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(21 juli 2015)

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Due to the summer holidays the next newsupdate will follow on August 4th.

Dutch death thrashers IZEGRIM have entered Soundlodge Studio (GOD DETHRONED, SINISTER,..), the German-based recording studio owned by Jörg Uken, to begin tracking the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Congress Of The Insane’ scheduled for an early 2016 release. The cover art will be designed by Björn Gooßes from Killustrations design studio (DEW-SCENTED, HACKNEYED,..).
Guitarist Jeroen Wechgelaer had the following to say: “this album will be a logical follow-up to ‘Congress Of The Insane’. This time around, we’re taking the villain’s point of view. It’s going to be intense, catchy and furious. We can’t wait to release this beast!
‘Congress Of The Insane’ was released on September 15 2013 via Listenable Records. The album contains 11 songs, including "Manifest Of A Megalomaniac", which features a guest appearance by Sabina Classen from HOLY MOSES.
IZEGRIM is:
Jeroen Wechgelaer - Guitar
Marloes Voskuil - Bass/Vocals
Bart Van Ginkel - Guitar
Ivo Maarhuis – Drums

The DRAGON GIRLS have been added to the line-up of the ZWARTE CROSS FESTIVAL, held on July 24 and 25 2015. Their extraordinary and sexy fire breathing show will be featured on several moment throughout the festival. Go check out their hot as hell performance. For more information on the festival, check out Zwartecross.nl.



ROTOSOUND believe a guitar or bass that is looked after well will give a lifetime of musical enjoyment. So to help players clean and condition instruments they have created, for the first time, a new range of quality care products. The range includes guitar polish, string lube and lemon oil, all of which are quick and easy to use.
-Guitar Polish (GP4) RRP £6.50 – The polish is specially formulated to keep stringed instruments in tip-top condition. Its cleaning action reduces fingerprinting, streaking, dust and grime in seconds, restoring an instrument’s shine and lustre. The polish continues to work after application protecting guitars and basses from dust build up, helping to keeping them in pristine condition.
-String Cleaner Lube (SC2) RRP £5.95 – This silicone based lubricant aids friction reduction as well as helping to prolongs string life and the brightness of the string tone. Used correctly it can speed up playing, make sliding effortless and pull offs easier, as well as improve fretting accuracy. String cleaner lube can help make strings smoother, increasing fluidity of playing.
-Lemon Oil (LO2) RRP £5.95 – Lemon oil is a natural cleaner and conditioner that will keep the fret board of prized guitars and basses looking fresh and playing at their best. Made from the finest ingredients it helps remove dirt, grease and wax build up on instruments and combat the drying and cracking of the wood. All the care products come in compact bottles, making them convenient to carry in instrument cases. To find out more about these and all other Rotosound Products please go to the RotoSound website.

Reactivated ACID REIGN on July 17 released "Plan Of The Damned", their first single in 25 years. ACID REIGN will be announcing a classic back-catalogue tour in the near future, although "Plan Of The Damned" will definitely be included, that will keep the band busy until late 2016.

SLAYER's Kerry King told Illinois Entertainer that he wrote the song "Chasing Death", from the band's upcoming "Repentless" album, after his longtime guitar tech, Armand Crump, overdosed and died in 2012. The track was penned partly in an effort to save fellow SLAYER co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman from alcoholism. "There were some wake-up calls in there," King said. "You know, we were trying to get Jeff on board. And he had literally cheated death when he had that arm injury. I don't think people know it was as bad as it was, but the doctor told him when he went in to work on him, 'First, I'm going to try to save your life.' We didn't know if he was going to live. And Jeff, he just... he got out of the hospital, and he lived clean for a while. I'm, like, 'Dude, you just cheated death. You got another shot at doing this all over again. Let's fucking get you back on board, playing some shows.' I knew when Jeff went into the hospital that last time, I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was that bad. Nobody expected that call ... I didn't know if he was ever going to come out of that particular episode, but I didn't think it was going to be that quick. You can't make an addicted person get better if they don't want to. We did everything we were supposed to do, but that kind of personality, man. If they're not strong enough to outwit it, then it's gonna happen how it happened."

MEGADETH's new line-up made its live debut Saturday night (July 18) at the Festival D'été De Québec (also known as by its acronym FEQ, or Quebec City Summer Festival in English), in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The band's setlist was as follows:
01. Hangar 18
02. Wake Up Dead
03. In My Darkest Hour
04. Skin O' My Teeth
05. Sweating Bullets
06. Tornado Of Souls
07. Dawn Patrol
08. Poison Was The Cure
09. Trust
10. Kingmaker
11. A Tout Le Monde
12. She-Wolf
13. Symphony Of Destruction
14. Peace Sells
15. Cold Sweat (THIN LIZZY cover)
16. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.
In other news, MEGADETH have confirmed a string of UK and Ireland dates along with drummer Chris Adler’s main band LAMB OF GOD, to ensure Adler’s staying in the band a little longer.



AC/DC's song "What Do You Do For Money Honey", from the band's 1980 album "Back in Black", is featured in the trailer for Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis's new movie "Masterminds" (starting around the 1:40 mark below). The film is due in theaters on October 9. The official synopsis for the movie: "In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess ('Napoleon Dynamite'; 'Nacho Libre'), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. "Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most." AC/DC has famously been reluctant to license its music for advertising, although the band appears to have softened its attitude toward the practice. In 2011, AC/DC allowed the opening riff to its "Back In Black" song to be used in a commercial for Walmart, three years after making its "Black Ice" album available for sale in the U.S. exclusively at Walmart stores. "They have a purist approach," Steve Barnett, the chairman of Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, told The New York Times. (He also managed the band from 1982 to 1994.) "Their instinct was always to do the right thing for fans, think long term and not be influenced by financial rewards." AC/DC has had its music featured in several movies, going back to 1986 with the release of "Who Made Who", the soundtrack to the Stephen King film "Maximum Overdrive". In 2010, the band came far closer to releasing a "proper" greatest-hits album with the arrival of the "Iron Man 2" soundtrack, featuring 15 songs that were an almost even split between the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of the iconic hard rock group.



JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill has told Gannett Wisconsin Media in a new interview that the band has no plans of stopping anytime soon. "I think what keeps us going is the love of the game. We all love what we do. It's something, when I look back, there's a sense of pride that I've been able to do it all of these years. We're going to do it as much while we can. You might think, 'Okay, I might retire, I've had enough of this.' In fact, you feel like that after every tour and then after a couple of months, you're ready to get back at it again. You get those itchy fingers again.

Twelve years ago BLOODPHEMY called quits. Original band members Edwin Nederkoorn, Winfred Koster and Wicliff Wolda now announce a reunion After Arnold Oude Middendorp (ex Devious, Altar, etc.) enforced Bloodphemy as the new vocalist back in early 2015, Bloodphemy has been working on new material which is due to see the light of day by the end of this year. Mixed and mastered by Harris Johns (Kreator, Voivod, Helloween) and visually enforced by Wilco van Dijen, re-recordings of the 2000 track "Blood For Me" have been made to give an impression of what Bloodphemy is about nowadays. Listen and watch it below. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bloodphemy/1409898835984478



HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale has laid down guest vocals on STONE SOUR's version of THE ROLLING STONES classic "Gimme Shelter", to be included on the band's next covers EP, "Straight Outta Burbank", tentatively due before the end of the year.
"Straight Outta Burbank"
* BAD BRAINS
* THE ROLLING STONES
* SLAYER
* MÖTLEY CRÜE
* IRON MAIDEN
"No Sleep 'Till Burbank"
* VAN HALEN
* VIOLENT FEMMES
* BUZZCOCKS
* RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
* AC/DC
Released this past April as a Record Store Day exclusive , STONE SOUR's first covers EP, "Meanwhile In Burbank…", contained songs originally done by BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, METALLICA, KISS and ALICE IN CHAINS.

The makers of the highly anticipated, all-female "Ghostbusters" reboot have put out a casting call out for "metalheads" in the Boston area for the filming of a concert scene at the Wang Theater next week, July 28-30.

INHUMAN are pleased to announce the release of their second full-length album, “Conquerors Of The New World”. Check out the song entitled “Hold Your Crucifix” here.



DEVIL GONE PUBLIC releases their new EP Fearful Symmetry. Their second album features three tracks that are much heavier than their previous efforts. Their unique style can be described as heavy metal with a southern twist. Fearful Symmetry is available now at their Bandcamp page.

Last Graspop Metal Meeting saw Danko Jones shooting a video for the song ‘The Twisting Knife’. Check it out here:



VADER have just announced the dates for their upcoming European tour with VENOM INC. VENOM INC are the members of Venom from the ‘Prime Evil’ era, featuring original members Mantas and Abaddon and fronted by Tony “the Demolition Man” Dolan. The tour will see the band play 28 shows across Europe, drawing from a very special setlist of rare tracks, selected from VADER’s first decade: 1983-1993. Many of songs have never been performed outside of Poland before!
VENOM INC., VADER, DIVINE CHAOS, WITCHES
18.09.2015 DE Bremen -Tivoli
19.09.2015 NL Rotterdam - Baroeg OA
20.09.2015 DE Saarbrucken - Garage
21.09.2015 UK London - Scala
22.09.2015 FR Paris - Divan du Monde
25.09.2015 ES Pamplona - Totem
26.09.2015 P Lisboa - Cine teatro de Corroios
27.09.2015 ES Madrid - Caracol
28.09.2015 ES Barcelona - Boveda
29.09.2015 FR Toulouse - Metronum
30.09.2015 I Torino - Cafe Liber
01.10.2015 I Roma - Traffic
02.10.2015 I Brescia - Circulo colony
03.10.2015 CH Zurich - Suisse Komplextreme
04.10.2015 BE Vosselaar - Biebob
05.10.2015 DK Kobenhavn - Loppen
06.10.2015 SW Malmö - Moriska Paviljonnen
07.10.2015 DE Berlin - K17
08.10.2015 PL Warszawa - Proxima
09.10.2015 PL Gdañsk - Parlament
10.10.2015 PL Szczecin - Sùowianin
11.10.2015 PL Wrocùaw - Alibi
13.10.2015 CR Zagreb - Tvornica
14.10.2015 SK Kosice - Colosseum
15.10.2015 HU Budapest - Durer Kert
16.10.2015 CZ Brno - Melodka
17.10.2015 DE Jena - F Haus
18.10.2015 DE Munich - Backstage

SIMULACRUM have released a video teaser from their upcoming concept album Sky Divided.



ENFORCER announce a European headliner tour this fall. On it, they will present their current record “From Beyond”, which was released early this year via Nuclear Blast.
ENFORCER live - Europe 2015:
w/ WOLF, DYNAMITE
29.09. F Luyness-Aix - Le Korgian
30.09. E Barcelona - Sala Boveda
01.10. E Zaragoza - Centro Civico Universidad
02.10. E Madrid - Sala Lemon
03.10. P Lisabon - Side B Club
04.10. P Porto - Cave 24
05.10. E Erandio (Bilbao) - Sonora
06.10. F Paris - tba
07.10. B Hasselt - Muziekdroom
08.10. UK Nuneaton - Queens Hall
09.10. IRL Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
10.10. UK Belfast - Limelight 2
11.10. UK Glasgow - Audio
12.10. UK Chester - Live Rooms
13.10. UK London - Underworld
14.10. NL Leiden - Gebr De Nobel
15.10. NL Eindhoven - Dynamo
16.10. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
17.10. CH Oberentfelden - Börom Pöm Pöm
18.10. D München - Backstage Club
20.10. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
21.10. D Osnabrück - Bastard Club
22.10. D Nuernberg - Z-Bau
23.10. D Lindau - Vaudeville
24.10. D Wuppertal - Börsencrash Festival
25.10. D Koeln - MTC
26.10. D Kassel - Kulturzentrum K19
27.10. D Berlin - K17
28.10. D Hamburg - Rock Cafe St. Pauli
More dates to be announced soon…!

ALL THAT REMAINS premiere their new music video for their current single “For You” with Vevo. The song is off their latest studio album, The Order Of Things, which was released this past February via Razor & Tie / News. Check it out here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/all-that-remains/For-You-%28Official-Music-Video%29/USRZR1561427

ATHEIST are currently streaming previously unreleased live footage of the band's classic line-up performing the track "The Formative Years" at the band's official Youtube page. This video material is taken from the forthcoming deluxe CD+DVD reissues of the technical metal pioneers' early works. The clip was restored from a video shot in the US at the Waters Club, San Pedro, CA in 1991 and features legendary ATHEIST bassist Roger Patterson playing what would become his last ever show before his tragic death in an accident.



BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will release its fifth studio album, ‘Venom’, on August 14 via RCA. The CD marks the band's first release since the departure of longtime bassist Jason James and addition of Jamie Mathias. Jamie, who has been playing and touring in bands for the last ten years, fronted the band REVOKER, which released an album, ‘Revenge For The Ruthless’, in 2011 on the Roadrunner label.

'Embers', a brand new song from LAMB OF GOD, can be streamed here. The track, which features a guest appearance by Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, is taken from the band's new album, ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’, due on July 24 via Epic in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Entertainment in all territories outside of North America. The CD was once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, California.



SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has opened up for the first time about the the band's new members, saying that the group's live performances have gotten "consistently better" since SLIPKNOT's current lineup made its concert debut last October. Up until now, the members of SLIPKNOT had declined to name the musicians who are playing drums and bass on SLIPKNOT's current tour, despite the fact that their]http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-slipknot-drum-tech-confirms-identities-of-new-drummer-bassist/]theiridentities were revealed as drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Alessandro "Vman" Venturella[/url] by a disgruntled former drumtech for SLIPKNOT who posted a picture of a backstage call sheet on Instagram.

ORGY will release a seven-song EP, ‘Talk Sick’, on July 31. The EP is a precursor of a full-length record releasing first in Europe, then the U.S. and elsewhere, by the end of the year. ‘Talk Sick’ was recorded at Spinal Vinyl, a studio Gordon helped build at Dr. Justin Paquette's compound in Studio City, California. Gordon and Bost produced with ORGY. Gordon wrote all the lyrics. The band wrote the all the music except ‘Come Back’ (written by Alex Niceforo) and ‘Monster In Me’ (written by Gordon, Bost, Devon Culiner and Aaron Shier).

THE SWORD will release their new album, ‘High Country’, on August 21 via Razor & Tie.

‘Fallen’, the new album from STRYPER, will be released worldwide on October 16 via Frontiers. The CD was tracked at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts and includes a cover version of the Black Sabbath classic ‘After Forever’. The first song from ‘Fallen’, 'Yahweh', was co-written by Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery.



HUNTRESS's third studio album, titled ‘Static’, will be released on September 25 via Napalm Records. A snippet of a new HUNTRESS song, ‘Flesh’, can be streamed using this SoundCloud widget. Singer Jill Janus has revealed to Revolver magazine that she was recently diagnosed with uterine cancer. She said: "During the process of writing and recording our third album, I began to feel like something bad was growing within me. When we were on tour with AMON AMARTH, I started to bleed heavily between my periods. I had a procedure, and my doctor found early stages of cancer in my uterus. I will have a hysterectomy in June. I know I'll survive. I've survived much worse."
Janus also spoke about her lifelong battle with mental illness: "I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder first, when I was 20. I started to show signs of it when I was 13, though, and I struggled with it through high school. But it started to get dangerous in my early teens. By the time I was 20 and living in Manhattan, it was very, very difficult for me. That's when I was admitted into a mental health facility and was diagnosed bipolar with schizoaffective disorder, which progressed into schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder."

HELLYEAH has enlisted producer Kevin Churko to start working on the new, fifth, album this october. The band will spend three months in the studio, and the record will probably be out around March or April next year.

HATE ETERNAL will release their sixth full-length album, ‘Infernus’, on August 24 via Season Of Mist. The CD was recorded at HATE ETERNAL founder and principal member Erik Rutan's (guitar, vocals) Mana Recording Studio (Cannibal Corpse, Mountain Goats, Goatwhore) in St. Petersburg, Florida. The song ‘Zealot, Crusader Of War can be streamed using this SoundCloud widget.

The 11th September will see the release on Dark Essence Records of ALFAHANNE's second full-length album ‘Blod Eld Alfa’, and today the label has debuted one of the nine tracks from the album. The track, ‘Skallerormsgift’, which actually received its first ever public airing on BBC Radio One last week, features Kvelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik on guest vocals and can be heard here.

ONE MACHINE, the brainchild of acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (Testament, Nevermore, Forbidden, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumors), have set The Final Cull as the title of their second album, due out on September 18th worldwide via Scarlet Records.

The Annihilator camp has issued the following update for the diehard fans: "So, as many of you already know, Jeff Waters (guitars, vocals) has worked for many years with Epiphone Guitars to make the best metal guitar but at a price that most players can actually afford... and that Jeff can use onstage without modifications. Well they have done it again: THE EPIPHONE ANNIHILATION II. Even better, Jeff has convinced Epiphone to allow the sale of the first 20 guitars by Jeff himself. You can pre-order yours now (again, only 20 guitars will be available for pre-order, direct from Jeff Waters) and get the guitar at least one week (or more), prior to the official Epiphone street release date (estimated to be sometime in October 2015).

Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti has checked in with the following update: "Well, it's finally a reality - the first MENIKETTI WINE release is coming next month! An amazing Pinot Noir and refreshing Chardonnay. The bottles will be going through the labeling machine in a few weeks and we're in the process of scheduling a wine release party that will be open to everyone in August. Keep watching for the release party date coming very soon. Of course we'll have a web page for online sales at some point. But if you're in the area, come party with Jill and I and a few band members, doing what I love to do besides playing - drinking great wine. Cheers!"

Yngwie Malmsteen drummer Patrick Johansson is currently on tour with W.A.S.P. , filling the seat previously held by the group's former drummer Mike Dupke. Fan-filmed footage of Johansson on stage with W.A.S.P. at Bang Your Head!!! in Balingen, Germany can be seen below: W.A.S.P.'s next show is July 23rd in Barcelona, Spain



Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind guitarist GUS G. has debuted the lead track, "The Quest", from his upcoming sophomore solo album, Brand New Revolution, which will be released on July 24th via Century Media Records in Europe, Australia and South America, Dismanic / eOne in North America and King Records in Japan. The album features guest vocal appearances by Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, Talisman), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) and Mats Leven (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen). Listen to the track below, courtesy of GuitarWorld.com:



Spain's KILLUS strike again with the release of their new video, "F**k 'N' Roll", extracted from their album Feel The Monster. The video was recorded and edited by Adrian Morote, who previously worked with the band doing a photo report of their last European tour. The video consists of a compilation of live images taken from the band's last tour, supporting Avatar and The Defiled in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, France and United Kingdom.



HALESTORM have issued the following update: "Two sets. All rock. Can I get an Amen?! Get ready for a wild evening with Halestorm presented by Jägermeister. Each of these shows will be jam-packed with surprises and, yes, two sets from yours truly. Who's ready!? Check out all the dates and get your tickets from HalestormRocks.com. Halestorm's world tour in support of their new album, Into The Wild Life, kicks off on August 12th in Budapest, Hungary and ends (for the moment) on February 6th in Manchester, UK. The band will not perform two sets at scheduled festival dates.

Sweden's GHOST (known in North America as Ghost B.C. for legal reasons) will release their new album, Meliora, on August 21st via Loma Vista Recordings/Spinefarm Records. The album cut, "From The Pinnacle To The Pit", is now streaming below.



In celebration of IRON MAIDEN’s Trooper Premium British Beer smashing through the 10 million pint barrier in just over 2 years, a special limited edition bottled brew, TROOPER 666, will be made available to Trooper and Iron Maiden fans in many countries around the world from the 1st October 2015. At the request of fans, and following the huge success of Trooper, Robinsons will make an even stronger ABV limited edition of the original brew. Again created by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson in collaboration with Robinsons Brewery of Cheshire, this supercharged 6.6% version of the 4.7% bottled version will be available this autumn for a limited period only. "Trooper 666 is the same award-winning Trooper recipe but brewed to a higher gravity," explains Trooper Brand Manager John Robinson. "The result is another wonderfully authentic beer that is packed with malt but slightly sweeter than the original. It has a dry finish and is remarkably moreish." Bruce Dickinson adds, "I think it tastes tremendous and I personally prefer this straight from the fridge."

DEVIL CITY ANGELS have released their debut video, for the track "Boneyard" from their self-titled album, scheduled for release September 11th through Century Media. The video was shot in Los Angeles and was directed by Marco De Molina. You can view the clip below:



SCORPIONS are celebrating 50 years of rock with the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), on September 11th in North America.

Slash (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) has launched a FanBacked fundraising page for his upcoming horror movie, THE HELL WITHIN. The Hell Within follows a woman from New York on a quest into the heart of the Brazilian jungle to save a missing girl, only to discover that the child was just the beginning. Marie and her husband David live a charmed life in Manhattan. He's a successful environmental attorney and she's built an international aid organization that helps families in need across South America. The only thing missing is a child. When they start receiving disturbing phone calls from Teresa, a young girl in Brazil pleading for help, Marie can't shake the feeling these calls are connected to her charity. She convinces David to travel with her to Rio to locate the missing girl and soon a series of strange events and a shocking suicide lead them into the heart of the jungle. Marie and David find themselves isolated in Seringal, a village overrun with drug runners and lost souls, steeped in ritual and superstition. And as David falls ill to a mysterious disease, Marie begins to realize that the missing child was only the beginning of The Hell Within.

OVERKILL recently announced their worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band's entire back catalogue will be their first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this fall. The box set, Historikill: 1995 - 2007, will be released in Europe on September 18th, and include 11 Overkill albums on 13 CDs plus a bonus CD featuring demos, remixes and an unreleased cover song, in digi sleeves. Contains the following albums: Wrecking Your Neck, The Killing Kind, From The Underground And Below, Necroshine, Coverkill, Bloodletting, Hello From The Gutter, Wrecking Everything, Killbox 13, ReliXIV, Immortalis.

ANTHRAX will provide a head banging send-off for the iconic Sunset Strip House of Blues on Wednesday, July 29th. The band will headline what will be the last metal show ever to play the HOB before it shuts down on August 7th to make way for a new hotel/housing/retail complex. "Every show we've done at the Sunset House of Blues has been a party," said Anthrax's Frank Bello. "Everyone who we're friends with who's not on tour shows up, either to jam or drink or just hang out. And I'll really miss that. Sunset Boulevard has lost its last great place to play." Anthrax is currently in the final stages of recording a new album that is expected out in early 2016.

DEE SNIDER is continuing to make music on his own, releasing "To Hell and Back" exclusively via deesnider.com, as a free download. He co-wrote the song with Silvertide founder/guitarist Nick Perri. This track will be included in a new album that Dee is currently working on with Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winning writer/producer Damon Ranger (Life Of Pi). The new project will also feature material from Dee's past including his worldwide hits with Twisted Sister.

German old-school thrash metal act DARKNESS has released a new EP XXIX. Darkness' first album Death Squad from 1987 is regarded as thrash-classic. The new line up is Lee (vocals), Arnd and Meik (guitars), Dirk Hamilton (bass) and Lacky (drums). The EP includes "L.A.W." and "Hate Is My Engine", two new songs and furthermore "Death Squad" and "Burial At Sea", two classics in a new musical shape, taken from the debut album.

Swedens THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT have signed with Aftermath Music and will release their debut album this coming autumn. Listen to the new track "Amends" here:



CORPSE GARDEN has teamed up with both Godz ov War and Third Eye Temple for a tape release of their second album Entheogen. The release, due out this autumn continues what has already been a busy year for the band, from their recent CD and digital release of the same album through both Russia’s Satanath Records & Germany’s RTM Productions.

CARNIFEX will be back on European stages, to promote their current, face-melting release »Die Without Hope«. While the first part kicks off on July 17th in France; the band now announces the second leg, starting early December 2015 in Cologne, Germany. All dates below.
CARNIFEX – “Decade Of Despair” tour
Support: WITHIN THE RUINS, FALLUJAH, THE LAST TEN SECONDS TO LIFE
03.12. D Köln - Underground
04.12. B Aarschot - De Klinker
05.12. UK Cardiff - CF10 Cardiff Uni
06.12. UK Glasgow - Cathouse
07.12. UK Manchester - Sound Control
08.12. UK London - Underworld
09.12. F Paris - Divan Du Monde
10.12. CH Aarau - Kiff
11.12. D München - Backstage
12.12. SLO Ljubljana - Gala Hala
13.12. A Wien - Arena
14.12. H Budapest - Blue Hell
15.12. CZ Rep Brno - Melodka
16.12. PL Warsaw - Progresja
17.12. D Leipzig - Conne Island
18.12. D Berlin - BiNuu
19.12. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
20.12. D Hamburg - Logo
21.12. NL Eindhoven - Dynamo
22.12. D Karlsruhe - Stadtmitte
CARNIFEX live at the »Summer Of Darkness Europe Tour«
17.07. F Albi - Carmaux - Xtreme Fest
18.07. E Viveiro - Resurrection
22.07. I Milan - Circolo Magnolia
23.07. I Sardinia, Sant’Antioco - Solk’n’Roll
24.07. SLO Tolmin - Metaldays
25.07. A Salzburg - Rockhouse
26.07. SK Kosice - Collosseum Club
27.07. RO Timisoara - Daos
28.07. RO Brasov - Rockstadt
29.07. BG Sofia - Mixtape 5
31.07. GR Thessaloniki - Eightball
01.08. GR Athens - Second Skin Club
03.08. BIH Sarajevo - Kaktus
04.08. SK Bratislava - Randal Club
05.08. CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault
06.08. D Rostock - Alte Zuckerfabrik
08.08. S Gävle - Getaway Rock
10.08. NL Rotterdam - Baroeg
11.08. D Trier - Exhaus
12.08. CH Luzern - Schüür
13.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
14.08. B Leper - Leper Fest
15.08. UK Lympne - Hevy Fest

BARROWS are gearing up to release their debut full length album, SWINE RACE, on August 21, 2015 in both digital and digipack format. In conjunction with this release, Barrows has also teamed up with Inverse Records who will have the album available for pre-order in their online store.

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE will release their new album »King«early 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Pelagic Records announce the signing of IMPLORE with their new album titled "Depopulation".

Formed in 2013 by George Emmanuel (ROTTING CHRIST, ex-CHAOSTAR) and Stathis Ridis (NIGHTFALL), LUCIFER's CHILD was snapped up earlier this year by Norway's Dark Essence Records, who are set to release the band's debut full-length album "The Wiccan" on the 25th September. With artwork by Stathis Ridis' AmazeMe Design company, track listing for the eight-track album, which was recorded in Athens, Greece, in 2014, is as follows:
1. Hors de Combat
2. A True Mayhem
3. Spirits of Amenta
4. He, who Punishes and Slays
5. King ov Hell
6. The Wiccan
7. Lucifer’s Child
8. Doom