RHAPSODY OF FIRE – “Legendary Years”

A legend continues in impressive fashion: Italian symphonic power metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE have re-recorded their biggest classic songs of the “Rhapsody” years (1997 – 2002) with enormous effort and a huge result. The album was mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan) and will be available on May 26th (Digipak CD & ltd. colored 2-Vinyl). It also marks the recording debut of new members Viacomo Voli (vocals) and Manu Lotter (drums).

OHRENFEINDT – König und Rebell

The German answer to AC/DC, Hamburg, St. Pauli based hard rock band OHRENFEINDT is set to release their new album, titled „Zwei Fäuste Für Den Rock’n’Roll“ on June 23rd. A lyric video for the new single „König Und Rebell“ is available now.

KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Live release

Hard rockers KISSIN’ DYNAMITE are set to unleash their first Live release, titled “Generation Goodbye – Dynamite Nights”, on July 14th. It was recorded at the band’s latest show in Stuttgart, Germany and now comes as DVD/2CD and Bluray/2CD packages.

DECAPITATED – Never

Polish metal extremists Decapitated will drop their seventh album Anticult via Nuclear Blast on July 7th. Ahead of the release, the band premiered the throttling new song ” Never.” Anticult is available for pre-order here:

RIVERS OF NIHIL – USA tour

Pennsylvania progressive death metal unit Rivers Of Nihil will begin the “Devastation On The Nation” tour tomorrow (May 19th). The mega tour features headliners Cryptopsy and Decrepit Birth with additional support provided by The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, and Gloom at select shows. See below for all dates!

Danzig – “Black Laden Crown”

Danzig – “Black Laden Crown” (AFM Records) Whilst being universally renowned as a metal god iconic for his work in the Misfits and this eponymous band, Glenn Danzig’s life has never been simple, ever pushing out the boundaries while also courted in controversy owing to his ongoing feuds with the Misfits. With things seemingly now patched with the Caiafa brothers following 2 shows last year as the original Misfits, Danzig as increasingly shied away from touring, preferring instead to concentrate on his various music, film and comic book projects. That said, this new album comes as a welcome release, and … Continue reading

The Dead Daisies – “Live & Louder”

The Dead Daisies – “Live & Louder” CD / DVD / 2LP (Spitfire Music / SPV) Despite being something of a super group, I’ve gotta admit that I’ve not been a big fan of The Dead Daisies hard rock, coming across as bit lightweight and dare I say it, wimpy. However, this double live album is something else! Taking me back to the classic releases of Kiss, Scorpions and of course, Rush the gatefold was something every big name aimed for as the pinnacle of their achievement, attested in the proving ground of the live concert. Whether intended here or not, … Continue reading

Alestorm – “No Grave But The Sea”

Alestorm – “No Grave But The Sea” (Napalm Records) Aye, calm or storm, there’s little that can stand in the way of the Scottish pirate party machine known as Alestorm! Since broadsiding us with their debut in 2008, this rum crew have sailed the seven seas into glory thanks to their massively catchy singalongs that mix eccentric Cap’n Jack humor with epic swashbuckling tales – yaaarrrrr!! Like a blended malt of rock metal incorporating ballsy riffs with bountiful folk and power metal melodies dished ably through founding privateer Christopher Bowes’s keytar along with accordions and fiddles, the upbeat joviality of the material cannot … Continue reading

Nitrogods – “Roadkill BBQ”

Nitrogods – “Roadkill BBQ” CD / LP / Boxset (Steamhammer / SPV) I’m not sure why the Nitrogods included a bonus CD of Motorhead covers in their boxset, as this release could’ve very well been Lemmy & co themselves! Indeed, this 3rd album is dedicated to their fallen heros like the iconic frontman as well as Quo’s Rick Parfitt, not to mention other inspirations like The Who. A regular touring band especially in Europe, Nitrogods are often dismissed by some as a nondescript biker rock band despite being formed by ex Primal Fear guitarist Henry Wolter and including Freedom Call … Continue reading