The Raven Age Posts New Song “The Day The World Stood Still” Online

This March, UK heavy rockers The Raven Age will release their highly anticipated second album Conspiracy through Corvid Records. Ahead of the release, the band have shared the fourth installment from the record ‘The Day The World Stood Still’.

A melodic metal monster that is as brilliantly catchy as it is artfully heavy, it’s equipped with epic guitar solos and powerful vocal lines that have the ferocity and theatrics of the likes of metal heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold. It follows the tracks ‘Surrogate’, ‘Betrayal of the Mind’ and the previous single ‘Fleur De Lis’, which has now reached over 1million streams on Spotify.

Named after a collective of ravens, Conspiracy is a cryptic soundtrack to the immersive fantasy world that the combined minds of bandmates Matt James (vocals), George Harris (guitar), Tony Maue (guitar), Matt Cox (bass) and Jai Patel (drums) have created. A world that delves into history’s myths and legends, with the stories re-told through their music and imagery. Clues left within their artwork and lyrics connect everything together to be part of a bigger story, pointing to what may later come to pass for The Raven Age.

Conspiracy is an inventive, mature and thrilling body of work that’s full of twists and tangents that carry the excitement from start to finish.

Having already built a solid live presence after touring the globe with the likes of Tremonti, Killswitch Engage, Shinedown, Mastodon to name a few and appearing at a number of festivals including Waken Open Air, Bloodstock and Download, they will be supporting this release with their biggest headline run to date across the UK and Europe throughout March and April with support from Defences.

They will then continue the year as support to Iron Maiden on their North and South American leg of the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour from July to October.

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Sonic Prophecy Debut New Song & Video “Night Terror” From Upcoming New Album “Savage Gods”

American power metallers Sonic Prophecy are set to unleash their third full length “Savage Gods” via Rockshots Records on January 19, 2018. Featuring 10 fist pounding tracks rooted in traditional heavy metal melded with the symphonic beauty of power metal, Sonic Prophecy capture the excitement and sound of such bands as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Hammerfall and Kamelot while blending other musical styles to arrive at a sound all their own.

The band’s new music video and first single “Night Terror” can be viewed below.

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Scherer/Batten Announces Debut Album “BattleZone”

Scherer/Batten today announces the release of debut album “BattleZone,” due out on September 22nd via MelodicRock Records. The duo is comprised of vocalist Marc Scherer — the lead singer of Peterik/Scherer and Lovecraft — and lead guitarist Jennifer Batten – who has toured worldwide with both Jeff Beck and Michael Jackson.

The album features material exclusively from the songbook of writer/producer Jim Peterik (Ides of March, formerly of Survivor, Pride Of Lions). Featuring eight rare musical gems from Jim’s songwriting vault, the album also includes three brand new tracks, written specifically for this project.

Rounding out Marc Scherer’s lead vocals and Jennifer Batten’s lead guitars on the record are guitarists Mike Aquino, Dave Carl ,and Jim Peterik. Christian Cullen, Chris Neville and Barb Unger play the keyboards, while Bill Syniar and Klem Hayes play bass (both former members of Survivor). The drums and percussion are provided by Dave Kelly (30 Odd Foot of Grunts) and Ed Breckenfeld (The Insiders, Pride Of Lions, Jim Peterik’s World Stage). Two time Grammy nominated Mindi Abair lends her saxophone and Bill Champlin (Chicago, Sons of Champlin, The Rhythm Dukes), Bryan Cole, Brian Hemstock and Danette Pahl all contribute backing vocals.

Jim Peterik exclaims, “As a long time enthusiast of Marc Scherer’s vocal chops and the expertise of rock guitar goddess Jennifer Batten, you can imagine how excited I am at the release of Scherer/ Batten’s BattleZone. As a song writer and producer, it was a dream come true mining some lost gems from my many years in rock, producing them to a new lustre and even writing three brand new cuts with Marc and Jennifer. You can hear our excitement in every song.”

Jennifer Batten cheers, “it was such a pleasure to jump into such a high level inspiring project! Marc’s vocals are out of this world, the grooves are kickin’, and working with Jim Peterik is so joyous and creative. I can’t wait to take this to the stage!”

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sleepmakeswaves To Support Devin Townsend Project

Devin Townsend Project is returning to Australia and New Zealand in 2017. Today, Aussie prog/post-rock/instrumental sensation sleepmakeswaves has been announced as support for HevyDevy on the entire May 2017 tour.

Bassist Alex Wilson of sleepmakeswaves exclaimed his excitement at the Devin Townsend Project tour: “So glad to be offered the opportunity to support Devin Townsend when he comes to Australia in 2017. It was a great surprise and honour to get the news while we’re hunkered down preparing our new album for next year. Really excited about the new music and live shows ahead.”

Thursday 18th May – Powerstation, Auckland
Saturday 20th May – The Triffid, Brisbane
Monday 22nd May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday 24th May – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Friday 26th May – Capitol, Perth

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New Lyric Video “Endure The Silence” Issued By Myrath On Eve Of Headline Tour

This September sees the start of Myrath’s first ever headlining tour throughout Europe.
Kicking off in Munich, Germany on September 25th, the “Legacy Tour 2016” will take the Tunisian metal band from Germany to the Netherlands, from France to Bulgaria and Romania.

Having already supported bands such as Symphony X, HIM and W.A.S.P., it is about time for Myrath to introduce their unique and effortless fusion of bombastic progressive metal and traditional oriental tunes on their own headlining shows.

The band is celebrating their upcoming live dates by premiering the lyric video for their song “Endure The Silence” – taken from their recent studio album “Legacy” (see review here). Once again, Myrath surprise with a powerful, one of a kind video that sets the bar in regards to storytelling, quality and – of course – musically. The video definitely fuels the excitement for Myrath’s energetic live performance and strengthens Myrath’s position as one of the biggest metal revelations.

LEGACY TOUR 2016

24.09. – Eleven Rock Prog, Solothurn (CH)
25.09. – Backstage Club, Munich (GER)
26.09. – Nachtleben, Frankfurt (GER)
27.09. – Underground, Ehrenfeld (GER)
28.09. – Rockpalast, Bochum (GER)
29.09. – Headcrash, Hamburg (GER)
01.10. – Epic Metal Fest – with Epica, Tilburg (NL)
08.10. – Loud Park Festival, Saitama (JP)
11.11. – Brainstorm Festival, Apeldoorn (NL)
12.11. – Patronaat, Harleem (NL)
16.11. – MJC Ô Totem, Lyon (FR)
17.11. – Le Metronum, Toulouse (FR)
18.11. – Café Charbon, Nevers (FR)
19.11. – Le Forum, Vauréal (FR)
25.11. – Joy Station, Sofia (BG)
27.11. – Timisoara (RO)
01.12. – Quantic Club, Bucharest (RO)

Check out the clip here:

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As The Sky Darkens Posts “Solace” Single

U.S. band As The Sky Darkens has a new track online titled “Solace,” which can be heard below, and the group also comments:

“Here it is! We’re so proud to present our new single, ‘Solace.’ We’ve worked so hard on this song and can’t begin to even contain our excitement. Please spread this song around like wildfire!

“You can hear this song live on March 11th when we headline Summit Music Hall for the first time ever! Make sure to mark your calendars. There will be more information soon.

“We can’t thank Nick Nodurft at Rusty Sun for making this song sound so good, and Tregg Frank for making the accompanying video for us. ‘Solace’ will be available across all digital platforms soon. That includes iTunes, Spotify, Google play, etc.”

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Night Viper Streaming New Song “The Hammer”

The heavy metal warlords from Night Viper today premiere new track “The Hammer” online. The track hails from the band’s self-titled debut album, set for international release on December 4, 2015 via Svart Records.

Plans are already underway for European tours and festival appearances throughout 2016, but in the meantime, hear the sound of “The Hammer” below.

“We love it,” says guitarist Tom Sutton of the album. “We recorded all the basic tracks live together, and I think you can really hear the excitement in the room. It’s very organic-sounding, and will remind people of the heavy metal classics they love, while still being very current and very unique. It’s not a tribute to any era in any way. There’s elements of ‘Kill ’em All’ era Metallica, Judas Priest, Entombed, and the more metal side of Motörhead, along with some Pentagram or Coven-type spookiness.

“This is just a pure and honest representation of how we sound. Each song really has its own personality, and the melodies are super-catchy. The differences in style and influences between the two guitarists, Emil and I, give the album a lot of texture, I think. If there’s a solo that sounds like cat with its tail on fire, that’s me, and if there’s something with a beautiful twirling melody to it, that’s probably Emil. Ruben sounds totally thumping on bass, and Jonna plays with a swing that isn’t heard in metal much these days. And for those who haven’t heard Sofie Lee sing yet, you really are in for a treat. We can’t wait for people to hear it. There will be bangovers!”

1. Night Viper
2. The Hammer
3. Curse of a Thousand Deaths
4. Run For Cover
5. Warrior Woman
6. Faces in the Mirror
7. Never Be Enslaved
8. Dagger In Hand
9. The Wolverine

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Leprous Kicking Off European Tour Dates

Norwegian prog outfit Leprous is about to start a massive European touring string covering a total of 22 countries in support of latest studio album “The Congregation” (reviewed here).

The band has checked in with the following comment about the upcoming tour: “Feeling the excitement building up here, in the Leprous camp. For many months we’ve been working very hard in order to take our live show up one level!

“We’re almost there now, and we hope that you will like the result! It’s our largest and most ambitious tour-production so far, and can’t wait to get out there to show it to everyone!

“Yes, it has been a lot of work the last months, to make everything perfect, but we now we’re almost ready and also quite proud to show Europe the next level of Leprous.”

Fri. 18.09.2015 Yerevan (Armenia) – Puppet Theater
Sat. 19.09.2015 Tiblisi (Georgia) – Elektrowerk
Sun. 20.09.2015 Istanbul (Turkey) – Garajistanbul
Mon. 21.09.2015 Athens (Greece) – AN Club
Tue. 22.09.2015 Thessaloniki (Greece) – Eightball Club

LEPROUS + Sphere & Rendezvous Point / European Tour 2015:
Fri. 25.09.2015 Bergen (Norway) – Garage
Sat. 26.09. Trondheim (Norway) – Familien
Fri. 02.10.2015 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Forbraendingen
Sat. 03.10.2015 Cologne (Germany) – Euroblast Festival
Sun. 04.10.2015 Baarlo (The Netherlands) – Progpower Europe
Mon. 05.10.2015 Paris (France) – Le Divan Du Monde
Tue. 06.10.2015 Nantes (France) – Le Ferrailleur
Thu. 08.10.2015 Lisbon (Portugal) – RCA club
Fri. 09.10.2015 Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
Sat. 10.10.2015 Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
Sun. 11.10.2015 Barcelona, (Spain) – Razzmatazz2
Mon. 12.10.2015 Lyon (France) – Ninkasi Kao
Tue. 13.10.2015 London (UK) – Garage
Wed. 14.10.2015 Manchester (UK) – Ruby Lounge
Thu. 15.10.2015 Bristol (UK) – The Fleece
Fri. 16.10.2015 Maasmechelen (Belgium) – Jan Hertog
Sat. 17.10.2015 Karlsruhe (Germany) – Substage
Sun. 18.10.2015 München (Germany) – Backstage Club
Mon. 19.10.2015 Milano (Italy) – Legend Club
Tue. 20.10.2015 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff

Thu 22.10.2015 Brasov (Romania) – Rockstadt
Fri. 23.10.2015 Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine
Sat. 24.10.2015 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Club
Sun. 25.10.2015 Prague (Czech Republic) – Nova Chmelnice
Mon. 26.10.2015 Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja
Wed. 28.10.2015 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
Fri. 30.10.2015 Stockholm (Sweden) – Bryggarsalen
Sat. 31.10.2015 Oslo (Norway) – John Dee

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Vamps Releasing New Album “Bloodsuckers”

Vamps – the Japanese rock band formed by and featuring Hyde (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust) – will release a new studio album titled “Bloodsuckers” through Spinefarm Records on March 24. Pre-orders are available at this location.

This 13 track release-produced by Vvamps and Josh Wilbur (whose previous credits include Gojira and Lamb of God) and housed in the artwork of mysterious Japanese artist Rockin’ Jelly Bean-is the follow-up to “Sex Blood Rock N’ Roll,” released in 2013.

Songs on Bloodsuckers include “World’s End,” a U.K. single in 2014 and used in the Sony campaign for the Xperia UK mobile, “Get Away,” “Replay,” “The Jolly Roger,” and “Vampire’s Love,” which is not just a top 3 single in Japan but also the song selected to launch Hollywood blockbuster, “Dracula Untold,” in that market.

In addition, “Replay” was the theme song of Dark Labyrinth, one in a series of smartphone apps from Dark Summoner.

Says Hyde, who launched Vamps with K.A.Z in 2008, “Bloodsuckers is a record that we spent almost one year putting together. For me, this is the best work we’ve done so far, and we would love to tour around the world with these songs. Our aim was to build on the excitement of our headline show at Koko in London last year, and of course our appearance at the Download Festival in the UK.”

The album’s track listing is:

1. Reincarnation
2. Zero
3. Lips
4. World’s End
5. Evil
6. Ghost
7. Vampire’s Love
8. Damned
9. Get Away
10. Replay

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Barren Earth Signs With Century Media, Finishes New Album

Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Barren Earth.

Combining elements of modern and traditional death metal with 70’s prog rock and folk, Barren Earth – now reinforced by Faroese native lead singer Jón Aldará – managed to build up an excellent reputation with only two albums.

Debut “Curse Of The Red River” (2010 – reviewed here) and its follow-up “The Devil’s Resolve” (2012 – reviewed here) have already solidified the band as one of the most promising upcoming acts of the genre.

The band comments: “It’s the middle of a long, dark and cold winter here in Finland, however there’s no limit to our excitement as the future looks really bright today! We have a new set of music about to be released, having worked our asses off to create not just another album but a piece of real substance and weight in a world of cheap thrills and quickly forgotten gimmicks. We really poured our hearts and souls on this one and it’s by far our best work yet.

“For this most important release in our career, it was obvious we should only be partnering with the best possible label – nothing less than the mighty Century Media. We truly feel we could not be in better hands. This is where we want to be, the stars are aligned and all the ducks are in a row – 2015 is going to be the biggest year ever for Barren Earth!”

Jens Prüter, Head Of A&R Century Media Europe comments: “I still remember hearing the early Barren Earth demos six years ago in November 2008. We all liked it but one reason or another we were not then able to sign them. Fail. These fine gentlemen from Finland have now created and developed into a serious force in progressive death/doom metal. The band had progressed into one of the most interesting bands of the genre – mainly because they go beyond the boundaries of any genre and create a dark world of their own. It takes a while to fully get into their sound universe, but that’s what I like even more in our short-lived time. I’m sure the new album will be a timeless classic and I want to thank Barren Earth for knocking at our door again.”

Barren Earth recently finished the recordings for a third studio album, which is scheduled to be released in early 2015. Details on that will be released shortly.

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