Night Ranger Releases “Day And Night” Video

Frontiers Music Srl just released “Don’t Let Up,” the new studio album from Night Ranger. The album is available in both a standard edition and a deluxe edition (featuring a bonus DVD).

In conjunction with the album’s release, Night Ranger also premieres a new video for the song “Day and Night” – check it out below. Bassist / vocalist Jack Blades comments:

“The ‘Don’t Let Up’ album is the result of five musicians living and breathing rock ‘n roll 24 hours a day. 35 years on and Night Ranger is once again ready to let the fans know it’s only rock and roll, but I like it.”

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Northlane Releases Surprise Album “Mesmer”

Northlane just released surprise fourth album “Mesmer” worldwide. The album appeared with no forewarning on digital services this morning.

Recorded throughout September 2016 in New Jersey with producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, A Day To Remember), this is Northlane’s defining statement, presented directly to the fans in an unorthodox manner. The band comments:

“Through determination, hard work, sacrifice, and a bit of luck, we are able to travel the world taking our music to fans both old and new. We’re able to spend time crafting the music we want to hear with the benefit of not having to leave the studio early to go and work a job. To an artist, these are real luxuries. We appreciate them more than anything and we’re in the position of being able to do this because of you — our incredible fans who continue to support us. You free us to be the artists we want to be.

“This is our way of rewarding our fans for everything they’ve given us. What our music means to you is what it means to us. Art is an experience, and to us it reserves no room for competition, and the only accolade that matters to us is the place this holds in your heart.

“Releasing ‘Mesmer’ in this way has been right for us at this moment in time. We have grown immeasurably as people and as a band through the toughest recording process we’ve ever endured. We’ve been tested every step of the way and have come out the other side with something we are truly proud of. We didn’t want to keep it from you a moment longer than we had to. We felt we owed it to this album to try and think creatively about every aspect of the way people would experience Mesmer, like a gift from us to you that is being unboxed. We wanted to make everyon’s discovery of this moment special.”

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A Hero For The World Announces New Album “West To East Part 1 – Frontier Vigilante”

International melodic crew A Hero For The World announced today that a new album called “West To East Part 1 – Frontier Vigilante” is to be released this summer. This is the second all-original, full-length album from the band, and the first in 4 years.

In the years since the previous debut album, A Hero For The World has released a full-length Christmas album (“Winter Is Coming – A Holiday Rock Opera”) in addition to several EPs and singles.

After surviving a 7.2 earthquake and the super typhoon Yolanda in October & November 2013 that struck the Philippine islands, Jacob and Louie departed to the USA, where several songs where written in Nashville, and then they eventually settled in Europe by the Mediterranean. Jacob would during those years come to write over 100 songs that have yet to be recorded.

“West To East” is an adventure concept; a trilogy album series, with the first album having both the story and the music influenced by the Wild West legends and movies. The second part (hopefully out in 2018) continues the journey to the East, and in the third part the hero goes beyond this Earth and eventually out into the galaxy. The “hero” remains unnamed.

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Tengger Cavalry Releases Avril Lavigne Cover “My Happy Ending”

Global Music Award winning Nomadic Mongolian folk metal group Tengger Cavalry isn’t just all about history, heavy metal, and cultural issues. Sometimes, the NYC-based quintet just wants to take time to have fun.

Tengger Cavalry lets loose this month by recording not one, but two covers of tracks by pop star Avril Lavigne. Showcasing an ability to explore different influences while remaining true to one core unique sound, Tengger Cavalry has unleashed this Mongolian metal version of the hit song, “My Happy Ending.”

“My Happy Ending” follows the band’s release of another Avril Lavigne cover, “Sk8er Boi,” which is available now via iTunes. Frontman Nature Ganganbaigal says: “Recording this track was one of the weirdest ideas I have ever had. Generally, I find that the metal community dislikes pop stuff a lot, but Avril, she does have some good hooks! ‘My Happy Ending’ has some cool leads and I figured I could spin it around with some Morin Khuur and Mongolian fiddle. I also wanted to use this opportunity to experiment a bit with my clean vocal performance. But, all in all, we just did this for fun. We hope our fans like it!”

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New Lyric Video For “In The Wake Of The Butcher” Issued By Dead Conspiracy

Northwest extreme death metal horde Dead Conspiracy has released a lyric video for the song “In the Wake of the Butcher,” a track from the band’s 2016 self-titled album. Check it out in the player below. “Dead Conspiracy” can be purchased at this location.

The band credited with being Portland’s first-ever death metal act released its long-anticipated first full-length LP of new material in November. “Dead Conspiracy” is available on CD, vinyl and digital formats through Necromantic Press Records. Exile Music will release the album on cassette. CDs featuring the 1987 demo and a cover track recorded for Tribute To Headhunter Death Cult are offered in Brazil by Funeral Rites Records.

The follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2014 “Abomination Underground,” the self-titled album is an utterly destructive, dark, depraved, and disgustingly satisfying piece of death metal that fans of Death, Gruesome, Sodom, Massacre and all the old gods will surely appreciate. This is beyond old school – this is fucking original!

Check out the clip here:

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American Standards Releasing New Album “Anti-Melody”

Arizona based quartet American Standards is set to release forthcoming full-length album, “Anti-Melody,” on April 28th.

Forming in 2011 and releasing a first record in 2012 on We Are Triumphant, the band quickly became known for intense live shows, a tongue in cheek demeanor, and relentless work ethic playing over 250+ shows to date.

Vocalist Brandon Kellum comments: “What started as social commentary on the growing divide in our society became very personal when our founding guitarist (Cody Conrad) passed of suicide and then soon after, my father of cancer. We went back in to re-write much of the album and in a lot of ways used it as therapy to deal with the experiences. Although very personal, at its core Anti-Melody is centered around the universal theme of separation on many levels.”

1. Writers Block Party
2. Carpe Diem, Tomorrow
3. Church Burner
4. Bartenders Without Wings
5. Danger Music #9
6. CancerEater
7. Broken Culture
8. Chicago Overcoat

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Negru Of Negura Bunget Passes Away At 42

Tibor Kati from Romanian metal band Negura Bunget has issued this announcement about Negru passing away earlier today:

“With great grief in our souls, we inform you that our friend and colleague, Gabriel ‘Negru’ Mafa, passed today, March 21st 2017, aged 42. We deeply regret the death of the man who founded and maintained Negura Bunget, and who dedicated his life to the sacred side of our culture, bringing it to life through music and transmitting it to various generations from all over the world.

“We hope that his legacy will continue to enchant and console those whom he left behind. With regret and sadness, we offer our condolences to his family and to those who knew and cherished him in this life.”

Several bands have since posted to express their condolences, with Northern Plague issuing this statement: “With deep sadness we would like to pass on the information, that our brother, friend and driving force of one of the very few UNIQUE bands in the world – Negura Bunget, Gabriel ‘Negru’ Mafa has passed away, age 42.

“What’s really depressing, we saw each other on your show in Warsaw just a couple of days ago, and nobody would see this coming. Thank you for your music, thank you for the opportunity to travel together and experience your magnificent country, Thank you for the memories. May your soul rest.”

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Nova Collective enters Billboard charts for new album, ‘The Further Side’

– March 21st, 2017 –

Featuring members of Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Trioscapes, Cynic

Nova Collective (featuring members of Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Trioscapes, Cynic) recently released their debut album, The Further Side, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the Billboard charts! See below for all positions:

#22 Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (USA)
#40 Billboard Heatseekers Chart (USA)
#68 Hard Music Chart (Canada)

Nova Collective began in 2014 when bassist Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me, Trioscapes) and guitarist Richard Henshall (Haken) began exchanging emails about music; before long, a few demos were fleshed out into full arrangements. Drummer Matt Lynch (Trioscapes, Cynic) and keyboardist Pete Jones (ex-Haken) came on board shortly after to finish writing the album. The Further Side was written on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, with Briggs and Lynch in America and Henshall and Jones in England, sharing session files until the group could get together at the beginning of 2015 to record with engineer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist). Mixed by Rich Mouser (Neal Morse, Transatlantic), The Further Side can be described as fusion, weaving progressive rock influences with world music, jazz and classical, to create something entirely new that is pure aural candy for prog/jazz fans. To preview and purchase The Further Side, please visit: metalblade.com/novacollective

Nova Collective line-up:
Dan Briggs – Bass
Matt Lynch – Drums
Pete Jones – Keyboards
Richard Henshall – Guitar

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Victory Heights Wrapping Up Work On New Album

Denver, Colorado band Victory Heights just signed to FM Music Management and has been hard at work finishing up new full-length record, “Nothing Is Beautiful.” which is planned for release during the first half of 2017.

Karl Bagnall,vocalist of Victory Heights, comments: “We had been searching for the right management team for months when we discovered FM and began talking. I felt chemistry with them right out of the gate, and we knew that this was the team.

“We feel very privileged to be working with a team that backs what we do and is passionate about music like we are. We found that a lot of managers are just stacking artists because quantity means more releases and more money. It was refreshing to discover a company that wants to work with us and help us develop our craft and career with focus and genuine care.”

Bob Hathaway, FM Music Management manager, had this to say: “Victory Heights has been making a name for themselves the past few years. We at FM Music Management are excited to be a part of their continued growth. We welcome them to our family.”

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Live CD/DVD “The Seraphic Live Works” Announced By Vanden Plas

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the forthcoming live CD/DVD entitled “The Seraphic Live Works” from German progressive metal band Vanden Plas on May 12, 2017.

In the band’s long career, Vanden Plas has only released one live album, “Spirit of Live,” recorded in Paris at the legendary Elysée Montmartre, in 2000. With the upcoming release of “The Seraphic Live Works,” the wait for another documentation of the band’s immense talents as a live act is finally over!

Through many tours and countless concerts, Vanden Plas has proven again and again that it is among the world’s leading progressive metal bands. The quintet’s glowing reputation carries across the pond to the U.S. where Vanden Plas was invited to appear at the renowned ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2011 (and will return in 2017). Regardless of a band’s fame, an invitation to this prestigious event is an honor and the performance is certainly a high note in Vanden Plas’ history. And it is for exactly that reason that Vanden Plas decided to capture that unique moment.

“The Seraphic Live Works” shows unmistakably how extraordinary this gig at Center Stage Theater was for everyone involved. A performance exploding with energy, euphoric audience, and the venue’s own special flair. The recordings will captivate every viewer and there is no question that Vanden Plas made the right decision to preserve this performance for eternity.

“The Seraphic Live Works” captivates and enthralls for nine songs, beginning with straightforward opener “Postcard to God” through the atmospheric “Far Off Grace” to the brilliant closer, “Silently.” In this extended live version of the song, Vanden Plas ignites a prog metal fireworks display that is unparalleled, leading the listener through more than 11 magnificent minutes to a spectacular conclusion.

Vanden Plas has fans all over the world, but for those who have not yet been able to experience the band, they wanted to give them the next best thing with “The Seraphic Live Works.” The audio and video capture an authentic band that stands out in the prog metal genre.

“The Seraphic Live Works” includes:

1. Postcard To God
2. Rush Of Silence
3. Holes In The Sky
4. Far Off Grace
5. Scar Of An Angel
6. Quicksilver
7. Cold Wind
8. Frequency
9. Silently

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