Children Of Bodom Reveals New Album “Hexed” Details

Finland’s melodic death superstars Children Of Bodom are proud to the announce the release of their tenth album, Hexed, on March 8th 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records.

COB frontman, guitarist, and mastermind Alexi Laiho comments, “People have said that this album is generally catchier. So I started thinking about that, perhaps the song structures are easier to grasp on initial listen. But there’s some crazy shit in there, almost progressive or at least technical. There are certain melodies across the album that could have come from jazz songs, although they’re completely metal with us, of course (laughs).”

“For me, it has always been very hard to describe our new music,” comments bassist Henkka Blacksmith. “In a way it always feels familiar, but the new stuff also always surprises me. Here we have something that’s very Bodom, but somehow we haven’t done this kind of stuff, possibly ever. Then again, someone said that there’s a somewhat similar vibe to what Follow the Reaper had. I don’t know. Anyway, we had a really hard time choosing the songs for the videos, I guess that’s a positive problem to have.”

“Hexed” saw the return to Finland’s Danger Johnny Studios where COB were reunited with Mikko Karmila (“I Worship Chaos,” “Halo Of Blood,” “Hatebreeder,” “Follow the Reaper” and “Hate Crew Deathroll”) who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the band. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

For this album, the band enlisted Deins Forkas to create the album artwork. Bassist Henkka Blacksmith commented on the cover, “For some years I’ve wanted to try a different approach with our cover art. We are so used to digital art, so it’s really hard to do something else. Doing it completely with a computer is somewhat safe and convenient. This time we all agreed to try going old school. We found this cool dude and gave him simple instructions – the cover has to be purple and the reaper has to be central. Half a year later we got his work, and with little tweaking, we now have the cover of Hexed. It is very different from what we are used to, even the Reaper looks different, but at the same time very spooky.”

Hexed will be available for pre-order starting December 7th.

Below is the track listing for “Hexed”

1. The Road
2. Under Grass and Clover
3. Glass Houses
4. Hecate’s Nightmare
5. Kick in the Spleen
6. Platitudes and Barren Words
7. Hexed
8. Relapse (The Nature of My Crime)
9. Say Never Look Back
10. Soon Departed
11. Knuckleduster
12. I Worship Chaos (live)
13. Morrigan (live)
14. Knuckleduster (remix)

Stay tuned for more information about the album as well as announcements about their upcoming US tour in the spring and European trek in the summer!

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Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén Voted 5th Place In Czech Singing Competition

Joakim Brodén, front man of Sabaton, was voted fifth in the Czech national singing competition “Ceský slavík” on November 26th. Nuclear Blast comments on the event:

“This came as a huge surprise to the Czech domestic music scene, as well as it became a source of satisfaction for Czech metalheads as Sabaton is hugely popular in the Czech Republic. Brodén got 9826 points, trailing by roughly 2,000 to a fourth place.

“Brodén, whose mother is natural born Czech and later emigrated to Sweden during communist era, has two passports both Swedish and Czech. His popularity stems not only from being a frontman of a very successful metal act, but also, of course from his cool and friendly onstage behavior. Therefore, he was able to qualify into the top 6 final in the singer’s category, pushing aside big names of the Czech music scene.”

Brodén’s fifth place is sort of a miracle of its own, pointing to metal becoming part of mainstream culture and loyalty and dedication of metalheads!

Joakim made a video to thank his Czech fans. You can watch it here (in English):

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Skewered Inks Deal With Stillbirth Records

Stillbirth Records (A division of Gore House Productions) would like to welcome Skewered to the label’s roster.

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Skewered came into fruition in 2006 under the moniker Necrosis. After self-releasing 2 demos, the group’s vigorous work helped capture the attention of Inherit Suffering Records, who later released a self-titled debut album in 2012.

“We’re delighted to finally announce our 2nd album is set for release later this year,” states guitarist Andy Sweeney. “Stillbirth Records, a division of Gore House productions have signed us up on a 2 album deal. Some of the cool bands they’re working with include Party Cannon, Mortal Torment, Stages of Decomposition, and so on. We will be working closely with Gore House / Stillbirth Records on all the updates on this so keep an eye out on both pages over the coming months. More news on dates, merch, giveaways and gigs coming soon.”

More details about Skewered’s upcoming second album will be revealed soon – stay tuned, and stay gore!

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New Bass Player Announced By Mechanical God Creation

Italian death metal act Mechanical God Creation has announced the new bassist: Luca Ziliani (Crypt of the Whisper).

The band commented: “We are extremely happy to present Luca Ziliani as our new official bass player. We are really lucky to have found him because we believe he completes perfectly the line-up as a great musician and great person. We are ready to continue our musical project in the best possible way.”

Luca commented: “With a great pleasure I announce my collaboration with Mechanical God Creation, good persons and great musicians. I expect a great experience with them and can’t really wait to hit all the stages with this cool band! See you soon!”

Mechanical God Creation is currently busy writing new material for a third album, scheduled to be released in 2016.

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Revolver’s “Hottest Chicks” Issue Arrives Featuring Cristina Scabbia

It’s an issue some think should be forever scrapped for sexist overtones and focusing on entirely the wrong aspects of musicians, while others eagerly await its arrival every year… the “hottest chicks in hard rock” issue of Revolver is here!

Cristina Scabbia has landed the cover feature slot for this year’s issue, which is on-stands everywhere now. This marks a record third time she has graced the front cover of Revolver.

The new issue features an exclusive look into Cristina’s life and can also be picked up online right here. Scabbia states:

“The photoshoot for the new Revolver cover was one of the coolest I’ve ever done, not only because it was inspired by Suspiria (an Italian horror movie directed by the horror master Dario Argento), but also because the whole working team were been simply incredible.

“From Jimmy Hubbard (the photographer), who build up a panel that resembles the colored glass windows you see in the movie itself (and made me feel so comfortable during the whole working day) to the beautiful make-up artist and the stylists.

“I can’t thank enough Sammi, Jimmy and the Revolver crew for being so cool with me and Dan Epstein for the cool interview! I’d do it all again tomorrow!”

Lacuna Coil is in the middle of recording an upcoming album, which is entitled “Delirium,” at BRX Studio in Milan. The album is self-produced by bassist and main-songwriter Marco “Maki” Coti-Zelati and engineered by Marco Barusso, with assistance coming from Dario Valentini. It is also the first album featuring new American drummer Ryan Blake Folden, who has been touring with the band since 2012. The follow-up to “Broken Crown Halo” will be released in 2016.

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New York City’s Mother Feather signs with Metal Blade Records

– September 14th, 2015 –

Live residence next month at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC

New York City natives Mother Feather have joined the Metal Blade Records roster! The self-described ‘pop cock rock’ band has been building a loyal following in the late night New York rock scene since their inception in 2009. This fall, fans will be able to see them live during “Pop Cock Rocktober,” the first four Fridays in October at midnight at Rockwood Music Hall, including October 16th as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. For the uninitiated, a Mother Feather recording can be heard now on, and a music video can be seen now at

Mother Feather‘s Metal Blade debut is currently being completed for an early 2016 release, and will feature two new tracks combined with re-mastered versions of the band’s previously released recordings, Mother Feather EP (2011), Living Breathing EP (2013). New music will be available at the end of September and pre-orders will be online in early December.

The band’s calling card is surely their live show, which has led to consistently sold-out NYC shows. Vocalist Ann Courtney describes their approach: “Where is the magic? Where are the women who rock? Where is the danger? Where’s the cool pop music? Where’s the music that’s not speaking down to its audience? Any time I see any kind of performance I want to have a catharsis, and that’s what I’m hoping will happen when I step out on stage. That’s why I started the band, to save me, and the fact that it’s had this ripple effect and can do the same for other people is just gravy.

As will undoubtedly be picked up by many of those exposed to the unique record, there is no metal here, per se, which makes for an interesting addition to the Metal Blade Records roster, something that Courtney is thrilled about. “Brian Slagel is such a no bullshit guy. He came to us, said I love what you’re doing, I’m a fan – how can I help? It’s really been such an amazing thing for us to be a part of – and I’m absolutely delighted to think of all the black metal fans in Scandinavia who will think that Brian has lost his mind when they hear a song like ‘Beach House’ or ‘Trampoline.’ I’m looking forward to claiming those souls,” she laughs gleefully. “Hail Satan!

Ann Courtney – Vocals
Elizabeth Carena – Vocals & Keyboards
Matt Basile – Bass
Chris Foley – Guitar
Gunnar Olsen – Drums


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Five Finger Death Punch Issues Statement About On-Stage Disaster

Ivan from Five Finger Death Punch released this message about an on-stage melt down last night that had many wondering if the band was breaking up:

“There were a lot of technical problems last night that were seemingly unsolvable. We had to make a decision whether to hit the stage crippled, without being able to hear ourselves; or, delay the start of the show – possibly for hours.

“We decided to proceed, but not being able to hear if I was in key, and just guessing where we were in the song frustrated me to the point that I lost my cool.

“I’m not saying I handled it appropriately. Matter of fact I’ve never been so embarrassed before. I apologize for taking out my anger on stage. You guys know me and you know how I pride myself on my live performances. I’d never want this to boil over in to something that epically wrong ever again.

“To some of our crew, good luck in your future endeavors we wish you the best – we also welcome our new monitor engineer Paul Weber.

“To our fans in Memphis – we’ll make it up to you I promise, Houston we we will see you tonight. The rest of the world – yes we are coming.

“And to the haters… wipe that smirk off your face …We are not going anywhere … This ‘ain’t my last dance!'”

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Slayer Tells Fan: “Don’t Sell Your Car!”

Slayer fan Jake put his 1997 Ford Escort up for sale to buy tickets to see the band play in Los Angeles on November 14 at The Forum.

To get the message out, Jake made a spoof video of the Matthew McConaughey Lincoln commercial, which can still be seen at this location.

Well, as it turns out, you don’t have to sell the car, Jake: Slayer saw your cool video….and here’s the band’s message to you:

See Slayer live on these dates:

11/11 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
11/12 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
11/14 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
11/15 Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
11/17 Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 ACL Live, Austin, TX
11/19 Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX
11/21 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
11/22 The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
11/23 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
11/25 The Armory, Albany, NY
11/26 Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
11/28 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
11/29 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
11/30 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
12/2 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
12/4 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
12/5 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI

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THE OCEAN announce more dates around UK Tech-Fest 2014

– April 7th, 2014 –

THE OCEAN have announced a run of UK and Irish dates in the lead up to their UK Tech-Fest 2014 appearance. A handful of shows have been confirmed for July. Those dates can be seen below.

ROBIN STAPS is eager to get back:
“We only hit London and Damnation Fest in Leeds on our last Euro headliner tour, so we’re happy to return to the UK now for another cool festival. We’re also excited to get back to Ireland, we haven’t been there since 2009 and have really good memories of our last tour over there”.

At UK Tech-Fest 2014 they will join Vildhjarta, Glass Cloud along with a host of others including: The Safety Fire, The Eyes Of A Traitor, Deadly Circus Fire and many more. Europe’s first ever progressive and technical metal outdoor festival, returns 10-14 July 2014 with a crushing next-generation metal line-up. Back for its third year, the festival has upgraded venue to the prestigious Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire. For more info:

July 2014
8th LEEDS – Cockpit
9th GLASGOW – Audio
10th DUBLIN – Fibber Magees
11th CORK – Cyprus Avenue
12th MANCHESTER – Academy 3
13th UK TECH-FEST 2014 @ Newark Showground

Check out the new trailer for The Ocean’s ‘Collective Oblivion’ DVD here:

‘COLLECTIVE OBLIVION’ 3xDVD is available now. Order at

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Anger As Art Recruits Bassist Eric Bryan Ahead Of US Tour Dates

Eric Bryan, known for his bass and vocal work with California’s Necroscope and Abstract Prayer – and perhaps more famously as the ‘metal fan/bass player with the cool posters and figurines’ in the Sam Dunn documentary film “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey,” has joined the ranks of Anger As Art in time for the band’s US tour dates through 2013 and 2014.

Says founding member Steve Gaines: “We have known Eric since Anger As Art supported Overkill back in 2005. He gave a very in depth critique of our debut album, one that let me know he listened closely. We did radio and print interviews with him… I joined his band onstage…only later did I realize he was the same guy from the movie. Just a good guy, and an old soul. When we found our bassist position open, he came in and nailed it.”

Eric’s first show with AAA took place on August 9 in Los Angeles, CA. Video footage from that night can be seen below. Check out the bassist’s appearance in “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” here. Anger As Art released its fourth full-length, “Hubris Inc.,” in February of this year on Old School Metal Records.

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