High-class thrash metal from Brazil, anyone? KORZUS were founded more than 30 years ago and are one of the most popular metal bands of South America. Four years after “Discipline Of Hate”, which marked their first worldwide release so far, the cult act returns with “Legion” on October 24th.
- EPICA & ELUVEITIE to co-headline North American Tour (May 29, 2015)
- GUS G. – New album artwork, tracklisting, first teaser clip and release date (May 29, 2015)
- Secret Illusion – New song, new singer and next full release due in 2016 (May 29, 2015)
- Thrash Legends EXODUS Launch European Headline Tour Next Monday, June 1st in Germany (May 28, 2015)
- FEAR FACTORY: "Genexus" Artwork and Track Listing Revealed (May 27, 2015)
- Leah (May 25, 2015)
- HammerFall - Interview with Pontus Norgren & Fredrik Larsson (May 23, 2015)
- HELLOWEEN - Vocalist Andi Deris (May 20, 2015)
- Interview with Steve DiGiorgio of Testament, April 30, 2015 (May 18, 2015)
- Sonata Arctica - Interview with Tony Kakko (May 16, 2015)
- URIAH HEEP w/Nazareth - Live at Hameenlinna, Finland (May 27, 2015)
- Sonata Arctica + Freedom Call + Twilight Force @ O2 Academy Islington, London (May 23, 2015)
- HammerFall + Skarlett Riot + NeonFly @ O2 Academy Islington, London (May 20, 2015)
- Antediluvian @ The Boston Music Rooms, London (May 19, 2015)
- Testament and Exodus, Dark Roots of Thrash 2 Tour, Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA, April 30, 2015 (May 18, 2015)
Norway’s best female-fronted metal band, TRIOSPHERE, has completed work on their new album. Almost four and a half years after “The Road Less Travelled” and following European tours with Kamelot, Sonata Arctica and Crimson Glory, TRIOSPHERE’s highly-anticipated new album “The Heart Of The Matter” will finally be released on November 7th.
The grandmasters of Teutonic heavy metal return with a new studio album. After the success of “Steelhammer” and the Live album/DVD „Steelhammer – Live From Moscow“, U.D.O. are busily working on new material. Udo Dirkschneider and his band will release “Decadent” in January.
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting organization has announced that due to scheduling issues ONSLAUGHT has cancelled their planned performance at the festival. Recently reunited UK thrashers XENTRIX will replace them on Saturday 13th of December 2014.
Xentrix released four albums through Roadrunner Records: 1989’s Shattered Existence, 1990’s For Whose Advantage, 1991’s Dilute to Taste and 1992’s Kin. Heavy Metal Records also released a 1996 LP called Scourge.
SPELLBLAST are going to support CIRCLE II CIRCLE on their forthcoming European Tour.
A 2xCD collection of King Diamond songs, newly enhanced into ultimate editions by King Diamond and Andy LaRocque themselves, will be released by Metal Blade Records next month
King Diamond‘s “Dreams of Horror” is the only “best of” album covering the band’s entire career. King Diamond and Andy LaRocque meticulously mastered and enhanced these 23 songs into the ultimate editions, chosen by the band from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs.
“Dreams of Horror” will be available on November 11th. Listen to “The Puppet Master” from disc 2 of “Dreams of Horror” and pre-order a copy now at metalblade.com/kingdiamond.
Multi-decade recording artist and reigning Queen of Metal DORO PESCH will kick off the North American leg of her “30 Years Strong & Proud” Anniversary Tour this Friday, marking an astounding thirty years since the release of DORO’s first studio record, Warlock’s Burning The Witches.
Launching in Wisconsin this Friday, October 10th, DORO will rock eight American cities and three in Canada. Fans should note that a very special performance is scheduled for the New York City show at the Gramercy Theater on October 20th:DORO and her bandmates will be joined on-stage by special guests Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Jean Beauvoir (CROWN OF THORNS, PLASMATICS), Leather Leone (RUDE GIRL, CHASTAIN) and more!
Watch a special video message about the tour & NYC show from The Queen herself on DORO’s YouTube channel:www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rkJhxTbxZo
New wave of British heavy metal and thrash legends RAVEN have are currently on the road in North America on the “North American Extermination Tour 2014″. The band kicked off this tour following their special guest appearances alongside Accept. . Fans can expect to hear RAVEN classics and new songs that the band is currently in the studio working on. The tour is going on now and runs through November 25th in Raleigh, NC.
Vocalist/Bassist John Gallagher commented on the tour:
“The tour is off to a great start…we’ve mixed things up set wise and are playing a few brand new songs that will be in the upcoming album and a few old ones we have not done in a long while or ever! We even did ‘Ballad of Marshall Stack’ last night! Night Demon is killing it as support and we are really looking forward to the rest of the gigs.”
It was recently announced that RAVEN has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and their new studio album and follow up to Walk Through Fire is set for a release in February 2015
Last year saw the release of the band’s documentary DVD Rock Until You Drop – A Long Day’s Journey documents the band’s almost 40 year career and highlights their high energy approach and influence on the development of thrash. The DVD can be ordered HERE.
RAVEN “North American Extermination Tour 2014″
10/07: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
10/08: Dallas, TX @ RBC
10/09: Houston TX @ White Swan Live
10/10: Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
10/11: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/12: Midland, TX @ Keglers Lounge
10/13: Las Cruces, NM @ The Green Room
10/15: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/17: San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
10/18: Santa Barbara, CA @ Biko House
10/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
10/20: Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
10/22: San Bernardino, CA @ Black Flame Collective
10/23: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
10/24: Ventura, CA @ Bombay
10/25: Los Osos, CA @ Sweet Springs Saloon
10/26: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
10/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room
10/28: Sparks, NV @ The Alley
10/29: Ashland, OR @ Club 66
10/30: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
10/31: Spokane, WA @ The Hop!
11/01: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
11/02: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/03: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11/04: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Lo-Fi Café
11/05: Denver, CO @ 3 Kings
11/07: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/09: Columbus, OH @ Shrunken Head
11/11: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
11/13: Indianapolis, IN @ Headquarters
11/14: Akron, OH @ Empire Rock Club
11/15: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
11/16: Chicago IL @ Reggie’s
11/18: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/19: Syracuse, NY @ Macs Bad Art Bar
11/20: Pittsburgh, PA @ Dead Horse
11/21: Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
11/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Dobbs
11/23: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11/24: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/25: Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
According to the pages of the various metal media, the labels “LEGENDARY,” “INNOVATIVE,” “TRUE ORIGINALS,” as well as “LUNATICS!” have been rightfully pinned upon RAVEN over the years. In a music scene filled by clones nurtured with a cookie-cutter mentality, the unique personality, power and humor of the three band members has always shone through. The crazed vocals & bass playing of John Gallagher, the full frontal guitar assault of brother, Mark Gallagher, and the punishing polyrhythmic pounding of drummer, Joe Hasselvander, all combine to form a sonic battering ram unique in rock!
From the well documented early days as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) frontrunners, RAVEN’s albums ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP, WIPED OUT and ALL FOR ONE virtually invented both the speed metal and power metal genres – during the trailblazing USA tours of the 80’s introducing the States to “Athletic rock” as well as giving opening acts like Metallica and Anthrax their first tours, through the doldrums of the late 80’s/early 90’s when a grunge obsessed media wrote off so many acts – RAVEN has consistently proved to be both survivors par excellence and in a genre of grim imitation – shown that they are “the real thing”. Where so many of their contemporaries have either faded creatively or become parodies of themselves, RAVEN have consistently pushed the envelope while retaining their unique sound and attack – both in the studio & in their true element, onstage!
Interview with Snowy Shaw
Tell us a bit about the development of your new 25th Anniversary album, THE LIVESHOW! Was it hard to pick which tunes to play live?
You mean the DVD/CD box. Naw, not at all, I just picked my favorite songs, although the hardest part was obviously all the ones I had to exclude in the set. But I made up for some of it for the second show where I selected a bunch of other songs, apart from the customary classics and hits that the audience expects. I’ll add more long forgotten, obscure and rarely performed numbers in the future, and that’s the charm of this concept. However, I couldn’t possibly include all the songs we played live on the DVD/CD. It was a matter of Killing your darlings, but not even me would stand a 5 hour long DVD,.. even if it was KISS ´76 or Manowar ´84.
Legendary British Heavy Metal masters follow-up the 2001 “Chronicles” release with a DVD/CD triple-disc set.
SAXON, one of worldwide most loved, respected and heard Heavy Metal heroes, continue their detailed documentation of life on the road with Warriors Of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II, to be released worldwide on October 24th 2014 and featuring extensive coverage of their 2013 appearance at the UK’s Steelhouse Festival plus full-sets from the Wacken and Download festivals in 2012 and Graspop in 2013. A further bonus disc will carry the Steelhouse Festival set on CD.
Saxon – Warriors of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II – This jam-packed collection of some recent Saxon road triumphs is the successor to 2001’s Chronicles release, which admirably documented many elements of Saxon’s earlier career. Warriors Of The Road… proudly maintains that tradition and bumps it up a notch by charting the return of the famous stage eagle back from Hamburg to a British show for the first time in decades, documenting the Steelhouse Festival from dawn until long after the midnight hour. In the process, fans are given further personal insights into the band members, Paul Quinn (guitar), Nibbs Carter (bass), Nigel Glockler (drums) and Doug Scarratt (guitar) and the main man, Biff Byford.
Tales of tea and other leaves are told among other stories which come together to explain why the boys have enjoyed such an amazing, enduring and successful Sax-life on the road for 35 years.
To celebrate Warriors Of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II the band will be doing what they instinctively know best as they hit the road for a 36-date European tour which starts in Athens, Greece on October 25th and ends on December 13th in the UK at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire … with plenty of Europe in the middle!
The Swedish melodic rock band Coldspell will return to UK and Scotland for five gigs in November 2014. Their third album Frozen Paradise have gained excellent attention all around the world, and has among all been voted to top 10-lists in US, Australia and Greece. The band toured UK and US in the spring, and also played the Hard Rock Hell AOR festival in 2014. They will be supported by Twelve Gauge.
November 26 Bolton, Railway
November 27 Workington, Vine Bar
November 28 Glasgow, Grand Central (as Special Guest to Eden’s Curse, no Twelve Gauge)
November 29 Grimsby, Yardbirds
November 30 Crewe, the Box
The making of a new album has started and is due to be released spring 2015.
More information about the band can be found on http://wp.coldspell.se/site/.
Metal Blade Records Debut Out October 14th
REVOCATION have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. REVOCATION has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, “Deathless,” is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band. The artwork for “Deathless” was hand painted by internationally recognized tattoo artist Tom Strom.
Summer Rock Festival
10-12/7 – 2014
Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall
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(New York, NY) – Rockers Steel Panther have been confirmed for a United States headlining run of tour dates in December. Steel Panther is currently bringing their raucous show to North American audiences on tour as main support for iconic metallers Judas Priest. Immediately following the Judas Priest tour, Steel Panther will make a quick jaunt to Japan for two shows and then will return to the United States to begin their December headlining run, rounding off a very hectic, successful year. Please see below for a complete list of 2014 tour dates. In other Steel Panther news, fans worldwide can check out the brand new video for “Pussywhipped” here.
White Empress, the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender, has launched a video breakdown of the first five tracks off its new album Rise of the Empress on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/XXuHcYSCiXU.
Rise of the Empress, which released earlier this week on Peaceville Records, can be purchased now through the label’s web-store at: https://www.burningshed.com/