Witherfall To Release New EP “Vintage” In March

In November 2018, US dark melodic metal act Witherfall released their second studio album, A Prelude To Sorrow. Never resting on its laurels, the group led by the creative duo comprised of vocalist Joseph Michael (Sanctuary) and Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth) now announces the Vintage EP, with the CD, LP, and digital release to be available during the upcoming acoustic tour with Sonata Arctica and released via Century Media Records on March 22nd.

Witherfall reveals: “During the sessions for A Prelude To Sorrow, two cover songs were recorded that showed a different side of Witherfall, originally intended to be bonus tracks. A dark and somber version of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ with vocals recorded with Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row) and an epic version of the Helloween classic ‘A Tale That Wasn’t Right’. With the announcement of the Sonata Arctica Acoustic Adventures tour, it was decided to release these covers along with a few acoustic renditions of favorite Witherfall tracks.

“Along with new keyboardist Alex Nasla and session percussionist James “Timbali” Cornwell (Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire ), Joseph Michael, Jake Dreyer and Anthony Crawford retreated to Harmony Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA (Adele, Miley Cyrus) armed with acoustic guitars and bottles of wine to start working on acoustic arrangements for the tour. The sessions were fruitful and two acoustic versions of past Witherfall songs were recorded: a medley of ‘Vintage’ and ‘Nobody Sleeps Here…’ (originally on “Nocturnes and Requiems”) and an alternate arrangement of ‘Ode to Despair’. Instead of keeping these as secrets and finally making the rare ‘The Long Walk Home (December)’ also available to an audience outside of Japan, the Vintage EP offers a collection of music that shows another dimension of the Witherfall sound.”

Mixed and mastered by Christopher “Zeuss” Harris and again featuring artwork by Kristian Wåhlin, Vintage will be released as strictly limited, hand-numbered CD digipak, on black and limited coloured vinyl as well as on all digital platforms.

Tracklisting:

1. Vintage Medley: “Vintage I”, “Nobody Sleeps Here…”, “Vintage II”
2. A Tale That Wasn’t Right (Helloween cover)
3. Ode To Despair (acoustic)
4. The Long Walk Home (December)
5. I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover)
6. Vintage (album version)

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Thy Art Is Murder Posts New Lyric Video “Death Perception” Online

Australia’s premiere incendiary musical export, Thy Art Is Murder, has released the brand new single “Death Perception.” The song was produced, mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator Will Putney. Check out the lyric video below.

Thy Art Is Murder’s latest full-length release, “Dear Desolation” was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, NJ. The artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (Hatebreed, Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom.)

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The Three Tremors Release New Single “Invaders Of The Sky”

The Three Tremors, the new project featuring vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens (Spirits Of Fire/ex Judas Priest/ex Iced Earth,) Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (of Jag Panzer and Satan’s Force fame) and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck, known for his work with Cage and Dealer, has posted a new single and lyric video online for the song, “Invaders Of The Sky.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s eponymous debut album, which will be released on January 18th through Steel Cartel Records.

Ripper: “There is a lot going on in this song. This is 3 singers brining it old school with power and highs! To tell you the truth this is what you are going to get on the whole CD!”

Harry: “I would have to say this is one of the more thrashy tracks on album. It has a real chaotic feel too it which I love. I think we are opening the live set with this one too, it’s going to be crazy doing this one live.”

Sean: “Trying to pick which songs to do videos for was almost impossible. All 12 songs on this record are so strong that I have a new favorite each time I listen to it. We decided to pick Invaders From The Sky for one of our videos because the whole imagery of an alien invasion we thought would look killer underneath the ferocity of the music. Hats off to the guys at GHD who did an incredible job putting it together and making it look just how we wanted it. When the album hits in a couple of months everyone will sympathize with how hard it was to single out just which songs to do videos for. Everyone has a different favorite!”

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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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Artificial Sky Premiere New Single & Music Video “Evolve”

Stockholm based, modern metalcore sextet Artificial Sky premiere a new video and single titled “Evolve”.

Says guitarist Robin: “Evolve is about mankind’s negative impact on this planet and how despite knowing that changes must happen in order to avoid a crisis, some people still believe they stand above the problem. They continue to waste the Earth’s resources in sheer arrogance and act deliberately ignorant into the affect it’s having .”

Check out now “Evolve” below.

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Ashes Of Ares Posts New Music Video For “The Alien” Online

Ashes Of Ares, the band featuring former Iced Earth members Matt Barlow (vocals) and Freddie Vidales (guitar/bass) has posted a new music video online for the song, “The Alien.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s sophomore studio album, “Well Of Souls,” which was released today through Rock Of Angels Records.

Matt Barlow comments on the song: “‘The Alien’ is a tribute to Earth’s original superhero. It’s the story of our hero’s relationship with his family, and a world that may never fully realize, his strength is matched only by his love of humanity.”

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Queensryche Reveals Details For New Album “The Verdict”, Announces U.S. Tour With Fates Warning

Progressive metal legends Queensryche has announced that they will be releasing a new album on March 1st through Century Media Records entitled “The Verdict.” The record was produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA. A Pledge campaign for pre-orders can be seen here.

“I’m extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish on this record,” states Queensrÿche vocalist Todd La Torre about The Verdict. “The relentless dedication and hard work of everyone involved has been very rewarding. I am excited and looking forward to it no longer just belonging to us, but belonging to the world. We hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!”

Michael “Whip” Wilton (guitar) adds, “The Verdict is the most metal and the most progressive record we have made in a long time. I couldn’t possibly be more excited for everyone to hear this.”

To support The Verdict, Queensrÿche have also announced their spring US headline tour today with special guests Fates Warning. The Cringe will be joining both bands on select dates. The tour will kick off on March 2nd in Orlando, making stops in major markets such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and will wrap on April 3rd in Seattle. The band recently finished a run supporting Scorpions this past September. For more information on upcoming tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website here.

The tour dates are as follows:

March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 7 – Baltimore – Sound Stage*
March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun^
March 9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
March 10 – Worcester, MA – Palladium*
March 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Diesel
March 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord
March 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 16 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
March 17 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort^
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
March 22 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
March 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
March 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
March 27 – San Diego – Observatory
March 28 – Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
March 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
March 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 2 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 3 – Seattle, WA – Neptune

* with support from The Cringe
^ Queensrÿche only

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Outre Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “Hollow Earth”

Polish black metal quintet Outre premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “Hollow Earth”, which will be out in stores today via Debemur Morti.

Check out now “Hollow Earth” in its entirety below.

Hollow Earth by OUTRE

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High On Fire Premiere New Song “Spewn From The Earth”

High On Fire‘s new studio effort “Electric Messiah” will be out this Friday, October 05th. Below you another new track off it called “Spewn From The Earth”.

Comments frontman/guitarist Matt Pike of the song:

“Cryogenically frozen giant kings of old, awake and smash through the bowels of Earth to free themselves in a campaign to usurp their throne from man, and impregnate the populace once again.”

Next month High On Fire will co-headline ‘The Speed Of The Wizard Tour‘ alongside Municipal Waste:

11/02 Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
11/03 Austin, TX – Mohawk
11/04 New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
11/06 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
11/07 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/09 Washington, DC – Black Cat
11/10 Richmond, VA – The National (feat. Gwar)
11/11 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
11/12 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/13 Boston, MA – Paradise
11/15 Chicago, IL – Metro
11/17 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
11/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
11/20 Portland, OR – BossaNova Ballroom
11/21 Seattle, WA – Showbox @ The Market
11/23 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
11/24 Berkeley, CA – UC Theater
11/25 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick (no High On Fire)
11/26 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory (no High On Fire)

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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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