Avantasia @ The Forum, London

March 22nd, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Avantasia

@ The Forum, London

8th March 2016

Review by Oliver M.
Photography by Graham Hilling

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LACUNA COIL Delirium Out May 27th

March 22nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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There is an old sanatorium up in the hills of Northern Italy. An old, abandoned, and decayed fortress whose corridors are filled with the ghosts of a thousand tortured minds and souls. A place where every wall still bares the scars of countless damaged lives…

Welcome to the LACUNA COIL Sanatorium!

The track listing of “Delirium” reads as follows:
1. The House Of Shame
2. Broken Things
3. Delirium
4. Blood, Tears, Dust
5. Downfall
6. Take Me Home
7. You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You
8. Ghost In The Mist
9. My Demons
10. Claustrophobia
11. Ultima Ratio

After being heavily involved with previous productions Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati took over the leading role as producer together with his fellow bandmates. 2016 shows LACUNA COIL including US drummer Ryan Blake Folden as a tight unit that realized their collective vision for “Delirium” at BRX Studio in their native Milan between December 2015 and February 2016. Yet again they were working with Marco Barusso (engineer, mix) who had not only worked with LACUNA COIL in the past on several albums such as “Dark Adrenaline” and “Karmacode”, but also on Italian high profile artists like Eros Ramazzotti or Laura Pausini Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati also created the artwork for “Delirium” which is based on an atmospheric session captured by italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.

LACUNA COIL live:
20.04.16 (PHL) Quezon City – Amaranth Stadium (Pulp Summer Slam Festival)
14.05.16 (USA) Cherokee NC – Cherokee Event Center (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
15.05.16 (USA) Richmond VA – The National (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
17.05.16 (USA) Davenport IA – Adler Theater (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
More dates will be announced shortly!

LACUNA COIL online:
http://www.lacunacoil.it
https://www.facebook.com/lacunacoil
http://www.twitter.com/lacuna_coil
http://www.emptyspiral.net

Century Media Records online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia
http://www.instagram.com/centurymediaeu

Century Media webshop:
http:/www.cmdistro.com

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Necronomicon – Interview With Rob “The Witch” Tremblay

March 21st, 2016
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with guitarist/vocalist
Rob “The Witch” Tremblay

By Peter Atkinson

With their symphonic black/death metal bluster and ashen, war-painted/leather-cloaked appearance, it’s easy to see how Montreal’s Necronomicon draw comparisons to Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir – at least from a musical and aesthetic standpoint. But from a philosophical perspective – not to mention their panda-face makeup and three-person lineup – Necronomion have much more in common with Immortal.

Yet where Immortal long have reveled in tales of battles and demons in their mythical frozen kingdom on Blashyrkh, Necronomicon embarked on a more mystical, transcendent journey through the cosmos – and man’s place within the greater whole of the universe – with their 1999 full-length debut Pharoah of Gods. That voyage continues with their fifth and latest effort Advent of the Human God, due out March 25 on Season Of Mist.

During an interview via Skype from Montreal – and later via e-mail – founder/frontman/guitarist/songwriter/producer Rob “The Witch” Tremblay spoke, among other things, about Necronomicon’s unique, often otherworldly, take on death/black metal and how the band’s origins in the wilds of Northeast Canada play into that, the challenges of trying to pull of such ambitious music as a three-piece – the band is rounded out by long-time drummer Rick and newish bassist Mars – and the uncomfortable run-in with the German thrash band they have shared the Necronomicon moniker with for more than 20 years.

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Exodus + Lost Society @ The Underworld, London

March 20th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Exodus+ Lost Society +Striker

@ The Underworld, London

March 5th, 2016

Review by Ann Sulaiman

Photos by Inty Malcolm

31 years since the release of debut album “Bonded by Blood” and Bay Area legends Exodus hit the road with a European and UK tour to mark the occasion.

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Carrying Lost Society and Striker in tow, they paid a visit to The Underworld in London (admittedly one of their favourite spots to play, according to frontman Steve “Zetro”) for what was to be a consistently crazy night of crowdsurfing and moshing for all to enjoy.

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Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Delain: Calgary AB Mar 5, 2016

March 19th, 2016
by Monika Deviat

Nightwish
w/ Sonata Arctica & Delain

March 5, 2016

Review by JP Wood
Photos by Monika Deviat

Nightwish © Monika Deviat

Nightwish © Monika Deviat

I have not seen the 2500+ capacity MacEwan Hall sold out for a Metal show in a long, long time. Not even for bands that also pull in the more mainstream crowds like Blind Guardian and Gwar. But Nightwish did it!  At their second concert in Calgary in over 20 years, the place was packed for an extra-ordinary bill of Euro-Metal. Delain and Sonata Arctica have also been through Calgary before and the crowds were out in force to see the triple stacked show. I’m not surprised Nightwish is riding a career high with a triumphant North American tour with their new signer as they just recently won the award for Best Metal album in their homeland of Finland.

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Vinyl Funding Platform QRATES Launches Direct-To-Store Service

March 18th, 2016
by EvilG

Store Delivery Enables Bands to Direct Distribute Vinyl from Pressing Plant to Record Stores Worldwide

In a twist on the crowdfunding model, vinyl pressing and presale platform QRATES has launched Store Delivery, a new service shaking up vinyl distribution by enabling record stores worldwide to directly buy, and even help fund, artist and label vinyl projects.

The appeal of vinyl isn’t diminishing and for many artists having their vinyl sold at a record store is something particularly special. For smaller artists and labels though getting their music stocked in stores is still a challenge, especially when it comes to selling vinyl in foreign countries. Not to mention trying to secure space at the oversubscribed pressing plants, if they even know how to go about organising a pressing.

Enter QRATES, which since April 2015 has facilitated artists to sell or pre-fund, press and distribute their vinyl releases direct to fans. New addition Store Delivery opens this up to record stores enabling them to purchase vinyl at wholesale prices, as well as participate in funding projects. Once pressed the finished product is then automatically delivered direct to the store. Additional capability is planned for the future, such as the ability for artists to sell their back catalogue to stores as well.

Currently in Beta, but due for full launch imminently, Store Delivery incorporates a network of over 200 record shops and buyers. Partners include Juno Records, Europe’s largest online record store, and Jetset, HMV and Technique in Japan. QRATES intends to expand this to 1000 stores globally by 2018, starting with the US this spring.

In its first year of operation QRATES has already hosted over 1000 funding projects for artists across every genre, with many successfully reaching their targets. It’s not only artists and labels finding opportunities through QRATES though. In something of an evolution from the old CD covermount, music media are also seeing the potential in special funded vinyl projects, including music curation blog Noon Pacific, which completed a limited edition vinyl compilation project.

Greg Gouty, COO of QRATES explains: “Our business is built on the belief that every artist should be able to put out vinyl if they wish, regardless of whether they have access to the expertise and contacts of a big label or not. Store Delivery takes this a step further by opening up the door for anyone, artist or label, to offer their vinyl records to stores worldwide. What’s more full control and profits go directly into the artists and labels hands.

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BLACK SABBATH Wrap Up First Leg Of Tour

March 17th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar) and Geezer Butler (Bass) wrapped the first dates of BLACK SABBATH’s massive 2016 THE END world tour last week (3/7) in Vancouver, BC to an overwhelming response, from fans and critics alike.  The first leg of sold-out North American shows will be followed by a run of summer performances including return visits to Los Angeles (at the iconic Hollywood Bowl), New York, Chicago and 14 additional cities.  Tickets for the summer shows are available at www.Livenation.com.  See BLACK SABBATH’s world wide itinerary below.

Here’s some critical feedback from 2016’s THE END tour:

“From the pulverizing opening tritone of ‘Black Sabbath’…the show was more a celebration of the pioneering heavy-metal band’s legacy than an epitaph…each of the musicians was in stellar form in Chicago…now may be the beginning of the end for Black Sabbath, but, as they proved in Chicago and over the years, their music will echo through the ages.”
–Kory Grow, ROLLINGSTONE.COM, 1-23-16

“The beginning of The End happened Friday in Chicago at the United Center, where the band played a two-hour set of snarling hard rock songs, played according to the rules of strict minimalism but always with brawny execution…Black Sabbath remains a genre of its own, combining space jazz and prog-rock, gothic imagery and riff-heavy thunder.”
–Mark Guarino, THEGUARDIAN.COM, 1-23-16

“The iconic rockers were able to bid farewell in style…If this was truly the band’s last show in Washington, the quartet had left its fans with a night they’ll never forget.”
–Ernest Jasmin,TACOMA WEEKLY, 2-8-16

“Sabbath sounded so strong that, at times, it seemed like an absolutely ludicrous idea for these guys to even be thinking about hanging it up. Yet, if the goal is to go out on top–in peak fighting form–then Sabbath is right on track.”
–Jim Harrington, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2-10-16

“Osbourne was confidently strutting the length of the stage, imploring the audience to clap along…Osbourne led the band through classics like ‘War Pigs’ and ‘Children of the Grave,’ exuding bravado and, often, joy.  The night didn’t belong to Ozzy, though. While bassist Geezer Butler remains rock-solid…Iommi’s effortless leads and power-chord riffs laid the groundwork for generations of hard-rocking axe-slingers, yet his attack still sounds fresh and resonant, and his vibrato-laden shreds are as precise as they were four decades ago…”
–Jeff Miller, BILLBOARD.com, 2-13-16

“Black Sabbath put on as perfect of a farewell show at the Pepsi Center [in Denver] as you could have hoped for. They played, sounded and yes, sung as well as they did in their prime…Instead of leaning on theatrics, they let tight riffs take the audience away…Their astonishing performance Monday night proved the band to be going out with remarkable live chops.”
–Mike Long, DENVER POST, 2-16-16

“One of the strongest live rock shows in recent memory…Sabbath performed the music with such power and conviction that songs many of us have heard ad nauseam seemed fresh and new…The fluid rhythms, the interlocking, crushing dynamics between the rhythm section, and Iommi and Osbourne’s uncanny ability to switch in and out of the role of avatar of doom and avuncular hype man, rousing the crowd, made for a show that was much more than merely a great performance. It felt inclusive.”
–Tom Murphy, WESTWORD(Denver, CO), 2-16-16

“Black Sabbath turned its The End farewell tour into a celebration–albeit one steeped in a little bit of Satanic mechanics…the 100-minute, 14-song show was standard issue Sabbath–Spartan and leaden hard rock played with tight precision.”
–Gary Graff, THE OAKLAND PRESS (Detroit, MI), 2-20-16

“Black Sabbath, from Birmingham, England, was foundational for metal, but the music it played on Thursday–all of it recorded between 1969 and 1976–is full of scales related to the blues, which has its own long tradition of despair masking joy. That joy on Thursday was in sound and feeling. You could hear the band in giant, clear, present detail, unusual for the Garden…”
Ben Ratliff, NEW YORK TIMES, 2-26-16

“…he [Osbourne] was on fire last night, hitting all the notes exactly the way you remember them. All the stretched out vowels, all the ‘ohh yeahh!’s, everything. In even finer form was Tony Iommi, whose riffs were as crisp today as they are on the early records, and whose solos still screamed. No disrespect to Geezer Butler of course, who shined all night and especially on his bass solo in ‘N.I.B.’…There really wasn’t a moment where you weren’t hearing some of the best heavy metal ever written…The show was also a serious reminder of how even with legions of excellent doom bands popping up for decades, still nobody can do it like Sabbath.”
–Andrew Sacher, BROOKLYN VEGAN, 2-27-16

“If this in fact was the end for Black Sabbath, then it was one hell of a farewell.”
–Dean Pilling, CALGARY SUN, 3-5-16

“Black Sabbath were magnificent…what sets Black Sabbath’s music apart is how fresh it still sounds…a night free of stage effects or gimmicks, packed with a selection of brilliantly performed songs from the best heavy metal band there ever was and ever will be.”
Robert Collins, CTV NEWS VANCOUVER, 3-8-16

These dates mark the end of the epic journey that BLACK SABBATH began nearly five decades ago.  The massive 2016 THE END world tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time will take the band to Australia and New Zealand in April, then Europe fora mix of summer headlining and festival performances, before returning to North America in August.

As previously announced, a special fans-only CD featuring original artwork by Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant is being sold at shows along the tour route.  The CD is comprised of eight previously unreleased tracks: four songs are outtakes from BLACK SABBATH’s worldwide #1, Grammy Award-winning album 13 and four live songs from the band’s critically acclaimed 13 World Tour.

When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ‘n Roll history…BLACK SABBATH.

Details on Tickets, VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at:  www.Livenation.com

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https://www.facebook.com/BlackSabbath
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SLAYER Release New Video

March 17th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

In Slayer’s song “You Against You,” vocalist Tom Araya screams “Your perfect world is ending this day, So what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.”  And so, from the very first frame of the band’s “You Against You” music video, the gore, the violence, the projectile-blood-spewing and the carnage begins and just never ends.

“You Against You” is the prequel to “Repentless,” Slayer’s brutal 2015 video filmed at an L.A. prison that has logged nearly 7.5 million YouTube views.  Like “Repentless,” “You Against You” was directed by BJ McDonnell, stars Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”) as Wyatt, the eyepatched rebel inmate, and tells the story of the circumstances that led to Wyatt’s erroneous arrest and imprisonment.

Slayer’s performance of “You Against You” was shot deep in the heart of California’s Mojave desert earlier this year in a graveyard of jets, airliners, and helicopters.

“After the ‘Repentless’ video,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya, “BJ delivers with ‘You Against You.’  Fu**ing awesome!!!!!”

Repentless, Slayer’s 12th studio album, was released on 9/11/15, making its career-highest debut on
Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, coming in at #4 and scanning 50,000 units.  The album also debuted in the Top 5 in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Czech, Greece and Sweden, and was the #2 best-selling album in the world on the United World Chart.  In addition, Repentless received spectacular press response – “Metal Album of the Year” (Guitar World), “…prime fu**ing Slayer…” (Metal Hammer), “…thrash redefined, upgraded and reborn, a return to the essence of who Slayer is.” (Houston Press)

Slayer is currently in the final weeks of its winter 2016 North American tour with Testament and Carcass supporting.  Remaining dates are below.

MARCH
17     Revolution Event Center, Boise, ID
19     The Paramount, Seattle, WA
20     Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
22     Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
23     Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
25     Rabobank Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
26     The Joint, Las Vegas, NV

ABOUT SLAYER:
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire.  Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.  Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since.  Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.

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THE GREAT KAT Released Digitally

March 17th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Warner Music Group has just released The Great Kat’s legendary “Worship Me Or Die!” and “Beethoven On Speed” Shred Metal Albums for digital downloads on March 4, 2016! Available internationally now on iTunes, “Worship Me Or Die!” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/worship-me-or-die!/id1086423634 and “Beethoven On Speed” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beethoven-on-speed/id1089012301 are also available on Amazon, Google Play, Rhapsody, Spotify, and more (See full list below).

As demanded by legions of fans, The Great Kat http://www.greatkat.com world’s fastest guitar/violin shredder/Goddess of Metal’s groundbreaking albums are now available on iTunes for $1.29 each song or $9.99 for the album. “Worship Me Or Die!” and “Beethoven On Speed” include famous Great Kat metal anthem & ShredClassical hits, such as: “Metal Messiah,” “Beethoven Mosh,” “Beethoven On Speed,” “Flight Of The Bumble-Bee,” “Funeral March,” “Kat-Possessed,” and much more.  The Great Kat’s music has recently been featured in Tesco’s Call of Duty: Ghosts video game TV commercial http://youtu.be/6tW_ik2J000 and is perfect for thriller movies, video games, fast speed chases, & more. More Great Kat Music & Videos Available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/great-kat/id384709526 & http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-great-kat/id368743108

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WATCH GREAT KAT CLASSIC VIDEOS from “WORSHIP ME OR DIE!” & “BEETHOVEN ON SPEED” ERAS!:
“Metal Messiah” – The Great Kat Music Video! https://youtu.be/5JxKbdu7L_8
“Beethoven Mosh” – The Great Kat Music Video! https://youtu.be/O-FspyiKS6M
“The Morton Downey Jr. Show” – Metal Episode Starring The Great Kat!  https://youtu.be/ua5jxv8TrMc
“Thrash & Burn” – The Great Kat Interview On the Streets of NYC! https://youtu.be/Kj8mkh_6eWs

Press Quotes about “Beethoven On Speed” and “Worship Me Or Die!”:
The NEW YORK TIMES declared about “Beethoven On Speed” “The wave of the future might well be heavy-metal Beethoven by way of Juilliard.”
VH1 declared: “The Great Kat. ‘Metal Messiah’. Exploded on to the metal scene with Worship Me or Die! It’s a still-stupefying incendiary collection of original compositions that announced a new talent that could never be slowed down, held back, or pent up.”

The Great Kat is the Juilliard grad violin virtuoso/”Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time” (Guitar One Magazine) and the ONLY Guitar/Violin Double Virtuoso since Paganini.

“Worship Me Or Die!” & “Beethoven On Speed” AVAILABLE NOW ON:
ITUNES:
“Worship Me Or Die!”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/worship-me-or-die!/id1086423634
“Beethoven On Speed”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beethoven-on-speed/id1089012301
AMAZON (US, GERMANY, SPAIN, JAPAN, UK, FRANCE, etc):
“Worship Me Or Die!”: https://www.amazon.com/Worship-Me-Die-Great-Kat/dp/B01BZXHCHE
“Beethoven On Speed”: https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Speed-Great-Kat/dp/B01CDEC8Z0/
RHAPSODY:
“Worship Me Or Die!”: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/the-great-kat/album/worship-me-or-die-rhino-atlantic
“Beethoven On Speed”: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/the-great-kat/album/beethoven-on-speed-rhino-atlantic
SPOTIFY:
“Worship Me Or Die!”: https://open.spotify.com/album/6kjzxfk4NwPmds01RyaJU9
“Beethoven On Speed”: https://open.spotify.com/album/1EYf4VIqZLwf87tYrRvVX0
GOOGLE PLAY:
“Worship Me Or Die!”: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/The_Great_Kat_Worship_Me_Or_Die?id=Bql7wk6xfotk4fndsgg3b4jv3zu&hl=en
“Beethoven On Speed”:
https://play.google.com/store/music/album/The_Great_Kat_Beethoven_On_Speed?id=Bmhwcww7j25we737d3zk7kpliiy&hl=en
YOUTUBE:
“Worship Me Or Die!”: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjLv6V07Mrplxc16O-clxhimZdiAeS2AD
“Beethoven On Speed”: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjLv6V07Mrpklcik4XHOU9NYKnV4zKnF4

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TED POLEY Releases Video For “Higher”

March 17th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

TED POLEY has released the first video from “Beyond the Fade” for the song “Higher.”

 

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of TED POLEY’s new solo album “Beyond The Fade” on May 13th, 2016.

Best known as lead vocalist for the legendary Melodic Rock masters Danger Danger, TED POLEY is also an accomplished solo artist, having released two acclaimed releases, “Collateral Damage” (2006) and “Smile”(2007).

“Beyond The Fade” is available for pre-order on Amazon and on iTunes.  Digital pre-orders include an instant grat track download of “Higher”.

The story of “Beyond The Fade” starts after Danger Danger’s acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milano in 2014, when he and the label developed the idea to work together on some new music. The next step was to speak to producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever) and with a band that he put together, TED performed at the second edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival. A few months later, TED came back to Italy to finish the vocals on the album.

TED says: “I am absolutely thrilled with the way the whole album came out. If I have one quote: “ITS AWESOME!” My great friend and co-producer Alessandro Del Vecchio brought my sonic vision to life and no request from me was too great for him toward his goal of making “The Ultimate TED POLEY Solo Album” and he surely delivered on his promise. We had alot of fun making the album and its obvious when you hear it. You can practically hear my smile while I am singing. We decided to make it sound BIG and there are a ton of backing vocals (in some cases more than 80 tracks of them!), along with great songs, soaring melodic guitar leads, pounding bass and big drums, all layered with cool keyboards… like a delicious Musical Cake! Save some room for dessert, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ONE!”

With songs penned by the brothers Tom and James Martin (VEGA ) and “Hands of Love” written by Tony Bruno/Joe Lynn Turner Official Page , the sound of the record is nothing else but TED POLEY at his best, with immediately recognizable hooklines, amazing guitar work, immaculate production and total 80’s attitude!

“Beyond the Fade” is sure to please not only TED POLEY’s fans, but all fans of melodic hard rock. Don’t miss this superb release.

Here is an EPK of the album with a LOT of stories from TED (as usual): https://youtu.be/Iuc891WCLdw

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“Beyond the Fade” Track Listing includes:
1. Let’s Start Something
2. Everything We Are
3. Hands Of Love
4. The Perfect Crime
5. Stars
6. Higher
7. Where I Lost You
8. You Won’t See Me Cryin’
9. We Are Young
10. Sirens
11. Beneath The Stars

TED POLEY: Lead Vocals
Issa: duet vocal on The Perfect Crime
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Mario Percudani: Guitars
Anna Portalupi: Bass

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Megadeth w. Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok at GEC in Calgary, Alberta

March 16th, 2016
by J P

Megadeth w. Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok

at GEC in Calgary, Alberta

March 6th, 2016

by JP
All pictures courtesy of Jeff B. and Metal Nation Radio

Sunday, March 6th was a semi-historical occasion in the Calgary Metal scene. It was the first time that a Metal concert was hosted in the Grey Eagle Casino, a beautiful new venue in Calgary. Sure Queensrcyhe had played the GEC a couple months before but the small seated crowd of 500 older fans but that gig was almost a warm-up for the crowd and style of show as the sold out Megadeth tour. There were so many unanswered questions…would the layout be seats or standing area? Would it be loud enough? How would the line-up’s be? Could security handle the crowd? And most importantly…would there be enough beer?!   I’m pleased to say the GEC met all expectations as it was a great, safe show and it seemed that all the 2700 or so people had a great time.

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John 5 and The Creatures, Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA, March 13, 2016

March 16th, 2016
by Infamous Butcher

John 5 and The Creatures

Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
March 13, 2016

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Slayer, Testament & Carcass: Calgary AB March 14, 2016

March 16th, 2016
by Monika Deviat

Slayer
w/ Testament & Carcass

March 14, 2016

Review by JP Wood

Photos by Monika Deviat

Slayer © Monika Deviat

Slayer © Monika Deviat

It is not too often that the 2500+ capacity MacEwan Hall gets completely sold out for Metal shows, but Slayer, who have performed at this same venue a few times before, managed to do just that on their most recent stop in Calgary, Alta. Slayer is riding high on what many people are saying is their best album in years (REPENTLESS [Nuclear Blast, 2015]) and the legions of Metal were out in force! Managing crowds and traffic flow is a complicated endeavor at the best of times and it was a bit of a struggle on Monday night.  

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Alestorm + Sabaton @ Kentish Town Forum, London

March 10th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Alestorm + Sabaton Co-Headline

Kentish Town Forum, London

10th March, 2016

Review & Pictures by Billy Edmonds

A rather cold night at hand, two of the world’s greatest themed metal bands are about to play one of England’s iconic venues. It is pretty evident how everyone around me feels about the moment and the tour, non-stop talking about how amazing it is too see such a massive line up.
The last time I saw Alestorm play was in a very tiny venue in the south-west of Germany, it’s going to be very interesting to see how they cope with such a large venue. As for Sabaton, I haven’t myself ever seen them before, but I have heard nothing but good words.

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CADAVERIC POISON and WILDHUNT sign with Metal on Metal Records

March 10th, 2016
by EvilG

CADAVERIC POISON signs with Metal on Metal Records.

CADAVERIC POISON, an old school death/thrash metal project featuring members ofMASTER (Paul Speckmann) and WITCHBURNER (Simon Seegel and Felix Darnieder), have signed with Metal on Metal Records for the release of their self-titled debut album, scheduled for April 29th. The band had one EP out on Dying Victims Productions in 2014, from which the title song, “Fight for Evil”, is up on the band’s YouTube channel.

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