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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New Album “Never Seen Again” Announced By Starblind

Swedish metal act Starblind returns with the third album “Never Seen Again.” The album drops on November 24th via Pure Steel Records.

The musical direction of “Never Seen Again” is close to Iron Maiden, but of course with the band’s own unique style influences. Since “Dying Son” in 2015, some points changed, especially with the addition of new vocalist Marcus Sannefjord Olkerud (ex-Rocka Rollas), who is able to sing with broad ranging power.

The track listing and album artwork are as follows:

1. The Everlasting Dream Of Flight
2. The Shadow Out Of Time
3. Pride And Glory
4. Eternally Bound
5. Tears Of A Soldier
6. Never Seen Again
7. Avarice (The Fourth Circle)
8. Demon Rider
9. Insanity And Genius
10. The Last Stand

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New Tour Dates Announced By Fates Warning

U.S. Progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning have announced further live shows in the USA and Mexico as part of the next touring run in January 2018 in support of the latest album “Theories Of Flight.”

Vocalist Ray Alder has checked in with the following comment about the newly announced shows: “After a break from the last European tour it’s time to hit the road again. And this time we’re headed to the West coast! Also, we will be performing in wonderful Mexico City for the first time! We cannot express how excited we are to finally be able to announce these dates as it has been a long time coming. See you all soon on the West coast leg of the Theories Of Flight tour 2018!”

Below is a list of the exact dates, which now also include German post rockers Long Distance Calling as special guests for the shows in Germany:

1/5 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
1/7 Mexico City, MX – Circo Volador
1/11 Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
1/12 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
1/13 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
1/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky-a-Go-Go

Live Over Europe 2018, featuring Support from Methodica

1/18 Essen, DE – Turock (+ Special Guests: LONG DISTANCE CALLING)
1/19 Aschaffenburg, DE – Colos-Saal (+ Special Guests: LONG DISTANCE CALLING)
1/20 Milan, IT – Legend
1/21 Rome, IT – Orion
1/23 Ljubljana, SL – Orto Bar
1/24 Budapest, HU – A38
1/25 Belgrade, SB – Dom Omladine
1/26 Thessaloniki, GR – Principal Club Theater
1/27 Athens, GR – Fuzz Club

As previously announced, all of the European shows will be recorded for an upcoming live release, which makes the dates very special. Guitarist Jim Matheos commented: “It’s been 20 years since we released our only live album, ‘Still Life.’ It’s time for an update! In January we’ll be recording a series of shows in some of our favorite European cities. The best of these will be included in a live album to be released in 2018. While we haven’t decided on the final set list yet we’re planning on about a 2 hour set with as little overlap as possible with the ‘Still Life album.’ Hope to see you all there!”

Alder added: “We’re excited to be returning to Europe in 2018 for these special shows! Thanks to you, our incredible fans, for making “Theories…” such a success. We could not have done it without you! See you in 2018!”

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Uncommon Evolution Streaming New EP “Junkyard Jesus”

Montana stoner crew Uncommon Evolution is now streaming full new EP “Junkyard Jesus,” which can be heard below and is out now via Argonauta Records.

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Machine, this EP is a must for all fans into Clutch and Corrosion Of Conformity sonorities. If you missed it, our interview with the band all about “Junkyard Jesus” can be read here>

1. Junkyard Jesus
2. Highly Modified Son of a Bitch
3. Feather Short of Flight
4. King of the Heep

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Uncommon Evolution Posts “Junkyard Jesus” Title Track

Montana stoner crew Uncommon Evolution today reveals the cover artwork and first single from upcoming EP “Junkyard Jesus.” Check out the title track below.

Legendary producer Machine (Clutch, Lamb of God, Crobot) produced, mixed, and mastered this stunning EP featuring four songs and based around fiery vocals, big ballsy riffs, and grooves thick enough to shake mountains.

Uncommon Evolution’s “Junkyard Jesus” will be released on CD/DD formats by Argonauta Records and available from June 30th, 2017. Pre-orders are now up here.

1. Junkyard Jesus
2. Highly Modified Son of a Bitch
3. Feather Short of Flight
4. King of the Heep

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Fates Warning Adds More U.S. And European Tour Dates

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning just added further shows in Europe and North America as part of the “Theories Of Flight” 2017 touring activity.

Due to other commitments, Joey Vera will not be with Fates Warning on the scheduled June 8th Sweden Rock Festival performance. He will instead be replaced by original FW bassist Joe Dibiase for that show.

Catch Fates Warning and Infinite Spectrum live on these dates:

Fri June 2 – London (UK) – Underworld
Sat June 3 – Vaureal (France) – Le Forum
Sun June 4 – Gelsenkirchen (Germany) – Rock Hard Festival
Mon June 5 – Berlin (Germany) – BiNuu
Tue June 6 – Bremen (Germany) – Tivoli
Thu June 8 – Sölvesborg (Sweden) – Sweden Rock Festival
Sun June 11 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Tue June 13 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Wed June 14 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s
Thu June 15 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head On Stage
Fri June 16 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Sun June 18 – Teaneck, NJ – Mexicali Live
Tue June 20 – Buffalo, NY – Ironworks
Wed June 21 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Thu June 22 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Fri June 23 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Sat June 24 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Sun June 25 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Tue June 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex
Wed June 28 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
Fri June 30 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Sat July 1 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Thu August 3 – Leiden (The Netherlands) – Gebr. De Nobel
Fri August 4 – Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air
Sat August 5 – Breda (The Netherlands) – Mezz

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“Welcome To Wacken” Virtual Reality Documentary Announced

“Welcome To Wacken” is an interactive virtual reality documentary that takes you deep inside Germany’s Wacken Open Air – the biggest heavy metal festival on Earth.

Produced by Canada’s Banger Films (“Metal Evolution,” “Iron Maiden: Flight 666”) and Secret Location, this is the first fully 360° virtual reality music festival documentary: a story in five parts as told by different fans from around the world and climaxing with a live performance from Arch Enemy that puts viewers on stage with the band.

The world premiere will debut at Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival as part of the DocX programme (April 28 to May 1) in Toronto. It will be available on most major VR platforms following the festival.

“Ever since our first film ‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey,’ we’ve wanted to create something unique about Wacken,” said Sam Dunn, director and co-founder of Banger Films. “Metalheads around the world know that going to Wacken is a truly transformative experience. And we felt that the best way to capture this feeling was by filming in Virtual Reality. It’s the next best thing to actually having your feet in the mud at Wacken!”

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A New Tomorrow Posts Fates Warning Tour Video

Earlier this month, Italian rockers A New Tomorrow joined the progressive metal crew Fates Warning on select shows of the “Theories of Flight” 2017 European tour. Today the band releases a new tour video, which can be seen below, while photos from the trek can be found here.

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Release Date, Track List For Debut Album “Beyond The Fight” Issued By Vescera

Vescera – the new band featuring Obsession lead vocalist Michael Vescera (ex-Loudness/ex-Yingwie Malmsteen) and ex-members of Nitehawks – unveiled the artwork and track list for the upcoming debut record “Beyond the Flight.” The album is scheduled to drop on April 7th via Pure Steel Records. A teaser clip can be heard at this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Blackout In Paradise
2. In The Night
3. Stand And Fight
4. Dynamite
5. Looking For Trouble
6. Vendetta
7. Troubled Man
8. Never Letting Go
9. Suite 95

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Steve Grimmet Medical Fundraising Album In The Works

Jimmy Kay of Canada’s The Metal Voice streamed a live interview recently with Steve and Millie Grimmett to update fans on Steve’s ongoing medical condition. Venom Inc.’s Tony Dolan and former Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin joined the conversation, and during the near hour-long interview, Kay was announced a special fundraiser show in Grimmett’s hometown of Swindon (England).

Planned for April 1st, the event is being organized by Brian Keene at Riff’s Bar. Bands for the event will be announced shortly. Also announced was a special collaboration of metal artists that are coming together to record Grim Reaper material in an effort to help raise additional funds for Steve’s rising medical and recovery costs.

Spearheaded by Dolan, Turbin, Kay, and Sy Keeler (Onslaught), contributors currently include Gary Holt (Exodus), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Doro Pesch, Lipps (Anvil), Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper), Neil Turbin (Deathriders), Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed the Hunger), Ross The Boss (Manowar), Sy Keeler (Onslaught), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Jimmy Mantas (Venom Inc.), Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper), John Gallagher (Raven), Mantas (Venom), and more to be announced soon. The recording will be produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Anvil).

Grimmett’s wife Millie gave The Metal Voice an update on Steve’s medical condition: “He has now had four operations; yesterday he had the latest to clean the wound a bit more. Doctors opened it up and put a drain in to stop any further infections. The infection has now seemed to stabilize. The wound, however, has been left open. He can’t fly until ten days after a big operation so the earliest he could fly home is this Friday. Because of the pressure of the plane, you have risks of blood clotting and renewed bleeding so we have to make sure Steve can actually survive the flight. It is a total of 19 hours door-to-door; it’s a grueling journey for anybody.”

Millie continued, “I have a meeting with the doctor tomorrow morning to discuss how he is doing and other recovery options. There is another treatment using oxygen. We are hoping they might be able to do that over the next few days which could speed up the process. Now that I am here, Steve has perked up a bit and it makes me feel a lot better to see him. We are alone out here and we want to go home.”

“They are very friendly, very nice,” says Millie of the hospital staff, ”even though we don’t speak the same language. We still have a laugh, making Steve laugh, making him smile. They do what they can with what they have. They don’t have the same resources here. Steve said to me the other day that last week he was in a ward downstairs and the gentleman by him had heart failure and they didn’t have a defibrillator so unfortunately the gentleman died. They did all they could. They have done a great job with Steve.”

Lying on his hospital bed, Steve Grimmett shared a few words, “I am very humbled. I didn’t realize that I meant so much to other people. I got no words other than thank you. And when I’m out on my new leg, I’m going to come out and sing for a big party.”

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