Best of 2013 – Metalette

January 18th, 2014
by Metalette

Best of 2013 – Metalette

Top 3 Releases:

1. Finntroll – Blodsvept



The best album of the year, in my humble-but-educated opinion, is Finntroll’s Blodsvept. It’s quirky, it’s evil, it’s heavy, and it’s musically rich. As you expect with Finntroll, there’s a colorful array of  instruments used throughout the entire album, coupled with satisfyingly heavy guitar and bass. And vocalist Mathias “Vreth” Lillmåns keeps it brutal with his excellent growls. Quite a few of the songs are dark, letting Finntroll’s black metal tendencies really shine through, but there are also the more folksy songs that define their trademark sound. Some of my favorite tracks include “Mordminnen”, “Skogsdotter”, “Skӧvlarens Dӧd”, and “När Jättar Marschera”, but the whole album is a gem.

2. Månegarm – Legions of the North

Månegarm – Legions of the North

Månegarm – Legions of the North

Legions of the North from Månegarm is a brilliant album. When it was first released I pretty much  listened to it in its entirety non-stop for a good long while. It’s the kind of album that makes everything feel like an epic adventure when you listen to it. It’s chock-full of noble, folksy riffs, winter-heathen lyrics, and incredibly catchy choruses. What make this album especially spectacular, to me, are the vocals of Erik Grawsiӧ. He can growl like a beast (no pun intended) but also, man can he sing! He’s got a powerful, rock’n’roll voice, with a strong range. My favorite tracks on this masterpiece are: “Sons of  War”, “Hordes of Hel”, and “Eternity Awaits”.

3. Turisas – Turisas2013

Turisas – Turisas2013

Turisas – Turisas2013

Turisas’ aptly-named album Turisas2013 sparked a lot of controversy with fans, from the album art,  the title, and the music itself. But guess what? I love it. It’s great. And it’s 100% Turisas. It’s not folk  metal, people, it’s something entirely different and it stands by itself in a little, one-band genre that  we endearingly call battle metal. This new album brings us more clean vocals than ever from vocalist Mathias “Warlord” Nygård, and they sound fantastic. The lyrics are meaningful and clever, and the music is ever-triumphant. To name a few of my favorite tracks; “We Ride Together”, “Ten More Miles”,  and “Piece by Piece”.

Best EP

Equilibrum – Waldschrein

Equilibrum – Waldschrein

Equilibrum – Waldschrein

In their newest EP, Equilibrium gives a 5-song taste of their past, present, and future music – and it  all tastes really good. They re-recorded their song “Der Sturm” for the EP, and it sounds better than ever, and is about as noble as it could possibly be. “Zwergenhammer” is also an older song, that was actually never released, but clearly not because it wasn’t a great song. Then there’s “Waldschrein”, the title track, which is the uplifting sound you expect from Equilibrium. It’s fresh but still heavily retains their style, and is complemented by an instrumental version which is just as good and really showcases Equilibrium’s mastery of melodies and exotic instruments. Man, I love them. The Waldschrein EP is  an exciting peek into whatever Equilibrium has cooking for their next album; it’s gonna be good. And how could I forget to mention the cover of the Skyrim theme on the EP, called “Himmelsrand”? Only  Equilibrium could take a song so epic already and make it more epic – epic enough to out-epic other  epics.

Best TV Show

Vikings –
History Channel took us all by surprise this year with their first-ever scripted series, Vikings. This show is SO metal. The sense of brutal realism is a breath of fresh air, compared to so many TV shows that sugar-coat everything, and always have the main characters doing “the right thing”. History’s Vikings holds  nothing back; they kill Christians, burn villages, kill each other, cheat on each other, sacrifice each other to the gods…the show has it all, plus a strong and visually-appealing cast. (Hello, Rollo!) The show even  features Wardruna’s music in an episode, which is just so legit. The whole show is legit. Catch up on it  now, in time for the second season!

Best Movie

Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem

Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem

Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem

We waited so long for this. Metalocalypse’s very own Klok Opera, The Doomstar Requiem – an hour-long  special that finally answered the burning question of, “what happened to Toki??” While there are a lot of serious moments in the movie, Dethklok’s usual antics are peppered throughout, starting right from  the beginning with their song “Partying Around the World”. All your favorite characters are featured, with some great cameos, and hell, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher does the vocals for the Masked Metal  Assassin! What more do you want? An adorable song from Toki? There’s one of those indeed, called “I  Believe” which, in fact, I proudly have on my iPod and belt-out along with in my car. The best part of the  movie is, though, that it sets Metalocalypse up for a FIFTH SEASON. Ohhh yes.

Best Concert

Turisas “Guards of Glory North American Tour 2013”

BestConcert.TurisasChoosing the best concert of the year is like choosing between cute cat-gifs on Tumblr – they’re ALL too amazing to pick just one. When pressed, however, I have decided that the best show I saw, for various  reasons, was Turisas on their North American tour earlier this year. This was before they came out with  their new album, Turisas2013 (which you’ll notice I chose as one of the best albums of the year…little did I know, when I saw them in March). Why was their show my favorite? First of all, these guys KNOW  showmanship, inside-and-out. They go all-out, with their red and black warpaint, and fur and chain-mail accented clothes. Their music is fantastic live, and oh-so sing-along-able. They’re extremely personable to their fans, and frontman Mathias “Warlord” Nygård completely breaks the fourth wall. When I saw them, it was a fairly small crowd compared to what they normally play (Florida, ok?) so there was a casual, intimate feel to the whole show. Mathias talked…a LOT. And it was very entertaining, especially considering he kept a steady flow of alcohol into his body through his entire performance; so naturally he got more and more entertaining. In fact, after a joking request that the audience do so, members of  the crowd started bringing Turisas drinks from the bar – which the band gladly received! So, all factors included, Turisas’ show tops my list for the bands I saw this year. At the end of their show, they showed the audience an immense appreciation, and shook the hands of as many fans as they could reach – I  personally have never touched so many sweaty Finnish guys in one night! ….hey, get your mind out of the gutter!

Best Local Band


This beardy group of guys is a truly unique band in the LA metal scene. The blending of melodic death with pagan undertones gives this California band the sound of quality, European metal. Their music is original and professional, with nothing out of joint, yet their melodies are often delightfully  unpredictable. They include clean choruses alongside their predominant, strong growls, and mix evil heaviness with refreshing upbeat sections. And having 6 members in the band allows for a lot of technical goodies and general fun, including call-and-response segments between guitar and keyboard when Sirion performs live. They’re altogether a talented, one-of-a-kind band that stands out in a scene of so many noisy, cookie-cutter bands, so I’m very proud to say that Sirion is LA’s very own.

Best New Band


Finnish band Vorna got their start this year with the release of Ajastaika. They’ve got a symphonic, black metal sound, with a lot of fun folksy elements thrown in. One of their biggest strengths is their vocalist,  Vesa Salovaara. His vocals range from deep, growly lows, to throat-ripping highs, and, though used sparingly, great clean vocals as well. Vorna uses a huge array of instruments on their album, and each song seems to feature different sounds, like harps, accordions, tolling bells, organs, flutes, and more.

Vorna also throws in acoustic guitar picking and strumming in truly unique and surprising ways. I’m excited to see how their sound develops in future albums!

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Best of 2013 – Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

January 18th, 2014
by UK Team

Best of 2013 – Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Top Metal Albums

1. Dream Theater – Dream Theater

Dream Theater - Dream Theater

Dream Theater – Dream Theater

Epic, inventive, majestic – Dream Theater have spun the wheel of prog once again and hit upon another winning combination. In an album of concise bites (you could almost say accessible except that Dream Theater don’t hold anyone’s hand) there remains an ambitious multi-part opus that only Dream Theater, with their musical dexterity, could  make sense of.

2. Motorhead – Aftershock

MOTÖRHEAD - Aftershock

MOTÖRHEAD – Aftershock

After Lemmy’s recent healthscares, Aftershock feels even more precious. There’s a powerful hope that it’s not the last Motorhead album because it’s a reminder of how great this band is. It’s classic Motorhead – we don’t want anything ‘new’ – we want the sound that made this band so great, and Aftershock captures that.

3. Black Sabbath – 13
4. Phil H Anselmo & The Illegals – Walk Through Exits Only
5. Voivod – Target Earth
6. Vried – Welcome Farewell
7. Airbourne – Black Dog Barking
8. Venomous Maximus – Beg Upon The Light
9. Victor Griffin’s In-Graved – S/T
10. Protest The Hero – Volition
11. Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
12. Tombstone Highway – Ruralizer
13. Civil War – The Killer Angels
14. Ghost – Infestissumam
15. Evile – Skull
16. DevilDriver – Winter Kills
17. Red Fang – Whales & Leeches
18. Black Spiders – This Savage Land

Top Rock Albums

1. Clutch – Earth Rocker

What can I say except that Clutch continue to surpass themselves, having outpaced everyone else a long time ago. They manage to do something different with every album, yet it’s always tight, fluid, and Clutch. I don’t think there’s a band doing more to keep rock ‘n’ roll relevant and Earth Rocker is a great example of that.

2. Black Star Riders – All Hell Breaks Loose


Best live album

Devin Townsend – The Retinal Circus

Best EP

Philip H. Anselmo/Warbeast – War Of The Gargantuas

Best covers album

Anthrax – Anthems

Best Rock DVD

Rush – Clockwork Angels

Best rock concert

Clutch, UK

Best film

Metallica – Through The Never

Major events in metal

  • All the Slayer sadness – Jeff Hanneman’s tragic death and Dave Lombardo’s exit
  • Randy Blythe’s acquittal
  • Joey Jordison departs Slipknot
  • Lemmy’s health issues reminding us of the vulnerability of our giants

Predictions for 2014

  • We might see a few more festivals going under in the UK – not the big names (Download, Bloodstock – and hopefully not Sonisphere) – but more of the grassroots festivals, which will be a massive shame.
  • I hope that the rumours about a new Tool album are founded and we get a tour as well.

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Best of 2013 – Hellias Papadopoulos

January 18th, 2014
by Metal Rules

Best of 2013 – Hellias Papadopoulos


1. Mystic Prophecy- Killhammer

Mystic Prophecy - Killhammer

2. Black Sabbath-13

Black Sabbath - 13

Black Sabbath – 13

 3. Carcass- Surgical Steel



 4. Avatarium-Avatarium

 5. Dream Theater- Dream Theater

 6. Gorguts-Colored Sands

 7. Rotting Christ- Kata ton Daimona Eaytoy

 8. Warbringer- IV: Empires Collapse

 9. Hatesphere-Murderlust

 10. Exarsis-The Brutal State

 11. Airbourne-Black Dog Barking

 12. Queensryche-Queensryche

 13. Deicide-In The Minds of Evil

 14. Kataklysm-Waiting For the End to Come

 15. Satan’s Wrath-Aeons of Satan’s Reign

 16.  Onslaught-VI

 17. Sodom- Epitome of Torture

 18. Artillery-Legions

 19. Evile-Skull


Best Rock Album of 2013

The Answer-New Horizon

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Best of 2013 – Brat

January 18th, 2014
by Brat

Best of 2013 – Brat

1. Vandroya – One

Vandroya – One

Vandroya – One

2. Powerwolf – Preachers of the Night

3. Suidakra – Eternal Defiance

4. Masterplan – Novum Initium

5. Tyr – Valkyrja

6. Jorn – Symphonic

7. Human Fortress – Raided Land

8. Avantasia – The Mystery of Time

9. Helloween – Straight Out of Hell

10. Poetica – Somnus Tormentum

11. Lord – Digital Lies

12. Rhapsody of Fire – Dark Wings of Steel

13. Galneryus – The Ironhearted Flag Vol. 1: Regeneration Side

14. Artlantica – Across the Seven Seas

15. Almah – Unfold

16. Turisas – Turisas2013

17. Satyricon – Satyricon

18. Dragonsclaw – Judgement Day

19. Reinxeed – A New World

20. Stryper – More Hell to Pay


Best Live Album

Rhapsody of Fire – From Chaos to Eternity

Best EP

Powerwolf – The Rockhard Sacrement

Best Remake album

Nation – Without Remorse (remaster)

Best DVD

Sabaton – Swedish Empire Live

Best Concert

Festival: Firefest X, Nottingham, England

Large venue: Sabaton & Nightwish Enmore Theatre, Sydney Australia

Best Industrial

Unzucht – Rosenkreuzer

Best stoner rock

Mustasch – Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven

Best rock/AOR/soft metal/hard-rock – whatever you want to call it

Pink Cream 69 – Ceremonial

Best new band

Vandroya (Brazil)

Best Discovery

Had a spiritual live experience at Firefest X with The Magnificent; H.E.A.T.; and Eclipse.

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Best of 2013 – Marko Syrjala

January 18th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala

Best of 2013 – Marko Syrjala

1. Carcass: Surgical Steel



I was never expecting to hear a new music from Carcass but I’m gladly wrong here. SURGICAL STEEL presents the hungry and a merciless-sounding band which is in unbelievably tight shape. The album is full of killer songs and Jeff Walker still growls like back in the day.

2. Motorhead: Aftershock

MOTÖRHEAD - Aftershock

MOTÖRHEAD – Aftershock

Lemmy Kilmister has lately been headlines other but musical reasons but the fact is that AFTERSHOCK is another masterpiece from the legends. Many people do think that if you’ve heard one Motorhead album you’ve then heard them all but that’s not true at all. Although there are all the Motorhead elements needed on the album, AFTERSHOCK is different to its predecessors, definitely. The album is a bit slower and it shows the bands bluesy side which is often forgotten. If you don’t believe, check it out by yourself.

3. Annihilator: Feast

FEAST is Annihilator’s strongest release in years and definitely the best album from the Dave Padden era.

Annihilator - FEAST

Annihilator – FEAST

4. Stratovarius: Nemesis

Stratovarius have been more or less lost since the breakup with Timo Tolkki. NEMESIS is the third album released without him and now it sounds like the band has finally get over it. NEMESIS is the best album from Stratovarius in over 20 years.

5. Black Sabbath: 13

Talk about album with enormous expectations here… Fu***n Black Sabbath releases new album with Ozzy after 35 years and the results are… very mediocre. The album is full of slow or mid-tempo songs and most of the material is just forgettable. Unfortunately.

6. Avantasia: The Mystery of Time

MYSTERY OF TIME is another strong release from Sammett and co. It’s more straight forward album than its predecessors and goes high in my Avantasia album rank.

7. Pretty Maids: Motherland

MOTHERLAND is a great follow-up for PANDENOMIUM and one of the best hard rock albums released in 2013.

8. Krokus: Dirty Dynamite

Not as good as HOODOO was but still a solid release from the Switzerland’s finest.

9. Queensryche: Queensryche

After 25 years of disappointing releases this was a great effort from Queensryche. It’s going to be interesting to follow where the band goes next from this?

 10. Dream Theater: Dream Theater

A decent release from the prog metal kings and better than DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS but far from the glory days still.

11. Airbourne: Black Dog Barking

The curse of the third album? Nah, BLACK DOG BARKING is another good, straight head rock album from the Aussies. The new album is not even close of rate of their brilliant debut but it doesn’t lose an inch for the second album.

12. Helloween: Straight Out Of Hell

STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL is solid but a bit neutral release from Helloween. Hopefully there will be more variations and new ideas on the next releases?

13. Saxon: Sacrifice

There’s nothing wrong with new Saxon disc either but it’s just another good album on the bands long list of releases.

14. Death Angel: The Dream Calls for Blood

A positive surprise from these guys. I kind of lost interest after boring KILLING SEASON but this one sounded great.

15. U.D.O: Steelhammer

Sometimes the bands do changes when they have to and sometimes bands do changes when they want to. Don’t know how it was with U.D.O but after recent line-up changes they now released the best U.D.O album in years.

16. Megadeth: Super Collider

This album has been bashed more than anything what Megadeth has ever released. But it’s not that bad album really. There are several decent songs there and as a whole it’s a way better than A WORLD NEED A HERO or RISK.

17. Children of Bodom: Halo of Blood

HALO OF BLOOD is another decent release from the Finns. Nothing spectacular though.

18. Stryper: No More Hell to Pay

Easily the bands best post re-union album. Melodic 80’s hard rock/metal at its best.

19. Queensryche feat. Geoff Tate: Frequently Unknown

A way better release than its reputation but why there are so many unnecessary re-recordings of QR classics on the album?

20. Amorphis: Circle

There’s nothing wrong with this release either but seems that the band is just repeating itself too much nowadays. Time for a change?


1. Michael Monroe: Horns and Halos

HORNS AND HALOS is a follow-up to Michael’s “successful” comeback album SENSORE OVERDRIVE which was released two years ago. Guitarist and main songwriter Ginger is gone and he’s now been replaced with Swedish Dregen (Backyard Babies). The new album does not quite reach the level of its predecessor but it’s definitely worth to check out because there isn’t too many bands/artists left on this genre who are still capable to release such a great music.

2.Deep Purple: Now What?

NOW WHAT? was a pleasant surprise from the veterans. After a few somewhat disappointing albums, it’s definitely something different from the band. Probably it’s because of legendary producer Bob Ezrin who now worked the first time with Purple.

3.Black Star Riders: All Hell Breaks Loose

I had huge expectations for this and it’s a good album. The problem is that it’s not great, just good…

4.Stone Sour: House of Gold & Bones 2

Stone Sour is one of those bands which I have found later on and I currently own all of their albums. As a whole “HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES 2 is perhaps the strongest album from the band to date.

5.Buckcherry: Confessions

Buckcherry is always been one of my favorite bands from the late 90’s. It’s great to hear that after a little disappointing ALL NIGHT LONG the band is now back on track.

6. The Winery Dogs: The Winery Dogs

If band called Winery Dogs does not ring any bells for you should still recognize at least some of the following names: Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheenan and Richie Kotzen. The Winery Dogs is “a supergroup” and its self-titled debut is mostly very nice album to listen to.

7. Alice In Chains: The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

AIC is another band which I started to listen to only a few years ago. BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE was an excellent comeback album from the band but this one is not far behind it.

8. Rob Zombie: Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor

It’s not another HELLBILLY DELUXE but better than some other Zombie albums. A kind of “back to roots” release in a good way.


Scorpions: Live at Athens

In fact this was the only live album I purchased in 2013. Acoustic releases can be sometimes be boring and sound like forcibly made but this one is a pleasant exception here. First of all, the band sounds great, as always. But the main reason to pick up this great album are the songs. There are a lot of songs from the bands entire career included which have never been played live by the Scorpions before.


Skid Row: United World Rebellion: Chapter One

Honestly, I don’t buy too many EP’s but with this one I did exception. Of course, this EP sounds nothing like the first two Skid Row albums but it’s a way better than almost disastrous REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE a few ago. If nothing else, it definitely gives hope from better future of the band.


Anthrax: Anthems

Like with EP’s I don’t usually buy covers albums neither but did have one exception.  Anthrax is always been a very successful with cover songs choices and Anthems doesn’t make any exception here. From surprising Boston song “Smomin” ‘till a rough rendition of AC/DC classic “T.N.T” Anthrax does make ‘em all sound like Anthrax itself.


KISS: Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)

There wasn’t too many great metal/rock books released last year but his one.  The book chronicles the crucial formative years of KISS, culminating with the groundbreaking success of their classic 1975 album Alive! The book includes interviews with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, as well as with producers; engineers; management; record company and other related people.


1. JUDAS PRIEST: Epitaph
This time there was really tight fight between these so I decided to share victory between the two  Nearly two and a half hour DVD includes songs from every Rob Halford era Judas Priest album. Highlights include rarely played “Blood Red Skies” and “Never Satisfied” and of course all mandatory Priest classics. Well filmed and produced DVD from one of the best metal bands ever.

2. NIGHTWISH: Showtime, Storytime
Nightwish have gone through numerous changes during the last two years. Especially their latest “Imaginaerum” -tour turned out much differently than they or anybody else could have anticipated. Nevertheless, this DVD is great to watch. New vocalist Floor Jansen gets the job done in style and the band plays as tight as always. The second DVD includes nearly two hour long documentary called “Please Learn the Setlist in 48 Hours” and it’s truly interesting material to watch too.


That Metal Show
Excellent interviews and interesting quests night after night.


There were tons of great shows last year but these three were the most memorable ones.

1. KISS: Kiss Kruise III, Caribbean
Finally the band listened its fans and played a set list what truly was a dream come true for many long-term followers. “Almost Human”, “The Oath” and “Anything For My Baby” had never been played live until now and set also included many rarely played classics like “Let Me Know”, “Ladies In Waiting” and “Mainline”. This was easily one of the best performances from the band in ages.

2. KING DIAMOND: Tuska-Festival, Helsinki
King Diamond returned to stages last year after a long hiatus. It can’t be denied that King’s amazing performance in Swedenrock was something to remember, it was just perfect but… although King now performed in full daylight this one was even better. Hail the King!

3.  ALICE COOPER, Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Ft. Lauderdale
I haven’t seen indoor Cooper show in few years and this was definitely worth to check out. A lot of things had now changed since the last time. A reinvented band, a new stage show and pleasant surprises on the set list. What more you can ask?


Winery Dogs:  Hopefully the band will stay together and we can hear more releases from them in the future. The world needs “supergroups” ;)


Deaths:  I know I’m repeating myself here but once again there were lot of sad news announced in metal community. A lot of great musicians joined the celestial band last year. Jeff Hanneman, Clive Burr, Trevor Bolder… the list goes on and on.


MORE REUNIONS:  There are a few interesting re-unions already on the way. Norwegian hard rock legends TNT is one of those and I can’t wait to see the band with Tony Harnell in charge once again. Also it’s going to be interesting what’s going to happen with KISS after the Hall of Fame ceremony… AND what’s even more interesting is that maybe Vinnie Vincent is finally activating next year… :)

NEW RELEASES:  There are many interesting new albums coming out next year. If everything goes as planned we will have new albums from such names as: Jake E. Lee, Accept, Judas Priest, Anthrax and Ace Frehley. It’s going to be another good year for METAL!

GREAT TOURS AND FESTIVALS:  Next year will be really busy. There are again tons of great festivals in Europe on the summer. Swedenrock, Hellfest, Download, Tuska etc etc. Lot of fun indeed. And of course there will be individual tours from many great bands.

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Madness Of the Night – Guitarist Daniel Dante

January 18th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall


Guitarist Daniel Dante – Madness Of the Night

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.

Madness Of the Night is a Swedish goth/dark wave duo that released their debut album THE ASGARDA in November 2013. Since the duo have a bit of an unusual background I thought it would be nice to learn a bit more about them and their music. I hooked up with Daniel Dante former members of the Swedish gothmetal act Soulgrinder, and here is what he had to say. Read the rest of this entry »

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James Munro of 4ARM

January 18th, 2014
by Infamous Butcher

James Munro of 4ARM

Interview by InfamousButcher

Photos by SheWolf

Interviewed on November 29, 2013 at the
Slayer / Gojira / 4ARM show in Camden, NJ

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Lamb of God / Killswitch Engage / Testament / Huntress live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

January 18th, 2014
by Infamous Butcher

Lamb of God / Killswitch Engage / Testament / Huntress

Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
November 24, 2013

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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PANZER: New album available for free listening

January 17th, 2014
by EvilG

The Brazilian band of Thrash/Stoner Metal formed in 1991, PANZER, just made available its most recent album ‘Honor’ for free listening. To listen for free, visit the link:

‘Honor’, was released in Brazil by Shinigami Records, and has figured in some lists of the year’s best. The material, which was produced by Henrique Baboom, directly succeeds ‘The Strongest’, released in 2001.

The album is also available for sale directly with the band:

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January 17th, 2014
by EvilG

Metal Tank Records signed the Italian Stoner / Rock sensation CIRCLE OF WITCHES. The band will release their upcoming album entitled “Rock the Evil” on February 15, 2014.The first preview from the album has been posted on YouTube at

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Amon Amarth with support act Carcass and Hell on Deceiver Of the Gods European Tour 2013 – Scandinavian leg at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden

January 17th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall


Amon Amarth

Deceiver Of the Gods European Tour 2013 – Scandinavian leg
Carcass (Special guest)
Hell (Support act)

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
6/12 – 2013

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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STEEL PANTHER Album ‘All You Can Eat’ Slated For April 1st Release

January 15th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


The Sunset Strip’s hottest export, Steel Panther, is back and ready to unleash their third full-length album, All You Can Eat, on the world. The 12-track masterpiece is slated to hit stands April 1st in the United States on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services (KLS). The album will be available for pre-order on January 14th at From the opening acoustic riff of album opener “Pussywhipped” to final chord hit in the album closer “She’s On The Rag,” it is clear Steel Panther is back and better than ever.  Songs like “Gloryhole,” “Gangbang At The Old Folks Home” and “BVS” all showcase Steel Panther’s incredible musicianship and ability to write memorable and sometimes educational songs. The band, comprised of Michael Starr on vocals, Satchel on guitar, Lexxi Foxx on bass and Stix Zadinia on drums, have made a name for themselves as one of the most entertaining acts out today. The debut single “Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World,” was released in November with a star-studded video directed by Rob Riggle that has been viewed over 660,000 times. The explicit video for the song can be seen at Longtime Steel Panther producer Jay Ruston produced All You Can Eat.

The track listing for All You Can Eat is:

1.   Pussywhipped
2.   Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World
3.   Gloryhole
4.   Bukkake Tears
5.   Gangbang At The Old Folks Home
6.   Ten Strikes You’re Out
7.   The Burden Of Being Wonderful
8.   F@#king My Heart In The Ass
9.   BVS
10. You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Talk
11. If I Was The King
12. She’s On The Rag

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THAT METAL SHOW Returns For It’s 13th Season

January 14th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” is returning for its 13h season this week.  The acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, kicks off its latest season January 18th at 11:00PM ET/PT. The guests for the debut episode are Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows and Black Label Society vocalist/guitarist Zakk Wylde. Filling in as the guest musician for the episode is Five Finger Death Punch guitarist, Jason Hook. The episode will also feature the fan favorite segments “Take It Or Leave It,” “TMS Top 5,” “Rank” and of course, “Stump The Trunk.”

Each week “That Metal Show” will continue to bring their audience the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. A slew of guests have already been confirmed for the upcoming episodes including Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge, Randy Blythe and Chris Adler of Lamb of God, Corey Glover and Vernon Reid of Living Colour and The Winery Dogs. Also confirmed to appear during Season 13 are Mick Mars, Ted Nugent, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Joe Satriani, Al Jourgensen, Morgan Rose, Frank Bello and David Ellefson. Other guests are still being confirmed at this time with more to be named at a later date.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on “That Metal Show,” Season 13 will continue the trend with the likes of Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra, surf guitar maestro Gary Hoey and metal master Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. Other blazing musical performances by Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy and female guitar legend Lita Ford are also confirmed to make the new season the most musically diverse collection of shows in “That Metal Show” history.

This season will mark some monumental changes for the show as it returns to New York City for Season 13. Previously, the show was taped over several days of one week out at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. The new season will be shot at Metropolis Studios on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Season 13 will also consist of 12 new episodes making it the longest season in the show’s history. Fans can also catch the complete season 12 and brand new exclusive bonus clips at and in the new VH1 app.  New episodes of season 13 will launch on the web and in the app every Sunday morning following the show’s on-air premiere.

“That Metal Show” premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since then has become the only place for all things hard rock/heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in music including members of Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Pantera, Anthrax, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queensrÿche and Heart to name just a few.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include National Metal Day (11.11) and Metal Evolution, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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BLACK SABBATH The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978; Now Available Exclusively On iTunes

January 14th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

When Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler and Bill Ward formed Black Sabbath in 1969, they created a signature sound that set the blueprint for heavy music and influenced generations of disciples for years to come. For the first time, the full catalog from the original Black Sabbath lineup is now available digitally in the U.S. and has been mastered specifically for iTunes, ensuring the delivery of the music to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers, and producers intended.  Available exclusively on the iTunes Store worldwide (, fans now have the ability to download all albums in one newly created bundle (THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1970-1978), eight legendary studio albums, two classic compilations, or simply purchase each song individually.

“It’s about f**king time the first eight Black Sabbath albums were made available on iTunes in the U.S.,” said Ozzy Osbourne.

“Great news, been a long time trying to explain to fans why the music wasn’t available,” Tony Iommi commented.

“It’s going to be great to finally have the catalogue accessible on iTunes,” Geezer Butler notes.

BLACK SABBATH: THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1970-1978 features the band’s collected studio works for Warner Bros. Records from the 1970’s, including their iconic eponymous debut (1970), the multi-platinum landmark Paranoid (1970), the platinum albums Master Of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), and the gold-certified Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), and Never Say Die! (1978). Also available is their classic 1976 compilation We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll as well as 2006’s Greatest Hits 1970-1978, which was released in connection with their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Following wildly successful shows in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe, Black Sabbath will kick off another North American tour with dates starting March 31 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  The trek will hit ten cities in Canada, including stops in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, before wrapping April 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.  These dates will be part of the band’s final shows of their 2013-2014 world tour in support of their first studio album in 35 years, 13, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.).  Another run of European festivals and headlining shows will follow this summer.

First formed in Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath’s doom-laden sound pioneered a new kind of heavy rock music, a sound that would later influence hundreds of other bands. Many consider Black Sabbath to be the godfathers of heavy metal, but Sabbath were capable of surprising their fans with songs that showed other facets of their skills besides darkness and monstrous decibels. Thirty years after their initial impact, guitarists are still stunned by Tony Iommi’s jaw-dropping riffs, Geezer Butler’s swooping bass lines, and Bill Ward’s thunderous drums. And, of course, in Ozzy Osbourne the band had one of the most magnetic and unpredictable front men ever in rock, with a maniacal voice like few others before or since.

BLACK SABBATH Titles now available at iTunes:

Black Sabbath (1970)

Paranoid (1970)

Master Of Reality (1971)

Vol. 4 (1972)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

Sabotage (1975)

Technical Ecstasy (1976)

We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll (1976)

Never Say Die! (1978)

Greatest Hits 1970-1978 (2006)

The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 (2014)

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TESTAMENT Parts Ways with Bassist and Announce Replacement

January 13th, 2014
by EvilG
Steve DiGiorgio - Death To All

Steve DiGiorgio – Death To All

Legendary Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have released the following statement:

“It is with much respect that we announce our mutual parting with bassist Greg Christian. Metal fretless bass pioneer Steve Di Giorgio will be returning to TESTAMENT. Steve previously was a member of TESTAMENT on The Gathering (1999) as well as First Strike Still Deadly (2001). He will be joining TESTAMENT on their upcoming shows in Australia on the Soundwave Festival, Japan and Mexico City. Steve will also be taking part in the new TESTAMENT album.  We are looking forward to continuing the momentum you, the fans, have made possible.”

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