_Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, JON OLIVA'S PAIN) will be the featured guest on "Play The Pawn", the new single from Syrian metallers THE HOURGLASS. In addition, THE HOURGLASS will open for JON OLIVA'S PAIN on June 26 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Commented THE HOURGLASS guitarist Rawad Abdel Massih:
"We are extremely honored to announce that the Mountain King, Jon Oliva, the mastermind and the voice of the legendary SAVATAGE, will appear as a very special guest in our new single, 'Play The Pawn', that will be released in nearly 3-4 weeks, And on the 26th of June, we will be opening the show for JON OLIVA'S PAIN in Dubai, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of metal masterpiece 'Hall Of The Mountain King'. This is a huge news for us and we can't thank enough Jon Oliva for accepting to work with us. This is the biggest step in our life."
Added THE HOURGLASS manager Sharbel Kanoun:
"The band wanted to record a new song with guest vocal and the idea came with the show opening for JON OLIVA'S PAIN in Dubai. Christopher Kinder [JON OLIVA'S PAIN drummer] was very helpful and he is putting everything together. We are now in the process of recording the instrumental and the song will be ready soon. This is the first time in the Middle East and Syrian history that a legend such as Jon Oliva appears on a song for a Syrian band, so we are extremely proud of this project. We are very grateful to Jon and Chris to give us this opportunity."
_Chilean metallers Six Magics have renewed their deal with Coroner Records for the release of their brand new album "Falling Angels" scheduled for release on July 2nd 2012.
The female fronted quintet presents a new long and intense chapter of classic heavy metal mixed with epic, symphonic, power and progressive influences, for an over 60 minutes trip into Six Magics' world.
The cover artwork was created by Machine Room Deisgn (My Dying Bride, Dawn of Ashes, Dope Stars Inc. and more).
1. Another Name
2. Falling Angels
4. Dreamer (B:O:M)
5. Do You Remember?
6. Sick & Tired
7. Icy Lips
8. Start Another War
12. How To Live
13. I Know
The live video of "Another Name" can be seen here
_The new album "Clash of the Gods" from Germany Heavy / Power Metallers Grave Digger will be released at the end of August! To ease the anticipation, fans may want to check-out the brand-new released MCD "Home at Last". Pre-Order the MCD Here
Home at Last MCD
1. Home at Last (Extended Version)
2. Rage of the Savage Beast (Non Album Track)
3. Metal Will Never Die (Non Album Track)
4. Excalibur (Live in Wacken 2010)
5. Ballad of a Hangman (Live in Wacken 2010)
6. Heavy Metal Breakdown (Live in Wacken 2010)
_Canadian Metallic Hard Rock band FAMOUS UNDERGROUND featuring ex-Slik Toxik singer (Juno Award winner) Nick Walsh signs management deal with Germany’s ROCK N GROWL MANAGEMENT.
Video trailer for the upcoming video ‘Dead Weight‘ can be viewed here.
Nick Walsh – vocals, guitars
Laurie-Anne Green – Bass
Rick Corvese – Guitars
Darren Boyd – Guitars
Desche Sparboom – drums.
Nick says of the signing
"we have been building relations with Axel for the past year and we all felt that the timing was right for us to finally seal the deal. We are totally pumped to have his passion and knowledge within the F.U. family."
‘We have never had the right opportunity before to bring our brand of metal to the European market,’Laurie-Anne states. ‘The anticipation of playing on the European stages is very exciting to us and we are ready to come over and rock out.’
_ Beginning July 17, 2012, the fearless metal pentad fronted by Jill Janus, whom LA Weekly named “It Girl in metal,” will be direct support on Wretched’s 17-city tour.
Huntress released their debut album 'Spell Eater' on May 8, 2012 via Napalm Records. The album, which Metal Hammer calls “a magical debut from the hottest new act of 2012,” was recorded last fall in Los Angeles and was produced by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom and Skeletonwitch). The music video for the album’s title track sums up the band at its core: true to the roots of melodic heavy metal with a penchant for thrash, death and black metal. To view the video, click here:
July 14; San Francisco, CA; Tidal Wave Festival at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater (**Huntress only)
July 17; Fort Collins, CO; Hodi’s Half Note
July 18; Denver, CO; Moe’s
July 19; Ogden, UT; The Basement
July 21; Tacoma, WA; Hell’s Kitchen
July 22; Seattle, WA; El Corazon
July 24; Stockton, CA; Plea for Peace Center
July 26; Walnut Creek, CA; Red House
July, 27; Las Vegas, NV; Cheyenne Saloon
July 29; Tempe, AZ; Rocky Point Cantina
July 30; El Paso, TX; Lips Lounge
July 31; Austin, TX; Dirty Dog Bar
August 2; Waco, TX; Beatnix Burger Barn
August 3; San Antonio, TX; White Rabbit
August 4; Shreveport, LA; The Riverside Warehouse
August 6; Fayetteville, AR; Rogue
August 8; Knoxville, KY; Long Branch Saloon
August 9; Spartanburg, SC; Ground Zero
August 10; Jacksonville, NC; Hooligans
August 13; Brooklyn, NY; Saint Vitus (**Huntress only)
August 14; Worcester, MA; Upstairs at the Palladium (**Huntress only)
August 15; Philadelphia, PA; Gunners Run (**Huntress only)
August 16; Cleveland, OH; Pirates Cove (**Huntress only)
August 17; Chicago, IL; Cobra Lounge (**Huntress only)
August 18; Detroit, MI; I-Rock Nightclub (**Huntress only)
Bison B.C. will be embarking on a short tour of western Canada at the end of June and beginning of July. The tour follows plans to record their third album for Metal Blade Records. Recording officially began on June 2nd with acclaimed producer Sanford Parker at Soma and Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago. Parker is best known for his work with bands suchs as Yob, Pelican, Rwake, Yakuza, Nachtmystium, Zoroaster, Unearthly Trance, and more.
Vocalist / guitarist James Farwell comments:
"After slaving over these songs since last summer we have finally set up a hobo camp in Chicago to record with Sanford Parker. First at Electrical Audio then to Soma. Feels good to be away from home to make this record; new environment, new places to drink, it's good for us. It's also exciting because this will be our first recording with our newest idiot, Matt Wood, playing drums. Special thanks to Matt for topping up our idiocy."
"In keeping with my idiot life it seemed very natural to join these other idiots, and make a mother fucker of a record".
Catch Matt Wood, James Farwell, Dan And, and Masa Anzai at the shows listed below after they emerge from the studio.
06/29 Fernie, BC The Northern
06/30 Calgary, BC Republik
07/01 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop (Canada day show!)
07/20 Vancouver, BC The Vogue w/ 3 Inches Of Blood
Arctic Spirits who are a Heavy Metal band hailing from Greenland have released this new music video which is called "Assiliarsuaq" and comes from their sophomore album “Iluliarsuit Akornanni”.
“Iluliarsuit Akornanni” can be purchased here.
The bands first album "Pissutsit" can be purchased here.
_Pump, the German Hard Rock mob featuring ex-Brainstorm singer Marcus Jürgens, have entered Studio 22 to record their fourth album “Waiting For The Rapture” due for release later in 2012. New video footage from of the recording sessions can be viewed here.
The bands rough mix of the new song “Halo (I Don’t Care)“ can be heard here.
Marcus Jürgens – Vocals (Brainstorm, Kashmyr)
Marcel “Selly” Bernhardt – Guitars (Tales Of Sorrow, Unfroynd)
Michael Vetter – Bass (Watch Me Bleed, Chinchilla, Outrage, Unfroynd)
Axel “Aki” Reissmann – Guitars (Downspirit, Hazy Shade)
Andreas Minich – Drums (Unfroynd)
_ Sweden-based Heavy metallers Katanaare having their album “Storms of War” exclusively streamed on the Terrorizer website. Check it out!
2011 was a busy year for the band. Since the release of their debut album "Heads Will Roll" last spring, Katana not only found time to tour with both the likes of Where Angels Suffer, featuring Chris Holmes and Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) and American metal legends Lizzy Borden. They also entered the studio to record their second album, entitled "Storms of War". Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Katana has been around for several years and has already made a great name for themselves in the underground metal scene of Sweden and Europe.
In 2010, the band won the prestigious Wacken Metal Battle which earned them a slot at the Wacken Open Air, as well as the Sweden Rock Festival. Their debut album has been critically acclaimed all over the world, and Malcolm Dome of Classic Rock Magazine wrote: "This quintet will make a significant mark. This debut is only the beginning of what should be a thrilling march".
With the new album, "Storms of War", produced by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque,the bandmean to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that classic heavy metal in the veins of early Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon is here to stay!
“Storms of War” available on Listenable eshop - http://shop.listenable.net/product.php?id_product=3119
Furyon have just been confirmed to play live at Download Festival on the _'Jägermeister Stage'; the band who have just recently released the 'Gravitas' album is currently earning them praise and adoration across the world of rock. This is an exclusive UK “acoustic” performance on Sunday 10 June 2012! The band commented:
“Furyon are delighted to be booked for the immense Download Festival and are proud to be able to play an exclusive acoustic set on the Jägermeister Stage.”
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