LAS ULTIMAS NOTICIAS DEL ROCK

  • DEF LEPPARD "DIAMONDS STAR HALOS" su nuevo disco

    Por fin regresa Def Leppard banda inglesa con una nueva producción discográfica, muy esperada por los fans. Por ahora han anunciado el lanzamiento de su duodécimo álbum, siete años después del anterior homónimo.

    Diamond Star Halos, ese es su título de esta nueva producción que saldrá a la venta el próximo 27 de mayo, dos semanas antes de que arranque en Atlanta el aplazado The Stadium Tour junto a Mötley Crüe, Poison y Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, por cierto un mega concierto muy esperado con estos grandes monstruos del rock. 

    La banda grabó su nuevo disco a lo largo de los dos últimos años a distancia, con sus miembros repartidos entre Irlanda, Inglaterra y Estados Unidos durante la pandemia. Este álbum cuenta con colaboraciones de la cantante country Alison Krauss en dos temas y de Mike Garson, pianista de David Bowie, en otros dos, ‘Goodbye For Good This Time’ y ‘Angels (Can’t Help You Now)’.

    La banda ha comentado que musicalmente Diamond Star Halos contiene influencias del glam clásico de Bowie, T.Rex y Mott The Hoople, algo que se aprecia claramente en ‘Kick’, el tema que esta ya en sus plataformas como primer adelanto y que puedes escuchar en www.lapajarracaradio.com 

    Ready to ignite 2022, Def Leppard return with their twelfth full-length album, Diamond Star Halos, on May 27th, 2022. To herald the arrival of Diamond Star Halos, the band has released “Kick” - a powerful and rip-roaring new rock single from the album. 

    The artwork design for Diamond Star Halos follows pedigree with instantly recognizable album covers from their celebrated past, and follows the band’s influence through their eyes today. 

    2022 is the year of Def Leppard. 

     

    Stream & Pre-order: https://defleppard.lnk.to/DiamondStarHalos

    Diamond Star Halos TRACKLISTING

    1. Take What You Want

    2. Kick

    3. Fire It Up 

    4. This Guitar [feat. Alison Krauss]

    5. SOS Emergency

    6. Liquid Dust

    7. U Rok Mi

    8. Goodbye For Good This Time

    9. All We Need

    10. Open Your Eyes

    11. Gimme A Kiss

    12. Angels (Can’t Help You Now)

    13. Lifeless [feat. Alison Krauss]

    14. Unbreakable

    15. From Here To Eternity

     

    Y esta la portada:

  • MESHUGGAH "Immutable" - Label: Atomic Fire, out: 1. April 2022

    Mavericks. Pioneers. Unique. Immutable. 

    Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers Meshuggah will release their upcoming studio manifest, "Immutable", worldwide via Atomic Fire on April 1st, 2022! 

    Recorded in Sweden's "Sweetspot Studios”, their ninth full-length album "Immutable" is the follow-up to their highly acclaimed and Grammy-nominated album, "The Violent Sleep Of Reason". This band blow minds for a living, and "Immutable" is their most explosive work of monstrous art yet.

    2022 brings the release of the Swedish icons’ ninth and most fearlessly creative studio album yet. Full of surprises and yet instantly recognizable as the work of metal’s most idiosyncratic force, “Immutable” redefines and redesigns the Meshuggah sound, across more than an hour of the most stimulating and absorbing music the band have ever made. Despite the challenges of the last couple of years, the progressive principles that have always informed their artistic efforts remain as cherished as ever. As we spiral towards a dystopian future, Meshuggah still stand alone.

    For guitarist Mårten Hagström, the task of embarking on another unprecedented tech-metal odyssey was impossible to resist. “For us, it wasn’t all that clear that we were making a new album. We knew we could do it, but did we want to do it?” he says. “We had to decide, are we doing this or what else are we doing? After a long, long discussion, we agreed on certain things. We would make an album with as few restraints as possible. We would go in and try to make as cool an album as possible, have no anxiety about it, and see it as an opportunity. How do we make this a challenge that we feel like accepting and rising up to? Pretty quickly we had a starting point. Everybody started to write, the ball started rolling and suddenly we were sitting there, discussing how many songs we were going to have to cut!” 

    For guitarist Mårten Hagström, the task of embarking on another unprecedented tech-metal odyssey was impossible to resist.

    Shattering even the highest of expectations, the band's ninth album is simply their wildest and most esoteric sonic adventure yet. Recorded at Sweetspot Studios in Halmstad (Sweden), mixed by Rickard Bengtsson & Staffan Karlsson and mastered by multiple Grammy award winner Vlado Meller (Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down). Visionary artist Luminokaya once again created the stunning cover artwork. 

    Meshuggah are still operating on a higher level of metallic consciousness than just about everybody else. Since forming in 1987, the Swedish sound architects known as Meshuggah developed into one of the most technically complex and virtuosic group of players the metal realm has ever encountered, their distinctly unique brand of progressive groove-infused death metal inadvertently launching an entirely new subgenre. 

    The most inventive and creative metal band of the last 30 years and one of the most widely revered, Meshuggah, have been standard-bearers for forward-thinking creativity in heavy music throughout their illustrious careers. Over the course of more than 30 years and eight studio albums, Sweden's widely worshipped progressive mavens have consistently redefined what it means to be heavy while exhibiting a ferocious intelligence that belies the crushing weight of their riffs. From the ground-breaking savagery of 1995's "Destroy Erase Improve", to the psychedelic tech-splorations of "CatchyThirtyThree", and on to the streamlined grotesquery of "ObZen" and "Koloss", Meshuggah have always been way ahead of the game and plainly without peer.

    "Immutable" is available edition as CD, exclusive super deluxe liquid vinyl, nine limited vinyl colors, cassette, or merchandise 

    https://meshuggah.afr.link/immutable 

    Legendary. Unique. Immutable.

     

    Tracklist:

    01. Broken Cog

    02. The Abysmal Eye

    03. Light The Shortening Fuse

    04. Phantoms

    05. Ligature Marks

    06. God He Sees In Mirrors

    07. They Move Below

    08. Kaleidoscope

    09. Black Cathedral

    10. I Am That Thirst

    11. The Faultless

    12. Armies Of The Preposterous

    13. Past Tense

     

    MESHUGGAH is:

    Jens Kidman | Vocals

    Mårten Hagström | Guitars

    Dick Lövgren | Bass

    Fredrik Thordendal | Guitars

    Tomas Haake | Drums

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    MESHUGGAH online:

    www.meshuggah.net

    www.facebook.com/meshuggah

    www.instagram.com/meshuggah

    www.twitter.com/meshuggah

    https://label.atomicfire-records.com/project/meshuggah

  • MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP release first single/video “EMERGENCY”

    Kick off pre-order for their new studio album “UNIVERSAL”

    “Emergency” is the haunting opening track of MSG’s upcoming new studio album “Universal”. The first single comes along with an official music video, produced by Justin Griffiths. “‘Emergency’ is quite a complicated song with different rhythm's but catchy at the same time. It's fun to play and to listen to. Enjoy and Keep On Rocking”, comments Michael Schenker.

     

    Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/MWRsuIo7wSg

     

    Listen/stream/download “Emergency” here: https://msg.afr.link/emergencyPR

     

    “Universal” will be released on May 27th, 2022, via Atomic Fire Records and is available as Digipak CD (incl. 2 bonus tracks), colored vinyl, Earbook (CD incl. 2 bonus tracks) and digital album, featuring the following tracks:

     

    CD + LP + Digital

    01. Emergency

    02. Under Attack

    03. Calling Baal

    04. A King Has Gone

    05. The Universe

    06. Long Long Road

    07. Wrecking Ball

    08. Yesterday Is Dead

    09. London Calling

    10. Sad Is The Song

    111. Au Revoir

     

    CD + Earbook bonus tracks:

    11. Turn Off The World

    12. Fighter

    The pre-order has started and is available here: https://msg.afr.link/UniversalPR

    There are few rock guitarists on this planet who have had such a lasting influence on so many renowned musicians as Michael Schenker. With his outstandingly fluid style, inexhaustible wealth of ideas and instinctive feel for hooks and melodies, Michael Schenker is a living legend who, despite his longstanding and distinguished history, still impresses with his unflagging energy and drive. The blond stringman from Sarstedt (near Hanover) began his international career in the early 1970s with the Scorpions, achieved worldwide fame after joining British rock group U.F.O. and then seamlessly continued his exceptional global success story under his own name, as well as with acts such as Michael Schenker Group (MSG for short), Temple Of Rock and Michael Schenker Fest. Schenker and his career, which has spanned more than fifty years, are absolute exceptions in the otherwise short-lived music industry.

    Now his latest MSG album is about to be unleashed, scheduled for release on Atomic Fire Records on 27 May 2022 under the programmatic moniker of "Universal". His latest offering will feature all the strengths of this exceptional musician: first-rate songs with anthemic melodies, catchy guitar riffs and inspiring solos. As we have come to expect from him, Schenker has once again enlisted a number of prestigious fellow musicians for the recording of his new studio production, among them, as main vocalist, Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Vandenberg), who will also be MSG’s frontman on their upcoming tour, Michael Kiske (Helloween) and Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), keyboard player Steve Mann (Lionheart), drummers Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner), Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow) and Bodo Schopf (Eloy), as well as legendary bassists Bob Daisley (Black Sabbath), Barry Sparks (Malmsteen, Dokken) and Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian, Zakk Wylde), with Tony Carey as a very special guest.

     

    >MSG EU TOUR 2022

    Michael Schenker * Robin McAuley * Steve Mann * Barend Courbois * Bodo Schopf

    27.04.2022 FI - Helsinki, Vanha Yo-talo

    29.04.2022 SE - Stockholm, Tyrol

    30.04.2022 NO - Oslo, Vulkan Arena

    01.05.2022 DK - Kopenhagen, Amager Bio

    03.05.2022 NL - Zoetermeer, De Boerderij

    04.05.2022 GER - Bochum, Zeche

    05.05.2022 CH - Pratteln, Z7

    06.05.2022 GER - Speyer, Halle 101

    07.05.2022 FR - Cleon, La Traverse

    10.05.2022 ES - Madrid, La Riviera

    11.05.2022 ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz 1

    12.05.2022 ES - Pamplona, Totem

    14.05.2022 IT - Mailand, Phenomenon

    15.05.2022 IT - Rom, Largo Venue

     

    MSG US TOUR 2022

    Michael Schenker * Ronnie Romero * Steve Mann * Barend Courbois * Bodo Schopf

     

    w/ ERIC MARTIN, IMAGES OF EDEN

    09/27/2022     San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House

    09/28/2022     Roseville, CA - Goldfield Trading Post

    09/29/2022     San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

    10/01/2022     Los Angeles, CA - Saban Theater                    

    10/02/2022     Las Vegas, NV - Count's Vamp'd

    10/04/2022     Denver, CO - Oriental Theater

    10/06/2022     Sauget, IL - Pop's

    10/07/2022     Des Plaines, IL - Des Plaines Theater

    10/08/2022     St Charles, IL - Arcada Theater

    10/09/2022     Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater

    10/11/2022     Hobart, IN - The Art Theater

    10/12/2022     Ft Wayne, IN - Piere's

    10/14/2022     Columbus, OH - The King Of Clubs

    10/15/2022     Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater

    10/16/2022     Detroit, MI - Harpo's

    10/17/2022     Pittsburgh, PA - Jergels

    10/19/2022     New Bedford, MA - The Vault*

    10/20/2022     Plymouth, NH - Flying Monkey

    10/21/2022     Beverly, MA - Cabot Theater

    10/22/2022     New York, NY  - Sony Hall

    10/23/2022     Newton, NJ - Newton Theater

    10/25/2022     Glenside, PA - Keswick Theater

    10/26/2022     Leesburg, VA - Tally Ho

    10/27/2022     Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater

    *no support

     

    w/ DAMON JOHNSON & THE GET READY, IMAGES OF EDEN

    10/29/2022     Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts

    10/30/2022     Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl

     

    w/ WASP, ARMORED SAINT

    11/02/2022     Houston TX - White Oak Music Hall

    11/03/2022     Corpus Christi TX - Concrete Street Pavillion

    11/04/2022     San Antonio, TX - Eaton Arena

    11/05/2022     Dallas, TX - Amplified Live

    11/06/2022     Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Theater

     

    MSG is:

    Michael Schenker | Lead Guitar

    Ronnie Romero | Vocals

    Bodo Schopf | Drums

    Steve Mann | Keyboards/Guitars

    Barend Courbois | Bass

     

    MSG online:

    www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

    https://www.facebook.com/MichaelSchenkerRocks

    https://www.instagram.com/michaelschenkerrocks/

    https://twitter.com/MWSchenker

    https://label.atomicfire-records.com/project/michael-schenker/

  • RAMMSTEIN ESTRENA SENCILLO Y VIDEO “Zeitkommt” ESTE 10 DE MARZO

     

    La nueva producción de la banda alemana RAMMSTEIN se estrenará el próximo 2023 según comentó su guitarrista Richard Z. Kruspe. Se espera salga a la venta antes de su gira mundial. Por el momento no hay más detalles de esta nueva producción, solamente contaremos con el adelanto de este nuevo sencillo titulado “Zeitkommt”. estaremos a la espera de este para ver la potencia musical. Por el momento hay fechas de conciertos en México , Noruega y muchos paises más.La gira europea del grupo comenzará el 15 de mayo en Praga, República Checa.

  • *STEAMHAMMER / SPV / NEW CD RELEASE AXEL RUDI PELL "Lost XXIII"

    Release Date: April 15th, 2022 

    Format : - CD Jewel Case - CD Digipak + 1 bonustrack & poster - Limited to 7.000 units world-wide - 2LP, gatefold, 140g half red/half black vinyl, printed inner sleeves 

    - Deluxe Boxset incl. limited Digipak CD, 2 LP, gatefold, circular red/black vinyl, framed art print, A1 double sided poster, photo card, sticker - Limited to 1.000 units Europe-wide 

    Tracklisting: 

    01. Lost XXIII Prequel (Intro) 01:47 

    02. Survive 05:02 

    03. No Compromise 04:57 

    04. Down On The Streets 04:46 

    05. Gone With The Wind 08:56

     06. Freight Train 06:08 

    07. Follow The Beast 05:02 

    08. Fly With Me 05:42 

    09. The Rise Of Ankhoor 03:48 

    10. Lost XXIII 08:35 Digipak Bonustrack: 

    11. Quarantined 1 07:03

     

     Info: Only genuine thoroughbred musicians with substantial creative talent succeed in staying at the top of their game as long as Axel Rudi Pell has. For more than thirty years, the guitarist and songwriter from Bochum, Germany, has released new albums at regular intervals with his ARP band. Reactions from fans and media alike have been consistently positive while impressive record sales, high chart positions and ever-increasing audience numbers at his concerts and tours say it all.

    From 15 April 2022, Pell’s latest studio offering LOST XXIII – his 21st to date – will be available as a digipak, CD, double vinyl album, strictly limited box set and for digital download, as usual on Steamhammer/SPV. To make the wait more bearable for his fans, the first lead single ‘Survive’ (including video clip) will be released on 18 February 2022. LOST XXIII is a very special album in Pell’s longstanding career, extremely varied, consisting of ten deeply melodic hard rock songs (plus intro) in typical ARP style, as well as a number of fast-paced highlights and surprising compositions. Among the focal points is the title track with its chorus featuring Arabic scales – as Pell explains “a longer, epic track that’s pretty characteristic of me”. At the same time, LOST XXIII sees Pell welcome a number of familiar faces, underlining his consistency both on a musical and on a personal level:

    As on his previous four studio recordings INTO THE STORM (2014), GAME OF SINS (2016), KNIGHTS CALL (2018) and the highly acclaimed SIGN OF THE TIMES (2021), which made no. 5 of the German charts, plus the covers album DIAMONDS UNLOCKED II (2021) and two live releases, the ARP band mark 2022 continues to consist of singer Johnny Gioeli, bassist Volker Krawczak, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg and drummer Bobby Rondinelli (ex-Rainbow), a perfectly oiled hard rock machine that never fails to deliver Pell’s compositions outstandingly and at the same time enhance them with each musician’s own trademarks. Even more enduring than his current line-up is Pell’s 33(!)-year collaboration with Steamhammer/SPV (in the 33rd year of his solo career!). A real exception in a profession characterised by discontinuity and short-lived trends. Not least ARP’s countless fans benefit from this reliability: The ten songs (plus intro) on XXIII present the band in top form, with compositions that are among Pell’s strongest to date, be it a typical guitar riff number such as ‘No Compromise’, ‘Gone With The Wind’ which is based on a true story about a dog that waited in vain for a year on a train platform for its deceased master, the fast-paced ‘Follow The Beast’ with its NWOBHM references, or the ballad ‘Fly With Me’, which kicks off with an atmospheric piano part and goes on to create a haunting goosebumps atmosphere. Not forgetting the classy instrumental ‘The Rise Of Ankhoor’ (Pell: “The title is a play on words based on the terms ‘anchor’ and ‘encore’”) and the stylistically as well as lyrically exceptional ‘Down On The Streets’ (scheduled for release as the second lead single on 25 March 2022) and ‘Freight Train’. “Thin Lizzy and AC/DC could have had a finger in this particular pie,” Pell explains, tongue-in-cheek, adding: “Both songs are about life on the streets, about people who are homeless for various reasons and – in the case of ‘Freight Train’ – hop on trains in the manner of American hobos to travel across the country.” Last but not least: LOST XXIII ends with the instrumental bonus track ‘Quarantined 1’, which Pell had already recorded on his own at home in spring 2020 and presented to his fans on YouTube as a kind of “COVID support package”. Bobby Rondinelli has now contributed proper drums for the album version, turning the song into a “real” ARP track.

    LOST XIII was produced by Axel Rudi Pell, mixed by Tommy Geiger, mastered by Ulf Horbelt, and the mysterious cover artwork was once again designed by Thomas Ewerhard (Gotthard, Edguy, Sons Of Apollo, among others). All that remains is to solve the little mystery of the album title. Pell explains: “XXIII is the Roman numeral for 23 and stands for W, the 23rd letter of the alphabet. Which in this case is an abbreviation of ‘world’, so you could also call the album ‘Lost World’, a reference to the currently pretty alarming state of our planet.” He and his exceptional band will answer any remaining questions live on tour in spring and autumn of this year. Line Up: Johnny Gioeli - Lead and Backing Vocals Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards Volker Krawczak - Bass Bobby Rondinelli – Drums

     

  • UDO DIRK SCHNEIDER - reveals first single and video "We Will Rock You

    UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER - reveals first single and video "We Will Rock You", album pre-order kicks offreveals first single & video "We Will Rock You";

    kick off album pre-order

    He is THE constant among the German metal scene - Udo Dirkschneider. Originally becoming world-famous as a founding member of ACCEPT, he continues to steadily expand upon his international successes with his U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER outfits. Remaining true to himself over the years in a way few musicians could, Dirkschneider consistently bucks music industry trends in favor of following his heart. Yet his most personal and extraordinary album to date will be released on April 22nd, 2022: "My Way".

    Today, Udo Dirkschneider reveals the first single from his upcoming new album ‘My Way’, the QUEEN classic "We Will Rock You", which has personally been approved by Brian May who described it as one of the strongest QUEEN cover versions he has ever heard.

    "Queen have shown how versatile a band can be", states Udo Dirkschneider and explains: "They have always fascinated me and have been one of my very first favourite bands. Queen inspired me musically and I still enjoy listening to all of their records to this day. I liked the live version of „We Will Rock You“ most, which is why I used that one for my cover version“.

    Watch the video here:

     https://youtu.be/CqOvc6dClaQ

    This new release contains 17 cover versions of the very songs that have influenced the musician and singer the most. All kinds of classics from music history are among them - including those that you might not expect from Udo. Not only does a very personal story lie behind each of the tracks, but also a sometimes surprising arrangement that, despite the very individual implementation, lives and breathes Udo’s manuscript throughout. “Now when I hear the songs, I remember the time when, as a very young Udo, I’d go out to light up the town and lived all the stories that can only be experienced late at night in the clubs.”

     The cover album also makes one thing clear: Just how many in the music industry have come and gone over the years. Yet, Udo Dirkschneider is still here  - and you can find the following 17 songs on the new album "My Way":

     

    01. Faith Healer (Alex Harvey)

    02. Fire (Crazy World Of Arthur Brown)

    03. Sympathy (Uriah Heep)

    04. They Call It Nutbush (Tina Turner)

    05. Man On The Silver Mountain (Rainbow)

    06. Hell Raiser (The Sweet)

    07. No Class (Motörhead)

    08. Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin)

    09. The Stroke (Billy Squier)

    10. Paint It Black (Edit Version)

    11. He's A Woman, She's A Man (The Scorpions)

    12. T.N.T. (AC/DC)

    13. Jealousy (Frankie Miller)

    14. Hell Bent For Leather (Judas Priest)

    15. We Will Rock You (Queen)

    16. Kein Zurück (Wolfsheim)

    17. My Way (Frank Sinatra)

     

    Today also marks the start of the pre-order for the album, which is available as a double-vinyl in gatefold (black and clear), as a digipack CD, as well as an Earbook including a 60-page booklet with many pictures from Udo's life. 

    Order here: https://udo.afr.link/mywayPR

    The vinyl version will also come in a limited, coloured (grey marbled) RECORD STORE DAY version, which also includes a signed photo card and an exclusive 18-track label compilation of Atomic Fire Records artists on CD, out on April 23rd and available in all participating record stores.

    More info: https://recordstoreday.com/

    A limited (700 copies) 7“ vinyl single, including "We Will Rock You" and "Kein Zurück", is also due for release on March 18th and can be pre-ordered now here: https://udo.afr.link/wewillrockyouPR

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    UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER online:

    www.udo-online.com

    www.facebook.com/udoonline

    www.instagram.com/u.d.o.official

    www.twitter.com/udoonline

    www.youtube.com/udotubetv

     

  • MESHUGGAH The Abysmal Eye

    MESHUGGAH shared the long-awaited music video 'The Abysmal Eye' from their new full-length "Immutable", set for release on April 1st via Atomic Fire! Meshuggah have released a brand-new video for their latest single, "The Abysmal Eye", taken from their upcoming new album "Immutable". Destined to be one of 2022's most hailed and talked-about releases, "Immutable" once again showcases Meshuggah's collective brilliance, including some of the most jaw-dropping ensemble performances they have ever executed. 

    The music video that premiered on Meshuggah's YouTube channel may just be their most powerful, perceptive, and dazzling video to date!

    Watch MESHUGGAH - ‘The Abysmal Eye’ now here:

    https://youtu.be/-EpE8hTCyWM

    Meshuggah’s new video gives us a glimpse of a mythic and emotionally charged journey in a brutal uninhabitable desert wasteland in an arthouse blockbuster, starring malevolent forces and brutal powers. Exciting experimental elements, otherworldly scenes, bodies flying through the air, humanoids turning into dust,… Meshuggah leads the viewer deep into the world of “The Abysmal Eye” which takes viewers on a dazzling adventure catching a glimpse of the surreal realm of Meshuggah’s latest song. The video was produced by Digital Thunderdome / IRWIN and directed by Scott Hansen.

    Pre-Save / Pre-Order your "Immutable" album edition and exclusive vinyl variants right here as CD, nine limited vinyl colors, cassette, or merchandise here: https://meshuggah.afr.link/immutable

    Of course, with the Atomic Fire release dropping the album on April 1st this year, Meshuggah are yet to have the opportunity to take their songs out on the road. Find all confirmed tour dates and tickets here: https://www.meshuggah.net/tour

    Legendary. Unique. Immutable. 

    Six years on from the band's most recent full-length, "The Violent Sleep Of Reason", 2022 brings a fresh and fearsome revelation from Meshuggah. Shattering even the highest of expectations, the band's ninth album is simply their wildest and most esoteric sonic adventure yet. Recorded at Sweetspot Studios in Halmstad (Sweden), mixed by Rickard Bengtsson & Staffan Karlsson and mastered by multiple Grammy award winner Vlado Meller (Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down). Visionary artist Luminokaya once again created the stunning cover artwork.

     

    Stay on top of the Meshuggah updates by signing up for email news, receive information about Meshuggah's upcoming album "Immutable" and tours along with exclusive offers https://immutable.se

    "Immutable" Tracklist:

    01. Broken Cog

    02. The Abysmal Eye

    03. Light The Shortening Fuse

    04. Phantoms

    05. Ligature Marks

    06. God He Sees In Mirrors

    07. They Move Below

    08. Kaleidoscope

    09. Black Cathedral

    10. I Am That Thirst

    11. The Faultless

    12. Armies Of The Preposterous

    13. Past Tense

     

    MESHUGGAH is:

    Jens Kidman | Vocals

    Mårten Hagström | Guitars

    Dick Lövgren | Bass

    Fredrik Thordendal | Guitars

    Tomas Haake | Drums

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    MESHUGGAH online:

    www.meshuggah.net

    www.facebook.com/meshuggah

    www.instagram.com/meshuggah

    www.twitter.com/meshuggah

  • GLADENFOLD

    First single and music video released

    Finnish Melodic Metal band GLADENFOLD are going to release their third studio album, “Nemesis”, on April 29th via Reaper Entertainment. As a kick-off, the band has released the first single and music video titled “Stone of Storms” and launched the album pre-order.

    Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO4bqCDQAwA

    Guitarist Toke Gerdts states:

    "Like most great music, “Stone of Storms” came together rather quickly. Being one of the initial songs we demoed for the upcoming album, it has stayed largely the same since then. Out of the album singles, it is the one which owes the most to classic power metal, while being a modern take on the Gladenfold sound. This song is definitely going to claim its place in our live set, and we are eager to return to the stage and perform this song in the years to come."

     Pre-order the new album here: https://lnk.to/GladenfoldNemesisPR

    “NEMESIS” tracklist:

    1. Carnival Of The Hunter

    2. Chiara’s Blessing

    3. Stone Of Storms

    4. Nemesis

    5. Saraste

    6. Solitude’s Bane

    7. Revelations

    8. Tapestry Of Creation

    9. Broken

    10. Gloria Eternal

    11. Where Mountains Mourn

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    GLADENFOLD online:

    Gladenfold | Facebook

    https://www.instagram.com/gladenfold

    https://linktr.ee/Gladenfold

     

  • MURIO MEAT LOAF A LOS 74 AÑOS

    Meat Loaf, legendario cantante de 'Bat Out Of Hell', muere a los 74 años

    El cantante y actor estadounidense Meat Loaf, una de las voces más singulares del género rock, ha muerto a los 74 años, según ha confirmado su agente. El músico falleció el 20 de enero al lado de su esposa Deborah  por causas desconocidas. La notificia es confirmada en su cuenta oficial de Facebook en el que se puede leer:

    “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends.

    His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including “Fight Club”, “Focus”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World.”

    “Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.

    We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. 

    We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. 

    From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!

    Nuestros corazones están rotos al anunciar que el incomparable Meat Loaf falleció esta noche rodeado de su esposa Deborah, sus hijas Pearl y Amanda y amigos cercanos.

    Su increíble carrera abarcó 6 décadas en las que vendió más de 100 millones de álbumes en todo el mundo y protagonizó más de 65 películas, incluidas "Fight Club", "Focus", "Rocky Horror Picture Show" y "Wayne's World".

    “Bat Out of Hell” sigue siendo uno de los 10 álbumes más vendidos de todos los tiempos.

    "Sabemos cuánto significó para muchos de ustedes y realmente apreciamos todo el amor y el apoyo a medida que avanzamos en este momento de dolor por la pérdida de un artista tan inspirador y un hombre tan hermoso.

    Le agradecemos su comprensión de nuestra necesidad de privacidad en este momento.

    De su corazón a vuestras almas… ¡nunca dejéis de rockear!No se compartió la causa de la muerte en la publicación.

    El cantante, cuyo verdadero nombre es Marvin Lee Aday, nació en Dallas.

    Los dos álbumes más grandes de Meat Loaf, "Bat out of Hell" de 1977 y la continuación de 1993 "Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell", produjeron numerosos sencillos exitosos, incluidos "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" y "I'll Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)".

    Meat Loaf también apareció en varias películas, incluido el clásico de culto "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" y programas de televisión.

    últimas 24 horas".

    En paz descanse. La Pajarraca Radio se une a la pena que embarga a su familia y amigos.

  • SONATA ARCTICA »Acoustic Adventures Volume One«

    Sonata Arctica reveal music video 'For The Sake Of Revenge' 

     »Acoustic Adventures - Volume One« is out today!

    Artwork by Janne Pitkänen

    The time has come to crawl to your couch and hide from the cold darkness outside: Finnish melodic metal icons SONATA ARCTICA deliver the perfect soundtrack to those cozy hours in front of your fireplace with the first part of their two-piece »Acoustic Adventures« album, available today.

    With 12 tracks that lead through SONATA ARCTICA's extensive discography, »Acoustic Adventures - Volume One« was recorded and produced by Mikko Tegelman and the band at Studio57, Finland; and today, the band reveals the video for the acoustic version of their hit classic 'For The Sake Of Revenge' that you can watch here:

    https://youtu.be/jwnCju2aHfU

    Keyboardist Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg comments: "Originally recorded for 'Unia' back in 2007, 'For The Sake Of Revenge’ was a bit of an odd-ball -- actually, the whole album was -- nevertheless we somehow managed to look at this song in a different light and present the essence of it in a totally new way. It turned out so good that we even had to make a video for it. We were incredibly lucky to get to work with one of the most internationally acclaimed Finnish directors Joonas Berghäll. With his handpicked dream team, he shot us out in the woods, on deserted roads and even under water, back here in our hometown, Kemi. We’re really happy with how this single and video turned out, enjoy!"

    »Acoustic Adventures - Volume One« - Track Listing:

     01. The Rest Of The Sun Belongs To Me

    02. For The Sake Of Revenge

    03. A Little Less Understanding

    04. Alone In Heaven

    05. Tallulah

    06. Don't Say A Word

    07. As If The World Wasn't Ending

    08. Paid In Full

    09. Tonight I Dance Alone

    10. The Wolves Die Young

    11. Wolf & Raven

    12. On The Faultline

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    SONATA ARCTICA live: 

    19.03. FI Pori - Isomäki Areena (w/ STAM1NA)

    23.03. IL Tel Aviv - Havana Club

    »25th Anniversary Tour«

    01.04. BR Belo Horizonte - Mister Rock

    02.04. BR Brasília - Toinha Brasil Show

    03.04. BR Curitiba - Tork n' Roll

    05.04. BR Porto Alegre - Opinião

    06.04. BR Florianópolis - John Bull Pub Floripa

    08.04. BR Limeira - Bar da Montanha

    09.04. BR São Paulo - Audio

    10.04. BR Rio de Janeiro - Circo Voador

    12.04. AR Buenos Aires - El Teatro Flores

    14.04. CL Santiago - Teatro Teletón

    15.04. CL Puerto Montt - Arena

    17.04. CO Bogotá - TBA

    18.04. CO Medellín - TBA

    20.04. CR San José - Pepper Disco Club

    23.04. SV San Salvador - Cifco

    24.04. GT Guatemala City - Salon San Jose

     

    02. - 05.06. CZ Pilsen - Metalfest Open Air

    10.06. SE Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival

    17./18.06. FI Oulu - Metal Capital Festival

    29./30.07. FI Kokkola - Kokkolan Viinijuhlat

    05.08. FI Jämsä - Himos Metal Festival

    26./27.08. FI Kajaani - Kainuun Musiikkijuhlat

    22.09. UA Kiev - Atlas Club

     

    »Acoustic Adventures MMXXII«

    30.09. FI Kuhmo - Kuhmo-talo

    01.10. FI Lappeenranta - Lappeenranta-sali

    02.10. FI Kuopio - Kuopion Musiikkikeskus

    06.10. FI Helsinki - Kulttuuritalo

    07.10. FI Hämeenlinna - Verkatehdas

    08.10. FI Pieksämäki - Poleenin-sali

    12.02. FI Raahe - Raahe-sali

    13.02. FI Ylivieska - Kulttuurikeskus Akustiikka

    14.10. FI Turku - Logomo

    15.10. FI Rauma - Rauma-sali

    »Acoustic Adventures MMXXII«

    w/ ELEINE

    Presented by Metal Hammer (DE), Rock It! (DE), musix (DE), Rocksverige (SE), Rock Hard (FR), Power (ES), Scream (NO), Dragon Productions & Atomic Fire

    20.10. SE Stockholm - Södra Teatern

    21.10. SE Östersund - Gamla Teatern

    22.10. NO Trondheim - Byscenen

    23.10. NO Oslo - Parkteatret

    24.10. SE Gothenburg - Valand (Ordensalen)

    25.10. DE Hamburg - Fabrik

    27.10. NL Tilburg - 013

    28.10. DE Bochum - Christuskirche

    29.10. NL Utrecht - Pandora

    31.10. UK London - Islington Assembly Hall

    02.11. FR Paris/Vauréal - Le Forum

    03.11. FR Lyon - Le CCO

    04.11. ES Barcelona - Salamandra

    05.11. ES Bilbao - Stage Live

    06.11. ES Madrid - Copérnico

    08.11. ES Sevilla - Custom

    09.11. ES Murcia - Garaje

    10.11. ES Pamplona - Totem

    11.11. FR Toulouse - Le Metronum

    12.11. FR Nantes - Le Ferrailleur

    13.11. BE Sint-Niklaas - De Casino

    15.11. DE Nuremberg - Hirsch

    16.11. CH Pratteln - Z7

    17.11. IT Milan - Live Club

    18.11. SI Ljubljana - Orto Bar

    20.11. BG Sofia - Music Jam

    21.11. RO Bucharest - Quantic Club

    22.11. RO Cluj-Napoca - Form Space

    24.11. AT Vienna - Szene

    25.11. HU Budapest - Akvarium

    26.11. CZ Ostrava - Club Garage

    27.11. PL Warsaw - Proxima

    28.11. DE Berlin - Columbia Theater

    29.11. DE Munich - Backstage (Werk)

    01.12. DE Cologne - Essigfabrik

    02.12. DE Passau - Zauberberg

    03.12. DE Speyer - Halle 101

     

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    SONATA ARCTICA are:

    Tony Kakko | vocals & keyboards

    Elias Viljanen | guitars

    Pasi Kauppinen | bass

    Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg | keyboards

    Tommy Portimo | drums

     

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    SONATA ARCTICA online:

    www.sonataarctica.info

    www.facebook.com/sonataarctica

    www.instagram.com/sonataarcticaofficial

    www.twitter.com/sonataarctica

    www.youtube.com/sonataarctica

    https://label.atomicfire-records.com/project/sonata-arctica/

  • OUT OF THIS WORLD present Out of this world

    What makes a song a good song? Craft? Passion? Production? Chemistry? On their soaring, self-titled debut, melodic hard rock supergroup OUT OF THIS WORLD skillfully underlines that it’s a combination of all of these things: A perfect and rare constellation when the stars are aligned correctly. Forged by Kee Marcello of EUROPE fame, vocal thunder Tommy Heart (FAIR WARNING), bassist Ken Sandin (ALIEN) and drummer Darby Todd (DEVIN TOWNSEND, GARY MOORE, THE DARKNESS), »Out Of This World« is a dream come true for everybody out there who is mourning the loss of quality melodic hard rock since forever. No wonder this record has already become a massive hit in Japan.

    It’s no coincidence that Marcello’s latest endeavor bears the name of that legendary multi-platinum EUROPE album released back in 1988. “When I told people about my new project, someone suggested I call it something like Kee Marcelo’s EUROPE. But that‘s terrible,” he laughs, “I hated it. Tommy suggested to call it OUT OF THIS WORLD, simple as that. Just as the BLACK SABBATH guys and Dio did with HEAVEN AND HELL.”

    The same vibe, the same ear for melody, the same hooks permeate an album that was brought to life with the vigor and passion you wouldn’t exactly expect in a rock star who’s seen it all and done it all in the past forty years. “I’ve always concentrated on music, and my passion for that never changed,” he says. “I’ve never changed style; I’ve never tried to do anything I’m not doing well.”

    »Out Of This World« beams with a freewheeling and overflowing sense of fun, musicianship, and togetherness. It’s an effortless flux that’s just not normally found on a debut. “You have to remember that Darby, Ken, and I go way back,” the legendary axe-man notes of his rhythm section. “We did hundreds of gigs together and are as tight as a thumbscrew. Same thing goes for Tommy and I: we clicked instantly when working together for the first time a couple of years ago. We have this almost brotherly connection. We’re literally reading each other’s minds, man. There was no stumbling block, it was all a self-playing piano.”

    Same goes for vocalist Tommy Heart who’s been around in this game forever as well. “You meet, you play, and sparks begin to fly,” he describes the chemistry between the members. “We don't even talk that much. We simply let the music speak. We touch our hearts when we play which is something that’s incredibly rare to find. Nobody has to explain himself; everybody is doing just what anybody else would do at that moment.” Heart was instantly hooked when he realized that OUT OF THIS WORLD was more than a one-off thing between bored musicians in lockdown. “I don’t like these temporary projects,” he muses. “This here is the real deal.

    “With OUT OF THIS WORLD, though, it never felt like a project,” says Marcello and he admit: “It felt like a band from day one. This is why the album turned out so well. It has a genuine band feel to it.” At their very first rehearsal session in Marcello’s hometown of Gothenburg, they sketched a couple of songs that would later wind up on their debut, namely 'Twilight', 'Lighting Up My Dark' and 'In A Million Years'. “We actually found ourselves right in the middle of our first recording session without even knowing it,” he marvels. “Everything felt so natural and so good that writing the rest of the songs was a walk in the park.“

    Graced by additional key wizardry courtesy of DEEP PURPLE’s very own Don Airey and embellished by a Ron Nevison mix (KISS, BAD COMPANY, OZZY OSBOURNE, MEAT LOAF, HEART, CHICAGO, DAMN YANKEES etc.) who reunited with Marcello for the first time since producing EUROPE’s »Out Of This World« a staggering thirty-three years ago, the songs masterfully transport the bygone era of melody driven, anthemic hard rock into the present. From uptempo rocking first single 'Hanging On' via 'In A Million Years', originally written for EUROPE’s »Prisoner In Paradise«, to colossal anthem 'Lighting Up My Dark' and prog-rock playground 'Staring At The Sun', OUT OF THIS WORLD solitarily resurrect a genre we thought was lost forever.

      TRACK LISTING:

    01. Twilight

    02. Hanging On

    03. In A Million Years

    04. Lighting Up My Dark

    05. Staring At The Sun

    06. The Warrior

    07. Up To You

    08. Ain't Gonna Let You Go

    09. Only You Can Teach Me How To Love Again

    10. Not Tonight

    Bonus Tracks:

    11. Twilight (Demo Version)

    12. In A Million Years (Demo Version)

    13. Lighting Up My Dark (Demo Version)

    Bonus live CD/LP:

    01. Let The Good Times Rock

    02. Burning Heart

    03. Save Me

    04. Open Your Heart

    05. Momentum (Instrumental)

    06. Superstitious

    07. Ready Or Not

    Line-up:

    Tommy Heart | lead vocals

    Kee Marcello | guitars, keys & backing vocals

    Ken Sandin | bass & backing vocals

    Darby Todd | drums

    ">www.outofthisworld.se www.facebook.com/ootwtheband | www.instagram.com/ootwtheband

     

  • POWER PALADIN With The Magic Of Windfyre Steel

    Imagine deserted volcanic wasteland, freezing winds and the all-embracing darkness of the longest winters on this planet: The obvious inspiration for rather vicious and somber tunes for lonely evening hours that the biggest part of Iceland’s heavy music scene is known for. Who would even dare to think of tales about brave warriors and mystical creatures coming from such an island? Power metal seemed like a fairytale until 2017 when Reykjavík based sextet POWER PALADIN (originally founded as PALADIN) rose in quest of carrying out their uplifting tunes and finally proving everyone wrong. On an island known for its musical doom and gloom, they are the midnight sun.

    “Iceland has such a great representation of extreme metal. We didn’t feel we had much to add to that scene so why shouldn’t we do the complete opposite?” the band recall their origins. A truly wise decision! Their first live performances and demo releases were of such good reception that they were booked for Iceland’s main underground festivals, Eistnaflug and Norðanpaunk, and subsequently played at one of the country’s biggest music events, Iceland Airwaves, in 2019.

    Highly praised as a “standout” act by The Reykjavík Grapevine, POWER PALADIN kept crafting material at Windfyre Studios, composing their 9-track strong debut album titled »With The Magic Of Windfyre Steel«. The opus is a historical landmark for both the group and Atomic Fire Records, being the label’s first full-length release since its recent founding.

    “We actually started to write some of these tunes in the very beginning of our band history and captured them over the course of about two years at various places: at Ingi’s bedroom, at Atli and Bjarni’s [keys] workplace, at a cabin outside Reykjavík etc.,” POWER PALADIN say about their approach to songwriting and recording. And while self-producing such a splendid album has been no easy quest, it almost reads like a part from Joseph Campbell’s »The Hero’s Journey«: “So we went through a whole lot of trials, but that’s why we’re even happier and prouder of this record now!”

    Mixed by Haukur Hannes at Mastertape Studios (AUÐN, DYNFARI etc.) and mastered by Frank de Jong at Hal5 Studio (BLEEDING GODS etc.), the album makes no secret of POWER PALADIN’s musical idols: “IRON MAIDEN, DIO, HELLOWEEN - the list of bands from the 80’s that influence us is a kind of obvious, but growing up we’ve actually listened way more to the second wave of power metal and acts such as EDGUY, RHAPSODY and HAMMERFALL,” they explain. The group’s love for fantasy games and books from authors such as Brandon Sanderson and Joe Abercrombie doesn’t remain unnoticed either: James Child (Astral Clock Tower Studios) translated that inspiration into the album’s adventurous artwork.

    »With The Magic Of Windfyre Steel« gets the listener’s attention immediately. Air guitar-provoking lead single 'Kraven The Hunter', a track that’s frequently been aired via Iceland’s radio stations prior to the album’s release, peaking at position #1 of X-977’s chart, sets the right tone for this 51-minute venturesome ride. A ride that ranges from songs in the vein of the opening track like 'Creatures Of The Night' to rather aggressive bangers such as 'Righteous Fury' and 'Ride The Distant Storm'. In the end, critics might say that “only a ballad is missing” to deliver all ingredients for a great heavy metal album. But does a power metal saga whose first chapter has just been written need one at all? Well, we will find out in chapter 2...

    TRACK LISTING:

    01. Kraven The Hunter

    02. Righteous Fury

    03. Evermore

    04. Dark Crystal

    05. Way Of Kings

    06. Ride The Distant Storm

    07. Creatures Of The Night

    08. Into The Forbidden Forest

    09. There Can Be Only One

     

    Line-up:

    Ingi Þórisson | guitars

    Atli Guðlaugsson | vocals

    Bjarni Egill Ögmundsson | keys

    Einar Karl Júlíusson | drums

    Bjarni Þór Jóhannsson | guitars

    Kristleifur Þorsteinsson | bass

  • AXEL RUDI PELL "Diamonds Unlocked II"

    *STEAMHAMMER / SPV - NEW ALBUM RELEASE*

    AXEL RUDI PELL "Diamonds Unlocked II"

    Release Date:     July  30th, 2021

    Format :             - CD Digi Pak incl. poster

                             - 2 LP, 140g, black vinyl gatefold, printed inner sleeves

     

    Tracklisting: 

    01. Der Schwarze Abt (Intro) 2:03

    02. There’s Only One Way To Rock - original by Sammy Hagar 4:26

    03. Lady Of The Lake - original by Rainbow 5:17

    04. She’s A Lady - original by Paul Anka 4:04

    05. Black Cat Woman - original by Geordie 4:25

    06. Room With A View - original by Tony Carey 4:12

    07. Sarah (You Take My Breath Away) - original by Chris Norman 4:51

    08. Rock N’ Roll Queen - original by The Subways 3:19

    09. Paint It Black - original by The Rolling Stones 6:03

    10. I Put A Spell On You - original by Screamin´Jay Hawkins 4:24

    11. Eagle - original by Abba 6:53

    German hard rock guitar wizard AXEL RUDI PELL has finished recording and mixing his latest album “Diamonds Unlocked II”, set for  release on July 30th 2021 on Steamhammer/SPV. The successor to last year’s top 5 album “Sign Of The Times” is the follow-up to his 2007 cover recording “Diamonds Unlocked”. Pell’s carefully considered decision not to release brand-new material for the first time in almost 15 years is mainly based on the ongoing pandemic and current restrictions on live concerts. The 61-year-old explains that “it makes no sense at all to put out new songs that we will not be able to perform live.” But fans desperately waiting for a new studio album will have to acknowledge that this kind of solution is a pretty good one indeed! PELL had been flirting with the concept of “Diamonds Unlocked II” for two or three years, and he’s also aware of the vast number of cover versions currently floating on the Internet, which he sees as a challenge. Of course it depends on the selection and variety of the material, but first and foremost it is the transformation of each individual track that matters. The result is so outstanding that PELL is justly proud of his latest offering. “Without patting myself on the back too loudly – this is an album worth listening to from start to finish.” Instead of delivering every single note so that it sounds exactly like the original, a cover album should, above all, be fun. And entertain and inspire the listener, an audio algorithm which makes you get out the original versions or the whole back catalogue of the artists presented. In this respect, “Diamonds Unlocked II” is an offer that no self-respecting hard rock fan can refuse. It all starts with the only original composition on the recording, a typical ARP intro entitled “Der Schwarze Abt”. “I like intros which prepare you for the atmosphere of the songs that follow.” Setting the tone is a blistering version of Sammy Hagar’s “There’s Only One Way To Rock” (1982), “a perfect song” where PELL uses Van Halen’s live version during the solo, playing both Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar’s solos but in his own style. His admiration of another guitar hero, namely Ritchie Blackmore, is no secret, so what we get is one of the most underrated tunes from the Ronnie James Dio-fronted Rainbow line-up: “Lady Of The Lake” from the “Long Live Rock’n’Roll” album (1978). “Rainbow never played that song live, for whatever reason. We chose the demo version from the deluxe edition and added some typical ARP bits.” Then ARP goes on to surprise his fans with a great version of Paul Anka’s “She’s A Lady” (best-known in Tom Jones’s version from in the 1970s). The two Americans in the band, singer Johnny Gioeli and drummer Bobby Rondinelli, have become huge fans of the ballad, which has evolved into a straightforward rock number, although they were admittedly a little sceptical in the beginning. And then back to the 1970s again with Geordie’s semi-hit “Black Cat Woman” (1973), brilliantly redone with plenty of new verve and combined with Brian Johnson‘s rerecording from 1989. Tony Carey, one of Rainbow’s former keyboardists (and a friend of Axel’s), had a huge hit in Germany in 1988 with his classic soundtrack ballad “Room With A View”, which PELL has now adopted as if it was one of his own compositions. Same thing with Chris Norman’s hit “Sarah (You Take My Breath Away)”, first out in 1987: PELL has charted new territories, putting in fewer keyboards and more ARP drive. One of the biggest surprises is without a doubt “Rock’N’Roll Queen” by British indie rock band The Subways (2005), a number you wouldn’t expect to find on an ARP record. “I’ve always liked the song and happened to hear it on TV a few weeks back. We reduced the punk attitude a bit and turned it into a heavy rock anthem.” There are plenty of versions of the Rolling Stones classic “Paint It Black”, however none of them refers to Deep Purple’s 1993 live version, as performed during Blackmore’s final tour. “I needed to do this track in ARP style, so the Purple version fits perfectly.” “I Put A Spell On You” (Screamin‘ Jay Hawkins, 1956) is the oldest number on the album, CCR’s version being the best-known adaptation. “It’s influenced me big-time. I added a solo which was inspired by late Free guitarist Paul Kossoff. It’s my favourite solo on this record.” One more highlight comes at the end: a stomping, thundering heavy rock adaption of the ABBA classic “Eagle”, which sees ARP in top form and leaves fans hankering for the next studio album featuring original material, scheduled for a release in spring 2022. We can’t wait!  

  • HELLOWEEEN "NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW"

     
     
    THE WAIT IS OVER! 
    Our new album “HELLOWEEN“ is out now via Nuclear Blast Tonträger Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH.
    The album is available as 2CD - Digibook, 1CD - Jewelcase, 3LP - Hologram-Vinyl in Trifold, 2LP - Vinyl in Gatefold (picture vinyl + div. colors), 2LP/2CD - Earbook Edition, 2LP/2CD - Deluxe Boxset (black vinyl and splatter vinyl), Cassette, Digital
    TRACKLISTING "HELLOWEEN"
    01 - Out For The Glory
    02 - Fear Of The Fallen      
    03 - Best Time              
    04 - Mass Pollution                  
    05 - Angels                                   
    06 - Rise Without Chains          
    07 - Indestructible                      
    08 - Robot King                         
    09 - Cyanide                                  
    10 - Down In The Dumps         
    11 - Orbit                                        
    12 - Skyfall
     
    Bonustracks Mediabook & Vinyl:
    01 - Golden Times                         
    02 - Save My Hide                        
     
     
    Bonustracks Earbook
    01 - Golden Times                         
    02 - Save My Hide                        
    03 - Pumpkins United      
     
    HELLOWEEN also release their third single called "Best Time". Lyrically the song by Sascha Gerstner and Andi Deris reminds of the good old days, musically it's convincing with confident HELLOWEEN-style guitar harmonies and a chorus that stays in your long-term memory after hearing it for the first time. 
    CRACK THE RIDDLE (contained in the mediabook, earbook & boxset edition of the new album)! Win two tickets for a concert of your choice* and MEET THE BAND AFTER THE SHOW!
     
    We will draw a winner from every country of the upcoming tour, all you have to do is enter the solution code and keep your fingers crossed! The lucky winners will be notified via e-mail on Halloween (October 31st, 2021).
     
    Anyone posting the solution code publicly or participating multiple times will be excluded from the lottery and tricked on Halloween
  • SONATA ARCTICA "Acoustic Adventures - Volume One" for October 2021

    Reveal tour dates and announce

    "Acoustic Adventures - Volume One"

    for October 2021

    Finnish melodic metal titans SONATA ARCTICA are a band with a unique sound, driven by different emotions and a touch of melancholy. Today, the band announces the release of their first acoustic album, perfectly entitled "Acoustic Adventures - Volume One", to be released in October 2021 through Nuclear Blast Tonträger Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH. 

     

    "This acoustic form of SONATA ARCTICA has been slowly brewing for years", comments vocalist Tony Kakko and explains: "The first manifestation of it, besides the few acoustic versions of songs released throughout the years, was the "Acoustic Adventures Tour" in 2019, which proved to be a great success, sparking an idea to get these songs also recorded and out on an album. Or two albums, at least for starters. Our songs have always been based on beautiful melodies, which makes it very easy to transform and rearrange them perfectly into the acoustic form as well. I should mention that many of the songs work so well dressed in acoustic garments."

     

    "Acoustic Adventures - Volume One" will be the first part, followed by a second acoustic record, to be released in 2022. "I hope you love these albums as much as we do. There are many, many songs we had to leave out of these ”Volume One” and ”Volume Two” albums, so nothing would please me more than adding few more volumes in the future", smiles Tony Kakko and adds: "Looking forward to seeing you on tour again as soon as possible!"

     

    And this tour is hopfully going to happen in autumn, entitled the "Acoustic Adventures MMXXI" tour.  It’s been a while since SONATA ARCTICA toured Europe, the last time being in 2019. To promote their "Acoustic Adventures - Volume One" release, the band will embark on a journey through 17 European countries! Support will be provided by Swedish hopefuls ELEINE, who will also be presenting an acoustic set. Keyboardist Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg comments: "Since our Talviyö World Tour is more or less over, it's time to look ahead for the next challenge and since we've had so much fun with the acoustic stuff we decided to make an album as well, and of course we will hit the road immediately after that to celebrate the release of it. As of now we have managed to set up an extensive European Tour and we're really looking forward to getting out there an play some music for all of you."

     

    SONATA ARCTICA                

    Acoustic Adventures 2021                              

    Special Guests: ELEINE

    presented by Metal Hammer (Ger), Rock It (Ger), Musix (Ger), Rock Hard (F), Power (ES), Rocksverige (S) and Scream (NO)                        

                                       

    21.10.2021 SE - Uppsala, Katalin

    22.10.2021 SE - Östersund, Gamla Teatern

    23.10.2021 NO - Trondheim, Byscenen

    24.10.2021 NO - Oslo, Parkteatret

    26.10.2021 SE - Gothenburg, Valand (Ordensalen)

    27.10.2021 DE - Hamburg, Fabrik

    28.10.2021 NL - Tilburg, 013

    29.10.2021 DE - Bochum, Matrix

    30.10.2021 NL - Utrecht, Pandora

    01.11.2021 UK - London, Islington Assembly Hall

    03.11.2021 FR - Paris/Vaureal, Le Forum

    04.11.2021 FR - Lyon, CCO

    05.11.2021 ES - Barcelona, Salamandra

    06.11.2021 ES - Bilbao, Santana 27

    07.11.2021 ES - Madrid, Mon

    09.11.2021 ES - Sevilla, Custom

    10.11.2021 ES - Murcia, Garaje

    11.11.2021 ES - Pamplona, Totem

    12.11.2021 FR - Toulouse, Le Metronom

    13.11.2021 FR - Nantes, Le Ferrailleur

    14.11.2021 BE - Sint-Niklaas, De Casino

    16.11.2021 DE - Nürnberg, Hirsch

    17.11.2021 CH - Pratteln, Z7

    18.11.2021 IT - Milan, Live Club

    19.11.2021 SLO - Ljubljana, Orto Bar

    21.11.2021 BG - Sofia, Music Jam

    22.11.2021 RO - Bukarest, Quantic Club

    23.11.2021 RO - Cluj-Napoca, FORM Space

    25.11.2021 AT - Wien, Szene

    26.11.2021 HU - Budapest, Akvarium

    27.11.2021 CZ - Zlin, Winter Masters of Rock

    28.11.2021 PL - Warsaw, Proxima

    29.11.2021 DE - Berlin, Columbia Theater

    01.12.2021 DE - München, Technikum

    02.12.2021 DE - Köln, Essigfabrik

    03.12.2021 DE - Passau, Zauberberg

    04.12.2021 DE - Speyer, Halle 101

     

    Ticket pre-sale links under: https://www.dragon-productions.eu/bands/sonata-arctica/

     

    SONATA ARCTICA online: 

    http://sonataarctica.info

    http://www.facebook.com/sonataarctica

    https://www.instagram.com/sonataarcticaofficial

    http://www.youtube.com/sonataarctica

     

  • AMORPHIS ANNOUNCE "Live At Helsinki Ice Hall"

     

    >Amorphis announce "Live At Helsinki Ice Hall", out on May 21st + kick-off pre-order + reveal video "Daughter Of Hate"

    While concerts and cheering crowds seem to be a long lost echo from the past these days, melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS bring back some of the life and uncomparable energy that many of us have been missing so desperately. Recorded during a special hometown show that took place on December 7th, 2019, little did the Finns know that this would be one of their last concerts before the pandemic outbreak in early 2020. With 15 tracks in total and a running time of over one and a half hours, AMORPHIS take you on a journey through their past, showcasing their best songs from the last 30 years that saw the band turn into one of Finland's finest metal exports.

     "Helsinki Ice Hall, what can I say... the very same venue where we used to see bands like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Metallica and many many more back in the 80’s when we were kids”, Tomi Koivusaari contemplates when thinking of the show. “I’m sure we all dreamed about playing there someday. In our hometown Helsinki, where it all started with AMORPHIS 30 years ago. So I’d say we had a special feeling at that gig, the last one of the tour in Finland for that year. I guess this recording is a very honest picture of us playing live, nothing is fixed afterwards, except mightily mixed and mastered of course. When I listened to it a while ago, I realized how much I miss playing live. And yet we have no idea when it will be possible next, in this crazy situation with Covid and all... So, stay healthy, take care and shine on you all, see you hopefully soon on tour. 

    We will." 

     "Live At Helsinki Ice Hall" will be available as 2CD digipak and download/stream. The 2LP version of this show is exclusively available in the "Vinyl Collection 2006 – 2020" boxset, also out on May 21st.

     

    Pre-order “Live At Helsinki Ice Hall” here: https://nblast.de/Amorphis-LiveHelsinki

    Pre-save "Live At The Helsinki Ice Hall" here: http://nblast.de/AmorphisLivePre

    Pre-order "Vinyl Collection 2006 - 2020": http://nblast.de/Amorphis-VinylColl

     

    With the captivating live anthem "Daughter Of Hate", one of Finland's greatest exports deliver the first excerpt of their upcoming "Live At Helsinki Ice Hall".

    Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/cxgn3lEWnTI

     

    "Live At Helsinki Ice Hall" tracklist: 

     

    01. The Bee

    02. Heart Of The Giant

    03. Bad Blood

    04. The Four Wise Ones

    05. Into Hiding

    06. Sampo

    07. Wrong Direction

    08. Daughter Of Hate

    09. Against Widows

    10. My Kantele

    11. The Golden Elk

    12. Pyres On The Coast

    13. Silver Bride

    14. Black Winter Day

    15. House Of Sleep

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    AMORPHIS is:

    Tomi Joutsen | vocals

    Esa Holopainen | guitars

    Tomi Koivusaari | guitars

    Santeri Kallio | Keyboards

    Olli-Pekka Laine| bass

    Jan Rechberger | drums

     

    AMORPHIS online:

    www.amorphis.net

    www.facebook.com/amorphis

    www.instagram.com/amorphisband

    www.nuclearblast.de/amorphis   

     

     

  • 2021 AÑO NUEVO Y MUERTE NUEVA. MURIÓ A LOS 41 AÑOS ALEXI LAIHO, VOCALISTA Y GUITARRISTA DE CHILDREN OF BODOM

    Este lunes 04 de enero amanecimos con otra triste noticia para el mundo del metal pues lamentablemente Alexi Laiho, vocalista de Children of Bodom murió a los 41 años.

    El 2021 continua con las tristes y lamentables perdidas humanas en el mundo de la música y hablando específicamente del metal. Pues lamentablemente Alexi Laiho, conocido por ser el vocalista, guitarrista y miembro fundador de la banda finlandesa Children of Bodom, murió a los 41 años de edad hace unos cuantos días. 

    Hasta el momento no se sabe la causa exacta de su fallecimiento, pero diversas fuentes mencionan que fue por complicaciones de distintos problemas de salud que venía arrastrando , probablemente problemas cardiacos y que murió en su casa de Helsinki, Finlandia. De acuerdo con Billboard, a través de un comunicado de prensa la disquera Napalm Records informó sobre su fallecimiento y publicó un emotivo mensaje para recordarlo. 

    “Estamos absolutamente devastados y con el corazón roto por la repentina pérdida de nuestro querido amigo y miembro de la banda”, dijo el sello discográfico. Por otro lado, Children of Bodom también honró a quien fue su líder y vocalista por mucho tiempo: “Perdimos un hermano, el mundo perdió a un fenomenal compositor y a uno de los más grandes guitarristas de todos los tiempos. Los recuerdos y la música de Alexi vivirán para siempre. Nuestros pensamientos están con su familia durante este difícil momento.”

    One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the…

    Publicado por Children Of Bodom en Lunes, 4 de enero de 2021

    ¿Quién fue Alexi Laiho?

    Alexi Laiho nació el 8 de abril de 1979 en Espoo, Finlandia. Desde muy joven le gustó el rock y lo influenciaron bandas y artistas como Dire Straits, Steve Vai, Poison, Mötley Crüe y W.A.S.P; pero tras varios años estudiando instrumentos clásicos, en 1993 formó junto a su amigo de la infancia, el baterista Jaska Raatikainen, la banda de metal que lo catapultaría a la fama a nivel mundial, Children of Bodom. 

    Tras tomar su nombre de uno de los casos más infames de la historia de aquel país, el asesinato en 1960 de dos adolescentes en el lago Bodom y que nunca se resolvió, A lo largo de más de veinte años, Alexi lanzó 10 álbumes de estudio con la banda. Pero sobresalieron del resto de grupos del género por su mezcla característica de death, thrash y metal melódico, que a menudo incorporaba toques sinfónicos y neoclásicos en sus canciones.

    También tuvo otros proyectos

    Después de tanto tiempo con Children of Bodom, la banda anunció en 2019 que se separarían, no sin antes dar una gira de despedida y de lanzar su ese mismo año último álbum, Hexed. Desde entonces, Alexi Laiho continuó en el mundo de la música, pues creó junto al guitarrista Daniel Freyberg, el grupo Bodom After Midnight, con quienes grabó tres canciones y un vídeo, que se publicarán de manera póstuma y en honor de su vocalista.

    Aunque muchos reconocen a Alexi por ser miembro fundador de Children of Bodom, también tuvo otros proyectos interesantes como el grupo de punk rock Kylähullut y bandas como Sinergy, Inearthed e Impaled Nazarene. Además de su trabajo musical lanzó su primer libro de 2019, una autobiografía y que ningún fan de la guitarra puede dejar pasar. Sin duda y como podrán darse cuenta, se nos fue una leyenda del metal finlandés. 

    La Pajarraca Radio se une a la perdida de este gran vocalista en el que pudimos conocer en un concierto en la ciudad de Guadalajara, Mexico en el teatro Diana hace algunos años. 

    En paz descance.

  • AMON AMARTH CON NUEVO DVD EN VIVO

    AMON AMARTH ha anunciado el lanzamiento de un nuevo DVD/Blu-Ray tituado "The Pursuit Of Vikiings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm" para noviembre de ete año. El DVD presentará un documental que contará toda la historia de AMON AMARTH, que celebran sus 25 años de formación. Además también incluirá la grabación de un concierto de la banda en el festival Summer Breeze de 2017.

    Aún no han sido revelados más detalles del lanzamiento como la fecha exacta o el contenido completo del  mismo. A parte de ese DVD, la banda reveló recientemente que se encuentran trabajando en un nuevo álbum de inéditas que pretenden publicar a principios de 2019