ANTHEM – Producing And Recording ‘NUCLEUS’

Japan’s leading traditional heavy metal stalwarts ANTHEM are set to release their re-recorded greatest hits album, Nucleus, on March 29th via Nuclear Blast. In a trailer released today, vocalist Yukio Morikawa and bassist Naoto Shibata discuss the production and recording of Nucleus, giving their fans an insight into the difficulties of recording an old album in a new language. Pre-order Nucleus here: nblast.de/AnthemNucleus The band has also announced their first ever European festival appearance. On April 26th-27th 2019, ANTHEM will play at the Keep It True festival in Germany. Mixing and mastering of Nucleus was done by esteemed producer and engineer, Jens Bogren (OPETH, DIMMU BORGIR, SEPULTURA etc).… Continue reading

VADER – Prayer To The God Of War

Polish extreme metal veterans VADER are pleased to announce that they will release a new EP titled Thy Messenger on May 31st this year. The release will contain four of the five songs that were recorded over a week-long period in January and February at Hertz Studio in Białystok, Poland under the supervision of the Wiesławski Brothers. The cover art was painted by Wes Benscoter, who previously worked with VADER on the De Profundis LP and has collaborated with such bands as Slayer, Kreator and Sinister. A new full VADER album will be recorded this year for a tentative autumn release. The band commented: “We decided to record this EP because we knew that the full length new… Continue reading

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS – UK Tour

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons have confirmed that they will be heading out on a headline tour of the UK in October/November 2019. The news comes off the back of the bands recent support slot opening up for Slash across the UK which saw the ex-Motorhead guitarist and his band in the largest UK venues of their career so far. The newly announced run will give any new fans the chance to see what a full Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons show looks like. Phil commented on the newly announced dates “We are looking forward heading back out across the UK at the end of the… Continue reading

Usurper – Warlock Moon

Chicago’s USURPER have unleashed another song from their upcoming comeback album “Lords Of The Permafrost”! Mastermind Rick Scythe comments on the track: “Warlock Moon is a speed metal anthem that balances unrelenting, maniacal, riffage with fist-banging, barbarian power – which made it the perfect choice for the opener to side B of our new album, “Lords of the Permafrost”. This song sounds like it could have been a lost track from our 1999 album, “Skeletal Season” – stripped-down, unpretentious, and 100% hard! Cram this molten slab of metal into your ear-holes, and prepare for a neck-breaking frenzy!” “Warlock Moon” is the… Continue reading

BATTLE BEAST – ‘No More Hollywood Endings’

Finnish heavy metal sextet BATTLE BEAST will unleash their fifth studio album No More Hollywood Endings, in just over 2 weeks on March 22, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. Today the band discuss some of the new tracks on their forthcoming album, including their new single ‘Eden’, which they premiered last week. Watch here to learn more about ‘Unbroken’, ‘No More Hollywood Endings’, ‘Eden’ and ‘Unfairy Tales’. Pre-order No More Hollywood Endings now: All formats including Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl – nuclearblast.com/battlebeast-nmhe CD – nblast.de/HollywoodCD Vinyl – nblast.de/HollywoodVinyl Pre-order the album digitally on iTunes to receive the title track instantly: geni.us/BattleBeastNMHE Pre-save via Spotify: geni.us/BBSpotifyPreSave… Continue reading

EMIL BULLS – Survivor

EMIL BULLS drop the first single from their upcoming covers album ‘Mixtape’ (out May 24th), a cracking rendition of the Destiny’s Child classic ‘Survivor’ “I’m a survivor, I’m gonna make it. I want to survive, keep on survivin’!“ Everybody knows these lines of Destiny’s Child’s biggest hit ‘Survivor’, and the EMIL BULLS could also be described as true survivors. They have successfully established themselves in the music business over two and a half decades and have consistently followed their own path. So what could be more obvious than to cover this survival hymn?! With their new album due out 24th May, the EMIL… Continue reading

Kings Destroy – Fantasma Nera

Kings Destroy, who recently announced that their fourth album, Fantasma Nera, would arrive on March 8 via Svart Records, now debut the title track from the forthcoming release. Listen now: “While touring in Italy with Rosetta a few years ago, one of the band members earned the nickname ‘Fantasma Nera,’” explains guitar player Carl Porcaro. “Italian for ‘Black Ghost.’ The term eventually found its way into this song as a metaphor for the darkest part of human nature and the struggle to accept and embrace it.” Fantasma Nera pre-orders are available now via Svartrecords.com/artist/kings-destroy with physical bundles including colored vinyl and… Continue reading

Awaken I Am – Kin

AWAKEN I AM have released a brand new video for “Kin,” from their upcoming EP The Beauty In Tragedy, set for release on April 26, 2019. The five song collection plays as a tribute to their late guitarist Connor Verner-Oakley, and features the previously released song/video “Dissolution,” with “Kin” and three new tracks dedicated to Oakley. “What would you say to someone who took a loved one from you if you had the chance?” asks drummer Luke McKenzie. “Part of dealing with the loss of our brother Connor was coming to terms that he was taken from us far too soon and… Continue reading

PRISTINE – Behind The Song Vol. 2

Norway’s finest rock outfit, PRISTINE, has released “Behind The Song” vol.2 – a video in which the band talk the songs of their upcoming album, »Road Back To Ruin »Road Back To Ruin« is slated for release on April 19, 2019 via Nuclear Blast and is now available for pre-order as stream/download, CD and vinyl (black, blue) via this link:http://nblast.de/PristineRoadBackToRuin The fifth album by Norwegian rock band PRISTINE marks a point of evolution as well as diversification in their sound. Heidi Solheim, Tromsö native and driving force behind the band, fuses musical as well as lyrical variety on the eleven songs that are… Continue reading

THE DAMNED THINGS – 2019 Band Line Up + Sound

THE DAMNED THINGS announced their long-awaited return recently with the release of their new single,’Cells’, off their forthcoming album High Crimes due April 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. In the first album trailer released today, guitarist Joe Trohman discusses the changes in the band’s line up and the sound  of the new tunes. Check out what he has to say, here Pre-order High Crimes in both digital and physical formats from this location:nuclearblast.com/thedamnedthings-highcrimes The official music video for ‘Cells’ was directed by Brandon Dermer (PANIC! AT THE DISCO, NEKROGOBLIKON). High Crimes was produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STONE SOUR, AMON AMARTH) and is the follow… Continue reading