In Flames Releases Surprise Covers EP, Posts “It’s No Good” Video Online

Swedish melodic death metal veterans In Flames has today released a four track covers EP entitled, “Down, Wicked and No Good.” Appropriately, the song includes covers of the Alice In Chains song, “Down In A Hole,” Chris Isaak’s, “Wicked Game” and the Depeche Mode classic, “It’s No Good,” for which they have released a new music video. It also contains a live recording of the Nine Inch Nails staple, “Hurt.”

Speaking on the Depeche Mode cover, the band said: “We’ve been fans of Depeche Mode since we were as young as 10. Getting to do our rendition of ‘It’s No Good’ showed us a different side of the song – it brought new meanings to us. We relate to the lyrics and power of the song so heavily that it almost feels as if we could have written it ourselves. They’re a band that we’ve always looked up to. Growing up, you either listened to Pop, Synths or Rock and even though we are a metal band, Depeche Mode inspired a lot of the electronic elements we use in our music today.”

Earlier this week, the band kicked off their co-headline arena tour with American heavyweights, Five Finger Death Punch and special guests Of Mice & Men in Helsinki. The trek will take place across Europe and the UK, stopping in most major cities, finally concluding on December 21st at the iconic Wembley Arena in London, UK.

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Aevum To Tour With Orphaned Land In February/March 2018

Italian symphonic metal act Aevum’s has a huge pleasure to announce that they will be joining the oriental metal pioneers, Orphaned Land, on their “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” tour in Europe, kicking off on February 24th running through Holland, Germany, UK, France and Spain. See the shows below.

February 24th – Arnhem (NL) – Willem 1
February 25th – Essen (DE) – Turock
February 26th – London (UK) – Underworld
February 27th – Paris (FR) – Petit Bain
February 28th – Nantes (FR) – Ferrailleur
March 2nd – Madrid (ES) – Copernico
March 3rd – Barcelona (ES) – Bovedo
March 4th – Montpellier (FR) – Secret Place
March 6th – Koln (DE) – Jungle
March 7th – Berlin (DE) – Bi Nuu

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Saxon Reveals New Album Release Date, Artwork And Tracklisting; Announces European Tour Dates

British heavy metal legends Saxon has revealed further details on their forthcoming new album, “Thunderbolt,” including the artwork, which can be seen below. The record will be released on February 2nd through Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music) and will be followed soon afterwards by a tour of Europe with Diamond Head and Rock Goddess, while Magnum will also be on the bill at the Hull show, with many more dates to be announced next year.

Speaking about the album and tour, frontman Biff Byford stated: “This is album 22 and it’s called ‘Thunderbolt.’ It’s a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with Producer Andy Sneap and it’s finished- ready to be unleashed.Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!

“This is part 1 of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour we’re going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride. It’s gonna be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals loud and proud it’s going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way!”

The tracklisting for “Thunderbolt” is as follows:

1. Olympus Rising
2. Thunderbolt
3. The Secret of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
5. They Played Rock and Roll
6. Predator
7. Sons of Odin
8. Sniper
9. A Wizard’s Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadie’s Song
12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl

The initial tour dates for next year will take place on the following dates:

February 23 – UK, Cardiff University
February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall
February 27 – Holland, Tilburg 013
February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
March 1 – Germany, Hannover Capitol
March 2 – Germany, Frankfurt Batschkapp
March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof

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Ozzy Osbourne To Embark On “Farewell” Tour, Confirmed For European Festivals

Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will be headlining festivals across Europe next year in what is, according to the organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, his “farewell” world tour. Although this is being touted as his final world tour, Osbourne says he may still perform shows “here and there” and it is expected that he will still be releasing another album. An official statement or list of tour dates has yet to be announced by Osbourne’s camp, but he has been confirmed to headline the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium, Denmark’s, Copenhell event and both the British and Spanish editions of the Download festival.

Download Festival’s promoter, Andy Copping said: “We’re unbelievably excited to have Ozzy as one of the headliners next year. Already hailing from the Midlands, Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to Download, and after Black Sabbath closed the festival in 2016, how could I not ask The Prince of Darkness to come back all on his own? The Download family are without a shadow of a doubt, in for a treat.”

More on this story will be revealed as soon as information becomes available.

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Ozzy Osbourne To Embark On “Farewell” Tour, Confirmed For European Festivals

Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will be headlining festivals across Europe next year in what is, according to the organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, his “farewell” world tour. Although this is being touted as his final world tour, Osbourne says he may still perform shows “here and there” and it is expected that he will still be releasing another album. An official statement or list of tour dates has yet to be announced by Osbourne’s camp, but he has been confirmed to headline the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium, Denmark’s, Copenhell event and both the British and Spanish editions of the Download festival.

Download Festival’s promoter, Andy Copping said: “We’re unbelievably excited to have Ozzy as one of the headliners next year. Already hailing from the Midlands, Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to Download, and after Black Sabbath closed the festival in 2016, how could I not ask The Prince of Darkness to come back all on his own? The Download family are without a shadow of a doubt, in for a treat.”

More on this story will be revealed as soon as information becomes available.

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Carnifex, Oceano, Aversions Crown & Disentomb European/UK Tour Announced

Carnifex, Oceano, Aversions Crown and Disentomb will be touring Europe and the UK starting in February of next year. Check out all dates below:

02/23 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
02/24 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik
02/25 Hasselt, BEL – Muziekodroom
02/26 London, UK – The Dome
02/27 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s
02/28 Glasgow, UK – G2
03/01 Manchester, UK – Academy3

03/02 Leeds, UK – The Key Club
03/03 Bridgend, UK – Hobos
03/04 Paris, FRA – Le Petit Bain
03/05 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
03/06 Milano, ITA – Circolo Magnolia
03/07 Graz, AUT – Explosiv
03/08 Wien, AUT – Flex
03/09 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
03/10 Cluh-Napoca, ROM – Form Space
03/11 Kosice, SLO – Collosseum Club
03/12 Bratislava, SLO – Randal
03/13 Berlin, GER – Musik und Frieden
03/14 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
03/15 Oslo, NOR – Sub Scene
03/16 Eskilstuna, SWE – Lokomotivet
03/17 Rostock, GER – Alte Zuckerfabrik
03/18 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
03/19 Munchen, GER – Backstage
03/20 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
03/21 Hamburg, GER – Logo

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“Pumpkins United” North American Shows Announced By Helloween

German power metal institution Helloween announced the North American shows for the “Pumpkins United” Tour, which features the current lineup reuniting for the tour with former founder/vocalist Kai Hansen, as well as former vocalist Michael Kiske. The band recently released the new single “Pumpkins United” featuring all the members, which you can check out over here.

The band announced: “Indeed, the North American Helloween fans had to be very patient. Reading about Pumpkins United’s touring schedule and sold out shows in Latin America, Europe & Asia, but yet any shows in the upper half of the American continent… but your constant demands were heard!

“We proudly announce the Pumpkins United shows in the USA & Canada!

Sales are available now through Enter the Vault.

Confirmed dates are:

Sept. 07, 2018 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Sept. 08, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium – LA
Sept. 10, 2018 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Sept. 12, 2018 – CAN – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Sept. 14, 2018 – USA – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sept. 15, 2018 – USA – New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza

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Details Of New Album “Alpha/Omega” Posted By Masters Of Diguise, New Single Available

They are one of the hottest assets the German speed metal scene has to offer: Masters Of Disguise. The new album “Alpha/Omega” is bound to conquer the metal world when it drops via Limb Music on October 27th in Europe and November 24th in North America. Check out the new single “Shadows Of Death” in the player at the bottom.

Eleven songs including a mighty cover version of Exciter’s “Blackwitch” have been recorded to drive any speed metal maniac crazy. The speed smashers seem to have come from a time machine, still, the overall impression is enjoyably fresh and crisp and enthusiastic. Masters Of Disguise has come up with the third long player in a row that can be called a genuine classic.

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Rise (And Fall) Of Kingdoms
2. Sacrifice
3. Demons From The Past
4. Shadows Of Death
5. Killer’s Redemption
6. Sign Of The Cross
7. Alpha/Omega
8. Witchhammer
9. Knutson III: Nemesis (I Am The Law)
10. The Leech
11. Blackwitch (Exciter Cover)

Check out “Shadows Of Death” here:

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Details Of New Album “Alpha/Omega” Posted By Masters Of Diguise, New Single Available

They are one of the hottest assets the German speed metal scene has to offer: Masters Of Disguise. The new album “Alpha/Omega” is bound to conquer the metal world when it drops via Limb Music on October 27th in Europe and November 24th in North America. Check out the new single “Shadows Of Death” in the player at the bottom.

Eleven songs including a mighty cover version of Exciter’s “Blackwitch” have been recorded to drive any speed metal maniac crazy. The speed smashers seem to have come from a time machine, still, the overall impression is enjoyably fresh and crisp and enthusiastic. Masters Of Disguise has come up with the third long player in a row that can be called a genuine classic.

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Rise (And Fall) Of Kingdoms
2. Sacrifice
3. Demons From The Past
4. Shadows Of Death
5. Killer’s Redemption
6. Sign Of The Cross
7. Alpha/Omega
8. Witchhammer
9. Knutson III: Nemesis (I Am The Law)
10. The Leech
11. Blackwitch (Exciter Cover)

Check out “Shadows Of Death” here:

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“Machine Messiah Tour” Announced By Sepultura For 2018

In early 2018, Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura will head out on a lengthy and extensive European headline tour in support of the highly acclaimed album “Machine Messiah,” which was released in early 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Be prepared for a full 90 minute onslaught of pure Sepultura, with a set list featuring new hits as well as some timeless classics.

After an extremely successful tour with Kreator and a raft of festival shows in 2017, Sepultura will return to Europe with the most powerful billing yet. German technical death metal masters Obscura are confirmed as direct support, followed by U.S. based death/black metal act Goatwhore and New Jersey’s finest deathcore outfit, Fit For An Autopsy.

Andreas Kisser states: “Sepulnation Europe, I’m very happy to announce our first headline tour for the Machine Messiah album in February/March 2018! I couldn’t be more excited with the bands that are going to be with us, such amazing acts like Obscura, Goatwhore and Fit For An Autopsy! So be ready, the Messiah is on the move, see you all soon! DESTROY!!!!”

Confirmed dates are as follows:

23.02.2018 DE – Leipzig, Conne Island
24.02.2018 CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
25.02.2018 HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
27.02.2018 IT – Rome, Orion Club
28.02.2018 IT – Milano, Magazzini Generali
01.03.2018 AT – Graz, Explosiv
02.03.2018 SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
03.03.2018 PL – Warsaw, Proxima
04.03.2018 PL – Gdansk, B90
06.03.2018 DE – Berlin, Columbia Theater
07.03.2018 DE – Hamburg, Docks
08.03.2018 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
09.03.2018 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
10.03.2018 DE – München, Backstage
11.03.2018 NL – Utrecht, Tivoli Ronda
13.03.2018 UK – Bristol, SWX
14.03.2018 UK – Glasgow, SWG3
15.03.2018 IRE – Dublin, The Tivoli
16.03.2018 UK – Pwlhelli, Hammerfest
17.03.2018 UK – Sheffield, Foundry
18.03.2018 UK – London, Koko
20.03.2018 FR – Paris, Elysee Montmartre
21.03.2018 DE – Bochum, Zeche
22.03.2018 DE – Nürnberg, Hirsch
23.03.2018 AT – Salzburg, Rockhouse
24.03.2018 CH – Solothurn, Kofmehl

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