The undisputed queen of metal Doro hosted the first metal drive-in show last week! Hundreds of her fans celebrated her famous hits including 'Für Immer', 'Love Me In Black' and 'All For Metal'. During the 'All We Are' encore, she climbed down from the stage and sang for fans at their cars whilst they flashed their lights and honked their horns.
"Over the last few weeks I've really missed my fans and also my band. The drive-in show has been a real unique experience and career highlight for me. It feels great to rock out together again. Hopefully, we can soon enjoy normal shows again as well."
Watch the show here: youtu.be/_PpHjFzx8-I
One and a half years after the release of her extremely successful double album Forever Warriors, Forever United, Doro has already started working on material for a new album.
"Since February, I've been back in the studio in the USA. There are some pretty awesome things happening in these writing sessions", Doro reveals.
But fans will be pleased to hear that they don't have to wait for the album release to hear some of the new music Doro has been working on as she plans to release her new single, 'Brickwall' digitally on June 26th 2020 and on vinyl on July 31st 2020.
"Brickwall is a harbinger for the upcoming album that will be released in 2021. I want to give my fans a taste of what it's going to be like - and the song also fits quite well with these dark times. The lyrics are about unbreakable, unconditional love for a person in deep trouble. Even though it isn't always easy to deal with that person, you still do everything to support them and get through the dark times side by side - even if you literally have to tear down walls."
'Brickwall' was recorded in Hamburg with Andreas Bruhn (Ex-The Sisters Of Mercy) and will also be available on gold and silver 7" vinyl, limited to 300 copies each.
"The b-side will feature a great live version of 'Soldier Of Metal'. The song was recorded during our recent Forever Warriors tour in winter, where the song was celebrated by the fans every single evening. It's supposed to help fans remember the feeling of a live show and raise anticipation for the next tour, that can hopefully start this autumn."
Pre-add / pre-save the single digitally: nblast.de/DoroBrickwallPreSave
Pre-order the vinyl here: nblast.de/Doro-Brickwall
Imperial Age are happy to announce their first 120-minute online show streaming from the heart of Russia - Moscow! Tune in for full two hour set plus exclusive extras at 6:00pm UK on Saturday April 25, 2020
Tune in here: http://www.imperial-age.com/stream/
Due to the current events connected with COVID-19 and postponed UK tour dates till September, the band have made a decision to play a big online gig for those who are spending their time in self-isolation, but still want to take part in worldwide metal events and keep rocking.
Explosive guitar riffs, powerful voices and beautiful ladies will capture your attention on Saturday April, 25 at 19.00 CET (6 pm GMT).
Each of you has a unique opportunity to join the stream and become a part of an exclusive metal event while enjoying a spectacular show of Russian Symphonic Metal.
Imperial Age will introduce their new songs from the upcoming album for the first time and all the hits from the previous ones. Between the songs the members of the band will answer the most intriguing questions from the online chat, share their reflections on the current situation in the world and tell you about their future plans.
Don‘t miss a chance to see your favourite band and to spend an unforgettable night with Russian divas and metalists!
The admission is absolutely free of charge! You can make your donations before, during and after the show and support the band.
The #NapalmSofaSeries continues
On Sunday, April 5th, 07:00 PM CEST, Hungarian groove/thrash metal icons Ektomorf strike back with an exclusive streaming concert, live on Facebook. Over the course of the past twenty-six years and uncountable worldwide live shows, Ektomorf have established themselves to a powerful position in the metal scene – due to the current health situation, the time is just right to transfer their energetic performance to the web. As a part of the #napalmsofaseries, this is the perfect event for every fan of earthshaking grooves paired with thrilling guitar riffs and Zolis incredibly dynamic voice!
Click here to join the SHOW!
Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas states:
"We are very proud to be part of the #NapalmSofaSeries! Our upcoming set-list is based on wishes from our fans and we are happy to present songs we haven't played for a long time. Even though live shows are our main source of income and some gigs have already been cancelled or postponed, we decided to do a live stream concert without asking our fans for donations to help us through this rough times. This special show is a big "thank you" to our fans for their support over the past years"
Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas – vocals, guitars
Simon Szebasztián – guitars
Csaba Zahorán – bass
Kálmán Oláh – drums
Dubai-based extreme metallers will be supporting Sepultura in Dubai, UAE!
Commented the band:-
"We are truly proud and honoured to support Brazilian Thrash Metal legends Sepultura live in Dubai at the Hard Rock Cafe Dubai on May 2nd, 2019! Mark your calendars Dubai and let's open up those pits!!!"
Buy Tickets here
London's Formicarius joins Devilment for a fiendishly festive December show at the Camden Underworld
The fiends of Formicarius have been invited to join Dani Filth’s Devilment for an evening of quintessentially English black metal at the Camden Underworld, on Sunday December 10th.
Formicarius will offer up a selection of dark delights from their Black Mass Ritual debut, before Nuclear Blast recording artists Devilment invite the assembled hordes to revel in the wickedness of The Mephisto Waltzes.
Formicarius launched their Black Mass Ritual album at the Underworld with a triumphant show alongside Tengger Cavalry and cannot wait to return to what is fast becoming a favourite venue for the performance of their black incantations.
There can surely be no finer diabolical pairing than the Cradle Of Filth frontman’s gothic horror show of Devilment and the wild, symphonic darkness of Formicarius. A savagely splendid way to kick off the festive season we’re sure you’ll agree...
’Twas the Friday before Christmas, when all over the ’farm,
instead of turning in early, we raised the alarm,
A concert would be held, in ol’ Camden Town,
Dress in denim ‘n’ leather, no need for a gown,
But who was the host of this festive soirée?
Orange Goblin of course, for their annual partayyyy…!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year, Orange Goblin invite you to their annual evening of stoner metal merriment at the Electric Ballroom in Camden Town, North London on Friday, December 22nd.
As is tradition, they’ll be bringing along some Evil Elves to help spread the festive cheer, and 2017’s Special Guests are none other than Karma To Burn, Black Moth & Riddles.
“It’s that time of year again, when we get to unleash a little bit of Heavy Metal festive cheer,” proclaims Orange Goblin front-man Ben Ward. “We are very excited to announce this year’s show, back at the trusted Electric Ballroom in Camden on Friday, December 22nd, and we have an amazing array of support bands to make this a very special Christmas show.
First up, there’s London’s own retro firecrackers, Riddles, who are sure to get things moving with their groove-laden mix of Sabbath and Hawkwind. Next up, there’s the awesome Black Moth, who are always devastating live and have just recorded what will surely be one of the albums of 2018. Then, as main support, we have a real treat for everyone with a very rare UK appearance from our old friends from West Virginia, the legendary Karma To Burn. Not forgetting ourselves, of course!
We’ve been very busy this year, playing festivals all over the world, and at the same time writing material for a new album, which will be recorded in January 2018. Who knows, we may even play a couple of brand new songs as an early Christmas present?? See you there, folks!”
Having survived the summer festivals, Orange Goblin round off the year with a handful of headline shows in Ireland, plus festival appearances in Greece, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the UK. November will see them return to the US for an exclusive one-off performance opening the main-stage at the biggest heavy metal festival in America: Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.
Tickets for the Orange Goblin Electric Ballroom event go on sale on Friday, September 29th at 10am.
Irish metal three-piece Dead Label have today, announced a special London UK showcase performance for fans and industry professionals in Camden’s Black Heart on October 3rd. Tickets on sale now via Music Glue priced £5.00.
Following a busy Summer schedule with shows at Download UK, German dates with Nervosa as well as festival dates across mainland Europe, Dead Label are finally bringing their intense live show to London for a one-off exclusive showcase performance.
Having released their smash-hit video for ‘Pure Chaos’ earlier this year, the Celbridge-based metal band have been winning over legions of fans on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks to their infectious blend of formidable riffs and crushing grooves.
Check the out the video for "Pure Chaos here!
With a considerable amount of road experience under their collective belts, including 2014’s Japanese tour, 2015’s North American tour, 2016’s European tour with Fear Factory, as well as Irish dates with Machine Head, Gojira, Raging Speedhorn and notable festivals such as Bloodstock Open Air, Download UK, Metal Days to name but a few, Dead Label continue their quest in becoming one of metals hardest working unsigned bands.
Hand-picked by Live Nation’s Andy Copping for this year’s Download UK Festival, as well as appearing in Metal Hammer’s 'Hot New Bands’ feature in their December 2016 issue, to which Dom Lawson described the band as ‘A punishing groove metal monster with a thrash heart and a hardcore soul’ Dead Label have proved themselves to be one of metal’s most talked about unsigned bands and if you’ve seen them live, you will understand why that has come to be.
With Irish dates confirmed with SiKth this December and Hammerfest UK in March 2018, this will be the bands only London show for 2017 as they continue to write the follow-up to ‘Throne of Bones’.
Italian Gothic Metallers Lightless Moor are confirmed to support the Finnish Folk Metal Lords Korpiklaani and Iceland's Metallers Skalmöld on their shows in Tallinn and Riga, see the details below.
at Rockclub Tapper - Tallinn, Estonia
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/892860097485784/
at Melna Piektdiena - Riga
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1148740015198418/
Lightless Moor's new album “Hymn for the Fallen” is out via Wormholedeath / Aural Music Group through worldwide digital market and CD. Watch “Qualcosa Vive Attraverso” official lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqGvULr4GaU
Legendary pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal Fear Factory are very pleased to announce they will be playing an intimate Bloodstock warm-up show at the Concorde 2, Brighton on August 12th.This performance will precede their highly anticipated appearance at renowned Catton Park based metal festival; Bloodstock Festival, on August 13th where they will be playing the main stage alongside the likes of Gojira, Mastodon & Paradise Lost.
You can purchase tickets for Fear Factory’s intimate Brighton show here:
Fear Factory @ Concorde 2, Brighton – August 12th
Fear Factory are still celebrating the release of critically acclaimed 9th studio album, ‘Genexus’, which was released in August 2015 via Nuclear Blast.
The record was produced by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares, (and co-produced by Rhys Fulber) with mixing handled by famed British producer and engineer, Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Testament, Exodus, Machine Head). It is the sound of Fear Factory in-extremis, the concrete-breaking staccato riffs that open the record with 'Autonomous Combat System' to the soaring melodies of 'Dielectric' to the album’s elegiacal closer, 'Expiration Date.'
It is an unforgiving and unforgettable statement from a band that has long pushed the boundaries of extreme music.
By Ali Nichol-way
It seemed like the cosy venue that The Brickyard was famous for became a calling beacon for all metal fans throughout Cumbria. With what seemed like half of Carlisle queuing at the doors, this was a highly anticipated show that many still didn’t believe was actually happening. When the show was announced on March 31st 2014, many thought it was an early April Fools. After all, Dragonforce is a huge international band who have played alongside the likes of Iron Maiden to sold out arenas; so it’s with some disbelief they were playing this 500 capacity venue which is not in the most notable city in the UK. However this tour is in promotion of their new album "Maximum Overload". Playing in over 20 cities on this tour, their tagline of “this time it’s personal” is very apt, with the intimate shows allowing them to connect with their fans on a personal level.
Neonfly opened the night with their classic Power Metal sound that is already fit to fill arenas. Their opening song, 'Ships Without Sails', has a pitch perfect delivery but was received with some lethargy from the audience, whilst 'Enemy' brought and created some headbanging, and fist pumping from the slowly warming-up crowd. This may have been due to Willy Nortons infectious energy as he bounced around the stage, shamelessly dancing before making lots of eye contact with the crowd, letting them know that this is their performance as much as Neonfly's.
They brought an onslaught of metal after playing three songs in a row without a break. 'Spitting Blood', 'Ornament' and 'Things That Go Bump' go down a storm as members jumped on to the barrier and into the crowd. The heavy machine gun-like double bass kicked off a frenzy, whilst the triple threat of the guitars lead for the perfect intro, simultaneously showing why they are much more than just your average support band. They ended their set with their biggest single 'Morning Star', which created a cacophony of hand clapping and fist pumping.
Before they had even left people started pushing forward and chants for Dragonforce began. As they had never played Carlisle before, this was a new experience that the dedicated fans were sure to make the most of. You could barely hear their atmospheric, electronic entrance music over the thunderous applause of the crowd. This was met with some disappointment as Marc Hudson's vocal were a fuzzy mess due to the outdated P.A. system. However this was soon made up for by the brutal guitar and keyboard solos which, after the success of Guitar Hero, is the main attraction.
Before the tour, Dragonforce had asked fans what songs they wanted to hear live, essentially allowing them to build the set list themselves. When Hudson said this, chants of 'Three Hammers' had begun before he’d got half way through the sentence. Sure enough 'Three Hammers' was next much to the fans glee as they clapped in time and sang along word for word. During Herman Li's mind blowing guitar solo a circle pit erupted as the slowly building tune reached its peak. This lead them headfirst into 'Black Winter' and 'New Song Season'. You could see that they were trying, and succeeding, to make it as personal as possible, however some grabby fans were pushing the limits as one tried to take Li's guitar from him while he was playing.
Their 90 minute set comprised of many guitar battles between Li and Totman, getting more and more wilder as the show progressed. Li’s little kicks and tricks proved what a guitar playing god he was a he tackled complex melodies with smug ease. As they left the stage, “One more song” chants echoed around the room, goading them into coming back on stage for an encore, which was received with deafening applause.
After giving a brief introduction about how they wanted to play a cover, they went into the most brutal cover of 'Ring of Fire' by Johnny Cash that has ever been conceived. This was added too by their amazing light display that looked like Kit from Knightrider on steroids. After telling fans there was a free meet and greet after the show they played what every fan in that room had been waiting for; 'Through The Fire And The Flames'. This was the perfect end to the night as the room erupted into musical chaos. This once again proves that Dragonforce is a band that everyone should witness live at least once in their lives.
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