(21 april 2015)

Iedere dinsdag vindt je hier een vers weekoverzicht met het laatste nieuws uit het metalen wereldje, verzameld door de LoM nieuwsredactie. Wil jij het meteen weten als er een nieuwe weekupdate beschikbaar is? Volg ons dan via

Here´s the new single from The Dead Daisies with their new vocalist John Corabi (ex Mötley Crüe). Other well-known names on the album, called ´Revolución´ are bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) on keys, guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix), lead guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs) and Jackie Barnes (Tin Lids/Jimmy Barnes). The album will be released May 29th and you can catch the band live when the will tour Europe this summer with Kiss.

02-06 02 Arena (Hamburg, Germany)
03-06 02 Arena (Berlin, Germany)
04-06 Leipzig Arena (Leipzig Germany)
06-06 Rock In Vienna Festival (Vienna, Austria)
08-06 Prague 02 Arena (Prague Czech Republic)
10-06 Zurich Hallenstadion (Zurich, Switzerland)
11-06 Verona Arena (Verona, Italy)
14-06 Download Festival (Derby, UK)
16-06 Le Zenith (Paris, France)
18-06 Ziggo Dome (Amsterdam Holland)
19-06 Graspop Festival (Graspop, Belgium)
21-06 Barcelona Palau San Jordi (Barcelona, Spain)
22-06 Barclaycard Arena (Madrid, Spain)

Frankfurt Musikmesse, the world’s largest tradeshow for musical instruments, has unveiled a new exhibition set-up for 2016. Only days after the 2015 edition, another set of dates is presented, as the fair will open its door for both public and business on all days next year, when it will be held from April 7 to 10. Besides being open for public on all days from 10 to 19 hours, the combination with Prolight & Sound is stopped. That event will take place on another date from now on. This still leaves you with too little time to explore the fair in one day, or so Lords of Metal reporters Remco and Ramon found out last edition. Stay tuned for a report as representative as humanly possible in our next edition, scheduled for May 15th. For those who can’t wait, from September 10-13 the annual NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound will be held in Moscow.

Other Messe news, Orange amps unveiled a bunch of interesting items at Musikmesse. The third generation of its British built Rockerverb Series guitar amplifiers. This latest incarnation, the Orange Rockerverb MKIII, sees the most significant changes to the series to date, and is available in 50W and 100W head formats or as a 50W 2x12” combo - in its original top loading design. Following thousands of customer requests, Orange Amplification also announce their first foray into the pedal market since the mid 70s, with the introduction of the Orange Bax Bangeetar Guitar Pre-EQ. Handmade in the Orange Custom Shop, England, this game changing pedal is in a class of its own. Available in two finishes, black or white, this latest offering “functions as a traditional stompbox, a standalone preamp, and a direct recording tool, meaning the possibilities are virtually limitless”.

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi took part in a signing session earlier today (Friday, April 17) at the Laney booth during the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below (courtesy of he also did a signing session for Epiphone.

Coming to Europe on May 18th : the long unavailable debut album 'Sic Lvceat Lvx' from Swiss avant black metal band SCHAMMASCH, reissued on Prosthetic Records on limited vinyl LP and CD. Last year's "Contradiction" caused some serious waves in the extreme metal world with its forward thinking, challenging esoteric black metal and "Sic Lvceat Lvx" shows where it all began. The birth of an important new black metal force is documented right here. Remastered with new artwork from Valnoir (Alcest, Watain). Pre-order the limited vinyl, cd and t shirt bundles can be done here.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has surprisingly pleaded “guilty” in his charges against him for threatening and illegal drug possession. In December he pleaded “not guilty”, when he was suspected of trying to hire a hitman, but the case was dropped due to a lack of evidence. He does now admit to have made life threats by telephone and to have had 0,7 grams of amphetamine and 130 grams of cannabis (weed) in his house. During the trial, Rudd is not allowed to leave the country, hence keeping him out of his band’s touring obligations. He is replaced by former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade. The official trial will be at June 26th.

Nuclear Blast is issuing SLAYER's new vinyl-only single, "When The Stillness Comes" - the first new track from the band in nearly a year - as limited edition green and white vinyl. Slayer guitarist Kerry King on the new single: "We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some f**king minivan, and I'm just miserable in the backseat, not into anything," he says of the song. "So I just stated jotting down hateful thoughts. It's about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he's killed everybody. It's really cool." Listen to "When The Stillness Comes", below.

FAITH NO MORE will release its first album since 1997's ‘Album Of The Year’, entitled ‘Sol Invictus’. A new remix of the single, ‘Superhero’, crafted by EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN's Alexander Hacke, is available for streaming at this location.

UNLEASHED will release their new album, ‘Dawn Of The Nine’, on April 24 via Nuclear Blast Records. The official lyric video for the song ‘Defenders Of Midgard’ can be viewed here:

SHINEDOWN, are laying the finishing touches on their new album for a tentative late 2015 release.

INTRONAUT is currently recording its new full-length album for a late 2015 release via Century Media Records.

COAL CHAMBER will release its first album in thirteen years, ‘Rival’, on May 12 via Napalm Records. The official lyric video for the song, ‘Suffer In Silence’ (feat. guest vocals by MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen) is available here:

DEVIL CITY ANGELS – the band featuring former L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns alongside drummer Rikki Rockett (POISON), bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA), and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL) – is in the final stages of mixing its debut album for September release.

Following the departure with vocalist Johnny Solinger, who quit the band earlier this month in order to pursue a solo career, SKID ROW has re-recorded its classic song ‘18 And Life’ with the band's new lead singer, Tony Harnell (ex-TNT). The new version of the track can now be streamed and downloaded for free at this location.

THE UNABOMBER FILES – the Brazilian extreme metal project featuring SEPULTURA bassist Paul Xisto Pinto Jr. alongside current/former members of EMINENCE and THE MIST – will release a new EP, ‘The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Best Friend’, later in the year. A teaser for the EP is available here

TERROR UNIVERSAL – the "horror metal" band featuring ILL NIÑO members Dave Chavarri (also ex-SOULFLY) and guitarist Ahrue Luster (also ex-MACHINE HEAD), has parted ways with vocalist Chad "Rott" Armstrong and has replaced him with "Plague". Rott made his position impossible to hold after having groped Otep singer Otep Shamaya and she filed against him.

HIGH ON FIRE will release their new album, ‘Luminiferous’, on June 23 via eOne Music.

NIGHTWISH will have its show in Vancouver on April 25 at The Orpheum filmed for a future DVD release. NIGHTWISH announce their 2nd single, for the title-track 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful'. It will be available on May 8th as a limited edition MCD, 10“ Vinyl and as a download.
The tracklist looks like this:
1. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (album version)
2. Sagan (instrumental) previously unreleased
3. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (alternative version)
4. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (radio edit) previously unreleased
Pre-order 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' here.

ARMORED SAINT will release their new studio album, ‘Win Hands Down’, in June via Metal Blade Records. The video for the title track can be viewed here:

FOUR BY FATE – the band featuring vocalist/guitarist Tod Howarth (FREHLEY'S COMET, CHEAP TRICK) and bassist John Regan (FREHLEY'S COMET, PETER FRAMPTON) – has announced the addition of drummer Rob Affuso (ex-SKID ROW) to the group's ranks.

GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS – the group featuring lead guitarist Matt Wicklund (GOD FORBID, HIMSA, WARREL DANE), drummer Van Williams (NEVERMORE, ASHES OF ARES, PURE SWEET HELL) and vocalist Adōn Fanion – has just released its self-titled debut album, which is available via digital retailers and of course the band’s official website.

DragonForce guitarist HERMAN LI unleashed the world's first underwater live guitar performance happened at the Full Metal Cruise - the biggest metal cruise in Europe - during their breakthrough hit 'Through The Fire And Flames'. Check out the footage below:

And don’t think there isn’t actual drama going on in the world of rock n roll. Hold on for this breathtaking story of a beloved singer: SAMMY HAGAR (Chickenfoot, ex Van Halen) recently spoke with Yahoo Autos about a $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari that he custom-ordered in October 2014. He is reportedly still waiting for the car to be delivered. "Last October, I went to Italy to visit Ferrari with my wife, Kari, and the folks there said, 'Don't worry about a thing, you'll have your car soon," Hagar says of the $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari that he custom-ordered in white with black and beige accents while touring the Maranello factory for the first time in his Ferrari-loving life. "They said, 'Sammy, a few months, maybe Christmas,'" he sighs. "Man, now I'm thinking they meant Christmas 2015." "Sammy is on our mind," says Emmanuel Turin, Ferrari of San Francisco's marketing director. "We can honestly say we don't know when his car will be ready. But we are trying to work on something special for him."

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta recently caught up with Metallica guitarist KIRK HAMMETT for his official podcast, The Jasta Show. Hammett discussed the making of Metallica's highly anticipated new album, revealing that he lost his iPhone "containing 250 musical ideas." Hammett: "I'm Still Looking For It" (editors one word: icloud).

PARADISE LOST's 14th studio album will be titled ‘The Plague Within’ and will be released via Century Media Records on June 1st in Europe and June 2nd in North America. A new lyric video for the track "No Hope In Sight" can be found below.

OZZY OSBOURNE has responded to BILL WARD's statement asking the Prince Of Darkness to "to amend his opinions and exaggerations" regarding Sabbath's recent reunion album/tour and the drummer's "relationship" with the band where he says a "true union was denied." It reads as follows: "I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill's statements left me no option to but to respond honestly. Wow Bill, What the f**k are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath's 13 album and tour - physically, you knew you were f**ked. Tony, Geezer and myself didn't think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony's condition we felt that time was not on our side. Bill, stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and let's be honest. Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour. Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you've only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans. Bill, we go back a long way, let's stop this now before it gets out of hand. God bless you. Love. Ozzy". Ward however fired back by saying he can’t love Ozzy back before the apology, insisting he would be back in shape before the tour, like he always had done in the past.

Nick Menza added another coin to the story of drummer dramas, saying that MEGADETH offered him a stool on the new album, provided he would work for free. This meant no revenues until the concerts would start, even with an uneven share from that point on. He did a counter offering, after which all contact with him was blocked off completely. In his place, longtime Megadeth fan Chris Adler (Lamb Of God) took the job.

HELLOWEEN are poised to release their 14th studio album, My God-Given Right, on May 29th in Europe, June 1st in the UK, and June 2nd in North America, via Nuclear Blast. HELLOWEEN have announced a full summer tour schedule for Europe running through June to August. Check it out below: June 3 - Cultuurpodium Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Netherlands. 4 - Out & Loud Festival 2015 - Geiselwind, Germany. 6 - South Park Festival - Tampere, Finland. 12 - Sala Totem - Pamplona, Spain. 13 - Coliseum - A Coruna, Spain. 20 - Alpen Flair - Castelrotto, Italy. 29 - Kalemegdan Park - Belgrade, Serbia. 30 - Arena Armeec - Sofia, Bulgaria. July 1 - Romexpo - Bucharest, Romania. 17 - Rockmaraton 2015 - Dunaujvaros, Hungary. 24 - Rock Fest Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain. 25 - Benatska! - Liberec, Czech Republic. 26 - Auditorio M. Rios - Madrid, Spain. August 7 - Getaway Rock Festival - Gavle, Sweden. 8 - RockFels - St. Goarshausen, Germany. 29 - Moscow Metal Meeting - Moscow, Russia.

QUEENSRYCHE recently updated their headline tour schedule for 2015, which sees them hitting the US and Europe between March and August. In addition they will support the Scorpions in North America through September and into October. Their schedule is now as follows: April 18-22 - Monsters Of Rock Cruise - Miami, FL. 24 - State Theater - St Petersburg, FL. 25 - Welcome To Rockville Festival - Jacksonville, FL. 26 - 37 Main - Johns Creek, GA. 29 - The Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA. 30 - Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ. May 1 - Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT. 2 - M3 Rock Festival - Columbia, MD. 3 - Carolina Rebellion - Charlotte, NC. 21 - House Of Blues - Houston, TX. 22 - 210 Kapone's - San Antonio, TX. 23 - Gas Monkey Live! - Dallas, TX. 24 - Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK. June 20 - Hard Rock Invasion - Saint Louis, MO. July 16 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany. 19 - Pistoia Blues Festival - Pistoia, Italy. 21 - Metaldays Festival - Tolmin, Slovenia. 22 - Szene - Bezirk Simmering, Austria. 26 - Z7 Summer Nights Open Air - Pratteln, Switzerland. 31 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany. August 1 - Skogsrojet Festival - Rejmyre, Sweden. 3 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands. 4 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Netherlands. 5 - The Marble Factory - Bristol, UK. 6 - Electric Ballroom - London, UK. 7 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK. 8 - Alcatraz Festival - Kortrijk, Belgium. September (supporting Scorpions) 10 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA. 12 - Barclay's Arena - Brooklyn, NY. 13 - Meadowbrook - Gilford, NH. 18 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON. 19 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC. 22 - LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH. 23 - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica - Cleveland, OH. 25 - Caesar's Windsor - Windsor, ON. 26 - Allstate Arena - Chicago, IL. October (supporting Scorpions) 1 - SAP Center - San Jose, CA. 3 - The Forum - Los Angeles, CA.

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and MOTLEY CRUE were two of the acts with the most successful music tours in North America in 2014, based on ticket sales. TSO shifted 847,712 tickets good for sixth best while the Crue sold 790,655 for ninth best. The number one seller of 2014 was One Direction totaling over 1.5 million. For the complete list visit

JOHN CORABI will now join THE DEAD DAISIES as their lead singer. Corabi has been a member of Motley Crue, Union, Angora and Scream. Corabi joins a lineup that currently includes Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboard player Dizzy Reed, bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent) and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne).

CRADLE OF FILTH put a pin in the calendar this July for their new record via Nuclear Blast, dubbed “Hammer Of The Witches”.

Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has released the first single from his upcoming debut solo album, 'Old Rake'. The album is due to be released on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA. The first track, "Guitarists Playing Guitars" features special guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER), James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY) and Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS). Also featured is sticksman Mike Heller (FEAR FACTORY, MALIGNANCY), who performs drums on the entire album. Listen to "Guitarists Playing Guitars" now on Spotify at Spotify.

Lords of Metal’s new found Hungarian friends OMEGA DIATRIBE released their new record 'Abstract Ritual' a few weeks ago, featuring Kevin Talley on drums. The promo copies are already out of stock, but fan orders can be addressed to the band directly.

QUEENSRŸCHE recently entered Uberbeatz Studio in Washington with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Soulfly, Shadows Fall) to begin recording new album, due later in the year via Century Media.

‘Shadowmaker’, the new album from cello rockers APOCALYPTICA, can be streamed on YouTube. The album will be released on April 21 via Eleven Seven Music Group's Better Noise imprint. The Finnish musicians — accompanied by their American lead singer Franky Perez — recorded the CD with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon).


Frontiers Music Srl will release of the new studio album from good TRIXTER, titled ‘Human Era’, on June 5 in Europe and June 9 in North America. The first video for the album's opening song, ‘Rockin' to the Edge of the Night’, can be seen here:

HINDER have unveiled their music video for ’Hit The Ground’ — the first single from the band's upcoming fifth studio album, ‘When The Smoke Clears’, due out May 12 via The End/ADA.

ESOTERIC are hard at work on what will be the bands seventh full-length album and the follow up to 2011's ‘Paragon of Dissonance’. More information about Esoteric can be found on the band's website or on Facebook.

The RONNIE JAMES DIO Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, will host a weekend of celebratory activities to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer's untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The events will take place from May 15th - 17th in Los Angeles, CA. Attendees include: this year's Best Metal Performance Grammy Awards winners Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, rock music legend Eddie Money, Christian Martucci and Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour, Chris Broderick of Act Of Defiance and formerly of Megadeth, Oni Logan of Lynch Mob, Sean McNabb of Lynch Mob and formerly of Quiet Riot and Dokken, members of Dio (Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Scott Warren), Bjorn Englen of Dio Disciples and formerly of Yngwie Malmsteen, John Payne of Asia, and many more to be confirmed. In a band statement, Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D state, "Let's roll some balls in honor of the greatest heavy metal singer of all time!"

HELLYEAH recently shot a new video for their single "Hush" in Los Angeles with director Robert Sexton (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy). "Hush" video:

Rock Candy Records has reissued the debut of RIVERDOGS featuring guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL.

Photographer ROB FENN has launched a limited edition run of 250 autograph canvas prints that are signed and numbered, and autographed by each member of DREAM THEATER. This photo is also page 173 the upcoming Dream Theater photo book which will hit stores this August 2015 and be available for pre-order purchase in June 2015. There is a discount of 50% off the upcoming photo book. Go to for details.

Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has released a video for "New York City", a track from his new FRANK HANNON BAND album, World Peace. Check it out below. For information on World Peace go to

To coincide with the release of their new compilation album, Ten Years Of Pussy, NASHVILLE PUSSY has booked a European tour in May and June; confirmed shows are as listed: May 16 - Lauchhammer, Germany - Real Music Club. 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade. 19 - Osnabruck, Germany - Kleine Friheit. 20 - Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Central. 21 - Paris, France - Glazart. 24 - Nancy, France - Chez Paul. 26 - Freiburg, Germany - Cafe Atlantik. 28 - Marseille, France - Le Poste a Galene. 29 - Turin, Italy - Liber Club. 30 - Pinarella di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet. 31 - Lujbljana, Slovenia - Orto Bar. June 2 - Zagreb, Croatia - Hard Place. 3 - Toging, Germany - Silo 1. 5 - Jena, Germany - F Haus.

Drummer and guitarist BRIAN TICHY - who's played with Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne, Gilby Clarke, and Pride & Glory (to name but a few) - is currently off tour and available for the next couple months. He's accepting students of all levels for private lessons (drums and guitar, via Skype or in Los Angeles.) He's also available for recording sessions (drums, guitar, production) etc. Contact Brian at if interested.

As they gear up for their Blind Rage Tour 2015 Part II, ACCEPT have announced the addition of former Grave Digger/Rebellion guitarist Uwe Lulis and drummer Christopher Williams, replacing longtime members Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann.

PHIL ANSELMO (Down, Pantera) will be at the Spooky Empire horror convention, taking place May 15th - 17th in Orlando, Florida. The organizers state: "Meet Phil Anselmo at Spooky Empire featuring Halloween Extreme!" Details at

SEVEN WITCHES is nearing the finish line on the follow-up to 2013's Rebirth.

CIVIL WAR, featuring former members of Sabaton and Astral Doors, have released a music video for the new track, "Bay Of Pigs". The track will be featured on the band's new album, Gods And Generals, to be released via Napalm Records in May:

MOXY will release the 1974 To 2014 - 40 Years And Still Riding High on May 22nd via Escape Music in UK/Europe. Moxy have now signed with Perris Records for the North American release of the 40 Years And Still Riding High and Live In Toronto CDs, also on May 22nd. Perris Records will also release both titles digitally in the US, Mexico and South America.

Rufus Stone Publications has announced a new Limited Edition boxset to celebrate the life of RONNIE JAMES DIO. Designed as an "upgrade" for fans who have already purchased the standard edition of the Ronnie James Dio Photo Biography by PG Brunelli. All contents are Made in Britain and include hand-made and hand assembled content. Only a very limited number of these boxsets are being made available. For details visit

BLACK COBRA, who recently signed to Season of Mist have announced a tour in Europe this spring. 24 Apr 15 London (UK) Desertfest
27 Apr 15 Bruxelles (BE) Magasin4 (+Acid King)
28 Apr 15 Paris (FR) Glazart (+Acid King)
29 Apr 15 Athens (GR) Kyttaro Club (+Acid King)
01 May 15 København (DK) Heavy Days in Doomtown Festival (+Acid King)
02 May 15 Osnabrück (DE) Bastard Club (+Acid King)
03 May 15 Frankfurt (DE) Zoom (+Acid King)
04 May 15 München (DE) Feierwerk (+Acid King)
06 May 15 Linz (AT) Kapu (+Acid King)
07 May 15 Wien (AT) Viper Room (+Acid King)
08 May 15 Budapest (HU) Roham Bar (+Acid King)
09 May 15 Innsbruck (AT) PMK (+Acid King)
11 May 15 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
12 May 15 Berlin (DE) Cassiopeia
13 May 15 Cottbus (DE) La Casa
14 May 15 Lausanne (CH) Le Romandie
15 May 15 Giavera del Montello (IT) Benicio Live Gigs
16 May 15 Milano (IT) Lo-Fi

Dark Essence Records have cast their net a little further from their own shores and signed Greece's LUCIFER's CHILD, the band formed by ROTTING CHRIST and former CHAOSTAR member George Emmanuel (not to be confused with Trey Azagthoth) and NIGHTFALL's Stathis Ridis.

GOD MOTHER have released a new video of the song "Worthless" taken from their debut album 'Maktbehov' which was released in march via Violent Groove.

UFO release a new teaser for the upcoming "A Conspiracy Of Stars" tour 2015 which kicked off last week in Norwich, England. You can see the teaser here:

Dean Zelinsky Guitars announced today the debut of the LaVoce, the latest model designed by master guitar builder, Dean B. Zelinsky, old exclusively through the company’s website

EGREGOR have released the brand new music video for the track ‘Shunyata’, that comes included on their upcoming full length album called ‘Karma’.

Chilean heavy metal band INFERIS have announced that after 10 years of working with the band, guitarist Gonzalo Medinelli have left the band due to a personal decision. The band has been very supportive with him and they wish to him the best on his future endeavors.

AVULSED entered the studio last Friday to begin recording process of 4 new songs for an upcoming new EP due to come out next September right before embarking on their 5th European tour (3rd one as headliners). The title for this new EP will be "Altar of Disembowelment" and it's going to include 4 new songs plus a cover song of BLACK SABBATH's "Neon Knights" recorded in December 2010 for a Spanish tribute to B.S. that never happened, so the band decided to use it on this release.

THRESHOLD will perform their new album “For The Journey” in its entirety this summer at “Hypothalamus” in Rheine, Germany on 20 June 2015.

In anticipation of their upcoming new record, KORPIKLAANI made their first track-by-track video available, which breaks down the songs from their upcoming album “Noita”. Watch Jonne, Sami and Tuomas explain the meaning of the songs “Viinamäen Mies”, “Pilli On Pajusta Tehty” and “Lempo” here:

Prosthetic Records announce their newest signing, Swedish hardcore outfit GRIEVED, and present the re-release of the band's debut album, "Samaritans", available across all digital platforms as of April 14.

STONE SOUR is planning on releasing two more covers EPs to follow "Meanwhile In Burbank…", a five-song "Record Store Day" exclusive EP featuring covers of legendary artists BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST and ALICE IN CHAINS.
"Meanwhile In Burbank…" track listing:
01. We Die Young (ALICE IN CHAINS cover)
02. Heading Out To The Highway (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
03. Love Gun (KISS cover)
04. Creeping Death (METALLICA cover)
05. Children Of The Grave (BLACK SABBATH cover)

WHITESNAKE has announced the addition of keyboardist/singer Michele Luppi to the group's ranks.

SLIPKNOT and Zippo Encore — the music program created by Zippo — have partnered for the band's upcoming "Summer's Last Stand" U.S. tour. The members of SLIPKNOT will be working with Zippo to design a collection of exclusive Zippo lighters that will be made available to fans during the trek.

SIGH will release their tenth studio opus next month, enritled "Graveward".

Finland's postal service, Posti, will release nine new stamp publications in September-November, with a total of 35 different stamps. The stamps will feature musical themes ranging from Sibelius to hard rock, including six internationally successful Finnish rock bands that got to where they are today through a great deal of determination and perseverance. The Finnish invasion of the global rock music scene began with HANOI ROCKS back in the 1980s. The other bands featured in the stamps are THE RASMUS(so nothing is sacred), HIM, APOCALYPTICA, CHILDREN OF BODOM and NIGHTWISH.

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett says that the material the band has been writing for its forthcoming album "is a little bit more progressive" than the song "Lords Of Summer", which was performed for the first time more than a year ago at the opening show of METALLICA's South American tour.

VENOM have released a lyric video for "Smoke", the track from the band's latest album, From The Very Depths, released on January 27th via Spinefarm.