Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Just posted: Episode 271 of Focus on Metal featuring Sean Peck

Episode 271 - Sean Peck

Sean Peck returns to Focus on Metal this week and talks about making "Satan's Tomb" with Denner/Shermann. Death Dealer's sophomore effort "Hallowed Ground", and of course Cage and their latest masterpiece "Ancient Evil"

Track of the week is from Frontiers artist Inglorious from their S/T debut.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

NWOBHM Heroes SAVAGE Announce Festival Appearances

Mansfield, Nottingham (UK) - NWOBHM heroes SAVAGE have announced several upcoming European festival appearances and gigs. Dates are as follows:

5 March     The Ultimate Revenge of Heavy Metal Festival - Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
19 March    The Black Pearl - Laigneville, France
20 March    Le Gibus CafĂ©, Paris, France
24 Sep        Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival - P60, Amstelveen, Holland
15 Oct         British Steel Saturday Night Festival #5 - Fismes, France                

SAVAGE released a new studio album 7 on Minus 2 Zebra in late 2015. Included with the double-album is a live performance disc titled Live N Lethal.  The album can be purchased at:!product/prd2/4355419415/7-live-n-lethal-cd.

7 features 12 blistering new tracks, which mix old with new. Many of the tracks are fast paced and hark back to the early days whilst tracks such as "Superspy' and Empire Of Hate' sound akin to something off a modern OZZY album or even METALLICA at their best! Live N Lethal features 13 live tracks. Included is the entirety of classic 1983 debut album Loose N Lethal, which is given a fresh treatment in the form of a recently recorded gig in the band's hometown of Mansfield (UK). The Loose n Lethal album is delivered at a furious pace, along with a few choice tracks from the band's back catalogue. 

Fun Fact: The song "Let it Loose" was covered by METALLICA on their first demo Hit the Lights. Stream the live version of the track from Live N Lethal at this location.

"Savage sound as vibrant as ever. Its 10 tracks hearken back to the band's early roots while also capturing a contemporary sound."
- Brave Words

"7/Live n Lethal is a fantastic combination of the band's classic era and its modern age sound in one signature set."
 - Metalholic

"Continuing a rennasiance that began about 20 years ago, England's Savage keep their New Wave of British Heavy Metal rumbling along."
 - Dangerdog Music Reviews

"Why Savage aren't big players on today's music scene is beyond me."
 - Get Your Rock Out

"The music fits right at home in the NWOBHM genre and the band musically stands tall amongst their peers from that time period, carrying forward to today. 7 offers fans absolutely no-filler."
- Hardrock Haven

 "7 is made up of 12 hard hitting tracks which shapes up one hell of a great album."
 - Metal Temple

"Savage are finally getting recognized as one of the best bands to emerge from the British metal scene."
- 100 Percent Rock Magazine

"Each album in this package is worth picking up on its own, but taken together what Savage have here is a release of tremendous excitement and a worthy contender for album of the year."
 - John Tucker Online

 "A great bang for your heavy metal buck."
 - Sea of Tranquility

"Savage deserve a whole lot more credit than what they get and this release is a perfect place to start for any novice, or the perfect addition for the connoisseur Metal fanatic."
 - Metal Talk 

"Savage's style is timeless, drawn from the rough n tumble pub rock honed in smoky working men's clubs of the north, taking in the hard rock of the 70s, and 80s metal from the US and NWOBHM to create the fast n loose rock that can be appreciated by connoisseurs, bikers n headbangers alike from big, swaggering rockers to fast thrashers to blues boogie rockers and down n dirty metal."

 - Battlehelm

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Just posted: Kingdom Come's JB Frank on This Weeks Focus on Metal

Episode 270 - JB Frank

This week Richie goes solo as he chats with bassist JB Frank from Kingdom Come. JB dropped by to talk with Richie about all things Kingdom Come including the early days and what's in store for the future,

Track of the week is from the new one from AFM artist Brainstorm, "Scary Creatures" (

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HELION PRIME release part two of new album track by track video breakdown.

Sacramento, California science fiction power metal band HELION PRIME have released part two of their new debut album track by track video breakdown.

Helion Prime vocalist Heather Michele has checked in with the following comment:
Less than a week away until the release of Helion Prime's debut album, and we could not be more excited to share it with you all. As promised, here is part two of a track by track breakdown of the songs from the debut album. Stay tuned everyone!

Helion Prime have announced two cd release shows in Northern California during the month of February.

Helion Prime guitarist Jason Ashcraft has checked in with the following comment:
We are very excited to announce two very special shows that will help us celebrate the release of the album. We look forward to seeing as many of our friends as possible at these. We hope to make them memorable nights in Helion Prime's history.

February 26 - Blue Lamp - Sacramento, California

February 27 - Bobby D's Cocktail Lounge - Redwood City, California
The self titled Helion Prime debut album is scheduled for an independent release on February 15, 2016 and can be pre-ordered now as either a physical or digital copy at the band's BandCamp website:

All pre-orders will be able to immediately download the album's new single "Into the Black Hole" featuring a guest guitar solo from Jeff Teets of Allentown, Pennsylvania progressive metal band Mindmaze.

Helion Prime - "Helion Prime" album tracklist:
1. Into the Alien Terrain
2. The Drake Equation
3. Life Finds a Way
4. Into the Black Hole
5. A Place I Thought I Knew
6. Keep What You Kill
7. Ocean of Time
8. Moon-Watcher
9. Apollo (The Eagle Has Landed)
10. Live and Die On This Day

Produced by Jason Ashcraft, Heather Michele and Carlos Alvarez
Lead/Acoustic Guitars & Drums recorded by JK Northrup at Alien Productions
Rhythm Guitars recorded at Jason Ashcraft's Bury the Sun Productions studio
Bass Recorded by Jeremy Steinhouse at home studio
Edited and Mixed by Carlos Alvarez at Dirty Viking Audio Productions
Mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studios

Helion Prime
Heather Michele - Vocals
Jason Ashcraft - Guitars
Jeremy Steinhouse - Bass
Justin Herzer - Drums

For the latest band news and show dates, visit the official Helion Prime website and Facebook page:

DIRE PERIL releases "The Extraterrestrial Compendium" album artwork and track list.

Sacramento, California based power metal band and past Focus on Metal guests DIRE PERIL have released the artwork and track list for their upcoming full length debut album "The Extraterrestrial Compendium" to be released during 2016.

Dire Peril guitarist Jason Ashcraft has checked in with the following comment:
The band just ran a successful indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the new album and as a promise for reaching our stretch goal, we are releasing the album cover artwork and track list early to the public. The artwork was created by french artist Gwen Vibancos.

Dire Peril - "The Extraterrestrial Compendium" track list:
01: TMA-0
02: Yautja (Hunter Culture)
03: Planet Preservation
04: Enemy Mine
05: The Visitor
06: Altar IV: The Forbidden Planet
07: Total Recall
08: Queen of the Galaxy*
09: Roughnecks
10: Blood in the Ice
11: Riddick's Fury
12: TMA-1
13: A Space Odyssey

The album will be mixed by Carlos Alvarez of Dirty Viking Audio Productions and will ultimately b mastered in France at Tower Studios (Ayreon, Megadeth)

Dire Peril
John Yelland - Vocals (Judicator)
Jason Ashcraft - Rhythm, Lead, Acoustic & Bass Guitars (Helion Prime)

Jason states: The new version of the song "Queen of the Galaxy" (2015) is a re-recording from the band's EP of the same name and will once again feature Unleash the Archers vocalist Brittney Slayes. "I always knew I would want to redo a song from one of the first Dire Peril EP's as the production was never quite there in terms of what I wanted for the band. When the time came to choose a song, I felt this one fit the theme of the album perfectly."

"The theme behind the album is that each song is based off a different sci-fi related film: Predator, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Enemy Mine, K-PAX, Forbidden Planet, Total Recall, Barbarella, Starship Troopers, The Thing, The Riddick Series and 2001: A Space Odyssey".

"I can't wait to get this album out. It has been a long time coming for Dire Peril to release a full length and honestly something that should have happened long ago. We are hard at work right now getting this album recorded and more news will follow to include the album release date".

For the latest band news and show dates, visit the official Dire Peril Facebook page:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Judas Priest's tour in support of their 17th studio album overall, Redeemer of Souls, was one of the most extensive of the group's entire career - consisting of 130 shows in 33 countries, and offering a setlist that touched upon selections from nearly all of their classic albums. And now, fans can relive the live Priest experience once more, with the release of the new CD/DVD/Blu-ray, Battle Cry, on March 25th, 2016, via Epic Records (preview available for viewing here

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Germany's Wacken Festival in front of an audience of 85,000, Battle Cry is available on a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD (running over 94 minutes), as well as digital audio and video formats. The DVD and Blu-ray also contains 3 bonus tracks shot in Poland on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland. 

What makes the show's track listing so appealing is it balances new classics ("Dragonaut," "Halls of Valhalla," "Redeemer of Souls") along with headbanging classics ("Metal Gods," "Electric Eye," "You've Got Another Thing Coming"), as well as key album tracks from yesteryear ("Devil's Child," "Beyond the Realms of Death," "Jawbreaker"). 

Originally formed during the early '70s in Birmingham, England, Priest is responsible for offering metal fans worldwide some of the genre's most influential and landmark albums (1980's 'British Steel,' 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 1990's 'Painkiller,' etc.), while helping spread metal music to audiences not normally associated with the genre (Live Aid in 1985, and a surprise appearance on American Idol in 2011), and helping popularize the now instantly recognizable "denim and leather" look.

For decades, Judas Priest has been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre. And as evidenced by Battle Cry, Priest rock harder and more ferociously than ever.

Battle Cry CD sequence:
1.     (Intro) Battle Cry
2.     Dragonaut
3.     Metal Gods
4.     Devil’s Child
5.     Victim of Changes
6.     Halls of Valhalla
7.     Redeemer of Souls
8.     Beyond the Realms of Death
9.     Jawbreaker
10.  Breaking the Law
11.  Hell Bent For Leather
12.  The Hellion
13.  Electric Eye
14.  You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
15.   Painkiller

Battle Cry DVD/Blu-ray sequence:

1. (Intro) Battle Cry 
2. Dragonaut
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Turbo Lover
8. Redeemer of Souls
9. Beyond the Realms of Death
10. Jawbreaker
11. Breaking the Law
12. Hell Bent For Leather
13. The Hellion
14. Electric Eye
15. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
16. Painkiller
17. Living After Midnight

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Wacken Festival, Germany.

18. Screaming for Vengeance
19. The Rage
20. Desert Plains

Recorded live on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.


The Black Dahlia Murder announces USA tour with Fallujah and Disentomb; will play Unhallowed album in its entirety.

The Black Dahlia Murder announces USA tour with Fallujah and Disentomb; will play 'Unhallowed' album in its entirety; TBDM and guitarist Ryan Knight amicably part ways, announce touring guitarist

After releasing their new album, Abysmal, last year to critical acclaim and headlining both part I and part II of the massive IndieMerch Tour, The Black Dahlia Murder has announced another headlining trek - this time, taking the show back to their roots! With Fallujah and Disentomb as support, the band plans to play their first full-length, Unhallowed (2003), in its entirety during the run, performing at intimate venues across the USA that haven't seen The Black Dahlia Murder since their debut was released! 

Trevor Strnad (vocals) comments: "We are very excited to unleash this absolutely crushing line-up upon you all and to play the much requested 'Unhallowed' album in its entirety. The songs are sounding better than ever before, and we can't wait for you to feast your ears on our debut album as it was meant to be heard. We will also be playing some bangers from our new album, 'Abysmal', and the rest of the catalog...Come out and bring your friends!" 

Brandon Ellis will join The Black Dahlia Murder on the road as the band's touring guitarist and replacement for Ryan Knight, who amicably parted ways with the group. In regards to his departure, Ryan Knight comments: "After nearly 7 years with The Black Dahlia Murder, I feel the time has come for me to step down and focus on other aspects of my life. The decision to leave was very difficult, yet necessary I feel for me to ultimately be happy and keep moving forward. I feel very lucky to have had the best band-mates/crew (past and present) to traverse the world, guzzle beers, and bring the rock with every night...Thank you guys <3 a="" again="" all="" and="" at="" badassery.="" be="" being="" blade="" cool="" d="" domestic="" fans="" for="" general.="" general="" getting="" give="" guitar="" hardworking="" huge="" i="" in="" just="" like="" ll="" me="" meantime="" metal="" music="" new="" on="" our="" over="" people="" pretty="" records="" so="" still="" support="" teaching="" thank="" thanks="" the="" their="" to="" working="" years="" you=""> 

Trevor Strnad (vocals) adds: "When Ryan first joined the band, he drove from the hospital where his first child had just been born to begin practicing and writing with us, on the eve of the recording of our 'Deflorate' album. In his years with the band, he made a lot of sacrifices to be with us and uphold our insanely demanding touring and recording schedule...He always gave us 100 percent, and for that I thank him. He is an incredible musician and creative force...It was exciting to make new material with him, and his wealth of knowledge has left its stamp on the band's music forever. I always knew that his time in the band would be limited, and it has now come time for him to go home and be with his family. Ryan, being the stand-up dude that he is, told us of his plans to leave the band more than a year ago, and with heavy hearts we began to plan for The Black Dahlia Murder's future. We admire that Ryan went to such lengths to make his departure as easy on the band as possible, even going as far as to help us find a talented leadsman in Brandon Ellis - who has been lending us his tremendous guitar skills on the current TBDM tour...Knight is one of my best friends and I wish him the best in everything he does. He will always have a place here in the TBDM family. I look back at our time together with nothing but gratitude." 

See below for all upcoming tour dates. 

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Fallujah, Disentomb
Apr. 8 - Dayton, OH - Oddbody's Music Room
Apr. 9 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
Apr. 10 - Lemoyne, PA - The Champ
Apr. 12 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
Apr. 13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground (Side Room) 
Apr. 14 - Amityville, NY - Amity Music Hall
Apr. 15 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium **New England Metal & Hardcore Fest**
Apr. 16 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
Apr. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - The Voltage Lounge
Apr. 18 - Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka's Live
Apr. 19 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Apr. 20 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
Apr. 21 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Apr. 22 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
Apr. 23 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Apr. 24 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive
Apr. 26 - Tallahassee, FL - 926 Lounge (formally Pug's) 
Apr. 27 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
Apr. 28 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl
Apr. 29 - Houston, TX - Eastdown
Apr. 30 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
May 1 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's Sports Cafe
May 3 - Albuquerque, NM - Blu Phoenix Venue
May 4 - Tucson, AZ - Club XS
May 5 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge
May 6 - Las Vegas, NV - Divebar
May 7 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
May 8 - Glendale, CA - The Complex
May 9 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's Pizza
May 10 - Fresno, CA - Strummers
May 11 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar Music Hall
May 12 - Sacramento, CA - Boardwalk
May 13 - Portland, OR - The Analog Cafe and Theatre
May 14 - Spokane, WA - The Big Dipper
May 15 - Boise, ID - Mardi Gras
May 16 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
May 18 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theatre
May 20 - Sioux Falls, SD - The District
May 21 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
May 22 - Madison, WI - Frequency
May 23 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
May 24 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
May 25 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theater
May 26 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
May 27 - Kent, OH - The Outpost
May 28 - Howell, MI - Bled Fest 

The Black Dahlia Murder will be touring in support of Abysmal, which was named one of the best albums of 2015 by Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, among many others. To preview and purchase "the best death metal of the year" (New Noise Magazine), please visit: 

The Black Dahlia Murder online:

King's X re-issues, 'Gretchen Goes to Nebraska' and 'Faith Hope Love', now available via Metal Blade Records; band set to kick off west coast tour this month

Progressive masters King's X recently re-issued two of their classic albums, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (1989) and Faith Hope Love (1990), via Metal Blade Records. Both available as a double vinyl, Faith Hope Love has also been re-packaged on CD with two bonus live tracks recorded in Cleveland in 1992. To purchase these limited re-issues, please visit: 

King's X's second full-length, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, is based loosely on a short story by drummer Jerry Gaskill and is considered a landmark in the band's 30+ year history. Containing many fan favorites - such as the power ballad "Summerland", plus "Mission" and "The Burning Down" - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska also features the track "Pleiades", which is credited by guitarist 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. Additionally, the album track "Over My Head" received considerable play on MTV and radio, and ultimately set the trio up for broader success on subsequent releases. 

The follow-up to Gretchen Goes to Nebraska - Faith Hope Love - was released the next year in 1990 and landed in the Billboard Top 100, thus becoming the band's highest charting album at the time. Led by the radio single "It's Love", King's X also hit #6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart - their highest chart position! To-date, Faith Hope Love is still King's X's most commercially successful album, reaching gold status in the USA. 

This month, King's X will embark on a west coast tour in support of these classic albums (and more!), with Kings of Spade joining them on the run. See below for all dates. 

King's X tour dates
w/ Kings of Spade
Feb. 25 - Reno, NV - Psychedelic Ballroom and Jukejoint
Feb. 26 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
Feb. 27 - San Jose, CA - Rockbar Theater
Mar. 1 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
Mar. 3 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
Mar. 4 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage *
Mar. 5 - Corona, CA - M15 *
*=no Kings of Spade 

King's X online:

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Portuguese Epic Metallers RAVENSIRE Streaming New Cruz Del Sur Music album

The Cycle Never Ends, the new album from Portuguese Epic Metallers 
RAVENSIRE, is now streaming in its entirety. Purchase and/or stream the album below:

The Cycle Never Ends is out now in North America on Cruz Del Sur Music. Order the CD at this location.

Formed in 2010, RAVENSIRE built a strong reputation in the European Underground Metal movement with their two previous albums Iron Will (2012) and We March Forward(2013). Given that RAVENSIRE's sound is genuinely devoted to the likes of OMEN, old MANOWAR, and BROCAS HELM, both albums were highly acclaimed by Epic Metal fans, fueling the band's songwriting on The Cycle Never Ends. The album will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

From the cover artwork (strongly recalling John Buscema's black and white art for the "Savage Sword of Conan" 70s comic - an appropriate reading to get along with Ravensire's music!)  to each one of the eight songs, The Cycle Never Ends shows the band's reaching maturity through an astonishingly intense performance.  Among more direct  tracks such as the opener "Cromlech Revelations" and "Crosshaven," the album's highlight is definitely the "White Pillars" trilogy, "a monumental epic piece connected to the history of Sintra, famed city not far from Lisbon. At the coastline, archaeologists dig the ruins of a watchtower built in the 16th century. Contemporary manuscripts mention that ancient written stones had been found (Part I, "Eternal Sun"). Under the ruins, they find the remains of a Moorish settlement, once subdued by the invading army of King Sigurd of Norway in the beginning of the 12th century (Part II, "Blood and Gold"). Finally, among the stones of the Moorish walls, the archaeologists find Roman altars and stones belonging to an ancient temple dedicated to the Sun, the Moon and the Ocean (Part III, "Temple at the End of the World").

Definitely recommended for fans of OMEN and old MANOWAR!

"If you are longing for an epic burly heavy metal album with manly sweat practically emanating from every note you just found one."

"The Cycle Never Ends is a very powerful statement from this young Portuguese band, and if you love epic, melodic power metal, Ravensire are quite easy to recommend."
 - Sea of Tranquility

"Portuguese epic metal militia Ravensire are poised to crush their enemies, see them driven before them and hear the lamentations of their women."
 - Decibel

"Eight tracks in the spirit of the old legends, without filler, all created in the pure essence of what epic metal is all about!" 
- Iron Fist

"Rejoice in its majesty!" 8.5/10
 - Ave Noctum

"This is really well played, it's exciting, it's epic and it's a lot of fun."
 - Rock! Shop! Pop!

"Tremendous! You will not regret."
- Tradicion Metalica

"These Portuguese are on track! An excellent release!" 8.5/10
 - Metalbrothers

"Recommended for people who can't get enough of German Speed Metal from the 1980's as well as lovers of Epic Metal!" 
- Metal Rules

"Get thee to the Ravensire or to Hell with you!" 
- Angry Metal Guy

"Epic fans should definitely check this out!" 
- Mega Metal

"Epic, true, traditionally produced heavy metal!" 
- Bleeding 4 Metal

"A must-have for all who like true epic heavy metal! Excellent release!" 8.5/10

- Quien Mueve Los Hilos

Cannibal Corpse re-issues classic albums 'Butchered At Birth', 'Eaten Back to Life', 'The Bleeding', 'Vile', 'Tomb Of The Mutilated' on vinyl; kicks off North American tour with Obituary, Cryptopsy, Abysmal Dawn

After releasing their latest effort, A Skeletal Domain, to critical acclaim, Cannibal Corpse is now going back in time to commemorate some classic titles: Butchered At Birth, Eaten Back to Life, The Bleeding, Vile, and Tomb Of The Mutilated. As part of the "Metal Blade Classics" series, these albums are now available on vinyl in limited quantities at: An exclusive poster is also included with each LP! 

Cannibal Corpse will be on tour in North America in support of these re-issues and 2014's A Skeletal Domain. With Obituary, Cryptopsy, and Abysmal Dawn also joining them on the road, this trek promises to be one of the most bludgeoning death metal line-ups fans will see all year. See below for upcoming dates! 

The Noise presents: 
Cannibal Corpse tour dates
w/ Obituary, Cryptopsy, Abysmal Dawn
Feb. 13 - Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's by The Sea
Feb. 14 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Feb. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Feb. 16 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Feb. 18 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Feb. 19 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Feb. 20 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Feb. 21 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Feb. 23 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom 
Feb. 24 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
Feb. 25 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theater 
Feb. 26 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
Feb. 27 - Chicago, IL - Metro 
Feb. 29 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
Mar. 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Mar. 2 - Boise, ID - Revolution Center
Mar. 3 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Mar. 4 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Mar. 5 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Mar. 7 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Mar. 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon Hollywood
Mar. 9 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Mar. 10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
Mar. 12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Mar. 14 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre
Mar. 15 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live! 
Mar. 16 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
Mar. 17 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre 
Mar. 18 - Tallahassee, FL - The Side Bar Theatre
Mar. 19 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor *no Obituary
Mar. 20 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live 

Cannibal Corpse online:

LOVE N WAR announce upcoming Texas shows and recording of new album.

LOVE N WAR, the Houston, Texas melodic hard rock / meta band has announced their first run of dates for 2016.

Love N War guitarist John Adams has checked in with the following comment:
We are pleased to announce that Love N War are starting 2016 off with a bang, as the band will be providing direct support during five killer upcoming Texas shows. These dates will be followed by the recording of our new 2nd album with a release date scheduled for summer 2016! The untitled new album, will be the highly requested follow-up to the blistering debut album "Up The Annie".

Upcoming Love N War Shows:
2/13/16 - Concert Pub North - Houston, Texas
(supporting Y&T)
2/19/16 - Acadia Live - Houston, Texas
(supporting Dangerous Toys)
2/26/16 - Scout Bar - Houston, Texas
(supporting ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley)
3/4/16 - 18th St. Pier Bar & Grill - San Leon, Texas
(Supporting Don Jamieson & Killer Bee featuring ex-UFO guitarist Paul Chapman)
3/13/16 - Concert Pub North - Houston, Texas
(supporting UFO)

Love N War band line-up:
John Adams - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Vandenberghe - Lead Vocals
Donnie Bragg - Drums
Ray Soliz - Bass Guitar

For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official website:

Metal Blade TV launches live video from "Hellfest 2015"

Metal Blade TV launches live video from "Hellfest 2015", featuring Cannibal Corpse, Armored Saint, Ensiferum, Twitching Tongues, as well as exclusive interviews with host Don Jamieson

Last June, the premier, annual metal festival in France - "Hellfest" - boasted three day's worth of shows from some of the best acts in the scene. For the first time, Metal Blade TV was present at the fest, ready to capture live performances from the label's artists, as well as exclusive interviews with host Don Jamieson. To watch this video from "Hellfest 2015" - featuring multi-camera footage of Cannibal Corpse, Armored Saint, Ensiferum, and Twitching Tongues - please visit: 

For the 2016 installment of "Hellfest", Metal Blade artists Amon Amarth, King Diamond, Sacred Reich, Primordial, Cattle Decapitation, Entrails, and DragonForce are set to appear over the course of June 17-19 in Clisson, France. Stay tuned for live footage and interviews with these bands coming soon, courtesy of Metal Blade TV! 

Metal Blade Records online:

IGNITOR release new video “No Sanctuary” from upcoming new album.

IGNITOR, the Austin, Texas based classic heavy metal band has released a new video for the song “No Sanctuary” from their upcoming untitled new album.

“No Sanctuary” was filmed at Emphatic Audio studios and was directed by Ignitor guitarist and founding member Stuart Laurence (Agony Column).

Vocalist Jason McMaster has checked in with the following comment:
"We have been writing and recording some new songs, of which a few of them we are looking forward to playing at these upcoming shows that have been long overdue. These confirmed dates will also be used to showcase our new band line up that features Robert Williams(Witches Mark) on Guitar and Billy "Chainsaw" Dansfield (Agony Column) on Bass.

Upcoming shows:
March 5 - The Sidewinder - Austin, Texas
(Dead Earth Politics, Force Fed)
March 16 - Heart of Texas Rockfest - Austin, Texas
March 18 - The Acadia - Houston, Texas
(Cage, Aska, Matrekis)
April 16 - The RockBox - Hellfest IV - San Antonio, Texas
(Grim Reaper, Helstar, Las Cruces, Isolaydead)
May 6 - Reggie's Rock Club - Ragnarokkr Fest 2016 - Chicago, Illinois
(Tygers of Pan Tang, Jag Panzer, Jack Starr's Burning Starr, Leather Leone and others)

For the latest Ignitor band news and show dates, visit their official websites

L.A. Thrashers ANGER AS ART Release Lyric Video for "Praise of the Firehead"

Los Angeles thrashers ANGER AS ART have released the second lyric video from upcoming Old School Metal Records album Ad Mortem Festinamus. Thrash 'em all with "Praise of the Firehead" at this location!

A lyric video for the song "Aim for the Heart" was released last month and is available for anger management here. Decibel also got in on the action with the exclusive premiere of "Tombward," which can be utilized for neighborhood destabilization at this location.  Bassist/vocalist Eric Bryan (ex-Necroscope), who appeared in critically acclaimed film Metal: A Headbangers Journey, wrote (and sings on) "Tombward." 

ANGER AS ART will release Ad Mortem Festinamus March 11 on Old School Metal Records. On the highly anticipated follow-up to 2013 barnstormer Hubris, Inc. the quartet has done the improbable by creating a roaring thrash metal beast that doesn't just raise the bar; it crushes it into dust. Pre-order Ad Mortem Festinamus here.

Recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by Ronald Sandoval at Rev Studios, Chino CA, Ad Mortem Festinamus (Latin translation: We Hurry into Death) is everything you've come to expect from ANGER AS ART...and more! Speeding recklessness, lacerating solos, and a shrapnel storm of riffs combine to make what will undoubtedly be considered one of 2016's fiercest forays into Thrash Metal Armageddon. Ad Mortem Festinamus is venomous, angry thrash/speed/death metal. If you feel that no one hears your voice and you're pissed about it, then this is the album for you...because everyone is angry, and ANGER is beautiful!

ANGER AS ART will play a CD Release show April 2nd at Malone's in Santa Ana, CA. Confirmed support acts so far include RESISTANCE and ANCIENT SPELL, with more to be announced soon.

"Eleven tracks of pure old school Thrash Metal from the Bay Area."
- Queens of Steel

"Anger As Art plays tight thrash metal and the similarities with the aggressive riffs of Slayer and the German classics like Sodom and Kreator are clear to hear." 
 - Lords of Metal

"Thrash, speed, power 'n death!"
 - Taste of Khaos

"Anger As Art have blazed a path for other west coast thrash metal bands to follow."
- JP's Music Blog

"Being a lover of 80's thrash metal, this album is right up my alley."
 Tania Zaia- Pitts of Metal Chaos

You may read a number of bios where bands will extol their virtues of being the next big thing, as important as Led Zeppelin, inventor of the wheel. ANGER AS ART doesn't do that.  They don't need to. 

To know what ANGER AS ART is, one can look at what they have been since 2004.  A first rate, old school thrash metal band - rooted in the history created by the members of the band.   Take one look at their lineage - members of Abattoir, Evil Dead, Bloodlust, Hirax, Reverend, Bitch... and know where they are going.

Two World Tours, shows with Destruction, Overkill, Testament, Death Angel, Exodus, Saxon, Agent Steel, ex- Maiden vocalists Bayley and DiAnno, Tankard, Onslaught, Katatonia and many more.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Just posted: Ralf Scheepers & Mark Fox on this weeks Focus on Metal

Episode 269 - Primal Shakra

We have two guests this week. First up Ralf Scheepers makes a return appearance on the show to promote the latest release from Primal Fear, "Rulebreaker". After that Mark Fox the vocalist from Shakra comes aboard to give us the details on his bands brand new one "High Noon". Find Primal Fear at and find Shakra on Facebook

Track of the week is the title track from Rhapsody of Fire's latest release "Into The Legend".

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Just posted: Segment 7 of our Little Mountain Sound Project

Episode 268 - Little Mountain Sound Part 7

This week we go back to a behind the scenes guy, the very important Ron "Obvious" Vermeulen. Ron was deeply involved in making Little Mountain the powerhouse it became and almost everyone we talk to says we have to talk with this guy so, we did. Ron's still active in music and you can track him down at

Check out some of the great photos that Ron sent us in the blog post below.

Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us On Demand everyday on Platinum Rock Radio by going to this link

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
Pure Rock Radio & Metal World Radio

Visit for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

Focus on Metal is damn proud to be part of The Blast Syndicate. You can get this show as well as many other kick ass metal podcasts by clicking the link below.

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