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DEC. 3, 2020
DEEP PURPLE MIGHT MAKE ANOTHER STUDIO ALBUM NEXT YEAR
DEEP PURPLE is planning to enter the studio in 2021 to begin work on another album.
Source, virtual meet-and-greet with Finnish fan Anssi Herkkola: youtu.be/wqMSYnluyUQ

ACCEPT RESCHEDULE JAPANESE SHOWS TO 2021
Accept in Sweden many years ago
ACCEPT has rescheduled their "2 Nights To Remember" dates in Japan, which will now take place on December 10 ("Balls To The Wall" night) and 11 ("Metal Heart" night) at Club Citta in Kawasaki.
clubcitta.co.jp/001/accept   acceptworldwide.com

DEC. 2, 2020
SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF BLACK SABBATH's "Vol 4" DUE IN FEBRUARY
BLACK SABBATH will revisit their 4th studio album, "Vol 4" (1972), on a new collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original album along with a trove of 20 unreleased studio and live recordings.
"Vol 4: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on February 12 as a 4-CD set and a 5-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Both versions come with extensive booklets featuring liner notes with quotes from the era from all 4 band members, rare photos, and a poster with previously unpublished early artwork of the album using the working title "Snowblind". Both the 4-CD and 5-LP versions are available for pre-order now at this location: blacksabbathband.lnk.to/Vol4PR
The newly remastered version of the original album will also be available on digital download and streaming services on the same day.

BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, the band launched by ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho, has inked a deal with Napalm Records for all territories excluding Japan.
Joining Alexi in the group are drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-SANTA CRUZ) and touring keyboardist Vili Itäpelto.

URIAH HEEP BIOGRAPHY DUE IN APRIL
Wymer Publishing has set an April 16, 2021 release date for Martin Popoff's "Uriah Heep: A Visual Biography".
Customers who pre‑order by January 31 can have their names printed on a dedicated fan page. You can pre-order here: wymeruk.co.uk/webshop/books/rock/uriah-heep/uriah-heep-a-visual-biography

BAD RELIGION CELEBRATES 40 YEARS WITH 4-PART STREAMING SERIES
Bad Religion at Liseberg
L.A. punk rock icons BAD RELIGION will celebrate their 40 years of making music with "Decades", a 4-episode online streaming event captured live at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California. The band felt it important to commemorate the conclusion of 2020 as a strange moment in history when they reached that 40-year milestone. The celebratory episodes will include live performance footage, exclusive interviews, and a peek at their rehearsals leading up to the taping of "Decades".
BAD RELIGION will participate in an accompanying live chat during the premiere of each episode. Show-specific merchandise will be available for sale on the "Decades" NoCap Shows page (link below).
The episodes will premiere at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on the following dates:
December 12: "Bad Religion: The '80s"
December 19: "Bad Religion: The '90s"
December 26: "Bad Religion: The '00s"
January 2: "Bad Religion: The '10s"
badreligion.nocapshows.com

DEC. 1, 2020
KNOTFEST JAPAN POSTPONED ONCE AGAIN
SLIPKNOT has announced the postponement of the 2021 edition of Knotfest Japan.
Last March, SLIPKNOT was forced to cancel its Asian tour, including the band's appearance at the 2020 edition of Knotfest Japan, due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The festival was eventally moved to January 10-11, 2021.
But now the festival has been moved once again. The new show dates are as follows: Knotfest Japan 2022 Roadshow: April 9, 2022 / Festival: April 10, 2022 Venue: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9-11.
knotfestjapan.com

MUSTASCH TO PARTICIPATE IN MELLO 2021
Ralf Gyllenhammar with Mustasch
Swedish hard rockers MUSTASCH have announced that they will participate in Melodifestivalen next year (aka Mello 2021), which is the Swedish outtakes for Eurovision Song Contest.
MUSTASCH will play the song "Contagious", and the competion will take place in February/March.
mustasch.net

KREATOR TO RELEASE ANTHOLOGY IN FEBRUARY
Mille with Kreator at Getaway Rock 2011
KREATOR will release "Under The Guillotine: The Noise Records Anthology" on February 26, 2021 as a deluxe box set, 2CD and 2LP formats.
"Under The Guillotine" is a deluxe celebration of KREATOR's Noise Records discography and is the definitive collection of their first decade of recorded work.
Also available as an introduction piece is "Under The Guillotine - The Noise Anthology" - an 18-track double-vinyl collection of KREATOR's Noise-era classics, pressed on splatter vinyl, including rare and unseen photos. And for the non-vinyl collectors, there will also be a 30-track 2CD version, housed in a mediabook. Both feature rare tracks and remixes from the band's discography.
youtu.be/DWoYrpvKvvk   kreator-terrorzone.de

NOV. 30, 2020
ARCH ENEMY TEAM UP WITH BEHEMOTH AND CARCASS FOR EURO TOUR
Archy Enemy in GBG many years ago
ARCH ENEMY and BEHEMOTH will join forces for a European tour in the fall/autumn 2021, with special guests CARCASS and UNTO OTHERS (formerly known as IDLE HANDS).
The tour will kick off in Dublin, Ireland on September 28, and will last until November 6 when they arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.
For dates and tickets, try 1 of these: archenemy.net   behemoth.live   centurymedia.com   nuclearblast.com

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LATE MEGADETH DRUMMER NICK MENZA
West Virginia-based Screaming Butterfly Entertainment has announced "This Was My Life", an uncensored documentary focusing on late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza.
youtu.be/AfunQUdZe50

NOV. 29, 2020
EX-CANDLEMASS SINGER MATS LEVÉN JOINS PRINS SVART
Mats Leven with Candlemass
Mats Levén - a veteran of the Swedish hard rock scene who has previously played with CANDLEMASS, Yngwie Malmsteen, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, THERION and SKYBLOOD, among others - is the new lead singer in Swedish hard rock band PRINS SVART.
PRINS SVART has just released "Speglar Och Dimma", the first single from its upcoming album "Sanning Och Makt", which will be released on April 23, 2021.
Check out the new single here: youtu.be/CTQ7ah6Jhv0
facebook.com/prinssvartofficial

NOV. 28, 2020
SWEDISH TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO
Dio at Lisebergshallen many years ago
A tribute album to legendary singer Ronnie James Dio made by Swedish metal musicians has just been released.
"Legacy - A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio" features the bands MADISON, MEMORY GARDEN, TAD MOROSE, GORMATHON, TRAIL OF MURDER, FRONTBACK, SOULSHINE and SVEN-HOLGER ROSENVINGE plus guest appearances from Mats Levén (Yngwie Malmsteen, CANDLEMASS), Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, HEXENHAUS), Pontus Norgren (HAMMERFALL, The POODLES), Jonny Lindkvist (NOCTURNAL RITES, GATHERING OF KINGS), Simon Johansson (WOLF, BIBLEBLACK), Tom Björn (NIGHTINGALE, MEMENTO MORI), Anders Modd (WOLF, BLACK INK RIVER), Hans Birger (FATAL SMILE, MINDSPLIT), Martin Knutar (DIVINE SIN, MACABRE DECAY) and Andreas "Bagge" Baglien (DIVINE SIN, WOLVERINE).
Available on all streaming platforms now, this collection was originally intended to be released on CD on the 5-year remembrance day of the legendary singer's passing in 2015, but a lot of small and big things got in the way.
All proceeds will go to Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

HEART BIOPIC IS IN THE WORKS
Seattle rock legends HEART will get the biopic treatment.
The HEART biopic will be written and directed by Carrie Brownstein, of SLEATER-KINNEY and "Portlandia" fame, and will be produced for Amazon by Lynda Obst, who has produced more than 20 movies and TV shows.
More info: instagram.com/lyndseyparker

NOV. 27, 2020
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NEW 6-TRACK EP WITH THE HARD ROCK INFO EDITOR JIMMY BLOM OUT NOW!
Title: "Välkommen Till Dårhuset"
Music: Hardcore/punk and raw rock.
Listen/download here: jimmyblom.bandcamp.com/album/v-lkommen-till-d-rhuset
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LIONHEART TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S HOSPICE WITH 2 SINGLES
British AOR band LIONHEART are aiming to fulfil one of their greatest wishes, to help in the support and care of terminally ill children.
For this reason, the band is releasing 2 songs over the festive season, from which 100% of the sales proceeds will be donated to the children's hospice Little Havens.
The first single, "The Reality of Miracles - Solstice Mix", will be released on November 29 (1st Advent) as a digital download version. As well as images of the band, the video for the song also contains pictures and information about the remarkable work Little Havens Hospice carries out.
On December 11 the second title, a new version of "Mary Did You Know", will be released with 100% of the proceeds also going straight to the hospice. And as a special collector's item, the song will not only be released digitally but also as a strictly limited edition stunning 7" single in white vinyl.
Both singles can be pre-ordered here: flying-dolphin-administration.lnk.to/Lionheart-Mary-did-you-know
More info about Little Havens: havenshospices.org.uk/little-havens

THE UNDERTONES RESCHEDULE UK TOUR TO 2022
Pop punk legends The UNDERTONES has once again been forced to reschedule their English/Welsh tour. It will now happen in March 2022 instead.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/OfficialTheUndertones

NOV. 26, 2020
KVELERTAK POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR TO 2022
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Norwegian metal/rock band KVELERTAK has postponed their European headline tour to 2022.
The new dates and other details can be found at: kvelertak.com

NOV. 25, 2020
KREATOR JOIN THE COFFEE BUSINESS
Mille with Kreator at Getaway Rock 2011
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have collaborated with coffee roasters The Barn on their first blend, Black Sunrise. The coffee sources beans from Brazil and features a "smooth and chocolatey" taste.
Black Sunrise is available from: thebarn.de/products/black-sunrise
facebook.com/KreatorOfficial

SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE KNOTFEST BRASIL
SLIPKNOT has announced the first-ever Knotfest Brasil, set to take place on December 19, 2021 at Sambódromo do Anhembi in São Paulo.
Tickets will be available from 10 a.m. Brasilia Standard Time on Thursday, November 26 at eventim.com.br
slipknot1.com

NOV. 24, 2020
STICKY FINGERS CLOSING DOWN
According to rumors, the Göteborg, Sweden-based concert venue/night club Sticky Fingers might have gone bankrupt, and therfor have to close down.

NOV. 21, 2020
LIVE SINGLE WITH MÄBE IN DECEMBER
Mabe himself at Sticky Fingers
Swedish rock band MÄBE will release a digital 3-track live single, "Söndag i Juni - Live 2020", on December 18 via Twofaced Productions/Sound Pollution Distribution AB.
These 3 tracks was recorded during a live stream in their hometown Strömstad on June 14, 2020.
mabe.nu

T.S.T DRUMMER KARRI MÄKKELI IS DEAD
Karri Mäkkeli, once a drummer for Swedish punk band T.S.T, has died. He had been fighting against a disease for a while, which unfortunately won.
facebook.com/TST-The-Shock-Treatment-1704886229744784

SIR REG RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish Celtic punk rockers SIR REG has entered the studio to record a new album.
facebook.com/sirregband

VIXEN IS WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
American female melodic hard rock veterans VIXEN are hard at work on material for its new studio album.
Interview with metalnet.com: youtu.be/GpsNrV8kwWk

KISS ANNOUNCE VIRTUAL CONCERT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
KISS will perform a virtual "Kiss 2020 Goodbye" concert on New Year's Eve.
Read more here: kiss2020goodbye.com

NOV. 20, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH HOT BREATH OUT TODAY
First gig ever with Hot Breath, at The Abyss
Swedish action rockers HOT BREATH has released a new single, "Bad Feeling", today on all digital platforms.
The song comes from their upcoming album, "Rubbery Lips" (release date to be announced later).
Check out the single here: orcd.co/bad_feeling
facebook.com/hotbreathgbg

NEW ALBUM WITH ANGELUS APATRIDA IN FEBRUARY
Spanish thrash metallers ANGELUS APATRIDA will release their 7th album, which is self titled, on February 5, 2021 via Century Media Records.
A first impression of the album can be obtained now via the single "Bleed The Crown": youtu.be/l3ebfRQwqOc
You can pre-order the album here: angelusapatrida.lnk.to/AngelusApatridaPR
angelusapatrida.com   centurymedia.com

NEW COMPILATION WITH SWEDISH PUNK
A new compilation with new Swedish punk, called "Ursäkta Röran - Vi Sprängde Hela Skiten", is now available at: ursaktaroran.bandcamp.com/album/vol-1-vi-spr-ngde-hela-skiten
Volume 1 features artists like GIFTIGT AVFALL, KARDBORREBANDET, HÅRDGNISSEL, BLIMEY, N:A HOSPITALET, The PAST, BELTA 53, SYSTEMKOLLAPS etc.

NOV. 19, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH SCARECROW NEXT SPRING
Finnish horror metal/punks SCARECROW are almost done with their new album, titled "Splatterpunk". They plan to release the album in Spring 2021 via German label Sick Taste Records.
More info here: facebook.com/scarecrowfinland

THE HEADLINES POSTPONE GERMAN TOUR
Due to the Corona situation, Swedish punk rock band The HEADLINES have postponed their German tour, which was supposed to happen this month. The new dates are in March 2021, and these dates are as follows:
March 4 - Riders Cafe, Lübeck
March 5 - Black Pearl, Wetzlar
March 6 - Hellraiser, Leipzig
March 7 - Resonanzwerk, Oberhausen
DRUNKEN SWALLOWS and APRIL ART will also play at these shows.
theheadlinesband.com

EXODUS REVEAL TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS has set "Persona Non Grata" as the title of its long-awaited new album, due in the summer of 2021 via Nuclear Blast Records.
instagram.com/garyholt_official

GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES will return to Australia and New Zealand in November 2021.
Fan-club members will get the first shot at tickets beginning November 23. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning November 26.
..and the dates are:
Nov. 06 - Metricon Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia
Nov. 09 - Adelaide Oval - Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 11 - Melbourne Cricket Ground - Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 14 - ANZ Stadium - Sydney, Australia
Nov. 16 - Suncorp Stadium - Brisbane, Australia
Nov. 19 - Sky Stadium - Wellington, New Zealand
Nov. 21 - Forsyth Barr Stadium - Dunedin, New Zealand
Nov. 24 - Optus Stadium - Perth, Australia
More tour dates etc. at: gunsnroses.com

NOV. 18, 2020
SAXON TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM
Saxon at Scandinavium
British heavy metal legends SAXON are putting the finishing touches on a covers album titled "Inspirations".
Video message from singer Biff Byford: facebook.com/watch/?v=744945539440649
saxon747.com

PANTERA BEER IN MARCH
Dallas craft brewery Texas Ale Project has announced a new beer collaboration with legendary Texas music icons PANTERA. Pantera Golden Ale, 5.4% ABV, the first beer to bear the PANTERA name, will be available March 2021.

HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE FINNISH TOUR DATES
Former TURBONEGRO legend Hank Von Hell have announced 3 dates in Finland in April 2021. These dates are:
April 8 - On The Rocks, Helsinki
April 9 - ZRock Festival, Kempele
April 10 - Rockperry Reload, Vaasa
hankvonhell.com

NOV. 17, 2020
AVATAR ANNOUNCE 4-PART CONCERT SERIES
Swedish metal band AVATAR have announced a series of concert streams, "Avatar Ages - An Impossible Concert Experience", that will take place over the course of January 2021. The 4-part concert film experience launches January 9 and will feature songs from AVATAR's celebrated catalog, starting with a performance of their latest album, "Hunter Gatherer", in full. The subsequent January concerts will feature fan-voted setlists, chosen by ticket purchasers.
Tickets are on sale now.
Visit avatarages.com for all details and to purchase tickets.

NEW SINGLE WITH DALAPLAN IN DECEMBER
Southern Swedish power pop band DALAPLAN will release a new single on December 11 via Beluga Records. The single will include 2 new songs.
dalaplan.nu   belugarecords.com

NOV. 16, 2020
HEAVEN SHALL BURN ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH TRIVIUM
German hardcore/death metal band HEAVEN SHALL BURN will team up with American metal band TRIVIUM for a European tour in late 2021. Special guests will be TESSERACT and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY. Pre-sale start on November 18.
The tour will kick off in Saarbrücken, Germany on November 16, 2021, and will end in Prague, Czech Republic on December 19, 2021.
heavenshallburn.com   trivium.org

KNOGJÄRN SIGNS WITH INDIE RECORDINGS
Swedish metal band KNOGJÄRN have signed with Norwegian label Indie Recordings.
knogjarn.com   indierecordings.no

NOV. 15, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH W.E.T. IN JANUARY
Melodic rock band W.E.T. - with members like Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, SOTO, TALISMAN), Erik Mårtensson (ECLIPSE, NORDIC UNION) and Robert Säll (WORK OF ART) - has announced the release of its 4th album, "Retransmission", on January 22, 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Get a first taste of the new album with the single and video "Big Boys Don't Cry": youtu.be/XSoFybZG0_I

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NEW VIDEO/SINGLE BY JIMMY BLOM OUT NOW!
"Enough" can be seen and heard here: youtu.be/yy11u_T2rG8
DO IT!
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NOV. 12, 2020
KREATOR TO RE-RELEASE LIVE ALBUM ON CASSETTE
Mille with Kreator at Getaway Rock
KREATOR, Germany's legendary thrash metal icons, return with the official reissue of their live album "Terror Prevails - Live at Rock Hard Festival 2010", which is available for the very first time as a 2xMC tape box limited to 444 copies worldwide via Reborn Through Tapes Records on December 20.
Pre-order: rebornthroughtaperecords.bigcartel.com/product/kreator-terror-prevails-live-at-rock-hard-festival-double-tape-box-deluxe
kreator-terrorzone.de

NOV. 11, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH ALICE COOPER IN FEBRUARY
Alice Cooper with doll somewhere in Sweden
Alice Cooper will release a new album, "Detroit Stories", on February 26, 2021 via earMUSIC. The album is a homage to his hometown Detroit, and among the guests are Wayne Kramer (MC5), Johnny "Bee" Badanjek (DETROIT WHEELS) och MOTOR CITY HORNS.
The first single, "Rock 'N' Roll", will be released on Friday, November 13.
Pre-order the album: alicecooper.lnk.to/DetroitStories
Pre-save the single: alicecooper.lnk.to/RocknRoll
alicecooper.com

NOV. 10, 2020
KICKIN VALENTINA CANCEL UK/EURO TOUR
Due to the craziness in the world right now, American ass kicking hard rockers KICKIN VALENTINA's February 2021 tour in the UK and Scandinavia is being canceled.
The band are planning European tours in April/May and again in August, so they hope to include as many of the canceled dates on those tours as they can.
facebook.com/KickinValentina

PRETTY MAIDS SINGER RONNIE ATKINS TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of Danish vocalist Ronnie Atkins to a solo deal.
The acclaimed PRETTY MAIDS and NORDIC UNION vocalist is currently wrapping up work on a new solo album, titled "One Shot", which will be released in the spring of 2021.
facebook.com/RonnieAtkinsOfficial   frontiers.it

GRAVE DIGGER TO RE-RELEASE "25 To Live"
Metalville/Rough Trade will re-release "25 To Live" with German heavy metal veterans GRAVE DIGGER on December 4.
"25 To Live" consist of 2 CDs and 1 DVD, and was recorded in Sao Paulo in 2005 in front of a frenetic audience on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the band. The concert, with 27 tracks, features not only all the classics, but also songs rarely played live.
grave-digger-clan.com

TRIBULATION RESCHEDULE EUROPEAN TOUR TO 2021
Swedish metal band TRIBULATION have had to reschedule their upcoming European tour with BØLZER and MOLASSESS, which will now take place in September/October 2021 instead.
Find the new dates here: facebook.com/TribulationSweden

GUS G. IS WORKING ON INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ALBUM
Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has confirmed that he has begun work on a new solo album.
facebook.com/officialgusg

NOV. 9, 2020
AT THE GATES RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Tompa with At The Gates at Liseberg
Swedish death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have entered Studio Gröndahl in Stockholm, Sweden to begin recording their next album.
atthegates.se

NOV. 8, 2020
ANGELES WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
L.A. hard rock veterans ANGELES is currently working on a new album, scheduled for a Spring 2021 release. The first single from the album will be released in early 2021.
facebook.com/TheAngelesBand   darkstarrecords.com

CHUCK BERRY DOCUMENTARY TO RECEIVE BLU-RAY RELEASE
Following a festival run and special drive-in events across the States, the official Chuck Berry documentary "Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock 'N' Roll" is finally available on VOD platforms and is set for release on Blu-ray on November 27.

NOV. 7, 2020
GIRLSCHOOL ANNOUNCE NORWEGIAN DATES
Girlschool at Scandinavium
British hard rock veterans GIRLSCHOOL have announced 3 shows in Norway in November 2021. These dates are:
Nov. 4 - John Dee, Oslo
Nov. 5 - Tribute, Sandnes
Nov. 6 - Flytten, Haugesund
girlschool.co.uk

NEW SINGLE WITH M.I.D NEXT FRIDAY
Swedish 90s punks M.I.D are still alive, and will release a new single, "Öl Och Brudar", on Friday, November 13.
The song is taken from their upcoming album "Mata Inte Djuren!".
facebook.com/MID0278

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT EX-W.A.S.P. GUITARIST CHRIS HOLMES GOT A RELEASE DATE
The documentary film "Mean Man: The Story Of Chris Holmes" will be made available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on January 15.
Pre-order and read more at: mvdshop.com/search?type=product&options%5Bprefix%5D=last&q=Story+of+Chris+Holmes

NOV. 6, 2020
SYSTEM OF A DOWN RELEASE FIRST NEW MUSIC IN 15 YEARS
It's been 15 years since SYSTEM OF A DOWN released new music. For years, fans and press speculated about this, and of late, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive hypothesizing when the band might return to the studio.
Today, motivated by the recently-erupted conflict between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, the latter aided by Turkey and accountable for the greatest violence the region has endured in 26 years, SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Daron Malakian (guitars, vocals), Serj Tankian (vocals), Shavo Odadjian (bass) and John Dolmayan (drums) - announces the release of its first new songs in 15 years: "Protect The Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz".
Produced by Malakian, who also wrote the music and lyrics, both songs are streaming now on all DSPs and are available for purchase on Bandcamp with band royalties earmarked for the Armenia Fund.
"Protect The Land": youtu.be/XqmknZNg1yw
"Genocidal Humanoidz": youtu.be/_74nVpLVn9Q
Read more: facebook.com/systemofadown

NOV. 5, 2020
MARDUK POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
Marduk at Metaltown many years ago
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK was supposed to go on a European tour in November/December. But because of the situation with the virus, they have been forced to postpone the tour until March 2021 instead.
marduk.nu

YET ANOTHER LIVE RELEASE WITH BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and Frontiers Music Srl continue their release of archival treasures from the band's vault with the December 4 release of "Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016" on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, and 2xLP.
Additionally, the label will also reissue "A Long Day's Night" on the same date (ex-North and South America).
Pre-order/save "Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016" here: orcd.co/rockofages2016
blueoystercult.com   frontiers.it

L.A. GUNS TO PERFORM ENTIRE "Cocked & Loaded" ALBUM
L.A. GUNS, the version featuring singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns, will perform its second album, 1989's "Cocked & Loaded", in its entirety on November 28 at the Fremont Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tickets for the pay-per-view livestream go on sale on Friday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. PST from laguns.veeps.com
L.A. GUNS' next LP is tentatively due in early 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl. This will be the third studio album since the much welcome reunion of the band's core foundation of Lewis and Guns.

URIAH HEEP LEGEND KEN HENSLEY IS DEAD
British musician and songwriter Ken Hensley, who was a member of URIAH HEEP between 1970-1980, has passed away at the age of 75.
Ken also collaborated with bands such as BLACKFOOT, W.A.S.P. and CINDERELLA, as well as built a successful solo career.
facebook.com/uriahheepofficial

NOV. 4, 2020
STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE ACOUSTIC ALBUM
Former GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett will release an all acoustic album, "Under A Mediterranean Sky", on January 22, 2021 via InsideOut Music.
hackettsongs.com   insideoutmusic.com

H.E.A.T ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T are going on a European tour in the fall of 2021. Support acts will be REACH and TEMPLE BALLS.
The tour will kick off in Rotterdam on October 14, and will end in Hamburg on November 1.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/heatsweden

NOV. 3, 2020
CHEAP TRICK SIGNS WITH BMG
American rock veterans CHEAP TRICK have signed with BMG. A new album is already done, but has been put on hold because of the virus.
Singer Robin Sander on AXS TV's "At Home And Social With": youtu.be/Sg9YNioae_U

NOV. 2, 2020
HAMMERFALL CANCEL BELARUS AND UKRAINE
Joacim Cans with HammerFall at Liseberg
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL have been forced to cancel their shows in Belarus (Nov. 13) and Ukraine (Nov. 14) due to the pandemic.
hammerfall.net

PUNK ILLEGAL WILL BE BACK NEXT SUMMER
Swedish punk festival Punk Illegal plan to come back next summer. They are currently working on the lineup. The date will be July 9-10, 2021 at Tyrolen in Blädinge (the home of Muskelrock).
facebook.com/punkillegal

OCT. 31, 2020
CHARTA 77 RECORD CHRISTMAS SONG
Per Granberg with Charta 77 at Sticky Fingers
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 has spent the day in the studio to record a new Christmas song, "En önskan att allting är över". They plan to release the song in the beginning of December.
facebook.com/charta77band

OCT. 30, 2020
H.E.A.T PARTS WAYS WITH ERIK GRÖNWALL, ORIGINAL SINGER RETURN
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T have today announced that lead singer Erik Grönwall will be leaving the band, and that his replacement will be original H.E.A.T vocalist Kenny Leckremo.
heatsweden.com

U.D.O. RESCHEDULE RUSSIA/ESTONIA TOUR FOR THE THIRD TIME
Udo Dirkschneider at Tragarn in GBG
After being postponed 2 times already, the U.D.O. tour in Russia and Estonia will now happen in February/March 2021.
The new dates can be found here: facebook.com/udoonline

ANVIL CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
Lips with Anvil at Tragarn in GBG
Due to new restrictions regarding Covid-19, Canadian heavy metal trio ANVIL have been forced to cancel their European tour, which was scheduled for November/December 2020.
The band has written songs for a new album during lockdown, and plan to enter the studio in August/September 2021. After that they plan to play select shows in Europe in September/October to March 2022. Then there will be another European tour in the fall 2022.
facebook.com/anvilmetal

OCT. 29, 2020
NEW SOLO EP WITH TOM MORELLO TOMORROW
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello will release a new solo EP, "Comandante", on Friday, October 30. The 5-track affair will include a guest appearance by GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash on the song "Interstate 80", while another cut, "Secretariat", is a tribute to late VAN HALEN axeman Eddie Van Halen.
instagram.com/tommorello

OCT. 28, 2020
DANKO JONES RESCHEDULE SCANDINAVIAN TOUR AND ADD FINNISH DATES
Danko Jones himself at Pustervik I think
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES have due to the current pandemic been forced to reschedule their planned Scandinavian tour for September/October of 2021. But on a more positive note they managed to add 4 dates in Finland alongside the now rescheduled dates in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
The new dates can be found here: facebook.com/dankojones

IRON MAIDEN ADD MORE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
IRON MAIDEN have added 4 dates to their summer 2021 "Legacy Of The Beast" European tour.
The trek will now kick off on June 5 at St Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland and hit Arena in Zagreb, Croatia on June 7 and Grouparama Arena in Budapest, Hungary on June 9. LORD OF THE LOST will serve as the support act at these shows. The 4th and final extra show will take place on July 6 at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, Germany, with SABATON and AIRBOURNE as support. AVATAR and LORD OF THE LOST will support at Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium on June 27 and AMON AMARTH and AIRBOURNE will open at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Netherlands on July 10.
This completes the "Legacy Of The Beast" summer 2021 touring schedule and no further dates will be added.
All dates can be found at: ironmaiden.com

EX-QUIET RIOT SINGER JAMES DURBIN IS WORKING ON SOLO ALBUM
Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of former QUIET RIOT singer James Durbin to the label for a multi-album deal under the moniker DURBIN. James is currently putting the finishing touches on his label debut, which will be a pure, unadulterated, headbanging heavy metal affair where James proudly wears his influences on his sleeve while simultaneously forging his own path.
DURBIN's debut record will be released in early 2021.
frontiers.it

OCT. 27, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH ROYAL HUNT IN DECEMBER
Hard rockers ROYAL HUNT will release their 15th studio album, "Dystopia", on December 9 in Japan and South East Asia via King Records, and on December 18 in Europe, North and South America via NorthPoint Productions.
It will be a concept album, which will also have guest vocalists such as Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, TSO, SKYBLOOD, TREAT, Yngwie Malmsteen), Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, RING OF FIRE), Henrik Brockman (ROYAL HUNT, EVIL MASQUERADE, N'Tribe), Kenny Lubcke (NARITA, ZOSER MEZ) and Alexandra Andersen (ROYAL HUNT, JSP).
royalhunt.com   northpoint-productions.com

NEW ALBUM WITH ASPHYX IN JANUARY
Dutch doom/death metal veterans ASPHYX will finally release their 10th studio album, "Necroceros", on January 22, 2021 via Century Media Records.
asphyx.nl   centurymedia.com

OCT. 26, 2020
THE DESTRUCTORS TO REUNITE FOR REBELLION FESTIVAL
It looks like UK punks The DESTRUCTORS are going to reunite as The DESTRUCTORS '82. They have been confirmed for next summer's Rebellion Festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England anyway.
The festival happens on August 5-8, 2021, and among the confirmed acts are: BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, CIRCLE JERKS, Henry Rollins, The EXPLOITED, The UNDERTONES, COCKNEY REJECTS, Steve Ignorant plays CRASS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, DISCHARGE, The BOYS, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, CONFLICT, Doyle, CHELSEA, M.D.M. etc. etc.
Full lineup and tickets at: rebellionfestivals.com

TOY DOLLS, MILLENCOLIN AND ASTA KASK CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN IN MAY
Millencolin at Liseberg
Close-Up Båten will have another punk cruise on the Baltic Sea in May. Confirmed bands are: The TOY DOLLS, MILLENCOLIN, ASTA KASK, TRUBBEL, CHARTA 77, WOLFBRIGADE, BESSERBITCH, GATUPLAN and BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING.
The ship will sail from Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo/Turku, Finland and back on May 27-28, 2021.
The punk boat that was going to sail in May this year has been postponed to October 2021. There will also be a metal cruise in March 2021.
Tickets: tallinksilja.se/close-uppunk
More info: facebook.com/CloseUpMagazine

OCT. 25, 2020
ACID BLOOD TO RE-RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM IN USA
Northern Swedish punk band ACID BLOOD will have their self titled debut album re-released in U.S.A. on CD, with 2 bonus tracks from their first EP. It will be a limited edition, which will be released on November 6 via Dead Beat Records.
shop.dead-beat-records.com   facebook.com/acidbloodumea

OCT. 24, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH BUTCHER BABIES NEXT WEEK
BUTCHER BABIES will release a new single, "Bottom Of A Bottle", on October 30. The song will be the first taste of the metal band's forthcoming 4th studio album, tentatively due in early 2021 via an as-yet-undisclosed record label.
twitter.com/ButcherBabies

DARK TRANQUILLITY CANCEL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY has officially cancelled their North American tour with OBSCURA and NAILED TO OBSCURITY, which was supposed to happen now.
DARK TRANQUILLITY is working on new dates for North America.
darktranquillity.com

OCT. 23, 2020
NIGHTRAGE ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR "Demo 2000"
Greek/Swedish melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE celebrate their 20-year anniversary this year by releasing their previously unreleased "Demo 2000", which as the title says was recorded in 2000 by the 2 guitarists Marios Iliopoulos (still in the band) and Gus G (FIREWIND, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, DREAM EVIL).
"Demo 2000" will be released on my birthday, December 4 via Despotz Records. And you can now pre-order it here: despotz.bigcartel.com/artist/nightrage
NIGHTRAGE is currently recording a brand new album, which will be released next year.
nightrage.com   despotz.se

ICED EARTH TO RELEASE 30th-ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM
The 30th-anniversary edition of ICED EARTH's self titled debut album will arrive on December 18 via Century Media Records. The new version of the 1990 LP features a remix by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked with ICED EARTH on the group's latest effort, 2017's "Incorruptible", and brand new artwork.
icedearth.com   centurymedia.com

STRYPER's OZ FOX SUFFERS MASSIVE SEIZURE
STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox was rushed to hospital Thursday night (Oct. 22) after suffering a massive seizure.
Fox is scheduled to undergo brain surgery next month to treat the tumors that were found in his head - one by his ear and the other in the back of his brain - when he suffered his first seizure in August 2018 while performing with SIN CITY SINNERS at Harrah's in Las Vegas.
facebook.com/sirozfox

OCT. 22, 2020
SINGLES BOX SET WITH BUZZCOCKS IN JANUARY
British pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS are pleased to announce a new 7" box-set containing the 12 singles the band released for United Artists between 1977 and 1980. Titled "COMPLETE UA SINGLES 1977-1980", the box will be released on January 15, 2021.
Pre-order here: smarturl.it/Buzzcocks7sBoxset
buzzcocks.com

OZZY RESCHEDULE UK/EURO TOUR WITH JUDAS PRIEST
Ozzy Osbourne has once again rescheduled the UK/European tour with JUDAS PRIEST. The tour will now happen in early 2022.
Full details and new tour dates at: bit.ly/OzzyJP22
ozzy.com   judaspriest.com

OCT. 21, 2020
ORIGINAL LINEUP OF THE DAMNED TO REUNITE
Captain Sensible in the darkness of GBG
The original lineup of British punk rock legends The DAMNED will reunite for a UK tour in 2021.
Founding members Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible and Brian James will play 4 shows next July, and tickets are on sale this Friday, October 23 at: aegp.uk/Damned2021Tour
The exclusive dates are:
July 9 - Eventim Apollo, London
July 16 - O2 Academy, Birmingham
July 17 - O2 Academy, Glasgow
July 18 - O2 Apollo, Manchester
officialdamned.com

PUTERAEON ANNOUNCE NEW DATES
Puteraeon at Sticky Fingers
Swedish death metallers PUTERAEON have announced some new tour dates in Sweden and Denmark. These dates are:
Nov. 21, 2020 - Bomber Bar, Motala, SE
Jan. 16, 2021 - Beta, Copenhagen, DK
Feb. 25, 2021 - Plan B, Malmö, SE
Feb. 26, 2021 - Valand, Göteborg, SE
Feb. 27, 2021 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, SE
A new album, "The Cthulhian Pulse, Call From The Dead City", will be released on November 13 via Emanzipation Productions.
puteraeon.com   emanzipation.dk

SUPERGROUP WITH MEMBERS FROM THE 69 EYES, HEADCAT, THE DAMNED AND NEKROMANTIX
Danny B. Harvey (HEADCAT) and Jyrki 69 (The 69 EYES) have teamed up with Rat Scabies (The DAMNED) and Kim Nekroman (NEKROMANTIX) for their rockabilly supergroup The 69 CATS.
The band was originally formed in 2013 by Jyrki and Danny, and they released their debut album, "Transylvanian Tapes". But now the band return with 2 new members, Rat Scabies and Kim Nekroman.
Their first single with the new lineup, "Hollywood's Bleeding" (originally performed by pop artist Post Malone), can be heard here: orcd.co/the_69_cats_hollywoods_bleedin, and seen here: youtu.be/72jleR9OYxc
The song is taken from an upcoming album, titled "Seven Year Itch", that will be released in early 2021 via Cleopatra Records.

ANTHRAX WHISKEY
Scott Ian with Anthrax at Lisebergshallen
ANTHRAX release a Limited Edition Double Cask Rye Whiskey, called "Evil Twin I". There will be a "Evil Twin II" in the future.
"Evil Twin I" is limited to 238 numbered bottles, and can be ordered here: mashandgrape.com
anthrax.com

GHOST WILL ENTER THE STUDIO IN JANUARY
Ghost at Metaltown
It seems like the information that the Swedish rock band GHOST was going to release a new album this winter was not correct. However, frontman Papa Erimitus (real name Tobias Forge) is currently writing and doing pre-production for GHOST's fifth album. He plan to start recording the album in January, and release it after the summer 2021. The release will be followed by a tour.

OCT. 20, 2020
THUNDERMOTHER ANNOUNCE SPANISH DATES
Filippa Thundermother at Sticky Fingers
Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER are going to Spain in September 2021. They will do the following 4 shows there:
Sept. 15 - Razzmatazz 3, Barcelona
Sept. 16 - Loco Club, Valencia
Sept. 17 - Rockville, Madrid
Sept. 18 - Stage LIve, Bilbao
More tour dates at: thundermother.com

PAIN ANNOUNCE FINNISH SHOWS
Swedish metal band PAIN will do 3 shows in Finland in March 2021. The dates are:
March 26 - Lutakko, Jyväskylä
March 27 - Olympia, Tampere
March 28 - Tavastia Klubi, Helsinki
painworldwide.com

OCT. 19, 2020
NEW JANIS JOPLIN BOOK DUE IN MARCH
Genesis Publications and the Janis Joplin estate present Janis Joplin's personal scrapbook in a new limited-edition book, "Janis Joplin: Days & Summers - Scrapbook 1966-68". The book will ship worldwide in March 2021.
Limited to only 2,000 copies worldwide, each book in the "Days & Summers" edition is hand-numbered, estate-stamped with Janis Joplin's signature, and hand-signed by her BIG BROTHER bandmates Peter Albin and Dave Getz, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE's Jorma Kaukonen, and Janis's siblings, Laura Joplin and Michael Joplin.
For more information and for orders, go to: janisjoplinbook.com

TOTO ANNOUNCE NEW LINEUP
Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams has announced the formation of a new band, which will continue to tour as TOTO. The new band plan concerts across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Joining Lukather and Williams for this next chapter are bassist John Pierce (HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS), drummer Robert "Sput" Searight (GHOST-NOTE, SNARKY PUPPY), and keyboardist/background vocalist Steve Maggiora (Elvis, MOMS MABELY). Keyboardist Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (Prince, GHOST-NOTE) and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr) have segued over continuing their tenure in the ensemble alongside Lukather and Williams. This marks the 15th incarnation of the TOTO lineup in consideration of band members or sidemen who joined or exited.
totoofficial.com

PRETTY MAIDS SINGER RONNIE ATKINS REVEALS CANCER HAS RETURNED
PRETTY MAIDS singer Ronnie Atkins has taken to social media to inform his fans that his cancer has returned.
The 55-year-old Danish musician was diagnosed back with lung cancer last year and underwent at least 33 radiation and 4 chemotherapy treatments last fall before being declared cancer-free.
Now the cancer has spread, and he has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, which in principle means incurable.
Read Ronnie's own statement here: facebook.com/RonnieAtkinsOfficial

NEW ALBUM WITH INCEST BROTHERS
Reunited Swedish punk rock band INCEST BROTHERS will release a new album, "Hotet Mot Vår Säkerhet", on October 31. It will be available on vinyl in 3 colors.
Pre-order and more info: facebook.com/IncestBrothers

OCT. 17, 2020
Y&T ANNOUNCE SPANISH DATES
American hard rock veterans Y&T will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their third album, "Earthshaker", in 2021 with 3 dates in Spain. These dates are as follows:
Sept. 22 - Sala Mon, Madrid
Sept. 23 - Teatro Juan Bravo, Segovia
Sept. 24 - Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona
yandtrocks.com

NEW EP WITH REFUSED IN NOVEMBER
REFUSED have announced that they will be releasing a new EP, called "The Malignant Fire", on November 20 via Spinefarm Records and Search and Destroy Records.
The first single, called "Born On The Outs", is available here: youtu.be/2S6diE2iOf0

OCT. 16, 2020
UK/EUROPEAN TOUR WITH OZZY AND JUDAS PRIEST POSTPONED TO 2022
Due to the ongoing issues with COVID-19 the Ozzy Osbourne/JUDAS PRIEST UK/European 2020 tour has had to be rescheduled to 2022. New dates will be announced soon..
ozzy.com   judaspriest.com

LIVE ALBUM WITH PUTRID OFFAL IN NOVEMBER
Gore death/grinders PUTRID OFFAL will release "Live at Hellfest" as digital audio and video on November 13 via XenoKorp.
The show was recorded at Hellfest in 2017.
You can check out the first single, "Necrotic Mutilation", here: facebook.com/xenokorp

STATUS QUO CANCEL FRENCH DATES
Due to the French Government's announcement this week on night time curfews in major cities in France, STATUS QUO officially announce that the 3 French gigs scheduled for November have been cancelled. Ticket holders should apply for refunds at the point of purchase.
stausquo.co.uk

OCT. 15, 2020
KSMB RESCHEDULE TOUR DATES
ksmb at valand in gbg
Swedish punk rock legends KSMB have been forced to postpone their shows in Malmö and Uppsala, Sweden due to you know what.
The new dates are:
Nov. 6, 2021 - Babel, Malmö
Nov. 26, 2021 - Katalin, Uppsala
The band will celebrate "40 years of vrålrock", which means that they will play all their songs from the "Bakverk" compilation, as well as the entire "Aktion" album.
facebook.com/ksmbofficiella

EX-AC/DC BASSIST PAUL MATTERS IS DEAD
Former AC/DC bassist Paul Matters has died. The news of his passing was revealed by his friend Rod Wescombe as well as AC/DC biographer Jesse Fink, author of the book "Bon: The Last Highway".
According to Wikipedia, Matters joined AC/DC in 1975 after the recording of the band's debut album, "High Voltage". Several weeks later, he was reportedly fired by AC/DC singer Bon Scott, and was replaced by Mark Evans.
Matters quit music after his departure from AC/DC in 1975 and sold his bass guitar.

OCT. 14, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH BLOOD FROM THE SOUL IN NOVEMBER
Shane Embury with Napalm Death at Metaltown
Supergroup BLOOD FROM THE SOUL - now made up of Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH), Jacob Bannon (CONVERGE), Dirk Verbeuren (MEGADETH), and Jesper Liveröd (NASUM) - have announced that they will be releasing a new album, "DSM-5", on November 13 via Deathwish Records.
Check out the new song, "Debris of Dreams": youtu.be/5UnKQGuMors

TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST
NWOBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have found a new guitarist: Francesco Marras.
He has previously worked as a session musician as well as pursuing his own career. He began his musical journey in 2001 with the Italian metal band SCREAMING SHADOWS, and has worked with a number of familiar names including BONFIRE and Harry Hess (who mastered the last 2 TYGERS albums).
tygersofpantang.com

OCT. 11, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH GHOST IN THE WINTER
Ghost at Metaltown
According to Swedish music magazine Gaffa, GHOST are going to release a new album during the winter. No title or release date has been announced yet.

OCT. 8, 2020
EX-W.A.S.P. GUITARIST CHRIS HOLMES TO RELEASE DOCUMENTARY AND NEW ALBUM
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes has taken advantage of the period of non-live activity during the COVID-19 pandemic to offer you new projects. The end of 2020 will see the release of a DVD/Blu-ray documentary, to be followed by a new studio album in 2021.
Fans who participate in Holmes's Indiegogo campaign can make a donation in exchange for a consideration such as a CD or guitar picks. You can even acquire Chris's leather jacket with its personalized paint or see your name inscribed in the booklet for the new album. Along with the album, you'll be able to pre-order a collector's collection of never-before-seen photos embellished with Chris's thoughts to help you get to know him better. The book will be available in very limited quantities, numbered and signed by Chris himself.

KING DIAMOND IS WORKING ON NEW ALBUMS FROM BOTH MERCYFUL FATE AND KING DIAMOND
Danish heavy metal legend King Diamond has confirmed to Knotfest.com that he is hard at work not only on the new album from his namesake band, but the first LP in the 21st century from the reformed MERCYFUL FATE as well.

OCT. 7, 2020
AT THE GATES TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Tompa with At The Gates at Liseberg
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES will enter the studio in early November to begin recording their next album. They plan to release the album next spring.
atthegates.se

GREENDAY's BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Billie Joe Armstrong of GREEN DAY has announced that he will be releasing a "No Fun Mondays" album. The album collects the cover songs that he has put out since COVID-19 lockdown began, and will be out November 27 via Reprise/Warner Records.
greenday.com

EDDIE VAN HALEN DEAD AT 65
Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist and co-founder of VAN HALEN, has died after a long battle with cancer.
Eddie died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday, October 6. He was 65 years old.
van-halen.com

OCT. 6, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH KICKIN VALENTINA IN JANUARY
North American high-energy rockers KICKIN VALENTINA will release their third album, "The Revenge of Rock", on January 22, 2021 via Mighty Music.
The first single, "Somebody New", will be released on October 30.
kickinvalentina.com   mightymusic.dk

DIAMOND HEAD ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are going on a UK tour next spring, with special guests ROCK GODDESS.
You can find all the dates here: facebook.com/DiamondHeadOfficial

WHITE STRIPES TO RELEASE "Greatest Hits" COLLECTION
American rock duo The WHITE STRIPES will release "Greatest Hits" on December 4, their first-ever official anthology.
Pre-order here: thewhitestripes.lnk.to/TWSGH
whitestripes.com

AC/DC REVEALS RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM
AC/DC will release its long-awaited new studio album, "PWR/UP", on November 13.
pwrup.acdc.com

OCT. 5, 2020
THUNDERMOTHER ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Filippa of Thundermother in GBG
Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER have announced a UK tour in September/October 2021. Special guests are BETH BLADE and The BEAUTIFUL DISASTERS.
For dates and tickets, go to: facebook.com/thundermother

DESTRUCTION CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION have been forced to cancel their "Thrash Alliance" European tour with WARBRINGER, CRISIX and ? (unreadable logo) due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Read more here: facebook.com/destruction

NEW SINGLE WITH AC/DC ON WEDNESDAY
AC/DC will release "Shot In The Dark", the first single from the band's long-awaited new album, on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00 a.m. EDT / 9:00 p.m. PDT (Tuesday night).
The title of the new album seems to be "PWR/UP", and it will be their first album since 2014.
Here's a brand new teaser for "Shot In The Dark": youtu.be/_Fmj4E_7zD8
pwrup.acdc.com

OCT. 4, 2020
LATEST ALBUM WITH THE HEADLINES TO BE RELEASED ON VINYL
Swedish punk band The HEADLINES will have their latest album, "Warpaint", released on vinyl via Sunny Bastards Records on November 20.
It will be available in black, red and crystal clear with red swirl.
Pre-order here: shop.sunnybastards.de/advanced_search_result.php?MODsid=001c5a11aa9bf437e3683f3eef30585e&keywords=headlines%20warpaint&x=0&y=0&fbclid=IwAR0E8glIHCFH2cHf0ixK2mHh1o-eKnYrsUslos_SVrRQdVYMUm8UykAhTDo
theheadlinesband.com

ENTRAILS WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Swedish old school death metallers ENTRAILS are currently working on demos for their 7th full length album. They aim at recording the album this winter, and release it sometime in 2021.
The band has fulfilled their deal with Metal Blade Records, and are looking for a new label who wants to release the new album.
facebook.com/Entrails666

OCT. 3, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH ACCEPT IN JANUARY
Accept somewhere in Sweden many years ago
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT has set January 15, 2021 as the release date for their new album, "Too Mean To Die", which will be released through Nuclear Blast.
The first single, "The Undertaker", is out now on digital platforms.
acceptworldwide.com   nuclearblast.com

NO MORE EDDY MALM BAND
Swedish hard rock/heavy metal band EDDY MALM BAND, with Eddy Malm from HEAVY LOAD, is no more.
facebook.com/EddyMalmBand

DENY TO RELEASE SPLIT EP WITH BÖSET
Swedish hardcore/punk band DENY will release a new split EP with Swedish punks BÖSET. Physical release date is October 9, and digital release date October 23.
Pre-order from: facebook.com/flyktsodafanzine
denyhc.bandcamp.com   bosetpunx.bandcamp.com

OCT. 2, 2020
NEW LIVE RELEASES WITH BUZZCOCKS
British pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS will release 2 new live releases via Cherry Red Records on January 22, 2021.
"Late For The Train - Live & In Session 1989-2016" is a 6-CD box set featuring 5 live shows and 32 tracks recorded for the BBC across 3 decades. A total of 137 tracks, where 83 of them are previously unreleased. You can pre-oreder it here: cherryred.co.uk/product/buzzcocks-late-for-the-train-live-in-session-1989-2016-6cd-box-set/?fbclid=IwAR25E4Tgg59ftaTAmEd9V10kHU5xUsDA5w_HIqHVROwrY5ZP4Cx_olD5K4I
"30 (Live In London)" is a double LP with their 30th anniversary show, recorded at The Forum in London in December 2006. This double vinyl can be pre-ordered here: cherryred.co.uk/product/buzzcocks-30-live-in-london-2lp-red-vinyl/?fbclid=IwAR3U4fAv9eo4SxO_JwjrVROvu9ZcXNFv96ZN0kCY_gSvR32ZSeLpL-t9Sc0
buzzcocks.com

OCT. 1, 2020
CIRCLE JERKS TO REISSUE "Group Sex"
L.A. hardcore/punk veterans CIRCLE JERKS will re-release the "Group Sex" album as a 40th Anniversary Deluxe LP on October 30. The new version will be out via Trust Records on colored vinyl (limited to 1000 copies) and black vinyl (limited to 3000 copies). The audio is remastered, and it also includes 5 rehearsal tracks from before the album recording.
In addition, it will also include a 20-page booklet that has unreleased photos and anecdotes from Tony Hawk, Mike Patton, Shepard Fairey, Ian MacKaye, Lars Frederiksen and others.
You can see a trailer for the re-release here: youtu.be/cPwE5LbjW1U
And you can pre-order the album here: kr-m.co/circlejerks and also receive a 24-page hand-numbered fanzine originally printed by the band in 1980.
For upcoming tour dates, go to: circlejerks.net

PERSUADER SIGNS WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC
Swedish power metal act PERSUADER have signed with Frontiers Music Srl, and will release their fifth album, "Necromancy", on December 4.
The first single/video, "The Curse Unbound", can be heard and seen here: youtu.be/mrRJ-lp7CUA
frontiers.it

NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH IRON MAIDEN IN NOVEMBER
BMG has announced the release of IRON MAIDEN's new double live album on November 20 worldwide.
Containing over 100 minutes of classic IRON MAIDEN music and available in multiple formats, including a limited edition Mexican Flag, triple colored (180g) vinyl and a limited-edition deluxe 2-CD book format, "Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City" was recorded during the band's 3 sold-out arena shows there in September 2019 and is a celebration of their "Legacy Of The Beast" world tour which began in 2018 and will finish next summer in Europe.
ironmaiden.com

A FIRST TASTE OF A NEW SINGLE WITH AC/DC
AC/DC has released a 30-second teaser of "Shot In The Dark", the first single from the band's long-awaited comeback album. The follow-up to 2014's "Rock Or Bust" will feature AC/DC's 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar).
Check out the teaser here: youtu.be/iKOlC8hNMZA
The teaser is the latest sign of activity from the legendary hard rock band, which is expected to reveal more details about the upcoming disc in the coming days.
pwrup.acdc.com

SEPT. 30, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS
British punk rock veterans SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS are back with a new single, "Manchester Boys".
More info here: facebook.com/slaughterandthedogsuk

BOOK ABOUT THE SONGS OF THIN LIZZY
"Thin Lizzy: Every Album, Every Song", a book examining each one of THIN LIZZY's songs, will be released on November 27 via Sonicbond Publishing.

TRAUMA VOCALIST DONNY HILLIER IS DEAD
TRAUMA vocalist Donny Hillier passed away on Monday, September 28 following a brief battle with an unspecified illness.
The San Francisco Bay Area band TRAUMA is probably most well-known for having Cliff Burton (later in METALLICA) as their bassist. The band formed in 1981, released their debut album, "Scratch And Scream", in 1984, and split up in 1985. The band reunited in 2013, and has been back in business ever since.
facebook.com/TraumaThrash

BLISTERHEAD RELEASE NEW SINGLE
Blisterhead at Sticky Fingers
Swedish punk rock band BLISTERHEAD releases their first single in 3 years. "Balaclava Boys" is the name of the song, which you can find on digital services like Spotify.
Rumor has it that this song will serve as a warm-up for a major recording this fall.
facebook.com/Blisterhead

NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE RILEY's L.A. GUNS IN NOVEMBER
L.A. GUNS - the version with Steve Riley, Kelly Nickels, Scott Griffin and Kurt Frohlich - will release their new album, "Renegades", on November 13 via Golden Robot Records.
You can pre-order from 1 of these: store.goldenrobotrecords.com   laguns.net
Riley's version of L.A. GUNS is not to be confused with the band led by guitarist Tracii Guns and vocalist Phil Lewis, which issued 2 albums, "The Missing Peace" and "The Devil You Know", plus the live release "Made In Milan", under the L.A. GUNS name over the last 3 years.

SEPT. 29, 2020
SANCTUARY ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED EURO TOUR
US metal legends SANCTUARY have announced re-scheduled dates for their "Into The Mirror Black" 30th Anniversary European tour.
Originally planned for this year, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the tour to be pushed back into 2021, and it's now confirmed to take place in September and October hitting cities in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands and Belgium.
Dates here: facebook.com/centurymedia
"Into The Mirror Black (30th Anniversary Edition)" will be released on October 9 via Century Media Records.
Pre-order: sanctuary.lnk.to/IntoTheMirrorBlack30AnniversaryFC

ANGELES REPLACES DRUMMER
Veteran LA rockers ANGELES have announced that their drummer, Danny Basulto (2015 to present), has decided to retire from his position. Furthermore the band announces that their new drummer is Chris Cato.
Upcoming hometown shows with the band are as follows:
Oct. 18 - Whisky A Go Go (w/ LOUDNESS)
Dec. 4 - Whisky A Go Go (w/ LAST IN LINE)
April 18, 2021 - Party In The Parking Lot at Rainbow Bar And Grill
facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCE 2 SHOWS IN FINLAND
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET are going to Finland in January for 2 concerts:
Jan. 8 - Tavastia, Helsinki
Jan. 9 - Olympia-kortteli, Tampere
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 30.
crashdiet.org

DISCHARGE CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
Discharge at Sticky Fingers in GBG
DISCHARGE have been confirmed for Rebellion Punk Music Festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 5-8, 2021.
Confirmed since earlier are: BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, CIRCLE JERKS, Henry Rollins, The EXPLOITED, The UNDERTONES, COCKNEY REJECTS, Steve Ignorant plays CRASS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, The BOYS, CHELSEA, CONFLICT etc.
rebellionfestivals.com

GREAT WHITE TO RELEASE LIVE CD/DVD
GREAT WHITE is currently taking pre-orders for a new live CD/DVD set apparently titled "Live". The effort is expected to include the band's August 2018 performance at the Kentucky State Fair, featuring GREAT WHITE's latest addition, singer Mitch Malloy, who joined the group earlier that year following the departure of Terry Ilous.
You can pre-order the set here: officialgreatwhite.com/store.html
This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, which features original GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Dan McNay on bass, Tony Montana on guitar and Dicki Fliszar on drums.

SEPT. 28, 2020
TOPPLOCK TAKE A BREAK
Swedish heavy rockers TOPPLOCK has decided to take a break for a unknown period of time.
facebook.com/Topplock

SEPT. 27, 2020
BEST OF COLLECTION WITH THE STRANGLERS TO BE REISSUED ON VINYL
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS will re-release "Peaches (The Very Best Of)" on double LP on November 27. The album was originally released on CD in 2002.
You can pre-order it here: townsendmusic.store/cart/product.php?id=70755
thestranglers.co.uk

SEPT. 26, 2020
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NEW 4-TRACK EP WITH YOUR EDITOR JIMMY BLOM
"Dynamit" is the fastest and hardest punk songs since I was a member of the hardcore/punk band ABNORM.
Check it out here: jimmyblom.bandcamp.com/album/dynamit
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RAT SCABIES AND CHRIS CONSTANTINOU RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Rat Scabies, drummer from British punk rock legends The DAMNED, and Chris Constantinou, a bass player who has worked with Adam Ant, Sinead O'Connor, BOW WOV WOV and others, have come together for a brand-new project called ONE THOUSAND MOTELS.
This is not the first time these 2 creative forces have united their musical powers. They were both heavily involved with the punk rock supergroup The MUTANTS, which featured members of UK SUBS, The SPECIALS, VICE SQUAD, MC5 and STIFF LITTLE FINGERS.
You can stream the album here: orcd.co/one_thousand_motels
For more info, go to: facebook.com/OneThousandMotels

SEPT. 25, 2020
CLOSE-UP BÅTEN's PUNK CRUISE POSTPONED FOR THE THIRD TIME
Asta Kask at Sticky Fingers in GBG
Close-Up Båten's punk cruise, aka Punkbåten, has been postponed for the thrid time. It will now sail from Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo/Turku, Finland and back on October 21-22, 2021 instead.
The lineup will be: ASTA KASK, MIMIKRY, NO FUN AT ALL, DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, GAMLA PENGAR, MASSGRAV, SIR REG, TWIN PIGS, HYRDA KNEKTAR, ALLVARET, SJU SVÅRA ÅR, VET HUT, SMISK, KARDBORREBANDET, VIDRO and TRALLTROLLEN.
facebook.com/CloseUpMagazine

THE HELLACOPTERS ANNOUNCE NEW DATE FOR NORWAY
Nicke with Imperial State Electric in GBG
The new date for the show with The HELLACOPTERS at Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway is July 23, 2021.
hellacopters.com

DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCE TURKISH DATES
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY are going to Turkey for 3 shows in January 2021. The dates are:
Jan. 22 - Izmir Arena, Izmir
Jan. 23 - Milyon Performance Hall, Ankara
Jan. 24 - Küçükçiftlik Park, Istanbul
DARK TRANQUILLITY's new album, "Moment", will be released on November 20 through Century Media Records.
darktranquillity.com

RAMMSTEIN TO RELEASE 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM
It was 25 years ago to the day - September 25, 1995 - that RAMMSTEIN emerged from Berlin with its debut album, "Herzeleid". To celebrate this, RAMMSTEIN and Vertigo/UMe will release limited, remastered editions of the groundbreaking LP on December 4, 2020.
"Herzeleid (XXV Anniversary Edition - Remastered)" will feature the album's original track listing on a single CD, housed in a lavish, cross-shaped digipak with deluxe slipcase, and, for the first time ever, the remastered album with HD sound will be available digitally. In addition, there will be a 2LP version with a slipcase containing 2 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl discs with blue splatter effect. Both the CD and vinyl editions are strictly limited.
The limited editions can be pre-ordered here: rammstein.lnk.to/Herzeleid_25

BOOK ABOUT PETE WAY DUE IN DECEMBER
Ross Halfin and Rufus Publications have announced the publication of "Pete Way By Ross Halfin", a 240-page celebration of UFO's iconic bass player, containing classic and unseen images by music photographer Ross Halfin, and exclusive new interviews and with Phil Mogg (UFO), Andy Parker (UFO), Neil Carter (UFO), Ozzy Osbourne (BLACK SABBATH), Kirk Hammett (METALLICA), Geddy Lee (RUSH), Phil Collen (DEF LEPPARD), Joe Elliott (DEF LEPPARD), Rick Savage (DEF LEPPARD), Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), Steve Harris (IRON MAIDEN), Rick Neilsen (CHEAP TRICK), Michael Schenker (UFO), Phil Lewis (L.A. GUNS), Gerry Laffy and more, compiled by Mojo writer and author Mark Blake.
The book will ship in early December and can be pre-ordered at: rufuspublications.com

SEPT. 24, 2020
CANDLEMASS RESCHEDULE STOCKHOLM SHOWS
Leif Edling with Candlemass at Dalsjofors Folkets Park
Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS have postponed their 2 shows at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden to May 21 and 22, 2021.
The band will perform the entire "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" album on May 21, and the entire "Nightfall" album on May 22.
candlemass.se

THE HELLACOPTERS ANNOUNCE FINNISH DATES
Dregen solo at Pustervik in GBG
Swedish rock band The HELLACOPTERS announce new dates for Finland. And these dates are:
May 10 & 11, 2021 - Tavastia, Helsinki
May 12 - Lutakko, Jyväskylä
Tickets and more info here: livenation.fi/artist/the-hellacopters-tickets
A new date for the gig in Oslo, Norway (which was planned for October 1, 2020) is soon to be confirmed too.
hellacopters.com

SEPT. 23, 2020
DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY announces Fall 2021 North American tour dates, which kick off in early September in Pennsylvania, make several stops in Canada, and run through late October.
The band will headline, with support coming from OBSCURA and NAILED TO OBSCURITY.
Tickets are on sale here: enterthevault.com
darktranquillity.com

THE HEADLINES ANNOUNCE SHORT GERMAN TOUR
Southern Swedish punk rockers The HEADLINES are going to Germany in November for 4 weekend shows together with DRUNKEN SWALLOWS and APRIL ART.
The exclusive dates are:
19.11 Resonanzwerk, Oberhausen
20.11 Black Pearl, Wetzlar
21.11 Kammgarn, Kaiserslautern
22.11 Hellraiser, Leipzig
theheadlinesband.com   drunkenswallows.de   aprilart.de

HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE 2 RUSSIAN SHOWS
Hank Von Hell (ex-TURBONEGRO) is going to Russia in April 2021 for 2 shows.
The dates are:
April 6 - 16 Tonns, Moscow
April 7 - MOD, St. Petersburg
hankvonhell.com

BRANT BJORK ANNOUNCE EURO TOUR WITH MAIDAVALE
Brant Bjork (KYUSS, FU MANCHU, MONDO GENERATOR) is coming to Europe next spring, and support act on most of the dates will be Swedish female vintage rockers MAIDAVALE.
For dates and tickets, try: brantbjork.net

SEPT. 22, 2020
MASSACRE ANNOUNCES NEW LINEUP
Reformed Florida death metal veterans MASSACRE have announced their new lineup. Joining original singer Kam Lee and bassist Michael Borders are guitarists Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, REVOLTING etc etc), Jonny Pettersson (GODS FORSAKEN, WOMBBATH, HENRY KANE) and Scott Fairfax (MEMORIAM, AS THE WORLD DIES), along with drummer Brynjar Helgeton.
"Despite recent setbacks, plans for a new MASSACRE album are still moving full speed ahead and with all guns blazing!", according to Borders.
Earlier in the month, drummer Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) announced their departure from MASSACRE.
facebook.com/Massacreflorida

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS ANNOUNCE GERMAN TOUR
Phil with Motorhead at Way Out West
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS have announced that they will be returning to Germany in April 2021 for their biggest headline tour yet. Joining them on this tour will be NITROGODS and The CARBURETORS. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 24.
Dates and tickets: philcampbell.net

SEPT. 21, 2020
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS POSTPONE SCANDIANVIAN TOUR
Phil with Motorhead at Way Out West
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS was supposed to kick off their Scandinavian tour in Helsinki, Finland tonight. But the tour has been rescheduled to 2021 on the same dates.
More details here: philcampbell.net

SEPT. 20, 2020
NEW EP WITH FABRIKEN OUT SOON
Swedish pop punks FABRIKEN will release a new EP, "Tortera Mig Med Kärlek", soon via Beat Butchers.
Teaser: youtu.be/k9WwhUh1v0M
ifabriken.com   beatbutchers.com

SEPT. 19, 2020
LEE KERSLAKE IS DEAD
Former URIAH HEEP and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Lee Kerslake has passed away after a long battle with Cancer. He was 73 years old.
uriah-heep.com   ozzy.com

ANTHRAX BASSIST FRANK BELLO TO RECORD SOLO ALBUM
ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello has confirmed that he is working on material for his debut solo album. The solo LP is expected to be issued via Megaforce.
At the same time, ANTHRAX is working on material for its next studio album, tentatively due in 2021.

SEPT. 18, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH SODOM IN NOVEMBER
German thrash veterans SODOM will release their new album, "Genesis XIX", on November 27 through SPV/Steamhammer.
You can now pre-order it here: Sodom.lnk.to/GenesisXIX
facebook.com/sodomized

DIAMOND HEAD TO RELEASE RE-RECORDING OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM
This year it's 40 years since NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD released their debut album, "Lightning To The Nations", and the band celebrate this anniversary by re-recording the whole album.
The re-recorded 40th anniversary edition, titled "Lightning To The Nations 2020", will be released on November 20.
Listen to the first single, "It's Electric": youtu.be/n4KWgo5qWtg
Pre-order: smarturl.it/DHLTTN2020
facebook.com/DiamondHeadOfficial

NEW SINGLE WITH ACCEPT NEXT MONTH
Accept somewhere in Sweden a few years ago
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT will release a new single, "The Undertaker", on October 2 via Nuclear Blast, accompanied by a video. The track is the first taste of the band's upcoming studio album, the details of which will be announced soon.
The 2-song single will also feature a previously unreleased live version of "Life's A Bitch", recorded in 2019 in Oulu, Finland. It will be made available digitally as well as on limited-edition 7" vinyl in 3 colors, each limited to 300 copies. Colors are gold, white-marbled for Europe and red for the U.S.
twitter.com/accepttheband

WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE "Love Songs" COLLECTION
WHITESNAKE brings together some of the most-passionate music of its multi-platinum career on "Love Songs", a new collection that contains remixed and remastered versions of the group's best love songs. It's the second release in the band's "Red, White and Blues Trilogy", a series of compilations organized by musical themes that began this summer with "The Rock Album" (white) and will conclude next year with "The Blues Album" (blue).
The new collection includes a mix of hits and deep tracks that were originally released between 1987 and 2011 on 5 WHITESNAKE studio albums and David Coverdale's third solo album, "Into The Light".
whitesnake.com

SEPT. 17, 2020
GEEZER BUTLER TO REISSUE SOLO ALBUMS
BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler will re-release his 3 solo albums "Plastic Planet" (1995), "Black Science" (1997) and "Ohmwork" (2005) via BMG on October 30. The albums will be made available for the first time ever on vinyl, with both CD and LP using newly updated cover artwork.

THE EXPLOITED CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The Rebellion festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK celebrate their 25th anniversary next year. And the latest band to be confirmed for next year's punk fest is the Scottish legends The EXPLOITED.
Among the artists who have been confirmed since earlier are: BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, COCKNEY REJECTS, CIRCLE JERKS, Henry Rollins, Steve Ignorant (performing the songs of CRASS), The UNDERTONES, ANGELIC UPSTRTS, The BOYS, UK SUBS, CONFLICT, CHELSEA etc.
The festival happens on August 5-8, 2021.
More info and tickets: rebellionfestivals.com

EX-BLACK SABBATH VOCALIST TONY MARTIN REUNITES WITH HIS OLD BAND THE ALLIANCE
Tony Martin's pre-BLACK SABBATH band The ALLIANCE will reunite after more than 3 decades to record some of its early, mostly previously unreleased material.
twitter.com/sabbathfans

TWISTED SISTER's JAY JAY FRENCH TO RELEASE BOOK
TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French has revealed plans to release a book called "Twisted Business" in 2021. He will also launch his very own podcast, "The French Connection".
twitter.com/jayjayfrench

SEPT. 16, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH ARTILLERY NEXT MONTH
On October 16, Danish thrash metal legends ARTILLERY will release the new song "The Last Journey" - featuring former singers Flemming Rønsdorf and Søren Adamsen - digitally and on vinyl via Metal Blade Records. The B-side is a cover of the METALLICA classic "Trapped Under Ice".
"The Last Journey" is dedicated to the memory of former ARTILLERY guitarist Morten Stützer, who passed away in October 2019.
ARTILLERY will enter the studio again on October 5 to record a studio album with new guitarist Kræn Meier.
artillery.dk   metalblade.com

OZZY TO RELEASE 40th-ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED DIGITAL EDITION OF "Blizzard Of Ozz"
Ozzy Osbourne will release a 40th-anniversary expanded digital edition of his landmark debut solo album "Blizzard Of Ozz" and digital versions of 2 classic longform videos, "Live & Loud" and "Live At Budokan".
The expanded digital 40th-anniversary edition is set for release September 18 on Sony/Legacy.
ozzy.com

RAUBTIER, PAIN, SKITARG AND F.K.Ü. CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN
Hulkoff with Raubtier in GBG
Even though Close-Up Magazine is dead, they continue with Close-Up Båten. And the next cruise on the Baltic Sea (Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo/Turku, Finland and back) will take place on March 25-26, 2021. Confirmed bands are: RAUBTIER, PAIN, SUNGEN, SKITARG (exclusive reunion!), F.K.Ü., MISERY LOVES CO., KNOGJÄRN and MASS WORSHIP.
More info: facebook.com/events/241162490623513

NEW ALBUM WITH WITCHWOOD IN NOVEMBER
Italian vintage hard rock/progressive rock band WITCHWOOD will release their third album, "Before The Winter", on November 20 via Jolly Roger Records.
facebook.com/Witchwoodband   facebook.com/JollyRogerRecords

SEPT. 15, 2020
RAMMSTEIN IS IN THE STUDIO
German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have reportedly returned to La Fabrique studios to work on new music. According to Rammstein World, various members of the band and its crew have been spotted in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in the south of France, where the studio is located. Other people who usually accompany RAMMSTEIN to the studio have also posted about their trip to France on social media.
This past June, RAMMSTEIN drummer Christoph Schneider confirmed that the band was using the coronavirus downtime to work on new music.

SEPT. 14, 2020
SidMac, ORIGINAL SINGER OF BAD BRAINS, IS DEAD
Sidney McCray (aka "SidMac"), original singer and co-founder of Affro American punk band BAD BRAINS, passed away on September 9.
Sidney's 7 children would like to have a Memorial Service for their father, and are gratefully in acceptance of donations. Contributions will solely go towards the Last Honors for SidMac.
You can make your donation at GoFundMe.com
facebook.com/badbrains

SEPT. 13, 2020
DRUMMER AND GUITARIST EXIT MASSACRE
Drummer Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) have announced their departure from the veteran Florida death metal band MASSACRE. The duo had joined the group less than a year ago and were said to be working on MASSACRE's 4th studio album at Kling/Nordberg's own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida.
MASSACRE's forthcoming album was supposed to be the first to feature original bassist Michael Borders, as well as the band's first recording in 24 years to feature original vocalist Kam Lee (ex-DEATH, ex-MANTAS).
Not a word yet on their Facebook page though..

FACEBOOK CAN DELETE BAND ACCOUNTS FOR LIVESTREAMING
Effective October 1, Facebook is taking steps to limit the ability of bands to promote videos that will "create a music listening experience for yourself or for others". This also extends to Facebook Live, which has been an especially popular avenue for livestreamed concerts in the pandemic era.
Read more: loudwire.com/facebook-rule-change-bands-livestream-show-delete-account

SEPT. 12, 2020
SKINDRED ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
UK-based ragga/metal band SKINDRED are going on a full UK tour in September/October 2021. Very special guests will be ROYAL REPUBLIC. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 14.
For dates and tickets, go to: skindred.net/live

TROUBLEMAKERS TO REISSUE SECOND ALBUM "Erektion" ON VINYL
Blomman with Troublemakers at Liseberg
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS will have their second album, "Erektion", re-released on vinyl by Kamel Records in the end of November. There will be a limited edition of 300 hand numbered copies.
tidenstempo.com   troublemakers.se

LIVE ALBUM WITH MARDUK NEXT MONTH
Marduk at Metaltown many years ago
Swedish black metal legends MARDUK will release a live album, "World Funeral: Jaws of Hell MMIII", on October 8. And that's all I know..
marduk.nu

SEPT. 11, 2020
PERKELE HAVE FOUND A NEW DRUMMER
Swedish street punk veterans PERKELE have found a new drummer, Jouni Haapala (DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA etc).
facebook.com/Perkele1993

--------------------ANOTHER PUNK SONG FROM JIMMY BLOM (editor of Hard Rock Info, ex-ABNORM)
"Mi Ne Estas Vi" - youtu.be/ojxCPd8hE_0 --------------------

JUDAS PRIEST TO HEADLINE WARLANDO METAL FEST
JUDAS PRIEST, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, will headline the first-ever Warlando Metal Fest, which will take place Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Orlando Amphitheater at Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida. Tickets go on sale today, Friday, September 11.
Joining JUDAS PRIEST at the event will be SABATON, LACUNA COIL, SOULFLY, MUSHROOMHEAD and UNCURED.
For more information and tickets, go to: warlandofest.com
JUDAS PRIEST is continuing to work on material for the band's follow-up to "Firepower" album, which was released in March 2018.

SEPT. 10, 2020
20th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF PANTERA's "Reinventing The Steel"
PANTERA's swan song, "Reinventing The Steel", turns 20 this year and Rhino will celebrate with 2 new versions that feature an unreleased mix of the album by longtime producer Terry Date.
The first is "Reinventing The Steel: 20th Anniversary Edition", a 3-CD set that includes a newly remastered version of the original album and a selection of rarities. The set will be released on October 30 and will also be available through digital and streaming services.
"Reinventing The Steel: 20th Anniversary Edition" will also be released as a double-LP set on silver vinyl that features the new Terry Date mix on one album, plus 8 rare bonus tracks making their vinyl debut on the other. Limited to 5,000 copies, the 180-gram audiophile vinyl collection comes in an embossed, foil jacket and will be available on January 8.
pantera.com   rhino.com

NEW ALBUM WITH HATEBREED IN NOVEMBER
Connecticut hardcore/metal band HATEBREED will release their new album, "Weight Of The False Self", on November 27 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album's first single will be made available tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 11).
hatebreed.com   nuclearblast.com

KREATOR WORKING ON NEW SONGS
Mille with Kreator at Getaway Rock 2011
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR are working on material for a new album, tentatively due in 2021.
kreator-terrorzone.de

QUIET RIOT WILL CONTINUE
Even though drummer Frankie Banali is no longer with us, it was his wish that QUIET RIOT continue and keep the music and the legacy alive. So Chuck Wright, Alex Grossi and Jizzy Pearl will continue the band, with Johnny Kelly filling in on drums with Frankie's blessing.
For more info and new show dates, go to: facebook.com/quietriot

NEW DOCUMENTARY/LIVE RELEASE WITH JIMI HENDRIX IN NOVEMBER
A new documentary film, "Music, Money, Madness - Jimi Hendrix In Maui", and accompanying "Live In Maui" album is set for release on November 20 from Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings.
Learn more and pre-order here: jimihendrix.lnk.to/maui
jimihendrix.com

SEPT. 9, 2020
DAVID COVERDALE FINALLY UNDERGOES SURGERY FOR BILATERAL INGUINAL HERNIA
Back in late March, it was announced that all of WHITESNAKE's previously announced touring activities, including this summer's U.S. trek with SAMMY HAGAR & The CIRCLE and NIGHT RANGER, were being canceled so that frontman David Coverdale could undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia. In a new tweet, Coverdale offered an update on his condition, saying that he was able to get the operation at the Renown facility in his hometown of Reno, Nevada.
Read more here: twitter.com/davidcoverdale

NAPALM DEATH's MITCH HARRIS TEAMS UP WITH MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN
Mission Two Entertainment has announced the signing of BRAVE THE COLD. The band's debut album, "Scarcity", is scheduled for release on October 2.
Fronted by longtime NAPALM DEATH member Mitch Harris and MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren, BRAVE THE COLD is a 2-piece formed in 2018 as the 2 metal conglomerates focus their energies into a new level of aggression. The culmination is "Scarcity", an 11-track collection of ferociousness breathing much-needed life into the heavy metal scene of 2020. The disc was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with GOJIRA, FEAR FACTORY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and W.A.S.P., among others.
youtu.be/qAg9duCfC5M

BLUES PILLS RESCHEDULE SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish blues-based rockers BLUES PILLS has rescheduled their 2 shows in Sweden to April 2021. Special guest will be Bror Gunnar Jansson, and the new dates are:
April 23 - Uppsala, Katalin
April 24 - Norrköping, Arbis
bluespills.com

DANKO JONES RESCHEDULE UK TOUR
Danko himself at Pustervik in GBG
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES has once again been forced to reschedule their UK tour due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The tour will now happen in December 2021 instead, and the dates are:
2021-12-06 - Bristol, Thekla
2021-12-07 - Newcastle, Cluny
2021-12-08 - Glasgow, King Tuts
2021-12-09- Nottingham, Bodega
2021-12-10 - Manchester, Rebellion
2021-12-11 - London, Underworld
dankojones.com

SEPT. 8, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH JEFF SCOTT SOTO IN NOVEMBER
American vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, SOTO, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, W.E.T., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) will release a new solo album, "Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)", on November 6 via Frontiers Music srl.
First single and pre-orders coming on September 16.
jeffscottsoto.com   frontiers.it

MEMBERS OF TESTAMENT, SOILWORK, The NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA etc FORM SUPERGROUP
The new all-star melodic death metal band/project ACT OF DENIAL was formed in 2020, and composed of lead guitarist and songwriter Voi Cox (KOZIAK, VICTIM), guitarist and lyricist Luger (BENIGHTED, KOZIAK), vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK), bassist Steve Di Giorgio (DEATH, TESTAMENT), drummer Krimh (SEPTICFLESH) and keyboardist John Lönnmyr (The NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).
A debut album, titled "Negative", is in the works, but more details about that later..
You can check out their debut single, "Puzzle Heart", here: youtu.be/r9gybjyO0wc
facebook.com/ActOfDenialOfficial

SEPT. 7, 2020
FIRST OFFICIAL BOOK ABOUT JUDAS PRIEST TO BE PUBLISHED BEFORE CHRISTMAS
JUDAS PRIEST and Rufus Publications are pleased to announce the publication of the first ever official JUDAS PRIEST book documenting the band's extensive history over the last 50 years. Titled "JUDAS PRIEST - 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS", the book has been put together by David Silver, Ross Halfin and Jayne Andrews.
The pre-order starts on September 11, and will ship in time for Christmas 2020.
More info about the book can be found here: rufuspublications.com   judaspriest.com

SEPT. 6, 2020
JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD IS WORING ON BLUES ALBUM
Rob Halford has commenced work on his debut blues solo album. The JUDAS PRIEST singer is collaborating with the same team that assisted him during the making of his 2019 Christmas LP, "Celestial", including his brother Nigel and his nephew Alex (son of JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill).
facebook.com/robhalfordlegacy

OVERKILL TO BEGIN RECORDING NEW ALBUM
OVERKILL is scheduled to enter the studio on Monday, September 14 to begin recording its new album for a tentative April 2021 release via Nuclear Blast.
facebook.com/OverkillWreckingCrew

SEPT. 5, 2020
GUNS N' ROSES CANCEL SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICAN TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES has officially canceled its previously announced 2020 tour of South and Central America due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The trek was scheduled to kick off on November 8 in the Dominican Republic and conclude on December 6 in Bogota, Colombia.
gunsnroses.com

NEW ALBUM WITH DEATH DEALER IN NOVEMBER
DEATH DEALER - the heavy metal band featuring MANOWAR and The DICTATORS guitarist Ross "The Boss" Friedman alongside vocalist Sean Peck (CAGE), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X) and drummer Steve Bolognese (INTO ETERNITY) - will release its third album, "Conquered Lands", on November 13 through Steel Cartel.
The LP's lead-off track, "Sorcerer Supreme", can be heard here: youtu.be/Sxu1dqPOxC0
DEATH DEALER will support the new release with touring and festival appearances in the coming months.
deathdealermetal.com

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YET ANOTHER PUNK ATTACK WITH JIMMY BLOM!
"Hatet Består" - youtu.be/e0BKmsq2dWE
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KATAKLYSM PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER OLI BEAUDOIN
Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have parted ways with drummer Oli Beaudoin.
A replecement has already been found in Los Angeles-based drummer James Payne (HOUR OF PENANCE, HISS FROM THE MOAT, VITAL REMAINS).
kataklysm.ca

SEPT. 4, 2020
RAVEN ANNOUNCE EURO TOUR WITH WOLF AND CRYSTAL VIPER ETC
Wolf at Sticky Fingers in GBG
British heavy metal legends RAVEN are going on a European tour in February 2021, with not just 1 or 2 support acts, but 4: CRYSTAL VIPER, WOLF, KILL RITUAL and CYBER STRIKE.
When I wrote this, RAVEN had not released the dates themselves yet. So go to WOLF's Facebook page for dates.
UPDATE! Now you can also find the dates here: facebook.com/ravenbandofficial
RAVEN will release a new studio album, "Metal City", on September 28.

NEW ALBUM WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS IN NOVEMBER
Phil Campbell with Motorhead at Way Out West
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS will release a new album, "We're The Bastards", on November 13 via Nuclear Blast.
Pre-order here: nblast.de/PCATBS-WereTheBastards
philcampbell.net   nuclearblast.com

SEPT. 3, 2020
LIVE ALBUM WITH THE HIVES IN A FEW WEEKS
The Hives many many years ago
The HIVES will release a live album, "Live at Third Man Records", on September 25.
Listen to "Hate to Say I Told You So" from the album: orcd.co/hatetosayitoldyouso
Pre-save the album digitally or pre-order it on LP or CD: orcd.co/thehivesliveattmr
TheHives.com

VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER AND ARTILLERY TO JOIN FORCES FOR EURO TOUR NEXT FALL?
According to the Facebook page of the Masters Of Rock Café in Zlín, Czech Republic, VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER and ARTILLERY will join forces for the next installment of the "MTV Headbanger's Ball" European tour in the fall of 2021. The trek is set to hit the Masters Of Rock Café on November 26, 2021, but it seems like the Facebook post has been removed now.
VIO-LENCE is currently working on material for a new EP, tentatively due in early 2021 via Metal Blade Records. And EXCITER is currently writing and demoing material for its long-awaited comeback album, tentatively due in 2021.

NEW ALBUM WITH DARK TRANQUILLITY IN NOVEMBER
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY will release their new album, "Moment", on November 20 via Century Media.
facebook.com/dtofficial   centurymedia.com

SEPT. 2, 2020
SVINTASK RECORDING NEW SONGS
According to rumors, Swedish punk band SVINTASK are currently recording about 30 new songs.
facebook.com/Svintask-10756612934   amty.se

NEW BOOKS ABOUT JIMI HENDRIX AND JOHN BONHAM
This September marks 50 years since the passing of Jimi Hendrix and 40 years since the passing of John Bonham. To celebrate both legendary and influential artists, respected author/journalist Greg Prato has assembled 2 new books, "Avatar Of The Electric Guitar: The Genius Of Jimi Hendrix" and "Bonzo: 30 Rock Drummers Remember The Legendary John Bonham".
Both are available from Amazon.

EX-BLACK SABBATH SINGER TONY MARTIN ANNOUNCE TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has set "Thorns" as the title of his long-awaited new solo album, due in the coming months via Battlegod Productions and Dark Star Records. Battlegod will handle distribution in Australia, Asia, Europe and Japan, while Dark Star will handle distribution in all of North and South America, including both physical and streaming.
Among the guest musicians set to appear on the LP are Scott McClellan (who helped write the album), Danny "Danté" Needham (VENOM), Magnus Rosén (HAMMERFALL), Greg Smith (Alice Cooper, RAINBOW, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) and Martin's youngest son Joe.

SEPT. 1, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH VICE SQUAD NEXT MONTH
UK punk rock veterans VICE SQUAD will release a new album, "Battle of Britain", on October 16 via Last Rockers Records/Cargo Records.
Pre-order here: cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/vice-squad-battle-of-britain
vicesquad.co.uk