Night Demon Shares Live Performance Video, Live Album Due Out This Summer

Night Demon will release their first-ever live album and DVD this August 10th, dubbed Live Darkness via SPV/Steamhammer in Europe, and Century Media Records and Shadow Kingdom Records in the USA. The recording is a document of the bands’ incendiary show from December 2, 2017 at Cleveland, Ohio’s Beachland Ballroom. Night Demon played a career-spanning setlist, plus a rendition of Midnight’s ‘Evil Like a Knife, featuring a guest appearance from Athenar himself. Watch it now! Continue reading

Magnum – Lost On The Road To Eternity

The release of Magnum’s twentieth studio album, Lost On The Road To Eternity (SPV/Steamhammer) is no mean feat, considering twenty-five years ago, the band were releasing the aptly named and wholly underwhelming Sleepwalking (Music For Nations) while struggling to find a foothold in a musical environment that had no room for them. Continue reading

Sodom To Be Rejoined By Former Guitarists For 35th Anniversary Concert

Teutonic thrash legends Sodom will be rejoined by former members of the band from classic lineups past when they take the stage later this month at their 35th Anniversary show on December 26 at Zeche in Bochum, Germany. Taking the stage will be guitarists Josef “Grave Violator” Dominik (who was in the band 1984-1985), Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik (1986-1989) and Andy Brings (1991-1995). Continue reading

Trailer: Prong – X-No Absolutes

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Prong, by Meg Loyal Photography

Prong is streaming an album trailer for their new album X-No Absolutes, due out February 5, 2016 via SPV/Steamhammer below. They have upcoming European and North American tour dates, which can be found here.

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X-No Absolutes Track Listing
01: Ultimate Authority 2:54
02: Sense Of Ease 4:05
03:Without Words 3:18
04: Cut And Dry 3:51
05:No Absolutes 3:17
06: Do Nothing 3:40
07: Belief System 3.21
08:Soul Sickness 3:05
09: In Spite Of Hindrances 2:45
10: Ice Runs Through My Veins 4:04
11: Worth Pursuing 3:12
12: With Dignity 3:14
13: Universal Law (DigiPak bonus track)

News: Prong Releases Track Listing For X-No Absolutes

Photo Credit: Meg Loyal

Photo Credit: Meg Loyal

Prong has released the track listing for their upcoming album X-No Absolutes, out February 5, 2016 via SPV/Steamhammer.

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01: Ultimate Authority 2:54
02: Sense Of Ease 4:05
03: Without Words 3:18
04: Cut And Dry 3:51
05: No Absolutes 3:17
06: Do Nothing 3:40
07: Belief System 3.21
08: Soul Sickness 3:05
09: In Spite Of Hindrances 2:45
10: Ice Runs Through My Veins 4:04
11: Worth Pursuing 3:12
12: With Dignity 3:14
13: Universal Law (DigiPak bonus track)

The band has upcoming European and North American tour dates coming in 2016.

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Mar 23: Doornroosje – Nijmegen (NL)
Mar 24: Melkweg – Amsterdam (NL)
Mar 25: Biebob – Vosselaar (BE)
Mar 26: Underworld – London (UK)
Mar 27: Divan Du Monde – Paris (FR)
Mar 29: L`usine – Geneve (SW)
Mar 30: Dynamo – Zurich (SW)
Mar 31: Universum – Stuttgart (DE)
Apr 01: Szene – Vienna (AT)
Apr 02: Dürer Kert – Budapest (HU)
Apr 03: Alibi – Wroclaw (PL)
Apr 05: Bi Nuu – Berlin (DE)
Apr 06: Die Pumpe – Kiel (DE)
Apr 07: Bastard Club – Osnabrück (DE)
Apr 08: Luxor – Cologne (DE)
Apr 09: Nachtleben – Frankfurt (DE)

prong no absolutes north american tour 2016

Apr 21: The Whisky – West Hollywood, CA
Apr 22: Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
Apr 23: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Apr 24: Club Red – Tempe, AZ
Apr 26: Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
Apr 27: Trees – Dallas, TX
Apr 28: Korova – San Antonio, TX
Apr 29: Cine El Rey – McAllen, TX
Apr 30: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 02: Orpheum – Tampa, FL
May 03: The Haven – Orlando, FL
May 04: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 05: Diamond Pub and Billiards – Louisville, KY
May 06: Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
May 07: Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
May 08: The Palladium – Worcester, MA
May 09: Foufones Electriques – Montreal, QC
May 10: The Garrison – Toronto, ON
May 11: Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
May 12: Hard Rock Café – Pittsburgh, PA
May 13: The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
May 15: The 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
May 16: Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
May 17: Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
May 18: The Tree – Joliet, IL
May 19: POV’s – Spring Lake, MN
May 20: Rt 20 – Racine, WI
May 21: Q and Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI
May 22: Spicoli’s Grill and the Reverb Rock – Waterloo, IA
May 23: Fubar – St. Louis, MO
May 24: Aftershock – Merriam, KS
May 25: Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
May 27: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
May 28: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 29: The Venue – Vancouver, BC
May 31: Lost on Main – Chico, CA
Jun 01: Rockbar – San Jose, CA

The Other – Fear Itself

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The Other is a German band that plays Horror Punk, a brilliant combination of happy Punk, Rock, and Metal music and horror-movie lyrics, and Fear Itself (Steamhammer/SPV) is their sixth studio album. With a line-up change that saw two new band members join the ranks of The Other, the musical styles are more diverse, ranging from Goth Rock and Power Metal to the regular Punk sound. Rod Usher’s vocals, while having a very different tone of voice, as often sung in a style similar to Volbeat.

After the mysterious intro ‘Fear Itself’, the album proper opens with ‘Nie Mehr’, a German-sung Hard Rock and Metal extravaganza, with enough melodiousness that it would make a great sing-along at a concert. ‘Black Sails Against A Midnight Sky’ also has a great shout-along chorus. The vocals, and especially backing vocals, in both ‘Dreaming of the Devil’ and ‘Doll Island’ are slightly on the edge, but this turns out to have rather a good stylistic effect for the genre.

One of my favourite songs on this album is ‘The Price You Play’, which combines Power Metal and Punk to create a cheerful but full sound; the chorus is especially fun with staccato guitars and sweeping vocals, and the bridge has the same kind of creepy vibe that Oomph! is especially good at. Another highlight is ‘Funeral March’, while a lot of the songs of this album can be construed as relatively normal songs, ‘Funeral March’ is really out and out in its lyrics and vocal style.

Throughout much of album the drumming is punk and the guitars metal, but ‘Animal Instinct’ is pure punk with horror lyrics, reminiscent of The Living End in its boundless energy and bass lines. If you like your music loud and energetic and your horror movies cheesy, then you’ll probably enjoy the living daylights out of this album.

 

7.5/10

 

LORRAINE LYSEN

Virgin Steele – Nocturnes Of Hellfire And Damnation

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“Veteran” is a word that gets seriously abused in Heavy Metal reviews, but Virgin Steele pretty much demand it – operating consistently since 1982, David DeFeis (a sort of alternate-universe Good Joey DeMaio) has covered a surprisingly broad ground within his chosen field. From driving Hard Rock-flavoured Heavy Metal, via an excursion into more accessible AOR territory, they progressed into a truly operatic style of Symphonic Power Metal leagues ahead of most of their peers in that style, and in recent years have pursued a more contemplative, darkly-progressive style.

The initial sound of Nocturnes Of Hellfire And Damnation (SPV/Steamhammer), then, is of a sudden, squealing gear-change as they drop back into the kind of bombastic but catchy Heavy Metal most associated with 1985’s Noble Savage (Cobra Records). The meandering song structures and brooding emotional displays of the last two albums are almost entirely gone, as are the multi-layered classical histrionics of the House Of Atreus trilogy – here The Riff is once again king, and the symphonic elements exist to add ostentation to it but never undermine its majesty.

I’m going to be honest, despite the rave reviews it’s receiving from many fans, I was initially a little underwhelmed with Nocturnes, largely because I’ve really been enjoying the direction they took with Visions Of Eden (T&T Records) and The Black Light Bacchanalia (SPV/Steamhammer). The production was a little rough, certainly, and both albums took time to really build up steam, but to me they felt like a genuine, honest exploration of a new direction for the band while building on the past. Nocturnes initially sounds like a retrograde step, but it’s hard to stay disappointed for long once the quality of the song-writing kicks in – DeFeis has gone right back to the basics of his craft here, but kept the lessons he’s learned over the years, making a truly engaging collection of songs that’s both catchy and resonant with the sense of mystery that so much modern Metal is missing. And he still clicks, whistles and squeals like a Heavy Metal Dolphin between verses, which is as charming as it ever was. If the album is longer than it really needs to be… that’s hardly a new problem for the band, but one that the quality of the songs largely counteracts.

Ultimately, exactly how excited you’re going to be about Nocturnes Of Hellfire And Damnation probably depends on how much you’ve been enjoying recent Virgin Steele, but even those disappointed that DeFeis won’t be continuing his journey into symphonic moodiness can’t deny that this is a strong, powerful album of serious Heavy Metal from a band who still stand head-and-shoulders above their peers and the successors alike.

 

7.5/10

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RICHIE HR

 

Music Video: Raven – Battle Marks/Tanks Tread (The Blood Runs Red)

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Raven is streaming the music video for “Battle Marks/Tanks Tread (The Blood Runs Red),” off of ExtermiNation, out now via SPV/Steamhammer.

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Track Listing Digipak:
01: Destroy All Monsters
02: Tomorrow
03: It`s Not What You Got
04: Fight
05: Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
06: Feeding The Monster
07: Fire Burns Within
08: Scream
09: One More Day
10: Thunder Down Under
11: No Surrender
12: Golden Dawn
13: Silver Bullet
14: River Of No Return
15: Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

Pro Pain Releasing Voice of Rebellion on June 23rd

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Pro Pain is releasing their 15th studio release entitled Voice of Rebellion on June 23, 2015 via SPV/Steamhammer in North America. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Corey Williams at Sound Lounge Recordings in Venice, FL.

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Standard Jewel edition
– Limited edition Digipak (with 3 bonus tracks and double sided poster)
– Limited Edition Vinyl LP in red colour
– Download

Track Listing CD DigiPak

1- Voice Of Rebellion
2- No Fly Zone
3- Righteous Annihilation
4- Souls On Fire
5- Take It To The Grave
6- Age Of Disgust
7- Bella Morte
8- Cognitive Dissonance
9- Blade Of The Cursed
10- Crushed To Dust
11- Enraged
12- Hellride
13- DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)
14- Fuck This Life
15- Bonus / Johnny Black 2015
16- Bonus / Stand Tall – Live 2013
17- Bonus / Make War (Not Love) Live 2013

Track Listing Jewel Case
1- Voice Of Rebellion
2- No Fly Zone
3- Righteous Annihilation
4- Souls On Fire
5- Take It To The Grave
6- Age Of Disgust
7- Bella Morte
8- Cognitive Dissonance
9- Blade Of The Cursed
10- Crushed To Dust
11- Enraged
12- Hellride
13- DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)
14- Fuck This Life

Track Listing LP

Side A
1- Voice Of Rebellion
2- No Fly Zone
3- Righteous Annihilation
4- Souls On Fire
5- Take It To The Grave
6- Age Of Disgust
7- Bella Morte

Side B
1- Cognitive Dissonance
2- Blade Of The Cursed
3- Crushed To Dust
4- Enraged
5- Hellride
6- DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)
7- Fuck This Life

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Audio + Lyric Video: Raven – Fight + Destroy All Monsters

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Raven is streaming “Fight,” off of their newly released album Extermination, out now via SPV/Steamhammer  here. They are also streaming a lyric video for “Destroy All Monsters” below.

Track Listing Digipak:
01: Destroy All Monsters
02: Tomorrow
03: It`s Not What You Got
04: Fight
05: Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
06: Feeding The Monster
07: Fire Burns Within
08: Scream
09: One More Day
10: Thunder Down Under
11: No Surrender
12: Golden Dawn
13: Silver Bullet
14: River Of No Return
15: Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)