RAWHIDE was founded in 2002 in Uddevalla,
Sweden, when Robert Hansson let his brainchild come into reality together with Erik and
Anders Svensson. 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". About one
year later, 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, after being released in cooperation with Mexican labels Dybbuk
Records and Craneo Negro Productions.
recently the band works on second full length studio album, and awaits the release of two
new EP's: "Black Hearts & White Lines" (split with Panzer Bastard from
Boston, USA) and "Guilty As Charged", which will be released by Unholy Anarchy
Records and Craneo Negro Productions respectively.
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!
17-07-2014 GM PRESENTS WUNDERWURLD MUSIC RELEASE: SNOWY SHAW "THE
After being member of such legendary bands as
MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, THERION, DIMMU BORGIR, MEMENTO MORI, DREAM EVIL, NOTRE DAME,
SABATON and others - where SNOWY SHAW appeared as a vocalist, guitarist, bassist and
drummer, it's time to return to the original plan: solo career. On July 22, SNOWY SHAW
will release digital single titled "Dusk", which will be available on most of
digital platforms. Single is taken from the forthcoming - and much awaited - live DVD/CD
package titled "The Liveshow: 25 Years Of Madness In The Name Of Metal", which
will come out in September in limited edition of 666 copies, and which already can be
pre-ordered at www.snowyshaw.net/webshop
"The Liveshow" DVD/CD, which will be released by
Wunderwurld Music, includes more than 3 hours of amazing, high quality material, recorded
on two special theatrical shows, and featuring very special guests from KING DIAMOND
band,MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, ILLWILL, OPERA DIABOLICUS and Snowy's backing band
featuring lead guitarist Kristian Niemann (THERION), Mannequin De Sade III (NOTRE DAME,
ENGEL), Mark U Black (DREAM EVIL) and Vikki Valkyrie (ICE AGE). "The Liveshow"
has one of a kind track listing, as except playing own originals, SNOWY SHAW performed
with his band all his personal favorites from his former bands, incl. classics such as
"Eye Of The Witch", "Halloween" and "Sleepless Nights" (KING
DIAMOND), "Evil" and "Black Funeral" (MERCYFUL FATE), "The Book
Of Heavy Metal" (DREAM EVIL), "To Mega Therion" (THERION) or "The
Serpentine Offering" (DIMMU BORGIR) and a helluva lot more, in a truly theatrical
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".
UNITED "Honored By Fire" coming out on August 12, 2014, on CD, limited edition
LP, and digital download.
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
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!
29-06-2014 GM PRESENTS EMANES METAL RECORDS RELEASE: GANG "INJECT
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! Between 2010 and 2013 the band
focused on extensive touring, and played their first tour in 10 years. "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.
18-06-2014 JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR TO RELEASE "SANDS OF
TIME" VIDEO CLIP
On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, US Power Metal act JACK STARR'S
BURNING STARR will release the "Sands Of Time" video clip. The song is taken
from band's latest studio album "Land Of The Dead", which was released in 2011
on CD via Limb Music, and 2 years later on LP via Blood And Iron Records. Video clip which
was directed by Oliver Barth and produced by Bart Gabriel, will promote band's recently
announced short European tour:
September 12, 2014
- Circolo Colony, Brescia, Italy
September 13, 2014 - Swordbrothers Festival, Germany
September 14, 2014 - Eightball Club, Thessaloniki, Greece
September 15, 2014 - An Club, Athens, Greece
On September 26th, BURNING STARR will also appear at the
80's In The Park Festival in Melbourne, Florida (US), along with GREAT WHITE, ZEBRA,
FASTER PUSSYCAT and others. In other news, the band is currently working on new studio
album titled "Stand Your Ground" with producer Bart Gabriel, who except working
with acts such as SACRED STEEL, MORTICIAN and SABATON, also produced BURNING STARR's
latest album, "Land Of The Dead".
Jack Starr's BURNING STARR, is an American Power Metal
band formed in 1985 by the ex VIRGIN STEELE member and guitar wizard Jack Starr. After
doing 4 classic albums in the '80s, the band returned with a new line up feat. Jack Starr
(guitar), Ned Meloni (bass guitar, ex JOE LYNN TURNER band, ex DEVIL CHILDE and PHANTOM
LORD), Kenny "Rhino" Earl (drums, ex MANOWAR) and Todd Michael Hall (vocals,
also in RIOT V), and released the well received comeback album titled "Defiance"
in 2009. BURNING STARR's concert line up is completed by the CRYSTAL VIPER front woman
Marta Gabriel, who took over rhythm guitar parts.
Gabriel Management is proud to present the hope of Austrian
Thrash/Death Metal: SORS IMMANIS. The band features: The Leech, Mordred, Typhon,Shamael the Destroyer and Sergeant Hammergeil. Their debut album
titled "Fate's Embrace" is still hot and available as an own pressing release.
The band list acts such as KATAKLYSM, TESTAMENT, BOLT THROWER or AMON AMARTH as
their main influences, so it's not hard to guess that 11 songs included on their debut,
are full of sonic fury, wrath, hate and darkness.
30-03-2014 GM PRESENTS LIMB MUSIC RELEASE: ANCIENT BARDS "A NEW DAWN
"A New Dawn Ending", third studio album of the Italian
female fronted Power Metal act ANCIENT BARDS, will be released on April 25, 2014, via Limb
Music. The album will be third and final part of the "Black Crystal Sword Saga"
trilogy, which began with "The Alliance Of The Kings" album in 2010, and was
continued on "Soulless Child" in 2011. Album's front cover artwork was painted
by Felipe Machado Franco, artist known from cooperation with acts such as BLIND GUARDIAN
and RHAPSODY. The album will include 10 songs, between them two suites: one of over 12
minutes, and one of nearly 17 minutes. "A New Dawn Ending" samples can be
streamed on this location: www.limb-music.com/ancientbardsnews
"A New Dawn Ending" track listing: 01. Before The Storm (1:39) / 02. A
Greater Purpose (7:55) / 03. Flaming Heart (6:52) / 04. Across This Life (4:31) / 05. In
My Arms (5:25) / 06. The Last Resort (6:06) / 07. Showdown (12:48) / 08. In the End
(5:11)/ 09. Spiriti Liberi (4:49) / 10. A New Dawn Ending (16:37)
Cobra is a traditional Heavy Metal act formed in 2005 in
Lima, Peru. After doing several demo releases, the band siged with Austral Holocaust
Productions. In 2009 Cobra released "Poison In The Bones" - split CD with Skull
from Colombia - which was promoted on South American tour in February of 2010. After the
tour the band entered the studio to record their debut full length album titled
"Lethal Strike", which was released in April 2011, and again promoted live on
stage. In 2013 Cobra recorded their second album titled "To Hell" which was
released in February 2014 (again via Austral Holocaust Productions). The band is currently
touring in South America, and in March of 2014 they will land in Chile, where they will
share the stage with acts such as Satan and Bulldozer.
25-02-2014 GM PRESENTS EMANES METAL RECORDS RELEASE: WARCKON "HIGH
Warckon originates from the region of Grammont
in the province of East-Flanders, Belgium. March 20, 2014, dates the official release of
their second full-length album titled "High Treason": a more fierceful,
technical, brutal and varied album, on which the band further unleash their viciousness
and mindblowing riffage on the underground thrash scene of today. Warckon plays Thrash
Metal which definitely derives its influences from the 80's Bay Area scene: fans of the
technicality of top notch bands like Megadeth, Testament and Annihilator or the attitude
that defines bands like Slayer and Exodus, will surely get their kicks at a Warckon gig!
The band keeps working hard to maintain the reputation they have built for themselves:
skull-crushing shows that are played tight as hell while maintaining interaction with the
WARCKON "High Treason" coming
out on Emanes Metal Records on March 20, 2014
23-03-2014 GM PRESENTS A LIMB MUSIC RELEASE: SKYLINER
SKYLINER, in partnership with Limb Music, are
pleased to present to the world their highly anticipated debut, "Outsiders".
"Outsiders" is the first calling card of a fully realized vision from this
Floridian whirlwind of classic, power, and progressive metal. In the compositions,
SKYLINER throws away the life jackets, providing an emotional punch to the gut centered
around personal tragedy, victory, and spiritual exploration rather than latching onto the
fantasy concepts often prevalent in metal descended from the traditional style. There
won't be any shelter found musically, either, as the band eschews the overproduced notion
of modern metal and lets the raging riffs, fluid leads, deluge of bass, thundering
drums/percussion, commanding vocals, and pulse of keyboards all flow equally together but
separate, forming a unique surge of power that never leaves out the blood, rain, sweat, or
tears. SKYLINER is truly a symbiosis of US and European power metal stylings, propelled by
a progressive mindset. "Outsiders" will be unleashed in Europe and the digital
realm on February 28th, 2014, and in North America on April 15th, 2014.
SCYTHIA's upcoming melodic, power/folk fusion
record, "…Of Conquest", hits stores this month, on February 25th, 2014. The
album, which also includes progressive and death metal influences, was engineered and
produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot) at LSD Studios in
Lubeck, Germany, with co-production by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God,
Fear Factory). The album was mixed by Nino Laurenne (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Kiuas,
Firewind) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mastering credits go to Svante
Forsback (Rammstein, Firewind, Korpiklaani, Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers in Helsinki,
29-01-2014 GM PRESENTS A ROCK SAVIOUR RECORDS RELEASE: THOR
Fans of Metal and Hard Rock music know well, that
Thor wasn't only the legendary Nordic God Of Thunder and Marvel's super hero, but also the
Canadian vocalist, performer and bodybuilder. Jon Mikl Thor - as he also appeared under
this name - has an impressive discography, that includes bunch of albums (incl. the
legendary "Only The Strong" LP from 1985, or his classic Rock debut "Keep
The Dogs Away" from 1977), singles, and various compilations and special releases.
Now the king of Muscle Rock returns with
"Thunderstryker II" (part I was released by Rock Saviour Records in 2012) - a
new album that includes both new and old but unreleased re-arranged tracks from the '70s
and early '80s. Songs like "Megaton Man Returns", "We Live To Rock
Again", "Back For Blood" or "When The Hammer Falls" surely will
be well received by all fans of the classic and unique Thor style. Rock Saviour Records
also released limited 7" single titled "Energy" - the title track (taken
from the "Thunderstryke II" album) is coupled with two non-album tracks:
"Kings Of Muscle Rock" and "Storm Warning". The EP is limited to 555
29-01-2014 SATAN'S HOST ON THE COVER OF THE NEW THAT'S METAL MAGAZINE
The new, 18th issue of THAT'S METAL MAGAZINE will
be available on February 10, 2014.
96 pages you will find interviews with acts such as SATAN'S HOST (cover story), ARTIZAN,
ATTIC, SACRED WARRIOR, SIGN OF THE JACKAL, DIO, BLITZKRIEG, HOCCULTA, FORTE, SPLIT HEAVEN,
AXXION, HIGH TENSION, TYRANT'S REIGN, EVIL INVADERS, SATAN'S HOST, LADY BEAST, SACRAL
RAGE, SACRED OATH, MORGANA, HURTFUL WITCH, HORACLE, STRYPER, HELL, PHANTOM, CLOVEN HOOF
and NIGHT DEMON. Except that as always lot of reviews and other articles.
Further information and ordering:
22-01-2014 TEXAS METAL VETERANS HELSTAR TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN APRIL
Texas based Heavy Metal veterans HELSTAR will release their new
studio album, "This Wicked Nest", on April 25, 2014 via AFM Records. It will be
available as CD, limited edition vinyl LP and digital download.
HELSTAR released "30 Years Of Hel", a DVD containing
footage of the band's March 24, 2012 30-year-anniversary hometown show at Warehouse Live
in Houston, on October 2, 2012 in North America (August 31, 2012 in Europe) via AFM
Records. The DVD+2CD set includes footage of the band performing songs spanning its entire
career, including material from the often-overlooked "Multiples Of Black"
release. The package also features interviews with each band member, as well as with the
entire group, conducted by "Robb's Metal Works" and focusing specifically on
this milestone. HELSTAR released its latest album, "Glory Of Chaos", in November
2010 via Germany's AFM Records.
German Speed Metallers STORMWARRIOR, will release their brand new
studio album titled "Thunder & Steele" this Friday, on January 24, 2014, via
Massacre Records. The effort will be available as CD, limited edition LP (with exclusive
bonus track) and digital download. "Thunder & Steele" was mixed by the
German Heavy Metal veteran Piet Sielck (IRON SAVIOR), who also worked with the band on
their most famous album "Heading Northe" (2008), and includes 10 brand new
songs. It's also the first STORMWARRIOR album feat. new member of the band, drummer Jorg
"Thunder & Steele" CD track
listing: 01. Thunder & Steele, 02. Metal Avenger, 03. Sacred Blade, 04. Ironborn, 05.
Steelcrusader, 06. Fyres In The Nighte, 07. Die By The Hammer, 08. Child Of Fyre, 09. One
Will Survive, 10. Servants Of Metal.
German Power/Speed Metal band SINBREED - which
features two BLIND GUARDIAN members - unveiled first details of their forthcoming studio
album "Shadows". The album will be released via AFM RECORDS on March 28th in
Europe, and on April 15th in US and Canada. In other news SINBREED also plan filming video
clip that will promote the new album.
track listing: 01. Bleed, 02. Shadows, 03. Call To Arms, 04. Reborn, 05. Leaving The Road,
06. Far Too Long, 07. Black Death, 08. Standing Tall, 09. London Moon, 10. Broken Wings.
02-01-2014 GM PRESENTS: ARSENITE "ASHES OF THE DECLINED"
ARSENITE is a young
Heavy/Thrash Metal band from Sweden, which was formed in 2009 by guitarist Simon Hagberg,
and guitarist and singer Tony Classon. With no full line up the two decided to record
first demo, for which they recorded own song "Liberty Is Dead" and MEGADETH and
WOLF cover songs. The same year drummer Richard Fredriksson joined the band, and so next
year the band entered the studio to record another demo, this time with three own songs.
After few live shows the band found the bass player in Martin Giaever: with the complete
line up ARSENITE recorded their debut EP titled "High Speed Thrashing Maniacs".
The EP - which was released in 2011 - was produced by the WOLF frontman Niklas Stalvind,
and the recording session took place in his home studio. After signing with Slipstrick
Records who reissued the debut EP in digital format in 2012, the band entered recording
studio to do debut fell length album, with new drummer in the ranks: Henrik Persson. After
the digital release in November of 2012, the album titled "Ashes Of The
Declined" got properly released in CD format in 2013. ARSENITE is currently working
on the next full length album, which has been scheduled for 2014.
The Swedish female fronted Black/Thrash Metal act DRACENA announce
their return and further plans: on January 30, 2014 the band will release brand new MCD
titled "Ravenous Bloodlust". The Drac Productions release will include 4 new
songs, recorded at the famous Sonic Train Studios, which belong to KING DIAMOND guitarist
Andy La Rocque. This will be band's first release since their full lenght album
"Infernal Damnation" which was released in 2006.
The band returns with new release and new line up, and already scheduled
recording of the next full length album. DRACENA is: Mia - vocals and guitars, Piet The J.
- guitars, K. - bass, F. - drums.
16-12-2013 WIZARD: VOLKER LESON LEAVES, ARND RATERING STEPS IN
Official press release: "WIZARD had no line up change for the
25 years of existence, the band always been like a family... Now, with a great sadness, we
need to inform you, that Volker Leson is forced to stop his activity in WIZARD due to
health issues. This was already suggested during second part of the the GERMAN METAL
ATTACK TOUR, on which he couldn't be present. He will remain part of the WIZARD family
forever, and if his health will allow him, he will continue writing songs for the band. We
also hope he will be able to return to the ranks of the band on stage within year or two.
For now, we would like to introduce you our old friend Arnd Ratering - ex member of the
prog band NO INNER LIMITS - as the new bass player of WIZARD. Fans already had an occasion
to see him on stage during last few shows we did, and surely can agree he is technically
great musician. We are looking forward to bring you more Metal, and we can't wait to play
next shows for all of you! We also wish all the best to our brother Volker: may he return
with health and strength!".
album "Trail Of Death" was released on September 27, 2013, via Massacre Records,
and is available as CD and digital download. Album's artwork has been painted by Jens
Reinhold - artist known from cooperation with acts such as RUNNING WILD, SODOM or VIRGIN
12-12-2013 GERMAN POWER METALLERS MESSENGER ON EUROPEAN TOUR WITH PRIMAL
FEAR AND BULLET
MESSENGER on "Eagles And Lions Tour
2014" with PRIMAL FEAR & BULLET: 24.01.14 D Regensburg Airport Obertraubling +
BULLET, 25.01.14 D Memmingen Kaminwerk + BULLET, 26.01.14 D Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik +
BULLET, 28.01.14 D Nürnberg Hirsch + BULLET, 29.01.14 CH Pratteln Z7 + BULLET, 31.01.14 E
Madrid Penelope + BULLET & U.D.O., 01.02.14 E Bilbao Santana 27 + BULLET & U.D.O.,
02.02.14 E Barcelona Razzmatazz 2 + BULLET & U.D.O., 06.02.14 D Mannheim Alte Seilerei
+ BULLET, 07.02.14 B Vosselaar Biebob + BULLET, 08.02.14 D Bochum Matrix + BULLET,
09.02.14 D Muenchen Feierwerk + BULLET, 10.02.14 D Berlin K17 + BULLET, 12.02.14 PL Warsaw
Progressja + BULLET, 13.02.14 PL Katowice Megaclub + BULLET, 14.02.14 SK Bratislava
Majestic Music Club + BULLET, 15.02.14 CZ Zlin MOR Cafe + BULLET, 16.02.14 SK Kosice
Collosseum + BULLET.
MESSENGER Festival Shows 2014: 11.04.14 D Oberursel Taunus Metal Festival VI, 21.06.14 B
Oosthove - Wervik Skull Fest, 11.-13.09.14 D Lausitzring Hard East Festival.
28-11-2013 DANISH VIKING METALLERS HEIDRA JOIN GABRIEL MANAGEMENT ROSTER
HEIDRA was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, during
winter of 2006 by a group of musicians inspired by more melodic Metal genres. They sought
to create music you do not see much in the Danish Metal scene that incorporated the
harshness of Black Metal, as well as the symphonic and melodic aspects of, for example,
Power Metal and Folk music.
As the band decided to
take no prisoners, they chose the best ones to work with: in 2013 the band entered the
famous Sonic Train Studios, owned by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque, who already
worked with acts such as Einherjer, Hammerfall or Falconer, and in Autumn the first
official full lenght album - titled "Awaiting Dawn", has been completed and is
ready for the release. Stay tuned for further news!
25-11-2013 JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND REVEAL
Since the comeback of JACK STARR'S BURNING
STARR in 2009 with the brilliant studio album called "Defiance", both band's
career and Jack Starr's (ex-VIRGIN STEELE) solo career have been on the rise. In 2010 the
band signed with Limb Music, a German label who promptly released next studio album
"Land Of The Dead" in 2011. The album received rave reviews and is considered by
many to be one of the best albums of 2011. The album featured the exact same lineup as
"Defiance", including the fiery drumming of the ex-MANOWAR drummer Rhino, the
spot on vocals of Todd Micheal Hall and the solid bass playing of Ned Meloni - long time
member and songwriting contributor of the band - and guest appearances by Ross The Boss
(ex-MANOWAR, SHAKIN' STREET, DICTATORS) and David Shankle (ex-MANOWAR, DSG). One year
later, Skol Records reissued the legendary and classic second BURNING STARR album "No
Turning Back!" from 1986, with brand new front cover artwork, and which is often
listed as one of the very best US Power Metal albums.
The recent activities of Jack Starr also include
guest solos on new album of the Australian band DRAGONSCLAW, Lebanese band ZIX where he
played on a track with former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin, and various compilations
including the Italian tribute album to STRANA OFFICINA, and Texas metallers' WITCHMARK
debut album. Earlier in 2013 the band recorded live DVD at the KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL in
Germany. 2013 also saw the re-release of "Out Of The Darkness", the much
acclaimed solo album from 1984 that featured Jack Starr and Rhett Forrester - former
singer of RIOT, and members of THE RODS and RAINBOW. Even more reissues are planned for
this year: the two legendary PHANTOM LORD albums and DEVIL CHILDE mini album, that were
recorded in the '80s by Jack Starr with Ned Meloni (another JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR
member) and Joe Hasselvander (RAVEN, PENTAGRAM), will be reissued by Italian label
Minotauro Records. In 2014 another reissue will see the light of the day: the ultra rare
same titled album from 1989 (so called "The Orange Album"), will be released in
CD format in its original form first time ever, with all tracks recorded during that
particular session - mastered from the original tapes - and with fat booklet with many
previously unseen photos.
Jack Starr and the boys have been busy, but the real news
is the impending release of an all new original album scheduled for 2014 entitled
"Stand Your Ground", which promises to be a fire breathing monster of an album.
As Jack has said in a recent interview: "Some bands from the eighties lose steam and
make albums that are less and less powerful as the years go by ". BURNING STARR does
the opposite: as the years go by, our albums are getting heavier, better played and
feature stronger songwriting. The band will be back in Europe in 2014 playing festivals
and clubs in a full tour that promises to see BURNING STARR doing what they do best:
delivering Classic US Power Metal with virtuoso playing and melodic songwriting that
rocks. In closing, BURNING STARR is stronger than ever, and will have the same lineup for
the next album, featuring the pillar crumbling vocals of Todd Michael Hall, the bombastic
drumming of Rhino, Ned Meloni's killer bass playing, and once again Jack Starr will cement
his reputation as one of Heavy Metal's most gifted guitarists and songwriters. BURNING
STARR keep the Metal flame burning brighter than ever!
15-11-2013 SCREAMS OF ANGELS: FREE DOWNLOAD SINGLE AVAILABLE
SCREAMS OF ANGELS debut album "Into The Warzone" has
been scheduled for release on December 27, 2013, via Skol Records. The album is comprised
of a collection of high-energy metal anthems such as its title track, a fast paced homage
to Marvel comics “The Punisher”, the galloping epic “Cycle Of The Moon” and the
snarling metal monster “Eyes Of The Serpent”. "Into The Warzone" - like all
other Skol Records releases - will be distributed in North and South America via Shadow
Kingdom Records. Title track is also available as a free single and can be downloaded from
SCREAMS OF ANGELS is a new US
Heavy Metal act, feat ex members of acts such as FIFTH
ANGEL, HEIR APPARENT and NIGHTSHADE.
09-11-2013 SATAN'S HOST JOINS GABRIEL MANAGEMENT ROSTER
The legendary US Heavy Metal act SATAN'S HOST from Denver,
Colorado, joined the GABRIEL MANAGEMENT roster.
HOST, the brain child of guitar virtuoso Patrick Evil in league with vocalist Leviathan
Thisiren (Harry Conklin, JAG PANZER / TITAN FORCE) released their first album "Metal
From Hell" in 1986 with huge underground acclaim and cult following.
On November 19, 2013, SATAN'S HOST will release their 8th
studio album "Virgin Sails", on Moribund Cult Records. The follow up to "By
The Hands Of The Devil" was once again recorded at Flatline Studios with Dave Otero
producing. The new album has 8 complete full tracks with two guitar interludes. SATAN'S
HOST is also always developing new material for future releases and is actively keeping a
presence in the Metal market and world.
08-11-2013 MIDNITE HELLION TO RELEASE "HOUR OF THE WOLF"
7" IN NOVEMBER
In November 29, 2013, the the New Jersey based
female fronted "New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal" act MIDNITE HELLION, will
release their brand new 7" single "Hour Of The Wolf" via Witches Brew
Records. The limited edition release will include two songs: the title track, and
"The Morrigan" on Side B. MIDNITE HELLION was formed in 2011, and "Hour Of
The Wolf" will be their third release, after debut demo and EP. In 2012 MIDNITE
HELLION toured the Northeastern US with PRIME EVIL, and has been featured on numerous
compilations during this time, including appearances on the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse
and Warriors Of Metal Open Air compilations. 2014 will find MIDNITE HELLION completing
writing for their full-length, which is slated to be released in the late spring/early
summer. The month of April will also find MIDNITE HELLION in the Midwest, appearing at the
Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Festival in Chicago, alongside GRIM REAPER, HALLOWS EVE or
PICTURE. MIDNITE HELLION is Heavy Metal, the way it’s meant to be: keep an eye out for
MIDNITE HELLION, as they are an unstoppable force!
On November 1st, the Swedish old school Heavy Rockers ETERNO,
released their debut album titled "Until Hell Freezes Over" via Sliptrick
After several independent releases, the
Stockholm based crew is ready to conquer international stages: It all started in 2005 with
the encounter of the two forming members Roger Eriksson and Ivan Castro (originally from
Peru), who shared a passion for creating music that was honest and true to the Metal
roots. Some people classify the music of Eterno as heavy yet melodical, others say dark
yet groovy. While the classification differs from person to person, everyone always agree
on one thing - the unique sound of Eterno is highly appealing, lifting the spirits of all,
regardless of individual musical influences. Eterno touches the essence of Rock 'n' Roll
and Metal, combining that magical, old school feeling with modern elements thereby
conjuring the powerful and ensnaring riffs and songs, which has became the trademark of
06-11-2013 AUSTRIAN HEAVY METAL ACT TULSADOOM RELEASE "BARBARIAN
The Austrian "barbaric" Heavy Metal act
TULSADOOM released their own BARBARIAN BEER. As the press release says: "This strong,
barbarian battlebeer was brewed with an outstanding blend of ancient kinds of hop,
specially harmonized by TULSADOOM guitarist Skullcrusher Volkov! Uncomparably barbaric
taste, the ultimate liquor for the battlefield". "The rich taste of Barbarian
Beer is multifarious as the races of Hyborea! A northern giant and a beauty of black
kingdoms alike", add the guitarist. The beer bottles are available with 5 different
label designs, one for each TULSADOOM member: Skullcrusher Volkov, King Totolva, Virgin
Penetrator, Rick Thunder and Doktharr Radiovodnik.
exclusive Barbarian Beer can be purchased at Tulsadoom gigs, picked up at the Tulsadoom
headquarters in Vienna or ordered directly from the band, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
TULSADOOM recently released debut full lenght album
titled "Barbarian Steel" on Nihilist Empire Records, and already announced
second full lenght release for 2014. Their raw "Barbaric Metal" can be described
as a mixture of Heavy, Thrash and even Black Metal, influenced by acts such as VENOM,
CARNIVORE, MOTORHEAD or BATHORY.
31-10-2013 CRYSTAL VIPER RELEASE FREE HALLOWEEN SINGLE
Polish female-fronted heavy metal act CRYSTAL
VIPER, released special free Halloween single, titled "Fight Evil With Evil".
The song features the legendary American singer Harry Conklin (JAG PANZER, TITAN FORCE,
SATAN'S HOST), and is coupled with an exclusive front cover artwork. The download single
is available at the following location: www.afm-records.de/ftp/CRYSTAL_VIPER_-_Free_Single.zip
"Possession", the brand new studio
album, will be released on December 13 via AFM Records as a CD, limited edition LP and as
a digital download. Release dates of Japanese, Korean and Russian CD editions will be
announced later. On "Possession" - which is once again a concept effort -
CRYSTAL VIPER decided to cross the borders of traditional heavy metal, and while there are
still fast and melodic songs that bring references to such classic bands as JUDAS PRIEST,
BLACK SABBATH (with Ronnie James Dio) and JAG PANZER, the epic and dark parts bring
comparisons to acts such as CANDLEMASS, MERCYFUL FATE and even BATHORY. While the limited
vinyl LP version of "Possession" will include surprise bonus track, the regular
CD version will include cover version of the RIOT classic "Thundersteel".
27-10-2013 GABRIEL MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH HEAVY
Out now on Heavy Forces Records:
IRON CURTAIN "Jaguar Spirit" LP. Spanish rangers strike again!
Traditional Heavy Metal full of passion and power! Gatefold cover with printed inner
sleeve, incl.: additional inlay card, poster, sticker and band photo. 350 copies on black
vinyl and 150 copies on red vinyl with woven patch.
TYRANT "Live And Crazy" LP. The fantastic and
mega rare live album of the German Metal legends available again! Recorded in 1989!
Reissued with gatefold cover, poster and sticker. 350 copies on black vinyl and 150 copies
on red vinyl with woven patch.
STORMWITCH "Walpurgis Night" PIC LP. The German
Heavy Metal milestone from 1984, available for the first time as the Picture Disc!
Reissued with a cover sleeve, incl. poster and insert card! Official re-release limited to
only 333 copies!
STORMWITCH "Tales Of Terror" PIC LP. Amazing
second album of the German Metal legend, available for the first time as the Picture Disc!
Reissued with a cover sleeve, incl. poster and insert card! Official re-release limited to
only 333 copies!
22-10-2013 MASTERS OF DISGUISE RELEASE "FOR NOW AND ALL
"Back With A Vengeance", the debut
album of MASTERS OF DISGUISE, new band formed by the ex-SAVAGE GRACE touring members
Neudi, Kalli Coldsmith, Roger Dequis and Mario Lang, supported by Alexx Stahl - one of the
most outstanding and talented vocalists on the German scene - took two years in the
making, and unites the epitomes from the '80s Speed and US Metal world in a magnificent
Prior to the release of "Back With A
Vengeance", Limb Music will release an EP entitled "Knutson's Return" - a
digital only release which will be available until 31.12.2013. The EP contains the songs
"Alliance", the exlusive new recording of the SAVAGE GRACE classic "Into
The Fire" as well as the song and video of "For Now And All Time (Knutson's
MASTERS OF DISGUISE "Knutson's Return" EP will
be released on October 25, 2013 via Limb Music, and will be available as digital download
via iTunes, Amazon, and other digital distributors.
21-10-2013 SCREAMS OF ANGELS: DEBUT SINGLE AND DEBUT ALBUM COMING SOON ON
In the midst of an extraordinary career as drummer for multiple
Heavy Metal legends such as FIFTH ANGEL, HEIR APPARENT and NIGHTSHADE, Jeffrey McCormack
was thrown a curveball. It was suggested that Jeffrey hum some melody lines on demo
material he had been working on with Seattle guitarist Craig Church. It was immediately
and overwhelmingly decided that Jeffrey would become the lead vocalist for the band. Once
the material had solidified, they recruited Jeffrey's longtime friend, Kai Chinn to take
over the drum duties, followed shortly after by bassist Anthony Rivera, rhythm guitarist
Rollie Fisher, and former HEIR APPARENT bandmate Op Sakiya on keyboards, all veterans of
the historic Seattle Heavy Metal community. Though the band seemed complete, guitarist
Craig Church became increasingly busy with his other musical endeavors, including guitar
duties with Pamela Moore ("Sister Mary" from QUEENSRYCHE), so he resigned his
post. Enter the brilliant Alan Nesbitt on lead guitar, and the band was ready to bring its
energetic brand of melodic Power Metal to the masses! SCREAMS OF ANGELS then wowed
audiences with their live shows, opening for such legends as LOUDNESS, LYNCH MOB, SAXON
and WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (featuring Randy Piper and Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P.), and they
received worldwide acclaim through reviews of the demo recordings.
"Skol Records started as a label that would support bands and
artists related to Gabriel Management. Some time later we decided to focus on reissues of
forgotten and classic Heavy Metal albums from the past, as the truth is all guys from Skol
Records crew are dedicated Metal fans, you know, bunch of die hard maniacs in leather,
surrounded by piles of vinyl records, who wear old OMEN, MERCYFUL FATE and AGENT STEEL
t-shirts. We didn't plan to sign any current bands. But after we heard SCREAMS OF ANGELS
demo our jaws landed on the floor, and we had no other choice: we knew we have to sign
them, or someone else will do it" says Skol Records ceo Bart Gabriel. "They are
the real deal: great, strong vocals, massive riffs, and first of all good songs. It's all
there" he adds.
After SCREAMS OF ANGELS signed papers with Skol Records,
their debut album "Into The Warzone" has been scheduled for release on December
27, 2013. The album is comprised of a collection of high-energy metal anthems such as its
title track, a fast paced homage to Marvel comics "The Punisher", the galloping
epic "Cycle Of The Moon" and the snarling metal monster "Eyes Of The
Serpent". "Into The Warzone" - like all other Skol Records releases - will
be distributed in North and South America via Shadow Kingdom Records. Earlier, on November
15, Skol Records will release album's title track as free download single, which will be
available from www.skolrecords.com
21-10-2013 CRYSTAL VIPER ANNOUNCE FREE HALLOWEEN SINGLE
Polish female-fronted heavy metal act CRYSTAL
VIPER, will release special Halloween single on October 31, titled "Fight Evil With
Evil". The song features the legendary American singer Harry Conklin (JAG PANZER,
TITAN FORCE, SATAN'S HOST), and will be coupled with an exclusive front cover artwork. The
download single will be available as a free download from AFM Records website and
brand new studio album, will be released on December 13 via AFM Records as a CD, limited
edition LP and as a digital download. Release dates of Japanese, Korean and Russian CD
editions will be announced later. On "Possession" - which is once again a
concept effort, and which was once again produced by Bart Gabriel (SACRED STEEL, SABATON,
BURNING STARR, MORTICIAN) - CRYSTAL VIPER decided to cross the borders of traditional
heavy metal, and while there are still fast and melodic songs that bring references to
such classic bands as JUDAS PRIEST, BLACK SABBATH (with Ronnie James Dio) and JAG PANZER,
the epic and dark parts bring comparisons to acts such as CANDLEMASS, MERCYFUL FATE and
19-10-2013 GM PRESENTS LIMB MUSIC RELEASE: JACK STARR FEAT. RHETT
FORRESTER "OUT OF THE DARKNESS"
When guitarist Jack Starr left his band VIRGIN
STEELE in 1983 it was a shock for everyone, including fans and the press. VIRGIN STEELE
had just released "Guardians Of The Flame" - a masterpiece of American Heavy
Metal. But Starr did not want to follow the current keyboard-onerous trend and after his
departure he began looking around for suitable musicians for his first solo album which
was to comprise more of his preferred heavy, guitar-based music. When "Out Of The
Darkness" was released in 1984, it could not be predicted how much influence this
album would have on the US dominated Heavy Metal scene. In the international Heavy Metal
bible of the eighties, the legendary Metal Forces magazine, "Out Of The
Darkness" was listed as one of the most important Heavy Metal albums of 1984.
Kerrang! (issue 18, 1984) placed it amongst the "20 Fave LPs Of The Year" and in
the Japanese Burrn! magazine the album was in 12th place of the Import Disc charts for
many weeks. "Out Of The Darkness" is now to be released as a high quality,
remastered re-release and enhanced with bonus tracks.
"Out Of The Darkness" CD reissue will be available on November 8, 2013,
via Limb Music.
17-10-2013 MASTERS OF DISGUISE "KNUTSON'S RETURN" EP OUT
"Back With A Vengeance", the debut album of MASTERS OF
DISGUISE, new band formed by the ex-SAVAGE GRACE touring members Neudi, Kalli Coldsmith,
Roger Dequis and Mario Lang, supported by Alexx Stahl - one of the most outstanding and
talented vocalists on the German scene - took two years in the making, and unites the
epitomes from the '80s Speed and US Metal world in a magnificent manner. Prior to the
release of "Back With A Vengeance", Limb Music will release an EP entitled
"Knutson's Return" - a digital only release which will be available until
31.12.2013. The EP contains the songs "Alliance", the exlusive new recording of
the SAVAGE GRACE classic "Into The Fire" as well as the song and video of
"For Now And All Time (Knutson's Return)".
MASTERS OF DISGUISE "Knutson's Return" EP will be released on October
25, 2013 via Limb Music, and will be available as digital download via iTunes, Amazon, and
other digital distributors.
09-10-2013 GM PRESENTS LIMB MUSIC RELEASE: ASCENSION "FAR
BEYOND THE STARS"
Aberdeen, at the foot of the Scottish Highlands, is
not exactly an ideal place to form a Metal band. The somewhat remote town has a provincial
character and in the annals of the rock world has produced nothing of note. So when a
Metal band emerges from the town, that alone should be enough to sit up and take notice,
but when that group leans towards the sound and styles of bands such as Gamma Ray,
Helloween, Hammerfall and Dragonforce, then it's time to look and listen with even more
interest. With "Far Beyond The Stars" the Scots deliver a pure heavy metal
album, with stress laid on twin-barrel riffs, a beating pace and ass-kicking vocals. The
sound is not padded out with keyboards but stands proud and unique thanks to the somewhat
raw, combined guitar power of the Stuart Docherty/Fraser Edwards duo, which often reminds
one of their copatriots, Dragonforce. The technical standard of the five Scots is
enormous, especially in view of the speed of their playing. The songs are varied and fast
but in no way do they make the listener think "heard this before". "Far
Beyond The Stars" is an excellent album which fans of fast, high standard metal can
put on their shopping list without thinking twice.
"Far Beyond The Stars" will be released via Limb Music on October 18, 2013
"Possession", brand new studio album
of the Polish female fronted Heavy Metal act Crystal Viper, will be released on Friday 13,
December 2013, via AFM Records, as CD, limited edition LP and digital download. Its front
cover artwork can be seen below. The picture has been painted by Michal Oracz - most
famous Polish author of RPG and board games (incl. the world bestseller Neuroshima) - and
includes many impressive details which will be noticed by fans after listening to the
album, as "Possession" is again concept effort.
On "Possession" - which again has been produced by Bart Gabriel (Sacred
Steel, Sabaton, Burning Starr, Mortician) - the band decided to cross the borders of
Traditional Heavy Metal, and while the fast and melodic songs bring references to such
classic bands as Judas Priest, Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio or Jag Panzer, the epic
and dark parts bring comparisons to acts such as Candlemass, Mercyful Fate or even
Bathory. The band again invited members of other bands to sing guest parts on new album:
in the song "Fight Evil With Evil" we can hear the legendary American singer
Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer, Titan Force, Satan's Host), while in "Julia Is
Possessed" we can hear growling voice of Sataniac, vocalist of the German
Black/Thrash Metal act Desaster.
02-10-2013 GM PRESENTS EMANES METAL RECORDS RELEASE: THRASHBACK
"POSSESSED BY THRASH"
Thrashback is an
old school Thrash Metal act, formed in 2012 by 3 ex members of the Evil One band. After 15
years, 2 albums, and more than 250 gigs played in whole Europe, Evil One stopped their
activity because of too many line up problems. The 3 survivors: Speed (drums, vocals),
Freddy (guitar) and Le Gorg (Bass), decided to continue the adventure with more aggressive
music: harder, faster, and louder. With no more Traditional Heavy metal influences,
Thrashback plays an old school Thrash Metal, in its purest, direct form. Their first album
"Possessed By Thrash", recorded and mixed by Marc Varez (Vulcain) and mastered
by Jeff Waters (Annihilator), will hit the streets on November 1st, 2013, and will be
available as CD, limited edition LP and tape.
01-10-2013 GERMAN POWER METAL ACT MESSENGER JOINS GM ROSTER
Germany is known as the homeland of Power Metal,
and Messenger seems to be one of the strongest young bands out there. With their last album "See You In Hell" (Massacre
Records) Messenger were able to expand their status as bearers of hope in the range of
Traditional Metal and convinced their fans all over Europe of the qualities of their
genuine, honest and energetic stage shows.
their current album "Starwolf - Pt.I: The MessengeRs" they move into new
horizons - into the infinities of the universe to be precise. In association with the
novelist Victor L. Pax, Messenger will play the central characters of a science fiction
novel which has specially been created for the band with the name: "Sternenwolf - Die
Boten" ("Starwolf - The MessengeRs"). The artwork is a contribution from
the illustrator Wiebke Scholz, who has established her reputation in the fantasy and games
scene. As for the musical development, the guys from Saarland stepped up their game
sticking to their style, though: thrilling riffs, bombastic choirs, catchy melodies,
virtuous guitar play and the variable four-octave-voice of the lead vocalist, which will
blow metalheads' minds! Fasten your seatbelts for the trip with the MESSENGER space
17-09-2013 GM PRESENTS: CRITICAL SOLUTION "EVIL NEVER
Critical Solution are young
Norwegian Thrash Metal band. Their debut demo EP was released in 2011, and now the band
strikes back with their debut full album titled "Evil Never Dies". The album
includes 11 original songs, and 3 cover versions of classic Deep Purple, Metallica and
Motorhead songs, recorded with guest appearance of Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) and
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe). "Evil Never Dies" was recorded at the famous
Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden, and was produced and mixed by the Grammy-nominated
King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque.
12-09-2013 CRYSTAL VIPER REVEALS FIRST DETAILS OF THE NEW ALBUM
Polish female fronted heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER finished
recording session of their fifth studio album, "Possession", for a December 13
release via AFM Records. The concept effort will be available as CD, limited-edition LP
and digital download. The CD and LP editions will include alternate bonus tracks: CD
version will include cover version of the RIOT classic "Thundersteel", while the
LP will include special surprise track.
news, CRYSTAL VIPER will play two live shows in Germany as the special guest of the U.S.
epic metal legends MANILLA ROAD: on September 25 in Russelsheim and on September 26 in
28-08-2013 BRAND NEW WIZARD SONG AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING
German True Metallers WIZARD posted online brand new song titled
"Angel Of Death", taken from their forthcoming studio album "Trail Of
Death". Song can be streamed on band's official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WizardMetal
"Trail Of Death" will be released on September 27, 2013
via Massacre Records, and will be available as CD and digital download. Album's artwork
has been painted by Jens Reinhold - artist known from cooperation with acts such as
RUNNING WILD, SODOM or VIRGIN STEELE.
27-08-2013 TULSADOOM JOINS GM ROSTER
TULSADOOM is a new name in the Metal world,
but without a doubt there will be loud around them very soon! The Austrian horde recently
released debut full lenght album titled "Barbarian Steel" - but they are already
working on the second one. Fans of raw Metal and acts such as VENOM, CARNIVORE, BATHORY or
MOTORHEAD should definitelly keep an eye (and ear) on them, as they take no prisoners:
they are loud, proud, evil and wild!
03-08-2013 SKOL RECORDS SIGNS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR
NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA
We are extremely happy and
proud to announce an exclusive partnership between Skol Records and Shadow Kingdom Records
from United States. We believe that this label need no introduction, as they managed to
release bunch of absolutely amazing albums in the last few years, and are known to all
serious Heavy Metal fans around the globe. From now on, all distributors and stores in
North and South America will flow through Shadow Kingdom Records. So if you're interested
in stocking Skol Records, please get in touch with them. The prices will be very similar
to buying direct from Skol, and of course you'll save a bunch on postage. If you're a
retail customer, you can of course purchase retail from the their webshop @ store.shadowkingdomrecords.com.
Skol Records is also a division of Gabriel Media, and so far
released albums of acts such as: DAMMAJ, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, ROBESPIERRE, TAIST OF
IRON, NITRO, CROWHAVEN, SALEM'S LAW and others, and the well received ANVIL and
METALUCIFER tribute albums.
23-07-2013 GM PRESENTS HIGH ROLLER RECORDS RELEASE: LEGEND
"THE DARK PLACE"
LEGEND from the British Channel Island Jersey is one of the most
innovative bands of the glorious New Wave Of British Heavy Metal period. Pete Haworth
(guitar) formed the group way back in the summer of 1980. Along with similar acts such as
SHIVA, OMEGA or BLEAK HOUSE, Jersey's LEGEND plays a progressive yet very heavy style of
Not being able to secure a record deal Mike
Lezala (vocals), Marco Morosino (guitar), Eggy Aubert (bass), Dave Whitley (drums) and the
mentioned Peter Haworth formed their own label Workshop Records and issued three very
collectible records: "Legend" (1981), "Death In The Nursery" (1982)
and a limited edition 12" EP including four tracks (1982). By 1984, however, they had
called it quits after a final live appearance at London's legendary Marquee club, where a
pretty well-known musician was in attendance. Pete Haworth recalls: "We didn't play
very well, however, Lemmy did buy a copy of "Death In The Nursery" and asked me
to sign it. Then he took me and my brother Neil to some club in Soho and I can't remember
much after that!".
In 1998, a compilation entitled "Retroshock
1981-1984" was issued on CD. This rekindled the interest in LEGEND and the band
reformed to release their fantastic "Still Screaming" record in 2003 (the album
was later re-issued on vinyl via High Roller Records with new artwork).
"The Dark Place" is the band's fourth
full-length album and does feature some of their best ever material. Songs such as
"Halls Of The Dead" or "Burn With Your Demons" do sound surprisingly
contemporary without LEGEND turning their backs on the classic NWoBHM style. The record
includes a new recording of "Taste Of Life" (from the debut album) as well as an
alternative take on "Questions And Answers" (originally off their 1983 demo
LEGEND "The Dark Place" will be released via
High Roller Records on LP on August 30, 2013
23-07-2013 GM PRESENTS HIGH ROLLER RECORDS RELEASE: VOLTURE
"ON THE EDGE"
VOLTURE is the brainchild of bassist Ryan Waste (known for his
work with MUNICIPAL WASTE) and guitarist Nick Poulus (an ex-member of CANNABIS CORPSE).
Both got together to form the band in Richmond VA in November 2008. The song writing
leaned towards traditional Euro/US Metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The two
friends were joined by drummer Barry Cover and vocalist Brent Hubbard (who was later
replaced by Jack Bauer). The band's debut mini album "Shocking Its Prey" was
issued in early 2010. Quickly after its release Dave Boyd of TWISTED TOWER DIRE fame
joined as a second guitarist. The "Rulebreaker" 7" single (plus video clip)
followed in 2011 (including a brilliant cover version of GOTHAM CITY's "Killer
Angels" on the flipside of the vinyl). VOLTUREcontinued to tour the United States and
Canada throughout 2010/2011.
In 2012, VOLTURE
appeared at the prestigious Keep It True festival. Shortly thereafter the band inked a
deal with High Roller Records. The result is the full-length debut album entitled "On
The Edge", containing nine highly energetic traditional heavy metal anthems - from
"Ride The Nite" all the way through to "Rock You Hard". ""On
The Edge" is the total heavy metal package," comments Ryan Waste. "In
comparison to the mini-album and the single the themes are a little more involved and the
song writing has gotten a bit more complex. Although we never want to stray too far away
from our original direction, I think it's important to grow. We will always play
traditional heavy metal and that will never change!".
23-07-2013 GM PRESENTS HIGH ROLLER RECORDS RELEASE: PROTECTOR
One thing is crystal clear: PROTECTOR from
Wolfsburg, Germany, are one of those bands that never really got the attention they
deserved. With a sound uncompromising and aggressive like burning sulphur, they should
have been ranked among the bigger names in German Thrash. Sure, any thrasher worth his
salt heard about "Protector Of Death", "Misanthropy",
"Golem" and "Urm The Mad", but still, PROTECTOR never really grew
beyond their underground status before they disbanded in 2003.
Now they are back, with original singer Martin Missy doing the
vocal duties again. Apart from Martin, the new PROTECTOR consist of Mathias Johansson
(bass), Carl-Gustav Karlsson (drums) and Michael Carlsson (guitars). These Swedish chaps
know exactly what they are doing, having played together as "Martin Missy and The
Protectors" since 2006.
The resurrection of PROTECTOR began in 2011 with a demo
and a split single, and now the time has come for a new full-length album. On
"Reanimated Homunculus", the band returns to its roots in the early eighties,
turning away from the deathier path they used to walk in the nineties. Missy reveals some
more details: "It will be a mix of brand new songs, including the first two songs I
have ever written for PROTECTOR, and some songs that have already been released on the
demo and the split between 2011 and 2012, and an old PROTECTOR song from 2000 that we have
made our own version of. We've tried to keep it old school, to keep the raw feeling of the
songs. We wanted an 80's thrash metal sound, and I hope we have succeeded with
that.". Have they? You be the judge!
PROTECTOR "Reanimated Homunculus" will be
released via High Roller Records on CD and LP on September 13, 2013.
21-07-2013 CRYSTAL VIPER TO BE SPECIAL GUEST OF MANILLA ROAD ON
TWO GERMAN SHOWS
Polish female fronted Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, will be
special guest of the US Epic Metal legends MANILLA ROAD on their two German shows:
25-09-2013 at Das Rind in Russelsheim, and 26-09-2013 at Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg. Also
on the bill are MASTERS OF DISGUISE - new band featuring memebrs of the SAVAGE GRACE
comeback line up from 2010 and ROXXCALIBUR.
this year, Marta Gabriel of CRYSTAL VIPER joined MANILLA ROAD on stage at the Metal
Assault festival in Würzburg, Germany, to perform the song "Flaming Metal
Systems". It's also worth mentioning that CRYSTAL VIPER recorded a cover version of
"Flaming Metal Systems" for "The Riddle Masters - A Tribute To Manilla
Road" album, which was released in 2008. The new MANILLA ROAD album,
"Mysterium", was released on February 2, 2013, via Zyx Music (CD) and High
Roller Records (LP), and is the the first MANILLA ROAD album recorded with new drummer
Neudi. A limited digipak version of the album includes a bonus DVD with full MANILLA ROAD
live show recorded at the Hammer Of Doom festival in 2011.
CRYSTAL VIPER's current album, "Crimen
Excepta", was released in April 2012 via AFM Records. The concept effort about holy
inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction is mixed with historical facts, was
produced by Bart Gabriel (SACRED STEEL, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR). "Crimen
Excepta" features two special guests: David Bower, vocalist of HELL, appears in the
title track, while VADER mainman Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek can be heard in the
cover version of the classic VADER song "Tyrani Piekiel", which is available as
the bonus track on the first, limited edition of the album. New, fifth CRYSTAL VIPER
studio album has been scheduled for release on Friday 13, December 2013.
05-07-2013 WIZARD REVEAL NEW ALBUM'S COVER ARTWORK
German True Metallers WIZARD revealed front cover artwork of their
forthcoming, 10th studio album titled "Trail Of Death". The artwork has been
painted by Jens Reinhold - artist known from cooperation with acts such as RUNNING WILD,
SODOM or VIRGIN STEELE.
"Trail Of Death"
will be released on September 27, 2013 via Massacre Records, and will be available as CD,
limited edition LP and digital download.
19-06-2013 CRYSTAL VIPER INVITES ALL THEIR FANS TO BE SPECIAL
GUESTS ON THEIR NEXT ALBUM
Polish female fronted Heavy
Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, is recently working on their next, fifth studio album which will
have its premiere on Friday 13, December 2013, and which will be released via AFM Records.
This time the band prepared unique, and one of a
kind surprise for their fans: everyone can be special guest on the new CRYSTAL VIPER
album! "It seems people really enjoy concept albums we do, so our next release will
be concept album as well, but even more twisted you all can imagine... Inviting special
guests that were recording with us is already kind of tradition for CRYSTAL VIPER, but
this time we decided to go one step further, and we decided to invite people who are most
important for us, people who give us energy and strenght to continue: our fans!" says
vocalist and guitarist Marta Gabriel, who is again author of the whole material.
"Here's the deal: we want to have YOUR scream on the next CRYSTAL VIPER album! How to
do it? Simply record yourself screaming: use your Iphone, smartphone, computer, or any
other recording device you can find, and send mp3 or wav file with the recording to
email@example.com - just type "CRYSTAL VIPER SCREAM" in the subject line -
and don't forget to tell us your full name, as you will be listed in the booklet of the
next CRYSTAL VIPER album as a special guest!" she adds. Fans can submit their
recordings until August 15, 2013.
In other news, CRYSTAL VIPER recently published video
clip with footage from their last live show in Szczecin, Poland, which can be seen here:
WANNA BE SPECIAL GUEST
ON THE NEXT CRYSTAL VIPER ALBUM?!
1. Record your scream with any recording device you can find!
2. Send mp3 or wav file to firstname.lastname@example.org - write "CRYSTAL VIPER SCREAM"
in the subject line!
3. Don't forget to write your name in the email: you will be listed as special guest in
the album booklet!
4. Sending the recording is equal with permission for using it by CRYSTAL VIPER!
5. Deadline for submitting the recordings is August 15, 2013.
08-06-2013 THUNDER AND LIGHTNING LAUNCH CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
The German Heavy Metal act THUNDER AND LIGHTNING started their
crowdfunding campaign, to raise funds for the manufacturing of their new album "In
Charge Of The Scythe", which will be released on August 23, 2013. Fans can spend an
amount of their choice to support the project, and in return the band has set up several
rewards on their crowdfunding page @ www.startnext.de/en/tnl-album-2013 including the new album (which fans
can receive one month before the actual release date) or an exclusive personalized
Do you like your Heavy Metal to have
screaming but melodic vocals, tons of riffs, delicate solos and pounding drums? These are
trademarks of THUNDER AND LIGHTNING - their brand new, fouth studio release "In
Charge Of The Scythe" is a twisted concept album about Mary, a girl who kills... The
Grim Reaper, and takes over his duties. The album will with no doubt satisfy the most
demanding fans of high quality Heavy Metal - if you like bands such as Dream Evil, Gamma
Ray or Rage, then you will love this German act!
05-06-2013 STORMZONE "THREE KINGS" COMING SOON ON METAL
Newly signed to United Kingdom record label
Metal Nation Ltd., Stormzone will release their 4th album, "Three Kings" in July
2013. Formed in 2006 Stormzone originally signed to UK Hard Rock label Escape Music. 2007
saw this company release the band's debut album "Caught In The Act'" in Europe
where it's impact gained the band attention in Japan and the debut album saw a release
there shortly afterwards. Over the next few years Stormzone concentrated on extensive
touring and supported bands such as Y&T, Tesla, Stryper, Saxon, Cinderella, LA Guns,
Winger and White Lion as well as securing great positions at festivals in Europe including
Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, Lorca Rock in Spain and Headbangers Open Air amongst others.
Developing a heavier sound over these years the writing culminated in the creation of
their second album, 'Death Dealer', which was released by German metal label
SPV/Steamhammer. This album was produced by the legendary Neal Kaye, the man widely
regarded as the person who discovered Iron Maiden.
live work continued in support of this new album and while touring with Tesla in the UK
the band came to the attention of head of Metal Nation Ltd. Jess Cox. Jess was the
original singer in NWOBHM band Tygers Of Pan Tang and he formed a lasting bond with the
band which was to see him eventually become their manager. Jess secured a deal with SPV
for the band's 3rd album, "Zero To Rage" and this was released throughout Europe
to great reviews in 2011.
And so to album number four for this Irish metal
five-piece, free of all contracts in 2013 the band wrote and recorded 'Three Kings' and
with regards to which label was going to release it there was no doubt in the minds of
Stormzone as to who that was going to be. Seeing as the band had just signed a management
deal with Steve Simms at Blink Music Management as that company were based in Belfast this
allowed Jess Cox to sign the band to his Metal Nation label to maintain the relationship
he had built with them and now he could put all his efforts into promoting Stormzone and
'Three Kings' as head of their record label. Jess and the band met at the Metal Assault
festival in Germany earlier in 2013 and agreed that there would be no better label than
Metal Nation to have the best interests of Stormzone at heart, a great relationship had
already been formed and the legacy of Jess and the label in the world of the NWOBHM was
important to the everyone's decision to sign the five year three album deal he offered
01-06-2013 GM PRESENTS SPREAD THE METAL RECORDS RELEASE: SANKTUARY
Travelling from Yukon to Nova Scotia may just
be the greatest – in scale and awesomeness – trip any Canadian could ever imagine
undertaking in their home country and yet, for Sanktuary, one of legendary extreme metal
label Spread the Metal Records’ latest additions, it was all just part of their musical
journey. Spawning from high school friendship and growing into something much more epic,
Sanktuary kicked things off with two back-to-back EPs – 2009's self-titled release and
2010's "Black Magic Brew" – and soon followed that up with a massive move from
Whitehorse, Yukon to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
touring the country following their epic relocation and being faced with a major blow in
Toronto that saw their van and nearly all their gear get stolen, Sanktuary turned things
around with a third EP in 2011, "Tundrastruck," (a 3 way split with Black Moor
and Metallian) and signing with Spread The Metal Records in 2012, which sent them all the
way back to Whitehorse to begin recording their soon to be released debut full-length
album, "Something Fierce" out this summer 2013. Sanktuary plays high octane
Thrashing Heavy Metal - if you like acts such as 3 Inches Of Blood, Evile or Cauldron, old
legendary cult bands such as Annihilator or Exciter, then make sure you will check them
SANKTUARY "Something Fierce" will be released
via Spread The Metal Records on July 2, 2013