KORPIKLAANI – Pivo Pivo [feat. Meri | IRIJ]

Finnish Folk Metal Superstars KORPIKLAANI are currently hopping from festival stage to festival stage (next stop: MetalDays, Tolmin, SLO) in support of their current studio album ‘Kulkija’ (“Wanderer”; released on September 7, 2018 through Nuclear Blast). Today, the group has unleashed another version of their much-loved hit ‘Beer Beer’, taken from the aforementioned album’s tour edition; this time in Croatian, entitled ‘Pivo Pivo’ and graced by a guest vocal appearance of former ELUVEITIE violinist Meri Tadic (IRIJ). Grab a pint and enjoy the track!

Meri states, “During my time with ELUVEITIE, I actually participated in numerous and unforgettable ‘beer adventures’ with the guys in KORPIKLAANI and as I do like beer, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to pay my dues and have some more fun. ;-)”

Purchase the song now: http://nblast.de/KorpiklaaniPivoPivo
Listen to the track in the NB New Releases Playlists:
http://nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases / http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases

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KORPIKLAANI live:

26.07. SLO Tolmin – MetalDays
01. – 04.08. RO Rasnov – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
02. – 03.08. FIN Tampere – SaariHelvetti
17.08. F St. Nolff – Motocultor Festival

‘Wanderers Towards Rebirth – Kulkija Ad Ategnatos’
w/ ELUVEITIE, GONE IN APRIL
19.09. USA Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
20.09. USA Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
21.09. USA New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
22.09. USA Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
23.09. USA Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
24.09. USA Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
26.09. USA Mesa, AZ – Club Red
27.09. USA Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater
28.09. USA Oakland, CA – Metro Operahouse
29.09. USA Portland, OR – The Bossanova Ballroom
30.09. CDN Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
01.10. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03.10. USA Denver, CO – Summit
04.10. USA Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
05.10. USA Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
06.10. USA Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
07.10. CDN Toronto, ON – The Opera House
08.10. CDN Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
09.10. CDN Montréal, QC – Théâtre Corona
10.10. CDN Québec, QC – Impérial Bell
11.10. USA Worcester, MA – Palladium
12.10. USA Reading, PA – Reverb
13.10. USA Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
14.10. USA New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

w/ TROLLFEST
13.12. RUS St. Petersburg – Aurora Concert Hall *NEW*
14.12. RUS Moscow – Red *NEW*

19. – 22.03. UK Pwllheli – Hammerfest *NEW*

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Order ‘Kulkija’ and more, here: www.nuclearblast.de/suche/korpiklaani

With 14 tracks and a total running time of over 71 minutes, ‘Kulkija’ is the group’s longest album to date. Working with producer Janne Saksa for the first time, the album was recorded at Petrax Studio (Hollola, FIN) and mixed at Sound Supreme Studios (Hämeenlinna, FIN). Mastering duties were handled by renowned engineer Svante Forsbäck (RAMMSTEIN etc.). The cover was designed by Jan Yrlund (BATTLE BEAST, MANOWAR etc.), who has already created several artworks for previous albums and singles for the band.

The ‘Beer Beer’ CD includes 14 versions of KORPIKLAANI’s iconic song ‘Beer Beer’, graced by the likes of Christopher Bowes (ALESTORM), Steve “Zetro” Souza (EXODUS), Andreas “Gerre” Geremia(TANKARD), Jesper Anastasiadis (TURISAS), TROLLFEST, HEIDEVOLK and many more of their friends’ bands and musicians.

LORDI – Devil Is A Loser Live at Z7

LORDI haunted the Z7 last year and the final proof of this „Sexorcism“ will be released on 26th July, when the first Live DVD of the Finnish Heavy Metal monsters comes into the stores. „Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7“ is a precious treasure chest that does not only include the whole show of the evening but also comes along with exclusive bonus material like music clips and an extensive documentary.

Today, LORDI release a short extract of the forthcoming Live DVD, the thrilling Live version of „Devil Is A Loser“. With this video, the band captured the dangerous thrill of their unique stage experience in its purest essence and serve it with heavy riffs and monumental melodies.

ELVENKING – Silverseal

The wheel of fortune is turning again: The Italian Pagan Metal band ELVENKING release „Silverseal“ today. This epic song with its catchy melody is the second stroke of the forthcoming album „Reader Of The Runes – Divination“ (out August 30). The tenth masterpiece of ELVENKING thrills with a fantastic concept around ancient powers and the secret of the runes. „Silverseal“ comes along with a visually stunning music video that the band filmed in the geothermal springs in Tuscany.

„Reader Of The Runes – Divination“ is available as Digipak, Clear Red Vinyl (Ltd. to 200 pieces), Solid Blue Vinyl (Ltd. to 200 pieces), Blue-White Splatter Vinyl (Ltd. to 500 pieces, AFM exclusive) and Boxset (Digipak, six rune stones in velvet pouch, 22 tarot cards, map, story booklet, handsigned autograph card, certificate of authenticity).

THE 69 EYES – Recording ‘West End’

Finland’s dark rockers THE 69 EYES recently announced that they will release their 12th studio album on September 13th. Right in time for their 30th band anniversary, ‘West End’ will see the light of day, so prepare for 11 up-tempo rock anthems full of heaviness, black memento mori moments and dark humour featuring several top-notch guest vocalists including Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth, Wednesday 13 and Beastö Blancö’s Calico Cooper.

Today, the band have revealed the second trailer for their upcoming album – get a glimpse into the studio where the band recorded ‘West End’ with their longtime producer Johnny Lee Michaels

Singer Jyrki explains: “The second episode of making of the album shows how art is born only for the sake of art. It is not a job. It is closer to chaos and the bohemian lifestyle, no matter how many times you have done it before! That’s why it is called rock’n’roll.”

The Helsinki Vampires are ready for extensive touring and will soon embark on a tour through Finland before hitting the rest of Europe and Russia:

14.09.  FIN      Radio Rock Cruise, Helsinki – Tallinn – Helsinki
20.09.  FIN      Viking Grace, Turku – Stockholm – Turku
25.09.  FIN      Tampere – Klubi
28.09.  FIN      Ähtäri – Club B 52
04.10.  FIN      Hämeenlinna – Aulanko Areena
05.10.  FIN      Mikkeli – Wilhelm Public House
10.10.  FIN      Kuopio – Henry’s Pub
11.10.  FIN      Joensuu – Ravintola Kerubi
12.10.  FIN      Kotka – Ravintola Leikari
25.10.  FIN      Jyväskylä – Lutakko
26.10.  FIN      Seinäjoki – Rytmikorjaamo
01.11.  FIN      Helsinki – Tavastia

THE 69 EYES – West End Tour 2019
02.11.  D         Leipzig – Hellraiser
03.11.  D         Berlin – SO36
05.11.  D         Hamburg – Logo
06.11.  D         Cologne – Essigfabrik
07.11.  D         Stuttgart – Wizemann Club
08.11.  D         Munich – Backstage (Halle)
09.11.  CZ       Prague – Meet Factory
11.11.  PL       Wroclaw – Stary Klasztor
12.11.  HU      Budapest – Barba Negra
13.11.  SK       Bratislava – Atelier Babylon
14.11.  AT       Vienna – Chelsea
16.11.  IT        Parma – Campus Music Industry
17.11.  CH      Pratteln – Z7
19.11.  D         Trier – Mergener Hof
20.11.  F          Paris – Backstage by the Mill
21.11.  UK      London – The Garage
23.11.  D         Oberhausen – Kulttempel
24.11.  D         Frankfurt – Zoom

Catch THE 69 EYES also in 2020:
06.03. LVA      Riga – Melna Piektdiena
07.03. LTU     Vilnius – Vakaris
08.03. BLR     Minsk – Republic
10.03. UKR    Lviv – Festrepublic
11.03. RUS     Kiev – Atlas
13.03. RUS     St.Petersburg – Zal
14.03. RUS     Moscow – RED
16.03. RUS     Khabarovsk – Velicano
17.03. RUS     Vladivostok – Kraft
Ticket Link: http://69eyes.polygon.group/

YEAR OF THE GOAT – Avaritia

September 6th will see Swedish occult rock masters YEAR OF THE GOAT return with their brand new opus, Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis, on Napalm Records. Today the band is not only sharing the initial album details, spectacular album artwork, but also a brand new music video for the hard-hitting rock juggernaut Avaritia!

Evoking a musically, sinister reality that surrounds us in this world with the majestic sound by YEAR OF THE GOAT, the occult rock collective adds a fire to the chaos with the band’s third studio album. In these times of global upheaval, the band’s upcoming record will celebrate your sins “[…] and rejoice in the perverseness of evil”, but one is definitely clear: The YEAR OF THE GOAT is now!  Novis Orbis Terrarum Ordinis showcases YEAR OF THE GOAT’s roots in the darker sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, while they have never sounded so bracing before. Captivating tracks such as the just released Avaritia indulge in the finest occult rock full of blackened heart`s blood and elegiac melody lines that will haunt your dreams!

Coming September 6th 2019 with Napalm Records and available as LP, CD and digital formats, the pre-order has just started HERE: https://smarturl.it/NOTO-NPR

EXHORDER – “My Time”

NOLA thrash metal legends EXHORDER have announced plans to release their first album in 27 years, Mourn The Southern Skies, which will be released on September 20th via Nuclear Blast Records. The wait is finally over; today the band has also debuted the record’s lead track, ‘My Time’, alongside a music video that can be seen at the link below. Fans can pre-order the album now as well.

Pre-order Mourn The Southern Skies in various formats, here: http://nuclearblast.com/exhorder-mtss

Listen to the band’s new track in the NB New Releases Playlists:
http://nblast.de/SpotifyNewReleases / http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNewReleases
Pre-order the aalbum digitally to recieve ‘My Time’ as an instant grat track:http://nblast.de/ExhorderMTSSIT

EXHORDER will also support the new record with their first ever UK/IRE tour dates. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by the links below.

Vocalist Kyle Thomas said regarding the dates: “The upcoming run in October that Exhorder will make in support of our first new album in twenty seven years is special for several reasons. Of course, it will be great to return to the wonderful community of Essen, Germany for a show at Turock. However, there are some milestones for Exhorder that must be acknowledged; although over the years my travels with Floodgate, Alabama Thunderpussy, and Trouble have taken me across the United Kingdom, Exhorder has never been to the UK before the one show we did in 2018 at Bloodstock. This year we will do two stops in England, hitting Manchester as well as London. We will also travel north to Scotland, performing for the first time ever in Glasgow as well. For me personally though, the true bucket list item on this trip will be not onlyExhorder’s first trip to Ireland, but mine as well. As the grandson of a full blooded son of Irish immigrants, this half-Thomas half-Harrigan is immensely looking forward to setting foot for the first time on soil rich in history that I know little to nothing about, regarding my ancestry. Our one show in Dublin will make it a brief stop, but rest assured it won’t be our last! Everybody get a good night’s sleep and take your vitamins, because Exhorder is bringing the energy your way in October!!!”

The tour dates read as follows:

04 Oct – DE Essen, Turock
05 Oct – DE Lichtenfels, Way Of Darkness Festival
07 Oct – UK London, The Underworld
08 Oct – UK Manchester, Rebellion
09 Oct – UK Glasgow, Slay
10 Oct – IE Dublin, Voodoo Lounge

The New Orleans natives made their long-awaited return last year with a string of reunion shows and festival appearances, and now are launching a full-on comeback with the impending release of Mourn The Southern Skies. Recorded with Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording and working with producer Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Sepultura) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden for mixing/mastering, armed with more fury and vigor than bands half their age, EXHORDER has concocted an intoxicating amalgam of old school thrashers and groovers blended with a modern, mature approach.

From the opening of the first track of Mourn The Southern Skies, listeners are reminded immediately just what EXHORDER are – through the spitting rage that ‘My Time’ forces upon their ears. It is evident that the anger remains prevalent, with perhaps a different point of view that younger men could not possibly have understood on earlier albums. Sasha Horn’s energy and punk influence fire the engines, with Jason VieBrooks locking down the foundation tightly. Vinnie La Bella once again has proven himself “The Godfather” of thrash riffs, which cut through like a high speed drill bit thanks to the stellar production. A lead guitar face-off in the solo not only exhibits Vinnie’s sometimes under-appreciated skills as a shredder, but also showcases newcomer Marzi Montazeri (“The High Priest of Distortion”). If anyone ever doubted EXHORDER’s skill set regarding guitar solo-ing, those days are gone forever! And finally, as if riding a runaway garbage truck with fireworks exploding off its roof, Kyle Thomas invokes venom and energy with familiar passion. All in all, the truth is apparent – EXHORDER mean business once again!

EXHORDER’s founding guitarist Vinnie La Bella says of their resurgence, “You can plot and scheme for years, even decades (as is in our case). You can work hard, keep grinding, bang the square peg in the round hole until it looks somewhat presentable. But sometimes you just need to let time tell you, it’s time. Exhorder has its own soul. And it pokes me in the ribs ever so often as if to remind me, ‘Hey asshole, we ain’t done yet!’ Kyle and myself had a dream as teenagers. And as cliché as it may seem, we never woke up from it.Exhorder has always crept in and out of our lives. So no magic bullet or formula here. It was only a simple matter of time before the right guys, the right songs, the right manager/label would finally come to the party. It’s been damn near 35 years since we first uttered the name, Exhorder. 27 years since our last record, and a whole lot of breaking up and making up in between. So why is this time different? Why start again at 50 years of age instead of retiring? Simple… because it’s finally, TIME!”

EXHORDER’s enduring legacy began in the mid-80’s when they defined the sound of Louisiana thrash and groove metal. Their initial formation was short lived, lasting nearly a decade with two critically acclaimed, classic albums, but their impact on the metal genre can be felt through a generation of bands that followed. EXHORDER dissolved in the mid-90’s but briefly reunited in 2011. Now, the band has returned to reclaim their throne of NOLA metal with their awaited new album and an all-star line-up that includes Kyle Thomas (founding vocalist; Trouble, Heavy As Texas), Vinnie La Bella (founding guitarist), Marzi Montazeri (guitarist; ex-Superjoint Ritual, ex-Phil Anselmo & The Illegals, Heavy As Texas), Jason VieBrooks (bassist since 2011; Heathen, Grip Inc.) and Sasha Horn (drummer; Forbidden).

Mortem – Ravnsvart (from Ravnsvart) (feat. members of Arcturus, Thorns, Mayhem & 1349)

Before Arcturus there was Mortem.

Bringing together members of Arcturus, Mayhem, Thorns, & 1349 for a masterwork of eerie black metal, Peaceville proudly presents the long-awaited debut studio album from the newly reformed Norwegian legends, Ravnsvart will be released on 27th September 2019.

When one looks back at the bloodstained history of black metal, the names are as familiar as those of old friends – Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone. But in the shadows lurked another prime purveyor of northern darkness.  Formed by Marius Vold & Steinar Sverd Johnsen in 1989, Mortem was one of the first black metal bands to crawl out of the woodwork in Norway, releasing the highly coveted and brutal Slow Death demo, with Euronymous & Dead of Mayhem acting as producer and cover artist respectively. After the release of Slow Death, the band was laid to rest with members going on to form and feature in acclaimed titans such as Arcturus and Thorns, both of which would become mainstays in the black metal scene and beyond.

In a moment of nostalgia & a desire for something more brutal beyond the current vessel of Arcturus, the corpse of Mortem was revived, & the unholy duo of Marius & Steinar joined forces once more.  And so the long-awaited album, titled Ravnsvart, possesses the same raw brutality & spirit as the original incarnation, plus fresh elements all uniquely woven into the fabric of the early sounds of Scandinavian black metal, & crafted into a masterpiece of sinister horror.

Joining the duo is Hellhammer from the legendary Mayhem on drums, plus Tor Stavenes of 1349/Svart Lotus on bass.

Steinar Sverd Johnsen comments on the reformation “Reviving Mortem was something we had thought about for a long time. Due to increasing creative differences it was a natural move to drag Mortem out of the ground, and come together with other brilliant additions to the band, to make something evil, fast, and heavy as hell, borrowing elements from Arcturus and Bathory, It’s old school while being totally unique”

Ravnsvart is available to pre-order on CD, LP and digitally (pre-orders receive title track “Ravnsvart” as an instant download)

Mortem have confirmed they will be appearing at Rockstadt Extreme Fest in Transylvania on Friday 2nd August, the first chance for fans to hear the new album. https://rockstadtextremefest.ro/

“We couldn’t have asked for a better location for Mortem’s stage debut than Rockstadt, right in the heart of the Transylvanian forest! We have been rehearsing, preparing and we are 100% ready, it’s a fantastic festival, and we hope that everyone will enjoy it, and yes, there are more shows to come!” Mortem

Mortem are:

Steinar Sverd Johnsen, Guitar (Arcturus, Covenant, Satyricon ..)

Marius Vold, Vocals (Stigma Diabolicum, Thorns, Arcturus)

Hellhammer, Drums (Mayhem, Covenant, Arcturus..)

Tor R. Stavenes, Bass (1349, Svart Lotus, Den Saakaldte …)

CHERUBS – Full Regalia

Austin, TX’s cult noise trio CHERUBS share the third single “Full Regalia” off Immaculada High.

CHERUBS Comments: ‘This video is based on a little masterpiece made for the U.S. Information Agency (1953-1999) in 1976, by animator Vincent Collins. It’s a sad, doomy thing, but festooned with bright blinky colors… so you’ll lick it without thinking. Like a military parade, ymmm.’

Immaculada High is due out July 26 on CD/LP/Digital. Physical packages are available for pre-order via Relapse.com . Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available .

Additionally, CHERUBS will also perform two exclusive East Coast concerts this weekend with Low Dose on July 13 in Brooklyn and July 14 in Philadelphia.CHERUBS will also embark on a headline U.S. midwest headlining tour throughout August.

CHERUBS Tour Dates:

Jul 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
Jul 14 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

Aug 09 Louisville, KY @ Care Less Lounge
Aug 10 Columbus, OH @ Ruby Tuesday
Aug 11 Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls Bar
Aug 13 Canton, OH @ Buzzbin
Aug 15 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Aug 16 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Aug 17 Kansas City, MO @ Minibar

In Search Of Solace – Path To Destruction

Minnesota metal band IN SEARCH OF SOLACE is set for a massive year ahead. The band recently announced a July headline tour and has now revealed they’ll be releasing their new album, »Enslaved To Tragedy«, with SharpTone Records on August 30th. Today, the band has debuted a music video for a brand new single titled ‘Path To Destruction’ and has launched a pre-order for the record at https://fanlink.to/ISOS.

Commenting on the new single, vocalist Jonny LaDuke says: “We felt compelled to bring forth a song that touched base on our discomfort with the chaos around us. A world that feels out of sync and far from where we believe we could be as a society. We are proud to present ‘Path To Destruction.’”

After forming in 2014, IN SEARCH OF SOLACE released a series of records, including the independent »Consciousness« EP [2014], »From Me / / From Within« [2015] and »Regression|Progression« [2017]. International touring followed with opening slots for OF VIRTUE and more as well as packed support gigs at hometown haunts, including the legendary First Avenue. Returning from the road, the musicians dove into writing and recording what would become »Enslaved to Tragedy«.

For the first time, the four-piece enlisted the talents of a producer, recruiting Ryan Leitru [FOR TODAY, NOTHING LEFT] behind the board. Over the course of two weeks for nearly ten hours a day, they recorded the album. The producer elevated their approach as the guys “had never received that level of input from an outside ear before.”

The result of the laborious process is nothing short of stunning. Throughout the 9 songs on »Enslaved to Tragedy«, IN SEARCH OF SOLACE breath fresh life into the metal scene with dynamic and skillful music that’s both aggressive in sound and lyrically consequential. The band holds nothing back as the songs rip, shred and tear through the walls of conventional metallic hardcore with a sonic assault that will leave scene fans’ mouths agape.

The Neptune Power Federation – Watch Our Masters Bleed

The stylistic diaspora of heavy metal has transformed it into one of the most diverse genres prominent in the modern era; despite this resplendent variety, though, there remains a steadfast cult of followers utterly devoted to maintaining the original strain of metal, that unholy phenomenon birthed from psychedelia and heavy blues that reigned before the advent of metal’s multifarious subgenres.

One such band carrying this mantle deep into the future is Australian outfit The Neptune Power Federation. A squadron of leather-clad rock-‘n’-roll occultists, their project was created as an aesthetic and cultural tribute to that first era of heavy metal, paying homage specifically to the heaviest material created between 1968 and 1978. Melding together psyched-out space rock a la Hawkwind with the hell-bent attitude of classic speed metal (with tasteful sprinklings of prog thrown in for good measure), the group has honed their own nostalgic brand of tripped-out righteousness intended to transport the modern listener into another dimension.

The Neptune Power Federation was originally conceived in 2012 as an international studio project with instrumentalists based in Sydney and a vocalist working out of California. What first began as an old-school fuzz metal act was quickly embellished into a more theatrical outfit, with guitarist Inverted Crucifox stating that the band’s goal was to, “pay [their] sonic respects to Queen, Motörhead, and T-Rex,” among others. In 2015, however, the identity of the band transformed with the arrival of frontwoman Screamin’ Loz Sutch and her cosmic stage persona “The Imperial Priestess” around whom the band’s phantasmagorical lore is now entirely based. Though the band’s core mission was unaltered by this addition, the scope of grandiosity at which their music operates expanded tenfold.

Continuing this tradition of fantastical storytelling, The Neptune Power Federation has finally announced the release of their fourth album Memoirs of a Rat Queen, a worthy successor to 2017’s Neath a Shin Ei Sun. The album’s title is inspired by eight diary entries authored by the Imperial Priestess that detail everything she has lived through, “from her role in the French Revolution all the way to the time she took a lover in the parking lot outside of a Judas Priest concert in 1986.” To prepare us for the arrival of this new release, the band has summoned the album’s first single “Watch Our Masters Bleed” with an accompanying video of interstellar proportions. Unveiled just in time for Bastille Day, the clip recalls The Imperial Priestess’s “fond memories of the sharpening of guillotines back in 1789.”

Memoirs of a Rat Queen releases September 27th via CRUZ DEL SUR