ACCEPT – Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann

October 25th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala




German metal legends Accept are no strangers in We’ve always been extremely supportive for the band and we’ve had numerous articles and interviews released during the past years and here’s another one for you to read. The band released their latest opus BLIND RAGE in August. The critically acclaimed album debuted at number one on the German charts, making it the band’s first number one debut in their career and it’s seen great success all around the world. Accept opened the “Blind Rage” tour in Sweden in late September. A few days later I met the band’s founding member and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann in Tornio prior their second show in Finland. It’s time to talk, again, with Wolf about current things and dig into the past a bit as well. Read on!

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Arkadia to release debut album in November

October 25th, 2014
by EvilG

Finnish melodic metal band Arkadia will release their debut album “Unrelenting” worldwide on November 7th, 2014 via Inverse Records. The album, which was recorded during winter 2014 and produced by Samu Oittinen at Fantom Studio, Ylöjärvi, Finland, is a manifestation of Arkadia’s relentless attitude since its foundation in 2003 and the journey to ever-larger stages.

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Andy Martongelli: Spiral Motion line-up and special guests unveiled

October 25th, 2014
by EvilG

SPIRAL MOTION, the new solo album by Andy Martongelli, will be released on 5th November. Andy unveiled some amazing guest musicians that played some killer solos on his new record.

  • Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro)
  • Dave Reffet (Guitar World Magazine)
  • Alex Stornello (Angels & Demons)
  • Dave Martone 

Dave Martone played a great solo on the song “Bite The Bullet” while the other three guests are featured on the song “Cyber-Hammer of the Gods“, a fiery-guitar-shredding-celebration of Metal guitar! Read the rest of this entry »

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October 25th, 2014
by EvilG

London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH are due to kick off the first show of their UK tour today – Saturday, 25th October.

The tour starts off at The Cellars in Oxford, before continuing with more shows around the UK in November.  SAVAGE MESSIAH will be supported by label mates THE MORE I SEE on select UK dates, before taking a break for the holidays and then heading out on a European trek in the new year with Swedish melodic death metallers AMON AMARTH.

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Jesper Strömblad ex-In Flames, jamming with Sight of Emptiness in Costa Rica

October 25th, 2014
by EvilG
  • Founder and former guitarist of In Flames and current member of the Resistance and Dimension Zero.
  • Jesper Strömblad and Sight of Emptiness got together to play the other day, and ended up jamming on some killer “old school” In Flames(Official) & Dimension Zero songs.

The band comments: “This is definitely a dream come true for us, because, since day one, Dimension Zero has been one of our major influences, as well as “old” In Flames. So, have the privilege and opportunity to jam and get to know the guy who wrote so many great songs, riffs and iconic albums is unbelievable. We had so much fun! What a great artist and down to earth person he is. Skål för fan!”

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October 25th, 2014
by EvilG

San Diego, California based blues-metal rockers SEVENTRAIN, which features former members of CAGE, 24-7 SPYZ and TOURNIQUET, have officially started pre-production on their second album.

The bands drummer, Joel Maitoza, states that they currently have the music written for six new songs and are hoping to include twelve tracks on the new full length disk. The band is also planning to record a couple of cover tunes which they will release as singles just after the first of the year. The band is shooting for a release date in late spring of 2015.

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Edguy with support act Freedom Call on Space Police World Tour 2014 – European leg 1 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

October 25th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall


Edguy – headline act
Space Police World Tour 2014 – European leg 1
Freedom Call – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
21/9 – 2014

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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EXHUMED: California Horror Hellions Kick Off Fall Tour

October 25th, 2014
by EvilG

Today, California’s favorite death-laden horror hellions, EXHUMED, will take their sonic debauchery to the streets for a Fall run of US live invasions with extreme metal technicians Carcass and manic death thrashers Noisem. Set to commence in San Diego tonight at Brick By Brick, the Inked In Steel Tour 2014 will conquer nearly two dozen municipalities with additional audio infiltrations from death metal legends Obituary and Macabre on select dates. From there EXHUMED will return to Europe for further live devastation alongside Aborted, Origin and Miasmal.See confirmed shows below.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, “We’ve been sequestered in our grimy rehearsal room, taking time out of our busy schedules of soul-crushing day jobs and DUI classes to tighten up our set for our upcoming US and European runs, and we’re getting seriously psyched for them! Our newest member, Matt ‘Slime’ Ferri is working out great on bass and vocals and we’ve got some killer new elements for our show that should make it an unsafe and insane way to spend your evening. See you in the Gore Zone, mutants!”

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October 25th, 2014
by EvilG
BATTLE BEAST - Unholy Savior

BATTLE BEAST – Unholy Savior

Finnish heavy metal sextet BATTLE BEAST have announced Unholy Savior as the name for their third studio album, which will be released in North America in early 2015.

“Music-wise, the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs,” states BATTLE BEAST guitarist & backing vocalist Anton Kabanen about the new album’s musical offerings. “I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey – that’s what I tend to I call it – which is my road onward.”

“Like always, I wrote songs about the ‘Berserk’ series as well.  The reason is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling,” Anton adds.

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October 25th, 2014
by EvilG

Ivar Bjørnson, guitarist, composer, and founding member of Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED, offers the first installment in the seven-part “Studio Of Mad Men” series shedding insight into the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled thirteenth studio album, set for an early 2015 release.

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ULVER “Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 – 1997″ North American Pre-order starts

October 25th, 2014
by EvilG

The North American pre-order of ULVER’s box set “Trolsk Sortmetall 1993 – 1997″ has started. Check out the CM Distro shop and order a copy of the box:

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Steel Assassins Festival 2014 is sure to be a treat! Bengal Tigers and LORD interviews

October 24th, 2014
by Brat

Steel Assassins Festival 2014

Sydney, Australia
31 October and 1 November 2014

Australia’s only multiday pure heavy metal festival, Steel Assassins, is running for a third year and it’s an event not to be missed.

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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Debut Video For “Babylonian Pandemonium” on Metal Injection

October 24th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


No one can delude Max and Igor Cavalera anymore. The two SEPULTURA founders show with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY what it means to shoot Thrash and Death Metal straight into the world. They will do this with their new studio album Pandemonium which will be released on November 3rd in the UK & November 4th US/CAN via Napalm Records.  Pandemonium can be pre-ordered on Amazon, the Napalm Records Webstore and iTunes

This record truly show shows that fatigue is a foreign word to the CAVALERA brothers.  Front man Max CAVALERA rushes with bellow of rage into the fray, lets his brother drum coarsest grooves and puts his finger into the open wound.  This is put on display even further in the band’s new video for the song “Babylonian Pandemonium”.  Today the video receives its exclusive premiere courtesy of Metal Injection.  Check out the video for this brutal “Thrashterpiece” HERE.

A full album preview clip that features 30-second samples from the entire album can be seen HERE.

The first track from Pandemonium “Bonzai Kamakazi” is available for streaming HERE.

Pandemonium Track Listing:

1. Babylonian Pandemonium
2. Banzai Kamakazi
3. Scum
4. I, Barbarian
5. Carmunhao
6. Apex Predator
7. Insurrection
8. Not Losing the Edge
9. Father of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
12. Porra

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JOHNNY WORE BLACK Teams Up with DAVE ELLEFSON on “Walking Underwater Pt. 2”

October 24th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Ask any new or professional musician what it’s like to be involved in the music business, and they’ll tell you that it can be risky, dangerous – and sometimes – downright scary. Enter JOHNNY WORE BLACK (a.k.a Jay, as he prefers to be called) who skillfully balances craft as a musician with his main gig – Hollywood stuntman for the stars (including work in films such as Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, Fast and Furious 6 and most recently, Fury with Brad Pitt). If Jay could have a choice of middle names, “risky”, “dangerous” and “scary” would be his three top selections.

Pulling inspiration from his work on the silver screen, JOHNNY WORE BLACK ‘the artist’ has created his own brand of dark, atmospheric musical intrigue. The new album, Walking Underwater Pt. 2, is an excellent example of this style. The new record also features several guest appearances, including the one and only Dave Ellefson of “Big 4” heavy metal titans Megadeth, Croatian singer Sara Renar, and renowned soul singer Loretta Heywood. Both esteemed artists bring a new level of undeniable credibility and brooding, haunting sounds that Jay bases JOHNNY WORE BLACK on. Walking Underwater Pt. 2 hits stores on November 26, 2014 via Dark Cherry. Pre-order links are coming soon!

Dave Ellefson’s co-writes on Walking Underwater Pt. 2 include the poignant ‘Gift of Desperation’ and ‘A Cut Above’. “JOHNNY WORE BLACK has a very unique sound that I like and as an artist creating a unique sound is one of the hardest things to do, you either have it or you don’t and to me JOHNNY WORE BLACK definitely has it.”

“Dave Ellefson is not only an inspired and creative musician he has also become a great friend and is always a pleasure to collaborate with musically,” adds Jay. “In addition, ‘Winter in July’ by Loretta Heywood skillfully produced by Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass was a childhood favorite of mine. I approached Tim and Loretta with the idea of doing a cover and was pleased to not only have their blessing but to have Loretta sing on the track and Tim’s full support during the recording.”

Walking Underwater Pt. 2 tracklisting:
1.      Firefly (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
2.      A Cut Above (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
3.      Comfy Slippers (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
4.      Fallen Angel (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
5.      Gift of Desperation (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
6.      I Do Dissolve (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
7.      Noise
8.      Shine On – (feat. Croatian singer Sara Renar)
9.      Whose Children (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
10.  Winter in July – (Cover feat. vocals by Loretta Heywood + Loretta Heywood/Bomb The Bass collaboration)

Walking Underwater Pt. 2 is produced by Jay himself, with several tracks mixed by Grammy-award winning producer David Bottrill (Tool, Stone Sour).

Walking Underwater Pt. 1 was released earlier this year and received excellent reviews.’s Chris Gonda calls the album an “intensely passionate collection of songs”, while Screamer Magazine stated, “If you wish to purchase an album that doesn’t conform, yet provides a top quality set of textures and shades, then prepare yourself to be quietly impressed.”

This follows the praise of previously released singles ‘All The Rage’ (2011), ‘Up In Flames’ (2012), ‘Noise’ (2012) and ‘Gift of Desperation’ (2013). September 2014 marked the release of the new JOHNNY WORE BLACK single ‘A Cut Above’.

Johnny Wore Black – vocals
Pete Mathers – guitar
Simon Hutchby – drums
David Ellefson – bass
James Coppolaro – guitar
Loretta Heywood – vocals (Winter in July)
Sara Renar – vocals (Shine On)

To learn more about JOHNNY WORE BLACK, please visit these websites:

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LORD Announce The DUNGEON Era Box Set

October 24th, 2014
by Celtic Bob



Australian melodic metal masters LORD have announced their latest box set release ‘The Dungeon Era’ comprising of all 4 official Dungeon albums (Resurrection, A Rise To Power, One Step Beyond and Pariah) re-recorded with the current band and modern production.

The release is also accompanied by a USB ‘all access’ pass packed with retrospective Dungeon nostalgia as well as digital versions of the re-recordings and remix/remasters of the original releases.
Slated to be released on November 1 to coincide with their appearance at the ‘Steel Assassins True Metal Festival’ in Sydney, the band has announced exclusive pre-orders for fans through their online webstore.

Commented by Lord Tim:
“From a business point of view, we are doing this to regain control of our rights and make sure the writers of these great songs get their well-deserved time in the spotlight. Due to labels folding or not really getting behind these albums the first time, a lot of this material was lost in the background noise. This release gives us the opportunity to give these songs a second chance, and hopefully for the ex-Dungeon members who wrote a lot of this material to see something back for all of their amazing work.

From an artistic point of view, while we’ve been proud of everything we’ve ever done and it was the best we could do at the time, there was always a desire to hear this done not just “as good as we could do” but “exactly as we always imagined it.” Due to budget or technology restraints, there was always a level of compromise. This release answers the question: “What if it wasn’t like that?”

And from a continuity point of view, we really consider Dungeon to be the first era of the band we’re currently calling LORD. We still play the Dungeon back-catalogue live, and now with this being Dungeon’s 25th anniversary, it was a good opportunity to expose new fans to these awesome old songs, and formally unite both eras of the band.”

All pre-orders will also receive an exclusive and limited edition t-shirt, patch and sticker.

Video promo link – LORD: The Dungeon Era – 25th Anniversary Box Set
Pre order link –

Lord Tim, Andy Dowling & Mark Furtner are endorsed by ESP and have their own custom E-II Signature models
Lord Tim is also one of the latest Seymour Duncan pickup endorsees Mark Furtner is endorsed by DiMarzio pickups & the band uses Dean Markley strings

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