Alazka Releases “Phoenix” Music Video

Germany’s post-hardcore quintet Alazka just released an official video for the title track off forthcoming album “Phoenix.” The new album will be in stores on August 25th via SharpTone Records and the “Phoenix” video can be seen below.

The band commented: “We chose ‘Phoenix’ as the title track because it describes the overall message of the album. Life isn’t easy. It leaves its marks and scars upon us but these scars are what makes a life worth living.

“They shape our identity and tell our story when it’s all over. Every one of us is striving for something and in doing so we all make mistakes and fail from time to time. In the end we can rise over the pain like a phoenix rising from his ashes.”

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New Track “Last Solution” Streaming From Dragonhammer

Italian power metal act Dragonhammer, featuring Kaledon drummer Massimiliano Santori, is streaming the new track “Last Solution.” The song appears on the new album “The X Experiment,” which drops today via My Kingdom Music.

Guest appearances on the album include: guitarist Francesco Fareri (Jeff Loomis/Vitalij Kuprij/Virtual Mind), vocalist Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth/A Perfect Day), vocalist Titta Tani (Ashent/Phoenix Rising/Takayoshi Ohmura/ex-DGM) and drummer David Folchitto (Stormlord/Screaming Banshee/Prophilax).

Check out “Last Solution” here:

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New Song Sample Of “The End Of The World” Posted By Dragonhammer

Italian metal act Dragonhammer posted a sample from the new song “The End of the World.” The song appears on the band’s comeback release “The X Experiment,” the first in nearly 10 years (“Time For Expiation” 2004). The album was originally set for release at the end of October, but was pushed back to December 3, 2013 via My Kingdom Music.

“The X Experiment” features guest performances from guitarist Francesco Fareri (Jeff Loomis/Vitalij Kuprij/Virtual Mind), vocalist Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth/A Perfect Day), vocalist Titta Tani (Ashent/Phoenix Rising/Takayoshi Ohmura/ex-DGM) and drummer David Folchitto (Stormlord/Screaming Banshee/Prophilax).

Check out the sample here:

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Tank To Release First Ever Live DVD

British heavy metal veterans, Tank has announced that they will be releasing their first live DVD this year, entitled, “War Machine Live.” The DVD will feature concert performances in Poland recorded in 2011 and 2012, in addition to band interviews, backstage footage and a promo video for the song, “War Nation,” the title track from their latest album. Speaking about the DVD, guitarist Cliff Evans commented:

“This is our first official live DVD release so we wanted to make sure it would appeal to all Tank fans, old and new. With such an extensive back catalog to choose from, we think we’ve selected some real gems that all fans of real British metal will enjoy. We’ve captured the raw energy that Tank is known for in a performance that features classic tracks such as ‘This Means War’, ‘Power of the Hunter’ and ‘Honour and Blood’ plus new fan favourites ‘Judgement Day’ and ‘Phoenix Rising’. Also featured is a live version of the new song ‘Don’t Dream in the Dark’ from our latest album ‘War Nation’. With a band whose members have previously played with such names as Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Dickinson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Dianno and Michael Schenker you know with that kind of pedigree the music is going to kick some serious ass.”

“War Machine Live” will be released in Europe on November 12th, with a North American release of December 11th to follow.

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Before The Dawn Posts New Album "Rise Of The Phoenix" Teaser

Before the Dawn has posted another preview from the band’s upcoming 7th album “Rise Of The Phoenix,” due out April 27th via Nuclear Blast. Watch the video clip below.

The album can be pre-ordered at the Nuclear Blast web shop here. You can also check out the previously posted video clip for “Phoenix Rising” at this location.

The track listing for “Rise of the Phoenix” is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

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Before The Dawn Posts New Music Video For "Phoenix Rising"

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn posted a new music video for the song “Phoenix Rising.” The song will appear on the band’s forthcoming LP “Rise of the Phoenix,” which is scheduled for release on April 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for “Rise of the Phoenix” is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

Check out “Phoenix Rising” here:

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Before The Dawn Posts Details Of New Album "Rise Of The Phoenix"

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn announced that the band’s seventh studio release will be entitled “Rise of the Phoenix.” The album will feature new members, bassist Pyry Hanski (Casket) and drummer Joonas Kauppinen (Disease of the Nation/Burning Empire). “Rise Of The Phoenix” is scheduled for released on April 27, 2012!

Guitarist/vocalist Tuomas Saukkonen had the following comments about the lineup changes and new album: “Massive changes in the line-up during 2011 ended an era of great frustration and brought back 110% dedication and professionalism into the band. The newfound energy and motivation steered us into a victorious European tour and made it possible to produce the strongest, fastest, heaviest and definitely the most epic BEFORE THE DAWN album so far!”

The track listing for “Rise of the Phoenix” is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

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Behemoth Holds First Rehearsal Session Since Frontman’s Transplant Surgery

Polish death metal act Behemoth has announced its return to its rehearsal space in preparation of its forthcoming concert dates. This is the first time the band has rehearsed together since frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski underwent a bone marrow transplant operation last year for leukemia. Nergal commented on the recent rehearsal session by saying;

“So, first rehearsals after the transplant are under our belts! I didn’t want to get overexcited at first, just wanted to see how things would go, but I have to tell you, the second rehearsal we fuckin’ nailed ‘Ov Fire And The Void,’ ‘Lucifer,’ ‘Conquer All’ [and] ‘Antichristian Phenomenon’ flawlessly! One of us even asked: ‘Did we really take a year off from each other?’ Ha ha… it was good times in great company! But the biggest surprise were the songs we NEVER played live ever and planning to do on the upcoming ‘Phoenix Rising Tour.’ I won’t reveal any names yet, let it be a mystery til we hit the stage, all right?

“In other news, I started jamming out some NEW shit too. [Its to] early to give any further comments but it sounds VERY disturbing and eerie. Can’t fuckin wait to unleash those ideas to my friends”

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Deep Purple To Release New DVD, "Phoenix Rising"

On June 28, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Deep Purple’s “Phoenix Rising” – a two-hour-plus revelatory documentary including 30 minutes of never-before-seen (not even on bootleg) onstage footage from Japan. “Phoenix Rising” will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, & in a special two-disc DVD/CD package.

The release is cause for celebration amongst Purple fans due to the rarity of material. Extensive interviews with keyboardist Jon Lord and bassist Glenn Hughes tell the tale of a band caught by circumstance into one of its most controversial, extreme and exciting eras of its long career. Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were gone. A young unknown singer by the name of David Coverdale was recruited as was bassist Hughes. The results were the albums “Burn” and “Stormbringer” (both released in 1974). But then Ritchie Blackmore left the band. Against all odds, they rocked on, recruiting Tommy Bolin (from Zephyr and The James Gang). The album “Come Taste The Band” (1975) documents the short-lived Bolin era, an era that all came crashing down when the band announced in July of 1976 that it was breaking up. By December, Bolin would be dead due to a heroin overdose. Nine years of silence would ensue.

The never-before-seen 30 minutes, “Rises Over Japan,” has the Coverdale/Lord/Bolin/Hughes/Paice lineup delivering the goods in 1976 on eight songs: “Burn,” “Getting Tighter,” “Love Child,” “Smoke On The Water,” “Lazy,” “Homeward Strut,” “You Keep On Moving” and “Stormbringer.” (The double-disc package contains these eight songs on CD.) This segment is some of the only video footage that showcases Tommy Bolin performing in Deep Purple.

The 90-minute documentary portion, “Getting Tighter,” recounts the trials and tribulations of a band in turmoil, riding the rock’n’roll roller coaster to total excess. With its live images, backstage footage, never-before-told stories and original video material carefully culled from years of research, it’s a veritable bonanza for Purple fans and fans of Rock History.

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