Queensryche Announces European Tour Dates With Firewind

Progressive metal legends Queensrÿche has announced that they will be playing some of the most renowned European festivals along with a few club shows in support of their upcoming album, “The Verdict,” which will be released on March 1st. Special guests on that run will be Firewind and Mirrorplain, joining them on selected shows.

“We are very excited that we will touring Europe again! Really looking forward to seeing you all in support of our new album! Thank you all for your embrace and support.” – Todd La Torre.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 25 – SO36, Berlin, Germany
July 26 – Rock of Ages, Rottenburg-Seebronn, Germany *+
July 27 – Fezen Festival, Szekesfehervar, Hungary +
July 28 – Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia
July 30 – Free & Easy Festival, München, Germany
July 31 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
August 2 – Wacken Open-Air, Wacken, Germany *+
August 3 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands
August 4 – Petit Bain, Paris, France *
August 6 – Rock Planet, Pinarella di Cervia, Italy
August 7 – Konzertfabrik z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
August 9 – Alcatraz Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium +
August 10 – Into The Grave Festival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands *+
August 11 – Bloodstock Open Air Festival, Walton-on-Trent, England *+
August 13 – Waterfront, Norwich, Norfolk, England *
August 14 – o2 Islington Academy, London, England *
August 15 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany *
August 16 – Summer Breeze Festival, Dinkelsbühl, Germany *+
August 17 – Turock Festival, Essen, Germany *+

* – Firewind do not appear
+ – Mirrorplain do not appear

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Deserted Fear Posts New Music Video “Reflect The Storm” Online

Death metal masters, Deserted Fear, will release their new album, “Drowned By Humanity,” on February 8th via Century Media Records. A video for the new single, “Reflect The Storm”, can be seen below.

Says the band: “This week we present you ‘Reflect The Storm’, the last appetizer before the official album release. Drowned By Humanity is a very intimate record which comprises various emotions. As we returned from our Europe tour at the end of 2017, we directly began to write new songs and this song conveys the feeling of being on road like no other. ‘Reflect The Storm’ is an ode to our fans, event organizers, bands and our crew – people whom we have met on tour and who have become our friends!

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Mastodon Posts Fourth Tour Recap Video

Atlanta, Georgia based heavy metal stars Mastodon has posted a new video online, the fourth in a series chronicling their recent tour. You can check it out below. The band stated: “Billy Butterslax keeps busy on the road! We had a blast having our buddy, Danger Ehren on the road for a few days last summer. UK and Europe, has been a great tour so far!”

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Ashen Horde Posts New Lyric Video “Profound Darkness” Online

Hailing from the cold, unforgiving wastelands of Hollywood, California, Ashen Horde is a two-piece band that strives to embrace a multitude of extreme metal sub-genres, without being bound to any one of them. Drawing influence from metal’s crème de le extreme, from Enslaved and Devin Townsend to Ihsahn and Opeth, Ashen Horde (aka Trevor Portz and Stevie Boiser (Vale of Phath, Inferi)), may have a sound rooted in death and black metal, but can’t truly be called either.

Originally launched as a one-man project in 2013 by writer and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Portz, Ashen Horde has released two albums, as well as several EPs, over the past three years. Beginning with the ambitious Sanguinum Vindicta trilogy, Portz has worked tirelessly to develop a sound that is both challenging and unique.

The band has just completed its third album, Fallen Cathedrals and has signed with Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records for its release on CD and vinyl in Europe and North America on March 22nd.

The duo has unleashed the concept album’s first single and video “Profound Darkness”.

The band explains the track:

“We slow things down a bit for this one, it is a song that is much grimmer and dark. The power has gone out across the entire poor part of the city, and the inhabitants—wary and distrusting of their wealthy neighbors—have decided that it must surely be the fault of the rich. Thus, they determine that the peace between the two sides is over and that they must get revenge.”

A concept album in the vein of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High Rise, Fallen Cathedrals explores class warfare and a society’s descent into primitive, warring tribes. Musically, the album expands further on the complexities of the band’s earlier releases, but with even more emphasis on progressive and melodic elements, even incorporating clean vocals for the first time. It will appeal to fans of the more progressive side of extreme metal, from Ihsahn and Borknagar to Opeth and Enslaved.

Portz states: “The forthcoming album, Fallen Cathedrals, is the perfect illustration of what Ashen Horde is all about. Musically, it draws influence from across the metal spectrum. There is hyper speed, blast-beat-fueled black metal that runs alongside pummeling death metal riffs; clean-sung melodic passages juxtaposed against face-melting screams, and headbanging beats intermixed with progressive odd-time signatures.”

Tracklisting:

1. Parity Lost
2. Profound Darkness
3. Retaliation-Regret
4. The Vanishing
5. Atavism
6. Cages
7. Final Ascent
8. Face Of The Enmity
9. Primal (bonus track on CD only)

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Gatekeeper Posts New Music Video “Grey Maiden” Online

Canadian true metal force Gatekeeper have debuted a music video for the title track from their new EP “Grey Maiden,” set for release on February 22nd via Cruz Del Sur Music. You can check it out below.

Featuring two brand-new compositions, a cover song and a track re-recorded from their first demo, Grey Maiden picks right up where the band’s acclaimed East Of Sun first full-length left off. The groundswell of support in North America and abroad – including the selling out of the vinyl and CD pressing of East Of Sun within six months – spurred Gatekeeper to satiate their ever-growing fanbase with a new release.

“We’ve been working harder and faster than ever since all of this started happening,” says guitarist and founding member Geoff Blackwell. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending the past ten-plus years in bands, it’s that momentum is your greatest resource and you’ve gotta pour gasoline on the little fires that pop up in your career.”

According to Blackwell, Gatekeeper (who are rounded out by vocalist Jean-Pierre, lead guitarist Kenny Kroecher, bassist David Messier and drummer Tommy Tro) has performed more shows in 2018 than all other years of the band combined, which has started to influence their songwriting. While East Of Sun is considered by many fans to get only better with each passing listen, the songs on Grey Maiden are some of the band’s most immediate compositions to date. However, there are some twists afoot.

“The title track might be our best song yet,” notes Blackwell. “It’s got a massive chorus, intricate vocal lines and catchy, pummelling riffs. We re-recorded the song ‘Tale Of Twins’, which is an old favorite that we’ve been playing lately. It’s finally gotten the recording and performance quality that the song deserves! JP did a great job with the singing on this one.

“‘Moss’ is a big departure from our other material,” he continues. “It’s a soft, finger-picked acoustic ballad featuring a lilting guitar pattern inspired by traditional folk music with fantasy-tinged lyrics. We also brought in a guest violinist to fill in the gaps. It’s much different than anything else we’ve done, but I think it makes perfect sense for Gatekeeper. Lastly, we covered an obscure Nwobhm song by a band named Tredegar called ‘Richard III’. They’re a very cool, but forgotten band from Wales who had ex-members of Budgie in their ranks. They were a very early example of epic metal and we decided that it would be a good match for us. Kenny and I took some liberties with the guitar arrangement.”

Gatekeeper’s future plans include a tour of Europe in support of “Grey Maiden,” including spots on key festivals such as Hell Of Hammaburg, Swordbrothers and Up The Hammers. In addition to more live dates in their home territory of Canada, Gatekeeper will buckle down and get to work on their second LP, which, according to Blackwell, will feature material contributed by the entire band. But, before the calendar jumps over to 2019, some reflection of 2018 is warranted, a year that saw Gatekeeper emerge as one of the best new traditional metal hopefuls in recent memory.

“Obviously we all hoped the album would do well and I figured that we’d make a few sales and play some fun shows here and there,” closes Blackwell. “But, I absolutely never expected us to sell out the first vinyl and CD pressing so quickly. That’s the kind of stuff that usually happens to other people. The outpouring of support from our new friends and fans on social media and streaming platforms like YouTube has been huge, too.”

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Devin Townsend Announces “Empath Europe – Volume 1” Tour Dates

Canadian heavy music artist, Devin Townsend, recently announced the release of his forthcoming new album, Empath, for March 29th, and today he reveals the dates for the Empath Europe – Volume 1 tour, starting in November.

Devin comments: “After a year of intensive recording, mixing, and reflection, I have decided where I want to take the next level of my career as a live performer. I have had success and great memories from both the Devin Townsend Project as well as Strapping Young Lad, but now I am fortunate enough to be able to follow the muse where it currently leads. I am proud to announce that for the first ‘band’ tour of the Empath cycle, I am going to stretch my wings in ways I have not had the opportunity to do before and tour with a ‘backing band’ that can shift and morph as the music dictates instead of adhering to a click track. ‘Empath Europe Volume 1’ will be the first example of this, and the first tour will be in Europe (other territories to follow).

“I have spent considerable effort think about the things I wanted to do for these shows, and one thing I came out of DTP with was the awareness that I wanted to incorporate a more improvisational element to what I do. With the best players I can find, my plan is to interpret my back catalogue, as well as the Empath material, in ways that may change nightly. less computers, and less of a rigid structure. I want to use Volume 1 as a way to bring my music to people in a potentially new way. People playing music…

“I hope you will consider joining me at these concerts. As a performer, it’s important to be able to be willing to react, and my hope is that each of these shows will be a unique experience.

“Thank you for allowing me to do what I do. See you there?”

The tour dates are as follows:

December 2 – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
December 3 – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
December 6 – Academy, Dublin, Ireland
December 7 – Limelight, Belfast, UK
December 9 – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
December 10 – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
December 12 – Roundhouse, London, UK
December 13 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

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Skyharbor European/UK Spring Tour Announced

Skyharbor will be out touring Europe and the UK this spring to promote their latest release, “Sunshine Dust“. That trek will take them to the following venues:

03/27 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
03/28 Munich, GER – Backstage
03/29 Budapest, HUN – Robot
03/30 Cluj-Napoca, ROM – Flying Circus
03/31 Bucharest, ROM – Control Club
04/02 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
04/03 Prague, CZE – Strahov 007
04/04 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
04/05 Modena, ITA – La Tenda
04/06 Milan, ITA – Circolo Svolta
04/08 Madrid, SPA – Nazca
04/09 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
04/11 Dusseldorf, GER – The Tube
04/13 Copenhagen, DEN – High Voltage
04/14 Oslo, NOR – John Dee
04/17 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
04/18 Roeselare, BEL – De Verlichte Geest
04/19 Paris, FRA – Backstage By The Mill
04/21 Manchester, UK – Satan’s Hollow
04/22 Nottingham, UK – Bodega
04/23 London, UK – Underworld

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Ghost Posts New Webisode “The Visit” Online

Today, multi-Grammy-nominated Swedish rock band Ghost releases “Chapter 6: The Visit,” the latest video in the band’s narrative webisode series. In “Chapter 5: The Call,” Sister Imperator, who was recuperating from a horrible car crash, discussed the merits and failings of “The Omen” feature film franchise while on the phone with Papa Nihil. In “Chapter 6: The Visit,” the story continues. Check it out below.

Twenty-nineteen is already looking to be a stellar year for Ghost. Following the band’s critically-acclaimed Fall 2018 North American tour where the itinerary included the band’s first headline – and sold out – arena shows – the Los Angeles Forum and Montreal’s Place Bell – Ghost will take its “A Pale Tour Named Death” to Europe, launching on February 3 in Lyon, France. Frontman Cardinal Copia will take a short break for a quick trip to Los Angeles where he will attend The Grammys on February 10 as the band is nominated in two categories: Best Rock Album for Prequelle and Best Rock Song for “Rats,” the song that held the 2018 record for most weeks at #1 at Rock Radio, a total of eight. In 2016, Ghost took home its first Grammy for its song “Circe” as “Best Metal Performance.” This summer, Ghost will be Special Guest on all four legs of Metallica’s “Worldwired” European Stadium tour that starts May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Epic melodic death metallers Nothgard post tour recap and launch video for “Guardians Of Sanity”

– December 12th, 2018 –

Epic Melodic Death Metallers Nothgard have just finished their live activities for 2018. Bandleader Dom R. Crey comments: “Wow, what a blast! Four weeks, countless shows all over Europe and an incredibly awesome time. At the end of October, we started with the guys of Parasite Inc. in the ‘Malady X‘ release-tour, and would like to thank all those who came to the shows. The energy that our fans put up here was fantastic. We had never expected that lyrics of the new songs would be shouted at us during those shows – incredible! Just as great was the subsequent European tour with our Finnish brothers in mind, Omnium Gatherum & Wolfheart. Again, a big thank you to all our fans in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Hungary and Co – you know who you are!”

Nothgard filmed an abundance of material during their latest tour; the band has now launched a video for the Malady X track, “Guardians Of Sanity”, which can be viewed at: youtu.be/oeOGTz3dmvc

Dom R. Crey comments: “We have managed to film a new video on tour, this time as a live performance for the song ‘Guardians of Sanity’ from our new album ‘Malady X‘. Camera and editing was handled by Wolfheart mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen, who is also producing the clips for his own band. If you couldn’t come to the shows you now have the chance to get a glimpse of our live performance to headbang through your house!”

Nothgard has entered the official German album charts with their latest album Malady X, at position 53! To preview and purchase Malady X, please visit: metalblade.com/nothgard

Nothgard are working now on festival appearances for 2019. Stay tuned.

Nothgard line-up:
Dom R. Crey – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Studio Keyboards
Skaahl – Guitars
Nico Kolja – Bass, Backing Vocals
Felix Indra – Drums

Nothgard online:
https://www.facebook.com/Nothgard/
https://twitter.com/nothgard
https://www.instagram.com/nothgard
https://nothgard.com

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Fractal Universe signs worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

– December 10th, 2018 –

Photo credit: Vilvain Pictures

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Fractal Universe to its worldwide roster! Founded in 2014, Fractal Universe is a progressive death metal band from Nancy, France. They released their first EP, Boundaries of Reality, in February 2015, and played numerous shows in support of it, opening for bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Exodus, Monuments, and many more. With the release of their first full-length, Engram of Decline, in April 2017 via Kolony Records, Fractal Universe received even more exposure in international press (Terrorizer, Rock Tribune, Rock Hard, etc.), before touring throughout Europe and appearing at various festivals. Soon after, Metal Blade Records offered the band a worldwide deal.

Fractal Universe comments: “We’re thrilled to announce our collaboration with Metal Blade Records for the release of our upcoming album. The label has put out a countless amount of great albums over the years, that shaped our tastes in metal and contributed to making us the musicians we are today. Signing to them has been one of our main objectives since we started the band, and is really a dream come true. We couldn’t be more excited about the months to come, and we can’t wait to share the first tracks of the album with you!”

Fractal Universe‘s sophomore album – and Metal Blade Records debut – is entitled Rhizomes of Insanity. Set to be released in spring 2019, Rhizomes of Insanity was recorded between May and July 2018, with drums recorded at Ghost City Recordings with Nikita Kamprad, and mixing and mastering handled once again by the band’s long-time engineer Flavien Morel of Boundless Productions Studios. Stay tuned for more news about the album coming soon!

Fractal Universe tour dates
Jan. 12 – Audincourt, France – Le Moloco
Apr. 19 – Nilvange, France – Le Gueulard+
Apr. 20 – Limours, France – Asylum Fest

Fractal Universe line-up:
Vince Wilquin – Guitar / Vocals
Hugo Florimond – Guitar
Valentin Pelletier – Bass
Clément Denys – Drums

Fractal Universe online:
https://www.fractaluniverseband.com
https://www.facebook.com/fractaluniverseband
https://twitter.com/FractalUni
https://www.instagram.com/fractaluniverseband
https://www.youtube.com/user/FractalUniverseMetal
https://fractaluniverseband.bandcamp.com

Official Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyigoPdSsZQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZqlPiD4ii4

Live Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x84WneNKDDE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr6dSA2TJrI

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