Friday, February 28, 2014


Chicago metal trio DIAMOND PLATE are due to kick off a co-headlining US tour tonight with New Jersey progressive metallers EAST OF THE WALL.

Sponsored by MetalSucks and Metal Injection, the "Redacted Pulse" tour starts off in Brooklyn, New York, before tearing its way across the US through March and into April.  DIAMOND PLATE are touring in support of their new album, PULSE, while EAST OF THE WALL are touring off their latest release, REDACTION ARTIFACTS.

Don't miss DIAMOND PLATE on tour with EAST OF THE WALL at the following shows:

Feb. 28 - Brooklyn, NY - The Omega Order
Mar. 01 - Long Branch, NJ - The Brighton Bar
Mar. 02 - Kenilworth, NJ - 10th Street Live
Mar. 03 - York, PA - The Depot
Mar. 04 - Springfield, VA - Empire
Mar. 05 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
Mar. 06 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
Mar. 07 - Knoxville, TN - The Bowery
Mar. 09 - Orlando, FL - Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall
Mar. 10 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
Mar. 11 - Hattiesburg, NC - The Tavern
Mar. 12 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 15 - Oklahoma City, OK - Leon's Lounge
Mar. 16 - Albuquerque, NM - The Jam Spot
Mar. 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca
Mar. 18 - Anaheim, CA - Mirror Image Studios
Mar. 19 - Reno, NV - Jub Jub's
Mar. 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Bar Deluxe
Mar. 21 - South Tahoe, CA - Rojo's Tavern
Mar. 23 - Portland, OR - Rotture
Mar. 24 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Mar. 25 - Spokane, WA - Checkerboard Bar
Mar. 27 - Great Falls, MT - Machinery Row
Mar. 29 - Billings, MT - The Railyard
Mar. 30 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Mar. 31 - Lincoln, NE - Vega
Apr. 01 - Saint Louis, MO - Fubar
Apr. 02 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
Apr. 03 - Warren, MI - The Ritz
Apr. 04 - Akron, OH - Annabell's
Apr. 05 - Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe's
Apr. 06 - Syracuse, NY - Mac's Mad Art Bar

Get DIAMOND PLATE's new album, PULSE, on CD in the USA from CM Distro at or get the album on iTunes at

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Apocalyptic Symphony" from Russian Speed/Thrash Metallers Shadow Host Out Now on Metalism Records

Apocalyptic Symphony from Russian Speed/Thrash/Power Metallers SHADOW HOST is out now on Metalism Records.  

Taking influence from bands like TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN, ARTILLERY, EVILE, and BLIND GUARDIAN, the albums boasts classic 90's thrash metal guitar riffs with speedy double-bass drums and harsh yet melodic vocals with no keyboards, drum samples or re-amped guitars! Just tough, honest, and pure metal! Apocalyptic Symphony was recorded, mixed and mastered in Cosmos Studio by Arkady Navaho. Cover art comes courtesy of Alexander "Kwaadnar" Balinets.  

Stream Apocalyptic Symphony at

The album is available for purchase at the links below:

1. Lunacy Divine
2. Treason
3. Blinded By Greed
4. Empty Eyes
5. Silent Killing
6. Guardians of The Wretched
7. Divide and Rule
8. Reborn in Hate
9. Seeds of Sorrow
10. Apocalypse Within 

Shadow Host was created at the end of 1993 by guitarist Alexey Arzamazov in Moscow. They became one of the first Russian bands to play melodic power/speed metal. Their debut release Twilight Legend came into the light in 1997. Soon after their next release, Neverland, an important event occurred which skyrocketed the band to a considerable new level - Shadow Host performed on Luzhniki arena as the opening act for their idols, Blind Guardian. Performances with bands such as Grave Digger, Stratovarius and Nightwish followed. Shadow Host continued their concerts on large stages before foreign musicians: Edguy and Gamma Ray became the next milestones after the release of their third studio album, Curse Of The Angeleye in 2005. This album had already a much heavier feel.

The release of the band, titled Bringer Of Revenge, became the logical continuation from the predecessor, came out in 2011. The music became even faster and more aggressive, and, in essence, turned to melodic thrash metal. Soon after the release of this album, the position behind the microphone was taken up by Alexey Markov (also STARSOUP), the band started out on a tour and played several significant concerts, including as the opening act for the legendary thrashers Annihilator and Overkill. At the start of 2013, Shadow Host released the EP Demon Hunter, and, at the end of the year, a whole two releases: the EP Lunacy Divine and the follow-up full-length album Apocalyptic Symphony, - to this day the fastest, heaviest, and best-quality release by the band.


Earache Records is proud to announce the signing of Aussie high-octane rockers MASSIVE to a multi-album recording deal which covers the world minus Australia.

The four-piece formed in Melbourne in 2012 with the aim of making the loudest, fastest and ballsiest rock 'n' roll around that hits you hard and leaves you begging for more.  Drawing on influences from the likes of GUNS N' ROSES and AC/DC, MASSIVE are notorious road dogs, famously travelling over a thousand miles for a single show, and were once kicked out of a Los Angeles hotel following a riotous show after inviting the whole crowd back for an impromptu after-party.

MASSIVE frontman BRAD MARR comments:

"We're pumped to be teaming up with Earache.  The journey ahead is gonna be a fucking ripper!"

MASSIVE's debut album, FULL THROTTLE, is due to be released on Earache Records on May 19th.

MASSIVE give you a glimpse into their world:

Watch MASSIVE's music video for the track "One By One", taken from the debut album FULL THROTTLE, at

Get the "One By One" single now on iTunes at or listen to it on Spotify at

MASSIVE are BRAD MARR (vocals, guitar), BEN LAGUDA (vocals, lead guitar), AIDAN MCGARRIGLE (backing vocals, bass) and JARROD MEDWIN (backing vocals, drums).

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CULTFINDER: UK Blackened Thrashers Release "Hell's Teeth" On Eldritch Lunar Miasma

A brand new barrage of Blackened Thrash Metal has been unleashed from the UK's CULTFINDER in the form of Hell's Teeth on Eldritch Lunar Miasma. Hot on the heels of the hellfire clarion call of 2012 debut Black Thrashing Terror EP (also on Eldritch Lunar Miasma), Hell's Teeth is a seven-track slab of equally violent metal madness. 

Comprised of three re-recorded tracks from their 2011 demo tape plus two brand new, punked-up anthems, this mCD sees the trio continue to hone their catchy-as-syphilis, NIFELHEIM-via-ABIGAIL-influenced chaos, barely reining in the clattering, blasting mayhem for the occasional doom-laden interlude. A short, sharp hammer-smash to the senses, Hell's Teeth will light the Satanic fires of anyone who likes their black metal nasty, fast and wholly unpretentious. BLACK THRASHING TERROR ETERNAL! 

Stream Hell's Teeth in its entirety at

Order the CD and CD/T-shirt bundle at

1. Heathen Visions
2. All Conquering Death
3. The Devil's Whore
4. Morbid Breed
5. Drink to the Devil
6. Unholy Orders
7. The Scourging Angel

"Sleazy, distorted bass driven black/death filth reflecting a partial Impaled Nazarene fixation" - Iron Fist

"Blending raw, blistering speed with brooding moments of darkness, their invocations are short and definitely not sweet" - Zero Tolerance

"Cultfinder have managed to craft songs in a genre where it's extremely easy to be forgotten" - Axis Of Metal

"Unrelenting and caustic thrash tinged with a blackened edge and punk vitriol."
  - Mouth For War
"Cultfinder rip hell with a high-tempo whirlwind of distorted, punk-influenced, thrashy chords; hammering crashing percussion; and screeching, clawing vocals."

  - No Clean Singing 

DEATH COMES PALE Sign to Deepsend Records

Danish death metallers DEATH COMES PALE have officially signed to Deepsend Records for the release of their debut album, World Grave. 

World Grave is Danish death metal, plain and simple. Expect a heavy, crushing assault as only Denmark can unleash. Thrashing riffs with melodic daggers that are sure to find their home deep within your flesh. Percussion that pounds like a beating heart ripped from the body and vocals that set an ominous tone towards a World Grave. 

World Grave track list:

1. World Grave
2. Transgression
3. Spawn of the Scorned
4. From the Lips of the Dead
5. With a Foot in the Grave
6. The Putrification Process
7. Modern Enslavement
8. Fury of Vengeance
9. Pulse of Existence
10. Silent Genocide
11. Where the Broken Resides

Minotauro Records to Release OGRE's "The Last Neanderthal"

Recharged Italian label Minotauro Records has announced the upcoming release of The Last Neanderthal from Portland, Maine's heavy metal doom rockers OGRE on February 21 in Europe and March 8 in North America. 

The band's fourth full-length release continues OGRE's splendid combination of classic proto-metal (BLACK SABBATH, BUDGIE, DUST), a touch of '70s prog rock (most notably RUSH), and a heaping dose of vintage doom (SAINT VITUS, PENTAGRAM). The Last Neanderthal even includes a cover of "Soulless Woman" by a different OGRE, a '70s bar band from the Pacific Northwest.

Shadow Earth
Nine Princes in Amber
Bad Trip
Son of Sisyphus
Soulless Woman
White Plume Mountain
The Hermit

Check out the video for album cut "Nine Princes in Amber" at this location.

OGRE will celebrate the release of The Last Neanderthal with a CD Release show on March 14 at Geno's Rock Club in Portland, Maine. For show details, click HERE

OGRE formed in 1999 when Ed Cunningham (bass/vocals) joined forces with Ross Markonish (guitar) and Will Broadbent (drums), who had been playing together in several bands in the Portland, Maine music scene.  Together, Ed, Ross, and Will quickly wrote and recorded a 4-track demo cassette that garnered high praise in the underground doom metal and stoner-rock community.

 In 2003, the band self-released its first full length, Dawn of the Proto-Man, to critical acclaim. The disc created enough buzz to get noticed by Japan's Leafhound Records, who put out the band's second and third albums, Seven Hells in 2006 and Plague of the Planet in 2008, the latter album being reissued by Shadow Kingdom Records in 2009. After a decade of playing shows up and down the East Coast as well abroad (Japan Tour with Church of Misery and Blood Farmers in 2008), OGRE returned to its cave in September 2009.  

Coaxed out of hibernation after several years, the band played a handful of local shows and began writing new material that would eventually comprise its fourth album, The Last Neanderthal, to be released by Minotauro Records (Italy) in March 2014.  As one of the first currently active bands to be signed to the newly-recharged Minotauro, OGRE is ready to stampede into the next phase of its career.

Monday, February 24, 2014

MIDNITE HELLION Release "Bitchin' at Champs! 11-15-2013" Live Cassette via Contaminated Tones

New Jersey's MIDNITE HELLION is proud to announce the release Bitchin' At Champs! 11-15-2013 on Contaminated Tones as part of the label's official live bootleg series, exclusively on cassette.  With a layout done in old school cut-and-paste DIY fashion, the six-track cassette captures MIDNITE HELLION blazing away on stage.

Bitchin' At Champs! 11-15-2013 will be officially released on March 4. 

For ordering info, visit

Bitchin' At Champs! 11-15-2013 Track list: 
Side A:
The Fever
Spirit Possession
Hour of the Wolf
The Morrigan
Cross the Line
Side B:
Post-show Interview 

The band's recently released 7", limited edition vinyl single, Hour of the Wolf is also available on Witches Brew Records. The 7" and more can be ordered directly from the band at

MIDNITE HELLION is currently hard at work on material for a new full-length album and will hit the studio next month to begin recording for a summer 2014 release date. The band has been confirmed for the 2014 Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse, set for April 4 & 5 at Reggie's in Chicago, Ill. For fest details, visit

March 29 @ Brighton Bar - Long Branch, New Jersey
April 4 & 5 @ Reggie's - Chicago, Ill. Ragnar√∂kkr Metal Apocalypse  
April 12 @ St. Vitus Bar -  Brooklyn, New York w/ TOXIK and Deathrash


"Killer tunes!"-Ron Lipnicki, OverKill

"I've never felt so happy to get hit repeatedly in the face with a plastic fence."
-Brian "Lumberjack" Smith

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Some Random Thoughts On Stuff

1. Listening a lot to Mike Tramp's latest cd Cobblestone Street. All acoustic and not metal but just because it's plugged in doesn't mean it's good. This is good, really good because it has the songs and not the fluff.

2. Watched That Metal Show with Lamb Of God, probably the best show I've seen this season. I'm not a Lamb Of God fan at all but what happened to Randy Blythe was just wrong on so many counts and the upcoming documentary and book is compelling.

3. Read two music related books recently. The first was Alex Skolnick's From Geek To Guitar Hero. Self-written and an excellent read. His upbringing was bizarre to say the least and was a major factor in how he dealt with many situations later in life. Great detail about his time in Testament and some funny as fuck road stories. Get it. Not as impressed with Lou Gramm's Juke Box Hero, My Five Decades In Rock And Roll. Sorry Lou but at just over 200 pages that's not going to cut it. The Mick Jones stuff has been told before on many occasions. The first couple of Foreigner albums are covered pretty well but from there on it's all potatoes and no meat when it comes to the band. The drummer Dennis Elliot gets little mention and bassist Rick Wills hardly any meaningful words. As for Shadow King with Vivian Campbell. That's two paragraphs. Bah humbug. The personal health issues are however written well and like me Lou has great affinity for his last Foreigner album Mr. Moonlight. A skeleton read compared to Alex's.

4. No Kiss performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Like me it looks like they don't give a fuck either.

5. Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension is in front of me. I've listened to the first seven songs. Once. Plus I bought the deluxe version. Thing came out on November 2012. I've heard a couple of songs from the last Alice in Chains and Death Angel cds and they are the deluxe versions too. I will get around to it I just have to be in the right mood. The Alter Bridge Fortress album was the same, sat there a while then I put it on and couldn't take it off it was that good.



London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have been confirmed as main support for SOULFLY on their upcoming UK tour.

The tour kicks off this coming Monday, February 24th, with eight shows scheduled around the UK.  SAVAGE MESSIAH will be playing in support of their forthcoming new album, THE FATEFUL DARK, which is due to be released on March 10th in Europe, March 12th in Japan and March 18th in the USA.


"We're pleased to announce that we've been confirmed as the main support to Soulfly!  Max Cavalera is a metal legend, and it'll be an honour to share the stage with him!  We'll be doing loads of songs from our new album, 'The Fateful Dark', so make sure you get a ticket, get down and get ready to crack some skulls with us!  See you in the pit!!!"

See SAVAGE MESSIAH on tour at the following shows:

Feb. 24 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
Feb. 25 - Birmingham, UK - Academy 2
Feb. 26 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
Feb. 27 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Feb. 28 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Mar. 01 - London, UK - Islington Academy
Mar. 02 - Bristol, UK - Fleece
Mar. 03 - Southampton, UK - Talking Heads

Mar. 05 - York, UK - Fibbers
Mar. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Audio
Mar. 07 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
Mar. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Mar. 13 - Pwllheli, UK - Hammerfest
Apr. 19 - Norwich, UK - Thrashersaurus Festival
May 14-21 - San Antonio, Ibiza - Hard Rock Hell Road Trip

THE FATEFUL DARK is available to pre-order now from the Earache Webstore on CD with an exclusive bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl LP including a bonus 10" vinyl featuring four cover tracks.

Pre-order the album now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at or in North America at

THE FATEFUL DARK is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including three bonus tracks and three instant grat tracks, at

SAVAGE MESSIAH have just released a new music video for the track "Hellblazer".  The video tells a tale of power, religion and corrupted innocence through an ancient Illuminati ritual, and features a mesmerising performance from famed London contortionist PIXIE LE KNOT (GAME OF THRONES Season 3, THE DEVIL INSIDE).  The video was filmed with director TOM WALSH (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, PENDULUM).

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

HESSLER debuts new female vocalist and video

Chicago, Illinois heavy metal band Hessler, would like to welcome their new singer, Jessikill.

Following former vocalist Lariyah Daniels departure, she was the perfect fit for the music and personality of the band.
Jessikill, a native of San Antonio, Texas is a classically trained vocalist and appeared on the national X-Factor television show in 2012, where she received critical acclaim from the panel of judges which included show creator Simon Cowell, international superstar Britney Spears, Disney recording artist Demi Lovato and record industry mogul L.A. Reid.
The band began rehearsals in late January 2014 and entered the studio on February 1st. They recorded three songs for an upcoming Maxi-single to be released in late March, which will be followed by the March Metal Madness midwest / east coast U.S. tour.
The bands new music video for the single "Never Lost My Way", was released on February 21, 2014 and is the first recording with Jessikill.

Hessler is currently working on more new material and planning for extensive domestic and international touring throughout 2014.
HESSLER have performed at SXSW and Rocklahoma in 2012 and 2013, Summerfest in 2012 and shared the stage with Slash, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Steel Panther, W.A.S.P., Sebastian Bach, RATT, Mushroomhead, U.F.O., Cinderella, Loudness, Doro Pesch, U.D.O., Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Sister Sin, Crashdiet, Otep, Butcher Babies, Wednesday 13, The Last Vegas, Vampires Everywhere, and many more.

Tour dates:
March Metal Madness:
3/20/2014 Chicago, IL - (1st cd release show)
3/21/2014 Janesville, WI - with Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel
3/22/2014 Minneapolis, MN - with Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel
3/24/2014 Fort Wayne, IN
3/25/2014 Pittsburgh, PA
3/26/2014 Philadelphia, PA
3/27/2014 NYC, NY
3/28/2014 Pennellville, NY
3/29/2014 Cleveland, OH

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Friday, February 21, 2014


Fresh off the release of their newest single and video “Faceless,” New York
City's Martyrd has announced that they will be doing several shows with Metal
Church - a band that is often considered to be one of the trailblazers of the
thrash metal movement, and responsible for penning such headbanging classics as
"Watch the Children Pray."

"I love Metal Church!" exclaims Martyrd guitarist, Michael Andreas. "Their heavy
melodic sound has definitely had a huge influence on me as a musician, and I'm
really honored to be able to go out and share the stage with them on this tour."
And as singer Aaron Pollard adds, "F*** yeah! I can't wait to get on the road
again in 2014, what better way to do that than with Metal Church!"

Comprised of singer Pollard, guitarists Michael Andreas and Mike Kitsos, bassist
Brian Nichols, and drummer Randall Lee, Martyrd has quickly made a name for
themselves on the US east coast. And their last album, 2012's sophomore effort,
'The Mortal Coil,' saw the group on tour with six-string legend Yngwie
Malmsteen, while gaining praise from the metal press, including Guitar World
Magazine, which proclaimed Martyrd was "A melee of blistering riffs and soaring
vocal melodies sure to please fans of both Kreator and Symphony X."

'The Mortal Coil' also reached #14 nationally on the CMJ Loud Rock Charts, while
the group also completed their successful "Fall of the Faithful" fall-winter
tour; and enjoyed a strong performance of the album's single, "Pain of Reason."
Additionally, Martyrd has shared the stage with countless renowned heavy metal
acts, including Children of Bodom, Black Dahlia Murder, Sonata Arctica, God
Forbid, Testament, Death Angel, Ensiferum, and many more.

"'Faceless' is my new favorite," explains Andreas about one of the band's
standout new tracks. "We had so much fun writing, recording, and listening to
it. We've been writing a ton of new material since we released 'The Mortal
Coil,' but 'Faceless' just sort of came together on its own, very quick. Its
no-nonsense - it comes in pounding right off the bat, and then makes a statement
with that heavy verse riff. There’s definitely a lot of heaviness, in fact, I
think Aaron in particular has never sounded so heavy. But there’s also harmony
and melody - that chorus is just asking you to sing along. This song is what
Martyrd’s all about; it’s heavy and pounding and aggressive, but also melodic
and kind of catchy. It’s just really fun to play and listen to. We can’t wait to
take it out on the road and really see our friends and fans get into it!”

Fans can view the music video for Faceless on YouTube
(, and can purchase the song on iTunes
by following this

And from March 2nd through the 9th, Martyrd will be spreading the word
throughout the east coast of the U.S. Don't dare miss this hard-hitting evening
of metal madness!


1.       03/02 - Montage Music Hall         - Rochester, NY

2.       03/04 - St Vitus                            - Brooklyn, NY

3.       03/05 - JB McGinnes                   - New Castle, DE

4.       03/06 - Revolution                       - Amityville, NY

5.       03/07 - Altar Bar                          - Pittsburgh, PA

6.       03/08 - Empire                             - Springfield, VA

7.       03/09 - Agora Ballroom                - Cleveland, OH


VALHALLA Confirmed for Warriors Of Metal Fest VII

February 17, 2014  Cincinnati, Ohio --The Warriors of Metal, Inc. non-profit organization has announced the return of one of last year's most well-received performers. Fort Wayne, Ind., progressive metal act VALHALLA has been added to the already stacked lineup of Warriors Of Metal Fest VII, set to take place June 27  - 28 at O'Shecky's Live Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio. 

Guitarist Justin Zych states: "We're excited to return this year and bring an even more exciting show to Warriors Of Metal Fest VII! And especially looking forward to jamming with our brothers in metal!"

The video for VALHALLA's "Self Imposed Hell" can be seen at this location

For more on VALHALLA, visit


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pretty Maids - Nuclear Boomerang (Official Video / New Album 2014)

Pretty Maids "Nuclear Boomerang" is taken from the album "Louder Than Ever" out on Frontiers Records. Preoder now on Amazon:

Release dates:
Europe: March 21st 2014
North America: March 25th 2014

After celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a band and the release of their latest monumental release "Motherland", the Danish melodic hard rockers are serving the fans with "Louder Than Ever". This is not a completely new album but consists of seven re-recorded classic songs from the 1995 - 2006 era plus five brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the 80's, brand new interviews and plenty of cool material for the fans!

"The reason for doing this project is to give those songs a different spin with the band and producer we have now" explains singer Ronnie Atkins. It is an in-between album until the band completes the next studio album with new tunes.

Pretty Maids will appear in the spring and summer in selected dates in support of the new album's release.

OMNIVORE Debut Out Now on Unspeakable Axe Records

Italian death/thrashers OMNIVORE have unleashed their self-titled debut album through Unspeakable Axe Records. This blood-soaked slab of old-school thrash aggression is now available at

A promo video for the song "I Hope the War Comes" is now playing at this location.

Like their name suggests, OMNIVORE are equal-opportunity devourers. Their raging full-length shows that they clearly consumed old death/thrash acts from Europe and the U.S. - think Massacra, Merciless, and Sadus - as well as the more-familiar Bay Area bands, represented here by the use of gang vocals, some melodic lead parts, and even a startlingly well-played acoustic passage.  Of course, one of their biggest influences is revealed by the hidden bonus track at the end, a cover song that implores you to "Arise!"

Hailing from Varese and spawned in 2011 from the ashes of Nightmare Of Fallen, Omnivore is already a project on hold. The band's lone album (so far at least) is going to burn down villages and consume the fleeing villagers. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Scottish death metallers CEREBRAL BORE have announced a mini European tour supporting reunited Canadian death metal group DESPISED ICON.

CEREBRAL BORE are currently lining up a number of tours before working on their as-yet untitled new album, with more dates due to be announced in the near future.  The "Brutal Road to Impericon Festivals 2014" tour is due to kick off on April 24th in Karlsruhe, Germany, and also features BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL.

CEREBRAL BORE guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE comments:

"We are over the moon to be back doing shows in the run up to recording the new album.  And we are really looking forward to showcasing some new material on the Despised Icon dates as well.  We have been quiet for a while getting things in order behind the scenes.  But the fact is, we live for this, and have sacrificed everything in our lives to dedicate ourselves to it.  So getting back on the road and putting out new music for us is the greatest thing we could ask for, and when it's done, Cerebral Bore plan to tour relentlessly around planet Earth like there is no tomorrow!"

See CEREBRAL BORE on tour at the following shows:

Apr. 24 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Stadtmitte
Apr. 26 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
Apr. 28 - Paris, France - Divan Du Monde
Apr. 29 - Berlin, Germany - Lido

CEREBRAL BORE's debut album, MANIACAL MISCREATION, is available worldwide on CD and vinyl.  Get the album in Europe at or in North America at

MANIACAL MISCREATION is also available on iTunes at

Watch CEREBRAL BORE's music video for the track, "Maniacal Miscreation", at

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Focus on Metal Episode 167 featuring Dan Fila from Varga is now available

Episode 167 - Enter The Metal

Bands come and bands go, and sometimes bands come back again. That's the theme of this weeks show. First Richie and talk Crue. Are they done for good, only time and money will tell. Then we talk with Dan Fila the drummer from Varga. Varga have been gone from the scene for years but they are back and they created a kick ass album "Enter The Metal" to announce their return. You can grab yourself a copy at , on iTunes or at Amazon.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Grab it now from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedThe Cast Iron Ring or on iTunes

Monday, February 17, 2014

DEATH DEALER sign a vinyl contract with PURE STEEL RECORDS

The US Power Metal Band DEATH DEALER signed a vinyl contract for their current album "War Master" with PURE STEEL RECORDS!  The limited vinyl edition consists 500 pieces (100 colored and 400 black). The Release date is 25th April 2014. More news coming soon.

Death Dealer consists of:
Sean Peck - vocals (Cage)
Stu Marshall - guitars (Empires of Eden, Paindivision, Ronny Munroe, Saint Lucifer, Stu Marshall, ex-Dungeon)
Mike Davis - bass (Halford, ex-B.O.W.A., Dramarama, ex-Lizzy Borden, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Angel Rot, ex-Dogma, ex-Terriff)
Ross The Boss - guitars (Ross the Boss, ex-Brain Surgeons, ex-Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, Manitoba, The Dictators, ex-Manowar, ex-Shakin' Street)
Rhino - drums (Angels Of Babylon, Forgotten Realm, Holy Force, Jack Starr's Burning Starr, ex-Manowar)

Sean Peck will be featured on an upcoming episode of Focus on Metal.

Pure Steel to release Nightmare, the latest from Satanika

SATANIKA was founded by Cristian & Gilberto in Rome/ Italy in 2009. From the beginning the band was ready to play 'straight-in-your-face' Thrash Metal with a strong 80's feeling. Direct, without compromise and oldschool! First full Release was SATANIKATTACK with the help of Desasters drummer Tomentor. This album was also released in 2011 at Iron Shield Records as Gatefold LP with 4 bonustracks. After this Satanika released a 'special longtime EP' with 5 new tracks and 10 recordings from sold out EP's.

The second album INFECTION came out in 2012 as Digipack CD & Gatefold LP (+poster). The band is playin' since beginning of 2013 with Diego (dr) & Antonio (bass). In 2013 the band was playin' a short tour in Italy and on some festivals, also in Germany! It was only time to release a 7"Single with 3 new titles for Empire Records from Belgium.

Now is the new album NIGHTMARE finished, with an fantastic artwork from Mark Riddick! The album is heavy, extrem and fast forward, but also with new elements. The CD comes out as Digipack with 16-sided booklet. LP Release is by Doomentia Rec. Also this time with many 'special guests from Desaster, RAM, Ex-Venom, Protector &  Delirium Tremens!

Be forwarned, this is a Merciless Thrash Metal Attack! Not for the wimps!

1. Electro-Shock
2. Mask Of Satan
3. The Black Queen
4. Blood Orgy Of The She-Devils
5. The Executioner
6. Steel Aggressor
7. Deathwitch Possession
8. Sacrifice The Bitch
9. Carnal Violence
10. Devil's Reject


London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have finished recording a brand new music video for the track, "Hellblazer", starring GAME OF THRONES actress PIXIE LE KNOT.

With eye-watering riffs, lung-busting vocals and fist-in-the-air fearsomeness, "Hellblazer" tells a tale of power, religion and corrupted innocence through an ancient Illuminati ritual.  The music video was filmed with director TOM WALSH (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, PENDULUM) and features a mesmerising performance from famed London contortionist PIXIE LE KNOT (GAME OF THRONES Season 3, THE DEVIL INSIDE).


"As we get ever closer to the release date for 'The Fateful Dark', we're very pleased to unveil our latest promo for the track 'Hellblazer'.  Musically, this is a solid representation of the Savage Messiah sound; melodic, heavy, catchy and with guitar solos galore!  We tried to invoke that classic Uriah Heep-esque groove with this track so we hope you dig it!  And talking of invoking, the video depicts us conducting a kind of exorcism ritual of sorts where we draw the evil pope from contortionist and Game of Thrones actress Pixie Le Knot!  We want to extend our thanks to director Tom Walsh and all involved in creating this video!"

View some stills from the video shoot at

The video is due to be released this coming Monday, February 17th on the Earache Records YouTube channel at

"Hellblazer" is taken from SAVAGE MESSIAH's new album, THE FATEFUL DARK, which is due to be released on March 10th in Europe and March 18th in the USA.  The album is available to pre-order now from the Earache Webstore on CD with an exclusive bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl LP including a bonus 10" vinyl featuring four cover tracks.

Pre-order the album now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at or in North America at

THE FATEFUL DARK is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including three bonus cover tracks and three instant grat tracks, at

Listen to two new SAVAGE MESSIAH tracks from the upcoming album:

"Minority of One" -
"Cross of Babylon" -

See SAVAGE MESSIAH on tour at the following shows:

Mar. 02 - London, UK - Barfly
Mar. 05 - York, UK - Fibbers
Mar. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Audio
Mar. 07 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
Mar. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Mar. 13 - Pwllheli, UK - Hammerfest
Apr. 19 - Norwich, UK - Thrashersaurus Festival
May 14-21 - San Antonio, Ibiza - Hard Rock Hell Road Trip

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

GRAVEHILL to Release "Death Curse" April 1 on Dark Descent Records

California death horde GRAVEHILL and Dark Descent Records have announced April 1 as the release date for the band's highly-anticipated third full-length, Death Curse, on CD and digital formats with vinyl treatment coming soon. 

Death Curse features over 35 minutes of powerful death metal in the old-school vein and includes guest appearances from some of the biggest legends of death metal. Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler of Autopsy and Kam Lee (Massacre, Death and Bone Gnawer) all made contributions to what threatens to be one of 2014's most skin-grating albums. Death Curse features artwork by Christopher Moyen (Incantation, Blasphemy and more).   

Vocalist Mike Abominator had this to say about Death Curse, "We have some filthy fucking death metal terror here with "Death Curse".These are the things of nightmares, the stench that makes you puke. This is what this album will make you do when you hear it. We are going with the raw, putrid and dismal live sound this time, to try and capture the feel of one of our live show performances, of which we feel hasn't been represented  with our releases so far. Expect the same rotten and old school death metal from us. Fuck triggers! Fuck trends! Fuck technical bullshit! Fuck progress! AND FUCK YOU!"

Gates of Hell
Death Curse
At Hell's Command
Open Their Throats
Fear the Reaper
Unending Lust for Evil
Black Blood Rising
The Ascending Fire

DARK FOREST Debut "Penda's Fen" with has posted the exclusive worldwide premiere of "Penda's Fen," from UK-based traditional metallers DARK FOREST. To listen to the brand new track off the band's forthcoming album, The Awakening, visit this location

The Awakening is set for North American release on March 11 on Cruz Del Sur Music. 

A previously released album track, "Sacred Signs," is now available for free download. 
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DARK FOREST was forged in the Black Country, England by guitarist Christian Horton. For just over a decade they have been delivering their uniquely rousing, defiant heavy metal to the world. With the release of their self-made EPs in 2007, the band quickly gained the attention and support of the heavy metal underground, both in England and abroad, and then went from strength to strength, gigging across Europe and the UK and releasing their self titled debut album in 2009, then Dawn of Infinity in 2011.

In 2012 DARK FOREST recruited the outstanding vocalist Josh Winnard as their new front man and shortly afterwards also gained the incredible talents of guitarist Pat Jenkins. With this new line up, the band immediately began writing fresh material and entered the recording studio in June 2013 to produce their third album The Awakening.

The album is recorded in 444hz instead of the standardized 440hz tuning. The decision was based by studying the lost "Solfeggio frequencies", original sound frequencies which were apparently used in Ancient Gregorian Chants and were believed to impart "spiritual blessings when sung in harmony"* and also by studying the nefarious origins of 440hz. Tuning to 444hz corresponds to a "C" of 528hz on the Solfeggio Frequency Scale, the exact frequency used by genetic biochemists to repair broken DNA.  This frequency is also believed to encourage "Transformation and Miracles."

DARK FOREST's innate sense of melody remains intact on The Awakening, as well as the band's trademarked epic twin-guitar dueling, but this time the album is permeated by a general sense of oppression and sorrow and sounds much more reflective than their previous works. Not by coincidence, The Awakening opens with the ending lines of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem " The Mask of Anarchy" and ends with the anthem "Sons of England".  The awakening must be both spiritual and intellectual and through the rediscovery of our roots and a connection to nature, must lead all humanity to remember the truth - that we are infinite consciousness and we are one. This is the realization that will defeat the global control system of the elite and set humanity free.

Friday, February 14, 2014

BENEDICTUM w/ Special Guest LEATHER LEONE Confirmed for Warriors Of Metal Fest VII

February 14, 2014  Cincinnati, Ohio --The Warriors of Metal, Inc. non-profit organization is honored to welcome back Arizona's female-fronted heavy metal act BENEDICTUM, along with their special guest,US female metal matriarch LEATHER LEONE (CHASTAIN) for her exclusive Midwest metalfest performance at the 7th annual Warriors Of Metal Festival. 

Benedictum vocalist, Veronica "The V" Freeman states: "We are so damned excited to play at the Warriors Of Metal Fest VII this year. It was a blast for me to be part of the crowd and announce a few bands last year as co-host of the event and be a part of that metal community, but it will be even better to actually play. Now, top that off with the fact that we will be bringing with us the talented and crazy Leather Leone of Chastain to jam some old and new Chastain tunes! I encourage everyone to come out and support metal and have a kickass time with us and all the great bands performing. We love ya! The V, Benedictum"

Leather Leone also comments: "I am stoked, not only to be getting much wanted stage time, but to be able to share it with Columbus, Ohio, not to mention with my friend, the powerhouse, Miss V herself! I will be ready; I will metal your brains out!"

The official video for BENEDICTUM's "Scream," taken from their 2013 Frontier Records release Obey, is now playing at this location

Bands confirmed for Pre-Fest Showcase on Thursday, June 26 at O'Sheckeys Live Bar & Grill include:  ETERNAL LEGACY (headliner) AUTOMATON, DEADIRON, LOWER 13, DETHRATS, GRAVE ROBBER, SPLIT THE ABYSS and WINTERHYMN. 


Keep up-to-date with all of the developments such as band announcements and ticket information for next year's show through the Warrior's of Metal Fest's Facebook page:


London's SAVAGE MESSIAH have been confirmed for this year's Hard Rock Hell Road Trip in Ibiza, following the release of their upcoming new album, THE FATEFUL DARK.

The festival's final year visiting the party island of Ibiza is due to take place from May 14th to May 21st and also features the likes of THE QUIREBOYS, VARGAS BLUES BAND, EVIL SCARECROW and more.

SAVAGE MESSIAH lead guitarist JOFF BAILEY comments:

"We're pleased to announce that we'll be slammin' down our heavy metal stamp on the shores of Ibiza as part of the Hard Rock Hell Road Trip!  As it's the last one to be held there before it changes location, we promise to smash your heads even harder!  Sun, sand, sea… and Savage Messiah!  Gonna be mental!  See all you sun-soaked Savages there!!"

For tickets and more information about Hard Rock Hell, go to

See SAVAGE MESSIAH on tour at the following shows:

Mar. 02 - London, UK - Barfly
Mar. 05 - York, UK - Fibbers
Mar. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Audio
Mar. 07 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
Mar. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Mar. 13 - Pwllheli, UK - Hammerfest
Apr. 19 - Norwich, UK - Thrashersaurus Festival
May 14-21 - San Antonio, Ibiza - Hard Rock Hell Road Trip

THE FATEFUL DARK, is due to be released on March 10th in Europe and March 18th in the USA.  The album is available to pre-order now from the Earache Webstore on CD with an exclusive bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl LP including a bonus 10" vinyl featuring four cover tracks.

Pre-order the album now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at or in North America at

THE FATEFUL DARK is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including three bonus cover tracks and three instant grat tracks, at

Listen to two new SAVAGE MESSIAH tracks from the upcoming album:

"Minority of One" -
"Cross of Babylon" -

SAVAGE MESSIAH recently took part in a photoshoot in London with renowned photographer PETER BESTE, famous for his photos of the early black metal scene in Norway.  View some photos from the shoot:

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Shadow Kingdom Records Announce Special 2 CD Reissue of Pale Divine's "Cemetery Earth"

Shadow Kingdom Records is proud to announce a special double-CD reissue of PALE DIVINE's 2007 release Cemetery Earth on February 18 .The fully remastered Cemetery Earth album is contained on disc one, while disc two contains Demo 2006, as well as live and rehearsal material. 
Shadow Kingdom owner Tim McGrogran had this to say about the reissue:

"The third Pale Divine album is probably right where the band envisioned their sound to be when they first started their career. They are the masters at blending 70s psychedelic blues jamming with sinister dark heavy traditional doom metal. There are not too many bands that are able to do what they can do which makes them the big fish in a small pond if you're into Psych/Doom. The guitar leads sweep you away, but also gently bring you back to the heart of the song. The addition of John Gaffney (songwriter for Sinister Realm) on bass added different dimension to this album that helped them grow as a band."

Stream selections from Cemetery Earth at

A CD/shirt/button/patch bundle is now available for order at