Striker Wins The 2020 JUNO Award Metal – Hard Music Album Of The Year!

Powermetal loving Canadian band Striker has won The 2020 JUNO Award for Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year for their album Play To Win (Record Breaking Records/Independent). The Awards show was streamed live on TV and online. The other nominees in a talented and competitive field were Lindsay Schoolcraft (ex Cradle of Filth) for Martyr (Cyber Proxy), Kobra And The Lotus Evolution (Napalm/The Orchard), and Single Mothers Dine Alone Through A Wall (The Orchard). Artists who released albums between September 1, 2018 and November 8, 2019 were eligible for nominations. Continue reading

The 2020 JUNO Awards will Livestream Their 2020 Ceremony Tonight!

The 2020 JUNO Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards) live ceremony was postponed this spring due to the coronavirus. Tonight the awards show will announce all of their winners, including the award for Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year. The nominees are Lindsay Schoolcraft (ex Cradle of Filth) for Martyr (Cyber Proxy), Kobra And The Lotus Evolution (Napalm/The Orchard), Single Mothers Dine Alone Through A Wall (The Orchard), and StrikerPlay To Win (Record Breaking Records/Independent). The JUNO Awards are set to be hosted by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alessia Cara will host the show, which will be broadcast live on CBC. Artists who released albums between September 1, 2018 and November 8, 2019 were eligible for nominations. Continue reading

Lindsay Schoolcraft is Nominated for the 2020 JUNO Awards, New Album “Martyr” Out Now!

Cradle of Filth keyboardist and vocalist Lindsay Schoolcraft has been nominated for the 2020 JUNO Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards) for her debut album Martyr! Martyr released on October 7th via her label, Cyber Proxy. Martyr is nominated for the Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year along with other contenders such as Kobra And The Lotus Evolution (Napalm/The Orchard), Single Mothers Dine Alone Through A Wall (The Orchard), and StrikerPlay To Win (Record Breaking Records/Independent). The JUNO Awards are set to be held on Sunday, March 15 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alessia Cara will host the show, which will be broadcast live on CBC. Artists who released albums between September 1, 2018 and November 8, 2019 were eligible for nominations. Lindsay commented: Continue reading

Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker From The Front Row In Florida

Dark Tranquillity kicked off their North American headlining tour with Warbringer and Striker last night in Florida, and we have exclusive video from the show for your viewing and head banging pleasure today. Continue reading

Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker Tour Dates

Dark Tranquillity promised that they would return to North America this year, and they have kept their word. The Swedish legends will be headlining a massive North American tour here in September and October, with support coming from Warbringer and Striker. Continue reading

Striker – Stand In The Fire

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I’ve always enjoyed the era from eighties to the early nineties when it comes to metal. It was truly a period that defined itself as a sound between the guitar squeals and vocal screams. As time went on there’s been a lot of material that has come out that has been amazing, but seemed to have abandoned the old sound and feel. Now enter Stand In The Fire (Record Breaking Records), the latest release by Striker from Edmonton. From the opening drums of ‘Phoenix Lights’, there is no mistake that their intention is to make you fall in love with metal all over again.

The title track ‘Stand In The Fire’ leaps from the speakers like frontman Dan Cleary himself leaps and bounds energetically across the stage. ‘The Iron Never’ Lies kicks off with precision juggling between drummer Adam Brown and guitarist Tim Brown. In the all instrumental track ‘Escape From Shred City’, Tim even gives both Steve Vai and John 5 a run for their money on the fretboard. ‘United’ fires off as a war cry piercing the soul with the message that nothing has or will tear them apart. This track is the crown jewel of the album.

Finishing as strongly as they started ‘One Life’ dizzies the senses vocally and instrumentally until the last note fades away. While the older metal sound may seem less relevant to some of the newer metal heads, most will appreciate having the classic sound still around and being done right. I know I certainly do.

6.5/10

VINCENT RENN

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Audio + Tour: Primal Fear – Bullets and Tears + Tour Dates

Photo Credit: Alex Kuehr Photography

Photo Credit: Alex Kuehr Photography

German power metallers Primal Fear is streaming “Bullets & Tears,” off of their new studio album Rulebreaker in North America on January 29, 2016 via Frontiers Music Srl below. The band has also released their touring schedule for early 2016.

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With Brainstorm & Striker
Feb 05: Razzmatazz 2 – Barcelona (ES)
Feb 06: Garaje – Murcia (ES)
Feb 07: Arena – Madrid (ES)
Feb 10: Divan Du Monde – Paris (FR)
Feb 11: Kabana – Siegburg (DE)
Feb 12: Nove Chelmince – Prague (CZ)
Feb 13: LA Café – Cham (DE)
Feb 14: Logo – Hamburg (DE)
Feb 16: Musikzentrum – Hannover (DE)
Feb 17: Garage – Saarbrücken (DE)
Feb 18: LKA – Stuttgart (DE)
Feb 19: Z7 – Pratteln (CH)
Feb 20: Backstage – München (DE)
Feb 21: Barba Negra – Budapest (HU)
Feb 23: Szene – Vienna (AT)
Feb 24: TBA – Cracow (PL)
Feb 25: K17 – Berlin (DE)
Feb 26: Posthalle – Wuerzburg (DE)
Feb 27: Turock – Essen (DE)
Feb 28: Biebob- Vosselaar (BE)

North American Co-Headline Tour With Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody:
Apr 26: Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
Apr 28: Stage 48 – New York, NY
Apr 29: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 30: Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
May 01: Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
May 03: Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
May 04: Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
May 05: Granada Theatre – Kansas City, MO
May 06: Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
May 08: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 09: Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
May 11: RockBar – San Francisco, CA
May 12: The Grove – Los Angeles, CA
May 13: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
May 14: Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
May 15: Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
May 17: Trees – Dallas, TX
May 18: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
May 20: The Haven – Orlando, FL
May 21: Orpheum – Tampa, FL
May 22: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
May 24: Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
May 25: Upstate Concert Hall – Albany, NY
May 26: Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
May 28: Palladium – Worcester, MA
May 30: Club Soda – Montreal, QC
May 31: Imperial – Quebec City, QC
Jun 01: Mod Club – Toronto, ON

Free Download: Happy Metal Annihilation Vol 5

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Asher Media Relations has a new holiday sampler Happy Metal Annihilation Vol. 5 available as a free download below.

The track listing is as follows:
01: Accursed Spawn – Clotheshanger Abortion
02: Adrenechrome – The Lead Elephant
03: Aggression – Cut Your Sins Off (Galy Records)
04: Arrival Of Autumn – Like Fire
05: BLEED – Hate March Kill
06: BornBroken – A Nation of Ignorance
07: Cryptic Hymn – Revel In Disgust
08: Defect Designer – Crusaders (Sleaszy Rider Records)
09: Display of Decay – Created To Kill
10: Elderoth – Black And Blue
11: Éohum – Equatorial Rains
12: [Evertrapped] – Palace of Injustice (Hellstorm Recordz)
13: Evilheart – Decimated Opposition (Test Your Metal Records)
14: Exes For Eyes – Done For Good feat Speed Strid of Soilwork
15: Fall City Fall – Love And Art
16: Fallen Angels – Nightmare (Cyberdyne Records)
17: False Flag – Nest Of Vipers
18: FUCK THE FACTS – Solitude (Noise Salvation)
19: Gomorrah – A Disaster’s Nightmare (Test Your Metal Records)
20: Haiduk – Syth
21: Helleborus – Coils
22: Hibria – Pain (Test Your Metal Records)
23: id. – Sagittarius A
24: Infalling– Distorted Visions
25: Inverted Serenity – Everscending
26: Keychain – Shock Rock City
27: Leave The Living – Word of a Whore
28: Meridius – Walk the Plank
29: MUTANK – Corporate Child
30: New Jacobin Club – Parade of Innocents (Manticore Music Group)
31: Odium – Return to Form
32: Psychostick – Obey The Beard
33: Puttin’ On The Foil – Giver To The Liver
34: Pyramids On Mars – Heaven’s Gate
35: Saints of Death – Blood Vendetta
36: Scissortooth – 10 30 (Galy Records)
37: Seven Year Storm – Dyatlov
38: Silent Line – Black and White
39: Striker – Too Late
40: The Apex – Glass Walls
41: The Order of Chaos – Apocalypse Moon
42: Them County Bastardz – No Easy Way
43: Titans Eve – War Path
44: Train Bigger Monkeys – Lack of Morality
45: Tylor Dory Trio – Time The Beholder
46: Van Halst – Save Me
47: Vantablack Warship – The Pit
48: Vesperia – The Western Tempests
49: WILT – Illusion of Hope (Bindrune Recordings)
50: Windy City Slaughter – A Grave For Two
51. XUL – Orbit of Nemesis

Music Video + Tour: Striker – Too Late + Euro Tour With Primal Fear

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Edmonton metallers Striker is streaming their music video for “Too Late,” off of their forthcoming album Stand In The Fire, out on February 6, 2016 below. The band will be supporting Primal Fear on an upcoming European tour.

Feb 05: Razz 2 – Barcelona (ES)
Feb 06: Arena – Madrid (ES)
Feb 07: Garaje – Murcia (ES)
Feb 10: Divan Di Monde – Paris (FR)
Feb 11: Kubana – Siegburg (DE)
Feb 12: Nove Chelmice – Prague (CZ)
Feb 13: L.A. Café – Cham (DE)
Feb 14: Logo – Hamburg (DE)
Feb 16: MusikZentrum – Hannover (DE)
Feb 17: Garage – Saarbrucken (DE)
Feb 18: LKA – Stuttgart (DE)
Feb 19: Z7 – Pratten (CH)
Feb 20: HM’s Calling – Munchen (DE)
Feb 21: Barba Negra – Budapest (HU)
Feb 23: Szene – Wien (AT)
Feb 24: TBA – Cracov (PL)
Feb 25: K17 – Berlin (DE)
Feb 26: Posthalle – Wurzburg (DE)
Feb 27: Turock – Essen (DE)
Feb 28: Biebob – Vosselaar (BE)

Obey The Brave, Ken Mode, etc Confirmed For Loud As Hell Metal Festival

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The 2015 Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival will be held at the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds in Drumheller, Alberta from July 31 – August 2, 2015

Obey The Brave
Striker
Ken Mode
West of Hell
Death Toll Rising
Villainizer
Xul
Tyrants Demise
Without Mercy
Slagduster
Planet Eater
Bleed
Stab Bleed Pull
Leave The Living
Kryposphere
Black Pestilence
Dahlmers Realm
Every Hour Kills
Iron Storm
Revenger
Caveat
The Dead Cold
WMD
Die Upon A Dead
Hellborn Death Engines
Avulsion
Burning Effigy
Maimed Wolf
Unity Through Tragedy
Statue Of Demar

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