AT THE GATES – Announce new guitarist; Studio album update; First live-shows for 2018!

September 11th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Swedish melodic Death Metal pioneers AT THE GATES are in the final stages of preparation for their upcoming new album, following up 2014’s acclaimed comeback release, “At War With Reality”.

After the departure announcement of founding guitarist Anders Björler in March, the group is now not only ready to give a comprehensive update on the new album’s status, but they can also announce the newest addition to their line-up ranks…

AT THE GATES are back!

“We have finally decided on a new guitar player, and we are ready to rip again! Actually he was our first choice, and we are happy to have him on board. Jonas Stålhammar has been a friend since the late eighties (Tomas used to tape trade with him back then!), and our paths have crossed many times during our careers.

We were looking for someone who had the same reference points as we do, someone from the same path, so to say, who understand the greatness of both Autopsy and King Crimson. Of course it was essential that our new member could fill the shoes of Anders’ performance-wise as well, but that was never an issue with Jonas. We were looking for someone with a deep understanding of what AT THE GATES are about, someone who could contribute creatively to the band.

Jonas Stålhammar will be a full member from day one, and will play on the upcoming full length album, scheduled for recording in November 2017 – January 2018.

We currently have 11 songs ready for said album, and are more inspired than perhaps ever before. You can expect a full-on AT THE GATES record with all the classic elements of the band. It is by far the most comprehensive album of the band to date, and will span all the way across the different elements of the band’s sound.

We are super-excited for 2018. It will be a good year for AT THE GATES, and our fans, for sure.”

Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
Jonas Björler – Bass
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Jonas Stålhammar – Guitar
Martin Larsson – Guitar

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Doro Pesch, The Voice Of WARLOCK, Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Legendary Triumph And Agony Full-Length; Special US Live Dates Featuring Guitarist Tommy Bolan Begin

September 9th, 2017
by EvilG
Doro Pesch, The Voice Of WARLOCK, Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Legendary Triumph And Agony Full-Length; Special US Live Dates Featuring Guitarist Tommy Bolan

Doro Pesch, The Voice Of WARLOCK, Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Legendary Triumph And Agony Full-Length; Special US Live Dates Featuring Guitarist Tommy Bolan

Released in 1987, Triumph And Agony is the fourth studio album from German heavy metal titansWARLOCK. The record was a mammoth success globally with hit singles and MTV’s Headbangers Ball favorites “All We Are” and “Für Immer” among other now-pinnacle anthems like “East Meets West,” “Metal Tango,” “I Rule The Ruins,” and “Touch Of Evil.” Triumph And Agony stands among heavy metal’s true cult classics.

Wrote Decibel Magazine of the zenith offering, “Triumph And Agony contains one glorious anthem after another for the duration of its (too short) forty-minute run time. ‘All We Are’ is the big fist-pumper, their ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ or ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.’ ‘Three Minute Warning’ absolutely scorches, something Accept would have been proud to write. ‘I Rule The Ruins’ lays waste to everything and THEN rules it. ‘Kiss Of Death’ provides the requisite tragic vampire soliloquy, and ‘Make Time For Love’ provides the requisite drama ballad. ‘East Meets West’ taps some serious spine with its love letter to the Land Of The Rising Sun, while ‘Metal Tango’ may be the only, well, metal tango. And then there’s ‘Touch Of Evil,’ which ends with one of the most astonishing vulgar displays of screeching ever recorded.”

And three decades later, the record has lost none of its charm. In honor of its 30th anniversary,WARLOCK vocalist Doro Pesch will perform the fist-raising full-length in its entirety. Joined by original Triumph And Agony guitarist Tommy Bolan alongside bassist Nick Douglas, drummer Johnny Dee, guitarist Bas Maas and guitarist/keyboardist Luca Princiotta, Pesch will hit Worcester TONIGHT followed by performances in New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

“Triumph And Agony was our breakthrough album in America,” issues Pesch, “and it’s still one of my absolute favorites! I’m so excited to play some of these songs for the first time and I’m so much looking forward to play with Tommy again. I’m sure it’s gonna sound great and we’ll put on a killer show.”

Doro Pesch, The Voice Of WARLOCK:
9/08/2017 Palladium – Worcester, MA [tickets]
9/10/2017 BB King’s – New York, NY [tickets]
9/12/2017 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI [tickets]
9/14/2017 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL [tickets]
9/16/2017 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]


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Spectacularly Majestic! Heavy Metal Collectors: An interview series. Part 2. Michael Pythoud

September 8th, 2017
by J P

Spectacularly Majestic!
Heavy Metal Collectors: An interview series.  Part 2

Michael Pythoud

by JP
(Photos courtesy of Michael Pythoud)


Inspiration can come from a number of unique sources.  The concept behind this interview series was developed over time but recently crystallized in my mind.   As the owner of a large library I’ve often pondered about the nature of collecting Heavy Metal music (Cassettes, vinyl, CD’s, memorabilia etc)  and how and why people accumulate Metal ‘stuff’.   Earlier this year (2017) Martin Popoff wrote a book called METAL COLLECTORS  which I read, thoroughly enjoyed and reviewed.  It occurred to me that there are lots of people out there with pretty massive Metal collections so I decided I wanted to chat to some of them and interview them for the site.

My concept is to, over time ask people with some pretty impressive, monster collections the same series of questions.  I’m basically stealing that idea of METAL COLLECTORS  (Sorry Martin!) and expanding into an interview series.   Lastly, the name for this series was spawned by a gentleman by the name of Ray Wawrzyniak.  He appeared in the recent Rush documentary  TIME STAND STILL.  Ray is a Rush superfan and in one particularly charming scene in the film, the  genial and friendly (but clearly obsessed) Ray shows off one piece of his Rush collection and refers to it with barely hidden glee as ‘Spectacularly Majestic’.   It was in fact ‘just’ an old piece of paper, (a Rush ad from a magazine from 1979)  but that phrase alone and his enthusiasm I feel embodies the spirit of Metal collecting, because I suspect that many Metal collectors have those same moments.    Check out the 1:30 minute mark of the video below.

If you, or know someone you know, has a monster Metal collection (in the 1000+ range) please feel free to get them in touch with me!


Michael Pythoud

Tell us how you started collecting Metal!  When did you start?  

I started listening to metal in the early 80’s with the album Dynasty by Kiss and Back In Black byAC/DC (my first purchase was the album Powerslave of Iron Maiden in 1984.), but the desire to make a collection started late 80’s when I realized the number of bands I enjoyed and all the different styles that flowed from it.

How big is your collection?

My collection currently has 3350 cd’s, 215 dvd’s, 297 box’s and 220 vinyl’s. I also have a few vhs, cassettes and others. For a few years, I have privileged the boxes limited to cd’s and others, because I find them more attractive for eyes..

Can you give us a break down?  (Vinyl, vs. Cassette, vs. CD vs. digital)

As for the vinyls, it is quite simple: from an aesthetic point of view and sound, it goes far beyond the cassette, but for the practical side, (the period of the walkmans), the cassette in all its place on the practical side of the thing. The fight between cd’s and Mp3 is a bit the same. And for Mp3 there is also the fact that not everything is on physical support.

How do you count your collection?  For example.  If you have say for example, multiple copies of KISS-Destroyer on the following media; Vinyl, 8-Track, Cassette, CD, and digital format do you count that as five items or just 1 item?

Although not having many albums on various formats, (except if I find a previously purchased album in a box I just acquired). I have for example the album Best Of The Beast by Iron Maiden on the following formats: CD, Vinyl Box and MiniDisc, in this case I count three pieces. I also have the album of King Diamond The Graveyard in cd (Jewel case) and in cd digipack, so I count equally two pieces. But in general, I do not buy the same album in different formats.

When you collect certain bands, do you buy all of their stuff such as Live albums, EP’s, Compilations, box-sets etc? 

For example, I started with the group Iron Maiden (again? Haha), to buy almost everything, which came out within the limits of my finances. But as I said before, being a fan of Metal in general and a lot of bands, I quickly stopped because I no longer had the financial means for other bands. Of course, if I were a millionaire, it would be a whole different story.

How do you organize your collection if at all;  by genre, Chronologically? Alphabetically?

I organize my collection alphabetically, because as Chuck Schuldiner said, genres are made only for people to get to buy or not what is stamped in their style of predilection. And if I were to classify the bands by genre I would be well bet with some of them. For example: how to classify a group like Paradise Lost? I have to put the albums Lost Paradise, Gothic, Shades Of Gods, etc … in the Death Metal category and after putting albums like Host and Symbol Of Life in the New Wave? It does not make sense to me. Finally, as I like almost all Metal styles I do not differentiate between Wings Of Tomorrow of Europe and Tomb Of The Mutilated of Cannibal Corpse because they are two Metal albums for me, (of course in a very different style , but of Metal).

Do you insure your collection?

Yes, but I assured it a lot more when I lived in an apartment more likely to burn, than now that I live in an armed concrete building.

How do you store your collection? 

 At home, in the living room, I am lucky to have a comprehensive family and I do not think I can store my collection other than at home, I would never be quiet and would not sleep on my two ears.

What is your preferred genre(s)?  Do you have a genre break down of your collection?   For example  15% Death Metal,  25% Black Metal etc? 

I admit that I have never counted my albums or bands by genre, so I do not know the different percentages of my collection, but I think at nose view I have at least 40% of Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Glam etc, 50% Thrash, Death and Black Metal and 10% of bands like Pain, Rammstein, Deathstars etc … My favorite style is a very difficult question. I think it depends on the time of the year. When I started listening to Metal, I was listening to a lot of Heavy Metal. But at that time the most brutal bands like Deicide were not many. For example, the first time I heard a Death Metal album, it was Unleashed’s Where No Life Dwell album, and I did not like this first-listen style. I think that if I had been listening to a Rammstein album when I was fifteen, I would have found that completely ridiculous. Finally, I think that the appreciation of the genres comes also from the time when they are discovered and listened to.

Do you sell and trade or strictly buy?

Never. finally … not today. When I was younger, I sold or traded some items but now I bite my fingers for that. The worst memories related to this and when I exchanged my disc picture of Celtic Frost, Morbid Tales when I was fifteen. Since I have not found it, (at least at a correct price).

What is your preferred format?

Definitely the CD because it is the format that degrades the least over the years. I love the vinyls and CD digipack for their beauty, but they degrade much faster than a cd. After I heard this story with the rotten Cd’s of the 80’s, but personally I have never encountered this problem.

How do your track your collection?  Do you use a spreadsheet or one of the on-line services or even a hand-written list?

I started an Excel list a decade ago. Later, I also started a website that is still today, updated regularly, ( I also have a detailed list on

(Ed. Check this site out. It is amazing!) 


What is your most valuable piece? (not in terms of sentimental value, but in actual terms of resale value on the open market. ie. Goldmine etc. )

For the moment the piece that would be sold the most expensive will be the box of Iron Maiden Eddie’s Head, (almost 700 chf francs). But I had already paid 250 chf when it came out.

What is your rarest item in your collection? 

Probably the CD of MERCILESS The Awakening released at Deathlike Silence Productions in 1990, but I have others like the album of Mandator Perfect Progeny or the first album of the Swiss band Apocalypse released at Out Of Tunes.

What is the most you have paid for an item? 

It was for the Motorhead box, The Complete Early Years Box that cost me more than 350 chf, but if I had known at the time that even Lemmy was against the release of this box, I do not know if I would have paid so much for this.

Do you collect other non-music Metal memorabilia such as books, DVD’s, T-shirts, stickers, hot sauces, wine/beer etc. 

Yes I have a few bottles of wine / beers, books, flags, action figures, bubble heads, tour book, pins, patch and many more. For the t-shirts …. I do not count them in my collection except for a piece signed by Nicko McBrain (a t-shirt of the bowl of gold of France in 1991). To finish, yes I buy some of these articles when I can afford it but they will always go after the albums and other boxes.

What is the one item you have been searching for that you cannot seem to find? 

In the vinyls there is the French version of Virgin Killer of Scorpions and the famous Soundhouse Tape of Iron Maiden. In CD’s, the first albums of 220 Volt and in boxes the First Ten Years of Iron Maiden. so I found them all but at crazy prices so I’m still looking.

Why do you collect Metal music?

Because is this kind that has always accompanied me in life since I was young and that I have always been a fan of music in its own right. I remember the first time I saw a Iron Maiden patch on a jacket, I immediately fell in love with imagery and it was then, without knowing the music I looked for to know this kind that has not let me go since all this time. As the Powerwolf say, Metal is my religion.

In a morbid and Metal question,  what do you plan to do with your collection when you die?  

I do not like thinking too much about it, I think if you think about it too much, you do not do anything. I hope that my children will benefit from it to keep the collection as long as possible. But my children are still young and they do not necessarily have the same taste as me for music yet. but I am confident for the rest.

Final thoughts?  Feel free to use this space to share any unique or interesting items about you and your collection and/or share ideas and advice for your fellow collectors. 

Music is one of the most important things in the world for me, be it in any kind of music. I’ve been a fan of Metal for over thirty years, but I have also listened to other bands / styles that I still listen to today, such as old rock n roll, some punk bands and some new wave stuff or goth. Listening to one style or another does not make it any more idiotic or intelligent than another, but the metalheads have this faithfulness that is not found in any other style of music and if there is indeed a kind of music that can save the cd and other physical format, it’s ours. Also because if there are many music fans who do not just listen to the music as they eat and shit after, it is these same metalheads who buy what they like. Long live the Metal.

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Dead By Wednesday – Opus

September 7th, 2017
by Robert Williams

Interview with Opus

Conducted by Robert Williams

Dead By Wednesday has been touring North America alongside NWOBHM legends Raven in a bill they’ve described as “old school meets new school”. The four piece have been touring in support of their new album Ellefson Music Productions debut “Darkest of Angels” an album chock full of guest vocal appearances including John Arch of Fates Warning and Erik AK of Flotsam and Jetsam to name a few. We recently checked in with drummer Opus who took time out of his busy touring schedule to fill us in on life from the road…

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DEMOLITION HAMMER : Steve Reynold, James Reilly, Derek Sykes, Angel Cotte

September 7th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen



Demolition Hammer, hailing from New York, released two demos of extreme furious thrash metal and got a lot of attention in the underground in the late 80’s. The four piece continued their brutal thrash delivery on the two albums released by Century Media. The band then went through some changes and finally released a third album (not listed as a real DH album) and called it quits. While resting on laurels, and gathering the dust for about 25 years, the band’s cult status just kept growing. Within these years the return of Demolition Hammer has been waited anxiously. sat down with the whole band and talked about the past, the present, and the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vile Records Open Air Fest III, Sanborn, NY, August 19, 2017

September 7th, 2017
by Infamous Butcher

Vile Records Open Air Fest III

Sanborn, NY

August 19, 2017

Review and photos by InfamousButcher


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Vandroya – Vocalist Daisa Munhoz and Drummer Otávio Nunez

September 3rd, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Vocalist Daisa Munhoz and drummer Otávio Nunez – Vandroya

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.

BEYOND THE HUMAN MIND is the name of the second album from the Brazilian metal act Vandroya. The album is a concept piece and what the album is about is handled down below in the interview so if you’re interested in what the band has to offer this time continue reading. It has taken the band quite a few years to follow up the debut album ONE (2013) and that was one of the questions we handled. I hooked up with vocalist Daisa Munhoz and drummer Otávio Nunez which was kind to take on this quite long interview and when opportunity knocked I decided to ask Daisa some questions about her involvement in the metal opera SoulSpell.

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Alice Cooper Releases New DVD – Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition

September 3rd, 2017
by EvilG
Alice Cooper Releases New DVD - Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition

Alice Cooper Releases New DVD – Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition

On September 8th Alice Cooper will be releasing a unique DVD, Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The DVD features the pairing of his 1975 TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare, (on DVD for the first time) and his 1976 Welcome To My Nightmare concert.

Both shows offer fans a retrospective look into the infancy of Alice’s career and based off Alice’s concept CD, Welcome To My Nightmare, where he portrays a journey through the nightmares of a child named Steven.

Songs like “Schools Out,” “Only Women Bleed,” “Billion Dollar Babies,”, “Welcome to My Nightmare,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “I’m Eighteen,” and “Department Of Youth” are intermixed with dancers dressed as monsters, bats, spiders, and ghouls acting out his nightmarish fantasy. Being the master of macabre, you can see where Alice’s trademark effects started.

I asked Alice about the importance of his performances and what goes into them, he told me, “My show has a reputation that its goings to be different from anything they have even seen before. Even if they have seen it before, there will be some new aspect or some new song that we added to change it up. No matter if we are playing in front of 500 people or 5 million, we’ll give it our all and make it the best show you have ever seen. We really only know how to do it that one way! When the curtain goes up, it’s an all out assault on the audience. When I get off stage, and I’m exhausted I know that I gave that audience everything I have! And the next night I’m going to do it all over again. I never get tired of the songs once I see the crowd’s reaction to the opening guitar on “I’m Eighteen”, “Poison”, or “No More Mr. Nice Guy”. If you have a toothache or a headache the adrenaline kicks in and takes care of it once you hit the stage.

Fan will tell you that Alice still embraces the raw grittiness and glam appeal he did decades ago. He is the ultimate performer and always gives his audience 110%. Be sure to check out this tremendous DVD offering.

Alice Cooper

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SoulSpell – bandleader/main composer and drummer Heleno Vale

September 3rd, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

SoulSpell Band leader/main composer and drummer Heleno Vale

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Cátia Cunha at Against PR for the help.
Thanks to Soulpell for the promo pictures of the band.

SoulSpell is back on the attack with their fourth amazing studio album titled ACT IV – THE SECOND BIG BANG, which is yet another metal opera album jammed with some great power metal music. I had the pleasure of interviewing band leader/main composer and drummer Heleno Vale who shared his thoughts about the new release. We also spoke about the cover songs the band recorded back in 2015 and why they chose those particular songs. Vale was also pretty open about his opinions towards record labels… Since I was interested in hearing more about the amazing set of guest vocalists like Timo Kotipelto, Ralf Scheepers, and Oliver Hartmann, I had Vale tell me the story behind their apperances. I suggest that after reading the intervew you should go and listen to album straight away, it’s really amazing.

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Interview with artist David Thierree

September 2nd, 2017
by J P

Interview with David Thierree

by JP


Recently in collaboration with Dayal Patterson, David Thierree published a collection of his Heavy Metal inspired/related art called ‘Owls, Trolls and Dead Kings’ Skulls’   Please see my review of this excellent coffee table book.

You can purchase it at

At what point did you decide to publish your book?

Well, it wasn’t a decision I took at first, as it was more Dayal’s. We met on Facebook, sharing good words on common friends conversations. He probably loved my twisted humor, and my work. We befriended and a bit later he asked me if I was interested in making a book with him.

How did your collaboration with Dayal Patterson come about?

I didn’t know it was focused only on my work, I thought he wanted to include other artists, but to my surprise, he wanted to work on my pieces only. We started to talk about what would be the shape of the book, how it would be articulated. It was a bit blurry at first, then I started to send him images, a lot of images, anything I had under my hands. The more I dug from my archives, scans of tapes, flyers, fanzines… he started to think about the book more precisely. Its final shape, the way we could make it a mix of an interview, but also with a narration. I really wanted Dayal to be the person who talks, who brings information I gave, quotes, etc… I have a great respect for his writer’s talents.  When we finished the gathering of all the images (about 300 I think), we started battling about which ones would finish into the book, and what would be the final shape of the whole thing. It was really smooth, polite, civilized. As civilized I can be, of course.

Do you see the digital galleries eventually overtaking  print media and old school coffee table books?

Internet is a double-edged blade. I can thank internet everyday because it’s a working tool for me, and it kept track of a lot of things I did in the past (which where helpful for the book). I had some very tiny memories of some works I’ve done, or lost track with some people I’ve worked for, and the web helped a lot.
Concerning virtual galleries and sites like DeviantArt, I don’t think it helps a lot. It’s so crowded that it’s nearly impossible to be seen and spotted, unless you build your network elsewhere. It’s primordial to hunt and fish in several ponds and fields. You have to be on several places, but most of them are only places to go from somewhere. From Facebook to Deviant Art, from Instagram to Facebook, etc. I don’t use promotion or publicity, sponsored publications, etc… I built everything brick by brick, each person who likes or follow my work have found me by themselves, or brought to me by friends. I met a lot of people in flesh and blood, being on the field, talking a lot, making bonds. I don’t ask bands to work for me, everyone is coming to me, that’s an important point. I don’t shake my bum in front of people to get some work.
To finish answering to your question, real-life” art galleries who show figurative art are few, most art galleries only work for money-laundering of rich people by showing abstract or contemporary art. I’ve shown my work in several galleries, France, England, Germany, USA, Australia, etc… I don’t feel at ease in this milieu. And rarely sold there. It’s different from internet, two different ways to show your art, not the same people. I don’t think that one works better than another. Art galleries have their own public, their customers lists and targets. On the internet, you don’t really care about artist’s résumé, or his place in the market. You don’t speculate, you see something that you like, you can easily get in touch with the artist, then you can buy his work. That’s why I don’t run too hard after online galleries, market places, etc.

I wanted to add that looking at an image on a screen isn’t the same as looking at it in a book or on a printed paper. The experience isn’t the same, and that’s a good thing. The same goes for reading a screen or a book. I’m prettty sure the eye and brains aren’t working the same way. There’s something different. It’s like seeing a person through a camera and seeing the person with naked eyes. Well, I’ve been talking about a lot of things here, I hope I brought some elements here anyway !

At what point did you first feel like you could make a living as an artist?

It took time. I’ve spent the first 37 years of my life as an average kid, student, worked 19 years in a factory, had kids, etc… I kept drawing over and over, managed to work for people in the scene while being like anyone else. Then 10 years ago I decided to let this life before me and try to live from drawing. There have been a mix of some accidental circumstances, and a kind of unconscious thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. Those different factors drove me to cross the gap and take my chances.

Do you have a preferred medium?

Probably pencils, but I like every medium I use : pencils, inks, watercolour, oils, acrylics… Sometimes I sculpt a little, or do pyrography.

How long does it take to do an average piece of art? 

It depends, there are serious differences, from a small drawing as big as a postcard to a painting for a LP cover art. It can take a couple of hours, or 3 to 4 weeks. It’s hard to estimate, as I sometimes work on several pieces at the same time, and sometimes only spend 10 minutes on a piece in the day, then 5 hours in a row on another.

When do you feel most inspired or productive?  Nighttime? Daytime, anytime?

I don’t know exactly. At one point I believed it was night time, but in fact I don’t care too much of the environment. I can work while talking on the phone, in a bar, in a train, while chatting with friends, day, night, it’s not really important. I just have to sit there and let things flow. It’s like loving sex. You don’t have to be in fancy clothes, light candles, play soft music and drink champagne, if you want to fuck, it can be everywhere. For me , drawing is the same. I love to draw, if I want to draw, I draw.

Do our listen to much Metal while you create your art? What is on your playlist?

Yes, a lot of Metal, but also dark Ambient music, mostly Medieval-inspired or Dungeon Synth. Early Black and Death Metal or recent bands who’re still playing and composing this way, Progressive rock of the 70’s… Playlist of the moment : Arcturus, Mork, Urfaust, Isengard, Strid, Kvist, early Emperor, Dark Ages, Archgoat, Dark Throne, Borgne, Klaus Schulze, early Limbonic Art, Chaucerian Myth… nothing really original, mostly moody music.

I’ve noticed your art has evolved from a darker themes to more fantasy based art.  Was this is a conscious decision?  Does this mean we might see more of your art on Power Metal or Folk Metal album covers as opposed to Black Metal album covers?

I’m opened to other expressions of course. It depends on what the band needs, if it’s something I can paint or draw. At this very moment, I’m working on Dark Dungeon Synth albums, Folk music, and of course Black Metal album covers. I’ve recently worked on a Folk Metal album too.
Concerning the shift from Black Metal artwork to Fantasy illustration, it cames at a point where I could not find more stuff to illustrate, as at the end of the 90’s, bands began to use mostly photoshopped illustration, photo modifications, with more or less good results… I also had a lot on my plate, raising three kids, feeling a bit tired of everything in the scene. I managed to focus on Fantasy milieu, Role Playing games illustration. It brought me a lot, like exhibiting, going to conventions and faires, and improving my skills. Once I got back into business 8 years ago, I slowly got back to more somber imagery, but with more technique. I still do Fantasy artwork, but darker. Trolls are a fine example of the best of two worlds. I like to draw Trolls, as they both are Mythological/Fairytales creatures, but they also evocate early glory days of Scandinavian Black Metal.


I know this is boring question but where do you draw your inspiration from? Movies, books, other art, music, real life?

It’s really complicated to explain. My mind is like a room, where I put on shelves memories and items, images and feelings, from the past 40 years. I visit it quite often, to find inspiration. If you could visit it, you could find iconography from movies like Lord of the rings cartoon from Ralph Bakshi, Dark Crystal, Conan the Barbarian and Robert E. Howard books, Dragonslayer, early Role Playing Games from the 70 – early 80s, Early Games Workshop games, Fighting Fantasy books, artists from the Golden Age of Illustration (1870-1940), Scandinavian/Germanic folklore, Labyrinth movie, Early Black Metal albums, demos and fanzines, Occult and Sorcery books and iconography, Progressive rock cover art, books from Jack Vance, Fritz Lieber, Moorcock, items I bought here and there, like english Greenmen, Owls statues, Art Nouveau images, a bit of Symbolism too, Medieval/Renaissance architecture, European Folklore and history… Everything that I draw comes from this room. Nothing comes from real life, only from this room of memories and phantasms.

What is your #1 piece of advice for aspiring artists? 

Work. Work, and work again. Be never satisfied by your work, even if everyone is telling you that it rocks big time. Don’t listen to them, or you’ll never improve. Be your worst enemy when it comes to judge your own work. Aim for the best that have been done, the unreachable, not the peers that are just a bit above you. Build your own room of memories and phantasms, your own secret garden, fuel it, stuff it. Be curious, learn about where the arts you love comes from, dig for forgotten treasures.


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Aussie Hard Rockers Airbourne Share New Track ‘Money’ // Collectors Box Set Out September 29th

September 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob

There have been hell-raising rock ‘n’ roll bands over the years, but acclaimed Australian rockers Airbourne have taken the good-times, bad-boys, party-animal strut to a new level, crafting underdog-championing anthems with reckless abandon.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Airbourne’s hard rockin’ debut “Runnin’ Wild”, the band will be releasing a collectors’ box set entitled “Diamonds Cuts” on September 29th via Nettwerk. Available in limited edition vinyl and CD formats, the box set includes Airbourne’s first three studio albums: Runnin Wild, No Guts. No Glory, and Black Dog Barking, along with the brand new Diamond Cuts – The B-Sides collection featuring two previously unavailable tracks (“Money” and “Heavy Weight Lover”), plus a bonus unseen documentary DVD of the band, It’s All For Rock N’ Roll – all housed in a collectable slipcase box featuring original Diamond Cuts artwork.

Pre-order the box sets from Amazon here:


Speaking to Loudwire, Airbourne says of the track and box set: “Money was found covered in piles of dust and reel to reel tape, it was part of the recording sessions for ‘No Guts No Glory’ and for some reason it just didn’t make the album, but hearing it again today we’re pumped to get it out there. “Show Me The Money” is a double entendre and we’ll let you figure out what it’s about. It’s part of the ‘Diamond Cuts’ release all on vinyl with a bunch more other B-Sides that are rare and only ever been released on special editions and never on vinyl. Along with the bonus documentary movie “Its All For Rock ‘n’ Roll” It’s a grab snap shot of the first 3 albums of the band.”

Airbourne will be touring across Europe later this year with support from fellow Aussies Desecrator (Oct 3rd Nov – 8th ONLY), and Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons (Nov 11th – Nov 22nd ONLY). Full list of dates below.

About Airbourne:
Formed in the small town of Warrnambool on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia, Airbourne announced their arrival with 2007’s Runnin’ Wild, one of the most talked-about and best-reviewed debuts in recent hard rock history. Metal Hammer handed them a Golden Gods Award for Best Debut Album andClassic Rock rightly hailed them Best New Band. Airbourne further marked their territory with the jaw-dropping follow up No Guts. No Glory cracking the Top 40 in the UK, Top 20 in Australia and Billboard’s Top 200. After unrelenting worldwide touring that included co-headlining the legendary Wacken Festival, 2013 brought the critically acclaimed Black Dog Barking into the world. The album reached #5 in Germany, Top 20 across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand; and Top 30 in Canada and the UK. Their latest studio album Breakin’ Outta Hell saw the band crack the UK Top 10 for the first time, crashing in at #9. They also achieved their highest ever chart positions in several countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, etc.

Airbourne manage to call upon the spiritual substance of Thin Lizzy, the gritty bone-shaking vibe ofMotörhead, the grandiose histrionic theatricality of Judas Priest, the unifying audience domination of Iron Maiden and the sharp bite of their fellow Australians in the legendary AC/DC. They’ve stitched together these disparate components into a head-banging Frankenstein monster of their own creation, energising the entire hard rock scene with their enthusiasm and relentless drive to entertain.

Airbourne music videos:
Runnin’ Wild | Too Much, Too Fast, Too Young | No Way But The Hard Way

Follow Airbourne:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
European Tour Dates:
Sep 27th – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth, UK [TIX]
Sep 29th – Club Zal, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Sep 30th – Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia
Oct 3rd – Republicca, Valencia, Spain *
Oct 4th – Gamma, Murcia, Spain *
Oct 6th – Paris 15, Malaga, Spain *
Oct 7th – Custom, Seville, Spain *
Oct 10th – Olympia, Paris, France *
Oct 12th – Depot, Leuven, Belgium *
Oct 13th – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands *
Oct 15th – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark *
Oct 16th – Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway *
Oct 17th – Fryshuset Arenan, Stockholm, Sweden *
Oct 19th – The Circus, Helsinki, Finland *
Oct 20th – Logmo, Turku, Finland *
Oct 23rd – Tradgarn, Gothenburg, Sweden *
Oct 24th – KB, Malmo, Sweden *
Oct 25th – Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany *
Oct 27th – Huxleys, Berlin, Germany *
Oct 28th – A2, Wroclaw, Poland *
Oct 29th – Barba Nerga Music Club, Budapest, Hungary *
Oct 31st – Werk 2, Leipzeg, Germany *
Nov 2nd – TonHalle, Munich, Germany *
Nov 3rd – Simm City Festsaal Zentrum Simmering, Vienna, Austria *
Nov 4th – Rathaussaal, Telfs, Austria *
Nov 6th – Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany *
Nov 7th – Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland *
Nov 8th – Batschkapp, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany *
Nov 10th – Hard Rock Hell 11, Pwllheli (North Wales), UK [TIX]
Nov 11th – O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, UK [TIX] ^
Nov 13th – O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK [TIX] ^
Nov 14th – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK [TIX] ^
Nov 15th – The Roundhouse, London, UK [TIX] ^
Nov 18th – Norwich UEA, Norwich, UK [TIX] ^
Nov 19th – O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford, UK [TIX] ^
Nov 20th – O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield, UK [TIX] ^
Nov 22nd – Rock City – Nottingham, UK [TIX] ^

* Desecrator
^ Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, The Wild

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DAGOBA announce European Tour 2018 /w KREATOR & DECAPITATED

September 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob

German thrash titans KREATOR announce their upcoming second European tour for early 2018.

The band is still touring in support of their chart-topping album Gods Of Violence which was released in early 2017 and received raving reviews from all over the planet.

January of next year will see the band tour cities that have not been covered on the recent runs and bring along label mates DECAPITATED as well as DAGOBA.

Commented Mille Petrozza: “Hordes! Do not miss this night of absolute aggression on our second European tour for Gods Of Violence! See you in the pit!”


Gods Of Violence smashed charts worldwide after its release on January 27 and entered the German charts on #1. It won three soundchecks (Metal Hammer, Rock Hard and Legacy) and hit a total of 29(!) magazine covers in Europe!

Gods Of Violence Tour 2018


11.01.2018 FR – Lille, Splendid
12.01.2018 FR – Reims, Cartonnerie
13.01.2018 FR – Rouen, Le 106
14.01.2018 FR – Bordeaux, Le Rocher Palmer
15.01.2018 FR – Lyon, Transbordeur
16.01.2018 CH – Lausanne, Docks
17.01.2018 IT – Bologna, Zona Roveri
18.01.2018 SI – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
19.01.2018 RS – Belgrade, Hala Sportova
20.01.2018 GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
21.01.2018 GR – Athens, Piraeus 117 Academy
23.01.2018 MK – Skopje, MKC
24.01.2018 BG – Sofia, Mixtape 5
25.01.2018 RO – Bucharest, Arenele Romane
26.01.2018 HU – Budapest, Barba Negra Music Club
27.01.2018 CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Café
28.01.2018 CZ – Prague, Meetfactory

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JINJER – Release Brand New Performance Video

September 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob


Ukraine’s best kept metal secret JINJER already have a huge fan base throughout Europe following massive European tours and festival performances. Their explosive mixture of groove metal and hardcore flavored with progressive elements is set to take over alternative stages across the globe.

The band states:
“We’ve spent the better part of two years touring our butts off but it’s always something special for us when we play the Ukraine. The spirit and intensity of our fans and friends there are a much welcomed reminder of what Jinjer is about and where we come from. We were lucky enough to catch one of those moments at the Atlas Weekend Festival 2017. This live video of Who Is Gonna Be The One is a revamped version with a different arrangement. Consider this is our way of saying thank you to our supporters back home as well as abroad!”

Their latest effort King Of Everything infects the planet with feisty growls and soul-shattering clean vocals, front-woman extraordinaire Tatiana Shmailyuk holds the balancing elements that keep it all together with a guarantee to rattle your bones!

JINJER are already looking forward to their upcoming tour supporting the mighty ARCH ENEMY: “We are literally counting the days until this tour starts! It’s everything that we’ve been working up to for the past few years: bigger venues, bigger crowds and smashing the stage every night with the likes of a heavy metal giant like ARCH ENEMY. This tour will be one for the record books for sure!”

All upcoming JINJER dates as Support of ARCH ENEMY as well as their headlining tour in the UK tour dates can be found listed below
“Will To Power Tour 2017”

15.09.2017 AT – Innsbruck, Music Hall
16.09.2017 AT – Linz, Posthof
17.09.2017 SI – Ljubljana, Cvetlicarna
18.09.2017 RS – Belgrade, Dom Omladine
20.09.2017 RO – Bucharest, Quantic Club Open Air Stage
21.09.2017 BG – Sofia, Universiada Hall
22.09.2017 GR – Athens, Piraeus 117 Academy
23.09.2017 GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
25.09.2017 SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
26.09.2017 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
27.09.2017 LT – Vilnius, Loftas
29.09.2017 LV – Riga, Melna Piektdiena
30.09.2017 EE – Tallinn, Rock Cafe
01.10.2017 FI – Helsinki, The Circus
03.10.2017 BY – Minsk, Re:Public
21.10.17 UA – Kiew /Sentrum

JINJER UK Headlining Tour
17.11.17 UK – Dublin / On The Rox
18.11.17 UK – Limerick / The Kasbah
20.11.17 UK – London / The Underworld
21.11.17 UK – Milton Keynes / Craufurd Arms
22.11.17 UK – Manchester/ Gullivers
23.11.17 UK – Glasgow / Audio
24.11.17 UK – Sheffield / Corporation
25.11.17 UK – Nottingham / Rock City Basement
26.11.17 UK – Birmingham / The Flapper

“Will To Power Tour 2018”
w/ Wintersun, Tribulation
12.01.18 DE – Munich / Tonhalle
13.01.18 DE – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn
14.01.18 CZ – Prague / Forum Karlin
15.01.18 CH – Zurich / Komplex
17.01.18 IT – Milano / Alcatraz
18.01.18 FR – Lyon / Transbordeur
19.01.18 ES – Barcelona / Razzmatazz
20.01.18 ES – Madrid / La Riviera
22.01.18 FR – Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.01.18 FR – Paris / Bataclan
24.01.18 BE – Antwerp / Trix
26.01.18 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
27.01.18 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
28.01.18 NL – Tilburg / O13
29.01.18 DE – Hamburg / Große Freiheit
31.01.18 SE – Malmö / KB
01.02.18 NO – Oslo / Rockefeller
02.02.18 SE – Stockholm / Arenan
03.02.18 SE – Gothenburg / Trädgarn
05.02.18 DE – Berlin / Huxleys
06.02.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
07.02.18 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage

Don’t miss out on this tour run! Tickets can already be purchased HERE!

Jinjer Line-Up:
Tatiana Shmailyuk – Vocals
Roman Ibramkhalilov – Guitars
Eugene Kostyuk – Bass
Vladislav Ulasevish – drums

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The WIZARDS OF WINTER Announce First Wave of Fall/Winter 2017 Tour Dates + New Christmas Album Details

September 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Holiday rock opera ensemble the WIZARDS OF WINTER – featuring former members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow and the bands of Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent – amazed audiences throughout the holiday seasons of 2015 and 2016 with their magical live performances and music from their latest full-length release, The Magic of Winter. This year, the WIZARDS OF WINTER are following up previous triumphs with a brand new tour and album!

Their third full-length album, The Christmas Dream, is set to be released later this year and will include all original holiday music in the style only the WIZARDS OF WINTER can convey – enchanting, haunting and powerful. As with The Magic of Winter, the new album is produced by Eric Rachel (in tandem with WIZARDS OF WINTER’s music director/keyboardist Scott Kelly) at Traxeast (Symphony X, Skid Row, Styx). The album art will once again be designed by classic rock album artist Ioannis (Deep Purple, Allman Brothers, Styx).

The Christmas Dream takes the listener on a musical “sleigh ride”, covering many genres from pop to progressive rock. More details on the new album are set to be announced soon, and pre-sales will begin October 1 via

“This has been a fun album to write and record,” says Scott Kelly. “We hope all of those who experienced ‘the magic of winter’ with us further join us within our ‘Christmas dream’!”

In addition to this news, the WIZARDS OF WINTER are pleased to announce the first confirmed dates for their upcoming annual holiday tour, which will include stops in the northern Midwest and western US for the first time! Currently confirmed dates include stops in Florida, Illinois, Oregon, and other states across the nation. Each night, the ensemble will evoke the spirit of Christmas, weaving a story entirely based on the The Magic of Winter and The Christmas Dream albums. Each WIZARDS OF WINTER performance showcases soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, outstanding guitar leads, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work.

This year’s tour will feature the violin and back-up vocal talents of new member Ellie Krasner. Ellie joins the WIZARDS OF WINTER after recently completing a national tour with the world-renowned Barrage 8, a unique string octet.

WIZARDS OF WINTER currently confirmed tour dates:
11/17 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theare
11/18 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center for the Performing Arts
11/25 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
12/1 – Chicago, IL @ Portage Theatre
12/2 – Fairmont, MN @ Fairmont Opera House
12/5 – Minot, ND @ Nelson Hall @ MSU
12/8 – Bremerton, WA @ Admiral Theatre
12/10 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
12/14 – Warrendale, PA @ Jergals
12/15 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Hall
12/16 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergan PAC
12/17 – Easton, PA @ Easton State Theatre
12/21 – Traverse City, MI @ City Opera House
12/23 – Canton, OH @ Canton Place Theatre
+ More TBA

Previous tours have seen the WIZARDS OF WINTER performing their brand of theatrical yuletide rock to several thousands of attendees and grabbed the attention of mainstream media such as Entertainment Weekly and Yahoo Music. Check back for more performance confirmations and ticket links via

The WIZARDS OF WINTER are a 12-member ensemble performing classical and progressive-influenced rock music woven throughout a theatrical holiday-themed show. While the group’s style is undoubtedly inspired by the genius of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the WIZARDS OF WINTER offer a diverse array of unique, original material with broad audience appeal performed in an a more intimate setting.

In addition to current WIZARDS OF WINTER and former TSO members Tony Gaynor and Guy LeMonnier who joined the band in 2013, former TSO members Joe Cerisano, Michael Lanning and Tommy Farese have all toured with the band in previous years.

Touring in support of their upcoming album, The Christmas Dream, the WIZARDS OF WINTER will also perform songs from their latest release, The Magic of Winter.The album can be ordered in physical format here or purchased digitally via iTunes. The Magic of Winter features the unforgettable single “The Spirit of Christmas”.

“The band features original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, so it comes as no surprise to hear sweeping, dramatic arrangements of holiday songs and classics on The Magic of Winter – a fine record to get your Santa spirit flowing in full force…” – CraveOnline

“It’s a Christmas album that both metalheads and non-metalheads can enjoy.”-

“Excellent musicianship and dazzling special effects bundled into a story often results in entertainment spectaculars that audience members talk about months and months after the experience.” – Pollstar

“World class musicians that you need to experience live…” – Aquarian Weekly

“Powerful crescendos, the heavenly choir and the mighty chimes – you’ll be breaking out the eggnog in no time…” – Asbury Park Press

“Waken to the Sound is a masterpiece…” – BraveWords

Scott Kelly – Music Director, Keyboards
Sharon Kelly – Flute, Vocals
Fred Gorhau – Guitar
TW Durfy – Guitar
Tommy Ference – Drums
Greg Smith – Bass
Ellie Krasner – Violin
Mary McIntrye – Keyboards, vocals
Guy LeMonnier – Vocals
Vincent Jiovino – vocals
Shawna Mehall – Vocals
Tony Gaynor – Narration

To learn more about the WIZARDS OF WINTER, please visit and

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Jeff Scott Soto To Release “Retribution” November 10th

September 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob

It has been 15 years since Frontiers Music Srl first partnered with Jeff Scott Soto for a release. Now, in celebration of that anniversary, Frontiers Music srl will release another new album from Jeff, entitled “Retribution” on November 10th! Co-written and produced with JSS alumni Howie Simon, fans of the storied vocalist can expect a hard rockin’ melodic album in the style that they’ve come to know and love from Jeff Scott Soto!

Order the album here: or at the links below:

Frontiers: (CD & VINYL)
Google Play:

Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “Breakout”.

Follow Jeff on Spotify: and Apple Music: to be alerted when new singles from the album are released and don’t forget to add “Breakout” to your favorite playlists.

“I was beyond excited and ready to make this album upon reviewing some of the songs Howie had in mind for it,” JSS explains. “I knew it would be a great follow up to the killer albums I’ve made thus far with Frontiers. “Breakout’ is a great lead in as to what you can look forward to!”

Jeff Scott Soto’s career spans over 30 years. He was first introduced to the public as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen’s iconic first two solo albums before going on to front the esteemed hard rock band Talisman. He is also one of the vocalists for the wildly popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the lead vocalist for supergroup W.E.T. (featuring JSS alongside members of Eclipse and Work Of Art), creative visionary for the more metal leaning SOTO, and frontman for the new supergroup, Sons Of Apollo (which also features Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Bumblefoot, and Billy Sheehan) amongst many other musical activities he has been and is involved in. He also held a stint fronting Rock N Roll Hall Of Famers Journey and was one of the vocalists for the officially sanctioned Queen tribute, Queen Extravaganza. His incredible voice has led to many invitations to do guest lead or background vocals on a multitude of albums, including, but not limited to. Stryper, Joel Hoekstra, Saigon Kick, Fergie Frederiksen, Lita Ford, Steelheart, and many more.

In 1994, he released his first solo outing “Love Parade”, followed by the acclaimed “Prism” (2002), “Lost In The Translation” (2005), “Beautiful Mess” (2009), and “Damage Control” (2012). “Retribution” is his sixth proper solo studio album.

Track Listing:
1. Retribution
2. Inside/Outside
3. Rage Of The Year
4. Reign Again
5. Feels Like Forever
6. Last Time
7. Bullet For My Baby
8. Song For Joey
9. Breakout
10. Dedicate To You
11. Autumn

Produced & arranged by: Jeff Scott Soto & Howie Simon

Band Members:
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals, Keyboards
Howie Simon – Guitar & Bass (except on “Reign Again” and “Song For Joey”)
Edu Cominato – Drums
August Zadra – Guitar on “Reign Again”
Stephen Sturm – Guitar on “Reign Again”
Carlos Costa – Bass on “Reign Again”
Paul Mendonca – Guitar, Keyboards & Bass on “Song For Joey”

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