METAL ALLIANCE Announce 2014 Tour Line-Up

January 13th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Behemoth to Headline The 4th Annual Metal Alliance Tour


The Metal Alliance Tour presented by Indie Merch is back for their 4th ferocious year of wrecking heads. Festival organizers Dan Rozenblum and Steve Seabury of High River Entertainment are proud to welcome to American soil the mighty BEHEMOTH as their 2014 headliner. This will be the first time in over a decade that BEHEMOTH will tour North America in support of their new record The Satanist released on April 2nd through Metal Blade Records. The tour will be rounded out by New Orleans natives GOATWHORE, 1349, INQUISITION and the buzz worthy unsigned act BLACK CROWN INITIATE.

“This tour is no exception for our love of all things heavy.” states Rozenblum. “This tour is for metal fans by metal fans.” adds Seabury. “this bill explores our appreciation for the dark and black side of metal. Behemoth have been a favorite of ours and we are stoked to have them headline the fourth edition of the Metal Alliance Tour!” continues Rozenblum.

The Metal Alliance Tour will make the trek across United States and Canada starting in April and running through the start of May. “We are immensely proud to be headlining the Metal Alliance Tour. It’s a privilege and we’re going to make sure that this tour and “The Satanist” that Behemoth is making an ultimate statement! It has been a long trek from when we landed in US for the first time in 2003. It took us a decade to get to this place we are now. We are coming back, more determined and hungrier than ever, ready to reclaim the throne!” comments Nergal’s about the bands involvement of one of the most anticipated metal tours in years
50 VIP tickets in each market are available at 10 AM EST at this link: Each ticket holder will get a 30 minute meet & greet with all of the bands, a bottle of High River Sauces, a limited edition 11×17 poster, Metal Alliance 4 beer koozie and a VIP Laminate. General Admission tickets will be available at a later date.

Tour Dates:
Date                      Venue                                    City/State
4/4                         Tempe, AZ                          Club Red
4/5                         Los Angeles, CA                House Of Blues
4/6                         San Francisco, CA             Regency Ballroom
4/8                         Denver, CO                         Gothic Theater
4/10                       Oklahoma City, OK          1H Chameleon Room
4/11                       Dallas, TX                             House Of Blues
4/12                       Austin, TX                            Emo’s East (Texas Independence Fest)
4/13                       Houston, TX                       House Of Blues
4/15                       Orlando, FL                         Beacham Theater
4/16                       Charlotte, NC                     Tremont Music Hall
4/17                       Philadelphia, PA               4H Theater Of The Living Arts
4/18                       Worcester, MA                 Palladium (The New England Metal Festival)
4/19                       New York, NY                    Irving Plaza
4/22                       Montreal, QC                     Club Soda
4/23                       Toronto, ON                       Opera House
4/24                       Cleveland, OH                   Agora Theater
4/25                       Chicago, IL                           House Of Blues
4/26                       Minneapolis, MN             Skyway Theater
4/27                       Winnipeg, MB                   Garrick Center
4/29                       Calgary, AB                         Mac Hall
4/30                       Edmonton, AB                   Union Hall
5/2                         Vancouver, BC                  Rickshaw Theater
5/3                         Seattle, WA                        Studio 7

For more information please visit the Metal Alliance Tour website:

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GAMMA RAY: Power Metal Icons To Release Empire Of The Undead This Spring Via earMUSIC/Armoury Records; Studio Burns Down – Band Marches On

January 11th, 2014
by EvilG

Gamma Ray 2012

Gamma Ray 2012

Finally, the eleventh studio album from power metal icons, GAMMA RAY, is nearing completion! Titled Empire Of The Undead, it is the record that almost wasn’t.

Penned throughout 2013 with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever-precious work of bass player and co-writer, Dirk Schlaechter, the band had just landed in South America with tour mates Helloween when some harrowing news reached Kai Hansen and crew: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving nearly all its contents in ruins, with the exception of the tapes from their nearly-finished new studio album.

Back on their home turf, GAMMA RAY evaluated their losses only to do what they do best – move on. “If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked a light-hearted Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place. By mid-January we should be done with the work on this album.”

The title track, “Empire Of The Undead,” a high-paced number in the traditionally epic GAMMA RAY style that has influenced so many bands globally, has appeared on the single/EP Master Of Confusion which was released last year and served as precursor to the forthcoming full-length.

Empire Of The Undead will be released in North America on CD, LP and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic late this Spring. Further details to be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, view a video message Kai Hansen at THIS LOCATION.

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SONATA ARCTICA announce their first FULL North American Tour since 2010!

January 10th, 2014
by EvilG
SONATA ARCTICA "Pariah's Child"

SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

Sonata Arctica will return to the USA and Canada for their first FULL North American Tour since 2010 .   The Pariah’s Child World Tour will also have support from Dutch band  DELAIN and 1st of 3 will come from Xandria.

Sonata Arctica will offer for the 1st time , VIP tickets before each show these tickets will get you    Pre show meet/greet with the band , prior to doors—- early entry in which you can stay in the venue—- you also will recieve a customized poster for the event.

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3               Mexicali Live   Teaneck , NJ
4               Stage 48                NYC, NY
5               Trocadero               Philadelphia , PA
6               The Palladium   Worcester, MA
8               Club    Soda            Montreal , QC
9               Imperial                Quebec City,QC
10      Mavericks               Ottawa, ON
11      MOD Club                Toronto , ON
13      Soundstage              Baltimore , MD
14      Altar Bar               Pitt,PA
16        Agora Ballroom        Cleveland , OH
17      Mojoes          Joliet , IL
19      Park Theater    Winnipeg , MB
20      The Exchange    Regina , SK
21       Starlite                       Edmonton , AB
22      Republik                Calgary,AB
24        the Venue     Vancouver , BC
25      El Corazon              Seattle, WA
26      Hawthorne Theater  Portland , OR
28      Regency Center  SF,CA
29      House of Blues  West Hollywood , CA
30      The Grove               Anaheim,CA

1               Club Red                Tempe , AZ
4               Bluebird Theater        Denver,CO
5               Granada Theater Lawrence , KS
7               Tricky Falls            El Paso  , TX
8               Backstage Live  San Antonio  , TX
9               Trees                   Dallas , TX
10      Scout Bar               Houston , TX
12       Diamonds       Louisville , KY
13       Masquerade      Atlanta , GA
14      House of Blues  Lake Buena Vista , FL
15      Orpheum         Tampa , FL

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GWAR’s Really Important News!

January 10th, 2014
by EvilG

Today the mighty GWAR announced they would be bringing the most insane spectacle in Rock ‘n Roll all the way from Antarctica to the Land of the Rising Sun. After 28 years of relentless touring, recording and general mayhem, GWAR is finally playing Japan!

“A lot of people think we have played there already because of our album, Live at Mt. Fuji,” said lead front-thing Oderus Urungus. “But that was in fact recorded in the future!” Read the rest of this entry »

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SHADOWS LEGACY: Debut album with participation of Blaze Bayley is available

January 10th, 2014
by EvilG

Brazilian SHADOWS LEGACY, has already available for sale their debut album ‘You’re Going Straight To Hell’, which features a band betting on a Traditional Heavy Metal with influences of NWOBHM bands like Iron Maiden and Saxon.

Speaking of Iron Maiden, the former singer Blaze Bayley participates of this record singing on track ‘Hate Within’. Blaze Bayley also took part of the album release concert this weekend.

Both the EP, ‘Rage and Hate’ (available for free download), as the album ‘You’re Going Straight To Hell’ were recorded in the studio Anubis with producer Aldo Carmine.

To download the EP for free, visit the link:

Watch the music video for “Sky is Falling Down”:

To buy the album:

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THUNDERSTONE – Line-up Decision Forthcoming

January 10th, 2014
by EvilG

Thunderstoners! We’re one step closer to solving the mystery of the THUNDERSTONE line-up!

But first: We want to thank everyone who submitted their auditions to us. We can honestly say that it would have been an honour to work with any of you. Keep up the good work and stay metal!

Second: We do apologise for taking much longer than we anticipated. If you listened to all the submissions carefully—like we did, dozens of times—you’ll know how difficult the choice was.

Yet, a choice has been made. We are proud to announce that we have asked three people to come and jam with us live so that we can make the final decision. We want to find a person who is not only a great drummer but also a filthy drunk bastard—erm, nice person—like the rest of us. The three people are, in alphabetical order: TONI PAANANEN, ATTE PALOKANGAS, and TUOMAS VUORIO.

Congrats to the three and thank you all for your patience. The live auditions will be held at the end of the month and we hope to have a decision some time in the beginning of February. STAY TUNED AND SPREAD THE WORD!

Nino, Pasi, Titus & Jukka

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ARCTURUS @ O2 Islington Academy

January 9th, 2014
by UK Team


Fen + From the Bogs of Aughiska

at 02 Islington Academy

13th December 2013

Review by Harold Black

Photography by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography



It was a cold night in December that felt ready to embrace some inspiring live music in one of London’s best venues – the Islington Academy.
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New from Metal Blade and Cyclone Empire: Down Among the Dead Men and Bodyfarm

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

Metal Blade continues its partnership with Cyclone Empire in 2014 with two new releases. Both Down Among the Dead Men’s self-title album and Bodyfarm’s The Coming Scourge” will be released in North America on February 18. Both albums were released at the end of 2013 in Europe, and are finally ready for an official release in North America. Keep up with more upcoming releases for 2014 at and

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January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

The bill of the best Metal Festival in Southern Italy still grows up, from the Bay Area here comes a legendary band!

 Along with ANNIHILATOR and MOONSPELL, also the American thrashers DEATH ANGEL will give some more prestige to the line-up of the TOTAL METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL that will be held on 19 and 20 July 2014 in the town of Bitonto in Italy. The Apulian Festival has already passed on all its records, but the organizers still promise: “That’s not yet allRead the rest of this entry »

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SLOUGH FEG launch title track and pre-orders for ‘Digital Resistance’!

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

Slough Feg have launched the title track from their brand new album, “Digital Resistance.” The record was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band’s first new studio album since 2010’s “The Animal Spirits.” When asked if the new album was a concept album, singer and vocalist Mike Scalzi explained that “Digital Resistance” is a concept album in the sense that The Beatles Sgt. Pepper is a concept album. “It has somewhat of a consistent lyrical theme that runs through several of the songs, but not every song— it is not a concept album in the sense that our “Traveller” album is.” Listen now and pre-order your copy at Read the rest of this entry »

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Dregen with support acts Märvel and Mary’s Kids on Scandinavian Tour 2013 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

January 9th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall



Scandinavian Tour 2013

Märvel – special guest

Mary’s Kids – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
21/11 – 2013

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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Full Tongeren Metal Fest lineup revealed

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

With much pride and without further ado we would like to announce the final bands for Tongeren Metal Fest, Belgium’s newest metalfestival set to take place Saturday 12th of April 2014 at de VELINX in Tongeren.

Newly announced classic heavy metal act ANGEL WITCH will surely set Tongeren aflame during this exclusive performance. The energetic thrashers PREMATORY and local deathmetal squad PREDATORIA will open this unholy night!

The full line-up is as follows:
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BEHEMOTH unveils new video: the making of “The Satanist” part 1 of 4

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

“The Satanist” to be released February 4th in North America

BEHEMOTH has posted a brand new behind the scenes video for “The Satanist.” This video is the first in a series of four that chronicles a selection of the creative and technical processes behind the album that Albert Mudrian of Decibel Magazine heralds as “simply the best Behemoth record ever.” Watch the making of video now at, where pre-order bundles for “The Satanist” are also available.

BEHEMOTH front man, Nergal, simply offers the following statement: “The Satanist is magic. It’s dangerous. It’s adventurous, and it’s organic.”

The Satanist” pre-order bundles are available now and include: CD, LP, t-shirt, as well as the deluxe box set, and are available at in North America, in Europe, and on ( digibook and box). “The Satanist” will be unleashed on February 3rd in the UK, February 4th in North America and Poland, February 5th in Japan, and February 7th in Europe and the rest of the world. Also, “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” has been released on iTunes and can be purchased HERE. Read the rest of this entry »

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THE HAUNTED to release ‘Eye Of The Storm’ single; set to appear on 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise

January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

the_haunted_logo_1.jpgSwedish metal pioneers THE HAUNTED will soon debut new music by releasing a 3-track single, entitled Eye Of The Storm. Due out January 20th in Europe and January 21st in North America via Century Media Records, Eye Of The Storm will be available as a limited edition 7″ and as a digital single, featuring the new songs “Eye Of The Storm”, “Infiltrator” and “My Enemy”. Fans can pre-order the 7″ on black vinyl (limited to 500 copies worldwide) or white vinyl (USA exclusive; limited to 200 copies) now at CM Distro:

Eye Of The Storm marks THE HAUNTED’s recording debut of the band’s revamped line-up, which includes founding members Jensen (Guitars) and Jonas Björler (Bass), returning members Marco Aro (Vocals) and Adrian Erlandsson (Drums), as well as new member Ola Englund (Guitars).

THE HAUNTED’s Jensen comments: There aren’t superlatives enough to describe how much the band has longed for these three songs to be released. We are sure fans have been anxious to know what the band sounds like today after all the turmoil and old members leaving and new members joining. We feel that these three songs represent the band perfectly. We are currently working on the new album, an album that will be filled to the brim with what we know to be ‘THE HAUNTED’. We’ll start doing gigs this spring and we’ll do festivals all over the place this summer. Get in touch with the festivals you visit (and behave like an animal at) and tell them to get us on the bill! THE HAUNTED is back. Play it loud. No. Louder.” Read the rest of this entry »

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January 9th, 2014
by EvilG

Sabaton check in with an update about their new album!

“As you probably know already we are in the Abyss studios along with Peter Tägtgren – Official & recording our new album “HEROES” that will be released in May 2014.”

“Here you can see our new artwork, please visit our Facebook page and tell us what you think about it:”



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