OCTOBER 6th 2015
Satyricon vocalist Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven has revealed that he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The news was revealed via Satyr’s Instagram account

He writes: “I'm going home. I got extremely sick eight days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger. Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death.

“We all get our set of cards and this happened to be one of mine. There are so many people who have to deal with much worse things than I do, so I do not feel sorry for myself. I have a great family, lots of friends, Satyricon, Wongraven Wines and many people who support my endeavours all over the world.

“I will spend the next two weeks trying to get my strength back, then try to starting writing on the new Satyricon again and pick up where I left on all my wine projects.”

OCTOBER 6th 2015
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá . The Norwegian band consisting of members from Enslaved and Wardruna represents another gem in the label's treasure chest. These acclaimed musical masterminds will release their debut album early 2016.

SKUGGSJÁ comment:
"When we were asked to write a joined convert piece by the Eidsivablot festival for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, we both immediately saw the outline of something massive and important.

"Our performance confirmed that this project should live on, develop and thrive. During 2015 we have performed the piece once more at the Roadburn festival, and have also discreetly slipped in and out of studios around Norway to record what is to become our debut album.

"We are extremely proud of what we will present on this album; and are delighted to be working with the professionals at Season of Mist. It has been quite a journey already for the two of us, but this where it really begins. We have created something that is bigger than its individual parts. Now we are excited to see what the world make out of our creation!"

All things good,
Ivar & Einar

SKUGGSJÁ was conceived as a commissioned musical work written by Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik. The arrangement was performed by ENSLAVED and WARDRUNA as a concert piece in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution at the Eidsivablot festival in Eidsvoll, Norway on September 13th, 2014.

Shortly after this premiere, SKUGGSJÁ was announced as one of the headliners of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival 2015.

The growing desire to present SKUGGSJÁ to a broader audience has ultimately led Bjørnson and Selvik to record their work in its entirety. The album will be released early 2016. Details regarding this debut release will follow soon.

SKUGGSJÁ translates into ‘mirror’ or ‘reflection’ in the Norse language. This composition not only contextualises the role of extreme music in Norway’s democracy in the year 2014, but also joins threads from the country’s ancient musical history and solidifies the position of metal as Norway`s most important cultural export.

By highlighting ideas, traditions and instruments of their Norse past, SKUGGSJÁ tells the history of Norway and reflects relevant aspects from the past into the present day. In light of they reflect on themselves as a people and nation. In a magnificent tapestry of metal instrumentation, a wide variety of Norway’s and Scandinavia’s oldest instruments as well as poetry in Norse and Norwegian, SKUGGSJÁ is a fusion between past and present, both lyrically and musically.
 Ivar Bjørnson: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
 Einar Selvik: vocals, taglharpa, Kravik-lyre, goat-horn, birch-bark lure, bone-flute, percussion, electronics

Contributing musicians
 Grutle Kjellson: vocals
 Lindy-Fay Hella: vocals
 Eilif Gundersen: birch bark lure
 Olav L. Mjelva: Harding fiddle
 Cato Bekkevold: drums

OCTOBER 6th 2015
A trailer for "Fish On", the new video from LINDEMANN, the project featuring vocalist Till Lindemann of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN and Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN), can be seen below. The song will be released as a single on October 9. It will include the previously unreleased track "G-Spot Michael" as well as the Drago Baotic Smooth Version of "Praise Abort".

Regarding LINDEMANN's plans to perform live, Peter said: "Mainly, it is that we have to see if the promoters are interested in it, and how should we do it? Should we do it huge, or should we do it very small club punk rock? We don't know anything yet. So we're still collecting info from our promoter. He's throwing out some lines here and there to see who is interested and what can we expect, and where will we be on the bill? Will we play in the bar, or in the tent or on the main stage? We need to know these things before we start planning: 'Okay, are we gonna go crazy with the stage, or should we go very small?' It's still a little bit too early to know."
He continued: "I think if it's gonna happen, it's gonna be festivals. That's what I think right now. Everything changes constantly between me and [Till]. So you never know. Maybe tomorrow we're gonna play on the moon. So, we never know. We'll find out… It's better not to say too much until we know for sure. But I hope that we're gonna go out and play."

OCTOBER 6th 2015
ABBATH will release a seven-inch single, "Count The Dead", on December 11 via Season Of Mist. The A-side features the title track while the B-side consists of a cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Riding On The Wind".

"Count The Dead" will be released in two versions, which are both limited to 500 copies worldwide and exclusively available for pre-order through the Season Of Mist shop.
ABBATH's video for the song "Fenrir Hunts" can be seen below. The clip is a live recording of a new ABBATH track, the studio version of which will appear on the group's forthcoming debut album, due in early 2016 via Season Of Mist.

The band states: "We have performed 'Fenrir Hunts' live since our debut concert at Tuska festival in Finland. This led to the decision to record a few live songs properly. With the aid of a camera team, we have recorded three tracks in a live setting at the beginning of September. Along with 'Fenrir Hunts', which you can see today, there will be two cover versions coming up soon. Now, here is 'Fenrir Hunts', the first glimpse from our upcoming debut album!"
The "Fenrir Hunts" video was directed by Fraser West. The song was recorded and mixed by Jamie Ward.
Bass duties for ABBATH are being handled by a man familiar to metal fans across the world — Tom Cato Visnes, more widely known as King Ov Hell and main composer for several GORGOROTH albums as well as his own bands OV HELL, with singer Shagrath from DIMMU BORGIR, and GOD SEED, with exceptional black metal vocalist Gaahl. His fellow GOD SEED member and BORKNAGAR percussionist, Baard Kolstad, has also joined ABBATH on drums.
Abbath announced earlier this year that he was moving forward under his own name.

"I didn't want to go solo in the first place," Abbath told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine. "I wanted the best for IMMORTAL. I didn't want it to end this way. First of all, I just wanted my music out. I wanted to record the [next] album [because] it's been so many years since 'All Shall Fall'. And both Demonaz and Horgh, they have kids and families now, and it just hit that point where I couldn't work the way they wanted to work any more. I wanted things on my terms and they wanted things on their terms, and it was very difficult."
He continued: "I wanted to rehearse at least three times a week, but often it was only once a week and things went so slow. I sat there with all this material, I kept the rehearsal space and recorded the stuff on click track, but it was a very strained atmosphere and the Last time we worked together was in early June last year."
Asked if the decision to part ways and seek out new band members was inevitable, Abbath said: "I was forced to do it this way. I wanted IMMORTAL to continue, but not the way it was. The dialogue has not been there and it's also my mistake. I should have brought up this shit a long time ago, but IMMORTAL, after Demonaz's problems with his arms, it never became a band after that."
He continued: "IMMORTAL is a very special situation. [Demonaz] hasn't been in the band, but then I always wanted to do the best for everybody, to have the band spirit, and that's why when we decided to start IMMORTAL again, we tried to get the spirit back, and bring him on tour, and just share our thing and be a band and have a kick-ass time. But it never worked out. The chemistry wasn't there with the IMMORTAL guys and hadn't been for a while."
Abbath added: "I believe in my music and I believe in my expression, but time flies and we grow apart. Maybe in the future we can go back again, I don't know, but right now I just want to do my thing and just be ABBATH and have people around me who support that."

SEPTEMBER 17th 2015

International rock superstars, Scorpions, continue to celebrate their 50th year in metal with a special one-night national screening event of their first theatrical release, the documentary film, “Forever And A Day,” Wednesday, October 14th.

Presented by SpectiCast and Tempest Films, “Forever And A Day” captures the history of one of the most influential bands in music history – following them for 18 months with an insightful look into the dynamic that has kept them at the top of the metal community.  Filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied the Scorpions on their ‘Final Sting’ dates - originally the band’s farewell tour around the globe, from Bangkok via Los Angeles to Moscow, the resulting documentary “Forever and a Day” is a moving portrait of their unique history, packed with candid moments and Scorpions’ memories, culminating with the decision to scrap their retirement plans. Klaus Meine adds, “I think it'll be a really special film for our fans."

SEE THE TRAILER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzTfIxUuTSA 

The title, “Forever And A Day,” outlines the philosophy Scorpions have internalized since their early days.  In the Eighties of the past century, they wrapped it up in the slogan “Don‘t Stop At The Top” (allegorical: Never rest on your laurels). They simply are travelers, who always seek new challenges, overcoming all obstacles along the way.
 Scorpions continue their global assault in support of their 19th studio album, Return to Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), just released September 11, with North American dates (see below).  For additional info please visit www.The-Scorpions.com.

Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970’s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972.  The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism.  In the 80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at Fiirst Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "No One Like You," as well a string of successful singles such as "Send Me an Angel," "Still Loving You" and "Wind of Change." The band was also ranked #46 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit "Rock You Like a Hurricane" also landed as #18 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.  Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.
Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicked off in May 2015 with dates on four continents. For these milestone shows Scorpions have built a career-spanning setlist of their hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics.  In September 2015, Scorpions released their 19th studio album, Return To Forever, and embarked on the first leg of their North American tour featuring special guests Queensryche.

About SpectiCast
SpectiCast is the fastest growing event cinema marketing and distribution company in the world, providing specialty film programs, cultural arts events, contemporary music programs, and other alternative content to over 4,500 theatrical and non-theatrical venues in 60 countries around the globe. SpectiCast provides content rights holders with turnkey access to theatrical and all downstream digital platforms including DVD, VOD and TV and has distributed programs from some of the world’s most prestigious cultural arts organizations including the Strafford Festival, Opera de Paris, The Salzburg Festival, The Paris Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre, the British Museum, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. SpectiCast has also partnered with some of the world’s most renowned entertainment companies including Universal Music, Sony, EagleRock Entertainment, and Fathom Events. SpectiCast is a privately owned and operated firm based in 
Philadelphia, PA. For more information please visit: www.specticast.com.
Remaining dates of the first leg of their North American tour:
Date                           City                                         Venue
September 18          Toronto, ON Canada           Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
September 19          Montreal, QC Canada          Bell Centre
September 22          Columbus, OH                    LC Pavilion
September 23          Cleveland, OH                    Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
September 25          Windsor, ON Canada          Caesar's Windsor TBA
September 26          Chicago, IL                        Allstate Arena
September 29          Denver, CO                       Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
October 1                San Jose, CA                     SAP Center
October 3                Los Angeles, CA                 The Forum
October 6                Santa Barbara, CA              Santa Barbara Bowl
October 7                Las Vegas, NV                    Hard Rock Hotel
October 9                Seattle, WA                       ShoWare Center


SEPTEMBER 8th 2015
Both American Death metallers and French Canadian Black metallers Vital Remains and Necronomicon have announced a US/Canada tour this fall. Select dates will have The Kennedy Veil as well. More dates to come and dates for when tickets will be on sale still to be announced, but for now, here are the first dates released so far.

*Vital Remains & Necronomicon Only
 ** Vital Remains, Necronomicon & The Kennedy Veil

 *10/15/2015 Brooklyn Nihil Gallery
 *10/16/2015 Frederick, MD Cafe 611
 *10/17/2015 Fort Wayne, IN Skeletunes Lounge
 *10/18/2015 Danville, IL Vintage Villains
 *10/19/2015 Chicago, IL Red Line Tap
*10/22/2015 Wichita, KS Corky's
 **10/23/2015 Denver, CO Roxy Theater
 **10/24/2015 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar
 **10/26/2015 Spokane, WA The Pin
 **10/27/2015 Seattle WA Studio Seven
 **10/29/2015 Petaluma, CA Phoenix Theater
 **10/30/2015 Reno, NV PB & J's
 **10/31/2015 Long Beach, CA Di Piazza's
 **11/2/2015 Mesa, AZ Club Red
**11/4/2015 Lubbock, TX Depot O Bar**11/5/2015 Austin, TX Dirty Dog
 *11/6/2015 Ft Worth TX Tomcats West


SEPTEMBER 4th 2015

BUTCHER BABIES will be joining Swedish melodic metal outfit Amaranthe on their "Massive Collision" Tour in North America this Fall as direct support. The band is currently on the road with GWAR supporting the release of their sophomore full length album, Take It Like A Man, which came out on August 21st via Century Media Records.

The follow up to their debut effort, Goliath, Take It Like A Man has been a career defining moment that has already seen the band achieve a new level of commercial success and creative intensity. The album's first week sales took them to #13 on the Rock Charts, as well as #5 on the Independent Charts and #76 on the Billboard 200.

Butcher Babies have also invited fans to experience their new album in a completely unique fashion, by offering a YouTube stream of the band performing every track off of Take It Like A Man in the form of 11 individual music videos, which were filmed back to back. You can check out the visual experience of the album at the link below.

SEPTEMBER 1st 2015

Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P.  This October 9th, the wait ends, as Blackie Lawless and the legendary rockers W.A.S.P. will release their long awaited new album and Napalm Records debut Golgotha.
The first lyric video from Golgotha is being exclusively premiered today courtesy of Blabbermouth.net.  Get a first look
at the lyric video for "Scream" HERE.
Frontman Blackie Lawless on "Scream":
"Scream" was the track we felt really opened the album with the kick we were looking for.  The animation on the video is outstanding and truly takes you on a trip.  'Your gonna cry if you want me, Your gonna lie if you love me!!!  It's enough to make you wanna "Scream'!!!
The first single from Golgotha "Last Runaway" is available for streaming at UltimateClassicRock.com HERE.
Golgotha is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records Webstore HERE.
Golgotha Track Listing:
1. Scream
2. Last Runaway
3. Shotgun
4. Miss You
5. Fallen Under
6. Slaves of the New World Order
7. Eyes of My Maker
8. Hero of the World
9. Golgotha
W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins.  Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007's Dominator and 2009's Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!

AUGUST 25th 2015
Coheed and Cambria will hit the road this fall with the dates below

Complete tour dates:

August 28     Denver, CO      Riot Fest
September 11     Chicago, CO     Riot Fest
September 12     Buffalo, NY     Edgefest
September 13     Sterling Heights, MI     Chill on the Hill
September 19     Toronto, ON     Riot Fest
October 11      Asbury Park, NJ      Stone Pony *
October 13      Cincinnati, OH      Bogart's **
October 14      St. Louis, MO      The Pageant **
October 17      Wichita, KS     The Cotillion **
October 18      Sioux Falls, SD      The District **
October 20     Park City, UT     Park City Live ****
October 22     Portland, OR     Roseland Ballroom ***
October 23     Seattle, WA     Showbox Sodo ***
October 25      Sacramento, CA      Aftershock Festival
October 27     Ventura, CA     Ventura Theater ****
October 29     San Diego, CA     Observatory North Park ****
October 31     Phoenix, AZ      Monster Mash Music Festival
November 1      El Paso, TX     Tricky Falls ****
November 6      Austin, TX     Fun Fun Fun Fest

AUGUST 15th 2015
"Speed Of Light", the new video from British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN, can be seen below. Written by guitarist Adrian Smith and vocalist Bruce Dickinson, the track is taken from the band's new double album, "The Book Of Souls", due on September 4, 2015 through BMG in the U.S.A. (Parlophone Records in the rest of world).

MAIDEN fans can download the "Speed Of Light" song when pre-ordering "The Book Of Souls" on iTunes. It can also be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music.

The "Speed Of Light" video was produced and directed by Llexi Leon with animation and visual effects by The Brewery Production Company. A huge IRON MAIDEN fan, this is Llexi Leon's first music video. Creator of the cult comic book series Eternal Descent — an IP that digitally animated a cast list of metal and hard rock luminaries — Leon has further expanded into the video gaming industry. He chose to collaborate with The Brewery whoss previous film credits include 2010's punk-rock inspired "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" with Andy Serkis, 2012's music festival-themed "Spike Island" with Emilia Clarke, and more recently were providing VFX for the Sky Atlantic biopic on Ian Fleming.

The video is a "homage" to four decades of video gaming juxta-posed alongside IRON MAIDEN's 40 years of incredible visual canon centering on their talisman Eddie as he travels through space and time to complete his Herculean task.

In a recent interview with U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine, IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris was asked if singer Bruce Dickinson's cancer diagnosis at the end of 2014 affected the recording of "The Book Of Souls".

"Well, it didn't at all, because Bruce didn't know and none of us knew anything about… There was no inkling of any of it," Steve said. "He'd finished all his vocal bits completely anyway, and then there were some other bits and pieces we were doing. Really, we didn't know anything — he didn't show any signs at all. I mean, his singing, when you hear it… He's singing better than ever."

He continued: "It didn't cause any problems in that department at all. He wasn't showing any signs of being ill. I didn't even know until a few weeks afterwards, when he got his results back. It was such a shock to him and everybody else, because it just wasn't expected at all."
Bruce Dickinson told the BBC about what he has had to deal with in the past six months: "Well, I've just been through what, actually, a load of people go through every day. I mean, 'cause it's thousands of people in the U.K. and around the world who have treatment for this kind of thing. So, in that respect, the only thing that's special about it is that I'm a quite well-known person, so… But I've been fortunate. I had a really good bounceback. And everybody says, 'Hey, it's gone.' So I'm just getting better now, really — healing up."
Asked how big the tumor was, Dickinson said: "I had two, actually. One was three and a half centimeters — the size of a golf ball. And the other one was two and a half centimeters, and getting a bit bigger. And that was the only symptom — I had a lump in my neck, and that was the second one. So I went to the doc, and they went, 'Oh, that's a bit weird.' [They] took a scan of it, had a look, had a poke around, and went, 'You have head and neck cancer.' So I went, 'That's a bit of a blow' But you get on with it. You crack on and you get on with it. So… that was it."

He continued: "Funnily enough, since I was treated for it, I've met half a dozen people my age who all had exactly the same type of tumor, the same location, all had similar treatments, and they varied in age from 40 to late 60s."

Asked how the treatment has affected his voice, Dickinson said: "Well, I mean, speaking voice-wise, everything is fine. I mean, the whole thing is still healing up, so, you can imagine, to get rid of that with radiation has given it… The inside of my head has been cooked, pretty effectively. So, you know, that will all take a while to heal up and it's coming back. But, I mean, I've got… I can sing, I can talk… I haven't gone out and done the equivalent of trying to run a hundred meters in the same way that I used to sing before. 'Cause let it all calm down. I only finished coming out of treatment two months ago, for God's sake, and the doctor said, 'It'll take a year for you to be better.' Well, we've beaten that by about six months so far, but I'm not gonna try and push things to prove a point. We've got loads of time."

Harris declined to discuss how the rest of MAIDEN coped with Dickinson's diagnosis, telling the magazine: "It's such a personal matter for Bruce and the band that I don't think now is the time to talk about it. It's Bruce's story to tell when he feels the time is right. The one thing I can say is that Bruce is a trooper and more than ready for the next chapter of IRON MAIDEN. What matters now is that we've got an album coming out that I think our fans are going to love and we're all excited to share with them."

"The Book Of Souls" was recorded in Paris, France with producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from the tumor, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album's launch.

The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson, who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11-track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN's first-ever double studio album. There's a broader split on the songwriting compared to previous MAIDEN records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; six of them with MAIDEN's guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984's "Powerslave" that an IRON MAIDEN studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song MAIDEN has ever recorded! And also two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.
Steve commented: "We approached this album in a different way to how we've recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them, I think. I'm very proud of 'The Book Of Souls', we all are, and we can't wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!"
Bruce continued: "We're really excited about 'The Book Of Souls' and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we'd done the 'Brave New World' album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we'd finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!"

The full track listing is:

Disc 1
01. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
02. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
03. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37

04. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33

05. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
06. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2
07. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13

08. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
09. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59

10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28

11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01
* 2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition
* 2CD standard edition

* Triple heavyweight black vinyl
High res audio (24-bit Mastered for ITunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)

* Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)

AUGUST 10th 2015

Meliora is due out on August 21st on Loma Vista Recordings and is the follow up to 2013's heralded INFESTISSUMAM. To pre-order the album now, click HERE.

Ghost released their second album INFESTISSUMAM on April 16th, 2013 via Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-song offering was produced by Grammy® Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains) in Nashville, TN and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart. SPIN called the album, "one of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2013" and Pitchfork praised its "addictive as sin" hooks. Rolling Stone described their sound as "somewhere between Mastodon and Metallica, with a heavy dose of Swedish synth mixed in." In November of 2013, the band released If You Have Ghost, a five track EP recorded and produced by Dave Grohl, including cover versions of songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers, and Depeche Mode. Ghost have toured the U.S. Extensively and appeared at various music festivals across the country, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Rock on the Range.
AUGUST 6th 2015
Legendary U.S. heavy/doom metal band, Pentagram, has announced a U.S. headlining tour, set to kick off in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 30. Electric Citizen and Satan's Satyrs will join Pentagram for the nine city trek. A full list of dates can be seen below.

Frontman Bobby Liebling commented: "Pentagram is extremely excited about our upcoming tours in the U.S. and Europe this fall. We all are itching to perform some of our songs off of our new album 'Curious Volume' for you. We feel that they fit well within the other heavy numbers from the bands near 45 year history. Of course, the set is packed with the classics you know and love and ones that you may not even expect. Bring your earplugs; we are going to blow off the roof with our curious volume!"

Pentagram live...
8/27 - Portland, OR @ Dante's
8/28 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
8/29 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Pentagram w/ Electric Citizen, Satan's Satyrs...
9/30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/01 - Providence, RI @ The Met
10/02 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/03 - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
10/06 - New York, NY @ Saint Vitus
10/07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls
10/09 - Chicago, IL @ The Abbey
10/10 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/11 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop 

AUGUST 3rd 2015
Stryper are back to reclaim their throne in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the latest song from their upcoming 9th studio album, Fallen. The title track “Fallen” can be heard via YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/IBdoO1FUdng. The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) return with an album of all new material showcasing the musicianship that garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. From the opening choral refrains of  “Yahweh” to the signature vocal scream at the end of “King Of Kings,” it is apparent that Stryper is back with their heaviest and most inspired work to date that is scheduled for release on October 16th via Frontiers Music SRL. Fallen is available for pre-order via digital retailers and can be ordered via iTunes at http://radi.al/StryperFalleniTunes and via AmazonMP3 at http://radi.al/StryperFallenAmazon.  It is also available in various physical configurations at www.stryper.com/fallen. Fallen was produced by Michael Sweet.

“Fallen is about Lucifer before he became Satan. It’s the story of how he got kicked out of Heaven. He tried to overthrow God and take over,” describes Michael Sweet. “The song talks about how beautiful he was. When he walked, there was music. He was the angel of worship and this incredibly powerful and beautiful being.”
The latest song comes on the heels of the album teaser track, “Yahweh,” that was released last month and has been listened to over 135K times since it went live. “Yahweh” was a musical writing collaboration between Michael Sweet and Sevendust’s Clint Lowery. Tracks like “Pride,” “Big Screen Lies” and “Til I Get What I Need” show that Stryper is back and better than ever. Stryper offer their unique interpretation of the Black Sabbath classic “After Forever.” The band flexes their softer side on the instantly memorable “All Over Again” which continues the journey Stryper fans began almost 30 years ago when “Honestly” was released to mainstream success.

The track listing for Fallen is:
1) Yahweh

2) Fallen

3) Pride
4) Big Screen Lies

5) Heaven

6) Love You Like I Do
7) All Over Again
8) After Forever
9) Till I Get What I Need

10) Let There Be Light
11) The Calling
12) King Of Kings

JULY 29th 2015
North Carolina metalcore group Valleys have announced The After The Slaughter tour in support of the bands upcoming debut full length, Experiment One: Asylum, which is due out early next year.

The week long tour will start on August 13th in Maryland for their Summer Slaughter showcase and will proceed covering parts of the east coast ending in North Carolina, August 19th. Check the dates below for a city near you.


JULY 28th 2015

L.A. rap-rockers Hollywood Undead are embarking on a headlining tour in support of their latest album, Day of the Dead. They’ll hit the road with Crown the Empire and I Prevail beginning Sept. 8 in Dallas. The dates are below. For pre-sale ticket information, go here.

In a recent interview with Artist Direct, vocalist J-Dog talked about the album: “I feel like we took a step forward and a step backward at the same time. We got back to our roots more, but we still tried to progress musically as a band. That’s extremely hard to do. Every record, you have to not only redefine yourself, but also find yourself as an artist.”
J-Dog continues, “The pressure of an album failing is so high that it’s pretty intense writing a record. It can affect how you write and what you write. With this one, I feel like we did a really great job. If I could go back in time and start this album over, I wouldn’t change anything.”

Crown the Empire’s latest album, 2014′s Resistance: Rise of the Runaways, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. I Prevail are touring in support of their debut EP Heart Vs. Mind. They also did a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” that landed on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock charts.
Hollywood Undead, Crown the Empire + I Prevail Tour Dates

09/08 — Dallas, Texas – House of Blues

09/09 — Houston, Texas – House of Blues

09/10 — Boca Raton, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University

09/11 — Tempe, Ariz. – The Marquee

09/12 — Las Vegas, Nev. – House of Blues
09/14 — San Diego, Calif. – House of Blues

09/15 — Los Angeles, Calif. – Mayan Theatre

09/16 — Riverside, Calif. – Riverside Auditorium (no I Prevail)

09/18 — Portland, Ore. – Crystal Ballroom (no I Prevail)

09/19 — Boise, Idaho – Knitting Factory

09/20 — Seattle, Wash. – Showbox Market
09/21 — Spokane, Wash. – Knitting Factory

09/23 — Edmonton, Alberta – Union Hall

09/24 — Calgary, Alberta – MacEwan Ballroom
09/25 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – O’Brian’s Event Centre (no I Prevail)

09/26 — Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Garrick (no I Prevail)

09/28 — Bismarck, N.D. – Civic Center
09/29 — Minneapolis, Minn. – First Avenue

09/30 — Sioux Falls, S.D. – The District

10/02 — Detroit, Mich. – The Fillmore (no I Prevail)
10/04 — Pittsburgh, Pa. – Stage AE

10/05 — Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre

10/06 — Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis

10/08 — Cleveland, Ohio – House Of Blues

10/09 — Columbus, Ohio – Newport Music Hall

10/12 — New York, N.Y. – Webster Hall

10/13 — Boston, Mass. – House Of Blues

10/14 — Silver Spring, Md. – The Fillmore

10/16 — Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Intersection (no I Prevail)
10/17 — Green Bay, Wisc. – Sandlot Entertainment Complex
10/20 — Lawrence, Kan. – Granada Theater

10/21 — Denver, Colo. – Summit Music Hall

10/22 — Salt Lake City, Utah – In The Venue

JULY 25th 2015
After their successful co-headlining tour with MAYHEM in January 2015, Swedish black metal outfit WATAIN has announced a second leg of the trek, set to take place in November. Featuring ROTTING CHRIST as support, fans can expect another dose of wild blasphemy this winter. See below for all dates.

 November 5th--New Orleans, LA--One Eyed Jacks
 November 6th--Houston, TX--Warehouse Live
 November 7th--Austin, TX--Fun Fun Fun Fest Nights
 November 8th--Dallas, TX--Gas Monkey Live!
 November 10th--Albuquerque, NM--Sunshine Theater
 November 11th--El Paso, TX--Tricky Falls
 November 12th--Phoenix, AZ--Club Red
 November 13th--San Diego, CA--The North Park Theatre
 November 14th--Santa Ana, CA--The Observatory
 November 15th--Sacramento, CA--Ace of Spades
 November 17th--Salt Lake City, UT--The Depot
 November 18th--Colorado Springs, CO--The Black Sheep
 November 20th--Palatine, IL--Durty Nellies
 November 21st--Detroit, MI--St. Andrews Hall
 November 22nd--Pittsburgh, PA--Mr. Smalls
 November 23rd--Philadelphia, PA--Union Transfer
 November 24th--Brooklyn, NY--Music Hall of Williamsburg
 November 25th--Baltimore, MD--Baltimore Soundstage    
 November 27th--Tampa, FL--Orpheum
 November 28th--Atlanta, GA--Masquerade

WATAIN will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed fifth full-length, The Wild Hunt, which was unleashed in 2013 worldwide via Century Media Records. check out the video for "Outlaw" here: http://youtu.be/DJvTodICI

The Black Metal Warfare tour part II will also be the final US tour for The Wild Hunt. Vocalist Erik comments:
"As with every album tour, it is always towards the end that the all the ingredients of our performances melt together properly and become most powerful. The Black Metal Warfare tour was a very special project for us and I am very pleased we get to end our Wild Hunt in the US with this second leg, with such a legendary package and in front of our ever faithful US militias! While Black Metal Warfare part II is of course a continuation of the first one, quite a few surprises can be expected, both in terms of the setlists as well as on the stage itself. All that is certain is that November shall wail and reek of burning, blistering, banging, bloody Black Metal War! A victorious ending before it's time to yet again embark on the ever winding paths into the great unknown..."

JULY 25th 2015
Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.
The much-anticipated new offering, Condition Hüman, sees vocalist Todd LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Sanctuary) in the band’s native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape. Look for the album via Century Media Records on Oct 2nd. Pre-Orders are available now at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/queensryche
The epic album opening track, “Arrow of Time,” can be heard now exclusively at the link below
Also, don't miss QUEENSRŸCHE on tour as direct support to the legendary Scoprions across North America from Sept 10th to Oct 9th. For all dates head either see below or head over to www.queensrycheofficial.com
The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
Sep 10 @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA
Sep 11 @ The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY*
Sep 12 @ Barclay’s Arena - Brooklyn, NY
Sep 13 @ Meadowbrook - Gilford, NH
Sep 14 @ State Theatre - Portland, ME*
Sep 16 @ Moncton Coliseum - Moncton, Canada
Sep 17 @ Imperial Theatre - Quebec, Canada*
Sep 18 @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, Canada
Sep 19 @ Bell Centre - Montreal, Canada
Sep 22 @ LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH
Sep 23 @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica - Cleveland, OH
Sep 24 @ The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN*
Sep 25 @ Caesar’s Windsor - Windsor, Canada
Sep 26 @ Allstate Arena  - Chicago, IL
Sep 29 @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre - Denver, CO
Oct 01 @ SAP Center - San Jose, CA
Oct 02 @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe - Stateline, NV*
Oct 03 @ The Forum - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 04 @ House of Blues - San Diego, CA*
Oct 06 @ Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 07 @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Oct 09 @ ShoWare Center - Seattle, WA

* QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date
JULY 25th 2015
Disturbed have released title track "Immortalized" and the accompanying lyric video, available everywhere digitally today and as an immediate download when you pre-order their upcoming sixth studio album Immortalized, out August 21 via Reprise Records. The band's "The Vengeful One" CD single is also available now at Best Buy, FYE and many local record stores. Fans will receive both the title track and lead single, along with previously unreleased instrumentals for each and a $2 coupon toward the full-length album.
Watch/share the lyric video for new track "Immortalized":
The Grammy Award-nominated foursome returned from its four year hiatus last month with the release of single "The Vengeful One," currently at Top 3 at Active Rock Radio. Early praise comes from Artist Direct, who dubs the single "easily the biggest and best metal anthem this year... it kicks off the next chapter of Disturbed with an apropos bang. Vengeance is theirs," and Loudwire, who proclaims: "Expect 'The Vengeful One' to take its place alongside the band's biggest hits." In conjunction with the release of Immortalized, Disturbed will play their first show in four years at the House of Blues in their hometown of Chicago on August 21. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch/share the official video for "The Vengeful One":
In January 2014, David Draiman, Dan Donegan, and Mike Wengren met for a dinner in their hometown of Chicago. Shortly thereafter, without notifying friends, families, or their label, the three began to fly back and forth to each other's respective home studios for writing sessions, marking the beginnings of Immortalizedand the first time they collectively wrote together since 2001.
"For this album, everything was written in the same room," Draiman remarks. "It was wonderful experiencing how it used to be back in the day for us. That became apparent in the material, whether it was the passion of the performance, the power being harnessed, or the feelings evoked. We could feel the difference."
To push themselves further, the group headed to Las Vegas' Hideout Recordings to work alongside producer Kevin Churko [Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch]. It marked their first collaboration together, and Churko pushed the musicians to expand their signature style.
"I think the fans will feel like it was worth the wait," concludes Donegan. "To be away from it for almost 5 years, get back in a room, write together, and tap into that fire is awesome. Part of me didn't want to leave the studio! We still have a lot more to say. We still have a lot more to do. We're returning stronger than ever. I think Immortalized shows that."
Formed in Chicago in 1996, multi-platinum hard rock titans Disturbed - David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass] - have sold 12 million albums globally, scored nine No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio, and had four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut The Sickness formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders, with that status solidified by their subsequent Grammy Award nomination as well as gold-, platinum- and double platinum-certified records.
Pre-order the album, including deluxe limited edition bundles:
Immortalized Track Listing:
1.       The Eye Of The Storm
2.       Immortalized
3.       The Vengeful One
4.       Open Your Eyes
5.       The Light
6.       What Are You Waiting For
7.       You're Mine
8.       Who
9.       Save Our Last Goodbye
10.   Fire It Up
11.   The Sound of Silence
12.   Never Wrong
13.   Who Taught You How To Hate
14.   Tyrant*
15.   Legion of Monsters*
16.   The Brave And The Bold*
* Deluxe Only
JULY 17th 2015
On June 27, 2012, the long-running, hard-touring, and world-renowned metal band lamb of god landed in Prague for their first concert there in two years. Vocalist D. Randall "Randy" Blythe was looking forward to a few hours off—a rare break from the touring grind—in which to explore the elegant, old city. However, a surreal scenario worthy of Kafka began to play out at the airport as Blythe was detained, arrested for manslaughter, and taken to Pankrác Prison—a notorious 123-year-old institution where the Nazis' torture units had set up camp during the German occupation of then-Czechoslovakia, and where today hundreds of prisoners are housed, awaiting trial and serving sentences in claustrophobic, sweltering, nightmare-inducing conditions.

Two years prior, a 19-year-old fan died of injuries suffered at a lamb of god show in Prague, allegedly after being pushed off stage by Blythe, who had no vivid recollection of the incident. Stage-crashing and -diving being not uncommon occurrences, as any veteran of hard rock, metal, and punk shows knows, the concert that could have left him imprisoned for years was but a vague blur in Blythe's memory, just one of the hundreds of shows his band had performed over their decades-long career.

At the time of his arrest Blythe had been sober for nearly two years, having finally gained the upper hand over the alcoholism that nearly killed him. But here he faced a new kind of challenge: jailed in a foreign land and facing a prison sentence of up to ten years. Worst of all, a young man was dead, and Blythe was devastated for him and his family, even as the reality of his own situation began to close in behind Pankrác Prison's glowering walls of crumbling concrete and razor wire.

What transpired during Blythe's incarceration, trial, and eventual acquittal is a rock 'n' roll road story unlike any other, one that runs the gamut from tragedy to despair to hope and finally to redemption. While never losing sight of the sad gravity of his situation, Blythe relates the tale of his ordeal with one eye fixed firmly on the absurd (and at times bizarrely hilarious) circumstances he encountered along the way. Blythe is a natural storyteller and his voice drips with cutting humor, endearing empathy, and soulful insight. Much more than a tour diary or a prison memoir, Dark Days is D. Randall Blythe's own story about what went down—before, during, and after—told only as he can.

If you are interested in purchasing the new memoir of Mr. Randy Blythe, please visit the link below: