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Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.
Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:
Friday, June 28th:
Heaven Shall Burn
All That Remains
Veil of Maya
Love and Death
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...
Legendary U.K. metal act Saxon has announced that the band will tour North America in support of the latest LP "Sacrifice," which is out now via UDR Music. In support will be Fozzy, the band fronted by WWE superstar Chris Jericho, as well as Atlanta progressive metal band Halcyon Way.
Saxon announced the tour on its Facebook page as follows:
"We're really glad to anounce a new tour of North America and Canada with the Sacrifice world tour! The album has done fantastic around the world! We can't wait hit your shores with the Saxon invasion with very special guest Fozzy. It should be a fantastic tour for all metal heads."
Confirmed dates and venues are as follows: More...
Saxon has been touring in support of latest album "Sacrifice," and the band has now checked in with a video podcast regarding upcoming live appearances. Check out the clip below.
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about new festival appearances in support of latest album "Sacrifice:"
"We are happy to let you all know that we were able to confirm Saxon's appearance on the major Greek Rockwave festival in July! More info to follow!
"Additional to that Saxon will be one of the top bands who will headline the Astra Hafenrockbühne on this years edition of Hamburgs 'Hafengeburtstag' (harbor birthday) on Saturday 11th May where over the weekend will attend more than a million people!
"Rock on and keep the faith and see you soon on tour!!" More...
Saxon will be releasing the "Sacrifice" album in the U.S. on March 26th, 2013 and will also be hitting the road in Europe this summer. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about the support act for the coming dates:
"We are happy to announce that AC Angry will be support No. 1 and opening act for our European dates in June apart from Saxon's festival appearances!
"AC ANGRY stands for pent-up anger channelled into a feisty rock 'n' roll attitude. Their sound is comparable to early Wonderfools, coupled with desert riff grooves and a touch of late Turbonegro and their roots lie clearly in the classic rock 'n' metal of the 80s!
"AC ANGRY are facing 2013 with high anticipation. The debut album 'Black Denim' – produced by Phil Hillen (Powerwolf, Parachutes, The Vision Bleak, Vendetta) at SU2 Studio - will finally be released. Iconic illustrator Jan Meininghaus (U.D.O., Bolt Thrower, Brainstorm) is responsible for the perfectly fitting artwork. AC ANGRY are demonstrating with a total of 10 songs how a dirty rock 'n' roll album is supposed to sound!
"Welcome and keep the faith!" More...
British heavy metal legends Saxon has posted their new music video online for the song, "Sacrifice." You can check it out below. The song is the title track from their forthcoming album, which will be released on March 1st in Europe, March 4th in the UK, and March 26th in North America. The band has also revealed the tracklisting for "Sacrifice," which is as follows:
3. Made In Belfast
4. Warriors Of The Road
5. Guardians Of The Tomb
6. Stand Up And Fight
7. Walking The Steel
8. Night Of The Wolf
9. Wheels Of Terror
10. Standing In A Queue
11. Luck Of The Draw (iTunes only)
1. Crusader (Orchestrated version)
2. Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
3. Requiem (Acoustic version)
4. Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
5. Forever Free (Re-recorded version) More...
Saxon will be releasing a new music video for the track "Sacrifice" this coming February 25th, 2013. The band has now released behind the scenes footage showcasing how the video came together, which can be viewed below. The band will also be releasing new album "Sacrifice" on the following dates:
Europe: March 1st, 2013
UK: March 4th, 2013
USA: March 26th, 2013
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about offering fans the chance to join the band on tour:
"Have you ever dreamt about or wondered what it feels like to travel around like a real rock star? Do you want to ride, party and sleep in a real rock'n'roll-nightliner-bus? Just like the band and crew? Do YOU want to experience life on the road - like your favourite band? SAXON? How about not only LIKE SAXON - but WITH THEM? Dream no more, because now not only is this possible, it is now a reality!
"The Rock 'N' Roll Experience offers you - for the first time ever - the opportunity to join SAXON on tour! Travel with us in a real nightliner bus, the same kind of bus that the band and crew travel in on their tour. We will take you to selected gigs (Nottingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. Dates 19, 20, 21, and 22nd of April). You will follow the bands tour bus to the gigs, and in most cases (depends on individual gig access) park right next to them.
"You will then join the band and crew at soundchecks, we will provide your tickets for the shows and also arrange for you to have priority access/entrance to the shows so that you get the best views at the shows. Not only that but we will arrange either an exclusive Rock 'N' Roll Experience meet-and-greet with the entire band where you can ask them anything you have been dying to ask them, get your autographs and take loads of your own pictures, close-up and personal. Or we will arrange that you will have a once-in-a-lifetime-treat, your own exclusive meal with the band in a local restaurant or backstage. (the meet-and-greet or meal will be confirmed in advance, so you will know which of these fantastic offers are available)
"In addition you will receive your own collectible laminated exclusive Rock 'N' Roll Experience tour pass. Rock 'N' Roll Experience has saved the best treat until last, we will arrange your own fantastic after show party with the entire band attending. This party will be the highlight of your Rock 'N' Roll Experience tour with us.
"So do not wonder anymore, LIVE THE DREAM and join us on our next tour. All of this is available exclusively to Rock 'N' Roll Experience clients only. There are very limited places available for these fantastic touring experiences on each tour." More...
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about postponing the release of the band's new album:
"Sorry, but the release of the new Saxon studio album 'Sacrifice' will have to be postponed for one week due to some manufacturing problems. Below are the new release dates."
Europe: March 1st, 2013
UK: March 4th, 2013
USA: March 26th, 2013 More...
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about adding more European tour dates this summer:
"We are happy to announce that Saxon will not rest and have extended their Sacrifice World Tour - starting their continental European tour leg in lovely Sweden. Rest assured that this will not be all - we will be announcing further dates to complete our World run and be back with some great surprises!"
07.06.13 SE Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
08.06.13 DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
10.06.13 CZ Brno - Fleda
11.06.13 AT Vienna - Arena
12.06.13 SL Ljubljana - Cvetlicarna
14.06.13 IT Florence - Viper
15.06.13 IT Rome - Orion
16.06.13 IT Milan - Magazzini Generali
18.06.13 ES Barcelona - Bikini
19.06.13 ES Madrid - Sala Arena
21.06.13 FR Clisson - Hellfest Festival
22.06.13 DE Sankt Goarshausen - Metalfest
23.06.13 CH Lucerne - Konzerthaus Schüür
24.06.13 CH Solothum - Kofmhel
26.06.13 DE Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
27.06.13 DE Memmingen - Kaminwerk
28.06.13 DE Osnabrück - Halle Gartlage
29.06.13 BE Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting More...
Saxon has checked in with the following statement about the support act for upcoming U.K. shows:
"We are proud to announce that Birmingham Hard Rockers Redline will be supporting Saxon on their UK leg of the Sacrifice World Tour this April/May.
"Redline are hitting the road to promote their new album 'VICE,' which features 'King Of The Mountain,' the official anthem and TV soundtrack to the Isle of Man TT Motorcycle Races. A thunderous set of "in your face rock" awaits...balls to the wall guitars, a locked and loaded rhythm section and a real powerhouse of a vocalist, Redline are sure to impress with their own brand of Hard Rock and British Heavy Metal."
The band also recently commented on a new South American tour date: "We are more than happy to let you know that we have confirmed one more show in South America on March 30th! Saxon will headline the Gillmanfest in Caracas, Venezuela! Hope to see many Metal heads down there! Keep The Faith!" More...
Saxon will be releasing new album "Sacrifice" in February of the coming new year, and now the band has also posted a brief video clip online wishing fans a happy 2013. Check out the video clip below, and look for more info on "Sacrifice" to come shortly.
"Less tricks, more power!" roars front man and founding father Biff Byford while commenting on the new music, "my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration."
Saxon has announced an international release for "Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie" this month, and the band will also be releasing new album "Sacrifice" in February next year. The band has now checked in with the following update about new South American shows:
"Hello Saxon Universe, for all our fans south of the border, we are happy to announce 3 more dates to our 2013 Sacrifice World Tour:
24.03.2013 - Mexico City - Plaza Condesa
26.03.2013 - Sao Paulo - A Seringueira
28.12.2013 - Buenos Aires - El Teatro Flores
"Historically, these have been 3 of our favorite cities to perform in and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again!
"Stay tuned for more updates and news! Keep the faith!"
Saxon will be releasing the new album "Sacrifice" this coming February, and now the band has also posted the following announcement about an international release for the "Heavy Metal Thunder" movie:
"The silver eagle has finally landed for audiences worldwide! After enjoying a limited 'Fan Club Only' UK release, 'Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie,' Saxon's wonderfully unfiltered and intimate account of their ascent to the upper echelons of heavy metal, will finally enjoy an international release this December.
"Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician who has played in the band, 'Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie' pieces together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from frontman Biff Byford's teenage years in the coalmines of 'Yorkshire' and 'Son Of A Bitch' (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10 hits and world tours. Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped. 'Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie' will entertain, engage and charm fans and non-fans alike. That's a truth as honest as the film itself…
Saxon will release the new album "Sacrifice" this coming February 2013 through UDR as the successor to previous album "A Call To Arms."
"Less tricks, more power!" roars frontman and founding father Biff Byford, "my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration." The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. It fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn's and Doug Scarratt's guitar work the best it's ever been, while Biff's vocals sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a classic era in Saxon's history, with the likes of 'Warriors Of The Road,' 'Wheels Of Terror,' and 'Stand Up And Fight' evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands (and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut 'Sacrifice.'"
"It's certainly been done from a more early '80s thrashier perspective," explains Biff, "and it's not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, they've got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective."
Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestrated version of 'Crusader' and an acoustic version of 'Frozen Rainbow.'
"From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place," concludes Biff, "And living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon-songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever."
Fuse TV has launched an exclusive interview with Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, which can be viewed below or over at Fuse.tv.
The interview, conducted at the Metal Blade offices, will give fans insights into Slagel's favorite bands, how the label has evolved, bands the label has missed out on and discovered throughout its three decades in business. Slagel also discusses 30 years of the label's history, with stories about Metallica, Slayer, GWAR, and Cannibal Corpse.
Metal Blade Records will be wrapping up 30th anniversary celebrations for 2012 with a show on November 30th at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Show headliners Armored Saint will be joined by newcomers Gypsyhawk, as well as a special, short set from thrash legends Sacred Reich.
Additional special guests confirmed for the show include Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout their set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event. More...
Saxon has checked in with the following update about an upcoming festival appearance and continuing work on a new album:
"We are still busy with the last final details for the new album! Major announcement regarding the new album will follow shortly!
"In the meantime we want to thank you all for your support! That gives us the strength and the will to move on and to work as hard as we can! Your support is not only viewable in all the nice letters and emails and everything you are sending but also in the fantastic amount of Facebook followers! We have reached the unbelievable number of 70,273!!!
"To give you a little bit back we confirmed to play the Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany on the second July weekend. The great thing is that we don't just play a 'normal' headline gig. We are bringing the mighty 'Heavy Metal Thunder' production we already used on this years Wacken Festival! We will see where else we are able to take this production and keep you of course updated. Further live dates will be also announced soon." More...
Saxon has issued the following statement about progress on the band's new album and upcoming tour dates:
"Hi everybody! Saxon has never been a lazy band and especially this year we have been extremely busy! After we played several festivals all across Europe and some great gigs together with Judas Priest and the very first Hamburg Metal Days - we have almost finished the new album. The mix is done and the mastering is almost finished.
"We have guys who are right now putting the last details together and working bits and pieces out for the artwork. Watch out for further news releases like album cover, track list, some more behind the scenes info etc. Since most of album production work is done, the band can't keep their feet still and have decided to play a very short Christmas run of 3 dates:
07.12.2012 CH Bern - Metal Christmas Festival
08.12.2012 NL Haarlem - Patronaat
09.12.2012 NL Roermund - ECI More...
Saxon has issued the following update about progress on the band's upcoming new studio album:
"Hi all, we're just mixing the album at Andy Sneap's studio. Like to say a big thank you to all at LS Live in east Kirkby for building a studio for us, and Jackie for engineering the album.
"Paul Gregory is doing the album art work again for us and it's all looking and sounding great. Should have some new dates up on the site soon.
"Keep the faith,
You can also check out a previously posted video update from the band shortly after the recording process was finished at this location.
British heavy metal legends Saxon have announced that they have completed recording their new studio album, the first since 2011's, "Call To Arms." The record is expected to be released in February of next year and will be mixed by Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with the likes of Megadeth, Testament and Exodus. You can view a short video update from lead singer Biff Byford below: