Dukes of the Orient to Release Self-Titled Debut February 23rd

Dukes of the Orient to Release Self-Titled Debut February 23rd via Frontiers Music Srl! First song & video, "Strange Days" OUT NOW!


What do you get when you match a Brit from London who loves American AOR with an American from California who grew up on British Prog? Dukes of the Orient is the masterful pairing of vocalist John Payne (Asia, GPS) with keyboardist Erik Norlander (Last In Line, Lana Lane) who now present their eponymous debut album, ten years in the making.


Dukes of the Orient will release their self-titled debut February 23rd via Frontiers Music Srl. The first video and audio offering from the album for the track “Strange Days” can be seen HERE: https://youtu.be/9HkY2Zd_79o


Pre-order on CD/LP/MP3 here: http://radi.al/DukesOfTheOrient


“With Dukes of the Orient we have dug deep with analog soundscapes, superlative musicians and song-driven epics. Add to this the masterful artwork of Rodney Matthews and a journey that started with the supergroup ASIA, we give you the next chapter, one we are extremely proud of,” says Payne.


Payne’s powerful arena-seasoned vocals carry soaring melodies and lush harmonies over the sea of classic synthesizers and keyboards artfully painted with Norlander’s signature sonic palette.


The two are backed by a world-renowned ensemble of top musicians including Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet on guitars and Jay Schellen on drums. Payne provides bass guitar and additional lead and rhythm guitar parts to complete the audiophile production. The album was mixed on a traditional analog console to preserve and enhance the natural depth, clarity and soul of the tracks with great care taken to avoid over-compression, extreme equalization and distortion.


Dukes of the Orient has its origins in 2007 as ASIA Featuring John Payne, a band that continued on after ASIA keyboardist, Geoff Downes, left to re-form the original 1982 lineup. Payne recruited Norlander to join Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen for tour dates in the US and initial recordings, some of which endured to appear on the Dukes of the Orient album here. Govan left the band to form The Aristocrats and was replaced by guitarist Bruce Bouillet followed by Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria. The final lineup resulted in the track “Seasons Will Change,” released as a video in 2013 and also now appears on the Dukes of the Orient album. Following the death of original ASIA vocalist, John Wetton, in early 2017, Payne and Norlander decided that these recordings should give birth to a new band, both out of respect for Wetton and for clarity with the Downes-led ASIA.


Track Listing:

1. Brother in Arms
2. Strange Days
3. Amor Vincit Omnia
4. Time Waits for No One
5. A Sorrow’s Crown
6. Fourth of July
7. Seasons Will Change
8. Give Another Reason


Band Members: John Payne (vocals, bass, guitars), Erik Norlander (keyboards)

For More Info Visit: http://www.dukesoftheorient.com   https://www.facebook.com/Dukes.of.the.Orient/


Judas Priest to release 'Firepower' in March 2018

Produced by Tom Allom, Judas Priest are set to release their new album 'Firepower' on 9 March 2018. 

CD, digibook, double vinyl, coloured & Digital Vinyl

Pre-order here; https://judaspriest-eu.myshopify.com/

Listen to "lightning strike" here; https://vimeo.com/249685593



Video clip to follow, teaser here - https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest/videos/10155924122073965/

List of titles:

1. Firepower

2. Lightning Strike

3. Evil Never Dies

4. Never The Heroes

5. Necromancer

6. Children of the Sun

7. Guardians

8. Rising From Ruins

9. Flame Thrower

10. Spectrum

11. Traitors Gate

12. No Surrender

13. Lone Wolf

14. Sea of Red

Judas Priest: Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (Guitar), Richie Faulkner (Guitar), Ian Hill (Bass) and Scott Travis (Drums)


Allegaeon launches cover of Rush's "Animate" on all digital music services

During the recording sessions for Proponent for Sentience, Denver, CO's Allegaeon recorded two Rush covers. Fans have already heard "Subdivisions", which was included on the album and has since become the band's most streamed track on Spotify. Today, in celebration of January 6, 2018, the date version of the band's song 1.618, Allegaeon is releasing their cover of "Animate" worldwide on all digital music services. Listen to the song and stream/download from your preferred provider here:http://smarturl.it/allegaeon-animate

Guitarist Greg Burgess elaborates: "When we settled on Rush to cover during the 'Proponent' sessions, I simply couldn't pick which song to do. 'Subdivisions' or 'Animate.' Both were favorites for me personally, and both were sort of 'under the radar' eg. not 'Tom Sawyer' or 'Spirit of the Radio.' Where the original idea was to do a cover for a Japanese bonus track, we figured if we did both we could cover a special song for both the Japan AND Europe pressing. Then the powers that be decided to just include 'Subdivisions' on the album, and keep 'Animate' in reserve for something. Jan 6th, 2018 is the only occurrence of the golden ratio in date form that will occur during our life time. So 1.6.18 seemed like the perfect date to release it in Allegaeon fashion."


Proponent for Sentience was released in September of 2016. The album was produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation) and is a complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept record that can rightfully sit alongside the true greats of the medium. Allegaeon will begin recording their fifth full-length album with Otero at Flatline Audio in March

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Sodom news - Tom Angelripper splits up with Bernemann & Makka

New line-up to be announced soon.  All 2018 shows to take place as announced.

The new year has started with a bang for all Sodom fans: vocalist/bassist Tom Angelripper has split up with guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald. “After much thought and reflection I have decided on this difficult step to pave the way for new challenges,” explains Tom. “Sodom have always lived off the commitment and passion of everybody involved. Makka was part of the band for almost eight years, Bernemann even for more than twenty. To obviate a possible routine setting in which would make it impossible to continue our creative work optimally, I would like to start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians. At the same time I would like to say thank you to Bernemann and Makka for many successful years in which we performed fantastic shows and released a number of real metal manifestos.” 

Irrespective of this spectacular line-up change, all scheduled Sodom shows will take place from April 2018 as announced. Tom is set to introduce his new comrades-in-arms at the Full Metal Mountain. Whether Sodom will continue to operate as a trio or perhaps become a quartet in future remains unclear. Tom: “I haven’t really made up my mind in this respect, I’m open to all options. I will now install the band’s new foundation pillars and look around for new musicians. One thing is already clear: Sodom will become even stronger!” 

Together with his new line-up, Tom wants to start working on the upcoming album – to be released on Steamhammer/SPV – as soon as possible. Tom: “SPV also look forward to our future collaboration and can expect a totally motivated band.”

SODOM Tourdates 2018

07.04. AT-Kärnten - Full Metal Mountain
21.-23.06. FI-Kauhajoki - Nummirock Festival
23.06. DK-Copenhagen - Copenhell
04.-07.07. DE-Ballenstedt - Rock Harz Open Air
14.07. SE-Gaevle - Gefle Metal Festival
18.08. AT-Graz - Metal On The Hill
25.08. DE-Cham - Mosh Club Open Air
31.08. DE-Hamburg - Weltturbojugendtage 2018
06.10. DE-Lichtenfels - Way Of Darkness Festival

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BULLETBOYS To Release “From Out of the Skies” March 23rd via Frontiers Music Srl!

BULLETBOYS​' new album, "From Out Of The Skies" will be released on CD/LP/MP3 on March 23, 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl. Watch the video for the new single “D-Evil” featuring guest vocals from Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal at the link below. Of the song, vocalist, guitarist, and founding member Marq Torien says, “Jesse and I had an instant bond when we met and he did an outstanding job collaborating on the song with his vocals a welcome contribution."


Pre-order & stream singles from “From Out Of The Skies” here: http://radi.al/FromOutOfTheSkies


Special Limited Edition Clear 180g Gatefold Vinyl Edition available here: https://www.frontiers.shop/bulletboys/ LIMITED TO 100 COPIES WORLDWIDE!


Music Video for New Single “D-Evil” Out Now! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/vhhftCD2h8w


“From Out Of The Skies” was recorded at the Foo Fighters Studio 606​. "Writing and recording ‘From Out Of The Skies’ was a humbling experience and recording this unpredictable album at the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 was unbelievable and magical. Dave Grohl's music got me through a very difficult time, so from day one I knew that we were in the right home to record. I was privileged enough to use one of Dave's acoustic guitars to record with along with a hand picked drum set by Taylor Hawkins. I appreciate the opportunity to record there," says Torien.

“From Out Of The Skies” Track Listing:

1. Apocalypto
2. D-Evil
3. From Out of the Skies
4. Hi-Fi Drive By
5. Losing End Again
6. Whatcha Don’t
7. P.R.A.B.
8. Sucker Punch
9. Switchblade Butterfly
10. Once Upon a Time


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The Poodles welcome new member to the group

The winding road takes us to different places and for Henrik the road leads back into the Mexican rain forest in the coming year. 

For this reason, during this time Rob Marcello (Danger, Danger) has taken service as gunslinger in The Poodles and will be touring with the band in Sweden, Europe, and Japan. We welcome Rob on board and wish Henrik the best of luck on his travels!

Staying course and keeping pace,

The Poodles

Photo: Dominic Pencz


As I Lay Dying re-releases now available to order

As I Lay Dying Official : 'Frail Words Collapse', 'Shadows Are Security' LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

On January 26th, Metal Blade Records will re-issue As I Lay Dying's classic albums on vinyl for fans: Frail Words Collapse and Shadows Are Security! See below for an overview of all versions; pre-order your copy now in the USA at: https://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/search/…


Frail Words Collapse LP re-issue

--180g black vinyl

--yellow/brown opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies - USA exclusive)

--butter cream marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies - USA exclusive)

--orange/brown with black swirls vinyl (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)

--golden vinyl (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)

--cream/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)


Shadows Are Security LP re-issue

--180g black vinyl

--yellow/blue opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies - USA exclusive)

--opaque teal marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies - USA exclusive)

--yellow with orange spots vinyl (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)

--blue/black transparent marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)

--clear ice-blue/orange and yellow splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)


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Visigoth reveals details for new album, 'Conqueror's Oath'

On February 9th, Salt Lake City's traditional metal champions Visigoth will release their sophomore album, Conqueror's Oath, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of Conqueror's Oath, the new single "Warrior Queen" can be streamed now at: metalblade.com/Visigoth - where the record is also available for pre-order in the following formats:


--180g black vinyl

--silver vinyl (limited to 400 copies - USA exclusive)

--clear with white/blue smokey swirl vinyl (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)

--opaque blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies - USA exclusive)

--cool grey marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies - EU exclusive)

--white/blue splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)

--sky-blue marble vinyl (limited to 200 copies - EU exclusive)

--purple red marble vinyl (limited to 100 copies - EU exclusive)

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


Standing in staunch opposition to any presumptuous notion of "reinventing the wheel" or "redefining the genre", Visigoth instead dedicates themselves to worshipping at the ageless altars of heavy metal with a singular focus on writing music inspired by their favorite records. Whether whipped into a frenzy ignited by classic USPM or NWOBHM anthems, or pensively meditating on traditional epic heavy metal or weighty doom-inspired moments, these Salt City hessians wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. With their new 2017 long-player Conqueror's Oath, Visigoth stays true to the title and conquers the sophomore slump blues with 8 iron-forged anthems of pure metal magick guaranteed to satiate the hunger of the rock'n'roll hordes! Returning to the depths of the Boar's Nest in their hometown of Salt Lake City to record once again with engineer extraordinaire Andy Patterson (Subrosa, Deathblow, Dreadnought, et al), Conqueror's Oath was hammerforged in a whirlwind month of mayhem and mastered by Dave Otero of Flatline Audio (Satan's Host, Nightbringer, Khemmis, et al). Immortalized by breathtaking cover art created by none other than underground album art legend Kris Verwimp (whose work has graced records by Absu, Bewitched, Desaster, Horna, Moonsorrow, Skullview, Arkona, and many, many more) in proper swords-and-sorcery fashion, Conqueror's Oath stands tall on the field of battle, serving as a gauntleted fist in the face of non-believers. Prepare for the onslaught of Salt City Steel!


Conqueror's Oath track-listing


1. Steel and Silver

2. Warrior Queen

3. Outlive Them All

4. Hammerforged

5. Traitor's Gate

6. Salt City

7. Blades in the Night

8. The Conqueror's Oath


Visigoth tour dates

Feb. 17 - Wurzburg, Germany - Metal Assault Festival
Feb. 18 - Oldenburg, Germany - MTS Records Store
Feb. 19 - Berlin, Germany - Cortina
Feb. 20 - Leipzig, Germany - Four Rooms
Feb. 21 - Wien, Austria - Escape Metal Corner
Feb. 22 - Innsbruck, Austria - Livestage
Feb. 23 - Dornbirn, Austria - Schlachthaus
Feb. 24 - Lunen, Germany - Swordbrothers Festival
Feb. 25 - Genk, Belgium - Flashback
Feb. 27 - Barcelona, Spain - Rocksound
Feb. 28 - Zaragoza, Spain - Sala Lopez
Mar. 1 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Live
Mar. 2 - Ljungby, Sweden - Turbofest
Mar. 3 - Niederjossa, Germany - Full Metal Fest
Mar. 6 - Goppingen, Germany - Zille
Mar. 7 - Leiden, Netherlands - De Noble
Mar. 8 - Marburg, Germany - Szenario
Mar. 9 - Weiher, Germany - Live Music Hall
Mar. 10 - Hamburg, Germany - Hell Over Hammaburg Festival




Criss Sexx: Unreleased and Unplugged

Brazilian singer Criss Sexx got started in music in 1991 as a bass player in his first band Sexx Action (inspired by an L.A. Guns favorite plus an extra "X"). Sexx Action released a modest, two-track demo tape in 1991. In 1993 Criss formed Bang Bang Rock... This band released two demo tapes, "Easy Target" (1994) and "Spit Back & Smile" (1995).

1998 was a strange year for music in Brazil - lots of trends, new music styles, the rebirth of Pop... Criss Sexx decided then to invest in the recording of a "more pop sounding style" professional demo, with the song lyrics in Portuguese, but one thing was still there - the Glam Rock image.
Criss Sexx decided he was not interested in pursuing a career as pop solo artist anymore. He always felt he was a Rock And Roll singer. Criss’ next adventure would be a Glam band a la early Poison, Pretty Boy Floyd and Tigertailz, and to sound as sleazey as L.A. Guns and Mötley Crüe. The band was called Bastardz. Bastardz would record an EP, but musical differences tore the band apart. What did come out of the collaboration was Criss’ first solo album, appropriately called "Bastard Barbie".

In 2005, Criss Sexx had a brief stint as the lead singer of the Rio de Janeiro band Snow.
Next would come Nympho!! In 2007 Nympho was born and their debut album, "V.I.P. - Very Indecent People", was released in North America. Nympho had a second album called "Alone In The Dark" which was released in Europe.

Nympho had four promo videos off the "Alone In The Dark" album in 2013: "I'll Come Running","Rock Me Hard", "Dreams Are Not Enough" and "Alone In The Dark". With little money in the pocket, Criss Sexx had the crazy idea of trying to get special guests from bands he had grown up listening to to be on his next​ five new songs. Criss Sexx met Gerry Laffy guitarist and founding member of the early '80s Glam Rock band Girl. It was the right time for Criss to ask Gerry if his band could cover a song he wrote, "Money And The Magic". Gerry Laffy agreed right away, and that was the kickstart of Nympho's third album. The hardest part was convincing guitarist Gerry Laffy to guest on his own song. After a couple of months, Gerry finally gave in, agreeing to play an outro solo on "Money And The Magic".

In 2014, the "Not That Innocent" album was released. It was a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs and wrong turns. Two more videos were released: "Flush Your Heart Away" and "Not That Innocent". While talking to a fan she and Criss started talking about acoustic albums. She asked him if he had ever thought of recording an acoustic album. He told her he would love to, and she told him she could fund these recordings. By the end of 2014, Criss Sexx had written, arranged, recorded and produced his second solo album, "Acoustichaos".

In 2015, Criss Sexx decided it was about time he released his "Acoustichaos" solo album, and he did unveiling a first promo video for the song "If There's A Place In Your Heart”. The album was released digitally only (until now).

2016 was a quiet year.

In early 2017, Nympho was history and Criss Sexx did not want to give up on his career. Not after so many years of hard work, so he decided to finally work again on his "Acoustichaos" solo album. Criss Sexx had a crazy idea of gathering enough people from different parts of the world to be featured on a promo video. "Weird" was the chosen track, and fans / friends from England, The Netherlands, India, Brazil and the US were on it.

In October, FnA Records and Criss Sexx started talking and FnA asked if there was any unreleased material he had recorded... but the only unreleased stuff he had in his archives were different, unreleased mixes of songs that had been previously out on Nympho's "Innocent" album, and a few other songs that didn't make it on his first solo album, "Bastard Barbie". Additionally there were a handful of tracks that either featured 80’s rock stars or were written by 80’s rock stars.
Those mixes, which were unreleased in the US until now, can finally see the light of day. These great songs, "Burnout Heart", "Money And The Magic", "Doin' Fine" and "Not That Innocent", feature a stellar guest line-up of Jimi Bell (House Of Lords), Johnny Lima, Gerry Laffy (Girl), Jesse Damon (Silent Rage), Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper) and Tony Mills (Shy / TNT) and songs written by Ted Poley of Danger Danger (“Missing You”) and Mike Tramp of White Lion written (“Have You Ever”). Also included are tunes that didn't make it to Criss’ first solo album - "What Comes Around Goes Around", "Feel Your Love Tonight", "Heal My Broken Heart" and "Starting All Over Again" - off the unreleased Snow album. In addition, there's also the complete "Acoustichaos" solo album, available for the first time on CD.

So enjoy the ride between 2005 and 2017, between Glam Rock and Acoustic Rock... "Unreleased & Unplugged"... Then & Now...






01 - BURNOUT HEART (with Jimi Bell of House Of Lords & Johnny Lima)
02 - MONEY AND THE MAGIC (with Gerry Laffy of Girl)
03 - DOIN' FINE (with Jesse Damon of Silent Rage)
04 - NOT THAT INNOCENT (with Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper) and Tony Mills of Shy)
05 - HAVE YOU EVER written by Mike Tramp (White Lion)
06 - MISSING YOU written by Ted Poley (Danger Danger)
07 - TRY AGAIN (Acoustic)
08 – WEIRD (Acoustic)
11 - DON'T YOU KNOW (Acoustic)
12 - HOW DARE YOU (Acoustic)
13 - IT'S YOU (Acoustic)
17 - FEEL YOUR LOVE TONIGHT (Unreleased/Demo)
18 - HEAL MY BROKEN HEART (Unreleased/Demo)
19 - STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN (Unreleased/Demo)

Pre-order now here - http://fnarecords.net/index.php/unreleased-and-unplugged.html

- Criss Sexx & FnA Records



Pretty Maids announce last leg of Kingmaker tour

Danish hard rock legends PRETTY MAIDS have announced the LAST LEG of the KINGMAKER TOUR, that started out in fall 2016 and has already taken the band around the globe.

It will be a two week headlining European tour for the critically acclaimed KINGMAKER album, that was released at the end of 2016. Very special guest on this run will be German hard rockers PINK CREAM 69 who are celebrating their 30th birthday with the release of the new album HEADSTRONG.


PRETTY MAIDS-singer Ronnie Atkins says:

"We're looking forward to hit a couple of European countries and play some more songs from our latest album as well as the classics and some goodies so to speak. See you all out there!

PRETTY MAIDS with very special guest PINK CREAM 69 Kingmaker European Tour 2018 is presented by
Rock Hard + Rocks + Engl + Frontiers + metal.de


Click here for Tour dates: http://prettymaids.dk/tourdates.html



MONSTER MAGNET - Announce New Album "MINDFUCKER" Coming Spring 2018 via Napalm Records!!

It's been more than a year since the first rumors spread about a new MONSTER MAGNET album and that the band was preparing to enter the studio in Fall 2016. During the band's European Summer tour it finally got confirmed what the fans around the world were so desperately hoping for to be true. Mastermind Dave Wyndorf stated that the long awaited new studio record is going to be (quote) "full-ahead Detroit-style, early 70s, MC5 and Stooges type of rock". Sounded very promising back then! And now we know... he wasn't lying!


MONSTER MAGNET puts the pedal to the metal with "MINDFUCKER”, their 11th record. “MINDFUCKER" is different, a step forward and a step back at the same time to the almighty roots of hard rock music, kindled by the unpretentious Proto-punk era. Up tempo, savage in both sound and spirit, "MINDFUCKER" is the real deal! The album has the potential to surprise and to whip up the love for the genre, while still giving the sludgies and stoner freaks exactly what they wish for in a new MONSTER MAGNET album.


"MINDFUCKER" will be released on March 23, 2018 and can be pre-ordered at: http://smarturl.it/Mindfucker-NPR


“MINDFUCKER is a fuzzed out, headbangin’ celebration of hard rock and 21st century paranoia” says Dave. “Ten fuel injected, nitro burning tracks of fiery rock ’n roll and garage psych madness, all done Monster Magnet style. It’s also an album that gets right to the point: the world is out of it’s fucking mind and I’m livin’ it….for better or worse. It’s simple, really. In these crazy times I’ve been wanting to just drive my car at 100 miles per hour and howl, you know what I mean? So I wrote songs I can do that with. And with lyrics that don’t deny the times we’re living in. Feels good, feels right. Rock is alive, baby!”


Watch out for further news and new music from mastermind Dave Wyndorf and MONSTER MAGNET!


"MINDFUCKER" track listing:

1. Rocket Freak
2. Soul
3. Mindfucker
4. I'm God
5. Drowning
6. Ejection
7. Want Some
8. Brainwashed
9. All Day Midnight
10. When The Hammer Comes Down



Dave Wyndorf (vocals, guitar)
Garrett Sweeny (guitar)
Phil Caivano (guitar)
Chris Kosnik (bass)
Bob Pantella (drums)


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