HAVOK announce their new album “V”!

Colorado-based thrashers Havok are back! After a whirlwind yet rewarding cycle for 2017’s “Conformicide” effort, the high-octane outfit have emerged from the studio victorious with their new album, “V”. Engineered, mixed, mastered by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, etc.) and showcasing stunning artwork – as can be seen above – by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed, etc.), “V” will be released worldwide on May 1st, 2020 via Century Media Records.


Havok’s guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez checked in to comment about “V” as follows: "A lot of experimentation went into the writing and recording of “V”. The album offers the same intensity that we’re known for, but with a few twists that may surprise people. The music is dense with lots of different intertwining parts and we’re beyond excited to release our best-sounding record to date."

Havok – “V” / Track-Listing:
1. Post-Truth Era
2. Fear Campaign
3. Betrayed By Technology
4. Ritual Of The Mind
5. Interface With The Infinite
6. Dab Tsog
7. Phantom Force
8. Cosmetic Surgery
9. Panpsychism
10. Merchants Of Death
11. Don't Do It


Havok are also pleased to present their newest band-member addition in bass-player Brandon Bruce, who debuts on “V” and checked in with the following comment: "I am really excited about this record and to be playing bass with Havok. We really focused on structure and songwriting while maintaining the heavy riffs and brutal music the band is known for. I’m proud of how it turned out and can’t wait for everyone to hear it."


Further details about “V”, its release formats, a first single as well as the start of the pre-sale will be revealed later this month, so stay tuned!


Upon release, Havok’s latest album “Conformicide” entered the official sales charts as follows: Germany (Top 100 Charts): # 94, Belgium (Flemish Charts): # 124, USA (Billboard Charts): # 67 Billboard Top Current Albums, # 4 Billboard Heatseekers, # 4 Billboard Current Hard Music, # 5 Billboard Top Hard Music, # 23 Billboard Rock.


Havok toured restlessly across the globe with the likes of Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Overkill, Crowbar, Darkest Hour, Warbringer and many more in support of “Conformicide”, an album that Metal Injection described as follows: “Conformicide will likely be remembered as a modern thrash classic.”


Die Kreatur sign worldwide deal with  Napalm Records

Die Kreatur Featuring Dero Goi (OOMPH!) and Chris Harms (Lord Of The Lost) Signs Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records!


Today, Napalm Records welcomes a new duo to the family – the two heads, two voices and two personalities of DIE KREATUR – as the band has officially signed a worldwide contract with the premier metal label.

Throughout the past few weeks, whispers and speculations have made their way around the music scene as to who the covert members of the band could be. The mystery has been solved – Dero Goi (OOMPH!) and Chris Harms (LORD OF THE LOST) will be breathing life into the dark monster that is DIE KREATUR. They will deliver an earth-shattering tremor in the musical world with their standout debut album, to be released via Napalm Records this spring. Be prepared and stay tuned!


DIE KREATUR on the signing:
“We are very happy and proud to have signed our youngest project DIE KREATUR at NAPALM! Since we have already had great Napalm experiences with our other bands (OOMPH! and LORD OF THE LOST), we are please all the more to be working together again!” (Dero Goi & Chris Harms)


DIE KREATUR starts their exclusive tour through Germany in September 2020 – be a part of the sinister manifestation and catch them live:


Tourdates DIE KREATUR:

18.09.2020 DE Cologne / Luxor
19.09.2020 DE Essen / Turock
25.09.2020 DE Hanover / Musikzentrum
26.09.2020 DE Hamburg / Grünspan
02.10.2020 DE Berlin / Columbia Theater
03.10.2020 DE Munich / Backstage Halle


[Photo Credit: VDPictures]


Great news from Ronnie Atkins

A couple of days ago I had the fantastic message that there are no more signs of cancer to be seen/tracked based on the scans that I had taken recently.

That’s the best news I have had in a long time, thank god ߙ?

As for everyone who’s encountered cancer, I’m fully aware that it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m “homesafe” and the next 5 years are so to speak crucial, but nevertheless it’s a big step in the right direction and a great relief for me and my family.


To avoid or lower the chances of reoccurrences the doctors have recommended me to undergo immuno-therapy for the next year, which I’ve naturally agreed to and already started up.


Now it’s time to recuperate, regain some strength and knock myself back into shape, witch I’m eager to do.

There will/might be some sequelae that I have to deal with, but so be it. That’s life.


With the risk of being accused of repeating myself I once again wanna express my sincere thanx to all of you out there ( my army of beautiful souls ߘ?) who’s been supporting me through out this with sweet greetings, messages, advice and prayers.

It’s been heart warming and I’m forever grateful ❤️

// R.A

Photo: Tallee Savage


Introducing Her Chariot Awaits

Her Chariot Awaits features vocalist Ailyn (ex-Sirenia) & guitarist and producer Mike Orlando Music (Adrenaline Mob). Self-titled debut out April 10, 2020. First single & video, 'Dead & Gone' is out now! Stream the single and pre-order the album HERE: https://orcd.co/herchariotawaits




Her Chariot Awaits is a newly formed hard rock/metal group featuring the highly regarded Spanish vocalist Ailyn (ex-Sirenia) and the awesome American guitarist and producer Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob). The band's self-titled debut will be released on April 10, 2020 via Frontiers Music Srl. Today, the band has released their first single and music video, 'Dead & Gone'. Watch the video HERE: https://youtu.be/bYiqpYJk6y0


Stream the single and pre-order physical or digital copies of the album HERE: https://orcd.co/herchariotawaits


Of first single 'Dead & Gone', Ailyn says "Dead & Gone tells as story in the first person of how it feels to have been neglected and abandoned by somebody, in this case a biological father. It's about the words the character, a woman, wants to express to make him realize how he made her feel, and in a way put an end to that story in her life and be able to move on."


On the writing of the song, Mike says, "The song came together musically starting with the verse guitar parts and the heavy bridge/solo section. From that point everything fell into place as I wanted the chorus to drop more into a slower half time groove. Lyrically, it started as somewhat of a letter from my girlfriend Dana regarding her biological father. I then turned the basis of what she was trying to say into a more streamlined story and added a chorus and some key sections. A true story brought to life in a song and a powerful message that Ailyn delivered wonderfully."


Continues Orlando, "We had a great time shooting the video over the course of a few days. It takes place in multiple locations, which included an old Victorian style home and a beautiful modern farmhouse style home owned by my dear friend Nancy. Ailyn plays the part of a daughter who feels neglected and abandoned by her father. The video ends up outside with the band performing around a raging fire pit in an attempt to rid herself of all the memories and pain and move on. The final moment being encompassed by her tossing dirt on the flame, putting an end to the story and walking away."


This exciting new musical alliance came about through the vision of Frontiers, who put the two artists – each eager to create a new and exciting project – in touch. The pair gelled extremely well, creating an album that offers songs that will excite all lovers of technical, aggressive, modern and extremely catchy heavy music. Melting the well defined metal approach of Adrenaline Mob with more melodic hooks, Her Chariot Awaits showcases the incredible vocal talents of Ailyn. Here, she moves in a heavier and more straight ahead direction compared to her previous band.


“After a two year break from the scene, I am pleased to announce my new collaboration with Mike Orlando on Her Chariot Awaits. I’m very honoured and thankful to be part of it. I’m looking forward to everyone learning about this new adventure, which allowed me to experiment and explore a new side to my singing, working together with a great musician. Her Chariot Awaits is a new step forward in my music career and I can’t wait to share the beginning of this journey with all of you,” enthuses Ailyn.


Orlando adds that “It was a pleasure to write and perform an album with a singer like Ailyn with music that is geared more towards the commercial side of rock. Ailyn has a beautiful voice and was great to work with in and out of the studio, as was Jeff Thal on drums! I’m very happy with how the album is coming out. It’s a great collection of hard hitting yet melodic commercial rock tracks, which I hope you will all enjoy.”


The album is a remarkable union of two great artists who still have a lot to prove, and is going to leave listeners breathless come April 10th!



1. Misery
2. Dead & Gone
3. Screaming Misfire
4. Stolen Heart
5. Constant Craving
6. Say No
7. Line Of Fire
8. Turning The Page
9. Take Me Higher
10. Just Remember
11. Forgive Me Dear


Mike Orlando – guitars, bass, additional vocals
Ailyn – lead vocals
Jeff Thal – drums
Brian Gearty – bass

Written, produced & mixed by Mike Orlando




Scandirock Melodic 2020

And so the final bill for Scandirock Melodic 2020 is complete... 

From Scandirock Music Group:


You thought the addition of the incredible Roulette - SWE made Scandirock Melodic 2020 the ultimate melodic rock package this spring... well, you were right - but that wasn't all! ;)


Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream, Autumn's Child), Martin Kronlund (Gypsy Rose, Overland) and Imre Daun (Alien, Overland) will after 10 years reunite as SALUTE and play songs from their two beloved albums "Toy Soldier" and "Heart of the Machine" - exclusively for you who come to Scandirock Melodic!


"Co-headliner SALUTE will bring you the magic voice of Mikael Erlandsson whom without a doubt is one of Scandinavia's best singers for one hell of a fabulous reunion."



Joining SALUTE and Roulette we have OSUKARU giving you an exclusive one-time-only 10th anniversary set full of surprices, Taste who will give you a one-off exclusive live performance for the books, Captain Black Beard who have made headlines lately for their captivating live show, the constant AOR buzz Creye who with Scandirock Melodic makes their debut show in Gothenburg and the supergroup Care of Night who also are to set their feet on the Swedish west coast as a band for the first time.