Sunday, 25 June 2017

EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM EUROPE’S ICONIC ROUNDHOUSE SHOW RELEASED


EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM EUROPE’S ICONIC ROUNDHOUSE SHOW RELEASED

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 30th ANNIVERSARY SHOW - LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IS RELEASED ON JULY 21st, 2017


 Swedish rock ‘n’ roll legends, Europe, will share their unique 30th Anniversary performance of The Final Countdown from London’s legendary Roundhouse.

The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse celebrates the multi-platinum album’s triple decade success. The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London’s most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12th 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB.
Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe’s latest album War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.

“What an awesome night! 
It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!” 
Joey Tempest / Europe

The limited edition release will arrive in the following formats and available to pre-order very soon:
DVD/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
BluRay/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8 panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24 pg booklet
A Digital audio only release
A 12” sized Boxset, limited to 1,000 units will also be available in September. 
It will contain the BluRay/2CD configuration, a double gatefold vinyl with only The Final Countdown portion of the concert, a 40 pg 12” sized hardcover photo book, a vintage replica scarf and a laminate/guest-pass.

…Live At The Roundhouse will conclude an exciting and emotional revisiting of The Final Countdown, with the band recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios a brand new album to follow up War of Kings, which was released in 2015.

THE HAUNTED 'Strength In Numbers' album details revealed; 'Brute Force' video launched


Swedish Thrash Metallers THE HAUNTED are geared up to kick off the promotional campaign for their upcoming, 9th studio album effort entitled “Strength In Numbers”. Recorded at Parlour Studios in the UK with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited), the album will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on August 25th, 2017 and it’s time to reveal the first details about the release...

The album’s first single for the merciless and in-your-face track “Brute Force”, so check it out in a video produced by Oscar Dziedziela / OD Visual here: 

Or stream “Brute Force” via Spotify here: 

THE HAUNTED checked in to comment on the track as follows: "We’re very excited to finally be able to air our first single from the new album “Strength In Numbers” and let it set the tone for the brutality of the album. “Brute Force” is one of those songs written in the early stage of making the album and shows our hunger to make new music, uncompromising, unforgiving and just to the point."

The artwork for “Strength In Numbers” was once again created by THE HAUNTED’s longtime designer Andreas Pettersson and the album’s tracklisting reads as follows:

THE HAUNTED – “Strength In Numbers”:
1. Fill The Darkness With Black
2. Brute Force
3. Spark
4. Preachers Of Death
5. Strength In Numbers
6. Tighten The Noose
7. This Is The End
8. The Fall
9. Means To An End
10. Monuments

The album’s limited edition Mediabook CD version will additionally include the bonus tracks “Illusions” and “Sinister”, expanded layouts as well as 3 stickers. “Strength In Numbers” will also be available on 180gr. vinyl in various editions:

Black LP (Unlimited), Silver LP (200x copies / Sweden) and Clear LP (300x Copies / USA).
And last but not least, a strictly limited Deluxe LP package will be available from CM Distro / CM Webshop in Europe. This very special edition is limited to 500x copies on transparent red coloured vinyl and comes with a printed guitar tablature book, a poster, a set of 3 guitar-picks and the entire album on CD as bonus. Grab it before it’s too late!

Pre-order the album in its various physical formats from CM Distro here: https://smarturl.it/BruteForceCMDistro


A video teaser from the album’s recording sessions can be seen here: https://youtu.be/sWHJnmXxfFY

A list of the upcoming live dates announced so far for THE HAUNTED in support of “Strength In Numbers” can be found here:

THE HAUNTED – Live 2017:
31.08.2017 Oslo (Norway) - Blå
01.09.2017 Stavanger (Norway) - Folken
02.09.2017 Bergen (Norway) - Hulen
08.09.2017 Örebro (Sweden) - Frimis Salonger + Witchery
09.09.2017 Linköping (Sweden) - Backstage + Witchery
15.09.2017 Borlänge (Sweden) - Liljan
16.09.2017 Sundsvall (Sweden) - Club Destroyer
21.09.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) - Pustervik + Witchery
22.09.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Debaser Strand + Witchery
23.09.2017 Malmö (Sweden) - KB + Witchery
29.09.2017 Hultsfred (Sweden) - Mörkaste Småland Festival
30.09.2017 Eskilstuna (Sweden) - Loket
07.10.2017 Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) - Graveland Fest

THE HAUNTED’s latest album “Exit Wounds” (2015) was highly praised as a return to form and managed to enter international sales charts upon release as follows: Germany # 64, Finland # 15, Switzerland # 100, Sweden # 32, USA # 151 Top Current Albums, USA # 5 Heatseekers.

THE HAUNTED line-up:
Marco Aro - Vocals
Jensen - Guitars
Ola Englund - Guitars
Jonas Björler - Bass
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums

More details about THE HAUNTED and “Strength In Numbers” will be revealed soon…

THE HAUNTED online:

Saturday, 24 June 2017

EPICA announce EP 'The Solace System'; start pre-order; release music video!



With their latest masterpiece, EPICA set new standards. 2016’s The Holographic Principle is the most epochal, multi-layered, courageous and successful record of the band, reaching top 10 chart position entries in the German, Dutch and Swiss album charts. Accordingly, all the tracks written for the album process are high-quality, but not all songs have been put on the album. "This is only based on the fact that the record should not exceed 76 minutes," explains Mark. Since the band didn’t like the idea of ​​a double CD, they finally decided to release an EP with six brand-new numbers, which were created during the creative phase of The Holographic Principle.

Today, EPICA proudly announce their upcoming long-awaited EP, The Solace System, scheduled to be released on September 1st, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

Mark tells about the songs: "The listeners can expect a high-quality EP - with songs that are far too good to use them only as bonus tracks. We wanted to publish these songs together in a context. It is always hard to decide at the end of a recording process which songs will be on the album, because this means that you have to miss some songs with best quality, just because they do not fit quite well into the overall flow of the record or because there are other songs that are more suited to the lyrics".

Check out the video for 'The Solace System', here: 

The Solace System was recorded, mixed & mastered by team Joost van den Broek and Jacob Hansen. It was produced by anime-master Davide Cilloni. The stunning artwork is once again by the hand of Stefan Heilemann.

Simone Simons (vocalist) comments on the EP:
"During the early writing process of 'The Holographic Principle' we found out that we were blessed with a huge amount of songs. The songs that didn't fit on our album are now available for you on this special EP! I hope you guys will enjoy these songs as much as we do!"

Pre-order now:
The box set The Holographic Principle – The Ultimate Edition as well as the EP The Solace System are now available for pre-order.

Nuclear Blast will also be re-release two classic albums from EPICA, Design Your Universe and The Divine Conspiracy on vinyl on August 18th. Each album is available in two different colours, the pre-order for which has already started last week.


Or get the digital version and get the title track 'The Solace System' instantly: http://nblast.de/EpicaSystemIT

More on EPICA:
'Edge Of The Blade' OFFICIAL VIDEO:
'Universal Death Squad' OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
'Beyond The Matrix' OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO:
Europe tour 2017 aftermovie: https://youtu.be/0z4JVKs7aOA
'Dancing In A Hurricane' - Live at The Zenith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1qRwjqjurQ

More info:

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

Friday, 23 June 2017

BLIND GUARDIAN 'Twilight Of The Gods' live video


Progressive power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have just released another great classic off their first live record in 14 years. Live Beyond The Spheres is a collection of 22 tracks including all-time classics such as 'The Bard's Song (In The Forest)' and 'Mirror Mirror', but also rarely performed songs like 'And Then There Was Silence'. To celebrate the forthcoming release, the band are premiering a live video for 'Twilight Of The Gods'.
 Watch here: 

"We compiled one 'show' out of the best tracks from more than 40 live performances, recorded during our European tour in 2015. That's how we pinned down the most beautiful and atmospheric moments on this medium", explains guitarist André Olbrich.

Pre-order Live Beyond The Spheres: 
Limited Edition Vinyl box set: http://bit.ly/BGLiveBeyond

Pre-order Live Beyond The Spheres digitally to get 'Prophecies', 'Mirror Mirror' and 'Twilight Of The Gods' instantly: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/live-beyond-the-spheres/id1240180696?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Live Beyond The Spheres Track List:
CD1
01. The Ninth Wave
02. Banish From Sanctuary
03. Nightfall
04. Prophecies
05. Tanelorn
06. The Last Candle
07. And Then There Was Silence

CD2
01. The Lord Of The Rings
02. Fly
03. Bright Eyes
04. Lost In The Twilight Hall
05. Imaginations From The Other Side
06. Into The Storm
07. Twilight Of The Gods
08. A Past And Future Secret
09. And The Story Ends

CD3
01. Sacred Worlds
02. The Bard's Song (In The Forest)
03. Valhalla
04. Wheel Of Time
05. Majesty
06. Mirror Mirror

Watch a special drum cam video for 'Prophecies': https://youtu.be/QA7Y6ei6gB0

PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS sign with NB, release live EP, on tour


PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, led by the legendary long time MOTÖRHEAD guitarist, have inked a worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast. 

Commented Phil Campbell: "I am really pleased to announce that my band PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS have signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast. The label is home to some great bands, some of which are also very good friends of mine. Once we get back from the summer festivals we look forward to recording our first full length album!"

In celebration of the announcement, the band has put together the exclusive digital only live EP 'Live At Solothurn' (see cover below) which is available via all download and streaming platforms as of today!

'Live At Solothurn' tracklist:
01. Big Mouth
02. Nothing Up My Sleeve (MOTÖRHEAD Cover)​
03. Spiders
04. Take Aim
05. R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (MOTÖRHEAD Cover)
06. Sweet Leaf (BLACK SABBATH cover)


After supporting sleaze rock icons GUNS N' ROSES on their stadium tour, PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS are currently touring Europe, playing a selection of big festivals:
23.06. NO Halden, Tons Of Rock Festival
24.06. ES Madrid, Download Festival
01.07. GR Khaniá, Chania Rock Festival
22.07. UK Gloucester, Amplified Festival
25.08. CH Granichen, Open Air Granichen
02.09. UK Durham, Stormin' The Castle Festival

More info on PCATBS:
Phil Campbell was the lead guitarist in MOTÖRHEAD for 32 years. He has toured the world, sold millions of albums and headlined the biggest festivals. Phil has a passion for music and it is this passion that has led to the formation of PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS. 

The band is unique as it features Phil's 3 sons on drums, bass and guitar. The band is completed by Vocalist Neil Starr.

In November 2016 the band released a self titled EP and headed out on tours including a European tour with SAXON. Now in 2017 the band is finishing off the writing and recording of their debut full length album and are about to play shows with GUNS N' ROSES and play many of Europe's biggest festivals.

Line-up:
Phil Campbell - Guitar 
Todd Campbell - Guitar 
Dane Campbell - Drums 
Tyla Campbell - Bass 
Neil Starr - Vocals

ALTER BRIDGE Release Live Performance Video From Their Legendary London O2 Show!


ALTER BRIDGE are on a mission on European festival and club stages right now: To prove their incredible live performance qualities, and that they are one of the best top notch live acts of our times. 

Just recently they announced the release of a new live album and rarities collection called "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" which captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played their monumental show at London's famous O2 Arena on November 24th, 2016. The band put together a clip with some of the finest moments of this landmark performance with the background music of their "The Last Hero" track "Cradle To The Grave"! Check out the video HERE

If you like what you see, make sure you order your copy of "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" NOW, and enjoy hits like "Farther Than The Sun", "Show Me A Leader", "Rise Today", and ALTER BRIDGE's masterpiece "Isolation", showcasing a band on the top of their game. Other highlights include the Tremonti sung "Waters Rising", the acoustic-driven "Watch Over You" and their mighty signature anthem "Blackbird".

In addition, this latest release contains an exclusive full-length "Rarities"-CD that will give every collector cause for rejoice. The CD features the never-before released tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" that were recorded during the One Day Remains sessions. The song "Breathe" from those same sessions was released as a bonus track exclusively for Best Buy on The Last Hero. These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection.

This incredible collection of ALTER BRIDGE gems will be released in different formats! In addition to the regular 3 CD audio version, you can go for the ultimate fan experience and get one of the limited deluxe versions which also include an exclusive ALTER BRIDGE documentary with plenty of interviews with the band, their crew and family, giving you an amazing glimpse behind the scenes of this legendary show at London's O2 arena! Check out the trailer HERE

"Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" tracklist: 
CD 1 
1 The Writing on the Wall
2 Come to Life
3 Addicted to Pain
4 Ghost of Days Gone By
5 Cry of Achilles
6 The Other Side
7 Farther Than the Sun
8 Ties That Blind
9 Water Rising
10 Crows on a Wire
11 Watch Over You (solo acoustic)

CD 2 
12 Isolation
13 Blackbird
14 Metalingus
15 Open Your Eyes
16 Show Me A Leader
17 Rise Today
18 Poison in Your Veins
19 My Champion

CD 3 
1 Breathe
2 Cruel Sun
3 Solace
4 New Way To Live
5 The Damage Done
6 We Don't Care at All
7 Zero
8 Home
9 Never Borne To Follow
10 Never Say Die (Outright)
11 Symphony Of Agony (The Last of Our Kind)

All different formats of ALTER BRIDGE's "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" can be ordered HERE, make sure you save your copy NOW! 

Right now, ALTER BRIDGE is charming their European audiences in the best possible way, always giving 100%, and leaving people speechless and inspired in the face of such overwhelming stage presence! Make sure you'll check them out live on one of the remaining tour dates before they head back to the US!

ALTER BRIDGE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES 2017:
24.06.17 DE - Leipzig / Haus Auensee
29.06.17 ES - Madrid / Auditorio M. Rios
30.06.17 ES - Bilbao / Miribilla
02.10 17 UK - London /Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
03.10 17 UK - London /Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
05.10.17 UK - Edinburgh / Usher Hall (different set to this summer's set!)
07.10.17 IE - Dublin / Olympia (different set to this summer's set!)
08.10.17 UK - Belfast / Ulster Hall (different set to this summer's set!)

Festival shows:
23.06.17 DK - Copenhagen / Copenhell
26.06.17 LU - Luxembourg City / LuxExpo
02.07.17 ES - Barcelona / Rock Fest
05.07.17 IT - Rome / Rock in Rome
06.07.17 IT - Milan / Market Sound
07.07.17 CH - Pratteln / Summernights

ALTER BRIDGE line-up:
Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars
Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals
Brian Marshall on bass
Scott Phillips on drums 

For more info visit:
Twitter: @alterbridge

Bloody Hammers `The Horrific Case Of Bloody Hammers’ EP Review


Dynamic duos in the musical sphere appear to be dominated by siblings, think Pantera, think AC/DC, literally how many are there that have utilized a sibling paring at one time or another. Ok, now think the same for married pairings, ok there’s definitely a list but it’s fair smaller than that of siblings. Within the Metal world, it’s probably even smaller; Bloody Hammers does certainly contain such a pairing.

Bloody Hammers, whom hail from Transylvania, although that’s North Carolina, not within Romania where Count Dracula was set, anyway they are a husband and wife team that musically crossbreeds Doom Metal, Occult rock and certainly a heap of Dark Wave for good measure. This release is a comparatively small one, yet essentially it’s pretty long for an EP, 6 songs in full count.

Opening up the EP, the first two tracks `Gates of Hell’ and `Blood’ deliver that side of Bloody Hammers that really showcase the harder more metal edges. A fully loaded doom metal riff that although quite simplistic, it drives the song whilst the added synthesiser adds that extra colour and atmosphere to make the tracks take on a different life that with the riff alone wouldn’t have perhaps held a longer listen or many playthroughs. 

Not being too familiar with the Darkwave side of musical exploits, I’m not sure if people would consider `The Beyond’ a particularly Darkwave song but it has those elements that I have come across in my very limited reception to bands like `Depeche Mode’ and `Joy Division’. Yet, Bloody Hammers kept this individual entertained and intrigued through `The Beyond’, thumping beat and atmospheric use of the synthesiser, it to my ears had the feel of an 80’s dark sci-fi movie soundtrack. 

Overall, the EP as a whole is a perfect introduction into what Bloody Hammers are and what they do. A band, which treads the murky waters of Doom Metal and coupling that with elements of Darkwave, while adding in occult imagery and lyrical content. If that sounds like your type of fun then quite honestly, you’ve found your new love affair.

9/10- A perfect look through the viewing glass at what Bloody Hammers do.

Stand out tracks:
`Gates Of Hell’, `Beyond’ 

Track Listing:
1. Gates Of Hell
2. Blood
3. The Beyond
4. Vultures Circle Overland 
5. All The Colors Of The Dark
6. The Bloodsucker Leaders The Dance

Bloody Hammers online: