Ensiferum reveals details for new album, ‘Two Paths’

– July 19th, 2017 –

Launches first single, “For Those About to Fight for Metal”, online; announces “Two Paths: The Beginning – Tour 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. To hear the first single, “For Those About to Fight for Metal”, 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:
Aug. 17 – Summerbreeze festival – Dinkelsbuehl, Germany
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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Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV Aug 18-20

SMNNews will be there… We will report pre, live, daily, and post event… We hope to have a lot to report!!! Check this line up out!! tickets >>> https://psycholv2017.eventbrite.com/ ?? ?? ?? FRIDAY, AUGUST 18TH ?? ?? ?? BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE ?? MULATU ASTAKE ?? MAGMA ?? SLEEP ?? MELVINS ?? WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM […]

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CYTOTOXIN: Album Drops July 21

Gammageddon serves as a soundtrack to the horrors leading to the evacuation, of the city of Pripyat (Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant) with its unadulterated technical extremity. At a forty-minute run time, even the deepest, densest bunkers won’t protect you from this massive overindulgence of radioactive brutality. CYTOTOXIN‘s Gammageddon will be released on CD and digital formats via Unique […]

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CYTOTOXIN: Album Drops July 21

Gammageddon serves as a soundtrack to the horrors leading to the evacuation, of the city of Pripyat (Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant) with its unadulterated technical extremity. At a forty-minute run time, even the deepest, densest bunkers won’t protect you from this massive overindulgence of radioactive brutality. CYTOTOXIN‘s Gammageddon will be released on CD and digital formats via Unique […]

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MASTERPLAN Dropping “PumpKings,” July 28

MASTERPLAN‘s upcoming release will be a special one for band leader Roland Grapow, because it shows the man revisiting his Helloween past. “PumpKings” includes 11 songs which Roland contributed to Helloween’s rich legacy during his time in the band. These songs have been re-recorded by Masterplan’s current line-up recently. “PumpKings” will be released on July 28th as […]

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Adrenaline Mob Fatal Traffic Accident Update: Bassist David Zablidowsky Confirmed Dead

Adrenaline Mob were involved in a fatal traffic accident while headed to a show in St. Petersburg, FL, as we reported earlier yesterday:

Now sad news has surfaced as it has been revealed that Adrenaline Mob’s bassist David Zablidowsky perished in the crash. The band’s former bassist John Moyer (Disturbed) confirmed the news, sharing the following post on Facebook:

Comments former drummer Mike Portnoy:

FUCK!!!!!!!! I just got off stage to about 50 texts…I am beyond devastated….I’ve been told my dear friend @zo2david didn’t make it FUCK https://t.co/S5LOSbnSZb

— Mike Portnoy ?? (@MikePortnoy) July 14, 2017

Tragedy previously struck the band in 2015 when Adrenaline Mob’s drummer AJ Pero (also Twisted Sister) passed away while touring with the band.

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Amon Amarth launches new video for “The Way of Vikings”, directed by Grupa 13

– July 13th, 2017 –

Set to kick off worldwide summer tour tomorrow (July 14)

After releasing the visually stunning videos for “First Kill” (youtu.be/qw5G6fF-wqQ) and “At Dawn’s First Light” (youtu.be/h6-krHfdmGg) last year, in support of their latest album, Jomsviking, Amon Amarth is now ready to debut a new video from the record: “The Way Of Vikings” – which was once again directed by Grupa 13 (grupa13.com). To watch the video – featuring the full band as Peaky Blinders inspired characters at a brutal underground gambling hall and boxing match – please visit: facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth – where the video will be streaming live at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 8pm CEST. Fans can also view “The Way Of Vikings” now at: youtube.com/watch?v=55OJ17cHeJA

Starting tomorrow (July 14), Amon Amarth will head back out on the road for their worldwide summer tour, which includes an appearance at the renowned Chicago Open Air on July 16. See below for all dates!

Amon Amarth tour dates
July 14 – Gavle, Sweden – Gefle Metal Festival
July 16 – Chicago, USA – Chicago Open Air
July 25 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metaldays Festival
July 27 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Theatre Club
July 29 – Istanbul, Turkey – Rock Off Festival
Aug. 2 – Vienna, Austria – Jolly Roger Festival
Aug. 4 – Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland – Przystanek Woodstock
Aug. 5 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
Aug. 6 – Colmar, France – Foire Aux Vins
Aug. 7 – Majano (Udine), Italy – City Festival
Aug. 9 – Villena, Spain – Leyendas Del Rock
Aug. 11 – Derbyshire, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
Aug. 12 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into The Grave
Aug. 13 – Kortrijk, Belgium – Alcatraz Festival
Aug. 17 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze
Aug. 18 – Moravsky Krumlov, Czech Republic – Rock Heart Festival
Aug. 19 – Zvolen, Slovakia – More Than Fest
Aug. 21 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Earshaker Day
Aug. 23 – Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra Open Air Show
Aug. 25 – Giessen, Germany – Kultursommer
Aug. 26 – Sulingen, Germany – Reload Festival
Aug. 28 – Kiev, Russia – Sentrum
Aug. 29 – Minsk, Russia – Re:Public
Aug. 30 – St. Petersburg, Russia – A2
Aug. 31 – Krasnodar, Russia – Arena Hall
Sept. 2 – Yekaterinburg, Russia – Tele Club
Sept. 4 – Samara, Russia – Zvezda
Sept. 5 – Moscow, Russia – Yotaspace

As the band’s first concept record in their storied career, Jomsviking tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal – which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept). For their efforts, Amon Amarth landed on the global charts (including a #11 spot on the USA Current Album Billboard Chart!). To purchase and preview Jomsviking, please visit amonamarth.com

Read on for some reviews of Jomsviking:

“‘Jomsviking‘ is sure to satisfy Amon Amarth fans old and new and sure to rip the face off of any who are not ready.”MetalSucks.net (USA) (4.5/5)

“This latest venture through Norse mythology and barbaric fantasy is likely to go down as an instant fan favorite.”Blabbermouth.net (USA) (8.5/10)

“…the Swedish outfit has returned with a concept record of epic proportions.”PopMatters.com (USA)

“After all the best axes are still being forged by the master!”Metal Hammer (Germany)

“…you are left with no doubt that Amon Amarth are at the top of their game right now. This is splendid.”Powerplay (UK) (9/10)

“…this is killer business as usual…”Metal Hammer (UK)

“This album is a genuinely impressive piece of work. Whether you like Vikings or not, this is a brilliant death metal record from a brilliant death metal band.”Musicology (UK) (8/10)

Amon Amarth line-up:
Johan Hegg – Vocals
Ted Lundstrom – Bass
Johan Soderberg – Guitar
Olavi Mikkonen – Guitar
Jocke Wallgren – Drums

Amon Amarth online:
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
https://www.instagram.com/amonamarth
https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOfficial
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Bloodclot launches new single, “Slow Kill Genocide”, online

– July 13th, 2017 –

Set to kick off USA tour this Friday

This Friday (July 14th), Bloodclot – featuring true hardcore pioneers John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law), Joey Castillo (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Blast!), Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Dwarves) – will release their new album, Up In Arms, via Metal Blade Records. In anticipation of this release, the band has launched a new track today: “Slow Kill Genocide” – which can be heard at: youtube.com/watch?v=y5Wp0sU0B6E

For another preview of Up In Arms, the title track and previous single “Kali” can be heard at: metalblade.com/bloodclot – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–CD
–black vinyl + album download card
–blue vinyl + album download card (limited to 300 copies)
–white/black splatter vinyl + album download card (limited to 200 copies)
–golden yellow vinyl + album download card (limited to 100 copies – CoreTex exclusive)
–red vinyl + album download card (limited to 200 copies – Green Hell exclusive)
–white vinyl + album download card (limited to 120 copies – USA exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

To kick off the album’s release, Bloodclot will head out on the road for a USA tour this Friday, with Negative Approach joining them on the bill, plus Nails and Final Conflict at select shows. See below for all dates!


Bloodclot tour dates
w/ Negative Approach

July 14 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar and Music Hall
July 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
July 16 – Washington DC – DC9
July 18 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
July 19 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
July 20 – Belmar, NJ – Paul’s Tavern
July 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
July 22 – Boston, MA – Hardcore Stadium
July 23 – Buffalo, NY – Studio at the Waiting Room
July 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
July 26 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
July 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
July 28 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick
July 29 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
July 30 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Aug. 1 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Aug. 3 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
Aug. 4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex w/ Nails, Final Conflict
Aug. 5 – Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room w/ Nails, Final Conflict
Aug. 6 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick w/ Nails, Final Conflict

At its purest, there is little that can match the visceral thrill and empowering spirit of hardcore. As front-man of New York City hardcore kings Cro-Mags, this is something John Joseph knows very well, and with Up In Arms, he and his Bloodclot compatriots deliver a furious collection that hits hard on every level. From the moment the opening title track explodes to life, it’s clear that everyone involved is having a blast and playing from the heart, and that this is no frills / no bullshit music at its most passionate. “In this band we’re doing what each of us have always done: give it our all,” John Joseph states plainly. “We work hard, and we have a lot to say. Look around the planet – people are fed up with the corrupt ruling class. They destroy the planet and kill millions for profit, and the formula for our response is simple: Anger + applied knowledge = results. Don’t just bitch. Change it.”

Up In Arms track-listing
1. Up in Arms
2. Fire
3. Manic
4. Kill the Beast
5. Prayer
6. Siva / Rudra
7. Soldiers of the New Babylon
8. Kali
9. Slow Kill Genocide
10. Slipping into Darkness
11. Life As One
12. You’ll Be the Death of Me

Bloodclot line-up:
John Joseph (Cro-Mags) – Vocals
Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law) – Guitars
Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Dwarves) – Bass
Joey Castillo (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Blast!) – Drums

Bloodclot online:
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https://www.instagram.com/BloodclotOfficial

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Introducing… Makeout

RHODE ISLAND BAND SIGNS TO RISE RECORDS DEBUT ALBUM THE GOOD LIFE OUT SEPTEMBER 29  Rise Records is pleased to announce the signing of Rhode Island’s MAKEOUT. The pop punk quartet, which has shared arena stages with Blink-182 as well as with Goldfinger and who performed at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival in the UK, will release their debut full-length The […]

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The JOURNEYS ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS

The JOURNEYS ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS, FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY Move to Playhouse Square! Main Event MOVED to the KeyBank State Theatre   July 17, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Cleveland, Ohio | KeyBank State Theatre     Due to unforeseen logistical issues, the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy, previously scheduled at the Quicken Loans Arena on July […]

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