Keep It True XVI

August 12th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen


Keep It True, the name says it all. Here the most dedicated metalheads gather every spring to trade records, meet friends, raise glasses and most of all, to witness pure and honest bands. Held once again in a small village Lauda-Königshofen, this now the 13th time. This year the lineup was so tempting I just had to travel to Lauda after one year break. KIT has been organized since ’03 and at first it was also on autumn but has now been held only on spring. Same organizers have now other events too so people hungry for quality old school metal should check out…

Most of the bands here are old ones, especially the headliners, and some of them have never been in Europe. So there’s a huge amount of expectations and feelings towards the bands. Of course there are also newer bands who represent the same style, mostly traditional metal but also some thrash and doom metal bands here and there giving a nice touch of variety. Most of the bands are from the 80′s but some from the later years. Also bands like Quartz are from the 70′s so all eras of metal are present.

In many cases the bands are doing exclusive shows, some having the original lineup and some doing their classic albums from the start to the last song. The audience has always been a bit older folks who have been waiting to see these bands for few decades. It’s hard to describe the feeling there is but definitely there is magic on the air and the fans are really into it from the bottom of their hearts.

By Saku Nurminen


After adventuring with German trains, taxis and buses I finally got into the sports hall which is the arena of KIT. A young Chicago based band High Spirits were just playing their last songs.

Morbid Saint took the stage next. They released their only album on ’88 and after it got re-released some time ago they finally got more attention from the metal fans. Formed in the early 80′s they played very brutal death/thrash in their early stages and now they’re continuing where they left in the 90′s. They played the whole album Spectrum of Death and from the first notes it was clear that these guys have not softened in their thrash metal. Extremely agressive vocals and the playing was tight as well. Great to see a band in this genre who after all the years are still energetic thrash as some comebacks are not like that as the aggression can sometimes fade away when people are ageing. Some minor things were probably irritating to some part of the audience like touches of modern metal on the stage precence but after all it’s music that matters the most so I find this a very enjoyable gig of violent in your face metal.

Next was Quartz, an old British group formed in the 70′s. Also didn’t expect to ever see them live but in KIT everything is possible it seems. Their metal is very much influenced by a certain band from their times, Black Sabbath, yet they still have a lot of their own magic in their music. There are actually linked to Sabbath as their first LP was produced by Tony Iommi and their bass player Geoff Nicholls did a lot of keyboards to many Sabbath albums. This time their singer was wearing a jacket with strings just like mr. Osbourne used to do in the past and his stage manners were straigh there from the 70′s. I didn’t hear their doing some of their golden oldies but got a good set of their classics, the playing time just don’t allow bands to just do every song people wanna hear. They closed their enjoyably by playing “Satan’s Serenade” from the same named EP, probably their biggest hit. In that time the audience was really on fire and were singing along this great tune.

More old British metal, this time in the form of Holocaust. Unlike many other bands from NWOBHM era, Holocaust have never split up but continued to record material all these years. Finally bands like Holocaust are getting some recognizability as many younger metal fans are finding them and they really deserve to play for a bigger audience. They were really energetic on stage which always nice to witness and especially their bass player was on fire. I have to say some of the newer songs are quite weird stuff and even a bit difficult to follow when played live but old and new ones were both played so this was a very good set they offered for us. Nothing surprising of what song was played last. Yes, Heavy Metal Mania, and now the crowd was singing louder than on any case so far. A perfect ending from a fine band.

Medieval Steel from U.S. next. Their self titled cult EP from ’84 has gained a lot of fans lately and indeed it’s a great release. There has been a reissue of that and other stuff lately and it’s about time they got to play in Europe. They offered us a good show of U.S. Metal and at least one new song was played. The audience, and I think also the band towards the end of the show, were waiting for the title song of the band. And finally it came and I have to say I’ve never ever heard any audience to have a sing along like that. The walls were shaking as the passionate crowd was screaming.

I missed some of Liege Lord as I needed to get something to eat but what I heard was just great portion of high quality US metal. They played a Rainbow cover Kill the King and like their own stuff, it was great. Someone said they played the whole Burn to my Touch album but can’t be 100% sure as I don’t have that particular album. They were co-headlining the first festival day and therefore I had enough time to enjoy their music. Actually they were supposed to play last but at festivals changes are always possible. Now I just need to get the missing Liege Lord albums from somewhere…

Last band today was Possessed from the infamous Bay Area, US. I have to say this must have been the best gig from them and I’ve seen them few times earlier. The lineup was totally changed apart from singer Jeff Beccerra who has been the only original member of the band after the comeback some years ago. The guitars had the same demonic sound on them what is present on the old Possessed albums and the vokals of Jeff were very deadly. One new song was played but it sounded kinda weird among the old tunes. Not bad at all but have to listen to it and get used to as I’ve been so much possessed by the old ones. Besides Morbid Scream they were the most brutal band on the bill and great ending of the Friday.


After some adventuring from the town where our hotel was we arrived to KIT. First band we catched was Midnight from Cleveland, US. The name was familiar but had not actually heard much of their music ’til now. First thing that I noticed was the band itself, each one of the threesome had a cloth around their head, a bit similar to executioner but without any holes. They started their wild set with a lot of energy which was around all the time. I’m sure these fellows are highly influenced by Venom and the likes, rocking black metal with sing alongs and great solos. One could say that they are today’s answer to good old times of metal from the eighties. Well, actually they aren’t that new as a band but definitely compared to many of the other ones on the bill.

At this point there were already a lot of people in this sold out hall and moving became hard so I knew this was to be a long day. Next was October 31, fronted by King Fowley who must be the most metal person in the known universe, at least of what I know of him. He continued where Midnight left, pure metal orgasm was present when King and his fellow bandmates were finally performing their metal to the fans of old continent. Very enjoyable show and it made me hungry to get their records.

Old NWOBHM act Legend (the one from Jersey) was next to jump on stage. It was time to calm down a bit as their British steel was very epic and more slow than the previous wild bands. This suited just perfectly as it gave variety and eerie sounds. Definitely they had the old yet ageless British sound on their music and especially the vocalist was channeling that perfectly. I liked this one a lot.

Then it was time for some US metal again in the form of Jack Starr’s Burning Starr. Known to many as the original guitarist of Virgin Steele but the man has had quite a few other bands during the years and is still going strong, true survivor from the past scene. Their set offered quality American metal as well as a solo spot of mr. Starr. Vocalist had a suberb voice going very high at times which fitted to this kind of metal perfectly. The highlight came in the end when they performed the song Evil Never Sleep. Well done guys! Unfortunately I had to miss Steel Prophet as it was time to get some food from the restaurant nearby, hope to catch these dudes next time. What I heard outside the venue was that they did a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, quite an ambitious song to cover but sounded good and what I heard from my friend is that it was an excellent one.

Angel Witch was the first co-headliner of the Saturday. I’ve seen them a few times so I didn’t expect anything to be differently. Yet with a joy I got to see an great show by them. The reason might be thet the band behind mastermind Kevin Heybourne (vocals/guitars) is now a thicker unit, more like a band and they really seemed to enjoy playing. Most of the songs I recognized as they were from their classic first s/t album as well as at least one from the Loser 7″. The new stuff they played was also excellent so I need to get the album as all the scepticism is now gone.

Finally the festival was reaching to it’s end and there was only Warlord left to play. By this time all the merchandise stands from the back of the hall were unpacked and close to everyone on the whole fest was witing for Warlord to start their performance. The atmosphere was like in a metal church and the soundtrack of Conan the Barbarian was played to the waiting audience. The show was delayed some 20 minutes or so and that made the atmosphere even more full of magic. The waiting was worth it and after a while the band came on stage and started their set with Deliver Us from Evil, one of their most well known songs. Their set continued with such old classics as Child of the Damned, Aliens and Lost and Lonely Days. The guitar harmonies were heavenly and clear which caused people to go in trance in the fully packed hall. Besides the guitars the musianship was perfect all in all, especially the drums. Perfect ending to KIT part 16.

So yet another KIT behind and again it was just a great celebration of old school metal. Many of the bands on the bill each year is more obscure stuff and personally I don’t even know all of the bands by name, let alone own their records. One thing is sure though, they all represent the metal I love, pure and honest. After this spring I now have some nice memories of the bands who played so gotta catch up to get some new records to my collection. Thanks everyone, friends, bands and especially the organizers. See you next year for sure!!!


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THUNDERSTONE – Drummer Search Begins

August 11th, 2013
by EvilG
THUNDERSTONE - Pasi Rantanen is back!

THUNDERSTONE – Pasi Rantanen is back!

The current line-up of the band is:

Vocals: Pasi Rantanen
Guitar: Nino Laurenne
Bass: Titus Hjelm
Keyboards: Jukka Karinen
Drums: … YOU?

That’s right, for the first time in the history of the band, we are putting out an open call for drummers to audition for THUNDERSTONE! And  we want to make it a process that everyone can enjoy, so read the next  paragraphs carefully.

This is what you need to do:

1. Listen to the song ‘Forevermore’ (from Evolution 4.0)

2. Practise

3. Record your playing on top of the backing track. You can do this either with a multitrack or just blasting away in front of your phone  camera—as long as we can hear the original in the background.

4. Send the track to us by *09/09/2013*. Either:(a) send a link to an uploaded YouTube video, or (b) send your clip directly to us at via

5. When sending the link or the file, add the following text: ‘I give Thunderstone permission to use this recording on all social media platforms’.

6. OPTIONAL: If you have videos of your earlier performances on YouTube or elsewhere, send us a link. This is not required for consideration.

7. DO NOT link your video to the Thunderstone FB page by yourself. We want to build a YouTube channel from these submissions so that fans can find all of  them in one place—and we want to keep the excitement going on!

Simple, right? If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Just  drop a mail at

All submissions will be given a serious and careful consideration by  the band!   Not a drummer? Not a problem: just SHARE this post with people you know kick ass.



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Tim Roth of Into Eternity

August 10th, 2013
by EvilG

Tim Roth of Into Eternity

Interview by EvilG

Into Eternity's Tim Roth and Amanda Kiernan

Into Eternity’s Tim Roth and Amanda Kiernan

Things have been a little quiet from the Into Eternity camp since the departure of vocalist Stu Block for Iced Earth. However, things are about to change in a big way. As revealed below, the touring vocalist, Amanda Kiernan, is now officially a full member of the band and has recorded the next Into Eternity album. More details on the band’s curent situation and what’s coming next is detailed below.

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August 9th, 2013
by EvilG

Pre-order bundles of the KREATOR Dying Alive DVD – which include an exclusive North American camo green t-shirt with zombiefied artwork – are now available on the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.  Fans can choose from the DVD/2-CD digi-pak version (shown) and the 2-CD jewel case version.

Dying Alive is due out in the U.S. & Canada on September 3rd and features the full frontal assault of total thrash mayhem at KREATOR’s sold-out, hometown performance in Oberhausen, Germany shot by 24 cameras plus guitar and mosh-pit POV cams.

This fall, KREATOR return to North America to co-headline the “Legends Of Thrash” tour with New York thrashers Overkill.  Opening each night will be California’s Warbringer.

The first of 24 shows takes place on October 30th at the Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland with KREATOR headlining; Overkill will end the tour with a headlining set at New York City’s Stage 48 on November 24th.

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FATES WARNING Reveal New Album Title, Artwork, Release Date, and Tour Dates

August 9th, 2013
by EvilG
Fates Warning - Darkness In A Different Light

Fates Warning – Darkness In A Different Light

U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have finally returned with their first studio album release in about a decade! Entitled Darkness In A Different Light, the album will be released on September 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Darkness In A Different Light is FATES WARNING‘s first album of new material since the release of FWX in 2004 and also marks the first release for the band’s stellar current line-up of Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti (guitars), Joey Vera (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).

The album was produced by Matheos and mixed by long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California.  The (above pictured) artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro.

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MANOWAR Announce Next Date For “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” World Tour

August 9th, 2013
by EvilG

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Kings Of Metal, MANOWAR announce the next date for their “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” World Tour:

Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 9, 2013

This will be MANOWAR’s return to St. Petersburg after fifteen years.

On this tour MANOWAR will perform the full “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” album along with a “best of” set of other immortal metal hymns in a completely new stage production.

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August 9th, 2013
by EvilG

vader6.JPGAfter a 3-year lull since their last trek west, Poland’s extreme metallers VADER are returning to the U.S. to headline the “Back To The Black 2013” tour with Vital Remains, Sacrificial Slaughter, Execration, and Extremely Rotten.  The tour launches on September 6th in Santa Ana, California and boomerangs back to The Whisky in Hollywood, California for the tour-closing show on September 29th.

While VADER’s headlining set will definitely include selections from 2011’s Welcome To The Morbid Reich, frontman/guitarist Peter W. states the band will reach as far back as 1994’s Sothis EP to satisfy long-time fans.

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Hard Rock Legends SKID ROW Release “This Is Killing Me” Lyric Video Today; Currently Writing ‘United World Rebellion – Chapter Two’

August 8th, 2013
by Celtic Bob


Hard rock legends SKID ROW are currently writing their upcoming second EP in the United World Rebellion series, entitled United World Rebellion – Chapter Two. In the meantime, the band is releasing a brand new lyric video for the track ‘This Is Killing Me’ cut from United World Rebellion – Chapter One, which is in stores now. Check out the lyric video here:

The release of United World Rebellion – Chapter One in April marked the band’s first new music unleashed in seven years. The New Jersey hard rock legends announced that United World Rebellion – Chapter One would be the first in a series of EPs that they plan to release in the near future.

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FATES WARNING Reveal New Album Title, Artwork, Release Date, and Tour Dates!

August 8th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have finally returned with their first studio album release in about a decade! Entitled Darkness In A Different Light, the album will be released on September 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Darkness In A Different Light is FATES WARNING’s first album of new material since the release of FWX in 2004 and also marks the first release for the band’s stellar current line-up of Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti (guitars), Joey Vera (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).

The album was produced by Matheos and mixed by long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California.  The (above pictured) artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro.

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with a comment as follows:

Darkness in a Different Light is the result of almost two years of very hard work from everyone in the band.
I believe that this line-up is the best that Fates has ever had, and I also think that it comes through in the music on this album. It’s been almost nine years since our last studio album and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished here.
We are looking very much forward to playing some new songs for our fans who have stuck by us over all these years. We plan on touring as much as possible for Darkness in a Different Light and hopefully we’ll hit a few places we’ve never been…”

Indeed, FATES WARNING already have headlining touring runs confirmed for October in Europe and November/December in North America, with further live activity to follow in 2014.
Here are all the dates announced so far:

FATES WARNING European Tour 2013:

SA 05.10.2013 Baarlo (The Netherlands) – Progpower Festival
SU 06.10.2013 Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – Boerderij
MO 07.10.2013 Aschaffenburg (Germany) -  Colos Saal
WE 09.10.2013 Essen (Germany) – Turock
TH 10.10.2013 Roeselare (Belgium) – Verlichte Geest
FR 11.10.2013 Augsburg (Germany) – Musikkantine
SA 12.10.2013 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
SU 13.10.2013 Brescia  (Italy) – Colony
TU 15.10.2013 Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar
WE 16.10.2013 Budapest (Hungary) – A38
TH 17.10.2013 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Randal
SA 19.10.2013 Thessaloniki Greece) – Eightball Club
SU 20.10.2013 Athens (Greece) – Gagarin 205
TU 22.10.2013 Moscow (Russia) – KZ Moskva

FATES WARNING North American Tour 2013:

FR 15.11.2013 Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
SA 16.11.2013 Detroit, MI – Harpos
SU 17.11.2013 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
MO 18.11.2013 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
WE 20.11.2013 Toronto, ONT – Mod Club
TH 21.11.2013 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
FR 22.11.2013 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
SA 23.11.2013 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
SU 24.11.2013 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
TU 26.11.2013 Amityville, NY – Revolution
WE 27.11.2013 Reading, PA – Reverb
FR 29.11.2013 Springfield, VA – Empire
SA 30.11.2013 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
SU 01.12.2013 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
TU 03.12.2013 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
WE 04.12.2013 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
TH 05.12.2013 Dallas, TX – Trees
SA 07.12.2013 Phoenix, AZ – Rocky Point Cantina
SU 08.12.2013 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
TU 10.12.2013 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
WE 11.12.2013 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
FR 13.12.2013 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
SA 14.12.2013 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

More details about Darkness In A Different Light will follow in the coming weeks…

Ray Alder – Vocals
Jim Matheos – Guitars
Joey Vera – Bass
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Frank Aresti – Guitars



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RICHIE SCARLET – Solo artist, ex-Ace Frehley band, Sebastian Bach, Mountain, etc.

August 7th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala
Richie Scarlet



Richie Scarlet, nicknamed ”The Emperor of Rock ’n Roll”, is multi-talented musician and producer from New York. The man started his career back in the late 70’s but he’s best known from his long and successful collaboration with former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. Scarlet has also worked with such names as Sebastian Bach, Mountain, and he’s released several solo albums, including the latest I PLEAD THE FIFTH which came out earlier this year.  Scarlet came to Finland in early June with his lovely wife Joann because he was one of the special quests for annual KISS Expo in Helsinki. Later on in the evening Scarlet also performed with Finnish Ace Frehley tribute band Frehley’s Vomit. I met a little tired but very talkative Scarlet  the next morning at the hotel and here’s what I got caught on the tape. Read on!

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SLASH Visits With MOTÖRHEAD’s Lemmy – “He’s In Good Shape”

August 7th, 2013
by EvilG

Motorhead4Guitarist SLASH (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES) has posted the following message via Twitter: “Visited Lemmy (Kilmister, MOTÖRHEAD) today; he’s doing well. There’s been a lot of rumors. But he’s in good shape and finishing Motörhead record now.”

As reported by walked offstage on August 2nd six songs into the band’s set at the famous Wacken Open Air being held in Wacken, Germany, due to health reasons.

A band statement reads: “The show had to go on because that’s how Lemmy rolls. Even though he was not 100% fit, he refused to feel he was letting the 85,000 Wacken fans down. They kicked ass in the 100-plus degree heat for a shortened, but powerful, set before, Lemmy finally realized he might have bitten off a little more than he could chew. Thus he will embark upon the recuperation recommended. We know that rumors are flying around, but once he fully recharges, Motörhead will be back, don’t you worry!”

Pro-shot footage of the band’s W:O:A set can be seen below:

Lemmy’s departure from the stage was disturbing given the fact that the legendary three-piece had cancelled all of their summer shows due to their frontman’s ongoing health issues; in June doctors ordered Lemmy off the road to recover from a hematoma he suffered that month. According to BraveWords staff who were at the scene, on-stage he even referenced the doctors orders saying that he had to quit, but responded ‘We’ll have to see about that.”

With tongue-in-cheek, Motörhead kicked-off their set in front of nearly 100,000 people with ‘I Know How To Die’, but witnesses – including BraveWords who were backstage – saw that the legendary frontman was not in his usual form. The band stormed on with ‘Damage Case’, ‘Stay Clean’, but the set was cut short during their classic ‘The Chase Is Better Than The Catch’ as Lemmy walked off stage and Phil Campbell took charge until everything went black.

Wacken organizer Thomas Jensen walked on stage and told the crowd (translated from German) … “Lemmy had cancelled all his dates and tried to do Wacken, but this is all he could do.”

The Wacken crew have since issued the following statement: “Motörhead rocked the Black Stage for more than 30 minutes and Lemmy gave everything he´s got to play an amazing live show. He´s keeping well – but the temperatures and circumstances lead to the point that continuing the show would have lead to a loss of quality. We are very happy and proud that Phil, Mikkey and particularly Mr. Rock n Roll himself, Lemmy Kilmister, played W:O:A 2013 and that they did everything humanly possible to play this gig. Thank you so much, guys!”

Motörhead were scheduled to perform for an hour and fifteen minutes. After Jensen’s announcement the crowd starting chanting “Lemmy, Lemmy, Lemmy.”

The crowd was not upset or disappointed, but concerned for one of the godfathers of heavy metal.

DORO PESCH followed kicking off her 30th Anniversary tour, but made a point in stating to the crowd that “Lemmy was ok.”


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GAMA BOMB Forced To Cancel Upcoming US Tour

August 7th, 2013
by Celtic Bob

Gama Bomb- The Terror Tapes (coverart) 2013

Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have announced they will not be undertaking their planned tour of North America from August to September 2013.

The band has been forced to withdraw from the tour with Danish thrash veterans ARTILLERY and BONDED BY BLOOD and FUELLED BY FIRE due to delays in securing visas.

“We’re really gutted to have to make this call, but we’ve found ourselves caught in a massive web of red tape and time’s run out to make the tour possible in the way we want it to be,” said singer Philly Byrne.

“We’ve been faced with barriers and delays all for months now, and we held off on making this call, but ultimately we’re dealing with big organs of state where there’s no one person you can ring up and make it happen.”

“Even worse than all the behind-the-scenes crap that’s gone on, letting our fans down is the hardest thing to stomach. If you bought a ticket for one of these cancelled shows, we’re coming back soon to make it up to you. We’re already working on making it happen.”

Bassist Joe McGuigan comments: “We’ve done our best to make this tour happen but unfortunately this whole process is out of our hands. We want to apologize to our friends in Artillery, our brothers in Bonded By Blood, and most of all to all the US thrashers out there.”

GAMA BOMB’s fourth album “The Terror Tapes” was released in May via AFM Records.


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MANOWAR announce the first date for their “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” World Tour

August 7th, 2013
by EvilG

Friday, March 21, 2014 at Luzhniki Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia.

On this tour MANOWAR will perform the full “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” album along with a “best of” set of other immortal metal hymns in a completely new stage production.

“The MANOWAR fans in Russia have once again spoken loud and clear! And the promoters heard their call! We are ready to bring true, face-melting metal to Russia once again!” said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.

MANOWAR’s “Kings Of Metal” album, a milestone in metal history, was first released on November 18, 1988, followed by a world tour in 1989. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of these events, MANOWAR are currently in the studio, recording a brand new special version of the album: “Kings Of Metal MMXIV.”

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August 7th, 2013
by UK Team


W/ Diesel King, Dead Existence

@ The Garage, London

3rd August 2013

Review by Kevin Griffiths

Photography by Ashlinn Nash



Battling our way ever closer to the venue, passing cattle-like throngs of football fans recently purged from nearby Emirates Stadium, I silently utter thanks that I am not a fan of  ‘the so-called beautiful game.’ Then again, on reflection, perhaps these people have similar thoughts when they pass the line of gig going, black-clad metalheads all drunk and rowdy and drinking in the street… At least we’re queuing for something awesome! And tonight that is NOLA sludgemasters Eyehategod at The Highbury Garage…

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August 6th, 2013
by EvilG

Ipecac has confirmed the Oct. 29 release of Mutation’s Error 500, an album willfully devious, devilishly out-of-line and sonically uninhibited.

Drawing musicians from a ménage of disciplines and repute, Mutation is a band unlike any other, counting amongst their ranks Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts) and Jon Poole (Cardiacs), with guest appearances from Mark E Smith (The Fall) and Merzbow. The resulting reaction is an eight-man beast that exists to challenge the listener’s preconceived ideas of extreme music, steeped in volatility, and wholly unapologetic.

Mutation began as a need to hear an album that no one else looked likely to make. An album that wallowed in sheer grindcore brutality whilst allowing it to be lifted by twisted talons of melodic majesty, and, with no loyalty to genre, delves into darker recesses of sonic experimentation. Error 500 strikes you first by its personnel, and then exponentially more by the music itself, rewarding your attention with a white knuckle ride that travels at blast-beat speed along rails of industrial mayhem, thrilling with break neck twists and hyper rhythmic turns, guaranteed to leave you breathless and baying for more.

Intense and entirely random, this is an album to be loved by fans of all genres of experimental and extreme music, but especially by the type of listener that needs the parameters shifted a little more to the left.

If you’re waiting for the next step in the evolution of extreme music then look no further.


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