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February 22th, 2017

French Progressive Death Metal metallers FRACTAL UNIVERSE have uploaded a drum playthrough video for the song 'Parricidal Ghosts', taken from their upcoming debut full-length, 'Engram Of Decline'. 'Parricidal Ghosts' will be also released as the album's first single next month.

TROLLFEST will unleash their upcoming studio Album "Helluva" on February 24th, 2017 via NoiseArt Records. Today, the band have revealed the second track-by-track trailer of that upcoming record.Let the band give you further information on the idea behind these songs:

08. Reiten mit ein Fisch
09. Fräulein Helluva
10. Kabaret
11. La Grande Finale
12. What A Good Idea
Bonus-Songs (Digipak-Version)
13. Don Gnomo Vega
14. Sputnik

SÓLSTAFIR have revealed details of their forthcoming sixth album. The new masterpiece of the enigmatic Icelandic rockers is entitled 'Berdreyminn', which means a "dreamer of forthcoming events" and will be out in stores on May 26th. SÓLSTAFIR Facebook

SONATA ARCTICA kicked off the 2nd leg of their »The Ninth Hour« European tour with two great shows at Hirsch in Nuremberg, Germany and Masters Of Rock Café in Zlin, Czech Republic earlier this week. Support on this trek comes from Norwegian metallers TRIOSPHERE (February 20th - March 20th), also Finland-based heavy metallers THUNDERSTONE (March 22nd - April 9th) and Canadian heavy metallers STRIKER. See below for all dates!

»The Ninth Hour World Tour 2017«

22.02. A Vienna - Szene
23.02. D Munich - Backstage
24.02. I Modena - Vox Club
25.02. I Rome - Orion
27.02. CH Zurich - Dynamo
28.02. CH Solothurn - Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
01.03. CH Lausanne - Les Docks
03.03. F Marseille - Le Moulin
04.03. E Barcelona - Bikini
05.03. E Madrid - La Riviera
06.03. E Sevilla - Custom
07.03. P Lisbon - Lisboa Ao Vivo
09.03. E Pamplona - Totem
10.03. F Bordeaux - Barbey Theatre
11.03. F Toulouse - Le Metronum
12.03. F Lyon - Le Ninkaso Kao
14.03. F Besancon - La Rodia
15.03. F Nancy - L'Austre Canal
16.03. F Rennes - Antipode
17.03. UK Southampton - Engine Rooms
18.03. UK Bristol - Marble Factory
19.03. UK Cardiff - Tramshed
20.03. UK Nottingham - Rescue Rooms

22.03. UK Manchester - Club Academy
23.03. UK Sheffield - Corporation Room 1
24.03. UK Glasgow - The Classic Grand
25.03. UK Belfast - Limelight 2
26.03. IRL Dublin - The Academy
28.03. UK Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
29.03. F Lille - Le Splendid
30.03. D Herford - X
31.03. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
01.04. NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
02.04. NL Utrecht - Tivoli Pandora
04.04. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
05.04. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
06.04. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
07.04. S Malmo - KB
08.04. S Orebro - Frimis Salonger
09.04. S Gothenburg - Pustervik

Pelagic Records (The Ocean, Mono, pg.lost, Klone) recording artist Hyenas has premiered an amazing new video for the track Self-Adjusting, it comes beautifully short and hard, check it out below! Hyenas' new album Deadweights will be out on March 10, 2017.

Dutch alternative metal quintet Overhaul has released their brand new music video for ‘Blue Box’, the lead single for their debut album ‘Notes By An Unstable Muser’, to be released this spring. The video was shot by Roelof Tijdens in two nights between Christmas and New Year's Eve at the Muziekgieterij in Maastricht. The track is available on the band’s Youtube channel as well as on Spotify. The band states that “Having played there before, we really liked their large, empty attic and decided it would be a very great location to shoot a video. Our connections with the Muziekgieterij allowed us to leech on them—and their night’s rest, as we only worked during the night. As for the video, it’s mostly just a good old performance video capturing our energy and the atmosphere we try to create during our live shows.” ‘Blue Box’ is a song about endings and not being able to let someone go. This romantic lyrical theme combined with heavy, Meshuggah-like riffs make for a refreshing romantic sound that isn’t often heard in complex metal music. All in all, with ‘Blue Box’ Overhaul deliveres a strong and dramatic track that represents the melancholic feel of the album pretty well. Listen to ‘Blue Box’ here.

AZARATH premiere a brand new song from their highly anticipated album "In Extremis", set to be released on April 7th via Agonia Records. Available in a form of a lyric video, "At The Gates Of Understanding" is the first single to be released from the album. It arrives six long years after the band's last installment, "Blasphemers' Maledictions", from 2011. The lyric video was created by Tomasz Strzałkowski and can be watched here:

The ROCKHARZ Open Air has anounced three more bands for 2017. MOONSPELL will celebrate their 25th anniversary in Ballenstedt with a special „Irreligious" and „Wolfheart" set. Furthermore Swedish Power Metallers CIVIL WAR and Northern German Death Metallers DAWN OF DISEASE will attend the Harz Mountains. Here is the complete list of bands confirmed so far:


The ROCKHARZ Open Air 2017 will take place from July 5th to July 8th 2017 in Ballenstedt.

Tickets are available here.

The ninth edition of Netherlands' loudest festival Eindhoven Metal Meeting will take place on Friday 15 & Saturday 16th of December 2017, once again at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven.

During the past few days, the organization has been revealing the first confirmed bands. These can now be seen below.

MERCILESS (SE) - Last show ever!

More bands will be announced soon.

The last few Early Bird combi tickets are now available at the official festival website. The cheaper tickets for early deciders cost €70 (excluding service costs). These tickets are very limited & valid for both days. Be quick!

Info & tickets: Click here!

AMORPHIS recently played special shows (»An Evening With Friends« @ Juhlaviikot - Huvila) in Helsinki, where they have performed a very special setlist with guest musicians and friends. These shows will be part of the new tour edition which is scheduled to be released on February 24th via Nuclear Blast. The package includes the entire album »Under The Red Cloud« with two bonus songs as well as the live tracks in Helsinki.Today, the band unveils the first video to one of these live tracks. The video shows the song 'Her Alone' feat. Anneke van Giersbergen, which is the last song of the bonus CD. You can watch the clip, here:

TROLLFEST will unleash their upcoming studio Album "Helluva" on February 24th, 2017 via NoiseArt Records. Today, the band have revealed the lyric video of the second single "Fräulein Helluva"! The animated video is directed by Mr. Seidel - check it out:

MEGADETH was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, which is being held tonight (Sunday, February 12) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. MEGADETH was nominated for "Dystopia", the title track of its 2016 album.
As MEGADETH approached the stage to accept the award, the house band inexplicably played the song "Master Of Puppets" from MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's former band METALLICA.
In his acceptance speech, Mustaine said: "Fantastic! Only took twelve tries to get this. Last time we were here, we were talking to Kenny G, and he asked me how many times we were here, and he goes, 'Well, eleven isn't that bad.' And I said, 'How many times did it take you?' And he said, Twenty-one.' And I was, like, 'Oh, my god. If it takes twenty-one times… I don't know if I'll live that long.'"
Mustaine continued: "I wanna thank Jesus Christ, I wanna thank my wife, my children, all the band's wives and kids, I wanna thank our management, our label, our agent, our attorney, our crew, all of you, especially the metal community. I think it's a little weird that we ended up being category 69, but somebody's got a sense of humor."
The nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category were as follows:
BARONESS - "Shock Me"
GOJIRA - "Slivera"
KORN - "Rotting in Vain"
MEGADETH - "Dystopia"
PERIPHERY - "The Price Is Wrong"

THE CHARM THE FURY have released the first video trailer for »The Sick, Dumb & Happy«. Watch trailer #1 where vocalist Caroline Westendorp and drummer Mathijs Tieken discuss the bands formation, the band name and sound here:

February 10th, 2017

Radiathor is back! After a number of reunion concerts, Radiathor makes a smashing new start with a new line-up. Founder Walter Tjwa (who left Mandator in 1989 to start Radiathor) and singer/bass player Ralph de Boer (ex-Dead Head) are joined by Marco de Groot on drums. We know Marco from his drumming with bands like Altar, Houwitser, Thanatos and Bleeding Gods. Mathijs van de Sande will be playing the rhythm guitar.

February 10th, 2017

Poontang Boomerang", the new video from STEEL PANTHER, can be seen below. The song is taken from STEEL PANTHER's upcoming album, "Lower The Bar", which will be released on March 24 via Kobalt Music Recordings. "Lower The Bar" is STEEL PANTHER's fourth studio album and is the follow-up to their 2014 chart-topper "All You Can Eat", which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Current Comedy chart and #24 on their Top 200 Album chart.

GOD DETHRONED have announced 'The World Ablaze' as the title of their new album scheduled for release on May, 5th via Metal Blade Records. 'The World Ablaze' is the band's first album since 'Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross' from 2010 and marks the grand comeback for the Dutchmen! The album is the third (and final) part of the World War I trilogy. The band will do a number of release shows:
05/05/17 DE - Oberhausen - Helvete w/ Lifeless & Visionary 666
06/05/17 DE - München - Backstage w/ Revel In Flesh & Commander & Visionary 666
12/05/17 NL- Lelystad - Poppodium w/ Visionary 666 & Disquiet
13/05/17 NL - Groningen - Vera w/ Visionary 666 & The Heritance (not "The Heritage", like elsewhere mentioned)
In an exclusive message for Lords of Metal, main man Henri Sattler states:
""The World Ablaze" is the final part of the WWI trilogy, produced by the band and mixed by Dan Swanö. Musically it is a mix between the old, middle era and later albums by the band. With Mike Ferguson we have a highly skilled lead guitar player within our ranks again. Those of you who are into Maiden style leads combined with my King/ Hanneman leads should keep an eye out for the new album. Out on May 5.
Cheers, Henri, On behalf of God Dethroned

HATEBREED have announced the first European headline run in support of their most recent album album, »The Concrete Confessional«. See all dates below.
12.04. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
13.04. D Magdeburg - Factory
14.04. PL Warsaw - Progresja
15.04. D Berlin - Astra
16.04. NL Schijndel - Paaspop
17.04. CH Solothurn - Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
18.04. D Saarbrücken - Garage
19.04. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
20.04. D Munich - Backstage
21.04. I Bologna - Zona Roveri
22.04. A Innsbruck - Hafen
23.04. D Lindau - Vaudeville
25.04. F Besancon - La Rodiax
26.04. D Münster - Sputnikhalle
27.04. DK Aarhus - Train
28.04. N Oslo - Parkteatret
29.04. S TBA

The French Thrash Metal combo Heart Attack has revealed the second track from their upcoming album "The Resilience", which is set to be released on March 24th 2017 via Apathia Records. You can discover the lyric video for the track "Congrats To People" via this link:

February 9th, 2017

Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy (T.O.M.B.) recently released the album '[utl=]Fury Nocturnus[/url]'. Today the presen the video for the song 'Awake... DARKNESS'.

LIFE OF AGONY have a new record coming up on April 28th via Napalm Records. The album is dubbed ' A Place Where There's No More Pain'. The title track "A Place Where There's No More Pain" is now available vol your delectation. Check it out on the Napalm Records mediaplayer

On February 24th, SIX FEET UNDER returns with their 12th studio album, 'Torment'. To hear the new album track, 'The Separation of Flesh from Bone', check out here:

GORGUTS' celebrated Metalorgie Fest IV appearance at Le Ferrailleur in Nantes from 2016 is now being streamed in full via YouTube at the link below. This pro-shot show includes a complete performance of the Canadians' acclaimed latest EP 'Pleiades' Dust' among other highlights.

February 8th, 2017

Cort Guitars and British luthiers Manson Guitar Works announce a new collaboration for 2017, the Cort/Manson M-Jet. The new guitar is based upon the Manson MA EVO profile model but "aimed more towards the player where extreme playability, sounds and altered tunings are required". The all-black visuals include hardware, new design custom pickups and Manson’s durable satin finish to create the M-Jet configuration.

Legendary and resurrected blackened death metal band God Dethroned have resereved the following dates to present their new album.
May 5 Helvete Oberhausen (GER)
May 6 Backstage München Munchen (GER)
May 12 Poppodium Underground Lelystad (Ned)
May 13 Vera Groningen (NED)*
*Support from VISIONARY666 and The Heritance

THE OCEAN has started work on a new album, to follow-up their latest release, 2015's split EP with Japanese Mono, entitled 'Transcendental'. In anticipation of the upcoming full-length record, THE OCEAN has launched a new live video for the track 'Rhyacian', which is taken from 2007's 'Precambrian'. Filmed at the Brick by Brick in San Diego. The video can be viewed here:

Icelandic Atmospheric Black Metallers DYNFARI signed a new contract with code666 for the release of their fourth Album titled "The Four Doors of the Mind". "The Four Doors of the Mind" is scheduled for April 27th on code666 in the following formats: Digipack CD, LP in two different color edition, ltd.ed. Box and Digital.

February 7th, 2017

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi says he is not completely done with Black Sabbath yet. He told Planet Rock "I'm going to miss playing on stage because that has been my whole life, the band and playing on stage. I like [playing on stage] and I'm sure it's not going to end like that; I'm sure we might do a one-off show somewhere".

"It's just the touring for me — it's time to stop roaming the world and be at home for a bit... I'm still going to write and put stuff out."


VIRGIN STEELE release a lyric video for the song "The Ineffable Name" taken from the forthcoming re-release of "Visions Of Eden". You can see the lyric video below.

February 6th, 2017

INVIDIA, the band featuring Travis Johnson (In This Moment), Brian Jackson, Marcos Medina Rivera (both ex-Skinlab), Matt Snell's (ex-Five Finger Death Punch) and drummer Darren Badorine, released their first single and video for the song ´Feed The Fire`. You can watch the video here:

The release of BATTLE BEAST's new studio album is only two weeks away. That's why it's time for their fans to get another »Bringer Of Pain« lesson today! Click here and check out the third album trailer:

MEMORIAM are set to unleash their debut album, »For The Fallen«, on March 24th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Karl Willetts - ex-BOLT THROWER | vocals
Andy Whale - ex-BOLT THROWER | drums
Scott Fairfax - ex-LIFE DENIED, BENEDICTION (live) | guitarsToday, the band have revealed the third video trailer in which they are talking about the lyrics and inspirations of the album. Watch it here via YouTube:

NOIZGATE Records offers you a spot on their in-house label Sampler BRUTAL VISION!
Supported by Allschools Network, Deafness Radio,, Fraktur - Das Magazin, 7Klang, FFM-Rock, Black Mountain Heritage, My Revelations, Thousand Times Booking, Metal Only, Outspoken, and EMP, NOIZGATE Records wants to share with you the most brutal vision imaginable nowadays: BRUTAL VISION VOL. III is "dedicated to a peaceful togethernes". In addition to songs by well-established NOIZGATE artists and promising newcomers, they will save ten slots on our new double sampler's tracklist for bands, sharing our vision of peace and willing to make some noise for it. Bands interested in having their track released on BRUTAL VISION VOL. III can apply at from 02/01/2017-03/31/2017.

WHILE SHE SLEEPS have recently released the official lyric video for their new single 'You Are We'. The song is now available everywhere. Watch 'You Are We' here:

February 2nd, 2017

UK based heavy metal grandmasters VENOM INC have signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Although this is the band's debut, they are far from novices. Consisting of original Venom members Jeff Dunn (aka Mantas) and Tony Bray (aka Abaddon), the band that gave the world black metal and who have had both Metallica and Slayer as their support act, they are complemened with also former Venom singer Tony Dolan (who is also RIGHTFULLY known as "Demolition Man", and who also played with Mantas in M-PIRE of EVIL).
Venom Inc in its current form have formed halfway 2015, when M:Pire Of Evil was without a drummer and Abaddon came back in the picture to do some live shows to perform Venom classics. The name was chosen after a dispute with Venom's second vocalist Conrad Lant (aka Cronos), who now holds the name Venom, when he continued the band after Mantas' his most recent departure.

SUMO CYCO have released a video for their brand new track 'Move Mountains' featuring SKINDRED's Benji Webbe. The song is taken from the band's upcoming sophomore album 'Opus Mar', which is set for release on March 31

Metal All-Stars Planning To Record Relief Song For Steve Grimmett's Medical Costs. Jimmy Kay of Canada’s The Metal Voice streamed a live interview recently with Steve and Millie Grimmett to update fans on Steve’s ongoing medical condition. Venom Inc.’s Tony Dolan and former Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin joined the conversation. It is the second interview Kay has had in the past week’s since announcement of Steve Grimmett’s hospitalization in Ecuador. During the near hour-long interview, Kay was the first to announce a special fundraiser show in Grimmett’s hometown of Swindon (England). Planned for April 1, the event is being organized by Brian Keene at Riff’s Bar. Bands for the event will be announced shortly. Also announced was a special collaboration of metal artists that are coming together to record Grim Reaper material in effort to help raise additional funds for Steve’s rising medical and recovery costs. Spearheaded by Dolan, Turbin, Kay, and Sy Keeler (Onslaught), contributors currently include Gary Holt (Exodus), Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Doro Pesch, Lipps (Anvil), Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper), Neil Turbin (Deathriders), Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed the Hunger), Ross The Boss (Manowar), Sy Keeler (Onslaught), Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth (Overkill), Jimmy Mantas (Venom Inc.), Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper), John Gallagher (Raven), Mantas (Venom), and more to be announced soon. The recording will be produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Anvil). Fans have been making donations to a page set up nearly a week ago to assist in the singer's rising medical costs afer reports confirmed Grimmett's insurance company has refused to pay. Donations can be made AT THIS LOCATION. The full The Metal Voice video interview can be seen here:

»Gods Of Violence«, the brand new album by German thrash titans KREATOR has entered the official German album charts on position #1!
Commented singer, guitarist and main songwriter Mille Petrozza: "Wow! Number one in Germany, what a great day in the history of KREATOR. Words can not describe how we feel about this, so we just want to say thanks to all the fans, who have made this possible. See you on the »Gods Of Violence« tour!"
The band also released the fourth track by track video trailer here:

February 1st, 2017

Benighted are sad to part ways with Olivier Gabriel and welcome Fack.
BENIGHTED are at the same time devastated to announce the voluntary departure of co-founding member and friend Olivier Gabriel yet also officially welcoming CARNIVAL IN COAL guitarist Fack as their newest member to the band family. All three parties involved have given a statement. Vocalist Julien Truchan comments: "I now have to face the most difficult episode of our BENIGHTED adventure as my brother Olivier decided to leave the band. He took his decision with all the love and respect that he is known for. I thank him for his limitless friendship and all the good times that we shared in BENIGHTED for 19 years. Olivier is and will continue to be my best friend and brother forever!. Benighted smashed the staff of Lords of Metal with their latest release, 'Necrobreed'.

On April 7th, THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM will release of their self-titled debut album. Today, the Swedes unveil their second video blog, in which mastermind Leif Edling speaks about the upcoming single 'A Spoonful Of Darkness' that might sounds like a typically crushing doom classic at first, but was written in a more than untypical environment - next to a pool in Miami, which they insist on letting you know:

Avelion signed a deal with Revalve Records. Their new album is out on April 7th.

February 1st, 2017

THY ART IS MURDER, recently welcomed back vocalist C.J. McMahon back into the fold. The band welcomed him back as a surprise onstage at their recent Unify Festival performance in Australia. Check out footage of the band performing 'Holy War' at the event, here.

Metalblade is re-releasing THE CROWN classics on vinyl. THE CROWN released nine longplayers to date and it's the albums 'Hell Is Here' (1999) and 'Deathrace King' (2000) that turned events for the band. Before THE CROWN was a relentless underground act with a solid fanbase and a few gigs here and there. With their new partners Metal Blade and the release of 'Hell Is Here', THE CROWN became a worldwide touring band without losing a single bit of their driving force. THE CROWN remained raw and belligerent, shown best on 'Deathrace King'. Due to growing demand, both albums are re-issued now for the first time since their initial release. The vinyls are part of the Metal Blade Originals series that started in early 2016 with the re-issues of the SLAYER titles 'Show No Mercy', 'Hell Awaits', 'Haunting The Chapel' and 'Live Undead'! The re-issue is slated for a March 10th, 2017 release.

On March 10th, NOVA COLLECTIVE (featuring members of Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Trioscapes, Cynic) will release their debut album, 'The Further Side', via Metal Blade Records.

NITA STRAUSS Assembles Solo Band, Hopes To Release More Music This Spring
Brad Tolinski of Backstory events conducted an interview with Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper band), at this year's NAMM Show. Strauss recently released a brand new solo single titled "Pandemonium". Written, recorded and produced by Nita, the song features the axewoman on all guitar and bass, alongside her boyfriend and manager Josh Villalta on drums and Katt Scarlett on keyboards. Regarding her plans to release more solo music, Nita said: "We've got four months off with Alice, which is a rarity in our world. So I'm gonna take these next four months. I've put together my own band, [I'm] working on original music and hoping to have something out before I leave again in April." The official video for "Pandemonium", produced by Flarelight Films, LLC and directed by Brian Cox and Corey Soria, can be seen below.

January 31st, 2017

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, will unleash their upcoming studio album, »The Grinding Wheel«, on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band reveals their fifth trailer on YouTube. Bobby talks about his heavy metal charity organisation "Rock Against Dystrophy" (

As they prepare for the release of their second full-length album, "De Doden Hebben Het Goed II", Belgian black metal trio WIEGEDOOD have just revealed an extremely disturbing music video for the track "Ontzieling" via Cvlt Nation.

Female guitar shredder Tara Lynch to release new single "Trustless" feat. members of Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen, Whitesnake and Alice Cooper. Along with Tara on all lead/rhythm guitars, this album features an all-star lineup of high-profile guest musicians including Tony MacAlpine and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, KISS, Alice Cooper, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Idol) on keyboards, Björn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine, Quiet Riot, Soul Sign, Dio Disciples) and Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Last In Line) on bass, Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne) and Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) on drums and the virtuoso vocals of Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Dokken, Dio Disciples, Raiding the Rock Vault). The album will be released on Friday, February 10, 2017.

January 30th, 2017

KREATOR have released the official music video for the song 'Fallen Brother' from their just released long awaited album »Gods Of Violence«. The song features Swiss singer/songwriter Dagobert and pays respect to fallen music icons such as Lemmy, Peter Steele, Prince, David Bowie, Michael Trengert, Bon Scott among others. Watch the video here:

Musikmesse 2017: complete line-up at Drum Camp
Drum Camp (5 to 8 April 2017):
10.00 – 10.30 Alex Landenburg
11.00 – 11.30 Jost Nickel
12.00 – 12.30 Will Hunt
13.00 – 13.30 Chris Coleman
14.00 – 14.30 Michael Schack
15.00 – 15.30 Anika Nilles
16.00 – 16.30 Karl Brazil
17.00 – 17.30 Veronika Lukesova
Drum College (5 to 8 April 2017):
10.30 – 11.30 Anika Nilles
12.00 – 13.00 Mike Johnston
13.30 – 14.30 Jost Nickel
15.00 – 16.00 Mike Johnston

METAL ALLEGIANCE gathered last week at the City National Grove of Anaheim for a tribute to our fallen heroes. The night was filled with many special performances as well as an appearance and early birthday celebration for Ray Burton. Today, the band released an exclusive 360 video of the opening song of the night, 'Pledge Of Allegiance'. This night marked the first time in a year that the core four, David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick, Mark Menghi, and Mike Portnoy have played together. They shared the stage with Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD/SCORPIONS), Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH), Richie Faulkner (JUDAS PRIEST), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS) Eddie Hermida (SUICIDE SILENCE), Arejay Hale (HALESTORM), CARLA HARVEY (BUTCHER BABIES), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) , Phil Demmel(MACHINE HEAD), Gary Holt (SLAYER/EXODUS), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), and Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS). The night began with performances by Marty Friedman, Gus G, and MARTYRD. Head to the METAL ALLEGIANCE YouTube channel to check out the video:

Swedish Hillbilly-metal band FEARLESS released a video for the song "Blood Sweat & Shine".

January 27th, 2017

VENOM INC., the band consisting of founding Venom members Mantas and Abaddon, complemented by former Venom and current Atomkraft and M:Pire Of Evil singer/bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, is currently in the studio to record its first album. After having set ablaze the festivals and venues for the last small two years, where each time they heavily intereacted with the fans, the band is now ready to record new material. More info as it follows.

The new full-length by Nailed to Obscurity will be released on February 3rd via Apostasy Records. The second part of the track-by-track breakdown of "King Delusion" delivers a deeper insight into the last four songs off the album.

MISS MAY I have announced to support THY ART IS MURDER and BEING AS AN OCEAN on their European The Heaven And Hell Tour in April with CASEY. They will also be part of the Impericon Festivals 2017.
THY ART IS MURDER – co headline
BEING AS AN OCEAN – co headline
16.04.17 Netherlands Nijmegen @ Doornroosje
19.04.17 Germany Saarbrücken @ Garage
20.04.17 Italy Bologna @ Kindergarten Club
23.04.17 Germany Hamburg @ Markthalle
24.04.17 Germany Hannover @ Faust
25.04.17 Poland Poznań @ U Bazyla
26.04.17 Hungary Budapest @ Durer Kert
27.04.17 Germany Schweinfurt @ Stattbahnhof
14.04.17 Austria Vienna @ Impericon Festival
15.04.17 Germany Leipzig @ Impericon Festival
17.04.17 UK Manchester @ Impericon Festival
21.04.17 Switzerland Zürich @ Impericon Festival
22.04.17 Germany Oberhausen @ Impericon Festival
30.04.17 Germany München @ Impericon Festival (without CASEY)

January 26th, 2017

NE OBLIVISCARIS have announced to part way with bassist Brendan 'Cygnus' Brown and will be looking for a replacement. The band states: "After much deliberation we have decided to part ways with our bassist, Brendan 'Cygnus' Brown due to irreconcilable personal differences. We know this will come as a shock to our fans. Brendan has been a big part of this band for many years, and it's a decision that has not been taken lightly. We will still be moving forward with recording our new album in the first half of 2017 as planned, and are looking forward to getting back on the road to perform for you all later this year with a new bassist on board."

ALLEGAEON launches video for 'Of Mind and Matrix' online.
Since the release of their new album, 'Proponent for Sentience', this past September, ALLEGAEON has shared the stage with the likes of Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth and more at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, as well as joined label-mates Battlecross and Necromancing the Stone for the annual 'Winter Warriors Tour'. Today, the group is launching a new video for 'Of Mind and Matrix' - the fourth video from 'Proponent for Sentience'. Directed, edited, and animated by Nick Hipa (Wovenwar), 'Of Mind and Matrix' can be viewed below. Next month, ALLEGAEON will join label-mates Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, and Goatwhore for a special USA tour that celebrates Metal Blade Records' 35th anniversary. See below for all dates!
Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon tour dates
Celebrating Metal Blade Records' 35th anniversary
Feb. 22 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
Feb. 23 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 24 - The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
Feb. 25 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Feb. 26 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Feb. 28 - St. Andrew's Hall - Detroit, MI
Mar. 1 - Deluxe @ Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 2 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 3 - Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY
Mar. 4 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Mar. 5 - Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
Mar. 6 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
Mar. 8 - Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 9 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Mar. 10 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
Mar. 11 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
Mar. 14 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
Mar. 15 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
Mar. 16 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA

January 25th, 2017

After welcoming singer C.J. McMahon back in their ranks and releasing the brand new song 'No Absolution' (check it out below), Australia's THY ART IS MURDER announce their next European co-headlining run, dubbed "The Heaven And Hell Tour", this coming April.
THY ART IS MURDER – co headline
BEING AS AN OCEAN – co headline
16.04.17 Netherlands Nijmegen @ Doornroosje
19.04.17 Germany Saarbrücken @ Garage
20.04.17 Italy Bologna @ Kindergarten Club
23.04.17 Germany Hamburg @ Markthalle
24.04.17 Germany Hannover @ Faust
25.04.17 Poland Poznań @ U Bazyla
26.04.17 Hungary Budapest @ Durer Kert
27.04.17 Germany Schweinfurt @ Stattbahnhof
14.04.17 Austria Vienna @ Impericon Festival
15.04.17 Germany Leipzig @ Impericon Festival
17.04.17 UK Manchester @ Impericon Festival
21.04.17 Switzerland Zürich @ Impericon Festival
22.04.17 Germany Oberhausen @ Impericon Festival
30.04.17 Germany München @ Impericon Festival (without CASEY)

Watch DAVID ELLEFSON Performing the IRON MAIDEN Song 'The Number Of The Beast' Alongside NITA STRAUSS (mind you, ex The Iron Maidens), GLEN SOBEL, TONY MACALPINE and JILL JANUS. January 18th, MEGADETH bassist and EMP Label Group's President David Ellefson alongside Tony MacAlpine, Jill Janus (HUNTRESS), Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER) and Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER) performed a cover version of the IRON MAIDEN classic "The Number Of The Beast" at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles (California) during the 42nd weekly "Soundcheck Live".

TEXTURES released the first part of a diptych, »Phenotype«, last year through Nuclear Blast. The second record of the diptych, »Genotype«, is currently in progress. In April, the band will embark on another touring trek in support of their latest album. Support on select dates will come from EXTREMITIES, UK-based metallers EXIST IMMORTAL and melodic hardcore band ATHENA'S WORD. All dates can be found below.
»Within The Horizon Tour 2017«
05.04. F Savigny-Le-Temple - L'Empreinte
06.04. F Bordeaux - Iboat
07.04. F Les Pennes-Mirabeau - Jas Rod
08.04. I Brescia - Circolo Colony
09.04. I Rome - Jailbreak Liveclub
11.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
14.04. NL Lelystad - Underground*
15.04. NL Schijndel - Paaspop
21.04. NL Leeuwarden - Neushoorn**
22.04. NL Enschede - Atak**
23.04. NL Arnhem - Luxor**
28.04. NL Sittard - Volt**
29.04. NL Middelburg - De Spot**
More TEXTURES dates:
16. - 18.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
12.08. NL Leeuwarden - Into The Grave
18. - 20.08. NL Deest - Festival Zeeltje
29.09. - 01.10. D Cologne - Euroblast

The Belgian band Briqueville unveil little to nothing about their background. Yet, to serve its fans, now the band crafted a short film, entitled'Akte VI' to coincide with their second album 'Briqueville II'. Check it out on Vimeo here.

January 23rd, 2017

SAMAEL have signed a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records. The band is working on a new album, which will be released later in 2017.

OPETH have debuted a new video for their song 'Era' today. The video's track is featured on the band's critically praised, 12th studio album, »Sorceress«. The clip for 'Era' comes just ahead of the band's return to the U.S. for a headline spring tour with support from GOJIRA and DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, and in summer, the band will return to Europe for several festivals. Watch the video for 'Era' here:

OVERKILL will unleash their upcoming studio album, »The Grinding Wheel«, on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band reveals their fourth trailer on YouTube. Bobby talks about his relationship with Music.

January 21st, 2017

February 20th 2017 will see the release of the third album 'Into the Arms of Darkness' by Belgian eclectic doom metal quintet Marche Funèbre. After the release of their album 'Roots of Grief' in 2013 the band toured extensively, bringing the band in new territories. 2015 saw the release of the limited 7" EP 'Lost'. Last year the band camped in Markus 'Schwadorf' Stock's Klangschmiede Studio E to record album n°3. Hereby they present the first teaser with new material. Images are taken from the video shoot they did for 'Lullaby of Insanity', out due Friday 27th of January.

January 20th, 2017

KREATOR have released the official teaser for the upcoming music video for the song 'Totalitarian Terror'. Check it out here:

THE AGONIST released their latest album and Napalm Records debut Five this past September. The record, which was met with global critical acclaim featured THE AGONIST's own special take on the chart topping Hozier single "Take Me To Church". Today the band is pleased to present the video for the song. Watch it HERE.

BELPHEGOR are back in the studio to record their 11th still untitled album! The LP will act as the follow-up to the 2014 recording »Conjuring The Dead«. Expect a release date of mid September through Nuclear Blast Entertainment, followed by an intense touring cycle worldwide. Check out this exclusive clip of BELPHEGOR playing 'Totenkult - Exegesis Of Deterioration' recorded live inside their "rehearsal bunker".

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THE UNITY, the new band founded by drummer Michael Ehré and guitarist Henjo Richter (both Gamma Ray), will release their first digital single and lyric video for the song "Rise And Fall" today. A real taster for all aficionados of powerful hard rock and technically accomplished melodic metal. You can watch the video here:

January 19th, 2017

Orange Amps have taken the opportunity of Winter Namm to unveil a range of new products. Orange Amplification add to their guitar pedal range with the launch of their new Kongpressor. The new pedal draws on the world’s most iconic vintage optical studio compressors for its inspiration, adding a three dimensional quality to any rig. The Kongpressor is an analogue Class A compression pedal with "a very natural sound".
Orange Amplification’s latest combo amps, the Rocker 15 and 32, are small, light, and suitable for any guitar players’ pedal board. The Rocker 32 is Orange’s "most versatile amp yet: A portable, all-valve 2x10” stereo combo". At the heart of this amp is its valve driven stereo effects loop. "The amp can be used as a ‘normal’ mono amp or be configured for Wet/Dry, or even true stereo for huge sounding panning effects". At 30 Watts (15-a-side) the Rocker 32 has plenty of clean headroom, but also features a handy half power mode to suit smaller venues.

CHILDREN OF BODOM's debut album »Something Wild« was released 20 years ago. Finland's melodic death superstars will take to the road in 2017 to celebrate 20 years of life in the form of a mind blowing classic set-list. Check out the brand-new tour trailer below. For an entire month, CHILDREN OF BODOM will bring their reaper sound over to Europe, so make sure to catch the guys on one of these dates:
08.03. D Hanover - Capitol
09.03. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
10.03. LUX Luxembourg - Den Atelier
11.03. UK Manchester - Academy 2
12.03. UK London - o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
14.03. F Caen - Le Cargo
15.03. F Vannes - L'Echonova
16.03. F Angouleme - La Nef
17.03. F Magny Le Hongre - Disney Le File 7
18.03. F Oignie - Le Metaphone
20.03. CH Zurich - Komplex
21.03. D Munich - Theaterfabrik
22.03. I Milan - Live Club
23.03. HR Zagreb - Tvornica
25.03. A Vienna - Arena
26.03. D Dresden - Strasse E
27.03. D Berlin - Astra
30.03. S Gothenburg - Pustervik
01.04. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
02.04. S Malmo - KB
03.04. N Oslo - Rockefeller
04.04. S Stockholm - Debaser Strand
06.04. FIN Helsinki - The Circus NEW!
More COBHC dates:
29.06. - 01.07. FIN Seinäjoki - Provinssi
16. - 19.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
19.08. D Hamburg - Elb-Riot

ANTROPOMORPHIA reveals details for new album. The new album will be dubbed 'Sermon ov Wrath' and it will be released on February 24th and it will be released by Metal Blade Records. 'Sermon ov Wrath' will be released on vinyl as well as on Digi-CD and is available for pre-order!

Sentence Day", a brand new song from Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's self-titled, tenth studio album, which will be released on March 17 via Relapse.

January 18th, 2017

Into The LimeLight will release mega all-star charity project ANA - Metal for Charity.
This charity project has been founded by Marius Danielsen and Anniken Rasmussen. With an impressive all star lineup we will raise money for cancer research. After a long period of writing, recording by all artists and putting everything together the album will be ready in 2017 to be released. The full 100% of the incoming money will go to this project. The release date will be 5 May 2017.
The ANA All-Star lineup:
Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Kiske/Somerville)
Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween, Masterplan)
Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear)
Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares)
Matias Kupiainen (Stratovarius)
Rafael Bittencourt (Angra)
Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock)
Jake E (Amaranthe, Dreamland)
Rick Altzi (Masterplan)
Al Atkins (ex-Judas Priest)
Mark Sweeney (Wolfpakk, ex-Crystal Ball)
Ramy Ali (Freedom Call, Iron Mask)
David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Almanac)
Daniel Heiman (ex-Lost Horizon)
Tony Mills (ex-TNT, ex-Shy)
Mike LePond (Symphony X)
Thomas Winkler (Gloryhammer)
Frank Beck (Gamma Ray)
Christian Eriksson (Twilight Force)
Alessio Garavello (ex-Power Quest, A New Tomorrow)
PelleK (soloartist, ex-Damnation Angels)
Snowy Shaw (ex-King Diamond, ex-Therion)
Mats Levén (Candlemass)
Yama-B (ex-Galneryus, Gunbridge)
Bernt Fjellestad (Guardians of Time, Susperia)
Ida Haukland (Triosphere)
Martin Steene (Iron Fire)
Jo Amore (ex-Nightmare, Now or Never)
Patrik Johansson (Bloodbound, Shadowquest)
Carsten "Lizard" Schulz (ex-Domain, CLS Syndicate)
Sean Peck (Cage, Death Dealer)
John Jaycee Cuijpers (Praying Mantis)
Siegfried Samer (Dragony, Visions of Atlantis)
Magnus Winterwild (Axenstar)
Leo Figaro (Minstrelix)
David Ã…kesson (Qantice)
Henning Stranden (soloartist)
Tore André Helgemo (Stargazer)
William Ernstsen (Stargazer)
Anniken Rasmussen (Darkest Sins)
Marius Danielsen (Darkest Sins, Eunomia)
Peter Danielsen (Darkest Sins, Tindrum, Eunomia)
Mixed by Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69)
Artwork by Stan W Decker.
Holy Diver bonus all-star line-up:
Rick Altzi (Masterplan)
Neil Turbin (ex-Anthrax, DeathRiders)
Marius Danielsen (Darkest Sins, The Legend of Valley Doom)
David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Almanac)
Urban Breed (Serious Black, ex-Tad Morose)
Elias Holmlid (Dragonland)
Jake E (Dreamland, Amaranthe)
Anniken Rasmussen (Darkest Sins)
Ramy Ali (Freedom Call, Iron Mask)
Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69)
Jo Amore (ex-Nightmare, Now or Never)
Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer)
Marius Danielsen's Metal Opera - Lost In A Dream:
Vocals - Marius Danielsen (Darkest Sins)
Vocals - Elisa Martin (ex-Dark Moor, ex-Fairyland)
Rhythm Guitar - Marius Danielsen
Solo Guitar - Ross the Boss (ex-Manowar)
Solo Guitar - Olivier Lapauze (Heavenly)
Bass - Anniken Rasmussen (Darkest Sins)
Keyboard - Peter Danielsen (Darkest Sins)
Drums - Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire)
Monster by MARTYR - bonus track with special guests:
Nick Holleman (Vicious Rumors)
Gert Nijboer (Highway Chile/Deathriders)
Darkest Sins - Domineer:
Marius Danielsen – Vocals, guitar
Anniken Rasmussen – Vocals, bass
Sigurd Kårstad – Guitar
Peter Danielsen – Keyboard and orchestration
Ludvig Pedersen - Drums
Other tracks will be:
Marius Danielsen - Lost in a Dream
Al Atkins - A Void to Avoid (Part 1)
Carsten Lizard Schulz Syndicate - Brand New Fire
Gunbridge - Rebellion
Gloryhammer - Angus McFire.

Wylde Audio has made the Odin model available for left handed players. Pre orders for the guitar start on Thursday the 19th. A limited number will be manufactured in the factory of Schecter Guitars and after this run, they will not be in stock before 2018.

Nailed To Obscurity release their new album "King Delusion" on February 3rd via Apostasy Records. In a track-by-track breakdown the band explains the process, the characteristic and the thematic background of each song. Today, they unveil the first of two parts.

Anthrax will tour Europe for the band's first full European headline tour in more than a decade (all dates can be seen below!). On all of these dates and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release, ANTHRAX will perform live, start-to-finish, their classic 1987 album »Among The Living« alongside fan favourites from throughout the band's rich 35-year career. Check out the tour trailer below.
An Evening with ANTHRAX - »Among The Kings«
09.02. UK Birmingham - o2 Institute
10.02. UK London - o2 Forum Kentish Town
11.02. UK Bristol - o2 Academy
13.02. UK Nottingham - Rock City
14.02. UK Manchester - Academy
15.02. UK Glasgow - Barrowland
16.02. UK Newcastle - Northumbria University
17.02. UK Norwich - UEA
19.02. NL Utrecht - Ronda
20.02. B Antwerp - Trix
21.02. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
22.02. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
24.02. D Nuremberg - Löwensaal
25.02. D Munich - Backstage Werk
27.02. S Gothenburg - Pustervik
01.03. FIN Helsinki - Ice Hall Black Box
03.03. S Umeå - House Of Metal Festival @ Idunteatern
04.03. S Stockholm - Berns
06.03. DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
07.03. D Hamburg - Docks
08.03. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
09.03. D Berlin - Huxley's
10.03. PL Warsaw - Stodola
12.03. H Budapest - Barba Negra
13.03. A Vienna - Arena
14.03. I Milan - Live Club
15.03. CH Zurich - Komplex
16.03. F Paris - Elysee Montmartre

The Eternal have debuted a new track from their upcoming sixth studio album 'Waiting For The Endless Dawn'. 'The Wound', clocking in at over 12 minutes (The studio version clocks in at 20 minutes) was captured live at The Corner Hotel, 10th December 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. With the release of 'Waiting For The Endless Dawn' slated for later in the year, renowned Portuguese film marker Guilherme Henriques Silva has been enlisted to make a short film for 'The Wound' which is currently in production.

January 17th, 2017

IMMOLATION will release their new album »Atonement« on February 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released their third video trailer for »Atonement«, in which guitarist Robert Vigna discusses how he writes and prepares songs for the recording studio. Check out the clip, here:

Dying Breed" is the first single from the upcoming debut full-length from Dutch old school death metallers DAUTHUZ. For this song, the band reqruited Izegrim vocalist Marloes Voskuil on guest lead vocals.

January 13th, 2017

Five weeks are left until Finnish heavy metallers, BATTLE BEAST, will unleash their 4th studio album, »Bringer Of Pain«, through Nuclear Blast Records. After the release of the first single, 'King For A Day', and the first album trailer before Christmas, it's time for their first strike in 2017: Today, the band has launched another music video for 'Familiar Hell', the second single taken from »Bringer Of Pain«. Check out the clip, once again directed and produced by Markus Nieminen (Oy Routafilmi AB), over on YouTube:

January 12th, 2017

Norwegian Balkan metallers TROLLFEST are going to release their new Album "Helluva" on February 24th, 2017 via NoiseArt Records. And the seventh studio album promises to be a helluva album. The Trolls once more bring their mix of extreme metal and balkan influences to a new level with an added Brass section. Trollfest have revealed the first video trailer in which they are talking about the cover artwork.

OBITUARY return with their self-titled, 10th studio album. Obituary is due out March 17th, 2017 on CD/LP/Digital. Physical and digital pre-orders are available now via Relapse at

Michael Kelly Guitar introduces the 3D Grand Auditorium. While Michael Kelly’s design team takes great pride in all of their instruments, they’ve never stepped back and declared a model their “best acoustic guitar ever”—but that’s exactly what they said once the 3D Grand Auditorium (MK3DG) was completed. The name “3D” highlights Michael Kelly’s focus on creating an instrument that delivers a new level of sonic dimension, and it’s also a nod to the three features that set this acoustic-electric apart from competitors: the torrefaction on the solid spruce top, the addition of a slight arch in the back to help direct and project the instrument’s tone, and the side-positioned sound port. This top-of-the-line model has impressed the team that knows acoustic guitars inside and out, and it’s bound to make an impression on everyday players who desire high-end quality at a reasonable

SEPULTURA will release their upcoming studio album, »Machine Messiah«, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band already unveils their second track-by-track trailer! If you want to know everything about the last five songs of the new record, don't miss to watch this new video below.
»Machine Messiah« - Tracklisting:
01. Machine Messiah
02. I Am The Enemy
03. Phantom Self
04. Alethea
05. Iceberg Dances
06. Sworn Oath
07. Resistant Parasites
08. Silent Violence
09. Vandals Nest
10. Cyber God

AVERSIONS CROWN will unleash their third album, Xenocide on January 20th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band has released a music video for the track "Prismatic Abyss",

January 11th, 2017

Russian "rock goddess" Moscow is on a mission to take over the world of rock. With musical influences ranging from MÖTLEY CRÜE to ASKING ALEXANDRIA, Moscow strongly believes that it's time to reflect on the legacy of rock icons and integrate a post-hardcore twist to their sound. Quickly making a name for herself on the Sunset Strip with her go-getter attitude, she enlisted the help of Shawn McGhee of Las Vegas's The Hideout Recording Studio (HELLYEAH, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PAPA ROACH) and Brian Steele-Medina (GEMINI SYNDROME) to produce her first single, "Queen Of Sin" and later recruited Dale "Rage" Resteghini (TRIVIUM, HATEBREED, ESCAPE THE FATE) to film the video at the infamous Whisky A Go Go. When asked about the meaning behind "Queen Of Sin", Moscow said: "The 'Queen Of Sin' idea was originally was based on the philosophy of Nietzsche, which basically says that you are your own god and your own devil, you are in charge of your morals, to decide what's good and what's bad. Listen to your own Queen Of Sin, which we all have deep inside.” Moscow will debut her live performance on February 6 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California with special guests.

IN FLAMES is nominated for the Swedish Grammis. Their recent album »Battles« has now been nominated for the Swedish Grammis as 'Hard Rock/Metal Album of the Year', marking the group's 8th nomination to date. The awards will take place in Stockholm on February 28th. Other bands nominated in this category include DARK TRANQUILLITY and GHOST.

Six Feet Under reveals details for new album, 'Torment', launches first single, "Sacrificial Kill".
On February 24th, ~ Six feet under ~ returns with their 12th studio album, Torment. To hear the first single, "Sacrificial Kill", please visit: - where Torment can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
--Digipak (EU exclusive)
--180g black vinyl
--cannabis-green vinyl (limited to 420 copies - EU exclusive)
--clear/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)
--red/orange vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EMP exclusive)
--white vinyl (limited to 200 copies - USA exclusive)
*exclusive bundles with a shirt and hoodie, plus digital options are also available!

January 9th, 2017

MORBID ANGEL have recruited Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED) to play drums on their new album. The disc is currently being recorded at Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer — and former MORBID ANGEL guitarist — Erik Rutan for a mid-2017 release via UDR Music. MORBID ANGEL guitarist Trey Azagthoth wrote on Facebook: "We have all the drums recorded for the new record, and will soon start on the guitars, vocals and bass. It has been awesome working with Erik Rutan and Mana Studios. We have a really cool collection of new material. There are also lots of touring plans for this new year so we hope to see you all on the road!!!!"
Azagthoth announced in June 2015 that MORBID ANGEL had reunited with vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker and that they were working on material for the band's next record. For the originale message, check out Trey's Facebook Page

G.P. Putnam's Sons has set an April 25 release date for "There Is No F*cking Secret: Letters From a Badass Bitch", the new memoir from Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly Osbourne. In the book, the 32-year-old TV personality shares stories through a series of letters detailing everything from her mom Sharon's cancer to "The View" racism scandal. "The book isn't just a memoir," Kelly told The Wrap. "They're letters to the people, places, situations, circumstances, things I've been through, to make me who I am, so people stop asking me what my secret is, and hopefully with me going through what I went through in my life and sharing what I've learned can help other people. It's okay to be different."

January 7th, 2017

ELUVEITIE have presented new line-up and with the help of a countdown on their homepage they have presented little by little the new formation. On the 1st of January, they announced the last new band member - so the complete new line-up is set! This happened just right before the band's own festival, 'Eluveitie & Friends', will take place at Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland on the 6th/7th of January! At this festival, ELUVEITIE will perform with their new line-up for the first time/
The new ELUVEITIE is: Jonas Wolf (guitars), Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola), Nicole Ansperger (fiddle), Alain Ackermann (drums), Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran), Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, Mandola), Kay Brem (bass), Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy) and Rafael Salzmann (guitars).

IMMOLATION will release their new album »Atonement« on February 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released their second video trailer for »Atonement«, in which Ross Dolan discusses how he became the singer and bass player of the band. Check out the clip, here:

January 6th, 2017

LANCER brand-new album trailer launched. Only one week left until Swedish LANCER will release their label debut, »Mastery«, on January 13th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. At the same time, LANCER will join forces with HAMMERFALL and space metallers GLORYHAMMER to present this forthcoming record on European stages. As the very last step before entering the stages, the band publishes a brand-new trailer today. Don't miss to watch it here via YouTube:

Pagan black metal act Sauron are re-releasing The Baltic Fog on vinyl via Wheelwright Productions. Originally recorded and released in 1995 at ZSE Studio in Radom, Poland, the new LP version will be limited to 200 copies. The LP is scheduled for a 3 March 2017 release.
The Baltic Fog track list:
1. In the Glare of the Black Candles
2. Klasztor
3. Hellish Requiem
4. The Baltic Fog
5. In the Shadow of Svantevit
6. Grave
7. Necromansy
8. The Deepest Night of Arkona

January 5th, 2017

ALPHA OMEGA Management announce that ELLEFSON MUSIC PRODUCTIONS (aka EMP Label Group) and ALPHA OMEGA Management have merged forces for a two-way partnership!
ALPHA OMEGA Management enters EMP Label Group creating a new sub-label for upcoming artists, and, furthermore DAVID ELLEFSON (MEGADETH bassist and founder of EMP Label Group) and THOM HAZAERT (Artist Manager, Music and Film Producer, A&R Director, Operations Manager at EMP Label Group) enter ALPHA OMEGA Management, to form a global partnership for management and booking.
ALPHA OMEGA Management states:
“How to put in words the huge honor and joy to enter in this two-way partnership with Ellefson Music Productions and its two Gentlemen, David and Thom? Since our very first contacts and conversations we found out easily the mutual understanding about the way we want to collaborate for the future projects and how to bring them forward to the global music business! The common tone was right there, clear and harmonious for the both parties, following the new idea of the band managing which ALPHA OMEGA has as the leading principle since its founding. The team’s hard work has brought fruitful results in a short time, confirming the fact that the chosen road is right. With this collaboration with David and Thom, and with new projects which are already in the works, we’re looking forward to very interesting and busy times, in many areas, to give a new meaning and global target for so many great bands out there! So stay connected for next announcements, soon!”

VOLBEAT has just been confirmed for Wacken 2017. More details as they follow.

SEPULTURA will release their upcoming studio album, »Machine Messiah«, on January 13th through Nuclear Blast. Today, the band unveils their first track-by-track trailer, in which they talk about the first five songs. Watch it here via YouTube:

January 4th, 2017

OVERKILL have recently announced their upcoming eighteenth album, »The Grinding Wheel«, which will be released on February 10th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have revealed the first track-by-track trailer, which can be seen below. »The Grinding Wheel« was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS). The artwork was created again by Travis Smith (NEVERMORE, OPETH, SOILWORK, DEATH...). Tracklisting:
01. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
02. Goddamn Trouble
03. Our Finest Hour
04. Shine On
05. The Long Road
06. Let's All Go To Hades
07. Come Heavy
08. Red White And Blue
09. The Wheel
10. The Grinding Wheel

NIGHTWISH enters worldwide charts with live DVD. Symphonic metal stars NIGHTWISH recently released their highly anticipated new DVD/BluRay set called »Vehicle Of Spirit«, which immortalizes the »Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour 2015 - 2016« on film. It shows the trip through the discography and it witnesses two full shows from London and Tampere, as well as plenty of bonus material. In the first two weeks of its release, »Vehicle Of Spirit« already entered the charts worldwide and reached #1 three times! These are all chart results:
# 1 Finland
# 1 Germany
# 1 Sweden
# 2 Switzerland
# 3 Netherlands
# 5 Austria
# 9 Belgium
#10 Spain
#15 France

District 19 presents Vienna Metal Meeting & Stockholm Slaughter. The Vienna Metal Meeting will be launched as the little brother of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting, not coincidentally of the same father. Mayhem, Asphyx, Sodom, Flotsam & Jetsam, Izegrim (of course) and a couple of other very intersting names have already been announced. For more info, check out The Vienna Metal Meeting Facebook page.It'll take place in Vienna on April 8th 2017.
Stockholm Slaughter will see the light of day on April the 29th, 2017 and boasts acts like SOLSTAFIR, SHINING, PRIMORDIAL, DRACONIAN, NECROPHOBIC, MÃ…NEGARM, SCHIRENC PLAYS PUNGENT STENCH, URFAUST, ARCHGOAT, ENTRAILS, MORTUUS, PORTRAIT, HELLFIRE DEATHCULT and THE CURSE. For more infor, check out the Stockholm Slaughter Facebook page.

WINTERSUN announce new studio album for 2017. But, they will not give you the title just yet. In 2017, almost five years after the release of their album »Time I«, WINTERSUN will bring snow and storms all accross Europe again and announce the completion of the recording of their upcoming third studio album. Stay tuned for more details.

Dutch Psych Stoner Rockers DRIVE BY WIRE are now part of ARGONAUTA Records family. Already released 3 albums, playing numerous shows throughout Europe, touring with bands such as Mudhoney and Kyuss Lives), Drive By Wire shifted into highest gear last year through playing some bigger festivals, lots of headline shows and a special vinyl release. They didn't sit back and relax, but hit back hard in 2017 with the new single "Blood Red Moon", to be released on Jan 6th, 2017, recorded and produced by Guido Aalbers (QOTSA, Muse) and teasing here:

January 3rd, 2017

PAIN, led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, LINDEMANN), just revealed a new video clip for the titletrack "Coming Home", out of their current record. The clip includes filmed material from PAIN's latest word tour, directed by Zoran Bihac. "He was following us for a few gigs on the Europe tour, filming and kept some great pics, enjoy", adds Peter Tägtgren. Watch it here:

After the great audience reaction and sales achieved by The Fifth Fury (the band's fifth album) released in 2014 via Sliptrick Records, Gory Blister have begun to work on the new album, scheduled to be released by the end of 2017.

Hailing from Rome, Italy, From The Dust Returned are a progressive rock/metal band born in 2015. Their debut EP Homecoming contains a combination of elements such as heavy metal, hard rock, progressive and psychedelic music seeping through the six songs that hark back to 70’s sounds using dark atmospheres and acoustic melodies. The EP’s focus is on the opposite duality represented by two opposing kind of voices – acoustic guitars against distorted ones with a constant changes of atmospheres. Look out for Homecoming’s release in early 2017 on Sliptrick Records.

On Saturday, symphonic death metal masters, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, will kick off their first European headline run at Backstage, Munich (D)! The Italians will bring a brand-new show for this upcoming trek. Support will come from Dutch horror metallers CARACH ANGREN and also Italian-based symphonic death metallers in NIGHTLAND. This unique live experience shouldn't be missed - grab your tickets now! All dates can be found below!
Check out the tour trailer below.
»King« - European Tour 2017
07.01. D Munich - Backstage
08.01. A Graz - Explosiv
09.01. SLO Ljubljana - Orto Bar
10.01. H Budapest - Dürer Kert
11.01. A Vienna - Arena
12.01. CZ Prague - Futurum
13.01. D Cham - L.A.
14.01. CH Zurich - Dynamo
15.01. F Dunkerque - 4 Ecluses
16.01. NL Nijmegen - Doornroosje
17.01. NL Eindhoven - Dynamo
18.01. F Paris - Le Petit Bain
19.01. UK London - Underworld
20.01. B Vosselaar - Biebob
21.01. D Lindau - Vaudeville
22.01. F Annecy - Le Brise Glace
24.01. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
25.01. E Madrid - Arena
26.01. E Bilbao - Stage Live
27.01. F Nantes - Le Ferrailleur
28.01. F Metz - Haunting The Chapel
More tour dates:
01./02.04. UK Edinburgh - Heavy Scotland Festival NEW!
14./15.07. S Gävle - Gefle Metal Festival