Saturday, August 29, 2015

MOTOR SISTER announce first ever UK tour in January

MOTOR SISTER who feature Mother Superior founder, guitarist, and vocalist Jim Wilson fronting the band, with Anthrax's Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums, have announced they will hit the UK for the first time ever in January 2016 to play ten in-your-face shows.

And they can't wait:
Jim Wilson - "Motor Sister in the UK! Get down and get with it!"
Scott Ian - "Motor Sister was born at a crazy party in the jam room at our house, just the five of us rocking our asses off. And now we get to bring that party to the UK!!! It's a privilege my friends! See you soon."
Pearl Aday - "We love the UK. No better place to start bringing Motor Sister to the world. We'll see you there, friends! Cheers, love, rock."

Check out the video for "Beg, Borrow, Steal" online now at

Tour w/ Jared James Nichols
January 2016
6th MILTON KEYNES - Craufurd Arms
7th LOWESTOFT - Aquarium
8th GRIMSBY - Yardbirds
9th NOTTINGHAM - Rescue Rooms
10th WOLVERHAMPTON - Slade Rooms
12th GLASGOW - Cathouse
13th YORK - Fibbers
14th MANCHESTER - Sound Control
15th SHEFFIELD - Corporation
16th LONDON - Underworld

Support will come from JARED JAMES NICHOLS who recently release his debut album Old Glory And The Wild Revival.

MOTOR SISTER was originally assembled to jam for Scott Ian's fiftieth birthday party. Thanks to Scott's wife Pearl Aday, who has been working on her solo career with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and the stage was literally set for Scott's dream gig.

Enthralled at the idea of making a record of his favorite Mother Superior songs, Ian emailed producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) and asked if he thought it was possible to recapture the same spontaneous energy MOTOR SISTER generated at their makeshift gig, and if an album could be recorded quickly.

Ride was released to great acclaim earlier this year on Metal Blade Records and debuted on the Billboard charts after its first week of release. The album cracked the top 10 with the #9 position on the Billboard New Artist (Heatseekers) chart.

"All you really need to know about Ride is that it kicks a massive amount of ass" Revolver Magazine

"The retro rock and roll band that you didn't even know you were missing in your life until right now!"

"This is kick ass classic sounding hard rock! Blazing guitars, great vocals and songs! Everything I love most about hard rock music in one killer album." Eddie Trunk

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VANLADE announce "Rage on Earth" U.S. tour 2015 - Chapter 1.

American melodic speed / true heavy metal band VANLADE announces their "Rage on Earth" U.S. tour 2015 - Chapter 1 consisting of 10 dates sweeping through Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Utah and Nebraska.

Vanlade vocalist Brett Blackout has checked in with the following comment:
West coast, we are coming for you like a screaming metal deathtrap! Our new 2nd album "Rage of the Gods" drops on September 16 and we are way past excited to rip into this upcoming tour. Check out the tour schedule and come see us play some new tunes with some killer bands in your town! Buckle up, because Rage on Earth is upon you all! Remember to grab a copy this September, and as always - stay heavy or die!

VANLADE recently signed to Metalizer Records (Germany) for the European release of "Rage of the Gods" on both cd and vinyl formats.

"Rage Of The Gods" features ten brand new tracks of epic melodic speed / true heavy metal from Kansas City's own "Defenders of the Faith.

The album was mastered by guitarist / producer Stu "The Hammer" Marshall (Death Dealer / Empires of Eden / Blasted to Static / Ex-Dungeon) at his Frontier Studio in Sydney, Australia.

Vanlade - "Rage of the Gods" track listing:
Act I: Virtue
1. Rage Of The Gods
2. Frozen For All Time
3. Jaws Of Life
4. Hail The Protector
5. Hellrazor
Act II:
6. Moonbound
7. Aeons Of Madness
8. Acid Reign
9. Carnicidal
10. As Above, So Below

For the latest Vanlade news, visit their official Facebook page:

ZEPHANIAH release promotional video for upcoming new 2nd album "Reforged".

American progressive speed power metal band ZEPHANIAH have released a promotional video for their recently completed long awaited upcoming new 2nd album "Reforged".

Guitarist Justin Zych has checked in with the following update:
After a year in the studio and a lot of delays, we are finally done with the album! We are all excited to present you with a preview of our upcoming metal masterpiece! It's going to be triple the production of our first album and the songs are just as catchy and extreme! We are super proud of this new recording milestone and we look forward to its release!

For the latest Zephaniah band news and show dates, visit their official Facebook page:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Australian based thrashers Harlott debut new track on Rock Hard Germany

Forged in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Harlott are one of the finest examples of modern thrash. Taking their influence from the 80's bay area thrash scene, and blending it with the Teutonic melody and grit, they focus on high energy, up tempo music with lyrical influence from war, religion, chaos, and the human condition. Unrivaled in live concerts, an aggressive recognizable sound, clinical musicianship, and a classic 'Aussie' sense of humor have earned Harlott a strong and dedicated fan base, which continues to grow every day.

Harlott's debut release Origin blew audiences away with its unrelenting speed, ferocious sound, and hook driven riffs, and did much to solidify Harlott as an up and coming force to be reckoned with. Their follow up release, Proliferation, proves that the band means business, and surpasses the fury heard on their previous album, Origin.

In collaboration with Rock Hard Germany, we now present the second single 'Cross Contamination' exclusive at HERE!

Listen to the first single 'Denature' and pre-order your copy of Proliferation at

Harlott are hungry for global exposure, and in October 2015, they will be dominating Europe with Canada's Annihilator, the first step in what is to be a long and grueling career in total devastation!

+ Archer
30/09/15 UK - Birmingham - O2 Academy
01/10/15 IE - Dublin - Button Factory
02/10/15 UK - Glasgow - O2 ABC2
03/10/15 UK - Sheffield - O2 Academy
04/10/15 UK - London - O2 Academy Islington
06/10/15 FR - Paris - Divan du Monde
08/10/15 ES - Bilbao - Santana 27
09/10/15 PT - Porto - Hard Club
10/10/15 ES - Madrid - But
11/10/15 ES - Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
13/10/15 CH - Pratteln - Z7
14/10/15 IT - Brescia - Circolo Colony
15/10/15 SI - Ljubljana - Kino Siska
16/10/15 SR - Belgrade - Dom Omladine
17/10/15 RO - Bucharest - Maximum Rock Festival
19/10/15 HU - Budapest - A38
20/10/15 AT - Wörgl - Komma
21/10/15 AT - Wien - Szene
22/10/15 CZ - Zlin - Masters of Rock Café
23/10/15 PL - Krakow - Fabryka
24/10/15 PL - Warsaw - Proxima
25/10/15 DE - Berlin - Lido
27/10/15 DK - Kolding - Godset
28/10/15 DE - Hamburg - Grünspan
29/10/15 DE - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
30/10/15 DE - München - Backstage Halle
31/10/15 DE - Karlsruhe - Substage
02/11/15 DE - Nürnberg - Hirsch
03/11/15 LU - Luxemburg - Den Atelier
04/11/15 NL - Tilburg - 013
05/11/15 NL - Haarlem - Patronaat
06/11/15 BE - Kortrijk - De Kreun
07/11/15 DE - Bochum - Zeche
08/11/15 DE - Köln - Underground

Andrew Hudson - Guitar/Vocals
Ryan Butler - Lead Guitar
Tomas Richards - Bass
Tim Joyce - Drums


Madame Mayhem is certainly a commanding and unforgettable figure - all you have to do is check out the new video for the song "Monster" for the proof. But dig a bit deeper, and you will discover that some of rock and metal's most renowned and respected names played a part in her forthcoming full-length album, 'Now You Know,' which will be released through BFD/RED on October 16, 2015 (in the USA and Canada).

A powerhouse team of rock talent including Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Winery Dogs) - who produced and played on the album - Ray Luzier (KoRn, KXM), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (formerly of Guns N’ Roses), Russ Parrish (“Satchel” from Steel Panther), and Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo) all appear on the fourteen-track recording.

But before the album's autumn arrival, fans can check out the striking clip for "Monster" (by Industrialism Films). "This video shows the escape from being trapped, under speculation, and breaking free to embrace your true self," explains Mayhem. "Raw and real! About how society can turn you into what they already think you are." 

Though a singer first (and frontwoman/showwoman during live performances), Madame Mayhem is also a songwriter, and plays piano and guitar. And soon, the world will experience her extraordinary talents!

Madame Mayhem - Monster [Official Video]

Billy Sheehan on Madame Mayhem's new record

'Now You Know' Tracklisting: 
1. Monster 
2. Perfect Nightmare 
3. Something Better (Now You Know) 
4. Left For Dead
5. Witchcraft 
6. More Than Misery
7. Better Days 
8. ... After 2 Am 
9. Nothing to lose 
10. Under The Microscope 
11. Sacrifice 
12. Pain 
13. Can't Stand 
14. Anyone Who Had A Heart 


Friday, August 21, 2015


LORDS OF THE TRIDENT will be headlining Day 1 of the 2015 Midwest Metal Anthem festival to be held on August 21-22, 2015 at the Chicago Star Bar in Chicago Ridge, Illinois.

Lead vocalist Fang VonWrathenstein has checked in with the following update:
"We are extremely excited to be headlining the first night of the Midwest Metal Anthem festival in Chicago! It's not often that you have this many experienced true metal warriors in one place, and we are humbled to be chosen to lead the charge into battle. Normally, two-day festivals that we headline are doomed, because we usually end up destroying the venue or stage due to the crushing sound waves that emanate from our amps...not to mention all the fire and explosions! But something tells me that these fans are no "wimps and posers" - I believe they'll be able to stand up to our sonic onslaught, or at the very worst, quickly rebuild the stage. We will see! Prepare yourselves, Chicago, for your LORDS come to do battle!"

Upcoming Lords of the Trident live dates:
8/21 - Midwest Metal Anthem festival - Chicago, IL
8/22 - The Frequency - Madison, WI (w / Automaton & Sexy Ester)
8/28 - Hexagon Bar - Minneapolis, MN
9/25 - Polack Inn - Wausau, WI
10/9 - Tailgator's - Cedar Rapids, IA
10/11 - The Metal Grill - Milwaukee, WI (w / Hibria & Unleash The Archers)
10/30 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI (Halloween 80's metal tribute show)
11/7 - Gamehole Con - Madison, WI

For the latest band news, visit their official website and Facebook page:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ACT OF DEFIANCE Streams Entire Debut Album

Announce Their First Official North American Tour Co-Headlining With Allegaeon

ACT OF DEFIANCE are currently streaming their entire new, debut metal masterpiece offering at Look for them to embark on their first-ever national tour, co-headlining with Allegaeon starting Oct 22nd. All dates can be found at

In a time of endless sub-genre classifications, ACT OF DEFIANCE's highly anticipated debut offering simply delivers 100% in-your-face, uncompromising heavy metal. The scathing debut, Birth and The Burial, is set for an Aug. 21st release via Metal Blade Records.

Shawn Drover (drums) states: "We are all so proud for everybody to finally be able to hear Birth And The Burial streaming in its entirety!!!! We worked extremely hard to make the best HEAVY METAL record we could, and we are all beyond excited for to sink your teeth into this record!!!! We said from the get-go this record is 100% uncompromising Heavy Metal, and now you can hear it for yourselves!!!!"

"With the release of Birth And The Burial, we as ACT OF DEFIANCE can now at last announce our first co-headlining tour with our new Metal Blade label mates ALLEGAEON!!!!! This tour will be 100% complete HEAVY METAL and we cannot wait to see you all there!!!"

Chris Broderick (guitars) further adds: "We spent a lot of time and effort on Birth and the Burial to get it to sound as good as it possibly could, and we are not only excited for its release this Friday, August 21st and the fact that everyone can stream it, but also to announce that we will be heading out on tour to support it in October!!! It is one thing to get a CD to sound great, but now we have to live up to that sound live as well, and I know from talking to Shawn, Henry, and Matt that we are going to bring it!!! The tour will be with our Metal Blade record label mates Allegaeon. I urge you to pick up the CD and then come see us live to compare and contrast!"

Allegaeon guitarist Greg Burgess adds: "We're very excited to be a part of this tour. As a long time Megadeth fan it's beyond humbling to be on the same bill with Act Of Defiance, let alone coheadlining the tour with them. Fans can expect a very exciting set from us including some brand new songs we will unveil and of course the oldies but goodies. Prepare for a ass load of notes!"

Co-headline with ALLEGAEON
10/22 Las Vegas, NV Count's Vamp'd
10/23 Mesa, AZ Club Red
10/24 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
10/25 Pomona, CA Glass House
10/28 Salt Lake City, UT Area 51
10/30 Denver, CO Marquis
10/31 Merriam, KS Aftershock
11/01 St. Louis, MO Fubar
11/03 Danville, IL Vintage Villains
11/04 Chicago, IL Double Door
11/05 Westland, MI Token Lounge
11/06 Lakewood, OH The Foundery
11/08 Rochester, NY Montage
11/09 Toronto, ON Mod Club
11/11 Montreal, QB Petit Campus
11/13 New York, NY Saint Vitus
11/14 Holyoke, MA Waterfront Tavern
11/15 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom (Providence Metal Fest)

With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, Chris Broderick's pedigree speaks for itself. Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer - and fellow Megadeth alumnus and former Eidolon drummer - Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) and vocalist Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr), the band are a truly formidable metallic behemoth. Birth And The Burial is ten tracks of armor-plated, state of the art heaviness.

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Led by guitarist Jack Frost, Seven Witches has been one of America's best classic 80's-inspired metal bands - specializing in American traditional power metal, reminiscent of bands such as Helstar, Manowar, and Metal Church. And on September 18th, the group will be issuing their latest album, 'The Way of the Wicked,' via the ILS Group (and mixed and mastered by Joey Vera of Armored Saint and Fates Warning), which has been preceded by a video for a standout album track, "Better Days":

Comprised of Frost on guitar (Savatage, Belladonna, The Bronx Casket Co. Metalium, Speeed), Anthony Cross on vocals (Livesay, Shadow Image, Fischel's Beast, Attacker), Ronnie Parkes on bass (Farcry, Cleavage, Tango Down, Reece, Bonfire), and Johnny Kelly on drums (Type O Negative, Danzig, Pale Horse Named Death, Seventh Void, Kill Devil Hill), Seven Witches certainly possesses one of the most impressive pedigrees of any metal band past or present. 

And the metal community is taking notice of the band, as evidenced by over 3,000 "likes" on the band's Facebook page, while the praised the group's earlier album, 'Call Upon the Wicked,' by saying, "This is a must-own in all facets, and if the true meaning of power metal is ever in question during your moments of introspection this will shut tight any doors leading you astray, that I can guarantee." 

Soon, the rest of the world will get to experience the mighty metal of Seven Witches.

"Hey everybody, so pumped on our new release. I'm so proud of the way the guys just killed it on this album. Our first single and video is a fresh start for us. A true classic heavy rock feel with the rhythm section of the '70s and a throaty vocal feel. Hope you all like this I'm so happy with our new vibe." --J Frost


The Way Of The Wicked
Better Days
Among Us
Soul Searching
Without Man
When I Flew
Angel Of Salvation

Rise Up 


KORE ROZZIK Releases Trailer for "Rockstar" Video and KoreFest 5

The Bastard Child of New York City KORE ROZZIK has released a new promotional trailer in support of upcoming video for new single "Rockstar," which will be celebrated with a video release show at KoreFest 5 August 28 at Queens, NY's Blackthorne 51. Check out the trailer at this location.

The fifth installment of KoreFest also features DEMON BOY, THE AMATORY MURDER, NOX CULT, SERIAL OBSESSION, and NOISE ON 93RD.  Click here for Fest details.

KORE ROZZIK recently released new single "Rockstar," which is now streaming at this location.  The song is the first from what will be become the Have a Taste EP, tentatively targeted for a late 2015/early 2016 release. Purchase "Rockstar" at CD Baby. And if you just can't get enough, then check out the band's performance of "Kill the Clown" from the July 21 "Rockstar" release show at NYC's Gramercy Theatre with the BULLET BOYS right HERE!

"Rockstar" was produced by Paul Bento (Carnivore/Type O Negative) and Mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More/Dokken). "Rock Star" is the first  song from what will become the Have a Taste EP, tentatively targeted for a late 2015/early 2016 release. The single will be available on iTunes, CD Baby, and other digital retailers.

"Rockstar" is the tale of the underdog musician who never backs down, plays for the fans, and knocks down the haters as he indulges in the benefits that come with the territory. Rozzik explains, "Our new single is a sing-a-long anti-hater upset-your-father summer-smash!"

Despite harsh commentary, personal demons and dramatic past band lineups, KORE ROZZIK has persevered. Kore adds, "All of the hate and jealousy has fueled me to be the front man I am today. We'll be showing off our most powerful performance the city has seen in a long time." 

Vocalist/front man Kore grew up listening to and studying the likes of Alice Cooper Marilyn Manson and David Lee Roth.  "I got to see the heroes and villains of Rock N Roll do their thing and I'm somewhere in the middle," notes Kore.  KORE ROZZIK is the anti-hero, the underdog rock star, and gets to be those things depending on what story he is telling through the music. 

"We definitely hit some kind of nerve. Some people just don't get it, but that's just makes us want to hit that nerve even harder. We strive for a reaction; good or bad."
- Kore Rozzik

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


The Power Metal Band GHOST MACHINERY  from  Finland signed a worldwide deal with PURE LEGEND RECORDS, a sub label of PURE STEEL RECORDS. The band was founded 2002 and has released 2 albums. Pete Ahonen (vocals, guitars) and Jussi Ontero (drums, keyboard) are also active in the band STARGAZERY. More News coming soon.

Pete Ahonen – vocals, guitars (STARGAZERY)
Jussi Ontero – drums, keyboards (STARGAZERY)
Sami Nyman – bass
Mikko Myllylä – guitars

Denner / Shermann to release "Satan's Tomb" on October 2nd

A trailer for the new DENNER / SHERMANN EP "SATAN'S TOMB" has been released showcasing clips of songs from their upcoming release on October 2nd on METAL BLADE RECORDS.

Watch the video and pre-order your copy now at

Guitar Legends MICHAEL DENNER and HANK SHERMANN of MERCYFUL FATE have given an offering of supremely, classic heavy metal infused with an overload of their signature, dark magic shredding. According to the legendary guitar duo, getting SNOWY SHAW (King Diamond/Therion/Sabaton) on Drums, MARC GRABOWSKI (Demonica) on Bass Guitar, and SEAN PECK (Cage/Death Dealer) on vocals, onboard to form the band was a critical component to bringing these 4 tracks to life. Michael Denner added "Creating these songs with this line up really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever! I'm sure the fans are going to love this thing" "This mix ended up really having an old school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume" says Shermann.

"Being invited to collaborate with these two guys who had such a profound, major impact on my indoctrination to metal, has been absolutely killer! And now we are continuing to write more material for a full length release too. My mind is officially blown!" says singer Sean Peck.

The EP was recorded in the USA, Denmark and Sweden and was mixed by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. The mastering was done by Maor Applebaum in Los Angeles, California.

The SATAN'S TOMB cover artwork was painted by Thomas Holm whose work on MERCYFUL FATE's MELISSA and DON'T BREAK THE OATH is well known throughout the metal world.

The track listing for SATAN'S TOMB is as follows:
1. Satan's Tomb
2. War Witch
3. New Gods
4. Seven Skulls

This will be available in both CD, Vinyl formats and downloads.

Denner / Shermann - Satan's Tomb (Trailer)

Monday, August 17, 2015

King's X reissues available now on CD and vinyl

Progressive masters King's X have re-released two of their classic albums! "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska" and "Faith Hope Love" are both available now via Metal Blade Records on "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska" and "Faith Hope Love" are both available as a double vinyl. Additionally, "Faith Hope Love" has been repackaged on CD with two bonus live tracks recorded in Cleveland in 1992!

The band's second studio album, 1989's "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska," is based loosely on a short story by drummer Jerry Gaskill and is considered a landmark album. The album contains many fan favorites such as the power ballad "Summerland", "Mission", and "The Burning Down". The song "Pleiades" is credited by Ty Tabor as being the genesis of the King's X sound when he presented the demo to the other band members a few years earlier. Significantly, the song "Over My Head" received considerable play on MTV and radio, and ultimately set the band up for broader success on subsequent albums.

In 1990, King's X released "Faith Hope Love". At the time, it was band's highest charting release and it broke into the BILLBOARD Top 100. Led by the radio hit "It's Love", King's X garnered well deserved success on the U.S. singles chart hitting #6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, their highest chart position. "Faith Hope Love" proved to be King's X's most commercially successful album, reaching gold status in the U.S.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

BLOOD DIVISIONS to Release Digital EP August 28th via Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records has set an August 28th release date for the Digital EP from new supergroup BLOOD DIVISIONS. BLOOD DIVISIONS features a who's who of metal musicians, including Chris Jericho, Dave Austin, Ralph Santola, Terry Butler, Greg Gall, Bill Owen, John Mahoney and Ben Meyer. The Digital EP features two tracks, the first being a cover of the Nasty Savage track "The Morgue" and the second is a cover version of the Scorpions classic "Top of the Bill".

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the self-titled EP will benefit Rock & Rescue a charity helmed by acclaimed producer Jay Ruston as well as the Warren County Tennessee Humane Society.

Vocalist Chris Jericho on BLOOD DIVISIONS: "BLOOD DIVISIONS is an all star collection of some of the most talented musicians to ever come from the legendary southern Florida metal scene. Being a HUGE fan of all of these musicians and their legendary bands, especially Nasty Savage, when David Austin himself asked me to lay down the vocals, I responded immediately, 'YES! What songs do you want me to sing and how many studded leather gauntlets can I wear?' I'm so honored and proud to be a part of the project and very excited with the results. Trust me, it's going to tear all of your fuckin' heads off, in the best possible way!"

Chris Jericho - vocals
Dave Austin - guitars (Nasty Savage)
Ralph Santola - lead guitar (Death, Obituary, Testament, Iced Earth)
Terry Butler - bass (Obituary, Death, Denial Fiend, Massacre)
Greg Gall - drums (Six Feet Under)
Bill Owen - lead guitar (Purgatory)
John Mahoney - lead guitar (Fester)
Ben Meyer - lead guitar (Nasty Savage, Low Brow, Gardy Loo)

01. The Morgue (Nasty Savage cover)
02. Top of the Bill (Scorpions cover)

BATTLECROSS Unleash New Video For "Absence"

New Album out August 21st on Metal Blade Records

"Battlecross is well on its way…to become one of metal's most powerful forces" -10/10 Outburn Magazine-

"A lean, mean, ass-kicking machine that doesn't want to quit kicking your ass until there's nothing left for it to kick" -Heavy Blog is Heavy-

Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS will release their long awaited third album "Rise To Power" in just under two weeks on August 21st via Metal Blade Records. Today the first official video from the album for the song "Absence" is available for viewing. The video was directed by David Brodsky of My Good Eye (Whitechapel, Revocation, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR). Watch the video HERE.

During the recording of the album the band shot a series of "Minisodes" documenting the recording process. Every Tuesday and Friday through the album's release on August 21st a new "Minisode" from the series will be posted until all eight "Minisodes" have been released. Check out the latest one HERE.

Check out a stream of the scorching track "Spoiled" from "Rise To Power" HERE.

The first song from "Rise to Power", "Not Your Slave", is streaming at The record was produced by Jason Suecof, and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. The cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).

From August 21st through August 24th, BATTLECROSS will play a handful of CD release shows, before they join up with GWAR and Butcher Babies for a North American tour kicking off August 25th in Millvale, PA and wraps up September 18th in Rochester, NY. Fans can expect to hear BATTLECROSS classics and the blistering new tracks from "Rise to Power". A complete list of dates can be found below.

A note to fans that purchased the special "Rise to Power" laminate on the band's last tour. Make sure to redeem your code by today August 13th in order to receive your copy by next week's release date.

"Rise to Power" Track Listing:
1. Scars
2. Not Your Slave
3. Absence
4. Spoiled
5. The Climb
6. Blood & Lies
7. Bound by Fear
8. Despised
9. Shackles
10. The Path

CD Release Shows 
08/21 Westland, MI Token Lounge
08/22 Chicago, IL Reggies
08/23 Kokomo, IN Center Stage
08/24 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Tour w/ GWAR, Butcher Babies
08/25 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
08/27 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
08/28 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
08/29 Wichita, KS Lizards Lounge*
08/30 Lawrence, KS Granada
08/31 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
09/01 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall
09/02 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
09/03 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
09/04 Birmingham, AL Iron City
09/05 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero*
09/06 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys
09/08 Wilmington, NC Ziggys By The Sea
09/09 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
09/10 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
09/11 Sauget, IL Pop's
09/13 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz*
09/14 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
09/15 So. Burlington, VT Higher Ground
09/16 Reading, PA Reverb
09/17 Huntington, NY The Paramount
09/18 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall

*Off Date - BATTLECROSS Headline Show*

BATTLECROSS' previous album, "War of Will," debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in July of 2013. This was the band's first ever Billboard chart debut! "War of Will" also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release. Watch the music video for "Never Coming Back" now at

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Sound of Thunder returns to Focus on Metal This Week

Episode 246 - Tales From The Deadside

I do believe that A Sound Of Thunder may have the most appearances on this show and this week they solidify that by dropping by once again. Yep our favorite band from Virginia is once again deep into another Kickstarter campaign in order to continue to bring the music to heavy metal music. Their latest project is Shadowman: Tales From The Deadside. It's their first true concept album and it is shaping up to be one hell of a release. So join me this week as I talk with Josh, Jesse and Chris from ASOT. Did I mention we have some exclusive content from the new album? Yes. Yes we do.

Get all your ASOT info and merch at

You have until August 17th to get in on the Shadowman campaign at

Here's some classic ASOT from their Out of The Darkness release

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

Saturday, August 8, 2015

VANLADE sign to Metalizer Records (Germany) for release of "Rage of the Gods" album.

American true heavy metal band VANLADE announces their signing to Metalizer Records (Germany) for the European release of their brand new 2nd album "Rage of the Gods" on both cd and vinyl formats.

Vanlade vocalist and past Focus on Metal guest Brett Blackout has checked in with the following comment:
We are excited to announce that we have joined forces with Metalizer Records for the release of "Rage Of The Gods". We've put a lot of hard work into making sure this album is a real killer, so it's good to know that it's in excellent hands in Europe with those guys. The official North American release will still be handled independently by the band, so we will be working in unison with Metalizer Records to make this the best album release we can. Remember to grab a copy this September, and as always - stay heavy or die!

Metalizer Records has checked in with the following comment:
Metalizer Records is very proud to announce the European release of the fantastic new album from Vänlade "Rage Of The Gods" in cd format on September 18, 2015 and limited edition vinyl before the end of the year. This US band catches perfectly the spirit of the new metal movement in the vein of bands such as AIR RAID, ENFORCER and SKULL FIST. Vanlade's new album is full of unleashed power guitars with a high pitched siren voice that will make your ears bleed! Check out two of their brand new songs "Frozen for All Time" and "Hail The Protector" on You Tube, they´ll blow you away!

Vänlade - "Rage Of The Gods" features ten brand new tracks of epic speed metal from Kansas City's own "Defenders of the Faith.

The album was mastered by guitarist / producer Stu "The Hammer" Marshall (Death Dealer / Blasted to Static / Empires of Eden / Ex-Dungeon) at his Frontier Studio in Sydney, Australia.

Vanlade - "Rage of the Gods" track listing:
Act I: Virtue
1. Rage Of The Gods
2. Frozen For All Time
3. Jaws Of Life
4. Hail The Protector
5. Hellrazor
Act II:
6. Moonbound
7. Aeons Of Madness
8. Acid Reign
9. Carnicidal
10. As Above, So Below

For the latest Vanlade news, visit their official Facebook page:

Thursday, August 6, 2015

ACT OF DEFIANCE Partner With Yahoo Music To Exclusively Debut "Legion of Lies" Official Music Video

Debut Album Release On 8/21

ACT OF DEFIANCE have partnered with Yahoo! Music to exclusively debut their official new music video for the scathing track "Legion of Lies," which was directed by Corey Soria (Danzig, Hollywood Undead). It can be viewed now at Yahoo! Music.

In a time of endless sub-genre classifications, ACT OF DEFIANCE's highly anticipated debut offering simply delivers 100% in-your-face, uncompromising heavy metal. The scathing debut, "Birth and The Burial," is set for an Aug. 21st release via Metal Blade Records and pre-order bundle packages are now available at

Shawn Drover (drums) states: "The track, 'Legion of Lies,' is a very direct, double bass drum infused Heavy Metal song that showcases Henry's vocal diversity a bit more-Injecting a bit more melody where needed gives the song a bit more of a dynamic feel though still retaining the heaviness of the song throughout. Every song on Birth and The Burial stands on their own and sound different from each other, yet they are still 100% Heavy Metal. 'Legion of Lies' is a great example of that.

"Shooting this video with Corey Soria was seamless, fun and very exciting. Corey really has some original, interesting ideas which he certainly applied to this video. The end result is a fantastic video, which I hope you enjoy as much as we did creating it."

Chris Broderick (guitars) further adds: "'Legion of Lies' is the song that kicked the formation of AOD off. It was the first song Shawn wrote and the first song that we sent to Henry to record vocal demos to. In my opinion, it is one of the best written, most concise songs on Birth and the Burial. It has an aggressive upbeat triplet feel and a very dark harmony about it that I think people will dig. The break-down to the solo has a contrapuntal theme that maintains that dark mood leading into the solo, which is a PIA to play and should keep guitar aficionados happy Hahahaha. I am really excited to see what people think of the video and Soria's vision. The video matches the dark and aggressive mood of the song along with killer scene angles and editing, which give this video a unique and interesting vibe. In all, I am most proud of this video and how it all came together."

The brand new episode of the Metal Blade podcast is up and features Chris Broderick. He talks about the album, and a myriad of other topics - listen now via SoundCloud or iTunes!

With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, Chris Broderick's pedigree speaks for itself. Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer - and fellow Megadeth alumnus and former Eidolon drummer - Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) and vocalist Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr), the band are a truly formidable metallic behemoth. Birth And The Burial is ten tracks of armor-plated, state of the art heaviness.

Follow Act of Defiance online:

BITERS: 'Electric Blood' out tomorrow - last chance to pre-order!

Can you feel it surging through your veins..?

Yes, fellow rockers, it's almost here...  We are of course talking about 'Electric Blood', the phenomenal new album from Atlanta punk'n'rollers BITERS, which is released worldwide tomorrow - Friday, August 7th!

That means now's your last chance to pre-order what's sure to be one of the year's hottest new releases, and with Kerrang! magazine calling them "The best new rock'n'roll band on the planet!", you just know it's going to be something special!

'Electric Blood' will be released on CD, limited edition coloured vinyl, and digital download, and we also have a fantastic bundle featuring an album cover t-shirt, so there's truly something for everyone!
Head over to to pre-order your CD, vinyl or t-shirt bundle now!
If you prefer to consume your music digitally, head over to iTunes where you can pre-order the album with an exclusive bonus track, and you'll even get three songs instantly!  Pre-order now at

If you really can't wait until tomorrow, you can get a sneak preview of the album right now at

And of course, don't miss BITERS on tour in support of 'Electric Blood' across the USA and Europe:
Aug. 14 - Atlanta, GA - Star Bar
Aug. 18 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
Aug. 20 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
Aug. 21 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Aug. 22 - Dallas, TX - Three Links Deep
Aug. 23 - San Antonio, TX - Korova
Aug. 25 - El Paso, TX - The Lowbrow Palace
Aug. 27 - Hollywood, CA - Viper Room
Aug. 29 - San Jose, CA - Rockbar Theater
Sep. 01 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sep. 02 - Spokane, WA - The Pin
Sep. 03 - Boise, ID - The Shredder
Sep. 05 - Colorado Springs, CO - Triple Nickel Tavern
Sep. 09 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
Sep. 10 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
Sep. 25 - London, UK - Jubilee Club
Sep. 26 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Sep. 27 - Southampton, UK - Joiners
Sep. 28 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Sep. 29 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront Studio
Oct. 02 - Leeds, UK - Key Club
Oct. 03 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Oct. 05 - Newcastle, UK - Think Tank
Oct. 06 - London, UK - Borderline
Oct. 07 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Oct. 08 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
Oct. 09 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Oct. 10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Q-Factory
Oct. 12 - Cologne, Germany - MCT
Oct. 13 - Berlin, Germany - Comet
Oct. 14 - Munich, Germany - Garage Deluxe
Oct. 15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
Oct. 16 - Hamburg, Germany - Rock Café St. Pauli

For more BITERS news and info, follow the band online:

Enjoy the album and we'll see you on the road!  Until then... Stay Electric!

Nordic rock queen Martina Edoff confirmed for Epica tour and new album

Having previously worked with a variety of artists (Dr. Alban, E-Type, the Poodles, etc.), singer Martina Edoff is ready to return to where her original musical love - classic hard rock - with the release of her solo debut, 'Unity' on October 16th via Into Records (distributed by Cargo Records), and will embark on a US tour from September 18th through October 3rd on a bill that will feature headliners Epica, as well as Eluveitie and the Agonist. Follow this YouTube link to view a tour trailer: 

'Unity' was recorded at the legendary Bohus Sound Studios in Sweden, whose long list of clients since the start 35 years ago includes both ABBA and Status Quo (who recorded their hit album and best-selling single ”Rockin’ All Over The World” in the same studio). Martina’s producer and sound engineer, Tobias Lindell, has previously recorded, mixed, and produced bands such as Europe, Mustasch, and Hardcore Superstar at Bohus Sound. 

Martina describes the material on 'Unity' as "uptempo rock," but several ballads help even things out. 
Standout tracks (and their creative inspiration) include:

"It´s a wake up call for those who only seek satisfaction in the material world. The true wealthiness begins from the inside of ourselves."

Never Let You Down
"A proposal to someone who has been through bad relationship experiences."

World Has Gone Mad music video can be viewed here -

"Today in the western world we spend more time in front of a screen than we spend time in nature or with loved ones. Life passes by quickly without really noticing it. If we don’t open our eyes to the real world we might miss what really happens."

Spirit of Light
"To all the young ones out there who has their lives in front of them. How valuable they are and to tell them how fantastic they are."

I am Mining
"Ones that seek shall find. Its about to find whatever you are searching for and never give up even if it seems impossible."

Love Keeps Turning Away
"The game of love. Even if you fail you got to try it again."

Moment of Truth
"It´s about being in a relationship where the truth came out about lies and betrayals."

This Love is Crazy 
"Someone is playing with your emotions and you realize you gotta get out of it."

Argentina-based fans will get an opportunity to catch a performance by not only Martina, but also by Tarja Turunen as special guest support, at their show in Argentina on the November 14th, at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas:

Prepare to discover the supreme metallic talents of Martina on 'Unity' and the impending live dates!

Tour Dates with Epica, Eluveitie and The Agonist:
Fri Sep 18, O’Brians Event Centre, Saskatoon, SK
Sat Sep 19, Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
Sun Sep 20, MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, AB
Tue Sep 22, Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Wed Sep 23, Neumos, Seattle, WA
Fri Sep 25, Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Sat Sep 26, Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA,
Mon Sep 28, Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
Tue Sep 29, Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
Thurs Oct 01, Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
Fri Oct 02, Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Sat Oct 03, Irving Plaza, New York, NY


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kara And The Dam Band on This Week on Focus on Metal

Episode 245 - Kara and the Dam Band

This week we welcome Kara Stevens and Chad Austin from Kara And The Dam Band. KATDB have been gaining a lot of attention for  their live shows back in their home state of Texas and with the release of "Alone in the Dark" they hope to take their brand of rock and metal to a wider audience.

Track of the week is from Strangelet off their debut "First Bite". Find out more at

Here's another great track from Strangelet

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