Finnish progressive/groovy metal band Humavoid’s new EP ‘Glass’ will be available digitally around the internet on Thursday, July 16th. For fans of groovy metal mixed w/ advanced harmony and jazz fusion influences, topped with female vocals.
- New Metal Church lyric video for “Killing Your Time” (Feb 10, 2016)
- Iron Savior check in with new album update! (Feb 10, 2016)
- ORDEN OGAN: 2DVD/2CD Box Set "The Book Of Ogan" to be released on March 18th! (Feb 10, 2016)
- IGNITOR - Video premiere for "No Sanctuary" (Feb 8, 2016)
- THUNDERSTONE - Trailer for upcoming video "The Path" (Feb 8, 2016)
- Legendary producer & musician, Jacob Hansen of Pyramaze (Jan 28, 2016)
- ENTOMBED A.D. Interview with L.G. Petrov (Jan 28, 2016)
- Split Heaven - New video for "Speed of the Hawk" + short Q&A with band's drummer (Jan 25, 2016)
- SAXON - Guitarist Doug Scarratt (Jan 20, 2016)
- GEOFF TATE - Operation Mindcrime, ex- Queensryche (Jan 10, 2016)
- Beasto Blanco Metal Melt Down at NAMM JAMM 2016 (Feb 6, 2016)
- John 5 – Illuminates NAMM Jam 2016, Anaheim CA 1-22-16 (Feb 2, 2016)
- Nightwish with support on Endless Forms Most Beautiful European Tour 2015 Falconer Theater Copenhagen,Denmark (Jan 29, 2016)
- Lamb of God and Anthrax, Electric Factory, Philadelphia, January 16, 2016 (Jan 26, 2016)
- Slipknot and Suicidal Tendencies : Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland (Jan 22, 2016)
Italian symphonic-death metal masters FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, will tentatively release their new album King in early 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. Tracking will start this summer at Kick Recording and 16th Cellar studios in Rome. Mixing and mastering will be handled by the world-renowned Jens Bogren (AMON AMARTH, AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY) at Fascination Street studio in Sweden later this year. In addition, acclaimed contemporary artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, KATAKLYSM, HATEBREED) will handle all the artwork and iconography for the album.
San Francisco-based classic doom metallers ORCHID have released their brand new EP Sign Of The Witch via Nuclear Blast Records!
Check out the official lyric video for EP’s title track – surf to: https://goo.gl/ynWFyA
Swedish Heavy Metal foursome, ENFORCER, have released a brand-new music video for the track ‘Undying Evil’. The clip comes from their latest record From Beyond, which was released recently via Nuclear Blast. Watch the clip here:
From Beyond is ENFORCER’s fourth record and it consists of ten new tracks; all produced, mixed and mastered by the band themselves.
New Jersey’s metal elite are joining forces on August 22nd to play Rock Against Dystrophy’s benefit concert, “Rock Out to Knock Out Muscular Dystrophy”. The event will take place at New Jersey’s rock and metal haven Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. This summer marks the third year of the benefit concert and its second with an All Star lineup. Tattoo Tony of Under My Skin Tattoo is returning for his third year as the event MC.
The Finnish masters of psychedelic progressive metal, AMORPHIS, have released a lyric video for the song “Death Of A King“ here:
The track comes from their upcoming album Under The Red Cloud and featuresChrigel Glanzmann of ELUVEITIE on flute and Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH) on percussion.
Guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen comments: “It was a great honor to have such talented musicians appearing on ‘Death Of A King’. Each one of them puts his personality and character in the very right spot“. Read the rest of this entry »
GUS G Lands Guitar World Cover Feature With Chris Broderick; Exclusively Debuts New All-Instrumental Shred Track
Mastermind Yannis Androulakakis – Royal Quest
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica for setting up the interview.
Thanks to GerMusica for the promo pictuers
Yannis Androulakakis is a Greek guitarist and composer who has worked with metal, music for theater/musicals, and film soundtracks. In 1998 he and bass player Dennis Bekatoros formed the metal act Royal Quest and the work on a concept album began the year after. A lots of twists and turns ended up in Androulakakis making the album on his own, and it took him several years to finish off the album, but in 2014 the opus was finally ready to be unleashed. THE TALE OF MAN is the name of the album, and it’s a very ambitious work Androulakakis has unveiled to the masses. The album contains four different characters that bring the tale forward, and Androulakakis plays all the instruments on his own. In the interview Androulakakis speaks about the work he put into the album, work that began long before the legendary metal opera Avantasia was born, the past present and future of his career, and what he thinks of the Greek metal scene. Be sure to check out THE TALE OF MAN if you’re into metal operas like Avantasia, Genius etc.
Interview with Jack Gibson (bass)
24th June 2015 @ The Underworld, London
Interviewed by Oliver M.
British Exodus fans couldn’t be more happy this year! Their idols offered them two consecutive crazy shows in London on the 23rd and 24th of March. It was the right time for us to discuss with bassist Jack Gibson about their last critically acclaimed assault “Blood In Blood Out”, the return of charismatic vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and other topics. I would like to thank Jack Gibson for his time and kindness.
To commemorate the 5 year anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy Kay from Canada’s ‘The Metal Voice’ recently caught up with guitarist Rowan Robertson (Dio, Bang Tango, DC4) who played and co-wrote on the Dio Classic ‘Lock up the Wolves’ Album
In the interview Rowan talks about the unreleased Ronnie James Dio songs and the‘Lock up the Wolves’ writing and recording sessions plus the new Bang Tango Documentary called ‘Attack of Life’
Hellfest Festival 2015
@ Clisson, France
19th-21st June 2015
Review by Anna Dumpe and Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photos by Gavin Lowery and Ritchie Birnie
Break out the balloons – it’s birthday time! No, not just mine (although thank you very much), but Hellfest’s big 1-0, the crossing point into double figures, the decade marker. It’s practically an institution now, not just in France, not just in Europe but across the world with folks coming from every which place to rock n revel. Hellfest is just about the best damn festival out there, so you KNOW this is going to be special.
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In celebration of Trooper Premium British Beer smashing through the 10 million pint barrier in just over 2 years, a special limited edition bottled brew, Trooper 666, will be made available to Trooper and Iron Maiden fans in many countries around the world from the 1st October 2015.
At the request of fans, and following the huge success of Trooper, Robinsons will make an even stronger ABV limited edition of the original brew. Again created by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson in collaboration with Robinsons Brewery of Cheshire, this supercharged 6.6% version of the 4.7% bottled version will be available this autumn for a limited period only.
Beer aficionado Dickinson explained, “Our fans have been asking for a stronger brew and it seemed only right to do this at 6.6% ABV! Despite the links with our song “The Number of The Beast”, the name Trooper 666 has actually come about as a result of some detailed research by historian Terry Brighton, who has shown that there were in fact 666 soldiers that rode in The Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in 1854, and not just the 600 of Tennyson’s famous poem.”
Brighton, author of Hell Riders: The Truth About The Charge Of The Light Brigade asserts, “A nominal roll was made at the time listing the cavalrymen present at Balaclava – I then used other contemporary records, of those killed and wounded, taken prisoner, assigned to other duties and so on, to prove who did and did not charge, and amazingly it added up to 666! Remarkably one of the extras was the hungover Regimental butcher, who charged wearing his butcher’s overall in place of his uniform, and wielding a butcher’s axe instead of a sabre.”
“Trooper 666 is the same award-winning Trooper recipe but brewed to a higher gravity,” explains Trooper Brand Manager John Robinson. “The result is another wonderfully authentic beer that is packed with malt but slightly sweeter than the original. It has a dry finish and is remarkably moreish.”
Britain’s Bloodstock Festival have added the finishing touches to their line up.
Joining the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage are Swedish Alternative Metal outfit: We Are The Catalyst, Newcastle based Groove Metal group: Tombstone Crow, Melodic Death Metal group Countless Skies – from Hertfordshire; Progressive metallers Martyr De Mona; sludge group Victorian Whore Dogs and London based acts: Skarthia and Wretched Toad.
According to the Bloodstock Facebook page one more set of bands is to be announced before the festival doors open on 6 August.
The original is back! EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has returned to the studio to work on the new chapter ofAVANTASIA. The sequel to the successful 2013
album The Mystery Of Time, which charted in 16 countries in Europe, Asia and America, including #2 in Germany, will be called Ghostlights and is scheduled to be released in early 2016. An EP/single is also planned to be released this autumn and in March 2016 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the GHOSTLIGHTS WORLD TOUR.
AVANTASIA’s mastermind Tobias Sammet commented about the album:
“In the past months I’ve spent a lot of time in the studio, an odd recluse in the basement, secretly working obsessively on something that reads and feels and sounds like a new – very strong – chapter in the story of AVANTASIA. I must sayAVANTASIA is a fantastic outlet for creativity, and it’s truly inspiring to create a piece of music for so many great vocalists and instrumentalists.
The new material is very bombastic and dynamic, and even though it’s extremely diverse, every minute of it sounds likeAVANTASIA. I’m really proud of what we’re creating right now. And as if that wasn’t enough: I’m anxiously looking forward to hitting the road again. I didn’t necessarily expect this to happen as in the past it has always been difficult to align the individual schedules of the guest stars, but things have worked out, and we’re ready to make it happen one more time! We’ll put on a big show, we’re gonna play over three hours, and we’ll take the fans to a magical world all its own – to AVANTASIA. The live setlist is going to embrace the entire history of AVANTASIA, from The Metal Opera to Ghostlights and of course everything in between!”
The world tour will kick off in Berlin on March 4th, 2016.
Canadian hyperblasters KATAKLYSM and diabolical death / black metal giants BELPHEGOR, will co-headline an uncompromising raid on North American shores this fall! “We’ve had a very busy year preparing for the world campaign for our new album, Of Ghosts and Gods, that is currently underway in Europe for the festival season,” commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono. “This fall, we will return to the US and Canada with our crazy brothers in BELPHEGOR, to destroy your souls and cities one by one. We hope to see you guys there joining in on the madness!”
Adds BELPHEGOR guitarist/vocalist and mastermind Helmuth Lehner:
“Ave! BELPHEGOR are looking forward to returning to US shores and celebrating our 9th North American raid to promote the latest offering, Conjuring the Dead. Revel in brutal musick and join the pit with us!“ Read the rest of this entry »