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NEW BAND: CRIPPER

15. March 2013

German Thrash Metal scene is hard to imagine without Hanoverian whizz kids. Playing a proper mixture of both classic old-school and modern influences, spiced up with some Swedish Death-Metal ingredients, Cripper stands for individual cripper_band1groove-oriented Thrash Metal with ass-kicking moshparts and technical refinement.

Since 2005, the quintet around cow-elk Britta Görtz burns a swath of destruction through the European metal landscape, making marks as being a rousing live band, thrilling with dashing songs and sweaty shows. Having supported Overkill on their Killfest-Tour throughout Europe in spring 2010, Cripper go to the Caribbean to play the biggest floating metal festival ever: 70,000 Tons Of Metal.

The festival season 2011 is traveled from north to south. Cripper play e.g. at the Bang Your Head, Summer Breeze, Rock Harz, Metalfest CH, Eisenwahn and many other German and European festivals.

The third studio album "Antagonist", released in June 2012, includes 12 songs, with which Cripper shows both its old-school as well as its modern side. From deathy songs like "Animal of Prey," a hell lot of rock ‘n roll in "Clean", a chunk of hate "General Routine" or the snappy opener "New Shadow" – Cripper has become more mature and shows that with increasing enthusiasm.

Right after production and release of the new music video "Animal Of Prey" , Cripper go on European tour in autumn 2012: this time with Onslaught and Izegrim.

The next and this time more complex video production is born in March 2013. National and international shows follow, among others clubshows in Poland, Belgium and open air festivals such as Metaldays in Slovenia or Burning Sea in Croatia. And Cripper is still hungry for more!

THE NEW BLACK: Free download, guest singers and that girl from Playboy

9. March 2013

‘Count Me In’ as free download: One week before the release of their new album "III: Cut Loose", German heavy rockers offer their single as a free download.

To download: Just register at www.afm-records.com/free with the code "MG52K2V". Alternatively you can visit www.reverbnation.com/thenewblackofficial.

Comments the band: "Blackies & Blackettes! Thanks for the impressive click rates and all the comments to the ‘Count Me In’ clip. Now you can take the song with you wherever you go, in the car, to the bar, visiting mom or your next stint on a red carpet somewhere. Download it, crank it! See you on March 15th in Düsseldorf or in April on the Rock’n’Roll Overdose tour!"

The clip to ‘Count Me In’ (http://youtu.be/o1VLKIVNJj4) shows a young lady fighting off a bunch of "evil" middlefingers. The role is played by Cindy Wenk, who shortly after the filming was voted "Bild Girl 2013" by Germany’s biggest tabloid paper – and can be seen in the current issue of Playboy. There has been rumours about half the band becoming quite nervous in hindsight, while the rest plays it cool: "See? We know even before them all! Fludid was it, he knows all the beautiful ladies. Congratulations! To Cindy, not Fludid…"


 

"III: Cut Loose", the third album by THE NEW BLACK, will be released on March 15th. The regular edition contains 12 tracks, whereas the limited digipak version offeres another studio song as bonus and not less than four moody acoustic compositions. That’s a total of whopping 17 songs!

For the song ‘Superhuman Mission’ the band invited two old friends to the studio for some screaming: Chris Birx of Motorjesus, a group that THE NEW BLACK played their first gigs with in 2009, and Tyler Voxx of The Bulletmonks. The result: FAT!

On March 15th, the band will be playing a special release show in Düsseldorf, in April they will be part of the Rock’n’Roll Overdose tour all over Germany.

www.thenewblackofficial.de
www.facebook.com/thenewblackofficial
www.rocknrolloverdose.de

THE OVERDOSE WELCOMES V8 WIXXXER!

7. March 2013

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We are complete again: Germany’s very own V8 Wixxxer will join the Overdose tour, since Motorjesus had to cancel their appearance two days ago. Motorjesus vocalist Chris Birx will have to undergo heart surgery with the next fex weeks. Due to this circumstance all the activities related to Motorjesus have been put on hold. Read Chris’ statement at www.motorjesus.net.

If you don’t know already, V8 Wixxxer are the German counterpart to the V8 Wankers, these lavishly tattooed full on Rock ‘n’ Roll-lunatics hailing from Offenbach featuring their one-of-a-kind front man Lutz Vegas. And you know what that means: full throttle, full throttle and even more full throttle! For the most part, asses are gonna be kicked in German instead of being beaten in English. However, an overdose of Rock remains a fucking overdose of Rock. Doesn’t it? Exactly. This was and is the plan of action. Furthermore, we have Rock Science on board, the second-to-none game for music freaks, plus Deathrider, the herb-flavoured liquer that promises to kick ass. What a perfect match. Stay tuned for further information. We say thanks and cheers to the V8 Wixxxer for stepping in and of course "Get well soon!" to Motorjesus scream lord Chris Birx. Let the games begin! Are you ready for the ultimate Overdose of Rock?

www.rocknrolloverdose.de
www.facebook.com/v8wichser

DARK FUNERAL announces festival shows with Emperor Magus Caligula

7. March 2013

The Swedish black metal legend DARK FUNERAL is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013 with a number of festival shows all over Europe. Formed in 1993 by Lord Ahriman the band quickly gained massive underground support by being one of the most ferocious and fastest blackmetal bands on earth. Since then they have spread their unholy gospel over the whole world and build up a loyal cult following from the coldest parts of the northern hemisphere to the hottest hell of Asia. Now it’s time to praise emc2009their diabolic past with a very special set-list on some of the summer festivals (more details soon) and also with a surprising return of their classic vocalist: Emperor Magus Caligula who left the band on good terms for personal reasons in 2010 will take over the mic again for the 2013 festivals. He was DARK FUNERAL’s frontman from 1996 to 2010 from the second album, "Vobiscum Satanas" (1998) album to the last "Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus" (2009).

DARK FUNERAL is currently looking for a permanent new vocalist. Serious applications can be send to vocalist@darkfuneral.se. After an extensive and exhausting tour through Asia and Australia in late 2012 the band parted ways with temporary vocalist Nachtgarm. Nonetheless, DARK FUNERAL proceed with the work on their upcoming new album as well as on re-issues of the entire DARK FUNERAL back catalogue out this year via Century Media Records.

Stay tuned for more news soon. Hail the horns!

Festivals 2013 – Featuring Emperor Magus Caligula
16.03.2013 Lausanne – Inferno [CH]
28.03.2013 Oslo – Inferno [NO]
23.06.2013 Clisson – Hellfest [FR]
28.06.2013 Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting [BE]
27.07.2013 Lichtenvoorde – De Zwarte Cross [NL]
09.08.2013 Catton Hall Derby – Bloodstock Open Air [UK]
17.08.2013 Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze [DE]

Dark Funeral – My Funeral @ Summer Breeze 2010


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSQfPEFZA74&feature=share&list=PLF6D0D709505E52E6

THE NEW BLACK: video clip & album trailer available!

5. March 2013

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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.

LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA – live debut on 70.000 Tons of Metal cruise, first details on upcoming album

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!"

http://www.rage-on.de
http://www.facebook.com/officialrage
http://www.nuclearblast.de/rage

InsideOut Music 20th Anniversary Presents Spock’s Beard on tour with support from Beardfish and Sound of Contact

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:
http://www.spocksbeard.com
https://www.facebook.com/spocksbeard

Beardfish Online:
www.beardfishband.com
www.facebook.com/beardfish

Sound of Contact Online:
http://www.soundofcontact.com/

CRYPTEX: “Animate Your Legs Tour 2013”

25. February 2013

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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

http://www.cryptexmusic.com
http://www.facebook.com/cryptex.band

FREEDOM CALL “AGES OF LIGHT” – Best-Of Anniversary Album Out On 29 April 2013

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!"

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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

PSYCHOPUNCH – New album “Smakk Valley” soon to be released!

20. February 2013

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"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.

The New Black to release new album “III: Cut Loose” on March 15th

1. February 2013

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"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.

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"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.

www.thenewblackofficial.de
www.facebook.com/thenewblackofficial

Pain of Salvation – Announce European acoustic tour, next release and Russian shows!

24. January 2013

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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
Booking: www.dragon-productions.com

For further info, please visit the artists’ sites:
www.painofsalvation.com
www.annekevangiersbergen.com
www.arstidir.com

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:
www.painofsalvation.com
www.facebook.com/painofsalvation

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

Visit the new InsideOut Shop:
www.insideoutshop.de

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