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HIRAX - New & fourth album on the way !!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Sunday, 26 February 2012 19:40

HIRAX have announced they will be recording there 4th full length studio album with legendary producer/engineer : Bill Metoyer - Metal Blade Records (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., MORBID ANGEL, ARMORED SAINT, DARK ANGEL, SACRED REICH, CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER, D.R.I., C.O.C., etc.),

HIRAX will enter the studio in the beginning of June 2012. The album will be recorded at Skull Seven Studio In North Hollywood - Los Angeles, CA. and will be released worldwide by Black Devil Records.

> www.hirax.org


French metallers LONEWOLF join NAPALM Records ! New album out SOON !!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Sunday, 12 February 2012 11:40

It seems many things have happened during the last months and since we conducted the last interview with french metallers LONEWOLF ! Sometimes plans are not happening as they're supposed to.. but sometimes, for the best too : LONEWOLF have inked a deal with NAPALM Records - home of bands such as KORPIKLAANI, TYR, VAN CANTO and GRAVE DIGGER. The band's new album, "Army Of The Damned", will be released in March 2012. In addition, LONEWOLF's classic longplayer "The Dark Crusade" will be re-released the very same month, with bunch of bonus tracks. Commented the band: "The WOLF has joined the pack! We're proud and grateful to join forces with Napalm Records to release our new album "Army Of The Damned". Our metal crusade continues. See you on tour! Hellbent on metal !".
"Army Of The Damned" was mixed by Mariusz Pietka at the MP Studio (SABATON, MORTICIAN) in Poland. The CD was produced by Bart Gabriel (JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, CRYSTAL VIPER), who previously worked with the band on 2009's "The Dark Crusade". One of the new songs features a special guest appearance by ex-IRON MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley.

Also note the Polish label Skol Records has released a special limited deluxe edition of the two first rare LONEWOLF albums — "March Into The Arena" and "Unholy Paradise" - on one disc. Both albums were remastered, and the package includes a special booklet with all the lyrics and lot of old pictures.

> www.lonewolfdivision.com

Singer Marta Gabriel About CRYSTAL VIPER's new album !!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Saturday, 11 February 2012 20:08
Hell yeah ! Here are some news about the next CRYSTAL VIPER's album from the mouth of singer Marta GABRIEL : "It's time, to reveal few more details about our new album... There will be two special guests on "Crimen Excepta": David Bower, vocalist of HELL appear in the title track, while VADER mainman Peter will be heard in the cover version of the classic VADER song "Tyrani Piekiel", which will be available as the bonus track on the first, limited edition of the album. So most probably CRYSTAL VIPER is the first ever Heavy Metal band, which re-arranged and recorded Death Metal cover song.

"We already announced that fans should expect the unexpected. The new album is different than everything CRYSTAL VIPER did in the past. Of course it's still traditonal Metal, and it's still CRYSTAL VIPER - but this time, everything was different, starting from the compositions, through our attitude and inspirations, up to equipment we used and the recording session itself" says CRYSTAL VIPER frontwoman Marta Gabriel. "It was amazing to have Peter in the studio, we all are huge fans of VADER, and I think he was also amazed when he heard how our voices sound together in this Heavy Metal version of "Tyrani Piekiel". And when you will hear the lines of William The Judge recorded by David of HELL, you will have jaw on the floor. We had !"


RAZORWYRE (N. Zealand) signed to INFERNÖ Records & to play KIT 2013 !! PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 29 January 2012 10:20

What a news ! New Zealand best newcomers in old-school Speed-Power Thrash Metal will unleash their debut album called "Another Dimension" on french label INFERNÖ Records (as CD version - the vinyl version will be released through UNDERGROUND POWER Records from Germany) around May 2012 - More infos will follow !

The band has a great potential and is already planned to play legendary traditional Heavy Metal Festival KEEP IT TRUE in Germany next year ! Here's the announcement made by KEEP IT TRUE organizers Tarek & Oli : "New Zealand does not only have Middle Earth landscapes, they also have a great young Power Metal band called RAZORWYRE. We were able to listen to their first full length “Another Dimension” already, which is due for release this spring, and we were simply blown away by the energy and the melodies. Do not miss this release on Infernö Records and Underground Power and check them out for the first time in Europe at KEEP IT TRUE."

More infos > www.facebook.com/razorwyre - www.facebook.com/keepittruefestival


RAMPART : Singer Maria announces complete line-up change ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 14:55

Common personal divergences between the band members forced Maria to change the line up !  The decision was not easy to take... but now we can announce you the line-up of the brand new RAMPART which Maria D.S. on vocals, Vili NESHEV on guitars, Svilen IVANOV on bass and Petar SVETLINOV on drums - you can find a pic of the brand new line-up in our BANDS section.

The band remains HEAVILY inspired by old-school Heavy-Metal band but their music has recently taken a more progressive slant - Imagine what a mix of early QUEENSRYCHE and early HELLOWEEN could sound like with Maria's typical vocals ! You can now listen to one new song called "Stronghold Of The Sun" on RAMPART's myspace page (www.myspace.com/rampartbg).

Next steps of the band will be a 3-song cassette single called "A Tale To Cold" (limited to 100 copies) including NEW songs ("Stronghold Of The Sun", "Metal Spell" and "A Tale To Cold"). - to be released on INFERNÖ Records.

Also, very important, some dates will soon be announced for gigs in the United Kingdom this August !!

Besides the band is now working hard on the new album ... and already more good things are on the way !!! Stay TUNED !

ROOT announces special guests on their upcoming album ! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 14:43

Czech dark metal beast ROOT will release 9th full lenght album entitled Heritage Of Satan in Autmn on Agonia Records. We can reveal three special guests who recorded their parts: Erik Danielsson (WATAIN), Rune Blasphemer Eriksen (ex-MAYHEM, AVA INFERI, AURA NOIR) and Adam Nergal Darski (BEHEMOTH). Both singers Erik and Nergal have their vocals in two songs. One song is decorated with Blasphemer´s Northern guitar melodies.

> www.rootan.net

ORPHANED LAND – post new DVD Trailer ! Back in Europe in Nov/Dec 2011 ! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 14:35

ORPHANED LAND have just launched a brand-new trailer for their first-ever DVD release and announced a string of European headlining shows in November/December with special acts Arkan, Myrath and Artweg.


Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments : “Shalom and Salam upon all of you - after a long process of editing and filming, we can let you see a small glimpse of our debut DVD titled - The Road To OR SHALEM. This was a fantastic show where we celebrated our 20th anniversary with lots of fans who came from all over the world to Tel-Aviv. For those of you who haven't noticed - after 20 years of hard work you have to pay attention - as the rise of Middle Eastern Metal has begun! Please also check our website for our European headlining tour dates - we shall see you all for a Middle Eastern Metal party in your hometown very soon ! Let there be light !”


Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0KiB1wQ2ZY


ORPHANED LAND recently teamed with Metal-Army.com to give their music away to fans in countries who have banned the group. By visiting www.metalarmyinternational.com, fans in all Middle Eastern countries can download 'The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR' completely free.



03.09.2011 Oostende, Belgium - Velo Rock Festival
11.11.2011 Marseille, France - Le Poste à Galène
12.11.2011 Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 2
13.11.2011 Madrid, Ramdall - Spain
15.11.2011 Rennes, Ubu - France
16.11.2011 Pratteln, Z7 - Switzerland
18.11.2011 Vaureal, Le Forum - France
19.11.2011 Limoges, CC John Lennon - France
20.11.2011 Vosselaar, Biebob - Belgium
22.11.2011 London, Borderline - UK
24.11.2011 Essen, Turock - Germany
25.11.2011 Arnhem, Willemen - Netherlands
26.11.2011 Nancy, Metal Ride Festival - France
27.11.2011 Rotterdam, Baroeg - Netherlands
29.11.2011 Copenhagen, The Rock - Denmark
01.12.2011 Kiel, Die Pumpe - Germany
02.12.2011 Osnabrück, Ballroom - Germany
03.12.2011 Pforzheim, HDJ - Germany
04.12.2011 Munich, Backstage Club - Germany
06.12.2011 Vienna, Viper Room - Austria
07.12.2011 Budapest, Club 202 - Hungary
08.12.2011 Cluj Napoca, Irish Music Club - Romania
09.12.2011 Bucharest, Silver Church - Romania

> www.orphaned-land.com

EDGUY in studio to record new album ! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fab   
Thursday, 05 May 2011 16:10

After a successful world tour with more than 100 concerts all over the globe in support of their latest release "Tinnitus Sanctus" in 2008, Edguy have entered the studio to record a new album. Still under the influence of their arena tour as special guests of "the Scorpions" and the latest "Avantasia" world tour (featuring Tobias Sammet and Felix Bohnke), Edguy feel it's about time to squeeze their energy on tape in a recording studio again. This time the band has chosen the famous Peppermint-Park in Hannover (Scorpions, Phil Collins), according to the band " a recording temple with a tremendously great sounding room".


Tobias comments: "We have chosen the Peppermint Park to record the basics there. I had done a few little bits and pieces for Avantasia there, but it's so great to record drums and stuff like Hammond B3 with a big bad fat mean Leslie there. The room is big and the sound is mean! We were always striving for a powerful but natural sound. I guess we had a good sound recently, but I think there is always room to improve. The more I listen to what's going on in the Heavy Metal world these days, the more I long for drums that sound like drums. I want them to sound powerful without sounding like Atari. Sascha and I came to the conclusion that we have to start from scratch and do things the way they have to be done, not the fashionable way. I don't want a distorted master-copy, just so it is loud enough on an iPhone or on PC-speakers. If you talk to your most fancy producer he will say something like: "Well, it's the sign of the times, you have to be able to compete in the loudness war..." What the fuck?! If I want it to be loud I turn up the stereo. I want dynamics, room, a real big sound, not that distorted trendy compression. Why don't we all move back a little and record great sounding music, not loud sounding music? Do a Google search for "loudness war" and you'll see what I mean. Whatever, the new songs sound great, we have thirteen of them, and we'll pick maybe ten and put them on the album. We have anthemic melodies, although it's not kitsch. When you record anthemic music, you tend to be dangerously close to kitsch, it's a fine line and I think we balance on that fine line pretty well. To cut a long story a little insignificantly shorter: I just think it is great, and that's what counts. Real music, you know? We'll keep you informed, if you want it or not! ;-)“


> www.tobiassammet.com - www.edguy.net - www.nuclearblast.de/edguy

DEF LEPPARD to release their first Live album ever ! PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 May 2011 15:40

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of DEF LEPPARD for the release of the upcoming live album MIRROR BALL on June 17th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, June 20th in the rest of Europe and June 23rd in France.
MIRROR BALL is Def Leppard’s first ever live album. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. It makes perfect sense that the band would finally release a live album, MIRROR BALL, featuring all of the triumphant hits that continue to make Def Leppard one of the most admired rock bands in the world.
MIRROR BALL was recorded across the world over the course of many of the band's sold-out dates and features all of the classic songs that have made Def Leppard one of the most respected and beloved power rock bands in the world. The album captures the group's legendary concert experience at its thunderous best, bringing together live versions of classic Leppard hits such as "POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME," "ROCK OF AGES," "FOOLIN'," "HYSTERIA," "PHOTOGRAPH" and an incredible rendition of "BRINGING ON THE HEARTBREAK." With their creative juices at full flow, the band has also added three new studio tracks: "UNDEFEATED," "IT'S ALL ABOUT BELIEVIN'" and "KINGS OF THE WORLD," that are undeniably Def Leppard and take their place with ease within this classic setlist.
Joe Elliott says, "I'm really happy that we've been able to include three brand new songs on the album, all VERY different from each other & a teaser of what our next studio album will be like. We could have waited until next year, but to be quite honest, we're so excited with the new songs we want people to hear them now!" Rick Savage adds, "The 3 new songs on this release are what Def Leppard is and has always has been about. These songs are not just thrown in to have something not heard before. Personally, I think it's THE best work we have put together in years. From the "Sugar" quality of "Undefeated" to the Hysteria/Animal melodic rock of "It's all about Believing," to the ambitious and over the top epic, "Kings of the world. "The message is in the titles. If ever you needed reminding, the heartbeat of Leppard is as strong as ever."
Also included will be a 50 mins. bonus DVD that contains energetic live performances and intimate backstage footage of the band captured on the road.


> www.defleppard.com

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