Saxon Announces 40th Anniversary Shows With Girlschool And Other Special Guests

1979 was a monumentous year for British Hard Rock with the birth of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and the subsequent rise of future giants of the genre. After 40 years and 22 studio album releases SAXON remain as one of those giants of British Heavy Metal and to prove the fact the band are back in 2019 to play 3 iconic shows in iconic venues.

For the first time since the 1980’s Saxon return to headlining London’s legendary Hammersmith “Odeon” and Manchester Apollo, together with their largest Scottish show to date at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in October 2019, with a mega show featuring staples of Saxon shows past, the castle set in its enormity together with the classic Eagle Lighting rig!

In addition to the announcement of these shows, the band will release another chapter in the classic “The Eagle Has Landed Live” series of albums with The Eagle Has Landed 4 out on general release on August 2nd 2019 via Silver Lining Music. Renamed “The Eagle Has Landed 40” to commemorate the anniversary, the album will be a double CD set (available on other formats including a special box set) containing 40 songs spanning the bands career.

The Tour Dates are as follows:

Friday October 18th – Glasgow, Braehead Arena
Saturday October 19th – London, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
Sunday October 20th – Manchester, o2 Apollo

To add to an already exciting spectacle, very special guest acts have been included on all shows to make these events no hard rock fan can bear to miss.

For London and Manchester, a four band bill will include Swiss legends KROKUS who will play their first and only shows in the UK for many years together with friends and NWOBHM icons GIRLSCHOOL & DIAMOND HEAD. Krokus have decided to retire after this year, so these will also be the band’s last ever shows in the UK.

Glasgow will feature special guests BLACK STAR RIDERS, fresh after the release of pending album No 4, together with Girlschool opening the show.

Biff Byford: “We are very happy to be celebrating 40 years of Saxon by playing these great venues – to be back at Hammersmith and Manchester Apollo is fantastic and to see all our Scottish friends at Braehead Arena just tops it off! The show will be the biggest and best since the classic era of the band and the set list will be …. Well let’s say we’ll start with ‘Wheels Of Steel’ – straight into ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ into ‘Denim & Leather’ … that good enough for you?”

Krokus’ Chris Von Rohr adds “We all have very good memories about the British fans – and Saxon – long stick will go boom! Together we gonna set the damn roof on fire!”

Ricky Warwick from Black Star Riders comments: “We are absolutely delighted to be special guests to our good friends Saxon at their Braehead Arena show. Glasgow is very dear to us and I personally … have a huge history with the City! Can’t wait to see you all. This will be epic!”

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Hissing Announce West Coast Tour

Seattle death metal trio HISSING has announced a run of West Coast North American tour dates for early 2019 in support of their debut LP, Permanent Destitution, released in October through Profound Lore Records. The tour sees HISSING paired with Oakland’s brutalizing Abstracter, with dates running from February 22nd through March 2nd.

HISSING West Coast North American Tour w/ Abstracter:

2/22/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR
2/23/2019 Pat’s Pub – Vancouver, BC
2/24/2019 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA
2/25/2019 Plaid Pig – Tacoma, WA
2/26/2019 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
2/27/2019 Siren Song – Eureka, CA
2/28/2019 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
3/01/2019 Manny’s – Paso Robles, CA
3/02/2019 Elbo Room – Oakland, CA

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Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard post tour recap and launch video for “Guardians Of Sanity”

– December 12th, 2018 –

Epic Melodic Death Metallers Nothgard have just finished their live activities for 2018. Bandleader Dom R. Crey comments: “Wow, what a blast! Four weeks, countless shows all over Europe and an incredibly awesome time. At the end of October, we started with the guys of Parasite Inc. in the ‘Malady X‘ release-tour, and would like to thank all those who came to the shows. The energy that our fans put up here was fantastic. We had never expected that lyrics of the new songs would be shouted at us during those shows – incredible! Just as great was the subsequent European tour with our Finnish brothers in mind, Omnium Gatherum & Wolfheart. Again, a big thank you to all our fans in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Hungary and Co – you know who you are!”

Nothgard filmed an abundance of material during their latest tour; the band has now launched a video for the Malady X track, “Guardians Of Sanity”, which can be viewed at: youtu.be/oeOGTz3dmvc

Dom R. Crey comments: “We have managed to film a new video on tour, this time as a live performance for the song ‘Guardians of Sanity’ from our new album ‘Malady X‘. Camera and editing was handled by Wolfheart mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen, who is also producing the clips for his own band. If you couldn’t come to the shows you now have the chance to get a glimpse of our live performance to headbang through your house!”

Nothgard has entered the official German album charts with their latest album Malady X, at position 53! To preview and purchase Malady X, please visit: metalblade.com/nothgard

Nothgard are working now on festival appearances for 2019. Stay tuned.

Nothgard line-up:
Dom R. Crey – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Studio Keyboards
Skaahl – Guitars
Nico Kolja – Bass, Backing Vocals
Felix Indra – Drums

Nothgard online:
https://www.facebook.com/Nothgard/
https://twitter.com/nothgard
https://www.instagram.com/nothgard
https://nothgard.com

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Glacial Tomb Announce Winter Tour Dates

Death metal trio Glacial Tomb announce a winter tour beginning on January 4th in Bozeman, MT. The tour will lead them down the Pacific Northwest, into California, and back to their home state of Colorado on January 12th.

Glacial Tomb are touring in support of their self-titled debut which was released on October 26th (LP/CD/digital) via Gilead Media.

Tour dates:
01.04 – Bozeman, MT, The Filling Station
01.05 – Spokane, WA, TBA
01.06 – Seattle, WA, Highline
01.07 – Portland, OR, High Water Mark
01.08 – Eureka, CA, Siren’s Song Tavern
01.09 – Oakland, CA, Elbo Room Jack London
01.10 – Los Angeles, CA, 5 Star Bar
01.11 – Salt Lake City, UT, The Beehive
01.12 – Denver, CO – TBA

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Hamferð releases live video of “Evst”

– December 4th, 2018 –

Set to play live shows in Scandinavia this week

Faroese doomsters Hamferð have released a live video recording of “Evst”, the title track off the band’s 2013 debut LP. The song was performed at the release show for their latest album, Támsins likam, on March 17th, 2018 at the old Sjonleikarahusið theater in Torshavn, Faroe Islands. Watch the video now at: youtu.be/T-XPLG40vSA

Hamferð previously released the live recorded video of “Stygd” from the same concert, the second track off Támsins likam, released on Metal Blade earlier this year. See it here: youtu.be/pLtwVGB7f60

Singer Jon Aldara comments: “This concert was a meticulous production in regards to performance, sound and lighting, and we felt it was the perfect opportunity to record it properly. It’s a great feeling to have a live recording of Hamferð that does not come from an iPhone or from a festival production that we had little to no control over. We took everything in our own hands and went the whole nine yards with a brilliant crew and all the high-end equipment we could get our hands on. Luckily, I really think it shows!”

Hamferð will head out on a tour of Scandinavia this week, notably playing Sweden for the first time in their 10-year long career. See below for all dates!

Hamferð tour dates
w/ Svartmalm

Dec. 5 – Kobenhavn, Denmark – Beta 2300
Dec. 6 – Odense, Denmark – Posten
Dec. 7 – Goteborg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers w/ October Tide
Dec. 8 – Oslo, Norway – Revolver
Dec. 9 – Trondheim, Norway – Hjorten Scene

Támsins likam was released in January via Metal Blade Records! To preview and purchase the album, please visit: metalblade.com/hamferd

Hamferð line-up:
Jon Aldara – Vocals
John Egholm – Guitar
Theodor Kapnas – Guitar
Isak Petersen – Bass
Esmar Joensen – Keyboards
Remi Johannesen – Drums

Hamferð online:
http://hamferd.com
https://www.facebook.com/Hamferd
https://twitter.com/hamferd
https://www.instagram.com/hamferdofficial
https://www.youtube.com/user/hamferdofficial

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Armored Saint and Metal Monkey Brewing join forces for “Symbol Of Salvation” Belgian Blonde Ale

– November 26th, 2018 –

Available at Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles; Armored Saint announces signing at Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles

Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles (Dec. 1st and 2nd), presented by Metal Blade Records, continues its mission of pairing the most extreme minds in music and craft beer with “Symbol Of Salvation” Belgian Blonde Ale – a collaboration between Armored Saint (who will be performing at the SOLD-OUT official festival pre-party) and participating brewery Metal Monkey Brewing (Romeoville, IL). Brewed with Grains of Paradise and Pacifica hops, “Symbol Of Salvation” offers a slight twist on the traditional style; the Grains of Paradise add a slightly spicy, woody character, while the Pacifica hops bring to the party an aroma and flavor reminiscent of orange marmalade. The beer will first be tapped at the Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles – where Armored Saint will also be signing at 7PM on Dec. 1st. Enjoy “Symbol Of Salvation” with Armored Saint at the festival by purchasing your ticket now at: decibelmagazine.com

Brewmasters Dan Camp and Jason Janes started Metal Monkey Brewing out of a shared love for craft beer and heavy metal. Together they have over 20 years of brewing experience, with the last three spent building up the brewery portfolio, experimenting with styles and ingredients, and spreading word of their brews far and wide. Regarding the making of “Symbol Of Salvation”, Metal Monkey Brewing comments:

“Metal Monkey got to hang out with Fates Warning after their Joliet, IL and Milwaukee, WI dates during their 2017 Theories of Flight tour. It was basically two nights of bonding over the magic of music and beer. When Armored Saint came through Chicago earlier this year as part of their tour to celebrate ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ we had the chance to do it all over again.
Since then, we’ve kept in touch with Joey Vera with an eye toward working together in the future. After we were added to the brewery lineup for the Decibel Metal & Beer Festival, we immediately got in touch with Joey because it was the perfect opportunity to turn a hypothetical into a reality.
Working with Joey has been a blast. He’s he made music that’s been a fixture in our lives and he shares our love of beer and our passion for creativity. It’s been an honor to pair up and create a fun, flavorful beer that sidesteps conventional expectations.
We’re proud to debut ‘Symbol Of Salvation’, our Belgian Blonde Ale brewed in collaboration with and in celebration of Armored Saint and their iconic album, at the Decibel Metal & Beer Festival. Everything about this beer was born of a shared love for the art of brewing that, much like heavy metal in all its forms, affords endless possibilities.”

Armored Saint‘s Joey Vera adds: “We are super excited to announce that we have made a great craft beer in collaboration with Metal Monkey Brewery from Romeoville, Il! Aside from being Metal Heads, these guys are great brewers who are not afraid of going outside the box! Together, we’ve created a killer Belgian Blonde Ale that we stand tall behind! Welcome to ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ Belgian Blonde Ale! Come on out to the Decibel Beer Fest, meet the band, meet our brew, get a taste of ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ Belgian Blonde Ale!”

About Metal Monkey Brewing:
Metal Monkey Brewing takes pride in a comfortable taproom that provides customers with a laid-back environment conducive to socializing and sampling great beers. With 16 taps, there’s something for everyone, at any time, across a broad range of styles. Well-known beers like Asmodeus, a Russian Imperial Stout (in its standard and various barrel-aged forms), Up & Atom, an award-winning coffee brown ale, Tony’s Car, the brewery’s flagship Double IPA, and Monkey Fuel, an award-winning Belgian Tripel showcase Metal Monkey’s balance between reverence for the history and traditions of craft beer and the excitement of experimentation and innovation.

For more information, please visit: metalmonkeybrewing.com

About Armored Saint:
Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world.

After reforming with their original line-up in 1999 (John Bush – vocals, Joey Vera – bass, Phil Sandoval – guitar, Jeff Duncan – guitar, Gonzo Sandoval – drums), and releasing subsequent albums, La Raza (2010) and Win Hands Down (2015), to critical acclaim, Armored Saint has been delivering their heavy metal mastery around the globe, joining the likes of Saxon, Metal Church, Queensryche, and more on the road.

This past summer, Armored Saint also commemorated their classic Symbol Of Salvation album, by playing the record in its entirety for fans worldwide. After a run of sold-out shows, the band will head into the studio in 2019 to begin work on their upcoming full-length for Metal Blade Records.

For more information, please visit: metalblade.com/armoredsaint

About Decibel Magazine:
Founded in 2004, Decibel Magazine is heavy metal’s most trusted voice. For over 13 years, Decibel has never deviated from its original mission of examining the past, present and future of metal. Since the debut issue (The Dillinger Escape Plan, October 2004), Decibel has evolved into the authoritative publication on heavy music. Members of the Decibel community know that their level of passion is matched by the magazine’s staff and writers, and they trust that Decibel will always guide them toward the best music from both undiscovered acts and their favorite major artists. Decibel isn’t just America’s only monthly metal magazine – with an array of dynamic, exclusive content, seven national tours and multiple books in their arsenal, they’re the true voice of heavy metal.

For more information, please visit: decibelmagazine.com

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Abyssal Crypt Premiere Full-Album Stream Of Brand New Demo EP

Abyssal Crypt premiere the full-album stream of the band’s new Demo EP, which was released October 31 via Bandcamp.

Check out now “Abyssal Crypt” in its entirety below.

Abyssal Crypt by Abyssal Crypt

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Belzebong Premiere Full-Album Stream Of Brand New EP “Light the Dankness”

Poland’s Belzebong premiere the full-album stream of the band’s brand new EP “Light the Dankness”, which was released October 31st via Emetic Records in North American, Abraxas Records in South America and through the band itself in Europe and elsewhere.

Check out now “Light the Dankness” in its entirety below.

Light the Dankness by Belzebong

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Oceans Of Slumber Announces The Depature Of Guitarists

Houston, Texas based progressive metal outfit Oceans Of Slumber has announced that both guitarists Sean Gary and Anthony Contrereas have left the band. A statement on Facebook reads as follows:

“As many of you have seen, we’ve been having a rough patch over the last few years. Especially October. After Anthony decided to leave us (which was something we somewhat expected sadly), Sean informed us that he too would be exiting. He needed to concentrate on his personal life and career and that meant no more touring and band commitments. We’ve known for a bit about this and have auditioned a handful of people. We’ve got one of two covered now… Now the hunt begins for the next.

“Severing ties in a relationship is never easy. Losing two of the founding members of this band after 7 years of close proximity sucks too. Anthony and I have been in multiple bands together and have traveled all over the world together in them. Sean has been my right hand man from the get go. It’s taken a lot of work to get where we are. But things change. They always do. We will miss them immensely, but this house isn’t finished being built and we’re left with the task of completing it. Though there is an amount of hurt and sadness on our end, we will power through all of this and come out just fine. We must stay vigilant not to be dragged down with the daunting task of moving forward. With all of that said; goodbye to the two of you and we hope all of the things you want and need happen for you.”

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Epica Announces “Design Your Universe” European Shows

Dutch symphonic heavyweights Epica announce a select number of exclusive shows in support of the 10th anniversary of their album Design Your Universe. The album until today holds a special place in the hearts of their fans and includes fan-favorites as “Kingdom Of Heaven” and “Design Your Universe”.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Design Your Universe the band will return to a number of venues they played while touring on the album back in 2009/2010 which most likely will sell out far in advance.

Simone Simons comments: “After all those years, Design Your Universe remains one of my all-time favorite Epica albums. I know that the message behind the title song also resonates with a lot our fans because there are so many Design Your Universe related tattoos. The title track and ‘Unleashed’ are songs that I hold very dear and the memories we made in that time of our career. I am looking forward to go back in time with you all while we play more songs from our Design Your Universe album.”

Mark Jansen adds” “Design Your Universe is very dear to me, it’s an album that was written during a very inspiring time. The title track shows us that we can we all create our destiny and it’s still one of my favorite tracks to play live. Also, quite a few other songs of the album deserve to be played again and we will! Our set is gonna be filled with DYU songs so don’t miss one of these opportunities.”

October
4 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
5 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vredenburg
6 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre
10 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby Club
12 – Moscow, Russia – Glavclub

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