West coast thrash metal veterans, Metal Church, will release their 13th studio album, Congregation Of Annihilation, on May 26 via Rat Pak Records (America) and Reaper Entertainment (Europe). Pre-order here.
The new track, “Making Monsters”, puts the musicianship of new vocalist Marc Lopes, founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, guitarist Rick Van Zandt, bassist Steve Unger and drummer Stet Howland on full display in 2023.
No matter how much everything changes in culture and the world at large, heavy metal endures. It empowers, engages, and engenders strength, ultimately it outlasts fads. The same can be said for HammerFall.
Today, the band is proud to release their 20th anniversary edition of Crimson Thunder. The fourth studio album has been remixed and remastered by Fredrik Nordstrom, this definitive version includes previously unreleased pre-production tracks, a brand-new medley and live acoustic songs.
Veteran US heavy metallers, Jag Panzer, will release their new studio album, The Hallowed, on June 23 via Atomic Fire Records. Today, the band release a 14-minute in-depth studio documentary, "Tales From The Hallowed".
The Hallowed will be available as double vinyl, CD, and digital download/stream. Several variants of the album, incl. limited edition bundles with exclusive comic book, t-shirt, and signed photo card.
At a time when cultural innovation is being side-lined like never before and many unusual forms of music are succumbing to the temptation of the more commercially lucrative mainstream, Virgin Steele are the shining silver lining.
For over 40 years, mastermind David DeFeis has kept one of the most imaginative bands in the power metal genre on track with his excellent songwriting and charismatic voice.
Greek black metal legends, Rotting Christ, have released an official anniversary video for "The Opposite Bank", featured on their 1996 album, Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers. Watch below.
Says the band: "Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers becomes 27 years today and we celebrate this by creating this little video for you. Hope you will enjoy."
Metallica kicked off their M72 World Tour, as part of the No Repeat Weekend, on April 27th in Amsterdam, Netherlands at Johan Cruijff Arena. The setlist featured the following 16 songs:
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Holier Than Thou
Napalm Records has announced the signing of Swedish symphonic metal pioneers, Therion.
Following the release of limited vinyl reissues of the band’s classic albums Secrets Of The Runes, Lemuria, Sirius B and Gothic Kabbalah in autumn 2022, Therion is now joining forces with Napalm Records for the release of their new full-length later this year.
German metal legends Helloween performed at Monsters Of Rock 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 22nd at Allianz Parque.
The setlist was as follows:
Eagle Fly Free
Legendary New York metal band, The Rods, have issued a new archive release, Live From Rose Hall. Recorded in 2022, the album features Carl Canedy (drums), David "Rock" Feinstein (guitars / vocals) and Freddy Villano (bass).
Recorded during a face-melting live show held in the band's hometown of Cortland, NY, this shows The Rods in full force.
Germany’s Stormage has released "The Spirit Never Dies", the second single from the new album Ashes Of Doom and prove once again their flair for catchy choruses wrapped in dark power metal.
Ashes Of Doom is out on May 26 via El Puerto Records.