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PRC MUSIC signs HEREZA

herezanews1Croatia’s best Death Metal band HEREZA (“Heresy”) will be releasing its debut album “Misanthrope” through PRC MUSIC in the first quarter of 2015.

HEREZA is churning out old school Death Metal a la ENTOMBED, ENTRAILS, BLOODBATH etc. Solid, brutal and uber catchy… this is one hell of a band to discover!

You can stream the first single “Misanthrope” right here:
https://soundcloud.com/prcmusic/hereza-misanthrope

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Illuminate Me Announce Tour w/ Prepared Like a Bride and More

ts3b_bridetour_1(Tampa, FL) – The punk/thrash band Illuminate Me has announced new dates for a November North American tour. The Tampa, FL natives will hit the road with progressive metalcore band Prepared Like A Bride. Additional acts on the bill include Colossus and Darkness Divided. There are more dates expected to be added soon.

Illuminate Me recently released their debut album I Have Become A Corpse via Tragic Hero Records. The eleven song record features guest vocalists Garret Rapp (The Color Morale), Landon Tewers (The Plot In You), and Jerry Roush (Glass Cloud). It also won ‘Album of the Week’ on RevolverMag.com and beat out Suicide Silence, Volumes, Betraying The Martyrs, and Rise Against.

Tour Dates:
11/1 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
11/3 – Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
11/8 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
11/12 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshell
11/16 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
11/17 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship
11/18 Bronx, NY @ Coco 66
11/20 – Montreal, Quebec @ Pirhana Bar
11/21 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Cafe Dekcuf
11/22 Belleville, Ontario @ Parkdale Community
11/23 – Utica, MI @ Higher Ground
11/24 Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
MORE DATES COMING SOON

ts3b_croppedsmaller_1About Illuminate Me:
Illuminate Me is a 5-piece Punk / Metalcore act based across Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The band originated as a beginning studio project under the brothers, Chris and Corey Jacobsen, to work on mixing and writing. Christopher Murray (ex-Sailing With Ghosts) contacted the band after hearing their music online. He added his own vocals to the recordings and after sending them to the group they knew they had found the right voice for their songs. The trio then released their debut EP titled Crawlspace digitally. This caught the attention of the South Florida music scene so the three decided to add more members and make it a full live band. Kevin Hatton and Anthony Burke then joined along and performed across all of Florida and the Southeastern states putting on a live show that would be deemed “intense” and “energetic” by their peers. Their debut LP I Have Become a Corpse was released via Tragic Hero Records on July 15th and features some of the best guest vocalists in the business such as Garret Rapp (The Color Morale), Jerry Roush (Glasscloud), and Landon Tewers (The Plot In You). You can catch Illuminate Me on tour throughout 2014.

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Tragic Hero Records links:
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War of Ages join Battlecross on Winter Warriors Tour

warofbattlecross1This November, War of Ages are joining forces with Battlecross and Wretched on the Winter Warriors Tour, paying tribute to the military with special events throughout the tour. Tickets on sale this Friday!

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

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KRISIUN begins work on new album; launches new video for “Blood Of Lions”

936Death metal maniacs KRISIUN are proud to present their new video for “Blood Of Lions“, taken from their latest studio album, The Great Execution, and to announce the last set of dates on their “Great Execution World Tour“. The band comments:

“We made this video clip in celebration of 4 years of relentlessly touring around the globe in support of the album ‘The Great Execution‘.

This video features live footage shots from most of the festivals and clubs we played on this tour so far, just for you to feel the live energy of the band, from big festivals to small clubs.

No fake fantasy or bullshit, just the sheer power we deliver in our live shows.

During the past 4 years we played in various countries around the world and we’ll be wrapping up this world tour now by hitting places we haven’t played before yet on this cycle, this time going to Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai/Emirates.”

See below for upcoming dates and watch the video here: http://youtu.be/liaSRd_Aw0o

German fans can watch it here: http://www.muzu.tv/krisiun/blood-of-lions-official-video-video/2307329/

KRISIUN has also started working on a new album, which is set for release in 2015. Moyses Kolesne (guitar) comments:
“We already have 8 new songs for the new album. We are still writing some more songs, and I can say we are very satisfied with the results.

It’s going to be recorded around February/March 2015, with a possible release in the summer of 2015.”

KRISIUN live:
Nov. 6 – Osaka, Japan – Namba Rockets
Nov. 7 – Nagoya, Japan – Imaike Club 3Star
Nov. 8 – Tokyo, Japan – Cyclone
Nov. 9 – Tokyo, Japan – Cyclone
Nov. 12 – Perth, Australia – Amplifier
Nov. 13 – Brisbane, Australia – Crowbar
Nov. 14 – Sydney, Australia – The Bald Faced Stag Hotel
Nov. 15 – Melbourne, Australia – Bendigo Hotel
Nov. 16 – Wellington, New Zealand – Valhalla
Nov. 17 – Auckland, New Zealand – Kings Arms
Nov. 18 – Melbourne, Australia – Ding Dong
Nov. 22 – Dubai, Emirates – The Music Room

KRISIUN online:
www.krisiun.com.br
www.facebook.com/krisiun.official
www.myspace.com/krisiun666

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NIGHTINGALE – First song and cover artwork for “Retribution” launched

935NIGHTINGALE – First song and cover artwork for “Retribution” launched; European pre-order started!

Sweden’s NIGHTINGALE are soon to release their long overdue 7th studio album.  Entitled “Retribution“, the follow-up to 2007′s acclaimed “White Darkness“, will be released via the band’s new worldwide label InsideOutMusic on November 10th, 2014 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America.

The album’s first promotional track has therefor now been launched online via the website of UK’s Classic Rock magazine. Check out “Forevermore” here:

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2014-10-14/nightingale-detail-first-album-in-7-years

NIGHTINGALE’s Dan Swanö (vocals, guitars, keyboards) checked in to comment about the song as follows:

Forevermore is a track that showcases both the metal and the more bombastic A.O.R. influences of NIGHTINGALE. It’s a good summary of what to expect from the album…and then some! The lyrics tell the story of Jim Jones and The People’s Temple seen from the perspective of a devoted follower of the cult.”

Here is the album’s complete tracklisting for the upcoming album:

NIGHTINGALE – “Retribution”
1. On Stolen Wings
2. Lucifer’s Lament
3. Chasing The Storm Away
4. Warriors Of The Dawn
5. Forevermore
6. Divided I Fall
7. The Voyage Of Endurance
8. 27 (Curse Or Coincidence?)
9. The Maze
10. Echoes Of A Dream

The European version of the album can be pre-ordered from now on via the InsideOut Shop here: http://smarturl.it/retributionIOMshop

NIGHTINGALE was established by musical multi-talent and producer Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity / Witherscape) almost 20 years ago and in the good tradition of the band, which is completed by Dan’s brother Dag Swanö (guitars, keyboards), Erik Oskarsson (bass) and Tom Björn (drums), the new album once again showcases a fabulous and timeless hybrid of different musical styles: From atmospheric metal to catchy AOR and also melodic prog, “Retribution” offers an amazingly broad variety of moods and always tuneful songwriting skills.

NIGHTINGALE’s “Retribution features the above featured artwork courtesy of Travis Smith (Opeth, Nevermore, Katatonia, etc.) and should equally appeal to open-minded fans of bands like Rush, Marillion, Styx, Kansas, The Mission, Queensryche, Enchant, Threshold, Arena or even Opeth and Katatonia.

Here are some more remarks about NIGHTINGALE and “Retribution” by other musicians:

Dan Swanö has delivered a little masterpiece here! The sound and production are phenomenal, making this the band’s best release to date in my opinion!
- Peavy (Rage)

The almighty master of melody and the godfather of crossbreeding metal and AOR to musical gems is finally back…
- Markus V. (Insomnium)

Watch out for more details about “Retribution” soon…

NIGHTINGALE Line-Up:
Dan Swanö – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Dag Swanö – bass, guitars, keyboards
Erik Oskarsson – bass
Tom Björn – drums

NIGHTINGALE Discography:
The Breathing Shadow – 1995
The Closing Chronicles – 1996
I – 2000
Alive Again: The Breathing Shadow Part IV – 2003
Invisible – 2004
Nightfall Overture (Compilation) – 2005
White Darkness – 2007
Retribution – 2014

NIGHTINGALE online:
www.nightingale.at
www.facebook.com/nightingalesweden
www.danswano.com/nightingale.php
www.youtube.com/nightingalesweden

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu

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Despised Icon Announce Reunion shows

933Reactivated Montreal, Canadian death metal pioneers, Despised Icon, have now announced some North American shows this Winter. The band recently performed a run of dates in Europe, four years after announcing that the group would be disbanding. While no album or full tour is planned, the members of the group are just happy to be back on stage performing together. Vocalist, Alex Erian comments:

“Cheers to everyone that came out to our reunion shows this summer. The response was overwhelming. It felt just like in the good old days. We promised you a few more in Canada and the US, so here you go! There won’t be any other dates so don’t miss out. Keep it brutal.”

Confirmed dates and final dates:
Dec 13 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Dec 14 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 20 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Dec 21 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium

934Having created quite a buzz with their debut album, 2002′s Consumed By Your Poison, Despised Icon’s brand of technical death infused hardcore matured and developed over the years, arguably reaching its peak with 2007′s classic, The Ills of Modern Man. The band has sold over 150,000 albums worldwide and have influenced countless number of bands in the metal and hardcore scene today.

Despised Icon disbanded in 2010 after a series of sold out farewell shows across their home country.

Membership:
Alex Erian – vocals
Steve Marois – vocals
Eric Jarrin – guitar
Ben Landreville – guitar
Sebastien Piche – bass
Alex Pelletier – drums

Discography:
2002 Consumed By Your Poison
2004 Syndicated Murderers (EP)
2005 Despised Icon/Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus (split EP)
2005 The Healing Process
2007 The Ills of Modern Man
2009 Montreal Assault (dvd)
2009 Day of Mourning

Despised Icon online:
www.facebook.com/despisedicon

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A Heavy Metal Christmas Is Coming With “Ragnarok Juletide”

XozAF5Happy Holidays, Headbangers!

Finland’s All-Star Symphonic Rock Christmas Project Raskasta Joulua to Release Ragnarok Juletide on November 11

Album to Be Released by Spinefarm Records

(New York, N.Y.): Happy Holidays, headbangers! It’s not going to be a “White Christmas” this year. Instead, it’ll be a “Heavy Christmas.”

Finland’s annual, all-star symphonic Christmas rock project, dubbed Raskasta Joulua, which translates to “Heavy Christmas,” is enjoying its 10th year running. To celebrate, the project, which tours every holiday season, will release a new studio album this year. The album, titled Ragnarok Juletide, releases on November 11 via Spinefarm Records. Get a taste HERE.

But this is not just another set of ho-ho-ho-hum takes on holiday songs nor is it a collection of predictable, safe versions of seasonal jams! For the first time ever, these versions of Finnish and international Christmas classics will also be recorded in the English language.

CYkp4yRaskasta Joulua is inspired by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the participants view the project in serious fashion, which is not always true of Christmas-themed collections. There is nothing novelty or jokey about this project or this release. Don’t expect familiar holiday favorites to be given a weak makeover or merely amplified by distorted guitars that have been added to give the Christmas jams a “rock” feel. That would be a Christmas cop out.

Instead, the record truly and effectively captures the majesty, the wonder and the glory of the holiday season; the songs are carefully arranged and executed, with flawless musicianship and world-class vocal contributions.

Ragnarok Juletide will put headbangers in the most festive of moods, regardless of which metal subgenre he or she prefers, from speedy power metal to symphonic epics to dirgey doom. It’s all here on this year’s Ragnarok Juletide.

Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica, Northern Kings), Elize Ryd ( Amaranthe), Jarkko Ahola ( Teräsbetoni, Northern Kings), Antti Railio
(2013 Voice of Finland winner) and more lend their throats to the project.

“It’s amazing that we’re still doing this and that it has grown to these proportions,” said founder/producer/arranger/guitarist Erkka Korhonen. “Every year has been bigger for us and now the tour is one of the biggest annual treks in Finland.”

Indeed, the accompanying tour is an event and a highlight on the annual holiday calendar for fans of all age groups. The project has progressed in size and scope each and every year, in both popularity and the prestige of the participants. The concert tour now runs for more than a month before the holiday season and plays to full arenas and ice stadiums.

Overall, Ragnarok Juletide is the definitive collection of holiday hymns for headbangers. This is how you’ve always wanted to hear Christmas music, but most artists have lacked the balls to do it this way.

Korhonen furthered, “Even people who haven’t celebrated Christmas for years have found its spirit again through what we do. Since we’ve expanded the vocalist lineup every year, the audience wants to hear our new vocalists on the record. It’ll be fantastic to bring these songs into other countries too!”

Track Listing:
1. “We Celebrate at Christmastime”
2. “The First Noel”
3. “Here on the Hay”
4. “Little Drummer Boy”
5. “The Elf”
6. “Christmas Is Here”
7. “Sylvia’s Song”
8. “White Christmas”
9. “Home for Christmas”
10. “A Sparrow on a Christmas Morning”
11. “Christmas Has Come”
12. “Ave Maria”

The Voices Lineup:
Elize Ryd
Marco Hietala
J.P. Leppäluoto
Tony Kakko
Jarkko Ahola
Ari Koivunen
Pasi Rantanen
Antti Railio
Ville Tuomi
Antony Parviainen
Tuple Salmela
Kimmo Blom

The Band Lineup:
Erkka Korhonen -guitar, arrangments
Tuomas Wäinölä -guitar
Vili Ollila -keys
Mirka Rantanen -drums
Erkki Silvennoinen -bass

Discography:
Raskasta Joulua (2004)
Raskaampaa Joulua (2009)
Raskasta Joulua (2013)
Ragnarok Juletide (2014)

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