Gatekeeper Posts New Music Video “Grey Maiden” Online

Canadian true metal force Gatekeeper have debuted a music video for the title track from their new EP “Grey Maiden,” set for release on February 22nd via Cruz Del Sur Music. You can check it out below.

Featuring two brand-new compositions, a cover song and a track re-recorded from their first demo, Grey Maiden picks right up where the band’s acclaimed East Of Sun first full-length left off. The groundswell of support in North America and abroad – including the selling out of the vinyl and CD pressing of East Of Sun within six months – spurred Gatekeeper to satiate their ever-growing fanbase with a new release.

“We’ve been working harder and faster than ever since all of this started happening,” says guitarist and founding member Geoff Blackwell. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending the past ten-plus years in bands, it’s that momentum is your greatest resource and you’ve gotta pour gasoline on the little fires that pop up in your career.”

According to Blackwell, Gatekeeper (who are rounded out by vocalist Jean-Pierre, lead guitarist Kenny Kroecher, bassist David Messier and drummer Tommy Tro) has performed more shows in 2018 than all other years of the band combined, which has started to influence their songwriting. While East Of Sun is considered by many fans to get only better with each passing listen, the songs on Grey Maiden are some of the band’s most immediate compositions to date. However, there are some twists afoot.

“The title track might be our best song yet,” notes Blackwell. “It’s got a massive chorus, intricate vocal lines and catchy, pummelling riffs. We re-recorded the song ‘Tale Of Twins’, which is an old favorite that we’ve been playing lately. It’s finally gotten the recording and performance quality that the song deserves! JP did a great job with the singing on this one.

“‘Moss’ is a big departure from our other material,” he continues. “It’s a soft, finger-picked acoustic ballad featuring a lilting guitar pattern inspired by traditional folk music with fantasy-tinged lyrics. We also brought in a guest violinist to fill in the gaps. It’s much different than anything else we’ve done, but I think it makes perfect sense for Gatekeeper. Lastly, we covered an obscure Nwobhm song by a band named Tredegar called ‘Richard III’. They’re a very cool, but forgotten band from Wales who had ex-members of Budgie in their ranks. They were a very early example of epic metal and we decided that it would be a good match for us. Kenny and I took some liberties with the guitar arrangement.”

Gatekeeper’s future plans include a tour of Europe in support of “Grey Maiden,” including spots on key festivals such as Hell Of Hammaburg, Swordbrothers and Up The Hammers. In addition to more live dates in their home territory of Canada, Gatekeeper will buckle down and get to work on their second LP, which, according to Blackwell, will feature material contributed by the entire band. But, before the calendar jumps over to 2019, some reflection of 2018 is warranted, a year that saw Gatekeeper emerge as one of the best new traditional metal hopefuls in recent memory.

“Obviously we all hoped the album would do well and I figured that we’d make a few sales and play some fun shows here and there,” closes Blackwell. “But, I absolutely never expected us to sell out the first vinyl and CD pressing so quickly. That’s the kind of stuff that usually happens to other people. The outpouring of support from our new friends and fans on social media and streaming platforms like YouTube has been huge, too.”

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Epica Announces “Design Your Universe” European Shows

Dutch symphonic heavyweights Epica announce a select number of exclusive shows in support of the 10th anniversary of their album Design Your Universe. The album until today holds a special place in the hearts of their fans and includes fan-favorites as “Kingdom Of Heaven” and “Design Your Universe”.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Design Your Universe the band will return to a number of venues they played while touring on the album back in 2009/2010 which most likely will sell out far in advance.

Simone Simons comments: “After all those years, Design Your Universe remains one of my all-time favorite Epica albums. I know that the message behind the title song also resonates with a lot our fans because there are so many Design Your Universe related tattoos. The title track and ‘Unleashed’ are songs that I hold very dear and the memories we made in that time of our career. I am looking forward to go back in time with you all while we play more songs from our Design Your Universe album.”

Mark Jansen adds” “Design Your Universe is very dear to me, it’s an album that was written during a very inspiring time. The title track shows us that we can we all create our destiny and it’s still one of my favorite tracks to play live. Also, quite a few other songs of the album deserve to be played again and we will! Our set is gonna be filled with DYU songs so don’t miss one of these opportunities.”

4 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
5 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vredenburg
6 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre
10 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby Club
12 – Moscow, Russia – Glavclub

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Saxon Announces U.S. Headline Tour Dates

“We’re bringing the Thunderbolt Tour back to the USA in February, this time as headliners!,” states a message from Biff Byford, frontman of British metal legends, Saxon. “Come and join the party, THE THUNDERBOLT COMETH!”

Saxon are pleased to announce a new string of US tour dates, following the incredibly successful tour with Judas Priest earlier this year and prior to their appearance on the 2019 Monsters Of Rock Cruise out of Florida.

Says Saxon: “See you on the road and be sure to get your tix fast – we expect these shows will sell out fast!”

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 10th at 10 AM (local time). Dates are listed below.

February 13 – Tulsa, OK – ID Ballroom
February 14 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
February 15 – San Antonio, TX – The Vibes Event Center Showroom
February 16 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
February 17 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
February 20 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
February 21 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater
February 23 – Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
February 24-28 – Monsters of Rock Cruise

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Devildriver Announces American Tour Dates With Jinjer And Raven Black

Devildriver just released their full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems, Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1. In celebration of the album’s release, Devildriver have announced an upcoming US headline tour with support from Jinjer and Raven Black. The tour will kick off on October 23rd in Phoenix, AZ and hit several major US cities, coming to an end on November 18th in San Diego, CA.

Devildriver frontman Dez Fafara says, “It’ll be well over a year since we last headlined a full tour when Devildriver returns in the fall… and on a number one metal charting record! We are bringing some special guests with us – our friends Jinjer will be joining from the Ukraine, and Raven Black as well. We have decided to do clubs in order to make sure this is a very close up and personal special event for everyone attending! Get your tickets now, this tour is going to sell out!”

Jinjer vocalist Tatiana Shmaylyuk says, “It is hard to express how delighted we are to join the upcoming tour with mighty Devildriver this fall. Folks, be prepared for a devastating force on stage this October – November. Jinjer will come back to the U. with new songs, and our American fans will check them out live first. It is gonna be a hell of a tour!”

The Tour dates are as follows:

October 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
October 25 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
October 26 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
October 27 – Austin, TX – Texas Revolution Fest
October 28 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
October 30 – Louisville, KY – Manchester Music Hall
October 31 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
November 1 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
November 2 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
November 4 – Providence, RI – Providence Metal Fest @ Fete Ballroom
November 5 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
November 6 – Easton, PA – One Centre Square
November 7 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
November 8 – Harrison, OH – Blue Note
November 9 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
November 10 – Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
November 11 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
November 12 – Racine, WI – Route 20
November 14 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
November 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
November 17 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
November 18 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick


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Asphyx Announces 30th Anniversary Celebration Shows

Amidst an ongoing campaign for latest album release “Incoming death,” Dutch death / doom division Asphyx is proud to announce a very special anniversary celebration of the band’s 30 years of existence in 2017.

In addition to the previously announced and sold out anniversary show at the Turock venue in Essen, Germany on Saturday, November 18th, Asphyx has now announced a second (matinee) show in the same location for the day after, Sunday, November 19th.

These two 30 year anniversary concerts will not only be supported by metal comrades Pentacle and Soulburn, but also feature longer Asphyx sets, special merchandise, and meet & greet opportunities with former band members like Eric Daniels, Bob Bagchus, Wannes Gubbels, Ronnie van der Wey, Roel Sanders or Sander van Hoof.

Asphyx comments: “Salutations Asphyxians! Due to the unexpected, rapid sell out of our 30 years anniversary show in Turock, Essen, Germany on November 18th, for which our massive gratitude, we decided for those who could not obtain a ticket, to do an extra show the very next day. So, Sunday the 19th of November 2017. Same bill, same set, same goodies, same price. Just a little earlier, doors open at 15.00 hours, so everybody can get back to work on time the next day. Cheerz and see you all in November!”

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Bloodstock 2017 Names Three More Acts, Obituary Included

Promoters for Bloodstock announced another three acts for the 2017 edition of the annual festival. Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on August 10-13, 2017. Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners Amon Amarth plus Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Testament, Whitechapel, Possessed and Hell.

Florida death metal kingpins Obituary land themselves a Sunday slot on the main stage. With a brand new studio album coming in Spring 2017 via Relapse Records, the band recently unleashed the ‘Ten Thousand Ways To Die” CD, featuring two brand new studio tracks and a full live set from the ‘”Onked In Blood” World Tour.

Poland’s tech/death-meisters Decapitated are lined up for a Friday slot. Having delivered some of the most influential death metal of the 21st century, anticipation is high for Decapitated’s new studio album set for release in 2017. Guitarist/founder Vogg commented: “We’re very excited to be returning to Bloodstock Festival – it will have been three years since our last time. We’re currently in the studio getting ready to unleash the monster we’ve been working on for the past twelve months and can’t wait to play some Polish metal for our UK fans next Summer!”

Mexican-American agitators, Brujeria also join the main stage bill! The band recently released their first album in 16 years, “Pocho Aztlan” via Nuclear Blast, comprising twelve tracks of uncompromising riffs and brutality.

Early bird weekend camping tix are already on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation has now SOLD OUT!

VIP sold out well in advance in 2016. VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already bought an early bird ticket) and the remaining VIP allocation will be available from December 16th, but don’t hang around if you want these, as they will sell out even earlier for 2017.

Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at this location. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.

Many more acts are still to be announced.

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