Melted Space Begins Recording New Album

Melted Space is proud to announce a new album for November 2017. Recording sessions have started this week with François-Maxime Boutault in Bordeaux, with additional recording sessions planned in the Czech Republic, Sweden, United States, Norway, and more.

The outfit’s founder PierreLe Pape comments: “I can’t wait to share the nine new songs with you guys and go back on the road with all the crew! This album should bring some new sides of the Melted Space universe; different sounds, different voices… I’m very proud of it and I can’t wait to start to production process!”

Melted Space is a France-based metal opera project featuring a huge roster of guest musicians and vocalists. The outfit’s first album, “The Great Lie,” was released in October 2015 through Sensory Records. Additional details on the new Melted Space opus will be issued during the summer months.

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Ancient Re-Releasing “Trolltaar” EP

Norwegian extreme metal group Ancient is re-releasing the “Trolltaar” EP (1995) via Sleaszy Rider Records.

This 2017 edition includes 3 live tracks from Norway in 1993, with a vinyl edition to also soon be available.

Ancient released long-awaited 7th studio album, “Back To The Land Of The Dead,” on September 16th in North America via (Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s) EMP Underground/EMP Label Group, and in the rest of the World by Soulseller Records.

It arrived a mere 12 years following previous full-length album “Night Visit.” Catch Ancient live on these upcoming live appearances:

7/20 2017 – Gothoom Festival Ostry Grun – Slovakia
12/2 2017 – Into Darkness Festival IV – Leeuwarden – Holland
12/3 2017 – Baroeg Rotterdam – Holland
5/12 2018 – Under The Banner of Black Light Fest – Graz – Austria

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Mechanical God Creation To Record New Studio Album

Italian death metal group Mechanical God Creation is set to enter the studio soon to record a third album. Furthermore, the band has announced two upcoming shows, with more now being booked. The band comments:

“We are happy to announce these two new concerts, May 20 with Soul Rape, and for the first time in July 1st we will play in Norway where we have been invited to perform at Garasje Festival. We are excited to announce that we have completed the composition of the new album, and we will soon reveal the date of entry into the studio.”

May 20th – Wanted Pub – Galliate, Italy
July 1st – Garasje Festival – Norway

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Vitne Announces “Jupiter” Album Release

American / Norwegian artist Vitne will release a new full-length album, titled “Jupiter,” on June 20th, 2017.

This intense and soul-searching album is a large departure from his glam metal beginnings in Norway, featuring more flute, heavier writing and far more in-depth lyrical content. Check out a brand new music video for the song “Masquerade” below.

“‘Jupiter’ is heavier than my previous albums, both literally and figuratively,” says Vitne. “It’s a very personal album, touching on subjects that many experience throughout life such as feelings of detachment.”

The artwork was made by François Matus and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Mirror
2. Masquerade
3. Lion
4. Make Believe
5. Are You Real?
6. Under the Moonlight
7. Jupiter
8. Edge
9. Far Away
10. Say Goodbye

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Destrage posts in-depth making-of-video of ‘A Means to No End’

– April 26th, 2017 –

Set to kick off European tour with Periphery, The Contortionist next week

You can try to put Destrage in a box but you will never succeed. Words such as “progressive”, “cinematic”, “mathcore”, “technical” and “groove-laden”, could be thrown at them, but really the only one you need is Destrage, for they are in a category of their own making. This has never been more true than on A Means To No End, the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based 5-piece, which was released last October via Metal Blade Records. Riveting from start to finish, it leads the listener through an emotionally-charged labyrinth of complex yet catchy melody and muscle, following nobody’s rules, and it stands out as one of the truly unique releases of 2016.

For a preview of A Means To No End, Destrage has now posted an in-depth making-of-video for the album, which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=DPoFYvKLRes

Destrage‘s Matteo Di Giola (guitar) comments: “The best thing about entering the studio is that the rest of the world stays out. The band members and the studio crew captured the images themselves, behind closed doors, to focus on what was the most immersive and challenging record-making of their career. Now, a year from then, the external eye of a talented director sums it up and makes it a tale. Big thanks go to Bode Music Gear for making this possible.”

To support this outstanding album, Destrage will join Periphery and The Contortionist next week on the “European Unrest Tour”. See below for all dates!

Destrage “European Unrest Tour” dates
w/ Periphery, The Contortionist

May 2 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
May 3 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
May 5 – Milan, Italy – Santeria Club
May 6 – Bologna, Italy – Zona Roveri
May 7 – Wien, Austria – Szene
May 8 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
May 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
May 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
May 13 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
May 14 – Oslo, Norway – Vulcan Arena
May 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
May 17 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
May 18 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
May 19 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
May 20 – London, UK – O2Forum
May 21 – Paris, France – Trabendo
May 23 – Nantes, France – Le Ferrailleur
May 24 – Toulouse, France – Connexion
May 25 – Lyon, France – CCO
May 26 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
May 27 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornrosje

To hear more from A Means To No End, and to purchase the record in various formats, please visit: metalblade.com/destrage

Destrage line-up:
Paolo Colavolpe – vocals
Matteo Di Gioia – guitar
Federico Paulovich – drums
Ralph Guido Salati – guitar
Gabriel Pignata – bass

Destrage online:
http://www.destrage.com
http://www.facebook.com/destrage
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Destrage posts in-depth making-of-video of ‘A Means to No End’

– April 26th, 2017 –

Set to kick off European tour with Periphery, The Contortionist next week

You can try to put Destrage in a box but you will never succeed. Words such as “progressive”, “cinematic”, “mathcore”, “technical” and “groove-laden”, could be thrown at them, but really the only one you need is Destrage, for they are in a category of their own making. This has never been more true than on A Means To No End, the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based 5-piece, which was released last October via Metal Blade Records. Riveting from start to finish, it leads the listener through an emotionally-charged labyrinth of complex yet catchy melody and muscle, following nobody’s rules, and it stands out as one of the truly unique releases of 2016.

For a preview of A Means To No End, Destrage has now posted an in-depth making-of-video for the album, which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=DPoFYvKLRes

Destrage‘s Matteo Di Giola (guitar) comments: “The best thing about entering the studio is that the rest of the world stays out. The band members and the studio crew captured the images themselves, behind closed doors, to focus on what was the most immersive and challenging record-making of their career. Now, a year from then, the external eye of a talented director sums it up and makes it a tale. Big thanks go to Bode Music Gear for making this possible.”

To support this outstanding album, Destrage will join Periphery and The Contortionist next week on the “European Unrest Tour”. See below for all dates!

Destrage “European Unrest Tour” dates
w/ Periphery, The Contortionist

May 2 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
May 3 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
May 5 – Milan, Italy – Santeria Club
May 6 – Bologna, Italy – Zona Roveri
May 7 – Wien, Austria – Szene
May 8 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
May 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
May 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
May 13 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
May 14 – Oslo, Norway – Vulcan Arena
May 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
May 17 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
May 18 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
May 19 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
May 20 – London, UK – O2Forum
May 21 – Paris, France – Trabendo
May 23 – Nantes, France – Le Ferrailleur
May 24 – Toulouse, France – Connexion
May 25 – Lyon, France – CCO
May 26 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
May 27 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornrosje

To hear more from A Means To No End, and to purchase the record in various formats, please visit: metalblade.com/destrage

Destrage line-up:
Paolo Colavolpe – vocals
Matteo Di Gioia – guitar
Federico Paulovich – drums
Ralph Guido Salati – guitar
Gabriel Pignata – bass

Destrage online:
http://www.destrage.com
http://www.facebook.com/destrage
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Bloodstock Adds Six More Bands To 2017 Lineup

Bloodstock has six more bands lined up for the Sophie Lancaster stage this year: Leeds metal trio Blind Haze, Italian power/classic metal outfit, Arthemis, sludgy groove beasts Gods, symphonic goth outfit Season’s End, Bristol progressive rockers Endeavour and classic rock n’ rollers, Blind River.

The festival’s organizers further comment: “We’re also thrilled to welcome back Last.fm as sponsors of the Sophie Lancaster stage for 2017. Check out their Spotify playlist of bands on the Sophie stage and get excited for August!

“Bloodstock’s ever tenacious search for the best breaking bands culminates soon with the kick off of the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals on 22nd April. The festival’s incentive to give up-and-coming acts a break by offering slots on the bill at Catton Park has helped give many acts a career launchpad and the finals see the M2TM team narrowing it down and picking their winners for 2017.

“This year, M2TM ran in 29 UK regions, plus events in Ireland and Norway to find bands for the New Blood Stage. Attendees at the finals can also win weekend festival tickets or prizes from our sponsors, Kraken rum and Hobgoblin ale. The lucky bands winning a slot on the New Blood stage will also be in with a chance of landing extra goodies from our friends at Gibson Guitars, Studiomaster & Carlsbro or recording time with Russ Russell at his Parlour Studios in Northampton.”

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Sister launches video for “Endangered Species” online

– April 10th, 2017 –

The Swedish sleaze/punk influenced metal outfit known as Sister, who hail from Stockholm, Sweden, has been working hard during the last ten years earning the reputation of being one of the best live acts out there. Now, Sister has launched a new video for the song “Endangered Species”, taken off their latest album, Stand Up, Forward, March!. To watch “Endangered Species”, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=3sCl7D1H2CM

Sister‘s Cari Crow comments: “We went to the dirty streets of London to shoot the video for ‘Endangered Species’. The video touches the current mode in today’s rock n’ roll scene but also reflects the contrast of people living in large cities. We wanted to capture the raw reality and London was the right place to connect these two themes. We once again worked with Rene U Valdes and Greenworks Television and they really captured what we wanted to show.”

Last November, Sister released Stand Up, Forward, March!, their best and most direct approach yet! The album was recorded in the city of rock n’ roll – Upplands Vaasby, Sweden – by Sister and producer Jona Tee of H.E.A.T., mixed by Tobias Lindell (Avatar, Crash Diet, Mustasch, Europe, Hardcore Superstar, etc.) and mastered by Christian Schneider at Scandinavian Mastering. To preview and purchase Stand Up, Forward, March!, metalblade.com/sister

Sister live:
Apr. 13 – Jonkoping, Sweden – Bongo Bar
Apr. 28 – Oslo, Norway – All Is One Festival
Apr. 29 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Rockfest
Aug. 16-19 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze Festival
Sept. 3 – Sheffield, UK – HRH Sleaze

Sister line-up:
Jamie Anderson – vocals
Tim Tweak – guitars
Martin Sweet – bass
Cari Crow – drums

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Enslaved Announces “Roadburn Live” Record Store Day Release

“Roadburn Live” is Enslaved’s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during a headlining show at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by Enslaved’s own guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn’s Artistic Director, comments on the release: “It’s no secret that there’s a strong friendship between Roadburn and Enslaved. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, Enslaved has played a significant part in the festival’s history – both musically and antically.

“Not only has Enslaved been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the Enslaved/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá’s first ever performance outside of Norway.

“Enslaved’s 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it’s the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of Enslaved”

“Roadburn Live” will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as a webshop gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers.To celebrate the release, what better way than to hold a playback session with the members of Enslaved at the Roadburn Festival 2017?

Becky Laverty of of Roadburn Festival comments: “Enslaved and Roadburn share a history that is entwined and their 2015 performance on the main stage was such a fantastic milestone for both parties, that it makes perfect sense for the show to be released as a live album. As the album will be released during Roadburn 2017, it seemed fitting to invite attendees and the band alike to join us for a playback session at the festival as part of our popular side program.”

1. Building With Fire
2. Death In The Eyes Of Dawn
3. In Times
4. Daylight
5. Convoys To Nothingness
6. As Fire Swept Clean The Earth
7. Isa
8. Immigrant Song*
* Roadburn Live exclusive song originally by Led Zeppelin

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Kvelertak Releases “Bronsegud” Video, Announces Tour With Metallica

Roadrunner Records group Kvelertak just released an official music video for “Bronsegud,” taken from latest LP “Nattesferd.” The video, which was directed by Stian Andersen, documents the band’s life on the road traveling the world and performing neck-breaking sets to sold-out audiences.

Furthermore, Kvelertak has been announced as special guest for the entirety of Metallica’s upcoming “WorldWired” European tour. Dates are set to kick off September 4th at The Netherlands’ Ziggo Dome and continue through May 2018. A full listing of upcoming Kvelertak tour dates is available after the jump.

Mar. 16, 2017 – Kongsberg, Norway – Energimølla
Mar. 17, 2017 – Sogndal, Norway – MEIRET
Mar. 18, 2017 – Molde, Norway – Gamle Kulturhuset
Mar. 17, 2017 – Molde, Norway – Gamle Kulturhuset
Mar. 22, 2017 – Alta, Norway – City Scene
Mar. 23, 2017 – Tromso, Norway – Driv
Mar. 24, 2017 – Narvik, Norway – Vinterfestuka
Mar. 25, 2017 – Rognan, Norway – Slipen Scene – SOLD OUT
Mar. 26, 2017 – Bodø, Norway – Sinus
Mar. 29, 2017 – Trondheim, Norway – Byscenen
Mar. 30, 2017 – Skien, Norway – PARKBIOGRAFEN
Mar. 31, 2017 – Drammen, Norway – Union Scene
Apr. 1, 2017 – Halden, Norway – Brygga Kultursal
Apr. 26, 2017 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Valby Hallen
Apr. 27, 2017 – Oslo, Norway – Oslo Spektrum
Apr. 28, 2017 – Stockholm, Sweden– Hovet
Apr. 30, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – Helsingin Jäähalli
May 20, 2017 – Huskvarna, Sweden – Park Sounds
Jun. 18, 2017 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop

w/ Metallica
Sept. 4, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 6, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 8, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 10, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 12, 2017 – Lyon, France – Halle Tony Garnier
Sept. 14, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Sept. 16, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Oct. 22, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 24, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 26, 2017 – Glasgow, Scotland, UK – The SSE Hydro
Oct. 28, 2017 – Manchester, England, UK – Manchester Arena
Oct. 30, 2017 – Birmingham, England, UK – Genting Arena
Nov. 1, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Nov. 3, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Feb. 1, 2018 – Lisbon, Portugal – MEO Arena
Feb. 3, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 7, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
Feb. 10, 2018 – Turin, Italy – Pala Alpitour
Feb. 12, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 14, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 16, 2018 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
Mar. 27, 2018 – Herning, Denmark – Jyske Bank Boxen
Mar. 29, 2018 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Mar. 31, 2018 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
Apr. 2, 2018 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
Apr. 5, 2018 – Budapest, Hungary – Sports Arena
Apr. 7, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Apr. 9, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Apr. 11, 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland – Palexpo
Apr. 26, 208 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
Apr. 28, 2018 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
Apr. 30, 2018 – Leipzig, Germany – Leipzig Arena
May 2, 2018 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
May 5, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 7, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 9, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
May 11, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena

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