Saturday, 30 December 2017

Leaves Eyes `Sign of the Dragonhead’ CD Review


It’s not been the smoothest of journeys for Leaves Eyes to get to this album. Especially when you consider a change in vocalist is perhaps the most drastic alteration a band can make. New singer, new sound, it’s pretty much that simple. 

Enter the classically trained, Finnish born and Angel Nation vocalist Elina Siirala, who steps in for the departed Liv Kristine. Liv’s fantastic voice was stamped on the Leaves Eyes tone since the band’s inception so a hard to act to follow.

With that aside, how does ‘Sign of the Dragonhead’ compare to previous albums, Does Elina’s voice stand up to the majestic powerful music of `Leaves Eyes’? Well stick around and read on! 

Straight off the bat, you get to hear Elina’s voice in full Throttle. The opening track and title one, “Sing of the Dragonhead” is almost saying “Sign of Elina”. Her voice is classical trained and powerful in its approach, think Tarja Trunen of Nightwish and you’d be along the right tracks. Elina is the perfect match for the heaviness of some of Leaves Eyes tracks and “Sign of the Dragonhead” is definitely the right approach to get the fans buzzing and showcasing the new voice with immediate effect. 

The 3rd track on the album, “Like A Mountain” opens with a slow and ethereal piano led by Elina’s angelic voice. The track then descends into a heavy riff and still Elina’s vocal range doesn’t appear phased by this at all. This track really showcases her dynamic ranges within the structure of Leaves Eyes. It’s powerful, sweeping and yet contains elements of softer sections that Leaves Eyes can definitely explore on further albums. 

The song `Riders On The Wind’ is another notable track which has the crucial elements of Power Metal or Symphonic Metal such potent forces to the metal masses and which is the ability to have catchy sing-along chorus that can be sung back at 2 in the morning at Wacken. This is an absolute fun tune and one that will be a highlight of the album. 

The album as a whole is a great showcase of Leaves Eyes new intent. The stylistic approach hasn’t really changed since the band’s inception, yet the way in which they can now deliver the music can certainly facilitate a new approach. With Elina at the mic, she appears to handle all of the heavier tracks with ease and still adds those softer moments. 

The whole album feels like a great homage to symphonic pioneers Nightwish coupled with the death metal antics of Alex. 

8/10- “Sign of the Dragonhead” is Leaves Eyes intent, fun and a real showcase of Elina’s talents as the new Dragonhead!

Stand out tracks: 
`Sign of the Dragonhead’, `Like A Mountain’ and `Riders On The Wind`

Track Listing:
1. Sign Of The Dragonhead
2. Across The Sea
3. Like A Mountain
4. Jornsborg
5. Vovla
6. Riders On The Wind
7. Fairer Than The Sun
8. Shadows In The Night
9. Rulers Of Wind And Wave
10. Fire In The North 
11. Waves Of Euphoria

Leaves Eyes online:

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Five Finger Death Punch/ In Flames/ Of Mice and Men Wembley Arena 21/12/17 Live review

FFDP - Photo credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter

It’s a cold winter’s night, the capital awash with thousands of commuters and those brave enough to head out and capture the last remaining presents from exhaustive Christmas lists. 

However, venture further north and into Wembley and you’ll find another party and a wholly different atmosphere. 

The Arena is awash with black t-shirts but in some small pockets a couple of Father Christmas hats are visible. Tonight’s festivities are not in-line with the Christmas spirit yet Five Finger Death Punch and co has brought the party. 

Up first are Orange County’s own `Of Mice & Men’. Unfortunately, this reviewer wasn’t able to arrive on time to view the Metalcore outfit strut their stuff on the emerging crowd, yet from the patter of the surrounding individuals the band were “Pretty decent”. We shall be sure to give them a proper review next time!

In Flames: Photo Credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter

Onwards and upwards, up next are legends of Swedish metal `In Flames` (7) . Now, as of recent years, In Flames have been extremely unapologetic about stretching their sound. Yet on tonight’s showing, they’ve definitely upped their game since last years support to Avenged Sevenfold at The O2. 

In Flames have also in the past few years suffered a number of line up changes, and of course, this takes time to gel. The band have firmly come together and appear tighter and more coherent, they storm the stage with all the hits from their last album through to a storming rendition of “Take This Life”. 

Whether this was a support slot or billed as a co-headliner, the band’s stage set up revealed far more about their intent and that wasn’t playing second fiddle to tonight’s final band. The light show they provided almost put Oxford Street’s Christmas lights to shame, although, their first song appeared to behind a large curtain and not in full glory. Technical difficulties or stage planning, either way the band stormed on through. 

FFDP: Photo Credit: Nathan Kerridge-Porter

Ah up next and our last band for the evening, the Las Vegas 5 member trope known affectionately as ‘Five Finger Death Punch’ (10). 

The band flanked by an old school set up with a wall of Marshall Amps, risers and a giant skull and cross bones although later discovering these were in fact baseball bats. 

Armed with a huge back catalog and songs with unique identifiable catchy choruses and solos, the band tread the waters between Metal angst and the Maiden style sing along moments coupled with fun gimmicks and immense flame jets shooting out over the band. 

Certainly, one aspect that was extremely welcoming was Ivan’s interaction with the audience, in particular with some of the disabled guests. He showcases the band’s warm and generous nature by giving out t-shirts and a half broken bat. 

Both In Flames and Five Finger are perfect Marmite bands, people love them or hate them equally. Yet based on tonight’s showing both bands showcase precisely what’s great about our music, loud, bombastic, a show full of fire and blinding lights. The past, present and future all represented by tonight’s 3 bands. 

Five Finger Death Punch online:

In Flames online:

Of Mice and Men online:

Friday, 22 December 2017

IN FLAMES announce their own festival in Sweden + physical 10" LP release for EP


While Gothenburg legends In Flames finish up the last shows of their extensive co-headline arena tour with Five Finger Death Punch) they are already keeping fans on their toes for next year. 

Today, In Flames announces their very own two-day festival called Borgholm Brinner, or “Borgholm is Burning”, which will be held at the infamous Borgholm Castle of Eastern Sweden's island of Öland. Each evening, In Flames will perform an exclusive headline set after a line-up of around 5 bands - soon to be announced. The dates to remember are Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. Borgholm Brinnerallows fans to be part of a milestone in the band's history - an exclusive weekend filled with the best food and drinks (including Anders Fridén and Björn Gelotte’s beer brand, Frequency Beer Works and an exclusive batch of In Flames Gin), fantastic bands and a few more surprises in an intimate setting.

Tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime festival experience go on sale January 29th at 9am gmt. Make sure to visit www.borgholmbrinner.se and subscribe to the RSVP link to receive all updates.

Singer Anders Fridén states:
"I think every band dreams of being able to do this one day – at least for us it’s always been in the back of our minds and right now feels like the best time to do it. Whether or not it’s putting on your own festival, it’s an indescribable feeling to have created a community from your music, and even crazier to have the ability bring that community tIn Flames recently released a digital EP 'Down, Wicked & No Good' featuring cover versions of Depeche Mode's 'It's No Good', Alice In Chains' 'Down In A Hole', Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game', and a live version of Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt'.
Due to high demand from the Jesterheads, the songs will now be released as a 10'' mini LP on March 16th, 2018 - available as both Light Blue and Light Blue/Black Splatter Vinyl 10”.

You can now pre-order HERE: http://www.nuclearblaststore.co.uk/shop/nuclearblast/products.php?cat=4888 together in a physical place – playing and enjoying music together, drinking together etc. And in a castle of all places. That’s another thing. It wouldn’t be an In Flames festival if it were just happening on a plot of dirt. It’s got to be special so our fans can have the ultimate experience, so we can pay them back for being so great to us for 20 years with an awesome weekend they’ll never forget. We’ve also hand picked the best bands for everyone to enjoy and although we can’t say who’s playing yet, we can promise there will be no disappointments. "

In case you missed the most recent official video clips, you can still watch them here:
'It's No Good' (Depeche Mode cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xznKs14Svlo

Since forming in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1990, In Flames have had seven albums debut in the top ten in Sweden, including two #1s. They have toured the globe countless times, performing alongside some of today’s biggest rock and metal acts, including Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and Iron Maiden, and have held several main stage and headline spots at various music festivals around the world, including Ozzfest, Download Festival, Graspop, Taste of Chaos, Hellfest, Rock Am Ring / Im Park and many more.

The band’s 2016 album, 'Battles' - recorded by multi Grammy-nominated producer, Howard Benson - debuted in multiple Top 10’s around the world.

In Flames links:

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

DIMMU BORGIR announce 7'' for new song 'Interdimensional Summit'


Eerie shadows are lurking in the dark corners of spring 2018; the spirit that denies, a force able to distort our conception of space and time. Although DIMMU BORGIR have already proven with recent live DVD, ‘Forces From The Northern Night’, that they never really left the spotlight, the fans’ craving for a new full-length album seems immeasurable after almost eight years of waiting. But finally, the time has come and the Norwegian symphonic black metal legends are ready to present their first new song, 'Interdimensional Summit'. On February 23rd the epic hymn will be released as a 7'' vinyl EP, providing a first taster of the upcoming album, which is due to finally see the light of day in spring 2018!

The EP contains the new track 'Interdimensional Summit' as well as 'Puritania (Live In Oslo)' and will be available in red & clear, and gold vinyl colors.

You can pre-order the release HERE:

But even more lurks in the shadows and soon, the Norwegians will unleash re-releases of their early classics on vinyl. From their raw and ground-breaking 1994 debut ‘For All Tid’, to the chart-topping ‘Death Cult Armageddon’ which saw them hit #2 in the Norwegian album charts, you can now get your hands on new pressings of these long sold-out vinyl in different colours.

The following LPs are already available to pre-order:
‘Death Cult Armageddon’ (Limited Edition Gatefold Double Silver Vinyl)
‘For All Tid’ (Limited Edition Gatefold Double Orange Vinyl)
‘Enthrone Darkness Triumphant’ (Limited Edition Gatefold Dark Green Vinyl)

HERE: 

While these LPs will see the light of day a little later, on February 23rd. 

These are also now available for pre-order:
‘Spiritual Black Dimensions’ (Limited Edition Gatefold Mint Vinyl)
‘Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia’ (Limited Edition Gatefold Double Blue Vinyl)
‘Stormblåst’ (Limited Edition Gatefold Clear Vinyl + 7" EP)


DIMMU BORGIR have announced the following festival shows for 2018:
22-24.06. FR Clisson - Hellfest
05-07.07. ES Barcelona - Rock Fest
02-04.08. DE Wacken - Wacken Open Air
16 -18.08. NL Horten - Midgardsblot Metalfestival

More info:

FEED THE RHINO RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR "TIMEWAVE ZERO"


UK’s FEED THE RHINO proudly present you the next video from the forthcoming studio album, “The Silence”, which will be released via Century Media Records on February 16th, 2018. The band comments:

“We’re really excited to release our new single ‘Timewave Zero’. This song has been a kind of a mission statement of our new album, both lyrically and musically, so it’s exciting to see what people think! The video was filmed with green screen/ animation and motion capture by the amazing Robin Fuller / http://immersivevr.co.uk/. We’re also proud to announce that Bad Sign, HCBP & Cove are joining us on our release tour in February. It was important for us to take out bands we really believe in, as well as get on with, so we couldn’t be happier! The Silence tour won’t be one to miss!”

Watch the stunning clip here:

“The Silence” will be released on CD (incl. sticker) and digitally. Pre-order the digital album and receive the singles ‘Timewave Zero’, ‘Heedless’ and ‘Featherweight’ immediately! https://feedtherhino.lnk.to/TheSilence

FEED THE RHINO – The Silence
1. Timewave Zero (4:11)
2. Heedless (3:33)
3. Losing Ground (4:13)
4. 68 (3:08)
5. All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy (3:33)
6. Yellow And Green (3:23)
7. Nerve Of A Sinister Killer (2:57)
8. Fences (3:38)
9. The Silence (3:47)
10. Lost In Proximity (3:21)
11. Featherweight (4:20)

Renowned as ‘one of the UK’s most incendiary live bands’ (Kerrang!) and much-lauded for their ferocious yet melodic sound, FEED THE RHINO will present “The Silence” live on a UK headline run kicking off February 20th, 2018. Tickets are on sale now via http://myticket.co.uk/artists/feed-the-rhino 

FEED THE RHINO is:
Lee Tobin - Vocals
James Colley - Guitar
Sam Colley - Guitar
Chris Kybert - Drums
Oz Craggs - Bass

FEED THE RHINO live
February 2018
Tue, 20 UK, Bristol, The Exchange
Wed, 21 UK, Exeter, The Cavern
Thu, 22 UK, Southampton, The Joiners
Fri, 23 UK, London, The Underworld
Sat, 24 UK, Norwich, Owl Sanctuary
Tue, 27 UK, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Wed, 28 UK, Newcastle, Think Tank

March 2018
Thu, 1 UK, Glasgow, G2
Fri, 2 UK, Manchester, Rebellion
Sat, 3 UK, Birmingham, The Flapper
Thu, 15 UK, North Wales, Hammerfest
…more dates to be announced soon…

FEED THE RHINO online

Friday, 15 December 2017

OCEANS OF SLUMBER video for single "The Decay of Disregard"


Houston-based progressive metal outfit, OCEANS OF SLUMBER, have just released a video for their new single “The Decay Of Disregard”, taken off their upcoming album “The Banished Heart”, to be released on March 2, 2018!

The band comments,
 "The first statement of this record is one of realization and self-destruction. The peculiarities of life, the darkness it brings, and the inability we have to separate the heart from the mind. Something that can rot us from the inside and that most of us fight with everyday."

"I feel something cruel within me. Calling out...
It calls my heart to wander, far from here...
It troubles my dreams, the thoughts of leaving.
It claws at me, to leave everything I’ve come to know and depend on…"
-The Decay of Disregard

The band further adds, 
“The video was shot in the country side of Big Creek, TX using the loft of a beautifully creepy 100 year old barn for the band performance and it's surrounding acreage to capture Cammie's transcendental and destructive episodes. Quite a fun undertaking and very cold.”

You can watch the video for “The Decay Of Disregard” here: 

“The Decay Of Disregard” is available as a digital single on all download and streaming platforms and as an Instant Grat Track on iTunes and Amazon. Preorders for all physical formats are also available as of now.

Use the following link to direct you to selected download and streaming platforms or to preorder a physical copy of the album: https://OceansOfSlumber.lnk.to/TheBanishedHeart

“The Banished Heart” will be available as Jewelcase CD and Gatefold 2LP+CD.

OCEANS OF SLUMBER live: 
02.03.2018 Houston, TX (USA) – White Oak Music Hall (album release show)
03.03.2018 Brooklyn, NY (USA) – Saint Vitus Bar (album release show)
06.04.2018 Nottingham (UK) – Rock City
07.04.2018 Glasgow (UK) – ABC1
08.04.2018 Bristol (UK) – O2 Academy
10.04.2018 Dublin (Ireland) – Tivoli
12.04.2018 Manchester (UK) – O2 Ritz
13.04.2018 London (UK) – O2 Forum

OCEANS OF SLUMBER is: 
Cammie Gilbert – Vocals
Anthony Contreras – Guitar
Sean Gary – Guitar
Keegan Kelly – Bass
Dobber Beverly – Drums

OCEANS OF SLUMBER online: 

LIV KRISTINE Joins MIDNATTSOL! New Album In The Making!


Liv Kristine has joined MIDNATTSOL as their official second singer - right next to her very talented sister Carmen Elise Espenæs. This truly is full sister power! 

The band is extremely excited about the news: 
“Hey folks,
Like we promised here is the news for you:
LIV KRISTINE IS NOW AN OFFICAL SECOND SINGER IN MIDNATTSOL!! Some time ago we discussed with Liv that she would support us on our upcoming album as a special guest. Working together, we found out that not only the result is awesome - we also have a lot of fun together. The logical consequence was that we pick up Liv as a permanent member of the band. So she is now the official second singer in Midnattsol.

We have already recorded Liv as the second voice on some songs for the next album. Liv will also have her own parts in some songs, so these songs will be more like a duet of the two sisters. We think the results will blow you away.

As Liv is now a permanent band member we plan to play upcoming concerts together with her.
We are very happy and it means a lot to us to have such an amazing singer and fantastic person in our Midnattsol family.”

The band released a first appetizer in form of the track snippet “Purple Sky” HERE!

MIDNATTSOL released their promising debut album “Where Twilight Dwells” back in 2005. The band quickly gained fans around the Gothic, Metal & Rock scene alike and played numerous shows and summer festivals like Summer Breeze, Wave Gotik Treffen, Mera Luna, as well as support of IN EXTREMO. Their highly anticipated second studio album “Nordlys” was released in 2008, followed up by their latest album “The Metamorphosis Melody” in 2011. After that the band decided to take a creative break, but now you can be sure that MIDNATTSOL are fully back and ready more exciting news to come! 

Keep your eyes and ears open! 

For More Info On MIDNATTSOL visit:

BUTCHER BABIES announce 2018 UK and European Tour


BUTCHER BABIES will return to the UK and Europe in February and March 2018 to crush stages and eardrums with their vicious live performances and explosive energy.

Here are all dates of the upcoming headline tour:
20.02.2018 Nottingham (UK) - Rescue Rooms
21.02.2018 Bristol (UK) - Thekla
22.02.2018 Chester (UK) - Live Rooms
23.02.2018 Birmingham (UK) - Asylum
24.02.2018 Newcastle (UK) - Riverside
25.02.2018 Glasgow (UK) - G2 
27.02.2018 Milton Keynes (UK) - Craufurd Arms
28.02.2018 Norwich (UK) - Waterfront
01.03.2018 Southampton (UK) - Joiners
02.03.2018 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
03.03.2018 Manchester (UK) - Rebellion
04.03.2018 London (UK) - The Dome 
06.03.2018 Bochum (Germany) - Rockpalast
07.03.2018 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo
08.03.2018 Jena (Germany) - F-Haus
09.03.2018 Prague (Czech Republic) - Nova Chmelnice
10.03.2018 Graz (Austria) - Explosiv
11.03.2018 Munich (Germany) - Backstage Club 
13.03.2018 Milan (Italy) - Legend Club
14.03.2018 Zurich (Switzerland) - Klub Komplex
15.03.2018 Mannheim (Germany) - Ms Connexion Complex
16.03.2018 Zaandam (Netherlands) - De Flux
17.03.2018 Leiden (Netherlands) - Gebr. de Nobel

Also check out the video for “Headspin”, from the band’s latest album “Lilith”: https://youtu.be/tAZzVw9hAJA

Produced by Steve Evetts (Suicide Silence, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Cure), "Lilith" has already seduced fans worldwide as it debuts at #1 on iTunes Metal Chart, #7 on iTunes Rock Chart and #35 on iTunes Top 100 Charts. You can get your copy now at http://smarturl.it/BBLilith

BUTCHER BABIES is:
Heidi Shepherd - Vocals
Carla Harvey - Vocals
Henry Flury - Guitar
Jason Klein - Bass
Chase Brickenden - Drums

BUTCHER BABIES online:

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

KREATOR releases video for 'Hail To The Hordes'


German thrash titans KREATOR have released an official video for 'Hail To The Hordes', taken from their latest album, Gods Of Violence. 
The video highlights the bands hometown show at Grugahalle in Essen in March and can be watched, here: 

The video was directed by Matthias Kollek of Vault Video, who also directed KREATOR's Dying Alive DVD.

Order the single from iTunes: http://nblast.de/HaiToTheHordes​

Gods Of Violence was recorded under the watchful eye of producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA) who also mixed the record at renowned Fascination Street Studios. Mastering was also completed at Fascination Street Studios by Tony Lindgren.


ABOUT KREATOR
One thing's for sure: There aren‘t many bands with a history as long and eventful as KREATOR's, who fascinatingly succeed in exploring new horizons while challenging and reinventing themselves time and again, resulting in high impact results - as is perfectly illustrated by their new record Gods Of). With this 14th studio album of their impressive career, the thrashers from Essen, Germany have crafted a work of art of utmost vigour, drawing its unfailing power from the pounding heart of one of the greatest, most versatile metal bands of all time. Gods Of Violence lives and breathes!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

SAVAGE MESSIAH post video for "Eat Your Heart Out" + UK headline tour


British heavy metal act, SAVAGE MESSIAH, just released a new video for their song “Eat Your Heart Out”, taken from the recently released album “Hands Of Fate”!

Frontman David Silver comments, 
“When we were asked if we wanted to produce a ‘live’ video as our next project, we in the band jumped at the idea. I’ve always felt that the best way to communicate with people is for them to get an idea of what we’re about in a live setting. This video however goes a little deeper than that, as the camera crew decided to follow us around for almost the entire day, and so what you have is a really cool snapshot into a day in the life on tour! I’m really pleased with the outcome, and 'Eat Your Heart Out’ is the perfect song for this type of video as the song talks about what life is like if you’re in a band in 2017, the ups, the downs, the highs and the lows! It’s a call to arms! We hope you will enjoy watching it, as much we enjoyed making it!"

You can watch the video here:

SAVAGE MESSIAH have also announced another run of UK headline shows in April 2018! See further below for the exact dates.

The band comments on the tour, “We’re really excited to announce these UK shows touring in support of our new album ‘Hands of Fate’. We’ve done a lot of support work over the last few years with a really wide range of great bands from Amon Amarth, Trivium, Testament, Armoured Saint, Cradle of Filth and more, so now we’re really looking forward to getting out and playing a full SAVAGE MESSIAH headline set! Make sure you get your tickets early, so you don’t miss this! As we promise this is going to be one hell of a show! See you at the front!”

13.04.2018 Nottingham (UK) – Rock City Basement
14.04.2018 Manchester (UK) – Academy 3
15.04.2018 Glasgow (UK) – Cathouse
17.04.2018 Newcastle (UK) – O2 Academy 2
18.04.2018 Birmingham (UK) – O2 Academy 3
19.04.2018 London (UK) – Underworld

SAVAGE MESSIAH is
David Silver - lead guitar, vocals
Sam S Junior - lead guitar, backing vocals
Mira Slama - bass guitar
Andrea Gorio - drums

SAVAGE MESSIAH online

ANTHRAX live DVD ‘Kings Among Scotland’ announced for April 2018!


Multi-Grammy nominated thrash icons ANTHRAX will see ‘Kings Among Scotland’ the band’s long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27th 2018. Captured last February 15th at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's historic venue the Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour ‘Kings Among Scotland’ incorporates the band’s entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD will also include a "gear rundown" from each of the band members. 

‘Kings Among Scotland’ can be pre-ordered starting today; log on to www.anthrax.com for all purchasing information.

"Playing for our friends at the Barrowlands has always been very special," said ANTHRAX's Frank Bello. "We all know we're going to get together and have an insanely great time, and we think that incredible interaction and energy really comes through on this video."

With packaging art created by Steve Thompson (SLAYER, MOTÖRHEAD, IRON MAIDEN), the DVD's concert is presented in two parts. For part one, ANTHRAX performed the "favourites" that had been voted on, pre-show, by the band's fans which includes gems like 'Madhouse,' 'Be All, End All,' 'Breathing Lightning,' and 'A.I.R.' The band augmented the stage production for part two, with ramps and staircases and other production values while they tore into their classic 1987 album ‘Among The Living’, performing 'Caught In A Mosh,' 'I Am The Law,' 'Indians,' 'Eflinikufesin (N.F.L.),' and more.

"It was a pretty intense show," added guitarist Scott Ian, "especially when the crowd was so insane, the floor actually started moving up and down."

"It was a challenge for all of us to play ‘Among The Living’ live," admits Charlie Benante. "We've played a number of that album's songs in our shows over the years, but not all of them, and playing a song in a recording studio is not the same as playing it live on stage. So we put in a lot of time to get all of the tracks down perfectly. And I'll tell you, after we finished that set, as arduous as it was, we all felt a sense of exhilaration, like we could go out and do it again."

‘Kings Among Scotland’ was produced, directed, filmed and edited for Film24Productions by Paul M. Green (OPETH, THE DAMNED, THE LEVELLERS), with the sound mixed byANTHRAX studio producer Jay Ruston. For the filming, Green utilised 17 cameras, including a crane and several mobile and stationery Go-Pros.

ANTHRAX's North American co-headline tour with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – ‘The KillThrax Tour II’ is set to kick off January 25th in Montreal. All dates are below.

‘The KillThrax Tour II’
w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HAVOK
25.01. CDN Montreal, QC - M Telus
26.01. CDN London, ON - Music Hall
27.01. USA Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
28.01. USA Richmond, VA - The National
30.01. USA Tampa, FL - Jannus Live
31.01. USA Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
02.02. USA Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
03.02. USA Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
05.02. USA Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
06.02. USA Birmingham, AL - Iron City
08.02. USA Corpus Christi, TX - The Pavilion at Concrete Street
09.02. USA Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion
10.02. USA Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
11.02. USA Albuquerque, NM - El Rey Theater
13.02. USA San Diego, CA - House of Blues
14.02. USA Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
16.02. USA Boise, ID - Revolution Concert House
17.02. USA Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
19.02. CDN Edmonton, AB - The Ranch
20.02. CDN Grande Prairie, AB - Bowes Event Center at Revolution Place
21.02. CDN Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
23.02. CDN Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
24.02. USA Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theatre
25.02. USA Sioux City, IA - Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
27.02. USA Joliet, IL - The Forge
01.03. USA Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
02.03. USA Rochester, NY - Dome Arena
03.03. USA Worcester, MA - The Palladium
04.03. USA Portland, ME - State Theatre

More info:

Friday, 8 December 2017

GHOST RELEASE LIVE DOUBLE ALBUM CEREMONY AND DEVOTION! Watch video for `Absolution`



Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost today released a live double-album entitled Ceremony And Devotion. The album was recorded during the band’s critically exalted Popestar tour during the summer of 2017 and documents Ghost’s unforgettable live show in pursuit of becoming the world’s next great arena band. Ceremony And Devotion is available to stream and download now via iTunes,Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play

Watch a new music video for live album track “Absolution” HERE.

Ceremony And Devotion was produced and mixed by Tom Dalgety and features fan favourites spanning the band’s entire catalogue from Opus Eponymous (2010) to Infestissumam (2013) to Meliora (2015) to the Popestar EP (2016). The album will be available physically on double CD and double LP on January 19, 2018. Exclusive, limited edition “translucent tigers eye” coloured vinyl and bundles including a lenticular poster, limited edition 8-track, and t-Shirt, will be available exclusively in the Ghost Shop HERE.

Ghost’s most recent studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP Popestar, elevated the Swedish rock band into the pantheon of the greatest rock bands on earth and resulted in a Grammy® Award for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Meliora debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, selling over a quarter million copies globally. Popestar debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums chart and produced an Active Rock chart topper with “Square Hammer”.

Along the way Ghost have racked up both widespread critical acclaim and adoration from a legion of fans across the globe in a genre stagnated by Nü metal for nearly two decades. 

Tracklisting
01 - Square Hammer
02 - From The Pinnacle to the Pit
03 - Con Clavi con Dio
04 - Per Aspera Ad Inferi
05 - Body and Blood
06 - Devil Church
07 - Cirice
08 - Ghuleh
09 - Year Zero
10 - Spöksonat
11 - He Is
12 - Mummy Dust
13 - Absolution
14 - Ritual
15 - Monstrance Clock

SOULFLY to enter the studio in January


Metal icons Soulfly have announced that they will be entering the studio in January to record the follow-up to 2015's ‘Archangel’, which will most likely be released in summer 2018 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The as of yet untitled album will be recorded with Josh Wilbur who also worked with Max Cavalera's other band Killer Be Killed, as well as heavy-hitters Lamb Of God and Gojira.

Stay tuned for more information in due course…
Max and his brother Iggor Cavalera are currently touring Europe playing the iconic Sepultura album ‘Roots’ in its entirety.

MTV HEADBANGERS BALL
MAX & IGGOR CAVALERA return to ROOTS
OVERKILL
INSOMNIUM
DESERTED FEAR
08.12. GER Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle (Ruhrpott Metal Meeting)
09.12. GER Giessen, Hessenhallen
10.12. BEL Antwerp, Trix
11.12. GER Saarbrücken, Garage

‘Archangel’ was released on August 14th 2015 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The album was produced and mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Behemoth, Children Of Bodom), and features the stunning cover artwork of artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed, Iced Earth, Sodom).

Inglorious Main Support To Steel Panther Tour And New Dates


Following a sold out UK and Eire tour in October 2017 – culminating in a sold out night at London’s Electric Ballroom on the 20th October, Inglorious are pleased to announce they are returning to the road with Steel Panther in 2018 – having supported the band across Europe in 2016. Inglorious will be main support at the following UK dates:

Sat 20th Jan Glasgow – O2 Academy - sold out
Mon 22nd Jan London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tue 23rd Jan Nottingham, Rock City
Wed 24th Jan Manchester, O2 Apollo
Fri 26th Jan London, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Sat 27th Jan Bristol, O2 Academy

Tickets are on sale now from all usual outlets and priced £35 + booking fee. London price is 
£40.50 + booking fee.

The band recorded a video message here

Fresh from entering the UK Rock Charts at No 1 and UK Album Chart at 22 (“Inglorious II” released 12th May 2017), the band completed an extraordinary 2017 with a SOLD OUT headline show at London's Electric Ballroom.

Produced by the band and mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith), “Inglorious II” further enhances the standing of this remarkable band. From the body blow riffs of “Read All About It,” to the beautiful melodies of upcoming first single “I Don’t Need Your Loving”, from the groove of “High Class Woman” to the classic feeling ballad “Making Me Pay”, this is an album that shows the bands influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born – merged with a truly contemporary feel. Driving riffs and instant melodies all overlaid with the unique and powerful vocals of Nathan James. Inglorious are one of the most exciting and vital UK rock acts to emerge in years.

The album is available as a standard CD and also as a Deluxe CD/DVD edition. The DVD will feature a previously unavailable live performance from Download Festival 2016 plus extra bonus content, including videos for forthcoming singles “I Don’t Need Your Loving” and “Taking The Blame”. A vinyl release is also available through Frontiers Music Srl partners Soulfood.


RHAPSODY announce BEAST IN BLACK as main support on their ‘20th Anniversary Farewell EUROPE Tour’!


Italian symphonic metal legends RHAPSODY are currently touring the globe with their ‘20th Anniversary Farewell Tour’. In February/March they'll finally enter European club stages, which will include a show at London’s Islington Academy! Today, the band can reveal two support bands for this upcoming journey: opening will be Romanian metal outfit SCARLET AURA. Direct support will come from no less than up and coming heavy metallers and label mates BEAST IN BLACK, presenting their recently released debut album ‘Berserker’. This package is definitely not to be missed!

BEAST IN BLACK comment: 
“We can’t tell how honoured we are for getting the chance to participate in RHAPSODY’s ‘20th Anniversary Farewell Tour’! They are the pioneers of symphonic power metal and influenced a whole generation. It’s going to be a great adventure for us supporting them!”

RHAPSODY
‘20th Anniversary Farewell Tour’ - Europe
17.02. Bologna - Zona Roveri (IT)
18.02. Treviso - New Age (IT)
19.02. Rome – Orion (IT)
20.02. Milan – Alcatraz (IT)
21.02. Freiburg – Crash (DE)
23.02. Eindhoven – Effenaar (NL)
24.02. Antwerp – Trix (BE)
28.02. Leeuwarden – Neushoorn (NL)
01.03. Bochum – Zeche (DE)
02.03. Hamburg – Grünspan (DE)
04.03. Stockholm – Fryshuset (SE)
06.03. Warsaw – Proxima (PL)
08.03. Budapest - Barba Negra Club (HU)
09.03. Zlín - Masters of Rock Café (CZ)
10.03. Zvolen - Rates Sports Hall (SK)
11.03. Regensburg-Obertraubling - Eventhall Airport (DE)
13.03. Munich – Backstage (DE)
14.03 Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex (DE)
15.03. Pratteln - Z7 (CH)
16.03. Paris – Trabendo (FR)
17.03. Toulouse – Metronum (FR)
18.03. Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2 (ES)
20.03. Madrid - La Riviera (ES)

Tickets are available to purchase now from: www.rhapsodyreunion.com/tour and VIP upgrades are available from: www.soundrink.com

More RHAPSODY dates:
‘20th Anniversary Farewell Tour’ - Latin America Leg 2
07.01. São Paulo - Tom Brasil (BR)
08.01. Asunción - Teatro Guaraní (PY)
10.01. Salta - Teatro del Huerto (AR)
11.01. Buenos Aires – Groove (AR)
13.01. La Paz - Teatro Al Aire Libre (BO)
14.01. Lima - Teatro de la Uni (PE)
16.01. Santiago - Teatro Caupolican (CL)
18.01. San Salvador – Cifco (SV)
19.01. Tegucigalpa - Hotel Marriott (HN)
20.01. San Jose - Pepper Club (CA)
21.01. Bogotá - Metal Millenium (CO)
23.01. Medellín - Teatro Universidad de Medellin (CO)
24.01. Cali - Teatro Jorge Isaacs (CO)
26.01. Chihuahua - Expo Chihuahua (MX)
27.01. Monterrey - Café Iguana (MX)
28.01. Merida – TBA (MX)
30.01. Mexico City - Circo Volador (MX)

01. - 05.02. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 70000 Tons of Metal (US)

Check out the ‘after movie’ from the band’s first Latin America tour:

Currently, RHAPSODY consists of Fabio Lione (vocals), Luca Turilli (guitars), Dominique Leurquin (guitars), Patrice Guers (bass) and Alex Holzwarth (drums).

RHAPSODY recently performed at European festivals such as Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium), Sweden Rock and Leyendas del Rock (Spain), presenting a set list full of classics such as 'Emerald Sword', 'Land Of Immortals', 'Dawn Of Victory', 'Lamento Eroico', 'Holy Thunderforce' and many more.

RHAPSODY's influences include the most epic orchestral soundtracks, classical composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Paganini, renaissance and folk music. These elements combined have made RHAPSODY a unique band in the metal world and, thanks to their magic, brought together many fans around the world and inspired many other bands.

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA to release new album 'Black Coffee'



Grammy Nominated Artists Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa release their new record ‘Black Coffee’

January 26th via: Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (US & Canada)

Featuring songs made famous by Edgar Winter, Ray Charles, Etta James, Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Lucinda Williams, LaVern Baker & more.

Check out the video for Black Coffee here:

It has been 4 years since Grammy nominated and number 1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter and blues-rock powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Since then, they have both been on fire, both in the studio and live. So, the time was perfect to reunite for another collection of ten soul gems that encompass Hart’s breath-taking vocals and Joe’s masterfully expressive playing. Black Coffee will be released on January 26th, 2018.

With producer extraordinaire Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Rush) back at the helm, the result digs deep into the soul catalogue where they honour and re-imagine songs from Edgar Winter, Etta, James, Ike & Tina Turner/Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Lil’ Green, LaVern Baker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams and Waldeck.

Recorded in 5 days at Studio at the Palms, Las Vegas in August 2016 they have once again recalled some familiar names in Anton Fig (Drums/Percussion), Ron Dziubla (Saxophone), Lee Thornburg (Horn Arrangements/Trumpet/Trombone) and welcomed in Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Michael Rhodes (Bass), Rob McNelley (Rhythm Guitar), Paulie Cerra (Saxophone), Mahalia Barnes (Backing Vocals), Jade Macrae (Backing Vocals) and Juanita Tippins (Backing vocals).

Talking about the sessions behind Black Coffee, Seesaw, 2011’s Don’t Explain and 2014’s Live in Amsterdam, Shirley gives some insight of what they are looking to achieve; “We’re trying not to dig into a playbook that’s been done many times, which is the old soul classics. We try and find a different spin on it; originally, it was about trying to find some songs that people didn’t know at all and bring them back to people’s attention.”

One such song was Give It Everything You Got, taken from 1971’s Edgar Winter’s White Trash album. With its hard rock meets Stax infused sound, the band delivers a formidable performance. “I don’t think that’s a song a lot of people know; it’s an old soul classic, but it’s not really one you might expect,” says Shirley

“One of the things Jeff Beck had said to me once that I thought was so wonderful,” explains Hart, was “as soon as you get comfortable, and if you stay there, you’re just gonna start dying as an artist. And I feel that one of the gifts that I’ve got with working with Joe is that I’m always uncomfortable- in a good way. “

Shirley adds about the band, ”those guys just played live and it was incredible to be in the studio when that happens.”

“For me I’m able to explore the kind of music I have always admired from afar,” reveals Bonamassa. “But you don’t want to hear me singing Ella Fitzgerald…” he explained as Beth joins in. “I would never do Ella Fitzgerald without being with Joe, the things I get to do with you are things I grew up always wanting to do, but never believed I could.”

The gospel flavoured R&B, Saved, originally performed by LaVern Baker, has been covered by Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Billy Fury, Elkie Brooks and The Band, amongst others. It is a full throttle, tongue-in-cheek moment, written from the perspective of someone who had lived a fast, loose life but is then "saved" and is now standing on a corner preaching to the passers-by. They take an altogether different mood on Soul on Fire, paying homage to Baker’s first ever solo release. Sitting On Top of The World is a classic, and it has been recorded by some of the world’s most iconic artists. Lullaby of the Leaves, was originally recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, from 1964’s Hello Dolly.

The sultry punch of Lucinda Williams’ Joy has a totally irresistible groove. “We have tracks like that and I love the energy,” Shirley adds. Addicted is taken from the 2007 trip-hop leaning album by the Austrian trio, Waldeck, which Shirley came across whilst on holiday and “shazamed” it.

Damn Your Eyes is taken from the Etta James 1988 comeback record, Seven Year Itch. Kansas Joe McCoy’s jazz-blues Why Don’t You Do It Right? made its first impact on Lil Green’s 1941 version, before Peggy Lee covered it a year later.

They harness prime Steve Marriot on his take of Ike & Tina Turner’s Black Coffee. The inspiration came from his live version on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973.

“It’s really predicated on the vocals,” Bonamassa explains. “We can’t cut these tunes without Beth singing and once she starts singing, it’s the glue that inspires us to get the extra 10% out of the playing. If we just cut them and sang later, the magic wouldn’t be there.”

“That’s something the two of us stopped doing many years ago,” agrees Hart. “There was all this layering, and then it’s time for you to sing. It’s like you’re not even making music any more. There’s nothing like being able to sit there live and see Joe, seeing the drums, seeing the bass, being able to see Kevin. I can feel the vibrations, it changes the whole thing.”

“Kevin really gets that,” she continues. “It works the best. In the old days, that’s how they did it; bad ass singers and bad ass musicians would have a couple of hours to get a whole record done.”

One of the key aspects of the sessions is to push everyone as much as possible. “They are always out of their comfort zone in the studio; this session especially wasn’t comfortable,” Shirley reveals. “This isn’t a summer in the grass session, just a couple of chords; this is people digging in. Everyone left feeling totally challenged, and at the end of the day, completely enthusiastic.”

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Black Coffee 
Track List 
Extra Information

1. Give It Everything You Got
2. Damn Your Eyes
3. Black Coffee
4. Lullaby Of The Leaves
5 .Why Don't You Do Right
6. Saved
7. Sitting On Top Of The World
8. Joy
9. Soul On Fire
10. Addicted
11. Baby I Love You (bonus track)

Available formats
2LP+MP3 +bonus track
Ltd 2LP+MP3 Red+ bonus track (limited to 5000 copies)
CD-Jewel case
Ltd CD FORMAT: CD - Version info: CD in jewel case in box, including 2 Vinyl Record Rubber Cup Mats and an Exclusive Postcard and bonus track

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

ICED EARTH Release 'Black Flag' Video; Start European Tour in January

Ready to board!

Here it comes: US metal masters ICED EARTH have released a jaw-dropping new video to the song 'Black Flag' from the current masterpiece “Incorruptible”.

'Black Flag' is one of the most epic tunes on “Incorruptible” and a monumental elegy of treason, oppression and the fight for freedom.

Watch the video here: 
https://youtu.be/IUMDcVMiduY

“Black Flag” was directed and produced by iCODE.

Get “Incorruptible” on CD, LP and digital album here: http://smarturl.it/INCORRUPTIBLE

Right now ICED EARTH are preparing for their first part of the European tour for “Incorruptible” that will kick off on 09 January 2018. Prepare for real US metal!

ICED EARTH LIVE
“Incorruptible” world tour, January 2018 with Freedom Call and Metaprism:
09.01.18 DE Saarbrücken Garage
10.01.18 DE Berlin Festsaal
11.01.18 DE Hannover Capitol
12.01.18 DE Geiselwind Musichall
13.01.18 DE Leipzig Hause Auesee
14.01.18 DE Osnabrück Hyde Park
16.01.18 DE Hamburg Markthalle
17.01.18 DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof
18.01.18 DE Bochum Zeche
19.01.18 DE Regendsburg Airport Obertraubling
20.01.18 DE Memmingen Kaminwerk
21.01.18 CH Pratteln Z 7
23.01.18 GR Thessaloniki Principal Club
24.01.18 GR Athens Fuzz Club

ICED EARTH is:
Jon Schaffer – Rhythm, Lead, and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards/MIDI, Vocals
Stu Block – Lead Vocals
Brent Smedley – Drums, Percussion
Luke Appleton – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jake Dreyer – Lead Guitar

ICED EARTH online:

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD release "Black Cadillac" video featuring Cypress Hill's B-Real


Hollywood Undead have just released a brand new video for “Black Cadillac” from their new album FIVE. The video and track features B-Real from Cypress Hill and premiered with High Times on Friday. 

 Watch and share the new video here.

“We haven't done a straight up hip-hop song like this in a while so this one made sense and we got B-Real on it who we all grew up listening to. It was an honor to have him participate,” said J-Dog. "Filming the video was a bitch! Brian Cox had to find a black cadillac in nowhere Minnesota; then we filmed shots in The Rave in Milwaukee, at a cemetery in Pennsylvania and on a green screen in Calgary Canada. But it was all worth it."

In addition to the collaboration, Hollywood Undead appeared in a recent episode of B-Real’s Smokebox. 

 Watch it here.

The band’s new album FIVE was released on October 27th via Dove & Grenade Media/BMG and debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #22 and #7 on the Top Current Albums Sales Chart. The album is the band’s fifth Top 25 debut overall. The number five holds a deep significance and for the five members of Hollywood Undead—Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man, and Danny—the digit perfectly encapsulates their fifth full-length offering. Check out the album here.

“We’re five brothers, and this is our fifth record,” affirms Johnny 3 Tears. “Nothing gets to the essence of the music like this number does. Numerology has a lot of power. When we said FIVE, it just made sense. The fact that we could all agree on one word codifies who we are. It also nods back to ‘No. 5’ from our first album, because it was our fifth song. Moreover, it hints at this secret society of fans supporting us for the past decade. The number is significant, and this is a significant moment for us.”

The band are currently wrapping up a North American tour that launched in September with Butcher Babies as support. European dates will begin on January 24th in Glasgow, UK at the O2 Academy. Tickets and VIP Packages for all shows are on sale now.

Known for atomic live performances, the quintet regularly sells out shows around the world from Massachusetts and Miami to Moscow and Manchester. They’ve toured alongside the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, and Stone Sour in addition to notching features from Billboard, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Revolver, and more. 

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD 2018 UK TOUR
24 Jan - Glasgow, O2 Academy Glasgow
25 Jan - Manchester, Manchester Academy
26 Jan - Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham 
27 Jan - Norwich, The LCR - UEA
29 Jan - London, Koko *SOLD OUT*
30 Jan - London, Koko *SOLD OUT*

To stay current on all things Hollywood Undead be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or their official site.

Friday, 1 December 2017

MYLES KENNEDY reveals details for first solo album "Year Of The Tiger"


Myles Kennedy, one of rock music’s most distinct voices, is set to release his debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger on March 9, 2018. The album will be released worldwide via Napalm Records. 

The acclaimed singer/songwriter known for his work with Alter Bridge as well as with Slash and the Conspirators recently completed the highly anticipated record.

The album is available for pre-order in various bundle configurations at: http://smarturl.it/YearOfTheTiger-NPR

On Year Of The Tiger, Kennedy embarks on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hasn’t explored until this point in his career. His appreciation for the blues and acoustic based music can be heard throughout the 12-song concept record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child. 

The multi instrumentalist played lap steel, mandolin, banjo and bass in addition to the guitar on the record. This shift in instrumentation helped create a new sonic canvas that some might consider a departure from the high gain wall of sound Kennedy has been associated with. Examples of this can be heard throughout the record, from the hypnotic drone of the title track, to the intricate finger style approach of "Haunted By Design" and "Ghost Of Shangri La".

Year of the Tiger is a personal story framed in a new context from an artist willing to take chances. It’s also a story that took decades to summon up the courage to tell.

The track listing for Year Of The Tiger is: 
1. Year Of The Tiger
2. The Great Beyond
3. Blind Faith
4. Devil On The Wall
5. Ghost of Shangri La
6. Turning Stones
7. Haunted By Design
8. Mother
9. Nothing But A Name
10. Love Can Only Heal
11. Songbird
12. One Fine Day

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