Comaniac Named As New Support Act For Metal Church’s European Tour

Heavy metal titans Metal Church will be touring Europe extensively next month in celebration of latest studio album “XI” (see review here), which was released last year via Nuclear Blast in Europe and Rat Pak Records in North America. After previous support Meshiaak was forced to cancel the tour due to parting ways with drummer Jon Dette, Metal Church has revealed Swiss thrashers Comaniac as the replacement.

Comaniac stated: “Wow, we are truly overwhelmed to join the amazing Metal Church on the European run in June. Besides being on tour with one of our favorite bands it’s also a huge honor to play in some legendary venues where we have attended the concerts of our favorite bands as fans. Those are exactly the moments you’re dreaming about when you start a band. We’re looking forward to seeing many new faces and we promise to kick your ass!”

Confirmed dates are as follows:

09 Jun – SWE, Sölvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival*
10 Jun – DE, Bremen, Tivoli
11 Jun – NL, Eindhoven, Dynamo Club
12 Jun – DE, Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
13 Jun – DE, Munich, Backstage
14 Jun – DE, Stuttgart, dasCann
16 Jun – BE, Dessel, Graspop Metal Meeting*
17 Jun – DE, Neunkirchen, Stummsche Reithalle
18 Jun – FR, Clisson, Hellfest*
20 Jun – UK, London, Underworld
21 Jun – UK, Glasgow, Audio
22 Jun – UK, Belfast, Limelight 2
23 Jun – IRE, Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
24 Jun – UK, Bristol, Thekla
26 Jun – GR, Thessaloniki, Eightball Club*
27 Jun – GR, Athens, Kyttaro Live*
30 Jun – ES, Barcelona, Rock Fest*
02 Jul – RUS, Moscow, Volta*
*Metal Church only

More Metal Church live dates:

02 Jun – USA, Portland, OR, Rock Hard PDX NEW!
03 Jun – USA, Tacoma, WA, Cultura Event Center NEW!
15 Jul – USA, Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air
01 Aug – NO, Oslo, Sentrum Scene (w/ MEGADETH) NEW!
02 Aug – DK, Copenhagen, Store Vega (w/ MEGADETH) NEW!
05 Aug – FR, Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans, Sylak Open Air
09 Aug – CZ, Jaromer, Brutal Assault
10 Aug – DE, Nuremberg, Hirsch
11 Aug – NL, Leeuwarden, Into the Grave
12 Aug – P, Vagos, Vagos Metal Fest
07 Sept – USA, Atlanta, GA, ProgPower USA XVIII

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Edu Falaschi Announces Live Performances With Angra Material

Five years after leaving Angra in 2012, internationally renowned Brazilian singer Edu Falaschi announces he will be performing songs from the band’s catalog as part of his newly launched solo career with plans to tour various countries.

Falaschi released his solo album “Moonlight” last year via Test your Metal Records. The album consists of acoustic versions of the most significant songs of his career with Angra and Almah. Falaschi comments:

“I’ve had many requests for concerts singing Angra! It’s natural since I was Angra’s lead singer for 12 years. Now Angra fans around the globe can have the chance to hear the Angra anthems performed by the original singer in an emotional and nostalgic experience that will bring back the good feelings from the golden years! I plan to perform first in South America and from there reach fans across USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.”

Edu Falaschi’s first concert will take place in Lima, Peru on May 23rd, where he will perform Angra’s classic album “Rebirth.”

Throughout his career Edu Falaschi has sold over 1 million albums, recorded 15 albums, along with several world tours that have included Japan, Europe, UAE and South America plus many important festivals like Wacken, Sweden Rock, Monsters of Rock, Rock in Rio, Progpower, Rock Machina, Gods of Metal, etc.

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New Album “Strength In Numbers” Announced By The Haunted

After a strong finish on a series of tour dates across the UK and Central Europe alongside heavy-hitters’ Meshuggah and Arch Enemy respectively, Swedish thrash metal act The Haunted has been busy completing the recording and mixing process of the upcoming 9th studio album effort.

Recorded at Parlour Studios in the UK with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Exploited), the album is entitled “Strength In Numbers” and will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on August 25, 2017. More information on the album is expected soon.

Guitarist Ola Englund has checked in with the following comment: “Working on ‘Strength In Numbers’ with Russ Russell as an engineer and producer has been an incredible experience. His attitude and positivity has helped us to truly do our best when recording. He’s just a killer guy to be around!”, before adding: “All the tracking for the album has been completed and Russ is right in the middle of mixing and mastering it. And from the early mixes I’ve heard, it’s shaping up to be insanely heavy. No clean singing, no banjo, no pickup trucks…so fans of country music are gonna hate it, haha! Seriously: Heads are gonna roll. In a good way…”

A video teaser from their recording sessions can now be seen below:

Having recently been announced to appear at the lauded Sweden Rock Festival, the band has also confirmed a string of tour dates across Scandinavia in support of their upcoming release in late August/early September. A full list of upcoming appearances is as follows:

6/7 Sölvesborg, SE – Sweden Rock Festival
8/31 Oslo, NO – Blå
9/1 Stavanger, NO – Folken
9/2 Bergen, NO – Hulen
9/8 Örebro, SE – Frimis Salonger #
9/9 Linköping, SE – The Crypt #
9/15 Borlänge, SE – Liljan
9/16 Sundsvall, SE – Club Destroyer
9/21 Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik #
9/22 Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand #
9/23 Malmö, SE – KB #
9/29 Hultsfred, SE – Mörkaste Småland Festival
9/30 Eskilstuna, SE – Loket
10/7 Hoogeveen, NL – Graveland Fest
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Fates Warning Adds More U.S. And European Tour Dates

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning just added further shows in Europe and North America as part of the “Theories Of Flight” 2017 touring activity.

Due to other commitments, Joey Vera will not be with Fates Warning on the scheduled June 8th Sweden Rock Festival performance. He will instead be replaced by original FW bassist Joe Dibiase for that show.

Catch Fates Warning and Infinite Spectrum live on these dates:

Fri June 2 – London (UK) – Underworld
Sat June 3 – Vaureal (France) – Le Forum
Sun June 4 – Gelsenkirchen (Germany) – Rock Hard Festival
Mon June 5 – Berlin (Germany) – BiNuu
Tue June 6 – Bremen (Germany) – Tivoli
Thu June 8 – Sölvesborg (Sweden) – Sweden Rock Festival
Sun June 11 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Tue June 13 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Wed June 14 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s
Thu June 15 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head On Stage
Fri June 16 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Sun June 18 – Teaneck, NJ – Mexicali Live
Tue June 20 – Buffalo, NY – Ironworks
Wed June 21 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Thu June 22 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Fri June 23 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Sat June 24 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Sun June 25 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Tue June 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex
Wed June 28 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
Fri June 30 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Sat July 1 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Thu August 3 – Leiden (The Netherlands) – Gebr. De Nobel
Fri August 4 – Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air
Sat August 5 – Breda (The Netherlands) – Mezz

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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
http://www.youtube.com/destrage
http://twitter.com/destrage
http://instagram.com/destrage_official
http://www.soundcloud.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
http://www.youtube.com/destrage
http://twitter.com/destrage
http://instagram.com/destrage_official
http://www.soundcloud.com/destrage

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Beneath Unveils New Album “Ephemeris”

Icelandic death metal band Beneath has set “Ephemeris” as the title of an upcoming new album, due out on August 18th via Unique Leader Records.

The album was produced, mixed & mastered by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden and features Mike Heller (Malignancy, Fear Factory) handling drum duties. The cover artwork was once again put into the hands of Raymond Swanland.

01. Constellational Transformation
02. Eyecatcher
03. Ephemeris
04. Alignments
05. Guillotine
06. Cities Of The Outer Reaches
07. Medium Obscurum
08. Amorphous Globe
09. Multiangular

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Eyes Wide Open Signs Deal With Sony Music

Eyes Wide Open is thrilled to announce the band just signed a distribution deal with Sony Music for an upcoming release. Guitarist Kristofer Strandberg comments:

“We are super stoked about this cooperation with Sony Music and together we will take EWO to the next level. Further information about the upcoming release is yet to be publicized and we are eagerly anticipating the next announcement!”

Since humble beginnings in Karlstad, Sweden back in 2011, Eyes Wide Open has offered clear melodies and catchy riffs with an immense sound leading the way in melodic death metal. In 2017 E.W.O comes back to life with the third and final part of an album trilogy.

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Soilwork Announces Bastian Thusgaard As Full-Time Member

Soilwork is pleased to officially announce the inclusion of permanent drummer, 25-year-old Bastian Thusgaard. Thusgaard has been blazing the kit for the band for the past 10 months, but will make his official debut as a permanent member of the band at upcoming summer festival performances. See below for a full listing of dates.

Bastian Thusgaard originally joined the Soilwork machine as touring drummer after former full-time member Dirk Verbeuren’s departure. Thusgaard began his journey as Verbeuren’s understudy, eventually taking over touring duties for the band in the summer of 2016.

In a band statement, Soilwork says: “We are super stoked to announce Bastian Thusgaard as our permanent drummer. He’s been touring with us for quite a while and has been nothing short of amazing to work with, both on a musical level and on a personal level. Taking over after Dirk must have been pretty hard, but he has proven, time and time again, through our tours through North America, South America and Europe, that he is the perfect man for the job.

“Bastian is only 25 years old and already possesses such great groove and fantastic technique. We can’t wait to see, how his ability will take us to the next level while we write our next album. It will be a beast, there’s no doubt about it. We have so much left to say musically and Bastian will be the perfect drummer, to help the band evolve on our constant musical journey. Give Bastian a warm welcome everyone!”

Bastian Thusgaard adds: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Björn, Sven, David, Sylvain, Markus and everyone else involved in the Soilwork team for their very warm welcome. I want to thank Dirk for his guidance, support and ability to inspire young drummers like myself, to put in the hours needed in order to make it to this level. He is the reason that I’ve had my life’s best musical experiences during these past ten months. To the fans that I’ve already met around the world and all the wonderful people surrounding me, thank you for your great support and positive feedback. It has truly been overwhelming.

“I am truly honoured to be given the opportunity to continuously work with SOILWORK, a band that I grew up listening to and one of the key elements of my musical education. I am 100% committed to Soilwork and am looking forward to create music with my childhood heroes and to see what the future will bring. See you all on the road.”

May 21-22 Radio Rock Risteily Cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn
Jun 10 Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France @ Download FR
Jun 17 Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Jun 23 Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ With Full Force
Jul 01 Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Aug 05 Wacken, Germany @ Wacken Open Air
Aug 11 Catton on Hall, United Kingdom @ Bloodstock Open Air
Aug 25 Woerrstadt, Germany @ Neuborn Open Air Festival

Additional confirmed dates:
Nov 10 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
Nov 11 Gårda, Sweden @ Brewhouse
Nov 12 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Nov 13 Linkoping, Sweden @ Pitchers/The Crypt
Nov 14 Uppsala, Sweden @ Katalin

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DragonForce launches new single, “Curse of Darkness”, online

– April 12th, 2017 –

On May 19th, international metal superstars DragonForce will release their new studio album, Reaching Into Infinity, via Metal Blade Records in the USA. Today, the band has launched the record’s second single, “Curse of Darkness”, which can be heard at: youtube.com/watch?v=-RqVXI4wsIA

To hear the first single, “Judgement Day”, plus watch a live video for the classic track, “Operation Ground and Pound” (which is taken from the special CD/DVD edition of Reaching Into Infinity), please visit: metalblade.com/dragonforce – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–special CD/DVD edition
–2LP (limited to 1000 copies; sides A and B: translucent purple vinyl, sides C and D: fluorescent green vinyl)
*exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Reaching Into Infinity special CD/DVD edition track-listing:
Disc 1 – CD
1. Reaching into Infinity
2. Ashes of the Dawn
3. Judgement Day
4. Astral Empire
5. Curse of Darkness
6. Silence
7. Midnight Madness
8. WAR!
9. Land of Shattered Dreams
10. The Edge of the World
11. Our Final Stand
Bonus Tracks
12. Hatred and Revenge
13. Evil Dead

Disc 2 – Bonus DVD
“DragonForce Live at Woodstock Festival Poland 2016″
1. Holding On
2. Heroes of Our Time
3. Operation Ground and Pound
4. Holding On (Multi-angles)
5. Heroes of Our Time (Multi-Angles)
6. Operation Ground and Pound (Multi-Angles)

For their seventh studio album, DragonForce has opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody. “I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” Frederic Leclercq (bass) comments. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!” The first album to feature Gee Anzalone (drums), the Italian drummer has laid down an impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DragonForce sound, which of course still boasts the band’s trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite “best of”-album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band’s own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (CA, USA).

DragonForce will give USA fans their first taste of new songs starting July 7th, when the band hits the road for a North American tour this summer! See below for all dates.

DragonForce tour dates:
July 7 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
July 9 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
July 11 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
July 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
July 14 – St Louis, MO – Fubar
July 15 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air
July 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
July 18 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
July 20 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
July 21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 22 – Bangor, ME – Rise Above Festival
July 23 – Montreal, QC – Corona
July 24 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
July 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (“Heaven”)
July 27 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
July 28 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
July 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

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