U.D.O. – Rising High

The German metal gods U.D.O. roll over us with a heavyweight made of steel and metal better than ever! On August 31st 2018 the new album “Steelfactory” will be released worldwide. With “Steelfactory” U.D.O return to their core competence, clearly influenced by their past shows with DIRKSCHNEIDER, the songs in their rousingly simple straightness have a hymn character, as it is only known from the past. “Steelfactory” has become a timeless metal album and thus the impressive statement of a master of his craft. With its earthy, punchy and handmade sound – with the participation of the Danish producer Jacob Hansen (among others Volbeat) – “Steelfactory” meets the nerve of the time, which may be triggered again since the successful DIRKSCHNEIDER tour worldwide.

EPICA – The Writing Process

Dutch symphonic metal giants EPICA are excited to release a covers EP for the highly successful “Attack On Titan” theme songs. With their legion of fans, ’Attack On Titan‘ have conquered both the print world with over 70 million copies, and anime sector with an adaption that is currently airing worldwide.  The EP entitled EPICA VS. Attack On Titan features metal covers of the anime‘s theme songs and will be released worldwide – outside of Japan – on July 20th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, the band releases the first trailer for EPICA VS. Attack On Titan Covers EP. Watch as guitarist Isaac Delahaye and keyboardist Coen Janssen discuss the journey of writing and adapting the theme songs to fit the EPICA sound, here:

Simone Simons comments, “We are excited to present ‘Crimson Bow and Arrow’,  the first song from our upcoming EP EPICA VS. Attack On Titan Cover EP. We hope you enjoy the unique track just as much as we did creating it!‘”

EPICA VS. Attack On Titan Covers EP will be available in the following formats:
CD Jewel case
Vinyl – Violet, Yellow, Black

Pre-order your copy of EPICA VS. Attack On Titan Covers EP here: http://www.nuclearblaststore.co.uk/shop/nuclearblast/products.php?cat=4889

EPICA VS. Attack On Titan Cover EP was recorded during the summer of 2017 at Sandlane Recording Facilities by Joost van den Broek. The original songs were composed by Revo of popular Japanese band LINKED HORIZON. For the EP, tracks were adapted by EPICA and produced by Joost van den Broek. The choir arrangements and scoring were completed by keyboardist Coen Janssenwho also handled the orchestral arrangements with Joost van den Broek.

After two years of literally non-stop touring worldwide, this summer EPICA will perform their last batch of festivals of their current touring cycle! With performances on the legendary Wacken Open Air in Germany Slovenia‘s magical Metaldays and Alcatraz Festival among other festivals, EPICA will give all Metal fans one last party before their well-deserved touring break!

Tickets & info:  http://www.epica.nl/tour

Upcoming tour dates:
Festivals 2018
15/06 ES – Z! Live Rock Fest Zamora
21/06 NO – Tons of Rock
04/07 UA – Atlas Weekend
05/07 CH – Z7 Open Air
07/07 RO – Metalhead Meeting 2018
25/07 HU – Fezen Fest
27/07 SL – Metaldays
28/07 IT – Festa dell’Unicorno
03/08 DE – Wacken Open Air
11/08 BE – Alcatraz Festival
15/08 TN – International of Bizerte
17/08 CZ – Rock Heart Festival
18/08 AT – Metal On Hill

KATAKLYSM – Where the Enemy Sleeps

Montréal based melodic death metallers KATAKLYSM released their brand new studio album, Meditations, through Nuclear Blast Records. A gift to the fans is the bonus DVD of the new album. This live DVD was filmed in Munich, Germany on the A Moment In Time tour on October 21, 2017.

The DVD features the performance of the bands 2 classic albums, Shadows & Dust and Serenity in Fire in their entirety. The concert was captured by several cameras and recorded live in front of a full house of fans from around the world. Mixed by the band’s guitarist J-F Dagenais, the feature also includes interviews with the band members about that very special tour and the new album Meditations.

Today, JF Dagenais discusses how Meditations used a new mixer.

Pre-order Meditations: http://nblast.de/KataklysmMeditations

Produced by the band’s own guitarist J-F Dagenais and drummer Oli Beaudoin, the record was mixed by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR a.o.). Mastering duties were handled by Paul Logus (PANTERA a.o.).

The artwork was created by Ocvlta Designs by Surtsey, who also crafted the artwork for KATAKLYSM’s previous record, Of Ghosts And Gods.

Meditations marks the return to old work ethics. All four band members wrote and composed together under the same roof for the first time in over a decade and returned to the old days of songwriting efforts which saw the band’s classics such as Shadows & Dust, Serenity In Fire and In The Arms Of Devastation come to life.

Myrkur – UK Tour Dates

Renowned Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, MYRKUR, announces headlining UK tour dates throughout December. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

Mareridt is available for purchase via Relapse.com and on all digital retail outlets .

On Mareridt (translation: Nightmare), MYRKUR explores deeper into the mysterious and the feminine with 11 songs that further progress her visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb, horrific beauty. The conceptual masterpiece includes lyrics in multiple languages, an unforgettable collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe and an array of special instrumentation including violin, mandola, folk drums, nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), and Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call).

Like a marriage of King Diamond’s ‘Them’ with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’, Mareridt is a carefully composed concept freed from genre – a profound manifestation of nightmares that demonstrates MYRKUR as one of the truly exceptional artists of our time. The compositions sweep into one another like a soundtrack designed to guide the listener through emotional turmoil. Timeless, triumphant, powerful and hypnotic, Mareridt is a sonic nightmare that you never want to escape.

MYRKUR Tour Dates:

Jun 28 Madrid, ES @ Download Madrid
Jun 29 Varnial, LT @ Kilkim Zaibu Festival

Jul 06 Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Jul 07 Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival (Folkesange)

Jul 22 Brescia IT @ Colony Summer Fest
Jul 26 Tolmin, SI @ Metal Days

Aug 09 Jaromer, CZ @ Brutal Assault
Aug 16 Berlin, DE @ Pop-Kultur
Aug 17 Saint-Nolff, FR @ Motocultor
Aug 18 Bristol, UK @ ArcTangent Festival

Dec 18 London, UK @ The Dome
Dec 19 Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
Dec 20 Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Dec 21 Glasgow, UK @ The Great Eastern
Dec 22 Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

BLACK SPACE RIDERS – LoveLoveLove… (break the pattern of fear)

German Riffonauts BLACK SPACE RIDERS have just released the official video for “Lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove Love (Break the Pattern Of Fear),” the first single from forthcoming album Amoretum Vol. 2.

Pre-order Amoretum Vol. 2: www.blackspaceriders.com/shop

blackspaceriders.bandcamp.com/album/amoretum-vol-2

The songs on Amoretum Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 were all written over a three-month period, and subsequently recorded and produced in a single rush of creativity. The band decided to release the more than two hours of music that came from their mid-2017 writing session in two different parts. As BLACK SPACE RIDERS’ 6th album, Amoretum Vol. 2 is a continuation – a second book – but it also exists as a completely autonomous work.

Is Vol. 2 the rebellious older sister of Vol. 1, or the young, untamed brother? Maybe …

Amoretum Vol. 2 explores the tension between darkness (fear, hate, rejection) and light (empathy, love, acceptance). The albums were titled Amoretum – a blend of “Amor” (or Cupid, as translated from German) and “Arboretum” – as a symbolic reference to the sanctuary of nature and love. While this concept applies to both albums, Vol. 2 is a storm raging through the Garden of Love!

A wild, 14-track ride awaits. Hard, fast heavy rockers morph into new wave indie sounds and even postpunk loses its “post.” Psychedelic triphop meets dub reggae roots and then ends in a loud rush of psychedelic riffs.

Sonically, Vol. 2 delivers a massive, atmospheric, hypnotic, sometimes raw and sometimes tender sound. This, with all the joy of experimentation, is held together by a band that never wants to stop. With all the movement and all the detours, Vol. 2 still manages to sound like one coherent entity. The common thread is in the sound, groove, melody and atmosphere that permeates everything and leads you through this epic journey.

BLACK SPACE RIDERS will release Amoretum Vol. 2 July 27 on double vinyl (w/ CD), digisleeve CD and digital formats.

ASG – Execution Thirst

North Carolina riff-rockers ASG celebrate the release of their new album Survive Sunrise with the official video for “Lightning Song”! Watch the full video on YouTube and all digital streaming services .

Additionally, ASG kicks off the Survive Sunrise Summer tour with a record release party tonight in Wilmington, NC. The tour continues on June 17 in Raleigh, NC and ends in Asheville, NC on June 30. Support provided by Lo Pan and Beitthemeans. ASG will also tour the UK in May for Desertfest and support dates with Weedeater. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

ASG’s sixth studio album Survive Sunrise is out now on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com and Digital Downloads / Streaming Services.

Recorded, mixed and mastered with longtime producer Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Monster Magnet), Survive Sunrise further expands upon ASG’s trademark blend of heavy, southern-fried, alt-rock fury and infectious, hook-centric accessibility. With unabashedly hooky vocals, evocative lyrics and well-honed musical chops, ASG create soaring, melodic rock anthems with a sunny, colorful vibe that are reminiscent of the album’s electrifying cover art, designed by Malleus (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Melvins). Survive Sunrise is the perfect summertime hard rock album, one that rocks with wild abandon and will burrow into your head for years to come.

ASG Tour Dates:

— All Dates June 17-30 w/ Lo Pan & Beitthemeans —

Jun 15 Wilmington, NC @ Reggies ^
Jun 19 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
Jun 20 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Jun 21 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Jun 22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
Jun 23 Kent, OH @ Outpost Bar
Jun 24 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
Jun 26 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Jun 27 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Jun 28 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jun 29 Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse
Jun 30 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
Jul 01 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 ^

THE SPIRIT – The Clouds of Damnation

Retro occult black metallers, THE SPIRIT have been making waves on the European underground scene since self-releasing a strictly limited version of their debut album Sounds From The Vortex. The band is now reissuing their icy black / death metal chimera through Nuclear Blast on August 10th. The seven virtuosic tracks by the quartet hailing from Germany pay tribute to the past, inducing nostalgia with their clashing melodies and authentically rough retro sound.

Today, the band has released the first single from the album in the form of a lyric video. ‘The Clouds Of Damnation’ is a 7-minute burst of unfiltered emotions and fast-paced guitar solos.

Sounds From The Vortex is now available for pre-order on CD, LP (black and clear) and digital download. Pre-order here: http://nblast.de/TheSpiritSFTV

Limited Edition Clear Vinyl:  http://nblast.de/TheSpiritNBShop
Limited Edition Black Vinyl:  http://nblast.de/TheSpiritVinyl
Jewel case CD:  http://nblast.de/TheSpiritCD
Pre-order the album digitally from iTunes to receive ‘The Clouds Of Damnation’ as an instant grat track: http://nblast.de/TheSpiritSFTVIT

The band will perform an album release show at this year’s Party.San Open Air – fans can also witness the band’s sinister live performance at Summer Breeze and Metal Invaders. The quartet will join label mates KATAKLYSM and HYPOCRISY in Oct / Nov on the extensive “Death … Is Just The Beginning” European tour.

THE SPIRIT live:
09. – 11.08. D Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air
15. – 18.08. D Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
22.09.         D  Schwerin – Metal Invaders Vol. 2

Death…Is Just The Beginning
w/ KATAKLYSM, HYPOCRISY
18.10. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
19.10. D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
20.10. D Munich – Backstage
23.10. H Budapest – Barba Negra
24.10. A Vienna – Arena
25.10. PL Wrocław – Zaklęte Rewiry
26.10. D Geiselwind – MusicHall
27.10. I Milan – Live Music Club
28.10. CH Pratteln – Z7
29.10. F Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
31.10. E Madrid – Sala Mon
01.11. E Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
02.11. F Limoges – CC John Lennon
03.11. F Paris – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
04.11. B Antwerp – Trix
05.11. D Hamburg – Docks
06.11. S Gothenburg – Trädgår’n
07.11. S Stockholm – Fryshuset
09.11. FIN Helsinki – The Circus
10.11. FIN Tampere – Pakkahuone
12.11. DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
13.11. NL Leeuwarden – Neushoorn
14.11. D Berlin – Kesselhaus
15.11. D Dresden – Eventwerk
16.11. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle 2
17.11. D Leipzig – Hellraiser

08.12. D Münster – Wintermelodei (w/ FURIA)

Astray Valley – Constellations

Astray Valley’s long awaited album “Unneth” is finally out via Wormholedeath / The Orchard worldwide. The album explains a story and consolidates the ideas of the band in an ambitious project, which describes in a fantastic and narrative way the problems and behaviors of the human mind in today’s world.

THEIA – Throw Me A Bone

THEIA release their video for new single ‘Throw Me A Bone’ which is out now, & is the first track taken from their forthcoming album ‘The Ghost Light’, due for release on 13th July on WDFD Records.

Hailing from the heart of England’s ale brewing capital, on the edge of the National Forest, Burton-on-Trent three-piece, THEIA, bring the world their blend of hard rock n roll. It’s a classic rock feel for the modern era, played with a smile on its face.

Raised on his father’s record collection of Marc Bolan, Alice Cooper and AC/DC, mainman, Kyle Lamley (guitar/lead vocals) teamed up with lifelong friend, Paul Edwards (bass/vocals) to form the spine of the band, with drummer Jake Dalton recruited in 2016 to complete the current line-up; and after two early well received EPs, THEIA released their debut album in September 2015. They continued to lay the groundwork for a bright future, heading out on the road for a mixture of headline, support and festival shows across the UK including Hard Rock Hell X.

A second album Back In Line was released in Spring 2017 receiving highly favourable reviews, accompanied by a short headline tour and prestigious support slots. Back up-to-date and Planet Rock Winters End was a storming success for the band in February 2018 accompanied by a Planet Rock “one’s to watch” feature. Album no. 3 is being released on 13th July via a fully-funded Pledge Campaign and a round of summer festival slots beckons.

Upcoming tour dates:
30th June, Brickfest 18, Hartshorne
7th July, The Giffard Arms with Chasing Dragons
14th July, SOS Festival, Manchester (Acoustic)
3rd August, Route 44, Birmingham with Almost Easy
4th August, Big Rock Weekender, Derby
26th August, Giff-Fest, Wolverhampton
15th September, Buzzfest, Stourbridge
7th October, Four Sticks Festival, New Cross Inn, London

LIZZIES – FINAL SENTENCE

Spanish traditional metal band LIZZIES have returned with a brand new video for their song “Final Sentence”. The song is taken from the upcoming album On Thin Ice which will be released in October of this year via The Sign Records. Lizzies are a four piece heavy metal act from Madrid, Spain. Their impressive riffing, and most specially their strength and power onstage, has helped the band build an outstanding reputation that took them to play in Germany (Metalheadz Open Air & Headbangers Open Air), Sweden (Muskelrock) and England (Live Evil), and also to become one of the most promising bands of the underground scene in Europe. Lizzies are heading out on a European tour up on the release of On Thin Ice.