Crowbar Bassist Todd Strange To Leave The Band

New Orleans metal veterans Crowbar has announced that original bass player Todd Strange, who rejoined the group in 2016, will once again be leaving the band following their tour in support of the 20th anniversary of “Odd Fellows Rest.” A message from the band reads as follows:

“Crowbar will be performing Odd Fellows Rest 20th anniversary show at Southport Music Hall August 4th! We did it at Roadburn Fest in The Netherlands, and want to share this classic in our hometown!! Sexy T will be playing this show but will no longer be our touring bassist. All of us in Crowbar believe that family comes first! Gonna be a great show!! Be there!!!”

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Sonic Prophecy Debut New Song “Unholy Blood” From Upcoming New Album “Savage Gods”

American power metallers Sonic Prophecy have revealed their second single “Unholy Blood” off their upcoming third full length “Savage Gods” via Rockshots Records on January 19, 2018.

The band comments:

“This classic heavy metal track is about dealing with the ongoing horrors and human atrocities associated with radicalized religious zealotry around the globe. We really love the soaring chorus on this one! This is a gritty track lyrically and the vocal attack and music reflects this.”

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Sonic Prophecy Debut New Song “Unholy Blood” From Upcoming New Album “Savage Gods”

American power metallers Sonic Prophecy have revealed their second single “Unholy Blood” off their upcoming third full length “Savage Gods” via Rockshots Records on January 19, 2018.

The band comments:

“This classic heavy metal track is about dealing with the ongoing horrors and human atrocities associated with radicalized religious zealotry around the globe. We really love the soaring chorus on this one! This is a gritty track lyrically and the vocal attack and music reflects this.”

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Psychostick Post Full Stream For Classic Holiday Album “The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride”

In 2007, Psychostick unleashed their fan loved holiday album “The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride”. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Psychostick are spreading the holiday cheer with the full album stream, which includes comedy skits and of course their classic xmas sing-a-longs such as “Jingle Bell Metal”, “Holiday Hate”, “Jolly Old Sadist”, “Red Snow” and more.

Listen to “The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride”

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Frontiers Music Srl Inks Deal With Warlord

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to welcome legendary U.S. metal act Warlord to the family for the release of a new studio album in 2018!

Long admirers of the band and having gotten to know drummer Mark Zonder through his work with Graham Bonnet Band and the upcoming group, Spirits Of Fire, (which also features Tim Ripper Owens (Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex Iced Earth, Judas Priest), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and Steve Di Giorgio (Death (Official), Testament, Sadus)), Frontiers approached Zonder about the prospect of doing a new Warlord album for release in 2018. Luckily for the label, Zonder and co-founder/guitarist William J. Tsamis were very much open to the idea. Says Zonder, “[a]fter all of these years, Warlord is with a ‘real label.’ It will be great to have Warlord music shared with a worldwide audience., which is something that has been missing for many years. With my prior working experiences with Frontiers, I know Warlord is in the right place and I am very appreciative of this great opportunity. We thank everyone at the label for their belief in Warlord!”

In September 2013, Tsamis and Zonder announced that they had tapped vocalist Nicholas Leptos of Arrayan Path and Astronomikon to be the new Warlord singer. This line-up, along with bassist Bynoe will be the line-up for the upcoming new album. Adds Zonder, “this Warlord release will be like all of the previous ones, 100% Warlord. No changing of direction to keep up with the current fad, just good ol’ school Warlord music. Maybe leaning back a touch to the early days and we promise a high energy album that features the classic Bill Tsamis compositions and his classic guitar melody lines. As I always try to do, I’ll give it my all in tandem with my favorite bass player Philip Bynoe, working together to create a solid foundation. This will be the first studio recording with Nicholas Leptos on vocals. We have performed live with him several times and are eagerly awaiting to capture his dynamic performances on tape. A classic Warlord album in the making……”

Stay tuned for updates as work on the album progresses….

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New Album “A Game You Cannot Win” Announced By Heretic

Legendary Los Angeles power thrashers Heretic return with the first album in 5 years! Heretic has just completed recording the forthcoming release entitled “A Game You Can Not Win” with a release date of October 27th via Dissonance Productions. Pre-order the album at this location.

Heretic was born during the early 80’s Metal scene in Southern California and was one of the top acts in the L.A. area. This drew the attention of Metal Blade Records who went on to sign the act. The band was the first featured on the Metal Massacre 7 compilation. Later the group released the EP “Torture Knows No Boundary,” and the full length LP “Breaking Point.” After the release of “Breaking Point,” the band split up when then lead singer Mike Howe joined Metal Church.

Instead of continuing on guitarist Brian Korban, and bassist Dennis Ohara went on to form the band Reverend with former Metal Church singer David Wayne. Flash forward 20+ years, Heretic is back with the Classic Metal/Thrash sound. The band released “A Time Of Crisis” on Metal On Metal Records in 2012, the first release in over 2 decades. 5 years on….The Heretic Has Returned!

The track list for “A Game You Cannot Win” is:

1. Intro
2. This World Called Hell
3. A Game You Cannot Win
4. Demonized
5. Broken Hero
6. Never Added Up
7. Relentless
8. Before The Fall
9. Master At Her Game
10. Immaculate Deception
11. Annihilate
12. Everything’s About To Change
13. Outro

A teaser clip for the album is available here:

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ONI: Metal Charged Cover of A Place for my Head

Unmatched technical progressive metal band ONI have publicly cited Linkin Park as a longtime influence, and after the recent untimely death of vocalist Chester Bennington, the band decided to enter the studio to record a cover track and pay homage to their fallen musical hero. Right now, you can stream ONI‘s metal-charged cover of the classic Linkin Park track, A Place For […]

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Oni Covers Linkin Park’s “A Place For My Head”

Technical progressive metal band Oni has publicly cited Linkin Park as a longtime influence, and after the recent untimely death of vocalist Chester Bennington, the band decided to enter the studio to record a cover track and pay homage to that fallen musical hero.

Check out Oni’s metal-charged cover of the classic Linkin Park track, “A Place For My Head,” in the YouTube player below. Frontman Jake Oni comments:

“Linkin Park was the first band that introduced me into heavier music, which ultimately lead me down my path of metal. His voice and lyrics affected so many people, especially me. The world will not be the same without Chester Bennington. We decided to record this cover as a tribute to Linkin Park and Chester. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and fans.”

ONI recently wrapped up tours with Devin Townsend Project, Gojira, Deafheaven, and Code Orange, and has even more touring plans scheduled for the fall, to be announced soon. Stay tuned for more information.

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Onslaught Gearing Up For European Shows, Signs New Management Deal

Onslaught has joined forces with Proximity Productions Management, with guitarist Nige Rockett commenting:

“We’ve been to Asia several times in recent years and it’s clearly an expanding market where Metal music is very much on the rise. It would be awesome to increase the ‘Onslaught‘ profile in the region and I think working with ‘Proximity Productions’ will definitely give us a huge advantage. We’ve been in discussion with the company for some months now and their vision for the band is very cool, the vibes are extremely positive and we look forward to this new challenge with Harsha and his team.“

On signing up with Onslaught, the owner of PP adds, “It is indeed an honour and a privilege to work with such big names from the classic era. One of those bands that remain true to it’s form even to this day and age. It’s a surreal experience that we begin our journey together now.”

Meanwhile, Onslaught is all set for the next leg of the “Full Force” European tour, thrashing till death alongside Artillery.

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Newly Re-Recorded “Adoration” Streaming From Rage

Germany’s Rage posted the newly re-recorded Avenger track “Adoration.” The song appears a one of a myriad of re-recorded Avenger tracks on the upcoming new album “Seasons of the Black,” which is set to drop on July 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Rage was formerly known as Avenger from 1983-1986 and released the classic releases “Prayers of Steel” in 1985 and “Depraved to Black” EP in 1985.

The track listing for “Seasons of the Black” is:

1. Season of the Black
2. Serpents in Disguise
3. Blackened Karma (see music video here)
4. Time Will Tell
5. Septic Bite
6. Walk Among the Dead
7. All We Know Is Not
8. Gaia
9. Justify
10. Bloodshed in Paradise
11. Farewell
12. Adoration (Newly Re-Recorded Avenger Song)
13. South Cross Union (Newly Re-Recorded Avenger Song)
14. Assorted by Satan (Newly Re-Recorded Avenger Song)
15. Faster than Hell (Newly Re-Recorded Avenger Song)
16. Sword Made of Steel (Newly Re-Recorded Avenger Song)
17. Down to the Bone (Newly Re-Recorded Avenger Song)

Check out “Adoration” here:

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