SAXON: “Unplugged and Strung Up” Debuts at #52

December 6th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

SAXON: “Unplugged and Strung Up” Debuts at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart + New Music Video for “Frozen Rainbow” Released
 
“Unplugged and Strung Up” – New Album of Alternative Takes on Classic Favorites is in Stores Now via UDR Music

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British heavy metal legends SAXON are pleased to announce that their new album, Unplugged and Strung Up, debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as #89 on the Top Rock chart! If that wasn’t enough, the band also has a new music video available for viewing now. The music video showcases the beautiful new rendition of ‘Frozen Rainbow’. Take a look here: http://youtu.be/4CJwkDjtzKM

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Canadian Power Metallers SCYTHIA Unleash New Medieval-Themed Music Video for “Bear Claw Tavern”

December 6th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

Wizards, Dwarves, and Ruffians – Huzzah! Canadian Power Metallers SCYTHIA Unleash New Medieval-Themed Music Video for “Bear Claw Tavern” Today via Guitar World

New Album ‘…Of Conquest’ – Boasts Impressive Production Credits from the likes of Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot), Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God, Fear Factory), and More!

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Do you fancy yourself a jolly good time with a mischievous dwarf? Perhaps whilst downing a few cold brews with some fun-loving medieval ruffians? Throw in some powerful, folk-driven heavy metal to make the experience even better, and you’ve transported yourself to a mystical world by way of SCYTHIA’s new music video for ‘Bear Claw Tavern’! Watch the video now, viewable exclusively today via Guitar World. Watch it here.

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ANETTE OLZON: Former Nightwish Frontwoman To Release First Solo Album Next Year Via Armoury Records

December 6th, 2013
by EvilG

It is with great pleasure that Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, welcomes ANETTE OLZON to their expanding roster of powerful frontwomen.

Best known for her time fronting symphonic metal brigade Nightwish for five years before fleeing the band in 2012, the Swedish born songstress has established herself as a true apex among female rock singers globally and will continue the trend with her forthcoming solo release entitled Shine. Produced by Stefan Örn and Johan Glössner, co-produced by OLZON alongside Johan Kronlund and mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette), Shine is a logical next step in OLZON‘s flourishing musical journey. 

“I am so thrilled to finally release my first solo album,” comments OLZON. “I’ve been working on it for a long time. The album is very personal with songs I’ve been writing since 2009 but there are also very recent songs. The overall message of the album is that life can be really dark and filled with hardship and sadness, but you can always choose to see some light coming through, to make you stronger and full of life, making you shine… no matter what.”

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VOIVOD release Kluskap O’Kom Video 7″ single and BEER

December 6th, 2013
by EvilG
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Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD recently released a video for the song, “Kluskap O’Kom”. The video was directed by Syl Disjonk, known for his short horror film, Ethereal Chrysalis. The director of photography was JP Bernier (Despised Icon). The video originally premiered at Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror FilmFestival in October in Austin, TX and can be viewed here…

Kluskap O’Kom (Official Video):  http://youtu.be/SyvR6kOy5p4

When asked about the meaning of Kluskap O’Kom, vocalist Denis “Snake ” Bélanger had this to say:

Sometimes described as a giant coming out of the woods, sometimes a monster in a lake or sometimes a powerful being that came from the sky, Kluskap is the name for this strange character and O’Kom is the place where he lives. Kluskap is inspired by a legend from a Canadian native tribe called the Micmacs. He once came to earth to kill all the Dinosaurs in order to help the humans to take over the planet. One day Kluskap will come back with another mission to the humans. There are many similarities between the Kluskap story and other legends from tribes all around the globe; stories told of encounters with beings from other worlds. This one is very unique I thought. So here it is; Hear the thunder, it is me, coming back!!!! KlusKap O’Kom!

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BEHEMOTH release “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” video; “The Satanist” now available for pre-order

December 5th, 2013
by EvilG

BEHEMOTH’s long-awaited new album, “The Satanist,” is now available for pre-order. Pre-order bundles, include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at metalblade.com/behemoth in North America, nuclearblast.de/behemoth in Europe, and on behemoth-store.com ( digibook and box). “The Satanist” will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” has been released on iTunes and can be purchased HERE.

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UNDER THE BLACK SUN 2014: INQUISITION and two more bands confirmed

December 5th, 2013
by EvilG

Three new bands confirmed for next year’s UNDER THE BLACK SUN.

INQUISITION
There aren’t many words needed to introduce the infernal duo. Dagon and Incubus once again drew upon their status in the Black Metal scene with their sixth full-length album “Obscure Verses for the Multiverse”. And the band’s excellent live-shows aren’t a secret either. We are really happy to announce that INQUISITION will visit the UNDER THE BLACK SUN 2014!

SO MUCH FOR NOTHING
SO MUCH FOR NOTHING released their first sign of life in form of the split-EP with ANGST SKVADRON “III (Instruments) / Sublife Warranty” in 2011. The impressive mixture of Black Metal, Depressive Rock and Psychedelic, which the duo Erik Unsgaard (SARKOM) and Uruz (URGEHAL, and others) plays, achieved the attention of an exquisite listenership. SO MUCH FOR NOTHING have further outlined their qualities on the debut album “Livsgnist” in 2012. We are really glad to welcome the two Norwegians at the UNDER THE BLACK SUN 2014. Don’t miss them!

EREBUS ENTHRONED
The Australian have to face a long journey but it shall be worth it. The band from Sydney has left their first marks in the scene in 2011 with their first full-length album “Night’s Black Angel”. On the menu: Traditional Black Metal at its best! Next week the band will release new material via Pagan Records in form of the 10″ MLP “Accession of Fire” together with BLAZE OF PERDITION. EREBUS ENTHRONED will play their first show in Germany ever at UNDER THE BLACK SUN 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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MIRACLE MASTER signs with Rock’N’Growl Management

December 5th, 2013
by EvilG

German/Danish HardRockers MIRACLE MASTER signed a worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK’N’GROWL Management. The new band featuring Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band) on vocals, was formed out of the ashes of PUMP.

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GRAND MAGUS: New Song/Lyric Video Posted

December 5th, 2013
by EvilG

Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS, in cooperation with Decibel Magazine, have posted the title-track to their new album with an accompanying lyric video here http://goo.gl/DEm9yq . The track comes from their upcoming seventh studio album Triumph and Power, which is set to be released on January 31 (Europe), February 3 (UK) and February 4, 2014 (N. America) via Nuclear Blast.

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HAMMERFALL – THE TEMPLARS RETURN IN FORCE IN 2014

December 5th, 2013
by EvilG



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Two years ago Swedish Heavy Metal Templars HAMMERFALL announced a creative break after celebrating their 15th anniversary of their legendary debut ‘Glory To The Brave’. At the time Oscar Dronjak commented: “We are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us” Singer Joacim Cans added: “The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014″ HAMMERFALL’s anniversary show in Dalhalla was recorded and released afterwards on DVD, followed by the final show at the Wacken Open Air. The German festival was the first show HAMMERFALL ever did outside of Sweden, and marked the beginning of the long and passionate relationship the band has enjoyed with the German metal fans. After the story started and the first chapter ended, there will also be the return: HAMMERFALL are proud to announce their performance at the 25th anniversary of the 2014 Wacken Open Air. This show won’t be a standard one! Oscar Dronjak explains: “It’s very fitting that, when Wacken celebrates its 25th anniversary, they will get a proper “Glory To The Brave” anniversary show. This will be a throwback show to the European gig that launched it all for us: Wacken Open Air 1997. The set list will consist of all the songs from the first album and we’ll of course add some newer songs at the end. We will do this very unique show at Wacken and nowhere else, so if you miss it, you missed it.”

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Saffire – bandleader/guitar player Victor Olsson

December 5th, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

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Bandleader/guitar player Victor Olsson – Saffire

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ANNIHILATOR – Live at Club Nosturi, Helsinki, November 6th, 2013

December 4th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala
Annihilator

November 6th, 2013

CLUB NOSTURI, HELSINKI

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band that was formed in 1984 by guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters. The band has sold over two million albums worldwide. Their debut album, ALICE IN HELL, is considered to be one of true classics of the thrash metal genre and Waters’ “extraordinary guitar playing skills” are widely recognized. Since formation, Annihilator has released thirteen studio albums and gone through many line-up changes. The band now consists of two official members, with Waters and rhythm guitarist/vocalist Dave Padden, who joined band ranks in 2003. The line-up is now completed with touring bassist Alberto Campuzano and drummer Mike Harshaw who also performed on the band’s latest album FEAST. Annihilator has enjoyed a strong upswing in Europe during the last few years. FEAST is their best-selling album since the late 80’s glory days and Annihilator concerts have been mainly sold out. Tonight’s show in Helsinki made no exception when over 600 metalheads find their way to witness Canadian’s finest performing in Club Nosturi. Welcome to the show!

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Annihilator with support The Generals on Feast On Europe Tour 2013, Scandinavian leg Pumpehuset Copenhagen,Denmark

December 4th, 2013
by Anders Sandvall

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Annihilator

Feast On Europe Tour 2013, Scandinavian leg
The Generals – support act

Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 1, 2013
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Audio Fidelity To Release Classic SCORPIONS And ALICE COOPER In January

December 4th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

Audio Fidelity set to release Classic albums from the Scorpions and Alice Cooper in January on Hybrid SACD.

TWO HYBRID SACDS THAT WILL ROCK AND SHAKE THE NEW YEAR!
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GRAVEBORNE “Through the Window of the Night” Release Details

December 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
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GRAVEBORNE “Through the Window of the Night”

Today, Australian black metal stronghold SEANCE RECORDS announces January 20th, 2014 as the international release date for GRAVEBORNE’s Through the Window of the Night. The Finnish horde’s second album, Through the Window of the Night displays GRAVEBORNE as a black metal Leviathan rising from the darkness to reduce divinity to ashes and unleash pure evil in the form of nine deadly psalms to Satan: ferocious and uncompromising black metal in pure ’90s style that will shake the heavenly spheres, joining destructive melody with unrelenting heaviness. Beware this ungodly wrath in the vein of early Immortal, Marduk, Dark Funeral, and Dawn, which features a collaboration with K-2T4-S of ..And Oceans. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alice Cooper drummer GLEN SOBEL interviewed by Metal Rules; Las Vegas jam footage posted

December 3rd, 2013
by EvilG
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Glen Sobel

Marko Syrjala of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with ALICE COOPER sticksman Glen Sobel (IMPELLITTERI, ORIANTHI, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, PAUL GILBERT). In the interview, Sobel discusses how he came to tour and record with the legendary shock rocker, working with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, JANE’S ADDICTION), and the many other records and bands he has been a part of over the years. The Q&A is posted at this location http://www.metal-rules.com/metalnews/2013/11/24/glen-sobel/

Sobel finished drum tracks for the forthcoming Alice Cooper covers record in August. Due out in 2014, the collection of classic tunes will feature a variety of special guests. Alice Cooper and band have just wrapped up the 2013 “Raise The Dead” tour with several dates on the West Coast, with the final show taking place at Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas on November 27. Afterwards, Sobel, along with Cooper band mates Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, and Tommy Henriksen, joined local all-stars SIN CITY SINNERS at The Lounge at the Palms to perform several songs, including “20th Century Boy” by T-REX and “Sedated” by THE RAMONES, among others. Video of the jam can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQkLhFdnGcs

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