BRUTAL ASSAULT festival: WE’RE THICKENING THE LINE UP!

February 6th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

WE’RE THICKENING THE LINE UP!

Let’s take look on what’s going on at Brutal Assault camp! Swedish legends CLAWFINGER has disbanded after their last BA appearance in 2013 and ever since they only did a handful of shows,  returning to some of the very special places they played during their career. This also stands true for Brutal Assault 2017!

The Russian pagan’s ARKONA founded exactly 15 years ago by the leader and main composer Masha Arkhipova represents the cream on top folk metal based on typicaly slavic melodies and pagan mysticism. It’s been mainly their powerful performance including great front(wo)manship by Masha, that put ARKONA on the map and currently the’re re-releasing their re-worked debut album to celebrate their anniversary.

BORN OF OSIRIS are also a cream on top band but of completely different genre, being fine representatives of progressive death metal / core branch, leading the pack towards new a new horizons.

Horizons are also the direction set by the viking ships of EINHERJER, the co-foudners of viking metal, who are also revisting their seminal debut album released in 1996. GRUESOME on the other hand are quite far from inventing a genre of their own but what they do they do best in the world and that is bringing the spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Leprosy era Death in general!

MALIGNANT TUMOUR have recently celebrated 25 years on the scene by a new album with a simple title The Metallist! And they continue to spread their swinging earth-shaking rock’n’roll vibe with full force! MOURNING BELOVETH are fine Irish export and thus it seems their heavy, desperate and anguish inducing sound is a mandatory feature for them as it is for their fellow countrymen in the heavy music field.

 

THE LURKING FEAR are a band that you’ve probably haven’t heard about yet as their are still working on their debut 7” and album. THE LURKING FEAR plans to bring sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the scene, as they want their death metal ugly, twisted and possessed. Why should you care? Well let’s take a look at the line-up!

Tomas Lindberg – vocals (At The Gates, Disfear, Skitsystem)
Jonas Stålhammar – guitars (God Macabre, Crippled Black Phoenix, Bombs Of Hades)
Fredrik Wallenberg – guitars (Skitsystem)
Andreas Axelsson – bass (Tormented, Disfear, ex Edge Of Sanity, ex Marduk)
Adrian Erlandsson – drums (At The Gates, The Haunted, ex Paradise Lost, ex Cradle Of Filth)

We are also very excited that Swiss masters of darkness SAMAEL will celebrate their 30 year anniversary with a special set at Brutal Assault 2017, alongside French purveyors of macabre black death with atmospheric planes SVART CROWN.

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Metalmania 2017 – special guest of the festival plus time schedule

February 4th, 2017
by EvilG

After a 9-year hiatus, the biggest indoor metal festival in Eastern Europe – Metalmania, comes back to life! The 23rd edition of this iconic festival will be held on April, 22nd 2017 in Spodek Hall, Katowice (Poland).

Roman Kostrzewski, legendary musician, best known from the Polish heavy metal band KAT, will be a special guest of the festival! Kostrzewski will appear in Spodek to sign his biography “Roman Kostrzewski. Głos z ciemności”, as well as CDs from his discography. Both book and cds will be available at the merch stand.

Metalmania Festival 2017 – time schedule

Please note that due to logistic reasons, Impaled Nazarene will perform at the Second Stage.

22.04.2017 Katowice – Spodek

Main Stage:
11.30 – Animations
12.30 – Tygers of Pan Tang
13.30 – Sinister
14.40 – Arcturus
15.50 – Entombed A.D.
17.00 – Vader
18.30 – Sodom
20.00 – Coroner
21.40 – Moonspell
23.25 – Samael
01.15 – Furia

Second Stage:
11.00 – Mentor
12.00 – Stillborn
13.00 – Thermit
14.10 – In Twilight’s Embrace
15.20 – Mord’A’Stigmata
16.30 – Infernal War
17.50 – Thaw
19.20 – Obscure Sphinx
21.00 – Impaled Nazarene
22.40 – CETI
00.35 – Entropia
Gates open: 10.00

Metalmania Festival – one of the most important musical events of 2017, a real treat for metal maniacs! Metalmania remains true to its formula – one day, two stages, over 20 bands from all around the world and thousands of fans! That’s what Metalmania Festival is all about!

Ticket prices (pre-sale):
FAN ticket – 666 PLN (only at shop.metalmind.com.pl)
VIP – 355 PLN
Red seats H, J – 260 PLN
Red seats & blue seats (rows I-X) – 195 PLN
Blue seats (rows XI and up) – 160 PLN
Standing floor – 170 PLN

For tickets go to:
shop.metalmind.com.pl, www.ticketpro.pl, www.eventim.pl, www.ebilet.pl, www.biletin.pl, www.ticketportal.pl

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Robert “Strängen” Dahlqvist is Dead (ex-Hellacopters, Thundersxpress, Dundertåget, Diamond Dogs etc.)

February 4th, 2017
by EvilG

Robert Dahlqvist

Robert ‘Strings’ Dahlqvist from The Hellacopters performing live. By original file: Roger Workmanderivative work: Jssfrk [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Robert “Strängen” Dahlqvist, who played guitar for the Swedish garage rock band THE HELLACOPTERS for nearly a decade, has passed away. He was only 40 years old.

Dahlqvist was a member of THE HELLACOPTERS from 1999 until the group disbanded in 2008. Since the split, he pursued a solo career and fronted the group DUNDERTÅGET.

Last fall, he released the single “Bangatan”, which he wrote with Björn Olsson from THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES.

Dahlqvist had several concerts scheduled as a solo artist, including shows in Gothenburg and Ryd in the spring.

THE HELLACOPTERS paid tribute to their former bandmate in a Facebook post: They wrote: “It is difficult to find the words right now but it is with great sadness we have to announce that Robert ‘Strängen’ Dahlqvist is dead.

“For ten years, we traveled around the world several times together. Shared tour buses and recorded albums. Played at clubs and festivals.

“It’s incredibly difficult to describe in words what Strängen meant to us and no matter how hard we’d try, we couldn’t explain how much we’ll miss him.

“Our thoughts go out to all of the great memories we had together and especially to his family.

“Until we meet again”

The original lineup of THE HELLACOPTERS celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the release of its debut album, “Supershitty To The Max!”, with an appearance at last year’s edition of the Sweden Rock Festival.

THE HELLACOPTERS was formed in 1994 by ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson (on vocals and guitar) and BACKYARD BABIES guitarist Dregen.

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KXM Release Video for “Breakout” from the Upcoming Album Scatterbrain

February 4th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Coming on the heels of the video for the debut single “Scatterbrain,” KXM has released a video for another song from the upcoming sophomore album.
The video for “Breakout” premiered on the band’s Facebook page and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/E7NEoECwbeI. The video, directed by previous KXM director Jamie Brown, is a barrage of visuals of the band that captures the high-energy feel of the song. The song comes from the album Scatterbrain that is scheduled for worldwide release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records. Fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbitunes) will receive both “Breakout” and the first single “Scatterbrain” as an instant download. The album is also available via Amazon (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbamazon).

Scatterbrain is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including signed CD’s and t-shirts. All fans who pre-order the album through the Rat Pak website will be entered to win a one-of-a-kind custom guitar as well as other prizes. The pre-order is available at RatPakRecords.com/KXM. The video for the debut single “Scatterbrain” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/UvTnzne69Ts and has become a fan favorite since it was released. KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier, of Korn on drums. Scatterbrain features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood California. The album was produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) who also produced the band’s 2014 debut.

KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to jam together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was released on March 11, 2014 and debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200. The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob. In a world that constantly searches for new and unique music, KXM delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high level players.

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Venom Inc signed to Nuclear Blast

February 2nd, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Venom Inc  feat. Mantas-Abaddon-Demolition Man has been signed to Nuclear Blast. The band will announce the title of the album soon.

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Mayhem + Inquisition @ The Gothic Theater, Denver CO

February 1st, 2017
by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

MAYHEM with INQUISITION

The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
January 27th, 2017

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

Nothing on, above, or below this earth was going to keep me away from the Gothic Theater last week, where MAYHEM, the most notorious primogenitors of Norwegian black metal, came to perform. For those unfamiliar with the band’s long, bloody, awful history, I won’t recount much of it here: it’s readily found online or in full-length books. The short version is: original vocalist kills himself, guitarist is murdered by bassist, who burned down several ancient churches in the 90’s. All of this occurred before the band could release their first full-length album DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS. To this day, it is considered to be one of the most influential black metal albums ever recorded. But first..

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Hämatom Release First Ever English Video For “Made In USA”

February 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

America on everyone’s lips. For us, this was the perfect occasion, the land of opportunity a own hematoma song. The Melody you should be very familiar. Certainly not the lyrics, because we are celebrating with this song our first musical excursion in English realms.
And since it’s “made in USA” on any hematoma records, you can get this part right here free download:
http://haematom.de/Freeload_Wir_sind_Gott2016.html

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Evil Drive returns to studio to record new album

February 1st, 2017
by Marko Syrjala

EVIL DRIVE RETURNS TO STUDIO TO RECORD NEW ALBUM

Finnish metallers Evil Drive have begun working on their sophomore album. Several demos have already been made and the band are about to head to the studio in February to record the follow-up to 2016’s THE LAND OF THE DEAD. The new, still unnamed, studio album is likely to get released in summer of 2017.  The band is playing its first show of 2017 on 3’rd of February in Pakkahuone, Tampere with Battle Beast and Arion.

A list of confirmed Evil Drive shows:

03.02 Pakkahuone, Tampere
17.03 Dog’s Home, Tampere
18.03 Bar 15, Seinäjoki
23.03 On The Rocks, Helsinki
01.04 Bar Loose, Helsinki
14.04 Gong 2, Turku
05.08 Saarihelvetti Festival, Tampere

More dates to follow soon!!!

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ANTHRAX TO RELEASE LIMITED EDITION “FOR ALL KINGS 7-INCH BOX SET”

January 31st, 2017
by EvilG
Anthrax - "FOR ALL KINGS 7-INCH BOX SET"

Anthrax – “FOR ALL KINGS 7-INCH BOX SET”

Available exclusively in North America and released in conjunction with the band’s upcoming Spring co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage – “KillThrax” – thrash metal icon ANTHRAX – Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Charlie Benante/drums, Jonathan Donais/guitar – announces the release of the limited edition “For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” (Megaforce Records).  The set goes on sale March 24, will retail for $79.99, and is an absolutely stunning collector’s item for any Anthrax fan as this unboxing video illustrates.

The “For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” includes a removable lenticular cover and contains 10 7-inch vinyl discs featuring 20 songs – the 11 finished album tracks, two brand new covers (The White Stripes’ “Black Math” and the classic Kansas song “Carry On”), six demos from the FAK track listing, and “Vice of the People,” a bonus track previously released only in Japan and now making its North American vinyl debut.  The original album cover art sketch by Alex Ross is also part of this package, as well as a download card enabling the holder to access the Box Set’s tracklisting for free.

Each 7-inch disc features gorgeous, double-sided four-color artwork designed by Douglas Heusser with additional art by Stephen Thompson, as well as band photos by Jimmy Hubbard.  The tracks are pressed onto different-colored vinyl discs – red, green, blue, maroon, orange, most with a two-color swirl design.

“Doing a box set edition of ‘For All Kings’ was something that we’ve always wanted to do,” said Benante, who worked closely with Heusser and Thompson on the box set’s artwork.  “We wanted to do something special, something that was so much more than the original release, and have it be fun for our audience when they open it up, just be floored by the different colored vinyl, the artwork, everything that’s inside.  And we think we’ve done that.”

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Bloodgod reveals details of upcoming EP ‘Catharsis’; Second studio release from Dutch metal band to be released on March 15, 2017

January 31st, 2017
by EvilG

Dutch death metal moloch Bloodgod, featuring (former) members of Disquiet, Hymir and Nuestros Derechos, have revealed details of their upcoming release. Titled ‘Catharsis’, the band’s second EP will see the foul light of day on March 15, 2017.

Five brand new tracks were recorded and mixed at Mass Audio Studio in the Netherlands, and mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Mercenary, Volbeat, Pestilence, etc) in Denmark.

The artwork, created by Lisa Röttjers, depicts ‘t Schrickelik Tempeest’, meaning ‘the horrible tempest’ in old Dutch. It refers to the song with the same title and lyrics about the violent storm of August 1, 1674 that hit the episcopal cathedral in the band’s hometown and turned it into ruins.

Watch the sneak peek video of the EP’s opening track, Valar Morghulis, on YouTube: http://bit.ly/pr3v13w.

Following the release of their debut EP ‘Pseudologia Phantastica’ (2013), Bloodgod shared the stage with Can of Worms, Cryptopsy, Skeletal Remains, and Terrorizer among others, and played several festivals including Big Ass Metal Fest, Angelfest Doetinchem and Frisian Brotherhood Fest.

 

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Thrashers TERRIFIER To Headline CEMR MetalFest 2017; New Album Out ‘Weapons of Thrash Destruction’

January 31st, 2017
by EvilG

(photo Credit – Derek Carr – Visions In Pixels)

Vancouver thrashers TERRIFIER are proud to announce they will be headlining this year’s 2nd annual CEMR MetalFest in Calgary, AB on April 8th. The festival is presented by Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio, Voxx Promotions and The Forge featuring a delectable bill of various genres of metal that are assured to keep you on your feet and make your weekend a severe bangover with tons of amazing memories. The line up from April 6th – 8th includes some of Western Canada’s best up and coming metal talents such as W.M.D (Calgary, AB), Display of Decay (Edmonton, AB), Planet Eater (Regina, SK), Train Bigger Monkeys (Calgary, AB) and more (full line up below).

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Toby Knapp

January 30th, 2017
by Robert Williams

Interview with Toby Knapp

Conducted by Robert Williams

Affliktor logo/album art courtesy of Mark Riddick

The ever prolific shred god otherwise known as Toby Knapp remained busy throughout 2016 releasing a new solo record “The Architect Of Paradox” in addition to the third full-length album “Weihung auf Satan” from his one-man, black metal project Waxen. Toby also started a new thrash metal band in Affliktor who at the time of publication Affliktor recently signed to Transcending Obscurity Records and will also have a track on the Crushing Notes Records compilation album “The Tyrants of the Apocalypse”. We caught up with Toby who was nice enough to briefly step away from his insanely busy schedule to talk metal with us and he brought us up to speed on all things “Knapp”.

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Legendary AEROSMITH Guitarist JOE PERRY Honored with Les Paul Award at 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards

January 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Legendary AEROSMITH guitarist JOE PERRY is pictured here after being presented with the Les Paul Award at 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards, Saturday, January 23.

Photo Credit:  Zack Whitford

PERRY was presented with the prestigious honor by his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, who said PERRY was “his hero” and “the reason I picked up the guitar in the first place.”

The two were joined by AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford, Robert DeLeo (Hollywood Vampires, Stone Temple Pilots) and Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) for a three-song set–“Boogie Man,” “Combination,” “Walk This Way”–before PERRY’s Hollywood Vampires partner Alice Cooper joined in on “Train Kept A Rollin” and “Sweet Emotion.”

The annual Les Paul Award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation and honors individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul.  PERRY was honored alongside famed AEROSMITH engineer and producer Jack Douglas, who was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame (which was created nearly thirty years ago to honor pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians) earlier in the evening.

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SYRE’s Second Album, ‘Pissed To The Gills’ Reissued On CD By Demon Doll Records With New Artwork

January 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob


Syre was formed and came out kicking and screaming in 1986. With members from Toronto, London and Kitchener they brought their unique brand of glam to the Canadian scene and through non-stop touring 50 weeks a year, built a strong live following of dedicated supporters. They began touring in the U.S and garnered a deal there to compliment their 1989 Canadian A&M Records deal by signing with Chicago based Red Light/Warner Bros. Syre also began to get some interest in Europe and Japan and leveraged on that to land deals with Intercore Records (Europe) and Sony (Japan). Syre toured coast to coast in to the mid 90’s leaving a swath of ringing ears and empty liquor stores, their livers retired in 88! Over the years they’ve had the pleasure of supporting many great acts including Helix, Nitro, Brighton Rock, Goddo, Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, The Sweet and many more! What a ride! Syre continues to do selective dates and still enjoys a cold beer and a bright stage….if you see them around be sure to join the party.

Syre is;
Doug Weir, lead vocal
Chip Gall, rhythm guitar, vocals
Rick Mead, Lead guitar, vocals
Chris Caron bass, vocals
Jamie Constant, drums

Buy Now: http://www.demondollrecords.com/collections/featured/products/syre-pissed-to-the-gills-2017-reissue

 

 

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BLACK STAR RIDERS Premiere New Video For Upcoming Album

January 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

U.S./Irish hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their hotly-anticipated third album Heavy Fire on February 3rd via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band premiere the new lyric video for “Heavy Fire,” the album’s thundering opening track.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick explains about the track, “Only fools would believe that rock n roll can rejuvenate a world in the throes of a collapsing civilization that’s coming under heavy fire from all asunder. But what if the would-be fools are right?”

Heavy Fire is now available for pre-order:
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (NB Shop) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireNB
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (iTunes) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireIT
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (Apple Music) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireAM
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (Amazon MP3) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireAMP3
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (Google Play) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireGP

ICYMI:
Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/PXFHrJfMtVY
Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/NHb15oJTD8s
Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/yWm1diFNtK4
Trailer #4: https://youtu.be/xp_4OMk6T5U
Trailer #5: https://youtu.be/LNG0Zy6-2KE
‘When The Night Comes In’ Lyric Video: https://youtu.be/aR-w6_IH7hE
‘Testify Or Say Goodbye” Music Video: https://youtu.be/SvcNNeiMl90

From the immediate riffs of album opener Heavy Fire to the instant hooks of first single “When The Night Comes In,” from the dirty bass groove of “Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed” to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on “Testify Or Say Goodbye,” Heavy Fire is an album that will further cement BSR¹s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.

Following on from their critically acclaimed albums All Hell Breaks Loose and The Killer Instinct which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognised as a power force in the modern day of Rock n’ Roll, Heavy Fire will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment.  The band have also brought in PledgeMusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album’s release.

Heavy Fire Tracklisting:
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me

The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Bonus Track
11. Fade

Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
Side One
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
Side Two
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me

After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders  (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden¹s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.

For More Information:
blackstarriders.com
facebook.com/BlackStarRidersOfficial
twitter.com/BlackStarRiders

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