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JUNE 22, 2017
Old patch VINYL BOX SET WITH BLACK SABBATH IN SEPTEMBER
BLACK SABBATH has announced "The Ten Year War" — a limited edition vinyl box set, which will be released on September 29 via BMG, that brings together their 8 Ozzy-fronted albums, plus a swathe of other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.
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JUNE 21, 2017
SATOR TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS
Swedish rock veterans SATOR will celebrate their 30-year anniversary at Pustervik in Göteborg, Sweden on October 28.

HEADCAT TO RELEASE TRIBUTE TO LEMMY
In 1999, Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD), Slim Jim Phantom (The STRAY CATS) and rockabilly guitar-slinger Danny B. Harvey (ROCKATS) teamed up to create a high-energy, take-no-prisoners combo to remind the world how rock n roll was supposed to sound. Since Lemmy's untimely passing in 2015, Slim Jim and Danny B. have put HEADCAT on hold out of respect for their fallen bandmate.
But now the band is back. And along with new HEADCAT bassist and vocalist — former MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent — HEADCAT have recently recorded a heartfelt and rockin' tribute to their late friend Lemmy Kilmister, appropriately titled "Born To Lose, Live To Win".
The song will be released digitally worldwide on June 23 and will be available on a very limited-edition 7" single (only 300 copies pressed). The 7" vinyl singles will be available at the band's European shows this August, including at this year's Wacken Open Air festival — where the band will be performing 2 sets throughout the weekend.

ABORTED FORCED TO CANCEL UPCOMING SHOWS
Due to unforeseen personal events, Belgian death metal veterans ABORTED has been forced to cancel their shows from June 25-29. This is a situation beyond the band's control, and they promise to make it up as soon as possible to all parties involved. None of the remaining dates of the Summer run are affected.
goremageddon.be
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JUNE 20, 2017
THE CULT ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
Rock veterans The CULT are going to South America in September/October. They will visit Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. Dates can be found at bandsintown.com/TheCult
thecult.us

NEW ALBUM WITH FOO FIGHTERS IN SEPTEMBER
FOO FIGHTERS are going to release their new album, "Concrete And Gold", on September 15 via Roswell Records/RCA Records.

DREAM EVIL ANNOUNCES SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish heavy metal band DREAM EVIL will do 2 shows in Sweden with ASTRAL DOORS as very special guests. The dates are:
Dec. 15 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg
Dec. 16 - Fryshuset Klubben, Stockholm
Tickets go on sale June 22 at tickster.com/sv/p/triffid-and-danger
dreamevil.se   astraldoors.com
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JUNE 19, 2017
Entombed A.D. ENTOMBED A.D. ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish death metal veterans ENTOMBED A.D. are going on a Latin American tour in August/September, and the first dates can be found at facebook.com/EntombedAD

ULI JON ROTH COMES BACK TO SWEDEN
German guitar hero Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) are coming back to Sweden and Norway in October for 5 shows. You can expect a lot of old SCORPIONS from the 70s. The dates are these:
Oct. 18 - Geronimo's FTG, Stockholm, Sweden
Oct. 19 - Intiman, Västerås, Sweden
Oct. 20 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg, Sweden
Oct. 21 - Rocktober Festival, Gjerdrum, Norway
Oct. 22 - Backstage Bar, Trollhättan, Sweden
For more dates and further details, visit ulijonroth.com
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JUNE 18, 2017
TONY MARTIN WORKING ON NEW SOLO ALBUM
Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has officially commenced work on his long-awaited third solo album. Teamed with drummer Danny "Danté" Needham of TONY MARTIN'S HEADLESS CROSS and VENOM, and American guitarist Scott McClellan, Tony's new collection of songs currently has the working title of "Thornz". It was previously going to be released as "Book Of Shadows", but that title was dropped because of other works under the same name.
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JUNE 16, 2017
Really old photo NEW ALBUM WITH CRADLE OF FILTH IN SEPTEMBER
British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will release their twelfth full-length album, "Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay", on September 22 via Nuclear Blast.

EX-JUDAS PRIEST SINGER JOIN FORCES WITH SAVATAGE GUITARIST
Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens is collaborating with SAVATAGE and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery on a new project. The duo is currently writing material with producer Roy "Z" Ramirez (Bruce Dickinson, HALFORD) for an album that will be released through Frontiers Music Srl.
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JUNE 15, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE IN AUGUST
American rockers QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will release their seventh album, "Villains", on August 25 through Matador Records. You can pre-order it now at smarturl.it/Villains

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NEW SAXON ALBUM IN JANUARY
British heavy metal legends SAXON have set "Thunderbolt" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in January 2018.
saxon747.com

Alice Cooper ALICE COOPER TO REUNITE WITH ORIGINAL BAND MEMBERS FOR UK TOUR
Alice Cooper will once again reunite with original ALICE COOPER band members Dennis Dunaway (bass), Michael Bruce (guitar) and Neal Smith (drums) for a short UK tour in November. The dates are these:
Nov. 11 - Leeds, First Direct Arena
Nov. 12 - Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Nov. 14 - Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Nov. 15 - Manchester, Manchester Arena
Nov. 16 - London, The SSE Arena, Wembley
alicecooper.com
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JUNE 14, 2017
SLF in GBG STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ARE GOING TO AMERICA
Northern Irish punk veterans STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have announced a US tour with DEATH BY UNGA BUNGA that is scheduled for September. The dates can be found at slf.rocks
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JUNE 13, 2017
NEW EP WITH ABORTED
Belgian gore death metal veterans ABORTED will release a new 2-track EP, "Bathos", as a 7" vinyl and digitally. The 7" will be released on July 7 and streaming/download will be available on June 30. You can pre-order the 7" here: cmdistro.de/Search?q=bathos
For upcoming live dates, check out goremageddon.be

NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH DIRKSCHNEIDER IN AUGUST
DIRKSCHNEIDER will release "LIVE – Back To The Roots - Accepted!" on August 4 in Europe and August 18 in USA as DVD/2CD, BluRay/2CD and Gatefold Triple Vinyl in 2 different colors.
The concert was recorded in December 2016 in Brno, Czech Republic. Besides many classics from Udo Dirkscheider's ACCEPT era, there's a cover version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as bonus track on the CD and Vinyl.
You can pre order it now from shop.afm-records.de/dirkschneider
From October 2017 on, DIRKSCHNEIDER will tour with an almost completely new setlist. Of course, it will still contain only ACCEPT hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours.
udo-online.com

IN FLAMES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
Swedish metal band IN FLAMES are going on a European tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH in November/December. Special guests (on most of the dates) will be OF MICE & MEN, and tickets go on sale this Friday, June 16.
Dates and ticket info can be found at inflames.com

BUZZCOCKS AND GBH CONFIRMED FOR NEXT YEAR'S SCOTLAND CALLING
BUZZCOCKS, GBH, COCKNEY REJECTS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, RUTS DC, UK SUBS and SUBHUMANS are some of the acts that have been confirmed for next year's Scotland Calling in Glasgow on April 28.
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JUNE 11, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH PÄNZER IN SEPTEMBER
PÄNZER - the heavy metal "supergroup" featuring DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier alongside Pontus Norgren (HAMMERFALL) and V.O. Pulver (G.U.R.D., POLTERGEIST) on guitar and Stefan Schwarzmann (ACCEPT, ex-RUNNING WILD) on drums - will release its second album, "Fatal Command", in early September via Nuclear Blast.
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JUNE 10, 2017
TESTAMENT TO TOUR EUROPE WITH ANNIHILATOR AND DEATH ANGEL
San Francisco Bay area thrash legends TESTAMENT will embark on a European tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from ANNIHILATOR and DEATH ANGEL. Tickets will be available from Tuesday, June 13. For dates, check out testamentlegions.com
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JUNE 9, 2017
Dirkschneider DIRKSCHNEIDER TO RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA IN 2018
DIRKSCHNEIDER - the band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider - will return to North America in early 2018. For dates, check out udo-online.com

DEBUT ALBUM WITH VENOM INC. IN AUGUST
VENOM INC. - the new band featuring original VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) alongside ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan - will release its debut album, titled "Avé", on August 11 via Nuclear Blast.

LIVE CD AND DVD WITH UNISONIC IN JULY
earMUSIC will release UNISONIC's 2016 Wacken Open Air show on July 21 on CD and DVD.
The band includes HELLOWEEN members Michael Kiske (vocals) and Kai Hansen (guitar), as well as Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD, KROKUS) on guitar, Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) on bass and Kosta Zafiriou (PINK CREAM 69) on drums.

Hardcore Superstar HARDCORE SUPERSTAR ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH FOZZY
Swedish party hard rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR are going on a European co-headline tour with FOZZY this fall. Special guests will be The LAST BAND and MADAME MAYHEM.
The dates can be found at hardcoresuperstar.com
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JUNE 7, 2017
MATRIARKATET PLAN TO GO SEPERATE WAYS
Swedish all-female punk rock band MATRIARKATET has decided to go seperate ways after 4 years as a band. But before that happens they will release 1 last record, a 7" single on Lazy Octopus Records. A first taste of that will be available digitally on June 14. There's also a couple of shows to do before they end the whole thing with a farewell show (more about that later).
facebook.com/matriarkatet

30TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET OF DEF LEPPARD'S "HYSTERIA"
DEF LEPPARD will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its seminal album "Hysteria", one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with the release of "Hysteria (Remastered 2017)". Set to debut on August 4, the remastered anniversary edition will be released in various formats via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/Ume — Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Version, 1 CD Vanilla Version, 2-LP Black Vinyl Version, and limited-edition 2-LP Colored Vinyl Version. The reissue boasts B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for "In The Round In Your Face (Live)" on CD for the first time.
defleppard.com
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JUNE 6, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH PARADISE LOST IN SEPTEMBER
British gothic metal veterans PARADISE LOST will release their new album, "Medusa", on September 1 via Nuclear Blast.
paradiselost.co.uk   nuclearblast.de

MONSTER MAGNET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Heavy rockers MONSTER MAGNET are going to release a new album before the end of the year or in early 2018 via Napalm Records.
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JUNE 5, 2017
Ghost DOES GHOST HAVE A NEW DRUMMER?
GHOST is rumored to have enlisted a new drummer for its current U.S. tour as the support act for IRON MAIDEN. The trek kicked off Saturday night (June 3) at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and hardcore GHOST fans who watched video footage of the opening concert have noted the "slight difference in drum set, different style of playing and slightly larger build" of the musician presently sitting behind the kit for the group, which underwent a complete overhaul earlier this year.
The current GHOST drummer is apparently not the same one that toured Europe with the band in March and April.

CHELSEA RECORDING NEW ALBUM
London punk rockers CHELSEA are currently in the studio to record a new album.
chelseapunkband.com

THE HELLACOPTERS TO DO TRIBUTE SHOW FOR ROBERT "STRÄNGEN" DAHLQVIST
The Hellacopters
Reunited Swedish rock band The HELLACOPTERS are going to do a tribute concert for their former guitarist Robert "Strängen" Dahlqvist, who died suddenly in February due to what is explained as a "disease-related accident event". The concert will be at Debaser Strand in their hometown Stockholm on June 22. All money will go to Robert's daughter. Tickets are on sale today.
hellacopters.com
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JUNE 3, 2017
GERMAN FESTIVAL EVACUATED OVER TERRORIST THREAT
On June 2 German police called for an evacuation of the popular Rock Am Ring festival in Nürburg over a "terrorist threat". More than 80,000 fans are attending the 3-day event, which was scheduled to run until Sunday.
The latest news is that the festival is open again.
Get the latest information at rock-am-ring.com

SAXON ROBBED WHILE ON STAGE
Saxon in action
British heavy metal legends SAXON had their phones, passports and wallets stolen from their dressing room on Thursday, June 1 while they were performing on stage at the U Rock festival at Campus Arena in Umeå, Sweden. The band members have been able to travel following the theft, but some of their crew have not.
The band recently spent time in the studio working on a new studio album for an early 2018 release.
saxon747.com
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JUNE 2, 2017
THE QUIREBOYS COMES BACK TO SWEDEN
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS are coming back to Sweden for 3 shows in November. Special guests will be the Swedish rock band CLOSE QUARTERS. ..and the dates are:
Nov. 09 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg
Nov. 10 - Palatset, Linköping
Nov. 11 - Frimis Salonger, Örebro
quireboys.com

CJ RAMONE TO REPLACE THE EXPLOITED AT EKSJÖ STADSFEST
Scottish punk legends The EXPLOITED have been forced to cancel their show at Eksjö Stadsfest in Eksjö, Sweden on August 25-26. CJ Ramone (RAMONES) step in to replace them.
Among the other acts are AMARANTHE, TORSSON, Magnus Uggla, CORRODED, DOCENTERNA, The BABOON SHOW, SMASH INTO PIECES etc.
eksjostadsfest.se
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JUNE 1, 2017
NEW SINGLE WITH THUNDERMOTHER LATER THIS MONTH
Swedish all-female hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER will release a new single, "We Fight For Rock N Roll", on June 12 via Despotz Records.
thundermother.com   despotz.se

NEW QUIET RIOT ALBUM IN AUGUST
The new album with American hard rock veterans QUIET RIOT, called "Road Rage", will now be released on 4 via Frontiers Music Srl.
officialquietriot.com   frontiers.it

NEW ALBUM WITH THÅSTRÖM IN SEPTEMBER
Thastrom
Swedish rock legend Thåström (ex-EBBA GRÖN, IMPERIET) has set "Centralmassivet" as the title of his new album, which will be released on September 29.
thastrom.se
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MAY 31, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH DEAD LORD IN AUGUST
Dead Lord
Swedish hard rockers DEAD LORD have set "In Ignorance We Trust" as the title of their third album, which will be released through Century Media Records on August 25.
For upcoming tour dates, check out deadlord.com or centurymedia.com

FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALICE COOPER ALBUM OUT NEXT WEEK
Alice
The first single, "Paranoic Personality", from Alice Cooper's new album, "Paranormal", will be released on June 9.
The album will be released on July 28 via earMUSIC.
alicecooper.com

NEW EP WITH THE DWARVES LATER THIS YEAR
American dirt punk veterans The DWARVES will be releasing a new EP called "Julio" later this year via Riotstyle records. The EP will include 5 songs.
A full length album will follow in 2018 via Burger Records.
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MAY 30, 2017
TRIBULATION GOT A NEW DRUMMER
Oscar Leander (ex-DEATHSTARS) is the drummer who will replace Jakob Ljungberg in Swedish death metallers TRIBULATION. Oscar's first gig with the band will be at the Muskelrock festival in Blädinge, Sweden on Thursday, June 1.
TRIBULATION will enter the studio in the end of the summer to record a new album, which is planned to be released early 2018.
tribulation.se

W.A.S.P. CANCEL SUMMER FESTIVALS
W.A.S.P. has given us the following message on Facebook:
"The recording of the new album "Re-Idolized" and the accompanying film for "The Crimson Idol" has developed unexpected delays. This will make it necessary for W.A.S.P. to withdraw from the 4 upcoming festivals that were scheduled for this Summer. This was essential for the band to complete the album and film, to make the scheduled release in September, and the ensuing tour in the fall."
facebook.com/W.A.S.P.Nation

ALESTORM ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Metal pirates ALESTORM are going on a European tour in September/October. Support acts will be ÆTHER REALM and TROLDHAUGEN.
For dates, check out alestorm.net
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MAY 28, 2017
GREGG ALLMAN IS DEAD
Gregg Allman, the legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist and co-founder of The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, has passed away at age 69. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.
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MAY 27, 2017
KISS CANCEL MANCHESTER SHOW
Following the tragic events in Manchester, and the temporary closure of the Manchester Arena, the scheduled KISS concert on May 30 has been cancelled.
kissonline.com
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MAY 26, 2017
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH EUROPE IN JULY
On July 21, Swedish hard rock veterans EUROPE will share their unique 30th-anniversary performance of "The Final Countdown" from London's legendary Roundhouse.
"The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live At The Roundhouse" celebrates the multi-platinum album's triple-decade success. The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London's most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12, 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB.
Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of EUROPE's latest album, "War Of Kings", a release which re-established EUROPE as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.
"The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live At The Roundhouse" will be released as DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD and digital (audio-only release). A 12" sized boxset in a limited edition of 1000 copies will be released in September.
A new studio album will be released in October.
europetheband.com
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MAY 25, 2017
ZEKE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
Seems like American high speed punks ZEKE are back in the saddle. They have just announced a European tour in June/July, and you can find all the dates at facebook.com/ZekeBand

SOLO ALBUM WITH VIXEN VOCALIST IN AUGUST
Janet Gardner, best known as the lead vocalist of the all-female rock band VIXEN, will release her debut solo album on August 18 via Pavement Entertainment in conjunction with Pavement's cohorts Eternal Sound Records for Europe.

GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE DATES TO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES has added 15 additional North American Stadium and Arena stops on their ongoing worldwide "Not In This Lifetime" tour.
Tour dates can be found at gunsnroses.com

EX-JUDAS PRIEST SINGER JOINS FORCES WITH EX-SUPERJOINT RITUAL GUITARIST
Former SUPERJOINT RITUAL and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS guitarist Marzi Montazeri has joined forces with ex-JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens to record a 6-song EP, "The Uprising". The EP will be released on June 23 via Montazeri's recently launched Crunchy Western Records.
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MAY 24, 2017
GRAVEYARD ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Graveyard
Reunited Swedish retro rockers GRAVEYARD are going on a European tour in October. Dates can be found at facebook.com/graveyardofficial

NEW TAU CROSS ALBUM IN JULY
TAU CROSS, the multinational punk/heavy metal collective featuring AMEBIX bassist/frontman Rob "The Baron" Miller, VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits MISERY and WAR//PLAGUE, will release its second full-length album, "Pillar Of Fire", on July 21 on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.
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MAY 23, 2017
DIAMOND HEAD ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR
NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are very excited to announce their first ever Canadian tour in August/September. The dates can be found at facebook.com/DiamondHeadOfficial

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY RECORDING NEW ALBUM
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, has entered a studio in Phoenix, Arizona to record its fourth album. The disc, which is being produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, will be released in the fall via Napalm Records.
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MAY 22, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH ARCH ENEMY IN SEPTEMBER
Arch Enemy
Melodic death metallers ARCH ENEMY have set "Will To Power" as the title of their 10th studio album, which will be released on September 8 through Century Media Records and via Trooper Entertainment in Japan.
You can expect a lot of touring after the album has been released. The first dates can be found at archenemy.net

LONG-RUNNING ENTOMBED CASE MIGHT HAVE COME TO AN END
On May 17, the Swedish Court of First Instance (Patent and Market Court (PMD) at Stockholm District Court) ruled on the long-running case brought by founding ENTOMBED guitarist Alex Hellid, along with Nicke Andersson and Uffe Cederlund, against original ENTOMBED singer Lars-Göran "LG" Petrov regarding the trademark name "Entombed", finding in their favor on all points.

NAZARETH SIGNS WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of legendary Scottish rockers NAZARETH to the label for the release of a brand new studio album in 2018.
The current line-up of the band consists of Jimmy Murrison (longest serving guitarist in the band's history), Lee Agnew (drummer since Darrel Sweet's death in 1999), Pete Agnew (founding member, on bass) and new singer Carl Sentance (who joined the band in 2015 after Dan McCafferty had to retire due to illness).
nazarethdirect.co.uk   frontiers.it
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MAY 21, 2017
2 NEW SONGS WITH RAINBOW
The revamped version of RAINBOW will release its first new music in more than 2 decades on May 26. 2 tracks are currently available for pre-order on iTunes: a new song called "Land Of Hope And Glory" and a re-recording of the RAINBOW classic "I Surrender", which was written by Russ Ballard and was first released by RAINBOW in 1981.
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MAY 19, 2017
DID CHRIS CORNELL KILL HIMSELF?
A medical examiner has determined that SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell killed himself. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said that Cornell died as a result of a "suicide by hanging".
The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News both reported that Cornell was found dead in a hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel with "a band around his neck". However, these reports have not yet been corroborated by official police sources.
A full autopsy report, including toxicology results, has not yet been completed.

SANCTUARY ANNOUNCES SECOND GUITARIST
US metal act SANCTUARY are glad to announce that Attila Voros will be the new second guitar player and joining the band on the 2017 European summer tour.
enterthesanctuary.com

THE GLORIA STORY ANNOUNCES ACOUSTIC SUMMER DATES
TGS live
Swedish hard rockers The GLORIA STORY will do some acoustic shows in Sweden this summer. And the dates are these:
June 3 - Junikalaset, Skövde
July 1 - Rock Mot Cancer, Hjo
July 7 - Kings Table, Stockholm
July 8 - Vicious Rock Fest, Trollhättan
July 15 - Norra Piren, Hjo
July 22 - Holmen, Mariestad
thegloriastory.com

KEE MARCELLO GOT A NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM FAIR WARNING AND ALIEN
Kee unplugged
Former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello got a new band with FAIR WARNING singer Tommy Heart, former ALIEN bassist Ken Sandin and Italian drummer Marco Di Salvia. The band is called KEE OF HEARTS, and they have just signed a record deal with Italian label Frontiers Music Srl. The debut album is planned for release in the late summer.
frontiers.it

HELVETETS PORT ANNOUNCES SHORT TOUR
Swedish old school heavy metal band HELVETETS PORT will do 3 shows in Sweden and 1 in Norway together with the Canadian band ZEX next month. Here's the dates mate:
June 9 - Punx 44 Festival/Kulturgården, Stockholm, Sweden
June 10 - Rock Bar, Örebro, Sweden
June 12 - The Abyss, Göteborg, Sweden
June 13 - Blitz, Oslo, Norway (w/ LÖSS, LUBRICANT)
facebook.com/HelvetetsPort

ALESTORM TO PLAY IN RUSSIA
Metal pirates ALESTORM will do the following 3 shows in Russia in October:
Oct 27 - St. Petersburg, Aurora
Oct 28 - Moscow, Volta
Oct 29 - Ekaterinburg, Dom Pechati
alestorm.net
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MAY 18, 2017
DORO PESCH TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF WARLOCK'S "TRIUMPH AND AGONY" ALBUM
German metal queen Doro Pesch will celebrate the 30th anniversary of WARLOCK's "Triumph And Agony" album on a short U.S. tour in September. "Triumph And Agony" was WARLOCK's fourth and final album.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Sep. 08 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sep. 10 - New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sep. 12 - Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
Sep. 14 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
Sep. 16 – West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go

MARDUK AND FIRESPAWN CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN 21
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The bands for Close-Up Båten 21 have been announced. They are MARDUK, ENSLAVED, ROTTING CHRIST, MYRKUR, FIRESPAWN, CARACH ANGREN and IXXI. 2 more acts will be announced before the ship sail away on the Baltic Sea.
The boat will leave Stockholm, Sweden for Åbo/Turku on October 26, and will be back in Stockholm about 23 hours later. Tickets are on sale now.
And for those who are going with the "punk boat", which leave Stockholm tonight: TROUBLEMAKERS have been forced to cancel due to illness, but JOHAN JOHANSSON & FAS 3 will play instead.
facebook.com/groups/closeupbaten

F.K.Ü. SIGNS WITH DESPOTZ RECORDS
FKU at Getaway Rock
Swedish horror crossover/thrash veterans F.K.Ü. have signed a record deal with Swedish label Despotz Records. A new album with F.K.Ü. will be released in the fall.
facebook.com/moshoholics   despotz.se

SOUNDGARDEN FRONTMAN CHRIS CORNELL IS DEAD
American rock singer Chris Cornell (SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE) has passed away at a age of 52. He died "sudden and unexpected" just a few hours after a show with SOUNDGARDEN in Detroit on May 17. Cause of death is still not clear.
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MAY 17, 2017
CLASSIC CELTIC FROST ALBUMS TO BE REISSUED WITH BONUS TRACKS
CELTIC FROST will reissue its 4 Noise Records albums on June 30 via BMG on deluxe hardback CD and 180-gram double album sets, complete with posters and 10" spine bound book. All tracks have been fully remastered, and these releases will also contain previously unreleased and rare tracks.

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS BRING THEIR 40TH ANNIVERSARY TO SWEDEN
SLF in GBG
Northern Irish punk veterans STIFF LITTLE FINGERS celebrate their 40-year anniversary this year, and will bring the party to Sweden in November. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 15 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg
Nov. 16 - Katalin, Uppsala
Nov. 17 - Rock At Sea, Viking Line on the Baltic Sea
Nov. 18 - Kraken, Stockholm
More tour dates at slf.rocks

RAVEN DRUMMER UNABLE TO PLAY WITH THE BAND
Due to a "sudden serious health issue", RAVEN drummer Joe Hasselvander will be unable to join his bandmates on their upcoming tours. RAVEN will still be playing all upcoming shows with the assistance of fill-in drummers. On Thursday, May 18 in Chicago, Jimmy Mess from TATTOOED MILLIONAIRES will do the honors, and the shows this weekend on the U.S. East Coast they will have FEAR FACTORY drummer Mike Heller behind the kit. And for the European tour, KILL RITUAL drummer Dave Chedrick will do the honors.
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MAY 16, 2017
RUDY SARZO JOINS NEW THRASH BAND FEATURING FORMER MEMBERS OF ANTHRAX AND JOURNEY
Legendary bass player Rudy Sarzo has joined a new thrash band launched by former ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz and ex-JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo.
Since the early 1980s, Sarzo has played with some of the biggest bands and artists in hard rock and heavy metal, including Ozzy Osbourne (alongside guitarist Randy Rhoads), QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO and Geoff Tate's version of QUEENSRŸCHE, not to mention a 5-year stint with hard rock legends BLUE ÖYSTER CULT.

MÖTLEY CRÜE TO RELEASE SPECIAL DELUXE EDITION OF "GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS"
A special deluxe version of MÖTLEY CRÜE's multi-platinum fourth studio album, "Girls Girls Girls", will be released on August 25 to coincide with the LP's 30-year anniversary. The set will be offered in various exclusive bundles.
More info at motley.com

PARADISE LOST ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
British goth metal veterans PARADISE LOST are going to Australia for a short tour in December. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 19, and the dates are these:
Dec 14 - Brisbane - The Triffid
Dec 15 - Sydney - The Metro Theatre
Dec 16 - Melbourne - Corner Hotel
Dec 17 - Adelaide - The Gov
Dec 18 - Perth - Amplifier Capitol
Tickets are available at davidroywilliams.com/tours/paradise-lost
paradiselost.co.uk

VAMPIRE AND BLITZKRIEG CONFIRMED FOR NORDIC NOISE
Vampire in action
VAMPIRE and BLITZKRIEG are the first bands to be confirmed for the Nordic Noise festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 11-12, 2018.
nordicnoise.dk

THE BABOON SHOW HAS ENTERED THE STUDIO
The Baboon Show
Swedish punk rockers The BABOON SHOW has entered the studio for a first recording session for a new album.
thebaboonshow.com
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MAY 15, 2017
MARILYN MANSON ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Marilyn Manson comes to Europe for a tour in November/December. More info at marilynmanson.com Tickets go on sale Friday, May 19.
Marilyn will soon release his 10th studio album, "Heaven Upside Down".

LASTKAJ 14 AND MOB 47 CONFIRMED FOR HALMSTA' PUNKEN
Lastkaj 14
LASTKAJ 14, MOB 47, CITY SAINTS, KNAEGT, The HEADLINES, HOPPSTYLTA and BAD BOYS have been confirmed for Hamlsta' Punken in Halmstad, Sweden on July 30.
facebook.com/events/1396437703713151
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MAY 14, 2017
TRIBULATION PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
The drummer for Swedish death metallers TRIBULATION, Jakob Ljungberg, has decided to leave the band.
facebook.com/Tribulationofficial
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MAY 13, 2017
RAUBTIER FRONTMAN GOES SOLO
Raubtier in GBG
Hulkoff, frontman for Swedish industrial metal band RAUBTIER, are going to release his first solo single, "Faravid", on May 19 through most digital platforms. The song comes from his upcoming solo album.
RAUBTIER is not over though.
facebook.com/hulkoff

BLISTERHEAD FORCED TO POSTPONE RELEASE SHOWS
Blisterhead
Swedish punk rockers BLISTERHEAD have been forced to cancel their 2 release shows (Sticky Fingers in Göteborg on June 2 and Beardmen in Skövde on June 3) for their new EP, "Border Control" (which will be released on May 19). This is because their drummer have to fix a broken shoulder. The band try to reschedule these shows.
There will still be a party in Göteborg, Sweden though, but without a live performance by the band. This will happen at Crippas Café on June 2. More info about that (in Swedish) here.
facebook.com/Blisterhead
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MAY 12, 2017
DEBUT ALBUM WITH THE LURKING FEAR IN AUGUST
Swedish death metal supergroup The LURKING FEAR will release its debut album, "Out Of The Voiceless Grave", on August 11 via Century Media.
The members are Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES) - Vocals, Jonas Stålhammar (The CROWN) - Guitar, Fredrik Wallenberg (SKITSYSTEM) - Guitar, Andreas Axelsson (DISFEAR, TORMENTED, EDGE OF SANITY) – Bass, Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, The HAUNTED) – Drums.

HAVOK RETURN TO EUROPE IN AUGUST
U.S. thrash metallers HAVOK have just successfully completed a first European headline tour with support by WARBRINGER, GOROD and EXMORTUS for their freshly released fourth full length album, "Conformicide". And the good news is that HAVOK are set to return to Europe in August in order to play a mix of summer festival dates and club shows, which will also see them pair up with acts like CONVERGE, GORGUTS, REVOCATION and others..
For tour dates, go to havokband.com

THE EXPLOITED CANCEL SHOWS IN ENGLAND AND ROMANIA
Scottish punk legends The EXPLOITED have been forced to cancel the following 2 shows:
June 3 - North West Calling in Manchester, England
June 16 - Periam in Romania
Frontman Wattie has been advised by the doctors not to try and do any shows as his health really is in a bad way. He has been booked into a clinic in London for 4 to 5 weeks to see if he can get his health sorted out.
the-exploited.net

ACCEPT ANNOUNCES JAPANESE TOUR DATES
Accept in Sweden
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT are going to Japan in September for 4 shows:
Sep. 10 - Fukuoka, Drum Logos
Sep. 12 - Osaka, Umeda Club Quattro
Sep. 13 - Nagaoya, Bottom Line
Sep. 14 - Tokyo, Nakano Sun Plaza Hall
ACCEPT's new album, "The Rise Of Chaos", will be released on August 4 via Nuclear Blast.
acceptworldwide.com
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MAY 11, 2017
PENTAGRAM COMES TO EUROPE WITHOUT BOBBY LIEBLING
As was the case for the recently completed U.S. shows, legendary U.S. heavy/doom metal band PENTAGRAM will play its previously booked European tour dates this summer without frontman and founding member Bobby Liebling. Guitarist Victor Griffin will take care of the vocals on this tour.

ALICE IN CHAINS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
ALICE IN CHAINS is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording its new album for a tentative late 2017 or early 2018 release.

ALICE COOPER SIGNS WITH EARMUSIC
Alice at Getaway Rock
earMUSIC is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Alice Cooper. His new album, "Paranormal" (the first in 6 years), will be released on July 28 as 2CD Digipak, 2LP, Limited Box Set and Digital.
alicecooper.com   ear-music.net

HEXVESSEL ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR DATES
Finnish psychedelic forest folk rockers HEXVESSEL will do 4 shows in Germany in late July:
July 26 - Hamburg, Hafenklang (w/ MOTOROWL)
July 27 - Berlin, Cassiopaia (w/ CHILD, POWDER FOR PIGEONS)
July 28 - Burg Herzberg Festival
July 29 - Prophecy Fest
hexvessel.com
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MAY 10, 2017
QUEENSRŸCHE, LITA FORD AND DORO CONFIRMED FOR MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE
Queensryche in GBG
Details for the eighth annual Monsters Of Rock Cruise have been announced:
Departing out of Miami, Florida, the 5-day/5-night full ship charter cruise will set sail February 11-16, 2018 aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas (a new ship for Monsters Of Rock) and visiting 2 new ports: Falmouth, Jamaica and the private isle of Labadee.
Tickets are avilable now, and among the confirmed artists are TESLA, QUEENSRŸCHE, Lita Ford, BRITISH LION, DORO, KIX, Y&T, VIXEN, LA GUNS, PRETTY MAIDS, LOUDNESS, The QUIREBOYS, KEEL, RAVEN, MADAM X, John Corabi, The IRON MAIDENS etc. etc.
More info at monstersofrockcruise.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THE HAUNTED IN AUGUST
The Haunted
Swedish thrash metallers The HAUNTED have set "Strength In Numbers" as the title of their ninth studio album, which will be released on August 25 via Century Media Records.
the-haunted.com   centurymedia.com

SATYRICON SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS
Very old photo of Satyricon
Norwegian black metal legends SATYRICON have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records and entered the studio to begin recording a brand new album, which is set for a September 22 release.
facebook.com/SatyriconOfficial   napalmrecords.com

BOMBUS AND ELECTRIC BOYS CONFIRMED FOR ROCKFESTEN
Bombus
BOMBUS, ELECTRIC BOYS, HORISONT, LILLASYSTER, ROBERTPEHRSSON'S HUMBUCKER, BALLBREAKER (AC/DC tribute) and QUEER (QUEEN tribute) have been confirmed for Rockfesten at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm city, Sweden on July 7-8. Free entrance! More artists will be announced soon..
More info at rockfesten.nu

BLACK STAR RIDERS CONFIRMED FOR SKOGSRÖJET
Black Star Riders
BLACK STAR RIDERS have been confirmed for the Skogsröjet festival in Rejmyre, Sweden on August 3-5.
Confirmed since earlier are Yngwie Malmsteen, SAXON, KROKUS, The DARKNESS, D-A-D, UGLY KID JOE, PRETTY MAIDS, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, BACKYARD BABIES, LOUDNESS, SATOR, IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC etc.
More info at skogsrojet.se

UFO AND SAXON RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA
Saxon in GBG
Due to demand following their hugely successful tour together in March and April, UFO and SAXON have announced more dates in the U.S., plus 2 in Canada, in September and October. The dates can be found at: ufo-music.info or saxon747.com   Special guest on all shows will be Jared James Nichols.
UFO are currently working on a covers album.

EX-BLACK FLAG MEMBER CEL REVUELTA HAS PASSED AWAY
Cel Revuelta, who was in the final incarnation of the legendary American punk band BLACK FLAG during the band's original run, has passed away.
In June 2016, Revuelta was diagnosed with brain cancer. Although he underwent an operation and treatment, he succumbed to the disease last week. He was 56.
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MAY 9, 2017
MASTERPLAN TO RELEASE ALBUM WITH RE-RECORDED HELLOWEEN SONGS
MASTERPLAN, which features former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, will release a new studio album titled "PumpKings" on June 30 via AFM. The effort consists of reworked versions of HELLOWEEN songs from albums that Grapow played on during his time in the legendary German power metal band. Included are 3 songs from HELLOWEEN's "Pink Bupples Go Ape" (1991) LP, 2 from "Chameleon" (1993), 2 from "Master Of The Rings" (1994), 1 from "The Time Of The Oath" and 2 from "The Dark Ride" (2000).

NEW ALBUM WITH PAGANIZER IN AUGUST
Swedish death metallers PAGANIZER will release a new album, "Land of Weeping Souls", on August 5 via Indian label Transcending Obscurity Records. The album will be available as LP, CD, Box Set and digitally.
paganizer.bandcamp.com   tometal.com

PRETTY MAIDS REPLACE ALLAN WITH ALLAN
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS have found a new drummer, Allan Sørensen (ROYAL HUNT etc). He replace Allan Tchicaja, who recently left the band.
prettymaids.dk

ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Rock legends ROLLING STONES are going on a European tour in September and October. Dates can be found at rollingstones.com
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MAY 8, 2017
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Rock legends ROLLING STONES are going on a European tour in September and October. Dates can be found at rollingstones.com
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MAY 7, 2017
GUNS N' ROSES TO PLAY TOGETHER WITH THE WHO IN BUENOS AIRES
On October 1, GUNS N' ROSES and THE WHO will join forces for a concert at Estadio Único De La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2 megastar bands are also rumored to be planning joint performances in several cities in Brazil as well as in Peru and Chile.
gunsnroses.com   thewho.com
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MAY 6, 2017
TESTAMENT ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT will be touring in Latin America from mid-August to early September. The dates are as follows:
8/16/2017 Belem, Brazil - Botequim
8/18/2017 Manaus, Brazil - Teatro Manauara
8/19/2017 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Carioca Club
8/20/2017 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Circo Voador
8/22/2017 Montevideo, Uruguay - Montevideo Music Box
8/23/2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina - El Teatro Flores
8/24/2017 Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolican
8/26/2017 Quito, Ecuador - Estacion De Cristal Teleferico
8/27/2017 Lima, Peru - Centro de Convenciones Festiva
8/29/2017 San Jose, Costa Rica - Pepper's
9/1/2017 Mexico City, Mexico - Plaza Condesa
9/2/2017 Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana
testamentlegions.com

NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH GRAHAM BONNET BAND IN JULY
On July 7, legendary rock vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ) will release a new live album and home video captured during his acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival III in Trezzo (Milan), Italy on April 24, 2016. The title will be "Live... Here Comes The Night", and it will be available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

NEW L.A. GUNS ALBUM IN OCTOBER
The current version of L.A. GUNS — which includes singer Phil Lewis and the band's co-founding guitarist Tracii Guns — will release its new album, "The Missing Peace", on October 6 via the Italian record label Frontiers Music Srl.

HEADCAT TO CONTINUE WITH DAVID VINCENT FROM MORBID ANGEL
After the success of the HEADCAT show last December in Berlin, the 2 surviving members of the band, Slim Jim Phantom and Danny B. Harvey (both from STRAY CATS if I'm not totally wrong), have decided to continue the rockabilly band they started with Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD) over 17 years ago. They will be playing 3 shows next month in the USA and a handful of European shows in late summer that will be announced over the next few days.
The bass and most of the vocal duties will be handled by former frontman and bassist from death metallers MORBID ANGEL, David Vincent.
facebook.com/HeadCatOfficial
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MAY 5, 2017
THE DAMNED ANNOUNCES RE-SCHEDULED U.S. DATES
British punk rock veterans The DAMNED let us know that Captain Sensible's injuries still require more time before a performance can be attempted. Montreal, Boston and Brooklyn have now been rescheduled as listed below. All tickets and VIP packages will be honored for the following dates:
May 23 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
May 24 - Boston, MA - Paradise
May 25 - Montreal, QUE - Club Soda (This has been moved from May 23 to May 25)
officialdamned.com

DAVE INGRAM GOT A NEW PROJECT WITH JONNY PETTERSSON
Death metal vocalist Dave Ingram (HAIL OF BULLETS, ECHELON, BOLT THROWER, BENEDICTION) got a new old school death metal project with Jonny Pettersson (WOMBBATH, ASHCLOUD, HENRY KANE, SYN:DROM) called URSINNE. The guys have now found themselves a bass player in form of Sonia Nusselder (SHADE OF HATRED, SEPIROTH).
Their debut album, "Swim With The Leviathan", will be out in the next few months on Transcending Obscurity Records. That album was recorded before Sonia joined the band.
facebook.com/UrsinneBand   tometal.com

NEW COLLECTION WITH D.S.-13
Reunited Swedish hardcore/punk band D.S.-13 will have a collection of EP's and compilation tracks released in late summer/early fall. There will be a total of 67 tracks on 2 colored vinyls (double LP). It will be released through Spela Snabbare Records in Europe, Havok Records in U.S.A. and Crew For Life Records in Japan.
facebook.com/ds13hardcore

BLACK STAR RIDERS GOT A NEW DRUMMER
Hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS (aka THIN LIZZY sometimes) have found a new drummer. His name is Chad Szeliga (BREAKING BENJAMIN, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY).
blackstarriders.com
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MAY 3, 2017
THE DAMNED SIGN TO SEARCH AND DESTROY
UK punk rock icons The DAMNED have inked a new deal with Raw Power Management imprint Search And Destroy for the release of their upcoming new album.
A joint venture with Spinefarm Records/Universal, Search And Destroy will release the band's first album in almost 10 years – the follow up to 2008s "So, Who's Paranoid?". A release date and title are yet to be confirmed but it looks like the record is likely to drop towards the end of the year.
officialdamned.com

IN FLAMES TAPS BASSIST BRYCE PAUL FOR U.S. TOUR
Swedish metal band IN FLAMES have recruited Bryce Paul — a member of the Southern California pop-rock outfit IVES — to play bass for the band on their current U.S. tour, which includes a number of headlining shows and festival appearances.
Dates can be found at inflames.com

DESULTORY TO RELEASE THEIR LAST ALBUM
Swedish death metallers DESULTORY will release their last album, "Through Aching Aeons", on June 23. After this release they will cease to exist as a band (more info about that will follow soon).
facebook.com/Desultory-50447918404
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MAY 2, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH RANCID IN JUNE
American punk rockers RANCID will release a new album, titled "Trouble Maker", on June 9.
rancidrancid.com

ONSLAUGHT AND MERCILESS CONFIRMED FOR BLACK CHRISTMASS
ONSLAUGHT, MERCILESS, BELPHEGOR and BÖLZER have been confirmed for the Black Christmass festival in Norrköping, Sweden on December 15-16.
More info at skrikhult.se

ZEPHYRA NEED A NEW DRUMMER AND BASSIST
Local (Borås, Sweden) melodic death metal band ZEPHYRA are looking for a new drummer and a new bassist.
facebook.com/zephyraofficial

TRIPLE LIVE ALBUM WITH METALLICA
As METALLICA gets ready to hit the road and kick off its North American tour, the band thought it might be cool to revisit the very beginning of "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" by pressing 1 of the live release celebrations on vinyl.
It all started with the Fifth Member show at the 1,500-capacity Webster Hall in New York City in September of last year, so this Friday, May 5, the 3-LP set of that show will be available exclusively online at Metallica.com as well as in the band's pop-up stores in select tour cities this summer (more on that soon).
Newly mastered for vinyl and mixed by the team that brought you "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", the 3-disc limited edition package is pressed on 140-gram vinyl and includes the digital download of the show as well.

QUEENSRŸCHE TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Seattle-based progressive metal band QUEENSRŸCHE are hoping to entering the studio in September to record their new album for an early 2018 release via Century Media. The band's third full-length effort with Todd La Torre on lead vocals will once again be produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who has previously worked with Rob Zombie, HATEBREED, SOULFLY and SHADOWS FALL, among others.
La Torre also plans to release his debut solo album in 2018 via Rat Pak Records.

THE DAMNED FORCED TO POSTPONE SHOWS IN MONTREAL AND BOSTON
According to a post from the band's Facebook page, punk rock veterans The DAMNED have postponed their shows in Montreal on May 23 and Boston on May 24 due to Captain Sensible falling off the stage and breaking a rib at their Toronto show on April 30.
You can read the band's full statement here: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialDamned/posts/10154658890517852
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APR. 30, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH CHEAP TRICK
American rock icons CHEAP TRICK are partnering with PledgeMusic on a pre-order campaign for their anticipated forthcoming album, "We're All Alright!". Fans who order the album will not only be among the first to hear brand-new tracks, but will also have access to limited-edition CHEAP TRICK merchandise available exclusively through PledgeMusic.
Pledgers can pre-order the album in digital, CD, and vinyl form now on CHEAP TRICK's campaign page: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/cheap-trick-new-album

CHARTA 77 PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST
Bassist Mattias Söderlund has decided to leave Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 after 17 years. Stefan "Mongo" Enger (KÖTTGROTTORNA) will replace him when the band play live.
CHARTA 77 is currently working on a new album.
facebook.com/charta77band
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APR. 29, 2017
OZZY OSBOURNE AND ZAKK WYLDE TO REUNITE
For the first time in more than a decade, Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde are together again. The 2 will hit the road for a series of Ozzy headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14. In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitar, Ozzy's band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards).
Confirmed dates (so far) are:
July 14 - Oshkosh, WI - Ozzy at Rock USA
July 16 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Open Air Festival
August 9 - Sturgis, SD - The Legendary Buffalo Chip
August 21 - Cartersville, IL - Moonstock 2017 Festival
Ozzy is also preparing a new solo album, which will be released in 2018 via Epic.
ozzy.com
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APR. 28, 2017
KREATOR TO REISSUE 4 CLASSICS
German thrash veterans KREATOR's classic 1980s albums "Endless Pain", "Pleasure To Kill", "Terrible Certainty" and "Extreme Aggression" have been remastered and will be re-released on June 9 with plenty of bonus material, retouched artwork and liner notes from mainman Mille himself. The albums will be available on 180 gram vinyl with gatefold, CD and digital.
kreator-terrorzone.de

NEW ALBUM WITH MUNICIPAL WASTE IN JUNE
American old-school thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE will release a new album, "Slime and Punishment", on June 23 via Nuclear Blast Records.
municipalwaste.net

NEW SINGLE WITH CHARTA 77
A new digital single with Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77, entitled "Geronimo Och Jag", is out today (Apr. 28).
facebook.com/charta77band
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APR. 26, 2017
MANOWAR ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN SWEDEN AND NORWAY
MANOWAR have confirmed 5 more dates for The Final Battle World Tour 2017:
Nov. 15 – Arbis, Norrköping, Sweden
Nov. 17 – Scandic Scene, Hamar, Norway
Nov. 18 – Fryshuset Arenan, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov. 20 – Trädgår'n, Gothenburg, Sweden (19:00)
Nov. 20 – Trädgår'n, Gothenburg, Sweden (22:00)
Tickets for all 5 shows will go on sale on April 27.
For ticket information and more tour dates, go to manowar.com
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APR. 25, 2017
NEW SINGLE WITH KÖRSBÄRSFETTERA IN MAY
Swedish punk rock ladies KÖRSBÄRSFETTERA will release a new digital single, "Slug Pit", on May 12.
facebook.com/korsbarsfettera

MASSACRE X CHANGES NAME TO GODS OF DEATH
The revamped version of the classic late 1980s/early 1990s death metal band MASSACRE has changed its name from MASSACRE X to GODS OF DEATH. GODS OF DEATH includes death metal pioneers Kam Lee (vocals) and Rick Rozz DeLillo (guitar).
The new name, GODS OF DEATH, was chosen to represent the band as well as the Rozz and Lee as 2 of the "founding fathers of the death metal genre", according to a press release. The plan is to play songs from MASSACRE's "From Beyond" album, along with a few new tracks and old classics from DEATH and MANTAS.
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APR. 24, 2017
STATUS QUO ANNOUNCES ACOUSTIC SHOWS IN UK
STATUS QUO will do 9 acoustic (or aquostic as they call it) shows in UK in November/December. Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 28, and the dates are these:
Nov. 26 - Manchester, O2 Apollo
Nov. 27 - Sheffield, City Hall
Nov. 29 - Cardiff, St David's Hall
Nov. 30 - Reading, Hexagon
Dec. 2 - Bournemouth, International Centre
Dec. 3 - Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
Dec. 5 - Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
Dec. 6 - Newcastle, City Hall
Dec. 8 - London, Eventim Apollo
statusquo.co.uk
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APR. 21, 2017
EX-PANTERA BASSIST REX BROWN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM IN JULY
Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown has set "Smoke On This" as the title of his debut solo album, due on July 28 via Entertainment One (eOne). The disc will be the first time in Brown's career in which he will serve as both lead vocalist and guitarist in a band.

METAL CHURCH RECRUITS FORMER W.A.S.P. DRUMMER
American metal band METAL CHURCH has recruited Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) to play drums for the band on all its summer shows. He joins the group as the replacement for Jeff Plate, who announced his departure from METAL CHURCH last month.
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APR. 20, 2017
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE TO RELEASE ALBUM WITH REGGAE COVERS
British punk legends ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE are going to release a new album on May 13. It's said to be a "collection of old-school reggae covers that originally inspired Animal and Winston back when they were young'uns, but with a bit of a 'League Style' twist."
You can pre-order the album now at anti-nowhere-league.mysupadupa.com
facebook.com/antinowhereleague

DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH WARBRINGER
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY will return to North America in September/October. Support will come from US thrashers WARBRINGER and Canadian metal band STRIKER.
Tickets are available now at enterthevault.com/artist.php?id=451
darktranquillity.com

KREATOR TO TEAM UP WITH VADER FOR AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND TOUR
German thrash veterans KREATOR will team up with Polish death metal veterans VADER as special guests for a tour in Australia and New Zealand in September. And the dates are these:
Sep. 2 - The Studio, Auckland
Sep. 5 - Capitol, Perth
Sep. 7 - The Gov, Adelaide
Sep. 8 - 170 Russell, Melbourne
Sep. 9 - Manning Bar, Sydney
Sep. 10 - The Zoo, Brisbane
Tickets are availble from davidroywilliams.com.au
kreator-terrorzone.de   vader.pl

THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES FRENCH WINTER TOUR
British pub rock veterans The STRANGLERS will take their "Classic Collection" tour to France in late November/early December. There will be 10 dates, and tickets go on sale today (Apr. 20).
For dates and further details, go to stranglers.net

DR. LIVING DEAD! TO ENTER THE STUDIO
Swedish thrash band DR. LIVING DEAD! are set to enter the studio this weekend to record their fourth full length album.
The as of yet untitled album is set for a fall release via Century Media Records, with touring to follow.
facebook.com/drlivingdeadofficial   centurymedia.com
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APR. 19, 2017
ACE FREHLEY TO SUPPORT ALICE COOPER IN AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will be very special guest on Alice Cooper's tour in Australia and New Zealand in October. The dates are:
Australia:
OCT 17: Perth, Arena
OCT 19: Adelaide, The Barton Theatre
OCT 20: Melbourne, Margaret Court Arena
OCT 21: Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
OCT 23: Canberra, AIS Arena
OCT 24: Newcastle, Entertainment Centre
OCT 25: Brisbane, Convention Centre
New Zealand:
OCT 27: Auckland, The Trusts Arena
OCT 28: Wellington, TSB Bank Arena
For ticket info, visit alicecooper.com
acefrehley.com
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APR. 18, 2017
ALICE COOPER TO REUNITE WITH FORMER MEMBERS FOR NASHVILLE PERFORMANCE
Alice Cooper will be rejoined by 3 members of the original ALICE COOPER band — bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce — for a special performance in Nashville next month. The legendary rocker's May 14 concert at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall will include what's being described as a "mini-set" by the quartet (who were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011). Glenn Buxton, the band's original guitarist, died in 1997.
Dunaway, Smith and Bruce have contributed to and appear on Cooper's forthcoming album, produced again by longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin and due this summer.
alicecooper.com

MEGADETH TO TOUR WITH MESHUGGAH
MEGADETH will join forces with MESHUGGAH, TESSERACT and LILLAKE for around dozen dates in the U.S. and Canada in June and July. And the details are as follows:
Jun. 23 - Big Flats, NY - Tags Summer Stage
Jun. 25 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Jun. 27 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
Jun. 28 - Portsmouth, VA - Portsmouth Pavilion
Jun. 29 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
Jun. 30 - Columbus, OH - Express Live
Jul. 05 - Windsor, ON - Colosseum at Caesar's Windsor (MEGADETH and MESHUGGAH only)
Jul. 07 - Saint Charles, MO - Family Arena
Jul. 08 - Oklahma City, OK - The Zoo Amphitheater
Jul. 09 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
Jul. 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
megadeth.com

RAINBOW IS RECORDING NEW MUSIC
The revamped version of RAINBOW recently entered the studio to record the band's first new music in more than 2 decades.

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
Just weeks after announcing a 26-date summer tour of North America, QUEEN + Adam Lambert today revealed further live plans for 2017, which will now see the band return to Europe later this year for a series of 25 dates including 11 arena concerts in the UK and Ireland. The tour will showcase a spectacular new stage production and a set list that the band hints will provide some surprises.
More info at queenonline.com
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APR. 17, 2017
TRIBULATION AND MERCILESS CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
TRIBULATION, MERCILESS, STEEL INFERNO and NEBULOUS AURA have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge (between Alvesta and Växjö), Sweden, which take place June 1-3.
Confirmed since earlier are acts like GIRLSCHOOL, RAVEN, EDDY MALM BAND, ANTICHRIST, CAULDRON, DESTINY, ORKAN, SCREAMER, TYRANEX etc.
More info at muskelrock.com

PESTILENCE ANNOUNCES NEW BASSIST
Veteran Dutch extreme metallers PESTILENCE have recruited Slovenian bassist Tilen Hudrap (VICIOUS RUMORS, PARADOX, THRAW) for their upcoming studio album, "Hadeon", and accompanying world tour.

NEW ALBUM WITH ACCEPT IN AUGUST
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT will release their new studio album, "The Rise Of Chaos", on August 4 via Nuclear Blast. The band will launch the disc on August 3 with a special show at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. The group's set will consist of 3 parts: Part 1 will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits. Part 2 will present another premiere: Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann will play tracks from his solo album, "Headbangers Symphony", released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.
acceptworldwide.com

THUNDERMOTHER ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBERS
Swedish all-female hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER have found some new members: Guernica Mancini (vocals), Sara Pettersson (bass) and Emlee Johansson (drums).
The only original member that is left is guitarist Filippa Nässil.
thundermother.com
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APR. 15, 2017
DELUXE 2-CD REISSUE WITH MOTÖRHEAD/PINK FAIRIES GUITARIST LARRY WALLIS
Guitarist Larry Wallis (ex-MOTÖRHEAD, PINK FAIRIES) did a solo album, "Death In The Guitarfternoon" in 2001. The album is now available as a 2-CD deluxe edition jam packed with bonus material, as well as a digital version.
You can buy the CD here and the digital version here.

I AM MORBID ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) will join forces with guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN) to perform classic MORBID ANGEL songs under the I AM MORBID banner. The new band - which will play material from MORBID ANGEL's "Altars Of Madness" (1989), "Blessed Are The Sick" (1991), "Covenant" (1993) and "Domination" (1995) albums - will perform 5 shows in Russia in late May, followed by 14 dates in the rest of Europe. The tour will feature NECROPHAGIA as direct support.
The schedule looks like this:
May 23 - Krasnodar (Russia)
May 24 - Samara (Russia)
May 25 - Ekaterinburg (Russia)
May 26 - Moscow (Russia)
May 27 - St. Petersburg (Russia)
May 29 - Bielsko-Biala (Poland)
May 30 - Kosice (Slovakia)
May 31 - Budapest (Hungary)
Jun. 01 - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Jun. 02 - Venice (Italy)
Jun. 03 - Lyss (Switzerland)
Jun. 05 - (to be announced)
Jun. 06 - Munich (Germany)
Jun. 07 - Erfurt (Germany)
Jun. 08 - Flensburg (Germany)
Jun. 09 - Den Haag (Netherlands)
Jun. 10 - Tilburg (Netherlands)
Jun. 11 - Leipzig (Germany)
Jun. 12 - Oberhausen (Germany)
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APR. 14, 2017
PESTILENCE SIGNS WITH HAMMERHEART
Veteran Dutch extreme metallers PESTILENCE have inked a deal with Hammerheart Records. The band will enter the studio in June to begin recording its new album, "Hadeon", for a late 2017 release.

NEW ALBUM WITH BRING THE DRONES IN MAY
Swedish/British punk band BRING THE DRONES (with members from ANTI CIMEX, DOOM etc.) will release a new LP (vinyl), titled "Ignorance Paradise", on May 5 via Kibou Records (UK) and Phobia Records (Czech Republic).
facebook.com/BringTheDrones
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APR. 13, 2017
SPARZANZA SIGNS WITH DESPOTZ
Swedish hard rock/metal band SPARZANZA have signed to Swedish label Despotz Records. A new album will be released in the fall.
sparzanza.com   despotz.se

NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH STATUS QUO IN JULY
STATUS QUO are going to release "The Last Night Of The Electrics" on July 14 via earMUSIC. It's a live recording from London's O2 last year, and it will be released in all kinds of formats, like 2CD, 3LP, DVD, Blu-ray, digital etc.
More info at statusquo.co.uk

NEW ALBUM WITH BROKEN HOPE IN JUNE
Chicago death metallers BROKEN HOPE will release their new full-length album, "Mutilated And Assimilated", on June 23 via Century Media Records.

NEW BAND WITH FORMER MEMBERS OF GRAVEYARD AND WITCHCRAFT
BIG KIZZ is a new rock band featuring drummer Axel Sjöberg (ex-GRAVEYARD), guitarist John Hoyles (SPIDERS, ex-WITCHCRAFT) on bass and vocalist/guitarist Pontus Westerman from Swedish garage outfit LADY BANANA. The classic power trio, who plays good time rock n roll energized with elements of power pop and punk, has signed to Tee Pee Records and will release its debut EP, "Eye On You", on June 9.
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APR. 12, 2017
CLASSIC NEW YORK DOLLS ALBUMS TO BE REISSUED ON COLORED VINYL IN MAY
UMe celebrates the NEW YORK DOLLS' legacy with new limited-edition colored-vinyl editions of the band's 2 classic 70s LPs, "New York Dolls" and "Too Much Too Soon", out on May 5.
The new vinyl releases will be available in strictly limited editions of 500 each and exclusively available through uDiscover.

FORMER VENOM MANAGER ERIC COOK IS DEAD
Former VENOM manager Eric Cook has died. He was overseeing the band's affairs in the beginning and helped them get established in the 80s.
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APR. 11, 2017
THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES TOUR IN NEW ZEALAND/AUSTRALIA
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS are going to New Zealand and Australia in early 2018 for a few shows. Tickets go on general sale this Thursday, April 13, and the dates are these:
Feb. 2 - Auckland Town Hall
Feb. 3 - Wellington Opera House
Feb. 6 - Melbourne Forum
Feb. 7 - Brisbane Tivoli
Feb. 8 - Sydney Enmore Theatre
Feb. 10 - Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
Feb. 12 - Perth Astor Theatre
stranglers.net

GRAVE DIGGER ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES IN GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND
German heavy metal veterans GRAVE DIGGER have announced some new tour dates in Germany and Switzerland later this year. Support act on these dates will be ELA.
The dates are:
Sep. 29 - Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
Sep. 30 - HsD Gewerkschaftshaus, Erfurt, Germany
Oct. 1 - Fabrik, Bruschsal, Germany
Oct. 2 - Lokschuppen, Heidenhem, Germany
Oct. 7 - Lötschbergzentrum, Spiez, Switzerland
grave-digger-clan.com

HARDCORE SUPERSTAR AND ALFAHANNE CONFIRMED FOR PEACE & LOVE
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, ALFHANNE and The SOUNDS have been confirmed for the Peace & Love festival in Borlänge, Sweden on July 6-8.
Among the other acts are The HELLACOPTERS, MILLENCOLIN, SATOR, REFUSED, KANSAS, SPARZANZA, LILLASYSTER, BOMBUS, SMASH INTO PIECES, HEAVY TIGER, BONAFIDE and a lot of pop acts..
More info at peaceandlove.se
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APR. 10, 2017
NECROPHOBIC SIGNS WITH CENTURY MEDIA
Swedish death metal veterans NECROPHOBIC have signed a deal with Century Media Records for the world, excluding USA and Canada.
necrophobic.net   centurymedia.com
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APR. 9, 2017
FORMER CRUCIFIED BARBARA MEMBERS GOT A NEW BAND
Former CRUCIFIED BARBARA guitarist Klara "Force" Rönnqvist Fors, bassist Ida "Evileye" Stenbacka and drummer Nikki Wicked (a.k.a. Jannicke Lindström) have joined forces with DEATHSTARS bassist Jonas "Skinny Disco" Kangur (on lead guitar) and burlesque performer, model and singer Pepper Potemkin in a brand new band called The HEARD.
More info can be found at facebook.com/theheardofficial

SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY CONFIRMED FOR UPORT
SATAN TAKES A HOLIDAY have been confirmed for the rock Thursday at the Uport festival in Ulricehamn, Sweden on August 3-5.
Confirmed rock bands since earlier are MUSTASCH and MILLENCOLIN.
More info at uport.se
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APR. 8, 2017
SPLIT 7" WITH HYRDA KNEKTAR AND GATANS LAG
Swedish punk band HYRDA KNEKTAR will team up with Swedish Oi! punk band GATANS LAG for a very limited split 7" (vinyl kids), which will be released on May 26 via Noise Of Sweden. There will only be 150 copies.

THE EXPLOITED FRONTMAN WATTIE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL (AGAIN)
Wattie, singer and original member in the legendary Scottish punk band The EXPLOITED, was taken to hospital yesterday (Apr. 7) in Belgium. He has a very serious heart condition and almost died.
Wattie want the other band members to continue the tour with out him, so the band will still be playing their set, but with guest vocalists from The CASUALTIES and others.
facebook.com/TheExploited

ASOCIAL RECORDING NEW STUFF
Reunited Swedish hardcore/punk legends ASOCIAL has entered the studio to record some new songs.
This will be their first recording since 1993, when they recorded 4 songs for the Distortion To Hell compilation.
facebook.com/AsocialAttack
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APR. 7, 2017
AIRBOURNE PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST AND ANNOUNCES REPLACEMENT
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE have parted ways with guitarist David Roads and have replaced him with Harri Harrison (PALACE OF THE KING).

EVOCATION FORCED TO CANCEL RELEASE RITUAL
Swedish death metallers EVOCATION have unfortunately been forced to cancel their release show (or release ritual as they called it) at Rockborgen in Borås, Sweden tomorrow, April 8. The reason for this had something to do with the rules for selling alcohol.
There might be a party (without live bands) down town though..
If you know Swedish you can read about it on their Facebook page: facebook.com/EvocationSwe
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APR. 6, 2017
LIVE DVD/CD AND BLU-RAY WITH PRIMAL FEAR IN JUNE
German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR are going to release a brand new live album/home video, titled "Angels Of Mercy - Live In Germany", on June 2 through Frontiers Music Srl.

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA CREATOR PAUL O'NEILL DEAD AT 61
Paul O'Neill, creator of the multi-platinum rock theater experience TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, has passed away from chronic illness. He was 61 years old.

NEW ALBUM WITH DRÅP IN JUNE
A new album with Swedish death/crust act DRÅP will be released on June 1 via Xtreem Music on CD. The vinyl version will be released by the band, and the title of the album is "Roten Till Allt Ont".
facebook.com/drapswe   xtreemmusic.com

EVOCATION ANNOUNCES NEW DRUMMER
New drummer for Swedish death metallers EVOCATION is Janne Jaloma (DESPITE, BLOODSHOT DAWN, DEALS DEATH). His first show with the band will be at the release party on Saturday, April 8 at Rockborgen in Borås, Sweden.
evocation.se

DEE SNIDER, SAXON, GRAVEYARD AND MUSTASCH CONFIRMED FOR U ROCK
Dee Snider, SAXON, GRAVEYARD and MUSTASCH have been confirmed for U Rock in Umeå Sweden on June 1.
More info at facebook.com/umeakonsertevent or facebook.com/events/1663697147260301

NEW ALBUM WITH JORN IN JUNE
Hard rockers JORN will release a new album, "Life On Death Road", on June 2 via Frontiers Music Srl.
JornLande.com   frontiers.it
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APR. 5, 2017
LIVE ALBUM WITH RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW
On June 9, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the "Live In Birmingham 2016" 2CD by RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW.

FORMER GHOST MEMBERS SUES THEIR LEADER
According to Corren.se, GHOST lead singer and founder Tobias Forge (who performs as Papa Emeritus) is being sued by 4 former members of the band who are accusing him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group's album releases and world tours.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the district court of Linköping, Sweden, where GHOST was originally based, claims that Forge solely controlled the band's business affairs without input from anyone else in the group. The 4 musicians furthermore state that a partnership agreement existed between them and Forge which put Tobias in charge of carrying out the company's management duties.
The former GHOST members are asking the court to order Forge to disclose the company's revenues and expenses for the financial years 2011 to 2016 as well as to reveal the company's assets as of December 31, 2016. If he fails to act as ordered, they are asking the court to force Forge to pay a penalty of SEK 200,000 (approximately $22,000), or an amount that the court considers reasonable.
According to the lawsuit, GHOST was formed in 2010 and Forge, through his company, has been collecting all revenues from the sale of the band's merchandise and music recordings. The GHOST leader did not at any time provide the other musicians with the company's financial statements, the lawsuit claims, and has instead insisted that the company was not yet profitable.
In 2012, GHOST's economic situation became particularly dire when the bandmembers did not receive any compensation. Under pressure, Forge paid sporadic amounts out to the other musicians while continuing to claim that the company's bank accounts were empty.
During 2016, the GHOST bandmembers received 2 separate contract proposals from Forge that they rejected on the grounds that they saw them as "slave agreements", the lawsuit says. Meanwhile, relations between Forge and the other musicians became increasingly chilly, with guitarist Martin Persner — who is not one of the 4 people behind the lawsuit — quitting the band in July 2016.
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APR. 4, 2017
SIPHON FUEL CONFIRMED FOR GÖTEBORG ROCKFEST
Göteborg Rockfest have announced the last bookings for this year's festival at Sticky Fingers in Göteborg, Sweden on April 28-29. And among these bands are SIPHON FUEL (of course, no Rockfest without them), BULLETRAIN, The HAWKINS, E HILTERZ (Eddie Meduza tribute) and RAVAGED.
Some of the other artists that will play are The BABOON SHOW, RAM, ROBERT PEHRSSON'S HUMBUCKER, LIV SIN, HELVETETS PORT, TYRANEX, SCREAMER, CITY SAINTS etc.
More info at facebook.com/events/272081149887857

WITCHERY TO SUPPORT THE HAUNTED IN SWEDEN
Swedish death/black metal band WITCHERY will be support act for The HAUNTED on some of their shows in Sweden in September - Örebro, Linköping, Göteborg, Stockholm and Malmö. AKANI will also be support act in Göteborg, Stockholm and Malmö.
For more details, check out the-haunted.com or facebook.com/officialwitchery

MICHAEL MONROE ANNOUNCES FINNISH TOUR DATES
Michael Monroe (ex-HANOI ROCKS) have announced a lot of tour dates in his home country Finland this summer. For more info, go to michaelmonroe.com

MAX CAVALERA TO PERFORM ENTIRE NAILBOMB ALBUM WITH SOULFLY
Max Cavalera will perform NAILBOMB's entire "Point Blank" album on tour with his SOULFLY bandmates. Exact cities and dates for the trek have not yet been announced..

BACKYARD BABIES AND THE DARKNESS TO SUPPORT GUNS N' ROSES
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES will be 1 of the support acts for GUNS N' ROSES when they play in Copenhagen, Denmark (June 27) and Stockholm, Sweden (June 29).
British rock band The DARKNESS will be 1 of the special guests on June 7 in Zurich, Switzerland, June 10 in Bologna, Italy, June 29 in Stockholm, Sweden and July 1 in Helsinki, Finland.
For more dates and information about other support acts, go to gunsnroses.com
backyardbabies.com   thedarknesslive.com
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APR. 3, 2017
MOB 47 TO GO ON EUROPEAN TOUR WITH PARANOID
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 are going on a European tour together with PARANOID in May. The dates are:
10/05 - Oslo (Norway), Blitz
11/05 - Göteborg (Sweden), Truckstop Alaska
12/05 - Copenhagen (Denmark), Dødsmaskinen
13/05 - Hannover (Germany), Stumpf
14/05 - Den Haag (Netherlands), Vereniging de vinger
15/05 - Paris (France), La Comedia
16/05 - Milano (Italy), Foa Boccaccio
17/05 - Ljubljana (Slovenia), Klub Gromka
18/05 - Wien (Austria), Venster99
19/05 - Prag (Czech Republic), Punx Picknic Festival
20/05 - Potsdam (Germany), Fliese
21/05 - Malmö (Sweden), Plan B
mob47.se
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APR. 1, 2017
UNCURBED, FILTHY CHRISTIANS, HEADCLEANERS, DELLAMORTE AND LOUDPIPES TO REUNITE IN AVESTA THIS SUMMER?
I'm not sure, but this smells like another bad joke, so take it with a pinch of salt..
Swedish bands UNCURBED, DELLAMORTE, BEDRÖWLERS, OGRÄS, HEADCLEANERS, FILTHY CHRISTIANS, The SUN and LOUDPIPES are going to reunite at Avesta Parken in Avesta, Sweden on June 17. The funny thing is that it would only cost you 80 Swedish Kronor, and the number you can Swish to is somebody in Stockholm and not even a cell phone number (which it use to be).

EVOCATION BEER
Swedish death metallers EVOCATION are very proud to announce a co-operation with Wifetrap Brewery (from Fristad, outside Borås), who have made a Limited Edition IPA for the band. The beer will be made available for the first time at the band's Release Ritual (only for invited) for their new album, "The Shadow Archetype", on April 8 in Borås.
I promise that this is not a joke. They confirmed that it's true.
facebook.com/EvocationSwe

REALLY BAD JOKES ON APRIL 1
I found some really stupid jokes on Facebook today (Apr. 1)..
1 said that Swedish punk legends EBBA GRÖN would reunite, and the other said that MOTÖRHEAD would reunite. And the most stupid must be that IRON MAIDEN would part ways with Bruce Dickinson and replace him with Blaze Bayley.
Can't you understand that these bands are nothing to joke about?
1 thing that I'm not sure about if it's supposed to be a joke or not, is that Swedish punk blog/record label/fanzine Turist I Tillvaron would give up after 10 years. Sad news if it's true, but pretty funny if it's just a joke.
A funny joke I found was that Swedish punk rock veterans KÖTTGROTTORNA have been confirmed for "Allsång På Skansen", which is a Swedish TV show where no punk band has ever played (as far as I know). And another funny joke was that Swedish metal band CHUGGER have decided to postpone the release of their new video until 2018, because they had read that Axl Rose said that people like to wait.

DESTINY CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
DESTINY, COVEN, ORKAN and DEMON HEAD have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge (somewhere between Alvesta and Växjö), Sweden on June 1-3.
Confirmed since earlier are GIRLSCHOOL, RAVEN, EDDY MALM BAND, KADAVAR, WITCHFYNDE, CAULDRON, ANTICHRIST, ROBERT PEHRSON'S HUMBUCKER, SCREAMER, NIGHT VIPER etc.
More info at muskelrock.com

TYRANEX CONFIRMED FOR GÖTEBORG ROCKFEST
TYRANEX have been confirmed for Göteborg Rockfest at Sticky Fingers in Göteborg, Sweden on April 28-29.
Among the other acts that will play are The BABOON SHOW, RAM, ROBERT PEHRSON'S HUMBUCKER, LIV SIN, SISTER, HELVETETS PORT, The DAHMERS, SCREAMER etc.
More info at facebook.com/events/272081149887857
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