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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 – 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

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

Spread Eagle Announce UK/EU Tour Dates

Resurrected New York-based Hard Rock band Spread Eagle are due to embark on their first ever overseas tour.  The trek will include performances at Hair Metal Heaven festival, Hard Rock Hell Sleaze festival, plus shows with Junkyard, Vain and Babylon A.D. Fans have the chance to see Spread Eagle at pre-tour gigs in New York, including one with Dokken.

More dates are expected to be added.


AUG 25 – London, England @ Underworld (with Junkyard)
AUG 26 – Hull, England @ Hull City Hall (Hair Metal Heaven Festival)
AUG 30 – Bochum, Germany @ Matrix (with Vain and Babylon AD)
SEPT 1 – Lichtenfels, Germany @ Paunchy Cats (with Vain and Babylon AD)
SEPT 3 – Sheffield, England @ O2 Academy (Hard Rock Hell Sleaze Festival)

Spread Eagle

Spread Eagle formed in NYC alongside the likes of Circus Of PowerLittle Caesar and Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction and Wrathchild over here in the UK as part of a reaction to the “Hair Metal” scene in the late 80’s.

Re-formed in 2006, Spread Eagle have been active attracting old and new fans alike. The current line-up consists of Ray West on vocals, Rob De Luca (UFO, Sebastian Bach, Of Earth) on bass. Ziv ‘Chevelle’ Shalev on guitars and Rik De Luca on drums.

Cradle Of Filth Announce New Album and Tour

Cradle Of Filth’s 12th studio album, Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay will be released on September 22 via Nuclear Blast.

Cradle Of Filth
Cover artwork provided by the “sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism”, Artūrs Bērziņš

Commented the infamous Dani Filth“The album is deeply infused with Victorian gothic horror and thus the title is a reflection of that. ‘Cryptoriana’ implies the Victorian’s infatuation with the supernatural, the grave and the ghoulish. And the subtitle ‘The Seductiveness Of Decay’ further cements this attraction to death and the glittering lengthy process of self-annihilation.”

The first single will be released on July 5th, the same day that the album pre-order will become available.

Added Dani Filth: “We, as a band, are incredibly excited about hitting the UK and Ireland for a full run of dates around All Hallows Eve, as playing the band’s home country is always great fun and the audiences here are very receptive. And nuts. The dates will be the first in a long line of shows that will extend throughout the rest of the World throughout 2018. We aim to be very prolific on the live front, delivering a show worthy of our fan’s exalted expectations and more.”

Here’s the dates:

2017-06-23 Portsmouth (The Wedgewood Rooms) GB
2017-06-24 Bucharest (Metalhead Meeting) RO
2017-10-14 Tokyo (Loud Park) JP
2017-10-30 Belfast (Limelight) GB
2017-10-31 Dublin (Academy) IE
2017-11-02 Manchester (Academy 2) GB
2017-11-03 Glasgow (Garage) GB
2017-11-04 Birmingham (O2 Institute 2) GB
2017-11-05 Leeds (Church) GB
2017-11-07 Oxford (O2 Academy) GB
2017-11-08 Southampton (Engine Rooms) GB
2017-11-09 Norwich (Waterfront) GB
2017-11-10 London (Electric Ballroom) GB
2017-11-11 Bristol (Bierkeller)

Black Star Riders announce new drummer

Black Star Riders are proud to announce that their new drummer is Chad Szeliga.

Chad, formerly with Breaking Benjamin and Black Label Society amongst others, first came to Ricky, Scott and Damon’s attention in 2012 when the pre-Black Star Riders incarnation of Thin Lizzy were touring North America with Judas Priest and Black Label Society were also on the bill.

After auditions last month in Los Angeles with some incredible drummers, Chad was chosen to take up the drum stool position for Black Star Riders.

Ricky Warwick

“I’m delighted to welcome Chad Szeliga to the Black Star Riders family… Chad is an amazing drummer, a great guy and will powerfully strengthen BSR‘s resolve going forward”.

Scott Gorham:

“Just wanted to say that I’m really looking forward to getting up onto the stage with our new drummer Chad. This guy is one killer player.  See you all on tour!”

Damon Johnson chimes in:

Chad is a monster musician and a quality human being. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to our band and to show off his skills to Black Star Riders fans worldwide”.

Robert Crane added:

Chad‘s a badass!… Great energy and a cool hang… Looking forward to working together!”


“First, I’m so stoked for one to play with Scott Gorham, an iconic guitar player! Second, I can’t wait to play with Damon who is a bad ass on guitar. Lastly, I can’t wait to jam with Robbie on bass and we all know who the star is… Ricky who can command a fantastic show and is an amazing front man. Let’s light them up boys!!!!!!!”

Black Star Riders start their summer European Tour in Dusseldorf on May 24th. 2017.

Tour dates are below:

May 24, Wednesday   Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi-Electric Hall
May 25, Thursday     Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
May 27, Saturday      Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival
May 28, Sunday        Berlin, Germany – Tempodrome
May 29, Monday       Dresden, Germany – Junge Garde
May 30, Tuesday       Leipzig, Germany – Parkbuhne
May 31, Wednesday   Nuremberg, Germany – Hirsch

June 1, Thursday      Leiden, Holland – Nobel
June 2, Friday            Rostock, Germany – Messehalle
June 3, Saturday       Hamburg, Germany – Mehr Theater
June 5, Monday         Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
June 7,  Wednesday  Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 10, Saturday     Twistringen, Germany – Ziegelei Open Air
June 16, Friday          Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Festival
June 17, Saturday     Nickelsdorf, Austria – Nova Rock Festival
June 18, Sunday        Clisson, France – Hellfest
June 21, Wednesday   Freiburg, Germany – Jazzhouse
June 23, Friday          Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
June 24, Saturday     Fredrikstag, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival
June 25, Sunday        Hinwil, Switzerland – Rock the Ring Festival

July 2,  Sunday          Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona RockFest 2017
July 8,  Saturday        Weert, Holland – Bospop Festival
July 23, Sunday         Stuttgart, Germany – Winterbach Festival
July 29, Saturday      Maidstone, U.K. – Ramblin’ Man Fair

Agnostic Front Announce UK tour for November!

New York Hardcore legends Agnostic Front have confirmed that they will be returning to our UK shores in November 2017 for a run of four dates.

The tour will kick off on 9th November at Mama Roux’s in Birmingham, before taking the five piece to Glasgow and Leeds, culminating at The Underworld in Camden. Supports to be announced in due course.

Frontman Roger Miret commented:

“We are excited to hit the UK soon! Always great energetic shows there, and the UK has always been there for us from day one! We look forward to the dates and hopefully making some new friends, and seeing our old friends. See you soon in the pit!”

The band will be touring in support of their most recent album, The American Dream Died, which was released back in 2015 via Nuclear Blast.  The record was produced by Madball singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, Terror). It features guest appearances from Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (Sick Of It All) with Agnostic Front/Madball guitarist Matt Henderson laying his guitar magic on the song A Wise Man, which you can see here:

The dates read as follows:
9th Nov – Birmingham, Mama Roux’s
10th Nov – Glasgow, Audio
11th Nov – Leeds, Eiger Studios
12th Nov – London, Underworld

Social Arsonist Tour Dates

Chilean/Canadian thrash hybrid SOCIAL ARSONIST will be hitting the road soon. With dates across British Columbia and Alberta for the month of May,  followed by a tour of Chile and a return to Canada to perform at the Loud As Hell festival in Drumheller, AB (full dates listed below).

Formed in Chile in 2009 by bassist Dario Zuniga and guitarist Manuel Morgado, the two musicians were unable to locate the perfect vocalist in their home country and turned to the internet. They found Canadian singer Cayle Charlton. The duo worked with him for years via the internet, honing their material before taking the ultimate step of relocating to Canada.

With a full line up in Vancouver, BC, the “fiery crucible of Chilean thrash met the icy cauldron of Canadian metal” to create an explosive storm built on a foundation of classic thrash and modern metal resulting in two releases. Their 2016 full length Duality of Perception and 2014 debut EP De-Evolution of Thy Self both demonstrate the band’s sound: aggressive, fast, intense, catchy and disruptive.

Bassist Dario Zuniga reveals that SOCIAL ARSONIST take inspiration beyond metal clichés:

“The whole album carries the Social Arsonist aggression and message of rebellion and anguish against the institutionalization of society plus we have a wide range of influences, including a South American flavouring that everyone seems to enjoy, and coming from South America just to play our music in Canada, we put a lot of effort and passion into our performance!”

Tour Dates

May 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
May 19 – Vernon, BC – Record City
May 20 – Prince George, BC  – Legion
May 21 – Kamloops, BC – The Dirty Jersey
May 25 – Edmonton, AB – DV8
May 26 – TBA
May 27 – Calgary, AB – Lord Nelson’s
May 28 – Lethbridge, AB – Smokehouse
May 29 – Kelowna, BC – Muninn’s Post
June – Chile Tour
July 14 – Abbotsford, BC – Brother’s Bowling and Billiards
August 5 – Drumheller, AB – Loud As Hell Fest

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:

Acid Reign release new single and announce tour

As the UK thrash legends Acid Reign gear up for their April Fools tour, the band are excited to announce the release of the lyric video for their brand new single The Man Who Became Himself.

You can get your copy of The Man Who Became Himself by clicking on THIS LINK, which will take you to the band’s own website.  So don’t be a cheapskate.  The song is available in full uncompressed lossless digital files as well as MP3.

The follow up to Plan Of The Damned (as featured on the new Music for Nations Speed Kills VII compilation, which you can buy if you click on the link), The Man Who Became Himself captures the band on bludgeoning form that picks up where the bruising POTD left off.  The artwork came from Andy “Sarge” Pilkington of Very Metal Art.  Pretty, isn’t it?

Frontman Howard “H” Smith commented:

‘An album is still some way off but we wanted to have a new song out for our first headline tour since 1990. See you all there we can’t wait!’.

Tour Dates:
1st April: Glasgow, Lords Of The Land
2nd April: Newcastle, The Cluny
7th April: Southampton, Talking Heads
8th April: London, Underworld
9th April: Bristol, Exchange

Raven announce European Tour

Geordie NWOBHM legends Raven will embark on a European headline summer tour in June, with special guests Hirax and Kill Ritual.

A few words from Raven:

“Hi there…after a longer than expected break we are ready and raring to get out on the road again…

A quick warm up in the USA will be followed by a Euro tour with old friends Hirax opening and we shall also be hitting the European festival circuit hard later in 2017 – as well as squeezing in a USA tour – and working on South America & some more exotic locales!!!


Tour Dates:

07-Jun Roeselare (BEL) “De Verlichte Geest”
08-Jun Essen (GER) “Turock”
09-Jun Hamburg (GER) “Bambi Galore”
10-Jun Rotterdam (NLD) “Baroeg”
11-Jun Tilburg (NLD) “Little Devil”
12-Jun Osnabruck (GER) “Bastard Club” 
13-Jun Dresden (GER) “Chemiefabrik” 
14-Jun Dornbirn (AUT) “Schlachthaus” 
15-Jun Florence (ITA) “Circus Club” 
16-Jun Milan (ITA) “Blue Rose Club” 
17-Jun Montbeliard (FRA) “Atelier des Môles”