Firespawn Posts “Serpent Of The Ocean” Music Video

One more week to go, then Firespawn’s brand new album “The Reprobate” will descend upon this world with furious wrath. Today the band releases a brand new video for the album’s opening track “Serpent Of The Ocean” – check it out below.

“The Reprobate” will be released on April 28th, 2017 digitally in North America and as a digipak CD, deluxe LP (with Gatefold sleeve, 180 g vinyl, poster, inlay and the entire album on CD) and as digital download/stream via Century Media.

1. Serpent of the Ocean
2. Blood Eagle
3. Full of Hate
4. Damnatio ad Bestias
5. Death by Impalement (streaming here)
6. Generals Creed
7. The Whitechapel Murderer
8. A Patient Wolf
9. The Reprobate
10. Nightwalkers

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Soilwork Announces Bastian Thusgaard As Full-Time Member

Soilwork is pleased to officially announce the inclusion of permanent drummer, 25-year-old Bastian Thusgaard. Thusgaard has been blazing the kit for the band for the past 10 months, but will make his official debut as a permanent member of the band at upcoming summer festival performances. See below for a full listing of dates.

Bastian Thusgaard originally joined the Soilwork machine as touring drummer after former full-time member Dirk Verbeuren’s departure. Thusgaard began his journey as Verbeuren’s understudy, eventually taking over touring duties for the band in the summer of 2016.

In a band statement, Soilwork says: “We are super stoked to announce Bastian Thusgaard as our permanent drummer. He’s been touring with us for quite a while and has been nothing short of amazing to work with, both on a musical level and on a personal level. Taking over after Dirk must have been pretty hard, but he has proven, time and time again, through our tours through North America, South America and Europe, that he is the perfect man for the job.

“Bastian is only 25 years old and already possesses such great groove and fantastic technique. We can’t wait to see, how his ability will take us to the next level while we write our next album. It will be a beast, there’s no doubt about it. We have so much left to say musically and Bastian will be the perfect drummer, to help the band evolve on our constant musical journey. Give Bastian a warm welcome everyone!”

Bastian Thusgaard adds: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Björn, Sven, David, Sylvain, Markus and everyone else involved in the Soilwork team for their very warm welcome. I want to thank Dirk for his guidance, support and ability to inspire young drummers like myself, to put in the hours needed in order to make it to this level. He is the reason that I’ve had my life’s best musical experiences during these past ten months. To the fans that I’ve already met around the world and all the wonderful people surrounding me, thank you for your great support and positive feedback. It has truly been overwhelming.

“I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to continuously work with SOILWORK, a band that I grew up listening to and one of the key elements of my musical education. I am 100% committed to Soilwork and am looking forward to create music with my childhood heroes and to see what the future will bring. See you all on the road.”

May 21-22 Radio Rock Risteily Cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn
Jun 10 Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France @ Download FR
Jun 17 Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Jun 23 Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ With Full Force
Jul 01 Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Aug 05 Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air
Aug 11 Catton on Hall, United Kingdom @ Bloodstock Open Air
Aug 25 Woerrstadt, Germany @ Neuborn Open Air Festival

Additional confirmed dates:
Nov 10 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Nov 11 Gårda, Sweden @ Brewhouse
Nov 12 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Nov 13 Linkoping, Sweden @ Pitchers/The Crypt
Nov 14 Uppsala, Sweden @ Katalin

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Lyric Video For New Song “One More Moment” Issued By MindMaze

Just over a week away from the release of the new album “Resolve” on April 28th via Inner Wound Recordings, U.S. progressive power metal band MindMaze issued a lyric video for the new song “One More Moment.” The song is the second single from the new record and it is available in the player below.

The track listing for “Resolve” is:

1. Reverie (Instrumental)
2. Fight the Future
3. In This Void (Instrumental)
4. Drown Me
5. Sign of Life (see video clip here)
6. Abandon
7. Sanity’s Collapse (Instrumental)
8. One More Moment
9. Twisted Dream
10. True Reflection
11. Shattered Self
12. Release
13. The Path to Perseverance

Check out “One More Moment” here:

MindMaze hits the road on a North American tour in support of Arkona and Sirenia in May. The band will tap Pyramaze’s Jonah Weingarten as a guest keyboardist for the run. For dates and venues, head on over to this location.

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Van Records Expanding With U.S. Division

Germany’s cult label Ván Records has sanctioned a partnership in the U.S. forging a new branch of the company to deliver the diverse catalog to more stateside listeners. Alongside the announcement, the label has also released new singles from The Ruins Of Beverast and Slaegt.

Having released over two-hundred albums, singles, EPs, splits, and more from across the realms of metal and rock since being founded in 2004, Ván Records has been largely responsible for the worldwide proliferation of acts such as The Devil’s Blood, Urfaust, King Dude, and countless others.

Now, Ván Records’ owner Sven Dinninghoff has furthered the label’s relationship with King Dude founder TJ Cowgill to help launch the new U.S. division of the entity out of Seattle. This new branch of Ván sees the catalog now distributed stateside through Revolver, making these titles much more accessible to fans across North America and beyond.

The first wave of titles to see U.S. release through this new deal will strike on May 19th, including new LPs from The Ruins Of Beverast, Slaegt, Gold, and Dread Sovereign, with many more to follow. A Ván Records retail shop will also be launched this Summer.

Cowgill states, “I am honored and proud to be a part of the ever growing Ván Records family, from working at first with Sven as an artist on the roster to now, becoming an integral part of the family as head of the label’s U.S. office. We have been planning this expansion now for over almost eight months, and seeing it come to life has been a truly awesome experience. Our dedicated staff and myself hope that through this expansion we will bring even more quality and excellence known from Ván into the lives of every single fan, record store and distributor in North America. Hail the glory of Lucifer!”

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Anathema Announces North American Summer Tour Dates

Anathema, which recently revealed the new song “Springfield” (streaming here) from the band’s forthcoming album “The Optimist” (June 9th, Kscope), is now thrilled to announce first North American dates since 2014.

The nine dates, which kick off on August 16th in Baltimore, include stops in New York, Chicago and a trio of Canadian dates. Tickets will be available this Friday the 21st.

“Touring the U.S. and Canada is always a fantastic privilege,” said guitar player Daniel Cavanagh. “These countries have been the birthplace of some of the most revered recording artists of all time. We are delighted to visit the east coast and we promise to visit the west coast, following up soon. Our new album, The Optimist, is set in America. It will be a blast! “

Anathema recorded “The Optimist” in the winter of 2016 at Attica Audio in Donegal, Ireland and then finished at Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals) at the helm. Mastering was handled at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

August 16 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
August 17 New York, NY Gramercy Theater
August 18 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
August 19 Quebec, QC Saile Multi
August 20 Montreal, QC Astral
August 21 Toronto, ON Opera House
August 23 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
August 24 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
August 25 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts

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Asphyx Gearing Up For U.S. Tour Dates

We’re just a couple of weeks away from Dutch doom / death metal pioneers Asphyx returning to North American shores for a string of West Coast dates. These shows are in support of “Incoming Death,” the latest studio album by Asphyx that is available worldwide via Century Media Records.

4/25/2017 – Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA (US)
4/26/2017 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA (US)
4/27/2018 – Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA (US)
4/28/2017 – The Raven – Portland, OR (US)
4/29/2017 – Highline – Seattle, WA (US)
4/30/2017 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC (CA)

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DragonForce launches new single, “Curse of Darkness”, online

– April 12th, 2017 –

On May 19th, international metal superstars DragonForce will release their new studio album, Reaching Into Infinity, via Metal Blade Records in the USA. Today, the band has launched the record’s second single, “Curse of Darkness”, which can be heard at: youtube.com/watch?v=-RqVXI4wsIA

To hear the first single, “Judgement Day”, plus watch a live video for the classic track, “Operation Ground and Pound” (which is taken from the special CD/DVD edition of Reaching Into Infinity), please visit: metalblade.com/dragonforce – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–special CD/DVD edition
–2LP (limited to 1000 copies; sides A and B: translucent purple vinyl, sides C and D: fluorescent green vinyl)
*exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Reaching Into Infinity special CD/DVD edition track-listing:
Disc 1 – CD
1. Reaching into Infinity
2. Ashes of the Dawn
3. Judgement Day
4. Astral Empire
5. Curse of Darkness
6. Silence
7. Midnight Madness
8. WAR!
9. Land of Shattered Dreams
10. The Edge of the World
11. Our Final Stand
Bonus Tracks
12. Hatred and Revenge
13. Evil Dead

Disc 2 – Bonus DVD
“DragonForce Live at Woodstock Festival Poland 2016″
1. Holding On
2. Heroes of Our Time
3. Operation Ground and Pound
4. Holding On (Multi-angles)
5. Heroes of Our Time (Multi-Angles)
6. Operation Ground and Pound (Multi-Angles)

For their seventh studio album, DragonForce has opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody. “I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” Frederic Leclercq (bass) comments. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!” The first album to feature Gee Anzalone (drums), the Italian drummer has laid down an impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DragonForce sound, which of course still boasts the band’s trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite “best of”-album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band’s own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (CA, USA).

DragonForce will give USA fans their first taste of new songs starting July 7th, when the band hits the road for a North American tour this summer! See below for all dates.

DragonForce tour dates:
July 7 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
July 9 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
July 11 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
July 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
July 14 – St Louis, MO – Fubar
July 15 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air
July 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
July 18 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
July 20 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
July 21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 22 – Bangor, ME – Rise Above Festival
July 23 – Montreal, QC – Corona
July 24 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
July 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (“Heaven”)
July 27 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
July 28 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
July 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

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Nervecell Discusses Leaving Unique Leader Records

Nervecell just checked in with the following statement about the band’s current label situation and upcoming album:

“We’d like to clear the air about this as we’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether we’re still with Unique Leader Records for North America. The fact is we’ve left Unique Leader Records for reasons not worth publicly mentioning, as it only creates more speculation.

“It was a decision we made ourselves for the band’s best interest. What’s important to us now is that we focus on our new album ‘Past, Present…Torture.’ It’s completed, sounds absolutely killer and is ready to be released soon. So if there is any U.S. labels / A&R executives reading this or interested to work with us, the door is open and you know where to find us.

“Having said that, we are super excited to be back with our European label home Lifeforce Records who will release ‘Past, Present…Torture’ for all our European fans this summer. Cheers!”

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Decrepit Throne Releases “Traitor’s Grave” Album

Black metal studio project Decrepit Throne today releases the CD version of debut album “Traitor’s Grave.” Digital copies are also available at Bandcamp.

Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Gregory Maupin from North Carolina joins New Jersey vocalist Ron Kaiser (Blasphemous) in offering seven iniquitous tracks of blackened fury on this release – listen in for yourself below.

Maupin started Decrepit Throne after his last band mysteriously and abruptly came to an end. The focus is making dark music, rather than the drama in which so many local musicians drown themselves. Vocalist Ron Kaiser was kind enough to perform and write lyrics for Decrepit Throne.

1. Lands of Ash 05:36
2. Lucifer’s Descent 03:47
3. Winter’s Call 04:36
4. The Path of Revenge 05:26
5. Your Death My Solitude 04:54
6. The Victor’s Trumpet Sounds 05:00
7. A Defiant Flame Burning 04:38

Traitor’s Grave by Decrepit Throne

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Metallica Announces Hit The Stage Contest For Local Band Openers

This summer, Metallica’s WorldWired tour hits stadiums across North America. The band has invited along special guests Avenged Sevenfold and openers Volbeat and Gojira.

However, as some fans have noticed, there are a handful of cities (five to be exact!) where only one band from the bill is able to join. Since Metallica has had so much fun checking out local bands that fans voted for in other parts of the world, it only seems natural to invite fans to once again voice their opinion and help choose a band.

This time around, the group receiving the most fan votes will hit the stage first on a five-city tour. The mini tour includes these five dates:

May 19 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium (also with Volbeat)
June 4 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium (also with Volbeat)
June 14 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome (also with Avenged Sevenfold)
June 16 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium (also with Avenged Sevenfold)
June 18 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (also with Avenged Sevenfold)

Metallica fans will have the opportunity to vote in two phases. For the first phase, visit the sites of the radio partners below in each market:

KEGL/Dallas
WLUP/Chicago
KISS/San Antonio
KPNT/St Louis

All the votes will be tabulated by the stations and two finalists from each contest will go head to head for votes in phase two on Metallica.com starting next week on April 14th. Ten days later the band with the most votes will be announced and can start packing bags to head to their first gig in Foxborough at Gillette Stadium courtesy of Metallica.

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