IN SOLITUDE full European headliner tour announced with BEASTMILK and OBNOXIOUS YOUTH as supports

June 12th, 2014
by EvilG

Swedish Metallers IN SOLITUDE are heading on a European tour together with Finnish Rockers BEASTMILK, starting from October on. Scandinavian colleagues OBNOXIOUS YOUTH will support them.

Comments IN SOLITUDE: “We’re very glad to announce this headlining tour, and we can’t wait to steer and spill death’s lights in Europe again. And in such splendid company. We’re sure this will be something particularly steep and special for all of us!”

02/10/14 SE – Malmö – Babel
03/10/14 SE – Gothenburg – Truckstop Alaska
04/10/14 SE – Stockholm – Kägelbanan
05/10/14 DK – Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
06/10/14 DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
07/10/14 PL – Wroclaw – Firlej
08/10/14 DE – Berlin – Cassiopeia
09/10/14 DE – Leipzig- Hellraiser
10/10/14 AT – Wien – Arena
11/10/14 FR – Colmar – Grillen
12/10/14 FR – Marseille – Portrail Coucou
13/10/14 FR – Nantes – Ferralieur
14/10/14 FR – Paris – Glazart
15/10/14 UK – London – Underworld
16/10/14 UK – Glasgow – Underworld
17/10/14 IE – Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
18/10/14 UK – Manchester – Sound Control
19/10/14 UK – Bristol – Exchange
20/10/14 DE – Köln – MTC
21/10/14 DE – München – Feierwerk
22/10/14 AT – Innsbruck – Weekender Club
23/10/14 DE – Trier – Exhaus
24/10/14 DE – Essen – Turock
25/10/14 BE – Antwerpen – Kavka
26/10/14 NL – Arnhem – Willemeen

IN SOLITUDE from Uppsala have released their third album “Sister” in the fall of last year and the band looks back to some gigs at bigger festivals such as Wacken, Summer Breeze or Metalcamp already.

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GOATWHORE Wages War With “Schadenfreude”; Release Of Constricting Rage Of The Merciless Draws Near

June 12th, 2014
by EvilG

With the release of their hugely anticipated new long-player, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, now less than one month away, New Orleans devious metal merchants unleash all out Hell with “Schadenfreude,” currently corrupting the airwaves of mega music portal, Loudwire.

Literally meaning the pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others, ninth cut, “Schadenfreude,” is at once predatory, epic, misanthropic and sadistic. Notes vocalist Ben Falgoust of the debaucherous hymn:

“This song represents the downward spiral of man at his most vile. The seething element of satisfaction when others around fail and fall, then the gratitude that this sickly rejoicing has accomplished in the overall end.”

Adds Loudwire: “‘Schadenfreude’ is a classic take-no-prisoners, leave-no-survivors type of GOATWHORE track. The band’s black metal influence is at the forefront of ‘Schadenfreude,’ as guitarist Sammy Duet builds a dark atmosphere with his open chords and sinister progressions, while vocalist Ben Falgoust explores his full guttural range throughout the track.”

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Tampa, FL Progressive Metal Band AKELDAMA Signs with Rogue Records America

June 12th, 2014
by EvilG

The Rogue Records America roster just keeps growing with amazing talent! Tampa, FL six-piece progressive metal band AKELDAMA has signed a two-record distribution deal with Rogue Records America.

AKELDAMA announces their relationship with Rogue Records America by releasing their re-mastered and remixed three-song EP, simply titled Akeldama for free to anyone who wants it. The band has also become involved with PROJECT ROGUE-TITANS with the recent recruitment of both singers Andrew Zink and Connor Reibling.

“These guys just really shook my foundation when I heard them,” said Rogue Records America owner Dean Martinetti. “The landscapes in their music is layered thick and never at any moment loses its momentum or pacing. It’s really just well done. So, we had to ask them if they’d be a part of the family…and thankfully, they said yes.”

AKELDAMA released their first full-length record, entitled Everything Beautiful on September 6, 2013. The release was met with overwhelming support from the progressive metal community and was named a “top release of 2013” by both and The release was noted for its crushing grooves, lush and ambient atmosphere as well as its elite cast of guest contributors, distinguished artists Ashe O’hara (Tesseract), Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor) and Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry).

A New Beginning – Lyric Video

AKELDAMA – Akeldama EP

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Interview with Megadeth Part 2: Chris Broderick

June 11th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Interview with Chris Broderick

By Helias

Chris Broderick and His Jackson Guitar Pro Series Soloist 6&7 - photo by Stephanie Cabral

When the Internet first became commercially available, a lot of guitarists popped in swaggering and swashing. There are a few of them that are true and pure assiduous shredders. MEGADETH’s Chris Broderick is one of them with previous service in significant bands like Nevermore and Jag Panzer. catch up with Chris to learn about what’s going on Megadeth camp, the mixed to negative feedback for SUPER COLLIDER, Jason Becker, the teaching experience andchat a bit about his motivations, methods and metallic ambitions…

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Interview with Megadeth Part I: Shawn Drover

June 11th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Interview with Shawn Drover

By Helias

Shawn Drover

The longest serving Megadeth drummer, Shawn Drover shares with our readers some of his thoughts on creativity, motivation, Dave Mustaine’s non public side.Shawn seems to be a man that is not afraid to speak his mind, and his long and diverse presence in the music business definitely gave us a lot of interesting things to ask about.

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SANCTUARY – New album “The Year The Sun Died” Release Details

June 11th, 2014
by EvilG

sanctuary1Reactivated Seattle metal legends SANCTUARY have wrapped-up the recording of their new album, The Year The Sun Died! Due to be released on Sept. 29th in Europe and on Sept. 30th in North America, The Year The Sun Died was recorded in Seattle at Soundhouse Studios with Zeuss (WHITECHAPEL, HATEBREED) and features 11 tracks, plus a bonus cover of THE DOORS’ classic, “Waiting For The Sun”.

Front-man Warrel Dane comments: “Now that hell has officially frozen over and the pigs have flown, I can proudly say ‘The Year The Sun Died’ is finished. The record that nobody thought would ever get here has come in kicking…and yes, there is screaming!
Working with Zeuss (aka the commander) was great. He really pushed us all to be better. This is a very modern sounding record with roots still firmly planted in old school, six-string metal, and I gotta give him creds for that.”

SANCTUARY was formed in Seattle in 1985 and released two studio albums on Epic Records, Refuge Denied in 1987 and Into the Mirror Black in 1989. They toured the world with the likes of MEGADETH, WARLOCK, FATES WARNING, DEATH ANGEL and many more. In 1992, the band officially disbanded with singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard forming the critically acclaimed group, NEVERMORE. SANCTUARY announced in 2010 that they would be reuniting and played metal festivals in both Europe and the USA with the original line-up, save for guitarist Sean Blosi. Former FORCED ENTRY guitarist Brad Hull has stepped in to fill his shoes as a permanent touring and recording member.

SANCTUARY line-up:
Warrel Dane – Vocals
Jim Sheppard – Bass
Brad Hull – Guitars
Lenny Rutledge – Guitar
Dave Budbill – Drums


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ROB ZOMBIE Teams With ZUUS Media And CraveOnline For ‘The Zombie Horror Picture Show Challenge’

June 11th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Rob Zombie’s first concert film, The Zombie Horror Picture Show, released May 19 by Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/UMe, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Music DVD chart and has retained the chart’s top spot for its second week of release.  Zombie also recently teased out his next feature film project called ‘31.’ To celebrate, Zombie has teamed with ZUUS Media (“ZUUS”) and CraveOnline for a horror filmmaking contest.  Fans of Rob Zombie’s music and films are invited to create three-minute short horror films for the chance to have their entry selected to premiere across ZUUS, CraveOnline and For more information about the contest, visit

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and longform digital video, The Zombie Horror Picture Show puts the viewer at the center of the hot and nasty action for a blistering set of 16 Rob Zombie classics, including “Dragula,” “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town,” “Living Dead Girl,” “More Human Than Human,” and the crushing cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” from the seven-time Grammy® nominee’s Top 10 2013 album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Recorded live over two sizzling nights in Texas, the film captures Zombie’s elaborate, multi-media production of mind-blowing SFX, animatronic robots, pyrotechnics, oversized LED screens and state-of-the-art light show combined with his powerhouse band featuring John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish.

Since 1997, Rob Zombie has achieved great solo artist success with several multi-platinum and gold albums including Hellbilly Deluxe, The Sinister Urge and Educated Horses. As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of his music and films.  Zombie has sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of six feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million. Zombie’s Halloween, released in 2007, earned the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend.

For all of Rob Zombie’s latest news, including confirmed tour dates, visit his online haunts:

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Rämlord (feat. ex-members of Impaled Nazarene, Maple Cross, Sentenced, Legenda) will be releasing their first single on the 27th of June

June 10th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

Jarno Anttila suddenly ran out of bullets after serving 18 years in the ranks of the Impaled Nazarene -army. He started to dream of totally different kind of band. The year was 2010 Anno Domini and the first victims of his were drummer Janne Mannonen (also familiar from YUP) and Niko Karppinen (former hired session musician in Finnish band called Sentenced), who should be able to handle bass duties in the steering wheel of this Rolls Royce of instruments.

Obscure connections also provided obscure results in the search of the guitarist. Tommi Kanerva who had gained fame in numerous punk and hardcore-acts like Kostajat, Murheenlaakso and Vaasankatu SS. Mikko “Mojo” Ojala’s remarkable ability to generate growls beyond the grave combined with powerful clean vocals convinced the others that he was the right guy to take a spot as a frontman of the band. This gave birth to Rämlord, the band where old guys play old-school metal with modern additions.

If you happen to wander in the middle of the night at the graveyard hearing voices from the darkest pits of hell and hear groans of the lost souls… Oh yes! It’s Rämlord which with the certainty of over 2000 played gigs is ready to devastate your comprehension of everything safe and familiar or….normal.

Listen the opening track of the single “Evolve to Monster” here:

Check out Rämlord playing live nearby you! Band will be performing in official Tuska –club at Virgin Oil on Saturday 28.6.2014 with Omnium Gatherum and Medeia! After the gig band promises to follow up their motto adapted from Venom: “We drink the booze of the dying alcoholics!”

Single contains the following songs:
1) Evolve to Monster
2) Mark of Cain

Order your copy of the single here:

Rämlord is:                                                                                               Discography:
Mikko Ojala-vocals                                                                                      Demo (2011)
Jarno Anttila –guitar                                                                                Demo (2013)
Niko Karppinen – bass                                                                              S/T 7” (2014)
Tommi Kanerva – guitar
Janne Mannonen – drums

For more information:

For bookings and interviews contact:
Miika Mega Kuusinen // Metal Asylum Promotions // phone: +35840   579 2248

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Persuader – guitarist Emil Norberg and drummer Efraim Juntunen

June 10th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall


Guitarist Emil Norberg and drummer Efraim Juntunen – Persuader

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
Thanks to the Persuader for the additional promo pictures.


From the northern parts of Sweden comes the power metal kings, Persuader. The band is back to attack after a long break. Their previous album WHEN EDEN BURNS came out in 2006 and they are now back with a vengeance with the brand new opus THE FICTION MAZE. I was blown away by THE FICTION MAZE and urge everyone who is a fan of well played, edgy power metal to check out the album. Persuader makes me glad to be Swedish! I had the luck to have a chat with guitarist Emil Norberg and drummer Efraim Juntunen where we talked about the brand new album, what the band has been up to in between releases, as well as what the guys think the future has in store for Persuader. Enjoy!

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Desertfest 2014

June 10th, 2014
by UK Team

Desertfest 2014

25th – 27th April, 2014
Camden Town, London
The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, The Black Heart

Review by Anna Dumpe, Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Ashlinn Nash, Graham Hilling

On the first weekend of May, London’s Camden Town saw dozens of Stoner Rock and Doom Metal bands pass through to perform at the already legendary festival known as Desertfest. Happening in London and Berlin, pretty much at the same time, Desertfest brought together multiple bands of different sizes and popularity levels to throw one hell of a party that shall be remembered for the next year or so. team were privileged enough to join in and take part in Desertfest shenanigans in Camden Town’s three venues – The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld and The Black Heart where we saw hundreds of fans pass through, headband, down pints and have a bloody good old time.

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EXODUS Get Back to Their Roots – Steve “Zetro” Souza is Back!

June 9th, 2014
by EvilG

Steve-Zetro-SouzaEXODUS – the originators of the thrash metal genre – return to their roots. As announced yesterday via Loudwire, EXODUS proudly welcomes the return of frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza in the wake of former vocalist Rob Dukes’ amicable departure. Souza originally fronted EXODUS from 1986-1993, and again from 2002-2004, donning the mic on classic records like Pleasures of the Flesh, Fabulous Disaster, Impact is Imminent, Good Friendly Violent Fun, and Force of Habit. Souza also appeared on 2004’s Tempo of the Damned.

In a statement, guitarist Gary Holt says, “As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom, Lee, Jack and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza to the fold!”

Returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza adds, “I spent a great part of my life with EXODUS, that blood flows through me, even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!”

In a statement posted to Facebook, Rob Dukes said: “I’m no longer the singer of Exodus.  I’m grateful for the last 9 years. I’ve had the experience of touring the world playing music. I was just a regular guy, a fan, and I got the chance to front a legendary band while having no prior experience of being a singer. I had no idea what I was doing and made it up as I was going along. It was a great chapter of my life, Im bummed it ended with them, but I have another band Generation Kill. So I will concentrate on that right now and continue to build hotrods and build a car to race in the Baja 1000. I will be riding my motorcycle all over this beautiful country every chance I get, That’s the next chapter of my life.”

EXODUS are currently working on their eleventh studio album in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap, set to release later this year with Nuclear Blast. Things are moving along smoothly… stay tuned for more details coming soon.

On August 10th, EXODUS will perform at Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Deapeau in Montreal, QC with Slayer, Lamb of God, Hatebreed and more. The band will also appear on select international dates in Germany, Belgium and Columbia this summer, and will pick back up in South America in October. See below for a full listing of current dates.

7/11 – Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival
7/12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival
8/10 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal
8/16 – Bogota, Columbia @ Rock al Parque
10/1 – Belem, Brazil @ Botequim
10/3 – Manaus, Brazil @ Arena Aparecida
10/4 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
10/5 – Porto Alegre @ Opiniao
10/7 – Asuncion, Paraguay @ Kop Town
10/9 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Groove
10/11 – Santiago, Chile @ Club Kmasu Premier
10/12 – Antofagasta, Chile @ TBC
10/14 – Lima, Peru @ Centrica
10/16 – San Jose, Costa Rica @ Pepper’s
10/18 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador

Visit EXODUS online at

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Interview with Tomas Roitman of Split Heaven

June 9th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Tomas Roitman of Split Heaven

By Helias

Tomas Roitman from long-running Mexico metal band Split Heaven was kind enough to give us a few moments of his thoughts on being caught up in heavy metal genre, how the band is received in their homeland. His answers may surprise many. Read the rest of this entry »

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New bands confirmed for Summer Breeze

June 9th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen


Summer Breeze has confirmed three new bands on the bill. The long time Swedish death metallers Unleashed will unleash the horns at Summer Breeze. The Greek metallers Septic Flesh will bring the apocalyptic sounds from the beyond in Summer Breeze and finally Of Mice And Men out of England will be gaining more fans. As it is widely known Death Angel cancelled the Summer festival run including Summer Breeze.  Summer Breeze will be on the 14th – 26th of August in Dinkelsbuhl in Germany. All in all 112 bands will be playing at the festival.



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June 7th, 2014
by EvilG

The Brazilian heavy metal band THE BLACK ROOK announces the release of their self-titled debut album. Ten tracks of heaviness, attitude & feeling!

In order to promote it, the band announces that the first single, “Checkmate”, is available for FREE download at THE BLACK ROOK´s SoundCloud site.

The entire self-titled album on sale online, in AMAZON, CD BABY and in THE BLACK ROOK BANDCAMP site. The album is also streamed at the band´s profiles at iTUNES, SOUNDCLOUD, BANDCAMP and GROOVESHARK.


THE BLACK ROOK on the internet:






GROOVESHARK –!/theblackrook







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Maryland Deathfest XII, Edison Lot / Rams Head Live / Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD May 22-25, 2014

June 7th, 2014
by Infamous Butcher

Maryland Deathfest XII

Edison Lot / Rams Head Live / Baltimore Soundstage

Baltimore, MD

May 22 – 25, 2014

Review and Photos by InfamousButcher


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