30. July 2017
Clifton, NJ – Hamburg, Germany (JULY 27, 2017) – Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest Heavy Metal music festival, and the Hall of Heavy Metal History, have joined forces to induct Legendary Manowar co-founder-guitarist/Dictators guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. A special ceremony inducting Ross “The Boss” Freidman as “Global Metal Ambassador,” will take place on-stage at Wacken Open Air festival, August 3, 2017, in front of 75,000 metal fans. Joining Ross on stage for the Induction Ceremony will be various Wacken Open Air officials, AFM Records representatives, and Executives from the Hall of Heavy Metal History.
“It is a great honor to join with Wacken Open Air to Induct Ross “The Boss” Friedman, with the “Global Metal Ambassador Award,” says Hall of Heavy Metal History Founder/CEO Pat Gesualdo.“If anyone deserves this award, it’s Ross. He’s been working extremely hard for decades to ensure that metal continues to thrive.”
“We are very happy to be part of this very special ceremony and looking forward to having Ross the Boss on our stage for the very first time in Wacken”, says one of the Wacken Open Air promoters, Thomas Jensen.
About Wacken Open Air
Wacken Open Air (W:O:A), is a summer open-air heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in the village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany, 80 kilometres northwest of Hamburg. The festival was first held in 1990 as a small event for local German bands with about 800 fans. W:O:A is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts four days. It is currently considered the biggest heavy-metal festival in the world. Since 2006 it is sold out in advance with 75,000 visitors.
About the Hall of Heavy Metal History
The Hall of Heavy Metal History is dedicated to enshrining forever, those Legendary musicians, record company executives, journalists, and producers who are responsible for making Heavy Metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they keep inspiring Heavy Metal fans throughout the world, from generation to generation. The Induction Ceremony and Celebrity Awards Gala is held every January in Anaheim C.A.
The Hall of Heavy Metal History is part of the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). Proceeds from both organizations are donated to establish free therapy services and programs to help disabled children and their families. Every January, Iconic musicians and music industry personalities are inducted into The Hall of Heavy Metal History Induction Ceremony, in Anaheim, CA.
12. July 2017
Shiraz Lane is recording their 2nd album in Stockholm – New material coming up already later this year
Finnish young rock dynamite Shiraz Lane will return to European venues in October and November 2017, supporting their great fellow countrymen Brother Firetribe, who are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year!
Shiraz Lane´s been working on their 2nd album in Stockholm for the whole year with a Swedish songwriter/ producer Per Aldeheim (Def Leppard, Pain, Fatboy, Soilwork…). The album will be out in early 2018, and the guys are super happy about both with their results in the studio and these upcoming Fall live dates:
“We are extremely excited to join forces and support Brother Firetribe through Europe during the upcoming Autumn of 2017. It will be a pleasure to revisit some of the awesome venues and embrace the atmosphere we were so warmly welcomed on our last tour, and are thrilled to bring our caravan to new destinations for your eyes and ears to witness. You might even have an exclusive chance to hear some new material we have been working so hard on throughout the year. Perhaps we might even release a single before the leaves fall from the trees? Time will tell..!”
Shiraz Lane will continue the album´s vocal recordings in Gröndahl Studios in this month and will play live this Summer still in Üferrock (DE), Summer Breeze (DE) and Hair Metal Heaven (UK), before focusing on the European tour, beginning on the 11th of October.
Brother Firetribe 15th Anniversary European Tour w. Shiraz Lane:
11.10. GER – Berlin, Quasimodo
12.10. PL – Wroclaw, Firlej
13.10. CZ – Prague, Nova Chmelnice
14.10. GER – Leipzig, Hellraiser
16.10. GER – Hamburg, Knust
17.10, GER – Bochum, Zeche
18.10. GER – Frankfurt, Nachtleben
19.10. FR – Paris, Maroquinerie
21.10. UK – London, Bordeline
22.10. UK – Nottingham – Rockingham Festival
24.10. BE – Vosselaar, Biebob
25.10. GER – Cologne, Underground
26.10. GER – Nuremberg, Hirsch
28.10. HU – Budapest, Durer-Kert
29.10. AT – Vienna, Chelsea
30.10. GER – Munich, Backstage Halle
1.11. CH – Zurich, Dynamo Werk 21
2.11. IT- Milan, Legend
4.11. ESP – Madrid, Caracol
Shiraz Lane´s other upcoming tour dates will be anounced later this year.
Take a sneak peak to their funny studio diaries (incl. English subtitles):
Part 1: https://youtu.be/Y7ZpvjeyxkE
Part 2: https://youtu.be/pF1h2hCoICA
Part 3: https://youtu.be/tumNPOVr_9E
Download highres Shiraz Lane photos here:
Photo credit: Nauska
Interview requests and additional info:
Ginger Vine Management & PR
+358 40 581 7575
Shiraz Lane agency in Europe:
DRAGON PRODUCTIONS GmbH
+49 40 675 699 19
Brother Firetribe contact:
+358 40 775 5610
30. June 2017
Get your tickets here:
Fr, 27.10.17, 20:00 Uhr
Emil-Meyer-Str. 26-28, 30165 HANNOVER
18. April 2017
We are extremely pleased to announce, that the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST with the 3 original MSG singers will headline Loud Park 2017.
Michael Schenker, GaryBarden, Graham Bonnet, Robin Mc Auley, Chris Glen, Ted Mckenna and Steve Mann will perform an outstanding setlist, that fans have been dreaming of since years!
7. April 2017
On May 5th Dutch Death Metallers GOD DETHRONED will release their new album ‘The World Ablaze‘ worldwide via Metal Blade Records!
Surf now over to metalblade.com/goddethroned where you can check out the first single ‘On The Wrong Side Of The Wire’ as a videoclip!
GOD DETHRONED comments: “‘The World Ablaze’ is our final album in the WWI trilogy. We aimed to create an album that is very dynamic and diverse. It contains typical GD riffing with loads of melodies and catchy hooks. The songs are perfect for our live shows as they contain many mid-tempo parts combined with faster and more brutal parts. Diversity to the max! Dan Swanö mixed the album in his typical fashion but without robbing the band of its own identity. Mastering was handled at the Wisseloord Studios where they also mastered albums for bands like Rammstein among many others, and they put the icing on the cake. The album sounds crystal clear and heavy as fuck at the same time. We are very proud to present this album during our upcoming Serpent Fest album release shows early May!”
GOD DETHRONED will play two German release shows on the weekend of release and one Belgium and two Dutch ones the following weekend. Please spread the word!
05/05/17 DE – Oberhausen – Helvete w/ Lifeless & Visionary 666
06/05/17 DE – München – Backstage w/ Revel In Flesh & Commander & Visionary 666
11/05/17 BE – Kortrijk – De Kreun w/ Visionary 666 & Fractured Insanity
12/05/17 NL- Lelystad – Poppodium w/ Visionary 666 & Disquiet
13/05/17 NL – Groningen – Vera w/ Visionary 666 & The Heritage
Other GOD DETHRONED shows:
08/04/17 NL – Erica – Pitfest
15/04/17 NL – Rotterdam – Baroeg
22-24/06/17 DE – Gräfenhainichen – With Full Force
13-15/07/17 DE – Neukirchen-Vluyn – Dong Open Air
10-12/08/17 DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air
02/12/17 DE – Dresden – Skullcrusher
GOD DETHRONED line-up:
Henri Sattler – vocals/guitars
Mike Ferguson – guitars
Jeroen Pomper – bass
Michiel van der Plicht – drums
31. March 2017
“We are thrilled to announce our co-operation with Dragon Productions
and to have an enthusiastic and amibitious representative (Pelle) in
our team helping us conquer the European venues and stages. This is an
important milestone in our journey and opens up new opportunities
considering touring and live shows.” – Shiraz Lane
17. March 2017
On Friday the 12th of May SEA will release one of the most anticipated Danish rockalbum in years ,”The Grip Of Time”.
Recently SEA secured a deal with Dragon Productions and Mighty Music CEO Michael H. Andersen pulled a few strings to have the band on as support act for TYGERS OF PAN TANG on their UK tour in Autumn of 2017. The future is indeed looking bright for SEA.
When SEA released their self-titled debut album in 2014, Sweden Rock Magazine gave them 8/10 and mentioned Tony Iommi and Bruce Dickinson. Rock It from Germany likewise gave the album 8/10 and compared it to Soundgarden. Scream from Norway gave a blistering 5/6 review and categorized SEA with Rival Sons. SEA also played a tremendous show at Copenhell.
The band’s raw and challenging style is a blend of the classic heavy rock from the giants of the past and their own unique and powerful expression. Combining strong vocals, heavy riffs, catchy choruses, twin guitars and a mission to keep the guitar led rock alive, the band is a huge adrenaline boost into the heavy rock scene.
Their sound is reminiscent of rock legends like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy, but with the touch of a young, hungry Scandinavian band in their twenties.
“Some songs take months to perfect, but “Once We Were Dead” took 30 minutes. Once the riff started rolling, the rest came naturally. This is the result. Enjoy!” – Anders Brink, SEA.
* The most anticipated rock album from Denmark in years.
* Recorded in Vibe Factory Studios in Copenhagen with producer Jakob Winther (Justin Hawkins, Lukas Graham)
* Mastered in Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton (The Beatles, My Bloody Valentine)
* Gig at Nordic Noise Rock Festival with Denner/Shermann, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Bullet, Artillery etc.
17. March 2017
Today, Michael Schenker is proud to announce that he will touring Michael Schenker Fest throughout Europe in October / November 2017.
In recent memory, Michael Schenker’s endeavor to unite rock fans together at his concerts has enraptured his audiences and so it is fitting that his most recent concept of ‘Michael Schenker Fest’ does not disappoint one bit. The project reunites the original Michael/McAuley Schenker Group vocalists – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).
Since the first Michael Schenker Fest concert at Sweden Rock in June 2016 the project has gained serious momentum. Performing at a SOLD-OUT Tokyo show in August 2016 they recorded a live DVD, which has gathered critical acclaim worldwide.
Today, Schenker is proud to announce that he will touring Michael Schenker Fest throughout Europe in October / November 2017. Including three Spanish concerts, a show in Holland plus four UK concerts:
27.10.17 ES – Santander, Escenario Santander
28.10.17 ES – Pamplona, Sala Totem
29.10.17 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
31.10.17 NL- Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
02.11.17 UK – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
03.11.17 UK – Sheffield , O2 Academy
04.11.17 UK – Manchester , O2 Ritz
05.11.17 UK – Hull, City Hall
Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, a tour like this will take place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”
Continues Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80’s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982. Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members including Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”
Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Glen – Bass
Schenker reflects on the concert that was performed in Tokyo in August 2016. “It was just one enjoyable event from beginning to end,” says Schenker. “Seeing those happy, excited fans right from the beginning before the show even started, was incredible. It was like Budokan all over again.”
“It’s wonderful how we all got on with each other. It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun. We plan to continue this when we tour Europe in October / November 2017.”
3. March 2017
We welcome the multiple-awarded international rock-export Smash Into Pieces to
”FILL IN THE COUNTRY AND CITY AND VENUE”.
Smash Into Pieces recently released their third album ”RISE AND SHINE” on the 27th of January 2017 WORLD WIDE.
With the album passing 2,1 million streams on Spotify in just 1 month after the release, several top-list placings and with 31 executed shows in January / February (2017) alone the band now points their aim on Europe.
RISE AND SHINE:
Music is religion
The Apocalypse Dj is the creator
The time has come to RISE AND SHINE
Like the rest of you, I was born on disaster highway. A place where you travel for a lifetime, without going nowhere. Like a big, never-ending freeway for your predestined life that doesn’t seem to have any exits.
While people around me accepted to live sadly ever after, like ants building a pile of dirt for their queen, that wasn’t enough for me.
I always felt different. I always felt like I was meant for something else. I needed to rock my microphone.
I lost track of time, lost track of what was real and what was fiction. And sometimes I think I almost lost my mind, but in the end I came out on top. A brand new me was born. A recreation of my being. A remix that had developed a set of super-skills. With this power, I knew my dreams could become true. I just needed to find a group of like-minded individuals.
I searched for many years for the most devoted, the most talented and the most well hung musicians out there. I wasn’t sure how they would react to me and my powers, so I made them come together, directing them from the shadows. As the band grew, I grew with them.
With “Unbreakable” I was just a spirit in the booklet, With “The Apocalypse DJ”, my name and photo made it to the cover. With “Rise and Shine”, I’m taking my place as a superhero, DJ and drummer of the band. We are ready to let the world know what lies beyond disaster highway, and all of you are welcome to follow!
Anything standing between us and our dreams, we Smash Into Pieces!
// The Apocalypse DJ
SMASH INTO PIECES live:
13.05. DE-Marneukirchen – F & W Music Hall*
14.05. DE-Berlin – Maze*
15.05. DE-Hamburg – Marx*
16.05. DE-Cologne – MTC*
17.05. UK-London – Underworld*
18.05. DE-Münster – Sputnik Café
19.05. DE-Lübeck – Uni-Festival
25.05. SE-Stockholm – Adrenaline Cruise
26.05. SE-Motala – Bomber Bar
27.05. DK-Copenhagen – Lygten Station
*Special guest: Blind Channel
Follow SMASH INTO PIECES here:
24. February 2017
The new NITROGODS album “Roadkill BBQ” will be released worldwide via Steamhammer / SPV at May 26, 2017. The German Rock n Roll three-piece recorded 14 brand new Nitrogods songs for album number three and on top of that… 4 great cover versions which will be pressed on an exclusive EP, only available in the Limited Edition Box Set. This is the first time that we release a Box Set for the band and we put some real cool and worthy extras together for the fans! All details and the complete tracklistings will be announced soon.
Roadkill BBQ will come in these physical configurations:
- CD digipak
- Ltd. Vinyl Edition incl. CD
- Lmited Edition Fan Box containing the album, the exclusive bonus EP and some more great extras
10.03.D-Schweinfurt – Stattbahnhof
11.03.D-Hechingen – Rock Cafe
25.03.D-Andernach – JUZ Live Club
01.04.D-Zwickau – Club Seilerstrasse
08.04.D-Hannover – Musikzentrum (Nitrofest)
28.04.A-Fusch – Rockfest Fusch
29.04.D-Reinhardsthagen – Weser Metal Meeting
20.05.D-Schwäbisch-Hall – Club Alpha 60
26.05.D-Wuppertal – Live Club Barmen
27.05.D-Arnsdorf – Rainy Days
03.06.D-Aerzen – Schrappmühlen Open Air
09.06.D-Nürtingen – Kuckucksei
10.06.D-Starnberg – Food Rock Festival
16.06.D-Homberg – MISE Open Air
24.06.I-Natz – Alpen Flair
15.07.D-Manrode – Fest Evil
NITROGODS – Roadkill BBQ Tour 2017
Special guests: MF Ruckus (USA) + Kickin Valentina (USA)
29.09. D-Hamburg – Logo
30.09. D-Klingenthal – Gambrinus
01.10. D-Erfurt – From Hell
02.10. D-Mannheim – 7er Club
03.10. D-München – Backstage
04.10. D-Stuttgart – Cann
05.10. D-Düsseldorf – Pitcher
06.10. D-Hagen aTW – Stock
07.10. D-Oldenburg – Cadillac
9. February 2017
Dutch Death Metal masters GOD DETHRONED have announced ‘The World Ablaze’ as the title of their new album scheduled for release on May, 5th via Metal Blade Records!
‘The World Ablaze’ is the band´s first album since ‘Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross’ from 2010 and marks the grand comeback for the Dutchmen!
The album has just been mastered two days ago, the front art and a first song will be revealed shortly as well as the pre-order and album configurations!
Dan Swanö mixed the album and has formed his opinion: “God Dethroned have taken a great turn on the fields of Death Metal. This album is a great combination of all kinds of tempos and styles the genre have to offer, each performed with crushing perfection, and catchy choruses and memorable melodic hooks! Will go down well among fans of Bolt Thrower (R.I.P.) and some of the other dutch death brigades I’ve had the pleasure of working with!”
GOD DETHRONED will play two German release shows on the weekend of release and two Dutch ones the following weekend. Please spread the word!
05/05/17 DE – Oberhausen – Helvete w/Lifeless & Visionary
06/05/17 DE – München – Backstage w/Revel In Flesh & Commander & Visionary
12/05/17 NL- Lelystad – Poppodium w/ Visionary & Disquiet
13/05/17 NL – Groningen – Vera w/Visionary & The Heritage
Other GOD DETHRONED shows:
11/03/17 DE – Heidelberg – Deathfest
08/04/17 NL – Erica – Pitfest
10-12/08/17 DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air
26. October 2016
Finnish melodic metal giants, SONATA ARCTICA, finished their European tour with Swedish adventure metallers TWILIGHT FORCE last Saturday with a sold out show at Zeche in Bochum, Germany. On this tour, the Finns presented their latest record titled »The Ninth Hour« (#2 Finland, #7 Sweden (Rock/Metal), #18 Switzerland, #22 Germany, #43 Austria among others) live on European soil for the first time. After SONATA ARCTICA‘s forthcoming North American tour with LEAVES’ EYES and OMNIUM GATHERUM, the band will hit European stages once more from February 20th, 2017. Support on this leg will come from Norwegian metallers TRIOSPHERE (February 20th – March 20th), also Finland-based heavy metallers THUNDERSTONE (March 22nd – April 9th) and Canadian heavy metallers STRIKER. See below for all dates!
Keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg commented:
“Since our latest European tour was merely a blip on the radar, albeit a strong one at that, we decided that we had to come back and make sure we hit all the places we missed on the first run. So, here it is: 2 months of shows in Europe, including a lot of new places and a whole bunch of cities we haven’t had the chance to visit in years. See you out there!”
»The Ninth Hour World Tour 2017«
w/ TRIOSPHERE, STRIKER
20.02. D Nuremberg – Hirsch
21.02. CZ Zlin – Masters Of Rock Café
22.02. A Vienna – Szene
23.02. D Munich – Backstage
24.02. I Modena – Vox Club
25.02. I Rome – Orion
27.02. CH Zurich – Dynamo
28.02. CH Solothurn – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
01.03. CH Lausanne – Les Docks
03.03. F Marseille – Le Moulin
04.03. E Barcelona – Bikini
05.03. E Madrid – La Riviera
06.03. E Sevilla – Custom
07.03. P Lisbon – Lisboa Ao Vivo
09.03. E Pamplona – Totem
10.03. F Bordeaux – Barbey Theatre
11.03. F Toulouse – Le Metronum
12.03. F Lyon – Le Ninkaso Kao
14.03. F Besancon – La Rodia
15.03. F Nancy – L’Austre Canal
16.03. F Rennes – Antipode
17.03. UK Southampton – Engine Rooms
18.03. UK Bristol – Marble Factory
19.03. UK Cardiff – Tramshed
20.03. UK Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
w/ THUNDERSTONE, STRIKER
22.03. UK Manchester – Club Academy
23.03. UK Sheffield – Corporation Room 1
24.03. UK Glasgow – The Classic Grand
25.03. UK Belfast – Limelight 2
26.03. IRL Dublin – The Academy
28.03. UK Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
29.03. F Lille – Le Splendid
30.03. D Herford – X
31.03. D Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
01.04. NL Eindhoven – Effenaar
02.04. NL Utrecht – Tivoli Pandora
04.04. D Cologne – Essigfabrik
05.04. D Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
06.04. D Leipzig – Hellraiser
07.04. S Malmo – KB
08.04. S Orebro – Frimis Salonger
09.04. S Gothenburg – Pustervik
SONATA ARCTICA‘s »The Ninth Hour« hit the charts in several countries all over the globe:
#7 Sweden (Rock/Metal)
#53 Belgium (Wallonie)
#112 Belgium (Vlanders)
#12 Hard Music
#48 Rock Album
#113 Billboard Top 200
Order »The Ninth Hour« here: http://nblast.de/SonataTheNinthHour
Order the album digitally: http://nblast.de/SonataArcticaDownloads
More on »The Ninth Hour«:
‘We Are What We Are’ OFFICIAL TRACK & LYRICS:
‘Life’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO:
‘Closer To An Animal’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO: