Saturday, 31 October 2015

AVANTASIA - Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH) on new album!



"What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann and me have in common with Marco Hietala of NIGHTWISH?
Yes, we're all good looking, funny and amazingly talented… AND: we'll be on the new AVANTASISA album Ghostlights - out on January, 29th 2016.

About Marco: It was August 1997 and we were in Helsinki to mix the 'Vain Glory Opera' album of EDGUY when someone played the band TAROT to me. That great band seemed to be some sort of a legend in Finland (in Germany TAROT were not really known at the time). A few years later a band called NIGHTWISH had appeared on the map and were about to take the European Metal world upside down. EDGUY played a festival in England with SAXON and amongst others: NIGHTWISH! I remember even though they had a great female vocalist how much I loved the rendition of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' that they did - which, if I remember correctly was sung by their bass player. You know, a lot of bass players are bass players because they wanna be in a band too; and there's only so much damage you can do to the sound of a band with just a bass. Sometimes they're only in the band because they talk enough to organize things or they have a day job to finance the first demo recordings, nice stage clothes, or sun glasses, but at the end of the day, most of them aren't taken seriously because… well, because they're bass players. :) And they're always suspicious... ;) Anyway - I don't need a bass player because I play bass myself (not as good as Marco, but I am the cheaper solution for my own project, ha!) and Marco is more than a bass player, he is a proper musician! I have no clue why it took so long until I eventually asked Marco Hietala (that bass playing vocalist with the two beards and the voice!!) if he could imagine singing a role on an AVANTASIA album. Now it is happening! And the results kick ass! You will love it! We're putting together an epic metal record I believe…

Furthermore Robert Mason (WARRANT) has been confirmed to sing on the new album as well. Robert first made a name for himself back in the early nineties as the lead singer in LYNCH MOB. Robert is an amazing singer coming from what some would call a different musical world, and he contributed something very unique to the AVANTASIA world. He really gave the songs what they needed! You will hear it! Cheerz,Tobi"


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Friday, 30 October 2015

Skindred `Volume’ Album review


17 years in the making, well ok not in terms of the recording and writing of `Volume’ but Skindred are showing off a new documentary `Rude Boys For Life’ documentary to showcase their 17 year journey. Yet thinking of each album, it has taken 17 years for Skindred to reach 
`Volume’ and all of the experiences and creativity has gone into it. 

Known for a metal heavy reggae sound, the lads from Wales bring it on `Volume’, certainly a darker tale than what might be expected from the outfit it nevertheless has that recognisable Skindred bravado and bounce.

Opening the album with `Under Attack’ is quintessential Skindred, a big catchy sing along chorus and a heavy driving beat, it’s the perfect start and will definitely be a live staple for years to come and is sure to get the party flowing. 

The second track `Volume’ just keeps adding to the big hooks, Skindred’s ability to challenge the line of bringing in new elements to Metal not only with their huge sing along choruses but their ability to add in electronic samples and noises just adds another flavour to the palate. 

`Sound The Siren’ is a superb example of how the band manages to blend together the unique concoction of Benji’s heavy reggae vocals, heavily distorted guitars and electronic sounds and whistles in the right places to make `Sound The Siren’ a dark and atmospheric track. 

The last track on the album is a strange one, entitled `3 words', begins with Benji singing and a heavy beat enters around the minute mark, yet that all ends at about 4 minutes in and then silence for almost 8 minutes, when Benji’s voice reappears asking if you follow him in various ways including Twitter, to the Moon and to the pub.

Personally, I’ve never really gone through a Skindred album in its entirety but as a live entity the band are unique, their ability to jumpstart a crowd is impossible to deny. `Volume’ certainly has all the elements of Skindred yet it still feels that there’s something missing, perhaps it’s a couple more songs that jump out of the box or that 14 songs is too much and it should be shorter snappier album, would have been more apt for such a memorable outfit. All in it’s still a fun album, complete with electronic bells and whistles, heavy reggae, heavy guitars and that Skindred bounce. 

8/10- Skindred 17 years in and still sounding big, catchy and darn fun.

Stand out tracks:
`Under Attack’, `Volume’ and `Sound The Siren’ 

Track listing:
1. Under Attack
2. Volume
3. Hit The Ground
4. Shut Ya Mouth
5. I
6. The Healing
7. Sound The Siren
8. Saying It Now
9. II
10. Straight Jacket
11. III
12. No Justice
13. Stand Up
14. 3 Words

Places on the internet:

SIKTH SIGN TO PEACEVILLE / SET TO RELEASE ‘OPACITIES’ ON 4TH DECEMBER / UK TOUR IN DECEMBER


Following their reformation at Download Festival in 2014, British progressive metal forefathers SikTh will release their first new music since 2006’s Death of a Dead Day’.

Mini-album ‘Opacities’ set for release on 4th December sees the band linking up with legendary UK metal label Peaceville.

Recorded at Lincoln’s Chapel Studios and produced by Dan Weller and Justin Hill (mixed by Forrester Savell – Karnivool, Animals As Leaders, Dead Letter Circus) vocalist Mikee Goodman hails ‘Opacities’ as the best music the band have ever made, stating, “musically, vocally and lyrically it is our most complete work. We've pushed our sound to the next level."

Following their hiatus in 2008 the band feel that their time away has allowed them to become a better band, with this version of SikTh and the new album being their best yet, with guitarist Dan Weller commenting, “it's more thoughtful, heavier, more refined. A lot of heart and soul went into the making of it - this record is for our fans who've been so loyal".

Along with a new record, December will also see the band touring the UK following recent shows across the world in Germany, Japan, India and Nepal showing that while they were away their music and influence continued to spread.

These shows have brought a renewed energy to the band and a hunger to get out there again and play. The band state “touring with SikTh is much more fun than it used to be. Of course there can be friction. But compared to how things used to be, it's been a better vibe and crowds are more energetic than ever too!"

Dan Carter is set to premiere the track ‘Philistine Philosophies’ exclusively on his BBC Radio 1 Rock Show this Sunday (from 7pm - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wq4s ) and watch out for the full music video premiere next week.

UK Tour dates with Hacktivist & Feed The Rhino supporting:
5th December – The Classic Grand, Glasgow
6th December – Academy 2, Manchester
10th December – Motion, Bristol
11th December – 02 Academy, Birmingham
12th December – The Forum, London 


Sikth are:
Pin - guitar
Dan Weller - guitar
Dan Foord - drums
James Leach - bass
Mikee W Goodman - vocals
Justin Hill – vocals

Napalm Records Appoints Head Of A&R Thomas Caser As New CEO!


Thomas Caser started his tenure at Napalm Records in 2002 as a PR-assistant, shortly after he would become one of the most successful heads of A&R. Today Thomas Caser is responsible for worldwide signings of acts and legendary artists including W.A.S.P., Kamelot, Satyricon, Coal Chamber, Delain,Walls of Jericho, and many more. Napalm Records already is one of the most important rock & metal labels and is constantly expanding worldwide, from the lonely hills of Eisenerz in Austria to New York and Austin, Texas. Following the opening of Napalm Records brand new office in Berlin, owner and CEO Markus Riedler announced that Thomas Caser, Vice President of Napalm Records since 2014, has been named as the new and second CEO of Napalm Records! 

Markus Riedler, CEO Napalm Records:
“It's nice to see a long-term employee as Thomas Caser grow with the company and I am pleased to entrust him with this responsible task. It's also a sign to our business partners for the continuity of the forward-oriented working methods and reliability of Napalm Records. I am looking forward to represent the company together with Thomas Caser!” 

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

EPICA | Band releases official live video for 'Unchain Utopia'


Dutch Metallers EPICA have launched the official live video for Unchain Utopia, which was recorded live earlier this year during the European Enigma Tour at their sold-out show at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium. The video was shot and edited by Jens De Vos and his team at Panda Productions. The show was recorded by Ace Zec and mixed by EPICA producer Joost van der Broek.

The video can be viewed on Epica’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/ClmnwsnSHdQ

EPICA will be heading to UK shores with label mates ELUVEITIE and SCAR SYMMETRY in November. This will be the last UK tour dates in support of The Quantum Enigma before the band enters the studio to record their follow-up album. Catch the band on the below dates:

11.11. UK Academy, Bristol
12.11. UK Ritz, Manchester
14.11. UK Garage, Glasgow
15.11. UK The Forum, London

Tickets and VIP bundles are on sale now and available from http://www.epica.nl/tour.

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FALLUJAH begin recording new album


Progressive death metal masters Fallujah, are currently at Sharkbite Studios with producer Zack Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth) recording the follow up to their highly praised 2014 release ‘The Flesh Prevails’. The as-of-yet-untitled-album is set to be mixed and mastered next month with Mark Lewis (Devildriver, Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, Black Dahlia Murder, Carnifex) in Orlando, FL at Audiohammer.

Vocalist Alex Hofmann comments: 
"We took a considerable amount of time off this year aiming to make not just a new record, but one that sets a new bar for not just ourselves but the genre as a whole. As we begin to enter the studio, we all agree that we've achieved exactly what we set out to achieve. We also have two of the best minds in the game right now (Zach Ohren and Mark Lewis), working together to make this record the best sounding Fallujah release to date. There is a lot of stuff heating up right now, including new tours for 2016, and we couldn't be more excited! Stay posted."

A release for the album is tentatively scheduled for some time in the first half of 2016, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Until then, you can catch the band on their upcoming UK tour dates this December with Carnifex, Within The Ruins, and The Last Ten Seconds To Life.

You can see Fallujah on tour at the follows UK shows:
(inc. ticket links)

Fallujah caused quite a stir in the music world with the release of their latest album, ‘The Flesh Prevails’. It topped several ‘best of 2014’ lists in not only the metal world, but in the progressive music community as well and won over scores of new fans with their fresh, emotive, and technically challenging music. As a result, Fallujah have paved the way for a new melodic and atmospheric perspective on death metal!

Fallujah’s commitment to crafting forward thinking music, has helped them build their own die-hard fan base from the ground-up through several releases; 2009’s ‘Leper Colony’ EP, 2011’s ‘The Harvest Wombs’ LP, ‘Nomadic’ EP in 2013, and most recently their critically acclaimed album ‘The Flesh Prevails’.

‘The Flesh Prevails’ was mixed, mastered and engineered by Zach Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA over the course of a few months. It features guest appearances from Christian Muenzner (Spawn Of Posession, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) and the voice of Roniit Alkayam. The cover artwork was a collaborative effort between Poland's Tomasz Alen Kopera and the band's vocalist, Alex Hofmann.

Check out the track ‘Sapphire’ taken from ‘The Flesh Prevails’ here.

Fallujah is:
Alex Hofmann - vocals
Rob Morey - bass
Andrew Baird - drums
Scott Carstairs - guitars
Brian James – guitars

Fallujah links:

Baroness reveal album artwork creation via a time lapse video


BARONESS REVEAL ‘PURPLE’ ALBUM COVER VIA TIME LAPSE VIDEO (https://youtu.be/WpUUnRtHbHc)

CLIP SHOWS JOHN DYER BAIZLEY’S PROCESS FOR CREATING ILLUSTRATION

Baroness reveal the cover for the band’s fourth album, ‘Purple’ (out December 18th on Abraxan Hymns), via a time lapse video that shows John Baizley’s process for creating the album artwork (https://youtu.be/WpUUnRtHbHc). This clip follows fans piecing together quadrants of the album cover that were revealed via t-shirts shipped last week as part of the band’s deluxe album pre-order bundles.

Baizley has done the artwork for all of Baroness’ releases as well as fine art and album art for bands including Skeletonwitch, BlackTusk, Kvelertak and Kylesa. A gallery can be seen at www.aperfectmonster.com.

The latest video is part of a series of clips the band is sharing with fans, documenting the making of ‘Purple’, from line-up changes, to recording and now artwork. The most recent clip focused on the guitar work for the 10-song album arrived via Guitar World(http://bit.ly/1RYWm38) and all four already released videos as well as the video for ‘Chlorine & Wine’(https://youtu.be/DnYO7iQfQDQ) and are viewable via YouTube (www.youtube.com/baronessmusic).

Baroness will head out on a series of intimate club shows throughout the States in late November, with the bulk of the tour already sold out. Tickets for the available dates can be found via www.yourbaroness.com/tour.

November 27 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
November 28 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen (SOLD OUT)
November 29 Madison, WI Frequency (SOLD OUT)
December 1 St. Louis, MO The Demo
December 2 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Music Hall
December 4 Oklahoma City, OK 89th Street Collective
December 5 Dallas, TX Double Wide (SOLD OUT)
December 6 Austin, TX Mohawk (SOLD OUT)
December 8 Houston, TX Rudyard’s SOLD OUT
December 9 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
December 11 Gainesville, FL 8-BIT Bar (SOLD OUT)
December 12 Savannah, GA The Jinx (SOLD OUT)
December 13 Atlanta, GA The Earl
December 15 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 (SOLD OUT)
December 16 Richmond, VA Strange Matter (SOLD OUT)
December 18 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery (SOLD OUT)
December 19 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s (SOLD OUT)
December 20 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar (SOLD OUT)

Pre-order packages for ‘Purple’, which feature an instant download of ‘Chlorine & Wine’ as well as a limited edition coloured vinyl version of the new album, two picture discs, t-shirts and other unique items are available now via this link: http://smarturl.it/dpurple. Digital pre-orders, which also include an instant download of ‘Chlorine & Wine’, are available via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/ipurple),Amazon (http://smarturl.it/apurple) and Google Play (http://smarturl.it/gpurple).

‘Purple’ track list:
1. Morningstar
2. Shock Me
3. Try to Disappear
4. Kerosene
5. Fugue
6. Chlorine & Wine
7. The Iron Bell
8. Desperation Burns
9. If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)
10. Crossroads of Infinity

Baroness is John Dyer Baizley (guitar, vocals), Pete Adams (guitar, vocals), Nick Jost (bass, keyboards) and Sebastian Thomson(drums).

Atmospheric Noise Metallers A DARK ORBIT announce release of Inverted album via Basick Records


Re-emerging from the depths of St. Louis USA, A DARK ORBIT have released the first song and lyric video 'Floating Intact' from forthcoming album Inverted, which is set for release on November 27 via Basick Records. 

Check the new video out here: https://youtu.be/3RBhs9HV5oo

Producing a ruthless and progressive sound few can tame, A DARK ORBIT have put together a follow up to their 2009 Voyager EP of stunningly intense heaviniess, an aural bombardment that snakes between brutal self-mutilation and fiercely intelligent technical passages. Featuring guest appearances from members of Devil Sold His Soul and Bermuda, there's real beauty here amid the bleakness. 

Written as a reflection of how the world is twisted and completely backwards when it comes to humanity and it's actions/decisions, Inverted heralds a cleansing purge in the name of music that has seldom sounded more urgent. 

As frontman Chad Kapper explains: "As a band we're very proud of our efforts and can't wait for everyone to hear what was bottled up inside of us for so long. This album is full of filth and disgust for many things. It's like the final outcome of a war of impurities. The record embodies the angst and frustration we felt from the long lines of up and downs the band has gone through since our EP. Thank you to everyone that stuck around. Your next wait will not be long."

A DARK ORBIT will release Inverted via Basick Records on November 27th. Pre-orders for Inverted will be available from the Basick Record's store here

For more information: 

Inverted Track Listing:
1) Weep To Water The Black Earth
2) Surfacing
3) Alter
4) They Rode The Heart Until It Spit Venom
5) Wavering
6) Haunted Error
7) Death Cult Philosophy (feat. Corey Bennett from Bermuda)
8) Lore Of Ocean
9) Pretty Guts (feat. Paul Green from Devil Sold His Soul)
10) Zombiehawk
11) Floating Intact
12) Proper Skin
13) Horrible Mud
14) New Age Sinkhole
15) The Golden Purpose

Linkin Park Honour Steve Aoki on 10th Anniversary of Music For Relief - Win Trip To LA and VIP tickets!


In response to 2004's Indian Ocean Tsunami crisis, Linkin Park set up the non-profit organization Music For Relief, which donates resources and supplies to those in need, helping heal the effects of natural disasters, and mitigating its impact by helping preserve the environment.

On November 14th 2015, Music For Relief will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary by 'Relief Live' at LA River Studios in Los Angeles, CA, which promises to be an unforgettable evening with inspired cuisine, open bar, and up close and personal performance from Linkin Park and other special guests.Steve Aoki will be honoured during the evening for his commitment to Humanitarian aid, including disaster relief, neuroscience research and animal rights.

Proceeds from ‘Relief Live’ will benefit Music for Relief’s disaster relief fund and clean/sustainable energy program Power the World. 

Although the event sold out very quickly there is still a chance to enter a sweepstake, donating just $5 or more to win a trip to LA and VIP tickets to ‘Relief Live’, meet Linkin Park on the red carpet and get caked in the face by Steve Aoki! To enter, supporters can go to www.prizeo.com/relieflive

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

RIVAL SONS confirm more North American dates with BLACK SABBATH


Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS have confirmed more tour dates supporting heavy metal legends BLACK SABBATH on their final world tour.

Starting on January 20th, 2016, RIVAL SONS will be joining BLACK SABBATH on tour across the USA and Canada, before heading to Australia and New Zealand in April, then on to Europe in June. Due to overwhelming demand, the two rock titans will now be returning to North America in August for another month-long stint.

The tour follows the recent release of the new Tour Edition of RIVAL SONS' latest album, 'Great Western Valkyrie', which stormed into charts around the world and was rated the number one album of 2014 by Classic Rock magazine. The special Tour Edition includes an exclusive bonus disc featuring six incredible bonus tracks.

Get the 'Great Western Valkyrie' 2-Disc Tour Edition now at http://www.earache.com/rs14

The album is also available now on iTunes, including all six bonus tracks, at http://bit.ly/gwv-tour-edition-itunes

Don't miss RIVAL SONS on tour with BLACK SABBATH:
Jan. 20 - Omaha, NE - Century Link Center
Jan. 22 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Jan. 25 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Jan. 28 - Saskatoon, SK - Sasktel Centre
Jan. 30 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Centre
Feb. 01 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
Feb. 03 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Feb. 06 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
Feb. 09 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
Feb. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Feb. 13 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
Feb. 15 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Feb. 17 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
Feb. 18 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
Feb. 21 - Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre
Feb. 23 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Feb. 25 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Feb. 27 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

Apr. 15 - Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
Apr. 17 - Adelaide, Australia - Entertainment Centre
Apr. 19 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
Apr. 23 - Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena
Apr. 25 - Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Centre
Apr. 28 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
Apr. 30 - Dunedin, New Zealand - Forsyth Barr Stadium

Jun. 01 - Budapest, Hungary - Groupama Arena
Jun. 08 - Berlin, Germany - Waldebuhne
Jun. 13 - Verona, Italy - Arena Di Verona
Jun. 15 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
Jun. 28 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle
Jun. 30 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena
Jul. 02 - Krakow, Poland - Tauron Arena
Jul. 09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Monsters of Rock
Jul. 12 - Moscow, Russia - Olympisky Arena

Aug. 17 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 21 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 23 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 25 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center
Aug. 27 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 29 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
Sep. 02 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Sep. 04 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 07 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sep. 09 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
Sep. 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheater
Sep. 13 - Portland, OR - Sunlight Supply Arena
Sep. 15 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Sep. 17 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sep. 19 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl
Sep. 21 - Phoenix, AZ - AK-Chin Pavilion

Watch RIVAL SONS' latest music video for the song "Electric Man" at http://bit.ly/1JX3qIY

Get more RIVAL SONS news and info:
Official site - http://www.rivalsons.com

THE WHITE BUFFALO premieres 'Modern Times' video on Clash in Europe


American underground hero THE WHITE BUFFALO has teamed up with Clash for the European premiere of his music video for"Modern Times".

Led by singer/songwriter Jake Smith, THE WHITE BUFFALO is probably best known for his numerous song placements in the TV series Sons of Anarchy, including the series finale song "Come Join the Murder", which was co-written with series producerKurt Sutter and nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Music and Lyrics".

Taken from his new album, 'Love and the Death of Damnation' - which is due to be released on CD and vinyl on February 12th in Europe with three exclusive bonus tracks - "Modern Times" is a feel-good song which Clash describes as "Starkly honest yet musically ambitious".

THE WHITE BUFFALO's Jake Smith explains:
"With this album, I really wanted to get back to songs... I wanted to get back to writing individual stories, as opposed to an extended narrative. I wanted each song to make you feel something. In the past, the songs have almost always been pretty dark. But this time, I was also able to channel some happier stuff and write a couple of actual feel-good songs. It's also more varied musically. I really made an effort to expand my sound, and to get out of my comfort zone as a songwriter."

Check out the video now on Clash in Europe at http://clashmusic.com/videos/premiere-the-white-buffalo-modern-times

'Love and the Death of Damnation' is available to pre-order now on CD and vinyl in Europe, including a very limited number of special signed editions, featuring three exclusive bonus tracks. Order yours now at http://www.earache.com/twb

The album is already available on iTunes in Europe, minus the bonus tracks, at http://bit.ly/latdod-itunes

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DORO Staramba brings out metal queen as 3D figure



Berlin-based start-up company Staramba has made it possible: 
the metal queen comes to your home as a 3D figure!

Doro Pesch has played more than 2,800 concerts in more than 60 countries across four continents in her thirty year plus career - and now the metal queen comes to your home, whenever you want, wherever you want, forever!

Staramba has made this incredible feat possible. The Berlin-based start-up company offers Doro and her entire band as incredible 3D figures in different sizes. Doro and the band look incredibly realistic, this is due to the unique technology (photogrammetry scanner 3D Instagraph), which scans persons within a few seconds. Afterwards, lifelike and full-coloured figures emerge shift by shift in a highly-modern 3D printer.

The puppets made out of polymer plaster casts are the spitting image of the originals, only smaller.
"The figures are absolutely super," 

Doro states. 
"It's a really interesting experience to hold yourself in your hands suddenly. I'm sure that fans will love these new figures and they will get them for their homes."

Next to Linkin Park and Slash, Doro is only the third rock act that Staramba has created in this form.

Doro Pesch and her band mates Johnny Dee (drums), Nick Douglas (bass), Bas Maas (guitars), Luca Princiotta (guitars) as well asHarrison Young (keyboards) are available now as a full package in the scale of 1:20 and 1:15 from the Staramba online shop (http://shop.staramba.com/).

All band members are purchasable separately for €30 - €295 in the scale of 1:20, 1:15, 1:10 and 1:7.

In just under one month's time the metal queen can be seen live again in the UK. She will bring US rockers Archer along as special guests on this tour.

Tour dates are: 
(inc. ticket links)

After forming the band Warlock, Doro managed to secure a record deal and tour with legends such as Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne,Bon Jovi, Metallica, Scorpions, Megadeth and W.A.S.P. She was the first woman to play at the Monsters Of Rock Festival and became a pioneer for the whole genre. Her solo albums carry on that spirit, not least on her 17th studio album ‘Raise Your Fist’ released in 2012. The following year saw the ‘Queen of Rock & Metal’ receive the ‘Legend’ Award at the Metal Hammer ‘Golden Gods’. This was followed by a celebratory show on August 2nd at Wacken Open Air in front of 80,000 fans. Last year she continued to celebrate her 30th anniversary, returning to her hometown Düsseldorf for two concerts, performing a Classic Night and a Rock’n’Roll Show with illustrious star guests.

Doro Links:

The Cadillac Three announce 'Night Life Religion' tour - January 2016


Headline UK Tour Announced For January /February 2016
with Whiskey Myers as Special Guests
November 9th O2 Academy Islington
**Sold Out**

Brand New Studio Album for 2016

With their November 9th O2 Academy Islington show already sold out, electrifying Nashville trio The Cadillac Three have announced a full headline UK tour for January and February 2016.

Masters in blending the weight of heavy music with the swagger of southern rock and the true grit of country, The Cadillac Three’s 2016 nine-date tour will be in support of their eagerly anticipated upcoming album – the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed Tennessee Mojo, released via Spinefarm Records in the UK – with more details to be announced soon.

Special Guests on all shows will be Southern rockers Whiskey Myers, visiting the UK for the first time; the East Texan band’s most recent albums – Early Morning Shakes and Firewater – have been re-issued by Spinefarm in the UK.

THE CADILLAC THREE ‘NIGHT LIFE RELIGION’ 2016 UK TOUR:
Thursday 28th January – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Friday 29th January – Newcastle, University
Saturday 30th January – Glasgow, Garage
Sunday 31st January – Manchester, Academy 2
Tuesday 2nd February – Norwich, The Waterfront
Wednesday 3rd February – Brighton, Concorde 2
Thursday 4th February – Birmingham, O2 Institute
Friday 5th February – London, Electric Ballroom
Saturday 6th February – Cardiff, Tramshed 

Vocalist / guitarist Jaren Johnston comments, “The UK has become like a second home to us, so it’s always a pleasure to come over. We've been working hard on new music for y'all, too, and we’re looking forward to sharing some of it! See y'all soon!"

Since the release of Tennessee Mojo featuring the radio hit ‘Party Like You’, The Cadillac Three have won Classic Rock Magazine’s award for ‘Best New Band’ and been on a non-stop rollercoaster of touring, including a sold-out UK run in March supporting the release of latest EP, Peace, Love & Dixie with their single ‘White Lightning’ a staple on the Radio 2 playlist this summer.

The band have taken the US by storm with ‘White Lightning’, and have appeared on ABC’s hit drama Nashville as well as having their music featured on CSI Miami, Vampire Diaries and Hart Of Dixie. With a raw sound like no other, the buzz-worthy outfit organically builds around Neil Mason’s thundering, melodic percussion and the sinewy inter-play of Johnston’s gruff vocals and guitars with Kelby Ray’s lap steel and bass, all ready to explode at a moment’s notice.

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Black Tide new music video Angel In The Dark

Black Tide have released a music video for their latest single 'Angel In The Dark'.

Watch 'Angel In The Dark' music video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj19nPQrplg

Relentless and effortlessly showing Black Tide's talent that saw them signed to a major label when frontman Gabriel Garcia was only 15 years old; the song is a sonic monster of riffs, hooks and melody, all wrapped up in a modern thrash / speed metal landscape.

'Angel In The Dark' is taken from Black Tide's new album 'Chasing Shadows' which is out now via Pavement Entertainment.

Black Tide hails from Miami, Florida and is best known for the fact that they were signed to a major label when frontman Gabriel Garcia was only 15 years old. Combining early influences of speed and thrash metal with the modern element of post hardcore, the band gained major attention from press and metal fans alike. 

After releasing their debut album ‘Light From Above’ the band embarked on a heavy touring schedule which included Ozzfest, Mayhem Festival, and a European tour with Bullet For My Valentine.

Their sophomore effort ‘Post Mortem’ was released in 2011 and landed the band a slot on the Uproar Festival to further solidify their place amongst rock and metal’s elite bands. The band spent the next few years touring and then began writing their new album ‘Chasing Shadows’ which picks right up where they left off with their now notorious brand of old school meets modern metal! Out of the darkness comes Black Tide's third full length album ‘Chasing Shadows’.

Black Tide are:
Gabriel Garcia - Lead Vocals / Bass Guitar
Austin Diaz - Guitar / Vocals
Cody Paige - Drums

IGNITE – reveal cover and track listing for 'A War Against You'


Southern California’s very own Melodic Hardcore-Punk legends, IGNITE are happy to reveal the front cover of their upcoming album 'A War Against You' which is the long awaited follow-up to 'Our Darkest Days'.

'A War Against You' comes with the following track listing:
1. Begin Again
2. Nothing Can Stop Me
3. This Is A War
4. Oh No Not Again
5. Alive
6. You Saved Me
7. Rise Up
8. Where I'm From
9. The Suffering
10. How Is This Progress?
11. You Lie
12. Descend
13. Work

'A War Against You' will see a synced, worldwide release on January 8th, 2016!

A digital preorder of the album is scheduled to go online December 4th, 2015. If you preorder the album you will get an instant download of the first song, 'Nothing Can Stop Me'. At the same date a strictly limited 7” will be available for 'Nothing Can Stop Me'.

IGNITE just returned from a successful tour throughout South America and have the following shows already confirmed around the release of 'A War Against You'.

08.01.16 (USA) Los Angeles - The Roxy
09.01.16 (USA) San Diego - Brick By Brick
28.01.16 (H) Budapest - Barba Negra
29.01.16 (H) Budapest - Barba Negra

The album will be released shortly before IGNITE head out on the 2016 edition of the EMP Persistence Tour, in which IGNITE will be performing as headliner. This amazing package also features label mates TERROR, whom will be out supporting their own brand new album, 'The 25th Hour', as well as NYHC legends H20 and special guests, Iron Reagan, Twitching Tongues, Wisdom In Chains and Risk It.

IGNITE Live:
13.01.16 (PL) Warsaw - Progresja
14.01.16 (DE) Berlin - Astra 
15.01.16 (DE) Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit 36
16.01.16 (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
17.01.16 (B) Torhout - De Mast
18.01.16 (F) Paris - Gibus
19.01.16 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
20.01.16 (DE) Saarbrücken - Garage
21.01.16 (DE) München - Backstage
22.01.16 (DE) Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
23.01.16 (DE) Dresden - Alter Schlachthof
24.01.16 (NL) Utrecht - Tivoli

IGNITE 2015:
Zoli Teglas - Vocals
Brett Rasmussen - Bass
Brian Balchack - Guitar
Kevin Kilkenny - Guitar
Craig Anderson - Drums

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WHITECHAPEL premieres "The Saw Is the Law" live video


This Friday (October 30th), WHITECHAPEL will unleash their new live CD/DVD set, The Brotherhood of the Blade, via Metal Blade Records. Featuring an exclusive documentary (in addition to a live performance shot in Knoxville, TN), The Brotherhood of the Blade stands as a glimpse into the sextet's world, into each member's outlook, and the changes they've experienced over the past near-decade on the road. Shot and directed by Mathis Arnell for Naughty Mantis, with live show audio recording, mixing, and mastering by Audiohammer's Mark Lewis, this release is an audio/visual apex that fans won't want to miss.

To view the trailer for The Brotherhood of the Blade and to reserve your copy of the CD/DVD, please visit: metalblade.com/whitechapel

Since forming in 2006, Whitechapel has toured extensively around the globe, amassing a level of success of which most only dream. Most recently, their 2014 album, Our Endless War, earned them the bragging rights as one of the heaviest groups to ever crack the Billboard Top 10, plus a #1 spot on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. With each new release, the band takes their career to new heights.

Whitechapel - The Brotherhood of the Blade tracklisting
Disc 1
--DVD: The Brotherhood of the Blade documentary
--DVD: Live at The International - Knoxville, TN June 7th, 2014 (video)
01. Rise (live)
02. Our Endless War (live)
03. Section 8 (live)
04. Faces (live)
05. I, Dementia (live)
06. Possession (live)
07. Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation (live)
08. Vicer Exciser (live)
09. Mono (live)
10. Worship the Digital Age (live)
11. The Saw Is the Law (live)
12. Possibilities of an Impossible Existence (live)

Disc 2
--CD: Live at The International - Knoxville, TN June 7th, 2014 (audio)
01. Rise (live)
02. Our Endless War (live)
03. Section 8 (live)
04. Faces (live)
05. I, Dementia (live)
06. Possession (live)
07. Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation (live)
08. Vicer Exciser (live)
09. Mono (live)
10. Worship the Digital Age (live)
11. The Saw Is the Law (live)
12. Possibilities of an Impossible Existence (live)
13. This Is Exile (live bonus track)

SUICIDE SILENCE | Live video for 'Sacred Words' posted online


California based extreme metal titans, SUICIDE SILENCE, are currently streaming a live video for the trackSacred Words over on YouTube. The video is to promote the band's recently released Sacred Words digital EP and can be viewed here: 

The EP features the single 'Sacred Words' as well as various unreleased tracks, including 3 live tracks taken from the band's RockPart Festival performance on August 9, 2015 in Hungary. The remixed version of 'Sacred Words', which was created by Dan Wilson and Doc Knocks, can be heard over on the band's YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/r5sOUcwXV04

Sacred Words digital EP track list:
1. Sacred Words 
2. Inherit The Crown (live) 
3. Cease To Exist (live) 
4. Sacred Words (live) 
5. Sacred Words (We Are Strong Remix) 
6. Sacred Words (instrumental) 

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SUICIDE SILENCE’s latest record, You Can’t Stop Me, was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, WARBRINGER). It marks the debut of new frontman Eddie Hermida (ex-ALL SHALL PERISH), and features guest appearances by George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher (CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN). The artwork was created by Tim Minarzik of Throne Media & Design.


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BOMBUS To Headline House Of Vans Halloween Edition


As previously announced, this December BOMBUS will hit the road as main support for Clutch prior to releasing their third album 'Repeat Until Death' in February, 2016.

Our heavy heroes from Gothenburg are proud to announce even more sexy shows to keep you warm in the coldest months of the year. This weekend, BOMBUS will headline the Haunted House Of Vans in London – supported by their label mates Hang The Bastard. A month later, on November 27th they will join even more labelmates at LEAFMEAL festival in Dortmund, Germany. The line up includes Long Distance Calling, Dead Lord, Hexvessel, ’77 and seven additional bands. One day later, they are invited to play the official Motörhead Aftershow Party in Hamburg. No sleep till Reeperbahn!


2015 was a busy year for BOMBUS. It started with an European tour supportingMonster Magnet, continued with a nice run of summer festivals including Download(UK), Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park (Germany), and Tuska (Finland), followed by several months of studio work to record the successor of their highly acclaimed album'The Poet And The Parrot'.

Jens Borgen (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, etc.) mastered the new opus 'Repeat Until Death' that is scheduled for worldwide release through Century Media Recordson February 26th, 2016. 

In the meantime enjoy the latest video for 'Let Her Die':

BOMBUS Live:
31.10.2015 Haunted House Of VANS, London, UK
27.11.2015 Leafmeal Festival @ FZW, Dortmund, Germany

28.11.2015 Motörhead Aftershow Party @ The Rock Café St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
01.12.2015 Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark *
02.12.2015 Tragarn, Goteborg, Sweden *
03.12.2015 Medis, Stockholm, Sweden *
04.12.2015 Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark *
05.12.2015 Astra, Berlin, Germany *
06.12.2015 Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany *
08.12.2015 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands *
10.12.2015 Ritz, Manchester, UK *
11.12.2015 Wulfrunhall, Wolverhampton, UK *
12.12.2015 Shepards Bush Empire, London, UK * SOLD OUT
* main support for CLUTCH

BOMBUS

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Bring Me The Horizon announce single 'True Friends'


“True friends stab you in the front,” proclaims Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes on the band’s just-released new track, “True Friends.” Featured on the band’s huge fifth studio album, That’s The Spirit, “True Friends” is available everywhere now, including iTunes and Spotify. Watch the track’s lyric video here: http://smarturl.it/TrueFriendsV. That’s The Spirit, the band’s Columbia Records debut, is out now..

In just a single day, Bring Me The Horizon’s fervent worldwide fanbase triggered simultaneous Twitter trends for “True Friends” in the US, UK, Australia and several European countries.

The band returns to North America in October for their headline fall tour, which includes festival stops at Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance, Aftershock and Knotfest. Joining them on the road will be American metalcore band, Issues, before heading back to the UK for a headline tour in November.

That’s The Spirit is an 11-track, exhilarating ride bursting with huge riffs, soaring vocals and stadium filling monster tracks. The album, which lead singer Oli Sykes recently told NME is “a celebration of depression,” was recorded this spring in Santorini, Greece at Black Rock Studios, which the band discovered by Googling “world’s most amazing studios.” That’s The Spirit was mixed in London, mastered in New York and produced by Sykes and the band’s Jordan Fish.

Bring Me The Horizon is Oli Sykes (vocals), Matthew Nicholls (drums), Matt Kean (bass), Lee Malia (guitars), Jordan Fish (programming and keys).

Bring Me The Horizon On Tour: 
31-Oct-15 Southampton, O2 Guildhall
24-Nov-15 Glasgow, O2 Academy
25-Nov-15 Edinburgh, The Corn Exchange 

26-Nov-15 Doncaster, The Dome 

27-Nov-15 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena 

28-Nov-15 London, Alexandra Palace
29-Nov-15 Birmingham, O2 Academy (Matinee)
29-Nov-15 Birmingham, O2 Academy (Late)
30-Nov-15 Bristol, O2 Academy