH recently announced the release of their 12th full length studio album »Damned If You Do« via Nuclear Blast Records for December 7, 2018 (Rat Pak Records/America & King Records/Japan). Hot on the heels of the aforementioned announcement, METAL CHURCH have released the first music video for the title track 'Damned If You Do.' The live performance video can be seen below.



AVANTASIA announces their new album »Moonglow« on February 1, 2019 through Nuclear Blast. This time around, Tobias Sammet worked not only with well-known faces such as Ronnie Atkins, Jørn Lande, Eric Martin, Geoff Tate, Michael Kiske or Bob Catley but also with new singers like Candice Night, Hansi Kürsch as well as Mille Petrozza who help to vitalize the new AVANTASIA record.

AVANTASIA - »Moonglow World Tour 2019«
30.03. D Kaufbeuren - All-Karthalle
31.03. I Milan - Alcatraz
02.04. CZ Prague - Forum Karlín
03.04. D Berlin - Huxleys Neue Welt
05.04. D Ludwigsburg - MHPArena
06.04. D Bamberg - Brose Arena
08.04. D Fulda - Esperantohalle
09.04. D Saarbrücken - Saarlandhalle
10.04. F Paris - Olympia
12.04. D Osnabrück - OsnabrückHalle
13.04. D Hamburg - Mehr! Theater
14.04. D Oberhausen - König-Pilsener-Arena
16.04. UK London - Forum Theatre
18.04. D Offenbach - Stadthalle
19.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
20.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
24.04. E Bilbao - Santana 27
26.04. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1
27.04. E Madrid - Palacio Vistalegre
02.05. S Stockholm - Arenan *NEW*
04.05. RUS Moscow - Glavclub Green Concert *NEW*
06.05. H Budapest - Barba Negra Track *NEW*


THE UNITY release their third single and lyric video for the song "You Got Me Wrong" today. The song is taken from the new studio album "Rise". You can watch the lyric video below.
18.10. DE-Bremen - Aladin
19.10. CZ-Prag - Palac Akropolis
20.10. CZ-Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe
21.10. HU-Budapest - Barba Negra Music Club
23.10. SK-Zvolen - Music Garden
24.10. AT-Vienna - Szene
26.10. DE-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
27.10. DE-Leipzig - Hellraiser
28.10. DE-Bochum - Zeche
30.10. DE-Langen (Frankfurt) - Neue Stadthalle
31.10. DE-Karlsruhe - Substage
02.11. DE-Emden - Live Music Center
03.11. DE-Weissenhäuser Strand - Metal Hammer Paradise
04.11. DE-Cologne - Essigfabrik


THEM will release their second single and video for the song "Circuitous" today. The song is taken from the new album "Manor Of The Se7en Gables". You can watch the lyric video below. "Manor Of The Se7en Gables" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on October 26th, 2018.

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RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR, have released the brand new single 'Nekketsu' from their impatiently awaited second album, »The Legacy Of Shi«. Earlier the band had announced that the digipack edition of the album will include 1 of 10.000 so called "Northcards", featuring one of the band's members. 10 of the cards will be different "Shi Northcards". Find it and you will be rewarded. Watch the official "Northcard" reveal video below.

Listen to The Legacy Of Shi

Catch the band live:
30.11.2018 UK South Yorkshire - Corporation
01.12.2018 UK London - Ulu
02.12.2018 UK NL Leiden - Gebr. de Nobel
04.12.2018 LUX Esch-sur-alzette - Kulturfabrik Asbl Cultural Centre
08.12.2018 F Colmar - Rock In Hell
10.12.2018 I Milano - Legend 54
12.12.2018 CH Langenthal - Old Capitol
13.12.2018 CH Genève - L'Usine
15.12.2018 F Limoges - Centre Culturel John Lennon
21. - 27.07.2019 SLO Tolmin - MetalDays


BREATHE ATLANTIS recently have signed a deal with Arising Empire. Now they are back with their own special take on SNOW PATROL's song 'Chasing Cars'. Watch the brand new video below.

The band also recently announced that they will be supporting IMMINENCE on tour together with OUR MIRAGE in December:
05.12. D Münster - Sputnik-Café
06.12. D Erfurt - Museumskeller
07.12. D Leipzig - Bandhaus
08.12. D Berlin - Musik & Frieden
09.12. CZ Prague - Nová Chmelnice
10.12. A Vienna - Chelsea
12.12. CH Zurich - Werk 21
13.12. D Munich - Backstage
14.12. D Frankfurt - Nachtleben
15.12. D Dortmund - FZW
16.12. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
17.12. F Paris - Backstage By the Mill
19.12. D Stuttgart - clubCANN
20.12. D Hanover - Lux
21.12. D Hamburg - Indra Club 64
22.12. D Kiel - Pumpe


CORNERS OF SANCTUARY has released a new music video for the second single "Hail, Hail," off their latest album "The Galloping Hordes," which is available on Killer Metal Records. Filmed entirely in Hannover, Germany, the video is now live for viewing below.


October 12th, 2018

In just over two weeks time CRYPTOPSY has put together a precursor of their new EP, 'The Book Of Suffering - Tome II'. They do so in the form of a lyric video for the brand new song, entitled 'Fear His Displeasure'. Pre-orders of THE BOOK OF SUFFERING - TOME II are available now via CRYPTOPSY's Bandcamp page


After returning from Iceland, The Ocean Collective returned to their hometown Berlin to continue their recording process for the upcoming 'Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic'. We get another peek behind-the-scenes video which premiered below

Pre order and listen


LORDS OF THE TRIDENT are premiering their latest self-produced music video "Tormentor". Watch it below.


The new BLOOD OF THE SUN is streamed by Listenable Records in its entirety. You can find the link below. The album is dubbed 'Blood's Thicker Than Love'.


BEYOND CREATION are now streaming their complete forthcoming album 'Algorythm' which is slated for release on October 12th, 2018. Check it out below.
BEYOND CREATION comment: "It is with immense excitement that we are finally able to present you the entirety of 'Algorythm'. In this album, you will find yourself traveling through a wide array of diverse sounds, textures and ambiances, meticulously balanced with our classic, signature production of fast-paced and energetic songwriting. 'Algorythm' is our representation of modern, cohesive progressive death metal with an extra touch of dynamic arrangements, vigorous rhythmic patterns integrated with tamed, refreshing atmospheres."
BEYOND CREATION have previously announced a European tour with GOROD, ENTHEOS and BROUGHT BY PAIN this November. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
02 Nov 18 Hamburg (DE) Headcrash
03 Nov 18 Hannover (DE) Faust
04 Nov 18 Berlin (DE) Musik & Frieden
05 Nov 18 Prague (CZ) Nova Chmelnice
06 Nov 18 Vienna (AT) Viper Room
07 Nov 18 Munich (DE) Feierwerk
08 Nov 18 Ljubljana (SL) Orto Bar
09 Nov 18 Retorbido (IT) Dagda Club
10 Nov 18 Venice (IT) Revolver
11 Nov 18 Kiff (CH) Aarau
12 Nov 18 Grenoble (FR) L'Amperage
13 Nov 18 Barcelona (ES) Upload Club
14 Nov 18 Madrid (ES) Caracol
15 Nov 18 Porto (PT) Hard Club
16 Nov 18 Donosti (ES) CC Larratxo
17 Nov 18 Angouleme (FR) La Nef
18 Nov 18 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
19 Nov 18 Manchester (UK) Satan's Hollow
20 Nov 18 Glasgow (UK) Audio
21 Nov 18 Dublin (IE) Voodoo Lounge
22 Nov 18 London (UK) Underworld
23 Nov 18 Birmingham (UK) Asylum2
24 Nov 18 Drachten (NL) Iduna
25 Nov 18 Oberhausen (DE) Kulttempel


THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA have released a short video webisode in which they talk about the formation and intention behind the band. Watch it below. Furthermore the band has started a competition in which they give away a signed ESP/LTD guitar. Surf to: the contest on Facebook. The band recently announced that they will be re-releasing their early albums; their debut, »Internal Affairs«, as well as its successor, »Skyline Whispers«. The records include modern classics like 'West Ruth Ave', 'Transatlantic Blues', 'Living For The Nighttime' and 'Stiletto' amongst many more. »Internal Affairs« and »Skyline Whispers« will be released on November 23, 2018 via Nuclear Blast.
- Sometimes The World Ain't Enough -
European Tour 2018 + Special Guests BLACK MIRRORS
01.11. SE Malmö KB*
02.11. DE Weissenhäuser Strand METAL HAMMER PARADISE*
03.11. SE Skövde Skövde in Rock*
08.11. SE Stockholm Kägelbanan*
09.11. SE Eskilstuna K100*
10.11. SE Göteborg Sticky Fingers*
11.11. NO Oslo John Dee*
15.11. FI Turku Gong*
16.11. FI Helsinki On The Rocks*
23.11. DE Cologne Luxor
24.11. DE Osnabrück Rosenhof
25.11. NL Zoetermeer Boerderij
26.11. NL Arnhem Willemeen
27.11. BE Vosselaar Biebob
28.11. FR Nantes Le Ferrailleur
30.11. UK London Underworld
01.12. FR Paris Petit Bain
02.12. FR Toulouse Le Rex
03.12. ES Madrid Caracol
04.12. ES Barcelona Bóveda
05.12. FR Lýon Warmaudio
06.12. IT Milano Legend Club
07.12. CH Meyrin (Genève) Undertown
08.12. CH Zurich Dynamo
09.12. DE Mannheim MS Connection
10.12. AT Salzburg Rockhouse
11.12. HU Budapest A38
12.12. AT Vienna Szene
13.12. AT Graz Dom im Berg
14.12. DE Munich Backstage
15.12. CZ Prague Nova Chmelnice
16.12. DE Nürnberg Hirsch
17.12. DE Saarbrücken Garage
18.12. DE Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
19.12. DE Berlin Bi Nuu
20.12. DE Jena F-Haus
21.12. DE Bremen Tivoli !!!NEW!!!
22.12. DE Bochum Matrix
* = without BLACK MIRRORS
Win ans ESP/LTD guitar


Ayreon will be releasing the 20th anniversary re-issue of 'Into The Electric Castle', remixed entirely by Arjen Lucassen, on various formats on 26th October 2018, via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. The 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set of 'Into The Electric Castle' will include a framed 3D-sculptured version of the cover, 4 CDs (20th Anniversary Remix + 20th Anniversary Remix Instrumentals), 1 DVD (5.1 Remix + Documentaries) and 3 LPs on exclusive gold marbled vinyl (original mix) + download card for the 20th Anniversary Remix plus a certificate of authenticity, signed by ArjenLucassen. The gold marble vinyl is only available in this box, and won't be available separately. The Box Set will only be available to pre-order between July 19 and August 6. There will be a 20th Anniversary Deluxe Earbook which contains a harddcover book with archive photos, lyrics and new liner notes, 4 CDs and 1 DVD. Also available is 'Into The Electric Castle' as 3LP 180 gram vinyl (original mix) + download card for the remixed and remastered recordings. All pre-orders will be signed by Arjen Lucassen. Check out 'The Garden Of Emotions' below. Arjen Lucassen announces 4 shows at the 013 venue in Tilburg in September 2019, on 13th, 14th & 15th September 2019 (2 shows on the 15th). Some line-up changes compared to last live editions will be announced shortly.

October 11th, 2018

For the highlight of a week full of music, Frankfurt will move all faders to full blast with new Musikmesse Plaza – an innovative event concept aimed at musicians and music lovers. It will be held in the eastern section of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre for the first time, on Saturday, 6 April 2019 – immediately after Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound (2 to 5 April 2019). Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds.

Musikmesse homepage
Musikmesse Plaza homepage
Musikmesse Festival homepage

Believe Digital has acquired a majority stake in 31-year-old rock and metal label, Nuclear Blast, for what MBW understands is an eight-figure sum. The wide-ranging deal sees Believe become a distribution partner and shareholder of Germany-born Nuclear Blast – one of the biggest existing label brands in rock music. Company founder Markus Staiger also remains a shareholder. Founded by Staiger in 1987, Nuclear Blast is home to some of the biggest bands in heavy metal. Its Dortmund-based competitor, Century Media – also a rock/metal specialist – was acquired by Sony Music UK in 2015 for £12m (approx $17m). To drive the new-look Nuclear Blast, Markus Staiger has appointed Yorck Eysel and Marcus Hammer, who have been running day-to-day operations at Nuclear Blast for several years, as Managing Directors.


MAYHEM are announcing the re-release of 'Grand Declaration of War (2000), which is completely remastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios (UK). The album is slated for release on December 7th, 2018. To get a taste of the new offering in comparison of the original 2000 version, check out the special made video at the link below. On further news, MAYHEM are releasing a unique box, containing not only both LP versions of 'Grand Declaration of War', but also the 12" LP's of 'Chimera' (2004) & 'Ordo ad Chao (2007)', the 10" EP of 'Wolf's Liar Abyss' (1997), and two 10" EP's containing never released bonus tracks all bound together in a very special leather box.


The Dutch death/thrash outfit SEITA, who are going to release their album "Maledictus Mundi" on October 26th via Massacre Records, have released their second digital single today. "Cowards To The Lions" is also accompanied by a lyric video - check it out below. "Maledictus Mundi" was mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacobs.

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JASON BECKER announces new studio album ‘TRIUMPHANT HEARTS’. The album will be out on December 7, 2018 on Music Theories Recordings. Jason Becker was one half of the legendary rock guitar duo Cacophony (with his great friend Marty Friedman). Becker was diagnosed with ALS 29 years ago, with a life expectancy of maybe five years, back then. Today Jason's busier and more prolific than ever, as evidenced by Triumphant Hearts. Many of the guitar parts are performed by a who's-who of 6-string gods including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, and many others. And, in what will absolutely delight his fans, Jason's amazing guitar playing—recorded in the '80s and '90s—graces several tunes. Triumphant Hearts will be released worldwide on CD, double vinyl and digital. The double vinyl includes a code for a complimentary MP3 download of the album.
Watch the official video for Valley Of Fire featuring guest performances by Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Gilbert, Neal Schon, Mattias IA Eklundh, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Jeff Loomis, Richie Kotzen, Gus G., Steve Hunter and Ben Woods below.

FIFTH ANGEL release their new digital single 'The Third Secret'. Also, they reveal a new trailer that contains various song excerpts from the upcoming album, including 'The Third Secret', 'We Will Rise', 'Dust To Dust' and 'This Is War'. Watch the trailer below.

Listen on Spotify
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DON BROCO announced their major EU tour for the next year. To celebrate the announcement and to thank all the fans that caught them up live this summer, the band released a music video for 'The Blues', coming off their top 5 album »Technology«. Watch the video for 'The Blues' now here:

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17.01 ESP Madrid - Sala Stage
18.01. ESP Barcelona - La Nau
19.01. IT Milan - Legend Club
21.01. AUS Vienna - Flex
22.01. PL Warsaw - Proxima
24.01. D Berlin - Bi Nuu
25.01. D Frankfurt - Zoom
26.01. FR Paris - La Maroquinerie
27.01 D Cologne - Club Volta
29.01. NL Utrecht - Tivolivredenburg
01.02. UK Manchester - Victoria Warehouse
02.02. UK Manchester - Victoria Warehouse
03.02. UK Plymouth - Pavilions
05.02. UK Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena
07.02. UK Edinburgh - Usher Hall
08.02. UK Nottingham - Motorpoint Arena
09.02. UK London - Wembley Arena


Listen to the second single from ARSIS. The track "Hell Sworn" arrives in anticiption of the band's upcoming studio album "Visitant", out on November 2nd via Agonia Records (Europe / Rest Of The World) and Nuclear Blast Records (North / South / Central America). The song is available in the form of a lyric video below.

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ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are among the confirmed bands for MEGADETH's first-ever Megacruise. The Norwegian Jewel will set sail on October 13, 2019 from Los Angeles, California and hit ports of San Diego, California and Ensenada, Mexico before returning on October 18, 2019.
Confirmed bands so far:


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BURNING WITCHES will release their second record titled »Hexenhammer«, via Nuclear Blast Records on November 9. They release another musical taster in the form of the music video for 'Hexenhammer', which can be watched below.


October 10th, 2018

British heavy metallers MONUMENT have released a new video for the track "Wheels Of Steel". The video can be seen below. The track is taken from their latest album "Hellhound" released earlier this year on ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records.


MONUMENTS dropped their newest album "Phronesis".



On November 2nd, 2018, US dark melodic metal band WITHERFALL will release "A Prelude to Sorrow" on Century Media. Now, the band reveals another glimpse at this record, in the video below.



This Friday the new album "Convalescence" by Swiss metalcore outfit PROMETHEE drops. Ahead of the release they released a video for 'Demons'by Igor Omodei. "Convalescence" was recorded at Silver Cord Studio in Brooklyn, New York with engineer Johann Meyer (Grammy nominated for his work on Gojira's "Magma") and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Kreator) at Fascination Street Studio.


Under releases a new video. The video for “Traitors Gate” can be found below. Their new album, Stop Being Naïve, is set for release via APF Records on October 30th.

Hammerheart Records and Dead Head announce the re-issues of all past recordings of the Dutch Thrash Metal band. This includes the painful process of going through "The Feast Begins At Dawn" and the way it sounded, "Dream Deceiver" on vinyl, taking each album and release ("The Festering" demo!) for digital, CD, LP and MC. There will be a new album, a follow-up to the insane "Swine Plague".


Hammerheart Records will release the debut EP from the new Dutch old school Death Metal outfit Defy The Curse as 12" LP and MC. The release date is set for december this year.


Kraanium's new video, 'Forced Rectal Exhumation' can be seen below. The track is taken from the new Kraanium album, Slamchosis, available now through Comatose Music.


October 9th, 2018

KING'S X recently signed a global deal with Golden Robot Records which will see their forthcoming new album released worldwide in 2019 via Golden Robot Records' partners in the U.S., Europe and Japan.


BENIGHTED are now premiering their entire forthcoming EP 'Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master', which is slated for release on October 12th, 2018. The are streaming the entire EP via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel at the link below.
Vocalist Julien Truchan comments: "Here we go! Our anniversary EP 'Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master' is right here for you, guys! 20 years of Benighted. We are happy to share with you these 3 new tracks, our version of the At The Gates cover 'Slaughter of the Soul' and 6 live tracks from our anniversary show in Lyon with great guest vocalists. We hope you will enjoy it. Support us and order yours now!"

Catch the band and their illnesses live
+ Aborted + Cryptopsy +Cytotoxin
01 Nov 18 Leeuwarden (NL) Neushoorn
02 Nov 18 Mulhouse (FR) Noumatrouff
03 Nov 18 Sint Niklaas (BE) Casino
04 Nov 18 Saint-Brieuc (FR) La Citrouille
05 Nov 18 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
07 Nov 18 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailieur
08 Nov 18 Biarritz (FR) Atabal
09 Nov 18 Madrid (ES) Caracol
10 Nov 18 Barcelona (ES) Boveda
11 Nov 18 Lyon (FR) CCO
12 Nov 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
13 Nov 18 Ljubljana (SL) Orto Bar
14 Nov 18 Fribourg (CH) Fri-Son
15 Nov 18 Wien (AT) Arena
16 Nov 18 München (DE) Feierwerk
17 Nov 18 Uherske Hradiste (CZ) Klub Mir
18 Nov 18 Praha (CZ) Futurum
19 Nov 18 Poznan (PL) Klub Y Bazyla
20 Nov 18 Berlin (DE) Cassiopeia
21 Nov 18 København (DK) Pumpehuset
22 Nov 18 Hamburg (DE) Bambi Galore
23 Nov 18 Essen (DE) Turock
24 Nov 18 Weinheim (DE) Café Central
25 Nov 18 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo


GONE IN APRIL, the symphonic melodic death metallers based in Canada and the USA – featuring TESTAMENT's Bassist Steve Di Giorgio – have released a "Musicians Only Version" video for "Our Future Line", which was originally released in March 2018. The song is taken from the band's second album "Threads Of Existence". Watch the "Musicians Only Version" video for "Our Future Line" here:


DEMONBREED will release a mini album entitled "Hunting Heretics" on 14th December 2018 via Testimony Records. The follow-up to the debut full-length "Where Gods Come To Die" (2016) features five new tunes and was recorded and produced by guitarist Fernando Thielmann who also plays drums on this new release. The title track is streaming below.


After recently releasing the first three parts of their historical documentary series, in which they talk about the band's origins, the German progressive power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN released the fourth episode. Watch the new episode below.


Symphonic death metal quartet Genus Ordinis Dei have revealed a brand-new music video for their latest single, Hail and Kill. The song, which was originally written and recorded by the legendary power-metal band Manowar is out now via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music and more. This is the latest music video and single from the band since releasing their full-length album Great Olden Dynasty in November of 2017.
Upcoming live dates
Oct 12 - Seregno, Italy @ HT Factory (Drink 'em All Festival)
Nov 3 - Vercelli, Italy @ Officine Sonore
Nov 8 - Caserta, Italy @ People Meet Center
Nov 10 - Alatri, Italy @ Satyricon Live w/ Gigantomachina
Nov 10 - Mesagne, Italy @ Salento Funpark w/ Ghost of Mary
Dec 08 - Lodi, Italy @ KM298

REDWOLVES have signed a worldwide deal with Italy's powerhouse label Argonauta Records.


Rigor Sardonicous are set to release new EP "Ridenti Mortuus", in remembrance of the cessation of WWI, on November 11th, 2018. The first track from it is now revealed on Bandcamp.


THE TEMPTER, featuring Alex Wank from Pungent Stench, premiere the song "Manifestation". The previously unreleased ’Turpis Rex‘ album will be out on November 16, 2018.

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Season of Mist announce the signing of progressive psychedelic metallers BASK. Listen to the band's latest album 'Ramble Beyond' via their official Bandcamp page


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Papa Roach released two new songs from their forthcoming 10th studio album. The songs "Renegade Music" and "Who Do You Trust?" plus the official music video for the first single "Who Do You Trust?" are available now through all digital platforms. Watch that video below.


October 5th, 2018

INFESTUS will be streaming its entire new album 'Thrypsis' today! Check it out below or through Bandcamp.

Scumbag Millionaire released the third single from their upcoming album Speed, which will come out October 12 on Suburban Records. You can pre order the album at this location.

“We are looking forward to finally release our debut album! It feels great to work with Suburban Records again who also released our 7" singles Dead End and Gotta Move'. During the recordings of the singles we found our very own sound much because of our producer and friend Micke Nilsson (The Kendolls, Brutus, Horisont, Soulshake Express, C.AARMÉ) who has now also recorded and mixed our album.” – Max Ljungberg, Scumbag Millionaire


Singer Curtis Don Vito from solid 80s inspired riffage of Mötley Crüe, California rockers Snew just put out a video in which he discusses his ten favorite guitar players. Check it out below!


»Defrosted« released in 1997 - was GOTTHARD‘s very first live album. 21 years after the first edition, the circle is completed as GOTTHARD return to SONY Switzerland and Nuclear Blast with »Defrosted 2«, an ultimate unplugged-compilation of GOTTHARD‘s greatest hits, recorded on the "Defrosted Tour" in March. Watch the video for "Bye Bye Caroline" (feat. Francis Rossi) below.

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METAL CHURCH will release their 12th full length studio album »Damned If You Do« via Nuclear Blast Records on December 7, 2018 (Rat Pak Records/America & King Records/Japan). The latest release is the follow-up to their highly successful 2016 album »XI«, which saw the return of legendary frontman Mike Howe. »Damned If You Do« is a cross between the band's iconic »Blessing In Disguise« and »The Human Factor«.


Today, FARMER BOYS release the new single and video clip for the song 'Tears Of Joy' from their new album »Born Again«, which will be released on November, 2nd. Watch the video to the new single 'Tears Of Joy' below

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Catch the band at one of the following live shows on their »Born Again Tour« throughout Germany this year!

26.11. D Cologne - Luxor
27.11. D Hamburg - Headcrash
28.11. D Hanover - Lux
30.11. D Schweinfurt - Stattbahnhof
01.12. D Frankfurt - Das Bett
05.12. D Munich - Backstage
06.12. D Magdeburg - Factory
07.12. D Berlin - Columbia Theater
13.12. D Freiburg - Jazzhaus
14.12. D Augsburg - Kantine
15.12. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn


SOILWORK have released a teaser video for a brand new song from their long awaited upcoming 11th studio album. The as of yet untitled album is the band's first in more than three years and also marks the first to feature Bastian Thusgaard on drums, who replaced Dirk Verbeuren in 2016. Check out the teaser below
SOILWORK will embark on an extensive European co-headlining run with label mates AMORPHIS and NAILED TO OBSCURITY as well as JINJER from January 11 through to February 16.
11.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 2
12.01. NL Nijmegen - Doornroosje
13.01. D Hamburg - Markthalle
14.01. DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
15.01. S Stockholm - Fryshuset
16.01. N Oslo - Rockefeller Music Hall
18.01. D Hanover - Capitol
19.01. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
20.01. PL Krakow - Klub Kwadrat
22.01. RO Bucharest - Arenele Romane
23.01. BG Sofia - Universiada Hall
25.01. H Budapest - Barba Negra Music Club
26.01. A Vienna - Ottakringer Brauerei
27.01. CZ Zlín - Masters of Rock Café
28.01. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
29.01. D Berlin - Kesselhaus
30.01. D Munich - Backstage (Werk)
01.02. D Geiselwind - MusicHall
02.02. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
03.02. B Antwerp - Trix Muziekcentrum
04.02. UK London - Electric Ballroom
06.02. F Paris - Cabaret Sauvage
07.02. F Toulouse - Le Bikini
08.02. E Madrid - Mon
09.02. E Barcelona - Salamandra
10.02. F Lyon - Le Transbordeur
12.02. I Trezzo sull'Adda (MI) - Live Music Club
13.02. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
14.02. D Saarbrücken - Garage
15.02. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
16.02. CH Pratteln - Z7


ASHES OF ARES returns with the follow-up to their self-titled debut album. The new album is dubbed "Well of Souls". Today the duo releases the song "Soul Searcher". You can watch the lyric video for the track below. "Well Of Souls" is due to release on 9th November on ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records.


With 'Grenzgaenger' and the appendant 'Pavor Nocturnus', AGRYPNIE are releasing their most challenging project so far. With almost two and a half hours of music and involving guests like J.J. from Harakiri For The Sky, Eviga from Dornenreich or Marcel from Nocte Obducta are testifying the enormous dimensions of this opus. Both albums will be available as box edition containing high quality vinyl, a hardcover media book and a lot of extras. Mastermind Torsten is now uncovering the first excerpts from „Grenzgaenger". A seven minutes lasting trailer containing teasers for eight songs. Watch it below. The album will be relased October 12th 2018 via Supreme Chaos Records.

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AGRYPNIE will tour throughout Europe with Totalselfhatred, Arroganz and Asphagor in October:
11.10. Weiher (DE), Live Music Hall
12.10. Magdeburg (DE), Factory
13.10. Oberhausen (DE), Helvete
14.10. Berlin (DE), Nuke Club
15.10. Dresden (DE), Loco Club
16.10. Erfurt (DE), Club From Hell
17.10. Wien (AT), Viper Room Vienna
18.10. Innsbruck (AT), p.m.k
19.10. Stuttgart (DE), Club Zentral
20.10. Olten (CH), Schützi


Ex-Tygers Of Pan Tang members Fred Purser and Jon Deverill get together in new project called Purser / Deverill , sign to Mighty Music and release their debut album, «Square One», in December the 14th in CD, vinyl and digital. Find a snippet of the album in the clip below. «Square One» was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Fred Purser and will be released on the 14th of December 2018 on Mighty Music on black LP, CD and digital.

Swedish Black Metallers HYPERION will take time out of the studio, where they are busy recording the follow up to their debut album "Seraphical Euphony", in order to join BATUSHKA as main support on two dates on the Polish Black Metal legends upcoming tour.Fan-filmed footage of HYPERION performing the track "Blood of the Ancients" live in Berlin can be seen below.
As well as the two shows with BATUSHKA, HYPERION will also appear in Sweden in what will be their final shows of 2018, so that they can concentrate fully on the new album, which will be released on Black Lion Records once completed. Upcoming shows as follows:
19 Oct: Klubs Melnā Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia (with Batushka)
20 Oct: Rockclub Tapper Tallinn, Estonia (with Batushka)
30 Nov: Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
01 Dec: Copperfields, Stockholm, Sweden


VOLA's news stop-motion music video for 'Alien Shivers' can be seen below. It is drawn from their new effort 'Applause Of A Distant Crowd'. It will be out 12 October 2018 on Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group.
special guest: VOLA
+ supports: KADINJA and ATLAS
05.10. - COLOGNE (DE) Euroblast Festival **
06.10. - AARAU (CH) Kiff **
07.10. - KARLSRUHE (DE) Substage
08.10. - MUNICH (DE) Backstage
09.10. - NEUNKIRCHEN (DE) Reithalle
10.10. - DRESDEN (DE) Club Puschkin
12.10. - VICENZA (IT) CS Bocciodromo
13.10. - MILAN (IT) Circolo Svolta
14.10. - FLORENCE (IT) Cycle Club
15.10. - VIENNA (AT) Arena
17.10. - ZAGREB (HR) Mocvara
19.10. - SOFIA (BG) Universiada Hall East
20.10. - BUCHAREST (RO) Quantic Club
21.10. - CLUJ NAPOCA (RO) Form Space
22.10. - BUDAPEST (HU) Robot
23.10. - WARSAW (PL) Poglos
24.10. - BERLIN (DE) Bi Nuu
25.10. - HAMBURG (DE) Kaiserkeller
26.10. - SOBORG (DK) Richter Gladsaxe
28.10. - ROESELARE (BE) De Verlichte Geest
29.10. - NIJMEGEN (NL) Doomroosje
30.10. - PARIS (FR) Backstage By The Mill
31.10. - NANTES (FR) Scene Michelet
01.11. - HAARLEM (NL) Patronaat
02.11. - WORTHING (UK) Bar 42 (SOLD OUT)
03.11. - LEEDS (UK) Damnation Fest +
04.11. - CARDIFF (UK) The Globe
05.11. - GLASGOW (UK) G2
06.11. - BELFAST (UK) Foundry
07.11. - DUBLIN (IE) Voodoo Lounge
08.11. - MANCHESTER (UK) Fac251
09.11. - LONDON (UK) The Dome
10.11. - SHEFFIELD (UK) Corporation
11.11. - BRISTOL (UK) MacMillan Fest +
* Monuments only
+ Monuments/Vola only
** without Atlas


Swedish heavy metal band Liv Sin, featuring ex. Sister Sin singer Liv Jagrell, has entered the studio to record the follow up to their 2017 debut album "Follow Me". For the upcoming second album the Swedish quintet has chosen to record with producer Emil Nödtveidt of Deathstars in studio Black Syndicate.


Belgian Heavy Metal band THORIUM