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SAMAEL SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NAPALM RECORDS

The old school Swiss metal band SAMAEL officially signs a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The band is working on releasing a new album later in 2017.

Napalm’s A&R Sebastian Münch is so proud to announce the worldwide signing with the Swiss cult band SAMAEL.
He states that “I could not be prouder! Today we would like to announce the worldwide signing of the Swiss cult band SAMAEL! SAMAEL has created some of the most lethal and authentic Black Metal albums with “Blood Ritual” and “Ceremony of Opposites”! With a more industrial approach later on, masterpieces likes “Passage” and “Eternal” saw the light of day!

SAMAEL’s reaction on signing with Napalm Records: they are thrilled to be working and tightening the knot with Napalm Records for the release of their new album: “We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve tightened the knot with Napalm Records for the release of our new album! We’re looking forward to this exciting alliance for what will undoubtedly be the most important record in the S A M A E L history!”

SAMAEL is very excited about this signing and believe this could be the most important record in S A M A E L history!

SAMAEL TOUR DATES:

  • Inferno Festival – Oslo Norway: April 14, 2017
  • MetalMania 2017 – Katowice Poland: April 22, 2017
  • The Dome – London UK: May 14, 2017

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Jonathan Davis – Freaks Do It Better Campaign

I was someone who sits alone but not completely alone; music was my one and forever close friend. I needed nothing more. I thought it was okay to be different until I grew up and realized that people around you do not accept what’s different and people fear what does not belong and conform. It was all good though, I didn’t care much, yet as I kept getting older, I remember the first day at university, a group of my classmates bullied me for having different views, mocked me for my music and they way I dress, called me Satanist.

We all share similar stories about bullying. While some stand their ground and fight, others fall in depression and eventually suicide.

Korn’s frontman Jonathan Davis had his own share of this and here’s what he thinks about it: “FUCK BULLYING! I’ve been bullied so many times in my life for being “different” and I know a lot of you have as well. It’s time that us FREAKS stand together and show the world that it’s good to be a freak, weird, and straight up different.”

So he is launching a 2-week T-Shirt brand campaign with Merchful today to help those that are suffering from bullying or suicidal thoughts. Jonathan Davis continued: “As you know, bullying is something a lot of people have to deal with and many times that type of harassment leads to suicide. Let’s help shine a light on this crap, let’s be weird, let’s be different, but always be yourself. Let’s see how many people we can get behind this movement.”

Get your official “Freaks Do It Better” shirt in the link below:

http://www.merchful.com/products/jonathan-davis-freaks-do-it-better-bedifferent


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Sepultura Releases “Machine Messiah” 2017

 

This year kicks off with Brazilian metal legends Sepultura with the release of their 14th studio album titled “Machine Messiah” via Nuclear Blast Records.

This album revolves around a central theme which is the “robotization of our society nowadays,” said guitarist Andreas Kisser: “The concept of a God Machine who created humanity and now it seems that this cycle is closing itself, returning to the starting point. We came from machines and we are going back to where we came from. The messiah, when he returns, will be a robot, or a humanoid, our bio-mechanical savior.”
Sepultura have always explored a lot of different styles and genres, and that trend continues on Machine Messiah, with 47 minutes of ripping riffs and impressive vocals. I personally think this album is a real kickass.

Pick up, download, and stream the album at http://media.nuclearblast.de/shoplanding/2017/Sepultura/machine-messiah.html

 

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OverKill’s “Mean, Green, Killing Machine” UNLEASHED

New Jersey Thrashers Overkill released another track, “Mean, Green , Killing Machine”, from their upcoming 18th studio album, “The Grinding Wheel”, that will be out on February 10, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Continue reading

Deep Purple Releases ‘Time For Bedlam’ Single

Deep Purple, the British Rock legends that need no introduction for the decades of influential music on the myriad of bands we know today, have finally released the first single, “Time for Bedlam”, taken from their anticipated new album “InFinite” that will be available on April 7th 2017 via earMUSIC.

“Time For Bedlam” will be available as instant grat as part of the digital album pre-order, as well as on all streaming platforms starting from Thursday, December 15, midnight worldwide with the physical pre-order of the album to start at the same time. Also, a limited-edition EP for “Time For Bedlam”, with non-album songs and unreleased recordings, will hit the shops on February 3.

Singer Ian Gillan declared: “If you take it literally, you may, quite reasonably, think the ‘Finite’ part of the word describes the life of DEEP PURPLE, with a clear beginning and a nebulous end; but what of the ‘in’ bit? The word ‘infinite’ is a three-dimensional, double-edged sword. It describes something that goes on forever in all directions; not unlike its temporal equivalent ‘Eternal’. What’s that all about?

Check out the lyric video here:

The band recently announced their “Long Goodbye Tour”, which will bring the legendary live show once again all over the world. The band has not yet answered the many questions received by fans from all over the world who are speculating about the meaning of the title “InFinite” and “Long Goodbye”.

DEEP PURPLE — which has been eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for two decades now — finally entered the Rock Hall as part of the class of 2016.


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QUEENSRŸCHE’s Hellfire Is Out Now

QUEENSRŸCHE released a new song, “Hellfire”, from their upcoming album “Condition Hüman” which will be available on October 2nd via Century Media.

Singer Todd La Torre tells Billboard: “Each song individually is its own story, which does not have to directly relate to the next song. However, each song is harmonious to a larger picture, which is the human experience, mortality and how each of us perceives the world around us based on our own observations and experiences, thus shaping human behavior.”

Queensryche Hellfire

Regarding the more aggressive musical direction of “Condition Hüman” compared to that of 2013’s “Queensrÿche”, Rockenfield said: “Our fans love metal, and we’ve been pretty good at doing metal in our past, so [we thought], ‘Let’s have fun with some of that again. Let’s do it and see what it means for us.’ We definitely had conscious discussions about it, and now that we have Todd, Todd loves metal, so it was easy to have that conversation about pushing the band in a little bit of that direction.” He added: “I think we wanted to show our fans that we can be a metal band and a rock band, and that we can also write songs that have writer dynamics. I still think we’re doing everything within all the realms of what QUEENSRŸCHE is known to be doing. This record is just another extension of that for us.”

Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they are in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.

Listen to Queensryche Hellfire Below

 


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Tony Iommi Cancer Treatment Resumed

Back in August, the major news was that Tony Iommi was cancer free. Today, Tony Iommi Cancer Treatment will resume after a lump is found in Black Sabbath guitarist’s throat. Continue reading

Drummer ADAM SAGAN Dies Of Cancer At 36

There are no words to describe the loss of a person, let alone the loss of a friend. ADAM SAGAN was an exceptional drummer loved by all the musicians whom he have worked with. Adam played the drums for Circle II Circle, White Empress, Into Eternity, and Witherfall. But he was not only a drummer, Sagan was also a teacher and a mentor and owned a couple of start-up businesses.

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PERIPHERY Drummer Performs DOOM’s Soundtrack Live!

DOOM is one of the most successful video games ever. And it has one of the heaviest soundtracks to say the least. This year at The Game Awards 2016 last Thursday, DOOM won the award for Best Music and Sound Design award. After the announcement, composer Mick Gordon performed a medley of the DOOM soundtrack live at The 2016 Game Awards with PERIPHERY drummer Matt Halpern! And it was WILD!

I think Game soundtracks could be a way to revive the Metal Scene worldwide. In 2014, there was a release of Pentakill – Smite and Ignite for the fictional band League Of Legends by RIOT games as a soundtrack for LOL, that featured Jorn Lande on Vocals for 2 Heavy Metal songs. Many games also have Heavy Metal soundtracks like Mortal Kombat, Diablo, and Carmageddon, among many more.

PERIPHERY Drummer Performs DOOM’s Soundtrack Live!

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UNCURED Reveals New Line-up, Details About New Album, And Tour With KATATONIA

Press Release November 29, 2016:

Uncured, a progressive metal band based in New York City, is attracting attention for its combination of technical musicianship, brutal riffs, and melodic interludes. The group released its debut EP Spontaneous Generation in October 2016. Top metal and rock outlets praised the EP, likening Uncured to prog titans Opeth and Dream Theater.

Joining Uncured on drums is new full-time member Liam Manley from Portland, Oregon. Liam has over 13 years experience playing drums, including five years of professional session work with various artists across the U.S. Jon Kita from Boston, Massachusetts, who also plays with metal stalwarts Diecast and City of Homes, rounds out the Uncured line-up on bass.

Uncured was founded in 2014 by brothers Rex and Zak Cox. The Cox brothers wrote all of the music on Spontaneous Generation and played guitar and bass on the EP. They were joined on drums by special guest Max Portnoy (son of drumming legend Mike Portnoy).

“We want to thank Max, the entire Portnoy family, and our friends in Next to None for helping us make Spontaneous Generation such a huge success,” said Zak Cox.

Uncured is currently in the studio recording its first full-length record Medusa. The record will continue to build upon Uncured’s penchant for variety, ranging from crushing riffs to intricately layered acoustic passages. Medusa will also feature vocals by both Zak and Rex. Medusa is scheduled for release on March 10, 2017 and will be available on iTunes for pre-order on February 23, 2017.

To support the launch of the new album, Uncured will kick off its North American tour with Katatonia and Caspian on March 16, 2017. “We are honored to be included on this tour, ” said Rex Cox. “We have been fans of Katatonia for over a decade, and they have had a significant influence on our music.”

Tour dates are as follows:

Mar-16-17. Washington, DC — 9:30 Club
Mar-17-17. Cleveland, OH — Agora
Mar-18-17. Pittsburgh, PA — Mr. Smalls
Mar-19-17. Charlotte, NC — The Underground
Mar-21-17. St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
Mar-23-17. New Orleans, LA — Republic
Mar-24-17. Houston, TX — Scout Bar
Mar-25-17. Austin, TX — Grizzly Hall
Mar-26-17. Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Mar-28-17. Mesa, AZ — Club Red
Mar-29-17. Los Angeles, CA — El Rey Theatre
Mar-31-17. Pomona, CA — The Glass House
Apr-01-17. San Francisco, CA — Slim’s
Apr-03-17. Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theatre
Apr-04-17. Seattle, WA — Studio Seven
Apr-05-17. Vancouver, BC — Venue
Apr-08-17. Edmonton, AB — Starlite Room
Apr-10-17. Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
Apr-11-17. Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall
Apr-12-17. Lincoln, NE — Bourbon Theatre
Apr-14-17. Minneapolis, MN — Fine Line
Apr-15-17. Chicago, IL — Metro
Apr-16-17. Detroit, MI — Majestic Theater
Apr-17-17. Toronto, ON — The Opera House
Apr-19-17. Montreal, QC — Club Soda
Apr-20-17. Philadelphia, PA — The TLA
Apr-21-17. New York, NY — Irving Plaza

Uncured is signed to Conclave Studios in NYC and has plans to tour in the U.S. and internationally throughout 2017. For more information, contact Mitch Cox (Uncured Manager and Owner of Conclave Studios) by email at mitch@conclavestudios.com or by phone at 973-953-9063.

LINKS:
www.uncuredband.com
www.facebook.com/uncuredband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC6x2x-KVhEuf7gwdxXrnR-w


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