Iron Maiden Adds “Book Of Souls” Arena To Mobile Game

Iron Maiden embarks on the final leg of “The Book of Souls” world tour this weekend, simultaneously launching a synergistic player-vs-player battle arena for the band’s mobile game, “Legacy of the Beast” (reivewed here).

The game offers players a unique way to interact with Iron Maiden’s real world activities by introducing not only a replica of one of the tour stage productions, but also the debut of “The Book of Souls” version of Shaman Eddie into the game, in his Mayan themed incarnation as featured on the band’s most recent studio album. Other characters from “The Book of Souls” are set to follow.

“Legacy of the Beast” is a definitive experience in the mobile RPG space – taking players on an unparalleled, epic, ever-expanding, strategic gaming journey via their smartphones & tablets. Iron Maiden Manager Rod Smallwood says:

“With ‘Legacy of the Beast’ we wanted to create something that appealed both to fans of Maiden music and gamers alike, wherever they are in the world, and I think we are well on our way to accomplishing that. The game has kept true to the band’s history and development not only through their music but with Eddie too. This latest feature focused around our current tour is only the start of many new and exciting innovations we have planned to keep Legacy evolving and becoming even more addictive!”

Adds Llexi Leon, Interactive Creative Director of Phantom Music Management “The towering Mayan set piece of ‘The Book of Souls’ world tour presented an ideal opportunity to expand the game and create a virtual event space to complement the band’s live show – whether you’re seeing Iron Maiden on the road or playing Legacy of the Beast on your mobile, we’ve crafted a gaming experience that explores the Mayan world of The Book of Souls record and marks the first of many timed in-game events that will enrich the band’s touring activity, engaging fans old and new across the globe in a way never before possible.”

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“Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods” Gets Revamp Update

Heavy metal bullet hell game “Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods” (originally reviewed here) just got a major revamp update today fixing several bugs and offering some balance tweaks.

In celebration, the game is now 50% off at Steam this week, and a new teaser trailer has come online – check it out below. If you missed it, “Metal Tales” was previously covered in our ongoing look at video games with heavy metal soundtracks here.

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Woe Kicking Off European Tour Dates

U.S. black metal unit Woe begins a European live takeover with Germany-based black metal unit Ultha on Thursday, April 13th. The trek includes an appearance at Roadburn on April 22nd with future onstage assaults both stateside and abroad in the plotting stages.

Woe will be touring in support of the “Hope Attrition” full-length issued last month via Vendetta Records (reviewed here). A dark, mournful work that draws from Woe’s black metal influences while extracting dormant death metal undertones, the album was produced by Stephen DeAcutis (Evoken, Dim Mak) and serves as a personal commentary on the chaos of the modern world that only Woe can offer.

4/13/2017 Het Bos – Antwerpen, BE
4/14/2017 Hamburg Is Droneburg Festival @ Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
4/15/2017 Vendetta Fest @ Tiefgrund – Berlin, DE
4/16/2017 Conspiracy Of The Damned Festival @ Baroeg – Rotterdam, NL
4/17/2017 Nexus – Braunschweig, DE
4/18/2017 Club Famu – Prag, CZ
4/19/2017 Escape – Vienna, AU
4/20/2017 Doom Over Leipzig Festival @ UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
4/21/2017 Dudefest Festival @ Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
4/22/2017 Roadburn Festival @ O13 – Tilburg, NL

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Auvernia To Release New EP

Argentina-based metal band Auvernia previously appeared on our Peter Steele tribute album and has released the “Afraid Of Me” (2010) and “Towards Eternity” (2008) full-length albums.

After years without much happening, Auvernia is now finally gearing up to drop a brand-new EP. The band comments:

“Hey guys, it’s been a very long time since we’ve had any news, fortunately we have some new stuff to show you very soon. We recorded a 3-song EP, and we’ll be releasing the first single on April 15th, so stay tuned!”

Stay tuned for full details, and in the mean time check out the EP’s cover below.

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Ne Obliviscaris Posts “Pyrrhic” Guitar Playthrough

Benjamin Baret, guitarist from Australian progressive metal group Ne Oblivscaris, has released a new playthrough video for the track “Pyrrhic” – check it out below. Regarding the track, Benjamin Baret comments:

“The riffs for that song are inspired by the great Göteborg scene of the late 90′, with a more modern twist to it, the harmonized guitar part relies on a descending chromatic pattern which gives the main riff its flavor.

“The break is a classical music inspired moment, the chord positions are very piano-like which is something i love to do because it allows me to approach chord progressions in a fresher way, come with me off the beaten path!”

“Pyrrhic” is taken from Ne Obliviscaris’ latest album, “Citadel” (reviewed here). Info on a follow-up release is expected in the not too distant future.

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New Live Album/DVD “Passing Stages” Detailed By DGM

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of DGM’s first live album, entitled “Passing Stages,” on June 2nd.

DGM’s last album (their eighth), “The Passage” (see review here) was released in August 2016 and marked the culmination of almost 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 and has pushed the Italian band into the elite rankings of the international progressive metal scene. Over the years, DGM has managed to tour the world, taking part in some of the biggest and most celebrated metal festivals around the globe and sharing the stage with the likes of Heaven and Hell, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Avantasia, Scorpions, and many others.

With a bulletproof line-up comprised of producer/guitarist Simone Mularoni, singer Marco Basile, bassist Andrea Arcangeli, drummer Fabio Costantino, and keyboardist Emanuele Casali, DGM can now share their awesome musicianship and songwriting skills with all audiences via the release of this truly beautiful live release!

“Passing Stages” is the best possible illustration of what DGM are capable of on a stage these days,” says Simone Mularoni. “We put our hearts and souls into the making this one and managed to capture magical nights that we’ll remember forever. In our career, “Passing Stages” will be a milestone in our discography and a great conclusion of the first decade of this line-up. Here’s to the future.”

Herein are captured two separate performances for fans to enjoy via audio on CD and MP3 and visually via DVD or Blu-Ray. The first show is the entire performance held in front of the inaugural Frontiers Metal Festival, in Trezzo Sull’Adda (Milano) on October 30, 2016 and has a set-list centered around the latest album, “The Passage.” “We wanted to show to the whole world how great the Italian fans are and how much we love to play in our home country, and we had the best occasion with the first edition of Frontiers Metal Festival,” continues Simone. “With our last album, “The Passage,” I think we managed to reach an even bigger crowd and that particular day was really one of a kind…the best Italian live club, packed with fans, together with a lot of friends and a gig focused on the last album.”

The second show captured sees the band in action at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, GA on September 11, 2014. The setlist shows an emphasis on the albums “Frame” and “Momentum.” “Our second time at ProgPower USA was an important step of the ‘Momentum’ tour and filming that evening was mandatory,” explains Simone. “We felt the warmth of the crowd, we worked with fabulous technicians and with one of the best crews ever. The atmosphere pervading the Center Stage in Atlanta is unique and we did our best to honor this awesome festival with a performance at the top of our abilities. I’m pretty sure that whoever watches the concert will feel like being right in front of the stage singing with us.”

This is an unmissable opportunity to witness the superb qualities of the Italian quintet in the live environment and also opens the door to newer fans (of which there are quite a few) to experience the excellent and older repertoire.

The track listing is as follows:

CD1:

1. The Secret, Part 1
2. The Secret, Part 2
3. Animal
4. The Passage
5. Reason
6. Daydreamer
7. Disguise
8. Fallen
9. Ghosts Of Insanity
10. Hereafter

CD2:

11. Void
12. Reason
13. No Looking Back
14. Universe
15. Numb
16. In A Movie
17. Repay
18. Heartache
19. Enhancement
20. Chaos
21. Trust
22. Brand New Blood

DVD / BLU RAY:

1. The Secret, Part 1
2. The Secret, Part 2
3. Animal
4. The Passage
5. Reason
6. Daydreamer
7. Disguise
8. Fallen
9. Ghosts Of Insanity
10. Hereafter
11. Void
12. Reason
13. No Looking Back
14. Universe
15. Numb
16. In A Movie
17. Repay
18. Heartache
19. Enhancement
20. Chaos
21. Trust
22. Brand New Blood

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Edensong Releases “In The Longest Of Days” Video

New York City-based progressive group Edensong just unveiled an official video for the expansive “In The Longest Of Days,” which hails from the band’s intense Laser’s Edge-released “Years In The Garden Of Years” album (reviewed here).

Expanding on the video, the band’s James Schoen delves in and says: “‘In The Longest Of Days’ is really the song that inspired the concept behind the album ‘Years In The Garden Of Years.’ It was the first song I wrote from scratch for Edensong since the ‘Fruit Fallen’ days and it remains one of my favorites, and one that flowed really easily for me. Conceptually, the song depicts a lifetime in the span of a single day; All our desires, aspirations, and struggles distilled into a solitary rotation of the earth on its axis.

“True to the concept, we filmed the video in the span of a single day, up in rural Vermont, where I felt the epic landscape could really complement the feel of the music. Once again, we teamed up with our good friend filmmaker Nick Fiore, and worked with an incredible local dancer Hanna Satterlee. Since just getting the guys in the band together for rehearsal can often be a challenge, I was quite nervous about our ability to pull all this off in a day (especially considering it was an outdoor shoot in Vermont in the middle of November) but things couldn’t have come together more perfectly! Thanks, global warming! Both the song and the video shoot flowed pretty effortlessly, a rarity in my experience!”

Fans can catch these upcoming Edensong 2017 tour dates:

5/07/2017 RoSfest – Gettysburg, PA w/ Neal Morse, Anglagard, more]
5/20/2017 Terra Incognita Festival – Quebec City, QC w/ Glasshammer, Universe Effects
5/22/2017 Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/24/2017 The Firebird – St. Louis, MO w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/25/2017 Martyrs – Chicago, IL w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/26/2017 The Loving Touch – Detroit, MI w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/27/2017 Sherlock’s – Erie, PA w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction
5/28/2017 DROM – New York, NY w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction

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BLACK DONNELLYS 13 Get the CD:www.cdbaby.com/cd/blackdonnellys13Get the Digital Album:https://blackdonnellys13.bandcamp.com                 For punk rockers who grew up in London, Ontario in the eighties, the singer for the Black Donnellys was something of a messianic figure. An infectious wordsmith with a venomous charisma and gnarly set of gnashers, Dan Rudbal was London, Onterrible?s answer to Johnny Rotten.       […]

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