Friday, 30 September 2016

SONATA ARCTICA RELEASE FIRST TRACK-BY-TRACK FOR `THE NINTH HOUR`


Finnish power metal titans, SONATA ARCTICA, will unleash their new studio album, 'The Ninth Hour' on October 7th via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have released the first track by track instalment, in which the band explain the meaning behind the first four songs of the album. 

Watch the video here: 

Once again, the upcoming album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen.

'The Ninth Hour' tracklist:
01. Closer To An Animal
02. Life
03. Fairytale
04. We Are What We Are
05. Till Death’s Done Us Apart
06. Among The Shooting Stars
07. Rise A Night
08. Fly, Navigate, Communicate
09. Candle Lawns
10. White Pearl, Black Oceans Part II - "By The Grace Of The Ocean"
11. On The Faultline (Closure To An Animal)

More on 'The Ninth Hour':
Album trailers:
'Closer To An Animal' lyric video
'Life', directed by Ville Juurikkala music video

Catch SONATA ARCTICA on tour!
w/ TWILIGHT FORCE
07.10. N Trondheim - Byscenen *SOLD OUT*
08.10. S Borlänge - Liljan *SOLD OUT*
09.10. S Huskvarna - Folkets Park
11.10. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
12.10. D Hamburg - Markthalle
13.10. NL Haarlem - Patronaat
14.10. NL Tilburg - 013 *SOLD OUT*
15.10. UK London - o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
16.10. F Paris - La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
18.10. F Strasbourg - La Laiterie
19.10. CH Pratteln - Z7
20.10. I Milan - Alcatraz
21.10. D Mannheim - MS Connexion Complex
22.10. D Bochum - Zeche

w/ LEAVES' EYES, OMNIUM GATHERUM
06.11. USA Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
07.11. USA Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
08.11. USA Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
09.11. USA Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
11.11. USA Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12.11. USA Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
13.11. CDN Montreal, QC - Club Soda
14.11. CDN Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
16.11. CDN Kitchener, ON - Dallas
17.11. USA Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon
18.11. USA Westland, MI - Token Lounge
19.11. USA Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
21.11. USA Milwaukee, WI - Rave
22.11. USA Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
24.11. CDN Regina, SK - The Exchange
25.11. CDN Calgary, AB - Dickens
26.11. CDN Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
28.11. CDN Vancouver, BC - The Venue
29.11. USA Seattle, WA - El Corazon
30.11. USA Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
02.12. USA San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
03.12. USA San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
04.12. USA Anaheim, CA - The Grove
05.12. USA Tempe, AZ - Club Red
06.12. USA El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
08.12. USA Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
09.12. USA Lawrence, KS - Granada
10.12. USA Dallas, TX - Trees
11.12. USA McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey
13.12. USA San Antonio, TX - Alamo Music Hall
14.12. USA Houston, TX - Scout Bar
16.12 USA Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
17.12. USA Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade

18.01. FIN Jyväskylä - Lutakko
19.01. FIN Seinäjoki - Rytmikorjaamo
20.01. FIN Oulu - Terminaaliareena
27.01. FIN Helsinki - The Circus
28.01. FIN Turku - Apollo
03.02. FIN Kouvola - House Of Rock
04.02. FIN Joensuu - Kerubi
21.02. CZ Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe
06.04. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
03. - 05.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air

More info:

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

GOD FORBID’S DOC COYLE RETURNS WITH NEW BAND VAGUS NERVE


After moving on from influential New Wave of American Heavy Metal titans,God Forbid, guitarist and songwriter Doc Coyle did a stint touring with Unearth, Lamb of God, and became the modern metal columnist for VH1.com before launching VAGUS NERVE with Phyllotaxis singer-songwriter, Ravi Orr.

VAGUS NERVE became fully realized as a band in 2014 when they enlisted the talents of drummer, Moe Watson (Shai Hulud), bassist Aden Oxenreider (Cosm), and guitarist Mike Gowen (MoTHER).

After a successful Kickstarter campaign raising 50% above their goal to hire Forrester Savell (12 Foot Ninja, Karnivool) to mix and master their debut, the atmospheric rock band is ready to take the next step.

Everyone’s hard work and dedication has been leading to this moment as the band today releases their debut EP, Visceral, on Lost Mystic Records. Listen to it on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6Tv6VUN625AWP7tBQoFOsc

Says Doc:
"I started Vagus Nerve because I felt modern rock needed a giant dose of authenticity. Everyone is concerned with making 3 minute songs for the radio with copy-cat recordings that sound more like computers than a real fucking rock n roll band. I was lucky to find 4 other musicians that are more talented than me, and yet still manage to bring a humility that forged an instantaneous chemistry. I know the British fans will embrace Vagus Nerve, because they have good taste and most importantly, passion. I was last in the UK touring with Unearth in 2013, and it was amazing to see how many supporters I still have. I can't wait to take our journey to the UK as soon as possible."

The band recently debuted their 1st music video for the single “Pull Me Out”, directed by Douglas Henderson for Bold Creative Media out of York, PA. Like the songwriting, music production, and album artwork before it, this video falls in line with the elegance and beauty that characterises VAGUS NERVE. The band looks to tour in support of Visceral in the winter.

Check out the video for 'Pull Me Out' here: 

Check out the EP here: 

As Lions unveil new single & announce EP details


ANNOUNCE DEBUT EP
AFTERMATH
OUT OCTOBER 14 VIA BETTER NOISE RECORDS

UNVEIL NEW SINGLE ‘AFTERMATH’
(LISTEN TO THE TRACK HERE)

US ARENA TOUR WITH 
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SHINEDOWN 
& SIXX:A.M.

UK rock outfit As Lions have announced their debut EP Aftermath, out October 14th via Better Noise Records. The EP will be available digitally in the US and physically in Europe. In conjunction with the announcement of the EP, the band have also unveiled the title track and first single ‘Aftermath’. 
Watch the visualiser HERE.

The EP’s four dynamic tracks are a study in contrasts, mixing thick, grinding riffs and rhythms with majestically sweeping strings, stately piano tinklings and a hefty dose of atmospheric electronics, all shot through with Dickinson’s soaring vocals and introspective lyrics. ‘Aftermath’ has vocalist, Austin Dickinson asking: “What have we created / what have we become?” as guitars churn and crash around him. “Conceptually it's about trying to navigate your way out of disaster, be it personal, collective, or in the case of the video, a war zone,” says Dickinson. Another track, the crushing ‘Deathless’targets the internet culture’s obsession with image - full track listing below. 

Comprised of Austin Dickinson, guitarist and keyboardist Conor O’Keefe, guitarist Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee, As Lions are the evolution of British rock. Standing by their mission to create “the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale,” the band has worked with award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon) and Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, In This Moment). The band has played sold out shows in the UK, performing with metal/rock pioneers, Trivium, and making festival appearances this past summer at Camden Rocks and Download. As Lions are now gearing up to bring Aftermath and their explosive live show to the US during their arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, and Sixx:A.M. 

Visit aslionsband.com for full tour dates.

AFTERMATH track listing
1. Aftermath
2. White Flags
3. Deathless
4. World On Fire

For more information on As Lions, visit: 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

IN FLAMES talks about their inspiration in new trailer


On November 11th, the flames grow higher as new album Battles sees the light of day. Sweden's metal institution IN FLAMES return with their 12th studio release and deliver a new webisode today. In this video, the band explore where their inspiration comes from and whether or not they prefer to write at home or on tour (and what role coffee plays in that process!). IN FLAMES also explain the choice of their title Battles, how much effort they put into a song before it's finished and why people should listen to the album from beginning to end. 

Watch the new video here: 

Recorded in Los Angeles, the album sees the band taking a new approach while staying true to their vision and encompassing their unique, signature sound. IN FLAMES brought in Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (PAPA ROACH, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE) as a collaborator on Battles, creating an album that speaks to all IN FLAMES fans alike.

The band will embark on a UK-wide tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and DISTURBED in January:
JANUARY 2017
Tuesday 10th - GLASGOW, HYDRO
Thursday 12th - NEWCASTLE, METRO RADIO ARENA
Friday 13th - BIRMINGHAM, GENTING
Sunday 15th - SHEFFIELD, ARENA
Monday 16th - MANCHESTER, ARENA
Wednesday 18th - NOTTINGHAM, MOTORPOINT ARENA
Thursday 19th - CARDIFF, MOTORPOINT ARENA
Saturday 21st - LONDON, 02 ARENA
Sunday 22nd - LONDON, 02 ARENA

More on Battles:
Listen to 'The Truth': https://youtu.be/FkHJ2JY1rzI
Listen to 'The End': https://youtu.be/yafxUluB6DA
If you want to know more about the title choice and the artwork, check out the band's first webisode:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8xmDX1eLOs
The second webisode where they talk about the double-single:
Watch the third webisode where the band talk about their work with renowned producer Howard Benson:https://youtu.be/WYRR0SU2K9s
In Flames present new drummer, Joe Rickard: https://youtu.be/UxglQezGoX0
'The End' official music video: youtu.be/Z3NQYZ-EBpY
'The Truth' official music video: https://youtu.be/QgLc3DQFXQM

IN FLAMES are:
Anders Fridén | vocals
Björn Gelotte | guitars
Peter Iwers | bass
Niclas Engelin | guitars
Joe Rickard | drums

More info:

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

MESHUGGAH Post Final Trailer For The Violent Sleep Of Reason


Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers MESHUGGAH are in the homestretch of the release of their eighth album, The Violent Sleep Of Reason. Today, the final trailer where Tomas discusses recording the album live. 

Check out the video on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: 

"Kind of looking back at the albums, the music and songs that we grew up with that we really loved in metal were always recorded live and they have that live vibe to it," comments Tomas Haake. "There is certain energy that comes with recording live compared to recording drums first and fixing whatever need to be fixed so it sounds perfect then recording guitars on top of that. There is nothing wrong in doing it like that but we felt like we wanted to take a step back towards how we were doing things in the early 90's and kind of go a little old school in that sense. We wanted the challenge that comes with that."

Check out the album trailers below:
Trailer 1 - Discussing the title and cover artwork
Trailer 2 - Chatting about the lyrical inspiration for the album.
Trailer 3 - Tomas discussing his drumming inspiration
Trailer 4 - Tomas Haake's Swedish Supergroup
Trailer 5 - Talking about recording at Puk Studios

Tomas Haake comments about the album,
 "Basically, the whole idea of why we chose the title is it kinda connects with the lyrical content of the album. Which is to a fair degree about current events and what you see is going on as far as terrorism today, extremist views on ideals, and religious dogma and the violent implications that you get from being asleep so to speak and not acting/reacting to what is going on in the proper way"

The album was produced by the band and was engineered by Tue Madsen of Puk Studios in Kaerby,Denmark. For the cover, the band once again enlisted Keerych Luminokaya who created the artwork for Koloss and The Ophidian Trek as well as the new images for each of the 7 albums and 3 EP's featured in the 25 Years of Musical Deviance box set.

Track listing as follows:
1. Clockworks
2. Born in Dissonance
3. MonstroCity
4. By the Ton
5. Violent Sleep of Reason
6. Ivory Tower
7. Stifled
8. Nostrum
9. Our Rage Won’t Die
10. Into Decay

MESHUGGAH live 2017:
12.01. UK Bristol - o2 Academy
13.01. UK Birmingham - o2 Institute
14.01. UK Nottingham - Rock City
15.01. UK Glasgow - o2 ABC
17.01. UK Belfast - Limelight
18.01. IRL Dublin - Vicar Street
19.01. UK Manchester - o2 Ritz
20.01. UK London - o2 Forum
09.03. NZ Auckland - Powerstation
11.03. AUS Brisbane - Tivoli
12.03. AUS Sydney - Enmore Theatre
15.03. AUS Melbourne - 170 Russell
17.03. AUS Fremantle - Metropolis

Visit MESHUGGAH online at 

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS UK

HEAVY SCOTLAND announces BEHEMOTH (UK exclusive)


Brand new heavy metal festival HEAVY SCOTLAND have today announced their second wave of bands for their debut year, to be held in Edinburgh's Corn Exchange between the 1st-2nd April 2017.

Announced are extreme metal legends BEHEMOTH, whose appearance at Heavy Scotland will be the band's only UK festival show in 2017 and likely your only chance to see the band in the UK that year. Joining them are Swedish death metal veterans Grave - their first appearance in Scotland in ten years, Finnish hard rockers Shiraz Lane, and local favourites Centrilia.

They add to an already impressive line-up, especially for a festival in its first year:

Full line-up currently:
Behemoth (UK/EIRE Exclusive)
Arch Enemy
Grave
Dyscarnate
Sodomized Cadaver
Shiraz Lane
Disposable
Centrilia

Tickets are now available to purchase from here: http://www.ticketor.com/heavyscotland

Includes:
VIP bundles: £115 / £127 (selling out!)
Early Bird tickets: £70 (selling out!)

With more ticket options to be announced soon.

The festival are happy to announce their charity partnership with the Little Princess Trust. Heavy Scotland are offering free tickets to the festival for people who are willing to donate 12" or more of their hair. T&Cs apply, please visit www.heavyscotland.com and email info@heavyscotland.com before participating.

Set to be the biggest and best new festival dedicated to all things dark, heavy, and vicious, Heavy Scotland is borne out of a love of metal. Aimed at supporting a famously dedicated metal scene but until now without a big festival, Heavy Scotland looks set to put Scotland on the map.

With accommodation options, more bands, and ticket options to announce, Heavy Scotland is already on the way to becoming the surprise festival success of 2017.

For more information:

MELECHESH Announced as Burning Manc Festival headliners


Sumerian black/thrash pioneers Melechesh are very pleased to announce their only UK show this year will take place at Burning Manc Festival, Manchester on Saturday 10th December. 
They will be headlining the event, which will also feature Manchester based death metallers Foetal Juice and London extreme metallersScutum Crux plus many more…
Burning Manc Festival is a festival of fire, food and fierce music, and this will be Melechesh’s first ever Manchester show.

For more details visit here:

Melechesh were founded in Jerusalem in 1993 by young guitarist Ashmedi, and since then they have proved themselves as visionaries creating an entirely new genre. Experimenting with melting raw black metal with Mediterranean drum patterns and guitar scales resulted in their first phenomenal demo ‘As Jerusalem Burns’ and the 7” EP ‘The Siege Of Lachish’ – earning the band a forcible underground following.

Melechesh released their most recent album ‘Enki’ in early 2015, a deep and personal album filled with metaphor, spiritual, and philosophical references – a further development of their own Mesopotamian metal. 

‘This is Melechesh enthroned and triumphant and ‘Enki’s magnificence stand without question’ 
Iron Fist

You can purchase ‘Enki’ HERE.

Melechesh Links:

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

TESTAMENT release 3rd 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' video trailer


Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT discuss some of the lyrical themes that inspired their 12th album, 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' in this third video trailer. Watch vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson talk about topics such as secret societies and ancient aliens, here.

'Brotherhood Of The Snake' will be released on October 28th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

Brotherhood Of The Snake track list:
01. Brotherhood Of The Snake
02. The Pale King
03. Stronghold
04. Seven Seals
05. Born In A Rut
06. Centuries Of Suffering
07. Neptune’s Spear
08. Black Jack
09. Canna Business
10. The Number Game

'Brotherhood Of The Snake' was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and was mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH). Artwork was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, SOULFLY, KATAKLYSM), whom the band worked with for 'The Dark Roots Of Earth'.

Commented Peterson in an interview with Metal Maniac: 
"It's very diverse, but it's very epic. There's nothing on there that breeds commercial. And I think for thirty years of recording music and trying different formulas and stuff, I think we've found a formula that is very metal. I think for the metal fan that is looking for something for the nook and crannies… not just your normal, 'Oh, it's got a thrash beat and a riff.' There's a lot going on here." 

The songwriter also told Metal Forces in another interview: "It's different. This one is more thrash. I mean, this has got some of the fastest stuff that we have ever played. Usually, we have one or two thrash songs, and then we have some mid-tempo, and then we have a slow, heavy one, and then up-tempo kind of stuff. Half of the new record is thrash, which we've never done before." 

He continued: 
"It's kind of like 'Demonic' and 'The Gathering', but a little bit wiser, I think. Chuck's not singing so death. I mean, he does some death stuff but he's singing more like he did on the last record and then with the craziness of 'The Gathering' or even heavy stuff like'Demonic'."

Testament are planning to celebrate the release of ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ on their upcoming UK/Ireland tour with Amon Amarth and Grand Magus this autumn.

Tour dates are as follows:
(w. Amon Amarth & Grand Magus)

More on Brotherhood Of The Snake:

Visit TESTAMENT online:

Kyng `Breathe In The Water` Review


The music industry is full of strange comings and goings and if you get to do that at all it’s a pure miracle, often people give up after one attempt yet for Kyng’s members this band was to be their last attempt, their last hurrah into the unforgiving music wasteland. 

When `Burn The Serum` landed on Metal Hobbit’s desk under its previous incarnation as Matterz, the vocals jumped out of the riffs and was certainly something that would turn heads and defy what you’d expect to hear especially when you hear the crushing riffs.

Now back with `Breathe In The Water`, produced by the one and only Machine whose past stellar work include Lamb Of God and Clutch to name but a few, the So-Cal trio strike again with 14 tunes to prove that old school, no gimmicks approach to hard rock can still be done and done well.

The album launches straight into an aural assault with `Pristine Warning`, heavy riffs and pounding groove is the name of the game on this track, yet the most surprising aspect of Kyng are Eddie’s soaring vocals that just prove that you can have a catchy and dare I say impassioned singing combined with heavy riffs that aren’t the typical growling, guttural vocals that we have become so accustomed towards.

The second and title track `Breathe In The Water` has a hint of little Queens Of The Stone Age style riffing, that stop/start rhythm during the intro and verses really hint at that Josh Homme inspiration. Again Eddie’s vocals hit the nail right on the head taking inspiration of heavy riffs with towering vocals that is really something unique not only on this song or the album but for the band’s ethos of capturing that 70’s sound of Sabbath, Zeppelin but giving it a modern twist with crushing production. 

14 tracks is a lot although the album as a whole doesn’t feel bogged down or lagging in any sense, `Breathe In The Water` contains a couple of interlude tracks to break up the album with `The Beginning of What Was` a lovely acoustic number certainly heralding Sabbath’s or Zeppelin vibe of which leads directly into `The Battle of the Saint Lines` well. 

`Breathe In The Water` is a statement of intent from Kyng and it definitely works as a continuation of `Burn The Serum`. It contains all the heavy riffing and pounding groove that people love of Clutch, Black Label Society or Down along with the soaring vocals that you expect from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Kyng feels like a throwback towards the bygone era of music where to actually get into the studio you had to be good, yet for all of Kyng’s throwback elements they also remain with one foot in the future giving big hooks, soaring vocals, crushing riffs and drums all together with modern sensibilities. 

8.5/10- Kyng impassioned hard rock, one foot in the past and one in the future, perfect for that 70’s feel with a modern twist. 

Stand out tracks:
`Pristine Warning`, `Breathe In The Water` and `Show Me Your Love` 

Track Listing:
1. Pristine Warning
2. Breathe In The Water
3. Closer to the End
4. Follow Blindly
5. Show Me Your Love
6. Reckoning Part 1
7. The Dead
8. Bipolar Schemes
9. Hide From You
10. Song For a Broken Masque
11. The Beginning of What Was
12. The Battle of the Saint/Lines
13. Not Enough
14. What I’m Made Of/Reckoning Part 2

Kyng on the net:

THE WHITE BUFFALO Announces 2017 UK Tour Dates


American dark blues singer/songwriter THE WHITE BUFFALO has announced dates for an early 2017 UK headlining tour.

Due to kick off on January 19th in Bristol, the tour surrounds the release of a number of THE WHITE BUFFALO's back catalogue titles, which are being made widely available in Europe for the first time.

Watch the tour announcement video message from THE WHITE BUFFALO himself at http://youtu.be/xqnQ3L_sYNY

Don't miss THE WHITE BUFFALO on tour in the UK at the following shows:
Jan. 19 - Bristol, UK - Trinity Arts Centre
Jan. 20 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
Jan. 21 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute 2
Jan. 23 - Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
Jan. 24 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Jan. 25 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 30th at 9:00am at http://bit.ly/2cSgaXp

Look out for these great back catalogue titles from THE WHITE BUFFALO coming in 2017:
'Once Upon a Time in the West' UK/Euro 4 Bonus Track Deluxe Edition (January 20th, 2017)
'Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways' (February 17th, 2017)
'Hogtied Revisited' (March 24th, 2017)

Get THE WHITE BUFFALO's latest album, 'Love and the Death of Damnation', on CD and vinyl in Europe with three exclusive bonus tracks at http://www.earache.com/twb

The album is also available now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/latdod-itunes

Led by singer/songwriter Jake Smith, THE WHITE BUFFALO is probably best known for his numerous song placements in the TV series Sons of Anarchy, including the series finale song "Come Join the Murder", which was co-written with series producer Kurt Sutter and nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.

Get more news and info from THE WHITE BUFFALO:

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

HAMMERFALL announce Special Guests & Support For European Tour


One of the most distinctive metal bands in the past 20 years and sometimes hailed as the saviours of heavy metal, HAMMERFALL recently announced the release of their upcoming album 'Built To Last', set to be released on November 4th on Napalm Records.

In the wake of what will be the band's 10th studio effort, HAMMERFALL will embark on another celebrated tour over Europe, beginning on January 12th 2017 in Bremen, Germany. Now the band announced special guests GLORYHAMMER to be joining HAMMERFALL on their extensive European Tour, and the support will come from LANCER! 

”We got exactly the support bands we wanted”, says guitarist Oscar Dronjak. ”There is no doubt in my mind that Lancer will be thoroughly enjoyed by all our fans, and Gloryhammer's mighty and epic music will be the perfect lead-in to the HammerFall show that will follow. The World Wide (r)Evolution was a resounding success on every level with half of the shows sold out, and we can’t wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic heavy metal party every night with all our Templar friends!” 

Known for their energetic and engaging live shows, HAMMERFALL have been masters of ground-breaking metal anthems since the start of their remarkable career. With an extensive world tour taking place over the past 2 years, the band is now gearing up for another run following the release of their upcoming album 'Built To Last'. 

Catch HAMMERFALL live, when they return to Europe on the following dates, presented by Metal Hammer, EMP, Musix and Metal.de. With special guests GLORYHAMMER and LANCER: 

Built To Tour 2017
12.01.17 DE - Bremen / Aladin
13.01.17 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 1
14.01.17 DE - Bamberg / Brose Arena
16.01.17 NL - Utrecht / Tivoli Vredenburg
17.01.17 BE – Antwerp / Trix
18.01.17 DE - Fulda / Wartenberg Oval
20.01.17 DE - Langen/Frankfurt / Stadthalle
21.01.17 CH - Pratteln / Z7
22.01.17 CH - Pratteln / Z7
25.01.17 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
26.01.17 DE - Filderstadt / Filharmonie
27.01.17 DE - München / Backstage
28.01.17 DE - Kaufbeuren / AllKart Halle
29.01.17 IT - Mailand / Live Club
31.01.17 HU - Budapest / Barba Negra
01.02.17 AT - Wien / Arena
02.02.17 AT - Graz / Orpheum
03.02.17 CZ - Zlin / Hala Euronics
04.02.17 PL - Warsaw / Progresja
06.02.17 DE - Berlin / Huxley´s Neue Welt
07.02.17 DE - Hamburg / Große Freiheit 36
08.02.17 DK- Copenhagen / Amager Bio 

Tickets are now available and on www.metaltix.com

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MESHUGGAH announce special guests The Haunted for UK & IRL Tour

Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers MESHUGGAH will release their upcoming eighth album, The Violent Sleep Of Reason on October 7th before embarking on a lengthy European tour that brings the ninth wonder of the unnatural world to the UK in January. 

They have now announced they will be bringing fellow metal Swedes The Haunted on tour with them as special guests on the UK & Ireland dates, which stack up as follows:

Full UK & IRL tour-dates for January 2017:
12th January - Bristol (UK) O2 Academy
13th January - Birmingham (UK) O2 Institute
14th January - Nottingham (UK) Rock City
15th January - Glasgow (UK) O2 ABC
17th January - Belfast (UK) Limelight
18th January - Dublin (IRL) Vicar Street (UPGRADED from Academy)
19th January - Manchester (UK) O2 Ritz
20th January - London (UK) O2 Forum

Get tickets here: 

Meshuggah's anticipated upcoming album 'The Violent Sleep Of Reason' was produced by the band and was engineered by Tue Madsen of Puk Studios in Kaerby, Denmark. For the cover, the band once again enlisted Keerych Luminokaya who created the artwork for Koloss and The Ophidian Trek as well as the new images for each of the 7 albums and 3 EP's featured in the 25 Years of Musical Deviance box set. 

Track listing as follows:
1. Clockworks
2. Born in Dissonance
3. MonstroCity
4. By the Ton
5. Violent Sleep of Reason
6. Ivory Tower
7. Stifled
8. Nostrum
9. Our Rage Won’t Die
10. Into Decay

Visit MESHUGGAH online at

OPETH release tenth studio trailer for 'Sorceress'


Swedish experimental heavy-rock pioneers OPETH have released the tenth installment of their in-depth, behind the scenes series on the making of their 12th studio album, 'Sorceress'. In this new trailer, the entire band looks back on the recording process and becomes a little nostalgic while talking about their time in the Rockfield Studios. The highly-anticipated record is out on September 30th via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Watch the tenth episode of the studio trailer here: 

Catch up on the previous episodes here:

OPETH also released a lyric video to 'The Wilde Flowers' last week. Listen to the catchy, Queen-like single here.

OPETH will return to the UK for a headline show at Wembley Arena on Saturday 19th November. Tickets are on sale now from www.livenation.co.uk.

Full tour dates as follows:
05.11. S Stockholm - Annexet
06.11. N Oslo - Konserthus
07.11. DK Copenhagen - DR Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen
08.11. D Hamburg - Docks
10.11. A Vienna - Arena
11.11. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
12.11. D Munich - Theaterfabrik
13.11. CH Zurich - Volkshaus
14.11. I Milan - Alcatraz
16.11. D Cologne - E-Werk
17.11. B Brussels - AB
18.11. NL Tilburg - 013
19.11. UK London - SSE Arena Wembley
21.11. F Paris - Le Trianon
23.11. LUX Luxemburg - Den Atelier
24.11. D Berlin - Astra Kulturhaus

OPETH North American Tour:
24.09. USA San Bernardino, CA - Ozzfest
29.09. USA Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
30.09. USA Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
01.10. USA New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
02.10. USA Boston, MA - House Of Blues
04.10. CDN Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.10. CDN Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
07.10. USA Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
08.10. USA Akron, OH - Good Year Theater @ East End
09.10. USA Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
10.10. USA Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
12.10. USA Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
13.10. USA Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
14.10. USA Austin, TX - Emo‘s
15.10. USA Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live!
18.10. USA Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
19.10. USA Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
21.10. USA Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
22.10. USA San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
24.10. USA Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
25.10. USA Seattle, WA - The Moore
26.10. CDN Vancouver, BC - Orpheum

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