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Last updated on December 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM ET
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French outfit Witchthroat Serpent recently inked a deal with Deadlight Entertainment for the release of the band's eponymous debut album due out in the spring of 2014. You can now also hear an advance track from the release - check out "Serpenta Ritual" in the player below.
Progressive rock/metal monsters Stamina have signed a worldwide deal with the WormHoleDeath publishing division for new album “Perseverance.”
Stamina will release the album through the German label Power Prog Records (digital) and My Kingdom Music (CD). Release dates are set for January the 17th (digital) and February the 24th, 2014 (CD).
The band’s mastermind and songwriter Luca Sellitto states: “I am glad to announce that I have signed this deal with Carlo Bellotti of Wormholedeath. After various conversations I realized that Carlo was the right person to sign a publishing deal with, specially for the songs that I wrote for Stamina’s new album. I am sure that his professionality will give a big contribution to our music career!”
The album's trackl isting is as follows:
2. Breaking another string
3. I’m alive
4. Just before the dawn
5. Perseverance )
6. Naked Eye
8. Wake up the gods
9. Winner for a day More...
Spanish thrash metal act Napalm Storm has released the first full track taken from the "Harmless Cruelty” album.
Check out the lyric video from “Fearcracy” in the player below. The upcoming album was produced by Wahoomi Corvi and will be released during 2014 worldwide through WormHoleDeath.
The gatekeepers of the annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to welcome more bands to the rapidly expanding lineup with Emmure, Gideon, Whitechapel, Loyal To The Grave, InDirections, Bent Life, Scars of Tomorrow and Thy Art is Murder.
The recent additions will join the likes of All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, Twitching Tongues, and the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour package still to be announced and more than half of the lineup still to be disclosed.
Scheduled to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth installment of the massive two-staged festival continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the historic Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the event are on sale now and available for purchase at this location.
In related news, Break Thru Music is proud to announce the yearly Battle for Metal Fest competition. Throughout early 2014, local bands will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform live at this year's massacre. Performances will take place January - March at the Worcester Palladium and Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Spots are booking up fast so if your band is interested in the chance to earn a spot on the Main Stage, email firstname.lastname@example.org now. More...
Portuguese thrash outfit Terror Empire has recruited new drummer João Dourado. The band also issued the following year end recap:
"2013... It's been a crazy year, one that marks the end of the touring behind 'Face the Terror,' the album that put us on the map.
"It's also been the first time we ever had to do a permanent line-up change, on the drumkit. It's not easy to see a friend go, but we were very fortunate when finding a replacement!
"Apart from performing regular shows all over the country - making a whole set of new friends - we went abroad for the first time, and we played in Moita Metal Fest, Areeiro Open Air, Hard Club, No Barriers Tour and Lousã's São João... it was friggin' amazing!
"2014 will be a crucial year for Terror Empire. We're already writing new songs for the new album. Some are groovier and catchier, but we can promise you a new type of brutality thrash metal has been begging to experience for a long time, now - faster, harsher! We will also continue to point out how fucked up our world really is, it has to be done...
"Thank you all for the amazing support. If you have the time to give us a present, simply tell a friend about us. It would mean alot to us!" More...
Helloween has posted a new road movie online from the band's Hellish Rock Part II World Tour 2013. Check it out below, or find more info on upcoming live appearances from the band at Facebook here. Helloween released latest album "Straight Out Of Hell in January of this year.
Need has released a lyric video for "Mother Madness," which comes off the "Orvam: A Song For Home" album, due out January 14th, 2014 via Trailblazer Records. Check it out below, and Trailblazer Records also comments on signing the band:
"We're so fucking proud to announce to you all that we just signed a record contract with Greek progressive metal heroes Need for the release of their new, highly anticipated album 'Orvam: A Song for Home.' More info on the upcoming release will follow soon!"
The Last Hangmen has released a new music video for "The Abolition of Acquittal," which comes off the "Executing Empires" album and can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Overture to a Falling Empire
2. The Abolition of Aquittal
3. The Holy Bond of Black Blood
4. Defeat of Despair
5. ...or Forever Hold Your Peace
6. Downfall of Glory
7. Beyond the Crimson Nightsky
8. Sleep Tight
9. Rotten Seeds
10. The Legion of Sold Souls
11. Executing Takes Time
Dofka has released a lyric video for the brand new song "Pain and Sorrow" featuring Matt Bizilia on vocals. Check it out below, or download your own copy of the track at Bandcamp here.
Korpiklaani and Tyr are very pleased to announce a tour of Central and South America at the end of May. 2014. Korpiklaani's Jonne comments:
"It is really cool to get a chance to come back to again. We've been missing the heat of your weather but most the heat of the South American people!"
Heri adds: “We were very warmly received in Brazil on our first visit ever to South America and I’ve wanted to go back ever since. Finally we get the chance to go back, and even to visit more countries. I expect this to be an amazing trip for us, and I hope to see a lot of people at the shows."
30.05.2014 Brazil, Data Disponível
31.05.2014 Brazil, Sao Paulo - Clash Club
01.06.2014 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro - Teatro odisséia
03.06.2014 Argentina, City Buenos Aires - Venue Teatro Vorterix More...
Sin City Sinners has released a new holiday track titled "Christmas in Vegas," which can be picked up at iTunes here or heard below. The band also comments:
"From now until Christmas we will be donating all of the money from downloads of the song to Toys For Tots to make sure a less fortunate child receives a present on Christmas. Don't be a Scrooge, download the song & help some needy kids in the process!"
Cult of Luna has checked in with the following statement about the band's current status and upcoming activity:
"We are not quitting. 2013 has been a very active year for us and neither do we want or think it is good to continue in that pace.
"We will not be a band that put out an album every 18-24 months anymore. We did that for almost 10 years when we were younger and were able to focus more on the music.
"After 'Beyond the Redshift' we might do a festival or two but after that we have nothing planned.
Maybe we'll release another album next year or maybe in a decade, we honestly don't know.
"Sooner or later we will return in one form or another. Cult of Luna will not die."
The band also issued this statement previously about appearing at the Beyond The Redshift festival:
"The Beyond the Redshift festival in London on May the 10th will be a very special show for Cult of Luna. It will mark the end of an era and after that we will slowly disappear before we reappear again in some form in some indefinite future.
"Because of that Klas will join us on stage for the last time and we will play a whole lot of old songs which we haven't played for years or ever."
Ken Mode has announced a U.S. tour playing as main support to Russian Circles. The six week tour, the band's first of 2014, runs from February 4th to March 16th and will be opened by Inter Arma and Helms Alee on select dates. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
With Inter Arma opening:
02/04 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s Oasis
02/05 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
02/07 Austin, TX – Red 7
02/08 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
02/09 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
02/10 New Orleans, LA – The Parish – House of Blues
02/11 Tallahassee, FL – Rehab
02/12 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
02/13 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
02/14 Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre
02/15 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
02/17 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
02/18 Washington DC – The Rock and Roll Hotel
02/19 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
02/20 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
02/21 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Downstairs
02/22 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
02/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
02/24 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
02/25 Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
02/27 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
02/28 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
03/01 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
03/02 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
03/03 Boise, ID – Neurolux More...
New York hardcore veteran outfit Sheer Terror has unleashed its new, three-song EP "Kaos For Kristin" today on Dead City Records.
The release can be purchased now on vinyl 7" picture disc through the Dead City webstore. The album will be available on iTunes in the coming weeks.
All proceeds from the EP will help alleviate the medical bills of the family and friends of close friend Kristin Magee who recently lost her battle with cancer. The track listing is as follows:
1. Poor Cow *featuring Matty-Boy Walenta & Morgan "Balls" King
2. That's Life *featuring John Deptford (Combat 84)
3. What Have We Got More...
Dream Theater has announced new tour dates for a North American headline trek billed as the “Along For The Ride” tour.
The coast-to-coast run will pick up on March 20th in Toronto, ON following the band’s European tour and then continues through the end of April where it will eventually wrap up in Guadalajara, MX.
Dream Theater’s guitarist John Petrucci commented: “We are all really pumped and excited to bring our new live show to North America and to take all of our amazing fans ‘Along For The Ride!' Returning to the ‘An Evening With’ format will enable us to deliver the best DT live experience yet with time for lots of music, and we can’t wait to share it with all of you. With this tour, our goal is for you to be able to step into the world of Dream Theater from the moment you enter the venue.
"We hope to create an intense and stimulating night both musically and visually and have prepared some really cool things this time around. We’ll be premiering some songs we’ve never played live before, as well as featured tracks from our latest self-titled release and plenty of classic DT songs for all of our long time and hard-core fans. We are all looking forward to a great night of music and super-psyched to kick it all off!” More...
Lord Dying has been on the road non-stop since the release of debut "Summon the Faithless" earlier this year via Relapse Records.
Next year the band will be heading to Europe for the first time for an extensive tour with label mates Red Fang and TeePee Records artist The Shrine. Lord Dying will also be appearing at the 2014 Roadburn Festival.
In between the European tours, Lord Dying will be back stateside for a headline tour including select dates with Pallbearer, The Body, Subrosa, and Eagle Twin. The tour begins February 11th in Portland, OR and wrapping up March 7th in Boise, ID. A complete list of all dates can be found below.
Guitarist/Vocalist Erik Olson commented on the upcoming dates: "We've got a lot of dates coming up this winter, both in the U.S and across the pond. We plan to be crushing many beer cans and skulls. So come out and stay warm, it's time to get awesome!" More...
Italian thrash metal band Drastic Solution will soon be releasing a debut full-length album via Wine Blood Records. Now the band has released a new music video for the track "Thrashers," which can be viewed below.
December 12, 2013-- Flip baseball caps, blue bandannas and button shirts welcomed Suicidal Tendencies to the Mohawk in Austin, Texas. In a sense, the group was in town to visit old friends--fans with a devotion that stretched back to the early '80s. A large faction of youth, possibly the children of these older fans, helped provide the spark to keep ST's fire burning bright. This is not saying the older crowd members ever lost their passion for the group; I witnessed men in their '40s stage diving, crowd surfing and slamming to one of Los Angeles' most popular heavy acts.
Suicidal's musical mash-up of hardcore punk, thrash and funk works well with a variety of styles. I first witnessed the unbridled energy of ST front man, Mike Muir in 1992 on MTV's Headbangers Ball tour with Megadeth. That tour was marketed to the thrash crowd. Back then "Cyco Miko" burned up a stage several times larger than at the Palace of Auburn Hills near Detroit, Michigan than Mohawk's outdoor stage. Tonight's tour, dubbed "Slam City" after the track on the group's latest full-length recording "13," focused on the band's hardcore side with supporting acts, Terror and Trash Talk. More...
U.K. thrashers Def-Con-One, featuring former Venom and M-Pire Of Evil drummer Antony "Antton" Lant (brother of Venom's Cronos), is streaming the new song "Soul Possessed." The track appears on the band's forthcoming new album "II," which is set to drop via Scarlet Records on February 17th.
Check out "Soul Possessed" here:
Italian progressive/power metal act Eldritch is streaming the new track "Alone Again." The song will appear on the brand new release "Tasting the Tears," which is out on February 17th via Scarlet Records. The album marks the first release for the band since 2011's "Gaia's Legacy."
Check out "Alone Again" here:
Arizona's A Distant Calm is now streaming the entire "Traits of a Saint" EP, which can be heard below. The EP was produced by the band and Greg LaMorgese, recorded at BlueLight Studios with Cory Spotts, and mixed/mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris at Planet Z Recording. The track listing is as follows:
2. A Million Voices
3. Silver Tongue
4. Born a Sinner
5. Prisoner of Time
Adrenaline Mob's second record "Men of Honor" is now available for pre-order at this location. The CD is available as a standalone item as well as in bundles with various t-shirt and hoodie designs and autographed postcards.
"Men of Honor" will be released February 18th, 2014. In addition, the album's third track "Dearly Departed" is available for streaming below or at the band's official website. Subsequent tracks will be streaming for a week each Tuesday until the CD's release on February 18th.
Edmonton, AB death metal band Death Toll Rising was recently included on the free "Happy Metal Annihilation" sampler, and now the band is proud to announce it will be hitting the road in April 2014 to support select dates on the Kataklysm and Aborted "Kill The Elite" tour.
Death Toll Rising will be appearing on these dates:
Apr 10 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop - w/ Katakylsm, Aborted
Apr 11 - Calgary, AB - The Rebublik - w/ Katakylsm, Aborted
Apr 13 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw - w/ Katakylsm, Aborted
The band comments: "We are absolutely pumped to be supporting Kataklysm and Aborted on select Western Canadian dates of the Kill the Elite spring tour 2014!! Both of these acts have been major influences on us over the last 10 years. We will be alongside Vancity's stay tech masters, Archspire getting everyone primed to be wiped out by the headliners!" More...
The Ocean, which just recruited a new guitarist, will embark on a short headline tour through Germany this coming February. Support comes from German black metallers Der Weg Einer Freiheit, and dates are as follows:
21/02/13 DE – Leipzig - Cone Island
22/02/13 DE – Potsdam - Waschhaus
23/02/13 DE – Braunschweig - Hansa Kultur Club
24/02/13 DE – Wiesbaden - Räucherkammer
25/02/13 DE – Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
26/02/13 DE – Augsburg - Kantine
27/02/13 DE – Dortmund – FZW
28/02/13 DE – Rostock - Mau Club
01/03/13 DE – Osnabrück - Kleine Freiheit More...
Asking Alexandria will return to North America in March & April 2014 headlining the "Break Down The Walls" tour.
The package also features August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, and Born of Osiris. Tour dates will be officially announced on Friday, December 20th.
Asking Alexandria's Ben Bruce states: "America, we are coming for you. It's been a while since we have seen your beautiful faces, but we are back this March with a line-up that takes us right back to our roots. This is the most dynamic package that we have ever put together and we can't wait to come and play for you guys. Expect our biggest and best production, our longest set to date and more rock n' roll antics and debauchery than ever before. Get your tickets ASAP as this shit will sell-out fast. come hang out with us. We will see you soon." More...
After releasing a music video for "Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon" last week, Legion of the Damned is now out with another new video clip.
Check out the freshly released "Doom Priest" video in the player below, courtesy of Metal Injection.
Both tracks come by way of the band's upcoming album "Ravenous Plague," due out January 7th, 2014.
Ready, Set, Fall will release new album "Memento" on February 24th (Europe) and March 4th (North America) through Lifeforce Records.
The album's cover artwork was created by Meran Karanitant and can be viewed below. You can also catch the band live:
03.02.2014 CH-Pratteln, Z7
04.02.2014 DE-Frankfurt/Main, Nachtleben
05.02.2014 DE-Dortmund, FZW
06.02.2014 DE-Köln, Underground
08.02.2014 DE-Hamburg, Logo
09.02.2014 DE-Berlin, Comet
10.02.2014 DE-München, Feierwerk
11.02.2014 AT-Wien, B72 More...
Candlelight Records today confirms March 3rd for Europe and March 4th as the North American release date for "Salvation of Innocents," the label debut from hardcore/metal pioneers Earth Crisis.
Mixed by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Terror, Hatebreed), the album and its lead single, "The Morbid Glare," will be available for preorder via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 21st.
"Salvation of Innocents" features twelve new tracks from the Syracuse-formed band. Guitarist Scott Crouse shares, "The process for this album was new for us. We did most of it ourselves. The absence of pressure having to get things done by a certain time each day really gave us the freedom to try new ideas and critically listen to the songs. From the music, to the lyrical concept, to the comic book that brings the lyrics to life, we think we've created something pretty unique."
The comic book Crouse mentions is the pairing of Earth Crisis with Black Mask Studios' Liberator comic. The hard-edged vigilante series will release its fifth edition simultaneously with the release of "Salvation of Innocents."
The Matt Miner created comic brings its main character and the album's vivisection concept together in a commanding graphic landscape. Black Mask Studios co-founder Matt Pizzolo says, "It is crazy to me that it took twenty years for comics to produce a set of animal-minded vigilantes strong enough to roll with Earth Crisis. It is probably the most perfectly aligned superhero team-up ever." More...
Evocation announced the band was splitting with two members earlier this month, and now the Swedish outfit has checked in with the following update:
“The time has come to reveal the identity of the new guitar player of Evocation – please welcome Simon Exner! Simon is previously known for his amazing guitar work in the Swedish Death Metal outfit As You Drown (Metal Blade Records).
"Evocation is extremely proud to add such a raw and pure talent who has lived and breathed Death Metal since he was spawned. Simon and all the guys from AYD have been close friends of Evocation since the reunion in 2005 and Simon has also worked for Evocation as crew and studio engineer. So for Evocation it was an easy and obvious choice since his guitar playing is brilliant and the chemistry between him and the rest of the band has always been great. More...
After the departure of bassist Dusty Miller, Midnight Messiah has now checked in with the following statement about recruiting a new member:
"We are delighted to announce that Alex Machell will be joining Midnight Messiah on bass and vocals.
As bass player and front man of rock band Stash The Silver, we have been aware of Alex for some time.
"Alex is not only a very talented bass player but also a great vocalist, and his voice along with Paul's, will bring a new dimension to the live performances.
"Midnight Messiah would like to thank Dusty for his contribution to the band and wish him well." More...
After many years of nominations, KISS will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. The complete list of 2014's inductees is as follows:
Hall and Oates
Ahmet Ertegun Awards:
Andrew Loog Oldham
The Award for Musical Excellence:
The E Street Band
The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 2014 Ceremony will again be open to the public, as it has been for the Induction Ceremonies in Cleveland (2009, 2012) and Los Angeles (2013). This will be the first time that the ceremony will be open to the public in New York.
Tickets will go on sale to the public in January. Exact ticket sale dates will be announced in January. Details at www.rockhall.com.
Finnish "Arctic High Speed Power Metal" act Jack the Frost is streaming the new self-titled track "Jack the Frost." The song appears on the upcoming new EP "Fool to be Cool," which is expected to drop as a digital download via Power Prog Records on January 17th. The song is also available as a free download over at this location.
"Fool to be Cool" was Recorded at Studio57 (Sonata Arctica, Cain's Offering, etc.) in Alaveteli, Finland by Pasi Kauppinen and mastered at Chartmakers (Rammstein, Volbeat etc.) in Helsinki, Finland by Svante Forsbäck.
Jack the Frost is:
Jouni Nikula (Requiem/Altaria) - vocals & bass
Timo Kauppinen (Silent Voices) - guitars
Arto Räisälä (Requiem) - guitars
Jari Huttunen (ex-Requiem) - drums
Check out the track here: More...
Greek power/progressive metal act Secret Illusion released a lyric video for the new track "Perfect Fantasy." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Change of Time," the sophomore full length album. Details on the release date and track listing is expected soon.
As a preview of the new material, the band has released the lyric video, which showcases excerpts of Thass Jillion's artwork. "Change Of Time" was produced by Nigel Foxxe and Filippos Papakyriakou and mixed/mastered by Nigel Foxxe at The Foxxe's Lair in Athens and features the guest appearance by Spyros Lambrou's Children's Choir on two tracks. The band has also shot a music video for the track "Born Once Again".
The band comments: "The new material is definitely more mature! It's a great mix of classic European power metal and orchestral music, all spiced up with progressive metal flavors!"
Check out "Perfect Fantasy" here: More...
Former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon, who split with the band back on the North American Tour in October 2012, has resurfaced with a new solo record called "Shine." The album's first single "Falling" can be heard streaming below. "Shine" is scheduled for release on February 28th (EU) and March 18th (North America) via earMusic.
"I am so thrilled to finally release my first solo album," says Anette Olzon. "I've been working on it for a long time by now... The album is very personal with songs I have started writing already in 2009 but also very recent songs. The overall message of the album is that life can be really dark and filled with hardship and sadness, but you can always choose to see some light coming through, to make you stronger and full of life - making you SHINE... no matter what."
And what about the musical direction? "In the end, it is a rock album," says Anette. "Well, a pop rock album maybe, or would you call it pop metal?"
Check out "Falling" here: More...
Italian progressive/power metal band Moonlight Mask, featuring guitarist Paolo Viani (Black Jester/Warlord (live)) and keyboardist Daniele Soravia (Black Jester/Warlord (live)), is streaming the new track "Lord of Sands." The song appears on the band's upcoming sophomore LP "Madness in Mask," an album that is eight years in the making. The album is expected to be issued via Ice Warrior Records soon (release date not yet revealed).
The track listing for the "Madness in Mask" is:
2. The Duel (Back From The Edge Of Time)
3. Moutains Of Madness
4. Winter Masquerade
5. Lord Of Sands
6. Twilight Sky (Children Of The Rainbow)
7. Wind Of Solitude
Check out "Lord of Sands" here: More...