NEAL SMITH – ex- Alice Cooper Group, solo artist, etc.

February 25th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala

Neal Smith



Neal Smith is an American drummer, best known as a member of Alice Cooper group from 1967 to 1974. He performed on the group’s early albums PRETTIES FOR YOU and EASY ACTION, the breakout album LOVE IT TO DEATH and the subsequent successful albums KILLER, SCHOOL’S OUT, BILLION DOLLAR BABIES and MUSCLE OF LOVE. The line-up broke up in 1974, and next Smith founded the Billion Dollar Babies with former Alice Cooper group colleagues Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway along with Bob Dolin and Mike Marconi. The band released BATTLE AXE in 1977 before disbanding. Later on Smith has recorded with such bands and artists as Buck Dharma, Plasmatics, Deadringer and Cinematic. Smith and Dunaway formed Bouchard, Dunaway & Smith (BDS) which released two albums in the early 2000. In 2011, Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the “Performer” category, as a member of the original Alice Cooper band. He also performed on Alice Cooper’s WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE (2011) album. Currently Smith works primarily in real estate business in New England area, but is still active in the music world as well. Among other projects he has an industrial rock project called Killsmith which released its third album KILLSMITH & THE GREENFIRE EMPIRE in late 2014. I met the legend in his office at Connecticut on last November and here’s what he had to tell about his current activities, the past and the future. Read on!

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ICO concerts proudly presents Metal All Star in Copenhagen, Denmark

February 25th, 2015
by EvilG
Metal All Stars

Metal All Stars

The Metal All Star  hits Copenhagen, Denmark and Amager Bio for one exclusive show. Members of bands like Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Megadeth take their place on stage in order to give you a night you won’t forget. The line up to the show is:

James LaBrie (Dream Theater)

Ross the Boss (Manowar)

Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly)

Geoff Tate (ex- Queensryche)

David Ellefson (Megadeth)

Vinny Appice (Dio)

Carmine Appice (Blue Murder)

Ripper Owens (Judas Priest)

Paul DiAnno (ex-Iron Maiden)

Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus)

So make sure you are there in order to experience the most explosive three hours of your life. Tickets purchased for the cancelled show in December 2014 are valid for the upcoming show.

Metal All Star
Amager Bio – 1. May

Ticketsale begins january 29th
Price 395 DKR

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Interview – with Kreig, Stahlsarg @ The Unicorn, Camden

February 24th, 2015
by UK Team


@ The Unicorn, Camden

1st February 2015

Interview by Ben Spencer and Jarod Lawley
Photography by Jarod Lawley

After arriving at the Unicorn early for tonight’s show, we join Stalhsarg’s guitarist Krieg to discuss World War II, touring in Europe, brewing beer and the band’s plans for the rest of 2015.



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Wolf @ The Underworld, Camden

February 24th, 2015
by UK Team

with Primitai and The Heretic Order

@ The Underworld, Camden

8 February 2015

Review by Rowena Lamb
Photographs by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

Wolf @ The Underworld, Camden

Wolf @ The Underworld, Camden

Having been a fan of Wolf since I first saw them at Bloodstock in 2009 I was more than ready for their return to the UK and one of my favourite London venues; The Underworld, Camden. With it’s dark, intensely close atmosphere it’s a terrific venue for high energy and engaging bands such as the ones on the bill that evening.

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SLIPKNOT – Live at Ice Hall, Helsinki

February 24th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala

The 15th of February 2015
Ice Hall Helsinki Finland

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Cannibal Corpse & Behemoth, Calgary AB – Feb 14, 2015

February 23rd, 2015
by Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse & Behemoth

w/ Aeon & Tribulation

February 14, 2015

Review by JP Wood

Photos by Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Could there be a more perfect date on the calendar for a brutal Death and Black Metal show than February 14th, St. Valentine’s Day? I think not!  That was the scenario for the Cannibal Corpse/Behemoth/Aeon/Tribulation show in Calgary. By a cruel twist of fate Calgary Metalheads had a very difficult choice to make as the Napalm Death/Voi-vod/Exhumed/Iron Reagan show was also in town the same night. These unfortunate coincidences happen on occasion as tours pass by and in a market of one million people it’s understandable that sometimes conflicts happen.  What wasn’t clear was why several local bands scheduled bar shows on the same night as these tours! 

The choice of which show to see was essentially made for me as my radio show also fell on that night and the station is located in the same building as the Cannibal Corpse show. I wasn’t heart-broken that the Cannibal/Behemoth show was my first choice as Napalm Death’s whiny, left-wing politics and lyrics have always left a bad taste in my mouth. In a semi-rare act of collaboration the two competing promoters tried to make a workable schedule. The Napalm Death show was at a much smaller venue (capacity 400 and did end up being a packed show) in a bar.  The Cannibal Corpse/Behemoth show was at a public hall and was an all-ages gig. So the Cannibal show started early and the Napalm Death show started late.  I spoke with many friends who planned to rush out of the Cannibal show (capacity 1000 and sold out)  and head down to the bar (a mere 15 minute drive) and hopefully catch the tail end of Voi-vod before Napalm Death’s set. MacEwan Hall Ballroom seems to stick to a tight curfew lately and the all-ages gig had to start promptly even though there were people still waiting to get in as Tribulation started.  Luckily I showed up early enough to catch the entire set.

It was my first time seeing Sweden’s Tribulation live and I was pleasantly surprised. Their compact 30 minute set brought 4-5 songs of their brand of progressive blackened death. I was especially impressed with the drummer,  Jackob Ljungberg who had a lot of energy and brought a big rock show style to the songs. The opening slot is always tough, especially playing to a half-empty room but they held their own.  By the time they closed with ‘When The Sky Is Black With Devils’,  from their latest album, THE FORMULAS OF DEATH they had a mini-mosh pit going.  They were charismatic and interesting and I think they will do well. A few people I chatted with after the set were really impressed with them.

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

Tribulation © Monika Deviat

The crowd was filling out nicely, and it was a young composite crowd.  I commented to one of my older buddies that there were lots of young people and girls, something you would not have seen back in the early 90’s. He agreed and it was interesting to note that the old conflict between Black Metal and Death Metal fans that existed in the 90’s has largely faded away and now you have these multi-genre bills sharing the stage. Accordingly, up next was Aeon, straight-up old-school Death Metal also from Sweden.

The Metal Blade Records artist has been around for a while but it was odd that they were on the bill because it has been now over two years since their last album AEON’S BLACK was released. In one sense AEON were a bit dull compared to Tribulation.  Dull is perhaps not the correct term but the band is far more relentless and far less musical than Tribulation. Aeon ripped through a 30 minute set of brutal old-school Death Metal largely inspired by Cannibal Corpse. I do not want to sound negative as they were heavy and brutal but they lacked stage presence and charisma of the other acts on the bill. However the back to basics style was admittedly crushing, no frills classic Death Metal and they cranked it up a notch.

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Aeon © Monika Deviat

Up next were Behemoth who were back in Calgary less than a year after the Metal Alliance Tour 2014.  Riding high on a very well-received 2014 album (THE SATANIST) and the pending release of not one but two Behemoth related books, the Polish Blackened Death/Black Metal  were by far the most theatrical act of the night. They brought the big show with corpse-paint, costumes, black leather, flaming torches, smoke, stage-props, big lights, spitting blood, pre-recorded intros, orchestral backing tracks and choreographed stage moves…it was almost like Kiss in 1976 all over! The band did not fail to entertain as the quartet drew largely from their second-era of material. Crystal clear sound, lots of room on stage and years of experience made them perhaps the highlight of the night.

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

Behemoth © Monika Deviat

The final band up was Cannibal Corpse. After the theatrical performance from Behemoth, the stage was stripped back down to basics and it was just Cannibal Corpse headbanging and delivering brutal death metal. The band still has a huge and avid following, and their following has continued to buy so many albums that Metal Blade Records presented Cannibal an award for two million sold in their career at one of their shows on this tour.

It seemed the crowd surfers had saved their energy for the final band because they started going hard. There was a sign indicated that if they crowd surfed more than once they were out, but by the few repeats going across, the venue may not have been kicking people out. “Scourge of Iron” kicked off the set and the band relentlessly tore through their first three songs before frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher even acknowledged them. Always stoic and looking slightly unimpressed on stage, Corpsegrinder provoked the audience’s fervour in-between songs. Tracks like “Kill of Become” and “Icepick Lobotomy” from the newest release SKELETAL DOMAIN were featured. The pit was constantly moving and classic songs such as “Make them Suffer” and “Stripped, Raped, and Strangled” could ignite the crowd into further tumult. The encore was a satisfying two song assault of “Hammer Smashed Face” and “Devoured by Vermin”.

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

Cannibal Corpse © Monika Deviat

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KROKUS Announce First US Tour In 25 Years

February 23rd, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Krokus Low Res

For forty years, Krokus has produced high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock playing over 2,000 shows across five continents.

Now, for the first time in over two decades, the band returns to US shores. On April 18, the Swiss rockers board the MSC Divina for the Monsters Of Rock Cruise with a cast of seminal rock and metal acts, including Tesla, Europe, Night Ranger, Extreme, KIX, and Queensrÿche.

Following the cruise, the tour continues through a series of US cities, leading to the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA on May 6.

Official Tour Dates:
April 18-22 — Miami, FL — Monsters of Rock Cruise
April 24 — Houston, TX — Concert Pub North
April 25 — San Antonio, TX — 210 Kapone’s
April 26 — Dallas, TX — Trees
April 28  — Tulsa, OK — The Vanguard
April 29   Kansas City, MO — The Scene
May 1 — St. Charles, IL — Arcada Theatre
May 2 — Columbia, MD — M3 Festival, Merriweather Pavillion
May 4 — El Paso, TX — Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
May 5 — Las Vegas, NV — Count’s Vamp’d
May 6 — Los Angeles, CA — Whisky A Go Go

Krokus’ back catalogue and album sales are like no other Swiss rock band. To date, the band has already sold over 14 million records, receiving gold and platinum discs in the US and Canada. The milestones in their rock career are dotted around the world from Australia and the US, to Mexico, Russia, Japan, and China.

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KAMELOT Announce Release Date For New Album “HAVEN”

February 23rd, 2015
by EvilG
Kamelot - HAVEN

Kamelot – HAVEN

Symphonic Metal Masters KAMELOT return after 2 years of touring the globe and 12 months of intense writing and recording. In mid 2014 the band entered the studio to begin recording their follow-up to the highly acclaimed chart topping album Silverthorn. The new album titled HAVEN will make KAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide (excl. Asia ) on Napalm Records /Universal and Napalm Records/ADA-Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band’s KAMELOT MUSIC LLC in early May 2015 and will showcase KAMELOT at their finest!

Today the breathtaking artwork, track listing and album configurations have been unveiled. HAVEN will be available to pre-order in multiple bundle packages at the Napalm Records Webstore – starting Thursday, February 26th 2015.

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Moonspell – Interview with Fernando Ribeiro

February 21st, 2015
by UK Team

Moonspell LogoInterview with Fernando Ribeiro

Interview by Oliver M.



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ENSLAVED – Interview with Ivar Bjørnson

February 20th, 2015
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with guitarist Ivar Bjørnson

By Peter Atkinson

Of the bands that emerged during the turbulent birth of Norwegian black metal in the early ‘90s, arguably none have been as productive, consistent or diverse as Haugesund-born/Bergen-based Enslaved. Rather than revel in the controversy or “true Norwegian black metal” purist sentiments of some of their brothers in arms, Enslaved have honed their craft since 1991 with a steady stream albums that grew ever-more experimental – especially after 1998’s furious Blodhemn – and continued to break new ground – for instance, touring in the North America for the first time in 1995, when Norwegian black metal still was mostly just a sinister curiosity here.

Over time, as Enslaved’s lineup solidified – its roster since 2004 has been founding guitar Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson, guitarist Arve “Ice Dale” Isdal, keyboardist/vocalist Herbrand Larsen and drummer Cato Bekkevold – the band’s music metamorphosed into something far more progressive than mere black metal. More recently, the band seem to have found a happy medium between prog-rock atmosphere and breadth and extreme metal ferocity and power.

Along the way, they have become something of a national treasure in their home country, scoring a number of “album of the year” awards – including four Spellemannprisen, or Norwegian Grammys. Last year, along with Norse-folk act Wardruna, they were commissioned to compose a special musical work to mark the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution.

Enslaved’s 13th studio full-length, In Times, will be issued on March 10. It is perhaps the most listener friendly work the band have done, albeit still a challenging one, as it mixes inviting grooves and melodies with epic scale, dramatic about-faces, the omnipresent harsh counterpoint of Kjellson’s feral growl and occasional forays into traditional Norwegian folk music and the like. The band will launch the album with a North American tour kicking off March 5 in San Diego, with Yob and Ecstatic Vision in tow, that leads up to a residence at the four-day Roadburn Festival in Holland in early April featuring several unique performances.

After apologetically chiming in late for our originally scheduled interview time via Skype, Bjørnson rang back at the end of his slate to discuss Enslaved’s new album and tour, the Roadburn Festival for which he was invited to curate, the band’s long career and how they continue to challenge themselves after nearly a quarter-century of extreme metal radicalism.

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ENFORCER Release Video For “Destroyer”

February 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

p8xpcvCSwedish 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.

Today the band debuts their video for opening track of From Beyond.  The video for “Destroyer” was shot in Arvika/Sweden and edited by Gustav Öhman Spjuth.

An album trailer, featuring comments from the band and previews of new music is available now.

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

From Beyond will be released as a limited edition digipak, as well different colored vinyl editions.

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

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German Heavy Metallers WIZARD To Release First Ever Live DVD

February 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

German True Heavy Metal act WIZARD will release their first ever live DVD, titled “25 Years Of Heavy Metal – Live In Bocholt”. The DVD will be available on March 10, 2015, and will include complete live show recorded in 2014 in Bocholt, Germany, incl. songs such as: “Midgard’s Guardian”, “Betrayer”, “Defenders Of Metal” or “Hammer, Bow, Axe And Sword”. Except that, the DVD will include bonus footage recorded during the German Metal Attack Tour 2013, during which WIZARD shared stages with GRAVE DIGGER and MAJESTY. The DVD can be ordered directly from the band:

In other news, WIZARD confirmed several new tour dates:
06.03.2015 Zum Pitt,  Bocholt, Germany
13.03.2015 Le Grillen, Colamr, France
18.06.2015 Dong Open Air, Germany
21.06.2015 Metal Frenzy Festival, Germany
01.08.2015 Bäääm Festival, Germany
28.08.2015 Metalacker, Tennbronn, Germany

WIZARD’s last studio album titled “Trail Of Death” came out in September 2013 via Massacre Records.

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AGNOSTIC FRONT Release First The American Dream Died Webisode

February 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


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

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  to secure your copy!
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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Swedish Rock Legends EUROPE Announce U.S. Tour Dates + “Monsters of Rock” Cruise Performances

February 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 10, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings.

In conjunction with the upcoming album release, the band will ship off on the Monsters of Rock cruise on April 18th from Miami, FL, and cruise to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, docking back in Miami on April 22nd. In addition to EUROPE, the cruise features performances from Tesla, Night Ranger, Lita Ford, and more. Visit for pricing and more information.

Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a stop at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:

EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:
4/18 – 4/22 – Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
4/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino
4/25 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
4/28 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues – w/ Black Star Riders
4/30 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza – w/ Black Star Riders
5/1 – Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den – w/ Black Star Riders
5/2 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – M3 Rock Festival
5/3 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

Last week, in celebration of the release and forthcoming tour, EUROPE released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In less than two weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 75,000 views. Watch it here:–DyVI

War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format.

Right now, you can win a limited edition EUROPE War of Kings box set, which includes a copy of the album, as well as a t-shirt, bonus DVD, postcard, and sticker. You can enter now to win the box set now via only two sites, and Good luck!


Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.

War of Kings tracklisting:

1) War Of Kings
2) Hole In My Pocket
3) Second Day
4) Praise You
5) Nothin’ To Ya
6) California 405
7) Days Of Rock n Roll
8) Children Of The Mind
9) Rainbow Bridge
10) Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11) Light Me Up
Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)

EUROPE’s place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single The Final Countdown, before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012’s Bag of Bones, saw EUROPE hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at #2 on the Swedish national charts.

War of Kings is set to take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have put in over the last few years.

Joey Tempest – lead vocals, acoustic & rhythm guitar, keyboards
John Norum – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
John Leven – bass, backing vocals
Mic Michaeli – keyboards, piano, backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Ian Haugland – drums, percussion, backing vocals

For more information on EUROPE, please visit, and

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RAVEN to Release ExterminNation On April 28th

February 19th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974 (yes – 41 years ago!) the brothers Gallagher cut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter.  The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond.  Basically, without Raven you just would not have thrash/speed metal…. after all, the band did give Metallica & Anthrax their first tours! Following a tumultuous move to the USA, deals with Atlantic Records, indentured servitude and commercialism, Rob left the band in 1987 to be replaced by drummer extraordinaire Joe Hasselvander, who had made his name in cult doom band Pentagram, Savoy Brown and his own solo projects, adding a new dimension to the band. Rebuilding from the Atlantic experiences, the band capitalized on their fierce live performances steadily releasing albums and touring the world.  In 2001, guitarist Mark Gallagher was involved in a near fatal accident – but fought his way back from the brink and the band proved they were stronger than ever!  This renewed spirit and attitude was reflected in the title of their 2010 album Walk Through Fire and in the career overview DVD Rock Until You Drop.  In a cynical musical landscape these days, where bands are not “gangs” but corporations…where albums and live shows are click tracked & pro-tooled to death…  where a band’s line up can change every few months with “hired guns” who float in and out -RAVEN are almost alone among their peers in that they boast a lineup featuring the same three guys – a line up that has been stable for the better part of three decades!  RAVEN are a band that is real, not fake – and proud of it!

RAVEN had an exciting 2014 – opening for Metallica (the band who RAVEN took on their first tour back in 1983) in Sao Paulo in front of 70,000 fans, and completing a 43 date headlining USA tour – not to mention completing their finest album to date – ExtermiNation slated for an April 2015 release worldwide on SPV/Steamhammer! This album combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best they have done in decades.  Rivaling the “holy trinity” of those early albums, and again working with the engineering metal mastermind who is Kevin 131 (Walk Through Fire)  – the band have taken their game to the next level…this may well be their 41st anniversary but these guys are only just getting started!

In commemoration of Bon Scott`s death 35 years ago today, RAVEN release a snippet of their new song “Thunder Down Under”.  Check out the song HERE.

ExtermiNation will be released in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.

Track Listing Digipak:
1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland  (Bonus Track)

Tracklisting 2LP:

LP 1
Side 1
1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight

Side 2
1. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
2. Feeding The Monster
3. Fire Burns Within
4. Scream

LP 2
Side 1
1. One More Day
2. Thunder Down Under
3. No Surrender
4. Golden Dawn

Side 2
1. Silver Bullet
2. River Of No Return
3. Malice In Geordieland   (Bonus Track)

RAVEN live 2015:

06.03. MX-Mexico City – El Circo Volador
07.03. CO-Bogota – Thrash La Union Festival
08.03. CO-Pereira – Thrash La Union Festival
11.03. PE-Lima – Wairuru Club
13.03. BR-Sorocaba – Priliampus Bar
15.03. BR-Sao Paulo – Manifesto Bar

27.03. FI-Helsinki – Club Pkrl
28.03. B-Genk – Iron Steel Fest
31.03. D-Hamburg – Hafenklang
01.04. D-Bremen – Meisenfrei
02.04. D-Oberhausen – Helvete
03.04. NL-Helmond – Cacaofabriek
04.04. NL-Staadskanal – Very Eavy Fest

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