(18 november 2014)

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Here's the first song premiere of the forthcoming Black Sheep Wall album 'I'm Going to Kill Myself', which has been scheduled for release on the 26th of January. The track is called "White Pig". More information can be found at the band's Facebook page and the Season Of Mist Facebook page.

"Now We Die", the new video from MACHINE HEAD, can be seen below. "Now We Die" is taken from MACHINE HEAD's new album, "Bloodstone & Diamonds (click for our 95/100 review)", which was released on November 10 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, and like the last seven of eight MACHINE HEAD albums, was mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY) and Steve Lagudi.

Even more controversial than the loss of members over the course of this year, is the poor quality of AC/DC's video for the song "Play Ball", which can be seen below. "Play Ball" is taken from AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust", which comes out December 2. The CD was recorded in Vancouver, Canada earlier this year. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was missing from the band's new publicity photo and was also a no-show at the group's video shoot for "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust". Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards (who had previously played with SHOGUN and IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith), with singer Brian Johnson reportedly telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed "family emergency." On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to "procure murder" by New Zealand police but the charge was dropped a day later by the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones after a meeting with Rudd's attorney, Paul Mabey, and police. Mabey said that Hollister-Jones reviewed the case and concluded that "there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge."

In addition to making Frankfurt Musikmesse more attractive to private visitors, Messe Frankfurt is also reinforcing the position of the fair as a platform for specialist musical-instrument retailers. A central B2B area in Hall 4.1 will provide the opportunity to hold sales, marketing and supplier discussions at a single venue and in a professional atmosphere. Naturally, only registered trade visitors, such as retailers and sales personnel, will have access to the new area. The Tulip Club, the VIP lounge for top buyers from the sector, is also in the immediate vicinity of the exclusive business area. Exhibitors can book a booth in the B2B area to use as an office at the fair or as a supplementary exhibition stand. This will give them the chance to focus their main presentations more exactly on the needs of private customers. Many important companies, including one of Germany’s biggest music distributors, GEWA music, have already reserved booths in the B2B area. With Musikmesse Insider, Messe Frankfurt also offers a VIP program with numerous benefits especially for musical instrument retailers. The benefits range from free admission, via access to the lounge in the B2B area, to exclusive program items and a comprehensive package of services.

ARCH ENEMY has parted ways with guitarist Nick Cordle and has replaced him with Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE). Loomis will make his live debut with ARCH ENEMY on the band's upcoming European tour, which kicks off November 26. Says Loomis: "I'm very excited to be playing with ARCH ENEMY. ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in NEVERMORE. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I'm really looking forward to.

Ozzy Osbourne has had a new species of animal life named after him. Scientists on a month-long expedition into the Amazon have discovered a new species of frog that emits a loud, bat-like sound. Inspired by Ozzy's famous bat-biting incident from decades ago, the team named the frog Dendropsophus ozzyi. Pedro Peloso, one of the frog’s discoverers told National Geographic, "As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it." The scientists brought back 21 specimens of the frog, and when the subject of music came up during idle discussion in the lab, it was determined to name the reptile after Ozzy. This is not the first time a creature has been named after a famous heavy metal musician. An exhibition, "Heavy Metal And Punk Fossils", focuses on a series of bizarre fossils that all are named in honor of rock stars. One of the pieces on display is a 420-million-year-old worm with huge jaws, which carries the name Kingnites Diamondi, named by Professor Mats Eriksson, from Lund, Sweden, after the Danish metal maestro King Diamond. Another equally old and ferocious-looking worm is named Kalloprion Kilmisteri, after Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD. Other fossils that are portrayed in the exhibition are named after members of AC/DC, BAD RELIGION, SEX PISTOLS and RAMONES. The exhibition portrays the story behind the fossils, the rock stars and the scientists behind the names, and the funny anecdotes about why they choose the names they did.

Sharon Osbourne has revealed she and husband Ozzy are to star in a brand new series of their reality show THE OSBOURNES - nearly a decade after it originally ended. The former X Factor judge announced the news saying Ozzy wants to document their lives now that he's sober following battles with alcohol and drug abuse. She said: "Ozzy's decided he wants to do another few episodes, about eight, of The Osbournes. It's been 13 years since we first did it. He said for the three years we did he was drunk the whole time and he'd like to be sober." Check out these interview clips of Ozzy Osbourne band members: Blasko,Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman, Zakk Wylde, and Gus G. discussing the MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN live performance disc from the 2-DVD set out now:

SAINT VITUS have released the following statement:
"SAINT VITUS would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigrations officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday, November 9th. As of 4 p.m. yesterday evening (November 11th), we were informed by his Norwegian defense attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported today back to the U.S. with no hope to remain in Scandinavia or anywhere in the EU.

Former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo is collaborating with American composer and actor Joseph Bishara on the score the upcoming horror prequel "Insidious: Chapter 3". The third installment in the "Insidious" franchise was written and directed by Leigh Whannell in his directorial debut and is scheduled to be released on June 5, 2015 by Focus Features.

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will make a cameo in the second half of the fifth season of AMC's zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead". Ian chronicled his latest transformation into a zombie in the latest episode of his horror FX show for Nerdist, "Scott Ian's Bloodworks" (formerly "Blood & Guts"). And all of the sudden, Ian has hair on his skull again. Check it out below.

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell has returned home after undergoing stem-cell treatment in his continuing battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma. In a brief message on his Facebook page, Vivian wrote: "So glad that's over. Time to recover/recuperate and grow some hair." He added: "Thanks for all the love you've sent — much appreciated! Normal service will be resumed shortly."

Berlin Metal TV has uploaded behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the video for "Deceiver Of The Gods", the title track of the ninth studio album from AMON AMARTH. The video features clips from the film "Northmen - A Viking Saga", which stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, and features AMON AMARTH frontman Johan Hegg as Valli. "Northmen - A Viking Saga" was shot for eight weeks primarily in South Africa, with some additional shooting in Germany.

SURVIVOR frontman Jimi Jamison died of methamphetamine intoxication and a stroke, according to autopsy results released on Tuesday, November 11. The coroner ruled the death accidental. "Acute methamphetamine intoxication" contributed to a "hemorrhagic stroke of the brain," states the report by the Shelby County medical examiner. "Postmortem femoral blood toxicology showed a toxic to lethal combination of methamphetamine and a therapeutic concentration of its metabolite, amphetamine," the report added. According to the report, the 63-year-old Jamison had heart disease at the time of his September 1 death, including a 90-percent blockage of his coronary arteries. It was initially believed that Jamison died of a heart attack when he was found unconscious by his son at his home in Memphis. Jamison served as SURVIVOR's lead singer from 1984 until 1988, recording three albums with the band, 1984's "Vital Signs", 1986's "When Seconds Count" and 1988's "Too Hot To Sleep". Jamison rejoined SURVIVOR in 2000 for another six years. Often referred to as one of the American top rock vocalists, Jamison was the singer with TARGET, COBRA and SURVIVOR, apart from being an accomplished solo artist on his own. Jimi performed backup vocals on recordings by ZZ TOP, Joe Walsh and numerous other recording artists. Among Jamison's best-known performances are "Burning Heart", from the "Rocky IV" movie. His solo career started in 1991 with the release of "When Love Comes Down", followed in 1999 by "Empires", the album which included the theme "I'm Always Here" for "Baywatch". Jamison's final solo album, "Never Too Late", came out in 2012.

On Sunday, November 9, Dutch band THE GATHERING celebrated their 25th anniversary with a one-time special show at the beautiful new Doornroosje venue in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Nearly all past and present members of THE GATHERING (I missed Martine van Loon) — from 1989 until 2014 —appeared on stage and performed in this unique show together. Hans Rutten, one of the original THE GATHERING members who is still in the band, said prior to the gig: "After 25 years of diving into the unknown, making music from the heart and trying to renew ourselves, we are very happy to be able to celebrate this with all past and present bandmembers. It is a unique gathering and we feel blessed and privileged. We have made a lot of friends all over the world throughout the years and we hope to share this evening together."
The following musicians took part in THE GATHERING's 25th-anniversary concert:
* Silje Wergeland - vocals
* Bart Smits - vocals & synths
* Marike Groot - vocals
* Anneke van Giersbergen - vocals
* Marjolein Kooijman - bass & backing vocals
* Hugo Prinsen Geerligs - bass
* Frank Boeijen - keyboards & backing vocals
* Hans Rutten - drums
* René Rutten - guitars
* Jelmer Wiersma - guitars
* Noel Hofman - trumpet & guitars
Check out fan-filmed video footage below.

EPICA have announced Scandinavian and Russian dates in support of the band’s latest album “The Quantum Enigma”.
Check out EPICA live at the following dates:
21.04.2015 S Stockholm - Göta Källare
22.04.2015 FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
24.04.2015 RUS St. Petersburg - Cosmonavt Club
25.04.2015 RUS Moscow - Red Club
26.04.2015 RUS Ekaterinburg - Teleclub
The band will start the first leg of The European Enigma Tour next month in support of the album. The European Enigma tour Leg 1 with Very Special Guest DRAGONFORCE and DAGOBA:
20.11.2014 LUX Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik
21.11.2014 FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie SOLD OUT
22.11.2014 CH Zurich - X-TRA
24.11.2014 I Milan - Alcatraz
25.11.2014 I Rome - Orion
26.11.2014 FR Marseille - Le Moulin
28.11.2014 ESP Madrid - Shoko
02.12.2014 ESP Barcelona - Apolo
03.12.2014 FR Toulouse - Bikini
04.12.2014 FR Bordeaux - Rocher de Palmer
06.12.2014 UK London - The Forum
07.12.2014 NL Utrecht - Vredenburg
28.12.2014 IND Bombay, Mumbai - Mood Indigo IIT
The European Enigma Tour leg 2 with Very Special Guest DRAGONFORCE:
15.01.2015 D Bochum - Zeche
16.01.2015 D Hamburg - Markthalle
17.01.2015 D Berlin - C-Club, Berlin
19.01.2015 D Leipzig - Hellraiser
20.01.2015 CZ Prague - Meet Factory
22.01.2015 P Wroclaw - Eter, Wroclaw
23.01.2015 P Warsaw - Progresja
24.01.2015 H Budapest - Petofi Hall
26.01.2015 AT Vienna - Arena, Vienna
27.01.2015 D Munich - Theaterfabrik
29.01.2015 FR Paris - L’Olympia
30.01.2015 CH Geneva - Salle des Fêtes de Thônex
31.01.2015 D Cologne - Essigfabrik, Cologne
01.02.2015 BE Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
For additional information, tickets and VIP packages please visit:

MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell is involved with a children's project, PANDA PARTY, which is comprised of "four friendly pandas who live on Panda Island." Aimed at kids six and under, the band includes singer Punky Panda, keyboard player Penny Panda, guitarist Texas Pete Panda and drummer Percy Panda. Campbell is working on the project with Neil Starr, frontman for Campbell's ALL STARR BAND. Their goal is to provide "engaging kids songs and upbeat nursery rhymes to teach ABCs, colors and so much more." A video for the PANDA PARTY song "Happy Birthday", featuring Campbell, can be seen below. "Well, they say never work with animals and children but here I am, working with animals, for children!" says Campbell. "I like the dancing Pandas — I play the guitar on this song but we need celebrities for each week."
Phil Campbell has been the lead guitarist in MOTÖRHEAD for 30 fucking years, can you believe that? That is how quickly you age.

And if you crave back for this, you are REALY old. Former MOTÖRHEAD members, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor rejoined Lemmy on November 6th at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, UK. Clarke then joins Lemmy and current drummer Mikkey Dee for the Motorhead classic, "Ace Of Spades". Check out fan-filmed footage of the performance below:

APOCALYPTICA has written and recorded the theme song for the "On Finn Ice" episode of the Angry Birds Seasons puzzle video game in the Angry Birds series, developed by Finnish computer game developer Rovio Entertainment. A video for the track can be seen below.

Relapse Records announces the signing of instrumentalists GOBLIN REBIRTH. A new incarnation, inspired by the legendary Goblin, the 1970's horror-synth / film score icons responsible for such soundtracks as Suspiria, Zombi and Tenebre, GOBLIN REBIRTH came together after a short-lived reformation of the original group in 2009. Goblin Rebirth is:
Bass - Fabio Pignatelli
Drums - Agostino Marangolo
Keyboards - Aidan Zammit
Keyboards - Danilo Cherni
Guitars - Giacomo Anselmi

In 2009 INDEX VERLAG released the "Swedish Death Metal" compilation in tandem with the German edition of the homonymous and benchmark-setting book. On 3 CDs it featured more than 50 tracks, mounting to a playing time of over 200 minutes. Apart from essential classics of the genre, this audio companion contains many rare recordings and insiders’ tips from the heyday of the Swedish Death Metal scene. On December 19th, this compilation is being released on vinyl for the first time: The box set contains 5 LPs (black 180g vinyl) in cover sleeves and inner-sleeves printed with liner notes, a poster with a Swedish Death Metal "map" as well as an A4 insert with an exclusive introductory text by "Swedish Death Metal" author Daniel Ekeroth. The box is available in an edition of 500 copies.

EXIST IMMORTAL will release its debut album, "Darkness Of An Age", independently on February 10, 2015. The lyric video for the song ‘Imperator’ can be viewed below.

CRADLE OF FILTH has signed a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records.

‘Amaryllis’, the 2012 album from SHINEDOWN, has been certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for shipments in excess of 500. 000 copies. With this latest certification, all four studio albums released by the band have been certified gold and/or platinum.

FEAR FACTORY has begun recording its new album for an early 2015 release via Nuclear Blast Records.

IAMFIRE – the new band featuring vocalist Peter Dolving (THE HAUNTED), bassist Mikael Ehlert (HATESPHERE), drummer Ulf Scott Hansen (GREAT DECEIVER), and guitarist Peter Ahlers Ohlsen – will release a limited-edition 10-inch EP, ‘Eyes Wide Open’, in January 2015 via Deadlight Entertainment. A full-length album, tentatively titled ‘The Chariot’, will follow in the spring.

CARCASS released a collection of previously unreleased and hard-to-find tracks, entitled ‘Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel’, on November 14 via Nuclear Blast Records. All the songs on the EP were recorded during the ‘Surgical Steel’ sessions. The video for the song ‘The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills’ can be viewed at this location.

OPETH will celebrate its landmark 25th anniversary as a band next year with a very special event at the legendary London Palladium on October 18, 2015. After being the heaviest band to play the Royal Albert Hall in 2010, they will no doubt be the heaviest band to also play the Palladium. The unique show, dubbed "An Evening With OPETH", will feature two sets from the band, including 2005's ‘Ghost Reveries’ album in its entirety (which in turn is celebrating its 10th anniversary), plus a second set of classics from their 25-year career.

IN THIS MOMENT just releases their new album, ‘Black Widow’, (on November 17) via the band’s new label home, Atlantic Records. The official video for the new single, ‘Sick Like Me’, can be viewed here.

PAPA ROACH will release its eighth full-length album, ‘F.E.A.R.’, on January 27, 2015 via Eleven Seven Music.

XTRMST – the straight-edge hardcore band featuring AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget – will release its self-titled debut album on November 18. The video for the song ‘Conformist’ can be viewed at this location.

LEVEL 10 – the new band featuring singer Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB, ALLEN/LANDE) and producer/bassist Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER) – will release its debut album, ‘Chapter One’, on January 23 via Frontiers Records. A trailer for the record can be viewed here.

ROBERT PLANT and some 30 other stars gathered in a studio in London on Saturday to record a 30th anniversary version of the Band Aid charity single to raise money to fight Ebola. The artists, under the moniker Band Aid 30, were brought together once again by Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof, to sing the fourth version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" For more details visit

"Tree Of Suffocating Souls", the new video from TRIPTYKON — the occult/avant-garde metal project formed by former HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior) — can be seen below. The clip was directed by Philipp Hirsch, who previously worked with TRIPTYKON on the videos for "Shatter" and "Aurorae".

According to Marc Canter, author of 2012's Guns N' Roses biography RECKLESS ROAD: GUNS N' ROSES AND THE MAKING OF APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION, is being made into a movie. In a series of posts in the fan forum on the unofficial Guns N' Roses site Canter offers up some details, stating that the film is not a documentary: "It's been on the works for about 4 months. I'm not making the movie. The book Reckless Road is being made into a movie by people that will do it right. No short cuts, it will be very detailed. I do have a big say so on the script which is still being put together now but so far looking cool. I am going to see that everyone in the cast is doing their job and doing justice to the band. Since I was there, I know what the dialogue was between the band for many of the events that took place. When you find out who is making the movie, you will then understand that it will be very cool. I'm proud of all the hard work that was put into this project and it's just going to KICK ASS! In no way will it be a cheesy movie like Rock Star. There really is such a great story here that even the outtakes will be great. No one has been cast at this point but I would expect to see a few A list people in the cast. Just working on the perfect script. Then they will move on to the next step and yes, it will bring in a whole new slew of fans and sell a shitload of records for the band. Also the band will do well on the music used for the movie."

RED DRAGON CARTEL, featuring guitar legend Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands) has added former Badlands bassist Greg Chaisson to the fold. He replaces Ron Mancuso, who recently opted to leave the band. Greg Chaisson originally filled in for Ron Mancuso in March at a Tempe, Arizona concert. In August, Greg Chaisson joined Red Dragon Cartel as Ron Mancuso returned to his production career.

On Sunday, December 14th, an impressive amount of these renowned names, including Zakk Wylde, James LaBrie, Gus G, Joey Belladonna and David Ellefson and many more, will unite as the METAL ALL STARS for a special one-off concert at Cabaret Sauvage in Paris, France. Metal All Stars lineup for this event is as follows: Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), James Labrie (Dream Theater), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Cronos (Venom), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Chuck Billy (Testament), Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart), Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath), Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus).

STRATOVARIUS will release a high quality reissue of their genre milestones Elements Pt. 1 and Elements Pt. 2 on 3CD+DVD as well as a limited box set including 5.1 mix of the original albums on DVD and previously unreleased songs. This package will be released on December 5th. earMusic has released an official content trailer, which can be viewed below:

Spinefarm Records announces the signing of AT THE HOLLOW. The Finnish trio has spent recent months working on its label debut, which was recorded at Sound Supreme Studio in its native Finland with producer Janne Saksa (Mokoma, Turisas, Stamina and Rotten Sound.) The debut album is due out on February 16, 2015 and is titled "What I Hold Most Dear". The first single and video will be for the song "Was It Worth It.”

PANZER, the new German "supergroup" comprised of vocalist and bassist Schmier, best known as frontman of Destruction, guitarist Herman Frank (Accept, Victory) and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (Accept, ex-Running Wild), will release its debut album, ‘Send Them All To Hell’, on November 28 via Nuclear Blast. The official lyric video for the song ‘Mr. Nobrain’ can be seen below.

Danko Jones will release their new album, ‘Fire Music’, on February 10, 2015 as a digipack CD and vinyl LP.

Here's the 3rd Music Video from Marco Minnemann's latest solo CD, EEPS.

On January 19th 2014 CZAR OF BULLETS will release the new album from the nowadays 20 years old band GURD.

RED FANG have premiered their new video for “Crows In Swine,” the third single off the Portland-based rock group’s critically acclaimed third album "Whales And Leeches” on Relapse Records. Watch the full video on YouTube here.

TNT has unleashed their 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra release in North America via Indie Recordings. This unique document of the band's astounding three-decade career was captured on June 2nd, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Trondheim, Norway. The group performed a special set list while accompanied by the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Trondheim Symfoniorkester). The performance also includes special appearances by Hank Von Helvete (Turbonegro), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), original TNT's singer, Dag Ingebrigtsen, and vocalist Tony Harnell, who has since rejoined the group following the departure of Tony Mills.

Titles from PARADISE LOST and WITCHERY are part of The End Records new Loud & Clear Vinyl Series. Paradise Lost's Shades Of God (1992) begins to integrate clean melodies and quieter passages that mark the band's transitioning sound, including "As I Die," known as the hymn for Paradise Lost fans. This reissue includes brand new liner notes and 2 bonus tracks taken from the original Japanese release. 2001 and has received underground acclaim from metal fanzines and webzines. The album continues in the style of previous Witchery releases, with thrash metal riffing and solos, but with a black and death metal influence. This album sees Martin Axe of Opeth on drums, after the departure of former Witchery drummer Mique.

PARADISE LOST is about to begin the recording sessions for their 14th studio album with Jaimie Gomez Arellano from Orgone Studios in London (Ghost, Ulver, Angel Witch).

Aristides Instruments is releasing a brand new factory tour video to answer the question: “How do they make such a unique guitar?. The new video takes viewers on a behind the scenes journey to explain just how a guitar, not made of wood is created.

NIGHTINGALE have released their 7th studio album in Europe. “Retribution”, the follow-up to 2007’s acclaimed “White Darkness”, marks the band’s debut release via their new worldwide label home InsideOutMusic

Belgian female fronted metalheads BLIKSEM just launched their new video for’Tales of Tragedy'. The song stems from their debut album 'Face The Evil’ and the video contains 5D/ Go Pro footages from several festival appearances, as well as their support slots for Anthrax and Prong earlier this year. Currently the band is in the studio, recording material for their second album!

3 years after the release of their first album "Any Fear Calms Down", KHYNN will be back very soon with a brand new full-length effort called : "Supersymmetry". The album is expected for early 2015 with two music videos and bonus stuff.

MONTAGE will play two shows in Netherlands in early 2015. The group will perform material from their debut album at Rockcafé de Engel in Den Helder on Saturday the 17th of January and at t’ Blok, Nieuwerkerk on Sunday the 18th. MONTAGE released their debut album via Secret Entertainment in May 2014.

BEARDFISH have been at work on the follow-up to 2012’s The Void, and now they reveal that their brand new eighth studio album +4626-COMFORTZONE will be released in Europe on January 12, 2015.

BEYOND THE RED MIRROR will be the title of the tenth studio album by Germany's epic storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN. Four-and-a-half years in the making, the follow-up to 2010's At The Edge Of Time (which debuted at #2 on the German album charts and at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and #108 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart) is scheduled for release in Europe on January 30th, and February 3rd in North America.

Esoterik Guitars has released their new 2015 mid-level series. The second release of the new series is the DR2 model. It features a mahogany body and a five-piece hard rock maple/walnut/figured maple neck with a neck through design. It has a 25.5” scale length, spoke nut truss rod and 24 jumbo stainless steel frets on an ebony fretboard. The fretboard has a 16” radius and no face markers on the front. It does however come with glow in the dark side dots. The DR2 comes with a carved top, concave back, natural satin finish and has active EMG 81-85’s and a Floyd Rose Pro series tremolo. It features Gotoh 510 mini tuners, 1 master tone, 2 volume knobs and a 3-way pickup selector switch. The wood matched electronics cavity cover plate also features our Phoenix Splatter laser engraved logo, and the headstock features an ebony overlay with a mother-of-pearl inlaid logo. All new Esoterik Guitars include a hard-shell case.
A temporary/direct wholesale price is set for $1102
The DR2 features:
• Mahogany Body
• Neck Through Design
• 5 Piece Maple, Walnut and Figured Maple Neck
• 24 easily accessible Jumbo Stainless Steel Frets
• 25.5” Scale Length
• Glow In The Dark (Luminlay) Side Dots
• Spoke Nut Truss Rod
• EMG 81-85’s pickups
• Floyd Rose Pro Tremolo
• Gotoh 510 Tuners
• Amazing Body Contours - Carved Top/Concave Back
• Laser Engraved Cover Plate
• Natural/Clear Finish
The first 60 orders will receive an additional $150 off.

Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for North America) is following the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight IRON MAIDEN albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl. Two production videos focusing on the artwork and sound production of the new vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight IRON MAIDEN albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl can be seen below. The records are being released chronologically across a two-month period starting October 13 (October 14 in North America) with the first three albums ("Iron Maiden", "Killers", "The Number Of The Beast") and the seven corresponding seven-inch singles:
* "Running Free" b/w "Burning Ambition"
* "Sanctuary" b/w "Drifter" (Live) and "I've Got The Fire" (Live)
* "Women In Uniform" b/w "Invasion"
* "Twilight Zone"/"Wrathchild" double A side
* "Purgatory" b/w "Genghis Khan"
* "Run To The Hills" b/w "Total Eclipse"
* "The Number Of The Beast" b/w "Remember Tomorrow" (Live)
Followed by:
October 27 (October 28 in North America): "Piece Of Mind", "Powerslave" and "Live After Death" and the six corresponding seven-inch singles:
* "Flight Of Icarus" b/w "I've Got The Fire"
* "The Trooper" b/w "Cross-Eyed Mary"
* "2 Minutes To Midnight" b/w "Rainbow's Gold"
* "Aces High" b/w "King Of Twilight"
* "Running Free" (Live) b/w "Sanctuary" (Live)
* "Run To The Hills" (Live) b/w "Phantom Of The Opera" (Live)
November 24 (November 25 in North America): "Somewhere In Time" and "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" and the six corresponding seven-inch singles:
* "Wasted Years" b/w "Reach Out"
* "Stranger In A Strange Land" b/w "That Girl"
* "Can I Play With Madness" b/w "Black Bart Blues"
* "The Evil That Men Do" b/w "Prowler ‘88"
* "The Clairvoyant" b/w "The Prisoner" (Live)
* "Infinite Dreams" (Live) b/w "Killers" (Live)