JUNE 29th 2015
After five consecutive sellouts, 70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, is gearing up for Round 6 of The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

There are many Oceans and many ships, but 70000TONS OF METAL always was and is the leading light of a new trend: They are truly The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. It's not enough that 70000TONS OF METAL 2016 will sail on one of the biggest cruise liners on the planet, the 154,000ton “Independence Of The Seas”: On 70000TONS OF METAL you get unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, not just one show per band with assigned seating based on which cabin category you booked. On The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise you can come and go to any and all events as you please. With 60 Bands on board you get access to 120 shows, 70000TONS OF KARAOKE until sunrise, as well as Clinics and Work-Shops with the musicians on board. Next year for the first time ever they are introducing #SuperMetalSunday: The last day of the cruise will coincide with the 2016 SuperBowl which will be screened live on board but it will also include JAMMING IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS the 70000TONS All Star Jam that makes Metal history year after year, their infamous Belly Flop Contest and the last night of 70000TONS OF KARAOKE in a very special, yet to be revealed location! Did we mention they have bars on board that never close? Yes, you heard right: They have bars on board that never close!

Two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with your favorite artists on a floating luxury resort in the middle of the Caribbean. This event truly has no comparison and since there are no VIP areas it's like everyone has a backstage pass!

Back To Jamaica On A New Ship!

Moving The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise to Royal Caribbean's “Independence Of The Seas” exemplifies 70000TONS OF METAL's continued dedication to constant improvement and on board innovation. This cruise liner, the younger sister ship of the “Liberty Of The Seas” offers everything you could dream of having on your floating Heavy Metal Paradise including 4 Stages: The ALHAMBRA THEATER is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed PYRAMID lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in STUDIO B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The POOL DECK stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the POOL DECK stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

This year's sailors liked going to Jamaica so much that the organizers decided to go back. However, it wouldn't be 70000TONS OF METAL if they were simply sailing to the same destination. Next year's port of call will be Falmouth, Jamaica which offers a wider range of shore excursions than ever before.

60 Bands Representing Every Genre Of Metal!

70000TONS OF METAL has already announced the first 10 of 60 bands for their 2016 edition: AT THE GATES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DELAIN, DRAGONFORCE, FIREWIND, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, ICED EARTH, LACUNA COIL, MOONSPELL and TURISAS and promised the next 10 bands to be released next week!

Public Onsales Dates

70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, will sail Thursday, February 4, 2016 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Independence Of The Seas” from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale near Miami, FL and will not return to the real world until Monday, February 8, 2016.

Ticket prices start at USD 666 plus USD 348 Taxes and Fees per person and include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service!

Public Sales begin on Thursday July 9, 2015 at 3PM PDT (8PM EDT).

Check out 70000tons.com for more information.
JUNE 28th 2015

Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of YES, Chris Squire, has died after a battle with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He was 67 years old. Chris had been receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix since he was diagnosed with the disease in May.

Squire's YES bandmate Geoff Downes wrote on Twitter: "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire." YES has also released a statement on Squire's passing. It reads: "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and YES co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona, in the arms of his loving wife Scotty.
"For the entirety of YES' existence, Chris was the band's linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today's well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of YES' most endearing music, as well as his solo album, 'Fish Out Of Water'. Outside of YES, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan.

"With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many … including each of us. But he wasn't merely our friend: he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him."

Squire formed YES in 1968 with singer Jon Anderson and has been the band's sole remaining co-founder, having played on all of the group's albums, including 1971's "Fragile", 1972's "Close To The Edge", 1977's "Going For The One" and 1983's "90125", which featured the No. 1 hit single "Owner Of A Lonely Heart".
Squire was recently replaced in YES's touring lineup by Billy Sherwood, who played guitar and keyboards as a touring member of YES in 1994 and as a full member from 1997 to 2000.

JUNE 20th 2015
Many of you know, a lot in the past few days has been happening with Morbid Angel, including the departure of drummer Tim Yeung and guitarist, Destructhor . Below is the following statement released from David Vincent about what has been happening in the past few days:

"I had good communication with Trey yesterday and we agree that there are incompatibilities with regards to us working together.
Trey and I have accomplished amazing things together over the past 30 years and I wish him the best with his future projects.  Out of respect for the legacy of these accomplishments, I encourage Morbid Angel fans to not take sides because, I am not.

I look forward to sharing my new endeavors with all of you in the near future. Until then, stay Morbid!  ~David Vincent"

JUNE 5th 2015
Southern California thrash-metal five piece, WARBRINGER have built a reputation for themselves over the past five years having recorded four albums and touring the planet with relentless drive and passion.  Now after a year long hiatus, a tour of Asia, a small run of California shows and a few line up changes, they are writing this summer and plan to record in the fall.  They have also just announced a full North American tour in early 2016 with Enforcer and a South American Tour in July.
Warbringer Frontman John Kevill had this to say about the North American tour, "We are excited to announce the return of Warbringer to the road across North America. It looks to be a completely excellent lineup, with heavy metal warriors Enforcer and Cauldron, and longtime friends/total shredders Exmortus. Looking forward to firing up the engines again and getting back out there on the warpath, hell, it's about time!"
1/5/16 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
1/6/16 - Championship - Trenton, NJ
1/7/16 - Trickshots - Clifton Park, NY
1/8/16 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
1/9/16 - Palladium - Worcester, MA
1/10/16 - Foufounes - Montreal, QU
1/11/16 - Salle Multi - Quebec City, QU
1/12/16 - Ritual - Ottawa, ON
1/13/16 - Hard Luck - Toronto, ON
1/14/16 - The Apk - London, ON
1/15/16 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
1/16/16 - Agora - Cleveland, OH
1/17/16 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
1/18/16 - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH
1/20/16 - Token Lounge - Westland, MI
1/21/16 - Fubar - St. Louis, MO
1/22/16 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
1/23/16 - The Metal Grill - Cudahy, WI
1/24/16 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
1/25/16 - Zoo Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
1/27/16 - Nite Owl - Calgary, AL
1/28/16 - Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AL
1/30/16 - Rickshaw - Vancouver, BC
1/31/16 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA 
2/1/16 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
2/2/16 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
2/3/16 - Whisky - W. Hollywood, CA
2/4/16 - Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
2/5/16 - Club Red - Tempe, AZ
2/6/16 - LVCS - Las Vegas, NV
2/8/16 - In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
2/9/16 - Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO
2/10/16 - Aftershock - Merrriam, KS
2/11/16 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
2/12/16 - 210 Kapones - San Antonio, TX
2/13/16 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
2/14/16 - Trees - Dallas, TX
2/15/16 - Siberia - New Orleans, LA
2/16/16 - Orpheum - Tampa, FL
2/17/16 - Haven - Orlando, FL
2/18/16 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
2/19/16 - Expo Five - Louisville, KY
2/20/16 - Canal Club - Richmond, VA

JUNE 4th 2015
This fall, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA and Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE will join forces to co-headline across North America. This trek, sponsored by Revolver Magazine, also has Canada’s THE AGONIST supporting on all dates. Please see below for all tourdates and VIP ticketing information.
EPICA front-woman Simone Simons says the following about the upcoming tour: “We are ecstatic to finally return to North America. It is time to nurture our long-distance relationship with our fans over in North America. We'll have a wonderful time together and will perform songs spanning our entire discography. You guys better be ready for us.”
This will mark EPICA’s long-awaited return to North America after the band’s tour with Machine Head late 2013 got cancelled. It will also be the group’s first North American run in support of their highly acclaimed latest album, The Quantum Enigma, which hit the charts all over Europe and beyond.
ELUVEITIE’s lead vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann further states: ”We're 8 months into the ‘Origins’ World Tour now and far from getting tired! We can't wait to finally return to the USA and Canada; especially because we'll return alongside the mighty Epica! By Toutatis, this is gonna be fucking awesome!"
This tour also marks ELUVEITIE’s second tour in support of their chart-topping album, Origins.
Revolver Magazine is the No. 1 hard-rock and heavy-metal destination in the world. In print for 10 years, the magazine takes readers into the studio, onto the stage, and behind the scenes, providing in-depth information, mind-blowing original photography, and hilarious insights they can’t find anywhere else. The home of The Hottest Chicks in Metal, Revolver also covers horror movies, mixed martial arts, tattoos, action sports, and more. In 2009 Revolver threw the first-ever U.S. hard-rock and metal awards show, the Revolver Golden Gods, which was broadcasted on MTV2 and featured appearances by Ozzy Osbourne, Maynard Keenan, Lemmy Kilmister, Megadeth, Kat Von D, Slipknot, Suicide Silence, the UFC’s BJ Penn, and many others. Revolver sponsors over 20 hard-rock tours each year, including the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. Its website (www.revolvermag.com) features exclusive interviews, music and video, photo shoot outtakes, and contests.
VIP tickets will go on sale: Wednesday, May 27th at 10AM local time
General tickets will go on sale: Friday, May 29th at 10AM local time
EPICA and ELUVEITIE will both be offering VIP ticketing including meet & greets, exclusive merchandise, a Revolver Magazine subscription and the EPICA VIP bundle also includes a live 7-inch. VIP Tickets will be available through Soundrink.
Ticketing and VIP links: www.epica.nl and www.eluveitie.ch

JUNE 4th 2015

Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Richmond, VA based heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD will release their highly-anticipated seventh full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, worldwide this July via Epic Records. Today, after weeks of hinting at fans about the imminent release, the band is unleashing a brand new track, “Still Echoes”, via www.lamb-of-god.com.

LAMB OF GOD’s last album, the 2012 Grammy-nominated Resolution, debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Top 200, #1 on the US Top Hard Rock and Rock Album charts, #2 on the Canadian albums chart, and #3 on the Australian albums chart.
“Still Echoes” will be available via all digital retailers and streaming services beginning Monday, May 18th.
LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe states, “The time has come to give the fans their first taste of the new LAMB OF GOD album. This is a very, very dark, yet sonically highly varied, record. As it's always good to come out of the gate hard with a fast and aggressive one, we chose this track "Still Echoes" to kick it off. Enjoy/destroy.”
Several exclusive VII: Sturm Und Drang pre-order bundles are available now via http://smarturl.it/vii-preorder. Make sure to stay tuned for more VII: Sturm Und Drang clips, tracks, and videos… coming soon.
VII: Sturm Und Drang is once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe, and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, CA.
Catch LAMB OF GOD on tour this summer with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White:
LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White
7/24 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/25 - Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/26 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/28 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy MusicTheatre
7/29 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/31 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/1 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/2 - Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
8/4 - Boston, MA @ XFINITY Center
8/5 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/8 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/9 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau - Heavy Montreal
8/11 - Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/15 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/16 - St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/19 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
8/23 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
8/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
8/26 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
8/28 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Grounds
8/29 - Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
8/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/2 - Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
9/4 - Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/5 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

JUNE 4th 2015

"Cirice", the new single from Swedish occult rockers GHOST. The song is taken from the band's third album, "Meliora", which will be released on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. The follow-up to 2013's "Infestissumam" was helmed by Klas Åhlund, a prolific songwriter, producer and guitarist who is also a member of the Swedish rock band TEDDYBEARS, and was mixed by Andy Wallace (SLAYER, NIRVANA, SEPULTURA, LINKIN PARK, GUNS N' ROSES).

"Meliora" track listing:
01. Spirit
02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
03. Cirice
04. Spöksonat
05. He Is
06. Mummy Dust
07. Majesty
08. Devil Church
09. Absolution
10. Deus In Absentia

MAY 28th 2015
Lindemann, the new project from Rammstein lead singer Till Lindemann alongside Pain and Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren, have today released the first video from their eagerly awaited debut album Skills In Pills, out June 23 (Warner Bros. Records). The video for lead single “Praise Abort” is the creation of director (and longtime Rammstein collaborator) Zoran Bihac, and showcases the song’s dark, gruesome lyrics with a little help from some swine friends. It’s a disgusting, gory, NSFW, and a perfect introduction into the Lindemann world.

LINDEMANN - Praise Abort (Official Video) from LINDEMANN on Vimeo.

MAY 25th 2015
Lindemann, the new project of Rammstein lead singer Till Lindemann alongside Peter Tägtgren (Pain, Hypocrisy), will have its long-awaited debut album Skills In Pills released on June 23, 2015 via Warner Bros. Records in the U.S. (following the global release on June 19). Lead single "Praise Abort" will be released 3 weeks ahead of the album on May 29.
Pre-order Skills In Pills via iTunes:
Pre-order Skills In Pills via the Warner Music store:

Based in Germany, Rammstein is known as one of the most successful and well-respected rock bands of our time, having sold an incredible 17 million records around the globe to date. Peter Tägtgren, the mastermind of both Hypocrisy and Pain, is also a well-respected and highly-acclaimed Metal producer, and has worked with the likes of Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Sabaton, Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth, and more.
Lindemann combines the Rammstein singer's often hilarious, sometimes utterly filthy lyrics with Tägtgren's super-modern studio skills and instrumentation, resulting in the twisted product of two uniquely creative minds, Skills In Pills.
Stay tuned for more information to come on Lindemann!
Skills In Pills will be available in the following versions:

Standard (Digipack)
Special Edition (Blu-Ray-packaging, high-quality booklet, bonus track)
12" Vinyl (gatefold cover, 28-page booklet, bonus track, album-download-code)
Super Deluxe (Coffee-table-style book with 80 pages, high-quality package, CD with bonus track)

The track listing for Skills In Pills is:
1.       Skills In Pills
2.       Ladyboy
3.       Fat
4.       Fish On
5.       Children Of The Sun
6.       Home Sweet Home
7.       Cowboy
8.       Golden Shower
9.       Yukon
10.     Praise Abort
11.     That's My Heart*
*Bonus Track
MAY 23rd 2015
Swedish melodic metal group SOILWORK is pleased to announce their upcoming European headline tour, dubbed the “The Tour Majestic”, with support from Hatesphere. The European dates will follow SOILWORK’s upcoming U.S. tour with Soulfly, Decapitated, and Shattered Sun, in addition to several European summer festival dates coming up soon.
Drummer Dirk Verbeuren states, “It’s been ten years since an unforgettably epic European tour with our brothers in Hatesphere. Now that our tenth album is almost ready to be unleashed, we can’t wait to once again share the stage with Hatesphere and bring you another monumental dose of top class melodic death metal!”   
Also beforehand, SOILWORK is slated to perform at the 7th annual Metal Hammer Awards in Berlin on September 18, 2015. Read more via the Metal Hammer website and buy your tickets here. See below for an official show poster and all currently confirmed tour dates.
SOILWORK is touring in support of their 2013 double album, The Living Infinite, and new DVD, Live In The Heart Of Helsinki, via Nuclear Blast, in addition to their upcoming new music. Details are set to be announced soon. 

EUROPE – Upcoming Summer Festival dates
7/25/2015 Essen, Germany @ Nord Open Air
7/30/2015 Szekesfehervar, Hungary @ Fezen Festival
8/1/2015 Bollnäs, Sweden @ Karlslundsfestivalen
8/7/2015 Mikkeli, Finland @ Jurassic Rock Festival
8/21/2015 Geneva, Switzerland @ Octopode Festival
EUROPE – Upcoming Headline Tour w/ HATESPHERE
11/27/2015 Malmö, Sweden @ KB 
11/28/2015 Herford, Germany @ X-Herford
11/29/2015 Lyss, Switzerland @ Kufa 
11/30/2015 Sion, Switzerland @ Le Port Franc
12/1/2015 Brescia, Italy @ Colony Club 
12/2/2015 Munich, Germany @ Backstage Halle
12/3/2015 Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
12/4/2015 Leipzig, Germany @ Hellraiser
12/5/2015 Czech Rep. @ Winter Basinfire Fest
12/6/2015 Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
12/7/2015 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
12/8/2015 Koln, Germany @ Luxor 
12/10/2015 Tillburg, Netherlands @ 013
12/11/2015 Vooselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
12/12/2015 Metz, France @ Les Trinitaires
12/13/2015 Dunkerque, France @ Les 4 ecluses
12/14/2015 Paris, France @ Trabendo
12/15/2015 Rennes, France @ Antipode
12/16/2015 Bordeaux, France @ Rocher de Palmer
12/17/2015 Blois, France @ Le Chato'do 
12/18/2015 Limoges, France @ CC John Lennon
12/19/2015 Lyon, France @ CCO 
UNITED STATES - “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour
For more info and tickets visit www.soulfly.com
09/30/2015 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater
10/01/2015 San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
10/02/2015 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
10/03/2015 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
10/04/2015 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
10/06/2015 Kelowna, BC - Level Nightclub
10/07/2015 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
10/08/2015 Saskatoon, SK - O'Brian's Event Centre
10/09/2015 Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
10/10/2015 Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam
10/11/2015 Joliet, IL - Mojoes
10/12/2015 Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
10/13/2015 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
10/14/2015 Toronto, ON - Opera House
10/15/2015 Montreal, QC - Corona Theater
10/18/2015 Columbus, OH - Northland Performing Arts Center
10/19/2015 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
10/20/2015 New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
10/21/2015 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10/22/2015 Knoxville, TN - The International
10/23/2015 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10/24/2015 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
10/25/2015 St Petersburg, FL - State Theater
10/27/2015 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
10/28/2015 Austin, TX - Empire Control Room
10/29/2015 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
10/30/2015 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater

MAY 18th 2015
UK metal titans Bullet For My Valentine today unveil plans to release their long-awaited, 5th studio album, VENOM, on August 14th via RCA Records. The band’s global domination begins today with the premiere of the album’s striking cover artwork and a stream of their first new song, “No Way Out,” which is available for instant download now with all pre-orders at http://www.bulletformyvalentine.com/.
Listen now to “Now Way Out”: http://smarturl.it/BFMVnowayoutLV
A limited edition VENOM package will be available exclusively through Bullet For My Valentine’s web store. This bundle includes CD, vinyl and cassette versions of VENOM, as well as custom t-shirt, bracelet and necklace. All purchases will include a pre-sale code for early access to tickets for their 2016 headlining tour. CLICK HERE to pre-order now. Find complete album track listing below.
Over the course of their career, Bullet For My Valentine has sold millions of records, amassed a worldwide army of fans, garnered hundreds of millions of video/track streams, appeared on dozens of magazine covers and received mass critical praise for their highly-influential albums. Now, the band looks to transcend genres and trends with their game-changing album, VENOM.
Produced by Carl Bown and Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium) at Metropolis Studio in London, VENOM is an unrelenting, fierce step forward for Bullet For My Valentine. Their heaviest record to date sinks its teeth into listeners with a powerful delivery by vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck, ferocious riffs by guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget and rapid-fire rhythm courtesy of drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas. On VENOM the trio maintains their signature balance of heavy, coupled with surging melody, and pushes themselves to the next level.
“It's pretty hard to sum up an entire record after spending so much time writing and recording it and all the blood, sweat and tears that have come with this one especially,” says frontman Matt Tuck. “It wasn't easy revisiting some very dark places to come up with lyrical content for this one, but once I knew where it was heading and I was comfortable with letting certain things out - all hell broke loose. It's easily the most aggressive record we've ever done and lyrically it will no doubt touch a nerve with a lot of people that listen to it. I cannot express enough how proud I am of it, and can't wait for everyone out there to hear it too. We've reinvented who we are and are ready to take on the world once more.”
Bullet For My Valentine’s progression of sound is evident on VENOM, presenting a harder delivery and a more complex song structure, as witnessed on the band’s crushing new track, “No Way Out.”
“To write this track I had to put myself into a very dark place, a place I hadn't been to for a while mentally because of how my life is now, compared to what it was before the band exploded,” Tuck adds. “It is one of, if not the heaviest tracks we've ever recorded musically and lyrically. I've lived with it for a while now but still every time I hear it, it gives me chills. Hold on tight it's a hell of a ride.”
In addition to the news of the upcoming record, Bullet For My Valentine has also announced they’ve recruited fellow Welsh musician Jamie Mathias to join the band as their new bass player and backup vocalist.
Bullet For My Valentine will head to South America in July for a headlining tour with support from Motionless In White before joining up with Slipknot and Lamb of God for this summer’s loudest North American tour. Tour dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now at http://www.bulletformyvalentine.com/.
VENOM track listing:
1.   “V”
2.  “No Way Out”
3. ”Army of Noise”
4. “Worthless”
5. “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)”
6. “Broken”
7. “Venom”
8. “Harder the Heart”
9.  “Skin”
10. “Hell or High Water”
11. “Pariah”
Deluxe edition also includes:
12.  “Playing God”
13. “Run For Your Life”
14. “In Loving Memory”
15.  “Raising Hell”

MAY 4th 2015
Whitesnake will also be hitting the road this month in support of The Purple Album. The upcoming world tour kicks off in the U.S. on May 28th in Airway Heights, WA. The 42-city trek runs through the summer wrapping up on August 16th in St. Charles, MO. The tour will be making stops in Las Vegas, NV; Beverly Hills, CA; Atlantic City, NJ; and Orlando, FL among others. The band will be performing songs from The Purple Album as well countless hit songs from their catalog including “Here I Go Again,” “Is This Love,” and “Still Of The Night.” Tickets for all shows are on sale now and more information and purchase links can be found at: http://whitesnake.com/WS2013/features/purplealbum/index_dates.php.  
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. The track “ Burn” can be heard at: https://youtu.be/q7UxOrBb0Is and “Lay Down Stay Down” can be heard at:https://youtu.be/I7_j7Qn2FSs.
Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as “Slide It In,” “Here I Go Again,” “Still Of The Night” and “Is This Love.”

MAY 2nd 2015
One person who witnessed last night's events, Brian Hatchett, told The New Fury web site: "Ivan held up Jeremy's [Spencer, drums] book and asked the fans if they had this FFDP book. Then, still mic'd seemingly unknowingly, said, That I had nothing to do with,' directed at Jeremy. Jeremy then threw his sticks and walked off stage, and the band shortly followed. Ivan talked for a minute, threw his mic, and marched off. A few minutes later, Ivan came back, rambled and talked to the fans, and attempted to play around on Jeremy's drumkit, trying to lead a song rather weakly.

Jeremy and the rest of the band came back and played a song while sounding completely out of step with each other, while Ivan stayed really close to Jeremy, seeming to talk shit to him. Everyone left again, Ivan threw the mic again. This routine repeated a couple more times until they just ran out of stage time and walked off stage, not to return."

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory revealed last month that "all the music [was] done" for the band's next album in a video message he posted on Instagram. Bathory added that Moody was in the studio "recording the remaining vocals" for the CD, which is expected out before the end of the year.
Spencer's autobiography, "Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem", came out last September and was described by the publisher as "a wry and rollicking tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today."

MAY 1st 2015
After nearly 18 years as owner / operator of SCRAPE records and 23 yrs in music retail – I (J.J.) have made the very difficult decision to close the doors of SCRAPE forever.

With an extremely loyal “Disciple” base and very consistent sales, this has made the decision far from easy. Having said that, the time has come for me to look ahead and plan my future in music. There is more I have to offer and accomplish in my music career. I need to see what new adventures lie ahead and I don't want regrets. I'm ready for the challenge and I'm looking forward to new opportunities.
SCRAPE's final days will be some time this summer, exact day is TBA. We hope you'll pay us a visit before we're done. We hope to have a special going away show / event this summer, please stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you're serious about your Metal, perhaps YOU can carry the torch! If you think you're METAL enough, SCRAPE is for sale.

Please note: Even though we'll be in the process of winding things down over the next few months, we'll still be getting in restocks, special orders and new releases. We have MASS stock to sell!

SCRAPE records opened Nov.1, 1997 as Vancouver's ONLY source for METAL. Selling import cds / vinyl / magazines /dvds / shirts / tickets. With countless “Meet N Greets and in-store performances” to its credit, SCRAPE has had some of the biggest names in METAL in-store (Devin Townsend, Opeth, Alice Cooper, Lamb of God, Testament, Cradle of Filth, In Flames, Meshuggah, Enslaved, At The Gates, Children of Bodom, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Gwar, Cryptopsy, Chris Jericho, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, Wintersun, Satyricon, Behemoth, Gojira and many more) in its near 18 years in business.
In 2010, SCRAPE started to book / promote shows and has been directly involved with bringing many bands to Vancouver that had never played here before. (Mayhem, Nile, Primal Fear and many more)

A HUGE shout out to: My wife, Jericho, SCRAPE “Disciples”, SCRAPE staff past / present - The Labels - FAB Distribution, E1 Entertainment, Century Media, Dismanic, HevyDevy, Metal Blade, Nuclear Blast, AFM, Prosthetic, Relapse, Roadrunner, War on Music, Sony Music, EMI / Universal Music, Warner Music - The Promoters - Live Nation Western Canada, The Invisible Orange, Blueprint Live, Timbre, Live.van, Nothing is Heavy, Magnetized Productions, RockitBoy - Media - CFOX, BT, The Georgia Straight, Vancouver Sun / Province, BW&BK, Absolute Underground / Beatroute Local Music Venues Past & Present, and YOU!

For further info and /or serious inquires to own SCRAPE records, please contact jj@scraperecords.com

APRIL 28th 2015
30 years have passed since GWAR awoke from the prison of their Antarctic slumber in 1985. Since that time, the band has used broadswords and guitars to shape the music and culture of mankind. 30 years later, the world sucks more than it ever has, and humans have GWAR to thank!  Three decades of bloodlust, throttling the life from humanity, and perverting the human imagination have left no doubt that GWAR rules supreme!
What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a spectacular victory lap bringing death and depravity to cities across America? GWAR's  "30 Years of Total Domination Tour" is a celebration of unimaginable torment. Expect more blood and bodily fluids than ever before as your Lords and Masters take on the newest threat to their very existence-the Internet! That's right, GWAR is going to kick the Internet's ass; if they can ever stop jerking off to porn long enough to find it. Pustulus is none too pleased about the situation, having this to say while "taking 5" from his weekly schedule of drawing dicks on bible pages...
"I've survived prisons, gulags, religious protests, surfing a crucial wave on D-Day, and even an ISIS spaghetti dinner, so this is nothing. Bring it on! GWAR is coming!, Where is Baltimore?"
Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and Battlecross.  The tour kicks off August 25th in Millvale, PA and wraps up September 18th in Rochester, NY.  Tickets go on sale this Friday May 1st for all shows!
GWAR w/Butcher Babies and Battlecross
8/25: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
8/27: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
8/28: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
8/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
8/31: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
9/1: San Antonio, TX @ Kapones
9/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
9/3: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
9/4: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
9/5: New Albany, IN @ Rustic Frog - Befuddled Fest
9/6: Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys
9/8: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By the Sea
9/9: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
9/10: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
9/11: Sauget, IL @ Pop's
9/14: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
9/15: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
9/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb
9/17: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
9/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

APRIL 13th 2015
SLAYER, King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange, Kissing Candice

Tickets On Sale Beginning Friday April 17, 2015 at 10:00am Local Time

General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees

For the first 72 Hours of Onsale (while supplies last)

Check Out the Exclusive Lineup Announcement via Rolling Stone

The world's biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL enters its eighth year with another fantastic heavy metal and hard rock line-up, featuring 13 bands performing on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE.

The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE will feature some of the most ground-breaking heavy bands of all time, spanning the originating years of heavy metal to today! The main stage will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning legends Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, HELLYEAH, and The Devil Wears Prada. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.

Kerry King, guitarist of ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE headliners Slayer states, "I don't know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON'T FUCKIN' MISS IT."

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE performer and heavy metal hellion King Diamond states, "This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage - it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I'm not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around "Dreams of Horror". The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You're all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!"

"It has been eight years and it feels like it started just yesterday. We are so excited about this year's lineup and having the mighty Slayer back in support of a new album. In addition, the first time for King Diamond and HELLYEAH will be awesome, as well as The Devil Wears Prada's first time on the Main Stage. The Victory Stage has amazing bands and will play throughout the day. Heavy music is thriving in America and we are excited to be a part of it," state John Reese and Kevin Lyman, ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL producers.

Read the RollingStone.com Exclusive Line-Up Announcement with a Special Video from Headliners Slayer HERE


Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL go on sale beginning April 17th at 10:00am local time. Please note - Houston, TX tickets go on sale on April 24th at 10:00am local time. General Admission Festival and Lawn Tickets are only $19.99 including all fees for the first 72 hours of onsale (while supplies last).

The festival will kick off on June 26th at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA and ends at Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX on August 2nd. See below for all confirmed tour dates.

6/26 - San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
6/27 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
6/28 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
6/30 - Auburn, WA (Seattle) @ White River Amphitheater
7/1 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/3 - Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater
7/4 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
7/5 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
7/7 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah's Council Bluffs
7/8 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/10 - Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) @ Kilpsch Amphitheater
7/11 - Clarkston, MI (Detroit) @ DTE Energy Amphitheater
7/12 - Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/15 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/17 - Camden, NJ (Philadelphia) @ Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
7/18 - Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/19 - Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
7/21 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/22 - Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion)
7/24 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/25 - Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
7/26 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
7/29 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/31 - San Antonio, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheatre
8/1 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater

APRIL 11th 2015
MetalTitans and The Invisible Orange have the honour of announcing that the Nightwish show in Vancouver, BC on April 25th at The Orpheum, is being filmed in whole for an exclusive DVD to soon be released. Release date to be announced at a later date.

The Invisible Orange presents NIGHTWISH the Finland based symphonic metal storytellers who have recently also released their 8th studio album to astonishing reviews, for a one night performance with special guests Sabaton, a Swedish heavy metal band that gives us a history lesson in their songs on war and historical battles, and 3rd on this bill is Delain, a Dutch symphonic metal band, this line-up together is going to make for the best concert in 2015.

VIP 6pm | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

The VIP Package included a meet and greet with the band, signed poster, show programme and a General Admission seat in the Orchestra section (floor).

VIP Packages are SOLD OUT!!! (General Admission and reserved seating STILL AVAILABLE)

Sponsored By - The Georgia Straight / Scrape Records / ABORTMAG.COM / MetalTitans.com / Absolute Underground / www.LiveVan.com

APRIL 5th 2015


The following statement from the Swedish band, IN SOLITUDE was unveiled on their facebook page on April 3rd. Read the comment below for details:

2002 - 2015

 Dear friends. It is with great sadness that we inform you that we have chosen to end In Solitude here.

 This is something that's been taking shape for a long time and suddenly the day came when we had to evaluate our positions in life and find a solution.

 The reasons for our departure are not hostile in any sense and our love for each other and the music is stronger than ever before. But it is with respect for that music and that love between us that we choose to end it at this point.

 Changes in our personal lives demanded that we treated this as carefully as we could and with our deepest respect and reverence for all personal feelings, and for the aim of our journey.

 This has been one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make and we've had to investigate every inch of our beings in order to make this right. In Solitude has been the center of our lives for 13 years and we've invested everything we have in this and to make this decision was to rip us up by ours roots and make us re-evaluate our entire lives and our future.

 As the final words fell in our concluding agreement, we looked back and saw with new eyes the magnitude of our brotherhood and the things that were carried through because of it. Our trust, our love, our shared obligation. The truth of the hand and the truth of the word to disperse the bounds between us and to diverge the shore for us follow. How it gave us the width of the world and the means to share it and store it together. All that was in it and all that was taken from it. And all the things that now shall pass without our collective notice. We saw with new eyes how clarity entered in stagelight and moonlight and sunlight and darkness and landed us finally over and over in that inexplicable mystery of beauty that we'll share as ours forever. If there was ever an accomplishment in what we did, it was the merging of the five of us in unity and the things that came as everything grew because of it. Not a single second was spared in these 13 years, and we'll never ask for any of them back. We spent everything in our world on this and got more than everything back.

We want to thank all our closest brothers and sisters for being there and standing by our side the whole way through. Your love, support and hard work will never be forgotten and your presence have realized this band and enriched our lives in ways you'll never understand. You are all truly the geniuses who shall change the course of the world. You know who you are. And we'll always admire you for that.

Last, but most importantly. We thank all of you for being there. In the crowds, in front of the stereos and in our hearts. Without you, this strange and wonderful dream would never have happened. The impact of your support can never be put in words and the outcome of our lives will always be in debt to you for what you gave us. As much as we were In Solitude, you were as well.

 We know that this will come as a shocking surprise for many of you. And we hope you understand that we must follow our hearts in order to stay true to what In Solitude is and what that entails.

 From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you forever.

 /Pelle, Uno, Gotte, Nicke and Henke

(Photo: Micke Johansson)

APRIL 3rd 2015
In This Moment have had an almost fairytale ascent to fame - on the surface. The years of hard work, setbacks, heartache and blood aren't immediately obvious to the casual observer, but then the "Blood Legion" are not your typical fans.  They understand and relate to this ethos of a strong work ethic and family above all because they ARE the band's family.
Maria Brink had this to say:  "Rise of the Blood Legion - Greatest Hits (Chapter 1) is a tribute dedicated to everyone who has risen with us through the blood, the sweat, the thick and the thin. We are honored to have such a beautiful connection with our Blood Legion family, It's amazing that Century Media Records is releasing this compilation so everyone can hear our personal favorites over the last ten years. We love you all and the journey has just begun, Stay the course with us "We are immortal , We rise from the wraith, We are eternal, You are my blood legion My faith."
"This is for you"
Chris Howorth from the band had this to say: "This compilation is for the "Blood Legion" our die hard fans, We wouldn't be doing any of this without our fans, this album is for them. The songs were hand picked by Maria and myself and we feel they show the growth of our band over the last 10 years, I hope everyone enjoys this. Thanks again for joining us on this incredible journey!"
Ten years, five full-length albums and over 700,000 units moved in the U.S. alone since their auspicious beginnings, and they are on top of the world and the charts. The intensity and vulnerability of frontwoman Maria Brink's emotional vocals complimented by the catchy and powerful hooks give the Blood Legion, one of the most loyal and vocal fan bases in modern hard rock, their soundtrack. This Greatest Hits collection of the band's most iconic songs and videos is hand-chosen by the band, specifically for them. This is In This Moment's love letter to their fans, and Century Media's thank you to both the band and fans for this incredible chapter of their history.
In This Moment
Rise of the Blood Legion - Greatest Hits (Chapter 1)
In stores May 5, 2015
CD tracklisting:
Whispers of October*
Beautiful Tragedy*
Daddy's Falling Angel*
The Rabbit Hole#
Into the Light (live version)&
The Gun Show%
The Promise%
World in Flames%
Rise with Me^
It is Written^
The Blood Legion^

MARCH 28th 2015
Peter Beste is working on a new book and will be photographing Battle Jackets & Vests in the following cities on the following dates:

April 11: San Diego Metal Swap Meet
April 12-14: Los Angeles
April 16-18: SF Bay Area
April 21-22: Portland
April 30-May 1: Seattle
May 2-3: Vancouver BC
May 15-26: NYC + East Coast USA
July: Norway, Sweden + Lithuania

Please send photos of your jacket/vest for consideration to: peterbeste@gmail.com