MARCH 15th 2018
The new Canadian metal band featuring members of THREAT SIGNAL, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has been christened IMONOLITH.

The group was launched following Devin Townsend's announcement that he has put the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT on indefinite hiatus while he works on other projects.

Joining drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen and guitarist Brian "Beav" Waddell (who played bass in DTP) are bassist Byron Stroud, second guitarist Jed Simon and vocalist Jon Howard.

Regarding how IMONOLITH was chosen as the moniker for the new band, Van Poederooyen said: "Jed Simon had a list of over 50 band names he thought of over the years. He sent them to all of us in the band. The word 'Monolith' was one of the band names. It caught my attention and I started playing with the word. At first, I thought of various names with words in front of, or after the word Monolith, then I thought of 'I Monolith.' But it didn't sound right, so I added the letter 'i' to the front of the word 'Monolith' and voilà… IMONOLITH was born. A brand new word used for a band name. The guys dug it when I brought it up to them. It sounds heavy and is easy to say. So we're sticking with it! It still somewhat carries the meaning of Monolith, which is a monumental, black stone of significance. Sounds metal enough for us!"

IMONOLITH (the first "i" is pronounced like the "i" in the word "impossible") is:

* Jon Howard (THREAT SIGNAL) - Vocals
* Brian "Beav" Waddell (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT) - Guitar
* Byron Stroud (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) - Bass
* Ryan Van Poederooyen (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT) - Drums

MARCH 14th 2018

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will release its seventh full-length studio album, "And Justice For None", on May 18. The long-awaited collection is available for physical pre-order today in the following formats: standard physical CD (13 tracks), deluxe physical CD (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + deluxe artwork), Vinyl (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + deluxe gatefold artwork). The band is also offering fans a variety of new CD/merchandise bundles. The digital album pre-order for "And Justice For None" will launch on April 6. Fans who pre-order the new album will also receive an exclusive ticket pre-sale code for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's just-announced 32-date North American summer co-headlining amphitheater tour with BREAKING BENJAMIN.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is thrilled to be hitting the road for a massive series of co-headlining North American dates with BREAKING BENJAMIN this summer. As special guests, they will bring along two of the most exciting new rock acts in the world: three-time-Grammy Award nominees NOTHING MORE and BAD WOLVES who are currently dominating the No. 1 spots on the mainstream, rock and metal charts in multiple countries around the world with their cover version of THE CRANBERRIES' "Zombie".

The summer amphitheater tour, co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Productions, kicks off on July 16 in Seattle, Washington and will make stops in 32 North American cities. Last week, select dates were announced via Live Nation's "Ticket To Rock" program. Today, all dates are now available and VIP presale begins today at 12:00 p.m. EST. Fan-club members have access to the presale tomorrow, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Watch a world premiere sneak peek of music from the new FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH album in the tour trailer below.

"When I'm asked for a tour quote I'm always scratching my head… Is there anything to add?" says FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist, Zoltan Bathory. "We are putting together 2018's biggest hard rock tour of the summer; where even the first band on the bill has a massive hit single around the world. There will be fire, there will be lights and it's going to be loud. An experience you can't just download, you have to be there. We all get about 80 summers in our lifetimes, so make them count."

"This is the type of tour package that is all too rare nowadays," adds Larry Frank, owner, Frank Productions/Live Nation. "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BREAKING BENJAMIN, NOTHING MORE and BAD WOLVES is the kind of tour that keeps music alive and exciting and at the same time introduces the audience to newer bands that will become the next generation of arena rock acts."

Fans purchasing a ticket to the tour will also support a good cause. The co-headliners will donate $0.50 from each ticket sold to two charity organizations close to their hearts. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has chosen C.O.P.S - Concerns Of Police Survivors, an organization whose mission is rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community. BREAKING BENJAMIN has chosen Prevent Child Abuse America to help counteract the abuse and neglect of our nation's children by promoting services that improve child well-being and developing programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Thursday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, March 15 at 10 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "BB5FDP" to access tickets before the general public.


Jul. 16 - White River Amphitheatre - Seattle, WA ** (buy tickets)
Jul. 18 - Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA ** (buy tickets)
Jul. 20 - Taco Bell Arena - Boise, ID (buy tickets)
Jul. 21 - USANA Amphitheatre - Salt Lake City, UT (buy tickets)

Jul. 24 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - San Francisco, CA (buy tickets)
Jul. 25 - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre - San Diego, CA (buy tickets)
Jul. 27 - FivePoint Amphitheater - Irvine, CA (buy tickets)
Jul. 29 - Isleta Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM ** (buy tickets)
Aug. 01 - Austin360 Amphitheater - Austin, TX (buy tickets)
Aug. 03 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX ** (buy tickets)
Aug. 04 - Starplex Pavilion - Dallas, TX (buy tickets)
Aug. 06 - BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove - Southaven, MS (buy tickets)
Aug. 07 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO (buy tickets)
Aug. 09 - Heritage Park Amphitheatre - Simpsonville, SC (buy tickets)
Aug. 11 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL (buy tickets)
Aug. 12 - Verizon Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA (buy tickets)
Aug. 14 - KeyBank Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA (buy tickets)
Aug. 15 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ (buy tickets)
Aug. 17 - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA (buy tickets)
Aug. 18 - Xfinity Center - Boston, MA (buy tickets)
Aug. 20 - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON (buy tickets)
Aug. 22 - Lakeview Amphitheater - Syracuse, NY ** (buy tickets)
Aug. 24 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA (buy tickets)
Aug. 25 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ ** (buy tickets)
Aug. 28 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH (buy tickets)
Aug. 29 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL (buy tickets)
Aug. 31 - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Indianapolis, IN ** (buy tickets)
Sep. 01 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI (buy tickets)
Sep. 03 - Darien Lake Amphitheater - Darien Center, NY (buy tickets)
Sep. 06 - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY ** (buy tickets)
Sep. 07 - XFINITY Theatre - Hartford, CT (buy tickets)
Sep. 09 - Blossom Music Center - Cleveland, OH ** (buy tickets)


Previously announced FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH spring festival dates

Apr. 20 - KUPD's UFEST - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 21 - Las Rageous - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 27 - Welcome To Rockville - Jacksonville, FL
Apr. 28 - Fort Rock Fest - Sunrise, FL
May 05 - Carolina Rebellion - Concord, NC

Previously announced FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH / SHINEDOWN spring U.S. tour dates:

May 06 - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
May 08 - Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY
May 10 - BOK Center - Tulsa, OK
May 11 - Westfair Amphitheatre - Council Bluffs, IA
May 12 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI *
May 14 - Salem Civic Center - Salem, VA
May 16 - Legacy Arena - Birmingham, AL
May 17 - Ford Center- Evansville, IN
May 18 - Mark of the Quad - Moline, IL
May 20 - Alerus Center - Grand Forks, ND
May 30 - Casper Events Center - Casper, WY

"And Justice For None" (standard album) track listing:

01. Fake
02. Top Of The World
03. Sham Pain
04. Blue On Black
05. Fire In The Hole
06. I Refuse
07. It Doesn't Matter
08. When The Seasons Change
09. Stuck In My Ways
10. Rock Bottom
11. Gone Away
12. Bloody
13. Will The Sun Ever Rise

"And Justice For None" (deluxe album) track listing:

01. Trouble (Bonus Track)
02. Fake
03. Top Of The World
04. Sham Pain
05. Blue On Black
06. Fire In The Hole
07. I Refuse
08. It Doesn't Matter
09. When The Seasons Change
10. Stuck In My Ways
11. Rock Bottom
12. Gone Away
13. Bloody
14. Will The Sun Ever Rise
15. Bad Seed (Bonus Track)
16. Save Your Breath (Bonus Track)

Photo credit: Kenneth Baluba Sporsheim / @kenspo

MARCH 13th 2018

Rock icon Alice Cooper, who released his 27th album, "Paranormal", last July via earMUSIC, has announced his summer 2018 tour plans. Following on his current "A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper" March run, the tireless legend will embark on another North American trek. The summer tour kicks off on August 3 at the Wisconsin State Fair and winds through the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up in September.

This leg is also "A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper". The Las Vegas and Los Angeles dates will feature special guest — guitarist Ace Frehley.

Tour dates:
Aug. 03 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair
Aug. 05 - Sioux Falls, SD - Washington Pavilion
Aug. 06 - Kansas City, MO - Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts
Aug. 08 - Colorado Springs, CO - Pike's Peak Center

Aug. 10 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea
Aug. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
Aug. 14 - San Jose, CA - City National Civic
Aug. 15 - Jackson, CA - Jackson Rancheria Casino
Aug. 18 - Bonner, MT - Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Aug. 19 - Everett, WA - Angel of the Winds Arena
Aug. 20 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Aug. 22 - Calgary, AB - Southern Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 23 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 25 - Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Centre
Aug. 26 - Estevan, SK - Affinity Place
Aug. 28 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
Aug. 29 - Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Aug. 30 - St. Paul, MN - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Sep. 01 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Foellinger Theatre
Sep. 02 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
Sep. 04 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
Sep. 06 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Sep. 07 - York, PA - York Fair

In other Alice Cooper news, he will portray King Herod in the upcoming live television production of "Jesus Christ Superstar". The show is set to air on Easter Sunday (April 1) on NBC.

Produced by Bob Ezrin, "Paranormal" was immediately saluted as a classic album, strong of the collaboration with iconic guests such as ZZ TOP's Billy Gibbons, U2's Larry Mullen and DEEP PURPLE's Roger Glover.

Cooper, who turned 70 last month, said in a 2017 interview that he has no plans to retire from touring. "The live show is something I'll never give up," he said. "To me, the lyrics to the songs are the script to what's going to happen on stage. If you sing 'Welcome To My Nightmare', you have to give the fans something. There are places where you have to kill the ballerina, you know. That's how I design the show. It's all about the lyrics."

MARCH 11th 2018
The official music video for the song "Trust" from WE SELL THE DEAD can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's debut album, "Heaven Doesn't Want You And Hell Is Full", which was released on February 23 via earMUSIC.

Revolving around Niclas Engelin (IN FLAMES, ENGEL), DRÖMRIKET's Jonas Slättung, Gas Lipstick (former HIM drummer) and the voice of Apollo Papathanasio (SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, FIREWIND), WE SELL THE DEAD goes beyond the strains of conventional storytelling and creates a multi-media experience of premium-quality heavy metal music embedded in visually stimulating and atmospheric visuals.

Engelin told Dead Rhetoric about WE SELL THE DEAD's musical and lyrical approach: "This is a band of friends and musicians who want to do something different and dare to do so. It was the main priority to do something different coming from us and to turn some heads with our songs. We basically do what we love and we feel so fortunate to not have any boundaries or secret map. We just follow our hearts and try to do the best songs we can do and have tons of fun doing it."

He added: "I really wanted to something different and paint with bigger colors and take my time before the chorus kicks in. I just love the Tony Martin era of BLACK SABBATH and MAGNUM's 'On A Storyteller's Night'. I always wanted to try to outdo myself by writing that kind of music with my own way of writing, of course."

Regarding WE SELL THE DEAD's future plans, Engelin said: "We would like to take the band in a live environment and try to do something similar to the album’s theme, but we have to find out how to do it first. We are making our first appearance at our release February 23 in Gothenburg and we will just go from there. We have some ideas how to do this. We have already mapped some ideas for the next album and I have been writing some epic and big stuff lately which the guys are putting their magic to as we speak, so we are in the flow."

"Heaven Doesn't Want You And Hell Is Full" track listing:
01. The Body Market
02. Echoes Of An Ugly Past
03. Leave Me Alone
04. Imagine
05. Turn It Over
06. Too Cold To Touch
07. Trust
08. Pale And Perfect
09. Silent Scream

MARCH 10th 2018
Rob Zombie has confirmed "3 From Hell" as the title of his next movie, a sequel to his 2005 horror hit "The Devil's Rejects". The film, which started shooting earlier today (Tuesday, March 13), is said to continue the story of the Firefly clan — Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis and Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby — whom we saw go down in a torrent of bullets at the end of the first film.
It's not clear whether Zombie plans to resurrect the Firefly trio from the dead in some kind of supernatural fashion in the new film or has found a way to explain that they survived the original movie's climactic shootout.

"The Devil's Rejects" is widely considered Zombie's best film. It's a semi-sequel to his directorial debut, 2003's "House Of 1,000 Corpses", which introduced the Firefly family.
Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he was approached by the studio in record time about making a sequel to "House Of 1,000 Corpses". "I went away for the weekend [the film opened], so they couldn't find me till Monday," he said. "So it was basically Monday. I think the film opened, like, on Thursday and I was gone, and they couldn't find me, so by Monday they were already talking about it. Depending upon what you spent and what you made, I mean, that movie was profitable after one day. Whereas you get these other movies where they're, like, 'Oh my God, it made $100 million!' and it's still $100 million in the hole because they just spent so much."
According to Bloody Disgusting, Zombie is in negotiations with Saban Films and Lionsgate to release "3 From Hell" in theaters, VOD, and home video. Zombie distributed his last movie, the partially crowdfunded "31", through both companies.

MARCH 1st 2018
Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR and reunited Swedish garage rockers THE HELLACOPTERS will headline this year's edition of the Psycho Las Vegas festival, set to take place August 17-19 at venues throughout the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Festival billing:

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Passes for Psycho Las Vegas are on sale now for $249 plus fees. "Tier I" includes admission to an August 16 pool party with performances by WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, ELDER, FIREBALL MINISTRY, DENGUE FEVER and TOKE.

Psycho Las Vegas's 2018 DJ lineup will feature Andrew W.K., Nicke Andersson of THE HELLACOPTERS and Johanna Sadonis of LUCIFER.

For more information, visit

FEBRUARY 22nd 2018
The Norwegian metal titans, DIMMU BORGIR, are one day away from releasing their upcoming EP in Europe, and just over a week in North America for "Interdimensional Summit" , and with that release, the band has unveiled a short video trailer. Check out the trailer below and order your EP now from the Nuclear Blast link HERE:


FEBRUARY 22nd 2018
"Arcana Imperii", the new video from Ihsahn, can be seen below. The song is taken from his seventh solo album, "Ámr", which will be released on May 4 via Candlelight/Spinefarm.

True living legends are few and far between, but Ihsahn has long since earned the right to be regarded as one of metal's all-time greats. As frontman and chief songwriter with legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers EMPEROR, he swiftly cemented a formidable reputation as one of the underground's most idiosyncratic creative forces. Classic albums like 1995's "In The Nightside Eclipse" and 1997's epoch-shattering "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk" ensured that the young band were among the most respected the most popular of Norway's many black-hearted exports. Their imperious rise to prominence came to an unexpected end after the release of 2001's wildly intricate and grandiose "Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise", but it was an album that suggested that Ihsahn's compositional journey was far from over.

Reincarnated as a solo artist for 2006's "The Adversary", Ihsahn has spent the last 12 years forging a second path through artistry's darkest shadows; one that is making more and deeper connections than any of his past endeavours. With a sound that still retains strong links to his black metal roots while embracing everything from skewed art rock and avant-garde jazz to experimental electronica and dark ambient, each successive album has presented a brand new manifestation of the Norwegian's unique craft: from the muscular and haughty riff sculptures of "Angl" and "After"'s haunting, saxophone-driven mirage to the tech-metal explorations of "Eremita" and on to the wild, avant-metal splurge of "Das Seelenbrechen", Ihsahn's catalogue speaks of a restless creative spirit with ideas to burn.

In keeping with that spirit, 2018 brings the arrival of Ihsahn's seventh solo album, "Ámr". Another immersive and frequently disorientating eruption of refined and absorbing progressive extreme metal, it echoes the meticulous precision and structural simplicity of 2016's widely acclaimed "Arktis". Album while taking Ihsahn's music somewhere entirely new, where the hiss and throb of old school analogue synths dominate and the atmosphere is airless and oppressive. Once again percussively propelled by longtime drummer Tobias Ørnes Andersen and with a blistering guest solo from OPETH's Fredrik Åkesson on "Arcana Imperii", "Ámr" is another evolutionary leap from one of metal's most remorselessly forward-thinking protagonists.

"It's just lovely to work with Tobias," says Ihsahn. "I know that he can technically handle anything I throw at him. But more importantly, when I say like; 'I want this to feel like the vacuum between words in a conversation with Hannibal Lecter,' he will say, 'Yeah, I get that!' [Laughs] So for him, it's not about showing off, it's always about relating to the vibe. With Fredrik, we met first time in Oslo, when I did my debut solo show as support to OPETH and later we've hung out on different festivals when we happen to play the same day. Last time in Japan when we played there with EMPEROR and OPETH. We were talking about guitars and I said, 'Not to kiss up to you or anything, but you're absolutely one of my favourite players, so some day I might call you for a guest solo…' and he says, 'I'm in!' He did a fabulous job."

As with all of Ihsahn's solo albums to date, "Ámr" possesses its own unique atmosphere; a palpable sense of tension and unease that infuses even the album's most melodic moments with heightened drama and otherworldly menace. But despite its often-claustrophobic feel, this is very much an album of beautifully crafted and shrewdly arranged songs. Although as dark and intense as anything he has conjured before, both the depth of sonic texture and the clarity of his overarching vision are more impressive than ever.

"Knowing that the form would be somewhat similar to what I did on the previous album, and given that I write stuff in a certain way, I wanted to change the wrapping this time," Ihsahn notes. "So instead of going with my go-tos of strings and orchestration, I focused on analog synths and more in-your-face sounds. It goes back to the beginning of EMPEROR, when we brought in strings and horns inspired by orchestral movie scores by John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, but at the same time we loved all those eerie synth soundtracks of, for example, John Carpenter's 'Halloween'. I've also been listening to some contemporary R&B and hip-hop stuff with those deep, deep 808s. It's just somehow darker than a lot of metal or black metal. It has a depth and an energy to it that I find captivating, so I wanted to explore those arrangement styles as well."

Another bold stride into uncharted territory, Ihsahn's seventh solo album is the legendary Norwegian's most eclectic and challenging to date. Morphing fluidly from mellifluous art rock ambience to vicious extreme metal, covering all points in between, the likes of grandiloquent opener "Lend Me The Eyes Of The Millennia" and the wild, melodic melancholy of "Sámr" blend seamlessly with ornate, progressive metal monoliths like "In Rites Of Passage" and the immaculate, climactic "Wake". Drenched in evocative synthesizers and brimming with skewed-but-irresistible riffs, "Ámr" is both Ihsahn's most accessible record to date and his most extreme departure from his black metal roots.

"Every album I intend to make the darkest album ever," Ihsahn says. "I never set out to make anything more melodic or accessible. However, growing up on '80s metal, plus having a rather wide range of musical influences, I often end up with quite contrasting elements. This is my seventh solo album, so in the end it really comes down to methods and perspectives that keep me exited and fired up about what I'm working on. If I'm not excited about it, I can't expect anybody else to be!"

"Ámr" track listing:

01. Lend Me The Eyes Of The Millenia
02. Arcana Imperii
03. Sámr
04. One Less Enemy
05. Where You Are Lost And I Belong
06. In Rites Of Passage
07. Marble Soul
08. Twin Black Angels
09. Wake


FEBRUARY 22nd 2018

Robert Plant says that there will be a celebration "somewhere" of LED ZEPPELIN's 50th anniversary this year and that he will meet up with the other surviving members of the band to discuss plans to mark the milestone.

An official illustrated book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin", will be released in October while guitarist Jimmy Page recently said that another LED ZEPPELIN live album will arrive later this year, with additional "releases" coming out over the next decade.

Speaking to The Current about ZEPPELIN's plans to celebrate hitting the half-century mark, the singer said: "Well, we're planning to get together and talk about it. Basically, it's very difficult to find stuff that still is unheard. And not only will it be 50 years, but it'll be, next year, 38 years since John [Bonham, drums] passed away. And the great thing about LED ZEPPELIN was that we didn't chronicle ourselves; we just kind of went from town to town and sang songs and played guitars and stuff and then went about our lives."

Plant added that he wished "that we had more stuff to look at, but there will be a book of photographs and stuff. But some of it will be particularly interesting, I think," he said. "Beyond that, musically, there's bits and pieces lying around, but not an album or anything like that. But there will be a celebration, I'm sure, somewhere. A cork will pop! [makes sound effects]"

LED ZEPPELIN hasn't performed together in more than a decade, having last played London's O2 Arena in December 2007. The concert was part of the Ahmet Ertegun tribute event, which was chronicled on the band's 2012 "Celebration Day" CD and DVD. The set, which featured Jason Bonham subbing for his late father John Bonham on drums, marked Page, Robert Plant and Paul Jones's first full-scale concert together since John Bonham's 1980 death.

Last October, Plant shot down the possibility of a LED ZEPPELIN reunion, telling the Daily Telegraph that "you can't ever really go back." He added: "It's tough enough repeating yourself with something that's a year old, never mind 49 years old. I've got to keep moving."

Plant has arguably been the lone holdout for another LED ZEPPELIN reunion. Despite promoter-led attempts to get the band to reform for a series of concerts, Plant remains committed to his new musical direction in the roots and blues-based "Americana" field.

FEBRUARY 22nd 2018

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will release their new studio album, "Queen Of Time", on May 18 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015's "Under The Red Cloud" will include the use of real strings, flutes, orchestral arrangements and even choirs. In addition, this will be the first time that people will be able to hear their lyricist Pekka Kainulainen on the album as he contributes a speech in Finnish.

"Queen Of Time" was once again produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KREATOR), who is well known for challenging and motivating artists during the recording process. He isn't afraid to push them to their limits.

Guitarist Esa Holopainen comments: "I guess 'Queen Of Time' turned out as a massive surprise to all of us. During the rehearsing and pre-production, we didn't have any idea that Jens had this huge picture inside of his head about the landscape of the album. It's a very natural continuation to 'Under The Red Cloud' but with steroids. The songs are more aggressive but there's more dynamics, harmonies and orchestral arrangements present. The result is AMORPHIS as something you've never heard before! Essentially, working with Jens worked really well. As a person, he is very similar to us — we share the same kind of weird humor and we all like to work hard."

The "Queen Of Time" cover artwork, which was created once again by French artist Jean "Valnoir" Simoulin from Metastazis, captures the feeling of the lyrics and the music. With Pekka Kainulainen's (lyricist) words, the lyrical theme is universal: "Cultures rise, flourish, and are destroyed. The story of man is the story of searching, finding, and forgetting. A single spark can set the world afire, a single idea can give birth to a new culture. The greatest can stagnate into insignificance, the smallest can hold the power for change. The lyrics on this album are distant echoes of ancient forest peoples, from a time when meaning was proportioned by the cosmic forces that govern birth and death. If the connection was lost, they sought for a strand of knowledge, found a new direction, and a new age began."

"Queen Of Time" will be also the first AMORPHIS album to feature the band's old/new bass player Olli-Pekka "Oppu" Laine following the departure of Niclas Etelävuori in 2017. Oppu was one of the founding members of AMORPHIS in 1990 and recorded the first seven records with the band before he exited the group in spring 2000.

"To be honest, 'Oppu' was the only guy we could imagine being in AMORPHIS," says Esa. "It was funny — when we started to play our first shows together again last summer, it all felt so familiar. He was involved with arranging songs and he also even brought some new songs to the table… really good ones, too!" Oppu adds: "Even though the last year with AMORPHIS has been exciting, nostalgic and fun, it's also been truly comfortable to be with the guys again. As a clichéd expression, it's been like returning home from a lengthy odyssey. After 18 years, it feels like we are picking up where we left off from the good ol' days! I'm really looking forward for the upcoming tour. The new album itself is a really strong package, the only hard thing will be picking which songs to play live! It's safe to say we are set to pull off some killer shows over the next few years. After that, I'm predicting a long and fruitful career for the band in its current form..."

FEBRUARY 20th 2018
AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON, GOJIRA and EMPEROR are among the confirmed artists for this year's Heavy Montréal festival, set to take place July 28-29 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Weekend Passes

General Admission: $165 (taxes & service fees included)
Gold: $300 (taxes & service fees included)

Weekend Warrior Passes ('77 Montréal + Heavy Montréal)

General Admission: $210 (taxes & service fees included)
Gold: $320 (taxes & service fees included)

Gold Passes:

Gives access to the Heavy Terrace reserved premium viewing area located near the main stage, with private washrooms and exclusive food and beverage stands.

Weekend Warrior Passes:

This is the perfect option for fans that want to add a day of punk rock to their heavy weekend! Heavy Montréal and '77 Montréal are teaming up to offer you a Weekend Warrior 3-Day Combo Pass. Festivalgoers will be able to attend the second edition of '77 Montréal taking place on Friday, July 27 at the same location where Heavy Montréal is happening over the following two days. The lineup and details regarding '77 Montréal will be announced very shortly at

Festival passes go on sale this Friday at noon at

Heavy Montréal is going to be a new temporary site this year. Just a short walk from Jean-Drapeau metro and the traditional site, all the stages, activities and beer festivalgoers know and love will be on Île Notre-Dame while the City of Montreal complete renovations on Île Saint-Hélène.

FEBRUARY 2nd 2018
The buzz surrounding legendary metal band Judas Priest’s forthcoming album, ‘Firepower,’ is undeniably growing louder - on the strength of the video clip for the track “Lightning Strike,” as well as many of the attractive/limited edition purchasing options made available for fans via PledgeMusic already being sold out. And it will soon reach a fever pitch with the unveiling of another new killer track, plus another limited edition of the forthcoming album being made available for purchase.

Fans can now hear the title track from ‘Firepower’ in the video above, and can purchase a metallic silver-colored cassette version of the album on PledgeMusic via, and is being issued in an extremely limited pressing of only 300. And if judging from how quickly some of the previous limited edition bundles sold out via the site (such as signed guitars from Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, various colors of autographed vinyl, etc.), this rare cassette version will be an instant rarity and collector’s item. If you haven’t checked out the “Lightning Strike” video or preordered the album, you can do so now by visiting the follow respective links: and
Set for release on Friday, March 9th, 2018 via Epic Records - the album is comprised of fourteen tracks of pure and highly inspired metal.  And to mark the occasion Priest (singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis) has reunited with producer Tom Allom (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as ‘Unleashed in the East,’ ‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ and 'Defenders of the Faith') and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher.
“Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing,” explains Halford. “And Andy is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.” “Tom Allom has been with us since 1979, so his knowledge of ourselves and our music in general is immense,” adds Hill. And according to Travis Priest returned back to a recording method that worked incredibly well on the band’s earlier classics - “We went back to the organic way of recording where it’s all of us in a room and we got to play together.”
With the impending arrival of ‘Firepower’ and its ensuing tour (which kicks off on March 13th), THE PRIEST IS BACK!
1. Firepower
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never The Heroes
5. Necromancer
6. Children of the Sun
7. Guardians
8. Rising From Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red

FEBRUARY 1st 2018

Act of Defiance, the heavy metal group featuring the talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass, released their latest full-length album, Old Scars, New Wounds, via Metal Blade Records in September of 2017. Now, in 2018, the band are back on the road in support of their sophomore effort. Act of Defiance will be headlining shows throughout the US in March with support from Shattered Sun. The complete list of dates can be found below and on - follow Act of Defiance and never miss a show near you, again at

"Act of Defiance is extremely excited to be touring in March for the release of our newest CD 'Old Scars, New Wounds'. We are very happy to have along with us our friends in Shattered Sun and are stoked to see what they bring to a live show as I know they will kill it!" - Chris Broderick

Act of Defiance tour dates
w/ Shattered Sun
Mar. 1 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Mar. 2 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar (FREE SHOW!)
Mar. 3 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Mar. 4 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar
Mar. 6 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
Mar. 7 - El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
Mar. 8 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
Mar. 9 - Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
Mar. 10 - Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
Mar. 11 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Ruins Live
Mar. 12 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Mar. 13 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Mar. 14 - Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
Mar. 15 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 16 - Kent, OH @ The Outpost
Mar. 17 - Janesville, WI @ Back Bar
Mar. 18 - Omaha, NE @ The Drinkery
Mar. 20 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Mar. 21 - Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater

JANUARY 23rd 2018
After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell's-a-breaking-loose music ever created, being one of the four bands that defined an entire musical genre and being the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to...after nearly 37 years, releasing 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and two box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards, Gold records and other accolades...having its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on "The Tonight Show," the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.

Slayer announces that it will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time. Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet+ exclusive merchandise packages will be available.  Log on to for this and all ticket purchasing info.
10   Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA*
11   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA*
13   Papa Murphy's Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16   PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC
17   South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19   Big Four, Calgary, AB*
20   Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB*
22   Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB*
24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN*
25   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30   Place Bell, Montreal, PQ*
 1    Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
 2    PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
 4    Santander Arena, Reading, PA*
 6    Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
 7    Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
 9    KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12   VUHL Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC*
15   Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL
17   Smart Financial Centre, Houston, TX
19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
20   Austin 360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
* Anthrax appears on all dates with the exception of those marked *


JANUARY 11th 2018
BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski has been formally charged by Polish authorities for allegedly disrespecting one of the country's national symbols.

The case, referred to court by the District Prosecutor's Office in Gdańsk, northern Poland, involves the band's "Republic Of The Unfaithful" tour artwork and merchandise, which is said to be "insulting" to the national coat of arms of Poland, a stylized white eagle with a golden beak and talons, and wearing a golden crown, in a red shield.

An expert on heraldry and iconography has determined that the tour's artwork featured "a distorted image of Poland's national emblem," according to the prosecutor's office.

The artwork "included elements and symbols considered Satanist and anti-Christian, with the aim of conveying content far removed from the historical and state ideology," the prosecutor's office said.

Nergal and Maciej G., who, as the band's webmaster, promoted the tour online, both stand accused of publicly affronting the Polish national emblem, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. Also charged is Rafał Wechterowicz, the graphic artist who worked on the BEHEMOTH artwork.

This is the latest development in the legal case following an initial complaint filed with the prosecutor's office last September by Marek Dudziński and Ryszard Nowak, both of whom are representatives of a religious organization called Ogólnopolski Komitet Obrony Przed Sektami (English-language translation: National Defense Committee Against Sects or All-Polish Defense Committee Against Sects And Violence).

Nergal, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, commented on the case in an Instagram post. He wrote: "Well… this is the first thing that hits me after coming back from a relaxing and sunny holiday trip. Me and two other dudes are accused of profaning Polish emblem. What a bummer! PiS-driven Poland [Editor's note: PiS is a right-wing populist, national-conservative, and Christian democratic political party in Poland] is trying its best to nail my ass down… as an example, I guess. But first thing is: it is NOT a Polish emblem. Second… let's leave those arguments for the court case which is to begin shortly! Is there limits to their obscurity and blindness? Bring it on!"

Polish symbols are protected against public profanation and insult. According to, any public use that could be damaging or insulting may be considered a criminal offense. Therefore, it is important not to use any national symbol (even if artistically processed) in a way that could be deemed as disrespectful or offensive.

In 2011, Nergal was acquitted in Poland on charges he insulted religious sentiment when he called the Catholic Church "the most murderous cult on the planet" during the band's September 2007 performance in Gdynia and tore up a copy of the Bible, calling it "a book of lies."

JANUARY 11th 2018

Mikio Fujioka, one of the guitarists in the the KAMI BAND, which serves as the backing group for the Japanese pop-metal outfit BABYMETAL, has died at the age of 36.

"The 'Little' Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL's #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES," BABYMETAL tweeted on Tuesday. "We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him. We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are the one, Forever, #RIP #THEONE."

Mikio was better known to BABYMETAL fans as Ko-Gami, or The Little God.

His wife announced his untimely passing via his official Twitter account, claiming that he fell from a height on December 30 while at an observation deck and died on January 5 after his condition deteriorated.

Fujioka, who graduated from the Musicians Institute of Osaka in 2000, had previously played with TRICK BOX and MMM. He had toured with BABYMETAL since 2013.

Mikio is survived by his wife and two daughters.

JANUARY 11th 2018
Former MOTÖRHEAD and FASTWAY guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke passed away yesterday (January 10) after a battle with pneumonia. He was 67 years old.

Clarke was a member of MOTÖRHEAD from 1976 until 1982. He was one-third of the band's classic lineup, which also included drummer Philthy "Animal" Taylor, who died in November 2015 of liver failure. Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister succumbed to cancer the following month.

Clarke, Taylor and Lemmy appeared on five albums together: MOTÖRHEAD's 1977 self-titled debut, 1979's "Overkill" and "Bomber", 1980's "Ace Of Spades" and 1982's "Iron Fist".

MOTÖRHEAD has issued the following statement: "We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight... Edward Allan Clarke — or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke — passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his [Facebook] page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. Fast Eddie... keep roaring, rockin' and rollin' up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!"

MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell said: "Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock 'n' roller. RIP Eddie."

MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee added: "Oh my fucking god, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the U.K. this summer when we come around with the [SCORPIONS]… now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully, I'm sure you'll hear them, so watch out!!! My thoughts go out to Eddie's family and close ones."

Clarke left MOTÖRHEAD in 1982 while on tour in the United States and was replaced by THIN LIZZY guitarist Brian Robertson.

JANUARY 11th 2018

Following the unfortunate loss of one of metal's most revered vocalists, WARREL DANE (Sanctuary, Nevermore), prior to SANCTUARY's upcoming dates supporting Iced Earth across North America, the band has announced the tour will go forth as planned. The shows will act as a farewell tour in tribute to the life and memory of DANE with guest vocals for SANCTUARY to be performed by Joseph Michael (Witherfall).  

SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments:
“Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. We have enlisted the help of our friend Joseph Michael from Witherfall. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel's musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.”

A full list of dates can be found as follows:
2/22 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe  #
2/23 CIncinnati, OH - Bogarts #
2/24 Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom #
2/25 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN - Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB - Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA - House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA - Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX - House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX - House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC - Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE - The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC - Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH - Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge #
# with Iced Earth & Kill Ritual

Tickets and further details can be found at

SANCTUARY recently released the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied",  "Inception", which showcased several previously lost recordings from their 1986 studio session that have now been restored, remixed and remastered by Chris "Zeus" Harris (Queensryche).

Formed in 1985, the band were signed to Epic Records with the help of Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine and released two records, "Refuge Denied" (1988) and "Into The Mirror Black" (1989) which saw them perform with the likes of Megadeth, Fates Warning, Warlock and Death Angel. The band disbanded in 1992 as members Warrel Dane (vocals) and Jim Sheppard (bass) went on to form the highly successful metal act Nevermore with acclaimed guitarist Jeff Loomis. SANCTUARY reunited nearly 25 years later in 2010 and appeared at several festivals worldwide before returning to the studio to record their acclaimed full-length comeback album "The Year The Sun Died" for Century Media Records in 2014.

Warrel Dane tragically passed away on December 13, 2017 due to a heart attack while recording his second solo album in São Paulo, Brazil.

JANUARY 9th 2018
According to The Spokesman-Review, Spokane County prosecutors have dropped all rape and kidnapping charges against the four members of the Polish death metal band DECAPITATED, citing the well-being of the alleged victim.

Less than two weeks before the musicians were scheduled to go on trial for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman on their tour bus four months ago, Spokane County prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald filed a motion dismissing all rape and kidnapping charges. The motion cites "the well being of the victim" as a reason for dropping the charges without prejudice, meaning the four members of DECAPITATED could be prosecuted in the future.

"We feel it was the result of everyone taking a second look at this matter in light of new evidence," said Steve Graham, attorney for guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka, 35.

"They are headed back home this week," Graham said of the musicians.

The other three bandmembers are 27-year-old drummer Michal Lysejko, 31-year-old singer Rafal Piotrowski and 30-year-old bassist Hubert Wiecek.

Defense attorneys questioned the credibility of the accuser, who in 2014 admitted to lying to police about injuries she sustained during an assault, when her boyfriend was accused of stabbing three people. It was later determined that she was actually injured by her boyfriend during a previous argument.

The musicians were released from jail last month as they awaited trial. As part of their release conditions, they were ordered to stay in Washington and were required to turn in their passports. In the event that they did return to Poland, they were ordered to sign waivers of extradition, meaning they were agreeing to be extradited to the U.S.

The DECAPITATED members were released on their own recognizance and did not have to post a bond.

Their trial was scheduled to begin on January 16.

The woman alleged she was gang-raped by the musicians in their tour bus bathroom after DECAPITATED's August 31 concert with THY ART IS MURDER at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane as part of the two bands' "Double Homicide" tour. The woman said entered the bus for drinks with the band before each member forced themselves on her.

Deputies later stated the victim had "significant bruising to her upper arms consistent with being restrained" and "small abrasions on her knuckles that were scabbed over."

Andy Marsh, a member of THY ART IS MURDER, provided testimony for the defense, saying he saw the woman violently dancing in the mosh pit in front of the stage. "She was smashing her hands, arms and body against the metal barricade between the audience and the stage," he said in the court documents.

All four members of DECAPITATED were arrested on September 9 in Santa Ana, California after performing at the Observatory. They were held in Los Angeles County Jail before being extradited to Spokane.

DECAPITATED announced in September that it was canceling all previously announced tour dates. The band also publicly denied the accusations.

In a statement, the DECAPITATED members said that "the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, 'I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred.'" They added that they were "confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home."

JANUARY 9th 2018

The official video for "Lightning Strike", a brand new song from JUDAS PRIEST can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Firepower", which will be released on March 9 via Epic.

Singer Rob Halford stated about "Lightning Strike": "To me, the overall concept of this song is to use the element of a lightning strike to pull away and tear apart at an individual, at a body of people, maybe an organization, maybe an administration, that is kind of leading you, or leading us, into potentially a destructive place. You're kind of spinning that effect round, and you have the right to react and to do something about it. So that, in essence, is what this song is all about."

"You're sowing the seeds of a nightmare from hell, your friends and your demons are tolling the bell," Halford sings on the track. "Walking through fire, fate's in my hands, waiting for lightning to strike.

The British heavy metal legends spent much of 2017 in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" with the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom, acclaimed British knob-twiddler Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT) and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).

"Firepower" track listing:

01. Firepower
02. Lightning Strike
03. Evil Never Dies
04. Never The Heroes
05. Necromancer
06. Children of the Sun
07. Guardians
08. Rising From Ruins
09. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea Of Red

Halford told about the making of "Firepower": "We came off the 'Redeemer Of Souls' tour, had a little bit of a break, like we've always done, and then we dove straight back into the second record with Richie [Faulkner, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist]. And it's Richie's moment, really, because when we did 'Redeemer Of Souls' with Richie, obviously it was his first time with PRIEST as a writer, so I think it was great how Richie coming into the band at that point, and then going through the writing experience and the world tour together really put Richie in a better place for when we went in to do 'Firepower' — just because you learn so much in a band."

Halford added: "Richie's playing is fucking unbelievable on this album. And just the contribution, I think, as the writing team of Richie and Glenn [Tipton, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist] and myself. This is some of our best work — without a doubt."

Rob told "Trunk Nation" that collaborating again with Allom, who produced every PRIEST release from "Unleashed In The East" (1979) through "Ram It Down" (1988), along with several live records since then, has been "brilliant" and "absolutely fantastic." "Tom has a rich history with PRIEST, particularly those great moments with 'Screaming For Vengeance', 'Defenders Of The Faith' [and] 'British Steel'," he said. "My God — he's the man in that respect. So I thought it was really great for Andy Sneap and Mike Exeter to accept that this was gonna be like a three-man job, with Andy mostly holding the reins, but with Tom by his side and Mike there [as well]."

Sneap, who plays guitar in the reactivated British occult metal act HELL, told Serbia's Hardwired magazine that PRIEST's new album will contain "a really good energy and some real classic moments." He said "Rob did great" during the album's final recording sessions. "I'll tell you what: for someone who's got that much experience, there's no ego there at all," he said. "We'd do, like, six or seven passes, and I'd ask him to try something a bit [different] on this part, and he was, like, 'No problem.' And he'd give me another four takes with a slightly different vibe. And then me and Tom Allom would sit there and we'd comp it, and we pretty much agreed on everything."

The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Support on the trek will come from SAXON and BLACK STAR RIDERS.

DECEMBER 18th 2017

Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR will release a new song, "Interdimensional Summit", on February 23, 2018 as a seven-inch vinyl EP. The EP will also include a live version of the track "Puritania", recorded in Oslo.

"Interdimensional Summit" will be available in the following vinyl colors:

* Black
* Red and clear splattered
* Gold

You can pre-order it here.

"Interdimensional Summit" is taken from DIMMU BORGIR's upcoming full-length album, which will be released in the spring via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) told Metal Shock Finland about DIMMU BORGIR's long-awaited follow-up to 2010's "Abrahadabra": "We feel that we're sitting on the best album that we could possibly do at this time, and personally, I think it's definitely our best album to date. Obviously, that's something that everybody says, but if I didn't believe that we would do our best album, there wouldn't really be any point doing a new one. So, yeah, I'm really excited about it, and I know that quite a few fans will probably be positively surprised. And, yeah, we can't wait to get this stuff off the ground and get going."

Silenoz told Rock 'N' Roll Journalist this past summer that all the writing on the new DIMMU BORGIR album was done by the core trio of Silenoz, vocalist Shagrath and guitarist Galder. "We had a little bit of assistance from the keyboard player, but it was less on this album than it was on the previous one," Silenoz said. "That seems to be working best and it means there's less cooks in the kitchen. [Laughs]"

As for the musical direction of DIMMU BORGIR's next effort, Silenoz, said: "I think it's safe to say that [the parts that are] more epic and majestic are more epic and majestic, and the same goes for the brutal sound of DIMMU and also the primitive and more black metal sound of DIMMU is more black metal this time around. So you will have the more extremes of each part that we are known for."

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

DECEMBER 13th 2017 
Acclaimed heavy metal singer Warrel Dane, who achieved fame with the bands SANCTUARY and NEVERMORE, died on Wednesday (December 13) in São Paulo, Brazil. The American musician, who was in the process of making his second solo album, had a heart attack during the night and could not be revived.

Guitarist Johnny Moraes, who was a member of Dane's solo band, was with the singer around midnight when Warrel started to feel bad.

"He died in the night," Moraes told Brazil's UOL. "He was in the apartment where he stayed during the recording of the album when it happened. I gave him cardiac massage and we called the Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU), who came very fast, but when they arrived, he was already dead."

According to Moraes, Dane — whose Wikipedia page erroneously states he was 48 but who is believed to have been 56 — had a history of addictions and health issues. "His health was already very weak because of his diabetes and his problems with alcoholism," he said. "He was already facing a lot of health problems."

The instrumental parts for Dane's follow-up to 2008's "Praises To The War Machine" solo album were almost completed and he had begun laying down his vocals shortly before his death. The musicians in his solo band are thinking about finishing the record with guest singers as a posthumous tribute, but no decision has yet been made.

SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge reacted to the news of Warrel's passing with a post on the band's Facebook page. "Today I wake up to the news that Warrel Dane has died," he wrote. "I don't even know what to say. My friend, brother and musical companion for over 30 years has passed away. I'm in total shock right now.

"I'm sorry for any close family or friends that had to hear the news on Facebook."

In a 2016 interview with Brazil's Imprensa Do Rock, Dane alluded to his alcoholism while answering a question about how he takes care of his voice. "The most important thing for a singer is you have to get a lot of rest, a lot of sleep," he said. "You have to drink a lot of water. You have to hydrate yourself. And you… I know I have a bad reputation about alcohol, but you kind of have to stay away. So I'm a little better now these days than I was. I know I have a bad reputation for drinking too much, but I don't so much anymore. And you just… you just have to realize your instrument and know your limitations and know your strengths. I used to, when I was younger, sing in the stratosphere — very high. As you get older, and I will completely admit this, I can't sing that high anymore. So now I focus on my strengths. And it's no secret that I'm a fan of goth music, so I love singing low."

NEVERMORE effectively split up in 2011 when guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams announced their departure from the band due to personal differences with Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard. Warrel later described NEVERMORE in an interview as "the greatest band that alcohol ever ruined."

Van wrote on Facebook earlier today: "So much to say, but can't find the words. Just solace in knowing we were friends again at the end of the day and that we enjoyed wayyyy more good times together than we did bad. Till we meet again, WD."

Loomis said in an Instagram post: "Rest in peace, Warrel. I will always cherish the good times we had together."

DECEMBER 5th 2017 
After a successful debut in 2017, which drew rock and metal fans from around the world with sellout crowds of 10,000 each day, Las Rageous returns for its second year on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. The two-day music festival created by Live Nation will take over two square blocks, in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and will feature performances from A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Ghost, Judas Priest, and more, on two stages.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory exclaims, “We heard this year's first ever Las Rageous festival was a blast - we are excited to headline it in 2018! We love playing shows in our own backyard. Get Ready Vegas!”

A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan says the group is “Looking forward to playing material from the new A Perfect Circle release at Las Rageous. Bringing new songs to life in a live setting is always exciting.”

Kurt Melien, president of Live Nation Las Vegas says, “Las Vegas is home to an incredible history of rock and metal music, and we love that we have the opportunity to put local talent in the spotlight, including one of our headlining bands, Five Finger Death Punch.”  
“We are thrilled to have Las Rageous return to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center,” adds Derek Stevens, CEO of Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. “It was a huge success last year and played a key role in positioning Downtown Las Vegas as a true entertainment hub within our city.”

The lineup for Las Rageous is as follows:

Friday, April 20
A Perfect Circle, Ghost, Clutch, Underoath, Beartooth, Pop Evil, Atreyu, VYCES, and DED, with more to come.

Saturday, April 21
Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, In This Moment, Saxon, Hollywood Undead, Black Star Riders, The Picturebooks, Joyous Wolf, Adelitas Way, and Bad Wolves, with more to come.

Festivalgoers can expect to hear fan favorites and possibly new music from Sin City mainstay and Saturday night headliner Five Finger Death Punch, who just released their greatest hits album, A Decade Of Destruction, on December 1. A Perfect Circle—featuring Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Keenan, James Iha, Jeff Friedl, Matt McJunkins—headline Friday night with an eclectic set that may include their new single, “The Doomed,” their first new song since 2013, which will appear on their upcoming 2018 album.

The diverse music lineup ranges from NWOBHM legends Judas Priest and Saxon, to the spectacle of Ghost and In This Moment, metalcore heavyweights Underoath, Atreyu, and Beartooth, up and coming blues-rockers Joyous Wolf and The Picturebooks, and more.

With only 10,000 tickets available for purchase, Las Rageous offers the rare opportunity for fans to enjoy a festival experience in an intimate outdoor setting. Located just off Las Vegas Boulevard at Third and Carson Streets, Las Rageous will take over two city blocks of the historic downtown area. All ages are welcome and doors open at 4:00 p.m., with headliners taking the stage at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Early bird tickets will be available starting on Wednesday, December 6 at 10:00 a.m. PT, for those who purchased tickets to last year’s event. Unique codes will be provided from Ticketmaster via email this Tuesday.

Presale tickets will be available Thursday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. PT. Presale passwords can be obtained by signing up for the Las Rageous email list at, or from radio partner KOMP-FM.

General tickets will be available to the public starting on Friday, December 8 at 10:00 a.m. PT.

All tickets available for purchase are 2-day festival tickets for both Friday and Saturday. An initial allotment of two day festival tickets will be available for $119 each, for a limited time only. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early, as the specially-priced $119 tickets are expected to sell out quickly. VIP tickets are also available and include private viewing from a platform and onsite parking.

The official Las Rageous video announcement can be found here:

DECEMBER 5th 2017

We’re proud to announce that an exclusive performance will take place at Midgardsblot Festival 2018! We look very much forward to be sharing new music in a particularly atmospheric and intimate setting!


The mighty Dimmu Borgir will play our Blot next year! To watch one of the greatest Black Metal bands in the world play by the Gildehall will be beyond epic - and a once in a lifetime experience. Dimmu Borgir will carve a new chapter in the Midgardsblot saga, and we can’t wait to surrender to the symphony of pitch black majestic metal on historic grounds – join us!


The masters of occult black metal, Rotting Christ, will blast the Midgardsblot stage next year. Formed back in -91 they’re one of the pioneers of the Black metal sound, and we are honoured to have these legends play our Blot. Drawing upon occultism and mythologies, Rotting Christ will raise a storm of black metal energy that will awaken our ancient history by the Gildehall – a black metal ritual you don’t want to miss!

Midgardsblot is an innovative festival expanding the traditional concept of music festivals by offering the audience enriching cultural experiences, in addition to world leading artists within metal, dark ambient, folk music, viking music and other related genres.

Line up so far


NOVEMBER 28th 2017 
Swedish black metal legends WATAIN have announced plans to conquer audiences across North America in early 2018 as they embark on a headlining tour next Winter featuring direct support from Destroyer 666.  

"We are very pleased to announce our eager return to the North American continent with TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE. The two "Black Metal Warfare" tours of 2015 clearly showed us the ever growing hunger and force of our american crowd, so with a new album out and the addition of none less than the mighty Destroyer 666 to the bill, this should turn into something legendary! A proud hail to all our North American supporters, see you in February, joined in morbid ecstasy and raw fucking power!" - WATAIN

Full dates are as follows:
2/23   Montreal, QC - Le National #
2/24   Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell #
2/25   Toronto, ON - Opera House #
2/26    Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater #
2/27    Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theater #
2/28    Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall #
3/2      Chicago, IL - Metro #
3/3      Minneapolis, MN - Studio B #
3/4      Kansas City, MO - Riot Room #
3/5      Denver, CO - Gothic Theater #
3/6      Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall #
3/7      Boise, ID - Knitting Factory #
3/9      Calgary, AB - The Palace #
3/10    Edmonton, AB - Starlite #
3/12    Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre #
3/13    Seattle, WA - Studio Seven #
3/14    Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre #
3/16    San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge #
3/17    Los Angeles, CA - Fonda #
3/18    Phoenix, AZ - Club Red #
3/20    Austin, TX - Barracuda #
3/21    Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill #
3/23    Atlanta , GA - Heaven #
3/24    Tampa, FL - Orpheum #
3/25    TBD, TBD
3/27    Greensboro, NC - Blind Tiger #
3/28    Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage #
3/29    Philadelphia, P  - TLA #
3/30    Boston, MA - Sinclair #
3/31    New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre #
# with Destroyer 666

WATAIN’s new studio album “TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE” is scheduled for release on January 5, 2018 via Century Media Records. The album will be available as LP, Standard CD, limited CD Digipak, digitally as well as in a limited deluxe box set of 3,000 copies. Check the links below for detailed information on the different formats and their content. The album is also available in a variation of different vinyl colours from selected mailorder/retail stores.

Pre-Order "TRIDENT WOLF ECLIPSE" now here:

NOVEMBER 28th 2017 
Metal giants ICED EARTH are excited to reveal plans to bring their "pure and absolutely incorruptible heavy metal" (Rock Hard Italy) to fans across North America as they announce details on their "Incorruptible" World Tour in 2018.

Founding member and songwriter Jon Schaffer reveals:
"Brothers and sisters! We are very aware at how impatient you have been getting about our North American tour announcement, but the time has arrived!! We will be seeing you soon in a very extensive USA/Canada run.  Be there, it will be an awesome time for sure!"

The band, consisting of Schaffer, drummer Brent Smedley, vocalist Stu Block,
bassist Luke Appleton, and new guitarist Jake Dreyer, will venture across the U.S. and Canada from February 22 through March 29 with featured support from Sanctuary and Kill Ritual. Dates are as follows:

2/22 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe  #
2/23 CIncinnati, OH - Bogarts #
2/24 Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom #
2/25 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN - Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB - Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA - House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA - Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX - House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX - House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC - Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE - The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC - Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH - Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge #
# with Sanctuary & Kill Ritual

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:00am local time zone. Exclusive pre-sales will be available throughout the week from the following partners:

Citi® Cardmember Presale: Tuesday, November 28 @ 12pm
Blabbermouth Presale: (password: BLABBERMOUTH) Wednesday, November 29 @ 10am
Live Nation / Live Nation Mobile App Presale: (password: BEATS) Wednesday, November 29 @ 10am
Ticketmaster Presale:(Password: INCORRUPTIBLE) Wednesday, November 29 @ 10am

Prior to the North American dates, ICED EARTH will start the "Incorruptible World Tour" across Germany and Eastern Europe, dates include:
1/9     Saarbrucken, DE - Garage &
1/10   Berlin, DE - Festsaal &
1/11   Hannover, DE - Capitol &
1/12   Geiselwind, DE - Musichall &
1/13   Leipzig, DE - Haus Auesee &
1/14   Osnabruck, DE - Hyde Park &
1/16   Hamburg, DE - Markthalle &
1/17   Wiesbaden, DE - Schlachthof &
1/18   Bochum, DE - Zeche &
1/19   Obertraubling, DE - Eventhall Airport Obertraubling &
1/20   Memmingen, DE - Kaminwerk &
1/21   Pratteln, CH - Z7 &
1/23   Thessaloniki, GR - Principal Club
1/24   Athens, GR - Fuzz Club
6/21   Dessel, BE - Festivalpark Stenehei
& with Freedom Call and Metaprism

NOVEMBER 26th 2017

Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Shinedown, and Breaking Benjamin lead a powerful talent lineup for the 6th annual Monster Energy Fort Rock, Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2018. Monster Energy Fort Rock moves to its new home at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida, in greater Fort Lauderdale, expanding its capacity and providing an enhanced festival experience. In association with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Hello Sunny Underground Music program, South Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience features rock’s top artists performing on two stages during the 2-day festival.

Monster Energy Fort Rock presale and Early Bird community ticket offers are available now and the general ticket onsale begins Friday, December 8 at Noon EST. Visit for details.
The daily band lineup for Monster Energy Fort Rock is as follows (subject to change):
Saturday, April 28: Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Trivium, Hatebreed, Texas Hippie Coalition, Power Trip, ‘68, Bad Wolves
Sunday, April 29: Ozzy Osbourne, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, Stone Temple Pilots, Killswitch Engage, Hollywood Undead, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Red Sun Rising, Avatar, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Toothgrinder
Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin exclaims, “Hey Ft. Lauderdale! It’s Shannon from Godsmack, here to announce the band’s return to Fort Rock on April 28th. It’s been a couple years since we’ve played in Florida, and 3 out of 4 of us call the Sunshine State our home, so we are STOKED to jam with all our homies and all the great rock fans that have supported us for 20 years! Get ready to get Smacked!!”
Clay Busch, Vice President of Marketing and Sponsorship for festival co-producers Danny Wimmer Presents said, “Monster Energy Fort Rock is moving to its new home at Markham Park in Sunrise / Fort Lauderdale for its sixth year, as the site provides a larger space and room to grow, which will allow us to provide attendees with a bigger Fort Rock experience. We truly appreciate the support shown by Fort Rockers over the past five years, and encourage fans in the Fort Myers / Naples area to join us again in 2018 just across ‘Alligator Alley’.”
“Heavy metal music is loved the world over,” says John Valentino, Senior Vice President, AEG Presents Southeast. “Its appeal is global and it has no boundaries. We welcome fans of all cultures to come rock with us in Fort Rock’s new home at Markham Park.”
Noelle Stevenson, Vice President, Film, Music, Entertainment & Creative Industries for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “We are thrilled to welcome Fort Rock to Broward County, FL. We look forward to our long term partnership with the festival as part of our Hello Sunny’s Underground Music program.” Go to for more information on Hello Sunny.
General Admission and VIP tickets (including ticket bundle discounts), as well as hotel packages go on sale Friday, December 8 at Noon EST. Initial ticket prices will be as follows:
Weekend General Admission: $99.50 + fees
Weekend VIP: $299.00 + fees
Single Day General Admission: $75.00 + fees
Single Day VIP: $175.00 + fees
General Admission ticket discounts will be available for active military through Monster Energy Fort Rock partner GovX (
Markham Park is located at 16001 West State Rd. 84 in Sunrise, FL. Festival doors open at 11:00 AM daily and the show ends at 11:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 PM on Sunday.
Monster Energy Fort Rock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents and is part of the World's Loudest Month concert series, which features the biggest names in rock music performing in six U.S. events in distinct atmospheres during five consecutive weekends in April and May of 2018.
Monster Energy Fort Rock is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2018 sponsors include:  F.Y.E., Underground Lauderdale, and Hello Sunny, with more to be announced.
For more information on Monster Energy Fort Rock, visit:

NOVEMBER 16th 2017 
Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Godsmack, Stone Sour, and Five Finger Death Punch lead the bill for the eighth annual Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, as Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience grows to three days – Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29 – at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL.
Corey Taylor says, “Stone Sour is stoked to return to Jacksonville for the first time since Welcome To Rockville in 2013. See you fxckers soon!”
Sully Erna of Godsmack says, “We’re really excited to be headlining Welcome To Rockville this year! 2018 is the 20th anniversary of Godsmack, so we’re gonna make this year’s shows bigger, louder and more off the hook than ever. See ya there!”
The daily band lineups for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville are as follows:
Friday, April 27: Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, The Used, Parkway Drive, Underoath, Trivium, Atreyu, Power Trip, Texas Hippie Coalition, ‘68, Palisades, While She Sleeps, Bad Wolves, Them Evils
Saturday, April 28: Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin, ??? (to be announced), Hollywood Undead, Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Andrew W.K., Avatar, Butcher Babies, Red Sun Rising, Joyous Wolf, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Stick To Your Guns, Palaye Royale, The Wild!
Sunday, April 29: Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Clutch, Bullet For My Valentine, Thrice, Greta Van Fleet, Baroness, Quicksand, Red Fang, The Sword, The Bronx, Turnstile, The Fever, Black Foxxes, Fireball Ministry, Spirit Animal
“Since Welcome To Rockville’s inception seven years ago, I have been building towards this day: To bring not just the biggest rock festival in Jacksonville (or even Florida), but the biggest rock lineup in the United States to my hometown,” says festival creator and producer Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. “This is a triumph for me, my company and the city that I love.”
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, VIP packages, as well as hotel and camping options are on sale now at
For the first time, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is offering car and RV camping spots for attendees. Camping spots at Tailgaters Parking lots include four nights of camping in a secured lot featuring indoor restrooms, shower trailers and access to a full restaurant and general store.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville kicks off the annual World’s Loudest Month festival series and will also feature a variety of onsite experiences, including the Monster Energy Experience (featuring Monster Energy tastings and signings with select Rockville artists), The Music Experience (an interactive exhibit and musical instrument retailer), F.Y.E. Fan Experience (purchase your favorite album and get it signed by select Rockville artists), Zippo, and Take Me Home nonprofit animal rescue organization, among others.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville “Grub” will include local favorites: Indochine (voted Jacksonville’s “Best Thai”), Mojo's BBQ (unique barbeque experience), and TacoLu (the Bangin’ Bus serving Bangin’ Shrimp tacos, and other TacoLu classics).
Additional food vendors include: Angry Bird Grill, Ben’s Burrito Bowl, Brucci’s, Catullo Brothers, Cely’s Filipino Food, Classic Home Cookin’, Funnel Cake Fantasy, Girls Gone Green Nacho Bar, Grumpy’s Homemade Ice Cream, GuanaBana Ice Pops, Hebros Bacon Restaurant, Island Noodles, Knuckle Sandwiches, Mac Attack, Mount Olympus Greek, Nomi's Island Girl Foods, Ollie’s Tots, Pele's Wood Fired Pizza, Pie Baby, Rock N’ Roll Arepas, and What’s The Catch Fish Tacos.
Fans 21+ can wash down Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville’s over-the-top food offerings with a variety of beverages, including selections from the Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer), Heavy Tiki Bar (an oasis filled with killer cocktails and shade), and local craft beer.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville tickets, as well as hotel and VIP packages are on sale now. Discounted online hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit for details.
Initial ticket prices will be as follows:
3-Day Weekend General Admission: starting at $129.50 + fees
3-Day Weekend VIP: starting at $365.00 + fees
Single Day General Admission: starting at $75.00 + fees
Single Day VIP: starting at $155.00 + fees
VIP tickets include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stages; seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate.
As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville partner GovX (
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2018 sponsors include: The Music Experience, F.Y.E., Zippo, and more to be announced.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Bourbon & Beyond, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Northern Invasion and more. Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville kicks off the annual World's Loudest Month festival series.
For more information on Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, visit:
Twitter: @RockvilleFest

Instagram: @welcometorockville

NOVEMBER 15th 2017 

A Perfect Circle, who recently released “The Doomed,” the first new music to be heard from the band’s expected 2018 album, return with an accompanying video for the “apocalyptic” (Rolling Stone) track:

The video, which was directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn, arrives as the band is in the final two weeks of their North American tour. A Perfect Circle also recently announced their first European tour in fourteen years (dates below).

Upon arrival of “The Doomed” (, Maynard James Keenan said: “Fourteen years have passed since we released eMOTIVe. A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

“Years of life experience has brought our music to this moment,” offered Billy Howerdel. “We know where we came from. Deeply connected to the path we’re on.”

A Perfect Circle have signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and are working with producer Dave Sardy on the follow-up to 2004’s eMOTIVe.

Purchase or listen to “The Doomed” at this link:

Tour dates:

November 17 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
November 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
November 19 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena
November 21 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The DeltaPlex Arena
November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion
November 25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
November 28 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
November 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum
December 1 Seattle, WA Key Arena
December 2 Portland, OR Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
December 4 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

June 1 Nürburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring
June 2 Nuremberg, Germany Rock Im Park
June 5 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset
June 6 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
June 8 Aarhus, Denmark Northridge Festival
June 9 Helsinki, Finland Sideways Festival
June 12 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester SOLD OUT
June 13 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 14 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 17 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle
June 20 Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622
June 23 Esch-Sur-Aizette, Luxembourg
June 26 Paris, France Olympia SOLD OUT
June 28 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid
June 29 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog! My Friend Festival
July 1 Verona, Italy Rock The Castle

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

NOVEMBER 13th 2017

It's SCRAPE Records' 20th Anniversary and we're excited to expand the SCRAPE brand by resurfacing as SCRAPE Records - The Record Label.

What does this mean?
SCRAPE Records has BIG plans for The Label including signing more talent, management, promoting and beyond. We've put in a large investment from our own pockets to get this all started.

However, to make this a HUGE success, achieve our goals and meet your expectations, we're counting on YOU our loyal "DISCIPLE" to get involved. You will be rewarded!
Please check out our Indigogo Campaign for more details on SCRAPE's various targets along with info on SCRAPE's first label signing - ZIMMERS HOLE - and how you can contribute to the future of SCRAPE Records - The Label. We're looking forward to your support!

In return for your support, we're offering you some very cool "PERKS". Autographed stuff and did we say "SCRAPE Fundraiser Vinyl Sampler?

We have a long way to go. Signing bands, manufacturing specialty items, shows to promote and more. You can help us get there. It's a group effort. Let's get to work!


SCRAPE Records


NOVEMBER 11th 2017 
Finnish melodic death metal outfit INSOMNIUM will head westward in Spring of 2018 as they have announced plans for a headlining tour across North America from May 23 to June 24 in support of their critically acclaimed 2016 effort, "Winter's Gate".

Vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen commented on their return, stating:
"We had a very successful tour with Epica and Lacuna Coil in September, so now we are excited to announce that we'll return to North America next year! We'll be playing the whole epic 40 minutes of our newest album Winter's Gate on this tour, so it will be a special chance to all the fans to experience it live. See you soon!"

General admission tickets will go on-sale on Wednesday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. local time. VIP Meet & Greet packages will also be available which will include early entry and an autographed poster. For further details, please visit

Dates are as follows:
5/23 Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
5/24 Westland, MI - Token Lounge
5/25 Joliet, IL - The Forge
5/26 St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam
5/27 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
5/28 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
5/29 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
5/30 Denver, CO - Hermans Hideaway
5/31 Salt Lake City, UT - Liquid Joe’s
6/2 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
6/3 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
6/4 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
6/5 San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
6/6 West Hollywood, CA - Whiskey a-Go-Go
6/7 San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
6/8 Santa Ana, CA - Malones
6/9 Tempe, AZ - Club Red
6/11 Dallas, TX - Trees
6/12 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
6/13 New Orleans, LA - Southport Hall
6/14 Winter Park, FL - The Haven
6/15 Margate, FL - O’Malleys
6/16 Ybor City, FL - Crowbar
6/17 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
6/18 Halethorpe, MD - Fish Head Cantina
6/19 Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
6/20 Montreal, QC - FouFounes
6/21 Quebec City, QC - L’anti
6/22 Toronto, ON - Garrison
6/23 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
6/24 Worcester, MA - The Palladium

NOVEMBER 5th 2017 

  British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will release their new studio album, "Firepower", in early 2018. The band will support the disc's release with a North American tour, which will kick off on March 13 in Pennsylvania, and wrap up on May 1 in Texas.

All dates will be running a "JUDAS PRIEST fan presale" starting Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m local time with the password "FIREPOWER" that fans can use to purchase tickets in advance.

Check the local venue for additional information.

Confirmed tour dates:

Mar. 13 - Wilkes Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Mar. 15 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
Mar. 17 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
Mar. 18 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Mar. 20 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Mar. 22 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar. 25 - Ottawa, ON - The Arena at TD Place
Mar. 27 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
Mar. 28 - Oshawa, ON - Tribute Communities Centre
Mar. 30 - Orillia, ON - Casino Rama
Mar. 31 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Masonic Temple
Apr. 03 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
Apr. 05 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
Apr. 08 - Bloomington, IL - Grossinger Motors Arena
Apr. 10 - Casper, WY - Casper Events Center
Apr. 11 - Loveland, CO - Budweiser Events Center
Apr. 15 - Kent, WA - ShoWare Center
Apr. 17 - Portland, OR - Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Apr. 19 - San Francisco - The Warfield
Apr. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater
Apr. 24 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Apr. 26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Apr. 28 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Apr. 29 - Sugarland, TX - Smart Financial Centre
May 01 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum

The British heavy metal legends have spent the last few months in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" with the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom, acclaimed British knob-twiddler Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT) and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).

During an October 5 appearance on the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume, singer Rob Halford stated about the progress of the recording sessions for PRIEST's new disc: "We're almost done. We're in that final hurdle before we get to the finishing line. It is sounding monumental. It's gonna blow your socks off. We're thrilled. We've got this big metal monster looming in the background, about to drop early next year, with a world tour to coincide."

Asked what it has been like collaborating again with Allom, who produced every PRIEST release from "Unleashed In The East" (1979) through "Ram It Down" (1988), along with several live records since then, Halford said: "Brilliant. Absolutely fantastic. Tom has a rich history with PRIEST, particularly those great moments with 'Screaming For Vengeance', 'Defenders Of The Faith' [and] 'British Steel'. My God — he's the man in that respect. So I thought it was really great for Andy Sneap and Mike Exeter to accept that this was gonna be like a three-man job, with Andy mostly holding the reins, but with Tom by his side and Mike there [as well].

"It's an unusual way to make this kind of record for PRIEST, because it's generally the producer and the band," Halford admitted. "We just had so much faith in Andy and in Tom and Mike that we said, 'Guys, you go for it. You tell us what to do.' And if Andy Sneap said, 'Do another take, Rob. Do another take, Rob. Do another take, Rob. '… I've never sung so much in the studio behind a mic in all my life. But he got the results that we needed, and I think I can say the same for Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and for Richie [Faulkner, guitar] and for Scott [Travis, drums] and for Ian [Hill, bass]. So he got something out of us — they all did — but they got something out of us truly remarkable, and you're gonna be hearing it very soon."

Sneap, who plays guitar in the reactivated British occult metal act HELL, recently told Serbia's Hardwired magazine that PRIEST had "about twenty-six ideas" in the early stage of the production process for the new album. "We've whittled [that] down to fourteen or fifteen," he said, adding that "we haven't decided on which songs [will make the final cut] or a running order for the album yet."

Andy went on to say that PRIEST's new album will contain "a really good energy and some real classic moments." He said "Rob did great" during the album's final recording sessions. "I'll tell you what: for someone who's got that much experience, there's no ego there at all," he said. "We'd do, like, six or seven passes, and I'd ask him to try something a bit [different] on this part, and he was, like, 'No problem.' And he'd give me another four takes with a slightly different vibe. And then me and Tom Allom would sit there and we'd comp it, and we pretty much agreed on everything."

PRIEST was nominated for induction into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, part of a list of nineteen potential candidates.

Inductees into the 2018 Rock Hall will be voted on by a group of more than nine hundred artists, historians and music-industry professionals.

The 2018 inductees will be announced in December and the induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018

NOVEMBER 3rd 2017

POP EVIL have announced Music Over Words Tour today that will serve as the official kickoff for their recently announced all-new self-titled LP. "It’s with great excitement to announce our US headline tour," says vocalist Leigh Kakaty. "We can’t wait to play our new material and see all our amazing fans across the states. It’s all about the music, it’s Music Over Words."

The massive US tour kicks off on February 14th in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino. The band will hit both sides of the U.S. coast before wrapping things up at The Fillmore in Detroit on April 6th. More dates will be announced in a few weeks, so fans are encouraged to stay tuned. Band VIP goes on sale Tuesday at PALAYE ROYALE and label-mates BLACK MAP will serve as support on all dates.


NOVEMBER 1st 2017 

ROTTING CHRIST and CARACH ANGREN are announcing their extensive European co-headlining tour in January and February 2018. The Greek veterans and Dutch masters of horror metal will be joined by French blackened death outfit SVART CROWN.

26 Jan 18 Essen (DE) Turock
27 Jan 18 Utrecht (NL) De Helling
28 Jan 18 Hamburg (DE) Kultur Palast
29 Jan 18 Copenhagen (DK) Pumpehuset
30 Jan 18 Berlin (DE) Musik & Frieden
31 Jan 18 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
01 Feb 18 Praha (CZ) Futurum
02 Feb 18 Glauchau (DE) Alte Spinnerei
03 Feb 18 Mannheim (DE) MS Connection Complex
04 Feb 18 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
05 Feb 18 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
06 Feb 18 Lyon (FR) CCO
07 Feb 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 3
08 Feb 18 Gijon (ES) Acapulco
09 Feb 18 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club
10 Feb 18 Porto (PT) Hard Club
11 Feb 18 Madrid (ES) Caracol
12 Feb 18 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod
13 Feb 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
14 Feb 18 München (DE) Backstage
15 Feb 18 Wien (AT) Szene
16 Feb 18 Wil (CH) Gare de Lion
17 Feb 18 Veghel (NL) Veghel Black Fest
18 Feb 18 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob