JAN. 16, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH MEMORIAM IN MARCH
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 Spike T Smith (SACRILEGE, CONFLICT, KILLING JOKE, The DAMNED) on drums, will release its 4th studio album, "To The End", on March 26 via Reaper Entertainment.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT X-RAY SPEX SINGER POLY STYRENE TO BE SCREENED AT GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL
Glasgow Film Festival 2021 - now an online event - will be screeening the world premiere of the documentary "Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché".
The late Poly was the singer in British punk band X-RAY SPEX, and the film is co-directed by her daughter Celeste Bell and Paul Sng.
More details here: glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival/shows/poly-styrene-i-am-a-cliche-pg?fbclid=IwAR3Ec_GqNGI5qX4ZYZKstBAkJiHimStipy9yjB9cT5wtGZVYPtfK2Tt6AD4
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH ENFORCER IN MARCH
Swedish heavy metal band ENFORCER will release its second live album, "Live by Fire II", which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 19.
Check out a live video for the first single, "From Beyond": youtu.be/CYKA391G7pQ
Pre-order the album in the format of your choice here: nblast.de/Enforcer-LiveByFireII
Pre-save the album here: nblast.de/EnforcerLiveIIPreSave
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR EX-IRON MAIDEN SINGER PAUL DI'ANNO's KNEE SURGERY
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help raise £20,000 (approximately $27,000) so former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno can undergo his long-delayed knee surgery.
More info here: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kastro-carthorses-2
JAN. 15, 2021
NEW YORK DOLLS GUITARIST SYLVAIN SYLVAIN IS DEAD
NEW YORK DOLLS guitarist Sylvain Sylvain (born Sylvain Mizrahi) passed away on Wednesday (Jan. 13) after a fight with cancer. He was 69 years old.
NEW ALBUM WITH THE CROWN IN MARCH
Swedish death metallers The CROWN has set "Royal Destroyer" as the title of their new album, which will be released on March 12 via Metal Blade Records.
EX-EUROPE GUITARIST KEE MARCELLO TEAM UP WITH FAIR WARNING SINGER TOMMY HEART
Former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello have a new band called OUT OF THIS WORLD together with FAIR WARNING vocalist Tommy Heart. The band has just signed to JVC Victor for Japan, and their first album will be mixed by Ron Nevison (KISS, BAD COMPANY, Ozzy Osbourne, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, Vince Neil, Meat Loaf, HEART, CHICAGO etc etc).
More news and details on the album release in the rest of the world and the other musicians on it coming soon.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS POSTPONE UK TOUR AGAIN
Northern Irish punk veterans STIFF LITTLE FINGERS has once again been forced to postpone their UK tour, which was supposed to happen in March. It will now happen in March 2022 instead.
For further details and dates, try: slf.rocks
NEW ALBUM WITH RAPTURE IN MARCH
Greek death/thrash band RAPTURE will release a new album, "Malevolent Demise Incarnation", on March 26 through FDA Records on CD, LP and digital formats, and through Headsplit Records on cassette.
rapturegreece.bandcamp.com fda-records.com headsplitrecords.storenvy.com
JAN. 14, 2021
JORN LANDE TO COMPETE IN NORWAY'S EUROVISION NATIONAL SELECTION SHOW "Melodi Grand Prix"
Norwegian hard rock vocalist Jorn Lande will compete this weekend in the first semi-final of Norway's Eurovision Song Contest qualifier, Melodi Grand Prix (MGP).
According to NRK, the network responsible for the Norwegian national final and the country's representation in the Eurovision Song Contest, a total of 26 acts will take part in Melodi Grand Prix. Through 5 preliminary heats and a wildcard round, 12 of them will make it to the big final on February 20.
Jorn is 1 of 4 acts who will compete in the first heat on Saturday, January 16. This semi-final features artists competing for only 1 place in the grand final where they will join the 6 artists who have already pre-qualified. After the 5 semi-finals are completed, 1 more show will announce which of the excluded acts has earned the golden ticket to the grand finale.
Jorn will perform his new single "Faith Bloody Faith", which you can hear here: youtu.be/IXJM_kMjW9Y
VANILLA FUDGE AND CACTUS BASSIST TIM BOGERT IS DEAD
Tim Bogert, bassist and founding member of VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS and supergroup BECK, BOGERT & APPICE, has died at age 76.
SERPENT OMEGA, ELECTRIC HYDRA, KATTHEM AND HÅRDGNISSEL NOMINATED FOR MANIFESTGALAN
The nominated for Manifestgalan (award for Swedish independent artists) has just been announced.
In the metal category we can find: SERPENT OMEGA, ELECTRIC HYDRA, SVARTKONST and NOVARUPTA.
In the category punk are: KATTHEM, HÅRDGNISSEL, SPADER KUNG and ETT DöDENS MASKINERI.
And in the rock category are: HOLLOW SHIP, ALLERGIC TO HUMANS, MARTIN SAVAGE GANG and MARIANNE'S MARERITT.
Finally, in the category "Årets nykomling" (newcomer of the Year) we can find the rockers REACH and the young punks BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING.
This year's gala will be held digitally on February 26.
More info and categories at: manifestgalan.se
JAN. 13, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH THE QUILL IN MARCH
Swedish hard rock band The QUILL will release their 9th studio album, "Earthrise", on March 26 via Metalville Records.
The QUILL play deep 70s heavy rock, and features members from bands like HANOI ROCKS, ELECTRIC BOYS, ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, CIRCUS PRÜTZ, AYREON etc.
DELUXE EDITIONS OF BLACK SABBATH's "Heaven And Hell" AND "Mob Rules" TO INCLUDE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS
Rhino are going to release newly remastered versions of the classic BLACK SABBATH albums "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules". Both albums will be expanded with rare and unreleased music.
"Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition" and "Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition" will be released separately on March 5. Each album will be available on 2-CD and 2-LP. Due to space constraints, both vinyl editions include a selection of bonus material from the CDs. The music will also be available via digital download and streaming services the same day.
A rare live version of "Heaven And Hell" and a previously unreleased live version of "The Mob Rules" are both available today as digital singles and can be streamed here: Heaven And Hell The Mob Rules
EXTREME METAL DRUMMER NICK BARKER LAUNCHES HARDCORE BAND
BORSTAL is a brand new U.K. hardcore band featuring Pierre Mendivil (KNUCKLEDUST), Nick Barker (BRUJERIA, ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT) and members of DRIPBACK and KING OF PIGS. The group will release its debut EP, titled "At Her Majesty's Pleasure", on April 1 via 4Family Records.
Check out their first single, "Vicious Circles": youtu.be/qLCX-kzjyiw
NEW ALBUM WITH NOFX IN FEBRUARY
Longstanding California punk rock band NOFX will release its 14th full-length album, titled "Single Album", on Friday, February 26 via Fat Mike's label Fat Wreck Chords.
GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR EUROPE
Geoff Tate's (ex-QUEENSRŸCHE) 30th Anniversary of "Empire" and "Rage For Order" European Tour dates have now been rescheduled from March/April of 2021 to March/April of 2022. All previously purchased tickets and meet and greet passes will be honored.
Dates and tickets: geofftate.com/events-list
JAN. 12, 2021
SEX PISTOLS GUITARIST STEVE JONES' AUTOBIOGRAPHY BECOMES FX SERIES
A few years ago, Steve Jones of SEX PISTOLS released his autobiography, "Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol". That book is being made into a 6-part FX mini-series called "Pistol", which is expected later this year. Danny Boyle is directing and executive producing the series. Craig Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce co-wrote the series.
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH U.D.O. IN MARCH
Heavy metal veterans U.D.O. will release their fifth live album, "Live In Bulgaria 2020 - Pandemic Survival Show", on March 19. It will be available as CD/DVD, Blu-ray/CD and very strong limited vinyl (audio only).
The recording was done at the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on September 18, 2020.
Pre-order here: afmrec.de/UDOLiveInBulgaria
JAN. 11, 2021
KEYBOARDIST MICHAEL FONFARA IS DEAD
Internationally renowned Canadian keyboard player Michael Fonfara has died in a Toronto hospital on January 8, 2021, due to complications from his 2-year battle with cancer. He was 74.
Fonfara appeared on 9 of Lou Reed's albums between 1974 and 2005. He also recorded with FOREIGNER, The EVERLY BROTHERS, ROUGH TRADE, RHINOCEROS, ELECTRIC FLAG and was a current and 30-year plus member of Canadian blues legends DOWNCHILD.
WARCOLLAPSE, VICIOUS IRENE AND LA FRACTION CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ILLEGAL
WARCOLLAPSE, VICIOUS IRENE, LA FRACTION, KONTROVERS and DEVIATED INSTINCT are the first bands to be confirmed for the Punk Illegal festival, which happens at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on July 9-10.
LIVE ALBUM WITH DEEP PURPLE KEYBOARDIST DON AIREY
earMUSIC will release a live album with keyboard player Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, ex-RAINBOW, Gary Moore, WHITESNAKE etc) on February 26.
The album is titled "Live in Hamburg", and was recorded at the Fabrik club in Hamburg, Germany on March 14, 2017. The setlist contains a mix of tracks from the bands Don has been involved with over the years, as well as some originals.
ABRAMIS BRAMA TO RE-RELEASE "Enkel Biljett" ON DOUBLE VINYL
Swedish retro hard rockers ABRAMIS BRAMA will have their 6th album, "Enkel Biljett", reissued on double LP on February 26.
This edition will also feature 2 live tracks from the Krökabacken festival, plus the previously unreleased song "Självdör".
Pre-order here: smarturl.it/BLOD134
CIRKUS PRÜTZ TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish heavy/blues rockers CIRKUS PRÜTZ will enter the studio in February to record a new album, which will be released later this year.
NEW SINGLE WITH HOT BREATH ON FRIDAY
Swedish high energy rockers HOT BREATH will release the second single, "Who's The One", from their upcoming debut album, "Rubbery Lips", on Friday, January 15.
MEGAFORCE RECORDS CO-FOUNDER MARSHA ZAZULA IS DEAD
Marsha Zazula, who co-founded Megaforce Records in 1983 with her husband Jon (a.k.a. Jonny Z), died yesterday (Jan. 10) at the age of 68.
JAN. 9, 2021
NEW SONG WITH THE DICTATORS NEXT FRIDAY
It looks like the old New York punk/rock n roll band The DICTATORS are going to release a new song and video on January 15.
I don't know much else right now..
NEW ALBUM WITH CAGE LATER THIS YEAR
Heavy metal band CAGE will spend the next 30 days writing and recording and finishing up the over 20 songs they have for the upcoming 2021 record.
JAN. 8, 2021
ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER WANTED BY FBI
ICED EARTH leader Jon Schaffer is among dozens of people wanted by the FBI for storming Capitol Hill earlier this week.
The FBI's Washington Field Office early Friday morning released 40 photos of people who are suspected of unlawful entry during a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried out on Wednesday (Jan. 6) during the final Congressional vote recording for the 2020 general election.
WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE "The Blues Album" IN FEBRUARY
WHITESNAKE celebrates the blues sound that helped inspire its multi-platinum career on a new collection that features remixed and remastered versions of the group's best blues-rock songs. "The Blues Album" is the third and final release in the band's "Red, White And Blues" trilogy, a series of compilations organized by musical themes that began last year with "Love Songs" (red) and "The Rock Album" (white).
"The Blues Album" is available for pre-order now, and will be available on February 19 digitally and on CD and as a double-LP set pressed on 180-gram, blue vinyl. Like "The Rock Album" and "Love Songs", all the tracks on "The Blues Album" have been revisited, remixed, and remastered.
JAN. 7, 2021
RELEASE OF ACCEPT's NEW ALBUM POSTPONED 2 WEEKS
Nuclear Blast has unfortunately been forced to postpone the release of ACCEPT's new album, "Too Mean To Die", from January 15 to January 29.
"Due to a COVID-19 related pressing plant closure the finished product has been massively delayed so that the planned release on January 15th, 2021 cannot be kept", says Nuclear Blast.
JAN. 5, 2021
NEW EP WITH VICE SQUAD OUT NOW
Long running UK punk rockers VICE SQUAD are continuing their series of Isolation themed EPs. The new one, "Vice-O-Lation Vol 3", has 4 tracks and is out now via Last Rockers Records.
DEBUT ALBUM WITH GATUPLAN IN FEBRUARY
Swedish punk rock/power pop band GATUPLAN, Inge Johansson's (The (International) NOISE CONSPIRACY, AGAINST ME!, CSS, STILETT, ALONZO & FAS 3, TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, KNUGEN FALLER) new band, will release their debut album, "Kampen Går Vidare!", on February 26 via Wild Kingdom.
A new single, "Dee Dee Ramone", will be released on Friday, January 8.
The band also features members from DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, TWOPOINTEIGHT and KNUGEN FALLER.
Pre-order the album: orcd.co/kampen-gar-vidare
I AM MORBID TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF MORBID ANGEL's "Blessed Are The Sick" WITH EURO TOUR
I AM MORBID - the band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Kelly McLauchlin - will celebrate the 30th anniversary of MORBID ANGEL's second album, "Blessed Are The Sick", with a European tour in September/October. Support on the trek will come from GRAVE, GRUESOME and PYREXIA.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/IAMMORBIDBand
JAN. 4, 2021
CHILDREN OF BODOM GUITARIST ALEXI LAIHO IS DEAD
Alexi Laiho, known as the frontman for Finnish metal band CHILDREN OF BODOM, has passed away. He died in his home in Helsinki, Finland last week. The 41-year-old guitarist/vocalist suffered from long-term health issues during the last years.
Alexi's last band was BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT. He also played with bands like WARMEN, SINERGY, KYLÄHULLUT and The LOCAL BAND.
JAN. 3, 2021
FINNEGAN'S HELL RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish Celtic punk rockers FINNEGAN'S HELL are back in the studio to record a new album.
JAN. 1, 2021
UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY ABOUT QUEENSRŸCHE
NW Metalworx Music has announced it will publish the first-ever QUEENSRŸCHE biography in late 2021, as part of the NW Metalworx book line.
Written by James R. Beach, with Brian L. Naron and Brian J. Heaton, "Building An Empire: The Story Of Queensrÿche", takes a deep dive on QUEENSRŸCHE, from its original members' musical beginnings in the high schools of suburban Seattle, to the group's rise to stardom in the 1990s.
The book is an unauthorized account, and is slated for a fall 2021/winter 2022 release on NW Metalworx Music's web site, Amazon and other retailers.
FEAR TO REISSUE "Live...For The Record"
American punk band FEAR will release a deluxe expanded edition of 1991's "Live...For the Record" for its 30th anniversary.
The original 19-track album was a recording of the band performing on Los Angeles radio station KPFK, and was released by Restless Records. The reissue will be a 2-CD/3-LP set containing the entire KPFK show as well as a previously unreleased show from their 1982 tour in support of "The Record".
The album will be released soon via Atom Age Industries.
DEC. 31, 2020
TROUBLEMAKERS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS will enter the studio in about a month to record a new album.
2021 will be the band's 40-year anniversary, so there will also be a book about the band during the year.
DEC. 30, 2020
AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS COVER DISCO CLASSIC
As part of Melbourne publication Rising's singles series, Australian punk rockers AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS have covered the 1978 worldwide disco hit, "Born To Be Alive".
The track was oringally recorded by France's Patrick Hernandez. You can hear the track here: open.spotify.com/track/2cvZeL9qJrnDYvx0XpCb2d
DEBUT ALBUM WITH KK'S PRIEST IN 2021
KK'S PRIEST, the new band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) and Les Binks (drums), will release its debut album in 2021 via Explorer1 Music Group. The group will also play select shows next year to mark the 50th anniversary of JUDAS PRIEST and Downing's career as a founding member. KK'S PRIEST's setlist will consist of JUDAS PRIEST classics and new songs.
KK'S PRIEST is rounded out by guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE) and bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX).
NEW ALBUM WITH THE LIPTONES IN 2021
Swedish ska band The LIPTONES plan to make a new album during 2021.
DEC. 28, 2020
LION'S SHARE CELEBRATE MEMORY OF LEMMY WITH MOTÖRHEAD COVER
Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE has made its tribute to Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD available on streaming services and digital service providers on the fifth anniversary of Lemmy's death, December 28, to celebrate his memory and music.
Check out their version of "Killed By Death" here: youtu.be/sIhsO8Udwn4
DEC. 27, 2020
ABYSSUS SIGNS WITH TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY RECORDS
Greek death metallers ABYSSUS has signed with Transcending Obscurity Records, who will release the band's second album, "Death Revival", in 2021.
DEC. 26, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH SWEET OBLIVION NEXT YEAR
Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate is working on the second album from his SWEET OBLIVION project for a 2021 release via Frontiers Music Srl.
DEC. 24, 2020
MOUNTAIN FRONTMAN LESLIE WEST IS DEAD
Leslie West, the legendary guitarist, vocalist and original founding member of MOUNTAIN, has died at the age of 75.
West suffered cardiac arrest at his home near Daytona, Florida on Monday (Dec. 21) and was rushed to a hospital, where he never regained consciousness.
He died yesterday (Dec. 23).
DEC. 22, 2020
LONG FORGOTTEN PRE-URIAH HEEP ALBUM RE-RELEASED
A 50th-anniversary remastered edition of HEAD MACHINE's "Orgasm" album is now available via Explore Rights Management.
"Orgasm" was recorded in 1969 and this is the first official re-release of the album since 1971. Every other re-release since then has been a counterfeit.
The album features 4 members of The GODS: Ken Hensley (also of URIAH HEEP, credited here as Ken Leslie), Lee Kerslake (also of URIAH HEEP, credited here as Lee Poole), John Glascock (also of JETHRO TULL, credited here as John Leadhen) and Brian Glascock (credited here as Brian Poole).
This 50th-anniversary edition of "Orgasm" has been given a 2020 remastering and better sound quality than any previous edition. The packaging is a 6-panel digipack and the booklet features new liner notes by David Paramor plus exclusive comments from Hensley, Kerslake and Glascock.
Work on the new "Orgasm" edition was completed in early 2020 for a May release, which was the 50th-anniversary month of its first arrival. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed that plan, and then, when Kerslake and then Hensley passed away, the publicity was held to ensure the painstaking work undertaken on this re-release wouldn't be mistaken for a cash-in.
NEW SONG WITH IGGY POP
Iggy Pop has just released a COVID-19-inspired song called "Dirty Little Virus".
Check it out here: youtu.be/J_2zS_XPxT0
DEC. 21, 2020
NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE HELLACOPTERS
A new documentary, "I'm In The Band - Storyn Om The Hellacopters", will be broadcast on Swedish television in January. It can be seen on SVT Play from January 10, and on SVT2 at 20:00 on January 15.
The film was made by Amir Chamdin and Johan Bååth, and tells the whole story about the Swedish action rockers The HELLACOPTERS.
DEC. 19, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH THE AIRWAVES FEATURING MEMBERS OF BLACK SABBATH AND KING DIAMOND
Swedish hard rock band The AIRWAVES will release their new album, "Bitchy One", in a limited edition of only 100 copies on April 29, 2021. It will only be available on vinyl LP to begin with.
The album features guest apperances from people like Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH), Janne Schaffer (legendary Swedish guitarist, internationally best known as ABBA's studio guitarist), Andy Larocque (KING DIAMOND) and John Culley (CRESSIDA, BLACK WIDOW) among others.
Listen: youtube.com/watch?v=ydwXA0EpXpc youtube.com/watch?v=zU44er0aGUo
LP WITH IFK GAMLA SAXON NEXT YEAR
Swedish 90s trallpunk band IFK GAMLA SAXON plan to release a LP with old material during next year. More details later..
DEC. 18, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH BLAZE BAYLEY IN APRIL
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN more than 20 years ago, will release a new studio album, "War Within Me", on April 9, 2021.
NEW EP WITH SERJ TANKIAN IN FEBRUARY
SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian has confirmed to Rolling Stone that his previously announced solo collection of rock songs, "Elasticity", will finally be released in February.
The songs on the EP were written many years back, and was originally intended for SYSTEM OF A DOWN.
Rolling Stone interview with Serj Tankian: youtu.be/JhRvVbu5uUM
DEC. 17, 2020
NEW EP WITH ANAUGH CONDA NEXT WEEK
Swedish rock band ANAUGH CONDA will release a new EP, "Fear The Weaker", on December 27. It will be available on all digital platforms.
Check out the song "Start A War", from the new EP: youtu.be/VT9aIo9uOlE
NAPALM RECORDS JOIN FORCES WITH SPV
Internationally esteemed heavy rock and metal record labels Napalm Records Handels GmbH and SPV GmbH have announced that they have joined forces, combining decades of renowned expertise and passion for music, their artists, and those who inspire it all - the fans. Napalm Records' acquisition of SPV was completed at the end of November 2020 and represents a logical step in the Austrian company's global strategy.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SYSTEM OF A DOWN's SERJ TANKIAN
A new documentary about SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian, called "Truth To Power", will be released on February 19, 2021 via Oscilloscope Laboratories.
DEC. 16, 2020
THE RODS TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH REISSUES
American heavy metal band The RODS are set to collaborate with High Roller Records on 40th anniversary reissues of their catalog. The reissues will be available in late summer/fall 2021, and will include bonus material as well.
To celebrate this and 40 years of The RODS, the band has made available on all digital platforms the new 2020 40th anniversary version of "Crank It Up", mixed by Fred Coury.
DEC. 15, 2020
UFO GUITARIST VINNIE MOORE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore has tested positive for COVID-19.
NEW LIVE CD/DVD WITH KROKUS IN FEBRUARY
Swizz hard rock veterans KROKUS will release "Krokus Adios Amigos Live @ Wacken" on February 19, 2021. It will be available on CD and DVD, and was recorded at Wacken Open Air in Germany on their farewell tour in 2019.
The farewell tour is by the way not finished yet, but will continue sometime in the future (when the pandemic is over).
ABORTED ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Belgian gore death/grind veterans ABORTED have done some new songs, and will soon enter the studio to record a brand new album.
The album release will be followed by a European tour in September/October 2021, together with The ACACIA STRAIN, BENIGHTED, HIDEOUS DIVINITY, FLEDDY MELCULY (Sept. 24-Oct. 21) and CULT OF LILITH (Oct. 23-31). Tickets go on sale Friday, December 18.
Tour dates and tickets can be found here: goremageddon.be
DEC. 14, 2020
U.D.O. POSTPONE RUSSIAN TOUR
German heavy metal band U.D.O. has postponed their tour in Russia again. The tour will now happen in September/October 2021, and the new dates can be found here: facebook.com/udoonline
THE HIVES ANNOUNCE WWW WORLD TOUR
Swedish energy rockers The HIVES present "The World's First World Wide Web World Tour" in January 2021.
They will play live shows for specific cities from a hermetically sealed, virus-safe bunker in Sweden.
For tickets and more info, go to: store.thehives.com
SOLO ALBUM WITH PRETTY MAIDS SINGER RONNIE ATKINS IN MARCH
Frontiers Music Srl will release "One Shot", the new solo album from Danish vocalist Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS), on March 12, 2021.
The disc's first single, "Real", can be streamed here: youtu.be/Q3oIp7dQx9k
DEC. 12, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH ATTENTAT NEXT WEEK
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT will release a new single, "Under Mitt Skinn", on December 18. It will be available on digital platforms.
The song is said to be a new direction for the band, as it's heavier, harder and darker.
Read more: attentat.nu
..and while we talk about new singles, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, Alice Cooper and BUTCHER BABIES are some of the artists who released new singles yesterday (Dec. 11).
DEC. 11, 2020
COVERS ALBUM WITH SAXON IN MARCH
SAXON will release a covers album, "Inspirations", on March 19, 2021 via Silver Lining Music.
The 11-track effort contains classic rock songs that influenced Biff Byford and the rest of the band. You can expect covers of songs by ROLLING STONES, The BEATLES, Jimi Hendrix, MOTÖRHEAD, AC/DC, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, THIN LIZZY, LED ZEPPELIN etc.
Check out the first single, "Paint It Black": youtu.be/3h4LdiM4C8w
DIO TO REISSUE LIVE ALBUMS
Niji Entertainment and BMG have announced the first 2 albums in the DIO live album reissue series with "Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City" (2005) and "Holy Diver Live" (2008) on February 12, 2021. Fans can get an early listen with 2 tracks launched today, a never-before-released, live version of "Lord Of The Last Day" and a live version of the classic "Holy Diver".
Pre-order "Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City" here:rjdio.lnk.to/EvilDivinePR
Pre-order "Holy Diver Live" here: rjdio.lnk.to/HolyDiverLivePR
Listen to "Holy Diver": youtu.be/l6VPtRxkZ7M
DEC. 10, 2020
ADRIAN SMITH AND RICHIE KOTZEN ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION
BMG has announced that 2 of rock's most admired (their words) musicians have joined forces for an exciting new side-project. SMITH/KOTZEN is the electrifying collaboration between guitarists and vocalists Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen.
Smith is best known as one of IRON MAIDEN's principal guitarists, having also enjoyed success as a solo artist. Kotzen is the frontman for The WINERY DOGS as well as having been the guitarist for both MR. BIG and POISON during his long and acclaimed career, which has to date seen him release more than 20 solo albums.
Listen to their first song, "Taking My Chances", here: youtu.be/13MprqKfqGI
CYNIC BASSIST SEAN MALONE IS DEAD
CYNIC's longtime bassist Sean Malone has passed away. He was 50 years old. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
DEF LEPPARD's RICK ALLEN NAMED BEST ROCK DRUMMER IN THE WORLD
DEF LEPPARD's Rick Allen has been voted "Best Rock Drummer In The World" by the readers of Music Radar.
OLDFASHIONED IDEAS TO RELEASE DIGITAL COLLECTION
Swedish street punks OLDFASHIONED IDEAS will celebrate their first 10 years (2009-2019) with a digital collection, titled "All This And More". It will be released on Spotify tomorrow (Dec. 11), and features 37 tracks from EPs, tracks from compilations, previously unreleased tracks and covers.
And no, it will not be released on CD or LP. Not even on cassette.
DEEP PURPLE TO RE-RELEASE "Rapture Of The Deep"
DEEP PURPLE will re-release their 2005 album "Rapture Of The Deep" in 2021. The album will be remixed with a new fresh sound.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT IMPERIET IN THE WORKS
Some people are going to do a documentary about the Swedish rock legends IMPERIET. A Kickstarter campaign for the project will go live on December 14 at 11:00 (Swedish time).
You can follow the project here: facebook.com/EttHjartaArAlltidRott
DEC. 9, 2020
MOTÖRHEAD TO RELEASE LIMITED BATCH OF CASK-STRENGTH BOURBON
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of "Ace Of Spades", MOTÖRHEAD is releasing a limited batch of cask-strength bourbon in collaboration with Global Brews and the award-winning Hillrock distillery.
The release is limited to 1,100 bottles. Each bottle is hand numbered and comes packed in a bespoke "Ace Of Spades" gift box.
More info: mashandgrape.com/motorhead imotorhead.com
DEC. 8, 2020
ANOTHER LED ZEPPELIN BOOK
Reel Art Press will release a new book, "Led Zeppelin Vinyl: The Essential Collection By Ross Halfin", on April 17, 2021.
LED ZEPPELIN released only 8 studio albums and no singles over the course of its 12-year career, but to date there are more than 1,000 singles and 2,000 LPs in the market. This definitive volume illustrates in full color some of the rarest and most interesting vinyl releases, including one-of-a-kind rarities, bizarre regional variations, official albums and historic recordings of legendary concerts, sometimes featuring handmade artwork or colored vinyl. All the vinyl, labels and covers have been documented by photographer Ross Halfin in superb detail and are annotated with details of their release.
NEW ALBUM WITH KEN HENSLEY IN MARCH
The late Ken Hensley (URIAH HEEP, BLACKFOOT, W.A.S.P, CINDERELLA) had completed work on his new album, "My Book Of Answers", shortly before his untimely death on November 4, 2020. "My Book Of Answers" is to be released on March 5, 2021 as a CD/DVD and Vinyl Album with Lyric Book package through Cherry Red Records.
You can pre-order the album here: cherryred.co/KenHensley
BAD BRAINS TO REISSUE BACK CATALOG
Affro hardcore/punk legends BAD BRAINS have recently re-acquired the rights to their late 70s, and 80s catalog.
The band will be reissuing their albums and many singles from that period: The "Pay to Cum" single is out February 2021. The self-titled LP is out in April, the 12" single "I & I Survive" in May, "Rock For Light" in June, "Quickness" in August, "The Youth Are Getting Restless (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam, 1987)" in October, "Omega Sessions" in January 2022, and "Live at The Fillmore 1982" in March/April 2022.
All of the releases are out via their own label Bad Brains Records, and distributed via ORG music.
See a short promo video regarding the reissues: youtu.be/Vx22bO1yT9w
DEC. 7, 2020
PHILIP H. ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS TO PERFORM PANTERA ON EUROPEAN TOUR NEXT SUMMER
PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo and his solo band, The ILLEGALS, will perform "A Vulgar Display Of Pantera" set on a European tour in the summer of 2021. Support on the trek will come from BAEST.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/Philipillegals
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
SLIPKNOT will be touring in Europe next summer. Tickets go on sale December 11.
The tour will kick off in Moscow, Russia on July 16, and will last until August 19 when they enter the stage at Cabaret Vert Festival in France.
Dates and tickets: slipknot1.com
NEW SINGLE WITH HELLOWEEN IN APRIL
German power metal veterans HELLOWEEN will release a new single, "Skyfall", on April 2 via Nuclear Blast.
The epic 12-minute song, written by Kai Hansen, will be released in 2 versions: The A-side features the 7-minute single edit and the B-side explodes with a 12-minute alternative version of the album track with a new mix and a different singer allocation - available only on this single.
The second edition will offer "Indestructible" as the B-side, another precursor from the album. Limited availability, on vinyl only with premium packaging.
Pre-order the single here: nblast.de/Helloween-Skyfall
The upcoming album will follow in summer 2021.
DEC. 6, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH EVERGREY IN FEBRUARY
Swedish progressive metal band EVERGREY will release its 12th album, "Escape Of The Phoenix", on February 26, 2021 via AFM.
The official lyric video for the disc's first single, "Forever Outsider", is available here: youtu.be/L339xdHOZYQ
GRAHAM BONNET TO CONTINUE WITH ALCATRAZZ
Graham Bonnet says that he will "still be recording and performing with ALCATRAZZ" despite the fact that he has parted ways with the musicians who performed with him on the band's latest album, "Born Innocent".
On Friday, December 4 ALCATRAZZ members Jimmy Waldo, Joe Stump, Gary Shea and Mark Benquechea issued a statement saying that they will be joined by singer Doogie White (RAINBOW, Yngwie Malmsteen, MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST) for all their 2021 touring.
Graham is currently in the studio finishing up the third GRAHAM BONNET BAND album and once delivered, he will begin working on a new ALCATRAZZ record.
QUEENSRŸCHE SINGER TODD LA TORRE TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
As global touring came to a sudden and unexpected halt earlier this year, QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Todd La Torre has been using his recent pandemic downtime to put the finishing touches on his debut solo album, "Rejoice In The Suffering". The LP is scheduled for release globally on February 5, 2021 via Rat Pak Records.
DEC. 3, 2020
DEEP PURPLE MIGHT MAKE ANOTHER STUDIO ALBUM NEXT YEAR
DEEP PURPLE is planning to enter the studio in 2021 to begin work on another album.
Source, virtual meet-and-greet with Finnish fan Anssi Herkkola: youtu.be/wqMSYnluyUQ
ACCEPT RESCHEDULE JAPANESE SHOWS TO 2021
ACCEPT has rescheduled their "2 Nights To Remember" dates in Japan, which will now take place on December 10 ("Balls To The Wall" night) and 11 ("Metal Heart" night) at Club Citta in Kawasaki.
DEC. 2, 2020
SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF BLACK SABBATH's "Vol 4" DUE IN FEBRUARY
BLACK SABBATH will revisit their 4th studio album, "Vol 4" (1972), on a new collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original album along with a trove of 20 unreleased studio and live recordings.
"Vol 4: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on February 12 as a 4-CD set and a 5-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Both versions come with extensive booklets featuring liner notes with quotes from the era from all 4 band members, rare photos, and a poster with previously unpublished early artwork of the album using the working title "Snowblind". Both the 4-CD and 5-LP versions are available for pre-order now at this location: blacksabbathband.lnk.to/Vol4PR
The newly remastered version of the original album will also be available on digital download and streaming services on the same day.
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, the band launched by ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho, has inked a deal with Napalm Records for all territories excluding Japan.
Joining Alexi in the group are drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-SANTA CRUZ) and touring keyboardist Vili Itäpelto.
URIAH HEEP BIOGRAPHY DUE IN APRIL
Wymer Publishing has set an April 16, 2021 release date for Martin Popoff's "Uriah Heep: A Visual Biography".
Customers who pre‑order by January 31 can have their names printed on a dedicated fan page. You can pre-order here: wymeruk.co.uk/webshop/books/rock/uriah-heep/uriah-heep-a-visual-biography
BAD RELIGION CELEBRATES 40 YEARS WITH 4-PART STREAMING SERIES
L.A. punk rock icons BAD RELIGION will celebrate their 40 years of making music with "Decades", a 4-episode online streaming event captured live at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California. The band felt it important to commemorate the conclusion of 2020 as a strange moment in history when they reached that 40-year milestone. The celebratory episodes will include live performance footage, exclusive interviews, and a peek at their rehearsals leading up to the taping of "Decades".
BAD RELIGION will participate in an accompanying live chat during the premiere of each episode. Show-specific merchandise will be available for sale on the "Decades" NoCap Shows page (link below).
The episodes will premiere at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on the following dates:
December 12: "Bad Religion: The '80s"
December 19: "Bad Religion: The '90s"
December 26: "Bad Religion: The '00s"
January 2: "Bad Religion: The '10s"
DEC. 1, 2020
KNOTFEST JAPAN POSTPONED ONCE AGAIN
SLIPKNOT has announced the postponement of the 2021 edition of Knotfest Japan.
Last March, SLIPKNOT was forced to cancel its Asian tour, including the band's appearance at the 2020 edition of Knotfest Japan, due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The festival was eventally moved to January 10-11, 2021.
But now the festival has been moved once again. The new show dates are as follows: Knotfest Japan 2022 Roadshow: April 9, 2022 / Festival: April 10, 2022 Venue: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9-11.
MUSTASCH TO PARTICIPATE IN MELLO 2021
Swedish hard rockers MUSTASCH have announced that they will participate in Melodifestivalen next year (aka Mello 2021), which is the Swedish outtakes for Eurovision Song Contest.
MUSTASCH will play the song "Contagious", and the competion will take place in February/March.
KREATOR TO RELEASE ANTHOLOGY IN FEBRUARY
KREATOR will release "Under The Guillotine: The Noise Records Anthology" on February 26, 2021 as a deluxe box set, 2CD and 2LP formats.
"Under The Guillotine" is a deluxe celebration of KREATOR's Noise Records discography and is the definitive collection of their first decade of recorded work.
Also available as an introduction piece is "Under The Guillotine - The Noise Anthology" - an 18-track double-vinyl collection of KREATOR's Noise-era classics, pressed on splatter vinyl, including rare and unseen photos. And for the non-vinyl collectors, there will also be a 30-track 2CD version, housed in a mediabook. Both feature rare tracks and remixes from the band's discography.
NOV. 30, 2020
ARCH ENEMY TEAM UP WITH BEHEMOTH AND CARCASS FOR EURO TOUR
ARCH ENEMY and BEHEMOTH will join forces for a European tour in the fall/autumn 2021, with special guests CARCASS and UNTO OTHERS (formerly known as IDLE HANDS).
The tour will kick off in Dublin, Ireland on September 28, and will last until November 6 when they arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.
For dates and tickets, try 1 of these: archenemy.net behemoth.live centurymedia.com nuclearblast.com
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LATE MEGADETH DRUMMER NICK MENZA
West Virginia-based Screaming Butterfly Entertainment has announced "This Was My Life", an uncensored documentary focusing on late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza.
NOV. 29, 2020
EX-CANDLEMASS SINGER MATS LEVÉN JOINS PRINS SVART
Mats Levén - a veteran of the Swedish hard rock scene who has previously played with CANDLEMASS, Yngwie Malmsteen, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, THERION and SKYBLOOD, among others - is the new lead singer in Swedish hard rock band PRINS SVART.
PRINS SVART has just released "Speglar Och Dimma", the first single from its upcoming album "Sanning Och Makt", which will be released on April 23, 2021.
Check out the new single here: youtu.be/CTQ7ah6Jhv0
NOV. 28, 2020
SWEDISH TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO
A tribute album to legendary singer Ronnie James Dio made by Swedish metal musicians has just been released.
"Legacy - A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio" features the bands MADISON, MEMORY GARDEN, TAD MOROSE, GORMATHON, TRAIL OF MURDER, FRONTBACK, SOULSHINE and SVEN-HOLGER ROSENVINGE plus guest appearances from Mats Levén (Yngwie Malmsteen, CANDLEMASS), Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, HEXENHAUS), Pontus Norgren (HAMMERFALL, The POODLES), Jonny Lindkvist (NOCTURNAL RITES, GATHERING OF KINGS), Simon Johansson (WOLF, BIBLEBLACK), Tom Björn (NIGHTINGALE, MEMENTO MORI), Anders Modd (WOLF, BLACK INK RIVER), Hans Birger (FATAL SMILE, MINDSPLIT), Martin Knutar (DIVINE SIN, MACABRE DECAY) and Andreas "Bagge" Baglien (DIVINE SIN, WOLVERINE).
Available on all streaming platforms now, this collection was originally intended to be released on CD on the 5-year remembrance day of the legendary singer's passing in 2015, but a lot of small and big things got in the way.
All proceeds will go to Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
HEART BIOPIC IS IN THE WORKS
Seattle rock legends HEART will get the biopic treatment.
The HEART biopic will be written and directed by Carrie Brownstein, of SLEATER-KINNEY and "Portlandia" fame, and will be produced for Amazon by Lynda Obst, who has produced more than 20 movies and TV shows.
More info: instagram.com/lyndseyparker
NOV. 27, 2020
NEW 6-TRACK EP WITH THE HARD ROCK INFO EDITOR JIMMY BLOM OUT NOW!
Title: "Välkommen Till Dårhuset"
Music: Hardcore/punk and raw rock.
Listen/download here: jimmyblom.bandcamp.com/album/v-lkommen-till-d-rhuset
LIONHEART TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S HOSPICE WITH 2 SINGLES
British AOR band LIONHEART are aiming to fulfil one of their greatest wishes, to help in the support and care of terminally ill children.
For this reason, the band is releasing 2 songs over the festive season, from which 100% of the sales proceeds will be donated to the children's hospice Little Havens.
The first single, "The Reality of Miracles - Solstice Mix", will be released on November 29 (1st Advent) as a digital download version. As well as images of the band, the video for the song also contains pictures and information about the remarkable work Little Havens Hospice carries out.
On December 11 the second title, a new version of "Mary Did You Know", will be released with 100% of the proceeds also going straight to the hospice. And as a special collector's item, the song will not only be released digitally but also as a strictly limited edition stunning 7" single in white vinyl.
Both singles can be pre-ordered here: flying-dolphin-administration.lnk.to/Lionheart-Mary-did-you-know
More info about Little Havens: havenshospices.org.uk/little-havens
THE UNDERTONES RESCHEDULE UK TOUR TO 2022
Pop punk legends The UNDERTONES has once again been forced to reschedule their English/Welsh tour. It will now happen in March 2022 instead.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/OfficialTheUndertones
NOV. 26, 2020
KVELERTAK POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR TO 2022
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Norwegian metal/rock band KVELERTAK has postponed their European headline tour to 2022.
The new dates and other details can be found at: kvelertak.com
NOV. 25, 2020
KREATOR JOIN THE COFFEE BUSINESS
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have collaborated with coffee roasters The Barn on their first blend, Black Sunrise. The coffee sources beans from Brazil and features a "smooth and chocolatey" taste.
Black Sunrise is available from: thebarn.de/products/black-sunrise
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE KNOTFEST BRASIL
SLIPKNOT has announced the first-ever Knotfest Brasil, set to take place on December 19, 2021 at Sambódromo do Anhembi in São Paulo.
Tickets will be available from 10 a.m. Brasilia Standard Time on Thursday, November 26 at eventim.com.br
NOV. 24, 2020
STICKY FINGERS CLOSING DOWN
According to rumors, the Göteborg, Sweden-based concert venue/night club Sticky Fingers might have gone bankrupt, and therfor have to close down.
NOV. 21, 2020
LIVE SINGLE WITH MÄBE IN DECEMBER
Swedish rock band MÄBE will release a digital 3-track live single, "Söndag i Juni - Live 2020", on December 18 via Twofaced Productions/Sound Pollution Distribution AB.
These 3 tracks was recorded during a live stream in their hometown Strömstad on June 14, 2020.
T.S.T DRUMMER KARRI MÄKKELI IS DEAD
Karri Mäkkeli, once a drummer for Swedish punk band T.S.T, has died. He had been fighting against a disease for a while, which unfortunately won.
SIR REG RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish Celtic punk rockers SIR REG has entered the studio to record a new album.
KISS ANNOUNCE VIRTUAL CONCERT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
KISS will perform a virtual "Kiss 2020 Goodbye" concert on New Year's Eve.
Read more here: kiss2020goodbye.com
NOV. 20, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH HOT BREATH OUT TODAY
Swedish action rockers HOT BREATH has released a new single, "Bad Feeling", today on all digital platforms.
The song comes from their upcoming album, "Rubbery Lips" (release date to be announced later).
Check out the single here: orcd.co/bad_feeling
NEW ALBUM WITH ANGELUS APATRIDA IN FEBRUARY
Spanish thrash metallers ANGELUS APATRIDA will release their 7th album, which is self titled, on February 5, 2021 via Century Media Records.
A first impression of the album can be obtained now via the single "Bleed The Crown": youtu.be/l3ebfRQwqOc
You can pre-order the album here: angelusapatrida.lnk.to/AngelusApatridaPR
NEW COMPILATION WITH SWEDISH PUNK
A new compilation with new Swedish punk, called "Ursäkta Röran - Vi Sprängde Hela Skiten", is now available at: ursaktaroran.bandcamp.com/album/vol-1-vi-spr-ngde-hela-skiten
Volume 1 features artists like GIFTIGT AVFALL, KARDBORREBANDET, HÅRDGNISSEL, BLIMEY, N:A HOSPITALET, The PAST, BELTA 53, SYSTEMKOLLAPS etc.
NOV. 19, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH SCARECROW NEXT SPRING
Finnish horror metal/punks SCARECROW are almost done with their new album, titled "Splatterpunk". They plan to release the album in Spring 2021 via German label Sick Taste Records.
More info here: facebook.com/scarecrowfinland
THE HEADLINES POSTPONE GERMAN TOUR
Due to the Corona situation, Swedish punk rock band The HEADLINES have postponed their German tour, which was supposed to happen this month. The new dates are in March 2021, and these dates are as follows:
March 4 - Riders Cafe, Lübeck
March 5 - Black Pearl, Wetzlar
March 6 - Hellraiser, Leipzig
March 7 - Resonanzwerk, Oberhausen
DRUNKEN SWALLOWS and APRIL ART will also play at these shows.
EXODUS REVEAL TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS has set "Persona Non Grata" as the title of its long-awaited new album, due in the summer of 2021 via Nuclear Blast Records.
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES will return to Australia and New Zealand in November 2021.
Fan-club members will get the first shot at tickets beginning November 23. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning November 26.
..and the dates are:
Nov. 06 - Metricon Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia
Nov. 09 - Adelaide Oval - Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 11 - Melbourne Cricket Ground - Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 14 - ANZ Stadium - Sydney, Australia
Nov. 16 - Suncorp Stadium - Brisbane, Australia
Nov. 19 - Sky Stadium - Wellington, New Zealand
Nov. 21 - Forsyth Barr Stadium - Dunedin, New Zealand
Nov. 24 - Optus Stadium - Perth, Australia
More tour dates etc. at: gunsnroses.com
NOV. 18, 2020
SAXON TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM
British heavy metal legends SAXON are putting the finishing touches on a covers album titled "Inspirations".
Video message from singer Biff Byford: facebook.com/watch/?v=744945539440649
PANTERA BEER IN MARCH
Dallas craft brewery Texas Ale Project has announced a new beer collaboration with legendary Texas music icons PANTERA. Pantera Golden Ale, 5.4% ABV, the first beer to bear the PANTERA name, will be available March 2021.
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE FINNISH TOUR DATES
Former TURBONEGRO legend Hank Von Hell have announced 3 dates in Finland in April 2021. These dates are:
April 8 - On The Rocks, Helsinki
April 9 - ZRock Festival, Kempele
April 10 - Rockperry Reload, Vaasa
NOV. 17, 2020
AVATAR ANNOUNCE 4-PART CONCERT SERIES
Swedish metal band AVATAR have announced a series of concert streams, "Avatar Ages - An Impossible Concert Experience", that will take place over the course of January 2021. The 4-part concert film experience launches January 9 and will feature songs from AVATAR's celebrated catalog, starting with a performance of their latest album, "Hunter Gatherer", in full. The subsequent January concerts will feature fan-voted setlists, chosen by ticket purchasers.
Tickets are on sale now.
Visit avatarages.com for all details and to purchase tickets.
NEW SINGLE WITH DALAPLAN IN DECEMBER
Southern Swedish power pop band DALAPLAN will release a new single on December 11 via Beluga Records. The single will include 2 new songs.
NOV. 16, 2020
HEAVEN SHALL BURN ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH TRIVIUM
German hardcore/death metal band HEAVEN SHALL BURN will team up with American metal band TRIVIUM for a European tour in late 2021. Special guests will be TESSERACT and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY. Pre-sale start on November 18.
The tour will kick off in Saarbrücken, Germany on November 16, 2021, and will end in Prague, Czech Republic on December 19, 2021.
NOV. 15, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH W.E.T. IN JANUARY
Melodic rock band W.E.T. - with members like Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, SOTO, TALISMAN), Erik Mårtensson (ECLIPSE, NORDIC UNION) and Robert Säll (WORK OF ART) - has announced the release of its 4th album, "Retransmission", on January 22, 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Get a first taste of the new album with the single and video "Big Boys Don't Cry": youtu.be/XSoFybZG0_I
NOV. 12, 2020
KREATOR TO RE-RELEASE LIVE ALBUM ON CASSETTE
KREATOR, Germany's legendary thrash metal icons, return with the official reissue of their live album "Terror Prevails - Live at Rock Hard Festival 2010", which is available for the very first time as a 2xMC tape box limited to 444 copies worldwide via Reborn Through Tapes Records on December 20.
NOV. 11, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH ALICE COOPER IN FEBRUARY
Alice Cooper will release a new album, "Detroit Stories", on February 26, 2021 via earMUSIC. The album is a homage to his hometown Detroit, and among the guests are Wayne Kramer (MC5), Johnny "Bee" Badanjek (DETROIT WHEELS) och MOTOR CITY HORNS.
The first single, "Rock 'N' Roll", will be released on Friday, November 13.
Pre-order the album: alicecooper.lnk.to/DetroitStories
Pre-save the single: alicecooper.lnk.to/RocknRoll
NOV. 10, 2020
KICKIN VALENTINA CANCEL UK/EURO TOUR
Due to the craziness in the world right now, American ass kicking hard rockers KICKIN VALENTINA's February 2021 tour in the UK and Scandinavia is being canceled.
The band are planning European tours in April/May and again in August, so they hope to include as many of the canceled dates on those tours as they can.
PRETTY MAIDS SINGER RONNIE ATKINS TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of Danish vocalist Ronnie Atkins to a solo deal.
The acclaimed PRETTY MAIDS and NORDIC UNION vocalist is currently wrapping up work on a new solo album, titled "One Shot", which will be released in the spring of 2021.
GRAVE DIGGER TO RE-RELEASE "25 To Live"
Metalville/Rough Trade will re-release "25 To Live" with German heavy metal veterans GRAVE DIGGER on December 4.
"25 To Live" consist of 2 CDs and 1 DVD, and was recorded in Sao Paulo in 2005 in front of a frenetic audience on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the band. The concert, with 27 tracks, features not only all the classics, but also songs rarely played live.
TRIBULATION RESCHEDULE EUROPEAN TOUR TO 2021
Swedish metal band TRIBULATION have had to reschedule their upcoming European tour with BØLZER and MOLASSESS, which will now take place in September/October 2021 instead.
Find the new dates here: facebook.com/TribulationSweden
GUS G. IS WORKING ON INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ALBUM
Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has confirmed that he has begun work on a new solo album.
NOV. 9, 2020
AT THE GATES RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have entered Studio Gröndahl in Stockholm, Sweden to begin recording their next album.
NOV. 8, 2020
ANGELES WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
L.A. hard rock veterans ANGELES is currently working on a new album, scheduled for a Spring 2021 release. The first single from the album will be released in early 2021.
CHUCK BERRY DOCUMENTARY TO RECEIVE BLU-RAY RELEASE
Following a festival run and special drive-in events across the States, the official Chuck Berry documentary "Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock 'N' Roll" is finally available on VOD platforms and is set for release on Blu-ray on November 27.
NOV. 7, 2020
GIRLSCHOOL ANNOUNCE NORWEGIAN DATES
British hard rock veterans GIRLSCHOOL have announced 3 shows in Norway in November 2021. These dates are:
Nov. 4 - John Dee, Oslo
Nov. 5 - Tribute, Sandnes
Nov. 6 - Flytten, Haugesund
NEW SINGLE WITH M.I.D NEXT FRIDAY
Swedish 90s punks M.I.D are still alive, and will release a new single, "Öl Och Brudar", on Friday, November 13.
The song is taken from their upcoming album "Mata Inte Djuren!".
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT EX-W.A.S.P. GUITARIST CHRIS HOLMES GOT A RELEASE DATE
The documentary film "Mean Man: The Story Of Chris Holmes" will be made available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on January 15.
Pre-order and read more at: mvdshop.com/search?type=product&options%5Bprefix%5D=last&q=Story+of+Chris+Holmes
NOV. 6, 2020
SYSTEM OF A DOWN RELEASE FIRST NEW MUSIC IN 15 YEARS
It's been 15 years since SYSTEM OF A DOWN released new music. For years, fans and press speculated about this, and of late, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive hypothesizing when the band might return to the studio.
Today, motivated by the recently-erupted conflict between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, the latter aided by Turkey and accountable for the greatest violence the region has endured in 26 years, SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Daron Malakian (guitars, vocals), Serj Tankian (vocals), Shavo Odadjian (bass) and John Dolmayan (drums) - announces the release of its first new songs in 15 years: "Protect The Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz".
Produced by Malakian, who also wrote the music and lyrics, both songs are streaming now on all DSPs and are available for purchase on Bandcamp with band royalties earmarked for the Armenia Fund.
"Protect The Land": youtu.be/XqmknZNg1yw
"Genocidal Humanoidz": youtu.be/_74nVpLVn9Q
Read more: facebook.com/systemofadown
NOV. 5, 2020
MARDUK POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK was supposed to go on a European tour in November/December. But because of the situation with the virus, they have been forced to postpone the tour until March 2021 instead.
YET ANOTHER LIVE RELEASE WITH BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and Frontiers Music Srl continue their release of archival treasures from the band's vault with the December 4 release of "Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016" on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, and 2xLP.
Additionally, the label will also reissue "A Long Day's Night" on the same date (ex-North and South America).
Pre-order/save "Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016" here: orcd.co/rockofages2016
L.A. GUNS TO PERFORM ENTIRE "Cocked & Loaded" ALBUM
L.A. GUNS, the version featuring singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns, will perform its second album, 1989's "Cocked & Loaded", in its entirety on November 28 at the Fremont Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tickets for the pay-per-view livestream go on sale on Friday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. PST from laguns.veeps.com
L.A. GUNS' next LP is tentatively due in early 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl. This will be the third studio album since the much welcome reunion of the band's core foundation of Lewis and Guns.
URIAH HEEP LEGEND KEN HENSLEY IS DEAD
British musician and songwriter Ken Hensley, who was a member of URIAH HEEP between 1970-1980, has passed away at the age of 75.
Ken also collaborated with bands such as BLACKFOOT, W.A.S.P. and CINDERELLA, as well as built a successful solo career.
NOV. 4, 2020
STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE ACOUSTIC ALBUM
Former GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett will release an all acoustic album, "Under A Mediterranean Sky", on January 22, 2021 via InsideOut Music.
H.E.A.T ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T are going on a European tour in the fall of 2021. Support acts will be REACH and TEMPLE BALLS.
The tour will kick off in Rotterdam on October 14, and will end in Hamburg on November 1.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/heatsweden
NOV. 3, 2020
CHEAP TRICK SIGNS WITH BMG
American rock veterans CHEAP TRICK have signed with BMG. A new album is already done, but has been put on hold because of the virus.
Singer Robin Sander on AXS TV's "At Home And Social With": youtu.be/Sg9YNioae_U
NOV. 2, 2020
HAMMERFALL CANCEL BELARUS AND UKRAINE
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL have been forced to cancel their shows in Belarus (Nov. 13) and Ukraine (Nov. 14) due to the pandemic.
PUNK ILLEGAL WILL BE BACK NEXT SUMMER
Swedish punk festival Punk Illegal plan to come back next summer. They are currently working on the lineup. The date will be July 9-10, 2021 at Tyrolen in Blädinge (the home of Muskelrock).
OCT. 31, 2020
CHARTA 77 RECORD CHRISTMAS SONG
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 has spent the day in the studio to record a new Christmas song, "En önskan att allting är över". They plan to release the song in the beginning of December.
OCT. 30, 2020
H.E.A.T PARTS WAYS WITH ERIK GRÖNWALL, ORIGINAL SINGER RETURN
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T have today announced that lead singer Erik Grönwall will be leaving the band, and that his replacement will be original H.E.A.T vocalist Kenny Leckremo.
U.D.O. RESCHEDULE RUSSIA/ESTONIA TOUR FOR THE THIRD TIME
After being postponed 2 times already, the U.D.O. tour in Russia and Estonia will now happen in February/March 2021.
The new dates can be found here: facebook.com/udoonline
ANVIL CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
Due to new restrictions regarding Covid-19, Canadian heavy metal trio ANVIL have been forced to cancel their European tour, which was scheduled for November/December 2020.
The band has written songs for a new album during lockdown, and plan to enter the studio in August/September 2021. After that they plan to play select shows in Europe in September/October to March 2022. Then there will be another European tour in the fall 2022.
OCT. 29, 2020
NEW SOLO EP WITH TOM MORELLO TOMORROW
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello will release a new solo EP, "Comandante", on Friday, October 30. The 5-track affair will include a guest appearance by GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash on the song "Interstate 80", while another cut, "Secretariat", is a tribute to late VAN HALEN axeman Eddie Van Halen.
OCT. 28, 2020
DANKO JONES RESCHEDULE SCANDINAVIAN TOUR AND ADD FINNISH DATES
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES have due to the current pandemic been forced to reschedule their planned Scandinavian tour for September/October of 2021. But on a more positive note they managed to add 4 dates in Finland alongside the now rescheduled dates in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
The new dates can be found here: facebook.com/dankojones
IRON MAIDEN ADD MORE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
IRON MAIDEN have added 4 dates to their summer 2021 "Legacy Of The Beast" European tour.
The trek will now kick off on June 5 at St Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland and hit Arena in Zagreb, Croatia on June 7 and Grouparama Arena in Budapest, Hungary on June 9. LORD OF THE LOST will serve as the support act at these shows. The 4th and final extra show will take place on July 6 at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, Germany, with SABATON and AIRBOURNE as support. AVATAR and LORD OF THE LOST will support at Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium on June 27 and AMON AMARTH and AIRBOURNE will open at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Netherlands on July 10.
This completes the "Legacy Of The Beast" summer 2021 touring schedule and no further dates will be added.
All dates can be found at: ironmaiden.com
EX-QUIET RIOT SINGER JAMES DURBIN IS WORKING ON SOLO ALBUM
Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of former QUIET RIOT singer James Durbin to the label for a multi-album deal under the moniker DURBIN. James is currently putting the finishing touches on his label debut, which will be a pure, unadulterated, headbanging heavy metal affair where James proudly wears his influences on his sleeve while simultaneously forging his own path.
DURBIN's debut record will be released in early 2021.
OCT. 27, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH ROYAL HUNT IN DECEMBER
Hard rockers ROYAL HUNT will release their 15th studio album, "Dystopia", on December 9 in Japan and South East Asia via King Records, and on December 18 in Europe, North and South America via NorthPoint Productions.
It will be a concept album, which will also have guest vocalists such as Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, TSO, SKYBLOOD, TREAT, Yngwie Malmsteen), Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, RING OF FIRE), Henrik Brockman (ROYAL HUNT, EVIL MASQUERADE, N'Tribe), Kenny Lubcke (NARITA, ZOSER MEZ) and Alexandra Andersen (ROYAL HUNT, JSP).
NEW ALBUM WITH ASPHYX IN JANUARY
Dutch doom/death metal veterans ASPHYX will finally release their 10th studio album, "Necroceros", on January 22, 2021 via Century Media Records.
OCT. 26, 2020
THE DESTRUCTORS TO REUNITE FOR REBELLION FESTIVAL
It looks like UK punks The DESTRUCTORS are going to reunite as The DESTRUCTORS '82. They have been confirmed for next summer's Rebellion Festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England anyway.
The festival happens on August 5-8, 2021, and among the confirmed acts are: BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, CIRCLE JERKS, Henry Rollins, The EXPLOITED, The UNDERTONES, COCKNEY REJECTS, Steve Ignorant plays CRASS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, DISCHARGE, The BOYS, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, CONFLICT, Doyle, CHELSEA, M.D.M. etc. etc.
Full lineup and tickets at: rebellionfestivals.com
TOY DOLLS, MILLENCOLIN AND ASTA KASK CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN IN MAY
Close-Up Båten will have another punk cruise on the Baltic Sea in May. Confirmed bands are: The TOY DOLLS, MILLENCOLIN, ASTA KASK, TRUBBEL, CHARTA 77, WOLFBRIGADE, BESSERBITCH, GATUPLAN and BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING.
The ship will sail from Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo/Turku, Finland and back on May 27-28, 2021.
The punk boat that was going to sail in May this year has been postponed to October 2021. There will also be a metal cruise in March 2021.
More info: facebook.com/CloseUpMagazine
OCT. 25, 2020
ACID BLOOD TO RE-RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM IN USA
Northern Swedish punk band ACID BLOOD will have their self titled debut album re-released in U.S.A. on CD, with 2 bonus tracks from their first EP. It will be a limited edition, which will be released on November 6 via Dead Beat Records.
OCT. 24, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH BUTCHER BABIES NEXT WEEK
BUTCHER BABIES will release a new single, "Bottom Of A Bottle", on October 30. The song will be the first taste of the metal band's forthcoming 4th studio album, tentatively due in early 2021 via an as-yet-undisclosed record label.
DARK TRANQUILLITY CANCEL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY has officially cancelled their North American tour with OBSCURA and NAILED TO OBSCURITY, which was supposed to happen now.
DARK TRANQUILLITY is working on new dates for North America.
OCT. 23, 2020
NIGHTRAGE ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR "Demo 2000"
Greek/Swedish melodic death metallers NIGHTRAGE celebrate their 20-year anniversary this year by releasing their previously unreleased "Demo 2000", which as the title says was recorded in 2000 by the 2 guitarists Marios Iliopoulos (still in the band) and Gus G (FIREWIND, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, DREAM EVIL).
"Demo 2000" will be released on my birthday, December 4 via Despotz Records. And you can now pre-order it here: despotz.bigcartel.com/artist/nightrage
NIGHTRAGE is currently recording a brand new album, which will be released next year.
ICED EARTH TO RELEASE 30th-ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM
The 30th-anniversary edition of ICED EARTH's self titled debut album will arrive on December 18 via Century Media Records. The new version of the 1990 LP features a remix by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked with ICED EARTH on the group's latest effort, 2017's "Incorruptible", and brand new artwork.
STRYPER's OZ FOX SUFFERS MASSIVE SEIZURE
STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox was rushed to hospital Thursday night (Oct. 22) after suffering a massive seizure.
Fox is scheduled to undergo brain surgery next month to treat the tumors that were found in his head - one by his ear and the other in the back of his brain - when he suffered his first seizure in August 2018 while performing with SIN CITY SINNERS at Harrah's in Las Vegas.
OCT. 22, 2020
SINGLES BOX SET WITH BUZZCOCKS IN JANUARY
British pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS are pleased to announce a new 7" box-set containing the 12 singles the band released for United Artists between 1977 and 1980. Titled "COMPLETE UA SINGLES 1977-1980", the box will be released on January 15, 2021.
Pre-order here: smarturl.it/Buzzcocks7sBoxset
OZZY RESCHEDULE UK/EURO TOUR WITH JUDAS PRIEST
Ozzy Osbourne has once again rescheduled the UK/European tour with JUDAS PRIEST. The tour will now happen in early 2022.
Full details and new tour dates at: bit.ly/OzzyJP22
OCT. 21, 2020
ORIGINAL LINEUP OF THE DAMNED TO REUNITE
The original lineup of British punk rock legends The DAMNED will reunite for a UK tour in 2021.
Founding members Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible and Brian James will play 4 shows next July, and tickets are on sale this Friday, October 23 at: aegp.uk/Damned2021Tour
The exclusive dates are:
July 9 - Eventim Apollo, London
July 16 - O2 Academy, Birmingham
July 17 - O2 Academy, Glasgow
July 18 - O2 Apollo, Manchester
PUTERAEON ANNOUNCE NEW DATES
Swedish death metallers PUTERAEON have announced some new tour dates in Sweden and Denmark. These dates are:
Nov. 21, 2020 - Bomber Bar, Motala, SE
Jan. 16, 2021 - Beta, Copenhagen, DK
Feb. 25, 2021 - Plan B, Malmö, SE
Feb. 26, 2021 - Valand, Göteborg, SE
Feb. 27, 2021 - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm, SE
A new album, "The Cthulhian Pulse, Call From The Dead City", will be released on November 13 via Emanzipation Productions.
SUPERGROUP WITH MEMBERS FROM THE 69 EYES, HEADCAT, THE DAMNED AND NEKROMANTIX
Danny B. Harvey (HEADCAT) and Jyrki 69 (The 69 EYES) have teamed up with Rat Scabies (The DAMNED) and Kim Nekroman (NEKROMANTIX) for their rockabilly supergroup The 69 CATS.
The band was originally formed in 2013 by Jyrki and Danny, and they released their debut album, "Transylvanian Tapes". But now the band return with 2 new members, Rat Scabies and Kim Nekroman.
Their first single with the new lineup, "Hollywood's Bleeding" (originally performed by pop artist Post Malone), can be heard here: orcd.co/the_69_cats_hollywoods_bleedin, and seen here: youtu.be/72jleR9OYxc
The song is taken from an upcoming album, titled "Seven Year Itch", that will be released in early 2021 via Cleopatra Records.
ANTHRAX release a Limited Edition Double Cask Rye Whiskey, called "Evil Twin I". There will be a "Evil Twin II" in the future.
"Evil Twin I" is limited to 238 numbered bottles, and can be ordered here: mashandgrape.com
GHOST WILL ENTER THE STUDIO IN JANUARY
It seems like the information that the Swedish rock band GHOST was going to release a new album this winter was not correct. However, frontman Papa Erimitus (real name Tobias Forge) is currently writing and doing pre-production for GHOST's fifth album. He plan to start recording the album in January, and release it after the summer 2021. The release will be followed by a tour.
OCT. 20, 2020
THUNDERMOTHER ANNOUNCE SPANISH DATES
Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER are going to Spain in September 2021. They will do the following 4 shows there:
Sept. 15 - Razzmatazz 3, Barcelona
Sept. 16 - Loco Club, Valencia
Sept. 17 - Rockville, Madrid
Sept. 18 - Stage LIve, Bilbao
More tour dates at: thundermother.com
PAIN ANNOUNCE FINNISH SHOWS
Swedish metal band PAIN will do 3 shows in Finland in March 2021. The dates are:
March 26 - Lutakko, Jyväskylä
March 27 - Olympia, Tampere
March 28 - Tavastia Klubi, Helsinki
OCT. 19, 2020
NEW JANIS JOPLIN BOOK DUE IN MARCH
Genesis Publications and the Janis Joplin estate present Janis Joplin's personal scrapbook in a new limited-edition book, "Janis Joplin: Days & Summers - Scrapbook 1966-68". The book will ship worldwide in March 2021.
Limited to only 2,000 copies worldwide, each book in the "Days & Summers" edition is hand-numbered, estate-stamped with Janis Joplin's signature, and hand-signed by her BIG BROTHER bandmates Peter Albin and Dave Getz, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE's Jorma Kaukonen, and Janis's siblings, Laura Joplin and Michael Joplin.
For more information and for orders, go to: janisjoplinbook.com
TOTO ANNOUNCE NEW LINEUP
Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams has announced the formation of a new band, which will continue to tour as TOTO. The new band plan concerts across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Joining Lukather and Williams for this next chapter are bassist John Pierce (HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS), drummer Robert "Sput" Searight (GHOST-NOTE, SNARKY PUPPY), and keyboardist/background vocalist Steve Maggiora (Elvis, MOMS MABELY). Keyboardist Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (Prince, GHOST-NOTE) and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr) have segued over continuing their tenure in the ensemble alongside Lukather and Williams. This marks the 15th incarnation of the TOTO lineup in consideration of band members or sidemen who joined or exited.
PRETTY MAIDS SINGER RONNIE ATKINS REVEALS CANCER HAS RETURNED
PRETTY MAIDS singer Ronnie Atkins has taken to social media to inform his fans that his cancer has returned.
The 55-year-old Danish musician was diagnosed back with lung cancer last year and underwent at least 33 radiation and 4 chemotherapy treatments last fall before being declared cancer-free.
Now the cancer has spread, and he has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, which in principle means incurable.
Read Ronnie's own statement here: facebook.com/RonnieAtkinsOfficial
NEW ALBUM WITH INCEST BROTHERS
Reunited Swedish punk rock band INCEST BROTHERS will release a new album, "Hotet Mot Vår Säkerhet", on October 31. It will be available on vinyl in 3 colors.
Pre-order and more info: facebook.com/IncestBrothers
OCT. 17, 2020
Y&T ANNOUNCE SPANISH DATES
American hard rock veterans Y&T will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their third album, "Earthshaker", in 2021 with 3 dates in Spain. These dates are as follows:
Sept. 22 - Sala Mon, Madrid
Sept. 23 - Teatro Juan Bravo, Segovia
Sept. 24 - Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona
NEW EP WITH REFUSED IN NOVEMBER
REFUSED have announced that they will be releasing a new EP, called "The Malignant Fire", on November 20 via Spinefarm Records and Search and Destroy Records.
The first single, called "Born On The Outs", is available here: youtu.be/2S6diE2iOf0
OCT. 16, 2020
UK/EUROPEAN TOUR WITH OZZY AND JUDAS PRIEST POSTPONED TO 2022
Due to the ongoing issues with COVID-19 the Ozzy Osbourne/JUDAS PRIEST UK/European 2020 tour has had to be rescheduled to 2022. New dates will be announced soon..
LIVE ALBUM WITH PUTRID OFFAL IN NOVEMBER
Gore death/grinders PUTRID OFFAL will release "Live at Hellfest" as digital audio and video on November 13 via XenoKorp.
The show was recorded at Hellfest in 2017.
You can check out the first single, "Necrotic Mutilation", here: facebook.com/xenokorp
STATUS QUO CANCEL FRENCH DATES
Due to the French Government's announcement this week on night time curfews in major cities in France, STATUS QUO officially announce that the 3 French gigs scheduled for November have been cancelled. Ticket holders should apply for refunds at the point of purchase.
OCT. 15, 2020
KSMB RESCHEDULE TOUR DATES
Swedish punk rock legends KSMB have been forced to postpone their shows in Malmö and Uppsala, Sweden due to you know what.
The new dates are:
Nov. 6, 2021 - Babel, Malmö
Nov. 26, 2021 - Katalin, Uppsala
The band will celebrate "40 years of vrålrock", which means that they will play all their songs from the "Bakverk" compilation, as well as the entire "Aktion" album.
EX-AC/DC BASSIST PAUL MATTERS IS DEAD
Former AC/DC bassist Paul Matters has died. The news of his passing was revealed by his friend Rod Wescombe as well as AC/DC biographer Jesse Fink, author of the book "Bon: The Last Highway".
According to Wikipedia, Matters joined AC/DC in 1975 after the recording of the band's debut album, "High Voltage". Several weeks later, he was reportedly fired by AC/DC singer Bon Scott, and was replaced by Mark Evans.
Matters quit music after his departure from AC/DC in 1975 and sold his bass guitar.
OCT. 14, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH BLOOD FROM THE SOUL IN NOVEMBER
Supergroup BLOOD FROM THE SOUL - now made up of Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH), Jacob Bannon (CONVERGE), Dirk Verbeuren (MEGADETH), and Jesper Liveröd (NASUM) - have announced that they will be releasing a new album, "DSM-5", on November 13 via Deathwish Records.
Check out the new song, "Debris of Dreams": youtu.be/5UnKQGuMors
TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST
NWOBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have found a new guitarist: Francesco Marras.
He has previously worked as a session musician as well as pursuing his own career. He began his musical journey in 2001 with the Italian metal band SCREAMING SHADOWS, and has worked with a number of familiar names including BONFIRE and Harry Hess (who mastered the last 2 TYGERS albums).
OCT. 11, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH GHOST IN THE WINTER
According to Swedish music magazine Gaffa, GHOST are going to release a new album during the winter. No title or release date has been announced yet.
OCT. 8, 2020
EX-W.A.S.P. GUITARIST CHRIS HOLMES TO RELEASE DOCUMENTARY AND NEW ALBUM
Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes has taken advantage of the period of non-live activity during the COVID-19 pandemic to offer you new projects. The end of 2020 will see the release of a DVD/Blu-ray documentary, to be followed by a new studio album in 2021.
Fans who participate in Holmes's Indiegogo campaign can make a donation in exchange for a consideration such as a CD or guitar picks. You can even acquire Chris's leather jacket with its personalized paint or see your name inscribed in the booklet for the new album. Along with the album, you'll be able to pre-order a collector's collection of never-before-seen photos embellished with Chris's thoughts to help you get to know him better. The book will be available in very limited quantities, numbered and signed by Chris himself.
KING DIAMOND IS WORKING ON NEW ALBUMS FROM BOTH MERCYFUL FATE AND KING DIAMOND
Danish heavy metal legend King Diamond has confirmed to Knotfest.com that he is hard at work not only on the new album from his namesake band, but the first LP in the 21st century from the reformed MERCYFUL FATE as well.
OCT. 7, 2020
AT THE GATES TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES will enter the studio in early November to begin recording their next album. They plan to release the album next spring.
GREENDAY's BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Billie Joe Armstrong of GREEN DAY has announced that he will be releasing a "No Fun Mondays" album. The album collects the cover songs that he has put out since COVID-19 lockdown began, and will be out November 27 via Reprise/Warner Records.
EDDIE VAN HALEN DEAD AT 65
Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist and co-founder of VAN HALEN, has died after a long battle with cancer.
Eddie died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday, October 6. He was 65 years old.
OCT. 6, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH KICKIN VALENTINA IN JANUARY
North American high-energy rockers KICKIN VALENTINA will release their third album, "The Revenge of Rock", on January 22, 2021 via Mighty Music.
The first single, "Somebody New", will be released on October 30.
DIAMOND HEAD ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are going on a UK tour next spring, with special guests ROCK GODDESS.
You can find all the dates here: facebook.com/DiamondHeadOfficial
WHITE STRIPES TO RELEASE "Greatest Hits" COLLECTION
American rock duo The WHITE STRIPES will release "Greatest Hits" on December 4, their first-ever official anthology.
Pre-order here: thewhitestripes.lnk.to/TWSGH
AC/DC REVEALS RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM
AC/DC will release its long-awaited new studio album, "PWR/UP", on November 13.
OCT. 5, 2020
THUNDERMOTHER ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER have announced a UK tour in September/October 2021. Special guests are BETH BLADE and The BEAUTIFUL DISASTERS.
For dates and tickets, go to: facebook.com/thundermother
DESTRUCTION CANCEL EUROPEAN TOUR
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION have been forced to cancel their "Thrash Alliance" European tour with WARBRINGER, CRISIX and ? (unreadable logo) due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Read more here: facebook.com/destruction
NEW SINGLE WITH AC/DC ON WEDNESDAY
AC/DC will release "Shot In The Dark", the first single from the band's long-awaited new album, on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00 a.m. EDT / 9:00 p.m. PDT (Tuesday night).
The title of the new album seems to be "PWR/UP", and it will be their first album since 2014.
Here's a brand new teaser for "Shot In The Dark": youtu.be/_Fmj4E_7zD8
OCT. 4, 2020
LATEST ALBUM WITH THE HEADLINES TO BE RELEASED ON VINYL
Swedish punk band The HEADLINES will have their latest album, "Warpaint", released on vinyl via Sunny Bastards Records on November 20.
It will be available in black, red and crystal clear with red swirl.
Pre-order here: shop.sunnybastards.de/advanced_search_result.php?MODsid=001c5a11aa9bf437e3683f3eef30585e&keywords=headlines%20warpaint&x=0&y=0&fbclid=IwAR0E8glIHCFH2cHf0ixK2mHh1o-eKnYrsUslos_SVrRQdVYMUm8UykAhTDo
ENTRAILS WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Swedish old school death metallers ENTRAILS are currently working on demos for their 7th full length album. They aim at recording the album this winter, and release it sometime in 2021.
The band has fulfilled their deal with Metal Blade Records, and are looking for a new label who wants to release the new album.
OCT. 3, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH ACCEPT IN JANUARY
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT has set January 15, 2021 as the release date for their new album, "Too Mean To Die", which will be released through Nuclear Blast.
The first single, "The Undertaker", is out now on digital platforms.
NO MORE EDDY MALM BAND
Swedish hard rock/heavy metal band EDDY MALM BAND, with Eddy Malm from HEAVY LOAD, is no more.
DENY TO RELEASE SPLIT EP WITH BÖSET
Swedish hardcore/punk band DENY will release a new split EP with Swedish punks BÖSET. Physical release date is October 9, and digital release date October 23.
Pre-order from: facebook.com/flyktsodafanzine
OCT. 2, 2020
NEW LIVE RELEASES WITH BUZZCOCKS
British pop punk legends BUZZCOCKS will release 2 new live releases via Cherry Red Records on January 22, 2021.
"Late For The Train - Live & In Session 1989-2016" is a 6-CD box set featuring 5 live shows and 32 tracks recorded for the BBC across 3 decades. A total of 137 tracks, where 83 of them are previously unreleased. You can pre-oreder it here: cherryred.co.uk/product/buzzcocks-late-for-the-train-live-in-session-1989-2016-6cd-box-set/?fbclid=IwAR25E4Tgg59ftaTAmEd9V10kHU5xUsDA5w_HIqHVROwrY5ZP4Cx_olD5K4I
"30 (Live In London)" is a double LP with their 30th anniversary show, recorded at The Forum in London in December 2006. This double vinyl can be pre-ordered here: cherryred.co.uk/product/buzzcocks-30-live-in-london-2lp-red-vinyl/?fbclid=IwAR3U4fAv9eo4SxO_JwjrVROvu9ZcXNFv96ZN0kCY_gSvR32ZSeLpL-t9Sc0
OCT. 1, 2020
CIRCLE JERKS TO REISSUE "Group Sex"
L.A. hardcore/punk veterans CIRCLE JERKS will re-release the "Group Sex" album as a 40th Anniversary Deluxe LP on October 30. The new version will be out via Trust Records on colored vinyl (limited to 1000 copies) and black vinyl (limited to 3000 copies). The audio is remastered, and it also includes 5 rehearsal tracks from before the album recording.
In addition, it will also include a 20-page booklet that has unreleased photos and anecdotes from Tony Hawk, Mike Patton, Shepard Fairey, Ian MacKaye, Lars Frederiksen and others.
You can see a trailer for the re-release here: youtu.be/cPwE5LbjW1U
And you can pre-order the album here: kr-m.co/circlejerks and also receive a 24-page hand-numbered fanzine originally printed by the band in 1980.
For upcoming tour dates, go to: circlejerks.net
PERSUADER SIGNS WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC
Swedish power metal act PERSUADER have signed with Frontiers Music Srl, and will release their fifth album, "Necromancy", on December 4.
The first single/video, "The Curse Unbound", can be heard and seen here: youtu.be/mrRJ-lp7CUA
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH IRON MAIDEN IN NOVEMBER
BMG has announced the release of IRON MAIDEN's new double live album on November 20 worldwide.
Containing over 100 minutes of classic IRON MAIDEN music and available in multiple formats, including a limited edition Mexican Flag, triple colored (180g) vinyl and a limited-edition deluxe 2-CD book format, "Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City" was recorded during the band's 3 sold-out arena shows there in September 2019 and is a celebration of their "Legacy Of The Beast" world tour which began in 2018 and will finish next summer in Europe.
A FIRST TASTE OF A NEW SINGLE WITH AC/DC
AC/DC has released a 30-second teaser of "Shot In The Dark", the first single from the band's long-awaited comeback album. The follow-up to 2014's "Rock Or Bust" will feature AC/DC's 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar).
Check out the teaser here: youtu.be/iKOlC8hNMZA
The teaser is the latest sign of activity from the legendary hard rock band, which is expected to reveal more details about the upcoming disc in the coming days.
SEPT. 30, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS
British punk rock veterans SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS are back with a new single, "Manchester Boys".
More info here: facebook.com/slaughterandthedogsuk
BOOK ABOUT THE SONGS OF THIN LIZZY
"Thin Lizzy: Every Album, Every Song", a book examining each one of THIN LIZZY's songs, will be released on November 27 via Sonicbond Publishing.
TRAUMA VOCALIST DONNY HILLIER IS DEAD
TRAUMA vocalist Donny Hillier passed away on Monday, September 28 following a brief battle with an unspecified illness.
The San Francisco Bay Area band TRAUMA is probably most well-known for having Cliff Burton (later in METALLICA) as their bassist. The band formed in 1981, released their debut album, "Scratch And Scream", in 1984, and split up in 1985. The band reunited in 2013, and has been back in business ever since.
BLISTERHEAD RELEASE NEW SINGLE
Swedish punk rock band BLISTERHEAD releases their first single in 3 years. "Balaclava Boys" is the name of the song, which you can find on digital services like Spotify.
Rumor has it that this song will serve as a warm-up for a major recording this fall.
NEW ALBUM WITH STEVE RILEY's L.A. GUNS IN NOVEMBER
L.A. GUNS - the version with Steve Riley, Kelly Nickels, Scott Griffin and Kurt Frohlich - will release their new album, "Renegades", on November 13 via Golden Robot Records.
You can pre-order from 1 of these: store.goldenrobotrecords.com laguns.net
Riley's version of L.A. GUNS is not to be confused with the band led by guitarist Tracii Guns and vocalist Phil Lewis, which issued 2 albums, "The Missing Peace" and "The Devil You Know", plus the live release "Made In Milan", under the L.A. GUNS name over the last 3 years.
SEPT. 29, 2020
SANCTUARY ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED EURO TOUR
US metal legends SANCTUARY have announced re-scheduled dates for their "Into The Mirror Black" 30th Anniversary European tour.
Originally planned for this year, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the tour to be pushed back into 2021, and it's now confirmed to take place in September and October hitting cities in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands and Belgium.
Dates here: facebook.com/centurymedia
"Into The Mirror Black (30th Anniversary Edition)" will be released on October 9 via Century Media Records.
ANGELES REPLACES DRUMMER
Veteran LA rockers ANGELES have announced that their drummer, Danny Basulto (2015 to present), has decided to retire from his position. Furthermore the band announces that their new drummer is Chris Cato.
Upcoming hometown shows with the band are as follows:
Oct. 18 - Whisky A Go Go (w/ LOUDNESS)
Dec. 4 - Whisky A Go Go (w/ LAST IN LINE)
April 18, 2021 - Party In The Parking Lot at Rainbow Bar And Grill
CRASHDÏET ANNOUNCE 2 SHOWS IN FINLAND
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET are going to Finland in January for 2 concerts:
Jan. 8 - Tavastia, Helsinki
Jan. 9 - Olympia-kortteli, Tampere
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 30.
DISCHARGE CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
DISCHARGE have been confirmed for Rebellion Punk Music Festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 5-8, 2021.
Confirmed since earlier are: BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, CIRCLE JERKS, Henry Rollins, The EXPLOITED, The UNDERTONES, COCKNEY REJECTS, Steve Ignorant plays CRASS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, UK SUBS, The BOYS, CHELSEA, CONFLICT etc.
GREAT WHITE TO RELEASE LIVE CD/DVD
GREAT WHITE is currently taking pre-orders for a new live CD/DVD set apparently titled "Live". The effort is expected to include the band's August 2018 performance at the Kentucky State Fair, featuring GREAT WHITE's latest addition, singer Mitch Malloy, who joined the group earlier that year following the departure of Terry Ilous.
You can pre-order the set here: officialgreatwhite.com/store.html
This version of GREAT WHITE is not to be confused with JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE, which features original GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell alongside Robby Lochner (FIGHT) on guitar, Dan McNay on bass, Tony Montana on guitar and Dicki Fliszar on drums.
SEPT. 28, 2020
TOPPLOCK TAKE A BREAK
Swedish heavy rockers TOPPLOCK has decided to take a break for a unknown period of time.
SEPT. 27, 2020
BEST OF COLLECTION WITH THE STRANGLERS TO BE REISSUED ON VINYL
British rock veterans The STRANGLERS will re-release "Peaches (The Very Best Of)" on double LP on November 27. The album was originally released on CD in 2002.
You can pre-order it here: townsendmusic.store/cart/product.php?id=70755
SEPT. 26, 2020
NEW 4-TRACK EP WITH YOUR EDITOR JIMMY BLOM
"Dynamit" is the fastest and hardest punk songs since I was a member of the hardcore/punk band ABNORM.
Check it out here: jimmyblom.bandcamp.com/album/dynamit
RAT SCABIES AND CHRIS CONSTANTINOU RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Rat Scabies, drummer from British punk rock legends The DAMNED, and Chris Constantinou, a bass player who has worked with Adam Ant, Sinead O'Connor, BOW WOV WOV and others, have come together for a brand-new project called ONE THOUSAND MOTELS.
This is not the first time these 2 creative forces have united their musical powers. They were both heavily involved with the punk rock supergroup The MUTANTS, which featured members of UK SUBS, The SPECIALS, VICE SQUAD, MC5 and STIFF LITTLE FINGERS.
You can stream the album here: orcd.co/one_thousand_motels
For more info, go to: facebook.com/OneThousandMotels
SEPT. 25, 2020
CLOSE-UP BÅTEN's PUNK CRUISE POSTPONED FOR THE THIRD TIME
Close-Up Båten's punk cruise, aka Punkbåten, has been postponed for the thrid time. It will now sail from Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo/Turku, Finland and back on October 21-22, 2021 instead.
The lineup will be: ASTA KASK, MIMIKRY, NO FUN AT ALL, DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, GAMLA PENGAR, MASSGRAV, SIR REG, TWIN PIGS, HYRDA KNEKTAR, ALLVARET, SJU SVÅRA ÅR, VET HUT, SMISK, KARDBORREBANDET, VIDRO and TRALLTROLLEN.
THE HELLACOPTERS ANNOUNCE NEW DATE FOR NORWAY
The new date for the show with The HELLACOPTERS at Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway is July 23, 2021.
DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCE TURKISH DATES
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY are going to Turkey for 3 shows in January 2021. The dates are:
Jan. 22 - Izmir Arena, Izmir
Jan. 23 - Milyon Performance Hall, Ankara
Jan. 24 - Küçükçiftlik Park, Istanbul
DARK TRANQUILLITY's new album, "Moment", will be released on November 20 through Century Media Records.
RAMMSTEIN TO RELEASE 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM
It was 25 years ago to the day - September 25, 1995 - that RAMMSTEIN emerged from Berlin with its debut album, "Herzeleid". To celebrate this, RAMMSTEIN and Vertigo/UMe will release limited, remastered editions of the groundbreaking LP on December 4, 2020.
"Herzeleid (XXV Anniversary Edition - Remastered)" will feature the album's original track listing on a single CD, housed in a lavish, cross-shaped digipak with deluxe slipcase, and, for the first time ever, the remastered album with HD sound will be available digitally. In addition, there will be a 2LP version with a slipcase containing 2 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl discs with blue splatter effect. Both the CD and vinyl editions are strictly limited.
The limited editions can be pre-ordered here: rammstein.lnk.to/Herzeleid_25
BOOK ABOUT PETE WAY DUE IN DECEMBER
Ross Halfin and Rufus Publications have announced the publication of "Pete Way By Ross Halfin", a 240-page celebration of UFO's iconic bass player, containing classic and unseen images by music photographer Ross Halfin, and exclusive new interviews and with Phil Mogg (UFO), Andy Parker (UFO), Neil Carter (UFO), Ozzy Osbourne (BLACK SABBATH), Kirk Hammett (METALLICA), Geddy Lee (RUSH), Phil Collen (DEF LEPPARD), Joe Elliott (DEF LEPPARD), Rick Savage (DEF LEPPARD), Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), Steve Harris (IRON MAIDEN), Rick Neilsen (CHEAP TRICK), Michael Schenker (UFO), Phil Lewis (L.A. GUNS), Gerry Laffy and more, compiled by Mojo writer and author Mark Blake.
The book will ship in early December and can be pre-ordered at: rufuspublications.com
SEPT. 24, 2020
CANDLEMASS RESCHEDULE STOCKHOLM SHOWS
Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS have postponed their 2 shows at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden to May 21 and 22, 2021.
The band will perform the entire "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" album on May 21, and the entire "Nightfall" album on May 22.
THE HELLACOPTERS ANNOUNCE FINNISH DATES
Swedish rock band The HELLACOPTERS announce new dates for Finland. And these dates are:
May 10 & 11, 2021 - Tavastia, Helsinki
May 12 - Lutakko, Jyväskylä
Tickets and more info here: livenation.fi/artist/the-hellacopters-tickets
A new date for the gig in Oslo, Norway (which was planned for October 1, 2020) is soon to be confirmed too.
SEPT. 23, 2020
DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY announces Fall 2021 North American tour dates, which kick off in early September in Pennsylvania, make several stops in Canada, and run through late October.
The band will headline, with support coming from OBSCURA and NAILED TO OBSCURITY.
Tickets are on sale here: enterthevault.com
THE HEADLINES ANNOUNCE SHORT GERMAN TOUR
Southern Swedish punk rockers The HEADLINES are going to Germany in November for 4 weekend shows together with DRUNKEN SWALLOWS and APRIL ART.
The exclusive dates are:
19.11 Resonanzwerk, Oberhausen
20.11 Black Pearl, Wetzlar
21.11 Kammgarn, Kaiserslautern
22.11 Hellraiser, Leipzig
theheadlinesband.com drunkenswallows.de aprilart.de
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE 2 RUSSIAN SHOWS
Hank Von Hell (ex-TURBONEGRO) is going to Russia in April 2021 for 2 shows.
The dates are:
April 6 - 16 Tonns, Moscow
April 7 - MOD, St. Petersburg
BRANT BJORK ANNOUNCE EURO TOUR WITH MAIDAVALE
Brant Bjork (KYUSS, FU MANCHU, MONDO GENERATOR) is coming to Europe next spring, and support act on most of the dates will be Swedish female vintage rockers MAIDAVALE.
For dates and tickets, try: brantbjork.net
SEPT. 22, 2020
MASSACRE ANNOUNCES NEW LINEUP
Reformed Florida death metal veterans MASSACRE have announced their new lineup. Joining original singer Kam Lee and bassist Michael Borders are guitarists Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, REVOLTING etc etc), Jonny Pettersson (GODS FORSAKEN, WOMBBATH, HENRY KANE) and Scott Fairfax (MEMORIAM, AS THE WORLD DIES), along with drummer Brynjar Helgeton.
"Despite recent setbacks, plans for a new MASSACRE album are still moving full speed ahead and with all guns blazing!", according to Borders.
Earlier in the month, drummer Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) announced their departure from MASSACRE.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS ANNOUNCE GERMAN TOUR
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS have announced that they will be returning to Germany in April 2021 for their biggest headline tour yet. Joining them on this tour will be NITROGODS and The CARBURETORS. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 24.
Dates and tickets: philcampbell.net
SEPT. 21, 2020
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS POSTPONE SCANDIANVIAN TOUR
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS was supposed to kick off their Scandinavian tour in Helsinki, Finland tonight. But the tour has been rescheduled to 2021 on the same dates.
More details here: philcampbell.net
SEPT. 20, 2020
NEW EP WITH FABRIKEN OUT SOON
Swedish pop punks FABRIKEN will release a new EP, "Tortera Mig Med Kärlek", soon via Beat Butchers.
ANTHRAX BASSIST FRANK BELLO TO RECORD SOLO ALBUM
ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello has confirmed that he is working on material for his debut solo album. The solo LP is expected to be issued via Megaforce.
At the same time, ANTHRAX is working on material for its next studio album, tentatively due in 2021.
SEPT. 18, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH SODOM IN NOVEMBER
German thrash veterans SODOM will release their new album, "Genesis XIX", on November 27 through SPV/Steamhammer.
You can now pre-order it here: Sodom.lnk.to/GenesisXIX
DIAMOND HEAD TO RELEASE RE-RECORDING OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM
This year it's 40 years since NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD released their debut album, "Lightning To The Nations", and the band celebrate this anniversary by re-recording the whole album.
The re-recorded 40th anniversary edition, titled "Lightning To The Nations 2020", will be released on November 20.
Listen to the first single, "It's Electric": youtu.be/n4KWgo5qWtg
NEW SINGLE WITH ACCEPT NEXT MONTH
German/American heavy metal legends ACCEPT will release a new single, "The Undertaker", on October 2 via Nuclear Blast, accompanied by a video. The track is the first taste of the band's upcoming studio album, the details of which will be announced soon.
The 2-song single will also feature a previously unreleased live version of "Life's A Bitch", recorded in 2019 in Oulu, Finland. It will be made available digitally as well as on limited-edition 7" vinyl in 3 colors, each limited to 300 copies. Colors are gold, white-marbled for Europe and red for the U.S.
WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE "Love Songs" COLLECTION
WHITESNAKE brings together some of the most-passionate music of its multi-platinum career on "Love Songs", a new collection that contains remixed and remastered versions of the group's best love songs. It's the second release in the band's "Red, White and Blues Trilogy", a series of compilations organized by musical themes that began this summer with "The Rock Album" (white) and will conclude next year with "The Blues Album" (blue).
The new collection includes a mix of hits and deep tracks that were originally released between 1987 and 2011 on 5 WHITESNAKE studio albums and David Coverdale's third solo album, "Into The Light".
SEPT. 17, 2020
GEEZER BUTLER TO REISSUE SOLO ALBUMS
BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler will re-release his 3 solo albums "Plastic Planet" (1995), "Black Science" (1997) and "Ohmwork" (2005) via BMG on October 30. The albums will be made available for the first time ever on vinyl, with both CD and LP using newly updated cover artwork.
THE EXPLOITED CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The Rebellion festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK celebrate their 25th anniversary next year. And the latest band to be confirmed for next year's punk fest is the Scottish legends The EXPLOITED.
Among the artists who have been confirmed since earlier are: BAD RELIGION, COCK SPARRER, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SHAM 69, COCKNEY REJECTS, CIRCLE JERKS, Henry Rollins, Steve Ignorant (performing the songs of CRASS), The UNDERTONES, ANGELIC UPSTRTS, The BOYS, UK SUBS, CONFLICT, CHELSEA etc.
The festival happens on August 5-8, 2021.
More info and tickets: rebellionfestivals.com
EX-BLACK SABBATH VOCALIST TONY MARTIN REUNITES WITH HIS OLD BAND THE ALLIANCE
Tony Martin's pre-BLACK SABBATH band The ALLIANCE will reunite after more than 3 decades to record some of its early, mostly previously unreleased material.
TWISTED SISTER's JAY JAY FRENCH TO RELEASE BOOK
TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French has revealed plans to release a book called "Twisted Business" in 2021. He will also launch his very own podcast, "The French Connection".
SEPT. 16, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH ARTILLERY NEXT MONTH
On October 16, Danish thrash metal legends ARTILLERY will release the new song "The Last Journey" - featuring former singers Flemming Rønsdorf and Søren Adamsen - digitally and on vinyl via Metal Blade Records. The B-side is a cover of the METALLICA classic "Trapped Under Ice".
"The Last Journey" is dedicated to the memory of former ARTILLERY guitarist Morten Stützer, who passed away in October 2019.
ARTILLERY will enter the studio again on October 5 to record a studio album with new guitarist Kræn Meier.
OZZY TO RELEASE 40th-ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED DIGITAL EDITION OF "Blizzard Of Ozz"
Ozzy Osbourne will release a 40th-anniversary expanded digital edition of his landmark debut solo album "Blizzard Of Ozz" and digital versions of 2 classic longform videos, "Live & Loud" and "Live At Budokan".
The expanded digital 40th-anniversary edition is set for release September 18 on Sony/Legacy.
RAUBTIER, PAIN, SKITARG AND F.K.Ü. CONFIRMED FOR CLOSE-UP BÅTEN
Even though Close-Up Magazine is dead, they continue with Close-Up Båten. And the next cruise on the Baltic Sea (Stockholm, Sweden to Åbo/Turku, Finland and back) will take place on March 25-26, 2021. Confirmed bands are: RAUBTIER, PAIN, SUNGEN, SKITARG (exclusive reunion!), F.K.Ü., MISERY LOVES CO., KNOGJÄRN and MASS WORSHIP.
More info: facebook.com/events/241162490623513
NEW ALBUM WITH WITCHWOOD IN NOVEMBER
Italian vintage hard rock/progressive rock band WITCHWOOD will release their third album, "Before The Winter", on November 20 via Jolly Roger Records.
SEPT. 15, 2020
RAMMSTEIN IS IN THE STUDIO
German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have reportedly returned to La Fabrique studios to work on new music. According to Rammstein World, various members of the band and its crew have been spotted in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in the south of France, where the studio is located. Other people who usually accompany RAMMSTEIN to the studio have also posted about their trip to France on social media.
This past June, RAMMSTEIN drummer Christoph Schneider confirmed that the band was using the coronavirus downtime to work on new music.
SEPT. 14, 2020
SidMac, ORIGINAL SINGER OF BAD BRAINS, IS DEAD
Sidney McCray (aka "SidMac"), original singer and co-founder of Affro American punk band BAD BRAINS, passed away on September 9.
Sidney's 7 children would like to have a Memorial Service for their father, and are gratefully in acceptance of donations. Contributions will solely go towards the Last Honors for SidMac.
You can make your donation at GoFundMe.com
SEPT. 13, 2020
DRUMMER AND GUITARIST EXIT MASSACRE
Drummer Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) have announced their departure from the veteran Florida death metal band MASSACRE. The duo had joined the group less than a year ago and were said to be working on MASSACRE's 4th studio album at Kling/Nordberg's own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida.
MASSACRE's forthcoming album was supposed to be the first to feature original bassist Michael Borders, as well as the band's first recording in 24 years to feature original vocalist Kam Lee (ex-DEATH, ex-MANTAS).
Not a word yet on their Facebook page though..
FACEBOOK CAN DELETE BAND ACCOUNTS FOR LIVESTREAMING
Effective October 1, Facebook is taking steps to limit the ability of bands to promote videos that will "create a music listening experience for yourself or for others". This also extends to Facebook Live, which has been an especially popular avenue for livestreamed concerts in the pandemic era.
Read more: loudwire.com/facebook-rule-change-bands-livestream-show-delete-account
SEPT. 12, 2020
SKINDRED ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
UK-based ragga/metal band SKINDRED are going on a full UK tour in September/October 2021. Very special guests will be ROYAL REPUBLIC. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 14.
For dates and tickets, go to: skindred.net/live
TROUBLEMAKERS TO REISSUE SECOND ALBUM "Erektion" ON VINYL
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS will have their second album, "Erektion", re-released on vinyl by Kamel Records in the end of November. There will be a limited edition of 300 hand numbered copies.
LIVE ALBUM WITH MARDUK NEXT MONTH
Swedish black metal legends MARDUK will release a live album, "World Funeral: Jaws of Hell MMIII", on October 8. And that's all I know..
SEPT. 11, 2020
PERKELE HAVE FOUND A NEW DRUMMER
Swedish street punk veterans PERKELE have found a new drummer, Jouni Haapala (DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA etc).
--------------------ANOTHER PUNK SONG FROM JIMMY BLOM (editor of Hard Rock Info, ex-ABNORM)
"Mi Ne Estas Vi" - youtu.be/ojxCPd8hE_0 --------------------
JUDAS PRIEST TO HEADLINE WARLANDO METAL FEST
JUDAS PRIEST, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, will headline the first-ever Warlando Metal Fest, which will take place Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Orlando Amphitheater at Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida. Tickets go on sale today, Friday, September 11.
Joining JUDAS PRIEST at the event will be SABATON, LACUNA COIL, SOULFLY, MUSHROOMHEAD and UNCURED.
For more information and tickets, go to: warlandofest.com
JUDAS PRIEST is continuing to work on material for the band's follow-up to "Firepower" album, which was released in March 2018.
SEPT. 10, 2020
20th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF PANTERA's "Reinventing The Steel"
PANTERA's swan song, "Reinventing The Steel", turns 20 this year and Rhino will celebrate with 2 new versions that feature an unreleased mix of the album by longtime producer Terry Date.
The first is "Reinventing The Steel: 20th Anniversary Edition", a 3-CD set that includes a newly remastered version of the original album and a selection of rarities. The set will be released on October 30 and will also be available through digital and streaming services.
"Reinventing The Steel: 20th Anniversary Edition" will also be released as a double-LP set on silver vinyl that features the new Terry Date mix on one album, plus 8 rare bonus tracks making their vinyl debut on the other. Limited to 5,000 copies, the 180-gram audiophile vinyl collection comes in an embossed, foil jacket and will be available on January 8.
NEW ALBUM WITH HATEBREED IN NOVEMBER
Connecticut hardcore/metal band HATEBREED will release their new album, "Weight Of The False Self", on November 27 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album's first single will be made available tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 11).
KREATOR WORKING ON NEW SONGS
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR are working on material for a new album, tentatively due in 2021.
QUIET RIOT WILL CONTINUE
Even though drummer Frankie Banali is no longer with us, it was his wish that QUIET RIOT continue and keep the music and the legacy alive. So Chuck Wright, Alex Grossi and Jizzy Pearl will continue the band, with Johnny Kelly filling in on drums with Frankie's blessing.
For more info and new show dates, go to: facebook.com/quietriot
NEW DOCUMENTARY/LIVE RELEASE WITH JIMI HENDRIX IN NOVEMBER
A new documentary film, "Music, Money, Madness - Jimi Hendrix In Maui", and accompanying "Live In Maui" album is set for release on November 20 from Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings.
Learn more and pre-order here: jimihendrix.lnk.to/maui
SEPT. 9, 2020
DAVID COVERDALE FINALLY UNDERGOES SURGERY FOR BILATERAL INGUINAL HERNIA
Back in late March, it was announced that all of WHITESNAKE's previously announced touring activities, including this summer's U.S. trek with SAMMY HAGAR & The CIRCLE and NIGHT RANGER, were being canceled so that frontman David Coverdale could undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia. In a new tweet, Coverdale offered an update on his condition, saying that he was able to get the operation at the Renown facility in his hometown of Reno, Nevada.
Read more here: twitter.com/davidcoverdale
NAPALM DEATH's MITCH HARRIS TEAMS UP WITH MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN
Mission Two Entertainment has announced the signing of BRAVE THE COLD. The band's debut album, "Scarcity", is scheduled for release on October 2.
Fronted by longtime NAPALM DEATH member Mitch Harris and MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren, BRAVE THE COLD is a 2-piece formed in 2018 as the 2 metal conglomerates focus their energies into a new level of aggression. The culmination is "Scarcity", an 11-track collection of ferociousness breathing much-needed life into the heavy metal scene of 2020. The disc was produced by Logan Mader, who has previously worked with GOJIRA, FEAR FACTORY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and W.A.S.P., among others.
BLUES PILLS RESCHEDULE SWEDISH SHOWS
Swedish blues-based rockers BLUES PILLS has rescheduled their 2 shows in Sweden to April 2021. Special guest will be Bror Gunnar Jansson, and the new dates are:
April 23 - Uppsala, Katalin
April 24 - Norrköping, Arbis
DANKO JONES RESCHEDULE UK TOUR
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES has once again been forced to reschedule their UK tour due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The tour will now happen in December 2021 instead, and the dates are:
2021-12-06 - Bristol, Thekla
2021-12-07 - Newcastle, Cluny
2021-12-08 - Glasgow, King Tuts
2021-12-09- Nottingham, Bodega
2021-12-10 - Manchester, Rebellion
2021-12-11 - London, Underworld
SEPT. 8, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH JEFF SCOTT SOTO IN NOVEMBER
American vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, SOTO, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, W.E.T., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) will release a new solo album, "Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)", on November 6 via Frontiers Music srl.
First single and pre-orders coming on September 16.
MEMBERS OF TESTAMENT, SOILWORK, The NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA etc FORM SUPERGROUP
The new all-star melodic death metal band/project ACT OF DENIAL was formed in 2020, and composed of lead guitarist and songwriter Voi Cox (KOZIAK, VICTIM), guitarist and lyricist Luger (BENIGHTED, KOZIAK), vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK), bassist Steve Di Giorgio (DEATH, TESTAMENT), drummer Krimh (SEPTICFLESH) and keyboardist John Lönnmyr (The NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).
A debut album, titled "Negative", is in the works, but more details about that later..
You can check out their debut single, "Puzzle Heart", here: youtu.be/r9gybjyO0wc
SEPT. 7, 2020
FIRST OFFICIAL BOOK ABOUT JUDAS PRIEST TO BE PUBLISHED BEFORE CHRISTMAS
JUDAS PRIEST and Rufus Publications are pleased to announce the publication of the first ever official JUDAS PRIEST book documenting the band's extensive history over the last 50 years. Titled "JUDAS PRIEST - 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS", the book has been put together by David Silver, Ross Halfin and Jayne Andrews.
The pre-order starts on September 11, and will ship in time for Christmas 2020.
More info about the book can be found here: rufuspublications.com judaspriest.com
SEPT. 6, 2020
JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD IS WORING ON BLUES ALBUM
Rob Halford has commenced work on his debut blues solo album. The JUDAS PRIEST singer is collaborating with the same team that assisted him during the making of his 2019 Christmas LP, "Celestial", including his brother Nigel and his nephew Alex (son of JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill).
OVERKILL TO BEGIN RECORDING NEW ALBUM
OVERKILL is scheduled to enter the studio on Monday, September 14 to begin recording its new album for a tentative April 2021 release via Nuclear Blast.
SEPT. 5, 2020
GUNS N' ROSES CANCEL SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICAN TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES has officially canceled its previously announced 2020 tour of South and Central America due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The trek was scheduled to kick off on November 8 in the Dominican Republic and conclude on December 6 in Bogota, Colombia.
NEW ALBUM WITH DEATH DEALER IN NOVEMBER
DEATH DEALER - the heavy metal band featuring MANOWAR and The DICTATORS guitarist Ross "The Boss" Friedman alongside vocalist Sean Peck (CAGE), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X) and drummer Steve Bolognese (INTO ETERNITY) - will release its third album, "Conquered Lands", on November 13 through Steel Cartel.
The LP's lead-off track, "Sorcerer Supreme", can be heard here: youtu.be/Sxu1dqPOxC0
DEATH DEALER will support the new release with touring and festival appearances in the coming months.
KATAKLYSM PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER OLI BEAUDOIN
Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have parted ways with drummer Oli Beaudoin.
A replecement has already been found in Los Angeles-based drummer James Payne (HOUR OF PENANCE, HISS FROM THE MOAT, VITAL REMAINS).
SEPT. 4, 2020
RAVEN ANNOUNCE EURO TOUR WITH WOLF AND CRYSTAL VIPER ETC
British heavy metal legends RAVEN are going on a European tour in February 2021, with not just 1 or 2 support acts, but 4: CRYSTAL VIPER, WOLF, KILL RITUAL and CYBER STRIKE.
When I wrote this, RAVEN had not released the dates themselves yet. So go to WOLF's Facebook page for dates.
UPDATE! Now you can also find the dates here: facebook.com/ravenbandofficial
RAVEN will release a new studio album, "Metal City", on September 28.
NEW ALBUM WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS IN NOVEMBER
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS will release a new album, "We're The Bastards", on November 13 via Nuclear Blast.
Pre-order here: nblast.de/PCATBS-WereTheBastards
SEPT. 3, 2020
LIVE ALBUM WITH THE HIVES IN A FEW WEEKS
The HIVES will release a live album, "Live at Third Man Records", on September 25.
Listen to "Hate to Say I Told You So" from the album: orcd.co/hatetosayitoldyouso
Pre-save the album digitally or pre-order it on LP or CD: orcd.co/thehivesliveattmr
VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER AND ARTILLERY TO JOIN FORCES FOR EURO TOUR NEXT FALL?
According to the Facebook page of the Masters Of Rock Café in Zlín, Czech Republic, VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER and ARTILLERY will join forces for the next installment of the "MTV Headbanger's Ball" European tour in the fall of 2021. The trek is set to hit the Masters Of Rock Café on November 26, 2021, but it seems like the Facebook post has been removed now.
VIO-LENCE is currently working on material for a new EP, tentatively due in early 2021 via Metal Blade Records. And EXCITER is currently writing and demoing material for its long-awaited comeback album, tentatively due in 2021.
NEW ALBUM WITH DARK TRANQUILLITY IN NOVEMBER
Swedish melodic death metal veterans DARK TRANQUILLITY will release their new album, "Moment", on November 20 via Century Media.
NEW BOOKS ABOUT JIMI HENDRIX AND JOHN BONHAM
This September marks 50 years since the passing of Jimi Hendrix and 40 years since the passing of John Bonham. To celebrate both legendary and influential artists, respected author/journalist Greg Prato has assembled 2 new books, "Avatar Of The Electric Guitar: The Genius Of Jimi Hendrix" and "Bonzo: 30 Rock Drummers Remember The Legendary John Bonham".
Both are available from Amazon.
EX-BLACK SABBATH SINGER TONY MARTIN ANNOUNCE TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has set "Thorns" as the title of his long-awaited new solo album, due in the coming months via Battlegod Productions and Dark Star Records. Battlegod will handle distribution in Australia, Asia, Europe and Japan, while Dark Star will handle distribution in all of North and South America, including both physical and streaming.
Among the guest musicians set to appear on the LP are Scott McClellan (who helped write the album), Danny "Danté" Needham (VENOM), Magnus Rosén (HAMMERFALL), Greg Smith (Alice Cooper, RAINBOW, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) and Martin's youngest son Joe.
SEPT. 1, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH VICE SQUAD NEXT MONTH
UK punk rock veterans VICE SQUAD will release a new album, "Battle of Britain", on October 16 via Last Rockers Records/Cargo Records.
Pre-order here: cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/vice-squad-battle-of-britain