BEAUVOIR FREE recreate the magic of Crown of Thorns debut on « American Trash » - Out on Frontiers in June

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of American Trash the anticipated new album featuring Rock & Roll veterans Jean BEAUVOIR and Micki FREE on June 5th in Europe and June 9th in North America.

Best known as the driving force behind the legendary Crown of Thorns self-titled debut album in 1994, Jean Beauvoir and Micki Free’s collective credits read like a “who’s-who” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with a list of collaborations that includes the likes of the Ramones, KISS, Debbie Harry, The Pretenders, John Waite, Lionel Richie, N'Sync, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Bill Wyman, Carlos Santana and Prince to name but a few.

The duo both coincidentally moved back to LA in 2003 and re-connected. They discussed joining forces again for a new project and after a few shows in Europe in 2013, a deal with Frontiers was inked for a brand new album to be recorded in 2014.

The result is American Trash, an album that shaped up as “the continuation of the BEAUVOIR FREE sound as the writing team for the Crown of Thorns debut,” explains Jean Beauvoir. “When we write together there really is this magic. We know we want killer guitar riffs and major melodic chorus... and this is what turns out in our songs, in Beauvoir Free style.”

All the new songs came out like "rocking-babies" in the BEAUVOIR FREE fold. “…And all represent the sound only Jean and I create together. The "inimitable" sound of BEAUVOIR FREE,” tells Micki Free.

Joining forces once again, Jean and Micki can truly unleash the magic that they can only create when they write together, of that there is no doubt!

“We both feel this CD is some of the best work we have done, right up their next to the Crown of Thorns debut” concludes Jean. “We want to get out on the road and bring it to the fans. We receive a lot of inquires of when are you guys coming back out on tour and people telling us they can't wait to hear the new material. Frankly we can’t wait for our fans to hear American Trash as well!”

The American Trash track list includes: Angels Cry; Morning After; American Trash; Whiplash; Just Breathe; Shotgun To The Heart; Never Give Up; Cold Dark December; It’s Never Too Late; She’s A K.O.; There’s No Starting Over.

JEAN BEAUVOIR – Lead Vocals and Background Vocals, Bass, Rhythm Guitars, Drums, Keyboards and Orchestration
MICKI FREE - Lead Guitars, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars

Produced by Jean Beauvoir

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Iron Savior unveil Live DVD/CD details!

German power metallers IRON SAVIOR will release their first ever DVD/Live CD "Live At The Final Frontier" on May 29th.  It includes the recordings of the band's show in their hometown Hamburg (from January 2015) and comes as exclusive DVD/2CD Digipak.


1. Ascendence (Intro)
2. Last Hero
3. Starlight
4. The Savior
5. Revenge Of The Bride
6. Break The Curse
7. Burning Heart
8. Mind Over Matter
9. Hall Of The Heroes
10. R U Ready
11. Condition Red
12. I’ve Been To Hell
13. Heavy Metal Never Dies
14. Coming Home
15. Iron Watcher (Medley)
16. Atlantis Falling
17. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest Cover)
+ (additional Backstage/concert footage)


CD 1
1. Ascendence (Intro)
2. Last Hero
3. Starlight
4. The Savior
5. Revenge Of The Bride
6. Break The Curse
7. Burning Heart
8. Mind Over Matter


CD 2
1. Hall Of The Heroes
2. R U Ready
3. Condition Red
4. I’ve Been To Hell
6. Coming Home
7. Iron Watcher (Medley)
8. Atlantis Falling
9. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest Cover)



“Mixing in rock, punk and metal with their rock’n’fuckin roll hearts, Spitfire bring it on full steam with raw whiskey vocals, addictive crooning harmonies and guitars that have so much soul they could break the heart of an angel on highly catchy songs like ‘City Of The Sinners’, ‘Take My Throne’ and ‘King Kerosin’. Spitfire take the best of the Misfits, Reverend Horton Heat and The Meteors and mix it into a fireball mixture that could shoot a hot rod to Mars!”
(Shan Siva,, reviewing Spitfire’s debut album ‘Devil’s Dance’, April 2013.)

New young German 100% pure rock ‘n’ roll trio Spitfire, who burst out of the starting blocks with their visceral debut, ‘Devil’s Dance’ album in 2013, are now set to unleash the even more impressive follow up, ‘Welcome To Bone City’, on SPV’s Rookies and Kings label on April 20th.
‘Welcome To Bone City’, packed with 15 new groove-laden, dirty, hard driving kick-ass rockers, effortlessly picks up from where ‘Devil’s Dance’ left off, leaping and bounding even higher, both musically and lyrically, than its predecessor.
Once again melding Punk Rock, Metal, Rockabilly and Southern Rock into their own unique, irresistible musical concoction, Spitfire take their listeners on an eventful journey through the sinister streets and dirty alleys of ‘Bone City’, a once thriving metropolis. Long gone are the times of blooming casinos and glittering high class hotels, and wealth, glory and glamour have been replaced by the search for a better home amidst the chaos of tough guys, easy girls, unarmoured heroes and the queen of the night.
Spitfire instinctively invoked the loud, wild, primal spirit of Rock’N’Roll, channeling it straight from their hearts, when they created ‘Welcome To Bone City’, an irresistible collection of full throttle, asphalt kicking, utterly uplifting anthems.

Line Up
Dick Dropkick – Lead Vocals / Guitar
Johnny Jailbreak – Bass / Backing Vocals
Nikk Nitro – Drums / Backing Vocals / 

Legendary Mercyful Fate guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann prepare to release new album!

Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, the original guitar players of Mercyful Fate's legendary "Melissa" and "Don't Break the Oath" albums, have created a new classic in the forthcoming EP, "Satan's Tomb," coming in 2015 on Metal Blade Records. These songs were crafted with the Mercyful Fate worldwide legion of fans at the forefront of their collective minds. From the first riff to the last wail, one cannot help but feel the magic newly recaptured once again.

The band, which is simply called Denner / Shermann, calls into service a formidable group of allies who were capable of helping realize this menagerie of malice, was a task carefully orchestrated by these metal mad scientists. Shermann first called upon Marc Grabowski (Demonica) to handle the bass guitar, followed by the only drummer that made sense for many obvious aspects, the one known as Snowy Shaw (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Dream Evil)! Many voices were considered, but fate lead them to Sean Peck (Cage and Death Dealer). He was not only a fan but had the versatile vocal skills to make the new songs come to life like their fans would expect.

Hank Shermann comments: "We have been writing and recording with an incredible line up of musicians and the fans are in for a dark, classic, heavy metal treat for sure. We wanted to get back to the essence of what we created back in the early 80s" "The music inevitable sounds like you would hope it to be, fans of our early work should be very excited".

Music for their debut release has been completed, and the title of the album is "Satan's Tomb" and promises to be one of the finest pure classic metal releases of 2015.

Brian Slagel adds: "I am super excited to welcome Denner / Shermann to the Metal Blade family. I have known Michael and Hank for more than 25 years. I am honored to be able to work with these two legendary musicians. Really excited to work with all the guys on this exciting new band!"

For all additional information visit our web site or 

Denner / Shermann is:
Michael Denner - Guitars
Hank Shermann - Guitars
Sean Peck - Vocals
Snowy Shaw - Drums
Marc Grabowski - Bass 

Armored Saint to release "Win Hands Down" this summer

Los Angeles, California's Armored Saint are set to release their seventh studio album this summer. The album, "Win Hands Down," is all things Armored, a vintage crush of classic power propelled by a cathartic blast of life in the year 2015. The album is scheduled for release on June 2nd in North America, with release dates for June 1st in Europe/UK, and May 29th in DE/CH/AT. A brand new video was recently shot by director Andrew Nethery, and is available for streaming now at, where album pre-order bundles are also ready for order. Additionally, a behind the scenes video from the photo shoot for the "Win Hands Down" album cover is on youtube now HERE.

"Win Hands Down" - mixed by Jay Ruston, produced by Joey Vera.
01. Win Hands Down
02. Mess
03. An Exercise In Debauchery
04. Muscle Memory
05. That Was Then, Way Back When
06. With a Full Head of Steam
07. In an Instant
08. Dive
09. Up Yours

VH1 Classic's centerpiece in original programming, That Metal Show, returned earlier this year with an episode that welcomed Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed alongside John Bush and Joey Vera ofArmored Saint. Jamey Jasta talked about the upcoming Hatebreed tour, the podcast he hosts, recounted how a recent tour they did with Black Label Society was one of the best he had ever done, and even gave a compilation CD to each member of the audience. John Bush and Joey Vera talked about their forthcoming seventh album Win Hands Down, their upcoming tour with Saxon and recalled memories from their time in Anthrax. Watch the full episode, along with bonus clips of John and Joey, on now HERE.

While in New York for the TV taping, Jamey Jasta sat down with Bush and Vera for an episode of "The Jasta Show". Subscribe and listen via iTunes HERE, or stream the episode on soundcloudHERE.

Armored Saint are also proud to be joining the legendary Saxon for a few select, high profile shows across the country from May 12th through May 30th. Head over to for all tour dates and additional information.

Tour with Saxon
05/12 New York, NY BB Kings
05/13 Worcester, MA The Palladium 
05/23 San Antonio, TX 210 Kapone's Live
05/24 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
05/29 San Jose, CA Rockbar
05/30 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

ARMORED SAINT - European Tour Dates
06/19 Clisson, FR Hellfest
07/30 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/02 Munich, DE Free & Easy Festival
08/03 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg w/ Queensryche
08/04 Eindhoven, NL Effenaar w/ Queensryche
08/06 London, GB Electric Ballroom w/ Queensryche
08/07 Derby, GB Bloodstock Festival
08/08 Kortrijk, BE Alcatraz Festival
12/04 Hamburg, DE Waterkant X-Mas Bash
12/05 Oberhausen, DE Ruhrpott Metal Meeting 

The Great Discord to release debut album "Duende" in June!

Sweden has been a fertile ground for metal of all varieties for multiple decades, and there appears to be no sign that this will change anytime soon. The variety and quality of bands is staggering, and Metal Blade Records is prepared to help add The Great Discord to the list of one of Sweden's finest new groups. The band's cornerstone is with the enigmatic vocals of Fia Kempe. Her tone and delivery is immensely emotive and is augmented by a band whose sound is impossible to describe. It's technical, heavy, and yet not so much to overwhelm those not anointed in metal. What's important is that The Great Discord offer a truly unique twist on both metal, and what is to be expected from a female-fronted band.

Duende will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Listen to "Eigengrau" and pre-order your copy of "Duende" now at Sample The Great Discord's striking visuals, which will be a big part of their live show, on their official youtube channel 

The relationship between Kempe and drummer Aksel Holmgren has stood for many years, connecting on a deep personal level when it comes to music, though it was only when they came together to form THE GREAT DISCORD in 2013 that their collaboration began. Sharing an interest in progressive music, they count the likes of Genesis and King Crimson as well as contemporary acts such as Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan among those who have inspired them.

While music pundits and critics will fall over themselves trying to label the unique and intriguing sounds contained within Duende the band are more interested in presenting their music to the world, with the hope of making a profound musical connection with the likeminded. Having been working toward the completion of the record for nearly two years the band have perhaps only just arrived at the beginning, and the ambitiousness of their music is further reflected in their goals. "We obviously want to take over the world," Kempe smiles. "We really believe in our vision, we really believe in the concept behind everything that we do. We want to entertain people. We want them to come to our shows and experience everything that we have visualized for this band, and we want them to relate to the emotion that we're putting into our songs, to be able to find something in THE GREAT DISCORD that they cannot find anywhere else."

The Great Discord is:
Fia Kempe - vocals
Aksel Holmgren - drums
André Axell - guitars
Gustav Almberg - guitars
Rasmus Carlson - bass 


GRAVEWORM signs with AFM Records / new album coming in June!

Italian dark metallers GRAVEWORM have signed with AFM Records.  AFM has already re-released the band’s early albums “As The Angels Reach The Beauty”, “Scourge Of Malice” and “When Daylight’s Gone / Underneath The Crescent Moon” in 2012 and will now follow up to release GRAVEWORM’s brand new studio album, entitled “Ascending Hate”, which will see the light of day on June 19th.

New Lead Singer Announced For Skid Row

Message from Johnny Solinger:


I have decided to leave Skid Row to pursue my solo career. The past 15 years has been a great experience and I have appreciated the opportunity to be the lead singer in one of the most prominent bands of the 1990's and share stages with the likes of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and KISS performing in front of millions throughout the world. I wish Skid Row the best of luck in their future pursuits. \m/


Message from Skid Row:


After 14 years of touring and 4 releases, SKID ROW has released singer Johnny Solinger. 


Founding member Snake Sabo said, “We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best.” 


“Sometimes things just end. People go in different directions and grow apart and you have to make a decision. He will always be our brother” adds co-founder Rachel Bolan. 


The vacancy for a new front man has been filled by powerhouse vocalist Tony Harnell. This news comes hot of the heels of his departure from Norway based band, TNT. “Tony’s experience, power and undeniable range made our decision an easy one” commented guitarist Scotti Hill. Drummer Rob Hammersmith added, “I believe this will be a great year for SKID ROW. I’m looking forward for things to come.” 


When asked about joining forces with SKID ROW Harnell said, "I'm so excited and honored to be a part of such a great band with an amazing legacy and legions of faithful fans! The guys and I have known each other for many years and this is such a natural fit. I look forward to getting out there and playing live together and being a part of making new music and creating our future together. It's time to rock!"


The band will head into the studio to record the third chapter of the United World Rebellion trilogy this summer. They will also hit the road for another world tour in support.


Powerwolf present 'Blessed & Possessed'!

Powerwolf have just finished the mix of their upcoming album "Blessed & Possessed" at Studio Fredman, with Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at the helm of the desk. These days Jens Bogren laid final touches to the songs, mastering the album at Fascination Street.


"We have just had the pleasure to listen to the mastered album for the very first time. We're more than proud and satisfied with the result, and yet can hardly believe to have finished this intense production. Both Fredrik Nordström and Jens Bogren did killer jobs giving these songs exactly the sound they need."

"Blessed & Possessed" will be released in July via Napalm Records.


Powerwolf will present "Blessed & Possessed" live at their "Wolfsnächte Tour 2015":

03.09. Pratteln - Z7
04.09. Speyer- Halle 101
05.09. Köln - Live Music Hall
09.09. London - o2 Academy Islington
10.09. Paris - La Maroquinerie
12.09. Strasbourg - La Laiterie
01.10. Bremen - Aladin
02.10. Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
03.10. Hamburg - Große Freiheit 36
22.10. Berlin - C-Club
23.10. Leipzig - Hellraiser
24.10. München - Backstage
29.10. Ravensburg - Oberschwabenhalle
30.10. Geiselwind - Music Hall
31.10. Stuttgart - LKA
07.11. Saarbrücken - Garage




Formed in 2010 SKARLETT RIOT have quickly earned an enviable reputation on the UK live circuit whilst their debut release has earned glorious praise from Powerplay, Kerrang, Fireworks, Big Cheese, RockSound & Metal Hammer. The band will take to the Dean Hocking Stage on Sunday & no doubt be welcomed with open arms by fans wanting a high octane dose of lively, punchy rock n roll!

THE RAVEN AGE formed in 2009, hail from London & play melodic metal. It's worth noting that the band includes George Harris, son of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris, on guitar. They played Sonisphere in 2014 & released a debut EP which made an instant impression on the Amazon charts hitting no.1 in "Hot New Releases" & no. 16 in the "Top 100 bestsellers" in rock & metal. We're very happy to welcome them to the Dean Hocking Stage on Saturday afternoon.

On the Metal Nation Radio Acoustic Stage we're delighted to announce HEARTBREAK REMEDY who hail from England's Lake District & play groove-led rock. Formed in 2013 they're pretty new on the scene but are quickly earning themselves new followers & admirers with some great live performances, not least at this years' Rockmantic event in Carlisle. The band heads up our acoustic stage on Friday night.

Also added to the Metal Nation Radio Acoustic Stage are 13 STARS who are currently winning instant acclaim with some stellar shows featuring their classic rock, infused with Lynyrd Skynyrd style & influences. They play Saturday afternoon whilst a singer-songwriter theme is added to Sunday with the addition of the gifted LIZ OWEN & CHARLOTTE HACKETT.

SOS is presented by independent record label Rocksector Records & 2015 will be the 8th such event. Previous headliners include I AM I, GUN, Black Spiders, Heavens Basement, Absolva and Beholder.

In 2015, the event takes place on 17th - 19th July, and tickets which are already on-sale, represent outstanding value once again at £15 for a weekend, £10 for Saturday or Sunday single day tickets. Friday night is charged separately at £5 or for weekend ticket purchasers it's included in the price.

Our special thanks go to our partners Powerplay, Get Your Rock Out and Metal Nation Radio for their valued support, & also to Factory Music Management & Agency, Raz White Entertainment & Hydra Pro Bookings for their kind assistance.

For further information, please go to


Axel Rudi Pell - "Magic Moments" - Teaser with full video released!

"Magic Moments - 25th Anniversary Special Show" - the anniversary concert out in April -

Watch the teaser incl. the full video of "Since You Been Gone" feat. Graham Bonnet here: .


It was a hot summer night and the beach was burning… Wrong song, wrong place! But the weather gods smiled on Axel Rudi Pell on that memorable magic evening of July 11th 2014: There had been a severe weather alert, but in the end the floodgates of heaven opened only during the last song of his regular set, the Rainbow classic “Long Live Rock´n´Roll“. “That was Ronnie James Dio crying from above,” promoter Horst E. Franz speculated while bidding his farewells to the almost 15.000 drenched- but-happy fans at the festival site.


Three hours before the sun went down, creating a beautiful atmosphere at the ´Bang Your Head´ festival in Balingen/Germany, where Axel Rudi Pell celebrated his 25th anniversary as a solo artist with a once-in-a-life-time performance. The CDs and DVDs document a show that is unlikely to ever be seen again in this constellation - a special present the protagonist had worked hard for. It took almost a year to set everything up: “The actual organisation started in the summer of 2013 when the promoter and I went public with the idea of this event,” Axel tells with obvious relief. He´s still happy about how things have turned out. With a little help from his friends at his booking agency, the Bochum guitarist set up an extraordinary line-up. “It was mostly all about personal contacts”, because after more than 30 years in the business Axel Rudi Pell is not only well-known, but also well-respected in the worldwide rock community, so the affix “& Friends“ is not one of those usual exaggerations. Almost all of his favoured candidates agreed on this one July date.


As Axel is an early bird, the whole organisation was fairly easy. Of course there were rehearsals, but only one day before the show. Over fifty minutes worth of footage from those remarkable sessions are featured on the DVD and Blu-ray versions of this package. During those sessions Axel realized that something unique was happening. “Everybody involved had a blast and was right on track,” he remembers. Unfortunately, Doogie White had a prior engagement with Michael Schenker on that rehearsal day, but was replaced with ARP frontman Johnny Gioeli. And except for Charlie Huhn, who had already agreed to play a gig in the USA with his current band Foghat, Axel´s former singers turned out in full force: Rob Rock (1991) and Jeff Scott Soto (1991-1997) together with long-time ARP drummer Joerg Michael (until 1998) took the stage by storm after a historical four-song Steeler reunion at the beginning of the show. Axel´s current line-up put on a best-of show with a blisteringly atmospheric version of the Neil Young classic “Hey Hey My My“ and a few epic ARP classics like “Mystica“, “The Masquerade Ball“, “Casbah“ and “Into The Storm“. 


You could feel those goose bumps spring up, and the climax was still to come: after a furioso battle between drum gods Vinny Appice and Bobby Rondinelli, a long list of rock legends took the Balingen stage: stepping in for Joe Lynn Turner, who was tied up with business affairs, Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins performed a superb version of Deep Purple´s “Black Night“, including audience sing along. Then John Lawton, the former voice of Uriah Heep, demonstrated why he still deserves a lot of “Sympathy“ (Uriah Heep), and he was still looking for some “Tush“ (ZZ Top). 


When ex-Rainbow keyboard player Tony Carey joined in for an emotional “Mistreated“, the now available Doogie White and Johnny Gioeli set the roof on fire. Graham Bonnet, another Rainbow veteran from the glorious “Down To Earth“ era, remembered the good old times with “Since You Been Gone“ and, of course, the aforementioned “Long Live Rock´n´Roll“. At the end of those three hours plus all guests (and friends!) gathered on stage for the grand finale “Smoke On The Water“. A legendary evening drew to a spectacular close. Are you happy, Axel? “Of course! I could have played at least for another hour.” Did anything go wrong? „Nothing, but there was no way we could have prevented those long change-overs in between.“ But at least the weather gods smiled…







NASTY REPUTATION - Rob Rock, Joerg Michael

WARRIOR - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael

FOOL FOOL - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael

(Current ARP Band)










DRUM BATTLE - Vinny Appice, Bobby Rondinelli

BLACK NIGHT - Ronnie Atkins

SYMPATHY - John Lawton

TUSH - John Lawton

MISTREATED - Doogie White, Tony Carey, Johnny Gioeli

SINCE YOU BEEN GONE - Graham Bonnet, Michael Voss, Doogie White

LONG LIVE ROCK´N´ROLL – Doogie White, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey

SMOKE ON THE WATER – all guests



Axel Rudi Pell - Guitars

Johnny Gioeli - Vocals

Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards

Volker Krawczak - Bass

Bobby Rondinelli – Drums



Steeler: Peter Burtz (v), Tom Eder (g), Roland Hag (b), Jan Yildiral (dr)

Rob Rock (v), Jeff Scott Soto (v), Joerg Michael (dr), Vinny Appice (dr), Ronnie Atkins (v), John Lawton (v), Tony Carey (k, v), Doogie White (v), Graham Bonnet (v), Michael Voss (v) and more


Configurations / Release Dates:


Digipak 3 CD, Digipak 3 DVD (NTSC, code free), Blu-ray and download - out in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th through SPV/Steamhammer

MAGIC KINGDOM: "Savage Requiem" lyric video available!

Right in time for the release of their new album "Savage Requiem" (which is out now in Europe and will drop in the US on April 14th), Belgian power speed metallers MAGIC KINGDOM have unleashed a lyric ; video for the album's title track.

ANAAL NATHRAKH announce European dates in April

  ANAAL NATHRAKH have announced another run of European dates which kicks off at the Royal Metal Festival in Aarhus, Denmark on April 11, 2015
  Catch them here:
  11/04/15 Saturday Royal Metal Festival, Århus
  14/04/15 Tuesday Sound Control, Manchester
  15/04/15 Wednesday Audio, Glasgow
  20/04/15 Monday Black Heart, London
  23/04/15 Thursday Gebr de Nobel, Leiden
  24/04/15 Friday Salle de la Renaissance, Blegny
  25/04/15 Saturday 30th Loudblast Anniversary @ Aeronef, Lille
  26/04/15 Sunday t Beest, Goes
  ANAAL NATHRAKH‘s eighth studio offering, Desideratum, is out now on Metal Blade Records. Fittingly christened, “one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene,” by Decibel Magazine, and, “impossibly abrasive and brutal,” by MetalSucks, ANAAL NATHRAKH – guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – is the sound of chaos incarnate. Entirely petrifying yet inexplicably inviting, the duo’s maniacal musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with an intensely cynical intelligence is virtually unmatched in the metal world.
  Reaping mass approvals from media outlets globally, Desideratum takes the very meaning of the word “extreme” to an entirely new realm of audio bedlam. Metal Injection applauds the twosome for consistently offering up, “their own special breed of terrifying, mixing up grindcore speediness with giant choruses and riffs that are the audible equivalent of total nuclear annihilation,” Noisey boasts of the record, “The snarling vocals of Dave Hunt are the focal point, with the war machine of unrelenting black metal/grind/pseudo-industrial blasts bringing up the rear. ANAAL NATHRAKH’s approach is no mercy ever, apparently,” while notes, “ANAAL NATHRAKH are mesmerized by chaos, whether it be from incoherent screaming or programmed drums that blur into a mess of seismic beats. Even more intriguing are the melodic components thrown into the chaos, like the occasional soaring chorus line or striking guitar lead.” Elsewhere the verdict echoes. AngryMetalGu dubs Desideratum, “a statement of malicious intent, a call-to-arms to rally the masses and bring forth Armageddon.” Sputnik Music agrees, calling the record, “brutal, precise, and surprisingly accessible,” further commending its, “sure-footed brutality.” Adds Ghost Cult, “ANAAL NATHRAKH have realized the beautifully disgusting union of extremity and massive back-splitting, carcass-gutting hooks.”
  Desideratum was produced by Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California.
  Order your copy TODAY via Metal Blade at

Autokrator sign to Iron Bonehead Productions

Forever committed to unleashing the gnarliest, most challenging sounds in the metal underground, Iron Bonehead Productions proudly presents the self-titled debut album of France's Autokrator, set for international release on May 29th. 

Originally released digitally earlier this year, Autokrator is the sound of empires crumbling and the earth opening up wide to swallow them whole. An unorthodox, multi-headed beast featuring a member of N.K.V.D., the collective of Autokrator create industrialized, drone-intensive, frequently doomed-out Metal of Death that's absolutely suffocating in its expansive onslaught. At times, the album appears to be moving in slow-motion despite however super-charged the tempo might be, such is the world-eating heaviness of their string-mangling. Other times, the tempo is, in fact, extremely slow, and vortexes thusly take shape to devour the helpless listener. 

Together, Autokrator imparts a constant, cantankerous feeling of vertigo, with buried-beneath-the-surface frequencies frying one's synapses if headphones are utilized, and its beyond-physical onslaught is impossible to ignore nor escape from. Autokrator swarm the senses, re-arrange them to their own design, and stand back arrogantly to survey the wreckage. Buried by time and dust you will be with Autokrator's Autokrator... Cover and track-listing are as follows: 

Tracklisting for Autokrator's Autokrator
1. Act 1 - The Tenth Persecution
2. Act 2 - Exsuperator
3. Act 3 - The Filthy Pig of Rome
4. Act 4 - Autokrator
5. Act 5 - Qualis artifex pereo
6. Act 6 - Sit divus, modo non vivus
7. Act 7 - Imperial Whore
8. Act 8 - Optimus princeps

Metal Blade to release PENTAGRAM live album 'When The Screams Come' for the first time ever on vinyl!

Double vinyl version to include five exclusive bonus tracks! Pre-order live!

Previously only available on DVD, Metal Blade has teamed up with PENTAGRAM to release "When The Screams Come" on the 17th of April for the first time ever on vinyl!

The album features the amazing live show captured during Maryland Deathfest 2010 plus five additional exclusive bonus tracks recorded in 2014.

"When The Screams Come" will be released on gatefold double vinyl in three versions (180 g black - clear/blue splatter - red). A free poster comes with all three versions!

Side A:
Day Of Reckoning - 03:11
Forever My Queen - 02:42
Ask No More - 04:11
Run My Course - 02:57
You're Lost, I'm Free - 02:53
Review Your Choices - 03:24
Total: 19:18 mm:ss

Side B:
Petrified - 06:38
Relentless - 04:37
All Your Sins - 05:38
Total: 16:52 mm:ss

Side C:
20 Buck Spin - 05:44
Sign Of The Wolf - 04:37
When The Screams Come - 09:38
Total: 19:59 mm:ss

Side D:
Bonus tracks recorded October 31st, 2014 at the "HEAVY HALLOWEEN SHOW" at Arts Riot, Burlington, VT
Death Row - 04:48
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (cover) - 04:53
Vampyre Love - 03:57
Nothing Left - 04:05
Relentless Reprise - 01:30
Total: 19:13 mm:ss

Pre-order your copies now at EMP or our EBAY-STORE!

Cult rock legend Bobby Liebling has been churning out genre defining and highly admired hard rock/doom metal for over 40 years with PENTAGRAM. Within its first decade, the band is largely regarded as co-creating two subgenres of hard rock; Heavy Metal at the birth of the 1970's and Doom towards its death.

May 21 - Antwerpen, Belgium
May 22 - Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
May 23 - Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
May 24 - Club Vaudeville, Lindau, Germany
May 25 - Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 27 - UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
May 28 - SO36, Berlin, Germany
May 29 - Klubsen, Hamburg, Germany

APOPHYS: Dutch Death Metal Unit Unveils "The Antidote" Play-Through Video At Gear Gods

Prime Incursion Release Day Draws Near. 












Dutch death metal unit, APOPHYS - who unites members of God Dethroned, Prostitute Disfigurement, Detonation and Toxocara among others - will uncork their smoldering Prime Incursion debut full-length in less than two weeks via Metal Blade Records. Thrusting forth nine deviant hymns of grisly, sci-fi-tinged death metal centered on theme
s extending from transcendental travel, rapid evolutionary progression, and global epidemics, to artificial intelligence in all-out war with their maker, Prime Incursion recalls the repugnant charm of death metal legends like Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Immolation and Pyrexia.

Already piquing the ears of critics both stateside and abroad, Sound The Charge issues of the offering, "APOPHYS, while still quick and with a good chunk of technicality present, have clearly made the song writing the number one focus and as such, have created songs that are memorable and succinct. The songs don't blend into one death metal mess…," while Glacially Musical notes, "Prime Incursion is uptempo, dynamic, and has a great mix. APOPHYS has quickly carved out their own niche in a genre full of too many imitators." Adds No Clean Singing of the track "Miscreants" specifically, "The pummeling begins immediately with a phalanx of hammering riffs that seem dedicated to pounding you into the ground like a nail driven through wood, and the start-stop jackhammering doesn't stop. The music is a ticket straight to headbang city, but that's not all it is."

As another Prime Incursion teaser, today Gear Gods is hosting the play-through video accompaniment to "The Antidote," with the band elaborating of the track, "'The Antidote' is a death metal must. The drums are fast, the riffs are fast, the vocals are fast, you get the picture. The song tells a story of humanity's ultimate cure for itself, a final solution as people start to transform into beings that are focused on nothing other than consumption. This gives it a twist one could see relevant to our current society. Eventually the urge to consume backfires resulting in humanity consuming itself and thus, providing the answer to the final problem; us."

View "The Antidote" at 

And if you missed it, sample "Miscreants," still streaming courtesy of No Clean Singing, at 

A word derived from Apophis, an asteroid that, upon initial observations, indicated a probability that it would hit Earth on April 13th, 2029 causing a collision of immeasurable proportions,APOPHYS was spawned in 2012 and have since been surgically carving their path within the annals of the modern death metal scene. Prime Incursion was mixed by vocalist Kevin Quilligan and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour Of Penance etc.), and will be released in North America on April 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records. Preorder bundles are still available at where you can also test drive first single, "Requiem For The Absurd." 

Thomas Giles releases "Dutch Book" film score

Movie screening at film festivals now.  Composer and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Giles (Tommy Rogers) of Between the Buried and Me fame was recently tasked with putting together the film score for the movie Dutch Book. The film was screened this week at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa, FL. A trailer can be viewed on vimeo HERE.

Fans that are into the Thomas Giles solo albums, Pulse, and Modern Noise, as well as the softer side of Between the Buried and Me would do well to give the soundtrack a listen. Tommy has made the track available digitally everywhere this week. The links to preview and purchase are below.





















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PURSON have joined forces with Spinefarm Records for a worldwide deal that will see second studio album, ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’, released this autumn in the wake of a number of high-profile festivals & shows, including Download in the UK.


The UK outfit – whose music touches a variety of realms, including folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic & classic rock, blending other-worldly romance with shadowy foreboding – are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’, which will be released under the Spinefarm / Machine Elf Records banner…


Says singer / guitarist / song-writer Rosalie Cunningham: “As I sit here in the control room at Gizzard Studios, the pride of East London, I’m excitedly realising that our second album has turned out to be everything I’d imagined and more!


“My world has been so consumed by it that I’ve barely been able to reflect on what it has become: a technicolour variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work; a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust.


“The twists in the tale have been carved out by the path we’ve taken over the last 12 months. It’s been constantly shape-shifting and developing with all the wonderful experiences we’ve had.


“On behalf of the band, I give thanks to everyone who has bought a Purson record and been to our shows. Your continued support means everything… and you have our promise that the best is yet to come…”


Says Spinefarm Records General Manager UK, Dante Bonutto: “I’ve been following Purson since the early days of their career, and I’ve always considered the band something special; I like their vision, their theatricality, and their refusal to be corralled by a single musical genre. Purson really do have an expansive approach to their craft, and as a song-writer, Rosalie is a unique talent on the rise. In all ways, their future is bright, and I’m delighted that Spinefarm & Purson have now forged this fresh alliance...”

PURSON are also thrilled to confirm an appearance at this year’s Download Festival, playing live on the hallowed ground of Donington Park for the first time – part of a run of European events and UK shows that kicked off in March…


“A phenomenal year beckons for us and we look forward to a schedule packed with live shows at a variety of venues including the spiritual home of rock – Donington Park. We are ecstatic to be playing at the mighty Download Festival!” – Rosalie Cunningham


The band– Cunningham, George Hudson (guitars), Justin Smith (bass) & Sam Shove (keyboards) – will once again meet up with KISS at Download, having opened for them on last year’s KISS Kruise; Purson also rounded off 2014 with a nomination in the ‘Limelight’ category for new & emerging talent at the Classic Prog Awards, following which theyreleased (in November) the four-track 'In The Meantime' EP, mastered by John Davis from Metropolis (Zeppelin, U2, Lana Del Rey, etc.]


The EP – along with their acclaimed debut album, 2013's ‘The Circle and the Blue Door’ – saw their colour-saturated tapestries of Sabbath and Beatles- tinged tales, evoking the sinister folkish English horror of the early ’70s, celebrated by the likes of Classic Rock, Mojo, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio1, Metal Hammer, XFM and Kerrang!.



02 April LONDON, Lea Beat Bespoke with Wolfpeople

17 April BOLTON, Railway

18 April SOUTHEND, Railway

15 May LONDON, The Roundhouse w/Electric Wizard

29 - 31 May NURBURG / EIFEL, Der Ring Festival - Grüne Hölle Rock

29 - 31 May MUNICH, Rockavaria Festival

13 June DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, Castle Donington


“Named after the demonological Great King of Hell, Purson conjure a heady, magikal concoction that recalls Deep Purple, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and the anxious, mythological folk reckonings of Comus” – Mojo Magazine


“Prog, psych and pop are just some of the ingredients stirred into the cauldron that is Purson’s striking debut album – Cunningham’s sense of drama brings gothic gravity to a raft of songs which, while catchy, are rooted in the doomier soil of rock’s garden” – Classic Rock Magazine


“Their rootsy riffs and Rosalie’s dreamy solos and vocals are just as close to Sabbath’s original blueprint and influence as today’s heavyweights. It’s a magical mystery tour through the roots of heaviness, and it’s bloody fantastic. Do give them your attention” – Classic Rock Presents Prog


“Even by the kaleidoscopic standards of their peers, there’s a potency to Purson, a striking, irreducible otherness that suggests new, vivid standard bearers are upon us” – Metal Hammer Magazine

Metal Icons W.A.S.P. Sign to Napalm Records! New Album Set For Release This August!

Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria’s Napalm Records.


 W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album tentatively titled Golgotha this August.

Thomas Caser, Vice President Napalm Records:
„It is a true honor to announce this signing today, a dream has come true. With their impressive career and ability to create musical masterpieces W.A.S.P have always been one of the most influential Metal bands out there since the beginning of their career. We are thrilled about the upcoming album Golgotha which will be released this summer!”


"W.A.S.P. are excited to announce they have signed an exclusive recording contract with Napalm Records. We chose Napalm for their personal belief and professional commitment to our career. We're looking forward to years of great success together starting with the release of our upcoming album 'Golgotha’", states W.A.S.P. front man Blackie Lawless.