THUNDERSTONE – New Album April 1 2016!

January 11th, 2016
by EvilG

Dear THUNDERSTONErs! This is the day you—and we!—have been waiting for:



We are extremely proud to announce that our sixth album, APOCALYPSE AGAIN, will be released 1 April 2016 through Sakara Records/Sony Music (Finland), Marquee (Japan, S Korea, Taiwan), and AFM records (ROW). The first official single, THE PATH, will be released 10 February 2016. Once again Nino Laurenne produced the album and which was recorded and mixed at Sonic Pump Studios. It was mastered by Svante Forsbäck (Rammstein, Volbeat, Amorphis, Sonata Arctica…) at Chartmakers.We are heading to the filming studio tomorrow to shoot a video for the song with our dear friend and video wizard Owe Lingwall, whose credentials include luminaries such as Meshuggah, The Rasmus, Stratovarius, and Amorphis.
Says Nino: ”This is in many ways a return to form—not just in a nostalgic sense, but going back to what we started with and creating something new at the same time. We really wanted to honour all the fans and friends who have stuck with us from the beginning, and I think everyone who picked up our first album all those years ago will be massively happy with APOCALYPSE AGAIN. We sure as hell are! Expect melody overkill, sing-along choruses, fast lead runs and overall arse-kickery! We’re back!”


THUNDERSTONE signs with AFM Records!
Finnish melodic power metal masters THUNDERSTONE, who were rejoined by original vocalist Pasi Rantanen in 2013, have signed a worldwide deal (excl. Finland and Japan) with AFM Records! The band’s upcoming new album “Apocalypse Again” will be released on April 1st!

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WE ARE TWISTED F***ING SISTER! In Theater’s February 19th

January 11th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


The setting is mid-1970s New York City: five rockers decked in platform boots and dramatic make-up embarked on a heavy metal journey. Little did they know the impact they would make, and that, forty years later, they would still be renowned for their songs, one-of-a-kind live shows, and take-no-prisoners attitude.

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! – a new 134-minute documentary film by Andrew Horn capturing that expedition from bar band to international stardom – will be presented in theaters via Music Box Films in February 2016. The first ever documentary of the band that defined an early MTV with their no-holds-barred music videos opens in New York and Los Angeles on February 19 with a one-night-only event at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on February 22. On February 23, the film will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and digital formats, with an included 2 hours of bonus material and director commentary.

Charging out of the gate with a lethal combination of grit and glitter, Twisted Sister (Jay Jay French, Dee Snider, Eddie Ojeda, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, and the late A.J. Pero) established themselves as one of the staple acts of Glam Rock and Heavy Metal with anthems “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.” However, “the band that killed disco” was no overnight success.

Director Andrew Horn, who is known for his films East Side Story (named one of the 10 best films of the year by Time Magazine), The Nomi Song, Doomed Love, and The Big Blue, said of the film:

“I realized as I was working on the film, that it was really very much a story of how a band becomes a band. They are truly unique in that their overnight success actually took 10 years, so you really get to experience everything Twisted Sister went through to do it. I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced any group of musicians as ferocious…or as funny.”

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! puts the fan in the trenches with the band from their early, hungry days in New York City onward through their legendary career. Recounted directly from the band themselves, their managers, and biggest fans, We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! is the mesmerizing, never-before-told story of the ten grueling years leading up to the band’s break out success.

Are you ready to really get to know Twisted F***ing Sister?

For more information on theatrical screenings, please visit: (check on “Theaters”)

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GEOFF TATE – Operation Mindcrime, ex- Queensryche

January 10th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala




Geoff Tate is a German-born American vocalist and musician who rose to fame in the late 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche. The band released several hit albums including EMPIRE, RAGE FOR ORDER and OPERATION MINDCRIME which is still their most successful album to date. The 90’s were a difficult time, not only for Queensryche, but for the whole metal genre. The band went through some line-up changes and released more albums including OPERATION MINDCRIME II (2006). In June 20, 2012, it was announced that Queensrÿche had fired Tate, replacing him with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre. Tate and his wife Susan filed a lawsuit in a Washington court, saying that he was wrongfully terminated from the group. They also filed a preliminary injunction in an attempt to prevent either side to use the band’s name but as a result both parties could use the name. In 2015 Tate’s version of the band released the album FREGUENCY UNKNOWN. April of 2014 it was announced that that the remaining original band members Rockenfield, Wilton and Jackson were given the exclusive rights to the Queensrÿche trademark and that Tate received the rights to Operation: Mindcrime. Tate renamed his band to Operation: Mindcrime and in 2015 Kelly Gray, Randy Kane, Simon Wright, John Moyer, Brian Tichy, and Scott Moughton became full time members. The band released their debut album THE KEY in September. The renewed band started their first European tour on last November and then Operation Mindcrime also stopped in Helsinki where they played a show in famous Club Nosturi.  I met a good humored Tate on backstage of Nosturi and then we discussed about various topics including the new album, the band’s line-up and of course about the past… Read on!

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Stonehenge Indoor Festival 2016

January 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen will be attending and covering the upcoming Stonehenge Indoor festival 2016 ( the 17th of April 2016).

You can purchase tickets here:



Morgoth Official
Incantation (Official fan page)
Prostitute Disfigurement Official
CLITEATER (Official)
& more to follow

For over twenty years the Stonehenge festival became an established name in the north of the country. Operating from Steenwijk has the longest running metal festival in the Netherlands in its existence. As all the big names ever visited the festival. For instance  Devin Townsend closed the festival last July. Unfortunately, the organization was then forced to make the choice to insert the festival off associated with the storm.

Therefore, the organization has decided to do something in return  for the Stonehenge fans to:  The first indoor edition of the festival in Poppodium Iduna will take place on Sunday, April 17th.  Stonehenge presents bands such as  Gorguts, Morgoth, Psycroptic Incantation and young dogs as Saille and Korpse, but also old hands Prostitute Disfigurement and the Frisian My Minds Mine in the metal Drachtster concert hall. we will announce the complete program of sixteen bands in the coming weeks . The ticket price is  only € 17.50


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Anthrax – Frank Bello

January 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen




Anthrax has been interviewed by this site several time during the past several years. The legendary NY thrash metal veterans’ 11th opus titled FOR ALL KINGS shows that the band still kicks strong and creates memorable riffs and songs. sat down with the band’s bassist, Frank Bello, to talk about various topics, and above all, what the new album means to him and the whole Anthrax combo. 

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DIAMOND HEAD Announce New Vocalist And New Album

January 6th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


Influential and iconic heavy metal band Diamond Head have announced their first album of new material in eight years. Entitled “DIAMOND HEAD,” the album features an exciting new talent in singer Rasmus Bom Andersen.

In 2014 Diamond Head invited London based, Danish-born Ras to join the band. Together they completed a European tour, which included appearances at Hard Rock Hell and Head bangers Open Air in Germany.

The spark of creativity led the band to start working on the new album in January 2015. Brian Tatler, founder of Diamond Head, said: “When we began talking with Ras about making a new record he said we should write the songs as a band just like Diamond Head did at the beginning of our career. There’s no substitute for writing together in the same room, we spark each other off and create something far bigger than we could have done individually”.

Brian continued, “Ras has certainly renewed the energy within the band. I had no interest in doing another record but after working with Ras on the European tour that all suddenly changed. I wanted to make a record with him. He’s a confident singer and he’s not trying to fill anyone’s shoes”.

Brian Tatler joined members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer & Anthrax at the UK’s Sonisphere Festival in 2011, performing Diamond Head’s classic song, ‘AM I EVIL?’ Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich addressed the crowd, saying: “If it wasn’t for Brian Tatler there’s a pretty good fucking chance none of us would be here tonight. Would you give it up for Brian Tatler one more time?”

Speaking about this event, Brian said: “It was great. A nod towards Diamond Head to say, ‘Respect. You’re an important band. You might not have sold millions of records, but you’re an influential band.’ And it’s nice to be influential”. Brian continued, “But equally if it wasn’t for Metallica, then Diamond Head would not have had this second wind”

Speaking about the new album, Brian said: “This new album has an echo of the early albums but I always try to push our music forward somewhere new if possible” Ras adds: “All in all this album was made with the band’s first fans foremost in mind from start to finish. We wanted to write songs that would have ties to the best parts of the all the previous albums. We feel we have achieved what we set out to do and we hope everyone will hear and feel the Diamond Head spirit through this new eponymous record.”

In general the album lyrics focus on political and environmental themes, specifically warning that our world is in many ways leaning towards self-destruction. The opening and closing songs encapsulate these themes, while the body of the album explores subtopics in more depth, along with songs dealing with lighter subjects that aren’t so heavy on the heart.

Diamond Head are a hugely influential Heavy Metal band. They have toured with Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC & Europe and have opened for Metallica on many occasions.




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Belphegor @ The Dome, London

January 5th, 2016
by UK Team


@ The Dome, London UK

10th December, 2015

Review by Caitlin Smith

Photos by Michelle Murphy


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Best of 2015 – Anders Sandvall

January 5th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Top 20 Albums

  1. Iron Maiden “The Book of Souls”

    Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls

    Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

    Maiden is the best band in the world nothing can take that away from them. The new album is great and Iron Maiden is one of the old bands that continues to make great albums today.


  2. Backyard Babies “Four By Four” – The new album rules in every possible way and I’m so glad they are back.
  3. Michael Monroe “Blackout States” – Monroe have done it again with this album. The legendary singer is not capable of releasing anything remotly bad.
  4. Close Quarters “Always Alot, Never Little” – this second album from the Swedish glam/sleaze act is amazing. The guys are the next big thing from Sweden.
  5. Nonexist “Throne of Scars”
  6. Grenouer “Unwanted Today”
  7. Nightwish “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”
  8. Slayer “Repentless”
  9. Hardcore Superstar “HCSS”
  10. Black Star Riders “The Killer Instinct”
  11. Saxon “Battering Ram”
  12. Jørn Lande & Trond Holter “Dracula – Swing of Death”
  13. The Resistance “Torture Tactics”
  14. Civil War “Gods and Generals”
  15. Mustasch “Testosterone”
  16. Ammunition “Shanghaied”
  17. Dark Sarah – Behind The Black Veil”
  18. Kiske/Somerville “City of Heroes”
  19. Nightrage “The Puritan”
  20. Paradise Lost “The Plague Within”

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Fields of the Nephilim @ Islington Academy, London

January 5th, 2016
by UK Team

Fields of the Nephilim

@ O2 Islington Academy, London

17th December 2015

Review by Graham Hilling

Photography by Jo Blackened

Fields of the Nephilim @ O2 Islington Academy

Fields of the Nephilim @ O2 Islington Academy

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Everyone can attend LEMMY’s Memorial Service via Webcast On Saturday, January 9th

January 5th, 2016
by EvilG

Family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, commencing at 3 p.m. PST and ending at 4:30 p.m. With such limited space available on site, MOTÖRHEAD is respectfully asking that fans don’t attend the service at the cemetery, but the band wants everyone to be a part of this, so they are setting up a live feed of the service via the Internet on MOTÖRHEAD‘s official YouTube channel.

Motorhead4From Motorhead:

We want you ALL to be a part of this memorial service.

So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.  Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home.

Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.

NOTE: For anyone wishing to send flowers, please contact Karen Brando at
Flowers by Michael
(310) 276-1003

If you’d like to make a charitable donation under Lemmy’s name, please go to:

Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund:

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Nightwish @ Wembley Arena, London

January 4th, 2016
by UK Team

Nightwish + Arch Enemy + Amorphis

@ Wembley Arena

19th December 2015

Review by Jacob Ovington

Photography by Graham Hilling



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Best Metal Albums of 2015

January 4th, 2016
by Metal Rules

As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2015. They are new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live albums. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members’ personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for 2016, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!

1. Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls

Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

It should come as no surprise that this comes in at #1. After all, this is a double album that just about everyone into metal and hard rock has now checked out, with most liking it quite a bit. THE BOOK OF SOULS is easily the freshest Iron Maiden album in 15 long years – since BRAVE NEW WORLD. The band are still in full stride, mature, confident, with nothing left to prove, yet they can still bring some fire to the table!


2. Slayer – Repentless

Slayer - Repentless

Slayer – Repentless

Overcoming near insurmountable odds, Slayer returned with an unrelenting and brutal album in 2015 with REPENTLESS.  While many thought this was not going to live up to the past glories, Slayer shocked many and kicked everyone’s ass with the best thrash/speed metal album of the year.


3. Helloween – My God Given Right

Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

MY GOD GIVEN-RIGHT is Helloween’s 15th studio album after more than thirty years together. Helloween invented European power metal as we know it, so their legacy is intact. They have taken their own path, much as they did 30 years ago, and in doing so prove that they still have much to offer.


4. Stratovarius – Eternal

Stratovarius - Eternal

Stratovarius – Eternal

ETERNAL sees the veteran Finnish Power Metal act firing on all cylinders and more. The band comes back with another one word album title, another 10 song album that runs just under an hour. Everything you need, want and expect is in full force, Kotipelto’s soaring range, fiery solos, pounding double-kick drums and keyboard washes. The production is superb on this largely fast album of the standard 4-5 minute long songs. The choruses are huge and catchy and very easily memorable. As the band celebrates their 30th anniversary, we are delighted they still produce superb albums, 15 albums deep.


5. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

Paradise Lost – The Plague Within

Paradise Lost returns with their 14th album in THE PLAGUE WITHIN, an album that on first listen brings the band full circle. It is tempting to call this album a return to the roots, and in many ways it is, THE PLAGUE WITHIN encompassing elements of all the band’s many phases.



6. Queensryche – Condition Human

QUEENSRŸCHE - Condition Hüman

QUEENSRŸCHE – Condition Hüman

Queensryche returned in 2015 with their 14th album, CONDITION HUMAN. It fully put the band back on the CURRENT map of  prog/melodic metal. This was a spot that they once owned, up until the EMPIRE album, before their fall from the metal realms. Overall, this album sounds like a perfect follow up to EMPIRE  in terms of style and tone.  If you liked Queensryche from 1983-1991, grab this album immediately.


7. Motorhead – Bad Magic

Motorhead - Bad Magic

Motorhead – Bad Magic

This is Motorhead’s 22nd, and sadly, final, studio album. While it’s not their best album, it’s hardly a clunker. There are plenty of ass-kicking tracks and even (in retrospect) poignant moments on here.  Despite being the band’s final studio album, it still had plenty of fire and metal. They did what they do best – right until the end. RIP LEMMY!


8. Saxon – Battering Ram

Saxon - Battering Ram

Saxon – Battering Ram

Another year, another Saxon album. As of 2015, Saxon is in a rarified class of band, having existed for nearly 40 years and now, with the offering of BATTERING RAM, have released 21 full-length studio albums. That’s an astonishing pace of music production. Unbelievably, the band has remained stable with the newest member joining 20 years ago. In that same 20 years, the band has been on an incredible run, releasing nine albums prior to this one and each one has been high quality and worth owning!


9. Cain’s Offering – Stormcrow



It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly 6 full years since power metal “super group” Cain’s Offering released their highly acclaimed debut album, GATHER THE FAITHFUL. The band was initially formed by ex-Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen when he joined forces with Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto. STORMCROW is a very rewarding and entertaining album to listen to. Timo Kotipelto sounds as great as he ever has, and Liimatainen’s writing and playing is at the top of his game. One of the best power metal albums of 2015.


10. Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror

Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror

Blind Guardian – Beyond The Red Mirror

Blind Guardian proved to be still very much alive in 2015, despite a 5 year gap between albums, with BEYOND THE RED MIRROR. For their power/symphonic metal style, Blind Guardian is nearly without equal. The band assembled three different choirs (from Prague, Budapest and Boston) and a ninety-piece orchestra for the creation of “Beyond the Red Mirror”, and the presentation of the album is downright Broadway caliber. This is some busy and rewarding music to delve into that does not get boring with repeated spins.


11. Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

12. Kamelot – Haven

Kamelot - Haven

Kamelot – Haven

13. Stryper – Fallen

Stryper - Fallen

Stryper – Fallen

14. Eclipse – Armageddonize

Eclipse - Armageddonize

Eclipse – Armageddonize

15. Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction

Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction

Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction

16. Angra – Secret Garden

Angra - Secret Garden

Angra – Secret Garden

17. Mgla – Exercises in Futility

Mgla - Exercises in Futility

Mgla – Exercises in Futility

18. Gloryhammer – Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

Gloryhammer – Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards

19. Orden Ogan – Ravenhead

Orden Ogan - Ravenhead

Orden Ogan – Ravenhead

20. Moonspell – Extinct

Moonspell - Extinct

Moonspell – Extinct

21. Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud

AMORPHIS to release “Under The Red Cloud” this September 2015

AMORPHIS “Under The Red Cloud”

22. Royal Hunt – Devil’s Dozen

Royal Hunt - Devil's Dozen

Royal Hunt – Devil’s Dozen

23. Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

Napalm Death - Apex Predator – Easy Meat

Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

24. Serious Black – As Daylight Breaks

Serious Black - As Daylight Breaks

Serious Black – As Daylight Breaks

25. Marduk – Frontschwein

Marduk - Frontschwein

Marduk – Frontschwein

26. Gruesome – Savage Land

Gruesome - Savage Land

Gruesome – Savage Land

27. Powerwolf – Blessed & Possessed

Powerwolf - Blessed & Possessed

Powerwolf – Blessed & Possessed

28. Armored Saint – Win Hands Down

Armored Saint - Win Hands Down

Armored Saint – Win Hands Down

29. Europe – War of Kings

Europe - War of Kings

Europe – War of Kings

30. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Prometheus (Symphonia Ignis Divinus)





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Best of 2015 – JP

January 4th, 2016
by J P

Top 20 Albums

1. Helloween – My God Given Right (Nuclear Blast)

Helloween - My God-Given Right

Helloween – My God-Given Right

2015 was a  superb 30th anniversary for one of my all-time favourite bands.  The start of a world tour, a massive (550+ page) 30th anniversary coffee-table book AND their best album in several years.  MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT has it all… speed, power, melody, humour  making me realize that it is my god given obligation to rank this as my #1 album!

2. Stratovarius-Eternal (EarMusic)
3. Stryper-Fallen (Frontiers)
4. Gloryhammer-Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards (Napalm)
5. Royal Hunt-The Devil’s Dozen (Frontiers)
6. Saxon-Battering Ram (UDR)
7. Serious Black-As Daylight Breaks (AFM)
8. Kamelot-Haven (Napalm)
9. Cain’s Offering-Stormcrow (Frontiers)
10. Eclipse-Armageddonize (Frontiers)
11. Angra-Secret Garden (Ear music)
12. Blind Guardian-Beyond The Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast)
13. W.A.S.P.-Golgotha (Napalm)
14. Armoured Saint-Win Hands Down (Metal Blade)
15. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody-Prometheus (Nuclear Blast)
16. Nightwish-Endless Froms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast)
17. Blackwelder-Survival Of The Fittest (Golden Core)
18. Melechesh-Enki (Nuclear Blast)
19. Powerwolf-Blessed And Possessed (Napalm)
20. Europe-War Of Kings (Frontiers)

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Fear Factory @ Kentish Town Forum, London

January 3rd, 2016
by UK Team

Fear Factory Demanufacture 20th Anniversary

Kentish Town Forum, London

13th December 2015

Reviewer: Steve Allen
Photographer: Michelle Murphy

When it was announced that one of the most celebrated yet also underrated bands formed in the 90’s would be performing their most successful albums in full to celebrate its 20th anniversary, it’s fair to say that anticipation was high. Only something of this magnitude could get the atmosphere around Kentish Town’s Forum was buzzing with excitement on a cold, grey and wet Sunday night in London.

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Gamma Ray + Serious Black + Neonfly @ O2 Academy Islington, London

January 3rd, 2016
by UK Team

Gamma Ray + Serious Black + Neonfly

@ O2 Academy Islington, London

8th December 2015

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Inty Malcolm


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