POWERWOLF – Incense & Iron

The Sacrament Of Sin is coming! Next week sees the release of the new POWERWOLF masterpiece The Sacrament Of Sin! As the July 20 release of The Sacrament of Sin approaches, Powerwolf have dropped another new song. Enjoy “Incense & Iron” via a very special lyric video HERE:


Metal Masses 2018
14.07.18 DE – Balingen / Bang Your Head Festival
03.08.18 RO – Rasnov / Rockstad Extreme Fest
05.08.18 FR – Colmar / Foire Aux Vins
10.08.18 ES – Villena / Leyendas Del Rock
16.08.18 DE – Dinkelsbühl / Summer Breeze Open Air
17.08.18 AT – Graz / Metal On The Hill
18.08.18 SE – Falun / Sabaton Open Air

Wolfsnächte 2018
w/ Amaranthe, Kissin Dynamite
26.10.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
27.10.18 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
28.10.18 DE – Brussels / AB Main Hall
29.10.18 DE – Hamburg / Mehr! Theater
31.10.18 DE – Berlin / Huxleys
01.11.18 PL – Warsaw / Progresja
02.11.18 DE – Leipzig / Haus Auensee
04.11.18 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
06.11.18 AT – Vienna / Arena
07.11.18 IT – Milan / Live Club
09.11.18 DE – Munich / Zenith
10.11.18 DE – Ludwigsburg / MHP Arena
11.11.18 NL – Eindhoven / Effenaar
12.11.18 UK – London / Koko
14.11.18 CH – Lausanne / Les Docks
15.11.18 CH – Zurich / Komplex 457
16.11.18 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
17.11.18 DE – Saarbrücken / Saarlandhalle

METAL ALLEGIANCE – The Guests on Volume II

METAL ALLEGIANCE began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself.

The band recently announced the release of their sophomore album Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on September 7th, 2018. Today, the second album trailer breaking down the list of special guests is released. Watch as the core four discuss the long list of all-stars that came together on the record as well as the back stories of the collaborations, here

“With this album, we are stretching out to some new places”, comments Mike Portnoy.

Dave Ellefson states, “We kinda have our big, long wish list and that starts to get narrowed down, largely as the tunes come together sometimes with peoples schedules and availability.”

Alex Skolnick adds, “Any time we’re doing one of these albums we put out fillers to see who might be interested including some pretty a-list people. We don’t expect to hear back, that’s fine, but Joe Satriani came back to us.”

Mark Menghi comments, “Trevor (BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) vocals on this record is not what you would think of, of a typical BLACK DAHLIA song. He goes into his early Tom Araya, SLAYER thrash singing voice.”

Pre-order Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty, here:
All formats:  nuclearblast.com/metalallegiance2-pdm
CD:  nblast.de/MetalAllegiance2PDMAZ
Black Vinyl:  nblast.de/MetalAllegianceVinyl
Digital album:  nblast.de/MetalAllegiance2PDMIT

The thrash worshiping new album merges old-school legends with the modern metallers of the scene to produce groove driven, adrenaline soaked anthems while tackling the frustrating state of the world. The list of musicians for Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty include Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), John Bush (ARMORED SAINT), Bobby “BLITZ” Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Mark Tornillo (ACCEPT), Max Cavalera (SOULFLY), Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH) and Johan Hegg (AMON). It also marks the return of Mark Oseguesda (DEATH ANGEL) and Troy Sanders (MASTODON).

Listen to the first single ‘Mother of Sin’ featuring Bobby ‘BLITZ’ Ellsworth (OVERKILL): https://youtu.be/sxDy11uRxNc

Volume II – Power Drunk Majesty was produced by Mark Menghi and Alex Skolnick while Mark Lewis of MRL Studios handled the mixing and mastering. The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY, HATEBREED) and Rafael Tavares.

The track list racks up as follows:

1. The Accuser (feat. Trevor Strnad)
2. Bound by Silence (feat. John Bush)
3. Mother of Sin (feat. Bobby Blitz)
4. Terminal Illusion (feat. Mark Tornillo)
5. King with a Paper Crown (feat. Johan Hegg)
6. Voodoo of the Godsend (feat. Max Cavalera)
7. Liars & Thieves (feat. Troy Sanders)
8. Impulse Control (feat. Mark Osegueda)
9. Power Drunk Majesty (Part I) (feat. Mark Osegueda)
10. Power Drunk Majesty (Part II) (feat. Floor Jansen)

VAN CANTO – Melody

With the second single “Melody”, from their seventh studio album Trust in Rust, VAN CANTO presents itself in their signature style: Choral arrangements, many dynamic changes, power and positivity, strong voices and of course plenty of melodies.

In every part of the song the main melodies shine and it’s no coincidence that the star of this single isn’t one of the seven band members, but the “Melody”.

The band sums it up: “Melody wraps up what VAN CANTO means to the band members: Lots of voices, dynamic changes and drums, a positive message and – a lot of melodies that hopefully will be joined by our fans when we play live.”

Tour Dates:


w/ Evertale & Moon Sun
20.09.18 NL – Amsterdam / Melkweg
21.09.18 NL – Vosselaar / Biebob
22.09.18 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
23.09.18 DE – Hannover / Musikzentrum
04.10.18 DE – Berlin / Lido
05.10.18 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
06.10.18 DE – Munich / Technikum
07.10.18 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
18.10.18 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
19.10.18 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
20.10.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
21.10.18 DE – Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik


INCANTATION – “Messiah Nostrum”

Death metal legends INCANTATION announce headlining European tour dates throughout August and September. INCANTATION continue to tour in support of their recent full-length release Profane Nexus. The tour begins August 29 in Utrecht, NL and ends September 9 in Athens, GR. All confirmed tour dates are available below.

Additionally, INCANTATION will join forces with labelmates DYING FETUS, GATECREEPER and GENOCIDE PACT this Fall throughout North American for the return of the Relapse Contamination Tour. In conjunction with the tour, a special 4-Way Split release featuring two tracks from all four bands will be available on tour, in stores and is currently up for pre-order via Relapse.com . A limited edition CD version will be available exclusively at FYE stores.

INCANTATION’s Profane Nexus is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical bundle orders are available via Relapse.com and digital orders .


Jul 20 Columbus, OH Ruby Tuesday Live
Jul 21 Cincinnati, OH US Transplant Fest (w/ Ringworm)

— Siege of the Profane European Tour —

Aug 29 Utrecht, NL dB’s
Aug 30 Hamburg, DE Kultur Palatz
Aug 31 Berlin, DE Morbid Catacombs Fest
Sep 01 Gothenburg, SE Truckstop Alaska
Sep 02 Oslo, NO Revolver
Sep 03 Stockholm, SE Kraken
Sep 05 Helsinki, FI Nosturi / Elmun Baari
Sep 06 Vilnius, LT n’Arauti Club
Sep 07 Lodz, PL Summer Dying Loud Fest
Sep 08 Copenhagen, DK Kill-Town Death Fest VI
Sep 09 Athens, GR Temple Athens

— Contamination Tour 2018 w/ Dying Fetus, Gatecreeper & Genocide Pact  —

Sep 19 Flint, MI Machine Shop
Sep 20 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Sep 21 Indianapolis, IN The Emerson Theater
Sep 22 Grand Rapids, MI Elevation
Sep 23 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Sep 25 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Sep 26 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
Sep 28 Calgary, AB Dickens Pub
Sep 29 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
Oct 01 Vancouver, BC The Red Room
Oct 02 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Oct 03 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
Oct 05 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Oct 06 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
Oct 07 Los Angeles, CA The Regent Theater
Oct 08 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
Oct 10 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Backroom
Oct 11 Ft. Worth, TX Rail Club
Oct 12 Austin, TX Barracuda
Oct 13 Houston, TX The Secret Group
Oct 14 New Orleans, LA The Parish at House of Blues
Oct 16 Winter Park, FL The Haven Lounge
Oct 17 Greensboro, NC Blind Tiger
Oct 18 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Oct 19 Hartford, CT The Webster Theater
Oct 20 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theater/Brewtal Beer Fest
Oct 21 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
Oct 23 Richmond, VA The Broadberry
Oct 24 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
Oct 25 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Oct 26 Quebec City, QC Salle Multi
Oct 27 Montreal, QC L’Astral
Oct 28 Toronto, ON The Opera House
Oct 29 London, ON London Music Hall

WINDHAND – Eternal Return

Today Virginia’s heavy psychedelic quartet WINDHAND have announced a full fall North American tour with Satan’s Satyrs and give us a glimpse of what’s to come on their forthcoming album, Eternal Return, coming October 5th on Relapse.

Watch & Share Eternal Return’s Official Album Trailer Here

Eternal Return represents a new era for the group, a chrysalis moment that takes them to new and unforeseen heights. Once again the band have joined forces with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) with vivid artwork by Arik Roper (Sleep, High on Fire). Equally informed by heavy, fuzzed-out psych along with the iconic grunge / alternative groups of the 90s, WINDHAND have crafted a record brilliant in scope, powerful in execution, and perfect for an era of increasingly blurry yet still heavy borders.

Check below for a full list of dates, tour poster and stay tuned for more. Listen to WINDHAND’s full discography via Bandcamp.


07/29: Chicago, IL – Wicker Park Fest
10/08: Atlanta, GA – The Earl #
10/09: New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa #
10/10: Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall #
10/11: Dallas, TX – Club Dada #
10/12: Austin, TX – Barracuda #
10/14: Albuquerque, NM – Sister #
10/15: Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar #
10/16: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre #
10/17: Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club #
10/19: Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre #
10/20: Vancouver, BC – Venue #
10/21: Seattle, WA – Neumos #
10/23: Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge #
10/24: Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room #
11/01: Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts #
11/02: Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere #
11/03: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
11/04: Montreal, QC – Le Belmont #
11/05: Toronto, ON – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern #
11/07: Chicago, IL – Subterranean #
11/08: Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe #
11/09: Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club #
11/10: Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi #
11/11: Nashville, TN – The Basement East #
11/12: Louisville, KY – Zanzabar #
11/13: Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups #

# – w/ Satan’s Satyrs

BlackLab – “Warm Death/Black Moon”

NHS are pleased to present the first ever video by Osaka two piece ‘BlackLab’ which is also probably the first time anyone outside of Japan would have got to see the ‘Dark witch, doom duo’ in action.

The 2 tracks featured ‘Warm Death’ and Black Moon, are both taken from their upcoming album ‘Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0’, and the video was directed and edited by Japanese film maker Go Shibata.

Yuko Morino, Blacklab guitarist and vocalist had worked with Go before on his film  ‘Gui aiueo:s’ where she improvised on heavily distorted guitar for a scene in the film.

That improvisation (Big Muff) features on their new album ‘Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0’ and is also the starting point for the track, Warm Death.
Shibata himself has said ‘I yearn to explore the darker side of things’ which he certainly did in his movie ‘Late Bloomer’ about a handicapped serial killer. However, for BlackLab he’s created something different … but no less atmospheric.
As he says …
“Warm Death” and “Black Moon”
These two songs will suit the rainy night in Osaka.

I expressed a gentle, soft, elastic colorful sound.
I think that the scenery of the band is reflected.
This is an overnight sketch in a corner of the city of Kansai.

So I decided the title as “Osaka Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0”.
I think “BlackLab”, the red full moon in June are perfect.

So … you have a heavy, fuzzed up psychedelic experience ahead of you.

16 minutes, with 2 songs linked by framing sequences in the dressing room, in a record shop and around Osaka’s streets.

Welcome to the world of BlackLab.
BlackLab are: Yuko Morino, guitar and vocals. Chia Shiraishi, drums.

Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0 will land on July 20th.  Available as limited edition Black/Orange vinyl which includes a free CD and download of the whole album. Also available in regular CD and digital formats. Pre-order now:

Blacklab 'Under The Strawberry Moon 2.0' PRE-ORDER

Redemption – Someone Else’s Problem

On July 27th, REDEMPTION will release their seventh full-length album, ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day’ – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). For a preview of ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day’, the band has launched a video for the new single, ‘Someone Else’s Problem’ (directed by Patric Ulleaus / Revolver Films; Evergrey, Amaranthe, Dimmu Borgir, Europe, Arch Enemy)

For another preview of ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day’, the previous singles ‘Little Men’ and ‘Indulge In Color’ can be heard now at: metalblade.com/redemption – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

– ltd. first edition Digipak-CD with 2 exclusive bonus tracks
– jewel-case CD
– 180g black vinyl
– navy-blue/red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– transparent light blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– marine blue/green marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

The follow-up to 2016’s ‘The Art Of Loss’, which van Dyk counts amongst REDEMPTION’s very best, ‘Long Night’s Journey Into Day’ is inarguably the sound of a band at the height of their powers. As followers of REDEMPTION are also aware, it is the first full-length since the departure of vocalist Ray Alder, and features the debut of Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund. “We were unable to tour ‘The Art Of Loss’ because Ray was not able to actively participate in Redemption any longer, so we decided it was time to part company shortly after its release. Ray is a dear friend, and I have nothing but respect and love for him and what we created together. But at some point, it just became untenable.” Of course, Alder’s shoes were not exactly going to be easy to fill, and it was essential that his successor be someone who would immediately command respect, as well as somebody who could exceed expectations when it came to performance. Moreover, it was integral that they had someone who could fully invest in the lyrical themes concerning the human condition, which have always been central to Redemption. So, the fact that from the beginning of his career Englund has penned lyrics about feelings of doubt, fear and despair with an unshakable emotional authenticity made him the perfect choice. “Because of the power of his voice and the emotion he brings, this isn’t going to be a shocking transition for fans. Tom’s also a very versatile vocalist, and being a songwriter, he has a tremendous melodic and compositional sensibility, and on top of that, we’ve known each other for many years, and there is a level of not just professional respect but personal friendship to it all.”

Guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM) return as guest musicians. When it came to backing up the music with visuals, the band once again turned to a longtime collaborator, Travis Smith, whose humbling resumé includes records by bands such as Act Of Defiance, Opeth and Iced Earth.

Weight Of The Tide – The Architect

London metallers The Heretic Order and Reno, Nevada, heavyweights Weight Of The Tide have joined forces for two pre-Bloodstock Festival shows in London and Milton Keynes.

Tuesday August 7
London, The Blackheart, Camden
w/ The Heretic Order and Woven Man (ex Acrimony)
Ticket Link : https://www.musicglue.com/the-black-heart/events/ebab0960-3a83-0136-7f57-36a0b388c491 http://www.ourblackheart.com/events/2018/8/7/weight-of-the-tide

Wednesday August 8
Milton Keynes Crauford Arms
w/ The Heretic Order

August 11
Weight Of The Tide Festival – Sophie Lancaster Stage – 12.30pm

Weight Of The Tide – feature Mark Moots and Jason Thomas, of Earache Records‘ December. The band‘s latest release ’All Told‘ was released late 2017 on Undergroove Records (Mutation, Servers) to critical acclaim. With shades of everything from Crowbar and Pallbearer to the dark side of grunge and the polyrhythmic squall of the post-Meshuggah set, ’All Told‘ offers a fervently idiosyncratic re-imagining of contemporary heaviness that speakshazy but irresistible truths about human life in the 21st century.

Wight Of The Tide released their highly anticipated new album ’ALL TOLD‘ last September worldwide on Undergroove. And you can see the premiere of “The Architect” video here:

Begat The Nephilim – Cardboard Casket

Death metal band BEGAT THE NEPHILIM are now streaming a video for their song “Cardboard Casket”. The song is taken from their critically acclaimed album Begat the Nephilim I: The Surreptitious Prophecy / Mother of the Blasphemy which was recently released via Unholy Anarchy Records.

Order the new album here: https://unholyanarchy.aisamerch.com/

The band is also kicking off a short Eastern United States tour today. All dates can be found below:

12th – Century Bar – Philadelphia, PA
13th – Lakeside Tavern – Richmond, VA
14th – Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
15th – Springwater Supper Club – Nashville, TN
16th – Highlands Taproom – Louisville, KY
17th – The Estate – Columbus, GA
18th – Verona – Port Richey
19th – Warrior on the river – Tallahassee, FL
20th – Slims – Raleigh, NC
21st – The Palladium – Worcester, MA (W/ Summer Slaughter)


BEGAT THE NEPHILIM is an American blackened melodic death metal band based out of Southern New Hampshire that has a sound comparable to acts such as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BEHEMOTH, CATTLE DECAPITATION and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE.

Since the bands inception in August 2012 BEGAT THE NEPHILIM have shared the stage with high profile acts such as SOULFLY, SUICIDE SILENCE, NAPALM DEATH, SUFFOCATION, DYING FETUS, MORBID ANGEL, JOB FOR A COWBOY, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and many more as well as participating in tours/festivals across the US such as Summer Slaughter and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

BEGAT THE NEPHILIM have a heavy yet melodic sound and bring a frenetic and chaotic live performance to the stage which has left a lasting impression on crowds across the US with the band undertaking several nationwide tours and resulted in them being picked up by Unholy Anarchy Records.

Rosen – Reverie

Highly rated crossover crew ROSEN continue their rise with the release of their self-titled new EP, which arrives on Friday 27th July. The fivesome have just dropped a new video for the track, Reverie

Since arriving on the scene last year, the London born ROSEN have wooed fans and industry tastemakers alike for their politically triggered hip-hop/nu metal amalgamation that takes influence from Korn and Hacktivist, spanning through to Rage Against The Machine and Limp Bizkit. ROSEN are comprised of a culturally diverse group with members originating from all corners of the globe, and this wider world view has only served to shape and sharpen the quintet’s outlook.

With a strong social consciousness and song topics reaching from social media and egotism, through to censorship and general apathy, the band have a loud and forceful voice. Their debut single High Tech Low Life, created solid awareness for the fiery five-some, and when ROSEN delivered their sophomore single and video for Riot earlier this year, the track furthered the crossover crew’s reach even more, as it picked up acclaim from the likes of Moshville, Vents Magazine, Alt Corner, Broken Arrow Magazine, and radio airplay on Total Rock. ROSEN now kick on again with the release of their self-titled debut EP, which lands on 27th July. Be sure to catch the band live as they hit the road this Summer; for updates check out their social sites.