1. December 2017
Irish Pagan Metal Gods PRIMORDIAL have just finished recordings on their new studio album ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ to be released by the end of March in 2018!
To coincide with the album release the Irishmen have just announced the ‘Heathen Crusade’ European coheadline tour with Moonsorrow. Support comes from German DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT!
Heathen Crusade 2018
Presented by Metal Hammer, Deaf Forever, Guitar, Kulturnews, Metal.de, Firebird Industries & Dragon Productions
+ DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
12/04/18 NL – Leeuwarden – Neushoorn
13/04/18 NL – Tilburg – 013
14/04/18 FR – Paris – Trabendo
15/04/18 BE – Brugge – Entrepot
16/04/18 UK – London – Islington Assembly Hall
17/04/18 LU – Esch-sur-Alzette – Kulturfabrik
18/04/18 CH – Pratteln – Z7
19/04/18 DE – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
20/04/18 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
21/04/18 CZ – Prague – Akropolis
22/04/18 SK – Kosice – Colloseum
23/04/18 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
24/04/18 AT – Vienna – Szene
25/04/18 DE – Munich – Backstage
26/04/18 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/04/18 DE – Bochum – Matrix
28/04/18 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle
Get your tickets directly from the club links above.
Regular updates on https://www.facebook.com/HeathenCrusade/
Comments PRIMORDIAL: “Twelve years after the original Heathen Crusade and in truth way too long we will go back on tour with Moonsorrow. A lot has changed in the world since then, more scars, more hangovers, deeper lines in our faces, but nothing changes our spiritual bond. Heathens to the bitter end and worse hangovers as we pace ‘til death!”
Comments MOONSORROW: “With great pleasure we announce a European tour with our good friends Primordial! With these Irish fellows we had our first ever European tour in 2006. And it feels like just a few years back! Moonsorrow and Primordial always had a spiritual bond, something that makes a special line up for a tour. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch us on the same tour!”
Comments DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT: “As big fans of Primordial ourselves it’s with great pleasure to announce that we are supporting the Irish legends on this tour along with Moonsorrow. We appreciate the chance to be part of this great package and can’t wait to present our album “Finisterre” to new audiences all around Europe. Get your tickets now and see you in April!“
30. November 2017
Metal Blade Heavy Metal warriors RAM, Portrait and TRIAL join forces for ‘Road Kill’ European tour in February!
This could be the Heavy Metal tour of the year! RAM and PORTRAIT are two of Sweden´s hottest Heavy Metal bands, both have released great new albums and do not only share a common sense of music and spirit, but also a strong bond of friendship. Only remember the ‘Under Command’ Split-EP released three years ago.
Finally both bands will hit the road together for a co-headline tour in February, a trek consisting of 16 dates through central Europe. RAM will support their brand new album ‘Rod’ and PORTRAIT will promote their latest longplayer ‘Burn The World’ which has been released in August of this year.
Opening up will be Metal Blade newcomers TRIAL (swe). The young Swedes released their ‘Motherless’ album in April of 2017 and are looking forward to 16 nights of Heavy Metal magic!
Road Kill 2018
Presented by Deaf Forever, Legacy, Slam, Guitar, Rock It, metal.de, Beer of the Gods
+ TRIAL (swe)
10/02/18 DE – Essen – Turok
11/02/18 DE – Berlin – Musik & Frieden
12/02/18 DE – Magdeburg – Fabrik
13/02/18 NL – Nijmegen – Merleyn
14/02/18 DE – Frankfurt – Nachtleben
15/02/18 DE – Karlsruhe – Alte Hackerei
16/02/18 CH – Aarburg – Musigburg
17/02/18 CH – Chur – Palazzo Chur
18/02/18 IT – Mantua – Arci Tom
19/02/18 DE – München – Backstage Club
20/02/18 DE – Jena – F-Haus
21/02/18 DE – Köln – Jungle
22/02/18 DE – Kassel – K19 Goldgrube
23/02/18 DE – Hamburg – Headcrash
24/02/18 SE – Gothenburg – Belse-Boat
Comments RAM: “This tour will be our most extensive European one yet and we are very excited to share the stage with our good friends and label mates in Portrait and Trial. This will also be our first time in Italy and a long overdue return to Switzerland. Germany will of course have their share of HEAVY METAL TYRANNY!”
Comments PORTRAIT: “We are honoured to hit the road together with RAM and Trial, and to be part of this great package that shall show the world the true relevance of heavy metal today. See you on the road!”
Comments TRIAL (swe): “We’re extremely eager to get this show on the road! From the source of rebellion in many ways unlike, we unite! Conjoined are the spearheads of Heavy Metal Tyranny!“
27. November 2017
Metal United World Wide (MUWW) is a project which brings together metal bands, fans, show organisers, media and other supporters for one big event. The idea is to have metal shows all over the world on the same date identified by the same banner. Everybody can be part and shows are individually organised. The aim is to create a world wide feeling of community as well as attract attention to the performing bands, predominantly from the underground.
37 countries have joined so far and MUWW is represented at all continents except Antarctica. Besides some of the traditional metal countries like Germany, the US and Canada, a range of exotic metal communities got on board. Zimbabwe, Algeria, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia and Kenya are not the usual suspects when it comes to metal and certainly enrich this community project. The most surprising country joining recently, however, was war-torn Syria with a show in Damaskus.
Participating is without charge. Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org who are coordinating the project and get on board!
You’ll find further information on the website www.metal-united-world-wide.com
21. November 2017
German DOWNFALL OF GAIA will head out to Europe in February for another run in support of their latest album ‘Atrophy‘! Direct support will be Metal Blade’s latest signing Hamferð from the Faroe Islands who will release their Metal Blade debut ‘Támsins likam‘ January 12th!
Comments DOWNFALL OF GAIA: “Today we are glad to announce our upcoming European Tour for February and we are very happy to tell you that we will have Hamferð from the Faroe Islands as special guest with us! Their diverse and spheric sound of death doom will be the perfect addition to this tour and will deliver some epic nights filled with walls of sounds! Besides that we are able to visit a few cities we haven’t played before which makes this run even more interesting! Hope to see you in February – We are really looking forward to this one!”
Comments Hamferð: “The best thing about releasing new music might just be that it gives us the opportunity to go back out on tour and perform our new material to lots of different people in lots of different places. We have worked on “Támsins likam” for the better part of four years, so we are naturally excited to finally be able to share the songs with our audiences in a live setting. And we are very happy to be able to do it together with our label-mates from Downfall Of Gaia, whose atmospheric post-metal is a very good fit to our music!”
DOWNFALL OF GAIA
02/02/18 DE – Stuttgart – Club Zentral
03/02/18 DE – Marburg – KFZ
04/02/18 DE – Berlin – Cassiopeia
05/02/18 DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
06/02/18 DE – Dresden – Eventwerk
07/02/18 PL – Krakau – Club Zaczek
08/02/18 AT – Wien – Viper Room
09/02/18 HU – Budapest – Kvlt
10/02/18 SI – Ljubljana – Orto Bar
11/02/18 IT – Rimini – Wave Club
12/02/18 DE – München – Backstage
16/02/18 DE – Neunkirchen – Stummsche Reithalle
18/02/18 DE – Münster – Café Sputnik
More dates will be added soon!
17. November 2017
Swedish Heavy Metal spearhead RAM has entered the official German album charts with their latest longplayer ‘Rod‘ on position 64! It’s the first ever chart entry for RAM in Germany! Congratulations!
Comments the band: “RAM are proud to see that all the heart, soul and spine that went into our new album ROD has been recognized by the German metalheads. We would like to thank Metal Blade Records, all the German rock journalists and Deaf Forever magazine in particular for giving the album such stellar reviews but the biggest thanks goes out to the German RAManiacs! See you on the road!”
1. Declaration of Independence
2. On Wings of No Return
4. A Throne at Midnight
5. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 1: Anno Infinitus
6. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 2: Ignitor
7. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 3: The Cease to Be
8. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 4: Voices of Death
9. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 5: Incinerating Storms
10. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 6: Ashes
Oscar Carlquist: Vocals
Morgan Pettersson: Drums
Harry Granroth: Guitar
Martin Jonsson: Guitar
Tobias Petterson: Bass
16. November 2017
Doomster Hamferð from the Faroe Islands will release their new album ‘Támsins likam‘ January 12th via Metal Blade Records!
Comments Hamferð on the new album: “‘Támsins likam’ is a natural progression of the Hamferð sound, and we feel that it is our most special and cohesive work yet. Even more so than on previous albums, we have sought to create a full musical epic; inspired among other things by classical symphonies and progressive concept albums. It should be obvious that we are extremely excited to start performing this new material on the road.”
As of today you can watch the lyric video for the first single ‘Hon syndrast’ at metalblade.com/hamferd
Comments Hamferð on the lyric video for ‘Hon Syndrast’: “Costin Chioreanu has created an amazing lyric video for “Hon syndrast” based on his artwork for the album. It might be the most aggressive song we have ever released, signifying the violently dramatic peak of the album’s story, and Costin has succeeded beautifully in illustrating its theme of dreadful realization and the merciless surroundings in which it occurs.”
Roughly translated as ‘Body of the mist’, ‘Támsins likam‘ is an attempt to create the most intriguing, honest and unique Hamferð experience yet. It is nothing less than a pinnacle; a culmination of many years of refining both sound and songwriting, spearheaded by a strong desire to keep progressing and expanding. This has resulted in an album bustling with elements ancient and familiar, violent and strange, earthen and spectral – all the while fiercely seeking to surprise and move the listener.
Once again recorded in Studio Bloch in the Faroe Islands, but this time mixed by the legendary Swedish sound wizard Daniel Bergstrand in his Dugout Productions studio, ‘Támsins likam‘ exhibits a rawer and more mature version of the known Hamferð sound. The somewhat harsh and bare soundscape deliberately contrasts with the refined compositions, while at the same aligning with the increasingly honest and violent lyrical content.
“Faroese doom metal” is a powerful sound. Exclusive to this self-styled tag is Hamferð. For a near decade, the funeral dressed sextet has been casting a unique expression rooted in conceptual tragedy and intense, narrative doom metal.
Faroese history and folklore are mixed together with grand atmospheres, a trademark that has earned worldwide attraction. Stages at festivals such as Inferno, Midgardsblot, Tuska, Summer Breeze, Wacken and many more have been turned into funerary ceremonies. Touring with bands like Amorphis and Moonsorrow has further garnered the band a respected reputation due to strong yet solemn live performances.
The lyrical and conceptual approach is ambitious in scope. People are drawn to it, even though the band sings in their native tongue, Faroese. With a highly engaging idea concerning lyrics and songwriting, the hour has arrived to close a conceptual trilogy which commenced with the 2010 EP ‘Vilst er síðsta fet‘, continued with the internationally acclaimed 2013 full-length album ‘Evst‘, and is now concluded with ‘Támsins likam‘.
Támsins likam track listing:
03. Tvístevndur meldur
05. Hon Syndrast
06. Vápn í anda
Jón Aldará – Vocals
John Egholm – Guitar
Theodor Kapnas – Guitar
Ísak Petersen – Bass
Esmar Joensen – Keyboards
Remi Johannesen – Drums
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