Demons & Wizards, Sabaton And More Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2019

The first batch of bands for next year’s edition of Wacken Open Air, the thirtieth anniversary of the festivals, have been announced, including power metal supergroup Demons & Wizards, who have stated that it will be their only German festival show. Also announced for the event so far are Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Airbourne, Within Temptation, Rose Tattoo, Krokus, Powerwolf, Dark Funeral, Meshuggah and Avatar. The event is set to take place from August 1st – 3rd.

Demons & Wizards/Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer stated: “It’s a good pressure for Hansi and I, it’s a good kind. It’s the kind we like. We’re very excited about it. The thing is we wanted to continue the Demons & Wizards thing, but with Iced Earth and Blind Guardian, we’re very busy people, and our schedules… it’s just one of those times right now where the holes are lining up in the right way for us to be able to commit to shows next summer. So it’s cool.”

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Nox Vorago Announce 2017 “Al Chem China Tour” & Festival Dates

Gothenburg’s atmospheric death / black metal crew Nox Vorago announce their “2017 Al Chem China Tour”, kicking off on December 9th in Beijing.

See the full list of tour dates below:

12.09 BEIJING / YUE SPACE
12.10 BAODING / ANXIANG CAFE
12.11 SHIJIAZHUANG / TVU
12.12 XINGTAI / TIANJIE LIVEHOUSE
12.13 WUCHANG / VOX
12.14 NANCHANG / BLACK IRON LIVEHOUSE
12.15 GANZHOU / LINGYUN LIVE
12.16 GUANGZHOU / SD LIVEHOUSE
12.17 SHENZHEN / HONGTANGGUAN
12.19 KUNMING / MAO LIVEHOUSE
12.20 GUIYANG / JIN LIVEHOUSE
12.21 CHONGQING / MAO LIVEHOUSE
12.22 CHENGDU / NU SPACE
12.23 TONGHUA / THEATER
12.24 BEIJING / MAO LIVEHOUSE
12.25 TIANJIN / PI LIVE
12.26 HANDAN / MOFU LIVEHOUSE
12.27 ANYANG / 606 LIVEHOUSE
12.29 WENZHOU / T-3 LIVEHOUSE
12.30 GUILIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Next NOX VORAGO Festivals:

November 16th – Metal Gates Festival – Romania
November 17th – Klausenburg Metal Gathering – Romania
January 27th 2018 – Dark Winter Meeting 2018 – Malta

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Noctem Posts “A Cruce Salus” Music Video

Spanish blackened extreme metal band Noctem released 2016 full-length album “Haeresis” via Prosthetic Records to great buzz. Earlier this year, the band followed that up with a separate digital single, “A Cruce Salus,” giving fans a taste of what’s soon to come.

Now, the band is thrilled to reveal a brand new music video for that track, which features blistering black & white live performance footage. The clip was shot by Metalovisión at three festivals in Spain this past summer – Rock Arena, Resurrection Fest, and Leyendas del Rock.

Noctem comments: “‘A Cruce Salus’ is the last track we composed and a bridge between our latest full-length ‘Haeresis’ and our upcoming record. We decided to record some of the festivals where we performed this summer to capture the energy of the band in our live show, which is outstandingly fast, ravenous and full of anger.”

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SOILWORK Officially Announces 25-Year-Old Bastian Thusgaard as Permanent Drummer

For Immediate Release April 19, 2017  SOILWORK Officially Announces 25-Year-Old Bastian Thusgaard as Permanent Drummer   Witness Bastian Thusgaard’s Permanent Debut at International 2017 Spring/Summer Festivals including Download Paris, Hellfest, Tuska Open Air, Wacken Open Air and More                                   […]

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SOILWORK Officially Announces 25-Year-Old Bastian Thusgaard as Permanent Drummer

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Inglorious Releases “I Don’t Need Your Loving” Music Video

As previously announced, Frontiers Music Srl is pleased release “Inglorious II” on May 12th, 2017. Today, the first official music video from the album has come online – check out “I Don’t Need Your Loving” below.

Inglorious frontman Nathan James comments on the new song and video: “The ‘I Don’t Need Your Loving’ intro was written by Andreas (lead guitar) and as soon as I heard it I knew it was gonna be one of my favorites.

“I wrote the chorus in about 5 minutes and the song was one of the last I recorded for the album. We are so happy with how it came out and Kevin Shirley’s mix took it to a whole new level. I can’t wait to play it at the festivals this year!

“We filmed the video at Parr St. Studios in the very room we recorded the album. We love partying in Liverpool and Parr St. is the largest recording studio in the UK outside of the capital. (Just before we shot this video Justin Bieber was in the same studio recording something…)”

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Obituary Posts “Turned To Stone” Lyric Video

Florida death metal group Obituary today shares a second single off a forthcoming, self-titled full-length album. Watch the album art / lyric video accompanying “Turned to Stone” below.

If you missed it, previous track “Sentence Day” can also be heard at this location. “Obituary” is due out March 17th, 2017 on CD/LP/digital formats.

Additionally, Obituary will be touring as part of the 2017 Decibel Magazine Tour with Kreator, Horrendous and Midnight. Catch the band live:

Mar 17 Charlotte, NC Underground
Mar 18 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Mar 19 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Mar 20 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Mar 21 Houston, TX House of Blues
Mar 22 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Mar 24 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Mar 25 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
Mar 26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Mar 27 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Mar 28 Seattle, WA Neptune
Mar 29 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
Mar 21 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
Apr 01 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
Apr 04 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Apr 06 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
Apr 07 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Apr 11 Toronto, ON Opera House
Apr 12 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Apr 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Apr 14 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

Summer Festivals:
Jun 16 – 18 Clisson, FR Hellfest 2017
Aug 4 – 6 Corroios, PRT VOA Heavy Rock Fest
Aug 10 – 13 Derby, UK BloodStock
Aug 16 – 19 Dinkelsbukl, GER Summer Breeze 2017

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Obituary Posts “Turned To Stone” Lyric Video

Florida death metal group Obituary today shares a second single off a forthcoming, self-titled full-length album. Watch the album art / lyric video accompanying “Turned to Stone” below.

If you missed it, previous track “Sentence Day” can also be heard at this location. “Obituary” is due out March 17th, 2017 on CD/LP/digital formats.

Additionally, Obituary will be touring as part of the 2017 Decibel Magazine Tour with Kreator, Horrendous and Midnight. Catch the band live:

Mar 17 Charlotte, NC Underground
Mar 18 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Mar 19 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Mar 20 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Mar 21 Houston, TX House of Blues
Mar 22 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Mar 24 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Mar 25 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
Mar 26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Mar 27 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Mar 28 Seattle, WA Neptune
Mar 29 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
Mar 21 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
Apr 01 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
Apr 04 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Apr 06 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
Apr 07 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Apr 11 Toronto, ON Opera House
Apr 12 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Apr 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Apr 14 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

Summer Festivals:
Jun 16 – 18 Clisson, FR Hellfest 2017
Aug 4 – 6 Corroios, PRT VOA Heavy Rock Fest
Aug 10 – 13 Derby, UK BloodStock
Aug 16 – 19 Dinkelsbukl, GER Summer Breeze 2017

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Obituary Reveals Self-Titled Album

Florida death metal legends Obituary return with a self-titled, 10th studio album picking up where 2014’s “Inked In Blood” left off.

Recorded at the band’s home studio in Tampa, “Obituary” is a 10 track tour-de-force of bone-pulverizing death metal that is as heavy, uncompromising, and infectious. The album is due out March 17th and can be pre-ordered right here.

Additionally, Obituary will be touring as part of the 2017 Decibel Magazine Tour with Kreator, Horrendous, and Midnight. The tour kicks off on March 17th in Charlotte, NC and runs through April 15th in Philadelphia, PA. A complete list of dates, including numerous festival appearances are included below. The new album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Brave
2. Sentence Day
3. Lesson In Vengeance
4. End It Now
5. Kneel Before Me
6. It Lives
7. Betrayed
8. Turned To Stone
9. Straight To Hell
10. Ten Thousand Ways To Die

Mar 17 Charlotte, NC Underground
Mar 18 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Mar 19 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Mar 20 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Mar 21 Houston, TX House of Blues
Mar 22 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Mar 24 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Mar 25 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
Mar 26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Mar 27 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Mar 28 Seattle, WA Neptune
Mar 29 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
Mar 21 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
Apr 01 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
Apr 04 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Apr 06 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
Apr 07 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Apr 11 Toronto, ON Opera House
Apr 12 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Apr 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Apr 14 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

Summer Festivals:

Jun 16 – 18 Clisson, FR Hellfest 2017
Aug 4 – 6 Corroios, PRT VOA Heavy Rock Fest
Aug 10 – 13 Derby, UK BloodStock
Aug 16 – 19 Dinkelsbukl, GER Summer Breeze 2017

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Calgary Metalfest 2016 Holding Charity Auction

Since 2013, Calgary Metalfest has raised $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta. This year the fest’s organizers plan to shatter that record and raise $10,000 to sponsor an entire wish for a child.

This auction is a live one that will occur between band sets during the fest at all venues. You must be there to be part of the auction. The following items will be available”

– Jeff Waters of Annihilator will be donating one of his guitars
– Tony Iommi signature model Epiphone SG donated by Ross Ingall of Too Metal For Church
– A nightscape print on metal donated by the Monika Deviat of Deviant Optiks Photography
– Each night’s respective 4’X6′ poster will be signed by all the bands and auctioned off
– A signed Tenacious D photograph donated by Daryl Buchanan of superstarphotos.ca
– A signed photo of you and your favourite band, taken, printed and signed that night
– Tickets to other festivals through the Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance

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Byzantine Posts 2015 Recap Message To Fans

Chris Ojeda from Byzantine just checked in with this year-end recap message and update about what to expect in 2016:

“Hey guys, OJ here! We have been really quiet here in the Byzantine camp during the last month as things are winding down for 2015. This year has been a roller coaster for the band as we have had some of the coolest things and some of the worst things happen. We will start with the worst…

“This year we lost Matt Wolfe as the drummer of Byzantine. This came as a shock to us and I personally didn’t think I would be carrying on with Byzantine without Skip, Tony and Matt. BUT, the show must go on! We are currently in the process of finding the next member of our band that is willing to get into the trenches and continue to make waves for Byzantine.

“We are currently looking for tours for Spring, Summer and Fall so if any of you around the world want to see Byzantine live, write your congressman and favorite band and request to see us on their tour!

“Now for the good stuff… With the help of Adam Pollock @ (RED), we released our 5th album on our own label, Snakepit Music. Kodi, Zach and Nick @ The Syndicate were instrumental spreading the word around the airwaves and in the press. The Art of Christopher Lovell produced the hands down BEST album cover we have ever had! And lastly, Jose and Sirius XM allowed us to sit beside our heroes at the big boys table. Thanks to all you guys!

“We toured with some fantastic bands in Wednesday 13, IKILLYA, Thy Will Be Done, Your Chance To Die and played some great one off shows like South X Southwest in Austin and Rock n Shock in Worcester.

“Our album, financed ONLY by fans, friends, family members and the band itself took up real estate on many Album of the Year lists as well as finishing in the top 20 of the year for Loud Rock (CMJ) and Sirius Liquid Metal. So, to wrap this novella up, here’s our goals for 2016.

* Tour the West Coast of the US
* Tour Canada
* Tour Europe
* Play Festivals
* Write album 6
* BECOME A BETTER BAND!

“We appreciate all the love, support and as always… we will keep on trucking. Chin up and Head Down. HERE’S TO A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2016!”

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