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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Whitechapel unveils "Let Me Burn" video



Brotherhood of the Blade headlining tour begins Saturday

Tennessee's Whitechapel have unveiled their latest music video, today. But be warned: "Let Me Burn" isn't like other Whitechapel videos. The band collaborated with director Mitch Massie, the director behind the latest and most visually striking videos from Cattle Decapitation, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and more. Mitch Massie brought the lyrics to "Let Me Burn" to life in gloriously gory fashion; this video is not for those with a weak constitution.

Whitechapel vocalist Phil Bozeman explains: "The basis of the video is about a man, his wife and daughter. The story depicts the degradation of the man and him going insane. He kills his wife and eventually douses himself in gasoline and begs his daughter to strike the match. But the whole point of the story is that the man has everything he wants and needs, but has no control over his mind and suffers with clinical insanity/schizophrenia and regrets everything he has done." Guitarist Alex Wade adds: "It's our first time trying a story based video versus a performance video with us playing and we're really happy with how it came out. Phil's idea for the concept of the video mixed with Mitch Massie's directing developed a very dark and sinister feel that represents the song well."

The heavy video, both sonically and visually, can be seen now, and appropriately, at blood-disgusting.com HERE. Whitechapel will be back on the road beginning February 28th. The tour will take the band from Memphis through the Midwest on their way to Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, CA. Self Help Fest is scheduled for March 7th at the Nos Event Center and features The Devil Wears Prada, Pierce the Veil, Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, and more.

WHITECHAPEL

Brotherhood of the Blade Tour

02/28 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe 03/01 St. Louis, MO Firebird 03/02 Merriam, KS Aftershock 03/03 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground 03/05 Murray, UT Murray Theater 03/07 San Bernardino, CA NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest) 03/08 Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre 03/09 Tucson, AZ The Rock 03/10 Lubbock, TX Jake's Sports Cafe 03/11 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory 03/12 Little Rock, AR Juanita's Spring Tour Dates and Festival Appearances 04/11 Austin, TX Empire Garage *Texas Independent Fest 04/21 Hamburg, DE Markthalle * 04/22 Belin, DE C-Club* 04/23 Munich, De Backstage Werk* 04/24 Zurich, SI Komplex+ 04/25 Oberhausen, DE Turbinen Halle+ 04/26 Vienna, AT Arena+ 04/27 Nuremberg, DE Der Hirsch* 04/28 Frankfurt, DE Batschkapp* 04/29 Stuttgart, DE LKA Longhorn* 04/30 Paris, FR Le Trabendo+ 05/01 Meerhout, BE Groezrock 05/02 Leipzig, DE Agra+ 05/03 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg The Max+ 05/04 Manchester, GB Academy +

*Progression Tour
+Impericon Festival

"Our Endless War" was released in May of 2014 via Metal Blade Records. This album isWHITECHAPEL's most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release. The album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart, #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current) and #2 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.

Otep Postpones European Tour



Los Angeles, California - Otep has postponed the dates of her upcoming European tour.

Due to unforeseen circumstances we've had to postpone the European tour. Our hearts are broken. We will reschedule. - Otep

For further updates, check Otep's Facebook page.

NIGHTWISH - BAND DISCUSS THEMES AND INSPIRATIONS FOR 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL' IN NEW ALBUM TRAILER



NIGHTWISH's forthcoming album 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' will be the band's first studio album to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen and is set for release on 30th March 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The band have been posting a series of trailers documenting the making of the new album and today sees the release of the 12th episode. Watch as the band explain the themes and inspirations for the new album:



Main man Tuomas Holopainen comments: “There’s a kind of scientific approach to a lot of things on the album. Songs like ‘Shudder Before The Beautiful’, ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’, ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’ or ‘Alpenglow’ all somehow reflect the bliss of existence. It’s temporary character. Evolution…Maybe you could even talk about the poetic nature of science. Natural science and its paradigm – seem to represent something cold and boring to a lot of people. Hopefully we can illustrate with this album – that science can even be something profoundly spiritual.”

Stand-in drummer Kai Hahto adds: “It’s a perfect theme to an album. Like, how did we come to be? And when our time here is done, what kind of mark do we leave? It’s a pretty amazing theme.”

Jordan JAE To Perform at 2015 Young Artist Awards



New York, NY - Fifteen-year-old singer-songwriter, Jordan JAE, has made quite a name for herself over the last year with the release of her powerful original singles, "Hopping Fences" and "Makin' Me Crazy." The New York City-based teen will be taking her talents to the 36th Annual Young Artist Awards next month. Jordan will perform her debut hit record "Said No One Ever" (co-written and produced by Grammy nominated duo Kinetics & One Love) in LA on March 15th alongside After Romeo and other exciting acts. Melanie Mitchell (Miss California Teen 2015), Maureen Dragone of KTTV Fox 11 News, and Manny Streetz of OnAir with Ryan Seacrest are only three of the many presenters at this year's award ceremony. Previous winners of Young Artist Awards include Chandler Riggs of The Walking Dead, Kiernen Shipka of Mad Men, and the cast of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days among many other talented young entertainers. In addition, Rider Strong of Boy Meets World fame will be receiving the Mickey Rooney Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's event.

Between the Young Artist Awards and upcoming exciting news, things are really taking off for Jordan JAE in 2015. The young singer's latest single, "Hopping Fences," has been featured on MTV's Fresh Faces block (9AM EST)! Be sure to catch it again on Tuesday March 2nd.



ABOUT JORDAN JAE: Hailing from the iconic and cultured streets of New York City, fifteen-year-old pop singer/songwriter Jordan JAE is about to burst the music industry wide open with her relentlessly catchy tunes. This musical wunderkind has been singing since she can remember, taking vocal lessons at the tender age of 7 and writing her first song when she was just 9 years old. Around her 13th birthday JAE was invited to record at SlumboLabs recording studio in Brooklyn by owner Jake Ottmann. There she continued to develop as a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, working alongside some amazing artists and producers. Jordan JAE has quickly grown a strong online following with her YouTube cover videos, releasing beautiful renditions of Imagine Dragons "It's Time," Ed Sheeran's "All of the Stars," and more. Jordan JAE teamed up with Grammy nominated songwriters and producers Kinetics & One Love (Eminem, B.o.B, Sean Kingston, Melanie Martinez) for her anthemic debut single, "Said No One Ever" [January 2014]. Jordan JAE continued her success releasing more cover videos and her original songs "Makin' Me Crazy" [August 2014] and "Hopping Fences" [January 2015]. She is currently endorsed by Daisy Rock Guitars and was one of the faces of Smooth Sailing Co.'s 2014 summer line, founded by Steven Kopacz of Go Radio. Jordan JAE is currently working on her debut EP with new music coming soon!

ABOUT THE YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS: In 1978 Maureen Dragone journalist and member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and daughter of Nora Laing who was one of the founders of HFPA founded the Non-Profit Organization Youth in Film Awards to acknowledge youth in film under the age of 21. In 2000, the association became known as The Young Artist Awards to additionally honor those in television, live theatre, voice-over and & to provide scholarships for young artists who may be physically or financially challenged. Past Award Recipients include: Leo Di Caprio, Drew Barrymore, Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Fergie, Christina Applegate, Soleil Moon Frye and Tobey Maguire, Hillary Duff,Bella Thorne to name a few.

THE LOUNGE KITTENS ANNOUNCE DEBUT RELEASE - PLUS NEW VIDEO FOR 'GLORYHOLE' (STEEL PANTHER COVER)



The Lounge Kittens have released a brand new video, alongside details of their first official release. 'Just The Tip' will be released via their own Grweat Records label on April 8th.

Gearing up to hit the road for their biggest tour yet with STEEL PANTHER, The ‘Kittens have also released their own take on the headliners gross-out video ‘Gloryhole’ – check it out here:



Jen Kitten explains the thinking behind the 6 track mini-album:

“The demand from the fans for us to release an album has been overwhelming and we’re really excited to share our music with people in a completely new way via the release of our mini-album ‘Just the Tip…’. We thought long and hard about what songs to include on the EP as we wanted to show the true variety of our musical passions, genre tastes, naughtiness and vocal range. So we’re off on tour with Steel Panther on their ‘All You Can Eat’ tour and managing to keep a modicum of ladylike restraint by only giving you ‘Just The Tip’…hahah...save yourself for another day, there’s plenty more to come from us!” 


The full track listing is as follows:

1) Party Hard (Andrew WK cover) 2) Duality (Slipknot cover) 3) SeanAPaul Medley 4) Rollin (Limp Bizkit cover) 5) I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith cover) 6) Gloryhole (Steel Panther cover)

The Lounge Kittens first crossed the path of public consciousness one year ago when they unleashed their interpretation of Limp Bizkit's 'Rollin' via YouTube. Armed only with a piano and perfect three-part harmonies, the video quickly went viral, catching the attention of one Mr Fred Durst, who loved what he saw and heard. So much so that five months later, The Lounge Kittens were stood on the main stage of the SONISPHERE festival, jamming 'Rollin' with the rap metal legends themselves.

Subsequent interpretations - the word "cover" does not really do the Kittens's work justice - of Andrew WK and Slipknot have seen the trend of official originator endorsement continue, with Andrew WK describing the trio as "The partiest kittens in the world", and Slipknot's Corey Taylor proclaiming his love for their version of 'Duality'.

Appearances at festivals including the likes of SONISPHERE and GLASTONBURY saw packed tents and excitement over the summer of 2014, earning them enough fans to carry out their own headline tour in the winter. Now, just over a year since they first uploaded a video to YouTube in the hope of making a few people laugh, they prepare for a mammoth tour which will put them in front of tens of thousands of people, including a performance at the world renowned Wembley Arena.

Catch them at the following shows:

THE LOUNGE KITTENS (Supporting STEEL PANTHER with SKINDRED)


March 2015


6th- Manchester- O2 Apollo - SOLD OUT
 7th- Manchester- O2 Apollo - SOLD OUT
 9th- Glasgow- O2 Academy - SOLD OUT
 10th- Newcastle- O2 Academy - SOLD OUT
 12th- Wolverhampton- The Civic Hall - SOLD OUT
 13th- Leicester- O2 Academy - SOLD OUT
 14th- London- Wembley Arena

FINCH SUPPORT ACTS CONFIRMED FOR UPCOMING UK TOUR - TICKETS ON SALE NOW



Finch are pleased to confirm that Fort Hope and Only Rivals will support them on their upcoming UK tour, this May/June. Tickets are priced at £17.50 regionally and £20 in London and go on sale today! Tickets are available from www.seetickets.com – dates are as follows:

Wed 27 May 2015 Glasgow Garage Thu 28 May 2015 Newcastle University Fri 29 May 2015 Manchester Academy 2 Sun 31 May 2015 Norwich Waterfront Mon 01 Jun 2015 Brighton Concorde2 Tue 02 Jun 2015 London Koko Wed 03 Jun 2015 Bristol Marble Factory

Finch released their latest studio album, Back to Oblivion, last October via Spinefarm Records. The album was their first full length album in over nine years.

NAPALM DEATH Launch 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' track-by-track video



UK Grind pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their recently released and much acclaimed 15th studio album 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat”' Therefor a new and extensive track-by-track video featuring NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway explaining the lyrical themes of the songs on 'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' has now been lunched online.

Check out the interesting clip here:



'Apex Predator - Easy Meat' has managed to enter the sales charts in several countries across the world upon release with the following highest positions: Germany: #36, Switzerland: #64, France: #69, Greece: #60, Belgium (Flemish): #103, Belgium (Wallonia): #111, UK: #120, UK Rock Chart: #15, US Top 200: #113, US New Artist Top 50: #2.

These are the formats available for NAPALM DEATH’s 'Apex Predator – Easy Meat' album:

- Jewel Case CD with 20-page booklet (14 songs) - Digital Download (14 songs) - 180gr. LP with a double-sided A2 poster, lyric sheet and one bonus track (15 songs, bonus track: “Critical Gluttonous Mass”) - Limited Mediabook CD with expanded 40-page booklet, a sticker and 3 bonus tracks (17 songs, bonus tracks: “What Is Past Is Prologue”, “Oh So Pseudo” and the G-ANX cover-version "Clouds Of Cancer / Victims Of Ignorance") - Digipak CD with 24-page booklet and one bonus track / North America only! (15 songs, bonus track: “Oh So Pseudo”) - Limited red-coloured Cassette with one bonus track (15 songs, bonus track: “Critical Gluttonous Mass”) - Limited Mailorder Boxset, 1000x copies worldwide (Content: Mediabook CD with expanded 40-page booklet, a sticker and 3 bonus tracks, a clear cassette version of the album with one bonustrack, an exclusive NAPALM DEATH beanie, a double-sided A3 poster and a button bag with 3 pins).

The LP will be available in the following versions:

- Unlimited Black LP - 200x Clear LP (Via CM Webshop Europe) Sold out! - 300x White LP (Via CM Distro Europe) Sold out! - 200x Transparent Green LP (Via Nuclear Blast Europe) - 800x Solid Red LP (Via CM North America) - 200x Solid Blue LP (Via CM Distro USA) - 200x Dark Green LP (Via CM Distro USA)

Celldweller Releases New Cyber-Punk Single, "Good L_ck (Yo_'re F_cked)"



Detroit-based electronic rock powerhouse Celldweller has released his explosive new single, "Good L_ck (Yo_'re F_cked)" via FiXT Online. The single, which is the first track released from Celldweller's highly anticipated new release, End of an Empire (Chapter 03: Dreams), shows Celldweller at his finest — harnessing a potent mixture of industrial-punk rock and industry-defining electronics.

Klayton, the mastermind behind Celldweller, said the song came to flourishion while writing a movie script with Grant Mohrman. The original idea of the script surrounded a character who fronted an electronic punk rock band — thus "Good L_ck (Yo_'re F_cked)" is born. Klayton said this aspect of the story exists, but the song, which he wrote in a day, made the cut.

"I took a moment to shed the concept of being Celldweller and instead, I wrote from the perspective of someone else," said Klayton. "I reproduced the song from the ground up and it became a Celldweller track that naturally fits alongside everything else in the End of an Empire universe."

Listen to "Good L_ck (Yo_'re F_cked)":



Alongside "Good L_ck (Yo_'re F_cked)" End of an Empire (Chapter 03: Dreams) features another new track, "Just Like You," and remixes from a team of the best electronic and rock artists in the industry. Industrial rock giant Combichrist, elite composer Tom Player, renowned German-based artist Hecq, and creative electronic musician Mobthrow all provide their unique takes on the new Celldweller tracks. The record is due out March 13 on FiXT.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

HELLOWEEN – release album title & artwork



HELLOWEEN are one of the most influential and internationally successful acts of the global metal scene. With the release of their 14th studio album due on 1st June, the pumpkin heads are set to further cement their title as the founding fathers of German melodic speed metal. The band's first self-titled EP was released in 1985, making their new album My God-Given Right the celebratory marker for their impressive 30 year career. The forthcoming album is now available for pre-order exclusively via Nuclear Blast: http://smarturl.it/HELLOWEEN-GodgivenNB

My God-Given Right was recorded between October 2014 and February 2015 at the bands very own MiSueno Studio in Tenerife, with long term producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL) handling production and recording duties.

The enchanting artwork was once again created by graphic guru Martin Häusler (BON JOVI, QUEEN, GOTTHARD) and will also be available as a 3D Lenticular print.

Martin Häusler comments his recent creation: “We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the "classical HELLOWEEN" elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. A first inspiration came from the album title My God-Given Right and some of the song titles like ‘Swing Of A Fallen World’, ‘Lost In America’, ‘Battle´s Won’ etc. During my research I stumbled upon the Blockbuster "Day After Tomorrow" and the idea of just leaving the world to the “pumpkins” was born. The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both, the Limited Edition and the 11" Earbook provided with a 3D-Lenticular-cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That’s the reason the entire artwork was done 'in one piece', using a 3D program…we did not want one of those 'cheap Lenticular-covers, done by converting a 2d-version', but the best possible real 3D result: So don’t get any other versions – this will be a true collector’s item!”

Frontman Andi Deris states: ”I never know how, but somehow we did it once again…the albums really rocks and kicks some major asses!!! We had the best folks with us to make this possible. Producer Charlie Bauerfeind and Martin Häusler, who made a massive 3D artwork this time, WITHOUT stressing the whole color range ;-)”

Adds guitarist Michael Weikath: ”... this proves what a bit of snow not only is able to, but really causes! I personally hate snow and the cover shows that too much of everything is never good. Just like Andi Deris, I’m very happy about the new album.”

Their most recent studio effort, Straight Out Of Hell saw HELLOWEEN entering the official German album charts on a sensational #4. Keeping this high position for five long weeks and charting several other European Top 10 ranking as well as the US Billboard Top 100, Straight Out Of Hell is the most successful HELLOWEEN so far.

DOPE - MAY UK Tour Dates With Coal Chamber Announced / New Album in September



American Industrial Metallers DOPE have signed to Steamhammer/ SPV to release their upcoming sixth studio album, ‘Bloodmoney Pt. 1’ in September, and have announced a slew of UK tour dates supporting the reactivated COAL CHAMBER alongside SOIL and AMERICAN HEADCHARGE in May.

“Finally, after more than 15 years, we will make our first ever trip to the UK!” says frontman Edsel Dope. “We've been patiently waiting for the perfect UK tour opportunity. This Coal Chamber reunion was undeniably the opportunity we've been waiting for. What an exciting time!”

Dates are:

May 20 – Leeds, (Uni Stylus) May 21 – Norwich, (UEA LCR) May 22 – Warwick, (Copper Rooms) May 23 – Nottingham, (Rock City) May 24 – Glasgow, (ABC) May 26 – Bristol, (Motion) May 27 – Exeter, (Lemon Grove) May 28 – Brighton, (Concorde 2) May 29 – Wolverhampton, (Wulfrun) May 30 – Manchester, (The Ritz) May 31 – London, (Koko)

RANGER to release Where Evil Dwells on March 16th via Spinefarm Records



‘Skull-splitting metal’ merchants RANGER will release their Spinefarm debut Where Evil Dwells on March 16th. True to old school form, the album is an analogue recording, featuring the sound of melting Marshall amps.

Where Evil Dwells will be out on CD, LP, cassette & digital.



Just voted among the most interesting new generation metal bands in Finland, Helsinki's RANGER will melt your face. Overloading all senses with a relentless onslaught of turbo-charged heavy/speed metal, RANGER'S torrid riffs, twin-guitar assault, intense rapid-fire drumming, pummeling bass attack and banshee-like vocal delivery thrashes you to oblivion.

We're talking heavy metal here, the sort that transcends generations: organic, authentic, classic and, blatantly put, crazy as a fucking shithouse rat. Contagious. Unstoppable.

Where Evil Dwells tracklist:

01. Defcon 1 02. Deadly Feast 03. Phantom Soldier 04. Dead Zone 05. Black Circle (S.Y.L.S.) 06. Where Evil Dwells 07. Storm Of Power

About RANGER: A true product of the Finnish underground, RANGER is a four-piece unit founded in 2008. Skyrocketing in success and popularity since the release of their debut Knights Of Darkness 12” EP (Ektro) in 2013, within two years they have laid waste to the stages of basically every major Finnish festival. Their rapidly energetic shows have wreaked havoc in a manner unprecedented in Finland, whipping punk and metal audiences alike into a riotous thrashing frenzy, leaving behind mangled armies of euphoric fans drenched in sweat, parched with thirst and smiling like morons.

After a couple of demos and EP releases (plus a compilation comprised of the aforementioned items), Where Evil Dwells is RANGER'S debut full-length album, proving that their frenzied output is every bit as effective in larger portions as EP-sized.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Native Construct to release debut album in April



Native Construct is the product of collaboration between several students that began in 2011 at the storied Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Guitarist and composer Myles Yang's passion for innovation, coupled with his extensive academic study of arranging and compositional techniques, makes Native Construct a truly distinctive up-and-coming metal act. Yang, along with bassist Max Harchik, and vocalist Robert Edens completed work on their debut album Quiet World in between 2011 and 2013. By 2014, the band's music caught the ear of Brian Slagel at Metal Blade Records, and led to a recording contract and a worldwide release of the band's debut album. Listen to the first single, "Mute," and pre-order the album now at metalblade.com/nativeconstruct.

Quiet World was largely self-produced and written between 2011 and 2013 in between the individual band members' studies at the Berklee College of Music. What began as jam sessions simply for fun eventually turned into a full-fledged musical endeavor. All tracking and programming was done at the band's home studios in Boston, MA, with the exception of vocals, which were recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC. The album was mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist).

A brief listen to Quiet World is enough to make it apparent that there is a concept, here. Though it's best to let the band explain the album in their own words: "Quiet World is about a guy who loves a girl. The guy is a bit of an odd and eccentric person - an outcast. He's also a mute, and a little unstable, as it turns out. The girl doesn't return his feelings, but he can't bring himself to let go. As his unrequited passion for her devolves into obsession and eventual resentment, his mind begins to slip further and further away. He convinces himself that he can't be loved because of his condition and abnormalities. So he decides to create for himself a new, fantastic world of which he has complete control - a world where there are no oddballs or outcasts. A world where everyone is surrounded by people who are just like themselves: a much quieter world.

"It's at this point that the first track of the album, "Mute," begins. And it turns out that many of the subjects of his new world are not as content living this way as he is. In the second track we see a new character, the Archon, rise up and unite his people in the clouds with the once distant people in the sea. He leads an opposition to "Sinister Silence," as the people come to call him. The rest of the album unfolds with events within the "Quiet World" and manifestations of the enduring struggle between the Archon and Sinister Silence. The lone exception is track number four, "Your Familiar Face," which steps out of this world for a moment to give a closer look at the events prior to the first track and the tragedy of Sinister Silence."

What is impressive about Native Construct is not necessarily an involved concept on a debut record, it's that they wrote, produced, and recorded the album while balancing school work and on a college student budget. It's the epitome of "self produced." And what Native Constructwants fans to know is that "the composition process for this album was intensely meticulous from top to bottom. Each note, each lyric, each twist and each turn were arrived at with the utmost care. As such, we were able to weave rich, often subtle layers of meaning into the music and text. We're very excited for you all to experience the result of our efforts!" Quiet World is slated for release on Metal Blade Records on April 21st, 2015.

9ELECTRIC sign to Another Century



Los Angeles based hard rock outfit, 9ELECTRIC, are excited to announce officially inking a world-wide deal with Another Century.

Ron Underwood (9ELECTRIC vocals) states: "I'm completely stoked to now be signed to Another Century. It's a family of true music lovers who put passion into their work. I know this because a lot of the same people helped build my former band's career. It's really good to be back. In a similar twist, it's gonna be awesome to hit the road again with Orgy, only this time with 9E. I've grown a lot since my debauchery days with Opiate for the Masses. Hopefully Jay won't get me to wear booty shorts when I sing 'Blue Monday' with them this time around, ha. The tunes for our debut full-length album are really shaping up. I love writing with my guys! The new rhythms seem generally more aggressive and punchy, but the melodies are becoming slicker as we cut out more and more of the fat. I wanna create this laser beam where you know exactly what everybody's experiencing. It's on the line and absolute in its color and texture. It polarizes the people and creates a battery. That's my goal with 9E."

Check out 9ELECTRIC's latest music video for the track 'Goodbye', which is featured on the group's debut Control EP:



Look for their new full-length album through Another Century later this year.

FIRE IN THE RADIO ANNOUNCE CANADIAN DATES WITH KNAPSACK; PERFORMANCE AT POUZZA FEST



On May 12, 2015, Philadelphia’s Fire in the Radio will release its new record entitled “Telemetry.” In support of the record, the band has just announced a pair of Canadian tour dates supporting Knapsack. This will include a performance at this year’s annual Pouzza Fest in Montreal. The dates are as follows:

May 16 – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (w/ Knapsack)

May 17 – Pouzza Fest, Montreal (w/ Knapsack)

Work on "Telemetry", which contains eleven tracks, started last year when Fire in the Radio spent time at Inner Ear studios in Washington, DC, with engineer Don Zientara (Fugazi) doing a series of demos. The demos turned into the foundation for a full-length record that was recorded in the summer of 2014 at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia (The Menzingers, Restorations) with producer Thom Flowers (Lagwagon) and engineer Matt Schimelfenig (Cayetana). The record was mixed by Jesse Gander (Japandroids) at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, and mastered by Alan Douches in New York. The band, who derives their name from the Charles Bukowski poem “Regard Me," has a unique sound that has been appropriately described as an amalgamation of Jawbreaker, Tigers Jaw, Weezer and Title Fight.

Line-up: Richard Carbone (vocals, guitar), Adam Caldwell (drums), Jon Miller (vocals, guitar) and Ed Olsen (bass).

**TRACK LISTING:**

1 June 14th 2 Best Shot 3 Motor Boys and Girls 4 Stacks 5 Are We On Tonight 6 Bury 7 The Push 8 Luna, I'll Be Home Soon 9 Steve McQueen 10 A Ghost To Haunt You 11 Was It Something I Said

VH1 Streams Two New EUROPE Tracks - "Days of Rock N' Roll" and "Nothin' To Ya"



Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 10, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings.

To celebrate the upcoming release of War of Kings, VH1 is teaming up with EUROPE to exclusively reveal two new tracks from the album. “Days of Rock N’ Roll” and “Nothin’ To Ya” are streaming now via VH1.com at this link: EUROPE.VH1.COM.

Make sure to listen now, the tracks are only available for streaming until the morning of Friday, February 27th!

War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format.

Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.

War of Kings tracklisting:

1) War Of Kings 2) Hole In My Pocket 3) Second Day 4) Praise You 5) Nothin’ To Ya 6) California 405 7) Days Of Rock n’ Roll 8) Children Of The Mind 9) Rainbow Bridge 10) Angels (With Broken Hearts) 11) Light Me Up

Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)

EUROPE recently released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In only a few weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 93,000 views. Watch it here:



Catch EUROPE on the Monsters of Rock cruise, setting sail on April 18th from Miami, FL, cruising to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on April 22nd. In addition to EUROPE, the cruise features performances from Tesla, Night Ranger, Lita Ford, and more.

Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a headline slot at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:

EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:

4/18 - 4/22 - Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise 4/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino 4/25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues 4/26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue 4/28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - w/ Black Star Riders 4/30 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Black Star Riders 5/1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den - w/ Black Star Riders 5/2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - M3 Rock Festival 5/3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

ghUSa - Swedish Death Metal - Worldwide Invasion out March 16



Great Dane Records & Dooweet Promotion presents : ghUSa - Swedish Death Metal - Worldwide Invasion out March 16

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Prodigy - Wild Frontier



Gino Vento and Randy Gonzalez ex-Thick As Blood (Rise Records) Forge New Careers In Acting

Gino Vento and Randy Gonzalez ex-Thick As Blood (Rise Records) Forge New Careers In Acting; Both Land Recurring Roles on Upcoming Netflix Original Series 'Bloodline', Premiering 3/20 Former Thick As Blood band mates Gino Vento (vocals) and Randy Gonzalez (guitar) have been busy pursuing their other passion-- acting, since the Miami hardcore metal band disbanded following the release of their 2012 Rise Records LP, 'Living Proof' and final tour in 2014. The musicians turned actors will next appear in recurring roles on the highly anticipated Netflix original series, 'Bloodline', which premieres on March 20. Starring Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), legendary actress Sissy Spacek and acclaimed actor/playwright Sam Shephard, "Bloodline" is a dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family. Check out the official trailer for 'Bloodline' here: Randy Gonzalez, was born in Miami, FL, where in 2010, he began taking acting classes, which ultimately led him to studying in a master class with actor Burt Reynolds in Jupiter,FL. Within 4 years he has been able to land a wide array of roles in television shows such as 'Graceland', 'Devious Maids', 'Necessary Roughness' and 'The Bridge.' He will make his film debut in the upcoming feature 'Ride Along 2' with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, along with his first recurring role on 'Bloodline', as "Manny." He is currently studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse which includes alumni such a George Clooney and Jim Carrey. "Touring with Thick As Blood allowed us to travel and see the world and acting has allowed us to play pretend and get paid for it. We are extremely grateful for these opportunities but they certainly wouldn't be possible without hard work," says Gonzalez about his and his former band mate's burgeoning acting career.
Gino Vento, also started his acting career in 2010. Falling in love with the environment of a film set just after doing a few background gigs to stay busy in between tours, Vento began to take classes and took it on full force. He made his film debut on 'Lila & Eve' which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival and stars Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis. His TV credits including roles on shows such as 'Single Ladies' and 'Graceland.' Vento will next appear as recurring characters on USA Networks 'Complications' (Oscar Rodriguez") and Netflix's 'Bloodline' ("Rafi Quintana"). Vento says, “In the music word, It doesn't matter what you sound like or what you look like, acting gave me that same feeling of self identity that music did."

FALLING IN REVERSE PREMIERES 'JUST LIKE YOU' VIDEO



Falling In Reverse's new album Just Like You is OUT NOW on Epitaph. Visit www.fallinginreverse.com to watch a new video for the title track ‘Just Like You’. Longtime Falling In Reverse collaborator Zach Merck directed the ‘Just Like You’ video, and it features cameos by wrestler Lorenzo "The Main Event" Antonucci, Danny Worsnop of We Are Harlot, Telle Smith of The Word Alive, and comedian Andy Dick.

Just Like You is the follow up to Falling In Reverse's 2013 release Fashionably Late. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums chart, #4 on the Modern Rock Albums chart, and #3 on the Top Independent Albums chart. Falling In Reverse's first album, The Drug in Me Is You debuted in the Billboard Top 20 in 2011.

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.

Falling In Reverse headlined the main stage at Warped Tour last summer followed by The Black Mass co-headline tour with Black Veil Brides. Over 55,000 tickets were sold with nearly every show selling out. Falling In Reverse kicked off 2015 headlining a tour across Europe. Shortly after, the band will make their first Australian appearance at this year's Soundwave Festival. This spring, Falling In Reverse will return to the U.S. to play Self Help Festival and Rock on the Range.

Track List:

1. Chemical Prisoner 2. God, If You Are Above… 3. Sexy Drug 4. Just Like You 5. Guillotine IV (the Final Chapter) 6. Stay Away 7. Wait and See 8. The Bitter End 9. My Heart’s To Blame 10. Get Me Out 11. Die For You 12. Brother

Doyle (Featuring Legenday Ex-Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein) Announces Tour Dates With Mushroomhead & DOPE



February 24, 2015 - Lodi, New Jersey - Doyle (featuring legenday ex-Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein) have announced the dates of their upcoming tour with Dope and Mushroomhead. The tour kicks off March 13th in Beckley, West Virginia and works it's way though the United States wrapping up on May 3rd in New York.

Doyle will be destroying a venue near you soon. What’s he got to say about the tour? "It's time to hit the road for real and take this as far as it will go. We're fucking ready" he says. And what can fans expect at a Doyle show? "To get fucking pummeled, man. And then go home and ask themselves 'What the fuck just happened to me?!?”...!

Doyle Abominator Tour 2015 Headline Dates:

March 13 - Muncheez - Beckley, West Virginia March 14 - Hard Times - Hagerstown, Maryland March 15 - The Brighton Bar - Long Branch, New Jersey March 16 - Alter Bar - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania March 17 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, Ohio March 19 - Reverb - Reading, Pennsylvania March 20 - Empire - Springfield, Virginia March 21 - The Basement - Columbus, Ohio

April 18th - May 3rd TBA “Doyle Abominator Tour 2015”

With Mushroomhead & Dope:

March 22 - Expo Five - Louisville, Kentucky March 23 - Boondocks - Springfield, Illinois March 25 - The Machine Shop - Flint, Michigan March 26 - Mojoes - Joliet, Illinois March 27 - Q & Z Expo Center - Ringle, Wisconsin March 28 - The Rave - Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 01 - Mesa Theatre - Grand Junction, Colorado April 02 - Area 51 - Salt Lake City, Utah April 04 - Window Rock Sports Center - Window Rock, Arizona April 05 - Vinyl - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada April 08 - Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, California April 09 - The Observatory - Constellation Room - Santa Ana, California April 10 - Fullton 55 - Fresno, California April 12 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, Oregon April 13 - El Corazon - Seattle, Washington April 14 - The Palomino - Spokane, Washington April 15 - Pub Station - Billings, Montana April 17 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, Colorado

EX-Misfit guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein breaks new ground with His first Solo Record as “DOYLE”

Released on Doyle's own label, Monsterman Records, Abominator is a sonically thick and lyrically evil slab of horrorpunk tinged metal that finds Doyle expanding in a logical progression upon the genre of music he helped create. Doyle's first band, the infamous Glenn Danzig-fronted Misfits, helped create the genre of speed/thrash metal with their last album, 1983's "Earth AD/Wolf's Blood"- in fact the record has been revered as one of the blueprints for the genre by many of its most respected players, as evidenced by countless groups covering the album's songs, not the least of which being Metallica. Abominator is not the sound of some punk guitarist gone metal- it's the roaring return of one of extreme metal's original architects to his bloodsplattered drawing board.

Recording both guitar and bass tracks for the album, the unmistakable sound of Doyle's signature Annihilator guitar cuts through on every tune, starting with the snarling opening title track “Abominator" fans of the Misfits will recognize it right away. But the guitar tracks rip through the record with much heavier metallic force than his previous bands's recordings - in short it's the sound he's been trying to capture all along, and it's positively malevolent.! While the horror punk vibe of The Misfits does permeate the album (as it should), the guitar work on Abominator is more technical (and far meatier) than your average punk rock record. ! With guitar, bass, and drums laid down (live show bass duty is handled by fellow Jersey native, "Left Hand" Graham), the vocals for Abominator claw their way out of an unlikely locale- the American Deep South. Coming from a legendary band of almost mythological proportions, and having first worked with one of punk and metal's most talented and respected vocalists (the infamous Glenn Danzig), Doyle's new project would need a singer with brass balls, cast-iron pipes, a suitably twisted mind, and his own vocal delivery style. Enter Alabama's Alex Story of Cancerslug, a Southern fiend who more than meets all of the afore-mentioned qualifications. His sand-blasted scream opens the record, and the evil doesn't relent until the ending growl of "Hope Hell Is Warm", the album's defiant closer. The man can scream and sing, and employs both styles to great effect, switching seamlessly from raw-throated roars to rough-edged, yet melodic, horror punk-style clean vocals.

With the release of Abominator, Doyle and company are set to hit the road and bring the monster to life on stages far and wide. Anyone who has seen Doyle play classic Misfits songs on tour with Danzig over the last few years already knows what an imposing stage presence he has- in truth, imposing isn't a strong enough word to describe this behemoth of a man. He's actually pretty damn terrifying, and the horror- punk aesthetic he helped create has been maintained through the years, from the skull white face and wicked devil lock to his massive bloody hands- that's real blood, by the way. Watching Doyle hammer such heavy tones out of a guitar, one wonders how the damn thing is going to make it through just one song, much less an entire set. With an absolutely vicious new album of songs, a wild-eyed wolf- man of a singer, a ghoulish jackhammer on the drums, a road-tested bassist, and a really loud blood-soaked guitar rig, Doyle will be destroying a venue near you soon. "It's time to hit the road for real and take this as far as it will go. We're fucking ready" he says. And what can fans expect at a Doyle show?

To get fucking pummeled, man. And then go home and ask themselves 'What the fuck just happened to me?!?”…! ! Loud, aggressive, and technically proficient, Doyle and crew are set to show the world how true horror metal sounds today.

So crank up Abominator until your speakers blow, check out Doyle on tour soon, and let the beatings begin. Hail horror! Written by : RANDY BLYTH “Lamb of God”

LIKE A STORM supporting Black Veil Brides in Europe



New Zealand's LIKE A STORM are joining forces with American rock band Black Veil Brides to spread some massive riffs over Europe in March 2015.

Matt Brooks comments:"It has always been a dream of ours to play in Europe. We can't wait to come over and tour with Black Veil Brides and Steel Panther!"

LIKE A STORM have made huge waves in the US scene, labeled "one of the hottest buzz bands out there right now," by National Rock Review. With a brand new album out through Century Media / Another Century, this year the storm spreads to Europe and the rest of the world.

The band of three brothers moved from Auckland, NZ to North America knowing no one. Renowned for their explosive live show, LIKE A STORM quickly climbed the ranks, having now toured arenas and large clubs all across the US with such heavy-weights as: Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Steel Panther, Shinedown, HellYeah & more.

LIKE A STORM’s brand new single, 'Love The Way You Hate Me' has been #1 on the biggest rock station in North America for 5 weeks. Its stateside success makes LIKE A STORM the highest-charting New Zealand rock act in US radio history. The track connected with listeners everywhere. When a new single typically lasts a few weeks at US radio, 'Love The Way You Hate Me' blasted for over 9 months! Outlasting singles from much more established acts.

The official video for 'Love The Way You Hate Me', which features a zombie mob of actual LIKE A STORM fans, has over 2 million views on Youtube.



Their brand new album, 'Awaken The Fire' is one of the first releases from Century Media imprint ANOTHER CENTURY, and will be released all across Europe on March 16th, 2015.

'Awaken The Fire' track-listing:

1. Chaos 2. Love The Way You Hate Me 3. Wish You Hell 4. Break Free 5. Never Surrender 6. Become The Enemy 7. Southern Skies 8. Six Feet Under 9. Gangsters Paradise (Coolio cover version) 10. Ordinary 11. Nothing Remains (Nihil Reliquum)

LIKE A STORM live:

w/ Black Veil Brides

15.03. UK London–Electric Ballroom ***sold out*** 16.03. F Paris- L’Olympia* 17.03. NL Amsterdam-013 * 18.03. DE Cologne- Essigfabrik 20.03. DE Frankfurt– Gibson 21.03. DE Munich– Theaterfabrik 22.03. CH Solothurn– Kofmehl 23.03. AT Vienna– Arena 25.03. PL Warsaw– Progresja 26.03. DE Berlin– Postbahnhof 27.03. DE Hamburg– Markthalle 29.03. DK Copenhagen– Amager Bio 30.03. SE Stockholm– Tyrol 01.04. FI Helsinki– The Circus *with Steel Panther

Monday, 23 February 2015

Mass Hypnosis Releases Official Music Video "Codex Alimentarius"



Zagreb, Croatia - Mass Hypnosis has released a music video for their track "Codex Alimentarius" bringing attention to the corrupt pay for sickness profit corporations of the world.



You probably never heard about the place where this guy is coming from, and is really doesn't matter. If that place is dark, cold and vicious like their music, would you want to go there? -L

About Mass Hypnosis: Mass Hypnosis is the best kept secret of the South East European underground music scene. Hailing from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia this 3-piece Industrial/Groove Metal outfit is aggressively forging their path to world domination. Mass Hypnosis is known for using sociopolitical lyrics and subjects like modern-age slavery, conspiracy facts, media manipulation, religion and war. Developing their sound even more into dark and cold direction they shifted towards industrial metal using heavy distortion, electronics, pounding bass riffs and fast-paced, aggressive vocals. Their new full length album ''Sanctimonious'' demonstrates where Mass Hypnosis is heading. This is the new industrial revolution!

KAMELOT Announce Release Date for new Album Haven! Artwork and Track Listing Revealed



Symphonic Metal Masters KAMELOT return after 2 years of touring the globe and 12 months of intense writing and recording. In mid-2014 the band entered the studio to begin recording their follow-up to the highly acclaimed chart topping album Silverthorn. The new album titled HAVEN will make KAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide (excl. Asia) on Napalm Records/Universal and Napalm Records/ADA/Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band's KAMELOT MUSIC LLC on May 5, 2015 (North America) and May 8, 2015 (Europe and rest of the world) and will showcase KAMELOT at their finest!

Today the breathtaking artwork, track listing and official release dates have been unveiled. HAVEN will be available to pre-order in multiple exclusive and limited bundle packages at the Napalm Records American & European Webstore - starting Thursday, February 26, 2015.

It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of HAVEN. The new album features all the signature elements of KAMELOT but the band steps out to add new and modern elements along with bringing some amazing emotions that harken to the band's earlier days. KAMELOT’s artsy music is chock full of symbolism relating to how the band feels about the world and the current state of civilization.

"The HAVEN album has an undertone of a world going insane. There is a grey cloud that is forming over our world. We are here to find that silver lining with an album that is both dark and melancholy yet uplifting and giving the listener a HAVEN in a world gone mad. We are really proud of the song elements and diversity on HAVEN” adds guitarist Thomas Youngblood. “The songs run the gambit of dark and melancholy to uplifting and melodic elements.” states vocalist Tommy Karevik.

"Haven has an aggressive edge to it that is the representation of the band as The Revolutionary Change in the storyline," Kamelot's Oliver Palotai tells us.

Produced by acclaimed music producer Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, HAVEN is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Additional guests include Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). The breath-taking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.

Following the release of HAVEN, Kamelot will embarque on a massive WORLD TOUR, starting with North America in April/May 2015 followed by European shows in the Summer 2015 and with The Haven European Tour in September/October 2015 the band will return to Europe for their biggest headliner tour to date.

HAVEN release dates:

North America: May 5, 2015 Europe & Rest of the World: May 8, 2015 Australia/New Zealand: May 8, 2015

HAVEN Track Listing: Fallen Star Insomnia Citizen Zero Veil of Elysium Under Grey Skies My Therapy Ecclesia End of Innocence Beautiful Apocalypse Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) Here's To The Fall Revolution Haven

EXCLUSIVE BONUS CD Track List:

Available only with the LTD Mediabook and Deluxe Earbook!

End Of Innocence Piano Version Veil of Elysium Acoustic Version Fallen Star Orchestral Version Here's To The Fall Orchestral Version My Therapy Orchestral Version Fallen Star Instrumental Insomnia Instrumental Citizen Zero Instrumental Veil of Elysium Instrumental Under Grey Skies Instrumental My Therapy Instrumental End of Innocence Instrumental Beautiful Apocalypse Instrumental Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) Instrumental Revolution Instrumental

Catch KAMELOT live on their upcoming shows:

12.03.2015 IRL – Dublin / Button Factory 13.03.2015 UK – Pwllheli / HammerFest VII Festival 14.03.2015 UK – London / O2 Academy Islington 25.04.2015 MX – Mexico D.F. / José Cuervo Salón 09.07.2015 CZ – Vizovice / Masters Of Rock Festival

HAMMERFALL announce exclusive London show for 2015



Swedish power metal pioneers HAMMERFALL are pleased to announce a one off exclusive London show for 2015. The band will play the O2 Islington Academy on the 9th May.

Guitarist Oscar Dronjak had this to say about the event: “We’re pulling out all the stops to make this a triumphant return to British shores, and this time there will be no restrictions on lights, sound or production. This is our opportunity to show all our UK fans what a full HammerFall production feels like, and we are super excited about returning to London once again in this fashion! Hammer High!”

Tickets go Thursday 26th February @ 9am for O2 customers and will on general sale from Saturday 28th.

HAMMERFALL released their latest album ‘(r)Evolution’ last year via Nuclear Blast.

GRAVEYARD - Band announces new bass player + hilarious update video



Groove-laden Swedish rockers GRAVEYARD have acquired themselves a new bass player - the band are pleased to announce that Truls Mörck will replace Rikard Edlund moving forward.

The band commented: "A wise women once said: he who hesitates, masturbates. That's why we haven't wasted any time getting ready for the future. Take a look here to see what's going on with the GRAVEYARD."

The guys have also released this quirky video to accompany todays announcement:



Mörck originally helped found the band back in 2006 and played guitar on GRAVEYARD's self-titled debut album that was released in 2007.

The band has also announced that they are currently working on a brand new album. The successor to 2012's highly successful Lights Out will be released later this year.

GRAVEYARD is:

Joakim Nillson - guitar & vocals Jonathan Ramm - guitar Axel Sjöberg - drums Truls Mörck - bass

DEAREST ENEMY ANNOUNCE 6-TRACK EP TITLED ‘THESE STREETS, THOSE GHOSTS’



Melodic hardcore outfit DEAREST ENEMY will release a digital EP titled, These Streets, Those Ghosts, on April 6th.

Produced and mastered by Defeater guitarist Jay Maas (Getaway Recording), this 6-track offering is the gut wrenching, nerves exposed, turn me inside-out truth for people trying to deal with this sick, cold world.

Check out their first single Blight Town here:



A UK run of shows are currently in the planning stages for the Spring, in support of the EP release.

STAGES Premiere "New War" (ft. Steven McCorry of Exotype) Single And Lyric Video



Feb. 23, 2015 Jacksonville, Florida-based metal newcomers STAGES have dropped their gripping debut single via BryanStars. The song, which comes to listeners in the form of an artistically abrasive lyric video, is undeniably heavy — a powerful debut from a band ready to take the metal and hardcore scene by storm.

"'New War' is about anybody who has left me behind," said frontman Aaron Berkshire on the lyrically transparent track. The song, which was produced by internationally-renowned music producer Joey Sturigs (The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria), is the first to come off of the band's debut EP of the same name. The song features a dynamic guest vocal spot from Steven McCorry of Rise Records band Exotype.



STAGES frontman Aaron Berkshire on "New War": "I truly believe there is so much out in the world besides the normal. I have fought a lot of my own demons over my dreams and the heart and knowledge it takes to succeed. "New War" is about anyone who has left me behind...you have only made me want to fight a battle to prove myself. This is "forever our war" to fulfill what we feel we are born to do. It lives and burns inside everyone of us. Forget about the past and remember. It is time to move on. This is a new war."

THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UNVEIL NEW VIDEO



Summer 2015 sees the return of multi-award winning music band THE DARKNESS. A new track ‘Barbarian’ is currently manfully straddling the information super highway and is a palate cleanser for their fourth album ‘Last Of Our Kind’, produced by guitarist Dan Hawkins. Penned in Ireland, where the band play a small but perfectly formed tour next month, the record is bursting with the very finest rock-based music available to mankind, as one might expect.

Out 1st June 2015, ‘Last of Our Kind’ will be released in partnership with Kobalt Label Services and is the first album to feature new drummer Emily Dolan Davies. She replaces original drummer Ed Graham who departed in mysterious circumstances. Having been drumming since 1999, Emily has played with everybody from the likes of Bono, Bryan Ferry and Tricky. Now she has shown herself to be equal to the ultimate music challenge.

Emily's ability is face-shatteringly evident in 'Barbarian’ – described by vocalist Justin Hawkins as having “not one but two dramatic monologues, a guitar solo that has been declared 'irresponsible', a riff that weakens lady-knees and a chorus that makes grown men shit directly into their pants." Justin goes on to point out that "The lyrics describe the Viking invasion of East Anglia which culminated in the decapitation of Edmund the Martyr. So yeah, classic Darkness.”

'Last of Our Kind' is the meaty and impassioned follow-up to 2012’s ‘Hot Cakes’ which saw the band reunited having enjoyed a well-publicized and well-deserved hiatus. As distinguished guests of Def Leppard, The Darkness destroyed Download Festival in 2011, then waved goodbye to their loved ones and toured planet Earth for over 18 months. They rounded off 2013 with a celebratory tour marking the 10th Anniversary of their legendary number one debut album. 'Permission to Land' featured the classics ‘I Believe In a Thing Called Love’, 'Love is Only a Feeling', 'Love on the Rocks with No Ice' and 'Love is a Many Splendoured Thing'; it was the fastest selling debut album by a British band in America since that of The Spice Girls.

'Last of Our Kind' will be released on limited edition colour vinyl, Compact Disc and downloadable computer files. The Darkness will be announcing more touring plans for later this year very, very soon.

New album: ‘LAST OF OUR KIND’ – 1st June 2015

Track Listing:

Barbarian * Open Fire * Last of Our Kind * Roaring Waters * Wheels of the Machine *Mighty Wings * Mudslide * Sarah O’Sarah * Hammer & Tongs * Conquerors

Irish Tour:

6 March DUNDALK, The Spirit Store 7 March DERRY, The Nerve Centre 8 March DUBLIN, Whelan’s 10 March DUBLIN, DCU 11 March MAYNOOTH, NUIM 13 March GALWAY, Monroe’s 14 March LIMERICK, Dolan’s Warehouse 15 March TULLAMORE, The Bridge House 17 March CORK, Cyprus Avenue 18 March CLONMEL, O’Keefe’s 19 March NEWBRIDGE, Judge Roy Bean's

THE DARKNESS: JUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/lead guitar), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass/backing vocals) and EMILY DOLAN DAVIES (drums/backing vocals).

Thursday, 19 February 2015

36 CRAZYFISTS REVEAL DIGSTER PLAYLIST TAKEOVER



Photo credit: Don Wyatt Jackson


ALBUM ‘TIME AND TRAUMA’ OUT NOW VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS

36 Crazyfists have curated a ‘Metal Madness’ playlist for Digster, featuring 12 tracks personally picked by the band, plus their brand new album ‘Time and Trauma’ in full.

You can listen to it via Spotify and/or Deezer HERE

Time and Trauma is out now via Spinefarm Records.

iTunes
Amazon

36 Crazyfists will finish their extensive UK headline tour TONIGHT in Oxford.

19.02.2015 Oxford (UK) Oxford O2 Academy

THE CADILLAC THREE announce New 6 track EP ‘PEACE LOVE & DIXIE’ confirmed for release in support of March UK headline tour



The Cadillac Three – well-versed in blending groovy metallic weight with outlaw song-writing and genuine Southern pride, will have a new 6-track EP released through Spinefarm Records on March 23rd ; titled ‘Peace, Love & Dixie’, The record , available on CD & download, features the first fresh material released by the Nashville trio since their debut ‘Tennessee Mojo’ album, also released via Spinefarm in April of last year.

‘Peace Love & Dixie’ EP; track-listing

01 Peace Love & Dixie 02 Hot Damn 03 Real People 04 Party Like You 05 White Lightning (live) 06 Down To The River (live)

Recorded by the band and Ryan Gore, the EP includes four new studio tracks, including current single / video ‘Party Like You’, plus two live outings from TC3’s sold-out show at The Garage in London in December of last year. Indulge now in the video for ‘Party Like You’:



Following on from their visit in December, The Cadillac Three have confirmed a 6-date tour, their first genuine UK headline run, for March of this year.

The ‘Peace Love & Dixie’ EP will be exclusively available at these shows prior to release…

March 2015: headline dates:

4 Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms SOLD OUT 5 Glasgow, Cathouse 7 Leeds, Key Club SOLD OUT 8 Norwich, Waterfront Studio SOLD OUT 9 Southampton, Talking Heads SOLD OUT 10 London, Dingwalls SOLD OUT

The Cadillac Three – Jaren Johnston (vocals / guitar), Kelby Ray (lap steel / bass) & Neil Mason (drums) – enjoyed a hugely busy and successful 2014 that saw them playing over 200 shows and visiting the UK & Europe on several occasions; they also triumphed in the ‘Best New Band’ category at the Classic Rock Awards in Los Angeles.

Reflecting on the band’s fast-rising profile overseas, Neil says:-

“We ended 2014 with some great shows in the UK, and we promised to keep coming back as long as y'all will have us… so we couldn't be more excited to announce a new string of dates, some in familiar towns and some in places we’ve never been to! The UK has become like a second home to us over the past year or so, and we can’t wait to come back! We've been working hard on new music for y'all, too, and we’re looking forward to sharing some of it with you! See y'all soon!"

ARTEMIS Announce “Nothing Left To See“ EP Released 30th March



Basingstoke chaotic hardcore band ARTEMIS have announced that they will release their new EP ‘Nothing Left To See‘on 30th March as a very limited run available on CD, cassette tape and digital download. The band will also be hitting the road with Ithaca and Ilenkus later this year.

Uninterested in conforming to the current expectations of the modern metal scene, they’ve spent the past few months developing their sound into a furious combination of controlled anarchy and explosive hardcore which they can truly call their own unique take on the genre.

Previously supporting bands including This Is Hell, War From A Harlots Mouth, Baby Godzilla, Gravemaker, Heart In Hand, Liferuiner, Bastions, 68 and many more, the quintet have already toured the UK and EU relentlessly to perfect the clusterbomb pandemonium of their live show.

With plenty more shows to be announced across Europe and the United Kingdom this year, nobody is safe from the crazed gaze of Artemis in 2015.

UK w/ Ithaca and Grindhouse:

19.03 Reading, Face Bar 21.03 Wellingborough - Raff's Bar 22.03 Worcester - Pig And Drum

EU w/ Ilenkus:

22.04 (SWI) Geneva, Kavingrad 24.04 (DE) Holdorf, Jugend Treff Dinklage 25.04 (DE) Greifswald, Juz Klex 28.04 (PL) Poznan, Las 29.04 (CZ) Ostrava, Plan B Hardcore Cafe 01.05 (NL) Utrecht, ACU 02.05 (NL) Hoogeveen, Het Podium

Artemis are:

Kurt - Drums Jamie - Bass Mike - Guitars Brandon - Guitars Dan – Vocals

NIGHTWISH - Band release trailer documenting why they picked Élan as 1st single



NIGHTWISH's forthcoming album 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' will be the band's first studio album to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen and is set for release on 30th March 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The first single from the album titled Élan premiered last week and the band have now released a trailer documenting why they picked this track. Watch the guys explain all here:



Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer Richard Dawkins will appear as a guest on the band's eighth studio album, which is available to pre-order

VAMPS ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘BLOODSUCKERS’ VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS FOR MARCH 2015



VAMPS, THE Japanese rock band formed by and featuring HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), will release a new studio album, ‘BLOODSUCKERS’, through Spinefarm Records on March 23rd in the UK/EU and March 24th US.

This 13 track release – produced by VAMPS and Josh Wilbur (whose previous credits include Gojira and Lamb Of God) and housed in the artwork of mysterious Japanese artist Rockin' Jelly Bean – is the follow-up to ‘SEX BLOOD ROCK N’ ROLL’, also issued via Spinefarm in 2013.

Songs on ‘BLOODSUCKERS’, which will be available on CD & download, include ‘WORLD’S END’ (a UK single in 2014, and used in the Sony campaign for the Xperia UK mobile,), ‘GET AWAY’, ‘REPLAY’, ‘THE JOLLY ROGER’ & ‘VAMPIRE’S LOVE’ – not just a Top 3 single in Japan but also the song selected to launch Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Dracula Untold’, in that market.

In addition, ‘REPLAY’ was the theme song of ‘Dark Labyrinth’, one in a series of a world-famous smartphone apps from ‘Dark Summoner’ (the app has been downloaded over six million times), whilst ‘THE JOLLY ROGER’ features in the TV commercial for Nissan’s X-Trail SUV… no surprise then that the album has already been a Top 5 success in Japan…

Says HYDE, who launched VAMPS with K.A.Z in 2008: “‘Bloodsuckers’ is a record that we spent almost one year putting together. For me, this is the best work we’ve done so far, and we would love to tour around the world with these songs…”

‘BLOODSUCKERS’ sees VAMPS pushing their take on contemporary hard rock to exotic new heights, blending melody and message over 50 minutes of dramatic, impassioned music…

“Our aim was to build on the excitement of our headline show at Koko in London last year, and of course our appearance at the Download Festival in the UK,” explains HYDE…

ON THE live front, VAMPS have played over 300 dates around the world in the past five years, including shows in North America; they have also visited the South American continent, where their second album, ‘BEAST’(2010), charted in the Top 4 – a unique achievement for a Japanese act.

Most recently, they completed a run of dates in Japan (33 shows to 65,000 people), climaxing with a worldwide webcast of their Zepp Tokyo show on January 25th.

Next, on February 18th / 19th, VAMPS are hosting & headlining their own festival, ‘VAMPARK FEST’, at the legendary Nippon Budokan in Tokyo – the bill is completed by Special Guests SIXX:A.M., plus Buckcherry, Gerard Way and Nothing More.

Outside of Japan, VAMPS will tour the US with SIXX:AM in April; this major run of dates – which also features Finland’s Apocalyptica – kicks off in in San Francisco on April 8th at The Regency Ballroom.

Says Nikki Sixx of SIXX:A.M. "SIXX:A.M. just played our first Japanese show ever with VAMPS in Tokyo at Budokan. They really gave us our first opportunity to play in front of so many rock fans in Japan. We now want to extend the same to them by bringing them out on tour with us. We can't wait for our fans to discover them all across the US."

VAMPS ‘BLOODSUCKERS’ (International Edition) is available for pre-order via iTunes now.

Track list

1.REINCARNATION 2. ZERO 3. LIPS 4. WORLD'S END 5. EVIL 6. GHOST 7. VAMPIRE'S LOVE 8. DAMNED 9. GET AWAY 10. REPLAY 11. BLOODSUCKERS 12. THE JOLLY ROGER 13. INSIDE MYSELF

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

ZEBRAHEAD ANNOUNCE 'ZEBRAHEAD- THE EARLY YEARS- REVISITED' APRIL 21 VIA RUDE RECORDS



Beloved Orange County, CA rockers Zebrahead will release 'The Early Years- Revisited ' on April 21 via Rude Records. The full length album features re-recorded versions of all the fan favorites, classic party anthems that we all know and love including ‘Playmate Of The Year’ and 'Falling apart' , plus a bonus track and one new song.

Bassist Ben Osmundson says; 'We're excited for everyone to hear The Early Days - Revisited! It is 11 of the fan favorites from the past re-recorded with Matty singing on them.... and 2 new songs for everyone to check out. It was fun to go back and re learn these old songs from the first 3 albums. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did making this!"

Co-vocalist Matty Lewis, adds, "I'm also excited to release one new song that we have been working on for a while, as well as a song that wasn't on 'Call Your Friends' It is a good pre-cursor to our next album, and hope you enjoy them!"

"It was great to have the early songs recorded with with Matty and Dan. The recording process was seamless because we play a lot of the songs live. I am looking forward to the fans listening to the new versions. I think they are going to be excited to hear what we have put together." states co-vocalist Ali Tabatabaee.

Formed in 1996, Grammy-nominated Zebrahead has released a total of 10 studio albums and is known for their eclectic music style that incorporates punk, rap and alternative rock. Over the years the band has toured with the likes of Less Than Jake, Green Day, Blink -182, MxPx, The Bloodhound Gang, Bowling For Soup and many more.

Having graced the UK with their unrepeatable touring antics many a time, which include an on stage tiki bar that trust me, is fully functional, Kerrang! gave the band 5K’s for their performance at last years Slam Dunk festival stating “Zebrahead see the room at capacity for the first time today. The California pop punkers bring the party-literally!”

About Zebrahead: Many bands make an entrance into a particular scene, make a statement, and are suddenly yesterday's has-beens after an album or two. But after a dozen years, half a dozen albums, scores of countries, countless miles, a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance for their blistering cover of Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' and immeasurable faces rocked, it's not entirely surprising that Orange County-based rock act Zebrahead have been able to not only maintain a distinct relevancy to the core fan base that grew up with the act, it's also been able to consistently break new ground and appeal to newer generations of audiences.

"What's strange is that kids are getting younger and younger every time we tour," says Zebrahead vocalist Ali Tabatabaee. "I really don't know where they hear us or where they get our music from, but it truly is inspiring for us to keep writing and making music to see these kids showing up to the show and being such hardcore fans. I can't explain it. We're really fortunate."

So, what's the big secret to such great fortune? Credit the quintet's truly innovative and ingenious meld of punk, hip-hop and alternative rock, which crosses over musical bounds, not to mention songwriting that's infallibly infectious. When Zebrahead first broke ground, erupting into the Southern California rock scene in the mid-'90s, the act was instantly recognized as a pioneer of a hybridized genre that, to this day, has not only lasted, but continues to flourish both domestically and internationally. And with members Ali Tabatabaee, Dan Palmer (guitar), Matty Lewis (vocals/guitar), Ben Osmundson (bass) and Ed Udhus (drums) fully engaged in their craft, Zebrahead's continued drive has no chance of letting down anytime soon.

Track Listing:

1. Check 2. Get Back 3. Jagoff 4. Someday 5. Playmate of The Year 6. Now Or Never 7. Wasted 8. Rescue Me 9. Into You 10. Hello Tomorrow 11. Falling Apart 12. Sex, Lies and Audiotape (bonus physical only) 13. Devil on My Shoulder New Song

HANG THE BASTARD announce tour dates with Corrosion Of Conformity & UK headline dates



HANG THE BASTARD are stoked to announce their first UK headliner tour of 2015! Furthermore the band was confirmed as direct support for Corrosion Of Conformity in the UK in March. HANG THE BASTARD can't wait to get back on the road supporting their album 'Sex In The Seventh Circle'.

The band comments: “We are more than excited to be back playing shows and to be back on the road in the UK after a tough couple of months. Tom is feeling a lot better after his back problems and we are ready to play some riffs! Coupled with that, we are honoured beyond belief to be a part of this historic COC tour. We really can’t wait to visit some of the places we haven’t been to in a long time. It’s gonna be heavy and it’s gonna be loud!!! Bang your heads, we are coming for you!”

You can watch the video for 'Sex In The Seventh Circle' here:



'Sex In The Seventh Circle' is available in the following formats (all pictured above!): Ltd Edition, CD Digipak (incl. 2 additional tracks) 180g Gatefold black Vinyl + CD 180g Gatefold red Vinyl + CD (limited to 600 copies)

HANG THE BASTARD live:

with Corrosion Of Conformity

Mar 7 Manchester - Academy 2 Mar 8 Glasgow - Garage Mar 9 Nottingham - Rescue Rooms Mar 11 Bristol - Bierkeller Mar 12 Colchester - Arts Centre Mar 13 London - Electric Ballroom

Headline dates:

Mar 16 Liverpool - The Shipping Forecast Mar 17 Milton Keynes - Craufurd Arms Mar 18 Sheffield - Corporation Mar 20 Birmingham - Oboleck Mar 22 Southampton - The Firehouse

2015 festival dates

Mar 14 Hammerfest Apr 25 Desertfest London

Debut EP from Concepts Out Now



The Houston post-hardcore band Concepts released their debut EP Transitions today! The record marries the aggressiveness of Woe, Is Me with clean vocals that would win over any Jonny Craig fan. You can currently stream it in full via Revolver Magazine.

Transitions was produced by the band themselves and the mastering was handled by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens, Alesana, Issues). The track "Mirrors" features Aaron Kadura of Fit For A King.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE Signs to Napalm Records! New Album Tango Umbrella Due Later This Year!



Hot on the heels of announcing that they will be taking part in the upcoming North American COAL CHAMBER tour, Minneapolis, Minnesota’s AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE has inked a new deal with Austrian metal label Napalm Records.

The band commented about signing with Napalm Records: “AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE are extremely excited to announce our signing with Napalm Records for the 2015 release of our new album, Tango Umbrella. We'd like to thank all the fans, friends and family who contributed to make the recording process possible; we're very proud to be delivering a DIY record to you all!

Working with Napalm will allow us a much broader reach for promoting and distributing the record and let us focus on what we love and do best: making music and playing shows.

We look forward to 2015 being a very busy and productive year, and we thank you all again for your continued and fanatic support!”

Napalm A&R representative Sebastian Muench added: “Having lived in Upstate New York for a couple years I was right there when epic albums like ‘The War of Art’ and ‘The Feeding’ were released and the incredible effect they had on the music world back then! Napalm is determined and pumped to release a new AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE album after almost a decade of hibernation... and I can tell you the new songs will blow your mind!”

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE burst onto the national scene in 2001 with their Rick Rubin produced American Recordings debut The War of Art. Aggressive, strange, cathartic, dangerous and, perhaps most importantly, different, they blended the industrial grind of Ministry and Marilyn Manson with the tripped-out melodic experimentation of Faith No More. OZZFEST 2001 and a worldwide tour with Slipknot followed. During that time, The War of Art went on to sell in excess of 250,000 units, and it propelled the band to international acclaim with the singles "All Wrapped Up" and "Just So You Know."

After dissolving in 2008 the band reconvened four years later in 2012 and recently supported the late Wayne Static on a few select dates of his 15th Anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip Tour and returned to the UK to perform at the Download Festival along with a performance in London with Kill Devil Hill. AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE entered the studio in the summer of 2014 to begin recording with producer, Dave Fortman (Ugly Kid Joe, Evanescence, Eyehategod, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Godsmack) at Third Sky Studio, in Richmond, KY. What came of this is the band’s forthcoming album Tango Umbrella.

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE will embark on an upcoming US tour supporting Combichrist, Filter and Coal Chamber in March and April of 2015.

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE has literally survived it all, and is back to show that they are the stuff rock and roll is made from.

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE Live:

3/3: Lincoln, NE @ Vega 3/6: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee 3/7: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues 3/8: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Grand 3/9: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades 3/11: Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market 3/12: Portland, OR @ Roseland 3/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory 3/14: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory 3/16: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall 3/17: Wichita, KS @ The Cottillion 3/18: Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom 3/20: Milwaukee, WI @ Rave 3/21: Detroit, MI @ Harpos 3/22: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes 3/23: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 3/25: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall 3/26: Toronto, ON @ Opera House 3/27: Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater 3/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium 3/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall 3/31: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live 4/1: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater 4/2: Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium 4/3: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom 4/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero 4/5: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live 4/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls 4/7: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva 4/8: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte 4/9: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade 4/11: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live 4/12: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live 4/14: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room 4/15: Waterloo, IA @ Reverb 4/17: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews 4/18: Eau Claire, WI @ Hipps Pub

BLACK STAR RIDERS - Band releases official video for 'Finest Hour'



BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their forthcoming album The Killer Instinct on the 23rd of February but until then, the band are whetting the appetites of eager fans by releasing the official video for new track 'Finest Hour'. The track was premiered on BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce show yesterday morning, followed by another play on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 Drivetime Show. Watch the video here:



The second studio album by BLACK STAR RIDERS is a rich collection of story-based tracks ('Soldierstown', 'Finest Hour', 'Blindsided', 'Sex, Guns & Gasoline') rooted in master craftsman performances by vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson, guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Jimmy DeGrasso and bassist Robbie Crane.

The Killer Instinct will be released on the 23rd of February.

Steve Saluto Releases The Silver Skull Legend



Guitarist, musician/songwriter, producer, audio engineer and avid music fan Steve Saluto releases "The Silver Skull Legend"

Steve Saluto has given to the music market another rock solid creation from his solo career with "The Silver Skull Legend". The Ep will be available on and only for the digital music market - Jan 10th 2015.

On this Ep, Steve played every instrument following everything from recording to mixing, mastering and production as its a showcase for his new Manne Signature Guitar called "The Silver Skull Legend". Residing in Treviso (Italy), Steve Saluto began playing guitar at the age of fifteen. After taking jazz guitar lessons, he was inspired by the Eddie Van Halen solo in Michael Jackson's "Beat It" to take up playing rock. The guitar whiz has never looked back... The seed was planted and the rest is music history in the making.

In addition to being a talented guitar player and band leader, Steve is an in-demand writer and producer for up-and-coming artists as well as working with legendary musicians alike. As a recording artist, Steve has written and produced 12 solo / band recordings featuring his diverse guitar styles ranging from jazz to rock and playing and recording with musicians such as Buddy Miles, Darryl Jones (Sting/Rolling Stones), Danny Gottlieb (Pat Metheny Group), Jeff Berlin, Doug Wimbish (Living Colours), Brian Tichy (Billy Idol/Foreigner), Richie Kotzen (Poison/Mr Big), Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) just to name a few. And, he also owns a recording studio in San Biagio di Callalta (TV).

"The Silver Skull Legend" feature 4 diverse songs that while the foundations are rock, Saluto isn’t afraid to add colors of R&B, funk and hard-hitting provocative melodic rock too. Starting it off, we have the rousing song "Take Me Home (The Return)" with it's spellbinding lyrics and hypnotic groove. The guitar sounds are bewitching with bawdy guitar riffs, flirtatious hooks and salacious lead solos. "Doing You Again" is a real funky rhythmic number with a touch of R&B stylings. The commanding vibe called "My Wish" is a marching progression full of energizing moments. And at last but not least, we have the velvety smooth "Frozen" with its effortless sound and mesmeric melody. Steve's vocals on this celebrated EP are alluring with his impassioned and provocative story telling lyrics.

"The Silver Skull Legend" is a short but sweet introduction to Steve Saluto’s musical world. Come check it out for yourself.

This Is Not A Love Song by Afflicted By Design



On February 25, 2015, Afflicted By Design will make their third release with the single, “This Is Not A Love Song;” a goth-industrial inspired version of the classic song by Public Image Ltd. “This Is Not A Love Song” is the second single from Afflicted By Design's cover song project. The new single will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer.

For "This Is Not A Love Song" Michael J. Carrasquillo (Slick Idiot, isol8ed) returns on drums, and reunites Sebastian with former Otto's Daughter bandmates Jacqueline Van Bie​rk on vocals and Jim Robbins on guitar solos.

Afflicted By Design is an Austin, TX-based, guitar-driven Industrial rock band founded in 2012 by S.A. Sebastian Gnolfo. For each Afflicted By Design release Sebastian is joined by different musicians and former bandmates from the New York City, Los Angeles and Austin Industrial, metal and punk scenes.

More information about Afflicted By Design and "This Is Not A Love Song" at afflictedbydesign.com.

Video Preview: "This Is Not A Love Song" Public Image Ltd Cover by Afflicted By Design

ARCH ENEMY continue to spread War Eternal announce new live dates for 2015



2014 was a busy year for Swedish extreme metal band ARCH ENEMY: New singer announced in early 2014, new album out in the summer, extensive press trip all over the world from LA to London to Berlin and Tokyo, followed by conquering the biggest summer festival stages. A US tour supported by Kreator in fall was the next step on their busy schedule, new guitar player Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) came in and joined the massive winter tour supporting Kreator. But hard work pays off and 19 years after their formation, ARCH ENEMY are on a new level of their career – with no end in sight!

2015 started with a fun trip on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise to Jamaica, followed by a Latin America tour. March sees them busy with shows in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Thailand. European fans will see ARCH ENEMY again in late April. The band is coming back with support from US metal force UNEARTH who will present their new album “Watchers Of Rule”, and DRONE from Germany who released their self-titled fourth album in April 2014. During the summer months, ARCH ENEMY will be headlining the Dynamo Metal Fest and play on further high profile festivals like Hellfest (France), Graspop (Belgium), With Full Force (Germany) and many more.

While other bands would finally go on holiday to take a break after more than a year on the road, ARCH ENEMY already announced the first shows for the second half of 2015. On December 19th they will join Nightwish to play the Wembley Arena in London. And there is even more news to come!

02.03.2015 O-East, Tokyo, Japan 03.03.2015 O-East, Tokyo, Japan 04.03.2015 Bottom Line, Nagoy, Japan 05.03.2015 Big Cat, Osaka-Shi, Japan 06.03.2015 Club Quattro, Hiroshima, Japan 08.03.2015 MUV Hall, Seoul, Republic of Korea 10.03.2015 Yu Gong Live, Beijing, China 11.03.2015 Mao Live House, Shanghai, China 12.03.2015 Music Zone Kitec Center, Hong Kong, China 14.03.2015 Hollywood Hall Ratchada, Bangkok, Thailand 15.03.2015 Hana Live House, Taipei, Taiwan

30.04.2015 Hexentanz Festival, Losheim, Germany 02.05.2015 Karmoygeddon Festival, Kopervik, Norway

05.05.2015 Le Splendid, Lille, France* 06.05.2015 L’Empreinte, Savigny-Le-Temple, France* 07.05.2015 Le Fil, St Etienne, France* 08.05.2015 Le Moloco, Audincourt, France* 09.05.2015 JUZ Live Club, Andernach, Germany 10.05.2015 ZAK, Uelsen, Germany* 11.05.2015 Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland* 14.05.2015 Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland* 15.05.2015 Audiodrome, Torino, Italy* 16.05.2015 Rock Planet, Pinarella di Cervia (RA), Italy* 21.05.2015 Paradise Garage, Lisbon, Portugal* 22.05.2015 Hardclub, Porto, Portugal* 03.06.2015 Orpheum, Graz, Austria* 04.06.2015 Komma, Wörgl, Austria*

(* supported by UNEARTH and Drone)

05.06.2015 Out & Loud Festival, Geiselwind, Germany 06.06.2015 Metalfest Open Air, Pilsen, Czech Republic 19.06.2015 Nummirock Metal Festival, Nummijarvi, Finland 20.06.2015 Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium 21.06.2015 Hellfest, Clisson, France 25.06.2015 Bravalla Festival, Norrköping, Sweden 05.07.2015 With Full Force Festival, Roitzschjora, Germany 18.07.2015 Dynamo Metal Fest, Eindhoven, Netherlands 20.07.2015 Metaldays, Tolmin, Slovenia 24.07.2015 Lanzenanger Festival, Burglengenfeld, Germany 25.07.2015 Barcelona Rock Fest, Barcelona, Spain

19.12.2015 Wembley Arena, London, UK**

(** supporting NIGHTWISH)