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The Life And Times Of Scrooge, the first solo record by NIGHTWISH composer Tuomas Holopainen and soundtrack to Don Rosa’s graphic novel The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, has debuted today at #29 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new & developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

XANDRIA Premieres New Video on Metal Insider

Following the release of the universally praised predecessor Neverworld’s End and numerous sold-out shows, XANDRIA will be finally releasing the highly anticipated new album Sacrificium via Napalm Records, out in Europe on May 5 and scheduled to hit the stores in US / CAN on May 6 of 2014.

Tim Bowness reveals details of ‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’ plus UK tour dates

Tim Bowness recently revealed he had signed to InsideOutMusic for the release of his forthcoming second solo album ‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’ on the 23rd June 2014. The record will be released as Limited edition 2CD Digipak, 180g Gatefold LP (incl. album on CD) & digital download and the beautiful cover art can be found above.


Fuse TV continues their latest digital series “Metalhead to Head” - a bi-weekly online show that locks two metal masters in one room then records what happens – with a salute to the Brotherhood of the Bass Clef by pairing BLACK STAR RIDERS / THIN LIZZY / WHITESNAKE bassist Marco Mendoza with WINERY DOGS / MR. BIG bassist Billy Sheehan.


Swedish melo-death quintet DARKANE have unveiled live footage from their recent European tour with Soilwork, which Metal-Discovery described as “aural epicness… a mesmerizing and riveting experience.” You can watch along as the band performs the track “Ostracized” from their acclaimed 2013 release “The Sinister Supremacy” filmed by Philipp Koch & Oliver Laux (Drumtalk) at the Biblelot in Dordrecht, Netherlands below!

TURISAS to kick off “Paganfest America Part V” tour this week

Finnish battle metallers TURISAS will return to North America this week with co-headliners (and fellow Finns) KORPIKLAANI for the fifth installment of the Paganfest America Tour! Some of the finest names in pagan metal, CHTHONIC (Taiwan), VARG (Germany) and WINTERHYMN (USA), will also be joining the two titans on the road for this year’s crusade. See below for all confirmed dates.

SUICIDE SILENCE: Album Title and Release Date Revealed!

SUICIDE SILENCE will release You Can’t Stop Me, their first album to feature new vocalist Eddie Hermida (ex- ALL SHALL PERISH) and their first since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker, on July 11 (Europe), July 14 (UK) and July 15, 2014 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. You Can’t Stop Me was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, WARBRINGER), who worked with the band not only on The Black Crown, but also on some instrumental demos just prior to


Currently amidst a European jaunt alongside Conan and Graviators, heavy metallists CASTLE have unveiled a second track from their upcoming release, “Under Siege,” due out in North America via Prosthetic Records on May 19. Take a listen to ”Pyramid Lake” — which features soaring vocals by Elizabeth Blackwell – on Exclaim.ca or directly below:

Incite Studio Report 1

After the 2013 Maximum Cavalera Tour, Incite was gearing up to write the follow-up to All Out War. Problem was, our current guitar player decided that he no longer wanted to be in the band. This left us in kind of lurch. Fortunately, former guitar player Kevin “Dis” McCallister was available, & agreed to help us write the record.


Hard rock supergroup BLACK STAR RIDERS will be storming stages across the U.S. on their first run in support of their debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose.  Launching in San Antonio, Texas on May 1st and winding their way to Poughkeepsie, New York on June 19th, BSR will co-headline six of the twenty-five shows with SKID ROW.

John Wesley guitar play-through of “Mary Will” launched

John Wesley recently released his brand new studio album ‘Disconnect’, and the reaction has been fantastic, with Classic Rock noting his ‘gloriously turbulent axe-work’. Now for all the guitar obsessive fans, he has put together a special play-through of the track ‘Mary Will’ recorded in his studio and that can be viewed here:  http://youtu.be/9D_swEoDRfk

Crucified Barbara, Loudwire premiere new song “To Kill a Man” from upcoming album “In the Red”

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – After recently inking a new record contract with Swedish powerhouse, Despotz Records, Scandinavia’s leading all-lady hard rock/heavy metal outfit, Crucified Barbara, has teamed up with Loudwire to launch the band’s new single, “To Kill a Man,” at: http://loudwire.com/crucified-barbara-to-kill-a-man-exclusive-song-premiere/. The new track comes from the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, In the Red, to be released on August 20.

TOMBS Debut First Song From Savage Gold Via Pitchfork

Brooklyn, New York’s TOMBS‘ are set to release their new album Savage Gold June 10th (North America), June 9th (UK/World), and June 6th (Germany/Benelux/Finland). Renowned tattooist Thomas Hooper who is responsible for the band’s previous album covers created the stunning artwork.

Metal Blade to release new CHANNEL ZERO album ‘Kill All Kings’ June 24th!

Metal Blade is proud to announce to have inked a license deal with CNR Records for the brand new CHANNEL ZERO album “Kill All Kings”. The album will be released by Metal Blade worldwide (except for the Benelux territories) the 20th of June as a digipack cd and digital download. Head over to www.metalblade.com/channelzero to check out the first single“Electronic Cocaine” and the pre-order options!

Between the Buried and Me launch ‘Lay Your Ghosts to Rest’ video; tour begins next month

Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) have launched a brand new video, which was filmed at the Baltimore Soundstage, The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, and The Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN. “Lay Your Ghosts to Rest” was produced, filmed, and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones and Wes Richardson. The video is a surreal look at the band’s live show, and the detailed light show and production that

Steven”Lips” Kudlow of Anvil checked in with The Age Of Metal

Canadian heavy metal legends, Anvil, are currently touring the USA promoting their new album, Hope In Hell. Their show filled up the Big Fish Pub last Friday (04/18/14) here in Tempe, AZ with die-hard metalheads that gathered to witness at first hand, how metal is really pounded.   Read more

Insomnium – Shadows Of The Dying Sun (2014)


The definition of modern melodic death metal has returned, Insomnium delivers a powerful piece of metal art on their 7th studio album Shadows Of A Dying Sun. The distinctive sound of the band hasn’t changed, in the contrary it has evolved from what they presented with One For Sorrow back in 2011. Read more

Alfonso Pinzon of Dia De Los Muertos checked in with The Age Of Metal


Dia De Los Muertos is a Los Angeles, CA based metal band, that was born from the ashes of legendary Colombian death metal band, Agony. Dia De Los Muertos‘s music is fueled by death metal & grindcore influences, and conceptually orbits around the Latino culture in the US, and the sense of brotherhood that goes beyond national roots or citizenship borders. Read more

I Am Heresy – Thy Will (2014)

Featuring boysetsfire frontman Nathan Gray on vocals and his son Sam Gray on guitar, plus Jay and Crumbs Konieko on guitar and drums, I Am Heresy is truly a family affair.  Although being so closely tied to your fellow bandmates doesn’t always end well (we’re looking at you Oasis), the band is making their debut on Century Media and looking to expand horizons with their latest effort, Thy Will. Read more

Aborted – Necrotic Manifesto (2014)


Imagine a world where the dead walk the earth. The streets are splattered with blood and carnage litters the ground. Hell, rose up and took over. The dead feed off the living, and the living feed off of the living. Humans only know murder and torture in this world. The world lay in waste, death and destruction, keeping its abominable control over humanity while nature slowly rots. Read more

Dianne Van Giersbergen of Xandria talked about Sacrificium

DVGPhoto by: Jeroen Aarts Photography

German/Dutch symphonic metal outfit Xandria will release their sixth studio album Sacrificium next month, an album that aims to top what they did with their latest release Neverworld’s End in 2012.

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Tryptikon – Melana Chasmata (2014)

Melana Chasmata cover art
When Thomas Gabriel Fischer and his time with the legendary Celtic Frost ended and he formed Tryptikon, there was no doubt the project would exude brilliance. The debut effort, Eparistera Daimones, was released to unanimous acclaim and further cemented Fischer in the pantheon of the metal elite. Four years later, Tryptikon return with the highly anticipated Melana Chasmata and to claim that it does not disappoint would be a great disservice to the album. Folks, this is a certifiably legit candidate for Album of the Year. WARNING: After listening to the album for the first time, you may be overcome with the urge to throw money at your speakers. Read more

Amos Williams of TesseracT checked in with The Age of Metal


When you think of bands like TesseracT, you imagine them playing huge festivals with thousands of adoring fans. While this was a smaller show, it still packed all the right punches of a larger performance for the TesseracT show at Club Red on April 10th, 2014. This tour has MANY sold out dates as they’ve been making their way across North America. Arriving on site early for the interview with Amos Williams, the bassist of TesseracT, there was already a welcoming line waiting almost an hour early eagerly for the doors to open. Read more

Conan, David & Mario of Exmortus checked in with The Age Of Metal

There are some bands that don’t get to you after a while, or perhaps you were didn’t see the reaction they were causing the first time you saw them. That is the case of Los Angeles based thrash/heavy metal band Exmortus, I saw them with Dark Tranquillity for the first time back in January, but I got a hold of the magnitude of their music until I saw them a couple of weeks ago with Destruction. Read more

Diabulus In Musica – Argia (2014)


Spanish symphonic metal quintet Diabulus In Musica released their third, and heaviest album yet, Argia. Regardless of the lineup changes, the band managed to put things together, and released a huge album that showcases the interesting moment the band is living at the moment.

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