Sunday, 30 April 2017

MUNICIPAL WASTE announce new album and release first single


MUNICIPAL WASTE ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW ALBUM, 
SLIME AND PUNISHMENT!

Equipped with a crushing sound that will implode both your soul and skull, Richmond Virginia's MUNICIPAL WASTE barrel back onto the scene with their latest piece of toxic detritus, Slime And Punishment. The sixth album will be released on June 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records.

Head to www.municipalwaste.net to listen to the first single, "Amateur Sketch"!

Ryan Waste states, "We've been getting punished for the last five years by people asking for a new album. Now we're here to return the favour with an aural onslaught of speed metal punk. Enjoy a taste of slime courtesy of the Waste."

"We're sorry this took so long" comments vocalist Tony Foresta. That was our bad. It feels good to be back musically kicking you in the balls... and or titties."

Order your copy of the album digitally on iTunes and Amazon Music and receive a download for "Amateur Sketch" instantly!

Slime And Punishment is the first Waste album to be engineered by bassist Phil "Landphil" Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA. Mixing and mastering was completed by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., LIZZY BORDEN and DARK ANGEL) in Hollywood, CA.

The cover artwork for the sixth album was created by the bands good friend, Andrei Bouzikov. This is the fourth cover he has created for them as he was responsible for the art for Massive Aggressive, The Art Of Partying, and the split with TOXIC HOLOCAUST - Toxic Waste.

Below is the track listing:
1. Breathe Grease
2. Enjoy The Night
3. Dingy Situations
4. Shrednecks
5. Poison The Preacher
6. Bourbon Discipline
7. Parole Violators
8. Slime And Punishment
9. Amateur Sketch
10. Excessive Celebration
11. Low Tolerance
12. Under The Waste Command
13. Death Proof
14. Think Fast

The band will make their UK return at this year's Bloodstock Festival, playing the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Saturday 12th August. Get your festival tickets here: http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

AMORPHIS part ways with bass player Niclas Etelävuori


Last week, melancholic metallers AMORPHIS returned from touring North America with their countrymen SWALLOW THE SUN. The band now prepare for several shows in Russia, European festivals as well as supporting Danish rockers, VOLBEAT across the continent. To bridge the gaps between these open air shows, AMORPHIS have also announced eight headlining shows in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and Denmark. The band's whole tour itinerary can be found below.

But sadly, there is also some bad news, as the band announces today:

"Dear all,
We just arrived back home from almost an 8 week North American tour that was a great success in many ways. A humble thank you to all who came to the shows and meet & greets to tell us that we were truly missed last 8 years. Next tour will take place much sooner, that’s for sure.
There are a lot of things happening right now in AMORPHIS camp but the saddest part is that our dear brother Niclas Etelävuori has decided to part ways with AMORPHIS. His decision has nothing to do with the band, no bad blood, no hard feelings between us so it is better that you read his statement and thoughts below. It’s really hard to describe the feelings everyone is going through right now, especially when we have worked as a family with him for so many years. People should understand that AMORPHIS has always been a democratic band and it’s pretty obvious that not all choices can please everyone. Some people don’t get along with each other, that’s life. The focus and all decisions have still aimed for the greater good and only what is best for AMORPHIS. We will continue with our current management as we feel that there is no distrust between us whatsoever.
Even in these circumstances the show must go on, so we are happy to announce that our old friend and original AMORPHIS bass player Olli-Pekka (Oppu) Laine is going to play the forthcoming shows and festivals with us. It’s been a long time since we played together but it sure is going to be nostalgic and great fun. Rest of the year continues busy as we are now heading to Russia after couple of weeks and from there to Radio Rock (FIN) cruise before the festival season starts. "Under The Red Cloud" tour will end in September and after that we start to work on a new album. We’ll keep you informed about that later on.
Most of all, we want to wish Niclas nothing but the best in the future and he will always remain as a close brother to us.

Shine on!"

- TomiJ, Esa, TomiK, Santeri, Jan

Niclas Etelävuori also states:
"Hello everyone,
I'm very very sad to inform you that after 17 years I've decided to leave my duties as bass player of AMORPHIS. This is probably the hardest decision I have ever made in my life. I still love the music and the guys and the crew are still my brothers and I wish them all the best in the future. There's absolutely no bad blood between us.
The reason for my departure is 100% due to the (mis)management of the band. It probably sounds crazy to most of you, but that's how it is (music business can sometimes be very complicated). I got the guy his job back in the day and now I only heard lies and bullshit for the last many years, I just had enough so I gotta go. I can't work or live like that. It is pretty obvious to me that the manager only works for his own best interest not for the bands best interest, and that's not how it should be.
Strange enough for me ”most” of the band still wants to continue on this path so I better find another one.
We all gotta do what we believe in and I don't believe in our manager anymore. I have left the door open if the band would decide to change things.
Staying true to yourself is most important in life and that's what I'm trying to do, you only live once and life is too short for bullshit. I could probably write a book about it but I'll save that for later - now I'm too tired and I have to look for a new job.
I'd like to thank all the fans, companies, people I've met and worked with all over the world over the years, it's been a blast. I hope we meet again some sunny day.

Regards,
Niclas"

Regarding to the management, the band comments:
"We don’t feel that there’s any distrust between band and management. It seems that issue is purely bad chemistry between Niclas and our manager. We don’t have any proof or whatsoever that our management has lied or other ways tried to ruin our career. Everything is better than ever, there’s so much great things going on and happened with AMORPHIS so it’s really hard to find reasons why to change the management. AMORPHIS is democratic band and decisions are based on everyone's opinion. Obviously we can’t agree to change things upside down just because someone threats to leave the band.
This is a really sad decision and we truly hope all the best for Niclas. Despite his decision he will remain a really close friend for us."

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Friday, 28 April 2017

DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER | stream the first song of the new album on facebook!


Der Rote Reiter (engl: The Red Rider), the tenth studio album of DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER will be released in summer 2017. This weekend also marks the exclusive press listening session for the new album - however, fans shouldn't feel left out! The band will also stream the opening of the upcoming release live from the listening session on their Facebook page. 

Make sure you don't miss out and head over to the following page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1281267505261921/

Der Rote Reiter was produced by the band and co-producers Alexander Dietz (HEAVEN SHALL BURN) and Eike Freese (DEEP PURPLE, KAI HANSEN) at Chameleon Recording (Chemical Burn Studios).

Says co-producer Alexander Dietz on the new REITER album:
"DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER are back. Merciless, fresh and with lots of joy of playing. They overcome the balancing act of restless heaviness and graceful beauty easily!"

Ein Reiter steigt vom Himmel Tour 2017
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
+ special guests
20.10. D Hanover - Musikzentrum
21.10. D Dresden - Alter Schlachthof
26.10. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
27.10. D Dortmund - FZW
28.10. D Hamburg - Markthalle
02.11. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
03.11. D Kaiserslautern - Kammgarn
04.11. CH Pratteln - Z7
09.11. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
10.11. D Munich - Backstage
11.11. A Vienna - Simm City
16.11. D Berlin - SO36
17.11. D Erfurt - HSD
18.11. D Cologne - Essigfabrik

More info:

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Mastodon to play headline set & £10 tickets - The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2017


Mastodon
to play headline set

The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2017
in association with Orange Amplification

Also playing live…
Clutch
Avatar
Orange Goblin

A limited number of tickets on sale 
from 3pm on Friday, April 28 for just £10


Monday, June 12, 2017
IndigO2 at The O2, London
@MetalHammer #GoldenGods

We’re delighted to announce that, following the release of one of the year’s biggest and most critically acclaimed albums in ‘Emperor Of Sand’, Atlantan metal behemoths Mastodon will be headlining this year’s Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in association with Orange Amplification – one of only two confirmed live shows they have in the UK this year, the other being the main stage at Download Festival.

Taking place at the IndigO2 at The O2, London on Monday, June 12, and with a capacity of just 2,000, the Golden God Awards show will be one of Mastodon’s most intimate performances in years, as one of metal’s most celebrated bands make their Golden Gods live debut.

A very limited number of tickets are available for just £10 and go on sale at 3pm on Friday, April 28. These are being sold on a first come, first served basis and once they’re gone, they’re gone! Go to https://goldengods2017.eventbrite.co.uk and don’t miss out!

“We told you we had something special planned, and trust us when we say this is going to be very special indeed,” says Metal Hammer Editor Merlin Alderslade. “We wanted to bring something truly one-off to the IndigO2 as a way to say thank you to our amazing readers for the support they’ve shown us this year, and Mastodon are not just one of the biggest bands we’ve ever had play our awards, but one of the greatest metal bands of this or any era. Expect minds to be blown, heads to be banged and beers to be raised. See you down the front.”

Opening the show will be riff veterans Orange Goblin, one of the UK’s most vital and important metal bands – and a group of men who seriously know how to throw a party. Following them are one of the most unique bands in modern metal, Sweden’s Avatar, whose catchy industrial metal stomp is backed by one of the most enthralling, theatrical live shows in the scene today. Also joining this year’s bill are the mighty Clutch, stoner rock legends and one of the greatest live bands heavy music has ever seen.

For more than 30 years, Metal Hammer has been the biggest heavy metal magazine on the planet, and this would not have been possible without our incredible, passionate community. The Golden God Awards is our chance to raise a glass with those very fans while celebrating the great and the good of our world. Forget your sit-down dinner, this event is voted for and attended by the fans. 

Fozzy frontman and WWE megastar Chris Jericho – who also appeared at this year's Wrestlemania event in front of 70,000 people – will be coming straight from playing this year's Download Festival to host.

Voting is open now at http://2017.goldengods.teamrock.com. The full list of nominations is as follows:

Best New Band
Zeal & Ardor
Venom Prison
Brutai
Puppy
Ocean Grove

Best Underground Band
Perturbator
Neurosis 
Royal Thunder 
Pallbearer
Anaal Nathrakh 

Best UK Band presented by BMG Catalogue
Bury Tomorrow
Architects
While She Sleeps
Tesseract
Orange Goblin

Best International Band presented by Nuclear Blast
Metallica
Opeth
Alter Bridge
Avenged Sevenfold
Korn

Breakthrough
Code Orange
Creeper
Oathbreaker 
Ho99o9 
Avatar

Best Live Band presented by Monster Energy
Steel Panther
Letlive
Killswitch Engage
Mastodon
Ghost

Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’
Joel O’ Keeffe (Airbourne)
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men)
Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria)
Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan)

Best Independent Label
Nuclear Blast
Cooking Vinyl
Deathwish
Season Of Mist
Basick

Game Of The Year
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Overwatch
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Iron Maiden: The Legacy Of The Beast
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Editorial-chosen awards include Riff Lord presented by Century Media, Defender Of The Faith presented by Orange Amplification, Album Of The Year, Icon, Inspiration, Spirit Of Hammer and The Golden God.

DREAM EVIL Launch 'Antidote' video/single off upcoming 'SIX' album!


Swedish powerhouse Heavy Metal group DREAM EVIL are getting closer to the release of their sixth album, aptly titled “SIX”, coming out on May 26th, 2017 via Century Media Records.

Therefore, the album’s second single and video for the track “Antidote” are being launched today. Check out the entertaining clip directed by longtime partner in visuals Patric Ullaeus / www.revolver.se (In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, etc.) here:

The single can also be found here: 

DREAM EVIL have checked in with the following comment about “Antidote”: “When it comes to choosing a single for SIX you need to have a song that ‘punches’ the fans in their faces. “Antidote” is just that type of in-your-face-punch-song, so for us the choice was natural. And don’t forget that Metal is not just music, it's a way of living…as you clearly can see in the video!”

Previously, the album’s opening track “Dream Evil” was also debuted with a video by Patric Ullaeus, to be seen here: https://youtu.be/HRTv_ycvUVk
And the song can also be streamed here on Spotify: http://bit.ly/DreamEvilSingle

A previously launched album trailer for “SIX” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/RtUbeIGeb7g

The album’s standard tracklisting is as follows:
DREAM EVIL – “SIX”:
1. Dream Evil
2. Antidote
3. Sin City
4. Creature Of The Night
5. Hellride
6. Six Hundred And 66
7. How To Start A War
8. The Murdered Mind
9. Too Loud
10. 44 Riders
11. Broken Wings
12. We Are Forever

Succeeding 2010’s “In The Night” release, “SIX” has been once again produced by DREAM EVIL guitarist Fredrik Nordström at his own Studio Fredman facilities, which is obviously the birth place of many modern Metal masterpieces by bands such as In Flames, Arch Enemy, HammerFall, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir, Powerwolf or also Architects and Bring Me The Horizon.

The album’s front cover, which can be seen above, has once again been created by Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Amaranthe, Firewind, etc.).

May 26th will also mark the release date for the groundbreaking third DREAM EVIL album “The Book Of Heavy Metal” for the first time ever (!) on vinyl. Considered a modern Heavy Metal classic by many, 2004’s “The Book Of Heavy Metal” will be available on 180gr. black vinyl with the entire album on CD as bonus. The pre-order is available here:

Line-Up:
Niklas Isfeldt – Lead vocals
Fredrik Nordström – Lead rhythm guitars
Mark U Black – Lead lead guitars
Peter Stålfors – Lead bass
Patrik Jerksten – Lead drums

Discography:
Dragonslayer – CD 2002
Evilized – CD 2003
Children Of The Night – Mini-CD 2003
The First Chapter – CD-Single 2004
The Book Of Heavy Metal – CD 2004
United – CD 2006
Gold Medal In Metal – DVD/2CD 2008
In The Night – CD 2010
SIX – CD/LP 2017

DREAM EVIL online:

DECAPITATED To Release New Album 'Anticult'


Polish metal extremists Decapitated have revealed details of their upcoming seventh album Anticult, out July 7 via Nuclear Blast. The band has also dropped the new song "Never,": https://youtu.be/Dzsnunj-5gg which is available as an instant grat track for all fans who pre-order the album. Anticult is available for pre-order here:

Anticult highlights just how vital Decapitated have remained two decades deep into their career. Decapitated have long been undeniable masters of their craft and they are expanding their parameters with Anticult, which should elevate the band's profile beyond the death metal realm in which it has dominated for years.

"Anticult represents the legacy and future of Decapitated," said guitarist Vogg. "We're extremely proud of the record, in both the song compositions and the production. This is the best representation of our music and we're really excited for the world to hear it!"

The album's massive musical leap forward is evidenced by "Never." It's a song with an incredible bite and retains Decapitated's signature fury. But it's also undeniably catchy and takes up residence in your brain and stays there.

"'Never,' the first track we are showcasing from the record, is fast, it's technical, and most importantly, it's heavy," Vogg commented. "For us, it's what Decapitated is all about… and it will be really fun to play live. Enjoy it!"

Vocalist Rasta weighed in about the subject matter of "Never," offering this insight into the lyrical content: "There is no mystical, doomish fate waiting for us. The only judgement pending is our own. The simple relationship between cause and effect is what determines our future. We are now witnessing something that should never have happened — our homes have become our civilisation's grave."

The band will announce U.S. tour plans shortly.

Anticult Track Listing:
"Impulse"
"Deathvaluation"
"Kill the Cult"
"One Eyed Nation"
"Anger Line"
"Earth Scar"
"Never"
"Amen"

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VOIVOD announce European dates for June


Progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD continue to promote their latest Mini-CD release entitled “Post Society - EP” and have therefore just announced a next string of live-dates, which will see the band playing festivals and club-shows in Europe throughout June as well as selected dates in their Canadian home afterwards, including an appearance as support to Metallica in Quebec City.

VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin checked in with the following comment about the band’s upcoming activities, which include working on their upcoming studio album release:
“The writing of the new album is nearing completion, but it is already time for us to fresh up the set list for the first leg of our European tour in June. I am especially excited to play Sweden Rock once more. When we played there in 2009 I got to watch UFO performing a stellar set. This time we are sharing the stage with other heroes of mine, Lucifer's Friend!

We will come back home to play some cool shows in July, including the Quebec City Summer Festival with Metallica. In August we will record the new album before playing the famous Wings of Metal Festival in Montreal in September. Then we will head for Europe again in the fall. See you soon!”

Here is a list of the currently confirmed shows coming up for VOIVOD, with further dates for the June “Post Society” run and the Fall dates to being announced soon: 

VOIVOD – Live 2017:
08.06. Hamburg – Logo (Germany)
09.06. Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival (Sweden)
10.06. Rheine – Hypothalamus (Germany)
11.06. Goes – Podium ‘t Beest (The Netherlands)
12.06. Aalst – Cirque Mystic (Belgium)
13.06. Norwich – Waterfront (UK)
14.06. Glasgow – Audio (UK)
15.06. Newcastle – Riverside (UK)
16.06. Leeds – Temple Of Boom (UK)
17.06. Nottingham – The Dog House (UK)
18.06. London – Underworld (UK)
19.06. Essen – Turock (Germany)
20.06. Dresden – Scheune (Germany)
21.06. Tilburg – Little Devil (The Netherlands)

VOIVOD’s “Post Society - EP”, which followed up 2013’s acclaimed “Target Earth” album release, is available as Digipak CD and as Digital Download. It contains 5 studio tracks with a total playing time of 30 minutes. The artwork was traditionally created by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin.

Watch the video for the EP’s title track, shot by Dirk Behlau / Beastwood Film Production (Spiritual Beggars, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, etc.), here:

And hear the EP track "We Are Connected" here: 

VOIVOD 2017 line up: 
Snake – Vocals
Chewy – Guitar
Rocky – Bass
Away – Drums

VOIVOD online:

WEDNESDAY 13 reveals 'Blood Sick' video



WEDNESDAY 13 has unveiled a brand new video for 'Blood Sick', the next track to be taken from his forthcoming album, 'Condolences', which arrives on 2nd June via new record label home, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. 
 Check it out here -

WEDNESDAY tells us "I'm really excited for you all to see the video for 'Blood Sick'. It was all shot on green screen with director Matt Zane. The song is about a spider torturing a fly in its web before devouring it, and I wanted to try and capture that scenario with the band in a giant spider web. I had this vision in my head when we first wrote the song and it's so cool to see it finally come to life."

The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Chris 'Zeuss' Harris (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed) and the sleeve artwork was created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia).

WEDNESDAY 13 is also confirmed to headline the Dogtooth Stage at Download Festival on Saturday 10th June with his full electric set, as well as two additional shows in Dublin (Thu 8th Jun at Voodoo Lounge) and Belfast (Fri 9th June at Limelight 2). Download tickets are available from http://downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets and Irish tickets from www.ticketmaster.ie.

ICYMI:
What The Night Brings' music video: https://youtu.be/3RpiIZfmBb4
Trailer #1 - signing to Nuclear Blast: https://youtu.be/qdtfXMGoHu8
Trailer #2 - behind the scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIzYUP0EVig
Trailer #3 - monsters, bad guys and horror villains: https://youtu.be/NsCNgl-79MY

More info:

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ICED EARTH launch first new single from new album 'Incorruptible', detail info on album formats


US power metal masters ICED EARTH present you 'Seven Headed Whore', the very first single of the band’s upcoming album 'Incorruptible'. Listen to three minutes of uncompromising, fast, powerful and real American metal here:


'Incorruptible' will see its worldwide release on June 16th 2017. The pre-order is up and running. Click the link below for a selection of online stores and pre-order the physical or digital version of your choice:


“Incorruptible” will be available in the following formats: 
Deluxe CD Digipakwith extensive booklet, fold-out poster and slipcase (only available in Europe)
CD Digipak (only available in the USA)
Strictly limited artbookwith 36-page booklet with introduction, additional artworks, sketches and comments by Jon Schaffer to each individual song, CD and double 10” vinyl, worldwide limited to only 3000 copies
Deluxe 2LP version in various vinyl colours (see below for exact colour split)With gatefold sleeve, 4-page lyric sheet, 180 g vinyl, black anti-static inner sleeves, etching and 12-page LP-booklet with artworks to each of the 10 songs
Standard CD Jewelcase
Digital download / stream 
The 2LP version of “Incorruptible” is offered in the following vinyl colours:
Black vinyl: unlimited and offered through all retail channels
Dark-green vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in the UK
Yellow vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in France
Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media’s European online store
Lilac vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast
Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP
Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 500 copies, distributed through RED in the USA
White vinyl: limited to 300 copies, exclusively offered in the USA through F.Y.E.
Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour 
The artbook version of “Incorruptible” will be offered in the following vinyl colours:
Transparent-red vinyl: main version, available through all retail channels
Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media’s European online store
Golden vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores
Black vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores
Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast
Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour 
Note: For the best possible sound quality of the two vinyl versions (2LP and Artbook) “Incorruptible” has received a special vinyl mastering treatment. You will hear the difference!

“Incorruptible” tracklist:
Great Heathen Army (5:21)
Black Flag (4:56)
Raven Wing (6:25) --- single launch: April 29th
The Veil (4:47)
Seven Headed Whore (3.00)
The Relic (Part 1) (4:59)
Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors) (6:35)
Brothers (4:45)
Defiance (4:08)
Clear The (December 13th, 1862) (9:30) 

ICED EARTH line-up
Jon Schaffer – Rhythm, Lead, and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards/MIDI, Vocals
Stu Block – Lead Vocals
Brent Smedley – Drums, Percussion
Luke Appleton – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jake Dreyer – Lead Guitar

ICED EARTH live
Summer festival appearances 2017
07.06 Sweden Rock Festival – Norje – Sweden
23.06. Saarmageddon Festival- Saarbrücken – Germany
05.07. Rock Harz Open Air – Ballenstedt – Germany
08.07 Burning Ruins Metal Fest – Terni – Italy
13.-15-07. Dong Open Air – Neukirchen-Vluyn – Germany
23.-29.07. Metal Days – Tolmin – Slovenia

ICED EARTH online

Avenged Sevenfold Launch 'God Damn' Video & Tour With Metallica


AVENGED SEVENFOLD have teamed with Billboard for the premiere of their new video, “GOD DAMN.”  Directed by Anders Rostad, “God Damn” was shot in a Los Angeles warehouse filled with fans. You can see the making of the video HERE.

“God Damn” is taken from the band’s latest album, THE STAGE, which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock and Alternative Albums charts, No. 4 on the Top 200 and debuted Top 5 on iTunes in over 35 countries. Co-produced by A7X and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), THE STAGE, available HERE, is the band’s 7th studio album and first for Capitol Records. 

The album was surprise-dropped in October last year and garnered positive reactions around the world. Q called it ‘their boldest album yet’, while NME praised its ‘lyrical sophistication’ in their 4/5 review. The Guardian felt it was ‘exuberant, preposterous and colourful” and Kerrang thought the band were ‘confounding expectations with such a grandiose and ambitious album’. Classic Rock called it a ‘metal masterpiece’.

Following their sold out European tour earlier this year which included 2 nights at London’s 02, Avenged Sevenfold recently announced a stadium summer run with Metallica along with a series of special headline shows, the first of which took place last weekend in Las Vegas at the Las Rageous festival.

Dates confirmed so far are:
May 5 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater**
May 7 – Concord, NC – Rock City Campground**
May 9 – Hershey, PA – GIANT Center***
May 10 – Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium^
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field^
May 14 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium^
June 7 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field^
June 11 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium^
June 14 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome 
June 16 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium 
June 18 – Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
June 19 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Resort**
July 5 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium^
July 7 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium^
July 9 – Atlanta, GA – SunTrust Park^
July 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center***
July 12 – Detroit, MI – Comercia Park^
July 13 – Oshkosh, WI – Ford Festival Park
July 14 – Cadott, WI – Rock Fest Amphitheater**
July 16 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre^
July 18 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion***
July 19 – Montreal, QB – Parc Jean-Drapeau^
July 28 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre+++
July 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl+
July 31 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center+++
August 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater+++
August 4 – Phoenix, AZ - University of Phoenix Stadium+
August 6 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park+
August 9 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field+
August 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre+++
August 12 – Nampa (Boise), ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater+++
August 14 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place+
August 16 – Edmonton, AB - Commonwealth Stadium+
** A7X headline show or festival date
*** A7X headline show with Volbeat opening
+++A7X headline show with A Day To Remember opening
^With Metallica + Volbeat
+With Metallica + Gojira

KREATOR exclusive live performance with Papa Emeritus III and Max Gruber


German thrash titans KREATOR delivered an exclusive live performance on the German late-night show "Circus HalliGalli" together with two very special singers on stage. Whilst performing 'Satan Is Real', Papa Emeritus III of GHOST as well as DRANGSAL front man Max Gruber joined Mille Petrozza and his hellish team and delivered a performance to remember!

"It was an absolute honour and a lot of fun to have such amazing artists as Max Gruber and Papa as guests on 'Satan is Real'. We will never forget this night of diabolic love!", 
states KREATOR mastermind Mille.

Watch the video here: 

KREATOR's recent album, Gods Of Violence, smashed charts worldwide after its release on January 27 and entered the German charts on #1. It won three soundchecks (Metal Hammer, Rock Hard and Legacy) and hit a total of 29(!) magazine covers in Europe!

After a successful European tour, the band will play several festivals this summer and then head to Australia with label mates VADER:
08.06. CH Interlaken - Greenfield Festival
16.06. A Nickelsdorf - Nova Rock
17.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
23.06. D Saarwellingen - Saarmageddon
24.06. D Ferropolis - With Full Force
30.06. S Norrköping - Bravalla
15.07. CZ Vizovice - Masters of Rock
22.07. I Brescia - Colony Open Air
03. - 05.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
11.08. RO Brasnov - Rockstadt Extreme Fest
12.08. UK Derby - Bloodstock Open Air
16. - 19.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze

w/ VADER
02.09. NZ Auckland - The Studio
05.09. AUS Perth - Capitol
07.09. AUS Adelaide - The Gov
08.09. AUS Melbourne - 170 Russell
09.09. AUS Sydney - Manning Bar
10.09. AUS Brisbane - The Zoo

10./11.11. D Weissenhäuser Strand / Ostsee - Metal Hammer Paradise

More on Gods Of Violence:
Album trailer #1: https://youtu.be/3kI7FNoH1Bw
Album trailer #2: https://youtu.be/b5z4u5BtKeE
Album trailer #3: https://youtu.be/TilBtKuGCF0
Album trailer #4: https://youtu.be/F5nXx2U0_GU
'Gods Of Violence' music video: https://youtu.be/xeUBJ2Ha-FM or https://vimeo.com/191641401 *uncut*
'Satan Is Real' music video: https://youtu.be/mUv8GxrqXPk
Track by Track #1: https://youtu.be/mX3R53WUFhU
Track by Track #2: https://youtu.be/j47jXdnPRos
Track by Track #3: https://youtu.be/ecEVcOfDvdE
'Totalitarian Terror': https://youtu.be/nb7kmUfMazc


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