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Thunderflix is Igniting with Heat as they Unleash Fiery New Titles This July

As an ardent supporter of the metal scene, I find myself utterly captivated by the exhilarating realm of Thunderflix, the groundbreaking streaming platform for metal enthusiasts. Bursting at the seams with captivating and awe-inspiring content, it transcends the boundaries of musical genres, providing an unparalleled feast for the senses. Whether you crave the raw power of live performances, insightful documentaries unveiling the metal subculture, or yearn for the symphony of riffs within glorious album’s, Thunderflix delivers an extraordinary amalgamation of artist showcases, electrifying concerts, mind-blowing docu-films and feature films.

With an unwavering commitment to curating fresh and thrilling experiences, Thunderflix incessantly expands its treasure trove of metal brilliance, ensuring every devoted metalhead’s insatiable hunger for auditory and visual fulfillment is resoundingly appeased.

Streaming now:

I Am the Empire – Live from the 013 by American power metal band Kamelot, released on August 14, 2020 via Napalm Records. The album features guest appearances by Lauren Hart, Elize Ryd, Alissa White-Gluz and Charlotte Wessels. It’s the third live album and second live DVD/Blu-ray. It is the first release to feature Alex Landenburg as the band’s drummer.

Kamelot is known for their majestic melodies and captivating storytelling. “I Am The Empire Live From The 013 was recorded at the iconic 013 venue in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The album captures the essence of Kamelot’s theatrical and energetic stage presence, showcasing the band.

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In a span of one hour and forty minutes, immerse yourself in “Metal and Horror Unveiled,” a captivating documentary that delves deep into the entwined histories of heavy metal music and the horror genre. Experience the intimate accounts of diverse metal artists as they recount their initial encounters with the macabre, umask their cherished horror film classics, delve into their sources of inspiration, and much more. This engrossing cinematic piece also grants an exclusive platform to renowned icons of the horror film realm, who candidly discuss the profound impact their movies have had on shaping the horror genre. Moreover, they reveal the intriguing connections they share with metal artists and elucidate the synergistic relationship between metal and horror. Prepare to be enthralled by compelling interviews featuring the likes of Alice Cooper, John Carpenter, Rob Zombie, Kirk Hammett, Corey Taylor, Jonathan Davis, Philip Anselmo, Sid Haig, and an array of other notable personalities from the realms of metal and horror.

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Experience the emergence of a revolutionary rock group, Kitty, as they make their grand return to the spotlight after an absence since 2013. This extraordinary reunion concert, commemorating their 20th anniversary, showcases members from various epochs, making it a truly remarkable event. Serving as the exhilarating finale to their comprehensive documentary, “Kitty: Beginnings/Transformations,” this show promises an indelible display of forceful, rapid, and fierce metal. Brace yourself for an unparalleled performance, two decades in the forging, that will be etched in history.

Kitty is an influential rock band known for their heavy and aggressive metal sound. They gained recognition for their groundbreaking music and were at the forefront of the rock scene during their active years. With their intense performances and powerful lyrics, Kitty left an indelible mark on the music industry and continues to inspire fans worldwide.

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Embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating documentary “Andre Matos – Maestro of Rock.” Featuring never-before-seen footage, including an exclusive final interview with the revered artist conducted mere months before his untimely passing, this film traces the remarkable path of Brazil’s greatest heavy metal vocalist. Despite his aversion to the spotlight, Andre Matos rose to worldwide fame, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry.

“Andre Matos – Maestro of Rock” meticulously portrays the entirety of the vocalist’s career, delving into both triumphant and controversial moments. No aspect is left unexplored, including the tumultuous separation of Angra and Shaman, providing a platform for all those involved to express their perspectives and narratives.

The first chapter of this compelling documentary immerses viewers in Andre’s profound connection with music from a tender age. It unveils the genesis of his inaugural band, Viper, formed in 1985 when the members were all teenage prodigies. Remarkably, Andre, the youngest at a mere 14 years old, played a pivotal role in Viper’s groundbreaking debut album, “Soldiers of Sunrise,” a seminal milestone in the nascent history of Brazilian metal. However, after reaching the pinnacle of international success with their second album, “Theater of Fate,” Andre chose to depart from Viper and devoted himself entirely to the pursuit of classical music studies, forever altering the trajectory of his life and career.

Finally, the long-awaited tale of his extraordinary journey will be unveiled in this momentous documentary, directed by Anderson Bellini. Coinciding with the day Andre would have celebrated his 50th birthday, “Andre Matos – Maestro of Rock” pays homage to an iconic figure and offers an intimate glimpse into the life and legacy of a true musical maestro.

Coming soon!

Enslaved,” A 12 episode series offering a detailed insight into the history of the band.

Enslaved, the Norwegian band known for their black metal roots, has garnered unwavering adoration from their dedicated fanbase. Over the span of a quarter century, they have left an indelible mark on the extreme metal scene, starting from their early days of pure black metal. Throughout their journey, they have faced substantial criticism for straying from their original sound. However, they have managed to maintain a strong sense of respect and admiration within the community.

Unlike other bands that venture into different musical territories, Enslaved has never completely abandoned their black metal ethos. Instead, they have expanded their sonic palette, exploring new realms in the vast landscape of progressive music genres. Enslaved has become adept at skillfully blending shadows and contrasts, seamlessly integrating them into their compositions. Rather than relying solely on aggressive and brutal auditory assaults, they have found solace in tastefully filling unoccupied regions , creating a unique artistic experience. Enslaved’s transformation has birthed an unparalleled and unmistakably distinctive style, setting their music apart from the rest.

Coming Soon!

In the annals of heavy metal, one band stands out as an emblem of unbridled rebellion and sheer theatricality: Twisted Sister. Hailing from New York City, this iconic group carved their name into the bedrock of rock ‘n’ roll history with their electrifying performances and unapologetic attitude.

Formed in the mid-1970s, Twisted Sister was led by the enigmatic and flamboyant frontman, Dee Snider. With his signature wild hair and captivating stage presence, Snider became the face of the band, embodying the spirit of unyielding defiance.

It was in the early 1980s that Twisted Sister exploded onto the scene with their debut album, “Under the Blade.” The raw power of their music and the rebellious anthems, such as “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” resonated deeply with a generation seeking liberation from societal norms.

Their sophomore release, “Stay Hungry,” propelled Twisted Sister to even greater heights. The album’s massive success, fueled by the timeless hits “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” catapulted the band into the stratosphere of rock stardom. Twisted Sister’s over-the-top music videos, featuring their rebellious and comedic personas, further solidified their place in the hearts of fans worldwide.

Throughout their career, Twisted Sister fearlessly challenged the status quo, both through their music and their unwavering commitment to freedom of expression. They became a symbol of empowerment for countless fans, uniting under the banner of heavy metal and a shared love for loud, unapologetic rock music.

Though their heyday may have waned, Twisted Sister’s impact continues to reverberate through the halls of rock history. Their legacy as an emblem of rebellion and unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll remains intact, forever etched in the annals of heavy metal mythology.

Coming in August

Hey Metalheads!

Prepare for an inferno of new heavy music titles arriving this month. Brace yourself for the headbanging lineup:

July 14:

  • Kittie – Live in London
  • Heavy Trip
  • Andre Matos – Maestro Do Rock, Episode 1

July 24:

  • Enslaved – Heimvegen (12 episode series)
  • Alice Cooper – Live From The Astroturf (Documentary & Concert)
  • Myrath – Live In Carthage
  • Stratovarius – Under Flaming Winter Skies
  • Tarja – Act 2

July 28:

  • We Are F*cking Twisted Sister
  • Gamma Ray – 30 Year Anniversary
  • Gamma Ray – Live Skeletons & Majesties
  • Blackmore’s Night – Shadow Of The Moon
  • Alcatrazz – Live In Japan 1984

Gear up for a July filled with brutal riffs, pounding drums, and mind-blowing vocals. Horns up, Thunderflix Team

Music News

KAMELOT Reveals Enchanting Music Video for New Track “New Babylon”, Featuring Melissa Bonny

photo credit: Tom Couture

Tommy Karevik – Vocals
Thomas Youngblood – Guitars
Oliver Palotai – Keyboards
Sean Tibbetts – Bass
Alex Landenburg – Drums

Modern Symphonic Metal Icons KAMELOT Reveal Enchanting Music Video for New Track “New Babylon”,
Featuring Melissa Bonny | Watch HERE

New Album, The Awakening, Out Now | Order HERE

North American Headline Tour, Featuring Support from Special Guests Battle Beast and Labelmates Xandria, Begins August 17!

Catch KAMELOT at Sweden Rock Festival in TWO WEEKS!

Modern heavy symphonic metal leaders KAMELOT recently released their most introspective, uplifting, vital release to date – their first full-length in five years, The Awakening. The album, which debuted at #2 on the US Current Hard Music Albums chart and #27 on the Current Album Sales chart, connected with fans and critics alike – touted by many as the best late-era KAMELOT release to date!

Today, the band is thrilled to reveal an exciting new live music video for the new fan-favorite anthem “New Babylon”, featuring none other than the enchanting Melissa Bonny (Ad Infinitum, The Dark Side Of The Moon). The new video features high quality live footage from the band’s recent European tour, adding an electrifying touch to the track’s already massive sound.

KAMELOT founder and guitarist Thomas Youngblood states:
“Melissa Bonny joined us on this new album and massive tour, and she has been amazing to say the least. We are really excited to have her in this new video and also on the upcoming tour in North America!”

Watch the music video for “New Babylon” HERE:

This new video arrives on the heels of KAMELOT‘s recent announcement of their 2023 “Awaken The World” North American headline tour, featuring special guests Battle Beast and additional support from labelmates Xandria! The tour kicks off in Silver Spring, MD on August 17, visiting several major cities in the US and Canada before coming to an end on September 9 in Orlando, FL. Tickets are on sale now, so visit the official KAMELOT website or local venue websites for tickets and more information.

See below for all current KAMELOT performance dates!

Spring/Summer Festivals:
June 8th – Solvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival
December 1st – Mexico City, MX @ Life After Death Horror Festival

“Awaken The World” North American Headline Tour Dates
w/ Special Guests Battle Beast
+ Additional Support from Xandria
August 17th – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
August 18th – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
August 19th – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
August 21st – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
August 22nd – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
August 24th – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theater
August 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
August 26th – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
August 27th – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
August 30th – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
September 1st – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
September 2nd – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
September 3rd – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
September 5th – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
September 6th – Dallas, TX @ The Echo Lounge & Music Hall
September 8th – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage (ProgPower USA) – SOLD OUT! *KAMELOT ONLY
September 9th – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live

Order The Awakening HERE:

The Awakening tracklisting:
1. Overture (Intro)
2. The Great Divide
3. Eventide
4. One More Flag in the Ground
5. Opus of the Night (Ghost Requiem)
6. Midsummer’s Eve
7. Bloodmoon
8. NightSky
9. The Looking Glass
10. New Babylon feat. Melissa Bonny
11. Willow
12. My Pantheon (Forevermore)
13. Ephemera (Outro)

10/10 “Masterpiece!”
– Metal-Temple

The Awakening is KAMELOT’s best album in almost 20 years…”
– The Prog Mind (US), 9/10

The Awakening is KAMELOTperforming at the top of their game.”
– New Noise Magazine (US)

The Awakening is probably the hottest candidate for the (melodic) metal album of the year.”
– Rock It! (DE) – 10/10

The Awakening enters the KAMELOTlegacy as their most massive and diverse offering yet – mixing symphonic, gothic, melodic, progressive and power metal styles while yielding some of the heaviest tracks in the band’s history. Having reigned supreme with the release of internationally top-charting melodic metal pinnacles such as The Fourth Legacy (1999), The Black Halo(2005), Silverthorn (2012), Haven (2015, #1 US Hard Rock Albums), and most recently 2018’s acclaimed The Shadow Theory (#2 US Hard Music Albums), KAMELOT‘s intense brand of ultramodern gothic and symphonic theatricality is amplified further and with more emotionality than ever on The Awakening.

Showcasing the incomparable, stage-seasoned vocal acrobatics of Tommy Karevik and increasingly airtight, renowned technical teamwork of guitarist Thomas Youngblood, drummer Alex Landenburg, keyboardist Oliver Palotai and bassist Sean Tibbetts, KAMELOT‘s score-like 13th studio album is accented by guest contributions from the likes of Melissa Bonny (Ad Infinitum) and renowned instrumentalists like violinist Florian Janoske and cellist Tina Guo.

The Awakening features crystal clear modern production helmed by the band and longtime producer Sascha Paeth, plus mixing and mastering by Jacob Hansen of Hansen Studios.

The Awakening is available in the following formats:
Digital Album
CD Digipak
CD Digipak + Shirt Bundle – Napalm Records exclusive
2-LP Gatefold Vinyl Black
2-LP Gatefold Vinyl in Splatter Red + Black – Napalm Records exclusive (European webstore), limited to 500
2-LP Gatefold in Marbled White + Black – Napalm Records exclusive (North American webstore), limited to 300
48p Earbook with 7” Vinyl Single – Napalm Records exclusive, limited to 500
Wooden Boxset with Envelope Opener, Flag, Patch and Band Postcard – Napalm Records exclusive, limited to 1000
Music Cassette – Napalm Records exclusive, limited to 100

KAMELOT online: