PRONG Announce New Covers Album and 2015 Tour Dates!

November 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

European Headline Tour kicks off on April 17, 2015
New Record “Songs From The Black Hole” out March 2015

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Fresh off their US Tour, American Power Trio PRONG finished an album of cover versions, putting their distinct spin on an array of tracks originally recorded by artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Adolescents, The Sisters Of Mercy, Killing Joke, Hüsker Dü and Neil Young.

Tommy Victor: “PRONG is excited to announce 2015 European tour dates in conjunction with our upcoming release “Songs From The Black Hole”. Along with the standards and selected tracks from our newest albums, we will be performing our versions of classic influential masterpieces, as featured on the new record. The tour has us returning to England, remarkably, for four shows after our premier UK festival appearance at Bloodstock. It will also be great to head back to Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria and Holland with a new set and another new PRONG release, “Songs From The Black Hole”!

SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing the album as a special CD and LP edition in Scandinavia on March 25th, in Germany on March 27th, in Europe on March 30th and in the USA on March 31st 2015.

More details will be revealed soon.

PRONG European Tour 2015
17.04. NL-Groningen – Vera
18.04. NL-Sittard – Volt
19.04. B-Kortrijk – De Kreun
21.04. UK-Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
22.04. UK-Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
23.04. UK-London – O2 Islington Academy
24.04. UK-Bristol – O2 Academy
25.04. F-Savigny le Temple – L’Emreinte
26.04. CH-Pratteln – Z7
27.04. A-Graz – PPC
28.04. A-Vienna – Szene
29.04. D-Munich – Feierwerk
30.04. D-Berlin – C-Club
01.05. D-Cologne – Underground
02.05. D-Essen – Turock
03.05. D-Hamburg – Knust
Agency: Seaside Touring
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For More Info Visit:

http://www.prongmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/prongmusic

http://www.spv.de

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QUEENSRŸCHE Launch “Building The Empire” Via Pledgemusic

November 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

A newly revitalized Queensrÿche have partnered with PledgeMusic.com for a new album pre-order campaign entitled Building The Empire. Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton will offer fans various unique experiences to bring them closer to the band than ever before. The band is offering everything from limited edition vinyl and merchandise to the actual instruments played on the upcoming album and a chance to hang with the band in their hometown of Seattle. The album pre-order as well as all of these other items and experiences can be found at www.pledgemusic.com/queensryche.

“For the first time in the history of Queensrÿche, we are doing something we have never done before,” states bassist Eddie Jackson. In conjunction with the PledgeMusic.com pre-order, Queensrÿche has created an opportunity for accredited investors to purchase a stake in Queensrÿche Holdings, LLC. This stake will allow select investors that meet certain financial requirements to share in all of the profits the band makes moving forward. This opportunity is being offered on a limited basis; interested parties should go www.queensrycheofficial.com/investment for more information and to begin the investor accreditation process.

Queensrÿche has recently begun writing music for their new album that is slated for release in Spring 2015. This release marks the band’s second album with Century Media as well as the second album with new vocalist Todd LaTorre. This release will be the follow up to their self-titled 2013 release which debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart landing at #23 and selling 13,659 copies its first week. That album received critical acclaim including Billboard magazine’s review stating: “From the moment Rockenfield’s drums and Wilton and Parker Lundgren’s guitars go on the attack in “Where Dreams Go to Die,” the traditional Queensrÿche sound is back. The hooks are arresting, and the rhythm section packs unmitigated fire power.” Sites such as Metal Underground proclaimed: “The band has brought back much of the direction that made it one of the most revered in progressive/power metal history,” and BraveWords.com exclaims: “This self-titled slab of faith-restoring metal boasts the return of the almighty riff, twin guitar leads, and brazen in-your-face melodies.”

Queensrÿche first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP Queensrÿche. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full-length album “The Warning” in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of “Rage For Order”, Queensrÿche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80’s. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album “Operation: Mindcrime”, which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful “Empire” in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV “viewer’s choice” award for the #1 chart topping hit “Silent Lucidity”. During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold-out audiences. Queensrÿche has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.

Queensrÿche is Todd La Torre (vocals), Michael Wilton (guitars), Parker Lundgren (guitars), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums).

www.queensrycheofficial.com

http://www.facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial

www.pledgemusic.com/queensryche
www.queensrycheofficial.com/investment

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Saint Vitus lead vocalist Wino deported from Norway and the EU

November 14th, 2014
by EvilG

saint vitus logo.jpgSaint Vitus would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigrations officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday November 9th. As of 4 pm yesterday evening (Nov. 11th) we were informed by his Norwegian defense attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported today back to the U.S. with no hope to remain in Scandanavia or anywhere in the EU.

SAINT VITUS WILL CONTINUE THE REMAINING DATES OF THE TOUR!!!

Our sincere apologies to all of our fans, the promoters, booking agents and especially our Norwegian fans and promoter for the cancelled show. We will still deliver the HEAVY sound to all of our friends in Europe and it is our hope that everyone will understand our position to go forward with the remaining dates without Wino. David Chandler and Henry Vasquez along with a few surprise guests will take over vocal duties and this will be a rare opportunity to see Vitus with main songwriter David Chandler vocalizing his tormented tales of pain, heartache and DOOM. We hope to still see all of you on our remaining dates. FUCK THAT WEAK SHIT!!!!

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WAR TORN BLACK METALLERS EASTERN FRONT RAISE MONEY FOR THE POPPY APPEAL THROUGH DOUBLE VINYL RELEASE

November 14th, 2014
by EvilG
WAR TORN BLACK METALLERS EASTERN FRONT RAISE MONEY FOR THE POPPY APPEAL THROUGH DOUBLE VINYL RELEASE

WAR TORN BLACK METALLERS EASTERN FRONT RAISE MONEY FOR THE POPPY APPEAL THROUGH DOUBLE VINYL RELEASE

Known for their affinity with all things WORLD WAR related EASTERN FRONT are no strangers to supporting military related causes.

On the release of their second album for Candlelight Records entitled ‘Descent Into Genocide’ (Read the Metal-Rules 4.5/5 review here) they donated a percentage of profits from the boxset release to the military charity HELP FOR HEROES.

With this limited edition double vinyl, released on Remembrance Day this year, they will be donating £1 from each sale to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada Announce Submission Details and New Cities For 2015 Battles

November 14th, 2014
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Wacken Metal Battle 2015

Over the last two years since 2013, Wacken Metal Battle Canada has seen Canada’s top metal bands battle each other for one to rule them all and perform at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany. Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – video at Wacken) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners -video at Wacken) have had that honour, playing in front of thousands. Now with Wacken Metal Battle Canada’s 2015 submissions set to open on November 20th, 2014 till January 6th, 2015, WMBC is also proud to announce its expansion to Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon and Winnipeg to join Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal as the official battle grounds.

NOVEMBER 20th UPDATE:

More exciting news! Just got news that Victoria is another city added to the battles for 2015 for a total of 10 cities across Canada.

“We’re happy to be expanding again this year again with the addition of Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon. As pillars of the metal community it’s our duty to provide the opportunities of Metal Battle to as many Canadian bands as possible.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.

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Alestorm interview @Sub 89 Reading 23/10/14

November 13th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Alestorm Interview with Dani Evans

Interview by Ashlinn Nash
Photos by Graham Hilling

23rd October 2014

@ Sub 89, Reading

Alestorm

Alestorm

Saying that Alestorm have been a busy band is an understatement, with a new album just out and the Scottish pirate crew are ready to release the Kraken that is their new album “Sunset on the Golden age”.We caught up with Dani Evans, who lends his guitar talents to Alestorm, for a quick chat about the new album, the current tour and plans for the future.
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SABATON Open Air 2015 – more bands announced

November 13th, 2014
by EvilG

sabaton0017 bands are now confirmed for the 2015 festival! They are:

  • Wintersun (FIN)
  • Orphan Gypsy (SWE)
  • Falconer (SWE)
  • Persuader (SWE)
  • Krisiun (BRA)
  • Orden Ogan (GER)
  • Saffire (SWE)

And of course Sabaton. Shortly we will announce more bands.

A few EARLY BIRD tickets is still available at: http://rockstadfalun.se

The festival takes place August 13,14 & 15 2015.

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Coming in 2015 – LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One” featuring Mat Sinner and Russell Allen plus more!

November 12th, 2014
by EvilG

Frontiers Music srl is pleased to announce another impactful release to kick off 2015 with a bang: LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One”, released on January 23rd EU and on January 27th in North America. The album features 12 songs performed in a true Metal style, with a distinctly contemporary edge feat. Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, etc) and Russell Allen (Symphony X) plus an all star metal line-up incl. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween, etc.) & Alexander Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Silent Force) on lead guitars, Randy Black (ex-Annihilator, ex-Primal Fear, etc) on drums & Alessandro Del Vecchio on keyboards. Song samples are available below.

Coming in 2015 - LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One” featuring Mat Sinner and Russell Allen plus more!

Coming in 2015 – LEVEL 10’s debut album, “Chapter One” featuring Mat Sinner and Russell Allen plus more!

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Satan’s Fall Tour 2014, San Francisco – Oct 25, 2014.

November 11th, 2014
by Monika Deviat

Satan’s Fall Tour 2014

with Slough Feg, Magic Circle and Space Vacation

October 25, 2014

Elbo Room, San Francisco

Photos and Review by Monika Deviat

Satan © Monika Deviat

Satan © Monika Deviat

Satan’s Fall 2014 tour only had one exclusive Canadian data in Toronto. So in order to the see the band and have a vacation in an interesting city, I travelled to San Francisco, arriving on October 25, 2014, the same day Satan was playing in the Bay area. It was Satan’s first time in the west coast city and tickets to the show at the Elbo Room put on by Lucifer’s Hammer had sold fast. It was a cool experience to see the legendary NWOBHM band in a venue that has so much history in the punk and metal scene of San Francisco.

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Interview with Nick Layton of Firewolfe

November 11th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Nick Layton of Firewolfe

by JP

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Arch Enemy Calgary Nov 3, 2014

November 10th, 2014
by Monika Deviat

Arch Enemy

North American Tour 2014

with Kreator and Huntress

October 4, 2014

Review by JP Wood

Photos by Monika Deviat

Arch Enemy © Monika Deviat

Arch Enemy © Monika Deviat

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BLACK TUSK BASSIST PASSES AWAY FOLLOWING SERIOUS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

November 9th, 2014
by EvilG
Black Tusk

Black Tusk

Savannah, Georgia’s Black Tusk have issued the following statement regarding the passing of bassist Jonathan Athon who was involved in a serious motorcycle accident with his girlfriend Emily on Friday night (November 7th):

“It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.”

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Metal United Down Under

November 9th, 2014
by EvilG

The numbers already look impressive: 91 bands announced, 13 cities in 7 states & territories and it’s all 1 show – 1 single show under 1 banner in 1 night all over Australia.

This is the first time in Australian metal history that promoters, venues and bands get together for METAL UNITED DOWN UNDER. Capital, medium and smaller cities host this huge event, some as all day festivals, some as evening only shows. Underground metal bands from all over the country play in their city or travel to another Metal United Down Under show as part of their tour. Metal United Down Under connects all of them.

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Australian band Claim The Throne Announces Canada/USA tour for Jan 2015

November 9th, 2014
by EvilG
PRIME CUTS MUSIC, MAPLE METAL RECORDS & CLAIM THE THRONE PRESENT CLAIM THE THRONE (AUSTRALIA) & PRIMALFROST (CANADA) ON THE ‘FORGED IN FROST’ USA & CANADA TOUR 2015

PRIME CUTS MUSIC, MAPLE METAL RECORDS & CLAIM THE THRONE PRESENT CLAIM THE THRONE (AUSTRALIA) & PRIMALFROST (CANADA) ON THE ‘FORGED IN FROST’ USA & CANADA TOUR 2015

Ruthlessly tearing the boundaries of folk metal in the heaviest of ways, Australian warriors CLAIM THE THRONE are ready to hit US & Canadian soil for the first time! The band’s latest album FORGED IN FLAME has received triumphant reviews worldwide and has seen them raid stages through Australia, New Zealand, UK and Asia. 

Toronto’s PRIMALFROST are fast becoming one of the most promising bands on the Canadian metal circuit. Fronted by the driving force of Dean Arnold they further bring a blackened melodic death approach to folk metal, and will be performing in Montreal, Rochester and Burlington on the back of 2014’s massively epic PROSPEROUS VISIONS album.

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Skid Row @ The Underworld, Camden

November 9th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Skid Row

@ The Underworld, Camden
28th October 2014

Review by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Inty Malcolm

 

Skid Row

Skid Row

For a band with such a long history that have retained strong popularity 30 years on, it seems strange that Skid Row would be booked to play a venue as small as the London Underworld that evening. Any fan hoping to purchase a ticket on the door would have been severely disappointed with the gig long sold out. Perhaps it was the reputation of the first band, or maybe everyone was out to party that night as walking into the Underworld I was greeted to a packed out room, a rare sight on a school night.
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