Maynard James Keenan received the Icon Award at Monday night’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods’ ceremony.
The award was presented to Keenan by Daniel P. Carter, host of BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, recognizing a lifetime of contributions to heavy music, with past lifetime achievement winners including Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Lemmy and Alice in Chains. Keenan was celebrated for his work with his trio of bands: A Perfect Circle, Puscifer and Tool.
Keenan is in the midst of a European tour with A Perfect Circle, supporting the band’s recently released album, Eat The Elephant. A Perfect Circle kicks off the first of three consecutive, sold out shows in the UK beginning this evening at the O2 Apollo in Manchester followed by back-to-back performances at the O2 Academy Brixton.
A Perfect Circle tour dates:
June 12 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester SOLD OUT
June 13 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 14 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 16 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 17 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle SOLD OUT
June 20 Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622
June 21 Dessel, Belgium Kastelsedijk
June 22 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 23 Esch-Sur-Aizette, Luxembourg Rockhal
June 24 Dessel, Belgium Graspop
June 26 Paris, France Olympia SOLD OUT
June 28 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid
June 29 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog! My Friend Festival
July 1 Verona, Italy Rock The Castle
October 20 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center
October 22 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
October 24 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheatre
October 26 – 28 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 29 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
October 30 Orlando, FL CFE Arena
November 1 Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
November 2 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
November 3 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena *
November 6 New York, NY The Theater at Madison Square Garden
November 7 Baltimore, MD UMBC Events Center
November 9 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre (WRIF Radio Show)
November 11 Minneapolis, MN Armory (93X Radio Show)
November 13 Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center
November 14 Park City, KS Hartman Arena
November 17 Anaheim, CA The Theatre at Honda Center
November 18 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea
November 20 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
December 2 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Academy
December 3 Manchester, UK Victoria Warehouse
December 5 London, UK Wembley Arena Pavilion
December 7 Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
December 12 Copenhagen, Denmark Forum Copenhagen
December 13 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
December 15 Kraków, Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
December 16 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
December 18 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
December 19 Rome, Italy Palalottomatica
Belgian Metalcore crew Here Stands A Hero sign with Imminence Records; release new single 'I Am Death'
Imminence Records' is pleased to announce the signing of Belgium metalcore outfit Here Stands A Hero. The band has seen the lead single from their forthcoming album premiered. Their label debut, entitled Atheist \ \ Omnist, will be released April 20th with the band hitting the road with Novelists and Landmvrks shortly thereafter.
"We are honoured to be signed to Imminence Records for our upcoming full album album and feel more then confident with the label and the team. We are excited to see what the future brings as a lot of effort has been put in the creation of this album which took almost 2 years. The album is dedicated to the perceptions of religion. We started to dig deep into this pit of religious statements and found ourselves lost in the true meaning of belief. Being hit by numerous violent attacks in the name of religion, it got us thinking. We want to believe religion is a positive thing that brings hope and strength in times needed. We greatly respect these aspects as people need to find this mental state of comfort for themselves.
However, religions also state there is only one right way to believe and other beliefs should be neglected. This is were we see they are wrong. We wanted to write about the positive aspects everyone should dare to see. Atheism is an extreme form that states there is no God, no one to bring or preach destruction and tunnel vision. True atheism accepts the fact that people do believe and doesn’t ignore it’s values. The other extreme side of it is called Omnism. It states to believe and accept all religions. There is no right way to handle all of these conceptions. We tried to figure out the right ways for ourselves, which turned into 'Atheist \ \ Omnist'. This is what we feel in our hearts and minds.” - Kevin Surmont (Guitarist)
Watch 'I Am Death' here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajx8SIIWaXs&feature=youtu.be
Here Stands a Hero is a metalcore band from Lier, Belgium. The band released their debut EP, entitled Hollow Hearts, in early 2016. With this release and their strong live performances they made themselves known and had the opportunity to share the stage with several international bands. They eventually caught the attention of Imminence Records and announced their signing in April of 2018. Being influenced by many different bands and genres, Here Stands A Hero tries to differ themselves from other bands by making music which doesn’t fit just one genre.
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In the run-up to the release of the debut album "Eternal Bloodcult" by Wound Collector May 24th 2018 the band releases its first official video for the song "Divine Music, Unholy Flesh" in high definition (HD).
The album can be pre-ordered, just follow the link below...
Pre-Order "Eternal Bloodcult" HERE...
Wound Collector: Divine Music, Unholy Flesh (Official video) https://youtu.be/dte8ePmwMtM
According to Peter: "The song depicts Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina as a devote Catholic composer. According to the Council of Trento his music was to be considered the highest and purest form of Catholic music. However the 12 popes he served during his lifetime were all engaged in nepotism, the Inquisition, anti-Semitism and indulged in luxury."
Belgium’s epic saxophonised death metallers Wound Collector, are ready to release their full length debut ‘Eternal Bloodcult’ on the masses. The foursome of Peter Verdonck (vocals / saxophone), Kurt Hermans (bass / vocals), Guy Van Campenhout (guitars / vocals) and Ben Van Peteghem (drums) mix an old school death metal vibe with modern accents, a hefty dose of saxophone, triple vocal attacks and progressively brutal songs into a whirlwind of death, negativity and hopelessness.
The music is diverse and challenging while maintaining that catchy vibe. Lyrically, the band centres their songs around moments in history that are often forgotten or neglected, thus unearthing them to a wider audience. The saxophone assaults are more than filler, as Wound Collector uses this instrument to its full potential, therefore becoming a necessary mainstay in all songs, be it in melody, rhythm or lead-shape.
Wormholedeah are proud to announce that Belgian thrash metal combo Basement Critters have signed a worldwide distribution deal for their EP "Hurt Me With The Truth". The band is currently working on a full length album with Carlo Bellotti and Jonathan Mazzeo.
"We have the great honour to work with Wormholedeath Records. Carlo, his crew and Jonathan from Mathlab Recording Studio showed us a future plan, a much bigger picture with opportunities. We will be able to grow in a healthy, creative environment. It just feels right!"
"Hurt Me With The Truth" EP is out on all digital stores via Wormholedeath / The Orchard.
Basement Critters are in the corridors of your basement, creepy and scary, but not inflicting any damage. And as a collective mind, so are we. Like a five legged monster with humanoid features that doesn’t destroy or kill. We grew up in the 90's and want to hold that sound, so no low tuning. All basement critters have a different musical background, a unique approach in music. It made us a collective mind that wants to play hard and send out a clear message.
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Belgium's post-ambient black metallers Soul Dissolution, which comprises members from Marche Funebre, have released the first single from their recently announced new studio album, "Stardust". Entitled "Far Above The Boiling Sea Of Life", the single is available in the form of a static video designed by Marcos Cerutti. LINK: https://youtu.be/wpJPKCN_-SA
"Stardust" will arrive nearly 2 years and 5 weeks since the day its predecessor ("Pale Distant Light ", 2016) came out on Throats Productions . The band's new album release date has been scheduled for the 25th of March with Black Lion Records.
In addition to the new album release a music video has been produced in the cold northern parts of Sweden. The band comments: "Our new album Stardust is a big step-up for us, and this song marks the end of the journey presented therein, a final release from everything. It's one of the faster-paced songs we have written so far, and in addition to our usual influences, it also bears hints to bands like Saor, Ghost Bath, and other actors of the modern-day Atmospheric Black Metal scene. "Far Above the Boiling Sea of Life"is definitely one of our most solid tracks, and we're glad to finally present it to you!"
2018 marks the return of Oxford-based sludge-metal titans Desert Storm as they prepare to follow the release of 2014’s critically-acclaimed ‘Omniscient’ album with their new opus ‘Sentinels’, confirmed for release this coming March 16th via APF Records.
Recorded with engineer Jamie Dodd (Orange Goblin) at Flesh & Bone Studio's, Hackney and tracked by Steve 'Geezer' Watkins at Woodworm studios (which has also been used by legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi), ‘Sentinels’ is a colossal sounding record, it’s ten tracks punching the listener with an oppressive towering monolithic sound that batters, but never dulls the senses.
“This album is a natural progression from our previous releases,” explains guitarist Ryan Cole. “It has the Desert Storm sound, but has moved in a much harder, darker and heavier direction.”
Today we get to hear the first rumblings from ‘Sentinels’ in the shape of ‘Too Far Gone’, a brutal, pounding powerhouse of a track that tackles the bleak subject of excessive binge drinking. “It’s the paradox of hard liquor being both the cause and the remedy of the sickness,” states vocalist Matt Ryan. “Self destruction and punishment of the body. It’s inspired by the tragic tales of Bon Scott and John Bonham, along with fictional characters Ben Sanderson of Leaving Las Vegas and to a lesser extent, Jim Lahey of Trailer Park Boys. It’s a miserable outcome as our song begins with alcoholism and ends in death.”
Stream ‘Too Far Gone’ here: https://soundcloud.com/apf-records/desert-storm-too-far-gone/s-oelmn
Pre-order ‘Sentinels’ here: http://apfrecords.bigcartel.com/
In addition to the album’s release, the band will be hitting the road hard throughout February, March and beyond in the UK and Europe. This is a band that have never been afraid to get in the van and have shared stages with a who’s who of heavy talent over the years, including Karma To Burn, Corrosion Of Conformity, Red Fang, VoiVod, Orange Goblin, Crowbar, Weedeater, Valient Thorr and many more.
Catch Desert Storm live at the following dates in the UK and Europe:
03.02.18 | United Kingdom | Manchester | The Bread Shed
17.02.18 | United Kingdom | Birmingham | o2 Academy
22.02.18 | United Kingdom | London | The Devonshire Arms
23.02.18 | Netherlands | Rotterdam | Baroeg
24.02.18 | Netherlands | Eindhoven | The Jack Cafe
25.02.18 | France | Douai | Red Studio
26.02.18 | Belgium | Antwerp | Kids Rhythm & blues bar
27.02.18 | Germany | Berlin | Urban Spree
28.02.18 | Germany | Weimar | Gerber3
01.03.18 | Germany | Dresden | Chemiefabrik
02.03.18 | Czech Republic | Prague | Theremin
03.03.18 | Poland | Warsaw | Hydrozagadka
04.03.18 | Slovakia | Bratislava | Fuga
05.03.18 | Slovakia | Kosice | Collosseum
06.03.18 | Poland | Katowice | Klub Faust
07.03.18 | Poland | Wroclaw | Black Moon
08.03.18 | Germany | TBC
09.03.18 | Netherlands | Zwolle | Jacks Bar
10.03.18 | Belgium | Brussels | Rock Classic
07.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bradford | Underground
28.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bournemouth | The Anvil
04.08.18 | United Kingdom | Abingdon | Abingdon Town F.C
25.08.18 | United Kingdom | Bolton | Alma Inn
29.09.18 | United Kingdom | Sheffield | o2 Academy
Desert Storm is:
Matt Ryan - Vocals
Chris White - Guitar
Ryan Cole - Guitar
Elliot Cole - Drums
Chris Benoist - Bass
Debut single from Sara Vanderheyden out now via Epictronic / The Orchard
Written and produced by Ville Oravala at Titans Lab Recording Studio.
Additional production: Riccardo Daga
Sara Vanderheyden is a Belgian singer active with various projects.
During 2017 she signed a contract with Epictronic for the production of her debut solo album. Subsequently Finnish songwriter and producer Ville Oravala decided to join the project and support Sara with his unique songwriting and production skills. During the last months of the year Sara recorded some songs at Titans Lab Studio in Italy with the help of Ville Oravala and Riccardo Daga.
This single is the result of this first cooperation.
Video Direction: Nicola Scarpante
Artwork and Photography: Tom Swinnen
Publishing: Carlo Bellotti Publishing / Warner Chappell Holland B.V.
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Russia's leading and finest pagan metal band Arkona, who are set to release their brand new album Khram on January 19th 2018 with Napalm Records, have just unveiled a first teaser and exclusive album preview! Get your ears on this first sneak peak, featuring all tracks from Arkona's upcoming album right HERE!
A Khram, the Russian word for temple, is shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and front-lady Masha`s lyrics, that are written in her own blood (which is also part of the artwork)! Arkona may have used sound samples in their early days, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band's harsh metal tunes: King-sized songs effortlessly shift from blackened pagan metal masterpieces to epic tracks with crystal-clear melodies and piano infusions. So better mark your calendars for January 19th 2018, as Arkona’s Khram is an exuberant and demanding affair that defies genre boundaries with untameable spirit!
Coming as CD Digi Pack, Digital Download and LP Gatefold editions, Khram is now available to pre-order HERE!
In support of their upcoming album, Arkona will be heavily touring in early 2018, including an extensive European tour with Korpiklaani, Heidevolk, Trollfest & many more!
Make sure to catch Arkona live and on the following dates:
01.02.2018 - SI - Winter Days of Metal Festival
02.02.2018 - HR - Zagreb / Boogaloo
03.02.2018 - RS - Novi Sad / SKC Fabrika
04.02.2018 - RO - Cluj Napoca / From Space
08.02.2018 - GR - Athens / Kytarro Live
09.02.2018 - GR - Thesalonniki / Eightball
10.02.2018 - BG - Sofia / Mixtape 5
11.02.2018 - RO - Bucharest / Fabrica
24.03.2018 - RU - Moscow / RED
30.03.2018 - RU - St.Petersburg / Aurora
28.04.2018 - SE - Stockholm Slaughter
with KORPIKLAANI, HEIDEVOLK & TROLLFEST:
15.02.2018 - BE - Antwerpen / Trix
16.02.2018 - DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.2018 - DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 2
18.02.2018 - NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg
20.02.2018 - FR - Paris / Elysée Montmartre
21.02.2018 - FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.2018 - FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.2018 - ES - Madrid / Sala BUT
24.02.2018 - ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.2018 - FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
27.02.2018 - DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.2018 - DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.2018 - CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.2018 - DE - München / Backstage
03.03.2018 - DE - Stuttgart / LKA
04.03.2018 - CH - Pratteln / Z7
05.03.2018 - IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
07.03.2018 - AT - Graz / Orpheum
08.03.2018 - AT - Vienna / SIMM City
09.03.2018 - DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
10.03.2018 - DE - Geiselwind / Musichall
11.03.2018 - DE - Hannover / Capitol
Heidevolk are the true definition of Pagan Metal Brotherhood. These Dutchmen hold up the flag for intelligent and perfectly balanced Pagan Folk Metal like no other.
It’s time to unveil the info on their brand new release and upcoming masterpiece from Heidevolk. Please welcome “Vuur van Verzet" – set to be released on January 12th 2018.
Marvelous riff power, bombastic ensembles and folkloric tunes make up the amazing album that is "Vuur van Verzet”.
The band states:
“Friends, we are excited to announce our long-awaited new album “Vuur van Verzet” (“Fire of Resistance”). An album that catapults you to a battlefield where a failing Roman empire is retreating and Germanic tribes are on the rise to claim back what is theirs. It will guide you through the great migrations and tell the tale of early traditions, gods and nature. We’ve fitted these stories in 11 songs that emphasize the characteristic Heidevolk sound but also underline the progression of our songwriting. Fast metal riffing combined with a our trademark dual male vocals, a 24 piece male choir, various folk musicians, a string ensemble and the raw guest vocals of Primordials’ Nemtheanga make “Vuur van Verzet” an album that shows its teeth..in a bombastic way. Join us, the Pagan Metal Brotherhood is on the rise!”
Take a look at the full track listing, available formats and upcoming tour dates below:
1 CD 6-pages Digipack incl. 24 pages booklet
1 LP Gatefold, black and limited golden vinyl
Ltd Edition Album Bundle incl. 6-pages Digipack, Leather wristband, flag, patch
Digital Album Download
“Vuur van Verzet" is scheduled for a January 12th 2018 release. Pre-Orders are NOW up and ready.
Get your hands on your exclusive pre-order HERE!
Heidevolk will be hitting the road for an European tour run together with their label mates in Arkona as well as Finnish Folk Metal Superstars Korpiklaani & True Norwegian Balkan Metal, Trollfest in 2018. Check out all dates below and make sure to grab your tickets soon:
HEIDEVOLK w/ KORPIKLAANI, ARKONA, TROLLFEST
15.02.18 BE - Antwerp /Trix
16.02.18 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.18 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinehalle 2 *
18.02.18 NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg *
19.02.18 DE - Saarbrucken / Garage **
20.02.18 FR - Paris / Elysee Montmartre
21.02.18 FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.18 FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.18 ES - Madrid / Sala But
24.02.18 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.18 FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
26.02.18 CH - Vevey / The Rocking Chair **
27.02.18 DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.18 DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.18 CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.18 DE - Munich / Backstage *
03.03.18 DE - Stuttgart / LKA *
04.03.18 CH - Pratteln / Z7
05.03.18 IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
06.03.18 AT - Salzburg / Rockhouse **
07.03.18 AT - Graz / Orpheum
08.03.18 AT - Vienna / Simm City
09.03.18 DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser *
10.03.18 DE - Geiselwind / Musichall *
11.03.18 DE - Hannover / Capitol
* extended shows with Black Messiah, Evertale & The Privateers
** no Arkona
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