Desertfest: London @ Various venues, Camden, London

May 10th, 2017
by UK Team

 Desertfest: London

Various venues, Camden, LONDON

28th-30th April 2017

Review by Nathan Slack
Photography by Miguel de Malo
Additional photo by Carina Martins

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Ragnard Rock Fest returns in France this Summer!

May 8th, 2017
by UK Team

After being sold out last year, Ragnard Rock Fest is back in France this Summer with a great line-up and a unique programme! Gathering many Folk music & Pagan/Death/Black metal bands, the 3rd edition of this excellent festival will take place in Simandre-sur-Suran (South-East of France) from the 20th to the 23rd of July.

This year, Ragnard Rock Fest is giving pride of place to Norway in order to make discover its pagan culture and ancestral traditions. As a consequence, cult Norwegian black metallers Satyricon have been chosen as main headliners.

The event will be spread over 3 days (with an additional warm-up concert) and feature a Viking camp in which medieval battles and workshops will be organized.

This will be a unique event of Pagan music & art!

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MR. BIG ‘Defying Gravity’ With New Album Set For Release July 7

May 8th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 “Alright, we’re rolling…”

The call went out. Time for a new MR. BIG album. They convened in a Los Angeles studio and in a matter of six days, the boundless result of all that musical talent is DEFYING GRAVITY, with the release of their ninth original studio album and start of a new worldwide tour.

Set for release July 7 on Frontiers Music Srl, DEFYING GRAVITY will be available at traditional retail and all digital service providers, as will a deluxe edition version with CD and bonus DVD that features music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album. The album will also be made available on vinyl in the coming months.

DEFYING GRAVITY deftly showcases that patented MR. BIG blend of crunch and melody, from the freight-train ride of opening cut “Open Your Eyes” to the harmony-laden wonderment of “Damn I’m in Love Again” to the grateful/wistful nostalgia of “1992” (recalling the days when the band was flying high atop the singles charts with their international #1 smash “To Be With You”) to the barnburning slide-blues closer, “Be Kind.” Overall, DEFYING GRAVITY is prime evidence that the only thing MR. BIG remains tethered to is their ongoing pursuit of achieving creative excellence.

Original members Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums) reunited with producer Kevin Elson (who was behind the boards for the band’s 1989 self-titled debut, 1991’s LEAN INTO IT and 1993’s BUMP AHEAD) for an intensive six-day recording session in Los Angeles. While Torpey was unable to perform some of the songs on DEFYING GRAVITY due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, Matt Starr has been filling in for him on a majority of the album. Starr also been touring with the band for the past couple of years, with Torpey able to play a couple of songs at each stop.

“It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson,” says guitarist Paul Gilbert. “Kevin recorded all of our original classic albums from the ‘80s and ‘90s, and we immediately felt that magic chemistry with him on DEFYING GRAVITY. We basically played live in the studio. Over the years, we’ve all had a chance to experiment with every recording technique possible, but it’s still always the best just to play together as a band. Most of my guitar solos were tracked live with the band. I’ve worked hard on my improvisation in the last few years, and it really paid off on this record…both melodically, and on the face-melting stuff.”

DEFYING GRAVITY is the follow-up to 2014’s THE STORIES WE COULD TELL (Frontiers Music Srl), which described as “An exceptional offering of accelerated hard rock from one of the more dominant ‘supergroups’ of the late 1980s, MR. BIG return with a vengeance on THE STORIES WE COULD TELL.”

MR. BIG is gearing up for the launch their latest worldwide tour which starts May 31 in Milwaukee, WI at the Potowatami Casino. For all the latest tour dates, fans should check the band’s official website.

“2017 is filling up quickly with tour dates all around the world,” proclaims Gilbert. “I can’t wait to play the new songs, and of course our favorites from the old days like ‘Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy’ ‘Just Take My Heart,’ ‘Green Tinted Sixties Mind,’ ‘Wild World,’ and ‘To Be With You.’”

Here’s the complete track listing for DEFYING GRAVITY:

1. Open Your Eyes
2. Defying Gravity
3. Everybody Needs a Little Trouble
4. Damn I’m In Love Again
5. Mean to Me
6. Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good)
7. Forever and Back
8. She’s All Coming Back to Me Now
9. 1992
10. Nothing At All
11. Be Kind

Check out MR. BIG at any of the following tour stops:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Leg 1:

Wed 5/31          Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Fri 6/2               St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theatre
Sat 6/3              Wetland, MI                   The Token Lounge
Tue 6/6             Warrendale, PA             Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Wed 6/7            Newton, NJ                   Newton Theatre
Fri 6/9               Uncasville, CT               The Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun
Sat 6/10            New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Mon 6/12          Nashville, TN                 Basement East
Wed 6/14          Lexington, KY               Manchester Music Hall
Fri 6/16             Dallas, TX                     Gas Monkey Live
Sat 6/17            Houston, TX                  Scout Bar
Mon 6/19          Kansas City, MO           Knuckleheads Saloon
Thu 6/22            Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theatre
Fri 6/23             Agoura Hills, CA            Canyon Club
Sat 6/24            Pasadena, CA               The Rose

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Kolovorot Fest is back in Ukraine!

May 7th, 2017
by UK Team

Kolovorot Fest was a Pagan Black metal festival that took place every year in Ukraine since 1998. It was one of the oldest festival of the genre and achieved cult status through the years. It disappeared a few years ago but has recently been resurrected under a new name: Kolovorot Nove Kolo.

The first edition of Kolovorot Nove Kolo will take place in Kiev on June 24th at the MonteRay Live Stage, with a fantastic bill:

  • Cult Polish act Graveland will headline the festival and it will be their first ever show in Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian legends Nokturnal Mortum will promote their brand new album “Verity”, performing both new songs and old classics.
  • Formed by some ex-Dub Buk members in 2015, Burshtyn will open the festival to perform some material from their debut album “Прах відчайдухів”.

Ticket information coming soon!

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Voivod re-releases RRROOOAAARRR, Killing Technology and Dimension Hatross out now – First time on Vinyl in 30 years!!

May 6th, 2017
by EvilG

CD Editions available now and vinyl releasing Friday, May 19th, 2017.

Rrröööaaarrr is the band’s 2nd studio album, released on Noise records in 1986. This sophomore album features their unique blend of thrash, electronic & industrial soundscapes creating a primordial fusion of progressive metal. This definitive issue of VOIVOD’s second album is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album and details the band’s early development within their native Canada plus their first live ‘assaults’ across the border into the US.

Along with a previously unreleased complete show – the ‘Spectrum ’86 ’No Speed Limit Week-End’ concert from Montreal – the set also includes a complete demo of the ‘RRROOOAAARRR’ album, band rehearsal tracks and a ‘never-before-heard’ sound-collage from the tapes of Piggy, Voivod’s late lamented guitarist. The set also contains tantalising early video footage of several live concerts from the band both in Canada & the US, the grainy films providing a unique insight into this developmental world of ‘the’ VOIVOD. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes, pressed on high quality heavy-weight vinyl and the artwork has replicated the original release.

Killing Technology
The band’s third full album perfectly reinforces their image of a post-apocalyptic wasteland set against a thrashing-punk-speed-metal soundscape. It was released on Noise Records in 1987. This definitive issue of VOIVOD’s Killing Technology is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album and details the band’s development as they strove to perfect their sound and become a band of international acclaim.

Along with a previously unreleased complete show – the ’Spectrum ’87 concert recorded Live in Montreal – the set also includes concerts performed by the band in both the US and Switzerland. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes, pressed on high quality heavy-weight vinyl and the artwork has replicated the original release.

Dimension Hatross
Highly influential Canadian prog. metal quartet continue to hone their distinctive blend of experimental speed-infused sci-fi to great effect on album number four. This definitive issue of Voivod’s fourth album is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album, a work where the band’s sound and concept come together in perfect union, and where the transition from thrash metal into something altogether more unique, was finally made.

Along with a previously unreleased complete show – the ‘Spectrum ’88 concert – ’A Flawless Structure? (Recorded Live in Montreal, December 21st 1988)’ – the set also includes concerts performed by the band in the US. It was released on Noise Records in 1988. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes, pressed on high quality heavy-weight vinyl and the artwork has replicated to the original release.

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Bloodstock 2017 – It’s going to be a blast!

May 4th, 2017
by UK Team

Bloodstock Open Air Festival returns for another year of metal mayhem in August!

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Sabaton with support on The Last Tour Scandinavian leg 2017 – leg 1 – Sparbanken Skåne Arena Lund,Sweden

May 4th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall


The Last Tour Scandinavian leg 2017 – leg 1
Accept – special guest
Twilight Force – support act

Sparbanken Skåne Arena
22/3 – 2017

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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CARNIVORE Guitarist to Perform “30 Years of RETALIATION” Set at Black N’ Blue Bowl 2017 Pre-Party Show, Headlined by CRO-MAGS

May 4th, 2017
by EvilG

Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ Bowery Electric in New York City
Doors @ 3:30pm, $20, All Ages

When Brooklyn, NY thrash metal crossover band CARNIVORE wasfirst formed in 1982 by groundbreaking vocalist Peter Steele, no one could have predicted the influence they would inject into underground heavy metal culture, or the legacy Steele would carry on into Type O Negative. The raw energy of their aggressive and often shocking, violent live assaults reverberated beyond the walls of the New York City clubs they frequented, creating an impact acknowledged throughout the metal community even today.

CARNIVORE attacks once again on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Bowery Electric in New York City (327 Bowery) as part of the Black N’ Blue Bowl 2017 Pre-Party Show, featuring headliners Cro-Mags.

Retaliation era guitarist Marc Piovanetti a.k.a. “Marc Carnivore” will present “30 Years of Retaliation” and celebrate the life of Peter Steele by performing a set of tracks from the record, including “Sex and Violence”, “Jesus Hilter”, “S.M.D.” and others. Marc will perform vocals and guitar alongside Adam Tranquilli (Bloodfeast, Retaliation) on guitar and backing vocals, Jake Blochinger (Circus of Steele, The Banner) on drums, and Paul LaPlaca (THOR, Circus of Steele) on bass and backing vocal. This is the first time any type of full CARNIVORE set will be performed by an original member since Peter Steele’s passing.

Limited tickets for the event are nearly sold out and are available at the door and via Tickets are $20 and the show is all ages. Doors open at 3:30pm.

Marc Carnivore says: “I’d like to thank the Black N’ Blue Bowl for hosting this year’s first official anniversary set celebrating 30 years of Peter Steele’s crossover masterpiece, Retaliation! This incredible opportunity to finally stage my favorite musicians and perform a long-awaited showcase of songs only from CARNIVORE‘s Retaliation, is literally a dream come true.
I’ve been trying to plan a proper tribute to Peter Steele’s legacy ever since his untimely passing in 2010. I never got a chance to thank Peter for his incredibly positive influence on both my music and my personal life, so this show really means a lot to me. In my opinion, I think it’s already kicked off the 2017 anniversary celebration worldwide. Every day fans from Europe, Asia, South America, Brooklyn, Vinnland and just about everywhere else ask me which songs we’re going to play and what song we’re going to open with. Aside from myself, there’s only one other surviving original member of CARNIVORE, so I feel it’s an important duty to carry on the legacy of the band. This performance is where CARNIVORE‘s fans, both young and “vintage”, can finally witness the power and madness of Peter’s legendary (and legendarily controversial) personal diary of thrash and mosh, live, in the flesh. I’ll also be singing lead vocals at the show for the first time ever! So please wish me luck, and I’ll see ya’ 5/20… Children of Technology!”
Black N’ Blue Bowl’s “Cuzin” Joe Cammarata adds: “We are thrilled to be hosting the 13thyear of the Black N’ Blue Bowl in New York City, and are especially excited about the “30 Years Of Retaliation” set at the pre-show. Peter Steele had deep roots in the New York hardcore scene having been involved in the iconic Agnostic Front Cause For Alarm album and having played so many CBGB matinees. His legacy lives on and we look forward to celebrating his life on May 20.”

Black N’ Blue Productions is run by “Cuzin” Joe Cammarata, Freddy “Madball” Cricien and friends, and it is the Hardcore production company. BNB events are already legendary for bringing back the best of the old, and ushering in the new; whether presenting the sold-out Black N’ Blue Bowl, or regular gigs and parties – bands, DJs and fans converge. This year’s Black N’ Blue Bowl will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1:00pm sharp and is an all ages show. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and are available via or The line-up features Gorilla Biscuits, Rest in Pieces, Token Entry, Terror and many more.

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Testament / Sepultura / Prong at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

May 3rd, 2017
by Infamous Butcher

Testament / Sepultura / Prong

The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

April 23, 2017

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Incineration Festival – Another year of the extreme!

May 3rd, 2017
by UK Team

Incineration Festival, the UKs most extreme music festival, is back for another year in London on the 13th and 14th of May.

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Akani – Interview with Jorge Rosado & Anders Löwgren

May 1st, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

What started out as a project in 2012 between members and former members of such distinctive bands like Merauder, Soilwork, At the Gates, Dead Reprise and others, steadily became a full time band with two releases so far and a first tour under their belt. After a well-received 7” EP, “Santa Muerte”, back in 2014, the band started to develop more, went through some minor line-up changes, and eventually released their first full length through the label Demons Run Amok in the summer of 2016, “Through My Darkest Infernal”.

I had the opportunity to interview vocalist Jorge Rosado (Merauder) and drummer Anders Löwgren (Dead Reprise, Prison Riot) before they were about to play their second show ever, which took place in Pori, Finland, on the 18th of March. We talked about the interesting history on how the band was formed, the distance factor between the band members and their upcoming plans.

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Zeal & Ardor + Pryapisme + Combineharvester @ The Underworld Camden, London

April 29th, 2017
by UK Team

Zeal & Ardor + Pryapisme + Combineharvester

@ The Underworld Camden, London

April 20, 2017

Review by The Hun
Photography by Inty Malcolm

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New Iced Earth song “Seven Headed Whore” available!

April 28th, 2017
by EvilG

You can now watch the lyric video for Iced Earth’s “Seven Headed Whore”!

Grab the record now at:


Iced Earth - Incorruptible

Iced Earth – Incorruptible

After nearly three dedicated decades, Schaffer, drummer Brent Smedley, vocalist Stu Block, bassist Luke Appleton and new guitarist Jake Dreyer have assembled the fiercest ICED EARTH record since 1996 milestone The Dark Saga and 1998’s chart-blazer Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Incorruptible Tracklist:

  1. Great Heathen Army            (5:21)
  2. Black Flag                       (4:56)
  3. Raven Wing                     (6:25)
  4. The Veil                          (4:47)
  5. Seven Headed Whore       (3.00)
  6. The Relic (Part 1)          (4:59)
  7. Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors) (6:35)
  8. Brothers                               (4:45)
  9. Defiance                              (4:08)
  10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862)(9:30)


ICED EARTH line-up:

Jon Schaffer – Rhythm, Lead, and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards/MIDI, Vocals

Stu Block – Lead Vocals

Brent Smedley – Drums, Percussion

Luke Appleton – Bass Guitar, Vocals

Jake Dreyer – Lead Guitar


ICED EARTH online:


“Brothers and sisters,
Stay tuned for the release of the first singles from Incorruptible starting with Seven Headed Whore tomorrow, Friday April 28th. Then roughly 24 hours later on Saturday April 29th we will see the release of Raven Wing. The metal will flow!
Thanks and we hope you enjoy!”
Jon Schaffer

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Anthrax with support act The Raven Age on Among The Kings European Tour 2017 at Amager Bio Copenhagen,Denmark

April 28th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Among The Kings European Tour 2017
The Raven Age – Support Act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen,Denmark
6/3 – 2017

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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Album Premiere: Blood of Angels

April 27th, 2017
by EvilG

Florida’s Blood of Angels churn out an explosive-yet-memorable brand of melodic death metal, laced with catchy riffs that will have listeners’ head moving from the get-go. Their debut EP “Rise of the Fallen Gods” released on 21st April, which will be followed by some extensive touring.

Hailing from one of the epicenters of extreme metal, Blood of Angels are set to up the ante with their imminent release “Rise of the Fallen Gods.” This Floridian four-piece combines a vicious death metal attack with the atmosphere of black metal, all with flourishes of melody and Viking-themed lyrics. Featuring experienced musicians of the Jacksonville scene, the project combines the talents of current and former members of Motograter, Foreshadow, Denied Til Death, and Leprosy.

Like any band that is on the same page musically, Aaron Robinson (guitar), Michael Stewart (bass), Chris Iibucha (vocals) and Kevin Phillips (drums) have rolled together their collective experience from previous acts into a cold, clinical, yet passionate sound that will be unveiled on their debut EP “Rise of the Fallen Gods.” With hints of Dark Tranquility and Amon Amarth among other bands making up the palette of their sound, and a slick production to accentuate the pummeling drive of the music, the band is preparing to release on the 21st of April.

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