“Welcome To Wacken” Virtual Reality Documentary Announced

“Welcome To Wacken” is an interactive virtual reality documentary that takes you deep inside Germany’s Wacken Open Air – the biggest heavy metal festival on Earth.

Produced by Canada’s Banger Films (“Metal Evolution,” “Iron Maiden: Flight 666”) and Secret Location, this is the first fully 360° virtual reality music festival documentary: a story in five parts as told by different fans from around the world and climaxing with a live performance from Arch Enemy that puts viewers on stage with the band.

The world premiere will debut at Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival as part of the DocX programme (April 28 to May 1) in Toronto. It will be available on most major VR platforms following the festival.

“Ever since our first film ‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey,’ we’ve wanted to create something unique about Wacken,” said Sam Dunn, director and co-founder of Banger Films. “Metalheads around the world know that going to Wacken is a truly transformative experience. And we felt that the best way to capture this feeling was by filming in Virtual Reality. It’s the next best thing to actually having your feet in the mud at Wacken!”

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Harlott launches 3rd single, “Whore”, online

– March 28th, 2017 –

On April 7th, Australian thrashers Harlott will release their new album, Extinction, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! Harlott returns with a harrowing offering of thrash metal, and a bleak interpretation of mankind’s future. A blistering assault of speed and aggression awaits those who endure Extinction, as well as a reverent journey into the power and force that is metal. For a preview of the album, the new track, “Whore”, can be heard at: youtube.com/watch?v=X38ghmKOtXE

To hear the previous singles, “First World Solutions” and “The Penitent”, please visit: metalblade.com/harlott – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl
–clear blue green vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–toxic green vinyl (limited to 100 copies – EU exclusive)
–burnt orange-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)
*digital options are also available!

Featuring artwork by Andrei Bouzikov, Extinction is Harlott‘s third album and the successor to 2015′s critically acclaimed Proliferation. Recorded at Monolith Studios (Orpheus Omega, In Malice’s Wake, Bane of Winterstorm) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Opeth, Soilwork), the album seeks to rain pure savagery upon any listener with furious riffs, spitting verses and face melting shred that are blended effortlessly with triumphant melodies and thundering groove to make a diverse and adaptable record which pays tribute to the kings of thrash metal, while making waves in the new dawn of evil. Taking what they had already mastered and pushing the limits of dissonance, evil, and atmosphere, they bring together an offering that will satisfy the bloodlust of their manic legion, and draw in the revelers of a dying breed. Containing 12 songs of pure bedlam, Extinction pauses only for the deafening silence between each blistering track.

Extinction track-listing:
1. Extinction
2. First World Solutions
3. The Penitent
4. Whore
5. No Past
6. Conflict Revelation
7. Better Off Dead
8. Violent Conspirator
9. And Darkness Brings The Light
10. Final Weapon
11. Parasite
12. Epitaph

Harlott line-up:
Andrew Hudson – Guitar/Vocals
Jake Weber – Lead Guitar
Tomas Richards – Bass
Tim Joyce – Drums

Harlott online:
https://www.facebook.com/HarlottOfficial

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Eneferens Signs Record Deal With Bindrune Recordings

Montana-based project Eneferns has inked a deal with Bindrune Recordings and Nordvis Produktion. The label comments:

“The realm of doom metal has it’s own life and special place in the pantheon of musicians who feel at home embracing the dark/downtrodden themes and sounds unleashed by this colorful musical medium.

“Eneferens planted its flag there with 2 impressive releases last year that caught our ear thanks to sole innovator, Jori Apedaile’s, brilliant take on the genre. ‘In The Hours Beneath’ and ‘The Inward Cold’ were both released independently and feature a form of doom that is empowered by deep death and black metal stylistic traits that weave in superior harmonies and unshakable moments of melancholy which bring to mind the olden years of Katatonia and other doom influenced innovators found lurking in the early 90’s.

“With varying vocal styles and a touch of folk instrumentation, Eneferens has unveiled a well of inspiration and indication of the quality yet to come. Bindrune and Nordvis shall be giving Eneferens most recent opus, ‘The Inner Cold,’ a worldwide release on CD/LP/digital in the coming months as Jori continues to prepare his follow-up release slated for late fall/early winter.

“Eneferens is a powerful force upcoming in the underground and we are honored to help bring this music to the woodland masses! Stay tuned for more news as it becomes available!”

In The Hours Beneath by Eneferens

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Rammstein Announces U.S. Show With Korn, Stone Sour

Rammstein returns: the iconic German metallic industrialists, known for pyro-maniacal live performances, will be throwing down with Korn and Stone Sour on July 1st for a very special and exclusive one-night-only event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets for this Independence Day weekend extravaganza, produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and Live Nation Las Vegas, will go on sale beginning Friday, March 31st at 12:00 PM PT. Tickets start at $49.50 and special VIP upgrades will also be available for an additional $99.00. VIP upgrades include a custom event poster, dedicated entrance to the venue, access to a VIP-only lounge at Hyde, a commemorative laminate and a commemorative patch.

“Vegas is known to push the limits, and this will be a night of over-the-top experiences. This show is going to be a wild night and a great way to add some fireworks to your 4th of July weekend,” said Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.

The triple-threat potency of this bill brings three-and-a-half hours of all the fire-breathing rock ‘n’ roll glory Sin City can handle to T-Mobile Arena. This is the chance to catch Rammstein in top roaring form, playing one of only a few scheduled U.S. shows in 2017 – and their only show with Korn and Stone Sour.

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Night Ranger Releases “Day And Night” Video

Frontiers Music Srl just released “Don’t Let Up,” the new studio album from Night Ranger. The album is available in both a standard edition and a deluxe edition (featuring a bonus DVD).

In conjunction with the album’s release, Night Ranger also premieres a new video for the song “Day and Night” – check it out below. Bassist / vocalist Jack Blades comments:

“The ‘Don’t Let Up’ album is the result of five musicians living and breathing rock ‘n roll 24 hours a day. 35 years on and Night Ranger is once again ready to let the fans know it’s only rock and roll, but I like it.”

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Mouth Of The Architect Re-Releasing “Time & Withering” On Vinyl

Translation Loss Records is proud to present for the first time on vinyl, Mouth Of The Architect’s ground breaking debut record, “Time & Withering.” Thirteen years since its original release, the album was carefully remastered from the original tapes by long time collaborator Chris Common (Chelsea Wolfe, Palms, The Mars Volta) and housed in a new layout.

“‘Time & Withering’ is even more stunning than when we released it over a decade ago!” says Translation Loss Records co-owner, Drew Juergens.

With a revamped layout by Jacob Speis, this edition is available in two vinyl configurations (Oxblood and Metallic Silver/Oxblood merge with heavy black splatter) and will drop May 12th, 2017.

1. A Vivid Chaos
2. Soil To Stone
3. Heart Eaters
4. The Worm

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Eyes Set To Kill Releases “Break” Single

Eyes Set To Kill just released the first offering from an upcoming new record. The band’s new single “Break” is available now to stream/purchase on Spotify and iTunes and can be heard below.

In addition to the single, “Eyes Set To Kill” will also embark on the “Break Into Action” tour this spring, with support coming from Bad Seed Rising & The Nearly Deads.

Eyes Set To Kill is thrilled to share that Tiaday Ball (of The World Over) has joined the band as new bassist. Additionally, the band has welcomed long standing touring guitarist, A.J Bartholomew, as an official member.

Vocalist Alexia Rodriguez states, “We are excited to be playing some brand new jams on this tour in support of our album coming out later this year and are lucky to be heading out on tour with a lineup full of bands fronted by badass, talented women from the underground rock scene.”

w/ Hail Sagan
Friday, April 14th – Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-Op
Saturday, April 15th – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
Sunday, April 16th – Houston, TX @ Walter’s

“Break Into Action” Tour w/Bad Seed Rising & The Nearly Deads
Tuesday, April 18th – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Wednesday, April 19th – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Thursday, April 20th – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Studio)
Friday, April 21st – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room (Studio)
Sunday, April 23rd – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s
Tuesday, April 25th – Berwyn, IL @ The Wire
Wednesday, April 26th – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
Thursday, April 27th – Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
Friday, April 28th – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
Saturday, April 29th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pope’s Pub
Sunday, April 30th – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Tuesday, May 2nd – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
Wednesday, May 3rd – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock
Thursday, May 4th – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
Saturday, May 6th – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
Sunday, May 7th – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar Cafe
Monday, May 8th – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Tuesday, May 9th – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Thursday, May 11th Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
Saturday, May 13th – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
Sunday, May 14th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
Tuesday, May 16th – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
Thursday, May 18th – Lowell, MA @ Mill City Ballroom
Friday, May 19th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Saturday, May 20th – Williamsport, PA @ Ground Floor 2.0*
Sunday, May 21st – Trenton, NJ @ The Backstage*
Thursday, May 25th – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown*

*No Bad Seed Rising

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5Rand Joining Vader, Immolation For European Tour

Rock On Agency today announces that Italian band 5Rand will join Vader, Immolation, and Monument Of Misanthropy on tour next month. Dates are available below.

5Rand released debut album “Sacred/Scared” on the 24th of February 2017, recorded at Kick Recording Studios (Rome, Italy), engineered and mixed by Marco Mastrobuono, and mastered at Finnvox Studios (Helsinki, Finland) by Mika Jussila.

Catch the band live:

Apr 01 Slowianin Szczecin, Poland
Apr 02 Hellraiser Leipzig, Germany
Apr 04 De Kreun Kortrijk, Belgium
Apr 05 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Netherlands
Apr 06 P60 Amstelveen, Netherlands
Apr 07 Hypothalamus Rheine, Germany
Apr 08 Royal Metal Festival Aarhus, Denmark
Apr 09 Roxy Concerts Flensburg, Germany

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Cadaveria Streaming “Dominion Of Pain” Single

The horror metallers from Cadaveria just released second single “Dominion of Pain” from the “Mondoscuro” EP, which is available now on iTunes. “Dominion of Pain” features Flegias (vocals duet with Cadaveria) and Pier Gonella (final part of the guitar solo) from Necrodeath – check it out below.

The vinyl limited edition of the “Mondoscuro” EP was released last month via Sleaszy Rider records, anticipated by the Type O Negative cover single “Christian Woman.” Third and last single “Mater Tenebrarum,” due to be released in late April, will complete the trilogy that sees Cadaveria herself embodying the song titles for the cover artworks.

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Blood Divisions releases new EP, ‘Cardinal One’, today

– March 24th, 2017 –

Chris Jericho (Fozzy, WWE) signed copies of ‘Cardinal One’ now available for purchase at metalblade.com/blooddivisions

Today (March 24th), Blood Divisions – a collaborative project of heavy metal musicians with proceeds going to Rock and Rescue – has released their new EP, Cardinal One, via Metal Blade Records. Featuring cover songs of classic tracks as well as original material, Cardinal One CDs (signed by Fozzy/WWE‘s Chris Jericho!) can be purchased at: metalblade.com/blooddivisions – where the album track and cover version of UFO‘s “Hot ‘n’ Ready” can be streamed.

Founded by core members Chris Jericho (Fozzy, WWE), David Austin (Nasty Savage), and Ed Aborn (Intersonic Cyber Symphony), Blood Divisions features a roster of supporting musicians who are current or former members of bands such as Obituary, Death, Nasty Savage, Six Feet Under, Iced Earth, Sebastian Bach, Deicide, Massacre, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more. The result is a mixture of classics injected with new energy and original music in the mold of Florida’s heavy metal roots.

Blood Divisions is the perfect heavy metal snack mix,” says singer and Executive Producer Chris Jericho (Fozzy, WWE). “It’s a complete blend of balls out thrash, virtuoso technique and 70′s hard rock melodies. It’s an honor to be a part of this project, as I’d be a fan even if I wasn’t in the band! Plus I love machine elves.”

“The project began purely as a creative outlet to have some fun and pay homage to some of the bands that influenced or inspired us,” adds Ed Aborn (Intersonic Cyber Symphony). “Once we began, though, friends from the Florida metal community started to reach out and ask if they could join in. Eventually we decided to make it semi-official and do it all for charity.”

David Austin (Nasty Savage) comments: “Absolute pleasure working with all my friends on here. For them to take their time out of their busy schedule and to do something for free for charity means everything to me. Hopefully I get to do it all over again!!!!”

For more information about Rock and Rescue and how you can donate, please visit: rockandrescue.org

Cardinal One track-listing
1. The Morgue (Nasty Savage cover)
2. Hot ‘n’ Ready (UFO cover)
3. March of the Machine Elves
4. Top of the Bill (Scorpions cover)
5. Return to the Garden of Temptation
6. No Sympathy (Nasty Savage cover)

Blood Divisions online:
https://www.facebook.com/Blooddivisions

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