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Vesperia’s Morgan Rider Covers ‘Idle Blood’

VESPERIA frontman Morgan Rider has posted an acoustic cover video, performing one of his favourite tracks from Katatonia: Idle Blood, from the Night Is The New Day album.

“I recorded this cover in my home studio and filmed it in the crown lands near my house. I am a big Katatonia fan and have been wanting to record an homage to them with a slightly altered arrangement for awhile now.” comments Rider.

New Album
VESPERIA are currently completing the recording of their new album to follow to 2015’s The Iron Tempests EP. The album is being recorded at Blue Sound & Music Studios in Toronto, Canada with engineer/ producer Russ Mackay (Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Styx) and will feature an array of famous Canadian guest musicians with the art created by Juno award-winning artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Nevermore, Dream Theater).
Vesperia launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise over $5,000 to record the new album giving fans many special and unique perks for their contributions, including mead made by the band’s front man Morgan Rider, drinking horns, album pre-releases, the bands stage banners and much more! For all details on contributions, click here.

Wintersun recruit new second guitar player – Wyrd Ways Rock Show News

WINTERSUN have revealed the identity of their new second guitarist: 27-year old Asim Searah.  Asim was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music and has been playing in several bands and projects since then.

Jari Mäenpää commented:

“We’ve known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn’t realize how talented and skillful a guitar player he is.  Asim was actually the first one who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively.  After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions we realized he was exactly what we were looking for.  He is very motivated and passionate with a good Heavy Metal attitude – a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of Wintersun even further!”

Asim commented:

“It’s an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years.  It’s definitely a dream come true and I’m super excited to share the stage with Wintersun!”

Wintersun‘s third studio album The Forest Seasons, will also be released though Nuclear Blast in July.

Beholder call it quits

It’s always sad when a band splits up, but considering they were one of the best of the underground bands on the circuit, and were so passionate about their craft, it’s just that bit worse.

This was posted on Beholder‘s Facebook page this morning:

It’s with a heavy heart that I feel it’s time for me to call it a day for Beholder as a working band. The decision has not been taken lightly as I, along with Chris, Scott and Si, have invested so much time into a project we all believed in.

However my own personal investment, both physically, emotionally and financially has run it’s course and with ever changing personal circumstances I think it’s unfair on anyone for me to continue. This is purely my call and not necessarily the wishes of the others, so I take soul ownership on the decision and needless to say I hope everyone supports them in whatever projects they move forward with.

Anyone who has been in a working band for any amount of time will understand that the dynamics, the bonds and the enduring relationships between band members is something that cannot be recreated in any other environment. Ever! With Beholder we are no different and I thank the guys for being there on so many occasions and hope they understand, in time, my reasoning for having to call it.

Needless to say there are so many we have to thank for what has been a great ride and none more so than the supporters who have invested time, the money and most importantly the kind responses, which any band worth its salt will tell you, is the real reason we do what we do. In time I hope to get round to thanking as many of you as possible, but for now i’m done.

Thanks for the last 15 years.


Listen Again: Wyrd Ways Rock Show 26th Feb 2017

More Metal than you can shake a stick at in this edition of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show! Take a look below at the playlist if you want to find out how full of Metal the next two hours or so (depending on how quickly you download the show) are going to be.

Amid the mayhem, though, there is a sad bit. This edition marks the final contribution of Dr Jim “IronLord” Waterman. He’s decided that it’s time to move on. May the winds take you where you will, Jim. There’s always a place by the hearth waiting for you at WWRS.

Papa Roach – Help
Hydrogyn – My Redemption
Arthemis – Into The Arena
Covered: Children of Bodom – Silent Scream (Slayer)
Sumo Cyco – Move Mountains (feat. Benji Webbe)
Pink Pussycats From Hell – Hellvolution
Spotlight: Children of Bodom – Lake Bodom
SinHeresy – Star Dome
Shock Of The New: Himiltungl – Skogstokig
Shock Of The New: Blister Brigade – Dollargod
Shock Of The New: Murkocet – Strip Club Massacre
Spotlight: Children of Bodom – Hellhounds On My Trail
Rick’s #3: Testament – Neptune’s Spear
Rick’s #2: Metallica – Moth Into Flame (Live)
Rick’s #1: Opeth – Sorceress
Record Of The Week: Kreator – World War Now
Record Of The Week: Kreator – Lion With Eagle Wings
Record Of The Week: Kreator – Death Becomes My Light
Spotlight: Children of Bodom – Morrigan
Crnkshft – Systematic
Dakesis – Destined For The Flame
Spinetingler: Halford – The One You Love To Hate

Evocation announce identity of new drummer

Swedish Death Metal band Evocation have announced Janne Jaloma as their new drummer.

Comments guitarist Marko Palmén:

“We are very proud to welcome Janne Jaloma as the new drummer of Evocation.  Janne has previously made himself a name in the Gothenburg and UK scenes as a dedicated and hardworking drummer for bands such as Despite, Bloodshot Dawn and Deals Death.  His technical skills as well as his groove are pure magic and the way he plays makes him a perfect fit for Evocation. Janne will make his live debut on the release scheduled for the 8th of April in Borås.”

To give you an idea of how the new guy will fit in, here’s a drum play-through for Imperium Fall from the band’s latest album The Shadow Archetype:



Legendary Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will attend the private view on Thursday, 27th April at Parliament Tattoo in London.

PARLIAMENT TATTOO STUDIO have joined forces with the iconic metal band JUDAS PRIEST to bring you HELL BENT FOR LEATHER: an exhibition of hand painted leather biker jackets inspired by the band’s albums and song titles by some of the worlds greatest tattoo artists.

The first exhibition of its kind featuring tattooing nobility such as Grime, Jondix, Scott Move, Gregory Whitehead, Xam, and more, the landmark exhibition is set to make waves in both the music and tattoo art communities. Each artist taking part in the exhibition has selected their favourite Judas Priest song or album title from which to create their artwork – painting directly onto the back of biker jackets using specially designed acrylic leather paint – each piece represents hours of meticulous work resulting in some of the most exciting heavy metal artwork ever produced.

Rob Halford

Kicking off with a bang, Metal God Rob Halford will take time out of the studio where he is working with Judas Priest on their new album, to open an exclusive showcase exhibiting the leather jackets to press, influencers and celebrities.

Hosted at Parliament Tattoo in London, guests of the private view will also have the opportunity to take home a piece of artwork of their own that will last a lifetime – a tattoo by one of Parliament’s resident artists. The studio will release Judas Priest themed tattoo flash, which guests can select from should they wish to make the ultimate homage to the legendary band.

Following the private view, the one off pieces will be displayed publicly in London this May, at a free exhibition in the heart of Camden. A drinks reception will launch the week long event on Friday 5th May at the Provender Building, right in the subculture epicenter that is the Stables Market.

Moving on from its stint in London, the jackets will head south to the prestigious Brighton Tattoo Convention on 13th & 14th May where they will exhibit alongside more than 300 world class tattooists, including several of the artists participating in the Hell Bent for Leather exhibition.

Charity Auction

Following the events, the jackets will be auctioned off online to benefit both The Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund; both extremely worthy causes close to the hearts of Judas Priest. The exhibition hopes to raise as much money as possible for the two charities.


Abby Drielsma (AUS), Elliot Wells (UK), Gregory Whitehead (USA), Grime (USA), Joao Bosco (BR), Jondix (UK). Kelly Violet (UK), Liam Sparkes (UK), Rafel Delalande (FR), Robert Borbas (HU), Scott Move (UK), Tamara Santibanez (USA), Tas Danazoglou (CY), Tony Hundahl (USA), Uncle Allan (DE), Wendy Pham (DE), Xam (UK). 


PRIVATE VIEW (Invitation Only) 27th April 2017 Times: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Location: Parliament Tattoo

Unit D Leeds Place London
N4 3RF


5th – 10th May 2017 

Opening Party: 5th May, Times TBC
Location: Provender Building

The Brighton Tattoo Convention
13th & 14th May 2017 Location: The Brighton Centre

Kings Road
Brighton, BN1 2GR
For more Information visit

The Stables Market

Chalk Farm Road




About Parliament Tattoo: 

Parliament Tattoo is a private, appointment only tattoo studio with an impressive line up of internationally acclaimed artists. Having opened up shop in an old dress making factory just 2 years ago, the unique tattoo studio has quickly established itself as one the most distinguished tattoo shops in Europe. With a combined social following pushing into the millions, Parliament Tattoo is at the forefront of modern tattooing with premier artwork being produced daily by artists such as Scott Move, Kelly Violet, Rebecca Vincent, Emily Alice Johnston, Adam Ruff, Andrew John Smith, Duncan X, and more. Enquiries to .

Matt Chanway: Playthrough Video 271114

Guitar virtuoso Matt Chanway has made a name for himself with well-regarded Canadian death/thrash metal band Assimilation.

Last December, Chanway unleashed his self-titled solo debut album which was described as a ‘sonic masterpiece that merges the old and new school’. Razor sharp riffs meld with soaring solos; progression with power. Inspired by the likes of George Lynch and Jeff Loomis, Chanway (who has a diploma in guitar performance from the University of West London) is a self-styled guitar hero for the 21st century.


Describing his sound as “melodic, relentless, energetic progressive metal” and influenced by the likes of Nevermore, Circus Maximus, Tony Macalpine, Aghora and Revocation, Chanway explains that “initially this music was written for a progressive metal project called Chancellor in 2011. After leaving that band, I gradually morphed the tracks into instrumental tunes.”

Chanway states that his writing process is always honest and organic:

“I write all of the guitar parts, generally starting from one theme or motif and just continually building upon it, to create a flowing cohesive piece. Never forcing or rushing anything for the sake of releasing new music. The guitar themes are authentic; the riffs are catchy and addictive.”

Chanway also states that this is also not merely a studio project, and he is looking forward to playing his album live. He promises

“…a very authentic recreation of some very challenging music; of course instrumental music is always a different ballgame in a live context. People tend to hone in on the guitar a lot more, and the unique voice it can bring as the band leader!”

As well as his own solo album, his band Assimilation will unleash their eagerly-awaited debut album The Laws of Power on March 17th, 2017, Chanway’s new album could be the perfect presursor. Not content to rest on his laurels, Chanway is also planning a further instrumental album for 2018.

Teaming up with progresseive music ‘zine, Chanway demonstrates his shredding skills with his new playthrough for his track 271114:

Woodhawk launch new album via Sludgelord

From the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains comes Calgary, Alberta’s WOODHAWK. Purveyors of straight-forward riff-rock wizardry, the power trio released an EP in 2014 and have continued forging ahead. Made of equal parts 1970’s Birmingham and influences including a 21st century heavy ‘Who’s Who’, Woodhawk are purveyors of riff-centric rock and roll.

Air Drumming

Capable and original, the band is crafting anthemic fist-pumping songs while attempting to forego tired stoner rock clichés. With time (travel) tested themes of science fiction, swords and sorcery, the band’s lyrics are born of snowy winters, hot practice spaces and pages of dog-eared paperbacks. While the musicianship reinforces recollections of Black Sabbath, modern influences that encourage wild air drumming or stretching highway speed limits are undeniably present.

Set to unleash their debut full-length Beyond The Sun, produced by the band with Jesse Gander (Bison, Japandroids) on April 7th, Woodhawk has teamed up with ‘riff-addicts’ blog, The Sludgelord, for the full stream premiere. Check it out here.

Show Dates
Apr 7 – Edmonton, AB – Sewing Machine Factory (CD Release Show)
April 8 – Calgary, AB – The Palomino (CD Release show)
Vagabonds of The Western Gig Tour:
May 4 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
May 5 – Nanaimo, BC – The Queens
May 6 – Victoria, BC – Logan’s Pub
May 7 – Kelowna, BC – Doc Willoughby’s
May 8 – Edmonton, AB – Rendezvous Pub
May 9 – Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis Tavern
May 10 – Winnipeg, MB – The Handsome Daughter
May 11 – Regina, SK – The German Club
May 12 – Calgary, AB – Palomino
May 13 – Fernie, BC – Northern Bar
If you want something visual to whet your appetite, check out the video for The High Priest here:

New SIGIL Album: Kingdom of the Grave

Described as ‘Crusty Death Metal’ by their publicist, Sigil hail from Austin, Texas but carry the influence of Swedish Death Metal with them. The band has teamed up with metal community and social network to release their debut album, Kingdom of the Grave.

Old School Faith

Sigil successfully wraps classic death metal in an American crust, resulting in catchy, crushing chaos. Keeping true to the old school faith, their debut album Kingdom Of The Grave is unrelenting in its death metal attack, which also incorporates raw D-beat aggression complimented by slashing solo’s and throat-ripping vocals. For fans of Black Breath, Carnage, Dismember, Entombed, Entrails, Fatalist, Fleshcrawl, Gatecreeper, Grave, His Hero Is Gone, Nihilist and Tragedy.

Vocalist/guitarist Alex Citrone comments on the album:

“Kingdom of the Grave” is pure, raw death metal with an explosive energy to it. It has themes of the occult, suicide, police brutality and a dystopian future. Fans of the old and new school will find something to love.”

Listen to the album here, and as always, let us know what you think in the comments.


The Charm The Fury: New Video BLOOD AND SALT

A couple of months ago we brought you The Charm The Fury’s video, Echoes.  Now the band is back with another new video from their sophomore album, The Sick, Dumb and Happy.

The Amsterdam based metal outfit have teamed up with ‘hard rock and heavy metal’ magazine Revolver to showcase the new track, titled Blood and Salt.

Coming of Age

Vocalist Caroline Westendorp said, “This song is a ‘coming of age’ soundtrack—trying to keep your head above water in a modern society that puts enormous pressure on all of us, both financially and socially.

“Vocal wise, it’s the first song where I’ve really stepped out of my comfort zone. More cleans and less screams, it is an entire new direction for us but feels just right.” [source: Revolver.]

The Charm The Fury have matured since their debut. With several of Europe’s biggest festivals under their belt, they have transformed their sound into a startling slab of ultra-modern but utterly distinctive metal that shrewdly and honestly redefines what the band is all about. Driven by a collective distaste for the state of the world in the 21st century, the band have recorded an angry album underpinned by ferocious intelligence and a heartfelt desire to wake people out of their digital stupors.

Let us know what you think of their new offering.