Lordi Unveils New Album “Monsterephonic (Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy)”

Lordi today reveals the cover artwork, title, and track listing for new album “Monsterephonic (Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy),” due to be released on September 16th (EU) / September 30th (USA).

The album was produced by Nino Laurenne (Apocalyptica, Stratovarius, Children Of Bodom, Amorphis) and features these songs:

01. SCG8 : One Message Waiting
02. Let’s Go Slaughter He-Man (I Wanna Be The Beast-Man In The Masters Of The Universe)
03. Hug You Hardcore
04. Down With The Devil
05. Mary Is Dead
06. Sick Flick
07. None For One
08. SCG VIII : Opening Scene
09. Demonarchy
10. The Unholy Gathering
11. Heaven Sent Hell On Earth
12. And The Zombie Says
13. Break Of Dawn
14. The Night The Monsters Died

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SpazioRock Festival 2016 Announced

SpazioRock.it, the seven-year old Italian webzine dedicated to the world of music, is glad to announce the first edition of the SpazioRock Festival, dedicated to heavy and power metal fans.

Full details and ticket info can be found here. The event will take place at Live Club di Trezzo sull’Adda (MI) on September 24th, 2016 and the currently announced set list is as follows:

– Stratovarius
– Powerwolf
– Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody
– Iron Savior
– Domine
– Elvenking
– Overtures

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Essence Of Sorrow Recruits New Vocalist Germán Pascual

Essence Of Sorrow – the Finnish/Swedish band founded by Jani Stefanovic (Solution .45, Miseration) released debut album “Reflections Of The Obscure” in 2006 featuring both Mats Leven (ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, Gus G, ex.Therion, Candlemass) and Christian Palin (ex. Adagio) on vocals.

Due to Mats and his busy schedule, Christian Palin was set to take care of the live duties. The band got off with a promising start doing shows in Scandinavia and northern parts of Europe. Although the band had a promising future ahead it would not be without bumps, which sadly resulted in putting the band on ice.

The plan was always to put the band up in motion again, and that time has come and after a few years of silence. Essence Of Sorrow has a new line up and is working on new material planned to hit the shops in 2016.

Today the band announces the recruitment of Germán Pascual on vocals and Jaakko Nikko on bass. The current lineup consists of:

Germán Pascual – Vocals (ex. Mind´s Eye, ex. Narnia, ex, Empire 21)
Jani Stefanovic – Guitars (Solution .45, Miseration)
Tom Gardiner – Guitars (Red Eleven, Hateform, ex. Solution .45)
Rolf Pilve – Drums (Solution .45, Stratovarius)
Jaakko Nikko – Bass (Reversion, System Horizon

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New Album “Raben Im Herz” Announced By Coronatus

The seventh full length studio album “Raben Im Herz” was announced by German gothic/epic metal band Coronatus. The album is set for release as a limited edition digipak (with exclusive bonus CD) and digital download on December 4th.

“Raben Im Herz” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Markus Stock (The Vision Bleak, Empyrium, Eisregen, Eluveitie) at Klangschmiede Studio E in Mellrichstadt, Germany. The cover artwork (shown below) was created by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design (Apocalyptica, Manowar, Legion Of The Damned, Korpiklaani, Impaled Nazarene, Stratovarius).

More information on the album is expected soon.

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Jag Panzer, Paradise Lost, Stratovarius And Three More Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

UMC – promoters for the Original and World’s Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal – has added 4 more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 40 bands of the 60 revealed.

The latest additions are: Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader!

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage – The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator’s Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader join the following previously named acts (with 20 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain

DragonForce
Epica
Firewind
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Gamma Ray
HammerFall
Holy Moses
Iced Earth
Insomnium
Krisiun
Lacuna Coil
Manilla Road
Moonspell
My Dying Bride
Rhapsody Of Fire
Rotting Christ
Samael
Sodom
Subway To Sally
Thyrfing
Tsjuder
Turisas
Tyr
Vallenfyre
Visions Of Atlantis

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Simulacrum Reveals “Sky Divided” Album Details

Fans of progressive metal are offered a real treat when Simulacrum release new concept album, “Sky Divided,” through Inverse Records on the 28th of August, 2015.

The artwork was handled by Jan Yrlund, who has worked with such artists as Manowar, Stratovarius & Sirenia and the cover portrays the post-apocalyptic mood of the album’s title track. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Timelapse (02:50)
2. Behind The Belt Of Orion (05:32)
3. Broken (05:51)
4. Embrace The Animal Within (05:00)
5. Deep In The Trenches (05:25)
6. The Abomination (10:57)
7. Sky Divided (05:50)
8. Enter Hyperion (06:01)
9. A New Beginning (14:19)

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New Music Video “Silent Desire” Available From Within Silence

Slovakian melodic metal act Within Silence is set to release the debut album “Gallery of Life” on May y 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America via Ulterium Records. Today, they express a “Silent Desire” with a music video for the album’s second cut. The video was directed by 3Media Production and can be seen below.

Strong musicianship and the ability to write interesting songs with memorable melodies makes Within Silence a band to be reckoned with for years to come. “Gallery of Life” has everything from up-tempo power metal tracks like “Silent Desire” and “Emptiness of Night” to pounding metal tracks like “The Last Drop of Blood” to epic metal songs like “Road to the Paradise.”

“Gallery of Life” should please fans of bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and Theocracy and fans of melodic metal in general.

The track list for “Gallery of Life” is:

1. Intro
2. Silent Desire
3. Emptiness of Night
4. Elegy of Doom
5. The Last Drop of Blood
6. Love is Blind
7. Anger and Sorrow
8. Judgement Day
9. The World of Slavery
10. Road to the Paradise (see lyric video)
11. Outro

Check out “Silent Desire” here:

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New Track “The Best Of Times” Streaming From Cain’s Offering

Finland Cain’s Offering – featuring Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto, keyboardist Jens Johansson and ex-Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen – is streaming another new track…this time its “The Best of Times.” The song appears on the upcoming new album “Stormcrow,” the sophomore album and first since the 2009 debut “Gather the Faithful.” The album is expected to drop via Frontiers Records on May 15th (EU) and May 19th (North America).

The track listing for “Stomcrow” is as follows:

1. Stormcrow (song streaming here)
2. The Best of Times
3. A Night to Forget
4. I Will Build You a Rome (see lyric video here)
5. Too Tired to Run
6. Constellation of Tears
7. Antemortem
8. My Heart Beats for No One
9. I Am Legion
10. Rising Sun
11. On the Shore

Check out “The Best of Times” here:

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Stratovarius Releasing New Album “Eternal”

Stratovarius has broken its year long silence to reveal the band is in the studio completing a new record, with the release preceded by a performance at Wacken Open Air Festival and followed by a full tour. “Eternal” will drop on August 14th, 2015. EarMusic also comments:

“The trilogy of albums ‘Polaris,’ ‘Elysium’ and ‘Nemesis’ were released close to each other as the consequence of the renewed creative energy the band gained following the arrival of new members to support the historical members Kotipelto, Johansson and Michael.

“The previous three albums by Stratovarius showcased the many talents of guitarist Mattias Kupianen (prolific songwriter and producer of all the albums, including ‘Eternal’), virtuoso bass player Lauri Porra and, on the third of the three, the young talent Rolf Pilve, one of the best drummer of his generation who had to replace Jörg Michael after the latter decided to move into a new role in Stratovarius management.

“The most recent album ‘Nemesis’ included the single ‘Unbreakable,’ which became one of the most streamed songs ever released by Stratovarius. Kotipelto and Johansson proudly carry the torch of the glorious Stratovarius tradition, but now many fans of the band consider the current line-up ‘classic Stratovarius.’ The new album ‘Eternal’ has been the longest album in the making from the band.”

“Since ‘Polaris’ we have released a new studio album pretty much every two years,” reflects Jens Johansson, “but after ‘Nemesis,’ we all decided to take a little bit of time off after we finished the world tour. Now we’re all tanned and rested and it’s about fucking time to get back into the saddle. Everybody has been busy the last few months writing lots of new songs, and only the best has been recorded for ‘Eternal.’”

10/05 Tallinn – Factory (EST)
10/06 Riga – Melna Piektdiena (LIT)
10/07 Vilnius – Galaxy Event Hall (LIT)
10/09 Cracov – Fabryka (PL)
10/10 Warsaw – Progresja (PL)
10/11 Berlin – C-Club (GER)
10/13 Vienna – Szene (AT)
10/14 Budapest – Club 202 or Barba Negra (HUN)
10/16 Geiselwind – Musichall (GER)
10/17 Lindau – Vaudeville (GER)
10/20 Munich – Backstage (GER)
10/21 Milano – Live Club (IT)
10/23 Bilbao – Santana (ESP)
10/24 Madrid – Sala BUT (ESP)
10/25 Sevilla – Custom (ESP)
10/27 Valencia – Koh-Tao (ESP)
10/28 Barcelona – Razzmatazz (ESP)
10/30 Pratteln – Z-7 (CH)
10/31 Besancon – La Rodia (F)
11/01 Paris – Trabendo (F)
11/03 London – O2 Islington Academy (UK)
11/04 Vosselaar – Biebob (BE)
11/05 Eindhoven – Effenaar (NL)
11/06 Cologne – Essigfabrik (GER)
11/07 Bochum – Matrix (GER)
11/09 Frankfurt – Batschkapp (GER)
11/10 Stuttgart – LKA (GER)
11/11 Hamburg – Gruenspan (GER)
11/12 Karlsruhe – Substage (GER)
11/13 Kufstein – Kulturfabrik (AT)

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New Music Video “Transcend” Released By Thought Chamber

U.S. progressive metal act Thought Chamber released a new music video for the track “Transcend.” The song appears on the band’s latest album “Psykerion: The Question,” which is available now via InsideOutMusic.

“The making of the ‘Transcend’ video confirmed my belief that TC will be a musical force to be reckoned with in 2014,” says Thought Chamber co-founder, guitarist/composer Michael Harris. “It was the first time we were actually all in the same room together and it felt great. We wanted a no frills video showing us performing our 10 minute epic and finally giving our fans a true visual of the group. This video is truly all about the music. Chris Bowers did a great job capturing the vibe we wanted and editing the video.”

In related news, Thought Chamber will soon be debuting as a live-act by performing at the prestigious ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, September 10-14, 2014 alongside label mates Pain of Salvation and Leprous, Stratovarius, Jon Oliva’s Pain, Pagan’s Mind and a host of other international prog mega bands. ProgPower USA is already officially sold out.

Check out “Transcend” here:

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