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JANUARY 17, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH SKINDRED IN APRIL
Welsh "ragga metal" band SKINDRED will release its new album, "Big Tings", on April 27 via Napalm Records. On the same day, a single, "Machine", will be made available, featuring vocals by REEF frontman Gary Stringer and guitar by Phil Campbell of MOTÖRHEAD. The track was previously used as both the intro and outro theme to AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson's TV show "Cars That Rock".

NEW ALBUM WITH MEMORIAM IN MARCH
MEMORIAM - the Birmingham, UK-based death/grind metal band featuring Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Andy Whale (BOLT THROWER) on drums - will release its second album, "The Silent Vigil", on March 23 via Nuclear Blast.

NEW BAND WITH EX-MEMBERS OF DIO, AC/DC AND QUIET RIOT
Frontiers Music Srl has announced the formation of DREAM CHILD, a brand new band featuring former members of DIO, AC/DC and QUIET RIOT.
DREAM CHILD is: Craig Goldy (DIO, GIUFFRIA) - Guitar, Wayne Findlay (MSG) - Guitar/Keyboards, Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, OPERATION: MINDCRIME) - Drums, Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, Ozzy Osbourne, WHITESNAKE, DIO) - Bass, Diego Valdez (HELKER) - Vocals.

ZOMBIEKRIEG TO REUNITE AT SCORCHED TUNDRA IX
Swedish thrash metal band ZOMBIEKRIEG are going to do a reunion show at SCORCHED TUNDRA IX, which will take place at Pustervik in their hometown Göteborg on May 5. EYEHATEGOD and MAMMOTH STORM, plus 1 more band (to be announced) will also play there.
facebook.com/zombiekrig   scorchedtundra.com

NEW ALBUM WITH DORO IN AUGUST
German metal queen Doro Pesch will release her long-awaited new studio album on August 3. And that's all I know right now..

BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCES 4 NEW LIVE DATES
Billy Idol have announced 4 new U.S. tour dates this spring. They are:
Apr. 28 - Beau Rivage, Biloxi, MS
May 1 - Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta, GA
May 24 - Harrah's Resort, Valley Center, CA
May 27 - Fantasy Springs, Indio, CA
For more dates and tickets, check out billyidol.net
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JANUARY 16, 2018
NEW EP WITH ABYSSUS IN MARCH
Greek death metallers ABYSSUS will release a new EP, "Unleash The Storm", in March via Mexican label Death In Pieces Records. The EP will include 2 new songs and 3 covers (BATHORY, VENOM, MANILLA ROAD).
facebook.com/Abyssus-144338552349700   facebook.com/deathinpiecesrecs

THUNDERSTICK RECRUITS NEW SINGER
British drummer Barry Graham Purkis, better known as Thunderstick, who played with a developing IRON MAIDEN in the 70s and then moved on to SAMSON (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson), has revealed his new-look live touring band. Viixen is the rock n roll wildchild vocalist who will be fronting up the new version of THUNDERSTICK and sparring with the crazed, masked drummer.
Also new to the band is guitarist Baz Rose, who has played in popular gigging bands since the early 90s, such as FINAL SUNSET, BLACK RAIN and BLACK ROZE.
The full THUNDERSTICK lineup is: Vocals - Viixen, Guitar - Dave "Kandy" Kilford, Guitar - Baz Roze, Bass - Rex Thunderbolt, Drums - Thunderstick.
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JANUARY 15, 2018
VIXEN SINGER RECOVERING FROM BRAIN SURGERY
VIXEN frontwoman Janet Gardner is recovering from surgery to remove blood clots in her brain, a condition known as a subdural hematoma.
Subdural hematomas result from bleeding on the surface of the brain, and the condition is most often due to a serious fall or head injury. According to Healthline, the condition can be very serious, as blood filling up the space around the brain can put pressure on vital brain tissue. The severity of a subdural hematoma is related to how extreme and rapid the bleeding is.
On Friday, January 12 — the day after playing a successful show with her solo band at the Whisky A Go Go in West Holywood, California — Janet was rushed to the hospital where she had to have a hole drilled into her skull to relieve the hematoma and put a titanium plate to cover the hole.
facebook.com/JanetGardnerofficial
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JANUARY 14, 2018
Udo Dirkschneider DIRKSCHNEIDER AND STEEL PANTHER CONFIRMED FOR SKOGSRÖJET
DIRKSCHNEIDER and STEEL PANTHER have been confirmed for the Skogsröjet festival in Rejmyre, Sweden on August 3-4.
Confirmed since earlier are DOKKEN, DRAGONFORCE, The QUIREBOYS, FREEDOM CALL, MR. BIG, RECKLESS LOVE and EVERGREY.
More info at skogsrojet.se
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JANUARY 13, 2018
THE BOYS, PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES AND THE EXPLOITED CONFIRMED FOR PUNK & DISORDERLY
The BOYS, PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES, The EXPLOITED, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, VARUKERS, TOTAL CHAOS and CHRON GEN are some of the bands that have been confirmed for the Punk & Disorderly festival in Berlin, Germany on April 20-22.
More info at punk-disorderly.de
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JANUARY 12, 2018
The Kristet Utseende THE KRISTET UTSEENDE WILL DO THEIR LAST SHOW
Swedish sex, drugs and hallelujah punk/metal cult band The KRISTET UTSEENDE are going to split up again. They will do their last show at the Metallsvenskan festival, which take place in Norrköping, Sweden on June 15-16. But before that they will do as many shows as possible, and they even plan to release a new album this year.
facebook.com/thekristetutseende   metallsvenskan.net

TOTAL CHAOS CONFIRMED FOR DRENCHED IN BEER
TOTAL CHAOS, ON TRIAL, SHEMALES and COMMINOR have been confirmed for the Drenched In Beer punk festival in Stockholm, Sweden on April 27-28.
Confirmed since earlier are TOY DOLLS, The HIP PRIESTS, "DEMONS", BITCH QUEENS, SCUMBAG MILLIONAIRE and The HAWKINS. More bands will be announced soon..
facebook.com/DIBSTHLM
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JANUARY 11, 2018
SANCTUARY TO TOUR WITH ICED EARTH AS FAREWELL TO WARREL DANE, GUEST VOCALIST ANNOUNCED
Following the unfortunate loss of metal vocalist Warrel Dane (SANCTUARY, NEVERMORE), prior to SANCTUARY's upcoming dates supporting ICED EARTH across North America, the band has announced the tour will go forth as planned. The shows will act as a farewell tour in tribute to the life and memory of Dane with guest vocals for SANCTUARY to be performed by Joseph Michael (WITHERFALL).
Find the dates at facebook.com/sanctuaryfans or icedearth.com

BON JOVI ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
BON JOVI have announced the spring leg of their North American "This House Is Not For Sale" tour. The run will kick off in Denver, Colorado on March 14 and conclude May 14 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. General public tickets will be available for purchase starting January 19.
The Grammy-winning band will also celebrate its return to the road with the re-release of "This House Is Not For Sale" as a new version, containing 2 brand new songs, "When We Were Us" and "Walls", available via all download and streaming partners on February 23.
For the dates, visit bonjovi.com

SURVIVING MOTÖRHEAD MEMBERS TO BE JOINED BY SPECIAL GUESTS FOR SELECT TRIBUTE CONCERTS
Phil Campbell has confirmed that there are plans for the surviving members of MOTÖRHEAD to perform several concerts with as-yet-undisclosed special guests as a tribute to the band's late leader Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister. It will probably just be a few select shows and not a whole tour.
Phil Campbell also plan to release a solo record during 2018.

Asta Kask NEW 12" EP WITH ASTA KASK IN MARCH
Swedish punk legends ASTA KASK will release a new 12" vinyl EP, "Historien Dömer Oss Alla", on March 2. It will be a limited edition of 1000 copies.
Their old albums "En För Alla Ingen För Nån", "Med Is I Magen" and "Aldrig En LP" will be re-released on colored vinyl on the same date (if I got it right).
All albums will be released through their own label Kloakens Alternativa Anti-Produktion together with Gaphals. You can pre-order them from freighttrain.se
For upcoming tour dates, go to astakask.se

KÖTTGROTTORNA ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
Swedish punk rock veterans KÖTTGROTTORNA are going on a Swedish 4-date tour in March. And in October they are going to New York.
Here's the info:
Mar. 28 - Melodybox, Stockholm (w/ DERBY STHLM)
Mar. 29 - Lorient, Linköping (w/ GRÅ VARDAG)
Mar. 30 - Hillstreet 1, Lindesberg
Mar. 31 - Påskpunk, Örebro (w/ ASTA KASK, The KRISTET UTSEENDE, The LIPTONES, TROUBLEMAKERS etc.)
Oct. 4-7 - Lycklig Produktion showcase at Mondo Festival, New York
More dates will be announced soon..
facebook.com/kottgrottorna

NEW YORK DOLLS ANNOUNCES NEW LINEUP AND JAPANESE TOUR
Glam rock legends NEW YORK DOLLS are back again, and the latest lineup features Sylvain Sylvain, Steve Conte, Sami Yaffa (HANOI ROCKS) and Robert Eriksson (The HELLACOPTERS). At least 3 of them have been playing with NEW YORK DOLLS before.
These guys will do 3 shows in Japan already next month. And the dates are:
Feb. 11 - Shinjuku Marz, Tokyo
Feb. 12 - Shimokitazawa, Tokyo
Feb. 14 - Fukuoka CB, Fukuoka
nydolls.org

NO MORE UTANFÖRSKAPET
Swedish hardcore/punk band UTANFÖRSKAPET have decided to go seperate ways.
facebook.com/utanforskapet

FAST EDDIE CLARKE HAS PASSED AWAY
Former MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke (real name Edward Allan Clarke) passed away peacefully in hospital (where he was being treated for pneumonia) yesterday (Jan. 10).

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS TO STOP PERFORMING LIVE
British pub rock/punk rock veterans EDDIE & THE HOT RODS announce that 2018 will be their last year of performing live.
eddieandthehotrods.com

NEW ALBUM WITH MAIDAVALE IN MARCH
Swedish retro rockers MAIDAVALE will release their second album, "Madness Is Too Pure", on March 23 via The Sign Records.
The album can be pre-ordered right now from: freighttrain.se
For upcoming tour dates, check out facebook.com/maidavaleswe
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JANUARY 10, 2018
MIMIKRY ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR DATES
Swedish trallpunk veterans MIMIKRY will do some shows here in Sweden this Spring. The dates are:
Apr. 13 - MX Rockbar, Alingsås
Apr. 14 - Hell Yeah Rock Club, Linköping
May 11 - Idrottsparken, Edsbyn
May 12 - Lilla Helfvetet, Mora
May 24-25 - Close-Up Båten 22
May 26 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg
A new album, "GRIT", will be released on March 2.
facebook.com/mimikrysverige

Bad Religion BAD RELIGION TO PLAY ENTIRE "SUFFER" ALBUM IN SPAIN
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their "Suffer" album, BAD RELIGION will be playing all of the tunes from the album in their entirety at the Tsunami Xixon festival this summer in Gijon, Spain.
"Suffer" was the 3rd album released by the legendary southern California punk band and was released in 1988 on Epitaph Records.
badreligion.com

IRON MAIDEN LAUNCHES LIGHT BRIGADE ALE
IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers Robinsons announce the creation of Light Brigade, a unique golden English ale with a 4.1% ABV.
Available in the U.K., Light Brigade has been developed in support of Help For Heroes, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the armed forces community whose lives are affected by their service. 6p of each pint and 5p of each bottle sold will be donated to help the thousands of servicemen and women who live with complex wounds and injuries — both physical and mental — and are looking to regain their purpose in life.
Light Brigade is available to pre-order online now at robinsonsbrewery.com for delivery from February 1. It will be stocked in supermarkets nationwide and selected pubs from February 19 onwards.

QUEEN TO RECEIVE GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
QUEEN is among the artists who will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. This year's honorees — a list which also includes drummer Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, The METERS, bandleader Louis Jordan, and Tina Turner — will be celebrated at a ceremony and concert set to take place this summer. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks..

KITTIE DOCUMENTARY TO ARRIVE IN MARCH
Canadian all-female metal band KITTIE will release its long-awaited career-spanning documentary, "Origins/Evolutions", on March 30 via Lightyear Entertainment in North America. The 3-disc set, which was directed by Rob McCallum, includes a Blu-ray and DVD of the documentary as well as a new live album on CD.

OLD FRIEND OF KURT COBAIN POSTS AUDIO FROM NIRVANA REHEARSAL TAPES
According to The Pulse Of Radio, an old friend of late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain named John Purkey, who runs a YouTube account called The Observer, recently uploaded 4 videos containing cassette audio of NIRVANA demos from the late 80s. Purkey claims that the tapes were given to him by Cobain himself. They include early recordings of songs that would eventually make up the band's debut LP "Bleach", as well as material recorded with MELVINS drummer Dale Crover and audio of early, pre-Dave Grohl "Nevermind" recordings featuring Chad Channing on drums. Purkey has also offered comments on each tape.
The tapes amount to about 2 hours of material, some of which has been heard by fans before, with much of it sounding raw and unpolished.
Here's the links: Tape 1, Tape 2, Tape 3, Tape 4.
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JANUARY 9, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH AXEL RUDI PELL IN MARCH
German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell will release his 17th album, "Knights Call", on March 23 via SPV/Steamhammer.

BABYMETAL GUITARIST DEAD AT 36
Mikio Fujioka, one of the guitarists in the the KAMI BAND, which serves as the backing group for the Japanese pop-metal outfit BABYMETAL, has died at the age of 36.
Mikio was better known to BABYMETAL fans as Ko-Gami, or The Little God.
His wife announced his untimely passing via his official Twitter account, claiming that he fell from a height on December 30 while at an observation deck and died on January 5 after his condition deteriorated.

WOLFBRIGADE AND NIGHT VIPER NOMINATED FOR MANIFESTGALAN
The nominees for Manifestgalan, a Swedish award for Swedish underground artists, have been announced.
In the hard rock category we can find: NIGHT VIPER, ANTICHRIST, MONOLORD and GRIFT.
And in the punk category we can find: BAD NERVE, ALLVARET, TROTS and WOLFBRIGADE.
More info at manifestgalan.se

THE EXPLOITED CONFIRMED FOR PSK
The EXPLOITED have been confirmed for the PSK (Pretty Shitty Kjell) punk and Oi! festival in Stockholm, Sweden on May 11-12.
Confirmed since earlier are The PROFESSIONALS etc.
You might find some more info at facebook.com/Kjell-Hell-184679984968097
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JANUARY 8, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH THE CROWN IN MARCH
Swedish death metal veterans The CROWN will releae their new album, "Cobra Speed Venom", on March 16 through Metal Blade Records.

DANZIG TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL SHOWS
Glenn Danzig will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the formation of his namesake band in 2018 by performing "a limited number of special shows" in the U.S. and Europe.
More information will be made available soon..

Junkstars JUNKSTARS ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR WITH DOKA
Swedish punk rock n roll band JUNKSTARS will team up with punk rockers DOKA for a Swedish tour in the Spring. The dates are:
Mar. 23 - Hamra Wärdshus, Tänndalen
Mar. 24 - Jane Doe, Östersund
Mar. 31 - IP, Edsbyn
Apr. 06 - Rockbar, Karlskoga
Apr. 07 - Backstage Rockbar, Trollhättan
Apr. 13 - The Rock Bar, Karlstad
Apr. 14 - CC Puben, Gävle
May 12 - Harry B James, Stockholm
facebook.com/junkstarsofficial   facebook.com/Dokapunkrock

THE ADICTS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
The ADICTS have been confirmed for the punk festival Rebellion, which take place at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 2-5.
Confirmed since earlier are cool cats like STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, BUZZCOCKS, The EXPLOITED, COCKNEY REJECTS, DISCHARGE, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS, GBH, RUTS DC, UK SUBS, The PROFESSIONALS, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, The BOYS, D.R.I., PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, 999, M.D.C., VICE SQUAD, CITY SAINTS, The LIPTONES, 4 PAST MIDNIGHT etc. etc.
More info at rebellionfestivals.com

THE DISTILLERS ARE BACK
American punk band The DISTILLERS, who announced a hitaus in 2006, are going to reunite this year. Their first reunion show will take place at Shakey Knee Festival in Atlanta, U.S.A. on May 4-6.
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JANUARY 7, 2018
LEGENDARY PRODUCER CHRIS TSANGARIDES IS DEAD
Legendary producer Chris Tsangarides passed away this morning (Jan. 7) after reportedly being taken ill at the start of the year. According to his daughter Anastasia Tsangarides, Chris was battling pneumonia and heart failure at the time of his death. He was 61 years old.
Chris produced albums with artists like THIN LIZZY, JUDAS PRIEST, Gary Moore, HELLOWEEN, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, Yngwie Malmsteen, ANVIL, UFO and The AMORETTES, just to mention a few..

Lastkaj 14 LASTKAJ 14 ANNOUNCES GIGS IN SWEDEN AND GERMANY
Swedish trallpunk band LASTKAJ 14 will do some shows in both Sweden and Germany during the coming months.
Here's the dates:
Feb. 2 - Sweden, Karlskoga, Rockbar
Feb. 3 - Sweden, Karlstad, The Rock Bar
Feb. 16 - Sweden, Linköping, The Crypt
Feb. 17 - Sweden, Hässleholm, Perrong 23
Mar. 24 - Sweden, Stockholm, Kraken (Asta 40 år)
Mar. 30 - Germany, Lübeck,Treibsand
Mar. 31 - Germany, Leipzig
Apr. 02 - Germany, Hof, Proberaum
Apr. 04 - Germany, Aachen, Musikbunker
Apr. 05 - Germany, Bonn, Kult41
Apr. 06 - Germany, Berlin, Schokoladen
Apr. 07 - Germany, Hamburg, Gängeviertel
facebook.com/Lastkaj14
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JANUARY 6, 2018
ALL CHARGES AGAINST DECAPITATED HAVE BEEN DISMISSED
Charges related to kidnapping and rape which were filed against members of Polish death metal band DECAPITATED have been dropped at the request of the prosecutor.

MURDER JUNKIES BOOKING U.S. SHOWS FOR JUNE
American punk veterans MURDER JUNKIES (who played with G.G. Allin) are currently looking for U.S. shows in June on the East Coast, Midwest and South.
facebook.com/ggallinofficial

ABNORM IS BACK
I'm not sure if anybody care, but it seems like my old punk/hardcore band ABNORM (where I sing) are back again. We will start to rehearse soon, and we have already a gig in late May (more about that later).
More info about the band at hardrockinfo.com/abnorm
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JANUARY 5, 2018
DEAD BOYS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
American punk legends DEAD BOYS have announced a UK tour in support of the recent 40th anniversary of their seminal album "Young, Loud and Snotty" following a successful run across the US and Canada last autumn/fall.
In addition to the tour, the band, spearheaded by original guitarist and drummer Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz have completely re-recorded the album with Jake Hout taking on lead vocal duties in place of the long passed Stiv Bators. The new recording, titled "Still Snotty: Young, Loud and Snotty at 40", is available now via Plowboy Records.
The UK tour dates are these:
Jan. 31 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Feb. 1 - Sheffield, 02 Academy
Feb. 2 - Birmingham, 02 Institute
Feb. 3 - Newcastle, Riverside
Feb. 4 - Glasgow, 02 ABC
Feb. 6 - Manchester, Gorilla
Feb. 7 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

DEBUT ALBUM WITH REVERTIGO IN FEBRUARY
Frontiers Music Srl will release the debut album from REVERTIGO, a Stockholm, Sweden-based duo formed by Mats Levén (vocals) and Anders Wikström (guitar), on February 23.

SODOM FRONTMAN TOM ANGELRIPPER PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST AND DRUMMER
SODOM bassist/vocalist and sole remaining original member Thomas "Angelripper" Such has parted ways with guitarist Bernd "Bernemann" Kost and drummer Markus "Makka" Freiwald.
All 2018 shows will take place as scheduled, and a new line-up will be announced soon.
Read more here: facebook.com/sodomized
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JANUARY 4, 2018
NEW ALBUM WITH CHASTAIN SINGER LEATHER LEONE
LEATHER, the solo band of CHASTAIN singer Leather Leone, will release its new album, "II", on March 21 in Japan via Rubicon Music and on April 13 in the U.S. through Divebomb Records and in Europe through High Roller Records. The vinyl version of the album will be made available on June 29 via High Roller.

Mob 47 MOB 47 ANNOUNCES MEXICAN TOUR
Swedish hardcore/punk legends MOB 47 are going to Mexico in May for a little tour. You can find the dates at facebook.com/mob47
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JANUARY 3, 2018
ACE FREHLEY ANNOUNCES GIGS IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will do the following shows in New Jersey and New York in February:
Feb. 1 - The Levoy Theatre, Millville, NJ
Feb. 2 - St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY
Feb. 3 - Bergen Perf. Arts Ctr, Englewood, NJ
acefrehley.com

KSMB GUITARIST SÖREN "SULO" KARLSSON LEAVES THE BAND AFTER THREAT OF VIOLENCE
Some fans of Swedish punk rock legends KSMB were not happy to see Sören "Sulo" Karlsson as the band's new guitarist. There have been several threats aginst him on the internet, and he has now decided to leave the band.
You can read more about it (in Swedish) here: aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/a/gP0Ww1/sulo-karlsson-lamnar-ksmb-efter-nathot
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JANUARY 2, 2018
MIASMAL GOT A NEW BASSIST
Swedish death metallers MIASMAL has recruited Tobbe "Big T" Dahlgren as their new bassist. They will now start to work on a new album.
facebook.com/miasmal
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DECEMBER 30, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH MIMIKRY IN MARCH
Swedish trallpunk veterans MIMIKRY will release a new album, "GRIT", on March 2, 2018.
facebook.com/mimikrysverige
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DECEMBER 29, 2017
Phil Campbell with Motorhead PHIL CAMPBELL CANCELS BOOK PLANS
MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell says that he has "canceled" plans to write a book, but hopes to revisit the idea after he completes his long-awaited solo album.
Campbell recently finished recording the debut LP from PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS in which he is joined by his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr. Titled "The Age Of Absurdity", the disc will feature 11 songs and 1 bonus track and will be released on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast.
philcampbell.net
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DECEMBER 28, 2017
THE EXPLOITED ANNOUNCES RUSSIAN DATES
Scottish punk legends The EXPLOITED are going to do 3 shows in Russia in February. The dates are:
16.02 - Moscow, Glavclub
17.02 - St.Peterburg, A2
18.02 - Petrozavodsk, Concert Hall
the-exploited.net
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DECEMBER 27, 2017
SLF STIFF LITTLE FINGERS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION FESTIVAL
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have been confirmed for the Rebellion punk festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 2-5, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are BUZZCOCKS, The EXPLOITED, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS, DISCHARGE, RUTS DC, GBH, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, D.R.I., The BOYS, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, 999, The PROFESSIONALS, M.D.C., VICE SQUAD, RAW POWER, CITY SAINTS, The LIPTONES, SYSTEM OF HATE, 4 PAST MIDNIGHT etc. etc.
More info at rebellionfestivals.com
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DECEMBER 26, 2017
MUNICIPAL WASTE ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES IN SOUTH AMERICA AND JAPAN
American thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE have announced some tour dates in Argentina, Columbia and Japan. These dates are:
Jan. 19 - Uni Club, Guardia Vieja, Argentina
Jan. 21 - Metal Millennium Festival, Bogota, Columbia
Jan. 29 - Club Quatro Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Jan. 30 - Club Quatro Umeda, Osaka, Japan
municipalwaste.net
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DECEMBER 25, 2017
DOWN 'N' OUTZ IS WORKING ON FIRST ALBUM OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL
DOWN 'N' OUTZ, the project founded and fronted by DEF LEPPARD's Joe Elliott, is working on its 3rd studio album, tentatively due in 2019. Unlike the first 2 records, which consisted solely of covers of songs by artists related to MOTT THE HOOPLE, such as MOTT, BRITISH LIONS and Ian Hunter, the upcoming disc will include original material "inspired by" MOTT THE HOOPLE.
In addition to Elliott (vocals, guitar, keyboards), the band features THE QUIREBOYS' Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar), Keith Weir (keyboards), drummer Phil Martini (WAYWARD SONS) and bassist Share Ross (VIXEN).

ACOUSTIC EP WITH Y&T IN JANUARY
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area hard rockers Y&T will release their first-ever acoustic EP, "Acoustic Classix Vol. 1", in January. Recorded earlier this month, the effort contains 6 classic Y&T songs, including a few songs fans wouldn't expect to hear acoustically, each with a different spin.
You can pre-order the EP here: store.meniketti.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=YTCD-AC1
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DECEMBER 24, 2017
THOR CONFIRMED FOR MUSKELROCK
THOR have been confirmed for the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Alvesta, Sweden on May 31 to June 2, 2018. About 31 more artists will be confirmed during the coming months.
muskelrock.com
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DECEMBER 23, 2017
Lastkaj 14 BEST OF 2017
20 good albums that was released in 2017 according to me. In no particular order..
LASTKAJ 14: Becksvart
SANCTUARY: Inception
ICE AGE: Breaking The Ice
EGONAUT: The Omega
KSMB: Ond Saga
TYRANEX: Death Roll
L.A. GUNS: The Missing Peace
MÄRVEL: At The Sunshine Factory
BONAFIDE: Flames
GRAVE DIGGER: Healed By Metal
ECLIPSE: Monumentum
HEAVY TIGER: Glitter
LiV SiN: Follow Me
RANCID: Trouble Maker
HONEYMOON DISEASE: Part Human, Mostley Beast
F.K.Ü.: 1981
DR. LIVING DEAD!: Cosmic Conqueror
SKARLETT RIOT: Regenerate
KÖTTGROTTORNA: Robin Hood
ARCH ENEMY: Will To Power
Reviews of all these albums can be found here.

EUROPE GOING TO AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME
Swedish hard rock legends EUROPE are going to Australia for the first time in May 2018.
The dates are:
May 16 - Perth Concert Hall, Perth
May 18 - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
May 19 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne
May 22 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
May 23 - The Tivoli, Brisbane
More tour dates at europetheband.com
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DECEMBER 22, 2017
GENE SIMMONS BAND ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN DATES
GENE SIMMONS BAND (with Gene Simmons from KISS) are coming to Europe for 5 shows in July. And the exclusive dates are:
July 15 - Masters Of Rock Festival/Destilary R Jelinek, Vizovice, Czech Republic
July 16 - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
July 18 - Rockhal, Luxembourg
July 19 - 013, Tilburg, Holland
July 20 - Rocks Magazine 20th Anniversary/Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
genesimmons.com

THE PROFESSIONALS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION FESTIVAL
The PROFESSIONALS have been confirmed for the Rebellion punk festival at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 2-5, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are BUZZCOCKS, The EXPLOITED, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS, DISCHARGE, RUTS DC, GBH, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, D.R.I., The BOYS, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, 999, M.D.C., VICE SQUAD, RAW POWER, CITY SAINTS, The LIPTONES, SYSTEM OF HATE, 4 PAST MIDNIGHT etc. etc.
More info at rebellionfestivals.com

NEW SONG WITH LUCIFER
Heavy metal blues rockers LUCIFER have released a new song called "Faux Pharaoh". The track will appear on the band's upcoming second album, "Lucifer II", which will arrive before next summer.
LUCIFER earlier in the year parted ways with drummer Andrew Prestige and guitarist Gary "Gaz" Jennings. The now-Stockholm-Sweden-based group has since been joined by Nicke Andersson (IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC, The HELLACOPTERS, ENTOMBED) on drums, with Robin Tiderbrink handling guitar duties. The band also includes original member Johanna Sadonis (ex-The OATH).
Listen to "Faux Pharaoh" here: youtu.be/lUDDwcg_VL4

PRETTY MAIDS ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Danish hard rock legends PRETTY MAIDS have announced the last leg of the "Kingmaker" tour, that started out in fall 2016. It will be a 2-week headlining European tour, and very special guests will be German hard rockers PINK CREAM 69, who celebrate their 30-year anniversary.
Click here for tour dates: prettymaids.dk/tourdates.html

BLAZE BAYLEY CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
Former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Blaze Bayley have been confirmed for Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden on August 15-18, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are SABATON, SEPULTURA, BATTLEBEAST, PRIMAL FEAR, HULKOFF, NOCTURNAL RITES, POWERWOLF, THUNDERMOTHER, BOMBUS, WARBRINGER etc.
More info at sabaton.net/sabaton-open-air-festival
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DECEMBER 21, 2017
LED ZEPPELIN TO CELEBRATE 50 WITH A BOOK
LED ZEPPELIN are pleased to announce that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are collaborating with ReelArtPress to publish the official illustrated book celebrating 50 years since the formation of the group. Coming 2018.
For updates please visit reelartpress.com
ledzeppelin.com

HYPNOS SIGNS WITH THE SIGN RECORDS
Swedish hard rock band HYPNOS have signed a new record deal with The Sign Records.
Last weekend the band recorded 8 tracks in a live session that will be released during the spring 2018. This is the first new recording with the band's new singer Linus Johansson.
The band will return with a new studio album during the autumn of 2018.
facebook.com/hypnosboogie   facebook.com/thesignrecords

IN FLAMES GOT A NEW FESTIVAL
Swedish metal band IN FLAMES will have their own 2-day festival, called Borgholm Brinner, at Borgholms Slottsruin on a Swedish island called Öland. IN FLAMES will headline both days, and will play a unique set both days. About 10 more bands will be announced, and the dates are July 27-28, 2018.
Tickets go on sale January 29.
inflames.com   borgholmbrinner.se

LIFE OF AGONY PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Drummer Sal Abruscato has "amicably" left LIFE OF AGONY, the band he was in, on and off, for the past 2 and a half decades.
Sal co-founded TYPE O NEGATIVE with Peter Steele and performed on the albums "Slow, Deep And Hard" (1991), "Origin Of The Feces" (1992), "Bloody Kisses" (1993) and various best-of compilations and soundtracks. As the drummer for LIFE OF AGONY, he played on "River Runs Red" (1993), "Ugly" (1995), "River Runs Again" (2003), "Broken Valley" (2005) and "A Place Where There's No More Pain" (2017). Additional projects include SUPERMASSIV and MY MORTALITY. He is also the singer, songwriter and guitarist for A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH.

BOX SET WITH NEVERMORE IN MARCH
Due on March 9, 2018 via Century Media is "The Complete Collection" by acclaimed U.S. progressive/thrash metallers NEVERMORE. A strictly limited 12-disc box set covering all recordings made by this Seattle band.
It includes all albums (some with bonus tracks), all EP and live releases, plus an extra disc of rarities and previously unreleased demo and live recordings. It comes with a hand-numbered collector's certificate, 80-page booklet (with lyrics, photos, liner notes) as well as an exclusive poster flag (size: 95x65cm).
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DECEMBER 20, 2017
Arch Enemy ARCH ENEMY TO RELEASE DELUXE VINYL BOX SET
Melodic death metallers ARCH ENEMY will release a deluxe vinyl box set, "1996 - 2017", which will including all 10 studio albums and a bonus Gatefold 2LP featuring covers and bonus tracks recorded between 1996 and 2017. The hand-numbered box set also comes with a 36-page-booklet with liner notes. All albums are mastered for vinyl.
It will be available as a picture LP box set as well as in several vinyl colors, and the release date is February 16. You can pre-order your copy right now at archenemy.lnk.to/1996-2017
archenemy.net

URIAH HEEP AND DESTRUCTION CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
URIAH HEEP, DESTRUCTION, BUCKCHERRY, MESHUGGAH, TORCH, COVEN, FOCUS and BARONESS have been confirmed for next summer's Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 6-9.
Confirmed since earlier are IRON MAIDEN, Ozzy Osbourne, JUDAS PRIEST, HELLOWEEN, HEAVY LOAD, ROSE TATTOO, TURBONEGRO, PRETTY MAIDS, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, KREATOR, VIXEN, SLADE, NAZARETH, MADAM X, Joe Lynn Turner, BULLET, F.K.Ü., The QUILL etc.
More info at swedenrock.com
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DECEMBER 19, 2017
NEW 7" EP WITH DIMMU BORGIR IN FEBRUARY
Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR will release a new song, "Interdimensional Summit", on February 23, 2018 as a 7" vinyl EP. The EP will also include a live version of the track "Puritania", recorded in Oslo.
You can pre-order it here: nblast.de/DimmuBorgirSummit
"Interdimensional Summit" is taken from DIMMU BORGIR's upcoming full-length album, which will be released in the spring via Nuclear Blast.
facebook.com/dimmuborgir

NEW ALBUM WITH THOBBE ENGLUND IN FEBRUARY
Former SABATON guitarist Thobbe Englund will release a new solo album, "The Draining Of Vergelmer", on February 16, 2018 via Metalville Records.
The first video from the album, for the song "Illuminati", is available now at: youtube.com/watch?v=0DQhofMZY94&feature=youtu.be

NEW ALBUM WITH THUNDERMOTHER IN FEBRUARY
Swedish female hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER will finally release a new, self titled, album on February 23, 2018 via Despotz Records. It will be the first album with the new lineup of the band.
thundermother.com   despotz.se
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DECEMBER 18, 2017
Graveyard GRAVEYARD IN THE STUDIO
Swedish retro rockers GRAVEYARD are currently in Park Studios in Stockholm to record their as-yet-untitled new album for a late spring/early summer release.
The disc is being produced by Chips Kiesbye (The HELLACOPTERS, Michael Monroe, The NOMADS) and engineered by Stefan Boman (BURT BACHARACH, Alice Cooper, DEF LEPPARD, KENT).
facebook.com/graveyardofficial

MONSTER MAGNET ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
MONSTER MAGNET are coming to Europe for a tour in May/June 2018. Dates can probably be found at monstermagnet.net
Their new album, "Mindfucker", will be released on March 23 via Napalm Records.
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DECEMBER 17, 2017
Motorhead PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE RECORDING WITH MOTÖRHEAD TO BE RELEASED ON DEC. 23
MOTÖRHEAD are going to release a previously unreleased live show recorded in Bonn, Germany on December 23, 1996. It will be available for free at imotorhead.com on December 23.
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DECEMBER 16, 2017
NEBULA BACK IN 2018
The influential Los Angeles-based heavy psych trio NEBULA will end its 8-year hiatus in 2018 and return to action with a new studio album and a series of European tour dates.
Confirmed dates are:
Apr. 25 - Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland
Apr. 26 - Baroeg, Rotterdam, Holland
May 02 - Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 04 - Desertfest, Berlin, Germany
May 05-06 - Desertfest, London, England
Jun. 22-23 - Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

CLASSIC ALBUMS WITH DIMMU BORGIR TO BE REISSUED ON VINYL
Before the symphonic black metal legends DIMMU BORGIR return to the spotlight with their highly anticipated 9th studio album in spring 2018, the Norwegians now unleash the re-releases of their early classics on vinyl.
The following LPs will be released on December 22:
"Death Cult Armageddon"
"For All Tid"
"Enthrone Darkness Triumphant"
These LPs will see the light of day on February 23:
"Spiritual Black Dimensions"
"Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia"
"Stormblåst"
You can currently pre-order them all here: nblast.de/DimmuBorgirReRelease
facebook.com/dimmuborgir

STATUS QUO CANCEL REMANING DATES IN GERMANY
Further to the cancellation of shows in Berlin, Frankfurt and Baden Baden, it is with great regret that STATUS QUO are forced to announce that the remaining dates in the German Aquostic tour will also be cancelled due to Francis Rossi's ongoing illness.
Francis is currently receiving medical attention in Germany for a severe upper respiratory infection. It was hoped that he would be able to recover enough to perform the rest of the dates of the tour from Friday December 15, but unfortunately that has not been the case.
Ticket holders should apply for refunds from their original point of purchase.
statusquo.co.uk

Nifelheim NIFELHEIM ANNOUNCES ITALIAN TOUR
Swedish black metal veterans NIFELHEIM are going to Italy for a short tour in January. Support act will be VIOLENTOR.
The dates are:
Jan. 11 - Traffic Live, Roma
Jan. 12 - Circus Club, Scandicci
Jan. 13 - Circolo Colony, Brescia
facebook.com/Nifelheim.Official
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DECEMBER 15, 2017
NEW EP WITH VENOM NEXT WEEK
VENOM will digitally release a new 3-track EP, titled "100 Miles To Hell", through Spinefarm Records on December 22. It will be available via D2C basis on January 19 in the U.S.
"100 Miles To Hell" features 3 brand new studio recordings: "We The Loud", "Beaten To A Pulp" and the title track. It marks the first new VENOM material since the "From The Very Depths" studio album, which arrived in 2015.
It seems like this limited-edition EP will be available on 3 different formats: 12" vinyl (complete with giant poster); cassette and download; and an exclusive T-shirt, which can also be acquired as part of the bundle, while supplies last.
venomslegions.com

NO CELL PHONE IF YOU WANT TO SEE MISFITS LIVE
The classic-era lineup of the horror punk outfit MISFITS — Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein — is planning to enforce a strict no-cellphone policy at its upcoming reunion shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas in the end of this month.
The AXS and Ticketmaster ticketing web sites have released an updated "phone policy" regarding the concerts, saying that: "No cellphones, smart watches, cameras or recording devices will be permitted during The Original Misfits reunion shows. These exclusive one-off performances will be completely phone-free.
Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr cases that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby. Anyone caught using a cellphone during the performance will be removed from the venue. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience."
misfits.com

CANNIBAL CORPSE CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
CANNIBAL CORPSE have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival at Gasklockorna in Gävle, Sweden on July 13-14, 2017.
Confirmed since earlier are WATAIN, VENOM, AT THE GATES, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER, LACUNA COIL, The LURKING FEAR, F.K.Ü. etc.
More info at geflemetalfestival.se

MANOWAR FORCED TO POSTPONE SHOWS IN STUTTGART
Due to food poisoning and dehydration MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio is under doctor's care and has been ordered not to travel or perform at this time. Therefore the last 2 shows of the "Final Battle" World Tour 2017 will be rescheduled.
Joey is expected to make a full recovery, and with proper rest and treatment he will be back to lead the battle once again.
Fans with tickets for the Stuttgart shows on December 15 and 16, 2017 please be patient and hold on to your tickets while they work to reschedule these shows as soon as possible.
manowar.com
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DECEMBER 14, 2017
Alice Cooper NEW SINGLE WITH ALICE COOPER IN FEBRUARY
Alice Cooper will release a new single, "The Sound Of A", on February 23, 2018. The song is taken from his latest album, "Paranormal", which was released earlier this year. And in addition to the title track, the single also includes 4 previously unreleased live songs recorded in Columbus, OH, on May 6, 2017.
The official video for "The Sound Of A" is already released, and can be seen here: youtu.be/cxADIGl7Fxw
alicecooper.com

NOCTURNAL RITES CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
NOCTURNAL RITES have been confirmed for Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden on August 15-18, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are SABATON, SEPULTURA, BATTLEBEAST, PRIMAL FEAR, HULKOFF, POWERWOLF, THUNDERMOTHER, BOMBUS, WARBRINGER etc.
More info at sabaton.net/sabaton-open-air-festival

STRYPER, JORN AND QUIET RIOT CONFIRMED FOR FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL
The artists for next year's Frontiers Rock Festival has been announced. And among the acts are STRYPER, JORN, QUIET RIOT, PRETTY BOY FLOYD, FM, AMMUNITION, BIGFOOT, JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE etc.
The festival take place in Trezzo (Milano), Italy on April 28-29, and is arranged by Italian record label Frontiers Music srl. Tickets are available now.
More info at frontiersrockfestival.com

Flogging Molly FLOGGING MOLLY ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN SPRING TOUR
American Celtic punk rock veterans FLOGGING MOLLY are going on a U.S. tour in March 2018. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15. Find the dates at floggingmolly.com
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DECEMBER 13, 2017
SANCTUARY/NEVERMORE FRONTMAN WARREL DANE IS DEAD
Warrel Dane, frontman for American heavy metal bands NEVERMORE and SANCTUARY, has unfortunately passed away this morning (Dec. 13).
According to Dane's guitarist Johnny Moraes in an interview with Brazil's UOL, Dane died overnight from a heart attack and could not be revived. He was only 48 years old.
Dane was currently in São Paulo, Brazil to work on his first solo album in 10 years.

BUTCHER BABIES ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
American metal band BUTCHER BABIES will return to Europe in February/March 2018. For dates, check out butcherbabiesofficial.com

BON JOVI AND DIRE STRAITS TO JOIN ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: BON JOVI, DIRE STRAITS, The MOODY BLUES, The CARS and Nina Simone will all join the class of 2018. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be given an Early Influence award.
Among the artists that were nominated but did not make the cut are Kate Bush, DEPECHE MODE, EURYTHMICS, J. GEILS BAND, JUDAS PRIEST, LL Cool J, MC5, The METERS, RADIOHEAD, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, Rufus featuring CHAKA KHAN, Link Wray and The ZOMBIES.
The 33rd annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 14, 2018.
rockhall.com

NEW ALBUM WITH W.E.T. IN MARCH
The Swedish/American melodic hard rock supergroup W.E.T. - which features vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, TALISMAN), guitarist/vocalist Erik Mårtensson (ECLIPSE, NORDIC UNION, AMMUNITION) and guitarist Robert Säll (WORK OF ART) - will release its 3rd studio album, "Earthrage", on March 23 via Frontiers Records Srl.
frontiers.it

POWERWOLF ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
German heavy metal band POWERWOLF have announced the first dates of their European "Wolfsnächte Tour 2018". The wolves are celebrating their outstanding heavy metal masses across Europe starting in October, stopping in most major cities, and concluding November 17 at Saarlandhalle Saarbrücken. Swedish melodic metal band AMARANTHE and Germany's heavy/glam high flyers KISSIN' DYNAMITE will be joining in as special guests.
Go to powerwolf.net for the dates.
POWERWOLF will enter Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden in January to begin recording its 7th studio album, which will be released in 2018 on Napalm Records.

THE AMORETTES SIGNS WITH SPV/STEAMHAMMER
Scottish female hard rock n roll band The AMORETTES have signed a worldwide record deal with SPV/Steamhammer, and will release a new album in early 2018.
facebook.com/theamorettes
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DECEMBER 12, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH MONSTER MAGNET IN MARCH
MONSTER MAGNET will release a new album, "Mindfucker", on March 23, 2018 via Napalm Records.
monstermagnet.net   napalmrecords.com

SKID ROW ANNOUNCES SPANISH SHOWS
American hard rock veterans SKID ROW are going to Spain for 3 shows in May 2018:
25th May - Santana27 - Bilbao
26th May - Salamandra1 - Barcelona
27th May - But - Madrid
For more dates, check out skidrow.com

MINISTRY ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Industrial metal veterans MINISTRY will embark on a 5-week North American tour in the spring. The trek, which kicks off on March 22 in Anaheim, California, will feature support from CHELSEA WOLFE. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15. Dates can be found at ministryband.com
MINISTRY's new album, "AmeriKKKant", will be released on March 9, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Records.

STATUS QUO CANCEL 2 MORE SHOWS IN GERMANY
Further to the cancellation of the Berlin show, STATUS QUO are forced to announce that both tonight (Dec. 12) and tomorrow's (Dec. 13) show at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt and the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden are also cancelled due to Francis Rossi's illness.
Francis has a chest infection which has left him incapacitated and unable to sing. He is currently receiving medical attention in Germany and had hoped that he would be able to recover enough to perform at these shows, but unfortunately that has not been the case.
statusquo.co.uk
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DECEMBER 11, 2017
Anthrax NEW LIVE DVD WITH ANTHRAX IN APRIL
New York thrash legends ANTHRAX will release their new live DVD, "Kings Among Scotland", on April 27, 2018 via Megaforce. It was recorded at a sold out show at Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, Scotland on February 15, 2017, and will also include interviews, behind-the-scenes footage etc.
anthrax.com

BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
Old rocker Billy Idol will be touring in Europe next summer. You can find the dates at billyidol.net/tour

DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA TO PLAY IN JAPAN?
It seems like Swedish trallpunk legends DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA are going to Japan for 4 shows in September 2018.
The dates are supposed to be:
Sep. 23 - Tokyo
Sep. 24 - Nagoya
Sep. 25 - Kobe
Sep. 26 - Tokyo
facebook.com/delyckligakompisarna

ALICE IN CHAINS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
ALICE IN CHAINS has announced a North American headline tour next spring. Confirmed shows are:
Apr. 28 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Apr. 30 - Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre
May 01 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
May 03 - Washington DC - Anthem
May 04 - Charlotte, NC - Carolina Rebellion
May 07 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
May 10 - Atlanta, GA - Coca-Cola Roxy
May 13 - Somerset, WI - Northern Invasion
May 15 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
May 16 - South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center
May 18 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA - WMMR BBQ
aliceinchains.com

STATUS QUO CANCEL TONIGHT'S SHOW IN BERLIN
STATUS QUO are forced to announce that tonight's (Dec. 11) show at the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin has had to be cancelled due to Francis Rossi being taken ill.
He appears to have picked up a chest infection which has left him incapacitated and unable to sing. He is currently receiving medical attention in Germany and has left it to the last possible moment to cancel in the hope that he would be able to recover enough to perform, but unfortunately that has not been the case.
statusquo.co.uk
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DECEMBER 10, 2017
NEW ALBUM WITH HION MARTELL IN JANUARY
Swedish rock n roll band HION MARTELL will release their new album, "Trust Me On This One", on January 12, 2018.
hionmartell.com
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DECEMBER 9, 2017
Michael Monroe MICHAEL MONROE TO ENTER THE STUDIO IN MARCH
Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe plan to enter the studio in March 2018 to record a new solo album.
michaelmonroe.com

NEW ALBUM WITH JIMI HENDRIX IN MARCH
On March 9, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, proudly release "Both Sides Of The Sky", a dynamic new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970 — 10 of which have never before been released. The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2LP.
jimihendrix.com

CRASHDÏET GOT A NEW SINGER
Swedish sleaze rockers CRASHDÏET have recruited Gabriel Keyes as their new vocalist.
A new single, "We Are The Legion", will be released on New Year's Eve, and the first show with Gabriel will take place at Kägelbanan in Stockholm, Sweden on March 30, 2018.
crashdiet.org

NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM IN FLAMES, HIM AND FIREWIND
There's a new Swedish metal band called WE SELL THE DEAD, featuring Niclas Engelin (IN FLAMES, ENGEL), DRÖMRIKET's Jonas Slättung, Gas Lipstick (former HIM drummer) and the voice of Apollo Papathanasio (SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, FIREWIND).
The band will release its debut album, "Heaven Doesn't Want You And Hell Is Full", on February 23, 2018 via earMUSIC.
facebook.com/WeSellTheDead

TURBONEGRO, GBH, STEVE IGNORANT'S PARANOID VISIONS AND THE PARTISANS CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ROCK BOWLING
TURBONEGRO, GBH, STEVE IGNORANT'S PARANOID VISIONS, The PARTISANS, L7, RISE AGAINST, NOFX and ANGELIC UPSTARTS are some of the bands that have been confirmed for Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas on May 25-28, 2018.
More info at punkrockbowling.com

BUZZCOCKS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
BUZZCOCKS have been confirmed for the Rebellion punk festival in Blackpool, UK on August 2-5, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are The EXPLOITED, COCKNEY REJECTS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS, DISCHARGE, UK SUBS, RUTS DC, G.B.H., ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, D.R.I., The BOYS, PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES, 999, SUBHUMANS, VICE SQUAD, M.D.C., RAW POWER, CITY SAINTS, The LIPTONES, 4 PAST MIDNIGHT etc. etc.
More info at rebellionfestivals.com
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DECEMBER 8, 2017
Really old photo SATYRICON, GRAVEYARD AND HULKOFF CONFIRMED FOR METALLSVENSKAN
SATYRICON, GRAVEYARD and HULKOFF have been confirmed for the Metallsvenskan festival in Norrköping, Sweden on June 15-16, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET, EXODUS and The KRISTET UTSEENDE.
More info at facebook.com/Metallsvenskan

LIVE ALBUM WITH GHOST IN JANUARY
Swedish occult rockers GHOST will release their first live album, "Ceremony and Devotion", on January 19, 2018.
ghost-official.com

HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, MADAM X AND BRIAN DOWNEY'S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, MADAM X, BRIAN DOWNEY'S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and SHOOTER JENNINGS have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 6-9, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are IRON MAIDEN, Ozzy Osbourne, JUDAS PRIEST, HELLOWEEN, HEAVY LOAD, TURBONEGRO, ROSE TATTOO, VIXEN, PRETTY MAIDS, SLADE, KREATOR, NAZARETH, Joe Lynn Turner, BULLET, F.K.Ü., The QUILL etc.
More info at swedenrock.com

COMPILATION WITH NAPALM DEATH IN MARCH
British grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH will release a compilation, entitled "Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs", in March 2018 via Century Media Records.
This special release will include a total of 31 songs in a playing time of over 90 minutes compiling rarities and exclusive earworms spanning 2004-2016.
napalmdeath.org
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DECEMBER 7, 2018
Imperial State Electric SPLIT SINGLE WITH IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC AND DEAD LORD Swedish rockers IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC and DEAD LORD will release a split 7" single on Lightning Records in January, where they will do 1 MOTÖRHEAD cover each.
imperialstateelectric.se   deadlord.com   lightningrecords.se

BONAFIDE ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Swedish hard rockers BONAFIDE are gong to UK in May 2018 for a tour. Dates can be found at bonafiderocks.com
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DECEMBER 5, 2017
Really old photo TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER TO BE REJOINED BY FORMER VOCALIST INGE JOHANSSON
Swedish punk and hardcore musician Inge Johansson (AGAINST ME!, The (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY, REFUSED) will rejoin his old band TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, where he was 1 of 3 singers between 1997-2005, when the band go on their last tour this month in Sweden and Norway.
More info at facebook.com/totaltjavlamorker

WARBRINGER CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
WARBRINGER have been confirmed for Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden on August 15-18, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are SABATON, SEPULTURA, BATTLEBEAST, PRIMAL FEAR, HULKOFF, POWERWOLF, THUNDERMOTHER, BOMBUS etc.
More info at sabaton.net/sabaton-open-air-festival
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DECEMBER 4, 2017
FOREIGNER ANNOUNCES U.S. SUMMER TOUR WITH WHITESNAKE AND JASON BONHAM
FOREIGNER are going on a U.S. summer tour in 2018 with WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING as special guests (yes, you read right).
The tour will start on Friday, June 15 in Bangor, Maine at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, and will last until August 1, when they end the whole party at Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, CA.
Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 8. Dates can be found at foreigneronline.com and whitesnake.com
In related news.. WHITESNAKE has set "Flesh & Blood" as the tentative title of its long-awaited next album, due in early 2018 via the band's new deal with the Warner Music Group Worldwide and Rhino Entertainment.

BEHEMOTH CONFIRMED FOR GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL
BEHEMOTH have been confirmed for Gefle Metal Festival, which take place in Gävle, Sweden on July 13-14, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are WATAIN, VENOM, AT THE GATES, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER, LACUNA COIL, The LURKING FEAR, F.K.Ü. etc.
More info at geflemetalfestival.se
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DECEMBER 3, 2017
SODOM TO BE REJOINED BY 3 FORMER GUITARISTS AT 35TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
German thrash metal veterans SODOM will be rejoined by former guitarists Josef "Grave Violator" Dominik (who was in the band 1984-1985), Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik (1986-1989) and Andy Brings (1991-1995) during their 35th-anniversary show on December 26 at Zeche in Bochum, Germany.
SODOM's current lineup includes bassist/vocalist and sole remaining original member Thomas "Angelripper" Such, along with guitarist Bernd "Bernemann" Kost and drummer Markus "Makka" Freiwald.
sodomized.info

BLOODBATH TO RECORD NEW ALBUM IN 2018
Swedish/British death metal supergroup BLOODBATH - which features in its ranks KATATONIA's Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström, along with OPETH's Martin Axenrot and PARADISE LOST's Nick Holmes - is planning to enter the studio in early 2018 to begin recording the follow-up to 2014's "Grand Morbid Funeral" album.
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DECEMBER 1, 2017
Hardcore Superstar HARDCORE SUPERSTAR ANNOUNCES SWEDISH TOUR DATES FOR 2018
Swedish party hard rockers HARDCORE SUPERSTAR have announced a whole bunch of new tour dates in Sweden during 2018. You can (hopefully) find these dates at hardcoresuperstar.com

SINGLES BOX SET WITH THE DAMNED IN JANUARY
BMG are going to release a deluxe vinyl box set of 5 early singles with British punk rock legends The DAMNED. The title is "Stiff Singles 1976-1977", and it will be released on January 26, 2018.
The box set is available to pre-order from pledgemusic.com/projects/the-damned-new-album/items/252564
officialdamned.com

SOLO ALBUM WITH STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT IN MARCH
Late STATUS QUO guitarist/vocalist Rick Parfitt's debut solo album, "Over And Out", will receive a posthumous release on March 23, 2018 via earMUSIC.
Despite the fact Rick Parfitt had finished recording his guitar and vocal parts, a recording session was planned to happen in February 2017. Certain tracks were not totally finished when Rick died on Christmas Eve 2016. The call to help ensure that his work could be completed, so that the world could hear it was answered by musicians of the calibre of QUEEN's Brian May and MUSE's Chris Wolstenholme, both of whom were close to Rick. Rick's son, Rick Parfitt Jnr, was also involved in the creative process, as were John "Rhino" Edwards and Alan Lancaster, amongst many others.

NEW ALBUM WITH NECROPHOBIC IN FEBRUARY
"Mark Of The Necrogram" is the title of Swedish death metallers NECROPHOBIC's upcoming new studio album, which is set to be released through Century Media Records on February 23, 2018.
necrophobic.net

GRAVE PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMMER
Swedish death metal veterans GRAVE have parted ways with drummer Ronnie Bergerstål.
grave.se

URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
British progressive hard rock veterans URIAH HEEP are going on a North American tour in February/March 2018. Tickets are available now. More info at uriah-heep.com
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