Final Coil giving out upcoming EP already today for supporters at facebook

I already introduced you to this band on my Christmas 2013 blogpost.
Check these guys out and don't miss the chance to get a free copy of their forthcoming EP.

The band writes about the upcoming release:

"On May 1st the long delayed 'Somnambulant' will be released digitally via bandcamp. Collecting seven acoustic and radically reworked tracks, the EP is not a change of direction, but a chance to hear the more progressive side of Final Coil.
Today we are giving away 5 download codes free to the first five people to like and share this post online."

Update: there's still a chance to get a copy of the EP since the band has set up five more downloads for the next sharer on Facebook. Don't let this chance slip away!
All you need to do is to click the like button at this Facebook post and share the picture of the EP with the info:

Update 2014/04/01: Not a april fools joke- there's still one more code up for grabs. So be fast and it could be yours...


Sonata Artica presents full new album online

Are you ready to start the weekend properly? Then jump over to the stream of the full new Sonata Artica album called "Pariahs Child". The first track "The wolves die young" just gave me the kick to start into the day.

The band will soon kick off a European tour so don't miss them out:

10.04. NL Eindhoven - Effenaar
11.04. BE Bormal-Sur-Ourthe - Durbuy Rock Festival
13.04. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
14.04. D Hamburg - Markthalle
16.04. D Braunschweig - Meier Music Hall
17.04. D Berlin - C-Club
18.04. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
19.04. D Bochum - Matrix
21.04. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
22.04. D Saarbrücken - Garage
23.04. F Paris - Bataclan
24.04. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
26.04. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
27.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
28.04. I Trezzo - Live Club
30.04. HU Budapest - Club 202
01.05. CZ Prague - Retro Music Hall
02.05. AT Vienna - Szene
04.05. F Lyon - Transbordeur
05.05. ESP Barcelona - Bikini
06.05. ESP Madrid - Arena
02.08. CZ Ostrava - Dolni Vitkóvice-Open Air


Full free album stream of Gamma Ray's Empire of the Undead available

On March 28th the well known german power metal band Gamma Ray releases it's brand new album "Empire of the Undead" today. Also the band had to postpone the album due to a fire at the studio they recorded the album and thus loosing a good part of their equipment and some memorabilas it couldn't stop them at all from finishing the record.

For all those who would like to listen to the new CD before buying it the label of the band earMusic has set up a full album stream on youtube. Up till now it has two new songs on it called "Avalon" and "Built a world (European bonus track)

Just check it out right here:

Update 2014/04/04: If you're living in Germany, Switzerland or Austria you can download one track of the album at the moment for free from Amazon. They offer the track "Pale Rider" in their free mp3 section. Very cool, since this track is very traditionell in my eyes, remind me a lot of the good old Judas Priest songs. :-)


Mob Rules annouce festival to celebrate 20th band anniversary

Great News for all the fans of MOB RULES, the band will do a very,very special event (their first own festival) to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Just check out the details and flyer below and spread the word on this, the band very-well deserves some support!

The following statement taken from their post on Facebook today:

"Mob Rules will celebrate their 20th anniversary on October, 25th 2014 at Pumpwerk Wilhelmshaven with their own festival, coming with an awesome lineup!

As headliner, Mob Rules were able to confirm the world-famous Power Metal band GAMMA RAY, who just released their new album „Empire Of The Undead“. Mob Rules themselves will play a very special anniversary show with some exciting surprises. The third act are LOVE.MIGHT.KILL and another band will be announced during the next weeks!

Preorder for this festival starts in two weeks! Matthias Mineur states: „Again, we will have a great present for people buying their tickets first: Beneath the regular ones, a limited premium ticket will be available, which comes with an exclusive shirt! As usual: Who comes first, serves first.“
More information regarding this festival will come soon!"

If you don't know the band yet you can watch the newest video of them below. It's a lyric video for the song "Scream for the sun", taken from the latest album "Cannibal Nation".

In case you want to hear songs from the upcoming GAMMA RAY album „Empire Of The Undead“ just jump over to the website of the german RockHard megazine. There you can listen to two full new songs entitled "Hellbent" and "I will return". The german section of the well known Metal Hammer megazine has two more tracks up for listening, there you can check out "Pale Rider" and "Born To Fly". Enjoy. :-)

UPDATE 2014/03/27: Just found out that the label of the band earMusic has already set up a youtube playlist for this album. Up till now it has two more new songs on it called "Avalon" and "Built a world (European bonus track). If you do subscribe to this playlist you can stream the full album on March 28th including Interviews and Track by Track commentary. 

UPDATE 2014/03/28: The full album is up on youtube now. Just check out my blogpost about the release - there you can listen to the full record including the European bonus track for free.

And what about LOVE.MIGHT.KILL? No problem, just check out my blogpost about them that I wrote some time ago. There you'll find two stuff of them for checking out.
Hope to see you guys out at the Mob Rules festival!


Listen to the new Saxon live album already today

Check out the full new Saxon live album legally and for free at the website of the german RockHard magazine as a pre-listening. The double live album "St. George's Day - Live in Manchester" is set for release on 14th March 2014. Just listened to the first three tracks and they sound amazing. Great audience, seems to have a lot of fun. Enjoy. :-)


Free download of songs at AFM V.I.P. Area

Wow, a new month has already begun! So that means checking out what should be up next. It also means looking for what to spend on the money. The costs for life have increased in my eyes over the last years. But surely no one wants to live without music, right? ;-) So what to do if you want to listen to some new stuff?

One solution I ran across is the V.I.P area on the AFM-Records website. The label is well known for having a lot of bands under their banner that are smaller or are on the way to get bigger including acts like Brainstorm, Fear Factory, Mob Rules, Sinner and the like. So clicking on the link will take you to the mentioned V.I.P. area. All you need to do there is to register shortly with a valid Email adress and the activation code that is displayed at the welcome page. Once registered by verifying the registration by clicking the activation link in the email you'll receive you're in!

After that you only need to login with your registered E-Mail adress and will have access to the possibility to download complete songs from the AFM rooster for free. There's one more good message: the label refreshes the song selection after some weeks. So as the time passes by all you need to do is to come back to the V.I.P. area, login again and you'll see a new track selection for download. Nice, right? :-) At the moment I'm typing these lines the label offers the following tracks for download:
  1. Iron Savior - Burning Heart04:39
  2. Words Of Farewell - Beauty In Passing04:53
  3. Silent Force - Caught In Their Wicked Game04:40
  4. Crystal Viper - Prophet Of The End05:36
  5. Ektomorf - Numb and Sick04:42 
  6. Lake Of Tears - Taste Of Hell (live)03:53 
  7. Rhapsody Of Fire - Rising From Tragic Flames06:16
  8. Truth Corroded - They Are Horror03:22 
  9. Black Messiah - Jötunheim06:57 
  10. Iron Mask - Rock Religion04:38 
  11. Epysode - The Arch05:15 
  12. Human Fortress - The Chosen One04:55 
  13. Eden's Curse - Break The Silence04:38 
  14. Onslaught - Chaos Is King04:06 
  15. Vanishing Point - Distant Is The Sun04:47
Great! My choice feel on the tracks from Iron Saviour, Silent Force, Crystal Viper, Ektomorf, Rhapsody of Fire and Vanishing Point. Have to say all of the songs rocked so far, but especially the one's from Crystal Viper and Rhapsody of Fire found my sympathy. 

Like the old-school sound on the Crystal Viper track while the Rhapsody of Fire track turned out surprisingply variable. Very different and more direct compared to the stuff they did put out the last time. So which tracks did you choice for download and did you enjoy listening to them? 

And do you know more labels that do offer such a service? If you do, please drop me a line here in the comments section or let me know through Email. Please check out my profile to see my Email adress. Thanks!