SKÀLMÖLD Premiere New Lyric Video on Metal Injection

KgTo2gThe Icelandic Viking Metal band SKÀLMÖLD are set to hit the road from end of October through mid December together with ARKONA and ELUVEITIE for an extensive European tour.

The new album Með vættum will be released on November 24th US/CAN and December 1st in the UK on Napalm Records and promises epic Viking stories!Check out the band’s brand new lyric video for “Að hausti” courtesy of Metal Injection HERE.

From the Nordic coolness of Iceland: SKÀLMÖLD dash again with a fiery Viking Metal style that defies every winter and even brings the thickest ice floes to melt. Their upcoming album Með vættum connects seamlessly with the previous efforts BALDUR (2010) & Börn LOKA (2012). On Með vættum, SKÀLMÖLD celebrate and perfect Viking Metal with the whole body and pull fans with heroic, mythic texts, epic stories and tangible instrument technology into the spell. Clearly visible as on the evocative cover artwork: These weather-beaten Vikings can neither harm wind nor weather.

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Simple Minds To Release Brand New Album Big Music on November 4th

utre_354109242014094039_2On November 4th, the veteran Scottish alternative rock band Simple Minds will return with Big Music, their first album of new material in 5 years. Three-and-a-half decades since their first real landmark album – 1980′s thrilling, impressionistic Empires And Dance – the Glasgow quintet, with frontman Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill at their creative core, are rekindling the energy and attitude that made them one of the greatest bands of that era.

Yesterday, Consequence of Sound premiered the track “Midnight Walking” and said “even after all these years, the band still knows how to blend the perfect amounts of synthpop and meloncholy while striking right at the ol’ heartstrings.”

“I was thinking of my 17-year-old son and his mates in North London, all of them skint and just cruising/hanging around,” said Jim Kerr. “That in turn got me thinking of people on the move all over the world, for one reason or other, ‘all those people, marching people, trying to find somewhere to go.’”

Big Music, their 16th album was made with an array of collaborators old and new – including co-writer Iain Cook (of Glasgow band Chvrches) and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright and Steve Hillage (who worked on 1981′s Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call). The album will be released digitally in the US on November 4th as well as on CD, double LP, and deluxe CD on November 24th.

“Our songs have always been a snapshot of a moment in time and Big Music is no exception,” says Jim Kerr about the band’s new album. “But there are also elements of nostalgia in that a lot of the themes are the same ones that fuelled us on Empires And Dance and Sons And Fascination. We are still writing songs about great cities and the movement of people. It seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

On Big Music, Simple Minds does justice to their legacy, producing an album that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Empires And Dance, New Gold Dream and Sparkle In The Rain. They might have been away from the catwalk, but Simple Minds are now fully back where they belong.

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1) Blindfolded
2) Midnight Walking
3) Honest Town
4) Big Music
5) Human
6) Blood Diamonds
7) Let The Day Begin
8) Concrete And Cherry Blossom
9) Imagination
10) Kill Or Cure
11) Broken Glass Park
12) Spirited Away


BATTLECROSS Confirms Winter Warriors Headlining Tour Honoring America’s Veterans

1103Following their originally scheduled support slot on the recently cancelled Machine Head tour, Detroit, Michigan’s BATTLECROSS will be heading back out on the road next month for more than two dozen headlining dates through North America. Dubbed the Winter Warriors tour, the trek will kick off on November 26th in Grand Rapids, Michigan and conclude on December 30th in Worcester, Massachusetts. Support will come from Wretched and War Of Ages.

In honor of the US Armed Forces, this Veterans Day BATTLECROSS will make a limited number of tickets available to VET TIX so that local members of the military may attend a show in their city at no cost. The band will also be donating a portion of the funds generated from sales of a limited edition tour shirt to a local veteran’s charity, and choose a veteran in each market for a VIP experience. On Veteran’s Day (November 11th) fans can nominate a friend or family member who has served our country and share their story and photo, with a member of the military being chosen to win a guitar and more at the end of the tour. On the same day, the band will also bring back merchandise from their first Metal Blade album, Pursuit Of Honor, in their official merch store, with a portion of the proceeds being set aside to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events to wounded veterans of the military following the events of September 11th, 2001.

To learn more about honoring a veteran through the tour or to help underwrite tickets for veterans, click HERE. Members of the military can inquire about free admission to the tour at

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala adds: “We won’t let a cancelled tour stop BATTLECROSS from performing for our fans and the Winter Warriors Tour with Wretched and War Of Ages is the perfect way to remind our fans that you keep moving forward when challenges come up in life. Who knows perseverance more than those who bravely serve our country and we are honored to dedicate this tour to them. We are a band that stands for ideals such as loyalty, honor, sacrifice and perseverance through our lyrics and how we conduct ourselves, and hope the tour will be a fitting tribute to every service member who attends. We look forward to raging with our fans who serve or have served in the US Armed Forces and thank them again for their service.”

w/ Wretched, War Of Ages
11/26/2014 The Stache @ The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/28/2014 BT Theater – Erie, PA
11/29/2014 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
11/30/2014 The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
12/02/2014 The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
12/03/2014 Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
12/04/2014 Gas Monkey Bar N Grill – Dallas, TX
12/05/2014 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
12/06/2014 Backstage – Lubbock, TX
12/07/2014 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
12/08/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
12/09/2014 Whisky A Go-Go – West Hollywood, CA
12/10/2014 DNA Lounge – San Fancisco, CA
12/11/2014 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
12/12/2014 Adrenaline Sports Lounge – Las Vegas, NV
12/13/2014 The Alley – Sparks, NV
12/15/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
12/16/2014 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
12/17/2014 The Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
12/18/2014 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
12/19/2014 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
12/20/2014 The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
12/26/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/27/2014 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
12/28/2014 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
12/29/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY

BATTLECROSS’ latest album, War Of Will, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in July of 2013. This was the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! War Of Will also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release. Watch the music video for “Never Coming Back” now at THIS LOCATION.


ARTILLERY To Kick Off North American Thrash Invasion Tour

1102Denmark thrash metal veterans, ARTILLERY, will kick off their first ever North American tour today. Joined by Onslaught and Striker, the trek will commence at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York and weave its way through thirty cities before coming to a close at The Whisky in Hollywood, California on November 26th.

Guitarist Michael Stützer comments: “One of ARTILLERY’s biggest goals way back since the early demo days in 1982 has been to tour USA/Canada. After a few shows in the USA, playing at Maryland Deathfest, Barge To Hell and Saint Vitus in New York we are finally doing our first full North American tour! We can’t wait to play songs from our new album Legions together with old classic songs like ‘Terror Squad‘ and ‘Khomaniac!’ Join The Legions!”

North American Thrash Invasion w/ Onslaught, Striker
10/23/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
10/24/2014 Middle East Club – Cambridge, MA
10/25/2014 The Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
10/26/2014 The Wreck Room – Peterborough, NH
10/28/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
10/29/2014 The Headquarters – Indianapolis, IN
10/30/2014 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
10/31/2014 The Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
11/01/2014 The Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
11/02/2014 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ
11/03/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
11/04/2014 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
11/05/2014 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
11/06/2014 La Salle Multi – Quebec City, QC
11/07/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
11/08/2014 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
11/09/2014 Le Petit Campus – Montreal, QC
11/11/2014 Mansion – Kingston, ON
11/12/2014 The Token – Lounge Detroit, MI
11/13/2014 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
11/15/2014 Zoo Caberet – Winnipeg, MB
11/16/2014 Palomino’s – Calgary, AB
11/17/2014 The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
11/18/2014 Red Room – Vancouver, BC
11/19/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/20/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA
11/21/2014 The V-Lounge – Victoria, BC
11/22/2014 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
11/23/2014 The DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
11/24/2014 Orange County Music Hall – Anaheim, CA
11/25/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
11/26/2014 The Whiskey Theater – Hollywood, CA

ARTILLERY is one of Europe’s earliest and most important exponents of thrash metal, and the band’s contribution to the bourgeoning genre is difficult to ignore. The Danish quartet successfully managed to fuse an abrasive brutality with technicality and strong melodies, with the noteworthy guitar leads of the Stützer-brothers serving as highlights. Listen to music and watch videos from “Legions” now at

ARTILLERY formed in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup, Denmark in 1982 by Michael and Morten Stützer. Since then the band has gone through numerous lineup shifts and gave released six studio offerings. The first period of ARTILLERY’s existence gave the world the three classic albums – Fear Of Tomorrow, Terror Squad and By Inheritance — featuring some of the finest moments of thrash metal Europe has ever put out.

ARTILLERY are doing what they were surely born to do, namely hurling impressively intricate, ridiculously tight thrash anthems from every direction, they are still unstoppable.” — Terrorizer Magazine

“…one of the best thrash metal albums this year…” — Iron Fist Magazine

“The songwriting talent on display is formidable, and all the instruments turn potentially routine passages into extra appendages that work always in the band’s favor.” —

“…this new album proves that they’re still fighting on, with no end to the war for thrash metal in sight.” –


War of Ages “Chaos Theory” Music Video Debut

warofvideos1War of Ages have released the video for “Chaos Theory“, the second single from their 2014 album “Supreme Chaos“. Shot and directed by Matt Spencer, the video takes place in the band’s hometown at a local venue packed out with fans and friends.

You can find War of Ages on the Winter Warriors Tour with Battlecross and Wretched this November. Tickets are available now, check for links.

Nov 26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache at The Intersection
Nov 28 – Erie, PA @ BT Theater
Nov 30 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Dec 2 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Dec 3 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
Dec 4 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Dec 5 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
Dec 6 – Lubbock, TX @ Backstage
Dec 7 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Dec 8 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Dec 9 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
Dec 10 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Dec 11 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Dec 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline Sports Lounge
Dec 13 – Sparks, NV @The Alley
Dec 15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Dec 16 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershcok
Dec 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Nether Bar
Dec 18 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Dec 19 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Dec 20 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
Dec 26 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 27 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Dec 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Dec 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Dec 30 – Worcester, MA @ Upstairs at The Palladium



wolfheartnews1(New York, N.Y.): Spinefarm Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Wolfheart to its worldwide roster. The label extends a warm welcome to the band.

Wolfheart will re-release their 2013 debut Winterborn with two additional bonus tracks on February 3 of next year through Spinefarm. The album was initially self-released, with physical versions only available in Wolfheart’s native Finland. The additional tracks are titled “Isolation” and “Into the Wild.”

Wolfheart are currently finishing up their new album and Spinefarm debut, titled Shadow World. The album is due out in mid-2015. The band is shoring up plans to tour Finland and Europe in 2015, hitting the festival circuit. The band hopes to tour the U.S. at some point in 2015, as well.

“After all the blood, sweat and tears poured into the self-released/self-financed debut Winterborn, it is truly amazing to have a worldwide release for the album and I could not think of a better label for the job than renowned Spinefarm,” Wolfheart said. “It’s super exciting times, since, while counting days for the re-release of Winterborn, the second Wolfheart album Shadow World is almost ready and 2015 will be a year of two albums out.”

Wolfheart were born in 2013 from the ashes of Before the Dawn and Black Sun Aeon. Sole member, songwriter and producer Tuomas Saukkonen wanted to combine the musical elements from his previous bands and to embark on a fresh start after 14 years in music business and several albums.

After the astounding critical reception that Winterborn received, Saukkonen realized that it was the right time to turn the Wolfheart solo project into a full-fledged band, and he did just that in early 2014.

Armed with band members in place, a new label deal and two albums on the horizon, Saukkonen and Wolfheart are ready to storm the gates of 2015.

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Raven and Night Demon at The Whisky

raven1jl1Raven, Night Demon, The Whisky, October 20, 2014

The Dream of the 80s is alive, not in Portland, nor at the Inferno, but live at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

I’ve been hearing great things about this band from Ventura called Night Demon. My friends have been raving about them, saying that bands like this make it fun to go to thrash shows again. When I saw the totally awesome tour poster reminiscent of the Raven/Metallica Kill Em All For One tour posters in 83/84, with Night Demon replacing Metallica in the opening slot, I was excited in a way that made me believe I was going to experience something that I missed in the early 80s. I knew the Night Demon was a quality act and Raven is just legendary. I was not going to miss this show.

IMG_3240Being the 40-something fan-boy that I am, I show up early with my records and a sharpie. As I arrive I first run into Raven drummer Joe Hasselvander hanging out front. We are both from Washington, DC and have a few friends in common. I told him the first time I saw Raven was at the Warner Theatre in DC where they were opening for W.A.S.P. He told me he was at that show too. Then at the end of that tour the original drummer Wacko! quit. This is when Joe was asked to join. A few minutes later John Gallagher, the vocalist/bassist joins us. I introduce the band to the Highwire Daze staff members who are also arriving on the scene. Ken from Highwire Daze has the band do a couple station IDs for the website. John gets into character as he reads the script into the microphone. It was really touching to see other fans asking the band to sign their records. One kid had John authenticate an autographed record that was purchased on eBay. There are two kinds of people in this world, ones who love Raven and those who just haven’t really discovered them yet. The show hasn’t even started and I’m just stoked to be hanging out with these guys.

Apparently this tour has been a lot like the Social Distortion/Youth Brigade tour from the Another State of Mind documentary of the early 80s. Except these guys aren’t teenagers anymore. I’ve been following the band’s FB updates about vans breaking down and needing repairs. I was chatting with the merch guy, Richard at the merch booth and joked with him, “So you’re the roadie?” He said, “They carry my stuff!” So this kind of paints a picture of what was happing here. Four men over age 50 touring the States and Canada in a broken down tour bus acting as their own road crew. These guys are punk as fuck!

nightdemon1jl1Night Demon hits the stage literally minutes after being interviewed by Ken from Highwire Daze. THANKS SO MUCH GUYS!! They killed it. If you hate that Hot Topic exists, then you will be relieved to know that Night Demon does too. These guys bring fun back into Satanism. But it’s no joke. These guys are not a parody of 80s thrash, they are just younger dudes who for some reason are not at the Van’s Warped tour and are ripping through some kick ass songs about Satan and such. Definitely check them out when you can.

raven2jl2Next up, the mighty Raven. I’ve been a fan since the early 80s. I had their patch on my jean jacket in middle school. So yeah, this review will be biased. Fuck it. When the term Athletic Rock is coined because of your band and you want to continue that band well into your 50s, then you’ve got gumption. I love that these guys are still out there doing it. Their music and enthusiasm still has all the super-hyper energy it had when I first saw them in the mid 80s. John’s vocals are just as strong as ever and honestly, I never noticed how awesome Joe’s drumming was until this show. Such great fills and consistency and no triggers! These guys came from a time when musicians had to actually be good at their craft- a time before triggers and auto-tune. I was hoping to hear a few songs from the latest Walk Through Fire record but they stuck to a strictly vintage set. The classics, plus a few cool teasers from the new cover album called Party Killers. They do a great impression of Budgie.

ravI really enjoyed the math-rock persistent false-start section of the set. They were fucking around starting what sounded like the Raven songs but they would abruptly stop after a few seconds and false start another one. Just keeping us on our toes. Interestingly, it illustrated how well these guys can burst with energy from using just a few beats of a drum and a simple guitar riff. The Walk Through Fire record really illustrates their talent for song writing too. I highly recommend it. Great production, too. I stayed for the entire show, even though I had to work the next day! It was a great show. They played a good long set with extended guitar and bass solos. I look forward to more music and concerts from these guys for years to come. Which reminds me, if YOU want to hear more music from these guys, help fund their next record by going to and contribute to their Kickstarter campaign from now till November 29th 2014.

(Review and Album Photo by Rich Dolinger – Live Photos by Jack Lue)

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998The Downtown Fiction has released the new music video for their song “Santa Cruz” with VEVO. The track is taken from the band’s most recent full-length Losers & Kings which is now available on iTunes.

The Downtown Fiction - Santa Cruz

The Downtown Fiction – Santa Cruz

Filmed in Los Angeles, CA, the video represents lead singer Cameron Leahy’s affinity towards skateboarding and the sentiment it holds in his life. “‘Santa Cruz‘ is a song about escape, whatever your vessel of choice may be. For me, it’s my skateboard,” explains Cameron. “It’s that place you go inside, a portal to your hopes and fears, memories and dreams. The video takes you on that journey.”

The Virginian four-piece kick off their 23-date North American tour today with Metro Station and The Ready Set, starting in Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue. Tickets are available at

Oct 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
Oct 22 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Oct 24 – Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
Oct 25 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct 26 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Oct 28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Center
Oct 29 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
Oct 30 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 31 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
Nov 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Nov 3 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Nov 4 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
Nov 6 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
Nov 7 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Nov 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ District N9NE
Nov 11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Nov 14 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Nov 15 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room
Nov 16 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
Nov 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
Nov 20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

1089THE DOWNTOWN FICTION – Composed of Cameron Leahy (Lead Vocals), Wes Dimond (Guitar), David Pavluk (Bass), and Kyle Rodgers (Drums), The Downtown Fiction has risen with their unique brand of transcendent rock, staking their place in the pop-rock genre. That energy, a product of the band’s rock focus and sharp-edged lyrics, has defined The Downtown Fiction from its start in 2008. Since then, the band has played the Bamboozle Road Show, Glamour Kills Tour and Vans Warped Tour, touring internationally with bands including All Time Low, The Ready Set, Mayday Parade, We the Kings and The Summer Set. The band has released three EPs and one full-length, 2011′s Let’s Be Animals. That effort spawned the hit “I Just Wanna Run,” which sold over 350,000 copies and boasts a video that’s racked up more than 5.3 million views. With music as addictive as the lyrical themes are irresistible, new album Losers & Kings presents 12 tracks of wildly anthemic tunes.


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