OCTOBER 13th 2017
 DRIVE TO RELEASE IDEFI

 Hailing from Houston, Texas, Drive was formed by Rick Chavez (guitar/vocals/songwriter) when he was barely out of high school.  Chavez led the band with his extraordinary guitar technique and amazing ability to tell stories with his songs. The twin axe attack was accompanied by guitarists Mercy Valdez and later Mike Conde, (when Valdez left the band for personal reasons.) Drive was fronted by the unique and remarkable vocal range of David Taylor and rounded out by the pounding fury of bassist Michael Anthony Guerrero and hyperactive drumming of Valentin San Miguel. Included on some of these never before released tracks are the talents of booming bass player Michael E. Ribeiro and the skilled drumming technique of Carlos Cervantes.

On June 25, 2009, singer David Taylor lost control of his vehicle after a tire came off, causing him to crash. He was airlifted to an area hospital where he died of his injuries five days later.  Upon hearing of Taylor’s passing, 20th Century Music label heads Kai Brockschmidt and Dave Tedder reached out to Chavez via Facebook to offer condolences and a virtual relationship began. Brockschmidt had first become a fan of the band when he grabbed a vinyl copy of Characters In Time in 1988. They asked Chavez if there were any unreleased songs, but devastated by the loss of his brother and singer, Chavez wasn’t ready to talk music.

“Been literally looking for Rick's whereabouts for ages as Drive have always been one of my fave bands. There are only few bands around with this amount of talent. We are proud to be part of the Drive family now!” – says Brockschmidt

Brockschmidt kept in touch with Chavez and as time went on he started to share the unreleased songs with him. Brockschmidt and his partner in crime Dave Tedder were eager to start a conversation about releasing an album but Chavez, still mourning the loss of his bandmate and brother, wasn’t ready. A few years went by and Chavez woke up one morning and recalled a dream about Taylor he had the night before. He called bandmates Guerrero and San Miguel and told them it was time to release the songs as a tribute to the life and legacy of David Earl Taylor.

During the production of the IDEFI album, Rick Chavez unexpectedly passed-away from an internal bleed that was undetected until it was too late.  Joining his singer and friend on the other side, the album is now a tribute to them both.

IDEFI is 15 unreleased songs that include both Taylor and Chavez taking the lead on vocals. The band’s signature style is intact with a sound that brims with pride, an unrelenting fighting spirit, and fierce determination.  Although these songs were recorded over 20 years ago, the thought-provoking lyrics still resonate today with a musical backdrop that roars with power and precision. Drive’s IDEFI offers a lethal dose of melodic power.

Drive originally came together when its members were barely out of high school.  In the late ’80s, the band moved to Los Angeles, which was quickly becoming the epicenter of the current rock scene. Winning a radio contest with their song “I Need The Nights,” Drive landed on KNAC radio’s Best Of The West compilation that was released on Rampage Records. Soon after that release, Rampage signed the band, and in July of 1988, released their debut, Characters In Time. The album received tremendous reviews from the industry’s top rock press, including the coveted 5 “K” rating from Kerrang! Magazine. Characters In Time was followed by their 1992 album, the sonically advanced Diablero on Zoo Records. “Not only do the lyrics convey all the mystery and poignant emotion that the title implies, but the music is stellar. These songs ooze with divine vocal melodies, powerful-yet-melodic twin-guitar riffs, consistently catchy hooks, and an impeccable use of dynamic contrasts.” said True Metal Lives.

What separated Drive from most of the bands of the Sunset Strip was their intelligent lyrics, intricate musicianship and dynamic vocals. What endeared them to the rock critics and fans alike was that they were more Iron Maiden than Poison, more Judas Priest than Winger, but with a strong and original voice of their own.  Unfortunately, a shake-up at the label left Diablero without much of a push.

Chavez continued to write and record but the songs were never released, until now.

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OCTOBER 3rd 2017  
MORBID ANGEL SET TO RELEASE NEW RECORD

Death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL will release their new album, "Kingdoms Disdained", on December 1 via UDR Music. Recorded at Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer — and former MORBID ANGEL guitarist — Erik Rutan, the LP marks the band's first release with drummer Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED, ex-ABYSMAL DAWN) who joined MORBID ANGEL last year following the departure of Tim Yeung. It is also be MORBID ANGEL's first album to feature bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker since 2003's "Heretic".



"Kingdoms Disdained" will include the song "Warped", which MORBID ANGEL performed live on its recent U.S. tour.

Tucker, who is back for his third spell with the group, told "The Metal Magdalene With Jet" show about MORBID ANGEL's approach on the upcoming album: "It was really just about writing music — it was just about writing a MORBID ANGEL album. Nobody said, 'Hey, we wanna go in this direction,' nobody said anything. I mean, there's obvious things there. I've said it before — I'm a death metal guy, so, for me, it's gonna be a death metal album; if I'm on it, it's death metal. So it was just about making a MORBID ANGEL album. It was really about coming in with something new, something fresh, but yet it still being MORBID ANGEL. Really, honestly, we didn't approach this any differently than any of the other albums I was involved in except for maybe [1998's] 'Formulas Fatal To The Flesh', which 'Formulas', Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] wrote all the music, all the lyrics and things like that. But this was done more similar to maybe [2000's] 'Gateways To Annihilation', where everybody had their contribution. Trey wrote a bunch of songs, I wrote songs, Scotty contributed some ideas. There was a lot of back-and-forth. In the end, it has to become a MORBID ANGEL song. And at this point, I feel that it's very much a MORBID ANGEL album."

MORBID ANGEL in January announced the addition of Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal band VADIMVON) to the band's lineup on second guitar. He joined the group as the replacement for Norwegian guitarist Destructhor (a.k.a. Thor Anders Myhren), who left the band two years ago


OCTOBER 3rd 2017
 

WATAIN TO RELEASE NUCLEAR ALCHEMIST LATE OCTOBER

Prepare for Swedish Black Metal violence courtesy of WATAIN on Halloween as October 31 marks the international release date for the band's savage new single, "Nuclear Alchemy", taken from their new album set for release on January 5, 2018.

"Nuclear Alchemy" is the sound of an eager beast let loose from its cage at last. A song of violent fire, impending doom and of necks craned in ecstasy. A dissolving injection of power and force into the coagulated veins of Black Metal and a first glimpse into the abyss that shall be opened in the beginning of 2018. Meanwhile, stand by for conflagration." //  WATAIN, Oct. 2, 2017


The “Nuclear Alchemy” single will also include an exclusive B-side: a cover version of Hungarian cult act Tormentor’s “Beyond”. The 7-inch will be released in two editions, which are strictly limited to 1,000 copies each!

Pre-order the red vinyl from the band’s official store:
http://wolfwear.net
Pre-order the black vinyl from CENTURY MEDIA's store:
http://bit.ly/watainCMD

WATAIN will celebrate the release of their forthcoming new album with a series of selected release shows on the following dates:

1/5/18    Stockholm, SE - Kraken (SOLD OUT)
1/10/18  Berlin, DE - Lido
1/11/18   Tilburg, NL - 013
1/12/18   London, UK - The Dome
1/13/18   Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Tickets are available at: http://www.bandsintown.com/Watain

OCTOBER 2nd 2017 
TOM PETTY PASSES AWAY

He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. local time surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends. Petty and his longtime band the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour, including stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa this past summer. He had hinted the tour would be their last.


"I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country," Petty told Rolling Stone last year. "We're all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."

Usually backed by the Heartbreakers, Petty broke through in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 80 million records.

The Gainesville, Fla., native with the shaggy blond hair and gaunt features was loved for his melodic hard rock, nasally vocals and down-to-earth style. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted Petty and the Heartbreakers in 2002, praised them as "durable, resourceful, hard-working, likeable and unpretentious."

OCTOBER 2nd 2017 
SEPTICFLESH ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FOR 2018

Gods of orchestral extreme metal SEPTICFLESH released their 10th studio album, Codex Omega, on September 1 via Prosthetic Records. Next February and March, the band will bring their latest auditory onslaught on the road - SEPTICFLESH is thrilled to announce their upcoming North American co-headline tour with Swedish black metal legends Dark Funeral. Support will come from Thy Antichrist. Dates are set to be announced soon, so stay tuned.


The band says, "We're returning to North America in Feb / March 2018 to support our new album Codex Omega, and with us, Swedish lords of the black Dark Funeral will co-bill the event to make it one of the most memorable packages to hit North America in very long time. Also also supporting the tour is Colombian/Texan black metal outfit Thy Antichrist... are you mortals ready? Dates coming soon..."
 
Late last week, SEPTICFLESH released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Codex Omega in episode one of an ongoing series of exclusive videos.
Watch episode one here: https://youtu.be/yk32zeppW0A
 
Codex Omega was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir) and features 10 tracks of their trademark blend of mystical atmosphere, relentless death guitar riffing and pale melodies. Lyrically and musically, Codex Omega is by far the most infernal release from SEPTICFLESH to date. As a bonus, the CD and vinyl LP will come with an extra disc comprised of three orchestral tracks, once again featuring the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague.
 

OCTOBER 2nd 2017 
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO AND MORE

Black Label Society have debuted their brand new music video for the first single from Grimmest Hits titled “Room Of Nightmares” which debuted first on SIRIUSXM Octane last week, directed by long time collaborator Justin Reich.



Black Label Society will release their tenth full length titled Grimmest Hits on January 19, 2018 via Entertainment One (eOne). The new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released Book of Shadows II, the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

“Room Of Nightmares” is available on all digital service providers and streaming services today. The track is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes now will receive “Room of Nightmares” as an instant download. The cover art and track listing can be seen below.
CLICK HERE FOR ALL TOUR DATES
Wylde, now reunited with Ozzy Osbourne after an eight year break, has played a handful of dates with whom he refers to as “the boss,” with no signs of slowing down. The reunion kicked off over the summer with a highlighted performance at CHICAGO OPEN AIR with high profile festivals like LOUDER THAN LIFE and OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST on deck to close out the year.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.

Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.

Track List

1. Trampled Down Below
2. Seasons Of Falter
3. The Betrayal
4. All That Once Shined
5. The Only Words
6. Room Of Nightmares
7. A Love Unreal
8. Disbelief
9. The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away
10. Illusions Of Peace
11. Bury Your Sorrow
12. Nothing Left To Say

SEPTEMBER 28th 2017 
ASKING ALEXANDRIA ANNOUNCE 2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Asking Alexandria team up with Black Veil Brides for a co-headline tour in 2018, with the five-week trek, dubbed The Resurrection Tour, kicking off on Jan. 10 at the Complex in Salt Lake City.

“It’s finally happening, us and Black Veil Brides sharing a stage,” said Asking Alexandria drummer, James Cassells. “A new Asking Alexandria album, headlining sets, all the f***ing production… this tour is going to be larger than life. Don’t miss out.”

The tour announcement arrives following the premiere of “Into The Fire” (https://youtu.be/-jFgNreZPf0), the band’s first new song and video since reuniting with singer Danny Worsnop and a teaser of what is to come on the band’s forthcoming, as-of-yet untitled album (Dec. 15 via Sumerian Records)



The Resurrection Tour:

January 10 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
January 11 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
January 12 Kansas City, KS Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
January 13 Minneapolis, MN Myth Live
January 15 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
January 17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
January 18 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
January 19 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club Stage
January 20 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
February 2 Worcester, MA Palladium
February 3 Portland, ME State Theatre
February 4 Montreal, QC M Telus
February 5 Toronto, ON Rebel
February 7 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
February 8 New York, NY Terminal 5
February 9 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
February 10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
February 12 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
February 13 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
February 14 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
February 16 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
February 17 Houston, TX House of Blues
February 19 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
February 20 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
February 22 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
February 23 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
February 24 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
February 25 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
February 27 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
March 1 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater
March 2 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

 

SEPTEMBER 24th 2017 
WARREL DANE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM DUE IN 2018

WARREL DANE, legendary vocalist of Sanctuary and Nevermore, will return with his second solo album, currently created under the guidance of renowned producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Helloween, Sebastian Bach) in 2018.



Titled “Shadow Work”, the album is the follow up to the 2008's acclaimed, "Praises to the War Machine", and stylistically strays away from its predecessor, which leaned towards a goth-tinged, less metallic rock sound. First rough mixes already reveal that “Shadow Work” will offer darker, heavier, more complex songs, occasionally flirting with extreme metal by incorporating such elements as blast beats and combining this with WARREL DANE’s unique, dramatic trademark vocals.

As with the previous WARREL DANE solo tours, including the 15th anniversary tour celebrating Nevermore’s classic, “Dead Heart in a Dead World”, the line-up for the record will consist of Johnny Moraes (guitars), Thiago Oliveira (guitars), Fabio Carito (bass) and Marcus Dotta (drums), who all have been playing with the Dane since 2014.

“Shadow Work” will be recorded during Autumn 2017 and is expected to be released in the first half of 2018 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS worldwide.


SEPTEMBER 22nd 2017
 

CANNIBAL CORPSE REVEIL NEW ALBUM DETAILS

On November 3rd, Cannibal Corpse will release their 14th full-length, Red Before Black, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of Red Before Black, the band has launched a video for the single, "Code of the Slashers". Directed by Zev Deans (www.panoramaprogramming.com - who created videos for Behemoth's "Messe Noire", Ghost's "Square Hammer", Portal's "Curtain"), "Code of the Slashers" can be viewed at: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse - where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

--digipak CD (US exclusive)
--limited edition 2CD digipak (EU exclusive)
--jewelcase CD (EU exclusive)
--opaque red vinyl (USA exclusive - limited to 700 copies)
--coke bottle clear vinyl (USA exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--white vinyl (FYE exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--transparent red / clear split vinyl (USA exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--translucent blue vinyl (Hells Headbangers exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
--olive green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--blood red / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--blood red / white splattered vinyl (EMP exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--white / red splattered vinyl (Ebay exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--opaque wine red marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--box-set (limited to 1500 copies): limited edition 2CD digipak, 'Blood Covered' white / red marble vinyl, cassette, back patch, sweat band, guitar picks, and poster in a black cardboard box (~12.5" x 12.5" x 1.25")
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!


Zev Deans comments: "After crawling through abandoned buildings, crashing our van into a tree in the middle of a scene, witnessing a real stabbing and drenching ourselves in fake blood in a derelict park at 5am, we can safely say this was a proper introduction to the slasher genre for Panorama Programming. We brought a slab of fresh meat back from a rotting metropolis, and we're serving it to you raw. Come and get it."

Many words come to mind when you hear the name Cannibal Corpse, but one truly defines the soon-to-be thirty-year death metal veterans: Unstoppable. Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Goatwhore), Red Before Black serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it very clear who sets the standard when it comes to always compelling music that is equally brutal and complex. Moreover, the band have pushed themselves again, ensuring that it stands out from their catalog. "Throughout our career we've tried to improve the precision of both our musical execution and our album production, while still maintaining full-on aggression. 'Red Before Black' continues in that direction, but might go even further on the aggressive side of things. It's definitely precise, but it has a rawness to it that goes beyond anything we've done recently," asserts bassist Alex Webster. "We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums," adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. "And as Alex said, musically I think it's the most raw sound we've had - and at the same time I think it's our most focused, tightest and catchiest record."


Red Before Black track-listing
1. Only One Will Die
2. Red Before Black
3. Code of the Slashers
4. Shedding My Human Skin
5. Remaimed
6. Firestorm Vengeance
7. Heads Shoveled Off
8. Corpus Delicti
9. Scavenger Consuming Death
10. In the Midst of Ruin
11. Destroyed Without a Trace
12. Hideous Ichor

In support of Red Before Black, Cannibal Corpse will first head out on a USA tour in November/December with Power Trip and Gatecreeper, before heading overseas in early 2018 for a European trek with The Black Dahlia Murder, No Return, and In Arkadia. See below for all dates.

Cannibal Corpse tour dates
w/ Power Trip, Gatecreeper
Nov. 3 - Jacksonville, FL - Mavericks
Nov. 4 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
Nov. 5 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Nov. 6 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theater
Nov. 8 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Nov. 9 - Houston, TX - White Oak
Nov. 10 - Austin, TX - Sound on Sound Festival
Nov. 12 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
Nov. 13 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
Nov. 15 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
Nov. 17 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Nov. 18 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Nov. 19 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Nov. 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Nov. 22 - Denver, CO - Summit
Nov. 24 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Nov. 25 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Nov. 26 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Nov. 28 - Boston, MA - Royale
Nov. 29 - New York, NY - Stage 48
Nov. 30 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Dec. 1 - Richmond, VA - Broadberry
Dec. 2 - Wilmington, NC - The Throne Theater
Dec. 3 - Greensboro, NC - Pete's
Dec. 5 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
Dec. 6 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Dec. 7 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Dec. 8 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum


SEPTEMBER 20th 2017
 

ABYSMAL DAWN SIGN TO SEASONS OF MIST
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of ABYSMAL DAWN. The Californian extreme metal stalwarts will release their much anticipated fifth album through Season of Mist.

ABYSMAL DAWN comment: "We're very happy to be signed to such an awesome and respected label like Season Of Mist. The people there are all die-hard metalheads and we're glad to be a part of such an enthusiastic and strong team. We also have a long standing friendship with US label manager Gordon Conrad, who originally signed us. Working with Gordon, Michael, and the other amazing people at the label was just a no-brainer. We're very excited about the future of ABYSMAL DAWN these days, and judging by the new material that we've been working on, some great things are to come soon enough."


ABYSMAL DAWN were founded in the year 2003. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, USA, the band set out to combine the brutality and hooks from old school death metal with the more atmospheric and melodic approach of the more modern bands of that time. Their first declaration of intent, a three-song demo released in winter 2004 garnered early interest within the underground scene and invitations to perform alongside such established headliner as HATE ETERNAL, ABORTED, and others.

With their debut full-length, 'From Ashes' (2006), ABYSMAL DAWN immediately made bigger splashed and gained international recognition. The release was followed by a first US tour supporting SIX FEET UNDER and DECAPITATED as well as many more shows.

Subsequently, ABYSMAL DAWN experienced some changes in their line-up, which left Charles Elliott as the only original member. The reformed band entered studio in August 2010 to record 'Leveling the Plane of Existence', which was unleashed in the following year. Mixed and mastered by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL), their third full-length featured guest-appearances by Moyses Kolesne (KRISIUN) and Kragen Lum (HEATHEN), who both contributed guitar solos. A tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE and EXHUMED underscored the band's growing status.


SEPTEMBER 8th 2017
 

CARACH ANGREN ANNOUNCE HEADLINING DATES ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Today, Dutch masters of horror, CARACH ANGREN and Finnish headbangers, LOST SOCIETY have unveiled to fans that while both will be touring with CHILDREN OF BODOM this fall in North America, they will be doing one off tour dates together. Check the official statement and image showcased below.




USA , We're going to be doing a few fill in shows along with Carach Angren on the upcoming US tour! Get your tickets and let's rage ⚡️⚡️
11.04.17 - Temecula, CA - The Boiler Room
11.06.17 - Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom
11.09.17 - Vernon, BC - Status Night Club
11.20.17 - Columbus, OH - Al Rosa Villa
11.23.17 - Washington, DC - The Pinch



SEPTEMBER 7th 2017
 

ACT OF DEFIANCE DEBUTS NEW MUSIC VIDEO

 


Act Of Defiance - the heavy metal group featuring the veteran talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass - will return with their new album, Old Scars, New Wounds, on September 29th via Metal Blade Records. After slamming back into the metalscape with their first video/single "M.I.A.", Act Of Defiance is back today with a second new music video/track, "Overexposure". Directed by Vince Edwards, the melodic scorcher is backed with fast-paced imagery of the band members in their finest form - churning out a precise metal assault! Watch here: metalblade.com/actofdefiance - where you can also pre-order the album in the following formats:

--CD
--180g Black Vinyl
--Golden Vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
--Auburn Marbled Vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 300 copies)

On Old Scars, New Wounds, Act Of Defiance has upped the ante. Each of the 11 new tracks sound fresh and urgent while wielding a timeless quality that will connect powerfully with metal fans new and old - and there aren't many contemporary bands who can make such a claim. Naturally blending a plethora of metallic styles and never recycling ideas, Old Scars, New Wounds is an even more dynamic and diverse collection than its predecessor. The title - plucked from the blistering track "Conspiracy Of The Gods" - stands as a metaphor for life in general, and the breadth of lyrical matter covered is as broad as the styles of heavy music found on the record.

Old Scars, New Wounds track-listing:
1. M.I.A.
2. Molten Core
3. Overexposure
4. The Talisman
5. Lullaby of Vengeance
6. Circle of Ashes
7. Reborn
8. Conspiracy of the Gods
9. Another Killing Spree
10. Broken Dialect
11. Rise of Rebellion

Going into writing the record, the quartet had no grand plan, and spread across the continental US, the individual members worked separately, bouncing demos back and forth and building on each others' ideas. Like many contemporary bands, through taking advantage of available technologies they made a record that is very much a collaborative effort, despite the distances lying between the members' home bases. Recruiting producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon) they tracked the record likewise, with Broderick laying down guitars in his own Ill-Fated Studios in LA, Derek and Broderick's vocals tracked at Red Light Studios also in LA, with Bachand tracking his contributions at Manshark in South Hampton, MA and Drover's drums were laid down at Atlanta's Glow In The Dark Studios.

Having proven themselves on the road in support of Birth And The Burial both as headliners and supporting the likes of Killswitch Engage, Hellyeah, and Hatebreed, the band are looking ahead to the expansive touring that will accompany Old Scars, New Wounds, and their hunger to get back in front of crowds has not abated in the slightest. Upcoming touring plans are set to be announced very soon.

Stay tuned for more news, tracks and videos coming from Act of Defiance, in anticipation of the release of Old Scars, New Wounds.

Act of Defiance line-up:
Chris Broderick - guitar
Henry Derek - vocals
Shawn Drover - drums
Matt Bachand - bass


SEPTEMBER 6th 2017
 

EXHUMED RELEASES NEW VIDEO

Gore Metal maniacs EXHUMED have shared the official music video for “Lifeless” off the impending, new full-length album Death Revenge. Watch the horror-filled video now via Loudwire and YouTube, or check out the video below:



Frontman Matt Harvey commented:

"Following sequentially through the album's tracklist, we are stoked to lay "Lifeless" on you. "Defenders of the Grave" is the introduction for the tale of "Death Revenge" and "Lifeless" sets the actual plot that continues for the rest of the record in motion. Fitting with the vibe of the storyline as a whole, the clip focuses more on story elements and vibe rather than close up shots of guitar-noodling. I think it sets the tone nicely. Cheers!"


SEPTEMBER 6th 2017
 

AZARATH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR W/ IMMOLATION

Polish death/black metallers AZARATH will kick off a European tour supporting IMMOLATION and MELECHESH this Thursday (September 7th) in Germany. The band will be performing tracks from their recently released new studio album, "In Extremis".      



Dates:
7.09. GER Munich / Backstage München
8.09. CH Huttikon / Meh Suff
9.09. FR Paris / Fall of Summer Festival
10.09. BEL Roeselare / De Verlichte Geest
11.09. GER Oberhausen / Helvete Pub - Club - Live Stage
13.09. ITA Vercelli / Officine Sonore
14.09. ITA Prato / Exenzia
15.09. ITA Brescia / Circolo Colony
16.09. ITA San Dona di Piave (VE) / Revolver
17.09. SER Belgrade / Dom Omladine
18.09. ROM Bucarest / Fabrica
19.09. ROM Cluj Napoca / Flying Circus
20.09. HUN Budapest / Dürer Kert
21.09. SK Bratislava / Randal
22.09. CZ Prague / Rock Klub Nová Chmelnice
23.09. SK Kosice / Colloseum
24.09. CZ Ostrava / Barrack
26.09 POL Kraków / Zet Pe Te
27.09. POL Wrocław / Klub Pralnia
28.09. POL Gdynia / Klub Muzyczny Ucho
29.09. POL Warszawa / Klub Proxima

Listen to a track from "In Extremis" at: https://youtu.be/PkOqzLUXPAU

Touted as a "demonic mutation of Krisiun and Behemoth with shades of Immolation", AZARATH stand up to their wicked name. The band's death metal is crisp, black, and while it possesses the charm of their American counterparts, it remains open-minded and organic. This should not come as a surprise, considering AZARATH's impressive line-up and cemented position as one the the best Polish acts of the genre. The band was formed in 1998 by drummer Inferno (of  Behemoth fame). He's accompanied by Bart (Armagedon, Damnation) on guitars, and Peter (ex-Lost Soul) on bass.

Meaning "at the point of death" or "under extreme circumstances" in Latin, "In Extremis" is yet another apex reached by AZARATH. Offering a vehement ride through the netherworlds, the effort places the band back at the fore of the genre, with strong ties to the group's early cult albums. The eerie painting that adorns the album's cover was made by Marta Promińska (Hypnagogic Painting).


SEPTEMBER 1st 2017
 

SEPTICFLESH RELEASE VIDEO FROM NEW RECORD

The highly anticipated tenth SEPTICFLESH full-length, 'Codex Omega' has finally hit the shops today, Friday, September 1st. The Greek masters of symphonic death metal are celebrating this occasion by releasing a video clip for the track "Portrait of a Headless Man".

The sinister clip created by celebrated director Jon Simvonis is now streaming at the link below, which can immediately be published by all media.



SEPTICFLESH comment on their new video: "We are proud to present the video for our song 'Portrait of a Headless Man' to you. Does this look like a dystopian artistic trip or like something sinister that is in fact happening right now? In any case, this clip represents the aesthetics and dark atmosphere of our new album 'Codex Omega' perfectly. Push play and connect!"

Credits
Produced by Jon Simvonis for Arctosfilms SA
Directed by Jon Simvonis
Director of photography: Gabriel Loukeris
Art Directors: Apostolos Polichroniadis, Eleni Kariori
Concept Art and Scenic Painting: Apostolos Polichroniadis
Prop Makers: Apostolos Polychroniadis, Eleni Kariori
Costumes: Eleni Kariori
Make-up, masks, prosthetics and props by Alex Loggos, Rodger Fischer (snuff-masks),  and Kostantina Tsiaka

Band logo / symbol design: Andreas Xenoulis (Corn Studio)
Band costumes created by Prokopis Vlaseros (FX Studio)
Assistant Director: Polymnia Papadopoulou-Sardeli
Art Director’s Assistant: Maria Gialouri
Casting Director: Eleni Stamoulakatou

Cast
Constantinos Papamichalopoulos
Head: Alexandros Sotiriou
Scientists: Alexandros Loggos, Rodger Fischer

Special Thanks
Vagelis Ferderigos, RAY STUDIOS, Neritan Zinxhiria,  www.AZA.gr,  George Ramantanis, Sonia Mavridou, Vasilis Bofilios, G. Politis, Eftihia Petropoulou & Dimitris Lagios - Cafe Bonjour,  Christos Gartaganis, Nick Vell, Erietta Taf, Stathis Apostolou, Christos Massalas, Kyriakos Kouroutsavouris, Mina Dreki, Phaedra Vokali, Tina Tavridou


SEPTICFLESH have previously release the following statement about their new album: "The beginning of autumn marks the release of our tenth opus 'Codex Omega'. You are all welcome to enter Inferno in search for the last Testament. Here only the Headless prevail, as there is no godhead above. Here Martyrs died for the sake of reason and knowledge. And our Art is our Church. Our Queen is no 'virgin' Mary. Our Gospels are bringing fear. And at the end, the true identity of Trinity is revealed. Behold Codex Omega!"


AUGUST 23rd 2017
 

GWAR RELEASE DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM AND MORE

The time has come, your Lords and Masters GWAR have unveiled the details of their latest masterpiece "The Blood of Gods". Today the first single "Fuck This Place" is available for audio and video streaming. Watch the video, check out the song and pre-order your copy of "The Blood of Gods" at metalblade.com/gwar! Your Intergalactic Overlords demand it! Digital pre-orders include an instant gratification download of "Fuck This Place". Limited edition special bundle packs are available for pre-order as well.



"The Blood of Gods", produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ronan Chris "Lord God" Murphy, will be released October 20th via Metal Blade Records. The album will be available in Standard CD, 2LP Colored Vinyl and Digital formats.

"The Blood of Gods" Track Listing:
1. War on GWAR
2. Viking Death Machine
3. El Presidente
4. I'll Be Your Monster
5. Auroch
6. Swarm
7. The Sordid Soliloquy Of Sawborg Destructo
8. Death to Dickie Duncan
9. Crushed By The Cross
10. Fuck This Place
11. Phantom Limb
12. If You Want Blood (You Got It) - AC/DC Cover

The Berserker Blothar says:
"Fuck This Place," the name says it all. Look around you. Your life sucks. Your planet is dying. You want to kill yourself and everyone you meet. So do it. You've drenched yourselves in gasoline, and now GWAR offers you a light. The finish line of the human race is at last within reach. Scream it now at the top of your lungs…"Fuck This Place!"

"The Blood of Gods" is nothing less than a sacred text chronicling the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that is uptight and wrong with the world. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of their great mistake, from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry.

Sleazy P. Martini comments on "The Blood of Gods":
"Sorry scoffers, you thought GWAR was finished? You're the one who's finished when GWAR starts their fall tour after dropping their heaviest album yet. "The Blood of the Gods" will be the soundtrack that covers up your pathetic cries for mercy. So go ahead and scream all you want. Just make sure your in key or your death will be excruciating beyond comprehension."

In support of "The Blood of Gods" release GWAR will be on the road throughout the rest of 2017 including three shows in September with a stop at Chicago's Riot Fest. GWAR will then return to the road On October 20th, the release date of "The Blood of Gods." The first show on "The Blood of Gods Tour" is in their adopted home base of Richmond, Virginia and will run through December 10th in Detroit, MI. A complete list of "The Blood of Gods Tour" dates including an NYC appearance on Halloween can be found below. Support on the tour will come be provided by Ghoul, Doyle (10/20-11/5), He Is Legend (11/7-12/10) and U.S. Bastards.

GWAR On Tour:
9/15: Knoxville, TN @ The International
9/16: Middletown, OH @ Land of Illusion
9/17: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

GWAR w/ Ghoul, Doyle and U.S. Bastards:
10/20: Richmond, VA @ The National
10/21: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
10/22: Toronto, ON @ Opera House* (No Doyle)
10/23: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
10/25: Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Petes
10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/27: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
10/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/2: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
11/3: St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
11/4: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
11/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada

GWAR w/ Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards:
11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
11/9: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
11/10: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/11: Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
11/13: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
11/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/17: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
11/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
11/23: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/24: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/25: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/26: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
11/28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
11/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/30: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/1: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
12/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
12/3: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12/5: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
12/6: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
12/8: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/9: Peoria, IL @ Limelight
12/10: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall


AUGUST 18th 2017
 

POP EVIL WORKING HARD IN THE STUDIO AND MORE

American rock band POP EVIL have been hard at work in the studio this summer working on an all new LP due out early next year. The band has brought on veteran producer Kato Khandwala and have been hard at work since early June. The band spent most of the summer in Nashville, TN at Studio A in Sound Emporium Studios and will finish up the album in Los Angeles, CA in the coming weeks.



“The band is in such a great creative groove right now!” says frontman Leigh Kakaty. “After taking much-needed time off, we started the writing process in Michigan this past April and May, before heading to the Sound Emporium in Nashville.  We have recorded close to 20 songs for the album and are now narrowing down our choices before heading to L.A. to finish the record. Our producer Kato has been a blessing and a pleasure to work with, and he’s the best devil’s advocate we’ve had in the studio!”
The band has released a short studio video which premiered via SiriusXM Octane earlier this week.

The yet to be titled LP will be the highly anticipated follow up to UP, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard US Independent Albums, #3 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums and #25 on the Billboard Top 200 in the week of its release. UP produced four top 5 singles with "Footsteps," "If Only For Now," "Ways to Get High" and "Take It All.” “Footsteps” not only reached number one but went on to be the longest #1 single of the band's career.


Kakaty continues, “It’s been the smoothest recording process to date, and we’ve been taking our time and giving each song its due diligence. One thing I can say is you will get a little bit of everything from us on this album. We’re letting all our emotions out on this one. No boundaries. New Pop Evil music is on the horizon!”

The band hasn't’ let up on its road dog reputation, virtually staying on the road for the past two years since their last LP. POP EVIL will continue that trend and be on the road all summer starting with two SOLD OUT shows at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI. Other highlights include supporting BUSH at the Blue Stream Amphitheater in Moorhead, MN, STURGIS 2017 with Ozzy Osbourne, Moonstock Music Festival with Papa Roach and RIFF Fest with Rob Zombie.


AUGUST 18th 2017
 

THE HAXANS RELEASE NEW VIDEO FROM UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM

THE HAXANS are a brand new super group featuring Ash Costello (New Years Day) on vocals and Matt Montgomery (AKA: Piggy-D, Bassist of Rob Zombie) on vocals and guitar. This unique, Goth Pop infused project are set to release their debut album, Party Monsters, on Friday, October 13th via Another Century Records, which can be pre-ordered now at the links below. The brand-new music video for the track “Lights Out” can also be seen below and stay tuned to THE HAXANS' Facebook for all additional information.

Party Monsters Digital Pre-Orders: http://smarturl.it/TheHaxansPM
Party Monsters Physical Pre-Orders: www.thehaxans.com

Costello states: "For years we have felt like mad scientists, secretly working on our music hidden away from everyone else... and we are so excited to finally share our creation with the world! I genuinely love what we have made, and cannot wait for you to hear it! We are two weirdos that hope we can call upon all the rest of the weirdos in the world to join in on our fun."

Montgomery adds: "Finally it's party time! We figure after a few years of building this Frankenstein in the garage, we should let it get out and walk around a little. Maybe someone will try to beat it up, Maybe someone else will fall in love with it, who knows? But it's out there and it's loose, and you never know where it will turn up!"


AUGUST 14th 2017
 

ENSLAVED UNVEIL NEW ALBUM DETAILS FOR "E"

We will release our new studio album »E« on October 13th, 2017 and with this 14th full-length record, we herald a new chapter in the our history. To provide a first taster of what's to come, we are happy to now unveil our debut music video for the 10 minute long single 'Storm Son' that melds mesmerising prog with jarring extreme metal and a folky atmosphere. The music video was designed by Josh Graham, who previously worked with SOUNDGARDEN and NEUROSIS among others, and delivered a truly spectacular piece of animated art that you can watch here:

"'Storm Son' deals with the duality of man and nature, how important and basic that relationship is," explains songwriter and guitarist Ivar. "Everything we do and create are imitations of nature; as we evolved from nature, that is how it must be – yet modern man thinks he and she is independent of nature, that we somehow are so superior that we do not have to take nature into consideration other than as a backdrop for shitty movies. Or festivals. Losing touch with nature is basically to lose touch with being human."

Or get the digital version and stream the new track 'Storm Son' via this link:
http://nblast.de/EnslavedDigital

"E" Tracklist:
01. Storm Son (10:54)
02. The River’s Mouth (5:12)
03. Sacred Horse (8:12)
04. Axis Of The Worlds (7:49)
05. Feathers Of Eolh (8:06)
06. Hiindsiight (9:32)
Bonus tracks available on the digipak:
07. Djupet (7:39)
08. What Else Is There? (Röyksopp cover) (4:44)
New merch designs - Webstores exclusive
(webshop links below)

Europe/World
North America
Norway - NEW!



 
We will play our new songs on these exclusive release shows, where you can meet the us at the merch stand and get two unique gig posters for free:

AISA & Time Out Agency presents:
w/ SIBIIR
12.10    N     Oslo - Blå
13.10    N     Bergen – Garage
 
Later, we will also embark on a full European tour:

ROCK HARD & LEGACY & METAL.DE present:
10.11.  D         Hamburg - Logo
11.11.  D         Berlin - Nuke
12.11.  D         Cologne - Underground  
13.11.  NL        Utrecht - Tivoli de Helling
15.11   UK       Manchester - o2 Ritz*
16.11   UK       Glasgow - Barrowlands*
17.11.  UK       Belfast - The Limelight 1*
18.11.  IRL       Dublin - The Academy *
19.11.  UK       Nottingham - Rock City*
21.11   UK       Bristol - o2 Academy*
22.11   UK       Birmingham - o2 Institute*
24.11.  UK       London - Islington Assembly Hall
25.11.  F          Paris - Trabendo
26.11.  B          Vosselaar - Biebob
28.11.  F          Rezé - Barakason
29.11.  F          Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne
30.11.  I           Brescia - Circolo Colony
01.12.  CH       Pratteln - Z7
02.12.  D         Frankfurt - Das Bett
03.12.  CZ        Prague - Chelmnice
16.12.  RU       Moscow - Volta
17.12.  RU       St. Petersburg - Club Val
*supporting OPETH

Get tickets for the German shows here in the Nuclear Blast shop here

Or see us at the following festival shows:
13.08.  B          Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
24.08.  N         Bergen - Beyond the Gates
25.08.  N         Moss - Festivalen Sin
16.09.  BR       Sao Paulo - Overload Music Fest
28.09.  CN       Quebec – Nordicq Festival
26.10.  S          Stockholm - Close-Up Baten 21
1.-5.02. USA    Miami - 70.000 Tons Of Metal



AUGUST 14th 2017
 

ACT OF DEFIANCE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM SEPTEMBER 29TH

On Old Scars, New Wounds, ACT OF DEFIANCE has upped the ante. Each of the 11 new tracks sound fresh and urgent while wielding a timeless quality that will connect powerfully with metal fans new and old - and there aren't many contemporary bands who can make such a claim.
 
Naturally blending a plethora of metallic styles and never recycling ideas, Old Scars, New Wounds is an even more dynamic and diverse collection than its predecessor, which was written solely by Broderick and Drover prior to recruiting bassist Matt Bachand and vocalist Henry Derek. With a fully-seasoned, tour-hardened band in place, there was room for everyone to bring something to the table this time around, and their varying styles helped shape the record.
 
The title - plucked from the blistering track "Conspiracy Of The Gods" - stands as a metaphor for life in general, and the breadth of lyrical matter covered is as broad as the styles of heavy music found on the record. "Another Killing Spree" looks at hardcore drug use, while "Lullaby Of Vengeance" is an angry song about singing angry lyrics, and "Overexposure" is an anthem dedicated to not selling out. There is also some very topical material, most notably on "Mis-Information Age" and "Broken Dialect".
 
"'Mis-Information Age' is very applicable in today's social climate, where we can no longer blindly trust the source of facts that determine our view," Broderick explains. "It asserts that we should be skeptical, making sure we have the truth and not someone's propaganda, while 'Broken Dialect' conveys the idea that people can no longer hold a conversation with each other where their views differ, instead turning to sources that only support the view they want to hold on to."
 
With every track featuring a blistering solo from Broderick, fans of his shredding can rest assured that the guitarist has not held back - though that was not his initial intention. "I actually wanted to tone it down a bit technically in terms of my solos, but the opposite happened! This was because I inadvertently ended up creating a few new techniques to use in my trick bag and saw their potential, so I worked really hard on the execution so they could make the record."


 
Old Scars, New Wounds track-listing:
1. M.I.A.
2. Molten Core
3. Overexposure
4. The Talisman
5. Lullaby of Vengeance
6. Circle of Ashes
7. Reborn
8. Conspiracy of the Gods
9. Another Killing Spree
10. Broken Dialect
11. Rise of Rebellion



AUGUST 14th 2017
 

EXHUMED ANNOUNCE PRE-ORDERS AND MORE FOR UPCOMING RECORD

Lock the mausoleum doors and chain up the cemetery gates. Long-standing gore metal maniacs, EXHUMED re-emerge with their disgusting new album Death Revenge. The band's sixth full-length sees them tread into ambitious new territory with their first concept album: a musical melodrama in thirteen parts based on shocking true events. Death Revenge takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims' cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Eternal, Gruesome), Death Revenge takes the band's signature gore-drenched, death metal mayhem to theatrical and ghastly new depths. Cover illustration is by Orion Landau with interior illustrations by Lucas Ruggieri (lucasriggieriillustration.com)
 
Frontman Matt Harvey comments: "We're very excited to see this record come out. It's been a long time since we've fucked up your stereos! I think this record has a darker vibe than the last two, with a pretty gnarly tale of grave-robbery, dissection, murder, and all sorts of general skullduggery. We dig it and we hope you filthy animals will too."
 
Death Revenge is set for release on October 13th on CD, LP, deluxe LP with cassette, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com and Bandcamp.
 
Death Revenge Track Listing:
1. Death Revenge Overture
2. Defenders Of The Grave
3. Lifeless
4. Dead End
5. Night Work
6. Unspeakable
7. Gravemakers Of Edinburgh
8. The Harrowing
9. A Funeral Party
10. The Anatomy Act Of 1832
11. Incarnadined Hands
12. Death Revenge
13. Death Revenge Underture (Bonus Track)
14. A Lesson In Violence (Bonus Track)
 
San Jose's EXHUMED has blazed a path for modern-sensible old-school death metal since the band's 1991 formation, when the band's founder and sole remaining member Matt Harvey was a tender fifteen years old. EXHUMED spent much of the ensuing decade hacking their way through numerous line-ups, demos, split CDs, and EPs. In 1998, the band finally released their debut album, the genre-(re)defining and critic-repulsing Gore Metal. The album crystallized the sound -- old-school death metal meets full-on grindcore with the spirit of thrash -- forged with their 1994 demo and first split CD (Horrific Expulsion Of Gore and 1996's In The Name Of Gore respectively). The band envisioned the three releases as a trilogy of sorts.

After six years away from the scene and numerous other projects, Harvey, former members guitarist Wes Caley, and bassist/vocalist Leon del Muerte teamed up with drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut, Murder Construct, Phobia) for their acclaimed comeback album, All Guts, No Glory in 2011. The album earned them spots on numerous top 20 lists for 2011, including Decibel Magazine (#13) and Pitchfork's Metal column Show No Mercy (#11). With the positive reception of the record, EXHUMED undertook a grueling road schedule which led to the band finding a new full-time lineup. Mike Hamilton (Deeds Of Flesh, ex-Vile) took over the drum throne and Caley was eventually replaced by returning alumnus Bud Burke, this time on lead guitar.

Over the course of the years, EXHUMED has developed an impressive tour resume that includes visits to America, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Iceland. The band has also performed at high-profile festivals including Maryland Deathfest, Wacken Open Air, Obscene Extreme, and Scion Rock Fest, in addition to tour packages like Summer Slaughter. Somewhere in the midst of all of the touring, EXHUMED found the time to write and record a new album, Necrocracy, released in 2013 to critical acclaim from publications like Decibel, New Noise, MetalSucks, Stereokiller, and PopMatters, all of whom included the album on the best-of lists for 2013.

EXHUMED followed up that release with a split alongside Relapse label-mates Iron Reagan (2014), and then returned to the studio to fully re-record their 1998 classic Gore Metal. The recording, titled Gore Metal: A Necrospective, also featured the return of bassist/vocalist Ross Sewage as well as completely new artwork and was packaged as a deluxe two-CD set. Now in 2017, EXHUMED returns with their first ever concept album in Death Revenge!
 
EXHUMED:
Michael "Bud" Burke - guitar, vocals
Michael Hamilton - drums
Matthew Harvey - guitar, vocals
Ross Sewage - bass, vocals


AUGUST 13th 2017
 

RAVEN AND DEAD BY WEDNESDAY UNVEIL US TOUR

Connecticut-based heavy metal frontrunners DEAD BY WEDNESDAY are thrilled to announce their upcoming U.S. tour supporting British heavy metal legends Raven. The month-long run will begin on August 17 in Clifton Park, NY and visit 25+ venues before coming to an end in Allentown, PA on September 15, with Raven playing an additional solo date the next day. Original Fear Factory drummer Mike Heller will fill in on drums for Raven on the entire run. More dates are scheduled to be announced. Tickets are available via local venues.
 
In celebration of the upcoming tour, DEAD BY WEDNESDAY have released a brand new song "Darwin's Dance" - an example of what's to come on the band's upcoming full-length album. Listen here: https://youtu.be/Jx5qHK4pL4g
 
"Darwin's Dance" will be available for download via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify very soon. For now, the track is available for a limited time on Bandcamp, featuring the "pay your own price" option: https://deadbywednesday.bandcamp.com/track/darwins-dance
 
DEAD BY WEDNESDAY vocalist Rob Roy says: "We are super pumped to unleash our new tune "Darwin's Dance" to the masses but better yet even more stoked to be touring as direct support to British metal legends Raven! Can't wait to hear some of their road stories and I'm sure we'll be learning a thing or two from them as well."
 
Raven vocalist and bassist John Gallagher adds: "This is going to be a brilliant tour! We can't wait to get back into some US markets that we haven't been in a while but also return to some that we have. We love seeing our same fans but hope to see some new faces as well. Plus, we will have some fresh new blood out with us opening who are our EMP labelmates, DEAD BY WEDNESDAY."
 
While on tour, catch DEAD BY WEDNESDAY's touring guitarist and newest member Kyle "Squirrel" Leary jamming on his brand new Legator guitars! Leary just signed on for a full endorsement with Legator. Check out more about Legator here: https://legator.guitars/


 
RAVEN & DEAD BY WEDNESDAY U.S. Tour Dates:
Aug. 17th - Trickshots, Clifton Park, NY
Aug. 18th - Jewel Nightclub, Manchester, NH
Aug. 19th - AxeFest 2017@The Outer Space Ballroom, Hamden, CT
Aug. 20th - The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
Aug. 22nd - The Riffhouse, Chesapeake, VA
Aug. 23rd - The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh, NC
Aug. 24th - Ground Zero, Spartanburg, SC
Aug. 25th - The Earl, Atlanta, GA
Aug. 26th - The Basement, Nashville, TN
Aug. 27th - Twist of Lime, Metairie, LA
Aug. 30th - Gold Bar, San Antonio, TX
Aug. 31st - Texas Mist, Austin, TX
Sept. 1st - Diamond Jim's Saloon, Arlington, TX
Sept. 2nd - The Vanguard, Tulsa, OK
Sept. 3rd - Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Sept. 4th - Madison Live!, Covington, KY
Sept. 5th - Empire Concert Club & Bar, Akron, OH
Sept. 6th - Black Circle Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
Sept. 7th - Full Terror Assault Open Air III 2017, Cave-In-Rock, IL
Sept. 8th - The Frequency, Madison, WI
Sept. 9th - The Revival 2017, Yorkville, IL
Sept. 10th - The Token Lounge, Westland, MI
Sept. 12th - Evening Star Concert Hall, Niagara Falls, NY
Sept. 13th - Oneida American Legion Post 169, Oneida, NY
Sept. 14th - Saint Vitus Bar, NYC
Sept. 15th - Jabber Jaws, Allentown, PA
Sept. 16th - Bar XIII, Wilmington, DE (Raven only)
*More Dates TBA...
 
DEAD BY WEDNESDAY is also touring in support of their latest full-length album, The Darkest of Angels, which features a different guest vocalist on each track. Produced by Nicky Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust, Jasta), the record features vocals from Brian Fair of Shadows Fall, Rob Dukes of Generation Kill / ex-Exodus, John Arch of Fates Warning, Carley Coma of Candiria, Eric AK of Flotsam & Jetsam, Sean Danielsen of Smile Empty Soul, Ceschi Ramos of Fake Four Inc., Antony Hamalainen of Armageddon, Kris Keyes of Gargantua Soul, Paul Stoddard of Diecast and others.


AUGUST 11th 2017
 

MAYHEM ANNOUNCES SECOND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

MAYHEM will return to North America this fall on a month-long journey set to commence on November 1st and run through December 2nd. Support will be provided by Immolation and Black Anvil, the latter of which appeared with the band on their last stateside expedition. The Norwegian black metal icons have been commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a worldwide live takeover performing the monumental record in its entirety. Stateside fans who missed the spectacle the first time around get one last chance this November on the Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis- Pars Duorum tour.


 
The North American tour will follow the second leg of the band's European live incursion. The Purgatorium Eropæ - Pars Duorum tour will begin September 29th in Berlin, Germany and ravage its way through two dozen cities, drawing to a close on October 27th in Gothenburg, Sweden. Support will be provided by Dragged Into Sunlight and Inferno. See all confirmed dates below.
 
MAYHEM - Purgatorium Europæ - Pars Duorum w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Inferno :
9/29/2017 Colombia Theater - Berlin, DE [tickets]
9/30/2017 Reithalle - Dresden, DE [tickets]
10/02/2017 Wizeman - Stuttgart, DE [tickets]
10/03/2017 Orpheum - Graz, AT [tickets]
10/04/2017 Le Gueulard - Nilvange, FR [tickets]
10/05/2017 Essigfabrik - Cologne, DE [tickets]
10/06/2017 Hardrock Fest - Avelgem, BE [tickets]
10/07/2017 Soulcrusher - Nijmegen, NL [tickets]
10/08/2017 MS Connection - Mannheim, DE
10/09/2017 Le Grillen - Colmar, FR [tickets]
10/11/217 Santana 27 - Bilboa, ES [tickets]
10/13/2017 BAT - Madrid, ES [tickets]
10/14/2017 Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, ES [tickets]
10/15/2017 Jas Rod - Marseille, FR [tickets]
10/17/2017 Orion Live Club - Rome, IT [tickets]
10/18/2017 Stuk - Maribor, SL
10/19/2017 Randall - Bratislava, SK [tickets]
10/20/2017 Mega Club - Katowice, PL [tickets]
10/21/2017 Progesja - Warschau, PL [tickets]
10/22/2017 Melna Piektdiena - Riga, LT [tickets]
10/23/2017 Tapper - Tallinn, EE [tickets]
10/24/2017 Nosturi - Helsinki, FI [tickets]
10/27/2017 Brewhouse - Gothenburg, SE [tickets]

Purgatorium Americæ Septentrionalis- Pars Duorum w/ Immolation, Black Anvil:
11/03/2017 Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY
11/04/2017 Elements - Kitchener, ON
11/05/2017 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
11/06/2017 Skully's Music Diner - Columbus, OH
11/07/2017 The Majestic - Madison, WI
11/09/2017 The Forge - Joliet, IL
11/10/2017 The Ready Room - St. Louis, MO
11/11/2017 The Granada - Lawrence, KS
11/12/2017 The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
11/14/2017 El Rey Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
11/16/2017 Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
11/17/2017 The Observatory Northpark - San Diego, CA
11/18/2017 The Fonda - Los Angeles, CA
11/19/2017 The Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
11/21/2017 Mohawk - Austin, TX
11/22/2017 White Oak - Houston, TX
11/24/2017 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
11/25/2017 Mavericks - Jacksonville, FL
11/26/2017 Saturn - Birmingham, AL
11/27/2017 Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN
11/28/2017 Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
11/30/2017 Mr. Smalls Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
12/01/2017 Baltimore Sound Stage - Baltimore, MD
12/02/2017 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
 
The cornerstone De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas recently earned the #40 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time, the prestigious publication noting, "...Mysteriis... remains a singularly potent document, its expressions of alienation and nihilism lent an icy severity by Aarseth's lacerating guitar buzz, session vocalist Attila Csihar's arcane croak and presentation of Dead's lyrical gothic terror and the pummeling drums of Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg)."


AUGUST 1st 2017
 

ARCH ENEMY UNVEIL SECOND LEG OF "WILL TO POWER" TOUR 2018

Melodic metal masters ARCH ENEMY are ready to conquer fans worldwide as they embark on their headlining international "Will To Power Tour" this Fall in support of their highly anticipated new release, "Will To Power", out September 8 via Century Media Records. The first leg of the tour will trek across Eastern Europe from 9/15 - 10/11 with special guest Jinjer. The band are excited to announce the second round of dates for the "Will to Power Tour" will take place in early 2018 from 1/12 - 2/7 across Western Europe and feature support from Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer.



ARCH ENEMY bandleader and chief songwriter Michael Amott comments: “Very happy to already announce our “Will To Power" European headline tour for early 2018. We can't wait to get back out there with a new fresh ARCH ENEMY show full of cool surprises! And what a lineup! We have assembled a killer tour package with some amazing bands for you. Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer are all bands with their own unique and impressive live performances. This all adds up to an epic night of Metal that should not be missed!"

PRE-ORDER "WILL TO POWER" NOW @ http://willtopower.centurymedia.com
 
ARCH ENEMY - "The World Is Yours" Music Video
ARCH ENEMY live:
 
ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK
 
ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer
15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia *
*without Jinjer

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2018” with support from Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer
12.01.2018 DE - Munich, Tonhalle
13.01.2018 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
15.01.2018 CH - Zurich, Komplex
17.01.2018 IT - Milano, Alcatraz
18.01.2018 FR - Lyon, Transbordeur
22.01.2018 FR - Toulouse, Le Bikini
23.01.2018 FR - Paris, Bataclan
24.01.2018 BE - Antwerp, Trix
26.01.2018 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
27.01.2018 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
29.01.2018 DE - Hamburg, Große Freiheit
31.01.2018 SE - Malmö, KB
01.02.2018 NO - Oslo, Rockefeller
02.02.2018 SE - Stockholm, Arenan
03.02.2018 SE - Gothenburg, Trädgarn
05.02.2018 DE - Berlin, Huxleys
06.02.2018 DE - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
07.02.2018 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage

Tickets for all shows are available here: www.archenemy.net

 

AUGUST 1st 2017 
CHESTER BENNINGTON PRIVATE FAN BASED MEMORIAL

This past weekend, family and close friends celebrated the life of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington at a private service in Los Angeles, while fans worldwide organized over 300 band-endorsed memorials to pay homage to his legacy.
 
On Saturday, July 29, the private service at South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes Estates hosted more than 500 family members and close friends - including not only his Linkin Park bandmates but countless musicians with whom he has shared the stage alongside over the past two decades. Ted Stryker of KROQ led the service. Chester's Stone Temple Pilots bandmates Robert & Dean DeLeo, Kings of Chaos drummer Matt Sorum, Damon Fox, and Jimmy Gnecco teamed up for a powerful and poignant rendition of "Amazing Grace." Ryan Shuck - who comprised Dead By Sunrise with Chester - and Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn were among the friends who gave heartfelt eulogies.
 
The outpouring of support from the Linkin Park community continues to echo around the globe just as loudly as the frontman's immortal voice does. One fan started a Google Doc, collating and collecting all of the global memorials to share with other fans around the world. From Africa and Asia to across Europe, Oceania, and South America, LP Ambassadors and fan sites honored Chester's memory with their own touching tributes. Throughout these countries, thousands have created artwork, videos, social media posts, and more about the singer, honoring him forever.

Music For Relief, the non-profit organization Linkin Park founded in 2005, has launched the One More Light Fund in honor of Chester Bennington. Donations can be made at www.musicforrelief.org. In addition, the band shared the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK.
 
Chester.LinkinPark.com

#RIPChester
JULY 28th 2017
 

ELUVEITIE RELEASE NEW VIDEO

"Lvgvs", the new video from Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's next album, the long-awaited second part of their acoustic concept effort "Evocation", which will be released on August 18 via Nuclear Blast.




ELUVEITIE mainman Chrigel Glanzmann states: "We're excited to present to you the second single and video clip of our upcoming acoustic album: 'Lvgvs'! Lugus is one of the most enigmatic, fascinating and mystical deities in the Celtic pantheon and occupies an important place in 'Evocation II'! And so is our brand new single: 'Lvgvs'. It comes with playful lightness, but is still very deep at the same time, full of mysticism, eclectic details, deepness and emotion. And furthermore we're also happy to have our good, old buddy Netta Skog from ENSIFERUM and her accordion on board in this song!"

"Evocation II" conjures another time travel to eras long gone. As the title already reveals, the concept of the first opus will continue and is entirely dedicated to the Celtic mythology. Even more, "Evocation II" takes you into the Gallic pantheon and bows down to the Celtic Gods after which the song titles are named. Anyone who will join ELUVEITIE on this journey will quickly notice that the character of each song is equal to the one of the god the song is about — and there is a lot more to discover!

Glanzmann stated about the new CD: "'Evocation II' is a journey back to the source of it all: Antumnos, the otherworld. Join us on this wayfare through the Celtic pantheon, the world of the gods of our ancestors! The album cover expresses nothing less but exactly this! It's full of symbolism and meaning and depicts things of deepest meaning and importance in Celtic mythology. The symbol contains the 'great wheel', symbolizing the wheel of the year with the four seasons and the equinoxes — forming the foundations of Celtic mythology. The great wheel is framed by a tripartite Enneagram; while three is an important number in Celtic mythology in general, we also face trinity in the Celtic pantheon! While the inner circle contains the initials of the names of the deities revered on this album — arranged tripartitedly according to their relations within the pantheon and place in the mythology — the outer circle utters an invitation as well as a blessing, a magical benediction for the one to dare to enter and set forth on this journey. The core of the symbol implies triune symbolism. The depiction shows the god Lugus, who was sometimes also adressed in the plural — Lugoves — since he's a triune god, as well as a tricephalos. The 'one with the skillful hand' and 'artisan of all skills' is depicted and a combination of two important symbols: On the one hand he's shown as 'high king' (and druid of druids), a typical gallic symbolism of an essential meaning and sigificance. On the other hand, he's framed by the gallic 'lord of the animals/lord of life' symbolism: The character surrounded with diverse animals, but being strongly connected with all of them at the same time. So after all, the album cover vibrantly and mystically expresses the content of 'Evocation II'! Join and let the journey begin!"

ELUVEITIE in May 2016 announced the departure of drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi.

The band's last album, "Origins", was released in August 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.

ELUVEITIE is:

* Jonas Wolf (guitar)
* Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola)
* Nicole Ansperger (fiddle)
* Alain Ackermann (drums)
* Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran)
* Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, mandola)
* Kay Brem (bass)
* Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy)
* Rafael Salzmann (guitar)

The new lineup of ELUVEITIE made its live debut at the Eluveitie & Friends festival in January at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland


JULY 28th 2017
 

NE OBLIVISCARIS UNVEIL FIRST TRACK FROM NEW RECORD

NE OBLIVISCARIS are unveiling the first amazing track taken from their forthcoming masterpiece, 'Urn', which has been scheduled for release on October 27th. The Australian progressive extremists are available for interviews.

The song "Intra Venus" is presented by the band in the shape of a fascinating video clip at the link below, which can be freely published.

Link
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgUn4EKLMnU

NE OBLIVISCARIS frontman Tim Charles comments on behalf of the band: "After almost three years of honing our craft in every way that we possibly could, we finally present to you the first track from an album of which we could not be more proud of. 'Urn' feels like the culmination of all our years of hard work; the delivery of everything that we have wanted to create. Music and art as our imaginations see it fit to be. 'Intra Venus' is more concise than much of our work and is in fact the only song on 'Urn' under ten minutes, but one that we feel is a great introduction to the record. We hope that you will enjoy it."

Below you can view the uncensored European 'Urn' cover, which has been created by vocalist Xenoyr.


JULY 28th 2017
 

ANIMALS AS LEADERS/PERIPHERY ANNOUNCE TOUR

Periphery and Animals As Leaders team up for what is sure to be one of the year’s most talked about tours, launching a North American trek, dubbed The Convergence Tour, on Oct. 31.

“This tour is a long time coming,” said Animals As Leaders’ guitar player Tosin Abasi. “Beyond being some of our favorite musicians, the guys in Periphery are some of our favorite people! Our careers share common roots and at times, common members. We can’t wait to bring this show to you all.”

“We are incredibly excited to hit the road with our good friends in Animals as Leaders this fall,” adds Periphery guitar player Mark Holcomb. “While we've done some short runs and one-off shows with AAL over the years, the idea to do a full-scale, co-headlining tour of North America has been something both our camps have discussed for the better part of seven years. Unfortunately, we were never able to line things up. Until now. We were also able to snag two amazing bands for portions of this tour as well, Car Bomb for the first half and Astronoid for the second half. ”


The Convergence Tour:

October 31 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
November 1 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
November 3 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
November 4 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
November 5 London, ON London Music Hall
November 7 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
November 9 New York, NY Playstation Theater
Novembr 10 Providence, RI Lupo’s
November 11 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory
November 12 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
November 14 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
November 15 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
November 17 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall
November 18 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
November 19 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
November 21 Phoenix, AZ The Marquee
November 22 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
November 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
November 25 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
November 27 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
November 28 Vancouver, BC The Commodore Ballroom
November 29 Seattle, WA The Showbox
December 1 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex (The Grand)
December 2 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

Car Bomb opens Oct. 31 – Nov. 15 while Astronoid supports Nov. 17 to Dec. 2.



JULY 24th 2017 
SLAYER TO PERFORM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW

Two-time Grammy-winning thrash/metal legend Slayer will make its 11:35PM late-night television debut on Thursday, July 27 when the band performs its iconic "Raining Blood" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."  The show airs at 11:35PM ET/PT and 10:35PM CT on NBC.

Immediately following Thursday's taping of "The Tonight Show," Slayer will head over to New York's Theatre at Madison Square Garden where the band will headline as part of its summer U.S. tour. Remaining tour dates are below.

JULY
20   Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
21   St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
23   Electric Factory Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
25   Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
27   Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
28   Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
30   Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

AUGUST
  1   Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
  2   1stBank Center, Denver, CO
  4   The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
  5   The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  8   Vina Robles Amphitheater, Paso Robles, CA
  9   Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
11   The Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
12   WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
14   Encana Events Center, Dawson Creek, BC  CANADA
15   SMS Equipment Stadium, Fort McMurray, AB  CANADA
17   KettleHouse Amphitheater, Missoula, MT
19   Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
20   Comerica Theater, Phoenix, AZ


JULY 24th 2017
 

CANNIBAL CORPSE ANNOUNCE US HEADLINE TOUR

This November, CANNIBAL CORPSE will kick off a US tour in support of their upcoming, as-yet-untitled full-length, due out this fall. The tour will commence on November 3rd and run through December 8th. Support will be provided by Power Trip and Gatecreeper. See all confirmed dates below.  
 
CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Power Trip, Gatecreeper:
11/03/2017 Mavericks - Jacksonville, FL
11/04/2017 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
11/05/2017 Saturn - Birmingham, AL
11/06/2017 New Daisy Theater - Memphis, TN
11/08/2017 Trees - Dallas, TX
11/09/2017 White Oak - Houston, TX
11/10/2017 Sound On Sound Festival - Austin, TX
11/12/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
11/13/2017 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
11/14/2017 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
11/15/2017 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
11/17/2017 Neumos - Seattle, WA
11/18/2017 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
11/19/2017 Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
11/20/2017 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
11/22/2017 Summit - Denver, CO          
11/24/2017 Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL
11/25/2017 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
11/26/2017 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
11/28/2017 Royale - Boston, MA
11/29/2017 Stage 48 - New York, NY
11/30/2017 TLA - Philadelphia, PA
12/01/2017 Broadberry - Richmond, VA
12/02/2017 The Throne Theater - Wilmington, NC
12/03/2017 Pete's - Greensboro, NC
12/05/2017 Mercury Ballroom - Louisville, KY
12/06/2017 Exit/In - Nashville, TN
12/07/2017 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
12/08/2017 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL

JULY 20th 2017 
CHESTER BENNINGTON OF LINKIN PARK PASSES AWAY

The members of LINKIN PARK have released the following statement regarding the passing of their lead singer, Chester Bennington:

"Dear Chester,

"Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

"You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

"Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled — a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

"Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

"Until we see you again, LP."

 

Bennington was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles by one of his employees shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 20.

A Los Angeles County coroner said on Friday that Bennington's "death is confirmed to be suicide by hanging." He added that "a bottle of alcohol was found in the room, but it wasn't close to the body and was not full."

Bennington had been candid about mental health battles in numerous interviews over the years. He was an open book when it came to the darkness he wrestled with, from talking about depression, anxiety and substance abuse, to revealing that he was molested when he was seven years old


JULY 20th 2017
 

ARCH ENEMY RELEASE NEW VIDEO FROM UPCOMING RELEASE

ARCH ENEMY have risen once again and are ready to accelerate at full force as they unleash the masterful new single, "The World Is Yours", taken from their forthcoming album, "Will To Power", due out on September 8 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS worldwide.



Mastermind Michael Amott comments, "We've been hard at work on the new album for a while now and we're proud to present the first taste of new Arch Enemy music in over three years with our new single and video, 'The World Is Yours'! This was the first song I wrote for the upcoming 'Will To Power' album and Daniel (Erlandsson, drums) helped me arrange and finish it up. One of many songs we co-wrote and co-produced this time around. We had a blast recording together with the full band in the south of Sweden and then mixing with Jens Bogren, who did a superb mix and mastering - in my opinion even surpassing the epic sound on our previous record, 'War Eternal'. People that have heard this song in particular are saying it's got the classic anthemic Arch Enemy vibe going on, and I think they might be right about that... Looking forward to playing it live on stage later this summer!"

The massive debut track, which can be heard and seen in their rousing music video HERE or streaming below, will be offered as an instant download with all digital pre-orders and is also available on all streaming platforms.
 
Head to http://willtopower.centurymedia.com to find all digital and physical pre-order options.
 
ARCH ENEMY - "The World Is Yours" Music Video
"Will To Power" promises to be the ultimate statement of heavy metal supremacy and will mark the first album the band have recorded with their current line-up -- ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ (Vocals), MICHAEL AMOTT (Guitars), JEFF LOOMIS (Guitars), SHARLEE D'ANGELO (Bass), and DANIEL ERLANDSSON (Drums).  The album was co-produced by AMOTT and ERLANDSSON, while being mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir).

Following the immense critical acclaim from their anthem-laden triumph of 2014, "War Eternal", ARCH ENEMY will continue to bring their thunderous live performances to fans worldwide on the "Will To Power 2017 International Tour" this Fall following a busy summer making appearances across the European festival market. The first leg of the tour will stretch across Eastern Europe from September 15 to October 11 with direct support from Jinjer. Further dates across Europe and North America are soon to be revealed. See below for a full listing of upcoming shows!

ARCH ENEMY live:
 
ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017
06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary
15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK
 
ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer
15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia *
*without Jinjer
 
Tickets for all shows are available here: www.archenemy.net

JULY 19th 2017 
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE MOBILE GAME
Sony Music Entertainment and legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest announced today that “Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla,” a new mobile game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now available in the App Store.

Game download link to App Store here: http://apple.co/2uG3i3n

The app features stunning new visuals and gameplay set to the iconic songs “Halls of Valhalla,” “Breaking the Law”, “Turbo Lover”, “Electric Eye”, and “Painkiller” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”  

Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla innovates by making isolated song stems (eg drums, vocals, guitar) from the 2016 ‘Battle Cry’ album available to players exclusively within the game. Using an innovative visual mechanic, players must fill “stem meters” to construct the full song and progress through each level of the game.  

“When we set out to make this game, we wanted to give fans a new kind of visual listening experience” said Rob Halford, who also appears in a series of exclusive video clips throughout the game. “For the first time, we are making individual stems of our songs available to fans to give them a new and interactive way to engage with some of the best songs from our catalog.”  

Video trailer for game here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ6bjtdH5s4

“Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla” is a joint collaboration between Judas Priest, Sony Music Entertainment, Trinifold Management LLC UK and Babaroga, a leading mobile game studio.  
 
“Metal maniacs are you ready to join Judas Priest on the Road To Valhalla.....? We are excited to have you take charge and lead the way on the bike and the tour bus! Let the molten metal mayhem begin with the thrill of the ride! Can you claim victory on this perilous journey that leads you into Valhalla...?”
 
Have a blast and enjoy!
Rob, Glenn, Richie, Ian and Scott

JULY 13th 2017 
AMON AMARTH RELEASE VIDEO FOR "THE WAY OF VIKINGS"

After releasing the visually stunning videos for "First Kill"  and "At Dawn's First Light" last year, in support of their latest album, Jomsviking, Amon Amarth is now ready to debut a new video from the record: "The Way Of Vikings" - which was once again directed by Grupa 13 (http://www.grupa13.com). To watch the video - featuring the full band as Peaky Blinders inspired characters at a brutal underground gambling hall and boxing match - please visit: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth - where the video will be streaming live at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 8pm CEST. Fans can also view "The Way Of Vikings" now below:




Starting tomorrow (July 14), Amon Amarth will head back out on the road for their worldwide summer tour, which includes an appearance at the renowned Chicago Open Air on July 16. See below for all dates!

Amon Amarth tour dates
July 14 - Gavle, Sweden - Gefle Metal Festival
July 16 - Chicago, USA - Chicago Open Air
July 25 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metaldays Festival
July 27 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Theatre Club
July 29 - Istanbul, Turkey - Rock Off Festival
Aug. 2 - Vienna, Austria - Jolly Roger Festival
Aug. 4 - Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland - Przystanek Woodstock
Aug. 5 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
Aug. 6 - Colmar, France - Foire Aux Vins
Aug. 7 - Majano (Udine), Italy - City Festival
Aug. 9 - Villena, Spain - Leyendas Del Rock
Aug. 11 - Derbyshire, UK - Bloodstock Open Air
Aug. 12 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Into The Grave
Aug. 13 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Alcatraz Festival
Aug. 17 - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany - Summer Breeze
Aug. 18 - Moravsky Krumlov, Czech Republic - Rock Heart Festival
Aug. 19 - Zvolen, Slovakia - More Than Fest
Aug. 21 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Earshaker Day
Aug. 23 - Budapest, Hungary - Barba Negra Open Air Show
Aug. 25 - Giessen, Germany - Kultursommer
Aug. 26 - Sulingen, Germany - Reload Festival
Aug. 28 - Kiev, Russia - Sentrum
Aug. 29 - Minsk, Russia - Re:Public
Aug. 30 - St. Petersburg, Russia - A2
Aug. 31 - Krasnodar, Russia - Arena Hall
Sept. 2 - Yekaterinburg, Russia - Tele Club
Sept. 4 - Samara, Russia - Zvezda
Sept. 5 - Moscow, Russia - Yotaspace

As the band's first concept record in their storied career, Jomsviking tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark melodic, anthemic metal - which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept). For their efforts, Amon Amarth landed on the global charts (including a #11 spot on the USA Current Album Billboard Chart!). To purchase and preview Jomsviking, please visit http://www.amonamarth.com

JULY 13th 2017 
SEPTICFLESH REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK

Gods of orchestral extreme metal, SEPTICFLESH, will release their unrelenting new opus, Codex Omega, on September 1, 2017 in North America via Prosthetic Records. As a follow up to the release of their first single, "Dante's Inferno", SEPTICFLESH have just dropped the colossal new track "3rd Testament (Codex Omega)". Grab ahold of your seat and listen here via new lyric video:



 
The video was created by Cloud Music Typography. Guitarist Sotiris V. comments on the track, "As the release date of our new album is getting closer, it is appropriate to introduce you to the song that revolves around the main theme, "3rd Testament (Codex Omega)". So, behold the anti-bible. Listen to the sutras of the 3rd and final book in the divine drama series..."
 
Codex Omega will be available as a 2-CD set, on purple wax vinyl as well as a US indie retail store exclusive on white wax vinyl, and on all digital outlets. Preorders are up now and available at http://smarturl.it/SepticfleshCO.
 
Codex Omega was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir) and features 10 tracks of their trademark blend of mystical atmosphere, relentless death guitar riffing and pale melodies. Lyrically and musically, Codex Omega is by far the most infernal release from SEPTICFLESH to date. As a bonus, the CD and vinyl LP will come with an extra disc comprised of three orchestral tracks, once again featuring the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague.
 
Codex Omega official track listing:
DISC ONE
Dante's Inferno
3rd Testament (Codex Omega)
Portrait of a Headless Man
Martyr
Enemy of Truth
Dark Art
Our Church, Below the Sea
Faceless Queen
The Gospels of Fear
Trinity
 
DISC TWO
Martyr of Truth
Dark Testament
Portrait of a Headless Man (Orchestral Version)
 
SEPTICFLESH is:
Seth (brutal vocals, bass)
Christos Antoniou (guitars, orchestral)
Sotiris V. (guitars, clean vocals)
Kerim "Krimh" Lechner (drums)
 
SEPTICFLESH online:
www.septicflesh.com
www.facebook.com/septicfleshband

JULY 11th 2017 
CHILDREN OF BODOM/CARACH ANGREN UNVEIL FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Finland's melodic death metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM are returning to the states this fall for a mind-blowing celebration of 20 years since the debut of "Something Wild" and the beginning of the Hate Crew.


The 24-date tour will kick off on October 31 in Dallas, Texas with appearances at this year's Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, seven Canadian dates before concluding in Montreal on December 1. Joining the band on the momentous occasion are Dutch masters of horror CARACH ANGREN, Finnish thrashers LOST SOCIETY and New Jersey progressive, technical death metallers UNCURED.

CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho comments: "So my friends, after rolling through Europe doing the 20th-year-anniversary tour, we were honestly pretty bummed out to find out that we wouldn't have enough time to bring the tour to America since it was absolutely a blast for both the crowd and the band. But now I’m stoked to announce that, as it turns out, we indeed will be able to do this on the other side of the pond so I'm over-the-top happy about that!!

"Remember, guys, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience seeing us playing all kinds of obscure tracks off the first album, stuff from the second and third albums that we ain't played in over 15 years and the general rule, really, is that there will not be a single song newer than the 'Hate Crew Deathroll' tracks so it's all about old-school COB! So even if 'Something Wild' isn't your favorite album, I can guarantee that it will be entertaining, nostalgic and flat-out funny as hell to be a part of this madness so that's one party you just cannot miss! I hope to see you there, ladies and gents!"

Tour dates:

Oct. 31 - Gas Monkey Live!, Dallas TX
Nov. 01 - Come and Take It Live, Austin TX
Nov. 03 - Marquee Theatre, Phoenix AZ
Nov. 04 - Ozzfest, San Bernardino CA
Nov. 05 - UC Theatre, San Francisco CA
Nov. 07 - El Corazon, Seattle WA
Nov. 08 - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
Nov. 10 - Macewan Ballroom, Calgary AB
Nov. 11 - The Ranch Roadhouse, Edmonton AB
Nov. 13 - The Grand @ The Complex, Salt Lake City UT
Nov. 14 - Summit Music Hall, Denver CO
Nov. 15 - The Truman, Kansas City MO
Nov. 17 - The Cabooze, Minneapolis MN
Nov. 18 - The Forge, Chicago IL
Nov. 19 - The Majestic, Detroit MI
Nov. 21 - Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA
Nov. 22 - The Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia PA
Nov. 24 - PlayStation Theater, New York NY
Nov. 25 - The Palladium, Worcester MA
Nov. 26 - Anthology, Rochester NY
Nov. 28 - Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON
Nov. 29 - Bronson Centre, Ottawa ON
Nov. 30 - Imperial, Quebec City QC
Dec. 01 - Corona Theatre, Montreal QC

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 14

JULY 11th 2017 
70,000 TONS RELEASES PARTIAL LINE-UP FOR 2018 SAILING

70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, has announced ticket sales dates for Survivors and the first 16 of 60 bands to perform on board. The much-anticipated 8th edition sails from Miami / Fort Lauderdale, FL to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands and back between the dates of February 1- 5th, 2018.



The first 16 bands announced are: AETERNAM, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DARK TRANQUILLITY, ENSLAVED, GOATWHORE, IN EXTREMO, INSOMNIUM, KORPIKLAANI, MESHUGGAH, NECROPHOBIC, OBSCURA, OCTOBER TIDE, RHAPSODY, SEPTICFLESH, SEPULTURA and SONATA ARCTICA.

70000TONS OF METAL GOLD Survivors (festival goers who have attended three or more times) will be able to purchase tickets starting Friday July 7, 2017 at 12PM EDT (9AM PDT, 18:00 CEST and respectively 17:00 GMT+1).

SILVER Survivors (festival goers who have attended one or two times) will be able to purchase tickets starting Monday July 17, 2017 at 12PM EDT (9AM PDT, 18:00 CEST and respectively 17:00 GMT+1).

The Public Sales date will be announced in the coming weeks across all @70000tons social media pages and on the official 70000TONS OF METAL website.

Ticket prices for the 2018 cruise start at USD 766.00 plus Taxes and Fees per person and include on board accommodation, access to all shows, meals, room service as well as port and service charges.

"Every year I book a very diverse line-up trying to cover all sub-genres of Heavy Metal," says Andy Piller, The Skipper of 70000TONS OF METAL. "The only thing that's even more diverse are our Survivors. Last year we welcomed Metalheads from 74 (seventy-four!) different Nations on board, making 70000TONS OF METAL truly feel like the United Nations of Heavy Metal... at Sea! Just imagine having people from all over the Globe on the same ship. Origin, race, language, religion, lifestyle, all of that does not matter anymore. You can feel the vibe on board that everyone is equal. That's what makes me most proud about 70000TONS OF METAL."

About 70000TONS OF METAL

70000TONS OF METAL is The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, which features 60 Heavy Metal bands on board a luxury cruise ship performing across four stages, including The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to Sail the Seas.

The Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, one of the biggest cruise ships in the World, offers guests complimentary fine dining, 22 bars and lounges, 24 hour room service, and a host of activities and on board amenities.

With seven consecutive sellouts since the first voyage in 2011, this five-day, four-night Heavy Metal Music Festival and Caribbean vacation offers 3,000 Metalheads a once in a lifetime opportunity to mingle side-by-side with 60 world class Heavy Metal bands.

Every band plays twice and you get unrestricted festival access to 120+ live performances, including the Jamming with Waters in International Waters All-Star Jam, Meet & Greets with every band, intimate Artist Clinics & Workshops, exclusive Album Premiere Listening Sessions and much more. All of this with no VIP areas on board makes it feel like everyone has a Backstage Pass. If that's not enough, festival goers even get a chance to explore their Caribbean dream destination with Artist escorted shore excursions.

For more information on 70000TONS OF METAL 2018, including photos, FAQs (for booking, travel documents, payment, etc.), vessel amenities, events details and more, please visit 70000tons.com.

Guests and fans are also invited to join the 70000TONS OF METAL community on Facebook facebook.com/70000tons and Twitter twitter.com/70000tons.