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(18 januari 2018)

Elke dag vind je hier verse nieuwtjes uit het metalen wereldje, verzameld door de LoM nieuwsredactie. Updates worden bekend gemaakt via Facebook en Twitter.

January 18th, 2018

Brace yourself. BENIGHTED are premiering the second video for a track taken from their latest album, 'Necrobreed', which features SuicideGirl Cecylia Suicide alongside French actor Matthieu Ambid, who already starred in the previous "Reptilian" clip. The French band is now streaming "Leatherface" at the link below.
Vocalist Julien Truchan comments: "We are proud and stoked to unleash this new creepy episode of our 'Necrobreed' story in the shape of a music video for the track 'Leatherface'! Kick Your Eyes Productions once again did a great job and delivered this second piece of insanity starring the gorgeous Cecylia Suicide! Enjoy!"
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03 Feb 18 Fort Lauderdale, FL (US) 70000 Tons of Metal
07 Apr 18 Moita (PT) Moita Metal Fest
23 Jun 18 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
20 Jul 18 Trutnov (CZ) Obscene Extreme Festival
27 Jul 18 Chicago (US) Durty Nellie's (Domination Fest 5)
10 Aug 18 Obermehler (DE) Party.San Open Air

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In Vain released their new music video for the track 'Soul Adventurer', featuring special guest Matthew Kiichi Heafy from Trivium and In Vain's guest drummer Baard Kolstad from Leprous and Rendezvous Point.

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The Amorettes announce April 06th, 2018 as the release date of their new album, "Born To Break". "Born To Break" was produced by Luke Morley of UK Arena Rockers THUNDER and recorded and mixed by Nick Brine (The Darkness, Bruce Springsteen etc..) and will be released April 06th, 2018 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipak, 2LP gatefold coloured version, download and stream.
THE AMORETTES on Tour 2018:
24.02. UK-Dorset - Planet Rock Wintersend Festival
08.04. UK-Glasgow - The Garage (with The Dead Daisies)
09.04. UK-Bilston - The Robin 2 (with The Dead Daisies)
10.04. UK-London - Koko (with The Dead Daisies)
12.04. UK-Manchester - Academy 2 (with The Dead Daisies)
13.04. UK-Nottingham - Rock City (with The Dead Daisies)
14.04. UK-Bristol - o2 Academy (with The Dead Daisies)
27.-29.04. SE-Silja Rocks Cruise

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Opalized released it's new video 'Rising From The Ashes' taken from the album 'Rising From The Ashes' out in 2017. Check it out below.

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BLACK SPACE RIDERS have released the official video for "Movements," a track from forthcoming album Amoretum Vol. 1. Watch it below.

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MEMORIAM are set to unleash their second album, »The Silent Vigil«, on March 23rd, 2018 through Nuclear Blast Records. Just one year after the release of debut album »For The Fallen«, the band returns.

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Hells Headbangers announces the signing of Canada's Chainbreaker. The first fruit of this union shall be the band's debut album, Lethal Desire, which is slated for international release later this spring/summer.

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Xenosis are releasing their 3rd full-length, 'Devour and Birth', set for release this Friday, January 19th. Today the group emiere a full early stream of Devour and Birth. Check it out below.

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January 17th, 2018

DORO will release their long-awaited new studio album. Says Doro: "The writing proccess of the album is done and we're currently finalising the mixing. This new record is going to be a diverse album with many fast songs and countless metal anthems. To be honest, one of these songs could become the next 'All We Are'!". With this hit and her new album, she and her band are going to celebrate their 35th band jubilee on a huge world tour during late summer 2018! From November 16th onwards, DORO will perform once again in Germany and Austria (see all dates below). What else can DORO tell about the upcoming album?: "The first song that I've written for the new album is a song dedicated to Lemmy. It's called 'Living Life To The Fullest'!".
„European Tour 2018/19"
+ SPECIAL GUEST
16.11. D Bremen - Aladin
17.11. D Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36
18.11. D Berlin - Astra Kulturhaus
20.11. D Görlitz - Kulturbrauerei
21.11. A Wien - Simm City
23.11. D Memmingen - Kaminwerk
24.11. D Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
25.11. D Saarbrücken - Garage
27.11. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
28.11. D Erfurt - Stadtgarten
30.11. D Köln - Live Music Hall
01.12. D Bochum - Zeche
More to be announced soon!
More live dates of DORO in 2018:
11. - 16.02. USA Miami, FL - Monsters of Rock Cruise
21.06. B Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
12. - 14.07. D Balingen - Bang Your Head!!!
15.07. CZ Vizovice - Masters of Rock
20.07. D Fritzlar - Rock am Stück
21.07. D Wertheim - Burgrock
02. - 04.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
08. - 11.08. E Villena - Leyendas del Rock (Warlock)
10.08. UK Derby - Bloodstock Open Air
01.09. D Hartenholm - Werner Rennen

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Former BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Nicholas Catanese pleaded guilty Tuesday (January 16) to sending sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old female. The 46-year-old musician, who was known as "The Evil Twin" because of his amazing shredding skills (a nickname that Zakk Wylde himself bestowed on the guitarist years ago), also solicited sex acts from the teenager, according to the criminal complaint. Catanese pleaded guilty to unlawful contact, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.

NE OBLIVISCARIS have decided to release a live-video for the track "Intra Venus", which is taken from the band's latest album, 'Urn', without the Patreon image. They shot this clip at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on November 22nd during their 2017 US tour. 'Urn' is streaming in full at this location.
NE OBLIVISCARIS have previously announced the first batch of European dates regarding their forthcoming headlining tour in March and April 2018. More shows will be added in due time.
25 Mar 18 Dublin (IE) Voodoo Lounge
27 Mar 18 Glasgow (UK) Audio
28 Mar 18 Nottingham (UK) Rescue Rooms
29 Mar 18 Manchester (UK) Rebellion
30 Mar 18 London (UK) The Dome
31 Mar 18 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo
01 Apr 18 Köln (DE) MTC
02 Apr 18 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
04 Apr 18 München (DE) Backstage
05 Apr 18 Leipzig (DE) Naumanns
06 Apr 18 Hamburg (DE) Headcrash
08 Apr 18 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
09 Apr 18 Oslo (NO) Blå
10 Apr 18 Stockholm (SE) Fryhuset Klubben
12 Apr 18 Helsinki (FI) Nosturi

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Mascot Label Group announce the signing of P.O.D. (Payable On Death), the San Diego, California based rockers, who, since their formation in 1992 have sold over 10 million records. A follow up to The Awakening, which was released in 2015, will be announced shortly.

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"Ace of Hearts" is the second single taken from the 5th Dark Horizon album, called "Aenigma". After the success of the EP "Metalhead", the Italian metal band has composed 10 new tracks for this album. This full lenght also features special guest appearances, Nocturnal Rites singer Jonny Lindqvist on the track "Future World" and Mob Rules singer Klaus Dirks on the track "Ace Of Hearts".



BURIED REALM, the one man band with Josh Dummer released a video for the song "Unscrupulous". Check it out below. The song is taken from the album "The Ichor Carcinoma", which was released in September last year.

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After recently encountering a recent health scare, Vixen's Janet Gardner now releases the official music video for "Candle." Check it out below.
Says her management: "(The song) "Candle" was originally scheduled to be released over the next couple of weeks, but after being rushed to the hospital for emergency brain surgery to remove a subdural hematoma, she was so moved by the out pouring of love and support that it gave the song new meaning".

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FINAL HOUR has been working on their debut album for some time but now the band announce the album release as set for February 23rd. The first single 'Never Bow Down is also released. Watch it below.

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The new official video of the song "10,000 Pound Hammer" from the new AXEMASTER album "Crawling Chaos" (Pure Steel Records) can be seen below.

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AETHERIAN released the video for their song 'Black Sails', taken from their recently released and critically acclaimed debut album "The Untamed Wilderness". Watch it below. The album is released by Lifeforce Records.

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SALEM have released the first single from their upcoming album ‘ATTRITION’ which is out on Dissonance Productions on February 23, 2018. Check out “Taking Control” below.

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Death Keepers reveal a new lyric video for the track "Death Keepers." The track hails from the band's debut album, 'Rock This World', which is due for international release on January 22nd via Fighter Records. See & hear the lyric video for Death Keepers' selfsame "Death Keepers" in its entirety below.

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Portugese metal band Glasya have released the single "Heaven's Demise". They have already gained good feeback from it and now thye want to share the video with the readers of Lords of Metal. So, check it out below. Glasya is consisting of several members of the portuguese metal scene, Eduarda Soeiro (also on Nightdream), Davon Van Dave (former Urban Tales, former Shadowsphere), Bruno Prates (former Enchantya), Manuel Pinto (former Enchantya), Bruno Ramos (former My Deception) and Hugo Esteves as founder.

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With the new 7-string KX500FF, Cort Guitars expands its KX Series of electric guitars for players who appreciate modern upgrades to classic design. The KX500FF offers updated hardware, a double-cutaway for easy access to the neck, and a new-to-series fanned-fret design that improves tonal depth and clarity. Expertly crafted, the KX500FF is as sonically powerful as it looks.

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The Roadburn Festival tickets will go on sale in two days.
Thursday, 19 April - €62.40
Friday, 20 April - €62.40
Saturday, 21 April - €62.40
Sunday, 22 April - €57.40
4-day-tickets €198,40
3-day-tickets €175,40
Camping tickets are also available to purchase, with additional options (such as Festipis and camper vans) also possible. This year the urban campsite will be in a new location - but still within walking distance to the 013 venue.

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OBSCURA have completed their fifth full-length album entitled Diluvium. Diluvium was recorded with longtime producer V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany. The album is set for a Summer 2018 release via Relapse Records. Some special contributors were involved with the making of Diluvium including Linus Klausenitzer's father, Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer, who has worked previously as a violinist and conductor with renowned musicians Arvo Pärt, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Mikis Theodorakis, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez and many more. Additionally, Jonas Baumgartl, a founding member of OBSCURA, who was a key member of the band between 2002 and 2007 returned to take part in the Diluvium sessions on cello. Jonas recorded drums and cello on the band's first and only demo Illegimitation, as well as their debut full-length Retribution.


OBSCURA EU tour dates:

--- All Dates Feb 23 - Mar 24 w/ Sepultura, Goatwhore & Fit For An Autopsy ---
Feb 23 Leipzig, DE Conne Island
Feb 24 Zlin, CZ Masters of Rock Cage
Feb 25 Budapest, HU Barba Negra
Feb 27 Rome, IT Orion Club
Feb 28 Milano, IT Magazzini Generali
Mar 01 Graz, AT Explosiv
Mar 02 Bratislava, SK Majestic Music Club
Mar 03 Warsaw, PL Proxima
Mar 04 Gdansk, PL B90
Mar 06 Berlin, DE Columbia Theater
Mar 07 Hamburg, DE Docks
Mar 08 Saarbrucken, DE Garage
Mar 09 Stuttgart, DE LKA Longhorn
Mar 10 Munchen, DE Backstage
Mar 11 Utrecht, NL Tivoli Ronda
Mar 13 Bristol, UK SWX
Mar 14 Glasgow, UK SWG3
Mar 15 Dublin, IR The Tivoli
Mar 16 Pwllheli, UK Hammerfest
Mar 17 Sheffield, UK Foundry
Mar 18 London, UK Koko
Mar 20 Paris, FR Elysee Montmarte
Mar 21 Bochum, DE Zeche
Mar 22 Nurnberg, DE Hirsch
Mar 23 Salzburg, AT Rockhouse
Mar 24 Solothurn, CH Kofmehl

Apr 30 Landshut, DE Alte Kaserne Landshut *15 year anniversary show*
May 12 Vienna, AU Vienna Metal Meeting 2018
May 19 Amsterdam, NL Amsterdam Metal Meeting 2018
Aug 15-18 Dinkelsbuhl, DE Summer Breeze Open Air 2018

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On Saturday 10 February Grafjammer will release Schalm & Schabauw. It will be available on tape through Black Tapes and cd through bandcamp/facebook. Check out the lyric video for their second song below.



January 16th, 2018

Gojira and Behemoth have been confirmed for the Into The Grave 2018 festival. Other names already confirmed are Delain, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Allegiance, Orden Ogan and Gloryhammer. The festival will take place on August 10 and 11 2018 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

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SCHWARZER ENGEL have just posted the lyric video for "Unheil", the new single off the upcoming album "Kult der Krähe" - watch it below. The new album is scheduled to be released on February 23, 2018 via Massacre Records, and is available as a jewel case CD with 10 tracks as well as a limited edition CD digipak and limited edition vinyl LP with 11 tracks each. Pre-order the album at this location.

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A previously unreleased version of 'Mannish Boy', performed by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix has surfaced. Check it out below. On March 9, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release "Both Sides Of The Sky", a dynamic new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970 — 10 of which have never before been released. The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2LP.



PERFECT DEFECT has released a new music video for "Love Song". Watch it below. Their self-titled debut was released on October 27th, 2017 via Sonic Night Music Club.



After the release from the single "En Fallen Jätte" from Grimner midst of December 2017, Despotz have released Friday Jan 12th 2018, the lyric video from this single. Watch it below.
Live Shows 2018
Feb 09 Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE)
Feb 10 Palatset, Linköping (SE)
Mar 15 Hammerfest (GB)
Mar 16 Fulford Arms, York (GB)
Mar 17 The Angel Microbrewery, Nottingham (GB)
Mar 18 Nambucca, London (GB)
Apr 05 Blackland, Berlin (DE)
Apr 06 Ragnarök Festival (DE)
Apr 07 Durbuy Rock Festival (BE)
Apr 08 Little Devil, Tilburg (NL)
May 21 Wave Gotik Treffen (DE)
Aug 18 Barther Metal Open Air (DE)
Sep 07 Club From Hell, Erfurt (DE)
Sep 08 MAZE, Berlin (DE)
Sep 11 Vagon Klub, Prague (CZ)
Sep 12 Klub u Bazyla, Poznan (PL)
Sep 13 Magnetofon, Lodz (PL)
Sep 14 VooDoo Club, Warsaw (PL)
Sep 15 Rudeboy Club, Bielsko-Biała (PL)
Sep 16 Rock Klub Tartaros, Banská Bystrica (SL)
Sep 16 Barrák Music Club, Ostrava (CZ)
Sep 19 M13 Klub, Brno (CZ)
Sep 20 Dürer Kert, Budapest (HU)
Sep 21 Escape, Vienna (AT)
Sep 22 Manoir Pub, Saint-Maurice (CH)
Sep 23 Le Klub, Paris (FR)
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On February 9th, Salt Lake City's VISIGOTH will release their next album, 'Conqueror's Oath', via Metal Blade Records. Last week the band released a new video on the world for the lead single "Warrior Queen." Watch it below.

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Underground Symphony to announce the signing of CHRONOSFEAR for their debut album release. A release date is to be announced very soon.

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January 15th, 2018

The Lucifer Principle guitarist and founding member Giedo has decided to leave the band after 14 years. The Lucifer Principle emphasises that they have nothing but great memories together, but Giedo simply thought it was time for a change. Henceforth, the band can already announce a replacement in Hein Willekes, who currently is the live guitarist for Legion Of The Damned and he was previously part of Splinterbomb. He will be baptized on January 27th, at Luck Rock Metalfest, in Rijssen.

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CYNIC have released a digital single titled "Humanoid". This song marks the first new music from the progressive pioneers since the Americans' 2014 full-length, 'Kindly Bent To Free Us'. "Humanoid" is now streaming below. "Humanoid" was recorded by Paul Masvidal and longtime CYNIC bassist Sean Malone. The song also and marks the debut of the band's new drummer, Matt Lynch.

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Small Town Titans has released the Official Music Video for their heartrending single, "Dragonfly."

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»No Cross No Crown«, the new full-length from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is out now. In celebration of its release, the band unveil the new video for 'The Luddite.' Check it out below.

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DEAD ALONE will return with their fifth studio album in 2018. The new work is called "Serum" and will be released on February 23rd via Reaper Entertainment. The band just released the first teaser for the upcoming album. You can listen to some snippets of the first 5 songs. Check it out below. Pre-Order the album on CD reapermusic.de/deadalone

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VOIDHANGER has entered the Agonia Records roster, with plans to release a new studio album "Dark Days Of The Soul" on March 2nd. Listen to the first single "Death Wish" below.

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DEFIATORY are about to release their second album, titled "HADES RISING". The album marks the continuation of the band's collaboration with Black Lion Records, following up their debut release "EXTINCT", released on the same label.

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UNSHINE released a video for the song "Visionary's Last Breath", from their new album "Astrala", out January 19, 2018 in Europe and February 9, 2018 in North America via Rockshots Records.. Check it out below.

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January 12th, 2018

VENOM INC., the originators of black metal, and US death metal squad SUFFOCATION recently announced their European headline run in support of their latest records »Avé« and »...Of The Dark Light« respectively. Support will come from Brazilian thrashers NERVOSA as well as Canadian ethnic symphonic metallers AETERNAM. Today, the bands add a few more dates to the routing and announce the opening act for this forthcoming journey, SURVIVE. Further details can be found below.
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09.03. UK Bristol - Bierkeller
10.03. UK Manchester - Rebellion
11.03. UK Glasgow - Audio**
12.03. UK Birmingham - Asylum NEW!
13.03. UK London - Islington Academy
14.03. B Opwijk - Nosta
15.03. F Paris - Petit Bain
16.03. NL Eindhoven - Dynamo (w/ EVIL INVADERS)* NEW!
17.03. D Hamburg - Kulturpalast
18.03. DK Aarhus - VoxHall
19.03. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
20.03. D Mannheim - MS Connexion Complex
21.03. D Ingolstadt - Eventhalle Westpark
22.03. I Brescia - Circolo Colony
23.03. I Bologna - Zona Roveri
24.03. A Graz - Explosiv
25.03. H Budapest - Barba Negra
26.03. RO Cluj-Napoca - Form Space
27.03. A Vienna - Viper Room
28.03. SK Kosice - Collosseum
29.03. CZ Prague - Futurum NEW VENUE!
30.03. D Dresden - Eventwerk NEW!
31.03. PL Katowice - MegaClub NEW!
*no SUFFOCATION
**no NERVOSA

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MACHINE HEAD will release their new album »Catharsis« on January 26 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band has released the brand new track, 'Bastards'. The song was originally released in late 2016 as a rehearsal room recording and has since been developed and worked on. Listen to the final version that will appear on »Catharsis« below. »Catharsis« was produced by Robb Flynn and recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. Mastering was handled by Ted Jensen (HATEBREED, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound, New York, NY. Cover photography was created by Seanen Middleton.
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22.03. FR Rouen, Le 106
24.03. FR Paris, Bataclan
26.03. FR La Rochelle, La Sirene
27.03. FR Bordeaux, Rocher de Palmer
29.03. ES Santiago de Compestalla, Sala Capital
30.03. PT Lisbon, Coliseum
31.03. PT Oporto, Colisum
02.04. ES Madrid, Riviera
03.04. ES Seville, Sala Custom
04.04. ES Malaga, Sala Paris 15
06.04. ES Valencia, Sala Republica
07.04. ES Barcelona, Razzmatazz
08.04. FR Toulouse, Bikini
09.04. FR Marseille, Caberet Auletoire
11.04. IT Bologna, Zona Roveri
12.04. IT Rome, Orion
13.04. IT Milan, Live Club
15.04. FR Lyon, Tansbordeur
16.04. CH Lausanne, Les Docks
17.04. CH Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7
19.04. AT Vienna, Gasometer
20.04. HU Budapest, BNMC
21.04. GER Munich, Tonhalle
22.04. GER Stuttgart, Longhorn
24.04. FR Strasbourg, Laiterie
25.04. LUX Luxembourg, Den Atelier
27.04. GER Munster, Skaters Palace
28.04. GER Cologne, Ewerk
29.04. GER Berlin, Columbiahalle
01.05. DK Copenhagen, Vega
02.05. SE Gothenburg, Pustervik
03.05. NO Oslo Rockefeller
05.05. GER Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit
06.05. NL Gronigen, Oosterpoort
07.05. NL Tilburg, 013
09.05. GER Hannover, Capitol
10.05. GER Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
11.05. BE Brussels, AB
13.05. UK, Southampton Guildhall
14.05. UK, Cardiff, University
15.05. UK, Bristol Academy
17.05. UK, Birmingham Academy
18.05. UK, London, Roundhouse
19.05. UK, London, Roundhouse
21.05. UK, Nottingham Rock City
22.05. UK, Newcastle, Academy
23.05. Scotland, Glasgow Academy
25.05. UK, Manchester Academy

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CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX will officially release the EP, 'Horrific Honorifics', which contains six cover-versions (and has previously been made available in small numbers via the band's website) on March 9th, 2018. The UK rockers are now streaming their stunning take on THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND classic "The Faith Healer" at the link below.
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1. False Spring (ARBOURETUM)
2. The Golden Boy Swallowed By The Sea (SWANS)
3. Will-O-The-Wisp (MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO)
4. Victory (NO MEANS NO)
5. In Bad Dreams (THE GOD MACHINE)
6. The Faith Healer (THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND)

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BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski has been formally charged by Polish authorities for allegedly disrespecting one of the country's national symbols. The case, referred to court by the District Prosecutor's Office in Gdańsk, northern Poland, involves the band's "Republic Of The Unfaithful" tour artwork and merchandise, which is said to be "insulting" to the national coat of arms of Poland, a stylized white eagle with a golden beak and talons, and wearing a golden crown, in a red shield. An expert on heraldry and iconography has determined that the tour's artwork featured "a distorted image of Poland's national emblem," according to the prosecutor's office. The artwork "included elements and symbols considered Satanist and anti-Christian, with the aim of conveying content far removed from the historical and state ideology," the prosecutor's office said. Nergal and Maciej G., who, as the band's webmaster, promoted the tour online, both stand accused of publicly affronting the Polish national emblem, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. Also charged is Rafał Wechterowicz, the graphic artist who worked on the BEHEMOTH artwork.
Nergal, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, commented on the case in an Instagram post. He wrote: "Well… this is the first thing that hits me after coming back from a relaxing and sunny holiday trip. Me and two other dudes are accused of profaning Polish emblem. What a bummer! PiS-driven Poland [Editor's note: PiS is a right-wing populist, national-conservative, and Christian democratic political party in Poland] is trying its best to nail my ass down… as an example, I guess. But first thing is: it is NOT a Polish emblem. Second… let's leave those arguments for the court case which is to begin shortly! Is there limits to their obscurity and blindness? Bring it on!"

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January 11th, 2018

Former MOTÖRHEAD and FASTWAY guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke passed away yesterday (January 10) after a battle with pneumonia. He was 67 years old. Clarke was a member of MOTÖRHEAD from 1976 until 1982. He was one-third of the band's classic lineup, which also included drummer Philthy "Animal" Taylor, who died in November 2015 of liver failure. Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister succumbed to cancer the following month. Clarke, Taylor and Lemmy appeared on five albums together: MOTÖRHEAD's 1977 self-titled debut, 1979's "Overkill" and "Bomber", 1980's "Ace Of Spades" and 1982's "Iron Fist".
MOTÖRHEAD has issued the following statement: "We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight... Edward Allan Clarke — or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke — passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his [Facebook] page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. Fast Eddie... keep roaring, rockin' and rollin' up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!"
MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell said: "Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock 'n' roller. RIP Eddie."
MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee added: "Oh my fucking god, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the U.K. this summer when we come around with the [SCORPIONS]… now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully, I'm sure you'll hear them, so watch out!!! My thoughts go out to Eddie's family and close ones`."

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Ex ACCEPT/BONFIRE singer DAVID REECE signs multiple album record deal with Mighty Music. The new album will be recorded at Death Island Studio in Denmark with Marco Angioni as producer. In February 2018 David Reece will release the new Sainted Sinners album “Back with a Vengeance”.

SEPULTURA are set to embark on a lengthy and extensive European headline tour in support of their album »Machine Messiah«, next month. SEPULTURA will come with a set list featuring new hits as well as some timeless classics. German technical death metal masters OBSCURA are confirmed as direct support, followed by US-based death/black metallers GOATWHORE and New Jersey's FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY. Click below and check out, what guitarist Andreas Kisser has to tell their fans.
Machine Messiah Tour 2018«
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23.02. D Leipzig - Conne Island
24.02. CZ Zlín - Masters of Rock Café
25.02. H Budapest - Barba Negra
27.02. I Rome - Orion Club
28.02. I Milan - Magazzini Generali
01.03. A Graz - Explosiv
02.03. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
03.03. PL Warsaw - Proxima
04.03. PL Gdansk - B90
06.03. D Berlin - Columbia Theater
07.03. D Hamburg - Docks
08.03. D Saarbrücken - Garage
09.03. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
10.03. D Munich - Backstage
11.03. NL Utrecht - Tivoli Ronda
13.03. UK Bristol - SWX
14.03. UK Glasgow - SWG3
15.03. IRL Dublin - The Tivoli
16.03. UK Pwllhelli - Hammerfest
17.03. UK Sheffield - Foundry
18.03. UK London - Koko
20.03. F Paris - Elysee Montmartre
21.03. D Bochum - Zeche
22.03. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
23.03. A Salzburg - Rockhouse
24.03. CH Solothurn - Kulturfabrik Kofmehl

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PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are premiering the third song taken from the singer's second album with his personal band, 'Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue'. The full-length will be out on January 26th, 2018. "Delinquent" is now streaming at the link below.

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LANDMVRKS has inked a record deal with Arising Empire. The band re-released their current single 'Fantasy' today via Arising Empire. More information to follow shortly. Watch the music video of 'Fantasy' below.

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The release of REBELLION's new album "A Tragedy In Steel Part II: Shakespeare's King Lear" is only a few weeks away. The band now released the official video for the new single "A Fool's Tale", directed by Patrick Heidekorn - cjeck it out below. REBELLION's new album "A Tragedy In Steel Part II: Shakespeare's King Lear" will be released on January 26, 2018 via Massacre Records, and will be available as a CD Digipak with extensive booklet. Get it at the Massacre webshop

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January 10th, 2018

PESTILENCE has released the second single from their forthcoming record 'HADEON'. "Non Physical Existent" is the opening song on "Hadeon". Pre-order the new album "Hadeon" now at the Hammerheart webshop.

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TUBEFREEKS are back with a new full-length album, "The Dry Tide", and the group has compiled a series of YouTube videos for 8 of the songs from the album. As an example, check out 'Wicked Sky' below.

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Martyr is releasing the video 'Infinity', shot at P60 Amstelveen in The Netherlands. 'Infinity' is taken from the album 'You Are Next', released by Into The Limelight Records. As we speak Martyr is preparing for the season with their new bass player for the scheduled venues and festivals this year. They will kick off on the 27th of January at the Indiefair in Amstelveen, The Netherlands.



This Friday, BLEEDING GODS will release their new concept album »Dodekathlon« via Nuclear Blast. At the end of December, the band already released the first part of three track-by-track trailers, in which guitarist Ramon Ploeg goes into the background stories and Greek myths behind the album songs. Today, the band presents part 2, covering the tracks 'Inhuman Humiliation', 'Birds Of Hate', 'Saviour Of Crete' and 'Tyrannical Blood'. Watch the video below.

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ST. JAMES, featuring THE RODS drummer / producer Carl Canedy, have released a brand new video for the song "Attitude" from their latest "Resurgence" album. Check it out below.

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German Thrash band Accu§er will release their new album 'The Mastery' January 26th via Metal Blade Records. Off that album the band releases a lyric video for the second single, 'Time for Silence'. Check it out below.

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ANUBIS GATE released a video for the song "BLACK". WATCH the "Black" Video below. It is taken from 'Covered in Black', released on Nightmare /Sony/RED on 9 January 2018.



Italian Progressive death metallers Brvmak unveil the fourth and last studio trailer for their upcoming new album "In Nomine Patris". Watch the video below. The video covers the guitar studio recordings, handled by producers Riccardo Studer and Alessio Cattaneo at Time Collapse Studio in Rome.



DEATHWHITE are revealing the second single taken from their forthcoming album, 'For a Black Tomorrow'. They will release their debut full-length on February 23rd, 2018. The song, "The Grace of the Dark" is now exclusively streaming at the link below.

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NEW HORIZONS reveal the tracklist and preview of the new album "Inner". Check it out at this location. The album is out on February, 23 via Revalve Records.

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KINGS WILL FALL releases „Toxic War", the official new music video. Check it out below.

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January 9th, 2018

BABYMETAL guitarist dies:
Mikio Fujioka, one of the guitarists in the the KAMI BAND, which serves as the backing group for the Japanese pop-metal outfit BABYMETAL, has died at the age of 36.
"The 'Little' Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL's #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES," BABYMETAL tweeted on Tuesday. "We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him. We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are the one, Forever, #RIP #THEONE."
Mikio was better known to BABYMETAL fans as Ko-Gami, or The Little God.
His wife announced his untimely passing via his official Twitter account, claiming that he fell from a height on December 30 while at an observation deck and died on January 5 after his condition deteriorated.
Fujioka, who graduated from the Musicians Institute of Osaka in 2000, had previously played with TRICK BOX and MMM. He had toured with BABYMETAL since 2013.
Mikio is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Established in 2010, BABYMETAL is the offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and heavy metal.

The recording and mastering of the new IMMORTAL album is completed. The band's upcoming new full-length album has been produced by Peter Tägtgren (Abyss Studio) who also produced »At The Heart Of Winter«, »Damned In Black«, »Sons Of Northern Darkness« and »All Shall Fall«. The album will be released by Nuclear Blast Records in 2018, on a yet undisclosed date. Peter Tägtgren also plays bass on the album.

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After three CDs with his group Burnt Belief, Jon Durant has returned with his first solo album since 2011's "Dance of the Shadow Planets." Unlike his previous solo albums, however, "Parting Is" is a completely solo guitar album.
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For an impression, a video for the Burnt Belief song "Ghosts Aquatic" can be seen below.

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Friday, 23rd of February 2018, will be the release date of "Interregnum", the 4th album and follow up to "The Regal Tribe" (2016), by Swedish self death metallers USURPRESS. The album will be available via Agonia Records. Listen to the first single "In Books Without Pages" below.

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KiLLeR DWaRfS have signed to EMP LABEL GROUP, who are set to release the band's long awaited live set LIVE, NO GUFF in stores April 13th. 2018 will also see EMP reissues of the band's recent catalog, including the independently released START@ONE, the band's previously unreleased studio album from 1993, and WIRELESS, the solo acoustic release from vocalist RUSS DWARF. EMP will also release a 2019 new studio album from Killer Dwarfs, and a new studio album from RUSS DWARF. Check out a NO GUFF teaser video below.

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WHEN REASONS COLLAPSE have released a new video for the song 'Sirens'. Check it out below.

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CURRENTS have released their new video for 'Delusion'. Watch it below.
CURRENTS, who released »The Place I Feel Safest« last year, will return to Europe next week. See all tour dates below:
w/ MISS MAY I, FIT FOR A KING, VOID OF VISION
19.01. D Oberhausen - Resonanzwerk
20.01. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
21.01. B Antwerp - Kavka
22.02. UK Southampton - Talking Heads
23.01. UK Glasgow - G2
24.01. UK Birmingham - Mama Roux's
25.01. UK Manchester - The Bead Shed
26.01. UK London -Underworld
27.01. UK Bristol - Exchange
28.01. F Paris - Petit Bain
29.01. F Lyon - Warmaudio
30.01. D Saarbrücken - Garage
31.01. CH Zurich - Dynamo
01.02. I Milan - Legend Club
02.02. D Munich - Backstage
03.02. H Budapest - A38
04.02. A Vienna - Arena
05.02. CZ Prague - Futurum
06.02. PL Warsaw - Proxima
07.02. D Hanover - Faust
08.02. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
10.02. FIN Helsinki - Tavastia
12.12. N Oslo - Uhørt
13.02. S Stockholm - Fryshuset Klubben
14.02. D Hamburg - Logo
15.02. D Karlsruhe - Die Stadtmitte
16.02. D Leipzig - Conne Island
17.02. D Nuremberg - Z-Bau

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MYRKUR has been nominated for two GAFFA Awards for Solo Artist of the Year & Best Hard Rock Album (Mareridt)! GAFFA is a prestigious award for popular music in Denmark. Register and vote at this location. Additionally, MYRKUR will embark on her headlining Folkesange tour next week starting on January 19 at Eurosonic in Netherlands. The tour consists of six total dates throughout the UK, Scandinavia and the Netherlands spanning January and February. MYRKUR will perform traditional Nordic folk songs and acoustic renditions of compositions off M and Mareridt.
--- Folkesange Tour (Jan 19 - Feb 11) ---
Jan 19 - Groningen, NL - Eurosonic
Jan 20 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli Cloud Nine
Jan 21 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Jan 22 - London, UK - St. John on Bethnal Green
Feb 10 - Helsinki, FI - Konepajo Bruno
Feb 11 - Stockholm, SE - Sodra Teatern
--- All Dates Apr 06 - 14 w/ Epica ---

Apr 06 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Apr 07 - Glasgow, UK - 02 ABC
Apr 08 - Bristol, UK - 02 Academy
Apr 10 - Dublin, IE - Tivoli
Apr 12 - Manchester, UK - 02 Ritz
Apr 13 - London, UK - 02 Forum
Apr 14 - Tilburg, NL - 013
Apr 20 - Leipzig, DE - Doom Over Leipzig
May 10 - Minsk, BY - Brugge
May 11 - St. Petersburg, RU - Club Zal
May 12 - Moscow, RU - Volta
May 13 - Yekaterinburg, RU - Dom Pechati
Jun 28-30 - Madrid, ES - Download Madrid 2018
Jun 30 - Jul 07 - Roskilde, DK - Roskilde Festival 2018
Jul 22 - Brescia IT - Colony Open Air
Jul 23-27 - Tolmin, SI - Metal Days

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AXEL RUDI PELL will release his new album "Knights Call", which will be out March 23rd 2018 on Steamhammer SPV.
AXEL RUDI PELL Tour 2018:
26.04. DE-Bochum - Zeche
27.04. DE-Saarbrücken - Garage
28.04. DE-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
29.04. DE-Nürnberg - Hirsch
01.05. DE-Munich - Backstage
02.05. DE-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
04.05. NL-Weert - De Bosuil
05.05. DE-Erfurt - HsD
06.05. DE-Bochum - Zeche
08.05. DE-Berlin - Huxley's
09.05. DE-Hamburg - Große Freiheit
10.05. SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
11.05. NO-Kopervik - Karmoygeddon Festival
13.05. SE-Stockholm - Klubben
14.05. SE-Malmö - KB

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THE CROWN announces their new album 'Cobra Speed Venom' for a March 16 release through Metal Blade Records, produced together with Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman. Check out the video for 'Iron Crown' off the new album below.

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Outshine releases a video for the first single "LIAR", off their new album "1313", which is scheduled in February 2018.

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Victim Path released a new lyric video, entitled "Faceless nameless". Check it out below. The band is currently looking for a new label.

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Geomancer will release their debut full-length album, 'Khatt Al-Raml', on January 15th in association with Inverted Grim-Mill Recordings.

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HOODED MENACE are premiering the third song taken from their forthcoming new album, 'Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed', which will hit the shops on January 26th, 2018. "Sempiternal Grotesqueries" can be watched below.

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Nuclear Blast announce to have closed a record deal with long running Los Angeles hardcore powerhouse TERROR for Europe (Pure Noise Records for the rest of the world). The band is currently working on their 8th studio album, scheduled for a tentative summer 2018 release. TERROR will be touring Europa alongside label mates HATEBREED and MADBALL as part of the renowned EMP PERSISTENCE Tour, kicking off next week in Berlin, Germany.
EMP Persistence Tour 2018
HATEBREED
MADBALL
TERROR
POWER TRIP
BORN FROM PAIN
BROKEN TEETH HC
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18.01. D Berlin - Astra Kulturhaus
19.01. NL Utrecht - Tivoli Ronda
20.01. D Dresden - Eventwerk
21.01. D Munich - Backstage
22.01. CH Zurich - Komplex
23.01. D Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
24.01. CZ Brno - Sono
25.01. D Lichtenfels - Stadthalle
26.01. B Torhout - De Mast
27.01. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
28.01. UK London - o2 Forum Kentish Town

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Swedish band Mile released the video for the song "Crying in Your Sleep". Check it out below. It is taken from their album "The World in Focus", out somewhere in January, 2018.

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January 8th, 2018

DESTRÖYER 666 will release a new EP on February 23rd, 2018. 'Call of the Wild' contains three brand new songs and a fresh take on their classic and live-favourite, "Trialed by Fire". They are now streaming the title-track at the link below. Check the album at this location

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BRONSON A.D. presents the music video of their song „Horrortrip" taken from their upcoming album „Warpath", out on 2nd february 2018.

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5Rand introduce the official videoclip of 'ERASE', the last single of their first album 'Sacred/Scared'.

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On January 26th, Metal Blade Records will re-issue AS I LAY DYING's classic albums on vinyl for the first time in Europe, 'Frail Words Collapse' and 'Shadows Are Security'! See below for an overview of all versions; pre-order your copies now at: EMP or their ebay-store/
'Frail Words Collapse' LP re-issue
--180g black vinyl
--yellow/brown opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies - USA exclusive)
--butter cream marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies - USA exclusive)
--orange/brown with black swirls vinyl (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)
--golden vinyl (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)
--cream/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)
'Shadows Are Security' LP re-issue
--180g black vinyl
--yellow/blue opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies - USA exclusive)
--opaque teal marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies - USA exclusive)
--yellow with orange spots vinyl (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)
--blue/black transparent marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)
--clear ice-blue/orange and yellow splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)

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PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, led by the long time MOTÖRHEAD guitarist, have released a brand new single and video for 'Welcome To Hell'. The track is the second single taken from the band's upcoming debut album, »The Age Of Absurdity«, out January 26, 2018. Check out the video here:
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS - live
13.01. F Toulouse - Tattoo Convention
23.02. UK Poole - Winter's End
27.02. NL Haarlem - Patronaat
28.02. NL Hengelo - Metropool
01.03. NL Uden - De Pul
02.03. B Hasselt - Muziekodroom
03.03. DK Aarhus - VoxHall
05.03. D Hamburg - Logo
06.03. D Berlin - Bi Nuu
07.03. D Frankfurt - Das Bett
08.03. D Siegburg - Kubana
09.03. D Mannheim - 7er Club
10.03. D Munich - Strom
12.03. CH Solothurn - Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
16.03. I Rome - Jailbreak Club
17.03. I Pavia - Dagda Club
18.03. I San Dona - Revolver Club
19.03. F Paris - La Boule Noire
21.03. F Strasbourg - La Laiterie
22.03. F Nancy - 915kaffee
23.03. F Vaureal - Le Forum
24.03. F Brest - Cabaret Vauban
25.03. F Nantes - Le Ferrailleur

01.04. UK Seaton - Mad Hatter's Festival
17.04. UK Manchester - Academy
18.04. UK Glasgow - The Garage
19.04. UK Birmingham - O2 Institute
20.04. UK London - Shepherds Bush Empire
21.04. UK Brighton - Concorde 2
The band features Phil's 3 sons on drums, bass and guitar. The band is completed by vocalist Neil Starr.

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January 5th, 2018

On February 9th, THERION release their monumental opera project, »Beloved Antichrist«, presenting a complex story with 27 different vocal roles and a playing time of over three hours! Today, the band launches their second album trailer, in which band leader Christofer Johnsson explains why he chose Vladimir Soloviev's "Short Tale Of The Antichrist" as initial inspiration for his story and how his own plot differs from the one in the philosophical Russian novel. Watch the trailer below.
THERION will embark on a pan-European tour shortly before the new album release, which is taking them to 25 (!) different countries, where they will perform both new and classic hits. Catch the symphonic metal titans on one of the the dates below:

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w/ IMPERIAL AGE and NULL POSITIV
01.02. D Essen - Turock*
02.02. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg*
03.02. UK London - Islington Assembly*
04.02. UK Manchester - Rebellion*
06.02. UK Newcastle - Riverside*
07.02. UK Aberdeen - The Assembly*
08.02. UK Glasgow - Audio*
09.02. UK Sheffield - Corporation*
10.02. UK Belfast - Limelight*
11.02. IRL Dublin - Tivoli*
13.02. UK Bristol - Bierkeller*
14.02. UK Birmingham - o2 Institute*
15.02. B Kortrijk - De Kreun*
16.02. F Paris - Le Trabendo*
17.02. CH Pratteln - Z7*
18.02. F Lyon - Ninkasi Kao*
20.02. E Bilbao - Santana 27*
21.02. P Porto - Hard Club*
22.02. P Lisbon - Lisboa ao Vivo*
23.02. E Sevilla - Sala Custom*
24.02. E Madrid - Sala Mon Live*
25.02. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2*
27.02. F TBA**
28.02. F Marseille - Espace Julien**
01.03. I Brescia - Circolo Colony**
02.03. I Rome - Orion**
03.03. I Bologna - Zona Roveri**
04.03. SLO Ljubljana - Kino Siska**
05.03. HR Zagreb - Tvornica**
06.03. SRB Belgrade - Dom Omladine**
08.03. GR Thessaloniki - Principal Club Theater**
09.03. GR Athens - Piraeus 117 Academy**
10.03. BG Sofia - Mixtape 5**
11.03. RO Bucharest - Arenele Romane**
13.03. H Budapest - Barba Negra**
14.03. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club**
15.03. CZ Prague - Meetfactory**
16.03. PL Wroclaw - A2**
17.03. PL Warsaw - Progresja**
18.03. PL Gdansk - B90**
20.03. LT Vilnius - Rock River Club**
21.03. LV Riga - Melna Piektdiena***
22.03. EST Tallinn - Club Tapper***
23.03. FIN Helsinki - Nosturi***
24.03. FIN Jyväskylä - Luttako***
25.03. FIN Tampere - Olympia-Kortteli***
27.03. S Stockholm - Klubben***
28.03. S Gothenburg - Brewhouse***
29.03. D Bremen - Tivoli****
30.03. D Berlin - Bi-Nuu****
31.03. D Flensburg - Roxy****
01.04. D Cologne - Jungle****
03.04. D Munich - Backstage****
04.04. F Charmes - Rock 'n' Roll Stage****
05.04. D Jena - F-Haus****
06.04. B Bomal-Sur-Ourthe- Durbuy Rock****
07.04. NL Tilburg - 013****
*w/ MIDNIGHT ETERNAL
**w/ THE DEVIL
***w/ ENEMY OF REALITY
****w/ ACYL
10.04. IL Tel Aviv - Barby Club
12.04. RUS Moscow - GlavClub Green Concert
13.04. RUS St. Petersburg - Zal Ozhidaniya
15.04. UA Kiev - Bel Étage

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SODOM bassist/vocalist and sole remaining original member Thomas "Angelripper" Such has parted ways with guitarist Bernd "Bernemann" Kost and drummer Markus "Makka" Freiwald. Says Such: "After much thought and reflection, I have decided on this difficult step to pave the way for new challenges.

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Cyanide Sundae release their first official video taken from their recent EP 'Nothing to Lose'. The honour goes to the track 'What Can I Do'. The EP was released December 12th in digital format, 2017 on Sliptrick Records.

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Lords of Metal congratulates Beer City Skateboards and Records, home to D.R.I., amongst others, with its silver anniversary. Then label started out on January 1st, 1997 and staying young forever cannot stop the process of getting older. Keep it up, folks!

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About two years after the official release of their debut EP, Belgian alternative/stoner metallers Black Strike are planning to release a second mini-album called '132', which is expected for the first months on 2018. In the meantime, the band just shared its first self-titled effort for full streaming on Bandcamp. The new material is already recorded in 2017.

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SIGN OF CAIN have made a new song available for streaming, entitled "Bearing Eyes". Check it out below. Sign Of Cain consists of well-known names like Tomer Hasenfratz (guitar, Backing Vocals: Viscera Trail), Tomy Minas (guitar: The Sin), Tuval Refaeli (drums: Viscera Trail, Equilibrium), David Mauritzon (bass: Razorrape) and Tomas Lindberg (vocals: At The Gates, The Lurking Fear).

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Singer Gregg Analla (SLAVIOR, SEVENTHSIGN, TRIBE OF GYPSIES) was killed Thursday afternoon (January 4) when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a curb in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He thrown from the bike after hitting the center median and was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Officer Simon Drobik, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, told the Albuquerque Journal that Analla "was wearing a helmet at the time" of the accident, which occurred south on Unser just north of Montano NW.

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Finnish troll/folk metal band Verikalpa released their fist music video 'Tyrmä'. Watch the music video below. The track is taken from their upcoming debut album 'Taistelutahto' which is released February 16th 2018 by Inverse Records.

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SLAUGHTER vocalist Mark Slaughter has released a promo video for "HALFWAY THERE" the title track, and third single from his sophomore solo release HALFWAY THERE, in stores now from EMP LABEL GROUP. View the video below.

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According to Global News, the singer of POWERCLOWN, a Canadian IRON MAIDEN tribute band that wears clown makeup, was arrested in Japan last month after more than $5.5 million worth of stimulant drugs were found in his guitar case. Daniel Burton Whitmore, who goes by the stage name Dicksie Di'Anno, had just gotten off a plane from Vancouver to Narita International Airport on December 11 when he was arrested. Japan Today reported that customs officers became suspicious of the 44-year-old musician when they noticed him sweating profusely, and because his guitar case seemed unusually heavy, prompting them to carry out an X-ray examination of his belongings. The approximately 9.8 kilograms of stimulant drugs were discovered concealed inside his guitar case and multiple tea canisters. Whitmore reportedly said he agreed to carry the drugs for someone else because he needed the money. Japan is notoriously tough on drug smugglers, with convictions in similar cases coming with prison sentences of 10 years or more and hefty fines.

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January 4th, 2018

For 2018, MINISTRY's Al Jourgensen forecasts giant political upheaval and geopolitical stress which has been set up in 2017 by the "orange shitgibbon" himself. According to Jourgensen, 2016 and 2017 were similar to having a pus-filled boil or pimple on the country. "We have to get 2017 and 2016 off of us," he states, "and 2018 is going to be the popping of the pimple. It's going to be a rough year, but it's going to be a necessary year for the progression of the human race. The majority should rule the democracy and right now, the majority does not rule[/I]." Check out his 2018 predictions below. Also happening in 2018 will be MINISTRY's new album, »AmeriKKKant«, March 9, Nuclear Blast Records.
See the band in Europe on the following festivals:
11. - 14.07. E Vivero - Resurrection Fest
08. - 11.08. CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault
10. - 12.08. B Kortrijk - Alcatraz Metal Festival
11./12.08. D Hildesheim - M'era Luna

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In Juli 2017, the German heavy metal trio RAGE released their new, 23rd studio album called »Seasons Of The Black« via Nuclear Blast! In support of this release, the band will embark on a massive headline tour throughout the whole continent! See all dates below:
»Seasons Of The Black Tour« 2018
w/ FIREWIND, DARKER HALF
04.01. D Bochum - Zeche
05.01. D Speyer - Halle 101
06.01. I Milan - Legend Club
07.01. CH Pratteln - Z7
09.01. D Munich - Backstage
10.01. A Salzburg - Rockhouse
12.01. CZ Prague - Nova Chmelnice
13.01. CZ Zlín - Masters of Rock Café
14.01. SK Kosice - Collosseum
15.01. H Budapest - A38
16.01. SK Bratislava - Randal Club
18.01. E Murcia - Garage Beat Club
19.01. E Madrid - Sala Penélope
20.01. E Oviedo - Sir Laurens
w/ FIREWIND, C.O.P. UK
21.01. UK London - Underworld
22.01. UK Sheffield - Corporation
w/ C.O.P. UK
24.01. FIN Tampere - Jack the Rooster
25.01. FIN Helsinki - On the Rocks
26.01. RUS St. Petersburg - Aurora Hall
27.01. RUS Moscow - Yotaspace
28.01. RUS Yekaterinburg - Tele-Club

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On February 9th, VISIGOTH will release their second album, 'Conqueror's Oath', via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of 'Conqueror's Oath', the new single 'Warrior Queen' can be streamed now at metalblade.com/visigoth, where the record is also available for pre-order in the following formats:
--CD
--180g black vinyl
--silver vinyl (limited to 400 copies - USA exclusive)
--clear with white/blue smokey swirl vinyl (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)
--opaque blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)
--cool grey marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)
--white/blue splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)
--sky-blue marble vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)
--purple red marble vinyl (limited to 100 copies - EU exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

VISIGOTH European tour
Feb. 17 - Wurzburg, Germany - Metal Assault Festival
Feb. 18 - Oldenburg, Germany - MTS Records Store
Feb. 19 - Berlin, Germany - Cortina
Feb. 20 - Leipzig, Germany - Four Rooms
Feb. 21 - Wien, Austria - Escape Metal Corner
Feb. 22 - Innsbruck, Austria - Livestage
Feb. 23 - Dornbirn, Austria - Schlachthaus
Feb. 24 - Lunen, Germany - Swordbrothers Festival
Feb. 25 - Genk, Belgium - Flashback
Feb. 27 - Barcelona, Spain - Rocksound
Feb. 28 - Zaragoza, Spain - Sala Lopez
Mar. 1 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Live
Mar. 2 - Ljungby, Sweden - Turbofest
Mar. 3 - Niederjossa, Germany - Full Metal Fest
Mar. 6 - Goppingen, Germany - Zille
Mar. 7 - Leiden, Netherlands - De Noble
Mar. 8 - Marburg, Germany - Szenario
Mar. 9 - Weiher, Germany - Live Music Hall
Mar. 10 - Hamburg, Germany - Hell Over Hammaburg Festival

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On Thorns I Lay have just unveiled the first lyric video from their upcoming Aegean Sorrow, out next March 12th, 2018 on cd by Alone Records and limited vinyl version by The Vinyl Division. "Aegean Sorrow" is the track opening the album. Check it out below.

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Alfahanne are out with their new music video for the track 'Dödsmaskin', taken from their critically acclaimed album 'Det Nya Svarta' released earlier this year.

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ELECTRIC HELLRIDE recently released their album Praedam which translated from latin means "prey". They are releasing a music video for their third single 'Death Zone' from their album Praedam. Watch the video below.

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MARTYR has announced that they have a new bassplayer. Vinnie Wassink will from now on replace Jeffrey Bryan Rijnsburger. MARTYR's last effort “YOU ARE NEXT “ is released on Into The Limelight Records / Pure Steel Promotion.

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Shadow Kingdom Records sets April 20th as the international release date for Robespierre's debut album, Garden of Hell. The album shall be released on CD and vinyl LP formats. The song "Dwelling in the Shadows" is available at Bandcamp, for a first impression of this ancient band.

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DEMONSTEALER release the second song off their album 'The Last Reptilian Warrior'. Featuring contributions from members of bands such as SEPTICFLESH, ABORTED, NERVECELL and HIDEOUS DIVINITY, the song has been unleashed via the band's official YouTube channel below.

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FLESH HOARDER has signed to Comatose Music. The debut album 'Homicidal Necrophile' will be released this coming Spring.

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INSANIAM recently released 'Let The Fever Explode', the first single from their next self-produced studio album 'Ominous Era'. Check out the song below. The album has a release date set for 24th January 2018.

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