Artillery releases new video for “When The Magic Is Gone”

– September 18th, 2017 –

Full European co-headline tour with Onslaught to kick off this week

Danish power thrash metallers Artillery have just released a new video for the song “When The Magic Is Gone”, taken off the band’s latest album, Penalty By Perception. To watch the video, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=81wETP1KNlc

Artillery comments: “Our new video ‘When The Magic Is Gone’ is a song about death and grief, it is a very personal song which shows the more mellow side of Artillery. The video was recorded in Norrebro, Copenhagen by Terkel Christensen (Aggressive Art) who is an old friend of Artillery.”

On Sept. 23rd, Artillery will start their co-headline tour with Onslaught. Artillery will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their Terror Squad album on this run, playing 5-6 songs from that album, plus new songs from their latest album Penalty By Perception, as well as some more classics. See below for dates.


Thrash Till Death Tour
w/ Artillery, Onslaught, Exarsis, Chronosphere

Sept. 23 – Helvete Club – Oberhausen, Germany
Sept. 24 – Hedon Club – Zwolle, Netherlands
Sept. 25 – De Verlichte Geest – Roeselare, Belgium
Sept. 26 – Roxy Concerts – Flensburg, Germany
Sept. 27 – Garage Deluxe – Munchen, Germany
Sept. 28 – Moonlight Music Hall – Diest, Belgium
Sept. 29 – Fuizenfest – Riel, Netherlands
Sept. 30 – Kiehool Burgum – Burgum, Netherlands
Oct. 2 – Schwarzer Adler – Tannheim-Egelsee, Germany
Oct. 3 – Escape Metalcorner – Vienna, Austria
Oct. 4 – 7er-Club – Mannheim, Germany
Oct. 5 – Musigburg – Aarburg, Switzerland
Oct. 6 – Dada Live Club – Pavia, Italy
Oct. 7 – Revolver Music Hall – Venice, Italy
Oct. 8 – Borderline – Pisa, Italy
Oct. 9 – Sala Utopia – Zaragoza, Spain
Oct. 11 – SMAC de La Gespe – Tarbes, France
Oct. 12 – Sala Upload – Barcelona, Spain

Artillery will also tour Denmark in November together with Impalers and with a different setlist – see below for dates!

Artillery tour dates
w/ Impalers

Oct. 13 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen
Nov. 3 – Konfus – Esbjerg, Denmark
Nov. 4 – Pitstop – Kolding, Denmark
Nov. 10 – Ungdomshuset – Fredericia, Denmark
Nov. 11 – TBA
Nov. 18 – Von Hatten – Randers, Denmark
Nov. 24 – Kontrast – Herning, Denmark
Nov. 25 – Sonderborghus – Sonderborg, Denmark
Dec. 1 – Templet – Lyngby, Denmark
Dec. 2 – TBA

To preview and purchase Penalty By Perception, please visit: metalblade.com/artillery

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http://www.artillery.dk
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Artillery releases new video for “When The Magic Is Gone”

– September 18th, 2017 –

Full European co-headline tour with Onslaught to kick off this week

Danish power thrash metallers Artillery have just released a new video for the song “When The Magic Is Gone”, taken off the band’s latest album, Penalty By Perception. To watch the video, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=81wETP1KNlc

Artillery comments: “Our new video ‘When The Magic Is Gone’ is a song about death and grief, it is a very personal song which shows the more mellow side of Artillery. The video was recorded in Norrebro, Copenhagen by Terkel Christensen (Aggressive Art) who is an old friend of Artillery.”

On Sept. 23rd, Artillery will start their co-headline tour with Onslaught. Artillery will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their Terror Squad album on this run, playing 5-6 songs from that album, plus new songs from their latest album Penalty By Perception, as well as some more classics. See below for dates.


Thrash Till Death Tour
w/ Artillery, Onslaught, Exarsis, Chronosphere

Sept. 23 – Helvete Club – Oberhausen, Germany
Sept. 24 – Hedon Club – Zwolle, Netherlands
Sept. 25 – De Verlichte Geest – Roeselare, Belgium
Sept. 26 – Roxy Concerts – Flensburg, Germany
Sept. 27 – Garage Deluxe – Munchen, Germany
Sept. 28 – Moonlight Music Hall – Diest, Belgium
Sept. 29 – Fuizenfest – Riel, Netherlands
Sept. 30 – Kiehool Burgum – Burgum, Netherlands
Oct. 2 – Schwarzer Adler – Tannheim-Egelsee, Germany
Oct. 3 – Escape Metalcorner – Vienna, Austria
Oct. 4 – 7er-Club – Mannheim, Germany
Oct. 5 – Musigburg – Aarburg, Switzerland
Oct. 6 – Dada Live Club – Pavia, Italy
Oct. 7 – Revolver Music Hall – Venice, Italy
Oct. 8 – Borderline – Pisa, Italy
Oct. 9 – Sala Utopia – Zaragoza, Spain
Oct. 11 – SMAC de La Gespe – Tarbes, France
Oct. 12 – Sala Upload – Barcelona, Spain

Artillery will also tour Denmark in November together with Impalers and with a different setlist – see below for dates!

Artillery tour dates
w/ Impalers

Oct. 13 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen
Nov. 3 – Konfus – Esbjerg, Denmark
Nov. 4 – Pitstop – Kolding, Denmark
Nov. 10 – Ungdomshuset – Fredericia, Denmark
Nov. 11 – TBA
Nov. 18 – Von Hatten – Randers, Denmark
Nov. 24 – Kontrast – Herning, Denmark
Nov. 25 – Sonderborghus – Sonderborg, Denmark
Dec. 1 – Templet – Lyngby, Denmark
Dec. 2 – TBA

To preview and purchase Penalty By Perception, please visit: metalblade.com/artillery

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http://www.artillery.dk
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2018 Lineup Announced By ProgPower USA, Tarja, James Labrie and Angra To Healine; Redemption Reveals Major Lineup Change

With the 2017 edition of ProgPower USA in the books (Metal Underground.com reports/photos forthcoming), promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block announced the Days 1-2 and 3-4 lineup just after Orphaned Land’s performance on Wednesday, September 6th and Myrath’s performance on Friday, September 8th, respectfully.

The event will take place on September 5-8, 2018 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 7th via Ticketmaster. Days 1-2 will go on sale November 11th.

In the roster video for Days 3-4, California progressive metal act Redemption announced that vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning) has departed the band and the new vocalist is Evergrey’s Tom Englund. The forthcoming new album also features guitar appearances from Simone Mularoni (DGM) and Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth).

The featured headliners are Voyager (Australia), Angra (Brazil), James Labrie (USA) and Tarja (Finland). The complete lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 – DAY 1:

Voyager (Australia) (Headliner)
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Gloryhammer (Scotland/UK)
Ross The Boss Band (Special Manowar set) (USA)

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 – DAY 2:

Angra – 25th Anniversary “fans pick the set list” Show (Brazil) (Headliner)
Dream Evil (Sweden)
Kingcrow (Italy)
Cellar Darling (Switzerland)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 – DAY 3:

James Labrie (Canada) (Headliner)
Redemption (USA) with new vocalist, Tom Englund
Labyrinth (Italy) “Return to Heaven Denied” part I in its entirety
Bloodbound (Sweden)
Persefone (Andorra)
Manimal (Sweden)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 – DAY 4:

Tarja Turunen (Finland) (Headliner)
Alestorm (Scotland/UK)
VUUR (The Netherlands)
Soen (Sweden)
Eclipse (Sweden) *US Exclusive
Triosphere (Norway)

The reveal video for Days 1-2 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX – Days 1&2 Roster from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

The reveal video for Days 3-4 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX Roster Video from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

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Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records signs Norway’s Fight The Fight in the USA

– September 7th, 2017 –

Photo credit: Jorn Veberg

Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Norway’s Fight The Fight in the USA! Fight The Fight‘s self-titled debut (released digitally in January 2017) is young, fresh and bursting with energy – just as you would expect from a band that has been buzzing around the Norwegian underground for several years. Now, the record will finally see a physical release in the USA in early 2018 via Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records.

Chris Santos (Blacklight Media) comments: “If ever there was a band that hooked me on the first listen, it was Fight The Fight!
Fight The Fight seamlessly weave together classic old school riffing with cutting edge grooves and have a knack for making every single song they write not just heavy, but catchy as fuck! To top it off, these guys are natural born total rock stars. The sky is the limit for Fight The Fight and I’m so stoked to take the ride with them!”

Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records) adds: “Once again my buddy Chris Santos has found an amazing band! We are super excited to have Blacklight Media working with Fight The Fight! Check them out!!”

Erlend Gjerde (Indie Recordings) comments: “We’re very excited to partner with the great team at Blacklight Media and Metal Blade for Fight The Fight in North America. Their enthusiasm and dedication to working with us on the band made our decision very easy – Let’s do this!”

Barely breaking into their twenties, Fight The Fight has already been a band – though under a different name (Faenskap) – for more than a decade. It’s the classic story of childhood friends and schoolmates whose dreams and ambitions run high, and ultimately form a band together. Pushing the whole project to the limit of their capabilities, they succeeded in reaching their goal: creating a record that reflects their vision of what’s to come. Not your average album, this mature, well-composed rock/metal grenade immediately explodes with memorable hooks, catchphrases and choruses, and the rock, punk, metal and black metal elements are woven into a unique and progressive sound. With this debut, it is clear that Fight The Fight is destined for great things.

For a preview of Fight The Fight, the video for the title track can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=YLWUdYeSy4M

Fight The Fight has played at all the major festivals in Norway, plus toured Europe – receiving massive praise from Metal Hammer UK, and many others, for their phenomenal live performances. European fans can catch the band once again with Satyricon this fall – see below for all dates!

Fight the Fight tour dates
w/ Satyricon

Sept. 24 – Grunspan – Hamburg, Germany
Sept. 25 – Turock – Essen, Germany
Sept. 26 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
Sept. 27 – Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
Sept. 29 – Heaven – London, UK
Sept. 30 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
Oct. 1 – MJC De Reze – Nantes, France
Oct. 2 – Le Metronum – Toulouse, France
Oct. 4 – Sala But – Madrid, Spain
Oct. 5 – Razzamatazz – Barcelona, Spain
Oct. 6 – Rockstore – Montpellier, France
Oct. 7 – Zona Roveri – Bologna, Italy
Oct. 9 – Dynamo – Zurich, Switzerland
Oct. 10 – Backstage Halle – Munich, Germany
Oct. 11 – Szene – Vienna, Austria
Oct. 12 – Palac Akropolis – Prague, Czech Republic
Oct. 14 – Kwadrat – Krakow, Poland
Oct. 15 – Progresja – Warsaw, Poland

Fight The Fight line-up:
Lars Vegas – vocals
Amok – guitars
Lord – guitars
HM – bass

Fight The Fight online:
http://www.fightthefight.no
https://www.facebook.com/Fightthefightband
https://www.instagram.com/fightthefightband

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Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records signs Norway’s Fight The Fight in the USA

– September 7th, 2017 –

Photo credit: Jorn Veberg

Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Norway’s Fight The Fight in the USA! Fight The Fight‘s self-titled debut (released digitally in January 2017) is young, fresh and bursting with energy – just as you would expect from a band that has been buzzing around the Norwegian underground for several years. Now, the record will finally see a physical release in the USA in early 2018 via Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records.

Chris Santos (Blacklight Media) comments: “If ever there was a band that hooked me on the first listen, it was Fight The Fight!
Fight The Fight seamlessly weave together classic old school riffing with cutting edge grooves and have a knack for making every single song they write not just heavy, but catchy as fuck! To top it off, these guys are natural born total rock stars. The sky is the limit for Fight The Fight and I’m so stoked to take the ride with them!”

Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records) adds: “Once again my buddy Chris Santos has found an amazing band! We are super excited to have Blacklight Media working with Fight The Fight! Check them out!!”

Erlend Gjerde (Indie Recordings) comments: “We’re very excited to partner with the great team at Blacklight Media and Metal Blade for Fight The Fight in North America. Their enthusiasm and dedication to working with us on the band made our decision very easy – Let’s do this!”

Barely breaking into their twenties, Fight The Fight has already been a band – though under a different name (Faenskap) – for more than a decade. It’s the classic story of childhood friends and schoolmates whose dreams and ambitions run high, and ultimately form a band together. Pushing the whole project to the limit of their capabilities, they succeeded in reaching their goal: creating a record that reflects their vision of what’s to come. Not your average album, this mature, well-composed rock/metal grenade immediately explodes with memorable hooks, catchphrases and choruses, and the rock, punk, metal and black metal elements are woven into a unique and progressive sound. With this debut, it is clear that Fight The Fight is destined for great things.

For a preview of Fight The Fight, the video for the title track can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=YLWUdYeSy4M

Fight The Fight has played at all the major festivals in Norway, plus toured Europe – receiving massive praise from Metal Hammer UK, and many others, for their phenomenal live performances. European fans can catch the band once again with Satyricon this fall – see below for all dates!

Fight the Fight tour dates
w/ Satyricon

Sept. 24 – Grunspan – Hamburg, Germany
Sept. 25 – Turock – Essen, Germany
Sept. 26 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
Sept. 27 – Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
Sept. 29 – Heaven – London, UK
Sept. 30 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
Oct. 1 – MJC De Reze – Nantes, France
Oct. 2 – Le Metronum – Toulouse, France
Oct. 4 – Sala But – Madrid, Spain
Oct. 5 – Razzamatazz – Barcelona, Spain
Oct. 6 – Rockstore – Montpellier, France
Oct. 7 – Zona Roveri – Bologna, Italy
Oct. 9 – Dynamo – Zurich, Switzerland
Oct. 10 – Backstage Halle – Munich, Germany
Oct. 11 – Szene – Vienna, Austria
Oct. 12 – Palac Akropolis – Prague, Czech Republic
Oct. 14 – Kwadrat – Krakow, Poland
Oct. 15 – Progresja – Warsaw, Poland

Fight The Fight line-up:
Lars Vegas – vocals
Amok – guitars
Lord – guitars
HM – bass

Fight The Fight online:
http://www.fightthefight.no
https://www.facebook.com/Fightthefightband
https://www.instagram.com/fightthefightband

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Ensiferum launches live acoustic version of “Two of Spades”

– September 5th, 2017 –

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, Two Paths, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience. In anticipation of this release, the band has now launched a live acoustic version of “Two of Spades” (from their previous album, One Man Army): youtube.com/watch?v=erpE4VRZaAc

“Two of Spades” live at “On the Rocks” in Helsinki, Finland on October 28, 2016. Watch the entire live show on the DVD that comes with the CD version of “Two Paths.” Directed by Toni Salminen and edited by Vince Edwards. Camera operators: Toni Salminen and Timo Honkanen. Audio recording engineer: Aku Silennoinen. Audio mixed and mastered by A. Kippe at Astia-studio A Lappeenranta, Finland.

To hear the previous singles from Two Paths (“For Those About to Fight for Metal” and “Way of the Warrior”), please visit: http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
–Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Germany exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Nuclear Blast)
–golden yellow vinyl (Austria exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Napalm Records)
–olive green-marbled vinyl (Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Levykauppa)
–clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (China exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Yamin Records)
–blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

To view the vinyl master tape cutting, fans can watch a video by T. Ruotsalainen and A. Kippo at: youtube.com/watch?v=4KEuGT1Nfd4

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of Two Paths to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks “Don’t You Say” and “God Is Dead”. “Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,” explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both Two Paths and its predecessor, One Man Army. “It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.”

Two Paths track-listing
1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don’t You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present Two Paths live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Ensiferum online:
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.ensiferum.com
http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

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Metallica Re-Issuing “Master Of Puppets” In Deluxe Box Set

Metallica will reissue third album, “Master of Puppets,” on November 10th via the band’s own Blackened Recordings.

The album has been remastered and will be available in various digital and physical configurations, from a regular CD all the way up to a box set.

Pre-orders are up here where fans can see the full package details and track listing. Those who pre-order the standard album will receive an instant download of “Disposable Heroes (Remastered).”

The “Master of Puppets: reissue will be available physically as a standard LP, standard CD, 3 CD expanded edition, and a limited edition deluxe box set. Watch James Hetfield unbox the reissue below.

“Master of Puppets” was originally released on March 3rd, 1986, via Elektra Records and went on to become the first Metallica album to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Metallica will bring the ongoing “WorldWired” tour to Europe nexxt. See below for a list of upcoming tour dates from September through mid 2018.

9/2 – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, Denmark
9/4 – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, Netherlands
9/6 – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam Netherlands
9/8 – Accorhotels Arena – Paris, France
9/10 – Accorhotels Arena – Paris, France
9/12 – Halle Tony Garnier – Lyon, France
9/14 – Lanxess Arena – Cologne, Germany
9/16 – Lanxess Arena – Cologne, Germany
10/22 – The O2 Arena – London, England
10/24 – The O2 Arena – London, England
10/26 – The SSE Hydro – Glasgow, Scotland
10/28 – Manchester Arena – Manchester, England
10/30 – Genting Arena – Birmingham, England
11/1 – Sportpaleis – Antwerp, Belgium
11/3 – Sportpaleis – Antwerp, Belgium
2/1 – Meo Arena – Lisbon, Portugal
2/3 – Wizink Center – Madrid, Spain
2/5 – Wiznik Center – Madrid, Spain
2/7 – Palau Sant Jordi – Barcelona, Spain
2/10 – Pala Alpitour – Turin, Italy
2/12 – Unipol Arena – Bologna, Italy
2/14 – Unipol Arena – Bologna, Italy
2/16 – Sap Arena – Mannheim, Germany
3/27 – Jyske Bank Boxen – Herning, Denmark
3/29 – Barclaycard Arena – Hamburg, Germany
3/31 – Wiener Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
4/2 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
4/5 – Budapest, Hungary – Sports Arena
4/7 – Schleyerhale – Stuttgart, Germany
4/9 – Schleyerhale – Stuttgart, Germany
4/11 – Palexpo – Geneva, Switzerland
4/26 – Olympiahalle – Munich, Germany
4/28 – Tauran Arena – Krakow, Poland
4/30 – Leipzig Arena – Leipzig, Germany
5/2 – Telenor Arena – Oslo, Norway
5/5 – Ericsson Globe – Stockholm, Sweden
5/7 – Ericsson Globe – Stockholm, Sweden
5/9 – Hartwall Arena – Helsinki, Finland
5/11 – Hartwall Arena – Helsinki, Finland

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Ensiferum launches live studio tracking video for “Unettomaan Aikaan”

– August 29th, 2017 –

On September 15th, Ensiferum will release their seventh full-length, Two Paths, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Anssi Kippo, the master was recorded on tape, for a true analog experience. For a preview of the album, fans can watch the tracking for the closing song on the album, “Unettomaan Aikaan”, online now: youtube.com/watch?v=VPDXCG3nwHc

To hear the previous singles, “For Those About to Fight for Metal” and “Way of the Warrior”, please visit: metalblade.com/ensiferum – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Deluxe wooden box (limited to 2500 copies worldwide)
–Limited edition Digibook CD+DVD
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–turquoise blue-green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear sky blue-marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blue/orange/yellow-splatter vinyl (Germany exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Nuclear Blast)
–golden yellow vinyl (Austria exclusive – limited to 200 copies – distributed by Napalm Records)
–olive green-marbled vinyl (Finland exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Levykauppa)
–clear frost blue-marbled vinyl (China exclusive – limited to 100 copies – distributed by Yamin Records)
–blue-gray-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–forest green-marbled vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–picture disc LP (limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

To view the vinyl master tape cutting, fans can watch a video by T. Ruotsalainen and A. Kippo at: youtube.com/watch?v=4KEuGT1Nfd4

You can’t talk about the true greats of folk-inspired melodic death metal without reverent mention of Ensiferum, and with Two Paths they once more affirm their place in the pantheons of the genre. Further building upon the thrilling metallic hybrid honed across six full-lengths, Two Paths is simultaneously the Finnish quintet’s most epic and far-reaching collection and their most organic, which definitely sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the album literally takes the concept of Two Paths to heart, with two different versions of standout tracks “Don’t You Say” and “God Is Dead”. “Even though Ensiferum has always had clean vocals and choirs, harsh vocals have been the main style, and those songs worked so well with both styles that we decided to include both versions,” explains bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. With Mikko P. Mustonen again handling orchestral arrangements and Lassi Logren returning to play nyckelharpa and violin on a few songs, Hinkka is also more than happy that they brought “more bombastic orchestral and down to earth folk aspects” to the record, further fleshing out their vision. This also applies to the contribution of Gyula Havancsak, who provided the artwork for both Two Paths and its predecessor, One Man Army. “It was really nice to work with him again because he always wants to hear our ideas and then he adds his own magic and improvements to them, and the result is always astonishing.”

Two Paths track-listing
1. Ajattomasta Unesta
2. For Those About to Fight for Metal
3. Way of the Warrior
4. Two Paths
5. King of Storms
6. Feast with Valkyries
7. Don’t You Say
8. I Will Never Kneel
9. God Is Dead
10. Hail to the Victor
11. Unettomaan Aikaan
12. God Is Dead (Alternative Version)
13. Don’t You Say (Alternative Version)

From September 27th, 2017 onward, Ensiferum will present Two Paths live on stage, splitting their European tour into two parts. The first part will be in September with six dates in three countries, and then in April 2018 there will be an extended tour through many more European countries. In between that time, Ensiferum will visit all other continents. See below for all confirmed shows, with more to be announced soon!

Ensiferum tour dates:
Sept. 26 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
Sept. 27 – Langen, Germany – Stadthalle
Sept. 28 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Luxor Live
Sept. 29 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Sept. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Hyde Park
Oct. 1 – Paris, France – La Machine

Ensiferum line-up:
Petri Lindroos – Vocals/Guitar
Markus Toivonen – Guitar/Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass/Vocals
Janne Parviainen – Drums
Netta Skog – Digital Accordion/Backing vocals

Ensiferum online:
http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum
http://www.ensiferum.com
http://www.metalblade.com/ensiferum

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Argonauta Records Inks Deal WIth Ancient VVisdom

U.S. occult rockers Ancient VVisdom inked a deal with Argonauta Records to release the highly anticipated new album “33.” The album follows the previous paths “A Godlike Inferno” (2011), “Deathlike” (2013) and “Sacrificial” (2014). “33” will be released worldwide on CD via Argonauta on October 13th. Check out the first single “Light of Lucifer” in the player at the bottom.

From the band, Nathan Opposition says: “Forging ahead, I have kept the all seeing eye on the fallen angel to keep my faith in his works. This album is a work made of worship songs to our Lord and Master Satan. The collective efforts of our unholy Trinity Lucifer, Satan and The Devil. In light of darker times, I find it necessary to express myself in a way that teaches on a higher level.”

On the record deal: “I’m very excited to release Ancient VVisdom’s 4th album “33” with 3 different amazing record labels! Argonauta Records in Italy for CD version, Magic Bullet Records out of Oceanside California doing our digital release, and DHU Records from the Netherlands is going to be doing some sick vinyl colors. It’s a collective. All excellent people, working hard to release underground and independent music. I’m a fan of many different artists and musicians, it’s quite rewarding to see everyone in an underground culture take the initiative and make things fucking happen for all of us, as fans of music and for the ones making music as well.”

About the new album: “33 is a master number. It is also the age Christ was crucified. 33 is the age of the peak of existence. It is the age I am. 33 is the answer. I’ve been fortunate enough to do the devils work and continue to spread the message to the masses. This album is very important to us. It has symbolic meaning and melody that serves the words purposefully. My brother Michael and I are grateful and are pleased to give you ’33.’ This is our favorite offering to date and we hope you all enjoy it.”

The track listing for “33” is:

1. Ascending eternally
2. Light of Lucifer
3. In The Name Of Satan
4. True Will
5. The Infernal One
6. Summoning Eternal Light
7. Rise Fallen Angel
8. 33
9. The Great Beast
10. Lux
11. Dispelling Darkness

Check out “Light of Lucifer” here:

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Jasta Releases “The Same Flame” Music Video

Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta continues to build upon his legacy with new Jasta album “The Lost Chapters,” which was released this past March. Jasta’s next U.S. performance will be in CT on Oct. 7th w/New Years Day at The Webster Underground.

Until then, look for Jasta on his “European Vacation” tour starting this Friday, Aug 25th through Sept 1st. Jast today also unleashes his new music video for the track “The Same Flame,” which was shot by Paul McGuire of Obscenery Films.

Jamey comments: “I’m really excited to launch the video for the Jasta track, ‘The Same Flame,’ directed by my friend Paul McGuire. Those who listen to my Podcast know I’ve been talking about doing a project completely DIY style w/Jastafor months and this video, along with two others, are the outcome of that. In addition to a nine song album that was partially fan funded! Not only did I get to work on every aspect of the recording, packaging and producing the album, but I got to help direct and scout locations. Now we have a cool visual to go along with one of my favorite songs off the Jasta album.

“Since I released the album in the spring, Jasta had a successful tour w/ Anthrax and Killswitch Engage. After that I got busy touring on Warped with Hatebreed, but I was able to shoot 3 Jasta videos in 3 days on a short break. Now I get to hit the road w/Kasta in Europe for a short tour and then I’ll be back doing a home-state show Oct. 7th w/ Jasta before Hatebreed hits the road again.”

25 Aug – Sarbrücken, Germany – Garage
26 Aug – Sulingen, Germany – Reload Festival
27 Aug – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Neushoorn
28 Aug – Aarschot, Belgium – De Klinker
29 Aug – Brest, France – Le P’tit Minou
30 Aug – Nantes, France – Ferrailleur
31 Aug – Colmar, France – Le Grillen
01 Sep – Aarau, Switzerland – Kiff
07 Oct – Hartford, CT – The Webster Underground

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