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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Scorpions "Return To Forever" The new studio album celebrating 50th stage anniversary - Release: February 20, 2015





“There’s something unreal about the number”, reckons Klaus Meine. The video for “Wind Of Change” has been viewed more than 108 million times on YouTube to date. VEVO meticulously recorded the view requests and certified them. With this, the Scorpions are the first German band cracking the 100 million click mark. Once again, the Scorpions have written a piece of music history.

The number is not only impressive, it also highlights the Scorpions phenomenon. 50 years after a very young Rudolf Schenker founded the band in the profoundly provincial, post-war Hannover, the Scorpions remain a band that is able to attract masses of new fans at any given time. A fact that surprises even the musicians themselves, as they gladly admit. “It’s really remarkable”, says Rudolf Schenker, for example, “how well and mostly unharmed we’ve survived those years, in which our kind of music seemed to have gotten out of style completely. When the grunge wave hit the shore, we simply went to Asia to tap new markets and gain new fans. We were able to continue playing and keep on winning new friends for our music.”

“Today”, they all marvel, “we’re not only as hip as we were at our best times, our audience is becoming younger and younger as well.” The insight that new generations worldwide are just now discovering the Scorpions inspires them. In 2010, the band had reached a point where the perpetual cycle of studio sessions, album releases, and subsequent mega tours had in the end worn them out to such an extent that they seriously considered winding down and planned to retire with a farewell tour. 2013 however, a world tour later, brought a breath of fresh air. The sensational “MTV Unplugged” concert at the Lycabettus open-air theater in Athens was the most urgent reminder of how dreamlike and intense performances in front of an audience can be, and what challenges still await them. Either way, the hunger for more had returned, for all of them.

So the band once again met up with their two favorite Swedes to realize a project, which initially had been intended to be rather plain. Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen had already produced “Sting In The Tail”, and re-arranged the whole material for “MTV Unplugged” together with Matthias Jabs.

“Actually, we only wanted to finally record some song ideas for the fans, which we had worked on in the past but never put on an album, and then release them without much fanfare”, Matthias Jabs remembers. “There had been quite a few over the years, ideas that were really good, but in the end didn’t make the cut back then due to the limited space on vinyl and later on CD. We quickly had eight songs, which partly had to be finalized first and were then recorded from scratch. During the work, increasingly new song ideas were added from our end, as well as from the two Swedes. We had so much fun working and suddenly we found ourselves in the middle of the songwriting process once again. And in the end, it turned out to be a brand-new Scorpions album after all.”

The fact that the fiftieth band anniversary was coming up as well, hit Rudolf rather accidentally: “Not long ago I found an old cash account book of my mom’s, in which she meticulously recorded the earnings and expenses of my band Scorpions fifty years ago. My parents had lent me the money for the first equipment back then, and it had to paid off in installments from the earnings. 50 years are a long time. Apart from us, at most the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys or The Who managed to do that. In that sense, the timing for the new album is perfect, we’re celebrating half a decade of Scorpions with the record and the upcoming tour.”

Ultimately, the band recorded 19 songs altogether. Twelve of which are on the album, sixteen on the Deluxe Edition. They all present the Scorpions at the peak of their creativity once again. Tracks like the first single “We Built This House” are as contemporary as the sweeping “House Of Cards” (a guaranteed live hit). Also belonging in the category live hit is “Eye Of The Storm”, a track, that transports a notion of the unbelievable dynamic and joy of playing, characterizing the Scorpions’ stage performances. In songs like “We Built This House” the band reflects the past fifty years; their philosophy and the lessons, their unusual life taught them. Klaus Meine: “In the end, it tells our story. We’ve built this house called Scorpions brick by brick and often quite arduously. From the first days in Hannover, the first concerts abroad, until this very day. We’ve weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything, turned out to be wheatherproof and stable. However, building the house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well. The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of – and the thankfulness for – the fans’ affection. We have been working hard for this dream, but we’re thankful as well for having been able to live it, and for still being able to live it today.”

In these fifty years, the world has changed rapidly. When the Scorpions started, the present with its smart phones, the Internet, intelligent fridges, holograms, and online streaming services was hardy imaginable even for the boldest science fiction authors. The Scorpions have witnessed and participated in all of these changes, were up to speed with these developments as artists and musicians, while at the same time staying true to themselves at all times. That too, is documented on “Return To Forever”. The band was never in need to make concessions to the respective zeitgeist, their own creative potential was much too extensive for that. For this, they have earned highest recognition worldwide, and in these fifty years have contributed an inestimable share in restoring the profoundly damaged reputation of Germany in the world after the Second World War. The fact that this contribution is now being acknowledged, is not least proven by the bestowal of the Lower Saxon State Award for the year 2014, which the band will receive on February 3, 2015.

Just how much the band is still charged with high voltage is demonstrated by classic arena rockers like “Going Out With A Bang” or the fantastic “Rock 'n' Roll Band”. Songs like these already whet the appetite for the upcoming world tour kicking off middle of next year, which the band is already looking forward to. Not least, “because it’s simply unbelievable and inspiring to look into the faces of very young fans, who discover us and our music in a whole new way.” And who, this might be added, experience the magic that characterizes Scorpions concerts since their early days, for the first time. The tour will take the band around the globe once again.

Before that, however, the Scorpions will appear on the big screen. The renowned film maker Katja von Garnier has accompanied the Scorpions on their “Final Sting” tour and put together a moving documentary with unique images during these eighteen months, displaying the band’s magic, which has never before been captured so well. The film is called “Forever And A Day”. The title at the same time outlines the philosophy the Scorpions have internalized since their early days. In the Eighties of the past century, they wrapped it up in the slogan “Don‘t Stop At The Top” (allegorical: Never rest on your laurels). They simply are travellers, who always seek new challenges, overcoming all obstacles along the way. The brand-new Scorpions studio album “Return To Forever” is out February 20, 2015 and will be released on CD, Deluxe CD, vinyl, Limited Collector’s Box, and several more digital and physical formats. The first single “We Built This House” can be downloaded as an Instant Grat on iTunes and Amazon.mp3 as of now!

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CORNERS OF SANCTUARY - "Axe To Grind"



Hailing from Philadelphia, Corners of Sanctuary formed in 2011. Driven by the power and inspiration of metal music, C.O.S. has ignited the fires of classic Heavy Metal, bringing the genre full circle as the sounds of yesterday live again as the sounds of today in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal (NWoAHM) genre!

Hard hitting, head banging, straight forward Heavy Metal is the mission - nothing less will do. Old School is back with a vengeance... Metal Has Returned!

C.O.S. is currently in the studio working on their next album “Metal Machine”. Look for the album and new tour in early 2015.

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Monday, 29 December 2014

Neuweltmusic Review 2014: Interviews Part 1 January & February

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WANTed cooperate with VANGUARD frontman Patrik Hansson



The Russian synthpop project WANTed recorded together with Vanguard frontman Patrik Hansson a very cool song that is released now as a digital single on conzoom. The song is very melodic and atmospheric and the charismatic voice of Vanguard frontman Patrik Hansson leads the sounds in a very special way. It is up to you now to get blown away by this great song. In addition to three different versions of "I Get Entwined" as well as a bonus track in the form of an exclusive remix of the WANTed song "Industrial Music".

Track listing:

01. Let's Get Entwined (Single Version)
02. Industrial Music (Electro Spectre Edit)
03. Let's Get Entwined (Fatal Aim Remix)
04. Let's Get Entwined (Acapella)


conzoomrecords.com

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Holt Euch die neue Single von FAQ "Alles Geht" GRATIS als mp3 - Article in German only



Die neue Single von FAQ ist da!! ALLES GEHT ist GRATIS erhältlich ab sofort in digitalem Format! Besuche die FAQ Website faq-music.com. Klick den CONTACT Link und schreibe eine Nachricht an FAQ mit dem “Subject” ALLES GEHT und Du kriegst die neue Single ALLES GEHT als mp3 in 192kbps Qualität per E-mail zugestellt. Den Video Clip dazu (aufgenommen LIVE in der Schleyerhalle/Stuttgart und Rockhal/Luxembourg, 12./13.09.2014) gibt es hier zu sehen:



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DELAIN PLAY 4 EXCLUSIVE SHOWS IN SPRING 2015

DELAIN PLAY 4 EXCLUSIVE SHOWS IN SPRING 2015



2014 was definitely the year of Dutch Symphonic Metal sensation DELAIN! With the release of their new album “The Human Contradiction”, summer festival shows, numerous headlining shows and worldwide tours as direct support of WITHIN TEMPTATION and SONATA ARCTICA, DELAIN are ready to take over! Need some more DELAIN, but feel like you are stuck waiting? Don’t worry keep calm & watch out for DELAIN in 2015! A European tour with SABATON and Battlebeast & DELAIN has been confirmed as a North American tour supporting NIGHTWISH this spring. Additionally DELAIN, have now announced 4 exclusive shows in spring 2015!

DELAIN – EXCLUSIVE SHOWS IN SPRING 2015:
Special guest: Serenity

19.03. DE – Cologne, Underground 20.03. DE – Frankfurt, Nachtleben 21.03. AT – Telfs, Rathaussaal 22.03. CH – Pratteln, Z7

DELAIN
w/ Sabaton, Battle Beast

09.01.2015 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle 10.01.2015 DE - Geiselwind, Event Hall 11.01.2015 NL - Tilburg, O13 12.01.2015 UK - London, HMV Forum 14.01.2015 FR - Paris, Bataclan 15.01.2015 CH - Pratteln, Z7 16.01.2015 DE - Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena 17.01.2015 DE - Langen, Stadthalle 19.01.2015 DE - Berlin, Huxley's 25.01.2015 HU - Budapest, Petofi Hall 27.01.2015 RO - Bucharest, Turbohalle 28.01.2015 BG - Sofia, Hall Universiada 30.01.2015 GR - Athens, Fuzz Live Club 31.01.2015 GR - Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater 03.02.2015 IT - Milano, Alcatraz 04.02.2015 DE - Munich, Tonhalle 06.02.2015 AT - Vienna, Gasometer 07.02.2015 CZ - Prague, Forum Karlin 08.02.2015 CZ - Zlin, Hala Euronics Novesta 09.02.2015 SK - Bratislava, Refinery Gallery 11.02.2015 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage 13.02.2015 BE - Antwerpen, Lotto Arena 14.02.2015 DE - Hamburg, Alsterdorfer Sporthalle 15.02.2015 NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg

DELAIN
w/ Nightwish, Sabaton 09.04.2015 US - NYC / Hammerstein Ballroom

10.04.2015 US - Philadelphia / Electric Factory 11.04.2015 US - Worcester / Palladium 13.04.2015 CA - Quebec City / Le Capitole 14.04.2015 CA - Toronto / Phoenix Concert Theater 16.04.2015 US - Buffalo NY / Town Ballroom 17.04.2015 US - Cleveland / Agora Theatre 18.04.2015 US - Chicago / Concorde Music Hall 19.04.2015 US - Clive IA / 7 Flags Events Center 21.04.2015 US - Denver / Ogden Theatre 22.04.2015 US - Salt Lake City / In The Venue 24.04.2015 US - Spokane / Knitting Factory 25.04.2015 CA - Vancouver / Orpheum Theatre 26.04.2015 US - Portland / Crystal Ballroom 28.04.2015 US - San Francisco / Warfield Theatre 30.04.2015 US - Las Vegas / House of Bleus 01.05.2015 US - Los Angeles / The Greek Theater 02.05.2015 US - Phoenix AZ / Marquee Theatre 03.05.2015 US - El Paso / Tricky Falls 05.05.2015 US - Dallas / Bomb Factory 06.05.2015 US - Houston / Warehouse Live 08.05.2015 US - Orlando / House of Blues 09.05.2015 US - Fort Lauderdale / Revolution 11.05.2015 US - Nashville / Marathon Music Work 12.05.2015 US - Louisville / Expo Five 13.05.2015 US - Charlotte NC / Filmore 14.05.2015 US - Silver Springs MD / Filmore

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DUNDERBEIST LIVE DATES AND NEW ALBUM FOR 2015

DUNDERBEIST LIVE DATES AND NEW ALBUM FOR 2015



The new Dunderbeist album is finally done; it has taken the hard-hitting Norwegian quintet two years of blood, sweat and tears. The result is exceptionally complex in its simplicity, still keeping their snappy hooks and tongue in cheek humor. The album“Hyklere” (Eng.: Hypocrites) presents you a ripened Dunderbeist sound, a dive into the darker aspects of life. Brutal and honest, their most personal and greatest work to date! «Hyklere» will be out on March 2nd!

As traditions are, Dunderbeist will hold their release concert on Gregers in their hometown Hamar (NOR)! The date is set to the 28th of Feb! Two tickets-bundles are available for the release concert: you can get a ticket + «Hyklere» CD, or ticket + «Hyklere» LP. Dunderbeist are also announced for the Tons Of Rock Kick Off on Jan 29th and theTons Of Rock Festival 2015 in Halden (NOR)!

Pre-orders of «Hyklere» CD, LP and clear blue LP, and the ticket bundles for the release concert are all available on dunderbeist.indierecorings.no now!

The new album is mixed by Vincent Sorg (Kreator, Die Toten Hosen, Oslo Ess) and all lyrics are in Dunderbeist’s native tongue, with its raw and brutally honest touch from their local woodlands of inner Norway.

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Phal Angst Release Haunting New Clip For "Hardwire"

Phal Angst Release Haunting New Clip For "Hardwire"




Austrian industrial mob Phal:Angst are set to unleash their brand new video for the stunning “Hardwire”. Set to be released in tandem with their upcoming new album “Black Country”, the band have worked tirelessly to build a name for themselves in their native Austria and are setting their sights on bigger game this time round.

A stark and frightening clip, the band had this to say regarding the clip: “The first video to the new Phal:Angst Album "Black Country" is to the song "Hardwire" and it was shot in the legendary Viennese café/bar "Café Stadtbahn" which enjoys a perfect reputation with local bohemians, (sub)cultural people & heavy drinkers. So, a perfect ambience for Phal:Angst.

Also note the sign for "Kat's Caravan" which was a regular event there and refers to the legendary radio show by Jim Lowe & John Peel. The "story" of the video is social alienation, boredom, voicelessness but also a glorification of slowness. It might not be a coincidence that this one comes out of the city of Vienna, well known for it's morbidity, leisureliness and psychoanalysis. It took the viewers of the test screenings usually about 5 minutes to start asking themselves "what the fuck?!”

"At the end all questions should be answered.”

Phal:Angst is an Industrial/Post-Rock-Band from Vienna/Austria. Formed in 2006, they sit between Industrial, EBM, Post-Rock and Doom; taking influence from bands like Earth, Mogwai, Coil, Front 242 and Neurosis. They’re set to release their new album “Black Country” on November 14th alongside an album of “Black Country” remixes from prominent Austrian producers.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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IF THESE TREES COULD TALK signed to Metal Blade in December, confirm new album and reissues for 2015

IF THESE TREES COULD TALK signed to Metal Blade, confirm new album and reissues for 2015




Akron, Ohio's IF THESE TREES COULD TALK have signed with Metal Blade Records! The post-rock outfit was properly formed in 2005 and has grown tremendously since their humble origins in Zack Kelly's basement as an instrumental project in college. They have since released two full length albums and an EP. Both albums, plus the EP, are available now digitally, but the albums have been out of print on CD. Both "Red Forest" (2012) and "Above the Earth, Below the Sky" (2009) are being repressed on CD by Metal Blade Records and will be available worldwide on January 23rd, 2015! Music and cd pre-orders are available now at metalblade.com/ifthesetreescouldtalk. And, of course, the band is fast at work on their third full-length album and Metal Blade debut. Producer/drummer Zack Kelly, along with guitarists Michael Socrates, Cody Kelly, Jeff Kalal, and bassist Tom Fihe will be tracking the record throughout the 2014/15 winter. The instrumental five piece promises to release one of the finest pieces of post-rock/metal of 2015.

IF THESE TREES COULD TALK comments on the signing: "We couldn't be more excited to join forces with Metal Blade. We have been inspired by many of the bands on their long and illustrious roster, so to be a part of that is a dream come true. Metal Blade has already shown us how much they believe in our vision, so we feel this will only do great things for the future of the band and the music that we make. By signing with Metal Blade, we will have the opportunity to grow and extend our reach worldwide by increasing accessibility to our music and all things Trees related through Metal Blade's vast distribution channels."

In the middle of 2014, while the band was already working on their third album, they were approached by Metal Blade Records. Their independent and entirely self-motivated approach to their music and art will not change, however. Recording for the album will take place at their studio in Ohio. Drummer Zack Kelly will produce - he has produced each of the band's previous albums, with engineering and mixing assistance by Rick Fuller, who also assisted during the recording of "Red Forest". Music from the band's catalog has been heard in Sony PS3 titles, and on NBC, MTV, VH1, the NFL, in videos for Vans, and for projects on the Sundance Film Festival. Cumulatively, IF THESE TREES COULD TALK albums have sold over 20,000 copies, plus 3,000 more on vinyl.

IF THESE TREES COULD TALK is:

Zack Kelly - Drums Tom Fihe - Bass Jeff Kalal - Guitar Cody Kelly - Guitar Michael Socrates - Guitar

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FALLING IN REVERSE ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR

FALLING IN REVERSE ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR




Falling In Reverse have released a new song 'God, If You Are Above...'. 'God, If You Are Above...' is the first new song from the band since their 2013 release Fashionably Late and is available for purchase at iTunes.

After their triumphant performances at this year’s Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park Festivals in Germany, and Groezrock in Belgium, Falling In Reverse will be back in Europe in February. Please find the full list of dates below:

2-Feb-2015 – Paris - Machine Du Moulin Rouge – France 3-Feb-2015 – Antwerp – Trix – Belgium 4-Feb-2015 – Hamburg – Markthalle – Germany 6-Feb-2015 – Warsaw – Proxima – Poland 7-Feb-2015 – Berlin - C Club / Astra – Germany 9-Feb-2015 – Wien – Arena – Austria 10-Feb-2015 – Munchen - Theaterfabrik – Germany 11-Feb-2015 – Solothurn – Kofmehl – Switzerland 13-Feb-2015 – Milan - Live Forum – Italy 14-Feb-2015 – Karlsruhe - Substage – Germany 15-Feb-2015 – Cologne - Essigfabrik – Germany 17-Feb-2015 – Utrecht - Tivoli Rotunda – The Netherlands

Stay tuned for more announcements from Falling In Reverse.

ABOUT FALLING IN REVERSE: Lead by the loved, misunderstood, and admired frontman Ronnie Radke, Falling in Reverse is a Southern California based rock n' roll band. The group is the brainchild of Radke, with guitarists Derek Jones and Jacky Vincent, and drummer Ryan Seaman executing the vision. In 2011, Falling In Reverse released their first album The Drug in Me Is You (Epitaph) which debuted in the Billboard Top 20. Their 2013 sophomore release, Fashionably Late, (named Album of The Week by Revolver) incorporated hip-hop and EDM elements to their sound while seeing the same chart success. In 2012, Alternative Press gave Falling In Reverse the title of Artist of the Year while Revolver named Ronnie Radke one of the 100 Greatest Living Rockstars. Additionally, Falling In Reverse/frontman Radke have been on numerous magazine covers worldwide, including Alternative Press, Las Vegas Weekly, Rocksound, Hysteria, and Kerrang!. In 2014, Kerrang! named Ronnie one of the 50 Greatest Living Rockstars in the World, in the company of Lemmy, Slash, Steven Tyler, and Ozzy Osbourne.

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Profane And The Sacred "From The Top" video

Profane And The Sacred "From The Top" video




4 words to describe Profane And The Sacred? HARD HEAVY GIGANTIC GROOVES 'From The Top' is the new music video by London stoner rock 4 piece Profane And The Sacred.

Featuring gigantic doom laden riffs that unashamedly smother you in nostalgia but waste no time in lacing prog tinged instrumental breakdowns into a 5 minute musical journey. Showcasing time progressions that shift gears but never let up on the momentum and allowing the rapsy, gritty vocals of singer Luke Alleeson to cover the organic soundtrack with a warning to all in the song's lyrical content.

The band release their debut album 'Chapter 1 : A Long Time Coming' on 23rd February 2015 via Cargo Records.


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New CAMOUFLAGE album Greyscale released March 6th, 2015 via Bureau B - first single "Shine" out February 20th, 2015 - Article in German only

Neues CAMOUFLAGE - Album Greyscale am 6. März bei Bureau B - erste Single Shine am 20. Februar




CAMOUFLAGE - GREYSCALE

Ltd. CD Digipak / CD / LP (+CD) / Download

VÖ: 6. März 2015

Tracklisting:

1. Shine 2. Laughing 3. In The Cloud 4. Count On Me (Featuring Peter Heppner) 5. Greyscale 6. Still 7. Misery 8. Leave Your Room Behind 9. Light Grey 10. End Of Words 11. Dark Grey 12. I'll Find

Wir schreiben das Jahr 2015. Eine Retrowelle jagt die andere. Synth-Pop ist größer als je zuvor und weltweit beziehen sich aktuelle Produktionen auf den Sound der Vorwende-Ära in Deutschland. Was machen die Originale, die Bands und Künstler jener Zeit, heute? Viele schlagen sich als Grüßaugust auf Lokalsender-Achtzigerpartys rum, andere investieren die Tantiemen von damals in den Anbau von Biogemüse.

Nicht so Camouflage. Ja, richtig: Die Camouflage. Die Meister der Traurigkeit im Kleid des elektronischen Songs. Die Band, die 1987 mit „The Great Commandment“ von Bietigheim-Bissingen direkt in die USA schwappte, mit einer Musik, die genialisch die Kühle von Kraftwerk, den Pop von OMD und die melancholische Düsternis von Depeche Mode miteinander verband. Das Interesse, sich der Nostalgie hinzugeben, ist bei dieser Band seit jeher nur schwach entwickelt. Und so bringen Camouflage dieser Tage mit „Greyscale“ ein frappierend heutiges, musikalisch und textlich zwingendes Album heraus.

Flashback: Heiko Maile, Oliver Kreyssig und Marcus Meyn waren Schüler mit Synthesizern und einem feinen Gehör für die Zeichen der Zeit. Es war eine Welt, geprägt von Ängsten und Drohszenarien, Nichtangriffspakten und Embargos, regiert von alten Männern und einer Frau. Der kalte Krieg war fast um, die Berliner Mauer stand noch. In diese Landschaft warfen Camouflage ihre Musik, treibend, fordernd und so traurig-schön, dass man endlos versunken dazu tanzen wollte. Mit ihrem Erstlingswerk „Voices & Images“ verbuchte die Band Erfolge links und rechts des Atlantiks. In den USA belegten sie gar Platz Eins der Billboard Dance Charts. Mit dem Nachfolger „Methods of Silence” konnten sie nahtlos daran anknüpfen und schufen mit der Single „Love Is A Shield“ ein Juwel von einem Hit, der noch heute weltweit die Dancefloors und Radiostationen rührt.

Seitdem ist viel passiert auf unserem Planeten und die Band hat einen langen Weg zurückgelegt, der alles andere als schnurgerade verlief. In den Neunzigern spielte man mit Stilen und Produzenten, suchte das Experiment. „Areu Areu“, ein Verlag für Abseitiges, wurde gegründet, sogar ein Opernprojekt wurde grandios gegen die Wand gefahren, alles in allem für Camouflage in gleichen Teilen künstlerisch wichtige wie finanziell desaströse Prozesse. Die Plattenfirmen setzten derweil auf andere Pferde, die den Trends schneller hinterherlaufen konnten. Auch das ist Showbusiness, dachte sich die Band, wischte sich über die Schulter, nahm unbeirrt weiter Platten auf, betourte die Welt von Russland bis Mexiko und erweiterte stetig ihren Fankreis.

2003 brachten Camouflage „Sensor“ heraus, ein düsteres, druckvolles Werk, das zeigte, dass sie die Zeitenwende nicht verschlafen hatten, sondern vielmehr mit ihrem Sound und ihren Songs auch im neuen Jahrtausend Relevanz beweisen konnten. 2006 folgte das Album „Relocated“, daran anschließend tourte die Band unter anderem durch Asien und Südamerika.

2011 begann man mit der Arbeit an einem Album, das schon am Anfang des Entstehungsprozesses den Namen „Greyscale“ bekam, vielleicht weil Heiko Maile, Oliver Kreyssig und Marcus Meyn früh wussten, dass sie mit der Musik dieser Platte unserer Zeit, mit ihren Wolken und Nebelschwaden, endlos sich repetierenden Graustufen, etwas entgegensetzen wollten. Da ihnen das mehr als gelungen ist, können sie nun nach langer Tage Arbeit ihr achtes Studioalbum voller Stolz unter die Leute geben.

Die Musik auf „Greyscale“ klingt weit und atmosphärisch und gleichzeitig zwingend und dicht. Verantwortlich für diese Produktion zeichnet einmal mehr Heiko Maile, der seit einigen Jahren auch als Filmmusik-Komponist (u.a. für „Die Welle“ und „Wir sind die Nacht“) Erfolge feiert. Stilsicher kontrastiert er elektronische Elemente, Gitarren, Klangexperimente und Beats mit akustischen, wie dem Streicherensemble des Deutschen Filmorchesters Babelsberg. Große Unterstützung für Musikalität und Klang fand die Band aber auch in der erneuten Zusammenarbeit mit zwei Ihrer wichtigsten Wegbegleiter: Volker Hinkel (Gitarren, Produktion) und Jochen Schmalbach (Produktion, Abmischung), die seit vielen Jahren fester Bestandteil der Live-Besetzung und allen anderen Aktivitäten von Camouflage sind.

Bei „End Of Words“ vernimmt man gar einen Kinderchor, der klingt, als hätte ihn Kubrick persönlich in die Szene platziert. Großes Kino eben. Die Platte klingt modern und dennoch behalten Camouflage stets die Verbindung zu dem ihnen ureigenen Sound, mit dem sie berühmt wurden. Die Beats und Bässe, Synth-Arpeggi und -Flächen sind ihr unverkennbarer Fingerabdruck, nicht weniger als die berührend schwelgende Stimme von Sänger Marcus Meyn.

Die Songs auf „Greyscale“ haben ein Auge auf den Club und eines aufs Herz. Camouflage lassen uns abwechselnd tanzen, weinen und im Nachdenken versinken. Die Single „Shine“ beginnt klein mit einem 808-Beat und schwingt sich über die Strecke von vier Minuten zu schwindelnder Höhe auf, mit Streichern, Chören und einer Gesangshook, die unironischer und ehrlicher nicht klingen könnte. Marcus Meyn beginnt mit den Zeilen:

„This is the story, we should shout out loud, tell everybody, that noone lives without: Shine Shine Shine within your mind.“

Es gibt genug, woran es sich jeden Tag zu verzweifeln lohnt, trotzdem darf man die Fähigkeit, von innen heraus zu strahlen, nicht verlieren. Mehr Licht = mehr Lebensfreude, so einfach ist das!

Das höchst tanzbare „Misery“ besingt die reinigende Wirkung des Elends und die Schmerzen, die Liebe zufügt. „End Of Words“, textlich wie musikalisch das melancholische Herzstück, zeichnet die grauen Wolken nach, die wir in uns tragen, Bilder der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, die uns belasten und sprachlos machen. Und wie um diese Aussage zu unterstreichen, schließt sich direkt daran das träumerische Instrumentalstück „Dark Grey“ an. „In The Cloud“ spricht von der Angst, inmitten von Arbeit, Terminen und Deadlines das ursprünglich für einen vorgesehene Leben zu verpassen.

Hier liegt eine der großen Qualitäten dieser Musik: Camouflage sind keine LaLa-Band, die ihre Existenz auf das Verfassen von Tanzkrachern und Liebesliedern gründet, sie berühren mit ihrer Musik und ihren Texten nicht weniger als die großen Fragen unserer Zeit.

Auch von Hoffnung ist die Rede. „Count On Me“ ist eine bedingungslose Liebeserklärung, hier teilt sich Marcus Meyn den Gesangspart mit Peter Heppner von Wolfsheim, gemeinsam singen sie:

„The truth will set me free, I can always count on you, as you can always count on me.“

Auch auf die Band Camouflage kann man sich verlassen. Sie ruhen nicht, sie leben nicht in der Erinnerung. Sie haben mit „Greyscale” ein wunderschönes, starkes Stück Musik für das Hier und Jetzt geschaffen, das von uns und unserem Leben handelt. Danke dafür!

Tourdaten:

19.03.2015 München 20.03.2015 Stuttgart 21.03.2015 Köln 22.03.2015 Hannover 24.03.2015 Aschaffenburg 26.03.2015 Erfurt 27.03.2015 Dresden 28.03.2015 Berlin 29.03.2015 Hamburg 31.03.2015 Magdeburg

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Stars In Stereo release uncensored video for Leave Your Mark

Stars In Stereo release uncensored video for Leave Your Mark




Stars In Stereo released an uncensored version of their most talked about music video 'Leave Your Mark'. This NSFW video is so hot, even VEVO and Suicide Girls couldn't handle it! See for your self by searching for the secret door at:

Watch video here

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Tour dates:

JANUARY (w/Bush & Theory of a Deadman)

30 San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center 31 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

FEBRUARY

02 Riverside, CA - Riverside Municipal Auditorium 03 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre 05 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre 07 Kansas City, MO - Harvest Bank Theatre 08 Cedar Rapids, IA - The Paramount Theatre 10 St. Paul, MN - The Myth 11 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom 14 Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre 15 Columbus, OH - LC Pavillion 17 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE 18 Toronto,ON - Sound Academy 20 Wallingford, CT - The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale 21 Lewiston, ME - Androscoggin Bank Colisee 23 Boston, MA - House Of Blues 24 New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre 27 Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory 28 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

MARCH

01 Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre 03 Silver Springs, MD - Filmore 04 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz 06 Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues 10 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom 11 Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom 13 Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center 14 San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre

Free Music: Irish Tech Metallers Vile Regression Release 'Empires'

Free Music: Irish Tech Metallers Vile Regression Release 'Empires'




Yes, you did read it right, Irish tech metallers Vile Regression have just announced the release of their brand new record 'Empires' and it's free for all.

Guitarist Brian Brady comments: "We've been blown away by the positive feedback we have received from the online metal community and printed metal press for 'Empires'. The reviews have been incredibly positive and at this stage we want as many people to hear the record as possible! On top of this, the EP has already become available to download on various blogs and torrent sites, so rather than metal fans downloading a poor quality version, we want them to be able to download a full quality release of 'Empires', along with the artwork, lyrics and be able to share the download link with their friends. We hope people will enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it and look forward to seeing many of you on the road in 2015. Happy Christmas from Vile Regression!"

"...progressive death metal that easily sits alongside the output from most of today's big extreme metal names." Metal Hammer

"The talent coming out of Ireland has been nothing short of staggering, and this Dublin-based crew are up there with the best of them." Zero Tolerance

"Another blistering metal band from the Emerald Isle that could have a big future." Powerplay Magazine

DOWNLOAD 'EMPIRES' HERE



Formed from the ashes of Irish extreme metal outfit Vistor Q; Vile Regression hit the scene in 2010 and released debut record ‘The Pattern Evolves’ in 2011 via Casket Music.

After sharing stages with prolific heavyweights such as Dyscarnate, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Unearth Vile Regression built a reputation as a tight and energetic new addition to the extreme metal underground and 2013 saw the band head back to the studio to record a new installment… ‘Empires’.

'Empires' was recorded at Trackmix Studio in Dublin, Ireland with producer Michael Richards and features 7 tracks of extreme metal; technical, but not technical for the sake of it, and songs which would bode well on the ears of those with a penchant for progressive metal on the darker and heavier end. The record was officially released on 21st July 2014.

‘Empires’ Track Listing

1) Tides 2) Raze The Complexity 3) Dream Of The Red Chamber 4) Thought Replication 5) The Abstract 6) Down To A Sunless Sea 7) The Empyrean Divide

DOWNLOAD 'EMPIRES' HERE



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Sleepwave - "Whole Again"

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Sleepwave - "Whole Again"




"Whole Again" by Sleepwave from the album 'Broken Compass', out now via Epitaph Records!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Alternative Rockers An Old Friend Releases Music Video for New Single “Fragments & Blurs”

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Alternative Rockers An Old Friend Releases Music Video for New Single “Fragments & Blurs”




Long Island has given birth to most notable bands as Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and An Old Friend? Well the four piece – Eddy Barrera (guitar/vocals), Joe Ciminello (bass/vocals), Cody Kohler (guitar/lead vocals), and Frank Facompre (drums) – sure hopes to one day be able to be as notable as the former two bands. In that quest the band has just released their brand new music video for their brand new song entitled “Fragments & Blurs.” The band will continue working on new material for a new release that is currently slated to be released in the latter half of 2015.

About An Old Friend: Prevailing from the same towns as national acts Taking Back Sunday and Brand New, Long Island, New York based Alternative Rock quartet An Old Friend is determined to follow the treads and have their music heard. Their sound is best described as various forms of rock blended together with the right amount of melodies, emotion, and rawness that will have you locked into their music, feeling every emotion portrayed.

SCARLET SOHO 'In Cold Blood' album tour Jan/Feb 2015

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SCARLET SOHO 'In Cold Blood' album tour Jan/Feb 2015




*In Cold Blood* is the follow up to *Scarlet Soho*'s 'Warpaint' album (2009). Produced by James Yuill, Graham Laybourne (Boytronic/Falco), Zanzibar Production, and the band themselves, this album is by far their strongest yet. In the coming weeks the band will be dripfeeding you more information about the tracks, artwork, and album launch shows via their website and facebook page. Cadiz Music will release the album worldwide on 13.02.15.

'In Cold Blood' album tour

22.01.2015 - Lennons - Southampton (UK) 23.01.2015 - The Brunswick - Gloucester (UK) 29.01.2015 - Le Pop In - Paris (FR) 31.01.2015 - Kavka - Antwerp (BE) 02.02.2015 - Prinz Willy - Kiel (DE) 03.02.2015 - Cafe Glocksee - Hannover (DE) 04.02.2015 - Kaffee Burger - Berlin (DE) 05.02.2015 - Chapeau Rouge - Prague (CZ) 06.02.2015 - Wakuum Club - Graz (AT) 07.02.2015 - Viper Room - Vienna (AT) 14.02.2015 - Jagerklause - Berlin (DE) 15.02.2015 - Blue Shell - Cologne (DE) 20.02.2015 - Railway - Winchester (UK) 26.02.2015 - The Islington - London (UK)

FINSTERFORST RELEASE ALBUM PREVIEW CLIP

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FINSTERFORST RELEASE ALBUM PREVIEW CLIP




Get ready for some Dark Forest Metal! The Germans FINSTERFORST are set to release their new album Mach Dich Frei on February 2nd in the UK & February 10th US/CAN on Napalm Records.FINSTERFORST boldly crosses all boundaries of the Pagan and Folk Metal genres, inviting the listener on a cinematic and epic journey. A monument full of nature and romanticism between wind, water, earth and bright burning fire.

Check out their brand new album preview clip

31.01.2015 DE - Freiburg / MensaBar 07.03.2015 CH - Bern / Grafitti

FINSTERFORST @ Paganfest
w/ Wintersun, Turisas, Heidevolk

20.03.2015 DE - Leipzig 21.03.2015 DE - Oberhausen 22.03.2015 NL - Tilburg 27.03.2015 DE - Munich 28.03.2015 AT - Vienna 29.03.2015 DE - Berlin

10.04.2015 DE - Lichtenfels/ Ragnarök Festival 15.05.2015 DE - Bornstedt/ Dark Troll Festival 03.06.2015 DE - Geiselwind/ Out and Loud, Napalm Records Label Night 04.07.2015 DE - Brande-Hörnerkirchen/ Hörnerfest 24.07.2015 UK - Carpathian Alliance Festival 20.09.2015 UK - Selby/ Warhorns Festival

HATE RELEASE ALBUM TEASER

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HATE RELEASE ALBUM TEASER




HATE from Poland stand for highly dramatic death and black metal soundscapes which see menacing blastbeats melt into pure elegance! Crusade: Zero is their upcoming record which will be released on February 2nd in the UK & February 10th US/CAN on Napalm Records. The Death / Black Metallers have now also released an album teaser to give a nice preview for Crusade: Zero.

HATE
mit SIX FEET UNDER, VADER, MARDUK
(+extended guests: Eisregen, Debauchery):

02.04.15 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser 03.04.15 AT – Wien / Gasometer *extended 04.04.15 CH – Pratteln / Z7 *extended 05.04.15 DE – Essen / Weststadthalle *extended 06.04.15 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage 07.04.15 DE – Lindau / Club Vaudeville 08.04.15 DE – Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik 09.04.15 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle 10.04.15 DE – Geiselwind / Musicall *extended 11.04.15 DE – München / Backstage *extended 12.04.15 DE – Berlin / Postbahnhof *extended





XANDRIA ANNOUNCE UPCOMING TOUR DATES

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XANDRIA ANNOUNCE UPCOMING TOUR DATES!




After an intensive tour throughout Europe, the German Symphonic Metal sensation XANDRIA was unfortunately forced to cancel last shows of their Sacrificium Tour. But no worries, as new tour dates have been announced and all tickets already bought for the cancelled shows will stay valid for these dates!

XANDRIA live on tour:
* with AEVERIUM

23.01. RU - St. Petersburg / Zal Ozidania 24.01. RU - Moscow / Volta Club 27.03. DE – Nürnberg / Rockfabrik 07.04. DE - Frankfurt / Nachtleben * 08.04. DE - Augsburg / Spectrum * 09.04. DE - Heidelberg / Schwimmbad Club * 10.04. DE - Oberhausen / Zentrum Altenberg * 11.04. NL - Groningen / De Oosterpoort w/ EPICA 16.05. DE - Neumünster / Dark Nature Festival 09.07. CZ - Vizovice / Masters Of Rock 08.08. ES - Villena / Leyendas Del Rock

HEIDEVOLK – NEW ALBUM IN SPRING 2015

HEIDEVOLK – NEW ALBUM IN SPRING 2015




After more then a month of recording, mixing and mastering HEIDEVOLK has completed their fifth full-length album. The band describes their experiences in the following statement:

"This week we have finished the production of our fifth full length album. We look back at an intense yet satisfying studio session with a killer product as a result. Although we booked the studio for plenty of days it proved to be a tight schedule to record, mix and master 15 songs. However, with the help of Jochem and Bouke at SplitSecondSound we've managed to maintain our focus and keep the quality to the standard it deserves. We cannot wait to release the album and play the new songs live in March 2015!!!"

Details about the release, album cover, title and track list will be announced early next year. For now HEIDEVOLK posted their first webisode with a peak inside the production process of the new album and a sample of a new song here:

Skrillex and Diplo share remix of Beyonce’s '7/11'

Skrillex and Diplo share remix of Beyonce’s '7/11'




The pair posted the remix as Jack U, the collaborative name that the two producers previously released debut single 'Take U There (Featuring Kiesza)' under, in September.

As Pretty Much Amazing reports, Jack U’s remix came as part of a live set at OWSLA’s Christmas party - the record label founded by Skrillex in 2011. An official release for the remix is yet to be confirmed.

Source: www.nme.com

Inquisition announce dates in Baltic states and Russia

Inquisition announce dates in Baltic states and Russia




INQUISITION announce headlining shows in Latvia, Estonia and Russia in February 2015.

The black celebration will start in Latvia's capital Riga at Nabaklab on February 11th and continues to spread the dark gospel through Tallinn, Estonia, Saint Petersburg until a final performance at the Seven in Moscow on the 14th of February. See below for more details.

11 Feb 15 Riga (LV) Nabaklab 12 Feb 15 Tallinn (EE) Tapper 13 Feb 15 Saint Petersburg (RU) Phoenix 14 Feb 15 Moscow (RU) Seven

On further news INQUISITION have already announced headlining shows in Europe for January and February 2015. The black metal duo will be joined by Finland's ARCHGOAT, the Swedes ONDSKAPT and BLACKDEATH from Russia.

20/01/2015 DE Berlin K17 21/01/2015 PL Kraków Fabryka Club 22/01/2015 CZ Prague Nová Chmelnice 23/01/2015 DE Erfurt From Hell 24/01/2015 DE München Backstage 25/01/2015 CH Lausanne Le Romandie 26/01/2015 IT Brescia Circolo Colony 27/01/2015 LU Luxemburg KulturFabrik 28/01/2015 FR Paris Divan du Monde 29/01/2015 UK London Underworld 30/01/2015 NL Nijmegen Doornroosje 31/01/2015 DE Essen Turock 01/02/2015 DK Odense Posten 02/02/2015 DE Flensburg Roxy 03/02/2015 DE Kassel Rostlaube 04/02/2015 AU Wien Escape Club 05/02/2015 CH Zürich Alte Kaserne 06/02/2015 BE Huy Atelier Rock 07/02/2015 DE Weinheim Cafe Zentral

ESSENCE OF MIND - 'Wrong' EP

ESSENCE OF MIND - 'Wrong' EP




Building up on the success received by the new sound approach they revealed on their recent "Indifference" album, Norway's ESSENCE OF MIND announce «Wrong», the 3rd chapter in the EP-trilogy ahead of the hugely anticipated release of their 4th full length album, "The Break Up!", and this is all in the wake of their recent German tour with their neighbours, APOPTYGMA BERZERK. Powerful, melodic and electronic with a touch of industrial metal and other dance music elements such as drum’n’bass, this exciting new song confirms the band's unique sound and faultless production maturity. ESSENCE OF MIND selected 3 specific and very different remixers to give us the impression that each remix is an all new song standing on its own, let it be the drum'n'bass influenced tune from DISKONNEKTED, the powerful melodic and 80's tainted electro track from TECHNOMANCER or yet the very emotional and moody piano remix by XENTURION PRIME... As a last but not least bonus, you will also find the exclusive song "For Real" reminding us of the amazing diversity of sound of this talented Norwegian band...

Available via Bandcamp
Available via iTunes

WHYZDOM - "Symphony For A Hopeless God" to be released 17 February 2015 via Scarlet Records

WHYZDOM - "Symphony For A Hopeless God" to be released 17 February 2015 via Scarlet Records




‘Symphony For A Hopeless God’ is the third album for French Symphonic Metal band Whyzdom. After two successful albums relying on the power of Symphonic Orchestra and Metal riffing, as well as on the beauty of female voices, they push their own “Philharmonic Metal” concept one step further, adding an even more cinematic edge to their songs. Orchestra has never been so powerful. Choirs has never been so haunting. Riffs have never been so compelling. And vocals have never been so intense, ranging from pure and fragile melodies to harsh growls, all provided by mezzo-soprano Marie Rouyer. ‘Symphony For A Hopeless God’ depicts the constant need of humans to rely on the irrational to guide their life, and to give up their own freedom of thought, speech and action on behalf of what we know as “religion”. Slaughters, genocides, ethnic cleansings, have too often been committed in the name of religion. What would God think of that if he really existed? This is exactly what this album is all about. 'Symphony For A Hopeless God' was produced by Vynce Leff, recorded, mixed and mastered in Paris at Powermania Studio, assisted by Mathieu Gillon (120dB Studio).

Portrait Announce UK & Ireland Tour With Rabid Bitch Of The North

Portrait Announce UK & Ireland Tour With Rabid Bitch Of The North




Swedish heavy metal titans Portrait are pleased to announce a 7 date tour of the UK and Ireland in support of their recent and critically acclaimed third album 'Crossroads' which was released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records.

Commencing in early 2015, the band will lay waste to venues the length and breadth of the isles in a blaze of twin-guitar fuelled metal mayhem. Entitled 'Seven Ageless Rites UK & Ireland' these shows will see Portrait take their brand of glorious, galloping and honest heavy metal to new audiences and ensure that their reputation for delivering the goods in fine style will be cemented, and indeed enhanced, in the hearts and minds of UK and Irish metal fans nationwide.

The band have also just released a split album via Metal Blade with brothers-in-arms Ram on 5th December. Titled 'Under Command', the split consists of 6 songs (3 from each band), of which the 3 Portrait songs on offer feature an exclusive, brand-new tune entitled 'Martial Lead', a cover of the Ram song 'Blessed to be Cursed' and the bands unique take on the classic Exciter song 'Aggressor'.

Support on this tour comes in the form of Northern Ireland's Rabid Bitch Of The North. Fresh from annihilating Bloodstock Festival in August this year, the band will come armed with their own fiery brand of NWOBHM inspired, aggressive heavy metal. Don't get too close - the bitch is about to bite!

If you're a fan of Angel Witch, Motörhead, Danzig, Warfare and more then do not miss these guys when they hit your town!

Portrait 'The Seven Ageless Rites UK & Ireland Tour
w/ support from Rabid Bitch Of The North

30th Jan - Dolan's Warehouse - Limerick* 31st Jan - Gypsy Rose Rock and Blues Bar - Dublin 1st Feb - Belfast - Voodoo 3rd Feb - Glasgow - Ivory Blacks 4th Feb - Lancaster - The Yorkshire House 6th Feb - Birmingham - The Asylum 7th Feb - Black Heart Camden

*Portrait Only

LICH KING release 'Do-Over' EP - "Because thrash metal needed a Manowar"

LICH KING release 'Do-Over' EP - "Because thrash metal needed a Manowar"




Lich King just released their new 'Do-Over' EP. The EP consists of 5 re-recorded songs from the 'Necomantic Maelstrom' and 'Toxic Zombie Onslaught' albums. 'Do-Over' also features a cover version of Van Halen's track 'Hot For Teacher' and a demo version of 'Crossover Songs Are Too Damn Short' which will appear on the band's 5th full length album scheduled for a mid 2015 release. The EP was released worldwide on 25th December 2014 via Evil EyE Records.

Der Weg einer Freiheit present third teaser clip

Der Weg einer Freiheit present third teaser clip




DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT reveal a third teaser clip for their forthcoming new full-length 'Stellar', which has been scheduled for release on the 23rd of March 2015. Pre-sale will begin in late January. The video, which gives an impression of the bass tracking is streaming here.

The German black metal progenies have previously released footage of the guitar recording, which can be viewed here and another sneak preview showing a glimpse of the drum tracking for 'Stellar', which is still available to be seen on YouTube.

On further news, DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT have already announced a string of European dates in March and April 2015. A full list of confirmed dates can be viewed below.

Tour with DOWNFALL OF GAIA

19 Mar 15 Berlin (DE) Bi Nuu 20 Mar 15 München (DE) Feierwerk 21 Mar 15 Osnabrück (DE) Bastard Club 22 Mar 15 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang 24 Mar 15 Oslo (NO) Blå 25 Mar 15 Lyngby (DK) Templet 26 Mar 15 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg 27 Mar 15 Köln (DE) MTC 28 Mar 15 Antwerp (BE) Kavka 29 Mar 15 Birmingham (UK) The Rainbow 30 Mar 15 Manchester (UK) Roadhouse 31 Mar 15 London (UK) Our Black Heart 01 Apr 15 Paris (FR) Covent Garden 03 Apr 15 Madrid (ES) Sala Barracudas 04 Apr 15 Barcelona (ES) Sala Begood 05 Apr 15 Luynes (FR) Le Korigan 06 Apr 15 Chambéry (FR) Le Brin de Zinc 07 Apr 15 Milano (IT) Lo Fi Club 08 Apr 15 Wien (AT) Arena 09 Apr 15 Stuttgart (DE) Juha West

Confirmed Festivals

10 Apr 15 Tilburg (NL) Roadburn Festival 11 Apr 15 Lichtenfels (DE) Ragnarök Festival 19 Jun 15 Dessel (BE) Graspop Metal Meeting 20 Jun 15 Clisson (FR) Hellfest 12 Jul 15 Kärnten (AT) Eine in Teich Open Air

The band comments: "We're very excited to announce our first extensive European tour in support of our new album 'Stellar' together with our German fellows DOWNFALL OF GAIA", write DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT. "We will visit new territories where we have never toured before and cannot wait to finally play our new songs live on stage. See you on the road!"

WOVENWAR will be hitting the road hard after the new year

WOVENWAR will be hitting the road hard after the new year




WOVENWAR will be hitting the road hard after the new year in support of their debut album!

Catch them with Periphery and Nothing More January and February and then with In Flames(Official) and All That Remains in February and March!

WOVENWAR

01/08 Little Rock, AR Juanita's *supporting Nothing More 01/09 Clarksville, TN The Warehouse *supporting Nothing More Tour w/Periphery, Nothing More, Thank You Scientist 01/10 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle 01/11 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore 01/12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade 01/13 Tampa, FL Orpheum 01/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live 01/16 New Orleans, LA House of Blues 01/17 Houston, TX House of Blues 01/18 Dallas, TX House of Blues 01/20 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater 01/21 Phoenix, AZ Club Red 01/22 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues 01/23 Anaheim, CA Yost Theater 01/26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore 01/27 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater 01/28 Seattle, WA El Corazon 01/30 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue 01/31 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall 02/02 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater 02/03 Chicago, IL House of Blues 02/04 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall 02/06 Toronto, ON Opera House 02/07 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre 02/08 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall 02/09 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall 02/11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club 02/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza 02/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore 02/14 Philadelphia, PA District N9NE END TOUR

Tour w/ In Flames, All That Remains

02/20 Agoura Hills, CA T he Canyon 02/21 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre 02/22 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues 02/23 San Diego, CA House of Blues 02/25 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex 02/27 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst 02/28 Chico, CA Senator Theatre 03/01 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades 03/03 Missoula, MT The Wilma Theatre 03/04 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House 03/05 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House 03/06 Portland, OR Roseland Theater 03/07 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO 03/09 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theater 03/10 Kelowna, BC Level Nightclub 03/12 Edmonton, AB Encore 03/13 Calgary, AB Flames Central 03/14 Saskatoon, SK O'Brians Event Centre 03/15 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick Centre 03/16 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center 03/18 Milwaukee, WI The Rave

Allegaeon "Threshold of Perception"

Allegaeon "Threshold of Perception"




Check out Allegaeon's new video for "Threshold of Perception" from "Elements of the Infinite." Directed and edited by Ezra Haynes. Featuring Myles "the Merch God."

Huntress to join forces with the Vikings from Sweden, Amon Amarth, for a wintery tour in Europe/UK next month

Huntress to join forces with the Vikings from Sweden, Amon Amarth, for a wintery tour in Europe/UK next month




Jill Janus of Huntress is looking forward to these upcoming dates with Amon Amarth and Savage Messiah

"I'm so excited for Huntress to join forces with the Vikings from Sweden, Amon Amarth, for a wintery tour in Europe/UK next month. Meet us after the show every night."

Amon Amarth, Huntress & Savage Messiah:

15/01/15 FR – Lille – Le Splendid 16/01/15 UK – Brighton – Concorde 2 17/01/15 UK – Plymouth – The Hub 18/01/15 UK – Bristol – Thelka 19/01/15 UK – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms 21/01/15 UK – Norwich – Waterfront 22/01/15 UK – Colchester – Arts Center 23/01/15 UK – Oxford – Academy2 24/01/15 UK – Stoke – Sugarmill 25/01/15 UK – Manchester – Academy2 27/01/15 UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand 28/01/15 UK – Leeds – Stylus 29/01/15 UK – Newcastle – Uni 30/01/15 UK – Lemmington – Assembly 31/01/15 UK – Southampton – 1865 02/02/15 FR – Rouen – Le 106 03/02/15 FR – Reims – Le Cartonnerie 04/02/15 FR – Nancy – L ́Autre Canal 05/02/15 FR – Nimes – La Paloma 06/02/15 ES – Bilbao – Santana 27 07/02/15 ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz1 08/02/15 ES – Madrid – La Riviera 10/02/15 PT – Lisboa – Paradise Garage 11/02/15 PT – Porto – Hard Club 12/02/15 ES – Santiago – Captol 14/02/15 FR – Clermont-Ferrand – Le Cooperative De Mai 15/02/15 FR – Strasbourg – Laiterie

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

GOATWHORE announce European tour as direct support to SKELETONWITCH in April of 2015

GOATWHORE announce European tour as direct support to SKELETONWITCH in April of 2015




Louisiana's finest, Goatwhore, are returning to Europe in April of 2015 as direct support to theSkeletonwitch European tour. Mortals will be opening up for both bands.

Goatwhore comments: "After being part of a really successful European and UK tour with Dying Fetus, Malevolence and Fallujah for the last 6 weeks, I am really stoked to be returning in April with our good friends in Skeletonwitch & Mortals to offer another dose of Extreme Metal to our European and UK fans. This will be a crushing experience to all that attend. We would like to thank everyone that attended the shows in November & December. See you in 2015!"

Skeletonwitch + GOATWHORE + Mortals

03/04/15 NO - Oslo - Inferno Fest (SW/GW only) 04/04/15 SE - Motala - Kulturakademin 06/04/15 DK - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset 07/04/15 DE - Hamburg - Hafenklang 08/04/15 DE - Osnabrück - Bastard Club 11/04/15 UK - Manchester - Sound Control 12/04/15 IE - Dublin - Voodoo Lounge 13/04/15 UK - Glasgow - Ivory Blacks 14/04/15 UK - Birmingham - The Oobleck 15/04/15 UK - Sheffield - Corporation 16/04/15 UK - London - Underworld 17/04/15 BE - Brussels - Magasin 4 18/04/15 DE - Köln - Underground 19/04/15 FR - Eragny/Paris - Covent Garden 20/04/15 FR - Angouleme - La Nef 21/04/15 ES - Madrid - Sala Lemon 22/04/15 ES - Barcelona - Sala Razz 3 23/04/15 FR - Lyon - MJC O Totem 24/04/15 CH - Zürich - Dynamo / Werk 21 25/04/15 IT - Milan - Lo Fi 26/04/15 IT - Rome - Traffic Live 27/04/15 AT - Innsbruck - p.m.k. 28/04/15 DE - München - Backstage 29/04/15 DE - Leipzig - Conne Island 30/04/15 DE - Berlin - Magnet 01/05/15 AT - Wien - Arena 02/05/15 CZ - Prague - Exit-us

GOATWHORE have just recently launched a brand new music video for the track "Nocturnal Conjuration of the Accursed." The song is from their latest collection of NOLA-flavored extreme metal cuts, entitled "Constricting Rage of the Merciless." The video can be viewed now at metalblade.com/goatwhore, where fans can also order the album in various configurations!

"Constricting Rage Of The Merciless" debuted at #81 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with "Blood for the Master." Additionally, the album ranked in at #21 on Billboard's Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart and #13 on the Independent chart.

Marty Friedman releases "UNDERTOW" Music Video

Marty Friedman releases "UNDERTOW" Music Video




Get swept into the "Undertow" with the premiere of the new music video from acclaimed guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN, taken from his Billboard-charting 2014 release "INFERNO"!

“EXTOL: OF LIGHT AND SHADE” DOCUMENTARY TO BE BROADCASTED ON NOR TV!

“EXTOL: OF LIGHT AND SHADE” DOCUMENTARY TO BE BROADCASTED ON NOR TV!




The well-established Christian death metal band Extol can look back on a great career including Nor Grammy nomination, several US tours, top CD-sales and national recognition in press and music scene. In April they release the documentary "Extol: Of Light And Shade"; the story of a band split in paradox between two worlds, Christianity and death metal. The film has been shown at various film festivals the past summer, and it will now be broadcasted on Norwegian TV channel NRK2, Dec 27!

Being strong believers in a music scene dominated by atheists and anti-religious practitioners creates some challenges. Extol, with its Christian content and death metal expression, has hence experienced its share of difficult situations and obstruction. Christians react with disgust on the aesthetics and effects the band uses, while the secular fraction of the music scene shows great dissatisfaction regarding the lyrical themes. On one side, local churches organized bonfire sessions of Extol products and held prayer meetings against the band, whilst on the other side they’ve experienced bomb threats from self-appointed Satanists before a gig, getting spat at and scorned.

After 6 releases with success, 2007 was the start of a five year long break for Extol due to the vocalists strong tinnitus and anxiety. The documentary gives an insight on tinnitus and anxiety where the singer speaks openly about some of the challenges he experienced in 2007 and the years that followed. Questions about faith and freedom of speech set in a musical perspective are also important topics. The film does also illustrate the band's position in the Norwegian music scene and their international position. Eyvind Skeie, Hank von Helvete, now deceased Pater Arnfinn Haram and the charismatic American rock pastor Bob Beeman are some of the characters we meet in "Extol: Of Light And Shade."

Dubai Extreme Metallers Voice of the Soul Announce Debut Album Release

Dubai Extreme Metallers Voice of the Soul Announce Debut Album Release




Dubai extreme metallers Voice of the Soul have today announced the release of their debut album which will be entitled 'Catacombs'. The album will be released via UK label Hell's Hammer & India's Transcending Obscurity on 27th March 2015.

First formed in Kuwait on the opposite side of the Persian Gulf in late 2007 17 year-old Kareem Chehayeb and 16 year-old Monish Shringi released their first EP, ‘Winds of Apprehension’ in July 2009 with second EP, ‘Eyes of Deceit’ seeking the light of day the following summer. After playing several shows in Dubai since January 2011, the band opted to relocate to the most popular city and emirate in the UAE before releasing their third EP, ‘Into Oblivion’, live on SOS Heavy Metal Radio in Portugal in August 2011. ‘Into Oblivion’ was undoubtedly the bands most successful record with songs receiving regular airplay across the globe.

During April 2014, the band made home at Haven Studio with producer Hadi Sarieddine in Dubai and recorded their debut full-length album ‘Catacombs’.

Kareem Chehayeb comments: "While the band started off as a straight up melodic death metal band, 'Catacombs' took on a different shift. The thrash has virtually disappeared from our sound on this album and riffs have some added 'colour' now which was inspired by bands like Opeth, Gojira, Daylight Dies, and various jazz bands that really inspired me to start writing metal again. 'Catacombs' also introduces occasional clean vocals, as well as more doom metal on some tracks."



The artwork (as seen above) was designed by Syrian Dubai-based artist Hamood Hallak of MHD Graphics, and was inspired by the concept of one of the tracks from the album called 'Pendulum'.

Kareem elaborates: "While it appears evident that there is a priest/figure leading sheep, the cliff that they are about to walk off is within the temple itself. We don’t specify whether it’s religious or not, because religion isn’t the sole focus. It’s political, it’s social."

‘Catacombs’ Track Listing

1) Desolation 2) Perpetual De... 3) Pendulum 4) Quarantine 5) Cold Rupture 6) The Mist 7) Perdition 8) Defiled 9) Images Subside