Thine Vocalist Alan Gaunt Passes Away

Alan Gaunt, the lead singer of British progressive metal band Thine, has passed away at the age of 40 after suffering from a heart attack, it has been revealed. Alan also worked as a video editor and producer, collaborating with a number of other bands including My Dying Bride, who posted the following message on their Facebook page:

“In the early hours of Tuesday morning we were informed Alan had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Due to personal reasons we were asked not to post any tributes but we can now. Results today rule that this was due to a heart attack. He was 40yrs old. He was a good friend of the band and helped on more than one video project they did. He will be sadly missed.

“Bye for now Alan.”

Thine released three albums, beginning with 1998’s, “A Town Like This,” followed by the 2002 release, “In Therapy” and most recently, 2014’s, “The Dead City Blueprint.”

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Mortal Scepter & Deathroned Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Split Release

Mortal Scepter and Deathroned premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the bands’ upcoming new split release, which will be out in stores December 23, 2018 via Dying Victims Productions.

Check out now the split in its entirety below.

Mortal Scepter / Deathroned – Split by Mortal Scepter / Deathroned

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Aetherial Premiere New Song “I Am Your Hell” From Upcoming New Album

Melbourne deathsters Aetherial have unveiled the first crushing single “I Am Your Hell”, taken from their forthcoming 2nd album. The single “I Am Your Hell” is the bands first release since 2015’s debut LP, The Still Waters of Oblivion.

Recorded in its entirety in Melbourne by Aetherial and mixed and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions (Architects,Periphery)

Musically, the band has taken a darker, more ominous turn which sets the precedent for the forthcoming 2nd full length album. I Am Your Hell also features a guest appearance from Joe Haley of Psycroptic with a spell binding guitar solo.

Bassist Cassandra George on the single:

“We’re excited to get some new music out, its been a long time in-between riffs! We wanted to emphasise strong songwriting and focus on the music, lyrics and visuals and I Am Your Hell simply delivers no bullshit death metal. I Am Your Hell is a haunting nightmare; it’s the voice in the dark, the face in your mind tormenting you for your past deeds – always. It’s about the stain that immorality leaves on the soul and the consequences that one has to live and die with.”

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Slayer, Lamb Of God And More Bands Confirmed For Download Festival 2019

The organisers of Britain’s biggest rock festival, Download has announced a further twenty four bands for next year’s edition of the event. Joining headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool will be Slayer, in what will be their final show in the United Kingdom, fellow thrash metal legends Anthrax, Virginia favourites Lamb Of God, grunge legends Smashing Pumpkins and progressive metal titans Dream Theater among others. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th – 16th

The festival lineup is now as follows:

Def Leppard (Headliners)
Slipknot (Headliners)
Tool (Headliners)
Slayer
Die Antwoord
Amon Amarth
Rob Zombie
Anthrax
Lamb Of God
Slash and Myles Kennedy
Opeth
Smashing Pumpkins
Dream Theater
Trivium
Carcass
Delain
Eagles Of Death Metal
Blackberry Smoke
Alien Weaponry
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Power Trip
Reel Big Fish
Skindred
Tesla
Starset
Underoath
Badflower
Black Futures
I Prevail
The Interrupters
Jinjer
Man With A Mission
Nothing
Nowhere
Our Last Night
Riding The Low
Royal Republic
The Amity Affliction
State Champs
Underside
Whitechapel
Yours Truly
Zebrahead

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Spirits Of Fire Featuring Ripper Owens To Release Debut Album In February, Posts New Video Online

Frontiers Music Srl is known for building new bands/projects featuring musicians of outstanding quality and who come from unique backgrounds. After an intense brainstorming session, a dream team of renowned metal musicians including Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, etc.) and Mark Zonder (ex-Fates Warning, Warlord) was born and put together under the direction of renowned LA-based producer Roy Z. (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Tribe Of Gypsies).

Called Spirits Of Fire (after the title of one of their songs), the band has completed work on their debut album which is set for release on February 22nd via Frontiers Music Srl. The music can best be described as “classic Priest meets Savatage”. Today, Spirits Of Fire release their first video and single, “Light Speed Marching”. Find the video below.

The album will be available on CD, Red Color Vinyl, Standard Black Vinyl, Collector’s Box (CD + T-Shirt, Size L), and Digital formats. Pre-order “Spirits Of Fire” on CD/LP/Digital and stream the singles here.

North American fans can get limited edition, exclusive red color vinyl & collector’s box (feat. CD + T-Shirt – Size L only) here. These are very limited and this is the only retailer in North America carrying these items. European fan can get the same items here.

Guitarist Chris Caffery on his influences for the record and working with Roy Z: “My influences for writing on this record were the bands that we were and are still in! I wanted to write songs that [Judas] Priest, Savatage, Testament, and Fates Warning fans would like. But, I wanted them to have a personality of their own as well. To give it a vibe that was Spirits Of Fire! I grew up listening to Judas Priest and spent 30 plus years working with Jon Oliva and Paul O’Neill with Savatage and TSO. Many years playing Criss’ music. These influences for me came naturally! Especially because I’m a fan of all of our bands!

“This was the first time that I ever worked with Roy and it was so much fun. I have been a huge fan of his work for a long time. He’s written music, played on, and produced some of my favorite metal albums ever. He had a difficult job bringing this all together and I can’t think of anyone that would have been a better producer and co-worker for this album!”

“I always just sing to the song, whatever I feel it should be. It’s like a character thing! I like layers! This music is really perfect for me and in my natural wheel house. I like to sing all over the place and change it up and this all happens on this album. This is just the start of an amazing band, I mean sky is the limit and I actually can’t wait to record the next album, because this one is so great and perfect,” says vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens.

Drummer Mark Zonder adds about his playing and writing process, “I am the kind of player that plays what I think fits best with the music. With Spirits Of Fire, the music was more aggressive and hard hitting which I really liked. Again, I tried to be very mindful of the song and the vocals, but tried to add parts that were interesting and creative for the listener.”

Tracklisting:

1. Light Speed Marching
2. Temple Of The Soul
3. All Comes Together
4. Spirits Of Fire
5. It’s Everywhere
6. A Game
7. Dispensable
8. Meet Your End
9. Never To Return
10. The Path
11. Alone In The Darkness

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Public Sales Date For 70000TONS OF METAL 2019 Cruise Announced

70000TONS OF METAL™, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, has announced the Public Sales date and the first 28 of 60 bands for their ninth voyage, sailing January 31 – February 4, 2019, from Miami / Fort Lauderdale to beautiful Labadee and back.

Public Sales will begin on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 12:00 PM EDT.

Only 3,000 tickets will be sold. Prices start at USD 766.00 plus Taxes and Fees per person and includes on board accommodation, access to all performances, meals, and numerous special events including meet and greets with all bands on board.

Sales for 70000TONS OF METAL Survivors (festival goers who have attended the event before) began on September 5, 2018, so limited tickets remain. Visit 70000tons.com/booking to book your cabin before they are gone.

The first 28 of 60 bands that have been announced are: ACCEPT, ARKONA, CORONER, DARK FUNERAL, DELAIN, ELUVEITIE, ENSIFERUM, GLORYHAMMER, GOD DETHRONED, GRIM REAPER, HEIDEVOLK, IN VAIN, KALMAH, NE OBLIVISCARIS, NILE, OBITUARY, ONSLAUGHT, PERSEFONE, PESTILENCE, SOULFLY / MAX AND IGGOR CAVALERA RETURN TO ROOTS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TIAMAT (WILDHONEY SHOW), TWILIGHT FORCE, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, VOMITORY, and WARBRINGER

As is customary for 70000TONS OF METAL, some of the bands will have very special performances on board:

Max and Iggor Cavalera officially retired their extremely successful project RETURN TO ROOTS in 2017. Soley for 70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, they decided to perform a World Exclusive one more time. MAX AND IGGOR CAVALERA RETURN TO ROOTS will be playing Sepultura’s highly acclaimed album “Roots”, in its entirety.
TIAMAT will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their groundbreaking album “Wildhoney” by performing the album in full.
After reforming recently in 2018, VOMITORY will be celebrating 30 years of Swedish Death Metal on board.
That’s not all! There will be some more very special performances announced… SOON! For up-to-date lineup additions, please visit: 70000tons.com/artists

About 70000TONS OF METAL

70000TONS OF METAL is The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, which features 60 Heavy Metal bands on board a luxury cruise ship performing across four stages, including The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to Sail the Seas.

The newly refurbished Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas features a host of new amenities including dual waterslides, an Escape Room and a bungee trampoline. One of the biggest cruise ships in the World, it offers guests complimentary fine dining, bars and lounges that never close, and 24 hour room service.

With eight consecutive sellouts since the first voyage in 2011, this five-day, four-night Heavy Metal Music Festival and Caribbean vacation offers 3,000 Metalheads a once in a lifetime opportunity to mingle side-by-side with 60 world class Heavy Metal bands.

Every band plays twice and you get unrestricted festival access to 120+ live performances, including the Jamming with Waters in International Waters All Star Jam, meet & greets with every band, intimate artist clinics & workshops, exclusive Album Premiere Listening Sessions and much more. All of this with no VIP areas on board makes it feel like everyone has a Backstage Pass. If that’s not enough, festival goers even get a chance to explore a Caribbean dream destination with their favorite Artists.

For more information on 70000TONS OF METAL 2019, including photos, FAQs (for booking, travel documents, payment, etc.), vessel amenities, event details and more, please visit 70000tons.com.

Guests and fans are also invited to join the 70000TONS OF METAL community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @70000tons

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Pathogenic Virulence Debut New Single “Putrid Gasp Proliferation”

London based brutal death metal band, Pathogenic Virulence just released their first single, Putrid Gasp Proliferation. The track is an exclusive Slam Worldwide release and it will be included on the bands first album which will come out next year.

Formed in 2016 by Radu Vulpe (ex-Necrovile, Decease, Tableau Mort) and Dragos Ionel (Innergrave). The band is currently in the studio recording their first album which is nearly close to completion.

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Nattravnen (Massacre, Wombbath, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Suicidium, The Seductress Of Death”

Nattravnen, featuring vocalist Kam Lee (Massacre) and Jonny Pettersson (Wombbath, Ashcloud, Just Before Dawn, Henry Kane), premiere a new song entitled “Suicidium, The Seductress Of Death”, taken from their upcoming new album, which will be out in stores via Transcending Obscurity Records.

Check out now “Suicidium, The Seductress Of Death” below.

Label Sampler 2018 by Transcending Obscurity Records

Comments vocalist Kam Lee:

“I am very excited for this album. First off it was during the making of The Grotesquery‘s 4th full length album, when Rogga Johansson told me about Jonny, and that he was looking for a vocalist to put lyrics and vocals to some music that he had. Rogga already knew by working with me previously on the three albums for The Grotesquery my ability to be able to put concept albums together with a storyline. And that this was something that possibly Johnny was looking to do with the music he had. Also I knew Jonny’s work from other bands like Wombbath, Ashcloud, Just Before Dawn & Henry Kane, so when I found out that I had a chance and opportunity to work with this great musician I jumped on it. Once I heard the music I knew exactly the tone that this album needed to take and it was perfect with the theme I was working on. As well it was like synchronicity… as if the universe wanted something to happen because I just so happen to be working on my own gothic horror fairy tale at the time and was leaning towards doing something with Scandinavian mythology. Johnny and I got to talking and he told me about this legend that his grandmother used to tell him as a child about the Night Raven. As soon as he told me the name of this mythical creature everything just fell into place. And that’s how everything came to be. The name of the band, the entire concept story, the mythology, everything all based on the Nattravnen.”

Nattravnen‘s music composer Jonny Pettersson adds, “This album have been in the making for a long time. I started working on these songs many years ago, but never felt that I could give them the vocal justice they needed. Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Down Among the Dead Men and many more) introduced me to Kam who accepted the task of vocal mastery. It’s been an honour to complete the album with Kam, and with once again mighty Transcending Obscurity backing us up, and with label boss Kunal’s pure dedication, I’m positive this is one for the books.”

Line up:

Kam Lee – Vocals and lyrics (ex-Death, ex-Massacre, The Grotesquery)
Jonny Pettersson – All instruments (Heads For The Dead, Wombbath, Henry Kane)

Artwork by Juanjo Castellano (Carnation, Revel In Flesh)

Logo by Kunal Choksi

Track list:
1. The Night Of The Raven
2. Suicidium, The Seductress Of Death
3. Corvus Corax Crown
4. Upon The Sound Of Her Wings
5. Return To Nevermore
6. From The Haunted Sea
7. The Anger Of Despair When Coping With Your Death
8. Kingdom Of The Nattravnen
9. Kult Av Ravnen

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Krokus Announces “Adios Amigos” Farewell Tour

Swiss heavy metal legends Krokus has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining world tour, dubbed “Adios Amigos.” The band has stressed that they will not be reuniting once the tour is done and have posted the following statement:

“Since 1975, Krokus stands for honest, handmade, quality power rock. No other Swiss Rock Band sells their albums and their back catalogue worldwide like Krokus. More than 15 million records sold, worldwide tours, gold and platinum in the US and Canada. Our Rock milestones can still be found today all across the globe from Australia to the USA, Mexico, Russia, even Japan and China. Krokus video clips are viewed millions of times on YouTube.

“In 1980, the triumphal march began throughout America, Canada and England. The band cemented their reputation and name as a strong, no-frills live band. Unforgettable headlining tours and on the same bills with great bands like AC / DC, Van Halen, Rush, Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, Motörhead, just to name a few. Wild times, big adventures, which brought the band, among other things, the honorary citizenship of Memphis Tennessee. Krokus were also the first Swiss band to sell-out the Hallenstadion, Zurich in 1982.

“But there was also death, illness and internal disputes that drove the band to the brink of destruction. Then, in 2008 the big comeback. The story of Krokus is unique. Marked by ups and downs. From grandiose stadium concerts to sweaty club gigs. We overcame trends, insidious US managers, harsh splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, lousy fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies, and hypocritical advisors.

“During our remarkable career, Krokus rocked more than 2000 shows on five continents – different cities, unique locations, crazy gigs and loyal fans. This long journey ends with our Adios Amigo Tour.

“Krokus shows have always been special and should stay that way. That’s why we decided to stop when it’s still really good. That’s how the fans should remember us. Unlike other bands that are on their eternal ‘farewell tour’, we will keep our word and pull the plug at the end of 2019, handing over the Rock Magic Wand to the youngsters.”

In addition, the band members have issued personal statements.

Marc Storace: “We look forward to a grandiose 2019 Adios Amigos World Tour with the final highlight in Switzerland.”

Fernando von Arb: “We have signed reciprocally contracts with each other that it really is over. We will stick to that. Every party has to end eventually.”

Chris von Rohr: “It was an unparalleled journey with all the ups and downs rock life has to offer. Now we are looking forward to the final lap of honor and will give it our all once more. We owe that to ourselves and our fans. The 7th of December, 2019 will be unforgettable as it was on the 27th of March 1982. “

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Demons & Wizards, Threshold And More Confirmed For Progpower USA 2019 Lineup

The organisers of the ProgPower USA festival has announced the lineup for next year’s edition of the event. Among the bands performing over the four day show will be Demons & Wizards, featuring Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, Swedish progressive metal outfit Evergrey and Finnish melodic death metal band, Insomnium. The festival takes place on September 6th and 7th. The complete roster is available below.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00am EST.

Day 1:
Pretty Maids
Insomnium
Secret Sphere
Iron Mask

Day 2:
Evergrey
Galneryus
MaYaN
Tomorrow’s Eve

Day 3:
Seventh Wonder
Orden Ogan
Psychotic Waltz
Barren Earth
Subsignal
Wind Rose

Day 4:
Demons & Wizards
Threshold
Poets of the Fall
Caligula’s Horse
Jag Panzer
Sorcerer

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