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FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE deliver baroque metal masterpiece 'I Can Never Die'

  Italian Symphonic Death Metal maestros FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE have released the latest single, ‘I Can Never Die’, from the band’s long-awaited 6th studio album, Opera, that’s due out August 23rd from Nuclear Blast Records. Accompanied by the stunning music video by visionary director Martina L. McLean , ‘I Can Never Die’ is a crushing sonic tribute to artists and their enduring works. Commenting on the song, frontman Francesco Paoli states: "Memory is the strongest force in the universe, as it’s the one and only that can give us immortality. It can’t be deceived or shaped to our liking as, in the end, we are what we do and what we leave to posterity faithfully reflects what kind of men and women we’ve been. Some people don’t give the right value to their actions, focusing on immediate profit, and forgetting that our choices have a decisive impact on our and other people’s existence. Especially when you are an artist. It's essential to remember that everything we create outlives

ROCKHARZ festival 2025 sold out in a record time of just one week!

  The festival tickets for ROCKHARZ 2025 in Ballenstedt are sold out! This is what the organizers announce after just one week of advance sales. The 2024 festival ended last week. Not only were all 25,000 tickets sold within this record time. It is also the first time that this has been achieved completely within the so-called early booking phase – which normally lasts 14 days. Last year, it took just under 6 weeks, until the organizers were able to announce that there were no more tickets available. It is also worth mentioning that, according to the organizers, 90% of the tickets were sold to regular festival customers. The organizers had granted this particular group of people exclusive one-week access to their online store. The organizers from VERUGA GmbH are overjoyed: “This is unbelievable! That our guests have given us such a vote of confidence is a great honor!" The ROCKHARZ Festival in Ballenstedt celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. With almost 60 bands regularly pl

DISTANT Release New Crushing Single And Stunning Video, “The Undying”

  On their quest to become immortal Dutch/Slovakian downtempo/deathcore ensemble DISTANT are unleashing another epic audio-visual treat, “The Undying”. In typical DISTANT fashion the story was written by Elmer Maurits and Alan Grnja and directed by Pavel Trebukhin for the creative forge Stream or download the song under the following link and hear DISTANT go ultra-heavy: And watch the stunning video: The band just finished tours with Austrian Death Machine and Ghost Iris and Suffocation in May and June before playing summer festivals and shows with Born of Osiris. DISTANT live: 03.08.24 (SK) Bratislava - Pink Whale Bar 05.08.24 (AT) Salzburg - Rockhouse-Bar (w/ Bodysnatcher, Humanity’s Last Breath) 06.08.24 (PL) Krakow - Klub Kwadrat 07.08.24 (PL) Warsaw - Klub Proxima (w/ Whitechapel, Aborted, Bodysnatcher) 09.08.24 (CZ) Jaromer - Brutal Assault 10.08.14 (IT) Bologna - Alchemia Music Club 11.08.24 (IT) Milan - Slaughter Club (We

FORTRESS FESTIVAL confirms more acts for 2025: Akhlys, Selbst, Grift & Perennial Isolation

  Fortress Festival has revealed a further four exclusive performances set to take place during the 2025 edition. Akhlys, Grift, Selbst and Perennial Isolation join Agalloch, Ulcerate, Forteresse, RUÏM, The Great Old Ones, Spirit Possession, Perchta and Belore, for what is promising to be another extraordinary weekend for black metal fans. Akhlys, who have just released their fourth album “House of the Black Geminus” to critical acclaim, will perform a 2025 UK exclusive set at Fortress Festival. Following the release of “Despondency Chord Progressions” earlier this year, the South American project Selbst will bring its music to a UK stage for the very first time with a UK debut and exclusive set. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its debut album “Syner”, Grift will perform the album in full with a UK exclusive set. Perennial Isolation will perform its iconic 2021 album “Portraits” in full in what will be a UK debut and exclusive performance from the Barcelona-based atmospheric black

HELLDOWN unleash new single and video, 'March Of The Damned'

  Commanding metallers HELLDOWN charge onwards with the release of their vicious single and video, 'March Of The Damned', out now - . Listen to the track via - If you’re new to HELLDOWN, then you’re missing out; the Swansea based squad have been dropping thumping earworms for the past decade. Featuring brothers Ben and Matthew Evans (respective Bassist/Vocalist and Rhythm Guitarist), Ross Thomas (Drums) and Lewis Larkman (Lead Guitarist), the compelling riff merchants have a reputation for being one of the fiercest bands to come out of Wales. To date, the popular metal crew have racked up critical acclaim with everyone from Metal Hammer, Powerplay Magazine, Ever Metal, Metal Talk, Moshville, Noizze, Maximum Volume Music, Total Rock, and Kerrang! Radio. The band have also acquired a strong live following abetted by a string of shows with the likes of Phil Campbell, Toxic Holocau


  So many cool things to share, with just over 3 weeks to go to BLOODSTOCK 2024! Read on and get excited!! If you’re still planning your outfits for BLOODSTOCK and fancy something new, EMP are here to lend a hand with a 20% off discount code! Just enter the code BOA20 at the checkout, before 4th Aug (minimum order value £30, one use only). They’ve also got a competition running for free tickets which you can enter here . Have you been paying attention to Planet Rock Radio of late? BLOODSTOCK is pleased to share that their highly contested battle to open the Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday morning has been won by triumphant Welsh headbangers BLACK | LAKES . Get up early and go show some support, they might be just what your ARCHITECTS bangover needs. The riotous, hotly fought Metal 2 The Masses finals covering 28 regions have now concluded for another year and BLOODSTOCK is delighted to reveal the final group of winners earning their spot on the Hopical Storm New Blood stage. Do check

Nu-metalcore band UNCURED release single 'Mask Of Sanity'

  Musicians paying homage to their influences is a story that has been around for decades. Every so often, an artist combines their influences and creates a new genre that defines their specific art and vision. This is what Uncured – the New Jersey quartet comprised of Rex Cox [vocals], Zak Cox [guitars], “King Z” Zachary King [drums], and Betto Andrade [bass] - have created with a genre they have affectionately dubbed ‘Nu Metalcore’. This is apparent on their first single ‘Mask Of Sanity’ – now available via all digital service providers – from their upcoming 2025 debut EP Warpath. The track is full of memorable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics that encapsulate the lens through which Uncured view the world. The track is available via all digital service providers here: . The Official Visualizer for ‘Mask Of Sanity’ can be seen HERE “We describe our sound as ‘Nu Metalcore’,” state Uncured. “It combines the raw energy, power and aggression of 2000s

HOLLOWKIN Release Single & Video 'Leech'

  Exciting contemporary metallers, HollowKin, are set to make a prominent mark with the release of their monolithic debut EP, Confessions & Failures, which lands on Friday 15th November. The fast-emerging newcomers have also just released the single and video, Leech. Watch the video here: and listen here: Born at the end of 2023, HollowKin wasted no time in setting out their manifesto. From the off, the diligent metalcorers soon amassed a heap of high-end quality material to commence work on their debut EP. In May of this year, the rampant riff slayers released their debut single, In Hersey. The single pricked strong interest and has set the stage for their new EP, Confessions & Failures. In pulling from a wealth of influences, HollowKin have shaped an intoxicating sound that is absorbing and utterly enthralling. The Bath-based five-piece merge the groove-drenched riffery of La

Far From Refuge Unleash New Single & Video 'Whitemane'

  Immensely talented UK prog metallers, FAR FROM REFUGE, unleash their towering new EP, False Flag on Friday 19th July. This stunning release is backed by their scorching single and video, 'Whitemane'. Check out the video, here: and listen via: Since their inception in 2018, FAR FROM REFUGE have repetitively captivated audiences with a glut of deeply alluring live performances and a substantial stream of potent releases. Hailing from Cambridge, UK, the progressive quartet traverse the frontiers of modern metal, cleverly merging a varied mix of engrossing influences to construct a powerful sound that provokes and rouses the senses. The band’s self-titled debut EP, landed in 2019, balanced fury and vigour alongside hooky refrains, and was followed by a series of compelling and distinct singles. Supplemented by a string of appealing music videos that showcase their varied approach

Penny Rich Announce Incendiary ‘On And On’ EP + ‘Fundamentals’ Video Out Now

  Noise punk rock band Penny Rich, a three-piece from Cardiff, Wales, has announced their new EP, ‘On & On,’ is set to drop this September. Ahead of the EP and upcoming live dates, the group has released protest track ‘Fundamentals’. Watch ‘Fundamentals’ (official music video): 'Fundamentals' explores the frustration and embarrassing nature of finding recourse in mainstream solutions to physical and mental health issues, solutions that have previously been prescribed - unsolicited or otherwise - by others unaffected by these issues, i.e. who have not had to suffer or agonise to 'get there'. It denotes the irrational feeling of injustice in the face of smugness by others at how this journey has unfolded, whether intentional or otherwise. Since forming in 2018, Penny Rich has become synonymous with a raw, invigorating sound that blends the evocative vibes of early Sub-Pop with a contemporary twist. Known for their skin-prickling, abrasiv

THE FIVE HUNDRED Release New Single 'Dragged Out'

THE FIVE HUNDRED, a formidable force in the British heavy metal scene, are back with the haunting new single ‘DRAGGED OUT’, which features powerful guest vocals from Charlie Rolfe of As Everything Unfolds. Standing as a testament to the quintet’s ability to confront raw, difficult emotions head-on, ‘DRAGGED OUT’ offers a powerful and cathartic release with its infectious riffs and raw, emotive vocals, conveying the weight of psychological suffering and the fight for survival amidst despair. Watch the accompanying music video below: "'DRAGGED OUT' delves into the depths of complex mental anguish and despair, capturing the harrowing experience of being trapped in a relentless cycle of inner turmoil and emotional darkness. We hope the new track resonates deeply with our listeners who may have faced their own battles with mental health." About The Five Hundred Emerging in the early 2010s, the band quickly established themselves with a sound that blends the brutal intens

70000TONS OF METAL 2025: Public Sales Announced + New Band Announcements

  This is your chance to become part of the United Nations of Heavy Metal at Sea – Immerse yourself in a world of pure Metal magic as you soak in rejuvenating hot tubs, feel the warm Caribbean breeze on your skin, and let the powerful Heavy Metal music transport you to another realm. Yes, you read that right! The wait is over. The organizers of the 70000TONS OF METAL festival have announced the Public Sales date for The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. Don't miss out on this epic journey from Miami, FL to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and back, taking place from January 30th to February 3rd, 2025. Public Sales will start Thursday, July 11th 2024 at 12PM EDT (9AM PDT, 18:00 CEST and respectively 17:00 GMT+1). With unrestricted festival access, every festival goer can indulge in over 120 shows and special onboard events. Guests will have the opportunity to attend meet and greets for all the bands, intimate masterclasses with select musicians, experience exclusive live album

ZacTheLocust Release New Single & Video 'Lazy Days'

  ZACTHELOCUST are poised to release their breathtaking debut album, All I Am, which drops on Friday 30th August. The band have also just unveiled their hooky new single and video, Lazy Days. Watch the video, here: and listen to the track, here: . The album is dedicated to lead vocalist, Cory James, who sadly just passed away in May of this year. Born in 2019 and formed in the beautiful valleys of South Wales, ZACTHELOCUST originally started life as a solo endeavour created by guitarist Keryn Isaac. The project soon grew with long-time friend Robert Baulch keen to handle bass playing duties, and new friends Archie Holland and Ashley Turner arriving on lead guitar and drums. The four-piece diligently worked on their live set, but the songs needed a lift to take them to the next level. After a prolonged search for a lead vocalist, they eventually found Cory James. Upon his arrival, Cory

Four more for FORTRESS 2025: The Great Old Ones, Spirit Possession, Perchta & Belore

  Only a few days after revealing Forteresse for its line-up, Fortress Festival now confirms four more exclusive performances set to take place during its 2025 edition. The Great Old Ones, Spirit Possession, Perchta and Belore join the festival’s already impressive line-up of Agalloch, Ulcerate, Forteresse and RUÏM. The Great Old Ones and Spirit Possession will perform UK exclusive shows, while it will be a UK debut and exclusive show for both Perchta and Belore. Fortress Festival will take place on the weekend of 31 May - 1 June 2025 at Scarborough Spa. Standard weekend tickets are on sale: New Zealand unorthodox death metallers Ulcerate will perform a UK exclusive set following their recently released “Cutting the Throat of God”. RUÏM - with iconic former Mayhem guitarist and Vltimas founder, Blasphemer - will perform a UK debut and exclusive show. Agalloch will perform a 2025 European exclusive headlining show; their first in the UK since t

Celebrating the legacy of Lemmy Kilmister and Motörhead: Special LEMMY FOREVER Memorial at BLOODSTOCK 2024

  Only a month now until metalheads will return to Derbyshire’s Catton Park in the UK, where BLOODSTOCK welcomes headbangers from all over the world along with 120 bands to another unforgettable 4 day festival experience from August 8 – 11, 2024. Fans can look forward to headliners like Amon Amarth, Architects, and Opeth and see Hatebreed, Korpiklaani, Malevolence, Satyricon, Deicide, Whitechapel, Enslaved, and many more on stage or enjoy fairground rides, Viking battles, a gaming arena, heavy metal art gallery, signing tent, or drinks on the festival grounds. But there’s one more reason 2024 will be a very special year at Bloodstock: By arrangement with Official Motörhead management, Bloodstock has announced that the legendary, late, great Lemmy Kilmister will be permanently memorialised at the heavy metal festival. Some of Lemmy’s ashes will be housed at BLOODSTOCK – one of only a few places globally – in a unique urn, with the festival commissioning a Bust of Lemmy to incorporate th

WINTERSUN reveal new album 'Time II' coming August 30th

  12 Years following WINTERSUN's TIME I, Finnish heavy metal quartet led by Jari Mäenpää announce their new album TIME II. TIME II will be released on August 30th via Nuclear Blast Records. Jari Mäenpää comments: "TIME II is an epic journey from light to darkness and back to light, exploring the universe and energy, contrasting dark stormy landscapes to calm and beautiful cherry blossom tree gardens with misty, snowy mountains that will leave you breathless. It has songs with furious speed of drums, guitars, and bass and beautiful melodic slower songs with a magical exotic influence. It has massive orchestrations and choirs spiced with ancient world instruments and glimmering synths. It has Jari's soaring, clean singing contrasted with his aggressive style. It is a highly detailed and complex album where you will find new things with every listen." Pre-Order TIME II here: About WINTERSUN: Finally our patience will be rewarded w

Sheffield's up-and-coming Steal The City, Announce Debut Album 'Road To Nowhere'

  Sheffield has been producing world beating rock/metal music powerhouses for decades. Iconic legacy artists Def Leppard put Steel City on the world’s map, paving the way for modern metal heavyweights Bring Me The Horizon and While She Sleeps to emerge and collectively dominate the modern alternative music scene. Now stepping up to stake their claim is Steal The City, a young Sheffield group whose melodic yet aggressive songs and ferocious live performances have been turning heads and taking names over the past few years. With such a rich musical heritage, Steal The City’s relentless drive and potent creativity is now realised on their upcoming debut studio album, ‘Road To Nowhere.’ As heard on Kerrang! Radio, lead single and album opener, ‘Drag Me To Hell', reflects on the dark toxic nature of social media and immediately drags listeners in with its unrestrained lyrics and fierce energy. Watch ‘Drag Me to Hell’ (official music video):