JUNE 20th 2017

With the release of “The Children Of The Night” in April 2015, Sweden’s TRIBULATION have made a massive impact on the worldwide metal scene. After excessive touring in North America and Europe TRIBULATION took a well-deserved break not only to recover from the intense album campaign, but also to focus on what lies ahead: A change of drummer and a new album!

TRIBULATION recently published the following statement about the departure of drummer Jakob Ljungberg, who had been with the group since the album “The Formulas Of Death”:
“As the summer in the year of their lord 2017 draws near and the world in the north is again fully starting to wake from its slumber we, on the other hand, are forced to face an inevitable end in the departure of our drummer Jakob Ljungberg who has decided to leave the band. We have spent the last five years together through pain to heaven, in chaos to bliss! It’s been such a strange, wonderful, tiring and inspiring time and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this time the most important in the history of the band. We surely couldn’t have done it without you. We were like brothers even before the time of Tribulation and we certainly will be in the time after! Make sure to check out Jakob’s unique and most excellent band Second Sun (https://www.facebook.com/Secondsunswe/) where he sings and plays guitar!”
Jakob Ljungberg also commented as follows: “It is with a heavy heart that I leave Tribulation. These last years have been among the best in my life, but they wore me out and now I have to continue life on different paths. Thanks to everyone involved - you made this journey spectacular, thanks to everyone that came up and said hi - it meant the world to me, thanks to everyone who believed in me - you made me believe in myself. Jonathan, Adam and Johannes: I love you. "The end of nights we tried to die - this is the end.””
But as every end is also a new beginning, TRIBULATION have already secured a new drummer in Oscar Leander and have further good news to spread: “After this period of silence, renewal and contemplation the time has now come to give you the new Tribulation! We have now fully immersed ourselves in the making of a new album that will be recorded at summer's end. We are very pleased to announce that Oscar Leander (previously in Deathstars) is our new drummer. He will make his first appearance with us on Muskelrock now on Thursday, June 1st! Are you ready? We are!”
Stay alert for TRIBULATION’s new studio album which is planned to be released early 2018.
6/1      Alvesta, SE - Muskelrock Festival
6/16    Dessel, BE - Graspop Metal Meeting
7/7      Idraetsvej, DK - Metal Magic Festival
8/25    Siegen, DE - Jomsviking Open Air
9/28    Hultsfred, SE - Mörkaste Småland Festzival
10/7    Hoogeveen, NL - Graveland Festival
* Please note that TRIBULATION’s previously announced appearance at Germany’s Bang Your Head festival has unfortunately been cancelled for 2017.
TRIBULATION line-up (from left to right in the above picture)
Adam Zaars – guitars
Johannes Andersson – vocals, bass
Oscar Leander – drums
Jonathan Hultén – guitars


JUNE 20th 2017

The highly-anticipated music lineup has been announced for Monster Energy Aftershock--California’s biggest rock festival--Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 at Discovery Park, near downtown Sacramento, CA.

Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne featuring Zakk Wylde, A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Run The Jewels, Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson, and Mastodon top a bill of more than 35 artists performing on three stages. .
Maynard James Keenan says, "I’m delighted to be completing my musical trifecta by returning to the Aftershock festival with A Perfect Circle. Join us for a celebratory glass or three at the Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden all weekend long.”
Marilyn Manson says, “A perfect time in the world to share a stage with Ozzy. Here comes the storm.”
The daily music lineup for Monster Energy Aftershock is as follows:
Saturday, October 21: Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Run The Jewels, Stone Sour, Mastodon, Gojira, Highly Suspect, Eagles of Death Metal, Tech N9ne, August Burns Red, Anti-Flag, Nothing More, Deap Vally, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Code Orange, Greta Van Fleet, While She Sleeps, Bleeker
Sunday, October 22: Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Halestorm, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Of Mice & Men, Suicidal Tendencies, Steel Panther, Beartooth, Starset, Fozzy, Power Trip, New Years Day, DED, Black Map, Them Evils
Monster Energy Aftershock founder Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents explains,  “Over the past five years, Aftershock has continued to grow as one of the most diverse rock experiences in America. We continue to push the limits this year with Nine Inch Nails and Ozzy Osbourne, along with artists like A Perfect Circle, Run The Jewels, Highly Suspect, Gojira and more.” He adds, "After the success we had with Caduceus wine at last year’s Aftershock, we continued the partnership with Maynard earlier this year at all of our spring festivals. I couldn’t be more excited to bring Caduceus Wine Garden back to Aftershock where it all began."
Single day and weekend tickets for Monster Energy Aftershock will be available at aftershockconcert.com starting on Friday, June 9 at Noon PT. Tickets and VIP packages start at the following prices. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save, as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks.
Thunder Valley Casino Resort VIP Lounge: VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into venue; shaded VIP hang area with seating for dining and video screens featuring live feed from main stages; VIP-only viewing area of main stage; upgraded food and drink selections (for additional purchase); dedicated VIP restrooms; and commemorative Aftershock laminate.
Eats: Food vendors at Monster Energy Aftershock include Angry Bird Grill • Bacon Mania Truck • Barrett’s Burgers • Barrett’s Sliders • Big Joe’s BBQ • Bubba’s BBQ • Cousins Maine Lobster Truck • Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream • Dog Town Dog Truck • Drewski’s Hot Rod Sandwiches Truck • Florez Mexican Restaurant • La Mex Taqueria Truck • Mac Attack • Monster Fries • Mt. Olympus • Sausage King • Smokin Hot Pizza • Spicy Pie Pizza • Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant.
Caduceus Wine Garden: This wine garden will highlight Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and PUSCIFER. Having already dove headfirst into this venture, Maynard found out from a distant relative that wine making is in his blood. His Great Grandfather, "Spirito" Marzo, had vineyards and made wine in Venaus, Italy, just North of Turino in Piemonte.
The Music Experience: The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rock star and you may even see one there, too! Come and meet your favorite band members from the festival at the Music Experience Tent. You can win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff, as well.
Website: http://themusicexperience.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMusicExp
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tmexp
Twitter: https://twitter.com/themusicxp
Take Me Home: Take Me Home (TMH) has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. TMH was founded as an animal rights advocacy foundation saving orphaned animals and striving to end animal overpopulation. TMH works in conjunction with shelters and rescues throughout California and beyond to help save animals on death row, on the streets, or in unsafe living conditions. Stop by their booth for custom gear and contribute to a great cause.
Website: www.takemehome.tv
Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live: The Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program is a wish-granting organization whose purpose is to try and enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring hope and inspiration to their lives. In doing this, we hope it can help give them a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day what they are battling. Through our extensive network of friends, supporters, and affiliates, we are able to reach out to individuals and present them with one of a kind experiences and opportunities that arise. We feel a Dyin 2 Live Dream can offer a source of inspiration for those undergoing difficult medical treatments and be a positive force that offers a life-changing impact not only on them, but also the family to overcome their obstacles. If you are currently fighting cancer or know of someone in the fight who could benefit from a Dyin 2 Live Dream, please submit your story and tell us why and how a Dyin 2 Live day would help. Also, anyone interested in being a supporter, volunteer, or donor, please contact us at mywish@dyin2live.org.
Website: www.Dyin2Live.org
Facebook: facebook.com/Dyin2LiveDreams or facebook.com/FxckCancerUSA
Monster Energy Aftershock’s economic impact to the Sacramento region exceeds $10 million. As part of its commitment to the Sacramento community, last year Monster Energy Aftershock made a $10,000 donation to Stanford Settlement in the Natomas area to support youth programs and other neighborhood services. In addition, festivalgoers contributed approximately $40,000 to charities including Take Me Home Animal Rescue and Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live. Aftershock partnered with Sacramento Parks to create awareness about water safety via the 2016 “Life Looks Good On You” campaign as well.
Monster Energy Aftershock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Northern Invasion, Houston Open Air, and more.
Sponsors for Monster Energy Aftershock include: Monster Energy, Coors Light, The Music Experience, Thunder Valley, Take Me Home, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live, Heavy Grass, BlackCraft Cult, El Jimador, Ace of Spades, Roadrunner Records, Century Media, Razor & Tie, Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, and Juxtapoz.
Website: http://aftershockconcert.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AftershockFestival
Twitter: http://twitter.com/aftershocksac
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aftershockconcert/

JUNE 20th 2017

NITRO makes its next move and this revelation is just as impressive as last week's when the band
revealed that VICTOR WOOTEN will be the bass player on the new NITRO album and a previous
announcement that drummer, CHRIS ADLER (Lamb of God), has joined the band.

Joining 'Team NITRO' is multi-GRAMMY Award nominee, KANE CHURKO, who's songwriting,
producing and engineering credentials are second-to-none. CHURKO has worked with Ozzy
Osborne, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Hellyeah, Papa Roach and more. In
addition to producing the new NITRO album, CHURKO will also be contributing his songwriting

"It's exciting to be part of NITRO's evolution and the opportunity to record a legendary vocalist such
as JIM GILLETTE was not one I wanted to pass up. We've had a lot of fun working on new music
together at The Hideout Recording Studio. I really think it's going to please old and new fans alike.
With such a phenomenal lineup, it should be evident that NITRO is back and ready to compete with
the best-of-the-best.", said CHURKO.

A release date for the new NITRO album, currently being recorded, is forthcoming. The band plans to debut a single from the new record along with a promotional video. Those, and other exciting announcements, are forthcoming.

JUNE 20th 2017

For the DRINKIN' WITH THE DEVIL official music video, VINCENT wanted the style to be similar to a
1960's / 1970's western movie. Filmed on location at J. LORRAINE GHOST TOWN in Manor, TX, a
true ghost town just a short drive from Austin which his publicist, SUZANNE PENLEY, discovered
after a month-long search.

Featuring: DAVID VINCENT (vocals & guitar), DANNY B. HARVEY (guitar), CHRIS BARNES
(upright bass), J.W. WADE (steel pedal guitar) and TOM LEWIS (drums).

The official music video was filmed, directed, edited and produced by JOSHUA ALLAN VARGAS
and co-produced by JVSTIN WHITNEY. An independent filmmaker who has directed/filmed over 40
music videos, VARGAS made national headlines in 2012 for his true crime biopic, "In A Madman's
World", a film detailing the life of Elmer Wayne Henley, the teenage accomplice of Houston's most
famous serial killer Dean Corll. While going through Henley's personal effects, VARGAS uncovered
not-yet-discovered evidence of another Corll victim. VARGAS also filmed and directed the soon-tobe-released heavy metal horror splattermovie, "HAIRMETAL SHOTGUN ZOMBIE MASSACRE: THE
MOVIE" in which VINCENT, TOM ARAYA (Slayer) and RANDY BLYTHE (Lamb of God) have
cameos in.


JUNE 20th 2017

Internationally celebrated heavy rock icons Mastodon have extended their U.S. headline tour starting on September 26 in Orlando, FL at Hard Rock Live with continued support from Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including the High Elevation Fest in Denver, CO and Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, KY. Mastodon will also be playing a series of headline shows in the U.K. this December including Brixton Academy in London, England on December 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 16 at 10:00 am local time. Tickets can be purchased at mastodonrocks.com/tour.

"Show Yourself," from the new album Emperor of Sand, remains in the Top 5 Active Rock Chart after several consecutive weeks. The album continues its ascent towards greater heights and is catching the attention of a new legion of fans:
"Emperor Of Sand... a further evolution of the band's fusion of metal and prog-rock interests. It's music of complexity and feeling." - The Los Angeles Times
"Deeply personal...There's immediacy to it, something intimate in the way it approaches life and death. Emperor Of Sand sees Mastodon laying their rock roots on the table. Mastodon's strength is in their ability to harness musical madness into a cohesive vision." - Nerdist
"There is only one band that can go from extreme metal to classic rock and somehow make it all sound seamless, and that band is Mastodon." - Alternative Press
Mastodon Fall Tour Dates:
# indicates festival date. All other dates are headline shows.
*w/o Eagles of Death Metal
#08/20              Las Vegas, NV                         Psycho Las Vegas Festival
#09/23              Denver, CO                              High Elevation Fest
09/26                Orlando, FL                              Hard Rock Live
09/27                Charleston, SC                         North Charleston Performance Arts Center
09/29                Knoxville, TN                            Civic Auditorium
#09/30              Louisville, KY                            Louder Than Life Festival
10/03                Raleigh, NC                              The Ritz
10/04                Charlotte, NC                            The Fillmore
10/06                Atlanta, GA                               The Fox Theater
#10/07              Camden, NJ                             Rock Allegiance Festival
10/09                Montreal, QC                            Metropolis
10/10                Rochester, NY                          The Armory
10/11                Grand Rapids, MI                      20 Monroe Live
*10/13              Oklahoma City, OK                   Diamond Ballroom
10/14                San Antonio, TX                        Aztec Theater
#10/15              Houston, TX                             Houston Open Air
10/17                Albuquerque, NM                      Historic El Rey Theater
10/19                San Diego, CA                          House of Blues
#10/21              Sacramento, CA                       Aftershock Festival
10/23                Boise, ID                                  Revolution Center
10/24                Spokane, WA                            Knitting Factory
10/25                Vancouver, BC                         Orpheum Theatre
UK December Tour Dates:
12/02                Cardiff, Wales                           Great Hall
12/04                Wolverhampton, England          Civic Hall
12/05                Nottingham, England                 Rock City
12/06                Newcastle, England                  Northumbria University
12/07                Glasgow, Scotland                    Barrowland
12/09                Manchester, England                Academy
12/10                London, England                       Brixton Academy

JUNE 20th 2017


A Perfect Circle, who recently wrapped up a sold out U.S. tour, return to the road this fall, kicking off a North American trek at the Aftershock festival on Oct. 21.

The band’s spring outing, their first U.S. tour in six years, began with a three-night stand at The Pearl in Las Vegas. “It was as if they never left, both in terms of the sharpness of their performance and the contemporary relevancy… of their catalog,” said the Las Vegas Review Journal in their review of the opening evening. As the band worked their way through the month of U.S. dates, Keenan dubbed the outing the “get to know ya/re-get to know ya” tour, a nod to the band’s hiatus and news of their forthcoming album. A Perfect Circle headlined Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock and Carolina Rebellion before concluding the tour with an “enthralling” (Orange County Register), “rapturous” (Buzzbands) sold out, debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl.

Tour dates:
October 21 Sacramento, CA  Aftershock Festival
October 23 Colorado Springs, CO  Broadmoor World Arena
October 25 Albuquerque, NM  Tingley Coliseum
October 26 El Paso, TX  Don Haskins Center
October 30 Knoxville, TN  Thompson-Boling Arena
November 1 Fairfax, VA  EagleBank Arena
November 2 Brooklyn, NY  Tidal Theater @ Barclays Center
November 4 Reading, PA  Santander Arena
November 5 Uncasville, CT  Mohegan Sun Arena
November 7 Camden, NJ  BB&T Pavilion
November 8 Boston, MA   Agganis Arena
November 10 Portland, ME  Cross Insurance Center
November 11 Albany, NY  Times Union Center
November 12 Syracuse, NY  The OnCenter Arena
November 14 Montreal, QC  Laval Centre
November 15 Toronto, ON  Air Canada Centre
November 17 Pittsburgh, PA  Petersen Events Center
November 18 Cleveland, OH  Wolstein Center
November 19 Highland Heights, KY  BB&T Arena
November 21 Detroit, MI  Fox Theatre
November 22 Grand Rapids, MI  The DeltaPlex Arena
November 24 Chicago, IL  UIC Pavilion
November 25 St. Paul, MN  Xcel EnergyCenter
November 28 Spokane, WA  Spokane Arena
November 30 Vancouver, BC  PNE Coliseum
December 1 Seattle, WA  Key Arena
December 2 Portland, OR  Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
December 4 Eugene, OR  Matthew Knight Center

Tickets for all non-festival shows are on-sale this Friday, June 23 at 10 am local time. VIP packages will be available simultaneously, for more details visit aperfectcircle.com. The Beta Machine opens on all dates.

The band’s current line-up is Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), James Iha (Tinted Windows, ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine)


JUNE 17th 2017

ORPHANED LAND are excited to reveal plans for a headlining North American tour later this fall following their featured performance at the prestigious ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, GA on September 6. The tour will feature support from Swedish industrial metal outfit PAIN and Chinese metallists' Voodoo Kungfu on select dates. See the above tour admat or find full dates listed at the bottom of this page. Tickets are on sale now!

Vocalist and founding member Kobi Farhi comments, "After 6 years of absence we are thrilled to be back and tour North America!we've missed all our fans all over the states and can't wait to rock you all. Let's all get ready for some Oriental Metal party!"

ORPHANED LAND recently celebrated their 25th year anniversary with a digital compilation featuring special versions of some of their most popular songs and previously unreleased material titled, "Orphaned Land & Friends".

PAIN release the following statement on their facebook page for fans to read:

"NORTH AMERICA! Finally!!!
This might be your only chance to see PAIN in North America ... ever..."

9/6    Atlanta, GA - Prog Power USA
9/7    Tampa, FL - Crowbar #
9/8    Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero #
9/9    Cincinnati, OH - Madfrog #
9/10    Frederick, MD - Cafe 611 ^  
9/11    New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre ^
9/12    Montreal, QC - Katacombes ^
9/13    Toronto, ON - Garrison ^
9/15    Chicago, IL - Wire ^
9/18    Seattle, WA - Studio Seven ^
9/20    Oakland, CA - Metro Opera House ^
9/21    Los Angeles, CA - Whisky A Go-Go ^
# with Voodoo Kungfu
^ with Pain & Voodoo Kungfu

JUNE 16th 2017


The initial band lineup has been announced for ShipRocked 2018, set for January 21-25, 2018 onboard Carnival Liberty. STONE SOUR, SEETHER, IN THIS MOMENT and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY lead a lineup of over a dozen bands slated to play the ninth edition of the annual vacation experience as it sails from Port Canaveral, Florida to Nassau and the private island of Half Moon Cay in The Bahamas.

STONE SOUR's Corey Taylor said: "Finally. We've been trying to make this happen for a long time. Now STONE SOUR is joining the ShipRocked party — and we hope you're all as excited as we are!! There's gonna be music, excitement, craziness and maybe — just maybe...somebody's goin' to get naked. Come join us on ShipRocked!!"

Adds SEETHER's Shaun Morgan: "We're really looking forward to being back on ShipRocked! We had a blast in 2016 and we intend to go even bigger on the next one!"


ShipRocked's resident all-star band THE STOWAWAYS returns in 2018 for a pair of special shows with its revolving cast of special guests, bringing a mix of classic hits, unexpected surprises, and a roster of performers that can't be seen anywhere else.

ShipRocked producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment says: "We are very proud that the ShipRocked experience continues to grow, and gets better and better with each sailing. This year, we're primed and ready to take our ninth voyage to infinity and beyond, combining two of our favorite things, space and great live rock music! Blasting off from Port Canaveral with an incredible lineup, 2018's mission will continue to push the limits and promises to be the most out of this world vacation yet, taking one small step for man, one giant leap for ShipRocker-kind!"

The ShipRocked 2018 pre-sale is sold out. Remaining staterooms for ShipRocked 2018 will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 20 at noon ET at ShipRocked.com.


JUNE 16th 2017



After months of incredible hard work, we are extremely proud to present our official horror video for 'Charles Francis Coghlan'. Together with director Rick Jacops, we have relentlessly pushed all creative limits to transport the viewer into another terrifying dimension. Everything you see is real and produced as well as co-directed by us. Prepare to be obsessed and possessed!

Video Credits
Produced by Carach Angren & Backstage Film Productions
Directed by Rick Jacops & Carach Angren
Actress: Amber Delahaye
Sound Design by Clemens Wijers Music Productions & Backstage Film Productions
Team: Brendan Gijzen, Stefan Wijers, Julien Wijers
Special thanks: Paul Kops, Ria Hendriks, Transportbedrijf Chris Wijers, Rick Simons, Het Leukermeer, Merith Rooden

ORDER NEW ALBUM HERE: www.carachangrenstore.com

JUNE 15th 2017

SEPTICFLESH are now revealing the first monumental song taken from their forthcoming tenth full-length, 'Codex Omega', which has been scheduled for release on the 1st of September.

SEPTICFLESH comment: "We are proud to present the first track from the upcoming album 'Codex Omega'. The song is appropriately entitled 'Dante's Inferno', acting as a gateway to hell... As it was inscribed on the top of the Hellgate in the famous poem by Dante Alighieri, 'Through me you pass into the city of woe; Through me you pass into eternal pain; Through me among the people lost for aye'. This is just the first glimpse, the entrance to our new album. Stay tuned as more will gradually be revealed with the release date of our new album getting closer... "

SEPTICFLESH are furthermore revealing the artwork, which has been created by frontman Seth and track-list of 'Codex Omega'. Both can be viewed below.

 1. Dante's Inferno (5:34)
2. 3rd Testament (Codex Omega) (4:08)
3. Portrait of a Headless Man (5:00)
4. Martyr (5:07)
5. Enemy of Truth (4:55)
6. Dark Art (5:24)
7. Our Church, Below the Sea (3:59)
8. Faceless Queen (5:20)
9. The Gospels of Fear (3:41)
10. Trinity (4:07)

SEPTICFLESH are painting an apocalyptic vision and make full use of their impressive musical palette consisting of death metal and orchestral colours on their tenth full-length, 'Codex Omega'.

From their alpha EP 'Temple of the Lost Race' that was released one year after their founding in 1990, the Greek musicians have pushed the limits of the metal genre and continued to explore new sonic path with every following release from their debut album 'Mystic Places of Dawn' (1994) to the stunning 'Sumerian Daemons' (2003), which have in the meantime all been re-issued by Season of Mist.

Yet SEPTICFLESH had clearly come into their own sound when they unleashed their celebrated comeback album after a five-year hiatus that re-charged their artistic batteries. 'Communion' (2008) offered a well-balanced amalgamation of metal elements that were freely drawn from the darker side of the genre including death, black, and gothic metal with epic orchestral arrangements. This symphonic excellence was based on guitarist Christos Antoniou bringing to bear the fruits of his academic studies of classical composition, which he passed with honours and distinction.

With a clear musical compass to navigate, SEPTICFLESH continued to explore their sound and the compositional possibilities of this new-found metal continent. 'The Great Mass' (2011) and 'Titan' (2014) saw the Greeks evolving at fast speed and at the same time gathering adherents as well as critical praise in ever growing numbers. Extended touring on both sides of the Atlantic and performances at about every important festival further consolidated the bands burgeoning status.

Although the biblical omega marks the end, SEPTICFLESH on the contrary are reaching their current peak with 'Codex Omega', an album that clearly witnesses the Greek visionaries having come to maturity and expert craftsmanship in every sense.

SEPTICFLESH are the undisputable masters of symphonic death metal and 'Codex Omega' is the perfect proof for this bold statement.

Seth Siro Anton: vocals, bass
Christos Antoniou: guitar, orchestration
Sotiris Anunnaki V: clear vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar
Kerim "Krimh" Lechner: drums

Guest musicians
Giannis Poupoulis: oud (on "Martyr" and "Faceless Queen")
Vahan Galstyan: duduk (on "Portrait of a Headless Man")

FILMharmonic Orchestra of Prague conducted by Adam Klemens

Soprani: Flora Tzini, Christina Alexiou, Margarita Papadimitriou
Alti: Antonia Despouli, Kandia Bouzioti, Kiriaki Trohani
Tenors: Michalis Platanias, Romanos Papadimitriou
Basses: Nikos Tsachalinas, Romanos Papadimitriou
Conducted by Margarita Papadimitriou

Zero Gravity Studios (Athens, Greece)
Smecky Studios (Prague, Czech Republic)
Fascination Street Studios (Stockholm, Sweden)

Produced by Jens Bogren and SEPTICFLESH
Sound engineer: Terry Nikas
Sound engineer for the orchestra recordings: Jan Holzner

Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios assisted by Linus Corneliusson
Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios
Style: Symphonic Death Metal
Cover art: Seth Siro Anton
Pre-sales: http://smarturl.it/SepticfleshCodex

Available formats
Collectors Box
Digipak CD
Gatefold double LP in various colours


JUNE 13th 2017

After months of public speculation on who will be playing bass on the new NITRO album, the band releases the following statement:

NITRO is proud, humbled and honored to finally tell fans and friends that VICTOR WOOTEN will be the guest bass player on the new NITRO album.  A five time GRAMMY Award winner and widely-recognized as the greatest living bass player in the world, WOOTEN is also a Resident Scholar of Performance at the prestigious BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC and has been running his own music retreat located near Nashville, TN for 18 years called VIX CAMPS.

CHRIS ADLER, states: "I have been in awe of Victor for many, many years. His musical gifts, which are second to none, are matched by his ability to inspire. I am giddy, humbled and amazed to have the chance to share music with, and learn from, him.  Hearing him play music - or even speak about playing music for that matter, is truly a gift.  Playing this material with him is mind blowing, listening to what he brings to this is game-changing."

"Victor is the best-of-the-best! He is a legendary musician and the most amazing bass player I've ever heard. Beyond excited is an understatement. We can't wait for everyone to hear what we're coming up with.", says MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO.

JIM GILLETTE adds: "To have Victor on board is a dream come true. The caliber of musicianship is beyond anything the metal community has ever experienced. This takes the term 'Super Group' to a whole new level. The metal gods are definitely watching over us."

A release date for the new NITRO album, currently being recorded, is forthcoming. The band plans to debut a single from the new record, along with a promotional video, within the next two weeks. Those, and other exciting announcements, are upcoming.

JUNE 7th 2017

The line-up is finally here! American Satan presents The Summer Slaughter Tour 2017 featuring The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail, Origin, Rings of Saturn, BETRAYING THE MARTYRS, Lorna Shore and The Faceless!

MAY 27th 2017
British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN used their performance in Cardiff on Wednesday night to pay tribute to the people who died in Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester.

While introducing one of the songs from the band's latest album, "The Book Of Souls", MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson told the crowd: "There are various people running around the world at the moment with their fingers on various buttons and all this bullshit. It makes you wonder a little bit as to whether or not we are entirely safe in the hands of lunatics. But regardless of all that, we feel entirely safe in the hands of the eight thousand lunatics here tonight.

"The main fact of life at an IRON MAIDEN show is that we don't care where you're from, we don't care what religion you are, we don't care what color you are and we don't care what you had for breakfast. If you are here tonight, then, frankly, we all come in peace, all right?

"So, with respect to the — I'm only gonna refer to it probably once — the awful shit that happened the other night in Manchester, the biggest response that we can make to the bullshit and the people who want to hate and who want to destroy is to give them back love and joy and rock and roll."

Eariler in the week, IRON MAIDEN issued a statement expressing the band's shock at the Manchester terror attack, but promising fans that their remaining U.K. dates would go ahead.

The legendary heavy metal band has two more shows left on its U.K. tour: at London's O2 Arena on Saturday and Sunday.

The O2 has released a statement advising fans to turn up early. It reads: "Enhanced security is in place for all events. Please head down early and pack light as we only accept small bags into the area.

"Along with everyone else, we are shocked and saddened by the terrible tragedy in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their families."

IRON MAIDEN's "The Book Of Souls" world tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in June and July. Support on the trek will come from GHOST.


MAY 25th 2017

GUNS N' ROSES will electrify fans into the fall, announcing today a series of fifteen additional North American Stadium and Arena stops on their ongoing worldwide "Not In This Lifetime" tour. Produced by Live Nation, the exhilarating global phenomenon is letting fans get closer with a newly added round of arena shows throughout the U.S. and Canada including stops at New York's famed Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles's Forum and Staples Center over Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to the arena shows, a larger-than-life performance for the people of Little Rock, Arkansas has been added on August 5 at War Memorial Stadium. Tickets for the new Stadium and Arena dates go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, June 3. Exclusive GUNS N' ROSES VIP packages available for North American dates at vipnation.com.

Special guests for the colossal stadium shows have also been revealed including ZZ TOP on the El Paso, Texas and San Antonio, Texas dates; DEFTONES on the St. Louis, Missouri and Minneapolis, Minnesota dates; Sturgill Simpson on the Denver, Colorado, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Miami, Florida dates; ROYAL BLOOD on the Vancouver, British Columbia and George, Wasshington dates; LĪVE on the Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Hershey, Pennsylvania dates; and OUR LADY PEACE on the Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Edmonton, Alberta dates.

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the "Not In This Lifetime" tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. local time until Friday, June 2 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass program. AT&T is sending customers to the front of the line with AT&T priority pre-sale ticket access beginning on Thursday, June 1 at 10 a.m. local time through Friday, June 2 at 10 p.m. local time via the AT&T THANKS program. Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, June 3.

Previously announced GUNS N' ROSES North American tour dates:

Jul. 27 - St. Louis, MO @ The Dome At America's Center +
Jul. 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium +
Aug. 02 - Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High **
Aug. 05 - Little Rock @ AK **
Aug. 08 - Miami, FL @ Miami Marlins Stadium **
Aug. 11 - Winston-Salem, NC @ BB&T Field at Wake Forest University ++
Aug. 13 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium ++
Aug. 16 - Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
Aug. 19 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau ^
Aug. 21 - Ottawa, ON @ TD Place Stadium ^
Aug. 24 - Winnipeg, MB @ Investors Group Field ^
Aug. 27 - Regina, SK @ New Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place
Aug. 30 - Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium ^
Sep. 01 - Vancouver, BC @ BC Place Stadium *
Sep. 03 - George, WA @ The Gorge *
Sep. 06 - El Paso, TX @ Sun Bowl Stadium ***
Sep. 08 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome ***

*** With ZZ TOP
++ With LĪVE

Newly added GUNS N' ROSES North American tour dates:

Oct. 08 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 11 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Oct. 15 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Oct. 22 - Boston, MA TD @ Garden
Oct. 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 29 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 02 - Detroit, MI @ Little Caesers Arena
Nov. 06 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
Nov. 10 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Nov. 14 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Nov. 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Nov. 21 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Nov. 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Nov. 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Foru


MAY 18th 2017

CARACH ANGREN are premiering the third amazing track of their forthcoming new album, 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten' in the shape of a stunning animated video with lyrics, which has been created by renowned Romanian artist, Costin Chioreanu.

The Dutch masters of horror metal will release 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten' on  June 16th.

The animated video for the song "Blood Queen" is now streaming via the Season of Mist video channel and may be freely spread. Check out the video below:

CARACH ANGREN comment: "We are extremely proud to present you the horror that is 'Blood Queen'. This cruel and sad tale surrounding her fate that we have brought alive in an intense musical is now wrenching your gut through the incredibly imagery created by Costin Chioreanu. He has given our dark vision a more than fitting frame. This clip is more than just another 'lyric video' but an artistic merger of song and image. We are proud that our work of passion also led to Costin really outdoing himself once again."

On further news, CARACH ANGREN have just been nominated in the "newcomer" category of the prestigious German Metal Hammer Awards for the 2017 edition. The ceremony will take place at the Kesselhaus in Berlin, Germany on September 15th.

More information can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/mkme8mj
Tickets are available at this link: www.metal-hammer.de/tickets


MAY 18th 2017
BBC Sources have released early this morning that Chris Cornell's death is being investigated as a possible suicide, Detroit Police have told the BBC.

The singer died at the age of 52 after a concert in Detroit on Wednesday evening, his representatives announced.

In a statement, Cornell's representative Brian Bumbery said his death was "sudden and unexpected".

It also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

Cornell died shortly after playing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit on Wednesday evening. A spokesperson for Detroit Police confirmed to the BBC that they received a call just after midnight (05:00 BST).

"He was found on the bathroom floor, our medical unit were called and he was pronounced dead on scene," a spokesperson said. "A family friend went to go check on him and observed him on the bathroom floor. The body was transferred to the medical examiner's office and the cause of death will be determined.







MAY 16th 2017
To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their classic album, Colors, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will embark upon a special tour this September/October, which will see the band perform the record in its entirety! The Colors Ten Year Anniversary Tour features support from The Contortionist, Polyphia, and Toothgrinder.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME comments: "Colors was our statement of rebellion. We were challenging how others identified us in the context of heavy metal, and ultimately, we were challenging how we identified ourselves. It was some kind of musical manifesto, in which we found new purpose and direction simply by throwing caution to the wind and purging every ounce of creative energy we had, regardless of how unhinged it may have seemed at the time. Ten years have passed and we are lucky enough to be able to play this album from front to back on stage for our amazing fans. See you all soon!"

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, May 19th at 10:00am local time. Check local listings for details or visit @BTBAMOfficial on Facebook.
9/07/2017 Center Stage @ Prog Power USA XVIII - Atlanta, GA
w/ The Contortionist, Polyphia, Toothgrinder:
9/21/2017 Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
9/22/2017 Baltimore Sound Stage - Baltimore, MD
9/23/2017 The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
9/24/2017 Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
9/26/2017 Mr. Small's Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
9/27/2017 The Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
9/28/2017 Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
9/29/2017 Opera House - Toronto, ON
9/30/2017 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
10/02/2017 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
10/03/2017 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
10/04/2017 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
10/06/2017 The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
10/07/2017 El Rey - Los Angeles, CA
10/08/2017 Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
10/09/2017 SOMA - San Diego, CA
10/10/2017 Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
10/12/2017 Trees - Dallas, TX
10/14/2017 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
10/15/2017 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
10/17/2017 Culture Room - Ft Lauderdale, FL
10/18/2017 State Theatre - St Petersburg, FL
10/19/2017 The Plaza Live - Orlando, FL
10/20/2017 The Masquerade (Heaven) - Atlanta, GA
10/21/2017 Neighborhood Theater - Charlotte, NC

MAY 14th 2017 
AVIATOR SHADES are back with the debut video release "BURN IT DOWN" from
their forthcoming album “This Is What We Do” due out in 2017. “This Is What We
Do” is the follow-up album to AVIATOR SHADES 2014 album “Ready to Blow”.

For those unaware, AVIATOR SHADES are a 4-piece melodic hard rock band from
Vancouver, Canada. Formed in 2012 by Irish-born Dave Gorman (Lead Vocals/Bass)
and completed in 2013 with Shaun Michael Thackeray (Lead Guitar/Vocals), George
Baker (Lead Guitar/Vocals) and Spencer Tomlinson (Drums).

AVIATOR SHADES have developed their sound and groove while blending influences
AVIATOR SHADES music drips in feel and conviction along with great melodies and
strong hooks. AVIATOR SHADES have had the pleasure of supporting APRIL WINE, HALESTORM,

AVIATOR SHADES are ready to break it nationally and beyond in 2017 starting with
the release of the single "BURN IT DOWN" produced by the legendary Mike Fraser
(AC/DC - Aerosmith) and Danny Craig (One Bad Son - Default).

“The Burn it Down Western Canadian Tour” begins May.4 in Kamloops, BC and
ends in White Rock, BC May 20th. A more complete tour is in the works for later 2017.
Check out the video now for "BURN IT DOWN"

APRIL 25th 2017 

CARACH ANGREN are streaming the next wicked track of their forthcoming new album, 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten'. The Dutch masters of horror metal have slated this haunting for June 16th.

"Charlie" is now streaming below:

CARACH ANGREN comment: "We proudly present the next track from our upcoming album 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten' called 'Charlie'. It will draw you right into the first chapter of an unsettling journey, setting an ominous dark paranormal tone. 'Charlie' has everything and more of what you may expect from us: a darkness brought forth by unsettling haunting melodies, piercing riffs, and bloodcurdling storytelling."

1. Opening (2:17)
2. Charlie (4:10)
3. Bloodqueen (4:55)
4. Charles Francis Coghlan (6:07)
5. Song for the Dead (4:16)
6. In De Naam Van De Duivel (6:29)
7. Pitch Black Box (3:17)
8. The Possession Process (4:27)
9. Three Times Thunder Strikes (5:19)

The Dutch masters of horror are back with their most flamboyant album so far. On 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten', CARACH ANGREN are painting musical pictures that easily combine the grandiose depth of a Rembrandt with Van Gogh's maelstrom of whirling colours and the utter madness of Bosch. This lusciously seductive danse macabre will drag you in and never let go.

CARACH ANGREN have employed all the sonic colours on their palette to dazzling effect. Their trademark whipping guitars are weaving harsh melodies and sinister soundscapes, which are beautifully contrasted by opulent keyboards and majestic orchestrations. That Till Lindemann (RAMMSTEIN) and Peter Tägtgren (PAIN) have called upon the composition talent of Clemens "Ardek" Wijers is a telling sign of his outstanding mastery of the craft. Another signatory counterpoint is provided by Seregor's fierce rasping and shrieking vocals. Adding to the impact, Namtar has become a relentless driving force with his hard hitting yet intricate drumming. Each track on this album is a highlight on its own, while combined 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten' simply shines.

CARACH ANGREN set out to tell ghost-stories with a set of paranormal cases recorded on the demo 'The Chase Vault Tragedy' (2004). This was soon followed by the official release of the 'Ethereal Veiled Existence' EP (2005) as a prelude to the haunting 'Lammendam' (2008). The Dutch had a clear vision of combining a dark baroque style of metal with horror based lyrical concepts. Their sophomore full-length 'Death Came through a Phantom Ship' (2010) witnessed the band setting sail to bring their eccentric and capturing live performances to audiences and festivals all over Europe. In the wake of third album 'Where the Corpses Sink Forever' (2012), the haunting had reached the Americas and started to spread rapidly. This recorded added a serious side to the lyrics of CARACH ANGREN. While firmly remaining in the horror genre, their tales revolve around the evils of war. This mature streak was taken a step further with the fourth full-length 'This Is No Fairytale', which is on the surface a darker variation of the "Hansel and Gretel" story from the Brothers Grimm collection, but also deals with the too real topic of child abuse in a dysfunctional family.

With 'Dance and Laugh amongst the Rotten', CARACH ANGREN are returning to "pure" storytelling with episodes that are centered on a girl playing a little too long with her Ouija board. The Dutch have pushed their unashamedly theatric style to a new intense height. You do not believe us yet? Press play and unleash these radiant ghosts into your home…

Seregor: vocals, guitars
Ardek: keyboards, orchestra
Namtar: drums
Guitars on tracks 2, 3, 4 written by Seregor
Guitars on tracks 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 written by Ardek & Seregor
Bass written by Ardek

Guest musicians
Nikos Mavridis: solo violin on tracks 3, 4, 9
Patrick Damiani: all guitars and bass guitar

Vocals & keys recording: Clemens Wijers Music Productions, The Netherlands
Drums recording: Abyss Studio, Sweden
Guitars & bass recording: Patrick Damiani, Tidal Wave Studio, Germany

Mixing: Peter Tägtgren, Abyss Studio, Sweden

Mastering: Jonas Kjellgren, Black Lounge Studio, Sweden



APRIL 25th 2017


Guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) of Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR spoke to Metal Shock Finland about the progress of the mixing sessions for the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2010's "Abrahadabra" album. "We're in the middle of it at the moment, but I would say it has even more variation than any of our previous albums," he said. "It's more epic and symphonic, it's more brutal, it's more black metal, it's more primitive. It includes everything that we are known for, and what's even better about it is that it has just come so easy. The challenge for us is always to shave off the stuff that we think is not good enough. So coming up with material is never really any problem; it's just to figure out which parts to use for songs. That's the challenge — to shave off the fat."

Asked if DIMMU BORGIR once again worked with British producer Russ Russell on the new album, Silenoz said: "This time, we have gone to Fascination Street Studios in Sweden with Jens Bogren. We felt it was time to just do something more organic for this type of a record, for this type of material we have, and to see what we could get out of his production skills, because we have always been fans of his mixes. We've also grown tired of all the digital type of sounding albums that come out here and there all the time. So we wanna go back to the roots in the sense that a drum kit should sound like a drum kit and a guitar should sound like a guitar and vice versa — you get my point. That's what we wanted to do this time."

In terms of the actual songwriting for the new album, Silenoz revealed that "I've done all the lyrics again, but for the musical part, I think we managed to split that pretty much three ways between Galder [guitar], Shagrath [vocals] and myself."

He continued: "After so many years being in a band together, you kind of know your spot really well — you know what your strengths are, what maybe your weaknesses are — and you kind of feed off each other's strengths instead of each other's insecurities. But, of course, being three alpha males in the kitchen, it always causes for a bit of a foodfight. But it shouldn't come easy all the time. It should be somewhat of a creative tension. I think that works in pretty much every artistic environment."

While Silenoz couldn't provide a firm release date for the new DIMMU BORGIR album, he predicted that the record would arrive before the end of the year. "If we keep somewhat to the schedule that we have in mind, I would personally estimate late summer, early fall release, if everything goes as planned," he said. "But it also comes down to timing and what the label thinks is smart strategically."

"It sucks to be sitting on this for another few months before people get to hear it, but I think once the fans sit down and actually listen to this album for real, they will understand that, okay, yeah, it sucked waiting for this for so many years, but it was definitely worth the wait," he added.

DIMMU BORGIR's new DVD, "Forces Of The Northern Night", will be released on April 14 via Nuclear Blast. The set will contain two of the band's live performances: their legendary show in Oslo, presenting DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as their entire performance at Wacken Open Air festival in 2012 in Wacken, Germany with almost a hundred musicians on stage.

APRIL 25th 2017


IN THIS MOMENT is currently criss-crossing North American on a mostly sold-out tour with MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and AVATAR, bringing its one-of-kind, burlesque-like show and visually captivating theatrics to thrilled fans and holding their rapt attention from start to finish.

The band has revealed its summer tour plans, confirming that it will continue to tour with MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, along with VIMIC and LITTLE MISS NASTY, in June, through July and into August. STARSET will appear on a handful of dates. Additionally, IN THIS MOMENT will support AVENGED SEVENFOLD on June 19 and PAPA ROACH on June 23.

IN THIS MOMENT summer 2017 tour:

Jun. 19 - Mt Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino *
Jun. 20 - Peoria, IL - Limelight %
Jun. 21 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall #
Jun. 23 - El Paso, TX - Streetfest &
Jun. 24 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion #
Jun. 25 - Abilene, TX - Abilene Civic Center #
Jun. 27 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom %
Jun. 28 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Jul. 01 - North Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
Jul. 02 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Jul. 03 - Lancaster, PA - Freedom Hall %
Jul. 05 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
Jul. 07 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park Convention Hall
Jul. 11 - Rockford, IL - Coronado Theatre
Jul. 12 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheater
Jul. 14 - Mansfield, OH - Ink in the Clink
Jul. 15 - Inwood, WV - Shiley Acres Farm ^
Jul. 19 - Little Rock, AR - Metroplex %
Jul. 21 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom
Jul. 23 - Midland, TX - La Hacienda Center
Jul. 25 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
Jul. 26 - Des Moines, IA - 7 Flags Event Center
Jul. 28 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater
Jul. 29 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Auditorium
Jul. 30 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Civic Auditorium
Aug. 01 - Bismarck, ND - Bismarck Event Center
Aug. 03 - Billings, MT - Shrine Auditorium
Aug. 04 - Sturgis, SD - Ironhorse Saloon
Aug. 05 - Lincoln, NE - Centennial Mall & M Street

& Supporting PAPA ROACH

IN THIS MOMENT has completed work on the follow-up to 2014's "Black Widow" album and is planning a tentative summer release for the disc. Guitarist Chris Howorth told "The Cutting Edge Countdown" that a first single will likely arrive before the end of the month, adding that the album is "different and cool and I think it's a different step for us but that I think our fans are really gonna like."

Howorth said about the new CD's direction: "Stylistically, I think we went a little bit more raw, you know — like, not so much campiness like 'Sex Metal Barbie'. Not that there was anything wrong with that — we're always trying to experiment and do something different — but it's more serious, I guess, and a little more stripped down."

IN THIS MOMENT kicked off a new North American tour, dubbed the "Half God Half Devil" trek, on April 7 in Milwaukee. The road trip continues until May 6, where it ends at the Carolina Rebellion festiva

APRIL 25th 2017


Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will return to North America this August and September for "The Ultimate Principle Tour" with LACUNA COIL, INSOMNIUM and ELANTRIS.

EPICA frontwoman Simone Simons and EPICA guitar player Isaac Delahaye comment: "You asked for more, you'll get more! After all the great reactions we got on our latest album, 'The Holographic Principle', and the amazing North American tour we've done end of last year, we're really stoked to come back to your side of the planet so soon again. Bigger venues, bigger production, we're ready to give you all we've got. Not to mention the absolutely killer bands we're bringing over with us! I'm genuinely looking forward to play for you and to see you all rocking out with us. See you all soon!"

"The Ultimate Principle Tour" dates:

Aug. 31 - Royale Boston, MA
Sep. 01 - Metropolis Montreal, QC
Sep. 02 - Imperial Theater Quebec City, QC
Sep. 03 - Opera House Toronto, ON
Sep. 05 - The Agora Theatre Cleveland, OH
Sep. 06 - The Forge Joliet, IL
Sep. 08 - Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Sep. 09 - The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Sep. 11 - The Showbox Seattle, WA
Sep. 12 - The Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
Sep. 14 - The UC Theater Berkeley, CA
Sep. 15 - The NOVO Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 16 - The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
Sep. 17 - Marquee Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 19 - Alamo Music Hall San Antonio, TX
Sep. 20 - Gas Monkey Live! Dallas, TX
Sep. 21 - Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Sep. 23 - Revolution Live Ft Lauderdale, FL
Sep. 24 - The Plaza Live Orlando, FL
Sep. 25 - Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Sep. 27 - Ram's Head Live! Baltimore, MD
Sep. 28 - Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Sep. 29 - Playstation Theater New York, NY

VIP tickets for this tour, including a meet-and-greet, photo opportunity with the band, exclusive merchandise and more, are on sale now through www.epica.vip. General admission tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

"The Holographic Principle" was released on September 30, 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Asked how the heavier-sounding tracks on "The Holographic Principle" have been going over live on the band's current tour, Simone told A Music Blog, Yea!: "Amazing. There are some songs, like 'Beyond The Matrix' and 'Ascension', that just are really made to be live songs. And that's also a little bit how we kind of went about when we were writing the songs and finalizing them together with our producer, Joost [Van Den Broek], that we wanted these songs to become live songs. But then when we're on the stages, songs like 'Ascension' and 'Beyond The Matrix' [and] 'Divide And Conquer' are amazing live songs. The fans also really welcome those and go crazy. Yesterday, we had so many brutal-looking metalheads jumping up and down during 'Beyond The Matrix'. I'm, like, 'That's a pretty gay song, but okay.' [Laughs]"

APRIL 25th 2017

 Swedish Melodic Death Metal innovators DARK TRANQUILLITY are pleased to announce their return to North American soil; this time taking form as a month long headlining tour. The band continues to support their latest studio album, Atoma, and have been touring worldwide on the strength of the 2016 release. Joining Dark Tranquillity on these upcoming shows in the US & Canada are veteran thrashers Warbringer and heavy metal rebels Striker.

There are both regular tickets available as well as special VIP packages including a meet and greet with the band and a poster. Tickets & VIP packages for all shows are available now via the following link: http://www.enterthevault.com/artist.php?id=451
DARK TRANQUILLITY - "Forward Momentum" (Official Video)
Official Website: www.darktranquillity.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dtofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dtofficial
Instagram: www.instagram.com/darktranquillityofficial

DARK TRANQUILLITY - North American Headlining Tour
September 6th - Margate, FL @ O'Malley's
September 7th - Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
September 8th - Tampa FL @ The Orpheum
September 9th - Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall   
September 10th - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground    
September 11th - Durham, NC @ Motorco         
September 12th - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade         
September 13th - Halethorpe, MD @ Fish Head Cantina           
September 14th - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance    
September 15th - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre    
September 16th - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium        
September 17th - Montreal, QC @ FouFounes
September 18th - Toronto, ON @ MOD Club   
September 19th - Westland, MI @ Token Lounge          
September 20th - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
September 21st - Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge          
September 22nd - Minneapolis MN @ The Cabooze       
September 23rd - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre            
September 24th - Regina, SK @ The Exchange   
September 25th - Calgary, AB @ Dickens           
September 26th - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room  
September 28th - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater  
September 29th - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon      
September 30th - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre   
October 1st - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's    
October 2nd - West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go   
October 3rd - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
October 4th - Tempe, AZ @ Club Red          
October 5th - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls      
October 6th - San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald's          
October 7th - Dallas, TX @ Trees

APRIL 20th 2017 
Legendary Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein continues his domination with the launching of Abominate The World Tour 2017 with Davey Suicide. Launching June 1st in Raleigh, NC, the tour will wind south into Florida and Louisiana, then into California before heading East to finish in Niagra Falls, NY.

Abominate The World Tour 2017 Dates:
06/01 @ The Maywood - Raleigh, NC
06/02 @ Ground Zero - Spartansburg, SC
06/03 @ Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
06/04 @ Nichthawks - Jacksonville, FL
06/05 @ Respectables - West Palm Beach, FL
06/06 @ The Haven - Winter Park, FL
06/07 @ The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
06/08 @ Southpark Music Hall - New Orleans, LA
06/10 @ The Rock Box - San Antonio, TX
06/11 @ Trees - Dallas, TX
06/12 @ Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
06/1 @ Scout Bar - Houston, TX
06/14 @ Thunder Alley - Oklahoma City, OK
06/16 @ Club Red - Mesa, AZ
06/17 @ Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
06/18 @ Malone's - Santa Ana, CA
06/19 @ Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, NV
06/20 @ Liquid Joe's - Salt Lake City, UT
06/21 @ Sunshine Studios - Colorado Springs, CO
06/22 @ Aftershock - Merriam, KS
06/23 @ RT Quinnians - Duluth, MN
06/24 @ The Reverb - Waterloo, IA
06/25 @ Home Bar - Arlington Heights, IL
06/26 @ Frankie's - Toledo, OH
06/28 @ Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
06/29 @ Evening Star Hall - Niagra Falls, NY

APRIL 14th 2017 

Due to "unforeseen circumstances," KORN bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu will be unable to make the band's upcoming South American tour in late April. Filling in for him will be Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of METALLICA's Robert Trujillo and member of NorCal group THE HELMETS.

Says KORN in a statement: "We are bummed Fieldy can't join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May."

Tye Trujillo will play the following shows with KORN:

April 17 - Gran Carpa de las Américas - Bogota, Colombia
April 19 - Espaço Das Américas - São Paulo, Brazil
April 21 - Live Curitiba - Curitiba, Brazil
April 23 - Pepsi On Stage - Porto Alegre, Brazil
April 25 - Estadio Malvinas Argentinas - Paternal, Argentina
April 27 - Teatro Caupolican - Santiago, Chile

Fieldy will rejoin his KORN bandmates at the Carolina Rebellion festival on May 6.

The 52-year-old METALLICA bassist told The Huffington Post about Tye: "My son is an amazing bass player and a really great writer. The bass lines that he's writing and the riffs, I'm like, 'Man, I wish I had written that.' He's coming up with stuff on his own, but he's also been influenced by players like Jaco Pastorius, but also Miles Davis or BLACK SABBATH or LED ZEPPELIN. We even listen to bands like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and TOOL. He's like a sponge. He loves funk. He loves James Brown, he's this little 12-year-old who's soaking up and embracing all this different music and I can tell that it's helping him creatively in what he's writing with his band."

Tye reportedly started picking up the guitar when he was about six or seven years old. "He's great. He has his own ideas, and if I help him through a song, it's usually with arranging," Robert told Today Online. "It's a beautiful thing to see him confident in what he does... and when he has an exciting idea. It makes me happy. I am always there to advise him, but it's perfect because the strength of the songs he writes are the strength of his ideas."

THE HELMETS cite their influences as TOOL, ALICE IN CHAINS and METALLICA. And they're quite vocal about their hatred of pop music.

"We hate pop, we despise it," Tye Trujillo told Billboard last year. "It's all the same sound.

APRIL 14th 2017


The first of three webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Paris", the new concert DVD and Blu-ray from German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN, can be seen below. Due on May 19, the set was recorded in March 2012 at the then-named Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris (now AccorHotels Arena) during RAMMSTEIN's "Made In Germany" tour, and was helmed by the band's longtime collaborator, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund. Åkerlund has also worked with METALLICA, SATYRICON, MADONNA and THE PRODIGY, among others.

21 years down the line, with the original lineup, the six East Berliners stand at the very apex of the rock world, achieving album and DVD sales in the millions, headlining festivals and major venues around the world and selling out shows in record time (the band's bill-topping appearance at New York's Madison Square Garden saw the 20,000 seats snapped up in just 20 minutes!)

Trafalgar Releasing had worldwide rights to "Paris" excluding Germany, Austria and Switzerland (which were distributed by NFP). The top-performing territories for Trafalgar Releasing were Russia, Latin America and Poland, helping to achieve over $1 million for the outfit. NFP's territories saw a grossing of almost $1.2 million across two screening dates, coming in second on Germany's weekend box office.

"Paris" has become one of Trafalgar Releasing's top music events following the worldwide screenings of "Roger Waters: The Wall" (which made almost $5 million at the global box office with top performing territories including Italy, Latin America, Czech Republic, France and Germany) and "One More Time With Feeling With Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds" (from acclaimed director Andrew Dominik, which achieved over $2.2 million). 2017 has also seen Trafalgar Releasing (in partnership with CinEvents) screen across the U.K. and selected European territories, a targeted release of "Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" (alongside a new interview with the drummer from David Bowie's band produced by MOJO magazine), which made an impressive $240,000 from just 200 screens.

Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing, has said on the success: "It was great to work so closely with RAMMSTEIN's management team on the release of 'Paris' — they helped us talk directly to the passionate fan base of the band, who came out to celebrate this truly unique event. We look forward to working on similar kinds of projects in the future and bringing music events to the big screen around the world.

APRIL 14th 2017


Former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) will join forces with guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN) to perform classic MORBID ANGEL songs under the I AM MORBID banner.

The new band, which will play material from MORBID ANGEL's "Altars Of Madness" (1989), "Blessed Are The Sick" (1991), "Covenant" (1993) and "Domination" (1995) albums, will perform five shows in Russia in late May, followed by fourteen dates in the rest of Europe. The tour, whcih is presented by The Flaming Arts Agency, will feature NECROPHAGIA as direct support.

Tour dates/locations:

May 23 - Krasnodar (Russia)
May 24 - Samara (Russia)
May 25 - Ekaterinburg (Russia)
May 26 - Moscow (Russia)
May 27 - St. Petersburg (Russia)
May 29 - Bielsko-Biala (Poland)
May 30 - Kosice (Slovakia)
May 31 - Budapest (Hungary)
Jun. 01 - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Jun. 02 - Venice (Italy)
Jun. 03 - Lyss (Switzerland)
Jun. 05 - [to be announced]
Jun. 06 - Munich (Germany)
Jun. 07 - Erfurt (Germany)
Jun. 08 - Flensburg (Germany)
Jun. 09 - Den Haag (Netherlands)
Jun. 10 - Tilburg (Netherlands)
Jun. 11 - Leipzig (Germany)
Jun. 12 - Oberhausen (Germany)

Vincent recently told Ghost Cult about I AM MORBID: "It's been discussed off and on for a few years now, but, as they say, actions speak louder than words. While it was exciting to discuss, it was held off for a few years until I decided to go through some personal changes in my life, and really absorb the possibility of it happening. I went ahead and focused on my roots music, but this kept lingering, and now it's time for I AM MORBID to finally happen."

Regarding the I AM MORBID setlist, Vincent said: "Like everything I do, I want to make this special. This is very different from MORBID ANGEL. If you want to see a MORBID ANGEL show, you know where to go, but this isn't it. I'm only going to be performing songs that I wrote on this tour. If I didn't write it, we aren't playing it. We are going to throw in things, here or there, to make things more unique, but it's going to be one brutal show. I can promise you that.

APRIL 12th 2017
ASK4 Entertainment--the creator and producer of ShipRocked--announces the first annual Metal Maya, a 4-day all-inclusive heavy metal destination festival vacation from October 29 - November 2 at the luxurious Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, just south of Cancun in the paradise of Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Metal Maya is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (also known as Day Of The Dead and “Hanal Pixán” to the Mayans of Yucatan Peninsula) and will feature performances from a dozen bands in a tropical paradise. The initial music lineup includes: Anthrax, Overkill, Superjoint (with Philip Anselmo), heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance,  Death Angel, Otep, and Tim “Ripper” Owens, with more bands to be announced. The Metal Allegiance band will include Phil Demmel (Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Mark Menghi, Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, The Neal Morse Band), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste), and more special guests. Metal Maya will be hosted by SiriusXM’s own Jose Mangin.
Metal Maya packages start at only $1399 per person and go on sale Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 PM ET at www.MetalMaya.com.
"I've been going down to Riviera Cancun for a few years now, and it's one of my favorite places," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "And now, to go down there and play, and have some fun, and enjoy the weather?! This is going to be an awesome event! I'm really excited about it and I think that everyone's going to have a great time. We're all going to be at a place where the weather's beautiful, the ocean's there, the drinks are pouring, the metal is blasting, and your favorite bands are playing. Can't wait to see you there!"
Metal Maya host Jose Mangin of SiriusXM and Affliction said, “Far beyond honored to host this first of its kind Metal-themed vacation with so many killer bands, friends…and in gorgeous Mexico on Halloween?! I love how exotic our Metal world is getting, and look forward to partying among the living…and with the spirits of the dead! Under the serpent sun…we shall MOSH!”
Metal Maya guests will enjoy luxury accommodations, and tickets include gourmet meals, and all beverages (including alcohol). The all-inclusive heavy metal dest-fest vacation will feature bands performing on multiple stages in an intimate environment with only 1,000 guests (with two performances each from Anthrax, Overkill, Superjoint and heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance), artist-hosted events, onsite activities, excursions and tours (available for additional fees), theme nights and more.
Guests will enjoy festive celebrations on both Halloween (October 31) and the traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos (November 1) when guests are encouraged to dress up in calaca (skull) masks and sugar skull makeup.
Metal Maya producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment said, “ASK4 Entertainment is thrilled to launch the inaugural Metal Maya, a first of its kind dest-fest vacation for the most devout and righteous music fans on the planet, against the backdrop of Mexican paradise at the world-class Now Sapphire Rivera Cancun resort.  We plan to summon the dark spirits of Halloween, celebrate Día de los Muertos, and pay tribute to our Metal Gods, with an incredible lineup of metal greats! And we’ll probably step up to the altar of indulgence for several Lemmys (Jack & Cokes) between the shows, pools, and the beach!”
Ground transportation from Cancun airport is included with all Metal Maya vacation packages. In addition, for those who want to extend their stay at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, discounted rooms will be available to Metal Maya guests just before and after the event. Please note that single day passes will not be available as this is a full vacation package.
Website: www.MetalMaya.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/metalmaya
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MetalMayaFest
Instagram: www.instagram.com/MetalMaya_Fest  
Hashtag: #MetalMaya

APRIL 5th 2017


Rancid and Dropkick Murphys have announced the co-headlining From Boston To Berkeley Tour, kicking off July 27 in Bangor, ME and wrapping August 26 in Southern California. The initial tour dates, cities and venues are listed below, with additional details to be announced in the coming weeks. Each night will culminate with Rancid and Dropkick Murphys on stage together for a joint encore.
The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns open the July 27 - August 9 shows and The Selecter and Kevin Seconds open from August 11 - 26.
Tickets for most shows go on sale on sale Friday, March 10 at www.DropkickMurphys.com and www.RancidRancid.com, starting at 10:00 AM local time unless noted otherwise.
Check out the official From Boston To Berkeley Tour video here: https://youtu.be/x7_HTuERZu4.
Rancid and Dropkick Murphys have a long and important history together. Back in 1997, Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen came across a copy of Dropkick Murphys’ original EP at a friend's house. He turned it over to his bandmate and Hellcat Records president Tim Armstrong, who quickly snatched up the band for his new label.
"Rancid is looking forward to hitting the road with our brothers the Dropkick Murphys,” says Rancid’s Tim Armstrong. “We will end the night with DKM and us playing songs together. Look out for The Bouncing Souls, The Selecter, Kevin Seconds and Jake Burns to be on certain shows. SEE YA IN THE PIT!"
Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen says, "It's a long time coming with these two bands touring together. There is so much history between both of us that it should make for a great tour. We look forward to seeing all of our friends and family out there."
Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey comments, "This is a dream come true for Dropkick Murphys. Hopefully all the people coming to the shows will feel the same way. Rancid gave us our break - Tim signing us to his label, Lars producing our early albums...so much history and great memories. Now, literally sharing the stage together every night. This tour is going to destroy all others this summer!!!!"
The roots of Rancid are traceable back to Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, CA. circa 1987. After Operation Ivy broke up, Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman went on to form Rancid. In 1993, they signed with longtime producer, and label founder, Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion and Epitaph Records, who would stay on with the band for the next 20 years as the band’s producer. Rancid (Tim Armstrong, Lars Frederiksen, Matt Freeman, Branden Steineckert) has stayed independent. They have their own independent booking agent, they’re on an independent record label, Hellcat/Epitaph, and they make their own t-shirts. 2017 will see the release of Rancid’s ninth studio album.
Dropkick Murphys are touring in support of their 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory album, released through the band’s own Born & Bred Records earlier this year. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the #1 independently released album. There’s a feeling of purpose throughout the album, influenced by the band’s work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity the band established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children’s and veterans’ organizations. Dropkick Murphys--Al Barr, Tim Brennan, Ken Casey, Jeff DaRosa, Matt Kelly, James Lynch--are hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand with veterans, youth sports, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Many of the songs reflect these experiences, and the band’s sadness, anger and dismay at the opiate epidemic ravaging the country – in particular, Boston and New England — and also their feeling of pride and optimism at the sight of those who have turned their lives around. Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for their city. In Boston, it seems like everybody knows someone connected to the band whether by blood, friendship, or the time they shared a brew at a Bruins game. They've built a legacy that does Beantown proud.

The initial dates for the From Boston To Berkeley Tour are as follows:
7/27/17 - Bangor, ME - Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
7/28/17 - Montreal, QC – ’77 (www.77Montreal.com) – on sale TBA
7/29/17 - Toronto, ON - Echo Beach
7/30/17 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/31/17 - Sterling Heights, MI  - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/2/17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
8/3/17  - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier – on sale 3/10 @ Noon ET
8/4/17 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/5/17 – Boston / Brockton, MA - Brockton Fairgrounds
8/6/17 - Brooklyn, NY - Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/8/17 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/9/17 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Pavilion
8/11/17 - Denver, CO - Sculpture Park
8/12/17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Saltair
8/13/17 - Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheatre – on sale 3/10 @ 11:00 AM MT
8/15/17 - Vancouver, BC - UBC Thunderbird Arena
8/16/17 - Seattle, WA  - WaMu Theater at Century Link Field Events Center
8/18/17 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Avila Beach – on sale 3/10 @ Noon PT
8/19/17 - Sacramento, CA - Memorial Auditorium
8/20/17 - Berkeley, CA – The Greek
8/22/17 - Chandler, AZ - Rawhide Event Center
8/24/17 - San Diego, CA - Petco Park In The Park – on sale 3/10 @ 11:00 AM PT
8/25/17 - Las Vegas, NV - Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
8/26/17 – Los Angeles, CA – TBA – on sale TBA

APRIL 5th 2017

BARDSPEC is the ambient project/band led by Enslaved composer/guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. This June, By Norse will release the debut album Hydrogen. Having launched at Roadburn in 2015, BARDSPEC has since evolved into a fully-fledged band, with Steve Austin on guitars/effects, David Hall presenting the live visual aspect of the project, with the layout created by Josh Graham (Soundgarden, Neurosis, IIVII, etc.).  

BARDSPEC combines stirring, hallucinatory synth-sounds with mercurial guitar effects and hypnotic rhythms that navigate illusory landscapes. Field recordings, and other found-sounds also drift and evaporate into the ether. Working intuitively with these elements and with sharpened senses, attuned to inner impulses, this is immersive music that can exist anywhere and anytime within the minds of the listener.

Whilst BARDSPEC might essentially be the same brain and personality making the music, compared to Enslaved, it is a widely different entity. Thematically and sonically, BARDSPEC is about minimizing, subtracting, and meditating upon the simplest essence of "things;" the single points exemplified through song titles like "Bone," "Salt," and so on, the basic elements and foundations that make up the whole. There is an element of "space" in the music and the artwork, as a representation of the inner workings of the mind and the subconscious.

Inspired by the German masters Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schultze, and Conrad Schnitzler in addition to contemporary ambient music like Norwegian one-man-band Biosphere and abstract modern electronic music like When (Norwegian also), as well as the electronic/industrial-driven metal like Godflesh. Ivar describes the appeal and trance-inducing aspects of such music to him, "I remember listening to Richard Burmer and his album Mosaic from 1984. I thought I fell asleep but I was in a semi-lucid state where I still registered music - but not much else. At the end of side A there's an explosion so violent and extreme that I jumped two feet into the air and was totally shocked. The weird thing is, I couldn't remember it being there. When I revisited the music again it was just a little 'thud.' I was just experiencing a trance so deep into the music that this deviation from the pattern and frequencies in the foregoing half hour of monotony totally shocked me. I loved it!"
Roadburn Festival plays host to a very special public listening session of Hydrogen by BARDSPEC, a chance for people to hear the album from start to finish in advance of the official release date. This event shall take place on April 21st. More information incoming on the Roadburn website.

Hydrogen Track Listing:
1. Intro - Deposition
2. Bone
3. Fire Tongue
4. Gamma
5. Salt
6. Teeth (bonus track)

Hydrogen shall be released on June 23rd across all formats. The six-panel CD digipak is available as limited first press to 1000 including bonus track "Teeth." The double gatefold LP is limited to 500 black vinyl, and the digital format also including the bonus track.


MARCH 28th 2017

Rammstein are pleased to announce three more shows in the USA this summer: Chicago, Dallas and Las Vegas. Don't miss your chance to see Rammstein on one of the few tour dates. Go to . www.ticketmaster.com for information on upcoming presales and current dates on-sale now.

The complete USA dates:
 25.06.2017 - Rammstein - Jones Beach Theater, New York (USA)
 27.06.2017 - Rammstein - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago (USA)
 29.06.2017 - Rammstein - Starplex Pavilion, Dallas (USA)
 01.07.2017 - Rammstein - T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (USA)

Check out the following release for the event in Las Vegas Below:

"RAMMSTEIN returns! The iconic German metallic industrialists, known for their pyro-maniacal live performances, are throwing down with the legendary KORN and STONE SOUR July 1st for a very special and exclusive one-night-only event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Tickets for this Independence Day weekend extravaganza, produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and Live Nation Las Vegas, will go on sale beginning Friday, March 31 at 12:00 PM PT and will be available at www.AXS.com. Tickets start at $49.50 and special VIP upgrades will also be available for an additional $99.00.  VIP upgrades include a custom event poster, dedicated entrance to the venue, access to a VIP-only lounge at Hyde, a commemorative laminate and a commemorative patch.
“Vegas is known to push the limits, and this will be a night of over-the-top experiences. This show is going to be a wild night and a great way to add some fireworks to your 4th of July weekend,” said Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.
The triple-threat potency of this bill brings three-and-a-half hours of all the fire-breathing rock ‘n’ roll glory Sin City can handle to T-Mobile Arena. This is the chance to catch Rammstein in top roaring form, playing one of only a few scheduled U.S. shows in 2017 – and their only show with Korn and Stone Sour.
Korn is hitting the road this spring in support of their critically lauded latest studio album, The Serenity of Suffering, released last October. The track "A Different World" features a guest appearance from Stone Sour (and Slipknot) frontman Corey Taylor.
Stone Sour are hot on the tour grind in anticipation of their upcoming album Hydrograd, due this June on Roadrunner Records. With the record out in the world weeks before this show, fans are all but guaranteed to catch some of the band’s strongest new material – which Taylor has promised is “the best album we've ever done.”
Rammstein’s new documentary, Rammstein: Paris, is screening in over 1,000 cinemas in 46 countries. The film was shot in March 2012 at the Accor Hotels Arena in Paris during Rammstein’s "Made In Germany" tour, and was helmed by longtime collaborator and esteemed Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund. The band is also reportedly working on new material, and has been performing a new song, "Ramm 4," a tribute to their past material, at live shows this year."