12/30/2013

24 hours of concert footage over Sylvester / New Years Eve

Tomorrow starting at 6 'o clock german TV station 3sat will broadcast the whole day and night concert footage. You can also watch this via the web stream at http://3sat.de/webtv/?40430

Announced bands so far include Muse, Emeli Sandé, Rammstein, Madonna, Woodkid, Pink, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Pur, Supertramp and Alice Cooper.

Have fun and have a safe going over to 2014, read you there!

12/24/2013

Final Coil giving away EP for free

So the end of the year is drawing near and today it's christmas. The day with the tradition of handing out proper gifts to your beloved ones. Well Final Coil are currently handing out their newest EP "Live with doubt" free of charge on bandcamp. The band describes theirselves as "(...) a metallic grunge band incorporating the harmonies of Alice in chains, the twisted dynamics of Tool and the droning heaviness of Swans." (quote taken from the bandcamp page of the band).

I like the way they do play their songs. Sure it has this grunge style in it but attached with a lot more of heavyness in it. Plus the vocals give a proper atmosphere to the tracks ranging from depressive to agressive but always proving to expressing what really has been felt by the band.

Check them out right here and head over to bandcamp to grab the EP as a free christmas gift. But remember that christmas also means giving back on what you've taken, so you might give some bucks for the songs. The choice of the price for this recording is up to you....
To stay in touch with the band head over to facebook, Reverbnation or the bands website.

Happy Christmas to each and everyone of you people out there visiting my blog. You know who you are and rule! Please keep coming back and let me know what you think of this site or if you have any suggestions please don't hesitate to drop me a line or two in the comments or via Email - check my profile for the adress.

 

12/21/2013

Rock It Up Records X-Mas goodie free download sampler 2013

The record company Rock It Up has set up the IceWarrior Sampler 2013 for free download!

Included with the offer are 18 songs of young and unknown Melodic Power Metal Bands in highest quality. The sampler comes with a printable cover picture. Listen to it right here and then head over to the bandcamp page to start the download.

12/16/2013

Crystal Viper streaming the entire album "Possession" on youtube

Yeah, the title of this post says it pretty much it all. Crystal Viper are back with a brand-new album and have kindly set up the whole new record for free listening on youtube. Just listened to the very first track and it kicks a lot of ass. Had a lot of fun listening to this. Thankfully a youtube user made a playlist of the whole record so I put it here up for comfortable listening.

11/21/2013

Doublepack: hear the new albums from Tad Morose and Saxon

Fresh albums have just rushed in. After 10 years of silence it's nearly unbelievable but Tad Morose have just released a new record called "Revenant". Sounds very,very heavy on the first three tracks. Glad to hear the new record, finally the wait is over. But listen for yourselfs at the website of the legendary Sweden Rock Magazine, sometimes wonders happen...

The second band on today's agenda are Saxon. They released a album full of re-recordings of classic tracks. They have so many of songs to choose from, so I think the choice might have been hard. Just check it out for yourselfs right at this location.

11/08/2013

CD Review: Catexia - A voz do Brucutu

Note: If you have a own band or project that you think might fit in well here for a review or as a presentation / introduction please do drop me a line or two here in the comments section or please see my profile for my E-Mail adress. I do appreciate new suggestions very much! 

Short introduction  

The brasilian band Catexia started back in mid 2012 as a instrumental progmetal band. So far the band managed to play a couple of live shows both with and without the EP. The first recording is entitled "A voz do Brucutu". The newest stuff the band did put out is a video for the new track "Aborto" which also shows the band performing live in celebration of their one year anniversary as a band. I've included the video at the very end of the article right under my review of the band's first EP.


Short Summary / Player / Download Link

The EP comes as a free download from the bands website featuring three longtracks. With the mp3 files you receive a front- and backcover for printing out your own record. Just click on the big image to start the download.

As for me the band mixed elements in the style of Dream Theater in their "Systematic Chaos" phase together with guitar-styles in the tradition of Jimi Hendrix with a lot of experimental and jamming sounds in it. Check out the tracks in the player to hear what I mean. If you like a mixture of those sounds I'd suggest you to download this nice EP. It's a wild mix but a pleasure to listen to. Give it a chance. You can also keep an eye on the band by clicking the like button on their facebook site. 




Track by track Review:

1. Inferno: slow start, very catchy riff that won't leave your ears for a while. Short bridge with the same riff, heading over to the wilder side of the band. Short silence then start of a new melody, slow again. Finally some more movement with a compact riffing, jamming between this section and some more melodic softer part. Going over to one of the riffs of the beginning, things start to turn out wilder, very powerfull guitars. Keeps very strong jamming up, ending with some classic rock riff and shouts.

2. A Resurreicao: Slow intro with some effect pedals going over to a soft jamming, followed up by the more powerfull guitars, change again to some more softer part. Very clear guitars on this one. Very short break bringing us to a very compact and hard and heavy section. The rhythm starts to get tighter by every minute. Very powerfull guitars fill the sound while various tempos and rhythm changes follow to it. Some rough jamming can be heard, at the end comes up to some more melodic and softer end with a mid-tempo rhythm-section mixed up with heavier guitars. Very hard effect pedal effects at the end. A lot of variations in this song, time flies while you listen. My personal favorite song from the record.

3. Marta: a very clear and intro but soon mixed with some heavier effects leading over to the typical riff jamming but this time with mostly small tempo. The drums go wild for a while. A classic rock riffing towards the end. Shortest song on this EP. The last note giving the hope of more songs in the near future...

Encore:


11/01/2013

Watch Soilwork tonight kicking off their „European Infinity Tour“

SOILWORK: Live-Stream of the entire show, tonight Friday, the 1th November starting on  23.00h (CET - Central European time) online on www.toontrack.com

10/31/2013

Crystal Viper "Fight Evil With Evil" - Free Halloween download single

Happy Halloween! Here’s a gift for all of you, the FREE Crystal Viper download single! Featuring very special guest: Harry Conklin of Jag Panzer / Satan's Host / Titan Force!

Pick your download now directly from this location.

The song is titled "Fight Evil With Evil", and is taken from the forthcoming studio album "Possession", (out on Friday, December 13).

10/29/2013

CD Review: Mahogany Head Grenade - Return to the part of departure

Note: If you have a own band or project that you think might fit in well here for a review or as a presentation / introduction please do drop me a line or two here in the comments section or please see my profile for my E-Mail adress. I do appreciate new suggestions very much!

Short introduction

It's time for the next review. This time I checked out the first release from Mahogany Head Grenade called Return to the part of departure. The band is located in Texas and is set up as a a Progressive Instrumental trio that did release their first album in May 2013. The album was tracked live, recorded & engineered by Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah) at Valve Studios in Dallas. Mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Cynic, Halford, Sepultura) at Maor's studio in California, USA. The live tracking especially surprises me - it's something I've seldomely come across.  

Short Summary / Player / Download and CD Purchase Links

The album is great, no question. If you're into instrumental Progmetal you should give it a listening round. I would describe them as typical shred metal, along with a little influence from modern metal. The special one comes in when you think about the Texas roots, so there's a lot of these guitar work in there that you can hear.

The only thing one might dislike are the many guitar solos, but in the end it's a instrumental album so this shouldn't be a problem. It has a fully professionell sound and production, full blown and decent sound for such a music style and features cool fotographic inlay to each track. Just check out the title track or "Trouble for trouble" and you'll fastly know if it's your flavor of music or not.



The album can be purchased as a download for only 3 dollar at the BANDCAMP SITE. There you can quickly get the album in high quality FLAC (File losless Audio Converter) format as well as in high MP3 format. The album is also available as four panel digipak CD featuring original artwork by the band: You can get it from the linked bandcampe page. It's also available on itunes, amazon, cd baby Just click on the links to go to the proper site.

Update 2014/11/03: The prices have been reduced! You can pick up the download for a price of your own choice (no minimum is set). The Compact Disc version is available for 5 Dollar but you have to add shipping and handling for the physical copy of course.

If you want to stay in touch with band, you can do so on facebook or check out the band's youtube account to see some nice live videos of the band performing some of their tracks.

Track by track Review:

Return to the Point of Departure
Very dark, gloomy Intro style. Feels like something unknown and evil might come down. Very catchy riff in here, much Texas metal reference. Good variations and guitars much in the front row, making this a good raw start to the album. Cool solo. Makes me wanna here more.

Trouble for Trouble
Strange voice Intro. Going over into some rhythmic section, laid back feeling. Guitars then rushing in, giving the song a more agressive, cutting riff while bass and drums follow, making it a very compact sound. After some solos suprisingly a change to a soft section, slightly moving the song for a moment in the jazz direction before one more solo throws it back to the old heavyness and riffing.

Vinedresser
Another strange voice intro leading into a short rhythmic section, followed up by brutal heavyness typical for this band. Some seconds to take a breath after that with one more jazz-like jam-section. We are introduced to a very heavy jamming guitars part, putting a lot of shred metal in here. Some more melodic play-along in the end of the track following it to a soft end.

Etude War Machine 
Very compact riff-monster rushing in bringing the album into a more moving direction. Much of the rawness of the band in here I think, lot's of very different guitar solo variations to listen to. The end sounds like the last of possible things is shred out here. Very short ending.

Venetian Bricks
The last track starts with a short riff introduction. Again much guitar variations in here with the drums and bass following straight to it. Very heavy and bold sound at the end making it a very, very tight track. The shortest one on this record but a very good ending to this release.  

10/14/2013

Unusual Motörhead TV documentation online

A german documentation about Motörhead is currently up for viewing online. It is part of the well known "Number one" series with Markus Kavka who already portrayed other well known musicians before. The cool things on this one is that it talks a lot about the private life of Lemmy and has some funny facts in it. So head over to the streaming page of the TV station ZDF kultur to watch it, it will be available for a limited period only.

10/12/2013

Back to the old new days with Paradise Lost and Iced Earth

Do you like the headline? It's meant to introduce the return of some re-recorded Paradise Lost songs along with a new track from Iced Earth which reminds me a lot of the old records of that band.

Paradise Lost will soon unleash their "Tragic Illusion 25" compilation, a album that will see old Paradise Lost songs re-recorded very properly to do the old classics justice. So far the band has given out two of that songs as a teaser and they both surprised me with very dark and heavy vocals by Nick Holmes as well as proper technical re-work on the old songs. Check out "Our Saviour 2013" and "Gothic 2013" right here to find out what exactly I mean with these words.



Iced Earth did already go back to old days with their last effort "Dystopia" but the now released lyric video for the title-track of the upcoming record "Plagues of Babylon" beats that once more. I like the old-styled sound with reduced drumsound and normal guitars while the vocals are more mixed to the front of the listener. What do you think, will this album rock or should they head to some different direction? Please let me know in the comments section below.

10/11/2013

Listening blast: hear the full new albums from Trivium,Dream Theater and Korn

By now that the autumn time is back a lot of bands seem to have just waited for the right time to bring their new CDs out. Happily a lot of them give us the chance to listen to the full albums before buying them so you everyone can check them out before buying them.

Let's start with the new Korn album called "Paradigm Shift". I like it, it comes with a fresh attempt but also has a lot of the old raw power of the band. Plus it features a track named "Never, Never". It's about how it is when you hearts broken. Who didn't already had to deal with this emotion? Anyway, here's the stream for all of you out there:


Korn - Prey For Me on MUZU.TV


To you yearn for some fresh more thrash-alike metal music? Then the new Trivium album "Vengeance falls" might be what you're looking for. The first free download track "Brave this storm" already gave hope that the album might be a killer, but the album stream now proves that this band is excellent. Check it out for yourselfes at this page.

The last in todays row are progmetal veterans Dream Theater with the new output simply entitled "Dream Theater". In my eyes they go more straight to the meat with this one, which is very welcomed by me. The last track is too lenghty in my eyes. Less repeatings and well known song structures would have worked out fine here IMHO. Listen to the full album at the Rolling Stones website.

9/20/2013

Short Round Up: Iron Maiden Livestream plus new songs from Metal Church and Scanner

Shortly before this week passes I'd like you to introduce you to three news I've recently been running across by surfing through the web.

First of, Iron Maiden announced that their show from Rock In Rio will be streamed for free through youtube. The band wrote on facebook: "Maiden headline ROCK IN RIO on Sunday... and everyone can watch online! Maiden hit the stage at about midnight Rio time and the YouTube link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEEcvj6X_h4
So make sure to check back for the proper time that fits your country and don't forget to set the alert of your clocks if needed so you won't miss out this one.

The next topic covers thrash legends Metal Church who recently came back for a reunion. The big surprise is that they have already put together a brand new record entitled "Generation nothing", that is set for release on October 22, 2013. The album will be available in a wide variety of formats, one of them also including a personal thank you call by Kurdt Vanderhoof himself! Check out the cover and all the available formats on the bands website. The tracklist of the album will be:

1. BULLET PROOF
2. DEAD CITY
3. GENERATION NOTHING
4. NOISES IN THE WALL
5. JUMP THE GUN
6. SUICIETY
7. SCREAM
8. HITS KEEP COMIN’
9. CLOSE TO THE BONE
10. THE MEDIA HORSE  


Kindly the band already released one full song of the new album to be heard through soundcloud and it's a total killer song in my eyes. Never thought they would go back to that direct heavy and brutal style. But check it out for yourselfs here is "Scream":
 

Update 2013/09/25: The band has released the title track for the upcoming CD via Soundcloud. It's a midtempo song with a melodic refrain but check it out for yourselves:

Let's close this little round-up with the Scanner, one of my very personal faves. A very melodic speedmetal band set in the same style that Helloween has been in in their very early stages. After some years of silence the band finally is going to put out a new record called "The Judgement" and have set one rough mix up on their facebook site as a pre-listening item. Go on and enjoy the track "The race" below in it's direct and early sound format:

9/10/2013

Wacken 2013 - see nine hours of stuff from this years WOA.

Starting on Friday the 13th at 20h (CEST) TV station NDR will stream shows and interviews on their website ndr.de The stream won't have a region lock, so everybody should be able to watch this!

Later on at midnight a five hour documentation about the festival will be broadcasted through their TV channel. (You should also be able to see this through the webstream of the TV station at http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/livestream217.html).

For more details on this event like the exact timetable for the mentioned interviews and live-recordings go to www.ndr.de/unterhaltung/events/wacken/wackennacht101.html (sorry, only in german available).

Update 2013/09/16: If you missed the documentation "Alles auf schwarz - Wacken!!!: Sarnau & Hübner bei den Metalheads" then you've got a second chance to see this by checking out this site.
It holds the documentation divided into three parts plus several interviews with well known musicians.

Update 2013/09/13: Some more details in german language about the documentation entitled "Alles auf schwarz -Wacken!!!: Sarnau & Hübner bei den Metalheads" that will be broadcasted tonight plus a trailer can be viewed on this site of the TV station NDR.

9/09/2013

MONSTER released first EP for free download

Some friends of mine have just put out their first EP, it's fine Thrash Metal. Check it out at soundcloud widget below, it's even downloadable for free or even better order the EP for only 3 Euro at the bands mailadress. 
If you want to follow the further bands activities (they'll do some local shows over here in germany this year), just give their facebook site a like or head over to the bands soundcloud page.

8/16/2013

Even more streams from 2013's Open Air season coming up

It just ain't over yet! :-) Some nice streams from festival shows are going to be broadcasted through internet and TV this weekend, here's what will be up, all times CEST:

Friday, 16.08.2013, 23:20h Alice Cooper and Motörhead
Webstream: http://kultur.zdf.de/ (click on Livestream button on top right corner)

Update 2013/08/20: If you missed the stream you can still watch the broadcast online.

Friday 16. - 17.08.13 Saturday Samstag, 00:30 bis 01:30 Uhr Die Toten Hosen
Live recorded at Deichbrand-Festival
Webstream: http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/livestream217.html

Saturday 17.08.13 Rock ‘n’ Heim – Livestream of Festival starting 20h
Bands: Franz Ferdinand, System of a Down and Tenacious D
Webstream: http://kultur.zdf.de/ (click on Livestream button on top right corner)

Update 2013/08/20: If you missed the Rock 'n' Heim stream you can still watch the broadcast from the recordings that have been added to the archive of the TV station.


7/25/2013

Watch Wacken Open Air 2013 via Internet or Television broadcast

Wacken Open Air 2013 will be broadcasted both on television and as online streams! Check this page for more details.

Update 2013/08/06: Another day, another update. :-) Seems like all the 10 performances that zdf kultur is going to show (look at my update from yesterday for details) will also be added to the streaming archive of the TV station. As far as I know it will last for one week only, so better hurry if you want to watch it.

Annihilator Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur

Pretty Maids Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur

ASP Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur

Lingua Mortis feat. Rage Live at WOA 2013 Archiv zdf kultur

Deep Purple Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur

Anthrax Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur
 
Alice Cooper / Motörhead Live at WOA 2013 archive zdf kultur


Update 2013/08/05: Is it all over now? Yes, as for the festival itself. But not for the streaming. :-) zdf kultur has announced that they will show 10 performances of the festival following the event. Each day one band will be shown. There's even a stream of that TV station, I hope it works also outside of germany.  So far these bands are said to be streamed, starting with Annihilator Monday night:

Monday 00.15h (CEST) Annihilator
Tuesday 23.20h (CEST) Pretty Maids
Wednesday 07.08.2013 23.35hr ASP
Thursday 08.08.2013 23.50h Lingua Mortis featuring RAGE
Friday, 09.08.2013 23.15h Deep Purple

Monday, 12.08.2013 00.15h (CEST) Anthrax
Tuesday, 13.08.2013 23.30h (CEST) Agnostic Front und Ihsahn

Plus there's a archive on the NDR website with most of the shown band performances of the recent days. Enjoy! :-)

Update 2013/08/04: Changes, changes and even more changes. Here's the daily update to the NDR Wacken Stream, today it's time for the best of Wacken 2013, starting at 18:30h (CEST). Attention: the starting time has changed and is now set for 19:30h (CEST). Here is what you can see today:

BandStage
Pretty MaidsTrue Metal Stage
DoroTrue Metal Stage
Deep PurpleBlack Stage
MotörheadBlack Stage
TriviumTrue Metal Stage
ASPBlack Stage
Lingua Mortis + RageBlack Stage
AnvilW.E.T. Stage
Emergency GateW.E.T. Stage

If you missed out the ZDF kultur stream last night, don't worry, you can still watch the band performances on the Blog site of the TV station. Just click play on the very first video on the top of the site. Enjoy! :-)

Update 2013/08/03: ...and once more the schedule has changed. :-) So here we go with updated information: first of all don't forget the second stream I already mentioned yesterday. It's located here and will feature bands like Trivium, Alice Cooper,Deep Purple,Doro PLUS they revealed that parts of the Rammstein as well as of the Motörhead show will be shown. Starting time is 20h (CEST). The exact timetable has also been put out:

20.05 Uhr: Trivium (live)
21.00 Uhr: Alice Cooper (live)
21.30 Uhr: Deep Purple (vom Donnerstag)
22.25 Uhr: Doro (vom Freitag)
23.25 Uhr: Motörhead (vom Freitag)
23.45 Uhr: Rammstein (vom Donnerstag)
00.00 Uhr: End of Stream


Next of here's the daily update for the NDR (partly even live) stream from the Wacken shows, starting time is set for 18:30h (CEST). Have fun!

Saturday 2013/08/03

DevilDriverParty Stagelive
Black MessiahHeadbangers Stage
Legion Of The DamnedHeadbangers Stage
CandlemassParty Stagelive
IhsahnBlack Stage
Sonata ArcticaParty Stage
ASPBlack Stage

Tomorrow will bring us the highlights of the festival. Currently the bandlists reads as follows:

DoroTrue Metal Stage
Lingua Mortis + RageBlack Stage
AnvilWET-Stage
Emergency GateWET-Stage
AlestormParty Stage

Update 2013/08/02: Here's a update of today's streaming schedule. Please note that some bands will be streamed live so don't miss them out. For the exact running order check in at the Wacken Running Order subpage. The stream is said to beginn at 17h (CEST) with Pretty Maids. For all the latest info and the stream itself make sure to check back with this site.

Friday 2013/08/02
BandStage
Pretty MaidsTrue Metal StageL I V E
SoilworkParty StageL I V E
Ugly Kid JoeParty Stage
Corvus CoraxParty StageL I V E
Agnostic FrontBlack Stage
ThunderBlack Stage
AmorphisParty StageL I V E

Currently the schedule for saturday has also been changed to the following, seems like Rage will be missing while Alestorm and ASP have been added.

Saturday 2013/08/03

BandStage
AlestormParty Stage
Black MessiahHeadbangers Stage
Legion Of The DamnedHeadbangers Stage
CandlemassParty StageL I V E
IhsahnBlack Stage
Sonata ArcticaParty Stage
ASPBlack Stage

In  addition to this another TV station named zdf kultur will also set up a internet stream on Saturday 2013/08/03. They are going to show recorded stuff from: Trivium, Alice Cooper,Deep Purple and Doro. Starting time is set to 20h (CEST). Check in here to see the stream and find out more details (sorry, only german language available).


Update 2013/08/31: Looks like the streaming and broadcast will be much more massive than last year.
Some more details about the internet stream and broadcasts from Wacken Open Air 2013 have just been announced, check out the link for more informations.

Currently the schedule for today (Thursday 2013/08/01) says that the following bands will be streamed on this page of the german TV station NDR. Please look on the Wacken Running Order Page to find the exact showtimes. (MESZ time given). All dates are subject to change, please check back with the streaming site reugulary.


Thursday 2013/08/01




Infanteria (Südafrika)

BackJumper (Italien)

Asthma (Lettland)

Ophidian I (Island)

Midnight Scream (Slowakei)

Trallery (Spanien)

Utopium (Portugal)

An Apple A Day (Luxemburg)

Overoth (Irland)

Vengha (Schweden)

Crimson Shadow (Kanada)

JT Ripper (Deutschland)

Rotten Souls (Zentral-Amerika)

Mysterious Priestess (Japan)

Evil Invaders (Belgien)

Behold The Grave (Mexiko)

Gnida (Polen)

Industrial City (kaukasische Republiken)




AnnihilatorBlack Stage


Friday 2013/08/02

BandBühne
Agnostic FrontBlack Stage
Ugly Kid JoeParty Stage
Corvus CoraxParty Stage
Pretty MaidsTrue Metal Stage
AmorphisParty Stage

Saturday 2013/08/03

BandBühne
Black MessiahHeadbangers Stage
Legion Of The DamnedHeadbangers Stage
IhsahnBlack Stage
CandlemassParty Stage
Sonata ArcticaParty Stage
DevildriverParty Stage
Lingua Mortis feat. RageBlack Stage

Sunday 2013/08/04 (Highlights)

DoroTrue Metal Stage
Emergency GateWET-Stage
FozzyWET-Stage

6/17/2013

Live-Streams from Wacken, Deichbrand and Reload Festival announced

The festival season has recently been started with the big Rock am Ring festival. The next stations are already in sight. German TV station NDR has now revealed that they will do Live-Streams from three festivals these year.

Update 2013/08/10: TV station NDR did broadcast a 60 minute best of the Reload Festival last night. They've added it to their streaming archive so make sure to check this site for some nice stuff from Airbourne, Caliban, At the gates and much more.

The biggest one is the well known Wacken Open Air, which is said to be the biggest metal festival worldwide. Deichbrand and the Reload festival both are still smaller also they start to grow. Below I've put together some info on all three festivals so you can have a quick idea, if the Livestreams will be something worth checking out for you.

Update 2013/08/06: Another day, another update. :-) Seems like all the 10 performances that zdf kultur is going to show (look at my update from yesterday for details) will also be added to the streaming archive of the TV station. As far as I know it will last for one week only, so better hurry if you want to watch it.

Annihilator Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur

Pretty Maids Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur

ASP Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur

Lingua Mortis feat. Rage Live at WOA 2013 Archiv zdf kultur

Deep Purple Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur

Anthrax Live at WOA 2013 Archive zdf kultur 

Alice Cooper / Motörhead Live at WOA 2013 archive zdf kultur

Update 2013/08/05: Is it all over now? Yes, as for the festival itself. But not for the streaming. :-) zdf kultur has announced that they will show 10 performances of the festival following the event. Each day one band will be shown. There's even a stream of that TV station, I hope it works also outside of germany.  So far these bands are said to be streamed, starting with Annihilator Monday night:

Monday 00.15h (CEST) Annihilator
Tuesday 23.20h (CEST) Pretty Maids
Wednesday 07.08.2013 23.35hr ASP
Thursday 08.08.2013 23.50h Lingua Mortis featuring RAGE
Friday, 09.08.2013 23.15h Deep Purple

Monday, 12.08.2013 00.15h (CEST) Anthrax
Tuesday, 13.08.2013 23.30h (CEST) Agnostic Front und Ihsahn 

Plus there's a archive on the NDR website with most of the shown band performances of the recent days. Enjoy! :-)

Update 2013/08/04: Changes, changes and even more changes. Here's the daily update to the NDR Wacken Stream, today it's time for the best of Wacken 2013, starting at 18:30h (CEST). Attention: the starting time has changed and is now set for 19:30h (CEST). Here is what you can see today:


BandStage
Pretty MaidsTrue Metal Stage
DoroTrue Metal Stage
Deep PurpleBlack Stage
MotörheadBlack Stage
TriviumTrue Metal Stage
ASPBlack Stage
Lingua Mortis + RageBlack Stage
AnvilW.E.T. Stage
Emergency GateW.E.T. Stage

If you missed out the ZDF kultur stream last night, don't worry, you can still watch the band performances on the Blog site of the TV station. Just click play on the very first video on the top of the site. Enjoy! :-)

Update 2013/08/03: ...and once more the schedule has changed. :-) So here we go with updated information: first of all don't forget the second stream I already mentioned yesterday. It's located here and will feature bands like Trivium, Alice Cooper,Deep Purple,Doro PLUS they revealed that parts of the Rammstein as well as of the Motörhead show will be shown. Starting time is 20h (CEST). The exact timetable has also been put out:

20.05 Uhr: Trivium (live)
21.00 Uhr: Alice Cooper (live)
21.30 Uhr: Deep Purple (vom Donnerstag)
22.25 Uhr: Doro (vom Freitag)
23.25 Uhr: Motörhead (vom Freitag)
23.45 Uhr: Rammstein (vom Donnerstag)
00.00 Uhr: End of Stream


Next of here's the daily update for the NDR (partly even live) stream from the Wacken shows, starting time is set for 18:30h (CEST). Have fun!

Saturday 2013/08/03

DevilDriverParty Stagelive
Black MessiahHeadbangers Stage
Legion Of The DamnedHeadbangers Stage
CandlemassParty Stagelive
IhsahnBlack Stage
Sonata ArcticaParty Stage
ASPBlack Stage

Tomorrow will bring us the highlights of the festival. Currently the bandlists reads as follows:

DoroTrue Metal Stage
Lingua Mortis + RageBlack Stage
AnvilWET-Stage
Emergency GateWET-Stage
AlestormParty Stage


Update 2013/08/02: Here's a update of today's streaming schedule. Please note that some bands will be streamed live so don't miss them out. For the exact running order check in at the Wacken Running Order subpage. The stream is said to beginn at 17h (CEST) with Pretty Maids. For all the latest info and the stream itself make sure to check back with this site.

Friday 2013/08/02
BandStage
Pretty MaidsTrue Metal StageL I V E
SoilworkParty StageL I V E
Ugly Kid JoeParty Stage
Corvus CoraxParty StageL I V E
Agnostic FrontBlack Stage
ThunderBlack Stage
AmorphisParty StageL I V E

Currently the schedule for saturday has also been changed to the following, seems like Rage will be missing while Alestorm and ASP have been added.

Saturday 2013/08/03

BandStage
AlestormParty Stage
Black MessiahHeadbangers Stage
Legion Of The DamnedHeadbangers Stage
CandlemassParty StageL I V E
IhsahnBlack Stage
Sonata ArcticaParty Stage
ASPBlack Stage

In  addition to this another TV station named zdf kultur will also set up a internet stream on Saturday 2013/08/03. They are going to show recorded stuff from: Trivium, Alice Cooper,Deep Purple and Doro. Starting time is set to 20h (CEST). Check in here to see the stream and find out more details (sorry, only german language available).


Update 2013/08/31: Looks like the streaming and broadcast will be much more massive than last year.
Some more details about the internet stream and broadcasts from Wacken Open Air 2013 have just been announced, check out the link for more informations.

Currently the schedule for today (Thursday 2013/08/01) says that the following bands will be streamed on this page of the german TV station NDR. Please look on the Wacken Running Order Page to find the exact showtimes. (MESZ time given). All dates are subject to change, please check back with the streaming site reugulary.


Thursday 2013/08/01




Infanteria (Südafrika)

BackJumper (Italien)

Asthma (Lettland)

Ophidian I (Island)

Midnight Scream (Slowakei)

Trallery (Spanien)

Utopium (Portugal)

An Apple A Day (Luxemburg)

Overoth (Irland)

Vengha (Schweden)

Crimson Shadow (Kanada)

JT Ripper (Deutschland)

Rotten Souls (Zentral-Amerika)

Mysterious Priestess (Japan)

Evil Invaders (Belgien)

Behold The Grave (Mexiko)

Gnida (Polen)

Industrial City (kaukasische Republiken)




AnnihilatorBlack Stage


Friday 2013/08/02

BandBühne
Agnostic FrontBlack Stage
Ugly Kid JoeParty Stage
Corvus CoraxParty Stage
Pretty MaidsTrue Metal Stage
AmorphisParty Stage

Saturday 2013/08/03

BandBühne
Black MessiahHeadbangers Stage
Legion Of The DamnedHeadbangers Stage
IhsahnBlack Stage
CandlemassParty Stage
Sonata ArcticaParty Stage
DevildriverParty Stage
Lingua Mortis feat. RageBlack Stage

Sunday 2013/08/04 (Highlights)

DoroTrue Metal Stage
Emergency GateWET-Stage
FozzyWET-Stage
 

Deichbrand Festival:

Date: 18.-21.7.2013
Bands: In Flames, D-A-D, Die Toten Hosen plus many,many more.
Location: Cuxhaven, Germany Seeflughafen
Website for more info

Reload Festival:

Date: 5.-7.7.2013
Bands: Motörhead, Hatebreed, Caliban plus many, many more.
Location: Sulingen, Germany
Website for more info

Wacken Open Air:

Date: 01.-03.08.2013
Bands: Alice Cooper, Anvil, Annihilator, Trivium plus many, many more
Location: Wacken, Germany
Website for more info




6/12/2013

Full Metal Cruise 2013 documentation still online

Besides the traditional metal festivals with stages and often a proper camping ground these days a new form of festival seems be more and more popular. I'm speaking about all of the cruises that put a bunch of bands, lots of lights and stages plus all the fans on one big ship and let them do a trip of their very own.

Besides other big festivals like the Sweden Rock the biggest one called Wacken Open Air has also done a cruise of their own entitled "Full Metal Cruise". It took place from  5th to 12th  Ma 2013 and did feature 20 Bands on three stage on stage and also at the boarding location. Among others the following bands were performing: KREATOR, SABATON, AVANTASIA, DORO, HEAVEN SHALL BURN und FIREWIND.

If you'd like to see how this turned out, hurry and head over here. The german TV station ZDF did broadcast a 77 min. long documentation about the event that still can be seen for some days in their media streaming service. Check it out!




6/05/2013

Rock am Ring 2013 Stream and TV broadcast announced

At the upcoming weekend it's time again for the big Rock am Ring festival here in germany. The festival is sold out for quite some time already so I took a look around on the web and happily found out, that parts of the Rock am Ring 2013 festival will be streamed online. Here's the link to the streaming page. Bands and times are still to be concreted/announced. So far you can take a look at the official festival page to see which bands will play at a certain time and on which stage. Of couse I do hope that some of the metal bands that will show up there will be streamed through linked the website. 

Or simply click on the play button in the video frame below to watch since they happily gave permission this year to embedd the stream. There are two streams by the way, one send's directly the band's performances while the other one send's send with a little delay and/or not live but recorded stuff only. The second stream I mentioned can only be seen on the streaming page I linked, so If you want to see it you still need to go there to watch it.




If you do live in germany you might be happy to read that some TV stations over here will do broadcasts of this big festival event. Jump over to this page to see which TV stations and other websites will host stuff from the event. It's all in german language, but I hope it's helps you out anyway.

On a sitenote: if you also want to watch stuff from Rock im Park, the small twin of Rock am Ring just jump over to this page, there you can also see some band performances streamed live. The original streaming site from broadcast station PULS lists the following bands for today's streaming, sadly without times but I guess those are identical with the stage times mentioned here.

  • SAM
  • Stereophonics
  • Hurts
  • Blumentopf
  • A$AP Rocky
  • Bullet For My Valentine
  • Kraftklub
  • koRn

Update 2013/06/10: Sadly it's all over already again. Anyway, the radio station that hosted the stream currently has some videos up for watching on their site. Thought you might like to know.

Update 2013/06/09: And here's are the streaming times for the third and final day of Rock am Ring 2013, all times Central European Summer Time (MESZ/CEST/CEDT) ). Have fun!

Livestream
Sunday 09.06.2013
TimeBand
16:10Bad Religion
16:55Blumentopf
17:05Best of Hurts
17:25 A$AP Rocky
18:05 Best of Fettes Brott
18:30Bastille
19:15 Stereophonics
20:00Broilers
20:55Limp Bizkit
22:10Best of Paramore
22:20Capser
23:30The Bloody Beetroots Live
22:55Hurts

Second stream

Sunday 09.06.2013
TimeBand
18:00A$AP Rocky
18.20 Simple Plan
18:35Kraftklub
19.40Dizzee Rascal
20:25Sportfreunde Stiller
21:25The Wombats
22:00Green Day
23:45Casper

Update 2013/06/08: Here's the bandlist for saturday, all times Central European Summer Time (MESZ/CEST/CEDT) ).

Livestream
Satuday 08.06.2013
TimeBand
16:05 UhrLeslie Clio
16:35 Uhrtba
16:55 UhrJake Bugg
17:25 Uhrtba
17:55 UhrStereophonics
18:40 UhrThe BossHoss
19:20 Uhrtba
20:15 UhrTocotronic
21:05 Uhrtba
21:15 UhrVolbeat
21:25 Uhrtba
22:50 UhrHurts

Second stream

EinsPlus Live - Saturday 08.06.2013
TimeBand
18:00 UhrFilius Nox
18:05 UhrStereophonics
18.40 UhrThe BossHoss
19:15 Uhr Biffy Clyro
19.50 UhrStone Sour
20:45 UhrTocotronic
21:15 UhrVolbeat
22:30 UhrPhoenix
23:20 UhrHurts
0:15 UhrThe Prodigy
0:30 UhrThe Killers
02:00 UhrJake Bugg / Leslie Clio
02:20 UhrBloody Beetroots Live

Update 2013/06/07: The bandlist for the internet stream has just been released. Here's what's going to be shown today (Friday 2013/06/07, all times Central European Summer Time (MESZ/CEST/CEDT) ).
I'll update the timetable for the other days as soon as I get the info for it.


TimeBand
16:50  UhrImagine Dragons
17:40  UhrA Day To Remember
18:25  UhrBring Me The Horizon
19:05  UhrAmon Amarth
19:40 UhrTba
20:05  UhrBroilers
20:55  UhrCro
21:20  UhrBullet For My Valentine
22:15  UhrFettes Brot
22:45  UhrLimp Bizkit
00:00 UhrTba
00:30  UhrkoRn


5/30/2013

Full album streams from Evile, Megadeth and Tesseract available

Wow, these days many bands offer there albums on the internet for free streaming mostly even prior to the official release date. Today I'll give you a package of three bands, that have all set up their entire brand new albums for listening via the World Wide Web.

So let's start out with Tesseract and their album Altered State. The band has put quite a interessting concept behind their album, something that often run's across my mind - the changes in life we all go through and how we deal with them.

The band describes the concept in their own words: "The concept behind the presentation of 'Altered State' is very simple. It is about change, and how life is change. We have been through a very difficult period of time over the last few years. It is a miracle that the band has survived. I feel it is the ability to step back and see everything for what it is (hence the 'Perspective' EP) that has allowed us to get on with life and try to enjoy it. Reality is change."

Here is how the music turned out after this process:

It's been a sad day recently when I read about the sudden death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Rest in peace! You'll be always remembered for this unique playing style and some of the most intensive thrash songs ever.

If we focus on things there's often a feeling like it's black clouds and silver linings. Meaning most stuff doesn't look too good for some or other reason but there's sometimes a glimpse of hope hanging in the air.
As for this moment for me it's the young fresh bands that give these glimpse I'm talking about.

One of them is currently Evile, a young band digging also in this thrash direction. They got my attention some time ago when I first saw the video to the song "Cult" and now they are back with a fresh record entitled "Skull". Their record company has set up the whole album as a stream on youtube so without any further words enjoy it. :-)

Let's close these round-up with the full proven thrash music from US veteran's Megadeth that have just put out the new album called "Super Collider". Actually my very first impressions on this album are quite mixed but I'm looking forward to check out the full album later. First of all here is the link to the german Rock Hard magazine for you, so you can quickly check the record out for yourselfs. While you do so, why not leave a little comment here? I'd like to know what you think about these three albums.  

5/23/2013

ANVIL is back with new album Hope In Hell

After struggling again with problems (the bass guitar player Glenn Five left them after first success with the documentary movie and the new album "Juggernaut of Justice") the band refused to give up and recruited new band member Sal Italiano the band currently is about to release a new studi album entitled "Hope in hell".

Shortly before the album will be up for purchase the band has decided to hand the full album to the public as a stream for a pre-listening at the website of the Bravewords magazine.

ANVIL's long-awaited new album, Hope In Hell, is due out on May 24th in Germany via SPV / Steamhammer, the rest of Europe on the 27th and the following day (May 28th) in North America via The End. The 13-song effort will be available in four different formats: as a limited-edition digipak including two bonus tracks, jewel case CD, double gatefold orange colored vinyl LP, and as a download.

The tracklist reads:

01 Hope In Hell
02 Eat Your Words
03 Through With You
04 The Fight Is Never Won
05 Pay The Toll
06 Flying
07 Call Of Duty
08 Badass Rock N Roll
09 Time Shows No Mercy
10 Mankind Machine
11 Shut The Fuck Up
12 Hard Wired
13 Fire At Will

5/16/2013

Free Live Stream from Rock Hard Festival next weekend

GREAT! The TV station WDR will stream on the upcoming saturday and sunday (18th & 19th May 2013) a lot of shows from the Rock Hard festival directly on their website rockpalast.de! Check out this link to get detailed info on this (sorry only german available-but music doesn't need any language imho ;-)

At the moment I'm typing these lines (Thursday 16th May 2013) the following bands have been confirmed to be streamed along with the german times they will be on stage. Please check the link I mentioned above to make sure your band will be stremed (sometimes bands are added or even taken off so there might be changes possible):

Samstag, 18. Mai 2013
21.30 - 23.00   Queensryche
19.45 - 21.00   D-A-D
18.15 - 19.15   Ensiferum
17.00 - 17.45   Naglfar
15.50 - 16.35   Desaster
14.45 - 15.30   Mustasch

Sonntag, 19. Mai 2013
21.30 - 23.00   King Diamond
19.15 - 20.30   Sepultura
17.45 - 18.45   Threshold
16.15 - 17.15   Tank
15.10 - 15.55   Orchid
14.05 - 14.50   Orden Ogan

Update 2013/5/21: The website that streamed the event has set up some nice stuff already at this adress including videos of backstage unplugged song performances, Interviews, live recordings of single songs, statements of well known people that organised the event or were there to enjoy the shows and a lot of pictures. Use the navigation tab on the right to find the stuff you're looking for.

4/26/2013

The big three: new stuff from Megadeth, Black Sabbath and Sodom on the horizon

Currently the more big names in the world of Heavy Metal are going to put out new stuff for us. That's whay I decided to put their stuff up here as well. I think a lot of you guys out there are waiting for their albums to be available as well.

Megadeth have set up a video on youtube with the title track of their upcoming CD "Super Collider" which will be spread through store's and download shops on June 4, 2013. You can also see the cover of the album and listen to a preview of the track "Don't turn your back" while visiting the band's
official website.


Black Sabbath have finsihed recording their next album entitled "13". Obviously the fans can't wait to hear something from the new record. The last time they did put out a preview video they did talk a lot about the new CD, but there wasn't a chance of hearing even a single note. That was the only thing I disliked about the video. Meanwhile they've set up a track for listening and I've included it in this update as well. Risk an ear on 'God Is Dead?' from the album that is up for release on June 7, 2013.
And finally thrashers Sodom have released today their brand new album "Epitome Of Torture". Hear the track 'Stigmatized' right here right now.

4/15/2013

Headbangers Open Air 2013


www.headbangers-open-air.de

Finally spring see's the day of light here in germany. With the sun coming out and the temperature rising I guess a lot of you people out there will think about the upcoming festival season with the chance to hear our beloved music under a open sky along with sharing this moments with other people that have
the same taste of music.

Besides the bigger and well known festival's out there we saw in recent years happily a coming up of festivals of a much smaller style often featuring young and new bands or smaller and not so well known bands. One of 'em just came to my attention through a friend of mine. I'm talking about the Headbanger's Open Air near Hamburg, Germany (exactly in in 25364 Brande) that will take place between 25th of July up to 27th of July 2013.

Why did it got my attention? It's a small festival focussing on providing you with great music but without all of the bigger bands to keep the ticket price as low as possible. The sensation in my eyes is that you only have to pay 48 Euro to be able to go in. These includes presale, camping directly at your car/van and the possibility to see all of the bands!

Nevertheless they managed to confirm Overkill, Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Praying Mantis, Demon, Iron Saviour, Kissin' Dynamiteand Forte for 2013's festival line-up. These bands are the more known bands. Besides that a bunch of upcoming bands will add to the event such as Game Over, King Leoric or Heretic.

You can get your ticket and all additional information for the festival on the website. If you like stay some more time on the festival, then you might be happy to read that there's even a Warm up party organised on 24th July as well as a Aftershow Party on 28th July 2013. Sounds like this one could turn out to be quite a nice event in 2013 :-).

4/05/2013

CD Review: Atropos Project - Equator

Here we go with a new section on the Metalunderdogs Blog. I'd like to write down my thoughts on new releases that have been recently put out. If you have a own band or project that you think might fit in well here please do drop me a line or two here in the comments section or please see my profile for my E-Mail adress. I do appreciate new suggestions very much!

Today we start out with the actual album from Atropos Project called "Equator". It's a instrumental Progmetal one man project that is centered around John Quarles. He has written, performed, recorded, and produced all the stuff that can be heard on the album. On some of the tracks he has additional help with guitars, keyboards, Pedal steel, dobro and slide guitars from other musicians. John is mostly a self-taught musician who started out with drums, later going over to guitars and even having taken some lessons on the piano.

As for the structure of the review: I will first give a short summary of the album along with a embedded player so for all of you who dislike reading text from screens you can shortly go over and have a quick check on the content. Afterwards I will write down a track by track review showing you my thoughts on the single tracks.

Short Summary / Player / Download and CD Purchase Links

No doubt it's a great album. If you're into Progmetal and like instrumental songs I suggest you to check this out. I know no one like's to be compared to something but to give you a idea on what this is all about imagine the instrumental tracks from bands like Dream Theater, Vanden Plas, Threshold and the like along with a more straight forward songwriting. The songs are very progressive and do show the beauty and diversification of this musical style but always remain followable and don't loose thereselves into too complicated structures. They always give you the chance to take a breathe after a "hard attack" so your emotions and thoughts can sort freshly giving you new energy to go for the next push-on forward.

The album can be streamed for free so it's no hidden catch. Take the time and check out "F.A.C." or "Deadfall" for a very quick glance on what's this band is all about. Take some time to give the blasting "Spiralling" a chance as well as the slower tracks "A Curious Trip" and "Drudgery".
The album can be purchased as a download for only 8 dollar at the BANDCAMP SITE. There you can quickly get the album in high quality FLAC (File losless Audio Converter) format as well as in high MP3 format. John has also put together a beautifull CD version of the album so if you prefer to buy the album as a classic Compact disc, you can do so also via the BANDCAMP SITE. 
For all those of you who do prefer itunes and Amazon, just click on the site names to go to the direct download pages. Moreover CD baby is one more chance to get a copy of the album.
If you want to follow Atropos Project, you can do so on facebook or check out the band's website for further links and info.

Update 2014/11/03: The prices have been reduced! The download is now available for 4 Dollar as well as the Compact Disc that goes out for the same price but you have to add shipping and handling for the physical copy of course.

Track by track Review:

Before reading: don't let your enjoyment be spoiled. I will talk about some of the details of each track. Discovering music on you own might be much more fun. If you don't want to know before listening I suggest you to let the music do the talking instead of reading this.

"Inceptions Promise"
The slow intro track takes you away from reality to the start of a musical journey. Set up with clear guitars in a very own style it plays a bit around in the hight notes to take over to the first full song of the album.

"F.A.C."
A open and direct straight forward song taking you inside of the album. Shortly after the opening sequence a first solo part with a very own styled solo section. Very rhytmic track, lot's of variations in tempo and soft change over's. It show's also a very own trademark of Atropos Project: very own style and interpretation that give's the straight arrangement a remarkable own note.

"Deadfall"
The hardest track of the album in my eyes. Raw, direct and unfiltered first riff with dirtly crash cymbals. After the hard entrance a softer part with slower rhythm and piano playing awaids the listener. The permanent constant playing of the guitar while the piano does a little duell with the guitars take's it back to the harder intro riff. Finally a release at the end with a very straight forward riff. Short silence. Then a short hard riff. The piano take's to the end of this nearly ten minute long song. A jamming session in the end repeating the piano theme slightly from the middle section. A open end fading out of a great track. 

"Spiralling"
A song that opens up while a ghostly-feeling riff that gives you chills. It's followed up by a more complex Rhythm Section, that leads into another part underlayed with Keyboards. Sort of style I like very much. After some jamming finally a blast killer riff at the end that free's the compressed energy the previous parts did build up.

"A Curious Trip"Sort of very special track. It starts very slow and relaxed with some Piano. You feel lost in deep thoughts when listening to this. The end offers a very, very complex instrumentation while the bass keeps repearting a montone riff. The end comes very abrupt and leaves you behind with a surprise (a good one).

"And...Lift"
This one show's a lot of jazz elements with lot's of variations. The riff is very strong and pushes you hard in the forward direction. A lot of solo part's in here. In the end part a riff that open's up the song like a flower and shows several styles of this riff and the melody.

"Suspiria"
We start into the song with a slow section playing clean guitars that is seldom to find these days. Warmly welcomed by me. The rhythm builds a bridge to the main part of the song. Guitars playing at a high tone on this one. Powerfull guitars with a catchy riff and several repeatings then - silence. After a short break another power riff with a very straight ending.

"Drudgery"
Again a clear intro with a touch of sadness hanging in the air. The jam session that follow's leads into a good power riffing. The rhythm is very crawling and has lots of modern elements in there. The end takes you back to the starting intro melody and the end is soft and let's you slowly fade away.

"New Leaf"
A cool drum section opening up to clear guitars. Once more we go with a power riff while the drums keep being very dominating on this track. The bridge is a drum fill going over to a new pattern opening up to a piano section alonng with fitting beats. Some more jazzy elements and a small jam section go over to the final part of the album. After a short power riffing arrangement the CD comes to a end with a piano section putting a very decent ending to a strong first release of a project we hopefully will hear more of in the future.

3/28/2013

Easter Egg: New EP from Gamma Bomb up for free download

Here in germany there's a special celebration going on this weekend. It's easter and the tradition is to eat some painted eggs and giving out small giveaways to your loved one's. So I would like to "give" you something as well. This time it's a four track EP from the german fun thrashers Gamma Bomb. Their next album is around the corner for release but at this time they've chose to set up already a free giveaway prior to the release. Grab the EP from HERE. The songs will not be up on the full length release.

Die Tracklist of TERRORSCOPE:
Terrorscope ( English)
666% Insane
Jaws 4
Terrorscope (Spanish)

Encore: hear the new Amaranthe album "The nexus" right HERE for free at the soundcloud stream.

Hope you're having a great long easter weekend everybody and hope to see you back soon again since even more stuff here for the site is in the makings. :-)

3/06/2013

Spring break with Gamma Ray, Iced Earth and Timo Tolkki

Looks like we've reached some sort of turning point - maybe Winter is about to say goodbye for some time. I like that - finally some sun and feeling way better now. So let's see what the metal universe has done in the recent Winter months.

Gamma Ray have announced that they will put out a new EP entitled "Master Of Confusion". Having just released their “Live – Skeletons and Majesties” DVD / Blue Ray the band already comes around with some new stuff for their dedicated fans. It's said to be released on March 15th 2013 featuring a packed CD containing stuff with a length of about 60 minutes. That's value for money in my eyes. The Tracklist for this nice package includes the following songs:

A Side
1. Empire Of The Undead (new studio track)
2. Master Of Confusion (new studio track)
B Side
3. Death Or Glory (Holocaust studio cover version)
4. Lost Angels (Sweet studio cover version)
C Side*
5. The Spirit / 6. Wings Of Destiny / 7. Gamma Ray
8. Farewell / 9. Time To Break Free / 10. Insurrection

*Recorded live in Bochum.

Here's the first teaser for the upcoming release:
The next one's are Iced Earth who have announced a fresh DVD under the name of  Live In Ancient Kourion. The band's set was filmed at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limassol, Cyprus, in December 2011. The band points out on their website that "(...) Filming and recording a 2 1⁄2 hour show in an amphitheater that is 6000 years old and is not set-up for a rock concert, paired with 40-degree Celsius heat, were just some of the obstacles to overcome.(...)". Take a look on what's coming up below...

Finally I've come around the news that Timo Tolkki has incinated a new project under the bannner of THE LAND OF NEW HOPE - The new Metal Opera. Featuring some great musicians like Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Rob Rock, Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA), Sharon Den Adel (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, HELLOWEEN), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS) and Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) the introduction of the vocalists has made me very curious on this one. More information regarding the upcoming release is said to be made available by Frontiers Records on Monday, Februry 25.  Up to this point take a look on what's been released so far.