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BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – New Album Due In June, To Feature RAINBOW Cover And Tribute To JON LORD

BLACKMORE’S NIGHT is releasing their brand new album, Dancer And The Moon, on June 11th in North America on Frontiers Records. The album will be released in two editions; as a CD and a digipak deluxe edition with a bonus DVD that includes music videos of ‘Dancer And The Moon’ and of ‘The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)’, plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night. Continue reading BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – New Album Due In June, To Feature RAINBOW Cover And Tribute To JON LORD

Music Review: Attic CD: The Invocation

Music Review: Attic

CD: The Invocation

Label: Van Records

Available: Now

by: TJ Fowler


                Has King Diamond dabbled in the Occult and witchcraft so much that he has managed to call on the dark powers to reincarnate himself into a younger, stronger version of himself and form a new band based in Germanyeven before he has even died?  Well it seems this might very well be the case in the form of vocalist Meister Cagliostro of Attic. Continue reading Music Review: Attic CD: The Invocation

GLORYHAMMER: ‘Angus McFife’ Video Released

“Angus McFife”, the new video from GLORYHAMMER, the “heroic fantasy power metal” project led by Christopher Bowes, the mastermind behind pirate metal sensation ALESTORM, with a desire to explore the more symphonic and epic side of metal, can be seen below. The song comes off GLORYHAMMER‘s debut album, “Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife”, which will be released on March 29 via Napalm Records. The CD, which will tell an original story based in an alternate-history medieval Scotland, where magic and dark sorcery reigns supreme, was recorded at LSD Studios in Germany. A concept of such epic proportions requires a truly talented vocalist, and for this purpose Thomas L. Winkler from Swiss power metal band EMERALD was hired to provide majestic soaring vocals. The lineup is completed by Paul Templing, James Cartwright, and Ben Turk, who honed their battle skills in various underground U.K. metal bands.GLORYHAMMER is:

Christopher Bowes – Keyboards
Thomas Winkler – Vocals
Paul Templing – Guitars
James Cartwright – Bass
Ben Turk – Drums

The cover artwork for “Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife” was “painstakingly handcrafted” by Dan Goldsworthy (ACCEPT, HELL, SYLOSIS). The art depicts the great hero Angus McFife, questing valiantly through the frozen highlands, wielding the Hammer of Glory.

“Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife” track listing:

01. Anstruther’s Dark Prophecy
02. The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee
03. Angus McFife
04. Quest for the Hammer of Glory
05. Magic Dragon
06. Silent Tears of Frozen Princess
07. Amulet of Justice
08. Hail to Crail
09. Beneath Cowdenbeath
10. The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder

There will also be a limited first-pressing “Heroic Edition” of the album, presented in a luxurious digipak format with alternate artwork, featuring the bonus track “Wizards!”.

“Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife” “Heroic Edition” artwork:


ATROCITY – Okkult Album Release Show Announced For Germany

Long-running German metallers ATROCITY recently unveiled the first taste of the upcoming Okkult album called ‘Pandæmonium’. Check out the song here.

The band has since checked in with the following update:

“To celebrate the release of the new Atrocity album, Okkult, we will be playing a special release show at Rock It in Aalen, Germany. It will be the first time we will play material from the first part of the Okkult trilogy; expect a very raw and brutal set with highlights of the extreme musical side of Atrocity and songs that haven’t been played live for a long time!

The first 100 people attending will receive a special custom Okkult guitar pick and we are planning on some more surprises!”

Okkult will be released April 26th via Napalm Records and it will be the first part of the dark brutal and epic Okkult album trilogy. More information about the up-coming release and the special ‘treasure hunt’ will be available soon.

“Musically, no prisoners will be taken, the Okkult series is also brutal, bombastic and dark,” Atrocity leader Alexander Krull (also LEAVES’ EYES) told Metal Hammer Germany recently. These will not only be the heaviest and most brutal albums of Atrocity since years, but also the darkest works of our band’s history. Lovers of our harder material like ‘Hallucinations’, ‘Todessehnsucht’, ‘Blut’ or ‘Atlantis’ will surely be delighted with the Okkult series at their expense, although the Okkult songs have their own trademarks, of course.”

The orchestral parts were recorded in September by the Lingua Mortis Orchestra under the direction of Victor Smolski (RAGE) in Minsk / Belarus. In keeping with the dark atmosphere of Okkult we got the Canadian Sound Designer Katie Halliday on board. She worked for movies like Saw V, Saw VI, Saw 3D (VII), The Devil’s Carnival and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, and already could reap some awards for her work.

The lyrical concept is anything but one-dimensional. For Okkult, we have no desire to go only in a certain direction. So the whole thing will be broadly based: From occult magic, occult places to conspiracy theories and mysteries that are still unsolved.”

THE NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV Welcomes Paganfest + Enter To Win A VIP Flyaway Package

THE NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV Welcomes Paganfest + Enter To Win A VIP Flyaway Package

As the massive fifteenth edition of the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL continues to expand, the legendary event is pleased to welcome the coming of Paganfest! The annual caravan, notorious for its wealth of folk-loving, mead-swilling, Pagan-centric musical exports, this year features Finnish folk metal heroes/headliners Ensiferum, alongside Faroe Islands natives TýrDutch Pagan metallers Heidevolk, Norway’s Trollfest and California thrashers Helsott. Paganfest  will be making a stop at The Palladium on April 20th.

Additionally, the founders of the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are proud to add GreenVans as official sponsors of the event. Founded in 2008 by musicians for musicians, GreenVans offers eco-friendly affordable, reliable and safe tour transportation and are a reoccurring sponsor of NEMHF. For more info, go to THIS LOCATION.

As previously announced, NEMHF has partnered with F.Y.E. to offer a VIP Flyaway package! One lucky winner will get two (2) VIP passes to the festival as well as airfare and hotel accommodations. F.Y.E stores are currently offering an assortment of pummeling metal CDs for $9.99, each on a NEMHF endcap. Any purchase of these titles will receive a free NEMHF CD Sampler featuring tracks from Hatebreed, Holy Grail, Shadows Fall, Continents, Sister Sin and many more!

Enter to win the contest and grab some great metal CDs from F.Y.E. at THIS LOCATION.

THE NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The festival takes place April 19th, 20th and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18th. Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors.

Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup RIGHT HERE.

Continuous updates will be made and coverage opportunities for the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are available via Earsplit PR, an official sponsor of this year’s event.