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Moonspell announce special shows for new album

Moonspell have announced that there will be three shows in their native Portugal to promote the release of their new album 1755: a concept album, sung in Portuguese, about the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.

They will have a double date hometown show in Lisbon where you can enjoy the band’s annual Halloween party as well as watching the show. On the 1st of November Moonspell will take the event to the city of Porto, as part of the 1755 first three announced dates:

30th + 31st Oct – LISBOA AO VIVO, LISBON
1st Nov – HARD CLUB, SALA 1, PORTO

These very special gigs will be produced by the band themselves in partnership with their own label, Alma Mater Records in collaboration with Napalm Records.

At the shows you will have the chance to buy the upcoming record exclusively and straight from the band as well as watching them destroy Lisbon and Porto. The ticket holder will get a free CD or vinyl edition (first 500 tickets, the edition will be signed by the band!). The new album 1755 will hit the stores on the 3rd of November in Europe via Napalm Records. Presales will be announced soon, but you can already get your ticket to Lisbon and Porto right now!

Says the band:

“On these shows we’re gonna play 1755 in its entirety but also recover some obscure stuff we haven’t been playing for many years.

1755 is a poetic, musical and philosophical reflection of the band about the tragic event that took place on the 1st of November of 1755 in Lisbon, decimating the entire city.

It’s mostly a Metal record, with vibrant riffs, epic orchestration and vocals and lyrics which invoke the agony of that day. The band was also concerned in recreating the end of the 18th century Lisbon and there will be lots of fusion, percussion and a melodic approach to that time and to the atmosphere the great city of Lisbon enjoyed back then.

There will be ten powerful, surprising songs that echo remotely to some of Moonspell previous efforts like Under the Moonspell or Alpha Noir. But make no mistake! This is Moonspell as you never heard them before, with the fire of their native Language Portuguese and 900 years of History to unveil!

An historical, rigorous, serious, artistic record. A black beast from Portugal that the Metal scene so craves for.“

Grand Magus announce European headline tour for October/November 2017

After several support shows for Amon Amarth with their label mates Testament all over Europe last year and a UK/Ireland headline tour earlier this year, the time has come for the band to embark on another European headline run.

A support act for this trek will be announced soon!

Dates as follows:

14.07. Gävle – Gefle Metal Festival
28.07. Tolmin – Metaldays
29.07. Rengsdorf – Rengsdorfer Rockfestival
04.08. Wacken – Wacken Open Air
09.09. Trezzo sull‘Adda – Metalitalia.com Festival NEW!

27.10. Munich – Backstage
28.10. Aarau – Kiff
29.10. Geneva – L’Usine
30.10. Vienna – Viper Room
31.10. Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm
01.11. Salzburg – Rockhouse
02.11. Krakow – Kwadrat
03.11. Leipzig – Hellraiser
04.11. Berlin – Columbia Theater
05.11. Stuttgart – Im Wizemann
06.11. Hanover – Musikzentrum
07.11. Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
08.11. Nuremberg – Z-Bau
09.11. Eindhoven – Effenaar
10.11. Cologne – Essigfabrik
11.11. Weissenhäuser Strand / Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise

Arch Enemy release new album details

Multi-national Melodic Death Metal masters Arch Enemy have announced details of their upcoming album, Will To Power, out September 8, 2017 via Century Media Records.

The band are excited to reveal the album’s cover artwork, as shown above, designed by Alex Reisfar.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented on the artwork:

“It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the Will to Power cover artwork, he immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album.  We talked about the double edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful.  Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern.  The snake ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat and a vampire bat… All representing self determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power”

Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, the album was sent to long time collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering and marks legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis‘ (Nevermore) first recording with the band.

Power Metallists Phear Return With New EP, The Curse Lives On

If you long for the sounds of vintage Power and Thrash Metal with a Prog twist, then there is a fast-rising band that perfectly fits this description – Phear.

Comprised of Patrick Mulock (Vocals), Graham Stirrett (Guitar), Tyson Emanuel (Guitar), Chris Boshis (Bass), Chris Lewis (Drums), the band is gearing up to issue a five-track EP, The Curse Lives On (release date Friday, June 30th, 2017), which follows their debut full-length, Insanitarium.

According to Patrick:

Phear was formed in Toronto in 2015.  I played in Metal Blade recording artists Eidolon with Glen and Shawn Drover – formerly of Megadeth – from 2001-2004.  Prior to that I was in a local outfit called Rampage that had some success in the Toronto area, and for some strange reason, Australia.  After a semi-retirement from music (2004- 2014), I had the Rampage boys over to discuss doing it again. Unfortunately, all couldn’t commit due to other bands, jobs etc. So, with 2 new members and 3 original rampage members, we formed Phear.”

The forthcoming EP does not disappoint with its ferocity, as it contains both studio and live cuts, including a killer Iron Maiden cover.

“Doing our first cover ever, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, I think I’ll never forget the first power chord I heard on the guitar. I knew that the 7 string guitars would beef it up a little but BOOM….I just remember smiling and saying, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ Dirty Work was a little departure for us….We had an Alice in Chains feel with the harmonies and I really like how it came out.  Live songs…. Don’t Scream/Heaven/Regan’s Dream, I remember being very nervous for that show.  I literally got home from 10 days in Europe and had to perform in 3 days.  But the show went well and after 5 minutes, we got into our flow.”

And prepare to be blown away by Phear’s live show – including Canadian dates in the fall/winter (with the possibility of dates in Europe, Japan, and the US, as well).

Phear treats our live show as an event. I go see a lot of live bands in Toronto. We try to support live music as much as possible. Good or bad, most bands go up on stage, play their songs than leave the stage. Well that’s not good enough for us. Phear owns its own production! We use lighting effects, strobes, lasers, blinders, smoke machines, geysers. We are all in costumes, not our street clothes. If we could use pyro… trust me, we would and hope to be in the near future. We have our own light guy, sound guy because we want it to be a great sounding and great looking show for everybody to enjoy. We are getting more and more theatrical every show we do. The Rime… video is a good representation of what you are going to see.”

Lastly, expect much from Phear in the future.

“The immediate future is exciting. We will begin rehearsal for the fall and winter 2017 Canadian Shows. Also, we have begun the writing of our next full length album, for release early 2018. We are very excited about bringing our music to the world. With that said, All the fans and Industry that have been so very, very kind to us, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon.”

Rabid Bitch Of The North Reveal Debut Album Details

Belfast Heavy Metal trio Rabid Bitch Of The North have announced they will release their debut full length album, Nothing But a Bitter Taste, this August via Hostile Media.

Frontman Joe McDonnell:

“Nothing But a Bitter Taste has essentially been several years in the making. For the first time in over 10 years of performing live we had to find time to take off, go to our studio, and do this album justice.  [The album], is a concrete slab of that classic British sounding metal. It’s something straight off a NWOBHM compilation cassette. A varied spectrum of styles and tempos, and each track has its own story. It is heavy metal with rock n roll, but it is definitely progressive sounding from the previous EP and singles we’ve released.”

Tracklisting
1. The Missionary
2. Chance
3. Nothing But A Bitter Taste
4. Gilded Men
5. God Of Punishment
6. Demon Mind
7. Defending Two Castles
8. Trapped In 1999

The album was recorded by guitarist Gerard Mulholland, as with all their previous releases.

Joe McDonnell again:

“Gerry’s production has been a learn as you work approach. Using his skills built up from years of making our demos and singles.  What we wanted to achieve was a record that captured our unique character, as well sounding like a record that we would listen to. We wanted it to sound like the metal we like, which is anything from the golden era of heavy metal. Maybe a few Judas Priest records were points of reference at times, but the album was never based on one particular sound.”

As well as announcing details of the album the band have also released the first single, The Missionary:  “It’s a song about the journey of discovering metal, searching out new bands and sounds, and then becoming part of the scene creating your own songs.”

Listen Again: Wyrd Ways Rock Show 25th May 2017

Been a while, hasn’t it?  To be brutally honest, I’ve just not been in the mood recently.  Better no show than a shoddy one, I think.  I’d rather not put out a show at all rather than a poorly made one with no feeling to it.

Anyway.

Since the last show, we’ve lost Chris Cornell to depression.  So that’s who this show is dedicated to: the memory of the voice of Soundgarden and Audioslave and anyone currently fighting depression.

Chris Cornell – You Know My Name
Jupiter Falls – Sickened
Vandroya – You’ll Know My Name
Covered: Body Count – Raining Blood/Postmortem 2017
Winterfylleth – The Threnody Of Triumph
Wintersun – Sons Of Winter and Stars
Ghost – Year Zero
Spotlight: Soundgarden – Jesus Christ Pose
My #3: Amon Amarth – Raise Your Horns
My #2: Dakesis – Destined For The Flame
My #1: Bull-Riff Stampede – Enraging The Beast
Wednesday 13 – What The Night Brings
Spotlight: Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Gothic Demons Catacombs
Woodhawk – Quest For Clarity
Record Of The Week: Body Count – The Ski Mask Way
Record Of The Week: Body Count – Walk With Me (feat. Randy Blythe)
Record Of The Week: Body Count – Here I Go Again
Spotlight: Audioslave – Cochise
Cybernetic Witch Cult – Tyrannosaurus Hex
Spinetingler: Audioslave – Like A Stone

Josh Todd & The Conflict release new video

Josh Todd & The Conflict have unveiled the video for the title track from their debut album, Year of the Tiger, which is due for release on 15th September on Century Media Records.

The video, which was directed by Chris Cuffaro (Pearl Jam, George Michael), is the first of three videos shot as a mini-concert in May in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles.  The other two videos will be released over the next few months.

Josh Todd (lead vocals):

“The album’s title track, Year of the Tiger, was one of the first songs we wrote for the record and also became one of my favourite songs I have ever written.  Like most good songs, it came together very quickly.  As soon as Stevie sent me the music, the lyrics and melodies poured out of me. I’m a huge fan of Hannibal and the show Narcos, while also being into the big cats. In Hannibal, they had a character that would feed despicable people to his pigs and I thought that was pretty demented and interesting.  Also, I am always fascinated with people that have the balls to choose a life or crime, so this track is about a guy living on the edge with a manhunt going on for his life ending in death by tigers.”

Here’s the video:

The album, Year of the Tiger was co-produced by Buckcherry guitarist Stevie Dacanay and Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz.  Speaking about the motivation for this new project, Josh added:

“I have a lot of storytelling in me and I always wanted to start another band.  Something more reckless and off the beaten rock path.  A lot of changes had taken place in Buckcherry and I didn’t want to go another year without making new music. BC is in a great place; we have a great new line-up and we have a handful of dates to complete this year.  However, my full attention is on Josh Todd & The Conflict and the record dropping on September 15th.  We’re gonna do a worldwide tour behind this.  My goal is to give each band a break, so I can stay consistently making music without over touring and build both situations into something really cool.”

The Lurking Fear announce new album

The Lurking Fear reveal the cover and tracklisting for their new album, Out Of The Voiceless Grave

Swedish Death Metallers The Lurking Fear are soon to release their debut album Out Of The Voiceless Grave worldwide on August 11th, 2017 via Century Media Records.

The cover artwork for Out Of The Voiceless Grave, which was designed by Stefan Thanneur, can be seen above and the tracklisting for the album is as follows:

The Lurking Fear – Out Of The Voiceless Grave
1. Out Of The Voiceless Grave
2. Vortex Spawn
3. The Starving Gods Of Old
4. The Infernal Dread
5. With Death Engraved In Their Bones
6. Upon Black Winds
7. Teeth Of The Dark Plains
8. The Cold Jaws Of Death
9. Tongued With Foul Flames
10. Winged Death
11. Tentacles Of Blackened Horror
12. Beneath Menacing Sands

Vocalist Tomas Lindberg checked in with the following comment about the album’s artwork:

Stefan Thanneur understood the vision I had for Out Of The Voiceless Grave straight away.  He has portrayed the exact same nightmare vortex of interstellar death and terror that I envisioned when I wrote the lyrics and came up with the concept.  Pure cosmic evil.  Even more twisted madness than my imagination could portray.  I have been very happy to work with yet another great talent.  You can never get enough tentacles.”

Out Of The Voiceless Grave was recorded at Welfare Sounds (Bombus, RAM, Bombs Of Hades, etc.) in Gothenburg, Sweden, will be available as special edition Digipak CD, Gatefold LP on 180gr. vinyl with a poster and as Digital Download.  For vinyl lovers, the album’s LP edition will be available on classic black vinyl as well as limited coloured runs as follows: Silver vinyl (200x copies CM Distro Europe), clear vinyl (200x copies, Sweden) and golden vinyl (300x copies CM USA).

Kadavar reveal new music and European tour

Kadavar have announced the details for their upcoming fourth studio album, Rough Times. The album will be released on September 29 via Nuclear Blast.

Tiger, the drummer said:

“The process of making this record was quite intense. I kind of went through my inner hell. Working all day, you’re fine but at night all these things were torturing me. The new songs are crazy and absurd sometimes, but also serious and very personal. It’s the ambiguity that holds Rough Times together. Every song evolved from a certain strong feeling.

We chose the title because it has this duality. It’s not just funny, yet it’s not a complete serious title. we’re doing fine, but something’s missing in this world. We don’t really fit in or want to but at the same time we’re stuck in this. the times are rough when you wake up and just wanna die, but times can also be rough for very trivial reasons, the latter I have the feeling is very zeitgeisty.

This collage for the cover is the perfect match for the title. I had this picture in my head throughout the whole process. It’s a little rough, but this picture tells a lot.”

Lupus (singer and guitarist) added:

“For me it’s a very serious title, bar any humour. We maintain the achievements of our elders, such as women rights, peace and a corporate Europe by touring through clubs, sniffing 100 euro bills through our noses and call attention to ourselves by posting insta stories. Meanwhile people rising to power decline economy, free thinking and progress. If we don’t start to really care for this heritage and leave it to people who just want to enrich themselves, we will soon face Rough Times.

The album itself is a journey through our states of mind. The first 3 songs is us venting our spleen. About everything and everyone we despise – until towards the end when there’s something kinda like hope.”

The first single from the album will be Die Baby Die, which will be available as an exclusive vinyl 7″.  The B-side will be a cover of The Beatles song that supposed inspired Charles Manson and The Manson Family’s crimes, Helter Skelter.  Despite the thoughts of a deranged psychopath, it’s a song about a spiral slide you’ll find at British fairgrounds.  It’s available for pre-order now if you click THIS LINK.

Also announced were a string of festival shows across Europe, followed by more dates, going right up to the end of December.

2017-06-23 Saarwellingen (Saarmageddon) DE
2017-06-24 Marburg (KFZ) DE
2017-07-01 Schmitten (Schmittner Open Air) CH
2017-07-06 Ballenstedt (Rockharz Open Air) DE
2017-07-13 Erfurt-Stotternheim (Stoned from the Underground) DE
2017-07-14 Pleszew (Red Smoke) PL
2017-07-24 Salzburg (Rockhouse) AT
2017-07-25 Tolmin (Metaldays) SI
2017-07-26 Konstanz (Kulturladen) DE
2017-07-27 Dornbirn (Conrad Sohm) AT
2017-07-28 Michelau (Rock im Wald) DE
2017-07-29 Gijón (Tsunami Xixon) ES
2017-07-30 Le Garric (Xtreme Fest) FR
2017-08-04 Wacken (Wacken Open Air) DE
2017-08-05 Almiros Volos (Los Almiros Festival ) GR
2017-08-11 Moledo (Sonic Blast) PT
2017-09-30 London (The Dome) GB
2017-10-01 Sheffield (HRH Doom vs. Stoner) GB
2017-10-12 Essen (Zeche Carl) DE
2017-10-13 Hamburg (Markthalle) DE
2017-10-14 Leipzig (Conne Island) DE
2017-10-15 Antwerp (Desert Fest) BE
2017-10-17 Strasbourg (La Laiterie Club) FR
2017-10-18 Paris (Le Trabendo) FR
2017-10-19 Rennes (L’Ubu) FR
2017-10-20 Bordeaux (La Krakatoa) FR
2017-10-21 Madrid (But) ES
2017-10-22 Barcelona (Bikini) ES
2017-10-24 Lyon (Feyzin) FR
2017-10-25 Monthey (Pont Rouge) CH
2017-10-26 Aarau (Kiff) CH
2017-10-27 München (Backstage) DE
2017-10-28 Wien (Flex) AT
2017-10-29 Graz (PPC) AT
2017-10-30 Zagreb (Mocvara) HR
2017-11-01 Budapest (A38) HU
2017-11-02 Warsaw (Progresja) PL
2017-11-03 Krakow (Kwadrat) PL
2017-11-04 Prague (Nová Chmelnice) CZ
2017-11-05 Nürnberg (Hirsch) DE
2017-11-07 Amsterdam (Paradiso Noord) NL
2017-11-08 Hannover (Capitol) DE
2017-11-09 Copenhagen (Pumpehuset) DK
2017-11-10 Stockholm (Debaser) SE
2017-11-11 Oslo (Bla) NO
2017-11-12 Gothenburg (Pustervik) SE
2017-11-13 Deventer (Burgerweeshuis) NL
2017-11-15 Köln (Bürgerhaus Stollwerck) DE
2017-11-16 Wiesbaden (Schlachthof) DE
2017-11-17 Stuttgart (LKA Longhorn) DE
2017-11-18 Berlin (Columbiahalle) DE
2017-12-20 Bremen (Tower) DE
2017-12-21 Mannheim (Alte Feuerwache) DE
2017-12-22 Münster (Sputnikhalle) DE
2017-12-28 Chemnitz (AJZ Talschock) DE
2017-12-29 Siegen (Vortex) DE