Wednesday, December 17, 2014

THE STORYTELLER - "Sacred Fired" to be released on Black Lodge on Feb. 27th, 2015!

When you hear the name THE STORYTELLER - you become curious and full of expectations. It´s a name that obligates and demands a lot from the bearer.
This majestic Swedish metalband, formed in the city of Gävle at the end of the 1990´s, hasn´t failed in either fulfilling all expectations or delivering the goods. THE STORYTELLER´s musical style can, a bit simplified, be described as "Traditional Power Metal, with influences from medieval folk music". The debut album came in the year of 2000, and was instantly in the top 3 of Japan's importlist. It also did very well at home in Sweden.

LINEUP ANNOUNCED: NAMM Metal Jam 2015 Benefit To Include Members Of Anthrax, Dio, Savatage, Great White, And More

The 8th Annual NAMM Metal Jam will include current/former members of Anthrax, Dio, Savatage, Great White, Lizzy Borden, and more. The 2015 event benefits the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund and Dick Wagner's Rockers For St. Jude.
December 15, 2014 - ANAHEIM, CA. -- Von Badsville & Neil Turbin Presents NAMM Metal Jam 2015 to benefit  the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund and Dick Wagner’s Rockers for St. Jude.  The 8th annual event will feature current/former members of Anthrax, Dio, DeathRiders, Alcatrazz, Arthemis, Great White, Exciter, Hurricane, Jon Oliva's Pain, Femme Fatale, Leatherwolf, Lizzy Borden, London, Lynch Mob, Nitro, Bleed The Hunger, Obituary, Savatage, Snow, Steel Prophet, Dei cide, Talisman, Sabbath Judas Sabbath, The Iron Maidens and more. .NAMM Metal Jam 2015 will be held on January 21, 2015, at The Slidebar Fullerton, only 5 miles from Anaheim Convention Center.  Advance tickets are available for $15 at Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. A NAMM badge is not required for admission. For more information, visit

Mahalia Barnes to release Betty Davis cover album with Joe Bonamassa

Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates featuring Joe Bonamassa Get Nasty On “Ooh Yea! – The Betty Davis Songbook”

Album features twelve cover songs from ‘70s punk-funk, soul and R&B pioneer Betty Davis

Powerhouse singer Mahalia Barnes, one of the most impressive female vocalists to come out of Australia, and her band The Soul Mates have teamed up with American blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa to release an album of Betty Davis covers called Ooh Yea! – The Betty Davis Songbook. Scheduled for release on 20 Feb 2015, it explores tracks from Davis’ sexy, raw funk records of the early ‘70s.

Betty Davis’s unique story is still fairly unknown. She married Miles Davis in the late ‘60s, influencing him with psychedelic rock, and introducing him to Jimi Hendrix. Later, she released three genre-busting albums, 1973’s self-titled debut, 1974’s They Say I’m Different and 1975’s Nasty Gal that have since influenced artists like Outkast, Prince, Erykah Badu, Rick James, The Roots, Ice Cube, Talib Kweli and Ludacris.

Mahalia Barnes, eldest daughter of Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes and recent contestant on The Voice, has been around music her whole life but has always been most heavily influenced by soul, blues and rock n’ roll.



Guest soloists include: Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and Peter Frampton

The man known as the “architect of Canadian rock n’ roll” is forging ahead into 2015 with a brand new project billed simply as BACHMAN. Joined by a virtuoso rhythm section with Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendan on drums, the trio’s debut effort entitled Heavy Blues will be available worldwide on April 15, 2015 through Linus Entertainment.

Heavy Blues draws from the unlikely trio’s love of classic 60s blues rock and emerges with a blistering sound, a fierce and fearless collection of BACHMAN originals. Featuring an enviable list of Randy Bachman’s contemporaries including Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey, each musician contributes their signature-style guitar solos blending classic blues and rock with a modern undertone.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WIND ROSE / Wardens Of The West Wind (2015)

Wind Rose is back with its album number two, "Wardens Of The West Wind", that it's going to be released on February 2015. This Symphonic Melodic Power Metal act after receiving a very good feedback for its debut album, ‘Shadows Over Lothadruin’  in 2012, started working on a second album and the result will be presented on "Wardens Of The West Wind".

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jorn Lande & Trond Holter present DRACULA / Swing of Death (2015)

Norwegian Rock/Metal Stars, singer Jorn Lande and guitarist Trond Holter (aka Teeny of WIG WAM), have created a new Rock Opera concept album about the life of Count Vlad the III, Prince of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad, The Impaler or by his patronymic name Vlad Dracul(a). The whole story explores the inner struggle inside the multifaceted and engorging character that this mysterious 15th century personality was, while also taking into account some of the metaphysical aspects that passed into literature, forming the whole basis of the vampire myth.

Friday, December 12, 2014

TRUE LIE premiere "When Everything Withers" New Lyric Video

Track is taken from "At The First Glare Of A Colder Sky" album.

TRUE LIE - At the first glare of a colder sky [2014]

Hailing from Italy TRUE LIE mixed melodic death metal, thrash with the grooviest metal core, without sounding predictable. Melody. Rage. Atmosphere.
True Lie debut album "At The First Glare Of A Colder Sky" is a journey through the shades of human depths with an explosive modern metal sound.
Mixed by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio, mastered by Fredrik Nordströmand Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman, in Sweden, and released by To React Records in June 2014,  "At The First Glare Of A Colder Sky" has been already well received by press and fans alike.  

CHAINFIST ‘Statement’ Lyrics Video Released

Statement“, a brand new lyrics video from Danish metallers CHAINFIST, featured by KrankTV, can be viewed below. The track is taken from the band’s new album, “Scarred“, which was released on October 6, 2014.

SYMPHONY X 'Almost Done' Recording New Album

In true "no update until there's something to say" form, New Jersey's progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X have been quiet as of late. Don't let the silence fool you, though; they've been busy. So busy, in fact, that the new CD is almost done!
Recording of the drums, lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and bass — a.k.a. the bulk of the as-yet-untitled new album — is complete. In the next few weeks, the keyboards, guitar solos, background vocals, and some miscellaneous odds and ends will be done, with the goal to have everything recorded by the end of the month.

Comments SYMPHONY X guitarist and songwriter Michael Romeo: "The plan was to have everything tracked by Christmas, and we're pretty much on schedule. Things are moving at a good pace, and the songs are starting to come to life. More on that down the road a bit."

Stockholm-based Hard Rockers ECLIPSE will release their fifth album “Armageddonize” on February 20th in Europe and February 24th in North America via Frontiers Music Srl.

Recorded and produced by the band’s main songwriter and singer Erik Mårtensson and lead guitarist Magnus Henriksson, this new release sees the quartet ready to unleash 11 monster slices of melodic, yet hard-hitting, Rock on their ever growing fan base!
In the second half of 2014, ECLIPSE teamed up again to write their new studio album. The bar was set high and the initial goal was to top their latest album and the result was achieved brilliantly with the aptly titled “Armageddonize,” an album where the band rocks from start to finish like there is no tomorrow!
Says guitarist Magnus Henriksson: "No ECLIPSE fan will be disappointed. I guarantee that! Eclipse fans are very open minded and have always embraced the fact that this band is constantly evolving for the better. We have some surprises on ´Armageddonize´ that the fans might not expect. We became better songwriters on each album we did and Erik on this one sings better than ever. It´s incredible how he keeps getting better. I thought we had heard the best from him, but no. You´ll be surprised to hear how damn good he sings!"

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FURYON Signs With Dream Records

UK rockers FURYON to release their 2nd album, “Lost Salvation” via Dream Records/Cargo Records. The UK/EURO release will drop on January 26th 2015 and feature 10 killer new songs. The album will be available in stores and at all popular digital outlets. US/Canada release date to follow.
On Christmas Eve, on CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE‘s website FURYON‘s first new video ‘THESE FOUR WALLS‘ will be Premiered.
FOLLOWING THIS ON THE FORTHCOMING MAGAZINE ISSUE #206 An EXCLUSIVE FURYON COVERMOUNT IS PRESENTED! ‘LOST SALVATION‘ EP featuring 4 new tracks from the band. Exclusive review on the Album and interview bringing FURYON news bang up to date!
Lost Salvation EP‘ tracks:
1. These Four Walls
2. Lost Salvation
3. Scapegoat
4. Dematerialised
The song ‘These Four Walls‘ will be also featured on the ‘Ones to Watch‘ CD, which will go out on all copies of the Classic Rock Magazine UK.
Lost Salvation” was recorded in Atlanta, US and Brighton, UK and mixed and produced by Rick Beato (ShinedownFozzy) & Ken ‘GL‘ Lanyon.
Matt Mitchell – Vocals
Alex “Nickel” Bowen – Bass
Lee Farmery – Drums
Luca Faraone – Guitars
Tiago Rosado – Guitars

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ORDEN OGAN will release their new digital single "F.E.V.E.R" this Friday (December 12th).

ORDEN OGAN will release their new digital single "F.E.V.E.R" this Friday (December 12th). 

The track is taken from the upcoming album "Ravenhead" (to be released on January 16th in the EU, February 3rd in the US).