CD review Amanda Somerville’s TRILLIUM ‘Tectonic’

(8/10) Amanda Somerville is a well-known name when it comes to female-fronted rock and metal music. The American singer worked together with Kamelot, Avantasia and Epica. Next to these cooperations Somerville and Helloween’s Michael Kiske released some excellently done records with the moniker of Kiske/Somerville. So, you should have heard the great singer already earlier... Continue Reading →

HALESTORM reveals details of the upcoming album

Halestorm announced their fourth album ‘Vicious’ and the release date will be July 27th. The first single ‘Uncomfortable’ has been revealed as well and is a great appetizer for the album. The tracklist of ‘Vicious’ looks like this: Black Vultures Skulls Uncomfortable Buzz Do Not Disturb Conflicted Killing Ourselves To Live Heart of Novocaine Painkiller... Continue Reading →

CD review LUGNET ‘Begging’ 7″

(7/10) Swedish Lugnet unveiled a first 7" with a song taken from the upcoming album. 'Begging' is a classic rock song that reminds very much of bands like Deep Purple and also some Jimi Hendrix. The B-side includes with 'Cockroack' another tune that refers back to the 70's as well. It's a grooving rock song... Continue Reading →

MARILLION announces live album

Marillion played for the first time aver at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 13th, 2017. The show was recorded and will be released as CD, DVD, Blu-ray and LP on July 27th.  ‘All One Tonight (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)’ comprises of two parts. The first one is the ‘Fuck Everyone... Continue Reading →

CD review FARGO ‘Constellation’

(7/10) Cosmic constellation seems to be quite good for Fargo and their new endeavour. It was Peter ‘Frago Pedda’ Knorn, also known from bands like Victory, who wrote a book, looking back to his career as musician, producer and label manager. This retrospect included the days with Fargo in the 70’s and early 80’s and... Continue Reading →

CD review SLAPSHOT ‘Make America Hate Again’

(7/10) Looking up ‘slap shot’ in the dictionary gives you the following definition. “A very powerful, fast-moving shot of the puck on goal made with a full backswing of the stick and an extended follow-through” ( Transferring this definition to Boston-based hardcore veterans Slapshot is spot on.  Slapshot’s songs are fast and extremely powerful. The... Continue Reading →

RIVERSIDE – new album and tour dates

Progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE have just signed a new deal with longtime partners InsideOutMusic and are pleased to announce their upcoming seventh studio album “Wasteland” as well as its corresponding first European tour for October/November. RIVERSIDE checked in with the following words: “Well, we're back in the game! We're happy to tell you that our... Continue Reading →

IRON MAIDEN goes digital

  Mobile games publisher Nodding Frog and heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN are proud to announce the arrival of a new PvP arena to their ‘Legacy of the Beast’ game - in a global first and representing an unparalleled level of integration in the mobile space, the arena was designed in tandem with Iron Maiden’s... Continue Reading →

CD review REFUGE ‘Solitary Men’

(9/10) Refuge is nothing else than the re-vitalization of the Rage line-up from the late 80’s/early 90’s. Manni Schmidt (g), Christos Efthimiadis (d) and singer/bassist Peavy Wagner all together have been Rage between 1987 and 1994, releasing some excellent metal records that still belong to the best the band ever released. After 1994 the three... Continue Reading →

FATES WARNING unveils new video

Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING are launching a second single and video clip off their upcoming new live album release entitled “Live Over Europe” (Out June 29th, 2018 via InsideOutMusic) today. Check out “The Light and Shade of Things”, which was edited by Chris Anderson at Divine Digital based on live footage from Germany (Filmed... Continue Reading →

CD review MARC RIZZO ‘Rotation’

(8/10) Marc Rizzo's career in metal began with Ill Nino, who had a great time in the beginning of this century.  It was in 2004 when the axeman joined Soulfly and later on, in 2007, Rizzo also became a part of Cavalera Conspiracy. Next to his contribution to these bands the guitarist also constantly worked... Continue Reading →

CD review GHOST ‘Prequelle’

(9/10) One thing right away – if you liked Ghost up till now you will like the band even more after having listened to their new longplayer ‘Prequelle’. The fourth album, following the 2015 release ‘Meliora’, is rich in well-crafted soundscapes and catchy melodies. While other bands with a similar approach often drift away into... Continue Reading →

TARJA announces ‘Act II’

After Tarja's live album 'Act I' has been very successful, it's 'Act II' that will see the light of day on July 27th. The shows that built the base for  'Act II' were part of Tarja's 'The Shadow Shows', which was a world tour with more than 200 concerts in 40 countries. The core of... Continue Reading →

UP IN SMOKE festival announced second headliner

Up In Smoke Indoor Fest 2018 has just announced a bunch of new bands, including their second headliner: The almighty ELECTRIC WIZARD, bringing their new album "Wizard Bloody Wizard" to make Pratteln tremble once again! Taking place October 5th & 6th 2018 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland, highclass acts such as JOHN GARCIA & THE... Continue Reading →

CD review GRAVEYARD ‘Peace’

(8/10) One of last decade’s shooting stars in classic rock is Graveyard. The four Swedes began in 2006 and debut with a self-titled album the same year. It was Tee Pee Records and their great sense for new bands that led to the album number one. ‘Graveyard’ was the springboard for the band signing with... Continue Reading →


The all-star hard rock and heavy metal group DevilStar, which founding producer/guitarist Paul Crook (Anthrax, Meat Loaf, Sebastian Bach) and executive producer John Madera describe as the world's first interactive band, have posted a teaser video of the group's debut single – a cover of the Judas Priest classic “Beyond The Realms Of Death.” The clip... Continue Reading →

CD review LIV SIN “Inverted’ (EP)

(8/10) Female-fronted powerhouse Liv Sin, successor of Sister Sin, added a new EP to their discography. The disc is entitled ‘Inverted’ and follows the debut 'Follow Me' from 2017. Three songs found a spot on the short tracklist of this mini album. These three tunes are the first output with a contribution of the entire... Continue Reading →

VIXEN announces live album

Classic 80’s rock veterans Vixen will release “Live Fire” via Rat Pak Records on July 6, 2018. Mixed by Michael Wagener, “Live Fire” features 12 live tracks and was recorded at Chicago's legendary Arcada Theater during the group’s successful 2017 tour.  In addition to the classic Vixen songs, the effort also includes a newly recorded... Continue Reading →

Live report ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2018 – Day 1

The Rock Hard Festival (RHF) in Germany belongs to one of the most established open airs. The first edition took place in 1990 in Lichtenfels, Bavaria with German Rock Hard magazine being the organizer and sponsor. In 2003 the Rock Hard Festival moved location. The Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen became the new venue, a great location that... Continue Reading →

SATAN announces a new 7″

On July 6th Metal Blade will release the 'The Doomsday Clock' 7" single on vinyl as well as digital. The b-side features another brand new track, 'Catacombs' exclusively to this 7". You can get 'The Doomsday Clock' in these formats, limitations in brackets: • Black vinyl (400) • Transparent red vinyl (200) • White vinyl... Continue Reading →

This year's edition ended two days ago and here is already the outlook for next year. The dates are set: June 7th to June 9th.

CD review SUBSIGNAL ‘La Muerte’

(8/10) Subsignal allowed themselves two years of time to work on their next delivery. Work has been finished and the next longplayer is supposed to hit the shelfs end of May this year. “La Muerte” is release number five of a band that belongs to the spearhead of German progressive rock music. The band, that was... Continue Reading →

CD review KATAKLYSM ‘Meditations’

(9/10) Canadian death metallers Kataklysm finished work on their next studio album entitled ‘Meditations’. The title of this album led to a smile because the album is definitely no soundtrack for meditation. So, if you were worried about what this chosen name means for the band’s music I can comfort you – things are as... Continue Reading →

CD review GRUESOME ‘Twisted Prayers’

(8/10) If there is one band that seriously carries-on the heritage of death metal legend Death it‘s Gruesome. The band, founded by axeman Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios, with both being involved in the Death To All touring activity, debut in 2015 with a raw and brutal debut entitled „Savage Land“. Two EP‘s followed and... Continue Reading →

CD review LUNATIC SOUL “Under the Fragmented Sky”

  (8/10) Lunatic Soul is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Mariusz Duda. The very talented musician is known from his contribution to Riverside, a band he founded together with Piotr Grudziński, Piotr Kozieradzki and Jacek Melnicki. Next to Riverside Duda also works on solo releases. Duda started Lunatic Soul as a side-project to Riverside in 2008... Continue Reading →

GENE SIMMONS tour dates

Legendary Gene Simmons plays a show at Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany as being part of his solo tour through Europe. Three bands will support at this show: Thunder, The Brew and Red's Cool Next to the Oberhausen there are more shows planned and HERE is the entire overview. Not to forget in this context the... Continue Reading →

CD review AMORPHIS ‘Queen of Time’

(9/10) That 12 records and 27 years in metal doesn't equal routine and repetition, that is something Amorphis proves with their newest album 'Queen of Time' in a way that doesn't leave room for discussion. The Finns add these days with 'Queen of Time' a new longplayer to their discography that is as impressive as... Continue Reading →

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