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Last updated on September 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM ET
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13 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Formed in 2007, Canadian traditional metal act Striker set to stake a claim in the crowded so-called “New Wave of Traditional Metal” scene. If metal bands emerging from the Great White North are known for anything – it is how to fight, survive and win. They represent some of the most criminally underrated and classic bands found in heavy metal, especially when you count legends like Anvil, Exciter and Helix among newer acts like Cauldron and Skull Fist.
Spearheading a new influx of “true metal,” Striker has dropped its latest monumental effort “City of Gold” via Napalm Records earlier this month. It is a continuation of the power burst made on the breakthrough album “Armed to the Teeth” (2012) (see review here). With a little more punk influence added in this time around, the band have seemingly found “Cibola” and continue the march towards metal glory. Metal Underground.com sat down with the Striker’s newest axeslinger Tim Brown (Shadowblade/ex-Kobra and the Lotus), who joined in 2013, replacing Ian Sandercock.
Swedish melodic death metal act Gormathon released a music video for the new track "Remember," the third for the upcoming new album "Follow the Beast." The video was directed by Thomas Lothström.
"Follow the Beast" is the band's sophomore full length release and is set to drop via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
September 24th: NOR/SWE
September 26th: G/A/S, FIN & BENELUX
September 29th: UK & EUROPE
October 7th: US/CAN
The track list for "Follow the Beast" is:
2. Land Of The Lost (see music video here)
4. Break The Chains
5. Celestial Warrior
6. In Benevolence
7. World Of Sin
9. Absence Of Trust (see music video here)
10. Warlords Of Doom
11. Into Oblivion
12. Silent Walk
Check out the video here: More...
Several hours before their performance of the “Remedy Lane” album at ProgPower USA XV in Atlanta, GA on September 12th, Pain of Salvation was in a kind of limbo of nervousness. Some of their equipment had been mistakenly flown elsewhere while they had been flying to the states, a broken snare drum disaster was narrowly averted by one of their Johnny-on-the-spot sponsors who personally made a trip to Guitar Center for them, and frontman Daniel Gildenlöw was in a cool-headed but obvious state of conflicted anticipation. It was hardly “the right time” to do an interview with the band. Nevertheless, Gildenlöw and guitarist/vocalist Ragnar Zolberg generously agreed to take ten minutes with MetalUnderground.com’s Frank Serafine to open up about their situation.
With an acoustic album to be released following two raw and polarizing “Road Salt” albums, Gildenlöw’s recent medical triumph over flesh-eating bacteria, and a North American tour now under way, it is a time of great change for the band. Among other things, the tall tag-team twosome of Zolberg and Gildenlöw revealed that the band had worked up a very special version of Dio’s classic “Holy Diver” for the acoustic album. Gildenlöw also discussed how putting his experiences into song changes his own recollection of those experiences over time as they become “the album.” More...
UMC - promoters for the World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that Finnish metal act Amorphis is the new "30th act" to be added to the 2015 roster. With the recent demise of Chimaira, Amorphis represents the new halfway point in the lineup announcements. According to UMC, "[a]fter weeks of negotiations, even our Skipper could not convince [Chimaira] to do one final show on board."
Amorphis is still supporting the latest album "Circle" (2013) and recently announced a string of 20th Anniversary shows with Avatarium in support, which celebrates the band's classic 1994 release "Tales From The Thousand Lakes."
70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.
All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.
Amorphis joins previously announced bands below, with 30 bands still to be announced:
German darkwave rock act Megaherz released a lyric video for the new track "Himmelsstürmer." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Zombieland," which will drop via Napalm Records on October 27th. In support of the album, the band recently announced a string of tour dates, which can be found over at this location.
Check out "Himmelsstürmer" here:
Austrian modern metal act Tuxedo released a new music video for the song "Jealousy." The song appears on the latest LP "Flowerfield Melodies," which is available now through Massacre Records.
Check out the video here:
Just a day after the lineup announcement for ProgPower USA XVI was revealed to the crowd on Friday, September 12th, the annual kick off show was revealed. Headliner DC Cooper (vocalist for Royal Hunt) will play a solo set. In support is the U.S. debut of Swedish power metal act Dragonland, which features Amaranthe guitarist Olof Mörck and Destiny vocalist Jonas Heidgert, along with Brazil's Almah, which features former Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi.
Both the kick off and main festival announcement videos can be seen below. Tickets for the main festival will be available starting on October 4th with the kick off show tickets available in early November. More information can be found over at the official site at this location.
Check out the main festival lineup video here:
Elina Laivera, ex-vocalist of the Greek act Seduce the Heaven, has announced that James LaBrie guitarist Marco Sfogli will appear on the her debut solo album/project "Kaleidoscope." The album is a collaboration with French keyboardist/composer Viv Lalu. The album is targeted for release in late 2015.
The announcement reads:
"It is with great joy and honor that we announce the magical guitar power of MARCO SFOGLI in our team!
"Guitar player, composer and arranger, Marco needs normally no further introduction but for those of you who might not know, Marco has also been lending his sensational guitar sounds to James LaBrie (being also member of his solo band) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Alex Argento, Virgil Donati, LALU and more!"
Elina commented: 'Being a James LaBrie fan myself, I listened to Marco's playing for the first time on the album 'Elements Of Persuasion' and I was blown away. I could never imagine that years later, I would meet Marco in Frankfurt, Germany at the legendary Musikmesse in March 2014. I watched his performance at the DV MARK booth with my producer Viv Lalu by my side and I told him right away 'I want to have him on my album! Such musicality and power! That's it!'
More guests are soon to be announced. More...
Pennsylvania’s groove rock quartet Crobot is streaming the new track "La Mano De Lucifer." The song will appear on the new album "Something Supernatural," which is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records on October 24th (EU) and October 27th (UK).
Check out "La Mano De Lucifer" here:
German black/dark metal act Nachtblut released a teaser clip for the upcoming fourth studio LP "Chimonas." The album is the first to feature basisst Trym, who joined the band in 2012 following the release of "Dogma." "Chimonas" is set to drop via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
October 17th: G/A/S
October 31st: FIN & BENELUX
November 3rd: UK & EUROPE
November 5th: NOR/SWE/ESP
The track list for the album is:
2. Wien 1683
3. Wie Gott sein
4. Kalt wie ein Grab
5. Und immer wenn die Nacht anbricht
7. Dort wo die Krähen
9. Töte mich
Check out the teaser clip here: More...
Norwegian black metal act Khold released a music video for the new track "Til Endes." The song is the title track of the band's forthcoming sixth studio release, which will drop on September 29th (EU) and September 30th (North America) via Peaceville Records.
The track listing for the album is:
2. Skogens oye
4. Dommens arme (Sepultura cover)
5. Til Endes
6. Det dunkle dyp
Check out the video here: More...
Italian thrash act Ultra-Violence released a new music video for the track "Turn Into Dust." The song is taken from the debut full length release "Privilege to Overcome," which is available from Punishment 18 Records.
The band's previous music video for "L.F.D.Y" can be seen over at this location. Check out "Turn Into Dust" here:
Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers Nightwish are pleased to announce a 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. In support will be Dutch symphonic metallers Delain, who are currently on an extensive North American tour with Xandria in support of Sonata Arctica.
Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:
"Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North-American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!"
EnterTheVault.com is the exclusive place to purchase VIP Meet & Greet tickets (which includes early entry + an official tour program) through October 11th.
Confirmed dates are:
04/09/15 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
04/10/15 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/11/15 Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/13/15 Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/14/15 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
04/17/15 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
04/18/15 Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
04/19/15 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
04/21/15 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
04/22/15 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/24/15 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
04/25/15 Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/26/15 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
04/28/15 Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
04/30/15 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
05/01/15 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
05/02/15 Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
05/03/15 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
05/05/15 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
05/06/15 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
05/08/15 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
05/09/15 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
05/11/15 Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN
05/12/15 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/13/15 Filmore – Charlotte, NC
05/14/15 Filmore – Silver Springs, MD More...