Metal Church Announces Co-Headlining U.S. Tour With Doro

West Coast metal veterans Metal Church has announced that they will be teaming up with German metal icon Doro Pesch for a co-headlining tour of the United States this Spring. Joining them on the trek will be Images Of Eden.

Says Doro: “We are doing a double headliner tour with our long time friends Metal Church. What a superb power package for all metal fans. I am so exited to hit the stage together with Metal Church and I am very sure that the fans in the United States will be as thrilled as we are.“

Metal Church frontman Mike Howe added, “I am excited to get out on the road and embrace our faithful fans again, and any new fans are welcome into the fold! I’m also looking forward to joining forces with legendary metal singer Doro Pesch!!”

The tour dates are as follows:

April 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Counts Vamp’d
April 18 – Anaheim, CA – The Parish @ House Of Blues
April 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
April 20 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
April 23 – Lubbock, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 24 – Austin, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 25 – Houston, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 26 – San Antonio, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 27 – Dallas, TX – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 28 – Oklahoma City, OK – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
April 29 – St. Louis, MO – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
May 1 – Indiainapolis, IN – Venue TBA (Metal Church, Images Of Eden only)
May 2 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
May 3 – Racine, WI – Route 20
May 4 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
May 5 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
May 7 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
May 8 – Reading, PA – Reverb
May 9 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
May 10 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
May 11 – New Bedford, MA – The Vault @ Greasy Luck

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Metal Church Posts Making Of Latest Music Video “Damned If You Do”

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will finally unleash their 12th full-length studio album ‘Damned If You Do’ next week, on December 7, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Records (Rat Pak Records/America &King Records/Japan). The latest release is the follow-up to their highly successful 2016 album »XI«, which saw the return of legendary frontman Mike Howe. ‘Damned If You Do’ is a cross between the band’s iconic ‘Blessing In Disguise’ and ‘The Human Factor’.

To shorten the wait for fans, the group has launched the making-of for the ‘Damned If You Do’ music video today. Watch below.

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2019

The organisers of Britain’s Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced a further five bands for next years edition of the event. Headlining the Sophie Lancaster Stage on the Friday night will be Swedish heavy metal outfit Grand Magus, while added to the Ronnie James Dio stage that day are thrash metal legends Death Angel and Seattle metallers, Metal Church. Also confirmed to grace the Ronnie James Dio stage are Evil Scarecrow on the Saturday and former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss on Sunday.

The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. The initial lineup is as follows:

Sabaton (Headliner)
Scorpions (Headliner)
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Death Angel
Dee Snider
Eluveitie
Evil Scarecrow
Grand Magus
Hypocrisy
Metal Church
Queensryche
Ross The Boss
Rotting Christ
Skeletonwitch
Soilwork

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Metal Church Posts New Music Video “By The Numbers” Online

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 12th full length studio album “Damned If You Do” via Nuclear Blast Records on December 7th 2018 (Rat Pak Records/America & King Records/Japan). The latest release is the follow-up to their highly successful 2016 album XI, which saw the return of legendary front man Mike Howe. “Damned If You Do” is a cross between the band’s iconic “Blessing In Disguise” and “The Human Factor.” This new offering features ten fully-charged, classic-metal influenced songs showcasing the sound that has garnered the band a solid fan base for over 3 decades.

Today, the band has launched the third single from their upcoming offering entitled ‘By The Numbers’. The video tells the story of a successful businessman who leads a double life as a lead singer in a metal band, something Mike Howe knows all too well. The video for “By The Numbers” can be seen below.

“Damned If You Do” also features new drummer Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P./Lita Ford). Stet first arrived after the departure of long-time drummer Jeff Plate, but soon after joining the band he was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Miraculously his treatments for the aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma worked and he was able to begin recording the new album.

Speaking of the new album Stet Howland comments, “From the minute we started tracking this new CD, I had the feeling that it was going to be something special. I knew that I was going to do my best to deliver a top drum performance, not only because of the high standard set by past Metal Church drummers, but also because this is my first CD release after being sick. I’m beyond happy with all aspects of this CD, great songs, great performances, great production, just an overall great CD! I love it!”

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DragonForce announces appearance on Megacruise

– October 25th, 2018 –

Begins recording new album; streams recording sessions via Twitch

Photo credit: Paul Harries

On October 13-18, 2019, DragonForce will join Megacruise, which departs from Los Angeles, CA and boasts a line-up of Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Corrosion of Conformity, Devildriver, Doro, Armored Saint, John 5, Metal Church, and many more artists!

For more information, please visit: megacruise.com

DragonForce recently entered the studio with producer Damien Rainaud (Fear Factory, Once Human) to begin recording their 8th studio album, due out 2019 via Metal Blade Records in the USA. Fans can watch livestreams of the studio sessions now on Twitch at twitch.tv/hermanli – plus, all followers of the Twitch page will have a chance to win Herman Li’s personal signature guitar once he reaches 10,000 Twitch followers!

Herman Li comments: “We’re really excited to be recording again after finishing one of our biggest tour cycles ever. We’ll be streaming our recording live on Twitch, and fans can participate in the process by letting us know what they think of our solos! The new album will have a lot of surprises that both old and new fans will really enjoy.
We’re also especially excited to kick off our next tour cycle on the Megacruise. You know if you’re seeing DragonForce on a cruise, it’s going to be crazy, and we can’t wait for everyone to see what we’re planning. It will definitely be something fans have never seen before.”

Stay tuned for more news about this new album coming soon!

DragonForce‘s latest release, Reaching Into Infinity (2017), captures the band’s essence; it’s fierce, forlorn and fun, with both menace and melody. The first album to feature Gee Anzalone (drums), the Italian drummer laid down an impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DragonForce sound, which of course still boasts the band’s trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. To preview and purchase Reaching Into Infinity, please visit: metalblade.com/dragonforce

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Inaugural Megacruise to feature Megadeth & Anthrax, Testament, Armored Saint & Metal Church

The cruise will depart Los Angeles on October 13th, 2019, and make stops at San Diego, California, and Ensenada, Mexico, before returning to L.A. on October 18th.

Also on board the Norwegian Jewel ship will be Armored Saint, DevilDriver, Doro, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, Beastö Blancö, Metal Church and the metal mariachi group Metalachi, as revealed on the Megacruise Facebook page.

In addition to performances from the above acts, the cruise will also feature Q&A’s with the artists, music clinics, theme nights, and all the typical luxuries of a cruise, including meals, swimming pools, jacuzzis, casinos and more.

Prices range from $800 to $4899, depending on number of people and type of cabin, with the full list of rates available here. For more information, visit Megacruise.com .

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Metal Church Reveals New Album “Damned If You Do” Details

West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 12th full length studio album Damned If You Do via Nuclear Blast Records on December 7th 2018 (Rat Pak Records/America & King Records/Japan). The latest release is the follow-up to their highly successful 2016 album XI, which saw the return of legendary front man Mike Howe. “Damned If You Do” is a cross between the band’s iconic “Blessing In Disguise” and “The Human Factor.” This new offering features ten fully-charged, classic-metal influenced songs showcasing the sound that has garnered the band a solid fan base for over 3 decades.

Kurdt Vanderhoof comments, “I feel this album is a very powerful statement to what METAL CHURCH has always been about. A tough and aggressive old-school metal album while maintaining a level of musicality and melodic sensibilities.”

“Damned If You Do” also features new drummer Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P./Lita Ford). Stet first arrived after the departure of long-time drummer Jeff Plate, but soon after joining the band was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Miraculously his treatments for the aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma worked and he was able to begin recording the new album.

Speaking of the new album Stet Howland comments, “From the minute we started tracking this new CD, I had the feeling that it was going to be something special. I knew that I was going to do my best to deliver a top drum performance, not only because of the high standard set by past Metal Church drummers, but also because this is my first CD release after being sick. I’m beyond happy with all aspects of this CD, great songs, great performances, great production, just an overall great CD! I love it!”

Damned If You Do is something truly unique and special. The songs are powerful, precise, and Metal Church’s musical vision is unified. From the haunting opener “Damned If You Do” to the final hard-edged track “The War Electric,” this new album is sure to resonate with fans from the band’s early years while garnering new ones. Songs like “By The Numbers,” “Guillotine” and “The Black Things” are sure to become instant favorites!

Mike Howe comments: “I’m very excited about the new release. It all came together way better than I even imagined. It’s a great feeling to work really hard on a musical project pouring your heart into it and hoping it comes out as something you can be proud of in the end. I have been listening to it every day and loving it! I hope our fans do as well!”

“Damned If You Do” – Tracklisting:

1. Damned If You Do
2. The Black Things
3. By The Numbers
4. Revolution Underway
5. Guillotine
6. Rot Away
7. Into The Fold
8. Monkey Finger
9. Out Of Balance
10. The War Electric

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Final Four Bands Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal 2018

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced the last four bands to perform at this year’s event. Canadian death metal veterans Kataklysm will be performing, in addition to American power metal outfit Seven Kingdoms has been confirmed for the journey, as well as Belgian groove metal band Diablo BLVD and Colombian speed metal group Revenge. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Belphegor
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Diablo BLVD
Enslaved
Evergrey
Evertale
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Leaves’ Eyes
Majestic Downfall
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Psychostick
Revenge
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Kingdoms
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Triosphere
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Psychostick And Majestic Downfall Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Comedy metal act Psychostick and Mexican doom metal band Majestic Downfall are the latest groups announced to play this year’s edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which sets sail in only six days. This brings the total number of confirmed bands up to fifty six, with only four more to be confirmed. The organisers have said that the next three bands to be confirmed will all hail from different continents. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Belphegor
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Enslaved
Evergrey
Evertale
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Leaves’ Eyes
Majestic Downfall
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Psychostick
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Triosphere
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Belphegor Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal 2018

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced that Austrian blackened death metal veterans Belphegor will be performing at this year’s edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the total of confirmed bands to fifty four, with only six more to be revealed. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Belphegor
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Enslaved
Evergrey
Evertale
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Leaves’ Eyes
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Triosphere
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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