FEBRUARY 25th 2015
WHITESNAKE RETURN WITH NEW STUDIO ALBUM
Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon in a deluxe edition format (http://geni.us/WSPurpleDLXamz) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album. A standard edition and a double LP vinyl format will be available in the near future. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.

“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states Coverdale. “As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”

From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn,” to album closer “Stormbringer,” Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer,” “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake lineup featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums. A video for the first single “Stormbringer” can be seen here: http://youtu.be/Xk9wWj8Wh30.



FEBRUARY 24th 2015
FREEDOM CALL TO RELEASE
SPECIAL "ETERNITY" ALBUM
2014 saw FREEDOM CALL heavily playing on the "Light over the Beyond" Tour, which saw the guys surrounding Front man Chris Bay and guitar player Lars Rettkowitz! The Band demonstrated their extraordinary positive approach to life and the subtle spirit of their Album Beyond!
 
With the return of founding member, bassist Ilker Ersin and the addition of "Drum Wizard" Ramy Ali, an unstoppable force has been created, which is, without any doubt, the strongest line-up in FREEDOM CALL's History.
 
After the release of their Beyond album in 2014, which was a direct hit into any Power Metal Fans heart and surely brought the guys back to their roots, the band is already back at full steam in 2015.
 
To show their nearly ceaseless motivation and their outstanding strong team spirit, FREEDOM CALL declare a very unusual, but very "hellish" anniversary: "666 weeks since the genesis of Eternity". This occasion will see the re-release of their 2002 landmark Album Eternity, in a very special 2 CD digipak edition with tons of bonus material, including the brand new hymn 666 Weeks Beyond Eternity!
 
There will be some serious feasting on an exclusive tour, which will see FREEDOM CALL perform only songs from the Eternity record...
 
Eternity-666 Weeks Beyond Eternity will be released in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th as a 2 CD digipak version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.
 
Track Listing:
 
CD 1 (Re-mastered, new sequence)
1. The Spell
2. The Eyes Of The World
3. Flying High
4. Island Of Dreams
5. Bleeding Heart
6. Flame In The Night
7. Metal Invasion
8. Ages Of Power
9. Turn Back Time
10. Warriors
11. Land Of Light
 
CD 2
1. 666 Weeks Beyond Eternity (brand new song)
2. Metal Invasion (live 2011)
3. Warriors (live 2011)
4. Land Of Light (live 2011)
5. The Eyes Of The World (live 2004)
6. Metal Invasion (special version 2013)
7. Warriors (unplugged 2014)
8. Flame In The Night (performed by Powerworld)
9. Land Of Light (performed by Neonfly)
10. Warriors (performed by Hannes Braun)


FEBRUARY 18th 2015
SLAYER UNLEASH BRAND NEW SONG
"When The Stillness Comes," the first new track from Slayer in nearly a year, will be available as part of Record Store Day on April 18, it is announced today by Slayer and Nuclear Blast.  The song, accompanied by a live recording of "Black Magic," from the band's 1983 album Show No Mercy and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival, will be available as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively at all participating independent record stories worldwide.  Log onto
www.recordstoreday.com  for the list of stores.




FEBRUARY 14th 2015
MELECHESH TALK ABOUT NEW ALBUM ENKI
Ashmedi, mainman for the pioneers of Sumerian thrashing black metal, MELECHESH sat down recently to talk about the production process, the lyrical concept and the cover artwork of the band's new album Enki.  View the trailer HERE.
 
Also check out a video of Ashmedi talking about the latest single, 'Lost Tribes' and working with metal legend Max Cavalera HERE:
 
The band's official lyric video for the song 'Lost Tribes' featuring Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, KILLER BE KILLED) can be viewed HERE.
 
Enki is the follow-up to 2010's masterpiece The Epigenesis. Enki marks the band's sixth full-length album and features iconic guests including Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killer Be Killed), Sakis Tolis (ROTTING CHRIST) and Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax).
 
Ashmedi on working with this amazing array of guests: "I am flattered and honored to have esteemed guests appear on this multifaceted album Enki solicited different approaches and new experiences. Max is a lion - I love his voice and the tribal and historic parallels of our lives are uncanny, he did an amazing job on 'Lost Tribes'. Sakis is an old friend and we toured together in the past. His voice added another dimension of mysticism on our Enki - Divine Nature Awoken'. Rob and I always wanted to collaborate and he is an agile and excellent guitar player so the lead he did on 'The Palm, the Eye and Lapis Lazuli' was perfect, it rocks and serves the track well. They all did an outstanding job and went above and beyond to make it happen despite their busy schedules. MELECHESH is more than a band - it is a society!"
 
Added Caggiano: "I've been a fan of MELECHESH for a while now and it was an honor for me to play a solo on their new album!! These guys sound like nothing else out there!"
 
Sepultura founder Max Cavalera explains: "I was very honored that MELECHESH asked me to sing on their new album! I'm a big fan and I think The Epigenesis is one of the greatest extreme metal records ever done! I love the fact that they come from a different part of the world like me. So our worlds finally collide! Long live MELECHESH!"
 
Rotting Christ front man Sakis Tolis talks about the unique collaboration: "When I was told that our brother band MELECHESH would record their upcoming album in my hometown, I immediately picked up the phone and called Ashmedi to participate somehow. Ashmedi responded positively so I was ready to raise some serious hell... It is very interesting since we are sharing the same Mediteranean mentality as individuals. I believe this new album is one of the most unique and atmospheric metal albums I have heared the last years. Ashmedi took me to their majestic oriental path and showed me the way to tne new Babylon. I am definitely proud working with the Kings of Fire and I really recommend to check the new MELECHESH album - it is really good!"
 
Enki was recorded in Greece by Giorgos Bokos (ROTTING CHRIST) while Jonas Kjellgren (IMMORTAL, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, OVERKILL, HYPOCRISY) took care of the mixing and mastering in his renowned Black Lounge Studios in Sweden. Drums were recorded at Devasoundz Studio with Fotis Benardo (ex-SEPTICFLESH, ex-NIGHTRAGE)
 
Enki is scheduled for release March 10th in North America.
 
Visit MELECHESH online at http://www.melechesh.com



FEBRUARY 13th 2015
ENSLAVED DISCUSSES MAKING OF "IN TIMES"
'In Times' is the title of the thirteenth studio album by Norwegian extreme metallers, Enslaved. The main recording session for the album took place at Duper Studios and Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recording sessions taking place at Conclave & Earshot Studios (run by band members Larsen and Ice Dale), as well as Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration was conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg (south of Bergen), where a mobile studio recorded additional sounds. With the band members all being experienced studio professionals and some running their own facilities, we wondered how it is for them all to convene in the studio and bring together this wealth of experience. Luckily Ivar Bjørnson was on hand to explain all:



Pre-order your copy of the band's forthcoming album 'In Times': http://smarturl.it/ENSLAVED-INTIMES-NB

FEBRUARY 13th 2015
DROWNING POOL ANNOUNCE SECOND LEG OF TOURING
Platinum Texas rockers DROWNING POOL have announced the second leg of their successful Sinner “Unlucky 13th Anniversary” Tour. The run kicks off on March 12th in Daytona Beach, FL as part of Daytona Bike Week and tours through eastern and central US markets, ending on March 3rd in the Dallas, TX. Adrenaline Mob and Full Devil Jacket will provide tour support, alternating each night. The band will perform their platinum-selling album Sinner in its entirety at each tour stop, followed by other hits.
 

See below for all current tour dates, and stay tuned for more dates being added next week. Offered on the first leg of the tour, special VIP Meet and Greet packages will be available again for this leg, starting next week.
 
DROWNING POOL Tour Dates:
3/12 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Main Street Station - Daytona Bike Week                           
3/14 - Jacksonville, FL @ Beach Blvd Concert Hall             
3/17 - Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse Bar & Grill                                   
3/19 - Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina             
3/20 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance                  
3/21 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom    
3/22 - Beckley, WV @ Muncheez     
3/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar                            
3/26 - Fredericksburg, VA @ Hard Times                
3/27 - Lancaster, OH @ Mickey's Bar                       
3/28 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop                                               
4/1 - Laporte, IN @ Johnny's Roadhouse     
4/2 – St. Louis, MO @ The Mad Magician
4/3 - Dallas, TX @ Trees                              
 
In a band statement, DROWNING POOL says, “Sinner represents that amazing time in DROWNING POOL's career when things really started to take off. It reminds us of that raw energy and excitement we had when we first got our music out there… when we first started touring worldwide. For us to be able to play the whole Sinner record for our fans is such a great opportunity. Especially for all of newer DROWNING POOL fans who know about the original Sinner days with the late great Dave Williams, but never got to see that show. It's a great chance for them to see us how we first started. And Jasen Moreno is heading up center stage. He has been our friend throughout this whole journey, his time, dedication, and respect to the DROWNING POOL fans shines through every night at every show. Don't miss it! We’re stoked to continue our journey of celebrating older and newer DROWNING POOL music. See you at the show!”



FEBRUARY 7th 2015
ENSLAVED RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FROM "IN TIMES"
Enslaved have released an edit of a new song online - listen to THURISAZ DREAMING here:



The track is taken from the band's forthcoming album 'In Times', which can be pre-ordered here: http://smarturl.it/ENSLAVED-INTIMES-NB

Our thirteenth studio album ‪#‎InTimes‬ will be released on March 6th (EU), March 9th (UK) and March 10th (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records!

BONUS: North American TOUR begins on March 5th!

Pre-Order album: http://smarturl.it/ENSLAVED-INTIMES-NB
Tour dates and tickets: http://bit.ly/enslaved-on-tour



FEBRUARY 4th 2015
HATEBREED ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR
Hatebreed announces a block of new Spring U.S. headline dates anchored around their dates with headliner Slipknot on the Prepare for Hell Tour and Welcome To Rockville Festival (Jacksonville, FL), Carolina Rebellion (Charlotte, NC) and Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH). Hatebreed’s first headline date will be April 28th in Memphis, TN (all tour dates below). 

Tickets for these headline dates will go on sale Friday, February 6th.
Prior to this tour, Hatebreed will be playing the Ink Life Tour on February 28 (Fort Myers, FL) and South By So What?! on March 22 (Grand Prairie, TX) before heading to Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Netherlands and South Africa.  (tour dates below).

Hatebreed’s last album, The Divinity of Purpose (Razor & Tie), was released in January 2013 to rave reviews the world over.  The album debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week marking the band’s highest career album chart entry to date.
Hatebreed is Jamey Jasta (vocals), Chris Beattie (Bass), Wayne Lozinak (Guitar), Frank Novinec (Guitar) and Matthew Byrne (Drums).

Hatebreed Tour Dates
February 28 – Fort Myers, FL – Ink Life Tour^
March 22 – Grand Prairie, TX – South By So What?! ^
March 28 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Zal Ozhidaniya
March 29 – Moscow, Russia – Volta
March 30 – Minsk, Belarus - Republic
March 31 – Kiev, Ukraine – Sentrum
April 1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
April 3 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Witchfest^
April 26 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville ^
April 28 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Café*
April 29 – Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Civic Center+
April 30 – New Orleans, LA – Champions Square – Superdome+
May 1 – Little Rock, AR – The Rev Room*
May 2 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre+
May 3 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion^
May 5 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Coliseum+
May 7 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave*
May 8 – Bloomington, IL – U>S. Cellular Coliseum+
May 9 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room*
May 10 – Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Coliseum+
May 12 – Erie, PA – Erie Insurance Arena+
May 13 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain+
May 14 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall*
May 15 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range^
May 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena+
May 17 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop*
May 29-31- Nurburg. Germany – Der Ring (Grune Holle Rock)^
May 29-31 -München, Germany – Rockavaria^
July 17 - Wiesen, Austria - Two Days A Week^
July 18 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival^
July 19 - Cuxhaven, Germany - Diechbrand Festival^
July 19-25 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metaldays^
+w/Slipknot- Prepare for Hell Tour
*Headline Show
^Festival



JANUARY 31st 2015
UFO RELEASE ALBUM TEASER
British Hard Rock legends UFO release a new teaser for the upcoming studio album "A Conspiracy Of Stars".  The trailer is available for viewing HERE.
 
The album will be released March 3rd in jewel case, vinyl blue colored double LP and download through SPV/Steamhammer.  It is available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes.
 
Of course you don't need to attach more importance to this piece of news than it necessarily has, but it certainly deserves to be mentioned: for the first time in more than 20 years, one of the most British rock bands in music history has recorded a studio album in their native country. Their latest offering is entitled A Conspiracy Of Stars, was cut by rock legend UFO and breathes that typically British easy-going confidence for which this band has been known for over 45 years. A strong release consisting of eleven songs which combine everything that the group surrounding frontman Phil Mogg stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse songwriting, intelligent lyrics and that generally laid-back attitude which we have associated with UFO from the start. The fact that A Conspiracy Of Stars was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, among others) may be considered another successful element in a thoroughly consistent release. To cut a long story short: their 22nd studio recording to date sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended in a homogeneous whole.
 
 
TOUR DATES 2015:
 
FEBRUARY
Fri 20 Germany, Barby - Rautenkranz
Sat 21 Germany, Berlin - K17
Sun 22 Germany, Hagen/Osnabrück - Saal Stock
Mon 23 Germany, Hamburg - Downtown Blues Club
Wed 25 Germany, Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
Thu 26 Germany, Bochum - Zeche
Fri 27 Germany, Siegburg - Kubana
Sat 28 Germany, Affalter - Zur Linde
 
MARCH
Mon 02 Germany, Rostock - Mau Club
Wed 04 Poland, Warsaw - Stodola
Thu 05 Lithuania, Vilnius  - Forum Palace
Fri 06 Poland, Krakow - Kwadrat
Sat 07 Czech Rep., Zlin - Masters of Rock Café
Mon 09 Germany, Burgrieden/Ulm  - Riffelhof
Tue 10 Germany, Osterode - Dorster Festhalle
Wed 11 Germany, Freiburg - Jazzhaus
Thu 12 Switzerland, Zug - Choller Halle
 
APRIL
Thu 16 England, Norwich - Waterfront
Fri 17 England, Cambridge - Junction
Sat 18 England, Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
Sun 19 England, Manchester - Ritz
Tue 21 Ireland, Dublin - The Academy
Wed 22 N. Ireland, Belfast - The Limelight
Fri 24 England, Glasgow - O2 ABC
Sat 25 England, Newcastle - O2 Academy
Sun 26 England, Leeds - O2 Academy
Tue 28 England, Nottingham - Rock City
Thu 30 England, Bristol - O2 Academy
 
MAY
Fri 01 England, Falmouth - Pavilion
Sat 02 England, Exeter - Phoenix
Sun 03 England, Salisbury - City Hall
Tue 05 England, Brighton - Concorde 2
Wed 06 England, Oxford - O2 Academy
Thu 07 England, London - HMV Forum



JANUARY 20th 2015
MASTODON AND CLUTCH ANNOUNCE TOUR
Two of the world's most respected and influential hard rock bands Mastodon and Clutch are proud to announce THE MISSING LINK TOUR, which brings together both bands as they join forces along with special guests Graveyard and Big Business - each taking part of the tour as support.Together, this night of heavy rock will be one of the heaviest and most exciting concert events of the year.
 
THE MISSING LINK TOUR kicks off on April 16th in St. Paul, MN. with support provided by Big Business, who recently supported Mastodon throughout a sold-out European tour. Sweden's  Graveyard will then take over the main support slot starting in Los Angeles on April 29th for the remaining dates, closing out the tour in Columbus, OH on May 24th.  Tickets are on sale now.
 
Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship as fans will recall Clutch front man Neil Fallon contributed vocals to "Blood And Thunder" (from Mastodon's 2004's Leviathan) so fans can expect surprises in store for fans throughout the tour rumbling across North America. THE MISSING LINK TOUR will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch. Clutch will close the show on April 24th in Vancouver, May 10th in Pittsburgh, May 15th in Bethlehem,  May 16th in Baltimore and also the final night of the tour,  May 24th  in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows.  For further info on Mastodon, go to: http://www.mastodonrocks.com/.  For further info on Clutch go to http://www.pro-rock.com
 
Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster had this to say about the tour."We are very much looking forward to our US tour with our friends in Mastodon. We always enjoy playing live but when we have the opportunity to share the stage with a band as inspiring as Mastodon we know each evening will be that much more special. See ya out there!"
 
Mark your calendars, as THE MISSING LINK TOUR will roll into Denver's prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 3rd, and joins the stellar line up for Atlanta's Shaky Knee's Festival on May 8th.  The New York City show will take over the  celebrated Central Park Summer Stage annual concert series on May 19th.  General tickets on-sale Friday, January 23rd.
 
As previously announced, Mastodon have been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performancefor "High Road," from ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN. This is the band's third Grammy nomination.  The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb 8th. Tune into CBS TV.
 
Revered Maryland rockers Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the 4 original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as "the quintessential American Rock Band". Clutch released their tenth and latest studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date.
 
Mastodon's sixth studio album, the universally praised, ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN, entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at the #6 position on June 24, 2014, also their highest chart debut of their career.  ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN has rightfully been placed in many Year End Critics & fan BEST OF 2014 lists including those in Rolling Stone, Revolver, Magnet, Decibel, CMJ and many more. At present Mastodon has remained on the CMJ Loud Rock charts for the 26th week in a row. When OMRTSwas placed No. 8 on Rolling Stone's "Top 20 Metal Albums of 2014" list, they summed up the success of the album stating, "The bold hooks and sharply defined riffs of Mastodon's sixth studio full-length makes it easy to hear this album as their evolution from prog-sludge wizards to straight-ahead hard rockers - but the reality is actually far more, er, complex... Ultimately, the best part of Sun is Mastodon's ability to make hooky and visceral music without sacrificing either their metallic muscle or their innate weirdness."
 
Clutch's Earth Rocker reached #1 on the Rock Chart and #4 on iTunes' overall Top 100 album chart. Earth Rocker was awarded "Album of The Year" by Metal Hammer and garnered a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone's "Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year". Rolling Stone further enthused:  "Four Maryland lifers - road dogs who've been grinding since the early Fugazi administration, cranking out  seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs and singer Neil Fallon's nerdy, piss-taking wiseass lyrics - release their hardest rocking set to date. Look for a go-go break (and some clever punning on the phrase "drop the bomb!") on "D.C. Sound Attack!" Inspirational verse: "If you're gonna do it/ do it live on stage/ or don't do it at all."
 
Clutch is currently working on their follow up to Earth Rocker which will be released in 2015.  
 
Do not miss THE MISSING LINK TOUR this spring. Confirmed dates are as follows:
 
 *Mastodon Closes The Evening.  **Clutch Closes The Evening
 
Apr 16              *St. Paul, MN                 Myth
Apr 17             * Winnipeg, MB               The Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr 18              *Saskatoon, SK              O'Brian's Events Center
Apr 19             * Edmonton, AB              Expo Centre
Apr 21             * Calgary, AB                  MacEwan Hall
Apr 23             * Vancouver, BC              Commodore Ballroom
Apr 24              **Vancouver, BC             Commodore Ballroom
Apr 25              *Portland, OR                 Roseland
Apr 26              *Seattle, WA                   Showbox SODO
Apr 28             *Oakland, CA                 Fox Theater
Apr 29              *Los Angeles, CA           Palladium
Apr 30             *Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theater
May 01             *Las Vegas, NV              House of Blues
May 02             *Salt Lake City, UT          The Complex
May 03             *Denver, CO                   Red Rock's Amphitheatre        
May 05             *San Antonio, TX            Kapone's Ballroom
May 06             *Oklahoma City, OK        Diamond Ballroom
May 08             Atlanta, GA                   Shaky Knees Festival
May 09             *Raleigh, NC                   Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
May 10             **Pittsburgh, PA              Stage AE
May 12             *Clive, IA (Des Moines)   7 Flags
May 13             *Milwaukee, WI               Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
May 15             **Bethlehem, PA              Sands Event Center
May 16             **Baltimore, MD               Pier Six Pavilion
May 17             *Boston, MA                  House of Blues
May 19             *New York, NY               Central Park Summerstage
May 20             *Niagara Falls, NY          Rapids Theatre
May 21             *London, ON                  London Music Hall
May 24             **Columbus, OH              LC Pavilion



JANUARY 18th 2015
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME BEGIN NEW ALBUM
Between the Buried and Me have been writing, rehearsing, and compiling ideas for their eighth full length album over the last several months. Finally, they have begun tracking with producer Jamie King in North Carolina. The band's latest release, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, earned the band their highest Billboard Top 200 chart debut of their career at #22, and was widely heralded as one of the best progressive albums of 2012. With album number eight, the band promises to continue to challenge themselves and expand on the elements that makes them one of the finest progressive bands operating today.

Front man Tommy Rogers adds: "I'm very proud to say that we are now recording a brand new BTBAM record. We have really pushed and challenged ourselves more than ever with this material. It is a perfect representation of where we stand as musicians and as people. This is our voice in the current age of music. Evolution is a must. We now enter the coma and we will see you on the other side… hopefully."

The new album is tentatively scheduled for a summer 2015 release via Metal Blade Records. Updates from the studio are being posted across the band's social media sites, as well as the artist's personal profiles. For updates from vocalist / keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarists Paul Waggoner and Dustie Warring, bassist Dan Briggs, and drummer Blake Richardson, follow the band online at facebook.com/BTBAMofficial.

JANUARY 15th 2015
KAMELOT SIGN TO NAPALM RECORDS
Symphonic Metal Masters KAMELOT entered the studio in mid 2014 to begin recording their follow-up to the highly acclaimed chart topping album Silverthorn. The new album will make KAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide (excl. Asia ) on Napalm Records/Universal and Napalm Records/ADA-Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band's KAMELOT MUSIC LLC this April/May 2015. In support of this highly anticipated release, KAMELOT will hit the road starting in March for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour this Spring, with special guests Dragonforce (UK). Select Summer Festivals will follow and the band returns to Europe in September/October for their biggest headliner tour to date.
 
"We are extremely excited about having a growing and hungry independent label like Napalm with the power of major distribution that we will get with Universal and ADA Warner." states KAMELOT founder and guitarist Thomas Youngblood
 
Thomas Caser, Vice President of Napalm Records: "Being a fan since the band's Epica release it has always been a dream for me to work with KAMELOT! Finally this dream has come true and we at Napalm Records are delighted and honoured to announce this signing. I foresee a bright future and we will spare no effort to bring the band to where they deserve to be - the top! Watch out for the band's monumental new album this spring and witness KAMELOT & Napalm Records conquering the world in 2015!"
 
KAMELOT have held their own, very special position in the world of rock and heavy music: their elaborate melodic metal has always opened itself in a remarkably clever way to like-minded styles, integrating progressive elements as well as cross-references to doom/gothic metal and classical music, which have allowed their songs to define their own genre. Two of their most successful releases in particular, namely the albums Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005), are prime examples of KAMELOT's multi-layered approach, intensity and outstanding musicality. Their last effort Silverthorn, saw the band raise this demanding standard even higher, because thealbum stands the test of time as a truemasterpiece of grand gestures, gritty melodies and haunting atmospheres, showcasing KAMELOT at their finest.
 
Catch KAMELOT live on their upcoming live shows:
 
12.03.2015 IRL - Dublin / Button Factory
13.03.2015 UK  -  Pwllheli / HammerFest VII Festival
14.03.2015 UK  -  London / O2 Academy Islington
25.04.2015 MX - Mexico D.F. / José Cuervo Salón
09.07.2015 CZ  -  Vizovice / Masters Of Rock Festival
 
KAMELOT North American Tour With Special Guest Dragonforce:
4/27: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
4/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
5/1: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/2: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
5/3: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
5/5: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/6: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
5/7: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
5/9: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
5/10: Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
5/11: Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall
5/12: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
5/14: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
5/15: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
5/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
5/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
5/20: Austin, TX @ Emo's
5/21: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Civic Theater
5/22: Birmingham, IL @ Iron City Live
5/23: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues


JANUARY 14th 2015
SEPTEMBER MOURNING RELEASE NEW SINGLE
The Dark Alternative, Hard Rock Transmedia Project September Mourning have released their new single "Children Of Fate" from their upcoming album due out this Spring. The album, which was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance), will be released alongside other forms of media containing the story of the characters portrayed in the band. One of which, is a comic book released through Top Cow Comics and developed by September (Vocalist & Founder) and Top Cow CEO Marc Silvestri.

September Mourning carries positive passions into its music, which is often operatic, but also completely rock ‘n’ roll in all its majestic glory. The album is full of themes that run the gamut, from “Skin and Bones,” which takes on people who would judge you on appearances, and “Chariot,” about those who allow themselves to be consumed by somebody else, to “Paper Dolls,” lambasting a guy “who rips people’s hearts out without regret” and “Before The Fall,” a song that accentuates our common humanity. “When we bleed/We bleed the same,” sings September. September describes “Children of Fate” as a “call to arms for her fans, our families,” which she turned into a 6/8 waltz, “but heavy, eerie and strange, to give it this weird feeling.
Having toured with Marilyn Manson, September Mourning has already built up an impressive fan base, which she calls her “Children of Fate,” constantly encouraging them to have “the courage to embrace their passion… to allow yourself to follow your heart and not be a slave to your fears. To know that the only boundaries that exist in our lives are the ones we allow.”

September Mourning "Children Of Fate" Audio Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-QQFuydADw



JANUARY 13th 2015
PAIN OF SALVATION RELEASE NEW ALBUM
IN NORTH AMERICA
Swedish prog innovators Pain of Salvation release their Falling Home acoustic album today in North America. The album is available as a jewel case CD and digital download.
 
Falling Home is a very special album, containing re-imagined versions of favorite PoS songs, two covers versions (Dio's "Holy Diver" and Lou Reed's "Perfect Day"), and a brand-new song (the title track, "Falling Home").
 
The track list for the album is as follows:
Stress
Linoleum
To the Shoreline
Holy Diver
1979
She Likes to Hide (physical-only bonus)
Chain Sling
Perfect Day
Spitfall
Mrs. Modern Mother Mary
Flame to the Moth
King of Loss (physical-only bonus)
Falling Home


Their video for the track, "1979", can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiZh2fh_1Rk



JANUARY 10th 2015
NAPALM DEATH RELEASE NEW SONG ONLINE
In the light of the upcoming release date for their newest, 15th studio album "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America via Century Media Records, UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are now launching a second promotional track online.
 
Check out the song "How The Years Condemn" via the websites of Stereogum for North America and Metal Hammer (Germany) for Europe here:
 
http://smarturl.it/howtheyearscondemnND
 
NAPALM DEATH's bassist Shane Embury checked in with the following comment about the song he wrote:
 
"Musically I wanted this track to encompass lots of different rhythms and nuances in the short space of time which the song occupies, which I hope we achieve, and that it bursts with an intensity and emotion to match the theme of the lyrics!
 
Lyrically it's a departure from the rest of the new album as its self-reflective - a couple of years ago I was hospitalized prior to a very important tour and was forced to miss out on going and had to stay at home. More importantly I realized in the time I was in hospital that  I really had to make a choice which was either to carry on down the same path of selfish destruction as I had seen some of my friends embark on or stay around for the people I loved and who loved me!
 
Yes, it's a familiar story, no doubt. but it was an awakening for me which I very much needed and shortly after I was blessed with the birth of my daughter so I am glad I made the right decision...
 
We are not invincible - Nor are we indestructible. There are choices - points of return..."
 
 
The track listing for the standard edition of "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" reads as follows:
 
1. Apex Predator - Easy Meat
2. Smash A Single Digit

3. Metaphorically Screw You
4. How The Years Condemn
5. Stubborn Stains                                                            
6. Timeless Flogging
7. Dear Slum Landlord...
8. Cesspits
9. Bloodless Coup

10. Beyond The Pale
11. Stunt Your Growth
12. Hierarchies

13. One-Eyed
14. Adversarial / Copulating Snakes

JANUARY 6th 2015
CAROLINA REBELLION ANNOUNCE LINEUP
A spectacular lineup including some of the biggest names in rock has been announced for the fifth annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, May 2 & 3, 2015 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway just outside Charlotte, NC.

The mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival will feature performances from Slipknot, Korn (marking a highly-anticipated return to Carolina Rebellion after their on-stage reunion with band-member Head in 2012), Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Rise Against, Sammy Hagar & The Circle (Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson), Breaking Benjamin, Bush, and many more top rock bands. (See below for daily band lineup.)

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, "We are very excited to be headlining Rebellion this year! We're honored to be playing in the company of Cheap Trick, one of my all time favorites, as well as playing with such good friends like Korn, Halestorm and Slayer!”

"Three years ago, we reunited with our brother Head on stage at Carolina Rebellion. Since then, we made a new album and toured the world together. And now we're back to perform our first album in its entirety.  Rebellion is going to be a really special show for us," says Jonathan Davis of Korn.

“Playing with a band like The Circle, we’ve got a set list made in Rock N’ Roll Heaven and a band from Rock N’ Roll Hell,” says Sammy Hagar. “The only missing link is tens of thousands of rocking fans…HELLO CAROLINA!”
“For the 5th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, we wanted to acknowledge not only the best in current rock with the likes of Slipknot, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin and more, but also celebrate some great iconic rock bands like Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Cheap Trick, Slayer and others to give the Rebels the widest range of Rock N’
Roll possible,” says Co-Executive Producer Gary Spivack of RockHouse Presents. “Rebellion is truly the Carolinas’ biggest music party of the year!”

Based on the festival’s success in 2014--with over 60,000 fans in attendance and camping and VIP packages sold out--the 2015 Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion concert site will be expanded and will feature a fourth stage for band performances.

Monster Energy returns as the festival’s title sponsor and will be on site conducting giveaways, hosting Monster Energy artist signings, and offering Monster Energy Drink samples.
The daily band lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is as follows:

Saturday, May 2
Korn, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Chevelle, Cheap Trick, Papa Roach, Bush, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Jackyl, Of Mice & Men, Live, Motionless In White, Periphery, Beartooth, Young Guns, Marmozets, Islander and more

Sunday, May 3
Slipknot, Godsmack, Slayer, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, The Pretty Reckless, In This Moment, In Flames, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Hatebreed, Starset, Butcher Babies, We Are Harlot, Exodus and more

A ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is underway now until Friday, January 16 at 11:59 AM ET. The pre-sale offers a limited number of tickets for the following early bird pre-sale prices (plus fees):
 
Weekend General Admission Ticket: $99
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $299
Single Day General Admission Ticket: $59.50
 
Ticket prices will go up at the public on-sale on Friday, January 16 at noon.  Concertgoers are encouraged to buy early to save, as ticket prices will continue to increase in the coming months.
A VIP Lounge Upgrade is also available for $110 to those that purchase Weekend General Admission tickets during the pre-sale and general on-sale. Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2015 layaway packages--new for 2015--are available for purchase through January 31. A limited number of discounted tickets are also now available for active military through our friends at GovX.

Hotel and Camping Packages are available now, and prices remain the same during the pre-sale and general on-sale. All Hotel Packages are for three nights and are available for 2 or 4 people. Each package includes access to the Friday Night Campground Party in the campgrounds. Camping is open from Noon on Friday, May 1 through Noon on Monday, May 4. Camping Upgrades include access to the Friday Night Campground Party. Camping Packages also include a $25 merchandise voucher, access to VIP Lounge, festival poster, and access to the Friday Night Campground Party.

For full details and to purchase tickets, Hotel, and Camping Packages, visit www.CarolinaRebellion.com.
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Bud Light, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, Zippo Encore and more to be announced.
 
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is produced by AEG Live, Danny Wimmer Presents, and RockHouse Presents, and is part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series. The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct concert atmospheres across the country in April and May.

For more information on Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, visit:

Website: www.CarolinaRebellion.com