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HOLY MOSES parts way with guitar player - replacement announced ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 14:26

What follows is a message from the band HOLY MOSES : "Hey metal heads,we got some news for you. For us a change became necessary. We all together as the band Holy Moses had to seperate from our longtime comrade and guitarist Michael Hankel. This difficult decision is based on personal reasons and we please you to respect that this is a matter between the band and Michael, so we won´t explain this in detail. Even though musicians are part of the public in general there are some things which have to stay private. We thank Michael for everything he did for the band and wish him all the best for his future with Dew Scented and Erosion. Peter "Pete" Geltat (ex Desilence), who already ennobled our 30th Anniversary Album „In The Power Of Now“ with his guitar skills, will lay the stages in ashes with us for the upcoming shows, which he already proved last weekend at our rehearsals at the Absurd Studios in Hamburg."

New line-up is :

Sabina Classen – Vocals
Peter "Pete" Geltat – Guitars
Oliver Jaath – Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Gerd Lücking – Drums
Thomas Neitsch – Bass

> www.holymoses.dewww.spv.de


MALICE "New Breed Of Godz" cover and tracklisting revealed ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Monday, 12 March 2012 11:33

Legendary US metal band MALICE will release the new album "New Breed Of Godz" worldwide in May through SPV/Steamhammer.
Original members Jay Reynolds (guitars), Mick Zane (guitars) and Mark Behn (bass) entered the Silver Cloud Studios in Los Angeles together with new singer James Rivera (Helstar) and new drummer Pete Holmes  (Black N´Blue) to re-record 8 of their classics plus 4 new songs.

Tracklisting is :
01. New Breed Of Godz (new song)
02. Hell Rider
03. Against The Empire
04. Branded (new song)
05. Sinister Double
06. Circle Of Fire
07. Stellar Masters
08. Winds Of Death (Angel Of Light) (new song)
09. Air Attack
10. Chain Gang Woman
11. Slipping Through The Cracks (new song)
12. Godz Of Thunder

The producer was Joe Floyd (Warrior) who also was involved in producing records of Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford. The album is scheduled for a May 22nd release in the US/Canada, a May 25th release in Germany and a May 28th release in Europe. The album comes in a high class digipak with a bonus DVD which features rare live footage from 1987, 3 live tracks from Keep It True Festival 2011 and the making of “New Breed Of Godz” album !

The band will go on tour in autumn 2012 and dates will be announced soon. Bass player Robert Cardenas (Agent Steel), who also recorded the new tracks in the studio, will step in for Mark Behn on the live front

MALICE was formed in 1981 and released two classic US Metal albums : "In The Beginnin" (1985) and "License To Kill" (1986) and one EP "Crazy In The Night" (1989). They also were part - and the only band with two songs - of the first legendary "Metal Massacre" Sampler in 1982. Malice toured in the US, Canada and Europe with bands like Alice Cooper, WASP and Slayer. Most memorable gig was in 1982 when Malice played in Los Angeles at the Troubador Club - support act was an unknown band called....... Metallica. MALICE played last year the Keep It True Festival in Germany and played some memorable shows together with Bitch and Heretic at the US West Coast.

> www.malicemusic.comwww.spv.de

US Legendary STEEL ASSASSIN to release their brand new album SOON !!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Sunday, 11 March 2012 23:58

US metal monsters STEEL ASSASSIN are about to unleash their fourth full-length album entitled "WWII - Metal Of Honor" ! The concept of this album is about battles & events surrounding WWII. The band will be releasing the Worldwide CD release itself. HIGH ROLLER RECORDS in Germany will be releasing the vinyl version, plus a special CD version in Europe. STEEL ASSASSIN will be releasing the Worldwide CD the end of March 2012. HRR should be releasing their versions late April.

Visit now YOUTUBE for the cover and the opening track of the album, "God Save London" !!

Tracklist is :

01.God Save London
02.Blitzkrieg Demons
03.The Iron Saint
04.Four Stars of Hell
07.The Wolfpack
08.Normandy Angels
09.Red Sector A (RUSH cover)

> www.myspace.com/steelassassin



SLAUTER XSTROYES in the studio to record new album for 2012 ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Sunday, 11 March 2012 23:15

Chicago area heavy metal band, SLAUTER XSTROYES, have begun recording their new album to be released later in 2012 on ROCKADROME Records ! The last time Slauter Xstroyes entered the studio to record an album it was 1987 and the resulting album, “Free the Beast”, was never fully completed and not officially released until the late 90s on compact disc. At this time, their sought after collector favorite 1985 debut album, “Winter Kill”, was also reissued on compact disc and vinyl. These releases further solidified the group’s underground cult following as word of the band and its unique music spread across Europe where they received favorable reviews from critics and fans alike. Despite the urging of friends and fans a sustained Slauter Xstroyes reunion was unfortunately not in the cards at this time. Move the clocks ahead another 10 years or so and Texas label, Rockadrome records, re-releases the “Free the Beast” and “Winter Kill” albums yet again on compact disc. This time around, founding members guitarist Paul Kratky and bassist Brent Sullivan decide it’s time to put the band back together and give it another go.  They recruit former drummer Rick Kroll and vocalist Steve Reimer and set about rehearsing. Word of the band’s possible reunion spreads and Greece’s “Up The Hammers” festival comes calling. After a few local shows they head out to Greece for a fantastic show in front of a packed to the gills club of rabid Greek metal fans. The show is a great success, so they head back to Chicago and start discussing the possibility of a new album and more shows in the Chicago area. Next up, Germany’s “Keep It True” festival recruits Slauter Xstroyes for an appearance. It’s another excellent show from Slauter Xstroyes and they amazingly end up being one of the very few bands ever called back up for an encore. It’s also at this time the “Free the Beast” album is properly reissued on double vinyl and sold out almost immediately. Slauter Xstroyes is officially back !

> www.slauterxstroyes.comwww.rockadrome.com

NEW EDEN to release new album on PURE STEEL Records !!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Sunday, 11 March 2012 23:04

After long 9 years NEW EDEN will release their new album  "Solving For X" via PURE STEEL RECORDS.
Already founded in Los Angeles by Steel Prophet-guitarist Horacio Colmenares back in 1993, NEW EDEN have released three studio-albums so far. In the early days they already had some famous US Metal-singers in their line-up like Helstar’s James Rivera, Steel Prophet’s Rick Mythiasin (who also sang on their last studio album „Stagnant Procession“, released in 2003) and Michael Grant of Crescent Shield.
On their new longplayer "Solving For X“, their first album on Pure Steel, they leave the US Metal-legends behind and give us melodic Power Metal with a lot of doublebass. Now they sound more European than before. The eleven songs have a good, modern production without leaving their traditional roots concerning their songwriting. The powerful and expressive vocals of the new singer Rod Arias, are at least as good as all his predecessors. Altogether you get 45 minutes of exciting and intelligent Metal without any clichés. The only song that sounds more different is the last track.
But it’s a matter of fact : NEW EDEN´s "Solving For X“ is a melodic Power Metal-masterpiece that will be loved by all friends of this genre !

> www.myspace.com/newedengroup

RAMPART revealed details about their new album "War Behest" !!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Sunday, 11 March 2012 18:25

RAMPART has finished the recording sessions of their new project ‘War Behest’. The album is being mixed and will be released by INFERNÖ Records in 2012. ‘War Behest’ is a metal opera (Just have in mind band like SAVATAGE and no goth/atmospheric trendy ones, ok ??)

This conceptual piece of music consists of 10 compositions and presents an anti-utopia of war as clash of interest. In the real nature of conflict there are no losers and winners. The opposition is a result of our free will. This is a story about the restrictions of man and the decisions he could take on his way to perfection. The libretto will be published in the booklet of the release and its poetic expression is in the lyrics of the album.

‘War Behest’ cover artwork is created by the Bulgarian artist Dimitar Nikolov (KEEP IT TRUE, ROSS THE BOSS, SENTINEL BEAST, STEELWING and many more).

The summer program of RAMPART includes participation in European festivals and self-dependent concerts. During this period the band will prepare a wide-scale dramatic performance and a show for smaller stage of the metal opera ‘War Behest’. According to the reactions of the fans RAMPART expect to be able to present such a show in its complete form till the end of the year.


01.    Thunder Realm (Prologue)
02.    Army Of The Perfect (Overture)
03.    Ghost Of Freedom
04.    Within The Silence
05.    Road To the Unknown
06.    Fire Circle
07.    Up In Arms
08.    Storm Force
09.    Give Nothing Back
10.    March On To Victory (Epilogue)

> www.myspace.com/rampartbg
> www.reverbnation.com/rampartmetal


German speed-metal band DEFENDER reformed ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Thursday, 08 March 2012 15:52

Here is a statement from guitarist Joe Pomponio : "Since our split in 1990 we never played together again but now the time has come to bring the old spirit back ! DEFENDER are back in the original Line-Up from 1984! We are rehearsing since 2011 and are ready to play our first show in september  2012 in our hometown Speyer (germany). Songs from the first + second demotape and all songs from our EP "A Symbol Of Devotion" (1989) are on our setlist ! Keep yourself informed thru our website and listen to our YOUTUBE channel. We will update the website every week and put some more songs on Youtube - if possible some old videos too."

> www.defender-speedmetal.de

ACCEPT unveil title-track from "Stalingrad" new album !!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Thursday, 08 March 2012 15:14

The title track to ACCEPT’s new album "Stalingrad" – due out on April 6th in Europe and April 10th in North America – is available for listening in its entirety on the band's YouTube channel.

The follow-up album to the runaway success of 2010’s Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad’s eleven tracks were once again produced by Andy Sneap and are filled to capacity with everything that made ACCEPT famous: exceptional songwriting, soaring guitar solos, a propelling dual-guitar attack, a no-holds-barred rhythm section and chanted background vocals. Every track is destined to become a live anthem!

Guitarist Wolf Hoffman has previously stated: “We put ourselves under enormous pressure to bring out a new album right after our 180-show tour marathon, which took us two times around the globe. But we are very proud about what we delivered with Stalingrad and we hope our fans will like it as well.”

ACCEPT will be touring throughout Europe with NWOBHM label mates Hell this April and also performing in Russia.

> www.acceptworldwide.com

German Metal Queen DORO announces new tour dates for late 2012 ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Thursday, 08 March 2012 15:02

German metal queen DORO Pesch has announced new tour dates for late 2012 (click HERE for all dates) and is currently also working on a brand new album – the first for Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented DORO : "Dear fans ! Past weekend, I flew over to the US to work on the last couple of songs for my new album. Just some last twists and pulls to be done – after three long years of hard work ! But it all paid off in the end. My first album for Nuclear Blast will literally be a BLAST ! I am considering having those 12-14 songs being mixed in Scandinavia for the first time. The producers there guarantee a massive, fresh and modern sound. I really can't wait until my first album for NB will eventually be out in October. To shorten the wait for as well you as myself, we plan to release an EP around May/June 2012. From November on we'll rock Europe – in support of the new album from which we'll definitely will include around 4-5 hymns in our set.“

> www.doropesch.com


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