Netherlands Deathfest – 013 Tilburg Holland

April 16th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

The second edition of the Netherlands DeathFest was arranged at the prestigious 013 club in Tilburg. The line-up is definitely incredible again, presenting a wide range of extreme metal, including crust punk, and extreme black metal. visited the 013 club to witness a number of bands performing at various stages. The Netherlands Death Fest is an excellent testimony to how death metal lives both on the mainstream level and in the catacombs of the underground. The schedule was extremely hectic and some bands played at the same time. However, here is the brief article of the Netherlands Death Fest.

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The new ACCEPT album is coming

April 16th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

The new record is entitled »The Rise Of Chaos« and will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – »Blood Of The Nations«, »Stalingrad«, and »Blind Rage« – with grandeur and precision.

And if this wasn’t enough, we will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic set, packed with new and old hits. Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album »Headbangers Symphony«, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: This will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s »Night To Remember« which makes it even more special. The »Night To Remember« is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

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Cromonic release new music video for “Paradise”

April 15th, 2017
by EvilG

The song “Paradise” comes from the brand new Cromonic album TIME.  According to the band, “The video shows a break out from a mental hospital. We all need to leave our past behind.”

The video was recorded and edited by Mauzer productions. Make up by Amanda Felsing Immonen. Video story/concept by Cromonic.

For more information on the band, check out our recent interview with vocalist Pasi Humppi.

Cromonic - Time

Cromonic – Time

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Prog-Sphere Premiere Guitar Shredder Matt Chanway Playthrough Video ‘271114’

April 15th, 2017
by EvilG

For Fans of Conquering Dystopia, Alluvial, Revocation, Nevermore, Voivod
Debut Self-Titled Album Out Now!

Guitar virtuoso Matt Chanway has made a name for himself with well-regarded Canadian death/thrash metal band Assimilation.

Last December, Chanway unleashed his self-titled solo debut album: a sonic masterpiece that merges the old and new school. Razor sharp riffs meld with soaring solos; progression with power! Inspired by the likes of George Lynch and Jeff Loomis, Chanway (who has a diploma in guitar performance from the University of West London) is the ideal guitar hero for the 21st century!

Describing his sound as “melodic, relentless, energetic progressive metal” and influenced by the likes of Nevermore, Circus Maximus, Tony Macalpine, Aghora and Revocation, Chanway explains that “initially this music was written for a progressive metal project called Chancellor in 2011. After leaving that band, I gradually morphed the tracks into instrumental tunes.”

Chanway reveals his writing process is always honest and organic. “I write all of the guitar parts, generally starting from one theme or motif and just continually building upon it, to create a flowing cohesive piece. Never forcing or rushing anything for the sake of releasing new music. The guitar themes are authentic; the riffs are catchy and addictive.”

Teaming up with, Chanway demonstrates his shredding skills with his new playthrough for his track ‘271114′

Chanway also states that this is also no studio project and is looking forward to playing his album live, promising “a very authentic recreation of some very challenging music, of course instrumental music is always a different ballgame in a live context. People tend to hone in on the guitar a lot more, and the unique voice it can bring as the band leader!

As well as his own solo album, his band Assimilation will unleash their eagerly-awaited debut album ‘The Laws of Power’ on March 17, 2017, Chanway’s new album is the perfect instrument precursor to that! Not content to rest on his laurels, Chanway is also planning a further instrumental album for 2018.

Track Listing:
1. Evidence of the Arcane (6:22) (instrumental)
2. The Receiver of Wisdom (6:58) (instrumental)
3. Harbinger 2.1 (8:24) (instrumental)
4. 271114 (6:48) (instrumental)
5. Eyes In The Sky (5:48) (instrumental)
6. Lucidity (6:26) (instrumental)
Album Length: 40:49
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Tour Of The Doomed/sHeavy

April 14th, 2017
by EvilG
Tour Of The Doomed/sHeavy

Tour Of The Doomed/sHeavy

After a much needed break to focus on work, family, and life in general, 2017 has presented itself as a fine time to bring back Days Of The Doomed Fest. That being said, I wanted to do something different this time around, so I revisited something I had been working on since late 2011. The planets had never lined up for this to happen before, but again, 2017 presented itself as the perfect time for this to work out.

So… prepare yourselves because we are taking Days Of The Doomed Fest on the road!!! I give you TOUR OF THE DOOMED! I am absolutely ecstatic to announce that this tour will be headlined by a legendary band that will be making its very first official visit to the US! The one and only… SHEAVY! Stephen Hennessey (lead vocalist) and I have been in touch for the past 6 years trying to make this happen, and we are both stoked to finally make this a reality. Through the years of doing Days Of The Doomed Fest, sHeavy has always been one of the most mentioned bands to be added to the roster. I am so happy to now be able to honor those requests!

Direct support for the tour will be supplied by the undeniably unique, heavy riffs of the mighty Beelzefuzz, and the brilliant, “bluesy-doom” sounds of Chicago’s own Spillage! But that’s not all! Each date on the tour will feature more support acts that make Days Of The Doomed Fest what it is. You will see some favorite alumni acts along the way, and of course be witness to the new crop of riff-worshiping bands as well!

The tour kicks off on 8/12 in Milwaukee, WI, and in true Days Of The Doomed Fest style, I promise you an absolutely insane line up to literally “get the show on the road”! Rosters for each date of the tour will be announced next week, so keep an eye out!

I’m really excited to be bringing Days Of The Doomed Fest to all of you, so come on out and get heavy with us!!! See you in August!!!
–Mercyful Mike



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Ghost at the O2 ABC Glasgow, Wednesday 29th March 2017

April 13th, 2017
by UK Team


O2 ABC Glasgow – 29th March 2017

Review and photography by Gavin Lowrey

Ghost is the religion and tonight’s service is blessing the ABC in Glasgow

 Ghost are an act that are musically diverse and contradictory, and are pure theatre, and with a Grammy in the bag too, have the gravitas to go with their brand of music that varies so wildly

The show is sold out and the venue is packed by the time support band Zombi hit the stage

The band are an instrumental two piece from Pittsburgh featuring Steve More on Bass and Keys with Anthony Pattera behind the kit. Five albums in a dozen years is not a bad haul and their set proves they are a tight outfit.

Their set however does drag, and without the vocals, one song does tend to drag into another, if I had to categorise them, I’d say its a kind of Depeche Mode/Rush crossover which is good in small doses but didn’t really float my boat (6/10)

You can literally cut the atmosphere with a knife as we start the build up to the main event, and 15 minutes of church interval music certainly amp things up to another level

Starting off with the catchy (Some may even say “poppy”)  new track  “Square Hammer” we are blessed with a stellar performance that has ghost right up there with the best of them, not only providing the theatre but having the tunes to back it up

“Pinnacle to the Pit” has the crowd in good voice, something that carries on throughout the show, be it singing long to the songs or laughing at Papa Emeritus quips

“Con Clavi Don Dio” bass notes tones demonstrate that the sound this evening is exceptional and also gives Papa a chance to give his thurible a wee run out

The Star of the show is clearly Papa Emeritus, however the Nameless Ghouls really come into their own and demonstrate they too have a real identity and personality, despite their masks covering their identity

As a result of this, they also have the ability to come and go as they please, something we had first hand experience of outside the venue before the show………..but my lips are sealed

The crowd are given communion by a couple of “Sisters of Sin” before “Body & Blood” something the crowd lap up, but they don’t need free booze to get the crowd on side because as Steven Tyler says they  “Let the Music do the Talkin'”

The diversity of the Music is one of the beauties of the band, Pop (“He Is”) & Rock (“Absolution”)  to Metal (“Mummy Dust”) it’s all there, and the crowd lap it up

The growth in stature of the band, not only as a live act but as a recording artist has been impressive, and with a Grammy to boot they have the gravitas to break into a more mainstream audience, and introduce them to religion that is Ghost


1. Square Hammer

2. Pinnacle to The Pit

3. Secular Haze

4. Con Clavi Con Dio

5. Per Aspera Ad Inferi

6. Body & Blood

7. Circle

8. Year Zero

9. Spooksonät/He Is

10. Absolution

11. Mummy Dust

12. Gheleh/Zombie Queen

13. Ritual

14. Monstrance Clock

Review and Photos by Gavin Lowrey

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ICED EARTH Unveil New Album, Incorruptible, Cover-Art and June 16th Release Date; Multiple Formats and Limited Editions Available

April 11th, 2017
by EvilG
Iced Earth - Incorruptible

Iced Earth – Incorruptible

ICED EARTH have revealed the cover artwork for Incorruptible, their brand-new studio album that’s going to be released on June 16th! The stunning artwork (as well as additional illustrations to every song of the new album) was done by David Newman-Stump  from Skeleton Crew Tattoo (pencil illustrations) and Roy Young (colors). SEE COVER-ART ATTACHED! Pre-order here –


Incorruptible is ICED EARTH’s twelfth studio album. Jon Schaffer (band founder) describes the new output as being on par with The Dark Saga and Something Wicked This Way Comes. The first two new songs will be released on April 28th and April 29th,, so keep your eyes and ears open. Just three more weeks to go!


Incorruptible tracklist:

  1. Great Heathen Army (5:21)

  2. Black Flag (4:56)

  3. Raven Wing(6:25) — single launch: April 29th

  4. The Veil (4:47)

  5. Seven Headed Whore(3.00) — single launch: April 28th

  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)


Incorruptible will be available in the following formats:


  1. Deluxe CD Digipak

with extensive booklet, fold-out poster and slipcase (only available in Europe)

  1. CD Digipak (only available in the USA)

  2. Strictly limited artbook

with 36-page booklet with introduction, additional artworks, sketches and comments by Jon Schaffer to each individual song, CD and double 10” vinyl, worldwide limited to only 3000 copies

  1. Deluxe 2LP version in various vinyl colors (see below for exact color split)

With gatefold sleeve, 4-page lyric sheet, 180 g vinyl, black anti-static inner sleeves, etching and 12-page LP-booklet with artworks to each of the 10 songs

  1. Standard CD Jewel Case

  2. Digital download / stream


The pre-order for “Incorruptible” has now started in most of the usual online stores! Be quick on the colored vinyl versions!


The 2LP version of Incorruptible is offered in the following vinyl colors:

  1. Black vinyl: unlimited and offered through all retail channels

  2. Dark-green vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in the UK

  3. Yellow vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in France

  4. Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media’s European online store

  5. Lilac vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast

  6. Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP

  7. Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 500 copies, distributed through RED in the USA

  8. White vinyl: limited to 300 copies, exclusively offered in the USA through F.Y.E.

  9. Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour


The artbook version of Incorruptible will be offered in the following vinyl colors:

  1. Transparent-red vinyl: main version, available through all retail channels

  2. Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media’s European online store

  3. Golden vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores

  4. Black vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores

  5. Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast

  6. Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour

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

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Anthrax at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA, April 5, 2017

April 11th, 2017
by Infamous Butcher


The Electric Factory

Philadelphia, PA, April 5, 2017
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Interview with Bob Nalbandian, Director of Inside Metal

April 11th, 2017
by J P

Bob Nalbandian, Director of Inside Metal

Bob Nalbandian photo courtesy of

Bob Nalbandian photo courtesy of

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Sonata Arctica + Thunderstone @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow

April 10th, 2017
by UK Team

Sonata Arctica + Thunderstone

@ The Classic Grand, Glasgow

24th March 2017

Review & photos by Oliver M.

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Sonata Arctica – Interview with Tony Kakko

April 10th, 2017
by UK Team

Sonata Arctica

Interview with vocalist Tony Kakko

24th March 2017 @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow

Interviewed by Oliver M.

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RUSH: ALBUM-BY-ALBUM by Martin Popoff

April 8th, 2017
by J P

Media Requests: Steve Roth | 612-344-8156 | 

An unparalleled look at Canada’s greatest rock band’s recorded output 


By Martin Popoff | May 1, 2017 

Formed in Toronto in 1968, the rock trio Rush has gone on to multiplatinum success behind the distinctive high register and virtuosic bass-playing of frontman Geddy Lee, the legendary drumming and lyric-writing of Neil Peart, and the guitar heroics of Alex Lifeson. Despite having just four chart-topping singles since the release of their debut LP in 1974, Rush has nonetheless sold more than 25 million albums in the U.S. and more than 40 million worldwide. Indeed, the Canadian trio may be the definition of an “album band,” and this new book from prolific rock journalist and acknowledged Rush authority Martin Popoff pays tribute to the band’s discography by moderating in-depth, frank, and entertaining conversations about all 20 of Rush’s studio albums. Inside, the author gathers 20 rock musicians, journalists and authors who offer insights, opinions, and anecdotes about every release.

The likes of musicians Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Rush historians and uber fans such as Eddy Maxwell (founder of RushCon) and Douglas Maher along with journalists and authors such as Jeff Wagner and Robert Telleria weigh in with Popoff and the views and opinions will enlighten all Rush fans. From the self-titled debut, Rush to the band’s most recent studio album Clockwork Angels, every album is covered in-depth. The conversations cover everything about every Rush album – music, lyrics, performances, cover artwork, critical and fan reception and so much more.

The thoughtful text is generously illustrated with carefully curated live and offstage photography and selected Rush memorabilia. In addition to a full discography, Popoff also includes loads of sidebars that provide complete track listings, details on album personnel, information on where and when the albums were recorded, and sidebar facts about the albums, their songs, and the band. Together, the conversations and visual presentation are a unique historical overview of this ground-breaking band.

About the Author 

At approximately 7,900 (with over 7,000 appearing in his books), Martin Popoff has unofficially written more record reviews than anybody in the history of music writing across all genres. Additionally, Martin has penned 57 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting, including 2004’s Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away, Rush: The Illustrated History, and Rush: Album by Album. He was Editor In Chief of the now retired Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada’s foremost heavy metal publication in print for 14 years, and has also contributed to Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine, Record Collector,, and Martin has been a regular contractor to Banger Films, having worked on the award-wining documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, the 11-episode Metal Evolution, and the 10-episode Rock Icons, both for VH1 Classic. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through or

Book Specs 

ISBN: 9780760352205 | Hardcover, 192 pages | 75 color & 50 b/w photos | Published May 1, 2017

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Misconducters – Interview with guitarist/vocalist Denfire

April 8th, 2017
by EvilG

Misconducters – Interview with guitarist/vocalist Denfire


Interviewed by EvilG

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LEATHERWOLF release ‘Wolfman’ video

April 8th, 2017
by EvilG

Leatherwolf - Promo 2017Southern California’s long running Triple Axe Attack, LEATHERWOLF, have released the “Wolfman” video, including footage from the band’s celebrated 2015 Keep It True festival appearance in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The audio track was mixed by legendary producer/engineer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, ANVIL) at Ecology Room Studios in Kent, England and mastered by Tom Baker (JUDAS PRIEST, ALICE COOPER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) at Baker Mastering in Calabasas, CA. The clip can be viewed on the band’s YouTube channel:

“Our bass player, Pat (Guyton), originally came up with the idea to do this video since we had a bunch of unused footage from Keep It True XVIII that just sat on the shelves so to speak”, states drummer Dean Roberts. “A few months ago, we hooked up with Chris (Tsangarides) and gave him a song to do a test mix. We were blown away by what he came back with – he’s just awesome! “Kill And Kill Again” off our debut album has always been a favorite of ours to play live so we got together with editor Michael Lyle and had him edit this cool “lupine” footage around the live visuals which makes for a pretty neat concept. I think the fans will get a kick out of it when they see it!”

In other news, LEATHERWOLF will be traveling to Europe later his summer to take part in the three-day 80’s metal extravanganza, Hair Metal Heaven, which is set to take place August 25-27 at Hull City Hall in Kingston-upon-Hull, England. Other bands on the bill include TNT, HOUSE OF LORDS, D-A-D, HARDLINE and DANGER DANGER. States vocalist/guitarist Michael Olivieri: “We are extremely excited to make our return to the UK after almost three decades. The last time we played Britain was opening up for VOW WOW back in 1989 in support of ‘Street Ready’. Great memories! We can’t wait to finally rock for our British fans again who’ve been asking about gigs for years. See you in August!”

Hair Metal Heaven will mark the European live debut of new addition, guitarist Joey Tafolla (JAG PANZER), who officially joined original LEATHERWOLF members, Michael Olivieri and Dean Roberts, guitarist Rob Math, and long-time bassist Patrick Guyton in January.


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Kreator with support act’s on Gods Of Violence European Tour 2017 – leg 1 – at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

April 8th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall


Gods Of Violence European Tour 2017: Leg 1

Sepultura – special guest
Soilwork – special guest
Aborted – support act

Amager Bio
Copenhagen, Denmark

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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