Grave Digger Posts New Video, “Zombie Dance” Online

It might be the most surprising song Grave Digger has ever released. After nearly four decades of true German heavy metal, the time has come to reach out to different musical influences. After listening to “Zombie Dance” we know for sure that Polka and Metal fit perfect together. This collaboration with their labelmates Russkaja will make you dance, especially when it’s played live on their upcoming “Tour Of The Living Dead”. Be aware!

Chris Boltendahl on “Zombie Dance”:
“Polka and Metal – is that fitting? With “Zombie Dance” we are opening the gate to hell for every incarnate, true metalhead and Grave Digger fan. But to be honest … the symbiosis between Metal and Polka turns out to be perfect and calls on everyone to dance and headbang. You wanted PARTY – you’ve got it !!! With “Zombie Dance” and its video we give you a late summer hit in 2018. Whoever stands still or remains seated while this song is played is already dead or not born yet!!”

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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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Mayhem To Release Dead Era Box Set, “Cursed In Eternity”

Peaceville has announced Cursed In Eternity, a comprehensive limited edition deluxe set covering the influential Dead era of Norwegian legends Mayhem. The set will be available on November 16th, and is available for pre-order here.

Containing six picture disc LPs, 7”, 92 page book, posters, and DVD featuring the never seen before Jessheim and Sarpsborg live shows plus Henhouse rehearsals.

“We are glad to be able to honour the Euronymous and Dead era in this comprehensive box set that Peaceville and Finn Håkon Rødland put together for the band.” – Necrobutcher & Hellhammer

Mayhem, the Norwegian pioneers responsible for invigorating a global scene alongside originators such as Venom, Celtic Frost & Bathory, formed in 1984, and with a long history of tragedy, intrigue and infamy have become truly revered legends of black metal, with a large part of their legacy established in the late 80’s & early 90’s, when guitarist Euronymous and bassist Necrobutcher welcomed Hellhammer on drums and Dead on vocals, to help shape a new era of darkness and Armageddon.

Marking 30 years since this particularly iconic and subsequently ill-fated union, the deluxe Cursed In Eternity set contains a full and expansive collection of work by the band during that period. This includes Mayhem’s legendary 1990 live dates in Norway and short German tour, plus the additions of the Out From The Dark and Henhouse rehearsal sessions.

These six titles are all presented on a special limited picture disc format for this release, with the set also including a 7” single vinyl containing two studio tracks (“Freezing Moon” and “Carnage”); recorded initially for the CBR compilation Projections Of A Stained Mind and here featuring sleeve artwork made at the time by former vocalist, Maniac.

Along with a full 92-page book recalling tales of their legendary shows and inspirational music from both band members and others from the scene, and including letters and previously unseen photographs sourced from personal archives, all in collaboration with the True Mayhem Collection, Cursed In Eternity also presents, for the first time, a DVD containing never-seen-before footage from the entire Jessheim concert, plus front of stage video from the Sarpsborg show, giving a priceless insight into how these shows were witnessed at the time. The DVD is completed by full footage of the Henhouse rehearsals.

As a final bonus inclusion, Cursed In Eternity features posters from the original designs and Zeitz photo from those iconic live shows.

Contents:

– 92-Page Perfect Bound Book

– LP 1 – Henhouse Rehearsals
– LP 2 – Out From The Dark
– LP 3 – Live In Jessheim
– LP 4 – Live In Sarpsborg
– LP 5 – Live In Zeitz
– LP 6 – Live In Leipzig

– 7” – Freezing Moon / Carnage (Studio)

– DVD:
– Live In Jessheim
– Live In Sarpsborg
– Henhouse Rehearsals

– 4 Posters

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Exodus To Headline Headbangers Ball European Tour

American thrash metal legends Exodus has been confirmed as the mystery headliners of this winter’s Headbangers Ball European tour. They will be joined on the trek by German veterans Sodom, Bay Area favourites Death Angel and Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels. This will be the last Exodus tour of Europe before they head back to the studio to record a new album.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 30 Leipzig – Hellraiser
December 1 Zlín – Hala Euronics
December 2 Budapest – Barba Negra
December 3 Wroclaw- A2
December 4 Hamburg – Markthalle
December 5 Tilburg – O13
December 6 London – Electric Ballroom
December 7 Oberhausen – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
December 8 Geiselwind – Christmas Bash
December 9 Vienna – Arena
December 10 Ravensburg – OberschwabenHalle
December 11 Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
December 12 Saarbrücken – Garage
December 13 Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
December 14 Novara – Phenomenon *NEW*
December 15 Lausanne – Les Docks
December 16 Munich – Backstage

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Kissin’ Dynamite launches new track, “You’re Not Alone”

– June 15th, 2018 –

Kissin’ Dynamite will release their new studio album, Ecstasy, on July 6th. It is the follow-up to Generation Goodbye (2016), which reached #14 in the official German album charts.

Produced by Kissin’ Dynamite singer Hannes Braun, Ecstasy harks back to the quintet’s unpolished, energy-laden early days, while at the same time marking a turning point in their eleven-year history. In autumn, the group will embark on their first concert tour as special guest since changing labels; from October 26th on, Kissin’ Dynamite will accompany Powerwolf, who are currently breaking all success records, for 16 joint gigs throughout Europe.

Check the new single, “You’re Not Alone”, now at: soundcloud.com

To pre-order the album, please visit: metalblade.com/kissindynamite

Ecstasy track-listing:
1. I’ve Got The Fire
2. You’re Not Alone
3. Somebody’s Gotta Do It
4. Ecstasy
5. Still Around
6. Superhuman
7. Placebo
8. Breaking The Silence
9. Waging War
10. One More Time
11. Heart Of Stone
12. Wild Wind
13. No Time To Wonder

Kissin’ Dynamite lineup:
Hannes Braun – vocals
Ande Braun – guitars
Jim Muller – guitars
Steffen Haile – bass
Andi Schnitzer – drums

Kissin’ Dynamite tour dates
w/ Powerwolf

Oct. 26 – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof – Germany
Oct. 27 – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle – Germany
Oct. 29 – Hamburg, Große Freiheit 36 – Germany
Oct. 31 – Berlin, Huxleys – Germany
Nov. 1 – Warschau, Progresja – Poland
Nov. 2 – Leipzig, Haus Auensee – Germany
Nov. 6 – Wien, Arena – Austria
Nov. 7 – Milan, Live Club – Italy
Nov. 9 – Munchen, Tonhalle – Germany
Nov. 10 – Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena – Germany
Nov. 11 – Eindhoven, Effenaar – Netherlands
Nov. 12 – London, Koko – UK
Nov. 14 – Lausanne, Les Docks – Switzerland
Nov. 15 – Zurich, Komplex 457 – Switzerland
Nov. 16 – Geiselwind, Music Hall – Germany
Nov. 17 – Saarbrucken, Saarlandhalle – Germany

Kissin’ Dynamite online:
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de
https://www.facebook.com/Kissindynamiterocks/
https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite/
https://twitter.com/kissindynamites
https://www.youtube.com/user/kissindynamiterocks

Photo by Patrick Schneiderwind

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Kissin’ Dynamite launches “Ecstasy” lyric video

– May 25th, 2018 –

Kissin’ Dynamite will release their new studio album, Ecstasy, on July 6th. It is the follow-up to Generation Goodbye (2016), which reached #14 in the official German album charts.

Produced by Kissin’ Dynamite singer Hannes Braun, Ecstasy harks back to the quintet’s unpolished, energy-laden early days, while at the same time marking a turning point in their eleven-year history. In autumn, the group will embark on their first concert tour as special guest since changing labels; from October 26th on, Kissin’ Dynamite will accompany Powerwolf, who are currently breaking all success records, for 16 joint gigs throughout Europe.

Check the new single, “Ecstasy”, now at metalblade.com/kissindynamite – where you can also pre-order the album.

Ecstasy track-listing:
1. I’ve Got The Fire
2. You’re Not Alone
3. Somebody’s Gotta Do It
4. Ecstasy
5. Still Around
6. Superhuman
7. Placebo
8. Breaking The Silence
9. Waging War
10. One More Time
11. Heart Of Stone
12. Wild Wind
13. No Time To Wonder

Kissin’ Dynamite lineup:
Hannes Braun – vocals
Ande Braun – guitars
Jim Muller – guitars
Steffen Haile – bass
Andi Schnitzer – drums

Kissin’ Dynamite tour dates
w/ Powerwolf
Oct. 26 – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof – Germany
Oct. 27 – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle – Germany
Oct. 29 – Hamburg, Große Freiheit 36 – Germany
Oct. 31 – Berlin, Huxleys – Germany
Nov. 1 – Warschau, Progresja – Poland
Nov. 2 – Leipzig, Haus Auensee – Germany
Nov. 6 – Wien, Arena – Austria
Nov. 7 – Milan, Live Club – Italy
Nov. 9 – Munchen, Tonhalle – Germany
Nov. 10 – Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena – Germany
Nov. 11 – Eindhoven, Effenaar – Netherlands
Nov. 12 – London, Koko – UK
Nov. 14 – Lausanne, Les Docks – Switzerland
Nov. 15 – Zurich, Komplex 457 – Switzerland
Nov. 16 – Geiselwind, Music Hall – Germany
Nov. 17 – Saarbrucken, Saarlandhalle – Germany

Kissin’ Dynamite online:
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de
https://www.facebook.com/Kissindynamiterocks
https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite
https://twitter.com/kissindynamites
https://www.youtube.com/user/kissindynamiterocks

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Watch New Sodom Lineup Perform At The “Rock Hard Festival”

The new lineup of German thrash metal outfit SODOM made its live debut on May 18 at the “Rock Hard Festival” in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Pro-shot footage of the band playing “Outbreak of Evil” can be streamed below.

SODOM bassist/vocalist Thomas “Angelripper” Such is joined in the group’s current lineup by guitarist Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik (also formerly of KREATOR, ASSASSIN), drummer Stefan “Husky” Hüskens (ASPHYX, DESASTER) and second guitarist Yorck Segatz (BEYONDITION). Blackfire previously performed with SODOM on the seminal albums “Persecution Mania”, “Mortal Way Of Live” and “Agent Orange”.

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Kissin’ Dynamite signs to Metal Blade Records

– May 4th, 2018 –

New album ‘Ecstasy’ out July 6th; first single and video “I’ve Got The Fire” out now

Bring back stadium rock! Today, Metal Blade Records are happy to announce the signing of Kissin’ Dynamite, one of Germany’s most promising rock bands. Sony Music label Columbia will handle affairs and releases of the group in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

First on the agenda is the release of Ecstasy, Kissin’ Dynamite‘s new studio album, on July 6th. It is the follow-up to Generation Goodbye (2016), which reached #14 in the official German album charts.

Produced by Kissin’ Dynamite singer Hannes Braun, Ecstasy harks back to the quintet’s unpolished, energy-laden early days, while at the same time marking a turning point in their eleven-year history. In autumn, the group will embark on their first concert tour as special guest since changing labels; from October 26th on, Kissin’ Dynamite will accompany Powerwolf, who are currently breaking all success records, for 16 joint gigs throughout Europe.

Check the first single, “I’ve Got The Fire”, now at metalblade.com/kissindynamite – where you can also pre-order the album.

Ecstasy track-listing:
1. I’ve Got The Fire
2. You’re Not Alone
3. Somebody’s Gotta Do It
4. Ecstasy
5. Still Around
6. Superhuman
7. Placebo
8. Breaking The Silence
9. Waging War
10. One More Time
11. Heart Of Stone
12. Wild Wind
13. No Time To Wonder

Kissin’ Dynamite lineup:
Hannes Braun – vocals
Ande Braun – guitars
Jim Muller – guitars
Steffen Haile – bass
Andi Schnitzer – drums

Kissin’ Dynamite tour dates
w/ Powerwolf

Oct. 26 – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof – Germany
Oct. 27 – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle – Germany
Oct. 29 – Hamburg, Große Freiheit 36 – Germany
Oct. 31 – Berlin, Huxleys – Germany
Nov. 1 – Warschau, Progresja – Poland
Nov. 2 – Leipzig, Haus Auensee – Germany
Nov. 6 – Wien, Arena – Austria
Nov. 7 – Milan, Live Club – Italy
Nov. 9 – Munchen, Tonhalle – Germany
Nov. 10 – Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena – Germany
Nov. 11 – Eindhoven, Effenaar – Netherlands
Nov. 12 – London, Koko – UK
Nov. 14 – Lausanne, Les Docks – Switzerland
Nov. 15 – Zurich, Komplex 457 – Switzerland
Nov. 16 – Geiselwind, Music Hall – Germany
Nov. 17 – Saarbrucken, Saarlandhalle – Germany

Kissin’ Dynamite online:
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de
https://www.facebook.com/Kissindynamiterocks
https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite
https://twitter.com/kissindynamites
https://www.youtube.com/user/kissindynamiterocks

Photo by Patrick Schneiderwind

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Neck of the Woods Announce Updated North American Tour Dates

Vancouver, BC’s progressive tech death metallers Neck of the Woods have issued an update of North American tour dates in support of their debut album “The Passenger” released last September via Basick Records. The debut album was recorded at Rain City Recorders and produced by Stu McKillop and the band, with art direction by vocalist Jeff Radomsky and layout design by Kevin Moore at Soft Surrogate. The nine-track offering truly captures the band’s crushing blend of progressive, death-inspired, technical, and groove-laden metal.

Guitarist Dave Carr comments: “We can’t wait to hit the road and make some new friends. Being from Ontario myself, I’m personally very excited to bring this band back to where I grew up and play the circuit. This is a huge opportunity to get our music out to a whole new fan base, especially with the US dates. We’re ready to hit the road and show everyone what NOTW is all about!”

Vocalist Jeff Radomsky adds: “We’re all looking forward to playing for a ton of new audiences across Canada and the Eastern U.S.. We’ll be branching into so many new areas, most of which I’ve never traveled to! Save the date, this tour will be one you won’t forget!”

“The Passenger” is available digitally through Basick Records and on physical CD through the band’s Bandcamp page.

Music Video – “You’ll Always Look The Same To Me”:

Here are the latest Neck of the Woods North American Tour Dates:

April 12 – Seattle, WA – Funhouse
April 13 – Tacoma, WA – Real Art
April 14 – Olympia, WA – McCoy’s Tavern
April 20 – Regina, SK – The German Club
April 21 – Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel
April 22 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub
April 25 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – TBA
April 26 – North Bay, ON – White Water Gallery
April 27 – Guelph, ON – Dstrct
April 28 – Toronto, ON – Coalition
April 29 – Windsor, ON – Windsor Beer Exchange
May 2 – Owen Sound, ON – The H2O Lounge
May 3 – Ottawa, ON – Cafe Dekcuf
May 4 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
May 5 – Drummondville, QC – Pub Hariot
May 6 – Quebec City, QC – TBA
May 8 – Manchester, NH – Bungalow Bar
May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sound
May 10 – Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
May 11 – Detroit, MI – The Ritz
May 12 – Peoria, IL – The Rail II
May 13 – Barrington, IL – Penny Road Pub
May 14 – Beach Park, IL – Hattrix
May 15 – Minneapolis, MN – Opinion Brew Co.
May 17 – Saskatoon, SK – Black Cat Tavern
May 18 – Edmonton , AB – The Starlite Room
May 19 – Red Deer, AB – The Vat
May 20 – Calgary, AB – Broken City

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