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MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE To Appear At Gibson Garage’s Second-Anniversary Star-Studded Celebration ‘Garage Fest’

Leading global instrument brand Gibsonwill stage Garage Fest Wednesday, June 7 through Saturday, June 10 at the Gibson Garage (209 10th Ave. South #209) in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Falling on the second anniversary of the opening of the Gibson Garage — Nashville’s must-see destination for music lovers — Gibson Garage Fest will kick off with live performances and events with music superstars and emerging acts during CMA Week. Gibson Garage Fest is open to the public and will feature intimate, live music performances, and events, daily at the Gibson Garage. Fans can attend live shows, autograph signings, participate in guitar-playing lessons with renowned experts, and interact with the iconic brand Gibson — as well as its philanthropic arm Gibson Gives.

Wednesday, June 7 * 2:00-4:00 p.m. Dave Mustaine(MEGADETH) autograph-signing event.

Mustaine will sign any Gibson Brands guitar as well as special limited-edition poster which will be offered onsite only.

Thursday, June 8:

· 2 PM – Live music performances all day and night – Kick-off with music from the Gibson Garage team: Jenna Weidner, Dylan Jenkins, Shane Hunt, Scott Wasnak, John Wohlford, and Matt Boyer.
· 3 PM – Dani Rose (Honey County)
· 4 PM – Vincent Mason
· 5 PM – Dawson Anderson (Temecula Road)
· 7 PM – Garage Private Party (media RSVP required)
· 7:15 PM – Devon Thompson
· 8 PM – Emily Wolfe
· 9 PM – VIP supergroup

Friday, June 9:

· 2 PM – Live music performances all day
· 2 PM – Notes4Notes Kids Jam
· 3 PM – Whitney Miller
· 4 PM – Mackenzie Porter
· 5 PM – Adeem the Artist

Saturday, June 10:

· 10 PM – Live music performances and events all day
· 10 PM – Donuts and Jam with Charlie Worsham – Charlie Worsham acoustic performance, meet & greet/photos, donuts, and coffee served.
· 11:30 PM – Gibson Gives Foundation + FreeGuitars4Kids event (parking lot) – Gibson Gives and Gibson artists will be onsite gifting 200 guitars to FG4K youth members.
· 2 PM – Kapali Long
· 3 PM – Cassandra Lewis
· 4 PM – Mya Byrne
· 5 PM – Ashley Cooke

Kick-off with music from the Gibson Garage team: Jenna Weidner, Dylan Jenkins, Shane Hunt, Scott Wasnak, John Wohlford and Matt Boyer.

Charlie Worsham acoustic performance, meet-and-greet/photos, donuts, and coffee served.

Gibson Gives and Gibson artists will be onsite gifting 200 guitars to

Thursday, June 8 will feature live performances all day and night, kicking off at 2:00 p.m. with music from the Gibson Garage team Jenna WeidnerDylan JenkinsShane HuntScott WasnakJohn Wohlford and Matt Boyer. Next, live music will continue with performances from Dani Rose (HONEY COUNTY),Vincent MasonDawson Anderson (TEMECULA ROAD),and culminating with a Gibson Garage afterparty with performances from Devon ThompsonEmily Wolfe, and a VIP supergroup.

Friday, June 9 features live performances from Notes4Notes kids — a Gibson Givesnonprofit partner, followed by live music from popular country music artists including Whitney MillerMackenzie Porter and Adeem The Artist.

Saturday, June 10 at the Garage will kick off early at 10:00 a.m. with Charlie Worsham‘s Donuts And Jam featuring live music from the country superstar and a meet-and-greet/photo opp for fans along with donuts and coffee.

On Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. and running through 1:30 across the street in the Garage parking lot, Gibson Gives has teamed up with Free Guitars 4 Kids(FG4K) a non-profit organization serving the Nashville metro area dedicated to providing musical instruments, specifically guitars, to children who may not have the means to afford one. Gibson Gives and Gibson artists will be onsite gifting 200 guitars to FG4K youth members. Fans can attend and explore the Gibson Mobile Garage and the Infinite Guitar Tunnel and see the Ford Truck “Mary Ford” on the corner of 10th and Demonbreun for photo opps onsite.

Back inside the Garage at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, more live music will kick off hotly tipped Americana, country, and blues artists, including Kapali LongCassandra LewisMya Byrne and Ashley Cooke.

Two years after opening its doors, the Gibson Garage is the ultimate guitar and music experience in Nashville, Music City USA. People from around the world visit the Gibson Garage to experience live music, plug-in and play more than 400 electric and acoustic guitars from Gibson Custom Shop to Epiphone, explore the entire collection of MESA/Boogieamplifiers, KRK audio gear, and more.

At the Gibson Garage music lovers across the globe can experience live performances, design a dream made to measure guitar, catch a taping of the award-winning Gibson TV series, and explore Gibson‘s 130-year music history with captivating, interactive storytelling and memorabilia inside the historic space. The Gibson Garage is the place to explore Gibson‘s past, present, and future. Inside the Gibson Garage, fans can plug-in-and-play all things Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer, MESA/Boogie, Maestro and KRK.

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To Kill Achilles Share New Video “Chemical Counterpart.” New Album RECOVERY Via Arising Empire OUT AUGUST 11


Mark Tindal — Vocals
Shaun Lawrence — Guitar
Matthew Tippett — Bass
Kieran Smith — Drums



Alternative rock band To Kill Achilles will drop their new album, Recovery, on August 11 via Arising Empire. Recovery will be available as CD and limited colored vinyl, together with special merch options at the band and Arising Empire Shop — visit now and pre-order here.

Today, the band has released their new track “Chemical Counterpart.” Watch the video here.

Consisting of 11 tracks, the sound of Recovery is delivered through sincere lyrics depicting real-life experience with the same ferocity we’ve come to expect. The music is a mixture of aggression, sadness, hope, and beauty, with soaring choruses and storytelling that promotes the journey towards positivity.

“This record is the antithesis of the last, for far too long we’ve told the story of mental degradation without hope,” the band shares. “Becoming completely drained repeating the same lines of how it hurts to be here. Recovery deals with courage, control, acceptance, and ultimately, the end goal that anyone in this circumstance seeks… the other side. This record is the journey of getting better, taking control of your life and the experiences around you.”

…and I’m an Addict
“Chemical Counterpart”
“When The Lights Go Off”
“Living In a Memory”
“Fifteen Years”
“No Love Is a Crime”
“Ghost Town”
“The Cave”

To Kill Achilles have extensively toured across the UK, the majority of Europe, and Russia with bands such as We Came As Romans, Counterparts, While She Sleeps, I Killed The Prom Queen, Betraying The Martyrs, and many more.


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FREEDOM CALL Announce New Live Album, “The M.E.T.A.L. Fest”, Out July 14

Announce New Live Album, The M.E.T.A.L. Fest
Out July 14 | Pre-Order HERE

Title Track Out Today!
Listen HERE

If a survey was commissioned to find out at which shows audiences are their most boisterous, FREEDOM CALLwould definitely be among the leading acts. The south German melodic power metal band surrounding frontman and founder Chris Bay, regularly leaves audiences euphoric in its the wake, carried away by the band’s catchy songs and inspiring stage performance.

FREEDOM CALL have earned their large global fan base through sweat and tears, so it seemed logical to document their atmospheric concerts on CD and Blu-ray every now and again to preserve it for eternity. The latest version, The M.E.T.A.L. Fest, was recorded at two shows in Pilsen and Regensburg in summer/autumn 2022 and compiled into one diverse concert cut. The Blu-ray disc also includes the bonus feature Warriors Of The Caribbean – The Movie.

Today will also see the arrival of a brand-new studio song, the title track and lead single “The M.E.T.A.L. Fest”, which heralds in a hot festival summer.

Listen to the song HERE:

The M.E.T.A.L. Fest Track List:

1. The M.E.T.A.L. Fest
2. Intro
3. Union of the Strong
4. Tears of Babylon
5. Spirit of Daedalus
6. Sail Away
7. Metal Invasion
8. M.E.T.A.L
9. 111 – The Number of Angels
10. The Ace of the Unicorn
11. Freedom Call
12. Power and Glory
13. Metal is for Everyone
14. Warriors
15. Far Away
16. Land of Light
17. Outro

The M.E.T.A.L. Fest will be released on July 14, through SPV/Steamhammer as CD+Blu-ray digipak version, download and stream HERE.


30.06. CH-Lenzburg – Met-Bar
07.07. ES-Burgos – Zurbarán Rock
08.07. DE-Irslingen – Wolfweez Festival
13.-16.07. CZ-Vizovice – Masters Of Rock
14.07. DE-Bissingen – Wisdom Tooth Festival
21.07. FI-Laukaa – John Smith Rock Festival
29.07. DE-Rehau – Jahn Stadion
05.08. SK-Kosice – Stadion Lokomotiva (special guest for Helloween)
12.08. IT – Cagliari (Sardegna) – Festival
25.08. DE-Wiernsheim – Riedler Open Air


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LORD OF THE LOST Releases New Lyric Video for “noituLOVEr”!

photo credit: VDPictures

Chris Harms – Vocals, Guitar
Pi Stoffers – Guitar
Class Grenayde – Bass
Gared Dirge – Piano, Synths, Percussion, Guitar
Niklas Kahl – Drums

LORD OF THE LOST Releases New Official Lyric Video for “noituLOVEr” Watch NOW!

Cut from the Deluxe Version of the #1 Album, Blood & Glitter
Get Your Copy HERE!

Currently on Extended European Tour – First Concert in 2023 with Iron Maiden Taking Place on June 3 in Tampere, Finland

Roughly three weeks after their great experience at the Eurovision Song Contest, LORD OF THE LOST have since returned to their “normal” life. Following their first festivals and concerts after the event, they are gearing up to play the first of their ten concerts with Iron Maiden in 2023 this Saturday in Finland. In addition, there will be multiple headline and festival shows, as well as concerts with Powerwolf and Amon Amarth, and their very own LORDFEST festival in Hamburg.

Today, the Germans have released the official lyric video for “noituLOVEr”. The song, influenced by the new wave and synth pop sound of the 80s, was released shortly before the ESC as part of the Earbook and Digital Deluxe Edition of the band’s #1-charting album, Blood & Glitter. Shortly after the release, Blood & Glitter entered the Official German Album Charts again at #2.

Chris Harms says:
“Lyric videos are not really our thing at all. But for a song like “noituLoVEr”, or “LOVE Revolution” as it is pronounced, where the lyrics are undeniably the most important thing, a lyric video was the only thing that made sense. “LOVE Revolution” is a song for all those who, even nowadays, still feel like they don’t quite fit in, in the prefabricated open puzzle pieces that our society leaves for us. Such as me. It’s equally a song for all those who are responsible for this problem. As long as any diversity in love is not as natural and accepted as breathing, it is important to stand up for the uniqueness of it – and to release songs like these.

Check out the Official Lyric Video for “noituLOVErHERE:

On the band’s eighth album, LORD OF THE LOST enter a new era of exciting 70s glam rock visuals, and add a blend of 80s new wave and pop influences as well as gothic and electronic elements to their own, relevant modern metal style, impressing both fans and critics.

Get Your Copy of Blood & Glitter NOW!

Blood & Glitter 2CD Earbook & Digital Deluxe Tracklist:
CD 1 – Blood & Glitter
Blood & Glitter
Leave Your Hate In The Comments
Absolute Attitude
The Future Of A Past Life (feat. Marcus Bischoff)
No Respect For Disrespect
Reset The Preset (feat. Andy LaPlegua)
Destruction Manual
Dead End
Leaving The Planet Earth
Forever Lost
Save Our Souls (feat. Ally Storch)
One Last Song
The Look (Roxette Cover)
Bonus CD – More Blood & More Glitter
The Curtain Falls
Blood & Glitter (Extended Version feat. Jennifer Batten/Guitarist Michael Jackson)
We Are Immortal (feat. Tribune)
The Sound Of Violence (feat. Aesthetic Perfection)
I Of The Storm (feat. Adrienne Cowan)
See Me Fall (feat. FLYKS)
Not My Enemy
Destruction Manual (Family Friendly Version)
Schwarz Tot Gold (feat. SWISS & Die Andern)
One Last Song (Piano Demo – Live at Chameleon Studios)
Blood & Glitter (Piano Version – Live at Sonic Pump Studios)
Not My Enemy (Piano Version – Live at Sonic Pump Studios)
Leaving The Planet Earth (Piano Version – Live at Sonic Pump Studios)
Blood & Glitter (Extended Action Movie Version)

Blood & Glitter is available in the following formats:
2LP Gatefold Recycled Color Vinyl
2CD Earbook – limited to 1500 copies worldwide – SOLD OUT!
Deluxe Box DVD (incl. bag, Pendant) – Napalm Records Shop exclusive – SOLD OUT!
1CD Digisleeve
2CD Mediabook
Digital Album

LORD OF THE LOST live 2023:
After a full year of touring, including a support tour for Iron Maiden, a headline tour, an acoustic tour, several festival appearances and the band’s own Lordfest, LORD OF THE LOST were once again invited by the legendary Iron Maiden to be special guest on their European tour in 2023, beyond major festival and club appearances both as headliners and as support to bands such as Powerwolf and Amon Amarth.

09.06.23 DE – Zwickau SOLD OUT
11.06.23 DE – Munich SOLD OUT
17.06.23 DE – Saarbrücken
21.06.23 UK – Leeds SOLD OUT
22.06.23 UK – Chester
01.07.23 UK – Edinburgh
13.07.23 DE – Berlin SOLD OUT
28.07.23 DE – Wolfsburg
31.07.23 DE – Aschaffenburg SOLD OUT
02.08.23 DE – Karlsruhe SOLD OUT
23.09.23 UK – London
24.09.23 UK – Bristol SOLD OUT
26.09.23 UK – Southampton
27.09.23 UK – Nottingham
28.09.23 UK – Wolverhampton
29.09.23 UK – Manchester
30.09.23 UK – Glasgow
06.10.23 AM – Yerevan
07.10.23 GA – Tbilisi
11.10.23 FR – Lille
12.10.23 FR – Savigny-le-Temple
13.10.23 FR – La Roche-sur-Yon
01.11.23 NL – Tilburg
04.11.23 BE – Ittre

Special Guest for IRON MAIDEN:
03.06.23 FI – Tampere
24.06.23 IE – Dublin
26.06.23 UK – Glasgow
28.06.23 UK – Leeds
30.06.23 UK – Manchester
03.07.23 UK – Nottingham
04.07.23 UK – Birmingham
07.07.23 UK – London
26.07.23 DE – Dortmund
01.08.23 DE – Munich

Special Guest for AMON AMARTH:
11.07.23 DE – Rostock

Special Guest for POWERWOLF:
31.10.23 DE – Düsseldorf
02.11.23 DE – Ravensburg
03.11.23 DE – Bamberg

07.-10.06.23 PL – Gdansk / Mystic Festival
07.-10.06.23 AT – Nickelsdorf / Nova Rock
15.-18.06.23 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
05.-08.07.23 DE – Ballenstedt / Rockharz
13.-16.07.23 CZ – Zlin / Masters Of Rock
20.-22.07.23 FI – Laukaa / John Smith Rock Festival
29.-30.07.23 DE – Cologne / Amphi Festival
02.-05.08.23 DE – Wacken / Wacken Open Air
12.-13.08.23 DE – Oldenburg / TabulaRaaza Festival
14.10.23 DE – Cologne / Unter Schwarzer Flagge
17.+18.11.23 DE – Leipzig / Gothic Meets Classic

09.12.23 DE – Hamburg

15 Years Of LORD OF THE LOST Tour 2024:
22.03.24 DE – Nuremberg
23.03.24 DE – Munich
24.03.24 IT – Trezzo sull’Adda
26.03.24 CH – Pratteln
27.03.24 FR – Grenoble
29.03.24 ES – Barcelona
30.03.24 ES – Madrid
02.04.24 FR – Paris
03.04.24 LU – Luxembourg
04.04.24 DE – Frankfurt
05.04.24 DE – Cologne
06.04.24 NL – Amsterdam
18.04.24 HU – Budapest
19.04.24 AT – Vienna
20.04.24 DE – Stuttgart
24.04.24 DE – Berlin
25.04.24 PL – Warsaw
26.04.24 PL – Krakow
27.04.24 DE – Leipzig

More dates tba


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SOMNURI: Brooklyn Sludge Metallers Unleash Staggering “Death Is The Beginning” Visualizer/Single; Desiderium Full-Length Nears Release Via MNRK Heavy

Photo by SOMNURI

Justin Sherrell – guitar, vocals
Phil SanGiacomo – drums
Mike G – bass

Brooklyn, New York sludge metal outfit SOMNURI unleashes their latest single today with an accompanying visualizer for “Death Is The Beginning.” The staggering new hymn serves as the opening track to the band’s upcoming third full-length, Desiderium, set for release on July 21st through MNRK Heavy.

Notes drummer and producer Phil SanGiacomo, “‘Death Is The Beginning’ was the first song we tracked for our new album, Desiderium. From the start, it felt like it had to be the opening track; it sets the tone and energy of the record right away.” 

Adds guitarist/vocalist Justin Sherrell, “The lyrics touch on one of the main themes of the record, which is the feeling of living multiple lives or experiencing multiple realities. More specifically, this song explores the idea of recurring hardship and the cyclical nature of life and death.”

Watch SOMNURI’s trance-inducing visualizer for “Death Is The Beginning” at THIS LOCATION.

Watch the video for Desiderium’s first single, “What A Way To Go,” at THIS LOCATION.

SOMNURI does not keep their feet planted in surface reality. The outfit’s flavor of heavy metal stomps from genre to genre with the fervor and confidence of a band ready to cross thresholds of all that’s perceivable and possible. Comprised of Justin Sherrell, Phil SanGiacomo, Chris Drapeau and bassist Mike G, the band has earned attention of taste-making publications like Revolver Magazine, BrooklynVegan, MetalSucks, Metal Hammer, and others and their latest effort is a testament to the band’s insatiable work ethic and cements them as one of heavy metal’s most exciting emerging acts.

Building off their previous two LPs, SOMNURI has spent the last several years hard at work writing riffs and letting their ideas distill in a marathon session of putting the songs together. The final product is Desiderium, an odyssey through a black hole of sounds and heaviness. Recorded at Gojira’s Silver Cord Studios, mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Mastering, Desiderium is a true odyssey through a black hole of sounds and heaviness. Weaving their way seamlessly through a variety of tempos and sounds, the band give some well-trodden genres new roads to travel. Sherrell’s voice is insanely versatile, both able to deliver soul-filled clean vocals and some grim screams. It’s the perfect counterpoint to the band’s instrumentals, weaving a ladder between sludge, grunge, psych-rock and more.

Front to back, the abundant ideas and soundscapes turn Desiderium into a prism of sound. Every song is an amalgamation of what makes rock kinetic, bridging a gap between acts like Helmet, Karp, Handsome, and Quicksand with the sonic journeys of an Isis or Jesu. It’s their thirst for exploration that makes SOMNURI who they are: they’re an ascendant band, not constrained by any label or descriptor.

Desiderium features cover art by Alex Eckman-Lawn and will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

SOMNURI will support psychedelic doom duo Telekinetic Yeti on their US tour this July. SOMNURI’s part in the journey begins July 5th in Des Moines, Iowa and remains through July 26th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Additional support will be provided by Stinking Lizaveta. They’ll be finishing their July run with metalcore legends Zao, July 27th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania through July 30th in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.

SOMNURI w/ Telekinetic Yeti, Stinking Lizaveta:
7/06/2023 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
7/07/2023 Aces High – Salt Lake City, UT
7/08/2023 Shredder – Boise, ID
7/11/2023 The Wise – Vancouver, BC
7/12/2023 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
7/13/2023 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
7/14/2023 Dantes – Portland, OR
7/15/2023 John Henry’s – Eugene, OR
7/18/2023 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
7/19/2023 Winters Tavern – Pacifica, CA
7/20/2023 Transplants Brewery – Palmdale, CA
7/21/2023 Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
7/22/2023 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
7/25/2023 89th St – Oklahoma City, OK
7/26/2023 Mercury Lounge – Tulsa, OK

SOMNURI w/ Zao, Narcissus:
7/27/2023 IMAC – Harrisburg, PA
7/28/2023 No Class – Cleveland, OH
7/30/2023 Preserving Underground – New Kensington, PA


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Fixation – Norwegian Metallers Drop New Single, Flat Earth

Photo by: Anine Desire

Fixation is:
Jonas Hansen – Vocal
Martin Selen – Guitar
Tobias Østerdal – Guitar
Martin Gravdal – Bass
Ola Dønnem – Drums

With exceptional vocal performances, heavy guitar riffs, electronic elements and an incredibly catchy chorus; Norwegian metalcore act, Fixation release their brand new single “Flat Earth”. This captivating track showcases a more pop-oriented sound compared to their previous releases, while it remains true to their signature hard-hitting and atmospheric essence.

Watch the video here

Listen here

Fixation’s unique blend of electronic elements, stadium rock, and post-metal, combined with their emotionally charged and thought-provoking lyrics creates a rollercoaster of melancholic aggression that leaves audiences wanting more. They made their first appearance in 2020, and has since then positioned themselves as one of the most promising new international acts. Garnering high praise from notable media outlets like Kerrang Magazine and BBC Radio 1 they have earned a reputation for their raw talent, and impactful music.

Fixation will be releasing their highly anticipated debut album “More Subtle Than Death” September 8, as well as appearing at festivals such as QStock (FI), Download (UK) Raumarock (NO) and Rock Imperium (ES). In addition to festival appearances, Fixation joined forces with acclaimed musician Devin Townsend on his European tour earlier in 2023. In October, Fixation is set to join Annisokay on tour, on what will be their second European tour in 2023.

“It`s a huge sound from a band that’s going to be absolutely massive” Kerrang! Radio

Fixation states:
“Flat Earth is a track that delves into the minds of people who persuade themselves into believing conspiracy theories. People that are so centered around their own perception of the truth that they refuse to see it any other way. The lyrics sums it up: Even if they see it, they probably won’t believe it.”

Watch the video here

Listen here

Norwegian metalcore act Fixation first appeared in 2020 and quickly made a name for themselves with the release of their debut EP “Global Suicide”. The EP received high praise from media, and Metal Hammer Norway stated: “Sounds like a million dollars. There is so much talent here that it is almost touching, and what an amazing vocalist this band has in Jonas Hansen! It is simply a revelation. Wow!!”

Their next single “Stay Awake” was released in 2021 and it managed to capture the attention of notable international media outlets such as Metal Hammer (DE), Kerrang! Magazine (UK), Kaaoszine (FI) and BBC (UK).

In 2022, they continued to build their reputation with the release of “More Alive” and “Claustrophobic” and performances at notable festivals like Tons of Rock (NO) The Great Escape (UK), Summer Breeze (DE), as well as tour dates with well-established acts like Leprous, Smash Into Pieces and Djerv, continuing to receive praise from media.

“It’s super-hooky well-crafted modern rock that pulls in metalcore, post-hardcore and stadium rock, and will tick all the right boxes that fans of Bring Me The Horizon, Thrice and Thirty Seconds To Mars will connect with immediately” – Kerrang! Magazine

“Jordan from Bring Me The Horizon texted me and was like what band was that, what was that song called? Says a lot!” Daniel P. Carter / BBC Radio 1 Rock Show.

In 2023 Fixation will continue to solidify their position as one of the most promising and rising bands in the rock and metal scene, and there is a lot on the agenda. Fixation will be releasing their debut album as well as appearing at festivals such as Eurosonic (NL), Download (UK) Prognosis (UK and NL) and Rock Imperium (ES). To add to the already impressive year, Fixation are currently on a massive European tour with the highly acclaimed musician Devin Townsend, which began in in February.

Touring with an act like Devin Townsend is a significant accomplishment and an indication of their rising popularity. Fans will have the chance to witness the raw talent and energy of Fixation and the legendary musicianship of Devin Townsend live, in what promises to be an unforgettable tour with high-energy performances and exceptional music.

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Canada’s MEDEVIL Shares New Guitar Playthrough For “Dead Before Birth” Off New Album Out Now! “Mirror in the Darkness”

Photo Credit – IDFK Design & Photography

Album Recording Lineup:
Liam Collingwood – Vocals
Gary Cordsen – Lead Guitar
Brett Gibbs – Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar & Backup Vocals
Eric Wesa – Bass & Backup Vocals
Chris Malcolmson – Drums

Vancouver, Canada’s Medevil unleashed their latest album “Mirror in the Darkness” this past April 7th. The record is a big step up from their debut full-length “Conductor of Storms”, with a more progressive and ambitious direction than before. The album is also a tribute to drummer Chris Malcolmson who passed away after its recording. The songs on this new album have much more variety, and a lot more to offer, which should accommodate a wider array of music tastes from metal fans or fans of music in general. 

Today, the band’s guitarists Gary Cordsen and Brett Gibbs are unveiling their latest playthrough video for the track “Dead Before Birth” via its premiere on TechnicalMusicReview HERE.

The band adds about the album’s opening track:

“Kicking things off is Dead Before Birth, a hard-hitting opening track that begins with a drum-only intro. Featuring complex arrangements, precise timings, and vicious guitar riffs. Between the many different time signatures, dense guitar layers, and menacing chorus, Dead Before Birth’s goal is to be catchy while also challenging the listener. The lyrics are kept abstract, dealing in a metaphorical sense with the feelings of depression.”

Intended to be listened to in a single sitting from front to back, Medevil spent a lot of time considering the flow of the album for “Mirror in the Darkness”, from fast and energetic to dark and brooding, there is a lot of variety that will come from a fully engaged listen. Recommended for fans of Metal Church, Accept, and Baroness, listen to ​​“Mirror in the Darkness” at, and Spotify.

Lyric Video – Among Thieves –

In additional news, Medevil has announced vocalist Eric Willmott (Apprentice, ex- Meridius) will fill in for the band’s main singer Liam Collingwood. 

“Liam Collingwood is still a part of Medevil and will be continuing to work with us both creatively and in various singing roles on the upcoming album(s). Eric Willmott will be singing for us at all live performances, and is expected to sing as the lead vocalist on the upcoming studio albums as well.” adds the band.

Upcoming Events:
June 9 – The Wise – Vancouver, BC w/ Iron Kingdom

Track Listing:
1. Dead Before Birth (6:18)
2. Among Thieves (5:00)
3. Pray for Me (6:35)
4. The Signal (7:22)
5. Smoke and Mirrors (1:48)
6. Weight of the Crown (4:18)
7. Mirror in the Darkness (8:31)
8. Gateways (2:41)
9. Veiled (3:56)
10. No Peace in Rest (9:23)
Album Length: 55:58

For more info: | | YouTube |

About: Medevil is a highly energetic, fast-paced metal band known for its tight songwriting, intense stage presence, and roaring vocals. They are one of the few metal bands coming out of Chilliwack BC and hold that title proud as they have earned much praise and respect since their inception in 2014. As one of the 6 national finalists of the 2015 Wacken Metal Battle Canada, they are becoming more and more renowned throughout the country; their fame attaining them a following in their local town and across through to Vancouver.

Their music could be described as “power thrash” with half of their set being chorus-driven, and the other half focusing on blistering fast riffs. Influences for the band include Iron Maiden, Megadeth, and Metal Church. Their fast but catchy songs keep the crowd chanting throughout the set, and leave them wanting more. Liam Collingwood, the band’s singer, keeps the band image in theme with the songs while on stage and will wear thematic outfits when the mood demands it.

The band was founded on January 13, 2014, by Eric Wesa (bass), as well as brothers Liam (vocals) and Ross Collingwood (drums). It only took two months after the band’s inception before the boys found the ultimate guitar duo they were looking for, Gary Cordsen and Brett Gibbs. Once the lineup was solidified, they wasted no time performing shows and begin their musical journey. As a band, Medevil has two common goals; to explore their musical talents, and continue performing live for their fast-growing fanbase.

“At fifty six minutes in length, some listeners may be daunted by the sheer amount of Medevil they are being asked to absorb, but I can quite honestly say that there is not one second wasted here as the band deliver one of the most compelling, absorbing albums I’ve heard in quite some while. Congratulations to all involved.” – Sentinel Daily

“Medevil – Pray For Me – Six great new prog tracks you really must listen to!” – Prog Mag (March 6, 2023)

“a heavy onslaught of aggressive and menacing metal with moments of progressive diversion and musical exploration.” – Metal Roos

“The band has expanded their approach from their debut, writing songs that are more complex and progressive. Tracks like “Dead Before Birth” are intense and bombastic, while songs such as “Pray For Me” are mellower and more expansive. There are a few shorter numbers, but Medevil prefer extended compositions, with several tracks in the 6 to 9 minute range. The Udo Dirkschneider-esque vocals may be polarizing, but the songs are engaging and the musicianship impressive.” – Heavy Music Headquarters

“There are more twists that catch you off guard here (Dead Before Birth), and is the perfect way to kick off “Mirror in the Darkness”. It’s probably their most complicated song rhythmically, and while they didn’t originally write this thinking it should be complex, it seemed to happen naturally with the riffs they were coming up with at the time. Somehow despite that complexity, it’s also extremely catchy.” – First Angel Media

“The sequel doesn’t disappoint in any way. The listening pleasure increases with every single track. Nothing is veiled (“Veiled”) here, the bandwidth of musical ability is lived out openly. Who or what to emphasize here is up to you. I recommend “Pray for Me”, “Weight of the Crown” and “Veiled” as check out tips. With the mirror of darkness you can see the direction: it’s going forward!! My rating is a full 10 Hellfire points.” – Hellfire Magazin

“Medevil has put their thinking caps on for this because there are some really interesting songs on this. There’s something for everyone on this so it will appeal universally to metalheads everywhere. Something is happening in Canada because this is about the tenth release I’ve reviewed, and they are all of high quality and pretty diverse. The question is – what will Medevil do next? They’re going to have to go some to top this. Score: 9/10” – My Global Mind

“Medevil’s overall sound is often interesting, like a weird mash-up of Metal Church and 90s prog-metal acts like Wicked Maraya. Cool ideas populate nearly every song and there are a collection of killer moments that hook the ear ” – Angry Metal Guy

“Overall, a heavy onslaught of aggressive and menacing metal with moments of progressive diversion and musical exploration.” – Metal Gods Tv

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Out Now! RED CAIN Releases Wheel of Time Inspired Album “NÄE’BLISS”

L-R – Taylor Gibson (drums), Kalie Yan (bass, vocals), Evgeniy Zayarny (vocals), Samuel Ridout (guitar)

Photo Credit Zak Kelly

Calgary, Canada’s Red Cain is unveiling their latest third full-length “NÄE’BLISS”, now available as of June 2nd, 2023. The album is a homage to the legendary world of American author Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic “The Wheel of Time” (novel/TV series). With a grimdark edge, down-tuned guitars, death and power prog metal influences, and an unrelenting march forward,“NÄE’BLISS” is a foray into the reverse side of the Wheel of Time story – that of the Forsaken, antagonists, instruments of the Great Lord of the Dark, and the brutal and captivating allure of letting Chaos reign supreme.

The band comments on the release of “NAË’BLISS”:

“A labour of love and technique, this record is much more stripped down, aggressive, and heavier than our previous releases – while retaining the unique Red Cain sound. With virtuoso guitarist Samuel Ridout and backup vocalist Kalie Yan joining the band, we cracked the gates into tech-death and prog, using bands like Tesseract and Meshuggah as inspiration – and veering heavily into death metal with vocals and arrangements. The result, combined with our conceptual homage to the fantasy series Wheel of Time, brings us back to our musical roots and delivers the most honest and intense Red Cain album yet. Enjoy!”

“NAË’BLISS” can be heard in full at the following links:

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The band explains in further detail about choosing the Wheel of Time concept:

“We are all massive fantasy fans, and for us, Wheel of Time rubs shoulders with LOTR as a genre-defining epic fantasy series that started it all. The world of the Wheel is a brutal, compelling world with multitudes of fascinating characters, and we were particularly interested in exploring its more visceral aspects – an area that begs to be paired with heavy metal. We’ve seen some of our musical icons, like Blind Guardian, successfully go down this path, and it was magnificent to see new musical interpretations of those stories spun out by them – not to mention some bloody good fun. Now, it is our turn to ride forward in another turn of the Wheel. Enjoy!”

Red Cain is recommended for fans of Kamelot, Symphony X, Myrath, Powerwolf, Mastodon, and The Contortionist.

Previous Music Videos:

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Fisher King –

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Track Listing:
1. Fisher King – 5:35
2. Blight – 6:37
3. The Great Hunt – 4:09
4. We Are Chaos – 4:55
5. Sightblinder – 2:47
6. The Man Who Can’t Forget (Part I) – 2:38
7. Crane of Malkier (Part II) – 2:04
8. Red Cain – Fires of Heaven ft. James Delbridge (Lycanthro) – 8:02
Album Length: 36:52

Red Cain, from Calgary, Canada is a modern progressive metal project with Eastern European roots. They have been making waves since their first release in 2016, with award-winning music videos and concept albums “Kindred: Act I” and “Kindred: Act II”. Red Cain’s first two full albums conceptually told a sprawling story of how raw and primal ancient myth collides with modern society and human yearning toward the stars, toward perfection. The albums contained a ton of genre inspirations, from gothic rock to ambient electronica, power, black, and death metal, and were universally lauded for their inventiveness, variety, and strong conceptual content. They continue this momentum with forthcoming releases.

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Smokeheads Announces New Album & Releases Single & Video “Side by Side”

French rising metal sensation, Smokeheads, is set to rock the world once again with its highly anticipated album, “All In,” ready to unleash its sonic fury on September 15th, 2023. The album will be available via Wormholedeath and promises to captivate listeners with its unique blend of metal and thought-provoking themes.

“All In” marks Smokeheads’ first studio album, showcasing the band’s versatility and musical prowess. Exploring the uncertainties of life, love, spirituality, and death, the album urges listeners to seize every moment and embrace the unknown. Drawing inspiration from bands such as Porcupine Tree, Gojira, Tool, and Devin Townsend,Smokeheads delivers a metal music experience that pushes boundaries.

Comprising Philippe on drums, Alain on bass, David C. on guitar, and David Z. on vocals and guitar, Smokeheads is an atypical group that melds the raw power of metal with melodic sensibilities. Each band member brings their own unique stage presence and musical background to the table, resulting in a powerful and captivating live performance.

In anticipation of the album release, Smokeheads is proud to unveil their first single and music video, “Side by Side.”This heartfelt track pays tribute to individuals battling diseases, highlighting their strength and optimism in the face of adversity. “Side by Side” serves as a reminder that in difficult times, humanity comes together, providing unwavering support to those who need it most.

“Side by Side” is available for purchase and streaming on all major music platformsHERE

To experience the powerful message of “Side by Side,” watch the official music video here:

Don’t miss out on this groundbreaking album set to leave an indelible mark on the metal scene. Stay tuned for more updates and prepare to go “All In” with Smokeheads.

“All In” album cover & Tracklist:

1. All in
2. Let me be
3. Hate and love
4. Reveal your soul
5. One million ways
6. In between
7. Let the wind blow
8. Nothing is random
9. Prayer of an agnostic
10. Side by side
11. The right direction

For more information about Smokeheads, visit:

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Hard Hitting New York Melodic Deathcore Band GAINER Push Boundaries With Single “Violent Cycles”

New York’s Gainer was formed in the depths of COVID-19 in January 2021 originally as just a few guys getting together to jam and enjoy playing music together. Since then, they have released two albums “Cold Case” and “A Blackened Embrace”. Their primary focus is on playing catchy melodies and riffs and complimenting them with smashing breakdowns and build-ups that get people pumped and want to dance. Their latest single is “Violent Cycles”, a structured melodic progression that takes you through moments of pure aggression and filthy breakdowns to a powerful clean chorus that really puts you in the moment and makes you really feel the pain. The band comments:

“We are stoked about this upcoming single. We feel as a whole that it’s the best work we have done to date and the best version of Gainer that we could possibly be. This is definitely the style we have been working towards and plan to perfect moving forward. We will always love and appreciate our past but moving forward we feel like we are finally doing what we set out to do and that is to write dynamic music that appeals to the listener. The overall chemistry of the current members is next level and the efforts of each of us is equal across the board. We think each of us brings something of value to the table and are all using those tools and skills to perfect our sound and presentation.”

Despite Gainer‘s heavy background, they expect this new direction to be received well by long-time and new fans. They are intent on pushing towards a broader fan base while keeping the familiar heavy elements. On top of refined riffs and angelic choruses, the lyrical content has been streamlined to what they feel hits closer to home, to both fans and themselves. They are confident that this album will take us to new levels.

A well-rounded package, Gainer has a wide array of influences and as many elements in their music resulting in angry breakdowns, low and slow blackened bits, and a touch of ambient. They are recommended for fans of Fit For A King, The Acacia Strain, and Bodysnatcher.

Watch and listen to the lyric video for“Violent Cycles” via its premiere on TheCirclePit Youtube channel –

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PANTERA: ‘The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000’ 5-LP Picture-Disc Vinyl Boxed Set Due In July

PANTERA‘s studio albums will make their picture-disc debuts in a new five-LP boxed set that spotlights the band’s everlasting mark on the metal scene.

“The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000” (picture discs) will be available exclusively online at,, and indie retailers on July 21, limited to 3,500 copies worldwide ($149.98). Each picture disc features the cover image from the original album. The career-spanning set also comes with a poster featuring all four members.

The hard-hitting collection unleashes a decade’s worth of PANTERA‘s inimitable sound and fury from Philip Anselmo, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul Abbott. It includes the double-platinum albums “Cowboys From Hell” (1990) and “Vulgar Display Of Power”(1992),platinum albums “Far Beyond Driven” (1994) and “The Great Southern Trendkill” (1996) and the gold-certified record “Reinventing The Steel” (2000).

“Cowboys From Hell” debuted in 1990 and is the album that made PANTERA heroes to headbangers everywhere. After peaking at No. 27 on the Billboard 200, the album went on to become one of the most influential metal albums of all time and was recently certified double platinum.

“Vulgar Display Of Power” arrived in 1992 and refined the band’s heavier-than-heavy aesthetic with songs like “Mouth For War” while simultaneously showcasing the group’s musical range on the haunting ballad “Hollow”. The album was certified double platinum and spent 79 weeks on the Billboard 200, longer than any other PANTERA album.

The band’s success continued in 1994 with “Far Beyond Driven”, the most extreme album to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Several tracks became fan favorites, including “5 Minutes Alone” and a cover of BLACK SABBATH‘s “Planet Caravan”. The single “I’m Broken” was nominated for the Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance” — the first of four Grammynominations the band would earn.

“The Great Southern Trendkill” was released in 1996 and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The platinum-certified album contains some of PANTERA‘s darkest lyrics and fastest tempos, including “Suicide Note Pt. II”, nominated for the Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance”. Guitar World magazine ranked Dimebag‘s solo on “Floods” at No. 32 on its list of the greatest guitar solos of all time.

PANTERA‘s final studio album, “Reinventing The Steel”, came out in 2000. The record peaked at No. 4 and was certified gold. The album features classics like “Goddamn Electric” and the Grammy Award-nominated single “Revolution Is My Name”.

PANTERA‘s surviving members Anselmo and Brown recently united with guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) for a world tour under the PANTERA banner.

Anselmo and Brown, along with Wyldeand Benante, are headlining a number of major festivals across South America, Asia, North America and Europe and staging some of their own headline concerts. They will also support METALLICA on a massive North American stadium tour in 2023 and 2024.

According to Billboard, the lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the Abbott brothers, as well as Brown, who in 2021 said Wylde wouldn’t tour with PANTERA if a reunion were to happen. It’s unclear what changed his mind.

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Rock Candy Magazine Issue 38 Out Now Featuring MOTLEY CRUE

MAY 31, 2023 — Mötley Crüe feature on the cover of issue 38 of Rock Candy Mag as legendary rock journalist Sylvie Simmons reveals exactly what it was like to be right at the heart of the action when the band first emerged onto Hollywood’s Sunset Strip back in 1981.

Simmons moved from the UK to Los Angeles in the 1970s to cover the US rock scene, and her timing couldn’t have been better as she got to witness first hand the rise of hard rock in the ’80s. “Mötley Crüe weren’t new wave, and Mötley Crüe weren’t nice,” she writes. “Mötley Crüe were delinquent and proud of it. But I could see that this band had something.”

Spearheading a new movement of young rockers who simply didn’t care about moral conventions or radio airplay, Mötley Crüe soon became buddies with Simmons, and she became one of very few people to be admitted into the band’s inner sanctum.

Reliving her first encounter with the band at The Starwood club in the spring of 1981, Simmons writes, “I was intrigued by a cluster of people I saw standing outside. They were pale – something that took serious commitment in sunny Los Angeles, with black Spandex pants and big shaggy hair.Inside the club, Mötley Crüe’s music sounded like someone had chopped up Sweet, Kiss, Alice Cooper and the Godz and put them all in a blender… They came across as deadly serious but at the same time trashy and a lot of fun.”

At her very first interview with the band, bassist Nikki Sixx was quick to tell Simmons about his unshakeable belief in Mötley world domination. “‘In five years maybe every band will look like us,’ he said. He couldn’t have imagined how accurate that was. Or that this group – which a local weekly newspaper would dub the worst band in LA –would spearhead an entire musical movement: glam metal, aka hair metal, the over-the-top, tarty, party scene that dominated a decade of US rock.”

You can read our 14-page Mötley Crüe special, together with many other fascinating stories about Extreme, King Kobra, Steve Lukather, and Desmond Child in issue 38 of Rock Candy Mag. For more details visit

Rock Candy Mag is a 100-page, full-colour bi-monthly rock mag, created in the UK. It covers the sights, sounds and smells from the greatest era in hard rock music, the ’70s and ’80s. The brainchild of: respected UK rock journalists Derek Oliver, Howard Johnson and Malcolm Dome – all frontline writers for the legendary Kerrang! magazine in the golden era.