Aces High! STEVE’N’SEAGULLS Share Latest Cover Track + More

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Viral Internet sensation STEVE’N’SEAGULLS have shared the first new track from their upcoming second album, Brothers in Farms, out September 9 via Spinefarm Records. The band, known for its Finnish “hillbillified” and folksy covers of classic metal tracks, has offered up its version of Iron Maiden’s iconic “Aces High.”

The track premiered via Metal Injection.

The song is available as an instant grat track for fans who pre-order the album

S’N’S also revealed details of the new album. Today, they’ve also shared the Brothers in Farms track listing and album cover.

For the uninitiated, Finland’s S’N’S shot to fame thanks to their bluegrass covers of metal classics, such as AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Their unique take on beloved tracks garnered S’N’S fans, who cropped up all over the world, and their videos racked up millions of views.

September 21, 2015 was eventually christened STEVE’N’SEAGULLS day for the entire state of Colorado, while the band also covered The Beastie Boys’ hit “Sabotage” for The AV Club, toured the U.S., bringing their folk metal madrigrals to the masses, and appeared at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, last Spring.

This time out, the brothers-in-farms tackle legendary tunes from Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Megadeth, and more.

BROTHERS IN FARMS TRACK LISTING:
1. “Aces High”
02. “Sad But True”
03. “Wishmaster”
04. “It’s A Long Way To The Top”
05. “You Could Be Mine”
06. “November Rain”
07. “In Bloom”
08. “Symphony Of Destruction”
09. “Fill Up The Tank”
10. “Burn”
11. “The Pretender”
12. “Self Esteem”
13. “Out In The Fields”
14. Born To Be Wild”

STEVE’N’SEAGULLS ON TOUR:
9/23 – Knitting Factory | Brooklyn, N.Y.
9/24 – Rowdy on the Roof | Cumberland, Md.
9/25 – Haymarket Whiskey Bar | Louisville, Ky.
9/26 – Cosmic Charlie’s | Lexington, Ky.
9/27 – The Hi-Fi | Indianapolis, Ind.
9/28 – Duck Room | St.Louis, Mo.
9/29 – George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, Ark.
9/30 – Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival | Guthrie, Ola.
10/1 – The Riot Room | Kansas City, Mo.
10/2 – 7th Street Rascals Live | Moline, Ill.
10/4 – Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, Iowa
10/5 -The Frequency | Madison, Wis.
10/6 – Rose Music Hal |, Columbia, Mo.
10/7 – O’Leaver’s Omaha | Neb.
10/8 The Armory Performing Arts Center | Brighton, Colo.

 

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SOILWORK Releases First “Inside Death Resonance” Video Trailer

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Visionary Swedish metallers SOILWORK have released the first “Inside Death Resonance” video trailer in which singer Björn “Speed” Strid talks about the band’s upcoming special collection of rarities, Death Resonance, out August 19, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Head to this location to watch: https://youtu.be/RHd01VOynRo

You can also watch the official visualizer for “These Absent Eyes” here: https://youtu.be/ydGQYp6QCHs

The song was originally released on the Japan-only EP Beyond The Infinite, which featured more songs from the recordings sessions for the band’s globally praised double album The Living Infinite.

Commented singer Björn “Speed” Strid: “Beyond The Infinite consists of some special, quite experimental songs. They might have been cut out from the original album but have a unique charm to them. It wasn’t easy to pick the final track list for The Living Infinite. It was never obvious which songs wouldn’t make it. The writing and recording was highly experimental and playful in general, and it was through this album that we rediscovered ourselves as songwriters, with a new and improved line-up which brought – and will bring – so many interesting things to the table. Originally only released in Japan, it is with great pleasure that we finally share those special songs with you all. Enjoy!”

Watch the lyric video for “Helsinki”, created by well-known videographer Tommy Antonini (facebook.com/tommyantoninivideography), at this location:

Commented guitar player David Andersson: “Death. It’s a word that might be used too often, but it can still be interpreted in a myriad different ways. It’s not just the soma being deprived of its lifeforce; it’s also the end of infinity, the birth of new possibilities and the acceptance of inevitable change. This song was written soon after the recording of our live album in Finland, making new friends and making sure that the old ones stay with us forever, despite the fact that everything is finite.”

Pre-Order Death Resonance in as CD digipak or clear vinyl here: http://nblast.de/SoilworkDResonanceNB
Death Resonance tracklisting:
01. Helsinki (new song)
02. Death Resonance (new song)
03. The End Begins Below The Surface (The Ride Majestic Japan bonus track)
04. My Nerves, Your Everyday Tool (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
05. These Absent Eyes (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
06. Resisting The Current (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
07. When Sound Collides (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
08. Forever Lost In Vain (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
09. Sweet Demise (The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
10. Sadistic Lullabye (re-recorded, The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
11. Overclocked (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
12. Martyr (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
13. Sovereign (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
14. Wherever Thorns May Grow (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)
15. Killed By Ignition (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)

Commented singer Björn “Speed” Strid: “The cover for Death Resonance is made by Mircea Eftemie and in many ways he managed to capture what we went through while recording The Ride Majestic: the sorrow, the close encounter with death, the aftermath and also the existential cogitation that came with it. It links those albums together, even though Death Resonance contains unreleased material from 2005 and forward. The cover almost seems like a link between life and death and not only captures where the band is right now, but also where we’ve been and what lies ahead.”

SOILWORK is currently touring in support of their current album The Ride Majestic. See list of dates below. Visit www.soilwork.org for tickets and more information.

SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival

SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com

8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)

SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario

KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.

2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle

SOILWORK’s The Ride Majestic is available to order now in CD, vinyl, or digital formats.

More on SOILWORK:
“Death In General” music video: https://youtu.be/kme-sxY2pAQ
“Enemies In Fidelity” music video: https://youtu.be/5aCvJWyeGnA
“The Ride Majestic” song stream: https://youtu.be/0wLXeWKGRpM

Visit SOILWORK online at www.soilwork.org.
Like: www.facebook.com/soilwork
Follow: https://twitter.com/soilwork
Watch: www.youtube.com/soilwork
Look: www.instagram.com/soilwork

SOILWORK is:
Björn “Speed” Strid (vocals)
Sven Karlsson (keyboards)
Sylvain Coudret (guitar)
David Andersson (guitar)
Markus Wibom (bass)

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Slayer & Dark Horse Announce Comic Book Series

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Dark Horse Comics and thrash-punk titans Slayer have joined forces to deliver a new comic series this holiday season.

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With full participation from the band and taking inspiration from Slayer’s recent Repentless music videos (filmed in support of their latest album, Repentless, on Nuclear Blast Records), disciple Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) will pen the three-issue comic series with interior bloodlines drawn by Guiu Vilanova (Twilight Zone, Conan the Avenger, Weird Detective). Glenn Fabry’s covers reign in blood while Antichrist Eric Powell (The Goon, Hillbilly) will illustrate the variant cover for the first issue.

“I think of the songs I write as stories,” Slayer’s Kerry King told Rolling Stone in an exclusive interview. “And if nothing else, they are certainly visual.”

As announced in May, Slayer’s live undead appearance at Comic-Con will begin on Thursday, July 21, with a special sold-out concert performance at the intimate-capacity House of Blues to a crowd of die-hard fans.

Slayer will appear within the walls of Comic-Con for two exclusive signings on Friday, July 22. Nuclear Blast America (booth #501) will host the band from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Dark Horse Comics (booth #2615) will host both the band and the comic’s creative team for a very limited engagement from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Limited edition posters will be provided. See each booth for details.

Regarding the comic, writer Jon Schnepp told Rolling Stone, “It’s definitely a lot of sensitive subjects that need to be explored and addressed. What’s the best way to explore those? With the chaos of metal.”

Slayer: Repentless #1 (of 3)is on comic stands in December 2016. Preorder at your local comic shop today.

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ABOUT SLAYER
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.

In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for two high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s “Repentless” (8.3-million views) and then for “You Against You.” (2.4-million views).

ABOUT DARK HORSE
For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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Frontiers Music Srl Signs JACK RUSSELL’s GREAT WHITE

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE to the label.

JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE represents the next phase of the iconic singer’s Rock n’ Roll legacy.

Since JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE inception in 2011, the frontman welcomed back longtime bassist and friend Tony Montana-this time as a guitar player and keyboardist-lead guitarist Robby Lochner (Rob Halford ), drummer Dicki Fliszar (Bruce Dickinson ) and Dan McNay (Montrose ) on bass. The new album on the horizon, which is JACK’s 14th studio album, boasts the bluesy hard rock stomp that made Russell an icon in the first place.

“I want to say how happy and excited I am about my band,” states JACK RUSSELL regarding the recent signing with Frontiers for the new album. “I have so much respect for Serafino, Mario, Derek and their team and am so thankful to be working with them. The band and I are off the hook about the new material. You are going to love it!”

The Grammy nominated Great White originally broke out of the Los Angeles scene in 1984 with its self-titled debut. The record was followed by the sophomore release “Shot in The Dark” and then by seismic platinum-selling outings such as 1987’s Once Bitten… and 1989’s …Twice Shy (which reached #9 on the Billboard Album chart). Moving over 8 million copies worldwide, they stood out as tried-and-true rock stalwarts into the 21st century until 2011, when Russell went on to form JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE.

In 2014 JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE gave fans a taste of new music with the release of the single “Hard Habit” which received rave reviews from fans clamoring for the “classic” early sound of GREAT WHITE.  Listen to “Hard Habit” HERE: https://youtu.be/sZLGhYA8Pm4

Ultimately, the new music is for the millions of fans who stuck by Russell all these years. It’s everything they’ve been waiting for and more. Russell leaves off, “this is fun, first and foremost. I feel like I’m 27 again. I hope it sounds like Great White-but for 2016.”

Frontiers plans to release the new record in early 2017.

JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE is currently performing various concerts around the U.S., for all dates and details visit the band’s website.  Upcoming dates include:

July 23 – Leon, TX
Aug. 19 – Reno, NV
Sept. 29 – Hollywood, CA
Oct. 7 – Englewood, FL
Oct 8 – New Port Richey, FL
Oct. 29 – Joliet, IL

Connect with JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE:
– Official Website: www.JackRussellsGreatWhite.com
– Official Webstore: http://smarturl.it/JRGWstore
– Facebook: www.facebook.com/JackRussellsGreatWhite
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/JacksGreatWhite
– YouTube: https://youtu.be/sZLGhYA8Pm4

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DEEP PURPLE Live At The NEC To Be Released On DVD, Digital Formats – August 26, 2016

July 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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On September 14, 2002, hard rock pioneers Deep Purple took the stage for a landmark concert at the NEC in Birmingham, England to bid farewell to founding member and keyboard legend Jon Lord.

On August 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will deliver this very concert with the release of Live At The NEC on DVD and Digital formats [MSRP $14.99]. Previously only available as part of the Around The World Live boxed set, this film is being made available for the first time as a standalone DVD.

One of the most emotional concerts in Deep Purple’s long career, Live At The NEC is a unique experience in that it features both their keyboard players on stage – Jon Lord and Don Airey. Lord had announced his retirement earlier that year, and Airey was subsequently brought on board. Airey serves as the principal keyboardist throughout the show, culminating in a solo before the lights drop, and Jon Lord appears for a storming version of “Perfect Strangers.” The two share keyboard duties for the rest of the night, in a fitting passing-of-the-torch moment.

At 109 minutes total, Deep Purple (Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Ian Paice, Lord and Airey) kick out all the classics: “Smoke On The Water,” “Woman From Tokyo,” “Space Truckin’,” “Highway Star,” “Speed King,” “Lazy,” “Hush,” and more. In addition to this fantastic set, Live At The NEC includes bonus interviews with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover.

In addition to Live At The NEC, Eagle Rock Entertainment will also release two more concert films — Total Abandon and Bombay Calling – on digital formats on August 26.

Amazon purchase link: http://amzn.to/2ah3nBc

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world.  Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt
Twitter: www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews

TRACK LISTING
1) Fireball
2) Woman From Tokyo
3) Mary Long
4) Ted The Mechanic
5) Lazy
6) The Well Dressed Guitar
7) When A Blind Man Cries
8) Space Truckin’
9) Keyboard Solo
10) Perfect Strangers
11) Speed King
12) Guitar Solo
13) Smoke On The Water
14) Hush
15) Black Night
16) Highway Star

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Brutal Assault : Mastodon to headline Brutal Assault

July 21st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

Brutal Assault offers a huge amount of bands in 2016. But the legendary and highly appreciated Mastodon will basically headline the Brutal Assault festival of this year. Mastodon has been supporter for Metallica several times and gained the massive success during the past few years. Besides Mastodon, the might industrial combo Ministry has undergone some tragic changes, but they can’t be ignored at all.

 

http://brutalassault.cz/

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Brutal Assault : Running Order published

July 21st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

Brutal Assault has released the official running order.

http://brutalassault.cz/en/running-order/

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Brutal Assault : How to get the tickets

July 21st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

TICKET PRE-SALE AND RESERVATIONS

BRUTAL ASSAULT 2016 TICKET PRE-SALE IS RUNNING!

ENTRANCE FEE

80,00 EUR pre-sale price for 4-day festival pass. This edition of tickets is available until August 08th, 2016 in our e-shop.

88,00 EUR at the door for the 4-day festival pass – IF THE FESTIVAL IS NOT SOLD OUT.

1.300,- CZK (approx. 50 EUR) 1-day tickets (available only at the festival’s box office and IF THE FESTIVAL IS NOT SOLD OUT).

HOW TO GET THE 4-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET(S) AT A REDUCED PRICE OF 80,00 EUR? PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TICKETS AT THIS PRICE ARE AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL AUGUST 08TH, 2016.

The ticket(s) has to be ordered on this link. The tickets can be paid via online card payment (preferred!) or via PayPal (please note 6% transaction fee will apply for PayPal payments).
We will email you a confirmation email no later than 10 days after we receive your payment. This email will contain a link to a *.PDF file(s) with code(s) – 1 code per one ordered and paid ticket – that is necessary to be printed out on a printer (even an old monochromatic bubble jet printer will work fine) and shown at the ticket check-in at the main festival entrance. Please keep that PDF file(s) and code(s) secret and safe (only the first person presenting the code will be allowed in). The tickets check-in will be open from Tuesday August 09th, 2016 from 03:00 PM onwards (no matter what day you are attending the festival). Please note that some of the spam filters may consider the above mentioned confirmation email as a spam since it contains URLs. Check your spam folder/junk mail too. Please contact us at info@shindy.cz or at our facebook page via PM if you don’t receive your pick up code(s) within 10 days after the payment was made.

Troubleshooting: always check your spambox and please provide an order ID when contacting us. The confirmation e-mail contains order ID and also a order status link, where the .PDF tickets can be downloaded.

Cancellation fees: if you decide for any reason to cancel your already paid tickets, we will make a refund of 40,00 EUR per one ticket paid within 10 days of your cancellation. Please note: only cancellations made before July 31st, 2016 will be accepted. No money refunds after July 31st, 2016 will be possible.

Please note that in some cases it takes several days until your money appear on our PayPal account and also it takes some time to make the whole process complete. That’s why we sincerely ask you to make your payment before July 31st, 2016!

To place your order, please follow this link.

HOW TO RESERVE THE WHOLE FESTIVAL TICKET(S) AT THE DOOR TICKET PRICE OF 88,00 EUR?

The capacity of the festival ground is around 15.000 persons. If the numbers of visitors will be rising again, it may happen to be sold out. That’s why we recommend you to buy the ticket in presale or reserve your ticket.

After numerous ticket reservation requests, we have opened the new reservation ticket system for Brutal Assault 2016. It will let you to reserve your ticket(s) in advance at a small fee 10,00 EUR and pay the rest of the ticket door price (88,00 EUR – 10,00 EUR advance fee = 78,00 EUR to be paid per ticket) in cash upon your arrival. Please note only paid ticket reservations are valid!

E.g. you will reserve 2 tickets: you will pay 2×10,00 EUR in advance upon your reservation and you will pay 2×78,00 EUR upon your arrival at the festival’s box office.

After paying the advance reservation fee, you will receive the confirmation no later than 10 days after we receive your payment. This email will contain a link to a *.PDF file(s) with code(s) – 1 code per one reserved and paid ticket – that is necessary to be printed out on a printer (even an old monochromatic bubble jet printer will work fine) and shown at the box office at the main festival entrance.Please keep that PDF file(s) and code(s) secret and safe (only the first person presenting the code will be allowed in). The box office will be open from Wednesday August 10th, 2016 from 12:00 noon onwards (no matter what day you are attending the festival). Please note that some of the spam filters may consider the above mentioned confirmation email as a spam since it contains URLs and attachement(s). Check your spam folder too. Check your spam folder/junk mail too. Please contact us at info@shindy.cz or at our facebook page via PM if you don’t receive your pick up code(s) within 10 days after the payment was made.

Cancellation fees: please note that cancellations for the reservation fees will not be accepted and no money refunds will be made. Do not reserve your ticket(s) if you are not seriously interested in the festival tickets.

Please note that in some cases it takes several days until your money appear on our PayPal account and also it takes some time to make the whole process complete. That’s why we sincerely ask you to make the payment of your ticket reservation fees before August 01st, 2016!

To make a ticket reservation, please follow this link.

DON’T WANNA PAY UPFRONT OR RESERVE THE TICKET(S)?

We do not recommed this option due to the festival ground capacity restrictions. So don’t risk a several hours trip without a presale or reserved ticket!

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SONATA ARCTICA announce new album »The Ninth Hour«

July 21st, 2016
by EvilG
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SONATA ARCTICA – The Ninth Hour

Only two years after the release of »Pariah’s Child« and a massive world tour, the Finnish Melodic Metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA are already back for more – their ninth masterpiece entitled »The Ninth Hour« will see the light of day on October 7th.

Once again, the album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016.

“The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland,” singer Tony Kakko explains. “But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising SONATA ARCTICA album… Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!”

After a North American tour with their friends from NIGHTWISH plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of »The Ninth Hour« :

“The artwork of our ninth studio album »The Ninth Hour« depicts a future utopian landscape on the background. Nature and human technologies are in balance. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed Nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on »The Ninth Hour«…to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it’s a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices.”

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Midnight Eternal – singer Raine Hilai

July 21st, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

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Singer Raine Hilai – Midnight Eternal

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.

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Midnight Eternal is the name of a new band from New York and is the brainchild of Operatika members Richard Fischer and Boris Zaks. The band’s self-titled debut album was unleashed in April and ought to appeal to fans of symphonic metal. Singer Raine Hilai and I hooked up and we had a talk about the album, which has taken the band 2 years to finish, the fact the band has become high profiled in the NY area with only their demo and their support shows to Doro, The Agonist and Quiet Riot amongst others. The album was mixed by the famous Tommy Hansen with art work by Jan Yrlund and is jammed with epic songs perfect for fans of Delain, Nightwish and Kamelot.

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Bloodstock Countdown – Five New Blood Bands To Check Out

July 20th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

With many classics and popular bands to look forward to at Bloodstock this year, we must remember all the most successful of bands started off as new blood at one point or another. And with the Hobgoblin New Blood stage’s line up now complete, Metal Rules have compiled five bands we think are worth checking out over the weekend.

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Bloodstock 2016 – Jagermeister Stage Lineup Announced

July 20th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Along with the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage, this year’s Bloodstock Open Air has a wide range of up and coming bands showcasing their varied talents on the Jagermeister stage. With the festival less than four weeks away, the lineup for said stage has now been confirmed.

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Altar of Dagon / Hellcannon / Brain Candle / Syberia, Bar XIII, Wilmington, DE, July 9, 2016

July 20th, 2016
by Infamous Butcher

Altar of Dagon / Hellcannon / Brain Candle / Syberia

Bar XIII
Wilmington, Delaware

July 9, 2016

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Megadeth unleash new music video for “Post-American World”

July 20th, 2016
by EvilG

Megadeth have released a new music video for the ripping track “Post-American World”. The song comes from the band’s latest album, “Dystopia”, which came out in January 2016.

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Brutal Assault : Whiplash out Holy Moses in

July 19th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

The Ny thrash metal veterans Whiplash have cancelled the entire European tour including the upcoming Brutal Assault festival. The band posted the following message to the official Facebook site “News from the WHIPLASH Camp: sadly, it has become necessary to announce that, due to logistics, we will not be performing European shows this August in Spain, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic. We gratefully thank the festivals that invited us, and the friends and fans that wanted to see us thrash.”

The German thrash patrol Holy Moses will be replacing Whiplash at Brutal Assault.

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