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Latest Zodiac News

Below is our complete Zodiac news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Zodiac Posts "Sonic Child" Video

After releasing a video for "A Penny And A Dead Horse," Zodiac now has a new clip out for the title track to the "Sonic Child" album.

The new video was directed and produced by Dusseldorf-based company Warped Type and can be seen below.

The follow-up to 2013's “A Hiding Place” saw the band once again head to Megaphon Tonstudios with Martin Meinschafer (Long Distance Calling, The Donots). "Sonic Child" is scheduled for release on September 30th via Prosthetic Records in North America. More...

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Zodiac Releases "A Penny And A Dead Horse" Video

German blues/hard rock act Zodiac released a music video for the new track "A Penny and a Dead Horse." The song appears on the band's upcoming new album "Sonic Child," which will be issued in Europe via Napalm Records and North America via Prosthetic Records on the following release schedule:

September 19th: G/A/S (via Napalm)
September 24th: NOR/SWE (via Napalm)
September 26th: FIN & BENELUX (via Napalm)
September 29th: UK & EUROPE (via Napalm)
September 30th: North America (via Prosthetic)

The songs on "Sonic Child" are describes as "traditional and versatile, have strong riffs and driving drums, are affected by a well-tempered influence of the blues, with a carefully selected degree of hardness at any time." Frontman Nick van Delft tells tales of little adventures and grand gestures, some of which seems to be located in the desert of Arizona ("Penny And The Dead Horse"), whereas others seem to be in the cotton fields on the banks of the Mississippi River ("Rock Bottom Blues"). Zodiac showcases the best statement on their artistic visions at the very end: "just music."

Check out the video here:

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Zodiac Unveils "Sonic Child" Artwork

The German rockers in Zodiac will issue new album "Sonic Child" in North America on September 30th via Prosthetic.

The follow-up to 2013's “A Hiding Place” (named “album of the month” by Rock Hard late last year) was once again recorded at Megaphon Tonstudios with producer Martin Meinschafer. A new song will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

For now, the band has revealed the album’s enticing cover art by Sebastian Jerke (Audrey Horne, Long Distance Calling), seen below. The band commented, “The idea behind it is actually very simple: As a child, you hear music in its purest form. You do this without caring about a certain image, without looking at the band pictures, without thinking about fancy clothes or any other parameters; you just listen to the music and create your own vision of it. Nowadays, it seems for many bands that music isn’t the most important element anymore. That’s why we wrote a concept album about the love for music in general. It is our ‘Sonic Child,’ and we hope you’ll cherish it as much as we do. And with such a talented artist as Sebastian Jerke, we managed to find the perfect partner to visualize our thoughts. Here we go!”

Catch Zodiac on any of these upcoming live dates:

8/29 Burg Herzberg, DE – Burg Herzberg Fest
8/30 Worrstadt, DE – Neuborn Open Air Fest
9/6 Raismes, FR – Raismes Fest
9/19 Koln, DE – Underground (w/ GOLD)
9/20 Essen, DE – Turock (w/ GOLD)
9/21 Osnabruck, DE – Bastard Club
9/23 Munchen, DE – Backstage
9/24 Nurnberg, DE – Rockfabrik
9/26 Aarau, CH – Kiff
9/27 Milano, IT – Lo-Fi
9/28 Bologna, IT – Freak Out
9/30 London, UK – Underworld
10/2 Husum, DE - Speicher
10/3 Hamburg, DE – Rock Cafe St. Pauli
10/4 Frankfurt, DE – Das Bett
10/5 Berlin, DE – Privatclub More...

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Zodiac Issues Album Update, Posts Video

Zodiac is working on a new album to be released via Napalm Records, and the band comments:

"Hey folks! Good news from the studio… We just started with the vocals and it sounds amazing so far.

"We are pretty sure that you’ll like the new stuff. The title of the new album will be 'Sonic Child' and it’s gonna be a concept album. More details on that soon…

"To shorten the waiting time, we've got a little video for 'Free' from our last record 'A Hiding Place' for you. It was filmed on our road trip to the Desert Fest London!"

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Zodiac Comments On Dropping Off Tour

It was recently announced that Zodiac was denied entry to the U.S. due to problems obtaining visas, and now the band has issued the following statement about the situation:

"To our friends in the U.S. and Canada: Zodiac will unfortunately not be making it over to North America for the tour starting this week due to being denied the necessary visas.

"This is a huge disappointment for us, but we remain hopeful to be able to come to promote our new album 'A Hiding Place' later in 2014 instead. Thanks to all the people who have helped spread the word about the recent release and to all the people who worked so hard to get us over!

"We know that many bands had the same problems in the last months but hopefully this is gonna change in the near future and we are able to rock out for you guys soon! For now, please go out to see and support Monster Magnet, Royal Thunder and the newly added Anti-Mortem on their
upcoming shows!"

The band's new album "Hiding Place" was released in October via Prosthetic Records in North America. More...

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Zodiac Denied Visas To Tour The U.S.

Zodiac was due to hit the road this month for its first-ever U.S. tour with Monster Magnet. Prosthetic Records has now issued the following statement about the band having to cancel the appearances due to visa issues:

"Unfortunately, Zodiac will not be joining Monster Magnet on their upcoming US tour due to being denied visas. We apologize & hopefully will be able to get them over sometime next year." More...

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Grand Magus Announces Tour With Zodiac

With the upcoming releases of both Swedish rifflords Grand Magus and Icelandic classic rock newcomers The Vintage Caravan scheduled for release at the beginning of 2014, the two groups now reveal news on a mutual European tour in March.

Joining in as well for the “Rock Revelation Tour 2014” will be Norwegian act Audrey Horne and Germany's Zodiac.

Grand Magus will be leading the pack as the band's new album will hit the shelves on January 31st, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Footage from the band's time in the studio can be found right here. Catch the "Rock Revelation" tour on these dates: More...

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Zodiac Releases "Downtown" Video

Zodiac has released a music video for the track "Downtown." The clip was directed by Hans Fischer and Loift Films and can be viewed below (apologies to our European viewers, the clip was not made available in your region. European fans can instead watch the video at this location).

"Downtown" comes off the album "A Hiding Place," due out October 29th via Prosthetic Records in North America. More...

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Zodiac Posts Album Teaser

The German quartet Zodiac has posted a teaser online for sophomore album, "A Hiding Place," due out October 29th. Check it out below.

Formed in 2010 when Long Distance Calling drummer Janosch Rathmer and guitar wizard Nick Van Delft teamed with Rocketchief member Stephen Gall (guitars), Zodiac recorded “A Hiding Place” at Germany’s Megaphon Tonstudios earlier this year, just a few months after the release of 2012 debut “A Bit of Devil.”

According to the band, “A Hiding Place” is ”more diverse and more dynamic, and we had an intense and passionate time during the recordings. We are so proud of it and hope you’ll like it the same way we do!”

The album's track listing is:

1. Downtown
2. Free
3. Underneath My Bed
4. Leave Me Blind
5. Moonshine
6. Believer
7. I Wanna Know Part 1
8. I Wanna Know Part 2
9. Cortez The Killer (Neil Young cover)
10. Sleep Of The Hollow (digital bonus track)
11. Leave Me Blind (Extended) (digital bonus track)


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Zodiac Reveals "A Hiding Place"

The new album "A Hiding Place" from classic rock act Zodiac is due out 10/29 on Gatefold LP and limited first edition digipak (featuring 2 bonus tracks) via Prosthetic Records. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Downtown
2. Free
3. Underneath My Bed
4. Leave Me Blind
5. Moonshine
6. Believer
7. I Wanna Know Part 1
8. I Wanna Know Part 2
9. Cortez The Killer (Neil Young Cover)
10. Sleep Of The Hollow (Digipak Bonus Track)
11. Leave Me Blind (Extended) (Digipak Bonus Track)

You can also catch Zodiac on the band's first-ever U.S. tour with Monster Magnet this November. More...

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Spiritual Beggars Announces "Earth Blues" Album

Sweden's classic rock heavyweights Spiritual Beggars are currently wrapping up work on their 8th studio album, which will be entitled "Earth Blues" and is set for releas in Spring 2013 via InsideOut Music. Spiritual Beggars will celebrate the band's 20th anniversary with this release and by playing shows, including a European tour in April. Guitarist and songwriter Michael Amott comments on the album:

"We started the recording process of 'Earth Blues' with an eight day long session at 'Fat Guitar Studios' (Sweden) with knob twiddler Roberth Ekholm, a truly great dude who really knows how to capture a band jamming live, sadly a rare quality in recording engineers nowadays! We continued with some overdubs at various studios in Sweden, and it's all come together super easy this time. We're finishing up the mixes now with Staffan Karlsson at his studio in Halmstad, Sweden. Sonically, I think this might be our finest hour yet. It's a raw, heavy and honest record."

In order to promote this upcoming release as well as the band's anniversary, Spiritual Beggars has confirmed a European tour for April with support by German rockers Zodiac, as well as some European summer festivals. See below for all upcoming dates: More...

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Prosthetic Records Offering Sampler For Download

Prosthetic Records has released a 14-track digital sampler exclusively on the label's Facebook page here.

Once you "like" the page, you'll be able to download tracks by the likes of Skeletonwitch, Mutilation Rites, Primitive Weapons, and Junius along songs from recent and upcoming releases from Holy Grail, VVisdom, and more. The track listing is as follows:

1. Holy Grail - Dark Passenger (Ride the Void)* out 1/22/13
2. Ancient VVisdom - Deathlike (Deathlike)* out 2/5/13
3. Castle - Corpse Candles (Blacklands)
4. Zodiac - A Bit Of Devil (A Bit Of Devil)
5. Skeletonwitch - This Horrifying Force (The Desire to Kill) (Forever Abomination)
6. Mutilation Rites - Fogwarning (Empyrean)
7. Ambassador Gun - Wounded Knee (Golden Eagle)
8. Black September - Rabid Hunger (Into The Darkness Into The Void)
9. Hour of Penance - Enlightened Submission (Sedition)
10. Dew-Scented - Sworn to Obey (Icarus)
11. Primitive Weapons - Quitter's Anthem (The Shadow Gallery)
12. Junius - All Shall Float (Reports From the Threshold of Death)
13. Heaven's Cry - Compass (Wheels of Impermanence)
14. Felix Martin - The Triangle Tune (Live in Boston)

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Zodiac Posts New Music Video

German classic rockers Zodiac have revealed a brand new music video for the title track off their recently released debut album "A Bit of Devil." The video was produced by Florian Breuer, Andreas Huck, and Roland Nebe of Warped Type in Dusseldorf, Germany earlier this month. The video can be viewed through Hailsandhorns.com or in the player below.

The band comments: "We are happy to present you our first video. We've chosen the title track of our debut album "A Bit of Devil" and the look of the video fits perfect to the cover artwork. It is a proper performance video but we think the old school James Bond inspired look makes it something special. So enjoy and spread the word!" More...

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Zodiac Streaming "A Bit Of Devil" Album

German classic-minded rockers Zodiac are streaming their full debut album "A Bit of Devil," which is due out Monday (October 22nd). Head over to Revolvermag.com here to check out the album.

"A Bit of Devil," which includes a cover of ZZ Top's "Blue Jean Blues," is currently available for pre-order through the Prosthetic webstore here. The North American version of the album includes the instrumental bonus track "Dying Done," while a deluxe digital edition featuring "Dying Done" and the band's entire first self-released EP will be available soon.

The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Zodiac Reveals "A Bit Of Devil" Details

German psychedelic rockers Zodiac will be releasing “A Bit of Devil” on October 22nd. The artwork and track listing can be found below, and pre-orders are now available through Prosthetic Records here.

1. A Bit of Devil
2. Carnival
3. Blue Jean Blues (ZZ Top cover)
4. Horrorvision
5. Assembly Line
6. Thunder
7. Diamond Shoes
8. Coming Home
9. Dying Done (previously unreleased bonus track) More...

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Zodiac Streaming Recent Demo

German stoner rock combo Zodiac, who released its debut demo digitally in 2011, is streaming it in full over on Bandcamp. Zodiac will be releasing this five song demo officially on May 3rd, 2012. Zodiac started when drummer Janosch Rathmer (Long Distance Calling) started jamming with guitarist Nick van Delft in 2010. Both decided that the songs that rose from their sessions had to meet the ears, so they soon joined forces with Stephan Gall (Guitar) and Robert Kahr (Bass, Organ) to form the bluesdriven, heavy and sometimes psychedelic rock-formation that came to be known as Zodiac.

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