THE WAIT IS OVER! ICONIC ‘TROOPER EDDIE’ comes to Iron Maiden’s Legacy Of The Beast Mobile game ahead of their 2018 European Tour.
Mobile games publisher, Nodding Frog and global rock legends Iron Maiden are proud to announce the arrival of seminal character, ‘Trooper Eddie’ to their award-winning Legacy Of The Beast mobile game.
Modelled on the character from the song, ‘The Trooper’ from 1983’s Piece of Mind album his arrival in the game emphasises the recent announcement that Maiden’s 2018 European Tour is named Legacy Of The Beast and takes inspiration from the mobile game and spin off comic book.
Comments Iron Maiden Manager, Rod Smallwood, “For this tour we decided to base the theme around the 'Legacy Of The Beast' name, which suits our purposes perfectly by giving us scope to play a lot of 80’s favourites and to get creative and have some fun, especially with Eddie! The game has always paid tribute to the recording and touring plans of the band with the timing, characters, worlds and even the launch of the PVP arena all having relevance to what the band were up to at any one time. With ‘The Trooper’ a mainstay of our touring set list for many years now I know our fans will finally love using ‘Trooper Eddie’ in the game. He looks incredible and his special ability is one of the wildest things we have seen in the game so far.”
The Trooper has finally been fully realised within Legacy Of The Beast and true to the lore of the doomed soldiers charging against all odds, he brings a series of team enhancing skills and abilities to make him and his brigade an unstoppable force on the battlefield…
Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast is a definitive experience in the mobile RPG space – taking players on an unparalleled, epic, ever-expanding, gaming journey via their smartphones & tablets.
Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, is available now for free on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
For more information please visit - http://www.ironmaidenlegacy.com
UKEM (United Kingdom Extreme Metal) Records have the following announcement:-
"UKEM Records is 6 years old and it's been quite a journey! So to celebrate, we are offering 6% off all items in the web-store for 6 days plus FREE POSTAGE on everything! It's not much, but it's a small 'THANK YOU' to everyone that continues to support the label and distro. There has been a load of new arrivals and pre-order titles to chose from and remember that we now accept card payments! Thank you to you all - your support is very much appreciated."
THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT....SUPPORT THE UK EXTREME METAL UNDERGROUND
Just in time for the holiday season, Blackened Death Records have begun pre-orders for their latest t-shirt - "In Conspiracy With Santa's Little Helper".
Blackened Death have had a number of popular shirt designs over the last few months including "Stop Supporting Racist Bands", "True Black Metal Weeaboo Trash", and "Heavy Metal Accepts All Sexualities and Genders".
Check out the shirt here.
Metal United World Wide (MUWW) is a project which brings together metal bands, fans, show organisers, media and other supporters for one big event. The idea is to have metal shows all over the world on the same date identified by the same banner. Everybody can be part and shows are individually organized. The aim is to create a world wide feeling of community as well as attract attention to the performing bands who are predominantly underground bands.
A community project needs community support. The project does not charge participation fees but relies on the support of the metal community. Around 20 show organisers have already agreed to put on a show on 5 May 2018 so far and there are a number of others interested. Below this text and at our website is the updated overview: www.metal-united-world-wide.com
Are you a band, show organiser, media representative or other metal institution? Do you already have a show or tour on that date? Do think this is a great project and you would like to get on board? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Everybody is welcome and can join. After all, this is Metal UNITED World Wide!!! \m/
Wacken Open Air has agreed to support our project. Please visit our list of partners to find out who else is on board. The list will be growing rapidly and of course you can be part.
Whatever you do, mark your diaries and be part of something special on May 5th, 2018! \m/
Scandinavia's premiere rock/metal label Mighty Music was established in the autumn of 1997. During the years over 200 albums have been released, countless singles, thousands of songs published, numerous live events and a helluva lot of merchandise. We have worked and still work with artists like Artillery, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Mike Tramp, Solbrud, SEA, No Return, Marco Mendoza, Dim Mak, Panzerchrist, Brutality, Blitzkrieg, Forsaken, Lucer, Black Book Lodge, Thorium, Vanir and lots of other great bands.
This year, they are celebrating our 20 years in the music business with a 2-day anniversary festival, taking place in the heart of Copenhagen at the new venue Halmtorvet 9.
"Alongside the music industry in general, we have had many ups and downs in the history of Mighty Music. From being an all CD focused record company up 'til today when we are embracing the new technology with digital streaming and alternative ways of releasing and promoting artists alongside old school CD & LP releases. I still remember the term "please return my stamps" and still remember all the hard work we put into the label back in the days and still do. I am very proud of the fact that Mighty Music are still around and bigger and stronger than ever. We will gladly take another 20 years in ring.I'm still metal, have long hair and a beautiful wife. My partner in crime, Bjarke Ahlstrand has short hair today, but a beautiful new wife and is still pretty metal :)" Michael H. Andersen, Mighty Music
MIGHTY MUSIC 20 years anniversary festival Line-Up
Friday the 10th of November 2017
INIQUITY (DK) "Serenadium" re-release party. The band is playing their cult album from 1996 from start to finish and some.
THE PETULANT (DK) "Death/thrash metal supreme, recently released their praised album "Dictum".
PARASIGHT (DK) "Crust metal/punk with members from The Kandidate and Pilgrimz".
Saturday the 11th of November 2017
SECRET HEADLINER "Probably the best classic hard rock band out of Denmark and a must see on your bucket list of bands, Robb Weir, Tygers Of Pan Tang".
CHIRO (DK) "Old school thrash metal. Est. in the late 80's and new album "Tunnel" out soon".
JUSTIFY REBELLION (DK) "Young, melodic thrash metal in the vein of early Metallica).
Presenters: Bjarke Ahlstrand & Michael H. Andersen
Tickets are 120 DKK per day and 200 DKK for 2-days. Buy tickets here www.billetto.dk
Help the drummer of Mexico's Cenotaph rebuild his home via a crowdfunding campaign; following earthquake devastation
Note from Transcending Obscurity Records:-
"I'm not representing any band or label here for PR purposes. I'm only trying to help spread the word because someone's home has been destroyed. I hope you don't mind this email, which is to help the drummer of the legendary Mexican death metal band Cenotaph. If you're unaware, you can stream one of their highly acclaimed albums AT THIS LINK. "
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN LINK
"About 'Riding Our Black Oceans', here's a personal note: At first I found it extremely difficult to get into because it wasn't traditional meat and potatoes death metal. What it offered was essentially early At The Gates worship but in an unconventional manner. The vocals are way too coarse but upon multiple listens I found the contrast exhilarating. I could relate to the contrast between the sweet moments aka the melodies and the harsher parts of life. It quickly became a treasured CD in my collection, in India, which meant a lot. Not a lot of people knew this album back in the day but I suppose internet catches up eventually. Please check it out, if only to acknowledge the talent of the band Cenotaph, and of course, to remember the contribution of the drummer Oscar who had his home torn down because of an earthquake. Any contribution is helpful."
Crowdfunding Campaign Link
The timeless legend Elizabeth Bathory, the “Blood Countess,” is the protagonist of Exsanguinata, a new short horror film which just made its world premiere at the New Jerse Horror Con and Film Festival. Directed by Gretchen Heinel and produced by Sabbath Assembly and Saltpeter Filmworks, Exsanguinata stars Jamie Myers and David Christian from Sabbath Assembly, with an exclusive soundtrack by the band, as well.
The film reveals a noblewoman and her devotees perpetuating their power by preying upon her subjects. For each young victim, the rite of adolescence becomes a rite of death. And for the noblewoman—the Countess Bathory—the rite of death becomes a rite of adolescence. Roles reversed, through blood sacrifice.
The film is available on Vimeo On Demand for $1.11 to rent or $4.44 to download. Watch the trailer HERE (warning: NSFW) and find out more about Exsanguinata at its official website HERE.
Chris Kimsey, the man who engineered Frampton comes Alice and has worked on every Rolling Stones album since "Some Girls", is opening the doors to his experience when recording Marillion's "Misplaced Childhood" studio album, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.
He will be hosting the interactive session, which forms part of "The Inside Track" series, at The Indulgence Show, London's newest audio and lifestyle entertainment event returning to Novotel Conference Centre in Hammersmith, on Saturday 30 September in the Bourg Suite, Mezzanine Floor.
Visitors interested in hearing more about the British rock band's most successful album to date can join Chris from 2.00pm - 2.40pm. He will be sharing his insights on how he recorded and produced the ground-breaking album during the spring of 1985 at Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin.
The album, featuring Marillion's two most successful singles, 'Kayleigh' and piano-led 'Lavender', climbed the UK charts and quickly became number one, spending a total of 41 weeks in this position and gaining Platinum status.
Chris' illustrious career has spanned four decades and has seen him work with Led Zeppelin, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Deacon Blue and The London Symphony Orchestra. His journey in the industry began at Olympic Studios in Barnes. His mentor at Olympic was Keith Grant, who taught him everything he needed to know during the daytime film soundtrack sessions for such classics as The Italian Job, Get Carter and The Thomas Crown Affair. During the night-time pop sessions, Glyn Johns helped Chris cut his teeth on albums for The Small Faces and The Eagles.
Vernon Hamblin, producer of The Indulgence Show, says, "Bands don't get much bigger than The Stones, Led Zep and Marillion and Chris has been responsible for much of what we have heard from these giants. It's a pleasure to be able to welcome him again to The Indulgence Show to share his stories from the recording studios with the visitors to the show." He continues, "Bringing names like this to the event puts entertainment and an informative focus right at its heart, moving it away from the traditional static exhibition into something much more interactive and fun - putting the show into The Indulgence Show."
The Indulgence Show, London's newest lifestyle entertainment event, is returning to Novotel Conference Centre in Hammersmith, from 29 September - 1 October 2017, to bring visitors high-end luxury products including cars, motorised recreational vehicles, home entertainment products, headphones and much more. The event, which is designed to appeal to discerning consumers with high disposable income, will be bigger and better than ever with new and exciting exhibitors joining the line-up demonstrating brands such as Sony, Porsche Design; Devialet; Classic Car Club; Ely Gin; PMC; KEF; Vinyl Resellers; Focal and Ross Halfin Photography.
Tickets to The Indulgence Show are on sale now at www.indulgenceshow.com.
Satanism, crime, violence, and suicides: a new book tells the untold story of Finnish black metal, to be released by Svart Records
The Devil's Cradle: The Story of Finnish Black Metal is the definitive history of one of the most uncompromising music scenes in the world: Finnish black metal. Based on over 50 interviews conducted by Helsinki-based journalist Tero Ikäheimonen between 2014 and 2017, the book unravels the story of Finnish black metal from the late 1980s to modern times.
"Countless of books have been written about black metal over the years, but every time, the Finnish scene has remained merely a side note," says Ikäheimonen. "It's an atrocity, since Finland has created some of the world's most renown underground black metal since the beginning; I wanted to fix that. This book is made for the maniacs all over the world."
To be released by Svart Publishing on November 1st, The Devil's Cradle features such bands as Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, Barathrum, Archgoat, Azazel, Diaboli, Darkwoods My Betrothed, Horna, Vornat, Thy Serpent, Wanderer, Urn, Black Dawn, …And Oceans, Musta Surma, Alghazanth, Azaghal, Warloghe, Behexen, Clandestine Blaze, Satanic Warmaster, Ride for Revenge, Goatmoon, IC Rex, Charnel Winds, Cosmic Church, Saturnian Mist, Rienaus, and Abyssion among others.
"It was important for me to base the book on the experiences of true underground spirits - black metal musicians, zine authors, and tape traders," Ikäheimonen says. "Many stories are told for the first time. I wanted to focus on the music, but not forget the darker side of black metal - all the violence, death, and destruction that have ravaged the Finnish scene. It was crucial to include the spiritual and psychological side of black metal, too. Satanism with all its different notions and the occult are present throughout the book."
The Devil's Cradle was first published in Finnish in September 2016 by Svart Publishing (titled Pirunkehto). The English translation features all the original content and two additional chapters. This edition will encompass 500+ pages and be presented in a hard cover. Chapter excerpts will be periodically revealed HERE.
The first ever official Iron Maiden comic book series is coming from leading US science fiction, fantasy and horror publishers Heavy Metal Publishing. The comic books are based on the band’s hit mobile role playing game, Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, where players battle as Eddie across the many worlds of Iron Maiden’s discography, from the ancient sands of Powerslave to the far flung future of The Final Frontier.
Comprising five fantastic issues, with an overarching narrative and incredible illustrations, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast is written by Llexi Leon and Ian Edginton, with art from Kevin J. West, Jason Gorder, and Santi Casas. The first issue goes on sale worldwide from comic retailers everywhere on October 11th, but is available to pre-order online now. See full details below.
The comic book series expands on the video game narrative. As dark forces conspire to corrupt the fabric of reality, Eddie’s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos – leaving a weakened, primal Eddie to battle across space and time facing off against the twisted legions of The Beast, seeking out the lost shards of his soul, and bringing order to the realms. With each victory, and with the aid of old friends, Eddie will restore his fearsome powers as he draws ever closer to facing the Unholy foe behind his fall… and thwarting a plot to unravel all of Creation!
Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal says, “As a lifelong fan of Iron Maiden, it is a privilege to publish the first official comic giving a narrative to their iconic mascot, Eddie. Heavy Metal’s near half-century-long history of either working with or launching the careers of only the most accomplished artists continues here with the amazing team Iron Maiden has working on this series.”
Llexi Leon, Interactive Creative Director at Phantom Music Management says, "After 40 years of unbridled creativity, innovation, and attitude, Heavy Metal has always been a home to the greatest talent in sequential storytelling and fantasy art. With a natural affiliation to the heavy music genre, it's a nexus point for counter culture and alternative arts. I can think of no better partner to explore Iron Maiden's Mythology and expand the Legacy Of The Beast!"
The official launch of the first issue is October 11th - at comic retailers everywhere. However, you can preorder a copy online NOW and get all the action delivered through your mailbox!
USA (East Coast): http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/dp.asp?PRID=IRON+MAIDEN+LEGACY+OF+THE_1665893
USA (West Coast): http://www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/Iron-Maiden-Legacy-Of-The-Beast-1-%28of-5%29-%28Cover-C---Casas%29___549670
Or ask your local comic book shop, quoting the Diamond Order Code for Issue #1: AUG171760
LOTB Volume 1 Release Schedule:
Issue #1 - October 11, 2017
Issue #2 - November 15, 2017
Issue #3 - December 13, 2017
Issue #4 - January 17th, 2018
Issue #5 - February 14th, 2018
Writers: (Story) Llexi Leon, (Script) Ian Edginton
Pencil Artist: Kevin J West
Cover Artist: (A) Santi Casas
Inks Artist: Jason Gorder
Color: Raúl Manriquez
Letters: Jacob Bascle
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