Winter may be around the bend but climate change is real and you will not find apathy from the Denver doom riff inclined metallic/nature honoring covenant known as Green Druid . Who better than druids to know with a grim certainty that the Earth needs our help? Want to hear one of the most timely and heavy slow molten lava toe tapping tempo songs on environmental issues all year? "The End of Men" has got you covered with a captivating psychedelic visualizer video HERE. We all have to embrace this moment in time and face this era with our most determined artwork, habits and as much pragmatism as we can muster in order to survive. "The End of Men is a commentary on the general state of decay that our planet is currently in," comments guitarist and vocalist Graham Zander. "In recent years it has become increasingly common for people among our generation to feel an overall sense of doom. This stems from everything from the impending climate apocalypse to world politics."
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Reunited L.A. power metallers Ruthless have announced that they have signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The band is currently in the studio recording their second album, with legendary producer Bill Metoyer. More information on the album, which will be the band’s first since 1986’s Discipline of Steel, is expected soon.
Ruthless currently consist of Sammy DeJohn (vocals), Ken McGee (guitar), Jim Durkin of Dark Angel (guitar), Mark McGee (bass) and Jason VanSlyke (drums).Add to My Radar
German metallers Grave Digger have released the lyric video for their song “Season of the Witch”.
“Season of the Witch” is off of Grave Digger’s upcoming album Return of the Reaper available July 15 in North America via Napalm Records.
The album will be available on July 14 in the UK.
Return of the Reaper will be Grave Digger’s seventeenth album.
Check out the “Season of the Witch” lyric video here.Add to My Radar
DragonForce have announced former Braindamage and Kill Ritual drummer Gee Anzalone has joined the band. A native of Turin, Italy, Gee is a drum teacher who graduated from the NAMM Academy of Milan and carries on the well established multi-national mix of musicians that make up DragonForce.
Gee will make his live debut on the forthcoming “Maximum Overload” UK Tour which commences on September 17th in Edinburgh and replaces Dave Mackintosh who recorded 4 albums with the band prior to the forthcoming ‘Maximum Overload’ which is released on August 18th.
Dave is moving on to pastures new to focus on his first musical love which is Prog Rock and has released the following statement:
“After much thought I have parted ways with the boys in DragonForce to pursue my first love of progressive rock, I wish the lads all the luck in the world and look forward to the release of Maximum Overload as I truly believe this is the most fantastic DF album that I and the boys have recorded to date!Many thanks to all the fans who have supported me in this last decade of massive tours, countless shows and all the albums, I couldn’t have done it without you. I will continue to tour and play with some of the greatest names in Prog Rock, and hope to see some familiar faces on the road! In the meantime, stay metal, watch out for the new Dave Mackintosh website which will be launched within the next 4 weeks as well as some great new videos I will be producing with my gear sponsors DF forever!!”
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Kids today want to be on Instagram and listen to mall core instead of playing D&D and listening to death metal. Poseurs! You probably have never even heard of “Tasha’s uncontrollable hideous laughter”, you selfie taking tramps and bro-step dweebs!
Thankfully there is hope. Even Madonna is getting into dressing up like Game of Thrones now that she is a cool mom. Still, Game of Thrones is great and all but the lack of any real good adaptations to film or tv of classic Advanced Dungeons & Dragons worlds is pathetic. The Dragonlance cartoon was horrible and had terrible animation. The D&D movie with Jeremy Irons was a joke (and he is a great actor). Lord of the Rings is still going strong as a franchise and there are plenty of geeks who grew up on TSR/Wizards of the Coast RPG worlds like Spell Jammer, Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Dark Sun or Greyhawk. Can we please get a good version of something from one of these properties? Make them grim and awesome! Ogres! Umber Hulks! Boobs! C’mon!!!
Anyway, in a fit of geek rage I compiled an educational list of some of the most truly metal and bad ass characters in the history of AD&D role playing worlds. I have even paired them with a character appropriate metal song for you dorks out there. Put down your girlfriends (if you have one) and pick up some twenty sided dice!
To read the top ten metal AD&D character list click HERE.Add to My Radar
The perpetrators at Revolver are pleased to premiere the lyric video for “Hellbent,” from German power metal icons, GAMMA RAY. The new tune comes by way of the band’s long-anticipated new full-length, Empire Of The Undead, set for release this Spring.
A record that almost wasn’t, Empire Of The Undead was composed throughout 2013 with Eike Freese (Dark Age) at the mixing desk alongside bassist/co-writer, Dirk Schlächter, and was nearing completion before Hammer Studios, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving much of its contents in ruins. Fortunately, the Empire Of The Undead masters managed to make it through unscathed.
“If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked light-hearted GAMMA RAY vocalist Kai Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place.”
Sample triumphant new teaser track, “Hellbent,” now playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATION.
Empire Of The Undead will be released in North America on CD, LP and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic on April 15, 2014.Add to My Radar
Swedish power metal band Sabaton went ahead and played a show at the Må Bättre gym in Falun, Sweden on Saturday, January 25th. The band performed while taking part in a spinning class. Vocalist Joakim Broden told Dala-Demokraten newspaper the following: “We made special mic holders in order to be able to position them on the spinning cycle, Everyone, apart from our drummer, Hannes [Van Dahl], will [actively participate in] the class.”
You can see the video here.
Sabaton will be releasing its eighth studio album Heroes on May 16th via Nuclear Blast. The album will be a follow-up to their 2012 album Carolus Rex.Add to My Radar
German power metallers Gamma Ray are preparing to release their eleventh studio album.
The new record will be entitled Empire Of The Undead.
Check out a video for the single, “Master of Confusion” as well as a video message from Gamma Ray vocalist/lead guitarist Kai Hansen here.Add to My Radar
Tampa metal band Iced Earth have premiered the song “Among The Living Dead” off of their upcoming album Plagues of Babylon. The album is set for release on January 21, 2014 in the States via Century Media.
You can see the video here.
Plagues of Babylon will be Iced Earth’s eleventh studio album and a follow up to the bands 2011 effort Dystopia.
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German rockers Primal Fear have released the official music video for their single “When Death Comes Knocking.” The track comes from their upcoming tenth studio album, Delivering the Black, which is due out January 28 via Frontiers Records. The digital single for the song was released today as well.
The band will kick off their “Eagles and Lions Tour 2014” in Germany on January 24, with support from the Swedish band Bullet. Primal Fear will return to North America at the end of April for a headlining run.
To check out the music video for “When Death Comes Knocking,” click here.Add to My Radar
Vocalist Ralf Scheepers said, “We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production that we were working on something very special this time. And now the result is just an amazing metal album I’m extremely proud of!”
Bassist and producer Mat Sinner added, “The songs, the production, the sound — this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view, everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob [Hansen, who’s worked with Volbeat and Pretty Maids] was fantastic choice to mix the album!”
The band will drop the single (and accompanying video) “When Death Comes Knocking” next month on December 2.
You can check out a sample of that first single and the album’s track list here.Add to My Radar
Finnish headbangers Amoral have posted a new track for streaming, “If Not Here, Where?” off their upcoming sixth full-length, Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows. The album is due out early 2014 via The End Records.
Ben Varon, guitarist and main songwriter, said of the track:
“‘Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows’ is a concept album, and ‘If Not Here, Where?’ sits right in the middle of the album and the story, marking a turning point in the protagonist’s journey. We wanted the first taster to really represent the whole album.”
Check out the track here.Add to My Radar
In an interview with Metal4 magazine at Rockharz festival in Germany, frontman Jon Schaffer said about the record: “It’s a bit of a different thing for us, because it’s half of a concept and the other half [isn’t]. Musically, I think it’s just another step in the right direction. It’s really heavy, it’s very melodic. It has a really epic feeling. Even though there isn’t, like, a monster, long epic track, the overall feel of the songs is very epic. I mean, there’s no ‘Dante’s Inferno’ or ‘Gettysburg’ or the ‘Something Wicked’ trilogy or something like that on here, but I’m really happy with it.
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