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Ohio's Bes are a calamitous racket of alt-rock infused heavy sounds and have recently released the very worth your time Pieces Missing EP. Fans of Torche, Failure or even some KEN Mode will find stuff to latch on to here. I don't know how intentional it was but I hear a lot of late nineties influence in some of what this band is doing, but paired with an even more aggressive edge befitting our times. Recommended Track: "Lost It All".
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Portuguese metal band Moonspell have put up a preview of their upcoming album Alpha Noir and the bonus album Omega White. Alpha Noir/Omega White is set for release on Friday, April 27, 2012 via Nuclear Blast and is a follow up to their 2008 album Eternal Night. You can listen to it here.Add to My Radar
The headline pretty much says it all but NWOBHM front runners Saxon have announced that they are preparing to record a new album set for release early 2013. The band released the following statement about the as of yet untitled album:
“Hi everybody! We are very busy these days with the new album and we have already a few ideas together. I am writing melodies and lyrics and arranging them into songs. We will give the rest of the band a break for hols. After that we have a full session in April before heading to the mighty sugar loaf and rock Sao Luis! We are really looking forward to coming back to celebrate an awesome party with our South American fans! Needless to say that the Rock In Den Ruinen Festival in Germany is also going to be great!Add to My Radar
FullForce, the epic Swedish power metal outfit has announced that guitarist CJ Grimmark has decided to leave the band “due to some changes in his life situation which he had to put priority to.” His replacement has been announced as ex-Dawn of Oblivion guitarist Stefan Rosqvist.
FullForce had this to say about Stefan:
“Stefan Rosqvist is a very talented, versatile guitarist and musician and the band is really excited to have him onboard.”
The band has released a video introducing Rosqvist and featuring a solo he has recorded for heir new album. You can see the video along with the official statement from the band here.Add to My Radar
Today is a sad day in the world of heavy metal. Mark Reale, guitarist and founding member of the legendary heavy metal band RIOT passed away yesterday. His passing was the result of a life long and courageous battle with Crohn’s disease.
Mark was tragically only 57 years young and had reportedly been in a coma since early January as a result of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. This is especially heartbreaking becauese Mark was trying to practice with the band so he could perform right before his condition worsened.
Click here to read several statements released on Mark’s death.Add to My Radar
New York alternative metal band A Pale Horse Named Death have recently announced their first ever European headlining tour. The band will be touring in support of their 2011 debut album “And Hell Will Follow Me” which was released earlier this year via Steamhammer.
Click here to see a full list of tour dates, cities and venues.Add to My Radar
Swedish heavy metal act, Fullforce, have released a new music video for their song “Open Your Eyes” off their latest album “One.” Produced again by Rainer Holmgren the video show excerpts from their successful gigs in Sweden and Germany. The band has also announced they are working on a new album and is expected to be released in the summer of 2012.
To see the video for “Open Your Eyes” click here.
The band’s latest album, “One,” was released in June 2011 through Steamhammer.Add to My Radar
In addition they also announced that the Japanese label ‘Marquee/Avalon’ have licensed their album “One,” to be released in Japan. There is no release date set, but according to the partners it will be announced very soon.
Check out the tour dates here.Add to My Radar
British heavy metallers Saxon released their new album “Call to Arms” on June 3rd in Europe. The band gave the following brief update confirming a North American release date:
“Great news! We have a release date for North America & Canada. It will be the 27th of September distributed by EMI. American tour dates to follow soon.”Add to My Radar
How many of you Metal Rioters out there have gone to your local record store of choice and picked up a new metal album solely based on the art that graces its cover? Unfortunately, with the growth of iTunes and Pandora it seems easier and easier to overlook album cover art in general, but in the world of Heavy Metal we’re here to remind you that the art form is still alive and well!
Each Tuesday we will present to you the best album covers of the week and draw focus into what makes each cover so damn badass. Check out this week’s offering right here and vote on which cover YOU think should win “Cover Art of the Week”!
We got some more for you this week. So head on down and watch out as they just might kick your face in. What are you waiting for!? Go and vote!Add to My Radar
Gothic doomsters A Pale Horse Named Death are set to release their debut album “And Hell Will Follow Me” via SPV/Steamhammer on June 14th. The album will be available in three formats: Digipak CD, 2 LP Set and digital download, the 2 LP Set also includes a copy of the CD.
You can listen to the song “When Crows Descend Upon You” from the upcoming album here.Add to My Radar
Swedish melodic heavy metal act Fullforce released a new video for the song “Walls Of Secrets.” The song comes off their upcomimng album “One” set to be released on June 20th in Germany, June 23rd in Europe and June 28th in North America via Steamhammer.
Click here to watch the video.Add to My Radar