Shredmonton Fest Offering Free Digital 2017 Sampler

Edmonton, AB’s loudest indoor metal festival and conference Shredmonton – presented by Prairie Fire Events Ltd – is offering metal fans a free digital sampler of headbanging tunes from bands on this year’s line up. Listen in below or grab your own digital copy at Bandcamp here.

Featuring some of the heaviest acts from across Canada to rumble the Alberta prairies, this year’s Shredmonton will be headlined by Vancouver power titans Unleash The Archers, Winnipeg’s doom funeral Psychotic Gardening, and Edmonton gore masters Bleed from Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14th 2017 at the Mercury Room.

This year’s festival also features an all ages event on the Sunday date, as well as the return of the all-ages industry conference aspect, which includes panels on publicity & promotion, festival booking plus vocal, guitar and recording / live sound clinics.

ShrEdmonton organizer Tyson Travnik comments: “We’re very proud to be able to focus this year’s festival on showcasing bands that we feel have supported past Canadian festivals plus helped their local scenes flourish. Focusing on keeping this year’s experience intimate, yet retaining top-shelf quality is something that I think will set 2017 apart from events we’ve done in the past.”

Shredmonton 2017 Shredder Sampler by Shredmonton

The free digital sampler’s track listing is as follows:

1. Assimilation – Sigil Of The False God 03:20
2. Bleed – Hate March Kill 03:55
3. Days I Die – The Rise 04:30
4. Disturb The Dead – We Are The Ones 02:29
5. Eye of Horus – The Nithing 04:15
6. Gatekeeper – Victims of Sacrifice 04:47
7. Krepitus – Apex Predator 03:28
8. Leave The Living – Word Of A Whore 03:43
9. Osyron – Gallery of Fools 04:59
10. Psychotic Gardening – Origin of The Infection 04:22
11. Scarlet Serenity – Victim 03:17
12. Sleeping In Traffic – Listen Up! 06:20
13. Voltang – Garbage People 03:42

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Blackfinger To Release New Album “When Colors Fade Away”

Eric Wagner is a unique and legendary voice in the doom scene, and M-Theory Audio is pleased to announce the release of his next Blackfinger album, “When Colors Fade Away,” this coming summer.

Renowned and still cherished for the classic material he recorded with Chicago’s Trouble for over two decades, in recent years Wagner has been focusing on a couple other promising new bands in a similar vein and one of those is Blackfinger. Now relocated to Pittsburgh, Eric has a new full band lineup and is joined in Blackfinger for a sophomore album by another respected name in doom metal circles: guitarist Terry Weston of Dream Death/Penance.

“I’m extremely excited to announce that Blackfinger has signed with M-Theory Audio,” cites Eric Wagner. “It is an honor and a pleasure to work with Marco Barbieri again after all these years.”

“Eric, the pleasure is all mine,” responds M-Theory Audio’s Marco Barbieri. “Eric Wagner is a true artist, talent and storyteller. I’ve spent the last 34 years listening to classic tales weaved by this man; and he is truly one of my favorite vocalists. Along the way I’ve had the pleasure of working with Eric and Trouble while at Century Media during their Plastic Green Head album cycle and even had his other band, The Skull, headline one of the Doom in June Festivals. Now our co-operation and friendship continues and I am fortunate to release the new and phenomenal Blackfinger album.”

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Life Of Agony Releases “World Gone Mad” Music Video

After 12 long years, Brooklyn hard rock Life Of Agony is finally back with brand new album “A Place Where There’s No More Pain,” which is set to be released April 28th via Napalm Records.

Back in the famous and original “River Runs Red” line up fronted by the one & only Mina Caputo, today the band unleashes an official video for “World Gone Mad” – check it out below.

“The message behind ‘World Gone Mad’ could not be more relevant to what’s going on all over this planet right now. People are more divided than ever, and if we continue to ignore the fact that this world is busting at its seams and just continue to ‘stick our heads underground,’ like the lyrics suggest, we will see a madness in our lifetime like we’ve never experienced before,” explained bassist Alan Robert.

He continues: “With the ‘World Gone Mad’ video, we were really looking to break out of the typical performance video approach to capture a high concept visual. There is clearly a strong homage to horror movies such as Hellraiser and The Ring, and U.K. director Leigh Brooks of Firebelly Films went above and beyond to bring our ideas to life. It’s definitely the darkest and scariest looking video we’ve done to date.”

1. Meet My Maker
2. Right This Wrong
3. A Place Where There’s No More Pain
4. Dead Speak Kindly
5. A New Low
6. World Gone Mad
7. Bag Of Bones
8. Walking Catastrophe
9. Song For The Abused
10. Little Spots Of You

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Accept Announces New Album, Special Wacken Show

The heavy metal pioneers from Accept just finished an extensive European tour and have announced that they are immediately back in the game with a new studio album. This record, entitled “The Rise Of Chaos,” will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017.

The band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – “Blood Of The Nations,” “Stalingrad,” and “Blind Rage” – with grandeur and precision.

And if this wasn’t enough, Accept will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represent the band’s creative power:

– Part 1 will bring fans a classic Accept set, packed with new and old hits.

– Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album “Headbangers Symphony” released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise.

– Part 3 features all elements seen and heard together: Accept will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

Wolf Hoffmann stated: “It’s always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organising team put into their work to get a varied result. It’s a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that Accept has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans.”

Thomas Jensen, organizer of Wacken Open Air, comments: “Accept have been and are still a very important part of Germany’s heavy metal scene. We’re really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure.”

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Karma Zero Covers Korn’s “Blind” With New Music Video

With this cover, Karma Zero tries to display the band’s own version with hints to the metalcore and deathcore style, rather than to copy the original version with just a different production and specific vocals.

The five-piece respects Korn’s original song, yet re-appropriates it to create a new Karma Zero track appearing on sophomore album “Monsters” that just saw release April 12th. The band comments on this cover experiment:

“The original words by Jonathan Davis on ‘Blind’ depict his global malaise and his helplessness feeling towards it and his fear of the outside world. That matches perfectly with the whole concept of Karma Zero’s latest album ‘Monsters.’ Actually, the band draws a parallel between old monster movies from the 50’s and our everyday life.

“The movies creatures are always rejected due to their difference and the misunderstanding of ‘regular’ people. This feeling is also shared by the one whose style walks away from the norm, sometimes leading to a mutual understanding denial. Modern monsters, in other words. The original Korn track matches ideally with the band’s words when giving the point of view of an ‘everyday monster.'”

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Cadaveria And Node To Play Padova Metal Fest 2017

Alpha Omega Management has a pleasure to announce that two roster bands – the horror metallers from Cadaveria and death / thrash group Node – are now confirmed for Padova Metal Fest,

The fest takes place one August 5th, with Cadaveria booked as the headliner of the evening. Get more information about festival over here or via the tour poster below.

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Demonical Recruits New Vocalist Alexander Högbom

Demonical has officially split with the band’s vocalist and now brought on a new band member. The group issued this statement about the situation:

“We have parted with vocalist Sverker Widgren due to various time and priority related matters. As there are always two sides to every story and answers might differ depending on who you ask, we prefer to keep the more detailed reasons amongst the ones involved and not publicly go into further explanations. However, in order to avoid any speculations we can inform you that there is no bad blood between any of us, we want to thank Sverker for all the years in the band and we wish him the very best of luck for the future.

“As the band has always operated under the motto ‘only the best is good enough,’ we are thrilled to announce that one of Sweden’s premium death metal vocalists, Alexander Högbom (known from acts such as October Tide and Centinex) has joined us as our new permanent commander.

“In order to raise the flames even higher, we can hereby also reveal that after more than two years in Demonical on a session basis, guitarist Eki Kumpulainen and drummer Kennet Englund have both become full-time members of the band.

“With this determined and solid line-up we are very much looking forward to the upcoming Finnish shows next week, the summer tour across Eastern Europe during July as well as the album recording in the autumn.

“Yes that’s right, during the fall we will (finally) record our fifth full-length album for an early 2018 release. We have tapped an award-winning Swedish producer for the task and we are confident that the album – which summons bits and pieces from all our previous releases – will become an improved quality-related chapter for Demonical and push our Swedish Death Metal Darkness to a new level. The future looks more than victorious!”

Alexander Högbom added: “It is with excitement and great honor I will shoulder Sverker Widgren’s position in Demonical. I have known the band for almost 10 years now and we have toured together all over the globe with my other bands both as support and vice versa. This is one more step for me into the chasm of Swedish death metal darkness.”

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Claudio Sanchez Releases New Comic “The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV”

Issue one of Claudio Sanchez’s comic series/space odyssey, “The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV” was released today via Evil Ink Comics/Boom! Studios. The 12-issue sci-fi series is the 3rd in a line of comics that follow the story arc from Sanchez’s band, Coheed and Cambria.

The new series loosely follows the lyrics and tone of 2005 album, “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness,” and elaborates on the graphic novel of the same name which was released as a companion piece to the album on it’s original release. You can get your copy over here.

The story of “Good Apollo” flows around protagonist Claudio Kilgannon (son of Coheed and Cambria) who until now has been mostly in hiding since the death of his parents; his advancing physical powers have drawn him out. It’s becoming clear to Kilgannon and those around him that the he is one mentioned in the prophecies, sent by God to destroy the universe he lives in because too many mistakes were made by the elite. But to Kilgannon, none of this makes any sense. Ambellina, the blue-skinned fallen Prise who’s mission it is to watch over him – helps guide him on the decisions he has in front of him.

Evil Tri-Mage Wilhelm Ryan is out to stop Kilgannon, and imprison every last human living in Heaven’s fence, or worse, steal their souls. “Good Apollo” introduces a character that crosses the fictional plane of the series: the “Writing Writer” Ryder, the alleged creator of these worlds, whose heartbreak in life is beginning to affect the fictional story, and causing him to lose control of his characters to their own free will.

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Ghost To Headline Bloodstock Festival 2017

The organizers of this year’s Bloodstock Festival are very excited to announce Ghost as the Saturday night headliner.

This will be Ghost’s first ritual at Bloodstock and watching the stage show after dark is sure to be quite the religious experience, Check out a taster of what might be in store via a clip from Hellfest 2016 below.

A Nameless Ghoul informs us: “We are absolutely chuffed to finally be playing at the classic Bloodstock Over the years we have heard so many great things about it and now, to be able to headline one of the nights, is a great honour and we are very much looking forward to it. Thank you all and see you there!”

Bloodstock 2017 will take place from August 10th – 13th at Catton Park, Derbyshire.

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Lamb Of God Lines Up Headlining Off Dates During Slayer Tour

Internationally-renowned outfit Lamb Of God was recently announced as support for headlining metal legends Slayer, along with fellow supporting death metal group Behemoth this summer. The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12th in Bemidji, MN, winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20th. Tickets are on sale now via this location.

In addition to these dates, Lamb Of God is today announcing select headline one-off dates throughout the Slayer tour. Behemoth will provide direct support during these special performances.

Stops include Grand Rapids, MI, Montreal, QC, St. Louis, MO and Salt Lake City, UT. See below for a full listing of confirmed shows and pick up tickets for the Lamb Of God headline dates starting this Friday, April 7th at 10am local time via Lamb Of God’s website here.

7/12 Sanford Center, Bemidji, MN
7/13 Rock Fest 2017, Cadott, WI (Slayer and LAMB OF GOD on this bill)
7/15 Rock USA 2017, Ford Festival Park, Oshkosh, WI (Slayer and LAMB OF GOD on this bill)
17/6 Chicago Open Air Festival, Toyota Park, Chicago, IL (Slayer, LAMB OF GOD and Behemoth on this bill)
7/17 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI (LAMB OF GOD headline, Behemoth support, no Slayer)
7/18 Express Live!, Columbus, OH
7/20 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
7/21 St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL
7/23 Electric Factory Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
7/24 M TELUS, Montreal, QC (LAMB OF GOD headline, Behemoth support, no Slayer)
7/25 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
7/27 Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
7/28 Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
7/30 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
7/31 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO (LAMB OF GOD headline, Behemoth support, no Slayer)

8/1 Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
8/2 1st Bank Center, Denver, CO
8/4 The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
8/5 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
8/8 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles, CA
8/9 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
8/11 The Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
8/12 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
8/14 Encana Events Center, Dawson Creek, BC CANADA
8/15 SMS Equipment Stadium, Fort McMurray, AB CANADA
8/17 KettleHouse Amphitheater, Missoula, MT
8/18 The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT (LAMB OF GOD headline, Behemoth support, no Slayer)
8/19 Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
8/20 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

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