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:

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: – 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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Dying Fetus Unveils New Album “Wrong One To Fuck With”

The death metal overlords from Dying Fetus just revealed the cover art for their 8th studio album, “Wrong One To Fuck With.” The album will be released on June 23rd, 2017 via Relapse Records. Stay tuned for pre-order information in the coming weeks.

These seasoned veterans manage to further stretch their creative and technical boundaries across 10 complex tracks of pulverizing death metal, filled with more dynamic intricacies, brutal breakdowns, and varied vocal patterns than ever before.

The first press of “Wrong One To Fuck With” on CD includes an expanded, deluxe packaging and the exclusive bonus track “Induce Terror.”

Additionally, Dying Fetus will embark on a full European tour with Hatebreed starting this week. All confirmed tour dates are available below.

Apr 12 Koln, DE Essigfabrik
Apr 13 Magdeburg, DE Factory
Apr 14 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Apr 15 Berlin, DE Astra
Apr 16 Schijndel, NL Paaspop
Apr 17 Solothurn, CH Kofmehl
Apr 18 Saarbrucken, DE Garage
Apr 19 Nurnberg, DE Hirsch
Apr 20 Munchen, DE Backstage
Apr 21 Bologna, IT Zona Roveri
Apr 22 Innsbruck, AT Hafen
Apr 23 Lindau, DE Club Vaudeville
Apr 25 Besancon, FR La Rodia
Apr 26 Munster, DE Sputnikhalle
Apr 27 Aarhus, DK Train
Apr 28 Oslo, NO Parkteatret
Apr 29 Sweden Frimis Salonger

May 25 Vancouver, BC Modified Ghost Festival II

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Evocation announces Janne Jaloma as new drummer, posts drum play-through video online

– April 6th, 2017 –

photo and editing by Josefine Larsson @ Jojomen

Swedish death metallers Evocation have announced Janne Jaloma as their new drummer. Guitarist Marko Palmen comments: “We are very proud to welcome Janne Jaloma as the new drummer of Evocation. Janne has previously made himself a name in the Gothenburg & UK scenes as a dedicated and hardworking drummer for bands such as Despite, Bloodshot Dawn & Deals Death. His technical skills as well as his groove are pure magic, and the way he plays makes him a perfect fit for Evocation. Janne will make his live debut with Evocation on the release ritual scheduled for the 8th of April in Boras.”

Fans can watch Janne Jaloma’s drum play-through for “Imperium Fall” from Evocation‘s latest album, The Shadow Archetype, at:

Evocation live:
Apr. 8 – Boras, Sweden – Rockborgen

Evocation released their stunning new full-length, The Shadow Archetype, last month. While honoring their Swedish death metal roots, The Shadow Archetype also adds thrash metal elements to their addictive, heavy sound. For a preview of the album, the singles “Children of Stone” and “Condemned to the Grave”, can be heard at: – where the record can also be purchased in the following formats:

–Digipak CD (includes beer coaster!)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–salmon clear vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)
*exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Featuring a cover and layout by Xaay (Behemoth, Nile, etc.), The Shadow Archetype was recorded at three different studios. Backing vocals, mixing and mastering were done at Dugout Productions. Daniel Bergstrand handled the recording of backing vocals and mixing. George Nerantzis handled the mastering. Drums were recorded at Crehate Studios together with studio engineer Oscar Nilsson. The Shadow Archetype also features veteran drummer Per Moller Jensen (ex-The Haunted, ex-Invocator) on session drums. Per sets a new death metal standard on the new Evocation album with his complex, yet groovy drumming, which we know well from his time in The Haunted. Guitars, bass, and lead vocals were recorded by the band in their own studio, Acacia Avenue Recordings. “We started recording the drums in late June 2015 and did the last recordings with vocals in June 2016. So, we spent roughly a year in the studio with ‘The Shadow Archetype‘,” explains Palmen. “In my opinion, the production is our strongest so far. It has all the elements I want in a production; raw brutality with a distinctive punch!”

Evocation line-up:
Thomas Josefsson – vocals
Marko Palmen – guitar
Simon Exner – guitar
Gustaf Jorde – bass
Janne Jaloma – drums

Evocation online:

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Sabaton Honored For Gold And Platinum Albums

Swedish war machine Sabaton is currently touring the world in support of latest studio record “The Last Stand” and also holding #1 (“The Last Stand”), #7 (“Carolus Rex” on the top for 248 weeks in a row now), #9 (“Heroes”), and #17 (“The Art Of War”) in the Swedish Top 20 rock charts.

After hitting the charts worldwide with “The Last Stand,” the band was recently honored with new plaques for impressive album sales: the album achieved Gold in the band’s homeland Sweden and in Poland. Previous studio album, “Heroes,” was even platinum-certified in Sweden.

Bassist Pär Sundström commented: “This is proof of two things – first, that we are still able to make music that fans want to listen to, and second, that we have fantastic fans who really care. Sure, the current tour is called ‘The Last Tour,’ but as long as it is going like this we’ll be going strong for a long time.”

Remaining Sabaton 2017 tour dates with Leaves’ Eyes and Battle Beast are as follows:

4/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
4/21 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
4/22 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
4/23 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
4/25 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda – SOLD OUT!
4/26 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial De Quebec
4/27 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/28 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
4/30 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub Concert Hall
5/1 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
5/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
5/3 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
5/5 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
5/6 – Calgary, AB @ The Palace
5/7 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/8 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon – SOLD OUT!
5/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
5/11 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
5/12 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
5/14 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
5/16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
5/18 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/20 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
5/21 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
5/22 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

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Despotz Records Signs Worldwide Deal With Skarlett Riot

Britain’s Skarlett Riot has taken the music world by the throat with powerful, riff-led songs blending melody and grit with a muscular backbone. Add to that an ear for infectious hooks, a singer blessed with an enormous set of vocal cords, and you have a band that not only has miles of attitude but the songs to back them up. And now, the rising rockers have signed a worldwide record deal with Sweden’s Despotz Records.

The band says, “We’re so excited to announce our signing to Despotz Records! We have been and still are working hard behind the scenes so it feels great to be able to share this news with you all! We’ve got an amazing team of people working with us now and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Skarlett Riot. We’d also like to thank all of our fans for their loyal support and patience. More news coming soon! Here’s to us!”

Having thrilled audiences at Download Festival and destroying stages at Leeds and Reading Festivals, Metal Female Voices Festival, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Camden Rocks, Steelhouse, Takedown, Giants Of Rock, S.O.S and a host of other festivals, Skarlett Riot has also shared stages with the likes of The Darkness, Kamelot, Gus G, Hammerfall, Leaves’ Eyes, plus many more.

Omer Akay of Despotz says, “After ten years of running Despotz Records, I had given up finding artists in the UK. But by pure luck we discovered Great Britain’s best kept secret that will take the world by storm. We are so proud that Skarlett Riot choose us to lead their worldwide musical journey.”

Skarlett Riot’s debut single for Despotz, “Feel” is slated for release on April 21st with the full length album hitting the streets in the fall.

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Krehated Releases “Awaken Ignorance” Music Video

Stockholm, Sweden’s Krehated has released a powerful new music video for the song “Awaken Ignorance,” taken from latest full-length album, “The Venomous Mind.” The video was directed and produced by David Andersson, Dennis Andersson & Johan Hallman and features lead actor Andreas Vrenning.

Krehated recently inked a deal with Zombie Shark Records, the new label founded by Noah “Shark” Robertson, (Motograter, Ex-The Browning). The band wields a devastatingly heavy, groove-oriented sound that is reminiscent of nu metal-era bands.

The group record “The Venomous Mind” at JV Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. It was mixed and mastered by Christian Svedin (The Unguided, Vildhjarta, Imminence) and artwork was created by Tomas Lacke.

The band comments: “We all have demons inside our heads. It doesn’t matter how successful you are, how wealthy you are or how sane you seem to be. Everyone has been through rough times at some point in their lives and then carried around the aftermath… demons or venom in their minds. ‘The Venomous Mind’ is all about that. Our inner demons. Our inner fears. Our infected minds. The world of today is a disgusting place at times. This world brought us this hate. This world created us. We are the Krehated.”

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Kvelertak Releases “Bronsegud” Video, Announces Tour With Metallica

Roadrunner Records group Kvelertak just released an official music video for “Bronsegud,” taken from latest LP “Nattesferd.” The video, which was directed by Stian Andersen, documents the band’s life on the road traveling the world and performing neck-breaking sets to sold-out audiences.

Furthermore, Kvelertak has been announced as special guest for the entirety of Metallica’s upcoming “WorldWired” European tour. Dates are set to kick off September 4th at The Netherlands’ Ziggo Dome and continue through May 2018. A full listing of upcoming Kvelertak tour dates is available after the jump.

Mar. 16, 2017 – Kongsberg, Norway – Energimølla
Mar. 17, 2017 – Sogndal, Norway – MEIRET
Mar. 18, 2017 – Molde, Norway – Gamle Kulturhuset
Mar. 17, 2017 – Molde, Norway – Gamle Kulturhuset
Mar. 22, 2017 – Alta, Norway – City Scene
Mar. 23, 2017 – Tromso, Norway – Driv
Mar. 24, 2017 – Narvik, Norway – Vinterfestuka
Mar. 25, 2017 – Rognan, Norway – Slipen Scene – SOLD OUT
Mar. 26, 2017 – Bodø, Norway – Sinus
Mar. 29, 2017 – Trondheim, Norway – Byscenen
Mar. 30, 2017 – Skien, Norway – PARKBIOGRAFEN
Mar. 31, 2017 – Drammen, Norway – Union Scene
Apr. 1, 2017 – Halden, Norway – Brygga Kultursal
Apr. 26, 2017 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Valby Hallen
Apr. 27, 2017 – Oslo, Norway – Oslo Spektrum
Apr. 28, 2017 – Stockholm, Sweden– Hovet
Apr. 30, 2017 – Helsinki, Finland – Helsingin Jäähalli
May 20, 2017 – Huskvarna, Sweden – Park Sounds
Jun. 18, 2017 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop

w/ Metallica
Sept. 4, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 6, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 8, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 10, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 12, 2017 – Lyon, France – Halle Tony Garnier
Sept. 14, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Sept. 16, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Oct. 22, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 24, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 26, 2017 – Glasgow, Scotland, UK – The SSE Hydro
Oct. 28, 2017 – Manchester, England, UK – Manchester Arena
Oct. 30, 2017 – Birmingham, England, UK – Genting Arena
Nov. 1, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Nov. 3, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Feb. 1, 2018 – Lisbon, Portugal – MEO Arena
Feb. 3, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 7, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
Feb. 10, 2018 – Turin, Italy – Pala Alpitour
Feb. 12, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 14, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 16, 2018 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
Mar. 27, 2018 – Herning, Denmark – Jyske Bank Boxen
Mar. 29, 2018 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Mar. 31, 2018 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
Apr. 2, 2018 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
Apr. 5, 2018 – Budapest, Hungary – Sports Arena
Apr. 7, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Apr. 9, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Apr. 11, 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland – Palexpo
Apr. 26, 208 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
Apr. 28, 2018 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
Apr. 30, 2018 – Leipzig, Germany – Leipzig Arena
May 2, 2018 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
May 5, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 7, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 9, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
May 11, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena

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