Graveshadow Kicking Off Tour Dates With Arkona And Sirenia

Having just completed a U.S. tour opening for Anvil and Nightdemon, now symphonic metal band Graveshadow will begin a west coast tour today in Seattle opening for Russia’s Arkona and Norway’s Sirenia.

“It’s great to be back on the road, especially with bands that have had a profound impact on the genre and us as musicians,” states guitarist Will Walker. “We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, it promises to be one helluva week!”

In between tours, Graveshadow has continued working on new material for the follow-up to 2015’s :Nocturnal Resurrection,” which will be the band’s M-Theory Audio debut.

“The new album is shaping up very nicely and all that’s really left is to fine-tune arrangements and continue rehearsing,” continues Will. “We will record in July with Night Demon’s Armand [John Anthony – guitarist] and we’re very excited about the project. It’s interesting to see how the new material has developed and we can’t wait to share with everyone. Keep an eye out!”

5/23 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
5/24 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
5/25 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
5/26 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
5/27 Pranksters – Scottsdale, AZ

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Kimberly Freeman Announces New Album “Secret Lullaby”

Kimberly Freeman of One-Eyed Doll has announced her third solo album, “Secret Lullaby,” is set for release on July 1st, 2017. With this album, Freeman is exploring new sonic territories including progressive rock leaning tracks (“Rust,” “Cream and Sugar”), heavy piano ballads (“The Thief,” “Journey Of Art”), and even R&B-inspired beats (“Amnesia”, “The Missing Link”).

Teaming up again with longtime producer and bandmate Jason Rufuss Sewell, the pair have created a magical and colorful collection of songs unlike anything they’ve released thus far.

Jason Rufuss Sewell says, “We spend a lot of time in the studio. In fact, it’s our favorite place to be and sometimes we get very creative and make songs that just don’t fit in the One-Eyed Doll rock drums and guitar vein. Over the last few years we’ve been crafting this Secret Lullaby concept and we’re both really excited to let our fans hear what we get up to when we don’t set any limitations or preconceived notions of what style of music we’re ‘supposed’ to make, and just let our creativity flow. One-Eyed Doll is still going strong, and we have some big announcements coming. For now, we hope our fans will appreciate this very special album.”

To coincide with the announcement, Freeman has released a music video for the single “Rust.” She explains of the track, “‘Rust’ is the tale of a ship who falls in love with her captain and hopes to keep him with her at sea forever. In his loneliness, the captain loses his mind and follows the sound of a siren, plunging the two to their tragic fate.”

Freeman ties her natural knack for storytelling into the album explaining, “I’m often inspired by other people’s stories, and ‘Secret Lullaby’ goes there a lot. Most of the songs aren’t about me, and some of them aren’t even told from the perspective of a human. Each song has its own special background, but here are a few examples:

“‘The Missing Link’ is the true story of Oliver, the so-called, ‘Humanzee’ who was kidnapped from the jungle, exploited by his handlers and touted as the missing link between humans and chimps. He was eventually abandoned to an infamous animal testing lab for years, where he went blind. Eventually, he was rescued and taken in by a sanctuary called Primarily Primates in Texas, where he met his best friend and fellow ex-lab chimp Raisin. In this song, Oliver tells Raisin the story of his career as the Humanzee, his time spent in the lab and finally, his meeting of her. I was inspired to write this song after meeting Oliver and Raisin at the habitat. Oliver was a very sweet chimp, and so was Raisin. They were really cute together, like a little old couple.

“‘Hoof Horn Tooth Claw’ is told from the perspective of a young pregnant pygmy goat who doesn’t understand the changes that are occurring in her body. Jason, my producer and bandmate, had a goat farm when I met him, so this song reflects a little bit of that time and place in our history.

“‘Lions and Lilies’ is a memorial to Jason’s late grandmother who had a beautiful garden of lilies and lion sculptures. She was a brilliant woman, multilingual, owned a translation company and had her own cooking show on Telemundo. The only lyrics are, ‘leones y lirios,’ in tribute to her love of the Spanish Language.

“‘Journey of Art’ is told by an old dog who was both blind and deaf. His owner, Art, was a kind man who loved him very much, but who’s untreated Schizophrenia made him unintentionally neglectful of both his and the dog’s health. However through the years, they were inseparable best friends. Very shortly after the dog died, so did Art.”

01. Rust
02. The Thief
03. Amnesia
04. To Love A Soldier
05. Cream And Sugar
06. White Dress Princess
07. Lions And Lilies
08. Child Of Yesterday
09. Journey Of Art
10. Hoof Horn Tooth Claw
11. Enchantment
12. Chocolate For Blood
13. The Missing Link
14. Secret Lullaby

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DragonForce launches new video for “Ashes of the Dawn”

– May 15th, 2017 –

On May 19th, international metal superstars DragonForce will release their new studio album, Reaching Into Infinity, via Metal Blade Records in the USA. Today, the band has launched a video for the new single, “Ashes of the Dawn”, directed by Ivan Colic, plus produced by Stanimir Lukic – Staca and iCODE Team in Serbia in May 2017. To watch “Ashes of the Dawn”, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=DVcJlIdoaMI

To hear the previous single, “Curse of Darkness”, head over to: metalblade.com/dragonforce – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–special CD/DVD edition
–2LP (limited to 1000 copies; sides A and B: translucent purple vinyl, sides C and D: fluorescent green vinyl)
*exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Reaching Into Infinity special CD/DVD edition track-listing:
Disc 1 – CD
1. Reaching into Infinity
2. Ashes of the Dawn
3. Judgement Day
4. Astral Empire
5. Curse of Darkness
6. Silence
7. Midnight Madness
8. WAR!
9. Land of Shattered Dreams
10. The Edge of the World
11. Our Final Stand
Bonus Tracks
12. Hatred and Revenge
13. Evil Dead

Disc 2 – Bonus DVD: “DragonForce Live at Woodstock Festival Poland 2016″
1. Holding On
2. Heroes of Our Time
3. Operation Ground and Pound
4. Holding On (Multi-angles)
5. Heroes of Our Time (Multi-Angles)
6. Operation Ground and Pound (Multi-Angles)

For their seventh studio album, DragonForce has opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody. “I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” Frederic Leclercq (bass) comments. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!” The first album to feature Gee Anzalone (drums), the Italian drummer has laid down an impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DragonForce sound, which of course still boasts the band’s trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite “best of”-album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band’s own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (CA, USA).

DragonForce will give USA fans their first taste of new songs starting July 7th, when the band hits the road for a North American tour this summer with Once Human as support! See below for all dates.

DragonForce tour dates
w/ Once Human

July 7 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
July 9 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
July 11 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
July 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
July 14 – St Louis, MO – Fubar
July 15 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air
July 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
July 18 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
July 20 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
July 21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 22 – Bangor, ME – Rise Above Festival
July 23 – Montreal, QC – Corona
July 24 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
July 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (“Heaven”)
July 27 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
July 28 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
July 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Sept. 9 – Mashantucket, CT – Revolution Rock Festival

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Evil Invaders Arrested, Deported After Passing Through U.S. Customs

The list of musicians denied entry to the U.S. or booted out after arriving continues to grow… Following Loudness, and Infernal Tenebra, and Wormrot, and a host of SXSW bands, now Evil Invaders has run afoul of U.S. customs.

This time around, half the band made it through customs and was on the way to a festival, while the other half was arrested. Eventually the whole band got to spend a day in jail before being sent back to Europe. Evil Invaders comments:

As some of you might know we were scheduled for our very first USA festival ever in Milwaukee on April 22nd. The deal was simple: the festival purchases our flights and covers all our costs to make the show happen, but no money for our own pockets. We were definitely up for that and we were stoked to head for the US of A to tear down the house for our 1st ever US live performance. Did we manage to enter the country? Yes, Sir! Did we kick ass and leave the country to ashes after our devastating show? Well, not exactly… Here’s how it goes 🙂

On April 20th we took our flight from Brussels to Chicago. The flight was OK as we already flew multiple times to Japan or South America. We were all good! When we arrived at Chicago airport everything went smooth and we were ready to kick ass. We took our bags, stood in line at customs and went out of the airport as always. Standard procedure, no big deal. Except for… Joeri and Max.

While chatting with the festival driver who would pick us up, we got a text message from Joeri saying that cops were looking for us and that we needed to get back to customs ASAP. Also Joeri passed customs, but he was waiting for Max to get through as well. But that never happened… Obviously all of us got back and when we arrived back at customs cops immediately took our fingerprints while explaining that we would be sent back to Europe as we didn’t have a valid work permit and thus could not enter the USA. Yes, exactly. Two of us had already passed through customs and were having a cool chat with our driver outside of the airport. I guess they changed their minds for some reason and decided that we could not stay in the US after all. But in the end it’s their country and they can do whatever they want, so that’s cool…

At customs everyone was really nice and they told us that it was not our fault that we couldn’t stay in the country. We’re being kicked out of the country… but it was not our fault. What a relief! Eventually cops googled Max and found out through Metal Archives that Max was playing in Evil Invaders and that the band was playing at a US festival where people were paying entrance tickets. So even though we weren’t being paid to perform (which made it kinda silly to apply and spend quite some money on work permits), the fact that festival tickets were being sold was enough to hold us from staying in the US and performing.

Anyway… All our personal belongings were taken from us before being escorted -again, cops were actually very friendly! – to prison. God forbid we would hang ourselves with our own belts or strangle each other with our shoelaces! Ironically, while waiting at the entrance hall there was a television on with US president señor Trump giving some speech. Maybe he was telling that he had caught some evil invaders at the airport, we couldn’t exactly hear what he was saying… After that, cops brought us to our cell where we got nice American water and free food: all you can eat. Joe kinda liked it, so good for him.

Our cell was quite nice as it had a toilet in there and some blood and other human leftovers against the walls. We weren’t too excited about the cameras, though. Especially the one pointed to the toilet. Don’t know if this is common there, but we Europeans tend to keep that area a bit private. Another cool thing was that every once a while cops added another dude to our cell, so eventually we were 7 dudes chillin’ in one prison cell. Eventually we stayed there for 22hrs, lights on constantly probably to keep an eye on us when going to the toilet. They gave us some sort of towels to sleep on, so we didn’t really get why they kept the lights on 24/7. Another cool feature of the cell was that, through our door window, we could see a screen in the control room with the video footage from our cell and keep an eye on that dirty captured scum they had captured.

But unfortunately there comes an end to every beautiful story, so after our 22 hr marathon of 100% pure metal mayhem BOREDOM, cops escorted us back to the airport where people started taking pictures of us like mad as we could just see their excitement! It was there at the airport on that very moment at customs when we realized: we fucking nailed it! We are Metallica! The cops played the game along and told the people that we were VIPs. True story!
Eventually we got back on the plane back to Europe. Surprisingly we had the same stewardesses as on the previous day. They recognized us and were again surprised that we were flying back so soon. We told them what happened and they wished us luck on our future travels to the USA: “Well, better luck next time.”

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In The Presence Of Wolves Announces New EP “Of Two Minds”

Philadelphia-native group In The Presence Of Wolves rattled the east coast metal scene with 2015 full-length release, “Thalassas,” deftly mixing a bevy of classic progressive rock, modern prog-metal, experimental, post-hardcore and jazz influences.

In The Presence Of Wolves further improves upon that addictive sonic blend with upcoming EP, “Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage,” a conceptual offering due out June 30th, 2017.

“Of Two Minds…” is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp and you can take a listen to first single, “The One Who Fell To Earth,” in the palyer below.

The release shares ITPOW’s personal confrontations with mental illness, emotional struggles, and the five stages of grief. The EP tells the story of twin brothers, one with paranoid schizophrenia and one without. The sane brother deals with the first two stages of grief as he investigates the reasons behind his twin taking his own life.

At the helm on “Of Two Minds…” was producer Kevin Antreassian of Backroom Studios, otherwise recognized as guitarist for kings of metallic chaos, Dillinger Escape Plan. The EP was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

“This EP feels like a natural evolution of the band,” says guitarist Chris Capitanio.”Our live show has grown more aggressive and our music has too. We still try to incorporate the dynamics and odd time signatures that we love and are known for, but it’s a little heavier this time around.”

“Working directly with Dillinger Escape Plan’s Kevin Antreassian on the record definitely inspired a heavier edge to the songs. This new album is more focused and definitely has a lot more to say,” adds vocalist and bassist Vini Stamato.”We added a lot more to our existing traditional progressive influences and it provided us with an incredibly freeing writing experience.”

1. As We Speak Pt. 1
2. The One Who Fell to Earth
3. White Noise
4. The Ape and the Cage
5. M.U.A. (Manipulation Under Anesthesia)

Capitanio adds, “This EP is the first in a series of conceptual releases. When we started writing, we were all going through a lot of negative things in our personal lives-several close family deaths, cancer scares, breakups-it seemed like it was all happening at once. We came up with the idea of basing the record on the five stages of grief and everything just fell into place.”

“In addition to our own experiences, the lyrical content is somewhat inspired by a documentary I once watched about David Bowie and his family’s history of paranoid schizophrenia,” continues Stamato. “I was actually already writing this EP before his passing, and during that process, I remembered that documentary and re-watched it for inspiration. I wouldn’t go as far as saying this EP is based on Bowie or the documentary, nor are we interested in capitalizing on the Bowie legacy, but the film definitely taught me a lot about the subject matter, regardless.”

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8kids Announces New Album “Denen Die Wir Waren”

8kids will release “Denen Die Wir Waren” via Napalm Records this coming May 26th, 2017. The label comments:

“Torrid guitar-led melodies cascade while Jonas Jakob vocally reflects the agony, frustration and enlightenment of the emotional extremes buried within 8kids music. The raw sound of his voice acts like an ice-breaker cutting through frozen seas.

“Despite their young age, 8kids are deft storytellers, portraying heart-wrenching moments that everyone can relate to in one way or another. Their pathos-filled debut album ‘Denen Die Wir Waren ‘(‘The Ones We Used To Be’) provides a feast of ear-catching hooks mixed with a heavy dose of rough, post hardcore-esque drive.

“If you feel nothing while listening to ‘Zeit‘, you stopped feeling a long time ago. Compared to the likes of Heisskalt and Fjørt, the German-based trio are part of a new movement, a musical Zeitgeist; There’s no better time than now, and soulmates Emma, Hans and Jonas are ready to share their story.”

1. Intro
2. Bordsteinrand
3. Über den Berg
4. Ich kann die Welt spüren
5. In den Sternen
6. Zeit
7. Zerbrechen
8. Blitzschlag
9. Geist
10. Kamintrophäe
11. Kann mich jemand hören
12. vis-à-vis
13. Winter in dir

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Zebulon Kosted Teases New Album “You Have No Race You Have No Culture”

Following a self-titled cassette release last year via Al Hadid Records, Zebulon Kosted is about to return with a new album titled “You Have No Race You Have No Culture.” Today a 5+ minute sample has come online from the release, which will be made available through Tetraktys Media and Hammerkrieg Productions on June 6th, 2017.

Listen in below, or you can download the track excerpt for free at Bandcamp here. Zebulon Kosted comments on the upcoming album:

“Spend money, have children and uphold the status quo or you will be ostracized. Why would you need to question the value of globalization, urbanization and industrialization when it has brought progress and freedom to the peoples of the world? You have no race.

“Humans all come from the same source and have all procreated with different peoples from different places for thousands of years. You have no culture. Culture has been supplanted in the regional sense by cell phone, fast food, sweat shop clothes and tabloid media distractions. We are one. We must destroy the wealthy few who continue to enslave us.”

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New Live Release “Live Beyond The Spheres” Announced By Blind Guardian

There’s some big news today for Blind Guardian: the progressive power metal pioneers are proud to announce the release of a new 3CD package/4LP package entitled “Live Beyond The Spheres”! The release will include material recorded from various shows during the European tour in 2015 – and it will contain old classics, new tracks as well as songs that are played very rarely live. “Live Beyond The Spheres’ is scheduled to be released on July 7th via Nuclear Blast as a 3CD and 4LP Box.

Vocalist Hansi Kürsch spoke about the difficulties in creating such an ambitious album: “In general, I would say that we’ve had a really good run throughout this tour and that nearly every show was perfect. But at the end of the day, after every one of us had checked through every single song and concert of those 30 shows again and again, there was only something like two or three versions of each song that were suitable to be used for an album. We then had to decide between those final versions; which one the most impressive one was. This was a nearly endless task!”

But as we all know, Blind Guardian stands for perfectionism in every way: “The final songs chosen contain such an energy, that tiny mistakes appeared to be completely unimportant. As soon as you listen to the songs, you will know what I mean, they feel completely alive”.

But in the end, the effort was all worth it. Hansi sums up: “There is always something happening at each show, let’s call it ‘MAGIC’, that gives us all a shiver up our spine. We are really satisfied when people sing with us, have a good time and go back home happy.”

The CD track listings will read as follows:

CD 1:

1. The Ninth Wave
2. Banish From Sanctuary
3. Nightfall
4. Prophecies
5. Tanelorn
6. The Last Candle
7. And Then There Was Silence

CD 2:

1. The Lord Of The Rings
2. Fly
3. Bright Eyes
4. Lost In The Twilight Hall
5. Imaginations From The Other Side
6. Into The Storm
7. Twilight Of The Gods
8. A Past And Future Secret
9. And The Story Ends

CD 3:

1. Sacred Worlds
2. The Bard’s Song (In The Forest)
3. Valhalla
4. Wheel Of Time
5. Majesty
6. Mirror Mirror

Check out Blind Guardian live on these confirmed dates:

16.06 D St. Goarshausen – RockFels
28.06 IL Tel Aviv – Reading 3
30.06 GR Chania – Chania Rock Festival
02.07 I Milano – Battlefield Metal Fest
08.07 D Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air
02.08 H Székesfehérvár – Fezen Fesztivál
03.08 SK Bratislava – Majestic Club
05.08. S Rejmyre – Skogsröjet Festival
10.08 E Villena – Leyendas Del Rock
11.08 UK Derby – Bloodstock Open Air
12.08 A Graz – Metal On The Hill
25.08 PL Straszecin – Czad Festival
26.08 D Dresden – Alter Schlachthof

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Varmia Releasing “Z Mar Twych” On Cassette

On May 19th, Folkvangr Records will release the cassette version of “Z Mar Twych” by Polish black metal band Varmia. The cassette is limited to 100 copies on translucent red cassette with white ink and hand-numbered, double sided 7-panel sleeve in a crystal clear case.

You can pre-order the cassette over here and the band commented about the release: “We are very enthusiastic about the cassette release of our debut ‘Z Mar Twych.’ The sound of that piece from the very beginning was about the dirt and organic tones. I planned to make it as old school as was possible at the time. Our cups go high to Mark as he is the one that put it all together and delivered this exclusive form of our dear first piece. Slava!”

Z Mar Twych by Varmia

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New Album “Gothica” Announced By Ten

British melodic hard rock band Ten has announced the upcoming new album “Gothica,” which will drop on July 7, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.

The highly anticipated new album promises to be one of the strongest collection of songs to date. It is full of all the trademark textures and flavors we have come to expect from Ten, arguably one of the best and most consistent melodic hard rock bands in the genre. “Gothica” renews Ten’s longstanding association with the Frontiers label and proudly displays all the hallmarks of classic Ten albums and will surely continue to build upon the rich legacy that the great British rockers have forged over a career spanning 22 years and counting.

“Gothica” emerges as the darkest album to date. Embracing history, romance and erotic horror in equal measure as it does, the title proves to be a fitting name. As listeners, we are transported from the darker side of human nature to the nocturnal supernatural, a dramatic realm of nightmares and the forbidden. “Gothica” is cinematic in every sense of the word. A web of musically elaborate spells, evoking embers that spark the imagination courtesy of the classic song writing of vocalist Gary Hughes.

Of the album, Gary says, “I am extremely pleased with the collection of songs on ‘Gothica’ as they feel like they belong together. The band are firing on all cylinders once again and it is a gift to the army of fans everywhere who have relentlessly supported us over the years. It is ironically fitting that our 13th studio album should be a little more sinister, at the same time retaining all the commercial traits usually associated with a Ten album.”

Following their success on the recent albums “Albion” and “Isla De Muerta,” Hughes is joined once again by guitarists Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott and John Halliwell along with bass player Steve McKenna, keyboard maestro Darrel Treece-Birch, and drummer Max Yates. On the third outing as a collective unit, the musicians in Ten has raised the bar even higher than the band had previously. The album is full of stunning guitar work over a rich keyboard, bass, and drum tapestry with Hughes’ vocals once again bringing the nuances of the intricate lyrics to life.

“Gothica” was produced by Gary Hughes and mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward. Ten’s longstanding professional association with Dennis has been ongoing since he mixed their 2011 album “Stormwarning.”

Additionally, the album features stunning original artwork by Stan W. Decker (shown below), depicting a beautiful enchantress reading incantations from a book whilst summoning shadowy characters from its pages. Stan has cleverly illustrated the piece in order to portray the characters emerging from the books pages as the actual characters from the songs on the album. The atmospheric sleeve photography is once again provided by the remarkably talented Adrian Ashworth.

Frontiers is proud to be working with the legendary Ten again and looks forward to sharing this stunning new album with the band’s fans around the globe!

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Grail
2. Jekyll And Hyde
3. Travellers
4. Man For All Seasons
5. In My Dreams
6. The Wild King Of Winter
7. Paragon
8. Welcome To The Freak Show
9. La Luna Dra-cu-la
10. Into Darkness

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