JUNE 20th 2018
ENSLAVED DRUMMER PARTS WAYS WITH THE BAND

Today, it is with a heavy heart to read, that Cato Bækkevold has decided to part ways with Enslaved after 15 years in the band. He has parted on good terms, and we wish him the very best with his new endeavours, and enjoying time with his daughter and wife for years to come. The following video and statement was posted on the band's page earlier today:

"Friends, as many of you have realized by now; there will be some regrouping within the Enslaved-ranks. So, we'll just let Mr. Bækkevold speak up (you all know he loves to go on and on and on anyway....)


  

 

MAY 28th 2018
DIMMU BORGIR UNVEILS NEW BASS PLAYER
DIMMU BORGIR have announced that Swedish bass player Victor Brandt (ENTOMBED A.D., FIRESPAWN) has officially joined the team. The symphonic black metal titans will play their first show since 2014 in June and will visit all corner of the world throughout this year and 2019 and Victor is ready to storm the stage with vocalist Shagrath, guitarists Silenoz and Galder, keyboarder Gerlioz and drummer Daray.


Victor comments: "It's a great honor and pleasure to be a part of the mighty DIMMU BORGIR. And such great timing for me to start at the release of their new album 'Eonian', which in my opinion is their best album so far. The members of the band are equally awesome to their music so I am looking forward to good times ahead."

The band adds: ”We are very excited to have Victor become a part of the team! His experience, dedication and craftmanship is very much appreciated and we look forward to sharing the world stages with him!”

The band's new full-length album »Eonian« was released on May 4th and immediately entered the charts all around the globe, even on #24 of the international world charts. In countries such as Germany, Poland and the UK, the band even reached the highest positions of their 25-year-long career.
#2 Norway
#2 Finland (physical)
#4 Germany
#4 Finland
#5 Switzerland
#5 Sweden (physical)
#10 Austria
#15 Canada (#3 hardcharts)
#21 Belgium VL
#24 WORLD
#24 Hungary
#25 Czech Republic
#26 Poland
#27 France (physical)
#64 Denmark
#64 Netherlands
#73 UK (#8 Indie, #3 Rock)
#87 Italy
#91 Spain
#142 USA Billboard (#5 Hard Music, #10 Rock Album)

You can now order the album as digipak, 180g double vinyl in different colours, boxset or digitally, via this link: http://nblast.de/DimmuBorgirEonian


MAY 28th 2018

HATE RELEASES PRE-PRODUCTION PREVIEW
This is rough mix of a new song „Path To Arkhen” taken from pre-production session, which took place between February and April 2018 at JNS Studio.



HATE's frontman comments:

„This is a new dawn of a sincerely empowering and galvanising journey to be on. We are currently in the middle of the writing process, but as I promised (here and elsewhere), we are sharing this piece in its initial form: ”Path To Arkhen.” Arkhen being a version of the last bastion of Slavic Paganism, Arkona. (...) We are planning to enter the studio by the end of this year, with the new record fully written in hand for a tentative early 2019 release. Thematically, it builds further upon the themes of our previous album, “Tremendum,” exploring the darker and more malevolent sides of archaic Slavic ritualism. This new opus will explore these themes further, more profoundly, detailing with our own confrontations with this gone, but not forgotten world. Both in form and in sound. “  

Recorded and mixed by Paweł „Janos” Grabowski
Solo part by Witold Ustapiuk

Graphic design by Daniel Rusiłowicz
Graphic edition by Irena Ivanova


For more info:
www.facebook.com/hateofficial
www.instagram.com/hateofficial
www.hate-metal.com

Official webstore:
www.hatestore.pl


 


MAY 28th 2018

DEF LEPPARD'S PHIL COLLEN STEPS OFF TOUR
DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen has left the band's tour with JOURNEY to deal with a family emergency. Replacing him until he returns is TRIXTER's Steve Brown.



Brown made his live debut with DEF LEPPARD on the current tour Friday night (May 25) at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Fan-filmed video footage and photos can be seen below.

Collen and his wife of eight years, Helen, are awaiting the birth of their son this spring.

This is not the first time Brown has stepped in for a member of DEF LEPPARD. He previously subbed for Vivian Campbell at several shows in 2014 and 2015 while the DEF LEPPARD guitarist received treatment in his fight against Hodgkin's lymphoma. Brown's first appearance with DEF LEPPARD took place in September 2014 during the pregame show for the first of three NFL International Series outings.

DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott broke the news of Phil's absence to the Hershey crowd about a half hour before showtime. He said (see video below): "Good evening, Hershey. I am Joe Elliott. Welcome to what should be a great night.

"I have an announcement to make. And I'd like you to spread the word as people come in. But, very sadly, Phil Collen cannot be with us this evening. He has a family emergency back in California. So we are very blessed that our very good friend Steve Brown, who, some of you may remember, stood in for Vivian about four years ago when Vivian couldn't make a couple of shows, has learned the bits very, very rapidly and, with Phil's blessing, will join us on stage tonight. And for the immediate future.

"So just be prepared, okay? We're here for ya, and we're glad that you're here for us. Thank you. See you in 30 minutes."

Asked by Sleaze Roxx in a 2017 interview how the DEF LEPPARD gig came about, Brown said: "Those guys are like family to me. Most people don't know this, but I go back with DEF LEPPARD to about 1988 when they were touring behind 'Hysteria'. Phil Collen is a like a brother to me. When Vivian was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, Phil said to the LEPPARD guys, 'I have the guy that can step in while Viv is undergoing treatment. Let's call Steve.' I was also friends with Joe [Elliott, DEF LEPPARD singer] and I think it helped that he was a fan of one of my other band 40 FT. RINGO. I think he knew I had the voice to do it. I truly believe that I got the gig not because of my ability as a guitarist but more because of my vocal ability. So I got the call in early 2013. I learned the entire set and finetuned my parts and began playing some gigs with them in 2014."

Steve went on to say that "the DEF LEPPARD catalog is not the easiest thing to learn. There's some very intricate guitar parts, very unique guitar parts," he explained. "Steve Clark wrote things in shapes and boxes that I haven't played before. So it was challenging, for sure. I have said this to friends of mine that are guitarists, 'Man, the LEPPARD gig isn't as easy as you think it is.' It was a challenge to dig in and learn the Mutt Lange/DEF LEPPARD collection. They are not your typical cookie-cutter rock and roll band. They have a unique way of writing songs."

DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY's 58-city tour kicked off on May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut and will run through October 6 in Los Angeles.


MAY 18th 2018

AMORPHIS UNVEILS NEW VIDEO
"Amongst Stars", the new video from Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest album, "Queen Of Time", which is being released today (Friday, May 18) via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015's "Under The Red Cloud" includes the use of real strings, flutes, orchestral arrangements and even choirs. In addition, this is the first time that people are able to hear their lyricist Pekka Kainulainen on the album as he contributes a speech in Finnish.



"Queen Of Time" was once again produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KREATOR), who is well known for challenging and motivating artists during the recording process. He isn't afraid to push them to their limits.

The "Queen Of Time" cover artwork, which was created once again by French artist Jean "Valnoir" Simoulin from Metastazis, captures the feeling of the lyrics and the music. With Pekka Kainulainen's (lyricist) words, the lyrical theme is universal: "Cultures rise, flourish, and are destroyed. The story of man is the story of searching, finding, and forgetting. A single spark can set the world afire, a single idea can give birth to a new culture. The greatest can stagnate into insignificance, the smallest can hold the power for change. The lyrics on this album are distant echoes of ancient forest peoples, from a time when meaning was proportioned by the cosmic forces that govern birth and death. If the connection was lost, they sought for a strand of knowledge, found a new direction, and a new age began."

"Queen Of Time" is also the first AMORPHIS album to feature the band's old/new bass player Olli-Pekka "Oppu" Laine following the departure of Niclas Etelävuori in 2017. Oppu was one of the founding members of AMORPHIS in 1990 and recorded the first seven records with the band before he exited the group in spring 2000.

"To be honest, 'Oppu' was the only guy we could imagine being in AMORPHIS," says Esa. "It was funny — when we started to play our first shows together again last summer, it all felt so familiar. He was involved with arranging songs and he also even brought some new songs to the table… really good ones, too!" Oppu adds: "Even though the last year with AMORPHIS has been exciting, nostalgic and fun, it's also been truly comfortable to be with the guys again. As a clichéd expression, it's been like returning home from a lengthy odyssey. After 18 years, it feels like we are picking up where we left off from the good ol' days! I'm really looking forward for the upcoming tour. The new album itself is a really strong package, the only hard thing will be picking which songs to play live! It's safe to say we are set to pull off some killer shows over the next few years. After that, I'm predicting a long and fruitful career for the band in its current form..."

"Queen Of Time" track listing:

01. The Bee
02. Message In The Amber
03. Daughter Of Hate
04. The Golden Elk
05. Wrong Direction
06. Heart Of The Giant
07. We Accursed
08. Grain Of Sand
09. Amongst Stars
10. Pyres On The Coast

Bonus tracks (digi, 2LP, and mail-order edition only)

11. As Mountains Crumble
12. Brother And Sister

Holopainen comments: "I guess 'Queen Of Time' turned out as a massive surprise to all of us. During the rehearsing and pre-production, we didn't have any idea that Jens had this huge picture inside of his head about the landscape of the album. It's a very natural continuation to 'Under The Red Cloud' but with steroids. The songs are more aggressive but there's more dynamics, harmonies and orchestral arrangements present. The result is AMORPHIS as something you've never heard before! Essentially, working with Jens worked really well. As a person, he is very similar to us — we share the same kind of weird humor and we all like to work hard."

MAY 18th 2018
GHOST RELEASES NEW "INSTAGRAM STORY" VIDEO

 Grammy Award-winning rock band GHOST today treated fans to an early listen of track "Dance Macabre" off its forthcoming fourth sacred psalm, "Prequelle". The song is available to stream in its entirety for a limited time exclusively via @thebandghost Instagram Stories. Watch Sister Imperator, Chris Jericho, Kirk Hammett, Charlie Benante, Mike Mckenna, Aleister Black, Jessica Pimentel, Chino Moreno, Josh Barnett, Bethany Cosentino, Phil Anselmo, Young Sister Imperator and Matt Shadows react to the song in the story here. The song will be available to hear tomorrow, May 18, on all platforms and as a complementary download for fans who pre-ordered the album.



"Prequelle" will be released on June 1 via Loma Vista Recordings. The record was tracked last year at Artery studios in Stockholm with producer Tom Dalgety (OPETH, ROYAL BLOOD) and mixed in January at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, California with Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, SLAYER).


APRIL 13th 2018

GHOST RELEASES NEW ALBUM DETAILS AND MORE
GHOST has set "Prequelle" as the title of its new album, due on June 1 via Loma Vista Recordings. The disc was recorded last year at Artery studios in Stockholm with producer Tom Dalgety (OPETH, ROYAL BLOOD) and was mixed in January at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, California with Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, SLAYER).

The official video for the disc's first single, "Rats", can be seen below. The clip was directed by Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober), who has previously worked with METALLICA, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON and GREEN DAY, among others.



"Prequelle" track listing:

01. Ashes
02. Rats
03. Faith
04. See The Light

05. Miasma
06. Dance Macabre
07. Pro Memoria
08. Witch Image
09. Helvetesfönster
10. Life Eternal



"Prequelle" marks the introduction of GHOST's new leader, Cardinal Copia, who made his live debut with the band on April 6 at a private, three-song acoustic performance in Chicago.

The last Papa, Papa Emeritus III, was forcibly taken from the stage during the final show of the band's "Meliora" tour cycle last fall, with Papa Zero arriving to announce the beginning of "the Middle Ages." Of course, all the Papas — except the elder Zero — and Cardinal Copia are the same man, GHOST founder and vocalist Tobias Forge.

Forge's new alter ego will play his first full live show with GHOST on May 5 as the Swedish band kicks off a run of North American dates in Riverside, California.

Forge told Revolver about "Prequelle": "It is loosely themed around the concept of death and doom. It's a themed album around medieval times, but it's definitely clinging onto a lot of very current things. The Black Death [plague] is a great example of a turning point for a whole civilization. Complete villages were annihilated. Most people knew very little, so all of it was God or the Devil — and about their faith being questioned: Why are we being stricken down by this great scourge? It must be because of our not fearing God enough and all this superstitious bullshit.

"There's a lot that you would recognize today in online mannerisms," he continued. "In many ways, we've gone back a few steps because now it's closer to how it was back in the old days when people were standing at the square and all of a sudden, it's like in Monty Python's 'Life Of Brian': 'Stone him! Ra! Ra! Ra!' Public trials are very unsupervised and extremely swift and speak to the most primordial parts of us."

In a separate interview with Metal Hammer, Forge talked about the musical direction of "Prequelle", saying: "It's a very bright-sounding record. And it's a very heavy record, I'd say, but not from a Metal Hammer point of view, meaning all metal through and through. But it's a heavy record with a heavy theme. I think the overall ambience is very serious.

"Technically, a GHOST song could just be piano and vocals but it could also be full pounding, heavy-thrashing hard rock," he added. "I'm not in any way comparing us to them but I guess our modus operandi is a little like what QUEEN did — just decide to play really good songs and not focus too much on sticking to a recipe."

Forge last year revealed his identity while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former members of GHOST, who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group's album releases and world tours.

Photo credit: Mikael Eriksson

APRIL 13th 2018
BEHEMOTH UNVEIL CINEMATIC NEW VIDEO
Polish black/death overlords Behemoth have released their new live DVD/Blu-ray, Messe Noire, today worldwide! Messe Noire includes the band's victorious shows in Warsaw, Poland on October 8, 2016 and Brutal Assault 2016, as well as The Satanist cinematic archive featuring all official videos associated with the band's globally successful record of the same name. For a preview of Messe Noire, a new full production video for "O Father, O Satan, O Sun" (from The Satanist cinematic archive - the last clip to be released from this album!), and all information relating to their latest "Messe Noir" release can be viewed now at: www.messenoire.pl




DVD/Blu-Ray track-listing
Live Satanist (Warsaw 2016)
1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
2. Furor Divinus
3. Messe Noire
4. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
5. Amen
6. The Satanist
7. Ben Sahar
8. In The Absence Ov Light
9. O Father O Satan O Sun!
10. Ov Fire And The Void
11. Conquer All
12. Pure Evil And Hate
13. At The Left Hand Ov God
14. Slaves Shall Serve
15. Chant For Ezkaton 2000
Live Assault (Brutal Assault 2016)
16. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
17. Furor Divinus
18. Messe Noire
19. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
20. Amen
21. The Satanist
22. Ben Sahar
23. In The Absence Ov Light
24. O Father O Satan O Sun!
25. Ov Fire And The Void
26. Conquer All
27. Chant For Ezkaton 2000
The Satanist cinematic archive
28. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
29. Messe Noire
30. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
31. The Satanist
32. Ben Sahar
33. O Father O Satan O Sun!

CD track-listing
Live Satanist (Warsaw 2016)
1. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
2. Furor Divinus
3. Messe Noire
4. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
5. Amen
6. The Satanist
7. Ben Sahar
8. In The Absence Ov Light
9. O Father O Satan O Sun!


In support of Messe Noire, Behemoth will head out on the road with Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, and Testament this May/June in North America. See below for all dates.

Behemoth tour dates
w/ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament
May 10 - Valley View Casino Center - San Diego, CA
May 11 - FivePoint Amphitheatre - Irvine, CA
May 12 - Fox Theater - Pomona, CA *
May 13 - Papa Murphy's Park at Cal Expo - Sacramento, CA
May 16 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
May 17 - South Okanagan Events Centre - Penticton, BC
May 19 - Big Four - Calgary, AL
May 20 - Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, AB
May 22 - Bell MTS Place - Winnipeg, MB
May 23 - The District - Sioux Falls, SD *
May 24 - The Armory - Minneapolis, MN
May 25 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
May 27 - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill - Detroit, MI
May 29 - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON
May 30 - Place Bell - Montreal, PQ
June 1 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
June 2 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
June 3 - The Dome at Oakdale - Wallingford, CT *
June 4 - Santander Arena - Reading, PA
June 6 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
June 7 - Blossom Music Center - Cleveland, OH
June 9 - KeyBank Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
June 10 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
June 11 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC *
June 12 - Veteran's United Home Loans Amphitheater - Virginia Beach, VA
June 14 - PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte, NC
June 15 - Orlando Amphitheater - Orlando, FL
June 17 - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land - Houston, TX
June 19 - The Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX
June 20 - Austin360 Amphitheater - Austin, TX
*=Lamb Of God, Behemoth only

MARCH 15th 2018
IMONOLITH - NEW CANADIAN BAND FEATURING MEMBERS OF THREAT SIGNAL, DTP, AND MORE
The new Canadian metal band featuring members of THREAT SIGNAL, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has been christened IMONOLITH.


The group was launched following Devin Townsend's announcement that he has put the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT on indefinite hiatus while he works on other projects.

Joining drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen and guitarist Brian "Beav" Waddell (who played bass in DTP) are bassist Byron Stroud, second guitarist Jed Simon and vocalist Jon Howard.

Regarding how IMONOLITH was chosen as the moniker for the new band, Van Poederooyen said: "Jed Simon had a list of over 50 band names he thought of over the years. He sent them to all of us in the band. The word 'Monolith' was one of the band names. It caught my attention and I started playing with the word. At first, I thought of various names with words in front of, or after the word Monolith, then I thought of 'I Monolith.' But it didn't sound right, so I added the letter 'i' to the front of the word 'Monolith' and voilà… IMONOLITH was born. A brand new word used for a band name. The guys dug it when I brought it up to them. It sounds heavy and is easy to say. So we're sticking with it! It still somewhat carries the meaning of Monolith, which is a monumental, black stone of significance. Sounds metal enough for us!"

IMONOLITH (the first "i" is pronounced like the "i" in the word "impossible") is:

* Jon Howard (THREAT SIGNAL) - Vocals
* Jed Simon (VIMIC, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, SCAR THE MARTYR) - Guitar
* Brian "Beav" Waddell (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT) - Guitar
* Byron Stroud (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) - Bass
* Ryan Van Poederooyen (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT) - Drums


MARCH 14th 2018

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH UNVEIL NEW ALBUM DETAILS AND MORE
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will release its seventh full-length studio album, "And Justice For None", on May 18. The long-awaited collection is available for physical pre-order today in the following formats: standard physical CD (13 tracks), deluxe physical CD (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + deluxe artwork), Vinyl (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + deluxe gatefold artwork). The band is also offering fans a variety of new CD/merchandise bundles. The digital album pre-order for "And Justice For None" will launch on April 6. Fans who pre-order the new album will also receive an exclusive ticket pre-sale code for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's just-announced 32-date North American summer co-headlining amphitheater tour with BREAKING BENJAMIN.


FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is thrilled to be hitting the road for a massive series of co-headlining North American dates with BREAKING BENJAMIN this summer. As special guests, they will bring along two of the most exciting new rock acts in the world: three-time-Grammy Award nominees NOTHING MORE and BAD WOLVES who are currently dominating the No. 1 spots on the mainstream, rock and metal charts in multiple countries around the world with their cover version of THE CRANBERRIES' "Zombie".

The summer amphitheater tour, co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Productions, kicks off on July 16 in Seattle, Washington and will make stops in 32 North American cities. Last week, select dates were announced via Live Nation's "Ticket To Rock" program. Today, all dates are now available and VIP presale begins today at 12:00 p.m. EST. Fan-club members have access to the presale tomorrow, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. at LiveNation.com. Watch a world premiere sneak peek of music from the new FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH album in the tour trailer below.

"When I'm asked for a tour quote I'm always scratching my head… Is there anything to add?" says FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist, Zoltan Bathory. "We are putting together 2018's biggest hard rock tour of the summer; where even the first band on the bill has a massive hit single around the world. There will be fire, there will be lights and it's going to be loud. An experience you can't just download, you have to be there. We all get about 80 summers in our lifetimes, so make them count."

"This is the type of tour package that is all too rare nowadays," adds Larry Frank, owner, Frank Productions/Live Nation. "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BREAKING BENJAMIN, NOTHING MORE and BAD WOLVES is the kind of tour that keeps music alive and exciting and at the same time introduces the audience to newer bands that will become the next generation of arena rock acts."

Fans purchasing a ticket to the tour will also support a good cause. The co-headliners will donate $0.50 from each ticket sold to two charity organizations close to their hearts. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has chosen C.O.P.S - Concerns Of Police Survivors, an organization whose mission is rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community. BREAKING BENJAMIN has chosen Prevent Child Abuse America to help counteract the abuse and neglect of our nation's children by promoting services that improve child well-being and developing programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Thursday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, March 15 at 10 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "BB5FDP" to access tickets before the general public.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH + BREAKING BENJAMIN summer tour dates

Jul. 16 - White River Amphitheatre - Seattle, WA ** (buy tickets)
Jul. 18 - Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA ** (buy tickets)
Jul. 20 - Taco Bell Arena - Boise, ID (buy tickets)
Jul. 21 - USANA Amphitheatre - Salt Lake City, UT (buy tickets)

Jul. 24 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - San Francisco, CA (buy tickets)
Jul. 25 - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre - San Diego, CA (buy tickets)
Jul. 27 - FivePoint Amphitheater - Irvine, CA (buy tickets)
Jul. 29 - Isleta Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM ** (buy tickets)
Aug. 01 - Austin360 Amphitheater - Austin, TX (buy tickets)
Aug. 03 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX ** (buy tickets)
Aug. 04 - Starplex Pavilion - Dallas, TX (buy tickets)
Aug. 06 - BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove - Southaven, MS (buy tickets)
Aug. 07 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO (buy tickets)
Aug. 09 - Heritage Park Amphitheatre - Simpsonville, SC (buy tickets)
Aug. 11 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL (buy tickets)
Aug. 12 - Verizon Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA (buy tickets)
Aug. 14 - KeyBank Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA (buy tickets)
Aug. 15 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ (buy tickets)
Aug. 17 - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA (buy tickets)
Aug. 18 - Xfinity Center - Boston, MA (buy tickets)
Aug. 20 - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON (buy tickets)
Aug. 22 - Lakeview Amphitheater - Syracuse, NY ** (buy tickets)
Aug. 24 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA (buy tickets)
Aug. 25 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ ** (buy tickets)
Aug. 28 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH (buy tickets)
Aug. 29 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL (buy tickets)
Aug. 31 - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Indianapolis, IN ** (buy tickets)
Sep. 01 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI (buy tickets)
Sep. 03 - Darien Lake Amphitheater - Darien Center, NY (buy tickets)
Sep. 06 - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY ** (buy tickets)
Sep. 07 - XFINITY Theatre - Hartford, CT (buy tickets)
Sep. 09 - Blossom Music Center - Cleveland, OH ** (buy tickets)

* FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & BAD WOLVES only
** FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BREAKING BENJAMIN & BAD WOLVES only

Previously announced FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH spring festival dates

Apr. 20 - KUPD's UFEST - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 21 - Las Rageous - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 27 - Welcome To Rockville - Jacksonville, FL
Apr. 28 - Fort Rock Fest - Sunrise, FL
May 05 - Carolina Rebellion - Concord, NC

Previously announced FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH / SHINEDOWN spring U.S. tour dates:

May 06 - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
May 08 - Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY
May 10 - BOK Center - Tulsa, OK
May 11 - Westfair Amphitheatre - Council Bluffs, IA
May 12 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI *
May 14 - Salem Civic Center - Salem, VA
May 16 - Legacy Arena - Birmingham, AL
May 17 - Ford Center- Evansville, IN
May 18 - Mark of the Quad - Moline, IL
May 20 - Alerus Center - Grand Forks, ND
May 30 - Casper Events Center - Casper, WY

"And Justice For None" (standard album) track listing:

01. Fake
02. Top Of The World
03. Sham Pain
04. Blue On Black
05. Fire In The Hole
06. I Refuse
07. It Doesn't Matter
08. When The Seasons Change
09. Stuck In My Ways
10. Rock Bottom
11. Gone Away
12. Bloody
13. Will The Sun Ever Rise

"And Justice For None" (deluxe album) track listing:

01. Trouble (Bonus Track)
02. Fake
03. Top Of The World
04. Sham Pain
05. Blue On Black
06. Fire In The Hole
07. I Refuse
08. It Doesn't Matter
09. When The Seasons Change
10. Stuck In My Ways
11. Rock Bottom
12. Gone Away
13. Bloody
14. Will The Sun Ever Rise
15. Bad Seed (Bonus Track)
16. Save Your Breath (Bonus Track)

Photo credit: Kenneth Baluba Sporsheim / @kenspo


MARCH 13th 2018

ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES SUMMER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Rock icon Alice Cooper, who released his 27th album, "Paranormal", last July via earMUSIC, has announced his summer 2018 tour plans. Following on his current "A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper" March run, the tireless legend will embark on another North American trek. The summer tour kicks off on August 3 at the Wisconsin State Fair and winds through the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up in September.

This leg is also "A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper". The Las Vegas and Los Angeles dates will feature special guest — guitarist Ace Frehley.



Tour dates:
Aug. 03 - West Allis, WI - Wisconsin State Fair
Aug. 05 - Sioux Falls, SD - Washington Pavilion
Aug. 06 - Kansas City, MO - Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts
Aug. 08 - Colorado Springs, CO - Pike's Peak Center

Aug. 10 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea
Aug. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
Aug. 14 - San Jose, CA - City National Civic
Aug. 15 - Jackson, CA - Jackson Rancheria Casino
Aug. 18 - Bonner, MT - Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Aug. 19 - Everett, WA - Angel of the Winds Arena
Aug. 20 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Aug. 22 - Calgary, AB - Southern Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 23 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 25 - Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Centre
Aug. 26 - Estevan, SK - Affinity Place
Aug. 28 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
Aug. 29 - Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Aug. 30 - St. Paul, MN - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Sep. 01 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Foellinger Theatre
Sep. 02 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
Sep. 04 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
Sep. 06 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Sep. 07 - York, PA - York Fair

In other Alice Cooper news, he will portray King Herod in the upcoming live television production of "Jesus Christ Superstar". The show is set to air on Easter Sunday (April 1) on NBC.

Produced by Bob Ezrin, "Paranormal" was immediately saluted as a classic album, strong of the collaboration with iconic guests such as ZZ TOP's Billy Gibbons, U2's Larry Mullen and DEEP PURPLE's Roger Glover.

Cooper, who turned 70 last month, said in a 2017 interview that he has no plans to retire from touring. "The live show is something I'll never give up," he said. "To me, the lyrics to the songs are the script to what's going to happen on stage. If you sing 'Welcome To My Nightmare', you have to give the fans something. There are places where you have to kill the ballerina, you know. That's how I design the show. It's all about the lyrics."

MARCH 11th 2018
WE SELL THE DEAD RELEASE NEW VIDEO
The official music video for the song "Trust" from WE SELL THE DEAD can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's debut album, "Heaven Doesn't Want You And Hell Is Full", which was released on February 23 via earMUSIC.


Revolving around Niclas Engelin (IN FLAMES, ENGEL), DRÖMRIKET's Jonas Slättung, Gas Lipstick (former HIM drummer) and the voice of Apollo Papathanasio (SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, FIREWIND), WE SELL THE DEAD goes beyond the strains of conventional storytelling and creates a multi-media experience of premium-quality heavy metal music embedded in visually stimulating and atmospheric visuals.

Engelin told Dead Rhetoric about WE SELL THE DEAD's musical and lyrical approach: "This is a band of friends and musicians who want to do something different and dare to do so. It was the main priority to do something different coming from us and to turn some heads with our songs. We basically do what we love and we feel so fortunate to not have any boundaries or secret map. We just follow our hearts and try to do the best songs we can do and have tons of fun doing it."

He added: "I really wanted to something different and paint with bigger colors and take my time before the chorus kicks in. I just love the Tony Martin era of BLACK SABBATH and MAGNUM's 'On A Storyteller's Night'. I always wanted to try to outdo myself by writing that kind of music with my own way of writing, of course."

Regarding WE SELL THE DEAD's future plans, Engelin said: "We would like to take the band in a live environment and try to do something similar to the album’s theme, but we have to find out how to do it first. We are making our first appearance at our release February 23 in Gothenburg and we will just go from there. We have some ideas how to do this. We have already mapped some ideas for the next album and I have been writing some epic and big stuff lately which the guys are putting their magic to as we speak, so we are in the flow."

"Heaven Doesn't Want You And Hell Is Full" track listing:
01. The Body Market
02. Echoes Of An Ugly Past
03. Leave Me Alone
04. Imagine
05. Turn It Over
06. Too Cold To Touch
07. Trust
08. Pale And Perfect
09. Silent Scream

MARCH 10th 2018
ROB ZOMBIE UNVEIL'S SEQUAL TO "DEVIL'S REJECTS"
Rob Zombie has confirmed "3 From Hell" as the title of his next movie, a sequel to his 2005 horror hit "The Devil's Rejects". The film, which started shooting earlier today (Tuesday, March 13), is said to continue the story of the Firefly clan — Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis and Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby — whom we saw go down in a torrent of bullets at the end of the first film.
It's not clear whether Zombie plans to resurrect the Firefly trio from the dead in some kind of supernatural fashion in the new film or has found a way to explain that they survived the original movie's climactic shootout.


"The Devil's Rejects" is widely considered Zombie's best film. It's a semi-sequel to his directorial debut, 2003's "House Of 1,000 Corpses", which introduced the Firefly family.
Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he was approached by the studio in record time about making a sequel to "House Of 1,000 Corpses". "I went away for the weekend [the film opened], so they couldn't find me till Monday," he said. "So it was basically Monday. I think the film opened, like, on Thursday and I was gone, and they couldn't find me, so by Monday they were already talking about it. Depending upon what you spent and what you made, I mean, that movie was profitable after one day. Whereas you get these other movies where they're, like, 'Oh my God, it made $100 million!' and it's still $100 million in the hole because they just spent so much."
According to Bloody Disgusting, Zombie is in negotiations with Saban Films and Lionsgate to release "3 From Hell" in theaters, VOD, and home video. Zombie distributed his last movie, the partially crowdfunded "31", through both companies.

MARCH 1st 2018
PSYCHO LAS VEGAS LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT
Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR and reunited Swedish garage rockers THE HELLACOPTERS will headline this year's edition of the Psycho Las Vegas festival, set to take place August 17-19 at venues throughout the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.



Festival billing:

DIMMU BORGIR
THE HELLACOPTERS
SUNN 0)))
GODFLESH
ENSLAVED
AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
BORIS
CKY
RED FANG
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT
VENOM INC.
EYEHATEGOD
TINAWIWEN
PALLBEARER
INTEGRITY
WITH THE DEAD
CHURCH OF MISERY
VOIVOD
COVEN
LUCIFER
DOPETHRONE
HELMS ALEE
BIG BUSINESS
MONOLORD
TODAY IS THE DAY
MUTOID MAN
UNEARTHLY TRANCE
BATUSHKA
ALL PIGS MUST DIE
ACID WITCH
SPIRIT ADRIFT
PRIMITIVE MAN
WORMWITCH
EIGHT BELLS
CLOAK
MAGIC SWORD
WOLVHAMMER
NECROT
HOMEWRECKER
BRAIN TENTACLES
ASEETHE
DISASTROID
UADA
GHASTLY SOUND
DREADNOUGHT
KING BUFFALO
FORMING THE VOID
HOWLING GIANT
VENOMOUS MAXIMUM
GLAARE
BLACK MARE
THE MUNSENS
NIGHT HORSE
TEMPLE OF VOID.
WITCHCRAFT
HIGH ON FIRE
GOBLIN
ZAKK SABBATH
SURVIVE
INDIAN
DVNE

Passes for Psycho Las Vegas are on sale now for $249 plus fees. "Tier I" includes admission to an August 16 pool party with performances by WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, ELDER, FIREBALL MINISTRY, DENGUE FEVER and TOKE.

Psycho Las Vegas's 2018 DJ lineup will feature Andrew W.K., Nicke Andersson of THE HELLACOPTERS and Johanna Sadonis of LUCIFER.

For more information, visit www.vivapsycho.com.

FEBRUARY 22nd 2018
DIMMU BORGIR RELEASE TRAILER FOR UPCOMING EP
The Norwegian metal titans, DIMMU BORGIR, are one day away from releasing their upcoming EP in Europe, and just over a week in North America for "Interdimensional Summit" , and with that release, the band has unveiled a short video trailer. Check out the trailer below and order your EP now from the Nuclear Blast link HERE:

 

FEBRUARY 22nd 2018
IHSAHN RELEASES NEW VIDEO
"Arcana Imperii", the new video from Ihsahn, can be seen below. The song is taken from his seventh solo album, "Ámr", which will be released on May 4 via Candlelight/Spinefarm.

True living legends are few and far between, but Ihsahn has long since earned the right to be regarded as one of metal's all-time greats. As frontman and chief songwriter with legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers EMPEROR, he swiftly cemented a formidable reputation as one of the underground's most idiosyncratic creative forces. Classic albums like 1995's "In The Nightside Eclipse" and 1997's epoch-shattering "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk" ensured that the young band were among the most respected the most popular of Norway's many black-hearted exports. Their imperious rise to prominence came to an unexpected end after the release of 2001's wildly intricate and grandiose "Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise", but it was an album that suggested that Ihsahn's compositional journey was far from over.

Reincarnated as a solo artist for 2006's "The Adversary", Ihsahn has spent the last 12 years forging a second path through artistry's darkest shadows; one that is making more and deeper connections than any of his past endeavours. With a sound that still retains strong links to his black metal roots while embracing everything from skewed art rock and avant-garde jazz to experimental electronica and dark ambient, each successive album has presented a brand new manifestation of the Norwegian's unique craft: from the muscular and haughty riff sculptures of "Angl" and "After"'s haunting, saxophone-driven mirage to the tech-metal explorations of "Eremita" and on to the wild, avant-metal splurge of "Das Seelenbrechen", Ihsahn's catalogue speaks of a restless creative spirit with ideas to burn.

In keeping with that spirit, 2018 brings the arrival of Ihsahn's seventh solo album, "Ámr". Another immersive and frequently disorientating eruption of refined and absorbing progressive extreme metal, it echoes the meticulous precision and structural simplicity of 2016's widely acclaimed "Arktis". Album while taking Ihsahn's music somewhere entirely new, where the hiss and throb of old school analogue synths dominate and the atmosphere is airless and oppressive. Once again percussively propelled by longtime drummer Tobias Ørnes Andersen and with a blistering guest solo from OPETH's Fredrik Åkesson on "Arcana Imperii", "Ámr" is another evolutionary leap from one of metal's most remorselessly forward-thinking protagonists.

"It's just lovely to work with Tobias," says Ihsahn. "I know that he can technically handle anything I throw at him. But more importantly, when I say like; 'I want this to feel like the vacuum between words in a conversation with Hannibal Lecter,' he will say, 'Yeah, I get that!' [Laughs] So for him, it's not about showing off, it's always about relating to the vibe. With Fredrik, we met first time in Oslo, when I did my debut solo show as support to OPETH and later we've hung out on different festivals when we happen to play the same day. Last time in Japan when we played there with EMPEROR and OPETH. We were talking about guitars and I said, 'Not to kiss up to you or anything, but you're absolutely one of my favourite players, so some day I might call you for a guest solo…' and he says, 'I'm in!' He did a fabulous job."

As with all of Ihsahn's solo albums to date, "Ámr" possesses its own unique atmosphere; a palpable sense of tension and unease that infuses even the album's most melodic moments with heightened drama and otherworldly menace. But despite its often-claustrophobic feel, this is very much an album of beautifully crafted and shrewdly arranged songs. Although as dark and intense as anything he has conjured before, both the depth of sonic texture and the clarity of his overarching vision are more impressive than ever.

"Knowing that the form would be somewhat similar to what I did on the previous album, and given that I write stuff in a certain way, I wanted to change the wrapping this time," Ihsahn notes. "So instead of going with my go-tos of strings and orchestration, I focused on analog synths and more in-your-face sounds. It goes back to the beginning of EMPEROR, when we brought in strings and horns inspired by orchestral movie scores by John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, but at the same time we loved all those eerie synth soundtracks of, for example, John Carpenter's 'Halloween'. I've also been listening to some contemporary R&B and hip-hop stuff with those deep, deep 808s. It's just somehow darker than a lot of metal or black metal. It has a depth and an energy to it that I find captivating, so I wanted to explore those arrangement styles as well."

Another bold stride into uncharted territory, Ihsahn's seventh solo album is the legendary Norwegian's most eclectic and challenging to date. Morphing fluidly from mellifluous art rock ambience to vicious extreme metal, covering all points in between, the likes of grandiloquent opener "Lend Me The Eyes Of The Millennia" and the wild, melodic melancholy of "Sámr" blend seamlessly with ornate, progressive metal monoliths like "In Rites Of Passage" and the immaculate, climactic "Wake". Drenched in evocative synthesizers and brimming with skewed-but-irresistible riffs, "Ámr" is both Ihsahn's most accessible record to date and his most extreme departure from his black metal roots.

"Every album I intend to make the darkest album ever," Ihsahn says. "I never set out to make anything more melodic or accessible. However, growing up on '80s metal, plus having a rather wide range of musical influences, I often end up with quite contrasting elements. This is my seventh solo album, so in the end it really comes down to methods and perspectives that keep me exited and fired up about what I'm working on. If I'm not excited about it, I can't expect anybody else to be!"

"Ámr" track listing:

01. Lend Me The Eyes Of The Millenia
02. Arcana Imperii
03. Sámr
04. One Less Enemy
05. Where You Are Lost And I Belong
06. In Rites Of Passage
07. Marble Soul
08. Twin Black Angels
09. Wake

 


FEBRUARY 22nd 2018

LED ZEPPELIN PLAN TO "SOMEDAY" CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Robert Plant says that there will be a celebration "somewhere" of LED ZEPPELIN's 50th anniversary this year and that he will meet up with the other surviving members of the band to discuss plans to mark the milestone.

An official illustrated book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin", will be released in October while guitarist Jimmy Page recently said that another LED ZEPPELIN live album will arrive later this year, with additional "releases" coming out over the next decade.

Speaking to The Current about ZEPPELIN's plans to celebrate hitting the half-century mark, the singer said: "Well, we're planning to get together and talk about it. Basically, it's very difficult to find stuff that still is unheard. And not only will it be 50 years, but it'll be, next year, 38 years since John [Bonham, drums] passed away. And the great thing about LED ZEPPELIN was that we didn't chronicle ourselves; we just kind of went from town to town and sang songs and played guitars and stuff and then went about our lives."

Plant added that he wished "that we had more stuff to look at, but there will be a book of photographs and stuff. But some of it will be particularly interesting, I think," he said. "Beyond that, musically, there's bits and pieces lying around, but not an album or anything like that. But there will be a celebration, I'm sure, somewhere. A cork will pop! [makes sound effects]"

LED ZEPPELIN hasn't performed together in more than a decade, having last played London's O2 Arena in December 2007. The concert was part of the Ahmet Ertegun tribute event, which was chronicled on the band's 2012 "Celebration Day" CD and DVD. The set, which featured Jason Bonham subbing for his late father John Bonham on drums, marked Page, Robert Plant and Paul Jones's first full-scale concert together since John Bonham's 1980 death.

Last October, Plant shot down the possibility of a LED ZEPPELIN reunion, telling the Daily Telegraph that "you can't ever really go back." He added: "It's tough enough repeating yourself with something that's a year old, never mind 49 years old. I've got to keep moving."

Plant has arguably been the lone holdout for another LED ZEPPELIN reunion. Despite promoter-led attempts to get the band to reform for a series of concerts, Plant remains committed to his new musical direction in the roots and blues-based "Americana" field.

FEBRUARY 22nd 2018

AMORPHIS RELEASE NEW ALBUM DETAILS
Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will release their new studio album, "Queen Of Time", on May 18 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015's "Under The Red Cloud" will include the use of real strings, flutes, orchestral arrangements and even choirs. In addition, this will be the first time that people will be able to hear their lyricist Pekka Kainulainen on the album as he contributes a speech in Finnish.

"Queen Of Time" was once again produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KREATOR), who is well known for challenging and motivating artists during the recording process. He isn't afraid to push them to their limits.


Guitarist Esa Holopainen comments: "I guess 'Queen Of Time' turned out as a massive surprise to all of us. During the rehearsing and pre-production, we didn't have any idea that Jens had this huge picture inside of his head about the landscape of the album. It's a very natural continuation to 'Under The Red Cloud' but with steroids. The songs are more aggressive but there's more dynamics, harmonies and orchestral arrangements present. The result is AMORPHIS as something you've never heard before! Essentially, working with Jens worked really well. As a person, he is very similar to us — we share the same kind of weird humor and we all like to work hard."

The "Queen Of Time" cover artwork, which was created once again by French artist Jean "Valnoir" Simoulin from Metastazis, captures the feeling of the lyrics and the music. With Pekka Kainulainen's (lyricist) words, the lyrical theme is universal: "Cultures rise, flourish, and are destroyed. The story of man is the story of searching, finding, and forgetting. A single spark can set the world afire, a single idea can give birth to a new culture. The greatest can stagnate into insignificance, the smallest can hold the power for change. The lyrics on this album are distant echoes of ancient forest peoples, from a time when meaning was proportioned by the cosmic forces that govern birth and death. If the connection was lost, they sought for a strand of knowledge, found a new direction, and a new age began."

"Queen Of Time" will be also the first AMORPHIS album to feature the band's old/new bass player Olli-Pekka "Oppu" Laine following the departure of Niclas Etelävuori in 2017. Oppu was one of the founding members of AMORPHIS in 1990 and recorded the first seven records with the band before he exited the group in spring 2000.

"To be honest, 'Oppu' was the only guy we could imagine being in AMORPHIS," says Esa. "It was funny — when we started to play our first shows together again last summer, it all felt so familiar. He was involved with arranging songs and he also even brought some new songs to the table… really good ones, too!" Oppu adds: "Even though the last year with AMORPHIS has been exciting, nostalgic and fun, it's also been truly comfortable to be with the guys again. As a clichéd expression, it's been like returning home from a lengthy odyssey. After 18 years, it feels like we are picking up where we left off from the good ol' days! I'm really looking forward for the upcoming tour. The new album itself is a really strong package, the only hard thing will be picking which songs to play live! It's safe to say we are set to pull off some killer shows over the next few years. After that, I'm predicting a long and fruitful career for the band in its current form..."

FEBRUARY 20th 2018
HEAVY MONTREAL UNVEILS LINE-UP FOR 2018
AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON, GOJIRA and EMPEROR are among the confirmed artists for this year's Heavy Montréal festival, set to take place July 28-29 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Weekend Passes

General Admission: $165 (taxes & service fees included)
Gold: $300 (taxes & service fees included)

Weekend Warrior Passes ('77 Montréal + Heavy Montréal)

General Admission: $210 (taxes & service fees included)
Gold: $320 (taxes & service fees included)

Gold Passes:

Gives access to the Heavy Terrace reserved premium viewing area located near the main stage, with private washrooms and exclusive food and beverage stands.

Weekend Warrior Passes:

This is the perfect option for fans that want to add a day of punk rock to their heavy weekend! Heavy Montréal and '77 Montréal are teaming up to offer you a Weekend Warrior 3-Day Combo Pass. Festivalgoers will be able to attend the second edition of '77 Montréal taking place on Friday, July 27 at the same location where Heavy Montréal is happening over the following two days. The lineup and details regarding '77 Montréal will be announced very shortly at 77montreal.com.

Festival passes go on sale this Friday at noon at HeavyMontreal.com.

Heavy Montréal is going to be a new temporary site this year. Just a short walk from Jean-Drapeau metro and the traditional site, all the stages, activities and beer festivalgoers know and love will be on Île Notre-Dame while the City of Montreal complete renovations on Île Saint-Hélène.

FEBRUARY 2nd 2018
JUDAS PRIEST RELEASE TITLE TRACK, "FIREPOWER"
The buzz surrounding legendary metal band Judas Priest’s forthcoming album, ‘Firepower,’ is undeniably growing louder - on the strength of the video clip for the track “Lightning Strike,” as well as many of the attractive/limited edition purchasing options made available for fans via PledgeMusic already being sold out. And it will soon reach a fever pitch with the unveiling of another new killer track, plus another limited edition of the forthcoming album being made available for purchase.




Fans can now hear the title track from ‘Firepower’ in the video above, and can purchase a metallic silver-colored cassette version of the album on PledgeMusic via pledgemusic.com/projects/judas-priest, and is being issued in an extremely limited pressing of only 300. And if judging from how quickly some of the previous limited edition bundles sold out via the site (such as signed guitars from Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, various colors of autographed vinyl, etc.), this rare cassette version will be an instant rarity and collector’s item. If you haven’t checked out the “Lightning Strike” video or preordered the album, you can do so now by visiting the follow respective links:
smarturl.it/Firepower and smarturl.it/JPLightningStrikeVid
       
Set for release on Friday, March 9th, 2018 via Epic Records - the album is comprised of fourteen tracks of pure and highly inspired metal.  And to mark the occasion Priest (singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis) has reunited with producer Tom Allom (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as ‘Unleashed in the East,’ ‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ and 'Defenders of the Faith') and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher.
 
“Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing,” explains Halford. “And Andy is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.” “Tom Allom has been with us since 1979, so his knowledge of ourselves and our music in general is immense,” adds Hill. And according to Travis Priest returned back to a recording method that worked incredibly well on the band’s earlier classics - “We went back to the organic way of recording where it’s all of us in a room and we got to play together.”
 
With the impending arrival of ‘Firepower’ and its ensuing tour (which kicks off on March 13th), THE PRIEST IS BACK!
 
‘FIREPOWER’ TRACKLISTING:
 
1. Firepower
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never The Heroes
5. Necromancer
6. Children of the Sun
7. Guardians
8. Rising From Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red


FEBRUARY 1st 2018

ACT OF DEFIANCE TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW RECORD
Act of Defiance, the heavy metal group featuring the talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass, released their latest full-length album, Old Scars, New Wounds, via Metal Blade Records in September of 2017. Now, in 2018, the band are back on the road in support of their sophomore effort. Act of Defiance will be headlining shows throughout the US in March with support from Shattered Sun. The complete list of dates can be found below and on Bandsintown.com - follow Act of Defiance and never miss a show near you, again at bandsintown.com/actofdefiance


"Act of Defiance is extremely excited to be touring in March for the release of our newest CD 'Old Scars, New Wounds'. We are very happy to have along with us our friends in Shattered Sun and are stoked to see what they bring to a live show as I know they will kill it!" - Chris Broderick

Act of Defiance tour dates
w/ Shattered Sun
Mar. 1 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Mar. 2 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar (FREE SHOW!)
Mar. 3 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Mar. 4 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar
Mar. 6 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
Mar. 7 - El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
Mar. 8 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
Mar. 9 - Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
Mar. 10 - Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
Mar. 11 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Ruins Live
Mar. 12 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Mar. 13 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Mar. 14 - Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
Mar. 15 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 16 - Kent, OH @ The Outpost
Mar. 17 - Janesville, WI @ Back Bar
Mar. 18 - Omaha, NE @ The Drinkery
Mar. 20 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Mar. 21 - Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater


JANUARY 23rd 2018
SLAYER ANNOUNCES FAREWELL TOUR
After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell's-a-breaking-loose music ever created, being one of the four bands that defined an entire musical genre and being the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to...after nearly 37 years, releasing 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and two box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards, Gold records and other accolades...having its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on "The Tonight Show," the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.


Slayer announces that it will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time. Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet+ exclusive merchandise packages will be available.  Log on to www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info.
 
MAY
10   Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA*
11   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA*
13   Papa Murphy's Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16   PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC
17   South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19   Big Four, Calgary, AB*
20   Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB*
22   Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB*
24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN*
25   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30   Place Bell, Montreal, PQ*
 
JUNE
 1    Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
 2    PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
 4    Santander Arena, Reading, PA*
 6    Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
 7    Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
 9    KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12   VUHL Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC*
15   Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL
17   Smart Financial Centre, Houston, TX
19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
20   Austin 360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
 
* Anthrax appears on all dates with the exception of those marked *

CHECK OUT METALTITANS CONTEST FOR SLAYER'S TOUR HERE:

JANUARY 11th 2018
NERGAL FACES NEW CHARGES IN POLAND
BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski has been formally charged by Polish authorities for allegedly disrespecting one of the country's national symbols.



The case, referred to court by the District Prosecutor's Office in Gdańsk, northern Poland, involves the band's "Republic Of The Unfaithful" tour artwork and merchandise, which is said to be "insulting" to the national coat of arms of Poland, a stylized white eagle with a golden beak and talons, and wearing a golden crown, in a red shield.

An expert on heraldry and iconography has determined that the tour's artwork featured "a distorted image of Poland's national emblem," according to the prosecutor's office.

The artwork "included elements and symbols considered Satanist and anti-Christian, with the aim of conveying content far removed from the historical and state ideology," the prosecutor's office said.

Nergal and Maciej G., who, as the band's webmaster, promoted the tour online, both stand accused of publicly affronting the Polish national emblem, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. Also charged is Rafał Wechterowicz, the graphic artist who worked on the BEHEMOTH artwork.

This is the latest development in the legal case following an initial complaint filed with the prosecutor's office last September by Marek Dudziński and Ryszard Nowak, both of whom are representatives of a religious organization called Ogólnopolski Komitet Obrony Przed Sektami (English-language translation: National Defense Committee Against Sects or All-Polish Defense Committee Against Sects And Violence).

Nergal, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, commented on the case in an Instagram post. He wrote: "Well… this is the first thing that hits me after coming back from a relaxing and sunny holiday trip. Me and two other dudes are accused of profaning Polish emblem. What a bummer! PiS-driven Poland [Editor's note: PiS is a right-wing populist, national-conservative, and Christian democratic political party in Poland] is trying its best to nail my ass down… as an example, I guess. But first thing is: it is NOT a Polish emblem. Second… let's leave those arguments for the court case which is to begin shortly! Is there limits to their obscurity and blindness? Bring it on!"

Polish symbols are protected against public profanation and insult. According to Lexology.com, any public use that could be damaging or insulting may be considered a criminal offense. Therefore, it is important not to use any national symbol (even if artistically processed) in a way that could be deemed as disrespectful or offensive.

In 2011, Nergal was acquitted in Poland on charges he insulted religious sentiment when he called the Catholic Church "the most murderous cult on the planet" during the band's September 2007 performance in Gdynia and tore up a copy of the Bible, calling it "a book of lies."


JANUARY 11th 2018

BABYMETAL GUITARIST PASSES AWAY
Mikio Fujioka, one of the guitarists in the the KAMI BAND, which serves as the backing group for the Japanese pop-metal outfit BABYMETAL, has died at the age of 36.

"The 'Little' Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL's #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES," BABYMETAL tweeted on Tuesday. "We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him. We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are the one, Forever, #RIP #THEONE."

Mikio was better known to BABYMETAL fans as Ko-Gami, or The Little God.

His wife announced his untimely passing via his official Twitter account, claiming that he fell from a height on December 30 while at an observation deck and died on January 5 after his condition deteriorated.

Fujioka, who graduated from the Musicians Institute of Osaka in 2000, had previously played with TRICK BOX and MMM. He had toured with BABYMETAL since 2013.

Mikio is survived by his wife and two daughters.

JANUARY 11th 2018
"FAST" EDDIE CLARKE PASSES AWAY
Former MOTÖRHEAD and FASTWAY guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke passed away yesterday (January 10) after a battle with pneumonia. He was 67 years old.



Clarke was a member of MOTÖRHEAD from 1976 until 1982. He was one-third of the band's classic lineup, which also included drummer Philthy "Animal" Taylor, who died in November 2015 of liver failure. Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister succumbed to cancer the following month.

Clarke, Taylor and Lemmy appeared on five albums together: MOTÖRHEAD's 1977 self-titled debut, 1979's "Overkill" and "Bomber", 1980's "Ace Of Spades" and 1982's "Iron Fist".

MOTÖRHEAD has issued the following statement: "We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight... Edward Allan Clarke — or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke — passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his [Facebook] page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. Fast Eddie... keep roaring, rockin' and rollin' up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!"


MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell said: "Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock. He will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was a true rock 'n' roller. RIP Eddie."

MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee added: "Oh my fucking god, this is terrible news, the last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the U.K. this summer when we come around with the [SCORPIONS]… now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully, I'm sure you'll hear them, so watch out!!! My thoughts go out to Eddie's family and close ones."

Clarke left MOTÖRHEAD in 1982 while on tour in the United States and was replaced by THIN LIZZY guitarist Brian Robertson.


JANUARY 11th 2018

SANCTUARY TO TOUR IN REMEMBRANCE OF WARREL DANE
Following the unfortunate loss of one of metal's most revered vocalists, WARREL DANE (Sanctuary, Nevermore), prior to SANCTUARY's upcoming dates supporting Iced Earth across North America, the band has announced the tour will go forth as planned. The shows will act as a farewell tour in tribute to the life and memory of DANE with guest vocals for SANCTUARY to be performed by Joseph Michael (Witherfall).  

SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments:
“Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. We have enlisted the help of our friend Joseph Michael from Witherfall. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel's musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.”

A full list of dates can be found as follows:
2/22 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe  #
2/23 CIncinnati, OH - Bogarts #
2/24 Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom #
2/25 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN - Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB - Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA - House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA - Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX - House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX - House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC - Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE - The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC - Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH - Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge #
# with Iced Earth & Kill Ritual

Tickets and further details can be found at http://www.enterthesanctuary.com/.

SANCTUARY recently released the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied",  "Inception", which showcased several previously lost recordings from their 1986 studio session that have now been restored, remixed and remastered by Chris "Zeus" Harris (Queensryche).

Formed in 1985, the band were signed to Epic Records with the help of Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine and released two records, "Refuge Denied" (1988) and "Into The Mirror Black" (1989) which saw them perform with the likes of Megadeth, Fates Warning, Warlock and Death Angel. The band disbanded in 1992 as members Warrel Dane (vocals) and Jim Sheppard (bass) went on to form the highly successful metal act Nevermore with acclaimed guitarist Jeff Loomis. SANCTUARY reunited nearly 25 years later in 2010 and appeared at several festivals worldwide before returning to the studio to record their acclaimed full-length comeback album "The Year The Sun Died" for Century Media Records in 2014.

Warrel Dane tragically passed away on December 13, 2017 due to a heart attack while recording his second solo album in São Paulo, Brazil.

JANUARY 9th 2018
CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST DECAPITATED
According to The Spokesman-Review, Spokane County prosecutors have dropped all rape and kidnapping charges against the four members of the Polish death metal band DECAPITATED, citing the well-being of the alleged victim.



Less than two weeks before the musicians were scheduled to go on trial for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman on their tour bus four months ago, Spokane County prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald filed a motion dismissing all rape and kidnapping charges. The motion cites "the well being of the victim" as a reason for dropping the charges without prejudice, meaning the four members of DECAPITATED could be prosecuted in the future.

"We feel it was the result of everyone taking a second look at this matter in light of new evidence," said Steve Graham, attorney for guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka, 35.

"They are headed back home this week," Graham said of the musicians.

The other three bandmembers are 27-year-old drummer Michal Lysejko, 31-year-old singer Rafal Piotrowski and 30-year-old bassist Hubert Wiecek.

Defense attorneys questioned the credibility of the accuser, who in 2014 admitted to lying to police about injuries she sustained during an assault, when her boyfriend was accused of stabbing three people. It was later determined that she was actually injured by her boyfriend during a previous argument.

The musicians were released from jail last month as they awaited trial. As part of their release conditions, they were ordered to stay in Washington and were required to turn in their passports. In the event that they did return to Poland, they were ordered to sign waivers of extradition, meaning they were agreeing to be extradited to the U.S.

The DECAPITATED members were released on their own recognizance and did not have to post a bond.

Their trial was scheduled to begin on January 16.

The woman alleged she was gang-raped by the musicians in their tour bus bathroom after DECAPITATED's August 31 concert with THY ART IS MURDER at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane as part of the two bands' "Double Homicide" tour. The woman said entered the bus for drinks with the band before each member forced themselves on her.

Deputies later stated the victim had "significant bruising to her upper arms consistent with being restrained" and "small abrasions on her knuckles that were scabbed over."

Andy Marsh, a member of THY ART IS MURDER, provided testimony for the defense, saying he saw the woman violently dancing in the mosh pit in front of the stage. "She was smashing her hands, arms and body against the metal barricade between the audience and the stage," he said in the court documents.

All four members of DECAPITATED were arrested on September 9 in Santa Ana, California after performing at the Observatory. They were held in Los Angeles County Jail before being extradited to Spokane.

DECAPITATED announced in September that it was canceling all previously announced tour dates. The band also publicly denied the accusations.

In a statement, the DECAPITATED members said that "the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, 'I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred.'" They added that they were "confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home."


JANUARY 9th 2018

JUDAS PRIEST RELEASE NEW SONG AND OFFICIAL VIDEO
The official video for "Lightning Strike", a brand new song from JUDAS PRIEST can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Firepower", which will be released on March 9 via Epic.




Singer Rob Halford stated about "Lightning Strike": "To me, the overall concept of this song is to use the element of a lightning strike to pull away and tear apart at an individual, at a body of people, maybe an organization, maybe an administration, that is kind of leading you, or leading us, into potentially a destructive place. You're kind of spinning that effect round, and you have the right to react and to do something about it. So that, in essence, is what this song is all about."

"You're sowing the seeds of a nightmare from hell, your friends and your demons are tolling the bell," Halford sings on the track. "Walking through fire, fate's in my hands, waiting for lightning to strike.

The British heavy metal legends spent much of 2017 in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" with the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom, acclaimed British knob-twiddler Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT) and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).

"Firepower" track listing:

01. Firepower
02. Lightning Strike
03. Evil Never Dies
04. Never The Heroes
05. Necromancer
06. Children of the Sun
07. Guardians
08. Rising From Ruins
09. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea Of Red

Halford told VintageRock.com about the making of "Firepower": "We came off the 'Redeemer Of Souls' tour, had a little bit of a break, like we've always done, and then we dove straight back into the second record with Richie [Faulkner, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist]. And it's Richie's moment, really, because when we did 'Redeemer Of Souls' with Richie, obviously it was his first time with PRIEST as a writer, so I think it was great how Richie coming into the band at that point, and then going through the writing experience and the world tour together really put Richie in a better place for when we went in to do 'Firepower' — just because you learn so much in a band."

Halford added: "Richie's playing is fucking unbelievable on this album. And just the contribution, I think, as the writing team of Richie and Glenn [Tipton, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist] and myself. This is some of our best work — without a doubt."

Rob told "Trunk Nation" that collaborating again with Allom, who produced every PRIEST release from "Unleashed In The East" (1979) through "Ram It Down" (1988), along with several live records since then, has been "brilliant" and "absolutely fantastic." "Tom has a rich history with PRIEST, particularly those great moments with 'Screaming For Vengeance', 'Defenders Of The Faith' [and] 'British Steel'," he said. "My God — he's the man in that respect. So I thought it was really great for Andy Sneap and Mike Exeter to accept that this was gonna be like a three-man job, with Andy mostly holding the reins, but with Tom by his side and Mike there [as well]."

Sneap, who plays guitar in the reactivated British occult metal act HELL, told Serbia's Hardwired magazine that PRIEST's new album will contain "a really good energy and some real classic moments." He said "Rob did great" during the album's final recording sessions. "I'll tell you what: for someone who's got that much experience, there's no ego there at all," he said. "We'd do, like, six or seven passes, and I'd ask him to try something a bit [different] on this part, and he was, like, 'No problem.' And he'd give me another four takes with a slightly different vibe. And then me and Tom Allom would sit there and we'd comp it, and we pretty much agreed on everything."

The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Support on the trek will come from SAXON and BLACK STAR RIDERS.