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When I was a huge teenage Dischord Records fan I’d go for weeks at a time Fugazi-binging. The Jesus Lizard were also a band like that for me. No one toe in the water or iTunes shuffle through one song before on to The Walkmen or Stevie Wonder or whatever (we didn’t have iTunes or The Walkmen – the band- then anyway). Nope. It was all of GOAT and a side of Liar on tape or nothing. And a full dose of Red Medicine. The much different famed power metal heroes Stratovarius are the same way for me. News of any impending release sends me dusting off cds of past records as a new song might make me yearn to hear all of Elements Pt. 1 or Elysium and then I’m hooked. I hear Rush fanatics are the same but I think they pretty much always just listen to Rush, which is awesome.

Anyhow, Timo Kotipelto’s expert tale weaving and the new guitar visions of Matias Kupiainan have resulted in bold strokes that have assuaged many critics doubts. Nemesis in particular made my top 5 albums of ALL of 2013 for this very site, in the company of Palms and some other more hip to like bands. But make no mistake, Stratovarius always have ruled and stil fucking rule.

Got this press release today: (!!!)

Stratovarius will release Eternal on September 18 via earMUSIC. The symphonic metal masters offer a guided and intimate tour of the album via this behind-the-scenes mini-documentary.

It’s 12 minutes long and allows fans and viewers to take a deep dive and to experience the birth of Eternal.

The mini-doc spotlights the band in the studio recording, along with interviews. It’s in-depth and intriguing.

Watch this keyhole view of Stratovarius while making Eternal here.

 

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The Satanic Rites of Dracula

Dracula, Count Dooku, Saruman the White, Francisco Scaramanga, Lord Summerisle. That’s a lot of evil for one cool dude in a lifetime. Yes, Christopher Lee, he who sang heavy metal even in his old age proudly, has passed away.  The iconic actor was 93 and we salute him today with a whole bunch of video posts on our Facebook wall.

 

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Virgin Steele releases “Lucifer’s Hammer” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 12:24 PM (PST)

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Long Island power metallers Virgin Steele are preparing to unleash a new album, Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation, which will drop on June 23 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Ahead of the release of that album, the band has released the lyric video for the song “Lucifer’s Hammer”.

Check out the video as well as vocalist David Defeis comments on the new album here.

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Deep Cuts: Warrel Dane of Sanctuary, Ex-Nevermore

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6:46 AM (PST)

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With the release of The Year The Sun Died, we got the first SANCTUARY album in 24 years. Hold on, I don’t think you fully understand. 24 YEARS!!! 24 years I had to wait for one of my favorite bands to release a new album… That’s quite a long time for any fan to have to wait. Growing up, I had the 2 SANCTUARY albums, and played them regularly. Warrel Dane’s epic “Rob Halford on helium” styled voice was one of the main reasons I had wanted to become a singer as a kid. Sure, during that 24 years, we had a band called NEVERMORE, another favorite of mine, but it wasn’t the same. The vocals were different, the music was a little more intense, but it was a totally different band altogether.

When asked about my favorite albums of 2014, I had The Year The Sun Died at the top of my list. It was an incredible album well worth the 24 year wait. With nearly 30 years worth of phenomenal metal music, it was damn near impossible to come up with only 3 songs for “Deep Cuts” for either band, let alone both, but that was my mission today, and after much thought, I’ve believe I’ve narrowed it down to the essential three cuts.

For the choices see BELOW.

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Show Review: DORO – 30 years at Gramercy, NYC

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM (PST)

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Doro Pesch brought 30 years of metal power to Gramercy in NYC last night and my ears are still ringing. People flew in from places as diverse as Florida, Poland and more for a special Monday night event and last of a short North American run celebrating Queen Doro‘s reign. The heavy metal thunder was alive and kicking all night long. You know it is gonna be a great night when one of the first things you see is Bobby Blitz from Overkill hanging out in the downstairs Gramercy lounge just kickin’ it and taking casual photos with excited fans.I am home now the next day listening to recent thrash-terpiece “Give A Little” from Overkill’s 2010 LP Ironbound (such a great and bouncy chorus and brilliant structure to that tune).

Click HERE for a show recap!

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Metal Queen Doro Pesch has the golden voice of pure classic metal that can always soothe or rally any weary hearts or surge adrenaline into the hard rock hordes. Doro is touching back down in North America and working on finishing touches for a 30th Anniversary DVD as well as releasing the special edition of Raise Your Fist with a new bonus CD of killer covers and new stuff. It is always a humbling honor to speak with such a true figure of real rock n roll. I have the utmost respect for Doro.

Click HERE to read the conversation!

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Album Review: Hammerfall – (r)Evolution

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:54 AM (PST)

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Yes! This is the most Hammerfall have felt like Hammerfall in awhile. Every band has a right to experiment a bit, and maybe it is just having Hector back on the cover art, but (r)Evolution feels like a big winner. White hot solos, soaring near-Manowar lyrics, the occasional plodding riff with gang shouted battle vocals ala “Ex Inferis”…it’s all here. “Winter Is Coming” may be a phrase that is a bit overused these days, but I’m always down for a good Game of Thrones reference. While The Sword beat the trend on Gods of the Earth with “To Take The Black” a few years prior to the show, this Hammerfall song is one of the better sing-a-longs of the year (this side of Iced Earth’s “If I Could See You Now” from mighty Plagues of Babylon). “Origins” and the absolutely memorable, epic single “Bushido” are power flourishing classic heavy metal about following the truth in your heart and honor to victory.”Live Life Loud” is a command and challenge to do just that, an epic case for the health of heavy metal from Joacim and the boys. This record just hit #1 in Sweden. Can we just agree that is fucking awesome? These guitar parts mean business.

From Accept’s Blind Fury to this Hammerfall monster to the aforementioned Iced Earth, there is so much to be said for classic influenced metal in 2014. Everything sounds big, clear and yet not too polished. Album closer “Wildfire” is a total thrill of hyper darting licks and crazy key hits plus some of the most soaring vocals since recent Stratovarius. “Bushido” as a codde might seem a bit distant in origins from Gothenburg, but the sense of devotion and purpose will infect you. Never surrender. There might even be a hidden Stryper shout out, as at one point the lyrics say “I’m a soldier under command.” I’m cool with that.Hector can be proud to hold his hammer high knowing this release is indeed worthy.

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Hail Queen Doro Pesch, North American Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM (PST)

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Having celebrated thirty years since the first time she took the stage this past May with a two-night live concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany in addition to shows throughout Europe, the U.K., and Latin America, multi-decade recording artist/legendary metal maven DORO PESCH
will be bringing her career-spanning anniversary show to North America this Fall.

“The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to,” shares vocalist and songwriter, DORO. “I’m always super excited to play in the USA and Canada. Looking forward to seeing all our great fans, friends, and metalheads again.  See you soon… Raise Your Fist!”

Fans will soon be invited to participate in an online poll to select the set lists for the tour via

Doro’s official Facebook page. Additional plans for a second leg of the tour in the US for Spring 2015.

Click HERE for dates.

 

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DRAGONFORCE will release Maximum Overload in the US on August 19th via Metal Blade Records. Maximum Overload is available for pre-order HERE, in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats! While there be sure to check out the band’s new video for the song “The Game“.

Today DRAGONFORCE unveils the second song from their upcoming masterpiece. The second single, entitled “Defenders” is being premiered exclusively by Loudwire. Get an insight into guitarist Herman Li’s thoughts on the song and get a first listen HERE.

Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band’s first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn’t believe in days off!” said guitar maestro Herman Li.

Maximum Overload” features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium’s Matt Heafy. “We’ve always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs!” added bassist Frederic Leclercq.

The album also features an all time first for DRAGONFORCE…a cover song! Guitarist Sam Totman explained: “Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we’ve always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down ‘Ring Of Fire’ by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we’ve DRAGONFORCE-ized it“!

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Grave Digger release “Hell Funeral” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM (PST)

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German master’s of metal Grave Digger have released a new music video for the song “Hell Funeral” off of their upcoming album Return of the Reaper.

Return of the Reaper will hit the UK on July 14 and Canada and the US on July 15 via Napalm Records.

Grave Digger have previously released a music video for the song “Season of the Witch” and a Return of the Reaper album sampler.

Check out all three videos here.

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Interview: A Breach Of Silence – Australian Cowboys and Powercore

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 6:29 PM (PST)

ABOS I had the opportunity to chat with Mat Cosgrove (guitarist) of Australian powercore outfit A Breach of Silence. We discussed Organic food, cowboys, and how the United States are in their future.

To listen to the interview click here.

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Ruthless sign to Pure Steel Records, record first album in 28 years

Posted by Metal Dude on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM (PST)

ruthlessReunited 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).

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Grave Digger release “Season of the Witch” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 7:22 PM (PST)

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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.

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DragonForce announce new drummer

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM (PST)

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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!!”

Dave

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Top Ten most metal classic RPG characters

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM (PST)

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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.

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