NEAL MORSE announces “Absolutely Solo” European-Tour for June 2018

16. February 2018

Today Neal Morse released his new solo album “Life & Times” on Radiant Records (Metal Blade Records / Sony Music), both digitally and as CD and LP.


Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading prog rock musicians, there is now no doubt that Neal’s desire to continue to move people through his music burns brighter than ever.

Now in his mid-fifties and his children grown up, there is a sense on LIFE & TIMES that MORSE is looking around and taking stock.


Neal Morse is hoping to move more people with these songs at some “absolutely solo” shows in cafes and small venues throughout Europe in June 2018:


Neal Morse “Absolutely Solo” European-Tour 2018


05.06.2018 SE – Stockholm, Södra Teatern

06.06.2018 NO – Oslo, Olsen På Bryn

07.06.2018 DE – Hamburg, Indra

08.06.2018 IT – Milan, Blue Rose Club (Bresso)

09.06.2018 CH – Pratteln, Z7

11.06.2018 BE – Verviers, Spirit of 66

12.06.2018 NL – Tilburg, 013

13.06.2018 NL – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg Hertz Zaal

14.06.2018 DE – Köln, Jungle Club

15.06.2018 DE – Bochum, Christuskirche

16.06.2018 DE – Aschaffenburg , Colos-Saal

18.06.2018 UK – Sheffield, City Hall

19.06.2018 UK – York, Crescent Community Venue

20.06.2018 UK – Glasgow, Classic Grand Lounge

21.06.2018 UK – Leicester, The Musician

22.06.2018 UK – London, The Dome


Actually not related to this news, but politically & emotionally 100% up to date, Neal wrote the song yesterday morning and recorded this raw video right away.


Take a moment for ‘What if it was your child?’

PRIMORDIAL announces new album ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ for March 30th!

19. January 2018

Irish Pagan Metal Gods PRIMORDIAL announces their new album ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins‘ for a March 30 release through Metal Blade Records.

Teaming with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on PRIMORDIAL‘s 2016 live album ‘Gods To The Godless‘, the record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to their rehearsal room.

Surf over to to check out the video for the first single ‘Stolen Years’. At the same location you can pre-order ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins‘ in the following formats:


Once again building upon their signature sound, the follow up to 2014’s ‘Where Greater Men Have Fallen‘ is a more raw, “old school sounding” record than its predecessor. Hitting home with what vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga describes as “a direct energy” and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the Irish quintet once again effortlessly blend elements of tragedy and might like no one else. Likewise, the evolution in their sound continues to be organic and unforced, ensuring that ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins‘ is essential listening for both their long term faithful and those only now drawn into their world.


Commenting about the album’s first single, ‘Stolen Years’, A.A. Nemtheanga added: “‘Stolen Years’ may seem like a strange choice as our lead single, and on the face of if I guess it is. It’s not a blood and thunder epic about tragedy and might and the ruin of nations, nor is it 9 minute epistle of doom. Have no fear, the album does contain those also but to open this time we chose something different. This album has some surprises and this is one of them, a short and painfully simple song which almost didn’t make the final cut if you can believe so. The video, cut by Costin Chioreanu, is about the journey involved in finally getting to that moment where you walk on stage, the song itself about that last night on earth that comes to us all, sometimes we never know when that might be, hold your loved ones tight tonight, this could be it…


Exile Amongst The Ruins‘ track listing:
1. Nail Their Tongues
2. To Hell or the Hangman
3. Where Lie the Gods
4. Exile Amongst the Ruins
5. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
6. Stolen Years
7. Sunken Lungs
8. Last Call


To coincide with the album release the Irishmen have just announced two special and rather intimate album-release shows in Germany as well as their appearance on the ‘Heathen Crusade’ European tour with Finnish MOONSORROW as co-headliners and German DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT as support act!


PRIMORDIAL – ‘Exile Amongst The Ruins‘ release shows:
30/03/18 DE – Berlin – Cassiopeia
31/03/18 DE – Köln – Jungle Club





Heathen Crusade 2018
Presented by Metal Hammer, Deaf Forever, Guitar, Kulturnews,, Firebird Industries & Dragon Productions
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 – Wien – Szene
25/04/18 DE – München – Backstage
26/04/18 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/04/18 DE – Bochum – Matrix
28/04/18 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle


Get your tickets now:
Further info here:


Further PRIMORDIAL festival appearances:

12/05/18 NO – Haugesund – Karmoygeddon
09/06/18 SE – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock
14/07/18 DE – Balingen – Bang Your Head!!!
20/07/18 DE – Bertingen – Rock Unter Den Eichen
27/07/18 SI – Tolmin – Metaldays
11/08/18 ES – Villena – Leyendas Del Rock
12/08/18 BE – Kortrijk – Alcatraz Metal Festival
26/08/18 RO – Suceava – Bucovina Rock Castle


A.A. Nemtheanga – Vocals
Ciarán MacUilliam – Guitar
Michael O’Floinn – Guitar
Pól MacAmlaigh – Bass
Simon O’Laoghaire – Drums

PRIMORDIAL, MOONSORROW and DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT announce ‘Heathen Crusade’ tour in April 2018!

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,, Firebird Industries & Dragon Productions




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


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!“


RAM, Portrait and Trial on Road Kill Tour in February 2018

30. November 2017

Metal Blade Heavy Metal warriors RAMPortrait 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,, Beer of the Gods
+ TRIAL (swe)
09/02/18 t.b.a.
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!“

We are supporting METAL UNITED WORLD WIDE!

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 who are coordinating the project and get on board!

You’ll find further information on the website

Downfall of Gaia and Hamferð to tour Europe in February of 2018!

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!

+ Hamferð
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!

RAM entering official German album charts

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!


Rod‘ tracklisting
1. Declaration of Independence
2. On Wings of No Return
3. Gulag
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


RAM line-up:
Oscar Carlquist: Vocals
Morgan Pettersson: Drums
Harry Granroth: Guitar
Martin Jonsson: Guitar
Tobias Petterson: Bass



Dragon Productions

Pelle Thiedemann

Hamferð announces new album ‘Támsins likam’

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

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:
01. Fylgisflog
02. Stygd
03. Tvístevndur meldur
04. Frosthvarv
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.

Shiraz Lane to tour in Europe with Brother Firetribe this Fall!

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:

Part 2:

Part 3:



To press:

Download highres Shiraz Lane photos here:

Photo credit: Nauska




Interview requests and additional info:

Heta Hyttinen

Ginger Vine Management & PR


+358 40 581 7575


Shiraz Lane agency in Europe:

Pelle Thiedemann


+49 40 675 699 19


Brother Firetribe contact:

Jani Wilund


+358 40 775 5610

ULI JON ROTH returns to his hometown Hannover on October 27th!

30. June 2017


Get your tickets here:

Uli Jon Roth HANNOVER – Tickets

Fr, 27.10.17, 20:00 Uhr
Musikzentrum Hannover
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!