New Galactic Cowboys Album Coming After 17 Years

Has it really been 17 years? Time just flew by… Galactic Cowboys has always been a musical enigma. Hailing from Houston, Texas, the band combined melodic thrash, progressive metal, Beatlesque harmonies, and a quirky sense of humor into a genre of its own creation.

Between 1991 and 2000, the Cowboys released a string of albums such as “Space In Your Face”
and “The Horse That Bud Bought.” That first time around, though, GC was the right band at exactly the wrong time. On this outing, the Cowboys shoot for the moon again, and celebrate the journey back.

Their most notable fan-base became other musicians — an exclusive club that included other 1990s musical misanthropes such as Jellyfish, King’s X, and Kevin Gilbert. Reflecting both the musicality and diversity of the band, Galactic Cowboys toured primarily with two music legends, Anthrax and Dream Theater, reflecting the Cowboy’s versatility.

Now the new album “Long Way Back To The Moon” will drop on November 17th via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. Mike Portnoy comments:

“The Galactic Cowboys were (and still are) one of my favorite bands to emerge from the 90’s. Great songwriting, killer players and euphoric harmonies. They were always criminally underrated and overlooked, which led to their premature demise in 2000. My last 17 years have had a hole in my musical palate without them and I couldn’t be happier at the announcement of their return! Welcome back boys…I missed you!”

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First Single “Her Feet Upon The Earth, Blooming The Fruits Of Blood” Posted By Aosoth

French black metal devotees Aosoth premiered the first single from the fifith studio album “V: The Inside Scriptures,” which is due out on November 17th via Agonia Records. Listen to “Her Feet Upon The Earth, Blooming The Fruits Of Blood” in the player below.

Aosoth is the second project of vocalist & lyricist MkM (the founder of Antaeus) evolving in the black/death metal genre. While Antaeus sets boundaries for violent, grinding black metal, Aosoth delivers more dissonant and 90’s death metal elements combined with the work of guitarist & producer Bst (The Order Of Apollyon, VI), who composed the music on the album. The duo is accompanied by bassist INRVI (the founder & mastermind of VI) and Saroth (Hell Militia, Temple of Baal) on second guitar.

“V: The Inside Scriptures” is a closing chapter of AOSOTH’s musical and lyrical concept. Distinctive and downright suffocating, the album shows many differences to “III” & “IV: Arrow In Heart”, the two previous full-length releases, especially in terms of atmosphere. The recordings took nearly three years and were interrupted by many events in the personal lives of MkM & Bst. At some point, the album was about to be abandoned and never released.

The drums for “V: The Inside Scriptures” were recorded by T. at Hybreed Studios (Temple Of Baal, Glorior Belli, VI). All other instruments were recorded at BST Studios. Mixing & mastering were done at BST Studios as well, while the painting adorning the album cover (shown below) was created by Benjamin A. Vierling (Nightbringer, Weapon). Layout and additional photography was done by Somnyum. AOSOTH’s logo was prepared by Erik Danielsson of Watain.

The track listing for the album is:

1. A Heart To Judge
2. Her Feet Upon The Earth, Blooming The Fruits Of Blood
3. The Inside Scriptures
4. Premises Of A Miracle
5. Contaminating All Tongues
6. Silver Dagger And The Breathless Smile

Check out “Her Feet Upon The Earth, Blooming The Fruits Of Blood” here:

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New Single “The Darkest Black” Released By Zephyra

Zephyra has returned with the melodic death metal sound to release a new single, “The Darkest Black.”

“The Darkest Black” is released through Inverse Records and builds a bridge between the second album, the critically acclaimed “As the World Collapses,” and the progress of writing and recording a third one. Once again the band has worked with Micke Andersson at MRG Studios (Borås) for recording and producing, and with Christian Donaldson at The Grid (Montreal) for the mix and master works; a superb team as showcased on the last album.

With this newest single, Zephyra shows that they are a band to reckon with!

Watch the music video here:

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Wormholedeath To Release New Album From Town Tundra

Russian melodic death metal act Town Tundra has signed a distribution deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of the new album “Misanthropy Never Fails”! The album will be issued on the following schedule:

Digital: October 13th (Wormholedeath/The Orchard)
CD: November 17th 2017 (Aural Music Group)
USA: December 8th (Wormholedeath U.S.A.)
Japan: December 20th (Wormholedeath Japan/Disk Union Music Distribution)

A teaser clip for the album, along with the first single/video clip “Wit From Woe,” can be viewed in the player at the bottom.

The band commented: “‘Misanthropy Never Fails’ is the ode to individualism of the Man, confrontation of unique One-Aloner to hostile invasion of the faceless crowd. This is a Declaration of Sacred Love to Personality expressed in the words of Fierce Hatred and Intolerance to rabid narcissism of human cattle’s inner animal essence that oppresses the finest aspirations of the Soul, desecrates and destroys the environment of any Individuality – its freedom, culture, morality and ethics, historical truth, living nature. Misanthropy is the Aegis for the Person against diseases and disappointments of cruel depressive social being – bestiality, ignorance and disharmony. The Aegis that never lies and fails…The music of Town Tundra was born in severe vastness of Russian Arctic. Sharp rhythms made of the echoes of the nonfreezing sea roaring surf, harsh riffs inspired by blizzard howling amidst endless winter night, fabulous solos reminding ice patterns on frozen window, dreamy melodies striving forward and upward full of hope and true russian yearning – all these are merged by the warmth of northern musicians’ hearts as a message to hardline music lovers all over the world!”

The track listing is:

1. Anti-Psalm .21
2. Senseless and Merciless
3. Wit From Woe
4. Jack Of Spades (Fuck & Chic)
5. Misanthropy Never Fails
6. Ill Itch (Sick Of Revolutions)
7. Wolves Of Shame
8. The Last Rome
9. Hell Bleeds With Oil
10. Humiliating And Insulting

Check out the album teaser here:

Check out “Wit From Woe” here:

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The Black Dahlia Murder Premieres New Song “Matriarch” From Upcoming New Album “Nightbringers”

The Black Dahlia Murder premieres a new song entitled “Matriarch”, taken from the upcoming new album “Nightbringers”, which will arrive in stores October 06th.

Check out now “Matriarch” below.

Nightbringers by The Black Dahlia Murder

In other news, the band will team up with Cannibal Corpse, No Return and In Arkadia on the below European/UK tour early next year:

With No Return:

02/09 Hannover, GER – Musikzentrum
02/10 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
02/11 Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers
02/12 Stockholm, SWE – Klubben
02/13 Oslo, NOR – Parkteatret
02/15 Kolding, DEN – Godset
02/16 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
02/17 Geiselwind, GER – Music Hall
02/18 Bochum, GER – Matrix
02/20 Kassel, GER – 130bpm
02/21 Prague, CZE – Palac Aropolis
02/22 Bratislava, SLO – Majestic Music Club
02/23 Munich, GER – Backstage
02/24 Magdeburg, GER – Factory
02/25 Stuttgart, GER – im Wizemann

With In Arkadia:

02/27 Geneva, SWI – L’Usine
02/28 Milan, ITA – Live Club
03/01 Grenoble, FRA – Belle Electric
03/02 Toulouse, FRA – Le Metronum
03/03 Bilbao, SPA – Santana 27
03/04 Madrid, SPA – Penelope
03/06 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
03/07 St. Etienne, FRA – Le Fil
03/08 Caen, FRA – Cargo
03/09 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
03/10 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
03/11 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
03/13 Norwich, UK – Waterfront
03/14 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
03/15 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
03/16 Bristol, UK – Bierkeller
03/17 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
03/18 London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town

Cannibal Corpse only:

03/19 Dublin, IRE – Tivoli (no The Black Dahlia Murder)
03/20 Limerick, IRE – Dolan’s Warehouse (no The Black Dahlia Murder)
03/22 Belfast, IRE – Limelight 2 (no The Black Dahlia Murder)

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Arch Enemy Comments On “Will To Power” Chart Positions

Arch Enemy is breaking records with new release “Will To Power,” entering sales charts on top ranks all over the world. “Will To Power” premiered at these chart positions after releasing on September 8th:

#1 US Hard Music Charts
#10 US Rock Charts
#1 iTunes Metal Charts (International)
#3 German Album Charts
#3 UK Rock Charts
#2 Finnish Album Charts
#5 Swiss Album Charts
#5 Czech Album Charts
#11 Swedish Album Charts (last album #40)
#11 Dutch Album Charts (last album #38)
#19 French Album Charts (last album #42)
#26 Australian Album Charts (first chart entry ever)
#37 UK Album Charts (last album #85)

Michael Amott comments: “This is quite overwhelming to be honest… Firstly, a huge THANK YOU to all the fans that picked up ‘Will to Power’ during the first week of release! This has resulted in some of the best chart entries in Arch Enemy’s history! The ‘Will to Power’ tour has just begun and the reactions to the new songs are just phenomenal. This is just the beginning, we’re very much looking forward to going around the world a few times! We’ll see all you metal maniacs out there soon and thank you once again from Arch Enemy!”

Arch Enemy is currently on a headlining jaunt across Eastern Europe with special guests Jinjer and will next head out on a co-headlining North American tour with Trivium featuring support from While She Sleeps and Fit For An Autopsy from October through December.

The band will continue touring into the new year with a January trek across Europe with support from Wintersun, Tribulation, and Jinjer. Full dates can be found listed below.

9/20 Bucharest, RO – Quantic Club Open Air Stage #
9/21 Sofia, BG – Universiada Hall #
9/22 Athens, GR – Piraeus 117 Academy #
9/23 Thessaloniki, DE – Principal Club Theater
10/27 Orlando, FL – House of Blues &
10/28 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade &
10/29 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore &
10/31 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage &
11/1 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theater &
11/3 New York, NY – Playstation Theater &
11/4 Worcester, MA – The Palladium &
11/5 Montreal, QC – Metropolis &
11/7 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall &
11/8 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre &
11/10 Sioux City, IA – Anthem At Hard Rock &
11/11 Kansas City, MO – The Truman &
11/12 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall &
11/14 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater &
11/15 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave &
11/17 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall &
11/18 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex &
11/20 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre &
11/21 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall &
11/23 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater &
11/24 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo &
11/25 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater &
11/27 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades &
11/28 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom &
11/29 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern &
12/1 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater &
12/2 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater &
12/4 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live &
12/5 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall &
12/6 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live &
1/12 Munich, DE – Tonhalle ^
1/13 Stuttgart, DE – LKA Longhorn ^
1/15 Zurich, CH – Komplex ^
1/17 Milan, IT – Alcatraz ^
1/18 Lyon, FR – Transbordeur ^
1/22 Toulouse, FR – Le Bikini ^
1/23 Paris, FR – Bataclan ^
1/24 Antwerp, BE – Trix ^
1/26 Oberhausen, DE – Turbinenhalle ^
1/27 Geiselwind, DE – Music Hall ^
1/29 Hamburg, DE – Grobe Freiheit ^
1/31 Malmo, SE – KB ^
2/2 Stockholm, SE – Arenan ^
2/3 Gothenburg, SE – Tradgarn ^
2/5 Berlin, DE – Huxleys ^
2/6 Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof ^
2/7 Saarbrucken, DE – Garage ^
# with Jinjer
& with Trivium, While She Sleeps & Fit For An Autopsy
^ with Wintersun, Tribulation and Jinjer

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Details Of New Album “Obscurity” Issued By Dragonhammer

In just 40 days, the new album “Obscurity” from Italy’s Dragonhammer will be in your cold metallic hands. October 27th (via My Kingdom Music) will be the day, but today the band revealed the cover artwork (created by Rob Marconi) and the 10 tracks titles composing the album, without a doubt, one of the most awaited Italian releases of this year!

In a few days, the band will present the first song via a lyric video created by Goffredo Passi at EstremArte Videoproduzioni.

On release day, the band will present it at a release party supporting Firewind in Rome at Jailbreak Live Club……and so you’ll ride the Dragon flying on the music!

“Obscurity” was recorded at Domination Studios by Simone Mularoni (DGM). The track listing is:

1. Darkness Is Coming
2. The Eye Of The Storm
3. Brother vs Brother
4. Under The Vatican’s Ground
5. The Game Of Blood
6. The Town Of Evil
7. Children Of The Sun
8. Fighting The Beast
9. Remember My Name
10. Obscurity

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Street Symphonies Records Inks Deal With Aerodyne

Street Symphonies Records is proud to welcome Swedish hard rockers Aerodyne to its roster.

Aerodyne is what happens when two of the leading local bands in Gothenburg, Sweden, collide head first. Formed back in January 2016, the Scandinavian combo is now finally ready to bring powerful hard rock to the world.

With heavy riffs and memorable choruses, it’s hard to not bang your head and sing along. The first EP and music video “Old Flames Die Hard” were released in June 2016, receiving great feedback from rock fans all over the world. Although the rock scene of Gothenburg is fairly dormant, Aerodyne is in no need for a rest: in early 2017, the band entered the studios to record the full length debut album “Breaking Free,” which is scheduled for a winter release on Street Symphonies Records/Burning Minds Music Group. With visions of world tours to spread the music to every last rock fan in the world, Aerodyne is here to stay.

Stay tuned for more information.

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New Album “IAO 269” Announced By Corpose Garden

Latin American death metal act, Corpse Garden, will be releasing the third album “IAO 269” in November 2017 via Godz ov War Productions on CD, vinyl, cassette and digitally (exact date TBA). Check out the new track “Selenomantic Ecstasies” in the player at the bottom.

“IAO 269” follows up conceptually on the previous album, “Entheogen” (2015), and takes the band into a brand new and bolder, experimental – and even trance-like – direction.

Guitarist Federico Gutiérrez comments on what influenced this direction: “music is always a response from whatever we are feeling at the moment of its creation. It is an extension of our feelings and emotions”. The album was heavily influenced by the music the band members were listening to during the creation process of the album: krautrock, 70s and 80s post-punk and ambient music among others.

“When we were crafting the music, it became more obvious that the concept of the album would be a continuation of the concept on Entheogen: It’s the harness of knowledge through the occult and realizing its power and the abilities it descends upon one’s hands”.

“IAO 269” was produced by Colin Marston and Corpse Garden. It was recorded, mixed and mastered in January 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves Studio, Queens, New York.

Stay tuned for more information on the album. In the meantime, check out the new song “Selenomantic Ecstasies” here:

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Xandria Splits With Vocalist Dianne Van Giersbergen

German symphonic metal band Xandria has now split with its fifth vocalist, officially parting ways with Dianne van Giersbergen today. The group issued this statement:

“Dear all, we are very sad about the situation that we and you, the people following Xandria, have to face now. After we already had to cancel many concerts since July due to Dianne not being able to perform we had now been informed by her that she is leaving the band with immediate effect.

“This happened after we published news that the upcoming concerts will be played with a temporary replacement singer. It was clear to everyone, including Dianne, that it was supposed to be a temporary solution only. We had to learn about her departure in a way that has been surprising us very much and with a statement in which we do not recognize ourselves in.

“We have been very downhearted about not being able to play these concerts, and probably would not have been able to play for an undetermined time also in the future. For that reason, we wanted to play at least the concerts in November and December with a temporary replacement singer that can celebrate the music we love so much together with you and us, instead of cancelling any more concerts.

“We always have been doing our best to be there for you fans, so we tried the same in this difficult situation. Just as we always tried to find a good way to care for all members of the band to live the passion that is music, which can sometimes be difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it seems that Dianne´s needs and goals were drifting apart from the band´s ones.

“However, we are proudly looking back at what we achieved together and we are thanking Dianne for the great times we shared and everything she did for the band. We wish her all the best for what she is heading for on her future way. We will live the passion we have for our music together with you all on our concerts in November, December & beyond! With a heavy heart, but at the same time looking forward to the future and to see you out there sharing our music with you,

“Philip, Marco, Steven & Gerit.”

Dianne tells a very different version of events, posting this message online via Facebook about her departure from Xandria:

“The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.

“For nearly 2 years now I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors). I am a fighter, but I’ve come to see that this is one I cannot win. I don’t want to leave, I love the music that I got to write for you – which is 100% me – but I can’t live, can’t perform, can simply not exist in an environment that harms me. This environment does not care for me nor for the fans (even proposed me to playback in order to do more shows in a row) and somehow miraculously never generated any financial outcome and therefore no stability for any of its band members.

“Yesterday evening the last hope I had of ever reconciling with the boys was shattered when they made a statement announcing that ‘I’ could not perform with the band anymore, forgetting to mention that I am in this unhealthy position because of Xandria & management. Not surprisingly they also already have a replacement for me and kicked me out of every Xandria social media page. With that they’ve send me one last clear message: they are not interested in fixing the situation nor are they willing to support me if that means (partly) stepping away from the business perspective (quote: ‘we are not friends’) which leads me to conclude what I know now: it is time for me to close this chapter and wish them the best of luck in continuing the band I loved so much.

“Now, I don’t know where we will meet again, but I didn’t follow my passion, study all those hours and travel all those roads to simply give up. I’m sad to close this chapter, but I’m sure there will be another one to write. In the meantime I will be focussing on what does make me happy and I will be posting my daily business and updates on my Precious Metal Jewelry and Ex Libris stuff as usual. I very much hope to see you online so we can stay in touch and who knows, maybe one day in an audience again. Thank you all for understanding, for your love and support! I am forever grateful.”

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