Epica announce one-off UK show as part of European tour

Epica announce one-off UK show as part of European tour

Dutch symphonic metallers Epica are set to embark on the first leg of their European tour in Winter this year, in support of their upcoming album, The Quantum Enigma which is set for release on 5th May 2014. The new album will be released via Nuclear Blast. Frontwoman Simone Simons comments:

After a little break from touring, we can’t wait to be on stage again and perform the new songs along…

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Sakara premieres new music video

Sakara premieres new music video

The Queen of Ravenheart Records, Sakara has unveiled her new music video for the song Weave My Web. Taken from her second, upcoming studio album, the song and video give a glimpse in the musical landscape that awaits the listener during in Beauty And Bravery. The album is set for release around the time of the summer solstice, later this year. The video for Weave My Web can be viewed down below.

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Alestorm announce release date for Sunset On The Golden Age

Alestorm announce release date for Sunset On The Golden Age

Metal privateers Alestorm have set the date for the release of their new album, Sunset On The Golden Age. The album, which will be the band’s fourth album, is set for release via Napalm Records on 1st 2014 in Europe, 4th August 2014 in the UK and 5th August in North America. The album’s artwork, as seen above, was designed by Ingo Römling, who worked on the artwork of Alestorm’s previous albums.…

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Stream Of Passion premiere video for A War Of Our Own

Stream Of Passion premiere video for A War Of Our Own

Dutch-Mexican symphonic metallers, Stream Of Passion have recently premiered the video for their latest single A War Of Our Own, which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album of the same name, which will be released 18th April 2014.

Stream Of Passion will also be headlining the Dames of Darkness Festival on 10th May 2014 in Bilston at The Robin 2.


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Amberian Dawn reveal artwork for new album Magic Forest

Amberian Dawn reveal artwork for new album Magic Forest

Finnish symphonic metal enchanters Amberian Dawn have recently revealed the stunning artwork for their new album, Magic Forest. The revealing of the artwork comes shortly after the band announced their new record deal with Napalm Records. The new album, Magic Forest, is scheduled for release on 7th July via Napalm Records.


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Xandria unveil album preview clip

Xandria unveil album preview clip

German symphonic metallers Xandria, who are fronted by the powerfully voiced Dianne van Giersbergen, are set to release their new album Sacrificium next month on 5th May via Napalm Records. As such, the band have unveiled a taster for the new album, so fans can sample what it is to be expected from the new release. The album taster can be heard below.

Xandriawill also be hitting the UK in May…

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Aborted launch lyric video for Coffin Upon Coffin

Aborted launch lyric video for Coffin Upon Coffin

The Necrotic Manifesto, the long awaited album from Aborted, is set for release on 28th April 2014 in Europe and the day after in North America. Production for the album was handled by Jacob Hansen, who had already sharpened his skills on 2003’s gore-classic Goremageddon and 2011’s much lauded Global Flatline. Visually, the album’s concept was congenially transformed by Par Olofsson, who has…

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Kreator announce string of UK dates with Arch Enemy

Kreator announce string of UK dates with Arch Enemy

Teutonic thrash overlords Kreator have announced a string of UK dates in December, as part of their huge European tour, with Swedish melodic death metal unit Arch Enemy.

When Kreator released Endless Pain in 1985, they single-handedly established Germany as a thrash nation and continued to sustain and influence the subgenre via their own Violent Revolution. In 2012, Kreatorreleased their latest…

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Freedom Call w/ support - Porto, PT

Freedom Call w/ support – Porto, PT

Freedom Call, DragonhammeR, Head:Stoned
Hard Club, Porto
Thursday, 3rd April 2014

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With the release of their 8th studio album, “Beyond”, Freedom Call embarked on a mandatory European tour (read here). The only Portuguese date took place at Hard Club, Porto, courtesy of SWR Inc., to whom I’d also like to thank for the press/photo pass.

As Head:Stonedare halfway between heavy metal and prog, I was…

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Japanese Vamps confirmed for Download Festival 2014

Japanese Vamps confirmed for Download Festival 2014

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Japanese rock duo Vamps (featuring HYDE from L’Arc-en-Ciel and K.A.Z. from Oblivion Dust) will make their third appearance in the UK this Summer, at Download Festival (Donnington Park between 13th and 15th of JuneVamps playing on the 14th). They’ve recently played a headline show at Koko (March 28th) and last October they hit British ground for the first time at a sold-out Islington Academy.

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Angelspit - The Product

Angelspit – The Product

The Product
Released 30th March 2014
Industrial Rock/ Electro Punk
Released via Black Pill Red Pill

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‘The Product’ is the new album from the Australian industrial group Angelspit. This latest brainchild of Angelspit’s mastermind ZooG Von Rock is the follow up to their 2011 release ‘Hello My Name Is’. This album features several guest musicians including Helalyn Flowers, Miss Ballistic,…

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Ben Parcell’s “Cover Stories Vol. 1” available for free download

Ben Parcell’s “Cover Stories Vol. 1″ available for free download

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Ben Parcell, one of Bridlington’s most famous pop-folk performers, has released his third full-length album, which is available for free download at Bandcamp (link here). More than a cover album, “Cover Stories Vol. 1″ is a homage to artists who have influenced, supported and given advice to Parcell. Quoting the man himself: » I think it’s important to recognise local and roots music as we live…

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Moita Metal Fest 2014 - 2nd day, 2nd part - Moita (PT)

Moita Metal Fest 2014 – 2nd day, 2nd part – Moita (PT)

Gwydion, Trinta & Um, Primal Attack, Scent Of Death, Viralata, Gates Of Hell
Sociedade Filarmónica Estrela Moitense, Moita (PT)
29th March 2014

The dinner took longer than expected and when I got back to the venue, Gates Of Hell were already playing “Into My Destruction”. I was really pissed as I like them very much and wanted to see the full show. A show that also had to be cut one song short,…

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Equaleft: details on upcoming debut album revealed

Equaleft: details on upcoming debut album revealed

Portuguese groove metal act Equaleft has chosen a mirror cube for the cover of their upcoming debut album “Adapt & Survive” (see trailer here):

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It has now been announced that the mixing and mastering process will be made by Pedro Teixeira (Bury Tomorrow, Heart In Hand) and the release party, set for 31st May at Metalpoint, in their hometown Porto, will have Colosso, Tales For The Unspoken andFor…

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Deathstars new single “All The Devil’s Toys” out today

Deathstars new single “All The Devil’s Toys” out today

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Deathstars 4th album, “The Perfect Cult”, will be out in June (13th in Europe, 16ht in the UK and 24th in the US) but its 1st single, “All The Devil’s Toys” hits the European digital stores today (Northern Americans will have to wait another four days, thoug). Here are the links:

iTunes: http://georiot.co/DeathstarsATDTiTunes

NB MP3: http://smarturl.it/DeathstarsATDT-NBMP3

Amazon: http://georiot…

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