PSYCHOPUNCH release a short film

13. February 2014

Swedish straight forward Rock n Rollers PSYCHOPUNCH are releasing a short film on SPV’s YouTube channel today.
This clip contains 3 songs / videos from their current album "Smakk Valley" and it was directed by Andreas Ekvall.

Psychopunch guitarist and singer JM comments: "When we got the chance to make 3 videos at the same time for our new album "Smakk Valley",
I got the idea that each video should end like an episode so that the next one could take over. Like a story. Then Jocke came up with the brilliant idea that
we should add stuff in between to make it like a real movie/film. So,said and done..ideas were tossed back and forth..what to add and what should be in it.

Intro…outro…text…characters etc etc..

A lot of the inspiration came from the movie "Sin city".

It was real easy to work with the director, Andreas Ekvall. He loved the idea we had and came up with most of the ideas to the story. We were lucky to get hold of Andreas.

It was one of Jockes friends who already made a video with Andreas who told us to get in touch him. That was a good move!

So here it is, "Smakk Valley" the movie!"

THE NEW BLACK release video for ‘Any Colour You Like (As Long As It’s Black)’

10. February 2014

Germany’s heavy rockers THE NEW BLACK filmed a third video for a song from their album "III: Cut Loose". The clip to ‘Any Colour You Like (As Long As It’s Black)’ can be viewed here:

Comments the band: "’The glass half empty, and filled with piss…’ Ah, well. It all looks pretty normal at first. But there is something dark lurking at the edges. Unnoticed, decay sets in, and the blackness might be closer than you think. But then again life goes on. As does the music. And the fart jokes.

‘Any Colour’ is not exactly a song about peace, love and good happiness stuff. But fun to play live. Like fart jokes, pretty much. Enjoy, comment and – this actually important – please spread around."

The clip was once more directed by THE NEW BLACK’s Fludid. No spiders, cockroaches, worms or musicians were harmed during the filming. All pyro scenes, car chases and naked dancers had to be omitted due at the last minute.

THE NEW BLACK will embark on the "Out of the box Tour" with labelmates Dark Age in February. The current schedule reads as follows:

New studio album Beyond out in February 2014

10. February 2014

The German melodic metal band FREEDOM CALL release their first video "Union Of The Strong" from their new album "Beyond":–6blA

Beyond will be out February 19th in Scandinavia, February 21st in Germany, February 24th in Europe and March 4th in the USA through SPV/Steamhammer.

The album will be released as a limited boxset version incl. bonus CD, book and poster, as a 2LP gatefold coloured vinyl version incl. bonus tracks, a digi version and download.

Beyond was recorded by the current line-up featuring Chris Bay, Lars Rettkowitz (guitar), Ilker Ersin (bass) and Ramy Ali (drums) at the Separate Sound Studio in Nuremberg and Freedom Call’s own studio. The album was produced by Chris Bay and Stephan Ernst.

Dragon Productions announce cooperation with a.s.s. concerts for the worldwide (*) booking of MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK.

22. January 2014


Just as for Danish rockers D-A-D, Dragon Productions and a.s.s. concerts will handle the bookings for Michael Schenker’s band in close cooperation. Jörg Düsedau / Dragon Productions will be in charge for all festivals and the European tourbooking, while Mick Köppe from a.s.s. will take care of the tourshows in G/A/S.

MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK released their new album “Bridge The Gap” in December 2013 on Inakustik. The band features Francis Buchholz and Herman Rarebell (ex-Scorpions), Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) and Wayne Findlay (MSG)

The coming tour of MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK is currently being booked for October/November 2014.

*except North- and South America, Japan and the UK.

EKTOMORF: New song "Face Your Fear" available for streaming!

18. January 2014

EKTOMORF’s new album "Retribution" will be released on January 31st. The first edition comes as Digipak. Check out the track "Face Your Fear", which is available for streaming now.

Danish cult rockers D-A-D celebrate 30th anniversary with extensive “Best Of” CD!

17. January 2014


Sometimes a title says it it: D-A-D celebrate 30 years of band history with the release of a 2-CD ("30 Years 30 Hits – Best of D-A-D 1984-2014") on January 31st.
Time to look back, enjoy & look forward to the next 30 years of D-A-D!

Anneke Van Giersbergen Announces European Headline Tour

12. January 2014

Anneke van Giersbergen will embark on another European tour beginning on March
25th in Colmar, France.

The Dutch singer’s latest solo album ‘Drive’ was released this past September to
critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and contains many songs tailor-made for
live performance.

"This set is a perfect mix of energetic rock songs, melancholic acoustic tunes and a
couple of The Gathering-era classics" enthuses Anneke about her current live show.
The tour will also feature singer Anna Murphy, who will support on all dates. The
member of Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie has just released her solo debut ‘Cellar
Darling’. "I’m very excited and honoured to be a part of this tour and I can’t think of a
better match to share the stage with" said Murphy.

With support from Anna Murphy

MAR 25 FR Le Grillen – COLMAR
MAR 26 CH Pont Rouge – MONTHEY
MAR 27 FR Le Portail Coucou – SALON DE PROVENCE
MAR 28 ES Razzmatazz 2 – BARCELONA
MAR 29 ES Shoko – MADRID
MAR 30 FR Connexion Live – TOULOUSE
APR 01 IT Zona Roveri – BOLOGNA
APR 02 IT Apartamento Hoffman – CONEGLIANO VENETO
APR 03 AT Arena – VIENNA
APR 04 HU Club 202 – BUDAPEST
APR 05 CZ Masters of Rock Cafe – ZLIN
APR 08 PL Kwadrat – KRAKOW
APR 09 PL Firlej – WROCLAW
APR 12 DE Zeche Carl – ESSEN


New album Release: WILD ZOMBIE BLAST GUIDE “Salute The Commander”

6. January 2014

The German thrash-core zombies from WILD ZOMBIE BLAST GUIDE (featuring members of SALTATIO MORTIS, THE NEW BLACK, and ex-CATARACT) will be releasing their second album, "Salute The Commander", on January 30th, 2014.

With the new album again being again self-produced, the mastering for this album has been remarkably done by Charles Greywolf (POWERWOLF), resulting in an even more dynamic sound-impact than ever before.

WZBG-SaluteTheCommanderThe track-list for the Album is as follows:


The cover artwork was done by Firman Hatibu (i.a. THE NEW BLACK).

THE NEW BLACK & DARK AGE auf Tour im Februar

9. December 2013

New studio album Beyond out on 24 February 2014

The German melodic metal band FREEDOM CALL are scheduled to release their latest studio album, Beyond, on 24 February 2014 (Germany: 21 February 2014; USA: 4 March 2014).

The album will be released as a limited boxset version incl. bonus CD, book and poster, as a 2LP gatefold coloured vinyl version incl. bonus tracks, a digi version and download.

– Limited Boxset Edition –Freedom Call-Beyond-WEB

CD Digi
1. Union Of The Strong 5:02
2. Knights Of Taragon 4:44
3. Heart Of A Warrior 3:13
4. Come On Home 4:03
5. Beyond 7:49
6. Among The Shadows 3:45
7. Edge Of The Ocean 3:37
8. Journey Into Wonderland 3:59
9. In The Rhythm Of Light 4:03
10. Dance Off The Devil 3:45
11. Paladin 4:09
12. Follow Your Heart 3:51
13. Colours Of Freedom 4:15
14. Beyond Eternity 3:03
Bonus CD in cardboard sleeve

Freedom Call – Live in the Black Forest

1. Back into the Land of Light – Live 05:42
2. Hero on Video – Live 03:55
3. Rockstars – Live 05:03
4. Farewell – Live 05:25
5. Mr. Evil – Special Version Live 05:13
6. Power & Glory – Live 03:32
Freedom Call – Unplugged & Masqueraded
7. Freedom Call – unplugged 05:39
8. The Quest – unplugged 08:25
9. Warriors – unplugged 04:30
10. Power & Glory – unplugged 03:41
11. Farewell- unplugged 04:51
12. Mr.Evil – Reggae – live 04:17
13. Rockin’ Radio – Killerbilly -live 04:27

– DigiPak Version –
1. Union Of The Strong 5:02
2. Knights Of Taragon 4:44
3. Heart Of A Warrior 3:13
4. Come On Home 4:03
5. Beyond 7:49
6. Among The Shadows 3:45
7. Edge Of The Ocean 3:37
8. Journey Into Wonderland 3:59
9. In The Rhythm Of Light 4:03
10. Dance Off The Devil 3:45
11. Paladin 4:09
12. Follow Your Heart 3:51
13. Colours Of Freedom 4:15
14. Beyond Eternity 3:03

– 2LP Gatefold Version –FC2014WEB2

Side A
1. Union of the Strong 5:02
2. Knights of Taragon 4:44
3. Heart of a Warrior 3:13
4. Edge of the Ocean 3:37
5. Dance off the Devil 3:45

Side B
5. Beyond 7:49
6. Among the Shadows 3:45
7. Journey into Wonderland 3:59
8. Paladin 4:09

Side C
9. Come on Home 4:03
10. Rhythm of Light 4:03
11. Follow your Heart 3:51
12. Colours of Freedom 4:15
13. Beyond Eternity 3:03

Side D (Bonus Tracks)
14. Back into land of light -live 5:42
15. Hero on video – live 3:58
16. Freedom Call – unplugged 5:40
17. Power & Glory – Unplugged 3:46

Beyond was recorded by the current line-up featuring Chris Bay, Lars Rettkowitz (guitar), Ilker Ersin (bass) and Ramy Ali (drums) at the Separate Sound Studio in Nuremberg and Freedom Call’s own studio. The album was produced by Chris Bay and Stephan Ernst.

FREEDOM CALL live 2014:
04.01. CH-Wasen – Ice Rock Festival
01.03. CH-Pratteln – Z7
06.03. D-Hamburg – Markthalle
07.03. NL-Weert – De Bosuil
08.03. D-Siegburg – Kubana
09.03. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
13.03. D-Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
14.03. D-Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
15.03. D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27.03. D-Berlin – K17
28.03. D-Essen – Turock
29.03. D-Gera – Sächsischer Bahnhof
02.04. E-Gijon – Sala Acapulco
03.04. P-Porto – Hard Club
04.04. E-Madrid – Sala We Rock
05.04. E-Burgos – Sala Museo
06.04. E-Barcelona – Sala Boveda
16.04. F-Lyon – Marche Gare
17.04. F-Paris – Boule Noir
18.04. F-Colmar – Grillen
19.04. F-Toul – Chez Paulette
23.05. D-Munich – Backstage
29.05. D-Geiselwind – Out & Loud Festival
10.07. CZ-Vizovice – Masters Of Rock Festival

THE NEW BLACK & DARK AGE auf Tour im Februar

5. December 2013

Im Februar gehen zwei hochkarätige und schlagkräftige Bands aus Deutschland zusammen auf Tour: Die Modern-Metaller DARK AGE und die Heavy Rock-Helden THE NEW BLACK.

Metal Hammer, Guitar und präsentieren:

2013-Tourposter-DarkAge_TheNewBlack"Out Of The Box Tour 2014"
DARK AGE + THE NEW BLACK + Local Supports

14.02.14 Aalen, Frape
15.02.14 Annberg-Buchholz, Alte Brauerei
16.02.14 Hannover, Mephisto/Faust
21.02.14 Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
23.02.14 Karlsruhe, Jubez

Die "Out Of The Box Tour 2014" führt durch fünf Städte und bietet zwei Bands, die sich noch nie groß um die Grenzen ihrer Genres kümmerten. So haben DARK AGE aus Hamburg auf ihrem aktuellen Album "A Matter Of Trust" mehr denn je den Song in den Mittelpunkt gestellt und ihren Metal bei aller Härte mit Hooklines versehen, wie es sonst nur wenige in ihrem Genre vermögen. Das Ergebnis: Platz 81 der deutschen Charts! THE NEW BLACK aus Würzburg wiederum stehen seit ihrer Gründung mittig zwischen Rock und Metal, Traditionellem und Moderne, und wechseln ungerührt die Lager. Im März schaffte es ihre Scheibe "III: Cut Loose" damit unter anderem auf die Spitzenposition der Amazon-Downloads für Rock & Metal.

DARK AGE starteten vor 18 Jahren als Death Metal-Band. Seit dem veröffentlichten die Norddeutschen sieben Alben und entwickelten ihren Stil zwischen Brachialität und elektronischer Griffigkeit fortwährend weiter, was unter anderem der Metal Hammer 2008 mit der Auszeichnung "Album des Monats" honorierte. Das Debüt von THE NEW BLACK erschien 2009, nachdem die Vorproduktion in gleich vier großen deutschen Magazinen zum "Demo des Monats" gewählt worden war. Die Band spielte in der Folge Shows mit AC/DC, Volbeat und Alter Bridge und veröffentlichte bisher drei Alben.

Tickets für die "Out Of The Box Tour 2014" sind ab sofort erhältlich an allen bekannten Vorverkaufsstellen sowie über und

EKTOMORF to release new album “Retribution” on January 31st!

2. December 2013

Consistency, integrity and quality are words that first comes to mind when you hear the name EKTOMORF. One and a half years after the "Black Flag" album, it’s time to welcome the newest piece of work by the band around charismatic frontman Zoli Farkas.
"Retribution" again is a first-class "fist in your face" album, displaying heavy grooves and sheer power in the best of ways. Refining and bringing things to perfection was the goal, and this has been achieved impressively.

On the song "Numb And Sick", the band welcomes Ill Niño vocalist Cristian Machado as a guest, and his duet with Zoli give another new flavour to a record that clearly points out that EKTOMORF, even 20 years after its foundation in 1993, isEF_R-C_500x500 still a raging, energetic force with the intensity of a bulldozer. And the songs on "Retribution" will make their way into the band’s live set and become fan favourites quickly, be sure!
"Retribution" was again mixed and mastered y the band’s long-time producer Tue Madsen (Antfarm studios).

Track listing:
01. You Can’t Control Me
02. Ten Plagues
03. Face Your Fear
04. Escape
05. Who The Fuck Are You
06. Numb And Sick
07. Lost And Destroyed
08. Souls Of Fire
09. I Hate You
10. Watch Me
11. Mass Ignorance
12. Save Me
13. Whisper
14. Collapsed Bridge

DARK FUNERAL – final set of reissues available now; post entire live show video online!

2. December 2013

The final slab of re-issues by Swedish black metal masters DARK FUNERAL is out now in Europe and the US. Covering the albums “Diabolis Interium” (2001), “Attera Totus Sanctus” (2005) and “Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus” (2009), you can once again expect carefully done new editions of such majestic and hyperfast satanic metal masterpieces, which have been expanded with previously unseen photos from Lord Ahriman’s personal archive, extensive liner notes by Olivier “Zoltar” Badin (Terrorizer / Iron Fist), bonus material and revamped layouts. These albums are available as CD (at mid-price!), LP and Digital Download.

The black vinyl and exclusive golden vinyl (only 100 copies!) can be found at CMDistro, so better get them now:

As the bonus tracks and liner notes of these titles touch up on DARK FUNERAL’s special connection to South America, the band decided to put up a full show (originally released as part of the “Attera Orbis Terrarum – Part II” DVD) online for your infernal pleasure, Lord Ahriman comments:

“Usually using live tracks as bonus is a rather lame way to blow up a re-release but especially our recordings from South America are quite precious to us as the audience down there is really special, the sound is great and as you can read in the liner notes the strong following we met there during the mid-2000’s gave us an extra push during a rather troublesome time of the band. As the footage from the Buenos Aires show in ’06 hardly meets today’s visual standards, we thought why not give you over an hour of vintage blasphemy for free! Enjoy!”

Watch DARK FUNERAL live in Buenos Aires here:

DARK FUNERAL – Diabolis Interium (Re-issue + Bonus) CD, 2LP, Digital Download

1. The Arrival Of Satan’s Empire (3:48)
2. Hail Murder (5:02)
3. Goddess Of Sodomy (4:11)
4. Diabolis Interium (4:20)
5. An Apprentice Of Satan (6:05)
6. Thus I Have Spoken (5:00)
7. Armageddon Finally Comes (3:21)
8. Heart Of Ice (4:34)
9. An Apprentice Of Satan 2000 (6:06)
10. The Trial (King Diamond cover) (5:28)
11. Dead Skin Mask (Slayer cover) (4:47)
12. Remember The Fallen (Sodom cover) (4:16)
13. Pagan Fears (Mayhem cover) (6:32)
14. Hail Murder (Live in South America 2003) (5:08)
15. Thus I Have Spoken (Live in South America 2003) (5:00)
16. Armageddon Finally Comes (Live in South America 2003) (4:07)

Tracks 1-4 = LP Side A
Tracks 5-8 = LP Side B
Tracks 9-13 = LP Side C
Tracks 14-16= LP Side D

DARK FUNERAL – Attera Totus Sanctus (Re-issue + Bonus) CD, LP, Digital Download
1. King Antichrist (4:42)
2. 666 Voices Inside (4:38)
3. Attera Totus Sanctus (5:38)
4. Godhate (5:07)
5. Atrum Regina (5:33)
6. Angel Flesh Impaled (5:54)
7. Feed On The Mortals (5:41)
8. Final Ritual (5:44)
9. Atrum Regina (instrumental) (5:33)**
10. Open The Gates (2005 version) (4:22)**
11. The Arrival Of Satan’s Empire (Live in South America) (3:35)*
12. An Apprentice Of Satan (Live in South America) (5:30)*
13. The Dawn No More Rises (Live in South America) (3:27)*
14. The Secrets Of The Black Arts (Live in South America) (3:34)*
15. Vobiscum Satanas (Live in South America) (4:19)*
16. Ineffable King Of Darkness (Live in South America) (2:54)*
* = bonus tracks only available on CD version!
** = previously only available as Japan bonus tracks

Tracks 1-5 = LP Side A
Tracks 6-10 = LP Side B

DARK FUNERAL – Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus (Re-issue + Bonus) CD, LP, Digital Download
1. The End Of Human Race (4:40)
2. The Birth Of The Vampiir (4:43)
3. Stigmata (5:07)
4. My Funeral (5:33)
5. Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus (5:00)
6. Demons Of Five (4:45)
7. Declaration Of Hate (5:23)
8. In My Dreams (6:27)
9. My Latex Queen (5:21)
10. King Antichrist (Live in Buenos Aires 2006) (5:53)*
11. Diabolis Interium (Live in Buenos Aires 2006) (4:06)*
12. Ravenna Strigoi Mortii (Live in Buenos Aires 2006) (3:51)*
13. Open The Gates (Live in Buenos Aires 2006) (4:02)*
14. Atrum Regina (Live in Buenos Aires 2006) (6:07)*
* = bonus tracks only available on CD version; previously unreleased as audio tracks!

Tracks 1-5 = LP Side A
Tracks 6-9 = LP Side B


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