It’s Damnation Festival. The 11th one! This was only the second time I attended, but the greatness of Damnation Festival and the wonderful maze of Leeds Uni Student’s Union building was definitely one of motivations for me to move up North, and as expected it did not disappoint in any aspect. Damnation continues to be one of the greatest metal events that happen in the North. My thanks go to everyone who was involved in the organisation and made it a great memory for many people!
+ Joined by TED NUGENT Bassist GREG SMITH Featuring Original Members of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
*A Theatrical Holiday Rock Event for the Entire Family* Hear Original Tunes and TSO Favorites!
Buy Tickets Here Hard Copies of New Album The Magic of Winter Available Now Digital Available Tomorrow, November 20th via iTunes
Yuletide rock opera ensemble The WIZARDS OF WINTER are kicking off their “An Evening with Wizards of Winter” holiday music experience today in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The tour will hit 21 U.S. cities, coming to a close on December 29th in Harrisburg, PA. This nightly two-and-a-half hour show is theatrical fun for the entire family!
IN RUIN OUT JANUARY 8, 2016 IN NORTH AMERICA
VIA THE END RECORDS
Photo Credit: Brittany Deck / BKHphoto
Toronto, Canada-based metal trio CAULDRONhave just premiered their new music video ‘No Return / In Ruin‘. The single is featured on their long-awaited fourth studio album, In Ruin, out January 8, 2016 via The End Records (out January 29 in Europe via High Roller Records).
“The definitive account of extreme metal’s origins.” – Noisey
“If you are a fan of death metal and grindcore, you need this book in your life!”
Looking to deck the halls with Death Metal and Grindcore this holiday season? If so you need to pick up a copy of the fully redesigned version ofChoosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore. Written by Decibel Magazine Editor in chief Albert Mudrian. The book is available for purchase HERE.
Rock City, Narita, Fire Down Under, Restless Breed, Born in America…
These are the pioneering, superlative heavy metal records that represent the classic first decade of Brooklyn’s Riot’s, before the band would break up, eventually storming back with Thundersteel and The Privilege of Power, existing to this day as Riot V after the shocking death from Crohn’s disease of guitarist and leader Mark Reale.
As GWAR continue their global domination on their 30th Anniversary tour, the intergalactic warlords have announced a special show for New Year’s Eve! “Midnight in the GWARden of New Year’s Evil” will take place December 31st at the National in GWAR’s adopted home of Richmond, Virginia. The event is presented by Night Prowler Productions and XL102.
This unprecedented celebration is a must attend for all Bohabs as GWAR is set to ring in the New Year with a special one of a kind performance. Special guests and exclusive events for the evening will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM Eastern HERE.
RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES FIRST-EVER PROFESSIONALLY-FILMED DVD SHOWCASING VIRTUOSITY FROM AKASAKA BLITZ IN TOKYO, ‘RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE’ OUT NOW VIA AMAZON AND CD BABY
For fans of guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN, their wish for a professionally-filmed look at his intricate guitar and genre-spanning song stylings has finally come true in the form of his new DVD, RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE, which was released October 13 via his Headroom-Inc label.
Anvil is Anvil!A self-confident statement. A band philosophy. And what’s more: a life motto. Anvil is Anvil, that’s the title of their latest album. And the name says it all: an unambiguous, uncompromising recording, typical of this band. At the same time it’s fresh, occasionally surprising and generally exciting through and through. A stalwart metal manifesto by a band who stand for authenticity and credibility like few others in this fast-lived business.“We’re sometimes criticized for never changing,” guitarist and vocalist Lips explains. “But why should we change something we’re renowned for? Isn’t it much more important to stay faithful to yourself? To do what you do best? The idea behind our latest album is: we are what we are, and that’s how it’s going to stay!” For all Anvil fans, this is the best news of the year. And the all-important date for 2016 has already been scheduled: Anvil is Anvil will be released by Steamhammer/SPV on February 26, 2016. So be sure to mark the day in your diary!
The Finnish thrashers Lost Society got thrown into the larger attention after winning the Global Battle Of The Bands and inked a deal with the prestigious Nuclear Blast. The four young thrash maniacs took the metal world by storm with the intensive fast and furious speed/thrash maelstrom, but with the obvious sense of humour. The debut album titile FAST LOUD DEATH got the overwhelming respond and with the second opus TERROR HUNGRY gained more and more attention from the metal world.
Lamb Of God have cancelled the remaining dates on the European tour. Children Of Bodom has issued the following statement.
“Lamb of God has chosen to leave the tour due to security concerns in Europe. Our team has been working very hard to make all of the remaining shows happen. We want to continue on the road and play the rest of the tour. Here is what we know so far.
Unfortunately the promoter has decided to move forward and cancel tonight’s show in Oberhausen, Germany, and the additional shows in Germany.
At this time, the remaining schedule will move forward as this
22 Nov – Pratteln- Z7 Konzertfabrik
23 Nov – Lausanne- Les Docks
24 Nov – Milan- Alcatraz
26 Nov – TBD
29 Nov Brussels- Ancienne Belgique
01 Dec – Copenhagen- Amager Bio
03 Dec – Helsinki- Old Ice Hall
05 Dec Stockholm – Klubben
06 Dec Oslo – Rockefeller Music Hall
09 Dec- Tampere- Tähtiareena
10 Dec- Seinajoki- Rytmikorjaamo
11 Dec- Jyvaskyla- PAVILJONKI
12 Dec- Oulu- SuperPark Areena”
England’s Gentlemans Pistols have maintained a steady, if somewhat low-key – and apostrophe-free – presence over much of their dozen years together. Led by frontman/guitarist/founder/lone original member James Atkinson, they have released three albums – the latest of which, Hustler’s Row, arrived in mid-October – and toured mostly around their home country and mainland Europe, with a few gigs in Japan.
With Hustler’s Row, however, the band stand to make something of a bigger splash. For one thing, after two albums on the modestly underground Rise Above Records, the Pistols have signed with Nuclear Blast for the new record. For another, since 2009 the band’s ranks have included guitarist Bill Steer, whose other band – and fellow Nuclear Blasters – Carcass have experienced a remarkable resurgence in the wake of their 2012 comeback album Surgical Steel, raising the Pistols profile – even if slightly – by osmosis.
And Hustler’s is just an all-around more likable album than the previous releases, full of bouncy rhythms from drummer Stuart Dobbins and new bassist Robert Threapleton, fetching harmonies and hooks, and fantastic guitar teamwork from Steer and Atkinson. Its retro vibe channels everyone from Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple to The Sweet and Traffic, with just a hint of old Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, without ever sounding like mere idol worship.
Via Skype from the band’s home base of Leeds, Atkinson offered the following about the new album and the label situation, the evolution of Steer’s involvement with the band and its impact on their sound, and his hopes for the road ahead as the Pistols look to strike while the iron is comparatively hot.
Edmonton, AB metallers STRIKER are ready to set out on a new adventure with their forthcoming album ‘Stand In The Fire’ being released via their own Record Breaking Records label on February 5, 2016 and before it drops, the band has teamed with Bravewords.com for the Canadian premiere of their new track ‘Too Late’. Hear it below.
Brazilian singer and composer Edu Falaschi (Almah, ex-Angra) has confirmed his participation in the all-metal-stars Vivaldi Metal Project which already involves more than 70 musicians from such bands as Yes, Helloween, Stratovarius, Rhapsody of Fire, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Ring of Fire, Royal Hunt, Avantasia, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Symphony X among others. The metal version of the legendary classic masterpiece “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi is set to be released in the first half of 2016 worldwide.
The international Vivaldi Metal Project was launched at the end of 2013 by keyboardist, composer and producer Mistheria (solo artist who also worked with such top artists as Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, Roy Z, etc.) together with co-producer, bassist Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, TwinSpirits). Right now it’s available for pre-order via crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic as mp3 or CD with various exclusive options: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/vivaldi-metal/exclusives