Dream Theater Singer James LaBrie Guests On Last Union Single “President Evil”; Video Posted Online

Italian progressive metal band, Last Union, featuring Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass, Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween, ex-Masterplan) on drums, and as guest James LaBrie (Dream Theater) on vocals, have released a new music video and single for “President Evil”. The track is taken from their debut album, “Twelve,” out on December 21st via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. Watch the clip below.

The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, best known for his work with Arch Enemy, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Angra, and Opeth, to name a few. The album artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Rage, Threshold).

The quiet city of Tolentino in the Marche region of Central Italy not only boasts a rich historical background, it is also the place progressive metal band Last Union calls home. Founded by vocalist Elisa Scarpeccio, guitarist Cristiano Tiberi and keyboardist Claudio Feliziani in 2007, the band – originally known as Blazing Ice – embarked on their journey in the pursuit of sharing their thoughts and feelings about life, and ultimately their art, with the world. With the assistance of professional session bassists and drummers, the trio established themselves on the Italian scene with a string of shows that helped them evolve and refine their craft. Over the course of 20 shows, Last Union presented songs that would eventually make the final cut for their debut album.

Strong and positive reactions to their music spurred Scarpeccio and Tiberi on to take the first of many bold steps. The first was to invite drummer Uli Kusch to join the fold, who expressed interest in joining the band as a full member rather than just a touring drummer after hearing the music. A similar scenario played out with Symphony X bassist Mike LePond and Last Union was officially born. The icing on the cake, however, was getting Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie to sing on three tracks.

Tracklisting:

1. Most Beautiful Day
2. President Evil (Feat. James LaBrie)
3. Hardest Way
4. Purple Angels
5. The Best Of Magic
6. Taken (Feat. James LaBrie) – Radio Edit
7. 18 Euphoria
8. A Place In Heaven (Feat. James LaBrie)
9. Ghostwriter
10. Limousine
11. Back In The Shadow
12. Taken (Feat. James LaBrie)
13. President Evil (Feat. James LaBrie) – Video Version

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Danko Jones Invites Fans To Be In New Video “Burn In Hell”

Toronto rockers Danko Jones have checked in with the following update:

“Listen up! Wanna be part of our next music video? Film us play our new track ‘Burn In Hell’ at one of our shows this upcoming European tour (starts tomorrow in Glasgow). Read instructions below. Thanks in advance!”

Participate In The Next Danko Jones Music Video

“On our upcoming European tour we’re encouraging you to film us when we’re performing our new song, ‘Burn In Hell’, using your smartphone (no DSLR Cameras or camcorders are allowed at the venue without permit). We would also like to see you (and your friends) on your way to the concert, pre-partying, having a good time, etc. We will announce when ‘Burn In Hell’ is gonna be played, so don’t forget to enjoy the rest of the show.

Please use horizontal video mode (landscape). Send a download link to video@dankojones.com, using for example WeTransfer.com, DropBox.com, Google Drive, etc. if possible. Attachements are fine if they’re not huge. By sending your video to us you agree that we may use and cut it the way we see fit.”

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Spirits Of Fire Featuring Ripper Owens To Release Debut Album In February, Posts New Video Online

Frontiers Music Srl is known for building new bands/projects featuring musicians of outstanding quality and who come from unique backgrounds. After an intense brainstorming session, a dream team of renowned metal musicians including Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, etc.) and Mark Zonder (ex-Fates Warning, Warlord) was born and put together under the direction of renowned LA-based producer Roy Z. (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Tribe Of Gypsies).

Called Spirits Of Fire (after the title of one of their songs), the band has completed work on their debut album which is set for release on February 22nd via Frontiers Music Srl. The music can best be described as “classic Priest meets Savatage”. Today, Spirits Of Fire release their first video and single, “Light Speed Marching”. Find the video below.

The album will be available on CD, Red Color Vinyl, Standard Black Vinyl, Collector’s Box (CD + T-Shirt, Size L), and Digital formats. Pre-order “Spirits Of Fire” on CD/LP/Digital and stream the singles here.

North American fans can get limited edition, exclusive red color vinyl & collector’s box (feat. CD + T-Shirt – Size L only) here. These are very limited and this is the only retailer in North America carrying these items. European fan can get the same items here.

Guitarist Chris Caffery on his influences for the record and working with Roy Z: “My influences for writing on this record were the bands that we were and are still in! I wanted to write songs that [Judas] Priest, Savatage, Testament, and Fates Warning fans would like. But, I wanted them to have a personality of their own as well. To give it a vibe that was Spirits Of Fire! I grew up listening to Judas Priest and spent 30 plus years working with Jon Oliva and Paul O’Neill with Savatage and TSO. Many years playing Criss’ music. These influences for me came naturally! Especially because I’m a fan of all of our bands!

“This was the first time that I ever worked with Roy and it was so much fun. I have been a huge fan of his work for a long time. He’s written music, played on, and produced some of my favorite metal albums ever. He had a difficult job bringing this all together and I can’t think of anyone that would have been a better producer and co-worker for this album!”

“I always just sing to the song, whatever I feel it should be. It’s like a character thing! I like layers! This music is really perfect for me and in my natural wheel house. I like to sing all over the place and change it up and this all happens on this album. This is just the start of an amazing band, I mean sky is the limit and I actually can’t wait to record the next album, because this one is so great and perfect,” says vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens.

Drummer Mark Zonder adds about his playing and writing process, “I am the kind of player that plays what I think fits best with the music. With Spirits Of Fire, the music was more aggressive and hard hitting which I really liked. Again, I tried to be very mindful of the song and the vocals, but tried to add parts that were interesting and creative for the listener.”

Tracklisting:

1. Light Speed Marching
2. Temple Of The Soul
3. All Comes Together
4. Spirits Of Fire
5. It’s Everywhere
6. A Game
7. Dispensable
8. Meet Your End
9. Never To Return
10. The Path
11. Alone In The Darkness

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Rauhnåcht Share A Medley Of The Music From Upcoming New Album “Unterm Gipfelthron”

Rauhnåcht premiere a medley of the music from their upcoming new album “Unterm Gipfelthron”, which will be released on December 7th by Debemur Morti Productions.

Check out now the medley below.

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Unearth Premiere New Single “One With The Sun”

Unearth premiere another song from their approaching new album “Exinction(s)“. Below you can stream “One With The Sun” from that effort which will meet a November 23rd release.

Unearth are out on the road now on this fall tour with Fit For An Autopsy, The Agony Scene and more in support of their new release:

With Traitors:

11/02 Cambridge, MA – Sonia
11/03 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
11/04 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina
11/05 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
11/06 Fayetteville, NC – The Drunk Horse Pub
11/07 Ocala, FL – The Alchemy Ballroom
11/08 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s Live
11/09 Orlando, FL – The Haven
11/10 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
11/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
11/13 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
11/14 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
11/15 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
11/16 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
11/17 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/18 Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
11/19 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club (no Traitors)
11/20 Springfield, MO – The Complex (no Traitors)
11/21 Merriam, KS – Aftershock (no Traitors)

With I AM:

11/23 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
11/24 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/26 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/27 Portland, OR – Dante’s
11/28 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
11/29 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/30 Los Angeles, CA – Union
12/01 Mesa, AZ – Club Red

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All That Remains Vows To Continue Following The Death Of Guitarist Oli Herbert

Last month, All That Remains suffered a tragic and incredibly painful loss when their globally renowned, highly respected, and immeasurably talented lead guitarist and founding member Oli Herbert, unexpectedly passed away.

Herbert played on all nine albums in the band’s discography and was especially proud of the new album, Victim of the New Disease, which is out today, via Eleven Seven Music. The album is both a tour de force and a testament to Herbert’s legacy.

All That Remains — Philip Labonte [lead vocals], Mike Martin [guitar], Jason Costa [drums], and Aaron Patrick [bass, backing vocals] — plan to further honour the passion that Herbert felt for both the album and the band by continuing on.

The band will embark on the previously scheduled European tour with Sevendust this December. Guitar virtuoso and YouTube personality Jason Richardson (All Shall Perish, Chelsea Grin, Born of Osiris) has come on board and will fill in on the upcoming trek. All current tour dates are below, with more touring plans in North America being announced soon.

“Losing Oli has been a tremendous blow to the core of ATR”, says vocalist Phil Labonte, “but I know he wouldn’t want anything other than for us to continue. He loved this record so much – it’s some of our best work. We look forward to sharing the music with everyone – seeing our fans from the stage. From where Oli loved most. It’ll be cathartic. We’ll need it to be”.

“Victim Of The New Disease Track Listing:

1. Fuck Love
2. Everything’s Wrong
3. Blood I Spill
4. Wasteland
5. Alone In The Darkness
6. Misery In Me
7. Broken
8. Just Tell Me Something (Featuring Danny Worsnop)
9. I Meant What I Said
10. Victim of the New Disease

All That Remains December tour with Sevendust:
01/12 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
02/12 – London, Electric Brixton
04/12 – Manchester, Academy 2
05/12 – Glasgow, Garage
06/12 – Nottingham, Rock City
07/12 – Bristol, Swx
09/12 – Paris, Glazart
10/12 – Cologne, Luxor
11/12 – Berlin, Columbia Theater
12/12 – Prague, Meet Factory
14/12 – Wroclaw, Firlej
15/12 – Vienna, Flex
17/12 – Munich, Backstage Halle
18/12 – Aarau, Kiff
19/12 – Amsterdam, Melweg Oz

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All That Remains Vows To Continue Following The Death Of Guitarist Oli Herbert

Last month, All That Remains suffered a tragic and incredibly painful loss when their globally renowned, highly respected, and immeasurably talented lead guitarist and founding member Oli Herbert, unexpectedly passed away.

Herbert played on all nine albums in the band’s discography and was especially proud of the new album, Victim of the New Disease, which is out today, via Eleven Seven Music. The album is both a tour de force and a testament to Herbert’s legacy.

All That Remains — Philip Labonte [lead vocals], Mike Martin [guitar], Jason Costa [drums], and Aaron Patrick [bass, backing vocals] — plan to further honour the passion that Herbert felt for both the album and the band by continuing on.

The band will embark on the previously scheduled European tour with Sevendust this December. Guitar virtuoso and YouTube personality Jason Richardson (All Shall Perish, Chelsea Grin, Born of Osiris) has come on board and will fill in on the upcoming trek. All current tour dates are below, with more touring plans in North America being announced soon.

“Losing Oli has been a tremendous blow to the core of ATR”, says vocalist Phil Labonte, “but I know he wouldn’t want anything other than for us to continue. He loved this record so much – it’s some of our best work. We look forward to sharing the music with everyone – seeing our fans from the stage. From where Oli loved most. It’ll be cathartic. We’ll need it to be”.

“Victim Of The New Disease Track Listing:

1. Fuck Love
2. Everything’s Wrong
3. Blood I Spill
4. Wasteland
5. Alone In The Darkness
6. Misery In Me
7. Broken
8. Just Tell Me Something (Featuring Danny Worsnop)
9. I Meant What I Said
10. Victim of the New Disease

All That Remains December tour with Sevendust:
01/12 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
02/12 – London, Electric Brixton
04/12 – Manchester, Academy 2
05/12 – Glasgow, Garage
06/12 – Nottingham, Rock City
07/12 – Bristol, Swx
09/12 – Paris, Glazart
10/12 – Cologne, Luxor
11/12 – Berlin, Columbia Theater
12/12 – Prague, Meet Factory
14/12 – Wroclaw, Firlej
15/12 – Vienna, Flex
17/12 – Munich, Backstage Halle
18/12 – Aarau, Kiff
19/12 – Amsterdam, Melweg Oz

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BillyBio (Biohazard, Powerflo) North American Tour With Thy Will Be Done Announced

Billy Graziadei‘s (Biohazard/Powerflo) new solo project BillyBio announce a first run of shows joining All Hail The Yeti, Thy Will Be Done, Life Of Agony and Sick Of It All on several dates. Graziadei will be touring in support of his debut release, “Feed The Fire“, which will hit stores November 30th via AFM Records.

A first single, “Freedom’s Never Free“, from that release can be streamed below:

Dates for the aforementioned tour include:

11/30 Fullerton, CA – Slidebar Rock n’ Roll Kitchen (feat. All Hail The Yeti)

With Thy Will Be Done:

12/06 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
12/07 Mansfield, OH – Belcher’s House Of Rock
12/08 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
12/09 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
12/10 Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
12/11 Quebec, QC – L’Anti Bar
12/12 Providence, RI – Fete Music Lounge
12/13 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft

With Life Of Agony & Sick Of It All:

12/14 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
12/15 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony

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Sonata Arctica Begins Recording New Album, Announces Acoustic Tour

It’s been very silent in the camp of Finnish melodic metal titans Sonata Arctica recently. But this break hasn’t been wasted – the band have entered the studio to kick off the recording process for their tenth studio album, due in 2019 through Nuclear Blast. But before their new record will see the light of day, Sonata Arctica are pleased to announce that they will embark on a special journey; their very first acoustic tour outside of Finland! The run will take them to London’s Islington Assembly Hall on 19th March 2019, as part of a larger European run. Support will be provided by special guests, Los Angeles CA based metallers Witherfall. Further details can be found below.

Keyboardist Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg comments, “We’ve been locked up in the studio since the end of the summer working on our next studio album and decided we needed to take a break and go out and play some shows. In the summer of 2016 we did an acoustic summer tour in Finland which was a lot of fun for both us and our fans; in fact it was so great that we wanted to do it again and this time we’re not settling for just Finland – but taking this show all around Europe for the first time ever. Now is a unique chance to hear our music in a completely different setting and we’re sure these evenings will be something really special. Our set will also include some stuff we’ve never played live before, and who knows maybe even a new song from the upcoming album. See you at the shows!”

Acoustic Adventures
w/ Witherfall
March 13 Oslo – Parkteatret
March 14 Stockholm – Södra Teatern
March 15 Gothenburg – Storan Teatern
March 16 Hamburg – Fabrik
March 17 Eindhoven – Effenaar
March 19 UK London – Islington Assembly Hall
March 20 Haarlem – Patronaat
March 21 DE Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
March 22 Paris – Le Trabendo
March 23 Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
March 24 Milan – Teatro Dal Verme
March 26 Pratteln – Z7
March 27 Nuremberg – Hirsch
March 28 Prague – Roxy
March 29 Stuttgart – Im Wizemann (Club)
March 30 Bochum – Christuskirche

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Corrosion Of Conformity Announces Winter Tour With Crowbar

Raleigh, North Carolina based metal veterans Corrosion Of Conformity has announced that they will embark on a headlining tour of North America this January, where they will be joined on all dates by Crowbar and Mothership, with Weedeater also on board from January 19th – February 13th and The Obsessed from February 16th – 27th. The tour is in support of the band’s latest album, “No Cross No Crown,” which was released at the beginning of the year through Nuclear Blast and marks their first album with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan since 2005’s, “In The Arms Of God.” The band’s guitarist Woody Weatherman recently sat down with Metal Underground to discuss the album and more, which you can see below.

The tour dates are as follows:

January 19 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
January 20 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
January 21 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
January 22 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
January 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
January 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
January 26 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
January 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
January 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
January 31 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
February 1 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
February 2 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
February 4 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
February 5 – Calgary, AB – Marquee
February 7 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
February 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
February 9 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
February 10 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
February 12 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
February 13 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
February 16 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
February 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
February 18 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
February 20 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
February 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
February 22 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
February 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
February 24 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
February 26 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
February 27 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan

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