Neaera – “Catalyst”

Founded in 2003, Neaera has been with Metal Blade Records since 2004, releasing six albums during this time. The band announced their farewell tour in 2015 and have been on hiatus since then – until now! Neaera has re-formed and is ready to release a new self-titled album via Metal Blade Records on February 28th.

The video for the first single, “Torchbearer”, can be seen at: metalblade.com/neaera – where the album is also available for pre-order in the following formats:
– digipak-CD
– box set (digipak CD, bonus demo CD, pin, sweat band, patch – limited to 3000 copies)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear w/ black smoke vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– clear / white marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– dark red / brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– clear / grey white swirl vinyl (EU Shop exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– ochre brown marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

Neaera live:
Feb. 29 – Münster, Germany – Triptychon (exclusive pre-order release show) *SOLD OUT
Apr. 10 – Wien, Austria – Impericon Festival
Apr. 11 – Leipzig, Germany – Impericon Festival
Apr. 17 – Zurich, Switzerland – Impericon Festival
Apr. 18 – Oberhausen, Germany – Impericon Festival
Apr. 19 – Munchen, Germany – Impericon Festival
July 1-4 – Viveiro, Spain – Resurrection Fest
July 30-Aug. 1 – Schleswig-Holstein, Germany – Wacken Festival
Aug. 12-15 – Dinkelsbühl, Germany – Summer Breeze

FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY – “Warfare”

This Saturday, new Jersey six-piece FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY will embark on a 28-date European tour in support of THY ART IS MURDER alongside CARNIFEX, RIVERS OF NIHIL and I AM. To celebrate the occasion, the band presents a brand new music video for their track ‘Warfare’, off their latest album ‘The Sea Of Tragic Beasts’, released last October through Nuclear Blast Records worldwide and Human Warfare (AUS).

Order your copy of ‘The Sea Of Tragic Beasts’ here: http://www.nuclearblast.com/ffaa-tsotb

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

Tickets for the European tour are close to selling out for several shows, so don’t hesitate to grab your ticket! See below for the full list of live dates:

FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY
Supporting THY ART IS MURDER
+ CARNIFEX
+ RIVERS OF NIHIL
+ I AM
presented by METAL HAMMER & IMPERICON
25.01.  BE      Antwerp – Zappa
26.01.  UK      Manchester – Academy 2
27.01.  UK      Glasgow – Garage
28.01.  UK      Leeds – Stylus
29.01.  UK      Bristol – SWX
30.01.   UK     London – Electric Brixton
31.01.   UK     Birmingham – O2 Institute
01.02.   NL     Tilburg – 013
02.02.   FR     Paris – Cabaret Sauvage
04.02.   ES     Madrid – Mon Live
05.02.   ES     Barcelona – Razzmatazz
06.02.   FR     Lyon – Transbordeur
07.02.   CH     Pratteln – Z7
08.02.   DE     Munich – Backstage
09.02.   IT      Milan – Circolo Magnolia
10.02.   SLO   Ljubljana – Kino Siska
11.02.   AT     Wien – Szene
12.02.   HU    Budapest – Barba Negra
13.02.   CZ     Rep Prague – Meet Factory
14.02.   PL     Warsaw – Proxima
15.02.   DE     Berlin – Festsaal
16.02.   DK     Copenhagen – Amager Bio
17.02.   SWE  Gothenburg – Trädgårn
18.02.   SWE  Stockholm – Slaktkyrksn
20.02.   DE     Hamburg – Gruenspan
21.02.   DE     Leipzig – Felsenkeller
22.02.   DE     Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
23.02.   DE     Wiesbaden – Schlachthof

Recently the band announced a run of North American tour dates, again as support to THY ART IS MURDER. Labelmates AVERSIONS CROWN and UNE MISÈRE are also along for the ride, as well as ENTERPRISE EARTH and EXTINCTION AD. Confirmed dates for the THY ART IS MURDER North American 2020 tour are as follows:

3/12/2020    Philadelphia – Theatre of Living Arts *
3/13/2020    Baltimore – Baltimore Soundstage*
3/14/2020    Richmond – Canal Club*
3/15/2020    Charlotte – Amos Southend*
3/17/2020    West Palm Beach – The Kelsey Theater*
3/18/2020    Tampa – The Orpheum*
3/19/2020    Atlanta – The Masquerade*
3/20/2020    New Orleans – One Eyed Jacks*
3/21/2020    Houston – The Secret Group*
3/22/2020    Dallas – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill*
3/23/2020    San Antonio – Paper Tiger*
3/25/2020    Mesa – Club Red*
3/26/2020    San Diego – SOMA Sidestage*
3/27/2020    Los Angeles – 1720*
3/28/2020    San Jose – The Ritz (San Jose)*
3/30/2020    Seattle – El Corazon*
3/31/2020    Portland – Hawthorne Theater*
4/01/2020    Vancouver – Rickshaw Theatre*
4/03/2020    Edmonton – The Starlite Room*
4/04/2020    Calgary – Dickens Pub*
4/06/2020    Salt Lake City – The Greek Station ^
4/07/2020    Denver – The Oriental Theater^
4/08/2020    Lawrence – The Bottleneck^
40/9/2020    St. Louis – The Ready Room^
4/10/2020    Chicago – Reggie’s Rock Club^
4/11/2020    Detroit – St. Andrew’s Hall^
4/12/2020    Toronto – The Opera House^
4/13/2020    Montreal –  Theatre Fairmount^
4/14/2020    New York – The Gramercy Theatre^
4/15/2020    Worcester – The Palladium^

SPACE OF VARIATIONS – Signs with Napalm Records!

As the eyes and ears of the metal world turn in direction of Eastern Europe, it is now time for SPACE OF VARIATIONS, hailing from Ukraine, to shine even brighter on the modern metal scene under the banner of Napalm Records!

Working their way through the competitive underground scene, the group gradually accumulated a larger following, curious about each new step the musical odyssey will take. In this manner, SPACE OF VARIATIONS is not only the name of a band that has made an undeniable impression on both critics and fans over the last few years, but also a statement of the entire genre. Breaking out of their homeland by sheer will and perseverance, as well as by the undeniable expression of their music, SPACE OF VARIATIONS have shown that their unique and powerful songwriting skills can indeed open the door to international recognition.

The same remarkable qualities distinguish the music of the Ukrainian band. Insightfully depicting complex states of emotions and personal experiences, SPACE OF VARIATIONS create their own soundscapes of musical expression, convincing the listeners of the group’s authenticity and motivation to actively influence the local and international scene.

After all, this DIY and never-give-up-ever attitude led SPACE OF VARIATIONS to share stages with the likes of ARCHITECTS, ESKIMO CALLBOY, ADEPT and more, and to finally self-release multiple singles and the LP Mind Darknet – which included the breakthrough “Tibet” – garnering 400k YouTube views and international interest from fans and members of the industry alike. At the same time, this undeniable success illustrates the role of the group as one of future leaders of this generation of modern metal, manifesting the unstoppable progressive force of the Ukrainian metal scene.

As Napalm Records always strives to actively support promising groups from around the world connected by the mutual passion for amazing music and personal development of artists, we are proud and excited to continue our journey together in the open SPACE OF VARIATIONS, ready to write the new chapter in their already impressive history.

The band adds: “The last few months have literally been the best times for us! We are very excited that we hooked up with Napalm Records and feel like we’ve found the right partner to take SPACE OF VARIATIONS to the next level.”

This Ukrainian powerhouse explores vast sonic landscapes and emotions, captivating each listener with all-encompassing and everchanging moods – musically as well as lyrically – whether they be brutal and uncompromising or emotive and comforting, The upcoming EP, XXXXX, out February 3rd (digital in Europe, February 17th worldwide) and on March 3rd (CD), as well as the live video to “Slowmo” only confirm the group’s position on the modern metal scene, convincingly framing the level of texts with technical instrumentals and skillfully incorporated electronic details.

SPACE OF VARIATIONS about the video: “For us, the video “Slowmo” is more like a memory book than a video. We filmed it on tour last year with Jinjer, where we embarked on our longest tour ever, meeting old friends and making new ones in new cities and countries across Europe every day. Although each day seemed like a blur – these memories will stay burned in our hearts for a lifetime- and if we should forget them, the ”Slowmo” video will be there to remind us…”

Catching the eye and ears of fellow countrymen, friends and supporters JINJER, SPACE OF VARIATIONS joined them for their very first full European tour, performing in front of 30k fans over a 5-week period. Now, accompanying the release of XXXXX, SPACE OF VARIATIONS will make their way on tour, announcing Ukrainian and Moldavian dates.

SPACE OF VARIATIONS – XXXXX Tour 2020:

08.02.20 UA – Kyiv / Bingo

09.02.20 UA – Khariv / LFclub

10.02.20 UA – Dnipro / Makhno

15.02.20 UA – Lutsk / Maidan

16.02.20 UA – Ternopil / Koza Bar

17.02.20 UA – Lviv / FEST Republic

21.02.20 UA – Odessa / More Music Club

22. 02.20 MD – Kishiniv / Albion

23. 02.20 UA – Vinnytsya / TBA

Heart Of Gold – UK Dates

Manchester based synth pop artist Heart Of Gold has been announced as support to South Carolina shoegazers Hundredth on a number of UK shows this February. The solo project from Being As An Ocean guitarist Michael McGough will be joining the tour in Manchester at the Deaf Institute on the 9th February running through until the London date at New Cross Inn on the 17th February.

Heart Of Gold UK Dates (Supporting Hundredth)

09.02 – Manchester – Deaf Institute
10.02 – Glasgow – Broadcast
11.02 – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
12.02 – Leeds – Brudenell Social
13.02 – Liverpool – Phase One
14.02 – Nottingham – Bodega
15.02 – Stafford – Redrum
16.02 – Bristol – The Exchange
17.02 – London – New Cross Inn

Purchase the single digitally now from: https://shrptn.co/heartofgold

DEADRISEN – Prophecy

DeadRisen have released their brand new single ‘Prophecy’, the first track to be taken from their upcoming debut album ‘Deadrisen’, due for release on AFM Records on March 13th.

DEADRISEN combine progressive metal with power metal to create an extraordinary, unmistakable metal sound! The band is the brainchild of the respected Rivera/Bomma guitarist Rod Rivera and the renowned Symphony X bassist Mike LePond, who played on some of the most important albums in metal history. The lineup is completed with some of today’s finest musicians such as Tony Stahl (Livesay) on Keyboards, Dan Prestup (Midnight Eternal) Drums & Will Shaw (Heir Apparent) Lead Vocals!

DEADRISEN release their debut album ‘Deadrisen’ on 13th March on AFM Records. With heavy metal music now approaching its 50th year, DEADRISEN are a band that embraces many of the evolutions the metal genre has taken, then pushes the envelope to the next level. DEADRISEN is an explosive cocktail of older, traditional musicians with young, hungry new school guys. This creates a metal sound that can go from blues, to classical, to thrash and beyond with style and grace. The band also has the ability to incorporate unique kinds of music into the songs such as Latin-flamenco overtones, but without losing any heaviness. They are the definitive package of power and class, making it clear that Heavy Rock & Roll has risen once again.

DEADRISEN is the brainchild of Rod Rivera and Mike LePond. Rod Rivera’s guitar wizardry is best known & respected world-wide in his work with Christian Metal legends, RIVERA/BOMMA. Rod has 3 decades performing, recording & touring. The son of a flamenco guitarist, Rod is able to combine his father’s Latin guitar influence with hard rock/heavy rock to create a totally original approach to the instrument. Mike LePond is the bassist for progressive metal giants, SYMPHONY X. A seasoned veteran, he has toured the world many times over and played on some of the most important albums in heavy metal history. He is one of the most well respected and sought-after players on the scene today.

“I have been lucky enough to play on some of the best metal albums ever made, and the debut from DeadRisen will be no exception. It has everything you need for a great record. Each song stands proudly on it’s own with amazing vocals, killer playing, and heavy metal purity.” states Mike LePond

DEADRISEN would not be complete without the talent and drive from some of today’s best rock musicians in the music industry, Tony Stahl (Livesay) on Keyboard and Backing vocals, Dan Prestup (Midnight Eternal) Drums & Will Shaw (Heir Apparent) Lead Vocals.
From the East Coast Tri-State area of The United States of America we introduce you to DEADRISEN.

envy – “A faint new world”

First album in 5 years ‘The Fallen Crimson’ released 7th February (Pelagic Records)

“We are happy to release our digital track and music video of ‘A Faint New World’ from our forthcoming album The Fallen Crimson released in February. The music video was directed and shot by our dear friend Osami Yabuta, a very talented and well-known photographer. This music video is totally a new approach for envy, and expresses a new start for us. We hope you enjoy.”

The Fallen Crimson – the first new studio album from Envy in five years – is a record that almost never happened. Japan’s most iconic and influential post-hardcore band suffered seemingly insurmountable personal and creative struggles that challenged the very existence of the band like nothing they had experienced in their nearly three decades together. After reuniting with briefly estranged singer Tetsuya Fukagawa – and shaking up their lineup for the first time in 25 years –­ Envy return refreshed with their most dynamic and progressive work, The Fallen Crimson .

Opening with the kind of thunderous thrash that made them so renowned in the first place, and closing with the kind of triumphant ascent that has made them an inimitable force, The Fallen Crimson finds Envy perfecting their past, exploring their present, and pondering their future. It is the deepest, and most poignant album of Envy ’s legendary career. It bears the stories and scars of a band whose relationships with each other are as dynamic and progressive as their music – and we are all the better for it.

Pre-order the album –  https://pelagic-records.com

Fire From The Gods – American Sun

Incendiary five-piece Fire From The Gods have just shared the video for the infectious and groove-laden title track from their new album American Sun, which was released on November 1 through Eleven Seven and Rise Records and has already clocked over 5 million streams. The album is available here.

Watch the video for “American Sun,” which crackles with intensity and features live footage, here.

Fresh off an arena tour in which they supported Five Finger Death Punch alongside Three Days Grace and Bad Wolves, Fire From The Gods are currently on tour in Europe with The HU. The tour started started on the 15th January 2020 in Germany and runs through to the 16th February in Ireland. The highly buzzed about trek is almost completely sold out. All dates are here and below is the UK and Eire dates.

UK leg (of Fire From the Gods European tour support to The Hu)

Saturday 8th February 2020 Brighton The Haunt, UK Monday 10th February 2020 Bristol O2 Academy, UK Tuesday 11th February 2020 London Electric Ballroom, UK

Wednesday 12th February 2020 Manchester O2 Ritz, UK Friday 14th February 2020 Glasgow The Garage, UK Saturday 15th February 2020 Belfast Limelight, UK Sunday 16th February 2020 Dublin The Academy, Ireland

2019 has been a banner year for Fire From The Gods. The band was recently named a 2020 breakout artist by Pandora and SiriusXM, while the band enjoyed prime placements on major playlists such as Spotfiy’s Rock Hard, New Metal Tracks, and Adrenaline Workout, as well as Apple’s Breaking Hard Rock and Metal.

“Right Now,” the lead single from American Sun, is currently Top 20 on the active rock charts and continues to grow in audience..

American Sun was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Erik Ron (Godsmack, Motionless In White, Panic! At The Disco) over a two-month period in Los Angeles, and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Alice Cooper, Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers). It’s an expertly executed and DNA distinct amalgam of metal, hip-hop, and modern rock. Fire From The Gods have adopted the tagline “In Us We Trust” — meaning “We the People” are responsible for change; a unifying statement in order to try to prevent society from succumbing to the growing malaise brought on by soul-sucking technology, divisive politics, and environmental destruction.

Misery Loves Company – False Hearts

UK Alt-rock crew FALSE HEARTS will reveal their engulfing new EP, Remedy, on
Friday 3rd April. The foursome have also just dropped an explosive new
track, Misery Loves Company.

Expressing a sound that lifts from everyone from Halestorm, Black Stone
Cherry, Muse, and Shinedown, to The Foo Fighters, FALSE HEARTS deliver
raucous riffery, killer hooks and an engrossing live show. Born in
Cambridgeshire in 2016, the modern rock quartet are comprised of
vocalist/guitarist Emma Hodgson, lead guitarist Ali Westwood, drummer Adi
Bowes and bassist Phil Benton. Since their formation, FALSE HEARTS have
racked up an impressive list of accolades; the rising rockers have a movie
credit for their single, Cynical Love, which appeared on the soundtrack of
Strangers 2: Prey at Night. The single was pulled from the band’s 2018 EP,
Dirty Little Soul, which reached the Top 30 on the iTunes Rock Chart. The EP
also picked up extensive praise, widely increasing their fanbase. FALSE
HEARTS have supported Hollowstar and Austin Gold, as well as playing
alongside the likes of Those Damn Crows and Mason Hill, to name a few. The
band have also played countless festivals throughout the whole of the UK.

FALSE HEARTS are now set to climb even further with the launch of their
brand new EP, Remedy. The record brims with four cracking cuts, with each
track displaying its own identity, groove and adhesion. Their future single
and also the record’s namesake, Remedy, is one of the many highlights, and
it soars with crunchy riffs, powerful structuring and anthemic refrains. The
coming year will see the four-piece embark on a number of dates across the
UK, including festivals such as Crazy Cowboy Festival 5, Cambridge Rock
Festival and Hard Rock Hell XIV. 2020 is destined to be FALSE HEARTS’
breakthrough year.

BLACK STAR RIDERS – In The Shadow Of A War Machine

Off the back of an extremely successful 2019, Black Star Riders greet the new decade with an incredibly relevant new video “In The Shadow Of The War Machine”, out today via Nuclear Blast.

The track describes the condition in which we all currently live in: a world where economical interest prevails over the common good; a world where we are forced to face constant uncertainties. As the band says: “vote for a clown … you have a circus”. The music perfectly reflects the content: the pounding rhythm of each verse echoes the oppression of the war machine; the heavier and more aggressive chorus underlines the frustration we feel rising every day. “In The Shadow od The War Machine” is taken from the band’s latest record “Another State Of Grace” which reached#14 in the national chart and #1 in the rock chart. The record isa stunning collection of anthemic rock songs recorded at Sphere Studios in Burbank, California in February 2019 and produced & mixed by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Uriah Heep).

In addition, Black Star Riders are also thrilled to announce they will perform as special guests on Saturday July 18th at Ramblin’ Man Fair 2020. The band will share the stage with the likes of: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Keifer and Clutch. Front-man Ricky Warwick comments: “Ramblin’ Man Fair is a fantastic festival! Black Star Riders will be making their return to the festival on Saturday 18th July as special guest to legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd … We can’t wait to come back! We’ll see you there.”

UK Tour Dates 2020
Saturday 18thJuly 2020 – Ramblin’ Man Fair
Saturday 29thAugust 2020 – Stone Dead Festival

Behemoth – Rom 5:8

Having released their most gripping album to date I Loved You At Your Darkest, BEHEMOTH return once again spread the word of the unholy. On January  24th, the band will release the I Loved You At Your Darkest Tour Edition – an obsidian gem in their discography, including the I Loved You At Your Darkest track listing with brand new, alternate artwork by Nicola Samori; plus an exclusive BBC Radio 1 session and unreleased documentary Thou Darkest Art taken from the band’s career affirming art gallery exhibition in London last year.

Pre-order the I Loved You At The Darkest Tour Edition here: https://nblast.de/Behemoth-ILYAYD-TE

Today, the band releases an official music video for Rom 5:8. The band comments: ‘‘To celebrate the monumental start of the SLIPKNOT European tour – we proudly present the official video for Rom 5:8. Ready your voices Legions, we shall need them!”

I Loved You At Your Darkest marked a milestone in the history of BEHEMOTH, being not only the most successful album of the band but also an audiovisual masterpiece: From its detailed blasphemous artwork to the highly vicious and at the same time deeply emotional tracks, BEHEMOTH once again played with fire – and ignited a wildfire burning the narrow minded bigotry of Christianity down to the ground.

Last week, the band released the digital Live At Maida Vale EP with exclusive tracks that were recorded during their BBC Radio 1 Session, such as the atmospheric Wolves Ov Siberia: https://youtu.be/XAi3-_6imx8

Order the Live At Maida Vale EP here: https://nblast.de/Behemoth-LiveMaidavale

Recently, the band announced that they will be joining SLIPKNOT on their European We Are Not Your Kind Tour that kicks off tomorrow in Dublin – tickets are already on sale, with almost half of the shows already sold out.

We Are Not Your Kind World Tour – Europe & UK 2020 w/ SLIPKNOT
14.01. IRL      Dublin – 3Arena
16.01. UK      Manchester – Arena
17.01. UK      Newcastle – Utilita Arena
18.01. UK      Glasgow – The SSE Hydro *SOLD OUT*
20.01. UK      Sheffield – FlyDSA Arena
21.01. UK      Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
22.01. UK      Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena *SOLD OUT*
24.01. UK      Birmingham – Arena *SOLD OUT*
25.01. UK      London – The O2 *SOLD OUT*
28.01. NL       Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome *SOLD OUT*
29.01. D        Frankfurt – Festhalle *SOLD OUT*
30.01. F         Paris – AccorHotels Arena
01.02. LUX     Esch-sur-Alzette – Rockhal *SOLD OUT*
02.02. F         Lyon – Halle Tony-Garnier
04.02. H         Budapest – Papp László Budapest Sportaréna
06.02. PL       Lodz – Atlas Arena
08.02. D        Stuttgart – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle *SOLD OUT*
09.02. D        Munich – Olympiahalle *SOLD OUT*
11.02. I          Milan – Mediolanum Forum
12.02. CH      Zurich – Hallenstadion
14.02. A         Vienna – Stadthalle
16.02. D        Hamburg – Barclaycard Arena *SOLD OUT*
17.02. D        Berlin – Mercedes-Benz Arena
18.02. D        Dortmund – Westfalenhalle *SOLD OUT*
20.02. DK      Copenhagen – Royal Arena
21.02. S         Stockholm – Ericsson Globe *SOLD OUT*
22.02. N         Oslo – Telenor Arena
24.02. FIN      Helsinki – Hartwall Arena *SOLD OUT*