Anthrax Covers “Carry On Wayward Son” Live

This past Saturday, Anthrax closed a show at the sold-out Los Angeles “KillThrax” tour stop and those in attendance witnessed an exclusive treat: the band’s first-ever live performance of Kansas cover “Carry On Wayward Son.”

With shout-outs from fans for the band to play the song at the “KillThrax” shows, airplay on Active Rock stations across the country, more than 300,000 YouTube views, and even a “thumbs-up” for the cover from Kansas founding member Phil Ehart, the band decided it was time to play the tune live.

Anthrax fans are well aware that there is no keyboardist in the band and keyboards are prominent on this song, so the group enlisted the help of Fred Mandel to come onstage at the Wiltern Theatre for the performance. Mandel recorded the keyboards for the “Carry On” cover track and has played with icons from Alice Cooper to Elton John to Queen.

Catch these remaining Killthrax tour dates with Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange:

4/25 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *
4/26 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **
4/28 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *
4/29 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **
4/30 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *
5/1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **
5/3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA **
5/5 Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **
5/6 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *
5/7 House of Blues, Boston, MA*

* KsE closes
** Anthrax closes

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Below releases video for new track, “Disappearing into Nothing”

– April 25th, 2017 –

On May 19th, Swedish epic doom metallers Below will release their new album, Upon A Pale Horse, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! To hear the new single, “Disappearing Into Nothing”, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=aozkYxVPo7U – where a video shot and edited by TD Producer (tdproducer.com) can be viewed.

Below comments: “‘Disappearing Into Nothing’ is one of the first songs we started writing for this album. Straight away when we played that ferocious, really heavy main riff we said to each other ‘this must be the opener for the next album’! The song also has some very dynamic and vocally driven verses along with a melodic chorus. In short it’s slow, heavy, melodic and it features lyrics about slowly dying. Enjoy!”

For another preview of Upon A Pale Horse, the first single, “1000 Broken Bones”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/below – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl
–silk gray-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–dim gray-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–transparent vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)
*plus digital options are also available!

Upon A Pale Horse track-listing:
1. The Plague Within
2. Disappearing Into Nothing
3. The Coven
4. Upon a Pale Horse
5. Suffer in Silence
6. Hours of Darkness
7. 1000 Broken Bones
8. We Are All Slaves

Below line-up:
Zeb – Vox
Hedman – Bass
Paud – Guitar
Berg – Guitar
Doc – Drums

Below online:
https://www.facebook.com/belowmetal
https://twitter.com/belowmetal
instagram.com/belowmetal

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Cirith Ungol releases exclusive live version of “King of the Dead”

– April 25th, 2017 –

In conjunction with Cirith Ungol‘s first ever live show on European soil at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, Metal Blade Records will release the Ultimate Edition of Cirith Ungol‘s King Of The Dead album on the weekend of the fest, April 28th! For a preview of this release, fans can now stream a live version of the title track at: youtube.com/watch?v=Zbd8byqTZa4. This version was recorded live during the band’s comeback show at the Frost & Fire festival last October in Ventura, CA.

To hear the classic track, “Atom Smasher”, please visit: metalblade.com/cirithungol – where the King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–CD/DVD Digipak
–180g black vinyl
–clear ice blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–turquoise green/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–blood-red vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)
*plus digital options are also available!

The King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition digipak CD features a full re-mastering by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, five bonus tracks, expanded packaging and a bonus-DVD! The King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition LP will be released as part of the Metal Blade Originals series; featuring 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster, the vinyl was also mastered and fully restored by Patrick W. Engel in January 2017. This version reflects the original sound of the 1st vinyl pressing, released on Enigma in 1984!

King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition track-listing:
1. Atom Smasher
2. Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Toccata in D minor
8. Cirith Ungol
9. Last Laugh (Live)*
10. Death of the Sun (alt mix)**
11. Master of the Pit (Live)***
12. King of the Dead (Live)***
13. Cirith Ungol (Live)***
* Live 1984 (bonus Track on original CD)
** alternative version (taken from Metal Massacre I)
*** Live at Frost & Fire Fest II at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura on October 8th, 2016

Bonus-DVD track-listing (Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on January 19th, 1983):
1. Atom Smasher
2. I’m Alive
3. Black Machine
4. Master of the Pit
5. King of the Dead
6. Death of the Sun
7. Finger of Scorn
8. Cirith Ungol

Cirith Ungol line-up on King Of The Dead:
Tim Baker – vocals
Jerry Fogle – guitars
Michael ‘Flint’ Vujejia – bass
Robert Garven – drums

Cirith Ungol will perform live in Europe for the first time ever at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen on April 28-29. See below for all dates!

Cirith Ungol live
Apr. 28-29 – Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany – Keep It True Festival
May 26-27 – Athens, Greece – Up The Hammers
July 21-22 – Crispendorf, Germany – Chaos Descends
Nov. 17-18 – Wurzburg, Germany – Hammer Of Doom

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https://www.facebook.com/cirithungolofficial

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Oddland Releases Acoustic “Unknown” Video

Finnish progressive metal outfit Oddland has issued a newly-filmed video this week, ahead of the band’s European tour with label mates Wolverine and Until Rain, which kicks off this Wednesday.

Oddland’s new video was filmed and edited by Ville Viitanen for a brand new acoustic version of “Unknown,” which initially appeared in a fully heavy/electric version of the band’s second album, “Origin,” released in September 2016 through Laser’s Edge division Sensory Records.

Issues the band on this acoustic version of the song: “We’ve been fiddling around with acoustics every now and then and really fell in love with the idea of making an acoustic version of a song on Origin. ‘Unknown’ seemed the most fitting candidate, and luckily, we were able to book the beautiful medieval castle of our hometown Turku to record this performance. It was really the perfect choice with the haunting ambience and enchantingly echoing stone walls.”

Catch Oddland live on these upcoming 2017 tour dates:

4/26/2017 The Bodega – Nottingham, UK w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
4/27/2017 Garage Highbury – London, UK w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
4/28/2017 La Boule Noure – Paris, FR w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
4/29/2017 Boerderij – Zoetermeer, NL w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
4/30/2017 W2 – Hertogenbosch, NL w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/03/2017 Musik & Frieden – Berlin, DE w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/04/2017 Beta2300 – Copenhagen, DK w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/05/2017 Frölunda Kulturhus – Gothenburg, SE w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/06/2017 Bowlan – Östhammar, SE w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/26/2017 Musaopisto – Turku, FI

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Until Rain Streaming New Track “Progressus In Idem”

“Progressus In Idem” is the new single from Thessaloniki, Greece-based alternative/progressive metal act Until Rain, the song hailing from the band’s third album, “Inure,” which is approaching release through Sensory Records.

Offers the band on this new track: “We couldn’t be more excited to release another song from our soon-to-be-released album, ‘Inure.’ It’s the opener, it’s heavy and we can’t wait to play it live for you. See you on the road!”

Sensory Records will release the album in Europe on April 28th and in the U.S. on May 12th. Until Rain has further booked two European tours tied directly into the release of “Inure.” First up is a split co-headlining tour with Sensory labelmates Wolverine and Oddland, with shows in the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden from April 26th through May 6th.

Directly behind the trek, Until Rain will co-headline with Poem through the Balkan countries May 11th through 14th, with shows in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and the final gig in the band’s native Greece.

4/26/2017 The Bodega – Nottingham, UK w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/27/2017 Garage Highbury – London, UK w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/28/2017 La Boule Noure – Paris, FR w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/29/2017 Boerderij – Zoetermeer, NL w/ Wolverine, Oddland
4/30/2017 W2 – Hertogenbosch, NL w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/02/2017 TBA w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/03/2017 Musik & Frieden – Berlin, DE w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/04/2017 Beta2300 – Copenhagen, DK w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/05/2017 Frölunda Kulturhus – Gothenburg, SE w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/06/2017 Bowlan – Östhammar, SE w/ Wolverine, Oddland
5/11/2017 Live & Loud – Sofia, BU w/ Poem
5/12/2017 Silverchurch – Bucharest, RO w/ Poem
5/13/2017 Elektropionir – Belgrade, SB w/ Poem
5/14/2017 8Ball – Thessaloniki, GR w/ Poem

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Below reveals details for new album, ‘Upon a Pale Horse’

– April 5th, 2017 –

Launches first single, “1000 Broken Bones”

On May 19th, Swedish epic doom metallers Below will release their new album, Upon A Pale Horse, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! To hear the first single, “1000 Broken Bones”, please visit: metalblade.com/below – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–CD
–180g black vinyl
–silk gray-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–dim gray-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–transparent vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)
*plus digital options are also available!

Below comments: “With ‘Upon a Pale Horse‘ we feel that we have found our sound. We have grown as songwriters and this album contains our fastest and slowest, shortest and longest, heaviest and most melodic songs to date. Making this album more diverse yet still staying true to the core of heavy riffs and melodies that is Below. We recorded ‘Upon a Pale Horse‘ in Deep Blue Studios, the studio where we recorded our first EP, so in some sense it felt like we were returning to our roots.”

Upon A Pale Horse track-listing:
1. The Plague Within
2. Disappearing Into Nothing
3. The Coven
4. Upon a Pale Horse
5. Suffer in Silence
6. Hours of Darkness
7. 1000 Broken Bones
8. We Are All Slaves

Below line-up:
Zeb – Vox
Hedman – Bass
Paud – Guitar
Berg – Guitar
Doc – Drums

Below online:
https://www.facebook.com/belowmetal
https://twitter.com/belowmetal
https://www.instagram.com/belowmetal

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Steel Panther To Release Surprise Feminist Album “Sexism Sucks… Harder Than Your Mom”

Mere days after releasing latest collection of misogynistic rock anthems “Lower The Bar,” and less than a week before heading out on the road with the express intent to bang 2017 girls in a row, everything has now changed for Steel Panther.

When Satchel’s mom shared a particularly on-point meme from Everyday Feminism, Michael Starr and Lexi Foxx officially got woke and knew they had to make things right with the ladies.

There was only one thing to do: record a surprise album letting cock rock fans around the globe know about the Panther’s sudden change in world view.

“Sexism Sucks… Harder Than Your Mom” will be released tomorrow – April 2nd – in honor of the anniversary of Jeannette Rankin being the first woman formally seated in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cover artwork can be seen below, and the track listing will be as follows:

1. All Female Magic Mike Remake For Equality
2. Susan B. My Bitch
3. Penetrating the Patriarchy
3. Emily Spankhurst
4. Suffrajizz
5. Glass Ceiling Glory Hole
6. Friend Zone Fapfest
7. Angela BAEvis
8. Hairy Armpit Babe
9. Rosa Parks (Let’s Create Some Sparks)
10. I’ll Make You A Sandwich (With Extra Meat)
11. Men’s Rights Massacre

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Trial (swe) releases third and final single, “Juxtaposed”, online

– March 30th, 2017 –

On April 7th, Swedish heavy metallers Trial (swe) will release their new album, Motherless, worldwide via Metal Blade Records! For a preview of the record, the third and final single, “Juxtaposed”, can be heard at: youtube.com/watch?v=XNUrnlhYNWQ

To hear the previous singles, “Cold Comes The Night” and “Motherless”, please visit: metalblade.com/trial – where Motherless can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl
–dark slate gray-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–steel blue-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–gray/beige-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)
*digital options are also available!

Formed in 2007, Trial (swe) wrote and recorded The Primordial Temple (album, 2011), which became a stepping stone from where the band was to where they wanted to be. After earning acclaimed reviews for Malicious Arts (EP, 2013) and Vessel (album, 2015), Trial (swe)‘s popularity continued to grow, and it wasn’t long before Metal Blade Records signed the band. With plans to re-invent themselves once again, Motherless promises to be another step forward in their career.

Motherless track-listing:
1. Motherless
2. In Empyrean Labour
3. Cold Comes The Night
4. Juxtaposed
5. Aligerous Architect
6. Birth
7. Embodiment
8. Rebirth

Trial (swe) line-up:
Linus Johansson – Vocals
Alexander Ellstrom – Guitars
Andreas Johnsson – Guitars
Andreas Olsson – Bass
Martin Svensson – Drums

Trial (swe) online:
https://www.facebook.com/TrialHeavyMetal
http://www.instagram.com/trialheavymetal
http://trialheavymetal.storenvy.com

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Amon Amarth: ‘The Crusher’ and ‘Versus The World’ LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

– March 29th, 2017 –

Amon Amarth has a long history with Metal Blade Records, that goes back to 1998 when they released their debut album, Once Sent From The Golden Hall. That album, along with 1999′s The Avenger, were the first two Amon Amarth records that received the Metal Blade “Originals”-treatment this past January. On May 19th, the next two albums in the band’s catalog – The Crusher (2001) and Versus The World (2002) – will also be re-issued on vinyl as Metal Blade “Originals”, featuring 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts.

See below for an overview of all versions. Pre-order your copies now via Metal Blade Records (USA), EMP or eBay!

USA versions:
The Crusher “Originals-Series” LP re-issue

–180g black vinyl
–clear vinyl (limited to 200 copies)
–yellow vinyl (limited to 200 copies)
–clay-brown-black-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies)

Versus The World “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–clear vinyl (limited to 200 copies)
–orange vinyl (limited to 200 copies)
–orange-brown-black-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies)

EU versions:
The Crusher “Originals-Series” LP re-issue

–180g black vinyl
–orange-brown-marbled vinyl (limited to 500 copies)
–red-orange-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EMP-exclusive)
–”flame”-splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Euro eBay-exclusive)

Versus The World “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–orange-red-marbled vinyl (limited to 500 copies)
–deep-violet-black-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EMP-exclusive)
–”flame”-splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Euro eBay-exclusive)

Metal Blade Records will re-issue all Amon Amarth albums chronologically in the near future. For fans planning to collect all of the releases, a limited, specially designed slipcase-box is available (exclusively at EMP) that fits the complete Amon Amarth back catalog! Get it while supplies last.

Amon Amarth online:
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
https://www.instagram.com/amonamarth
https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOfficial
http://giphy.com/amonamarth

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Metal Blade Records to release Cirith Ungol classic ‘King Of The Dead’ as Ultimate Edition with bonus tracks and DVD

– March 23rd, 2017 –

In conjunction with Cirith Ungol‘s first ever live show on European soil at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, Metal Blade Records will release the Ultimate Edition of Cirith Ungol‘s King Of The Dead album on the weekend of the fest, April 28th! To hear the classic track, “Atom Smasher”, please visit: metalblade.com/cirithungol – where the King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–CD/DVD Digipak
–180g black vinyl
–clear ice blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–turquoise green/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–blood-red vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)
*plus digital options are also available!

The King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition digipak CD features a full re-mastering by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, five bonus tracks, expanded packaging and a bonus-DVD! The King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition LP will be released as part of the Metal Blade Originals series; featuring 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster, the vinyl was also mastered and fully restored by Patrick W. Engel in January 2017. This version reflects the original sound of the 1st vinyl pressing, released on Enigma in 1984!

King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition track-listing:
1. Atom Smasher
2. Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Toccata in D minor
8. Cirith Ungol
9. Last Laugh (Live)*
10. Death of the Sun (alt mix)**
11. Master of the Pit (Live)***
12. King of the Dead (Live)***
13. Cirith Ungol (Live)***
* Live 1984 (bonus Track on original CD)
** alternative version (taken from Metal Massacre I)
*** Live at Frost & Fire Fest II at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura on October 8th, 2016

Bonus-DVD track-listing (Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on January 19th, 1983):
1. Atom Smasher
2. I’m Alive
3. Black Machine
4. Master of the Pit
5. King of the Dead
6. Death of the Sun
7. Finger of Scorn
8. Cirith Ungol

Cirith Ungol line-up on King Of The Dead:
Tim Baker – vocals
Jerry Fogle – guitars
Michael ‘Flint’ Vujejia – bass
Robert Garven – drums

Cirith Ungol will perform live in Europe for the first time ever at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen on April 28-29. See below for all dates!

Cirith Ungol live
Apr. 28-29 – Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany – Keep It True Festival
May 26-27 – Athens, Greece – Up The Hammers
July 21-22 – Crispendorf, Germany – Chaos Descends
Nov. 17-18 – Wurzburg, Germany – Hammer Of Doom

Cirith Ungol online:
https://www.facebook.com/cirithungolofficial

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