“Loud Fest” Shut Down By Police Following Altercation Between Audience And Security

Past Saturday’s “Loud Fest” at GameChangerWorld in South Howell, NJ was cut short by police after an altercation between security and some audience members. The fest was booked to feature Despised Icon, Knocked Loose, Internal Bleeding, On Broken Wings, Jesus Piece. The venue issued the below statement on that matter:

“A message from GameChangerWorld & Diamond Concerts:

Due to an altercation between a private contracted security officer and a few concert goers, Howell Township Police cancelled the remainder of tonight’s scheduled show. GameChangerWorld security and staff were NOT involved in the altercation and supported the Howell Police as needed.

Media reports of multiple injuries and transports are fabricated. Howell Police responded to a 911 call and with our staff, we were all able to exit the venue. Any reports of the contrary are not true.

GameChangerWorld has never had any problems with any of our crowds over the 4 years we have been in Howell and tonight’s incident with our security contractor will be reviewed and addressed so future incidents are avoided.

We appreciate the fans and artist support. GameChangerWorld management is cooperating with Howell Police as they investigate the incident between the security officer and the entire situation.

We also appreciate the fans for their cooperation and despite negative comments surrounding the incident, you all pulled together and evacuated the premises. This is not something that typically happens so thank you all for your patience throughout the night.”

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New Album “Life” Announced By JoNo, Band Signs With Frontiers Music Srl

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the upcoming release from JoNo entitled “Life,” which will be available December 1st. Today, the band has released a music video for the first single, “No Return.” Check it out in the player at the bottom.

Pre-order “Life” at this location. Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “No Return.”

The band says: ‘We are very thrilled and proud about our cooperation with Frontiers Music Srl, a label which is home to so many great artists we truly respect and admire. As a band, this is an excellent opportunity to reach the international markets we’ve been aiming for. We can’t wait to release the coming album, and of course hit the stage to be heard and seen by a wider audience, meeting with old and new fans. See you all out there!’

JoNo started as a solo project of singer Johan Norrby (hence the moniker “JoNo”), who has been singing, writing, and playing music in various bands and projects over the years. This is very much true for all the members of the band. Guitarist Stefan Helleblad is also a member of Dutch symphonic sensations Within Temptation. Drummer Nicka Hellenberg actually played all the drums on Within Temptation’s “The Unforgiving” and has an impressive resume involving bands and recordings. Both keyboard player Johan Carlgren and bass player Janne Henriksson are frequently hired for both live and studio sessions. Leo Olsson – also a busy musician – joined the band in 2015.

JoNo’s music is hard to pinpoint. Maybe it’s best described as melodic rock with symphonic and progressive elements, always based on strong melodies with bombastic arrangements. Dynamics and a contemporary, fat sound are important ingredients in the JoNo musical recipe. The music has been said to show the influence of great artists like Queen, Supertramp, Kansas, Journey and Sparks, but above all the band has received a lot of credit and praise because of their unique sound.

The track listing for “Life” is:

1. Sailors
2. Crown
3. No Return
4. On The Other Side
5. Downside
6. To Be Near You
7. My Love
8. The Magician
9. Trust
10. The March

Check out “No Return” here:

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Godhead Machinery Signs With Inverse Records

Finland’s Inverse Records and Swedish unorthodox extreme metal band Godhead Machinery have come together to strike a record deal. The full-length album named “Ouroboros” is now slated for release in the autumn 2017.

First single “Praise The Flesh” will drop June 14th, but for now check out an album trailer below. Band founder Robert “Kail” Karlsson (Misericordia) comments on the new record deal:

“We are very honored that Inverse believe in our tunes and our cause against the malevolent order that rules today! This collaboration will be the fuel that we need to keep focusing on the analyses of the world and on our music.”

Joni Kantoniemi from Inverse Records adds: “The first time I heard Godhead Machinery’s tunes, I was spellbound by the extraordinary atmosphere they can create. I am extremely excited with our cooperation.”

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Eyes Wide Open Signs Deal With Sony Music

Eyes Wide Open is thrilled to announce the band just signed a distribution deal with Sony Music for an upcoming release. Guitarist Kristofer Strandberg comments:

“We are super stoked about this cooperation with Sony Music and together we will take EWO to the next level. Further information about the upcoming release is yet to be publicized and we are eagerly anticipating the next announcement!”

Since humble beginnings in Karlstad, Sweden back in 2011, Eyes Wide Open has offered clear melodies and catchy riffs with an immense sound leading the way in melodic death metal. In 2017 E.W.O comes back to life with the third and final part of an album trilogy.

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Inner Wound Recordings Inks Deal With Power Quest

Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce the signing of U.K. act Power Quest, one of the premiere melodic power metal bands in the world, to the label. The band will hit the studio in April and the new album is scheduled to be released in October.

Known for their catchy, uplifting sound and superb live shows, PQ are back to deliver their 6th album in conjunction with Inner Wound. Having toured with the likes of Helloween, Angra, Freedom Call and Symphony X to name but a few, the band are ready to take things to the next level.

Steve Williams of Power Quest comments: “I’m really pleased to have sealed the deal with Emil and Inner Wound for the release of the next PQ opus. We were in discussions for a couple of months, during which time the salient points of the deal were already agreed before I recently flew to Gothenburg to sign the agreement in person. In this age of faceless business it was refreshing to do things the old fashioned way. I’m really excited about this collaboration and we have a lot of cool things planned for the next 12 months.”

Emil Westerdahl of Inner Wound Recordings comments: “It’s a true pleasure to announce the signing of Power Quest to the label. During the past few months that Steve and I have been in contact it’s become clear that we share the same vision for the band and that Power Quest and Inner Wound is a perfect fit. I am really excited about the cooperation and also confident that together we’ll be able to take Power Quest to the next level.”

Power Quest is:

Ashley Edison – Vocals
Steve Williams – Keyboards
Dan Owen – Guitars
Gav Owen – Guitars
Paul Finnie – Bass
Rich Smith – Drums

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Barren Earth To Record New Album In 2017

Barren Earth just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album:

“Hello friends! A bit of news for you: Barren Earth is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s ‘On Lonely Towers.’ We have booked Woodshed Studios for March and April, where we will work under Victor Santura’s watching eye.

“A ton of material has already been written, and it would be safe to say already now that it will differ quite strongly from our previous works. To be specific, we are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!

“The songs are very varied, so it’s going to be extremely interesting to create an integrated entity for you to enjoy.”

This is how Mr. Santura comments on the cooperation: “Actually I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I’ve heard so far sounds very promising, so I hope that the recording- and mixing sessions will be a great pleasure.”

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Barren Earth To Record New Album In 2017

Barren Earth just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album:

“Hello friends! A bit of news for you: Barren Earth is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s ‘On Lonely Towers.’ We have booked Woodshed Studios for March and April, where we will work under Victor Santura’s watching eye.

“A ton of material has already been written, and it would be safe to say already now that it will differ quite strongly from our previous works. To be specific, we are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!

“The songs are very varied, so it’s going to be extremely interesting to create an integrated entity for you to enjoy.”

This is how Mr. Santura comments on the cooperation: “Actually I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I’ve heard so far sounds very promising, so I hope that the recording- and mixing sessions will be a great pleasure.”

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Desecrate Song “Nevermore” To Appear In Horror Movie

European death metal band Desecrate’s song “Nevermore,” taken from latest album “Orpheus,” will be featured in the movie “Stridor” due for release in late January/early February 2017. Desecrate comments:

“We are proud to announce that our piece ‘Nevermore’ was chosen for Ildo Brizi and Andrea LIonetti’s new movie ‘Stridor.” Desecrate is going to be engaged with a small part in this horror gothic slasher movie and from this cooperation will be extracted the new video clip that will come out at the beginning of 2017, when the promotional activity of the band will continue.”

ORPHEUS by DESECRATE

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Despotz Records Signs Apocalypse Orchestra, Debut Album Expected Later This Year

Sweden’s “best kept secret”, the exciting medieval metal outfit Apocalypse Orchestra has signed with Sweden’s fastest growing label, Despotz Records.

The sextet, who hail from the Baltic Sea region, and utilize non traditional instruments such as lutes, bagpipes, the mandola and even the hurdy gurdy, have one leg entrenched in medieval times and the other firmly in modern metal.

Apocalypse Orchestra was formed by mult-instrumentalists Mikael (Vocals, guitars, mandola, lute and cittern) and Erik (Hurdy gurdy, mandola, bagpipes, backing vocals) who developed a bond over their mutual love of the unlikely combination of folk music and doom metal. With a foundation of original music and lyrics the duo also decided to incorporate melodies stemming from as far back as the 11th century, the goal was to create a musical homage to a long gone era.

The songs tell stories of plagues, of hell and the senseless acts of war and suffering, all while weaving a romantic era thread combined with the crushing modern metal mentality that only Apocalypse Orchestra can deliver.

The band says, “We are very happy to commence this cooperation with Despotz Records, It feels like the next logical step for us today. Despotz have shown that they understand the band and our music and have shown complete confidence in us.”

Despotz Records’ Omer Akay says, “Apocalypse Orchestra is Sweden’s ‘Best Kept Secret’ and we couldn’t be prouder than to have them with Despotz.”

Apocalypse Orchestra have begun recording their debut album in various castles across the Swedish countryside and expect the album to see a release later in 2016.

The band posted a live clip of the song “Theater of War” as a teaser:

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Liv Kristine Responds To Mediation Document Release, Announces Upcoming Collaboration

Following her former band releasing a mediation document from when Liv Kristine and Leaves’ Eyes parted ways, Liv has now posted this message to fans and announcement about plans for upcoming music:

“1,200 messages – YOU ARE AMAZING! I have read all your heart-warming words and good wishes. This is the essence of our true and honest relationship. So much love to my fans and friends!

“Still, I am horrified – how can someone put a protocol not approved on by me online, without asking me for permission? I don’t see the necessity in this. Anyway, it puts things straight: I was fired from my own band that day. A sudden action, and well planned.

“Let the past be past! Today I talked with Raymond (Theatre of Tragedy) for further cooperation. Are you ready? Who’s in?”

For those who missed the unfolding train wreck, Liv and Leaves’ Eyes very unexpectedly parted ways recently, which led to dueling statements about how the breakup went down and whether it was really a mutual decision.

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