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MORE LIVE ALBUMS WITH DIO IN SEPTEMBER
Not the best photo, but Dio at Lisebergshallen anyway
On September 23, Niji Entertainment and BMG will re-release 2 legendary live performances from DIO at the Castle Donington festival in the United Kingdom.
"Donington '83" captures the original DIO lineup on the "Holy Diver" tour and captures a young, hungry band 3 months after the release of their debut album.
Following 3 hugely successful studio albums and silver, gold and platinum certifications around the world, "Donington '87" captures the "Dream Evil" lineup.
Both albums is available as limited-edition 2LP and CD configurations.
ronniejamesdio.com

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has been forced to cancel the August and September 2022 European leg of the band's tour.
The cancelation comes a month after singer Zack De La Rocha appeared to injure his leg and had been performing while seated ever since.
Read more: twitter.com/RATMofficial

RE-RELEASE OF DIAMOND HEAD's DEBUT ALBUM
DIAMOND HEAD's genre-defining debut album, "Lightning To The Nations", will be re-released as "Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021]" on September 30 via Silver Lining Music.
The release will feature not only the original album from quarter-inch master tapes which METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich helped DIAMOND HEAD guitarist Brian Tatler retrieve back in 1990, but also alternative mixes of classic cuts "Lightning To The Nations", "The Prince", "Sucking My Love", "Am I Evil?" and "Sweet And Innocent" never publicly released (or heard) before. There is also brand-new cover artwork based on an idea Tatler had, to show a character referred to as "The Lightning God".
"Lightning To The Nations (The White Album) [Remastered 2021]" will be released as a double CD, a deluxe 180-gram gatefold triple-vinyl edition containing the original album remastered, the lost mixes and the bonus tracks. There will also be a single vinyl edition of just the remastered album, also on 180 grams. The complete recordings will also be available to stream and download.
facebook.com/DiamondHeadOfficial

ANTHRAX CANCEL CONCERTS DUE TO MEDICAL CONCERN
Anthrax at Lisebergshallen
ANTHRAX cancelled their concert on Monday (Aug. 8) in Dallas and on Tuesday (Aug. 9) in Austin, Texas due to "medical concern".
The shows were part of the band's North American tour with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and HATEBREED, who were still performing.
anthrax.com

NEW SINGLE WITH SODOM ON FRIDAY
German thrash veterans SODOM are going to release a new single, "1982", on August 12.
Pre-save: orcd.co/sodom_1982
linktr.ee/Sodom_Band

THE POGUES BASSIST DARRYL HUNT IS DEAD
Darryl Hunt, bassist for The POGUES, has passed away at the age of 72.
twitter.com/poguesofficial

WACKEN OPEN AIR 2023 SOLD OUT IN 6 HOURS
The 2022 edition of Wacken Open Air ended less than 2 days ago and the promoters are already able to confirm that next year's installment of the annual metal festival has sold out. Within 6 hours, 80,000 tickets to the 2023 Wacken Open Air were sold. This marks the fastest sellout in Wacken's history.
wacken.com

THUNDERMOTHER CANCEL ALL EUROPEAN SHOWS IN AUGUST
Filippa, the gueen of Thundermother
Swedish all-female hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER have announced that "due to emergency illness in the band we unfortunately must cancel the remaining European shows in August".
facebook.com/thundermother

IRON MAIDEN TO HEADLINE WACKEN OPEN AIR 2023
IRON MAIDEN will headline next year's edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-5, 2023.
Wacken Open Air takes place annually in the village of Wacken, Germany.
Among the other artists confirmed for 2023 are MEGADETH, The DROPKICK MURPHYS, JINJER, DEICIDE, PENTAGRAM, NERVOSA, BURNING WITCHES etc.
wacken.com

WHITESNAKE PULLS OUT OF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SCORPIONS
WHITESNAKE has pulled out of its previously announced North American tour with SCORPIONS due to singer David Coverdale's "continued treatment for a persistent upper respiratory infection".
SCORPIONS will still play all the shows on the trek, featuring support from the Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER, beginning on August 21 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and ending on October 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
whitesnake.com | twitter.com/scorpions | thundermother.com

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THUNDERMOTHER: Black And Gold
AFM Records on Aug. 19 - LP, CD
Filippa, queen of Thundermother, at Sticky Fingers
THUNDERMOTHER has really developed their sound from raw and powerful AC/DC rock to something that sounds more like arena rock. It has always been loud, but now it's also a bigger sound and more varied. I would not say that they have become soft though, they still rock hard, but are maybe more melodic once in a while.
Even though the sound have changed a little, it still sounds really good. THUNDERMOTHER is still a band to be reckoned with. Without a doubt.
THUNDERMOTHER is a Swedish all-female band. They have previously released 4 albums. The line-up has changed a few times through the years, but is today founder/guitarist Filippa Nässil, vocalist Guernica Mancini, Emlee Johansson on drums and Mona Lindgren on bass.
This band seems to be on tour all the time, so how they could find the time to record a new album is a mystery. Check their web site for tour dates.
thundermother.com | afm-records.de

MOTORPSYCHO: Ancient Astronauts
Stickman Records on Aug. 19 - LP, CD
MOTORPSYCHO have kept themselves busy during the "Covid years", and released 2 albums (1 in 2020, and 1 in 2021). They also teamed up with a theatre group called DE UTVALGTE. And just if that wasn't enough, they also played live to a dance performance. Now they have also recorded yet another album, "Ancient Astronauts".
I think I still have a live recording from the 90s with this Norwegian band. I recorded it from the radio, and I have not been listening to it since then, so I didn't really know what to expect from this album, more than that it probably would be a wild ride.
And yes, a wild ride is it indeed. It's both psychedelic and cinematic, as well as hypnotic and soft. Long instrumental parts is nothing unusual. And even though there's just 4 tracks, it's an album. The first track is 6:41 minutes, and the next is just a short piece at 2:14. But after that the adventure begins for real with a song that is 12:16, which is followed by a even longer track that is as long as 22:22.
Are you ready for an adventure?
motorpsycho.no | stickman-records.com

Liv Kristine: Enter My Religion (reissue)
Allegro Talent Media on Aug. 19 - LP, 2CD, Cassette
This album was originally released in 2006, but will now be re-released in several formats. The LP will include an extra single, while the cassette features 2 bonus tracks, and the CD will have an extra disc with unreleased tracks and demo recordings.
Liv Kristine is a Norwegian vocalist. She is also a member of LEAVES'S EYES, and was before that member of THEATRE OF TRAGEDY.
Well, this is a wild mixture of different genres: folk rock, goth rock, pop or rock etc. Her voice is very sugar sweet and polished, but she can sing, no doubt about that. I guess that some of these songs are o.k., while others are absolutely not my cup of tea. And the bonus material is probably just of interest for the true fans.
livkristine.net | allegrotalent.net

ALIENS DON'T RING DOORBELLS: Hello 2 You
No Rules Music Group - Digital EP
This was something different. Some kind of funky blues rock with a touch of soul or something like that? At least the second track. The title track is more melodic.
ALIENS DON'T RING DOORBELLS is an international pop/rock band, with members from USA, UK and The Bahamas. They have released 1 album so far, and a second album is scheduled for release in March 2023. While you wait for that they have released the single "Hello 2 You", and this 2-track EP, which also includes "Don't Touch".
Well, this might not really be a band for Hard Rock Info's readers, but it's catchy and actually not so bad after all. I like "Don't Touch" better than "Hello 2 You" though.
youtu.be/9zj8VlZzaw8

The OCCULT: The Occult
The Occult on Aug. 19 - Digital
These Canadians blend 80s American punk with 90s rock n roll and alternative metal. To me it sounds like The OCCULT are somewhere between VOLBEAT and later MISFITS. So I guess it goes as some kind of horror punk rock.
The dark lyrics are about things like murder, politics and disdain of religion, and this is their debut album, which consist of 13 tracks. The songs are mainly around 2-3 minutes.
Sometimes they succeed to be pretty good. But it's not always of interest to me.
linktr.ee/officialTheOccultband | facebook.com/TheOccultBand

MORBID EVILS: Supernaturals
Transcending Obscurity Records on Aug. 19 - LP, CD, Digital
ROTTEN SOUND vocalist Keijo Niinimaa and his band MORBID EVILS gives us their own dark, twisted and heavy interpretation of death/doom/sludge metal. There's only 4 songs, but they are between 8:38 to 11:45 minutes. In other words pretty long songs.
MORBID EVILS is the sound of desperate agony, or like visiting a really depressive place that makes you just want to leave. It's definitely not beautiful at all.
Those who like it heavy and brutal will probably love this shit though.
tometal.com | morbidevilsband.bandcamp.com

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