Finnish Folk Metal UNSHINE Posts Teaser For 2018 Album “Astrala”

November 19th, 2017
by EvilG

Out via Rockshots Records – Jan 19th, 2018 (EU), Feb 9th, 2018 (NA)

ROCKSHOTS RECORDS is thrilled to announce the release of “Astrala”, the fourth album from Finnish folk metal band UNSHINE.

An album teaser for “Astrala” is available at the following link:

“UNSHINE has always been a band without the traditional role models. The most important thing in a song is the melody. Sounds and rhythms create the overall atmosphere, but the melody wakes up the whole ancient story in it to life.” says UNSHINE guitarist Harri. “Secondly, it all starts from the nature and it all will end to the nature. This cuts through all aspects of our music. It echoes from those landscapes the modern world has almost totally abandoned and forgotten. The songs try to re-unite the old bonds between the dolmen gods and the digitized mankind. Nature is not our enemy; it’s our physical, but especially our spiritual home. That’s why we call our music druid metal.”

“Astrala” is set to be released on January 19, 2018 in Europe and February 9, 2018 in North America via Rockshots Records.

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Brazil’s WORSIS Posts Lyric Video “Sisyphus”

November 19th, 2017
by EvilG

Debut Album “Blinded By The System” Out Now!

Brazilian thrashers WORSIS have posted a new lyric video for their track “Sisyphus”, which is off their debut album “Blinded By The System” released this past September. Recorded at Black Stork Studio with producer Thiago Caurio (Astafix) with mixing done by Benhur Lima (ex-Hibria) and mastering by Marcel van der Zwam, the 11 track headbanger also includes two moshers in Portuguese. Cover art was created by Hugo Silva, from Abacrombie Ink.

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WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA ANNOUNCE 2018 BAND SUBMISSIONS

November 19th, 2017
by EvilG

Free Download – Vol 4. Compilation featuring over 90 bands and 7 Hours of Canadian Metal – here.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video:

Wacken Metal Battle

Wacken Metal Battle

Crowning one Canadian champion from 2013 to 2016 to play Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest metal festival in Wacken, Germany, WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA returns for its fifth edition after a one year hiatus in 2017. This year’s 2018 edition will be hosted in multiple cities across the country from Vancouver to Montreal and host over a hundred bands to see only one play the prestigious festival and join previous winners Hamilton’s Profaner (2016), Oshawa’s Vesperia (2015), Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners) and Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013) whom have had the honour of playing in front of thousands.

WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia comments:

“We’re all very excited about the 2018 Metal Battle. After the pause from last year, we expect a good batch of quality submissions from across the country, both from existing bands that have been honing their craft, and from new bands that have emerged during the break. We’ve also made some tweaks to the round structure which will include a Western Final and Eastern Final leading up to the grand finale in Toronto. So it will be more of a hockey playoff style, which I think will work out better, with the Final being technically on neutral ground.”

Live Video @ Wacken – 2016 – Profaner – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfphPHynT6s

Live Video @ Wacken – 2015 – Vesperia – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lwkzc4zGUY

Live Video @ Wacken – 2014 – Mutank – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrLaG8BPL4

Live Video @ Wacken – 2013 – Crimson Shadows – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prOdgG4OwQU

Submissions for the 2018 battles will open on November 7th, 2017 and close on December 29th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. 

Bands interested in participating can apply at the following link: http://metalbattle.ca/apply.html 

Bands and battle rounds to be announced in January 2018.

Participating Areas & Cities:
– Toronto, ON
– Hamilton, ON
– Ottawa, ON
– Montreal, QC
– Quebec City, QC
– Winnipeg, MB
– Saskatoon, SK
– Calgary, AB
– Edmonton, AB
– Vancouver, BC / Lower Mainland
– Vancouver Island, BC
– BC – Interior

About:

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where over a hundred band’s from across the country battle each other for one to be selected and join over 20 other countries for an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken , Germany for the last 27 years.

Wacken Metal Battle 2014 Canada Finals by Ondeschocs.comhttp://youtu.be/RrOGyBtqwaQ

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:

Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada

Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit http://www.wacken.com

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Power Quest – original band member/leader and keyboard player Steve Williams

November 19th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Original band member/leader and keyboard player Steve Williams – Power Quest

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Live and more photos of the band are from the bands website

 

If you like well executed power metal with some great vocals, then Power Quest is a band for you. Recently the guys released their sixth album titled SIXTH DIMENSION. The band re-united back in 2016 and SIXTH DIMENSION is the first album since the reunion and also the first studio album since 2011. Me and the original band member/leader and keyboard player Steve Williams hooked up to have a chat about what has happened in the Power Quest camp during the past years. During the bands hiatus, Williams joined forces with Eden’s Curse, so of course I thought we should examine that matter a little closer. Besides that, I also asked him what he and the band thought of being on the road and visiting Sweden, Japan and the US for the first time. If you’re interested in reading some in-depth info about the band, its history, and what they’re up to in 2018 then continue reading…

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Brutality at Mass Destruction Fest, The Loft at Center Stage, Atlanta, Georgia, November 4, 2017

November 18th, 2017
by Infamous Butcher

Brutality at Mass Destruction Fest

The Loft at Center Stage
Atlanta, Georgia

November 4, 2017
Review by Infamous Butcher, Photos by She Wolf

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Brutal Assault 2018 : HOTELS, CAMP SITE, PARKING AND NATURAL STAND GOING ON SALE!

November 16th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

We are pleased to announce a couple of services for BA 2018 is going on sale. From now on you can choose from hotel, camp site as well as parking and bus transfer to airport after the festival! Last but not least don’t forget to check limited offer of tickets to “natural stand”, a natural uphill, which gives you extraordinary view on both main scenes, especially after dark.

E-shop link: https://shop.brutalassault.cz/en

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BEHEMOTH confirmed at Brutal Assault 2018

November 16th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Brutal Assault has got one of the first headliners for the next edition! Polish black metal act Behemoth is returning for one and only exclusive CZ & SK show in 2018!

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DEMONSTEALER reveal 2 guest bassists for upcoming album

November 15th, 2017
by EvilG

Things are heating up for DEMONSTEALER’s upcoming release which has a series of guest contributions. In addition to the previously announced drummers such as Krimh of SEPTICFLESH, ex-DECAPITATED and Romain of BENIGHTED, NECROPHAGIST, there are now two renowned bassists who’re going to be on the album. The first one is Arran McSporran of VIRVUM, DE PROFUNDIS and the second one is Stefano Franceschini of ABORTED, HIDEOUS DIVINITY. The lineup is looking very formidable and there is some serious talent on offer here. Both bassists have released videos announcing their contributions on the release HERE and HERE respectively.

DEMONSTEALER’s founder Sahil Makhija has this to say about it all –

‘I’ve known Stefano and Arran for a long time now and I did record bass for 2 tracks on the album and I will be for 1 more. However the level of difficulty of all the tracks is varying and I felt I needed a helping hand with the bass playing so I hit up both Arran and Stefano and they agreed to be part of the project. The project just seems to have expanded and the planned EP has become a full-length album with Kevin Paradis playing 2 songs, David Diepold doing 2 as well and myself playing drums on a track as well. I’ve also got a couple more musicians to announce. All I can say is this project is so much fun and I’m loving the ability to collaborate with such incredible musicians from all over the world.’

DEMONSTEALER currently have a crowdfunding campaign going on and have so far reached 174% of the target. The Pledgemusic link can be found HERE.

DEMONSTEALER is the solo project of Sahil Makhija who is the founding member of one of India’s biggest bands, DEMONIC RESURRECTION. He dons multiple roles and the music too is completely in his own vision with ample experimentation and collaborations. The previous DEMONSTEALER album received much praise and saw the release of several official videos in its support. The new album is said to be more death metal and with a number of exemplary musicians slated to be a part of it, it’s highly anticipated around the world.

DEMONSTEALER have also recruited the services of renowned Indian artist Reuben Bhattacharya (Visual Amnesia), who did the breathtaking artwork of the latest DEMONIC RESURRECTION.

http://demonstealer.com/

 

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Posts New Video Blog Discussing Their “Return;” No Cross No Crown Full-Length To See Release This January Via Nuclear Blast Entertainment

November 15th, 2017
by EvilG

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will release their long-anticipated new full-length No Cross No Crown January 12th, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record marks the first recording with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade.

In advance of its release, today the band unveils part one of a multi-part blog series. Here the band discusses how it feels to “be back.”

And if you missed it, be sure to check out the band’s first single, “Cast The First Stone”:

No Cross No Crown will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment worldwide on January 12th, 2018 on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. Various preorder bundles are currently available here.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s No Cross No Crown somehow sounds as though no time has passed between 2005’s In The Arms Of God and today. Recording in North Carolina with longtime producer John Custer, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY cut No Cross No Crown in about forty days over the course of a year. Some of these new jams sound like they could’ve easily appeared on Wiseblood or Deliverance, two of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s most revered records. Beefy Southern stompers like “The Luddite,” “Little Man,” and “Forgive Me” are interspersed with melancholy guitar interludes like “No Cross,” “Matre’s Diem,” and “Sacred Isolation” – just like Sabbath used to do in the ’70s. “We started doing that on Deliverance,” Keenan points out. “My theory on that is that if you’re trying to make a record flow, you need to break it up a little. When you need a breather, write an interlude. I like writing those mellow pieces just to space things out and make the next thing come in heavier.”

No Cross No Crown stands as irrefutable proof of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s ability to overcome. “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and the prior records I’ve done with them didn’t just go away,” Keenan observes. “It’s an honor to be back out there and have an opportunity to do it again in a real way and not some washed-up reunion thing. Even before we wrote the record, we were out there for a year seeing there was a demand for it and that there was a void that we could fill. That’s been CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s deal from day one. We’re not chasing anybody around. We’re not gonna worry about what the new trends are. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is CORROSION OF CONFORMITY.”

In advance of the release of No Cross No Crown, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will join Black Label Society for a mammoth North American live takeover. The tour begins December 27th, 2017 in Denver, Colorado and will wind its way through nearly four dozen cities, the journey coming to a close February 27th, 2018. Additional support will be provided by Eyehategod and Red Fang on select shows. See all confirmed dates below.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Black Label Society, Eyehategod (12/29 – 1/20; 2/11 – 2/27), Red Fang (1/26 – 2/9):

12/27/2017 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
12/29/2017 Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Sioux City, IA ^
12/30/2017 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO ^
12/31/2017 Pop’s Nightclub – Sauget, IL^
1/02/2018 Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE^
1/03/2018 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL ^
1/04/2018 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN ^
1/05/2018 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI ^
1/07/2018 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY ^
1/08/2018 M Telus – Montreal, QC ^
1/09/2018 Rebel – Toronto, ON ^
1/10/2018 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI ^
1/12/2018 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK ^
1/13/2018 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX ^
1/14/2018 Emo’s – Austin, TX ^
1/15/2018 House Of Blues – Houston, TX ^
1/17/2018 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA ^
1/18/2018 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN ^
1/19/2018 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH ^
1/20/2018 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA ^
1/26/2018 Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL *
1/27/2018 House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC *
1/28/2018 The Ritz – Raleigh, NC *
1/29/2018 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD *
1/31/2018 PlayStation Theater – New York, NY *
2/01/2018 The Palladium – Worcester, MA *
2/02/2018 Aura – Portland, ME *
2/03/2018 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA *
2/05/2018 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY *
2/06/2018 The Goodyear Theater at East End – Akron, OH *
2/07/2018 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA *
2/08/2018 Eagles Ballroom Club Stage – Milwaukee, WI *
2/09/2018 Myth Live – St. Paul, MN *
2/11/2018 O’Brians Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK ^
2/12/2018 The Ranch Roadhouse – Edmonton, AB ^
2/14/2018 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC ^
2/16/2018 Bowes Event Center at Revolution Place – Grande Prairie, AB ^
2/17/2018 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB ^
2/19/2018 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, W ^
2/20/2018 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR ^
2/21/2018 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA ^
2/23/2018 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV ^
2/24/2018 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ ^
2/25/2018 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM ^
2/27/2018 The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA ^
^ Dates With Eyehategod
* Dates with Red Fang

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is:
Pepper Keenan – vocals, guitar
Woodroe Weatherman – guitar
Mike Dean – bass, vocals
Reed Mullin – drums, vocals

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Iron Maiden Announce Legacy Of The Beast European Tour 2018!

November 15th, 2017
by EvilG
Iron Maiden Announce Legacy Of The Beast European Tour 2018!

Iron Maiden Announce Legacy Of The Beast European Tour 2018!

May
26 Saku Arena, Tallinn, ESTONIA *
28 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, FINLAND *

June
01 Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, SWEDEN *
03 Dahls Arena, Trondheim Rocks, NORWAY
05 Royal Arena, Copenhagen, DENMARK *
07 Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, SWEDEN
09 Rockavaria, Königsplatz, Munich, GERMANY
10 Expo Plaza, Hannover, GERMANY *
13 Waldbuhne, Berlin, GERMANY *
16 Firenze Rocks, ITALY
17 Novarock Festival, Nickelsdorf, AUSTRIA
20 Letnany Airport, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC *
22 Graspop, Dessel, BELGIUM
24 Hellfest, Clisson, FRANCE
26 Geneva Arena, Geneva, SWITZERLAND *
28 Volt Festival, Sopron, HUNGARY
30 Messegelaende, Freiburg, GERMANY *

July
01 Gelredome, Arnhem, HOLLAND *
05 AccorsHotel Arena, Paris, FRANCE
09 San Siro Ippodromo, Milan, ITALY
10 Hallenstadion, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
13 Altice Arena, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
14 Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, SPAIN
17 Piazza Dellà Unita D’Italia, Trieste, ITALY
20 Rockwave Festival, Athens, GREECE
22 Hills Of Rock, Plovdiv, BULGARIA
24 Zagreb arena, Zagreb, CROATIA
27 Tauron Arena, Krakow, POLAND
31 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, ENGLAND *

August
02 SSE Arena, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND *
04 Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, SCOTLAND *
06 Manchester Arena, Manchester, ENGLAND *
07 Genting arena, Birmingham, ENGLAND *
10 O2 Arena, London, ENGLAND *

(No further countries will be added to this touring schedule).

Most shows go on-sale Friday 24th November. Pre-sales start Monday 20th November. We’ll keep you updated!

*Special Guest will be Killswitch Engage

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Last in Line – Stand up and Shout Stroudsburg, PA!

November 14th, 2017
by Metal Rules

Last in Line
Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA
November 3rd 2017

Last in Line Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA November 3rd 2017

Last in Line
Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA
November 3rd 2017

Review and photos by  Robert Cavuoto

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SAXON to release deluxe Anthology DECADE OF THE EAGLE

November 14th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

BMG are proud to announce the release of SAXON – DECADE OF THE EAGLE – a deluxe anthology featuring 34 tracks, that looks back at the years that built the Saxon legend.
Additionally, 1 CD and 1 LP versions will be made available for North America, tracklist is below.  
 
BMG in North America will release the 1 CD, 1 LP versions and and then a limited number of the 4 LP editions on Friday, December 1st, 2017.
Decade Of The Eagle is a retrospective that spans the band’s first nine albums and represents the very best of the first decade of their astonishing career during which time they notched up five Top 40 albums and four Top 20 singles.  These 4LP and 2CD deluxe editions feature new liner notes by frontman Biff Byford that document the decade and which are accompanied by rarely seen and classic photos from the era.
Biff says: “These are the albums from a time in the eighties that moved a generation of rock fans around the world, when British rock was once again at the forefront.   Great times – never to be forgotten and still reverberating to this day.”
Saxon played a significant part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, perhaps the greatest metal genre of them all and have become one of the all-time masters of heavy metal.  In doing so, Saxon have ensured they are now representative of the heart and soul from the NWOBHM time.  Always remaining true to the values which established them in the first place they are driven by a desire to continuously set the highest standards and meet them head on, Saxon’s work on those nine studio albums still resonates resoundingly – this is timeless stuff.
Saxon’s music that will continue to inspire Metalheads for generations to come, as it has influenced so many until now. In those immortal words, fill your heads with… HEAVY METAL THUNDER!
TRACKLISTING
1 Stallions Of The Highway
2  Big Teaser
3  Backs To The Wall
4  Militia Guard
5  Wheels Of Steel
6  747 (Strangers In The Night)
7  Suzie Hold On
8  Motorcycle Man (live)
9  Strong Arm Of The Law
10  Heavy Metal Thunder
11  20,000ft (live)
12  Dallas 1PM
13  And The Bands Played On
14  Never Surrender
15  Denim And Leather
16  Fire In the Sky (live)
17  Princess Of The Night
18  Power & The Glory
19  This Town Rocks
20  The Eagle Has Landed
21  Midas Touch
22  Sailing To America
23  Crusader
24  Devil Rides Out
25  Back On The Streets
26  Rockin’ Again
27  Rock N’ Roll Gypsy
28  Broken Heroes
29  Waiting For The Night
30  Rock The Nations
31  Northern Lady
32  Battle Cry
33  Ride Like The Wind
34 Red Alert
1LP & 1CD Tracklist:
 
1 Backs To The Wall
2 Wheels Of Steel
3 747 (Strangers In The Night)
4 Strong Arm Of The Law
5 Denim And Leather
6 Power And The Glory
7 Sailing To America
8 Rock N’Roll Gypsy
9 Waiting For The Night
10 Ride Like The Wind
To pre-order your copy of Decade of The Eagle please visit: smarturl.it/SaxonDecade
From being pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, to becoming one of the most successful UK rock acts of all time, Saxon have always transcended definitions, trends and eras. From 1979’s ‘Saxon’ album to ‘Destiny’ in ’88, the band enjoyed considerable success both in the UK and further afield.  It’s no wonder their influence has spread across the globe, and played a crucial role in the way we look at hard rock and heavy metal today. The decade from ’79’s debut record was vital, not only in establishing Saxon’s talent and reputation, but also in laying the foundations for what has followed.
 
For additional information on Saxon please visit:
 
Twitter: @Saxonofficial

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The Iron Maidens @ O2 Academy Islington, London

November 13th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

The Iron Maidens

@ O2 Islington Academy, London

October 29, 2017

Review by Gabor Csete

Photography by Miguel de Melo

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Eluveitie + Amaranthe + The Charm The Fury @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

November 13th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Eluveitie + Amaranthe + The Charm The Fury

@ Islington Assembly Hall, London

November 3, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

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BLACK CHRISTMASS CANCELLED

November 13th, 2017
by EvilG

On December 15-16th, the fourth year of Black Christmass Festival should have taken place In Norrköping, Sweden. But due to poor ticket sales it is now cancelled.

It feels heavy to have to kill a project that you have lived with on a daily basis for over four years and what we are going through now is a promoters nightmare. I know how many of you have been planning and looking forward to this, booked trips etc. and especially to you, I just want to express my regret at all the discomfort that this may cause.

I have had the privilege of working with the world’s best audience in three years and it has been wonderful to see you. Also thank you United Vision that ensured that the event proceeded so smoothly. I would also like to thank all the bands, exhibitors and people who stood through thick and thin. You are all wonderful and I hope we will be able to work together again in the near future.
One can always speculate about reasons, but evident is that this year we were unable to obtain a setlist that appeals to a bigger audience.

It it is with a heavy heart I send out my last release as an organizer for Black Christmass.

Metal greetings,

Olof Wikström

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