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· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 09 2017 11:02:46

On January 20, AFI will release their first new album since 2013 titled AFI (The Blood Album), via Caroline Australia. Leading into the release, they’ve shared the video for the album’s “Snow Cats.” The constantly moving visual is directed by Drew Kirsch. In a statement, lead vocalist Davey Havok said, “Expanding endlessly from an empty room, the ‘Snow Cats’ video animates a cyclical struggle with the surreal colors of applied persona and identity.” Watch it below.




In addition to “Snow Cats,” AFI have shared “Aurelia” and “White Offerings” from The Blood Album. The record is produced by the band’s guitarist Jade Puget, with additional production by Matt Hyde, who has worked with Deftones.

Fans can stream the new tracks on the band’s website here: AFI

Recorded at Megawatt Studios in Los Angeles, AFI (The Blood Album) is the follow-up to 2013’s Burials, which in Australia was a Top 10 Aria debut and hit Top 10 on The Billboard 200 in the US.  Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles, hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.

AFI (The Blood Album) is the band’s 10th full-length studio album and first for Caroline Australia. AFI (THE BLOOD ALBUM)

Panic! At The Disco Brisbane Show Venue Upgrade To Riverstage Due To Overwhelming Demand
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 09 2017 10:58:50

PANIC! AT THE DISCO kick off their mammoth Australian tour in just over 2 weeks’ time.  Due to phenomenal demand the bands Brisbane show scheduled for Tuesday 31st

January at Eatons Hill Outdoors has been upgraded to RIVERSTAGE!

All current tickets to Eatons Hill Outdoors remain valid!

Additional tickets to Riverstage on sale Thursday 12th January 9am!

Australian Tour Dates: TICKETS ON SALE NOW





* Upgraded due to phenomenal demand! All current tickets to Eatons Hill Outdoors remain valid!



Fly By Night - Doom, grind and sludge on January 20th 2017
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 07 2017 16:24:18

As part of the revamped Fly By Night venue in Fremantle, some of Perth's heaviest acts will hit the Freo stage for a night of doom, grind and sludge.


The lineup includes Facegrinder, Amongst the Dead Things, King Zog and Constructs. Doors at 8pm at the Victoria Hall. For complete info on the event head to the event page HERE.

Facegrinder will also be hitting Adelaide on March 3rd for Enigma Code.

Don't Let The Gov't Scare You! ENIME's New Video 'Selling Fear' Premiere
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 07 2017 16:01:04

Influenced by 80's thrash giants like Exodus, Anthrax and Metallica plus later-day heroes like Killswitch Engage, ENIME’s music is ‘heavy articulate, clean, thrashy, and also melodic.’ ENIME are a band not afraid to gaze into the abyss and to take musical and lyrical inspiration from it. But no inspirations from mythical gods and monsters, rather ENIME are inspired by the world around us. Unleashing their debut album 'Demon Inside' during July 2016, the Montreal based metallers have teamed up with for the premiere of their new lyric video 'Selling Fear', a track off the release about how the government and media use fear as a scare tactic to keep the general population in check.

To watch 'Selling Fear', please visit the following link:

ENIME’s debut album ‘Demon Inside’ is now available on the band's online store hereiTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major online retailers.

For more info:

FALL OF CARTHAGE - "Fast Forward“ Videoclip and Album details announced
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 07 2017 15:54:53
German groove trio FALL OF CARTHAGE have announced the release of their sophomore album, "The Longed-For Reckoning", set to be released on January 27th via MDD Records.

Fans can expect a total of 16 songs divided into almost a full hour of a creative fusion of modern metal.


In the meantime, the band has released a video for the opening track "Fast Forward", which can be seen below.

The album is also available for pre-orders for a special price in the MDD shop. "The Longed-For Reckoning" was produced at the Gernhart Studio in Troisdorf, known for its work with acts like Tankard, Destruktion and SuidAkra.

SUICIDE SILENCE - reveal new album's details, release new song, pre-orders up!
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 07 2017 15:49:24

The wait is finally over, as SUICIDE SILENCE have triumphantly returned with their truly career defining moment in the form of their self-titled new, full-length album set for a Feb 24th release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. See the cover art attached below.

The new offering was hailed by Alternative Press and Guitar Player Magazine as “One of 2017’s Most Anticipated Albums.”

The album was produced by the world-renowned Ross Robinson (KORNSLIPKNOT) and mixed by Joe Barresi (TOOL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE). The album can be pre-ordered now via the links listed below and also the brand-new music video for crushing new track, “Doris,” can also be viewed below. This video was filmed during the band’s Knotfest 2016 performance and features Jose Mangin (SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal) on guest vocals.

'Doris' Official Music Video:


IMMOLATION - release second Atonement video trailer
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 07 2017 15:47:31

New York death metal giants IMMOLATION will release their new album »Atonement« on February 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released their second video trailer for »Atonement«, in which Ross Dolan discusses how he became the singer and bass player of the band. Check out the clip, here:

Did you miss the first trailer for »Atonement«? Then make sure to watch it here:

IMMOLATION recently launched the first single for »Atonement«, 'Destructive Currents', via a 360º video, here:

»Atonement« was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION). Cover art was created by renowned artist Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, THE FACELESS, EXODUS, ABYSMAL DAWN), along with additional artwork by the very talented Zbigniew Bielak (GHOST, ENSLAVED, PARADISE LOST, WATAIN).

Pre-order a physical copy of »Atonement« by itself or in various bundles from the Nuclear Blast webshop:
'Destructive Currents' is now available as an instant download, when you pre-order »Atonement« from iTunes and Amazon:

»Atonement« track listing:
01. The Distorting Light        
02. When The Jackals Come              
03. Fostering The Divide      
04. Rise The Heretics            
05. Thrown To The Fire        
06.  Destructive Currents     
07.  Lower
08.  Atonement
09.  Above All
10.  The Power Of Gods       
11.  Epiphany
Bonus Track (CD only):
12.  Immolation (re-recorded)


2017 »Return To Roots« Second Leg Tour Dates
08.02.   UT          Salt Lake City – In The Venue*
09.02.   NV         Las Vegas – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10.02.   AZ          Tucson – The Rock
11.02.   TX          Lubbock – Jakes Sports Café
12.02.   TX          Houston – Scout Bar
14.02.   TX          Dallas – Trees
15.02.   TX          Austin – Grizzly Hall
16.02.   AR          Little Rock – Revolution Music Room
17.02.   GA          Atlanta – Masquerade
18.02.   OH         Columbus – Alrosa Villa
19.02.   MD        Baltimore – Baltimore Soundstage
20.02.   MA         Boston – Brighton Music Hall
21.02.   NY          New York – Gramercy Theatre
22.02.   NY          Rochester – Montage Music Hall
23.02.   IL            Chicago – Portage Theater
25.02.   CO         Denver – The Summit Music Hall
27.02.   MT         Billings – Pub Station
01.03.   WA        Seattle – Studio Seven
02.03.   OR         Portland – Hawthorne Theatre
03.03.   CA          San Francisco – Slims
04.03.   CA          Santa Ana – Observatory
05.03.   CA          San Diego – Brick by Brick*
06.03.   AZ          Tempe – Club Red*

IMMOLATION is a name long synonymous with the extreme music scene, delivering some of the most unique and creatively dark death metal the underground has witnessed over the past 28 years. 2017 will mark 29 years for IMMOLATION and in February »Atonement« will prove that this is one band that does not look back, continuing to push the limits and remaining a vibrant force for the future of a genre they helped define.

Kepler Ten announce debut album, release video single 'Time and Tide'
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 07 2017 15:28:50

Kepler Ten are a new and powerful melodic and progressive hard rock band featuring three excellent musicians from Southampton, UK.

The band recently announced their signing to White Star Records which is co-founded by Chris Hillman, and John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Lonely Robot). Their expertise and enthusiasm in the progressive rock world saw them discover Kepler Ten’s unique take on the genre, fusing prog, rock, and psychedelic soundscapes, allowing them to appeal to a wide audience.

Kepler Ten's new music video single for 'Time and Tide' is out now.

You can view it here:

Time and Tide is a powerful melodic slice of prog rock that was produced by James Durand from the band in their own Echo Base Studio in Hampshire and then mixed by renowned producer John Mitchell in his Outhouse Recording Studio.

Steve Hales who wrote the lyrics for this song, says this about the track -

‘No matter how in control of our lives we feel when it comes to the passing of time we are merely passengers. Our journey is flagged along the way by important personal moments such as falling in love but metaphorically the same powerful tide that brings two people together can in the blink of an eye tear them apart (in the song through illness). Whether you call it fate, probability or just dumb luck it's still outside of our control and there is no way that we can ever stop the clock or turn it back for a second chance. The song is sad but the message is not. Don't take anything for granted and make the absolute best of those good times. Fly their flags high!’

Kepler Ten’s debut album ‘Delta-v’ was mixed and mastered by John Mitchell and will be released on February 10th 2017 via White Star Records.

Album artwork and tracklisting to be announced in due course.

With Steve and James coming from a progressive rock background and Richie providing a harder, heavier rock guitar the band influences are diverse. Muse, Rush, Yes, Dream Theater, Queensryche, Van Halen and even some Queen.

Black Star Riders premiere new video, new album February 3rd
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 07 2017 15:25:56

BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their forthcoming album »Heavy Fire« on the 3rd of February 2017. Today, the band premiere the new video for second single, 'Testify Or Say Goodbye'.

Frontman Ricky Warwick comments on the track:
"Power, glory, rock n roll with a whole lotta soul..
You gotta testify or say goodbye
Tell me no secrets, tell me no lies
Get up on the stand look me straight in the eye
You gotta testify or say goodbye ... Kinda says it all really !!!"

Check out the video here:

Pre-order the album physically here:
Digital version:

You missed the trailers? Watch them here:
Trailer #1:
Trailer #2:
Trailer #3:

Watch the lyric video for 'When The Night Comes In' here:

From the immediate riffs of album opener 'Heavy Fire' to the instant hooks of first single 'When The Night Comes In', from the dirty bass groove of 'Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed' to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on 'Testify Or Say Goodbye', »Heavy Fire« is an album that will further cement BLACK STAR RIDER's reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.

Following on from their critically acclaimed albums »All Hell Breaks Loose« and »The Killer Instinct«, which have paved the way for BLACK STAR RIDERS to be recognised as a power force in the modern day of Rock 'n' Roll, »Heavy Fire« will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band have also brought in Pledgemusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album's release.

Tracklistings below: 

1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me

The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Bonus Track
11. Fade

Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
Side One
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
Side Two
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me

After a full year off the road, BLACK STAR RIDERS (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers GUN and THE AMORETTES and then Sweden's own BACKYARD BABIES with GUN on the remaining 11 shows.

Dates for BLACK STAR RIDERS 2017 UK & Ireland Tour are:

02/03/  UK       Cardiff - Tramshed
03/03/  UK       Wrexham - William Aston Hall
04/03/  IRL       Dublin - Academy
05/03/  UK       Belfast - Limelight
07/03/  UK       Inverness - Ironworks

08/03/  UK       Glasgow - o2 ABC
09/03/  UK       Glasgow - o2 ABC
10/03/  UK       Newcastle - o2 Academy
11/03/  UK       Leeds - o2 Academy
12/03/  UK       Manchester - o2 Ritz
14/03/  UK       Nottingham - Rock City
15/03/  UK       Norwich - UEA
16/03/  UK       Bristol - o2 Academy
17/03/  UK       London - o2 Kentish Town Forum
18/03/  UK       Birmingham - o2 Institute
19/03/  UK       Bournemouth - o2 Academy

Tickets are onsale now. For ticket info please visit