Dee Snider Posts New Video, “American Made” Online

Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has posted a new video online for the song, “American Made.” You can check it out below. The song comes from his latest solo album, “For The Love Of Metal,” which was released on July 27th through Napalm Records. Speaking about the song, Snider stated:

“I was watching the Olympics and couldn’t help but notice that no matter how ‘at each other’s throats’ we all appear to be politically these days, amazingly we are all unified when it comes to our country against another. It made me realize that countries are like dysfunctional families: we may argue and fight amongst each other (You should have seen the extended Snider family Christmas this year. People literally almost came to blows. On Christmas!?), but should someone dare attack any one of us and the entire family will band together against the aggressor. This goes for all countries. This song is a song on unification – recognizing that there is a very important something we all share and should be proud of: where we are from.”


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Hot Water Music: NEW ALBUM “LIGHT IT UP” DROPS 9/15

Gainesville’ Florida’s Hot Water Music recently announced their new self-produced album Light It Up will be released on September 15 via Rise Records. It follows 2012’s Exister, which was the band’s Rise debut. To herald the release, the iconic band has released “Vultures,” the first music video from Light It Up, which features fan footage from across the bands career. Watch it here. “We can’t thank our extended family […]

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The Ocean to release Transcendental EP

– September 15th, 2015 –

MONO and THE OCEAN. Two bands from very different cultural origins, Japan and Germany, yet spiritually akin and connected by many similarities: a cinematic approach to music, based on lengthy, escalating compositions, the fact that both bands have existed for more than 15 years and released multiple albums since their inception; that they have toured many times around the globe, visiting off-the-beaten-track territories like Siberia, New Zealand, South East Asia and South America; and finally their shared passion for double albums, such as THE OCEAN‘s “Heliocentric” / “Anthropocentric“, and MONO‘s “The Last Dawn” / “Rays Of Darkness“.

It only makes sense that these two bands will now tour together – and release new music just in time for their extended European run, in form of a split LP. Two songs, only one by each band – but 24 minutes of new music altogether.

THE OCEAN have gone through lineup changes since the release of their 2013 opus Pelagial: Drummer Luc Hess was replaced by Paul Seidel, and Australian guitarist Damian Murdoch took Jonathan Nido’s place. This recording is the band’s first output featuring these new members, as well as cello player Dalai Theofilopoulou and piano player Vincent Membrez, who already played on Pelagial. The band will take this extended lineup to the stage on the upcoming tour.

THE OCEAN‘s contribution, a 13 minute song entitled The Quiet Observer, was inspired by Gaspard Noe’s controversial movie Enter The Void. The movie tells the story of a drug dealer getting shot in a Tokyo toilet while tripping on DMT, and entering what is referred to as the “intermediate state” according to the Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book Of The Dead: the book, which has been a source of inspiration for many writers, artists and musicians from John Lennon to Aldous Huxley, describes a state immediately after a person’s death, when the intellect of the dead person must face its own illusions, in the form of peaceful and wrathful deities, in a protracted psychedelic experience. Only if it manages to expose these horrifying guises as products of its own imagination, can it escape the eternal cycle of rebirth. Noe leaves it open as to whether protagonist Oscar’s death and the following metaphysical experience are actually happening – or whether he is simply tripping…

MONO, who have toured relentlessly since the release of 2014′s double release The Last Dawn / Rays Of Darkness, address similar topics with their contribution, an 11-minutes song entitled Death in Reverse. The song serves as a trailer for the upcoming 9th MONO album, which is scheduled for an early 2016 release through Pelagic Records.

Guitarist and main song writer Takaakira Goto comments: “The theme of this track is life and death and regeneration. Even when our bodies decay and decompose, our souls will prevail unchanged. Our bodies will act as seeds for the next generation, while our souls will journey together into our new eternal life. This is the story we want to explore with our next album, a portrayal of our journey through life towards death; from living out our lives proud and high, to bodies immolating, infused with precious memories… and through the vast, noisy tunnel of space, we become pure souls – a single drop of water in the fountain of life.

LA-based German cover artist Florian Bertmer was commissioned to transform these themes into cover art. The split EP will be released on a single 12″ slab of vinyl in different colours, matching Bertmer’s lucid illustration, as well as on CD and digitally worldwide through Pelagic Records.

Tour w/ Mono
12.10.2015 Aarhus, DK Voxhall
13.10.2015 Oslo, NO Vulkan Arena
14.10.2015 Stockholm, SE Debaser Medis
16.10.2015 Turku, FI Klubi
17.10.2015 Helsinki, FI The Circus
18.10.2015 St. Petersburg, RU Zal Ozhidaniya
19.10.2015 Moscow, RU Volta
21.10.2015 Vilnius, LT New York
22.10.2015 Warsaw, PL Proxima
23.10.2015 Berlin, DE Heimathafen
24.10.2015 Leeuwarden, NL Romein (Into the Void)
25.10.2015 Antwerp, BE Trix
26.10.2015 Cologne, DE Live Music Hall
27.10.2015 Wiesbaden, DE Schlachthof
28.10.2015 Munich, DE Backstage
29.10.2015 Bologna, IT Locomotiv
30.10.2015 Mezzago, IT Bloom
31.10.2015 Lyon, FR CCO Villeurbanne
01.11.2015 Barcelona, ES Bikini
02.11.2015 Toulouse, FR Le Metronum
03.11.2015 Lausanne, CH Les Docks
04.11.2015 Zurich CH Harterei
05.11.2015 Paris, FR Trabendo
06.11.2015 London, GB Electric Ballroom
07.11.2015 Leeds, GB Damnation Fest
08.11.2015 Athens, GR Fuzz Clubb
09.11.2015 Istanbul, TR Garajistanbul

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Announces Acoustic Tour Dates

After two sold out acoustic premiere shows in Berlin and Jena, the wait is now over: Die Apokalyptischen Reiter will embark on the band’s first ever acoustic tour featuring ten hand-picked shows throughout Germany.

Evergreens of the extended band history will be played in a whole new sound setting. Due to the overwhelming fan reactions, the trip down memory lane continues. The tour will take place in March, with a teaser trailer available below.

Commented the band: “When we first played some acoustic shows, two years ago, we had no idea whatsoever, how the fans would react. We’ve expected anything, but not that our die-hard fans would be those to mostly appreciate it and give us padding on the back. It was just magic, very close and personal. It gives us goose bumps time and again, to play those songs we wrote as teenagers with a totally different sound. We are psyched and glad to have found very special locations that will be the right setting for those concerts.”

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My Ruin Taps Drummer Matt LeChevalier For Upcoming Tour Dates

My Ruin has issued the following announcement about bringing on a session drummer for forthcoming live shows:

“We are excited to announce that Matt (Frenchie) LeChevalier will be playing drums for My Ruin once again on our upcoming U.K. tour in August.

“Matt is a longtime friend of the band and part of our extended rock family who many of you already know from when he previously joined us for both our Brutal Language & Summer of Hell tours (2006), played drums on our ‘Throat Full of Heart’ album (2008) and killed it behind the kit during our ‘Ghosts and Good Stories’ tour in 2011.

“We look forward to sharing the stage with him again soon so please mark your calendars and save the dates to join us front row at the following shows when we return to rock hard this summer in ?The Sacred Mood.”

Aug. 15 Alt-Fest | Kettering, UK
Aug. 16 The Underworld | London, UK
Aug. 17 The Haunt | Brighton, UK
Aug. 19 Sound Control | Manchester, UK
Aug. 20 O2 Academy | Birmingham, UK
Aug. 21 The Fleece | Bristol, UK
Aug. 22 Fibbers | York, UK
Aug. 23 The Waterfront | Norwich, UK

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Six In Line Posts New EP Teaser

Six In Line has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new EP:

“We are pleased to announce the last EP! Yes, that EP that we’ve been promising for over a year now. Its our Chinese Democracy, our Duke Nukem Forever, our Half-Life 3 if you may. And yes, we did promise on every show on our USA East Coast tour earlier this year that it would be released in a matter of weeks, but then again, we use the metric system(!). We also write our own jokes. As you’ll come to realize while reading this.

“It all started out with that we were never content with our earlier releases, I mean, the song’s are alright, but the production leaves much to be wished for. Therefore we took it on ourselves to record this release completely DIY, DUI-free, and only release it once we were fully satisfied. During our time recording this, we have outdone ourselves both technique-wise and musically. The vocals, lyrics, and even the phrasings have been redone several times.

“We had to find a new bassist to join the self-proclaimed Laid Crew, and also teach our new member Daniel HC, them good ol’ basslines until they fit like a glove so that he could show his chops on the new songs. Let’s not even go into the subject of the guitars! We just want to tell you guys that it took a lot of time and patience but in the end, its something that we’re quite satisfied with.

“This Extended Play (see what I did there?) will contain four (4) tracks of ‘heavy rock rhythm’ and was recorded by our very own slacker Jonathan Von Swaan with music written by Adrian Seifi, Jonathan Von Swaan and Hampuss Hansson. Yes, our drummer can write music (cool, huh?)! As for the other two clowns, they just complained. Jokes aside, we’re a happy family, but underneath, we aren’t.

“Senior Andreas Grimell mixed our EP in a blender and then mastered it like the master he is. In bed. He’s also now a part of the Laid Crew. Just kidding, its for bandmembers only! But he sure is laid though.

“THE EP WILL BE RELEASED SOON! KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR IT OR DIE DURING YOUR NEXT ORGASM! Stay laid, and if not, until next time, get laid!”

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Grave Digger Posts New Music Video For "Home At Last"

German metal legends Grave Digger posted a new music video for the song “Home At Last.” The song appears on the new LP “Clash of the Gods” (see Metal’s review here). The album is set for release today (G/A/S), August 31, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records.

The song also appears on the extended single of the same name, which is available now (see Metal Underground’s review here).

Check out the video here:

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Grave Digger Unveils Album Artwork & Title To New LP

German power metal legends Grave Digger unveiled the title and album artwork for the band’s forthcoming fifteenth release. The LP will be entitled “Clash of the Gods,” and is scheduled for release on August 24, 2012 (G/A/S), August 31, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records. The artwork can be viewed below.

The band previously released that the extended single/EP “Home At Last” will be released on July 27, 2012 (EU) and August 7, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records. Check out the track listing and artwork for the single over at this location.

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Grey Skies Fallen Posts Extended Version Of "The Visionary"

New York metal act Grey Skies Fallen has posted an extended version online of the band’s single “The Visionary,” which can be heard via Facebook. Grey Skies Fallen also commented:

“As promised, here’s the extended version of The Visionary. We all forgot about this intro, but looking back, we should’ve kept it in. What do you guys think?”

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