Mantar Teases New Music Video, “Taurus”

German black/doom/punk chimera Mantar will release their third studio album The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze on August 24th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the album here, and check out a teaser for the upcoming “Taurus” music video below.

Mantar have achieved more in five years than most bands twice their age and size. The product of a twenty year friendship between guitarist/vocalist Hanno Klaenhardt and drummer Erinc Sakarya, theirs is a success story born entirely of one thing: hard work, with three albums, an EP and a live release already to their name. Releasing their 2014 Svart Records debut Death By Burning, an uncompromising clash of stripped-back punk attitude and metal intensity to instant critical acclaim, the band toured relentlessly, gracing stages the world over, including the hallowed likes of Roadburn, Wacken Open Air and Maryland Deathfest. They used 2016’s Ode To The Flame, their Nuclear Blast Records debut, to further build upon their incendiary live reputation, conquering not only Europe and the US, but Russia, Japan and South Africa.

Now, following a brief period of repose which saw Hanno move to Florida, Mantar return with The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze, a short, sharp shock that hones the hungry riffs and breath-taking pace of their previous records. “We skipped the bullshit,” explains Hanno. “I wanted 3 or 4 minute songs; bam, bam, bam. Every song different, catchy – that’s what rock and roll is about.”

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Demons & Wizards, Sabaton And More Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2019

The first batch of bands for next year’s edition of Wacken Open Air, the thirtieth anniversary of the festivals, have been announced, including power metal supergroup Demons & Wizards, who have stated that it will be their only German festival show. Also announced for the event so far are Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Airbourne, Within Temptation, Rose Tattoo, Krokus, Powerwolf, Dark Funeral, Meshuggah and Avatar. The event is set to take place from August 1st – 3rd.

Demons & Wizards/Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer stated: “It’s a good pressure for Hansi and I, it’s a good kind. It’s the kind we like. We’re very excited about it. The thing is we wanted to continue the Demons & Wizards thing, but with Iced Earth and Blind Guardian, we’re very busy people, and our schedules… it’s just one of those times right now where the holes are lining up in the right way for us to be able to commit to shows next summer. So it’s cool.”

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Doro Posts New Video, “If I Can’t Have You – Nobody Will” Online With Amon Amarth Singer Johan Hegg

In only three weeks time the undisputed metal queen Doro will release her 2 CD studio album, “Forever Warriors, Forever United.” Her new offering boasts 25 brand new tracks and today, she releases the masterpiece “If I Can’t Have You – Nobody Will.”

The latest Doro single is a duet that combines passion and melody with brutal harshness. Passion is provided by the blonde rock goddess herself – while the harshness comes from none other than Amon Amarth singer Johan Hegg. Doro says: “The work with Johan, who also contributed to the lyrics, was stunning. We got to know each other during the recording of the Amon Amarth album Jomsviking and it is wonderful that this great collaboration could be continued on my album.”

Doro continues: “The video for the song perfectly reflects this obsessive song. We filmed in various ruins with our great director David Havlena. It has become very special, almost like a little movie. I can not wait to introduce the song on August 3rd at Wacken Open Air where the song will celebrate its live premiere with special guest Johan Hegg!”

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Fozzy Posts New Video, “Burn Me Out” Online

Fozzy, the heavy metal band formed by Stuck Mojo founder Rich Ward and wrestling legend Chris Jericho, has posted their new music video online for the song, “Burn Me Out.” You can check it out below. The song is the third single from the band’s latest album, “Judas,” following the title track and “Painless” and is available now through Century Media Records.

The band are currently on tour in Europe, performing at a number of festivals including Bloodstock Open Air, Wacken Open Air and Leyendas del Rock, after which they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America.

The North American dates are as follows:

August 24 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar *
August 26 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks Music Hall
August 29 – Clarksville, TN – O’Connor’s
August 31 – Little Rock, AR – The Revolution Music Room
September 6 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
September 7 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
September 8 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
September 9 – Fargo, ND – Sanctuary
September 12 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
September 13 – Indianapolis, IN – Vouge
September 14 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
September 15 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
September 16 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
September 18 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom **
September 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
September 20 – Jacksonville, NC – Tarheel Concert Lounge
September 21 – Huntington, WV – Planetfest at Riverfront Park
September 22 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament
September 25 – Savannah, GA – The Stage on Bar
September 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
September 28 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum **
September 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room **

* Adelitas Way and Stone Broken do not appear
** Stone Broken does not appear

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Fozzy Posts New Video, “Burn Me Out” Online

Fozzy, the heavy metal band formed by Stuck Mojo founder Rich Ward and wrestling legend Chris Jericho, has posted their new music video online for the song, “Burn Me Out.” You can check it out below. The song is the third single from the band’s latest album, “Judas,” following the title track and “Painless” and is available now through Century Media Records.

The band are currently on tour in Europe, performing at a number of festivals including Bloodstock Open Air, Wacken Open Air and Leyendas del Rock, after which they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America.

The North American dates are as follows:

August 24 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar *
August 26 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks Music Hall
August 29 – Clarksville, TN – O’Connor’s
August 31 – Little Rock, AR – The Revolution Music Room
September 6 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
September 7 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
September 8 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
September 9 – Fargo, ND – Sanctuary
September 12 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
September 13 – Indianapolis, IN – Vouge
September 14 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
September 15 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
September 16 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
September 18 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom **
September 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
September 20 – Jacksonville, NC – Tarheel Concert Lounge
September 21 – Huntington, WV – Planetfest at Riverfront Park
September 22 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament
September 25 – Savannah, GA – The Stage on Bar
September 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
September 28 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum **
September 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room **

* Adelitas Way and Stone Broken do not appear
** Stone Broken does not appear

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Dying Fetus Announces European Tour Dates

Death metal veterans Dying Fetus has announced a string of headlining shows across Europe this summer, as well as a number of festival appearances. The tour begins August 2nd at Wacken Open Air in Germany and ends August 25th at Death Feast in Andernach, DE. Direct support will be provided by Carnifex, Toxic Holocaust, Goatwhore and Venom Prison on select dates. The tour includes additional festival appearances at Brutal Assault, Rockstadt Extreme, Party San and more. All confirmed tour dates are listed below.

August 2 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
August 3 – Brasov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme
August 5 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Randal Club #
August 6 – Warsaw, Poland – Proxima #=
August 7 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu #=
August 9 – Jaromer, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault
August 10 – Schlotheim, Germany – Party San
August 11 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into The Grave
August 12 – Arlon, Belgium – L’Entrepot *=
August 13 – London, UK – Islington Academy *#=?
August 14 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy *#=?
August 15 – Oberhausen, Germany – Kulttempel *#=?
August 16 – Pagney-derriere-Barine, France – Chez Paulette *#=?
August 17 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze
August 18 – Paris, France – Petit Bain =?
August 19 – Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival
August 20 – Montpellier, France – Secret Place #=?
August 21 – Aarau, Switzerland – Kiff #=?
August 22 – Milano, Italy – Spazio Naif #=?
August 23 – Klagenfurt, Austria – Club Stereo #=?
August 24 – Lindau, Germany – Club Vaudeville ?
August 25 – Andernach, Germany – Death Feast

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Nale Signs With Black Lodge/Sound Pollution

Formed in 2007, Nale immediately made a name for themselves as an energetic metal act that will stop for nothing. With their explosive take on metal and rock and influences ranging from the groovy thrash of Pantera, to the relentless attitude of Motörhead and to the catchy immediacy of Danko Jones, the band has succeeded in combining both past, present and future that feels unique in 2017.

The band has previously released two EPs, a self-titled one (2007 as well as “From Shit To Salvation (2009), the latter produced by Grammy winner Chris Laney (Candlemass, Europe, Crashdïet) in the
legendary Polar Studios. 2012 also saw their critically acclaimed full length debut “Ghost Road Blues” that was procuded by Lawrence Mackrory (F.K.Ü, Darkane).

During the past ten years, Nale has toured with Crucifed Barbara and The Resistance as well as played both clubs and big festivals such as Getaway Rock, Sabaton Open Air and Wacken Open Air.

Nale recently finished their sophomore effort “Death, Skulls, Satan” which will see the light of day early 2018 exclusively through Black Lodge/Sound Pollution.

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Orange Goblin Writing New Album Due Out In 2018

London’s Orange Goblin finally officially announced that the writing process has begun for a brand new album, slated for release in the spring of 2018.

The new record will be Orange Goblin’s first for the Candlelight label since being acquired by Spinefarm/Universal and will be recorded early next year at Orgone Studios with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Angel Witch, etc.)

The new album marks the band’s first since 2014’s “Back From the Abyss.” Although there is no information on the album title or track listing, the band can reveal that the record will feature a guest appearance by legendary Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.

The remainder of 2017 sees Orange Goblin continuing to play across Europe at the likes of Woodstock Poland, Wacken Open Air, Desertfest Athens, Up In Smoke Festival, and the HRH Doom V Stoner Festival.

8/4 -Woodstock – Kostrzyn, Poland
8/5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
8/12 – Sonic Blast Fest – Moledo, Portugal
9/9 – Fall of Summer Fest – Torcy, France
9/30 – HRH Doom V Stoner – Sheffield, UK
10/6 – Desertfest – Athens, Greece
10/7 – Up In Smoke Festival – Pratteln, Switzerland
10/27 – Voodoo Lounge- Dublin, Ireland
10/28 – Limelight, Belfast – Northern Ireland
10/29 – Siege of Limerick Fest – Limerick, Ireland
11/4 – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – California, USA
11/18 – Helldorado Fest -Eindhoven, Netherlands
11/25 – MMC Fest at Slade Rooms – Wolves, UK

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Arch Enemy, Entombed A.D, Triptykon Etc. Featured On 2016 “Wacken Open Air” Blu-ray/DVD Set

The official live Blu-ray/DVD Set release for last year’s edition of the annual “Wacken Open Air” titled “27 Years Faster : Harder : Louder”, has been scheduled for August 11th in North America via Silver Lining Music. Double disc CD and double disc DVD/Blu-ray sets are planned with footage/audio of 43 artists and 54 songs set for inclusion. You’ll hear music from Arch Enemy, Bullet for My Valentine, Borknagar, Barb Wire Dolls, Triptykon, Saxon, Metal Church, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons and Steel Panther, Axel Rudi Pell, Entombed A.D., Red Fang and Tarja Turunen, plus experience the emotional tribute to legendary Motörhead founder Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, “Born To Lose, Live To Win”.

A trailer for the Blu-ray/DVD Set can be seen below:

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Summer Tour Dates Announced By Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam announced the 2017 summer tour dates with a handful of shows in the U.S., before traveling to Europe for select club dates centered around the band’s appearances at this year’s Wacken Open Air and Into The Grave Festival, in Leeuwarden, NL.

With the departure of Jason Bittner to Overkill, Flotsam And Jetsam is fortunate to have friend of the band and Phoenix, AZ native Ken Mary (Fifth Angel, Alice Cooper, House Of Lords, TKO, Chastain) step in to handle drum duties for the upcoming dates.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our European friends and fans one last time this year, before we start production work on our upcoming album. And we’re just as excited to get a chance to play a few shows with a drum legend like Ken Mary. Good times ahead,” the band commented.

The band recently posted on Facebook an email address for drummers to request audition songs to send videos into the band, which generated numerous submissions from around the world. The band is working through the audition videos to narrow down and then select a permanent drummer after the summer tour dates are complete. Also, the band begins pre-production tracking for a new album for a Spring 2018 release.

The live dates are:

20.07.2017 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
21.07.2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
22.07.2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
23.07.2017 Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA

02.08.2017 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
05.08.2017 Hypothalamus – Rheine, Germany
06.08.2017 Moonlight Music – Diest, Belgium
10.08.2017 Nueshoorm – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
11.08.2017 Into The Grave Festival – Leeuwarden, Netherlands

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