ENFORCER Release Album Trailer For From Beyond

February 19th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Swedish Heavy Metal foursome ENFORCER will releasetheir new album From Beyond April 7th via Nuclear Blast.  The fourth ENFORCER record consists of ten new tracks; all produced, mixed and mastered by the band themselves.

A new album trailer, featuring comments from the band and previews of new music is available now.  Check it out HERE.

Also do not miss the official lyric video for “Undying Evil”. The clip perfectly underlines the gloomy and blasphemous mood of the song
Check it out at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel HERE

From Beyondwill be released as a limited edition digipak, as well different colored vinyl editions.  Pre-order From Beyond HERE.

From Beyond Track Listing:
1. Destroyer
2. Undying Evil
3. From Beyond
4. One With Fire
5. Below The Slumber
6. Hungry They Will Come
7. The Banshee
8. Farewell
9. Hell Will Follow
10. Mask Of Red Death

Visit ENFORCER online at http://enforcer.se

Like: https://www.facebook.com/enforcerofficial
Follow: https://twitter.com/enforcermetal
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/user/enforcermetal

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MARTIN POPOFF Releases 7 New ‘Making Of’ Titles

February 19th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Hey folks,

Another SEVEN new “making of” eBook documents for ya, eight each at 98¢, or 99¢ on iTunes.

Just go to www.zunior.com and stick Martin Popoff name in the search or hit/paste the links below. Each are sweet ‘n’ easy pdfs—or ePub or .mobi—with color pictures and lotsa my previously unpublished interview footage with the bands. Same with the iTunes—all set for your Mac or iOS device. Full blurb text following links.

1. Savatage – Sirens (1983, 13 pages)
http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-savatage-sirens
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/ye-olde-metal-savatages-sirens/id967680209?mt=11

2. Savatage – Power Of The Night (1985, 11 pages)
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https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/ye-old-metal-savatages-power/id967680871?mt=11

3. The Stooges – The Stooges (1969, 12 pages)
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https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/ye-olde-metal-stooges-stooges/id967680623?mt=11

4. Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power (1973, 18 pages)
http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-iggy-and-the-stooges-raw-power
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/ye-olde-metal-iggy-stooges/id965593789?mt=11

5. Motorhead – Bomber (1979, 17 pages)
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https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/ye-olde-metal-motorheads-bomber/id967679734?mt=11

6. Angel Witch – Angel Witch (1980, 12 pages)
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https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/ye-olde-metal-angel-witchs/id967677902?mt=11

7. Quartz – Stand Up And Fight (1980, 19 pages)
http://zunior.com/products/martin-popoff-ebook-quartz-stand-up-and-fight
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/ye-olde-metal-quartzs-stand/id967678903?mt=11

Also available: full length-books on Scorpions, Ted Nugent, all six Ye Olde Metal, UFO, Blue Oyster Cult, all three of the Thin Lizzy trilogy, four different Deep Purple books, my authorized Rush book and bopt of the Top 500 title—all at $8.88 each.

More on Savatage’s Sirens…
The metal class delivered, in 1983, at least three of the genre’s greatest records, Kill ‘Em All, Melissa and Sirens, the latter, by our band at hand, Florida’s Savatage. One of those would albums would represent a new strain of metal, but the other two are distinguished as highly professional records of rich and traditional metal might coming from outta nowhere, debuts of frightening skill and authority. Come celebrate what is perhaps the finest indie album every bestowed upon the world of heavy metal, through the words of all four of the record’s magic makers.

More on Savatage’s Power Of The Night…
Florida metal craftsmen Savatage found themselves wielding a major record deal with Atlantic after the effusive praised bestowed upon the band following their landmark 1983 debut, Sirens. The sophomore album did not disappoint, with the band turning in a monstrous affair of rumbling traditional metal, track after track on Power Of The Night molten of riff and bruised and battered of rhythm, while vocalist Jon Oliva proved himself a thespian shrieker for the ages. Come here the story of how the album was recorded in a haunted Bearsville studio and then the debacle that was the band’s very first tour, after which Savatage would have to sack their bass player and rethink their future.

More on The Stooges’ The Stooges…
Sadly, three of four of this record’s makers are gone, with only Iggy Pop remaining. However, here the story is told, through the words of brothers Ron and Scott Asheton, interviewed by the author a few years back when The Stooges were mounting their first reformation. A proto-metal classic, The Stooges includes the likes of 1969 and I Wanna Be Your Dog. Come here the story of metal being born, at the garage end of it, as it crashed out of booming Detroit in the late ‘60s, courtesy of these cats and the MC5.

More on Iggy And The Stooges’ Raw Power…
One of the most notorious records ever made, Raw Power is a mountain of filthy guitar tones and sneering vocals, recorded like garbage but a car crash from which one cannot look away. Featuring the likes of Death Trip, Penetration and Search And Destroy, Raw Power is considered to be a crucial proto-punk shot across the bow. And here’s the story of that record, as told by James Williamson, Scott Asheton and brother Ron Asheton, sadly, the latter two now deceased.

More on Motorhead’s Bomber…
Motorhead was on a drink- and pill-fuelled roll as they roared into the studio to make their third album, buzzsaw 1979 classic Bomber. Classic front cover, available in blue vinyl… lots of cool things about this catchy upturn of brightness after the churn of Overkill. Come hear what Lemmy, Philthy Phil and mostly guitarist Fast Eddie has to say about this early and clanging NWOBHM cornerstone.

More on Angel Witch’s Angel Witch…
The joy and purpose of writing up the story of Angel Witch’s foreboding self-titled masterpiece of doomful NWOBHM is in the telling of a record every bit as good as the first Iron Maiden. Angel Witch in fact were the second coming of Black Sabbath, before Witchfinder General took the glory, Kevin Heybourne and Co. creating a massive collection of scary, evil songs for Bronze Records, incredibly early within the NWOBHM, specifically 1980. The quality enclosed matches the infernal painting on the packet—come learn for yourself, a little more about a stone cold classic that should be in every metalhead’s collection.

More on Quartz’s Stand Up And Fight…
Birmingham bashers Quartz were long in the tooth as they kerrang’ed their way into the NWOBHM with their MCA-issued classic Stand Up And Fight (see Mick Hopkins’ tale about opening for the Beatles!) from 1980. But all of that experience as friends of Black Sabbath through the ‘70s stood them well as they crafted their magnificent second studio record, a gorgeously recorded suite of songs that surely should have made the band stadium rock stars. Come hear the story of opportunities missed and misfortune heaped, from two original members, as we celebrate a record that the author steadfastly considers one of the three greatest albums from the entire NWOBHM.

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IRON SAVIOR Plans to Re-release MEGATROPOLIS

February 19th, 2015
by EvilG
Iron Savior - Megatropolis

Iron Savior – Megatropolis

Iron Savior frontman/founder Piet Sielck has checked in with the following announcement regarding the band’s 2007 album, Megatropolis:

“Big news! According to AFM all Megatropolis CDs are sold out. Therefore the album will be re-released with a new mix and a lot of re-recordings! Being unhappy with the album for a long time, I am absolutely happy to get a chance to correct my errors. The new mix will carry all Iron Savior trademarks such as big choir backings and lots of multi timbral vocals. I left all these goodies out at the time to make the album more distinguishable from my former second band Savage Circus… a fatal error which I finally can correct now. ‘Omega Man’ and ‘Megatropolis’ are done already sounding… fat! Folks, you have no idea how happy I am about this!”

Megatropolis was released in 2007 via Dockyard 1, a now defunct label co-owned by Sielck. The tracklist is as follows:

“Running Riot”
“The Omega Man”
“Flesh”
“Megatropolis”
“Cybernetic Queen”
“Cyber Hero”
“A Tale from Down Below”
“Still I Believe”
“Farewell and Good Bye”

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BRUCE DICKINSON UNDERGOES CANCER TREATMENT

February 19th, 2015
by EvilG
Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson

As posted to: https://www.facebook.com/ironmaiden

“Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.”

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Stahlsarg @ The Unicorn, London

February 18th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Stahlsarg

@ The Unicorn, Camden

1st February 2015

Review by Ben Spencer
Photography Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Stahlsarg @ The Unicorn, Camden

Stahlsarg @ The Unicorn, Camden

The Unicorn appears to be the right place to be on a Sunday night with several Black Metal bands playing for free at the renowned North London venue. Once inside, several members from the various bands began sound checking in preparation for tonight’s show.

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ANGEL WITCH To Headline ‘Wings Of Metal’ Festival, Their First Ever Canadian Show.

February 18th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Taking place this September 11th-12th-13th, Wings of Metal is an underground festival bringing the finest quality and cutting-edge Doom, Heavy, NWOBHM, Thrash, Black and Death bands together for a weekend of pure metal insanity.

The legendary dark New Wave of British Heavy Metal band ANGEL WITCH has just been added to the festival’s line-up. Not having played in North America since the 1990s, this very special and unique performance is going to be their first Canadian appearance ever!

They’ll be joined by the legendary 80’s Swedish death/thrash metal band MEFISTO (who is doing their first concert ever), the French speed metal band VULCAIN, and more to be announced!

Wings of Metal takes place at Canada’s best punk and metal venue, The Katacombes, in downtown Montreal. Weekend passes and individual day tickets will be available for purchase on March 4th.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/WingsOfMetalFestival

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SLAYER To Unleash New Song For RECORD STORE DAY

February 18th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

“When The Stillness Comes,” the first new track from Slayer in nearly a year, will be available as part of Record Store Day on April 18, it is announced today by Slayer and Nuclear Blast.  The song, accompanied by a live recording of “Black Magic,” from the band’s 1983 album Show No Mercy and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival, will be available as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively at all participating independent record stories worldwide.  Log onto  www.recordstoreday.com  for the list of stores.

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Slayer – 7 Picture Disc

Slayer - 7 Picture Disc [GD17PD]

Slayer – 7 Picture Disc [GD17PD]

Side A: “When the Stillness Comes”

Side B: “Black Magic”

Slayer – Tom Araya, Kerry King and Paul Bostaph – recorded “When The Stillness Comes” last year in Los Angeles with producer Terry Date.  Currently, the band is in the final stages of recording what will be its first new album since 2009’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood, which is expected out later this year.

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Apocalyptica interview with Eicca Toppinen and Perttu Kivilaakso

February 17th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Apocalyptica interview with
Eicca Toppinen and Perttu Kivilaakso

February 2015, London

Interview by Rowena Lamb

Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica

Ahead of the release of their eight studio album, Metal Rules spoke to Eicca Toppinen and Perttu Kivilaakso to find out more about their latest and possibly greatest creation ‘Shadowmaker’.

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Interview with Dominik and Mike from Downfall of Gaia

February 17th, 2015
by Infamous Butcher

Downfall of Gaia Interview

Interview by InfamousButcher
Photos by SheWolf

Interviewed on January 24, 2015 at the Downfall of Gaia show in Delaware

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Downfall of Gaia / Sapremia / Sakrilejist, Mojo 13, Wilmington, DE, January 24, 2015

February 17th, 2015
by Infamous Butcher

Downfall of Gaia / Sapremia / Sakrilejist

Live at Mojo 13: Wilmington, DE
January 24, 2014

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

Downfall of Gaia

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METAL MIND PRODUCTIONS Re-Releases Classic NUCLEAR BLAST Titles

February 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Metal Mind Productions re-releases today selected albums taken from the Nuclear Blast’s archives. The list includes the following titles: Primal Fear – “Seven Seals”, “Metal Is Forever – The Very Best Of Primal Fear”, Mnemic – “Mechanical Spin Phenomena”, “The Audio Injected Soul”, Agnostic Front – “Another Voice”, Sinner – “The End Of Sanctuary” and Gorefest – “Mindloss + demos”, “Soul Survivor + Chapter 13”, “La Muerte”.
All albums are re-released on Golden Discs, limited and numerated to 2000 copies. In North America, the re-issues will be available from March, 10th (via MVD).

All titles are released worldwide except for Primal Fear and Sinner which won’t be available in Asia.

Primal Fear
“Seven Seals” (re-release)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. no.: MASS CD 1502 DG
Barcode: 5907785038875
Format: CD Digipak
Genre:  Heavy Metal
Release date: 16.02.2015 / 10.03.2015 USA – Asia excluded

The sixth studio album by the German power/speed metal commando from 2005! Produced by Primal Fear’s Mat Sinner in tandem with Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Halford, Motorhead) and mixed by Mike Frazer (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cult), “Seven Seals” features ten epic masterpieces and, arguably, constitutes their highest musical achievement up to that point. New edition re-released on Golden Disc, limited and numerated to 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

1. Demons And Angels
2. Rollercoaster
3. Seven Seals
4. Evil Spell
5. The Immortal Ones
6. Diabolus
7. All For One
8. Carniwar
9. Question of Honour
10. In Memory

Primal Fear
“Metal is Forever – The Very Best of Primal Fear” (re-release)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. no.: MASS CD 1503 DGD
Barcode: 5907785038882
Format: 2CD Digipak
Genre:  Heavy Metal
Release date: 16.02.2015 / 10.03.2015 USA – Asia excluded

Brace yourselves for a fix of power metal at its absolute best! An incredible double CD compilation album overviewing Primal Fear’s grandest musical achievements between 1998 and 2005! The release features such well-known masterpieces as “Nuclear Fire”, “Armageddon”, and “Under Your Spell”, as well as an entire CD filled with the band’s interpretations of songs written by such legends of rock and metal as Rainbow, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Metallica and others! New edition re-released on Golden Disc, limited and numerated to 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

CD 1
1. Metal is Forever
2. Chainbreaker
3. Seven Seals
4. Nuclear Fire
5. Final Embrace
6. The Healer
7. Rollercoaster
8. Armageddon
9. Angel In Black
10. Under Your Spell
11. Evil Spell
12. Running In The Dust
13. Suicide And Mania
14. Iron Fist In A Velvet Glove
15. Fear
16. Tears of Rage

CD 2
1. Out In The Fields
2. Kill The King
3. Speedking
4. Die Young
5. Metal Gods
6. Breaker
7. Seek And Destroy
8. Two Minutes To Midnight
9. The Rover

Mnemic
“Mechanical Spin Phenomena” (re-release)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. no.: MASS CD 1504 DG
Barcode: 5907785038899
Format: CD Digipak
Genre:  Industrial Metal
Release date: 16.02.2015 / 10.03.2015 USA

The incredible debut album from 2003 by the phenomenal Danish thrash/progressive/nu metal act, produced by the band together with Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Konkhra, Grope)! Dubbing their own music “fusion future metal”, Mnemic do their best to deliver an aural attack no listener is likely to ever forget! New edition re-released on Golden Disc, limited and numerated to 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

1. Liquid
2. Blood Stained
3. Ghost
4. DB’XX’D
5. Tattoos
6. The Naked and the Dead
7. Closed Eyes
8. Mechanical Spin Phenomenon
9. Zero Gravity
10. Blood Stained (Rhys Fulber’s Euphoric Recall Mix)
11. Ghost (video)

Mnemic
“The Audio Injected Soul” (re-release)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. no.: MASS CD 1505 DG
Barcode: 5907785038905
Format: CD Digipak
Genre:  Industrial Metal
Release date: 16.02.2015 / 10.03.2015 USA

The second album from 2004 by the phenomenal Danish thrash/progressive/nu metal act! Once again featuring the talent of the producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Konkhra, Grope), recorded using the binaural recording technology, and focusing on somewhat less elaborate yet immensely powerful and catchy compositions, “The Audio Injected Soul” is an absolute killer that will undoubtedly strike a vibe with more fastidious metal fans. New edition re-released on Golden Disc, limited and numerated to 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

1. The Audio Injection
2. Dreamstate Emergency
3. Door 2.12
4. Illuminate
5. Deathbox
6. Sane Vs. Normal
7. Jack Vegas
8. Mindsaver
9. Overdose In The Hall of Fame
10. The Silver Drop
11. Wild Boys

Agnostic Front
“Another Voice” (re-release)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. no.: MASS CD 1506 DG
Barcode: 5907785038912
Format: CD Digipak
Genre:  Hardcore / Crossover Thrash Metal
Release date: 16.02.2015 / 10.03.2015 USA

The American pioneers of hardcore on their eighth studio release from 2004! Produced by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed fame, regarded as a continuation of “One Voice” from 1992 and witnessing the band’s return to their crossover thrash sound, the “Another Voice” album features fourteen ferocious masterpieces of hardcore nonconformity! New edition re-released on Golden Disc, limited and numerated to 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

1. Still Here
2. All Is Not Forgotten
3. Fall of the Parasite
4. Pride, Faith, Respect
5. So Pure To Me
6. Dedication
7. Peace
8. Take Me Back
9. Hardcore! (The Definition)
10. Casualty of the Times
11. No One Hears You
12. I Live It
13. It’s for life
14. Another Voice

Sinner
“The End of Sanctuary” (re-release)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. no.: MASS CD 1507 DG
Barcode: 5907785038929
Format: CD Digipak
Genre:  Heavy Metal
Release date: 16.02.2015 / 10.03.2015 USA – Asia excluded

An extremely influential band on the German melodic rock and metal scene, founded by Mat Sinner of the Primal Fear fame, on their memorable masterpiece “The End of Sanctuary” from 2000! Boasting the addition of Gamma Ray’s Uli Kusch on drums and full of amazingly catchy melodies , “The End of Sanctuary” is constituted by twelve astoundingly versatile tracks all true fans of the genre should revere and cherish! New edition re-released on Golden Disc, limited and numerated to 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

1. Signed, Sealed & Delivered
2. Blood Relations
3. The End of Sanctuary
4. Pain in Your Neck
5. Edge of the Blade
6. The Prophecy
7. Destiny
8. Congress of Deceit
9. Heavy Duty
10. Night of the Wolf
11. Broken World
12. Hand of the Saint

Gorefest
“Mindloss + Demos” (re-release)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. no.: MASS CD 1508 DGD
Barcode: 5907785038936
Format: 2CD Digipak
Genre: Death Metal
Release date: 16.02.2015 / 10.03.2015 USA

Re-release of a raw uncompromising debut of the Dutch death metal masters Gorefest! A double CD release featuring an additional disc with Gorefest’s historical “Tangled in Gore” and “Horrors in a Retarded Mind” demos from 1989 and 1990 respectively! An outstanding episode of death metal’s history, not to be overlooked by any respectful death metal connoisseur! New edition re-released on Golden Disc, limited and numerated to 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

CD 1
1. Intro
2. Mental Misery
3. Putrid Stench of Human Remains
4. Foetal Carnage
5. Tangled In Gore
6. Confessions of A Serial Killer
7. Horrors In A Retarded Mind
8. Loss of Flesh
9. Decomposed
10. Gorefest

CD 2
1. Decomposed
2. Putrid Stench of Human Remains
3. Gorefest
4. Tangled In Gore
5. Confessions of A Serial Killer
6. Loss of Flesh
7. Horrors In A Retarded Mind
8. Foetal Carnage

Gorefest
“Soul Survivor + Chapter 13” (re-release)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. no.: MASS CD 1509 DGD
Barcode: 5907785038943
Format: 2CD Digipak
Genre:  Death Metal
Release date: 16.02.2015 / 10.03.2015 USA

Get ready for a wild death ‘n’ roll feast served by the Dutch legend Gorefest! A double CD featuring two amazing albums – “Soul Survivor” (1996) and “Chapter 13” (1998) – released by the band before their first breakup in 1998. One hour and a half of a crazy death ’n’ roll ride for all the unrelenting headbangers out there! New edition re-released on Golden Disc, limited and numerated to 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

CD 1
1. Freedom
2. Forty Shades
3. River
4. Electric Poet
5. Soul Survivor
6. Blood Is Thick
7. Dog Day
8. Demon Seed
9. Chameleon
10. Dragon Man
11. Tired Moon
12. Goddess In Black
13. Soul Survivor (Demo)
14. Electric Poet (Demo)
15. River (Demo)
16. Frozen (Demo)
17. Chameleon – Instrumental (Demo)
18. Freedom – Instrumental (Demo)

CD 2
1. Chapter 13
2. Broken Wings
3. Nothingless
4. Smile
5. The Idiot
6. Repentance
7. Bordello
8. F.s. 2000
9. All Is Well
10. Unsung
11. Burn Out
12. Super Reality
13. Serve The Masses
14. Chapter 13 (Demo)
15. Nothingless (Demo)
16. I Am You (Demo)
17. Chapter 13 (Remix)
18. Reality – When You Die (Live)
19. Demon Seed (Live)
20. Erase (Live)

Gorefest
“La Muerte” (re-release)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. no.: MASS CD 1510 DG
Barcode: 5907785038950
Format: CD Digipak
Genre:  Death Metal
Release date: 16.02.2015 / 10.03.2015 USA

A 2005 comeback album by the Dutch death metal masters Gorefest! Recorded after a six year break, following the release of their two death ‘n’ roll albums “Soul Survivor” (1996) and “Chapter 13” (1998), “La Muerte” proved the band had lost nothing of their thirst for death metal mayhem, constituting a truly triumphant return to the metal scene! New edition re-released on Golden Disc, limited and numerated to 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

1. For the Masses
2. When The Dead Walk The Earth
3. You Could Make Me Kill
4. Malicious Intent
5. Rogue State
6. The Call
7. Of Death And Chaos
8. Man to Fall
9. Exorcism
10. Till Fingers Bleed
11. The New Gods
12. La Muerte

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Inquisition @ The Underworld, Camden, Jan 29th, 2015

February 16th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

 Inquisition, Archgoat, Ondskapt

@ The Underworld, Camden

January 29th 2015

Review by Beth Avison
Photography by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Inquisition @ Camden Underworld

Inquisition @ Camden Underworld

In a vast array of impressive line ups to grace our capital in the last couple of years, with many more to come, this show presented one of the greatest; a flurry of black metal mastery: Ondskapt, Archgoat and the mighty Inquisition, who returned to our shores once more after embarking on a thoroughly well-received UK tour last summer. Responsible for this monolithic booking is the recently formed Old Empire, which has turned the UK metal scene on its head by putting on shows by Primordial, Acherontas and Ravencult to name a few. With a roster like this, it’s safe to say big things were expected.
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SUBVERSION Launch “Born Of The Sun” Music Video, Sophomore Album Out March 3

February 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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U.K. melodic tech metal outfit, Subversion, has teamed up with Revolver to launch a new track and music video, “Born of the Sun,” from the band’s upcoming sophomore release, Animi, due out March 3 on Rogue Records America. Stream the new video exclusively at: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=70532.

“‘Born of the Sun’ is a track which took us far too long to finish,” guitarist/vocalist, Kai Giritli told Revolver. “It was, in fact, one of the first tracks I started to write, but ended up being one of the last completed. I must have re-wrote the damn thing at least four times, but in the end, it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable tracks to play live, and indeed listen back to. Band favorite? I think so!”

Building upon the band’s debut album, Lest We Forget, which released to critical praise from Metal Hammer, Kerrang, Terrorizer, Rock Sound Magazine and more, Subversion describes Animi as “bigger, heavier and sprinkled with a mental amount of epic. We have retained what people loved about the first album and built upon that early foundation in a way that we hope will make you stand back and realize that we are back.”

Animi was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by guitarist/vocalist, Kai Giritli, and artwork comes courtesy of Snovonne Drake (http://www.snovonne.net/snodrakedesign/).

The record can be pre-ordered now via iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/animi/id940086556 and Bandcamp at: https://subversionuk.bandcamp.com/album/subversion-animi.

An additional Animi track, “Imperfect,” can be streamed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg98kHzJjVw.

1.  Born of the Sun
2.  Catalyst
3.  Imperfect
4.  Revelation
5.  Illusion of Eternity
6.  Entropy
7.  In Order to Live (Pt. 2)
8.  Pariah
9.  Novation
10.  Animi

Originating from the mind of Kai Giritli in 2008, Subversion has played internationally with the likes of Tesseract, Mnemic, Monuments, Xerath, Hacktivist and Chimp Spanner and has been part of UK Tech Metal Festival and Euroblast Festival.

The five-piece potently blends hard-hitting vocals from front man, Jay Shields, with Giritli’s soaring, hook-filled clean singing, guitar riffs that sway from heavy groove to epic melody and laser-tight percussion from drummer, Ben Atkinson. Metal Hammer described the band’s debut as “jaw-dropping” while Terrorizer called it “an addictive romp.”

Stay tuned for more information on Subversion and Animi, out this March on Rogue Records America.

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Subversion is…

Kai Giritli – guitar/vocals
Jay Shields – vocals
Ben Atkinson – drums
Sean Moxom – guitar
Rich Lawry-Johns – bass

Subversion online…

www.subversionband.com
www.facebook.com/subversionofficial
www.twitter.com/subversionuk
www.instagram.com/subversionuk
www.reverbnation.com/subversi0n
www.youtube.com/SVSNBAND
www.subversionuk.bandcamp.com

Rogue Records America online…

www.roguerecordsamerica.com
www.facebook.com/RogueRecordsAmerica
www.roguerecordsamerica.bandcamp.com

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AGNOSTIC FRONT Post Video Intro for Upcoming Webisode Series

February 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have posted an intro video for the upcoming webisode series the band filmed documenting the production process and the background for the new album The American Dream Died. Check out the video intro.

AGNOSTIC FRONT has announced that as a special bonus in each vinyl edition of the album, every copy will also contain a download code for the album Your Time’s Up by THE ALLIGATORS, a rowdy punk project featuring AGNOSTIC FRONT singer Roger Miret and members of legendary Anaheim, CA hardcore band INSTED.

The American Dream Died was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR) and will be released April 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The record will feature guest appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL).  The band also announced the collaboration of legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson on the song “A Wise Man.”

Commented Miret: “Matt Henderson tracked all guitars for ‘A Wise Man’ being that song has a total One Voice era feel! Our good friend Ricky Singh (BACKTRACK NYHC) is to credit for the songs existence! The band executed it with such a great feel and bringing in our brother and ex-AF veteran Matt Henderson to solely do the guitar tracks was just magical!”

The American Dream Diedwill be available as digital download, on vinyl as well as on CD. A limited bundle with an exclusive T-Shirt will be available, too – surf to http://smarturl.it/AmericanDream-NB  to secure your copy!
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Recently AGNOSTIC FRONT posted a track-by-track commentary for every song on the new album. It was written by the band’s iconic front man, Roger Miretand can be read below.

The American Dream Died:  It’s a harsh look at what’s going on today in our society. The intro that precedes this song says it all! It’s a reaction to everything happening around us right now. The higher ups are out of control!

Police Violence: This is our reaction to what’s going on in our country regarding the unprovoked brutality of our citizens by those who we pay to “protect and serve” us.  If they are going to act like criminals, then they should be prosecuted as one! They have some kind of elite fraternity-like understanding that they protect each other with.  Don’t abuse your badge!

Only In America: It’s sad to learn that the people who serve in our military and risk their lives fighting in wars come home to the government not giving a shit about them, especially if those veterans were wounded mentally or physically. They gotta go through a lot of bullshit just to try and get a little help and support. You’ve gotta be blind if you don’t see that, only in America. This is why I strongly believe the US Government should stop policing the world, and start caring for the issues right here in the USA!

Test Of Time: Learning from the past is important, to help you move forward and not make the mistakes we did in our youth. Longevity is the key to success. We won’t get left behind.

We Walk The Line: It’s a statement of who we are and how we live in relation to the hardcore community.

Never Walk Alone: We always spoke about unity and how sticking together will help us grow as scene. Hardcore is worldwide now. This is our scene, our passion and it was great to present this song with honorable NYHC veteran’s Freddy Cricien (MADBALL), Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) joining on the anthemy chorus!!! Punk rock/Hardcore is a movement it’s not an image!

Enough Is Enough: Protest song! I once read an inspiring quote that went like this “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical” – Thomas Jefferson.

I Can’t Relate: Dealing with different people you don’t like in different situations. Could be applied to a boss, ex girlfriend, someone who lives a completely opposite lifestyle, etc.

Old New York: New York City has lost its edge. It’s been stripped of its culture and over run by money. Making it hard for musicians and artist to live there. Now we’re surrounded by transplants and rich hipsters. Let’s face it, it’s not the NYC I once adored. That one is so well documented in one of my favorite movies Taxi Driver! Hence the intro, I Miss The Old New York.

Social Justice: Nothing is more disgusting than hearing about a grown man rapping a child. This song talks about a man who got caught in the act and was served street justice stabbed with knives from his head to his toes. Justice served!

Reasonable Doubt: Our whole lives we’ve been criminalized for one reason or another. But it’s actually the media, the corporations and the government who are the scumbags. Power to the people standing up against them. Wake the fuck up people!

No War Fuck You: Self explanatory, stop creating wars so you can justify your unlimited defense budget and make all your friends rich. Innocent people are dying for your stupid games.

Attack!: On some occasions people tend to disrespect and take our kindness for weakness. We have always been known for never taken shit from anyone. Cross the line and we will attack!

A Wise Man: Growing up in NYC living in and out of Vinnie’s apartment. Our old friend John always looked out for us like a father figure. He tried to guide us in the right direction and give us good advice. He was a wise man, a friend forever.

Just Like Yesterday: This song takes us on the journey through our history as a band, from touring all over the world and making friends that still remain loyal today. One of my favorite lines is “From NYC to the Berlin beat.” It shows our love for those two great cities and our great world accomplishments as a hardcore community.

The American Dream Died Track Listing:
01. Intro
02. The American Died
03. Police Violence
04. Only In America
05. Test Of Time
06. We Walk The Line
07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse & Lou Koller
08. Enough Is Enough
09. I Can’t Relate
10. Old New York
11. Social Justice
12. Reasonable Doubt
13. No War Fuck You
14. Attack!
15. A Wise Man feat. Matt Henderson on guitar
16. Just Like Yesterday

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Out Now! ARBITRATOR’s Debut Album ‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’

February 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Featuring a new arsenal that includes founder Robert Kukla on rhythm guitar, bass and vocals, Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, ex-Devin Townsend Project ex-Aborted) on drums, Myles Malloy on lead guitar and programmer Connor Ort Linning, Calgary, AB’s ARBITRATOR unleash their debut album ‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ out now as of February 13th and available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon and CD Baby.

“‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ is the by-product of nearly four years of my life. It is a collection of the investments, time, influences, and inspirations within those four years. Although I feel like I have outgrown myself, the album still stands as a testament of my passion for the art. It’s everything I wanted it to be, and I look forward to hearing what the friends and fans of Arbitrator have to say about it. I can guarantee that the album falls nothing short of genuine.” comments band founder Robert Kukla.

The album is produced by Sacha Laskow (ex-Divinity, Every Hour Kills) plus mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy) along with album artwork done by Colin Marks (Exodus, Scar Symmetry, Jeff Loomis).  ARBITRATOR is a project that began in late 2010 as the brainchild of Robert Kukla and officially debut in 2011 with the release “The Consummate Ascendancy” with former drummer Corey Chernesky.

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Track Listing: Arbitrator – Indoctrination of Sacrilege

1. They Will Worship This Fire of Agony (6:41)

2. Stillborn Bastard of The Nazarene (6:50)

3. For That Which May Appease Lions (6:56)

4. Serpent of The Styx (8:41)

5. Profaned and Perfected (7:30)

6. The Burning Sands of His Kingdom (instrumental) (3:14)

Album Length: 39:54

For more info, please visit www.arbitratorofficial.net

“Indoctrination of Sacrilege is full of juicy riffs, and will easily quench any death metal fan’s thirst. It’s well written, catchy, and rewarding to revisit over time.” – Metal Made In Canada

“..a promising effort that sets the bar fairly high…melodic death metal that at times – and perhaps not surprisingly – echoes Soilwork at their feistiest, the grandiosity of Septicflesh or old Nocturnus and the blasphemous fury of Behemoth, with the blackened edges to boot. “Epic” is the word that perhaps best describes Sacrilege, as most of its six tracks are monsters… ” – Metal Rules

“These well crafted songs have an infectious groove to them, these riffs are punishing, the drums are precise and effective, the vocals are raw and full of anger and the soaring keyboards life the songs to new heights; they give the album a grandiose feel, full of ominous presence.” – Devils Gate Media

“With hard hitting, kick in the teeth death metal, Arbitrator gives a solid beat down full of hatred and ear-busting brutality in their song Stillborn Bastard of the Nazarene.” – The Indie Authority

“”The consummate ascendancy” is a fucken impressive first step and I wish the guy all the fucken best with his future endeavors. The talent is there, and obviously – so is the will.” – Global Domination

“…it quickly becomes clear that Arbitrator is more than just another death metal band. These guys are not afraid to put some experiments into their music and they still know via these two long, rather unusual songs how to make a decent impression.” – Lords of Metal

“Honestly, I’d love to hear more of this, so let’s hope Arbitrator can latch onto a label, fill out their line-up, and get working on a full-length follow-up to this very promising debut EP.” – Sea of Tranquility

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