Life of Agony @ The Electric Ballroom, London

March 28th, 2016
by UK Team

Life of Agony

@ The Electric Ballroom, London

March 17th 2016

Reyiew by Ellen Norvang

Photos by Michelle Murphy

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Exodus & Lost Society : Nosturi Helsinki Finland

March 26th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen


The 19th of March 2016


Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

When the legendary Bay Area thrash metal veterans visited Helsinki with their own headlining gig fronted by Rob Dukes and Paul Bostaph some years ago, there were hardly 300 or even less thrash metal maniacs having attended the show. Well some years have passed since then until when Exodus hit the Finnish shore with another headlining gig with the domestic thrash wonderkids Lost Society supporting them. The expectations of the number of the attendance were guessed in advance before the show, but having over 500 tickets sold in the pre-sale was beyond the expectation for sure. That was definitely awesome. However the Finnish young thrash patrol Lost Society gave another lesson of violence.


When arriving at the Nosturi club there was a huge line of the thrash metal maniacs waiting into the club. Lost Society had already kicked the maelstrom of intensive headbanging and a pure riffstorm. The band has relied on all kinds of lame of humor aspects in the past shows, but supporting slot for Exodus proved Lost Society is definitely a vicious and intensive and murderous live act. When abandoning all the worthless and needless hassling, just focusing on creating the total of riff thrash storm with the incredible headbanging at the stage, that gave the entire new meaning of the brutal performance for Lost Society. The four piece just proved to be one hell of a thrash metal war machine by sacrificing themselves at the stage and gave a lesson of the master guided riff playing. The set list consisted of the material off from the new album such as “I Am The Antidote” and of course the mandatory “Terror Hungry” is the essential one for the hyperfast thrash hymn.

KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)
Hollow Eyes
Terror Hungry
I Am the Antidote
Only (My) Death Is Certain

Lost Society

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When Lost Society’s intensive gig was over and the audience was still gasping for the air, the stage was prepared for Exodus’ tempo of thrash. The latest Exodus offering BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT is still amazingly intensive refreshing brilliant thrash piece of slab. Therefore it was expected to hear quite a few songs picked up from that 10th full length album. Yes indeed those new songs sounded damn catchy as well as brutal as “Body Harvest”, “Salt The Wounds”, and “Blood In Blood Out” were the part of the setlist. Not that surprising the classic debut album BONDED BY BLOOD played the biggest role in the night’s setlist. All in all six songs off from the classic debut album encouraged the crowd go utter insane and bezerk in the pit. The pit turned out to be a merciless and savage and time to time the whole floor was on fire when the insane thrashers crushed their sweating bodies against each other. It surely did help when Steve “Zetro” Souza’s commanded the pit go brutal as hell. But to be honest, Exodus sounded really tight and brutal. Tom Hunting’s clock tight drumming creates the essential part of the Exodus sound. His incredible way of blasting the drums along Jack Gibson’s crushing bass lines and the double guitar work by Kragen Lum and Lee Altus created the total crushing sounds of thrash by Exodus.  The five-piece is definitely in the vital strike and they can still deliver the tempo of the old school thrash metal at its best. “Toxic Waltz” has become one kind of hymn for pit rioters, when the opening riff cut the air, the pit turned an incredible huge, bodies were flying all over and when the final song “Strike Of The Beast” concluded the set with another chaotic pit storm.  Indeed Exodus stroke now back with the vengeance. Even though Gary Holt was now missing, he was busy with his duties with Slayer, Exodus still lives strong and the band still breathes metal more than well in 2016. It was definitely overwhelming and pleasure to see the packed venue on Saturday night in Helsinki. Above all the domestic young thrash guns Lost Society showed their skills  skills and they proved that they’re now ready to conquer the metal world. All in all it would be fabulous to see more often as many metal fans as today to attend upcoming metal shows in the future.

Black 13
Blood In, Blood Out
And Then There Were None
Children of a Worthless God
Salt the Wound
Body Harvest
Metal Command
A Lesson in Violence
War Is My Shepherd

Bonded by Blood
The Toxic Waltz
Strike of the Beast







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Madame Mayhem – Following her Musical Passion!

March 26th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Madame Mayhem – Following her Musical Passion!

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Madame Mayhem

Madame Mayhem

Madame Mayhem, is a true rocker with an eclectic style in every aspect of life. Armed with a new CD, Now You Know, written by Corey Lowery and herself, she is an extreme artist on the rise to stardom.

Now You Know features a powerhouse team of rock’s most talented musicians including; Billy Sheehan [Mr. Big, Winery Dogs] – who produced and played on the album, Ray Luzier [KoRn] Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal [Guns N’ Roses], Russ Parrish [Satchel from Steel Panther], and Corey Lowery [Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo]. With friends and musicianship like that backing you, how can this not be a stellar CD!

I caught up with Madame Mayhem to talk about her diverse musical upbringing, the new CD, and working with Billy Sheehan.

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Dawn of Disease – Signs To Napalm Records & Unveils First Details Of New Album

March 25th, 2016
by EvilG
It’s no secret that DAWN OF DISEASE have been highly influenced by old school Swedish death metal: a healthy dose of Scandinavian rawness that worms its way into every tune, but now over the past couple of years these German death metallers have started to conquer new shores and they have now announced their worldwide signing with Napalm Records.

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Megadeth / Suidical Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center, March 19, 2016

March 25th, 2016
by Infamous Butcher

Megadeth / Suicidal Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok

Sands Bethlehem Events Center|
Bethlehem, PA

March 19, 2016
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

Megadeth / Suicidal Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok Sands Bethlehem Events Center Bethlehem, PA March 19, 2016

Megadeth / Suicidal Tendencies / Children of Bodom / Havok
Sands Bethlehem Events Center
Bethlehem, PA
March 19, 2016

Few bands have had a rougher go of it than Megadeth the last few years. In 2014, band leader Dave Mustaine had to undergo neck surgery a second time, cancelling their participation in the inaugural Motorboat cruise. Then longtime band members Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums) left Megadeth, citing creative differences. The band didn’t tour for a long time, but I just knew wily ol’ Dave had something good up his sleeve. Never, ever, count Megadeth out! Dave’s response to these challenges was to recruit Lamb of God’s drumming powerhouse Chris Adler and Brazilian shredder Kiko Loureiro from Angra and then record the band’s best album in years, DYSTOPIA! Only a killer bill would be fitting for the tour, so we get crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies (with fucking Dave Lombardo on drums!), melodic death metallers Children of Bodom, and young in age but old in style thrashers Havok! Are you metalheads salivating yet or what? Tonight we are in Bethlehem PA, a former steel town that generated most of the steel used for the US ships during WWII. Let’s get Bethlehem cranking out some metal again! SET THE WORLD AFIRE! BRING IT!

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Dimlight: New Videoclip for “Invoking The Hunter” from new album “The Lost Chapters”

March 25th, 2016
by EvilG

Dimlight recently released their new album, ‘The Lost Chapters,’ via Sliptrick Records. The band’s music can be characterized as Symphonic Death Metal blended with dark symphonic elements, aggressive guitars, sharp female vocals but also deep and eerie brutal shouts. Dimlight enjoys live performances and their dynamic and energetic stage presence engages the audience.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada News: Vancouver Round 3 Winner; Vancouver Finals Details

March 25th, 2016
by EvilG
Wacken Metal Battle Canada

Wacken Metal Battle Canada


ROUND 3 – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 @ Red Room Ultra Bar (Vancouver) (398 Richards St.)
Event Link:
The Mountain Man – WINNER
Saints of Death
Occasionally Dropped

Stuart McKillop – Rain City Recorders
Myk Shaflik – The Red Room and Allstar Show Industries
JJ – SCRAPE records
Mayo – The Invisible Orange
VANCOUVER FINAL – SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ Red Room Ultrabar (398 Richards St.)
(winner will move on to National Final in Toronto on June 11 @ Opera House)
Event Link:
The Mountain Man

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Amon Amarth @ The Underworld Camden, London

March 24th, 2016
by UK Team

Amon Amarth

@ The Underworld Camden, London

22nd March 2016

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Michelle Murphy

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Michael Monroe with support Thomas Silver on Scandinavian Tour 2016 at High Voltage Copenhagen,Denmark

March 23rd, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

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Scandinavian Tour 2016
Thomas Silver – support act

High Voltage, Copenhagen, Denmark
11/3 – 2016

Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson


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Avantasia @ The Forum, London

March 22nd, 2016
by UK Team


@ The Forum, London

8th March 2016

Review by Oliver M.
Photography by Graham Hilling

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LACUNA COIL Delirium Out May 27th

March 22nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob


There is an old sanatorium up in the hills of Northern Italy. An old, abandoned, and decayed fortress whose corridors are filled with the ghosts of a thousand tortured minds and souls. A place where every wall still bares the scars of countless damaged lives…

Welcome to the LACUNA COIL Sanatorium!

The track listing of “Delirium” reads as follows:
1. The House Of Shame
2. Broken Things
3. Delirium
4. Blood, Tears, Dust
5. Downfall
6. Take Me Home
7. You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You
8. Ghost In The Mist
9. My Demons
10. Claustrophobia
11. Ultima Ratio

After being heavily involved with previous productions Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati took over the leading role as producer together with his fellow bandmates. 2016 shows LACUNA COIL including US drummer Ryan Blake Folden as a tight unit that realized their collective vision for “Delirium” at BRX Studio in their native Milan between December 2015 and February 2016. Yet again they were working with Marco Barusso (engineer, mix) who had not only worked with LACUNA COIL in the past on several albums such as “Dark Adrenaline” and “Karmacode”, but also on Italian high profile artists like Eros Ramazzotti or Laura Pausini Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati also created the artwork for “Delirium” which is based on an atmospheric session captured by italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.

20.04.16 (PHL) Quezon City – Amaranth Stadium (Pulp Summer Slam Festival)
14.05.16 (USA) Cherokee NC – Cherokee Event Center (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
15.05.16 (USA) Richmond VA – The National (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
17.05.16 (USA) Davenport IA – Adler Theater (w/ Halestorm, Cilver)
More dates will be announced shortly!


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Necronomicon – Interview With Rob “The Witch” Tremblay

March 21st, 2016
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with guitarist/vocalist
Rob “The Witch” Tremblay

By Peter Atkinson

With their symphonic black/death metal bluster and ashen, war-painted/leather-cloaked appearance, it’s easy to see how Montreal’s Necronomicon draw comparisons to Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir – at least from a musical and aesthetic standpoint. But from a philosophical perspective – not to mention their panda-face makeup and three-person lineup – Necronomion have much more in common with Immortal.

Yet where Immortal long have reveled in tales of battles and demons in their mythical frozen kingdom on Blashyrkh, Necronomicon embarked on a more mystical, transcendent journey through the cosmos – and man’s place within the greater whole of the universe – with their 1999 full-length debut Pharoah of Gods. That voyage continues with their fifth and latest effort Advent of the Human God, due out March 25 on Season Of Mist.

During an interview via Skype from Montreal – and later via e-mail – founder/frontman/guitarist/songwriter/producer Rob “The Witch” Tremblay spoke, among other things, about Necronomicon’s unique, often otherworldly, take on death/black metal and how the band’s origins in the wilds of Northeast Canada play into that, the challenges of trying to pull of such ambitious music as a three-piece – the band is rounded out by long-time drummer Rick and newish bassist Mars – and the uncomfortable run-in with the German thrash band they have shared the Necronomicon moniker with for more than 20 years.

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Exodus + Lost Society @ The Underworld, London

March 20th, 2016
by UK Team

Exodus+ Lost Society +Striker

@ The Underworld, London

March 5th, 2016

Review by Ann Sulaiman

Photos by Inty Malcolm

31 years since the release of debut album “Bonded by Blood” and Bay Area legends Exodus hit the road with a European and UK tour to mark the occasion.



Carrying Lost Society and Striker in tow, they paid a visit to The Underworld in London (admittedly one of their favourite spots to play, according to frontman Steve “Zetro”) for what was to be a consistently crazy night of crowdsurfing and moshing for all to enjoy.

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Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Delain: Calgary AB Mar 5, 2016

March 19th, 2016
by Monika Deviat

w/ Sonata Arctica & Delain

March 5, 2016

Review by JP Wood
Photos by Monika Deviat

Nightwish © Monika Deviat

Nightwish © Monika Deviat

I have not seen the 2500+ capacity MacEwan Hall sold out for a Metal show in a long, long time. Not even for bands that also pull in the more mainstream crowds like Blind Guardian and Gwar. But Nightwish did it!  At their second concert in Calgary in over 20 years, the place was packed for an extra-ordinary bill of Euro-Metal. Delain and Sonata Arctica have also been through Calgary before and the crowds were out in force to see the triple stacked show. I’m not surprised Nightwish is riding a career high with a triumphant North American tour with their new signer as they just recently won the award for Best Metal album in their homeland of Finland.

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Vinyl Funding Platform QRATES Launches Direct-To-Store Service

March 18th, 2016
by EvilG

Store Delivery Enables Bands to Direct Distribute Vinyl from Pressing Plant to Record Stores Worldwide

In a twist on the crowdfunding model, vinyl pressing and presale platform QRATES has launched Store Delivery, a new service shaking up vinyl distribution by enabling record stores worldwide to directly buy, and even help fund, artist and label vinyl projects.

The appeal of vinyl isn’t diminishing and for many artists having their vinyl sold at a record store is something particularly special. For smaller artists and labels though getting their music stocked in stores is still a challenge, especially when it comes to selling vinyl in foreign countries. Not to mention trying to secure space at the oversubscribed pressing plants, if they even know how to go about organising a pressing.

Enter QRATES, which since April 2015 has facilitated artists to sell or pre-fund, press and distribute their vinyl releases direct to fans. New addition Store Delivery opens this up to record stores enabling them to purchase vinyl at wholesale prices, as well as participate in funding projects. Once pressed the finished product is then automatically delivered direct to the store. Additional capability is planned for the future, such as the ability for artists to sell their back catalogue to stores as well.

Currently in Beta, but due for full launch imminently, Store Delivery incorporates a network of over 200 record shops and buyers. Partners include Juno Records, Europe’s largest online record store, and Jetset, HMV and Technique in Japan. QRATES intends to expand this to 1000 stores globally by 2018, starting with the US this spring.

In its first year of operation QRATES has already hosted over 1000 funding projects for artists across every genre, with many successfully reaching their targets. It’s not only artists and labels finding opportunities through QRATES though. In something of an evolution from the old CD covermount, music media are also seeing the potential in special funded vinyl projects, including music curation blog Noon Pacific, which completed a limited edition vinyl compilation project.

Greg Gouty, COO of QRATES explains: “Our business is built on the belief that every artist should be able to put out vinyl if they wish, regardless of whether they have access to the expertise and contacts of a big label or not. Store Delivery takes this a step further by opening up the door for anyone, artist or label, to offer their vinyl records to stores worldwide. What’s more full control and profits go directly into the artists and labels hands.

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