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RAGE Release New Song And Video For 'Adoration', A Re-recorded Avenger Classic

RAGE REVEAL NEW SONG AND CLIP FOR 'ADORATION', A RE-RECORDED AVENGER CLASSIC
The creativity and productivity of the German heavy metal trio RAGE seem to have no limits. A little over a year after the successful "The Devil Strikes Again", RAGE are set to deliver their new, 23rd studio album, "Seasons Of The Black", which will be released on July 28th.

Today (30th June), RAGE reveal 'Adoration', an old AVENGER classic, which was re-recorded in the current line-up for the bonus disc Avenger Revisited, which comes along with the limited edition of Seasons Of The Black.

Check out the re-recorded song and clip below:






"Seasons Of The Black" was recorded in February / March 2017 at Megafon Studios (Burscheid, Germany) and at Soundchaser Studios (Zandhoven, Belgium). Its production was handled by RAGE, whilst the renowned Dan Swanö (MARDUK, OPETH, KATATONIA) took care of the mix and mastering at Unisound Studios(Grefrath, Germany). The cover artwork wa…

New Stencil Mag Issue 44: Rise Against, Evanescence, CKY & More!

The new Stencil Mag is now out! This was another big issue for me as I got to do the front cover interview with Joe from Rise Against! Read the interview here: https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue44/126


I also reviewed Rise Against's new album 'Wolves' - https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue44/154


My other reviews for this issue:


The Dollyrots - Whiplash Splash - https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue44/155


Protest The Hero - The Myth https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue44/156


Seether - The Poison https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue44/157


SikTh - The Future In Whose Eyes https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue44/157


Plus something a bit different as I also reviewed MCM Comic Con in London which was cool! You can read all about it here: https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue44/196


So check this all out along with the rest of the interviews (which include Evanescence, Miss May I, CKY), reviews and features!


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STEVE GRIMMETT’S GRIM REAPER ANNOUNCE FIVE FESTIVAL DATES

Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper Announce Festival Dates
Steve Grimmett’s GRIM REAPER have announced five new festival dates starting at Bang Your Head in Germany on July 14, 2017. Normally that wouldn’t be much to write home about but after the past six months, Steve Grimmett has had it’s a minor miracle.

As widely reported Steve had to have part of his leg amputated in Ecuador while on the bands South American tour in January after an operation to stem an aggressive infection failed. Since then Steve has been fighting to get back out there starting with these dates:

Steve Grimmett:

“I'm excited as hell to be returning to the stage, it's what I love to do, but it has to be done in a careful manner. I have to find out what I can and can't do for the time being so there won't be many gigs this year as I still have 18 months recovery to go through with more hospital and rehabilitation appointments and it's still all hard work in front of me but I feel I can say "I&#…

Paradise Lost Reveal Tracklist For New Album 'Medusa' & Release First Teaser Of New Song!

On September 1st, PARADISE LOST's studio album 'Medusa' will herald
the loneliness and damp cold of autumn, as the legends from West Yorkshire return to their doom metal roots and deliver their 15th full-length release named after the Greek Gorgone whose sight turned people into stone.


The British cult metallers will premiere the first track off their freshly forged monster on July 7th, and can reveal a snippet from the upcoming single entitled 'The Longest Winter'. Get a first impression of this new track, mixing typical PARADISE LOST melody lines with crushing doom moments.

Check out the teaser below!






In addition, the band can announce the 'Medusa' track list will consist of the following eight songs:


Fearless Sky (8:30)
Gods Of Ancient (5:50)
From The Gallows (3:42)
The Longest Winter (4:31)
Medusa (6:20)
No Passage For The Dead (4:16)
Blood & Chaos (3:51)
Until The Grave (5:41)


Bonus tracks:
Frozen Illusion (5:45)
Shrines (3:59)
Symbolic Virtue (4:38)


On September…

Temple Of Lies New Album Is Out 1st July & New Show Announced!

Temple Of Lies New Album Out 1st July, New Show & Filming At Album Launch Show!
TEMPLE OF LIES release their third, new album 'The Serial Killer Suite' on 1st July via Attic Records. They've also just been confirmed for support to Pop Will Eat Itself and Senser in Leicester on 12th November.

The band will also be filming at their album launch show this Saturday 1st July in the Firebug, Leicester, they're going to be taping a 'dream sequence' for their new video and anyone who wants to get involved in this just needs to put on their finest and come along!

'The Serial Killer Suite' is an album that will make quite an impact for Temple Of Lies, their third full-length release and their finest to date, it melds together huge riffs, pounding beats and some seriously great tunes it sees the band taking another step up.


Their second single from this album 'SKIN' is a monster of a track, dark and delicious with chunky, mauling riffs hammering down over…

Death Blooms Release New Music Video 'Sick'

As seen on Scuzz TV, and taken from their self-titled debut ep, Death Blooms dispense with the pleasantries and show off music muscle with their new music video 'Sick':






Hailing from Liverpool and Manchester, the metalcore four-piece burst onto the scene earlier this year with their stunning first music release 'I'm Dead' and a number of live shows which has seen them sharing the stages with the likes of Dope, Skindred, Raging Speedhorn, (Hed)P.E., Anti-Clone and more.

Supporters of mental health charity MIND, Death Blooms fresh take on metal with meaning has seen their fan base grow rapidly. Vocalist Paul Barrow humbly recognises this, "We talk to people a lot who've taken the time to listen to our music, and because the lyrics encapsulate what many of us feel on a daily basis, a lot of folk make the connection quickly about mental health and the need for well-being in this fast and furious digital age."

Barrow explains the meaning behind the song and ne…

THE LORDS OF ALTAMONT Reveal Details On New Album "The Wild Sounds Of Lords Of Altamont"

The Lords Of Altamont Are Ready To Unleash New Album "The Wild Sounds Of Lords Of Altamont" On Heavy Psych Sounds

Let's welcome the L.A combo back and hit the road to rock'n'roll with them 'Savage 4'! Let the turntable roll and the record spin with The Wild Sound of Lords of Altamont, carefully produced at Kitten Robot Studios in the City of Angels by punk rock legend Paul Roessler (former Screamers member) and analog-mastered by Dave Schultz at D2 Mastering Lab!

A hammered 4-stroke beat like a twin cylinder engine running on idle, a roaring guitar riff revving up the rpms of the iron-built motorcycle-inspired band, then the fresh and insisting breeze of a Farfisa organ whispering 'let's ride' and a heavy bass greasing up the reliable crank and rods of that authentic rock'n'roll machine, and there goes, ladies and gents, the mighty LORDS OF ALTAMONT combo! Riding hard on backyard-built, loud pipes and rigid frame undestructible raw chopp…

Paradise Lost To Release Special 20th Anniversary Edition of 'One Second' Album

Paradise Lost To Release Special Anniversary Edition of 'One Second'


Ahead of next year’s 30th anniversary, Paradise Lost, the genre-defining British doom metal are set to release the 20th anniversary edition of their 1997 album ‘One Second’ through Music For Nations on 14th July.

Having continually proved themselves to be at the forefront of the UK rock and metal scene, ‘One Second’ proved to be a turning point for the band, where they left behind their harder edge and began experimenting with electronics and keyboards taking on a more gothic direction.

20 years on from its release singles, ‘Say Just Words’ and title track ‘One Second’ are still performed live today. So celebrated from their 14 album catalogue (number 15 due later this year), the band are planning exclusive live performances of the album at selected festivals this year. Vocalist Nick Holmes comments:

‘The album really was a vast departure from Draconian Times and for better or worse the beginning of a very exper…

Siamese Debut Album "Shameless" Is Out Now Via Artery Recordings

Danish behemoths Siamese have officially dropped their Artery Recordings debut full-length, Shameless. The record is the band's seminal work and reinterpretation of contemporary rock. To commemorate the album release, Siamese have also premiered a brand new music video for "Soul and Chemicals".



Take a listen to Siamese new single "Soul and Chemicals" HERE!





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Siamese gained much acclaim in 2012 with the release of their second album, Breathe:See:Move and were lauded best rock album of the year by GAFFA, Denmark's biggest music magazine. Throughout the next few years, the band went on to tour ten different countries, release their third album in Japan and Europe, and land the #6 spot on the Danish album charts. After much anticipation, they have finally returned with their Artery Recordings full-length debut, Shameless. The album's first single "Abla…

Coldblack Release New Music Video "Resound" Off Their Debut Album "Circles" Available August 18th!

Coldblack Unleash New Video "Resound"!
Danish metalcore quintet Coldblack are prepared to release their new full-length album, Circles. Incorporating synth, melodic vocals, and heavy instrumentation more seamlessly than ever before, the band is ready to unleash the new tracks to captivate fans old and new. As the pinnacle of the band's raw talent and determination to push their boundaries, Circles is bound to impress new listeners and solidify old followers. To accompany the album announcement, Coldblack has also released a brand new music video for "Resound", the title track off the upcoming record.

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After years of touring and refining their craft, electronic-infused metalcore quintet Coldblack are prepared to release their new full-length, Circles. Incorporating synth, melodic vocals, and heavy i…

SAMAEL Release Video For New Song "Angel of Wrath"!

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Samael Reveal Video For New Song "Angel of Wrath"!

After playing a very special live set at Inferno and Metalmania Festivals earlier in spring, Swiss black metal pioneers SAMAEL are now ready to reveal a first glimpse into their upcoming album that will crown their 30th band anniversary later this year!

The band already played the brand new track "Angel of Wrath" live at the above mentioned festivals, and the response from fans and devotees in front of the stage was amazing! Now SAMAEL are ready to release the first song from their new album to the rest of the world. 

Check out the new video below!



Founded in 1987 as an old school black metal act that was influenced by the likes of Bathory, fellow countrymen Celtic Frost, and Venom, the brothers Vorph and Xy later developed the band's style further towards a more industrial dark metal sound that found its previous high peak in those legendary albums such as "Passage" and "E…

MUTATION Unleashes New Music Video "Hate"

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Mutation Release New Video "Hate" From Upcoming Album "Mutation III: Dark Black" Featuring Devin Townsend, Members of Motörhead & More Out June 30th!


MUTATION is a UK-based extreme metal band formed in 2013 by celebrated vocalist / guitarist Ginger Wildheart, one of British rock’s official living legends and the man behind the rock group The Wildhearts. The underground three-piece will release its new album, Mutation III: Dark Black, on June 30 via Undergroove Records. Described as "an aural exorcism of two people's combined life-threatening psychological disorders", the record is the follow-up to MUTATION's 2014 release, Error 500 (Ipecac), hailed as "a cheeky metal madhouse" by Blabbermouth. Now, Metal Injection premieres the band's new video, "Hate", calling the cut "an absolute mosh anthem." Watch MUTATION's "Hate" video here: http://www.metalinjection.net/video/throw-…

SEETHING AKIRA confirmed for Victorious Festival in Portsmouth, August 27th

Electronic Rockers Seething Akira To Play Victorious Festival, Portsmouth!


Hardcore dub steppers and party ravers SEETHING AKIRA are confirmed to play Victorious Festival in Portsmouth this August. They'll be playing the Seaside Stage on the 27th along with SHY FX and many others, and a fantastic performance (as usual with their live show!) is expected!

With so many fabulous bands playing, including the likes of Charlatans, Elbow, Stereophonics, Madness, Rita Ora, Franz Ferdinand, Jesus and Mary Chain along with many more, this whole weekend's going to be pretty damn awesome & Portsmouth will definitely be the place to get down and party!

The band are currently working on their hugely anticipated debut album which is due for release later this Autumn, and is being produced by Jim Davies (Prodigy, Pitchshifter). Having heard several of the tracks, I can confirm this one's going to be a monster!

Upcoming shows:
24th June, La Fetes De La Musique, Belgium
27th August, Victorious…

ALTER BRIDGE Release Live Performance Video From Their London O2 Show!

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Alter Bridge Release New Live Video From London Show!

ALTER BRIDGE are on a mission on European festival and club stages right now: To prove their incredible live performance qualities, and that they are one of the best top notch live acts of our times.

Just recently they announced the release of a new live album and rarities collection called "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" which captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played their monumental show at London's famous O2 Arena on November 24th, 2016. The band put together a clip with some of the finest moments of this landmark performance with the background music of their "The Last Hero" track "Cradle To The Grave"! Check out the video HERE!





If you like what you see, make sure you order your copy of "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" NOW, and enjoy hits like "Farther Than The Sun", "Show Me A Leader", "Rise …

VYCES Premiere Video For Their Single "Nocturnal" Featuring Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies Today & Announce Additional Tour Dates

VYCES Release New Video For Their Single "Nocturnal" Feat Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies Today & Announce New Shows!

Los Angeles, California Independent Heavy Active Rock Band VYCES premiered the video for their latest single “Nocturnal” featuring Carla Harvey of Butch Babies on Bravewords.com. “Nocturnal” was released to all digital media outlets on June 6th and will be on their next EP titled ‘Angels’ due out Fall of 2017. The debut single is currently impacting radio with early adds already in at WIIL, KHTQ, KFRQ, and Music Choice. In support of the release the band has added additional dates with bands Shallow Side and Dead Horse Trauma.

The video can be seen here: http://bravewords.com/news/exclusive-vyces-release-nocturnal-video-featuring-butcher-babies-carla-harvey

The video was filmed at Tiger Lab Studios and was directed by Ron Thunderwood, who stated: "I feel really lucky to have worked on this- it's been the coolest challenge I've met as a director..…

Moonspell Announce Special Portuguese Shows & New Album: '1755' Out On November 3rd!

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Moonspell Announce Portuguese Shows & New Album!
NAPALM RECORDS, MOONSPELL and Alma Mater Records (band’s owned label) are proud to announce that there will be three shows in Portugal for the release of MOONSPELL’s new album '1755': a concept album, sung in Portuguese, about the Great Lisbon Earthquake, of 1755.
They will have a double date hometown- show in Lisbon where you enjoy the band's annual Halloween party as well as watching the show. On the 1st of November MOONSPELL will take the event to the city of Porto, as part of the '1755' first three announced dates:

30th + 31st Oct - LISBOA AO VIVO, LISBON
1st Nov - HARD CLUB, SALA 1, PORTO

These very special gigs will be produced by the band themselves in partnership with Alma Mater Records and in collaboration and with total support from their main label Napalm Records. 
At the shows you will have the chance to buy the upcoming record exclusively and straight from the band an…

ORDEN OGAN Announce ‘Gunmen’ Tour With Special Guests Rhapsody Of Fire

ORDEN OGAN announce ‘Gunmen’ Tour with Special Guests Rhapsody Of Fire!
The German melodic power metal institution ORDEN OGAN will embark on their next headlining European tour this October and November. With them on the road: their new studio record ‘Gunmen’ and the special guests RHAPSODY OF FIRE.
They will play the sole UK show of the tour at the O2 Islington on 7th November.

ORDEN OGAN, Germany’s premier power metallers, have exceeded themselves with their new (5th) studio album, titled ‘Gunmen’, out July 7th. Undoubtedly, the band has delivered their heaviest but at the same time also most melodic piece of work. With their latest studio album “Ravenhead” (2015), ORDEN OGAN toured Europe supporting HammerFall and later Powerwolf, before running their first own European headlining tour in March 2016. “Ravenhead” became a chart success in several European countries, with #16 in the German album chart marking their all-time best result. Now “Gunmen” continues the band’s track record, c…

Blackout Stream Whole New Album 'The Horse'

NYC trio BLACKOUT Streaming Forthcoming Album Via Noisey
NYC trio Blackout are streaming their forthcoming album The Horse ahead of release in its entirety starting today via Noisey. Hear and share The Horse album HERE: https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/psych-doom-trio-blackout-rides-again-on-new-lp-the-horse

Ask any New Yorker what makes them special and they'll all tell you something different. But there's something very particular about a city so condensed with a vast range of humanity all facing myriad daily challenges that gives its rock music a brash, direct aggression, unlike other places. Case in point, NYC trio Blackout's take on doom and stoner rock is filled with a gritty, mechanistic heft unlike bands of their ilk from anywhere else.

Subsumed within the greasy grooves of The Horse there are echoes of NYC heavy legends like Helmet, Cro-Mags, Judge, Prong and others -- not as intentional homage, but rather a vibe that permeates and inadvertently gives its bands …

Bloodstock Festival Announces GraViL Plus Band Unleash New Music Video 'Detonate'

London Metallers GraViL Added To Bloodstock Festival Line-up & They Release New Video 'Detonate'!
The latest announcement by Bloodstock Open Air this past Tuesday sees the London melodeath group GRAVIL confirmed for the prestigious Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday 14th August. This new addition to the bill once again demonstrates Bloodstock's commitment to championing new bands in the metal community.

"We are honoured to be a part of Bloodstock Open Air 2017" says GraViL vocalist Grant Stacey. "Each year this spiritual home of heavy metal somehow betters the year before. We have each spent a lot of time on the hallowed ground of Catton Park, witnessing stunning new bands, the earth shattering veterans of the main stage and embracing the metal music community that we have come to call our family. Now we are privileged to grace the SOPHIE stage, whose very name represents the strength and pride of our brotherhood. See you there!"

2017 has seen a resurgen…

REVIEW: A Killer's Confession - Unbroken

A Killer's Confession is led by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis. The album was recorded in Kentucky, and the anticipated debut comes thanks to David Ellefson of Megadeth’s EMP Label Group. For their debut, they enlisted some friend's and exciting guests appearances to add to the intrigue which raises the stakes high for their first offering...

Opening track 'Awakening' is a short and unhinged scene setter for what lies ahead. Stand out track and latest single 'Rebirth' is atmospheric, melodic and consuming with prominent bass and powerful drums.

The first single self-named title track, 'A Killer's Confession' features none other than Brian 'Head' Welch from Korn on guitar. It sounds strange and eerie through the use of electronic sounds and is a must hear. This is one menacing and crushing track which wouldn't sound out of place on an actual Korn album.

The second half of the album treats us to more guest collaborations with '…

NEW ENGLAND’S MAMMOTHOR RELEASES 'DEVOTION LOST', NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'FAITH HEALER', #7 MOST-ADDED AT METAL RADIO

MAMMOTHOR Releases New LP 'Devotion Lost' & New Video For 'Faith Healer'!

NEW ENGLAND Hard Rock/Metal act Mammothor have released their new LP, DEVOTION LOST, which debuted at #3 on the New England-based Bull Moose charts. The album was recorded at New Alliance Audio in Cambridge, MA (Godsmack, Powerman 5000), mixed and engineered by Kyle Paradis (I Was Awake), and mastered by Jay Frigoletto (Alice in Chains, Shinedown, Tesla, Nonpoint) at MASTERSUITE. DEVOTION is 12 tracks of full-on East Coast Rock fury, becoming the #7 most added album at Metal Radio.

Devotion Lost sees MAMMOTHOR, long a staple in the New England Rock scene who have shared stages with the likes of Living Colour, Saving Abel, Fuel, Powerman 5000, Orgy, Eve 6, Hinder, Ted Nugent and more, vocalist Travis Lowell, Josh Johnson (guitar), Dana Sharpton (guitar), Dusty Mulholland (bass – studio only), and Nick Raby (drums) straying drastically at times from their blues-rock roots and delving into bold, p…

EXIT EDEN Announces Debut Album "Rhapsodies in Black"!

photo credit: Christian Barz

Four musicians from four different countries with four entirely different biographies, yet all stemming from the world of Rock, now united in one band: EXIT EDEN!
The all-female four piece ensemble unites all attributes ascribed to the new millennium: cosmopolitan, self-confident-independent and ready to do their very own thing! Despite their diversity, the four singers Amanda Somerville, Clémentine Delauney, Marina La Torraca and Anna Brunner blend together personally as superbly as they do vocally with their very diverse vocal tones and techniques that go from opera style to raspy rock! This constellation created extraordinary and powerful ideas and finally became their unique plan to raise EXIT EDEN’s very own edge: to show the world that almost every classic song can be transformed into a solid metal-rock song.
EXIT EDEN’s debut "Rhapsodies in Black”, which will be released on August 4 via Napalm Records (worldwide excluding Germany/Switzerland/Au…

RUTS DC TO HEADLINE WESTWORLD CALLING Plus CHELSEA, CHRON GEN AND 1919

RUTS DC will headline the first ever Westworld Calling show, which takes place in London on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at O2 Islington Academy.

Joining them on a stellar bill are Chelsea, Chron Gen and 1919, all Westworld Recordings label mates.

RUTS DC + CHELSEA + CHRON GEN + 1919

September 2017

2nd LONDON – Westworld Calling @ O2 Islington Academy

Doors are at 5:00 pm and tickets are available via Stargreen (02077348932 / www.stargreen.com)

With their roots undoubtedly deeply set in the initial mid-to-late seventies punk explosion, The Ruts, and then RUTS DC, very quickly developed into a musical hybrid that took in so much more than the basic three-chord-1234 that dominated much of what was labelled as punk. Already accomplished musicians, they effortlessly weaved reggae, ska, dub, rock and post-punk influences into a musical catalogue that is as inspiring and powerful now as it was when it was created.

The tragic death of their original frontman Malcolm Owen in 1980, and then their gui…