TRANQUILLIZER 247 “Dziesięć”

(Another Side Records)

Battle Helm Rating

I gotta admit that I am not the greatest of grindcore fans. I don’t always totally get the noise that these kinda bands create. But when they mix it up even I can enjoy it. Bands like Nasum and Napalm Death are faves of mine. This Polish lot mix grind with death making it enjoyable to listen to. Sure. You get the very guttural vocals that sound more like noise than words but hey, so does Cannibal Corpse too at times. This might not make my top 25 for albums of 2019 but I still did, and will continue to enjoy it. Anders Ekdahl

NIGHTWISH – Devil And The Deep Dark Ocean – Live In Buenos Aires

NIGHTWISH recently announced their new live release ‘Decades: Live In Buenos Aires’, which is due to be released on December 6th as: BluRay Digibook, 2CD Digipak, BluRay+2CD Earbook, 3LP. Pre-order your copy here: Or at the NIGHTWISH webshop:

Today, NIGHTWISH have released the first single and video for ‘Devil And The Deep Dark Ocean’. Get the song digitally here:

‘Decades: Live In Buenos Aires’ is the upcoming divine new live release from Finland’s finest – captured by 19 cameras at the Estadio Malvinas in Buenos Aires on Sunday, September 30th 2018, on an extraordinary night in Argentina. NIGHTWISH came out to the rousing ‘End Of All Hope’ and took their bow to the unmatched epic ‘Ghost Love Score’. In between saw a set filled with pure trailblazing Finnish glory – incorporating distinguished tracks ‘Wish I had an Angel’, ‘Sacrament of Wilderness’, ‘Elvenpath’, ‘Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean’, ‘Dead Boy’s Poem’ and many more…the show achieved nothing less than taking an important snapshot of the band during yet another pinnacle of their career, celebrated by one of the world’s most enthusiastic crowds in a city like no other. It was pure magic.

Released back in 2018, ‘Decades’ was so much more than a run-of-the-mill best-of. This comprehensive chronology of the band’s first two decades not only marked the band’s 20th anniversary; it was also the end of yet another era in the stellar career of Finland’s internationally most successful group. The consequent tour, too, was so much more than a regular anniversary run; from March 9th to December 15th 2018, the seventh NIGHTWISH world tour enthralled 82 cities across Europe, North America and South America – armed with a once-in-a-lifetime set-list.

NIGHTWISH are also proud to be returning to Europe on their upcoming 2020 world tour – with tickets on sale now! With a string of new dates announced earlier this week, the band had previously announced a show in Amsterdam – which sold more than 15,000 tickets in just a few days – swiftly followed up by an additional show at the same venue, alongside shows in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine. Now infamous for their unique songwriting, visual stage designs and pyro effects, Finnish symphonic metal heroes NIGHTWISH promise to take their audience on a spectacular audiovisual journey once again.

NIGHTWISH are currently working on a new studio album, due in 2020.

16.11.    N       Oslo – Spektrum
20.11.    D       Leipzig – Arena
21.11.    D       Dusseldorf – ISS Dome
23.11.    NL     Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome
24.11.    NL     Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome (sold out)
25.11.    F       Paris – AccorHotels Arena
26.11.    B       Antwerp – Lotto Arena
28.11.    D      Stuttgart – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
29.11.    LUX   Luxembourg – Rockhal
03.12.    I        Milan – Lorenzini District
04.12.    D       Munich – Olympiahalle
09.12.    D       Bamberg – Brose Arena
10.12.    D       Frankfurt – Festhalle
12.12.    A       Vienna – Stadthalle
14.12.    D       Berlin – Max-Schmeling-Halle
16.12.   UK      Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
18.12.   UK      London – SSE Arena Wembley

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT – ‘Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014’ + ‘Cult Classic’ remasters

Recorded at the Hard Rock Casino in Northfield, Ohio, ‘Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014’ offers a
comprehensive and exciting look at the Blue Öyster Cult repertoire. Containing almost two hours of
music, the band is on fire, performing some of the finest and most beloved songs from their extensive
catalogue, while not forgetting some deeper cuts that will make long term fans of the band very happy.
The release will be available on 3xLP (180g gatefold), 2xCD+DVD, Blu-Ray and digital formats. “I’m
most excited about the formats. A collector’s delight,” says BÖC co-founder Eric Bloom. This is the first
in a series of live releases that are planned in 2020. Album pre-order

Originally released in 1994, ‘Cult Classic’ was a well received album that contains updated recordings
of the band’s biggest hits, including classics such as ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’, ‘Burning for You’,
‘Astronomy’ and ‘Godzilla’. This reissue is remastered and comes with updated artwork. It will be
available on 2xLP (180g gatefold), CD and digital formats. “‘Cult Classic’ hasn’t been available for
many years and now here it is again in all these new ways,” adds Bloom. Album pre-order

SOIL – One Love

SOiL release a theatrical video version of the song “One Love” on Halloween (October 31, 2019). The video contains an eerie backstory and was filmed exclusively with actors and does not feature the band. Conceptually SOiL wanted to do something different and interesting with the song since “One Love” originally appeared on the 2013 studio album “Whole”. Indie film makers David Gregory (Director) and James Morgan (Director of photography) were tapped for the job. Filming was shot in the UK during SOiL’s recent tour supporting Static-X.

“The Director approached us with a out of the box concept.” states SOiL’s Tim King. “It was an odd concept to not feature the band and make the video more of a mini movie rather than a music video. Also with the song being 6 years old at this point it really made no sense to launch it as something brand new or in a traditional way”.

With the video having an approach of something similar to the films “The Witch” or “I Spit On Your Grave”, the band felt it would be fun to debut the video on Halloween. Something to celebrate the season while the band works on new material for 2020.

ACID REIGN – Blood Makes Noise (Featuring Suzanne Vega)

ACID REIGN have released their version of Suzanne Vega’s “Blood Makes Noise”. Frontman Howard H Smith comments: “I’ve been a fan of Suzanne’s for over 30 years and so to not only have her approval but to have her on the song is just amazing. 18 months ago I sent a demo to her management and got a lovely personal email back saying how much she liked it and she’s been really helpful ever since. Clearly it is our own unique take on it and hopefully Suzanne’s fans and our fans will both discover some cool back catalogue on both sides.”

“Acid Reign has done a super cool cover of Blood Makes Noise! Check it out.”— Suzanne Vega

Buy “Blood Makes Noise” here:

ACID REIGN have announced the first batch of dates on their ‘Tour Of Entitlement’.

December 2019
5th            SCARBOROUGH – Market Hall (with Diamond Head)
6th            GLASGOW – Audio
7th            DUBLIN – Grand Social
8th            BELFAST – Voodoo

Acid Reign have just released their fourth album “The Age Of Entitlement” via Dissonance Productions.
Get it here:

ACID REIGN are set to release the Acid Reign Anthology! On Dissonance on November 15, 2019
Pre-order here:

Also coming on Back On Black on November 29, 2019 are vinyl re-issues of:

‘Moshkinstein’ on 140 Gram Blue vinyl
Pre-order here:

‘The Fear’ on 140 Gram Yellow Vinyl
Pre-order here:

‘Obnoxious’ on 140 Gram Pink Vinyl
Pre-order here:

Angel Witch – “Death From Andromeda”

In the wake of their brand new album, Angel Of Light – already being described by some as the band’s finest work since the legendary debut – Angel Witch are proud to present their first bona fide music video since their eponymous single nearly forty years ago: the incendiary and extraterrestrial-themed “Death From Andromeda”.

The handiwork of the Brighton-based production team Wild Stag Studio, this six minute piece forms a homage of sorts to the sci-fi and horror dreamworlds that have haunted the collective subconscious and fired the imagination of the band since its earliest incarnation.

Even before the day in 1979 when Kevin Heybourne used the recently viewed Alien as inspiration for the hellish guitar noise that kicks off “Baphomet”, the mystical aural landscapes that Angel Witch creates had always been heavily informed by futuristic dystopias, dark mythos and the kind of culture oft found in yellowing paperbacks, midnight movie screenings and on the flickering of small-hours television.

What’s more, whilst recording Angel Of Light in early 2019, the band were holed up together for three weeks in an AirBnB in Leeds, and found themselves spending most of their time in the evenings watching movies and TV, which naturally gravitated towards grand guignol horror and old-school sci-fi – from classics like ’60s Star Trek and the Hammer House Of Horror series to celluloid escapism from the sublime (The Devil Rides Out) to the ridiculous (Lair Of The White Worm).

“Death From Andromeda” (with its lyrical influence drawn from the Michael Crichton 1969 novel The Andromeda Strain) reflects all these obsessions and more, a gloriously outlandish and suitably OTT journey into the trash and terror of the past, invoking the timeless headspace of eternal favourites like kitsch classic Barbarella, the fantastically overblown 1980 remake of Flash Gordon, the famously overambitious Starcrash, and the dark low-budget majesty of ’70s British classics such as Space 1999 & Dr. Who (with particular reference to the Tom Baker-era story Planet Of Evil).

To stream Angel Of Light, head over to: – where the album can also be purchased in the following formats:
– digipak-CD
– deluxe box set (digipak CD, red/white/black marbled vinyl, 7″, flag, backpatch, art print – limited to 1000 copies)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– orange / purple marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 666 copies)
– signal orange vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
– light yellow vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– sungaze swirl vinyl (EU Webshop exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– blue vinyl (High Roller exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– clear vinyl (Band exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– transparent red vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
– yellow / red marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

Angel Witch’s current line-up is comprised of Kevin Heybourne (vocals, lead guitar), Jimmy Martin (rhythm guitar), Will Palmer (bass), Fredrik Jansson Punkka (drums) – the nucleus of which (Heybourne & Palmer) first formed eleven years ago, delivering 2012’s critically acclaimed album, As Above, So Below. This time around, the band went to the Stationhouse in Leeds (UK) to record Angel of Light with producer James Atkinson (Gentleman’s Pistols/Voorhees). The result is a revelation; Angel Witch is reborn and more powerful than ever, retaining every iota of the melodious finesse and metaphysical intrigue that elevated them above their contemporaries from day one.

Be sure to catch Angel Witch at their release shows this weekend! See below for all dates:
Nov. 1 – Mannheim, Germany – 7er Club
Nov. 2 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
Nov. 3 – Köln, Germany – Helios 37


Following the monumental success of their last album ‘Look At Yourself’ and countless tours over the last several years, metallic hardcore juggernauts EMMURE have recently wrapped up the recording of their highly anticipated, eighth studio album that’s due out in 2020 from SharpTone Records. Today, the band has unveiled what’s to come with a brand-new single titled ‘PIGS EAR.’ Fans can catch the band live on their current tour with AS I LAY DYING and AFTER THE BURIAL.

Purchase/stream the new single here:

Vocalist Frankie Palmeri bluntly comments on the release of the new song, “Hindsight is 2020.”

Summoning the most brutal barebones, punishing metallic hardcore with some of the catchiest nu-metal inspired Active Rock rhythm around, EMMURE makes their awaited return with no feigned sophistication, no phoned-in sloganeering, and no calculated drama.

Leaving the gossip and the rumour-mill in the past, vocalist Frankie Palmeri, along with guitarist Josh Travis and drummer Josh Miller, have emerged from the studio with a new album due out next year, featuring the veracious single, ‘PIGS EAR.’

Fans can catch EMMURE on tour in later this month.

Nov 15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Nov 16 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
Nov 18 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Nov 19 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Nov 21 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Nov 22 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
Nov 23 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Nov 24 – Wantagh, NY – Mulchays
Nov 25 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Nov 26 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Nov 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian
Nov 29 – Silver Spring, MD – The FIllmore
Nov 30 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Dec 1 – Reading, PA – Reverb
Dec 2 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Dec 3 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Dec 4 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Dec 6 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Dec 7 – Salt Lake CIty, UT – The Complex
Dec 9 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon – SOLD OUT
Dec 10 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater – SOLD OUT
Dec 11 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Dec 12 – Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theater
Dec 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater – SOLD OUT
Dec 14 – San Diego, CA – SOMA
Dec 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater – SOLD OUT

April 12 – Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja – IMPERICON FEST
April 13 – Wroclaw, Poland @ Zaklete Rewiry – IMPERICON FEST
April 15 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp – IMPERICON FEST
April 16 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli – IMPERICON FEST

AD INFINITUM – This is Halloween

Just in time for the most frightening day of the year, symphonic metal band AD INFINITUM presents their latest addictive offering. Their enchanting, yet energetic cover of Danny Elfman’s “This is Halloween” – featuring multi-faceted vocalist Melissa Bonny’s distinct delivery – will send shivers down your spine. The impressive vocalist (known from RAGE OF LIGHT and as a guest-musician of WARKINGS) and her band, AD INFINITUM, have created a powerful mix of metal riffs and symphonic orchestrations – transporting you to another era. The famous track, originally featured in Tim Burton’s cinematic masterpiece “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, is truly a must-listen on Hallows Eve.

/w Serenity & Dynazty
01.04.20 DE – Munich / Backstage
02.04.20 DE – Berlin / Nuke Club
03.04.20 DE – Weinheim / Café Central
04.04.20 DE – Essen / Turock
05.04.20 NL – Harlem / Patronaat
07.04.20 NL – Enschede / Metropool
08.04.20 BE – Aarschot / De Klinker
09.04.20 DE – Rüsselsheim / Das Rind
10.04.20 CH – Luzern / Schüür
11.04.20 AT – Wörgl / Komma
+ more to be announced

STRIGOI – Chris and Greg discuss artwork and touring

Only 3 weeks left until STRIGOI unleash their debut album Abandon All Faith, upon the world via Nuclear Blast. To shorten the wait for the fans, the group has unveiled the third album trailer, in which founding members Greg and Chris speak about the new record’s artwork and their touring plans.  Pre-order Abandon All Faith now:

Pre-order digitally to receive ‘Nocturnal Vermin’ and ‘Phantoms’ instantly (via Amazon and iTunes only) or pre-save the album via Spotify, Deezer & Apple Music:

With an approach that was as nihilistic and crusty as it was cinematically grand, Paradise Lost’s Greg Mackintosh teamed up with former EXTREME NOISE TERROR and Vallenfyre bassist Chris Casket to record a truly bonecrushing beast of old-school death metal.

Named after the troubled spirits in Romanian mythology who could rise from the grave and assume an entirely different form, STRIGOI’s bassist Chris Casket was also tasked with writing the lyrics for the new project. Mackintosh gave him simple thematic guidelines: attack organized religion, sparingly discuss grief and dive into the countless horrible things that humanity continues to inflict upon itself.

The debut album will be available on jewelcase CD, black vinyl in gatefold and digitally

SANGUINE – 5 Seconds to Midnight

Fiery female-fronted Alt / Rock / Metal quartet Sanguine today release ‘5 Seconds To Midnight’, the second single taken from their upcoming landmark third studio album, ‘Cold Blood’, released December 6th on Odyssey Music. Singer Tarin Kerrey states that “‘5 Seconds To Midnight’ is about the Cinderella identity that musicians carry. Most are unpaid and have to hold down two jobs. The only reason musicians play is to have a few minutes on stage where they can become the person they always wanted to be but at midnight they turn back to their previous identities.”

While ‘Cold Blood’, the follow-up to 2016’s massively acclaimed ‘Black Sheep’ album, is a markedly more melody drenched offering than its awesome predecessor, it nevertheless exudes the aggressive, hard hitting, heavy energy that Sanguine have become so well known for. ‘Black Sheep’ went down so well with the press and fellow musicians that Sanguine were subsequently invited on tour across the UK and Europe with a number of notable acts including Fear Factory, Skindred, Hell Yeah, Zebrahead and Mushroom Head, building a huge army of followers along the way. The many months of touring allowed Sanguine to refine what they do to a fine art and ‘Cold Blood’ is more than testament to that.

The new album’s title is a nod to the rise in mental health problems and apparent increase in the suicides of Sanguine’s musical idols. Guitarist Nick Magee explains that “When we were writing ‘Cold Blood’ multiple rock legends killed themselves and it felt like the industry was just a coldblooded environment to exist in. That’s part of the reason we hid ourselves away so we could focus on what made us happy rather than trying to jump through hoops to please some record exec!” ‘Cold Blood’, which is a generally more cohesive body of work than ‘Black Sheep’, was recorded and produced by Sanguine in the UK at various studios and locations, including Middle Farm Studios, where the drums were put down, and Sanguine HQ.

After Sanguine released their self-titled, (shoestring produced, mostly comprised of demos) debut album in 2012, they began building their formidable reputation for explosive live shows whilst supporting bands such as Megadeth and Cancer Bats and playing at Festivals like Download and Bloodstock. Vocalist Tarin Kerrey was subsequently invited to do backing vocals for Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith and SikTh’s Mikee Goodman’s side project ‘Primal Rock Rebellion’. By the time that they began recording ‘Black Sheep’ Sanguine had signed to Berlin based publishing and management company Manta Ray Music, who provided the backing and funding for what was, in reality, the band’s first full – length studio album. Big Cheese magazine’s John Damon rated ‘Black Sheep’ 8/10, raving “From opener ‘Breaking Out’, with the soaring vocals of frontwoman Tarin Kerrey combining seamlessly with the screams of guitarist Nick Magee, to the harmony-soaked, quirky ‘Carousel’ and the acoustic ‘Breathe Out’, before diving into the crushing riff of the title track, it’s a rock / metal adventure. These black sheep are different in the best way.”

The future now looks more than stellar for Sanguine, an exceptional, vital, organic spine-tingling outfit whose consummate third album ‘Cold Blood’ can only catapult them even higher into rock’s heady stratosphere.