Iron Maiden are about to release a new album, a double album in fact called The Book Of Souls. Recently, the legendary heavy metal band has also been awarded the prestigious O2 Silver Clef by Nordoff Robbins in recognition of "outstanding contribution to UK music". Previous winners include The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Genesis and Queen. Last year's Silver Clef winner was Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin). Singer Bruce Dickinson, and guitarists Adrian Smith and Janick Gers were in attendance to collect the award.
Napalm Death have issued a previously unreleased track to raise money for people affected by April's earthquake in Nepal. The Birmingham grinders are showing their solidarity and you can too. If you can, head over here for the donation and you get the exclusive track "Earthwire" as well. The money will go to the charity dZi, which focuses on improving quality of life and reducing poverty in some of the most remote communities in Nepal. A small gesture can go a long way.
Christian Mistress are about to bring more quality metal with their new album. Apart from revealing all the details about To Your Death, the band has also released an audio appetizer. You can listen to "Open Road" here as of now, which is the first single to surface from the record. Get your heavy metal fix right here.
After recently releasing their new album, The Last Sunset, German thrash metallers Perzonal War have presented their new video. "Metalizer", the new live performance video from the group at Gernhart Studio, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's latest studio album which came out on June 23rd via Metalville Records. Get thrashing!
Finnish gothic/symphonic metal band Feridea has a new frontwoman. Singer Heidi Mankinen and bassist Miika Hänninen left the band. Katra Solopuro from Katra will take over vocal duties. The band also has a new violin player, Heidi Lahtinen. Feridea is about to release a new EP, Into A Dawn, and the preview is available below. See if it is something you might enjoy.
As you probably know, Leprous recently released their new opus, The Congregation. The progressive band continues to promote their newest studio album with the release of a lyric video for the dark and emotional track "Slave". The clip was created by well-known Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media. Enjoy the experience below and don't forget to see the band live on their upcoming shows.
If you like vinyl and Iced Earth, you might want to check this out. Century Media will release on vinyl the first four studio albums of Iced Earth in July. Iced Earth and Night Of The Stormrider will be released on July 10th, while Burnt Offerings and The Dark Saga will be released on July 17th. All four albums will come in gatefold sleeves featuring the original LP artwork. Layouts have been kept close to the layouts of the original vinyl versions as well.
The British band Damnation Angels faced some line-up changes lately, including the departure of bassist Rick Corbett and vocalist Per Fredrik "Pelle K" Åsly (a mutual decision). While their search for a new vocalist is still ongoing, the band has now announced Nic Southwood as their new bassist. Damnation Angels is holding auditions for their new vocalist.
The second Orkan album is coming. With a release date set for the 11th September, Dark Essence Records have revealed details for the upcoming sophomore full-length album from the Norwegian black metallers. Titled Livlaus, the seven-track album was recorded live in the studio, with no editing of the basic tracks, whilst vocals and effects were added later. Hoest (Taake) and V'gandr (Helheim) perform guest vocals on two of the tracks.
Metal Blade Records has announced the addition of Ketzer to its ranks! Ketzer (German for "heretic") is an extreme metal outfit hailing from Cologne, Germany. The black/thrash metallers long-anticipated new album will see the light of day towards the end of the year 2015 on Metal Blade Records to follow Endzeit Metropolis (2012). Get ready for more!
Long-running Canadian thrash metallers Infernäl Mäjesty have set No God as the title of their forthcoming album, tentatively due out before the end of the year. The band hasn't released an album in more than a decade, ever since 2004's One Who Points To Death but they did release the EP Demon God back in 2007. Now it's time for No God. You can already hear a taste of the new material below.
After a long silence, Varg have shared big news today. The German metallers have joined the Napalm Records family and signed a worldwide deal. While many details are still under wraps, the band is set to release their brand new album Das Ende aller Lügen on Napalm Records. You can expect more info on the album soon enough. For now, whet your appetite with the album teaser below.
July 17th marks the release of Powerwolf's new album Blessed & Possessed. Apart from the 11 brand new tracks, fans can also hear 10 cover songs that the band recorded for Metallum Nostrum, which is part of the limited 2-CD Mediabook. On that note, you can check out the lyric video for their cover version of Gary Moore's "Out In The Fields" right now.
The awaited return from Cynic to Europe is finally upon us. The progressive trio announced their eagerly awaited European headliner tour in support of their latest album Kindly Bent To Free Us for October. They will be joined by Polish band Tides From Nebula as well as Paul Masvidal's and Amy Correia's shared project Onward With Love. Do not miss this rare opportunity to see the band live in Europe. For a list of all confirmed dates, see below.
Who wants to hear new material from Cattle Decapitation? Here it is! The San Diego deathgrinders have recently unveiled another track from their newest musical offering, The Anthropocene Extinction. The hard-hitting opus second single, "Mammals In Babylon" is available for consumption over here.