Friday, April 19th
US power metal veterans Vicious Rumors are streaming a video for the song "I Am The Gun" at the official YouTube channel of SPV Records:
The song is part of the band's upcoming album Electric Punishment, whose North American release has been scheduled for May the 5th.
Wednesday, March 20th
Pop/Melodic death metal band Amaranthe are now streaming their new album, The Nexus, before its March
26th release date.
You can listen to it here:
Saturday, March 2nd
In conjunction with the launch of their new website, Swedish metal/pop act are streaming their song "Mechanical Illusion". The song is taken from their sophomore album "Nexus" which will be released in Japan on March 13th and in Sweden on March 20th via Universal Records.
Wednesday, February 27th
Hailing from Bay Area, San Francisco, US heavy/power metal sensation Vicious Rumors have revealed details with reference to their upcoming album Electric Punishment.
The album is scheduled to be released on April 26th in Germany, April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada. It will be available in various formats, namely a jewel case version, a double gatefold colored vinyl and a digital download.
The album's track list is as follows:
1. I Am The Gun
2. Black X List
3. Electric Punishment
4. D - Block
5. Escape ( From Hell)
6. Dime Store Prophet
7. Together We Unite
9. Thirst For A Kill
10. Strange Ways (KISS cover version)
The album artwork (see image link right below) was designed by Christoph Schinzel (Agent Steel, Raven, Circle II Circle etc.)
Sunday, February 24th
Details of Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet's new project Avantasia's new album, The Mystery of Time were unveiled yesterday. The album is slated for release on March 30th, and details of formats were announced: the album will be released in a standard jewel case CD, limited edition vinyl, and 28-page hardcover book special edition. The book edition will contain artwork by Rodney Matthews, a fantasy artist who has not just done many fantasy book covers but album covers for band's such as Nazareth and Asia, and is also hand-painted by the man himself.
Says Sammet of the limited edition artwork:
"Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork.
"I've had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start.
"I put a lot of energy into producing a ver ...more
Tuesday, February 12th
German power metal veterans Gamma Ray will release an EP titled Master of Confusion on March 15. It will be about 60 minutes long, containing two new songs, two covers, and six live recordings.
1. Empire Of The Undead
2. Master Of Confusion
3. Death Or Glory (Holocaust cover)
4. Lost Angels (Sweet cover)
Recorded live in Bochum:
5. The Spirit
6. Wings Of Destiny
7. Gamma Ray
9. Time To Break Free
This represents the first material with new drummer Michael Ehre. Band leader Kai Hansen expects a new full-length to be released within a year.
Gamma Ray is currently on European tour with Helloween.
Friday, January 25th
Swedish melodic pop-metal band Amaranthe have unveiled the release date and tracklisting of their up-and-coming sophomore effort, The Nexus. The album is set to be released on March 25th via Spinefarm Records. The title track has been chosen as the first single and has been released with an accompanying music video.
The tracklisting is as follows:
3. The Nexus
4. Theory Of Everything
6. Burn With Me
7. Mechanical Illusion
9. Future On Hold
Music video for lead-single 'The Nexus': http://vbox7.com/play:9b888ceb40
Thursday, January 17th
Helloween are streaming their new album Straight Out of Hell (release date: 1/18) at the following location:
The link will be active from January the 17th until January the 20th.
Tuesday, January 15th
Apollo Papathanasio, vocalist of the acclaimed power metal act of Firewind, has parted ways with the band, as it was getting more and more difficult for him to follow the band on tour.
In view of their upcoming North American tour, Firewind announced Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Beyond Twilight, Adagio, Darkology) as their new vocalist.
Thursday, January 10th
The Quest is over.....
UK melodic metal outfit Power Quest will be calling time on their 12 year existence in 2013.
Keyboardist and founder member Steve Williams commented on the news as follows.
"I've decided that now is the time to say that the Quest is over. From a business perspective it is getting harder and harder for us to break even. None of us make any money from PQ (we all work day jobs) but I have been losing significant amounts of money when on the road for the past few years. No matter how much you love something, there comes a point where you have to look at the facts, not the dream.
I love nothing more than touring and making records but if there isn't sufficient demand for the product then there comes a time when reality has to bite unfortunately.
I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me and PQ over the past 12 years....it is very much appreciated and it is what has kept me going thro ...more
Sunday, December 30th
Chicago based power/prog metal act Ion Vein have recently (10/12/2012) put out two three-song singles, named IV v1.0 and IV v2.0 via iTunes.This is the band's first recorded material since their 2003 album Reigning Memories.
The band has signed a contract with Chicago-based label Mortal Music which realizes a rather innovative marketing model. Instead of releasing a full length album at once, the material is being released at separate digital releases, in order to alleviate the musical overload fans and press alike are experiencing these days with so many full length releases out there. Upon their conclusion, the full length album will then be available in physical format for those still interested in purchasing the full package.
Tuesday, December 25th
Tobias Sammet has released the first sneak peak of the upcoming Avantasia album The Mystery of Time, which is set to be released in March 2013.
The preview features guest vocals by Michael Kiske who has played an important part in every Avantasia album to date.
Tuesday, December 11th
Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire have announced that they have signed to AFM. The record deal is worldwide, as opposed to the band previously being signed to separate regional labels. In the announcement, the band claims to have projects underway at this time, though what they are remains unclear.
Finnish power metallers Stratovarius have revealed an ensemble of details with respect to their upcoming full-length release, due on February 22.
The album is titled Nemesis, the track list is as follows, while the album front cover can be viewed at the source link below.
3. Stand My Ground
4. Halcyon Days
6. Out Of The Fog
7. Castles In The Air
9. One Must Fall
10. If The Story Is Over
Saturday, December 1st
Prolific power metal act Blind Guardian have unveiled their oft hinted at 2013 release; the project is a massive boxset, entitled "A Traveler’s Guide to Space and Time." Set to release worldwide February 4, 2013 the boxset contains "15 CDs in 13 high quality digipacks" and is limited to 8000 copies.
The set not only contains the bands studio work, as "A Traveler’s Guide to Space and Time not only includes all the albums released during the so-called Virgin years (the record company brought out all the bands’ records between 1988 and 2004) but also all their previously unreleased demo recordings, rare bonus tracks and alternative versions of famous pieces from this era, and all of them have been remastered and some even remixed."
No pricing has been announced as of yet, and the full press release can be found at the link below.
Saturday, November 17th
Today Helloween revealed the album art for their up and coming 2013 release, Straight out of Hell. The band has also released 3 brand new songs on the Burning Sun single back in October 24, 2012. Two of which will be on the official release in January 22, 2013, the other one will be a bonus track.
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
Limited Edition bonus tracks:
14. Another Shot Of Life
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) - dedicated to Jon Lord
European Tour Dates with Special Guest Gamma Ray:
28 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 1
1 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera ...more
Monday, November 12th
Even though he had initially believed he was done working on Avantasia, Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet has announced that there will be a new metal opera out by the spring of 2013. Sammet also relvealed that it wouldn't be "a mere journey back in time", meanig that the new material sounds very fresh and new but would still capture the classic Avantasia vibe.
Sammet also revealed that due to Eric Singers commitment to Kiss he wouldn't be able to return on the new album and will be replaced by Russell Gilbrook from Uriah Heep. The remaining singers and guest musicians who will join Sammet for this new album are still unannounced.
For more information, studio reports etc.
Monday, October 1st
Nightwish have parted ways with vocalist Anette Olzon. Anette had been a member of Nightwish since 2007, and released two well received albums; Dark Passion Play and Imaginaerum.
Nightwish have released a statement on the Nuclear Blast website, which can be read at the link below. Floor Jansen (Ex-After Forever, Revamp) has been brought into the fold for the remainder of the Imaginaerum world tour.
Thursday, September 20th
Japanese Neoclassical Power Metal band Galneryus have released a music video for the title track of their next album, Angel of Salvation, which is due out on October 10th.
Thursday, September 13th
German power metal stalwarts Helloween have announced the title and release date for their fourteenth studio album, Straight Out of Hell. It will be released on January 18 and followed by a world tour, pitched as a "remake" of the 2007-2008 Hellish Rock tour with kindred band Gamma Ray.
Tour dates in Japan, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden have been confirmed through June 2013.
Tuesday, September 11th
German power metal band Gamma Ray have announced that Michael Ehre (Metalium, Uli Jon Roth) will be their new drummer following the sudden departure of longtime-member Dan Zimmerman. This is the first lineup change since 1997's Somewhere Out in Space, when Zimmerman joined the band.
According to singer/guitarist Kai Hansen, the band expects to release their 11th studio album in January.
Saturday, August 25th
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, have released their latest video for "Storm the Sorrow". The track is taken from their latest album entitled "Requiem for the Indifferent", which was released in March.
Sunday, August 19th
Swedish metal band Amaranthe have revealed that they will be entering Hansen Studios in Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen on September 24th to start the recording of their upcoming sophomore album.
The theme and atmosphere of the album will be 'futuristic and ultra modern', while the music itself will be instantly recognisable as Amaranthe with some 'unique twists'. The band also confirmed the song titles 'Invincible', 'Burn with Me' and 'Stardust'.
Thursday, August 16th
In order to promote their upcoming album Silverthorn, power/progressive metallers Kamelot have announced a series of tour dates for a North American tour as a support act for Nightwish and a European tour as headliners in Autumn 2012.
The list of dates for the North American tour is as follows:
9/10: St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre (Headliner Show)
9/12: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
9/13: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
9/14: West Springfield, VA @ Empire (Headliner Show)
9/15: New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
9/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/17: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/19: Montreal, QC @ Cepsum University Of Montreal
9/20: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
9/21: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/22: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar (Headliner Show)
9/23: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/24: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
9/25: Sauget, IL @ ...more
Friday, July 20th
Kamelot have revealed certain details with respect to their upcoming album, first with new singer Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder).
The new album is titled Silverthorn and its release date is set for October 29. The cover art is not finalized yet, however a temporary sketch has been revealed to tease the fans and the members of the press.
In other news, Kamelot recently (7/15) played a new song live, titled "Sacrimony", at the Kavarna Rock Festival in Bulgaria.
Tuesday, July 10th
Swedish heavy/power metallers Tad Morose have recently enriched their lineup with the addition of guitarist Kenneth Jonsson.
According to the band's official statement:
We are proud to announce that we got Kenneth Jonsson on board to complete the line-up. Kenneth is a very talented guitar player, some of you probably already heard of him from bands such as Torch and The Citadell. We have been searching for a another guitar player since Markus left the band and we are really pleased with Kenneth.
In other news, Tad Morose have completed work on their new album, titled Revenant. Revenant is the first Tad Morose album since the critically acclaimed Modus Vivendi, issued in 2003.
Friday, June 22nd
Power metallers Kamelot announced their new vocalist on their website. Tommy Karevik will be
replacing Roy Khan, who left the band in April 2011.
The Swede is known primarily as singer in Seventh Wonder. On Facebook, Karevik assured his
fans that he will not be leaving his other band.
Kamelot's first album with their new singer is planned for a September 2012 release.
Wednesday, June 13th
Greek power metal outfit Firewind is to tour in Europe for a little bit, and then head off to the Asian continent. Once they're done with that they'll come back to their second European leg of the tour with their support act Leaves' Eyes, a German-Norwegian symphonic metal band.
13.07. Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head!!! Festival
14.07. Vizovice (Czech Republic) - Masters Of Rock Festival
18.07. Thessaloniki (Greece) - Mylos Open Air
28.07. Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Roadgrill Festival
17.08. Dinkelsbühl (Germany) - Summer Breeze Open Air
FIREWIND - Asian Tour 2012:
24.08. Beijing (China) - Star Live
25.08. Shanghai (China) - Mao Livehouse
26.08. Taipei (Taiwan) - Hwa Sha Auditorium
FIREWIND & LEAVES’ EYES – “Few Against Many” European Tour 2012:
13.09.2012 Cardiff (UK) - Clwb Ifor Bach
14.09.2012 Manchester (UK) - Moho
15.09.2012 Dublin (Ireland) - Butt ...more
Saturday, June 9th
Iconic award-winning actor Sir Christopher Lee, famous for an innumerable amount of movie roles, has celebrated his 90th birthday with a second heavy metal album.
Titled "Charlemagne: The Omen of Death", this new heavy metal/power metal album will be the third musical piece Sir Lee will be adding to his vast resume. His first metal album "Charlemagne: The Sword and the Cross" won him the "Metal Hammer Award" in 2010 and was met with with a generally positive reception.
In talking about his new creation he explains that instead of being more symphonic and operatic, "Charlemagne: The Omen of Death" will be "100% heavy metal".
A sample and option to buy the single from the album can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Let-
News Source: http://legacy.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabber ...more
Sunday, May 27th
Kamelot are recording a new album which will be released in September 21.
Album title and the identity of the new singer will be revealed during the course of this summer.
At the moment, Kamelot are recording drum tracks at the Morrisound Studios and then they will go to Germany and the Gate Studios of critically acclaimed producer Sascha Paeth to record the rest of the album.
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