(16 december 2014)

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Former MEGADETH members Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have announced an new band together, fronted by former SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner. Broderick announced that although a name is picked, the legal aspects of that name are currently being investigated, in order to stay out of trouble, or to keep other bands from getting into a conflict with them. Bonner will continue his current endeavours besides this project, including one with former SLIPKNOT sticksman Joey Jordison.

The May 5 2015 concert of AC/DC in Gelredome Arnhem was sold out within 40 minutes. Despite the high entry fees, fans are lining up to get the last possibility to see the legendary rockers for the last time. For guitarist Angus Young it is only a 40 minutes drive to his home from Arnhem.

Sir Christopher Lee, who has starred in almost 300 movies, including "The Lord Of The Rings", "Star Wars", "The Man With The Golden Gun", "Dracula", "The Wicker Man" and most recently "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies", has released a new heavy metal single titled "Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing". The single is a playful take on the Christmas classic "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and includes three different mixes of the song. "It's light-hearted, joyful and fun. It's a band singing on how metal should be played, the effect it has on the band and its listeners," Sir Christopher explained. Lee joins forces once again with guitar prodigy Hedras Ramos, who had previously worked with Christopher on the album "Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death" (2013), replacing Richie Faulkner (JUDAS PRIEST) and "A Heavy Metal Christmas" (2012), which was Sir Christopher's first venture into "Christmas metal." Christopher Lee became the oldest heavy metal artist at the age of 91. Last Christmas, the song "Jingle Hell" reached No. 18 on Billboard, making him the oldest performer in history to have charted. The record was previously held by Tony Bennett.

STEEL PANTHER bring you their first-ever original Christmas track, "The Stocking Song". Check out the official lyric video for the song below. And the coinciding single (also available on iTunes and Amazon) is certified triple platinum in the illegal download charts already. "We bring happiness to millions of people around the world. Why not during the holidays?" frontman Michael Starr tells. "We love to spread the love. The holiday season is the best time to pick up strippers at a strip club. The ones that are working on Christmas Eve usually have no family and are really lonely. So it's super easy to take them home and do some kissin' underneath the camel toe."

MOTÖRHEAD enjoy the start of their 40th anniversary with a 2015 grammy nomination.
Lemmy, Phil & Mikkey to begin work on their 22nd studio album in January. "If we moved in next door, your lawn would die!"…So said Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister to a reporter back in 1975, when Motörhead had just formed. And as the band look forward to their 40th Anniversary year in 2015, they can reflect on thousands of scorched gardens, over 30 million albums and millions of concert tickets sold, plus their fourth Grammy nomination, in the 2015 ceremony's Best Metal Performance category for "Heartbreaker," a track from one of their best-selling records ever, Aftershock. It offers the band a chance to pick up their second Grammy Award, having won the same category in 2005. Not a bad start to the year's forthcoming festivities!

SAXON have been forced to postpone the remaining dates on their UK tour due to Nigel Glockler's health issues. The drummer was rushed to hospital on Monday (December 8) night. The following shows are rescheduled as follows (tickets are valid for the new dates):
Feb. 03 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Feb. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Feb. 05 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Feb. 06 - Oxford, UK - Academy
Feb. 07 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Biff Byford says: "Nigel our friend and brother is in the hospital in the UK having tests to find a bleed on his brain. He is up and talking but he says he has a ball crushing headache. I will pass all your messages on to Gina, Nigel's wife and we all pray that Nige can pull through this! At the moment all shows have been re scheduled to February 2015."

Tracktion Software Corporation (TSC) has announced the addition of the MARKETPLACE retail portal to its Tracktion 5 music production software. More than a brand-specific on-line store, MARKETPLACE uniquely enables the purchase of third-party musical effects and instruments from within the Tracktion 5 environment. Downloads are managed in the background allowing users to continue to work on projects without interruption.

"Turn Back Time", the new video from REVOLUTION SAINTS, the project featuring Deen Castronovo (JOURNEY, OZZY OSBOURNE, BAD ENGLISH, HARDLINE), Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER, DAMN YANKEES, SHAW/BLADES) and Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO, BURNING RAIN), can be seen below.
Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on "Turn Back Time" and "Way To The Sun"
Doug Aldrich: guitars
Special guests:
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on "Way To The Sun "
Arnel Pineda: co-lead vocals on "You're Not Alone"
Neal Schon: guitar solo on "Way To The Sun"

"Revolution Saints" track listing:

MORGOTH have recruited singer Karsten "Jagger" Jäger (DISBELIEF) to replace the band's recently departed longtime vocalist Marc Grewe. MORGOTH has completed recording its new album, "Ungod", and is mixing the CD for a March 2015 release via Century Media Records.

NIGHTWISH will release a new single, ‘Élan’, on February 13, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, which is due in the spring. You can pre-order the single at this location.

BLACK STAR RIDERS – the band formed by THIN LIZZY alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), and Damon Johnson (guitar) – will release their second studio album, "The Killer Instinct", in February 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. You can pre-order the album at this location.

EUROPE will release its new studio album, ‘War Of Kings’, on March 6, 2015 via UDR Music. The effort will be available as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format.

UFO will release its new album, ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’, on February 23, 2015 via Steamhammer/SPV.

‘Rock Or Bust’ the new album from AC/DC (which was released on December 2), sold around 172,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. The album is AC/DC's first without guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young. The official video for the title track can be viewed here

JUDAS PRIEST will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the classic ‘Defenders Of The Faith’ album with a newly expanded three-CD version of the album, which will be released on March 10, 2015 via Columbia/ Legacy. The re-issue includes the original ten-track album re-mastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording (21-track concert, split up over two discs) from the ‘Defenders’ tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5, 1984.

MARDUK will release their new album, ‘Frontschwein’, on January 19 via Century Media Records. The song ‘Wartheland’ is available for streaming at this location.

PAT TRAVERS BAND – the band from Canadian veteran rock guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Pat Travers – will release a new live album, ‘Live At The Iridium NYC’, on January 27, 2015 via Frontiers Records.

SONIC SYNDICATE have posted the official music video for the song 'Catching Fire' from the recently released self-titled album. The video includes live footage which had been filmed on the band's most recent European headlining tour, this past October. Surf to this location.

CARNATION is set to release its debut EP. It is entitled "Cemetery Of The Insane" and it will be out on February 2015.
Simon Duson - Vocals
Jonathan Verstrepen - Guitars
Bert Vervoort - Guitars
Yarne Heylen - Bass
Morbid - Drums

SERIOUS BLACK, the new band featuring Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian), Mario Lochert (ex-Visions Of Atlantis), Dominik Sebastian (Edenbridge), Jan Vacik (ex-Dreamscape) and vocalist Urban Breed (ex-TAD Morose), will release its debut album, ‘As Daylight Breaks’, on January 20, 2015 via AFM Records. The group will hit the road on a European tour with Hammerfall in January/February 2015.
The song ‘Sealing My Fate’ can be streamed here.

‘Madness’, the new video from female-fronted metallers BATTLE BEAST, can be seen below. ‘Madness’ is taken from Battle Beast's third studio album, ‘Unholy Savior’, which will be released on January 9, 2015 in Europe and January 13, 2015 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast.

VISIGOTH are about to release their debut album "The Revenant King" January 23rd on Metal Blade Records.

SISTER have just confirmed a headline run through Europe in February and March of 2015.
06/02/15 NO - Oslo - Olsen Pa Bryn
07/02/15 NO - Stavanger - Brynerocken
25/02/15 SI - Kranj - Trainstation Squat
27/02/15 DE - Lichtenfels - Paunchy Cats
28/02/15 DE - Bochum - Sleazefest
04/03/15 ES - Barcelona - Rocksound
05/03/15 ES - Valencia - Pabersematao
06/03/15 ES - Zaragoza - Eccos
07/03/15 ES - Vitoria-Gasteiz - Helldorado
08/03/15 ES - Madrid - We Rock
11/03/15 UK - Edinburgh - Bannermans
12/03/15 UK - Consett - Steph
13/03/15 UK - Hafan y Mor - Hard Rock Hell
14/03/15 UK - Nottingham - Doghouse
15/03/15 UK - Sutton in Ashfield - The Diamond
17/03/15 UK - London - The Underworld
18/03/15 BE - Deinze - Elpee
19/03/15 NL - Breda - Mezz
20/03/15 NL - Oefenbunker - Landgraaf
21/03/15 DE - Hamburg - Rockcafé St. Pauli

VOID PARADIGM (feat. members of ATARAXIE, PIN-UP WENT DOWN, SORDIDE) have signed with Apathia Records. Expect an April/May 2015 EP release.

LAMENTATIONS OF THE ASHEN, the blackened doom metal project of Bon Vincent Fry, will release their long-awaited album Libertine Cyst on January 20 2015.

HACKNEYED recently announced a new video for their brand new single “The Flaw Of Flesh”.
The song is taken from the upcoming new studio album (release: spring 2015) and the video clip will be released on Christmas Eve, December 24th 2014. As a teaser, the band has published a first trailer.

Versailles Records has revealed the cover for their upcoming GUITAR WIZARDS VOL. III AND IV compilation. The cover features artists Bruce Kulick (KISS), Tony Franklin (Whitesnake, The Firm), Jeff Healey, Tracy G (Dio), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Blues Saraceno (Poison), Xander Demos (Sabbath Judas Sabbath, XDB) and other included guitar players. The album is scheduled for digital release before Christmas. Physical copies will have a February 2015 street date. Guitar Wizards Vol. I and II was released earlier this year.

GAMMA RAY is gearing up for the release of a Best Of compilation through earMusic on January 30th. According to a press release the record features a great variety of tunes, spanning from the band's first ever album Heading For Tomorrow to highlights picked out of albums such as Powerplant and To The Metal!. The songs - all hand-picked by Kai Hansen himself - give metal fans and those to be a real cross-section of the band's extensive work so far. This adds up to a selection of over 25 songs, all re-mastered by Eike Freese (Deep Purple). Liner notes written by Kai Hansen complete the package and give a deep insight into the work of this exceptional talent. All Gamma Ray albums will be re-released throughout 2015, including extensive booklets and a lot of bonus materials. The Best (Of) will also be released as a high-quality 2CD Limited Edition in an elaborate and exclusive leather-style package. It's strictly limited to 10,000 units worldwide.

Legendary bassist BOB DAISLEY (Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Black Sabbath) has posted the following message on Facebook: "In this year's recent Classic Rock 'Roll Of Honour Awards', Ozzy Osbourne was presented with the Classic Album Award for our Blizzard Of Ozz album. After the ceremony, Randy Rhoads' brother and sister, Kelle and Kathy, were taken aside and secretly handed a paper bag containing an award for Randy for his contribution to the album. I find this insulting and disrespectful to the Rhoads family and, in particular, to Randy. I'd like to know why Randy's award wasn't presented publicly to the Rhoads family members, and why drummer Lee Kerslake and I weren't even mentioned. That album was not a solo Ozzy Osbourne record, as many have been wrongly led to believe. It was a work of art made by four people, the band called The Blizzard Of Ozz. I co-wrote the music with Randy, I wrote more than 90% of the lyrics, and the four band members played on and co-produced the album together, so why did Classic Rock choose to acknowledge only one member of the band? I do not begrudge Ozzy receiving his award, but I'd like to know why Randy wasn't acknowledged ceremoniously and why Lee and I weren't even mentioned, let alone given an award for our significant contributions to that album. Classic Rock should know better, and they should be ashamed"!
More controversy arose around the wife of the legendary singer, while Jake E. Lee told how he was exploited and forced by Sharon Osbourne to cancel his battle for the rights of his songs, right after he had written them and that if he wouldn’t give in someone else would have replayed the songs and gotten the credits for writing them, while his full credits were given in a talk before the recordings.

BLIND GUARDIAN have just released the second new album trailer for their tenth studio release, “Beyond The Red Mirror”, due out in Europe on January 30th, 2015, February 2nd in the UK and February 3rd, 2015 in North AmericaCheck out Album Trailer #2 – which highlights drums & guitar parts - on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Pragmatic and realistic as he is, WhiteShark had immediately a scenario for the future from the day he was diagnosed with cancer. Ostrogoth never had to organize auditions to start looking for another guitarist. From day one WhiteShark told the rest of the band "I want that guy to be my successor... when the time comes." And time has come. “That guy” is GEERT ANNYS. In the ‘80s Geert was part of Belgian bands Stainless Steel, Thunderfire and Universe and spent some time in Neo-Prophet several years ago, but he is best known for his work on the debut album by melodic hard rock band Mystery.

SEPTICFLESH are announcing their new drummer after recently parting ways with long-time percussionist Fotis Benardo. The new man on the sticks is now revealed to be Kerim "Krimh" Lechner.

ALPHA TIGER release a trailer for their upcomng new studio album iDENTITY. You can see the trailer here:

POWERWOLF have secretly been more than busy writing songs for the follow up album to their Nr.1 success "Preachers of the night".

The Danish hardrock band Awesome Mr. Powerwolf are changing their name to REDWOLVES. The reasoning behind this is that the members of the band wanted to avoid any legal issues with the German heavy metal band Powerwolf.

AINUR pay tribute to legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien beloved epic high fantasy classics, The Hobbit, with a brand new song "There And Back Again". The single is available in streaming and digital download on iTunes, GooglePlay, Deezer and Spotify. Check It Out "There And Back Again" Lyric Video below

1349, Einherjer and Vredehammer as recipients of Norwegian Grammy nominations for “Best Metal Album” in 2014. Norwegian Grammy Awards, Spellemann 2014, is awarded January 17 at Stavanger Concert House.

Since the initial announcement, Northern Symphony Festival has sparked great interest on both the British and European symphonic metal scenes among fans and bands alike. With headliners WINTER IN EDEN announced, the festival saw another surge in interest. Now, with a second stage added, which will be hosted at The Riverside (conveniently next door to The Venue) in Selby, Northern Symphony Festival is set to become one exciting festival on the UK scene.Northern Symphony Festival 2015, which is the UK's first ever symphonic metal festival, will take place on Saturday 4th April at both The Venue and The Riverside on Ousegate in Selby. Advance tickets are a mere £10 and are available from

OBSCURE INFINITY have unleashed a second song from their upcoming new album 'Perpetual Descending Into Nothingness', which will be released on January 16th, 2015 through FDA Rekotz (CD, Vinyl, Download).

BENIGHTED are proud to reveal that their previously announced live album in celebration of the band's 15th anniversary will be entitled 'Brutalive the Sick' and will be released on the 23rd of February, 2015.

Brian Goble aka Wimpy aka Sunny Boy aka Sunny Boy Roy has left us and this world is much poorer because of that. Brian, just 28 days short of his 58th birthday died of a heart attack on Sunday December 7th, 2014.

MYRKUR is currently in Oslo recording her full length LP to be released next year on Relapse Records.

After signing a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and concluding a successful headlining tour this summer, Southern California-based NAILS have announced their return to the European shores for March 2015.
05.03. D Berlin - Lido
06.03. D Schleiz - Woodys
07.03. D Magdeburg - Factory
08.03. NL Sneek - Bolwerk
09.03. D Karlsruhe - Stadtmitte
10.03. D Cham - La Cafe
11.03. D Weinheim - Cafe Central
12.03. FR Paris - Petit Bain
13.03. D Bochum - Bahnhof Langendreer
14.03. BE Hasselt - Music O Drom

Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN have announced to be entering the studio on January 8, 2015 in order to record the band's next album.

Necromance Records announces the signing of Groove Metal band SEMPER from Las Palmas de G.C. (Canary Islands, Spain). The band is currently working hard composing their second CD which will be released through Necromance Records during 2015 and a track from this album will be available to check it in February.

CODE will release their new album entitled "mut" on February 27th in Europe and March 10th in North America via Agonia Records.

After a trying year and the loss of their brother and band mate Athon, BLACK TUSK will be honoring Athon’s wishes and going on tour in Europe with Black Label Society: “[]It’s been an incredibly trying time for us over the past month and we want to thank everyone for their support. We had confirmed the tour with Black Label Society and finished the new album before Athon’s accident and Athon, specifically, had been very excited about the opportunity to tour with BLS and we feel there’s no way he’d want things to end on this note. Corey Barhorst, formerly of Kylesa and currently of Niche, will be stepping in for Athon for the time being. All of us go back over 10 years and Corey seemed the natural choice to carry on for Athon[/I].”

“In Times” will be the title of the thirteenth studio album by ENSLAVED. The album will be released March 06th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
The track listing for In Times is:
01 – Thurisaz Dreaming
02 – Building With Fire
03 – One Thousand Years Of Rain
04 – Nauthir Bleeding
05 – In Times
06 - Daylight
Pre-order the album at this location.

RITI OCCULTI have announced the reissue of their debut self-titled album. Originally released in 2012 by Epidemie Records, this reissue will be handled by Nordavind Records which will feature all seven songs remastered as well as new artwork by Serena Mastracco.

DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT are now announcing the title of their follow-up to 2012's full-length 'Unstille'. The forthcoming album of the German black metal band will be named 'Stellar' and has been scheduled for release on the 23rd of March 2015. Pre-sale will begin in late January.

Svart Records announces the release of the MORBID EVILS debut album, entitled In Hate With The Burning World.

Watch the first track by track trailer featuring from the new effort of SYLOSIS, including 'Where The Wolves Come To Die', 'Victims And Pawns', 'Dormant Heart', 'To Build A Tomb', Overthrown' and 'Leech', here:

DICTATED, released their debut album, "The Deceived," in August of this year. Last month, guitarists Sonja Schuringa and Jessica Otten shot a guitar demonstration video to show fans just exactly how "The Basher" is played. The track itself features guest vocalist Jason Keyser of Origin! Watch Sonja and Jessica shred at