|13-04-2015 FIRST EVER RIOT TRIBUTE ALBUM TO BE RELEASED THIS
"Thunder And Steel Down Under" -
first ever Riot tribute album, will be released on April 24, 2015, via Skol Records.
Compilation has been produced by Bart Gabriel (Sacred Steel, Crystal Viper, Jack Starr's
Burning Starr), and will include Riot classics peformed by bands and artists such as: Axel
Rudi Pell, Crystal Viper, Attacker, Alpha Tiger, October 31, Savage Master, Night Demon,
Dexter Ward and others. The CD will be limited to only 1000 copies worldwide. Income from
the album will be given to Sir Tony Reale - father of the late Riot guitarist and founding
member, Mark Reale.
More information: www.facebook.com/skolrecords
|07-04-2015 GOTHIC FATE FEAT. EX-GAMMA RAY BASSIST TO
RELEASE "ILLUMINATI" VIA SKOL RECORDS
not a secret that Hamburg is the capital city of German Power and Heavy Metal, and gave
birth to such legendary acts like HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY, RUNNING WILD or IRON SAVIOR. On
May 29, 2015, Skol Records will reveal one of the best kept secrets of Hamburg's scene,
and an album that will match these legendary names: "Illuminati", debut album of
GOTHIC FATE. The band was active between 1998 and 2005, and recorded 2 demos and full
studio album titled "Illuminati" in 2004, which remained unreleased and unknown
More information: www.facebook.com/skolrecords
|21-03-2015 GERMAN METALLERS WIZARD TO REISSUE FOUR STUDIO
ALBUMS IN 2015
German True Heavy Metallers WIZARD will reissue their four studio albums in 2015, via Limb Music. New editions of: "Bound By Metal" (1999), "Head Of The Deceiver" (2001), "Odin" (2003) and "Magic Circle" (2005), have been remastered by Markus Teske (Vanden Plas, Mob Rules, Symphony X), and will include bonus tracks. Except that, "Odin" and "Magic Circle" reissues will also include bonus video clips. "Head Of The Deceiver", "Odin" and "Magic Circle" albums will be available on March 27 in Europe, and May 12 in North America. "Bound By Metal" reissue will be available on April 10 in Europe, and May 26 in North America. "Nobody told us that Metal was dead - believe me", says WIZARD drummer, Snoppi. "We didn't notice that in the rehearsal room..." he adds. This totally naive yet very honest statement, taken from an early interview, is WIZARD in a nutshell. The only thing that counts for them is the absolute will to write one good metal album after another and to keep the flame burning for the best kind of music in the world. The opinion of the international press that Wizard is Germany's answer to Manowar is not entirely incorrect. The band with singer Sven D'Anna take their fast, furious True Metal sound from similar sources as Joey DeMaio's American band. Despite that, WIZARD songs have their very own identity.
More information: www.facebook.com/wizardmetal
|13-03-2015 GM PRESENTS THE NEW EVIL SPELL RECORDS RELEASE:
ERAZOR "DUST MONUMENTS"
"Dust Monuments", the brand new, second studio album of the German Black/Thrash Metal act ERAZOR, is out now via Evil Spell Records / Undercover Records, and is available as CD and limited edition LP format (tape version will follow). The release includes 10 songs, mixed and mastered by Patrick M. Engel at the Temple Of Disharmony Studio (DARKTHRONE, EXUMER, DESASTER). Band's style, described by band members as "aggressive and painful like a blunt knife", will electrify fans of bands such as DESASTER, NIFELHEIM or DISSECTION.
"Total Might" promo video: https://youtu.be/j9edZORSA6M
|11-03-2015 JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR REVEAL FIRST DETAILS OF
THE NEW ALBUM
Legendary American Power Metal act JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR (founded in 1984 by the ex VIRGIN STEELE / PHANTOM LORD guitar hero Jack Starr), started pre-production process of the new studio album titled "Stand Your Ground", scheduled for recording during Spring and Summer of 2015. Some of the new song titles are: "Stronger Than Steel", "In Another Time (From Ashes We Rise)", "Stand Your Ground" or "To The Ends Of The Earth". "Stand Your Ground" is a loosely based concept album, about the problems facing America and the world, and the belief that many people have, that we are heading into an era of strife and conflict. "Stand Your Ground" will include new songs, as well as several recently unearthed, unreleased and never recorded compositions written in the '80s. The new BURNING STARR album - like the previous one, "Land Of The Dead", which came out on Limb Music in 2011 - will be produced by Bart Gabriel, producer known from cooperation with acts such as SACRED STEEL, SATAN'S HOST or MORTICIAN, and will be recorded by the same stellar line up featuring - next to Jack Starr: Ned Meloni on bass guitar (ex-JOE LYNN TURNER band / DEVIL CHILDE), Kenny "Rhino" Earl on drums (ex-MANOWAR, HOLYHELL), and vocalist Todd Michael Hall (RIOT V, REVERENCE). European touring lineup of the band is completed by the CRYSTAL VIPER front woman Marta Gabriel, who in BURNING STARR took over rhythm guitarist duties.
More information: www.facebook.com/jackstarrsburningstarr
|10-03-2015 GABRIEL MANAGEMENT PRESENTS: OSTROGOTH "LAST
"Last Tribe Standing", the first official OSTROGOTH release since 1987, which features current band lineup that has been active since their return at Germany's Keep It True Festival (in 2012), is out now on Empire Records.
"At first the idea was to release a 4-track EP with new material, just like we did back in 1983 with our "Full Moon's Eyes" debut. Not a full album, just an EP with four killer songs. But a few days before we entered the studio to record the new tracks, we were listening to the tapes of some summer festival shows we had recorded earlier this year, solely for our own archives. The recordings were raw and 100% live, but the tapes sounded so good, it would've been a shame not to use them. So grew the idea to release two EP's, back to back. With the four new songs on the A-side of the vinyl version and on the B-side the four songs from the "Full Moon's Eyes" EP, in a 2014 live versions, the way the current line-up plays them. Old and new gathered in one!" - says the band. "Last Tribe Standing" was produced by guitarist Dario Frodo and mastered by Jacob Hansen (EVERGREY, PRETTY MAIDS, EPICA). Watch the "Clouds" video clip: http://youtu.be/TCQjlb3PHJ8
|12-02-2015 GM PRESENTS NEW ROCKSECTOR RECORDS RELEASE: TYSONDOG
NWOBHM heroes TYSONDOG will release new studio album titled "Cry Havoc", on April 20, 2015, on Rocksector Records. "Cry Havoc" will include 12 brand new songs, one of them titled "Shadow Of The Beast" is available as a free single at www.soundcloud.com/rocksector
Back in 1984, amongst the music press, renowned journalists such as Malcolm Dome, Geoff Barton & Dante Bonutto were tipping TYSONDOG for major success, emerging at that time from the force that had become known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. One way or another, the fates conspired to deprive TYSONDOG of the international fame that so many thought they were destined for and in time the band disappeared from the limelight. Nevertheless, TYSONDOG's rich history was not forgotten & having re-started their engines, have gradually worked their way back with a new perspective on life and the band is happy to see that people are taking notice. "Cry Havoc" was recorded at BLAST Studios in Newcastle, UK, and produced by Jeff 'Mantas' Dunn - founding member of VENOM and MPIRE OF EVIL.
|04-02-2015 GM PRESENTS NEW JOLLY ROGER RECORDS
RELEASE: DARKING "STEAL THE FIRE"
is an Italian Epic/Heavy Metal act formed in 2005 by Agostino Carpo, who along with Enrico
Paoli was founding member of the cult Epic Metal band DOMINE, and recorded with them three
demo materials between 1986 and 1991. DARKING's debut album titled "Sons Of
Steel" came out in 2010, and now in 2015 the band returns with their new output
titled "Steal The Fire". The album is full of epic melodies known so well from
DOMINE, and even includes unusual tribute to Carpo's first band, in form of DOMINE cover
"Stormbringer". Most recently the band also appeared on the "Italian
Tribute To OMEN" compilation, and on the STRANA OFFICINA tribute album for which they
recorded new version of the song titled "The Ritual", with guest appearance of
the BURNING STARR and ex-VIRGIN STEELE guitar wizard Jack Starr.
|27-01-2015 GM PRESENTS NEW LIMB MUSIC RELEASE:
MASTERS OF DISGUISE "THE SAVAGE AND THE GRACE"
With their 2013 debut "Back With A Vengeance", MASTERS OF DISGUISE filled the musical gap left behind by the demise of SAVAGE GRACE, almost 30 years earlier. Not that they consciously copied the legendary Americans - it was more a need to prevent the passion and uniqueness of the band from being forgotten. MASTERS OF DISGUISE and their new album "The Savage And The Grace", filled with razor-sharp riffs, once again honours the true Speed Metal spirit of the '80s, without sounding antiquated or dusty. This album is sure to bring classic Speed Metal back into the heads and hearts of Metal fans.
When SAVAGE GRACE mastermind Chris Logue planned a reunion in 2009, he was unable to get a positive reaction to his suggestion from any of the original line-up members. Instead of giving up, he came into contact with the NWOBHM tribute band ROXXCALIBUR and promptly signed up all the band's instrumentalists as members of his new line-up. After successfull tour and several festival appearances, Chris Logue left Europe and band members, no longer under obligation, decided to continue in the style of SAVAGE GRACE under new name: MASTERS OF DISGUISE.
|26-01-2015 GM PRESENTS: REVENGE "HARDER THAN STEEL"
REVENGE is a Colombian Speed Metal band, formed in 2002 in Medellin. After doing debut demo in 2003, and after earning local popularity, the band released debut album "Metal Warriors" (Dark Music Productions) just one year later. In 2006, after extensive touring, second album titled "Rage And Revenge" got released on the Wicked Creations label. Special EP titled "Bang Your Head" was released in 2008 by Rata Mutante Records, and was available in several editions incl. deluxe version with live bonus tracks. After several single releases and compilation appearances, next studio album titled "Death Sentence" was out in 2009, and was available as tape, CD (Rata Mutante Records) and LP (Floga Records). The same year Iron Bonehead Productions released the "Whipping Death" EP, which was German version of the "Bang Your Head" EP, incl. bonus tracks. In 2010 first band's DVD titled "Revenge Is Very Good Eaten Cold" got unleashed, and one year later, fifth studio album titled "Metal Is: Addiction And Obsession" (available as several editions worldwide). After doing two split releases, next studio album titled "Vendetta" is out in 2012 (again available in several versions worldwide), and is promoted on live shows in Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador. Between 2013 and 2014 the band released two more split EPs, and 2 more singles. Their current album titled "Harder Than Steel" came out in 2014 in South America, and in January of 2015 in Europe, on Iron Shield Records.
Visit the band: www.revengespeedmetal.com
|12-01-2015 TYGERS OF PAN TANG REVEAL COVER ARTWORK OF THE
"TYGERS SESSIONS: THE FIRST WAVE" CD AND CONFIRM NEW TOUR DATES
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneers TYGERS OF PAN TANG, will release a special limited edition album titled "Tygers Sessions: The First Wave" via Skol Records. The CD will be limited to only 1000 copies, and will include 11 classic songs of the band, re-recorded for the anniversary EP releases: "The Wildcat Sessions" and "The Spellbound Sessions", which were originally available through the band's fan-club and website only, and quickly sold out. The "Tygers Sessions: The First Wave" CD will be released on February 28, 2015, and will include thick booklet with lyrics, liner notes, and lot of previously unseen pictures.
In other news, TYGERS OF PAN TANG confirmed several new tour dates which can be found at www.tygersofpantang.com
|26-12-2014 LINE UP OF THE FIFTH METAL ASSAULT FESTIVAL
Metal Assault Festival V, which will take place on January 31, 2015, in Posthalle in Wurzburg, Germany, completed and announced it's line up. Except headliners SATAN and EXXPLORER (who will play special "30th Anniversary of the 'Symphonies Of Steel' album" set in original line up), other confirmed acts are: US Thrash Metal pioneers WHIPLASH, German Heavy Metal legends STORMWITCH, recently reformed German Speed Metallers SDI, NWoBHM underground heroes TYRANT, and Swedish Heavy Metal act WOLF, who promote their amazing new album "Devil Seed". Except that, we will see 4 young Heavy Metal acts: NIGHT DEMON, DEAD LORD, LORD FIST and SPACE CHASER.
Gabriel Management is the fficial partners of the Metal Assault festival, along with: KK Entertainment, Keep It True Festival, Deaf Forever Magazine, Rock Hard Magazine, Zeitgeist, Streetclip.TV and Metalfotos.
More information: www.facebook.com/metalassaultfestival
|24-12-2014 FATES WARNING TO HEADLINE KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL 2016
American Prog Power Metal legends FATES WARNING, will celebrate 30th anniversary of the "Awaken The Guardian" album with an exclusive headlining live show, at the KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL, which will take place in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, in April 2016. The band - in its original "Awaken The Guardian" line up, with John Arch (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitar), Frank Aresti (guitar), Joe DiBiase (bass) and Steve Zimmerman (drums) - will play the complete album, and other songs from the "John Arch" era.
This will be an EXCLUSIVE European Show and the first time FATES WARNING will perform an old school set with John Arch on vocals.
More information: www.facebook.com/keepittruefestival
|23-12-2014 GM PRESENTS THE NEW STORMHUNTER ALBUM "AN EYE
FOR AN I"
Brand new, third studio album of the German Power/Heavy Metal act titled "An Eye For An I" is out now, and includes 12 songs kept in best German Metal tradition, with both catchy melodies and choruses, and aggressive vocals. If you are into classic acts such as Running Wild, or you like early Angel Dust or Helloween records, then Stormhunter plays for you. Stormhunter is a German Heavy Metal band, founded in 1998 by guitar players Stefan Müller and Achim Heinzelmann. After releasing first demo tape "First Battle" in 2001 and several concerts, Stormhunter appeared on two compilations: "The Reaper Comes" and "United We Are". In 2002, after several line up changes, Stefan Müller (last founding member), decided to leave the band - other members took new direction after changing band's name to Subsphere. In 2007 Stefan Müller reactivated the band, and wrote bunch of songs in the classic German Metal style, that landed on band's debut album "Stormhunter" from 2009. The line up at that time was: Frank Urschler (vocals), Andreas Kiechle (drums), Julia Weiss (guitar), Denno (bass) and Stefan Müller (guitar). Second album titled "Crime And Punishment", was released in 2011. In 2011 Burkhard Ulrich joined as the bass player, to later switch positions with guitarist Julia, who shortly after that left the band. Her place was filled by Fritz, bass player from Nuclear Warfare.
Visit the band: www.stormhunter-metal.de
|19-12-2014 SAD IRON TO REISSUE DEBUT ALBUM VIA SKOL RECORDS
Classic Dutch Heavy Metal act SAD IRON, will reissue their debut album "Total Damnation" from 1983, via Skol Records. It will be first official reissue of this album: CD will include all 7 songs from the original album mastered from the original tapes, 2 bonus tracks recorded live in 1982, and 2 bonus tracks taken from "The Antichrist" demo from 1984. Package will also include original album artwork, and thick booklet with all lyrics and previously unseen band photos. CD will be available at the end of March 2015, and will be limited to only 1000 copies.
SAD IRON was founded in 1980 in Hoorn, Holland, and "Total Damnation" is their only one official full length release. In 1984 the band recorded second album titled "The Antichrist", but as the label that was going to release went bankrupt, and the original master tapes got lost, it was never officially released. In April of 2015 SAD IRON will appear at the Very 'Eavy Festival in Stadskanaal, Holland, headlined by two NWoBHM cult acts: RAVEN and SATAN, and which will also host legendary acts such as TOKYO BLADE, SACRED STEEL, TYSONDOG, ELISE, EAR DANGER, and newcomers NIGHT DEMON and AIR RAID.
Visit Skol Records: www.facebook.com/skolrecords
|04-12-2014 GM PRESENTS NEW SKOL RECORDS RELEASE: TYGERS
OF PAN TANG "TYGERS SESSIONS: THE FIRST WAVE"
he New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneers TYGERS OF PAN TANG, will release a special Limited Edition album titled "Tygers Sessions: The First Wave" via Skol Records. The CD will be limited to only 1000 copies, and will include 11 classic songs of the band, re-recorded for the anniversary EP releases "The Spellbound Sessions" and "The Wildcat Sessions", which were originally available through the band's fan-club and website only, and quickly sold out. The "Tygers Sessions: The First Wave" CD will be released on February 28, 2015, and will include thick booklet with lyrics, liner notes, and lot of previously unseen pictures.
|01-12-2014 GM PRESENTS NEW SKOL RECORDS RELEASE: QUARTZ
"TOO HOT TO HANDLE"
Originating from the Heavy Metal city of Birmingham, England, QUARTZ date back to 1974, and were considered to be at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal boom. "Too Hot To Handle" can be considered as a complete unreleased album from back in the day, as it's a collection of 16 previously unreleased songs recorded between 1981 and 1982. Some of those tracks were re-recorded in different versions for the "Against All Odd's" album (1983), and some of them see the light of the day for the first time ever. One thing is sure: "Too Hot To Handle" is a solid piece of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal history, and history of Heavy Metal in general, because of the band's connection with the legendary BLACK SABBATH.
QUARTZ "Too Hot To Handle" CD will be released
on January 31, 2015. Pre-order: http://bit.ly/QUARTZpreorder
|25-11-2014 GM PRESENTS NEW ROCKSECTOR RECORDS RELEASE: SECRET RULE
Resonating with the dramatic and poetic backdrop of their home city of Rome, Secret Rule have created a fitting masterpiece of progressive rock, with inspirations taken from the worlds of power metal, goth and pop, with acoustic and electronic inserts, plus insanely catchy and memorable melodies. The album "Transposed Emotions" will be released on February 16, 2015, and the first video and free single is available now: the melodic and captivating "True Friend".
Formed at the beginning of 2014, the band is fronted by the powerful and crystal clear vocals of Angela Di Vincenzo (Kyla Moyl, and most recently a guest with Kaledon), masterminded by lead guitarist Andy Menario (Martiria) who has worked with a host of luminaries including Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner), and Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot). The line-up is completed most excellently by bassist Michele Raspanti (Graal) and drummer Ruben Ramirez (Myr).
|07-11-2014 GM PRESENTS NEW ROCKSECTOR RECORDS RELEASE:
AVENGER "THE SLAUGHTER NEVER STOPS"
NWOBHM heroes Avenger will release their brand new album "The Slaughter Never Stops" on Rocksector Records on December 1st, 2014, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's iconic debut album "Bloodsports". The new album includes 10 brand new songs plus a cover of Iron Maiden's "Killers", with artwork provided by guitarist Liam Thompson which includes references to the band's earlier records which will no doubt prove popular with fans. This eagerly-awaited new material recorded at BLAST Studios (Newcastle) and Leather Bear Studios (Sunderland) and produced by Dean Thompson sounds fresh and exciting, whilst without question retaining its' roots in 1980s NWOBHM. The song "Fate" has been available as an album teaser for free download for several months now, whilst from now a second song "In Arcadia Go" is also available as a free download at the Rocksector Records Soundcloud page: soundcloud.com/rocksector/avenger-in-arcadia-go. "The Slaughter Never Stops" is available now for pre-order as a special limited edition fanpack including: CD, poster, "Bloodsports" 30th Anniversary postcards, custom guitar pick & patch. See the Rocksector Records website www.rocksector.com for more details.
|06-11-2014 SATAN'S HOST TO RELEASE NEW DOUBLE ALBUM IN
At long last, the wait is over: Satan's Host deliver their masterwork with "Pre-dating God" Parts 1 & 2! Both albums will be released simultaneously by Moribund Records on January 19th, 2015 in Europe/UK and January 20th, 2015 in North America. Striking while the iron's hot after 2013's critically acclaimed "Virgin Sails", the two-disc "Pre-dating God" sees Satan's Host going from strength to strength, creating epic 'n' dynamic HEAVY METAL anthems that immediately stick in the brain. With a storied history that spans five decades, Patrick Evil's devilish warriors here bring together their two distinct periods - the traditional/true metal of their early work, and the blasting black metal of their middle period - and tastefully modernize it into a sound that is totally all their own. With Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin delivering his best vocal performance ever, right now, no one's able to touch Satan's Host for sheer mastery and uniqueness: Pre-dating god Parts 1 & 2 will soon be a metal classic for time eternal! Recorded between July and September this year at Flatline Audio and produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero, both parts of Satan's Host's "Pre-dating God" feature artwork by the legendary Joe Petagno.
"Pre-dating god Part 1" tracklisting: 1. Hell's Disciples, 2. Embers Of Will, 3. Valley Of Blood, 4. Pre-dating God, 5. Greed, Lust, Hate, War, 6. After The End, 7. See You In Hell (bonus track - Grim Reaper cover).
"Pre-dating god Part 2" tracklisting: 1. Fanning The Flames Of Hell, 2. Soul Wrent, 3. Lady N' The Snake, 4. As The Dead, They Sleep, 5. Descending In The Shadow Of Osiris, 6. Reprise: Pre-dating God (bonus track - Classic Metal Re-Mix)
Drummer Anthony Lopez reports the following regarding "Pre-dating God" Parts 1 & 2: "We are really happy with these new albums. We put a lot of hard work into this project - the outcome became more than what we anticipated, and we really hope to take things to a whole new level in the metal industry with the presence of Satan's Host. Our goal is to always push the envelope and explore new territory musically and lyrically. Harry is singing more powerful today than he ever has. Patrick is just a master of riffs and song structures, and he is always coming up with phenomenal material - the man never stops. And for me, well, I'm just having a blast making records and jamming with my metal brothers. We really hope that the fans enjoy this effort, because there is more coming in future!"
|01-11-2014 TITAN FORCE REVEAL DETAILS OF THE "FORCE OF THE
Cult U.S. Heavy Metal act TITAN FORCE has inked a deal with Skol Records. The band's first release for the label will be "Force Of The Titan", a collection of 12 previously unreleased studio tracks recorded in the '80s: the complete demo from 1985 - recorded when the band was using the TITAN name, featuring John Flores on vocals - and eight classic tracks from the first two TITAN FORCE albums in alternate and previously unreleased demo versions, with Harry Conklin (JAG PANZER, SATAN'S HOST) on vocals.
"Force Of The Titan" cover artwork was painted by Dimitar Nikolov. The compilation will have its premiere on November 28, 2014, and will include following tracks (all previously unreleased), from Titan Demo 1985: 1. Too Late, 2. No One Wins, 3. Tomorrow / Today, 4. Fist To The Sky. Titan Force Demo 1987: 5. Master Of Disguise, 6. Fool On The Run, 7. Wings Of Rage, 8. Will O' The Wisp, 9. Toll Of Pain. Titan Force Demo 1990: 10. One And All, 11. Fields Of Valor, 12. Dream Escape.
|31-10-2014 GM PRESENTS NEW MINOTAURO RECORDS RELEASE:
ZERO DOWN "NO LIMIT TO THE EVIL"
Formed in 2002, Zero Down consists of five veteran musicians from the Seattle Metal/Punk Rock scene that cast iron 70's Arena Rock and NWOBHM guitar riffs with hardcore punk intensity. Zero Down has shared the stage with a variety of national acts including UFO, Motley Crue, Diamond Head, Y&T, Accept, and many more over the years, and are ready to unleash their new CD "No Limit To The Evil", which will be released at the end of November 2014 via Minotauro Records, and which includes artwork by the master of Metal art, Ed Repka (Megadeth, 3 Inches of Blood, Death, Misfits, etc). Their new opus screams 80’s Metal in the Accept/Judas Priest/Maiden/Scorpions tradition.
|31-10-2014 GM PRESENTS NEW MINOTAURO RECORDS RELEASE:
SUPER MASSIVE BLACK HOLES "CALCULATIONS OF THE ANCIENTS"
Super Massive Black Holes was formed in mid-2010, after Denver Bergreen (guitar), freshly in need of a band, decided to start a casual play-anything”project with his good friend Jake Reimer (guitar). Shortly thereafter, Denver had a chance encounter with Clay Steadman (drums), and he was snapped up and added to the roster. Then the last piece was acquired and Tristan Peterson (bass) completed the lineup.
Recently, the band has been consistently writing, recording and performing. Late 2012 saw the release of a 4-track EP, and several opportunities for shows and festivals the next year, including Calgary Metalfest, with headliners Skeletonwitch, Intronaut, and Scale The Summit. The winter of 2013/2014 was spent creating and finishing the band's first full-length effort "Calculations Of The Ancients". The record features 9 tracks packed with powerful grooves and spiraling melodies, and is unashamed to venture between many musical styles. Lyrically, the album contains concepts based on scientific principles, wrapped in metaphors from human experiences.
More information: www.minotaurorecords.com
|25-10-2014 SATAN, STORMWITCH, EXXPLORER, TYRANT AND
NIGHT DEMON CONFIRMEDFOR METAL ASSAULT FESTIVAL V
Classic US Heavy Metal act EXXPLORER will celebrate 30th anniversary of the "Symphonies Of Steel" album, live on stage in its original line up. The band will appear on the METAL ASSAULT FESTIVAL, scheduled for January 31, 2015. Festival will take place in Posthalle in Wurzburg, Germany. Other recently confirmed acts that will play at fifth edition of METAL ASSAULT are: New Wave Of British Heavy Metal icons SATAN, legendary German act STORMWITCH who announced new album for early 2015, British underground Heavy Metal cult act TYRANT, and the American classic Metal newcomers NIGHT DEMON, who also announced new album for early 2015.
More information: www.facebook.com/metalassaultfestival
OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP: Gabriel Management, Keep It True, KK Entertainment, Rock Hard and Deaf Forever Magazine
|16-10-2014 SAVAGE MASTER ANNOUNCE US TOUR, DEBUT ALBUM
OUT ON HALLOWEEN
Kentucky-based female fronted heavy metal act Savage Master, have announced US tour in support of their debut studio album "Mask Of The Devil", which will be released via Skol Records on Halloween, October 31, 2014. The CD will be distributed in North America by Shadow Kingdom Records. Licensed limited edition vinyl LP will be released on November 20th, via Van Records. The album's cover artwork was painted be the legendary French artist Chris Moyen, responsible for iconic artworks of bands such as Beherit or Blasphemy, and who recently also worked with acts such as Slayer and Possessed.
SAVAGE MASTER - Mask Of The Devil Tour 2014
|08-10-2014 GM PRESENTS SPV/STEAMHAMMER RELEASE: RIOT V
"UNLEASH THE FIRE"
The American Heavy Metal act Riot needs no special introduction: their albums such as "Fire Down Under", "Thundersteel", "Rock City" or "Narita", are the ultimate classics of the genre. To mark new, fifth chapter in band's history, and to honor Mark Reale - legendary Riot guitarist and founding member, who passed away in 2012, remaining members decided to continue as Riot V, and now are ready to unleash the follow up to 2011's reunion record, "Immortal Soul".
"Unleash The Fire" features new vocalist Todd Michael Hall, known from Jack Starr's Burning Starr. The new record - with a new mix by Bruno Ravel - is slated for an October 27th release in Europe and an October 28th release in the US and Canada via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available as a CD digipak version with one bonus tack, a double gatefold coloured vinyl (also with one bonus track), and as a standard CD version and download.
|02-09-2014 GM PRESENTS: SKULLWINX "THE MISSIONS OF
SKULLWINX is a young Epic Speed Metal band from Southern Bavaria, Germany. Their special style has got a high recognition value. The vocals of Johannes Haller are sounding like Hansi Kürsch has taught him how to sing. Bass and guitars are reminding of old Running Wild. To put it in a nutshell: Skullwinx brings the energetic Metal from the 80's back on stage! In Winter of 2013 Skullwinx released "St. George" EP, which already was a hint how the band will develop. On this record they were playing slower and more "British". Nevertheless one could already guess their creative potential, which unfolded on their debut album, "The Missions Of Heracles", which was released in summer of 2014, and which was released on both CD and LP (each version has different cover artwork). "The Missions Of Heracles" is a concept album based on the ancient legends of Heracles, who had to solve various missions to save the souls of his family. Skullwinx delivers the emotions and different caracters of the creatures, with enormous guitar riffing and diversified songwriting very well. Regarding their outstanding good reviews and their young age, this might be a band with perspective!
Visit the band: www.skullwinx.de
|25-08-2014 SAVAGE MASTER: "MASK OF THE DEVIL" COVER
ARTWORK AND TRACK LISTING REVEALED
Kentucky-based female fronted Heavy Metal act SAVAGE MASTER, will release their debut album titled "Mask Of The Devil" via Skol Records on Halloween, October 31st, 2014. CD will be distributed in North America by Shadow Kingdom Records. Licensed limited edition vinyl LP will be released on November 20th, via Van Records. Album's cover artwork was painted be the legendary French artist Chris Moyen, responsible for iconic artworks of bands such as BEHERIT or BLASPHEMY, and who recently also worked with acts such as SLAYER and POSSESSED.
"Mask Of The Devil" track listing: 1. Blood On The Rose, 2. The Mystifying Oracle, 3. Mask Of The Devil, 4. The Ripper In Black, 5. Kill Without Warning, 6. Marry The Wolf, 7. Altar Of Lust, 8. Death Rides The Highway.
"The Ripper In Black" YouTube video: http://youtu.be/5x2HjaQN-i8
|04-08-2014 SAVAGE MASTER SIGNS WITH SKOL RECORDS, DEBUT ALBUM OUT
Kentucky based female fronted Heavy Metal act SAVAGE MASTER, who recently teamed up with Gabriel Management, signed with Skol Records. Debut album titled "Mask Of The Devil" will come out on Halloween, October 31, 2014, and will be available as CD and digital download. CD will be distributed in North America by Shadow Kingdom Records. Licensed limited edition vinyl LP will be released on November 20, 2014, via Van Records. "The Ripper In Black" track is available for streaming on Skol Records' soundcloud page: soundcloud.com/skolrecords/savagemaster
"Today's Metal music is a desolate wasteland, full of trend followers and their robots pressing out cookie cutter albums completely devoid of True Heavy Metal and Rock 'n Roll. SAVAGE MASTER was formed in October 2013 by Adam Neal (THE HOOKERS, DRAGONS KISS) and Stacey "Savage" Peak to crush them under the boots of True Heavy Metal. SAVAGE MASTER features female vocals soaring on Lucifer's wings, over sick rockin' guitar riffs straight from the depths of hell. They give you an experience you will remember both for the face-melting True Heavy Metal sound, and for the intense satanic atmosphere encircling them".
|22-07-2014 REISSUE OF THE SAME TITLED JACK STARR'S BURNING
STARR ALBUM OUT IN SEPTEMBER
First official CD reissue of the same titled JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR studio album from 1989 (so called "Orange Album"), will be released by Skol Records on September 12, 2014. The album has been remastered from the original studio tapes, and includes all 13 tracks from that recording session, for the first time ever.
Package will include thick booklet, and brand new exclusive artwork painted by Alexander Von Wieding (MANILLA ROAD, CLOVEN HOOF, RAZOR etc.). First 500 copies will be available as Double Disc Edition (2CD), incl. complete live album recorded at the legendary KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL in Germany (mixed and mastered by Tarek Maghary of MAJESTY), with some of the best JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR songs in live versions, performed by the current BURNING STARR line up feat. musicians known from VIRGIN STEELE, MANOWAR, JOE LYNN TURNER BAND and CRYSTAL VIPER.
|20-07-2014 RAWHIDE JOINS GM ROSTER
RAWHIDE was founded in 2002 in Uddevalla, Sweden. In the first few years band recorded several demo tapes and bunch of small venues was ravaged by a serie of wild gigs. Most of the material recorded during those early years, ended up on a "Plenty Ain't Enough" compilation CD, released in 2010. After several lineup changes, between 2008 and 2010 the band was put on hold. In 2010 RAWHIDE was brought back to life, along with guitarist Michael Karlsson and drummer Carl Wockatz, who completed the line up with Robert and Erik. The same year the band recorded two EP's: "Branded For Life" (released by Patac Records) and "Built To Blow" (released by Hellrocker Records), which came out in 2011. After fine-tuning the machine through gigs and rehearsals, the following year RAWHIDE went to Sunlight Studio and recorded their debut album titled "Murder One". In 2012, when the band returned from serie of live shows on the American East Coast, the album was released on vinyl LP by Patac Records. In summer of 2014 "Murder One" came out on CD. Recently the band works on second full length studio album, and awaits the release of two new EP's. RAWHIDE is a band that mix Metal heaviness and fury, with honesty of Rock and Punk attitude. Fans of Motorhead, Venom or Midnight: check them out!
Visit the band: www.rawhide.bandcamp.com
|15-07-2014 GM PRESENTS MVD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP RELEASE: EVIL
UNITED "HONORED BY FIRE"
Texas Metal powerhouse EVIL UNITED has announced, that they will be releasing their eagerly anticipated sophomore full length studio album titled "Honored By Fire", on August 12, 2014. The album will be distributed in North America and Europe through MVD Entertainment Group. A recent message from the band reads as follows: "Our second release brings us closer to where we want to be as a band. The production is heavier than our debut album, but still keeps the original vibe of the band intact". The Austin, San Antonio based band is a verified Texas powerhouse of crushing Metal, with elite members from WATCHTOWER, RIOT, MURDERDOLLS, DANGEROUS TOYS and WEDNESDAY 13, all ready to continue their assault on the Metal masses with the new release, "Honored By Fire".
EVIL UNITED "Honored By Fire" coming out on August 12, 2014, on CD, limited edition LP, and digital download.
|03-07-2014 GM PRESENTS: WARSENAL
WARSENAL is a young Canadian Speed/Thrash Metal act, founded in 2011 by Mathieu Rondeau (guitars, vocals) and Francis Labine (bass). The lineup was completed by Antoine Turcotte (drums). In 2012 the band recorded their first 3-track demo with "Hit N Run", "Unstoppable" and "Wars" - first of those songs, has been featured on the worldwide Thrash compilation: "Thrash Sells... But Who's Buying?" released by Tridroid Records (USA) , and on "El Cuartel Del Metal Vol. 2" compilation, which was released in Peru.
In March 2014, after playing a lot of live shows, the band entered the studio to record new material titled "Get Out Of Our Way" which is ready for the release. WARSENAL mix old school influences (you can obviously hear echoes of bands such as VENOM, EXCITER or TANK in their music), with the high octane energy and DIY attitude of bands such as TOXIC HOLOCAUST, CAULDRON and ENFORCER. They are young, they are fast, and they take no prisoners!
Visit the band: www.facebook.com/warsenalofficial
|29-06-2014 GM PRESENTS EMANES METAL RECORDS RELEASE: GANG
"INJECT THE VENOM"
GANG, originally known as GUSH X, started in 1990, and between 1993 and 2010 released 4 albums and bunch of demos. Last of them titled "V", released in 2010 by Emanes Metal Records, kind of predicted what will happen with GANG in the next decade: they will be furious Heavy Metal machine! "The Skulls Out Of Tour" (2010-2011) placed GANG on several stages and festivals in countries such as France and Denmark. In 2012 the band released the "HM-666%" EP, where their paid tribute to their heroes, and where they placed cover songs of acts such as SAXON, SCORPIONS, BLACK SABBATH, MOTORHEAD and MERCYFUL FATE. Their next tour named "Heavy Metal Road Tour" (2012-2013) was summed up with the live CD/DVD titled "Heavy Metal Road 666".
In 2014 band released their 6th studio album titled
"Inject The Venom", where they showed their Heavy Metal devotion: based on
catchy melodies and powerful guitar riffs, the album takes us back to the '80s, and
analogue way of recordings. The album was made without triggers, digital editing or guitar
amp simulators. Instead of this we hear precise and intense Heavy Metal recorded with real
drums and real guitar playing.
|27-06-2014 GM PRESENTS EMANES METAL RECORDS RELEASE: EAR DANGER
Originally dating back to
the early eighties, EAR DANGER was started up again by founding members Dick Vijgen
(drums) and Matt Verschoor (bass). Realizing that they would not be able to get the
original band together, the teamed up with two excellent young musicians: Ivo Metz
(guitar) and Leon Lohmann (vocals, guitar). The original plan was to record a demo, do one
or two shows and leave it there. However, their demo "Shock & Awe" was
received with so much enthusiasm, that they decided to go beyond that. First a series of
concerts throughout Holland took place, of which the highlight was undoubtedly their
appearance at the internationally acclaimed Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival. In September of
2011, they released their first album "Full Blast At Last". At first, this album
was released on vinyl only by the band, but as the vinyl edition was quickly sold out, the
album was re-released on CD by French label Emanes Metal Records. The success of
"Full Blast" pushed EAR DANGER to take it to the next level: in 2014 the band
record next album, titled "Warrior Soul", which was released again on Emanes
Metal. "Warrior Soul" contains ten tracks, of which 8 have never been released
before. Together with new album, style of the band has evolved: new songs combine honest
and traditional Heavy Metal, with more advanced song writing.
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