• AXEL RUDI PELL "Risen Symbol"

    AXEL RUDI PELL "Risen Symbol"


    Release Date: June 14th, 2024 Format: - CD Digipak - CD Jewelcase - 2LP Gatefold, orange neon transparent vinyl, printed inner sleeves - Limited Edition Box Set Track Listing: 01 The Resurrection (Intro) 02 Forever Strong 03 Guardian Angel 04 Immigrant Song 05 Darkest Hour 06 Ankhaia 07 Hell`s On Fire 08 Crying In Pain 09 Right On Track 10 Taken By Storm 

    Bio / Info: No doubt about it: The world would be a much poorer place without Axel Rudi Pell. On his 22nd (!) studio album ‘Risen Symbol’, the Bochum-based guitarist and songwriter continues to fly the melodic hard rock flag without watering down his style with pseudo-modern stylistic variations or expendable studio gimmicks. At the same time, he is constantly looking for new influences, exciting inspirations and catchy hooks. One of the best things about ARP’s anthems is that they are perfectly tailored to the charismatic voice of frontman Johnny Gioeli. The American vocalist is one of the most eminent rock singers worldwide and, together with Pell, former Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli, and the two longstanding ARP members Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards) and Volker Krawczak (bass), has been an integral part of a perfectly oiled machine for more than ten years, wowing fans and media alike.

    ‘Risen Symbol’ will be available on Steamhammer/SPV from 14 June 2024. For all those who can’t wait, 3 April 2024 will see the arrival of the lead single ‘Guardian Angel’, featuring two prerelease songs, followed on 22 May 2024 by ‘Darkest Hour’. Pell comments: “Both ‘Guardian Angel’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ are typical ARP songs, though not necessarily representative of ‘Risen Symbol’.” 

    What the self-confessed Ritchie Blackmore and Jimi Hendrix fan is referring to: Within Pell’s characteristic mix of strong riffs and catchy melodies, his penchant for Black Sabbath (during the Ronnie James Dio and Tony Martin era) and Led Zeppelin in particular shines through on some of the new material, such as the anthemic, grooving ‘Ankhaia’ with its oriental flair, which could easily have been recorded by British rock legends Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. “To me, ‘Ankhaia’ is the number that Led Zeppelin forgot to compose,” explains Pell, tongue in cheek. “Although of course, ‘Ankhaia’ doesn’t come with a 70s sound, but has a contemporary flair and an awesome drum groove. I’m sure Page and Plant will love it when they hear it.” Pell’s self-penned lyrics about the fictitious city of the same name, a place of refuge that disappears into nothingness like a mirage, also fit the theme. Coincidentally, the ancient Egyptian ‘ANKH’ symbol, Pell’s inspiration for the song title, stands for a continuation of life in the afterlife. 

    >And there’s a second, more obvious Led Zeppelin reference: ‘Risen Symbol’ has the ARP band cover the Zeppelin classic ‘Immigrant Song’, albeit featuring their own arrangement. Pell: “I discussed the idea with our drummer Bobby Rondinelli, who also drums in a Led Zeppelin cover band. Bobby thought it was great and agreed with me that to get away with a number like that, you need an outstanding singer like Johnny Gioeli. Johnny can sing Robert Plant’s high notes, rising to that challenge with flying colours!” Another brilliant feat is the fast-paced opener ‘Forever Strong’, with lyrics about the need to stand tall in a difficult and increasingly disintegrating world. How apt for such a breathtaking neckbreaker! Finally, let’s talk about the impressive cover artwork courtesy of Axel Rudi Pell: “Visually, I wanted to take up where our 1996 album ‘Black Moon Pyramid’ left off, not least because of the oriental flair some of the new tracks have,” he explains. No doubt about it, all the pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly here. ARP fans will soon be able to confirm: The world would be a poorer place without ‘Risen Symbol’, probably the strongest album release in ARP’s career to date!


    Line-Up: Axel Rudi Pell – guitar Johnny Gioeli – vocals Volker Krawczak – bass Ferdy Doernberg – keyboards Bobby Rondinelli – drums


    Con profunda tristeza informamos el sensible fallecimiento del vocalista y fundador CJ SNARE de la banda Firehouse. El suceso se dio el día 05 de abril inesperadamente en su casa por la noche. Tenía 64 años de edad. Aun no se sabe la causa del deceso. Por su parte, la banda publico en su cuenta de Facebook sobre el lamentable acontecimiento. De nueva cuenta, el mundo del metal volvió a tener otra gran perdida.

     FIREHOUSE : Today is a sad day for Rock N Roll.

    It is with great sorrow we are letting the world know we have lost our brother: CJ Snare, the rock and roll warrior, lead vocalist, and a founding member of Firehouse.

    CJ Snare passed unexpectedly at home Friday night, April 5, 2024. He was a young 64 years old. 

    As you are all aware, CJ was expected to be back on stage with the band this summer after recovering from surgery.

    We are all in complete shock with CJ's untimely passing. CJ was was arguably one of the best vocal talents of a generation, touring the world with Firehouse non stop the past 34 years.

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Snare family, Katherine Little, friends, and all our beloved fans all over the world.

    "Reach for the Sky” CJ! You will be forever missed by family, friends, fans and your band mates. You’re singing with the angels now.


    Hoy es un día triste para el Rock N Roll.

    Con gran tristeza le hacemos saber al mundo que hemos perdido a nuestro hermano: CJ Snare, el guerrero del rock and roll, vocalista principal y miembro fundador de Firehouse.

     CJ Snare falleció inesperadamente en su casa el viernes 5 de abril de 2024 por la noche. Era un joven de 64 años. Como todos sabéis, se esperaba que CJ volviera al escenario con la banda este verano después de recuperarse de una cirugía. Todos estamos en completo shock por el prematuro fallecimiento de CJ.

    CJ fue posiblemente uno de los mejores talentos vocales de una generación, y estuvo de gira por el mundo con Firehouse sin parar durante los últimos 34 años.

    Nuestro más sentido pésame para toda la familia Snare, Katherine Little, amigos y todos nuestros queridos fans de todo el mundo.

    "Reach for the Sky" CJ. Tu familia, tus amigos, tus fans y tus compañeros de banda te extrañarán para siempre. Ahora estás cantando con los ángeles.

    La Pajarraca Radio se une a la pena que embarga a sus familiares, amigos y fans. En paz descanse Cj Snare.



    SEBASTIAN BACH - »Child Within The Man«

     Due Out On May 10, 2024 Via Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM) 


    Artwork by David Bierk

    Execution by Scott M. Fischer

    "An album more than 10 years in the making…"

    That's how singer, songwriter, author, Broadway star, and actor SEBASTIAN BACH describes his new album »Child Within The Man« set for release on May 10 via Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM). The 11-track album was recorded in Orlando, FL, produced and mixed by Elvis Baskette, engineered by Jef Moll, assistant engineered by Josh Saldate and mastered by Robert Ludwig (Gateway Mastering). BACH wrote or co-wrote all the album's tracks and sang all lead and backing vocals. »Child Within The Man« features guest appearances from John 5, Steve Stevens and Orianthi - who all co-wrote their respective tracks with BACH - and two tracks co-written with Myles Kennedy ('To Live Again' and 'What Do I Got To Lose?'); Devin Bronson on guitars, Todd Kerns (bass) and  Jeremy Colson (drums) round out the players on the album. The album will be available as t-shirt bundle, on CD (jewelcase), cassette and double LP in a variety of colour options. Pre-order/pre-save the album here:



    »Child Within The Man« - Track Listing:


    01. Everybody Bleeds

    02. Freedom [feat. John 5]

    03. (Hold On) To The Dream

    04. What Do I Got To Lose?

    05. Hard Darkness

    06. Future Of Youth [feat. Orianthi]

    07. Vendetta

    08. F.U. [feat. Steve Stevens]

    09. Crucify Me

    10. About To Break

    11. To Live Again


    »Child Within The Man« will be available in the following formats:

    - vinyl / CD + t-shirt bundle

    - jewelcase-CD

    - various 2LP vinyl variants [black, light blue, glow in the dark, crystal clear, red/gold]

    - cassette

    - digital


    This week also marks the release of SEBASTIAN's first-ever lyric performance video for the album's 'Everybody Bleeds.' The song - with lyrics by BACH - addresses the universal truths of pain with such lines as "Everybody bleeds/Everybody burns/Everybody drowns..."

    Watch the lyric video:

    Stream/purchase the track:

    Don't forget to subscribe to Reigning Phoenix Music on YouTube to stay updated & to listen to 'Everybody Bleeds' as well as other new tracks in the »RPM New Releases« playlist on Spotify:

    "I have been putting out records since the year 1989," SEBASTIAN says. "Thank YOU for 35 years of Bach 'n' roll…all leading up to »Child Within The Man«! If you like the records I have put out in the past, I can GUARANTEE that you will enjoy the new album. THIS is the kind of rock 'n' roll that keeps you young! Can't wait for you all to crank up »Child Within The Man« - a magical elixir to the fountain of youth! Gone wild! Forever! It's all one big song! TURN IT UP!"

    "The album artwork holds a special meaning since it was designed by BACH's father," noted visual artist David Bierk. "This album artwork was started in 1978 and finished in 2024!" SEBASTIAN says.

    BACH adds, "RPM has provided me with the ultimate rock 'n' roll fantasy dream come true…to make my ultimate rock 'n' roll record! With the team of players and production on this album, I can honestly say we have made the best record that we could possibly make! The packaging is of the highest standard in every way. The vinyl, cd & cassette formats all have been made to exact specifications! The 45RPM double gatefold sleeve vinyl editions come in three eco-formats which are the highest standard of vinyl sound. Plus multicoloured variations including a 'glow in the dark' special for all you rock collectors out there!"


  • SONATA ARCTICA »Clear Cold Beyond«

    SONATA ARCTICA »Clear Cold Beyond« - Out March 8th , 2024 via Atomic Fire –

    SONATA ARCTICA have been many things in their storied career: Finnish power metal messiahs, relentless touring powerhouses, masters of sublime melody. But above all, they’ve been stalwarts of the magic and enchantment that flows through heavy metal. Since their inception in 1995, they’ve embodied the splendour and serenity of Nordic nature, captivating the world with 10 albums, EP’s and countless tours. They are ambassadors of metal illuminated by the Northern lights, of hymns dedicated to the midnight sun. Their latest, eleventh effort, »Clear Cold Beyond,« carries the torch of their shining legacy into the future, delivering yet another magnum opus of Finnish power metal wizardry, and bowing to their fabled past. Just seconds into the storming opener 'First In Line' and you know you are in for a treat. A thunderous drum intro, their trademark jubilant duel of guitars and keys and those soaring vocals are all it takes to transport listeners into that rare state of sonic bliss. The Suomi effect. Yes, maybe there really is something in the water up there in the endless lakes of Finland. Maybe it does something to your creative soul to be nourished by the forces of nature, the solitude and the legends of the Kalevala, because make no mistake: »Clear Cold Beyond« descends on the listener like a gale from the snow-covered mountains, bristling with majestic songs and a keen sense of unforgettable melodies, SONATA style.

    »Clear Cold Beyond« follows the release of their two »Acoustic Adventures« albums in 2022, which allowed the band to “reset,” as frontman, lead vocalist and songwriter Tony Kakko describes it: “It was a chance to slow down, reflect on what we’ve done in the past and also fulfil our long-held dream of doing an acoustic album and tour.” But as well as these stripped back, intimate, touching acoustic versions of their storied catalogue worked: SONATA ARCTICA were increasingly itching to turn the amps back up to 11. “Getting back to metal after all that feels like a fresh start,” he beams. Oh, and how they get back to metal: »Clear Cold Beyond« is easily the most unrelenting SONATA ARCTICA record to date, a spectacular resurgence of their trademark lightning-fast power metal forged far, far north. “We’ve felt for a while now that we needed to get heavier after a couple of unintentionally softer albums,” says Tony. “We still love those albums, but in terms of finding cornerstone songs for a feel-good melodic metal show, the previous album didn’t have much to offer. That’s one thing we wanted to change: More speed and songs that people can and want to sing along to.” You can hear them singing already. With production duties handled by Mikko Karmila, a key figure in their early days, »Clear Cold Beyond« sounds massive, heavy and hungry, taking a bow to their early work when everything was shrouded in a deep sense of magic and mystery. That magic has now returned - only with a band that’s now 25 years old and a seasoned beast, pushing to go mad like never before. It’s no secret that their 25th anniversary tour played a part in their new-found love of power metal supremacy. Tony Kakko sums it up: “We brought back a bunch of old SONATA classics and it was so much fun to play them, but also to see how people reacted to those oldies. We wanted more of that, which is what people have always wanted us to be.” Happy band, happy fans. As simple as that. It is easy to hear the joy and the energy it has brought back to the band: SONATA ARCTICA are bursting with vigour, delivering a stampede of wintry power metal. “It’s... rejuvenating in a way,” says Tony. “The songs have been so much fun to write and record. We can’t wait to hit the road with this album and see how the crowds react to us being back at it.” You don’t need a fortune teller to predict the outcome. Brace yourselves. Winter is coming. Written during the unforgettable autumn weeks of 2022, Tony Kakko found himself unable to stop churning out banger after banger, a new career high in terms of creativity. “Once I started, the songs just kept coming, but eventually you have to pick the songs you need and keep perfecting those tracks. This means that for our twelfth album I already have some halffinished songs in a drawer. I’m bursting with ideas. But first things first, so let’s get this album out and do some touring!” Word, brother. Word.

    Dealing with existential issues, life on this planet and how we are destroying it all, »Clear Cold Beyond« is still flanked by uplifting, escapist songs. “It’s not really my forte,” laughs Tony. “But I think the whole album has an almost sunny vibe to it, if you know what I mean. Arctic sunny, of course. But it would not be a SONATA album without songs about love gone wrong.” As a bonus, the monumental epic 'Dark Empath' is the direct sequel to the perennial classic 'Don't Say A Word' from 2004! “This saga started with our second album »Silence« in 2001 and I’ve actually lost track of how many sequels and prequels there have been,” grins Tony. “It’s a stalker theme that provides a framework for writing songs in a certain style that I really like. Fortunately, people seem not to mind.” He’s joking, of course. It’s one of the many highlights of an incredible thrill ride of an album. TRACK LISTING: 01. First In Line 02. California 03. Shah Mat 04. Dark Empath 05. Cure For Everything 06. A Monster Only You Can't See 07. Teardrops 08. Angel Defiled 09. The Best Things 10. Clear Cold Beyond Line-up: Tony Kakko | vocals Elias Viljanen | guitars Pasi Kauppinen | bass Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg | keyboards Tommy Portimo | drums






    Embarks on 2024 »What Do I Got To Lose? Tour«

    with shows in Latin and North America;

    North American performances kick off May 10

    BACH's new single 'What Do I Got To Lose?'

    continues to ascend the charts

    SEBASTIAN BACH will hit the road in 2024 for an international tour with dates in Latin and North America. The singer, songwriter, author, Broadway star, and actor's »What Do I Got To Lose? Tour« - a mix of solo gigs and festival appearances - kicks off with an international run of performances in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile before North American shows in the U.S. and Mexico. The stateside tour gets underway May 10 in Jefferson, LA before wrapping June 29 in San Diego, CA. Tickets for the North American shows go on sale Friday, March 1 at 10:00 AM (local time), while pre-sale tickets are available now.

    Click HERE for all ticketing info and to purchase tickets.

    "We are super excited to embark upon the »What Do I Got To Lose? Tour« 2024!" SEBASTIAN BACH says. "This is the first song that I've ever had on U.S. rock radio with my solo band and I cannot thank you all enough - radio stations for playing this song and all you rock fans out there for cranking it up! Can't wait to play live for all of you this summer no tapes no fakes all real all the time that is how we roll! See you on the road mothertruckers!"

    This news follows SEBASTIAN's exciting end to 2023, which included an appearance on Fox's »The Masked Singer« as "Tiki," a fan and judge favourite who went on to show's group B finals. As ROLLING STONE noted, "Ahead of Tiki's reveal, panelist Nicole Scherzinger applauded his performance, saying 'You're a brilliant vocalist, you can do anything with your voice…'"

    Following his final performance on the show in December, SEBASTIAN released 'What Do I Got To Lose?' (Reigning Phoenix Music), marking his first new music in ten years. The track -- which continues to build momentum at rock radio, trending in the Top 40 on the Mediabase's »Active Rock Daily« spin chart -- was co-written by SEBASTIAN, Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE, SLASH) and Elvis Baskette (MAMMOTH WVH, SLASH), the latter of whom also served as the track's producer. Guitars lock into a heart-thumping groove on the track as SEBASTIAN's voice rings out on the refrain, "I'm holding on for judgment day." The momentum gives way to a fret-burning lead. For the video, SEBASTIAN is joined by his former SKID ROW bandmate, drummer Rob Affuso.

    Don't forget to subscribe to Reigning Phoenix Music on YouTube to stay updated & to listen to 'What Do I Got To Lose?' as well as other new tracks in the »RPM New Releases« playlist on Spotify:


    29.02.2024 US Orlando, FL - The 80s Cruise *SOLD OUT*

    14.04.2024 US West Hollywood, CA - Rainbow Bar & Grill (52nd Anniversary Show)

    26.04.2024 BR São Paulo - Summer Breeze Brasil

    27.04.2024 BR Curitiba - Tork n' Roll

    28.04.2024 BR Rio de Janeiro - Vivo Rio (w/ MR. BIG)

    30.04.2024 UY Montevideo - Teatro del Museo

    01.05.2024 AR Buenos Aires - Estadio Obras Sanitarias (w/ MR. BIG)

    03.05.2024 CL Santiago - Teatro Caupolicán (w/ MR. BIG)

    05.05.2024 MX Mexico City - Lunario del Auditorio Nacional

    10.05.2024 US New Orleans, LA - Southport Music Hall

    11.05.2024 US Destin, FL - Club LA

    12.05.2024 US Daytona Beach, FL - Welcome to Rockville

    14.05.2024 US Jacksonville, FL - Hooligans Live

    16.05.2024 US Patchogue, NY - Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

    17.05.2024 US Warren, OH - Packard Music Hall

    18.05.2024 US Bensalem, PA - Parx Casino

    19.05.2024 US Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!

    21.05.2024 US New Haven, CT - Toad's Place

    22.05.2024 US Albany, NY - Empire Live

    24.05.2024 CA Montréal, QC - Theatre Beanfield

    28.05.2024 US Warrendale, PA - Jergel's Rhythm Grille

    29.05.2024 US Grand Rapids, MI - Elevation

    31.05.2024 US Indianapolis, IN - Hendricks Live!

    01.06.2024 US Morgantown, WV - Ruby Amphitheatre

    02.06.2024 US Columbus, OH - The King Of Clubs

    04.06.2024 US Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew's Hall

    05.06.2024 US Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre

    07.06.2024 US Joliet, IL - The Forge

    08.06.2024 US St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre

    09.06.2024 US East Moline, IL - The Rust Belt

    11.06.2024 US Des Moines, IA - Wooly's

    12.06.2024 US Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre

    14.06.2024 US Colorado Springs, CO - Sunshine Studios

    15.06.2024 US Denver, CO - Summit

    16.06.2024 US Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater

    18.06.2024 US Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom

    19.06.2024 US Little Rock, AR - The Hall

    21.06.2024 US Dallas, TX - The Lexus Box Garden @ Legacy Hall

    22.06.2024 US Houston, TX - Scout Bar

    23.06.2024 US San Antonio, TX - The Rock Box

    25.06.2024 US Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre

    27.06.2024 US Ventura, CA - The Majestic Ventura Theater

    28.06.2024 US Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory

    29.06.2024 US San Diego, CA - House of Blues


    With an inimitable presence as loud as his instantly identifiable voice, SEBASTIAN BACH has left a San Andreas Fault-size imprint on music, theater, film, television, and culture. Moreover, his influence only continues to magnify. He has penned and voiced some of the most iconic anthems in rock history, crafting a catalog highlighted by generational hits such as '18 And Life,' 'I Remember You,' 'Youth Gone Wild,' 'Slave To The Grind,' 'Wasted Time,' and 'Monkey Business,' to name a few. He has made history as "the first heavy metal singer on Broadway" with a now legendary turn in »Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical« in addition to leading roles in »The Rocky Horror Picture Show« and »Jesus Christ Superstar.« He has appeared in dozens of television series and films, ranging from »Trailer Park Boys« and »Robot Chicken« to »Spongebob Squarepants,« »The Masked Singer,« and »Hell's Kitchen.« Speaking to his versatility, he's the rare force of nature who can duet with Axl Rose and reprise a seven-season recurring role on »Gilmore Girls.«



    OTRA PERDIDA EN EL ROCK. Muere James Kottak, exbatería de Scorpions, a los 61 años

    >El exbatería de la banda alemana Scorpions, James Kottak, ha fallecido a los 61 años, según ha confirmado el mánager de la banda a la agencia de noticias alemana DPA, que añade que todavía no están claras las causas de la muerte. Aparentemente por causas del alcohol.

    Por su parte en las redes sociales de la banda Scorpions se puede leer: 

    Very sad news... our dear friend & Drummer for 20yrs James Kottak has passed at the age of 61. James was a wonderful human being, a great musician & loving family man. He was our „Brother from another Mother“ & will be truly missed. Rock‘n Roll Forever

    "Muy triste noticia. Nuestro querido amigo y baterista durante 20 años James Kottak ha fallecido a la edad de 61 años. James era un ser humano maravilloso, un gran músico y un amoroso hombre de familia", ha publicado Scorpions desde su perfil de X. 

    >Acompañada de una fotografía donde Kotakk se muestra de espaldas en su batería.

    <"Él era nuestro 'hermano de otra madre' y lo extrañaremos mucho. Rock'n Roll para siempre", añadió la banda, junto con una imagen en blanco y negro del artista. 


    >Su lugar en el grupo fue asumido entonces por el exbatería de Motörhead Mikkey Dee, quien es hasta hoy parte de la banda que partirá de gira en 2024 para celebrar los 40 años de Love at First Sting.


    Sin duda una triste noticia más en el mundo del rock. Ya son muchas las perdidas en los últimos años desafortunadamente. 

  • U.D.O.New album »Touchdown« out worldwide

    U.D.O.New album »Touchdown« out worldwide

    Out Now Via Atomic Fire Records

    »Touchdown « Today, iconic German heavy metallers U.D.O. strike back with their new 13-track studio album, which was lauded by hard 'n' heavy press worldwide and thereby cements the fact that they're not only midfielders but definitely one of the main forerunners of the scene. But that's not all: »Touchdown« also marks the musical reunion of singer Udo Dirkschneider and bassist Peter Baltes (ex-ACCEPT) who joined the U.D.O. ranks a few months ago, and to celebrate those happenings, the group have launched a lyric video for new song 'Fight For The Right,' which can be found on their new offering. It's an anti-war track that continues U.D.O.'s tradition of delivering heavy old-school riffing, this time garnished with a grand, classical music dominated guitar solo. Watch the visualisation by Ingo Spörl (Hard Media; over on YouTube:

    ICYMI: U.D.O. (also performing as DIRKSCHNEIDER) recently announced the first bigger batch of live dates for their forthcoming »Touchdown World Tour 2023/24« which will make them perform in Germany, Switzerland, Czechia as well as other countries in early 2024. Their current itinerary can be found below!


    Order »Touchdown« in the physical format of your choice (see below!), stream it on your favourite DSP or get it digitally now, here:


    Released via Atomic Fire Records, the album was crafted with producer and mixing engineer Martin "Mattes" Pfeiffer at Redhead Studio (Wilhelmshaven, Germany) and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann at ROXX Studio (Solingen, Germany). The record includes a guest appearance by violinist Stefan Pintev on the closing track, and bass tracks were recorded by new member Baltes. Artwork was provided by Martin Häusler who was also responsible for shooting band photos in support of the new album campaign.

    »Touchdown« is available in the following formats:


    - jewelcase-CD

    >- digipak-CD [EU; incl. bonus DVD »Dirkschneider - Live at Wacken 2022,« track listing below]

    - limited box set [available at Atomic Fire Records (yellow-green splatter vinyl; SOLD OUT), Nuclear Blast (purple black dust vinyl) & EMP (red-clear black dust vinyl)]

    >- 2LP in gatefold: black, silver, clear/blue-white splatter (US excl.), clear-blue marbled (AFR excl.), yellow-green splatter (AFR excl.), purple black dust (Nuclear Blast excl.), red-clear black dust (EMP excl.) & clear-black vinyl (Sweden Rock Magazine excl.)

    - digital »Touchdown« - Track Listing:

    01. Isolation Man

    02. The Flood

    03. The Double Dealer's Club

    04. Fight For The Right

    05. Forever Free

    06. Punchline

    07. Sad Man's Show

    08. The Betrayer

    09. Heroes Of Freedom

    10. Better Start To Run

    11. The Battle Understood

    12. Living Hell

    13. Touchdown


    »Dirkschneider - Live at Wacken 2022« (Bonus DVD; digipak-CD only!):


    01. Starlight

    02. Living For Tonite

    03. Midnight Mover

    04. Breaker

    05. London Leatherboys

    06. Princess Of The Dawn

    07. Restless And Wild

    08. Son Of A Bitch

    09. Screaming For A Love-Bite

    10. Up To The Limit

    11. Metal Heart

    12. Fast As A Shark

    13. Balls To The Wall


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    U.D.O. / DIRKSCHNEIDER live:


    25.08.2023 DE Haddeby - Baltic Open Air [TICKETS]

    16.09.2023 DE Tuttlingen - Beast of Rocks @ Stadthalle [TICKETS]

    07.10.2023 DE Würzburg - Keep It True Rising III @ Posthalle* [TICKETS]

    22.10.2023 AT Linz - Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Tabakfabrik [TICKETS]

    29.10.2023 AT Salzburg - Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Messezentrum [TICKETS]


    »Touchdown« - World Tour 2023/24 - Europe


    Presented by ITM, DMAX, Break Out, Radio Bob!, musix, Metal Hammer & Rock It!


    23.02.2024 DE Regensburg-Obertraubling - Eventhall Airport [TICKETS]

    24.02.2024 DE Berlin - Huxleys Neue Welt [TICKETS]

    25.02.2024 DE Magdeburg - Factory [TICKETS]

    28.02.2024 DE Hamburg - Markthalle [TICKETS]

    29.02.2024 DE Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 2 [TICKETS]

    01.03.2024 DE Markneukirchen - Musikhalle [TICKETS]

    02.03.2024 DE Leipzig - Hellraiser [TICKETS]

    03.03.2024 DE Munich - Backstage [TICKETS]

    06.03.2024 DE Mannheim - Capitol [TICKETS]

    07.03.2024 DE Stuttgart - Im Wizemann [TICKETS]

    08.03.2024 DE Memmingen - Kaminwerk [TICKETS]

    09.03.2024 DE Nuremberg - Löwensaal [TICKETS]

    10.03.2024 CH Pratteln - Konzertfabrik Z7 [TICKETS - COMING SOON!]

    14.03.2024 DE Wilhelmshaven - Pumpwerk [TICKETS]

    16.03.2024 DE Marsberg - Metal Diver Festival [TICKETS]

    20.03.2024 CZ Prague - Roxy [TICKETS]

    22.03.2024 CZ Brno - Sono Centrum [TICKETS]

    23.03.2024 CZ Ostrava - Garage Club [TICKETS]


    10./11.05.2024 DE Braunschweig - Rock in Rautheim* [TICKETS]

    03. - 06.07.2024 DE Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air* [TICKETS]




    Info & Tickets:


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    Udo Dirkschneider | vocals

    Andrey Smirnov | guitar

    Sven Dirkschneider | drums

    Fabian Dee Dammers | guitar

    Peter Baltes | bass



    U.D.O. / DIRKSCHNEIDER online:

  • FREEDOM CALL "The M.E.T.A.L. fest" new album


    FREEDOM CALL "The M.E.T.A.L. Fest"

    Release Date: July 14th, 2023

    Format: CD Digipak with Blu-ray


    01. The M.E.T.A.L. Fest 3:56

    02. Intro 1:24

    03. Union Of The Strong 5:05

    04. Tears Of Babylon 4:06

    05. Spirit Of Daedalus 5:15

    06. Sail Away 4:29

    07. Metal Invasion 7:11

    08. M.E.T.A.L 6:20

    09. 111 - The Number Of Angels 3:54

    10. The Ace Of The Unicorn 3:25

    11. Freedom Call 7:13

    12. Power And Glory 3:59

    13. Metal Is For Everyone 5:34

    14. Warriors 4:51

    15. Far Away 3:32

    16. Land Of Light 5:42

    17. Outro 0:55

    If a survey was commissioned to find out at which shows audiences are at their most boisterous, Freedom Call would definitely be among the leading acts. The southern German melodic power metal band surrounding frontman and founder Chris Bay regularly leaves euphoric audiences in the wake of its shows, carried away by the group’s catchy songs and inspiring stage performance. Freedom Call have earned their large global fanbase through sweat and tears, so what could be more logical than to document one of their atmospheric concerts on CD and Blu-ray every now and again to preserve it for eternity? Voilà, and here comes the latest version: ‘The M.E.T.A.L. Fest’ was recorded at two shows in Pilsen and Regensburg in summer/autumn 2022 and compiled into a diverse concert cut, available on Steamhammer/SPV from 14 July 2023 as a Digi-CD including Blu-ray disc and for digital download. 2 June 2023 will see the arrival of a brand-new studio song, namely the lead single ‘The Metal Fest’, which is also set to herald a hot festival summer.

    “When we were invited to play the Metalfest in Pilsen in the Czech Republic, we heard on our way there that not only top-of-the-range recording equipment but also eight to ten professional cameras would be available at the festival, so we spontaneously decided to record the show. We then also recorded our show at Regensburg’s Eventhall Airport to get enough material for additional bonus material and interesting behind-the-scenes shots.”

    The result is a versatile cross-section of both concerts, or, as Bay calls it, “a patchwork in which authenticity was more important to us than some soulless, glossy high-end product”. And indeed, ‘The M.E.T.A.L. Fest’ turns out to be anything but a sterile recording: As Freedom Call fans have come to expect from their faves, the mélange of these two concert cuts presents a band working itself into a frenzy and, in addition to their most important classics ‘Warriors’, ‘Metal Is For Everyone’ and ‘Freedom Call’, as well as their festival staples ‘Power And Glory’ and ‘Land Of Light’, also holds a few entertaining surprises in store: The bonus DVD features a road movie about the ‘70000 Tons Of Metal’ cruise, which took Bay & Co. to the Bahamas in late January/early February 2023. The Blue-ray also includes a special treat: a highly amusing metal version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.

    And last but not least: Exclusively and to kick off their latest live release, Freedom Call have included a new studio song, appropriately entitled ‘The M.E.T.A.L. Fest’, which also highlights the band’s very special qualities, namely their focus on catchy melodies and driving grooves – a tried and tested mix that has worked for Freedom Call since they started out back in 1999 and is guaranteed to win the band plenty of audiences during the upcoming festival summer of 2023. As Chris Bay puts it so aptly: “Freedom Call are celebrating their 25th band anniversary next year, we don’t have to prove anything to anyone anymore, so we can concentrate on what we and our fans really enjoy.” Naturally, their fans are guaranteed to enjoy ‘The M.E.T.A.L. Fest’!


    Helsinki’s longest serving gothic rock vampires THE 69 EYES are proud to announce that they will embark on a European tour in March 2023.

    Besides some classics fans can expect as bloody appetizer some songs taken from their long-awaited new album, which will be released next spring via Atomic Fire Records.

    <“Time to drag our vampire tour bus around European live crypts! Our brand new album on its way, we will make sure that all of you GOTTA ROCK!”, comments Jyrki 69.

    Starting in Frankfurt (Germany) on March 7th, the tour will bring THE 69 EYES to 17 cities in 6 countries. Support acts will be announced at a later point.


    Presented by Sonic Seducer, & Musix

    07.03.23 D-Frankfurt am Main / Das Bett

    08.03.23  D-Augsburg / Spectrum

    09.03.23  IT-Milano / Live Club

    10.03.23  CH-Pratteln / Z-7

    11.03.23  D-Karlsruhe / Substage

    13.03.23  D-Nürnberg Hirsch

    14.03.23  AT-Wien / Szene

    15.03.23  HU-Budapest / Barba Negra

    17.03.23  D-Stuttgart / Im Wizemann

    18.03.23  D-Leipzig / Hellraiser

    19.03.23  CZ-Praha / Rock Café

    21.03.23  D-Bochum / Zeche

    22.03.23  D-Köln / Essigfabrik

    23.03.23  D-Trier / Mergener Hof

    24.03.23  D-München / Backstage Halle

    26.03.23  D-Berlin / Columbia Theater

    27.03.23  D-Hamburg / Markthalle


    Tickets will go on sale this Friday at noon am.

    THE 69 EYES are:

    Jyrki 69 | lead vocals

    Bazie | lead guitar & backing vocals

    Timo-Timo | guitar

    Archzie | bass & backing vocals

    Jussi 69 | drums

    THE 69 EYES online:



    Fireflash records

    9 December 2022

    Since launching in January of 2022, TAILGUNNER have taken the world of underground Heavy Metal by the scruff of the neck, and grasp with an iron first. A blitzkrieg singles, the debut EP ‘Crashdive’ and two UK headline tours with multiple sold out dates all within their first six months of existence, proves the demand for true Heavy Metal is alive and well!

    “The greatest revelation British Metal has had in a decade and a half.”, states METAL RULES and praises their unique cocktail of power, speed, aggression and huge choruses. If you wanna know what to expect, simply imagine pure fucking armageddon!

    “We describe ourselves as ‘Laser Guided Riffs N’ Hooks that Kill!’ We’re fast, loud, catchy as hell and we’ll take your face off.'' 

    After completing an extensive UK headline tour in summer of this year, the band are staking their claim to the future of the genre and have all eyes to the skies, ready to launch like a warhead. No holds barred, in your face Heavy Metal with no apologies!

    The history goes back a few more years, when bassist and leading force Thomas Hewson left his last band in the summer of 2018, with the aim of “putting together the band I’ve had in my head since I was a kid: The ultimate Heavy Metal band, with no compromises.“ It took him almost two more years to find the best musicians to fullfill his expectation. Flyers were put in guitar shops and metal bars, social media posts were carried out. “Then I found Craig as the singer of MIDNIGHT PROPHECY and the first time I heard his voice was a cover of ‘22 Acacia Avenue’. As soon as the song kicked in, I knew he had to sing for Tailgunner! I travelled across England to go see them - that’s when he realised I was serious“, remembers Hewson. “A year later, ahead of a UK tour Prophecy had booked, Craig asked myself and Zach to fill in. This was when I met - and crucially played with - Sam. We knew as a rhythm section very fast that we had a shared ‘sixth sense.’ I was unwilling to share two members with another band, but the day Midnight Prophecy broke up, I spent four hours on the phone with Sam, and by the end he was our drummer!“

    That moment, TAILGUNNER was born.

    “There was never a conscious decision to play ‘old school’ to us, that’s the way it’s supposed to sound“, adds the bass player and main songwriter, who always had a burning ambition and total undying love for Heavy Metal. “From the moment I heard AC/DC as a child, I’ve never looked back. Seeing Iron Maiden live at 12 years old was all the confirmation I needed that this was to be my life’s path. I want people to feel empowered when they hear our music, that’s what great Heavy Metal does for me. Music should make you feel like you can take on the world!“

    “I would call Tailgunner a Heavy Metal band. There is quite a bit of speed metal, and old school power Metal in there too“, says Hewson and names his mains inspiratons with HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN, MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND and JUDAS PRIEST. You can feel their love for the 80s in every moment, like the middle-part of their epic ‘Crashdive‘. “This was inspired by King Diamonds ‘Abigail’ album, it’s a huge influence musically, the technicality of the riffs with Mikkey Dee driving everything, they’re probably the best group of musicians ever assembled to play Heavy Metal!” Lyrically, the track is written about the German cult movie ‘Das Boot.’ “Patrick is our history buff, and he wrote the main riff, then sent me a copy of the movie, suggesting I write about it. As I like to say, he gave me a riff, a subject, and I was away!“

    “Craig is the greatest new vocalist in Heavy Metal“, certifies the band leader about his vocalist, who recently also joined forces in INDUCTION, the German based Prog Power Metal band, lead by Tim Hansen, son of HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY guitar legend Kai Hansen.

    Recording the debut album, TAILGUNNER moved themselves and all the equipment into an old Victorian chapel from the 1800’s, in the dead of winter in early 2021, surrounded by a graveyard. “We recorded mostly in the middle of the night, upon the altar, using only candles for lighting.“

    The five tracks of the ‘Crashdive’ EP as well as the additional tracks for the debut album were mixed and mastered by Olof Wikström of ENFORCER, another perfect match for TAILGUNNER. “I first met Olof at an Enforcer show back in 2019“, remembers Hewson and adds: “I knew he worked as an engineer, both on Enforcer, and other records. I chatted to him about working on something, even though I didn’t yet have a band! It was really important to me to work with Olof on the debut album. He’s a bit like the godfather of this scene that has emerged over the last 10-15 years, and is extremely knowledgeable in Heavy Metal. Also, the sound of Enforcer records, particularly ‘From Beyond’ and ‘Live by Fire – 2’ is metal mastery!“

    To sum it up, TAILGUNNER stand for pure Heavy Metal made for eternity!

    MCD „Crashdive“ Tracklist

    01. Shadows Of War

    02. Guns For Hire

    03. White Death

    <04. Revolution Scream

    05. Crashdive

    Mixed & Mastered by Olof Wikstrand (Enforcer)              


    Craig Cairns - Vocals


    Zach Salvini - Guitars

    Thomas Hewson - Bass  

    Sam Caldwell - Drums    




  • Dokken The Elektra Albums 1983 - 1987

    Dokken The Elektra Albums 1983 - 1987 (Disc 1: Breaking The Chains) BMG Release: 27 January 2023

    The 4 albums that made Dokken one of the ‘80s top rock bands are now being collected together as a box set (available in LP or CD formats) from BMG, ‘The Elektra Albums 1983-1987.’ 

    Released on January 27, 2023, the limited edition set will include Dokken’s million-selling, worldwide charting first 4 studio albums (‘Breaking the Chains,’ ‘Tooth and Nail,’ ‘Under Lock and Key,’ and ‘Back for the Attack’) as a either a 5LP or 5CD set. 

    All of the albums feature the classic line-up of Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), and “Wild” Mick Brown (drums), and all have been newly remastered by Andy Pearce (Black Sabbath, Motorhead). Additionally, the LP box features 180g black vinyl.

    Both LP & CD box sets include:

    Breaking The Chains (1983) – US #136 Includes “Breaking The Chains” (#32 US Rock) and “Paris Is Burning (Live)” Tooth And Nail (1984) - PLATINUM – US #49 Includes “Into The Fire” (#21 US Rock), “Just Got Lucky” (#27 US Rock), and “Alone Again” (#64 US Hot 100, #20 US Rock) Under Lock And Key (1985) – PLATINUM – US #32 Includes “The Hunter” (#25 US Rock), “In My Dreams” (#77 US Hot 100, #24 US Rock) Back For The Attack (1987) – PLATINUM – US #13 // UK #96 // SWISS #25 // SWEDEN #19 // FINLAND #18 Includes The Theme From Nightmare On Elm Street 3, “Dream Warriors” (#22 US Rock), “Burning Like A Flame” (#72 US Hot 100, #20 US Rock, #78 UK Singles Chart), and “Prisoner” (#37 US Rock)  

    5LP boxset includes:

     Breaking The Chains 1LP Tooth And Nail 1LP Under Lock And Key 1LP Back For The Attack 2LP  

    4CD boxset includes:

     Breaking The Chains 1CD Tooth And Nail 1CD Under Lock And Key 1CD Back For The Attack 1CD  Hailing from Los Angeles, Dokken released a string of platinum albums throughout the 1980’s, and toured the globe  with the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, including Van Halen, Aerosmith, Metallica, Scorpions, and Kiss. 

    The band had several hit singles on the Mainstream Rock and Billboard Hot 100 charts, and were all over MTV with their videos for “Breaking The Chains”, “Alone Again", “Into The Fire”, “In My Dreams”, “It’s Not Love”, “Burning Like A Flame” and especially the Theme from Nightmare on Elm Street 3, “Dream Warriors’, where they starred alongside Freddy Krueger.

    Dokken have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and their live album, Beast from the East was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1989.

    And now, fans will get to experience – and hear – all four classic albums in a way they had never been able to before. 

    Dokken Online:

  • EPICA - "Sirens - Of Blood And Water

    EPICA - "Sirens - Of Blood And Water  (feat. Charlotte Wessels & Myrkur") [4:17]

    Taken from the mini-album »The Alchemy Project«Music by Charlotte Wessels, Myrkur, Simone Simons, Rob Van der Loo, ELyrics by Charlotte Wessels, Simone Simons

    release music video for 'Sirens - Of Blood And Water' feat. Charlotte Wessels & Myrkur

    "The Alchemy Project" is out

    Symphonic metal titans EPICA finally unleash "The Alchemy Project", a unique collaboration featuring 13 bands and musicians who co-wrote and performed the 7 new tracks with them.

    For this special occasion, EPICA present another true gem from the release, in form of a music video for a hauntingly dark track with a majestic chorus: 'Sirens - Of Blood And Water' was co-written and performed with melodic metal queen Charlotte Wessels and folk/black metal pioneer Myrkur, and together with Simone Simons, these 3 leading ladies of heavy music form the most spectacular trinity of this winter.

    "Charlotte and I go back many years, but we never really worked on music together. Since she started releasing her solo songs, I became an admirer of her work and reached out to her to create a song for 'The Alchemy Project'." Simone Simons remembers. "That collaboration resulted in the beautiful haunting song, 'Sirens - Of Blood And Water'. We both have a fascination for mermaids, the fairytale from H.C. Andersen and wanted to write a song from the perspective of the sisters of the little mermaid. I loved how our creative minds flowed into the song and having Myrkur, who happens to be Danish just like the author of the story, add her unique voice to the song was the perfect match that we needed to complete the story."

    "The Alchemy Project" is now available as digipak CD, LP or digitally, via this link: A have just concluded their North America Tour and will visit Latin America next week. You can also still get tickets for the European Tour with APOCALYPTICA in early 2023 at



    19.11.22 | Audio | São Paulo, BR

    20.11.22 | Ópera de Arame | Curitiba, BR

    22.11.22 | Teatro Flores | Buenos Aires, AR *SOLD OUT*

    24.11.22 | Teatro Caupolicán | Santiago, CL

    26.11.22 | El Teleférico | Quito, EC

    27.11.22 | Centro de Convenciones Barranco | Lima, PE 

    29.11.22 | Museo De Arte Marte - San Salvador, El Salvador

    02.12.22 | Hell and Heaven Festival | Toluca, Mexico

    04.12.22 | Rock Al Parque| | Bogota, CL




    18.01.23 | Compensa Concert Hall | Vilnius, LTU

    19.01.23 | Arena Riga | Riga, LVA

    20.01.23 | Saku Arena | Tallinn, EST

    23.01.23 | Sentrum Scene | Oslo, NO

    24.01.23 | Berns | Stockholm, SE

    25.01.23 | Amager Bio | Copenhagen, DK

    27.01.23 | AFAS | Amsterdam, NL

    28.01.23 | Georg Elser Halle | Hamburg, DE

    29.01.23 | AB | Brussels, BE

    30.01.23 | O2 Academy | Bristol, UK

    01.02.23 | Rock City | Nottingham, UK

    02.02.23 | O2 Academy | Glasgow, UK

    03.02.23 | Academy | Manchester, UK

    04.02.23 | Roundhouse | London, UK

    06.02.23 | Atelier | Luxemburg, LU

    07.02.23 | Zenith | Paris, FR

    08.02.23 | Le Bikini | Toulouse, FR

    10.02.23 | Razzmatazz 1 | Barcelona, ES

    11.02.23 | Gamma | Murcia, ES

    12.02.23 | La Riviera | Madrid, ES

    14.02.23 | Coliseum | Lisbon, PT

    12.03.23 | Capitol | Hanover, DE

    13.03.23 | Carlswerk Victoria | Cologne, DE

    14.03.23 | Schlachthof | Wiesbaden, DE

    15.03.23 | MHP Arena | Ludwigsburg, DE

    17.03.23 | Komplex 457 | Zurich, CH

    18.03.23 | Metropole | Lausanne, CH

    19.03.23 | Fabrique | Milan, IT

    20.03.23 | Tonhalle | Munich, DE

    22.03.23 | Barba Negra | Budapest, HU

    23.03.23 | Gasometer | Vienna, AT

    24.03.23 | Hala Vodova | Brno, CZ

    25.03.23 | Progresja | Warsaw, PL

    27.03.23 | B90 | Gdansk, PL

    28.03.23 | Columbiahalle | Berlin, DE

    29.03.23 | Haus Auensee | Leipzig, DE


    EPICA online:



    BLACKRAIN "Untamed"

    Release Date: November 25th, 2022

    Format: - CD Digi

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


    01. Untamed 4:45

    02. Kiss The Sky 4:06

    03. Dawn Of Hell 3:51

    04. All The Darkness 4:11

    05. Demon 4:23

    06. Summer Jesus 4:36

    07. Set The World On Fire 4:27

    08. Neon Drift 4:52

    09. Blade Of Love 4:49

    10. Raise Your Glass 4:46

    11. Shut Down 4:43

    12. The End 4:15

     Info / Bio:

    Sometimes it takes a few years until a band finds that perfect sound they have in mind for their songs. For the new album ‘Untamed’ by the French Sleaze Rock formation BlackRain, that’s exactly the case. Although already established as a band with their six previous releases and also very successful on tour (among others with Europe, Alice Cooper, Scorpions or Steel Panther), the quartet around singer Swan now presents a work that sets new quality standards in every aspect. “We love the powerful sound, the banging drums, this awesome mix of catchy melodies and aggression that permeates ‘Untamed’ from the very beginning,” bassist Matthieu dela Roche enthuses and goes on naming the producer of the new quality work: Hannes Braun, frontman of the German hard rockers Kissin` Dynamite and an important figure in sound engineering. De la Roche: “Hannes told us: ´I love your songs, your show really has excited me, I know exactly how your next record should sound!` Thanks to his help, we found the sound we’ve been looking for since ten years.” ‘Untamed’ will be released on November 25th, 2022 via Steamhammer/SPV. A date you should mark in red in your calendar!

     The connection between the French group and their German producer was practically self-evident: BlackRain accompanied Kissin` Dynamite on their last ;European tour and they were friends for about a decade. “Kissin Dynamite was our support band in 2009 in a big gig in Paris. Now we are supporting them, and we are fine with this because it allowed us to cross Europe and catch a new public,” tells De La Roche. Out of this friendship sprang a fruitful collaboration. Swan, the singer and frontman: “I honestly don`t know how Hannes managed it, but whenever I sent him a new song for review and mix, he found that perfect last piece of the puzzle to refine it.” However, ‘Untamed’ convinces not only with its dynamic, very transparent sound, but also with the exquisite songwriting. “We haven't really changed anything fundamental, though,” Swan marvels over the creative inspiration. “We`ve always written the kind of songs we love ourselves. And since our line up hasn`t changed, we can`t really do anything different. Our goal is to keep getting better and hopefully one day write the perfect song. When one track is finished, we go on working with the mindset that the next one will be even better.”


    You can feel this ambition in ‘Untamed’: While the title track (also the first single/first video, release date: July 29th, 2022) could hardly be more characteristic for, ‘Demon’ surprises with an unusual mix of glam metal and sixties influences. Also atypical for the band: ‘Summer Jesus’ with a whammy bar solo. la Roche: “The track reminds me a little of Muse. Maybe we should have offered the song to them, financially it would have certainly been worth it.” BlackRain themselves were taken by surprise by ‘Kiss The Sky’, which gained tremendous substance during the recording process. De La Roche: “At first we weren`t 100 % sure about the number, but once it was mixed, our opinion changed. Now it`s become a real hit. This statement could serve as a quote to summarize the new record on the whole, because with ‘Untamed’ (the cover artwork is done by the Asian graphic artist Yellow Mushi) BlackRain has definitely created a small masterpiece, from which three more songs will be released after the first single: ‘Summer Jesus’ will be released on August 26th, 2022, followed by ‘Neon Drift’ on September 30th (with a guest solo byKissin` Dynamite guitarist Jim Müller), and ‘Kiss The Sky’ on October 28th, 2022. Just one week later BlackRain will be back on stage fall 2022 is peppered with festivals, and spring/summer 2023 is reserved for a big European tour. Fans can already look forward to it!


    Max 2 – lead guitar

    Matthieu de la Roche – bass

    Frank F - drums


    Otra desafortunada noticia en el mundo del rock, Muere Horacio "Marciano" Cantero, cantante de la banda argentina Enanitos Verdes

    Horacio Eduardo "Marciano" Cantero, principal compositor, cantante y bajista de la emblemática banda argentina Enanitos Verdes, murió este jueves a los 62 años en su Mendoza natal.

    Falleció en la Clínica de Cuyo de la ciudad argentina, en la que estaba ingresado desde finales de agosto por un cuadro de insuficiencia renal que no mejoraba y donde había sido sometido a una intervención.

    Así se lo confirmó su hijo, Javier Cantero, a los periodistas que llegaron al centro médico nada más conocerse la noticia.

    "Por más que estoy muy triste, yo tengo 30 y estos 30 años que pude pasar con él no lo tuve mucho pero cada día con él fue un regalo. No puedo dejar de estar feliz por el gran hombre que era y por todo el amor que le devolvieron estos días", dijo.

    De acuerdo a los medios locales, Cantero sufría ya de problemas renales y su condición se habría agravado luego de la última gira de la banda por diferentes ciudades de Latinoamérica.

    ¡Volvemos a tocar!"

    El 30 de marzo compartió Marciano Cantero su última publicación en las redes sociales, después del primer concierto de la gira para celebrar los 40 años de trayectoria de Enanitos Verdes.

    "Muchas canciones de todas las épocas. ¡volvemos a tocar, volvemos a vivir! los esperamos, estaremos cerca y con ustedes otra vez", decía Cantero en su post de Instagram.

    Enanitos Verdes ofreció su último concierto con él al frente el 14 de agosto en Orlando, Estados Unidos. Y tenían fechas confirmadas para noviembre y diciembre en distintas ciudades del país.

    Cantero estuvo al frente de la banda, una de las más emblemáticas de Argentina y enormemente conocida en América Latina, desde que la formara en 1979 junto a Felipe Staiti y Daniel Piccolo (quien dejó el proyecto en 2009).

    Juntos hicieron populares canciones como "La muralla verde", "Te vi en un tren" y "Por el resto". Pero ningún tema revela quizá mejor el impacto regional de su obra que "Lamento boliviano": solamente en Spotify acumula casi 400 millones de reproducciones.

    "Melodías inmortales" sin duda nos deja un enorme vacio pero un legado musical muy completo en cada letra de sus canciones. Descanse en paz Marciano Cantero y a seguir rockeando en el cielo. La Pajarraca Radio se une en un fuerte abrazo a toda su familia y amigos.






    Otra desafortunada y triste noticia recibe hoy el mundo del metal tras el sensible fallecimiento del vocalista de la banda británica GRIM REAPER Steve Grimmett,  quien murió a los 62 años según su hermano Mark quien lamento esta triste noticia a través de sus redes sociales.

    Las causas de muerte se desconocen hasta ahora, pero se sabe que el vocalista británico sufría de diabetes por lo que sufrió la amputación de su pierna en Ecuador mientras estaba de gira debido a un virus que contrajo.

    «No sé desde dónde empezar, pero solo iré al grano, es con mucha tristeza y con mucha pena en el corazón que les tengo que informar que mi talentoso hermano Steve Grimmett murió hoy. Mi corazón va para Millie, su esposa, mi mamá y mi papá, Russell, Sami y Ethan. Te extrañaré más de lo que las palabras pueden decir. Te amo hermano», escribió Mark.

    La banda no ha publicado nada al respecto pero ya hay publicaciones con dedicatorias muy emotivas sobre el cantante.

    Su hijo Russ también ha confirmado esta durísima noticia: “No podemos empezar a poner en palabras los sentimientos actuales. Pero como papá era tan conocido, las noticias comienzan a llegar antes de lo que nos hubiera gustado. Desafortunadamente, nuestro padre ha fallecido hoy y deja un gran vacío en el mundo y en nuestros corazones. Estamos completamente desconsolados. Duerme bien papá. Siempre te amamos”.


    Steve Grimmett era toda una leyenda del heavy metal británico. Lideró Grim Reaper en los ochenta grabando discos esenciales, como See You In Hell (1983), Fear No Evil (1985) y Rock You To Hell (1987). Desde 2006 encabezaba su propia versión de la banda: Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper, con quienes había editado varios lanzamientos. Con Onslaught grabó el disco In Search Of Sanity en 1989.

    Grimmett tenía un extenso currículo más allá de Grim Reaper y Onslaught, que también incluía a Grimmstine, Lionsheart, Chateaux, Friction, Heidt, Medusa, Seven Deadly Sins, The Sanity Days, además de su propia carrera en solitario.

    En enero de 2017 el vocalista Steve Grimmett sufrió la experiencia más dura de su vida. Mientras estaba de gira en Ecuador tuvieron que amputarle una pierna por encima de la rodilla para combatir una infección. Fueron semanas terribles a miles de kilómetros de su casa y con un futuro muy incierto por delante.


    Recordemos que Steve Grimmett tenía una gira pendiente en Latinoamericca,  en Brasil y en el Dragón Rojo Fest de Tijuana, México y con esta triste muerte, esto será imposible.

    Cabe señalar que La Pajarraca Radio le hizo una entrevista en vivo en el cual nos conto muchas cosas sobre sus inicios en la música, además de como sufrio la perdida de su pierna en Ecuador. Se le recuerda como una gran persona, siempre sonriendo a pesar de las adversidades, mantuvimos contacto con el y nos saludamos en navidad. Una muy triste noticia para el mundo del metal que continua de luto por tantos que se nos han adelantado.

    En paz descanse Steve Grimmett  R.I.P.


    Deluxe edition of »Primal Fear«

    [remastered; incl. 3 bonus tracks] in celebration of

    25th band anniversary out now

    25 years of blood, sweat - and PRIMAL FEAR! 2022 marks the quarter-century band anniversary of the German metal dinosaurs and to celebrate, the band release a remastered deluxe edition of their iconic self-titled debut album (1998) today through Atomic Fire. Besides the mentioned sound polishing by Jacob Hansen (Hansen Studios, Denmark), PRIMAL FEAR have also added three bonus tracks -- a cover version of ACCEPT's 'Breaker' plus two gloriously raw and energetic live recordings of 'Chainbreaker' and 'Running In The Dust' -- to round off the package that features extensive liner notes and many pictures from the band archives. As if this wasn't enough, the group are set to finally return to the stages at Germany's prestigious Summer Breeze Open Air (Dinkelsbuhl) next month as well as at Metal Hammer Paradise (Weissenhausser Strand/Ostsee) in November. Be there and witness the German metal commandos live festivities!

    Order the album in the physical format of your choice [CD-digipak, various coloured vinyls] as well as merchandise, check out the record on your favorite streaming platform or secure it digitally now, here:

    Subscribe to Atomic Fire Records on YouTube & listen to the remastered version of 'Promised Land' as well as other new tracks in the »AFR New Releases« playlist on Spotify:

    More on »Primal Fear« [Deluxe Edition; Remastered]:

    'Chainbreaker' OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:

    'Running In The Dust' OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:

    The album that contains guest appearances by Kai Hansen (guitars; HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY etc.) and Frank Rössler (additional keyboards) was originally recorded at House Of Music Studios, produced by founding member Mat Sinner, supported by Tom Naumann and Ralf Scheepers, and engineered by Achim Köhler. The iconic artwork was designed by Stephan Lohrmann who also cooperated with PRIMAL FEAR for their latest studio album and other parts of their back catalogue.

    »Primal Fear« [Deluxe Edition; Remastered] - Track Listing:

    01. Primal Fear

    02. Chainbreaker

    03. Silver & Gold

    04. Promised Land

    05. Formula One

    06. Dollars

    07. Nine Lives

    08. Tears Of Rage

    09. Speedking

    10. Battalions Of Hate

    11. Running In The Dust

    12. Thunderdome

    Bonus Tracks

    13. Breaker [ACCEPT Cover]

    15. Running In The Dust [live]


    Our new  album "Survive" is out September 23rd and available for pre-order now!⁠

    Survive is full of drama and emotion, while the core message is one of struggle, defiance, hope and victory. The single is available on all streaming platforms already and we’ll be releasing a video later today.⁠

    Pre-order Survive now ➤⁠ ⁠

    Listen to the Survive single ➤⁠

    Su compañía discográfica earMUSIC se complace en anunciar el lanzamiento del nuevo álbum de estudio de Stratovarius, «Survive», la fecha de lanzamiento sera el 23 de septiembre de 2022.

    Siete años después de su último álbum “Eternal”, Stratovarius demuestran una vez más su estatus del Metal Sinfónico.

    No solo musicalmente, la banda está una vez más en el pulso del tiempo actual: el medio ambiente y el futuro de la humanidad siempre han sido un tema importante y recurrente en la música de Stratovarius, por lo que el título del nuevo álbum «Survive», así como el diseño que lo acompaña, no lo hacen sorpresa especialmente en vista de la situación mundial actual.

    Un regreso vertiginoso de una de las bandas más influyentes del heavy metal finlandes. “Survive” está lleno de dinámica y drama, alimentándose de una amplia gama de emociones a lo largo del camino. Pero el mensaje central que transmite este esfuerzo triunfal es de lucha, desafío, esperanza y victoria.

    Mejor ejemplificado por su tema profundamente conmovedor, Survive es el espíritu de Stratovarius en una forma musical exquisita, con toda la oscuridad y la luz que lo acompaña.

     “Pasamos cinco o seis días seguidos tratando de encontrar la letra de esa canción”, señala Jens Johansson. “Cuando finalmente nos decidimos por ese remate para el estribillo, era una buena canción sobre la supervivencia y todo parecía encajar. También encaja con la historia de la banda, porque logramos sobrevivir todo el tiempo que tenemos. ¡Esta banda ha pasado por algunos días extraños!

    La formación original se juntó en 1984, así que ha sido una larga historia. Era pleno verano, había incendios forestales por todas partes, había una pandemia mundial y todo tipo de locuras. Algunas de las letras son quizás menos edificantes de lo que podrían haber sido, pero eso refleja nuestro estado de ánimo en ese momento. ¡También hay muchas cosas positivas allí!”.

    El video “Survive”:






    We Are Not Alone

    Frozen in Time

    World on Fire

    Glory Days


    Before the Fall

    Voice of Thunder

    Stratovarius, el buque insignia escandinavo del metal sinfónico y una de las bandas más famosas de su género en el mundo, logró establecerse como uno de los nombres más importantes de la escena del metal y desde entonces ha influido en bandas de todo el mundo.

    La banda finlandesa obtuvo éxito internacional con álbumes como ‘Fourth Dimension’ (1995), ‘Episode’ (1996) y su épico proyecto ‘Elements, Pt. 1’ (un pico en su estilo progresivo y sinfónico de Power Metal) y ‘Elements, Pt.2’, por nombrar solo algunos de los hitos de la banda. En 2009, ‘Polaris’ marcó un nuevo comienzo para la banda cuando el guitarrista y líder de la banda, Timo Tolkki, abandonó.

    En lugar de ser un reinicio difícil, ‘Polaris’ mostró a Stratovarius en plena forma y perfectamente capaz de cautivar a personas de todo el mundo: el álbum se convirtió en un gran regreso y se ubicó más alto que los lanzamientos anteriores en todo el mundo. Desde entonces, Stratovarius continúa recorriendo el camino del éxito, inspirando a fans y otras bandas, jóvenes y mayores, en todo el mundo.






    La banda vikinga sueca AMON AMARTH postearon en sus redes sociales información sobre su mas reciente producción discográfica:

    Vikings, we call upon thee once again! our twelfth studio album, 'The Great Heathen Army' arrives worldwide August 5th via Metal Blade Records, featuring our new single, "Get In The Ring". Click here to watch the music video and pre-order the album now at

    ¡Vikingos, los invocamos una vez más! nuestro duodécimo álbum de estudio, 'The Great Heathen Army', llega a todo el mundo el 5 de agosto a través de Metal Blade Records, con nuestro nuevo sencillo, "Get In The Ring". Haga clic aquí para ver el video musical y reservar el álbum ahora en #TheGreatHeathenArmy

    Listado de temas:

    1. Put Your Back into the Oar

    2. Get in the Ring

    3. The Great Heathen Army

    4. Heidrun

    5. Oden Owns You All

    6. Find a Way or Make One

    7. Dawn of Norsemen

    8. Saxons and Vikings

    9. Skagul Rides with Me

    10. The Serpent’s Trail


    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 

    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:

    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:



    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.

  • 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:

    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:

    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:

    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:





    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.

  • 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.


    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


    Tommy Heart | lead vocals

    Kee Marcello | guitars, keys & backing vocals

    Ken Sandin | bass & backing vocals

    Darby Todd | drums

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  • 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:


    SONATA ARCTICA online:


  • 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:

    Pre-save "Live At The Helsinki Ice Hall" here:

    Pre-order "Vinyl Collection 2006 - 2020":


    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:


    "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


    AMORPHIS is:

    Tomi Joutsen | vocals

    Esa Holopainen | guitars

    Tomi Koivusaari | guitars

    Santeri Kallio | Keyboards

    Olli-Pekka Laine| bass

    Jan Rechberger | drums


    AMORPHIS online:   




    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