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Legendary band Queen, back from never being away.

“We are the champions. Don’t stop me now. Is this the real life, is this just fantasy.”

They are all sentences from lyrics of songs by one of the world’s most famous British bands. Queen has therefore worked hard to reach that top. You can still see the result of this today. Take to the streets and ask ten unknowns if they have ever heard of the band Queen and all ten will give you almost the same answer: Of course we know Queen.

The early years of Queen.

The band Queen, formerly called Smile, took its first steps in the music world in 1968 when Brian May founded the band together with Tim Staffel. In doing so, they relied upon Roger Taylor as their drummer. Immediately with the start of the band, Freddie, previously called farrokh but he changed that name himself, was introduced to the band and immediately became a fan of it. Freddie was present at every Smile performance and he always had a great time there.

In 1970, Tim decided to quit, so the boys had to look for a new singer. Freddie, who was already a vocalist for the band Wreckage at that time, was approached by the boys because of this and he decided to switch to Smile. Not much later they also changed the name of the band to Queen. They did this to honor the Queen of England and also because Freddie liked to reflect with her. And so became Queen, the band that we still know to this day.

The life of a world star.

Freddie Mercury is an icon that still lives on in contemporary culture. You can go wherever you want, if the name Freddie Mercury falls you will see many eyes and ears sharpen. Freddie, or Farrokh Bulsara what his real name was, has therefore left a big impression. He therefore had a very big personality.

In his life he was often alone. That was something he didn’t like as much and he showed that too. He often attended the most eccentric parties, or organized them himself. But despite that, he was always there. He was always 100 percent committed to his music, because that was his life. He proved the latter by performing with Queen on Live Aid in 1985, which was organized by Bob Geldof in aid of the famine in Ethiopia. Because the gentlemen of the well-known band were known for that as well. Their commitment to equal opportunities and the rise against injustice.

It then also was a huge shock on that all-changing November 24, 1991 for the world when news came that Freddie had died at his London home. Many call it the end of an era.

Reborn.


Since 2014, 23 years after we said goodbye to this great man, Queen has come up with a big surprise. They have a new world tour planned. They already did this with a hologram of Freddie who sang the songs, but since 2014 they have been doing it with a new singer who wants to do Freddie a lot of honor.

For this tough job, Queen appeals to Adam Lambert who finished second in 2009 in American Idol. Before that he received a lot of praise and the Queen’s men had also seen and heard their songs sing with almost as much style as Freddie would have done. Those versions were so well received that they immediately started negotiating with Adam.

Now they have been touring for several years and that does Adam, Brian May and Roger Taylor a lot of pleasure. They still have a lot of fun and you will notice that when they are on stage and fully indulge in the songs, which over time have grown into the world’s greatest hits of all time.

NANOWAR OF STEEL Releases Heartfelt Italian Ballad “Biancodolce”

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The new pop single by the former parody metal band is a touching tribute to Italy’s FESTIVAL DI SANREMO. Watch the video here.

NANOWAR OF STEEL, who recently retired from their brand of parody heavy metal but have been lauded with viral songs such as “Valhallelujah” and “Uranus”, reveal their next emotional single after radically reinventing themselves as a boyband pop group!

On “Biancodolce”NANOWAR OF STEEL pursue their newly found path of Italian pop music. Emotional piano melodies lead into heart-wrenchingly sung verses, evoking goosebumps like classic EROS RAMAZOTTI records. The vocals complement each other in a grand, majestic finale – NANOWAR OF STEEL prove themselves to be aficionados of Italian pop!

NANOWAR OF STEEL states about “Biancodolce”:

“Biancodolce” (white-sweet) is NANOWAR OF STEEL’s anthem for the most epic Italian Music Festival – the world-renewed FESTIVAL DI SANREMO. On our way to becoming the most hated metal band (and the most loved pop one) this song is a step further towards our ultimate plastification and na-na-na-na-na-na-ification. We hope you’ll be disappointed one more time!”

NANOWAR OF STEEL are:
Gatto Panceri 666 – Bass 
Potowotominimak – Vocals
Mr. Baffo – Vocals
Abdul – Guitar
Uinona Raider – Drums

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MORTIFY sign to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions; Grotesque Buzzsaw Defilement set for release on April 2nd

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have signed Japanese HM-2 Grinding supergroup MORTIFY. The new EP Grotesque Buzzsaw Defilement is up now for pre-order and will be released April 2nd on CD and Digital formats.
Hailing from Japan, MORTIFY are a Grinding supergroup featuring Koreeda (ex-Coffins/Trikorona) on Guitar, Ryohei (Final Exit/su19b) on Drums and Adam (Disrotted, Sick/Tired) on vocals. Grotesque Buzzsaw Defilement showcases intense, old school Grindcore madness with a touch of HM-2 Swedish Death Metal flavor.
Vicious, savage and extreme, MORTIFY present 13 tracks in nine and a half minutes that melt your face off including an Agathocles cover. For fans of Brutal Truth, Gadget, Insect Warfare, Napalm Death, Nasum, Phobia, Pig Destroyer, Regurgitate, Repulsion, Rotten Sound and Wormrot.
Listen to the track “Obelisk Of Suffering” here. Pre-order Grotesque Buzzsaw Defilement on CD and digital here.

Pre-save this release on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. here.

Tracklist:

  1. Flesh Creep
  2. Musty Trudge
  3. Organ Terror
  4. Obelisk Of Suffering
  5. 100 Rats
  6. No Survivors
  7. No! (Agathocles cover)
  8. Grabby Hands
  9. Brain Gurgler
  10. Adhesives
  11. Mangy Mutts
  12. Smells Of Barfs
  13. Deviant
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EP Review: In Times Of Madness by Twelve years Today. Out Now!

Twelve Years Today is an Alt/ metal band from Wasaga Beach, Ontario in Canada. The band brings you a perfectly balanced sound through their music. Something that can be listened to by many people who love many different genres of music. They are bringing proof to you with this EP, called: In Times Of Madness.

The album starts with a soothing intro, right before the drum kick in. The powerful voice of the singer, combined with spot on guitar-play, makes the listener fall in love with their music within seconds.

In the first song there’s a great mix in vocal lines while the drums and guitars stay on track, which makes it a perfect intro to the album.

It’s a bit heavier music, yet it has a great vibe that can influence many listeners. You don’t have to be a fan of metal music to love the band’s work. It has heavier influences, but the main focus is more mainstream and that makes that the band can speak to fans of many other genres.

What really makes this album unique is that every song tells its own story and all songs combined, this album creates a perfectly balanced and original atmosphere.

The use of instruments is also beautifully done and combined with the vocal lines, it can give listeners the chance to wander off in their thoughts.

Some parts in the album are heavier, while other parts are more soothing and that combination is done so brilliantly that the album itself comes out as a masterpiece on its own.

Listen to this great Ep on the band’s spotify channel.

Tracklist:

  1. Debt Of Sin
  2. Halo (Hear Me Now)
  3. Through It All
  4. Say Goodbye

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Album Review: Hypnopompia, By Destroy Humanity. Album Out Now!

Artwork: Destroy Humanity – Hypnopompia

Destroy Humanity is a three-headed metal-collective. Heavily influenced by bands like Lamb of God, Machine Head, Pantera,… they bring their own take on the Groove Metal genre.

After seeing the trio perform live last weekend, obviously covid proof through a live stream session, I immediately fell in love with the band’s music and their act of performing live in an online session.

A glimpse of this performance can be found on the band’s facebook page.

This live performance was set-up by the band and their promotors, as a album release show. During this show, Destroy Humanity played songs from the new album, called: Hypnopompia. This album is available now!

Hypnopompia starts off with a great guitar-riff, and the drums soon underline those riffs.

When the vocals kick in, the album opens up completely. The vocals then also are a great mix of screams and grunts, but they also have a unique and cleaner influence attached to it, and thanks to the music that supports these vocals, it is a brilliant opener to a somewhat heavier album. Keep in mind tho, the album has many influences. Something for every fan of the metal genres.

Every song tells it’s own unique story, and combined, they bring a perfect mix of screams, cleans, drums that cover the entire metal genre and guitar-riffs that are catchy as hell, so that listeners won’t forget this album very soon.

Besides of only bringing you heavy music designed to keep you headbangning around the clock, the album also includes pieces of music that are created so carefully, that it spontaneously can give it’s listeners shivers, and bring them in other, maybe even higher atmospheres. Just so created, that they have the possibility to bring you back on planet earth a couple of seconds later, and let you start headbanging again.

Throughout the entire album the perfect balanced music keeps going on. That makes sure that listeners keep listening and that part is something that the guys from Destroy Humanity mastered perfectly. It also makes sure you’ll keep listening to the album until the very end.

The ending is a really great part of the album. It gives every musician in the band the chance to let themselves hear for a moment. Combined together they then also bring the perfect end to an album.

Tracklist:

  1. Saint of Killers
  2. Grabbing The Cow By It’s Tail
  3. Crossroads
  4. Broken
  5. Black
  6. Hereditary
  7. Frozen Windows
  8. Killing Yourself To Live
  9. Hypnopompic Hallucinations

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BLOODY HELL Unleash Single “Burn Witch Burn”; New Album “The Bloodening” April 30!

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Formed to cause confusion and fear in people who don’t understand what heavy metal is about, Helsinki, Finland’s BLOODY HELL (ft. members of Moottörin Jyrinä, Metal De Facto) have been wowing fans around the globe with their loud, unapologetic, speed demon tyranny for two decades. Known for their drunken wild shows, the band has always presented good times in the circle pit with anthems about drinking, hangovers, devil-worshipping among other important matters.

Taking a hiatus after releasing two EPs, Hangover Riders (2010), What The Hell (2003) and a self-titled album (2015), along with all members focusing to perform with their other project Moottörin Jyrinä (a children’s heavy metal band that plays cover songs from classic 1980s heavy metal songs with child-friendly Finnish language lyrics with an educational tone), the quartet returns in 2021 to continue the party as grumpy old men with strong 18-year-old angst. Their new record “The Bloodening” due out via Rockshots Records on April 30th, 2021 features 12 fist-pumping songs to kick the band’s new found momentum into overdrive. 

To get the headbanging party started, the band is sharing their first single off “Burn Witch Burn” from the full length. The track is good old-school 80’s metal in the vein of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Accept, and Helloween.

Band co-founder and guitarist Jaakko Halttunen comments on the single:

“What do you do when someone does something wrong or somebody suspects that someone has done something wrong? Even without evidence? You’ll of course shout: BURN THE WITCH, BURN THE WITCH!!!! This Song is about the darker side of social media and the yellow press. It’s a killer song indeed!”

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Track Listing:
1. Hangover Rider (4:37)
2. Face In Hell (4:02)
3. The Undertaker (4:54)
4. In The Night We Burn (4:30)
5. Smoking (5:16)
6. What The Hell (4:11)
7. Burn Witch Burn (3:57)
8. Muders She Wrote (5:01)
9. Midnight Man (3:43)
10. Long Road To Hell (5:32)
11. Bite (4:24)
12. Kiesma (The Museum of Modern Art) (7:03)
Album Length: 57:17

Album Details:
Bloody Hell:
Marko Skou – Vocals , Bass
Jaakko Halttunen – Guitar
Esa Orjatsalo – Guitar
Atte Marttinen – Drums

Guests:
Mika Grönholm – Lead Guitar on Kiesma (The Museum of Modern Arts)
Micko Hell – Vocals on Kiesma (The Museum of Modern Arts)

Drums on the Bloodening by Tom Rask
Recorded at Tom Rask Drum Record Factory by Tom Rask
Mixed and mastered at Tadaa Music Studio by Esa Orjatsalo

Music: Bloody Hell
Lyrics: Bloody Hell & Aleksi Koskinen
Cover artwork by Pate Vuorio
Cover layout Svetlana Goncharova
Esa Orjatsalo uses ESP guitars and Neural DSP plugins 

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Siberian Metal Project MILLSTONE to Release Debut Album, Isle. Out April 28.

Siberian metal collective MILLSTONE is set to release its newest album, Isle.
The album falls under the groove\death-metal umbrella, with melodic solos, varied rhythms and a “wall-of-sound” density. Each of the 9 tracks carries its own unique mood; from acoustic sketches to bottom-heavy Meshuggah-esque passages, along with a lethal dose of straightforward classic thrash

Isle was written by MILLSTONE mastermind Ivan Scherbakov and produced by Vladimir Lehtinen (Second To Sun, Ultar, Grima, etc.), Isle is a concept album based on sci-fi novel “The Inhabited Island” (Arkady and Boris Strugatsky).

Stream album track “Turned Inside Out” here!

Isle will be out on CD and digital formats on April 28Pre-orders are available here!

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ALESTORM to Release New Live Album & DVD/BluRay, “Live in Tilburg”, on May 28 | Pre-Order HERE!

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All aboard! The world’s favorite Pirate Metal Drinking Crew, ALESTORM, are taking you on a wild, wet ride across the seven seas with their new live album/DVD/BluRay, Live in Tilburg, out May 28, 2021 via Napalm Records!

Starting within the very first seconds of the energetic “Keelhauled”, it is crystal clear that ALESTORM are one of the most creative and unique live bands out there today – and judging by Tilburg’s incredible live audience of 3,000 fans, the band’s unmatched energy leaves no one standing still. Feast your eyes on ALESTORM’s exciting funfest of a live show experience – featuring everyone’s favorite giant blow-up rubber ducky and loads of alcohol – from the comfort of your own couch!

Christopher Bowes about Live in Tilburg:

“Oh wow! Live concerts! Remember those? Nah, me neither. Anyway, a  couple of years ago we played a giant show at the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands. It was a whole lot of fun. We even filmed the whole thing. And when we released the recording for free on YouTube last year, a whole bunch of you said you really liked it. And being the treasure-hungry sellout pirates that we are, it made us realize we could  probably convince a bunch of you to buy it if we wrapped it in plastic and stuck it in a big wooden box. We even added some low-effort bonus features. Enjoy!”

Watch ALESTORM’s Full Live In Tilburg Show HERE:

Excellently produced and mixed by the renowned Lasse Lammert, who has already been involved in ALESTORM’s studio albums Curse Of The Crystal CoconutNo Grave But The SeaSunset On The Golden Age and many more, Live in Tilburg features an amazing mix of ALESTORM’s most beloved hits like “Drink“, “Mexico”“Alestorm”“Hangover”“The Sunk’n Norwegian” and of course, “Fucked With An Anchor”.

The live album will be available on splatter-colored double-LP with a slipmat and a patch, as well as on mint colored and golden colored vinyl. The special edition of Live in Tilburg comes in a wooden box, along with a CD+DVD, a mediabook and a 7-inch vinyl  featuring two new acoustic ALESTORM cover songs! Live in Tilburg’s immersive experience is the true definition of what ALESTORM is all about – an endless fountain of foot-stomping, riff-busting, piratical singalong fun. A must-have for all the filthy landlubbers out there!

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Live in Tilburg Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Keelhauled
3. Alestorm
4. Magnetic North
5. Mexico
6. Over the Seas
7. The Sunk’n Norwegian
8. No Grave But The Sea
9. Nancy the Tavern Wench
10. Rumpelkombo
11. 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
12. Drunken Sailor
13. Hangover
14. Pegleg Potion
15. Bar ünd Imbiss
16. Captain Morgan`s Revenge
17. Shipwrecked
18. Drink
19. Wolves of the Sea
20. Fucked with an Anchor

Live In Tilburg will be available in the following formats:
– Deluxe Wooden Box: Mediabook, 7″ Single (2 Acoustic Cover Songs), Lanyard + Pass, ALESTORM Flag
– 2-LP Gatefold (Mint) + DVD
– 2-LP Gatefold (Yellow) + DVD, Slipmat & Patch
– 2-LP Gatefold Vinyl (Black) + DVD
– BluRay/DVD/CD Mediabook
– Digital Album

ALESTORM are:

Christopher Bowes – vocals, keytar

Gareth Murdock – bass

Mate Bodor – guitar

Peter Alcorn – drums

Elliot Vernon – keyboard

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Cortége’s Chasing Daylight EP Streaming Now!

Austin (TX) – Post-Western, heavy ambient doom duo Cortége have partnered with New Noise Magazine for the pre-release premiere of forthcoming EP Chasing Daylight. Check it out here!

New Mexico’s Desert Records will release Chasing Daylight February 26, 2021 on CD and digital formats. Pre-orders available here.

“A unique and experimental blend of post/spaghetti-western soundtrack, psychedelic rock, drone doom and ambient music. A fantastic EP!”– Cave Dweller Music
“Drone, prog, doom, western and ambient landscapes are all apt descriptions but simply put, if you enjoy music with weight and an ability to transport you to somewhere that perfectly complements the music, then Cortége should be congratulated for achieving exactly that.”– The Sleeping Shaman

“A slow molasses of towering mood with little otherwise movement, crystal clean sounds, bass levels through the floor and percussion resembling rattlesnake tail shake. Instrumental drone for the fans of Om or Sleep, only with distinct western flavor.”– MetalReviews
“I don’t think you break out the tubular bells unless you’re going for a particular kind of atmosphere, and Chasing Daylight indeed nails that atmosphere.”– The Obelisk
“Cortége make their Desert Records debut with a strong showcase of their elaborate ambient doom sound. Very clever, very unique.”– Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
 “There may be plenty of other acts out there that can claim they come close to what Cortége pulls off here, but you would be hard-pressed to find another name that brings all of these flavors together in the format that Cortége command here, which makes them a unique name whose unique palette of sonic paint cannot be denied.”– Head-Banger Reviews
“In principle, Cortége make the same kind of music as Earth: it crawls forward at a snail’s pace, in a strange, tense atmosphere, danger lurking somewhere, definitely, but nothing to be seen.”– Hellfire Magazin

Recorded, mixed and mastered in the fall of 2020 with Jeff Henson (DUEL) at Red Nova Ranch in Austin, Texas, Chasing Daylight is a cinematic, chrome tinged portrait du temps for the end of the world as well as a musical foreshadowing of things to come. Lush arrangements wind through the familiar Cortége territories of drone, prog, doom, western and ambient soundscapes with a few surprises therein, including a guest appearance from Michael St. Claire on brass.
Album cover art comes courtesy of Steven Yoyada.

Line-up
Mike Swarbrick: Bass VI, Moog, Mellotron, Tubular Bells
Adrian Voorhies: Drums

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Viking Metal pioneers EINHERJER release their new album: North Star, on February 26th!

With North Star, Viking Metal pioneers EINHERJER release their eighth studio album on February 26, 2021, proving their status as the pioneers of blending Nordic Black Metal and Folk Metal genres once again.

The album marks the band’s return to Napalm Records after 25 years, and their release of the legendary Dragons Of The North album (1996). The Norwegian metal outfit remains musically true to themselves and reinforces their exceptional position.

North Star was recorded in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic at the in-house Studio Borealis, owned by founding member and mastermind Frode Glesnes. The raw production ties in seamlessly with its predecessor Norrøne Spor and makes North Star probably the most powerful EINHERJER album to date! 

North Star is EINHERJER’s musical mission towards something bigger – the search for guidance by the North Star in a constantly changing world that is searching for stability. The album’s opener, “The Blood And The Iron”, peppered with uncompromising double-bass thunderstorms, pulls the listener in from the very first second, while “Stars” stomps through atmospheric soundscapes with dark chords. 

“West Coast Groove” underlines EINHERJER’s technical songwriting sophistication with finest guitar solos.

North Star will be available in black, blue/white inkspot and limited gold vinyl editions (gold limited to 300 copies).

Founded in Norway in 1993, the band has significantly influenced the way of Viking Metal in the following years with Dragons Of The North – 25 years later, EINHERJER are stronger than ever and are bursting with energy on North Star!

EINHERJER are:
Gerhard Storesund: Drums, Keyboards
Frode Glesnes: Vocals, Guitar &  Bass
Ole Sønstabø: Lead Guitars
Tom Enge: Guitars, Backing Vocals

The new album: North Star, will be released on February 26.

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French Power Duo: Daft Punk, Calls It Quits!

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When you say Daft Punk, many people probably will know who you’re talking about. The Electro-House-power duo from France has then also became a well known act all around the world.

They brought powerful and inspiring music that touched probably many people’s hearts and gave them a nudge so you couldn’t stand still everytime their music played on the radio, at events, and most certainly not when you saw them performing Live on stage.

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, then also have gained many publicity and achievements during their existence.

It then also drops in as a bomb if you were told that the legendary duo quits. Some might call me crazy saying this, some might start crying here this news, but it is indeed the sad truth. Not one more time a Live version of: harder, better faster stronger… These shall definitely be missed at festivals and stuff. Of course, you can still keep listening to the songs, maybe as a reminder to the brilliant duo, but we wouldn’t be hearing them anymore live, and that is a sad thing to hear on a monday evening.

One thing is for certain of course, even tho they will be gone, they might never be forgotten. Cause when it comes to music acts, as long as your music is being played around the world, You are still lingering around in the minds of people.

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