Sparzanza - Circle

Sparzanza – Circle

Sparzanza
“Circle”
Heavy rock
To be released on 26th September 2014
Via Spinefarm Records / Black Cult Records

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Sparzanza are back. Well, have been back since March, when this 7th album of theirs, “Circle”, was released in the Northern countries. Now the stores in the rest of the world will have the pleasure of delivering it as well.

They’ve been gradually hardening their sound in the last…

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Echo Us - XII:XII, A Priori Memoriae

Echo Us – XII:XII, A Priori Memoriae

Echo Us
XII:XII, A Priori Memoriaé
Released: 15th September (The UK), 19th September (Europe), 7th October 2014 (USA)
Progressive Rock
Released via Dust on The Tracks Records

‘XII:XII, A Priori Memoriaé’ is the 4th album from the Portland-based, American progressive rock band Echo Us. The band was formed back in 2000 as a solo project of Ethan Matthews (also in Greyhaven) and the original sound…

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Bloodbath announce Paradise Lost-Nick Holmes as their new singer

Bloodbath announce Paradise Lost-Nick Holmes as their new singer

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Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström has said in several interviews that Bloodbath had already a new singer but he wasn’t allowed to reveal his name, due to the lack of contract. He did say “Oh, he’s a legend!” but no one expected that legend to be Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost. The news hit us this morning via Metal Hammer, with the following quotes:

“Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in 1990,”says

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Interview with Johan Carlsson of Sparzanza

Interview with Johan Carlsson of Sparzanza

 photo 10558040-origpic-fe62b6_zps3b638754.jpgI’ve been a Sparzanza fan for some five years, since I’ve first heard “My World Of Sin”. That song was featured in their 4th album “In Voodoo Veritas” and they’ve released three more after that, none of them ever disappointing me. So I was more than thrilled for this chance to interview bassist Johan Carlsson and get to know a little bit more about their latest “Circle”, among other things.

RL: S…

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Moonsorrow announce exclusive UK headline show for 2015

Asgard Event Promotions have announced another stellar show to take place in York during the Jorvik Viking Festival (JVF).

Moonsorrow announce exclusive UK headline show for 2015

Asgard Event Promotions have announced another stellar show to take place in York during the Jorvik Viking Festival (JVF).

Electric Wizard unveil title of forthcoming album

Doom legends Electric Wizard have announced that Time To Die will be the title of their forthcoming album which is set to be released internationally through Spinefarm Records.

Lucifer - Desensitize to Oppression

Lucifer – Desensitize to Oppression

Lucifer
Desensitize to Oppression
Released 21st May 2014
Thrash Metal/ Death Metal
Self-Released

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Desensitized to Oppression’ is the debut album from the Lithuanian thrash metal band Lucifer. The band formed back in 2006 and have also released two demos ‘Agony’ and ‘Feeding the Machine’.

First up is the ultra aggressive and brutal-sounding Killchainwhich highlights the band’s death metal…

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Spires announce crowd-funding campaign for upcoming album

Spires announce crowd-funding campaign for upcoming album

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Manchester progressive metallers Spires have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for their forthcoming full length album, “The Whisperer”. After the critically acclaimed “Spiral of Ascension” (2010), and the equally praised acoustic mini-album “Lucid Abstractions” (2012), “The Whisperer”is planned to be released in early November, with the Kickstarter campaign ending on 4th October. If…

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In Flames - Siren Charms

In Flames – Siren Charms

In Flames
“Siren Charms”
Melodic Metal
To be released on 5th September 2014
Via Epic Records

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A smile lit up on my face when I heard that In Flames would release a new album. That smile still glowed when the first single “Rusted Nail” was available. Not a spectacular track but good enough – the guitar licks in the intro flow pretty easily through your ears; Fridén’s vocal tone – mainly clean but…

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Divided We Fall - Dreamcrusher

Divided We Fall – Dreamcrusher

Divided We Fall
Dreamcrusher
Symphonic/Melodic Metal
Self-released  11 May 2014

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After seeing this band at Dames of Darknessthis year I was immediately impressed; it was a genuinely enjoyable performance. I have tried to listen to bits and bobs, here and there from them, in between my stupidly long “new music” playlist, and from what I have heard, I’ve been reasonably entertained. Now I’ve had the…

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Warhorns Festival 2014: More Bands Announced

Warhorns Festival 2014: More Bands Announced

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The UK’s leading folk/Viking/black metal festival, Warhorns, has announced four more bands for this year’s  line-up. All four bands hail from the northern areas of England and represent the North’s metal scene exceedingly well. Shades of Avalon, Iron SeaWolf, Forneus and Gods of War, join the lineup alongside Aloeswood, Sellsword and Red Rum to what is sure to be a great metal festival for the…

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The Temperance Movement on headlining tour in November

The Temperance Movement on headlining tour in November

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After some festival appearances and a string of stadium shows supporting The Rolling Stones, blues rockers The Temperance Movement will engage on an European headlining tour in November, including 4 dates in the UK:

Nov. 16 – Bristol, UK – Academy
Nov. 17 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Nov. 20 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
Nov. 21 – London, UK – The Forum

Nov. 23 – Leffinge, Belgium – De Zwerver
Nov.…

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ASIA to tour the UK this Autumn

ASIA to tour the UK this Autumn

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In promotion of their 14th studio album “Gravitas” (released on 24th March via Frontiers Records). legendary rockers ASIA will perform a handful of shows in the UK this Autumn:

28th October 2014, Sage H2, Gateshead
29th October 2014, RNCM, Manchester
30th October 2014, Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
31st October 2014, The Regent Centre, Christchurch
2nd November 2014, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

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Krieg - Transient

Krieg – Transient

Krieg
Transient
Released 6th October 2014
Black Metal
Released via Candlelight Record

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‘Transient’ is the new album from the New Jersey -based, American black metal band Krieg. The band was formed back in 1995 and has changed their style a lot over the years. The latest album, the follow-up to ‘The Isolationist’, has been described as “churning cacophony of modern black metal, crust punk, and…

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Through The Cracks introduce complete line-up

Through The Cracks introduce complete line-up

When we interviewed Jimmy Bergman last month, he mentioned how he and Tillie Grundel were thinking about turning Through The Cracks into a full band rather than a duo. And indeed, a week ago or so, three other names showed up on their Facebook page. Now we have an official photo to go along with those names:

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From left to right: Jimmy, Emmy, Tillie, Daniel, Niklas

Niklas Aggemyr, who was already…

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