AUG. 24, 2019
ORANGE GODLIN DRUMMER DENIED ENTRY TO UNITED STATES
British stoner metal band ORANGE GOBLIN will play their previously announced U.S. dates without longtime drummer Chris Turner, who has been denied entry to America due to visa issues.
Ben, Martyn and Joe will still be travelling, and have fortunately found a substitute drummer, Mr. Chad Walls, who is learning the set in a few days and will spend all day Monday in a Manhattan rehearsal studio going over the songs ahead of the first show in NYC on Tuesday.
The tour dates are these:
Aug. 27 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Aug. 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Aug. 30 - Cookeville, TN - Muddy Roots
Aug. 31 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
Sep. 01 - Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
Sep. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - Regent Theater
NEW ALBUM WITH ALFAHANNE IN OCTOBER
Swedish dark metal rockers ALFAHANNE will release a new album, "Atomvinter" on October 4 via Indie Recordings.
Pre-order here: shop.indierecordings.no/search?q=alfahanne
AUG. 23, 2019
OZZY OSBOURNE VINYL BOX SET TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER
Ozzy Osbourne will be celebrated with the first-ever definitive vinyl collection of all his original solo material.
Due out Friday, November 29 on Sony Legacy, "See You On The Other Side" includes: 173 songs total on 16 albums, each of which is 150-gram, hand-pressed multi-colored splatter vinyl, making each pressing unique. Many of the albums are previously unavailable or are currently out of print on vinyl. The collection also includes "Flippin' The B Side", a new collection of non-album tracks, which has never been pressed to vinyl before. In addition, "Black Rain", "Down To Earth" and "Scream" have never been pressed in the U.S., while "No More Tears" was remastered from the original flat analog album masters and is offered as a 2-LP set which will allow the album's songs to be uncompressed for the very first time ever on vinyl.
NEW ALBUM WITH AIRBOURNE IN OCTOBER
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE will release their fifth studio album, "Boneshaker", on October 25 via Spinefarm Records.
AUG. 22, 2019
LEMMY'S LONG-LOST DUET WITH LYNDA KAY TO SEE LIGHT OF DAY
Singer-songwriter Lynda Kay has a new song coming out August 23 featuring the late great Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD. The duet, titled "The Mask", is far from Kilmister's well-regarded metal fare. This poignant Willie Nelson-style ballad, paired with Kay's harmonious, yearning voice, reveals a glimpse of his melancholy side, reminiscent of Rick Rubin American Recordings with Johnny Cash. The song was believed to have been lost, but was recently recovered.
Kilmister had begun writing "The Mask" in 1979 and finished it with Kay in 2009. The track will be released as the first single from Kay's upcoming double album, "Black & Gold".
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH BEHEMOTH
SLIPKNOT has announced the full details of its early 2020 European tour.
The 28-date trek will kick off in Dublin on January 14, and will include 8 dates in the U.K. before playing 19 shows across continental Europe, with the final show taking place in Helsinki on February 24.
Support on the tour will come from Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 30.
For further details, try 1 of these: slipknot1.com behemoth.pl
THUNDERMOTHER ANNOUNCES SWEDISH DATES
Swedish hard rocking women THUNDERMOTHER have announced 3 dates in Sweden with special guests FRONTBACK. The few dates are these:
Nov. 28 Motala - Bomber Bar
Nov. 29 Malmö - Live Concert Hall
Nov. 30 Helsingborg - The Tivoli
THE STRANGLERS RETURN TO NEW ZEALAND
English rock veterans The STRANGLERS will make a return visit to New Zealand in mid-February next year, playing a trio of shows.
The tour kicks off in Christchurch at the Town Hall on Thursday, February 13, next is Wellington Opera House on Friday the 14th and finishing up at the Town Hall in Auckland on Saturday 15th.
Special guests at the gigs are New Zealand new wave band Mi-SEX. Tickets go onsale from 9am on Tuesday, August 27 here: www.plus1.co.nz/stranglers
AUG. 21, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH M:40 IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish crust punks M:40 will release a new album, "Arvsynd", on September 28.
Check out 1 of the songs, "In i Labyrinten", here: metalinjection.net/video/m40-rips-through-riffs-on-new-song-in-i-labyrinten?fbclid=IwAR3yKNjy1O40JviRgH_oWnEEaXE-K62kJ11lqgCjqFRDE_SLkYvo-dnfH4s
GLENN HUGHES CANCEL SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
Due to the South American promoter failing to fulfill the required contractual obligations, birthday child Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH etc) will not be touring South America this September/October.
Glenn's management has been unsuccessful in reaching any solution with the promoter, and has reluctantly decided that the tour will have to be rescheduled into 2021 with a new South American partner.
The management are confident of securing a new tour period and will have news of this soon.
NEW VINYL COLLECTION WITH MIMIKRY
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans MIMIKRY will release a new collection, "The Birdnest Years", on October 25. It will be available on vinyl LP, and will feature songs from the albums they released on Birdnest Records between 2000 and 2005: "Automatiskt", "Visar Vägen", "Kryptonit" and "Uppsamlingsheatet".
You can pre-order the album here: sound-pollution.myshopify.com/products/mimikry-birdnest-years-lp?fbclid=IwAR0kd4NNxD78n8suVcSO8CNt5eZu8Da5bQV3o7lMQWFnpr424BIYDxYqDTE
AUG. 20, 2019
NEKROMATIX TO CELEBRATE 30 WITH NEW LIVE RELEASE
Danish/American psychobilly trio NEKROMANTIX celebrate their 30th anniversary with a new live release, entitled "3 Decades of Darkle". It will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and digital on October 11 via Cleopatra Entertainment.
The show was filmed and recorded earlier this year at the Observatory Theater in Santa Ana, California. For more info and to pre-order: mvdshop.com/products/nekromantix-3-decades-of-darkle
TRIBULATION ARE GOING TO RUSSIA
Swedish metal band TRIBULATION are going to Russia for 2 shows in January next year. These are the dates:
Jan. 17 - Glastonberry, Moscow
Jan. 18 - Mod, St. Petersburg
VENOM INC. FRONTMAN UNDERGOES HIP SURGERY
Former VENOM and current VENOM INC. singer and bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan underwent hip surgery last week (Thursday, August 15) at a hospital in London. The frontman had postponed the procedure for the last 3 years due to the ongoing obligation with VENOM INC., causing him to be in constant pain, on and off stage. Dolan reports to Lords Of Metal that he is doing well and he had his first careful walk on crutches on the next morning. In the meantime, he is back home recovering.
CLOSE-UP BÅTEN 26 CANCELLED
The metal cruise Close-Up Båten 26, which was supposed to sail on the Baltic Sea (Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo, Finland and back) between October 24-25, has been cancelled. Only 110 tickets has been sold so far, and headliner EYEHATEGOD has been forced to cancel all European dates after October 20.
Bands that was supposed to play include EYEHATEGOD, TRIBULATION, MONOLORD, F.K.Ü., VOKONIS etc.
You can read a full statement (in Swedish) here: facebook.com/events/408578036393923/permalink/455928338325559/
Next boat will be a punk cruise with ASTA KASK, NO FUN AT ALL, MIMIKRY, DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, GAMLA PENGAR, MASSGRAV, SIR REG, TWIN PIGS etc. That will happen on May 28-29, 2020.
AUG. 19, 2019
SONS OF APOLLO ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
American supergroup SONS OF APOLLO - featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, JOURNEY, TALISMAN, W.E.T.), guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal GUNS N' ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (David Lee Rith, Mr. BIG, Steve Vai), keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, DREAM THEATER, Alice Cooper, Yngwie Malmsteen) and drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) - are going on a North American tour in January/February 2020 with special guest Tony MacAlpine. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 21 (except NJ, which is out now).
For dates, try: sonsofapollo.com
In related news, SONS OF APOLLO will release "Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony" as a triple album/DVD and Blu-ray on August 30 via InsideOut Music.
NO MORE KAI MARTIN & STICK!
Swedish post punk band KAI MARTIN & STICK! have decided to quit. The concert with DOGSMILE at Bellmans Salonger in their hometown Göteborg is cancelled.
KAI MARTIN & STICK! started in the late 70s, and did their last show in 1985. In 2013 they reunited, and now it's over again.
KING DIAMOND ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AND REVEAL TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
KING DIAMOND is going to release the first new studio album in 12 years. The title will be "The Institute", and it will be released in 2020. The first single will arrive this fall.
In support of the new album, KING DIAMOND will embark on a North American tour with UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS and IDLE HANDS in November/December. The dates can be found here: kingdiamondcoven.com
AUG. 17, 2019
RAJOITUS REVEAL NEW DRUMMER
Jörgen Petterson (MÖGEL) is no longer the drummer in local (Borås, Sweden) hardcore/punk band RAJOITUS. Their former drummer Topi is back again (he played on the "Maailman Hautajainen" LP and the split 12" EP with UTANFÖRSKAPET).
RAJOITUS has been playing now and then since 1992, and even though they are from Sweden they sing in Finnish. The band have had several lineup changes through the years, and must have split up and come back something like 3-4 times (at least).
AUG. 16, 2019
THE ADICTS POSTPONE AMERICAN DATES
Due to circumstances beyond their control, punk legends The ADICTS have been forced to rescedule their August shows in U.S.A. The shows will now take place in January/February 2020 instead. All tickets purchased for the 2019 August dates will be accepted for the rescheduled shows.
The new dates are:
Jan-27 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Jan-28 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
Jan-29 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Feb-1 St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
Feb-3 Atlanta, GA - Buckethead
Feb-4 Charlotte, NC - Underground
30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF WHITESNAKE'S "SLIP OF THE TONGUE"
WHITESNAKE scored the band's third consecutive platinum record with its 8th studio album, "Slip Of The Tongue". The album was originally released in November 1989, which means that it turns 30 this year. And Rhino is celebrating with several new versions, including a colossal 7-disc boxed set.
"Slip Of The Tongue: 30th Anniversary Edition" will be available on October 4. The 6CD/DVD collection includes a newly remastered version of the album, plus unreleased studio recordings, audio and video of the band's performance at the 1990 Monsters Of Rock festival, and a new interview with WHITESNAKE founder and lead singer David Coverdale. It comes in a 60-page hardbound book filled with rare memorabilia from the era.
Other versions of "Slip Of The Tongue" will also be available the same day, including a double-CD Deluxe Edition, which includes the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of rare and unreleased bonus tracks, and a double-LP Deluxe Edition, which features the newly remastered album along with a selection of unique bonus tracks. Also a single-disc version that includes the newly remastered album, along with single B-Sides plus alternate recordings. And the music will be available digitally as well.
NEW ALBUM WITH DOWN 'N' OUTZ IN OCTOBER
DOWN 'N' OUTZ, the project headed up by DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott, is set to release its third studio album, "This Is How We Roll", on October 11 via UMC.
The band, featuring THE QUIREBOYS' Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus Share Ross (bass, VIXEN) and Phil Martini (drums, WAYWARD SONS), takes a different approach on the new album. This new album only features 1 cover version - The TUBES' "White Punks On Dope" - alongside 11 original Elliott-penned tracks.
AUG. 15, 2019
ASTA KASK ANNOUNCE SWEDISH TOUR DATES
This is where Swedish punk legends ASTA KASK will play in Sweden during this fall/winter:
Aug. 16 Uppsala - Uppsala Rumble/Katalin (w/ VÄRLDEN BRINNER and VÄSTERBRON)
Sept. 7 Borås - Pumphuset (w/ MÖGEL and SLAVERIET)
Oct. 11 Gävle - Dirty Harry Rockbar
Oct. 12 Örebro - Örebro Punkfest (w/ MOB 47, TROUBLEMAKERS etc)
Oct. 25 Skövde - Skövde In Rock Fest (w/ SKRAECKOEDLAN, LÅNGFINGER, ELECTRIC HYDRA etc)
Oct. 26 Borlänge - Mimikry 25 år/Liljan (w/ MIMIKRY)
Nov. 1 Eskilstuna - Halloween Meltdown (w/ AT THE GATES, DIA PSALMA, EXISTENZ and CALM)
Nov. 2 Östersund - Stuck On Live
Nov. 8 Halmstad - Halmstad Live
Nov. 9 Linköping - Palatset
GUS G. TO RELEASE DIGITAL LIVE EP
Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G. (FIREWIND, ex-Ozzy Osbourne) will release a new digital-only EP on September 20. "Live In Budapest - Part 1" consists of 4 tracks, recorded on the guitarist's headline European tour in support of his latest acclaimed album release, "Fearless".
You can pre-order the EP here: afmrec.de/LiveInBudapestPtI
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE SINGER ATTACKED
Last night (Aug. 14), British punk band ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE stated that vocalist Animal was recently attacked and injured. Apparently, someone smashed a pint glass, or something similar, across his face. The injury required a hospital stay and Animal is now recovering. However, the band is canceling their appearance at the BCN Beach Beer Chaos event this weekend.
AUG. 14, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH SCREAMER IN OCTOBER
Swedish heavy metal band SCREAMER will release their 4th studio album, "Highway Of Heroes", on October 11 through The Sign Records.
The first single, "Caught In Lies", will be released on August 23.
The album release will be followed by a European tour in November.
SPLIT SINGLE WITH SCUMBAG MILLIONAIRE AND THE DRIPPERS
Swedish action rockers SCUMBAG MILLIONAIRE and The DRIPPERS will release a split single on Friday, August 16. It will be available on 7" vinyl and digital.
You can pre-order it here: lux-noise.bandcamp.com/album/scumbag-millionaire-the-drippers-split?fbclid=IwAR0JRQVJHjC_c5FBs9n7i2fUmOm6-NmWZUDsCL-yI6MYkpotEpixJW6ufL8
NAZARETH RETURN TO SWEDEN IN APRIL
Scottish rock veterans NAZARETH will come back to Sweden in April 2020 for 3 shows on the following dates:
April 16 - Kulturhuset, Örebro
April 17 - Brux, Örnsköldsvik
April 18 - OSD, Östersund
More tour dates at: nazarethdirect.co.uk
METALLICA ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
METALLICA are going to South America for 6 shows in April 2020 with special guests GRETA VAN FLEET.
More details at: metallica.com
DRAGONFORCE PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST
DRAGONFORCE has parted ways with longtime bassist Frédéric Leclercq. He will play his last show with the band this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany.
Filling in on bass for the U.S. leg of DRAGONFORCE's upcoming world tour will be musician and YouTube personality Stevie T (Steve Terreberry).
DRAGONFORCE will release its 8th full-length album, "Extreme Power Metal", on September 27.
AUG. 13, 2019
ASTA KASK, MOB 47 AND TROUBLEMAKERS CONFIRMED FOR ÖREBRO PUNKFEST 2019
Örebro Punkfest 2019 take place at Frimis Salonger in Örebro, Sweden on October 12. Confirmed acts are: ASTA KASK, MOB 47, TROUBLEMAKERS, VOICE OF A GENERATION and KATTHEM.
Pre-party with VÄNSTERNÄVEN, TRUBBEL and VÄRLDEN BRINNER at Watt in the same city on October 11.
NEW ALBUM WITH TOXIC HOLOCAUST IN OCTOBER
American thrash metal act TOXIC HOLOCAUST will release its long-awaited new album, "Primal Future: 2019", on October 4 via new Entertainment One (eOne).
MEGAFORCE RECORDS CO-FOUNDER JONNNY Z TO RELEASE MEMOIR
Jonathan Zazula, known the world over as Jonny Z, tells all about his incredible life in a brand new book, titled "Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As Lived by Jon Zazula", scheduled for release on Tuesday, October 29.
This book is the detailed, never-before-told story of how Jonny Z founded legendary New Jersey-based label Megaforce Records with his wife, Marsha, and built a dynasty unmatched by others - forever changing the scope of heavy metal.
Pre-orders for standard and signed hardcover and paperback copies of "Heavy Tales" are now available via jonzazula.com, as well as digital retailers such as Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble and Ingram Content Group.
The ebook version will be available for pre-order soon, and will be released on Black Friday, November 29.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS BASSIST FLEA TO RELEASE MEMOIR IN NOVEMBER
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea's memoir, "Acid For The Children", will be released on November 5 via Grand Central Publishing.
The book is 400 pages and features a foreword by Patti Smith.
NEW ALBUM WITH BOTTLECAP NEXT MONTH
Swedish energetic punk rock trio BOTTLECAP will release a new album, "Off Pressure", on September 13 via Zorch Productions.
They will celebrate the album with a release party at a secret location in their hometown Göteborg on September 14.
AUG. 12, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH MAYHEM IN OCTOBER
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will release their 6th studio album, entitled "Daemon", on October 25 via Century Media Records.
The pre-order for all formats will start on August 30 (detailed info on all different formats will be made available soon).
NEW SINGLE WITH RAUBTIER LATER THIS MONTH
Swedish metal band RAUBTIER will release a new single, "Bunkern", on August 23. The song will be available on most streaming platforms.
You can pre-save it here: raubtier.ffm.to/bunkern
QUEENSRŸCHE ANNOUNCES SECOND EUROPEAN TOUR
QUEENSRŸCHE have announced the second leg of their European tour, taking place between November 15 to December 8, with special guests FIREWIND and DARK SKY CHOIR.
For further details, go to: queensrycheofficial.com/tour-dates
AUG. 11, 2019
RAJOITUS ARE BACK AGAIN
It looks like local (Borås, Sweden) hardcore/punk veterans RAJOITUS break up didn't last for too long this time either. They let us know, via Facebook, that they are back again with a new drummer (they forgot to tell us the name though).
AUG. 10, 2019
BACKYARD BABIES FRONTMAN NICKE BORG ANNOUNCES SOLO TOUR IN SWEDEN
Nicke Borg, frontman for Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES, are going on an acoustic solo tour around Sweden in November, where he will perform songs from BACKYARD BABIES, NICKE BORG HOMELAND and some covers. There will also be a Q&A.
For dates, check out: facebook.com/nickeborghomeland
Nicke also plan to enter the studio later this year to record some new material with NICKE BORG HOMELAND.
NEW MINI-ALBUM WITH THE WILDHEARTS IN OCTOBER
The WILDHEARTS will release the "Diagnosis" mini-album on October 4 through Graphite Records.
The 6-track record will be released on 10" vinyl and CD.
STRYPER'S MICHAEL SWEET TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet returns with his 10th solo LP, simply titled "Ten". The new album is scheduled for release on October 11 via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music Srl in Europe.
"Ten" features an all-star guest lineup that includes Jeff Loomis of ARCH ENEMY, Todd La Torre of QUEENSRŸCHE, Andy James, Tracii Guns of L.A. GUNS, Rich Ward of FOZZY, Joel Hoekstra of WHITESNAKE, Gus G. of FIREWIND, Howie Simon, Ethan Brosh, Marzi Montazeri of EXHORDER, Will Hunt of EVANESCENCE , John O'Boyle, Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa of FIRSTBOURNE and more.
AUG. 9, 2019
BLOODBATH AND SKITSYSTEM CONFIRMED FOR MARYLAND DEATHFEST 2020
Maryland Deathfest XVIII have announced the final bands for next year's edition. They are BLOODBATH, EXHORDER, SKITSYSTEM, NEGATIVE APPROACH, COFFINS and ZOMBIE ASSAULT.
Among the other acts that will appear are: ANTICHRIST, AT WAR, BIRDFLESH, CADAVER, CANCER, CEREBRAL ROT, DEATH STRIKE, DISMEMBER, FISTULA, GENERAL SURGERY, GRAVEYARD (Spain), IMPALED, MASSACRE, NIFELHEIM, ONSLAUGHT, SPITE, SUFFOCATION, VIO-LENCE etc. etc.
Maryland Deathfest happens in Baltimore, MD, USA on May 21-24, 2020. More info at: deathfests.com
AUG. 8, 2019
THE BOYS ARE COMING TO SCANDINAVIA NEXT MONTH
British pop punk legends The BOYS are doing a few shows in Sweden and Norway in September. The dates are these:
Sept. 12 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg, Sweden (w/ The PAST, CITY SAINTS)
Sept. 13 - ?, Eskilstuna, Sweden
Sept. 14 - Rockfickan, Hova, Sweden
Sept. 20 - ?, Oslo, Norway
Sept. 21 - ?, Trondheim, Norway
AUG. 7, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH TYGERS OF PAN TANG NEXT MONTH
On September 27 NWoBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG will release a new single, "White Lines", via Mighty Music. It's the first single from the upcoming album, "Ritual", which will be released in November.
"White Lines" will be released digital as well as in a limited edition 12" vinyl edition (limited to 500 copies), with an exclusive B-side being a new recording of the classic TYGERS OF PAN TANG song "Don't Touch Me There", which celebrates its 40-year anniversary this year. This new version features guitar solos from band member Robb Weir, Micky Crystal, former member and producer Fred Purser, as well as producer Soren Andersen.
BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN DATES
Billy Idol will do 3 shows in Australia in January/February. The dates are:
Jan. 29 - Australian Open's 2020 AO Live Stage, Melbourne
Jan. 31 - Riverstage, Brisbane
Feb. 1 - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Pre-sale for Brisbane and Sydney start on August 13. Public on-sale start August 16. Ticket info for Melbourne to be announced in October.
DIMMU BORGIR CANCEL BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR DUE TO ILLNESS
DIMMU BORGIR has been forced to cancel its appearance at this weekend's Bloodstock Open Air festival due to an illness within the band.
Read more here: facebook.com/dimmuborgir
AUG. 6, 2019
SUNSET STRIP LEGEND LIZZIE GREY HAS DIED
Sunset Strip music legend and long-time SPIDERS & SNAKES front man Lizzie Grey - probably best known for penning the MÖTLEY CRÜE song "Public Enemy #1" - passed away in his sleep yesterday (Aug. 5) at a Las Vegas hospital. Lizzie (aka Stephen Perry) had long been suffering from a rare brain disorder known as Lewy Body Disease and had been undergoing treatment for years.
Lizzie Grey first hit the Hollywood spotlight in the late 70s with the band LONDON, that he formed with Nikki Sixx - a band that Sixx would soon depart to form his own band MÖTLEY CRÜE. Grey remained on and off with LONDON for the next decade, recording several albums before leaving the very band that he founded in 1988 to start another band called ULTRA POP. ULTRA POP recorded 2 critically-acclaimed albums back to back in 1988 and 1989, before changing the name of the band to SPIDERS & SNAKES in 1990. From 1990 to 2017, SPIDERS & SNAKES recorded 9 studio albums, a cover song compilation album, as well as a live album. In 2018, with Lizzie's progressing complications from Lewy Body Disease, the band collectively decided to call it quits rather than moving on without Lizzie.
SPIDERS & SNAKES surviving band members Phil St Vincent (bass and vocals), Chris Sheridan (guitar and vocals) and Yasui (drums and vocals) will reunite for 1 night this fall/winter at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood to raise money and awareness for Lewy Body Disease. An announcement on the date and its specifics will be posted on: facebook.com/Spiders-and-Snakes-208670952570091
For more information on how to donate money towards finding a cure for Lewy Body Disease, please visit lbda.org
MUSTASCH ANNOUNCES NEW EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Swedish hard rockers MUSTASCH have announced a new European tour in November, with support from MOTORJESUS and DYNAMITE. Mainly dates in Germany, but also some dates in Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium.
For more details, try: mustasch.net
AUG. 5, 2019
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS TEAM UP WITH RIVAL SONS FOR U.S. TOUR
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will team up with RIVAL SONS for a tour in the States in September/October. For dates and other details, visit: stonetemplepilots.com or rivalsons.com
AUG. 4, 2019
JUDAS PRIEST, AMON AMARTH AND MERCYFUL FATE CONFIRMED FOR WACKEN OPEN AIR 2020
The first confirmed bands for next year's edition of Wacken Open Air have been announced. And among these artists are JUDAS PRIEST, AMON AMARTH, MERCYFUL FATE, SODOM, AT THE GATES, HYPOCRISY, DEATH ANGEL, VENOM, SICK OF IT ALL, BEAST IN BLACK and NERVOSA.
The festival take place on July 30 to August 1, 2020 in Wacken, Germany. Pre-sale begins tomorrow (Monday, Aug. 5).
SHAM 69 AND G.B.H. CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2020
British punk festival Rebellion have announced the first acts for next summer. They are SHAM 69, G.B.H., DICKIES, TOXIC REASONS, COLERA, The CRAVATS, FIRE EXIT, A HEADS, DEDO PODRE and BILLYCLUB.
The festival will take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England on August 6-9, 2020.
AUG. 3, 2019
SPIDERS GUITARIST JOHN HOYLES TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Swedish guitarist John Hoyles, currently in SPIDERS and former member of WITCHCRAFT, will release a solo album, "Night Flight", on September 27 via Bad Omen Records.
This album is actually a re-release. The first edition was just released in a limited editon of 500 copies, which sold out in less than a week. And the record label, Crusher Records, was closed down before any new copies could be made.
The new edition of the album will include a brand new song, "Highwire".
OLD JUDAS PRIEST DRUMMER TO PERFORM "UNLEASHED IN THE EAST" ALBUM FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY
LES BINKS' PRIESTHOOD, the band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of JUDAS PRIEST's classic live album "Unleashed In The East" by performing the LP live at select shows in the U.K. and the rest of Europe.
Put together specifically to play the material from Les's era with JUDAS PRIEST, LES BINKS' PRIESTHOOD also features guitarists Simon J. Pinto and Gus Mark, bassist Paul Smith and vocalist Matt Young.
Binks played drums on the JUDAS PRIEST albums "Stained Class", "Killing Machine" (aka "Hell Bent For Leather" in some countries) and "Unleashed In The East".
AUG. 2, 2019
MERCYFUL FATE BASSIST TIMI HANSEN IS BATTLING CANCER
MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen has revealed that he is battling cancer.
Hansen went public with his diagnosis after it was announced that he wouldn't participate in MERCYFUL FATE's 2020 reunion. Filling in for him will be ARMORED SAINT and FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera.
NEW 7" SINGLE WITH GHOST IN SEPTEMBER?
According to HMV and FYE, GHOST will release a 2-song 7" single, "Kiss The Go-Goat / Mary On A Cross", on September 13. Also apparently scheduled on the same day is the arrival of the deluxe version of the band's latest album, 2018's "Prequelle", possibly including the same 2 tracks.
GHOST has not yet confirmed the release of any new material, but frontman Tobias Forge said in a November 2018 interview that fans could be hearing fresh music from the band before the end of this year.
THE DISTILLERS CANCEL TOUR DATES DUE TO HAND INJURY
American punk band The DISTILLERS' continued run of shows following last year's reunion has hit a snag, which has forced them to cancel their entire run of August dates. Per a post via their Instagram, drummer Andy Granelli suffered an accident which severaly lacerated his right hand, requiring a significant amount of stitches and associated recovery.
AUG. 1, 2019
ANVIL TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Canadian heavy metal legends ANVIL are going to Japan in November for 2 shows. The dates are:
Nov. 7 - Club Seata, Kichijoji
Nov. 8 - Shinjuku Zirco, Tokyo
FOREIGNER ANNOUNCES LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
FOREIGNER will headline a 10-show residency beginning in January next year at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, August 9. Shows will be at 8 p.m., and the dates are:
January 2020: 24, 25, 29, 31
February 2020: 1
April 2020: 17, 18, 22, 24, 25
IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH TO PUBLISH AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Several online book retailers, including Google, Adlibris, Lehmanns and various Amazon sites, are advertising an upcoming autobiography from IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith. Titled "Monsters Of River And Rock: My Life As Iron Maiden's Compulsive Angler", the 288-page book will be released in May 2020 via Ebury, the non-fiction specialists of Penguin Random House.
WOODSTOCK 50 IS OFFICIALLY CANCELED
Woodstock 50 has officially been canceled. Michael Lang, a co-founder of the original 3-day concert, called off the event after attempting to move it to Maryland.
Earlier this month, organizers attempted to relocate the festival to Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion after 4 failed attempts to stage the concert at Vernon Downs in Vernon, New York.
Woodstock 50 was originally slated to take place in Watkins Glen, New York, but the show ran into financial trouble in late April when its main investor pulled out. Following that, Woodstock 50 was hit with more defeats, including the loss of the Watkins Glen location, 3 different producers quitting, and contractual breaches.
Among the artists that were originally scheduled to perform at Woodstock 50 were The RACONTEURS, Robert Plant, GRETA VAN FLEET, RIVAL SONS etc.
MERCYFUL FATE TO REUNITE FOR COPENHELL 2020
The legendary Danish heavy metal band MERCYFUL FATE will make a spectacular return at next year's Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. And there will be more festival apperances during next summer.
The band will perform with the "9" lineup, featuring Hank Shermann (guitar), King Diamond (vocals), Bjarne T. Holm (drums), Mike Wead (guitar) and Joey Vera (bass). Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) was asked to fill in for Timi Hansen, who is currently away.
The set list will only consist of songs from the very first mini LP, the "Melissa" and "Don't Break The Oath" albums, plus some brand new songs written specifically in that very same style.
The festival happens on June 17-20, 2020.
JULY 31, 2019
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT ANNOUNCE HALLOWEEN SHOW
American rock band ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT have announced a local Halloween show this October. CEREMONY, EL VEZ, LA WITCH, DEATH VALLEY GIRLS, ALVINO AND THE DWELLS, and SLAUGHTER BOYS will be opening the party.
The evening will be held on October 25 at the House Of Blues in San Diego, California. Tickets are on sale this Friday, August 2.
JULY 30, 2019
NEBULA CANCEL REMAINING EUROPEAN SHOWS
Due to personal reasons American stoner rock legends NEBULA have been forced to go back home earlier than expected. Because of this, the shows in Hamburg, Dresden and Berlin, as well as all Scandinavian shows are canceled.
The band promise that they will come back in 2020 instead.
NEW ALBUM WITH MICHAEL MONROE IN OCTOBER
Former HANOI ROCKS singer Michael Monroe will release his new album, "One Man Gang", on October 18 via Silver Lining Music.
NEW ALBUM WITH DRAGONFORCE IN SEPTEMBER
DRAGONFORCE will unleash its 8th full-length album, "Extreme Power Metal", on September 27.
For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single "Highway To Oblivion" is available here: youtu.be/Rn5CsAs798I
NEW ALBUM WITH DEAD EXPRESS IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish action rockers DEAD EXPRESS will release a new album, "Brain Damage", on September 27.
JULY 29, 2019
TESTAMENT, EXODUS AND DEATH ANGEL TO TEAM UP FOR EURO TOUR IN 2020
Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL will team up for a European tour, called "The Bay Strikes Back", in February/March 2020. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, July 31.
Both TESTAMENT and EXODUS are currently working on new albums, while DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their most recent effort, "Humanicide" (2019).
For dates, try 1 of these: nuclearblast.de testamentlegions.com exodusattack.com deathangel.us
DANKO JONES ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR DATES
Hard rocking Canadian trio DANKO JONES have added 6 shows in Germany this November. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 31. The new dates are these:
Nov. 2 - E-Werk, Erlangen
Nov. 6 - Substage, Karlsruhe
Nov. 13 - Alter Schlachthof, Lingen
Nov. 20 - Modernes, Bremen
Nov. 21 - Tante Ju, Dresden
Nov. 22 - Max, Kiel
More tour dates at: dankojones.com
JOURNEY ADDS 4 DECEMBER SHOWS TO LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
American melodic rock veterans JOURNEY have added 4 shows in December to their limited engagement inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In addition to the 9 dates announced for October, JOURNEY will now play at the venue on December 27, December 28, December 30 and December 31.
The 9 JOURNEY shows taking place this fall are scheduled for October 9, October 11, October 12, October 16, October 18, October 19, October 23, October 25 and October 26.
JULY 28, 2019
TROUBLEMAKERS SINGER GOT HEART ATTACK DURING CONCERT
Christer "Blomman" Blomgren, singer for Swedish punk rock legends TROUBLEMAKERS, got a heart attack on stage during the band's show in Halmstad, Sweden last night (July 27). He let us know that he is newly operated, and is feeling a little better.
JULY 27, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH KOBRA AND THE LOTUS IN SEPTEMBER
Calgary-based hard rock quintet KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will release its new studio album, "Evolution", on September 20 via Napalm Records.
HIGH ON FIRE PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
California heavy rockers HIGH ON FIRE have parted ways with founding drummer Des Kensel.
NEW ALBUM WITH TOY DOLLS IN SEPTEMBER
British fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS will release a new album, "Episode XIII", on September 13 via Secret Records.
You can pre-order it here: secretrecordslimited.com/store/p666/Toy_Dolls_-_Episode_XIII_-_CD.html?fbclid=IwAR1gF2TIp5Q1rn3rq1iuL5qnbocFZ0cjhLJ4bZCty3kjiN3QvcckCd3mT8A#
JULY 25, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER IN OCTOBER
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER, the revamped version of the cult 80s British heavy metal act GRIM REAPER, will release its new album, "At The Gates", on October 11.
The group will embark on a U.S. tour in August. There will also be a special one-off U.K. album-launch show on October 12 at London's Boston Music Rooms. For the U.S. dates, take a look at: facebook.com/grimreaperofficial
ZZ TOP DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE NEXT MONTH
On August 13, "ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas" will make its worldwide premiere at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, followed by event screenings nationwide timed to the band's "50th Anniversary Tour". On August 23, the film will be premiering at Cineplex Cinemas across Canada, and on September 1, throughout Australia's Event Cinemas national circuit.
Abramorama and Eagle Rock Entertainment present a Banger Films documentary feature film that tells the story of how 3 oddball teenage bluesmen - Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard - became one of the biggest, most beloved bands on the planet, all while maintaining a surrealist mystique that continues to intrigue fans and entice onlookers a half century after the band's inception. All 3 band members will be in attendance at the premiere, as they prepare to embark on their "50th Anniversary Tour".
For more information and global screening information and ticketing, visit: zztopfilm.com
RAMONES TO RE-ISSUE "IT'S ALIVE" WITH 3 BONUS CONCERTS
Following in the wake of the reissue of their first 4 albums, RAMONES will re-issue the landmark live album "It's Alive". The new edition will include the orignal album on vinyl and CD, and 3 bonus CDs of 3 unreleased live shows from the same tour as the original album. The set also comes with a book and new liner notes by Steve Albini and original album producer-engineer Ed Stasium. Release date is September 20 via Rhino.
JULY 24, 2019
NIFELHEIM CONFIRMED FOR MARYLAND DEATHFEST
NIFELHEIM, GENERAL SURGERY, BIRDFLESH, SKELETAL REMAINS, ANTICHRIST and WARFUCK are some of the latest acts that has been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest in 2020.
Confirmed since earlier are: ACxDC, AT WAR, BLOOD FEAST, CADAVER, CANCER, CEREBRAL ROT, DEATH STRIKE, DISMEMBER, GRAVEYARD (Spain), IMPALED, MASSACRE, MONTROSITY, NOCTURNUS AD, NUNSLAUGHTER, ONSLAUGHT, SPITE, SUFFOCATION, VIO-LENCE etc. etc.
The festival take place in Baltimore, MD, USA on May 21-24, 2020.
MOTÖRHEAD TO RELEASE COLLECTORS BOX SET IN OCTOBER
This year it's 40 years since the classic MOTÖRHEAD albums "Overkill" and "Bomber" was released. To celebrate this they are proud to announce the ultimate MOTÖRHEAD "1979" collectors box set, plus deluxe 40th anniversary editions of "Overkill" and "Bomber", all of which will be released via BMG on October 25.
The box set will feature new masters of the albums from original tapes, previously unheard concerts from 1979 and a horde of never before seen photos, memorabilia plus interviews with crew, accomplices and guilty parties.
Pre-orders with exclusive, new merchandise bundles are live here: motorhead.lnk.to/1979FA
VADER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Polish death metal veterans VADER are going on a European tour in September. The tour kick off in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 5, and will last until September 22 when they play in Cottbus, Germany.
For tour dates, visit: facebook.com/vader
JULY 23, 2019
GEOFF TATE TO PERFORM QUEENSRŸCHE'S ENTIRE "RAGE FOR ORDER" AND "EMPIRE" ALBUMS IN 2020
Geoff Tate will perform the QUEENSRŸCHE albums "Rage For Order" (1986) and "Empire" (1990) in their entirety on the "Empire 30th Anniversary Tour" in 2020.
Confirmed so far are the following dates in U.S.A:
Feb. 21 - Jergels - Warrendale, Pennsylvania
Feb. 22 - Mount Ponoco - Mount Poncho, Pennsylvania
Feb. 23 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, New York
Feb. 26 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb. 27 - The Warehouse FTC - Fairfield, Connecticut
Feb. 28 - Stereo Garden LI - Patchogue, New York
Mar. 01 - Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, New Hampshire
Mar. 04 - The Haunt - Ithaca, New York
Mar. 05 - The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern - Cleveland, Ohio
Mar. 06 - The Token Lounge - Westland, Michigan
Mar. 07 - Arcada Theater - St. Charles, Illinois
JULY 22, 2019
AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH ARCH ENEMY AND HYPOCRISY
About a month ago it was announced that AMON AMARTH would go on a European tour, and ARCH ENEMY and HYPOCRISY would be special guests on the UK dates. It has now been confirmed that those 2 bands will be support act on the rest of the European dates too.
The tour happens in November/December. For dates and tickets, visit 1 of these: amonamarth.com archenemy.net hypocrisy.cc
HIGH ON FIRE ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
American heavy-weight metal trio HIGH ON FIRE has announced a North American fall/winter tour with POWERTRIP. Dates kick off on November 7 at Levitation Festival, a 3-day music festival held in Austin, Texas. The trek will stretch from coast to coast, hitting major markets in North America and Canada before wrapping up in southern California in early December. Support on the tour will come from DEVIL MASTER and CREEPING DEATH.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 26, and the dates can be found here: facebook.com/highonfire
JULY 21, 2019
MANOWAR HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST HELLFEST
Joey DeMaio says that MANOWAR has filed a lawsuit against the Hellfest organizers over the cancelation of the band's concert at this year's edition of the French festival.
It was reported on June 21 that MANOWAR's performance at the annual event in Clisson was called off just hours before the group was supposed to take the stage. The Hellfest organizers later issued a statement saying that the MANOWAR members "decided to leave the site" and insisting that the cancelation was caused by "reasons beyond our will".
MANOWAR later disputed Hellfest's version of the circumstances that led to the band's non-appearance at the event, claiming that the Hellfest organizers canceled the show after they "chose not to honor their contractual obligations".
JULY 20, 2019
ANOTHER LIVE ALBUM WITH NIRVANA
On August 30 "Live And Loud" by NIRVANA will be released both digitally and on vinyl for the first time. The recording consist of a concert they did on December 13, 1993.
AT THE GATES, MAYHEM AND TRIBULATION CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL 2020
This year's edition of Gefle Metal Festival is not over yet, but they have already confirmed the first 13 acts for next year's festival. And these artists are: AT THE GATES, MAYHEM, MYRKUR, TRIBULATION, JINJER, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, SKINDRED, ANAAL NATHRAKH, VENOM PRISON, ICE AGE, KONVENT, (0) and SKINFLINT.
Next year's edition will be the fifth year, and for the first time it will last for 3 days instead of 2. The festival will take place July 9-11, 2020 at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden. Tickets are on sale now.
JULY 19, 2019
SLIPKNOT TO RETURN TO EUROPE AND UK IN 2020
SLIPKNOT will be returning to select cities across Europe and the UK in 2020. Exact dates and venues will be announced later, but cities and countries thay will visit is available at: facebook.com/slipknot
NEW ALBUM WITH IMPLORE IN SEPTEMBER
International death metal/crust punk/grindcore band IMPLORE will release their new album, "Alienated Despair", on September 27 through Century Media Records.
ANOTHER BOX SET WITH BLACK SABBATH, BUT WITH BONUS RARITIES
Rhino will release a box set, "Black Sabbath: The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978", on September 6.
The collection spans the first 8 years of BLACK SABBATH, and includes 180-gram vinyl pressings of the band's 8 studio albums from the era, along with a new mono singles collection. The set also comes with a 7" single featuring "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)" and "Wicked World", a single that wasn't originally released in North America. Also included in the set are reproductions of the original tour books from this era.
"The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978" also comes with "Monomania", a new compilation of mono versions for several key songs from the BLACK SABBATH catalog, including edited versions of "Iron Man", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and a previously unreleased edit of "Into The Void". In addition to mono versions of studio tracks, "Monomania" also features a radio ad released in 1970 to promote "Black Sabbath".
The set will be produced in a limited, numbered edition of 3,000 copies. Pre-order is available here.
NEW EP WITH ALICE COOPER IN SEPTEMBER
A new Alice Cooper EP, "The Breadcrumbs", coming September 13. The EP is a tribute to the garage rock heroes from his hometown of Detroit.
"The Breadcrumbs" features 6 brand new recordings, and is available on digital and as limited/numbered 10" vinyl - with only 20.000 copies worldwide.
JULY 18, 2019
VA ROCKS SIGNS WITH METALVILLE
Swedish female trio VA ROCKS have signed with German label Metalville Records.
The band's music is described as "straightforward, uncompromising Rock n Roll with a good dash of Punk Rock".
Metalville plan to release their new album in October.
NEW ALBUM WITH IGGY POP IN SEPTEMBER
Iggy Pop will release his new album, "Free", on September 6 via Loma Vista. It is the first new Iggy Pop LP since 2016's "Post Pop Depression".
While it follows the highest-charting album of Iggy's career, "Free" has virtually nothing in common sonically with its predecessor — or with any other Iggy Pop album.
The title track has been released as a single, and you can check it out here: youtu.be/IcJx_oLbWqo
FULL LENGTH ALBUM WITH KRIG I HUDIK
Swedish punk band KRIG I HUDIK - with members from MISSBRUKARNA, BRAINBOMBS and TOTALITÄR - will release a full length album, "Krig I Hudik 3", on July 26 via Skrammel Records.
KRIG I HUDIK have previously released 2 EPs a few years ago. The 12 tracks on the album were never released on vinyl or were in need of "bad craftsmanship restoration".
"Krig I Hudik 3" will be available on vinyl LP, and can be pre-ordered from: skrammelrecords.8merch.com
JULY 17, 2019
EXISTENZ SIGNS WITH HEPTOWN RECORDS
Reunited Swedish punk band EXISTENZ have signed with HepTown Records for a brand new album.
The album will be recorded in October/November, and released in March/April 2020.
NEW ALBUM WITH PRETTY MAIDS AND QUIET RIOT IN NOVEMBER
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS will release a new album, "Undress Your Madness", on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Another band that will release a new album is the American hard rock band QUIET RIOT. Their album will be tiled "Hollywood Cowboys", and will also be released on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
prettymaids.dk quietriot.band frontiers.it
EX-ACCEPT FRONTMAN DAVID REECE SIGNS WITH EL PUERTO RECORDS
Former ACCEPT frontman David Reece has inked a deal with El Puerto Records for the release of his next solo album.
The singer had previously worked with El Puerto on the 2 albums from his SAINTED SINNERS project.
ACE FREHLEY TO REUNITE WITH HIS FORMER FREHLEY'S COMET BANDMATES AT THIS YEAR'S KRUISE FEST
This October, sailing out of Miami, Florida, the 9th annual "Kiss Kruise" will take to the high seas with over 3,000 KISS fans aboard. Each year, in true Kiss Army style, various fan-organized pre-kruise parties and reunions are held in the city of departure. This year, 9-time kruisers Joe D'Angelo and Jay Jadofsky are teaming up with fellow kruisers Neil Davis and Bill Alward to present "Kruise Fest", a 2-day music festival and rock and roll expo at the DoubleTree Hilton Convention Center in Miami, Florida.
The event takes place on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29. Opening the Monday show are fan favorites JADED PAST and "Kiss Kruise" alumni The NO. 13'S. They are followed by a performance by the KRUISE FEST ALL-STAR BAND. Anchored by Ace Frehley's touring musicians, the group will be joined by Grammy winners John Regan and Bob Kulick, and artists including Richie Scarlet and Tod Howarth, with more to be announced. Closing out the night will be Sebastian Bach, performing a full set consisting of the first SKID ROW album in its entirety.
Tuesday will feature a non-make-up acoustic set by KISSTERIOUS, a tribute band from The Netherlands, followed by frontman John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT, The DEAD DAISIES) performing poolside. The evening set begins with KISS AMERICA (Florida's ultimate KISS tribute band), followed by international recording act THUNDERMOTHER from Sweden, and RETURN OF THE COMET (featuring members of FREHLEY'S COMET). Tuesday's headliner will be none other than the Spaceman himself, Ace Frehley. Ace will be performing a full set with his band AND will jam 2 songs with RETURN OF THE COMET for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those in attendance.
For tickets and hotel and event details, go to: kruisefest.com
JULY 16, 2019
SLAYER ADDS EXTRA SHOW IN L.A.
Tickets for SLAYER's November 30 show at the Los Angeles Forum went on sale last Friday, and by the end of the day had sold out. Due to the quick sell out, today SLAYER announces a second Forum show on Friday, November 29 for fans who may have missed out on getting tickets. This show is the last addition to SLAYER's "Final World Tour". Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 19 at slayer.net
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
American punk rock legends BAD RELIGION will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in September. The trek will kick off on September 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and wrap on October 8-9 with a 2-night stand in Santa Ana, California. Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 19, and the dates are available here: badreligion.com
CRADLE OF FILTH'S LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
CRADLE OF FILTH keyboardist and vocalist Lindsay Schoolcraft, is preparing to release her debut solo album, "Martyr", on October 7.
The album was co-written by former EVANESCENCE drummer Rocky Gray, and offers 11 tracks of entrancing gothic rock, influenced by Schoolcraft's background in classical music.
CHELSEA ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
British punk rock veterans CHELSEA are going on a European tour in September, but they need some help with September 20, 21 and 22.
Dates and more info at: facebook.com/ChelseaPunkbandOfficial
STEVE IGNORANT TO PLAY FULL CRASS SET ON TOUR NEXT YEAR
Former CRASS vocalist Steve Ignorant is touring in 2020. For the tour, he will be backed by a full, electric band (in contrast to his acoustic band, SLICE OF LIFE) and they will be doing an all CRASS set. So far there's just a few UK dates in April that has been announced:
April 3 - Brudenell, Social Club, Leeds
April 4 - New Castle University, New Castle
April 17 - 100 Club, London
April 18 - Concorde 2, Brighton
April 24 - Manchester Club Academy, Manchester
April 25 - Scotland Calling Festival, Glasgow
One Little Indian Records is currently in the middle of a massive re-issue of the full CRASS discography, releasing the albums in both their original format and in the "Crassical Collection" reissue format.
JULY 15, 2019
FRENCH TRIBUTE TO CATHEDRAL
An army of French bands have teamed up for a tribute to British doom legends CATHEDRAL. A compilation called "Doomed Or Be Doomed : A French Tribute To CATHEDRAL" will be released on August 13 via Sleeping Church Records. Among the bands are: PILLARS, GOAT RIVER, LUX INCERTA, MISANTHROPE, PRESUMPTION, ATARAXIE, BARABBAS, MONOLITHE, CONVICTION, NOTHWINDS, FATHER MERRIN and DIONYSIAQUE.
You can pre-order the album from sleepingchurchrds.com
ADRESTIA TEAM UP WITH EX-ANTI CIMEX/WOLFPACK FRONTMAN TOMAS JONSSON
Swedish crust punk/death metal band ADRESTIA - with members from SHADES OF GREY, FUTURE RUINS and SNAKE TONGUE - have teamed up with former ANTI CIMEX and WOLFPACK singer Tomas Jonsson on the song "The Message".
The song is taken from their upcoming album, "The Wrath Of Euphrates", which will be released on July 26 through WormHoleDeath (CD, digital) and Loner Cult Records/Dark Elk Vinyl/Phobia Records/Deviance (LP).
You can check out "The Message" here: youtu.be/zs9S3l5k7ZE
More info about ADRESTIA: facebook.com/Adrestiaofficial
JULY 14, 2019
LIV SIN ANNOUNCES SPANISH TOUR
Swedish heavy metal act LIV SIN (fronted by Liv Jagrell from SISTER SIN) are going to Spain in October for a little tour. The dates are:
Oct. 4 - Sala Nana, Ciudad Real
Oct. 5 - Who's Tommy, Albacete
Oct. 6 - Nave Búnker, Salamanca
Oct. 8 - Wurlitzer Ballroom, Madrid
Oct. 9 - Monasterio, Barcelona
Oct. 10 - Utopía, Zaragoza
Oct. 11 - Urban Rock Concept, Vitoria
Oct. 12 - Transylvanian Metal Club, Vigo
LIV SIN will release their new album, "Burning Sermons", on September 6 via Despotz Records.
JULY 12, 2019
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCES SECOND SWEDISH TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO frontman Hank Von Hell (aka Hank Von Helvete) have just announced some new tour dates in Sweden, that will take place in October/November. Tickets on sale now. ..and these are the dates:
Oct. 26 - Debaser Strand, Stockholm
Nov. 1 - Kulturhuset, Trollhättan
Nov. 2 - The Crypt, Linköping
Nov. 15 - Liljan, Borlänge
Nov. 16 - The Tivoli, Helsingborg
MISFITS TO PLAY IN NYC
MISFITS have announced a New York City show date. They will be playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 19 with RANCID and The DAMNED as support. Tickets will be on sale July 19.
WHITESNAKE RESCHEDULE JAPANESE TOUR
Due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, WHITESNAKE have been forced to reschedule the planned Japanese tour dates in October 2019. The band will be back in Japan in 2020 instead.
UGLY KID JOE'S WHITFIELD CRANE TO EMBARK ON FIRST-EVER SOLO TOUR
This September, UGLY KID JOE singer Whitfield Crane will embark on his first-ever solo tour. This unique show, dubbed "Playing All The Songs", will allow Whit to play tracks from his extensive back catalog for the very first time, including songs from ANOTHER ANIMAL, MEDICATION, LIFE OF AGONY, YELLOWCAKE, RICHARDS/CRANE and, of course, UGLY KID JOE.
His band will be Matt Reynolds (HAGGARD CAT) on guitar, Tom Marsh (HAGGARD CAT) on drums, and Toshi (SLAVES TO GRAVITY) on bass.
All dates happens in the UK:
Sep. 04 - Nottingham Rock City - Nottingham
Sep. 05 - The Boiler Room - Guildford
Sep. 06 - The Sugarmill - Stoke-On-Trent
Sep. 07 - Phase One - Liverpool
Sep. 09 - O2 Academy - Sheffield
Sep. 10 - Cathouse Rock Club - Glasgow
Sep. 11 - Think Tank - Newcastle
Sep. 13 - The Parish - Huddersfield
Sep. 14 - The Garage - London
Sep. 15 - O2 Academy - Birmingham
Sep. 16 - Rebellion - Manchester
Sep. 17 - Thekla - Bristol
Sep. 18 - The Joiners - Southampton
JULY 11, 2019
SICK OF IT ALL ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH COMEBACK KID AND CANCER BATS
NYC hardcore veterans SICK OF IT ALL are coming back to Europe in November, with support from COMEBACK KID and CANCER BATS.
For dates, go to sickofitall.com
METALLICA TO RELEASE ABC BOOK
"The ABCs Of Metallica", an alphabetical history of METALLICA, will be released on November 26 via Permuted Press.
Featuring hard-rocking rhymes and bold illustrations, "The ABCs Of Metallica" looks back at the remarkable history of the group. Each letter of the alphabet highlights a significant moment along METALLICA's journey, from their humble garage days, to their numerous classic albums, to biographical information on the band members themselves.
The book is co-authored by Howie Abrams ("The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists"), with illustrations by Michael "Kaves" McLeer, who participated in METALLICA's "Obey Your Master" exhibit in 2012.
To pre-order the book, visit metallica.com
JULY 10, 2019
DEAD BOYS CANCEL UK TOUR
American punk band DEAD BOYS have been forced to cancel their UK tour in August. This is what they have to say on Facebook: "We regret to announce the UK tour has been cancelled. The show in Oakland last Saturday was too much too early for Cheetah and he was hospitalized again yesterday. Until he is fully recovered there won't be anymore tour dates or personal appearances at special events. All of you that purchased advance tickets for shows on the tour please contact venue or ticket service for refunds."
RAMMSTEIN ADD EXTRA CONCERT IN GÖTEBORG
RAMMSTEIN have added a extra concert date at Ullevi in Göteborg, Sweden on August 1, 2020. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12.
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT SIGNS WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL
American classic rock veterans BLUE ÖYSTER CULT have signed with Italian label Frontiers Music Srl. A new studio album is expected to be released from the band in 2020. But fans can also expect to see remastered reissues (some with updated artwork) of 4 BLUE ÖYSTER CULT releases, including:
"Cult Classic" (originally released in 1994)
"Heaven Forbid" (originally released in 1998, not available for North/South America)
"Curse of the Hidden Mirror" (originally released in 2001, not available for North/South America)
"A Long Day's Night" (Live CD/DVD and Blu-ray, originally released in 2002 - Blu-ray version to be released for the first time)
Additionally, in 2020 the band will present 5 new live releases, which include:
"Live show from the iHeart Radio Theater 2012" (40th Anniversary)
"Live show from Hard Rock Casino Cleveland 2014"
"Live show from Rock of Ages Festival in Germany 2016"
"40th Anniversary of 'Agents of Fortune' shot in L.A. in April 2017" ("Agents of Fortune" album played front to back)
"BÖC 45th Anniversary show Live in London June 17th 2017" (includes BÖC first album played in its entirety back to back)
JULY 9, 2019
SLAYER ANNOUNCES FINAL LEG OF THEIR FAREWELL TOUR
On Saturday, November 2, SLAYER - Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/drums - will set off on "The Final Campaign", the 7th and final leg of its farewell world tour.
This last hurrah will start at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday, November 30. Accompanying SLAYER for this last ride are PRIMUS, MINISTRY and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, who will support on all dates. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12.
For dates and tickets, visit: slayer.net
DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
International extreme power metal band DRAGONFORCE have announced new live dates in the United States, Canada and Europe, starting in the fall of 2019 and continuing through early 2020. Go to dragonforce.com to see all upcoming dates.
DRAGONFORCE's 8th LP is tentatively due out before the end of the year via Metal Blade Records in the USA.
NEW ALBUM WITH STEEL PANTHER IN SEPTEMBER
California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER will release their fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", on September 27.
JULY 8, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH LACUNA COIL IN OCTOBER
Italian rock/metal veterans LACUNA COIL will release a new album, "Black Anima", on October 11 via Century Media Records.
THE SIGN RECORDS GO ON TOUR IN SWEDEN
Swedish label The Sign Records are going on a short tour in Sweden in the fall. 8 bands will play each night, and confirmed so far are MÄRVEL, HYPNOS, CHILDREN OF THE SÜN, The DRIPPERS and HOT BREATH (more acts will be announced soon).
The dates are these:
Oct. 18 - Skylten, Linköping
Oct. 19 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm
Nov. 8 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg
Nov. 9 - Plan B, Malmö
NEW ALBUM WITH JD MILLER IN OCTOBER
Local (Borås, Sweden) melodic hard rock band JD MILLER will release their new album, "Afterglow", on October 19 through Mighty Music.
GHOST ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR WITH ALL THEM WITCHES AND TRIBULATION
GHOST are going on a European tour in November/December together with ALL THEM WITCHES and TRIBULATION. Tickets go on sale July 12.
For dates, try 1 of these: ghost-official.com allthemwitches.org facebook.com/Tribulationofficial
JULY 7, 2019
PRETTY MAIDS HAVE FOUND A TEMPORARY DRUMMER
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS have found a temporary replacement for drummer Allan Sørensen, who left the band a few days ago. Their old friend Allan Tschicaja will step in for the festival season.
EX-JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST K.K. DOWNING TO PERFORM WITH ROSS THE BOSS AT BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR
Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing will join ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman on stage at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival on August 11 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom.
JULY 6, 2019
ASTA KASK, SKRAECKOEDLAN AND LÅNGFINGER CONFIRMED FOR SKÖVDE IN ROCK FESTIVAL
The first confirmed acts for Skövde In Rock Festival 2019 have been announced. And these bands are ASTA KASK, SKRAECKOEDLAN, LÅNGFINGER, SECOND SUN, SPIDERGAWD, WOE GOTHENBURG, ELECTRIC HYDRA, WUCAN, SWEEPING DEATH and VENGHA.
The festival will happen at Skövde Kulturhus in Skövde, Sweden on October 25-26.
JULY 5, 2019
LEATHER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
American heavy metal band LEATHER (with frontwoman Leather Leone from CHASTAIN) are coming to Europe for a short tour in September. Confirmed dates so far (there will be more) are:
Sept. 5 - Backstage, Varberg, Sweden
Sept. 6 - Klubb Dissonans, Jönköping, Sweden
Sept. 7 - Bruket/S.H.M.A. Rockclub, Sandviken, Sweden
Sept. 13 - Little Devil, Tilburg, Netherlands
Sept. 14 - Moonlight Music Hall, Diest, Belgium
Sept. 15 - Titans Club, Lens, Belgium
NEW ALBUM WITH HELVETETS PORT IN AUGUST
Swedish heavy metal band HELVETETS PORT will release a new album, "From Life To Death", on August 23 via High Roller Records.
PHIL CAMPBELL TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell is currently laying down finishing touches to his first-ever solo record, titled "Old Lions Still Roar", which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records later this year.
The album will include performances by rock heavyweights like Alice Cooper, Dee Snider and Rob Halford among others.
More details to be released soon..
Phil will continue to tour with his band PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS. For upcoming tour dates, try: philcampbell.net
CJ RAMONE IS DOING HIS LAST TOUR
Former RAMONES member CJ Ramone is on a fairly extensive tour this summer. However, it looks like it's going to be his last. In a recent statement, CJ said that while he will continue to record, his touring days are over. He will continue to play shows once in a while though.
JULY 4, 2019
PRETTY MAIDS PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS have parted ways with drummer Allan Sørensen. This will however have no effect on the band's touring commitments this summer, and a new drummer or temporary replacement will be announced soon.
LEE AARON TO RELEASE LIVE CD/DVD
Canadian rock singer Lee Aaron will release the first official live album, "Power, Soul, Rock N' Roll", on September 20 via Metalville Records.
"Power, Soul, Rock N' Roll" was recorded in Balingen and Nuremberg during her German tour in 2017, and will be released as a CD/DVD set in Digipak.
KREATOR REPLACES MEGADETH AT SANTIAGO GETS LOUDER
KREATOR has replaced MEGADETH on the billing of the Santiago Gets Louder festival, which is scheduled to take place on October 6 at Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida in Santiago, Chile. Joining them at the event will be headliners SLAYER, along with ANTHRAX and Chilean extreme metal pioneers PENTAGRAM.
Most of MEGADETH's previously announced 2019 tour dates have been canceled as guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine undergoes treatment for his recently diagnosed throat cancer.
STEVEN ADLER SAYS HE IS ALIVE AND WELL
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler let the world know that he is alive and well, less than a week after he was hospitalized for a self-inflicted stab wound.
JOE LYNN TURNER IS COLLABORATING WITH PETER TÄGTGREN ON NEW ALBUM
Legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, Yngwie Malmsteen) has confirmed that he is collaborating with Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren on a new album, to be released in early 2020.
RAMMSTEIN ADD MORE SHOWS IN GERMANY
Due to the high demand in the official fanclub pre-sale, RAMMSTEIN are now announcing additional shows for Germany – prior to the general pre-sale starting July 5.
The new dates are:
May 30, 2020: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig
June 3, 2020: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart
June 28, 2020: Merkur Spiel-Arena, Düsseldorf
July 2, 2020: Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
July 5, 2020: Olympiastadion, Berlin
JULY 3, 2019
NO MORE BILLION DOLLAR BABIES
Seems like Swedish hard rockers BILLION DOLLARS BABIES have split up. All they say on Facebook is: "BILLION DOLLAR BABIES is no more", and "Thank you for everything".
ACCEPT'S LONGTIME MANAGER GABY HOFFMANN IS RETIRING
ACCEPT's longtime manager, designer and lyricist Gaby Hoffmann is officially retiring. Her decision to stop overseeing the band's activities was announced yesterday in a letter posted to ACCEPT's official web site.
JULY 2, 2019
HELLOWEEN TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM/DVD/BLU-RAY
HELLOWEEN will release "United Alive" on October 4 via Nuclear Blast.
The CD and vinyl will consist of a recording from Madrid, plus 4 bonus tracks from shows in Prague, São Paulo, Wacken and Santiago de Chile.
The DVD and Blu-ray will include a concert at Wacken Open Air and the Madrid show, and as a bonus you will also get a concert from São Paulo.
30TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF THE CULT'S "SONIC TEMPLE"
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of THE CULT's seminal album "Sonic Temple". To celebrate the anniversary, Beggars Arkive will release "The Cult: Sonic Temple 30" on September 13. It will be released as a deluxe box set and a 5-CD set, plus the label will reissue "Sonic Temple" on double LP, which has been out of print for over 20 years. The sets both contain limited-release demos in addition to previously unreleased tracks.
Preorders are available here: thecultsonictemple.com
LAST IN LINE TO BEGIN WRITING NEW MATERIAL NEXT MONTH
LAST IN LINE - which features former DIO members Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Vinny Appice (drums), alongside ex-Ozzy Osbourne bassist Phil Soussan and singer Andrew Freeman - will begin writing material for its third album next month.
NEW SINGLE WITH STEEL PANTHER NEXT WEEK
The official music video for STEEL PANTHER's new single, "All I Wanna Do Is Fuck (Myself Tonight)", will make its online debut on Monday, July 8. The song is expected to appear on STEEL PANTHER's upcoming album, which is tentatively due before the end of the year.
JUNE 29, 2019
MEMBERS OF THE POGUES, DROPKICK MURPHYS AND FLOGGING MOLLY FORM THE WALKER ROADERS
James Fearnley, co-founder and long-time accordion player in The POGUES, have teamed up with FLOGGING MOLLY co-founder and Grammy Award-winning producer Ted Hutt and DROPKICK MURPHYS' multi-instrumentalist Marc Orrell, to form The WALKER ROADERS whose music splices anthems of Celtic-Punk with the exalted poetry of The POGUES.
Their self-titled debut full length will be released on August 23 via Ginger Man/Beverly Martel label group. Additional musicians on the album includes bassist Brad Wood, fiddle-player Kieran Mulroney, and drummer Bryan Head.
U.S. Tour dates to be announced soon..
STEVEN ADLER'S STAB WOUND WAS AN ACCIDENT
A representative for former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steve Adler has denied that the musician tried to kill himself.
Adler was hospitalized on Thursday after local authorities responded to a call shortly after 6:30 p.m. for a possible suicide attempt at a Studio City, California, home. A spokesperson at the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that they were called to the address for a possible stabbing and transported 1 patient to the local hospital via ambulance.
Later Adler's representative told TMZ that the stabbing was not a suicide attempt and was simply an accident. The rep would not specify what caused the accident except to describe it as a "very minor, superficial wound".
Adler - who, the rep says, has been sober for several years - is still planning to perform on July 12 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.
JUNE 28, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH BABYMETAL IN OCTOBER
Japanese pop metal act BABYMETAL will release its third album, "Metal Galaxy", on October 11 via earMUSIC/Edel.
SABATON ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish metal warriors SABATON will embark on "The Great Tour" in January 2020. The European trek, which will feature support from APOCALYPTICA and AMARANTHE, will kick off on January 17 in Zürich, Switzerland and will run through February 17 in Oslo, Norway. Tickets will be available from July 3 (in U.K. July 5) for all shows.
For dates and other details, visit sabaton.net
SABATON's 9th full-length album, "The Great War", is due on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band's 20th-anniversary record is a concept effort covering stories from the First World War.
EX-GUNS N' ROSES DRUMMER STEVEN ADLER HOSPITALIZED AFTER STABBING HIMSELF
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler was rushed to the hospital after stabbing himself at his home.
Law enforcement sources tell that a 911 call was placed from Adler's Los Angeles residence shortly after 6:30 Thursday night (June 27) to report that someone had sustained a self-inflicted stab wound. When cops and paramedics arrived, they discovered it was Adler who had suffered a stab wound to his stomach. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
No one else is suspected to have been involved in the incident.
EX-KISS GUITARIST VINNIE VINCENT PLANNING BIRTHDAY BASH
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent is apparently planning to celebrate his 67th birthday at a private event for select fans in August in Nashville, Tennessee.
A poster announcing the birthday bash was posted on Vinnie's official web site, along with the following caption: "Vinnie Vincent's Birthday Bash August 10th, 2019 – Nashville, TN. Stay tuned for news and event details!"
The official announcement of Vinnie's birthday party comes just a month after the cancelation of his performance at the "Speedballjamm", which was scheduled to take place on June 7 at the S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville. And earlier in the year, Vinnie called off his original comeback concerts, which were supposed to take place February 8 and February 9 in Nashville, due to a dispute with the promoter.
JUNE 27, 2019
NEW SESSION DRUMMER FOR LIV SIN
Swedish heavy metal act LIV SIN (fronted by Liv Jagrell from SISTER SIN) have recruited Thomas Ohlsson (APOSTASY, ex-The PROJECT HATE, BLOODBOUND, AXENSTAR) as their new session drummer.
Albin Bennich, who filled in on the band's gigs in April and May, wasn't available for the summer shows.
KVELERTAK ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Norwegian band KVELERTAK have announced a European tour in early 2020. More details here: kvelertak.com
NEW ALBUM WITH KADAVAR IN SEPTEMBER
German heavy rockers KADAVAR will release a new album, "For The Dead Travel Fast", on September 20 via Nuclear Blast.
Watch a teaser from the studio here: youtu.be/msmHmvos8yI
MONSTER MAGNET FRONTMAN TO UNDERGO TONSIL SURGERY, EUROPEAN TOUR CANCELED
MONSTER MAGNET has been forced to cancel its previously announced summer 2019 tour of Europe. Vocalist/guitarist Dave Wyndorf have to undergo surgery on his tonsils right away or risk chronic sickness. Dave hope that the band will return to the road in early 2020.
DOYLE TO PLAY WITH MISFITS AGAIN
Since the reunion of the "Original The MISFITS" shows, the band has been somewhat vague about whether guitarist Doyle would play any particular reunion show, leaving his name off most billings and not mentioning his presence in press releases. Even Doyle himself has been somewhat mum on the issue from time to time.
Today (June 27) Doyle made it clear that he's playing all upcoming MISFITS shows on calendar for 2019. Former SLAYER member Dave Lombardo is expected to be on the drums, and Acey Slade will likely be on second guitar.
The band has a few west coast shows planned for fall 2019 and nothing seemingly planned for after that.
NEW BEST OF COMPILATION WITH THE DAMNED
British punk rock legends The DAMNED will release a new greatest hits compilation, called "Black is the Night (the Definitive Anthology)", which will cover the band's whole career. It includes album tracks as well as a few single or EP only songs. It also includes a new track, "Black is the Night".
Release date is October 25, and it will be released from the band directly.
JUNE 26, 2019
RAMMSTEIN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN STADIUM TOUR
RAMMSTEIN will embark on a European stadium tour in 2020. The trek will kick off next May and include shows in Germany, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Northern Ireland.
All dates can be found here: rammstein.de/en
NEW SINGLE WITH ATTENTAT, NEW ALBUM IN AUGUST
Swedish punk rock legends ATTENTAT are back with a new single, "Gogo Fighter", today (June 26). It's the first taste of their upcoming album, "Punkhjärta", which will be released through Busy Bee on August 23.
SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
Wayne Barrett McGrath of the punk veternas SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS have decided to temporarily suspend the band due to Mick Rossi's lack of interest.
You can read the full announcement here: facebook.com/slaughterandthedogsuk
BAD RELIGION AND THE EXPLOITED CONFIRMED FOR '77 MONTREAL SONIC REDUCER
BAD RELIGION, The EXPLOITED, PENNYWISE and STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO will headline the '77 Montreal Sonic Reducer 1-day festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 26.
Among the other artists are OFF!, CRO-MAGS, AVENGERS, The DIRTY NIL, The MENZINGERS etc.
Full details at: 77montreal.com/en
JUNE 25, 2019
ORKAN ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR AND 1 DATE IN THE NETHERLANDS
Swedish retro rockers ORKAN are going to Germany for a tour in July. They will also do their first show ever in The Netherlands on this tour.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/Bandetorkan
NEW SINGLE WITH THE HIVES ON FRIDAY
A new single with The HIVES is coming this Friday, June 28. The song is called "Good Samaritan", and you can pre-save it here: TheHives.lnk.to/GoodSamaritanPreSave
Also coming on Friday is the Third Man Records 7" of "Good Samaritan" and "I'm Alive".
THE INTERRUPTERS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR WITH BUSTER SHUFFLE
American ska punk band The INTERRUPTERS is heading to the UK in early 2020 to play a few shows with BUSTER SHUFFLE. The dates can be found here: facebook.com/wearetheinterrupters
MISANTROPIC RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish crust punks MISANTROPIC are currently recording a new LP, titled "Catharsis", which will be released later this year by Scream Records, Halvfabrikat Records and Insane Society Records.
facebook.com/Misantropic-238779679561139 facebook.com/ScreamRecords facebook.com/halvfabrikatrecords facebook.com/Insane-Society-records-164422290235200
BLACK FLAG POSTPONE LATIN AMERICAN SHOWS
Due to circumstances beyond their control, BLACK FLAG are forced to postpone their upcoming Latin America Tour to March 2020. The new dates are:
March 5th Bogota, Colombia
March 6th Santiago, Chile
March 7th Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 8th Sao Paulo, Brazil
March 11th Montevideo, Uruguay
The band is still doing the booked shows in Mexico for this week at:
June 26th Monterrey - Cafe Iguana
June 27th Guadalajara - Foro Independencia
June 28th Mexico City - 360e Venue
JUNE 24, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH PROPHETS OF RAGE
PROPHETS OF RAGE - the supergroup featuring members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL - has released a new single called "Made With Hate".
Check it out here: youtu.be/OpN8iI85AiQ
PRIMAL FEAR PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
German heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR have parted ways with drummer Francesco Jovino and have replaced him with Michael Ehré (GAMMA RAY). Michael will join PRIMAL FEAR on the group's summer festival tour and will record the new PRIMAL FEAR album later this year.
FORMER NAZARETH SINGER DAN McCAFFERTY TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Former NAZARETH singer Dan McCafferty is going to release a solo album, "Last Testament", on October 18 via earMUSIC.
JUNE 19, 2019
DIAMOND DOGS ARE BACK
Swedish rock n roll band DIAMOND DOGS have reunited, and a new album, "Recall Rock N Roll & The Magic Soul", will be released on September 27 on Wild Kingdom Records.
JUNE 18, 2019
MÖTLEY CRÜE BIOGRAPHY "THE DIRT" TO BE RELEASED AS AUDIOBOOK NEXT WEEK
MÖTLEY CRÜE's official biography, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", will be available next week (June 25) in audiobook format from HarperAudio and Dey Street Books.
You can pre-order it here: motley.com/news/the-dirt-audiobook
BAD BRAINS FRONTMAN HR TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
BAD BRAINS frontman Paul "HR" Hudson will release his new solo album, "Give Thanks", on October 18 via Hardline Entertainment.
SLIPKNOT has unveiled details of its very own craft spirit, No. 9 Iowa Whiskey, which will be available August 10 at select retailers in all 50 American states and at the band's headline "Knotfest Roadshow" North American tour. No. 9 Iowa Whiskey can also be obtained at select markets on the North American tour ahead of the August 10 official launch.
No. 9 Iowa Whiskey is a collaboration with the Iowa-based Cedar Ridge Distillery.
For availability and more information, visit slipknotwhiskey.com
MISFITS TO PLAY IN OAKLAND
MISFITS (featuring original members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only) have announced a show in Oakland, California on September 11 at the Oracle Arena. RANCID, The DAMNED and HARLEY FLANAGAN'S CRO-MAGS will open the show. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday June 21.
JUNE 17, 2019
NEW STUDIO ALBUM WITH STATUS QUO IN SEPTEMBER
On September 6 STATUS QUO will release their new album, "Backbone", through earMUSIC/Edel. It will be the band's 33rd studio album.
STATUS QUO are also confirmed to perform at the huge BBC Radio 2 "Festival In A Day" show in Hyde Park, London, UK on Sunday September 15.
DAVE MUSTAIN DIAGNOSED WITH THROAT CANCER
MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustain have been diagnosed with throat cancer. Dave is working closely with his doctors, and they have mapped out a treatment plan which the doctor's feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.
Unfortunately, this requires that MEGADETH cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com
Meanwhile, the band are in the studio to record a new album.
NEW ALBUM WITH RAM IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish heavy metal band RAM will release a new album, "The Throne Within", on September 13 via Metal Blade Records.
The album will be supported by a European tour with VULTURE, which will kick off on September 12 in Hamburg, Germany.
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE MORE US DATES
GUNS N' ROSES has announced 8 new dates across the United States, kicking off September 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pre-sale for the new dates starts on June 18. General sale begins on June 21.
These 8 shows join a previously revealed run of major festivals that will bring the band to cities across the USA, along with 2 colossal stadium dates in Mexico.
For further details, go to gunsnroses.com
BACKYARD BABIES TO PLAY IN AUSTRALIA
Swedish hard rock veterans BACKYARD BABIES are going to Australia in October for the first time in over a decade. They will do the following 3 shows:
Oct. 4 - Sydney, Manning Bar
Oct. 5 - Melbourne, Max Watt's House of Music
Oct. 6 - Brisbane, Woolly Mammoth
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, June 19 via silverbacktouring.com/backyard-babies2019
AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCES UK DATES WITH ARCH ENEMY AND HYPOCRISY
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH will be touring in Europe in November/December. The 3 shows in UK will be together with ARCH ENEMY and HYPOCRISY.
Tickets and VIP packages on sale June 18 at amonamarth.com
BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
In addition to the Scandinavian tour dates that was announced last week, BLACK STAR RIDERS are also coming to Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Czech Republic in November. DIAMOND HEAD will be special guests on all but 1 date, and WAYWARD SONS will play on most of the dates.
For the exact details, visit blackstarriders.com
JUNE 13, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH PICTURE IN AUGUST
Dutch heavy metal veterans PICTURE will release a new album, "Wings", on August 16 through Pure Steel Records. Pre-order start on August 2.
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE ANNOUNCE US DATES
English punk legends ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE are going to the States for 4 shows later this month. The exclusive dates are:
June 26 - Lazy Harrys, Bullhead City, AZ
June 27 - Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV
June 29 - Banc Of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA (w/ MISFITS etc)
July 1 - The Kingsland, Brooklyn, NY
THE GLORIA STORY TO REUNITE ORIGINAL LINEUP
Swedish rock band The GLORIA STORY are going to celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a reunion of its original lineup for the local festival Matfestivalen in Skövde on August 30.
The last time the original lineup played together was at Sweden Rock Festival in 2012. The band have continued to play with other members since then.
JUNE 12, 2019
NASHVILLE PUSSY ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR
American hard rocking band NASHVILLE PUSSY have announced that they are going to Canada for a tour in September/October.
For upcoming tour dates, check out nashvillepussy.com
BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCES SCANDINAVIAN TOUR
Hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS have announced that they will do a short tour in Denmark, Sweden and Norway in the fall. Support act on most of the dates will be NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD. Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 13 from 10am, except Denmark which are on sale now. The dates are:
Oct. 30 - Gimle, Roskilde, Denmark
Oct. 31 - KB, Malmö, Sweden
Nov. 1 - Frushuset Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov. 2 - Trädgår'n, Göteborg, Sweden
Nov. 3 - Vulkan, Oslo, Norway
Nov. 8 - Liljan, Borlänge, Sweden (without DIAMOND HEAD)
Nov. 9 - Tobakken, Esbjerg, Denmark (without DIAMOND HEAD)
More tour dates will be announced on Monday, June 17.
TOY DOLLS ANNOUNCE DATES IN SPAIN AND POLAND
British fun punk legends TOY DOLLS are going to do some shows in Spain and Poland in the beginning of next year. Tickets are already on sale, and the dates are these:
Jan. 16 - Sala But, Madrid, Spain
Jan. 17 - Sala Santana, Bilbao, Basque
Jan. 18 - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
Jan. 31 - Stary Klasztor, Wrocklaw, Poland
Feb. 1 - Klub Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
Plenty more countries to be announced soon..
JUNE 11, 2019
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM HAMMERFALL AND FIREWIND
The SIGN is a new multinational rock band formed by Swedish bassist Magnus Rosén (ex-HAMMERFALL, BILLIONAIRES BOYS CLUB) and Sri Lankan-born veteran vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (RED CIRCUIT, ex-AVALON, FIREWIND), with the lineup completed by Rosén's fellow countryman, session guitarist Jörgen Alnevall.
Influenced by 70s classic rock bands such as BAD COMPANY, DEEP PURPLE and URIAH HEEP, and hard rock/metal acts from the 80s like SCORPIONS, WHITESNAKE and DIO, Chity and Magnus have taken this sound with The SIGN and put their own individual, modern stamp on it.
The SIGN is planning to release a single in the near future, called "The Land Gone Dark", a track from the band's upcoming debut album.
CHEETAH CHROME HOSPITALIZED, DEAD BOYS EURO TOUR CANCELLED
Reunited American punks DEAD BOYS have been forced to cancel their European tour, which was supposed to take place June 14-29 due to health reasons.
Guitarist Cheetah Chrome was hospitalized on Monday morning (June 10) for ongoing complications from injuries he sustained during a show on May 24 in Santa Ana, CA. Cheetah's injuries included facial lacerations and hand, hip and leg injuries. The injuries left Cheetah in acute pain, and the pain has continued to worsen, leaving Cheetah with no other choice then to be hospitalized to better deal with the injuries.
Contact advance ticket outlets if you have purchased an advance ticket for any of the European shows for refund.
JUNE 10, 2019
GEOFF TATE TO PERFORM QUEENSRŸCHE'S ENTIRE "EMPIRE" ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has confirmed that he will celebrate the 30th-anniversary of the band's landmark "Empire" album on a special tour next year.
Released in 1990, the set included the hit ballad "Silent Lucidity", which reached No. 9 on the Billboard singles chart, helped propel "Empire" to No. 7 on the album chart and earned 2 Grammy Award nominations.
JUNE 9, 2019
EX-ANGRA SINGER ANDRÉ MATOS IS DEAD
André Matos, former lead singer of the Brazilian metal bands ANGRA and VIPER, has died at the age of 47.
UPDATE on June 10: The official Facebook page of André Matos has confirmed that the musician died of a heart attack on Saturday (June 8).
JUNE 8, 2019
BRUTUS FRONTMAN JOKKE IS DEAD
Joakim "Jokke" Segerfelt Stenby, frontman for the Norwegian/Swedish rock band BRUTUS, has died. "Cursed with a heart failure, he went to sleep and never woke up again", the band says on their Facebook page.
JUNE 7, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND IN AUGUST
Swedish rock band HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND will release their fifth album, "A Hundred Years Is Nothing", on August 30.
The first single, "Carnival Beyond The Hills", will be released on August 9 on 7" vinyl, with the previously unreleased track "Flare Up The Night" on the B-side. "Carnival Beyond The Hills" will also be available on digital platforms.
NEW ALBUM WITH THE AGONIST IN SEPTEMBER
Canadian extreme metal band The AGONIST will release its new album, "Orphans", on September 20 via Rodeostar Records.
KROKUS ANNOUNCES FINAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
KROKUS will extend its last-ever tour to include dates in USA, Canada and Mexico.
TYGERS OF PAN TANG AND BLITZKRIEG CONFIRMED FOR NORDIC NOISE UK
Danish hard rock festival Nordic Noise are coming to the UK in November. Among the confirmed bands so far are TYGERS OF PAN TANG, BLITZKRIEG, STATEMENT, PECTORA, LUCER etc.
Nordic Fest UK take plavce at Think Tank in Newcastle Upon Tyne on November 22-23.
KADAVAR ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
German heavy rockers KADAVAR are currently in the studio to record a new album, which will be titled "For The Dead Travel Fast". Release date will be announced later, but a European tour will take place in November, together with special guests HÄLLAS and PABST. For tour dates, try kadavar.com or nuclearblast.de
NEW ALBUM WITH PYRAMIDO IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish heavy rockers PYRAMIDO will release their new album, "Fem", on September 27 on The Sign Records.
Listen to the first single, "Utvägen", here: orcd.co/pyramido
JUNE 5, 2019
MUNICIPAL WASTE AND NAPALM DEATH TEAM UP FOR U.S. CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH SICK OF IT ALL AS SUPPORT
Richmond, Virginia thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE will team up with British grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH for a co-headlining U.S. tour. The 17-date trek will kick off in Dallas on October 3 and visit New York, Chicago and Denver before ending on October 23 in Los Angeles. Opening the night are New York hardcore veterans SICK OF IT ALL and hardcore punk/thrash metal band TAKE OFFENSE.
For more information (like dates etc), try 1 of these: municipalwaste.net napalmdeath.org sickofitall.com
JUDAS PRIEST FORCED TO CANCEL COLORADO SPRINGS CONCERT
Tonight's (Wednesday, June 5) JUDAS PRIEST concert at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado has been canceled. Singer Rob Halford has been fighting bronchitis for over a week and now doctors have told him he needs full rest so his voice can recover.
SEBASTIAN BACH TO PERFORM SKID ROW'S ENTIRE DEBUT ALBUM
Sebastian Bach will celebrate the 30th anniversary of SKID ROW's acclaimed, self-titled, breakout debut album with a U.S. tour where he will perform the record in its entirety plus other songs from his celebrated catalog. The tour will kick off in Nashville, Tennessee on August 30 and will end in Pinellas Park, Florida on November 2. Tickets and VIP meet-and-greet upgrades go on sale Friday, June 7 at sebastianbach.com
JUNE 4, 2019
DEEP PURPLE TO RELEASE OLD LIVE RECORDINGS
earMUSIC and DEEP PURPLE have worked on a Limited Edition Series, making a selection of rare live recordings from the band's archive, spanning over the last 2 decades of concerts around the world. earMUSIC will make the show available in 20.000 numbered Limited Edition CDs and 2.000 numbered LPs. These limited editions will be available until sold out. The series will start with an explosive show in Newcastle, Australia, recorded in 2001.
Some of the shows have been previously available as very rare fan club editions, others will be released for the very first time. All recordings are being remastered for the best audio quality possible.
JUNE 3, 2019
ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR DATES
Alice Cooper has just announced his fall 2019 tour plans. He will embark on a bunch of "An Evening With" headline tour dates in the States this November, beginning November 3 in Florida. Additional dates will be announced shortly.
Confirmed dates so far are:
Nov. 03 - Ft. Myers, FL - Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
Nov. 05 - Melbourne, FL - King Center
Nov. 06 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Nov. 07 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Nov. 09 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage
Nov. 10 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Center
Nov. 12 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
Nov. 14 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Nov. 15 - Greenville, SC - Peace Concert Hall
Nov. 16 - Roanoke, VA - Berglund Performing Arts Center
Nov. 21 - Glen Falls, NY - Cool Insuring Arena
Nov. 25 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
Nov. 27 - Evansville, IN - Old National Events Plaza
Nov. 29 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino Showroom
JUNE 1, 2019
ROKY ERICKSON IS DEAD
American rock artist Roky Erickson (ex-13th FLOOR ELEVATORS) died on Friday, May 31 in Austin, Texas. He was 71 years old. Cause of death is unknown.
MAY 31, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH NARNIA IN AUGUST
Swedish melodic metal band NARNIA will release a new album, "From Darkness To Light", on August 2.
The first single, "A Crack In The Sky", is available here: smarturl.it/a-crack-in-the-sky
The album release will be followed by a tour in 2019/2020, starting in South America together with STRYPER and TOURNIQUET.
IRON MAIDEN'S BRUCE DICKINSON ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SPOKEN-WORD TOUR
IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson will embark on the "What Does This Button Do? An Evening With Bruce Dickinson" European spoken-word tour in the fall.
Confirmed dates are:
Oct. 26 - Lisinski, Zagreb, Croatia
Oct. 27 - Vienna Stadhalle F, Vienna, Austria
Nov. 02 - Congress Centre, Budapest, Hungary
Nov. 04 - Pallas Theatre, Athens, Greece
Nov. 13 - Madetoja Hall, Oulu, Finland
Nov. 29 - Cartuja Centre, Seville, Spain
Dec. 01 - Hotel Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Dec. 07 - Teatro Principal, Alicante, Spain
Dec. 08 - Alua Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
Dec. 13 - National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Tickets can be purchased at irnmdn.co/eveningwithbruce
BOOK ABOUT TOM MORELLO COMING LATER THIS YEAR
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, AUDIOSLAVE and PROPHETS OF RAGE guitarist Tom Morello will publish a book about his career titled "Whatever It Takes" later this year through Genesis Publications. The signed limited-edition book will explore Morello's entire career from his first bands through to his most recent solo album, "The Atlas Underground". The exact publication date will be announced soon.
SAXON TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH "THE EAGLE HAS LANDED 40 (LIVE)"
On August 2, SAXON will salute their 40th anniversary by releasing "The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)" via Militia Guard/Silver Lining Music, where they will celebrate 4 decades of heavy metal with 40 songs from their entire career.
"The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)" will be available as a triple-CD combo, as well as a boxset with 5 vinyl LPs. There will also be a deluxe edition in a limited edition of 747 copies.
MAY 30, 2019
NEBULA ANNOUNCES ITALIAN TOUR DATES
Desert rock legends NEBULA are going to do 3 shows in Italy in October. These are the dates:
Oct. 2 - Evol Live, Roma
Oct. 3 - The Cage, Livorno
Oct. 4 - Bloom, Mezzago
NEBULA will release a new album, titled "Holy Shit", on June 7 through Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
SLAYER, MEGADETH AND ANTHRAX CONFIRMED FOR SANTIAGO GETS LOUDER
SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX will share the stage once again when they perform at the Santiago Gets Louder festival on October 6 at Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida in Santiago, Chile. The 3 "Big 4" bands will be joined at the event by Chilean extreme metal pioneers PENTAGRAM. Tickets for Santiago Gets Louder go on sale on June 5.
ACE FREHLEY COMPLETES WORK ON "ORIGINS VOL. 2"
Ace Frehley has confirmed that he has completed work on "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist. The album is tentatively due later this year via Entertainment One (eOne).
ATTENTAT REVEAL NEW BASSIST
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT have found a new bassist, the 29-year old Linus "Siken" Sikström. He is also a member of JERRYS FARSA (vocals/guitar) and GIFTIGT AVFALL (drums), and have been guitarist for CIVIL OLYDNAD.
You can read more about Linus here: attentat.nu
SABER TIGER ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN THE BALTICS
Japanese heavy metal veterans SABER TIGER are going to the Baltics in the end of June for 3 exclusive shows in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The dates are these:
June 27 - MCB, Jelgava, Latvia
June 28 - Klubas Lemmy, Kaunas, Lithuania
June 29 - Hard Rock Laager Festival, Raplamaa, Estonia
After that the group jet off back to Japan for gigs in July and August, with plans to film concert footage for an upcoming live DVD.
MAY 29, 2019
MINISTRY RECRUITS EX-TOOL BASSIST PAUL D'AMOUR
Industrial metal legends MINISTRY have recruited former TOOL member Paul D'Amour as their new bassist.
DEMONS & WIZARDS REVEAL TOURING LINEUP
DEMONS & WIZARDS, the side project of ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer and BLIND GUARDIAN singer Hansi Kürsch, will be joined by other members of ICED EARTH and BLIND GUARDIAN when it kicks off its first tour in nearly 2 decades on May 31 in Saarbrücken, Germany.
The DEMONS & WIZARDS touring lineup will be as follows:
Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) - Lead Vocals
Jon Schaffer (ICED EARTH) - Guitar
Jake Dreyer (WITHERFALL, ICED EARTH) - Lead Guitar
Marcus Siepen (BLIND GUARDIAN) - Bass
Fredrik Ehmke (BLIND GUARDIAN, SINBREED) - Drums
Joost Van Den Broek (AFTER FOREVER, AYREON) - Keyboards
DEMONS & WIZARDS recently released remastered versions of its first 2 albums on all digital platforms. "Demons & Wizards" (2000) and "Touched By The Crimson King" (2005) will also be released as expanded deluxe editions on June 7.
DEMONS & WIZARDS is currently working on material for its as-yet-untitled third studio LP, which is scheduled to be released in early 2020.
MAY 27, 2019
UNLEASHED TO REPLACE ANNIHILATOR AT SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
ANNIHILATOR have been forced to cancel their apperance at Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The band have a new deadline for their next album, and have to concentrate on finishing the album.
Swedish death metal veterans UNLEASHED, who have not played at the festival for 10 years, will replace ANNIHILATOR.
Sweden Rock Festival happens on June 5-8. More info at swedenrock.com
TOY DOLLS ANNOUNCES GERMAN TOUR DATES
Fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS are going on a German tour in October. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 29. The dates are:
Oct. 6 - München, Backstage
Oct. 7 - Nünberg, Hirsch
Oct. 8 - Stuttgart, Longhorn
Oct. 9 - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
Oct. 11 - Saarbrücken, Grage
Oct. 12 - Köln, Stollwerck
Oct. 13 - Berlin, Astra
Oct. 14 - Hamburg, Markthalle
For more dates, visit thetoydolls.com
MAY 25, 2019
NEW MUSIC FROM RATT NEXT YEAR
American hard rock band RATT let us know that the band is planning to release new music in 2020.
MAY 24, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH THE 69 EYES IN SEPTEMBER
Veteran Finnish rockers The 69 EYES will release their new album, "West End", on September 13 via Nuclear Blast. It's the band's 12th full-length record, and features guest vocalists such as CRADLE OF FILTH's Dani Filth, Wednesday 13 and BEASTÖ BLANCÖ's Calico Cooper.
MAY 23, 2019
SLAYER GETS LIMITED-EDITION BOTTLE FROM JÄGERMEISTER
According to Metal Hammer, Jägermeister has launched a limited-edition bottle as a tribute to the legendary thrash metal band SLAYER.
The 1.75-liter bottle features custom-made SLAYER artwork and is presented in an engraved box and is limited to just 500 bottles, which are available through Jägermeister's online store.
MAY 22, 2019
DANKO JONES POSTPONE AUSTRALIAN DATES TO SEPTEMBER
Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES have been forced to postpone their Australian shows that were due to take place in May/June to new dates in September.
Existing tickets will be honoured at all rescheduled dates. And the new dates are:
September 5 – Melbourne, Stay Gold
September 6 – Brisbane, The Zoo (new venue)
September 7 – Sydney, Crowbar
NEW ALBUM WITH SUICIDAL ANGELS IN AUGUST
Greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS will release their new album, "Years Of Aggression", on August 9 via NoiseArt Records.
NEW SINGLE WITH SANTA CRUZ
Finnish hard rock quartet SANTA CRUZ will release its 4th album, "Katharsis", this fall.
The second single from the disc, "Tell Me Why", can be streamed here: youtu.be/y2OgT__XunQ
NEW ALBUM WITH OPETH IN THE FALL
Swedish progressive heavy rockers OPETH have set "In Cauda Venenum" as the title of their 13th album, due out in the fall via Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
MAY 21, 2019
GHOST ADDS DATES TO FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
7 new dates for the "Ultimate Tour Named Death", GHOST's 6-week North American headline arena tour are announced, adding shows in Edmonton, Toledo, Moline, Youngstown, Huntington, Hamilton, and Ottawa. A series of ticket pre-sales begins today, and the public on-sale starts at 10 a.m. local this Friday, May 24.
The newly added dates are these:
Sep. 23 - Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
Oct. 08 - TaxSlayer Centre, Moline, IL
Oct. 10 - Covelli Centre, Youngstown, OH
Oct. 11 - Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WV
Oct. 15 - Huntington Center, Toledo, OH
Oct. 17 - FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON
Oct. 18 - Richcraft Tire Center, Ottawa, ON
More tour dates and other details at ghost-official.com
POISON IDEA ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST
American hardcore/punk legends POISON IDEA has changed its lineup. The band, which will tour Europe soon, have announced that its new lineup is: Jerry A, Chris Carey, Jeff Walter, Chris Cuthbert, and new guitarist Andrew Stromstad.
You can read more about it here: facebook.com/aedinosiopofficial
BRANT BJORK TO RE-RELEASE "JALAMANTA" ALBUM
It's now 20 years since desert rock legend Brant Bjork (KYUSS, FU MANCHU) released his first solo album, "Jalamanta". And to celebrate the 20-year anniversary, the album will be re-released on September 13 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
Pre-order start on May 23.
MILLENCOLIN ANNOUNCES NORDIC FALL TOUR
Swedish skate punk veterans MILLENCOLIN are going on a Nordic tour this fall. Dates for Norway and Sweden have been confirmed so far, and they are as follows:
Oct 16 - Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
Oct 17 - USF Verfet, Bergen, Norway
Oct 18 - Terminalen, Ålesund, Norway
Nov 8 - To be announced
Nov 9 - To be announced
Nov 22 - Liljan, Borlänge, Sweden
Nov 23 - Club Destroyer, Sundsvall, Sweden
Dec 6 - Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
Dec 7 - Katalin, Uppsala, Sweden
Dec 13 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS TO PLAY IN SWEDEN
Northern Irish punk legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS are coming back to Sweden for 3 shows in August. The dates are:
1 augusti: Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
2 augusti: Malmö, KB
4 augusti: Göteborg, Pustervik
Tickets go on sale May 22 at triffidanddanger.se
MAY 20, 2019
SLIPKNOT PERCUSSIONIST M. SHAWN CRAHAN'S 22-YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IS DEAD
Gabrielle, the 22-year-old daughter of SLIPKNOT percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown), died on Saturday, May 18 at the age of 22. No cause of death has been revealed.
EUROPEAN TOUR WITH ABORTED, ENTOMBED A.D. AND BAEST
ABORTED will team up with ENTOMBED A.D. and BAEST for a European tour in October/November.
The "Hell Over Europe III" tour kicks off October 18 in London and wraps up November 17 in Hamburg. Tickets are on sale now.
For dates, try 1 of these: facebook.com/Abortedofficial entombedad.com baestband.com centurymedia.com
ENTOMBED A.D. will be releasing a new record, entitled "Bowels Of Earth", on August 30, and BAEST follow up with their second offering, "Venenum", on September 13.
MAY 18, 2019
FIREWIND SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH AFM RECORDS
Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND - the group led by guitar wizard and former Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G. - have signed a worldwide deal with the German metal label AFM Records.
The collaboration between FIREWIND and AFM already started with the band's last album, "Immortals", which AFM released in the North American territory. Subsequently, Gus signed with AFM for the release his solo albums.
FIREWIND plan to enter the studio after their summer tour with QUEENSRŸCHE that ends in August.
MAY 17, 2019
NEW SONG WITH THE HIVES
Swedish rock band The HIVES are back with a new song, "I'm Alive", via Third Man Records. The track will be featured on a limited-edition double A-side 7" in stores this summer.
"I'm Alive" is THE HIVES' first new music since the release of their 2015 standalone single "Blood Red Moon". The band's last full-length album, "Lex Hives", came out in 2012.
Listen to "I'm Alive" here: youtu.be/qlo04V9YP6k
Upcoming tour dates can be found here: thehivesbroadcastingservice.com
OZZY OSBOURNE ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED HOLLYWOOD BOWL CONCERT
Ozzy Osbourne has just announced that his postponed Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl show will now take place Monday, July 27, 2020.
MAY 16, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH CRASHDÏET IN SEPTEMBER
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET has set "Rust" as the title of their new album, which will be released on September 13 through Frontiers Music Srl.
NEW ALBUM WITH SLIPKNOT IN AUGUST
SLIPKNOT will release their new album, "We Are Not Your Kind", on August 9 via Roadrunner Records.
You can pre-order and watch the song "Unsainted" at slipknot1.com or roadrunnerrecords.com
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES FOR NORTH AMERICA
As you might remember, ROLLING STONES had to postpone their North American tour, but they have now announced new tour dates. The tour will last from June 21 to August 31.
More info at rollingstones.com
BEAT BUTCHERS TO CELEBRATE 35TH ANNIVERSARY
Swedish record label Beat Butchers will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a party at Kraken in Stockholm on September 21. Bands that will play are GAMLA PENGAR, 23 TILL, KÖTTGROTTORNA, Roger Karlsson, FABRIKEN, BRANDGUL, TUK TUK RALLY, ALARMROCK, HANS & GRETA, COCA CAROLA, KRYMPLINGS, SISTA SKRIKET, ÅKA BIL, VARNAGEL, The SOLAR LODGE, SLUTSTATION TJERNOBYL, OHLSON HAR SEMESTER PROD.
Some of these acts are doing an exclusive reunion gig. Each artist have 15 minutes to perform. Tickets go on sale May 27. More info here: facebook.com/events/625261877949266
MAY 15, 2019
THE QUIREBOYS CANCEL SCOTTISH DATES
British rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS have been forced to cancel the following 3 dates in Scotland:
"These had to be cancelled at short notice but we were left with no choice as every item of the agreement was breached; no deposit, no fee, no communication, no promotion!!", the band says in a post on their Facebook page.
GLENN HUGHES ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED U.K. DATES
Legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK SABBATH) has announced the rescheduled dates for his U.K. tour, which was postponed due to illness.
The new dates are as follows:
Nov. 17 - Salisbury, City Hall
Nov. 20 - Norwich, Waterfront (venue change from Norwich UEA)
Nov. 23 - Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Nov. 29 - Birmingham, O2 Institute
BUTCHER BABIES WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
American metal band BUTCHER BABIES are in the studio working on their fourth album.
RE-ISSUES WITH RAVEN IN JUNE
Wounded Bird Records is re-issuing all of the RAVEN albums originally released on Atlantic Records in a brand new 2-CD set. The albums are "Stay Hard", "The Pack Is Back", "Mad" (EP), and "Life's A Bitch".
These albums have long been out of print and are difficult to find on CD, but they will now be available again on June 7.
MAY 14, 2019
MISFITS ANNOUNCE 2 NEW SHOWS IN DENVER AND SEATTLE
MISFITS, with original members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only, have announced 2 more U.S. shows. On September 7 they will play at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO. And on September 14 it's time for White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA.
Support acts on both shows will be The DISTILLERS, The DAMNED and CRO-MAGS.
Pre-sale begins tomorrow, May 15, at 10am local time. Tickets for the general public starting on Friday, May 17.
MORE VINYL RE-ISSUES FROM BIRDNEST RECORDS
Swedish record label Birdnest Records will re-release 3 more of their 90s records on vinyl. This time it will be RÄSERBAJS: "Noppriga Tights Och Moonboots", BIG FISH: "Sånger Ur Sten" and Johan Johansson: "Flum" (double LP).
They plan to release these albums in September. Pre-order should start in a couple of weeks.
BACKYARD BABIES TO PLAY IN JAPAN
Swedish hard rockers BACKYARD BABIES are going to Japan for 2 shows in the fall. Tickets go on sale June 15, and the dates are:
Sep. 30 - Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka
Oct. 01 - Shibuya duo Music Exchange, Tokyo
KISS ANNOUNCES L.A. SHOW
KISS has announced a September 20 show at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, which will serve as the finale of the second American leg of the band's ongoing "End Of The Road" world tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (May 17) at 10 a.m. PST, with various pre-sales taking place in the preceding days.
According to a press release, the Staples Center show - the band's last scheduled concert prior to setting sail on "Kiss Kruise IX" on October 30 - will mark "the biggest pyro event of the tour."
AGAINST ME! BASSIST INGE JOHANSSON GOES SOLO
Inge Johansson - former bass player of AGAINST ME! and The (International) NOISE CONSPIRACY - has launched a solo project called GATUPLAN. The project just released its debut single, "Punkhjärta". Check it out here: youtu.be/NBzJMc4HmVE
NEW ALBUM WITH ENTOMBED A.D. IN AUGUST
Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED A.D. will release a new album, titled "Bowels Of Earth", on August 30 via Century Media Records.
MAY 13, 2019
H.E.A.T. TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM
Swedish hard rockers H.E.A.T. will release a new live album, "Live At Sweden Rock", on July 26 through earMUSIC. And as the title says, it was recorded at Sweden Rock Festival last summer.
"Live At Sweden Rock" will be available as CD, DVD, Blu-ray and digital.
Get yourself a first taste here: youtu.be/dRTWuGDGrEM
AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE SWEDEN TOUR WITH VANHELGD
Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES are going to do some Swedish tour dates in November together with VANHELGD. The dates are these:
Nov. 01 Liljan, Borlänge
Nov. 02 Lokomotivet, Eskilstuna
Nov. 07 Katalin, Uppsala
Nov. 08 Frimis Salonger, Örebro
Nov. 09 The Tivoli, Helsingborg
Nov. 29 Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad (No VANHELGD)
Nov. 30 The Crypt, Linköping
Tickets can be found here: tickster.com/sv/events/search?q=at+the+gates
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH JORN IN JUNE
Hard rock/heavy metal band JORN will release "Live On Death Road" on June 14 via Frontiers Music Srl. It's a recording from their performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in 2018, and will be available on 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital (audio only).
MAY 12, 2019
ALICE COOPER IS WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Alice Cooper has confirmed to the Arizona Republic that he is working on a new full-length album. "There's about four or five songs already written", he said. "I worked with Bob Ezrin in Nashville the last couple of weeks on a couple things. We worked in Detroit on a few things. And I think that's going to be a very interesting album. It's gonna be very different, something I've never done before. I can't really let the cat out of the bag. But it's gonna be really good."
Read the whole interview (scroll down for the part about his next album) here: eu.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/05/10/alice-cooper-hollywood-vampires-album-driven-johnny-depp-frustration/1134307001
MAY 11, 2019
GLENN HUGHES FORCED TO POSTPONE UK TOUR
Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) is unable to perform his UK tour, which was due to start May 14 through May 24. He needs to be treated for an illness that, while not life threatening, must be dealt with immediately in order for it to not become a serious problem. He is expected to make a full recovery and be back on the road in June.
MEGADETH ARE IN THE STUDIO
MEGADETH has entered a studio in Franklin, Tennessee to begin laying down tracks for its follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album.
MAY 10, 2019
Local (Borås, Sweden) punk rock legends RÅTTORNA have reunited (again), and they are even working on some new songs.
VIXEN IS WRITING NEW SONGS
VIXEN is working on material for a new full-length album, tentatively due next year.
MAY 9, 2019
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
BAD RELIGION have announced a North American summer tour with DAVE HAUSE & THE MERMAID and The LAWRENCE ARMS. Tickets available Friday, May 10 at 10am local time at badreligion.com, and that's where you can find all dates too.
MAY 8, 2019
NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LED ZEPPELIN
A new documentary on LED ZEPPELIN is currently in post-production. The as-yet-untitled film is being helmed by Bernard MacMahon, the director of the Emmy-nominated music documentary series "American Epic", and will feature new interviews with guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late drummer John Bonham. It marks the first time members of LED ZEPPELIN have participated in a documentary about the group.
The documentary will launch in Cannes with CAA representing the U.S. rights and Altitude handling international sales. It is billed as the "definitive telling of the birth of the world's biggest-selling rock band" and will be told solely from the band's perspective, with never-before-seen archive film footage and photographs and state-of-the-art audio transfers of the band's music.
No official release date has been announced for the documentary.
An official LED ZEPPELIN book, "Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin", came out in October last year.
NO MORE ÅTERFALL
It looks like Swedish crust punks ÅTERFALL have split up. They have written the following short message on their Facebook page: "Återfall are dead 2008? - 2019".
MAYHEM SIGNS WITH CENTURY MEDIA
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM have signed a worldwide record deal with Century Media Records. A new album, their 6th, will be released on October 25. And soon after that they will embark on a European headline tour with special guests GAAHLS WYRD and GOST.
MICHAEL MONROE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe will release a new album, "One Man Gang", in October, which will be followed by a European tour in October/November. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 10 at 10am.
Dates can be found at facebook.com/michaelmonroeofficial
DOKKEN DRUMMER MICK BROWN IS TAKING A BREAK
DOKKEN's longtime drummer "Wild" Mick Brown says that is "taking a break" from playing live shows.
Brown did not perform with his bandmates at their May 5 concert at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland. He was temporarily replaced by BJ Zampa (HOUSE OF LORDS), who has filled in for Brown in the past. No explanation regarding Mick's absence from the gig was provided by the band.
REFUSED ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH THRICE
REFUSED are going on a co-headline tour with THRICE in UK and Europe this fall. GOUGE AWAY will be joining them on the UK leg of this run of dates. General sale for these dates will be on sale this Friday, May 10.
Dates can be found here: officialrefused.com or thrice.net
MAY 7, 2019
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH AVENGERS
Punk legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS will celebrate the 40-year anniversary of their debut album, "Inflammable Material", with a North American tour in October/November. As part of a longer set, they will play the record in its entirety (apart from "Closed Groove" which they don't like much). Special guests on all dates will be AVENGERS, and the exact dates can be found at slf.rocks
THE HEADLINES SIGNS WITH METALVILLE
Swedish punk rockers The HEADLINES have found a new home at the German label Metalville Records.
Their first album on Metalville is in preparation. More info coming soon..
The HEADLINES released their debut album, "Plug n Play", in 2007. Their latest album, "In The End", was released in 2017.
SKID ROW SIGNS WITH GOLDEN ROBOT
Veteran hard rock group SKID ROW has inked a worldwide deal with Australia's Golden Robot Records. The the final chapter of the band's "United World Rebellion" trilogy will be released later this year.
MAY 6, 2019
DEEP PURPLE ANNOUNCES SUMMER/FALL U.S. TOUR
DEEP PURPLE will embark on the 2019 U.S. leg of their "The Long Goodbye" tour in late summer. The month-and-a-half-long trek will kick off on Septeber 3 in Riverside, California and wrap on October 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dates and other details can be found at deeppurple.com
NEW ALBUM WITH D-A-D LATER THIS MONTH
Danish rock veterans D-A-D will release their first album in 8 years, "A Prayer For The Loud" on May 31 via AFM Records.
MAY 5, 2019
NEW SINGLE WITH RAINBOW THIS MONTH
RAINBOW will release a new digital single, "The Storm", on May 17 via Minstrel Hall Music. The song is said to be "a rocked-up remake" of an old BLACKMORE'S NIGHT track from the album "Fires At Midnight", which was issued back in 2001.
Last month, RAINBOW issued a newly recorded version of its song "Black Sheep Of The Family".
MAY 4, 2019
RATT ANNOUNCES SPRING/SUMMER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Ameriacn hard rock veterans RATT has announced a batch of North American tour dates that will take place over the course of the next 5 months.
The band's first live appearance of 2019 is scheduled for May 4 at the Domination festival in Mexico. The group also has a number of shows lined up on the East Coast and in the South, including gigs in Texas, Mississippi, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
RATT's current lineup includes original singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier, along with drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE) and guitarists Jordan Ziff (RAZER) and Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY).
For tour dates, go to therattpack.com
MAY 3, 2019
CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET are going on a short European tour in October, with The CRUEL INTENTIONS and HIGHRIDE as special guests. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 6.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/realcrashdiet
NEW ALBUM WITH TARJA TURUNEN IN AUGUST
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen will release her new studio album, "In The Raw", on August 30 via earMUSIC.
NEW ALBUM WITH HAMMERFALL IN AUGUST
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will release their new album, "Dominion", on August 16 via Napalm Records.
Pre-order the album here: smarturl.it/HF-Dominion
MAY 2, 2019
ZZ TOP TO CELEBRATE 50 WITH 50-SONG COLLECTION
ZZ TOP are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a new, Texas-sized compilation featuring 50 of their songs.
Single CD And digital versions are available on June 14. 3-CD and 5-LP sets will be available on August 16.
Pre-order here: Rhino.lnk.to/Goin50
IGGY POP TO RE-RELEASE "ZOMBIE BIRDHOUSE"
Iggy Pop is re-releasing his 1982 solo album "Zombie Birdhouse" on CD and vinyl. The CD version has a bonus track, the original version of "Pain and Suffering", which features Debbie Harry (BLONDIE) on backing vocals. The song was originally recorded for the film, "Rock and Rule" (Iggy provided the voice of the Monster From Another Dimension and Debbie Harry the voice for the character Angel), but that soundtrack was never released.
"Zombie Birdhouse" is out on June 28 via Caroline and is remastered.
Check out "Run Like A Villain" from the album: youtu.be/kYvhxhDGrfI
MAY 1, 2019
SPIDERS TO SUPPORT HANK VON HELL IN NORTH AMERICA
Swedish rock band SPIDERS will be support act for Hank Von Hell on his upcoming North American tour in August.
For dates, try 1 of these pages: facebook.com/wearespiders facebook.com/HankVonHellOfficial
HELIX DRUMMER TO REJOIN THE BAND
HELIX drummer Greg "Fritz" Hinz will rejoin his bandmates for their upcoming Canadian shows in early June. The concerts will mark his first appearances with the group since he sustained serious injuries in a November 2018 fall.
Fritz was injured after going out to the front of his home to fix some shingles on the roof. When his girlfriend's sister went out to check on him, he was laying on the front lawn, having fallen from the roof. He had a seizure on the front lawn and then another on the way to the hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
GERMAN MAGAZINE VISIONS TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM WITH BAD RELIGION
German music magazine Visions is going to release a live album with American punk rock legends BAD RELIGION. Issue #314 will include "Live At Rock Am Ring June 3rd, 2018" as a bonus CD.
The release is licensed from Live Nation, and not Epitaph (who use to release their records), so it appears that the band is not releasing the CD through Epitaph or directly. Rather, Live Nation appears to own the rights to these live recordings and has licensed them to the magazine. Which means that you have to get the magazine to get the CD.
APRIL 30, 2019
UFO REJOINED BY GUITARIST/KEYBOARDIST NEIL CARTER
British hard rock legends UFO will be rejoined by Neil Carter as they continue their 50th-anniversary "Last Orders" tour following the recent passing of Paul Raymond.
Raymond died from a heart attack on April 13, just days after UFO completed the U.K. and Ireland leg of "Last Orders" tour with a sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.
The European leg of "Last Orders" kicks off on June 7 at Musik Zentrum in Hannover, Germany and includes shows in Sweden, Holland, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.
UFO will launch the North American leg of "Last Orders" on October 9 at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California.
For tour dates and other information, try ufo-music.info
NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH STRYPER FRONTMAN MICHAEL SWEET
STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will release his new solo album, "Ten", in September via Rat Pak Records. Guest musicians who appear on the disc include singer Todd La Torre (QUEENSRŸCHE), drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE), bassist John O'Boyle, and guitarists Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, NIGHT RANGER), Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE), Marzi Montazeri (EXHORDER, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS), Gus G. (FIREWIND, Ozzy Osbourne) and Andy James.
APRIL 29, 2019
TOTO ANNOUNCE FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
AOR legends TOTO will conclude the almost 2-year long "40 Trips Around The Sun Tour" with 20 final shows in North America. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles on September 20 at The Wiltern. Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, May 3 at 10AM local time.
For further details, go to totoofficial.com
SABATON ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH HAMMERFALL
Swedish war heavy metal band SABATON will make their return to North America this fall for "The Great Tour". The headline excursion will feature support from special guest HAMMERFALL, and will begin in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on October 4 and will end in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 3. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. local time.
For dates, try sabaton.net
SABATON's new album, "The Great War", will be released on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band's 20th-anniversary record will be a concept effort covering stories from the First World War.
HAMMERFALL will release a new single, "(We Make) Sweden Rock", on Friday, May 3.
OZZY ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULED UK/EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR 2020
Ozzy Osbourne has released details of his rescheduled UK and European shows with JUDAS PRIEST.
Ozzy's "No More Tours 2" gigs in the UK and Europe were due to happen earlier this year but had to be postponed due to illness. His subsequent North American run was then rescheduled due to an injury sustained at home. But now he is back in business and has revealed new dates for the UK/Euro leg of his arena dates, which will take place from January to March 2020.
JUDAS PRIEST will join Ozzy on all dates, which can be found on ozzy.com and judaspriest.com
Tickets for all rescheduled dates remain valid, except for the now-cancelled Barcelona and Frankfurt shows. Remaining tickets for the tour go on sale May 3 at 9am.
APRIL 28, 2019
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN GOT CANCER
Sylvain Sylvain of NEW YORK DOLLS have been battling cancer for about a year. He let us know that he "have an upcoming surgery with a great doctor that may do the trick."
Read his own statement here: facebook.com/sylvainsylvainm?__tn__=%2CdC-R-R&eid=ARBc6WWAkVaxFD8pLJRrWtZufIWlmkx5Na7a9WemqU6i3pgYoMsXcCV1QYYMRMPKkm6zp-ag1Dc9xr6i&hc_ref=ARSAf1iTkiPWyyvSURhynTkRmcSgUjs0C1gwK-CDRm054wqIqnpSDMSWS1IQWb6k1QQ&fref=nf
AIRBOURNE COMPLETES WORK ON NEW ALBUM
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE have completed work on their fifth album for a late 2019 release via Spinefarm.
APRIL 27, 2019
BLOODBATH PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST
Joakim Karlsson, guitarist for death metallers BLOODBATH, has decided to leave the band. He will now focus on his black metal band CRAFT instead.
Live guitar duties will proceed with Tomas from LIK.
MOLLY HATCHET SINGER PHIL MCCORMACK IS DEAD
Phil McCormack, the frontman for rock band MOLLY HATCHET, has died, according to multiple sources. No official cause of death has yet been revealed, but the 102.7 WSNR radio station has reported that it "looks like a heart attack". He was 58 years old.
ANVIL TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Canadian heavy metal legends ANVIL will enter Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany this fall to begin recording their new album for a 2020 release.
APRIL 26, 2019
SOLO ALBUM WITH ROGGA JOHANSSON IN JULY
Swedish death metal legend Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, REVOLTING, The GROTESQUERY, NECROGOD and many more) will release his first solo album, "Entrance To Otherwhere", on July 19 through Transcending Obscurity Records.
DEF LEPPARD TO RELEASE PART TWO OF CAREER-SPANNING BOX SET SERIES
DEF LEPPARD will release a limited-edition box set, "Def Leppard - Volume Two", on June 21. This is the second of 4 volumes of the complete recorded output of DEF LEPPARD available as both a 10-LP, 180-gram vinyl box and a limited-edition 7-CD set featuring all the recordings from the band in the 1990s with their original packaging. The albums were remastered by Ronan McHugh at Joe's Garage and cut by Greg Moore.
"Def Leppard - Volume Two" features 1992's "Adrenalize", which topped the charts in 23 countries, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the U.K. chart, 1993's Top 10 release "Retro Active", the band's first compilation featuring B-sides and previously unreleased recording sessions from 1984 to 1993, DEF LEPPARD's 6th studio album "Slang", released in 1996 and the first full album to feature guitarist Vivian Campbell, and, making its vinyl debut, 1999's "Euphoria", which also went Top 10 on the U.S. and U.K. charts and marked the band's return to their signature sound.
Also included are "Rarities Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", both specially compiled by Joe Elliott containing more rare B-sides and live recordings from the 90s, complete with newly commissioned artwork.
Housed in rigid boxes, "Def Leppard - Volume Two" also contains a 40-page hardbound book packed with rare photos by Ross Halfin and introductions written by the entire band.
AEROSMITH DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER HURT HIS SHOULDER IN MINOR ACCIDENT
Drummer Joey Kramer will not perform with his AEROSMITH bandmates tonight (April 26) in Las Vegas. The announcement comes 2 days after Kramer missed the last concert at the Park Theater at Park MGM as part of the band's "Deuces Are Wild" residency.
Joey had a minor accident and is totally fine, but he hurt his shoulder in the process so he won't be able to play.
THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER FOR FESTIVAL SHOWS
THIN LIZZY have announced the bass player for the forthcoming run of European festival appearances to commemorate 50 years since the formation of the original band and 40 years since the release of the seminal "Black Rose" album.
Troy Sanders from MASTODON will be joining guitarist Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton on keyboards, Ricky Warwick on lead vocals, Damon Johnson on guitar and JUDAS PRIEST's Scott Travis on drums for the following dates:
Sunday July 28 – Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, S. Wales, UK (exclusive "Black Rose" album set)
Sunday August 4 – Rewind North Festival, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
Thursday August 8 - Leyendas Del Rock Festival, Alicante, Spain
Saturday August 10 - Alcatraz Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
APRIL 25, 2019
VAMPIRE IN THE STUDIO
Swedish death metallers VAMPIRE has entered the studio to start recording a new album.
NEW ALBUM WITH DESTRUCTION IN AUGUST
German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will release their 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", on August 9 via Nuclear Blast.
APRIL 24, 2019
AEROSMITH DRUMMER JOEY KRAMER SKIPPED LAS VEGAS CONCERT
Drummer Joey Kramer did not perform with his AEROSMITH bandmates last night (Tuesday, April 23) as part of their "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency. Filling in for him at the Park Theater at Park MGM was reportedly Kramer's assistant/drum tech, John Douglas.
AEROSMITH has not yet publicly addressed Kramer's absence from the concert, but a number of fans took to social media to express their hope that the drummer is in good health.
TOXIC HOLOCAUST SIGNS WITH eOne
Portland thrash band TOXIC HOLOCAUST has signed a worldwide record deal with Entertainment One (eOne). A new album will arrive later this year.
TOY DOLLS ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN SWEDEN AND FRANCE
British fun punk legends TOY DOLLS celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. They are currently working on a new album, which will be followed by a tour in the fall and winter. And the first confirmed tour dates are in Sweden and France.
They will do 3 shows in Sweden:
Nov. 14 - Kraken, Stockholm
Nov. 15 - The Crypt, Linköping (w/ TROUBLEMAKERS, ABROVINK)
Nov. 16 - Plan B, Malmö (w/ The HEADLINES, The MOCKINGBIRDS)
After that there will be a whole 12-date tour in France in November/December. Those dates can be found at thetoydolls.com
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26. More dates will be announced soon..
APRIL 23, 2019
TURBONEGRO TO REPLACE ARCHITECTS AT BORGHOLM BRINNER
Due to "scheduling difficulties" ARCHITECTS will not be able to attend the Borgholm Brinner festival this year. TURBONEGRO will join the festival instead.
Borgholm Brinner take place August 2-3 at Borgholm Castle on the Swedish island Öland. Other bands that will play there are IN FLAMES, OPETH, AT THE GATES, WITCHCRAFT, OF MICE & MEN, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, SKRAECKOEDLAN and BOMBUS.
GUNS N' ROSES, DEF LEPPARD AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD TO HEADLINE EXIT 111
Exit 111 festival debuts October 11-13 at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee, U.S.A. Headliners will be GUNS N' ROSES, DEF LEPPARD and LYNYRD SKYNYRD. Among the other acts are SLAYER, ZZ TOP, DEFTONES, GHOST, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, GOJIRA, CHEAP TRICK, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, MINISTRY, POWER TRIP, GRAVEYARD, NEW YEARS DAY etc. etc.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
More info at exit111festival.com
GUNS N' ROSES BASSIST DUFF MCKAGAN ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SOLO TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan are coming to Europe for a tour in August/September. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26.
More info at duffonline.com
SANCTUARY TO CONTINUE
US metal band SANCTUARY have announced that they will continue. And they will start with a small US tour with GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS in July/August, where SANCTUARY will perform the "Refuge Denied" album in its entirety, along with other popular songs.
For dates and tickets, visit sanctuaryofficial.com
APRIL 22, 2019
FLOGGING MOLLY ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH SOCIAL DISTORTION
American celtic punk veterans FLOGGING MOLLY are going on a North American co-headline tour with SOCIAL DISTORTION in August/September. Special guests will be The DEVIL MAKES THREE and LE BUTCHERETTES. Tickets on-sale this Friday, April 26.
For dates and tickets, go to floggingmolly.com or socialdistortion.com
SEPULTURA BANNED FROM PLAYING IN LEBANON
According to Albawaba, Lebanese authorities have banned SEPULTURA from performing in the country, accusing the Brazilian/American band of "insulting Christianity" and being "devil worshippers".
Concert promoters Skull Session announced on Friday (April 19) that authorities refused to process the bandmembers' visas, forcing them to cancel a planned SEPULTURA gig in Beirut's Hamra district on April 28.
Skull Session told The New Arab that they had not been allowed to see the group's "ban order" but had been given information by officers who had seen the document.
APRIL 21, 2019
EX-SODOM MEMBERS LAUNCHES NEW BAND
Former SODOM members Bernd "Bernemann" Kost (guitar) and Markus "Makka" Freiwald (drums) have launched a new metal band called BONDED. Joining them in the group are Ingo Bajonczak (ASSASSIN) on vocals, Marc Hauschild (bass) and Chris Tsitsis (ex-SUICIDAL ANGELS) on guitar.
BONDED is in the process of recording 5 new songs for a late 2019 release.
The official music video for a demo version of the track "God Given" can be seen here: youtu.be/BkH7ziGNtM4
EXODUS CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LIVE RECORDING FROM 1984
American thrash veterans EXODUS celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of the single "No Love (Live At Day In The Dirt 1984)". You can listen to it here: youtu.be/DYLbWpL4OJ0
APRIL 19, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES IN JUNE
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - with AEROSMITH legend Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp, and shock rock icon Alice Cooper - return with new music in the form of their second album, "Rise", which will be released on June 21 via earMUSIC.
THUNDERMOTHER PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST
Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER have parted ways with bassist Sara.
APRIL 17, 2019
ACCEPT ANNOUNCES NEW BASSIST AND VIOLINIST
Heavy metal legends ACCEPT have announced the addition of Martin Motnik on bass and Ava-Rebekah Rahman on violin as the band prepares to launch the "Symphonic Terror" tour on April 20 in Wuppertal, Germany.
For upcoming tour dates, go to acceptworldwide.com/tour
THE DWARVES TO RE-RELEASE EARLY EP
American dirt punk veterans The DWARVES will re-release their early EP "Toolin' For A Warm Teabag". The release has been remastered and is out on 12" vinyl format later this summer via Riot Style Records.
THE BABOON SHOW TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST DEMO ON VINYL
Swedish punk rock band The BABOON SHOW will have their first demo, "This Is It!" from 2004, released as a vinyl LP via Filferro Records. It will be remastered and with new artwork. There will be a limited edition of 500 copies.
The LP will include 3 old songs and 3 previously unreleased.
Pre-orders starts today, April 17, and shipping on May 20. Orders here only: firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL 16, 2019
NEW ALBUM WITH VÅNNA INGET IN MAY
Swedish post punk band VÅNNA INGET will release a new album, titled "Utopi", on May 3. The 2 first songs will be released on Thursday, April 18.
APRIL 15, 2019
MORE RE-ISSUES WITH BUZZCOCKS
In celebration of their 40th anniversary, English pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS have announced the re-issue of their third album, "A Different Kind of Tension", and the "Singles Going Steady" compilation on Friday 14th June.
Pre-order on deluxe edition coloured vinyl and CD: smarturl.it/Buzzcocks40
Restored from their original tapes for the first time, both titles feature newly curated booklets and unseen images, with Jon Savage contributing the liner notes for "A Different Kind of Tension" and Clinton Heylin for "Singles Going Steady".
AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES AND GRAND MAGUS
Swedish death metal vikings AMON AMARTH are sailing to North America for a headline tour in September/October. Support acts will be no other than ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES and GRAND MAGUS.
Pre-sale and VIP Bundles are available starting tomorrow (April 16). General tickets on-sale Friday, April 19.
For dates and tickets, go to amonamarth.com
archenemy.net atthegates.se facebook.com/grandmagusofficial
RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO RELEASE NEW VERSION OF "BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY"
RAINBOW will release a newly recorded version of its song "Black Sheep Of The Family" on April 26.
The original recording of "Black Sheep Of The Family" - a cover of a track by the band QUATERMASS from 1970 - was included on RAINBOW's debut album, 1975's "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow".
NIFELHEIM RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish black metallers NIFELHEIM are currently recording a new studio album. They also have a new guitarist, Blackosh (MASTER'S HAMMER, ex-ROOT).
APRIL 12, 2019
TURBONEGRO ANNOUNCES LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
Legendary Norwegian/British death punk/dirt rock band TURBONEGRO are going to Latin America in September to play some shows in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
The exact dates are:
Sept. 11 - Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 13 - Blondie, Santiago, Chile
Sept. 14 - Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sept. 15 - Carioca Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sept. 17 - Teatro Odisseia, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
LIVE ALBUM WITH BULLET IN JULY
Swedish heavy metal band BULLET will release a live album, simply titled "Bullet Live", on July 5 via SPV/Steamhammer. It will be available as 2CD, double LP and digital.
For upcoming tour dates, try facebook.com/bulletband
APRIL 10, 2019
NEW PROJECT WITH EX-QUEENSRŸCHE VOCALIST GEOFF TATE
Former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION:MINDCRIME vocalist Geoff Tate have teamed up with some Italian musicians led by Simone Mularoni, the mastermind of prog metal band DGM. The project is called SWEET OBLIVION, and a album will be released through Frontiers Music Srl on June 14.
Get a first taste, "True Colors", here: youtu.be/HYsLG2VtTN0
Follow SWEET OBLIVION on Facebook: facebook.com/SweetOblivionGeoffTate
EXCITER CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
EXCITER have been confirmed for the Swedish hard rock/heavy metal festival Muskelrock at Tyrolen in Blädinge (outside Alvesta), which take place on May 30 to June 1.
Other acts that have been confirmed for the festival are VIGILANTE, SHAAM LAREIN, BÜTCHER, EMERALD, ADX, NEPTUNE, PAGAN ALTAR, HYPNOS, ELECTRIC CITIZEN, SECOND SUN and MANACLE.
EXCITER will also play at Geronimo FGT in Stockholm, Sweden on May 28 and at The Abyss in Göteborg, Sweden on June 29. Both shows are Muskelrock pre-partys. After Muskelrock EXCITER goes to Norway for a show at Oak Metal Club in Fosser on June 1.
THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCES UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
British rock act The DARKNESS are going on a UK/European tour in late 2019 and early 2020. Tickets on general sale 10am Friday 12th April. Dates can be found here: facebook.com/thedarknessofficial.
The DARKNESS will release their new album, "Easter Is Cancelled", on October 4 through Cooking Vinyl.
APRIL 9, 2019
MONTH-LONG U.S. TOUR FOR THE RONNIE JAMES DIO HOLOGRAM
The new Ronnie James Dio hologram will embark on a month-long U.S. tour at the end of May.
The legendary heavy metal singer died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram made its debut at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans.
The Dio hologram production uses audio of Ronnie's live performances from throughout his career, with the DIO DISCIPLES band playing live, consisting of Simon Wright on drums, Craig Goldy on guitar, and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Also appearing with them are former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Oni Logan.
After the tour's initial 7-date run was completed in December 2017, Ronnie's hologram underwent "some changes" before the launch of the next leg of the "Dio Returns" world tour.
The new dates are:
May 31 - Ft. Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
June 01 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
June 02 - St. Petersburg, FL - Palladium Theatre
June 03 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage
June 06 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
June 07 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
June 08 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre
June 09 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
June 11 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
June 12 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
June 14 - St. Charles, IL - The Arcada Theatre
June 15 - St. Paul, MN - Myth
June 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
June 19 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
June 20 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
June 21 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
June 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
June 29 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
Tickets for all confirmed tour dates go on sale this Friday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. local time via all major ticketing outlets.
THE CULT ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN NORTH AMERICA AND UK
In recognition of the forthcoming reissue of THE CULT's multi-platinum-selling "Sonic Temple" album on Beggars Banquet Records (exact release date to be announced), the British rock group that's led by Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy will embark on select dates in North America and the U.K. starting May 2 in Houston, Texas. Tickets are on sale now for the "A Sonic Temple" tour. Meanwhile, the band expects to announce another block of dates very soon for 2019/2020.
The setlist will draw from THE CULT's 10 studio albums with the centerpiece being a super set that's focused on the core songs from "Sonic Temple"; some of these songs have not been performed since the album (their 4th) was originally released in 1989.
To see the exact dates, try facebook.com/officialcult
NEW ALBUM WITH MEMORIAM IN JUNE
MEMORIAM - the Birmingham, United Kingdom-based death/grind metal band featuring Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Andy Whale (BOLT THROWER) on drums - will release its third studio album, "Requiem For Mankind", on June 21 via Nuclear Blast.
ZZ TOP ANNOUNCES 50TH-ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers ZZ TOP are celebrating their 50th year with a massive North American tour this summer. Kicking off the 50th-anniversary tour August 16, the real Tres Hombres will play coast to coast and border to border. CHEAP TRICK and Southern rock stalwarts LYNYRD SKYNYRD will also join the tour as it snakes through the country into late October.
ZZ TOP are very unique, as they have been the exact same 3 guys - Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard - all the time since 1969 until today.
Tickets for newly announced dates go on sale starting Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Dates and tickets can be found at zztop.com/events
MOB 47 TO TOUR IN CALIFORNIA
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 are going to California in the end of this month for a short tour. The dates are as follows:
26 April, Hilltop Travern – Apple Valley
27 April, Manic Relapse Fest – Oakland
1 May, Maison Kabob – Fresno
2 May, Characters Bar – Pomona
3 May, Gigi's Bar – Ventura
4 May, Five Star Bar – Los Angeles
Keep an eye on facebook.com/mob47 for the latest updates.
APRIL 8, 2019
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT PLAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT founding member Eric Bloom has confirmed to MassLive.com that the band is planning to release its first new album since 2001's "Curse Of The Hidden Mirror".
"We're not exactly working on it yet, but the ink is going on the contract soon," he said. "We've all been working on songs over the years, but there's a lot of negotiation, because it's not just about the new product but also about the back catalog."
SLAYER IS SUING ORGANIZERS OF ICELAND'S SECRET SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
According to RÚV (the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service), SLAYER is suing the organizers of Iceland's Secret Solstice music festival, claiming it hasn't been fully paid for appearing at last year's event.
The legendary thrash metal band, which is in the middle of its farewell world tour, says it is still owed around $134,000 (16 million Icelandic króna).
Local media has reported that a significant number of people and companies have not been paid for their work at Solstice Productions, which has handled Secret Solstice's operations.
NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH EX-VIXEN SINGER JANET GARDNER IN MAY
Former VIXEN singer Janet Gardner will release a new solo album, "Your Place In The Sun", on May 31 via Pavement Entertainment. Like her 2017 debut self-titled solo album, the new disc is a collaboration with her husband, guitarist/producer Justin James, who has previously worked with STAIND, COLLECTIVE SOUL and TYKETTO.
FORMER TNT SINGER TONY MILLS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
Former TNT vocalist Tony Mills has been diagnosed with cancer.
The British-born singer appeared on 3 studio albums from TNT - 2007's "The New Territory", 2008's "Atlantis" and 2010's "A Farewell To Arms" - before exiting and being replaced by a returning Tony Harnell.
You can read his own words about this on Tony's Facebook page: facebook.com/Tony.Mills.Official
APRIL 6, 2019
TITLE AND RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM WITH NEBULA
Desert rock veterans NEBULA will release their first studio album in 10 years, "Holy Shit" on June 14 via Heavy Psych Sounds.
APRIL 5, 2019
ASTA KASK TO PLAY EXCLUSIVE SHOW AT TO THE DEATH FEST
Swedish punk legends ASTA KASK will do an exclusive U.S. show at Portland's To The Death Fest.
The festival happens on June 28-30 at Dante's/Star Theater/Black Water. More artists and other information will be announced soon.
CRASS TO RE-RELEASE "BEST BEFORE 1984" ON LP AND CD
As reported here yesterday, British anarcho-punk legends CRASS has released a digital remaster of their "Best Before 1984" compilation. Today, details of a physical version surfaced. The new version is out via Crass Records, as distributed by One Little Indian Records. It appears that the re-release is not part of the "The Crassical Collection" releases (which slightly modified some of the original albums and added many bonus tracks), so it's unclear if the physical re-release will have a slightly altered tracklist like the digital re-release had.
The vinyl version of the remastered "Best Before 1984" is out today, and the CD version is out May 17. Meanwhile, "The Crassical Collection" itself went out of print almost immediately after its initial release, and Crass Records/One Little Indian has also repressed that series, as well.
APRIL 4, 2019
THOR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Hard rock legend Thor will release his new album, "Hammer Of Justice", on April 26 through Deadline Music (a division of Cleopatra Records).
The album release will be followed by a major North American tour, which will kick off in Portland, OR on April 12, and will last until June 16 when he comes to Quebec City, Quebec.
For tour dates and other info, go to thorcentral.net
OZZY POSTPONES ALL 2019 TOUR DATES
Ozzy Osbourne has announced the postponement of all his 2019 tour dates, inclusive of shows in North America and Europe, as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The BLACK SABBATH singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries (from his 2003 ATV accident) that required surgery last month. Osbourne will remain under doctor's care in Los Angeles as he recovers.
The shows will be rescheduled beginning in February 2020 and concert-goers are being asked to hold onto their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Because some of the 2019 dates were festival appearances, not all will be rescheduled. The new North American dates can be found at facebook.com/ozzyosbourne. The Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl show will be rescheduled in July 2020 (exact date to be announced). The 2020 European dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
GUNS N' ROSES CONFIRMED FOR LOUDER THAN LIFE
GUNS N' ROSES is the first act to be announced for the return of Louder Than Life. This year, the festival will be headed to its new home at the Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center on Friday, September 27, Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29.
This will mark the debut of the GUNS N' ROSES lineup at the Louder Than Life festival and is the first appearance for the rock giants since performing in Hawaii in December 2018.
The full Louder Than Life lineup will be announced on Monday, April 8, the same day as tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. ET.
PICTURE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Dutch heavy metal veterans PICTURE have set "Wings" as the title of their new album. The release date for the album will be announced soon..
APRIL 3, 2019
CRASS RE-RELEASE "BEST BEFORE 1984" DIGITALLY
Anarcho punk legends CRASS has remastered their compilation "Best Before 1984", which rounds up CRASS singles and a few other stray tracks. The release appears to be a continuation of "The Crassical Collection".
Right now, only a digital version is available, and for the time being, the band is giving it away for free. Check it out right here: crass.live
LIVE ALBUM WITH AMEBIX?
For the past few years, heavy crust core pioneers AMEBIX (who broke up in 2012), have teased a live album. Today, they confirmed it's upcoming releases. They stated, simply:
"well well,looky here.Postie dropped off some goodies. New pressing of Sonic Mass in grey vinyl,ltd 1000 copies,available now from Easyaction. I forgot how wonderful the cover art and layout were,embossed splathead etc,classy work from Andy Lefton and Fin MacAteer (before he lost his mind..) and...Test pressing for the Amebix live 2009 vinyl!"
The band also has hinted at a DVD for that live show as well. The band's final studio album was "Sonic Mass" in 2011. Since then, they've reissued their first 2 albums and have released some archive live material.
IN FLAMES GUITARIST NICLAS ENGELIN TO SIT OUT EUROPEAN TOUR
IN FLAMES guitarist Niclas Engelin will sit out the band's spring and summer European tour dates to focus on "personal matters". Filling in for him once again will be former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick.
Broderick previously stepped in for Engelin during IN FLAMES' North American shows in February and March.
NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL MOVIE "LORDS OF CHAOS" TO RECEIVE BLU-RAY/DVD RELEASE IN MAY
Unobstructed View and MVD Entertainment Group have set a May 28 release date for "Lords Of Chaos" on Blu-ray/DVD combo and DVD.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo contains the unrated version of the film (118 minutes) and bonus features (11 director's teasers and trailers). The single DVD includes the rated version (116 minutes) and no bonus features.
Get more information about the film here: facebook.com/LordsOfChaosMovie
THE CULT TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF "SONIC TEMPLE" IN LA
Alternative rock veterans The CULT will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album "Sonic Temple" with a party at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on June 15. Other bands that will play are PRAYERS, ZOLA JESUS and VOWWS. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, April 5.
MISFITS ANNOUNCE STADIUM SHOW IN LA
MISFITS have announced a very special 2019 U.S. date that will take place Saturday, June 29 at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The current lineup of the MISFITS features original singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only. RISE AGAINST, The DISTILLERS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE and CRO-MAGS will join the epic event as special guests.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 5.
APRIL 2, 2019
METALLICA AND SLIPKNOT ADD MORE SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
METALLICA has added 2 more shows to its previously announced tour of Australia and New Zealand. The second Melbourne concert will take place on October 24 at Marvel Stadium and another Auckland gig is scheduled for November 2 at Mt. Smart Stadium. As with the rest of the tour, support at the shows will come from SLIPKNOT.
Fan-club presales for the newly added concerts begin Wednesday, April 3 from 1 p.m. with general tickets on sale Tuesday, April 9 at 2 p.m.
CHARTA 77 FRONTMAN PER GRANBERG HOSPITALIZED
Per Granberg, frontman for Swedish punk rock veterans CHARTA 77, was hospitalized last week after a cerebral haemorrhage (not a stroke as reported earlier). He underwent surgery on Thursday, and all he can do now is to wait an see. But the surgery went as it should, and there's a good chance that he will recover.
This is not the first time that Per have suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. He got 1 about 10 years ago.
CHARTA 77 was supposed to play in Fagersta and Gävle here in Sweden next weekend (May 5 and 6), but KSM3 (with former members of KSMB) will step in to do those shows instead of CHARTA 77.
APRIL 1, 2019
GRAVEYARD TO RELEASE LIVE EP
Swedish rock band GRAVEYARD will release a live EP on Record Store Day, April 13. It was recorded at Pustervik in their hometown Göteborg on December 14 and 15 last year. The title of the EP is "Live At Pustervik", and it will be availbale as a gatefold double 7" (from Reaktor) and a 12" (from Nuclear Blast).
GHOST RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA IN THE FALL
Swedish occult metal/rock band GHOST will return to North America once again in September/October. For dates and tickets, go to: ghost-official.com
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH URIAH HEEP
JUDAS PRIEST have announced a North American tour in May/June, with support from URIAH HEEP. Dates and tickets can be found at judaspriest.com