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Wyrd Ways Rock Show, 3rd December 2017

So here we are spinning rapidly towards the end of another year. 2017 is almost over, but The Wyrd Ways Rock Show is celebrating the dying embers of this year with another slab of quality Metal.

Not only do we have new stuff from such luminaries as Machine Head, Electric Wizard and Almanac, we’ve got Skarlett Riot snapping up Record Of The Week with a serious slab of quality called Regenerate and a celebration of His Infernal Majesty himself, Ville Valo, as he hangs up his mascara and puts H.I.M to bed for the last time.

Loads of other good stuff too.

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Wyrd Ways Rock Show 15th November 2017

Get ready for (nearly – fall a couple of minutes short this week) two hours of quality Metal, including three tracks chosen by a 7 year old. You’ll also get to find out what this week’s Record Of The Week is and experience new material from Savage Messiah, Diablo Swing Orchestra, LA Guns (yes, you did read that correctly!) and the latest news from Download at Donington.

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Wyrd Ways Rock Show 4th November 2017

Did you catch the Hallowe’en Special a few days ago? If you didn’t, click on the link for the last show for a couple of hours of spooky Metal (and a little silliness), including the likes of Dr Stein, The Monster Mash, Her Ghost In The Fog and Welcome To My Nightmare.

For this week’s show, David’s making his debut appearance as co-presenter with his very own feature, The 7 Year Old’s Guide To Awesome Metal. There’s also contributions of new stuff from the reformed Madam X, Italian Folksters, Elvenking, friends of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show and rising stars, Skarlett Riot and a very decent splurge of German Power Metal pioneers, Helloween.

Incidentally, you can also stream us on Soundcloud, Mixcloud and the TuneIn radio app as well as on this very website’s front page. Just go to their homepages and search for The Wyrd Ways Rock Show. Same applies if you want to follow us on Facebook, Reverbnation, Twitter or Instagram.

Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons announce debut album

Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons, led by the legendary Motörhead guitarist, have announced the details for the band’s upcoming debut album.

Their first full-length studio effort, titled The Age Of Absurdity, was recorded at Rockfield Studios and Longwave Studios in Wales and produced, engineered, and mixed by Romesh Dodangoda. The record was then passed over to the acclaimed Abbey Road Studios in London for mastering.

The album will be released on January 26th 2018 via Nuclear Blast, and will be available in various formats, with pre-orders launching soon.

Commented Phil Campbell:

“I am really excited for the fans to hear our debut record. Every part of the process was done in Wales, from the writing, to the recording and even the artwork! The album title The Age Of Absurdity was inspired by the crazy world we live in today. The world to me seems to be a bit of a theatre show, so the album artwork idea just seemed to fit so well with the whole concept and album title.”

Added singer Neil Starr:

“Writing and recording this album was a lot of fun. We got to record at Rockfield Studios where so many great artists had been over the years – it really was inspirational. Hearing the blistering riffs that the Campbell family seem to churn out effortlessly made me ensure I pushed myself to the limits when writing the melodies and lyrics. It’s an album that I, and the rest of the band, are very proud of and can’t wait to share it with the world!”

Cover art by Matt Riste:


Rise Of Avernus preparing new album

Orchestral Death Metallers Rise Of Avernus will release their second album titled Eigengrau on January 18th, 2018 via code666.

After extensive touring following the release of the 2015 EP Dramatis Personae, which saw Rise of Avernus touring nationally and internationally alongside bands such as Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, Arcturus, 1349, Eluveitie, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Sigh, RoA are winding up to share their latest offering in January 2018.

Eigengrau was recorded by Ryan Huthnance of Emissary Studios and mixed and mastered by Logan Mader.  All of the artwork was created by Seth Siron Anton.

Therion announce new album and tour for 2018

As a celebration of the 30th year of the band, Therion, lead by Christofer Johnsson are putting the final touches to their new album, Beloved Antichrist. Set for release on January 26th 2018, the triple-CD “Rock Opera” with multiple chapters unveiling a sweeping story, partly based on and inspired by Vladímir Soloviov‘s A Short Tale Of The Antichrist.

With an total of 29 different roles and characters, who all required a unique voice, Therion hired a choir and a total of 29 vocalists to bring the epic story to life. Long-time collaborators, Thomas Vikström, Lori Lewis and Chiara Malvestiti will be supplemented by new voices. Divided into several chapters, the opera will have a running time of around 3 and a half hours and Therion are currently working on the possibility of bringing the entire production to the stage.

The band have announced a pan-European tour including UK dates, where they will perform some of their new material live in a classical concert setting, whilst preparing for the full production. Support for this trek comes from Russia’s Imperial Age, Germany’s Null Positiv and New York symphonic metallers Midnight Eternal.

The European and UK dates read as follows:

w/ Imperial Age + Null Positiv + Midnight Eternal
01.02.18 DE – Essen, Turock
02.02.18 NL – Amsterdam, Melkweg
03.02.18 UK – London, Islington Assembly Hall
04.02.18 UK – Manchester, Rebellion

07.02.18 UK – Aberdeen, The Assembly
08.02.18 UK – Glasgow, Audio
09.02.18 UK – Sheffield, Corporation
10.02.18 UK – Belfast, Limelight
11.02.18 IRE – Dublin, Tivoli

13.02.18 UK – Bristol, Bierkeller
14.02.18 UK – Birmingham, O2 Institute

16.02.18 FR – Paris, Trabendo

20.02.18 ES – Bilbao, Santana 27
21.02.18 PT – Oporto, Hard Club
22.02.18 Pt – Lisboa, Lisboa Oa Vivo
23.02.18 ES – Sevilla, Sala Custom
24.02.18 ES – Madrid, Sala But 2
25.02.18 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2

01.03.18 IT – Brescia, Circolo Colony
02.03.18 IT – Rome, Orion
03.03.18 IT – Bologna, Zona Roveri
04.03.18 SLO – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
05.03.18 HR – Zagreb, Tvornica
06.03.18 SRB – Belgrade, Dom Obladine

08.03.18 GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theater
09.03.18 GR – Athens, Poraeus 117 Academy
10.03.18 BG – Sofia, Weekender Club
11.03.18 RO – Bucharest, Arenele Romane

13.03.18 HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
14.03.18 SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
15.03.18 CZ – Praha, Meetfactory
16.03.18 PL – Wroclaw, A2
17.03.18 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
18.03.18 PL – Gdansk, B90

20.03.18 LT – Vilnius, Rock River Club
21.03.18 LV – Riga, Melna Piektdiena

29.03.18 DE – Bremen, Tivoli

03.04.18 DE – Munich, Backstage

05.04.18 DE – Jena, F Haus

07.04.18 NL – Tilburg, 013

10.04.18 ISR – Tel Aviv, TBA

More info on Beloved Antichrist will be revealed soon.

Christofer Johnsson founded Therion as a Death Metal band in 1987. In the same year, this new band recorded demos and the mini LP Time Shall Tell. Four years later in 1991, their debut record Of Darkness… was a huge success within the underground metal scene. Over the years since, the bands’ style has developed in a rather unique way, and they have released some ground-breaking records.

Following line-up changes that left Christofer as the only original member, Therion released their breakthrough album, Theli in 1996, which would be the ultimate breakthrough record for the band. At this stage in their career Therion turned towards a more operatic, progressive and even orchestral sound. 1998’s Vovin, was their bestselling record to date and the development of their sound reached a new peak, as for the first time, the band worked with a real symphonic orchestra. Christofer (with the help of a few studio musicians) recorded the album by himself and more or less considers Vovin as a solo record. 2001’s Secret Of The Runes was their first concept album, based around Nordic myths and Scandinavian Folk music.

The Nearly Deads release new EP

Rising Nashville rock band The Nearly Deads have released their new EP, Revenge of the Nearly Deads, on vinyl, CD and digitally for purchase and stream via Kobalt Music.

The band are fans of movies, video games and other pop culture media and like to reference their favourites in their music, videos and merchandise. This is something their fans, who are referred to as “zombies”, love about them and it has helped them make a deeper connection to them. With that said, the band had viral success of their zombie-fuelled video for Never Look Back at over 7 million views!

TND have toured with bands In This Moment, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Stitched Up Heart, Eyes Set to Kill, and opened for Halestorm as well as All American Rejects. They have also played Warped Tour, Summer Fest, Rock Fest, Journeys Back Yard BBQ and Pride Fest.

Here’s a couple of new videos…

The Nearly Deads are:
Theresa Jeane – Vocals and Keys
Steven Tobi – Lead Guitar
Kevin Koelsch – Bass
Javier Garza Jr. – Rhythm Guitar
Josh Perrone – Drums

Statues release new single

Statues are a chaotic, progressive hardcore band from Perth, Western Australia.

Since their formation in 2009, Statues have become renowned for their extremely high energy stage presence and unforgiving rawness in their music.

In 2015 Statues released their debut record, Together We’re Alone.  Following the release of the album, Statues went through a line-up change.  The band approached an old friend and guest vocalist from the previous record; Alex Shom, who now has stepped up for lead vocals alongside Matt Unkovich on drums.

Unrest is the second single to be released from No Grave, No Burial which is set for self-release on 10th November 2017.  The single’s lyrics speak of a journey stricken with post traumatic stress disorder and severe anxiety.  Unrest is the result of repression.

Here’s what the band have to say about the new single:

Unrest takes place in the mind of the main character. After a series of events that left him heart broken and shaken, he now struggles with the process of continuing his journey alone. With the agonising guilt of feeling responsible for leaving loved ones behind and the graphic imagery of war, there is inner turmoil of panic and anger to conquer before moving forward to find safety from the conflict.”

Statues explore a new direction with this record, whilst maintaining a strong connection to their roots and increasingly making them one of the prominent live bands to see, within Australian heavy music. They have shared stages with the likes of Northlane, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die and many more…

Statues kept the recording process entirely in-house with the album produced and mixed by Matthew Templeman (Voyager, Make Them Suffer, Surroundings) and mastered by Matthew’s long-time collaborator, Simon Struthers (Paul Dempsy, The Love Junkies, The Decline). The production balances the chaos and contrast of the previous album, with a thicker and more atmospheric aesthetic and a reflective of the gut wrenching theme of this record.

Alex Shom – Vocals
Scott Kay – Guitar
John Overthrow – Guitar
Matthew Templeman – Bass
Matt Unkovich – Drums

Cage and Malice to co-headline Swordmetal VI

American Power Metallers Cage and Trad Metal stalwarts Malice confirmed as co-headliners of Swordmetal Fest VI

The show will be held on November 11, 2017 at Niesen’s Sports Bar in Savage, Minnesota.  Malice bassist Rayman James checked in with the following update:

Swordmetal began in 2012 and has weathered the storms and continued to grow ever since. This will be the 3rd year in a row that it has been held at Neisen’s Sports Bar in Savage, Minnesota and will be the biggest show yet. The fest will feature 2 stages running a total of 19 bands coming from all across the USA including the mighty power metal kings Cage, as well as the return of Swordmetal veterans like Malice and Eternal Voyager.

Swordmetal fest has always tried to go the extra mile to provide fun activities and great entertainment that will include some fan favourite events from the past like The Metal Warrior’s Miss Metal Minnesota contest, a Hotter than Hell hot wing eating contest and a beer drinking contest.

In addition, we are debuting a brand new contest for the Cosplay / fantasy fans, the epic Swordmetal Warrior costume contest and a raffle for a kick ass custom painted SMF VI guitar.

Swordmetal Fest VI band line-up:
Seventh Calling
Eternal Voyager
Caster Volor
Sons of Vengeance
Piece of Mind
Great Electric Quest
Agony Reigns
Distal Descent
Luna Boreal
Defiled Christ
Beyond Forever

Regular Tickets $15.00
VIP tickets $30.00

VIP package includes band Meet and Greet sessions, a free SMF VI event t-shirt and a raffle ticket for the custom SMF VI guitar.

Festival admission – 16 years or older

For the latest news, visit the official Swordmetal Fest VI website

Judas Priest announce US tour dates

Metal legends Judas Priest have announced a tour of North America, kicking off in March 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

Support for the trek will be provided by Yorkshire’s finest, Saxon and Black Star Riders. The tour will be in support of their highly-anticipated new studio album Firepower, the title of which was revealed on Monday.

Since we mentioned new albums, Saxon have just finished mixing theirs. It’s going to be called Thunderbolt and is probably due for release in January 2018, just in time for you to learn the songs before they hit the road with Priest. The album will feature a tribute to the late, great and sadly missed Lemmy Kilmister and Motörhead, entitled They Played Rock And Roll

Here’s the dates for those of you over there in the USA:
Mar. 13 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Mar. 15 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Mar. 17 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Mar. 18 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
Mar. 20 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Mar. 22 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar. 25 – Ottawa, ON – The Arena at TD Place
Mar. 27 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Mar. 28 – Oshawa, ON – Tribute Communities Centre
Mar. 30 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama
Mar. 31 – Detroit, MI – Detroit Masonic Temple
Apr. 03 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Apr. 05 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
Apr. 08 – Bloomington, IL – Grossinger Motors Arena
Apr. 10 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
Apr. 11 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
Apr. 15 – Kent, WA – ShoWare Center
Apr. 17 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Apr. 19 – San Francisco – The Warfield
Apr. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
Apr. 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Apr. 26 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
Apr. 29 – Sugarland, TX – Smart Financial Centre
May 01 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum

Following the tour of the US, Priest will be playing Wacken OA and of course headlining the Friday night at the Wyrd Ways Rock Show’s favourite outdoor festival, Bloodstock.