Wings Of Metal Festival 2017 Sold Out

Wings of Metal is a Canadian metal festival that takes place in Montréal, with the 2017 edition set for September 8th – 9th. This year is being billed as the final edition for the fest, and tickets are now officially sold out.

While Spell recently had to drop off the lineup, Olympia/Washington-based Quayde LaHüe has now been added to the bill. Complete details are available here and the full lineup is as follows:

FRIDAY
Sacrifice (Can)
Varathron (Greece)
Communion (Chile)
Slutvomit (USA)
Quayde LaHüe (USA)
Starlight Ritual (Can)

SATURDAY
Voivod (Canada)
Time Lord (Tribute to Terry Jones of Pagan Altar) UK
Diamond Head (UK)
Crypt Sermon (USA)
Slaughtbbath (Chile)
Oture-Tombe (Can)

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As Paradise Falls Releases “Dead Message” Video

Brisbane’s As Paradise Falls today releases a music video for the song “Dead Message,” taken from upcoming full-length album “Digital Ritual.” The video was produced by Ben Wrigley at Third Eye Visuals, and the album was produced by Shane Edwards (Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder).

“This song explores communication in the digital age, and how so many interactions between friends occur online” states guitarist Danny Kenneally. “Digital communication lives in a strange duality of being so vital, while at other times being flippantly disregarded the minute it doesn’t meet our interests. Do we prefer isolation and are we bored with humanity, or are we just becoming lazy?”

“Digital Ritual” drops on July 21st and As Paradise Falls fans in Australia can also catch these upcoming tour dates:

July 1 – Fortitude Valley @ The Brightside w/ A Breach of Silence
July 29 – Brisbane, QLD @ Jubilee Hotel w/ Dead of Winter Fest
August 19 – Brisbane @ Crowbar
September 1 – Adelaide @ Enigma Bar
September 2 – Melbourne @ BANG
September 9 – Sydney @ The Bald Faced Stag

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Void Ritual Announces “Heretical Wisdom” Release

Void Ritual will return with new full-length album “Heretical Wisdom” on August 18th, 2017. The album will be released on CD via Throat Productions and on cassette via Tridroid Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Flood
2. Breathing Ice
3. A Mockery of Flesh & Bone
4. Heretical Wisdom
5. The Frozen Altar
6. Maelstrom
7. Dead in Blackest Night
8. Nachzehrer

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Raven Drummer Joe Hasselvander To Miss Shows Due To Health Issue

NWOBHM group Raven has hit a slight snag in live activity, releasing the following tour update to fans:

“So… life can (and does) throw the occasional ‘mother’ of a curve ball…. Due to a sudden serious health issue, our drummer Joe ‘the Baron’ Hasselvander will unfortunately be unable to play with us on our current and upcoming dates.

“As you can imagine, the health and well being of our good mate & partner in mayhem is paramount in importance. However in order to meet our obligations to our fans, we will still be playing all upcoming shows with the assistance of some amazing fill-in drummers who have stepped up to the plate to help the show go on.

“Thursday in Chicago, Jimmy Mess from Tattooed Millionaires will do the honors, and the shows this weekend on the East Coast we are extremely honored to have Fear Factory drummer, and all around Metal legend Mike Heller behind the kit. And for the European tour, Kill Ritual drummer Dave Chedrick will do the honors.

“Please join with us in wishing Joe best wishes and a speedy recovery. We’ll see you this weekend.”

Thursday, May 18th Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago
Friday, May 19th Dingbatz, Clifton NJ.
Saturday, May 20 Fish Head Cantina, Halethorpe MD
Sunday, May 20 Bar XIII Wilmington DE

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As Paradise Falls Signs With Eclipse Records

Eclipse Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Australian metal band As Paradise Falls for an exclusive worldwide deal.

While recording a studio effort in 2015, the unexpected passing of the band’s guitarist put everything on hold. Now, after clawing back from immense tragedy, As Paradise Falls returns with a new album produced by Shane Edwards (Northlane, Trophy Eyes, Hellions) entitled “Digital Ritual,” which will be released this summer.

Just before signing with Eclipse, the band independently released “Starblind,” the first single from this upcoming release. Within a few weeks, the band signed to Eclipse Records, and began preparing for the album’s release. Stay tuned for full release details comign soon.

“On the day the single was released, I got an email from Chris at Eclipse,” stated guitarist Danny Kenneally. “Chris had previously followed us on Spotify, and we came up in his Release Radar. When he asked if we had any more material, I told him about the new album and he immediately offered to put it out via Eclipse.”

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Ritual Posts New Live Videos

Canadian group Ritual filmed four new music videos live off the floor at Baltimore House in Hamilton, Ontario recently. Check out the songs “Ripe,” “White Blooded,” “Freak“ (Silverchair Cover), and “Pisces” created by Southern Souls and directed by Mitch Fillion.

The debut album from Ritual is out everywhere now and can be streamed in full at this location. Matt Tobin (former Dead and Divine vocalist) comments: “We were born from waste. We are the product of broken bands, miles traveled and mistakes made. We are Ritual.”

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Raven Announces 2017 Tour Dates

NWoBHM band Raven today announces first live dates for 2017, with the band excited to get back on the road again. Raven comments:

“Hi there…after a longer than expected break Raven are ready & raring to get out on the road again…a quick warm up in the USA will be following by a Euro tour with old friends Hirax opening & we shall also be hitting the European festival circuit hard in 2017 – and squeeze in a USA tour – and working on South America & some more exotic locales!!! LETS ALL KICK SOME ASS!!!”

Raven’s current album “ExtermiNation” was released in April of 2015 as a digipak version, 2LP gatefold green vinyl version, and digital download through SPV/Steamhammer. Catch these upcoming Raven 2017 tour dates:

5/18 US-Chicago, IL – Reggies
5/19 US-Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
5/20 US-Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina

03.06.SE-Tyrolen – Muskelrock

w/Hirax, Kill Ritual
07.06.B-Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
08.06.D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore
09.06.D-Essen – Turock
10.06.NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
11.06.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
12.06.D-Osnabrück – Bastard Club
13.06.D-Dresden – Chemie Fabrik
14.06.A-Dornbirn – Schlachthaus
15.06.I-Firenze – Circus Club
16.06.I-Milan – Blue Rose Club
17.06.F-Montbeliard – Aterlier des Moles

15.07.D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
27.07.SLO-Tolmin – Metal Days Festival
29.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air

10.08.E-Villena – Leyendas del Rock Festival
13.08.B-Kortijk – Alcatraz Festival

10/6: US-Ventura,CA – Frost & Fire Festival

01.-02.12.GB-Sheffield – O2 Academy (The X Mas Rocka NWoBHM)

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Hirax To Tour Europe With Raven, Kill Ritual

U.S. bay area thrash crew Hirax will share the stage with the British group Raven on a summer tour in Europe. Kill Ritual further joins the tour as special guests, and dates for the trek are as follows:

07-Jun Roeselare (BEL) “De Verlichte Geest”
08-Jun Essen (GER) “Turock”
09-Jun Hamburg (GER) “Bambi Galore”
10-Jun Rotterdam (NLD) “Baroeg”
11-Jun Tilburg (NLD) “Little Devil”
12-Jun Osnabruck (GER) “Bastard Club”
13-Jun Dresden (GER) “Chemiefabrik”
14-Jun Dornbirn (AUT) “Schlactaus”
15-Jun Florence (ITA) “Circus Club”
16-Jun Milan (ITA) “Blue Rose Club”
17-Jun Montbeliard (FRA) “Atelier des Môles”
18-Jun Cisson (FRA) “Hellfest” (HIRAX only)

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Days Of The Dead Fest 2017 Band Submissions Now Open

Halloween may be about putting on a costume and trick or treating around your city block, but in Red Deer, AB it’s about so much more. The rumors in the area describe a mass pilgrimage, a collective gathering from across Alberta and beyond, a zombie mosh pit coming alive.

Are the rumors true…? Well at the very least during the Days of The Dead Fest, a heavy metal music festival and costume party extravaganza takes over!

Founded in 2014 by local Red Deer resident and music scene contributor Justin Shadows of Shadows Productions, plus vocalist of Leave The Living, Days Of The Dead Fest celebrates the heavy sounds of metal, punk, and hardcore along with the ritual of transforming yourself in to another character during the Halloween weekend.

Shadows explains: “At first it was an excuse for a costume party with the bands I’ve developed friendships with, but has gradually changed into something that I feel Red Deer deserves to call its own. The crowds here are so supportive and I love giving them a gigantic event they can look forward to. Days of The Dead came to be because the first year we held it, the festival fell on the Day of the Dead – November 1st.”

Now in its 4th year, Days of The Dead has grown beyond the prior two day event hosting 15 bands to a three night reunion of friends, music fans, and a Halloween aficionados.

“I want it almost to feel like a family reunion, where you come and see friends you haven’t seen in a while and even if you’re new, you feel welcomed with open arms.” says Shadows.

This 2017 festivities will be held with over 30 bands on October 27th & 28th at The Vat for the 18+ shows and on the 29th an all ages event at the International Beer Haus.

Submissions from bands and support staff/volunteers for the 2017 edition are now open until April 1st. Email your info to shadowsproductionsrd[at]gmail.com and in the subject line have your band name & DOTD4 SUBMISSION. The festival organizers will review submissions after April 1st. Please submit the following:

*BANDS*
– Bio
– EPK or links to social media
– Links to your music
– Why should we consider you for the festival?
– Pay expectations

*SUPPORT STAFF*
In search of: Merchandise Crew, Experienced Stage Hands
– Relevant skills
– Previous Experience

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Insanity Reigns Supreme Posts “By The Blood Of The Beast” Live Video

Belgian black / death metal band Insanity Reigns Supreme today reveals a new live video for the track “By The Blood of the Beast,” which is taken from latest studio album “Unorthodox” (out now on Shiver Records).

The video can be streamed through Youtube below. It was recorded by Marleo Video at the prestigious Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival 2016 and editing came courtesy of Cloud Music Typography.

Vocalist Tes Re Oth had the following to say: “’By the Blood of the Beast’ details the ritual of Communion with the Undead Gods. Communion in this sense stands for actually trying to establish communication with Those who have risen to reach the ultimate goal of joining them. In a live setting this is even more powerful, as we invite Them to join us and feast upon the energy that is freely given by us and the audience. In the end this was an experience that none who attended will forget.”

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