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April 21th, 2017

There's only one week left until DIMMU BORGIR unleash their highly-anticipated double-DVD/BluRay »Forces Of The Northern Night«. To increase the anticipation, they're now unveiling the live video of their monumental song 'Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse' from the live ritual in Oslo together with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Schola Cantorum Choir. See symphonic black metal reach an entirely new level with this clip.

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At this moment PARADISE LOST are putting the final touches to their upcoming album, recorded at Orgone Studios in the misty countryside of Woburn, England. Together with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, they have forged the follow-up to their highly acclaimed release »The Plague Within« (2015), which brought them a step closer to their death metal roots. This time, PARADISE LOST will haunt their fans with a heavy, doom-ridden monster, as lead guitarist and songwriter Greg Mackintosh reveals:

"The new album will be slower, sludgier and more doom filled than ever before. Eight riff laden monster tracks of sheer Northern misery."

This 15th studio album will see the light of day at the end of summer via Nuclear Blast and is entitled »Medusa«. As some might know, Medusa is considered a hideous Gorgon in Greek mythology - a winged female monster with living venomous snakes in place of hair and everyone who dares taking a look at her will immediately turn to stone!

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April 20th, 2017

PRIMAL CREATION is very proud to announce the release of its debut album May the 20th! It's titled "DEMOCKRACY" and will feature nine tracks of modern thrash metal. The album was recorded with Francis Snebbout at Oakwood Recordings & Productions and the music mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, NY. The visual artwork was created by Fabio Listrani.

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18/5: Kinky Star, Gent (BE)
10/6: Releaseparty, JH De Route, Eeklo (BE)

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SOILWORK officially announce the inclusion of their now permanent drummer, 25-year-old Bastian Thusgaard. Thusgaard has been playing the kit for the band for the past 10 months, but will make his official debut as a permanent member of the band at their upcoming summer festival performances. Bastian Thusgaard originally joined SOILWORK as their touring drummer after former full-time drummer Dirk Verbeuren's (now in Megadeth) departure. Thusgaard began his journey as Verbeuren's understudy, eventually taking over touring duties for the band full-time in the summer of 2016. Watch a video of Thusgaard deftly performing 'The Chainheart Machine' with SOILWORK via a Sick Drummer Magazine video below.

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Spanish '70s Hard & heavy rock band THE WIZARDS premiere the new video "Calliope (Cosmic Revelations)". You can watch it below. The track hails from the band's second album "Full Moon in Scorpio", set for international release on May 16th via Fighter Records.



WHILE SHE SLEEPS have released another new music video for their song 'Feel'. Watch the video below. The song comes off the upcoming album, »You Are We«, which will be released via Arising Empire on the 21st of April 2017 and which can be pre-ordered at this location.

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Ayreon reveals new video for 'star of sirrah' ahead of the release of the new album 'the Source', out on April 28th via Mascot Label Group/Music Theories Recordings.
Arjen Lucassen says "Here's the second lyric video from 'The Source'! It's one of my favorite tracks on the album, the huge epic 'Star of Sirrah'. It features James LaBrie, Russell Allen, Hansi Kürsch, Tobias Sammet, Nils K Rue, Tommy Rogers, Michael Eriksen, Floor Jansen and an amazing guitar solo by Paul Gilbert."



ONEGODLESS announce the release of their debut album 'Mourner' on June 9th 2017. The CD is coming with earplugs, as the album is best to enjoy on volume at 11 (their statement). The album is produced by Robin Zielhorst & Tymon Kruidenier (Cynic, Exivious, Skeletor, Codex). Mixed and mastered by Tymon Kruidenier and the artwork is made by GutsArt in cooperation with Zielhorst. ONEGODLESS is founded by Dutch bass player Robin Zielhorst. Zielhorst is known for his (fretless) bass playing in bands like Cynic, Exivious, Our Oceans, Textures, various studio projects and solo performances, and joins forces with Pieter Verpaalen (Textures), Yordi Lopez (Red Eyes, 3D Monster) and Yuma van Eekelen (Pestilence, Exivious).
The pre-order is available through onegodlessofficial.com.

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AIRBOURNE confirm that guitarist and their longtime staunch mate Matt 'Harri' Harrison has now joined their ranks; this comes in the wake of longstanding band member David Roads' decision to depart the world of rock 'n' roll for (quite literally) green pastures... David has been a part of the ever-growing Airbourne story across four studio albums and extensive global touring, helping to establish the band (formed by brothers Joel & Ryan O'Keeffe in Warrnambool, Regional Victoria Australia 2003, and completed by bassist Justin Street) as one of the hard rock domain's most potent live outfits – a true force of nature with latest album, 'Breakin' Outta Hell', released by Spinefarm Records in September 2016, achieving their highest ever week-one chart positions worldwide...
The following headline dates are also confirmed for October / November, with more to follow...
OCTOBER
10 – Olympia, Paris, France
13 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
25 – Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany
27 – Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
29 – Barba Negra Music Club, Budapest, Hungary
31 – Werk 2, Leipzig, Germany
NOVEMBER
2 – Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
4 – Rathaussaal, Telf/Innsbruck, Austria
6 – Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
7 – Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
8 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany

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April 19th, 2017

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT Announce Fall 2017 European Tour. Just weeks after announcing a 26-date summer tour of North America, QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT have revealed further live plans for 2017, which will now see the band return to Europe later this year for a series of 24 dates, including 12 arena concerts in the U.K. and Ireland. The tour will showcase a spectacular new stage production and a set list that the band hints will provide some surprises.
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT European tour dates 2017:
Nov. 01 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena
Nov. 02 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
Nov. 04 - Budapest, Hungary - Sportarena
Nov. 06 - Lodz, Poland - Atlas Arena
Nov. 08 - Vienna, Austria - Stadhalle
Nov. 10 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena
Nov. 12 - Luxembourg, Amneville - Galaxie
Nov. 13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
Nov. 17 - Kaunas, Lithuania - Zalgiris Arena
Nov. 25 - Dublin, Ireland - 3 Arena
Nov. 26 - Belfast, Ireland - SSE Arena
Nov. 28 - Liverpool, UK - Echo Arena
Nov. 30 - Birmingham, UK - Barclaycard Arena
Dec. 01 - Newcastle, UK - Metro Radio Arena
Dec. 03 - Glasgow, UK - The SSE Hydro
Dec. 05 - Nottingham, UK - Motorpoint Arena
Dec. 06 - Leeds, UK - First Direct Arena
Dec. 08 - Sheffield, UK - Motorpoint Arena
Dec. 09 - Manchester, UK - Arena
Dec. 12 - London, UK - 02 Arena
Dec. 15 - London, UK - The SSE Arena, Wembley



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Algerian Death Metallers Lelahell announce both a European tour and a new session drummer. Check out the dates below.
Lelahell Euro Tour 2017:
10.05.2017 L'espace B Paris, FR
11.05.2017 l'Appart Café Reim, FR
12.05.2017 Midland, Lille, FR
13.05.2017 Incineration fest, London, Uk
14.05.2017 The Duke, Neath, Wales, Uk
15.05.2017 Titans Club, Lens, BE
16.05.2017 CAB03, Leyden ,NL
17.05.2017 Ballonfabrik, Augsburg, DE
18.05.2017 4Rooms, Leipzig, DE
19.05.2017 Fatal Club, Prague, CZ
20.05.2017 Q club, Graz, AU
21.05.2017 Circolo Svolta, Milan, IT
22.05.2017 L'elastic Bar, Strasbourg, FR
23.05.2017 Thunderbird, Saint Etienne, FR
24.05.2017 Molotov, Marseille, FR
Lelahell announce new session drummer Mac Dzierzon known from the German technical death metal band "Centaurus-a" and recently joined the ranks of the teutonic thrash titans Dew-Scented.

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Napalm Records premiere its fourth DVD compilation of artists from their roster. "The Realm of Napalm Records, Vol. IV" DVD will be released as a 6-page digipack including a bonus audio CD of the most recent Napalm Records releases. The set includes special material from doom patrons AHAB, WALLS OF JERICHO, WARBRINGER and TOXPACK. The video clips from Napalm Records including a bonus audio CD will be released worldwide (excl. USA/CAN) via Napalm Records on May 26th. 26 videos and 16 singles in total. "You've got Myles Kennedy's ALTER BRIDGE, power metal chart breakers HAMMERFALL and POWERWOLF, heavy Californian groove from DEVILDRIVER, fresh and funky progressive tunes from JINJER, the reggae rock power pack SKINDRED, heavy metal titans CIVIL WAR, symphonic sweetness of XANDRIA and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS and to top it all off KAMELOT's feature "Liar Liar" with ARCH ENEMY's Alissa White-Gluz", says the Napalm statement.

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MINDMAZE just released a lyric video for "One More Moment", the second single from their new album "Resolve". The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

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JOTNAR have released the brand new video clip for the song "Suicidal Angel". The song is featured on the upcoming album "Connected/Condemned", which will be released on April 21st via Massacre Records.

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April 18th, 2017

The revamped version of Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW recently entered the studio to record band's first new music in more than two decades. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore stepped away from his Renaissance-inspired brand of music with BLACKMORE'S NIGHT last year to perform a handful of shows with a brand-new lineup of the band he had formed after quitting DEEP PURPLE. Although Ritchie initially said that he had no plans to make a new RAINBOW album — explaining in early 2016 that he wanted to "just get back to playing the old songs one more time" — he appears to have changed his mind. He told Japan's Burrn! magazine for its May 2017 issue that the current incarnation of RAINBOW — which includes singer Ronnie Romero, originally from Chile but now settled in Madrid, Spain — is in the process of recording two tracks. "I wrote one new song, and also recorded one of the old ones," he said, according to The Highway Star. "Ronnie, who is in Madrid now, added his vocals and sent it back. Rather than make an album, we may release as singles."

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PYRAMAZE just released an epic music video for the track "A World Divided" from their highly anticipated new album "Contingent". The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

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ACCEPT just finished an extensive European tour - and they are immediately back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled »The Rise Of Chaos«, will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The band's 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors - »Blood Of The Nations«, »Stalingrad«, and »Blind Rage« - with grandeur and precision. And if this wasn't enough, ACCEPT will celebrate the album's live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts. More info as it comes in.

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HAMMERHEART RECORDS announce the co-operation with PESTILENCE. Pestilence will enter the studio in June 2017. This will be to record a completely new album called "Hadeon". A release of the new record is scheduled to happen within 2017. Hammerheart has also come to an agreement on the back catalogue... but plans are still in the works to get all details finalized, concerning these essential recordings ("Malleus Maleficarum", "Consuming Impulse", "Testimony of the Ancients" and "Spheres"). Pestilence will be active live in 2017 and 2018 and the band around mainman Patrick "Alphamale" Mameli is planning to perform some full classic albums too.

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Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted will debut his first major international exhibition of his contemporary art, titled "Rawk", at the third edition of Art New York at Pier 94, opening Wednesday, May 3, and continuing through Sunday, May 7, to kick off New York Art Week. This year, Art New York will display the finest work of the modern, post-war and pop eras, and feature paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design and sculpture from masters, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning and Ed Ruscha.

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With the addition of Soen, the last headlining spot for ProgPower Europe has been filled! in February 2017 Soen released their album, Lykaia.
Line-up almost complete
Bands that have been booked, sofar: •TESSERACT(UK)
•VOYAGER(AUS)
•SOEN(SWE)
•SLEEPMAKESWAVES(AUS)
•TOEHIDER(AUS)
•PYRAMAZE(DK)
•ATROX(NOR)
•HEMINA(AUS)
•KAUAN(UKR)
•BLINDEAD(AUS)
•BRUTAI(UK)
•ORGANIZED CHAOS(SRB)
•+ 2 more bands to be announced

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A new trailer for "Addicted To Porn: Chasing The Cardboard Butterfly", the documentary which takes a sobering look at the impact pornography addiction is having on the individual and on cultures around the world, can be seen below. Narrated by METALLICA's James Hetfield, "Addicted To Porn: Chasing The Cardboard Butterfly" is the fifth feature-length film, and fourth documentary, from writer-director Justin Hunt, who previously interviewed Hetfield for his award-winning documentary "Absent", exploring the worldwide crisis of absent and disengaged fathers and the negative impact that the "father wound" makes on society.



April 14th, 2017

Musikmesse 2017 visitors numbers announced. Around 100,000 visitors from 144 countries visited the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre for Musikmesse 2017. Over 20,000 music fans visited the Musikmesse Festival afterwards, headlined by Oleta Adams and which also featured the Steve Stevens band.
The next Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound will be held from 11 to 14 April and from 10 to 13 April 2018 respectively.

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MALLVES MALEFICARCM are set to unleash their debut album "Homo Homini Lupus" on April 21, 2017 through NoiseArt Records. The band just released the first track-by-track Trailer of this upcoming record. Check it out below.
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"BLACK LADEN CROWN", 50 minutes of new DANZIG music, will be released on May 26th. Following on his historic reunion with the classic Misfits lineup attended by record numbers at last year’s Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago as well as the recent confirmation of a headlining set at this year's Blackest Of The Black festival… Glenn Danzig has now confirmed the title and release date of first DANZIG album of all new material since 2010’s "DETH RED SABAOTH". The details of "BLACK LADEN CROWN" follow on the announcement of DANZIG’s Blackest of the Black Festival: Two days of non-stop music and mayhem taking place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA on May 26th and 27th.

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Dutch black metallers DYSTOPIA will unleash their second full-length album, 'Chaos Philosophorum', on April 21st. The band has now unveiled the second track entitled 'Black Death'. The song is streaming exclusively through Terrorizer and can be heard via the link on Terrorizer.com

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The French power metal outfit GALDERIA has signed with Massacre Records. GALDERIA - consisting of vocalist/guitarist Seb, lead guitarist Tom, bassist Bob, drummer J.C and Julien on keyboard - have already released numerous demos, an EP and an album since their formation in autumn 2006.

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WEDNESDAY 13 releases his new studio album »Condolences« on June 2nd 2017 through Nuclear Blast. In this new trailer below, he talks about his eternal love for the monsters, bad guys and horror villains.

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April 14th, 2017

On May 5th Dutch melodic extreme metallers God Dethroned will release their new album 'The World Ablaze' worldwide via Metal Blade Records. The album is the last in the trilogy about the First World War. Below you can check out a video for the brand new 2nd single and title track 'The World Ablaze'. Comments Henri Sattler: "This song is a mix between epic melodies and fast but catchy riffs and a song where (guitarist, LoM) Mike Ferguson shows off his skills as a lead guitar player. The lyrics deal with the war then, but can also be projected on the current situation in the world."

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SUFFOCATION will release their new album »...Of The Dark Light« on June 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has released the first single, 'Your Last Breaths', in the form of a 360º track video, below

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On June 16th, Brooklyn's TOMBS will release their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, via Metal Blade Records, produced once again by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Soilent Green, Belphegor, Hate Eternal). A stream of the first single, "Cold", can be streamed at: metalblade.com/tombs.
Grand Annihilation' can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
--Digipak CD
--180g black vinyl
--dark olive-marbled vinyl (limited to 400 copies - EU exclusive)
--ivory/grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)
--orange/brown-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies - EU exclusive)
--gray/green-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies - US exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

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Legendary London trio ROCK GODDESS return with a brand new 3 song EP entitled 'It's More Than Rock And Roll' which is set to be released on May 19th, 2017. Digital distribution via Cargo Records and physical CDs, with a 4 page booklet in a jewel case by ROCK GODDESS directly. The first 500 copies will be signed and numbered. Jody Turner (guitar/vocals), Tracey Lamb (bass) and Julie Turner (drums) release the follow up to their debut album 34 years later.

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"We Cry Out", the first single from the new ASTRAL DOORS album "Black Eyed Children", is released today, accompanied by a new video.



AVATARIUM will deliver their third studio album »Hurricanes And Halos« on May 26th and today, the band reveals the first studio trailer for the release. In this clip, you can witness their recordings at the Gröndahl Studios, while singer Jennie-Ann Smith and guitarist Marcus Jidell discuss the songwriting process and the arrangements of their eight new tracks. Watch the trailer below.
The new album »Hurricanes And Halos« will be available in the following formats:
- Digipak
- Double-LP (black) sleeved
- Double-LP (gold) sleeved (mailorder only!)

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SINNER have set March 31st as the release date for "Tequila Suicide", their new studio album. Here is the new video for the song 'Road To Hell'.



April 13th, 2017

Def-Con-One, featuring former VENOM drummer Antton Lant, have released a short clip of the (old) song 'Brute Force And Ignorance', with new vocals on it. Antton released the following statement, about the future plans of the band, after having had some serious setbacks in February.
"When the band kind of fell to bits back in February i was gutted, I’ve had this band for 20 years now with a lot of line-up changes over the years, the band only really started to work once I left Venom and put my all into getting things rolling. I basically looked after every aspect of the band, from booking all our gigs to getting the record deals the band had etc. I was basically left on my own not knowing what to do, I’ve been inundated with messages from people wanting to join the band or wanting me to join their bands, a couple of quite well known bands too, and lots of messages suggesting I carry on with the band with new people, I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, one thing I definitely did not want is a parody, I didn’t want anyone wanting to sound or look like past members. I want people to be themselves, which I’ve definitely found, since I have written most of the stuff since day one it will definitely still sound like Def-Con-One. a good friend of mine that I’ve known over 30 years suggested a singer and I sent him a few backing tracks I had and let him do his thing, I was floored when I got them back, it’s very different and very powerful, He doesn’t sound like any of the singers that have gone before him, and it most definitely still sounds like Def-Con-One".
A full 2017 line-up will be announced soon with photos etc.

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AMORPHIS have announced eight headlining shows in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and Denmark. The band's whole tour itinerary can be found bellow!
AMORPHIS live 2017:
12.05. RUS Moscow - Volta
13.05. RUS St. Petersburg - Club Zal
20.05. FIN Helsinki - Radio Rock Risteily XXII
26.05. FIN Kempele - Zemppi Areena
27.05. FIN Tornio - Club Teatria
03.06. D Leipzig - Wave Gotik Treffen
10.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
17.06. B Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
29.06. D Gardelegen - Metal Frenzy
01.07. FIN Helsinki - Tuska Open Air
08.07. LV Viesites - Zobens Un Lemess
11.07. H Dunaujvaros - Rockmaraton Festival
14.07. FIN Kalajoki - Merisärkkä
21.07. FIN Laukaa - John Smith Festival
28.07. P Vila Nova De Famalicão - Laurus Nobilis Music Festical
03.08. SK Snina - Rock Pod Kamenom
05.08. FIN Olavinlinna - Savonlinna Opera Festival
09.08 CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault
17.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
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19.08. D Rostock - M.A.U. NEW!
20.08. PL Gdynia - Ucho NEW!
1.08. PL Poznan - Klub U Bazyla NEW!
23.08. D Hamburg - Volkspark # *SOLD OUT*
24.08. D Berlin - Waldbühne #
25.08. D Lingen - Alter Schlachthof NEW!
26.08. DK Copenhagen - Parken # *SOLD OUT*
27.08. NL Drachten - Iduna NEW!
28.08. D Mönchengladbach - Sparkassenpark #
30.08. CH Thun - Stockhorn Arena #
31.08. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp NEW!
01.09. A Graz - Messe Graz #
02.09. A Wörgl - Komma NEW!
03.09. D Schweinfurt - Willy Sachs Stadium #
05.09. NL Eindhoven - Strijp-S #
06.09. DK Aarhus - Voxhall NEW!
07.09. N Oslo - Telenor Arena #
09.09. S Stockholm - Friends Arena #
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FDA RECORDS announce the signing of German blackened Thrash Metal commando BLACKEVIL for their next 2 full length albums. The first full length album is named „The Ceremonial Fire" and will be out in summer by FDA Records/ Soulfood Music on CD and Digital Download.

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Royal Thunder's Spinefarm Records debut WICK is out now. To celebrate the release of the watershed album, the band has premiered the video for "Sinking Chair". Watch it below.

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PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT have signed a multi album deal with Listenable Records. PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT is now gearing up to record their new album this Spring for a release in Autumn 2017.Check out their ‘Come a Litle Closer’ Video below.

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IDEK. releases the single 'Haze' from their self-titled EP on April 11, 2017. After their first single 'A Fool's Gold', the new single 'Haze' merges "multiple genres into one track, further solidifying the band's statement to shake up the local metal scene". Accompanying the track 'Haze' is an animation video featuring the band logo and night butterfly; all part of the EP artwork and branding. Their self-titled debut EP will have a fully digital release in mid May 2017.
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April 12th, 2017

Former VENOM manager Eric Cook has died. He was overseeing the band's affairs in the beginning and helped them get established in the '80s.
Former VENOM and current VENOM INC. guitarist Jeff "Mantas' Dunn commented on Cook's passing. He wrote: "Today sees the end of an era. My good friend Eric Cook lost his battle with the most vicious enemy. This is the second friend I have lost in the last three months to this disgusting disease. We traveled the world together and went through so many things, good and bad, but always remained friends. For those of you who don't know, Eric was VENOM's manager and fought hard to see the band rise to the heights that it did, working tirelessly behind the scenes. I have no words to express my sadness at the time of this news and can only offer my sincere condolences to his wife Carol and their two children and his brother Ged. Taken far too soon, rest well my friend."
Added former VENOM and current VENOM INC. drummer Anthony "Abaddon" Bray: "I met Eric Cook when I was 16. I invited him to come with VENOM as guitar roadie when we played our first real concert in Belgium. He subsequently became our manager and pretty much everything we achieved was because of him. We were business partners and saw each other every day for twenty odd years. He was the funniest guy you could hang out with, but tenacious in business and managed to make a quid go a long, long way. We didn't always see eye to eye, but he'd always listen to the other guys' point of view and could be swayed, if need be. Eric succumbed to a very violent cancer earlier today. He'd been ill since Christmas but kept working and trying to break bands and run his studio and other business interest. As his brother Ged succinctly put… The music business has lost a powerhouse and a legend.... I have lost a brother. Sleep well, mate."

Damnation Plan released a music video of 'Rise Of The Messenger' off their new album 'Reality Illusion' released March 10 2017 via Inverse Records. Watch 'RISE OF THE MESSENGER' music video below.

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EPICA are returning for the European leg of »The Ultimate Principle Tour« upcoming November. Following their successful European co-headline tour with POWERWOLF earlier this year, EPICA will tour Europe once more. EPICA will be supported by Anneke Van Giersbergen's new all-star band VUUR and Tunisian Progressive Metal band MYRATH.
»The Ultimate Principle Tour«
w/ VUUR, MYRATH
09.11. PL Krakow - Klub Studio
12.11. GER Berlin - Kesselhaus
13.11. GER Hamburg - Markthalle
14.11. GER Cologne - Essigfabrik
15.11. FR Metz - La BAM
17.11. FR Nantes - Stereolux
18.11. FR Bordeaux - Krakatoa
25.11. FR Marseille - Le Moulin
26.11. FR Lyon - Le Transbordeur
29.11. GER Munich - Backstage
03.12. FR Lille - L'Aeronef
More dates TBA!
»The Dutch Principle Tour«
w/ MAYAN
20.10. NL Zwolle - Hedon
21.10. NL Haarlem - Patronaat
22.10. NL Nijmegen - Doornroosje
Tickets are on sale now from: The Epica tour page

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On June 16th, IGORRR - the brainchild of French musician and eclectic composer Gautier Serre - will release their new album, 'Savage Sinusoid', via Metal Blade Records.
For a preview and to order the record, check out metalblade.com/igorrr/

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April 11th, 2017

Prophecy Fest 2017

After two very successful and internationally praised editions, Prophecy Fest 2017 will have its third edition on 28 and 29th of July 2017 at Balver-Höhle in Germany. The two days festival takes place in a cave from the old Stone Age, a guarantee for a magical and mystic atmosphere, completed by stunning lightshows and cozy atmosphere. Not only the place and the bill will be extraordinary, the whole environment will absolutely leave you in awe. Up to some practical & important messages:

This is the billing for Prophecy Fest 2017:

Arcturus
Sólstafir
Hypnopazūzu - David Tibet (Current 93) & Youth (Killing Joke) - first concert in Germany.
The Vision Bleak - special performance with a classical ensemble of strings, percussion and vocals.
Dornenreich - exclusive acoustic history set.
Dool - exclusive set with additional musicians and singers.
Hexvessel - extended performance with implemented acoustic set.
Spiritual Front - special "Armageddon Gigolo" set for Prophecy Fest 2017!
Sun Of The Sleepless - Schwadorf's (Empyrium/The Vision Bleak) first concert since 1999, second ever.
The Moon And The Nightspirit - special show with enhanced line-up.
Lotus Thief - European premiere.
Soror Dolorosa - performing "Severance" in its entirety for the first time & presenting their the new album "Apollo".
GlerAkur - the band surprised us and blew us away with their performance at Prophecy Fest 2016. It was an easy decision for us to invite them again.
NOÊTA - their first concert outside Scandinavia at this year's Prophecy Fest!
Nhor world premiere performance at this year's Prophecy Fest!

Irrwisch - art director and exhibition.

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April 10th, 2017

NIGHT VIPER announced their signing to Listenable Records. You can watch the ‘Summon The Dead’ video below.

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DEMONICAL has announced significant changes in its line-up, most prominently including the parting of ways with long-time singer and producer, Sverker Widgren. His boots will be filled by none other than Alexander Högbom, who already proven himself behind the microphone in the ranks of October Tide and Centinex.
The first show of the tour will be an exclusive German club-show with Brazilian death giants Krisiun as headliners.
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21.04 2017 FIN - Pori - Baarikaappi
22.04 2017 FIN - Tampere - Varjobaari
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20.07 2017 GER - Greifswald - Klex*
21.07 2017 CZE - Volyne - Enter the Eternal Fire Fest
22.07 2017 SK - Ostry Grun - Gothoom Open Air
23.07 2017 ROM - Cluj-Napoca - Hard Club
24.07 2017 ROM - Bucharest - Fabricia
25.07 2017 BUL - Sofia - Live & Loud
27.07 2017 ROM - Timisoara - Daos Club
28.07 2017 HUN - Körmend - Total War Fest
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The latest studio album of symphonic metal titans NIGHTWISH titled »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«, was released on March 27th, 2015 through Nuclear Blast. The band was touring around the globe steadily to present the featured tracks of this highly praised record live since then. Now, about two years after its release, »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«, has also been gold-certified for album sales in Germany. Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and bassist Marco Hietala commented:
"Germany is still going strong! Thank you very much!"

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DYING FETUS has announced their 8th studio album, 'Wrong One To Fuck With'. The album will be released on June 23, 2017 via Relapse Records. Stay tuned for preorder information in the coming weeks. Watch the official album trailer below.

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Singer Wattie Buchan of British punk band THE EXPLOITED was taken to hospital on Friday, April 7 in Belgium while the band was on tour in Europe wih THE CASUALTIES and CODE RED. According to a post on THE EXPLOITED Facebook page: "[Wattie] has a very serious heart condition and almost died. The band states: "Wattie would like us to continue the tour without him... We will still be playing our set with guest vocalists from THE CASUALTIES and others." Read the full post of the band on Facebook

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TANKARD will release its seventeenth studio album, "One Foot In The Grave", on June 2 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)" was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with producer Martin Buchwalter (DESTRUCTION, ACCUSER, PERZONAL WAR, SUIDAKRA). The official lyric video for the song "Arena Of The True Lies" can be seen below.



April 10th, 2017

Spotify manager Chris Bevington was killed in the Oslo terrorist's attacks last Friday. Bevington was the head of the division of the International Partnership and Business Development. This is declared in a statement on Facebook by Spotify CEO Daniel EK. A truck drove into the crowd in Stockholm last Friday, killing four, including Bevington.Two suspects have been captured and the Swedish autorities have increased the security at the border.

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BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told NBC News that he is in the process of mixing the sound from the band's final shows in Birmingham, England for a possible live album.
"We'll actually be doing a documentary," he said. "My job at the moment is to have a listen to what we've done."
Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011 and is currently in remission, has written a piece for the long-running "CSI" television series and has "bags" of riffs he came up with for BLACK SABBATH that might one day wind up on a solo album.
"I'm certainly not retiring from playing and doing stuff," he said. "But I think since my illness I've had to look at things differently, think sensibly. I feel fine, but I still go for checkups and tests and at the moment I'm okay."
BLACK SABBATH finished its year-long "The End" farewell tour on February 4 in the band's hometown of Birmingham, closing out the quartet's groundbreaking 49-year career with an emotional 15-song set. The band decided to make this tour its last because Iommi can no longer travel for extended amounts of time. The guitarist recently said that he wouldn't rule out BLACK SABBATH recording new material or playing a one-off event.

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ITCHYsign to Arising Empire and release new single 'Nothing'. Check out the song below. Purchase the track digitally: at this location.

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It is their jubilee year! 35 years of TANKARD! And, of course, a suitable soundtrack cannot be neglected for the occasion. The band's 17th studio album entitled »One Foot In The Grave«, will be released on June 2nd, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The band has released the first single titled 'Arena Of The True Lies' right in time for the pre-order start today. The song was premiered last Saturday on Rock Antenne and can be heard and watched in the form of a lyric video over on YouTube, which you can find below

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PYRAMAZE just released a lyric video for the track "Kingdom of Solace" from their highly anticipated new album "Contingent". The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

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April 7th, 2017

BLACK STAR RIDERS released their third album »Heavy Fire« on the 3rd of February via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Fresh off their extensive run of the UK and Ireland, the band return with a music video for new single, 'Dancing With The Wrong Girl'. The video was filmed in East London's neon-clad Gods Own Junkyard and was directed by Louis Catlett. Check out the video below
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24.05. D Dusseldorf - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
25.05. D Frankfurt - Jahrhunderthalle
27.05. DK Jelling - Jelling Musikfestival*
28.05. D Berlin - Tempodrom
29.05. D Dresden - Junge Garde
30.05. D Leipzig - Parkbühne
31.05. D Nuremberg - Hirsch*
01.06. NL Leiden - Nobel
02.06. D Rostock - HanseMesse
03.06. D Hamburg - Mehr! Theater
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ENSIFERUM recently entered the Astia studio in Lappeenranta, Finland to begin work on their seventh full-length, which will be produced once again by Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.). Set to be released September 2017 via Metal Blade Records.
Before the album's release, European fans will be able to catch ENSIFERUM at various festivals this summer. See below for all dates, with more shows to be announced soon!
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Apr. 7 - Metal Franconia Festival - Dettelbach, Germany
Apr. 8 - Durbuy Rock Festival - Durbuy, Belgium
June 3 - Metal Open Air Plzen - Plzen, Czech Republic
June 24 - Montebello festival - Montebello, Canada
June 30 - Rockfest Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain
July 1 - Hoernerfest - Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany
July 2 - Battlefield festival - Milan, Italy
July 13 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen - Vlyn, Germany
Aug. 17 - Summerbreeze festival - Dinkelsbuehl, Germany

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LEATHERWOLF have released the "Wolfman" video, including footage from the band's celebrated 2015 Keep It True festival appearance in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The audio track was mixed by producer/engineer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, ANVIL) at Ecology Room Studios in Kent, England and mastered by Tom Baker (JUDAS PRIEST, ALICE COOPER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) at Baker Mastering in Calabasas, CA. The clip can be viewed on the band's YouTube channel below.

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VINTERSORG new album "Till Fjälls del II" is set for a worldwide album release for June 30 via Napalm Records. Andreas „Vintersorg" Hedlund composed a sequel to his 1998 album "Till Fjälls", which is considered to be one of the most important albums in the genre of black/folk metal.
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ALAZKA (formerly BURNING DOWN ALASKA) announce that they have signed a worldwide record deal with SharpTone Records (licensing and distribution in Europe by Arising Empire). To mark this occasion, the band has released a brand new single titled 'Empty Throne'. Watch the music video below.

Purchase 'Empty Throne' now or stream it at the following link: Alazka.lnk.to/EmptyThrone
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22.04. - Impericon Festival, Oberhausen
13.05. - Spring Breakdown Festival, Dillenburg
08.07. - Free For All Festival, Stapelmoor
16.09. - Ackerfestival, Kummerfeld

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April 6th, 2017

Paul O'Neill, creator of the multi-platinum rock theater experience TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, has passed away from chronic illness. He was 61 years old.

The news of O'Neill's death was broken on the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Facebook page. The statement added: "[Paul] was our friend and our leader — a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all."

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA formed in 1996 out of the ashes of the Florida power metal band SAVATAGE and started touring three years later, connecting with fans by releasing a series of rock operas, such as 1996's "Christmas Eve And Other Stories", 1998's "The Christmas Attic" and 2004's "The Lost Christmas Eve". Over the past 20 years, it has become a critically acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse. The progressive rock group's record-setting "rock theater" tours sell out venues year after year and they have cemented their status as a must attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition.

2016 was another record-breaking year for TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (TSO). Proving that it is more popular on the road than ever before, TSO's winter tour 2016 sold the most tickets per show in the group's history, with a total in excess of 927,000. The tour also set a record gross for TSO with a total of more than $56.9 million.

20 years since the band's first album, and since its historic touring debut, TSO has played in excess of 1,800 shows for more than 14 million fans, with tour grosses of over $625 million, and sold in excess of 12 million albums and DVDs. In 2009, Billboard magazine placed TSO at #25 on its "Top Touring Artists Of The Decade."

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Orange Amplification announce they are the main sponsor of the 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. This year’s triumphant event will once again gather together the world’s rock community in a celebration of all that’s metal. The awards will take place at The Indigo at The O2, London on Monday 12th June 2017. Fozzy frontman and WWE megastar Chris Jericho will travel straight from Download Festival to host the show. The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards nominees list features numerous Orange ambassadors including:
Best UK Band: While She Sleeps
Best Underground Band: Neurosis, Royal Thunder, Pallbearer
Best Live Band: Mastodon
Best International Band: Korn
Breakthrough: Code Orange, Creeper

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Delain announce their support acts for the upcoming 'Danse Macabre' tour, in the shape of Serenity and Cellar Darling to the 'Danse Macabre' tour. Serenity will be a well-known name to fans of Delain, their performance at Danse Macabre will give fans a taste of their new album, which is expected to release in August. Cellar Darling might be a new name in the scene but they feature some very familiar faces. Featuring former members of chart-topping folk/metal act Eluveitie; Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi return to the stage in support of their fantastic debut release. Following the previously announced appearance on all shows of Nightwish lynchpin Marco Hietala, this hand-picked line up will ensure that 'Danse Macabre' will be the must-see tour of 2017.
26/10/2017 FR Paris Alhambra
27/10/2017 CH Pratteln Z7
28/10/2017 DE Bochum Zeche
29/10/2017 DE Munich Backstage
31/10/2017 NL Utrecht Tivoli
01/11/2017 UK London KOKO

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THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA (featuring members of SOILWORK and ARCH ENEMY) have released the second video trailer for their forthcoming third studio album, »Amber Galactic«. See singer Björn Strid talk about the songs and the overall vibe of the album below. »Amber Galactic« is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2017 via Nuclear Blast and will be available as limited edition digipak CD featuring an alternate cover art (see at bottom of this message), 2LP vinyl (black and violet sparkle) and as digital download and stream via all known platforms.

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April 5th, 2017

On May 5th Dutch Death Metallers GOD DETHRONED will release their new album 'The World Ablaze' worldwide via Metal Blade Records!
Surf now over to metalblade.com/goddethroned where you can check out the first single 'On The Wrong Side Of The Wire' as a videocilp! Make sure to have a look at the pre-order section, you can purchase 'The World Ablaze' either as a CD/DVD Digi package, as a regular jewelcase-CD or on vinyl. There's also shirt bundles available. The bonus-DVD features full GOD DETHRONED live shows from Graspop 2016 and Rock Hard festival 2015.
'The World Ablaze' track listing:
01. A Call to Arms
02. Annihilation Crusade
03. The World Ablaze
04. On the Wrong Side of the Wire
05. Close to Victory
06. Königsberg
07. Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)
08. Breathing Through Blood
09. Messina Ridge
10. The 11th Hour

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LANCER unleashed their label debut »Mastery«, on January 13th via Nuclear Blast Records. After its release, the Swedes brought these new songs to the European stages by touring extensively with HAMMERFALL and GLORYHAMMER. A video team from Ward Records Japan was filming the band's show at Große Freiheit 36 in Hamburg, Germany on February 7th. Taken from this material, LANCER proudly present the live clip of 'Dead Raising Towers' today. Check it out below.

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EXHUMED have entered the studio to record their highly anticipated sixth studio album and follow-up to 2013's Necrocracy. The album will be entitled Death Revenge and will see a late 2017 release via Relapse Records.
EXHUMED's entire catalog can be streamed via Bandcamp HERE.

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SPOIL ENGINE have released their music video for the brand new song 'Doomed To Die'. Watch 'Doomed To Die' now below.
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The band recently announced to support PRONG on their tour in July.
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13.07. DE Hamburg - Hafenklang
14.07. DE Münster - Sputnikhalle
15.07. DE Neukirchen-Vluyn - Dong Open Air
18.07. GB Glasgow - Audio
19.07. GB Belfast - Voodoo
20.07. IRE Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
21.07. GB Manchester - Rebellion
22.07. GB London - Underworld
26.07. DE München - Free & Easy Festival
27.07. DE Stuttgart - Keller Klub
28.07. DE Weinheim - Café Central

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The re-release of MYSTIC PROPHECY's second album "Regressus" will hit the stores on April 21st. The re-release of MYSTIC PROPHECY's "Regressus" will be available as a limited and remastered digipak CD, and is already available for pre-order.



On April 28th, 2017, CORPUS CHRISTII will release their new album "Delusion" via Folter Records. A first song named "The Curse Within Time" has already been published, now the band has unleashed another track called "Become the Wolf". Listen to it below

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Mastercastle have revealed the details of their new album 'Wine Of Heaven', which will be released on May 19th on Scarlet Records

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ANA Metal For Charity pre-sale started, Release date will be 5 May 2017.
The official press release states: "After a long period of preparation we started the pre-sale of the CD - ANA Metal for charity features PAST / PRESENT MEMBERS OF HELLOWEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KING DIAMOND, CANDLEMASS, RAINBOW AND MANY MORE. The income from the sales will go for the full 100% towards cancer research". This charity project has been founded by Marius Danielsen and Anniken Rasmussen.

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GODS OF SILENCE have signed with European label ROAR Rock Of Angels Records. GODS OF SILENCE's (formely KIRK) new album 'Neverland', includes 11 tracks and was procduced, mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Place Vendome, Khymera, Sunstorm).

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April 4th, 2017

One more day until FRANKFURT MUSIKMESSE
Frankfurt will be the international stage for music and event technology for five whole days. Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound with over 1,000 events, concerts and live performances.

From the show drone to carbon flugelhorn: exhibitors from all over the world make presentations in Frankfurt. Retailers, professionals, musicians and music lovers: all will be coming to Frankfurt in the next few days for this year’s Musikmesse (5 to 8 April 2017) and Prolight + Sound (4 to 7 April 2017). The international trade fairs show product innovations that make the world ring with music – and turn an event into a spectacular happening. In addition to the products of 1,922 exhibitors[1] from 55 countries, Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound are characterised by an extensive complementary programme of events with concerts, workshops, lectures and autograph sessions aimed at all target groups represented. Moreover, the 2nd Musikmesse Festival with concerts by national and international bands and artists is being held throughout Frankfurt concurrently with the two fairs. Full details about Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound can be found on the internet at musikmesse.com and prolight-sound.com. Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds.



SAINT VITUS have announced more dates for their European shows this spring. The godfathers of American doom metal will be supported by Norwegian brothers in spirit, TOMBSTONES and will kick off their tour at both the Desertfest editions in Germany's capital Berlin on the 28th and in London, UK on the 30th of April. The final curtain will fall at the Pokalen in Oslo, Norway on May 13th, but SAINT VITUS will return for a performance at the French Fall of Summer Festival in Torcy (close to Disneyland Paris) on the 8th of September.
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28 Apr 17 Berlin (DE) Astra
30 Apr 17 London (UK) The Roundhouse
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02 May 17 Oberhausen (DE) Helvete Metal Club
03 May 17 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
04 May 17 München (DE) Backstage
05 May 17 Schaffhausen (CH) Kammgarn
06 May 17 Tilburg (NL) Little Devil
07 May 17 Haarlem (NL) Patronaat
09 May 17 Osnabrück (DE) Bastard Club
10 May 17 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
11 May 17 Aarhus (DK) VoxHall
12 May 17 Karlstad (SW) Club Pebbles
13 May 17 Oslo (NO) Pokalen
SAINT VITUS Fall of Summer
08 Sep 17 Torcy (FR) Fall of Summer

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Dutch/German old-school heavy metallers STEEL SHOCK have signed a deal with Greek label Alone Records. The band has set 'For Metal To Battle' as the title for their upcoming debut full-lenght album, which will arrive in September. The demo versions of the songs 'Shockwave Of Steel' and 'Metal Fire' are available for streaming here and below.

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Max Cavalera will perform NAILBOMB's entire "Point Blank" album on tour with his SOULFLY bandmates. "Fuck yeah, NAILBOMB 'Point Blank' … one of my favorite records of all time," he says in a video message announcing the tour. "I'll be playing the whole album for you guys." Exact cities and dates for the trek have not yet been announced.

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CRAVEN IDOL's new album 'The Shackles of Mammon' will be released April 14 on LP, CD, and MC via Dark Descent Records. Pre-order the album now at darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com.

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Gravity has been added to the roster of Apathia Records. The French band will release its third album later this year.

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TANKARD is in its jubilee year! 35 years of TANKARD! And, of course, a suitable soundtrack cannot be neglected for the occasion. The band's 17th studio album will be entitled »One Foot In The Grave« and will be released on June 2nd, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band has just released the first trailer for that upcoming album. The video was a result of the listening session of the new album, which took place at the pub "Alte Liebe" in Frankfurt (Germany) on February 17th and it shows the first impressions of the German press. Check it out below.
The band also presents the tracklist of the anniversary album:
1. Pay To Pray
2. Arena Of The True Lies
3. Don`t Bullshit Us!
4. One Foot In The Grave
5. Syrian Nightmare
6. Northern Crown (Lament Of The Undead King)
7. Lock`Em Up!
8. The Evil That Men Display
9. Secret Order 1516
10. Sole Grinder

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April 3rd, 2017

Only a few days away from Alfahanne's new album "Det Nya Svarta", the rockers are premiering their third single titled "Satans Verser"!Check out the stream at Lords of Metal at Lords of Metal streamings.

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Bassist Jason Viebrooks (GRIP INC., HEATHEN) has joined forces with guitarist Vinnie LaBella (EXHORDER) and drummer Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN, HEATHEN) in a brand new band called YEAR OF THE TYRANT. The trio is joined in the new project by an as-yet-undisclosed vocalist who "may or may not have a strong [San Francisco] Bay Area connection as well," according to VieBrooks. YEAR OF THE TYRANT is finishing up the pre-production on its first batch of tunes, to be made available later in the year.

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Swedish alternative rock/metal outfit IMMINENCE have released their new album »This Is Goodbye« today.
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A four-and-a-half-minute YouTube clip containing audio samples of the tracks that will be featured on the forthcoming first-ever solo album from VIXEN singer and guitarist Janet Gardner is available below. All songs were written, performed and produced by Gardner and her husband of one year, Justin James, a musician who previously played bass for TYKETTO on the Monsters Of Rock cruise.

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AOR Heaven announce the signing of Swedish Melodic Rock band STORMBURST. The band, consisting of bass player Kent Jansson (Six Feet Under, Keen Hue, Steam), guitarist Thomas Hansson (Steam, Coastline), singer Lars-Åke ”Plåtis” Nilsson (Keen Hue), keyboardist Peter Östling (Six Feet Under) and drummer Peter ”Zeke” Ytterberg (Keen Hue, Moonshine Highway) will release their debut album “Raised On Rock” on May 26th, 2017.

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A few days remain until doomsday arrivés. The selftitled debut album of THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM will descend upon mankind and deliver eight haunting doom metal tracks with a pinch of NWOBHM. Today, the band's mastermind Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS, AVATARIUM) unveils the second track-by-track feature, in which he talks about the background of the songs 'The Sceptre', the uptempo single 'Hand Of Hell', the dramatic 'The Silence' and the album's closing track, 'The God Particle'. Watch the below.

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April 1st, 2017

BEHEMOTH 2018 CONTESTANT FOR EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
Poland will send extreme metallers BEHEMOTH to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. The Polish committee states: "heavy metal is a serious subcurrent that has proven to have found a steady international fanbase. And there is no band in Poland with more international appeal than Behemoth. In times where Europe is divided by religious conflicts, we think it is important to send out a strong secular signal and we insist on Behemoth to let the chosen song be unifying, rather than dividing, which the band is all in for".
UPDATE:Lords of Metal has tried to reach out to lead singer Nergal for a comment, but we have not been able to get him a quote yet. More news as it follows.

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KILLING ADDICTION have launched their very first lyric-video ever. The chosen song is "Cult of Decay" from their mini CD "Shores of Oblivion", which is getting great praise from fans and medias around the world. Check out the video below. "Shores of Oblivion" was released in October 2016 through Xtreem Music on CD format. You can visit KILLING ADDICTION's Facebook profile here:
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March 31st, 2017

Death metal supergroup ECHELON release new official video
With members of bands like BOLT THROWER, HAIL OF BULLETS, BENEDICTION, PAGANIZER, DOWN AMONG DEAD MEN, AKATHARTA, etc., this is serious stuff. It's well-written death metal that's powerful, nostalgic and memorable. Released at the end of last year, it may have been overlooked by some, but it's never late for some timeless old school death metal. METAL INJECTION premiered their official lyric video below.
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Dave Ingram (HAIL OF BULLETS, ex-BOLT THROWER, ex-BENEDICTION) - Vocals
Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, DEMIURG, PUTREVORE, MEGASCAVENGER) - Guitar
Johan Berglund (RIBSPREADER, DEMIURG, THE GROTESQUERY) - Bass
Kjetil Lynghaug (JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN, PAGANIZER) - Lead Guitar
Travis Ruvo (AKATHARTA, CROPSY MANIAC) - Drums

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On April 28th, Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR, will unleash their highly-anticipated double-DVD/BluRay »Forces Of The Northern Night« upon mankind. Today, the band reveals the second live clip from their memorable show in Oslo - watch the haunting video for 'Gateways' here:

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For the first time ever in his almost thirty-year career as a solo artist, AXEL RUDI PELL welcomes a special guest star on one of his albums: rock legend BONNIE TYLER has recorded a stunning duet with ARP's longtime singer Johnny Gioeli. AXEL RUDI PELL is justly proud of his new single 'Love's Holding On' (street date: 31st March 2017), saying: "BONNIE TYLER only records songs she personally likes. So I wrote this tune just for her and she really loved it. She came to the studio and we recorded it within a couple of hours. The result is amazing – another soon-to-be PELL classic in the making. If I hadn't been a fan already, I would have turned into one instantly." You can watch the video below.
"The Ballads V" will be released on April 21st 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack (incl. poster), double gatefold purple vinyl, limited boxset (incl. CD digipack, powerbank, CD slim case single, sticker, photocard - Europe only), download and stream.

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After the 2013 demo "The Crackling of Embers", Danish atmospheric black metallers SUNKEN release their debut full-length "Departure". "Departure" is set to be released on May 26th, 2017 via Triton's Orbit (home of Vinterbris, Akasava and Riti Occulti).

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Gergo Hajer, founding member of Omega Diatribe, is streaming new track "My Own Enemy", written for the upcoming album from his new studio project Audionerve. The track features Nick Oshiro (Statix-X, Seether) on drums, with Andres Vincze (Tilt X, Monastery, The Ministers) tackling vocal duties for the entire release. Another track will also feature Kevil Talley (Suffocation, Misery Index, Chimaira) on drums.

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March 30th, 2017

Late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister's long-awaited solo album could finally arrive before the end of 2017. According to Metal Talk, Jim Voxx of the German band SKEW SISKIN revealed that he was putting the finishing touches on the disc, which has been in the works for a number of years. "I still don't know when it will be released because this is in the hands of the MOTÖRHEAD management, and it took a while," Voxx said. "Lemmy had so many things left, there are so many other recordings, and they all had to sort out how to proceed and there is no real time rush to release this album, so I can imagine it will be towards the end of this year." Lemmy had collaborated with SKEW SISKIN on several occasions, including on two songs which were slated to appear on his debut solo album. Those two tracks — reportedly titled "Stand Upon The Mountain" and "Don't Matter To Me" — were being produced by Voxx at SKEW SISKIN's Monongo studios in Berlin. Voxx added the project started in 2003, but Lemmy "didn't have a real idea what would be on it, so he came to me and asked me if I would work with him."

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GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — lost his balance while singing the song "Mummy Dust" during the band's concert Tuesday night (March 28) at O2 Academy Leeds in Leeds, causing him to fall feet first into the space between the barrier and the stage. The incident was captured on video by a fan and was posted on YouTube for everyone to see.



Spock's Beard are back at work on the follow up to 2015's 'The Oblivion Particle'. The band now announce the return of original member Nick D'Virgilio on drums for the next album. D'Virgilio played with the group on the recent Cruise to the Edge in February following the departure of drummer Jimmy Keegan.

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Comatose Music has set a June 9 release date for 'Aftermath', the new album from Logic of Denial. This is the third album the Italian band, after their previous 2013 effort 'Atonement'. The band's evolution can be heard on the premiere of album track "Devouring Seeds of the Apocalypse." The song is now streaming below.

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LIFE OF AGONY have completed work on their new album and Napalm Records debut A Place Where There's No More Pain, which will be released April 28th via Napalm Records.

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On April 7th, Swedish heavy metallers TRIAL will release their new album 'Motherless' worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Check out the third and final single 'Juxtaposed', before 'Motherless' hits Streets below.

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March 29th, 2017

US Thrashers ANIALATOR have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the re-issue of all their 80's demos & EP's as well as their comeback recording in form of a mini CD. Release date for "Mission of Death" will be May 10th through Xtreem Music on CD format. You can visit ANIALATOR's official Facebook here: Facebook and listen to an advance song on the following links:

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In a mutual decision, BLACK STAR RIDERS and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso have decided to part ways. The band wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for the great albums, killer shows and good times together. The new drummer will be announced shortly.

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Metal Blade to re-issue the two AMON AMARTH albums 'The Crusher' and 'Versus the World' on vinyl as part of their Originals-series. Both albums will be out on May 19th. 'Once Sent From The Golden Hall' and 'The Avenger' were the first two AMON AMARTH albums that received the MB Originals-treatment in January. Coming May 19th, it's time to give the albums #3 and #4 in the bands catalogue - 'The Crusher' and 'Versus The World' - the same luxurious treatment. Both albums will be released with 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts.

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AVATARIUM are back to take the world by storm with their new album »Hurricanes And Halos« out on May 26th. And after the live premiere of 'Into The Fire / Into The Storm' right on the band's Facebook page on Saturday, they now unveil the dramatic lyric video of the brand new track. Watch the video clip with below.

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Glenn Danzig has confirmed the title and release date of first Danzig album of all new material since 2010’s widely acclaimed "DETH RED SABAOTH".
"BLACK LADEN CROWN", 50 minutes of long awaited brand new Danzig music, will be released on May 12th. Danzig will be performing a limited number of shows this summer, commemorating the occasion with live performances of numerous songs from "HOW THE GODS KILL". For further information, keep an eye on his website.

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Norwegian Horror Thrashers CRITICAL SOLUTION are back with a new album: "Barbara The Witch" will be released on 28th April 2017 via Crime Records. The band's third full-length is a concept album based on a true story from their hometown Helleland which took place in the 1600s. Recorded at Sonic Train Studios with producer Andy La Rocque at the helm, this is the most horror filled album they have ever made, garnished with an amazing cover artwork by Mario Lopez. The story lines are narrated by "The God Of Hellfire" Arthur Brown, and the album will be released as a digipack including a bonus disc entitled "Covers From Hell". A video for the title track is available below

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March 28th, 2017

On April 7th, the selftitled debut album of THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM will descend upon mankind and deliver eight haunting doom metal tracks with a pinch of NWOBHM. Today, the band's mastermind Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS, AVATARIUM) unveils the first track-by-track feature, in which he sheds light on the background of the songs 'Silent Kingdom', 'Never Machine', 'A Spoonful Of Darkness' and 'See You Tomorrow' - watch the new clip here:

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It is their jubilee year! 35 years of TANKARD!
And, of course, a suitable soundtrack cannot be neglected for the occasion. The band's 17th studio album will be entitled »One Foot In The Grave« and will be released on June 2nd, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The album sees the return of the Tankard alien mascot after 13 years. The band have already published a studio trailer in which you can have a look behind the scenes of the record's production. In addition, you may also listen to the very first song snippets.
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Nuclear War Now! Productions sets June 1st as the international release date for StarGazer's A Merging to the Boundless: Void of Voyce on vinyl LP format.

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March 30th, 2017

Late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister's long-awaited solo album could finally arrive before the end of 2017. According to Metal Talk, Jim Voxx of the German band SKEW SISKIN revealed that he was putting the finishing touches on the disc, which has been in the works for a number of years. "I still don't know when it will be released because this is in the hands of the MOTÖRHEAD management, and it took a while," Voxx said. "Lemmy had so many things left, there are so many other recordings, and they all had to sort out how to proceed and there is no real time rush to release this album, so I can imagine it will be towards the end of this year." Lemmy had collaborated with SKEW SISKIN on several occasions, including on two songs which were slated to appear on his debut solo album. Those two tracks — reportedly titled "Stand Upon The Mountain" and "Don't Matter To Me" — were being produced by Voxx at SKEW SISKIN's Monongo studios in Berlin. Voxx added the project started in 2003, but Lemmy "didn't have a real idea what would be on it, so he came to me and asked me if I would work with him."

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GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — lost his balance while singing the song "Mummy Dust" during the band's concert Tuesday night (March 28) at O2 Academy Leeds in Leeds, causing him to fall feet first into the space between the barrier and the stage. The incident was captured on video by a fan and was posted on YouTube for everyone to see.



Spock's Beard are back at work on the follow up to 2015's 'The Oblivion Particle'. The band now announce the return of original member Nick D'Virgilio on drums for the next album. D'Virgilio played with the group on the recent Cruise to the Edge in February following the departure of drummer Jimmy Keegan.

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Comatose Music has set a June 9 release date for 'Aftermath', the new album from Logic of Denial. This is the third album the Italian band, after their previous 2013 effort 'Atonement'. The band's evolution can be heard on the premiere of album track "Devouring Seeds of the Apocalypse." The song is now streaming below.

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LIFE OF AGONY have completed work on their new album and Napalm Records debut A Place Where There's No More Pain, which will be released April 28th via Napalm Records.

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On April 7th, Swedish heavy metallers TRIAL will release their new album 'Motherless' worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Check out the third and final single 'Juxtaposed', before 'Motherless' hits Streets below.

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March 29th, 2017

US Thrashers ANIALATOR have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the re-issue of all their 80's demos & EP's as well as their comeback recording in form of a mini CD. Release date for "Mission of Death" will be May 10th through Xtreem Music on CD format. You can visit ANIALATOR's official Facebook here: Facebook and listen to an advance song on the following links:

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In a mutual decision, BLACK STAR RIDERS and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso have decided to part ways. The band wish him well in his future endeavours and thank him for the great albums, killer shows and good times together. The new drummer will be announced shortly.

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Metal Blade to re-issue the two AMON AMARTH albums 'The Crusher' and 'Versus the World' on vinyl as part of their Originals-series. Both albums will be out on May 19th. 'Once Sent From The Golden Hall' and 'The Avenger' were the first two AMON AMARTH albums that received the MB Originals-treatment in January. Coming May 19th, it's time to give the albums #3 and #4 in the bands catalogue - 'The Crusher' and 'Versus The World' - the same luxurious treatment. Both albums will be released with 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts.

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AVATARIUM are back to take the world by storm with their new album »Hurricanes And Halos« out on May 26th. And after the live premiere of 'Into The Fire / Into The Storm' right on the band's Facebook page on Saturday, they now unveil the dramatic lyric video of the brand new track. Watch the video clip with below.

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Glenn Danzig has confirmed the title and release date of first Danzig album of all new material since 2010’s widely acclaimed "DETH RED SABAOTH".
"BLACK LADEN CROWN", 50 minutes of long awaited brand new Danzig music, will be released on May 12th. Danzig will be performing a limited number of shows this summer, commemorating the occasion with live performances of numerous songs from "HOW THE GODS KILL". For further information, keep an eye on his website.

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Norwegian Horror Thrashers CRITICAL SOLUTION are back with a new album: "Barbara The Witch" will be released on 28th April 2017 via Crime Records. The band's third full-length is a concept album based on a true story from their hometown Helleland which took place in the 1600s. Recorded at Sonic Train Studios with producer Andy La Rocque at the helm, this is the most horror filled album they have ever made, garnished with an amazing cover artwork by Mario Lopez. The story lines are narrated by "The God Of Hellfire" Arthur Brown, and the album will be released as a digipack including a bonus disc entitled "Covers From Hell". A video for the title track is available below

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March 28th, 2017

On April 7th, the selftitled debut album of THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM will descend upon mankind and deliver eight haunting doom metal tracks with a pinch of NWOBHM. Today, the band's mastermind Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS, AVATARIUM) unveils the first track-by-track feature, in which he sheds light on the background of the songs 'Silent Kingdom', 'Never Machine', 'A Spoonful Of Darkness' and 'See You Tomorrow' - watch the new clip here:

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It is their jubilee year! 35 years of TANKARD!
And, of course, a suitable soundtrack cannot be neglected for the occasion. The band's 17th studio album will be entitled »One Foot In The Grave« and will be released on June 2nd, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The album sees the return of the Tankard alien mascot after 13 years. The band have already published a studio trailer in which you can have a look behind the scenes of the record's production. In addition, you may also listen to the very first song snippets.
Watch it below

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Nuclear War Now! Productions sets June 1st as the international release date for StarGazer's A Merging to the Boundless: Void of Voyce on vinyl LP format.

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