• 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:

  • MOTLEY CRUE Crücial Crüe (Disc 1: Too Fast For Love)

    Motley Crüe Crücial Crüe (Disc 1: Too Fast For Love)

    BMG Release: 17 February 2023

    On the heels of MÖTLEY CRÜE’s highly successful THE STADIUM TOUR with Def Leppard and playing to over 1M fans in North America this year, BMG announced today the release of the limited edition box set, Crücial Crüe: The Studio Albums 1981-1989 featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE’s first five platinum selling landmark albums pressed on colored vinyl – ¬Too Fast For Love (White/Black Splatter), Shout At The Devil (Yellow/Black Splatter), Theatre Of Pain (Hot Pink Magenta/Black Splatter), Girls, Girls, Girls (Cyan Blue / Black Splatter), and Dr. Feelgood (Coke Bottle Green / Oxblood Splatter) – housed in a solid black slipcase with foil imprint and only available in this box set. The Crücial Crüe box set will also be released on CD with only 10,000 units of each configuration available globally and can be pre-ordered, HERE.

    Crücial Crüe:   The Studio Albums 1981-1989 includes MÖTLEY CRÜE’s first five platinum selling albums and features some of their massive hits and essential CRÜE tracks. 

    Too Fast For Love (White/Black Splatter)

    In 1981 MÖTLEY CRÜE released their platinum selling debut album Too Fast For Love which hit No. 77 on the Billboard 200 and ranks No. 22 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list. The album features MÖTLEY CRÜE live staples and fan favorites such as “Live Wire,” “Take Me To The Top” and ”Public Enemy #1.”

    Shout At The Devil (Yellow/Black Splatter)

    MÖTLEY CRÜE continued to gain global steam with their second studio album Shout At The Devil debuting at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and now certified four times platinum in the US, as well as reaching No. 18 on The Official Finnish Charts. The album features the single “Looks That Kill,” which hit No. 12 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart and No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100, the title track “Shout At The Devil,” which hit No. 30 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and “Too Young To Fall In Love,” which reached No. 17 on the Mainstream Rock chart and No. 90 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

    Theatre Of Pain (Hot Pink Magenta/Black Splatter)

    Released in 1985, the band’s Top Ten album Theatre Of Pain debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and is certified four times platinum in the US. As well as this, the album had international success debuting at No. 5 on The Official Finnish Charts, No. 44 on the German Album Charts, No. 7 on the Swedish Album Charts and No. 36 on the UK Official Charts. The album features their power ballad “Home Sweet Home,” which hit No. 38 on the Mainstream Rock chart and No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the MTV staple “Smokin’ In The Boys Room,” which hit No. 7 on the Mainstream Rock chart and No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    Girls, Girls ,Girls (Cyan Blue / Black Splatter)

    1987’s Girls, Girls ,Girls debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and is certified four times platinum. Girls, Girls, Girls also debuted at No. 14 on the UK Albums Chart, No. 3 on The Official Finnish Charts, No. 8 on the Norwegian Albums Chart and No. 46 on The German Albums Charts. Included are the tracks “Girls, Girls, Girls,” which hit No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 20 on the Mainstream Rock chart, plus CRÜE staples such as “Wild Side” and “Bad Boy Boogie.”

    Dr. Feelgood (Coke Bottle Green / Oxblood Splatter)

    Released in 1989, MÖTLEY CRÜE’s hit album Dr. Feelgood has sold over 6M copies, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and remained in the charts for a total of 109 weeks. The album also debuted at No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart and was a top 10 album in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Included are their Top 10 hits “Dr. Feelgood,” which hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 7 Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, “Without You,” which went to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 11 Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, “Kickstart My Heart,” which reached No. 17 on the Mainstream Rock chart and  No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away),” which hit No. 13 on the Mainstream Rock and No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    After a highly successful U.S. tour, MÖTLEY CRÜE and DEF LEPPARD will once again reteam for THE WORLD TOUR in 2023, hitting Latin America in February and March, and the U.K. and Europe in May, June, and July.

    Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet —Vince Neil (vocals), Nikki Sixx (bass), Tommy Lee (drums) and Mick Mars (guitars) — has commandeered the rock pantheon for 41 years. The band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, garnered 7 USA platinum and multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, 6 Top 20 pop singles, 3 Grammy nominations, 5 New York Times best-selling books, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Netflix hit movie. 

    Mötley Crüe have amassed over 5 billion streams across digital platforms and the band has over 8 million followers on social media. Known for their iconic live performances, the band has sold-out countless tours across the globe in front of millions of fans with groundbreaking production highlights such as Tommy Lee's drum-rollercoaster and Nikki Sixx's flame-throwing-bass. They  pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency with a sold out run in 2012. Mötley Crüe's hit songs such as “Kickstart My Heart” and “Home Sweet Home” are frequently licensed by major brands such as NASCAR, Dodge, Coldwell Banker, Carl's Jr. and KIA to name a few and their music can be heard on TV hit shows such as Stranger Things and Cobra Kai amongst many others.

    The band’s biography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band” became a New York Times best-seller in 2001 and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Members of the band have authored 4 additional New York Times best-selling books since. In 2019 Netflix premiered “The Dirt” biopic based on the bestselling book which became a global hit movie scoring a 94% positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. As a result, Mötley Crüe gained an entire new generation of young fans who discovered the band through the movie and further solidified their iconic status, relevance and the timelessness of their songwriting. 

    Mötley Crüe remains a huge global draw 41 years into their career and, in the summer of 2022 co-headlined a nearly sold out North American stadium tour with Def Leppard. The tour is set to travel to the rest of the world in 2023. 

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    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:

  • LORDI new album Spring 2023

    LORDI sign to Atomic Fire Records;

    New album scheduled for Spring 2023 release

    While the world's favourite hard rock monsters, LORDI, are currently busy touring Europe, they are already gearing up for the next chapter of their spooky history: today, the horde are proud to announce their signing to Atomic Fire Records. While their current 7-CD(!) album box, »Lordiversity,« was released just one year ago, the famous Finnish group with mastermind Mr. Lordi have fully seized their time at home during the pandemic to record a follow-up album that will see the light of day in Spring 2023.

    LORDI comment, "We are damn proud to announce that LORDI are joining the impressive ranks of Atomic Fire Records! We're quite psyched up to stir the pots with Markus Wosgien, Flori Milz and their fantastic team. Leaving AFM Records (thanks a million, Jochen) was not an easy decision for us since the support there was always great! Stay tuned monster maniacs, the next era is all set and ready and awaiting just right around the corner..."

    Atomic Fire Records label founder/A&R Markus Wosgien adds, "With LORDI, we are happy to welcome another heavyweight of the heavy metal scene to Atomic Fire Records. 20 years ago, their fantastic debut »Get Heavy« was released and you simply had to love them! The combination of their monster image with traditional '80s metal was a real joy on every single one of their albums and is always a guarantee for a true metal inferno live on stage. What Mr. Lordi and his monster clan recently created on the 7-CD package »Lordiversity« still leaves me speechless and will probably never be seen again in this form. We are looking forward to the next chapter with some new monster anthems par excellence!"


    The first new melodies will soon come your way, but in the meantime you can catch the band live on stage at their ongoing European »Lordiversitour« and their freshly announced »The Tour To End All Tours« run with no less than SABATON as well as BABYMETAL (all dates can be found below!).


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    LORDI live:


    w/ ALMANAC (-04.12.), DYMYTRY (-28.11. + 03./04.12.),

    ENEMY INSIDE (29.11. - 02.12.)

    21.11.2022 DE Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal

    23.11.2022 DE Nuremberg - Der Hirsch

    24.11.2022 DE Regensburg-Obertraubling - Eventhall Airport

    25.11.2022 DE Berlin - Hole44

    26.11.2022 DE Leipzig - Hellraiser

    28.11.2022 DE Munich - Backstage (Werk)

    29.11.2022 DE Cologne - Essigfabrik

    30.11.2022 DE Saarbrucken - Garage

    02.12.2022 NL Amstelveen - P60

    03.12.2022 DE Bremen - Tivoli

    04.12.2022 DE Hamburg - Markthalle

    06.12.2022 LT Vilnius - Vakaris

    08.12.2022 FI Helsinki - Tavastia-klubi

    09.12.2022 FI Tampere - Olympia-kortteli

    10.12.2022 FI Turku - MS Viking Grace


    »The Tour To End All Tours«


    14.04.2023 GB Leeds - First Direct Arena

    15.04.2023 GB London - OVO Arena Wembley

    16.04.2023 GB Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena

    18.04.2023 GB Glasgow - OVO Hydro

    21.04.2023 FR Paris - Zénith (La Villette)

    22.04.2023 DE Frankfurt - Festhalle

    24.04.2023 DE Hamburg - Barclays Arena

    25.04.2023 LU Esch-sur-Alzette - Rockhal

    28.04.2023 SE Stockholm - Avicii Arena

    29.04.2023 NO Oslo - Spektrum

    30.04.2023 DK Copenhagen - Royal Arena

    02.05.2023 DE Hanover - ZAG Arena

    03.05.2023 NL Amsterdam - Ziggo Dome

    05.05.2023 DE Berlin - Mercedes-Benz Arena

    06.05.2023 DE Leipzig - Quarterback Immobilien Arena

    07.05.2023 AT Vienna - Stadthalle

    09.05.2023 PL Łódź - Atlas Arena

    10.05.2023 CZ Ostrava - Ostravar Aréna

    12.05.2023 DE Cologne - Lanxess Arena

    13.05.2023 BE Antwerp - Sportpaleis

    15.05.2023 DE Munich - Olympiahalle

    18.05.2023 EE Tallinn - Saku Suurhall

    19.05.2023 FI Helsinki - Helsingin Jäähalli

    20.05.2023 FI Kuopio - Kuopio-halli


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    LORDI 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]


    “How To Shroud Yourself With Night”

    Release Date: August 26th, 2022

    Format: - CD (Digipak)

    - LP (colour: Cristallo)


    01. Wall Of Gloom 4:21

    02. A Cloak Woven Of Stars 3:38

    03. Nebula 3:23

    04. In A Lengthening Shadow 3:36

    05. The Curtain Of White Silence 5:28

    06. Unseen 3:52

    07. The Vastness Of Infinity 4:08

    08. To Disappear In You 3:53

    09. An Invisible Beginning 3:51

    10. Shroud Of Night 3:58


    It’s often the most difficult challenges that force a musician to grow artistically. For Lacrimas Profundere, one of the most innovative and successful German dark metal bands of our time, their latest studio album ‘How To Shroud Yourself With Night’ (scheduled for release on Steamhammer/SPV on 26 August 2022) was primarily about the implicit burden imposed by their 2019 hit record ‘Bleeding The Stars’, whose success had indirectly raised huge expectations: “Album of the Month” in magazines such as Metal Hammer, Orkus and Dead Rhetoric, top 10 positions in other important publications, plus a chart entry and the group’s most successful headlining tour to date. Who wouldn’t be tempted to flirt with a sequel of that success story? “For me, it was about liberating myself from the pressure to succeed and about trying to raise the bar, staying ahead of the game, challenging myself and staying true to ourselves, instead of playing it safe and writing some kind of ‘Bleeding Part II’,” explains guitarist, band founder and main composer Oliver Nikolas Schmid, who once again found invaluable support in his brother and lyricist Christopher Schmid. “The new material sounds fresh, wicked, surprising and more passionate than ever before. It’s also the second chapter with our singer Julian, who has inspired us and played a major part in the creation of the album,” Schmid continues. “We understand what he likes and have broken away from old thought patterns and ways of doing things. Never before have we been such a tight unit, always ready to expand our own sound. That’s precisely why ‘How To Shroud Yourself With Night’ has turned into our most spirited work by far.” An assessment that is immediately confirmed, seeing that we’ve probably never before heard tracks anything like the groove monster ‘Unseen’ or the exceptional ‘The Curtain Of White Silence’ with its unique mixture of dark metal, melodic hardcore and post rock from Lacrimas Profundere. 

    By contrast, there are typical goth rock songs such as ‘In A Lengthening Shadow’ and ‘An Invisible Beginning’, whereas the title track ‘Shroud Of Night’ and the album opener ‘Wall Of Gloom’ have evolved into flawless doom numbers that, according to Schmid, allow his love of bands like Paradise Lost to shine through. And, last but not least, let’s not forget the excellent first single ‘A Cloak Woven Of Stars’, which has the band continue the stylistic directives of their 2019 hit ‘Father Of Fate’. The second single ‘Wall Of Gloom’ is set to be out in June 2022, the third single ‘The Curtain Of White Silence’ will following July, and the fourth ‘To Disappear In You' is scheduled to be released on 12 August 2022, two weeks before the album arrives at the physical and digital stores. Schmid: “There’s an elaborately produced video clip to support each single, for which we have once again created ingenious, occasionally disturbing images in collaboration with Michael Winkler from Der Pakt.”

    Like ‘Bleeding The Stars’, ‘How To Shroud Yourself With Night’ was produced by Kristian ‘Kohle’ Kohlmannslehner at his Kohlekeller Studios in Seeheim and mastered by Tom Porcell at the Limetree Studios. The atmospheric, deep black cover artwork was designed by Indonesian artist Bahrull Marta and underlines the songs’ dense atmosphere and great depth of focus that supports the actual theme of the album: the desire to simply disappear, to be invisible and not have to deal with yourself and the outside world any more. Schmid: “Each song on this album deals with that theme. It’s about shadows, about darkness and mystical objects which combine the unique power of “nothingness”.” In order to appreciate all the details of the production, you absolutely have to listen to the album on headphones and you’ll discover new hidden details every time you listen to it. “‘How To Shroud Yourself With Night’ sees us throw our oppressive veil of melancholy into the dark night and reveal the beauty that’s inherent in bleak despondency. We accompany the listener into the gloom with doomy riffs and mournful melodic guitar and keyboard passages rich in atmosphere!” Well, there’s not much to add to this precise assessment!


    Julian Larre (Vocals)

    Oliver Nikolas Schmid (Guitars)

    Ilker Ersin (Bass)

    Dominik Scholz (Drums)


    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


    A pesar de que en su momento corrieron rumores de que su salida no fue en buenos términos, la banda utilizó sus redes sociales para compartir sus condolencias después de su fallecimiento.

    “Estamos con el corazón roto por las noticias sobre el fallecimiento de nuestro querido amigo Alec John Such. Él era un hombre original. Como miembro fundador de Bon Jovi, Alex fue integral en la formación de la banda. Para ser honestos, encontramos nuestro camino el uno con el otro a través de él. Él fue un amigo de la infancia de Tico y trajo a Richie para vernos en vivo. Alec siempre fue salvaje y lleno de vida. Hoy esos recuerdos especiales traen una sonrisa a mi rostro y una lagrima a mi ojo. Lo extrañaremos profundamente”, escribieron en sus diversas redes sociales, tanto Instagram como Twitter.

    Luego de su salida, fue invitado en ciertas ocasiones a presentarse con la banda tal como pasó en un concierto de 2001. De la misma forma, acompañó a Jon Bon Jovi en una presentación cuando este ingresó al Salón de la fama del Rock and Roll en el 2018.

    Hasta el momento, no se conoce la causa de su muerte, pero miles de fanáticos al rededor del mundo lo homenajean.


    Alec nació en Nueva York el 14 de noviembre de 1951. A lo largo de su vida, incluso desde adolescentes, el destino lo llevó a conocer a diferentes miembros de quienes serían miembros de Bon Jovi.

    Fundó su primera banda de rock a los 13 años junto a Tico Torres, la cual se llamaba “Phantom’s Opera”. Posteriormente, se unió a “Message” junto a Richie Sambora, quien también fue parte de Bon Jovi durante un tiempo.

    A pesar de su pasión por el rock, se desempeñó como gerente del salón de baile “Hunka Bunka”, para ganarse la vida. Él mismo contrató a las primeras bandas de Jon Bon Jovi, para tocar en su local.


    En una entrevista en 2000 John Such indicó que el tema de la edad fue clave para su salida del grupo a mediados de los noventa: “Cuando cumplí los 40 empecé a quemarme. Nos hicimos demasiado grandes. Sentía que en lugar de ir a tocar rock con unos amigos iba al trabajo. Y eso es lo que no quería sentir. Precisamente la razón por la que me metí en una banda fue para no trabajar”.

    Such fue reemplazado por Hugh John McDonald. Desde ese momento llevó una vida discreta, alejado de los escenarios. En 2018 apareció en público en la ceremonia del ingreso de Bon Jovi en el Salón de la Fama del Rock & Roll. Aquel día dijo, emocionado el fallecido músico: “Estos chicos son los mejores. Pasamos tantos buenos momentos juntos... Los amaré hasta la muerte”.



    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:

  • 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 

    Legendary. Unique. Immutable.



    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



    Jens Kidman | Vocals

    Mårten Hagström | Guitars

    Dick Lövgren | Bass

    Fredrik Thordendal | Guitars

    Tomas Haake | Drums


    MESHUGGAH online:

  • 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:


    Listen/stream/download “Emergency” here:


    “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:

    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



    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



    10/29/2022     Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts

    10/30/2022     Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl



    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:



    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.


    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 


    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:

    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:




  • 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:

    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:

    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:

    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

    "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



    Jens Kidman | Vocals

    Mårten Hagström | Guitars

    Dick Lövgren | Bass

    Fredrik Thordendal | Guitars

    Tomas Haake | Drums


    MESHUGGAH online:


    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:

    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:

    “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


    GLADENFOLD online:

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    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:

    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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    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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    Tony Kakko | vocals & keyboards

    Elias Viljanen | guitars

    Pasi Kauppinen | bass

    Henrik "Henkka" Klingenberg | keyboards

    Tommy Portimo | drums



    SONATA ARCTICA online:

  • 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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  • 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...


    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



    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"


    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



    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!  


    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
    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:


    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.


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    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


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    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 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