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February 27th, 2017

Swedish prog ensemble Carptree have released their new video titled "Fleeting Deep". The track comes from their highly anticipated forthcoming album "Emerger" to be released on April 7th!

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Metal Blade Records announced the signing of finnish cinemascope metallers CRIMFALL to its ranks! Comments CRIMFALL: "We are beyond excited for this opportunity to work with the legendary Metal Blade. It makes all these years we wrestled with the third album worthwhile as we can finally share the fruits of our labor through the most dedicated and respected label. Crimfall never does anything half-assed so be sure we go all in with this album as we see this as a massive opportunity to raise the stakes to the sky-high level."

With their third album, 'Amain', CRIMFALL have combined the best of the first two albums with new elements. 'Amain' is a beast prepared to dominate fresh battlegrounds!

'Amain' is set to hit in the summer of 2017. Watch a first teaser leading up to the release below.

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Full Of Hell announce tour dates in support of their latest full-length, Trumpeting Ecstasy, incoming on Profound Lore 5th May. Find the tour listings and more information about the new album below...

TRUMPETING ECSTASY TOUR DATES:
Friday, 23 June 2017 - Stuttgart, JuHa - GER
Saturday, 24 June 2017 - München, Saint Helena Festival - GER
Sunday, 25 June 2017 - Zwiesel, Jugendcafe - GER
Monday, 26 June 2017 - Solingen, Waldmeister - GER
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - Arnhem, Haarlem - NL
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - TBA
Thursday, 29 June 2017 - Weimar, Gerber - GER
Friday, 30 June 2017 - Berlin, Cassiopeia - GER
Sunday, 2 July 2017 - TBA
Monday, 3 July 2017 - Poznan, Pod Minogą - PL
Tuesday, 4 July 2017 - Warschau, Pogłos - PL
Wednesday, 5 July 2017 - TBA
Thursday, 6 July 2017 - Trutnov, Obscene Extreme Fest - CZ
Friday, 7 July 2017 - Kosice, Colloseum 777 - SK
Saturday, 8 July 2017 - Budapest, A38 - HUN
Sunday, 9 July 2017 - Novi Sad, Exit Fest - SRB
Monday, 10 July 2017 - OFF DAY
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - Zürich, Werk21 - CH
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof - GER
Thursday, 13 July 2017 - Antwerp, Hetbos - BEL
Friday, 14 July 2017 - London, Kamio - UK
Saturday, 15 July 2017 - Leeds, Temple Of Boom - UK
Sunday, 16 July 2017 - Glasgow, Audio - UK
Monday, 17 July 2017 - Manchester, Soup Kitchen - UK
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - Bristol, Exchange - UK
...more to be announced.

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Today SIX FEET UNDER returns with their 12th studio album, 'Torment', and a new leap in intensity. There's plenty of classic SIX FEET UNDER groove to be had on 'Torment', but fans will note a much more aggressive approach, and even more blast beats throughout. This is a cantankerous SIX FEET UNDER with absolutely nothing to prove. This is SIX FEET UNDER at their most deadly.

For a preview of 'Torment', a band play-through for the new track, 'Schizomaniac' - by Jeff Hughell and Marco Pitruzzella - can be viewed here - where the first single, 'Sacrificial Kill', can be streamed, and 'Torment' can also be ordered in the following formats:
--CD
--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 USA bundles with a shirt, flag, bite kit, and sign, plus digital options are also available! European fans can pre-order an exclusive hoodie and digipak.



AOSOTH are in the process of recording their fifth studio album, and today they have released a new trailer. It's available below.

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INQUISITION are announcing the second leg of their "Bloodshed Across Europe" tour this April. The fast rising US black metal duo will kick off their rampage at the Royal Metal Fest in the Danish city of Aarhus on April 7th and then proceed to bring darkness all over Europe throughout the whole month. Please see below for a list of all confirmed shows. INQUISITION comment on the tour: "We are proud to announce our upcoming tour in April, which will take us partly outside of the usual touring circuit. Many of these places we will visit for the first time - expanding the circuit through this second leg for our Bloodshed tour throughout the continent."

INQUISITION Europe
07 Apr 17 Aarhus (DK) Royal Metal Fest
08 Apr 17 Stockholm (SE) Dark Days in Stockholm
10 Apr 17 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
11 Apr 17 Möhrlenbach-Weiher (DE) Live Music Hall
13 Apr 17 Roma (IT) Traffic Club
14 Apr 17 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
15 Apr 17 Pratteln (CH) Mini 27
16 Apr 17 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg (Conspiracy Of The Damned)
17 Apr 17 Roeselare (BE) De Verlichte Geest
18 Apr 17 Groningen (NL) Vera
19 Apr 17 Essen (DE) Turock
20 Apr 17 Cham (DE) LA
21 Apr 17 Colmar (FR) Grillen
22 Apr 17 Quimper (FR) Polarites
23 Apr 17 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
24 Apr 17 Paris (FR) Glazart
27 Apr 17 Saragossa (ES) King King
28 Apr 17 Barroselas (PT) SWR Festival
29 Apr 17 Sevilla (ES) Fanatic
30 Apr 17 Murcia (ES) Garaje Beat Club

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METAL CHURCH are very pleased to announce that they will be returning to German shores for six dates this summer. They will be touring in celebration of their latest studio album »XI«, which was released last year via Nuclear Blast. Masterful METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement: "The METAL CHURCH fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for heavy metal music is second to none!"

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10.06. D Bremen - Tivoli
12.06. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
13.06. D Munich - Backstage
14.06. D Stuttgart - dasCann
17.06. D Neunkirchen - Stummsche Reithalle
10.08. D Nuremberg - Hirsch

More METAL CHURCH dates:
25.03. UK Pwllheli - Hammerfest

w/ ALTER BRIDGE, IN FLAMES
02.05. USA Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
03.05. USA Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
09.05. USA Baltimore, MD - The Hippodrome
11.05. USA Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
17.05. USA Milwaukee, WI - The Rave

09.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
11.06. NL Eindhoven - Dynamo
16.06. B Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
18.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
20.06. UK London - Underworld
21.06. UK Glasgow - Audio
22.06. UK Belfast - Limelight 2
23.06. IRL Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
24.06. UK Bristol - Thekla
30.06. E Barcelona - Rock Fest
15.07. USA Bridgeview, IL - Chicago Open Air
05.08. F St.-Maurice-De-Gourdans - Sylak Open Air
09./10.08. CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault
11.08. NL Leeuwarden - Into The Grave
12.08. P Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
07.09. USA Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA XVIII

METAL CHURCH's latest album and 11th studio release »XI« was released in March 2016, and it marked the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe! »XI« was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier.

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The melodic metal band PYRAMAZE will release their new album "Contingent" on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

With their milestone fifth album "Contingent," Pyramaze have grown and matured into a band that is capable of satisfying their fans while simultaneously continuing to break new ground. The incorporation of modern cinematic film score elements mixed with progressive metal riffs and melodies will leave the listener breathless! Huge, sweeping, hard-hitting, and poignant, "Contingent" is an epic post-apocalyptic conceptual piece inspired by current events, the human spirit to overcome struggle and diversity, and the brotherhood that lies there in. Produced, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica, Evergrey].

Pyramaze line-up
Terje Harøy - Vocals
Jacob Hansen - Guitars, Bass
Jonah W. - Keyboards
Toke Skjønnemand - Guitars
Morten Gade Sørensen - Drums

"Contingent" track listing
01. Land Of Information
02. Kingdom Of Solace
03. Star Men
04. A World Divided
05. Nemesis
06. Contingent - Part I: The Campaign
07. 20 Second Century
08. Obsession
09. Heir Apparent
10. Contingent - Part II: The Hammer of Remnant
11. Under Restraint
12. The Tides That Won't Change
13. Symphony of Tears

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Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of 1349. The Norwegian black metal stalwarts have already been signed to this label in the US and now extend the deal to a worldwide representation. Regarding their signing, 1349 comment: "We are currently in the early creative stages of our new art offering and we are exited to confirm that we have extended our agreement with partners Season of Mist - this time handling the release worldwide."

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Seidemann: bass
Ravn: vocals
Archaon: guitars
Frost: drums

Live
10 Mar 17 Osaka (JP) Fanj Twice (+Arcturus)
11 Mar 17 Nagoya (JP) Rad Hall (+Arcturus)
12 Mar 17 Tokyo (JP) Garden (+Arcturus)
13 May 17 London (UK) The Dome and Boston Music Room
14 May 17 London (UK) Incineration Fest 2017

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Anticlockwise have released the official music video for their brand new song "Raise your Head". Listen full album on Spotify.

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2017 marks 25th years from the original release of the acclaimed album "The Crimson Idol" by W.A.S.P.. Recognized worldwide as the band's landmark recording, W.A.S.P. will commemorate the release of that historic album by performing it in its entirety: "Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary of The Crimson Idol" World Tour. The tour will feature the complete album, as well as the 3 missing songs originally intended to be part of those recordings. The show will be done in two parts, with the first being "The Crimson Idol", and part two being a collection of greatest hits.

TOURDATES
08.11.2017 IT - Bologna, Estragon
09.11.2017 IT - Milan, Live Club
10.11.2017 CH - Lausanne, Docks
11.11.2017 CH - Pratteln, Z7
14.11.2017 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
15.11.2017 DE - Hannover, Capitol
16.11.2017 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
17.11.2017 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
18.11.2017 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.11.2017 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
21.11.2017 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
22.11.2017 DE - Munich, Backstage
24.11.2017 CZ - Hluk, Sportshall
25.11.2017 PL - Warsaw, Progresja
26.11.2017 AT - Vienna, Arena

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On the surface, things might have seemed a little quiet on the SKITLIV front since the release of the 2009 album "Skandinavisk Misantropi" on Season of Mist. And indeed, the band is in somewhat of a hiatus given the personal and work commitments of both the band's founder and former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, as well as Niklas Kvarforth's full agenda with SHINING. But a "new" video has recently surfaced which should go a little way towards assuaging the thirst that fans have for news of the band. Whilst going through his archives the legendary frontman found the "piece of X-ray adultery", which had been filmed at around the time of the album release and never made public, in his vaults. Filmed by renowned sculptor and SUCHTHAUS bassist Spacebrain, the video for the title track from "Skandinavisk Misantropi" can now be seen below. More information about SKILTIV can be found on the band's Facebook page.



The spanish Melodic Death Metal band IN THOUSAND LAKES have just released their second album "Age Of Decay" through Xtreem Music. "Age of Decay" was recorded at Chromaticity Studios (VHÄLDEMAR, RISE FO FALL...). This new album means a huge step for the band where they reflect all their influences that goes from european styled Death Metal to Heavy Metal, Thrash, Progressive... You can visit IN THOUSAND LAKES' official Facebook here.



NEW DISORDER has just released their new album, "Deception", available now in physical distribution through Code 7/Plastic Head in Europe and worldwide. The album consists on 2 unreleased tracks (Deception and Curtain Call) + 8 tracks from their previous album "Straight To The Pain" totally remixed, remastered + some cool new stuff!
"Deception" is already available on digital stores in download and streaming. New Disorder have experienced a spot for Coca Cola Zero (Italy), two tours in Italy and Europe sharing the stage also with Breakdown Of Sanity in Russia and Belarus. A new European tour is planned for next spring; they will open for the industrial metal band PAIN in April 16-17-18th on Baltic Area.

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February 26th, 2017

The official video of "Royal Chains" from the upcoming BADASS album "More Pain, More Gain" (out on April 15th via Lion Music/Cargo Records UK) has just been released. You can see it below.

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February 25th, 2017

For their brand-new song "Rebels Of Our Time" MAJESTY present you the first short film ind Heavy Metal history. The movie tells an exciting story which is set in a postapocalyptic future and which leads into a cool music video.

Singer Tarek comments on the extraordinary project: "We all are big cinema fans and we had in mind for quite a long time to shoot a short film which exactely shows what the band stands for. Our new album "Rebels" is a big step forward for us in any way and therefor we simply didn´t want to simply make a boringly normal music video. We are extremely proud of the result but that is not only due to us but because of the whole film team and the actors. All of them supported the project with enormous dedication and with much blood, sweat and tears. We made lots of new friends during the shooting!"

For the short film MAJESTY collaborated with the ambitious young film makers Dennis Keller, Oliver Allweyer und Daniel Roschy who passionately and professionally implemented the script written by Tarek. Dennis Keller states: "44 hours of shooting in 3 days, average temperature of -5°C and a brilliant team. From the make-up across the catering to our actors everything was right - and I think you also see that in the result!"

The Making-Of can be seen here.

"Rebels Of Our Time" is taken from the new MAJESTY record "Rebels" and can be purchased as a digital single . You can order the album as CD, LP, digital and also as a limited boxset through NoiseArt.



Beyond the Labyrinth released a video for the song “Someone Watching Over You”, an inspirational song that could be about father talking to his daughter or a lover to his girlfriend. It is the 3rd song on Beyond The Labyrinth’s brand new album “The Art Of Resilience” (out on March 17th 2017 through Spinal Records).



20th Edition of Headbangers Open Air from 27. - 29.7.2017 - billing is now almost complete. Confirmed so far:

Sanctuary (USA)
Loudness (Jap)
Pretty Maids (DK)
Toxik (USA)
Rock Goddess (UK)
Blind Illusion (USA)
Atlantean Kodex (D) finally at HOA
Raven (UK)
Silent Knight (Aus) first time in Europe
Gothic Knights (USA) first time in Europe
Paragon (D)
Stormwarrior (D)
Picture (NL) original singer Ronald Van Prooien, set from first 3 album
Bullet (Swe) let there be rock...
Suicidal Angels (Gr)
Attacker (USA)
Night Demon (USA)
Bloodfeast (USA)
Attic (D)
Warrant (D)
Axe Victims/Universe (D) 5 Songs from LP "Another Victim"
Rohbau (D) first HOA-band ever in 1998 ....
Bäd Influence (D)
Black Hawk (D)

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DESECRATOR will release their debut studio album "To The Gallows" on March 24th! Today the band has unleashed the lyric video for the title track, check it out below. DESECRATOR are a 4-piece Thrash Metal band based in Melbourne, Australia. With a sound that has been compared to early Testament, Death Angel and Sacred Reich, DESECRATOR's twin guitar attack, punishing rhythm section and blood soaked vocals have won over the old guard of staunch metal fans as well as recruiting the new wave of young thrashers.

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Progressive Metal band THE RETICENT have released an official video for "The Decision," a track from 2016 album On The Eve of a Goodbye. Check out the video below.

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February 24th, 2017

"Echoes" from the Amsterdam-based metal band THE CHARM THE FURY can be seen below. The track is taken from the group's sophomore album, "The Sick, Dumb & Happy", which will be released on March 17 via Nuclear Blast / Arising Empire.



Today marks the day where AntropomorphiA returns with their latest collection of gospels of the obscene! Enter those stores now since 'Sermon ov Wrath' is easily the band's magnum opus as of yet!

To celebrate the album release the band has now launched the first video for the new album and it's for the song 'Murmur Ov The Dead'! The video was produced and edited my Maurice Swinkels (Legion Of The Damned).



ROTTING CHRIST have announced a massive string of European shows from spring to autumn 2017, which will cover sixteen different countries.

The band comments: "Friends, we are proud to be able to present our latest album 'Rituals' once more to you. Your support and enthusiasm is what keeps us going. We are extremely excited and looking forward to see you again on the road!"

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09 Mar 17 Bari (IT) Demode Club
10 Mar 17 Roma (IT) Traffic Club
11 Mar 17 Bologna (IT) Alchemica Club
17 Mar 17 Bielsko Biala (PL) Rude Boy
18 Mar 17 Prague (CZ) Hellenic Darkness Festival
20 Mar 17 Bohinjska Bistrica (SI) Winter Days of Metal
25 Mar 17 Athens (GR) Peiraios Academy
08 Apr 17 Iraklion (GR) Milos
29 Apr 17 Catania (IT) Southern Storm Festival
02 Jun 17 Aachen (DE) Musikbunker
03 Jun 17 Leipzig (DE) Wave Gothic Treffen
06 Jun 17 Kosice (SK) Coloseum
09 Jun 17 Hauptmannsgrün (DE) Chronical Moshers Open Air
10 Jun 17 Wroclaw (PL) Firlej
11 Jun 17 Poznan (PL) U Bazyla
13 Jun 17 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
14 Jun 17 Osnabrück (DE) Bastard Club
15 Jun 17 Arnhem (DE) Willemeen
16 Jun 17 Dessel (BE) Grasspop Metal Meeting
17 Jun 17 Drachten (NL) Iduma
18 Jun 17 Lille (FR) TBA
21 Jun 17 Freiburg (DE) TBA
22 Jun 17 Essen (DE) Turock
23 Jun 17 Ferropolis (DE) With Full Force
24 Jun 17 Oslo (NO) Tons of Rock
14 Jul 17 Dunauyvaros (HU) Rockmaraton
29 Jul 17 Viseu (PT) Viseu Rockfest
05 Aug 17 Tampere (FI) Saari Helvetti Festival
10 Aug 17 Graz (AT) Metal on the Hill
12 Aug 17 Jeromer (CZ) Brutal Assault
18 Aug 17 Falun (SE) Lugnet (Sabbaton Open Air)
22 Sep 17 Zaragoza (ES) Iberian Warriors
06 Oct 17 Brighton (UK) Mammoth Fest

GHOST BATH are pleased to announce the digital release of »Starmourner« on April 21st via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band has released the first single from that record, entitled 'Thrones':



UK groove death metallers A TRUST UNCLEAN will release their new EP Parturition on Basick Records on June 02nd. In celebration of the news, the band unveiled their new video 'To Encompass and Eclipse'.



'Live And Louder', The Dead Daisies' new live outing is set for release on May 19th on Spitfire Music / SPV. The video trailer for Live & Louder can be viewed below:



MANTAR have released a snippet video for another song off the upcoming 10" vinyl EP entitled »The Spell«. The mini album will contain 3 previously unreleased songs and is set to be released on March 31 via Nuclear Blast. The title track features Okoi Jones from Swiss extreme metal duo BÖLZER on guest vocals.



Neurosis continue to announce live shows in support of their lauded eleventh studio album, Fires Within Fires (Neurot Recordings) as today we reveal a handful of festival and other live appearances in July.

LIVE SHOWS:-
Sat 01.07.2017, DK - Roskilde, Roskilde Festival
Sun 02.07.2017, SE - Stockholm, Kraken
Mon 03.07.2017, SE - Gothenburg, Pustervik
Tue 04.07.2017, FI - Helsinki, Tavastia
Wed 05.07.2017 IS - Neskaupstadur, Eistnaflug

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MEMORIAM are set to unleash their debut album, »For The Fallen«, on March 24th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band have revealed the fifth video trailer in which they are talking about the songwriting process of the album.



NIGHT DEMON have proclaimed their epic return in 2017, which comes in the form of the band's upcoming full length studio effort, Darkness Remains. The new album is the follow up to their debut record, Curse of the Damned, and is primed for an April 21st 2017 release on SPV/Steamhammer. In addition to the impending release of Darkness Remains, Night Demon is also pleased to announce that they will be embarking on a full European tour. The tour begins directly on the release date in Germany and will run 'til early June before the band will come back to Europe by the end of July.

Live 2017:
21.04.D-Oberhausen - Helvete (with Angel Witch)
22.04.NL-Stadskanaal - Very 'Eavy Festival
23.04.B-Roeselare - De Verlichte Geest (with Angel Witch)
26.04.NL-Tilburg - Little Devil
27.04.B-Diest - Moonlight Music Hall
28.-29.04.D-Lauda/Königshofen - Keep It True Festival
30.04.D-Leipzig - Hellraiser
03.05.CH-Aarau - Kiff
05.05.E-Madrid - Pounding Metal Fest
11.05.D-Karlsruhe - Alte Hackerei
13.05.D-Oberndorf am Lech - Metalheadz Open Air
14.05.CH-Chur - Pallazo Beat Club
16.05.D-Munich - Backstage
17.05.A-Vienna - Escape Metal Corner
19.05.D-Etzenrot - Soundcheck One
20.05.A-Dornbirn - Schlachthaus
24.05.PL-Warsaw - Poglos
26.05.-27.05.GR-Athens - Up The Hammers Festival
01.-03.06.SE-Tyrolen - Muskelrock
03.06.D-Berlin - Cortina
04.06.D-Gelsenkirchen - Rock Hard Festival
27.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen - Headbanger's Open Air
10.-12.08.D-Schlotheim - PartySan Open Air

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Liverpool based experimental rock/metal band LOATHE has announced plans to release their debut album, »The Cold Sun«, with SharpTone Records on April 14th. Today, the band has partnered with RockSound.tv to premiere the record's first new song and video, 'Dance of My Skin'.



HELTER SKELTER PRODUCTIONS (distributed by Regain Records) is proud to announce the signing of INFIDEL REICH. The band features members & ex members of Asphyx, Acheron, Soulburn & Rectal Smegma. Check out "Quranicide" taken from their upcoming EP "Infidel Reich" > out spring 2017 below.

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Members of Carcass, Testament, Dying Fetus, and Annihilator covered Cannibal Corpse's "Hammer Smashed Face"on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal. And it actually is quite frantic and credible. Check it out here:



LOST DREAMS have released the following statement regarding a recently released drum playthrough video: "Watch our drummer Rafael beating the devil out of his drum kit. This is also a sneak preview for the song 'It's Not A Game It's An Onslaught', taken from our forthcoming album 'Exhale' - enjoy!" LOST DREAMS' new album "Exhale" is set to be released on May 26, 2017 via Massacre Records.

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Al-Namrood will release a 6th Full Length Album. The private citizens life has become public while the public officials lives have become private. The watchful eye of control, suppression and manipulation face rebellion and fuel anti-establishment. The Saudis return with their 6th album of angry protest. Adopting punk influence into their first wave style of black metal the sound is distinctly Arabian complete with oriental instrumentation. Available on CD and Vinyl through Shaytan Productions.



After having already announced a whole load of stunning bands for the Metal On The Hill festival line up, it's time to round up the bill with another heavy name on the festival! Please welcome German Death metallers DAWN OF DISEASE with an exclusive Austrian festival show in 2017!

DAWN OF DISEASE's sound is determined by abrasiveness and melody, where subliminal harmonies and killer riffs are accompanied by rapid blastbeats and pounding doublebass. Tomasz's vocals are a cross between dark growlings, aggressive screams and in-your-face shouting. Although a big number of typical Swedish elements can still be found, DAWN OF DISEASE are more than able to add an their own style beyond these bounds and are ready to enthrall Metal On The Hill Festival! Save the dates: August 11th and 12th 2017!

Headliners BLIND GUARDIAN and PARADISE LOST will find their way to Graz for a very special and exclusive Austrian show in 2017! Irish Pagan Scottish Pirate Metal PRIMORDIAL, Scottish outfit ALESTORM, Melodic Metal conjurers INSOMNIUM, Pagan giants ARKONA and Brazil`s tribal female thrash power trio NERVOSA will be on the bill performing exclusive Austrian festival shows as well. ROTTING CHRIST will bring the black cult to the hill with a very special old school set and popular Symphonic Metal acts SERENITY and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will round out the bill together with EBONY ARCHWAYS and PAIN IS, both local metal band hailing from the Metal On The Hill hometown Graz.

NAPALM RECORDS and it's own booking department NAPALM EVENTS have awakened all of Austria from its slumber and are ready to host another heavy festival weekend both days in Kasemattenbühne at the most popular and picturesque open air event location "Schloßberg".

VIP tickets are already sold out! Get your tickets for METAL ON THE HILL 2017 here!



February 23rd, 2017

HEXA MERA have unleashed a video for the song 'Union', taken from their second full-length album, "Enlightenment", which will be released on March 31st. The track features 13 (!) guest vocalists from multiple renowned Belgian metal bands.

The song features Peggy Meeussen (Bliksem), Ron Bruynseels (Bark / Hard Resistance), Steven Van Crombruggen (Off The Cross), Dries Monsieurs (Moments), Ad De Wachter (Moker), Wim Jacobs (Crimson Falls), Dafus (Growing Horns), Koen Dils (Predatoria), Piet Overstijns (Dyscordia), Filip Lemmens (FireForce), K (Spankraght), Peter De Bondt (Royal Jake) and Thomas Marijsse (Basement Critters).



"Brace yourself for Armageddon... here is Everybody Dies, the first lyric video for the new Ayreon album! On vocals: Michael Mills, Tommy Karevik, Tommy Rogers, Russell Allen, Hansi Kürsch, Michael Eriksen, Tobias Sammet and Floor Jansen. Awesome video made by Wayne Joyner!" - Arjen Lucassen

The Source is an exciting new chapter in the Ayreon saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists like James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Simone Simons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), and Russell Allen (Symphony X). The Source will be released on April 28 through Ayreon's new label Mascot Label Group/Music Theories Recordings.

The story of The Source is set six billion years in the past relative to Earth. It begins on Planet Alpha, a world in the Andromeda system where computer intelligence has far surpassed that of humanity. Alpha is facing a massive global crisis, with ecological and political catastrophes threatening all human life. The Alphans (our human ancestors) try to save their planet by entrusting the global computer mainframe—The 'Frame—to find a solution. Given total control of the planet, the 'Frame reaches the logical conclusion that its creators are the cause of all the trouble. The only way to solve Alpha's problems is to exterminate humanity. This leaves the Alphans no other option than to try and escape their horrific fate. But their escape comes at a terrible price. It's the beginning of a story that contains everything that has made the Ayreon epics so endlessly fascinating all these years.

2017 will be a particularly exciting year for Ayreon fans thanks to a unique chance to actually see Ayreon live. Limited to three exclusive performances, "The Ayreon Universe" will take place in September in the prestigious 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. This unprecedented live event features the best of twenty years of Ayreon music, brought to life by a top cast of musicians such as Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Damian Wilson (Threshold), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Anneke van Giersbergen, and various others. The reclusive Arjen Lucassen himself is also expected to make a rare appearance on stage. The tickets for all concerts – 9000 in total – sold out within a day, proving once again that the Ayreon magic is still very much alive and kicking.



In support of The Last Hero and after recent headlining tours all over Europe, the UK and the States, ALTER BRIDGE will return for an extensive summer run and have now announced exciting European summer dates and festival appearances!

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European Summer Shows:

06.06.17 NL - Tilburg / 013
14.06.17 CZ - Prague / Forum Karlin
20.06.17 IR - Dublin / Olympia
21.06.17 IR - Belfast / Ulster Hall
24.06.17 DE - Leipzig / Haus Auensee
29.06.17 ES - Madrid / Auditorio M. Rios
30.06.17 Es - Bilbao / Miribilla

Festival Shows:

29.-30.04.17 US - Fort Myers, FL / Fort Rock
05.-07.05.17 US - Charlotte, NC / Carolina Rebellion
03.06.17 DE - Bavaria / Rock im Park
04.06.17 DE - Nurburgring / Rock am Ring
08.06.17 SE - Solvesborg / Sweden Rock
10.06.17 FR - Paris / Download
11.06.17 UK - Donington / Download
15.06.17 AT - Nickelsdorf / Novarock
17.06.17 BE - Dessel / Graspop
18.06.17 FR - Clisson / Hellfest
23.06.17 DK - Copenhagen / Copenhell
26.06.17 LU - Luxembourg City / LuxExpo
02.07.17 ES - Barcelona / Rock Fest
05.07.17 IT - Rome / Rock in Rome
06.07.17 IT - Milan / Market Sound

For more info visit their homepage and their Facebook page.

BLUES PILLS announced another European tour in March/April 2017! After touring successfully with their #1 album »Lady in Gold« last year, the band is excited to play a lot of new territories in spring 2017. Today, the band releases the official tour trailer via YouTube. Check it out below.

Bass player Zack Anderson states about the tour: "We are happy to announce we will be doing another tour through Europe in March 2017. We will be hitting new cities and countries where we didn't make it on our previous tour, and even some countries we've never been to at all! The list includes Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, and Netherlands. We are excited to tie our touring shoe laces, unload our instrument cases, play in many beautiful places, and see some extraordinary new faces, people of all different ages...so we'll see you on the stages!"

»Lady In Gold« Tour 2017
01.03.2017 PL Gdańsk, B90
02.03.2017 PL Warsaw, Progresja
04.03.2017 PL Cracov, Kwadrat
05.03.2017 CZ Prague, Rock Cafe
07.03.2017 SK Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
09.03.2017 BU Sofia, Mixtape 5
10.03.2017 GR Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
11.03.2017 GR Athens, Piraeus 117 Academy
14.03.2017 IT Ravenna, Bronson Club
15.03.2017 IT Trieste, Teatro Miela
17.03.2017 CH La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Bikini Test
18.03.2017 CH Zürich, Mascotte
20.03.2017 FR Lyon-Feyzin, L'Epicerie Moderne
21.03.2017 FR Toulouse, Bikini
22.03.2017 ES Bilbao, Santana 27
24.03.2017 PT Lisbon, Lisboa Ao Vivo
25.03.2017 PT Porto, Hard Club
26.03.2017 ES Saragossa, Las Armas
28.03.2017 FR Saint Nazaire, Le VIP
29.03.2017 FR Massy, Paul B
31.03.2017 LU Luxembourg, Den Atelier
01.04.2017 FR Chauny, Rock'n Festival
02.04.2017 NL Deventer, Burgerweeshuis



The progressive power metal band VANDROYA will release their new album "Beyond The Human Mind" on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings. With a more evident progressive influence but without giving up the weight and virtuosity of power metal, the new album brings a more mature band, a more balanced sound and reflects the musicians technical and artistic evolution since the debut album "One". The album concept revolves around the journey we all go through in search of fullness and inner peace. The album artwork is created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth].

Led by vocalist Daísa Munhoz, Vandroya are ready to take the next step and make a mark in the metal scene with "Beyond The Human Mind".

"Beyond The Human Mind" track listing
01. Columns Of Illusion
02. The Path To The Endless Fall
03. Maya
04. Time After Time
05. Last Breath
06. I'm Alive
07. You'll Know My Name
08. If I Forgive Myself
09. Beyond The Human Mind

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Hells Headbangers sets June 9th as the international release date for Cemetery Urn's long-awaited third album, Cemetery Urn, on vinyl, CD, and cassette tape formats. Hells Headbangers previously worked with Cemetery Urn in releasing the band's first two albums - 2008's Urn of Blood and 2010's The Conquered Are Burned, both originally self-released on CD - on vinyl in 2011. More info on Cemetery Urn Homepage.



British doom duo PHLEFONYAAR will release their new album Septic, Bitter and Hardbitten on 14 April 2017 via Cavernous Records. The band have released album track Temple Bells After Midnight as a taster of what's to come, check it out at Bandcamp. More info can be found Facebook page.

WHILE SHE SLEEPS have released the official music video for their brand new song 'Silence Speaks' feat. Oliver Sykes of BRING ME THE HORIZON.



On March 10th, EVOCATION will celebrate their return to Death Metal with their stunning new longplayer 'The Shadow Archetype'! The album is a confession to their Swedish Death Metal roots while adding bits and pieces of roaring Thrash Metal to their addictive heavy sound! EVOCATION have now released the 2nd (and final) video with excerpts from the studio and in-depth explanations from guitarist Marko Palmen, see below.

You can check out part 1 as well as the first two singles 'Children Of Stone' and 'The Coroner' at metalblade.com/evocation where you can also pre-order 'The Shadow Archetype.' The album will be released on vinyl as well as on Digi-CD (comes w/free beer underlay) and all digital outlets.

'The Shadow Archetype' was recorded at three different studios. Backing vocals, mixing and mastering were done at Dugout Productions. Daniel Bergstrand handled the recording of backing vocals and mixing. George Nerantzis handled the mastering. Drums were recorded at Crehate Studios together with studio engineer Oscar Nilsson. 'The Shadow Archetype' also features veteran drummer Per Möller Jensen (ex-The Haunted, ex-Invocator) on session drums. Per sets a new Death Metal standard on the new Evocation album with his complex and yet groovy drumming, which we know well from his time in The Haunted. Guitars, bass, and lead vocals were recorded by the band in their own studio, Acacia Avenue Recordings. "We started recording the drums in late June 2015 and did the last recordings with vocals in June 2016. So, we spent roughly a year in the studio with 'The Shadow Archetype'. In my opinion, the production is our strongest so far. It has all the elements I want in a production; raw brutality with a distinctive punch!"

The cover and layout duties have been delegated to Xaay (Behemoth, Nile, a.o.) who delivered a great job!

'The Shadow Archetype' tracklisting:
1. Into Ruins
2. Condemned To The Grave
3. Modus Operandi
4. Children Of Stone
5. The Coroner
6. The Shadow Archetype
7. Blind Obedience
8. Survival Of The Sickest
9. Sulphur And Blood
10. Imperium Fall
11. Dark Day Sunrise

EVOCATION line-up:
Thomas Josefsson - vocals
Marko Palmén - guitar
Simon Exner - guitar
Gustaf Jorde - bass
Per Möller Jensen - session drums on the album

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Norway's KARISMA RECORDS have announced their first signing of the year, and, in keeping with the label's reputation for finding the best amongst the nascent talent on the Norwegian scene, they have inked a deal with DOBBELTGJENGER, who, according to the band themselves, play "paranoid, dark and catchy rock".

Commenting on their joining forces with Karisma, DOBBELTGJENGER had this to say: "We are very pleased to have signed with Karisma Records. It's a privilege to sign with a label with so many original and bold artists! Now we are heading to the studio to record a new, punk-inspired, and more hands-on record. The album is already written and we are really looking forward to sharing it with the world! "

Formed in 2015 in the rainy streets of Karisma's home town of Bergen, DOBBELTGJENGER's lineup of Sondre Veland (MAJOR PARKINSON, OSSICLES) on drums, Jakob Sønnesyn (DEPRESNO, 9 GRADER NORD) on bass, Vegard Wikne (OCEAN OF LOTION) on guitars and vocals, and Knut Martin Rasmussen Langeland on guitar, draw their inspiration from everything from old videogames, to their own neuroticism, to bands like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, THE MARS VOLTA and RADIOHEAD.

DOBBELTGJENGER's debut full-length album, "When I've Gone to Space" appeared in late 2016, and whilst this first album is heavily influenced by progressive rock and elements of jazz and psychedelia, the follow up album, which the band are currently working on, and which is expected to be released in 2018, marks a noticeable shift away from a purely psychedelic expression and towards a more varied and, as the band mentioned previously, punk-inspired direction. It's a direction in which allows DOBBELTGJENGER to explore paranoid and angular mind games through the use of explosive stoner riffs and electric slide-guitars.

A video for the title track from DOBBELTGJENGER's debut album "When I've Gone to Space", which frontman Wikne describes as being "A lonely journey into space - about diving into oneself and into the vast and strange "space" where lost astronauts in search of inner peace meet", can be seen below. More information about DOBBELTGJENGER can be found on the at the band's Facebook page.



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. NOVA COLLECTIVE's music can be described as fusion, weaving progressive rock influences with world music, jazz and classical, to create something entirely new that is pure aural candy for prog/jazz fans. For a preview of 'The Further Side', a full-band, a full band play-through video for the new single, 'Ripped Apart and Reassembled', can be viewed below.



UK death thrashers The Bleeding are back with their latest vicious onslaught! In a world of hyper narcissism and apathetic delusion, half measures are no longer sufficient. Enter Rites Of Absolution; a 21st century horror story touching every splintered nerve ending and a hideous blood drenched vision of humanity's imminent demise. Recorded and mixed at MTR Studios in their native London, the follow up to the band's debut, Death Eternal, would then be mastered by the legendary Ade Emsley, famed for his work with Iron Maiden and Phil Campbell to name a couple. More info at their homepage.



MAMMOTHOR are preparing their new LP DEVOTION LOST for April 28th release. Recorded at New Alliance Audio in Cambridge, MA (Godsmack, Powerman 5000), mixed and engineered by Kyle Paradis (I Was Awake), and slated to be mastered by Jay Frigoletto (Alice in Chains, Shinedown, Tesla, Nonpoint) at MASTERSUITE, DEVOTION is 12 tracks of full-on East Coast Rock fury including the first single "Faith Healer", being released in April.

Devotion Lost sees MAMMOTHOR, long a staple in the New England Rock scene who have shared stages with the likes of Living Colour, Saving Abel, Fuel, Powerman 5000, Orgy, Eve 6, Hinder, Ted Nugent and more, vocalist Travis Lowell, Josh Johnson (guitar), Dana Sharpton (guitar), Dusty Mulholland (bass – studio only), and Nick Raby (drums) straying drastically at times from their blues rock roots and delving into bold, progressive new territory. Opener "Howling Baying Jackal" recalls classic heavy metal in the vein of Iron Maiden, followed up by "Skin" an edgy alt-metal burner, with a dark, chanting core. The lyrics to "Skin" additionally provided inspiration for the eye catching album art on Devotion Lost, created by Italian graphic designer Maurizio Piccinelli. First single "Faith Healer" sees the band settling into a more classic hard-rock style with a tune that's radio-ready while still maintaining a dark, progressive Metal edge. The back-to-back duo of "Shadows of Oblivion" and "Elusive Engineer" sees Devotion Lost making perhaps the most stark stylistic shift; from screaming vocals and guitar driven heavy metal on "Shadows" to a melodic, moody ballad in the form of "Engineer".

The album is rounded out by "Blood-Soaked Candy Heart", "a twisted love story," according to vocalist Travis Lowell, followed by the band's re-imagining of their previous track "Tyrannicide", and the crushing, "Pillar of Simeon". For more information visit MAMMOTHOR at their homepage.



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«

w/ TRIOSPHERE, STRIKER
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

w/ THUNDERSTONE, STRIKER
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:

ALCEST
ARCH ENEMY
ASPHYX
BELPHEGOR
BEYOND THE BLACK
BLIND GUARDIAN
CIVIL WAR
DAWN OF DISEASE
DEATH ANGEL
DESERTED FEAR
DEW-SCENTED
ELUVEITIE
EWIGHEIM
FEUERSCHWANZ
FIDDLER'S GREEN
FIRKIN
GRAVE DIGGER
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
ICED EARTH
IN EXTREMO
INSOMNIUM
KAMBRIUM
KORPIKLAANI
LACUNA COIL
LORD OF THE LOST
MANTAR
MONO INC.
MOONSPELL
MR. HURLEY & DIE PULVERAFFEN
MR. IRISH BASTARD
NACHTBLUT
OST FRONT
RAGE
SERUM 114
TANK
THE NEW BLACK
THE VINTAGE CARAVAN
UNZUCHT
VARG
VLAD IN TEARS

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.

DOOL (NL)
MERCILESS (SE) - Last show ever!
OUR SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON US (AT)
PENTACLE (NL)
TANKARD (DE)
VENOM (UK)
VERWOED (NL)

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.
HATEBREED + DYING FEUTS
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: