GWAR Announces September Tour Dates

July 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Currently everyone in Antarctica is slaving away on preparations for the 7th Annual GWAR B-Q.  During a break in the action to step away for a quick hit of crack, the band realized that there was no crack left.

“Since the FBI and CIA have put a huge dent in the human trafficking market we have to resort to touring again to make drug money! We can’t catch a break!” exclaimed guitarist Pustulus Maximus!

So there you have it, the Scumdogs in GWAR need crack and they are out of money!!! So to combat this problem your Lords and Masters will be slaying Juggalos in July, GWAR B-Q’ing this August, then hitting the road with Crowbar and Mutoid Man from September 14th in Cincinnati, OH through September 18th in Buffalo, NY with a stop in Chicago at this year’s Riot Fest!  Tickets for the GWAR headline shows go on sale this Friday July 8th!

GWAR At Gathering of the Juggalos:
7/21: Thornville, OH @ Legend Valley*

GWAR B-Q Weekend!
8/19: B4BQ – RIchmond, VA @ The National
8/20: GWAR B-Q – Richmond VA @ Hadad’s Lake*

GWAR W/ Crowbar and Mutoid Man:
9/14: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
9/15: Cleveland, OH @ Agora
9/16: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest (Humbolt Park)*
9/17: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
9/18: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

*Festival Appearance

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July 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

South Florida heavy metal outfit, Forty Winters, has announced a July 22 release date for its sophomore album Rotting Empire on Dead Truth Recordings. Today, the band has teamed up with Lambgoat to stream the first single and opening track, “Summoning Spirits,” in the form of a lyric video created by acclaimed animator/music video director Scott Rudd (Fear Factory, Thy Art is Murder, Job for a Cowboy). Stream the new song and video clip exclusively at:

Forty Winters vocalist Xavier Vicuna comments: “Welcome to the year of Rot! With each release we got more comfortable in our own skin and more willing to take chances, which leads us to Rotting Empire. You can expect the signature FW sound with more of a modern approach, better song structure, as well as more grit and tenacity. It’s pissed, and it’s real. Some unexpected and unplanned touring pushed the release back quite a bit, but we were able to play new songs and hype the impending album so it was well worth it. We always had a vision for our sophomore album, this is it.”

With regards to the first track, he adds: “‘Summoning Spirits’ is a great representation of what people can expect from Rotting Empire. It’s the first single and the opening track of the album. We recorded the album in the order of the track list, it all just felt right.”

Pre-order Rotting Empire through the Dead Truth web-store at:

1. Summoning Spirits
2. Choke
3. Profit Hostage
4. Empty Tombs
5. Human Sacrifice
6. Looming Serpent
7. Snuff out the Light
8. Disease of Time

Over the course of the last three years, Forty Winters has toured extensively in the U.S., Puerto Rico, South America and Central America, plotting, calculating, and culminating its brand of pissed off, punishing metal. Rotting Empire was recorded by Jesse Kirkbride (Black Tongue, Aversions Crown, Enterprise Earth) at Kirkbride Recordings in Cape Coral, Fla., and features special guest appearances by Chad Ruhlig (For the Fallen Dreams) and Adam Warren (Oceano).

Rotting Empire is the follow up to the 2011 debut Reflection and 2013 ‘Isolation’ EP. In that time, Forty Winters has shared the stage with genre heavyweights like Suicide Silence, Terror, Emmure, A Day To Remember, Stick To Your Guns, Shai Hulud and more.

Stay tuned for more information on Forty Winters and Rotting Empire, out next month on Dead Truth Recordings.


Forty Winters is:

Jeff Stevenson – Guitar
Xavier Vicuna – Vocals
Scott Dotson – Drums

Forty Winters online:

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MIKE PORTNOY – Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater

July 14th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala




Mike Portnoy is an American drummer, best known as the former drummer and co-founder of progressive metal / band Dream Theater. He resigned from the band in 2010 after 25 years. Nowadays, Portnoy is known for many other bands and projects. He is a founding member of Transatlantic, a progressive rock “super-group” which also includes former Spock’s Beard keyboardist / vocalist Neal Morse. He is also a founding member of the bands Flying Colours and Winery Dogs. Portnoy has also recorded and/or toured with, among others, Adrenaline Mob, Overkill, G3 and Avenged Sevenfold. When I did this interview in June at Sweden Rock, Portnoy was on tour with the Winery Dogs and the legendary Twisted Sister with whom he has played as the tour drummer from May 2015 onward. There is always a lot going on in the world of Mike Portnoy, and here’s what the man had to tell us about his ongoing activities and immediate future plans.

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July 14th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

The lineup is now complete! For list of all confirmed bands and the already revealed daily schedule please follow
Also we would like to draw Your attention to the very few remaining cheap hostel rooms (including shuttle service), that are available here.
Also we are again giving You the opportunity to create Your own Brutal Assault poster!Our simple website app lets You pick 10 of Your favourite bands from this year’s line-up and put them in order based on Your preferences. In the next step You can add info about the total number of editions You’ve visited and then we’ll generate the poster for You. The poster is available for download or sharing on Your facebook page. There are several genre-centred versions of the poster based on the selected bands, so we have something for everyone! As a bonus, You can win free festival ticket just by sharing Your personalised poster.
Five randomly selected people, who will share their line-up poster with the #mybrutalassault hashtag on facebook, will receive free festival pass. The pass is to be picked up at the festival on Your ID card. Beware, the post must be set as “public” otherwise we won’t be able to see it so it couldn’t enter the draw. Otherwise it’s pretty simple, just share Your line-up poster on Your timeline or set it as Your cover photo and add the aforementioned hashtag.


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Gloryhammer & Hark Among New Bands Added to Bloodstock 2016

July 13th, 2016
by UK Team

Scottish Power Metal group Gloryhammer are among 11 new bands confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2016 today, with just two months more left to wait!

Gloryhammer, formed in 2010 and having released two studio albums dealing with themes of fantasy and Scottish history will appear on the Ronnie James Dio stage early on Friday 12th August.


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Finnish metal band EVIL DRIVE have announced a line-up change

July 13th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala

Female fronted Finnish metal band Evil Drive have announced a line-up change and the band’s statement reads as follows:

“Hey folks, we have some news for you. We all together as the band Evil Drive had to separate from our longtime comrade and guitarist Niko Huusari. This difficult decision is based on personal reasons of Niko and we please you to respect that this is a matter between the band and Niko. Even though bands and musicians are part of the public in general there are some things which have to stay private. We thank Niko for everything he did for the band and wish him all the best for his future with his other activities. At the same time we are glad to announce our new guitarist Juha-Pekka “J-P” Pusa (Alcantaria). J-P lives in Karhula and he has a long experience of playing and performing with diffent bands and projects.

Juha-Pekka Pusa

Juha-Pekka Pusa

Guitarist Ville Wiren comments:  “Now with J-P’s guitar skills, the band will lay the stages in ashes with us for the upcoming shows, which he has already proved at our rehearsals. He’s also a skillful song writer and we can’t wait to write and finish our new material with him in near future.”

Evil Drive’s latest release, THE LAND OF THE DEAD album, was relesed in Januray of 2016 through Mighty Music. Videos were released for the singles “The Land of the Dead” and “War”. The band has have begun working on next album in Äänilaitos studio in Karhula. The first single “Anti Genocide” and new video will be released in September. Full album release date is still tentative but the band has high hopes for a winter release.


Viktoria Viren – vocals
Ville Wiren – guitars
J-P Pusa -guitars
Marko Syrjala – bass
Juha Beck -drums

For more information on Evil Drive, visit the band’s Official Web and Facebook pages.


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Necronautical Interview with Naut

July 10th, 2016
by UK Team

Interview with Necronautical

Interview by Jarod Lawley


Macabre sea farers Necronautical are one of the most interesting and musically solid bands to have come out of the recently revived British black metal scene. We spoke to frontman Naut about the concept behind the band and where they are sailing towards in the future.
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Riot V to film tour mini documentary diary on their North American dates

July 9th, 2016
by EvilG
RIOT - Unleash The Fire

RIOT – Unleash The Fire

Canada’s The Metal Voice ( will shoot a mini documentary tour diary of Riot V on their up coming North American tour dates, titled ‘Riot On The Road”

The Metal Voice producer Jimmy Kay had to say, “Riot has always been an underdog Hard rock band with so little documentation of who they are, what they have accomplished and how their legacy continues on. Now fans will get finally get look into their musical lives.”

Giles Lavery co-producer of the project also added,” This will be a behind the scenes look at the tour , including interviews and a lot more… so come on down to the shows we want you in the film”

Riot V will be playing a number of North American tour dates this summer in support of the latest album Unleash the Fire that was released in 2014.

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Interview with Brett Miller

July 9th, 2016
by J P

Interview with Brett Miller

by JP


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Calgary Metal Fest Lineup announced!

July 9th, 2016
by J P

NEWS: Calgary Metalfest Announce Full 2016 Line Up w/ Annihilator, Exciter (original line-up), Razor, Sacrifice, Toxic Holocaust, The Exalted Piledriver And More! | Facebook

Calgary Metalfest Announce Full 2016 Line Up
w/ Annihilator, Exciter (original line-up), Razor, Sacrifice,
Toxic Holocaust, The Exalted Piledriver And More!

Tickets On Sale Now!

Download Calgary MetalFest Posters here.

On Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at Flames Central, Big Nate Productions and Hubb Music Proudly Present: A Historic Night of Canadian Metal! International touring act ANNIHILATOR will perform a blistering 75 minute set, their first show in Western Canada since 1993. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers EXCITER, their first Western Canadian performance since 1985. The show will be opened by thrash veterans RAZOR and SACRIFICE. These bands are all hot off the heels of multiple critically acclaimed festival performances in the US, Europe and South America. Calgary’s GATEKRASHÖR will provide last call entertainment. A real collection of thrash metal pioneers, this bill has never happened anywhere in the world!

Friday, September 16th, 2016 at Dickens Pub, Portland-based TOXIC HOLOCAUST will headline their first Calgary appearance since 2011. Support by DISCIPLES OF POWER, THE ORDER OF CHAOS, FORNICATION, BLACK PESTILENCE and CONCRETE FUNERAL.

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at Distortion sees THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER in their first ever Western Canadian performance with support from CRYSTAL MESS, SAVAGE STREETS, PROFITS OF CRIME and ACCOSTAL.

Wednesday, September 14th Kick-off Party at The Ship and Anchor lineup TBA.

New this year, VIP packages will be offered and include sound check viewings, band meet and greets, and autograph sessions. Check out and for more info!

Tickets and VIP Passes on sale through and and at Sloth Records in Calgary.

Through its live charity auction, Calgary Metalfest has raised a total of $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and is shooting to sponsor an entire $10,000 Wish this year! Auction items will include autographed posters, guitars, art, festival tickets, and more.

Calgary Metalfest, in its fifth annual year, started in 2012 by Nathan “Nate Reno” Renaud after his experiences working at Monsters of Rock in 2008 and as Stage and Production Manager of Noctis Metalfest from 2008 to 2013. Nate also founded and plays bass in KYOKTYS and is a live and studio audio engineer with over forty titles and hundreds of shows to his credit. Check him out at

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Loud As Hell V Line-up announced

July 9th, 2016
by J P

NEWS: Alberta’s LOUD AS HELL 2016 Line-Up w/ Unleash The Archers, Striker, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy and more!


Semchuk Productions, Jurassic Ink Custom Tattoo, Metal Nation Radio, Prairie Fire Events, and Asher Media Relations are proud to announce the return of this year’s 2016 Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival V in Drumheller, Alberta at the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds.

Moving into its fifth consecutive year Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival promises to be bigger and better than last year with three full days of face melting metal from July 29th – August 1st in the heart of the Alberta badlands to showcase some of the country’s most talented bands with this year’s lineup that includes Unleash The Archers, Striker, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Divinity, West of Hell, Disciples of Power and more! (full list below).

Being one of the biggest metal shows in Western Canada with onsite camping, vendors, tattoo artists, suspension demos, guitar and drum clinics, models and everything else that the big guy probably doesn’t approve of… Yes it’s Loud As Hell! So bring your earplugs and get ready for over 30 bands playing over 3 days. The festival has hosted artists such as Kill Devil Hill, Three Inches of Blood, Protest the Hero, Kenmode. Organizers are excited to bring even more Canadian Metal to Western Canada!


Loud As Hell Fest info:

Friday, July 29 – Sunday, August 1.

Tickets on sale via

Tickets on sale now – Weekend Pass $100.000
**All ages event – Licensed event**


For more info, please visit these links:
@Loudashellfest #LAHV

Video Links:

Line Up and Set Times:

Friday, July 29

West of Hell – 11:30pm
Divinity – 10pm
The Order Of Chaos – 9pm
Leave The Living – 8pm
Dahlmers Realm – 7pm

Saturday, July 30

Into Eternity – 11pm
Striker – 9:30pm
All Else Fails – 8:30pm
VX36 – 7:30pm
Xul – 6:30pm
Revenger – 5:30pm
Quietus – 4:30pm
Stab.Twist.Pull – 3:30pm
Odinfist – 2:30pm
Sentient – 1:30pm
Thrashadactyl – 12:30pm
False Flag – 11:30am
Black Friday – 10:30am

Sun July 31

Unleash The Archers – 11pm
Ninjaspy – 9:30pm
Disciples Of Power – 8:30pm
Without Mercy – 7:30pm
Planet Eater – 6:30pm
Third Ion – 5:30pm
Expain – 4:30pm
Display Of Decay – 3:30pm
The Avulsion – 2:30pm
W.M.D. – 1:30pm
Slaughterhauser – 12:30pm
Junkies Rush – 11:30am
Maimed Wolf – 10:30am

Festival Bio:

Loud As Hell Metal Festival in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada is celebrating year 5 in 2016!. As always the festival takes place over August long weekend from July 29-Aug 1. We’ve got our best lineup yet, ready to melt your face and kick off our biggest festival to date. Featuring over 30 of the top Canadian metal bands you won’t want to miss any of it. We can’t forget about our freak shows, burlesque dancers, clinics, vendors and dinosaurs! Stay tuned to this site for all the details to come!

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ANGRA cover The Police: New video for “Synchronicity II” available

July 8th, 2016
by EvilG

Check out the new ANGRA music video for “Synchronicity II” – The Police cover!

The song is also on the band’s 2014 album Secret Garden as a bonus track. “Synchronicity II” comes from the The Police’s #1 album Sychronicity, which was released back in 1983.

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BLOODSTOCK Release Day Tickets; Launch YouTube Competition

July 7th, 2016
by UK Team

Just six short weeks ‘til the gates are opened at Catton Park and the metal hoards flood onto the hallowed turf for BLOODSTOCK 2016!  To celebrate, day tickets are now on sale!  Ticket prices have been frozen for the FOURTH year running at £60 each (+ booking fee) and are available here.


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July 6th, 2016
by EvilG

Ravage, the traditional heavy metal/ thrash act from Boston, MA, which formed in the mid 90’s and whose last full length album “The End Of Tomorrow” was issued through Metal Blade Records in 2009, have released a lyric video for “Curse Of Heaven”, a track from the band’s forthcoming full-length album “Return Of The Spectral Rider”.

The album is a complete re-recording of their underground cult album “Spectral Rider” which was recorded in 2003 and given a limited release through Germany’s Karthago Records in 2005. Singer Al Ravage explains, “‘Return Of The Spectral Rider’ is a complete re-recording of our old ‘Spectral Rider’ album. It is a collection of songs that we loved and have always felt were very strong songs but we never got a proper studio production of them due to lack of budget, producer issues etc. The original recording was done during a very tumultuous time in the band’s history and at the time I thought it might be the epitaph for the band. Eleven years later, we are still around and still playing a lot of these songs, so it was fun to revisit them. There is a raw energy to the thing because there are some songs that we wrote the music for when we were thirteen years old… there’s lyrics on there that I wrote when I was fifteen. We recorded them in our own studio so we were able to experiment a bit on the production end and tweak the sound to what we originally wanted which is to have a very “real” sounding recording. The drums aren’t triggered, they don’t sound like a drum machine playing the drums. We didn’t use a metronome, and the biggest difference is that we actually tuned up! The whole thing is in standard tuning. This is the way metal was meant to sound.”

The album was recorded in Malden, MA at Hellbent For Acoustics Studios and features guest appearances by former members of RAVAGE, members of IRON WILL, ROZAMOV, BLACK MASS, POWER GLOVE, and SEAX. Cover art has been completed by Tim Jacobus, best known for his work on the GOOSEBUMPS and FEAR STREET series of horror novels. It has yet to be revealed.

The recording is currently in the mastering stage and RAVAGE is seeking interest from record labels.

The lyric video for “Curse Of Heaven” can be viewed below and at this location

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Countdown to Bloodstock- Five Non Headliner Bands to check out this year!

July 4th, 2016
by UK Team

The line up for Bloodstock Open Air 2016 looks as marvellous as ever – many a keen Slayer and Behemoth fan will be congregating near the Ronnie James Dio stage in anticipation. But for those of you determined to enjoy as many bands as possible over the weekend, here are Metal-Rules UK’s top five non-headline bands we think you should check out.

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