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HELLOWEEN ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH HAMMERFALL
German power metal legends HELLOWEEN will embark on the "United Forces" tour of North America in May 2023. Support on the 13-date trek will come from Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 30.
For dates and tickets, try these: helloween.org | hammerfall.net

TWIN PIGS ANNOUNCES SHOWS IN SWEDEN AND GERMANY
Pigs at Sticky Fingers
Swedish punk band TWIN PIGS have announced a few shows in Sweden and Germany in October and November.
These dates are:
Oct. 22 - Sandviken, Sweden
Oct. 29 - Jönköping, Sweden
Nov. 10 - Bielefeld, Germany
Nov. 11 - Aachen, Germany
Nov. 12 - Munchengladbach, Germany
Nov. 26 - Borås, Sweden
facebook.com/twinpigspunk

THÅSTRÖM ANNOUNCES CLUB TOUR IN SWEDEN AND NORWAY
Thastrom at Liseberg
After a arena tour in Scandinavia during the spring, Swedish rock legend Thåström (ex-EBBA GRÖN, IMPERIET) announces a club tour in Sweden and Norway in November and December.
The schedule looks like this:
Nov. 17-19 - The Tivoli, Helsingborg, Sweden
Nov. 23-24 - Vulkan Arena, Oslo, Norway
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 - Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
Dec. 11-13 and 15-17 - Orionteatern, Stockholm, Sweden
Tickets go on sale Thursday, Sepetember 29 at luger.se
thastrom.se

NERVOCHAOS ANNOUNCES SECOND LEG OF EURO TOUR
Brazilian death metal veterans NERVOCHAOS are coming back to Europe between October 6 to November 13.
All dates can be found here: facebook.com/NervoChaos

METALLICA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL CONCERT FOR JONNY AND MARSHA ZAZULA
METALLICA will celebrate the life, legacy, and achievements of Megaforce Records founder Jon "Jonny Z" Zazula and his wife Marsha Zazula with a special show at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on Sunday, November 6. Special guests at the show will be RAVEN.
Tickets for the 7,000-seat theater show will be available starting at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 30. If you're a member of METALLICA's fan club, you will have early access beginning Wednesday, September 28.
metallica.com

TIM "RIPPER" OWENS TO RELEASE SOLO EP
Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens will release a new solo EP, "Return To Death Row", under the RIPPER banner in late October/early November.
The EP was produced by Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Nick Bellmore (Jasta, Dee Snider). Players on the effort include Nick Bellmore, Charlie Bellmore (Dee Snider, ex-TOXIC HOLOCAUST) on guitar, and Chris Beaudette (Jasta, ENTEIRRO) on bass.
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EX-VENOM DRUMMER ABANDDON DIAGNOSED WITH LYMPHOMA
Former VENOM and VENOM INC. drummer Abaddon (real name: Anthony Bray) revealed earlier this week that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma and has started chemotherapy.
Read his own statement: facebook.com/antony.bray.58

VADER ANNOUNCES POLISH TOUR
Vader in Gothenburg many years ago
Polish death metal veterans VADER have announced a series of shows in Poland for November and December.
And when it comes to the VADER tour in Australia and New Zealand, initially confirmed for November 2022, it was forced to be rescheduled for May 2023, due to logistical issues. Support act on the tour will be THY DISEASE.
Dates: facebook.com/vader

HEAR 'N NOW HONOR STEVE GRIMMETT
The multi-artist initiative HEAR 'N NOW, which was put together by the Pennsylvania-based music marketing agency Keep it Metal Promotions, is making the project's first single, "No Road to Ruin", available as a free digital download in an effort to encourage heavy metal fans everywhere to donate to the Steve Grimmett GoFundMe Campaign.
Vocalist Steve Grimmett (GRIM REAPER) passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2022 and the GoFundMe Campaign has been organized to assist his surviving widow and family.
Keep it Metal Promotions has now re-released the single and made it available for free by visiting: keepitmetalpromotions.com/hear-n-now.php
If you want to donate to the GoFundMe Campaign, visit: gofund.me/24d674e0
More info: keepitmetalpromotions.com

DANKO JONES RETURN TO EUROPE
Danko himself at Pustervik
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES will return to Europe on November 30 for a tour that will last until December 17.
More details here: dankojones.com/tour

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SATIN: Angels Come, Angels Go
Art Of Melody Music/Burning Minds Music Group - Digital Single
This is the second single from Norwegian AOR band SATIN's upcoming album, "Appetition", which will see the light on October 14. It's very soft and melodic, just as AOR use to be. But for those who happens to like that, I guess this could be of interest. It has a catchy chorus at least, and that's always something.
This song is on the border to pop though, which is something I don't really like.
youtu.be/hqxM7ILqYMA | burningmindsgroup.com/art-of-melody-music | tomsatin.com

RATBREED: Master Of Deception
Wormholedeath Records - Digital Single
Finnish heavy metal band RATBREED formed in 2015, and released their debut album, "Evoke The Blaze", in 2018. After a short hiatus due to line-up changes and Covid-19 related cancellations, they are now working on their second album. While we wait for that they has given us a first taste of what the new album will sound like, the single "Master Of Deception".
And this sounds really good and interesting. Powerful and pretty traditional. I look forward to hear some more with this band. Fans of good old heavy metal should not be dissapointed when they hear this.
facebook.com/ratbreed | wormholedeath.com

LYCANTHRO: Port Royal
Lycanthro - Digital Single
Canadian power/thrash metal band LYCANTHRO are paying homage to German heavy metal pirates RUNNING WILD and their classic "Port Royal". And they are doing a very good version here, so it could definitely be worth checking out.
The song was originally recorded for a RUNNING WILD tribute album, called "Wild Privateers".
LYCANTHRO was formed in Ottawa in 2016. Their music is a mix of power, thrash and speed metal, with lyrical themes such as classic horror, pop culture and mythology. An EP was released in 2018.

GRADE 2: Doing Time
Epitaph Records - Digital Single
Catchy punk, but full of energy. I like it! It's a short song though, just 1 minute and 13 seconds. But a punk anthem doesn't have to be longer than that. I want more!
This trio hailing from the UK, and the band was formed when they were just 14 years old. "Doing Time" is about the 9 to 5 rat race, so they have obviously become older since then.
GRADE 2 are going on a short UK tour in March 2023. The dates are these:
March 7 - The Lexington, London
March 10 - Louisiana, Bristol
March 18 - Classic Grand, Glasgow
March 19 - Star & Garter, Manchester
youtu.be/tFtjiCBbldM | epitaph.com

THRICE: Open Your Eyes And Dream
Epitaph Records - Digital Single
THRICE is a rock band from California, formed in 1998. They are going on a EU/UK co-headline tour with COHEED AND CAMBRIA in October. But before that they warm us up with this little song. It has a soft verse that almost sounds like indie pop, but a hard and heavy chorus that is almost metal. I guess it's some kind of modern rock that I'm not so familiar with, but this song is o.k. anyway. I have absolutely heard worse.
youtu.be/DrdO_Rv2e4Q | epitaph.com

Monuments To Arson: A Tribute To HIS HERO IS GONE
Satanik Royalty Records - Digital on Sept. 30, LP on March 25, 2023
HIS HERO IS GONE is a cult neo-crust band from Memphis, Tennessee. I honestly don't think that I have ever heard them before (even though I have seen their name through the years), so I can't compare these bands with the original versions of these songs. But the songs that I like here are "Headcount", "Weeds", "Surrender", "Friendly Fire", "And We Burn", and maybe a couple more. So it's not totally hopeless. There should have been more songs like that though, becuse that's much better than the rest. But we all have different taste, and most people are stupid, and so on....
Bands on this tribute compilation are: MANY BLESSINGS, deathCAVE, OPEN VEINS, ISENORDAL, HEIRESS, NIGHTMARE FUEL, OLD IRON, GITHYANKI, HEEL, BLAST CELLS, IMPULSE NOISE, NUCLEAR DUDES, WRETCHED FUCK and PLAGUESTATE. Never heard of them? Well, I have never heard of any of them either, so don't cry because of that.
All proceeds from this compilation will be donated to the Fairbanks Native Association, an indigenous organization that assists with drug and alcohol dependency, mental wellness, and more.
satanikroyaltyrecords.com

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