Septemnber 30, 2022
SONATA ARCTICA: Acoustic Adventures – Volume Two Out Today Via Atomic Fire!
SONATA ARCTICA needs no introduction. Besides significantly influencing the power/melodic metal scene, they’re a band that’s not only notorious for consistently delivering high quality studio albums but also for experimenting and breaking out of their musical comfort zone. Such musical flexibility has resulted in the aptly titled Acoustic Adventures touring cycles as well as the release of Volume One of their first acoustic album earlier this year – a set of intimate, pure, and heartfelt renditions of their iconic catalog. And today the Finnish power/melodic metal icons unveil the second part of their Acoustic Adventures opus via Atomic Fire!
Like Acoustic Adventures – Volume One, Acoustic Adventures – Volume Two was recorded and produced by Mikko Tegelman alongside the band at Studio57 in Finland while the cover artwork was designed by Janne Pitkänen.
Acoustic Adventures – Volume Two is available as CD Digipack, 2xLP Orange/Black Marbled vinyl and digitally at THIS LOCATION.
Coinciding with the release of Acoustic Adventures – Volume Two, SONATA ARCTICA will finally kick off their Acoustic Adventures tour throughout Europe TONIGHT. Find info and tickets for the band’s massive upcoming tour schedule at THIS LOCATION.
“‘FullMoon’ or ‘My Land’ are highlights of European melodic power metal history, and to experience these pieces in such powerful, organic re-interpretations by a Tony Kakko singing at his best and a virtuoso playing band is one of the big genre moments this year.” – Rock Hard
“…a roller coaster ride for the heart and the arrangements are just so beautiful it is impossible to deny them. You can hear the almost thirty years of experience in every note they play here and fans should be thankful SONATA ARCTICA put such care into revisiting the past.” – Cryptic Rock
“The second dozen songs to emerge from the Acoustic Adventures sessions once again shows SONATA ARCTICA as creative arrangers who can find captivatingly alternative sides to their own creations.” – Legacy
“SONATA ARCTICA bring an acoustic sparkle to their tracks without becoming monotonous or boring.”– Whiskey Soda
Tony Kakk – vocals, keyboards
Elias Viljanen – guitars
Pasi Kauppinen – bass
Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg – keyboards
Tommy Portimo – drums
SABATON ANNOUNCES NEW EP TRILOGY ECHOES OF THE GREAT WAR First EP, Weapons Of The Modern Age, OUT NOW
LOS ANGELES, CA – FRIDAY, September 30, 2022 — Today, metal heroes SABATON make an exciting announcement: With their fascination for the stories of World War I, and two dedicated studio albums filled to the brim with stories from this conflict, the band from Falun has decided to dive even deeper into this topic with their newest release: The EP trilogy entitled Echoes Of The Great War. This new EP trilogy features new songs specifically about World War I, coupled with topically related catalog music. You read that right! SABATON has been busy in the studio recording some new music for their fans.
With this WWI collection, the band aims to present this music in a different way, enabling listeners to familiarize themselves with these incredible war stories while simultaneously quenching the thirst for metal music.
Commenting on the new project, Pär Sundström states:
“This trilogy complements our two studio albums ‘The Great War’ and ‘The War To End All Wars’. We were definitely not ready to close our World War I chapter. We wanted to continue the journey and let it echo a little longer in the hearts and minds of our fans.”
The first in the series, Weapons Of The Modern Age, is out now. In times of conflict, science is very much linked to the war system. The First World War witnessed some of the biggest leaps in scientific evolution, weaponizing land, sea and skies in ways never witnessed before. This EP sheds light on the powerful and devastating tactics used to fight the war, and kicking off this release is SABATON’s new track, “Father.”
Sharing his insight on the track, Joakim Broden said:
“Our new song ‘Father’ is a dark track about a very controversial person. Fritz Haber, the man who weaponized lethal gas, is responsible for about 4 billion people being alive today thanks to the Haber-Bosch process that he won a Nobel Prize for. It takes some serious thought to wrap your head around his story. Things aren’t always easy to understand or simply black and white, but rather all shades of grey. ‘Father’ really forces you to think a bit more than the average song you hear on the radio.”
SABATON climbed the international charts with their album The War To End All Wars, securing #1 positions in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, and Finland. Having achieved the top position for the second time in Germany, Sweden and Finland, the album peaked at #1 in Poland, Hungary and Austria for the first time in the band’s career. This and additional outstanding results in other territories have made The War To End All Wars SABATON’S most successful album so far.
SABATON announced the re-scheduled dates for the European leg of their tour, known as “The Tour To End All Tours”, as well as an extension of “The Great Sweden Tour” with 20 additional shows in 20 more cities taking place in early 2023. All tour dates can be found HERE.
The Sign Records Update! Brand New Singles from Rokets & Lucifer Star Machine Out NOW!
Rokets shares their “Best Kept Secret” Video Watch Below:
Rokets reveal the softer side of garage rock on their new single “Best Kept Secret”. With timeless rock riffs and honest vocals, this smooth and colorful track hits the sweet spot where melodic rock’n’roll meets catchy pop.
“Best Kept Secret” is the third single from Rokets’ sophomore studio album “Break Free”, which will be released on The Sign Records December 9th.
Sami from Rokets comments on the single:
“”Best Kept Secret” is our selection for the third single of the upcoming album ‘Break Free’. We chose it because it’s the song from the album that really stands out as the so-called “outsider” of the group. It’s a bit more melancholic than most of the high-speed tracks we have on there and has a bit of a pop rock twist to it. The song tells a story about giving all you got to someone without getting anything back and coming out of a bad situation as the champion standing on the higher ground. Always walk tall!”
Rokets, formed in 2017, is a rocking and a rolling band from Helsinki, Finland. They have earned a reputation of a ferocious and electric live act through their constant gigging around Finland and the Baltic states.
The band’s first EP ‘Speed & Sound’ has been sold out for quite some time and their debut album ‘Fast Times’ has gained a lot of attention and positive feedback around Europe and America.
Now set to release their second album ‘Break Free’, Rokets are ready to make their presence be known with their high energy rock’n’roll. Besides setting stages on fire venue after another, the five members of Rokets have left a mark in the underground music scene of Finland by being a part of bands such as Black Lizard, Tryer, Velvets, Green King, United Seafood, Rusty Triggers and Slippers.
Sami Mustonen – lead vocals
Sakke Vänttinen – electric guitar, backing vocals
Elias Laurila – electric guitar, backing vocals
Lauri Lyytinen – bass guitar
Otto Bigler – drums
Lucifer Star Machine Launch ”Censorshipped” single and video
Lucifer Star Machine returns with the adrenaline-fueled single and music video “Censorshipped”. The track is a punchy mixture of hard rock, punk, and hardcore on which the German five-piece shares their views on censorship and freedom of speech.
Crushingly heavy yet sing along friendly, “Censorshipped” is the first single leading up to Lucifer Star Machine’s fifth studio album ‘Satanic Age’, which will be released during the spring of 2023.
Tor Abyss from Lucifer Star Machine on “Censorshipped”:
“We’ve written this song during lockdown around 2 years ago. Musically we wanted it to be right in your face with a singalong vibe. Kinda like 90’s Death Punk but with a modern twist. Lyrically we wanted to express our views on cancel culture and censorship in general. We live in controversial times where natural laws like freedom of speech are being put to the test constantly. It’s important when living in a democracy, that we can endure different opinions. This is a song about the protection of liberty and individuality.”
“Censorshipped” is out now on all streaming platforms together with an animated music video made by Mike “Fox” Foxall (The Art Of Fox).
The single is released on The Sign Records.
Lucifer Star Machine play fired-up Rock’n’roll influenced by Punk and Hard Rock.
Their high energy live shows cement their reputation as a true in-your-face Hardcore Rock ‘n’ Roll act. But it is the segueing of this wanton brutality with their sense for heartfelt and catchy melodies that makes them truly stand out.
The 5-piece was founded in London, UK in 2002 and has since toured several times across Europe, sharing stages with acts like Peter Pan Speedrock, Nashville Pussy and Demented Are Go.
In 2019 Lucifer Star Machine hit the stage at Wacken Open Air, one of the world’s biggest Heavy Metal festivals, where the bill included Slayer, Body Count and Airbourne amongst others.
Lucifer Star Machine‘s first single, “Death Baby“, came out in 2004 and was produced by Punk Rock legend Rat Scabies of The Damned. After two album releases on various indies, they signed with German label I Sold My Soul Media in 2013, who released their critically acclaimed third full length “Rock’n’Roll Martyrs“. The record was lauded for its authenticity and its snotty and unadorned approach.
In 2012 founder and band leader Tor Abyss moved back to his home country of Germany, whilst the rest of the band remained in England. Over time the logistics proved to be too difficult, so he decided to give the band a fresh start.
Thus, since Autumn 2014, Lucifer Star Machine is now based in Germany, with band members being located in Hamburg, Brunswick, Hanover, Fulda and Ede (NL).
Since their reformation the group has released 2 singles and an EP, which were accompanied by three videos.
The band has signed a record deal with Swedish label The Sign Records, who released the group’s fourth album ‘The Devil’s Breath‘ worldwide on 3rd April 2020.
During the pandemic, Lucifer Star Machine has written and recorded a new full-length record titled ‘The Satanic Age‘, which is set to be released by The Sign Records in 2023.
Their new line-up boasts ex-Mad Sin axeman Mighty Ramon and drummer Captain Fettsau.
PIERCE THE VEIL DROP “PASS THE NIRVANA WATCH BELOW
SONG MARKS THE FIRST NEW MUSIC FROM THE BAND SINCE 2016
TOUR WITH I PREVAIL SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE!
Pierce the Veil — guitarist/vocalist Vic Fuentes, guitarist Tony Perry, and bassist Jaime Precadio
The song was a juggernaut from the start — landing play listing at Rock This, Rock Hard, Rock Rotation, All New Rock, Rock Out, New Noise, Volume Máxim, Breaking Rock, Rock Arena, and more. It also netted over 6 million streams in the month since release. Pierce the Veil, which Rolling Stone once described as “hyperactive, progressive post-hardcore,” have truly served up a new track full of fuzzy guitars, massive melodic hooks, and PTV’s distinct emotional heart. “Pass the Nirvana” is quite the riff fest and it marks Pierce the Veil’s first new music since 2016. It was worth the wait — and then some. It is destined to become a fan favorite that the PTV faithful will scream the lyrics to at their live shows.
“‘Pass the Nirvana’ is about the many horrible traumas that the youth of America have endured over the past few years,” said frontman Fuentes previously about the song’s powerful, relatable, and topical subject matter. “COVID, no proms, no graduations, an insurrection, school shootings. The list goes on. Their lives have been tossed around like clothes in a dryer, as the tensions within our country have infiltrated our own homes, friends, and families. To me, the song represents a euphoric detachment from all of that anxiety and stress and about finding some form of peace or nirvana.”
Pierce the Veil are currently on the road with I Prevail and Fit for a King. All dates are below.
PIERCE THE VEIL ON TOUR:
WITH I PREVAIL, FIT FOR A KING, + YOURS TRULY:
10/1 — Silvers Spring, MD — The Fillmore Silver Spring
10/2 — New York, NY — The Rooftop at Pier 17
10/4 — Montreal, QC — L’Olympia
10/5 — Toronto, ON — Rebel
10/7 — Ft. Wayne, IN — The Clyde Theatre
10/8 — Grand Rapids, MI — GLC Live at 20 Monroe
10/9 — Chicago, IL — Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
WITH I PREVAIL, FIT FOR A KING, + STAND ATLANTIC:
10/22 — Las Vegas, NV — When We Were Young Fest*
10/23 — Las Vegas, NV — When We Were Young Fest*
10/24 — Los Angeles, CA — The Wiltern
10/26 — San Jose, CA — San Jose Civic
10/28 — Phoenix, AZ — The Van Buren
10/29 — Las Vegas, NV — When We Were Young Fest*
10/31 — Reno, NV — Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
11/1 — Boise, ID — Revolution Concert House and Event Center
11/2 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
11/4 — Denver, CO — Fillmore Auditorium
11/5 — Denver, CO — Fillmore Auditorium
11/6 — Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theater
11/8 — Milwaukee, WI — The Rave#
11/9 — St. Louis, MO — The Factory
11/11 — Cleveland, OH — Agora Theatre
11/12 — Cincinnati, OH — The Andrew J Brady Music Center
11/13 — Nashville, TN — Marathon Music Works
11/15 — Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
11/16 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore Theater
11/18 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore Philadelphia
11/19 — Cambridge, MA — MGM Music Hall at Fenway
11/20 — Buffalo, NY — Buffalo Riverworks
11/22 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore
11/23 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore
*I Prevail & Pierce The Veil Only // Festival Date
GAEREA Unveils Official Music Video for “Laude”
OBSIDIOUS Premieres Music Video for New Song, “Lake of Afterlife”
Deströyer 666 Reveals New Album Details, Unleashes New Song + Music Video
BLACK LAVA Reveals Music Video for New Song, “Eye of the Moon”
RIPPED TO SHREDS will perform at Bloodshed Fest in Netherlands April 29th-30th, 2023! Stay tuned for more RIPPED TO SHREDS live performance announcements soon.
Led by guitarist/vocalist Andrew Lee, RIPPED TO SHREDS emerges from the underground with their most fully realized and visceral work yet. Recorded and mixed by Lee in his home studio and mastered by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower, 劇變 (Jubian) is RIPPED TO SHREDS at their most focused and refined.
劇變 (Jubian) bursts wide open with “Violent Compulsion For Conquest,” an elegantly dark, new kind of chainsaw sound teeming with acidic vocals gnashing out lyrics inspired by the Mukden Incident. From its lightning-flash solos to those immensely killer echoing “Ough!”s, this absolute scather, according to Lee, was born to lead. Elsewhere, longtime RIPPED TO SHREDS fans will find the latest chapter of the ongoing “Sun Moon Holy Cult” saga to be its most thrilling episode thus far. One of the album’s most impressive and catchiest tracks, “漢奸 (Race Traitor),” represents that “straight-up melodeath” banger Lee says he’s always wanted to produce while also giving vent to his experience as a minority in America. The charring “Reek Of Burning Freedom,” Lee notes, is “an anti-war song” that incites to remind its discerning listers of the United States’ “indiscriminate bombing” campaign waged on North Korea during the Korean War. Chainsaw guitars, relentless drumming, dizzying solos, and disgusting growling throughout, 劇變 (Jubian) is undeniably ripping death metal.
All of the intensity of power coursing through 劇變 (Jubian) is somehow perfectly captured and rendered by Chinese artist Guang Yang, who also painted the cover of the last RIPPED TO SHREDS album. The statue on the cover is Mazu, the Taiwanese sea goddess. The setting of the painting was inspired by several of the local temples Lee has visited in Taiwan. “I felt like it was important to have something standing in for Chinese people,” Lee says. “The cultural context and impact of RIPPED TO SHREDS as a Taiwanese-American band cannot be understated; Lee declares that a driving force behind RIPPED TO SHREDS has been “to increase the visibility of ABCs [American-born Chinese] in extreme metal by being very blatantly Chinese.”
It’s not about taking over. With 劇變 (Jubian), which translates to “upheaval,” RIPPED TO SHREDS makes their intentions clear.
“Chock full of scathing vocals, chainsaw guitars, and a brand-new chapter of the ongoing ‘Sun Moon Holy Cult’ saga, 劇變 (Jubian) showcases RIPPED TO SHREDS’ signature brutal-yet-melodic style at full chisel.” – Decibel Magazine
Legendary Heavy Metal Band Stryper Releases New Single “Transgressor”
New York, NY – (September 15, 2022) – Legendary, heavy metal band Stryper released their latest single Transgressor” today September 15th off their forthcoming album The Final Battle that is set for release on October 21st, 2022. “
Transgressor” follows the successful release of first single “Rise To The Call,” and second single “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” both of which have received praise from press and fans alike in the buildup of the groups forthcoming album. This new album was produced by front man Michael Sweet, and firmly continues the trend established over the band’s last few albums, even somehow managing to beat its immediate predecessors, No More Hell To Pay (2013), Fallen (2015), God Damn Evil (2018), and Even The Devil Believes (2020), continuing the band’s unprecedented latest career streak of releasing arguably the best albums of their multi-decade career. The Final Battle sees the band growing heavier while also maintaining their trademark melodies, virtuoso guitar playing, and air tight rhythms. Fans can pre-order The Final Battle HERE. The Final Battle will be released on CD, 2xLP, and Digital formats, with multiple limited edition color variants of the LP available, along with exclusive merch drops on both Stryper’s and The Frontier’s websites. (More Info Below)
The Final Battle was crafted during the most challenging time of the band’s career. But rather than let the adversity get them down, the band accepted these challenges and channeled it into writing some of the greatest songs of their storied career. One of those great songs is the band’s latest single “Transgressor” off of The Final Battle. When asked about this new single Stryper front man Michael Sweet said, “Transgressor is a ride like no other. You take off at 100 MPH and it doesn’t let up until the very last note. It’s definitely one of our heaviest songs yet we wanted to incorporate melody and structure. We’re really excited about this one and we can’t wait to perform it live!”
When it comes to groundbreaking bands in the metal genre, Stryper is renowned for their distinctive brand of “heavenly metal,” extraordinary crossover success, and venerable endurance. The group ascended to prominence in the 1980s with Billboard Top 40 hits like “Calling on You,” “Honestly,” and “Always There for You” and has maintained a global fan base since. Stryper’s career album sales exceed 10 million worldwide, including 1986’s multi-platinum release To Hell with the Devil. The band also made history when it notched two songs simultaneously on MTV’s Top 10 with videos “Free” and “Honestly.” While Stryper is known for their Christian faith, their decades plus career in heavy metal has made them much more than just a ‘Christian metal’ band. Sure, that is part of who they are, but at the end of the day, they are simply a long-running and well respected heavy metal band with a late-career rebirth that has proved their enduring talent and musical skills are well intact.
Today, some 37+ years after emerging from the southern California nightclub scene, Stryper continues to record, tour and perform for loyal fans around the globe. With three original members including brothers Michael Sweet (lead vocals, guitar) and Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitar) and newest bandmate, seasoned bassist Perry Richardson (formerly of Firehouse), the group finds itself creating their finest, most powerful music yet. Stay tuned to Stryper’s socials below for updates on the release of more singles in the buildup to the release of The Final Battle as well as upcoming tour dates from the legendary metal group.
Stryper Tour Dates:
SEPTEMBER 25, 2022 TEMPLELIVE WICHITA, KS
SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 THE HAUTE SPOT CEDAR PARK, TX
SEPTEMBER 29, 2022 TREES DALLAS, TX
SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 RISE ROOFTOP HOUSTON, TX
OCTOBER 1, 2022 ROCK ‘N BOOTS FESTIVAL PARK MERCEDES, TX
OCTOBER 8, 2022 PEPPERS CLUB SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
OCTOBER 10, 2022 TEATRO JORGE ELIECER GAITAN BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
OCT 29 -NOV 3, 2022 THE KISS KRUISE XI SAN PEDRO, CA
NOVEMBER 4, 2022 WHISKY A GO GO HOLLYWOOD, CA
NOVEMBER 5, 2022 HOUSE OF BLUES SAN DIEGO, CA
NOVEMBER 6, 2022 ENCOURE TUSCON, AZ
DECEMBER 4, 2022 HELL & HEAVEN METAL FESTIVAL SAN MATEO, MX
DECEMBER 6, 2022 ESTADIO SULTANES MOTERREY, MX
JANUARY 20 , 2023 ROKISLAND FEST 2023 KEY WEST, FL
APRIL 29 – MAY 4, 2023 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE MIAMI, FL
September 14, 2022
Lorna Shore launches video for new single, “Pain Remains I: Dancing Like Flames”; kicks off European tour with Parkway Drive, While She Sleeps
On October 14th, Lorna Shore will unleash their fourth full-length, Pain Remains, via Century Media Records. For a preview of the record, the new single – “Pain Remains I: Dancing Like Flames” – can be streamed now here; the video for the track (directed by David Brodsky // http://www.mgenyc.com) can be viewed below:
Lorna Shore comments on the upcoming “Pain Trilogy”: “The Pain Trilogy is a three-part tale focusing on the stages of grief and vulnerability and exemplifying it through a love story. The first song, ‘Pain Remains I: Dancing like Flames’ begins with the main character becoming enamored by the person within his dreams. He decides to turn to this reality as a sense of purpose despite knowing that the closer he gets to his goal, the further it seems to drift away.”
Pre-order Pain Remains now at: https://lornashore.lnk.to/PainRemainsPR – where the album is available in the following formats–CD Digipak
–Gatefold opaque hot pink-white-black marbled 2LP at lornashorestore.com (limited to 500 copies)
–Gatefold ultra clear 2LP at lornashorestore.com (limited to 500 copies)
–Gatefold clear 2LP at CM Distro Wholesale EU and CMDistro.de (limited to 500 copies)
–Gatefold transp. orange-red marbled 2LP at Impericon (limited to 500 copies)
–Gatefold transp. red-black marbled 2LP at EMP (limited to 500 copies)
–Gatefold transp. highlighter yellow 2LP at centurymedia.store (limited to 500 copies)
–Gatefold transp. black ice 2LP at Revolver (limited to 500 copies)
–Gatefold white 2LP at US Indie outlets (limited to 1500 copies)
–Ltd. Gatefold black 2LP
Vektor signs worldwide deal with Century Media Records; working on new album; European tour starting out this month!
Phoenix, Arizona based technical Thrash Metal masters Vektor have signed a new worldwide contract with Century Media Records and are currently working on their upcoming, 4th studio album, to be released in 2023.
Vektor guitarist and vocalist David DiSanto checked in with the following comment: “We are extremely pleased to announce that Vektor has signed with Century Media Records! They have long been on our radar, and we couldn’t be happier for this new partnership. Recording of our fourth studio album has commenced and we have set the bar very high for ourselves once again. We are eager to begin the next phase of our global takeover with such a legendary record label. On the heels of this amazing news, we cannot wait to begin our European tour this fall after a nearly six-year hiatus. See you out there, Vektonauts!”
Philipp Schulte, Vice President Century Media Records, commented as follows: “We are excited to announce our cooperation with Vektor. Vektor seamlessly merge outstanding songwriting and technical finesse into something truly standard setting for modern metal. In the spirit of their quantum-leap vision for themselves, new music awaits. Let the countdown begin!”
Next up, Vektor will be touring all across Europe together with labelmates Cryptosis, Comaniac and Algebra in October as well as an additional run dates with Cryptosis across the UK, Ireland, Greece and Turkey (No Cryptosis!) in November. See here for a complete list of dates and make sure not to miss them on the road:
(From left to right in photo by Dakota Jeane DiSanto)
Stephen Coon – Bass
Mike Ohlson – Drums
Erik Nelson – Guitars
David DiSanto – Guitars & Vocals
Century Media online:
VV WILL RELEASE HIS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM NEON NOIR ON JANUARY 13TH 2023 – ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED
Finnish Love Metal pioneer, Ville Valo (VV) of HIM, will release his debut solo album, Neon Noir, on January 13th via Heartagram Records, distributed by UMG/ Spinefarm.
“Neon Noir is a sonic step-by-step guide on how to survive, and perhaps even enjoy, the realm of VV with its abundance of things that go bump in the night,” says Valo. “It’s a teary mascara marathon between Robert Smith and Ozzy, with a dash of hope.”
lbum & merch pre-orders for Neon Noir are now live, HERE.
Head to Kerrang.com to read their cover feature, in which Ville discusses the album in-depth.
Meanwhile, watch the video for the current single, ‘Echolocate Your Love’, HERE.
VV’s headline tour – taking place next year across Europe, the UK and North America – has already sold-out across a number of cities. Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available!
|NORTH AMERICA3/31 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia|
4/1 – Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia (sold out)
4/2 – Big Night Live, Boston
4/4 – Roxian Theater, Pittsburgh
4/5 – House of Blues, Cleveland
4/6 – St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit
4/8 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati
4/9 – House of Blues, Chicago (sold out)
4/10 – House of Blues, Chicago
4/11 – Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
4/13 – The Summit Music Hall, Denver
4/14 – The Depot, Salt Lake City
4/16 – Ace of Spaces, Sacramento
4/17 – The Fillmore, San Francisco
4/18 – The Belasco, Los Angeles (sold out)
4/19 – The Belasco, Los Angeles
4/21 – House of Blues, Las Vegas
4/22 – House of Blues, San Diego
4/23 – The Van Buren, Phoenix
4/25 – House of Blues, Dallas
4/26 – Aztec Theatre, San Antonio
4/27 – House of Blues, Houston
4/28 – House of Blues, New Orleans
4/30 – House of Blues, Orlando
5/1 – Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale
5/3 – Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta
5/4 – Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville
5/05 – The Underground, Charlotte
5/7 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring
5/8 – Irving Plaza, New York
5/9 – Irving Plaza, New York
September 13, 2022
OZZY OSBOURNE RELEASES FULL NFL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE FROM SEPTEMBER LOS ANGELES RAMS-BUFFALO BILLS GAME
Last week (Thursday, September 8) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE performed the halftime show for the Los Angeles Rams season opener at SoFi Stadium on the eve of the release of his PATIENT NUMBER 9 album. Because that performance was only seen by game attendees (NBC also aired a short clip of during the game telecast), OZZY has obtained the full performance to share with his fans. OZZY was joined by longtime band members Zakk Wylde and Tommy Clufetos, along with Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and PATIENT NUMBER 9 producer Andrew Watt (who also worked with OZZY’s on 2020’s ORDINARY MAN album) for a medley of the album’s title track, along with his legendary classic (and popular sports anthem) “Crazy Train.” OZZY OSBOURNE’s PATIENT NUMBER 9 album (released September 9 on Epic) marks OZZY’s first release since his critically acclaimed worldwide chart-topping album ORDINARY MAN in 2020. Watch the performance here.
Produced by Andrew Watt marks OZZY’s 13th solo studio album. It’s heavy, it’s hard-hitting, it’s historic–it’s everything you’d want from an OZZY record and maybe more. Working with producer Watt for the second time, OZZY welcomed a dynamic A-list featured guests. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-master Tony Iommi appears on an OZZY solo album.
The record also boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding righthand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appears on three songs. Old friend and one-time OZZY band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney supplying bass on a few songs.
JUNO Award-Winning Modern Power Metal Stars UNLEASH THE ARCHERS Announce “Apex’” Fifth Anniversary Edition,out November 18
Featuring New, Never Heard Reimaginations of Album Favorites “False Walls” and “Apex” Pre-Order HERE
Listen to “False Walls” Transformed as “Falsewave”
THEODOR BASTARD Shares Music Video for Cover of QUEEN’s “The Show Must Go On”
Russian Karelian Neofolk collective THEODOR BASTARD is now releasing an emotional cover version of QUEEN‘s 1991 hit, “The Show Must Go On.” The inventive version of the song can be found along with a stunning music video at THIS LOCATION.
THEODOR BASTARD previously announced the re-issue of their 2015 masterpiece ‘Vetvi’, which was originally released on April 29, 2015. The album was re-released via Season of Mist in 2021 and is still available HERE.
Tribulation release new single and video: “Hamartia”; kick off European tour with Watain, Abbath, Bölzer this week!
After earning a Swedish Grammis Award earlier this year for their critically acclaimed latest album Where the Gloom Becomes Sound (2021), Tribulation have now returned with a new standalone single and video: “Hamartia”.
A first recording to feature new guitarist Joseph Tholl, “Hamartia” was recorded with Robert Pehrsson, mixed by Tom Dalgety (who previously mixed Where the Gloom Becomes Sound), mastered by Magnus Lindberg and comes with artwork by Tribulation guitarist Adam Zaars.
Watch the video for “Hamartia” below which was directed by Johan Bååth & Astrid Bergdahl
Tribulation‘s Adam Zaars commented about “Hamartia” as follows: “This is a song about the many shades of the word Hamartia. It’s an angry gothic tragedy sonically, and introduces Joseph on guitar. This is the first of a few. We hope you like it!”
After a successful run of festivals shows across Europe, North America and South America this summer, Tribulation will finally be back on the road starting this week, joining Watain, Abbath and Bölzer on the “Chariots of Fire” European Tour 2022.
September 12, 2022
Modern Progressive Rockers THE VINTAGE CARAVAN Release New Music Video for “Hell”vWatch
European Tour with Opeth Announced, Starting September 14, 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia
Headliner Tour throughout Europe and UK will start on September 30, 2022!
Icelandic psychedelic rock frontrunners THE VINTAGE CARAVAN have revealed their newest music video for the track “Hell”, cut from their latest studio album, ‘Monuments’, out now via Napalm Records.
Bringing back vintage rock with progressive influences, the band has proven more than capable of creating their own trademark sound. After countless high-voltage live performances at festivals such as Roadburn, Wacken and Hellfest, and touring with Opeth, the band’s new full-length impressively demonstrates that their musical and lyrical style has evolved to new heights. Presenting guitar driven classics merged with blues and rock influences THE VINTAGE CARAVAN creates nostalgic nuances to get lost in. Showing the full scope of their capabilities, ‘Monuments’ delivers refreshing 70’s-inspired rock with a modern twist!
With “Hell”, THE VINTAGE CARAVAN showcases their blazing energy with virtuosic retro riffs. The video takes the viewer straight into the heart of the band’s sound and hits with lucid, arena-ready energy that offers the perfect preface for their upcoming European tour with Opeth, which will be followed up by their European headliner tour! To both tours you can find the dates for below!
Oskar on “Hell” (singer/guitarist):
“’Hell‘ is a personal song about going through a tough time in a relationship but seeing the light in the end of the tunnel that keeps you in that situation but you never reach it. It’s an interesting song where we experimented with making the main hook/chorus of the song a guitar riff. We Hope you enjoy ‘Hell’.”
|Thrash Metal Frontrunners WARBRINGER Reveal New Music Video for “Crushed Beneath the Tracks”|
USA West Coast Tour Begins Tomorrow in Fresno, CA!
In celebration of their west coast USA headline tour kicking off tomorrow, SoCal modern thrash metal frontrunners WARBRINGER just dropped a brand new music video for the Weapons of Tomorrow album favorite “Crushed Beneath the Tracks“. The unrelenting, grooving burner can now be experienced with an equally high-energy visual!
WARBRINGER’s string of headline dates – featuring support from both Heathen and Misfire – will kick off tomorrow in Fresno, CA, and conclude in West Hollywood, CA at the iconic Whisky-A-Go-Go on October 1. Tickets are on sale now – check local venues for details!
Drummer Carlos Cruz states:
“WARBRINGER is ecstatic to return to the road with our upcoming “U.S. Unraveling” headline tour in support of our latest album, Weapons of Tomorrow! It’s been over two years since the album’s release and the band is long overdue to perform these songs live on the west coast! We wanted to do something cool for the fans and film a new music video for the album’s heaviest song, “Crushed Beneath the Tracks”! Thanks to director Juan Rodriguez (Haze Grey Pictures) and his team for collaborating with us to create wicked visuals for such a neck-breaking track! We’ll be performing it every night on tour, so spread the word and we’ll see you in the circle pit!”
PARAMORE ANNOUNCE TWO INTIMATE LA SHOWS CLAUD, OGI, ELKE + FAUX REAL ADDED TO DATES REGISTER FOR LA TICKETS
Paramore have added two Los Angeles dates to their run of intimate performances across the U.S. The band will be playing on October 20 at The Wiltern with Faux Real and October 27 at The Belasco with Elke. Fans can register HERE exclusively through Ticketmaster’s request platform from now until Wednesday, September 14th at 11:59 PM local to get access to tickets. A portion of ticket sales from both Los Angeles shows will be donated to Support + Feed, a non-profit that takes action for a global shift to an equitable, plant-based food system to combat food insecurity and the climate crisis.
Singer-songwriter Claud will accompany Paramore on their first slew of shows in Bakersfield, Magna, Omaha, Oklahoma City and Chesterfield. Young the Giant, Japanese Breakfast and Claud will join the band for a very special show in Bonner Springs. Ogi will be supporting for the remainder of the dates after the Los Angeles shows with Faux Real and Elke.
September 7-8, 2022
BRKN LOVE UPCOMING TOUR AND NEW SINGLE “UNDER THE KNIFE”
BRKN LOVE SHARE “UNDER THE KNIFE” — LISTEN
Toronto-based alt-rock band BRKN LOVE have released the new single, “Under the Knife,” just before their busy U.S./Canadian touring schedule kicks off. Listen here.
After the success of their Vol.1 EP, which featured singles “Dead Weight” and “Like a Drug,” and the recent release of “Forever’s Enough” off their upcoming Vol. 2 EP, “Under the Knife” once again showcases how well songwriter/frontman Justin Benlolo uses all the tools in his arsenal to firmly position BRKN LOVE in the young, modern rock revolution.
Benlolo says, “‘Under the Knife’ is our most daring single yet. This song takes everything that people have been familiar with before, injects it with a shot of adrenaline, makes it listen to its older brother’s hardcore records and kicks it into a high-speed chase down the highway at 155mph. Needless to say, it’s an absolute rager. Lyrically, the song details a toxic relationship in which the people are actually enjoying the pain it brings them. The main character’s perspective is one I’ve never written from before. The character actively admits that the scrutiny and torture is something that is giving his life purpose, and throughout the song it results in him doing anything he can to continue this terrible situation. I felt like although this wasn’t a particularly happy subject, it was something different and relatable in many ways. I hope you enjoy the song! Make sure you turn it up LOUD! Thank you.”
“Under The Knife” follows previous singles “Forevers Enough,” “Like A Drug,” and “Deadweight,” which BBC Radio One’s Indie Show presenter Jack Saunders called “the new age of rock and roll.” You can check out the latest here.
Meanwhile, BRKN LOVE are gearing up to play a number of shows across North America in support of Dead Poet Society and The Blue Stones, while also playing some of their first U.S. headline dates along the way. Starting September 2 in Phoenix, the fall run consists of 37 shows and the excitement for both legs is palpable.
“We cannot wait to hit the road with our friends Dead Poet Society and The Blue Stones this Fall,” Benlolo says. “These shows will truly be ones to remember. It’s been a minute since we’ve gone across Canada and we’re beyond excited to be with friends. On top of that, we are also playing our very first batch of headlining shows plus dates across the USA with more friends! All these shows will truly be ones to remember and the likelihood of them being off the rails is very high. In conjunction with this tour, we will also be releasing our second LP Black Box, which will make this super special and you can expect lots of new material to be played! It’s not every day that you get great, young, up and coming rock bands playing together like this, so you better come out and party with us!”
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LAMB OF GOD Drops Heavy New Single “Grayscale”
The Omens Tour w/Killswitch Engage and More Kicks Off September 9
Willie Adler says “‘Grayscale’ has just a smack you in the face, bit of hardcore feel to it. We had basically finished writing the record and I wrote this song thinking it won’t necessarily be a Lamb song. I sent it to Josh Wilbur, our producer, to check out and he responded with ‘Perfect, this is the last song we need for the record!'”
The heavy “Grayscale” includes Blythe’s vibrantly unhinged vocal attack plus Morton and Adler‘s threatening riffage to challenge and devastate headbangers alike and also features Cruz and
Campbell‘s unstoppable rhythms. Buy “Grayscale” here: https://Lamb-of-God.lnk.to/Grayscale
Acclaimed Rockers ALTER BRIDGE Release Epic Album Track “Sin After Sin” + New Lyric Video |
Third Track from Upcoming Album, Pawns & Kings Album Scheduled for Worldwide Release on October 14 Pre-Order HERE
|As the band’s current single, “Silver Tongue,” moves up the Active Rock radio charts and its music video crossed a million plays in less than a month, acclaimed rockers ALTER BRIDGE are back with another track from their upcoming seventh studio album, Pawns & Kings – scheduled for worldwide release on October 14 via Napalm Records. “Sin After Sin” is the latest epic track released by the quartet comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums. The song clocks in at 6:43 and is the second longest song on the new album. The lyric video was created by ALTER BRIDGE visual collaborator Wayne Joyner and can be seen below.|
CELTIC FROST ‘DANSE MACABRE’ SUPER DELUXE BOX-SET OF THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS: 1984 -1987
‘CIRCLE OF THE TYRANTS’ & PRE-ORDER HERE – https://celticfrost.lnk.to/dansemacabrePR
Over the course of little more than three years between 1984 and 1987, Celtic Frost established themselves as one of the most important bands in extreme and experimental music of that era. ‘Danse Macabre’ brings together the band’s recordings from those years, capturing their boundary-pushing ambition and creative zeal.
On paper, the story of Celtic Frost’s early years is as unlikely as it is extraordinary: a tale of how teenagers from rural Switzerland, at once audaciously ambitious and ferociously uncompromising, took heavy metal into new, exciting and unquestionably extreme territory. That they did so in the face of adversity at almost every turn makes this story even more incredible.
From its very inception mid-way through 1984, following Tom Gabriel Warrior and Martin Eric Ain’s decision to dissolve Hellhammer, Celtic Frost set out to give expression – both musically and aesthetically – to a uniquely extreme artistic vision which the pair delineated in forensic detail in a document which was presented to Noise Records, with whom Hellhammer had released ‘Apocalyptic Raids’, in order to demonstrate to the label that their new band was a viable project.
Convinced, Noise asked Celtic Frost to record a mini-LP, even though that hadn’t formed part of Warrior and Ain’s concept document. Undeterred, and propelled by a burning urgency, Celtic Frost set out to write and record a full length LP in a matter of a few months. ‘Morbid Tales’ was recorded with Horst Müller in Berlin and was unlike anything else. Intensely heavy, nuanced and experimental, the record was a radical musical statement of intent; a stunning synthesis of Warrior and Ain’s disparate influences. From the furious opening riff of ‘Into The Crypts Of Rays’ through to the avant-garde experimentation of ‘Danse Macabre’, ‘Morbid Tales’ heralded the arrival of Celtic Frost as a profoundly unique and uncompromising band.
New Yorker Reed St Mark joined Celtic Frost as a permanent member in February 1985, replacing session drummer Stephen Priestly, and the trio recorded the ‘Emperor’s Return’ EP in April ‘85, at Noise’s request. Featuring the first recording of the essential ‘Circle Of The Tyrants’, the EP is a solid snap shot of the sheer fanaticism that was the lifeblood of Tom and Martin in particular.
‘To Mega Therion’ was Celtic Frost’s next album, recorded in September ‘85. Due to personal difficulties, Martin was not in the band at that point, and so bass duties for the recording were carried out by session player Dominic Steiner. Martin’s absence also meant that Tom was responsible for the music and virtually all of the lyrics. But despite difficult circumstances, the resulting album, however, was a triumph. Replete with iconic cover art by HR Giger, ‘To Mega Therion’ imposes its dark majesty from the off with the orchestral bombast of ‘Innocence And Wrath’, before launching into the savagery of the hook-laden ‘The Usurper’. Daring, dark and superlatively heavy, ‘To Mega Therion’ is a sophisticated expression of Celtic Frost’s inherent drive to eschew genre limitations and, instead, define art on their own terms.
Martin Ain was soon brought back into the fold and a few songs from ‘To Mega Therion’ were re-recorded and remixed with Harris Johns, emerging as the excellent sounding ‘Tragic Serenades’ EP. It, and Celtic Frost’s previous releases, increasingly received critical acclaim, which emboldened the band to take more risks, to push the boundaries of heavy music even further with their next album.
Recorded in Hanover at the start of 1987, ‘Into The Pandemonium’ was not an easy album to make; the band’s experimental ambitions often at odds with their label’s concerns. But, despite these obstacles, the band defended their artistic vision and the result is an astonishing piece of avant-garde art. The album’s experimentation is still striking today, challenging how we perceive heavy music and what it means to take music risks. Only Celtic Frost could create an album which kicks off with a singular cover of a New Wave song (Wall Of Voodoo’s ‘Mexican Radio’) and immediately follow it up with the mournful tragedy of ‘Mesmerized’.
‘Into The Pandemonium’ was the last recording made by this era of Celtic Frost, bringing to an end a period of incredible creative and artistic growth over what was a remarkably brief period of time. That the teenagers who recorded ‘The Third Of The Storm’ and ‘Triumph Of Death’ for the Hellhammer EP would, despite constant turmoil, be recording the jaw-dropping ‘Rex Irae’ just three years later is astonishing.
‘Danse Macabre’ captures the radical ambition and evolution of Celtic Frost from 1984 through to 1987. In addition to the albums ‘Morbid Tales’, ‘To Mega Therion’ and ‘Into The Pandemonium’, the 7 marble colour vinyl box set also includes the ‘Emperor’s Return’, ‘Tragic Serenades’ and ‘I Won’t Dance’ EPs, along with ‘The Collectors Celtic Frost’ compilation, a 7” of ‘Visual Aggression’ and a cassette of rehearsals recorded at the band’s Grave Hill Bunker. A 12” x 12”, 40 page book, brings together photography – some previously unseen – from the era and brand new interviews with Tom Gabriel Warrior and Reed St Mark. A Heptagram USB drive contains MP3 audio of all the albums, including bonus tracks. A Danse Macabre woven patch, a double sided poster, and a Necromaniac Union fan club enamel badge complete the set. ‘Danse Macabre’ is also available as a 5 CD box set, with 40 page book, badge, poster and patch.
September 6, 2022
Belgian Rock Sensation BLACK MIRRORS Announces New Album, Tomorrow Will Be Without Us!
Watch the Music Video for First Album Single “Hateful Hate, I’ll Kill You”
Tomorrow Will Be Without UsOut November 4, 2022 via Napalm Records
2017 saw Brussels-based rock sensation BLACK MIRRORS take the world by storm with the debut of their awe-inspiring Funky Queen EP. Feverishly acclaimed live appearances and a powerful festival showcase later, the band fronted by extraordinary vocalist Marcella Di Troia quickly inked a worldwide deal with leading rock and metal empire Napalm Records, soon gaining further praise with the release of their first full-length album, Look Into The Black Mirror. Continuing to exceed expectations, the unstoppable BLACK MIRRORS have now crafted a new masterpiece and one of rock’s leading highlights of 2022 – their upcoming release, Tomorrow Will Be Without Us, out November 4, 2022 via Napalm Records!
Are we killing our own planet? No, BLACK MIRRORS doesn’t believe that we as humans have the power to destroy mother earth. However, as the album cover below portrays, it’s clear who will end up burning – all living creatures, us. Tomorrow Will Be Without Us is a clear statement impacting every single one of us living on our planet.
As first album single “Hateful Hate, I’ll Kill You” proves, the band pushes their fuzz pedals to the max, delivering a powerful rock anthem you can’t help but move and groove to, yet perfectly showcases BLACK MIRRORS’ unforced, versatile and organic talent.
BLACK MIRRORS says about their first single:
“‘Hateful Hate, I’ll Kill You’ is one of the first songs we wrote and recorded for this album. We felt the song really helped us to shape the album as it embraces a lot of different influences like Nirvana and Hole, but also Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack White and even Radiohead.
The song is a shout out to the bitter world we’re living in, a shout out to our consumerist society! Our beautiful planet has its limits! We are on a sinking ship. We have left so many living beings to die, to disappear even. We need to change now more than ever – we have to change our ways.”
ORTÍÐ announce new two-track EP “Dómur um dauðan hvern” and release lyric video single ‘För’
Following in the wake of FORTÍÐ‘s highly praised sixth album, “World Serpent”, which also won the prestigious “album of the month” titles in German magazines Metal Hammer and Sonic Seducer, the band now offers a first glimpse of great things to come in the shape of the two-track EP “Dómur um dauðan hvern” (“Judgement of Everyone Dead”). The Icelandic pagan black metal trio now reveals the lyric video single ‘För’ (“Journey”) as a tasty sample of the MCD, which is slated for release on November 18, 2022.
Please find all details regarding “Dómur um dauðan hvern” below.
Here is a music pre-sale link for “Dómur um dauðan hvern” http://lnk.spkr.media/fortid-domur
FORTÍÐ comment: “The first track on the ‘Dómur um dauðan hvern’ EP is called ‘För’, which translates to ‘journey’, but the word can also be taken to mean ‘marks’ as in the plural of a mark”, mastermind Einar Eldur Thorberg aka Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson explains. “Well, both translations apply in this case, because this song deals with mankind’s journey throughout the ages and the indelible marks that we leave behind.”
With their two-track EP “Dómur um dauðan hvern” (“Judgement of Everyone Dead”), FORTÍÐ sent out an impressive sign of life. The Icelandic pagan black metal outfit continues in the massive footprints that their current album “World Serpent” has left. Epic Icelandic melodies, sharp riffing that draws from black, death, thrash, and heavy metal as well as Einar Eldur Thorberg’s distinct vocals combine into fiery and spirited new songs.
At the end of December 2020, FORTÍÐ were visibly on the rise. Having moved back to Iceland and with a new line-up, mastermind Einar scored heavily with “World Serpent” in soundchecks, end of the year lists in the press and with sales soaring as well, it looked like those descendants of the Vikings were about to set sail again and take the world by storm. The world had other plans. For all too well known reasons, FORTÍÐ ended up stuck at home instead of touring.
Instead of twiddling thumbs, FORTÍÐ decided to hone their weapons by writing new material and to weather out the global storm season in their rehearsal room and later in the studio to make the best out of the situation. The first new songs on “Dómur um dauðan hvern” demonstrate that “World Serpent” was not an accidental success, but that this album represents a new height, which the Icelanders, with many years of experience under their belts and still burning with passion, have securely reached and hold on to.
There have always been subtle experiments and at times drastic line-up changes with each new album that FORTÍÐ have released. Yet with Einar firmly at the helm, the Icelanders are still following the course that he set on the “Völuspá”-trilogy of albums from 2003 to 2010. Their combination of harsh black and death metal riffing with a pinch of thrash and a penchant for epic melodies, versatile vocals as well as a heavy dose of “Icelandic sound” was maintained on the acclaimed “Pagan Prophecies” (2012) full-length and the following “9” (2015) album as well, which finally led to the dark and deadly “World Serpent” being unleashed onto the pagan metal world.
Far from being satisfied with their latest achievements, FORTÍÐ are preparing for their next attack. “Dómur um dauðan hvern” is a strong omen for those ravens of the north to embark on another metal journey filled with heavy glory, riffs of ice, and steel-strings!
REVOCATION To Kick Off North American Headlining Tour This Week
Progressive death metal outfit REVOCATION will kick off their North American headlining tour later this week. The trek begins on September 9th and runs through October 16th with support provided by Krisiun, Alluvial, and Inoculation. See all confirmed dates below.
The tour kick off coincides with REVOCATION‘s latest full-length, Netherheaven, set for release on September 9th via Metal Blade Records. Four years in the making, the Billboard-charting trio – Dave Davidson (vocals/guitars), Ash Pearson (drums), and Brett Bamberger (bass) – meticulously explore the allegorical and literal aspects of Hell as they dig deeper into the darker, more diabolical side of death metal. In short, where the previous album, The Outer Ones (2018), jettisoned REVOCATION into the horrific maw of the cosmos, Netherheaven bores deftly through the nine rings of Hell to directly confront Lucifer and his multitudinous faces.
Preview and purchase Netherheaven at metalblade.com/revocation.
REVOCATION w/ Krisiun, Alluvial, Inoculation:
9/09/2022 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
9/10/2022 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
9/11/2022 La Source de la Martinière – Québec City, QC
9/13/2022 Elsewhere Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NY
9/14/2022 Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub – Cambridge, MA
9/15/2022 Lovedraft’s Brewing CO – Mechanicsburg, PA
9/16/2022 The Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
9/17/2022 Elevation 27 – Virginia Beach, VA
9/18/2022 The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
9/19/2022 The Masquerade (Purgatory) – Atlanta, GA
9/20/2022 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
9/21/2022 Respectable Street – West Palm Beach, FL
9/23/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
9/24/2022 Amplified Live – Dallas, TX
9/25/2022 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
9/27/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
9/28/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/29/2022 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
9/30/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA
10/01/2022 Santa Cruz Vets Hall – Santa Cruz, CA
10/03/2022 Dante’s – Portland, OR
10/04/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10/06/2022 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
10/07/2022 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
10/08/2022 The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE
10/09/2022 Bigs Bar – Sioux Falls, SD
10/11/2022 Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
10/12/2022 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/13/2022 The Sanctuary 2 – Hamtramck, MI
10/14/2022 No Class – Cleveland, OH
10/15/2022 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
10/16/2022 Enclave – Pittsburgh, PA
September 2, 2022
Leather’s New Studio Album “We Are the Chosen“ Announced for November 25, 2022
First Single & Video “We Take Back Control”Out September 23rd!
You can watch a teaser for the album below!
Leather Leone has a mission, and not just recently, but since the beginning of her life as an artist. As a thoroughbred musician, an exceptional metal vocalist, and above all as an unconditionally positive person, her message has always been: “Never give up and stay the way you are!”
You don’t have to look far to find this encouraging credo on her new solo album ‘We Are the Chosen’: It features immediately on the opening track “We Take Back Control“, and it would be difficult to express her self-confidence and zest for action more unequivocally. The song sets the direction for the whole album, for Leather’s ambitions, and for her future as a committed musician. Her positive lyrics run like a leitmotif through the album’s ten songs and create an atmospherically dense arch up to its programmatic finale “The Glory in the End”.
The album has been scheduled for release on November 25, 2022 on Steamhammer/SPV and will be available for digital download as well as on CD and vinyl LP. The lead single will be out on September 23, followed by a second single on November 4.
Leather Leone undeniably counts among the most charismatic metal vocalists of the past four decades. She already caused a sensation in the 1980s as frontwoman of Chastain, the band of guitar icon David T. Chastain. Together with him, Leone has produced a series of successful albums up to the present day, some of them for legendary US talent scout Mike Varney’s imprint, Shrapnel Records. She has also released successful recordings with Malibu Barbi, Sledge/Leather, among others, and as a solo artist.
“We Are The Chosen” features her first solo songs since “Leather II“” (2018), highlighting the amazing energy which has allowed her to break free from the oppressive situation of the past two years. Leone remembers: “Things had been going really well for me just before the Lockdown started, but with the arrival of Covid, all my touring plans had to be shelved and things were threatening to go down the drain. But my friend and guitarist Vinnie Tex was totally right in saying: ‘Now more than ever! We’ll do everything ourselves!’ The very first number we composed for the new record was ‘We Take Back Control’, which pointed the direction for the rest of the album.”
A direction which is also manifest on the other songs, such as the characteristic “Who Rules the World”, which is, as she explains “a typical example of my style, a kind of retrospective of my entire musical life”. In addition, there are a number of surprises on the new album: “Off With Your Head” has the American chanteuse embark to new pastures; Leone explains: “This song is one of my absolute favourites.” “Hallowed Ground“, which she has dedicated to her great idol Ronnie James Dio, also deserves to be mentioned. “I met Ronnie lots of times and had wonderful discussions with him. He knew that I first got into metal thanks to his music and that I owe him lots.”
“We Are the Chosen” was recorded at the Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Vader, Hate among others) in Białystok, Poland, with Leather Leone and Vinnie Tex in charge of songwriting and production. Woitek and Slawek Wieslawski mixed and mastered the material, and Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Kreator, Testament) contributed the cover artwork.
Leather and Vinnie Tex have invested vitality and passion in every last detail of their new metal anthems, so it comes as no surprise that Leone sums up her latest offering as follows: “To me, “We Are the Chosen” is a labour of love and I’m incredibly proud of it!”
Her Shadow to Release ‘The Ghost Love Chronicles‘ November 11th via Svart
First Single & Video for “Fifth Season” Streaming
Her Shadow offers dreamy pop music with moonlight melodies, heavenly hooks and Lynchian twists. The ethereal soundscapes come to life in a dream noir universe oozing with catchy choruses, Morricone motifs and vintage sounds interweave with state of the art production.
The birth of Her Shadow was inevitable. Old friends, guitarist-songwriter Tomi Henttunen (Royal Lips) and keyboardist-lyricist Laakso (Kuolemanlaakso) had a versatile but very different background in making music but a shared obsession with Twin Peaks and Lana Del Rey. The original idea in 2016 was to combine the best of both worlds and spice up the mix with film noir and dream-like elements – to make music that they love but had never done before.
They recruited the enigmatic singer Anna Carolina (Royal Lips), drummer extraordinaire Toni Ronkainen (Kuolemanlaakso) and producer-engineer Jaani Peuhu (Swallow the Sun, Lord of the Lost etc.), and recorded a four-song demo. They instantly got signed to Svart Records and started working on their debut album. After five long years of hard work, it is finally ready to be released upon the world.
IRON FIST LONG LOST FILM RESTORED & RELEASED FEATURING UNHEARD, INSTRUMENTAL DEMO “RIPSAW TEARDOWN’ WATCH
SPECIAL 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS OF IRON FIST TO BE RELEASED ON 23rd SEPT 2022 PREORDERS & EXCLUSIVE MERCH BUNDLES HERE
Once upon a time the loudest, nastiest, speed-freaked trio in the land – the mighty Motörhead – decided that they needed an intro-film to come on stage to, so they could tour their brand-new album Iron Fist. Not for them some gentle promo video, for this was Motörhead in 1982 comprising the seminal three amigos line-up of Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor.
What they produced has been buried in the mists of time, confined to dodgy bootleg VHS’s, but it’s a gory, brutal, hilariously OTT short movie directed by Nick Mead where knights are murdered and maidens are in distress. Shot in a Hertfordshire forest it features a medieval, battle-hardened band stomping around a darkened forest, fuelled by vodka and brandishing weapons, wearing horned helmets and looking fierce whilst punching the air with their Iron Fist!
Imagine a recklessly non-health-and-safety, amphetamine-nightmare, super low budget take on Monty Python and the Holy Grail and you’re halfway there.
And now, in honour of the 40th Anniversary of the album that inspired this piece of cinematic pastiche, the Iron Fist trailer has been re-discovered, digitised and officially released for the world’s viewing pleasure. Originally cut to Gustav Holst’s ominous ‘Mars, Bringer Of War’, it now features the previously unreleased instrumental demo ‘Ripsaw Teardown’ as its audio soundbed. It’s really quite something, and sets up the forthcoming release of the Iron Fist 40th Anniversary editions
Whilst the album was rudely dismissed by critics on release, it now reveals itself as a vital snapshot of the band at a crucial period. It followed the consecutive triumphs of Ace Of Spades and No Sleep Til Hammersmith, when the three-piece found themselves caught in the tornado of success, but in true Motörhead style, they careered into their next phase at such velocity it transcended logic or reason to become this trio’s final kamikaze joyride.
Forty years later, Iron Fist sounds like prime Motörhead with the gloves and seat-belts off. For sheer velocity, it could be fastest, most out-of-control of all their releases. To celebrate the anniversary it is being presented in new deluxe editions. There will be hardback book-packs in two CD and triple LP formats, featuring a hammer fist blow, remaster of the original album, previously unreleased demo bonus tracks and a full concert, originally broadcast on Radio Clyde from 18th March 1982. Plus the story of the album and many previously unseen photos. There’s also a limited edition, blue and black swirl of the original standalone album.
September 1, 2022
OZZY OSBOURNE CONFIRMED FOR IN-STORE SIGNING IN SUPPORT OF HIS ‘PATIENT NUMBER 9’ ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 9 ON EPIC SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 IN-STORE APPEARANCE AT FINGERPRINTS IN LONG BEACH, CA WILL BE ONLY SIGNING FOR THE NEW ALBUM
To celebrate his new PATIENT NUMBER 9 album (out September 9 on Epic), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE has confirmed a special in-store appearance and signing at Fingerprints in Long Beach, California on Saturday, September 10, the day after the album’s release. Attendees will need to pre-order a copy of PATIENT NUMBER 9 to attend the event as OZZY will only be signing copies of the new album. In order to sign as many copies as possible, the new album will be the only item signed. Masks will be required for all attendees and no photos with OZZY will be permitted. Click here to reserve your copy.
The new album marks the first release since OSBOURNE’s critically acclaimed, worldwide, chart-topping 2020 ORDINARY MAN. Produced by Andrew Watt (who handled the same duties on ORDINARY MAN), the new album marks OSBOURNE’s 13th solo studio album. It’s heavy, it’s hard-hitting, it’s historic–it’s everything you’d want from an OZZY OSBOURNE record and maybe more. Working with producer Watt for the second time, OZZY welcomed a dynamic A-list featured guests. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-master Tony Iommi appears on an OZZY solo album. The record also boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding righthand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appears on three songs. Old friend and one-time OZZY band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction supplying bass on a few songs.
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SHINING is certainly one of the most controversial and musically brilliant bands in the scene. Mastermind Niklas Kvarforth has never made a secret of his mental illnesses and other psychological issues, thus, themes such as self-destruction, suicide and violence play an important role in the band’s music. Over the course of ten studio albums, including masterpieces such as the acclaimed V. Halmstad and Redefining Darkness, SHINING has garnered a large and loyal following who adore the musical genius and eccentric nature of Niklas Kvarforth.
It would not be appropriate to force SHINING into a musical genre. They root their main musical influences in black metal, but combine it incomparably with influences from various far-reaching genres such as classical music, jazz and progressive rock. SHINING‘s music conjures grim moods, aching wounds and deep emptiness. Napalm Records welcomes one of the darkest, most sinister and original bands in the genre today to their roster.
SHINING mastermind Niklas Kvarforth on the Signing:
“Markus Rödl and I proudly announce today that we have reached an agreement with Napalm Records, who will release our upcoming 11th album in conspiracy with The Sinister Initiative in early 2023. A year in which the world will be force-fed a brand new, and for once suitable horrific stage show capable of visualizing our brand of darkness, new videos by brother Claudio Marino, as well as another thing or two which will inspire as well as disgust.”
Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Münch states:
“Napalm Records is proud and honored to partner with one of the most influential black metal bands in the world. Very few bands understand the core essence of black metal like SHINING does. I am excited to join SHINING with the new album release, to explore and push new creative boundaries.”