Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion, is pleased to announce that he will be performing Deep Purple only material with his “GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE” for the first time ever in Ireland in September 2018 ahead of his nationwide UK tour in October 2018.

The two date Irish tour and the nine date UK tour promise to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple - one of music history’s most seminal and influential rock and roll groups. Tickets for Belfast are priced £30 and for tickets for Dublin are €35. All tickets for the UK leg of the tour are priced £27.50, except London at £30.00.


Tickets will be available for pre-sign ups in a 48-hour ticket pre-sale from Wednesday 14th March. Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday 16th March from


For each show there will be 100 VIP tickets available. The tickets will include pre-show Meet & Greet, photo ops and an exclusive private ‘unplugged’ song performance from Glenn Hughes. Fans will also be able to take with them a signed tour poster.


Tickets for the UK leg of the tour are available from the 24 HR ticket hotline 08444 780 898 or


"I'm excited to be touring the “Classic Deep Purple Live” in the UK this October. I first toured Classic Deep Purple Live in Australia and New Zealand last year and it went down like a storm. We’re also touring the show throughout South America in April, and festivals throughout the summer. By the time we tour the UK in October, we’ll be on fire."


As well as Glenn on lead vocals and bass guitar, the touring band also features Soren Anderson (guitar), Jesper Bo Hansen (keyboards) and new drummer for the project Fernando Escobedo (drums).


Deep Purple took a quantum leap when the then 20-year-old Glenn Hughes was seconded from British funk-rock outfit Trapeze in mid-1973. As bassist and co-vocalist (with David Coverdale), he helped steer the legendary rock group in the progressive direction of Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974) and Come Taste the Band (1975), while touring the world for three years.


His solo debut album Play Me Out (1977) preceded later albums with Black Sabbath and Gary Moore. The last 25 years have seen a rush of solo work and collaborations for the ‘Voice of Rock’ including mega hit America: What Time Is Love? with the KLF in 1992, and four critically acclaimed top selling studio albums released between 2010 and 2018 with rock super group Black Country Communion featuring Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian. Glenn was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 along with other members of Deep Purple.


Taking a page and inspiration from the Blackmore/Coverdale/Hughes/Lord/Paice Deep Purple MK 3 California Jam and Made in Europe era, the upcoming live show features the Purple classics Burn, Stormbringer, Might Just Take Your Life and Mistreated, amongst others, plus tracks previously never performed live by the original MK 3 line-up.


Classic material from the Tommy Bolin MK 4 period is also featured, including Getting’ Tighter – Hughes’ funk rock extravaganza extraordinaire, plus the brooding Coverdale /Hughes masterpiece You Keep On Moving. 

Deep Purple MK 2 hits Highway Star and Smoke on the Water are also featured, because, as Glenn points out, "I did play both these numbers during my time with Purple and they were mainstays of the live set when I was in the band.  As my manager pointed out to me, the first time Smoke on The Water was ever played live at Madison Square Garden was when David and I were in the band in 1974. I love singing Highway Star, too."

Continues Glenn, "A few years back, I cut a barnstorming version of Highway Star for the Machine Head anniversary tribute album with my good friends Steve Vai and Chad Smith. I’m not playing anything on the forthcoming tour that I didn’t either play live or record in the studio with Purple."

GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE is the first time Glenn has performed a show solely of Deep Purple material since his last show with Purple at the Liverpool Empire on March 15th 1976. Not one to wallow in nostalgia, hence his extensive and varied  career post-Purple, Glenn feels the time is right to acknowledge and pay homage to his past, his musical legacy, and, most importantly, to one of rock and roll’s most acclaimed, influential and successful rock bands.


"I can still sing the songs, in some ways even better than I did in the 70’s,” says Glenn. I can still perform them with the same energy that was on the stage back then, too. I feel that the time is right. It’s fun to get back into character of my days with Purple. I’m looking back at my life and I want to remember the good stuff. I’m incredibly excited to perform these songs, as they helped define the genre. I can assure you, the new show is going to blow your mind.’’






Belfast Waterfront
Saturday 29th September 2018
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Dublin Olympia
Sunday 30th September 2018
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Bristol, O2 Academy
Tuesday 2nd October 2018
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Leamington, Assembly
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
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Southampton, Engine Rooms
Friday 5th October 2018
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Cardiff, Tramshed
Saturday 6th October 2018
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Leeds, University Union
Tuesday 9th October 2018
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Newcastle, O2 Academy
Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Glasgow, ABC
Friday 12th October 2018
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Manchester, Academy 2
Saturday 13th October 2018
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London, Koko
Monday 15th October 2018
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Glenn Hughes - Biography


Glenn Hughes is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the MK 3 line up of Deep Purple. He spent the formative years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, and performed on the classic albums Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974) and Come Taste The Band (1975).


The vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer. The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze.


In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.


Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums, but more recently has been involved with award -winning supergroup Black Country Communion with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham.


In 2016 he released his critically acclaimed solo album “RESONATE” featuring the rock radio hit “Heavy”, and in 2017 he released Black Country Communion’s fourth studio album “BCCIV” to ecstatic reviews.


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AOR Heaven announce two great releases heading our way on 27 April!

German Melodic Rock label AOR Heaven will release two gems from their favourite genre on April 27! First, we have the debut album from Swedish Melodic Rockers HEARTWIND who will release their debut album “Higher And Higher”, secondly the classic “State Of Rock” album from the German group FRONTLINE, re-mastered by guitarist Robby Böbel, will be re-released in a ltd. edition with 1000 CD’s only and two bonus tracks.



With members from bands like Constancia, The Poodles, Token, Narnia and Essence of Sorrow, and with guest stars Nina Söderquist (Bjorn Skifs/Badrock, Champions of Rock a.o.), Janne Stark (Grand Design, Mountain of Power a.o.), and Tåve Wanning (The Voice, Adrenaline Rush, Peaches), new melodic hard rockers Heartwind may come across as one of those one off band projects, but nothing could be more far from the truth.


Heartwind is the story of two old friends, with a common love for classical melodic hard rock and AOR, that after fifteen years of friendship started to write the album they always had wanted to listen to themselves. Over a meal in downtown Stockholm, guitar player and songwriter Goran Engvall (former with Hitworks) and progressive/melodic keyboard player and fellow songwriter Mikael Rosengren (Constancia, Token, Scudiero), laid down the vision for what was yet to come. 15 original songs and 12 months later, Mikael started to pull some strings from his many fellow musicians in the Swedish hard rock scene since 20 years back. 



The two songwriters were amazed with the positive response they got on their first demos, from hard rock industry people & fans. It became evident that they were going to be able to attract some great talent to the album and the band. Believing in the importance of fellowship and a strong people fit when starting a band, Mikael and Göran started to dig in closest ground: Drummer Peter TrumPeter Svensson (Constancia, Faith) and singer Germán Pascual (Narnia, Dj Mendez, Essence of Sorrow), happily joined the band, and two key pieces of the puzzle came into place. With Peter and Germán onboard, the band knew they had both a powerful backbone and a phenomenal front man in place!



Germán invited his old friends, and former band mates, guitar virtuoso Martin Hall (Germán Pascual band) and bass wizard Germain Leth (The Poodles, Watchmen) to join the band and magic was about to happen. When also the very well respected Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Firespawn, Eclipse, Scudiero a.o.), accepted to team up to produce and mix, the band knew they had something special going. Fredrik’s contribution also as a musician on the album (guitar & bass) cannot be underestimated.

With classical albums like Hysteria (Def Leppard), 1987 (Whitesnake) and Escape (Journey) serving as inspiration, the intention from the band has been to get every single track to stand on its own two feet! Timeless melodic hard rock with a modern but still genuine sound!


After publishing a short teaser on Youtube, just before X-mas 2017, Heartwind stood ready as a band and was offered record deals by no less than three (!) different labels. Heartwind was happy to sign with AOR Heaven in early January and making an old dream come true.


The album is mixed and produced by Fredrik Folkare, Chrome Studios, and mastered by Erik Mårtensson, Blowout Productions (Eclipse, Ammunition, WET a.o).


Soundclips in advance:

HEARTWIND - Cry Out Into Space (Edit)

HEARTWIND - Higher And Higher (Edit)

HEARTWIND - Ready For The Moonlight (Edit)



FRONTLINE from Nürnberg, Germany belong to the pioneers of the German hard rock scene. Founded in 1989 by Robert Böbel (guitars, keyboards; EVIDENCE ONE, PHANTOM V), Stephan Kämmerer (vocals), Thomas Riess (bass) und Stephan Bayerlein (drums), their debut album “The State Of Rock” finally hit the stores in 1994 - a true classic which until today still is regarded as the finest album of the band by many. This record also meant the breakthrough for the guys in Japan where they reached # 10 in the rock sales charts. Straightly after the release, FRONTLINE went on tour in Europe and had the honour to open for various great acts such as GOTTHARD, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, BONFIRE, TYKETTO and CASANOVA.


In 1995,  FRONTLINE pulled out the full acoustic album "Two Faced“. However, personal differences within the band followed and ended up in the departure of Stephan Bayerlein and Thomas Riess in 1996. They were replaced by Thomas "Hutch“ Bauer (Bass) und Rami Ali (Drums; EVIDENCE ONE, SHYLOCK). Still in the same year, FRONTLINE signed a record deal with a new label, recorded the single “Man In Motion” and the album “Heroes” which though officially only saw the light of day in Japan since their European label went out of business.


One year later, the band decided to start working on another new album which is well known under it’s working title “Heroes II” amongst the fans but never saw a release. Due to a complicated contractual situation many labels feared to contact FRONTLINE during the following years and the band went back to the underground again until Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven finally showed his interest in the band in the year 2000 and signed them for the first time. Just one month later, the album “Right Attitude” was released which can be regarded as a sort of compilation out of both “Heroes” albums and “Right Attitude” became a huge success for the band again! The recordings for their 2002 output “Against The World” started the same year, and this album finally re-established FRONTLINE on the international hard rock market.


Throughout the months after the release of the best of compilation “Almost Unreleased” (2003) which also featured a couple of rare tracks for the fans, FRONTLINE again went into the studio and started to work on a new album called “The Seventh Sign” (2004). In the year 2006, the last studio album the German group called “Circles” was released.


On April 27th 2018, AOR Heaven now will re-issue the rare and out of print album “The State Of Rock” with two bonus tracks as a limited edition of 1000 copies. The album was  re-mastered by guitarist Robby Böbel.


Soundclips in advance:

FRONTLINE - Another Love (Edit)

FRONTLINE - Heaven Knows (Edit)

FRONTLINE - The Night Comes Over You (Edit)


Rivers of Nihil stream their new album 'Where Owls Know My Name'

March 16th, Rivers of Nihil will release their third full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, via Metal Blade Records. In support of this new album, the band is hitting the road today with Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, and Sanction for a North American tour that's not to be missed (see below for dates).

For a preview of Where Owls Know My Name, fans can watch a video of Rivers of Nihil challenging labelmates The Black Dahlia Murder to a beer pong game - with a part of the album streaming during the clip. Head over to the Metal Sucks Facebook page now for the exclusive


To hear the previous singles - "The Silent Life", "A Home", "Where Owls Know My Name" - please visit:

where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

--Swamp green vinyl + download card (limited to 400 copies - USA exclusive)
--Olive green w/ black splatter vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)
--Doublemint inside swamp green vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!


Where Owls Know My Name reunites Rivers of Nihil with Monarchy producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers as Entombed's Left Hand Path and Suffocation's Effigy of the Forgotten. The result is the Reading, PA quintet's most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date.


Guitarist Brody Uttley comments:

"This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going."


Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:

"This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of 'Monarchy', where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But 'Where Owls Know My Name' is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life."


Where Owls Know My Name track-listing

1. Cancer / Moonspeak
2. The Silent Life
3. A Home
4. Old Nothing
5. Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition
6. Terrestria III: Wither
7. Hollow
8. Death Is Real
9. Where Owls Know My Name
10. Capricorn / Agoratopia


Rivers of Nihil tour dates

w/ Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction
Mar. 15 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Mar. 16 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Mar. 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Mar. 18 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar. 20 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
Mar. 21 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway
Mar. 23 - Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Mar. 24 - Denver, CO @ Summit
Mar. 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *
Mar. 27 - Portland, OR @ Bossanova
Mar. 28 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar. 30 - San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Mar. 31 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Apr. 1 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 2 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Jamspot *
Apr. 3 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Apr. 4 - Springfield, MO @ The Riff
Apr. 6 - Knoxville, TN @ International
Apr. 7 - Miami, FL @ The Ground
Apr. 8 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 9 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Apr. 10 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 11 - Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Apr. 13 - Houston, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 14 - Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr. 15 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 16 - Hot Springs Village, AR @ The Building *
Apr. 17 - St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr. 18 - Columbus, OH @ Skully's Music Diner
Apr. 19 - Allentown, PA @ One Centre Square
Apr. 20 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
Apr. 21 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
Apr. 22 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution
*=Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth only


Rivers of Nihil line-up:
Jake Dieffenbach - Vocals
Brody Uttley - Guitar
Jon Topore - Guitar
Adam Biggs - Bass/Vocals
Jared Klein - Drums


Count Raven digital re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce a new agreement with Swedish Doom Metal legends Count Raven to release their first four albums on vinyl! Three of them will be available on vinyl for the first time ever!

The series starts on April 27th with the releases of Destruction Of The Void and Storm Warning. Count Raven formed in 1989 and released their debut Storm Warning in 1990. The album made quite a few waves in the Heavy Metal underground. 1992's Destruction Of The Void established Count Raven in the worldwide Heavy Metal scene as a very unique Doom band, able to deliver sadness and depth in highly emotional and heavy songs.

The Storm Warning vinyl has been out of print for ages while Destruction Of The Void has not yet been available on vinyl at all! Both have been remastered by Patrick W. Engel for the best sound quality possible and include bonus tracks (from the CD re-issues) as well as posters.

See below for an overview of vinyl versions. Pre-order your copies now at Indie Merch

Both albums are also available on all digital platforms.

Count Raven - Destruction Of The Void Gatefold-2-LP re-issue:

--180g black vinyl
--burnt sienna orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--orange-red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--clear pastel rose marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--dark maroon marbled vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 200 copies)

Count Raven - Storm Warning Gatefold-2-LP re-issue:

--180g black vinyl
--clear rusty brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--orange-brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--clear salmon pink marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--clear yellow ochre marbled vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 200 copies)



In these days where everybody seems to want to show off at every given occasion, Don Airey is without a doubt One of a Kind.

It is hard to find a name amongst all those that over the last 30 years have left their mark in the history of rock that has not utilised Don's keyboard skills at some point. Amongst them Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Brian May, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and, obviously, Deep Purple, the band of which Don Airey has been a full time member for over 15 years.

But Don Airey has never been a session player. Bands and artists work with him for his unique musical vision, for the twist he gives to songs. It is with the same passion, the same energy, the same talent that Don Airey approaches his very own songwriting.

One of a Kind is a true classic hard rock gem with melodies, great riffs and solos and a unique band unity. To top it all, his new solo album has been written and recorded using the spirit of a band featuring the following talented musicians: Carl Sentance (from the current lineup of British legends Nazareth) is a singer that all fans of metal voices like those of Rob Halford and Graham Bonnet will love; Bassist Laurence Cottle, who has played with everyone from Black Sabbath, to Gary Moore, to Chick Corea, forges a great rhythm section with the thunderous talent of Jon Finnigan, apparently as loud on stage as he is at the after show parties. Last but definitely not least, there is the incredible talent of Simon McBride, who has no fear of being compared to the many incredible guitar players Don has worked with before.

One of a Kind is one song after the other for the delight of every hard rock fan, who would be making a big mistake were they to overlook this album. 


It will be released on May 25, 2018 on earMUSIC as 2CD including a bonus live CD as well as via vinyl and digitally.

It is not difficult to see Don Airey playing one day with Deep Purple in front of 15,000 people, and the next day, playing the organ in the church of his beloved local village with the same concentration and respect for the music and the audience.

It is with the same spirit that Don shows no discernible effort moving from the glories of the last two Deep Purple albums (NOW What?! and inFinite both having benefitted from his ever present talent) to playing in clubs with his own band. And always with a big smile on his face as soon as the guitar roars in, waiting to reply with his Hammond.


1. "Respect"
2. All Out of Line"
3. One of a Kind"
4. "Everytime I See Your Face"
5. "Victim of Pain"
6. "Running Free"
7. "Lost Boys"
8. "Need You So Bad"
9. "Children of the Sun"
10. "Remember to Call"
11. "Stay the Night"


Recorded live at Fabrik, Hamburg on March 14, 2017
1. "Pictures of Home" (originally by Deep Purple)
2. "Since You've Been Gone" (originally by Rainbow)
3. "I Surrender" (originally by Rainbow)
4. "Still Got the Blues" (originally by Gary Moore)


Lik announces new album, 'Carnage', for a May 4th release

Death Metallers Lik from Stockholm, Sweden announce their new album, Carnage, for a May 4th release through Metal Blade Records. Please visit to hear the first single, "Rid You Of Your Flesh" - where you can also pre-order the record in the following formats:

--ltd. 1st ed. Digipak-CD
--180g black vinyl
--grey black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--white vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--red opaque/black splattered vinyl (EU/EMP exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
--clear/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Comments Lik about the first single: "With its sheer power coming at you as a knuckle sandwich to your face, but keeping a melodic side to it, it was easy to choose 'Rid You Of Your Flesh' as the first single for this album. Showcasing what we've done in the past and a hint of what you can expect on 'Carnage', it was a natural choice!"


In the dirt where fallen idols lay to rest, the maggots and seeds in 2014 spawned a new creation. This took the ugly form of Lik, which fittingly means corpse in Swedish. An un-dead creation which offers a plate of savory old school death metal. Walking the earth for three cold winters, and with the first offer named Mass Funeral Evocation in 2015, it'll have a sister released in May of 2018. Through iconic Metal Blade Records, Carnage will reach even further in the quest to spread the beauty of imperfection.

Responsible to capture this on tape was once again Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane, F.K.U). This time things where stepped up a notch as the recording took place in the famous Dugout studios in Uppsala where Daniel Bergstrand also added some spice to the infernal stew. In the land where the craft is polished to resemble something else than brute reality, Lik has no passage as this entity is devoted to make a permanent mark in those who lay down their souls to rock'n'roll. That's why the recipe will always, and has always been, to record as much live as possible. Keeping editing to a minimum offers a "what you hear is what you get"-experience. That's why it feels like you're on the spot at a live gig, rather than a calm studio environment when you spin the disc.


The new offering from the Stockholm group delivers more of what you got on the debut. It's an effort where you can expect everything from slow and bone crushing songs to fast and furious riffs. The lyrics are once again about everything between heaven and hell, both in reality and in fiction. It portrays the deepest corners of humanity and it also flirts with old school horror.


Carnage track-listing

1. To Kill
2. Rid You Of Your Flesh
3. Celebration Of The Twisted
4. Dr. Duschanka
5. Left To Die
6. Cannibalistic Infancy
7. Death Cult
8. The Deranged
9. Only Death Is Left Alive
10. Embrace The End


Lik line-up:

Chris Barkensjo - drums & vocals
Tomas Akvik - vocals & guitars
Niklas "Nille" Sandin - guitars & bass


Frontiers Music Srl announces new solo album from Ted Poley

Ted is currently hard at work in Sweden on this still untitled effort. This time around, the Danger Danger singer has partnered up with some incredibly talented Swedish musicians, namely Mats Ericsson, Micke Jansson, Daniel Johansson, and Robin Ericsson (on additional vocals). 


"You might know some of those guys other musical work as the band degreed,” says Ted “I am also getting some vocal layering with the help of my good friend, the Italian Stallion of Vocals, Alessandro Delvecchio. The album is being co-Produced by Mats Ericsson and myself in Kopperberg, Sweden.”


Ted continues, "After almost 40 years of recording and releasing music, I wanted to stretch out a little bit musically and I am proud to say that I have come up with a MAGICAL combination of amazing musicians and songs! The songs are awesome, and the musicianship will BLOW YOU AWAY. Every one of the players are MASTERS of their instruments and you might hear just a hint of modern prog interlaced with my usual catchy choruses this time around! This is going to be my favorite solo album ever and an album that I felt I HAD to make. And I am so happy with the results so far!”


More news as it becomes available!


Ted Poley will also appear live at this years Rockingham Live with his project with Steve Brown of TRIXTER, Tokyo Motor Fist.


Primordial releases video for new single, "Exile Amongst The Ruins"

Irish Pagan Metal Gods Primordial will release their new album, Exile Amongst The Ruins, March 30th through Metal Blade Records. Teaming with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on Primordial's 2016 live album, Gods To The Godless, the record was tracked at Dublin's Camelot Studios, located adjacent to their rehearsal room.

For a preview of Exile Amongst The Ruins, a video for the album's title track (directed by Costin Chioreanu) can be viewed at


Primordial comments: "This is a simple story. A soldier's fate that has happened around the world many times and will continue to do so. It is set in Ireland about 100 years ago. Nothing more and nothing less. They are the Ghosts. We are the Ruins."


For another preview of Exile Amongst The Ruins, the previous singles - "Stolen Years" and "To Hell or the Hangman" - can be streamed at where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

--ltd. 1st ed. Digibook-CD with bonus-CD
--ltd. ed. Artbook (incl. 5 x 10" in golden vinyl)
--180g black vinyl
--clear gray-brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 700 copies)
--violet red purple marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--clear pale pink/white splattered vinyl (EU eBay exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
--purple red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--transparent green vinyl (Blast exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--dead gold marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--rosy brown/purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
--tan clear vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)


Once again building upon their signature sound, the follow up to 2014's Where Greater Men Have Fallen is a more raw, "old school sounding" record than its predecessor. Hitting home with what vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga describes as "a direct energy" and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the Irish quintet once again effortlessly blend elements of tragedy and might like no one else. Likewise, the evolution in their sound continues to be organic and unforced, ensuring that Exile Amongst The Ruins is essential listening for both their long term faithful and those only now drawn into their world.


Exile Amongst The Ruins track listing:

1. Nail Their Tongues
2. To Hell or the Hangman
3. Where Lie the Gods
4. Exile Amongst the Ruins
5. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
6. Stolen Years
7. Sunken Lungs
8. Last Call


To coincide with the album release, the Irishmen have just announced two special and rather intimate album-release shows in Germany as well as their appearance on the "Heathen Crusade" European tour with Finnish Moonsorrow as co-headliners and German Der Weg Einer Freiheit as support act!


Primordial - Exile Amongst The Ruins release shows:

Mar. 30 - Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia w/Albez Duz
Mar. 31 - Koln, Germany - Jungle Club w/Ketzer & Bastard Royalty


Heathen Crusade 2018 tour dates

Presented by Metal Hammer, Deaf Forever, Guitar, Kulturnews,, Firebird Industries & Dragon Productions

Featuring Primordial, Moonsorrow, Der Weg Einer Freiheit


Apr. 12 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Neushoorn
Apr. 13 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
Apr. 14 - Paris, France - Trabendo
Apr. 15 - Brugge, Belgium - Entrepot
Apr. 16 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Apr. 17 - Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik
Apr. 18 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Apr. 19 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
Apr. 20 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
Apr. 21 - Prague, Czech Republic - Akropolis
Apr. 22 - Kosice, Slovakia - Colloseum
Apr. 23 - Budapest, Hungary - Barba Negra
Apr. 24 - Wien, Austria - Szene
Apr. 25 - Munchen, Germany - Backstage
Apr. 26 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
Apr. 27 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
Apr. 28 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle


Further Primordial festival appearances:

May 12 - Haugesund, Norway - Karmoygeddon
May 26 - Dublin, Ireland - Tivoli Theatre
June 9 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock
July 14 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head!!!
July 20 - Bertingen, Germany - Rock Unter Den Eichen
July 21 - Brescia, Italy - Colony Festival
July 27 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metaldays
Aug. 11 - Villena, Spain - Leyendas Del Rock
Aug. 12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Alcatraz Metal Festival
Aug. 26 - Suceava, Romania - Bucovina Rock Castle


Primordial line-up:

A.A. Nemtheanga - Vocals
Ciaran MacUilliam - Guitar
Michael O'Floinn - Guitar
Pol MacAmlaigh - Bass
Simon O'Laoghaire - Drums


Get ready for Vega heading you way soon!

Only Human' is the fifth studio album by UK melodic rock stalwarts VEGA. The band self-produced the record but teamed up with legendary Canadian musician and producer Harry Hess (of Harem Scarem) for the mixing and mastering to bring their fans another gem of a release. 


If you're very lucky, there may be occasions in your life when you find a band and you realise you’ve discovered something a bit special. We've all heard groups who release 'great' albums, but VEGA certainly make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and provide butterflies in the stomach excitement when all fans of modern melodic rock listen to their new records for the first time.


The twelve songs that comprise 'Only Human' truly see VEGA take their songwriting and musicianship to the next level. 



The album tracklisting is:

1  Let’s Have Fun Tonight

2  Worth Dying For

3  Last Man Standing

4  Come Back Again

5  All Over Now

6  Mess You Made

7  Only Human

8  Standing Still

9  Gravity

10  Turning Pages

11 Fade Away

12  Go To War 


"We wear our love of 80's rock music on our sleeves, but we also have injected our love of modern rock music to it. We aren't trying to rehash anything: the sound we have achieved is 100% VEGA. We didn't want to try and guess what people expect and get it wrong," says singer Nick Workman. 



Following the release of their last album, 2016’s ‘Who We Are’, VEGA remained busy promoting it until returning to the studio to record ‘Only Human’. They toured with Magnum and Dan Reed Network, appeared at festivals such as Steelhouse, Planet Rock’s Winter’s End, Hard Rock Heaven AOR5, Nordic Noise, Amplified and Rockingham, plus a headlining slot at the Melodic Rock Night in Padova (Italy) and UK and European tours in their own right.


VEGA will perform at the Wildfire Festival in Scotland on 23rd June, then hit the road for a UK tour.


Confirmed dates are as follows:

23.06.18  WISTON, LANARKSHIRE Wildfire Festival

28.06.18  MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge

29.06.18  NEWCASTLE Riverside

30.06.18  GLASGOW Stereo

05.07.18  CARDIFF Fuel

06.07.18  WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms

07.07.18  LONDON Underworld



Nick Workman: lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar

Tom Martin: bass guitar

Marcus Thurston: lead guitar

James Martin: keyboards

Mikey Kew: guitar, backing vocals

Martin ‘Hutch' Hutchinson: drums




Eyes Of The Sun launch video for album track, "Slavery of Another Name"

March 16th, Brooklyn's Eyes Of The Sun will release their debut album, Chapter I, via Blacklight Media Records. Originally self-released in 2013, Chapter I blends ambient and moody guitars with bouts of double bass driven aggression. This is sludgy doom with an angry edge, and as vocalist/bassist Jeff Blanchard describes: "'Chapter I' is all about the demise and destruction we do to our planet and to ourselves."

To preview Chapter I, the video for the album track "Slavery of Another Name" (directed by Candiria's John LaMacchia) can be viewed at:


Walks of Life" and "My War" can also be streamed at


where the record can be pre-ordered digitally and on CD.


Chapter I track-listing:

1. My War
2. When It Dies
3. Walks of Life
4. Choke
5. End of Origin
6. Nineteen
7. Sound the Horns
8. Slavery of Another Name


Eyes Of The Sun was conceived in early 2007 by bassist/vocalist Jeff Blanchard. Long-time friend Miguel De Jesus Jr. joined the ranks with Jeff a few months later on guitar. Within a few years, and after a couple of past members on second guitar and drums, Chris O'Neil joined as the permanent drummer. As a trio, they performed countless shows over the past 10 years, delivering their unique brand of doom metal - which leaves listeners with a range of emotions, that the band themselves then experience and extract from. The band explains: "It is known throughout the laws of science and nature that the sun creates and sustains life...Now it stands witness to the atrocities, depletion and vile consumption manifested by mankind, which it originally sustained life for. In our way, we portray what is seen through the Eyes Of The Sun."


Eyes Of The Sun line-up:

Jeff Blanchard - vocals & bass
Miguel De Jesus Jr. - guitar
Chris O'Neil - drums


Lizzy Borden LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

Lizzy Borden is without a doubt an important and accompanying band in the history of Metal Blade Records. As we all wait for updates about the new studio album, Metal Blade has decided to re-issue two classic Lizzy Borden records - Love You To Pieces and Menace To Society - on April 13th. Both will be released as Metal Blade Originals, with a vinyl remastering from Patrick W. Engel. Special treatment and 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts guaranteed!

Lizzy Borden - Menace To Society
--180g black vinyl
--clear sky-blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--red/purple/white splattered vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--opaque olive green marbled vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 500 copies)


Lizzy Borden - Love You To Pieces
--180g black vinyl
--golden brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--white/blue splattered vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--opaque state blue marbled vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 500 copies


Twitching Tongues launches video for new single, "Gaining Purpose"

Twitching Tongues released their new album, Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, via Metal Blade Records on 9th March. For a preview of Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, a video for the new single, "Gaining Purpose" (shot at the band's previous two U.S. tours leading up to the album's release), can be viewed at:

For another preview of the album, the previous singles - "Kill For You" and "Harakiri" - can be heard now at


where the record is also available for pre-order in the following formats:

--Ultra clear vinyl + download card (limited to 500 copies - USA exclusive)
--Metallic gold/black split vinyl + download card (limited to 250 copies - USA exclusive)
--Metallica gold w/ black smoke vinyl + download card (limited to 250 copies - USA exclusive)
--Ultra clear w/ black smoke and metallic gold splatter vinyl + download card (limited to 500 copies via Closed Casket)
--Black w/ bronze splatter vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)
--Beer inside grey split vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!


To see a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, head over to


The title for Twitching Tongues' fourth full-length, Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, was drawn from a quote by famed social philosopher Eric Hoffer - "Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life" - and it reflects the band's mentality in approaching the record: paying homage to those who supported them while belligerently responding to their detractors. With "failure" as a core theme driving Colin Young's lyrics, it also features his first foray into the political arena, motivated by the contemporary political climate to speak his mind. Directly inspired by film scores, the record has a strong epic feel, the band realizing their vision of having the music flow like a story being told. With interconnected parts, musical references and callbacks in each song, everything is tied together in a manner unlike any of their previous releases. At the same time, while maintaining the same levels of hardness and aggression that has characterized their later work, it features much more immediate and memorable melodies, which evoke the sound of In Love There Is No Law yet at the same time feel fresh and new.


Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred track-listing:

1. AWOL (State of the Union)
2. Harakiri
3. Kill for You
4. T.F.R.
5. Forgive & Remember
6. Gaining Purpose
7. Long Gone
8. The Sound of Pain
9. Defection (Union of the State)


Twitching Tongues tour dates

w/ Hatebreed, Crowbar, Acacia Strain
Mar. 16 - The Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
Mar. 17 - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Mar. 18 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Mar. 19 - Mr. Smalls Theatre - Millvale, PA
Mar. 20 - The Forge - Joliet, IL
Mar. 21 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
Mar. 22 - Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE
Mar. 23 - Wooly's - Des Moines, IA
Mar. 24 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 25 - Deluxe @ Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 26 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Mar. 27 - Delmar Hall - St. Louis, MO
Mar. 28 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
Mar. 29 - Reverb - Reading, PA


Twitching Tongues tour dates

w/ True Love, Vamachara
Mar. 30 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
Mar. 31 - Chrome - Waterford, NY
Apr. 1 - Town Ballroom - Leopard Lounge - Buffalo, NY
Apr. 3 - Middle East Club - Cambridge, MA
Apr. 4 - Ballroom at the Outer Space - Hamden, CT
Apr. 6 - The Canal Club - Richmond, VA (United Blood Festival 2018)
Apr. 8 - The Masquerade - Purgatory - Atlanta, GA


Twitching Tongues line-up:

Colin Young - Vocals
Taylor Young - Guitar/Vocals
Sean Martin - Guitar
Alec Faber - Bass
Cayle Sain - Drums


The Crown release new single, "We Avenge!"

Swedish death metal legends The Crown will release their new album, Cobra Speed Venom, on March 16th via Metal Blade Records. Produced together with Fredrik Nordstrom at Studio Fredman, the record promises to be one of the biggest surprises of the year. A return to death metal speed and darkness in full glory!

The Crown has now released the third single taken off Cobra Speed Venom: "We Avenge!" - which can be heard here :


"We Awake - We Avenge! Heroic rise and rightful revenge. A mid paced monotonous chant with revolution in the air."


To hear the previous singles - the album's title track and "Iron Crown" - please visit:


where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


--ltd. first edition Digipak-CD with 2 exclusive bonus tracks
--180g black vinyl
--viole(n)t blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--pale lilac marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--purple red splattered vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
--dusk blue splattered vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 400 copies)
--white/purple splattered vinyl (US exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
--limited boxset [including ltd. edition Digipak-CD/exclusive 7" with both bonus tracks/exclusively colored album vinyl (opaque rose/black marbled)/exclusive back patch/hand signed photo card - limited to 300 copies]

* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!


Comments The Crown on their new album Cobra Speed Venom: "We are really looking forward to finally be able to show our fans how damn good this band can be when the circumstances are right. With that I mean to be able to do an album the way we want to do it: creating as a band, rehearsing as a band, recording as a band. You will hear a band performing here, with fierce energy and hunger!"


Read on for some reviews of Cobra Speed Venom:


Rock Hard (DE): "Colossal record!" 9 out of 10 points & # 5 in soundcheck

Legacy (DE): 15 out of 15 points & # 3 in soundcheck

Deaf Forever (DE): "Long term addiction guaranteed!" 9 out of 10 points

Guitar Magazine (DE): "Bitterly angry and heavy as fuck!" 5 out of 5 points

Slam (AT): "Absorbing from start to finish!" 10 out of 10 points


Cobra Speed Venom track-listing:

1. Destroyed By Madness
2. Iron Crown
3. In the Name of Death
4. We Avenge!
5. Cobra Speed Venom
6. World War Machine
7. Necrohammer
8. Rise In Blood
9. Where My Grave Shall Stand
10. The Sign of the Scythe
11. Nemesis Diamond (bonus track)
12. The Great Dying (bonus track)

The Crown live:

Apr. 13 - Dublin, Ireland - Voodoo Lounge
Apr. 14 - Leeds, UK - Wrath Fest

Apr. 15 - London, UK - The Underworld Camden

May 12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers

May 26 - Grangesberg, Sweden - Gamrocken

Oct. 6 - Hoogeveen, Netherlands - Graveland


The Crown line-up:

Johan Lindstrand - Vocals
Magnus Olsfelt - Bass
Marko Tervonen - Guitar
Robin Sorqvist - Lead guitar and backing vocals
Henrik Axelsson - Drums


Fortune favours Frontiers Music Srl with their new album

Frontiers Music Srl welcomes AOR cult heroes Fortune to the label for the release of a new studio album in early 2019! Mick Fortune says, "[w]e are looking forward to working with Frontiers in both a recording and a touring capacity! Exciting times ahead!"


Fortune’s lineup is comprised of:
Mick Fortune (drums)
Richard Fortune (guitar)
Larry Greene (vocals)
Ricky Rat (bass)
Mark Nilan (keyboards)


The seeds of Fortune were planted by brothers Richard and Mick Fortune, who came from a family of professional musicians; their mother was a singer and their father a singer and bassist. Richard started playing the guitar when he was 16, and went on to play guitar and tour with Buddy Miles, Booker T & The MGs and Spirit, while Mick started out as an accordion, keyboard, and trombone player before switching to drums. The brothers cut an album, "Fortune" for Warner Brothers in 1978, but by 1982 had totally revamped the group with a new key acquisition being the recruitment of Roger Scott Craig. A classically trained pianist from the age of 8, the Irish born keyboard player was known for a successful stint with the Scouse pop group Liverpool Express in the '70s. With a lineup rounded out by Larry 'L.A.' Greene, also of Top Gun soundtrack fame, on vocals, and Detroit studio and Elton John bassist Bob Birch, Fortune eventually released their self-titled debut album in 1985 to a warm reception, especially in Japan and Europe.


Camel/MCA Records (the same label that had launched Night Ranger and Giuffria to stardom) released the debut and it is still highly regarded today by fans of the genre. For many fans of the genre, it is indeed considered one of the best, if not THE best AOR albums of all-time. While this is of course very much open to debate, the reality is that Fortune’s album is one of those lost gems from yesteryear that has aged like fine wine while the years have passed.


Shortly after that legendary self-titled album's release, Camel Records unexpectedly declared bankruptcy for undisclosed reasons and refused to give up the masters of the album, making an album re-release impossible until fairly recently. The band remained silent for years and while Larry Greene and Roger Scott Craig started working together with the band Harlan Cage (who released several albums in the second half of the 90’s and early 00’s), the Fortune brothers started the band back up again as a trio in 2006, until a proper band reunion happened in 2016 when the band performed at the Rockingham Music Festival in 2016 and then - thanks to the acclaim that followed that performance - in 2017 as well. These appearances ultimately led to discussions with Frontiers about a new studio album.


Follow the band on Facebook here:


EXTREME and MR. BIG Australian Tour 2018!

Pre-sale starts March 2nd and Tickets on-sale March 7th. VIP M&G packages also available.

Jun 1: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Jun 3: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Jun 6: Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Jun 7: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Jun 8: Metro City, Perth


Vega announce details for new album 'Only Human'

May 11th 2018 is the day you can get your hands on 12 brand new VEGA songs. The new album “Only Human” will be released Worldwide through Frontiers Records on CD, digital and for the first time, Vinyl. WE ARE SOOOOO PROUD OF THIS ALBUM!!!

The album was self produced by VEGA and then mixed and mastered by Harry Hess. Harry has built up a great relationship with the band and together they have created VEGA’s strongest album to date. Track-listing for the album is:

01 Let’s have fun tonight
02 Worth dying for
03 Last man standing
04 Come back again
05 All over now
06 Mess you made
07 Only human
08 Standing still
09 Gravity
10 Turning pages
11 Fade away
12 Go to war

Further album details, tour dates and your first taste of “Only Human” will be coming your way next week!!!



The award winning musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor is one of the best selling music artists of all time with over 80million records sold world-wide and he's coming to LFCC this July - MEAT LOAF will be appearing all three days and we can't wait to welcome this superstar to London. 

On film he's appeared in plenty of classics - Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club, The 51st State, Glee, House and South Park.

Don't miss this chance to meet a legend, photo shoot tickets now on sale!