5. March 2013
German heavy rockers THE NEW BLACK do it again: their third album "III: Cut Loose" will be released on March 15th. The 17-track strong (first edition Digipak) album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids) and shows THE NEW BLACK on top of their game.
First teasers are available with the video clip "Count Me In" and a brand new album trailer that includes snippets of the 12 regular album songs.
4. March 2013
End of January, the LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA – founded by German heavy metallers RAGE as an orchestral side-project – made its live debut over the course of 2013’s 70.000 Tons of Metal cruise: On the high seas in the Caribbean, the 15-member band played two highly celebrated gigs in the packed "Chorus Line Theater" on board of the "Majesty Of The Seas" cruise ship. Enthusiastic feedback by both fans and the press provided the combo with another boost of motivation for the upcoming recordings of the debut album that are due in April under the musical direction of Victor Smolski. Right in time for several booked festival shows (on this year’s Wacken Open Air, among others), LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA’s debut record is set for an early August release.
Victor Smolski – guitarist and head of the project – comments on the work progress: "Back from Florida’s heat to Germany’s iciness, but there can be no talk of feeling chilly – we’re boiling over with work in our studio! I’m already back in arranging and composing mode, while mountains of scores are piling up on my desk. I’m already fascinated by the new LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA songs due to their multifacetedness: Rock-hard tracks, some of them even heavier than those of our latest RAGE record "21", are contrasted with balladic melodies of sheer beauty. The first official LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA album will be something very special for us, as we’ve never created anything like this before. You can look forward to a concept album with long tracks, sung by Peavy and enriched with female vocals as well as with exotic orchestra instruments. I’ll keep you posted!"
4. March 2013
InsideOut Music’s 20th Anniversary is extremely proud to present the European tour from progressive-rock legends Spock’s Beard, who recently announce the release of their brand new studio album ‘Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep’. Joining the band on this tour will be Swedish prog quartet Beardfish and Sound of Contact, the new band featuring Simon Collins and Dave Kerzner. Spock’s Beard had this to say about the tour package:
"We are really looking forward to coming back to Europe and playing our new music. The combination of Spock’s Beard, Sound of Contact and Beardfish promises to be really strong and entertaining for our fans!"
The tour dates can be found HERE:
Spock’s Beard’s new studio album marks the recording debut of long-time live drummer Jimmy Keegan, and vocalist / guitarist Ted Leonard (Enchant, Thought Chamber). It also sees the return of one familiar name to the song-writing credits, that of Neal Morse who has co-written two tracks after having left the band way back in 2002.
Last year Beardfish released their most recent album The Void, an album which saw Prog Magazine describe them as ‘one of the very finest that modern progressive rock has to offer.’ It also saw the band go on a well-received European tour with supergroup Flying Colours, and play to some of their largest audiences. Principal song-writer Rikard Sjöblom had this to say about the upcoming dates:
We hadn’t heard of Spock’s Beard when we started in 2001 (and named our band Beardfish…), but I remember someone asking if they were a big influence and if that’s where we got the name from(this question has been asked a million times since then) so I listened to "Beware of Darkness" and "V" and thought "wow, they must have listened to the same stuff we have!". Still, they had their own sound and fantastic musicianship (I mean: Ryo and Alan, come on!) and seeing some live clips I saw a band that had a lot of fun on stage which has always been what Beardfish is about too.
We’re really excited to get back on the road and feel that this will be a great triple combo, or as our bass player Robert put it: "You’ll have two Beards with Sound Of Contact in your ears"… See you in May!
Sound Of Contact is the new brainchild of Simon Collins and Dave Kerzner, who were both recently seen contributing to Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited 2 album. The band have finished work on their debut album, and this tour will see them debuting the material live to audiences in Europe for the first time.
The band comments:
"We’re honored to be part of the upcoming Spock’s Beard European InsideOutMusic tour, says Simon Collins, lead singer and drummer of the new progressive rock band "Sound of Contact". "It’s an exciting and perfect opportunity for us to present the music off our debut album ‘Dimensionaut" in Europe!"
Spock’s Beard Online:
Sound of Contact Online:
25. February 2013
Presented by: CDstarts.de, Rocktimes.de, Break Out, Gitarre & Bass, Rock It!
After their successful tour as Support for "Pain Of Salvation", which led CRYPTEX across 14 countries in spring 2012, together with growing popularity and acclamation by both the european press and their live audience, young 2013 starts to emerge a strong year in the matter of live presence for these whizz kids
from Lower Saxony, Germany.
CRYPTEX will be on their first Headliner-Tour in Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland in April / May
to promote their Live-DVD, released in late 2012.
After more than 130 concerts and an enthusiasticly commended release of their debut album in 2011, this extraordinary formation with frontman Simon Moskon at its head evolved into a real insiders’ tip, being a great entertainment value in Europe’s live sector.
With their music that’s "consistently caught between all stools from conviction", CRYPTEX provide the perfect refuge for romantics, dreamers, hopeless melancholiacs, partyholics, newly enamoured ones, furious ones, mourners, misfits, rebels, together with seemingly unremarkable "nine to five jobbers" to take part in an impressing journey across brute and raging compositions right up to balladic and also poppy songs.
CRYPTEX – ANIMATE YOUR LEGS TOUR 2013
(Tickets via Eventim, AD-Ticket, Metaltix.de, Ticketcorner.ch)
18.04.2013 Germany – Düsseldorf – Pitcher
19.04.2013 Germany – Köln – Underground
20.04.2013 Germany – Kaiserslautern – Bahnheim
21.04.2013 Switzerland – Pratteln – Galery
27.04.2013 Netherlands – Venlo – Perron 55
28.04.2013 Netherlands – Eibergen – Café de Stier
16.05.2013 Germany – Frankfurt a. M. – Elfer Music Club
17.05.2013 Germany – Mainz – Alexander The Great
23.05.2013 Germany – Osnabrück – Big Buttinsky
24.05.2013 Germany – Kiel – Die Pumpe
21. February 2013
15 years of Freedom Call, 15 years of top melodic metal with definite anthem potential: the German band surrounding vocalist/guitarist Chris Bay are set to release their anniversary offering, Ages Of Light, on 29 April 2013 (Germany: 26 April 2013, USA: 7 May 2013). Ages Of Light is a best-of double album full to the brim with the 18 most important songs from the band’s history, plus a bonus CD entitled Masqueraded featuring six Freedom Call tracks in a new, unusual guise. The stylistic range includes folk, reggae, rockabilly, ska and swing, so get ready for a surprise!
Ages Of Light combines not only the essence of the best songs from the seven Freedom Call studio recordings to date, but also marks a meeting of various former and current band members. Along with Chris Bay and guitarist Lars Rettkowitz, three different drummers can be heard on the bonus tracks: founder member Dan Zimmermann, his successors Klaus Sperling, and Ramy Ali, whom fans know from the most recent Freedom Call tour. The two bassists, Samy Saemann and original band member Ilker Ersin, and guitarist Cede Dupont, who was part of Freedom Call between 2001 and 2005, are also featured.
"It was great fun to work with old and new friends alike at the studio, turning previously typical Freedom Call numbers into unusual songs," Chris Bay explains, stressing that the group will commence working on a new studio album after the tour in spring 2013: "But first we want to celebrate our anniversary in style!"
Tracklisting for "Ages Of Light"
CD 1 "Ages Of Light"
1. We Are One 04:57
2. Tears Falling 05:39
3. Freedom Call 05:33
4. Farewell 04:06
5. Metal Invasion (live) 07:10
6. Warriors 04:20
7. Land Of Light 03:54
8. Hunting High And Low 04:02
9. Mr. Evil 03:43
10. Far Away 03:19
11. Blackened Sun 04:39
12. Thunder God 03:31
13. Tears Of Babylon 03:38
14. A Perfect Day (live) 03:57
15. Hero On Video 03:42
16. Power & Glory 03:25
17. Rockstars 04:57
18. Back Into The Land Of Light 05:11
CD 2 "Masqueraded"
1. Metal Invasion – Metal Folk Version 04:13
2. Mr. Evil – Melodic Reggae Version 04:10
3. Hero on Video – Speed Ska Version 03:48
4. Rockin’ Radio – Killerbilly Version 03:55
5. Freedom Call – Camp Fire Strumming Version 03:37
6. Age of the Phoenix – Power Swing Version 04:25
20. February 2013
"III: Just a few days to go until Swedish Rock n Rollers PSYCHOPUNCH will release their new album "Smakk Valley".
Release date for Europe will be February 25th.
Attached you’ll find a matching banner – please spread the word.
The band also did a little interview teaser which is published today http://youtu.be/JwjSzACaRW4
A first video for "So Jaded" will be released shortly on SPV’s YouTube channel after the clip was premiered on German TV at iM1 and Austria’s GoTV. Stay tuned for more information. This video is the first one in a series of 3 which will make a short film.
PSYCHOPUNCH will headline the ROCK N ROLL OVERDOSE Tour in Germany and Switzerland
Please find the updated Tourdates HERE – more Festivaldates and European Shows to be added soon.
1. February 2013
"III: CUT LOOSE" will be the title of the new album by Germany’s heavy rockers THE NEW BLACK. It will be released on March 15th via AFM/Soulfood.
Mixing duties were handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids) who commented: "These guys completely floored me with their stylish mix of both modern metal and vintage rock ‘n’ roll. This is a band that could get big if things are done the right way!"
"III: CUT LOOSE" was once more recorded and produced by the band themselves. Making-of-footage from the studio can be found at http://www.facebook.com/thenewblackofficial. The album will be released in different configurations, among them a big fat digipak with loads of bonus tracks. There’s also talk of guest singers, free downloads and video clips with nasty spiders and middlefingers… Details to follow.
In April, The New Black will embark on the "Rock’n’Roll Overdose" tour alongside Psychopunch, Motorjesus, ’77 und Supercharger. Dates can be found at www.rocknrolloverdose.de. The trek will conclude on April 28th, when the whole package joins Der W in Neu-Isenburg for a big indoor show.
"III: CUT LOOSE" finds the band finetuning their signature style while keeping heaviness and catchiness fully intact. Their music has been described in the past as such: "This is our kind of party: Black Label Society bring the booze, Pantera spice it up, Thin Lizzy add some taste, and Alter Bridge smooth it over before Metallica turn it black. And you can be there, too!"
The debut album "THE NEW BLACK" was released in 2009, after the pre-production was named "Demo of the Month" in four major music magazines in their native Germany. The sophomore effort "II: BETTER IN BLACK" dropped in 2011. THE NEW BLACK have played alongside acts as Volbeat, Alter Bridge and Black Label Society, they have rocked all major festivals like Wacken or Rock am Ring and supported AC/DC in front of 65.000.
24. January 2013
Kicking off activities in 2013, Swedish Pain of Salvation is ready to embark on more worldwide touring. The upcoming European tour in April will be exclusively acoustic based and Pain Of Salvation will be joined for the 3 weeks of dates by Dutch singer/songwriter Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex The Gathering) and Árstíðir from Iceland, making this a remarkably interesting package.
The tour is to coincide with Pain of Salvation’s upcoming album release via InsideOutMusic, featuring newly recorded acoustic versions of classic Pain of Salvation songs. More details about this special album project will be made public soon…
Here are all the dates of the European tour:
PAIN OF SALVATION – Acoustic-Tour 2013
Special guests: Anneke Van Giersbergen & Árstíðir
03.04.13 – Krakow (Poland) – Kwadrat
04.04.2013 – Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja
05.04.2013 – Prague (Czech Republic) – Klub Nova Chmelnice
06.04.2013 – Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Music Club
07.04.2013 – Budapest (Hungary) – Club 202
08.04.2013 – Wien (Austria) – Szene
10.04.2013 – Bologna (Italy) – Estragon
11.04.2013 – Rome (Italy) – Orion
12.04.2013 – Milano (Italy) – Magazzini Generali
13.04.2013 – Yverdon (Switzerland) – Amalgame
14.04.2013 – Toul (France) – Chez Paulette
15.04.2013 – London (UK) – The Garage
17.04.2013 – Paris (France) – Le Trabendo
18.04.2013 – Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
19.04.2013 – Weert (The Netherlands) – De Bosuil
20.04.2013 – Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – Boerderij
21.04.2013 – Essen (Germany) – Turock
For further info, please visit the artists’ sites:
Previous to the European tour, Pain of Salvation will also be perfoming
two regular shows in Russia as follows:
16.02.2013 Moscow (Russia) – Moscow Concert Hall
17.02.2013 St. Petersburg (Russia) – Arctica
Furthermore, Pain of Salvation will be heading out to tour in North America throught May.
More details about thise shows in the USA and Canada will follow soon…
Pain of Salvation’s latest album release, "Road Salt Two", managed to enter the official national charts upon release in Autumn of 2011 in the following European countries: Sweden at # 24, The Netherlands at # 82, Finland at # 31, and Norway at # 51 in its second week (first week was at # 94).
Additionally to the standard album on CD and Digital Download format, "Road Salt One"
and its follow-up twin-release "Road Salt Two", are also available in limited edition
Digipak format and as Gatefold LP on 180g. black vinyl.
PAIN OF SALVATION online:
Visit the new InsideOut Shop:
24. January 2013
Tyskland, 90-tal och power metal. Oslagbar kombination, och Freedom Call är inget undantag. Med sju plattor i bagaget sedan starten 1998 har de etablerat sig i genrens absoluta toppskikt med sin melodiskt dynamiska musik och positiva energi. Ett måste att se live!
Bandet kommer under våren att förära oss här hemma med besök enligt följande:
29/5 Brew House, Göteborg
30/5 Maxim @ Last in Line, Gävle
31/5 Liljan @ Last in Line, Borlänge
1/6 Dynamo @ Last in Line, Norrköping
Tickets and more info is available @ www.skrikhult.se
24. January 2013
Swedish rockers PSYCHOPUNCH are back with a new album called "Smakk Valley".
The album is due for release in Europe for February 25th 2013 via SPV/Steamhammer.
As this was not enough, there is also changes in the line up.
Long time partner in crime Joey, has left the band due to personal reasons.
He will be replaced by Lindell (former bass player in the band) on
Guitar and new bass player is Walle.
The band wish Joey all the best of luck in the future.
11. January 2013
We’ve just hit 500.000 "LIKES" on our Facebook page! This is a great achievement that not many Extreme Metal bands have reached. And naturally, we’d like to thank you, our great legion of dedicated fans & supporters worldwide for helping us achieve such a milestone and now truly crown us as the Ineffable Kings of Swedish Black Metal, Hail to you all!!!
10. January 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, a transmission from the slaveship – the songtitles and cover artwork for the upcoming album "Apnoe"! Share, like, spread the word! The full tracklist (including special edition bonus track):
Lights Of Highways
Beyond Silence (feat. Daniel Brennare/ LAKE OF TEARS)
Tiefer Fall (feat. Allen B. Konstanz/ THE VISION BLEAK)
Until it all begins
That´s not the final order, mind you. And as you might have noticed, another dear (and final) guest popped up in the list: Many thanks go to Mr. Allen B. Konstanz for adding his marvellous voice on "Tiefer Fall" and Mr. Markus Stock of Studio E for recording it, both have done a splendid job!
All other recordings as well as mixing and mastering once again skillfully done by Mr. Eike Freese at the Hammer Studio and TODTGELICHTER. All artwork brought to life by Y. To be released on Code666/Aural Music & distributed by Soulfood at the end of march/April, exact release date tba.
There will be several different editions of "Apnoe", as soon as we have word from the manufacturer we can tell you more about that.
That´s it so far – keep track as we will provide you a teaser trailer soon…
Take care, ye all; and once again: Spread this like the plague!