NEW SINGLE WITH DARK TRANQUILLITY
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers DARK TRANQUILLITY have released "Not Nothing", the third single from their upcoming album "Endtime Signals", due out on August 16 via Century Media Records.
youtu.be/dvqiEH6lM9g | linktr.ee/dtofficial
SAFE METAL AND FRUSTRATION
Lips of Anvil
ANVIL: One And Only (heavy metal)
ILLDISPOSED: In Chambers Of Sonic Disgust (heavy death metal)
DEBUT ALBUM WITH PAUL DI'ANNO'S WARHORSE IN JULY
Paul Di'Anno's WARHORSE will release their self-titled debut album on July 19 via Bravewords Records.
Check out "Here Comes The Night" for a first taste: youtu.be/vOUuZpZfQME
Pre-order: smarturl.it/Warhorse
bravewords.com
VIXEN ANNOUNCES NEW SINGER
VIXEN has recruited Rosa Laricchiuta (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, HEADPINS), as the band's new lead singer following the recent departure of Lorraine Lewis.
Laricchiuta made her live debut with VIXEN on Friday night (June 21) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California alongside GREAT WHITE, SLAUGHTER and QUIET RIOT. VIXEN has more than a dozen more shows scheduled for the summer and early fall.
DOKKEN POSTPONES EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
All scheduled DOKKEN European summer dates need to be postponed. Due to ongoing complications after extensive neck surgery and a recently fractured ankle, band leader/singer Don Dokken will not be able to stand for prolonged periods time nor travel overseas at this time.
Don will do his best to make good in 2025.
facebook.com/DokkenOfficial
NEW SINGLE WITH THE MANGES
Italian punk rockers The MANGES has released a new version of "I Tried To Die Young", from their 2014 album "All Is Well". This new version was recorded live at Skaletta Rock Club in their hometown La Spezia on April 27, 2024.
The song was originally written and performed by the recently passed folk singer Melanie Safka.
youtu.be/W2mnWsl4CEs?si=6ONyqBl5hPRDBqwT | facebook.com/themanges
NEW SINGLE WITH CHILDREN OF THE SÜN NEXT MONTH
Swedish retro rockers CHILDREN OF THE SÜN will release a new single, "Sugar (Shape Of A Gun)", on July 10 via their own label Lovely Eyes Records. It will be the first of 3 singles leading up to the release of their third studio album.
facebook.com/Childrenofthesuun
NEW SONG WITH GHOST
Ghost
GHOST surprise us with the release of a new song called "The Future Is A Foreign Land". The song is featured on the soundtrack to GHOST's debut film, "Rite Here Rite Now".
Due to the overwhelming demand, further theatrical dates have been added to the worldwide launch of "Rite Here Rite Now", which is now premiering in cinemas over 4 days on June 20, June 21, June 22 and June 23. The original motion picture soundtrack to "Rite Here Rite Now" will be released on July 26 via Loma Vista Recordings.
youtu.be/jSouAJ-DtPo | ritehereritenow.com
SCORPIONS BIOPIC IN THE WORKS
According to Deadline, a SCORPIONS biopic, called "Wind Of Change", is currently being developed and produced by ESX Entertainment, the company founded by actor, producer and former race car driver Ali Afshar.
ANOTHER SINGLE WITH THOR
North American hard rock/heavy metal legend THOR (Jon Mikl Thor) releases his fifth video single, titled "Bring It On", from the recently released album "Ride of the Iron Horse".
youtu.be/b1B0JRdcJbM | thorcentral.net
NEW SINGLE WITH LILLA KROGEN BAND
Borås, Sweden rock/song band LILLA KROGEN BAND has released a new single, "Smuts Från Viskan". It's available on Spotify.
open.spotify.com/album/39vnnSU5zLFimc4cFncwuv.... | facebook.com/lillakrogenband
TANKARD PARTS WAYS WITH DRUMMER
After more than 30 years, TANKARD drummer Olaf Sizzel announce his departure from the band at his own request.
His successor is their FOH/sound engineer of many years, Gerd Lücking (HOLY MOSES, BONDED, VERITAS MAXIMUS, COURAGEOUS, LIGHTMARE), who has already filled in for Olaf a few times before.
Read more: facebook.com/tankardofficial
NEW SINGLE WITH BÖDEL NEXT MONTH
The new Swedish crust punk band BÖDEL (with members from SUB ALERT, The CROWN, MÄHÄLIUM etc) will release a new single, "Ett Folkmord Till Frukost", on July 27.
facebook.com/profile.php?id=61554108637897
ACCEPT ADDS 4 DATES IN SPAIN
Accept
ACCEPT has added 4 more shows in Spain to their European tour. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21, and the new dates are:
Oct. 23 - Razzmatazz 1, Barcelona
Oct. 24 - La Riviera, Madrid
Oct. 25 - Gamma, Murcia
Oct. 26 - Totem, Villava, Pamplona
linktr.ee/acceptworldwide
SIMPLE AND COMPLEX AT THE SAME TIME
Greenleaf
MAVERICK: Silver Tongue (hard rock)
GREENLEAF: The Head & The Habit (stoner/heavy rock)
CONSTRUCT OF LETHE: A Kindness Dealt In Venom (death metal darkness)
BRUNSTEN: Ethyl (post-hardcore/noise rock)
BAD RELIGION ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Bad Religion
American punk rock veterans BAD RELIGION have announced North American tour dates for the fall. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 21.
Dates & tickets: badreligion.com/tour
NEONFLY: Master Tapes - 10 Years Live At Masters Of Rock
Noble Demon on June 19 - Digital EP
UK alternative metal band NEONFLY has played at the Masters Of Rock festival 4 times (2012, 2013, 2015 and 2022). And they celebrate it with this live EP, where we get 1 song from 2013, 2 from 2015 and 2 from 2022. The band has won the hearts of the Czech fans, and the festival has become special for the band.
They have a catchy and melodic sound, but without losing the metal power. It's also modern. And this could easily have been bad, but these guys seems to know how to make good songs, so I actually like what I hear. It sounds like it was sweaty and energetic performances. You should give these guys a try.
facebook.com/NeonflyUK | nobledemon.com
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NEW ALBUM WITH BLITZKRIEG IN SEPTEMBER
NWOBHM legends BLITZKRIEG will release a new album in September through Mighty Music. The first single will be released on July 5 together with all the album details (like title and release date).
blitzkriegband.com | mightymusic.dk
GIRLSCHOOL PARTS WAYS WITH BASSIST TRACY LAMB
Girlschool
All female UK hard rock veterans GIRLSCHOOL have parted ways with bassist Tracy Lamb. This is the third time she has left the band.
facebook.com/GirlschoolOfficial
KROKUS, MICHAEL MONROE, L.A. GUNS AND PRETTY MAIDS CONFIRMED FOR MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE
Michael Monroe
The annual Monsters Of Rock Cruise (MORC) is returning for its 13th year. Promoter On the Blue Cruises has announced the 5-day/5-night full-ship music charter will set sail March 10-15, 2025 aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Joy and depart from the Port of Miami, Florida. Among the 35 artist that will perform live are Michael Schenker, KROKUS, EXTREME, Stephen Pearcy, QUEENSRŸCHE, Michael Monroe, L.A. GUNS, PRETTY MAIDS, VANDENBERG, FASTER PUSSYCAT, LYNCH MOB, VIXEN, ECLIPSE, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, ROSE TATTOO, The IRON MAIDENS etc.
More info and tickets: monstersofrockcruise.com
MICHAEL SCHENKER REVISITS UFO CLASSICS WITH ALL-STAR LINE-UP
Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Joey Tempest (EUROPE), Roger Glover (DEEP PURPLE), Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW), Biff Byford (SAXON), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE), John Norum (EUROPE) and Adrian Vandenberg (WHITESNAKE) are among the musicians who appear on "My Years With UFO", the new album from Michael Schenker on which the legendary German guitarist revisits his classic years with UFO from 1972 to 1978. The 50th-anniversary LP will be released on September 20 via earMUSIC.
More details: Schenker.lnk.to/MYWUID | facebook.com/MichaelSchenkerRocks
YET ANOTHER LIVE ALBUM WITH BLUE ÖYSTER CULT IN AUGUST
Following their triumphant 50th Anniversary celebration, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT delivers another electrifying performance, featuring the full "Tyranny and Mutation" album live.
"50th Anniversary Live - Second Night" was recorded during their historic 3-night stint at Sony Hall in New York City, and it will be released on August 9 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Check out "7 Screaming Diz-Busters (Live)" for a first taste: youtu.be/aZozYncl6oA
Pre-order the album: ffm.to/boc50thsecondnight.OFP
linktr.ee/frontiersrecords | facebook.com/blueoystercult
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR
Yngwie Malmsteen will be embarking on a new U.S. tour to celebrate 40 years as a solo artist. This tour will happen from late September to November.
Yngwie is also coming to Europe this week.
All dates can be found here: yngwiemalmsteen.com/tour
GWAR ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH DARK FUNERAL, SQUID PISSER AND CANCER BATS
Shock rock legends GWAR will embark on "The Stoned Age Tour" this fall in support of their most recent album, "The New Dark Ages". The trek will launch on October 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada at House Of Blues and then wrap up the tour on November 20 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Brooklyn Bowl. The tour features support from Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL and hardcore noise machine SQUID PISSER along with CANCER BATS picking up select dates.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21. Pre-sales begin tomorrow Tuesday, June 18.
Dates & tickets: gwar.net
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ANGUISH FORCE: Pool Of Sins (heavy metal)
The BELOW feat. Aaron Sutcliffe: Immutable Decay EP (dark industrial post-punk)
The RIPTIDE RATS: Rat Stomp! (instrumental surf rock n roll)
SKID ROW: Slave To The Grind (Live In London) (hard rock)
WILD CHARGE: Stardust Crusaders (heavy metal)
LACUNA COIL PARTS WAYS WITH GUITARIST
Italian goth metal veterans LACUNA COIL have parted ways with guitarist Diego Cavallotti.
Cavallotti joined LACUNA COIL in 2016, initially as a fill-in guitarist following the departure of Marco "Maus" Biazzi.
LACUNA COIL are currently working on material for a new album. All future live plans remain unchanged.
facebook.com/lacunacoil
AIRBOURNE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE are going on a European tour in early 2025, which will last from January 30 to March 29. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 19.
More details: facebook.com/airbournerock
NEKROMANTIX FORCED TO CANCEL
Due to an emergency situation that required a member to fly home, psychobilly veterans NEKROMANTIX has been forced to cancel the remaining shows on the current tour. This will affect all shows from June 16 to June 23.
facebook.com/Nekromantix
MC5: Boys Who Play With Matches
earMUSIC - Digital Single
MC5 was a rock band from Detroit, who existed in the joint between the 60s and 70s. Their music was a fusion of garage rock, blues, soul, free jazz, and proto-punk. They have not released a new album in 53 years, but on October 18 a brand new MC5 album, "Heavy Lifting", will be released. "Boys Who Play With Matches" is the first single from the album.
Led by founding member Wayne Kramer and recorded with iconic producer Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, KISS), the album features original MC5 drummer Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson on 2 tracks along with special guests including Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), William DuVall (ALICE IN CHAINS), Vernon Reid (LIVING COLOUR), Don Was, and Tim McIlrath (RISE AGAINST).
Well, this is a catchy rock n roll song in the old school, and not bad at all. It might not be as great as their previous material (but who would expect that?), but it',s interesting enough to make you think that the new album will be o.k. at least, maybe even good.
MC5 will be inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on October 19, where they will receive the "Musical Excellence Award". Unfortunately all original members are dead now.
youtu.be/wl3NMXG_shI
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CROSSFIRE ANNOUNCES UK TOUR DATES
Dublin thrashers CROSSFIRE will do 3 dates in the UK in July. These dates are:
July 12 - The Gryphon, Bristol
July 13 - The Devil's Dog, Birmingham
July 14 - The Dev, London
A second part will be announced soon, and will include an exclusive Scottish date at Hordes X in Dundee in September.
Tickets: ukthrashers.org/crossfire-switch-to-reset-uk-tour-tickets
facebook.com/Crossfirebandthrash
NEW SINGLE WITH ORDEN OGAN
Dark power metal band ORDEN OGAN have unleashed their powerful new single "Conquest". The song is taken from their upcoming album, "The Order Of Fear", which will be released digitally on July 5 via Reigning Phoenix Music. CD and LP will be available on August 2.
youtube.com/watch?v=clVBkjmU2F0 | ordenogan.rpm.link/theorderoffearPR | ordenogan.de | reigningphoenixmusic.com
NEW SINGLE WITH ANVIL
Lips of Anvil
Canadian heavy metal veterans ANVIL has released yet another single, "World Of Fools", from their upcoming album, "One And Only", which will be released on June 28 through AFM Records.
anvil.bfan.link/world-of-fools | anvil.bfan.link/one-and-only | facebook.com/anvilmetal | shop.afm-records.de
NEW RECORDS WITH SLOBOBANS UNDERGÅNG LATER THIS YEAR
Sockiplast Records will release 2 12" vinyls with Swedish punk rock veterans SLOBOBANS UNDERGÅNG in late fall. 1 of the records will be a collection with all songs from their 5 first singles, and the other will have new material.
facebook.com/sockiplastrecords | facebook.com/groups/243550855755359/user/100036470328721
4 BANDS, 3 GENRES
END OF DAYZ: Searching For A Way Out (hardcore)
FEARMONGER: Horrific Forms (death metal)
PERFECT SKY: Hunting Demons (hardcore)
SYKOFANT: Sykofant (progressive rock)
The CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT: 20
Ghost Highway Recordings/Savage Magic Records on June 27 - LP, Cassette, Digital
Swedish band The CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT has been rocking hard for 20 years now, which they celebrate with a new album called "20". And if you happens to like a mixture of action rock and heavy hard rock, then this band is definitely something that you should check out. Because I can hear much TURBONEGRO and The HELLACOPTERS in this band's music, which is always cool. It's in other words adrenaline and sweat, the energy is high and they simply kicks ass.
The list of releases by this band is very long. So if you like this album, then there's lots of more stuff to check out (it can be hard to find physical copies of the old stuff though).
chucknorrisexperiment.com | ghosthighwayshop.com | savagemagicrecords.com
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REFUSED FRONTMAN DENNIS LYXZÉN RECOVERING FROM MASSIVE HEART ATTACK

Refused in Boras in the 90s
REFUSED frontman Dennis Lyxzén has suffered a massive heart attack, forcing the cancelation of the band's scheduled performance on Friday (June 14) at Stockholm, Sweden's Rosendal Garden Party.
When REFUSED's participation in Rosendal Garden Party was first announced in March, the show was being billed as the band's final festival show in their home country.
Statement from Dennis: instagram.com/dennislyxzen
NEW LIVE ALBUM/DVD WITH THE DAMNED IN SEPTEMBER
Captain Sensible of The Damned
In October 2020, over 40 years after the founding members parted ways, The DAMNED announced a series of reunion shows with the original line-up consisting of Dave Vanian, Brian James, Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies. However, due to the pandemic, they were forced to postpone the shows until 2022.
November 3, 2022, saw the band performing at the fully packed O2 Apollo in Manchester, U.K., delivering an energetic 21-song set drawn from the first 2 albums, the 1977's "Damned Damned Damned" and "Music For Pleasure", the only albums to feature the 4 founding members.
This legendary reunion show is now becoming available for the very first time worldwide on September 13, 2024. "AD 2022 - Live In Manchester" will be made available digitally for download and streaming, in all traditional stores on 180g black double vinyl, packed in a premium-quality gatefold jacket, as well as on a limited double-CD+DVD deluxe edition, featuring the video of the full Manchester show on DVD and the reunion show in Birmingham as exclusive audio bonus on CD 2.
Get a first taste: youtu.be/cDHRHFtwBQQ
More info: facebook.com/OfficialDamned
PANTERA ANNOUNCES UK/IRELAND TOUR
PANTERA has announced its first U.K. and Ireland tour in more than 20 years.
The reformed band, consisting of classic-line-up members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass), along with Zakk Wylde (guitar) and Charlie Benante (drums), will follow up its appearance at this coming weekend's Download festival with a return trip in February 2025.
Tickets go on sale June 21, and various pre-sale and VIP options are also available.
Dates: facebook.com/watch/?v=384194531324124
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SABATON
JUDAS PRIEST have announced leg 2 of their "Invincible Shield" tour with special guest SABATON. The heavy metal legends will take over new markets in North America this fall with an additional 23 performances.
The tour kicks off on September 13 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec and makes stops in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles, California; Phoenix, Arizona and more before wrapping up with 3 shows in Texas on October 22, 24 and 26.
Full ticketing and tour dates are available here: judaspriestinvincibleshield.com

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