Norwegian Black & Roll veterans Vreid have announced their participation in the "Songs That Changed the World" project by the Nobel Peace Center and Inferno Metal Festival. The band will be commissioned to interpret and cover a song about freedom of expression. The song is yet to be determined. Vreid will perform this special song and their own material during a show at the Nobel Peace Center on April 7, 2020.
Founder and bass player Hváll comments:
"In Vreid we have always been up for new challenges. It was therefore with huge excitement we took on this task when Inferno Metal Festival and Nobel Peace Center challenged us to do our interpretation of a song that changed the world. Freedom of speech has been relevant since the very beginning of rock, and is just as relevant and important today. A lot has changed since rock 'n' roll was new and rebellious in the 60s, but still today the freedom of speech are controversial and debated, so maybe the world has been at a stand still over the last 60 years. We are thankful for the engagement. Vreid looks forward to dig deep into the rock history of many fantastic songs, and will be ready to perform our song at the Nobel Peace Center in April."
More information on the Nobel Peace Center can be found HERE. Inferno Metal Festival will take place on April 9 - 12, in Oslo, Norway. Find more information on the festival HERE.
English Hard Rock / Heavy Metal crew Collateral have released a music video for their new single “Mr. Big Shot” from their forthcoming debut full-length album, which will be available on February 21, 2020 via Roulette Media Records / Cargo Records UK.
The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/O67NZRS0zck
The exciting and flamboyant rock and roll band are comprised of Angelo Tristan (lead vocals, guitar), Todd Winger (guitar), Jack Bentley-Smith (bass) and Ben Atkinson (drums).
Collateral have been busy in the studio since after the release of the ‘4 Shots!’ EP, Collateral worked relentlessly to keep the momentum going. They won a Camden Rocks Festival competition out of 20,000 bands to play the main stage at the Electric Ballroom on June 1, 2019. A few months later, they won a competition between 40 bands at the Ramblin’ Man Rumble to play the Rising Stage at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival 2019. The band drew the biggest crowd when they played the Rising Stage at Ramblin’ Man.
One of their most exciting achievements for Collateral in 2019, was when they won a competition out of 200,000 entrants to support Jon Bon Jovi on his Runaway to Paradise Mediterranean Cruise departing Barcelona to Majorca on August 26th.
Now, Collateral’s hotly tipped debut album is likely to propel them next level. A lot of people don’t know what to expect from the new album, as the band have been tight-lipped about the new songs. Collateral have created a state-of-the-art rock album that will enable fans to feel the blood, sweat and glory that went into the recording of every song.
Front man Angelo Tristan comments:-
“We wanted to stay away from the normal rules that apply to what you can and cannot put on an album. The album contains all of our inspirations, and nothing’s has been diluted. I’m very influenced by country music which is evident in the song “About This Boy”. Jack is heavily influenced by 80’s rock on tracks like “Mr Big Shot” and “Promiseland”.
One of the more Southern style tracks on the album is “Merry-Go-Round.” It’s a reflection of Todd’s inspiration from bands that include Black Stone Cherry and Cadillac Three. Our drummer, Ben, comes from a far heavier metal background which really gives the songs their powerful edge.
The album is comprised of nine songs – all killer and no filler. The recording of this album was an amazing experience from the get-go. To finally see this record come to life was remarkable. I hope the fans will share the same excitement we had when we made the album. Buckle up. We’re in for one helluva ride!”
Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week are Russian Instrumental Folk Metal / Progressive Hard Rock trio Helena Aleksandre’s (we prefer Avant-Garde Folk Metal).
The group is led by Helena who was born in Kostroma, Russia. She started playing guitar at 15 and took the next 5 years learning to understand her music and discover the talent to create music in her own style. Helena is joined by vocalist Vera Moore who also writes the text for the songs and Stasy Short who plays classical guitar and is also fond of playing bass guitar and synthesizer.
Helena Aleksandre’s music combines several styles. There is no framework for the compositions and the music specifically tries to avoid copying anyone. In any song, you may find a lot of non-recurring moments, which makes each song interesting and makes you want to listen to it several times. Influences include Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Kipelov while the sound has elements of folk, metal and progressive hard rock.
The all female line-up was created a year ago in 2018 with the band accumulated tracks ready for their debut album due to be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records.
Helena Aleksandre’s are:
Helena Aleksandre – Composer/Lyrics/Guitarist
Vera Moore – Vocals/Lyrics
Stasy Short – Guitarist
Band links: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | On Sliptrick
In 2018, Mudd Flux stirred the souls of Mid-America with their debut EP release, MDFX, featuring four tracks including the singles All I Am (Am I) and Beyond Our Horizon. Each track is encompassed by the thunderous, articulate roar of the instruments opening an atmospheric space for soaring, heart-stopping vocals. Written and produced by the group itself, the EP personifies their experiences and talent as a whole, as well as defining an unprecedented tone to forge ahead of the mainstream.
Extensive touring during the “Accelerate From High” tour, introduced the group to multiple cities, diverse audiences and annual festivals. Many of the performances positioned Mudd Flux in support of national acts such as Davey Suicide, Crazytown, Locust Grove, Sons Of Texas and Aranda. By mid-year, their festival performances included Rocklahoma, Twister Fest, Rock the River, Put Up or Shut Up Metal Fest II, SuSpence Fest and the Midwest Legacy Rally.
Moving into 2019, Mudd Flux are just as relentless with their commitment to releasing their first full album via Sliptrick Records, accompanied by continuous touring and festival performances at SXSW and Rocklahoma. The group also have performances as support for the likes of Eve to Adam, UADA and Saxon.
Mudd Flux are:
Becky Scheufler – Vocals
Jason Gautney – Guitar
Richard Young – Bass
Zachary Kuder – Drums
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | On Sliptrick
Influenced by legends like Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and King Diamond, Australia's Greystone Canyon unleashed their Wild West inspired debut album "While The Wheels Still Turn" this past March via Rockshots Records (EU/NA) and Hellfire Records (AU). The album is devoted to the love for old western cowboy films and the images these films conjure, the vast plains, endless horizons and the freedom of the Wild West. Tracked at Goatsound Studios in Melbourne, Australia, and then mixed in Canada, this album is a real rock n’ roll frequent flyer. Mixing duties were undertaken by none other than Grammy nominated producer and legend Glen Robinson, who has engineered, mixed and produced equally legendary acts like Annihilator, Queensryche and Voivod.
Teaming up with Metal-Rules.com, Greystone Canyon is sharing with fans the premiere of their new video "In These Shoes".
The band comments:
"This song is about walking the hard road and never giving up on what you want... no matter the cost... Succeed or die trying. It's a tribute to the human spirit that is within all of us. There's also a little "tip of the hat" to Zeppelin in the lyrics."
Watch "In These Shoes" - http://www.metal-rules.com/2018/06/15/australias-greystone-canyon-premiere-new-video-in-these-shoes/
"While The Wheels Still Turn" is available on www.Rockshots.eu, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
Crossbones, the metal squad from Tirana, Albania, has been nominated in the "Breakthrough European Band" category at the GMA Awards 2017.
Voting is open until December 28, 2017. You can vote here: http://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/gma-awards.html
Winners are announced on December 29, 2017
This is the first time ever that Albania is represented in the international rock / metal scene music awards.
Imminence Records' Australian gothic/industrial hard rock outfit The Creptter Children has released their first music since "Watching You" on Halloween 2016. The band has just premiered the title track from their forthcoming Asleep With Your Devil EP that will be released January 12th on Imminence Records. The forthcoming five track EP will also feature a new version of "Watching You."
"Asleep With Your Devil to me is just the beginning of oeuvre and artistic expression that will follow. This new EP offers fans a tantalising sample of the direction The Creptter Children’s musical journey will take them too in the future. After spending many long nights working very hard in the studio on this EP, I was quite pleased to hear the end result. As an artist I can be my own worse critic and will always pick out my flaws. However, I can say I was rather content with the final product and look forward to the next endeavour. My mind never sleeps and I ‘am putting together new song ideas as we speak.” - Iballa Chantelle (Vocalist)
Check it here:- www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l62_1BEP8s&feature=youtu.be
The Creptter Children are a gothic/industrial hard rock band currently based in Melbourne, Australia. They originated from Perth in 2006 by founding members Iballa Chantelle (vocals/guitars) and N8oR (guitars/synth). They released their debut album, entitled Possessed, back in 2010 before touring in the US during 2011. Shortly thereafter they took a hiatus before reappearing in 2016 and quickly catching the attention of American label Imminence Records. They announced their signing with the release of their “Watching You” music video on Halloween of that year.
Renowned for their catchy hooks and dark fashion sense, which stem from the dark and twisted mind of Iballa Chantelle, the band brings to their fans (also known as “Freaks”) her message of creativity, open mindedness, and positive reflection towards spirituality and the supernatural. With influences from Behemoth, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie while being endorsed by Ibanez Guitars and Vampress Fashion, The Creptter Children are ready to take 2018 by storm with a new EP and a label backing them.
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Swedish rock / metal band, Chronus, have released a music video for ‘Baron’, the song is taken from their self-titled debut album, due out on October 27th, 2017 in Europe on Ellefson Music Productions, aka EMP label group, the label of legendary Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/nd7zO6r4ZoY
After a well-received performance at this year’s Sabaton Open Air, the band are currently preparing for a Scandinavian tour supporting Soilwork and The Unguided.
Hailing from Helsingborg, Sweden, Chronus is an exalted quartet formed in 2015 and led by the Baron. Young, fresh and visionary, they carry the metal torch with astonishing maturity. Delivering a majestic performance filled with striking melodies and hard-hitting riffs, Chronus have been compared to the likes of Mastodon and Gojira. Vocalist / guitarist the Baron, dressed in white, embodies a voice reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne, complementing the work of his three black-clad associates.
Sebastian “The Baron” Axelsson – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Svante Furevi – lead guitar, backing vocals
Oliver Delander – bass, backing vocals
Jonatan Östling – drums
Peruvian Heavy Metal Warriors, Mandragora announce pre-orders for upcoming album & unleash album cover and track list for their upcoming album "Waves OF Steel" to be released on CD & Cassette on INFERNO Records - Set for October 30th 2017.
Mandragora is a Traditional Heavy Metal band hailing from Nuevo Chimbote City in north Peru, South America.
The band was formed back in 2007 by bassist Jorge Mandragora with the arrivals of Pablo Campana (guitar), Fatima Natthammer (Female vocalist) and Beto Alpiscueta (drums). Quickly the band started to develop their own style & compose their own original songs with influences from classic Heavy-Metal & NWOBHM sounds and also started playing live in their home town in local Pubs and Bars like “El Bucanero”, “Dinosaurios”, but also found other stages to burn in the country. In 2010 - after guitarist Herman Gers joined the band - MANDRAGORA recorded its first demo called "Steel Metal" with the help (as producers) of COBRA's guitarist Nito. That demo was then released to 500 copies on Colombian label Hellhoundz Records but also on Peruvian label Capricorn Records as a limited cassette edition to 150 copies.
More live-appearances followed then.. sharing stages with bands like DOMINUS PRAELII, APOCALYPTIC RAIDS, CAUCHEMAR, COBRA, PENTARAM (Chi), ENFORCER, SATAN.... 2013 saw the band entering the studios again to record two new songs for a 7"EP to be released on INKAS NOIZE Records in 2014 - that EP got excellent feedbacks from the underground media & public and in the next weeks (after the band shared the stage with German Metal Queen DORO), the band inked a deal with French record label INFERNO Records. Today the band delivers its best effort to date - the first full-length album "Waves Of Steel" which shows a more mature band with an even bigger potential now ! Get Ready !!
MANDRAGORA's music is best described as Old-School Hard-Rock / Heavy-Metal highly recommended for fans of ACID, ACCEPT, SAXON, IRON MAIDEN, JAGUAR. Bassist Jorge had this to say about their new album:
"Hey brothers! We are very excited to present our debut album "Waves of Steel". This debut album represents the effort of all the members. And it's been two years of hard work and patient waiting, but believe me it's been worth it. We are from a small town, maybe lost on the map but we a breathe Heavy Metal. We are between the sea and steel industries: Nuevo Chimbote city. We want to go out on the road right now to show our music. Right now we are going to tour Peru and some countries in South America. And of course, we hope to get to Europe soon and conquer their scenarios. We will drink tons of beer and Peruvian Pisco to celebrate! Cheers mi brothers and much Metal for your lives !"
About "Waves Of Steel" :
- Recorded in 2015 and Mixed in 2016 in Perú by PAUL PINTO, peruvian Producer at the Quartet Note Studios
- Mastered in 2016 in Denmark by the well known FLEMMING RASMUSSEN, at the Sweet Silence Studios
- Artwork by Juan Camilo Mäzutier > https://www.facebook.com/MazutierArt
MANDRAGORA are :
Fátima Natthammer: Vocals
Jorge Mandrágora: Bass
Herman Roll: Lead Guitars
Paulo Roquet: Rhythm Guitars
Abel Ríos: Drums
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As previously announced, multi-platinum-selling rock band Avenged Sevenfold are expanding their new album The Stage into an evolving body of work by adding a series of new tracks over the course of the coming months. Today sees the release of the album’s latest addition, their rendition of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo” – click HERE to listen and watch the video here: http://A7X.lnk.to/RetrovertigoVideo .
“Retrovertigo” follows the recent release of Avenged Sevenfold’s first-ever Spanish-language release, “Malagueña Salerosa,” a song whose companion video has already amassed over 2 million YouTube views – click HERE to watch. The band recorded both tracks with producer Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool).
"We're massive fans of Mr. Bungle," says vocalist M. Shadows. "'Retrovertigo' is one of their softer songs and a particular favorite of ours and we thought it'd be a fun twist to make a heavy version. We hope this song encourages the uninitiated to dig a little deeper into the brilliant world of Mr. Bungle. Mike Patton is one of the greatest vocalists of our generation and it was pretty daunting for me to sing one of his songs, but we had a great time recording this track. More coming."
The Stage, available HERE, is the band’s 7th studio album and first for Capitol Records. Co-produced by A7X and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), The Stage is a work of immense scope and ambition, featuring 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band’s first thematic release. Its epic 15-minute-plus closing track, “Exist,” features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a spoken word performance he penned specifically for the album.
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