Polish metal act Crystal Viper has returned with the follow up to the band's 2017's return album "Queen of the Witches," the first to follow vocalist/guitarist Marta Gabriel's health issues in 2013 (after the release of the enjoyable, but not completely up to par, "Possession"), which had cast a shadow over the band's future. "Queen of the Witches" was true to form adding speed and power to flank Gabriel's trademark Ann Wilson meets Leather Leone vocal style. When "Tales of
As an avid old school metal fan, nothing brings greater joy than to see classic bands releasing consistently brilliant and still relevant material. The term "relevant" in this context refers to its ability to fall squarely with a band's classic releases, rather than simply dated material compared to new modern trends. Just in 2019 alone, instant classics have been issued by bands like Diamond Head, Angel Witch, Picture, The Rods. Hold on to your hats though, because Tygers of
U.K. NWoBHM act Angel Witch has always been a cult favorite of fans of the genre, and its easy to understand why. Unlike the more straight edge traditional styles set forth by the likes of Saxon, Iron Maiden, Grim Reaper and Holocaust, Angel Witch featured more of a 70's rock influence a la Blue Cheer (the true influence of the hundreds of stoner rock acts today) accented by a doomy atmosphere which spawned bands like Witchfinder General. Add founder/vocalist/guitarist Kevin
Born in 2012, The Scourge - featuring Helstar members Andrew Atwood (vocals/guitars) and Garrick Smith (bass) - released the debut EP "First Comes Destruction" in 2014. Now five years later, the band plans to horrify your Halloween like Michael Myers did to Haddenfield. If you are one of those fans looking for a technical progressive masterpiece, then The Scourge isn't for you. "Warrant for Execution" is pure unadulterated metal played in the classic style of old school thras
Bassist/songwriter Fitty Weinhold announced that he has split with U.D.O. (the band created and fronted by ex-Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider) after 23 years in the band as a partner to Dirkschneider. His last show with the band will be in October. The emotional video can be found in the player above. Weinhold promises that he has one musical venture left on his "bucket list" and he will surprise fans with that soon. As of press time, U.D.O. has not made any statement, nor
Denver metal/doom quartet Khemmis released the anxiously-anticipated third album "Desolation" today (June 22nd) in North America via 20 Buck Spin and the rest of the world via Nuclear Blast. Grab a copy now over here! To celebrate, the band is streaming the entire album in full over at Bandcamp at this location. As 20 Buck Spin's 100th release, "Desolation" will be available as a CD, digital download and LP - with a foil-stamped jacket and 8" inch lyric booklet. "Desolation"
U.D.O. - the band created and fronted by former Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider - issued an EPK video clip for the upcoming new album "Steelfactory," which is set to drop on August 31st via AFM Records/Soulfood Music. Pre-order the album now over at this location. The songs on "Steelfactory" are clearly influenced by the recent Dirkschneider shows - the simple straightness of the anthem-like songs make it a timeless record. With its earthy handmade sound – with the help of
Destinia - the project created by Japanese guitarist Nozomu Wakai - is streaming the new single "The End Of Love" in the player above. The song is the latest single form the upcoming new album "Metal Souls," which is set to drop on July 13th. Pre-order the album at this location. The album features vocalist Ronnie Romero (Lords Of Black, CoreLeoni, Rainbow), Marco Mendoza (The Dead Daisies) and Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake/David Coverdale). Japanese guitar hero Nozomu Wakai wil
Scottish traditional metal act Midnight Force will release the new album "Dunsinane" on August 10th via Iron Shield Records, with distribution via Pure Steel Records. Midnight Force is an old school metal band based in Glasgow, Scotland. The band describes its brand of metal as somewhere between U.S. and epic metal of Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol and Virgin Steele and a large chunk of the NWoBHM and early German Metal like Accept and the Scorpions.
"Dunsinane" is a reference
Swiss hard rock/metal band Maxxwell has announced the release of the fourth album "Metalized," which will be issued on September 21st. Metalized says it all - many concerts have left their mark. On the new record, the band rocks harder, catchier and a lot more edgier than on their earlier releases. The lyric video for the title track 'Metalized' will be released on June 29, 2018. The song is a homage to the band's big influences, with a bit of a wink. A video teaser can be vi
Legendary vocalist Doro Pesch issued a the first in a series of trailer clips for the upcoming new double album "Forever Warriors, Forever United," which drops on August 17th via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location. In the first album trailer, she tells the story and background of her songs and comments on the respective concept of the two albums. Also, some first impressions of representatives of the metal press are included! Check it out in the pl
German heavy metal legends Accept is experiencing more success than ever, and have hit its stride creatively! In the 10th year since the band's reunion, the quintet can look back on four top 10 albums in Germany, including an unbelievable #1 with "Blind Rage" (2014) and a brilliant #3 with the latest album "The Rise Of Chaos" (2017).
Six months after the success that was "The Rise Of Chaos" world tour, Accept will start the festival season on June 22nd at Rockfels Open Air,
San Diego doom/traditional/hard rock sonic story tellers Great Electric Quest is streaming the new single "Wicked Hands," which you can check out in the player at the bottom. The song is taken from the new album "Chapter II," which will be issued on July 6th via Totem Cat Records. Riffage, solos, rhythms, and lyrics along with the production of Jeff Henson (Duel) and Tony Reed (Mos Generator) combine to bring a bigness and fullness of color that elevates this album into upper
Orlando, Florida metal act Meka Nism welcomes new members - guitarist Dave Arrieta and drummer Nick Colvin - to the band's live line up. The new members join the band just after the band unleashed the new EP "The War Inside" this past May.
Guitarist Bobby Keller comments: “We are extremely excited about our new members. Nick and Danny have such amazing talent and bring a lot to the table. The energy and chemistry on stage is as if we have been together for decades. The futu
Highly acclaimed guitarist Gus G. (Firewind) posted a playthrough clip for the song "Thrill Of The Chase," which you can check out in the player above. The song appears on his latest solo album “Fearless,” which dropped back in April via AFM Records (grab a copy here). Check out Gus on tour here: Festivals: July 7 BUL Burgas - Burgas Jam August 17 CZ Rock Heart Festival USA: Sep 13 Houston, TX - Scoutbar+ Sep 14 San Antonio, TX - Rockbox+ Sep 15 Dallas, TX - Trees+ Sep 16 Lub
Swedish metal/hard rock act Dynazty issued a video studio update on the band's new album, the follow up to "Titanic Mass" (2016). Check out the clip in the player above. Recorded in Skara, Sweden in February/March 2018, the as of yet untitled album is set for a 2018 autumn release. Stay tuned for more information. #Dynazty #powermetal #traditionalmetal #hardrock #melodicmetal #SpinefarmRecords #studiovideo
Kobra & The Lotus released a new video clip for the song "Velvet Roses." The song appears on the latest album "Prevail II," which is available now via Napalm Records. The album is available over here! "High impact, pure rock adrenaline!! This video is a fabulous trip. Free falling through the sky, whipping tight turns on a planet where everything that makes sense to you doesn't apply and the impossible doesn't exist. Join this tenacious driver and her motley crew as they take
U.K. metal act The Heretic Order released the new single "The Forest Of The Impaled." Check out the lyric video in the player above. The song appears on the band's sophomore album "Evil Rising" coming June 22nd via Massacre Records. Lord Ragnar comments on the new single: "The song describes the feelings and the horrific sight that befalls an Ottoman soldier who encounters the Forest of the Impaled's victims, ordered by Vlad III of Wallachia, during the Ottoman's invasion of
German heavy metal legends Grave Digger revealed the artwork and track listing for the previously announced new album "The Living Dead." The album will be released on September 14th via Napalm Records. Check out the clip of band founder/vocalist Chris Boltendahl, who provides more information on the album, in the player above. Since forming back in 1980, Grave Digger has been a leader in the German heavy metal scene. The band created its very own version of Teutonic heavy mus
Metal Blade Records is happy to announce the signing of Skull Pit, a new band featuring the talents of Mem V. Stein (Exumer) and Tatsu Mikami (Church Of Misery)!
Skull Pit is a tale of two musicians from opposite sides of the heavy metal spectrum and the planet. One hailing from Tokyo/Japan, the other from New York/USA, and meeting each other in cyber space in order to strike up a friendship and musically celebrate the spirit of their youth.
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